Thought for the day

More than 90 countries have expressed their "deep concern" in a statement on Monday at Israel's punitive measures against the Palestinian people, following a UN request for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The UN General Assembly voted 87-26 with 53 abstentions on 30 December in favour of the resolution calling for the ICJ to give an opinion on the legality of Israeli policies in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

In a statement, the signatories called for a reversal of Israeli measures, saying regardless of their position on the General Assembly's resolution, "we reject punitive measures in response to a request for an advisory opinion by the International Court of Justice".

In response to the successful Palestinian initiative at the UN, Israel's new far-right government seized $39m of tax revenues collected on behalf of the Palestinian Authority (PA).

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Jan 18 10:21

When the Greek-Orthodox Church of Cyprus enthroned its new leader this month, one bishop stayed away in silent protest over a dispute sparked by the Ukraine war.

Neophytos of Morphou -- on the Moscow side of a church schism between Russia and Ukraine -- said he preferred to pray alone in his "humble cell" during Archbishop Georgios's glittering anointment ceremony.

The bishop, known to be outspoken on a range of controversial issues, charged that in war-torn Ukraine, Orthodox bishops seen as pro-Russian were now being "threatened and persecuted" by forces aligned with President Volodymyr Zelensky.

His stance, shared by several other Cypriot bishops, puts him at odds with Georgios, 73, the winner in the contest to succeed Chrysostomos II, who died of cancer at 81 in November.

Tags: RELIGION/ATHEISM, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Jan 18 10:21

Dozens of extremist Israelis stormed occupied East Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday, escorted by Israeli forces, pan-Arab news website Arabi 21 reported.

The radicals worshipped at the site in breach of the longstanding status quo governing it, according to Palestinian sources.

Israeli forces reportedly began harassing Muslim worshippers at the site from early Tuesday to clear the way for the incursion.

Under the agreement, Muslims alone are permitted to pray at Al-Aqsa, the third-holiest place in Islam and the most-sacred Muslim site in Palestine. Non-Muslims are, however, able to visit.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE
Posted on: Jan 18 10:16

Israeli forces held up Jordan’s ambassador to Israel at an entrance to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday, prompting condemnation from Amman. 

Ghassan Majali was stopped at Bab al-Asbat (Lions' Gate), leading to the mosque, and asked to present permission to visit the site. 

The envoy then left in protest, according to Palestinian media reports.

Israeli police said they didn't refuse Majali from entering, according to the Times of Israel

Tags: ISRAEL
Posted on: Jan 18 10:15

A small town in Hawaii that experiences an astonishing 600 earthquakes a week is being rocked by a concentrated pool of magma directly beneath it, a study has found.

The number of earthquakes recorded in Pahala, a town in the south of the Big Island of Hawaii, has increased 70-fold since 2015, and seismologists have used modern imaging techniques to attribute the sharp rise to a web of magma connected to a nearby volcano.

Pahala is a small town that had a population of around 1,500 at the time of the 2020 census and was once a home to a sugar plantation. According to the United States Geological Survey it is the 'most seismically active area' in Hawaii.

Tags: HAWAII/ PACIFIC, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 18 10:14

As the number of people experiencing homelessness increases across the country, more cities and states have passed laws making it illegal to live out of tents and cars or sleep in public spaces.

More than 100 jurisdictions have had such bans on the books for years, according to the National Homelessness Law Center. In recent months, high-profile measures have been approved targeting homelessness in many western U.S. cities and across entire states.

Federal data shows 582,462 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2022. Experts warn more people will enter homelessness as housing costs increase, as has been the case for decades in cities such as New York and in much of California.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 18 10:13

A school board meeting in Greeley, Colo., kicked off this month with a newly restrictive public comment policy — the fourth iteration in a year marked by such vitriol over masks and books that one member suggested suspending comment altogether. Two opportunities for citizens to address the board for a total of four minutes had already been slimmed to one three-minute chance. Now speakers would have two minutes.

In Rochester, Minn., where public comment at city council meetings has featured personal attacks on the mayor and baseless accusations about the library promoting pedophilia, speakers since October have been permitted to comment just once a month — and the board is considering further restrictions.

And in Salem, Ore., the school board in September closed meetings to the public and began taking comments by Zoom or phone or in writing, following what the superintendent called an “escalation of disruptive behavior” that had turned in-person comment into a “public forum for political agendas.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION
Posted on: Jan 18 10:13

China’s population shrank for the first time in decades last year as its birthrate plunged, official figures showed Tuesday, adding to pressure on leaders to keep the economy growing despite an aging workforce and at a time of rising tension with the U.S.

