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Indonesia releases convicted Bali bomber Umar Patek

Umar Patek
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Indonesia said Umar Patek (second left) had "shown changes" and pledged allegiance to the Indonesian state
Indonesia has released on parole Umar Patek, convicted for his role in the Bali bombings that killed more than 200 people in 2002, after he completed just more than half of his sentence.

Patek, a member of the Al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), was jailed for 20 years in 2012 after he was found guilty of mixing the bombs used in the attack on two busy nightclubs in the resort town of Kuta.

Following his release, Patek will be required to join a "mentoring programme" until April 2030, according to a statement from the ministry of law and human rights on Wednesday that announced his release.

His parole will be revoked if he violates any of its terms during that time, the ministry added.

The Bali attacks were the worst in Indonesian history and led to a crackdown on hardline groups such as JI. Australia and the United States also provided funding and assistance to strengthen Jakarta's counterterrorism operations.

Indonesia announced in August that Patek had become eligible for parole after some reductions to his sentence, in a decision criticised by Australia, home to 88 of the Bali attacks.

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Trump Organization, executive, found guilty in New York criminal tax fraud trial

NY AG Letitia James trump lawsuit
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NY AG Letitia James filed suit Wednesday against Donald Trump, his three oldest kids Eric, Don Jr. and Ivanka, as well as the Trump Organization, alleging fraudulent business practices September 21, 2022
Former President Donald Trump's company, the Trump Organization, was convicted of tax crimes committed by two of its longtime executives following the conclusion of a trial in the New York Supreme Court.

Two company entities, the Trump Corporation and the Trump Payroll Corp., were on trial and were both found guilty on all 17 counts the company faced, including conspiracy, scheme to defraud, criminal tax fraud, and falsifying business records.

Additionally, the real estate, hospitality, and golf resort company also faces the possibility of a $1.6 million fine.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) issued a statement following the ruling, saying there's "no tolerance for individuals or organizations that violate our laws to line their pockets."

Comment: Woke lawyer Letitia James has been gunning for Trump since she took office. It's a personal vendetta, only made worse by the fact that he actually won the presidency. Along with that pet project, she has been wreaking the usual SJW havoc.


At last, mainstream journalists are starting to report the truth about youth gender clinics

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The rise of youth gender clinics in Western nations has presented a case study in the dysfunction of mainstream media. Famous mastheads and broadcasters, especially those regarded as progressive, have failed to cover major stories in this area, bungled those they have covered, and ignored scientific evidence that conflicts with the demand that self-identified gender must trump biological sex in all areas of policy-making (a system of beliefs often described as gender ideology). Interested news consumers have been left to sift through the uneven reporting on this subject that takes place on social media, where gold nuggets of truth intermingle freely with misinformation.

Yet many people still believe that it's worthwhile to critique journalists who cover (or, more commonly, fail to cover) this topic, in the hope that they will ultimately choose to do their job properly. And there are good practical reasons for doing so. As with other specialized issues, if the mass media doesn't cover it, only a small minority of (typically web-savvy) people will make it their business to educate themselves. And while New York Times coverage alone won't dissuade a non-binary girl from a double mastectomy or other irreversible medical steps, Times reporting can get the attention of those elite policymakers — in politics, health care, and academia — who've legitimized and facilitated the medicalised transition of a fast-expanding group of minors.


World Cup wokeness annoys not only super-conservative Qatar

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German team members cover their mouths in 'silent protest' in support of LGBTQ rights during the Qatar 2022 World Cup
As German fans struggle to come to terms with the 'absolute catastrophe' of their team crashing out of its second consecutive World Cup, some are blaming the team's focus on LGBTQ issues as a major distraction leading to defeat.

Just last month, Germany's football powerhouse flew into Qatar on wings of glory, with its Lufthansa aircraft emblazoned with the logo 'Diversity Wins', setting the tone for what would become more of a hectoring lecture tour than any sporting event.

Once on Arab ground, the footballers from Team Germany continued to court dissent in their host country, Qatar, which criminalizes homosexual conduct, by attempting to wear 'One Love' armbands in support of gay rights. When FIFA voted down this social justice promotion, the German team had their group photo taken with their hands over their mouths as a "silent act of rebellion."

But just as fast as they touched down in Qatar with their message of tolerance, they were already packing their bags after suffering a humiliating early defeat. They were beaten on the pitch, fair and square, not in the cultural war - but the casual observer could be excused for forgetting that the main game of the World Cup is supposed to be football, and the main job of the German (or any other) team is to kick the ball, not their hosts. Some observers, like former Russian national team coach Valery Gazzaev, even argued that the Germans lost because they were more focused on preaching than playing.


Dangerous Precedent: NZ court orders baby removed from "anti-vax" parents

Baby Will Protesters
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A court in New Zealand has awarded temporary custody of a baby to medical professionals, after the parents insisted their child be given only unvaccinated blood transfusions during surgery.

CNN reports:
A critically-ill six-month-old baby will be placed under the temporary guardianship of New Zealand's High Court after his parents refused to allow him to undergo lifesaving heart surgery using blood from people vaccinated against Covid-19 [...] The baby's parents believed there were "spike proteins in the blood of people who have been vaccinated and that these proteins were causing unexpected deaths relating to transfusions," according to the judgment.
The key detail here is that the parents have not, in any way, refused their child medical care - the usual prerequisite for this kind of court order. They want their son to have the surgery, they are simply setting reasonable terms.

