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SFPD authorized to kill suspects using robots in draft policy

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A remote-controlled police robot used to disarm bombs
A policy proposal heading for Board of Supervisors approval next week would explicitly authorize San Francisco police to kill suspects using robots.

The new policy, which defines how the SFPD is allowed to use its military-style weapons, was put together by the police department. Over the past several weeks, it has been scrutinized by supervisors Aaron Peskin, Rafael Mandelman and Connie Chan, who together comprise the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee.

The draft policy faces criticism from advocates for its language on robot force, as well as for excluding hundreds of assault rifles from its inventory of military-style weapons and for not including personnel costs in the price of its weapons.

Peskin, chair of the committee, initially attempted to limit the SFPD's authority over the department's robots by inserting the sentence, "Robots shall not be used as a Use of Force against any person." The following week, the police struck out his suggestion with a thick red line.

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Church accuses Ukraine of trying to 'intimidate' Orthodox faithful

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© Security Service of Ukraine
Kiev Pechersk Lavra
The Moscow Patriarchate has condemned a raid on the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the largest Orthodox Christian monastery in Ukraine, carried out on Tuesday by the country's domestic security agency, the SBU.

The raid represents yet another attempt to "intimidate" the Orthodox faithful, the Church's spokesman, Vladimir Legoyda, has said in a Telegram post, urging all "caring people" to do everything possible to stop the "persecution":
"Like many other cases of persecution of believers in Ukraine since 2014, this act of intimidation will almost certainly go unnoticed by those who call themselves the international human rights community."
The SBU raided the monastery, claiming it was targeted to prevent the "subversive activities of Russian special services." The monastery needed to be checked for "teams of saboteurs, foreign citizens, weapons, etc." the service claimed, adding that the goal was to "prevent the use of the Lavra as a cell of 'Russian world.'"

Comment: See also: Ukrainian lawmakers propose banning Russian Orthodox Church


Eye 1

Balenciaga is sexualising children

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© Balenciaga
The label has apologised for photographing young girls in BDSM outfits.

Sometimes the hardest thing about discerning what is real or fake on the internet is that the truth can be so absurd and unbelievable. For example, if you came across this advertisement on Twitter, featuring a young child holding a teddy bear in bondage gear, you would be forgiven for assuming you were being trolled. Yet this is a real campaign by Balenciaga, the high-end fashion line with over 11 million followers on Instagram.

The more you look, the worse it gets. This picture features a young girl holding a toy wearing fishnets, restraints and a padlock, with bruised purple and blue eyes (Balenciaga have been called out before for glamourising domestic violence, after they painted black eyes and a bloody nose on a model). This picture focuses on a girl lying down on a sofa surrounded by empty wine glasses, while this photo includes tape with the letters BAAL: a pagan God who demanded child sacrifice. This picture shows documents from the court case Ashcroft v Free Speech Coalition, a controversial ruling that struck down a portion of the Child Pornography Protection Act after it deemed that online child pornography is protected free speech.

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Bad Guys

'This is unprecedented': Enron liquidator overseeing FTX bankruptcy speechless; 'I have never seen anything like this'

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A few days ago we asked how much longer do we have to wait for the "first-day affidavit" in the FTX bankruptcy, traditionally the most detailed and comprehensive summary of how any given company collapsed into Chapter 11 (and in FTX's case, Chapter 7 soon, as this will soon become a full-blown liquidation)...

... and this morning we finally got our answer when it hit the docket (22-11068, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware), almost a full week after FTX filed on Nov 11... and boy is it a doozy.

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Why isn't FTX's Sam Bankman-Fried in handcuffs yet?

Bankman-Fried and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters

Bankman-Fried and House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters.
To be honest, it's kind of hard to try and entertain the innuendo and rumors that Democrats and the media are working to do damage control on behalf of Sam Bankman-Fried, the founder of now-bankrupt crypto exchange FTX, because the idea is just so reprehensible.

But they sure do keep giving us ammunition to make that suggestion, don't they?


Comment: No one else is having difficulty entertaining this possibility.


Bankman-Fried - the second biggest donor to Democrats behind George Soros - has all but admitted that he squandered billions of dollars of other people's money carelessly, writing "I fucked up" on Twitter in a mea culpa about two weeks ago, days after a run on his exchange exposed it to be a shell of what many perceived it to be.

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The Covid/crypto connection: The grim saga of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried

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A series of revealing texts and tweets by Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced CEO of FTX, the once high-flying but now belly-up crypto exchange, had the following to say about his image as a do-gooder: it is a "dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us."

