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[Markets] : New rules would limit sugar in U.S. school meals for first time, but plan draws mixed reactions from nutritionists U.S. Agriculture Department officials on Friday proposed new nutrition standards for school meals, including the first limits on added sugars, with a focus on sweetened foods such as cereals, yogurt, flavored milk and breakfast pastries. Published:2/5/2023 8:47:41 AM
[Climate ugliness] The Left’s Climate Imperialism

Curbing DRC’s oil and gas production would disrupt a legitimate path to safe and prosperous living, which every other developing country in the world is pursuing — that is, a transition from dirty charcoal to clean and safe gas stoves.

The post The Left’s Climate Imperialism first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/5/2023 8:41:58 AM
[World] Joe Biden vs. Party Balloon The most powerful military ever assembled by humans was thwarted this week. By a balloon. Published:2/5/2023 8:41:58 AM
[Wall Street Breakfast] Wall Street Breakfast: The Week Ahead Published:2/5/2023 8:36:02 AM
[45eb4809-1128-5740-858f-fa4014d77c9f] Chinese spy balloon is a Sputnik moment for America The United States has been under an espionage assault from China for years, but much of it has been behind the scenes. Not anymore, after the spy balloon.. Published:2/5/2023 8:24:08 AM
[] MeidasTouch's Chinese spy balloon meme-dig at Trump belongs in the 'Left CAN'T Meme' Hall of Shame Published:2/5/2023 8:24:08 AM
[Entertainment] 17 Must-Have Products From Amazon To Make Meal Prepping A Breeze EComm: Meal Prepping Tools We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you...
Published:2/5/2023 8:16:17 AM
[Gear] Raycast Is the Launcher App Apple Wishes It Made This tiny, free app opens programs quickly, searches files fast, and lets you make keyboard shortcuts for anything. Published:2/5/2023 8:10:08 AM
[] Sunday Morning Book Thread - 02-05-2023 ["Perfessor" Squirrel] >Welcome to the prestigious, internationally acclaimed, stately, and illustrious Sunday Morning Book Thread! The place where all readers are welcome, regardless of whatever guilty pleasure we feel like reading (my go-to guide for a lot of my writing questions).... Published:2/5/2023 8:04:16 AM
[Markets] FedEx Cargo Jet Narrowly Averts Collision With Southwest Plane At Texas Airport FedEx Cargo Jet Narrowly Averts Collision With Southwest Plane At Texas Airport

A FedEx cargo jet averted crashing into a Southwest Airlines commercial plane while attempting to land at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas. 

The FedEx jet, a Boeing 767, was cleared to land on the same runway early Saturday morning when a Southwest jet, a 737, was cleared to takeoff.  

According to the flight tracking website Flightradar24, the FedEx jet pulled up with full thrust at the very last second to prevent what could've been a devastating air disaster. 

"The pilot of the FedEx airplane discontinued the landing and initiated a climb out," the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said in a statement.

Later in the day, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) tweeted, "NTSB is investigating a surface event at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Saturday, a possible runway incursion and overflight involving airplanes from Southwest Airlines and FedEx." 

The FAA and NTSB said they are investigating the incident. 

Tyler Durden Sun, 02/05/2023 - 08:45
Published:2/5/2023 7:58:28 AM
[bb9b3392-4ca9-5b39-be49-63008e73c0ed] Kate Middleton discusses raising children in todays world amid British royal family drama: 'It is tough' In an effort to promote her #ShapingUs campaign, Kate Middleton opened up on the importance of early childhood development, while noting that raising children is "tough." Published:2/5/2023 7:50:37 AM
[053c5f31-5b66-57af-9f11-a53e39818cbc] Meet the congressional comeback kids: GOP lawmakers who left the House and returned to positions of power Darrell Issa, R-Calif.; Pete Sessions, R-Texas; and Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., begin the 118th Congress on powerful committees and with advice for freshman members. Published:2/5/2023 7:30:22 AM
[Uncategorized] Threats to National Security Week at Legal Insurrection

All the news you may have missed.

The post Threats to National Security Week at Legal Insurrection first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:2/5/2023 7:30:22 AM
[Obituary] Pervez Musharraf Dragged His Country Down The charismatic Pakistani general aimed to be a great national leader but failed by shredding the constitution and recklessly doing Washington’s bidding. Published:2/5/2023 7:24:03 AM
[Entertainment] 11 Amazon Tools To Help You Save And Get Every Last Drop Of Product EComm: Product-Saving Tools We independently selected these deals and products because we love them, and we think you might like them at these prices. E! has affiliate relationships, so we may get a commission if you...
Published:2/5/2023 7:11:47 AM
[Gear] Apple iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 (2023): How to Download, New Features, Supported Devices The latest versions for iPhones and iPads are now available, complete with a revamped lock screen, Freeform, and Safety Check. Published:2/5/2023 7:11:47 AM
[0780f820-b76a-52ab-9595-854765177545] I talked to two ex-homeless people about Newsom's 'investment' in homelessness. Their answers will shock you I talked to two ex-homeless people about Newsom's 'investment' in homelessness. Their answers will shock you about California, but they do offer some hope. Published:2/5/2023 7:11:47 AM
[fa2b5964-1676-5c2f-8c41-dd5d805aa656] Grammys 2023: Beyoncé sets a record, Shania Twain presenting and Luke Combs to perform Beyoncé is leading the nominations, Shania Twain is set to present and Luke Combs is performing. Here's what to know about the 2023 Grammys hosted by Trevor Noah in Los Angeles, airing Sunday night on CBS. Published:2/5/2023 7:11:47 AM
[Entertainment] ‘Our Share of Night’ is a masterpiece of supernatural horror Mariana Enriquez’s novel, her first published in English, uses otherworldly elements to consider Argentina’s violent history. Published:2/5/2023 7:05:09 AM
[Markets] UK's "Nudge Unit" Pushes Various Online PsyOps When People Shop To Build "Net Zero Society" UK's "Nudge Unit" Pushes Various Online PsyOps When People Shop To Build "Net Zero Society"

Authored by Didi Rankovic via ReclaimTheNet.org,

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) – started by the UK government to then in late 2021 become owned by Nesta, which describes itself as an independent charity focused on innovation – has a new report out.

And while its authors present it as a useful “guide” toward building “a net zero society,” what observers critical of this content have taken away from it is that it is promoting, and detailing, various forms of psychological manipulation of people.

The problem that Behavioural Insights Team (aka, “Nudge Unit”) has found for itself to solve is a part of the climate change narrative, where achieving “net zero” means doing away with greenhouse gas emissions.

And they don’t seem to care if the way to get there is through direct manipulation of people, specifically online, via prompts (“nudges”) toward making choices that are not really theirs but serve the agenda.

These choices concern and consume people’s everyday lives: what they wear, what and how much they eat, how they travel to work, whether that job is “climate-friendly,” how they travel just in general and where to, for example, for a vacation.

These are all examples of what the report aims to affect from the behavioral perspective, and clearly, the “solution” is to actively push citizens toward “social transformation.”

In this sense, the report recommends putting prompts in apps that would seek to direct the user to order less takeaway food through what critics might call “reality transformation” – one suggestion is changing the name of small portions to “regular portions.”

At one point, the report mentions BIT case study 4, which deals with “exploring” the role of social media influencers as vehicles to promote “green behaviors.”

BIT case study 12, meanwhile, is about “Helping Solent Transport deliver an effective ‘Mobility as a Service’ app.” Solent Transport is a partnership with local transport authorities, while the main idea here is “encouraging people out of cars” and “nudging” them toward other means of transportation.

BIT case study 15 is one about “encouraging” customers to order smaller portions on takeaway platforms.

Several suggestions are made to make “sustainable food easy,” including utilizing the fact that online shopping “gives many opportunities to provide timely substitution prompts, or encourage personalized goals and tips linked to product filters and ranking.”

BIT says that in producing these case studies of interventions, it partnered with “HMG, the French government, UAE’s Crown Prince Court, World Wildlife Forum, Unilever, Tesco, Sky, Gumtree, and Cogo,” among others.

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Tyler Durden Sun, 02/05/2023 - 07:35
Published:2/5/2023 6:58:52 AM
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Published:2/5/2023 6:27:49 AM
[d29539c5-8c47-5a28-bc81-14d752a46332] Biden should project ‘positive message’ on policing in State of the Union speech: law enforcement leader Law enforcement groups are encouraging President Biden to strike a "positive" tone on policing during his upcoming State of the Union address following recent events. Published:2/5/2023 6:27:49 AM
[Gear] These Apps Will Keep Your EV from Running Out of Juice Stay charged from point A to point B. Published:2/5/2023 6:16:04 AM
[Politics] [Josh Blackman] Today in Supreme Court History: February 5, 1793 2/5/1793: Chisholm v. Georgia argued. Published:2/5/2023 6:09:54 AM
[World] 'You're fired! You're hired!': Trump's final acting Pentagon chief recounts how he got the job EXCLUSIVE — A new book by Christopher C. Miller, the acting secretary of defense in the final months of Donald Trump’s presidency, recounts his appointment to the post amid questions about his predecessor’s loyalty. Published:2/5/2023 6:09:54 AM
[Argument] Xi Jinping’s Power Grab Is Paying Off The Chinese leader will probably survive a turbulent time. Published:2/5/2023 6:04:06 AM
[AMZN] Amazon: Efficient Mindset Published:2/5/2023 5:33:11 AM
[World] Inside the small liberal arts college that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants to take over

New College of Florida looks set to become a pivotal battleground over the mission of public universities as Gov. Ron DeSantis wages his war on 'woke.'

Published:2/5/2023 5:21:08 AM
[Review] How India’s Domestic Politics Impede Its Foreign Policy A new book shows that New Delhi’s own obstacles could slow its ambitions on the global stage. Published:2/5/2023 5:09:22 AM
[] Smearing DeSantis: How dishonest hacks and dumb people used an AP fact check to smear the governor Published:2/5/2023 5:09:21 AM
[United States Defense and Military Forces] The Pentagon Saw a Warship Boondoggle. Congress Saw Jobs. After years of crippling problems and a changing mission, the Navy pushed to retire nine of its newest ships. Then the lobbying started. Published:2/5/2023 5:03:19 AM
[] EMT 2/05/23 Happy Sunday!... Published:2/5/2023 5:03:19 AM
[Culture] Study Shows You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You

"We may be capable of extraordinary feats of intellect and creativity … but when it comes to making decisions about our lives, we humans are often bad at knowing what is good for us." This observation from The Good Life: Lessons From the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness may seem obvious to most readers—too many short-term indulgences often lead to long-term misery—but there are less obvious reasons that Americans today are confused about how to achieve a certain level of personal satisfaction and well-being. There are cultural and political messages pushing them into what are often less fulfilling and more destructive directions.

The post Study Shows You’re Nobody Until Somebody Loves You appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:2/5/2023 4:45:18 AM
[carbon tax] As Food Prices Skyrocket, New Zealand Introduces an Agricultural Methane Tax

New Zealand is in a food crisis. Food prices jumped 11.3% over the last 12 months, many families are struggling. The government response is punitive climate taxes and regulations on food production.

