"Those who recognize the stupidity and fickleness of the masses will not be remotely surprised by anything they do." -- Nicolas Poussin
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned former President Trump’s hosting of alt-right provocateur Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye West in a private dinner at Mar-a-Lago on the podcast “Honestly with Bari Weiss.”
The European Union’s industry chief warned Elon Musk of the possibility Twitter could be banned in member states unless Musk adheres to a set of strict content moderation policies in a video meeting Wednesday, the Financial Times reported.
Below is my column this week on the campaign to coerce Elon Musk to restore the censorship system at Twitter. The campaign against Twitter now involves the full allied forces of the anti-free speech movement: the government, corporations, Democratic politicians, the media, and, of course, celebrities. However, it is an alliance that has proven overwhelming in the past but this unstoppable force has met an immovable object in Musk. It is total war in the beltway but Musk has yet to fully deploy his greatest weapon: free speech.
Here is the column:
Washington this week is in full wartime footing. No, it’s not over the Russian invasion of Ukraine or North Korean missiles or even Chinese expansionism. It is about Twitter and the threat of Elon Musk to restore free speech protections to social media.
The problem is that citizens are flocking to Twitter and signing up in record numbers. They want more, not less, free speech. The over two million new sign-ups per day represent a 66% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released by Musk.
A reporter this week was so alarmed that she asked the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the concern that millions are still signing up at Twitter and demanded to know who is “keeping an eye on this” for possible federal action.
The Babylon Bee, the satirical website that takes aim – all too effectively in the minds of some – at over-the-top wokeness, has been reinstated on Twitter. A blaring headline from a recent Bee story: "'Twitter Is Dead,' 300 Million People Post on Twitter." A satirical zinger, indeed!
And Donald Trump's Twitter account has been reinstated too – supposedly based on the results of a poll on . . . you guessed it, Twitter.
Amidst the turmoil and tumult of Elon Musk's Twitter take-over, predicting what Twitter will be next week, much less next year, is a fool's game. Count me out. After all, Mr. Musk reportedly has warned the staff: "Bankruptcy isn't out of the question.”
Assuming for present purposes that Twitter can ensure the security and stability of the platform going forward, I know what I want the platform to be. Throughout this now fifteen part "Thinking Clearly About Speaking Freely" series, I've argued that Twitter, along with other major social media platforms, have been far too censorious in restricting content that should remain subject to public debate. And throughout, I've cited examples of overly censorious actions, such as restricting posts relating to the origin of COVID-19, the effectiveness of various treatment options, and the educational and economic costs of school and business lockdowns.
The news surrounding Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter and the political firestorm it has caused probably hasn't escaped most people. The platform which once represented the very root of leftist cancel culture and activist organization for attack mobs has suddenly been turned upside down. Musk's position appears to be a simple one: Free speech within the bounds of the law. He has so far made good on that promise, and the leftists are losing their collective hive mind because of it.
In the process of coping with the loss of their prize, leftist activists and establishment elitists in Big Tech and government have been searching for a way to undermine or sabotage Twitter. The bottom line? If they can't have it, they will try to burn it all down so that no one can have it.
This mentality has led to a rather predictable outcome, which is for corporations and Big Tech companies to exert economic leverage against Musk. Why? On the face of it the explanation is simple: They hate free speech. Specifically, though, they hate conservative and liberty minded speech.
More than half a million of the state’s 7 million active voters had already voted as the polls opened on Nov. 29.
“Just … Wow!” Georgia’s Deputy Secretary of State Gabriel Sterling posted on Twitter late on Nov. 28.
“Georgia voters, facilitated through the hard work of county election and poll workers, have shattered the old early vote turnout, with 300,438 Georgians casting their votes today. They blew up the old record of 233,000 votes in a day. Way to go voters and election workers.”
A Texas mother, frustrated by her school board’s reluctance to remove books with graphic sexual content from school libraries, found an embarrassing technique for getting board members and the public to pay attention.
Ayres, the mother of grown children who attended school in the district, now serves on the board of the local chapter of the watchdog group County Citizens Defending Freedom.
