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Jack Dorsey calls facebook a 'swamp of despair' in private texts to Elon Musk

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In a series of private texts to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Twitter cofounder and free speech failure Jack Dorsey called Facebook a "swamp of despair."

Business Insider reports that in recent texts to Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey took shots at Facebook. On April 6, Dorsey texted Musk, "Looks like there's a 'verified' account in the swamp of despair over there."

The text was made public as part of the pretrial discovery process for Twitter's lawsuit against Musk last week. It was one of the hundreds of texts between Musk and some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley including Larry Ellison and noted leftist Reid Hoffman.

Twitter is currently suing Musk in an attempt to force him to purchase the company for the $44 billion price point he agreed to and then promptly tried to back out of in July. The lawsuit may be ended if Musk and the company negotiate a renewed purchase.

Comment: The Un-social Media War of the Titans


Dutch state could FORCE buyouts of 600 farmers within a year to meet climate goals

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You might have heard about the massive farmers protests happening in the Netherlands. Tens of thousands of farmers have taken to the streets to oppose new government climate goals that will force thousands of farmers out of business.

Farmers even sprayed manure at a local town hall, see the video of that below.

Despite all of these protests, they are now talking about state forced buyouts of 500-600 farms as early as within the next year. In other words, the state could be forcing farmers to sell their land to the state.

Farmers are now warning that more protests will take place if the government goes ahead with plans to force hundreds of farmers to sell their land to the state.

This is insane.

Comment: See also:

Eye 1

Amazon Bans Political Ponerology in Germany

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My last post was about cancel culture. Well, this week, Red Pill Press received a message from Amazon announcing that they "will not be offering" the English edition of Political Ponerology for sale on Amazon.de, the German Amazon portal. In other words, they banned it.

The reason?

The cover contains a swastika, and said use of said swastika "may" violate Germany's anti-swastika laws — and probably most certainly violates Amazon's own content guidelines. So they're playing it safe and just banning the book outright.

Comment: One can do a search on Amazon and see if this is true. It's apparently a fluid rule: These all have swastikas on the cover image. So clearly there is more going on here

What nonsense.


Association of American Physicians and Surgeons: The FDA misled the public about Ivermectin and should be accountable in court

The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) filed its motion and amicus brief Thursday evening with the federal district court in Galveston urging it to allow the lawsuit to proceed against the FDA for its misleading statements against ivermectin. In Apter v. HHS, a group of physicians sued to hold the Food and Drug Administration, a federal agency within the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), accountable for its interference with physicians' ability to treat Covid-19.

"Defendant FDA has improperly exploited misunderstandings about the legality and prevalence of off-label uses of medication, in order to mislead courts, state medical boards, and the public into thinking there is anything improper about off-label prescribing," AAPS writes in its amicus brief to the court. "Not only is off-label prescribing fully proper, legal, and commonplace, but it is also absolutely necessary in order to give effective care to patients."

Heart - Black

'We're hunting them down and shooting them like pigs': How the Ukrainians are taking brutal revenge on pro-Russian 'collaborators'

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A view of an abandoned military position not far from city of Balakliya, Kharkiv region on September 18, 2022, recently recaptured by the Ukrainian army following the retreat of Russian troops

Comment: If you can read past the overblown rhetoric of this piece in the Mail, much is revealed.

When Russians took over the city of Balakliya, eastern Ukraine, they turned the central police station into a base for brutality.

During the six months it spent under enemy occupation, scores of local residents were locked in overcrowded cells in the basement. Survivors told of being dragged to a torture chamber where they were beaten, electrocuted and forced to endure mock executions.

The interrogations were carried out by officials from Russia's Federal Security Service, according to documents retrieved after the town's recapture last month during Ukraine's stunning counter-offensive.

Yet the interrogators were helped by local stooges - such as Oleg Kalaida, the jobless former head of security at a chicken farm who found himself elevated to chief of police after agreeing to serve as a Kremlin henchman.

The horror stories emerging in liberated towns such as Balakliya, a railway hub of 30,000 people, have become hideously familiar in recent months: of Russian atrocities, mass graves, torture and war crimes. Yet the uncomfortable truth is that some Ukrainians have been assisting Vladimir Putin's war crimes and theft of their land.

Comment: It's not so strange. To many Russian-speaking Ukrainians, the arrival of the Russians was a godsend.

Kyiv has already opened investigations into 1,309 suspected traitors and launched 450 prosecutions of collaborators accused of betraying their own nation and neighbours.

Others are being tracked down and slaughtered by resistance fighters. A list passed to this newspaper by a Kyiv government source identifies 29 such retribution killings, with 13 more assassination attempts that left some targets wounded.

'A hunt has been declared on collaborators and their life is not protected by law,' said Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to the interior ministry. 'Our intelligence services are eliminating them, shooting them like pigs.'

