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"There is now the capacity to make tyranny total in America." -- James Bamford
This is Google's Quantum AI laboratory, where dozens of super-smart people labor in an office kitted out with climbing walls and electric bikes to shape the next generation of computers -- a generation that will be unlike anything users currently have in their pockets or offices.
"It is a new type of computer that uses quantum mechanics to do computations and allows us... to solve problems that would otherwise be impossible," explains Erik Lucero, lead engineer at the campus near Santa Barbara.
"It's not going to replace your mobile phone, your desktop; it's going to be working in parallel with those things."
Quantum mechanics is a field of research that scientists say could be used one day to help limit global warming, design city traffic systems or develop powerful new drugs.
Webmaster addition: Sweeping promises like that make me doubtful.
As shock waves, initially engendered by the revelations of abuse in the high-profile conservatorship of pop star Britney Spears, begin to subside, another guardianship case has emerged of equally disturbing proportions. Seated in Nevada, this case reveals a level of relentlessness by the state as it strives to imprison two men who attempted to free a woman from a nursing home.
A writ of habeus corpus is circulating concerning the felony charges against Roger Hillygus and his associate, former Mineral County Sheriff and 30-year law enforcement veteran Stewart Handte. The charges stemmed from their trip to Stone Valley Alzheimer’s Special Care Center on August 8, 2019 and their subsequently escorting Susan Hillygus out of the facility, where her guardian had forcibly and non consensually placed her.
Handte was originally arrested in August of 2019 and released without bail. Initially charged with a number of felonies, the charges against him were subsequently reduced to a sole charge of “conspiracy.” Handte was rearrested on January 19, 2022 after apparently failing to adhere to an order to wear a GPS monitoring device and after allegedly violating a gag order, denying him any rights to discuss the case against him and against Roger Hillygus. The gag order was signed by Judge Barry Breslow. Stewart Handte has been in Washoe County Jail for over 80 days, subsequent to his re- arrest on January 19 and pending a possible trial in July of 2022.
In a hearing last week, Judge Breslow refused to lower Handte’s $50,000 bail, which Handte is unable to pay. As Handte has no prior convictions and as he is charged with a “crime” that does not entail violence, the amount of bail appears contrary to Nevada guidelines. Handte has medical problems which are reportedly not being addressed in jail.
Webmaster addition: UPDATE - Right after this article was published, the judge lowered Handter's bail and he has been released, although he still faces charges.
President Biden warned that the U.S. could follow Italy's path after it elected right wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni last week.
'You just saw what's happened in Italy in that election,' Biden said Wednesday evening at a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors' Association at a home in Washington, D.C.. 'You're seeing what's happening around the world. The reason I bother to say that is you can't be sanguine about what's happening here, either. I don't want to exaggerate it, but I don't want to understate it.'
Meloni, Italy's first-ever female prime minister and first far-right leader since World War II, won the high office with about 26 percent of the vote.
Americans could literally be drowning in a morass of a physical, cultural, and economic flood, but McConnell and the GOP elites would toss the last remaining lifeline to Ukraine. Not only are Americans placed last, they simply don’t matter to American politicians in both parties.
Rachel Vindman, who on Tuesday posted a tweet jokingly suggesting that people should refer to Hurricane Ian using "they/them pronouns" in a bid to irritate GOP Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, has announced that she deleted the tweet "because it was offensive to the trans community."
The permanently discontented co-hosts of "The View" nitpicked how Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is responding to Hurricane Ian after the Republican governor thanked President Joe Biden for lending aid to his state.
Donald Trump is seeking a quick end to the defamation lawsuit by an author who claims he raped her more than a quarter century ago.
A lawyer for the former U.S. president asked a federal judge in Manhattan on Wednesday to substitute the United States as the defendant in E. Jean Carroll's lawsuit, a move that would end her case because the government cannot be sued for defamation.
The request came one day after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Trump was a federal employee when he branded Carroll a liar, but left it to a Washington, D.C., appeals court to decide whether Trump acted as president when he spoke.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan, Trump's lawyer Alina Habba said the decision meant the government "must be substituted as a defendant."
She also asked to put the case on hold, saying it would be "highly prejudicial" for Trump to spend time and money preparing for trial if the Washington court ruled in his favor.
Roberta Kaplan, a lawyer for Carroll, said "nothing has changed" and the case should proceed.
"The parties have been cooperatively engaged in discovery at Donald Trump's request, and nothing has happened that should change that," she said in an interview. "There has been no final determination by an appellate court that the government should be substituted in."
In the past 17 years, Denver has launched six plans and invested millions of dollars into addressing the city's homelessness crisis. On Tuesday, the city council announced yet another plan, slated to cost $250 million.
A Democrat group has filed an appeal with Nevada’s Supreme Court over a case regarding guidance issued by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske on vote counting, claiming that the temporary legislation "will create chaos in tabulation processes across the state."
The original complaint was filed on August 31 on behalf of the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, a Democrat group serving as a parent organization to over 40 groups in the state.
Speculation abounds since both Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, designed to carry cheap Russian gas to Europe, were damaged this week in what officials widely describe as deliberate acts of sabotage. Who could be responsible? Incidents buried in the past may provide a clue.
