"Are we at last brought to such an humiliating and debasing degradation that we cannot be trusted with arms for our own defense? Where is the difference between having our arms under our own possesion and under our own direction, and having them under the management of Congress? If our defense be the real object of having those arms, in whose hands can they be trusted with more propriety, or equal safety to us, as in our own hands?" -- Patrick Henry

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When Netflix launched its ad-supported tier in November 2022, it tried to tempt viewers in with discounted rates, hoping to win new consumers and sell their eyeballs to ad-slingers. But Amazon Prime, well, it went a different route.

Amazon simply shot over an email in December 2023, giving subscribers a heads-up that it would start showing ads on Prime Video early this year, and explained going "ad-free" would cost Prime members an additional $2.99 a month (or £2.99 in the UK). But a lawsuit [PDF] filed this week claims that move was "deceptive, unfair" and contrary to "plaintiff and class members' reasonable expectations."

According to the would-be class action suit, filed by Californian Amazon Prime subscriber Wilbert Napoleon in Washington State earlier this week, he and fellow media streaming fans were asked to "pay extra to get something they already paid for" to prevent the addition of ads. 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CURRENT EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT
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A new iOS and Android trojan named 'GoldPickaxe' employs a social engineering scheme to trick victims into scanning their faces and ID documents, which are believed to be used to generate deepfakes for unauthorized banking access.

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The FBI and New York City investigators raided the FDNY’s Brooklyn headquarters and the homes of some fire chiefs on Thursday morning, sources confirmed.

The feds searched the homes of two top FDNY chiefs in charge of city safety inspections, according to The New York Times, which was first to report on the raids.

The probe reportedly began last summer into allegations that the pair of chief had been paid $100,000 to expedite or set up inspections, the paper reported.

The chiefs, Brian Cordasco and Anthony Saccavino, have not been charged with wrongdoing.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Security updates for these four vulnerabilities were made available by Ivanti well over a month ago on January 31, 2024.

According to the researcher, the total number of internet-exposed Ivanti servers is 24,239, meaning that more than half of them remain unpatched.

Regarding CVE-2024-22024, which was disclosed and fixed on February 8, 2024, Sejiyama's research shows a global patching percentage of only 21.1% as of today, leaving 19,132 servers exposed to the dangerous unauthorized access flaw.

Unfortunately, the flaws affecting Ivanti products were disclosed over a short period, giving administrator little time to prepare for applying the patches.

This complicates remediation efforts and heightens the risk of Ivanti systems being left vulnerable for prolonged periods, providing threat actors with a large list of potential victims.

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The Deep State is well at work. With the threat of funding for Ukraine stalled in the House of Representatives, the propaganda begins. Sadly it appears high ranking Republicans are working with Team Biden to scare the American people about the threat of Russia in an effort to force strong pressure to pass the Ukraine Funding Bill.

Webmaster addition:  Remember, there were no WMDs in Iraq!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Most people forget about the coronavirus hoax.

It was the biggest hoax in history.

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Viewers and journalists alike slammed CBS News over this week’s firing of Catherine Herridge — an award-winning senior correspondent who sources said had run into “internal roadblocks” at the network as she covered the Hunter Biden laptop story.

The veteran investigative reporter, who has a First Amendment case that’s being closely watched by journalists nationwide, was among 20 CBS News staffers who lost their jobs Tuesday as part of a broader purge of 800 employees across parent company Paramount Global, sources told The Post.

Inside the halls of CBS News, staffers were outraged and bewildered by Herridge’s ouster, according to sources close to the Tiffany Network.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Four out of five Americans are being exposed to a little-known chemical found in popular oat-based foods — including Cheerios and Quaker Oats — that is linked to reduced fertility, altered fetal growth, and delayed puberty.

The Environmental Working Group published a study in the Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology on Thursday that found a staggering 80% of Americans tested positive for a harmful pesticide called chlormequat.

The “highly toxic agricultural chemical” is federally allowed to be used on oats and other grains imported to the US, according to the EWG. When applied to oat and grain crops, chlormequat alters a plant’s growth, preventing it from bending over and thus making it easier to harvest, per the EWG.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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A judge has thrown out Donald Trump's bid to dismiss the Stormy Daniels hush-money case and has set a trial date for March 25 in a blockbuster hearing in a New York court.

