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The rise of epidemiological surveillance systems, for the good of health and security for all

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In Australia, a team from the university of NSW (UNSW) has developed an AI-driven early warning detection system for epidemics, called EpiWatch. The system curates, prioritises, and filters incoming global data to capture and detect early epidemic signals. Essentially a risk analytic tool, which will help governments prioritise responses and stop early spread.

The UNSW EpiWatch team anticipate 'many more pandemics will emerge, and are striving to provide an end-to-end solution that will help prevent the next pandemic and ensure health security for all.'

The recent pandemic which started in 2020, witnessed in many countries the fast mobilisation of a raft of government responses that included; social distancing, fines, lockdowns, imprisonment, mask wearing, contact tracing and PCR testing. We must also not forget the relentless and heavy-handed campaign to take a provisionally approved experimental mRNA therapy, mandates and proof of vaccine certificates in order to work, have surgery, see loved ones, marry, bury loved ones, study, shop, worship, play or travel.

While an early detection system may be a useful innovation, the omnipotent view that it will 'ensure health security for all' is concerning.


Steve Schmidt's ex-wife says he owes her over 5100K and wants him jailed for contempt

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Lincoln Project cofounder Steve Schmidt
The ex-wife of Steve Schmidt, the disgraced Lincoln Project cofounder, has asked a Utah court to hold the liberal political operative in contempt of court for his failure to fork over money she claims he owes her, including for her interest in a membership at one of the priciest private clubs in the country, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

A court order filed on Nov. 7, 2022, reveals that lawyers for Schmidt's ex-wife, Angela Schmidt, say that the man who reportedly talked of turning the anti-Trump Lincoln Project into a vehicle for "generational wealth" owes her for her part of a membership at the Glenwild Golf Club in Park City, Utah, which boasts that it is "as exclusive as it is desirable" and at one point counted Michael Jordan as a member.

Angela Schmidt also says her ex-husband owes her $84,000 for "mortgage payments Stephen has failed to pay," and at least $50,000 for "$10,000 monthly payments Stephen has failed to pay Angela." Her attorneys want Schmidt to be held in contempt of court for his alleged failure to comply with his court-ordered obligations and for the court to slap him with a "sentence of up to 30 days in jail for each contempt charge pursuant to Utah Code 78B-6-310." The court ordered Steve Schmidt to appear later this month on Nov. 29 for a hearing on her claims.

Bad Guys

UK's National Grid sparks panic by warning of imminent blackouts but then cancels

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'Get your candles ready,' one person tweeted about the possibility of blackouts tonight
Panic was sparked this evening after National Grid warned of potential blackouts tonight before cancelling the notice.

The automated alert warned that due to 'tight' capacity homes could lose power at around 7pm tonight.

But the alert was later cancelled as electricity firm told consumers that there is enough power to keep the lights on tonight.

The capacity market notice (CMN) was issued at 2.33pm this evening to be in effect from 7pm.

Comment: Whilst this indeed may have been triggered by an automated system, as noted by Bernie Spofforth, it's also possible that this was a test on behalf of the government's behavioural engineering unit that was deployed against citizens during the Covid lockdowns. Whatever the reason - because neither option speaks to a stable situation in the country - the future isn't looking bright for the UK; nor for much of Europe:

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UK restaurants going bankrupt at faster rate than during Covid lockdown, one-third could go bust by early 2023

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More than a third of hospitality businesses could go bust by early 2023, UK Hospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association said last month.
UK restaurants are going bust at a faster rate than during the Covid crisis owing to a "toxic mix" of surging energy costs, staff shortages and falling bookings.

Closures in the sector rose by 60%, with 1,567 insolvencies over 2021-22, up from 984 during 2020-21, according to a study by the advisory firm Mazars. The figure includes 453 over the past three months, up from 395 in the previous quarter.

"Insolvencies of restaurant businesses are now happening at a far faster rate than during Covid," Rebecca Dacre, a partner at Mazars, said. "It is a very toxic mix of rising input costs, sharply rising finance costs and weak demand. Most restaurateurs have not seen this combination of negative factors before."

