"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco
Content moderation is still alive and well at Twitter as an account has been suspended for a not-so-veiled threat against conservative voices.
According to a screenshot, @little_hoot tweeted: “Chaya Raichik, Tim Pool, Matt Walsh, Jaimee Michell, et al have been way too comfortable lately. I personally think they should have to fear for their lives more.”
The screenshot was retweeted by Greg Price and posted by Libs of TikTok. It asked if such threats are still restricted by the social media platform’s terms of service. New Twitter CEO Elon Musk replied: “Yes.”
In remarks to reporters on Thanksgiving, President Joe Biden once again attacked Americans’ Second Amendment rights — claiming that allowing “semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick” and vowing to ban them.
During his Thanksgiving vacation — while visiting a fire station on Nantucket Island and bringing pies to firefighters for their holiday celebration — Biden stopped to speak with reporters.
“The idea we still allow semiautomatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick,” the president said. “It has no, no social redeeming value. Zero.”
Biden was also asked about the recent shooting at a Walmart, in which one of the store’s managers allegedly opened fire on several of the store’s employees with a handgun, killing six. In response to the deadly massacre, the president shared his thoughts on gun control.
“Not a single solitary rationale for it except profit for the gun manufacturers,” he said, continuing his comments attacking the idea of Americans being allowed to purchase semiautomatic firearms.
Twitter owner Elon Musk has announced that the company may soon release internal discussions related to the social media platform’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Musk argued that the release of the information is necessary to restore public trust in his response to a tweet from Alex Lorusso, whose Twitter account was recently reinstated.
“Raise your hand if you think @ElonMusk should make public all internal discussions about the decision to censor the @NYPost’s story on Hunter Biden’s laptop before the 2020 Election in the interest of Transparency,” said Lorusso, a staffer at the conservative campus organization Turning Point USA.
State election laws are under fire after a Staten Island grand jury found various instances of ballot fraud in the city council race last year according to reporting from the New York Post.
Staten Island District Attorney Michael McMahon released a report from the grand jury that consisted of 38 pages and made recommendations for changes that could be made to the law to ensure that these elections are fairer and that fraud doesn't creep more into the process.
"This report should alarm all involved in the electoral process on Staten Island and across New York city and state, including the general voting public," said McMahon about the process.
The report didn't make it clear as to which race the fraud was found in. It stated that there wasn't enough evidence to convict anyone specifically related to this event. However, there was enough evidence for the grand jury to release the list of recommendations for how the law could be changed for the betterment of the way that the city runs its races.
New shocking reports from Breitbart state that leadership in Canada spoke about the potential to use the Canadian army to try to handle freedom protestors last year.
Text exchanges between Justice Minister David Lametti and Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino show that the two discussed the possibility of using the military to try to shut down some freedom protests throughout the country.
Breitbart reports that the messages between the two stated the following:
“you need to get the police to move. And the CAF [Canadian Armed Forces] if necessary. Too many people are being seriously adversely impacted by what is an occupation. I am getting out as soon as I can.”
Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers, accused that criticism against her might lead to violence.
This is according to the latest reporting from The Blaze.
You might wonder why this would have come up at this moment. The answer is because Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is starting to see what might happen if he takes a step in the direction of potentially running for President in 2024.
If he moves in that direction, he must be able to say what he wants and express his opinions in full. However, Weingarten doesn't seem to think so. She insists that Pompeo expressing his frustration with the education system will "lead to violence."
The first Starbucks to unionize was in the restaurant’s home city, Seattle.
Now, that same Starbucks is closing its doors soon.
According to CNN, “A company spokesperson cited safety concerns, saying that “unfortunately, despite several mitigating efforts, safety and security incidents at our Broadway and Denny store have continued to escalate.” The spokesperson said the store will be closed to customers on December 9.”
As the United States and many around the world have been focused on the political activities of FTX Founder Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF) leading into the 2022 midterms, few have thought to examine how both SBF and his company affected local elections that occurred at the same time.
The British Parliament may start debating the Online Safety Bill again as soon as this week. The bill is a deeply flawed censorship proposal that would allow U.K. residents to be thrown in jail for what they say online. It would also force online service providers to use government-approved software to search for user content that is deemed to be related to terrorism or child abuse. In the process, it will undermine our right to have a private conversation, and the technologies that protect that right, like end-to-end encryption.
In a letter published today, EFF has joined dozens of security researchers and human rights groups to send a clear message to incoming U.K. prime minister Rishi Sunak: the Online Safety Bill must not undermine encryption. As the letter notes, in its current form, the Online Safety Bill “contains clauses that would erode end-to-end encryption in private messaging.” It continues:
Undermining protections for end-to-end encryption would make UK businesses and individuals less safe online, including the very groups that the Online Safety Bill intends to protect. Furthermore, because the right to privacy and freedom of expression are intertwined, these proposals would undermine freedom of speech, a key characteristic of free societies that differentiate the UK from aggressors that use oppression and coercion to achieve their aims.
In the past few years, we’ve seen a number of proposals brought forward by governments that want to scan user-to-user communications for criminal content: the U.S. EARN IT Act, and the EU’s proposal to scan private chats. All of these proposals suffer from the incorrect belief that a backdoor or other workaround to read encrypted messages can be designed for use only in benevolent ways.