Despite the official numbers, some experts believe China’s population has been in decline for a few years — a dramatic turn in a country that once sought to control such growth through a one-child policy.

Many wealthy countries are struggling with how to respond to aging populations, which can be a drag on economic growth as shrinking numbers of workers try to support growing numbers of elderly people.

Tags: CHINA
Posted on: Jan 18 10:11

Amid a nursing shortage that is worsening poor health outcomes in Mississippi, nursing programs at the state’s public universities are turning away hundreds of potential students every year because of insufficient faculty sizes.

Alfred Rankins Jr., Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education, said at a legislative hearing Tuesday that nursing programs have struggled to retain faculty members because of the state’s lower-than-average salaries for public university employees.

“Unfortunately, our nursing programs must turn away approximately 300 qualified nursing applicants each year because of limited faculty numbers,” Rankins said.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 18 10:10

Federal prosecutors declined Tuesday to seek the death penalty for the alleged Walmart shooter who killed 23 shoppers in an El Paso branch of the store in 2019.

The decision is consistent with the Department of Justice’s practice of not pursuing capital punishment in federal cases since President Joe Biden took office, according to local reports.

Patrick Crusius is accused of driving 10 hours from Allen, Texas and casing the busy Walmart to make sure it was filled with Hispanic people before gunning down 23 shoppers with an AK-47 and injuring 22 others on Aug. 3, 2019.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jan 18 10:09
A coalition of Republican state attorneys general accused International Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis of violating state and federal law through their commitments to the environmental, social, and corporate governance movement, also known as ESG.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:57
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) is set to get new committee positions, marking a comeback after the House voted in the last session of Congress to remove her assignments over a series of inflammatory statements.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:56
The top dollar attorney who was Joe Biden’s top attorney is now representing him in the document scandal.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:55

Texas lawmakers are pushing for a bill to ban certain foreign entities from purchasing land in the state. The bill, SB 147, is sponsored by Republican Senator Lois Kolkhorst (Brenham) and has the support of Texas Governor Greg Abbott.

The bill would prohibit any future purchase of or otherwise acquiring title to real property in the state of Texas by governments or entities affiliated with countries such as Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China. Recent polling found 82 percent of Texas Republican voters want to see the Texas government prohibit the Chinese government or Chinese citizens from purchasing land in the state.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 18 09:54
The NHL over the past year has made a concerted effort to portray itself as America’s most woke sports league, even at the expense of player safety. On Tuesday night, however, an NHL player actually decided to take a stand against his own team’s effort to push the woke agenda.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:54
A few years ago, Democrats removed Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments, but all that is changed now.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:53
Joe Biden’s mishandling of top-secret documents is not the only way he has jeopardized America’s national security. He did something arguably even worse as vice-president.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:53

Microsoft is preparing to axe thousands of jobs in the latest move by one of the world's biggest technology companies to reduce its workforce in the face of a slowing global economy.

Sky News has learnt that the US software giant could announce plans to cull a significant number of posts around the world within a matter of days.

Microsoft, which employs more than 220,000 people, including 6,000 in the UK, is said to be contemplating cutting roughly 5% of its workforce, which if accurate would equate to approximately 11,000 jobs.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 18 09:53

Human lifespans could be lengthened by an anti-ageing jab within five years, say researchers.

A 'breakthrough' study showed that the experimental therapy rejuvenated cells in mice, helping them live longer, while reducing frailty and boosting heart and lung health.

Harvard-backed anti-ageing scientists hope the 'exciting' findings will open up the door to treating humans in the same way, boosting their resilience against diseases like cancer and dementia by making them biologically younger.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 18 09:52
Joe Biden on Tuesday celebrated the 2022 NBA champions Golden State Warriors at the White House.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:52

Marine activists and many others are calling for a stop to offshore wind farms while they are investigating the idea that they might be killing marine life.

According to Fox News, a host of whales and other marine life began to wash up on New York and New Jersey shores in recent weeks.

Seafreeze fisheries liaison Meghan Lapp spoke with Fox News. It said that the Biden Administration’s ambition to have more wind farms built offshore has potentially caused many forms of marine life to become endangered.