The 77-year-old will be the first former president to stand in a criminal trial when he faces the jury accused of paying the adult firm star $130,000 to keep quiet about their alleged affair before the 2016 election.

He scowled at the packed courtroom as he walked to the front and sat back in his chair as Judge Juan Merchan rejected his bid to toss the case.

As he entered the building surrounded by cops, Trump insisted 'there is no case' and said New York should be focusing on violent crimes and the surge of migrants rather than 'made up crimes'.

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On April 8, 2024, a total solar eclipse, known as the "Great North American Eclipse," will trace a narrow path of totality across 13 U.S. states. A detailed map of each state along the path of totality can be found below. The yellow lines outline the limits of the path of totality in each state. The green middle line represents the eclipse centerline, where totality lasts the longest in each state. The grey lines show the path of totality entering and exiting each state. To experience the total phase of the eclipse in each state, you must be within the yellow lines. The closer you are to the green centerline, the longer totality will last. Areas outside the path of totality will get a partial solar eclipse only.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Recently, investigative journalist Yehuda Miller received several FOIA documents that completely redefine what we were told to believe about the 2020 US presidential election.

The election was billed by the Democrat Party, Joe Biden, the mainstream media, and former CISA Chief Chris Krebs as the most secure election in US history.

Chris Krebs, the former CISA Director fired by Donald Trump, testified before Congress on December 16, 2002, after he was fired. Krebs was called to testify before the US Senate Homeland Security Governmental Affairs Committee.

Krebs famously announced that day, “The 2020 election was the most secure in US history.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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CAIRO (AP) — Militants from the Islamic State group attacked military barracks in central Syria this week, killing nine soldiers, an opposition war monitor said. The Syrian army and officials have not confirmed the attack.

IS claimed responsibility for the attack on Monday near the town of Al-Sukhna, saying its fighters also seized weapons abandoned by fleeing soldiers and set fire to the barracks. The militants’ statement claiming responsibility was posted late on Tuesday.

The attack was the latest in intensifying clashes in the desert in eastern Syria between the militants and the Syrian army, supported by Iran-backed militias.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, says IS has carried out 41 attacks so far this year there.

Claire's Observations:  Funny (and NOT in a comedic but ironic way) to see how, and where ISIS has "allegedly resurfaced" in 2024; is there something going on here the world is NOT being told, about who the real fighters are?!?

 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, GULF/OTHER OIL, IRAN, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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FBI Director Christopher Wray made a surprise trip to Israel on Wednesday, meeting with fellow law enforcement and intelligence partners to discuss the ongoing threats facing both countries.

In a readout of the trip, Wray reiterated the FBI’s support for Israel and pledged to “continue to be responsive” to Israeli requests for “support in their ongoing efforts to keep their citizens safe from the threats and acts of terrorism.”

He also thanked his counterparts for their collaborative efforts on defeating threats from foreign terrorist organizations (FTOs), which have been on the rise since the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas, which is designated as an FTO by the U.S.

“The FBI’s partnership with our Israeli counterparts is longstanding, close, and robust, and I’m confident the closeness of our agencies contributed to our ability to move so quickly in response to these attacks, and to ensure our support is as seamless as possible,” Wray said in a statement.

The readout said Wray’s primary focus is the FBI’s work “to confront the elevated threat” from FTOs, which, the stated said, “have expressed support and praise for the attacks on Israel and threatened to attack US interests both abroad and in the homeland.”

While in Israel, Wray met with FBI officials based in Tel Aviv and thanked them for their work combating ongoing threats of FTOs and for providing services to U.S. victims of the Oct. 7 attack, according to the readout. He also met with officials at the U.S. Embassy

Claire's Observations:  Forgive me, but it always makes me nervous when American Intelligence community leaders, rack up "frequent flyer miles" on trips to Israel.  We are being told the "good reasons"; but I have to wonder about the "real reasons" for this trip?!?

Is it being planned that American troops are going to be fighting, dying, and getting maimed  for life in the Middle East, in Israel's behalf?!?  I am hoping, and praying, I am absolutely dead wrong on this as being one of the "justifications" of such a trip; but right now, I would absolutely not bet against this possibility.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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