Australia’s fifth-largest bank has announced it will scrap cash transactions in all its branches, outraging customers and consumer advocates. Macquarie Bank will begin phasing out all cash, cheque and phone payment services in its Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane branches from January as moves to digital-only transactions. It will have ceased all in-branch cash transactions by next November.
‘Between January 2024 and November 2024, we’ll be phasing out our cash and cheque services across all Macquarie banking and wealth management products, including pension and super accounts,’ the bank said in a statement.
Finance expert Sarah Wells told Daily Mail Australia that Macquarie’s move ‘is the next step [towards] a cashless society.’ ‘My biggest concern is when one starts the rest will follow,’ she said. Earlier this year ANZ and Commonwealth Bank to stop handling cash in a handful branches but no bank had taken the step across all its branches.
‘The next [step] may be cash rationing at ATMS which for some won’t be an issue but for others it will be, especially as brick and mortar banks look to serve their customers over the needs of those that use their ATMs,’ Ms Wells told Daily Mail Australia.
YouTube recently demonetized a video it had previously approved consisting entirely of quotes of Republicans and Democrats alleging election vulnerabilities and crimes, the video’s creator confirmed to The Federalist Tuesday. Matt Orfalea showed The Federalist a June 7 email from YouTube saying his video was “suitable for all advertisers” after “manually reviewing.”
A YouTube spokesman Tuesday, however, told The Federalist the video was just a few months later banned from providing its creator ad revenue because it contained “demonstrably false claims that could significantly undermine participation or trust in an electoral process.” The spokesman did not answer The Federalist’s question of exactly what information in the video was “demonstrably false.”
With no other notification from YouTube, on Aug. 21, Orfalea found a notice inside his channel saying a YouTube reviewer had decided the video depicted or encouraged “harmful or dangerous acts” and presented “situations that may endanger participants.” The video consists entirely of quotes from Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, a few TV reporters, and some other Republicans and Democrats publicly contesting election results from 2016 to 2020.
“I don’t think I needed it,” Kelly said. “I think I would have been fine. I’d got COVID many times, and I — it was well past when the vaccine was doing what it was supposed to be doing.”
But there is another, more critical reason for her change of heart.
After being vaccinated and boosted and then having COVID, Kelly began suffering from an autoimmune issue, she said.
“And then, for the first time, I tested positive for an autoimmune issue at my annual physical,” she told Zweig. “And I went to the best rheumatologist in New York, and I asked her, ‘Do you think this could have to do with the fact that I got the damn booster and then got COVID within three weeks?’
“And she said yes. Yes. I wasn’t the only one she’d seen that with.”
Webmaster addition: Been there, done that, burned the t-shirt!
Washington’s massive campaign to support Ukraine with arms amounts to a war against Russia, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said, adding that the US has long groomed Kiev for this very purpose.
In a comment to Russian reporter Pavel Zarubin released on Sunday, Lavrov suggested that rumors about Washington possibly giving the green light to the delivery of Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), which have a range of up to 300km, were aimed at “shaping public opinion.”
According to the minister, these deliberations would not change the fact that “for many years Ukraine has been groomed to fight with its hands and bodies in order to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia.” Lavrov accused the US of controlling the hostilities between Kiev and Moscow.
The reports are piling up — just like Ukrainian corpses — of Ukraine’s massive losses on the battlefield. A year ago, according to the Telegraph, lhopes ran high in Ukraine about an imminent victory. That celebratory chorus is gone; replaced by a funeral dirge.
As Alina Mykhailova, an officer and paramedic in the Ukrainian Army, spoke about how the killing of her commander had “orphaned” her unit, her pain was palpable.
“On losing this man, whom I loved so much and with whom I had shared so much, I realised that we in the battalion were now all orphans,” she said, wiping away tears while the audience before her struggled to contain theirs. . . .
“Perhaps the biggest difference from 2022 is that so many people have now died,” said Dmytro Natalukha, a Ukrainian MP attending the conference. “One in two people now know somebody who has died in the fighting. I’ve lost count of the number of my friends I’ve lost.”
