"As for what is not true, you will always find abundance in the newspapers." -- Thomas Jefferson

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World War III, cyber-attacks, and economic meltdowns could change life forever; all three scenarios are simmering and ready to explode.

Chanukah is underway and Christmas is just a couple of weeks off. Another year will go by the wayside.

As we approach December 31, you will hear people chirping on social media that they are glad such a bad year is fading into the rearview mirror and how much they are looking forward to brighter times in 2024.

These people are not awake. Don’t get lulled into their fantasyland.

It’s more likely that we will look back on 2023 as perhaps the last year in which we enjoyed a somewhat normal life here in America, still perched atop the global order and enjoying all the benefits of that status. Our dollars still buy food for our Christmas table and energy to heat our homes, even if it’s more expensive than in previous years.

Posted on: Dec 10 12:58

Soft landing my a**, BTFP is going up again and I would love to know which regional banks are borrowing this time. Also it says on their website that BTFP ends on March 11, 2024 what happens the next day. The banks get their garbage collateral back which is still under water looking at the current yield curve. What happens if people and institutions want to withdraw money?

Posted on: Dec 10 12:48

Congress’ compromise defense bill pauses the Navy recruiting program that platformed a drag queen.

The Gateway Pundit reported that, while America’s military has seen plummeting recruiting numbers, the Navy used a drag queen to try to convince young Americans to join the branch.

A report from the Daily Caller revealed the Navy thought utilizing  Yeoman 2nd Class Joshua Kelley, a biological male who goes by the stage name “Harpy Daniels,” as Navy’s “Digital Ambassador” would somehow inspire future warriors.

The Digital Ambassador initiative in which Kelley participated ran from October 2022 to March 2023.

Posted on: Dec 10 12:44

Security researchers developed a new attack, which they named AutoSpill, to steal account credentials on Android during the autofill operation.

In a presentation at the Black Hat Europe security conference, researchers from the International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) at Hyderabad said that their tests showed that most password managers for Android are vulnerable to AutoSpill, even if there is no JavaScript injection.

Posted on: Dec 10 12:16

Roughly 38% of applications using the Apache Log4j library are using a version vulnerable to security issues, including Log4Shell, a critical vulnerability identified as CVE-2021-44228 that carries the maximum severity rating, despite patches being available for more than two years.

Log4Shell is an unauthenticated remote code execution (RCE) flaw that allows taking complete control over systems with Log4j 2.0-beta9 and up to 2.15.0.

The flaw was discovered as an actively exploited zero-day on December 10, 2021, and its widespread impact, ease of exploitation, and massive security implications acted as an open invitation to threat actors.

The circumstance prompted an extensive campaign to notify affected project maintainers and system administrators, but despite numerous warnings, a significant number of organizations continued to use vulnerable versions long after patches became available.

Posted on: Dec 10 12:14

Migrants recently released by the Border Patrol waited patiently to board flights leaving the region at the Tucson International Airport on Friday afternoon. The event marks their last day on the southwest border and their first day of free movement across the United States.

Despite the firm requirements for United States citizens and legally admitted international travelers to possess valid forms of identification to board aircraft, the migrants were shuffled through a “special” security screening line set up by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), specifically for migrants — many without any identification whatsoever.

Posted on: Dec 10 11:57

A female military veteran who tried to burn down Martin Luther King’s childhood home by pouring gasoline over the front porch has been identified.

Laneisha Henderson, 26, has been pictured for the first time since she was prevented from torching the historic building by tourists visiting the landmark.

The decorated navy veteran from Brandon, Florida, has been charged with attempted arson and interfering with government property over the incident following her arrest on Thursday.

She was also seen trying to yank the screen door off the front of the property, which was built in 1895 and was MLK Jr’s home until he was 12.

She was prevented from setting the Atlanta home ablaze by bystanders who saw her dousing the property’s windows in gasoline.

Webmaster addition: Was "someone" wanting to spark new BLM riots?

Posted on: Dec 10 10:39

More than 5,600 federal-only ballots were cast in the 2020 presidential election in Arizona, without proof of U.S. citizenship required by the voters who cast them, according to data from the state's counties. 

Arizona is a state with the unusual situation of bifurcated elections, in which residents who provide proof of U.S. citizenship can vote in all elections while the others may vote only in federal elections, resulting in ballots cast by voters who haven’t proven their U.S. citizenship. 

Arizona law requires residents registering to vote in the state to provide proof of U.S. citizenship

However, after the Supreme Court ruled in 2013 that Arizona must accept U.S. voter registration forms because of federal requirements under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, the state allows residents registering to vote who don't provide proof of citizenship to receive ballots for federal races only. 

Posted on: Dec 10 10:27

The forthcoming F-16 fighters that Ukraine is set to get from the West will be targeted and destroyed by the formidable 40N6 long-range missiles of the advanced S-400 air defense system deployed in the special military operation zone.

According to the agency's source, the 40N6 missile is already being actively used in the special military operation zone. Combined with the A-50U long-range radar reconnaissance aircraft, these missiles can engage targets over the horizon, including those maneuvering at high speed and low altitude.

It was noted that the S-400 would be able to intercept the aforementioned Western fighter jets as soon as they take off and gain altitude when deployed, making the 40N6 missile one of the main tools to counter F-16s.

Meanwhile, Sputnik turned to experts to find out the unique features of these missiles and what other means can be used to shoot down the expected F-16s.

Posted on: Dec 10 10:24

The Russian Armed Forces continue to strike the positions of Ukrainian troops and ammunition production sites with precision weapons.

The Russian military launched a combined strike on Ukrainian production sites for MLRS artillery, the Defense Ministry said.

"The Russian Armed Forces launched a combined strike with long-range airborne precision-guided weapons on the production sites of ammunition for 'Olha' and 'Grad' multiple launch rocket systems, and 'Grom' operational-tactical missiles," the ministry said.

Posted on: Dec 10 10:23