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What Assange judge, Vanessa Baraitser thought about the CIA's plot to kill or abduct him

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Judge Vanessa Baraitser • Julian Assange
In her ruling in January against extraditing the imprisoned WikiLeaks publisher, Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser expressed a high degree of understanding for the CIA wanting to rub out Assange.

Lawyers for Julian Assange may try at the U.S. appeal hearing later this month to introduce weightier evidence that the Central Intelligence Agency seriously discussed killing or abducting the imprisoned journalist.

The lower court hearing before Judge Vanessa Baraitser in September last year already heard sworn testimony from a former partner and former employee of the Spanish security company UC Global that a U.S. intelligence agency had talked about poisoning or kidnapping Assange. This testimony is already evidence in the case.

In the wake of the Yahoo! News report in which that testimony was confirmed and substantially expanded, Assange's lawyers may want to submit details from that report to demonstrate that fears of abduction and murder haunted Assange, leaving him in a mental state so fragile that Baraitser ruled against sending him to the U.S. — and possibly to an American dungeon where he'd be likely to take his life even before he got there.

Comment: Besides evidence of the FBI's plot to get rid of Assange, one way or another, there is the not inconsiderable matter of the fact that their chief witness for the "hacking" charges against him has turned out to be a criminal and a pedophile. Will that be allowed to have any bearing on the matter? More on Baraitser's gross mishandling (or perhaps not?) on Assange's case.


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Canada threatens to fire federal employees using 'Let's Go Brandon' in correspondence

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Last Thursday, an agency of the Government of Canada responsible for providing and consolidating information technology services across federal government departments informed federal government employees that they would be fired "without recourse or labor union participation" if they used any form of the popular meme "Let's Go Brandon" in any of their correspondence.

Shared Services wrote, "This is a formal notification that all government correspondence must be professional in nature and approved by department heads. When applicable all correspondence must be vetted by the PMO for framing and message prior to public disclosure or internal distribution."

"The uses of colloquialisms or sayings with intended double meaning or offense are strictly prohibited in all means of correspondence and/or communication," the memo continued. "Specifically, the use of the wording 'Let's Go Brandon' and any variation thereof under any circumstance is banned by the Canadian Public Service."

Comment: The Canadian Government has just ensured that this meme is not going to die anytime soon. Perhaps predictably, the hashtag #LetsGoJustin has been springing up across Twitter.

#letsgojustin
See also: NASCAR fans chant 'F*ck Joe Biden', NBC reporter pretends it's 'Let's go Brandon'


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Facebook to hire 10,000 'right people' in EU to realize its vision of 'metaverse'

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Facebook has announced a massive recruitment drive in the EU, with plans to hire 10,000 people in the next five years to help build its 'metaverse,' an interconnected virtual world where people would play, work and shop.

"As we begin the journey of bringing the metaverse to life, the need for highly specialized engineers is one of Facebook's most pressing priorities," the US tech giant said in a blog post on Sunday. The EU is the perfect place to look for such skilled employees, as "European talent is world-leading," it added.

"Europe is hugely important to Facebook," the company insisted, saying that it's going to work with governments within the bloc to "find the right people and the right markets to take this forward."

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Stripped of choice: Vienna museums open OnlyFans account after being fed up with other social media censoring their nude art

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A visitor looks at Peter Paul Rubens’ masterpiece ‘The Toilet of Venus’ during an exhibition in Vienna.
The Vienna Tourist Board has just opened an account on OnlyFans, saying that the platform, mainly known for adult content, remained the only place where nude artworks from the city's museums could get "the freedom they deserve."

The Austrian capital is "home to some of the world's most famous artworks, many containing nudity. The most prominent social networks have policies in place that ban or censor such works," the tourist board explained.

"With our OnlyFans account, we want to give these artworks the freedom they deserve - including on social media."

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Dunkin Donuts runs out of donuts amid supply chain disruptions in Baltimore

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A photo posted on Thursday to Twitter showed a Baltimore location of Dunkin Donuts with a sign saying that they were temporarily out of donuts, and they are probably not the only one.
A photo posted on Thursday to Twitter showed a Baltimore location of Dunkin Donuts with a sign saying that they were temporarily out of donuts, and they are probably not the only one.

The photo shown in this article's image shows the sign, which reads "We apologize, but due to supply chain issues, we do not have donuts today," followed by "Please try our wonderful bagels and muffins."

As supply-chain issues only continue to worsen nationwide, many stores are constantly reporting shortages of what they had once considered to be basic items.

