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Ghislaine Maxwell's deposition about sordid sex life with Jeffry Epstein unsealedGhislaine Maxwell's deposition about sordid sex life with Jeffry Epstein unsealed
A deposition detailing the seamy relationship between Ghislaine Maxwell and the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was released Thursday just before a court-imposed deadline, after months of wrangling by her defense lawyers to keep the sordid documents from the public eye. The newly unsealed transcript is from Maxwell's seven-hour civil suit deposition in April 2016 and includes hundreds of denials from the British socialite, who said she knew nothing of Epstein's alleged abuse of underage girls. It also includes pointed questions from Giuffre's lawyer about her sex life, as well as her ties to former President Bill Clinton, who was pals with Epstein.
World Doctors Alliance: Open letter to UK government, world governments and citizens of the worldWorld Doctors Alliance: Open letter to UK government, world governments and citizens of the world
We are an independent non-profit alliance of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and staff around the world who have united in the wake of the Covid-19 response chapter to share experiences with a view to ending all lockdowns and related damaging measures and to re-establish universal health determinance of psychological and physical wellbeing for all humanity. Introduction We were told initially that the premise for lockdown was to 'flatten the curve' and therefore protect the NHS from being overwhelmed. It is clear that at no point was the National Health Service (NHS) in any danger of being overwhelmed, and since May 2020 covid wards have been largely empty; and crucially the death toll from covid has remained extremely low. We now have hundreds of thousands of so-called 'cases', 'infections' and 'positive tests' but hardly any sick people. Recall that four fifths (80%) of 'infections' are asymptomatic (1) Covid wards have been by and large empty throughout June, July,...
Indonesia cancels hosting American spy planes amid Sino-US Cold War 4Indonesia cancels hosting American spy planes amid Sino-US Cold War 4
The US and China are smack dab in the middle of a new Cold War. The observation in itself should not be startling to readers - as President Trump's trade war metamorphosed into a technology war over the Chinese tech companies' global dominance. Rapidly deteriorating relations between both superpowers, especially since the virus pandemic, has resulted in increased military action in East Asia. In the last couple of years, we've pointed out the US has constructed a Lockheed Martin F-35 stealth jet "friends circle" around China. More recently, there's been a significant uptick in US spy planes changing their transponder codes to disguise themselves during operations near China.
Lavrov at Valdai: Iron Curtain still separates Russia and the EULavrov at Valdai: Iron Curtain still separates Russia and the EU
Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, is the world's foremost diplomat. The son of an Armenian father and a Russian mother, he's just on another level altogether. Here, once again, we may be able to see why. Let's start with the annual meeting of the Valdai Club, Russia's premier think tank. Here we may follow the must-watch presentation of the Valdai annual report on "The Utopia of a Diverse World", featuring, among others, Lavrov, John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, Dominic Lieven of the University of Cambridge and Yuri Slezkine of UCLA/Berkeley. It's a rarity to be able to share what amounts to a Himalayan peak in terms of serious political debate. We have, for instance, Lieven - who, half in jest, defined the Valdai report as "Tolstoyian, a little anarchical" - focusing on the current top two, great interlocking challenges: climate change and the fact that "350 years of Western and 250 years of Anglo-American predominance are coming to an end."
Women more moral than men says new studyWomen more moral than men says new study
Women score consistently more highly than men on moral dimensions of caring, fairness and purity, according to a comprehensive, cross-cultural study of gender differences in morality published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. While the differences were robust, the study found they were stronger in more flexible, individualistic cultures with greater gender equality. Other moral dimensions of loyalty and authority, on the other hand, showed negligible and highly variable sex differences. These dimensions are thought to be psychologically innate and then moulded by culture. "Each moral system produces fast, automatic gut-level reactions of like or dislike when certain phenomena are perceived in the social world," write Mohammad Atari and colleagues from the University of Southern California, US, "which in turn guide judgements of right and wrong". "These systems, according to [the theory], have evolutionarily adaptive underpinnings present in all individuals." They...
Whistleblower Edward Snowden granted permanent residency in RussiaWhistleblower Edward Snowden granted permanent residency in Russia
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been granted an open-ended permanent residency permit by the Russian Federation. The former CIA and National Security Agency contractor has been living in exile in Russia since 2013 when he blew the lid off the unprecedented mass surveillance operations conducted by US Intelligence. The US has demanded his extradition to face charges for violating the Espionage Act ever since. "Snowden was granted an open-ended residence permit earlier today," his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena said Thursday.
