Evidence is building that the first galaxies formed earlier than expected, astronomers announced at the 241st meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, Washington.
As the James Webb Space Telescope views swaths of sky spotted with distant galaxies, multiple teams have found that the earliest stellar metropolises are more mature and more numerous than expected. The results may end up changing what we know about how the first galaxies formed.
Webmaster addition: What the James Webb telescope shows us is that it is time to re-examine that primary assumption of a Big Bang moment of creation.
Imagine that…Vitamin D works.
In fact, it works really well!
Here is my friend Kyle Becker with more on his Substack:
In a letter sent this week to Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel, Sen. Sanders asked the drugmaker not to go ahead with the from $26 to $130 price increases on its Covid vaccine, saying it could make the shot unaffordable for millions of Americans.
He added that raising the price of the shot was particularly offensive given that the US government provided more than $2billion in taxpayer money to fund the development of the vaccine.
Webmaster addition: It's all about the Benjamins!
Your voice could be digitally cloned and used to impersonate you, thanks to a creepy new AI called VALL-E.
AI has unveiled an artificial intelligence system capable of mimicking any human voice based on just three seconds of audio.
It can then be used to turn any written text into speech, making it possible for someone to put words in your mouth using the tool.
It's even designed to recreate the 'emotional range' and pacing of the speaker, making it a hyper accurate form of mimicry.
Well, Project Veritas is back at it again, and this time they captured a Pfizer bombshell on hidden camera.
A scientist by the name of Chris Croce admits on hidden camera that there’s a link between the vaccine and myocarditis… and they all know it.
Another Las Vegas student died last week after collapsing and being found unresponsive in a school bathroom.
The senior high school student, Jordan Brister, attended Amplus Academy, a public charter school. Amplus Academy posted information on Brister’s death on the school’s Facebook page on Sunday.
“The Amplus community sends our love and condolences to the Brister family as well as to all of Jordan’s family, friends and acquaintances.”
According to Brister’s father, Conrad Brister, his son collapsed in the bathroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3, and may have been there for as long as 25 minutes before he was discovered. During that time, his heart stopped.
More than a fifth of the passwords protecting network accounts at the US Department of the Interior—including Password1234, Password1234!, and ChangeItN0w!—were weak enough to be cracked using standard methods, a recently published security audit of the agency found.
The audit was performed by the department’s inspector general, which obtained cryptographic hashes for 85,944 employee active directory (AD) accounts. Auditors then used a list of more than 1.5 billion words that included:
- Dictionaries from multiple languages
- US government terminology
- Pop culture references
- Publicly available password lists harvested from past data breaches across both public and private sectors
- Common keyboard patterns (e.g., “qwerty”)
The results weren’t encouraging. In all, the auditors cracked 18,174—or 21 percent—of the 85,944 cryptographic hashes they tested; 288 of the affected accounts had elevated privileges, and 362 of them belonged to senior government employees. In the first 90 minutes of testing, auditors cracked the hashes for 16 percent of the department’s user accounts.
Webmaster addition: On this day in 2013, the news reported that Aaron Swartz committed suicide.
Bulletin: Nearly five years to the day of Swartz’s “suicide,” we are being told that his partner in programming James Dolan has “committed suicide” too.
The head of the private Russian military firm Wagner Group has announced pro-Moscow forces have taken control of the town of Soledar in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk. Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin admitted in a series of Tuesday and Wednesday comments that fighting in the area is still ongoing, but said "Units of the Wagner private military company have taken the entire territory of Soledar under their control," and that the Ukrainians are surrounded.
"The city center has been surrounded, and urban warfare is underway. The number of captives will be announced tomorrow," Prigozhin added. "No units other than Wagner PMC fighters were involved in the storming of Soledar." The Amsterdam-based Moscow Times and the AFP underscore that "If confirmed, the capture of Soledar would mark Russia’s biggest success in its war on Ukraine following months of retreats elsewhere." Prigozhin's emphasis that it was 'only Wagner' an no regular forces that stormed Soledar has reportedly unleashed anger and controversy inside the Russian chain of command.
The US Virgin Islands case against JP Morgan just got even weirder.
Recall that in late December, Attorney General Denise George sued the bank, claiming they reaped financial benefits from Epstein's sex-trafficking operation.
Three days later, George was fired.
The original complaint against the bank filed by George included a lengthy-but-redacted section on "High Net Worth Clients" Epstein brought to JPMorgan. It had 11 separate entries spanning three pages of the complaint - which James O'Keefe of Project Veritas wants to get his hands on.
The original complaint notes that Epstein had an extensive relationship with former JPM Exec Jes Staley, who was CEO of Barclays until he resigned in 2001 over his ties to the pedophile.