Speculation abounds, and typically in a direction colored by the preexisting biases of the person speculating – which is hardly helpful.
Let’s start with the end result and work backwards. The outcome ultimately means that Europe’s economic impetus for ever seeking peace with Russia has been seriously undermined, if not literally destroyed. Someone has taken it upon themselves to demolish the remaining bridges between the two. Until now, there was always a chance of reconciliation. Russian President Vladimir Putin said himself recently that all the EU needed to do to pull itself out of its self-imposed energy crisis was to push the button on its gas supply from Russia and drop the anti-Russian sanctions that prevent it from doing so.
People in the streets of German cities protesting against Berlin’s blind following of Brussels’ anti-Russia sanctions also knew that was the answer. But now that option has been taken off the table. The EU is now adrift amid a deepening energy crisis and someone burned its last sails. It’s clear that Europe itself wouldn’t benefit from that. Nor does it benefit at all from any of its own anti-Russian sanctions. But who gave Brussels that idea, to harm its own economy in the first place?
At the onset of the Ukrainian conflict, it was Washington that egged on the EU to mirror measures that Washington itself had adopted in an effort to deprive Moscow of revenues to fuel its interests and objectives in Ukraine. The problem is that the EU’s economy was far more entwined with Russia’s than America’s. Any sense that US President Joe Biden and his administration may have given EU leaders, that they’d be there to help the bloc soften the blow of its self-sacrificial sanctions, has since been replaced by a harsh, pragmatic reality. US shale executives have explained to Western media that they simply lack the capacity to ramp up production for Europe’s winter crunch, even amid the growing rationing, deindustrialization, and risk of blackouts.
Researchers have revealed a never-before-seen piece of cross-platform malware that has infected a wide range of Linux and Windows devices, including small office routers, FreeBSD boxes, and large enterprise servers.
Black Lotus Labs, the research arm of security firm Lumen, is calling the malware Chaos, a word that repeatedly appears in function names, certificates, and file names it uses. Chaos emerged no later than April 16, when the first cluster of control servers went live in the wild. From June through mid-July, researchers found hundreds of unique IP addresses representing compromised Chaos devices. Staging servers used to infect new devices have mushroomed in recent months, growing from 39 in May to 93 in August. As of Tuesday, the number reached 111.
Black Lotus has observed interactions with these staging servers from both embedded Linux devices as well as enterprise servers, including one in Europe that was hosting an instance of GitLab. There are more than 100 unique samples in the wild.
"The potency of the Chaos malware stems from a few factors," Black Lotus Labs researchers wrote in a Wednesday morning blog post. "First, it is designed to work across several architectures, including: ARM, Intel (i386), MIPS and PowerPC—in addition to both Windows and Linux operating systems. Second, unlike largescale ransomware distribution botnets like Emotet that leverage spam to spread and grow, Chaos propagates through known CVEs and brute forced as well as stolen SSH keys."
Nearly since the inception of COVID-19, there have been various theories that the virus leaked from a Chinese lab. This also ties in with gain-of-function research reports, along with questions about the United States government’s role in funding this research.
White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci initially denied that the National Institutes of Health (NIH) used US taxpayer dollars to fund gain-of-function research in China. Though later on, the NIH released its own statement that contradicted Fauci’s denial.
Fauci’s track record also involves refuting claims that the Chinese communist regime covered up information about COVID-19. Though the medical adviser is now conveniently walking this back as well.
Fauci Finally Admits the Truth?
When Americans first suggested that COVID-19 came from a lab leak and was ultimately concealed by the Chinese government, they were deemed as liars and conspiracy theorists.
Though during a recent talk with The Atlantic, Fauci admittedly in a roundabout way that this is likely what happened.
Turkish Airlines has extended its cancellation of flights to and from Belarus and Russia.
Prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the national carrier of Turkey operated passenger flights to and from Minsk (MSQ) in Belarus as well as Rostov (RVI), Sochi (AER), and Yekaterinburg (SVX) in Russia.
The Istanbul-based air carrier announced that it will not resume flights to the named destinations until at least December 31, 2022.
Hurricane Ian inundated cities, turned out the lights on millions of residents and left migrants from an overturned boat missing Thursday as Florida assessed damage from what the state governor described as a "500-year flood event."
Officials launched a major emergency response after one of the most intense US storms in years, with helicopter crews plucking survivors from barrier islands slammed by a deluge that saw storm surges crash through beachfront towns and horizontal rain pound communities for hours.
After an initial look at the breathtaking destruction, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the coastal city of Fort Myers and adjacent Cape Coral were "really inundated and really devastated" by the storm.
Dr. Anthony Fauci’s net worth soared during the COVID pandemic, leaving the career government worker sitting on a nearly $13 million nest egg, according to newly uncovered documents.
American taxpayers are footing the bill for the illegal immigrants’ passage into the US and they don’t even know it.
On Tuesday, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) announced that the Biden regime had given its approval for the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles along approximately 75,000 miles of highways in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico… to combat climate change.