Now, whether or not the parents are correct and spike proteins do pose a threat, they have every right to try and do the best for their child as they see fit.

To any pro "vaccine" people out there who are not OK with this, answer this simple question: What if parents of a vaccinated child had specifically requested vaccinated blood transfusions, and the court had removed the baby and injected it with unvaccinated blood...would that be OK?

I'm guessing not. And the principle is clearly the same.

This isn't about the health of the baby, obviously. After all, literally ALL of the blood in its body is already unvaccinated. If that were the issue, the court could have ordered he be vaccinated.

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Nigeria limits ATM withdrawals to $45 per day to force govt-controlled digital payments

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A staggering number of Nigerians love Bitcoin, but hate government cryptocurrency (CBDCs).

In April, leading cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin noted that 35% of the adult population in Nigeria - roughly 34 million adults aged 18-60, own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. But when it came to the country's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eNaira, it was a massive failure.

According to Bloomberg, only 1 in 200 Nigerians use the eNaira - despite government implemented discounts and other incentives, implemented as desperate measures to increase adoption.

Now, the government is looking to boost digital payments by limiting ATM withdrawals to just 20,000 naira, or roughly US$45 per day, Bloomberg reports, citing a circular sent to lenders on Tuesday. The previous withdrawal limit was 150,000 naira (US$350).

Weekly cash withdrawals from banks are now limited (without fee) to 100,000 naira (US$225) for individuals, and 500,000 naira (US$1,125) for corporations. Any amount above this will incur a fee of 5% and 10% respectively.

Comment: The above is a taste of things to come in the West as cities and nations prepare the policies and infrastructure of CBDCs:


Philly or Fallujah? Gas station owners hire militarized security, city imposes curfew

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It's no secret Philadelphia is a dangerous city.

In 2019, the murder rate was 22.47 per 100,000 residents according to FBI data, with 331 homicides that year. Fast forward three years, and there have been 480 murders year-to-date.
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Comment: As police forces become more and more impotent in the face of rising crime, this is the future we should all start getting used to.

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Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler fired after grand jury report on handling of sexual assaults

Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler fired
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Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler was fired by the school board Tuesday night in response to a grand jury report on the district's handling of two sexual assaults committed by the same student.
The grand jury said the district was looking out for its own interests instead of the best interests of its students.

Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler was fired by the school board Tuesday night in response to a grand jury report on the district's handling of two sexual assaults committed by the same student.

The Northern Virginia district drew national attention last year after a father accused it at a school board meeting of covering up his daughter's sexual assault in which a biological boy wearing a skirt raped her in the girls' bathroom. The suspect then transferred to another school in the district and assaulted another girl, and faced charges in both cases.

Comment: Being fired is the absolute minimum Ziegler should be facing for the consequences of his ideologically driven malfeasance. He and the rest of the school board should be doing time.

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Shooting starlings: How the masters curate the flocks

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In a recent essay,1 Renée DiResta, who researches "pathological information systems"2 and "the spread of malign narratives" at Stanford Internet Observatory,3 reviewed online crowd behavior in response to curated information. The metaphor she uses is that of a flock of starlings, in which thousands of birds fly in what seems to be an impossibly coordinated dance known as murmuration. As explained by DiResta:4
"In a murmuration, each bird sees, on average, the seven birds nearest it and adjusts its own behavior in response. If its nearest neighbors move left, the bird usually moves left. If they move right, the bird usually moves right.

The bird does not know the flock's ultimate destination and can make no radical change to the whole. But each of these birds' small alterations, when occurring in rapid sequence, shift the course of the whole, creating mesmerizing patterns ...

It is a logic that emerges from — is an embodiment of — the network ... The stimulus — or information — passes from one organism to the next through this chain of connections ...

[C]omputational biologists and computer scientists who study them describe what is happening as 'the rapid transmission of local behavioral response to neighbors.' Each animal is a node in a system of influence, with the capacity to affect the behavior of its neighbors.

Scientists call this process, in which groups of disparate organisms move as a cohesive unit, collective behavior. The behavior is derived from the relationship of individual entities to each other, yet only by widening the aperture beyond individuals do we see the entirety of the dynamic."
Are You Responding to Curated Bait?

According to researchers such as DiResta, human behavior on social media is strikingly similar. Masses of people react to a stimulus, such as a social media post, seemingly as a cohesive unit without a designated leader and, as a result, something goes "viral."

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Medical Police State: New Zealand court rules against parents who wanted unvaxxed blood for of ill baby, take custody of infant

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A New Zealand court has temporarily taken away medical custody of a baby from his parents after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood comes from donors who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

A New Zealand court temporarily took away medical custody of a baby from his parents on Wednesday after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood came from donors who were unvaccinated against COVID-19.

The court's ruling in favor of health authorities places the 4-month-old boy into the guardianship of authorities until after he undergoes an urgently needed heart operation and recovers. The parents remain in charge of decisions about their boy that don't relate to the operation.

Comment: The fact is, the hospital could have easily granted the parents' wishes but chose not to because of the precedent it would set and the bad PR it would give the vaccines and the vaccinated. And what recourse is there if the child's health is compromised as a result of using blood from vaccinated donors? None. Welcome to the medical police state.

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