"All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when we are able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must appear inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when far away, we must make him believe we are near. Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak."

– Sun Tzu, The Art of War

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Come April 9, owners of the NERA series in Husqvarna's Automower range will be able to use a companion app to upload the seminal first-person shooter to their grass-scything machines. The NERA boasts a small screen and a "jog wheel" that's actually meant to do things like set the height at which you want the machine to manicure your lawn.

When running Doom, however, turning the wheel left or right navigates your space marine. The mower's START button makes the marine run and pressing the knob in the middle of the jog wheel fires a weapon.

Husqvarna hasn't explained how to perform other important in-game actions such as switching weapons or sprinting.

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 Google has just processed the eight billionth DMCA takedown request for its search engine. With a recent increase in notices, the 10 billion milestone is just a year away. A recent uptick in activity is mainly pushed by publishers, including Korean media giant Kakao Entertainment, which is one of the most active senders over the past six months. 

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 Internet anti-piracy system 'Piracy Shield' has been fully operational for less than a month and has already managed to block large numbers of legitimate platforms. Last Saturday saw the most significant blunder, yet official explanations are notable only by their absence. In a letter to AGCOM dated Monday, ISP association ASSOProvider calls on the telecoms regulator to release specific documents to show what has been blocked since February 1, and effectively, who issued the order to block Cloudflare - and why.. 

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Conservative activists in California hope the seventh time is a charm when it comes to recalling Gavin Newsom. The governor, they say, is focused on serving as a top surrogate for President Biden and raising a national profile for his own presidential run while neglecting the state’s deep budget deficit, rising crime rate, persistent homelessness, and sky-high cost-of-living – factors driving an exodus of people and businesses to other states.

But their latest effort to oust Newsom after so many failed attempts isn’t stoking the same fears among Democrats as in the past, and even some Republicans are worried the partisan effort will blow up in their faces. It has the potential, some GOP operatives caution, to overshadow waning support for progressive policies in San Francisco and elsewhere while galvanizing Democrats and big donors behind the term-limited but politically ambitious governor.

Democrats argue that the latest recall effort is an obvious attempt to blunt presumed Newsom’s White House aspirations by showing that there’s a backlash against him resurfacing at home. But far from a big cloud hanging over his head, top California Democratic strategists are casting it as little more than an annoyance.

“I don’t think it even merits a cloud – maybe a little bit of fog or haze,” Steve Maviglio told RealClearPolitics Monday. Maviglio served as the press secretary for former California Gov. Gray Davis, a Democrat who, in 2003, became the state’s second top executive to be recalled.

Republicans are so outnumbered by Democrats in California that one of their only political weapons is a recall petition. “They can either howl at the moon, or they can file a recall petition – those are their two choices,” said Garry South, a longtime Democratic strategist who managed Davis’ successful campaigns in 1998 and 2002.

Some Republican political players across the state are also disheartened by the tired feel of the repeated long-shot effort. “I would much rather focus on the legislative and [federal and local] races where we could win, but they seem to want flashy politicking, not the hard work of retail politics,” one conservative activist told RCP.

The California Republican Party provided $125,000 for the 2021 recall effort but sidestepped questions on Monday about whether it would support it this year.

Claire's Observations:  Newsom is playing a "long game", in advance of the 2028 primaries, which is why he is appearing  to slavishly support President Senile's  bid for another term.

So, Republicans, both at the State and National level, need to "up their game" as well, in advance of Newsom's potential bid for the presidency.  

It is not terribly difficult to find where and how this man's policies have ruined the state, for both it's businesses and its citizens. 

 All you need to do, at the end caption to a 30 second spot, is have the statement reading, "Governor Newsom; he'll do for this country.... what he's done to California." with an end credit by whatever entity produced it.   It needs to go viral, and nationally, between now and 2028., with as much airtime as possible.

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The study revealed more than 40 per cent of 18-24s receive news from the Chinese-owned social media giant once or more times a day, compared with 19 per cent for the BBC.

Instagram (44 per cent), Facebook (33 per cent) and Elon Musk's X (24 per cent), formerly known as Twitter, were also more used than the national broadcaster by those in Gen Z, the research revealed.

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The race was called at exactly 9 p.m. - when all Michigan's polls were closed - with Trump leading Haley 65 percent to 30.9 percent, with 12 percent reporting. 

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Slovakia Prime Minister Robert Fico warned on Monday that some NATO and EU countries are considering sending troops to Ukraine, a step that would risk direct war between NATO and Russia.

"Several NATO and EU member states are considering sending their soldiers to Ukraine on a bilateral basis," said Fico, who was elected last year on a platform of opposing the proxy war in Ukraine.

Some NATO members have signed bilateral security deals with Ukraine, including Germany and the UK, but there’s no indication they’re considering sending troops at this time.

"We see huge security risks in the bilateral agreements that are likely to be conducted soon with NATO and EU member states that want to send their troops to Ukraine," Fico said.

He made the comments ahead of a meeting of European leaders in Paris about the proxy war in Ukraine. After the summit, French President Emmanuel Macron said the idea of Western troops in Ukraine hasn’t been ruled out.

"There’s no consensus today to send in an official, endorsed manner troops on the ground. But in terms of dynamics, nothing can be ruled out," Macron said.

The French Foreign Ministry subsequently on Tuesday issued this curiously-worded statement:

Western countries could deploy troops to Ukraine without breaching any "belligerence threshold", French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne said on Tuesday.