Very interesting. He had the whole game going: a vegan worried about climate change, supports every manner of justice (racial, social, environmental) except that which is coming for him, and shells out millions to worthy charities associated with the left. He also bought plenty of access and protection in D.C., enough to make his shady company the toast of the town.

As part of the mix, there is this thing called pandemic planning. We should know what that is by now: it means you can't be in charge of your life because there are bad viruses out there. As bizarre as it seems, and for reasons that are still not entirely clear, favoring lockdowns, masks, and vaccine passports became part of the woke ideological stew.

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Target

While 'blue checks' whine about extremism, Elon Musk is protecting sexually exploited children

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BOCA CHICA BEACH, TX - AUGUST 25: SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a T-Mobile and SpaceX joint event on August 25, 2022 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas.
If you've spent any time on Twitter recently, you will have noticed the outrage pouring out from the most prominent voices on the platform against its new owner, Elon Musk. From firing of half his workforce to allowing people to buy blue checkmarks to deciding to allow former President Donald Trump back on Twitter, Musk has been excoriated as platforming extremists and not being "remotely serious about safeguarding the platform from hate, harassment and misinformation," as the head of the Anti-Defamation League Jonathan Greenblatt put it.

Yet as the loudest voices on Twitter take up all the oxygen with minor complaints and one-upmanship of victimhood, Twitter under Musk's leadership has been quietly making small changes that will have a huge positive, global impact on the most vulnerable, people with no voice and no way to advocate for themselves: children who are sexually exploited. To give you a sense of the scale of the problem, on Twitter alone, there were 86,000 reports of the sexual exploitation of children in 2021, though I believe the true number is much higher.

Comment: Love him or hate him, it's undeniable that Musk is making some positive changes to the Twitter platform. He isn't good across the board, but we'll take the win, particularly on this issue.

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Ukrainian lawmakers propose banning Russian Orthodox Church

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Exterior of Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky
Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovnaya Rada, has registered a bill that seeks to completely outlaw the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) on the territory of Ukraine, as lawmakers insist the church poses a threat to Ukraine's national security and order.

The bill was initiated by former president Pyotr Poroshenko's European Solidarity party, whose co-chairman, Irina Gerashschenko, announced the move on Facebook on Tuesday. She suggested that the ROC was "not a church, but an ideological organization promoting the 'Russian world'." She also accused the Moscow Patriarchate of using the Kiev Pechersk Lavra monastery - Ukraine's main Orthodox Christian monastery - as an "anti-Ukrainian Kremlin cell."

The proposed legislation seeks to outlaw the activities of all religious organizations and institutions that are part of or recognize subordination to the ROC "in canonical, organizational, and other matters."

"The liberation of Ukraine from the Russian Orthodox Church is another step towards a free and independent Ukraine," the co-chair concluded.

Comment: To properly crush society, faith, ritual and choice must be destroyed.


Attention

Maskless World Cup scenes spark anger in zero-Covid China

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© Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP
Tunisia's fans cheer on their team • Qatar 2022 World Cup • November 22, 2022
Authorities have put more than a quarter of the Chinese population under some form of lockdown as of Tuesday, according to Nomura analysts - a contrast with the raucous World Cup crowds that have infuriated many Chinese social media users.

Images of maskless crowds at the World Cup in Qatar have sparked anger in China, where people worn out by harsh Covid-19 restrictions are questioning their government's exceptional approach while the rest of the world lives alongside the virus.

China is the last major economy still attempting to stamp out the domestic spread of Covid-19, and has continued to shut down entire cities, seal off neighbourhoods and impose mandatory tests on millions.

Driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, daily cases in the country hit 29,157 on Wednesday — low compared to most other countries but nearing the domestic record set earlier this year.

Ice Cube

Brazil freezes bank accounts of citizens protesting election results

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Brazilians protest over frozen bank accounts
Brazil has started freezing the bank accounts of citizens found to be protesting against the nation's recent presidential election results, according to reports.

As Slay News has reported, millions of Brazilians have been flooding the streets to rise up in protest over the controversial election.

Incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and his party have been attempting to annul the election amid allegations of voter fraud.

Since the runoff election on October 30th in Brazil, Brazilians have been protesting on the streets daily.

The election was "won" by Bolsonaro's far-left socialist challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Lula is Brazil's former president and a convicted criminal who was previously jailed for fraud.

As Slay News previously reported, Brazil's military has warned that "possible fraud" may have influenced the country's controversial presidential election.