Zoom announced on Tuesday that the tech company will lay off about 1,300 employees, or approximately 15% of its staff. It was also announced that its’ CEO is receiving a pay cut.
The company’s CEO Eric Yuan wrote a memo to his employees about the decision’s impact. He said that he had made miscalculations in how quickly the company would grow during the pandemic.
“As the CEO and founder of Zoom, I am accountable for these mistakes and the actions we take today– and I want to show accountability not just in words but in my own actions,” he wrote. “To that end, I am reducing my salary for the coming fiscal year by 98% and foregoing my FY23 corporate bonus.”
Yuan said that the executive leadership team members’ base wages would be reduced by 20% for the upcoming fiscal year and that they would forgo their incentives for the fiscal year 2023.
After the announcement, shares of Zoom increased by over 9% in midday trading.
According to the survivalist website Survivalfreedom.com, the upper Midwest, Maine, West Texas, and several small pockets, typically in places with few populations, are where you can take shelter during a nuclear war in the US.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un led a meeting that called on the country's military to expand its combat drills and move toward "perfecting the preparedness for war," state media reported on Tuesday.
The meeting of the military commission of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea "discussed in depth the major military and political tasks for 2023," according to state-run Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea's top military brass called for "constantly expanding and intensifying the operation and combat drills of the [Korean People's Army] to cope with the prevailing situation and more strictly perfecting the preparedness for war," KCNA said.
Kim said he expected the North's armed forces to "perform ever-victorious feats" and demonstrate "matchless military strength," according to the report. The meeting, which was held on Monday, marked the North Korean leader's first public appearance in roughly 40 days.
President Joe Biden delivered his second State of The Union address on Tuesday. He was booed by many Republicans after he accused them of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare.
During his criticizing remarks, Biden specifically referenced plans floated by Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.). Conservative lawmakers were not afraid to speak up and call him out on his allegations.
Following his remark, the GOP side of the chamber began booing, with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shaking his head.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) screamed “liar.”
The philosopher Karl Popper argued that a theory can’t be considered scientific unless there is a way to test it and prove whether it is true or false. It’s therefore ironic that societies that claim to follow “the science” are constantly accused of “white supremacy,” an unfalsifiable concept backed by many who see themselves as democracy’s defenders or, like George Soros, Karl Popper’s ideological heirs. There is no need for evidence. Whites can be barely involved in an outrage; it’s still our fault.
The once-great American city of Memphis, Tennessee, is now just another majority-black ruin. In 2021, the city government dug up the body of General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife and reburied them elsewhere, likewise removing his beautiful equestrian statue. Then-mayor A. C. Wharton said the Forrest statue came from “a time gone by” that’s “not to be honored.” Presumably the present city, which recently broke its own homicide record, is morally superior.
Last fall, a black career criminal who had been released early from prison very likely killed Eliza Fletcher, a Memphis teacher who was white. Another black man, Ezekiel Kelly, went on a shooting spree in the city, killing four and wounding three. He broadcast it all on Facebook Live.
Tucker Carlson used Memphis to symbolize the fall of America:
Even in a city that is nearly 82 percent white and two percent black, the reality of “white privilege” is tested. And it turns out this omnipotent belief somehow keeping black people from succeeding in life has absolutely no potency when confronted with reality of the truly privileged in America.
His name is Dr. Michael Mammone, a white doctor simply biking while white in Dana Point, California, whom a black male decided needed to die because of his “white privilege.” [Suspect accused of stabbing California doctor to death spoke of ‘White privilege’ during attack, witness says: The Orange County Sheriff’s Office have yet to determine a motive in Michael Mammone’s murder, Fox News, February 6, 2023]:
An anonymous witness who spoke to a local ABC affiliate said the suspect who allegedly struck a biker before stabbing him to death in Southern California last Wednesday muttered about “White privilege” during the incident.
The neighbor, who declined to be interviewed on camera, said she and her family heard what sounded like a gunshot before the attack against emergency room physician Michael Mammone, 58, and then heard the suspect issue the racial slur, according to ABC7.
Mammone was killed by a motorist in an attack in the coastal city of Dana Point while he was on an afternoon bicycle ride last week, according to authorities. The suspect, who also allegedly stabbed Mammone, was identified as 39-year-old Vanroy Evan Smith after being detained by bystanders and arrested on suspicion of murder.
Low-income women in some cities are more likely than their wealthier counterparts to be targeted by Google ads promoting anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers when they search for abortion care, researchers at the Tech Transparency Project have found.
