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"Americans deserve the freedom to choose a life without surveillance and the government regulation that would make that possible. While we continue to believe the sentiment, we fear it may soon be obsolete or irrelevant. We deserve that freedom, but the window to achieve it narrows a little more each day. If we don't act now, with great urgency, it may very well close for good." -- Charlie Warzel and Stuart A. Thompson, New York Times
For the last year and a half, a group of individuals in Arizona have been investigating the lack of accreditation of the laboratories that certify voting machine readers used in Arizona. Concerned that the machines are susceptible to manipulation — not just fully electronic voting machines but also electronic voting machine readers that are used with paper ballots here in Arizona — the group has made several unsuccessful attempts to get the courts to acknowledge the discrepancy, as well as calling upon elected officials in the state’s executive and legislative branches for assistance.
The group is currently represented by three members: Daniel Wood, Brian Steiner, and Paul Rice. Wood told The Arizona Sun Times, “Because the laboratories weren’t accredited, and the state didn’t adhere to the law, our election due process rights have been and are being violated. We would like to see ballots counted by hand instead of machine tabulation for the November election. If France, a country of 65 million people, can successfully count ballots by hand in its presidential election last April, a few counties in Arizona can do it.”
Electronic voting machines became commonly used after the disastrous 2000 presidential election, which left the winner unknown for days after the election due to “hanging chads” on the punch card paper ballots. In response, Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), which created incentives for states to switch to electronic voting machines. HAVA also formed the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) which was tasked with developing a set of standards participating states are required to follow. Two of those standards, “accreditation” and “certification,” are of particular importance. Accreditation is the act of verifying a company as meeting all official formal requirements of excellence, competency, integrity, and performance. The law assigns sole responsibility to the EAC for the accreditation of any company that “certifies” the integrity of electronic voting machines used in our elections.
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, known for her absurd hot takes, stepped in it again.
The Democrat-Socialist representative faced fierce backlash after she compared woman in Iran protesting for freedom to women in the United States protesting for unlimited abortion rights.
“Solidarity with the courageous women and allies in Iran protesting for their freedom. Mahsa Amini was senselessly murdered by the same patriarchal and autocratic forces repressing women the world over. The right to choose belongs to us all, from hijabs to reproductive care,” she said.
With Democrats more and more demanding mail-in elections, the delivery of those ballots – and the voluminous campaign literate – is becoming more and more important.
And that means Americans will rely more and more on the U.S. Postal Service.
Which, according to the Washington Times, now has been caught tracking the communications of 2nd Amendment advocates.
The report said the USPS "monitored protesters across the country, snooping on Americans focused on issues involving guns and President Biden’s election."
The Times said, "Postal inspectors tracked the actions of gun rights activists gathering in Richmond, Virginia; people preparing to demonstrate against police in Louisville, Kentucky, after an investigation into the police shooting of Breonna Taylor; and far-right groups headed to the District of Columbia after Mr. Biden’s election."
Covering Kiev’s expenses costs American taxpayers $1.5bn a month, according to the Ukrainian president
The Ukrainian authorities is being heavy supported with American money, with Washington contributing $1.5 cardinal per period to the budget, Ukraine’s President Vladimir Zelensky has revealed.
The sum was mentioned by the Ukrainian person during an interrogation with CBS big Margaret Brennan for the ‘Face the Nation’ program, which was aired connected Sunday.
Currently Kiev runs “a shortage of $5 cardinal successful our budget,” Zelenksy said, adding that “the United States gives america $1.5 cardinal each period to enactment our fund to fight” against Russia.
Zelensky argued that arming and different helping Ukraine militarily is simply a “win-win” for the US. He pledged that erstwhile Russia is defeated, the Ukrainian radical volition instrumentality to their location state and commencement paying taxes there, relieving the load connected American taxpayers.
After the fast spread of the pandemic of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) from China to the Western world, several large pharmaceutical companies quickly invented and manufactured COVID-19 vaccines, which were then made available to the public through emergency use authorization (EUA). And in late 2020, people around the world started to receive these vaccines.
