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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." -- Greek proverb
Michael Shellenberger, one of the journalists chosen to publish the Twitter Files, is testifying in front of the Weaponization of the Federal Government Committee’s hearing on the files.
Shellenberger explained the path of government censorship:
SHELLENBERGER: “Seeing this censorship industry go from, well, we’re just fighting ISIS to well, we’re just fighting Russian disinformation bots to well, now we need to fight domestic misinformation, which is just saying we need to fight against people who are saying things we disagree with online, that’s all that means. And I — I mean, it’s not a slippery slope. It’s an immediate leap into a terrifying mechanism that I — we only see in totalitarian societies of attempting to gain control over what the social media platforms are allow — are allowing.”
Visa and Mastercard have halted their plans to use a new merchant code to track gun purchases.
WAFB reported that Visa and Mastercard’s pivot is “a significant win for conservative groups and Second Amendment advocates who felt that tracking gun shop purchases would inadvertently discriminate against legal firearm purchases.”
February a.k.a. Black History Month saw, as usual, black-on-white wife murders and girlfriend murders, home invasions, and workplace murders caused by “disgruntlement”. Some of these things could perhaps have been avoided by the victims runnin away, others were almost impossible to avoid. However, to the extent that they were avoidable, they reaffirm the wisdom of John Derbyshire's "The Talk, Non-Black Version".
The Main Stream Media and law enforcement agencies are increasingly successful in suppressing the race of perps altogether.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) signed an executive order Thursday making his state a “refuge” for persons seeking “transgender” surgeries and drugs and the doctors willing to prescribe them.
The order buys entirely into the controversial “gender-affirming care” model that has become at best dubious in Western medicine, with doctors around the globe slowing and halting its practice.
“Today, Minnesota joins other states and a growing number of municipalities that have acted in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community,” the order states. “We stand with this community by maintaining a refuge for those who seek and provide gender affirming health care services.”
In doing so, Walz has directed that all state agencies “to the fullest extent of their lawful authority” to protect people and entities “providing, assisting, seeking, or obtaining” such treatment.
Rep. Plaskett began her remarks by playing a video of earlier testimony from Twitter’s former top censor, Yoel Roth, who claimed he had to vacate his house after the Daily Mail published his address.
“Following the Daily Mail’s decision to publish what I live, ultimately I had to leave my home and sell it. Those are the consequences for this kind of online harassment and speech,” said Roth in the video.
Despite the fact that neither witness was involved in the Daily Mail story, the ranking Democrat went on to accuse Taibbi and Shellenberger of “threatening” Twitter employees with their reporting.
President Joe Biden’s budget asks for more money to help deliver more legal, quasi-legal, and illegal migrants into the jobs and homes needed by Americans.
Biden’s budget asks for money to hire 500 extra border guards who catch migrants — and money to hire 460 more people to release the migrants so they can travel to jobs and housing.
The Democrats’ budget asks for a $4.7 billion “contingency fund” to operate the existing network of non-profit groups, shelters, training courses, travel routes, and healthcare checks which get low-wage migrants into the jobs that would otherwise go to better-paid Americans.
The budget requests extra money to convert illegal migrants into legal residents — but asks for less money to comply with the legal requirement of detaining illegal migrants before they reach U.S. jobs.
Disney boss Bob Iger has vowed to cut costs across the billion-dollar company, starting with its movie and TV budget and potentially extending to its Hulu streaming service - and even superheroes are not safe.
The changes are part of the company's plans to navigate the new media environment and decline of linear TV, a theatrical film business with an uncertain future and a growing streaming business.
Iger said that the company would specifically look at how much spending is going toward certain content including fewer Marvel sequels and making a judgement following the review, according to Hollywood Reporter.
The attorney for actor Alec Baldwin has shockingly claimed that the gun the actor used when he fatally shot cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust was destroyed by New Mexico's state government.
Alex Spiro dropped the bombshell in the case during a hearing conducted virtually and streamed on YouTube by the court Thursday.
'I think I should tell the court that the firearm in this case, that's a great subject of it, was destroyed by the state,' Spiro said. 'So that's obviously an issue.'
The US Government and its political apologists have repeatedly called the Seymour Hersh expose of what really happened, the who, how, and why of Nordstream 1 and 2 fantasy, fiction and completely false. All of a sudden, “US government investigators” have identified a vessel from which the Nord Stream sabotage was committed and …wait for it…. traces to a company owned by Ukrainians, according to new reports in Die Zeit and the New York Times, and well, everywhere!
