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China will remove US technology from government computers

Microsoft building
© Matthias Balk / Global Look Press
The directive of China no longer using US technology for government computers is expected to hurt US giants HP, Dell and Microsoft. After Washington imposes restrictions on Chinese company Huawei, Beijing is preparing to adopt countermeasures package.

China has ordered all foreign components removed from the computers of government agencies and public institutions. The move is expected to negatively impact companies such as HP, Dell, and Microsoft.

While most Chinese government computers are Lenovo-branded, components such as hardware, chips, and operating systems are often North American.

Analysts polled by the Financial Times estimate that the US giants profit about $150 billion annually from the Chinese market, including public and private customers.

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Finland: World's new youngest PM is 34-yo star-eyed instagrammer

Sanna Marin
© REUTERS /Lehtikuva / Vesa Moilanen; Instagram / sannamarin
The candidate for the next prime minister of Finland, Sanna Marin.
Just last month Sanna Marin turned 34. This week she is slated to become the world's youngest prime minister, after the Finnish parliament confirms her nomination.

Marin will take over the reins of Finland after her former boss, 57-year-old Antti Rinne, announced last week that he would be stepping down. Her candidacy was put forward by the Social Democrats (SDP), with four other members of the ruling coalition already agreeing to fast-track her nomination so that she could represent Finland at an EU summit on Thursday. Missing the meeting of European leaders would be a bit awkward, considering Finland currently holds the rotating presidency in the union.

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Hate Mail: Vegans leave "use a bullet" notes to Australian drought-affected farmers

  • Farmers across NSW western region became targets of hate mail last month
  • The anonymous letters urged them to 'use a bullet' on themselves
  • Residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill had received disturbing notes
NSW farmer
© AAPIMAGE
Farmers are currently battling the worst drought conditions in Australia. Above is a crop farmer in Parkes, NSW
Farmers across NSW have become the targets of abusive letters urging them to 'use a bullet' on themselves if they 'can't handle' the drought.

Several residents in Dubbo, Walgett and Peak Hill in the state's western region reported receiving the disturbing notes last month, police said.

One of the letters, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, had been typed in a large font on white paper and is believed to have been hand delivered.

'Hey loser, no one cares that you have to send livestock to slaughter,' the note states.

Comment: Many practicing Vegans found out in a hard way that Veganism is not good for the health in the long run. There are many vegan influencers who find meat is beneficial and switched their diet. There are many fanatics that go to extremes to commit crime to punish non-vegans. There are others who find them selves in jail for nutritional neglect of their children.

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Gunman kills six in Czech hospital before shooting himself

This handout image published by the Czech police on their twitter account on December 10, 2019 shows a suspected gunman who opened fire at the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic, killing six people.
© Czech Police
This handout image published by the Czech police on their twitter account on December 10, 2019 shows a suspected gunman who opened fire at the Faculty Hospital in Ostrava, eastern Czech Republic, killing six people.
A gunman killed six people on Tuesday at a hospital waiting room in the eastern Czech city of Ostrava before fleeing and fatally shooting himself in the head, police said.

"We have captured the shooting assailant. The 42-year old man had shot himself in the head before police took action, he is dead," police said on Twitter.

Police received calls about a shooting at 7:19 a.m. (0619 GMT) at the University Hospital in Ostrava, 350 km (217 miles) east of the capital Prague and near the border with Poland.

Officers were on the scene five minutes later.


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'Hard to digest': Uber's 1st US safety report finds almost 6,000 sexual assaults reported in 2 years

uber app
© REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
Uber has published its first safety report detailing the number of serious crimes committed by both drivers and riders that use the platform. "The numbers are jarring and hard to digest," the firm's chief legal officer said.

According to the self-produced report, in 2017, Uber received 2,936 reports of sexual assault in the US, with that number jumping to 3,045 in 2018. Amidst the startling figures are 229 reports of rape in 2017 and 235 reports of rape in 2018. Drivers reported sexual assaults at roughly the same rate as passengers though in 92 percent of the reported rapes the passenger was the victim.

In addition to sexual assaults of varying severity, there were also nine murders and 58 people killed in car crashes. There was no information provided from the 65 countries outside the US where the ridesharing platform operates.

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Kentucky: Multiple cops arrested for running a steroid ring

cop dealing steroids
As the Free Thought Project reports on a regular basis, cops across the country are often caught committing the same crimes for which they routinely kidnap and cage people. From stealing from charities to selling drugs they steal from their jobs as cops, many police officers have proven to be as bad or worse than than the criminals from which they claim to protect society. The following instance out of Kentucky of a cop running a steroid ring highlights this hypocrisy quite well.

Below is a post from Scott County deputy Joe Baker from earlier this year in which he is bragging about kidnapping and caging people for possessing cannabis.

He also arrested his own sister for drugs two years ago.