Pakistan landslide buries minibus 'killing at least 15' on boardPakistan landslide buries minibus 'killing at least 15' on board
A landslide in northern Pakistan has buried at least 15 people in a minibus under tonnes of mud and rock, police have confirmed. Rescue workers are desperately searching for survivors following the incident on Sunday on Skardu Road, in the Tangos area. The Pakistani newspaper Dawn said 16 people on board had died, while two passengers had been dropped off before the tragedy. But police officer Wakil Khan suggested that the chances of finding anyone alive are slim. He said the landslide overtook the vehicle that was travelling from the city of Rawalpindi in Punjab province to the scenic city of Skardu.
Landslide caused by heavy rain kills 11 miners in IndonesiaLandslide caused by heavy rain kills 11 miners in Indonesia
All bodies recovered from coal mine in South Sumatra, says official A landslide caused by heavy rains killed at least 11 miners at a coal mine in Indonesia's South Sumatra province on Wednesday. According to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, the site of the landslide was a mine tunnel about 20 meters deep at Tanjung Lalang village in Muara Enim district. "Seasonal rains in recent days have caused the landslide," said Raditya Jati, a spokesperson at disaster mitigation authority.
Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed snake found at Florida homeSigns and Portents: Rare two-headed snake found at Florida home
A rare two-headed snake was discovered at a home in Florida, state wildlife officials said. The southern black racer was found at a home in Palm Harbor, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials said. The snake was being cared for and monitored by FWC. It has a low chance of survival in the wild since its brains will make different decisions, making feeding and escaping from predators difficult.
Storms and floods leave 22 dead, thousands affected in MozambiqueStorms and floods leave 22 dead, thousands affected in Mozambique
The government in Mozambique reports that 22 people have died and 12 injured after heavy rains, and strong winds in several regions of the country since the beginning of October 2020. Government spokesperson and Deputy Justice Minister, Filimao Suaze, said 16,657 people from 3,695 families have been affected by floods in the provinces of Niassa, Nampula, Zambézia and Manica and in Maputo city. Almost 2,000 homes were damaged and 922 completely destroyed. Schools and health centres were also damaged. According to the minister, flooding also affected areas of Doa district in Tete province due to an overflow of the Zambezi river. At least 13 people died in flash floods at Rapale district in the province of Nampula after the Meluli river broke its banks on 12 October. Eight other fatalities were a result of buildings collapsing during heavy rain and strong winds and one other fatality was a result of lightning strike, the minister said.
Tornado hits Beirut Port, near explosion siteTornado hits Beirut Port, near explosion site
First rains of the season in Lebanon bring along frightening whirlwinds to the destroyed Beirut port area. Some viral videos are circulating on the web of the whirlwind/tornado at the site of the explosion at Beirut Port. On 4 August 2020, a massive amount of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut port city, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 203 deaths, and around 6,500 injuries.
Californians could be FORCED to work remotely as governments everywhere capitalize on COVIDCalifornians could be FORCED to work remotely as governments everywhere capitalize on COVID
"Never let a good crisis go to waste." Those were the words of Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, a book in which he describes Lucifer as the "very first radical." Later, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff who wanted to mandate national civilian service and who donated his time during the Gulf War to repair damaged Israeli tanks as well as oversaw a cesspit torture state as mayor of Chicago, would paraphrase Alinsky when, during the 2008 financial crash, he stated, " "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before." Fast forward to 2020, COVID-19 is now the "crisis" that shouldn't be wasted
Covid-19 study on mask-wearing efficacy rejected by journals as no one is 'brave' enough to publish results - Danish researchersCovid-19 study on mask-wearing efficacy rejected by journals as no one is 'brave' enough to publish results - Danish researchers
A large-scale study in Denmark that sought to determine if masks help stop the spread of Covid-19 has been rejected by several prestigious journals. The authors hinted that their findings were inconvenient to the status quo. The Lancet, the New England Journal of Medicine, and the American Medical Association Journal all turned down the paper, Danish media reported on Thursday. The study, which began in late April, involved 6,000 Danes, half of whom were asked to wear masks at all times in public places. The other half were selected as a control group and were instructed not to cover their faces. After a month, participants were tested for Covid-19 as well as for antibodies against the virus.
Kamala Harris speaks at North Carolina rally to crowd of approximately TEN peopleKamala Harris speaks at North Carolina rally to crowd of approximately TEN people
Kamala Harris was in Asheville, NC on Wednesday for a campaign rally, but almost nobody showed up. The cameras, upon zooming out and panning around at the get-out the vote event, showed just six people present. If there were more people attending, they did not appear on camera, and crowd sounds were not audible. According to Brietbart, the Asheville event had had to be rescheduled due to concerns when two members of Harris's staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Televangelist Pat Robertson says God told him Trump will win, then an asteroid will hit EarthTelevangelist Pat Robertson says God told him Trump will win, then an asteroid will hit Earth
Televangelist Pat Robertson said on Tuesday that God told him President Trump will win, and more than five years later an asteroid will hit Earth and "maybe" bring "the end." "First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,'' Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network told "The 700 Club." "That doesn't mean you sit home and don't vote," he added. "That means you get out and do everything you can to work, but he's going to win. That's, I think, a given."