Webmaster addition: When Claire and I were living in Hawaii there was an incident where whales were beaching themselves in large numbers. Eventually it came out that the Navy was testing a new and very powerful sonar intended to penetrate the thermocline and locate deep targets. The sound from the sonar was literally scaring the whales out of the water.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 18 09:48

Former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo wrote in his new memoir that his secret meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un in 2018 began with a “joke about assassination.”

“This small, sweating, evil man tried to break the ice with all the charm you would expect from a mass murderer. ‘Mr. Director,’ he opened, ‘I didn’t think you’d show up. I know you’ve been trying to kill me,’” Pompeo’s memoir, which Fox News obtained a copy of, reads.  

Tags: KOREA
Posted on: Jan 18 09:47

When the attorney pressed Trump on page 134 if he had to discuss the statement with anyone, Trump stated, “No. I didn’t need to. I’m not Joe Biden.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 18 09:46

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will try to prevent China from deepening its cooperation with Russia during his visit to Beijing. Although it will not succeed, Blinken hopes that perhaps other topics could de-escalate the trade war and lessen tensions over the Taiwan issue, and in this way, also incentivise Beijing’s move away from Moscow.

Politico reported that Blinken will visit China on February 5-6, where he will meet with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang. This meeting was later confirmed by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It does raise the question why Blinken is seemingly desperate to meet with the Chinese foreign minister in Beijing. The US Secretary of State will likely try to divide Russia and China by raising the issue of Ukraine. Specifically, the US envoy may condemn the growing partnership between Moscow and Beijing, as it has done many times before, but offer incentives to move the Asian country away from Russia.

None-the-less, it is unlikely to work since China’s position is very firm and fully sympathises with Russia’s concerns about NATO’s encroachment and encirclement.

Tags: CHINA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 18 09:45

Yes, this thing – the scam, not the viwuss – is not going away.

Boston and California are ordering compulsory masking again for children.

Oxford, UK has created a system that permanently locks down its residents in their neighborhoods in order to “stop global warming”

Here are some other highlights you may have missed.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 18 09:44

When his 6 a.m. flight from Palm Springs, California, to Pittsburgh, was delayed last week Chris Goranson got worried. “I thought something pretty bad must have happened,” says the professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College and former federal employee working on modernizing computer systems.

There were no reasons given for the Jan. 11 delay. And the trouble seemed to be spreading nationwide. Although Mr. Goranson experienced only a 90-minute delay in California and another half-hour delay on his connecting flight in Dallas, some 1,300 flights were canceled and another 10,000 were delayed.

The culprit: a computer glitch at the Federal Aviation Administration, which caused a decision to temporarily ground all flights.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
Posted on: Jan 18 09:41

More and more Ukrainian soldiers in the Zaporozhye direction are opting to come over to the Russian side, Vladimir Rogov, leader of the We Are Together with Russia movement, said on Tuesday.

"More and more guys are crossing over to the other side, finding a way to do it," he said in an interview with the Solovyov Live television channel.

He said that he is speaking not about one or five soldiers but there are more than ten of them, who "don’t want to fight, kill, and ultimately, die for the [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky regime." "Our soldiers at defense posts are also perplexed to see so many people who say they want to surrender," he added.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:40

Three NATO AWACS surveillance jets have arrived in Bucharest from Germany to reinforce the alliance's eastern flank and monitor military activity at its borders, Romanian Defense Minister Angel Tilvar said on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, NATO said that AWACS surveillance jets were due to arrive in Romania some time on Tuesday to monitor Russia's military activity.

"AWACS jets arrived in Bucharest, from where they will transmit information to NATO about any tactical and operational movements on the alliance's border," Tilvar said.

Webmaster addition: The problem is that Russia just deployed a new electronic warfare system that can render AWACS useless.

Tags: EUROPE, GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 18 09:39

Tel Aviv-based newspaper Haaretz has revealed how Toka, a company founded by the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak and the Israeli military's cyber chief Yaron Rosen, has mastered terrifying technology capable of locating security cameras or webcams, hacking into them, monitoring their live feeds, and altering them without a trace.

Regulated by the Israeli ministry for military affairs, Toka has offices in Tel Aviv and Washington and works - currently at least - purely with state-level clients, including law enforcement and intelligence agencies. 

The company has contracts with Tel Aviv alone valued at $6 million and is seeking to expand its operations further.

According to a company pitch deck obtained by Haaretz, Toka offers what it calls “previously out-of-reach capabilities” that “transform untapped IoT [Internet-of-Things] sensors into intelligence sources,” and can be used “for intelligence and operational needs.”

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL
Posted on: Jan 18 09:38