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Michigan elementary schools cancel Halloween and Valentines Day to be 'equitable and inclusive'

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Michigan elementary schools are cancelling Halloween and Valentine's Day celebrations in order to be more "equitable and inclusive." Halloween and Valentine's Day are both Christian holidays that have been secularized.

Elementary school principals in East Lansing Michigan sent a joint letter to families on Wednesday announcing the cancellation of the two holidays due to financial disparities among families, according to MSN.

"It's not uncommon to see students crying on Halloween because they don't have the same kind of costumes that other kids have or they didn't bring the same amazing valentines that other kids do," Assistant Superintendent Glenn Mitcham said.

Comment: As Matt Walsh says:
"But what you see here is this idea that we have to be inclusive. But every time we hear about inclusiveness, we're getting rid of things, rather than actually including things. We're not including people in celebrations, we're just erasing them, erasing the things that people enjoy doing, that's the way it always works with politically correct culture with inclusiveness as its always a negative...

"But look, they also say, 'Hey, you know, we, can't have this holiday because some people don't celebrate it. And that's when you get out into the world, people are doing things and celebrating things that maybe you're not a part of. Isn't this also where tolerance comes into play? Maybe you need to learn to be tolerant of these celebrations that you're not a part of."



Bizarro Earth

Passengers do nothing as woman is raped on Philadelphia train, cops say

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A woman was raped on a SEPTA train on Oct. 13, 2021 while fellow passengers did nothing to help, police said.
A homeless man raped a woman this week on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in full view of other passengers -who cops said didn't lift a finger to help, or even dial 911, reports said.

The attack at around 10 p.m. Wednesday was captured on surveillance video that showed other people in the train car, according to Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department.
"Were they watching? I don't know. Again, we're still going through the video but there was a lot of people, in my opinion, that should've intervened. Somebody should've done something.," Bernhardt said, Philadelphia's CBS-3 reported.
"It speaks to where we are in society; I mean, who would allow something like that to take place? So it's troubling."
Bernhardt said it was a Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employee who called the cops to report that "something wasn't right" with a woman aboard the train.

SEPTA police waiting at the next stop were able to "apprehend the suspect in the act," an agency spokesman said in a statement, according to NBC-10 Philadelphia.

Comment: This terrible incident speaks about the abnormal state of our authoritarian society. People have become scared emotionless zombies, and they don't have the courage to do what is right.

The psychopathic society taught them to be obedient puppets and to do merely what they are told.
Humans have become robots that can't act or think on their own.

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Bizarro Earth

'People would scream for hours': Former inmates detail torture in Russian prison

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Police and inmates are seen outside maximum security IK-15 near Angarsk in April 2020 when a mass uprising of prisoners occurred. Since that time, activists and prisoners' relatives have said that hundreds of prisoners were tortured to extract confessions of organizing the riot.
Earlier this month, the nongovernmental Gulagu.net -- which tracks human rights abuses by Russian police and in Russian prisons -- disclosed the existence of more than 40 gigabytes of video material graphically documenting beatings, rape, and torture of inmates in prisons and pretrial detention centers.

Within hours of the story breaking, the Federal Prison Service (FSIN) announced it had fired the head of the prison service in the Saratov region, as well as several other top prison officials there. FSIN announced it was investigating the torture videos, which were allegedly shot in prisons and detention centers in the Irkutsk, Vladimir, and Saratov regions between 2018 and 2020.

(Because of the graphic nature of the videos, RFE/RL has decided not to post them or to link to other sites that have done so.)

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Word "spooky" banned by National Theatre over absurd claim it's racist

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The National Theatre of Scotland has banned the word "spooky" over its "racial connotations" despite nobody complaining and despite there being no record of it ever being used as a racial slur in the United Kingdom.

Yes, really.

"A source at the Scottish theatre told the Daily Record that no one has complained about the term "spooky" but they were concerned the word could become problematic in the future," reports RT.

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Attention

Teen girls are showing up to the doctor with tics, and experts think anxiety, depression, and TikTok could be playing a role

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Teen girls are showing up to the doctor with tics, and experts think anxiety, depression, and TikTok could be playing a role
Many of the teen girls who developed tics were watching TikTokers who say they have Tourette Syndrome, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Doctors in multiple countries are reporting a rise in teen girls developing tics, and that anxiety, depression, and TikTok could be contributing factors.

The rise began around the start of the pandemic and has alarmed and puzzled doctors, The Wall Street Journal reported. Several medical journal articles found the teen girls were watching TikTok videos of people who said they had Tourette syndrome.

Tourette syndrome is a genetic nervous-system disorder, according to VOA News, and can cause tics, repetitive, involuntary movements, or sounds. The disorder mostly impacts boys and the tics typically start when a person is young and then develop over time.

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