A Biden landslide? Democrats assume victory, while Trump supporters see a rerun of 2016A Biden landslide? Democrats assume victory, while Trump supporters see a rerun of 2016
The liberal media is abuzz with talk of a landslide victory for Joe Biden in next month's election. But they've been disastrously wrong before and could very well be making the same mistakes again. With less than two weeks to go until election day, nationwide polls put Joe Biden between two and 11 points ahead of Donald Trump. Media outlets, many of whom have declared their support for the former vice president, are beginning to talk about a Biden presidency. The New York Times went further than most on Tuesday, declaring that "some Democrats can't help whispering" about the incoming Biden "landslide."
Rudy Giuliani denies he did anything wrong in new 'Borat' movieRudy Giuliani denies he did anything wrong in new 'Borat' movie
President Trump's personal lawyer has become caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen's new "Borat" satire after he was shown with an actress in an edited scene. President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has become caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen's new "Borat" satire, shown in an edited scene following an actress impersonating a reporter into a bedroom and at one point reclining on the bed and putting his hands in his pants in what he later said was an attempt to adjust his clothing. Still photos and descriptions of the scene from Mr. Cohen's new "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," which will be released on Friday, were posted on social media early Wednesday after The Guardian reported that the movie contained "a compromising scene" featuring Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor.
BEST OF THE WEB: UK: Teaching white privilege as uncontested fact is illegal, minister saysBEST OF THE WEB: UK: Teaching white privilege as uncontested fact is illegal, minister says
Kemi Badenoch tells Commons debate on Black History Month that schools must offer opposing views. Schools which teach pupils that "white privilege" is an uncontested fact are breaking the law, the women and equalities minister has said. Addressing MPs during a Commons debate on Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch said the government does not want children being taught about "white privilege and their inherited racial guilt". "Any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law," she said.
More mysterious red auroras captured around the Arctic CircleMore mysterious red auroras captured around the Arctic Circle
Spoiler alert: We do not know the answer to this question. Where did all the red auroras come from? For much of mid-October, Earth's magnetic field has been very quiet. Extremely quiet. There should have been no auroras at all, yet around the Arctic Circle, photographers recorded scenes like this. Photographer Rayann Elzein of Utsjoki, Finland, took the picture on Oct. 17th. "I photographed similar displays on Oct. 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th," says Elzein. "On each occasion, geomagnetic activity was very low (with K-indices no greater than 0 or 1)." Red auroras appear when particles from space strike oxygen atoms near the top of Earth's atmosphere. However, as Les Cowley explains, the very slow atomic transitions which produce red photons in the aurora zone are easily interrupted. Even experienced observers rarely see them. Elzein has been chasing auroras in Finland for 10 years. He prides himself on going out in all conditions--even when geomagnetic activity is nominally low. "I...
Bezymyanny volcano on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula begins to eruptBezymyanny volcano on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula begins to erupt
The eruption of the Bezymyanny volcano on Russia's Kamchatka peninsula began at 08:22 local time (23:22 Moscow time on Wednesday), a spokesman for the Kamchatka branch of the geophysical service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Thursday. "According to preliminary estimates, the volcano spewed ash to an altitude of ten kilometers. An autonomous video surveillance camera at the Kirishev station recorded the beginning of the eruption. Since the volcano is currently partially covered by clouds, more exact information about the eruption will be available when we receive data from satellites," the spokesman said. According to the spokesman, the eruption began as was anticipated by the Kamchatka branch of the Russian expert council on earthquake prediction. The intensification of the giant mount's activity began in early October. Bezymyanny is one of 29 active volcanoes of Kamchatka. Its height is about 2,800 metres above sea level. Its eruptions are explosive. They occur...