84-year-old retired nurse Joan Jacobson was visiting homes in Lake Odessa, MI to express her concern over Ballot Proposal 3 —a pro-abortion measure that would write a broad new right to “reproductive freedom.” It’s a hot-button issue at the moment —but Jacobson never thought she’d be shot for her efforts.
According to a press release from The Great Lakes Law Center, “Upon finding out Joan was opposed to Proposal 3, [one resident]. Ms. Harvey, immediately became hostile, belligerent, and antagonistic. She yelled and screamed at Ms. Jacobson and refused to listen to anything she tried to say. Ms. Jacobson, a five-foot tall, 84-year-old, 120 pound, retired nurse, never raised her voice, yelled at Ms. Harvey, or threatened her in any way.”
More from The Great Lakes Law Center:
After a few minutes, Ms. Harvey ordered Ms. Jacobson to get off her property. Ms. Jacobson complied and began walking away. Ms. Harvey followed her down the porch onto the sidewalk and continued her verbal assault of Ms. Jacobson. Her husband, Richard Harvey, joined her in the yard and was carrying a loaded .22-caliber rifle. He never said a word to Ms. Jacobson, and she said nothing to him. He admitted that he fired a “warning shot” and then claimed he “accidently” shot Ms. Jacobson with a second shot. She was not threatening either Mr. Harvey or his wife, did not use her clipboard as a weapon, and was shot without any provocation. She had turned to ask Ms. Harvey to stop yelling at her, and she was shot from the side as the bullet entered the top of her right shoulder and exited out her upper back near her spine.
Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, Cloud Services Were Implemented Without Key Security Controls, Placing Taxpayer Data at Risk (No. 2022-20-052) (Sept. 27, 2022):
To facilitate and guide its cloud security implementation efforts, the IRS developed its Cloud Security Reference Architecture in September 2019 and the Cybersecurity Cloud Operations Framework in November 2019. The IRS issued its updated Cloud Strategy and Cloud Security Internal Revenue Manual in March 2021 and September 2021, respectively.
By the end of Calendar Year 2020, the IRS had fully implemented 56 cloud services, 12 of which contained taxpayer data. The IRS deployed these cloud services without fully implemented security controls for protecting the data. ... [T]he IRS continued to accelerate cloud adoption without ensuring that important security controls designed to protect taxpayer data were in place in the cloud environment. ...
Ron DeSantis has described the tsunami-like flooding across Florida as a ‘once in a 500-year’ event, leaving 2.7million without power as Hurricane Ian continues to barrel its way northwards through Orlando.
Hundreds of people are feared dead, as 50 National Guard helicopters are starting the search and rescue for thousands who are stranded or missing in the aftermath of the catastrophic water damage and 155mph winds.
But rescuers this morning admitted they are only 'scratching the surface' and the actual number of victims could soar even higher.
The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on antitrust, commercial, and administrative law was supposed to hold a hearing Thursday afternoon dealing with bankruptcy, only to postpone hours before it was set to start.
Democrats had planned to have Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as a guest, and Warren was expected to announce legislation with Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., that would allow people to declare bankruptcy to have their student loans canceled. In turn, Republicans wanted to call Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., as a witness. Thursday morning, the hearing was postponed.
"@HouseJudiciary Democrats are so scared of @RepMTG testifying that they POSTPONED today’s hearing. Unbelievable," the House Judiciary GOP Twitter account posted.
The fact checkers' war on reality has continued unabated this month.
Here's just a few things they managed to spin.
The Great Martha's Vineyard Invasion
In response to Governor Ron DeSantis sending illegal aliens (who are technically classified as asylum seekers) to Martha’s Vineyard, and the hilariously hypocritical response that followed, PolitiFact’s Madison Czopek attempted to provide some damage control for the understandably embarrassed residents of the island.
In response to a social media post mocking the island’s virtue signaling residents for “deporting 50 illegals after only 24 hours,” Czopek rated the claim false on the basis that the illegals couldn’t be “deported” because the word “deported” means removal from the country as a whole, not from a particular area.
Of course, anyone using the term “deported” in this context is well aware of this, and it using it as a synonym for "removed." You can bet that just about every Republican mocking Martha's Vineyard for "deporting" these illegals is also outraged that they are in fact just being relocated, not actually deported from the country.
While Czopek is grasping at straws here, she at least didn't embarrass herself by trying to argue that this wasn't true because the illegals were actually deported after nearly 48 hours, not "just" 24.
Meanwhile, also at PolitiFact, Gabrielle Settles rated it only “half true” that Martha’s Vineyard "was a sanctuary city until the buses arrived" with dubious reasoning.
President Vladimir Putin will formally annex four partially Russian-occupied regions of Ukraine on Friday, the Kremlin has said, a move already rejected by Kyiv and its Western allies as illegal and meaningless.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a ceremony to mark the incorporation of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhia into Russia would take place at 3pm Moscow time (12:00 GMT).
It’s been a tough couple of weeks for CNN’s chief propagandist Don Lemon.
The United Nations’ Food chief is urging the public to prepare for famine and widespread food shortage next year amid an severe fertilizer supply shortage.