Western nations could engage in demining, arms production and operations in the cyber field "on Ukrainian soil... without breaching any belligerence threshold," Sejourne said, after President Emmanuel Macron refused to rule out the dispatch of Western ground troops to Ukraine

Claire's Observations: " Western countries could deploy troops to Ukraine without breaching any "belligerence threshold" ?!?!?

Seriously, Minister Sejourne?!?  Are you certifiably mad, or do you hold a great deal of stocks in the military/industrial complex, or both?!? 

Russia's Putin has talked endlessly about "red lines" for his country, and this could definitely mean a NATO war against Russia.  

That you could even make this suggestion, at this point, indicates a deaf/dumb/blind approach to everything Russia's Putin has said, about potential NATO forces'  involvement in the current Russian/Ukraine war.  

Such an act, would be desperation on the cusp of madness on NATO's part.  

Do you not remember, that World War 1 was largely fought on the basis of "political and military alliances"?!?  And sir, those who do not understand history... are doomed to repeat it

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Ukraine's President Zelensky has grown increasingly bold in his criticisms of former US President Donald Trump - a risky move given he's clearly the Republican frontrunner for president going into November. Kiev may soon have to deal with a Trump White House and 'play nicer' in the near future as it tries to survive the Russian onslaught.  "If Trump doesn’t know who he will support, Ukraine or Russia, he will have problems with his society. Supporting Russia means being against the Americans," Zelensky boldly said in a new interview with CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.

Throughout the remarks the Ukrainian leader cast Trump as 'weak' on Russia, explaining that Trump doesn't understand that Putin will "will never stop." The implication is that Putin is waging an expansionist war threatening the rest of Europe and that a potential future Trump presidency might just sit on the sidelines.

"I think Donald Trump doesn’t know Putin," Zelensky said in the Sunday interview, which is now widely circulating. "I know he met him … but he never fought with Putin. [The] American Army never fought with the army of Russia. Never … I have a better understanding."

"I don’t think he understands that Putin will never stop," Zelensky asserted while referencing Trump directly, which comes after fierce criticisms by Trump on the campaign trail which have highlighted the failure of NATO countries in Europe to spend enough on defense.

Claire's Observations:  President Zelinsky, a word, please.  President Trump is being professionally, legally and financially  crucified by his opponents, who are terrified that he may gain another term in office.   He is sacrificing much for the privilege of being this country's President, for the second time in this country's history.

His patriotism should not be questioned here.  

Rather, a very crooked and corrupt Ukrainian government, which has collectively squandered American and European military and financial aid to an almost unprecedented  degree, needs to be brought under the microscope of truth and full disclosure.

As an American citizen whose taxes have paid , in part, for bombs and defense systems your soldiers have used, some of which have very interestingly "vanished" for sale on the "dark web", I want a full accounting of every dime spent, and every bullet expended by the Ukrainian Military and Civilian leadership to date, before another single penny in aid is given to the Ukrainian government.  

This will happen only when pigs become aerodynamic, I know, but I speak for a number of Americans who understand, at this point in the Russian confrontation against Ukraine, that this is a war of attrition, which Russia will inevitably win. 

 The best thing you could possibly do for your people right now, would be sue Russia for peace. Unfortunately, your "delusional reality" prevents you from doing this. 

This will soon translate into your American and European allies finding someone beside you to run the country, who will do just that; it is only a matter of time, President Zelinsky; and attempting to "shift the blame " for your fiscal and military woes to President Trump, is not going to help in the slightest.

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Former President Donald J. Trump has soundly defeated former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley in Michigan’s Feb. 27 Republican presidential primary, notching his sixth-straight primary victory as he marches towards the GOP nomination.

The Associated Press called the race for Trump right after the last polls closed at 9 p.m. ET.

The result is another blow to Ms. Haley, coming days after a double-digit defeat in her home state of South Carolina. Despite this, she has vowed to stay on through Super Tuesday on March 5, when numerous delegate-heavy states will hold their primaries.

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The fact that Google's Gemini AI is a complete woke mess comes as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention.

Between Google's internal culture, and the fact that large language models (LLMs) are largely a reflection of their creators, Gemini is was the predictable digital poster-child for racist, anti-white, anti-conservative, historical revisionist culture - as opposed to the neutral purveyors of information they claim to be.

Mask-off, as they say.

In fact, we couldn't sum it up better than Mario Juric, director of the DiRAC Institute at the University of Washington, Seattle.

In a lengthy post on X, Juric says that despite known "many good individuals working there," he's "done with @Google".

Claire's Observations:  As someone from a European background, unfortunately, I am someone Google hates with a furious passion; and the programmers who came up with this codswallop, have utterly not a clue as to who I am, or what I stand for, which is unfortunate in the extreme.

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One year ago, Iger owned around a million shares, worth over $97.2 million. On last look, he owned less than 187,000 shares, a decline of about 844,00 or so shares. The value of the stake plunged around 80.2% to more than $19.2 million.

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Astronomers have spied a galaxy so large and so old that it should not exist - at least according to our current understanding of how early galaxies formed.

The galaxy, dubbed ZF-UDS-7329, contains more stars than the Milky Way and appears to have formed about 13 billion years ago.

It was spotted with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a tool built to observe these types of ancient galaxies and peer back into the early ages of the universe.

What's remarkable about this is that a galaxy so big should not have been able to form so early in the universe because dark matter did not yet exist, meaning a galaxy this size should not have been supported 800 million years after the Big Bang.

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