The post As Food Prices Skyrocket, New Zealand Introduces an Agricultural Methane Tax first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/5/2023 4:39:20 AM
[Markets] This Recession Indicator Has Been Foolproof for 70 Years: Here's What It Says Happens Next When the curtain closed on 2022, the iconic Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI), benchmark S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC), and technology-dependent Nasdaq Composite (NASDAQINDEX: ^IXIC) all entered respective bear markets and produced their worst returns since 2008. The abysmal performance of these core stock indexes has a lot of investors asking whether a U.S. recession is unavoidable. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball that allows us to look into the future and know with concrete certainty whether a recession is coming. Published:2/5/2023 4:27:42 AM
[1918e5a5-c7b3-5697-89d9-d0334b6467f6] Matt Gaetz calls for Biden to 'blow up TikTok' after US military shoots down suspected Chinese spy balloon Republican Matt Gaetz is calling on President Joe Biden to take action on TikTok after he authorized the U.S. military to shoot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon. Published:2/5/2023 3:35:06 AM
[AAPL] Wedgewood Partners Fourth Quarter 2022 Client Letter Published:2/5/2023 3:17:39 AM
[] Daily Tech News 5 February 2023 Top Story The US Air Force shot down that errant balloon. (CNBC) But not until after Democrats spent several days accusing Republicans of racism for wanting to shoot down that errant balloon, and not until after that errant balloon had... Published:2/5/2023 3:06:01 AM
[Entertainment] These 2003 Grammys Moments Will Give You All of the Y2K Feels 2003 Grammys Music's biggest night is always full of high notes. The 2023 Grammys are only a few hours away and performers like Bad Bunny, Lizzo, Mary J. Blige and other stars are expected to light up the...
Published:2/5/2023 2:59:53 AM
[Sunday Funnies] Sunday Funnies

The post Sunday Funnies appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:2/5/2023 2:18:36 AM
[efe929cb-05f3-5864-9e06-609fd914e891] George Santos' former staffer accuses congressman of sexual harassment, violating pay rules George Santos' former staffer said in an ethics complaint that the congressman sexually harassed him and violated House ethics' pay rules regarding his employment. Published:2/5/2023 2:12:40 AM
[World] Dear Abby: My sister keeps attacking me for my politics Dear Abby advises a woman whose having political arguments with her sister, and another woman who is having money disputes with her friend. Published:2/5/2023 2:01:01 AM
[Climate cash] What Debt Ceiling? Biden Admin Gears Up to Blow $400 Billion on Soft Green Energy Loans

Solyndra mark two? Despite government debt of $31 trillion, and a looming debt ceiling standoff with the Republican Congress, the Biden DOE has chosen now to revive its soft loans for green agenda.

The post What Debt Ceiling? Biden Admin Gears Up to Blow $400 Billion on Soft Green Energy Loans first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/5/2023 12:38:17 AM
[] Increase Tariffs on China and Block Its U.S. Land and Business Purchases Published:2/5/2023 12:20:18 AM
[Entertainment] We Are Never Ever Getting Over These Secrets About Taylor Swift Taylor Swift Can we ask you a question...are you ready for the 2023 Grammys? Well, you're definitely not on your own, kid. This year, superstar Taylor Swift is nominated for four awards—which would pair nicely...
Published:2/4/2023 11:48:35 PM
[2465ed2c-f004-516d-945b-93cf53c3ba8d] 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'A Christmas Story' star Melinda Dillon dies at 83 "A Christmas Story" star Melinda Dillon died at the age of 83 on Jan. 9. She was a two-time Academy Award nominee for her roles in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" and "Absence of Malice." Published:2/4/2023 11:48:35 PM
[Markets] Everything You Need To Know About The Lab Leak (But Were Not Allowed To Ask) Everything You Need To Know About The Lab Leak (But Were Not Allowed To Ask)

Authored by Pat Fidopiastis via The Brownstone Institute,

Between 2014 and 2019, US tax dollars were funneled to the Wuhan Institute of Virology via EcoHealth Alliance. Given that US scientists have far more virology expertise than the Chinese, this begs an obvious question: what type of research were US tax dollars paying for in Wuhan, China? Dr. Fauci’s surprising statement in an interview might provide the short answer to this question: “You don’t want to go to Hoboken, NJ or Fairfax, VA to be studying the bat-human interface that might lead to an outbreak, so you go to China.” 

Given what we’ve endured for the past three years, Fauci’s “so you go to China” comment suggests that he hadn’t considered the global implications of a highly transmissible coronavirus leaking from a Chinese lab plagued by serious safety issues. 

Unwilling to admit that he, EcoHealth Alliance, and their Chinese collaborators, are suspects in one of the largest crimes against humanity, Fauci instead opted to conspire with his boss, Francis Collins, to declare “lab leak” a “destructive conspiracy” that must be “put down.” Sadly, it’s clear that from the beginning, these two distinguished scientists made up their minds about virus origin without evidence from both sides of the debate. 

Even worse, renowned scientists that rely on Fauci for their research funding, fearful of sanctions being placed on their life’s work, rallied around the “anti-lab leak” stance. One of the premier scientific journals, Science, whose political bias has become very apparent, attempted to provide legitimacy to Fauci’s position by publishing a paper by authors that claimed “dispositive evidence” that SARS-CoV-2 emerged from an animal at the Wuhan market. This paper allegedly “crushed” the lab-leak hypothesis, despite leaving much room for debate. 

The good news is that Big Tech, scientific journals, and most media sources were forced to stop censoring countervailing evidence as it reached critical mass and began spilling over into the public domain. Far from being a “conspiracy,” there is a lot of evidence that strongly suggests SARS-CoV-2 is an engineered virus that spread from a Wuhan virology lab. Before getting into the evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was engineered and leaked from a lab, let’s start a debate around the “dispositive evidence” that SARS-CoV-2 is natural and emerged from the Wuhan market. 

The “market origin hypothesis” is based on four debatable premises  

The entirety of the “dispositive evidence” for market origin cited by Dr. Fauci and others can be summed up as follows: 1) “Early” cases allegedly lived near the market, 2) “early” SARS-CoV-2 lineages were allegedly associated with the market, 3) wild animals susceptible to COVID-19 were sold at the market, and 4) positive SARS-CoV-2 samples were found in the environment around the market and were allegedly “linked to human cases.” For many reasons, some of which are discussed here, none of this evidence is anywhere near “dispositive.” This is why reviewers forced the authors to remove the phrase “dispositive evidence” as a requirement for publication.   

Did “early cases” really live near the market?

The Science paper relied on a joint World Health Organization (WHO)-China report to define “early cases” as those that occurred in December 2019. However, the joint WHO-China report also states: “Based on molecular sequence data, the results suggested that the outbreak may have started sometime in the months before the middle of December 2019.” 

This statement seems more in line with other evidence that the pandemic started earlier than December 2019. Urgent communications from the highest levels of the Chinese government circulating at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in November 2019 reported a “complex and grave situation” at the lab. Was this “grave situation” the start of a SARS-CoV-2 “lab leak” unfolding in real -time, weeks before the rest of the world was made aware of the imminent pandemic? 

There were also multiple reports from Chinese media and even the venerable Lancet that documented initial cases started before December 2019, as well as lab-based evidence of international spread as early as November 2019. Furthermore, shouldn’t we be alarmed that a group led by Chinese military scientists applied for a COVID-19 vaccine patent in February 2020? 

If the first COVID-19 cases really were in December 2019, this means that inexperienced Chinese military researchers somehow managed to produce a COVID-19 vaccine based on traditional, less efficient methodology, in a little over a month. For comparison, it took vaccine giant Pfizer about 9 months to produce their vaccine based on more efficient mRNA methodology. Accurately pinpointing the true start date of the pandemic would allow us to assess how meaningful the “early cases” data are. If countervailing evidence is correct and cases that preceded December 2019 were missed or ignored, then a dataset beginning in December would most likely lead to flawed conclusions about pandemic origin.

Were “early virus lineages” really associated with the market?

In perhaps the clearest evidence of a crime scene coverup, Chinese scientists quietly removed from public databases at least 13 genome sequences representing the earliest SARS-CoV-2 strains. There is no legitimate reason for doing that. Fortunately, the files had been backed up before they were removed, allowing Dr. Jesse Bloom to be the first to retrieve them from Google Cloud and analyze them. 

This is proof that the Science paper many claimed to have “crushed” the lab leak was unlikely to be fully representative of the viruses spreading at the start of the pandemic. Adding to the intrigue, one of the authors of the Science paper attempted to intimidate Dr. Bloom so he would not publish his findings. If the evidence for a natural origin of SARS-CoV-2 is so “dispositive,” why would anyone feel the need to censor an expert like Dr. Bloom? 

Animals susceptible to COVID-19 were sold at the market but none tested positive.

Some of the animals trafficked at the market had been experimentally infected with SARS-CoV-2 in labs or deemed theoretically susceptible based on the presence of compatible receptors. However, the WHO-China Report revealed that none of the 457 samples taken from 188 animals at the market tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. A criticism of these negative results is that the market was “under-sampled.” The SARS-CoV-1 pandemic of 2003-2004 spread around the world causing about 8,000 documented infections, resulting in about 800 deaths. Chinese scientists mobilized immediately and within a few months discovered an identical virus that naturally occurs in palm civet cats that were sold in Chinese markets.  

Yet here we are, three years later, thousands of additional animals have been sampled, millions of genomic sequences analyzed, and nothing close to SARS-CoV-2 has yet to be detected in nature. Why is that?

Positive environmental samples found at the market were taken too late to infer virus origin

SARS-CoV-2-positive environmental samples were detected at the market. However, the samples were taken between January and March 2020. By January, the virus had likely been spreading in Wuhan for more than a month, and had already spread internationally, so how much can we deduce from these samples taken from the heavily trafficked market, weeks after the pandemic started? In fact, those responsible for collecting the samples concluded, “Tthe market might have acted as an amplifier due to the high number of visitors every day.”

In other words, infected people most likely entered the crowded market and spread the virus. It’s notable that many of the positive samples came from vendor stalls in which “aquatic products,” seafood, and vegetables were sold. None of these products could be a natural reservoir for SARS-CoV-2. In fact, the WHO-China report concludes that many of the environmental samples reflect “contamination from cases” (i.e., infected people) given how widely distributed the virus was by then. 

The following is a review of some of the lab-based and circumstantial evidence supporting “lab leak.” Hopefully, this analysis will lay the foundation for honest, thoughtful discussion, leading to a true understanding of the origin of SARS-CoV-2. If we can’t have honesty, how will we ever minimize the chances of this happening again?

Early strains of SARS-CoV-2 were unnaturally human adapted

The “natural origin” hypothesis contends that SARS-CoV-2 spilled over into humans from an animal in December 2019. A virus that so recently jumped to humans from an animal should not bind to human cells with higher affinity than the animal host it came from. However, at the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Nikolai Petrovsky’s lab made the startling discovery that the earliest known strains of SARS-CoV-2 were unnaturally human-adapted. 

In fact, these strains showed highest affinity for human cell receptors over receptors from bats, pangolins, and about eleven other animals known to harbor coronaviruses. Dr. Petrovsky submitted this important research to a top journal, Nature, in August 2020. In an egregious example of censorship, Nature delayed publishing the paper until June 2021, corresponding to when Dr. Fauci finally admitted that a lab leak could have started the pandemic.

There was financial motivation and established methodology for creating pandemic viruses

A rejected 2018 grant proposal submitted to DARPA that includes EcoHealth Alliance and Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) collaborators gives us enough information to figure out the motivation and methodology that likely created SARS-CoV-2. The primary goal of the grant was to create a “complete inventory” of SARS-like coronaviruses taken from several bat caves in China. 

What follows is a streamlined version of the workflow proposed by the researchers: 1) add the spike proteins from these novel bat coronaviruses to a previously characterized SARS-like bat coronavirus core, and insert genetic modifications to spike proteins for enhanced infectivity if necessary, 2) infect “humanized” mice with these lab-made viruses, 3) flag chimeric viruses capable of infecting the mice as potential pandemic strains, and 4) prepare “spike” protein vaccines from these potential pandemic strains and use them to “immunize” bats in caves (Fig. 1). 