What makes these arrests particularly hypocritical is the fact that deputy Baker, himself, was just arrested last week on similar charges. Earlier this year, Scott County Sheriff Jerry Goodin asked Indiana State Police to investigate after receiving a tip that Deputy Joe Baker and Reserve Officer Phil Thomas were involved in dealing illegal steroids.

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India directs all schools to set up kitchen gardens to improve nutrition and teach kids how to grow food

India schools kitchen gardens
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The HRD Ministry has issued guidelines to all schools directing all schools to set up a kitchen garden to supplement nutrition and teach students how to grow food.
The HRD Ministry has directed all schools to set up a kitchen garden and instructions to this effect have been issued by the Centre to all the states and union territories in October. The Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has issued guidelines for developing and maintaining kitchen gardens in all schools, both in urban and rural areas.

Why are schools directed to set up kitchen gardens?

The exercise is aimed at improving nutrition in schools, inculcating habits among children in an era of rapid urbanization, and mounting environmental issues.
It also seeks to develop among children the skill of growing own vegetables and fruits in schools and homes.
The guidelines lay emphasis on a perception that kitchen garden which is being referred to as a school nutrition garden can be set up anywhere, even in a school in a crowded urban area.

Comment: Kudos to India for encouraging schools to teach students valuable life skills! The Anglo-sphere might want to consider the benefits of a curriculum that actually prepares children for life, rather than inculcating kids with LGBT propaganda and pornography disguised as sex 'education' that is generally inappropriate for young minds.


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Merry Christmas And Season's Greetings to All Our Readers! Get Your 2020 SOTT Calendar Here!

SOTT Xmas
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As the holiday season approaches and 2019 comes to a close, we'd like to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for your continued support of Sott.net. When we started out all those years ago, we settled on the name 'Signs of the Times' (SOTT) because the media just didn't seem to notice that momentous changes were happening, that those momentous changes were connected, and that if they were observed together in 'big picture' mode, one could literally observe the world transform. Little did we know then just how reality-changing things would become.

What a year 2019 has been. Open rebellion has erupted in many countries, terrorism and 'random atrocities' continue unabated, the weather has become more extreme than ever, government has become more corrupt and feckless than ever, anti-human social engineering madness has migrated from the universities to the workplace and into schools, and asteroids are whizzing by our little lost planet at an alarming rate.

Although it's been in the works for several years - particularly since the 'double surprise' of Trump's election and the Brexit referendum result - mass censorship took a big leap in 2019. Thanks to certain governments leaning on Big Tech companies, the very nature of the internet changed this year. Purges of dissenting voices like ours from search results and social media has substantially bleached the internet of truth and replaced it with the bullhorns of mainstream propaganda and extremist 'black or white' rhetoric.

As a result, our readership, which grew for most of the 18 year history of Sott.net, is way down again this year - by 37% over 2018. Since 2016, our unique visits have dropped by 55%! We could scream and shout about it, but we don't think that would do any good. In fact, there's too much screaming and shouting going on these days - about anything and everything - that is obviously not doing anyone any good. That's why we at Sott.net have been refocusing our efforts from 'waking people up' to deepening our connections with 'those who already see'.

In these times of monumental mendacity, surround-sound distraction, and full-on socio-political lunacy, the refuge of community is more important than ever. There is only so much 'community' you can partake in via your computer screen, of course, but no matter where you are or what predicament you find yourself in, remember always that what is important is WHO you are and what you SEE.

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No warning, cop shoots 15yo boy in the back killing him

Dead 15YO
© TheFreeThoughtProject.com
Victim Carmen Mendez
Heart wrenching body camera footage was just released this week showing a Ceres police officer opening fire on a 15-year-old boy as he ran away. The officer dumped his entire magazine while aiming at the boy's back, killing him for fleeing.

Carmen "Spencer" Mendez was shot and killed in August 2018, however police have only just released the body camera footage publicly. The incident began during a car chase in a vehicle in which Mendez was a passenger. The chase ended with Mendez jumping out of the vehicle and fleeing on foot. Although the police were pursuing the vehicle over an alleged brandishing of a handgun, they were looking for a young man wearing a black shirt and jeans, according to records from Ceres. Mendez was wearing a white top and red pants.


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Tulsi Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine'

tulsi
© Greg Nash
2020 presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) commemorated the death of Beatles member John Lennon on Sunday with a video of her singing the music legend's hit "Imagine," co-written by Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono.

A three-minute video posted to Twitter Sunday afternoon shows Gabbard in the back of her campaign bus alongside her husband, who sings the song with Gabbard while playing a ukulele.

Sunday marks 39 years since Lennon's murder in New York City by Mark David Chapman. Many Twitter users took to the platform on Sunday to post Lennon's song lyrics in honor of the musician's memory, with "Imagine" being a top choice for many fans.

Gabbard appeared at Democratic primary debates throughout the summer and fall but has yet to qualify for the upcoming debate, set for Dec. 19 in Los Angeles.

She previously feuded with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, who suggested in an interview that the Hawaii Democrat was the favorite candidate for the Russian government in 2020.