"Space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man. And only if the United-States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theatre of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space, any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea. We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, ***and they must be won and used for the progress of all people." -- John F. Kennedy, speech at Rice University, 12 September 1962
Ukrainian troops subjected the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) to massive artillery shelling, damaging strategic facilities, an adviser to the head of Rosenergoatom, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear energy corporation Rosatom, told Sputnik on Sunday.
“The Ukrainian military launched a massive strike directly at the station. Twelve rockets were fired. It is known that six of them hit the cooling system of reactors, two — hit the dry cask storage [of radioactive waste]. The consequences of the shelling cannot be determined yet since the risk of repeated attacks remains,” Renat Karchaa said.
None of the Zaporozhye NPP personnel were injured, according to Karchaa.
The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General's Office has reached out to Maricopa County officials to demand that they account for the issues surrounding the 2022 election procedures in the state's largest county.
A letter from Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office to Maricopa County Attorney Thomas Liddy's office said that the AG's office received an excessive number of complaints, into the hundreds, regarding "issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County."
These complaints included first-hand, witness accounts of alleged improprieties that led the Elections Integrity Unit to become concerned that Maricopa County was not in "lawful compliance with Arizona election law."
A major lawsuit has been filed against several stars who decided to expose the public to the cryptocurrency exchange FTX failures.
Accusers in the lawsuit claim that the accused engaged in a Ponzi scheme and must stand trial for their actions.
The Daily Wire reported, “The company filed for bankruptcy on Friday after customers discovered that firms controlled by Sam Bankman-Fried and his associates were allegedly fraudulently intertwined, causing a liquidity crisis as users rushed to withdraw funds.”
The company made many mistakes along the way that led to its downfall. Nothing was done to keep the company stable before it was taken public.
The Daily Wire reported that “Among the defendants listed were Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and supermodel ex-wife Gisele Bündchen, who appeared in an advertisement for the company and held equity stakes. The lawsuit also noted that celebrity investor Kevin O’Leary assured the public that FTX was a reliable entity as recently as last month.”
Marissa Darlingh has filed a lawsuit against the Milwaukee School District.
She is a former school counselor who denounced the gender ideology taught in the schools where she worked.
Allen-Field Elementary School terminated her after the school learned of comments she made at a rally in Madison, Wisconsin, earlier this year. She spoke up at that rally to denounce the radical gender ideology she saw taught around her.
The Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty represents Darlingh and has filed a lawsuit against Milwaukee Public Schools on her behalf. They say that the school violated her First Amendment rights. She took a stand against children’s social and medical transition, and the school punished her for her opinion.
Webmaster addition: Good for her. And I love that T-shirt!
An investigation from a British newspaper has found that the Conservative government has wasted at least £14 billion on frivolous expenditures such as luxury villas in Italy, vegan ice cream, and massive levels of fraud during the Chinese coronavirus crisis.
According to an investigation from London’s Daily Telegraph, the broadsheet most closely aligned with the ruling Tory party, financial disclosures since the start of the year found at least £14 billion in waste as finance minister announced on Thursday that the nominally conservative government would be raising taxes yet again by £24 billion.
Items identified as waste by the paper included £6,000 on a villa in Naples, £837 Vegan ice-cream in Uruguay, £5,393 on a ‘storytelling training’ session with a narrative ecologist, and £3,376 on children’s swimming lessons in Panama.
Ukraine's deputy defence minister claimed that Kyiv's forces could reach Crimea by Christmas and end the war by spring, a news report has stated. Volodymyr Havrylov suggested that it is likely that the Ukrainian army could “step in Crimea” by the end of this year.
Ukraine's energy chief has suggested that civilians should leave Kyiv this winter if they want to offer help to the country in dealing with the crippling energy crisis, a news report has claimed. Maksym Tymchenko, chief executive of DTEK, said Ukraine cannot supply enough heat and power for all of its population to survive winter because Russian missile attacks had destroyed key infrastructure.
Russia urges international organizations to condemn the execution of Russian prisoners of war by Ukrainian soldiers and to conduct a thorough investigation, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement on Friday.
"We demand that international organisations condemn and thoroughly investigate this shocking crime. No atrocity committed by Ukrainian military units will remain unpunished. All those guilty and their accomplices will be identified and punished accordingly. Nobody will escape retribution," the Russian diplomat said, commenting on the video showing Ukrainian soldiers "mercilessly shooting unarmed Russian POWs," which has gone viral on the Internet.
"These shocking videos are further evidence of the crimes committed by Ukrainian neo-Nazis. Ukraine is flagrantly violating international humanitarian law, specifically the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War and international human rights laws, including the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the 1984 Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment," she said.
At a time when Musk is cutting hundreds if not thousands of workers on a weekly basis, early on Friday Europe delivered some unexpected news to the world's richest man: according to Thierry Breton, the EU’s internal market commissioner, Musk will have to increase the number of moderators in Europe, a continent which long ago gave up all pretense of having free speech.
“He is in the process of reducing a certain number of moderators, but he will have to increase them in Europe,” Breton told Franceinfo in an interview, Bloomberg reported.