Who’d a’ thunk it?
The pipeline sabotage was an act of war by the United States, as explained and documented a few weeks ago by Seymour Hersh with his extensive range of deep state sources. A major question remains: Was this an unlawful US Executive Act of War against Russia, against Germany, or horrifyingly, both? It is unlikely that German intelligence has not known the basic facts of the pipeline attacks for many months, but until Hersh’s reporting the German Chancellor and his party could simply remain silent, and they did.
Once Hersh’s report could no longer be suppressed by mainstream Western media, the US and its media apologists needed an alternative explanation – one that leaned away from the unlawful US act of war against German industry and economy, and towards something could be explained as a rational, if unfortunate, act of a Ukrainian patriotic group opposing the Russian aggressor. The story needed to make logical sense to the casual observer, and shift the blame away from Grandpa Joe Biden and his mad neoconservative national security team. In no way could it paint this as an attack against Germany, by either the US, or by the US proxy regime in Kiev. The story also needed to glamorize and laud Ukrainian patriotism without damaging the Zelensky government’s access to continued free and unencumbered Western fiat and weapons shipments.
The amateur statesmen and spymasters in Washington DC barely conceived of this story in time for Scholz’s visit, and it appears they may have needed the German Chancellor’s advice and consent, before providing the wholly unsubstantiated and vague storyline to friendly media. Simultaneous reporting of the story by the US state organ, the NYT, and the German state organ Die Zeit, couldn’t hurt, right?
As we’ve all heard many times, history never repeats exactly. This time around, commercial real-estate is where all the naked swimmers are showing up, and the big reveal has arrived almost overnight like a tsunami, sucking all the water out of the bay. carrying more than a few swimmers out with it.
While home mortgage interest is rising, the rise is having little impact on most Americans because the number of mortgages affected by high rates is only 1%. Ninety-nine percent of US homeowners purchased their homes when rates were extremely low, and the great majority were smart enough to lock into fixed rates. That is a huge safety factor for the overall housing market this time around compared to the last earth-shattering real-estate bust. It means there are far fewer of those adjustable-rate mortgages that turned into time bombs that set off a housing crisis when rates started adjusting upward.
Fortunately, my take on the left or the right of current politics is fairly agnostic, as I view nearly all politicos as crooked as a dog’s hind leg.
Thus, as I turn my lens toward the state of California and its failed governor, I hope readers of the left or right can dispense with politics and just stick to math so that we can all get past the swamp of red vs. blue opinions and respect the objective facts of red vs. black balance sheets.
And when it comes to the State of California, she’s deeply in the red, and serves, ironically, as yet another broader yet applicable metaphor of the world economy in general and the United States in particular.
So, let’s dig in.
Opposition to “woke” ESG corporatism is snowballing, as Joe Biden and Larry Fink found out this past week. Fink is the billionaire CEO of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager with $8 trillion under management. He is also one of Biden’s biggest boosters and the most prominent corporate promoter of ESG, the controversial rating system that is pushing companies to adopt “progressive” Soros-style policies rather than carry out their legal and fiduciary responsibilities to their shareholders. ESG, which stands for Environment, Social, and Governance, is a scheme aimed at pressuring businesses into joining the politically correct stampede on climate change, decarbonization, sustainable development, and so-called social justice and racial justice issues such as gun control, abortion rights, LGBTQ equity, and critical race theory.
The US government, Western media, and supposed “human rights” organizations are condemning Cambodia for recently sentencing Kem Sokha, the former leader of the opposition party “Cambodia National Rescue Party” (CNRP), to 27 years in prison. While the arguments being made publicly revolve superficially around upholding “human rights” and “democracy,” the actual reason for the West’s condemnation is Kem Sokha’s role as a long-time US government proxy Washington invested heavily in over many years.
The Guardian in its article, “US condemns ‘fabricated’ case as Cambodian opposition leader is jailed for 27 years,” would report:
The former leader of the dissolved opposition party the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) was arrested in 2017 and accused of conspiring with the US to oust Cambodia’s authoritarian leader, Hun Sen, who has ruled for almost four decades.
US ambassador W Patrick Murphy said the allegations, which Kem Sokha denied, were “fabricated conspiracy theories”.
