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Posted on: Oct 23, 2023
"We trusted the government not to screw us, but they did. We trusted the tech companies not to take advantage of us. But they did. That is going to happen again, because that is the nature of power." -- Edward Snowden.
If you needed any more evidence we're in the most entertaining timeline imaginable (or this is all a simulation), Hunter Biden has now picked a fight with Elon Musk.
Following Hunter's multiple felony tax charges that hit Thursday night - and less than a week before Hunter's scheduled closed-door testimony in front of Congressional investigators, Biden sat down with musician Moby for an interview which appears to have been taped prior to the new charges, but was released on Friday. Yes, the same Moby who claimed in 2018 that the CIA asked him to spread the Trump-Russia hoax. On the same day WaPo buried the story six ways from Sunday.
“A badly burned toddler screaming for the mother he doesn’t know is dead — and screaming because doctors do not have enough painkillers to relieve his suffering. An eight-year-old boy whose brain is exposed as bombing damaged parts of his skull. A teenage girl, her eye surgically removed, because every bone in her face is smashed. A three-year-old double amputee, whose severed limbs are laid out in a pink box beside him.
“And in the background is the stench of rotting flesh as maggots ‘creep out of untreated wounds’.”
The 20th century witnessed an important period of development in the field of robotics, ushering in a transformative era of technological progress.
It begins with the word itself, which Czech playwright Karel Čapek used in his play "R.U.R." Was coined in. (Rossam's Universal Robots) in 1920, this century saw the conception and subsequent development of a wide range of robotic technologies.
In 1927, the film "Metropolis" featured the iconic robot Maria, a symbolic representation of the era's imaginative exploration of human-like machines.
During this period, a British inventor named Charles Lawson introduced a robot named "Superman Dennis", capable of various tasks, standing as a testament to the pioneering spirit of the era.
However, technological advances did not allow robotics to make significant advances until the latter half of the century.
One of the most fascinating and important events in human history is the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. While exploring the events that unfolded during this historic mission, one must pay attention to the conspiracy theories that have surrounded it. We invite you on a journey that examines the basic timeline of the Apollo 11 mission, while also acknowledging the existence of conspiracy theories that challenge the official narrative.
Along the way we'll examine the many claims that the moon landings were faked, as well as present facts and evidence that debunk these conspiracy theories. So, let us move forward together on this thought-provoking discovery of the moon landing, one of the most important events of the 20th century.
Are gold prices and interest rates joined at the hip? Based on recent market action, it would appear the answer is: yes.
A major rally in gold is now underway. Gold moved from $1,831 per ounce on Oct. 6 to $2,091 per ounce on Dec. 1, a 14.1% rally in just eight weeks and a new all-time high price for gold.
Gold has pulled back to $2,037 as of today, but that’s not surprising given its previous surge. Like every other asset, gold can sometimes get ahead of itself and experience a pullback. Importantly, it’s still holding firm above $2,000.
This rally correlated almost perfectly with the rally in 10-year Treasury notes that occurred at the same time. Treasury note rates plunged from 5.00% on Oct. 19 to 4.17% as of today. That 83-basis point drop may seem small but it’s not.
That’s like an earthquake in the world of Treasury notes. As explained below, market signs indicate that these dual rallies and close correlations will continue for months to come.
This dual rally gives investors a double-barreled opportunity to make huge gains.
Bloomberg pointed out that hundreds of tankers are part of the shadow fleet that allows Venezuela, Iran, and Russia to ship their US-sanctioned crude and crude products around the world.
The International Maritime Organization recently warned about shadow fleets operating outside international regulation, usually with no insurance, calling it a "grave concern" to the environmental safety and welfare of crews and countries that reside on coastlines.
The dangers posed by the dark fleet were realized earlier this year when a tanker called "Pablo," which was thought to be transporting Iranian oil, caught fire off the coast of Malaysia.
This could be the tip of the iceberg as the growth in the shadow fleet soars, mainly because the US has been on a sanctioning spree against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
After Binance’s settlement with the DOJ and the removal of its longtime leader Changpeng Zhao, one of the most important figures at Binance – Chief Compliance Officer Noah Perlman – is poised to have an outsized role over the activities of and data held by the world’s largest crypto exchange. Despite this, Perlman’s past ties from scandals ranging from FTX to Jeffrey Epstein have been entirely ignored by the mainstream media.
