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The Covid/crypto connection: The grim saga of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried

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A series of revealing texts and tweets by Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced CEO of FTX, the once high-flying but now belly-up crypto exchange, had the following to say about his image as a do-gooder: it is a "dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us."

Very interesting. He had the whole game going: a vegan worried about climate change, supports every manner of justice (racial, social, environmental) except that which is coming for him, and shells out millions to worthy charities associated with the left. He also bought plenty of access and protection in D.C., enough to make his shady company the toast of the town.

As part of the mix, there is this thing called pandemic planning. We should know what that is by now: it means you can't be in charge of your life because there are bad viruses out there. As bizarre as it seems, and for reasons that are still not entirely clear, favoring lockdowns, masks, and vaccine passports became part of the woke ideological stew.

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While 'blue checks' whine about extremism, Elon Musk is protecting sexually exploited children

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BOCA CHICA BEACH, TX - AUGUST 25: SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a T-Mobile and SpaceX joint event on August 25, 2022 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.
If you've spent any time on Twitter recently, you will have noticed the outrage pouring out from the most prominent voices on the platform against its new owner, Elon Musk. From firing of half his workforce to allowing people to buy blue checkmarks to deciding to allow former President Donald Trump back on Twitter, Musk has been excoriated as platforming extremists and not being "remotely serious about safeguarding the platform from hate, harassment and misinformation," as the head of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt put it.

Yet as the loudest voices on Twitter take up all the oxygen with minor complaints and one-upmanship of victimhood, Twitter under Musk's leadership has been quietly making small changes that will have a huge positive, global impact on the most vulnerable, people with no voice and no way to advocate for themselves: children who are sexually exploited. To give you a sense of the scale of the problem, on Twitter alone, there were 86,000 reports of the sexual exploitation of children in 2021, though I believe the true number is much higher.

Comment: Love him or hate him, it's undeniable that Musk is making some positive changes to the Twitter platform. He isn't good across the board, but we'll take the win, particularly on this issue.

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Ukrainian lawmakers propose banning Russian Orthodox Church

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Exterior of Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, has registered a bill that seeks to completely outlaw the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) on the territory of Ukraine, as lawmakers insist the church poses a threat to Ukraine's national security and order.

The bill was initiated by former president Pyotr Poroshenko's European Solidarity party, whose co-chairman, Irina Gerashschenko, announced the move on Facebook on Tuesday. She suggested that the ROC was "not a church, but an ideological organization promoting the 'Russian world'." She also accused the Moscow Patriarchate of using the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery - Ukraine's main Orthodox Christian monastery - as an "anti-Ukrainian Kremlin cell."

The proposed legislation seeks to outlaw the activities of all religious organizations and institutions that are part of or recognize subordination to the ROC "in canonical, organizational, and other matters."

"The liberation of Ukraine from the Russian Orthodox Church is another step towards a free and independent Ukraine," the co-chair concluded.

Comment: To properly crush society, faith, ritual and choice must be destroyed.


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Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in zero-Covid China

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Tunisia's fans cheer on their team • Qatar 2022 World Cup • November 22, 2022
Authorities have put more than a quarter of the Chinese population under some form of lockdown as of Tuesday, according to Nomura analysts - a contrast with the raucous World Cup crowds that have infuriated many Chinese social media users.

Images of maskless crowds at the World Cup in Qatar have sparked anger in China, where people worn out by harsh Covid-19 restrictions are questioning their government's exceptional approach while the rest of the world lives alongside the virus.

China is the last major economy still attempting to stamp out the domestic spread of Covid-19, and has continued to shut down entire cities, seal off neighbourhoods and impose mandatory tests on millions.

Driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, daily cases in the country hit 29,157 on Wednesday — low compared to most other countries but nearing the domestic record set earlier this year.

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Brazil freezes bank accounts of citizens protesting election results

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Brazilians protest over frozen bank accounts
Brazil has started freezing the bank accounts of citizens found to be protesting against the nation's recent presidential election results, according to reports.

As Slay News has reported, millions of Brazilians have been flooding the streets to rise up in protest over the controversial election.

Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his party have been attempting to annul the election amid allegations of voter fraud.

Since the runoff election on October 30th in Brazil, Brazilians have been protesting on the streets daily.

The election was "won" by Bolsonaro's far-left socialist challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula is Brazil's former president and a convicted criminal who was previously jailed for fraud.

As Slay News previously reported, Brazil's military has warned that "possible fraud" may have influenced the country's controversial presidential election.

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Airline operators to push for lone pilot flights despite safety concerns

WASHINGTON — Airline operators and civil aviation regulators across the world are pushing to fly airplanes with only one pilot in the cockpit to cut costs.

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If accepted, the one-pilot setup would in the cockpit lower costs besides helping airlines to cope with the flight crew shortage. However, some find it disconcerting to put such authority in the hands of a single person.