The Biden administration is determined to provoke China on the issue of Taiwan. The White House now believes that they must take a more aggressive approach to China in order to contain their development and preserve America’s role as regional hegemon. The irony of Washington’s approach, however, is the fact that tens of thousands of US corporations have fled the US over the last 3 decades to take advantage of China’s low-paid work force. In fact—according to Registration China—there are now more than 1 million foreign-owned companies registered on Mainland China, many of which are owned by Americans. These corporations are largely responsible for China’s meteoric economic rise over the same period of time. So my question to you is this: Why is China being blamed and targeted for the explosive growth for which US corporations are mainly responsible?
It isn’t just artists and teachers who are losing sleep over advances in automation and artificial intelligence. Robots are being brought into Hinduism’s holiest rituals – and not all worshippers are happy about it.
In 2017, a technology firm in India introduced a robotic arm to perform “aarti,” a ritual in which a devotee offers an oil lamp to the deity to symbolize the removal of darkness. This particular robot was unveiled at the Ganpati festival, a yearly gathering of millions of people in which an icon of Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is taken out in a procession and immersed in the Mula-Mutha river in Pune in central India.
Ever since, that robotic aarti arm has inspired several prototypes, a few of which continue to regularly perform the ritual across India today, along with a variety of other religious robots throughout East Asia and South Asia. Robotic rituals even now include an animatronic temple elephant in Kerala on India’s southern coast.
Yet this kind of religious robotic usage has led to increasing debates about the use of AI and robotic technology in devotion and worship. Some devotees and priests feel that this represents a new horizon in human innovation that will lead to the betterment of society, while others worry that using robots to replace practitioners is a bad omen for the future.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams wants to send migrants to college on the taxpayer dime.
The New York Post learned the mayor “plans to provide as many as 100 migrants with 12 months of classes, room and board in upstate Sullivan County.” It could last indefinitely.
The Office of Asylum Seeker Operations, Adams’s new city agency, will be in charge of the program:
The pilot program — to be overseen by Adams’ newly created city agency, the Office of Asylum Seeker Operations — involves both SUNY Sullivan community college in tiny Loch Sheldrake and The Center for Discovery, a special education school in nearby Harris.
The cost to taxpayers hasn’t been disclosed but will likely exceed $1.2 million in the first year, based on the price tag for two semesters at SUNY Sullivan alone.
“The mayor’s office is giving us money for things like supplies for people to live on, and the dorms and food,” said spokesman Michael Rosen of The Center for Discovery.
The Army announced in a release Wednesday upcoming overseas deployments for units ranging from armored brigade combat teams to an artillery brigade headquarters to Europe, the Middle East and South Korea.
Inflation in Egypt shot to a five-and-a-half-year high in February, according to data released by statistics agency Capmas on Thursday.
The annual urban consumer inflation rate in February leapt to 31.9 percent from 25.8 percent in January.
It comes in the wake of a series of currency devaluations since March 2022. The value of the Egyptian pound has since collapsed by 50 percent.
Inflation is the highest since August 2017 - nine months after a steep devaluation - when it reached 31.92 percent.
February 27 through May 8 marks the 50th anniversary of the occupation by the American Indian Movement (AIM) of Wounded Knee on the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota, the site of the last great massacre of the Indian Wars in December 1890.
In a 2019 documentary that aired on PBS, From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey, filmmaker Kevin McKiernan interviewed Tom Parker, an FBI agent working for the FBI’s counter-intelligence operation (COINTELPRO), who admitted that the FBI had helped to fracture and disrupt AIM during its 1973 Wounded Knee occupation.
“[W]e wanted them to kill each other, as we were in a war against AIM,” Parker said.
According to Parker, a main goal of COINTELPRO was to infiltrate informers into AIM and to publicly identify AIM activists with the FBI so that others in AIM would turn against them.
In this way, Parker said, dissension would grow among AIM, and AIM members would become paranoid about FBI infiltration and turn against one another, and there would be violence.
There is a cardinal difference between the Washington Post report of June 18, 1972 by Alfred Lewis breaking the news of the Watergate burglary and the sensational claim by the New York Times on Tuesday — per a CNN report — that “intelligence suggests that a pro-Ukrainian group” sabotaged the Nord Stream gas pipelines.
The WaPo reported on Watergate several months after Richard Nixon’s thumping victory for a second term as president, while the Times’ claim has been advanced even before Joe Biden has announced his candidacy for the November 2024 election.
A common thread, though, could be that while the Lewis story was followed up a day later by two young Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the Times report also hopes to be a developing story but with a contrarian purpose.
If Watergate wiretapping forced Nixon to resign eventually, the big question is whether the Nord Stream sabotage will also be the undoing of the Biden presidency?