That isn’t the case, and never will be. Criminals, rogue employees, domestic abusers, and authoritarian govern
The United States' 92 nuclear reactors currently in operation have a mean age of 41.6 years, the third oldest in the world.
As Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports, the only nuclear fleets that are older are those of Switzerland (46.3 years) and Belgium (42.3 years). Also older are the singular reactors in use in Armenia and the Netherlands.
A study conducted by scientists at the University of Colorado confirms the vast majority of humanity has had absolutely no choice in the matter of whether they wish to get the Covid-19 injection or not because the vaccinated have been transmitting antibodies generated by the injections through aerosols.
The findings should however come as no surprise because a confidential Pfizer document had already confirmed exposure to the mRNA injections was perfectly possible by skin-to-skin contact and breathing the same air as someone who had been given the Covid-19 jab.
They also, unfortunately, add weight to the claims made by Dr Phillipe van Welbergen, who demonstrated that graphene, an alleged undisclosed ingredient of the Covid-19 injections, is being transmitted from the vaccinated to the not-vaccinated and destroying red blood cells and causing dangerous blood clots.
This week, another evil mass shooter unleashed horror at a gay club in Colorado Springs, killing 5 and wounding another 25. The shooter - whose name I refuse to mention in order to disincentivize future shooters, who seek notoriety - was clearly mentally ill: Just last year, the shooter reportedly threatened his mother with a bomb, resulting in his arrest. Yet Colorado’s red flag law, which could have deprived him of legal access to weaponry, was not invoked by either police or relatives. The Colorado Springs massacre, then, is yet another example of a perpetrator with more red flags than a bullfighting convention, and no one in authority willing to take action to do anything about him.
Yet the national conversation, as it so often does, has now been directed away from the question at hand - how to prevent mass shootings - and toward broader politics. Instead of seeking methodologies that might be effective in finding and stopping deranged individuals seeking murder without curbing rights and liberties for hundreds of millions of people, our political and media leaders have decided to blame Americans who oppose same-sex marriage, drag queen story hour, and “family-friendly” drag shows.
Disagreement with the radical Leftist social agenda amounts to incitement to violence, they argue.
A new report from the electricity and gas utility National Grid (which serves parts of New York and Massachusetts) found a rapid increase in electric vehicles on the city streets and highways will require upgraded power grids to handle all the new demand. By 2035, a charging station could demand as much power as a sports arena or small town.
National Grid expects by 2035, large charging stations serving EVs, from SUVs and pickup trucks to delivery vans and semi-trucks, would require 19 megawatts of peak power -- that's approximately what a small town uses. In 2045, those large charging stations could demand upwards of 30 megawatts of capacity, with peak usage of a large manufacturing plant.
The Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration approved the application (pdf) for Enterprise’s Sea Port Oil Terminal, one of four proposed offshore oil export terminals, on Monday.
According to the application, the port will be located offshore of Freeport, Texas. It will have 4.8 million barrels of storage capacity and add 2 million barrels per day to the U.S. oil export capacity.
In its 94-page decision (pdf), the Maritime Administration said that it had approved the application because the construction and operation of the port is “in the national interest and consistent with other policy goals and objectives.”
A former United Furniture Industries employee claims the furniture manufacturer, headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi, violated federal law by failing to give 60 days’ notice of its abrupt shutdown to nearly 2,700 employees and truck drivers, who found themselves without jobs two days before Thanksgiving.
Former UFI employees, operating under the Lane Furniture brand name, were blindsided early Tuesday morning after receiving either an email or text message instructing them not to report to work that day because their jobs were being immediately terminated “due to unforeseen business circumstances.”
As of publication Wednesday, Todd Evans, CEO of UFI, failed to respond to FreightWaves’ requests seeking comment about what precipitated the mass firing.
It looks as though Jeff Bezos is following through on his promise to give away most of his fortune in his lifetime...
The Amazon founder and billionaire announced last week on Instagram that he recently awarded 40 grants as part of his Bezos Day 1 Families Fund initiative, which will go to fight homelessness.
They make up a portion of a $2 billion commitment Bezos has made to fight homelessness, according to CNN. In an exclusive interview with the network, Bezos had previously said he "plans to donate the majority of his $124 billion net worth during his lifetime".
“With these funds, the organizations will continue their compassionate, needle-moving work to help families move from unsheltered homelessness and shelters to permanent housing with the services they require to achieve stability," a statement from Bezos said.
The $1.2 trillion infrastructure package that Congress passed in November 2021 is touted as one of the signature accomplishments of the Biden administration. However, a fatal flaw in the law is gumming up the works and making it hard to turn all that money into new bridges and roads.
That flaw is a far more expansive "Buy American" provision than what's been typically used previously. As state and local government "trade" publication Route Fifty explains:
"The law added more materials that must be produced in the United States on projects getting federal money. Before, for example, the Buy America provisions applied to iron and steel. Now, they'll apply to construction materials such as copper wiring, glass, fiber optic cable, and plastics."
That's causing a rising backlash from state transportation departments -- in red and blue states alike.
This month, Roger Millar, Washington state's secretary of transportation, sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation on behalf of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials begging for relief from the red tape:
"The quick implementation of Buy America requirements for such a broad range of materials will cause delays in project delivery while states, contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers continue working to determine how best to track and verify these materials."