The Department of Justice’s and Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s recent announcement of its $4.3 billion settlement with cryptocurrency exchange Binance has jolted the digital finance world and sparked rumors that the massive exchange could soon face collapse roughly one year after the implosion of another massive exchange, FTX. Those criminal cases, which charged Binance with money laundering and failing to report suspicious transactions tied to terror groups and entities under U.S. sanctions, placed considerable blame on Binance’s former Chief Compliance Officer, Samuel Lim. Lim, who left the company in 2022, was subsequently replaced with Noah Perlman.
In that role, Perlman has clearly been a crucial part of Binance’s attempts to navigate the US government investigations targeting the exchange, including its recent settlement with the DOJ and CFTC as well as the exchange’s ongoing litigation with the SEC. Now, with Binance’s long-time head Changpeng Zhao, or “CZ,” stepping down as part of the DOJ settlement, Perlman is one of the few executives who has chosen to stay on to steer the world’s largest crypto exchange into the post-CZ era.
But all this effort into promoting the scheme, and by top global financial industry bureaucrats like Georgieva, isn’t happening by chance; by her own admission, implementation of CBDCs is still far from a done deal, even if, according to IMF’s data, 60 percent of countries are “exploring” this possibility “in some form.”
Hardly a firm commitment by the world, and that is why a nevertheless “optimistic” Georgieva admitted that CBDC adoption is, globally speaking, “nowhere close” – at the same time urging “the public sector to keep preparing to deploy” this type of money.
Breaking news reveals a robust job addition of 199,000 in November, exceeding expectations, and pushing the unemployment rate down to 3.7%. A commendable 35 consecutive months of job growth paints a positive picture. However, the critical question remains: Can the Fed pivot amidst escalating inflation and a deteriorating economic landscape?
The United States has offered strong support to Israel in its war against the Hamas militant group that rules the Gaza Strip. But the allies are increasingly at odds over what will happen to Gaza once the war winds down.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, this week announced that Israel would retain an open-ended security presence in Gaza. Israeli officials talk of imposing a buffer zone to keep Palestinians away from the Israeli border. They rule out any role for the Palestinian Authority, which was ousted from Gaza by Hamas in 2007 but governs semi-autonomous areas of the occupied West Bank.
The United States has laid out a much different vision. Top officials have said they will not allow Israel to reoccupy Gaza or further shrink its already small territory. They have repeatedly called for a return of the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority and the resumption of peace talks aimed at establishing a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
I watched, heard, and read with dread, sorrow, and desolation. Furthermore, I witnessed – helplessly – the unbelieving “events” “executed” (literally) in this world, the so-called “our world”. During these monstrous times – horrified and mortified – I refrained from writing while scrutinizing acts, actions, and reactions but mainly because of a refusal in my deeper self to express or react at an earlier stage… in quest, and in request, of Reality and Truth. Then came a lull and… I decided to write in English, in that actual, global language, most suitable for reaching out where it should and is meant to reach most.
I write in the very language, in the name of which, these human horrors were thought of, designed, made, meticulously manicured, “signed” and perpetrated, and at first condoned, then condemned, and finally consoled… the very language in which this shred of writing will trigger (literally) an episode in the saga of the never-ending series of human barbarism.
Where humans become numbers, where massacred kids become statistics, where, in a savage barbaric “première” in the History of Humanity, children, of Palestine, are orphaning their parents, at the bloodied hands of the fascist colonial “powers” blindly backed by their aides and subserviently supported by their lackeys.
California retailers that refuse to incorporate “gender-neutral” toy sections could face hundreds of dollars in fines from the state under a new law that takes effect Jan. 1.
Any California department store that has 500 or more employees and sells childcare items will be required to feature a “gender-neutral” section “regardless of whether [the toys] have been traditionally marketed for either girls or for boys,” thanks to a new law signed by Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom. Lawmakers claimed the new requirements are based on the state’s civil rights statutes.
“Any department store that fails to create a gender-neutral section could face a $250 fine for the first violation,” the New York Post reported, “and a $500 fine for any subsequent violations.”
Russia has threatened to target Western countries with missile strikes if Ukraine's newly-donated F-16 fighters are based in NATO territory.
Such an act by Vladimir Putin would also certainly trigger a World War Three scenario between the West and Russia.
It comes as the Kremlin warned today that a nuclear world war is closer than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.
Maria Zakharova - spokeswoman for the Russian foreign ministry - warned the West that the advanced F-16 fighters delivered to Ukraine will be a fair target for Russia if they are based in NATO countries.