Fig. 1. Risky research methodology used by EcoHealth Alliance, WIV, and their collaborators to attempt to create bat vaccines. There’s no way of knowing in advance the pandemic potential of unnatural, chimeric SARS-like viruses created in this workflow.

The authors of the DARPA proposal discuss the importance of spike protein cleavage by human enzymes such as furin in the ability of coronaviruses to spread optimally and become pandemic strains. Notably, they proposed to insert “human-specific cleavage sites” (e.g., furin cleavage site, FCS) in spike proteins that lack the functional cleavage sites and then “evaluate growth potential” of the modified viruses in human cells. 

They further proposed to modify cleavage sites in highly abundant, low-risk SARS-like viruses taken from Chinese bat caves. These studies are precisely the type of work that could accidentally or intentionally create pandemic viruses. Although the proposal states that chimeric virus work would be done at the University of North Carolina, by Fauci’s own admission, “I can’t guarantee everything that’s going on in the Wuhan lab, we can’t do that.”  Furthermore, whenever a proposal this large (i.e., a $14 million request) is submitted, a great deal of the work will have already been done in advance to provide the “proof of concept” needed to sway reviewers. 

The unique furin cleavage site in SARS-CoV-2 is evidence of genetic engineering 

Many natural coronaviruses contain an FCS, so why is an FCS in SARS-CoV-2 so suspicious? The answer is that the genomes of thousands of coronaviruses from hundreds of different animals have been sequenced, and it’s clear that only distant relatives of SARS-CoV-2 have an FCS (see Fig 1ATable 1). 

The closest known sibling of SARS-CoV-2, a bat coronavirus named RaTG13, at best weakly infects human cells and lacks an FCS. SARS-CoV is another sibling of SARS-CoV-2, and like all the other known siblings, also lacks an FCS. Without an FCS, SARS-CoV-1 spread around the world in 2003-2004 but fizzled out after infecting about 8,000 people. A comparison of the short stretch of amino acids in the spike protein clearly reveals the missing FCS in these SARS-CoV-2 siblings (Fig. 2). 

Fig. 2. Comparison of partial spike protein amino acids showing the FCS of SARS-CoV-2 (i.e., “PRRAR”), and the lack of FCS in two of its siblings. Different letters represent unique amino acids. Identical amino acids in all three viruses are highlighted in yellow; dashed lines indicate the missing FCS. 

The unique genetic code of the SARS-CoV-2 furin cleavage site is evidence of genetic engineering

In coronaviruses, the blueprint for assembling proteins such as the surface spikes needed for infection lies in their RNA genome. The specific genomic sequence that encodes the short, all-important FCS within the SARS-CoV-2 spike is: CCU CGG CGG GCA CGU. Each three-letter bit of code (i.e., codon) dictates the specific amino acid to be used in building the FCS. Thus, CCU encodes “P” (for proline), CGG encodes “R” (for arginine), GCA encodes “A” (for alanine), and CGU also encodes “R.” 

As you can see, there is redundancy in the genetic code (e.g., there are six different codons that a virus can use to encode arginine). The odd feature of the SARS-CoV-2 FCS is the double CGG codons. In fact, CGG is one of the rarest codons in human coronaviruses, yet there just so happens to be two right next to each other in the FCS, one of the most important sequences in the entire 29,903 “letters” making up the SARS-CoV-2 genome. 

In fact, these are the only two CGG codons out of the 3,822 “letters” encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, and they are the only instance of a CGG-CGG doublet in any of the closest relatives of SARS-CoV-2. Notably, an arginine-rich FCS enhances the ability of coronaviruses to infect cells. At this point, it should not surprise anyone that CGG codons are the preferred code for genetic engineers who wish to produce an arginine-containing protein in human cells. It’s hard to deny that the CGG-CGG in the SARS-CoV-2 FCS is “smoking gun”-level evidence of genetic tampering.  

Suspicious cut sites in the SARS-CoV-2 genome are evidence of genetic engineering

One method to create chimeric viruses utilizes specialized genome-cutting enzymes called “Endonucleases.” Endonucleases can be used to cut virus genomes in specific places, then the pieces can be strategically recombined to create chimeric viruses. Cut sites are randomly distributed in the genomes of natural viruses, but they can be precisely inserted or removed by scientists to make chimeric viruses in a laboratory. BsmBI and BsaI are two examples of endonucleases that co-authors of the DARPA grant used in previous work to make chimeric coronaviruses. 

When present, the distribution of BsmBI and BsaI cut sites in viruses isolated from nature (e.g., SARS-CoV-1) are randomly distributed throughout the genome. Meanwhile, the distribution of cut sites in SARS-CoV-2 appear to be non-random and suggest genetic manipulation in a laboratory (Fig. 3). Curiously, a previous study involving EcoHealth Alliance described the insertion of two BsaI cut sites in a bat coronavirus called “WIV1” (i.e., Wuhan Institute of Virology 1), allowing scientists to make changes to the spike protein (see S9 Fig. Spike substitution strategy). 

Two BsaI cut sites can be found in the SARS-CoV-2 genome (Fig. 3) in the same location as BsaI cut sites engineered into WIV1 back in 2017. The astronomical odds of this being coincidence cannot be overstated. According to the authors, “BsaI or BsmBI sites were introduced into the [spike]. Then any spike could be substituted into the genome of [lab engineered WIV1] through this strategy.” The same strategy might have been used in the construction of what would become the SARS-CoV-2 genome.

Fig. 3. Distribution of BsmBI and BsaI cut sites in the genomes of the two pandemic SARS viruses. SARS-CoV-1 is a natural virus with cut sites that are randomly distributed, while distribution of cut sites in the SARS-CoV-2 genome appear to be non-random. The black bar represents the location of the spike gene; the FCS region is highlighted in red. BsaI can be used to cut out and replace most of the SARS-CoV-2 spike, including FCS, to alter virus infectivity.

Strong circumstantial evidence supports the lab- leak hypothesis

Three years into the current pandemic, with thousands of animals sampled and millions of genome sequences analyzed, nothing close to SARS-CoV-2 has been found in nature. In stark contrast to 2003-2004, China’s early response to COVID-19 was “disappearing” scientists and journalists, obfuscation, and deflecting blame for starting the pandemic away from themselves onto everything from the US Army to imported frozen fish. This is exactly the type of behavior you might expect from a guilty party.

No one (except maybe the dishonest Chinese government) has ever denied that the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic is Wuhan, China. But what are the odds that such an explosive outbreak originated at the Wuhan market? This is just one market out of about 40,000 markets scattered around China, and it happens to be a few miles away from a lab that in 2017 became the first high-security virology lab on the Chinese mainland. 

Here, a counterargument is that SARS-CoV-1 was a natural spillover from a market, so there’s precedence. But even the far less transmissible SARS-CoV-1, not long after being brought into the lab for study, eventually “leaked” with fatal consequences

The origin of SARS-CoV-2 is the most important question of the pandemic, with implications that extend exponentially beyond scoring political points. At the start of the pandemic, even the journal Nature was sounding the alarm about the increasing role China’s military has been playing in secretive biomedical research in China. Yet, three years later all we have is obfuscation from China and Fauci and nothing even close to a natural ancestor of SARS-CoV-2. Throughout the pandemic, people parroted empty phrases like “Follow the science” without really following the science.

So, let’s do that, let’s “Follow the science” (and the logic), because the genetic and circumstantial evidence for lab leak is impossible for any reasonable person to deny. 

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Pat Fidopiastis is a Professor of Microbiology at California Polytechnic State University,

Tyler Durden Sun, 02/05/2023 - 00:00
Published:2/4/2023 11:24:23 PM
[In The News] US (Finally) Downs Chinese Spy Balloon

by Micaela Burrow at CDN -

China balloon

The U.S. took down a Chinese spy balloon Saturday afternoon after the craft had traversed the continental U.S. over several days, the Associated Press reported. The Pentagon was tracking the suspected Chinese spy balloon Saturday as it moved eastward across the Carolinas and over the Atlantic ocean, the WSJ reported, citing …

Click to read the rest HERE-> US (Finally) Downs Chinese Spy Balloon first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:2/4/2023 10:48:05 PM
[9afa6b5d-468e-57c5-987d-16671705ba35] China fumes after US pops its balloon, warns of possible ‘responses’ to ‘clear overreaction’ The Chinese government said it disapproves of the U.S. decision to shoot down an unmanned surveillance balloon and warned it may have "responses" to that action. Published:2/4/2023 10:12:36 PM
[Markets] The Chinese 'Spy Balloon' Story As Manufactured Crisis: An Alternative Reading The Chinese 'Spy Balloon' Story As Manufactured Crisis: An Alternative Reading

Previous constant headlines of the Ukraine-Russia war were put on pause Friday into Saturday as the American public's attention and discourse got temporarily consumed by the bizarre Chinese 'spy balloon' saga, which grew more dramatic by the hour until it was shot down by the Pentagon over the Atlantic Ocean.

But few are currently asking the necessary deeper questions related to the timing. Given the last major balloon crisis to take over 24/7 network news coverage ended up being a complete hoax (remember the "balloon boy" stunt of 2009 which had the world breathless and on edge for a full news cycle?), the current context to the Chinese balloon story and the question of cui bono is worth a deeper dive...

Images: The Billings Gazette/AP

Entrepreneur and geopolitical commentator Arnaud Bertrand, who as a Westerner has spent many years living in China and frequently attempts to correct the often misleading analysis of mainstream press reports, offers an 'alternative view' of what's fast unfolding below [emphasis ZH's)...

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"I took a bit of time to dissect the “spy balloon” story - both how it is portrayed in the US and China’s response," Bertrand begins a lengthy thread. As you'll see, the more you think about it, the more stunned you get at the sheer absurdity of the whole thing."

First, the US story.

China sent a “spy balloon” over highly strategic US sites. It chose to spy on these sites with a big visible balloon (reported as being “as big as multiple school buses”), that anyone can see with the naked eye from the ground, to “demonstrate it had the capability”, despite having a plethora of other more discreet ways to spy like satellites or stealth drones.

Unclear that anyone doubted China had mastered the technology of *check notes* hot air balloons and why it therefore needed to demonstrate this capability… China chose to do so on the eve of Secretary of States Blinken’s visit to China, where he was invited, and hours after signaling Blinken would also be meeting with Xi during his visit, a high-level meeting not granted to any US Secretary of States in years.

The story therefore being that China chose to disrupt a meeting with its own president and to sabotage its own efforts at détente in the US-China conflict... The Pentagon said it had been “tracking the balloon for quite some time” and that it wasn’t the first time such an incident occurred, but this time - for unclear reasons - it chose to do a public announcement. As a result, Blinken announced he was postponing his China trip.

Now the story from the Chinese side.

To them this is a fluke accident, the balloon being “a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes” that “deviated far from its planned course” because of strong “Westerlies” (wind that flows west to east) and “limited self-steering capability”, the main characteristic of a balloon being of course that it can only go up or down.

A piece in WaPo seems to confirm this, quoting “experts in national security and aerospace [who] said the craft appears to share characteristics with high-altitude balloons used by developed countries around the world for weather forecasting.”

(Source: washingtonpost.com/world/2023/02/… )

The Pentagon itself said that “the payload wouldn’t offer much in the way of surveillance that China couldn’t collect through spy satellites” and that “the balloon posed no serious physical or intelligence threat”. 

