Microsoft co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates again responded to questions about his relationship with sex offender financier Jeffrey Epstein, saying that “there was never any relationship.”
“I had dinner with him and that’s all,” Gates said in response to a question from an Australia Broadcasting Corporation reporter. When pressed further, Gates said that “there never was any relationship of any kind” after being asked if there is a connection between Epstein and the Gates Foundation.
The reporter, Sarah Ferguson, asked if he regretted the relationship, saying that it went against the wishes of his ex-wife, Melinda. “You’re going way back in time. But yeah, I will say for the, you know, over [the] hundredth time that I shouldn’t have had dinners with him,” Gates said in the interview, published Jan. 30.
Ferguson noted that Epstein was involved in “sexually compromising people” and asked whether his ex-wife warned him about that. “No,” Gates said.
President Biden's 70-person social media team tweeted a photo of the president in the new Hummer EV. They celebrated the president's push to 'electrify and greenify' America.
The president has signed an Executive Order that sets a new target to make about half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles. The main idea behind the EV push is to "cut emissions," according to the Executive Order.
Though there's a dirty side to clean energy, one of these inconvenient truths is the very EV the president is sitting in pollutes more than a typical gasoline-powered sedan, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
ACEEE revealed the inconvenient truth about the Hummer EV in a report last year:
Emissions per mile driven are lower for EVs than for similarly sized gasoline-powered cars, but they are not zero. The Chevy Bolt EV is responsible for about 92 grams of carbon dioxide (CO2) per mile when accounting for emissions from the electric grid. (The CO2 calculations are based on the national average, but electric grid emissions vary considerably across the country.) The gasoline-powered Chevy Malibu causes over 320 grams per mile. Comparing larger vehicles, the original Hummer H1 emits 889 grams of CO2 per mile and the new Hummer EV causes 341 grams, demonstrating that behemoth EVs can still be worse for the environment than smaller, conventional vehicles.
Despite the world-beating rally in Chinese assets, positioning data show a clear dichotomy among investors’ views on the nation.
While hedge funds have boosted their exposure to Chinese stocks to near an all-time high again, mutual funds – which tend to have a longer-term investment horizon — remain significantly underweight, according to Goldman Sachs. Such a divergence shows that Chinese assets are viewed only as a three-month “trade,” rather than a three-year “investment.”
China’s manufacturing and services survey data Tuesday confirmed that the economy is bouncing back. The International Monetary Fund also raised China’s growth forecast this year by 0.8 percentage point to 5.2%, making it one of few major economies that may see growth accelerate this year.
With the economy healing, it’s not surprising that foreign investors are scooping up Chinese stocks hand over fist. The inflow into equities via the stock connect in January reached a record $21 billion, already exceeding the influx for the whole year of 2022.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday said that his Egyptian counterpart delivered a message from Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on Russia to “stop” its war in Ukraine.
Lavrov met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in Moscow and told reporters that Shoukry “conveyed a message” from Blinken, who was in Cairo on Monday. “Russia is ready to listen to any serious proposal that is aimed at resolving the current situation in its comprehensive context,” Lavrov said, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
Lavrov said that the message was that Russia should “should stop, that Russia should quit, and then everything will be fine.” He said Blinken “omitted” something from the message, pointing to recent comments from NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, who called for Russia’s defeat in Ukraine.
Webmaster addition: I get a sense the US is looking for a clean exit strategy; one in which the US doesn't look like it lost another war.
The world is a mess, but Washington is determined to fix it. The secretary of state flies around the globe issuing instructions to friends and foes alike. When foreign officials refuse to listen, Uncle Sam dons his mailed fist.
First come sanctions to back his commands. Washington’s ability and willingness to conduct economic warfare is nonpareil. The U.S. and its allies understandably fret over Chinese economic coercion, such as trade restrictions, bans on tourism, and restrictions of investment. However, the Treasury Department issues new economic sanctions almost daily. Thousands of governments, businesses, officials, and others are presently on its naughty list.
With nary a thought, let alone serious debate, Congress also penalizes other nations—friends as well as foes—that flout its will. Worst is imposing economic sanctions on already impoverished populations in an attempt to oust or influence their governments. Americans pay for such controls, which greatly complicate international investment, trade, and services, but foreign peoples suffer far more.
Armenia on Tuesday asked President Vladimir Putin to take a tougher line on Nagorno-Karabakh and for Russian peacekeepers to end what it calls Azerbaijan's blockade of the only road leading to the enclave.