The research builds on previous findings detailing how Google directs users searching for abortion services to so-called crisis centers – organizations that have been known to pose as abortion clinics in an attempt to steer women away from accessing abortion care.
Give the Biden Regime credit for one thing: creativity in finding excuses to release illegal aliens that should, of course, not only be in custody but also deported. The Department of Homeland Security has decided that the accidental release of an illegal alien’s personal information is a get-out-of-detention free card and chance to stay in the country. Thus did DHS set free almost 3,000 illegals to further colonize—and terrorize—the heartland. Naturally, the latest administrative Amnesty cooked up by unindicted visa fraudster Alejandro Mayorkas has no basis in immigration law, but a little thing like the law hasn’t stopped Mayorkas and Biden before. After all, they refuse to enforce it. No measure, it seems, is too extreme if it pushes ahead the dispossession and replacement of the Historic American Nation.
The Amnesty doesn’t have a name, but it appears to build on crime-victim visas. Illegals have long abused the U Non-Immigrant Visa, a path to lawful permanent residency. Another is the T NIV for alleged victims of trafficking. My guess: These could be permanently expanded to include the illegal-alien “victims” of the government’s publicly exposing, however briefly, their personally identifiable information. The result might not just be release but also the reward of a green card.
The Anarcho-Tyranny sent a strong message to ranchers on the southwest border whose homes and properties are invaded, trashed, and sometimes robbed by illegal aliens. You better not tangle with illegal aliens, and if you do, you better not kill one. Cops in Santa Cruz, Arizona have charged a 73-year-old rancher with first-degree murder in connection with the killing of a Mexican illegal on January 30.
George Alan Kelly’s ranch is about a mile-and-a-half from the border.
The justice of the peace, Emilio Velasquez, set bond at $1 million and refused to reduce it even after Kelly explained that his wife would be alone.
A new report from Revolver News documents how the Joe Biden administration is trying to put a popular internet voice in jail for the Hillary Clinton memes he posted during the 2016 presidential race.
That was when Clinton became a two-time loser in the presidential sweepstakes.
Calling it the "most important First Amendment case you've never heard of," the report explains how Biden's Department of Justice is accusing Douglass Mackey of "conspiring …. to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote."
What did he do?
Posted anti-Hillary memes that were based on the age-old joke that members of the "other" party, in this case Democrats, "are so stupid they'd probably believe someone telling them election day is Wednesday."
"At the risk of being tedious, we will explain: memes promoting incorrect election dates are old hat. People have been making them online and in print since at least 2000, and who are we kidding, probably well before that. They’re either a humorous indication of one’s desire to win a race, or else a political in-joke," the report explained.
China has told the United States the balloon it shot down last weekend “does not belong to America” as the search for debris in the Atlantic continued.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning made the comments during a scheduled press conference in Beijing on Tuesday, adding that the balloon “is Chinese”. She said: “The Chinese government will continue to resolutely defend its legitimate rights and interests.”
Mere days after the United States pompously announced that it has soundly defeated an adrift weather balloon, another absurdity has taken the headlines in the mainstream media. Apparently, China somehow managed to overtake America in the number of ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missile) launchers. This was reported by the Wall Street Journal on February 7, citing the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. According to WSJ, the commander of the US Strategic Command, which oversees America’s nuclear forces, notified the US Congress about the supposed Chinese advantage.
“The number of land-based fixed and mobile ICBM launchers in China exceeds the number of ICBM launchers in the United States,” the commander stated.
The author of the WSJ article himself admitted that the US is currently modernizing its entire nuclear triad (land, sea and air-launched nuclear weapons) and that “it has a much larger nuclear force than China”. The Strategic Command also notified US lawmakers that America still has more land-based ICBMs than China, as well as several times more thermonuclear warheads mounted on those missiles. Worse yet, the report doesn’t even include SLBMs (submarine-launched ballistic missiles) and strategic bombers that make the US dominance even more pronounced.
But US officials and experts are claiming that “many of China’s land-based launchers still consist of empty silos”, meaning that Beijing “potentially has more launch options”. The lawmakers cited these launchers as “a portent of the scale of China’s longer-range ambitions and are urging the US to expand its own nuclear forces to counter the Russian and Chinese forces”. According to Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, “China is rapidly approaching parity with the United States”.
“We cannot allow that to happen. The time for us to adjust our force posture and increase capabilities to meet this threat is now,” Rogers stated.
Centennial Elementary in Olympia, Washington created a club for 5th-grade BIPOC ("Black, Indigenous, People of Color") students, that excludes white students.