Thousands of tons of dead fish have washed up on a beach in northern Japan, prompting speculation that the release of treated radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear plant has wrought havoc on local ecosystems.
The sardines and some mackerel washed ashore in Hakodate on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Thursday morning, creating an unsettling sliver blanket that covered almost a mile of shoreline.
Officials could not come up with an explanation for the phenomenon, but Takashi Fujioka, a Hakodate Fisheries Research Institute researcher, posited a number of theories as to why the fish could have died en-masse.
He said they may have become exhausted due to a lack of oxygen while moving in a densely packed school in shallow waters, or may have suddenly entered cold waters during their migration and succumbed to shock.
There have been several recorded cases of similar phenomena springing up on several parts of Japan's coastline.
But this particular phenomenon occurred just three months after Japanese authorities began releasing treated radioactive water back into the sea - a move which angered its neighbours including China and South Korea.
The US embassy in Baghdad has been bombarded with 60mm mortar rounds in an attack believed to have been carried out by Iran-aligned militias.
Missiles were fired at the diplomatic hub in Iraq in the early hours of Friday morning and they set off the emergency sirens.
Staff and residents in the local area were told to 'take cover and await further instruction' as the sound of explosions rung out.
Around seven mortar rounds landed within the embassy compound. The US military said there were no casualties or major infrastructure damage but the attack reportedly damaged the headquarters of an Iraqi security agency.
Joe Biden botched his big announcement about rail investment on Friday, declaring that the federal government would spend 'over a billion, three hundred million, trillion, three hundred million dollars'.
Biden mocked his predecessor for repeatedly promising Infrastructure Week, but failing to deliver.
'Trump just talks the talk. We walk the walk,' said Biden, speaking at a hall for unionized carpenters.
'He likes to say America is a failing nation. Frankly, he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about. I see shovels in the ground, cranes in the sky. People hard at work rebuilding America together.'
The Biden administration issued its strongest criticism yet of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza for its civilian death toll, as the Israel-Hamas war hits the two-month mark.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed the U.S. concern for the protection of civilians in the besieged enclave, where local health authorities say that more than 16,000 people have been killed in Israeli attacks.
“We are focused ... on the imperative of maximizing efforts to protect civilians, and get not only assistance in but to sustain the higher level of assistance that was reached during the humanitarian pause and actually build on it. And what we’ve seen over the initial days is some important additional steps in the direction of doing just that,” Blinken told the media in Washington on Thursday evening.
Deadspin has added an editor's note to its story that accused a 9-year-old boy of wearing blackface to a Kansas City Chiefs game — and culturally appropriating Native Americans by wearing a headdress to the event — in the wake of a lawsuit threat from the boy's parents.
In addition, the outlet removed the story's photo showing the boy with only half his face painted black — the other half, as it turned out, was painted red, in line with the Chiefs' team colors:
The latest film from Disney studio Searchlight Pictures depicts a feminist's literary dream, where a female lead is lauded for promiscuity and her defiance of societal norms in a time when both are most unbecoming.
"Poor Things," starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe, and outspoken progressive Mark Ruffalo, has received a litany of reviews praising its celebration of feminist doctrine. Stone stars as Bella Baxter, a reanimated corpse with the brain of an unborn child.
The plot very obviously pulls from the original "Frankenstein" book, which is made even more apparent by the depiction of the mad scientist character, played by Dafoe.
Turkey’s Erdogan is making more statements about Gaza. He says he’s ready to prevent bloodshed etc..
So far this has all been talk.
Where’s the action?
Tens of thousands of Palestinians are being slaughtered by the Zionist regime and you are just talking about doing something over and over.
The Yemen Houthis didn’t make such speeches. They just started firing rockets and seizing ships. That’s the type of action we need against these evil Jews. We don’t need any more speeches, summits and meetings.
Until recently, archaeologists have mostly relied on what they can see at the sites of ancient ruins to unlock the secrets of the past. But lately, new methods have started to allow researchers to use other senses to explore these sites in different ways.
One such method is ‘psychoacoustics’, which studies how sounds are perceived by humans. In a recent study published in the journal Open Archaeology, Pamela Jordan from the University of Amsterdam used this technique to gain greater insight into how an ancient Greek sanctuary may have been used by ancient visitors.
Recording how sounds interact among different structures can provide an idea of what they were designed for, and what activities could have taken place in the terrain surrounding them. “If you use sound as the basic frame […] you inherently start from a place of connection and a place of interrelation between portions of the site,” said Jordan.