Armenia said Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan had spoken to Putin about the resulting humanitarian crisis in Nagorno-Karabakh and had "highlighted" the importance of Russia taking the necessary steps to overcome it.
"In this context, reference was made to the activities of the Russian peacekeeping mission in Nagorno-Karabakh," the Armenian government said in a statement.
Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but its 120,000 inhabitants are predominantly ethnic Armenians and it broke away from Baku in a first war in the early 1990s.
Azeri civilians identifying themselves as environmental activists have been facing off since Dec. 12 with Russian peacekeepers on the Lachin corridor, the only road across Azerbaijan that links Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh.
Activist group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for all records and communications between the Surgeon General’s office and social media companies about COVID-19 vaccines.
Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the HHS refused to adequately respond to a FOIA request filed in March 2022.
We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here.
The request was for: “All records, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, texts, memoranda, and handwritten notes, of, regarding, referring, or relating to any efforts of Alexandria Phillips, Communications Director, Office of the Surgeon General, to contact any employee of Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat, Reddit, YouTube, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Pinterest concerning COVID-19 vaccines.”
Surgeon General Vivek Murthy has previously called for censorship of Covid misinformation. In 2021, he published a report titled “Confronting Health Misinformation,” which aimed to “slow the spread of health misinformation during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.”
The report encouraged platforms to censor vaccine misinformation and other misinformation related to the pandemic.
In March 2022, Murthy ordered social media platforms to hand over information about accounts spreading Covid misinformation.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “Biden’s Surgeon General is abusing his office to pressure Big Tech companies to censor Americans. This lawsuit aims to uncover the details of this government attack on the First Amendment.”
A group of 57 leading scientists, doctors and policy experts has released a report calling in to question the safety and efficacy of the current COVID-19 vaccines and are now calling for an immediate end to all vaccine programs. We urge you to read and share this damning report.
There are two certainties regarding the global distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The first is that governments and the vast majority of the mainstream media are pushing with all their might to get these experimental drugs into as many people as possible. The second is that those who are willing to face the scorn that comes with asking serious questions about vaccines are critical players in our ongoing effort to spread the truth.
You can read an advanced copy of this manuscript in preprint below. It has been prepared by nearly five dozen highly respected doctors, scientists, and public policy experts from across the globe to be urgently sent to world leaders as well as all who are associated with the production and distribution of the various Covid-19 vaccines in circulation today.
Alec Baldwin was formally charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter for shooting dead Halyna Hutchins on the set of their movie Rust in October 2021.
Prosecutors in Santa Fe, New Mexico, stated he was 'distracted' during firearm training and shortly after the incident admitted to officers he had fired the weapon - something he would later vehemently deny.
Mary Carmack-Altwies, the Santa Fe district attorney, reported that the Oscar-nominated actor and producer of the film was not present for firearms training prior to the start of filming - and when an hour-long training session was scheduled, he appeared uninterested and was on his cell phone.
Webmaster addition: If there was a formal firearms training program, that gets the production off of the hook and lands the guilt squarely on Baldwin.
Ambitious media frauds Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair crippled the reputations of the New Republic and New York Times, respectively, by slipping years of invented news stories into their pages. Thanks to the Twitter Files, we can welcome a new member to their infamous club: Hamilton 68.
If one goes by volume alone, this oft-cited neoliberal think-tank that spawned hundreds of fraudulent headlines and TV news segments may go down as the single greatest case of media fabulism in American history. Virtually every major news organization in America is implicated, including NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post. Mother Jones alone did at least 14 stories pegged to the group’s “research.” Even fact-checking sites like Politifact and Snopes cited Hamilton 68 as a source.
Hamilton 68 was and is a computerized “dashboard” designed to be used by reporters and academics to measure “Russian disinformation.” It was the brainchild of former FBI agent (and current MSNBC “disinformation expert”) Clint Watts, and backed by the German Marshall Fund and the Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan think-tank. The latter’s advisory panel includes former acting CIA chief Michael Morell, former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, former Hillary for America chair John Podesta, and onetime Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol.
Taiwan has scrambled fighter jets, put its navy on alert and activated missile systems in response to large-scale manoeuvres of 34 Chinese military aircraft and nine warships in the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing yesterday instructed its air force and navy to perform a major operation which saw 20 Chinese aircraft cross the central line of the Strait, long seen as a buffer zone between the island nation and mainland China, according to Taiwanese defence officials.