I.e. the Pentagon themselves say it would make zero sense for China to use a balloon like this for intelligence purposes when it has satellites. Kind of begs the question why they decided to make a big deal out of it in the first place… 

I'll let you decide for yourself which story makes more sense… The sheer ridiculousness of this Nth “red scare” episode is absolutely obvious to anyone with an iota of common sense. Except, sadly, common sense seems to be in critically short supply nowadays. 

Also, as often, the real story is probably why this story became a story in the first place.

And the important context here is of course Blinken’s visit to China, which could - one can always dream - have been a step towards some form of de-escalation in China-US rapports. It was quite easily foreseeable that a story like this one on the eve of the trip would have made it politically very difficult for Blinken to go.



So a plausible hypothesis is that this whole episode is an attempt by internal US forces to prevent any US-China détente. One alternative hypothesis, much less likely, is that it’s internal Chinese forces trying to do the same thing by sending this big balloon.

Unlikely because:

a) China has time on its side so it gains from reduced tensions with the US and there isn’t any obvious “faction” in China who believe the contrary

b) it’d be immensely risky for anyone in China to do something like this as it’d undoubtedly be seen as an act of high treason with grave consequences for themselves

c) again, balloons like this particular one basically can’t be steered so... 

To plan sending a balloon like this from China to a place over US land isn’t even doable in the first place. The last hypothesis, which I guess is also somewhat likely, is that this is a series of unfortunate events without any malice on either side.

1) Balloon deviates from course and gets in US airspace,

2) people see it and Pentagon feels it has to communicate about it

3) the media, wearing their usual “China bad” hat, decide to go all-in on the scare-mongering,

4) political opposition and China hawks jump on the bandwagon,

5) administration feels it has no other choice than to cancel the trip and doesn’t have the political courage to say “this is just a balloon that drifted off course”.

Well I guess in this scenario there is in fact malice on the media’s part and that of politicians and wider members of the blob but it’s “organic malice”, so to speak, jumping at a golden opportunity to scare-monger. 

Conclusion: however you see it, this story is absolutely shameful and a sad reflection of the insane times we live in, when rather than take the time to carefully consider facts, apply reason and common sense, we instead choose as a society to incite fear and hostility.

Tyler Durden Sat, 02/04/2023 - 22:30
Published:2/4/2023 9:54:47 PM
[a62710a2-550e-5757-ad67-aaa40741c017] Kate Middleton shares photo of herself as a baby as part of early childhood campaign Kate Middleton shared a baby photo of herself as part of a new campaign to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood years. Published:2/4/2023 9:54:47 PM
[ee16ca4f-6145-5b12-b7b9-3ae7a8963acb] Smokey Robinson shares the secret to his decades of success as he's honored with Berry Gordy at MusiCares Gala Motown icons Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy were honored at the MusiCares Persons of the Year Gala on Friday night, ahead of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. Published:2/4/2023 9:49:02 PM
[Entertainment] Meet the 2023 Grammys Best New Artist Nominees Anitta, Latto, Molly Tuttle, Best New Artist Grammy Nominees Trevor Noah's favorite part of hosting the Grammys? Sure, rubbing elbows with stars like Lizzo and Bruno Mars is cool, but what the comedian really loves is listening to musicians he doesn't know...
Published:2/4/2023 9:30:49 PM
[] Saturday Overnight Open Thread (2/4/23) *** The Saturday Night Joke A politician dies So a politician dies and ends up standing in front of the pearly gates. Saint Peter looks at him for a second, flicks through his book, and finds his name. "So,... Published:2/4/2023 9:01:23 PM
[Uncategorized] Texas Company Obtains $150 Million in Funding to Bring Back Dodo Bird

Fortunately, returning T-Rex is not on the agenda.

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Published:2/4/2023 8:43:29 PM
[IPCC] The IPCC AR6 Report Erases the Holocene

By Andy May You won’t find much in the IPCC AR6 report on the atmospheric CO2 concentration evolution during the Holocene. They talk a lot about how CO2 concentration compares…

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Published:2/4/2023 8:37:21 PM
[e33f698b-7ff6-5d74-b395-1490939c6cf5] Republican demands Joe Biden, Kamala Harris resign after 'catastrophic Chinese spy balloon spectacle' Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., demanded Saturday that both president Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris should resign after allowing a Chinese spy balloon to fly over America. Published:2/4/2023 8:31:31 PM
[Biden Administration] Military Finally Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon After Biden Let It Float Across Entire Country

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. military fighter aircraft shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon as it floated off the coast of South Carolina on Saturday, drawing to a close a dramatic saga that shone a spotlight on worsening Sino-U.S. relations.

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Published:2/4/2023 8:20:04 PM
[Balloons (Aeronautics)] Downing of Chinese Spy Balloon Ends Chapter in a Diplomatic Crisis The balloon, spotted earlier this week over the western United States, was brought down when an F-22 fighter jet fired an air-to-air missile at it off the coast of South Carolina. Published:2/4/2023 7:34:30 PM
[Constitutional Interpretation] [Ilya Somin] The Continuing Relevance of Frederick Douglass Douglass is best-known for his role in the abolitionist movement that helped end slavery. But much of his thought is also relevant to contemporary issues. Published:2/4/2023 7:14:51 PM
[Markets] Apple's Crash Detection Feature Triggers False 911 Calls At Ski Resorts Apple's Crash Detection Feature Triggers False 911 Calls At Ski Resorts

Apple's Crash Detection feature is causing severe headaches for emergency dispatchers around ski resort areas. 

Skiers and snowboarders, with supported iPhone and Watch models, have been hitting the slopes this season and occasionally take a tumble. Their devices, packed with high-tech sensors, like the accelerometer and gyroscope, as well as advanced motion algorithms, mistakenly believe the user has been in an automobile crash. 

Suppose skiers and snowboarders don't respond to the cash notification within 20 seconds. In that case, the devices will automatically call 911 with an automated message that indicates, "The owner of this iPhone was in a severe car crash." 

A report from NYT said emergency dispatchers in Colorado had been inundated with false distress calls due to the crash detection feature. 

Lately, emergency call centers in some ski regions have been inundated with inadvertent, automated calls, dozens or more a week. Phone operators often must put other calls, including real emergencies, on hold to clarify whether the latest siren has been prompted by a human at risk or an overzealous device.

"My whole day is managing crash notifications," said Trina Dummer, interim director of Summit County's emergency services, which received 185 such calls in the week from Jan. 13 to Jan. 22. (In winters past, the typical call volume on a busy day was roughly half that.) Ms. Dummer said that the onslaught was threatening to desensitize dispatchers and divert limited resources from true emergencies. -NYT 

Last year, Apple introduced Crash Detection for iPhone 14 models and Watch Series 8. False alerts started popping up at theme parks last summer when the devices thought people on rollercoasters experienced a car crash. And the same thing happened: The devices flooded 911 operators with false alerts. 

Apple needs to get a handle on this mishap or have its own call center if they want to continue with this feature. Bogging down emergency dispatchers with false alerts is a significant problem that needs to be fixed immediately. How did Apple technicians miss this? 

 

Tyler Durden Sat, 02/04/2023 - 19:30
Published:2/4/2023 7:02:34 PM
[] The Music Thread: Songs That Are Invalid
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[dfa670be-d991-5b9c-acb6-035666b7f25c] Armie Hammer reveals childhood sexual abuse and suicide attempt as he speaks out on rape allegation Armie Hammer spoke out for the first time since a scandal involving allegations of rape, sexual abuse and cannibalistic fantasies rocked his career. Published:2/4/2023 6:28:49 PM
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[Opinion] Are Most Americans Too Stupid To Participate in a Democracy?

by Dave King at CDN -

Joe Biden the big guy

With the election of John Fetterman to the United States Senate, I almost fainted at the idiotic accomplishment of electing a man who couldn’t tell voters what he was for, nor what he was against, because he couldn’t talk or express himself at all. Then there’s the Chicago mayor, Lori …

Click to read the rest HERE-> Are Most Americans Too Stupid To Participate in a Democracy? first posted at Conservative Daily News

Published:2/4/2023 5:57:37 PM
[2022 News] Chinese spy balloon shot down over Atlantic Ocean

Chinese spy balloon shot down over Atlantic Ocean. Well, Presiddent Puddingbrain is really on it. After letting the CCP balloon spy on the US all week, they finally shoot it down. Golf clap.

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Published:2/4/2023 5:57:37 PM
[Politics] Bwa ha haa!! Marjorie Taylor Greene absolutely WRECKS tiny Eric Swalwell over his attempt at insult Eric Swalwell, who spends half his time telling everyone that he’s petrified of his Republican colleagues potentially shooting him on the House floor and the other half playing tough guy on Twitter, . . . Published:2/4/2023 5:43:51 PM
[Entertainment] Armie Hammer Breaks Silence on Rape and Sexual Misconduct Allegations Armie Hammer After almost two years, Armie Hammer is speaking out about the sexual assault and misconduct allegations brought against him. In a new interview, the Call Me By Your Name actor shared that the...
Published:2/4/2023 5:43:51 PM
[] Florida state rep says these all-ages drag shows are literally 'just folx dancing in cute outfits' Published:2/4/2023 5:31:42 PM
[Markets] Retirement Weekly: What happens to my youngest daughter’s share of my estate if I die before she’s 18? I share custody with my ex-husband and currently don't have a will. Published:2/4/2023 5:23:59 PM
[1c976597-e44a-58fd-b1b0-f2b753621b69] Biden bagged China's spy balloon but he's put no points on the board for Team USA Air Force F22 Raptors shot down the Chinese spy balloon on Saturday. Kudos to the Air Force for a job well done. Sadly our military leaders and president did not handle this well. Published:2/4/2023 5:17:26 PM
[af9275b2-35ed-56bf-a1cc-daf8de4adcbe] Democratic Rep. Beyer accuses Republicans of ‘panicking’ over Chinese spy balloon Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., says Republicans “can stop panicking” after the Chinese spy balloon that had traversed across American airspace in recent days was shot down by the U.S. military. Published:2/4/2023 5:17:26 PM
[Uncategorized] Bill Maher to the Progressive Left: You Think You Want A Revolution? Study What Happens When They “Spin Out of Control”

"Maher likened that situation to John Lennon’s song 'Revolution,' which called out people who carried pictures of Chairman Mao"

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Published:2/4/2023 5:17:26 PM
[] Dr. Jill Biden praises her husband and the military for taking down the spy balloon safely Published:2/4/2023 5:11:28 PM
[1c976597-e44a-58fd-b1b0-f2b753621b69] Biden bagged China's spy balloon but he's put no points on the board for Team USA. Air Force F22 Raptors shot down the Chinese spy balloon on Saturday. Kudos to the Air Force for a job well done. Sadly our military leaders and president did not handle this well. Published:2/4/2023 5:04:39 PM
[] The Lincoln Project cheers Joe Biden for bringing down the spy balloon AND inflation Published:2/4/2023 4:57:25 PM
[Land Surface Air Temperature Data] Hyping Maximum Daily Temperatures (Part 4)

That data has never been provided and is the origin of the current saga to be resumed on Tuesday through private mediation.