One officer, speaking off the record, spoke about the toll that attacking across minefields against well-dug-in defenders without air cover had taken on his company. The men replacing those who had fallen, he added, lacked the same level of training and motivation. And, if the war drags on for one or two more years, the strain on Ukraine’s limited human resources could become immense.
Official figures published by the UK Government reveal the fully/triple vaccinated population have accounted for over 9 in every 10 Covid-19 deaths in England over the past year, 91% of all Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of 2022, and 94% of all Covid-19 deaths since the beginning of April 2022.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogansaid on 16 September that Ankara could “part ways” with the EU if necessary, following the release of a European Parliament report rejecting the possibility of Turkiye joining the EU soon.
The report instead suggested the EU explore “a parallel and realistic framework,” such as a customs union, to determine its ties with Ankara.
“The EU is trying to break away from Turkiye,” Erdogan told reporters. “We will make our evaluations against these developments and if necessary, we can part ways with the EU.”
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said the European Parliament report contained unfounded allegations and prejudices and took “a shallow and non-visionary” approach to the country’s ties with the EU.
Visa liberalization, which would give Turkish citizens visa-free travel to the bloc for long periods, is a significant reason Turkiye wishes to join the EU. Many Turkish citizens work in EU states, most notably Germany, and EU membership for Turkiye would free them of the difficult bureaucratic process needed to obtain visas.
Box loads of Pfizer's latest COVID-19 Death Dart, marked with its brand name COMINARTY" are arriving at US Military Bases. The boxes are labelled "2023-2024." They're planning another COVID outbreak to steal the Presidential Election (again) next year.
This has got to be one very smart virus; it seems to KNOW that it can only come out when a Presidential Election is coming, so they can demand mail-in paper ballots, and steal the election again; just like they did in 2020.
Except we're not falling for this again. DO NOT COMPLY.
No more of their death dart, phony, "vaccines. No more masks. No more social distancing, and for damn sure, no more "lockdowns."
That whole thing was total bullshit for a virus that is no worse than a nasty Flu.
World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab is not afraid to tell the rest of us the truth about unpleasant matters like how in the future we’ll all own nothing and be eating bugs. But what DOES strike fear in Schwab’s otherwise black heart is the prospect of the huddles masses rising up against “the system” and directing their anger at elites like, well, Klaus Schwab.
Professional tennis player Novak Djokovic gained a good deal of notoriety for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID, even being refused entry to the United States to play in the 2022 U.S. Open as a result. So it was particularly amusing when, after Djokovic won this year’s U.S. Open, the announcers credited him with the “Shot of the Day” sponsored by… wait for it… Monsanto.
The United Nations wants to “massively ramp up” its side of an “information war” against “misinformation,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Fleming has declared.
In a speech to this summer’s Nobel Prize Summit, highlighted on X this week by podcaster Kyle Becker, Fleming said the UN has “teamed up with the platforms to elevate reliable information around COVID and climate, to amplify trusted messengers, and we have quite an army of them out there who want to take on content and promote it within their followings, and also educating users on how to slow the spread of disinformation,” she said, touting a new slogan for online information consumption: “pause, take care before you share.”
“We do feel like we are in an information war and that we need to massively ramp up our response,” Fleming said. “So we’re creating at the UN a central capacity to monitor and also have the ability to rapidly react when mis- and disinformation and hate speech is threatening not just our people, our operations, but also the issues and the causes that we’re working on.”
“But also we are going to be gearing up our verified initiative around climate change, and developing this UN code of conduct on information integrity on digital platforms, hoping to set global standards that we can all advocate around, so that we can collectively work for a more humane internet,” she added.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Friday that Thursday’s indictment of Hunter Biden was a “face-saving exercise” for a Department of Justice (DOJ) under increasing scrutiny and revealed the ‘key facts’ that House Republicans will rely on as they begin their impeachment inquiry.