In the clip, Ayres takes her spot at the podium during public comment and begins reading a passage from the book found in the library of at least one district high school. The excerpt graphically describes a young girl protesting and crying as a boy forces her to perform oral sex.
“I ask you why this book has survived two attempts…” Ayres tries to ask board members.
White House officials told CNBC's Kayla Tausche about a new plan to call on members of Congress to increase heating oil supplies this winter.
"As we just reported, the White House is considering calling on Congress to double a cap on heating oil storage to build up reserves over the winter, sources tell me," Tausche tweeted Wednesday morning.
"US officials also weighing future SPR drawdowns in the new year if prices spike post-embargo/price cap."
The World Economic Forum held the Sustainable Development Impact Meetings towards the end of September 2022, convening at the same time as the United Nations General Assembly. In those meetings, UN officials declared that they apparently “own the science”.
They also admitted to; among other things –
Partnering with Google to censor search results that don’t fit the official narrative and ensure their propaganda is top of the list in relation to things such as ‘Covid-19’ and ‘Climate Change’ in order to shape public opinion.
Partnering with Big Tech Social Media companies to boost propaganda messaging on things such as Covid-19 and Climate Change in order to shape public opinion.
Giving millions to social media influencers to spout their propaganda for them in order to shape public opinion.
The House and Senate have agreed to increase the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) by $45 billion more than President Biden requested, POLITICO reported on Wednesday.
The $45 billion increase was agreed on by the House and Senate Armed Service committees, but other details of the NDAA are still being finalized. The increase the two panels agreed on brings the bill to $847 billion.
Including programs outside of the jurisdiction of House and Senate Armed Service committees, the NDAA will reach $858 billion.
The US is considering “dramatically” increasing its training of Ukrainian forces, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed US officials.
The plan under consideration would aim to train up to 2,500 Ukrainian troops each month at a US base in Germany. The report said that since Russia invaded, the US has only trained a few thousand Ukrainians to use specific weapons systems.
The new training program would be more sophisticated and would include infantry maneuvers and the use of artillery systems. Ukrainians have been receiving similar training in Poland and Britain. The British started an infantry program over the summer with the goal of training 10,000 Ukrainian troops.
You may be surprised to learn that the city of London and the City of London are two very different things, related to each other mostly by historical accident and geographical proximity, and co-existing today in a rather complicated power system in which the City of London appears gloriously victorious.
First, the City of London, a small area of about one square mile in size, was established as a haven by the Khazar “Jews” during their extermination from Khazaria nearly 1,000 years ago, and was named ‘London’ at the time. And yes, I know the Romans had been there first. The city of London, with the Bridge and Harrods, and the fish and chips and the people driving on the wrong side of the road, was established much later, adopted the same name, and gradually expanded with population until it completely surrounded the Jewish enclave of the City of London. You can see the positions and relative sizes from the map. When you read about “The Lord Mayor of London”, you are not reading about the chief executive of the city, but about the chief executive of the City. The City of London Corporation, with its square mile directly in the center of London, obviously owns some very expensive real estate, this in addition to a great deal of other property also in the city center, but this amounts to only perhaps $10 billion in total and, as we will see, is trivial.
Zelensky believes faking an attack or creating an environmental calamity will repeat history. But he is woefully misinformed as he is ignorant.
When the lights go out, the water no longer comes and there isn’t even a scrap of wood to keep Ukrainians warm, Zelensky will need Sean Penn’s Oscar for help.
How long has President Zelensky got, before his political support wains, given then it is widely known that he is often bullied by western elites out of talks with Russia? There is a certain panic setting in within the Zelensky cabal which is making him more and more capricious, to the point of being out of control, which makes observers wonder what is going on behind the scenes.
The Black Sea attack was a panic reaction. He believed that he could steer the media agenda towards “starving Africans” and that Russia pulling out of the deal agreed with Turkey and the UN would only affirm that it is the Ukrainians who are the angels and the Russians the devils. Huge backfire when Putin not only came back but also made an offer to supply African countries with grain for free.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) sent a letter to House January 6th Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) on Wednesday demanding preservation of committee records for the incoming Republican controlled Congress next January. McCarthy also said Republicans would hold hearings on why the Capitol was “not secure” on January 6, 2021.