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Published:2/4/2023 4:37:57 PM
[Markets] Crypto: Why NFTs saw $946 million in trading volume in January – the highest since June 2022 In a report from DappRadar, an online store for decentralized applications, 2023 began with a strong comeback for nonfungible tokens. Published:2/4/2023 4:32:20 PM
[News & Analysis] 3 Navy Warships, FBI Now Hunting for Wreckage of Chinese Spy Balloon off South Carolina A trio of Navy warships, service divers and the FBI are on the hunt for the wreckage of a high-altitude Chinese spy balloon that was shot down on Saturday by an Air Force F-22 Raptor off the coast of South Carolina, Defense Department officials told reporters Saturday. “The balloon, which was being used by the […] Published:2/4/2023 4:32:20 PM
[] The Weekend Hobby Thread Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades 'The Weekend Hobby Thread' It appears from the old In-Box here at petmorons at gmail dot com that no one was doing any hobby work these past 2... Published:2/4/2023 4:32:20 PM
[] Dash Dobrofsky reminds us our greatest security threat is not a red Chinese spy balloon Published:2/4/2023 4:20:00 PM
[Entertainment] Melinda Dillon, actress who played crisis and comedy, dies at 83 Ms. Dillon appeared on Broadway in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and in films including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Published:2/4/2023 4:14:03 PM
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[] A New Study Shows a Connection Between Continued Mask Wearing and One's View of One's Attractiveness Published:2/4/2023 3:57:54 PM
[] JoJoFromJerz has some news 'if you're upset about a Chinese spy balloon 60,000 feet in the air' Published:2/4/2023 3:57:54 PM
[Markets] Brett Arends's ROI: Wall Street to Jerome Powell: We don’t believe you Were we all listening to the same press conference? Published:2/4/2023 3:45:17 PM
[] Defense secretary: Shooting down the spy ballon shows Biden will always put Americans' safety first Published:2/4/2023 3:32:18 PM
[Markets] Biden gave order to shoot down balloon on Wednesday: Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin Biden gave order to shoot down balloon on Wednesday: Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin Published:2/4/2023 3:26:11 PM
[3a803352-2029-5341-9876-0647b021b2ef] Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg 'smoked a lot of marijuana' together in Amsterdam Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg "smoked a lot of marijuana" on a trip to Amsterdam years ago, the country music legend remembered ahead of his 90th birthday. Published:2/4/2023 3:26:11 PM
[] Brian Stelter gives Fox News credit for showing live footage of balloon being shot down Published:2/4/2023 3:20:16 PM
[Markets] U.S. downs Chinese balloon over Atlantic, moves to recover debris U.S. downs Chinese balloon over Atlantic, moves to recover debris Published:2/4/2023 2:54:17 PM
[Politics] UPDATES: Chinese spy balloon FINALLY shot down, multiple vids, Biden’s LOL statement The Chinese spy balloon has FINALLY been shot down. They waited until it was over the ocean, so whatever it was transmitting was definitely already transmitted. But it’s gone now. Fox News . . . Published:2/4/2023 2:48:17 PM
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[Markets] US Says Russian Athletes Should Compete Under Neutral Flag At Olympics, Resists Ban US Says Russian Athletes Should Compete Under Neutral Flag At Olympics, Resists Ban

Amid calls from Ukrainian officials to ban all Russian and Belarusian athletes from the upcoming Paris 2024 Olympic summer games, the White House has issued a statement saying it agrees with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) policy of allowing the two countries to compete under a neutral flag.

"In cases where sports organizations and event organizers, such as the International Olympics Committee, choose to permit athletes from Russia and Belarus to participate in sporting events, they should be absolutely clear that they are not representing the Russian or Belarus states," Biden press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Thursday.

Via AP

She added that "the use of official state Russia and Belarus flags… should be prohibited as well." The IOC last week had ruled that this will be the policy moving forward due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

But Kiev has consistently demanded that it's for Russia to suffer "complete isolation" on the world stage, including at international sporting events. President Zelensky in a December phone call with IOC president Thomas Bach requested that Russia not even be able to participate as a neutral team.

"Since February, 184 Ukrainian athletes have died as a result of Russia’s actions," Zelensky said in the call. "One cannot try to be neutral when the foundations of peaceful life are being destroyed and universal human values are being ignored."

Bach had defended the committee's the position that "Athletes cannot be punished for acts of their government as long as they do not contribute or support it." He explained, "What we never did and we never want to do is prohibiting athletes from participating in sports only because of their passport."

Based on the latest IOC ruling, neither Russian nor Belarusian officials will be allowed to attend the games, and essentially all Russian or Belarusian national displays will be banned.

Tyler Durden Sat, 02/04/2023 - 15:30
Published:2/4/2023 2:34:21 PM
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Published:2/4/2023 2:27:35 PM
[] Ace of Spades Pet Thread, February 4 * * * * * * Good afternoon and welcome to the almost world famous Ace of Spades Pet Thread. Thanks for stopping by. Kick back and enjoy the world of animals. Would you like a treat? Let's relax... Published:2/4/2023 2:27:35 PM
[Espionage and Intelligence Services] Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a … Chinese Spy Balloon? How the balloon went from a local sky oddity to an international diplomatic disrupter. Published:2/4/2023 2:20:52 PM
[Politics] WATCH: Chinese spy balloon shot down over Atlantic after its flight across entire U.S. Published:2/4/2023 2:12:20 PM
[Balloons (Aeronautics)] U.S. Shoots Down Chinese Spy Balloon Off the Coast of the Carolinas The airborne surveillance device was first spotted earlier this week over the western United States, setting off a diplomatic crisis. Published:2/4/2023 2:05:57 PM
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[In The News] Pentagon Confirms Reports Of Second Chinese Spy Balloon

by Rich Mitchell at CDN -

The Department of Defense acknowledged a second Chinese surveillance craft transiting airspace somewhere over Latin America late Friday. The second balloon’s flight path does not appear to include the United States, CNN first reported, citing officials. Earlier on Friday, DOD confirmed that the first surveillance balloon was moving eastward and that the U.S. government continued to monitor …

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Published:2/4/2023 1:47:44 PM
[World] Jesus never would have voted for a Pharisee Over the years of writing this column, I've been chastised many times for sounding like I believe Christians can only vote for "right-wing conservatives." Published:2/4/2023 1:09:13 PM
[Children] 2023.02.04 Video Podcast: Helter Skelter and the Cult This is not one of my usual everything-and-the-kitchen-sink video podcasts; instead, it focuses very tightly on Critical Race Theory, gender theory, and our children. Published:2/4/2023 1:09:13 PM
[Quick Takes] Iowa State U. Holds ‘Social Justice Summit’

"this day-long workshop will give you the chance to learn more about yourself, engage in discussion with other students on various issues, and create strategies for implementing social change"

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Published:2/4/2023 12:58:39 PM
[Bad science journalism] LA Times Claim that the World Can “quickly phase out all fossil fuels” is Completely Incompetent

After overstating and underestimating the ozone issue science complexity, resolution timeframe and uncertainty issues (while providing no scientific data, etc.) the Times then leaps to proclaim that the same “success" can be achieved in the near elimination of fossil fuels in the future as mandated by climate alarmism advocates.    

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Published:2/4/2023 12:39:43 PM
[8d4d7643-796f-5e25-a5cc-ec1bc7d0c65d] US weighing decision to shoot down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean, official tells Fox News President Biden is considering a plan to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon that traveled across the United States this week once it crosses over the Atlantic Ocean. Published:2/4/2023 12:28:25 PM
[] Saturday Gardening, Puttering and Adventure Thread, Feb. 4 Hardy Amaryllis: Hippeastrum x johnsonii Happy Saturday, everybody! Indoors or outdoors today? In the comments on Christmas Eve, we had a question about transplanting Amaryllis gifts to the garden. Some of these, particularly the ones with smaller multiple blossoms,... Published:2/4/2023 12:28:25 PM
[Entertainment] Kate Middleton Shares Childhood Photo Showing Prince Louis Is Her Twin Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton, Prince Louis, Platinum Jubilee Like mother, like son! On Feb. 4, Kate Middleton shared on Instagram a childhood photo showing herself as a baby with her dad, Michael Middleton, which was taken by her mother, Carole Middleton....
Published:2/4/2023 12:10:53 PM
[Right Column] Biden admin closes off mining in Minnesota — But authorizes mining in the Congo

Team Biden placed about 225,000 acres (about 350 square miles) in northern Minnesota off-limits to mining and mineral development. The announcement specifically noted that the administration was: “[R]esponding to concerns regarding the potential impacts of mining on the area’s watershed, fish and wildlife, tribal and treaty rights, and robust recreation economy … This action will help protect the Rainy River watershed … from the potential adverse impacts of new mineral and geothermal exploration and development.” ...

“Not even one month ago, Mr. Biden signed an agreement to fund mining projects in Chinese-owned mines in the Congo, where over 40,000 children work as slaves in forced labor and inhumane conditions with no environmental protections. Rep. Pete Stauber, Minnesota Republican offered these thoughts in response: “[President] Biden banned mining in 225,000 acres of Minnesota’s Iron Range and locked up development of taconite, copper, nickel, cobalt, platinum-group elements, and more.”

 

Published:2/4/2023 12:04:49 PM
[World] Democrats shake up presidential primary calendar, demoting Iowa and New Hampshire

Under the new calendar, proposed based on recommendations from President Biden, candidates would face voters in South Carolina on Feb. 3, followed by Nevada and New Hampshire on Feb. 6, then Georgia and Michigan.

Published:2/4/2023 11:58:57 AM
[Science] Democrats decide to shake up start of 2024 presidential primary PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Democratic Party on Saturday approved the reordering of its 2024 presidential primary, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major shake-up meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to its base of support. Published:2/4/2023 11:53:03 AM
[Left Column] The New Pause lengthens again: 101 months & counting – No global warming since 2014

Published:2/4/2023 11:46:41 AM
[World] Retirement Weekly: Addiction among older people is rising. How to spot the signs and get help. Addiction among older people may be a hidden epidemic. Published:2/4/2023 11:46:41 AM
[ARKK] 'The Big Short' Michael Burry Says Sell, Inflation Is Not Over Published:2/4/2023 11:34:36 AM
[] Somebody broke Bill Kristol: You have to see his crazy Chinese spy balloon tweet Published:2/4/2023 11:22:09 AM
[] Defund the Smithsonian: Catholic Students Kicked Out of Air & Space Museum for Pro-Life Hats Published:2/4/2023 11:22:09 AM
[Markets] Trump: Truth About "Fake News" Reporting On "Russia Hoax" Is Finally Coming Out Trump: Truth About "Fake News" Reporting On "Russia Hoax" Is Finally Coming Out

Authored by Janice Hisle via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Former U.S. President Donald Trump says he finally sees some truth emerging about “the fake news.”

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters after participating in a Thanksgiving teleconference with members of the U.S. military, in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 26, 2020. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

More than six years after the media began covering the former president’s alleged collusion with Russia–which Trump calls “the Russia, Russia, Russia” hoax–has been dissected from within journalism.

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), which calls itself “the most respected voice on press criticism,” recently published findings from an 18-month investigation: a 24,000-word expose’ entitled, “The Press Versus The President.”

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on his way to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on May 14, 2020 (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Days later, Trump reacted with righteous indignation to the tactics of the press, as revealed in the CJR article.

It is a STAGGERING, detailed account of the lies, disinformation, and complete lack of journalistic integrity,” Trump wrote Feb. 2 on Truth Social, singling out “the purveyors of Fake News at the Washington Compost (sometimes known as the Washington Post), the Failing New York Times, and many others.”

Trump also decried the incalculable damage that dishonest coverage caused to his 2020 reelection bid.

“This Fake News, with all of its disinformation, had a huge impact on the 2020 Presidential Election, just one of the many ways that the Election was Rigged and Stolen,” he wrote in another Truth Social message. “This proves, once again, that the Corrupt, Woke, Radical Democrats stole the 2020 Election, making it impossible for that fact to be called ‘the Big Lie,’ as the Marxists and Communists in our Country attempt to portray it.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s allies cried out for media outlets to correct the record as his campaign to win back the White House gains momentum. Detractors, however, fault CJR for failing to put Trump himself far enough under the microscope.

Important but Too Long

CJR, in an introduction to its piece, wrote that the investigation’s findings “aren’t always flattering, either for the press or for Trump and his team.” CJR predicted that the article’s revelations would be “debated and maybe even used as ammunition in the ongoing media war being waged in the country.”

American computer analyst turned Russian citizen Edward Snowden, best known for leaking information about the National Security Administration’s spying on Americans, weighed in with a brief analysis on Twitter for people who may think the piece was “TL/DR,” an abbreviation for “too long, didn’t read.”

His summary of the CJR’s findings: Corporate media “knowingly suppressed facts that cut against popular narratives, ignored denials, eagerly laundered partisan attacks via ‘anonymous sources,’ and refuses to reflect on mistakes.”

CJR said its article raises issues that are “important, and worthy of deep reflection as the campaign for the presidency is about, once again, to begin.”

The publication also wrote: “No narrative did more to shape Trump’s relations with the press than Russiagate.”

That term refers to the FBI’s investigation of Trump, which began while President Barack Obama was in office and Trump was then running his first presidential campaign. Information later surfaced revealing that the federal government relied in large part on a “Trump-Russia dossier” to justify its investigation.

But that dossier was found to be of dubious origin. A former British spy, hired by people with connections to Trump’s political opponent, Hillary Clinton, used unverified information from people with ties to Russia.

Despite a 22-month investigation by former special counsel Robert Mueller, none of the 103 allegations in the dossier was declared valid.

Special counsel Robert Mueller speaks on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on May 29, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Big Impact

Reporting on the allegations “resulted in Pulitzer Prizes as well as embarrassing retractions and damaged careers,” CJR noted. “For Trump, the press’s pursuit of the Russia story convinced him that any sort of normal relationship with the press was impossible.”

When Trump first announced his run for president in 2016, the real estate magnate/media personality was laughed off as a joke. But then he morphed into somewhat of a media darling. Everything Trump-related became clickbait. Before long, however, the media put Trump in its crosshairs; reporters were “going all in on efforts to catalogue Trump as a threat to the country,” CJR wrote.

The publication said journalist Jeff Gerth took an “encyclopedic look at one of the most consequential moments in American media history.” Gerth is an investigative reporter who worked for almost three decades at The New York Times. His investigation for CJR required interviews with dozens of insiders connected to Trump and media organizations.

Gerth wrote that the U.S. news media’s coverage of Trump helped sink the American people’s trust in journalists.

Read more here...

Tyler Durden Sat, 02/04/2023 - 12:00
Published:2/4/2023 11:13:05 AM
[Markets] The Fed: Economists worry that the Fed thinks inflation and job market are joined at the hip More economists think the relationship between inflation and the jobs market has broken down and are worried that the Fed doesn't seem to think so. Published:2/4/2023 11:13:05 AM
[Politics] A Cog in the Gates Machine

Some West Virginia legislators wonder whether a Bill Gates–backed battery plant is worth the cultural cost.

The post A Cog in the Gates Machine appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:2/4/2023 11:05:01 AM
[Left Column] Harvard Medical School Will ‘Integrate Climate Change’ Into M.D. Curriculum

The Harvard Crimson: A Harvard Medical School committee voted last month to embed climate change into the school’s curriculum. In a meeting early last month, the HMS Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee voted unanimously to officially add climate change and health as a theme in the HMS M.D. curriculum. ... The new climate change curriculum will examine the impact of climate change on health and health inequality, applications of these impacts to clinical care, and the role of physicians and health institutions in arriving at climate solutions. ... 

Caleb J. Dresser, a Climate and Human Health fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health said: “It’s been developing for years, as more and more medical students and faculty members have started to engage with this issue and to see it as a really important context in which we are all practicing medicine.” ... “It’s going to be increasingly important for people in leadership roles in healthcare and other industries to integrate climate change and climate-related hazards into their strategic decision-making as they lead organizations.”

HMS student Madeleine C. Kline said: “Every student who comes through the Medical School will leave with an understanding of what climate change is and what it means for their patients,” she said. “I think it is going to mean a lot for their patients.”

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Flashback: Harvard School of Public Health links Climate & COVID: ‘The root causes of climate change also increase the risk of pandemics’ – ‘We also need to take climate action to prevent the next pandemic’

Flashback: Fauci merges COVID & Climate: Infectious diseases ‘largely the result’ of human ‘encroachment on nature’ & ‘often aided by climate changes’ – Published in New England Journal of Medicine

Published:2/4/2023 10:37:54 AM
[advertising] The Super Bowl is an Enormous Opportunity for Social Media Creators Marketer Krishna Subramanian, whose Captiv8 specializes in connecting athlete creators with sponsors, sees a huge opportunity for creators at the Super Bowl. Published:2/4/2023 10:37:54 AM
[] Sunset in the West San Francisco Sunset San Francisco is going through some hard times right now. * A reminder that Gavin Newsom served as the Mayor of San Francisco before becoming Lieutenant Governor, then Governor of California. His time as mayor was... Published:2/4/2023 10:28:25 AM
[Uncategorized] Some Diversity Staffers Are Quitting Higher Education Citing Lack Of Support

"employees interviewed for this article said that more often, university leaders show a lack of appreciation and support for their work, leading them and many of their colleagues to leave higher ed burned out and disillusioned"

The post Some Diversity Staffers Are Quitting Higher Education Citing Lack Of Support first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:2/4/2023 10:11:51 AM
[94f2f120-18cd-5544-a6bb-a3752ee50331] California reverses COVID vaccine requirement for students as it ends Newsom emergency declaration California officials said Friday that its children will not be required to receive the COVID-190 vaccine to attend schools. The state's emergency declaration ends this month. Published:2/4/2023 10:11:51 AM
[Markets] Outside the Box: Tech stocks have been minting money this year, but many investors fear getting burned if they buy the rally now These 3 tech giants have stood out in this earnings season -- with mixed market reactions. Published:2/4/2023 10:11:51 AM
[] Report: WH knew about the Chinese spy balloon a week ago but opted to hope nobody would notice it Published:2/4/2023 10:11:51 AM
[Science] Democrats set to shake up start of 2024 presidential primary PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Democrats are poised to reorder their presidential primary schedule beginning next year, replacing Iowa with South Carolina in the leadoff spot as part of a major overhaul meant to empower Black and other minority voters critical to the party’s base of support. Published:2/4/2023 9:57:52 AM
[] Kari Lake shoots down attempt to fact-check her Chinese spy balloon pic Published:2/4/2023 9:43:57 AM
[World] Six Republicans most likely to challenge Trump in 2024 A crowded GOP primary seems increasingly possible in 2024, as more Republicans are expected to emerge to face former President Donald Trump for the party's nomination next year. Published:2/4/2023 9:34:43 AM
[Markets] The Big Move: I’m 66 and have $47,000 left in my 30-year mortgage. I’ll be 90 when it’s paid off. Should I refinance to a 15-year fixed? 'My interest rate is 3%, and it’s a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. I pay $136 a month.' Published:2/4/2023 9:22:43 AM
[9f16342f-46ea-58b6-b659-bc39764bad3f] These 5 China intelligence failures are even more dangerous than the Chinese spy balloon The bad balloon day Biden suffered on Friday was not a one-off. In fact, the Biden administration has a host of intelligence failures when it comes to China. Here are the top five. Published:2/4/2023 9:22:43 AM
[4ca3358d-f77d-51cc-956a-0e9bd7821e65] Dania Ramirez on how she prepared to play a missing persons detective: 'Wanted to honor them in the right way' Dania Ramirez talks about preparing for her role on the new FOX show "Alert: Missing Persons Unit," saying her co-star Scott Caan was a huge help. Published:2/4/2023 9:13:48 AM
[] Honorary Rube, Mehdi Hasan, doesn't get the joke while trying to dump on J.D. Vance Published:2/4/2023 9:13:48 AM
[Entertainment] Dr. Pimple Popper Weighs In on TikTok "Scar Girl" Annie Bonelli Annie Bonelli, Scar Girl, Instagram There's a reason why you may have noticed a difference in TikTok star Annie Bonelli's facial scar. The influencer, who many on the video-sharing app have called "scar girl", recently reacted to...
Published:2/4/2023 9:06:53 AM
[AMZN] Qualcomm Vs. ASML: I'm Buying One Of These World-Beater Blue-Chips Published:2/4/2023 8:34:38 AM
[censorship] The Ministry of Climate Truth

In other words, we’ve been judged untrustworthy because of the fact checks carried out by Logically and others.

The post The Ministry of Climate Truth first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/4/2023 8:34:38 AM
[588644cc-de02-58a4-b636-e36236085bf2] Chinese spy balloon poses 'no imminent danger,' top Foreign Affairs Democrat says House Foreign Affairs Committee ranking member Rep. Gregory Meeks said Friday the Chinese spy balloon flying over the United States presents "no imminent danger" to Americans. Published:2/4/2023 8:28:53 AM
[0ff24d21-1b25-5fd4-95c3-391db966eccf] Tom Brady gets retirement well wishes from Gisele Bündchen: 'Only wonderful things' Prior to sharing news on his social platforms that he was retiring from football, Tom Brady walked the "80 For Brady" red carpet, his first since divorcing ex-wife Gisele Bündchen. Published:2/4/2023 8:28:53 AM
[World] The Fed: ‘Decidedly less hawkish’: 4 takeaways from Powell’s press conference as Fed hikes rates again Powell's lack of conviction about easy financial-market conditions raises eyebrows: 'He left his "A" game behind back in December' Published:2/4/2023 8:28:53 AM
[Security] Googling for Software Downloads Is Extra Risky Right Now Plus: The FTC cracks down on GoodRx, Microsoft boots “verified” phishing scammers, researchers disclose EV charger vulnerabilities, and more. Published:2/4/2023 8:11:59 AM
[] MSNBC's Chris Hayes is trying to think of a reason to care about the China spy balloon story Published:2/4/2023 8:05:03 AM
[] Saturday Morning Coffee Break & Prayer Revival It looks like a nice place to drink coffee, opine and/or bloviate on your favorite thread at the moment. Furthermore, it looks like a place where everyone is treated nicely and you are encouraged to have a nice weekend.... Published:2/4/2023 8:05:03 AM
[World] Chuck Jaffe: Market pros are so happy about stocks right now, you have to wonder if they’re too bullish The market's technical factors scream 'all-systems-go.' The fundamentals? Not so much. Published:2/4/2023 7:43:50 AM
[Markets] Help Me Retire: I’m 64, make $1,500 a month driving Uber and get almost $5,000 a month in pensions and Social Security – should I pay off my mortgage before I retire? Have a question about your own retirement savings? Email us at HelpMeRetire@marketwatch.com Published:2/4/2023 7:13:56 AM
[Science] The Climate Crisis Is Threatening Spain’s Saffron Crop Growers fear a perfect storm for a tradition that has long bound rural communities together. Published:2/4/2023 7:13:56 AM
[fe590743-4e1c-5181-8347-ec5605c34c72] Alec Baldwin's fatal 'Rust' case has 'strong arguments' on both sides, 'The Crow' producers' lawyer says Attorney James Brosnahan said that both Alec Baldwin's defense attorneys and New Mexico prosecutors have strong arguments in the fatal "Rust" shooting case. Published:2/4/2023 7:13:56 AM
[8352401d-5592-5967-999d-fe1ea6f4b5a1] Persecution of Christians skyrockets worldwide as 360 million oppressed. We must stand for religious freedom Persecution of Christians skyrockets worldwide as 360 million oppressed. We must stand for religious freedom to stop spike in number of Christians killed. Published:2/4/2023 7:13:56 AM
[Politics] [Josh Blackman] Today in Supreme Court History: February 4, 1824 2/4/1824: Gibbons v. Ogden argued. Published:2/4/2023 6:54:36 AM
[Markets] Escobar: Ukraine War Is Desperate Move By US To Preserve Hegemony, & Prevent Multipolar World Escobar: Ukraine War Is Desperate Move By US To Preserve Hegemony, & Prevent Multipolar World

Authored by Finian Cunningham,

The war in Ukraine is not just about Ukraine and Russia with the U.S. and NATO acting as seemingly benevolent supporters of Ukraine, as the Western media portray.

The United States and its NATO allies are deeply involved in the conflict.

The military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 – after 20 years of futile occupation – was a calculated “reorganization of firepower” against Russia, says Pepe Escobar.

Ukraine is merely a proxy and ultimately cannon fodder for American imperial planners.

This war is part of a bigger geopolitical confrontation between the U.S. and Russia, China and other nations that are pushing for the emergence of a multipolar world. That is a multipolar world no longer under the hegemony of U.S.-dominated Western capitalism.

Pepe Escobar assesses the bigger picture and outlines how the U.S. imperial state is in “panic mode” to shore up the collapsing American-controlled global capitalist system, and in particular the privileged position of the U.S. dollar.

Going to war with Russia presently and in the longer term against China is part of the desperate dynamic to prolong the dominant position of Washington that was established after the Second World War. That postwar imperial order – euphemistically called the “rules-based order” – is increasingly falling into disrepute from unbridled imperialist wars and abuse of financial controls.

The vast majority of the planet wants liberation from the U.S./Western warmongering system that underpins capitalist exploitation that only enriches a global elite. The war in Ukraine is but the manifestation of the breakdown in U.S. global power and the desperation to preserve the systematic inequality that defines capitalism.

This year is fraught with extreme danger, says Pepe Escobar. But if the psychotic U.S. deep-state planners can be contained by Russia and China without an all-out catastrophic war erupting then there is a chance of a more hopeful, peaceful and just world order emerging.

Tyler Durden Sat, 02/04/2023 - 07:00
Published:2/4/2023 6:27:46 AM
[Gear] The 10 Best Games on PlayStation Plus With great titles like God of War, Maneater, and The Last of Us Remastered, Sony’s subscription service is the perfect jump start for new PS5 owners. Published:2/4/2023 6:19:44 AM
[Entertainment] He faked his way into the art world. Now Tony Tetro is explaining how. Tetro, once called "the single largest forger of artwork in the United States," talks about his memoir, "Con/Artist," and how he learned to be a master imitator. Published:2/4/2023 6:08:32 AM
[Madison Square Garden] James Dolan’s Facial Recognition Policy May Force Madison Square Garden to Find a New Location Madison Square Garden's permit is up for renewal, but will backlash from the venue's facial technology ban affect its ability to operate above Penn Station? Published:2/4/2023 6:08:32 AM
[Excerpt] How Truman Sold Americans on Going Hungry In 1947, the United States sacrificed for the sake of a starving Europe. Published:2/4/2023 6:08:32 AM
[National Security] Pompeo: Biden’s Weakness on Spy Balloon Assures Chinese Aggression

President Joe Biden’s weakness with China is once again on display. Earlier this week, U.S. officials tracked a Chinese reconnaissance balloon over the American mainland. A Chinese Communist Party spokesperson claimed this was nothing more than a "weather research" balloon that had simply blown off course. Sure, the CCP’s harmless weather balloon just happened to pass over multiple sensitive military sites vital to America’s national security—nobody should believe that nonsense, especially not the Biden administration.

The post Pompeo: Biden’s Weakness on Spy Balloon Assures Chinese Aggression appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

Published:2/4/2023 5:51:32 AM
[Markets] : The perils of ultraprocessed food A growing body of research links ultraprocessed foods to an array of cancers and, in some cases, to cognitive decline. Published:2/4/2023 5:51:31 AM
[TSLA] Disagreements And First Principles: The Pushback On My Tesla Valuation Published:2/4/2023 5:42:44 AM
[Entertainment] 15 Shocking Moments From the Grammys That Are Too Wild to Forget Jennifer Lopez, 2000 Grammy Awards, Versace Dress Forget about a mic drop. These Grammy memories will make your jaw drop. As excitement continues to build for the 2023 Grammys, airing Feb. 5 from the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles, it's hard not...
Published:2/4/2023 5:14:05 AM
[Entertainment] In the Spotify era, many musicians struggle to make a living The people you see onstage at the Grammys can make it work. But for a lot of singers and songwriters, streaming has made a full-time music career unsustainable. Published:2/4/2023 5:14:05 AM
[Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings] Muscle Cars, Balaclavas and Fists: How the Scorpions Rolled Through Memphis Residents say the street crime unit has been an intimidating and sometimes violent presence in the city. Five Scorpion officers are charged with murdering Tyre Nichols during an arrest. Published:2/4/2023 5:02:42 AM
[] EMT 2/04/23 Doze insomnia EMT blues.... Published:2/4/2023 5:02:42 AM
[Climate News] Climate Change Weekly #460: Biden Offshoring Pollution, Environmental Injustice

The threat to whales is hardly the only problem with Biden’s plan, as proven by an analysis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project (CVOWP)

The post Climate Change Weekly #460: Biden Offshoring Pollution, Environmental Injustice first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/4/2023 4:33:33 AM
[World] 'Are you with me?': Biden sounding more and more like a candidate amid 2024 speculation President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris's appearances in Pennsylvania, a state that helped clinch them the 2020 election, is just one more indication the pair is inching closer to announcing a 2024 reelection campaign. Published:2/4/2023 4:15:55 AM
[a3be6474-ac0e-52fe-b448-8dcafb94bb7e] Eric Swalwell roasted on social media after asking why GOP colleague's 'gun' is 'so small' Eric Swalwell, a Democrat from California, prompted backlash after he inquired about the size of a Republican colleague's pin, which is in the shape of a rifle. Published:2/4/2023 3:58:05 AM
[QCOM] Apple's Tough Year Should Be Bought On Weakness Published:2/4/2023 3:34:00 AM
[5ff91f84-cf18-5bbe-bf0d-c5733bc2138a] Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle sentenced to prison for fatal road rage punch Mexican telenovela star Pablo Lyle was sentenced to five years in prison in a Miami court after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in a deadly 2019 road rage confrontation. Published:2/4/2023 3:10:07 AM
[] Daily Tech News 4 February 2023 Top Story Before Intel cut the pay of everyone from the CEO to the mail room clerk, it quietly made changes to the stock benefits for senior executives... Making them worse. (WCCFTech) Yeah, normally they'd do an end run around... Published:2/4/2023 3:04:13 AM
[Dispatch] Can a French Shipping Giant Make Marseille the Capital of the Mediterranean? The Saadé family has raked in huge profits, turning CMA CGM into a strategic asset for Paris and a potential economic lifeline for France’s impoverished second city. Published:2/4/2023 2:58:07 AM
[Commentary] Reprise — Why I Don’t Deny: Confessions of a Climate Skeptic — Part 1

This reprise has been prompted by a conversation with a colleague who’s only understanding of Climate Change or Global Warming has been gleaned from NPR/CNN/PBS and Main Stream Media. 

The post Reprise — Why I Don’t Deny: Confessions of a Climate Skeptic — Part 1 first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/4/2023 12:39:50 AM
[Uncategorized] Pentagon: Second Chinese Spy Balloon Flying Over Latin America

"We now assess it is another Chinese surveillance balloon."

The post Pentagon: Second Chinese Spy Balloon Flying Over Latin America first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:2/4/2023 12:03:45 AM
[World] BREAKING: Was There Just a MASSIVE Explosion in Skies Over Montana? [VIDEO] Published:2/4/2023 12:03:45 AM
[Entertainment] What to watch this weekend: The ‘Grammy Awards’ air on CBS Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023 | ‘Murder in Big Horn' premieres on Showtime Published:2/4/2023 12:03:45 AM
[ACTV] The Fed Has Freed The Market To Dig Its Own Grave Published:2/3/2023 11:38:17 PM
[53b28a64-bc5f-5871-bcc6-109ab69aa89d] GREG GUTFELD: President Biden secures $250K line of credit as Hunter's story falls apart Fox News host Greg Gutfeld weighs in on Harvard University shutting down its "disinformation" project led by a skeptic of the Hunter Biden laptop on "Gutfeld!" Published:2/3/2023 11:28:48 PM
[Markets] Victor Davis Hanson: 'Race' Everywhere Victor Davis Hanson: 'Race' Everywhere

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via AmGreatness.com,

Recently an unarmed 29-year-old African American, Tyre Nichols, was brutally beaten to death by five black Memphis police officers. They were charged with murder. All belonged to a special crime unit known as the Scorpions. 

Both the victimizers and victim were black. The Memphis police chief is black. The assistant police chief is black. 

Nearly 60 percent of the police force is black. The white population of Memphis is about 25 percent. 

The now-disbanded Scorpion unit of mostly black officers was created as a response to grassroots appeals to stop spiraling crime in mostly black neighborhoods. 

The death of Tyre Nichols could be attributed to many things: a basic lack of humanity on the part of the officers, poor police training, lax administrative supervision, and lowered hiring standards.  

Instead, no sooner was the beating death announced than accusations of “systemic racism” surfaced. 

Van Jones, the former Obama Administration green czar and recent recipient of Jeff Bezos’ $100 million “courage and civility award,” pronounced on CNN that the black police oppressors were acting out white racism. 

Some claimed that charging the five black officers with murder was itself racist. Others alleged that creating the unit in the first place to reduce black-on-black crime was racist.  

Yet, when everything becomes racist, then nothing in particular can be racist.

About the same time, the city of San Francisco, along with the state of California, was exploring paying out huge cash reparations to its African-American residents for the ancestral sin of slavery. 

That evil institution was abolished some 158 years ago through a Civil War that killed some 700,000 Americans. 

Yet California was always a free state with no history of slavery. 

No resident of America in six generations has been either a slave or slave owner. 

Such multibillion-dollar payouts apparently are to be funded by a nearly bankrupt state facing a $25 billion budget shortfall. 

How do we quantify either current eligibility or culpability in multiracial California where 27 percent of the residents were not born in the United States? Whites make up only 35 percent of the state’s population. 

College campuses increasingly greenlight racially segregated resident housing. 

These reactionaries seem eager to return to “separate but equal” apartheid, supposedly outlawed nearly 60 years ago by the 1964 Civil Right Act. 

A recent National Association of Scholars study found that of some 173 schools surveyed, 42 percent provided racially segregated residences. Some 46 percent offered racially segregated orientation programs. An overwhelming 72 percent  hosted racially segregated graduation ceremonies.

So-called “safe spaces” on campus exclude students on the basis of race, especially whites who are reduced to stereotyped members of a toxic collective.

Race-based admissions have transmogrified from proportional representation—the entering class should reflect roughly the racial make-up of the nation—to reparatory or compensatory admittance. 

So, for example, Stanford University’s incoming class of 2026 lists white students at 22 percent of the enrolled, roughly one-third of their percentage of the nation’s general population. 

Ironically, current racial engineering resurrects the old quota systems used in the past to discriminate against Jews. 

“Whites”—to the extent we can determine any race in an intermarried, multiracial society—do not fit the now ossified definition of an exploitive majority. 

They no longer even compose a majority in most major American cities and in some states. 