'Being a Trump supporter is being a bad person,' Google manager tells Project Veritas in new revelations of bias in tech giant'Being a Trump supporter is being a bad person,' Google manager tells Project Veritas in new revelations of bias in tech giant
Social pressure from Google employees makes it impossible for anyone who supports US President Donald Trump to work there for long, a manager told the conservative undercover journalists from Project Veritas. "If I say that tomorrow, that I'm a Trump supporter, I'd probably lose my job," the man identified as Ashwin Agrawal, head of global competitive analysis at Google Cloud, says in the video Veritas released on Wednesday. "I think it wouldn't be direct, but indirectly it would become very, very hard for me to stay there," Agrawal added, "because you know, it's the peer pressure, it's the social pressure." "And then, uh, you know, being a Trump supporter is being a bad person." The admission came after Agrawal told of how YouTube and Google algorithms help them serve a constant barrage of Joe Biden ads to Democrats, precisely tailored thanks to personalized profiles they have put together. A Democrat is never given a chance to change their mind, Agrawal said. He did not say...
CDC reports 300K more deaths than expected this year, likely due to COVID-19CDC reports 300K more deaths than expected this year, likely due to COVID-19
Nearly 300,000 more people have died so far this year than would be expected in a normal year, likely due to COVID-19 or the pandemic's indirect impacts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Deaths of people in the 25-44 age group was 25.6 percent higher than expected when compared to similar time periods in previous years, the highest increase for any age group, according to a report published Tuesday. Along racial and ethnic lines, Hispanic or Latino people saw the highest percentage increase in numbers of deaths compared with previous years at 54 percent. The count of "excess deaths" — deaths that exceed the numbers from previous years — has been used throughout the pandemic to try to determine how many people have died from COVID-19. The CDC report found that between late January to Oct. 3, the U.S. had 299,000 more deaths than the typical number during the same time period in previous years. Only two-thirds of these deaths were directly attributed...
BEST OF THE WEB: UK Telegraph editor: "I'm almost starting to think this whole pandemic really is a conspiracy"BEST OF THE WEB: UK Telegraph editor: "I'm almost starting to think this whole pandemic really is a conspiracy"
I've been suspicious from the start. Back in March, when this novel virus first swept in from the East and countries across Europe started bolting their doors even before cases mounted, I remember saying to people, 'Blimey, what aren't they telling us yet?' It was clearly killing people, but not in numbers that warranted the complete shutdown of society, I mused, as I cleared my desk and left the office for what would be - little did I know it then - seven months and counting. We've had pandemics before during my lifetime. I cast my mind back to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. There was an initial flurry of panic; of media scaremongering, and yes, some deaths. But scientists quickly classified the foreign-imported pathogen as a new strain of flu and got to work making a vaccine. Life went on as normal. Covid-19 was obviously proving to be a lot more virulent than swine flu, but even early on it was clear that the virus was sparing the vast majority of the population. Those I knew who...
UK's lethal lockdown toll laid bareUK's lethal lockdown toll laid bare
A devastating picture of the impact of the lockdown on the nation's health and wellbeing is today revealed in an exclusive analysis that brings together more than 130 studies. The Daily Mail audit - based on research published by medical journals, leading academics and charities - shows that the damage inflicted by the lockdown extends into every sphere of health, including cancer, heart disease, addiction, the welfare of children, domestic violence and mental illness. Experts say the analysis suggests that even after the pandemic ends, it will take years for the NHS to catch up with backlogs - and it will be too late for tens of thousands of patients. Doctors and politicians called on the Government to ensure all health services are protected if the spread of Covid-19 continues. The audit of 132 documents shows:
UK gov's Sage advisor says local lockdowns won't work, pushes for another national lockdownUK gov's Sage advisor says local lockdowns won't work, pushes for another national lockdown
One of the government's top coronavirus advisers has said Boris Johnson is not being cautious enough and warned his three-tier local lockdown strategy will not work. Prof John Edmunds, a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), argued Tier 3 lockdowns - the most severe under Johnson's system - are unlikely to reduce the reproduction (R) rate below 1, meaning there will still be high community infection rates. He argued a "circuit breaker" national lockdown, something which Sage recommended last month but Johnson resisted, would hold COVID-19 incidence at a "lower level" and reduce hospital admissions.
Iran woman arrested for 'cycling without hijab'Iran woman arrested for 'cycling without hijab'
A young woman has been arrested in central Iran for "insulting the Islamic hijab", state media said Tuesday, after a video appeared to show her cycling without a veil. "A person who had recently violated norms and insulted the Islamic veil in this region has been arrested," Mojataba Raei, governor of Najafabad, told IRNA news agency. A short video shot with a mobile phone was circulated Monday on social media networks showing a bare-headed woman cycling in front of a mosque.