It is the latest escalation of tensions between the two states and comes after weeks of Chinese military drills close to Taiwanese air space, leading Taipei and its US allies to be wary of a potential blockade or outright attack.
President Joe Biden answered a question on ending the three-year COVID emergencies by grabbing a reporter's hand and squeezing himself underneath her umbrella on Tuesday.
Before boarding a flight to New York, the 80-year-old walked over to NBC News' Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker when she asked: 'What's behind your decision to end the COVID emergency?'
Palestinian activists and local leaders affirmed on Monday that they have begun to form popular protection committees in the occupied West Bank villages to counter attacks by Israeli settlers.
On Sunday, hundreds of Israeli settlers launched over 144 attacks on Palestinian property across various occupied West Bank villages, especially in the south Nablus and north Ramallah regions.
Following the attacks, Palestinian factions called upon Palestinians to form local protection committees in the West Bank.
Israeli jail authorities assaulted Palestinian women prisoners on Tuesday morning amid a push to enforce strict new measures against Palestinian inmates introduced by Israel's far-right Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir.
The Palestinian Prisoners' Society said in a statement that Israeli forces beat women prisoners in Damon jail, fired tear gas at them and used pepper spray.
The Palestinian Authority's prisoners' affairs commission said the Israel Prison Service (IPS) also confiscated electronic devices and some personal items from the prisoners in what it called "collective punishment".
In response, the prisoners set some cells ablaze. The IPS said Yasmeen Shaaban, the representative of the Palestinian women prisoners who was among those assaulted, was put in solitary confinement for attempting to set her cell on fire.
The West must ignore Vladimir Putin's nuclear threats, a top advisor to Ukraine's President Zelensky has said.
The Kremlin claimed that it would resort to nuclear conflict if Europe and the US increased their supply of weapons and machinery to Ukraine.
Mykhailo Podolyak, an advisor to President Zelensky, told The Times: 'Putin is not ready to press the red button' as Russia understands the consequences of doing so.
When news broke that Tyre Nichols, a black man, was killed by 5 Memphis police officers, liberal media was ecstatic. Here they thought was another George Floyd case that the presstitutes could use to whip up hatred and burn down some more white business districts in US cities. The presstitutes were disappointed to learn that all five cops were black.
This stopped them, but not for long. CNN rushed to the rescue with the headline: “The police who killed Tyre Nichols were Black. But they might still have been driven by racism.” As the CNN story put it, blacks are also racist against blacks, because white “society’s message that black people are inferior, unworthy, and dangerous is pervasive.” Evil white society has even created black racial hatred of blacks. https://www.cnn.com/2023/01/27/opinions/tyre-nichols-memphis-police-department-jones/index.html
The same week white cops shot a white man seven times for no reason in the doorway of his home while his wife looked on in horror. The police excuse is their claim they had heard gunfire and for unknown reasons concluded Jason Kloepfer was responsible and was holding a hostage, none of which was true. I posted about this on January 25: https://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2023/01/25/what-is-it-about-the-police-that-they-never-learn-and-are-destroying-their-public-support/
The New York Post carried the story–https://nypost.com/2023/01/23/unarmed-disabled-man-jason-kloepfer-shot-by-cops-video/ –but otherwise you had to learn about it from the British media. There were no NPR or CNN specials on white cops shooting white people. It doesn’t fit the official narrative constructed by the white liberal media whores, who have devoted their lives to teaching black Americans to hate white Americans. Interest in police shooting is limited to black victims, and the cause is always white racism even if the cops are black. The whore media never lets any facts get in the way of the narrative.
House Oversight Committee chairman James Comer, R-Ky., said he believes First Son Hunter Biden was "in proximity" to the classified documents found in President Biden's garage.
Comer told reporters on Tuesday that he believes Biden's son was around the classified documents found next to the president's Corvette in his Wilmington, Delaware garage.
The Kentucky Republican noted that in "the beginning, the story was at the National Archive triggered the raid on Mar-a-Lago and that the administration has "come back and implied that it wasn't the National Archives that it was actually the Department of Justice."
PayPal said Tuesday it will trim about 7 per cent of its total workforce, or about 2,000 full-time workers, as the digital payments company contends with what it calls 'the challenging macro-economic environment'.