According to Our World in Data, to date, 67.9 percent of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. While only 22.5 percent of people in low-income countries have received a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccination rates of developed countries are generally high—typically around 80 percent. For instance, the COVID-19 vaccination rates of the G7 countries are: 79.19 percent in the United States, 86.96 percent in Canada, 80.92 percent in France, 77.66 percent in Germany, 85.82 percent in Italy, 83.60 percent in Japan, and 79.97 percent in the UK.
However, in all countries and regions around the world, there are people who elect not to receive the COVID-19 vaccines for various reasons. They are a naturally occurring control group, as opposed to the vaccinated population (i.e. the experimental group). Indeed, the whole COVID-19 vaccine campaigns can be regarded as the unprecedented largest human clinical trials on vaccine safety, by design or not, as the vaccines’ long term safety data was not available when they were provided to people under EUA. Then, the unvaccinated population in different parts of the world are very unique large control groups in such a global clinical trial.
At least 15 people have been killed, including 11 children, after a gunman opened fire at a school in Izhevsk city, 960km (600 miles) east of the capital Moscow, authorities said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee identified the gunman as 34-year-old Artyom Kazantsev, a graduate of the school that he attacked. He shot himself dead at School No. 88 in Izhevsk, located west of the Ural Mountains in the Udmurt region, authorities said on Monday.
Of the two dozen people injured, 22 of them are children, some of whom were wounded jumping out of school windows as they fled.
Alexander Brechalov, the governor of Udmurt, said the gunman was a resident of Izhevsk who was registered at a psychoneurological dispensary.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) hosted monkeypox vaccine pop-up clinics in the city’s South of Market region earlier this month. A flyer for the event, posted on the SFDPH official Twitter account, stated that in order to be eligible for the free shot, participants must “belong to one of the following priority populations: Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Person of Color, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or a Current Sex Worker (all genders and orientations).”
“Today, I’m revealing a surprising truth nobody in the mainstream media will admit to. America’s economy will never return to ‘normal.’ Here’s why…”
– Nomi Prins, Investigative Journalist
British consumers have just one week left to spend the last £11 billion ($12.4 billion) of paper banknotes that remain in circulation before the cash ceases to become legal tender.
Webmaster addition: Australia went to a polymer note years ago and it does have advantages!
During a press conference in Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis provides information in regards to the incoming Hurricane Ian. Gov DeSantis activates 5,000 National Guardsmen to assist residents who are in evacuation zones, as well as removing tolls in the Tampa Bay area.
Hurricane Ian started as a tropical storm in the Caribbean, and is expected to hit Central Florida Tuesday night as a Cat 4, with winds of 140 miles.
The dutiful lackeys on The Left have scrambled to cover for their awful and dishonest politicians.
This time the Orwellian "redefinition" comes from a likely source, Planned Parenthood, after Stacey Abrams declared that a fetal heartbeat was just a male construct or something like that.
Stacey Abrams: "There is no such thing as a heartbeat at six weeks. It is a manufactured sound designed to convince people that men have the right to take control of a woman's body." 🤡
She actually said this:
Well, now Planned Parenthood has memory-holed their own websites mention of a fetal heartbeat.
The Doel 3 reactor in operation in Belgium for 40 years will be shut down on Friday in compliance with Belgian law on a nuclear phase-out.
Despite the energy crisis in Europe, the nuclear reactor in the town of Doel, north of the port city of Antwerp, will close on Friday.
This is the first time a nuclear reactor will be permanently shut down in Belgium.
The Doel 3 reactor, one of four reactors of the Doel Nuclear Power Plant, will disconnect from the grid at 21.15 local time due to the nuclear phase-out law enforced by past governments.
The 1,006 megawatt-hours capacitated reactor was built in 1978, was grid connected in 1982, and operated for 40 years.
In 2012, capillary cracks in the reactor pressure system were detected resulting in its closure for maintenance for two years.
Fake ‘meat’ sales are down 10.5% in 2022 due to ‘perception’ problems and high prices.
Fewer shoppers believe plant-based ‘meats’ are a healthier alternative to the real thing.
According to Deloitte, shoppers are also turned off by the ‘woke’ status of companies like Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat.