Thailand's PM vows to lift state of emergency, but protesters insist he must quit in 3 daysThailand's PM vows to lift state of emergency, but protesters insist he must quit in 3 days
Embattled Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has promised to lift the state of emergency in Bangkok to defuse tensions with protesters, but it wasn't enough to make demonstrators retract their demand for his swift resignation. Prayuth appeared on TV on Wednesday, insisting that he was ready to "make the first move to de-escalate this situation" in the capital, which has seen mass protests for three months. He said that he will lift "the state of severe emergency" introduced in Bangkok last week if no violent incidents occur during the ongoing gatherings. The protests in Thailand have been mostly peaceful, with the most heated rally taking place last Friday, during which police deployed a water cannon against the crowd.
Young volunteer dies during AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil, investigation launchedYoung volunteer dies during AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil, investigation launched
Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca AZN.L and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue. Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment "there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial." Comment: Actually, vaccine trials in the US were suspended due to concerns about side effects, however trials were, for some unspecified reason, allowed to continue in South Africa... So far 8,000 of the planned 10,000 volunteers in the trial have been recruited and given the first dose in six cities in Brazil, and many have already received the second shot, he said. A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis vaccine. Comment:...
New York City parents filing class-action suit to force full reopening of public schoolsNew York City parents filing class-action suit to force full reopening of public schools
A group of fed-up city parents is suing the city over the lack of full time schooling in the nation's largest school system. The families, who will file the class action suit Wednesday, are stressing the damage being wrought by screen-dependent remote learning in making their demand. Crystal Lia, 39, a parent of three, said the format is draining her family of both resources and educational value. "My husband is a city worker," she said Wednesday. "I'm an essential employee, I run a business on Staten Island. We cannot physically teach three kids in three different grades. We cannot afford to pay our bills by staying home with three kids in three different grades." Erin Ulitto, 34, said her special needs son is receding both academically and socially because of the lack of full time schooling.
Waterspouts, torrential rains hit Greek IslandsWaterspouts, torrential rains hit Greek Islands
Heavy rains, waterspouts and other extreme weather phenomena, including flooding on Crete, were recorded around the Greek islands in the Aegean on Wednesday as much of the country experienced severe storms. Just past noon on Wednesday, a waterspout, also called a sea tornado, was visible hovering over the sea around the Cycladic island of Naxos. These rotating winds appear to reach down to the sea and take it up as they spiral into the air, but in reality the water inside the spout originates in the clouds above and snakes its way down to the sea.
Good! Colorado man sentenced to 300+ years for human traffickingGood! Colorado man sentenced to 300+ years for human trafficking
A 30-year-old Colorado man was just handed one of the longest sentences ever for human trafficking. At 304 years, human trafficking and forgery ring leader Chauncey Price will spend the rest of his life and then some in prison. Douglas County District Court Judge Theresa Slade announced the sentence during a hearing Oct. 8, 10 months after Price was found guilty on 13 counts, including human trafficking for sexual servitude and criminal attempt to commit pimping of a child. During his trial, three of his victims recounted their nightmarish ordeal at his hands, forced into having sex with strangers for money that they then had to turn over to Price. The customers were found through ads that Price and his accomplices would place online, ads that offered up women and girls for sex. "Chauncey promised to take care of me," one of his victims said in a statement she read at the sentencing. "At first he paid for my drug habit and food and let me stay for free. But nothing is free. ... He...
Instagram refuses to remove 'black art' depicting severed heads of white people citing 'differences of expression'Instagram refuses to remove 'black art' depicting severed heads of white people citing 'differences of expression'
Instagram has refused to remove an image depicting two black women holding the severed heads of white people, claiming that "people may express themselves differently" and that the picture doesn't violate community guidelines. The image, produced by an artist working under the name 'sugarygarbage', was shared to a page called 'supportblackart' and shows two obese black women posing with the severed heads of a white woman and man. Despite an ongoing crackdown on offensive content, Facebook-owned Instagram refused to remove the 'black art', claiming it didn't violate community guidelines.
Liverpool's gyms win battle to reopen because government concedes lockdown measures were contradictoryLiverpool's gyms win battle to reopen because government concedes lockdown measures were contradictory
Liverpool's fitness community has won a hard-fought victory against the government as gyms will now reopen on Friday morning in spite of the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in place in the region. The city was among the first in the UK to re-enter lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the north of England, however, local gym owners remained defiant throughout. Nick Whitcombe, owner of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, defied the government's rules and remained open, prompting a visit from armed police who issued him with a £1,000 fine for breach of coronavirus restrictions, following an anonymous tip.