Die Welt, a mainstream media outlet in Germany, revealed that numerous subjects who suffered adverse events, including deaths, during Pfizer’s COVID-19 shot trials were removed from the trial data
A person known as “Pfizer subject C4591001 1162 11621327” died three days after receiving the second dose of Pfizer’s COVID shot, reportedly due to stroke and arteriosclerosis; it was deemed unrelated to the shots
The CDC has since warned that people ages 65 and older who received Pfizer’s updated (bivalent) COVID-19 booster shot may be at increased risk of stroke
Die Welt also revealed contradictions in Pfizer documents, adverse events from the shot downplayed and mass unblinding of study subjects, which wasn’t revealed in a later approval study
In November 2020, Pfizer claimed their COVID-19 shot was 95% effective against COVID-19, but this was highly misleading and based on flawed methodology, including excluding people who got COVID-19 within 14 days after their first shot
Today the left cheered her including all of the former Bernie Bros who she rigged the 2016 Democrat Party primary against.
Earlier today Democrat cheerleaders howled with delight when Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz came down hard on leftist reporter Matt Taibbi for participating in the Twitter Files investigation.
Taibbi and others discovered and released several threads of tweets now that show Twitter officials working with the government to censor free speech on the platform and crack down on conservatives.
Norfolk Southern — the railway company whose train derailed last month in East Palestine, Ohio, contaminating the surrounding area with toxic chemicals — announced Thursday night that it had determined that some of its railcars, of a specific make and model, had loose wheels.
During its cleanup of the derailment site, Norfolk Southern investigators discovered that a "specific model and series of railcars had loose wheels," the company said in a news release Thursday night, calling the discovery "an urgent safety issue."
The wheels came from "a series of recently acquired cars from a specific manufacturer," Norfolk Southern said.
A message warning of a nuclear missile strike on Russian soil momentarily interrupted TV and radio broadcasts in Yekaterinburg, Moscow, and the Sverdlovsk regions of Russia, Telegraph reported.
Citizens were advised to take calcium iodide pills, put on gas masks, and seek shelter immediately.
The Russian emergencies ministry revealed that a widespread cyber attack on government broadcasters was to blame for the false alert.
Virginia's attorney general has written to a middle school in the state demanding they stop selecting students for a college preparation program 'based on race, color and national origin'.
AG Jason Miyares wrote to Cooper Middle School in McLean after the school sent an email to eighth grade parents asking if they children would benefit from a scheme to help them with college applications.
'Please cease and desist the illegal conduct of soliciting and selecting applicants to the College Partnership Program based on race, color and national origin,' he wrote.
Officials knew the San Bernardino County mountains were going to be hit by a bad storm days before an unprecedented blizzard rolled in.
But they found themselves unprepared for the historic amount of snow and the disruptions it would bring. More than 100 inches of snow fell in back-to-back storms over the course of a few days, shutting down most mountain roads and leaving multiple communities stranded, some for nearly two weeks since.
Some of the snowplows local officials had available proved no match for the massive accumulation of snow. And because much of California was also experiencing record-setting wintry weather, supplemental supplies from other counties were unavailable, officials said.
The series of storms and the damage they inflicted on the mountain communities proved to be a harsh lesson for local officials who were tested like never before by the extraordinary challenges.
Former January 6 Chairman Bennie Thompson claimed he never had access to January 6 footage after Fox News host Tucker Carlson released never-before-seen footage.
Bennie Thompson told CNN that he is not aware of any January 6 Committee members having access to the J6 footage.
“I’m actually not aware of any member of the committee who had access. We had a team of employees who kind of went through the video,” Bennie Thompson told CNN.
Via CNN: “Bennie Thompson, former chair of the Jan. 6 committee, said lawmakers were never given that type of access to the footage last Congress. “It’s strictly a new policy that the new speaker has put in place,” he told CNN.”
Newsguard claims to be a non-partisan fact-checking organization.
But a quick glance at its operations and related social media accounts shows an unhinged group of committed Trump-haters.
Newsguard is a media “fact-checking” company that was started in 2018. They claim to rate websites for reliability. Basically, they’re in the business of deciding who is fake news and who is not. And they HATE pro-Trump publishers and citizen journalists. The company is supported by Trump-haters, elites and media giants.
There is ample proof the activists behind Newsguard are unhinged leftists and anti-Trumpers.
Our friends at the conservative website 100percentfedup previously shared information with The Gateway Pundit that exposes the Newsguard liberal activists.