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New NPR CEO gave Ted Talk asserting "truth" is a "distraction"

NPR CEO Katherine Maher
New NPR CEO Katherine Maher gave a Ted Talk during which she asserted that "truth" is a "distraction" which is "getting in the way of getting things done."

Calls are growing for NPR to have its government funding withdrawn after a series of tweets by Maher were uncovered in which she supported far-left causes, including endorsing racial reparations and making claims that the planet is "burning."

But the content of the Ted Talk she gave is raising even more eyebrows.

Maher ludicrously suggested during the speech that far-left Wikipedia had a model "which actually works really well" in determining "what the truth really is."

Light Saber

'Googlers against genocide': Tech workers protest AI and cloud contracts with Israel

Gaza Protestors Google’s Chelsea office
© Maxwell ZeffProtestors lined outside of Google’s Chelsea office on Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Google employees are protesting their company's "Project Nimbus" contracts with the Israeli government after a No Tech For Apartheid protestor was fired.

More than 10 workers held a sit-in on the 10th floor of Google's New York City headquarters on Tuesday to protest Google's ties to Israel, organizers from "No Tech for Apartheid" tell Gizmodo. The New Yorkers were joined by a simultaneous sit-in inside of Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian's office in Sunnyvale, California. The protestors demand their company drop Project Nimbus, a $1.2 billion contract held by Google and Amazon to provide AI and cloud computing services to the Israeli government and military.

"Our desired outcome would be for Google to drop Project Nimbus, and really all support for the Israeli military," said Cheyne Anderson, a Google software engineer and No Tech For Apartheid organizer in a phone interview with Gizmodo. "How can you stand by and continue to do business as usual with the news that's coming out of Gaza?"

Comment: Google and Israel have had an unholy alliance for quite a while, but the company's serfs are now chafing under it.

Bacon n Eggs

Food is now an investment - here's why inflation isn't going away anytime soon

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One of the more difficult aspects of working in economic analysis is the problem of rampant disinformation that you have to dig through in order to get to the truth of any particular issue. In this regard, economics is very similar to politics. The propaganda is endless and debunking it sometimes feels like moving a mountain with a teaspoon.

Establishment media sources lie incessantly about our financial conditions, and when they are finally cornered and forced to admit how bad things are, they then lie about the causes. That said, I find that these lies are usually designed to do one of two things: Over-complicate the problem so that people give up thinking about it, or, distract from the problem so that people blame a scapegoat.

As for inflation, here is the bottom line:


A turf war threatens to break out after the EU takes the Irish government to court

peat war
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The commercial peat extraction industry has been wound up in Ireland but domestic use divides rural traditionalists and followers of the European Commission's climate change agenda.

In mid-March, the European Commission referred the Irish government to the European Court of Justice ("ECJ") for not complying with the European Union's ("EU") Habitats Directive.

This threatens to reignite the Irish turf war.

Star of David

An ultra-Orthodox ultimatum, and the future of the 'Jewish' state

The widening schism between Israel's secular and ultra-Orthodox communities impacts not only the state's military and economic wellbeing, but poses an existential threat to the stability of the entire Zionist project.

Israel's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, known as the Haredim, is the fastest-growing segment of the country's population. This demographic shift is occurring amid escalating tensions between secular right-wing and religious-nationalist factions in Israel, raising concerns about the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extremist coalition - particularly over contentious issues like Haredi military conscription.

Projected to constitute approximately 16 percent of the occupation state's population by 2030, the Haredim's burgeoning numbers have triggered a broader societal debate about Israel's future direction. This includes the challenge of reconciling today's Jewish ethno-religious identity politics with the original Israeli aspirations for a modern "liberal-democratic" state framework.

Mr. Potato

Transport Minister threatens Germans with an "indefinite weekend driving ban" to meet mandated emissions targets

Volker Wissing
Volker Wissing does not really want to ban driving.
This story has even made it into the Anglophone press, so you know it's a big deal: "German transport minister warns of weekend driving ban," says The Telegraph. "German minister threatens 'indefinite driving bans' on weekends," proclaims Politico. "German transport minister under fire for weekend driving ban threat," declares Reuters.