Lightning strikes kill 9 people, 47 sheep in Karnataka, IndiaLightning strikes kill 9 people, 47 sheep in Karnataka, India
As many as nine people, including four women, were killed in lightning strikes as thunderstorm lashed parts of north Karnataka on Tuesday. Two women were killed in the lightning strike at Bhairapur village in Siruguppa taluk, Ballari district, when they were removing weed at a chilli farm. Similarly, two shepherd women were struck dead by lightning at Chikkaulligeri in Saundatti taluk of Belagavi district. Deceased have been identified as Yellavva Inchal (30) and Bhagavva Kadakol (50). Revanna Malagi has suffered severe burns in the incident. As many as 47 sheep belonging to Srikant Dalawai of Hukkeri were killed in a lightning strike near Naviluthirtha.
Big Tech goes all in: Silicon Valley launches $100M anti-Trump ad blitzBig Tech goes all in: Silicon Valley launches $100M anti-Trump ad blitz
A super PAC bankrolled by Silicon Valley moguls is preparing a massive TV advertising campaign to help boost Democratic candidate Joe Biden against President Donald Trump in the final days before the 2020 US election. The $100-plus million blitz includes at least $22 million from Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, according to an exclusive report from Recode, a subdivision of Vox. Another Democratic megadonor involved is former Google and Alphabet CEO Eric Schmidt, currently advising the Pentagon on technology innovation. Called Future Forward, the super PAC has filed federal paperwork on Tuesday disclosing that it has raised $66 million between September 1 and October 15. It has contracted for $106 million of TV ads between September 29 and November 3, according to media tracking firm Advertising Analytics. This makes it the largest Biden booster outside the Democrats' campaign itself, already a fundraising juggernaut.
Adam Schiff connected to both companies named in $74B Burisma-US-Ukraine corruption caseAdam Schiff connected to both companies named in $74B Burisma-US-Ukraine corruption case
As reported on Wednesday the head of Burisma Holdings was indicted this week in Ukraine! Ukrainian Prosecutor General indicted Burisma owner Nikolai Zlochevsky. The claim alleges that Hunter Biden and his partners received $16.5 million over several years for their 'services' in Ukraine. Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden took a lucrative post on the Burisma Board in 2014. Hunter Biden was making millions from the corrupt Ukrainian oil and gas company. New memos released earlier this month revealed Burisma Holdings, Hunter Biden's Ukrainian natural gas company, pressured the Obama State Department to help end the corruption investigation during the 2016 election cycle just one month before then-Vice President Joe Biden forced Ukraine to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor probing his son Hunter. Joe Biden bragged about getting Viktor Shokin fired during a 2018 speech to the Council on Foreign Relations. The media immediately covered for Biden and said his targeting of Mr....
DOJ files antitrust lawsuit against GoogleDOJ files antitrust lawsuit against Google
The Justice Department filed a historic and long-anticipated antitrust lawsuit against Google over its allegedly anti-competitive business practices, especially how it has used its search dominance in the online advertising arena to defeat its competitors, a senior DOJ official confirmed to the Washington Examiner. The federal lawsuit, first reported on Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal, was filed in a federal court in Washington, D.C. The DOJ's civil case against Google was signed by 11 state attorneys general from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina, and Texas. The 64-page lawsuit aims "to restrain Google LLC from unlawfully maintaining monopolies in the markets for general search services, search advertising, and general search text advertising in the United States through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices, and to remedy the effects of this conduct." "Two decades ago, Google became the darling of...
What if neither Dems nor Reps want to win in 2020? No one wants the task of changing the full diaper of the US EmpireWhat if neither Dems nor Reps want to win in 2020? No one wants the task of changing the full diaper of the US Empire
Watching the many stumbles of both President Donald Trump and Democrat challenger Joe Biden on the campaign trail, one can't help but wonder if either really wants to win. Who'd want the thankless job of cleaning up such a mess? Whomever wins the 2020 election will be immediately confronted with a full plate of thorny political issues, from impossible national debt to unwinnable (and apparently unendable) foreign wars to artificially-amplified racial strife to metastasizing income inequality to a pandemic that seems determined to put the last nail in the coffin of the US Empire. No matter his actions, the winner will be blamed for everything that happens on his watch - never mind that these catastrophes have been decades in the making, and a single man stopping them is no more possible than halting an avalanche. In this light, Biden's doddering-old-man persona and Trump's own bewildering missteps make perfect sense. What sane candidate would want to be left holding the bag of...
Hearing reveals US government's invisible hand in protests around the worldHearing reveals US government's invisible hand in protests around the world
Trump admin cut funding to OTF, a non-profit that supports protesters in places like Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Iran... Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee grilled Michael Pack, who President Trump recently appointed to head the US government's state propaganda arm, the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Pack was appointed in June and started a big shakeup at the US state media outlets run by the USAGM, like Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. Pack fired senior staffers, pushed out management, and froze funding. During last week's hearing, Democrats and Republicans on the committee teamed up to attack Pack for his purges. But what seemed more important to Congress and former USAGM officials was Pack's move to freeze funds to the Open Technology Fund (OTF). The OTF was formed in 2012 and operated as part of Radio Free Asia for seven years. In 2019, the OTF became an independent non-profit, although it is financed by US taxpayer dollars through the USAGM.