PayPal said it will make the cuts over several weeks, with some of its organizations affected more than others. The company did not further specify. PayPal is the parent of Venmo, Xoom and Honey, among other brands.
The company based in San Jose, California, is the latest in the technology sector to trim its headcount. During the month of January alone, Google, Microsoft and Salesforce announced tens of thousands of layoffs. This has mostly been put down to a need to reduce costs as economic growth slows down around the world.
Webmaster addition: I guess unplugging accounts that questioned vaccine safety or election honesty wasn't a good business decision!
Republican lawmakers on Tuesday pushed for the bill the Pandemic is Over Act that passed in a party line vote, 220 to 210. A second bill, the Freedom for Health Care Workers Act, was also passed with the votes of seven democrats.
The bill will now be heard in the Senate and if passed would eliminate the health emergency that has been in tact since 2020.
Webmaster addition: This will get interesting. If the Senate passes this bill and Joe Biden vetoes, he will kill Democratic chances in 2024 across the board. If Biden allows this bill to become law, then he faces investigation as to just where all those trillions of taxpayer dollars went!
The sanctuary state of California recently broke a new record in issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.
Breitbart reports that the state has given more than one million illegal alien licenses. According to data published by CalMatters, about four out of every ten illegal aliens in California have picture proof to drive and operate a motor vehicle.
Issuing driver’s licenses to illegal aliens in California started in 2015. The Safe and Responsible Drivers Act gave undocumented residents the right to obtain an AB 60 driver’s license. The AB 60 license is a special license that allows undocumented California residents to drive legally.
Webmaster addition: California's motor-voter law means that all these illegals are offered the opportunity to register to vote!
Artemovsk is in an operational environment, said Yan Gagin, assistant to the acting head of the DPR, on the air of the Rossiya 24 TV channel.
"Our forces are closing the ring outside the city. Now there are battles for control of the route of the Yar — Artemovsk Clock," he said.
According to Gagin, the Russian army struck at enemy columns moving along this road, which remains the last way to supply the Ukrainian group. Artemovsk (Ukrainian name — Bakhmut) is located in the Kiev-controlled part of the DPR, north of Gorlovka. Fierce fighting has been going on there in recent weeks. According to the founder of the Wagner group, Yevgeny Prigozhin, the liberation of the city will stop the Ukrainian offensive in any direction.
Russia has been conducting a military special operation in Ukraine since February 24. Vladimir Putin called its task "to protect people who have been subjected to bullying and genocide by the Kiev regime for eight years." According to the President, the ultimate goal of the operation is the liberation of Donbass and the creation of conditions that guarantee the security of Russia itself.
An MIT expert in analytics and risk management in health systems is calling for the immediate halt of worldwide mRNA vaccination programs due to “mounting and indisputable evidence” that the shots are harming young people.
“They should stop because they completely failed to fulfill any of their advertised promises regarding efficacy,” said Retsef Levi, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management since 2006. “And more importantly, they should stop because of the mounting and indisputable evidence that they cause an unprecedented level of harm, including the death of young people and children.”
In a video posted on Twitter Monday morning, Levi cited numerous studies that show how the mRNA vaccines are causing a significant increase in cases of myocarditis throughout the world.
The professor noted that he has decades of experience as an expert in analytics and risk management in health systems.
“I have more than 30 years as a practitioner and an academic in using data and analytics to assess and manage risk particularly in the context of health systems, health policies, as well as management of safety and quality of manufacturing of biologic drugs,” he said.
One downside of reading me is that tomorrow’s headlines aren’t as full of surprises. For example, while much of the media world is currently stunned that the five Memphis cops who beat a black motorist to death are black, my regular readers aren’t.
I start with empirical observations and look for the simplest and most powerful explanations of reality. For example, I’m one of the few who point out that all the data show that America has a big problem with black violence.
In contrast, the conventional wisdom starts with simpleminded racist bigotry: Whites are the Bad Race and blacks are the Good Race.
So when blacks, such as the Memphis Five, behave so badly that it demands national attention, we are deluged with labored explanations of how blacks killing a black must be the fault of white supremacy. But as I wrote during the first week of 2020’s Mostly Peaceful Protests:
What America needs to do is treat blacks as human beings with free will who when they make good choices should enjoy the benefits and when they make bad choices should experience the consequences. Instead, The Establishment views blacks as our Sacred Cows, above criticism, but beneath agency.