Comment: The future doesn't look bright for the UK, particularly because the government and industry are warning of rolling blackouts come the depths of winter. But, there's also preventable food shortages now looming, with the most recent blow being supermarkets refusing to pay farmers a fair price for their produce forcing them to downsize and even resort to bankruptcy:


Elon Musk reveals personal reasons why he will never allow Alex Jones back on Twitter

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Elon Musk has revealed the reason behind his decision to not reactivate the Twitter account of Alex Jones.

During a brief interaction with another user on Twitter, Musk opened up about the death of his first son and doubled down on his decision to keep the controversial Infowars host off the social media platform.

"My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat," Musk said in response to further questioning about Alex Jones' Twitter account being reinstated. "I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame."

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Dollar Gold

Rev. Al Sharpton gets giant raise, and his charity spends $1M on jets, limos

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Rev. Al Sharpton was pictured flying on a private plane.
Rev. Al Sharpton's charity nearly doubled his compensation and also shelled out close to $300,000 for private jets so that he and other bigwigs could attend "important gatherings."

The National Action Network paid Sharpton $348,174 in 2021 as its president and CEO and gave him a hefty bonus of $278,503 — plus $22,117 worth of benefits for total compensation of $648,794, its latest tax filing shows.

The preacher's 2020 compensation came to $347,183, which did not include a bonus.

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Arizona AG's Elections Integrity Unit demands response from Maricopa County over election delays, failures

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The Elections Integrity Unit of the Arizona Attorney General's Office has reached out to Maricopa County officials to demand that they account for the issues surrounding the 2022 election procedures in the state's largest county.

A letter from Attorney General Mark Brnovich's office to Maricopa County Attorney Thomas Liddy's office said that the AG's office received an excessive number of complaints, into the hundreds, regarding "issues related to the administration of the 2022 General Election in Maricopa County."

These complaints included first-hand, witness accounts of alleged improprieties that led the Elections Integrity Unit to become concerned that Maricopa County was not in "lawful compliance with Arizona election law."

Comment: Don't forget that Maricopa County was also the site of significant (and unresolved) controversy over the 2016 Presidential election.

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Conspicuous silence over fallen crypto king's Democratic ties

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The story of FTX's downfall is complicated, convoluted, and unbelievably stupid.

And the only thing dumber than the people who fell for a 27-year-old tech bro's promise of wealth and unimaginable riches has been the corporate press's coverage of the crypto exchange's implosion.

The short of it is this: FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried is almost certainly a conman and a thief. He opened a "bank" (a crypto exchange), accepted deposits of real money, helped himself to customers' deposits without their knowledge, and then distributed mountains of cash to friends and, more importantly, Democratic coffers. Indeed, Bankman-Fried ranked as the Democratic Party's second-biggest individual donor in the 2021-2022 election cycle, pumping an estimated $40 million into various Democratic campaigns and activist groups.

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Arrow Up

James Lindsay is back on Twitter after reversal of permanent ban

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Author, mathematician, and cultural critic Dr. James Lindsay has been reinstated on Twitter on Monday, following several other high-profile figures being brought back to the platform under owner Elon Musk.

"I don't know how I feel about this," Lindsay told The Post Millennial when asked about the reinstatement. "I don't think platforms like Twitter should be where the big conversations happen, but we have to work with the world as it is. Also, they need to free Dr Rollergator."

Dr. Rollergator is an internet figure who analyzes "media narratives and power politics" according to his YouTube channel.

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Control Panel

They will try to lock you down again

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The lords of lockdown barely escaped their worst possible fate, namely that the topic would become the national and international source of scandal that it should be. And let's add the vaccine mandates here too: even if such had been morally justified, which they were not, there is absolutely no practical reason for them at all.

To have imposed both of these within the course of one year - with zero evidence that they achieved anything for public health and vast amounts of unfolding evidence that they ruined life quality for countless millions - qualifies as a scandal for the ages. It was in the US but also in nearly every country in the world but a few.

Might that have huge political implications? One would suppose so. And yet today it appears that truth and justice are further off than ever. The most passionate of the anti-lockdown governors - those who never locked down or opened earlier than the rest of the country - won on their record. Most of the rest joined the entire political establishment in pretending that all of this is a non-issue. Tragically, this tactic seems to have worked better than it should have.

Meanwhile, a few points to consider: