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Sam Harris rage quits Twitter days after claiming Hunter Biden laptop story was right 'by accident'

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Musk announces that all internal Twitter communications about censoring the laptop story from 2020 will be made public.

Lefty 'philosopher' Sam Harris has deleted his Twitter account, just days after he claimed that the New York Post report on the infamous Hunter Biden laptop was correct "by accident," a comment that renewed scrutiny of Harris' previous comments that he supported censorship of the story.

Harris complained on the Bill Maher podcast that he was being harassed by 'right wing lunatics' on Twitter in regards to his previous comments that he would still have supported censoring the story even if Hunter Biden had "the corpses of dead children in his basement," as a way of preventing a second Trump term.

Comment: At one point, Sam Harris was an interesting pundit whose ideas, although often missing the mark, were at least worth entertaining. But his meteoric fall into peak TDS has warped him into a comical shell of his former self. It's doubtful he'll be missed by many on Twitter.

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Fire

Antifa crybabies stage plans to burn down Tesla outlets following Twitter bans

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'As revenge for [Elon Musk] suspending violent extremist accounts on Twitter, [Antifa] in Portland are organizing arson attacks on [Tesla] locations tonight,' reported Ngo, who provided screenshots of the calls to action.

Following his takeover of Twitter, "Chief Twit" Elon Musk has quickly begun to address many of the platform's problems. Musk, who intends for Twitter to be a platform for legal free speech, has moved to crack down on terrorists and violent far-left extremists who have for many years been a fixture on Twitter and used it to organize riots.

Now Tesla, which Musk owns, has become the target of violent retaliation by far-left militants angered by the suspension of their accounts.

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X

AP fired a reporter after a dangerous blunder, internal Slack messages reveal a chaotic process

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A 10-minute miscommunication on Slack between journalists at the Associated Press resulted in an erroneous report last week that appeared momentarily to bring tensions between NATO and Russia to their highest point since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Last Tuesday, AP posted a news alert saying that a "senior U.S. intelligence official says Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people," and noting that leaders in Poland were "holding an emergency meeting due to a 'crisis situation.'"

The report, which would have represented a Russian missile striking a member of NATO, immediately sparked fear of a dramatic escalation of tensions between the US and Russia.

Comment: Big screw-ups like this often reveal systematic failures, yet the fix is to blame one person who takes all the heat. With the fall-guy out of the picture, the machine keeps rolling, with all its functional errors intact. 'Nothing to see here folks, we got rid of the problem. The bad man has been eliminated.'

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Bad Guys

China's 'iPhone city' placed under 'Covid' lockdown after violent clashes

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Workers at Foxconn’s iPhone factory in Zhengzhou clashing with riot police as well as people wearing hazmat suits on November 23, 2022.
Six million people were on Friday under Covid lockdown in a Chinese city home to the world's largest iPhone factory, after clashes between police and workers furious over pay.

Authorities have ordered residents of eight districts in Zhengzhou, in the central province of Henan, not to leave the area for the next five days, building barriers around "high-risk" apartment buildings and setting up checkpoints to restrict travel.

There have been only a handful of coronavirus cases in the city.

The orders follow protests by hundreds of employees over conditions and pay at Foxconn's vast iPhone factory on the outskirts of the city, with fresh images of rallies emerging Friday.

Corona

China sets record for daily Covid-19 cases

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Health workers guard the entrance of a residential area under lockdown due to Covid-19 coronavirus restrictions in Beijing.
China on Wednesday registered its highest number of daily coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic almost three years ago, official data has shown.

There were 31,444 new cases of the disease in the country on November 23, of which 3,927 were symptomatic and 27,517 asymptomatic, the National Health Bureau announced on Thursday.

The figures surpassed the previous 24-hour infection record, set on April 13, which amounted to 29,317 cases.

Beijing has been pursuing a strict zero-Covid policy since the first outbreak of the disease in the city of Wuhan in late 2019, with strict lockdowns and widespread testing, meaning the current number of infections is still low compared to many other countries.

Robot

SFPD authorized to kill suspects using robots in draft policy

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A remote-controlled police robot used to disarm bombs
A policy proposal heading for Board of Supervisors approval next week would explicitly authorize San Francisco police to kill suspects using robots.

The new policy, which defines how the SFPD is allowed to use its military-style weapons, was put together by the police department. Over the past several weeks, it has been scrutinized by supervisors Aaron Peskin, Rafael Mandelman and Connie Chan, who together comprise the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee.

The draft policy faces criticism from advocates for its language on robot force, as well as for excluding hundreds of assault rifles from its inventory of military-style weapons and for not including personnel costs in the price of its weapons.

Peskin, chair of the committee, initially attempted to limit the SFPD's authority over the department's robots by inserting the sentence, "Robots shall not be used as a Use of Force against any person." The following week, the police struck out his suggestion with a thick red line.

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Church accuses Ukraine of trying to 'intimidate' Orthodox faithful

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The Moscow Patriarchate has condemned a raid on the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the largest Orthodox Christian monastery in Ukraine, carried out on Tuesday by the country's domestic security agency, the SBU.

The raid represents yet another attempt to "intimidate" the Orthodox faithful, the Church's spokesman, Vladimir Legoyda, has said in a Telegram post, urging all "caring people" to do everything possible to stop the "persecution":
"Like many other cases of persecution of believers in Ukraine since 2014, this act of intimidation will almost certainly go unnoticed by those who call themselves the international human rights community."
The SBU raided the monastery, claiming it was targeted to prevent the "subversive activities of Russian special services." The monastery needed to be checked for "teams of saboteurs, foreign citizens, weapons, etc." the service claimed, adding that the goal was to "prevent the use of the Lavra as a cell of 'Russian world.'"

Comment: See also: Ukrainian lawmakers propose banning Russian Orthodox Church


Eye 1

Balenciaga is sexualising children

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The label has apologised for photographing young girls in BDSM outfits.

Sometimes the hardest thing about discerning what is real or fake on the internet is that the truth can be so absurd and unbelievable. For example, if you came across this advertisement on Twitter, featuring a young child holding a teddy bear in bondage gear, you would be forgiven for assuming you were being trolled. Yet this is a real campaign by Balenciaga, the high-end fashion line with over 11 million followers on Instagram.

The more you look, the worse it gets. This picture features a young girl holding a toy wearing fishnets, restraints and a padlock, with bruised purple and blue eyes (Balenciaga have been called out before for glamourising domestic violence, after they painted black eyes and a bloody nose on a model). This picture focuses on a girl lying down on a sofa surrounded by empty wine glasses, while this photo includes tape with the letters BAAL: a pagan God who demanded child sacrifice. This picture shows documents from the court case Ashcroft v Free Speech Coalition, a controversial ruling that struck down a portion of the Child Pornography Protection Act after it deemed that online child pornography is protected free speech.

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Bad Guys

'This is unprecedented': Enron liquidator overseeing FTX bankruptcy speechless; 'I have never seen anything like this'

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A few days ago we asked how much longer do we have to wait for the "first-day affidavit" in the FTX bankruptcy, traditionally the most detailed and comprehensive summary of how any given company collapsed into Chapter 11 (and in FTX's case, Chapter 7 soon, as this will soon become a full-blown liquidation)...

... and this morning we finally got our answer when it hit the docket (22-11068, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware), almost a full week after FTX filed on Nov 11... and boy is it a doozy.

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Handcuffs

Why isn't FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried in handcuffs yet?

Bankman-Fried and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters

Bankman-Fried and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters.
To be honest, it's kind of hard to try and entertain the innuendo and rumors that Democrats and the media are working to do damage control on behalf of Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, because the idea is just so reprehensible.

But they sure do keep giving us ammunition to make that suggestion, don't they?


Comment: No one else is having difficulty entertaining this possibility.


Bankman-Fried - the second biggest donor to Democrats behind George Soros - has all but admitted that he squandered billions of dollars of other people's money carelessly, writing "I fucked up" on Twitter in a mea culpa about two weeks ago, days after a run on his exchange exposed it to be a shell of what many perceived it to be.

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