A new study in the journal Nature has found that U.S. universities hire most of their tenure-track faculty members from the same handful of elite institutions. The finding suggests that academic researchers have “little opportunity to obtain jobs at institutions considered more elite than the ones at which they were trained,” a summary of the study states.
A member of the Spanish government recently caught the attention of the international community after she made controversial statements regarding children and sexual consent.
A student at the University of Utah was arrested last week for making an obvious joke about the campus’ nuclear reactor and the university’s football team.
Moderate Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin implored Senate Republicans to pass his permitting reform side deal.
Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki conceded on Sunday that if the Democratic Party allowed the fast-approaching midterm elections to be a referendum on President Joe Biden, they would certainly lose.
Elon Musk announced he is activating Starlink satellite internet service in Iran after the nation cut off communications during recent protests.
This past week the Dilbert cartoon was removed from 77 newspapers across the country because of its messages being anti-woke.
Twenty wounded Ukrainian service members will be treated in Israel for the first time, Israel’s envoy to Ukraine said, amid an intense push from Kyiv for support from Israel.
Israel’s Ambassador to Ukraine Michael Brodsky said Sunday that the first two wounded Ukrainians were set to arrive in Israel Sunday for treatment at Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv.
“Israel will receive for treatment 20 Ukrainian servicemen who were seriously wounded during the war,” Brodsky said. “The treatment includes prosthetics and rehabilitation.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree toughening penalties for voluntary surrender to enemy forces, desertion and refusal to fight by up to 10 years in prison, just days after ordering a partial mobilisation of 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine.
The move came on a day Moscow replaced its top logistics general after a series of setbacks to its seven-month war in Ukraine. “Army General Dmitry Bulgakov has been relieved of the post of deputy minister of defence” and will be replaced by Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, aged 60, the defence ministry said on Saturday.
U.S. support for "rioters" is contrary to Washington's diplomatic stance towards Iran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency on Sunday.
"Peaceful protest is the right of every nation. However, the U.S. involvement in Iran's affairs and support to 'rioters' in implementing their destabilisation project is in clear conflict with Washington's diplomatic messages to Iran regarding the necessity of a nuclear deal and establishing stability in the region," Amirabdollahian said.
Marvel Studios’ decision to feature an Israeli superhero called “Sabra” in its upcoming film has been met by outrage from Palestinian artists who say it is evidence of “racism” and “white-washing colonialism”.
Marvel, which is based in New York and is owned by Disney, announced late last week that the character, who operates as an Israeli intelligence (Mossad) agent, would be featured in the 2024 Captain America movie.
The Joe Biden administration has sent several warnings to Russia via backchannels regarding the possible use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine, the Washington Post reports. The White House’s messages to Russia have been intentionally nondescript to foster uncertainty in Moscow about what the US would do if Russia deployed its ultimate weapon.
The White House has sent the message several times since the war in Ukraine started, according to the US officials who spoke with the Post. The White House’s communications with the Kremlin have been intentionally vague.
The Biden administration believes these nonspecific threats will deter Russia through "strategic ambiguity." "Strategic ambiguity" is an intentionally unclear policy that causes the enemy not to act out of fear it could cross a red line without knowing it.
For nearly 50 years, the US maintained a policy of "strategic ambiguity" toward Taiwan. By refusing to commit to defending the island, Washington has deterred Taipei from declaring independence. At the same time, suggesting it could defend Taiwan has deterred China from acting more aggressively against the island.
The economy is braking hard, if the Fed keeps this up, they are going to have a serious recession and people will lose their jobs. Look at the housing market, the Fed has caused a crash of unprecedented proportions and you are seeing housing prices correct. They are taking a sledgehammer to the economy and they don’t need to”
Barry Sternlicht — Billionaire Chairman & CEO of Starwood Capital
“I can not help but emphasize that we are not just at war with Ukraine or the Ukraine army, we are at war with the collective West.”
Sergei Shoigu, The Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation General of the Army
“Ignore the government and all its fake numbers. The CDC now has zero credibility, along with the FDA and all other government agencies. Listen to them at your own peril. If you follow their advice you will be guaranteed to be miserable, lonely, confused and unhealthy”.