One week after George's firing, the US Virgin Islands has filed an amended complaint which significantly shortens the "High Net Worth Clients" list to just three entries, and unredacts a name we already knew about; Glenn Dubin, the owner of Highbridge Capital Management whose wife once told Epstein's probation officer that she was "100% comfortable" with Jeffrey Epstein being around her minor children.
After the FBI raid on Trump's Palm Beach estate, Mar-a-Lago, the political left leaped into a rabid narrative that treason had taken place due to the presence of classified documents. So far, no legal action has taken place in relation to these documents, likely because the possession of classified information by former presidents is a legal gray area. Former presidents are in fact allowed access to classified information for the rest of their lives, and they have broad authority to declassify documents as they see fit.
Prosecution over the possession of classified materials by government officials generally depends on the mishandling of the documents and information. Regardless of what a person might think of Trump, they cannot honestly accuse him of mishandling the information that the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago, which is why no indictments have been pursued.
Leftists were quick to condemn Trump without a clear understanding of the law, but not surprisingly they are also quick to give Joe Biden the "benefit of the doubt" as he has recently been found to also be in possession of classified materials from his time as Vice President. The hypocritical nature of the political left is once again on full display as members of The View argue that Trump is a "liar and a thief", therefore, he deserved persecution while Biden does not.
In light of the softer data on wages and on services activity from last Friday, there was a lot riding on Fed Chair Powell’s speech at the Riksbank event on central bank independence. However, Powell said nothing specific about the upcoming Fed meeting. The Chair was, however, able to squeeze in a reference to the Fed prioritizing inflation over employment in the near term, when he said that the case for monetary policy independence lies in the benefits of insulating monetary policy decisions from short-term political considerations. According to him, “the absence of direct political control over our decisions allows us to take these necessary measures without considering short-term political factors.” It’s hard to take such general remarks as a cue for one vote or the other. Logically, markets shrugged and remained focused on the US CPI data coming up tomorrow. A soft reading that vindicates the recent improvement in sentiment is now widely expected.
Perhaps Powell’s most interesting comments pertained to climate change. He said that the “Fed is not and will not be a climate policymaker”. Well, tell that to ECB President Christine Lagarde or board member Schnabel, who have been more than vocal on taking climate policies into account. The main difference between the two central banks lies in their mandates:
The Federal Reserve Act demands the Federal Reserve to conduct monetary policy "so as to promote effectively the goals of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates”. It will require new and explicit legislation from Congress to allow the Fed to use monetary policy or supervisory actions to actively promote the energy transition. Such legislation won’t be forthcoming in this Congress, that’s for sure, and it is hard to see any political consensus forming further out too.
Officials in Las Vegas say a student died after he unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest while at school.
According to a post from Amplus Academy, the student was identified as senior Jordan Brister.
A GoFundMe shared by the school said Brister “suddenly and unexpectedly suffered cardiac arrest while at school with no explanation as to why.”
In a statement, Amplus Academy said Brister experienced cardiac arrest while at school on Jan. 3.
A reporter indicated that he may sue Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., after internal documents at Twitter revealed the Democrat tried to get him banned from the platform.
Elon Musk and journalist Matt Taibbi’s "Twitter Files" entry last week revealed that Schiff lobbied Twitter to suspend journalist Paul Sperry from the social media site in November 2020.
Sperry, a senior reporter for RealClearInvestigations.com and a New York Post columnist, told Fox's Brian Kilmeade that he was targeted by Schiff because of his reporting on Democrat sources in President Donald Trump's first impeachment trial.
Former Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro used his Facebook account to share a video of voter fraud conspiracies that echoed the complaints of rioters who ransacked government buildings in Brasilia on Sunday. The video was deleted hours later.
Bolsonaro’s post, made Tuesday shortly after he was discharged from a US hospital, didn’t comment on the video’s claims. But the person speaking in the clip raised questions about the integrity of Brazil’s voting machines and alleged that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva wasn’t legitimately elected.
Brazil Capital Reels After Anti-Lula Rioters Storm Congress© Photographer: Arthur Menescal/Bloomberg
Facebook added a tag to the post saying that electronic voting “is secure and auditable,” including a link to more information from Brazilian election authorities. The post was deleted late Tuesday night, hours after it was posted. Andy Stone, a spokesperson for Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc., said Facebook didn’t remove the video.
Webmaster addition: Facebook destroyed what little was left of their credibility with that comment about electronic voting. Cleary they have never see the documentary "Hacking Democracy!"
All flights across America were grounded today for the first time since 9/11 after an as-yet unexplained, FAA computer system failure.
The first complaints by passengers that their flights had been grounded started at around 4am EST, but it wasn't until 6.30am that the FAA announced it had grounded all flights as a result of an overnight crash of its NOTAM system - which pilots use to receive hazard warnings and safety updates.
By 9am, the issue had been resolved and flights were beginning to take off again.