Breton added that Musk “will have to open his algorithms. We will have control, we will have access, people will no longer be able to say rubbish.”
Webmaster addition: The fastest way to bring down a dictatorship is to force it to act like one where everyone can see it!
After Germany’s “first” public television network, ARD, compared Elon Musk reducing Twitter censorship to “letting rats out of their holes,” Germany’s “second” public television network, ZDF, has now compared Musk to Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels! (The network’s name Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen literally means “Second German Television.”)
Thus, last Friday, ZDF’s would-be comedy program, the “Heute Show,” posted the below tweet and photoshop.
Former President Donald Trump responded to Friday’s big news that the Justice Department was handing over its criminal investigations into him to a special counsel to avoid potential political bias by claiming that the DOJ was being “weaponized” against him.
The Washington Post slammed President Joe Biden in a statement Friday for shielding Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from a lawsuit on Thursday over his involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, one of the newspaper’s columnists.
Two weeks ago, the election in Brazil led to protests that continue today.
Tens of thousands of protestors are gathering across the country to show their disdain for the election fraud that led to the Communist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva being named President.
The Ministry of Defense filed a report on November 10 that said, “It is not possible to say the electronic voting system is free from the influence of malware that could affect its outcome.” In an unsurprising but upsetting response, the Supreme Court turned on the report by claiming it was causing protests. No investigation was done, according to Gateway Pundit.
In 2021, California's Independent Legislative Analyst's Office forecasted the state would have a $97 billion budget surplus for the 2022 fiscal year.
However, the latest release from the Legislative Analyst's Office indicated a $25 billion deficit for the coming year. The dramatic change from surplus to deficit has prompted many to ask what could cause such an incredible swing in the state budget.
The Office noted that a challenging economic environment was responsible for the acute change. Nonetheless, they refuse to admit this is a budget crisis, citing that the state has $37.2 billion in various savings accounts.
Elon Musk is well-known for his extreme work style.
Most have heard stories about him sleeping on the floor at businesses he owns, demanding insane work hours for employees, and more. It is no surprise that this is now being seen on Twitter, causing a mass exodus of Twitter employees.
Webmaster addition: Elon Musk is hardly alone in his demands. Many computer animation companies now expect a 60 hour work week!
Jack Smith, appointed special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday, spent years as a prosecutor for the Department of Justice under former President Barack Obama and in the International Criminal Court at The Hague.
Republican Senators Joh Hawley and Rand Paul took the heads of the FBI and the Department Of Homeland Security to task Thursday, with Hawley at one point directly telling Christopher Wray that he should have been fired a long time ago.
Hawley also targeted Wray for previously leaving a committee hearing early so he could go on a vacation.
“You were at the Senate Judiciary Committee. You remember that I think so. We had to cut that hearing short. We’re supposed to do two rounds of questions. You said you had to be somewhere, so we cut it short. Republicans were not able to ask second round as we had been informed we would,” Hawley noted.
The Senator continued, “The press reported shortly thereafter that the reason that the hearing had to be cut short is because you were flying on a Gulfstream jet for a personal vacation in the Adirondack. Please tell me that’s not accurate.”
It was accurate.
“You left an oversight hearing with the Senate Judiciary Committee required by statute so you could vacation with your family,” Hawley declared, adding “I find that absolutely unbelievable and, frankly, indefensible.”
Warsaw’s decision to deny Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov his participation in a meeting of the OSCE Ministerial Council in the Polish city of Lodz on December 1-2 is unprecedented and provocative and incompatible with the status of the organization’s chair, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.
"The decision by Poland as the OSCE current chair to deny Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov his participation in a meeting of the Council of OSCE Foreign Ministers in the city of Lodz on December 1-2 is unprecedented and inflammatory. It is incompatible with the status of the chair of the organization, in which 57 countries participate as sovereign and independent states under the conditions of full equality," the ministry said.
In the wake of Warsaw’s decision, Russia’s Permanent Representative at the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich will lead the Russian delegation at the organization’s ministerial meeting, it said.
The European Parliament has prepared a resolution recognizing Russia as a "terrorist state" - to be subject of a vote held during a session in Strasbourg next week, according to a spokesperson's briefing at a Friday news conference .
The largely symbolic resolution was drafted by the center-right European People's Party (EPP) and cites Russia's "intimidation and destruction of Ukrainians as a nation," according a draft previously seen by Euronews.
The political blocs Renew Europe and the European Conservatives and Reformists are also said to be backing a formal declaration which could come as early as next Wednesday.
While not legally binding, the resolution can be used for the EU to slap further sanctions on Moscow, and can create momentum for other countries like the UK to adopt the 'terror state' label for Russia. However, the UK has so far resisted these calls from some individual British politicians and officials.
So far, the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have been the first to legally recognize Russia as a terrorist state.
The Biden administration has also thus far resisted some isolated Congressional calls to do so, as the Kremlin has warned such a measure would destroy all ties and communications. It would make negotiated settlement in Ukraine almost an impossibility.