In order to make single-pilot flights a safety standard, more than 40 nations, including Germany, Britain, and New Zealand, have applied to the UN agency that establishes aviation standards for assistance.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has also been working with planemakers to determine how technology could help to operate commercial aircraft with only one pilot on board. The agency predicts it to begin in 2027.

Tony Lucas, an Airbus A330 captain at Qantas and president of the Australian and International Pilots Association, is concerned that a lone pilot in the cockpit might be overwhelmed due to an emergency and would need extra help.

That's what happened when Air France Flight 447 was cruising at 35,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on June 1, 2009. The captain was resting in the cabin while the two co-pilots in the cockpit started receiving erroneous speed readings from frozen sensors outside the aircraft.

The plane was in a deadly stall when the captain arrived in the cockpit after 90 seconds. The plane hit the water in less than three minutes.

Better Earth

China announces strategy to cope with its aging population and falling birthrate

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China has decided to set up a national university for the elderly to cope up with the rapidly ageing society and declining fertility. The university will function under the state-run Open University of China and the curriculum will range from foreign languages, computer skills, music and dance to photography, painting, sports, cooking and other crafts and skills, the Global Times reported.

The announcement comes almost a month after China's president Xi Jinping demanded that Beijing "implement a national strategy to actively cope with ageing".

Comment: Russia announced similar plans to deal with its population issues, including financial incentives for families that choose to have more children.

One issue effecting the birthrate that both Russia and China are hoping to address is to reduce the number of abortions taking place in their countries. Meanwhile, in the West, the ideologically possessed are pushing for the latest abortion term limits possible:


Bizarro Earth

Satellite images show Ukraine plunged into darkness after Russia takes out energy terminals

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NOVEMBER 24: The lights from the same cities appear to only be dim imitations of how they were ten months earlier on February 24. On the map, Ukraine appears to be a large, dark space in the middle of brightly lit countries, with only small specks of light
Remarkable satellite images have shown how Ukraine was plunged into almost complete darkness after Vladimir Putin targeted power stations in the latest brutal wave of missiles.

Strikes on Wednesday left multiple people dead, disconnected three Ukrainian nuclear plants automatically from the national grid and even provoked blackouts in neighbouring Moldova, whose energy network is linked to Ukraine.


Comment: Ukraine has been stealing Moldova's gas, supplied by Russia.


Such attacks have forced millions of people to go without light, water or heating for hours or days at a time, just as outdoor temperatures fall below freezing.

Comment: Lest we forget that, back in 2014, when Ukraine cut Crimea's water supply off, comedian of the time, Zelensky, performed a little skit about their suffering:






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Russia's FSB arrests 68 underground gunmakers in nationwide security sweep

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FILE PHOTO: FSB illegal gunsmith arrests in Russia, March 2021
Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) apprehended 68 clandestine gunmakers in 31 Russian regions in a nationwide security sweep, seizing over 300 firearms, thousands of cartridges and almost 20 kg of explosives, the FSB press office told TASS on Tuesday.

"The Federal Security Service in coordination with the Interior Ministry and the National Guard foiled the criminal activity of 68 residents in 31 regions complicit in restoring the combat properties of civilian guns at underground workshops and their sale," the press office said in a statement.

FSB operatives seized 304 firearms of domestic and foreign manufacture, 83 artillery shells and mines, 51 hand grenades, 15 fuses, over 18.4 kg of explosives (gunpowder, TNT), more than 15,250 rounds of various caliber, 63 basic parts for firearms, and also 7 bladed weapons, it said.

Comment: It seems these kinds of raids aren't exactly new, with footage below showing similar raids occurring in February of 2021. However it is notable considering the deluge of weapons across the border in Ukraine - a third of which simply 'go missing' - and the heightened security risks in Russia itself, with the assassination of Darya Dugina, a number of terrorist attacks on infrastructure, as well as just in the last week or so an explosion of a gas pipeline, and a fire at an Ambassadors residence:



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Detransitioners testify before Scottish Parliament about harms of gender affirmation

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Two detransitioned young adults who had their bodies surgically altered by "gender-affirming" doctors and now regret the procedures they underwent testified before a Scottish parliamentary committee Tuesday regarding the government's controversial Gender Recognition Reform Bill.

Sinead Watson and Ritchie Herron spoke about the dangers of gender-affirming care and their concerns about the proposed bill that would make it easier for transgender people over age 16 to legally change their sex.

"The voices of detransitioners have not been heard, either by the Scottish Government in developing its proposals or by MSPs (Members of Scottish Parliament) who are considering this draft legislation," Sinead Watson told the Glasgow Times.

Comment: The stories of detransitioners need to be amplified, particularly to the vulnerable children who are being exploited by character-disturbed adults. Just maybe these real world consequences laid bare will make some of these kids reconsider permanently destroying their bodies.

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