Comment: Reminder that this is what happened in Bucha.


Environmentally friendly? Electric vehicles are exploding from water damage after Hurricane Ian

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Firefighters attempt to put out a fire started from a waterlogged electric vehicle after Hurricane Ian slammed Florida's west coast.
Florida's chief fire marshal and financial officer said there are a 'ton of EVs disabled' from Hurricane Ian

A top Florida state official warned Thursday that firefighters have battled a number of fires caused by electric vehicle (EV) batteries waterlogged from Hurricane Ian.

EV batteries that have been waterlogged in the wake of the hurricane are at risk of corrosion, which could lead to unexpected fires, according to Jimmy Patronis, the state's top financial officer and fire marshal.

"There's a ton of EVs disabled from Ian. As those batteries corrode, fires start," Patronis tweeted Thursday. "That's a new challenge that our firefighters haven't faced before. At least on this kind of scale."

Comment: Add another knock on the boondoggle of the electric car:

Light Sabers

Musk spars with Ukrainian media over peace plan

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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has doubled down on his peace plan for the ongoing conflict between Kiev and Moscow, amid criticism from Ukrainian media. His idea was to prevent World War III, the billionaire insisted in a Twitter post on Thursday.

"I'm a big fan of Ukraine, but not of WW3," the tycoon wrote when Ukraine's Kyiv Post newspaper urged him to "just stop" and "admit that you overdid" something, referring to his peace proposal. Earlier this week, Musk had suggested a way out of the seven-month-long conflict between the two neighbors.

Moscow should "redo elections of annexed regions under UN supervision" while Kiev would commit to neutrality and drop its claim to Crimea, which overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in 2014, the Tesla CEO suggested.

Musk's proposal drew the ire of Ukrainian and some western officials. Kiev's outgoing ambassador to Berlin Andrey Melnik went as far as to tell the US billionaire to "f**k off" while President Vladimir Zelensky asked his followers on Twitter whether they like Elon Musk more when he supports Ukraine or backs Russia.

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School of hard knocks: Prestigious San Francisco high school plummets in national ranking after eliminating merit-based admissions

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Lowell High School principal Andrew Ishibashi (right) walks across Eucalyptus Drive along with some students and staff to make a statement to the media
The school board later reversed the controversial policy

San Francisco's prestigious Lowell High School was noticeably absent from a recent top 100 ranking of high schools nationwide in data from the first year since the institution adopted a short-lived lottery system for admissions.

School information and college readiness website Niche awarded slots in its annual list to institutions based on various criteria, including academics, diversity, parent and student surveys, assessments of educators and more.

"The Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of academic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with test scores, college data, and ratings collected from millions of Niche users," the website reads.

Black Magic

Sanctioned criminality: COVID medical mismanagement has killed an estimated 30,000 Americans

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Reexamining excess deaths during peak lockdown

To date, we still don't have especially good studies on the actual causes of excess deaths by state and country when the world first went into lockdown in spring 2020.

For political reasons, these deaths were all generally been lumped together as "Covid deaths," but this coding was appallingly sloppy. According to the World Health Organization's initial coding guidance, if a decedent had either tested positive — using a PCR test later confirmed by the New York Times to have a false positive rate over 85% — or been in contact with anyone who had within several weeks prior to their death, then the death should be classified as a "Covid death." This enormous number of "Covid deaths" was obviously belied by the fact that many places reporting those "Covid deaths," such as Maine, actually had no excess deaths to speak of.

Thus, this article reexamines data from the US CDC on all-cause excess deaths by state during peak lockdown in April 2020 using the information we now know to determine what actually caused them.

Comment: One sordid aspect of the ventilator question not mentioned by Senger, is the "bounty" hospitals were paid for upping their ventilator numbers. Truly evil.

Bad Guys

No "lying down" on Covid

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While much of the world is now living beyond Covid, dropping quarantine, testing, and even masking policies, China has become the exception, increasingly out of step with the world. Though some no doubt support the government's rigid "people's war" approach to Covid, resentment has been on the rise as Chinese struggle to live not so much with the virus as with the government's inflexible and often arbitrary "zero Covid" measures.

As the policies go in China, so goes the propaganda. And on page two of the People's Daily newspaper yesterday, readers can find the latest robust official defense of the Party's handling of Covid-19, which speaks of continuing danger with familiar slogans like "persistence is victory" (坚持就是胜利) — a battle cry harking back to the Cultural Revolution.

But one phrase stands out from the official speak. Three times in yesterday's article, the neologism "lying down," or tangping (躺平), is used to describe a weak and contemptible attitude of complacency toward Covid. "In doing a proper job of normalizing epidemic prevention and control, 'lying flat' is no way out," the newspaper says.