The mother of a Robb Elementary school shooting victim has filed a federal lawsuit against law enforcement, the Uvalde school district, 16 officers, the gun shop where the shooter purchased the weapon, and gun manufacturer Daniel Defense.
The West’s loss of its leading positions may provoke NATO to make rash and irresponsible decisions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Wednesday, speaking at a meeting with students of the "Dialogue in the name of the future" education program.
"The expansionist globalism displayed by this aggressive bloc is unprecedented. I am convinced that the global majority is perfectly aware of the threats posed by this course taken by the alliance, and comprehends that the Westerners’ realization that they have lost their superior standing may cause NATO to take ill-conceived and irresponsible steps," the Minister underscored.
According to Lavrov, these very assessments will define the positions of most countries during the discussion of the future of global security.
Lavrov noted that, during the last NATO summit in Madrid, it was declared that the Alliance now bears global responsibility.
As the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nine months and a cold winter is setting in, people all over the world are calling for a Christmas truce, harkening back to the inspirational Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of World War I, warring soldiers put down their guns and celebrated the holiday together in the no-man’s land between their trenches. This spontaneous reconciliation and fraternization has been, over the years, a symbol of hope and courage.
Here are eight reasons why this holiday season too offers the potential for peace and a chance to move the conflict in Ukraine from the battlefield to the negotiating table.
Albanese, who previously rejected public pressure to push for Assange’s release, said that he raised the issue with US officials in recent meetings. “The government will continue to act in a diplomatic way, but can I assure the member … that I have raised this personally with representatives of the United States government,” Albanese said.
“My position is clear and has been made clear to the US administration – that it is time that this matter be brought to a close,” the Australian leader added.
“What we talked about today is . . . working to adapt in concrete ways to meet the challenge,” Blinken said after the meeting. He said ways that European countries could take action against China is to use “export controls” to protect sensitive technology.
The North Atlantic military alliance officially declared in a strategy document back in June that China poses “systemic challenges.” Blinken said that he now sees a “growing convergence” on how NATO and the EU view China, although some European countries are reluctant to go along with the policies the US is pursuing.
Russia's defence minister said on Wednesday that the armed forces should use new advanced weapons systems in the conflict in Ukraine.
"It is necessary to continue the modernisation and creation of promising systems with their subsequent use during the special military operation," Sergei Shoigu said at a defence ministry meeting of senior generals.
Shoigu, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, did not specify which advanced weapons should be used, though he said he wanted to discuss with the generals new ways of improving artillery and missile attacks.
"New ways of using them in combat are being tested," Shoigu said, without giving specifics.
Serving in the U.S. armed forces is dangerous, especially for women. Despite being a minority, making up only 16.5 percent of the military, nearly 1 in 4 U.S. servicewomen reports being sexually assaulted — a rate far higher than that of men. Years of analysis of the issue, handwringing, and incremental reforms have failed to stem what has been called an “epidemic.”
But sexual assault of men in the military is also widespread and vastly underreported. Each day, on average, more than 45 men in the armed forces are sexually assaulted, according to the latest Pentagon estimates. For women, it is 53 per day, according to a September 2022 Pentagon report that uses a new euphemism “unwanted sexual contact” as a “proxy measure for sexual assault.” Nearly 40 percent of veterans who report to the Department of Veterans Affairs, or VA, that they have experienced military sexual trauma, or MST — sexual assault or sexual harassment — are men.
The nuclear powers must avoid any military confrontation among themselves, including one which involves conventional weapons, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a meeting with participants in the Dialogue for the Future scientific and educational program. A transcript of his speech was uploaded to the Foreign Ministry’s website.
Lavrov recalled that at Moscow’s initiative earlier this year, leaders of the permanent members of the UN Security Council confirmed that there could be no winners in a nuclear war and that it should never be unleashed.
"Russia's position is much broader: in addition to the inadmissibility of such a war, it is necessary to avoid any military clash between nuclear powers, even with the use of conventional weapons. An escalation could get out of hand," he stressed.
Lavrov pointed out that Moscow would continue to uphold global security and stability.