The U.S. State Department has issued warnings and threats to Erdogan if he follows through on his plan to have a neighborly relationship with Syria.
The outrage was prompted after Washington and eight European countries issued travel warnings over possible terror attacks in Turkey. The U.S. and its western allies have attempted to connect a recent Quran burning in Sweden with travel danger inside Turkey. Muslim countries worldwide have denounced the burning as hate speech, not free speech, but this has no apparent connection to travel safety issues inside Turkey.
The U.S. travel warning is tantamount to a declaration of economic war on Turkey who is in an economic downturn of its tourism sector, which was 11 % of the GDP in 2019, representing $78.2 billion, and rose to $17.95 billion in the third quarter of 2022, of which 85.7 percent came from foreign visitors. In 2018, tourism directly accounted for 7.7% of total employment in Turkey.
Shared as the "drawing of the day" on its Twitter account, the cartoon by artist Juin showed a damaged building, a toppled car and a heap of rubble with the caption: "No need to send tanks."
Former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter answers his critics who accuse him of being a “Russian stooge”.
Former Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter answers his critics who accuse him of being a “Russian stooge” and an “anti-American traitor” owing to his trenchant criticism of U.S. involvement in the Ukraine war with Russia.
Ritter says, “they can go to hell!” He adds, “my job is to tell the truth based on fact-based analysis”.
“I do not serve the U.S. government, I serve the people and the Constitution,” says Ritter.
Ritter explains what guides his military and geopolitical views – “fact-based analysis”. He says this truth-telling has always got him in trouble with the Pentagon, the CIA and the U.S. government. He recounts how in his past career he had major scrapes with military and political superiors while working as a U.S. weapons inspector based in the Soviet Union and later as an intelligence officer during the First Gulf War in Iraq in the early 1990s.
The Israeli government announced plans to construct a new illegal settlement in the Negev desert area near the besieged Gaza Strip, a decision immediately denounced by the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on 5 February, “We decided today during a cabinet session to develop a new settlement adjacent to the Gaza Strip in conjunction with the Minister of Construction and Housing, Yitzhak Goldknopf.”
Israel’s far-right National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir threatened to shower 50 missiles on Gaza in response to each missile fired from the Strip, Israeli media reported.
According to the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, Ben-Gvir said the Israeli response to Palestinian Resistance attacks must be comprehensive.
Ben-Gvir added that he hopes the government will implement his vision of responding to Hamas rockets, adding that he is optimistic and believes this will materialize.
Israeli forces killed 42 Palestinians since the beginning of 2023, including nine children and an elderly woman.
Unable to stop Russia’s advance on the front line, the Ukrainian military continues daily shelling of civilians in the regions they have lost. Every day, people are killed by Ukrainian artillery in the city of Donetsk and other settlements of the DPR and LPR.
On February 7, one of the Ukrainian attacks hit the Kievsky district of Donetsk located in the south-western part of the city. Ukrainian Nazis intentionally targeted a bus station on Semashko Avenue.
In his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, President Biden took aim at China and said winning the “competition” with Beijing should “unite all of us.”
“Before I came to office, the story was about how the People’s Republic of China was increasing its power and America was falling in the world. Not anymore,” the president said.
Biden insisted that he made clear to Chinese President Xi Jinping that he seeks “competition, not conflict.” But the president said he makes “no apologies” for the fact that the US was investing in “industries that will define the future, and that China’s government is intent on dominating.”
Part of President Biden’s strategy to compete with China is through harsh sanctions that intend to cripple China’s semiconductor industry. As part of this effort, his administration is pressuring Japan and the Netherlands to also limit chip exports to China.
Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad has highlighted Syria’s need for humanitarian assistance after the recent devastating earthquake, warning that the US sanctions have worsened the circumstances as the illegal bans have prevented the delivery of everything to the country.
Mekdad made the remarks in an interview with Lebanon's al-Mayadeen television network on Tuesday after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake rattled Turkey and Syria, leaving more than 7,800 people dead and thousands of others injured in the two neighboring countries.
“The catastrophe of the earthquake that struck Syria is great, and what has increased its depth is the difficult circumstances that the country has been going through for the past 12 years as it is fighting terrorism and its supporters,” Mekdad told al-Mayadeen television network.
“What exacerbated the tragedy and catastrophe was the sanctions imposed by the United States and Western countries on Syria,” he added, reiterating his appeal to all the world countries to provide the required assistance to the Syrian people to confront the humanitarian catastrophe.