Jordan wrote off Thursday’s indictment of Hunter Biden as a public relations move as evidence mounts linking Hunter’s illegal activities with Joe Biden dating to his time in the Vice President’s mansion and exposing the department’s mishandling of the investigation for years. “At some point, it’s got to do something” Jordan said of Biden’s DOJ. “So they go with the one charge that has no links to the White House, the gun charge, and they announce it two days after the speaker announces that there’s an impeachment inquiry that’s been launched by the House of Representatives.” The younger Biden was charged Thursday with one count of false statement in the purchase of a firearm, one count of possession of a firearm by a person who is an unlawful user of or addicted to a controlled substance, and one count of false statement related to information required to be kept by federal firearms licensed dealer.
A large filament that was hanging out the past few days near center disk erupted within the past several hours. Begin time was around 04:00 UTC (9/16/2023). The impressive event did produce an asymmetric coronal mass ejection (CME) based on updated imagery courtesy of LASCO. Additional imagery will be required to determine just how much, if any plasma will be directed towards Earth. More to follow.
Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has repeatedly sought Secret Service protection from the federal government due to persistent threats to his safety, but his requests have been denied.
Unfortunately, on Saturday night in Los Angeles, the concerns of his campaign turned into a reality when an armed individual impersonating a federal marshal appeared at a campaign event.
The man has now been identified as 44-Year-Old Adrian Paul Aispuro.
According to reports, the man is being held in Los Angeles on $35,000 bail for a felony charge of carrying a concealed weapon.
At around 4:30 pm, police were alerted to a disturbance at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre. According to reports from Breitbart, the police indicated that “a male was in front of the event venue with ‘a badge on their lapel, a gun, and a shoulder holster, and claimed to be a U.S. Marshal.’”
Despite his claims of being part of the event staff, no one from the staff could confirm his identity. A note, shared with Breitbart by an officer present at the scene and addressed to the campaign, stated: “Male impersonating a federal agent with a handgun and exposed ammunition. He claimed to be employed for the event but was not recognized by security.”
Video footage captured the moment when the man was handcuffed and taken away by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
“I’m very grateful that alert and fast-acting protectors from Gavin de Becker and Associates (GDBA) spotted and detained an armed man who attempted to approach me at my Hispanic Heritage speech at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles tonight,” Kennedy said in a statement. “The man, wearing two shoulder holsters with loaded pistols and spare ammunition magazines was carrying a U.S. Marshal badge on a lanyard and beltclip federal ID. He identified himself as a member of my security detail. Armed GDBA team members moved quickly to isolate and detain the man until LAPD arrived to make the arrest. I’m also grateful to LAPD for its rapid response.”
Webmaster addition: According to his Facebook page, Paul Aispuro is an actor! What I want to know is how he obtained a US Marshall's badge and a Federal ID!
When Sarah Silverman sued artificial-intelligence titans OpenAI and Meta Platforms on July 7, her copyright lawsuits seemed to present a relatively straightforward allegation: These companies didn’t secure Silverman’s and other authors’ permission before using their copyright works, including her 2010 autobiography The Bedwetter, which isn’t okay, per these suits. Silverman is joined by two other authors, novelists Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey, in these suits; their civil complaints are seeking class-action status which, if green-lit by the court, means that many, many more writers could take action against these companies.
Indeed, OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Meta’s artificial-intelligence projects rely on the mass trawling of books to learn language and generate text, the suits say. Silverman’s suit contends that these AI projects didn’t secure her and other authors’ permission for using their works before inhaling them, violating intellectual-property law. They also claim that these AI systems gained access to these books via spurious means, using libraries of pirated texts — or as the suits’ co-attorney Matthew Butterick puts it to Vulture, “Creators’ work has been vacuumed up by these companies without consent, without credit, without compensation, and that’s not legal.”
Silverman claims that ChatGPT and Meta’s generation of text is the very receipt that proves they consumed them. If they can spit out summaries of The Bedwetter and other copyrighted works, her suit contends, then these systems must have used pilfered books to do so. The proposed class action is asking for financial damages as well as “permanent injunctive relief” to stop these AI systems from gobbling down their work — and then using that to create text — without permission or payment.