They rank well behind many nonwhite ethnic groups in terms of per capita income and millions of working-class Americans certainly don’t fit the tired stereotype of “privileged.”  

In racist fashion, white males are often smeared as exhibiting collective “white rage.” 

Yet they commit suicide at double their demographics—and more than twice as frequently as blacks and Latinos. 

They were also killed in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq at twice their numbers in the general population. 

In terms of hate-crime offenders, whites are demographically underrepresented. The most overrepresented victims of hate crimes are whites of Jewish background.

Whites commit violent crimes against those of different races at rates below their percentages in the general population.

In sum, class, not race, remains the best litmus test of being underprivileged in America. It is no longer synonymous with race.

No wonder the identity politics industry now strains to attach prefixes such as “systemic” or “implicit” to “racism,” or “micro” to “aggression,” purportedly to ferret out bias that otherwise is not apparent. 

Pause to reflect that America is the only successful multiracial constitutional republic in history.

To survive in an increasingly dysfunctional and hostile world abroad, the unique idea of the United States requires concord. 

But national cohesion is only possible through citizens subordinating their tribal interests to a common culture. Only then do they cease being automatons of warring tribes and collectives. 

As the world becomes ever scarier, Americans must—as Benjamin Franklin once warned—hang together, or most certainly they will soon all hang separately.

Tyler Durden Fri, 02/03/2023 - 23:40
Published:2/3/2023 11:14:59 PM
[Politics] The Born Loser

Nikki Haley is going to lose. She knows she’s going to lose. That doesn’t mean it won’t be fun to watch.

The post The Born Loser appeared first on The American Conservative.

Published:2/3/2023 11:07:27 PM
[f8795997-7b78-52c4-a370-935bcb833d23] Biden stumbles over word in Philadelphia speech: 'Recalibration' President Joe Biden verbally stumbled to pronounce, "recalibration" during an event on the economy and jobs in Philadelphia. Published:2/3/2023 10:53:16 PM
[Markets] The Human Cost: ‘It’s insulting. It’s sacrilege’: Asian Americans react to possible federal ban on gas stoves due to health risks and emissions How wok cooking — the method behind dishes from kung pao chicken to pad see ew — and Asian communities in the U.S. fit into the debate over gas stoves. Published:2/3/2023 10:11:02 PM
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Published:2/3/2023 9:17:24 PM
[63f71327-3a93-55ad-b79c-d6396299e247] TUCKER CARLSON: Biden administration's stance on Chinese spy balloon is scary Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls out thee Biden administration's response to the Chinese spy balloon flying over the U.S. on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." Published:2/3/2023 9:17:24 PM
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[] SupercalifragilisticexpialidONT Good evening Horde! Welcome to the weekend! In case you missed it, tensions are high between North and South Dakota. We should just combine the two into one big state. But what on earth would we call it?... Published:2/3/2023 9:04:41 PM
[Markets] Sales Of $10 Million-Plus Homes In Brooklyn Reach A Record In 2022 Sales Of $10 Million-Plus Homes In Brooklyn Reach A Record In 2022

While questions about the housing market in general continue to swirl and as we anxiously await how much deflation we are in store for in the housing industry, at least one area is on an upswing: Brooklyn.

This week it was reported that a "record" number of homes in the borough sold for $10 million or more in 2022, according to Bloomberg. It once again paints a picture of people trying to get out of the heart of U.S. cities - Bloomberg noted that people were drawn to the "family friendly" neighborhoods.

Last year there were 13 sales over $10 million, which was up from 3 in 2021, the report says, citing Compass. 

Leonard Steinberg, a broker at Compass, commented: “A decade or so ago, people went to Brooklyn as a secondary choice because of affordability. Nowadays, a wave of people are choosing
Brooklyn as a first choice and not even considering Manhattan. It has nothing to do with price. It has everything to do with quality of life, a sense of community and just that small town, big city feel that you can really only achieve there.”

Of the homes that sold, six were in Brooklyn Heights, three in Park Slope and one in Cobble Hill, the report says. 

Across the U.S., we are seeing a similar pattern from $10 million-plus markets. In places like Austin, sales of such homes were up from zero in 2021 to 5 in 2022. In North Florida, sales of similarly priced properties were up to four in 2022 from just one in 2021. 

“What we're seeing is that wealth is spreading and wealth is very comfortable being removed from big cities because creating the wealth and maintaining the wealth can be done from multiple locations,” Steinberg continued. 

Bloomberg noted that: "The most expensive deal in Brooklyn last year was at 88 Remsen St. in Brooklyn Heights, a brownstone with carriage house that traded for $18.3 million in September."

Steinberg attributes the rise in prices not just to demand, but also "inflation in the prices of luxury homes and goods".

“A lot of these homes have wonderful historic details that no one is going to recreate today. You'll pay an enormous premium for beautiful, move-in renovated homes,” he concluded. 

Tyler Durden Fri, 02/03/2023 - 21:20
Published:2/3/2023 8:40:09 PM
[] Helium Supply-Chain Failure Worries Hospitals, Crime Labs, Welders, and Even Balloon Retailers Published:2/3/2023 8:33:55 PM
[carbon tax] SMH: An apology to my grandkids for not fighting Climate Change Enough

A punitive industry carbon cap set to force a 30% drop in emissions by 2030 isn't enough - "these biggest polluters account for only 28 per cent of Australia’s total emissions.".

The post SMH: An apology to my grandkids for not fighting Climate Change Enough first appeared on Watts Up With That?.

Published:2/3/2023 8:33:55 PM
[Markets] The stock-market rally survived a confusing week. Here’s what comes next. Stocks are off to a stellar start in 2023, but there's a key conflict that must still be resolved. Published:2/3/2023 8:21:16 PM
[American Intelligence] China rehearses an EMP attack. Biden approves it

  Joe Biden is a China asset. There’s no other way to interpret this. A Chinese spy balloon has been loitering over the US for several days now. It first crossed Alaskan airspace, then Canadian airspace and then back again into US airspace. It became public when civilians sighted it over Montana. The Biden regime […]

The post China rehearses an EMP attack. Biden approves it appeared first on Flopping Aces.

Published:2/3/2023 7:58:02 PM
[Uncategorized] Maryland School District’s BLM Curriculum Talks About 13 Forms of Oppression, Including ‘Speciesism’

The school system has participated in BLM's "Week of Action" since 2021.

The post Maryland School District’s BLM Curriculum Talks About 13 Forms of Oppression, Including ‘Speciesism’ first appeared on Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion.
Published:2/3/2023 7:28:26 PM
[a3ba51de-4bd3-50cf-aaaa-934753e49462] If Chinese spy balloon escapes US airspace, get ready for an even bigger disaster A Chinese spy balloon has been floating over America this week. That's shockingly bad news. But things will get even worse if the balloon is allowed to leave American airspace. Published:2/3/2023 7:28:26 PM
[Entertainment] An insider’s critical view of an investigation of Donald Trump Mark Pomerantz’s “People vs. Donald Trump” lands as the Manhattan DA’s office moves forward on work that could lead to criminal charges against the ex-president. Published:2/3/2023 7:14:21 PM
[Society] ‘Disgraceful’: Associated Press Directs Journalists Not to Use ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’ in New Abortion Guidance

The Associated Press added an entry to its style guide directing journalists to put the term “crisis pregnancy center” in scare-quotes, and to use “anti-abortion center”... Read More

The post ‘Disgraceful’: Associated Press Directs Journalists Not to Use ‘Crisis Pregnancy Center’ in New Abortion Guidance appeared first on The Daily Signal.

Published:2/3/2023 7:08:09 PM
[] George Washington University Prof Goes Berserk on Jewish Students Published:2/3/2023 7:08:09 PM
[Security] The Chinese Spy Balloon Shows the Downsides of Spy Balloons A popular military tool during the Cold War, spy balloons have since fallen out of favor—for good reason. Published:2/3/2023 6:47:45 PM
[World] : RH to restate quarterly results after errors in earnings-per-share calculations RH, the retailer formerly known as Restoration Hardware, said in a filing late Friday that it will restate per-share earnings results for several periods. Published:2/3/2023 6:47:45 PM
[] Florida Supreme Court removes another block from wokeism's Jenga tower Published:2/3/2023 6:41:52 PM
[Politics] Megyn Kelly: If anyone ever SCREAMED at me like Don Lemon did to Kaitlan Collins I’d have them FIRED CNN’s Don Lemon was outed as a misogynist on Friday for “screaming” at co-host Kaitlan Collins on the network’s morning news show over her interrupting him. The New York Post wrote that . . . Published:2/3/2023 6:27:14 PM
[Markets] Watch: 14 Videos That Will Make You Want To Scream Out "Are You Kidding Me?" Watch: 14 Videos That Will Make You Want To Scream Out "Are You Kidding Me?"

Authored by Michael Snyder via TheMostImportantNews.com,

Every day we continue to get even more evidence that our society is going completely and utterly insane. 

I really wish that this wasn’t true.  I really wish that we could just hit the rewind button and go back several decades to a time when most people tried to behave normally and there wasn’t rampant corruption all around us.  Unfortunately, our social decay has shifted into “turbo mode” over the past several years, and at this point a lot of Americans actually celebrate the evil that is gnawing away at the foundations of our society like cancer.  Some of the videos that I am about to share with you are really creepy, some of them are quite funny, and some of them are incredibly alarming.  But ultimately they all have something to say about where we currently are as a society.  The following are 14 videos that will make you want to scream out “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?”…

#1 This is the super creepy way that Bill Gates responded when a reporter recently confronted him about his relationship with Jeffrey Epstein…

Are you kidding me?

#2 “This is what leftism does to you”

Are you kidding me?

#3 “I’m old enough to remember when going to an airport was not reminiscent of bootcamp”

Are you kidding me?

#4 Joe Biden decided to get way too cozy with a female reporter…

Are you kidding me?

#5 What would you do if somebody did this to you?

Are you kidding me?

#6 “A transgender killer is identifying as a baby in order to get better treatment in prison”

Are you kidding me?

#7 “Biden documents scandal includes 1850 Boxes, enough to fill a tractor trailer, plus 415 GB of electronic records”

Are you kidding me?

#8 “If you don’t like your job, just quit”

Are you kidding me?

#9 MSNBC host Yasmin Vossoughian says that her myocarditis was caused by a “common cold”…

Are you kidding me?

#10 A public school teacher laughs about corrupting her students…

Are you kidding me?

#11 “You wanted equality, and now you are complaining that they don’t want to be in a relationship with you…”

Are you kidding me?

#12 I thought that you told us that the pandemic was “over”…

Are you kidding me?

#13 This is how they are recruiting new soldiers in Ukraine, and our leaders are apparently just fine with this…

Are you kidding me?

#14 Do you think that we will ever be able to get American kids to do this?

I was absolutely stunned by the precision that those Japanese students were able to achieve.

Here in the United States, many of our high school students can barely even read once they graduate from high school.

Of course we didn’t get here by accident.

Our society is a giant mess because our leaders have been making the wrong decisions for decades.

If we don’t reverse course, things will only get worse.

So hopefully America will wake up soon, because the clock is ticking.

*  *  *

It is finally here! Michael’s new book entitled “End Times” is now available in paperback and for the Kindle on Amazon.

Tyler Durden Fri, 02/03/2023 - 19:00
Published:2/3/2023 6:27:14 PM
[World] 'They’re nuts': Biden dings 'MAGA Republicans' at campaign-style DNC event President Joe Biden mocked "MAGA Republicans" at a Democratic National Committee reception that appeared to be a soft launch of his and Vice President Kamala Harris's 2024 reelection campaign. Published:2/3/2023 6:27:14 PM
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