Ex-spies and proven liars 'deeply suspicious' of Russian involvement based on ZERO evidence, so hush up about Hunter BidenEx-spies and proven liars 'deeply suspicious' of Russian involvement based on ZERO evidence, so hush up about Hunter Biden
Former US spooks are riding to the rescue of Joe Biden's presidential campaign, banding together to dismiss the scandalous news we've seen over the past week about alleged corruption from Ukraine to China as a Russian plot. Never mind the undenied fact that reports about the Biden crime family's influence-peddling business are based on the actual emails of Biden's son, Hunter. Never mind that the revelations aren't only about Hunter Biden. Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden is allegedly the heavily compensated "big guy" at the top, and it stands to reason that his high office made it possible to extract millions of dollars from foreign entities. Ukrainian energy companies don't normally go looking for crack addicts who know nothing about energy and nothing about Ukraine to fill cushy, no-show jobs that pay upward of $50,000 a month.
China's super rich got $1.5T richer during pandemicChina's super rich got $1.5T richer during pandemic
China's super wealthy have earned a record $1.5 trillion in 2020, more than the past five years combined, as e-commerce and gaming boomed during pandemic lockdowns, an annual rich list said Tuesday. An extra 257 people also joined the billionaires club in the world's number-two economy by August, following two years of shrinking membership, according to the closely watched Hurun Report. The country now has a total of 878 billionaires. The US had 626 people in the top bracket at the start of the year, according to Hurun in its February global list. The report found that there were around 2,000 individuals with a net worth of more than 2 billion yuan ($300 million) in August, giving them a combined net worth of $4 trillion. Jack Ma, founder of e-commerce titan Alibaba, once again topped the list after his wealth surged a whopping 45 percent to $58.8 billion as online shopping firms saw a surge in business owing to people being shut indoors for months during strict lockdowns to...
Bolivia: Against all odds, the people still won!Bolivia: Against all odds, the people still won!
Bolivia went to the polls yesterday for the first election since the coup d'état in November 2019, that removed Evo Morales from the leadership and from the country and put the country under a western backed right wing coup government. This coup was carried out for lithium, as Morales was developing the Lithium sector and had made agreements to start the long road to manufacturing batteries and electric vehicles. Elon Musk was accused of having had a hand in the coup (Lithium prices rose sharply a day or so before) and his comment was: "We will coup whoever we want. Get used to it!" So for the past year, the notable members of Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), and IPSP, the party of Evo Morales, were in some cases massacred, persecuted and beaten. This did not stop them and they demanded elections. Having united into one Bloc, having inherited the gentle style of Morales and under new young, educated and committed leaders, they are now more powerful than ever before. The...
US fighting on behalf of Israel: ex-Israeli author claimsUS fighting on behalf of Israel: ex-Israeli author claims
"America is willing to sacrifice its young soldiers and national interests and even its economy for Israel," Gilad Atzmon, who was born in a Jewish family in Israel and grew up in Jerusalem al-Quds, tells the Tehran Times. Atzmon, who now lives in Britain, also says, "Israeli pressure groups seem to believe that they are actually more powerful and certainly more important than the American constitution." The following is the text of the interview: Q: Numerous human rights bodies have slammed Western countries' arms trade with Israel. What is your comment? A: For decades, Israel has been selling killing machines to the most oppressive regimes around the world, and this shouldn't be surprising, as Israel itself is at the forefront of the list of oppressive regimes. Embarrassed by the Israeli government's current arming of Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia, Holocaust scholar Israel W. Charny penned an article for The Times of Israel titled: "Would Israel sell a used drone to a...
Another hit for Intelligent Design: Scientific paper reaffirms that new genes were required for Cambrian ExplosionAnother hit for Intelligent Design: Scientific paper reaffirms that new genes were required for Cambrian Explosion
In 2018 we covered a paper in the journal Nature Communications which found that thousands of new genes would have been required to build the diverse animal body plans that appear abruptly in the Cambrian period. The notion that many genes would be required for the Cambrian explosion may seem unsurprising — what probably is surprising is that anyone would challenge the idea that the Cambrian animals required new genes! Darwin's Doubt If that's how you feel, welcome to the debate over intelligent design and evolution. Stephen Meyer argued in his 2013 book Darwin's Doubt that the Cambrian animals represented an explosion of new genetic information that outstripped the creative powers of the Darwinian mechanism. It wasn't until then that ID-critics doubled-down on their claims that the Cambrian animals didn't require new genes! This allowed them, they thought, to sidestep this mathematical challenge to their viewpoint. No need to explain the origin of new genetic information if no new...