But no, despite the headlines, they are not going to take away our cars. Amazingly, not even the Greens want to do that. For once the story is not about German authoritarianism, or woke insanity or anything like that. Rather, it's about how nobody can really bring himself to care about the climate anymore - not even our forward-thinking, progressively minded, environmentally responsible political establishment.

For the backstory, we must go all the way back to the pre-Covid era, when aggressive climate legislation was popular even with centre-right CDU voters, and before the electorate had a taste of what Green policies like the draconian home heating ordinances really feel like on the ground.

Light Sabers

Veteran editor Uri Berliner, who blew whistle on liberal bias at NPR, has been suspended

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© Getty ImagesUri Berliner, the senior business editor and a 25-year NPR veteran, accused his employer of liberal groupthink.
Uri Berliner has been suspended for five days without pay after criticizing outlet's liberal bias

NPR has suspended veteran editor Uri Berliner after he detailed his employer's "absence of viewpoint diversity" last week in a stunning rebuke of the news organization.

NPR media reporter David Folkenflik reported the five-day suspension without pay began on Friday.

Berliner penned a bombshell piece in the Free Press that criticized NPR's coverage of Russiagate, the COVID lab leak theory, Hunter Biden's scandalous laptop, embrace of the theory of systemic racism and accused the organization of downplaying antisemitism following Oct. 7.

Comment: There is support for Berliner:

The essay that set off the storm:

I've been at NPR for 25 years. Here's how we lost America's trust

Arrow Down

Odessa University boss says Ukrainians 'beginning to dislike' US

Ukraine and US flags
© Valentyn Ogirenko / Reuters
Washington's commitment to Israel's defense has caused envy in Kiev, the Wall Street Journal has quoted the academic as saying

There is growing disenchantment with the US among Ukrainians over its perceived lack of commitment to their defense, the Wall Street Journal has reported, citing the director of the Center for International Studies at the Odessa National University.

Vladimir Dubovyk told the newspaper in an article on Monday that the swift action from the US and its NATO allies to fend off a massive Iranian missile and drone strike on Israel at the weekend stands in stark contrast to their apparent reluctance to beef up Ukraine's air defenses amid its conflict with Russia.

Comment: For all of Ukraine's grip on Joe Biden, they never achieved the decades-long overall stranglehold that Israel has on America's government apparatus. Ukraine is now finding that out. They also fail to see that while the US is willing to risk a potential war with Iran, they most certainly aren't willing to confront the Russians. This doesn't seem to register with Zelensky and his crew.


Who is funding this chaos? Anti-Israel protesters block highways near O'Hare Airport, shut down Golden Gate Bridge

Anti-Israel protesters
© Facebook / A15 Economic BlockadeAnti-Israel protesters marching down Interstate 880 in Oakland.
Hours after pro-Palestinian protesters sparked chaos at Terminal 1 at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, another likely unit of the group has shuttered part of the Golden Gate Bridge.

X account "Collin Rugg" says:
Pro-Palestine protesters have blocked the Golden Gate Bridge just hours after another group shut down lanes at Chicago O'Hare airport.

The protest reportedly started in Oakland where they blocked lanes and chained themselves to barrels.

Now, all southbound direction lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge are blocked causing miles of traffic.

Protesters say the protests are a part of a "worldwide economic blockade in solidarity with Palestine."


Leaked NYT Gaza memo instructs 'journalists' to avoid words "genocide," "ethnic cleansing," and "occupied territory"

The new york times
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Amid the internal battle over the New York Times's coverage of Israel's war, top editors handed down a set of directives.

The New York Times instructed journalists covering Israel's war on the Gaza Strip to restrict the use of the terms "genocide" and "ethnic cleansing" and to "avoid" using the phrase "occupied territory" when describing Palestinian land, according to a copy of an internal memo obtained by The Intercept.

The memo also instructs reporters not to use the word Palestine "except in very rare cases" and to steer clear of the term "refugee camps" to describe areas of Gaza historically settled by displaced Palestinians expelled from other parts of Palestine during previous Israeli-Arab wars. The areas are recognized by the United Nations as refugee camps and house hundreds of thousands of registered refugees.

The memo — written by Times standards editor Susan Wessling, international editor Philip Pan, and their deputies — "offers guidance about some terms and other issues we have grappled with since the start of the conflict in October."