9 die after flu shots in South Korea weeks after vaccine program was suspended due to safety concerns9 die after flu shots in South Korea weeks after vaccine program was suspended due to safety concerns
Nine people have died after getting flu shots in South Korea in the past week, raising concerns over the vaccine's safety just as the seasonal inoculation programme is expanded to head off potential COVID-19 complications. Five new deaths were reported on Wednesday alone, but authorities had no plans to suspend the vaccination programme, unless investigations, including post mortems, revealed a link, which preliminary findings had not. "We have reviewed whether it is appropriate to continue the vaccination or better to suspend and wait for the results," health official Kim Joong-gon told a briefing. "We came to the conclusion that the deaths had no direct relations with the vaccination given the limited data we have now and without detailed post mortem reports." Comment: And so, until they do get the reports together, it's possible that the data they will be reaping are the deaths of those receiving the ineffective flu vaccine.
The CIA Democrats running in the 2020 electionsThe CIA Democrats running in the 2020 elections
In the course of the 2018 elections, a large group of former military-intelligence operatives entered capitalist politics as candidates seeking the Democratic Party nomination in 50 congressional seats — nearly half the seats where the Democrats were targeting Republican incumbents or open seats created by Republican retirements. Some 30 of these candidates won primary contests and became the Democratic candidates in the November 2018 election, and 11 of them won the general election, more than one-quarter of the 40 previously Republican-held seats captured by the Democrats as they took control of the House of Representatives. In 2020, the intervention of the CIA Democrats continues on what is arguably an equally significant scale: besides the reelection campaigns of the 11 representatives who won seats in the House in 2018, half a dozen of those who lost 2018 races are running again in 2020. Some of these are running for House seats again, while others have been promoted by the...
Health experts across the globe recommend new strategy for maximizing personal social distance: Attend a Joe Biden rally.Health experts across the globe recommend new strategy for maximizing personal social distance: Attend a Joe Biden rally.
Officials say there's no better place to be miles away from most other humans. "When you attend a Joe Biden rally, you're very unlikely to get infected, since, you know, there's no one else there," said one CDC official. "We've found that Trump rallies are super-spreader events since there's a ton of people. Biden rallies are great for stopping the virus. You just stand in the middle of a field while an old guy shouts from a podium hundreds of feet far away from you." "Plus, you can rest and relax. Get away from the busyness of modern life: attend a Biden rally. BIDEN-HARRIS 2020!" The health experts named several alternatives that are also acceptable for maximal social distancing, including attending a Biden boat parade, a Biden car parade, and a Nickelback concert.
Babylon Bee CEO: Facebook censored Monty Python Coney Barrett satire article, demonetized site - UPDATE: Facebook apologizes, restores accountBabylon Bee CEO: Facebook censored Monty Python Coney Barrett satire article, demonetized site - UPDATE: Facebook apologizes, restores account
Facebook may have hit a new low today in its seemingly eternal quest to rid the world of, well, anything the platform deems problematic. Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee (The Bee) said that Facebook demonetized the Babylon Bee and removed a satirical article entitled "Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch." Dillon also stated that the social media platform warned The Bee not to speak publicly about the matter, which Dillon promptly ignored in a tweet on his Twitter page.
Trump threatens to release raw version of 'fake & biased' interview with '60 minutes' Lesley Stahl ahead of Sunday broadcastTrump threatens to release raw version of 'fake & biased' interview with '60 minutes' Lesley Stahl ahead of Sunday broadcast
President Trump threatened to release an interview he granted 60 Minutes correspondent Lesley Stahl ahead of Sunday's airing, suggesting he would expose how "fake and biased" the sitdown was. Trump sat down with the veteran journalist at the White House on Tuesday, which is set to air Sunday, Oct. 25, along with interviews with Vice President Mike Pence, Democratic nominee former Vice President Joe Biden, and Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris. The president wants to scoop CBS by sharing his interview before the network does.
Studies are pointing to big drop in Covid-19 death ratesStudies are pointing to big drop in Covid-19 death rates
Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive their illness. "We find that the death rate has gone down substantially," says Leora Horwitz, a doctor who studies population health at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine and an author on one of the studies, which looked at thousands of patients from March to August. The study, which was of a single health system, finds that mortality has dropped among hospitalized patients by 18 percentage points since the pandemic began. Patients in the study had a 25.6% chance of dying at the start of the pandemic; they now have a 7.6% chance.