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Bullseye

During the crisis, free speech worked brilliantly on X

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There is only one major social media platform that is relatively free of censorship. That is X, once known as Twitter, and owned by Elon Musk, who has preached free speech for years and sacrificed billions in advertising dollars in order to protect it. If we don't have that, he says, we lose freedom itself. He also maintains that it is the best path to finding the truth.

The crisis that broke out after the attempt on Donald Trump's life put the principle in motion. I was posting regular updates and never censored. I'm not aware of anyone who was. We were getting second-by-second updates in real time. The videos were flying along with every conceivable rumor, many false and then corrected, alongside free speech "spaces" in which everyone was sharing their views.

During this time, Facebook and its suite of services fell silent, consistent with the new ethos of all these platforms. The idea is to censor all speech until it is absolutely confirmed by officials and then permit only that which is consistent with the press releases.

Comment: Too bad X isn't as good with subjects concerning a certain genocidal country in the Middle East.


Attention

The Surrender

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© MSNBCMika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Morning Joe
In the wake of a fatal shooting and attempted assassination of Donald Trump, a series of reversals may mark the beginning of a new political era

The decision was announced at a White House briefing Monday morning. "In light of this weekend's events, the president has directed me to work with the Secret Service to provide protection to Robert Kennedy Jr.," was the quote from Homeland Security Director Alejandro Mayorkas.

It's difficult to read the line "in light of this weekend's events" and not see an admission on the part of the White House that Secret Service protection was previously being denied to Kennedy, Jr. for political reasons, or out of spite, if those are even two different things in this era. Whatever the original prerogative was for pushing the envelope with that denial, it seems to have been removed by series of paradigm-shattering news events, leading to a flurry of real and symbolic surrenders.

Comment: MSNBC yanks anti-Trump 'Morning Joe' off air following assassination attempt


Sherlock

Major failure at southern Russia's largest nuclear plant, 1 power unit shut down

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FILE: Rostov Nuclear Power Plant
A major failure occurred at the Rostov Nuclear Power Plant (NPP). The automation system shut down one of the power units due to a malfunction in the turbogenerator, the press service of Rosatom told RIA Novosti. The state corporation assured that the radiation background was normal.

However, due to the failure at the NPP, the power supply was disrupted in southern Russia, including in Krasnodar and populated areas on the Black Sea coast. The region introduced consumption restrictions of 1.5 GW, the Ministry of Energy reported. This was done in order to maintain the stability of the energy system, the department clarified. Restoration work is underway. By 17:00, the volume of restrictions was reduced by 500 MW.

According to the Unified Dispatch Service, more than 100 electrical substations failed in Krasnodar, and about 100 streets were left without power on July 16. The main outages occurred in the Prikubansky and Zapadny districts. Trams and trolleybuses stopped in the city. About 150 traffic lights are not working, Kubanskiye Novosti reports. Cellular communications and the Internet are lost. Residents of Anapa, Gelendzhik, Novorossiysk and Maikop also report power outages.

Comment: Al Arabiya reports that the cause of the malfunction is still under investigation.

Whilst this may have a more mundane explanation, given the increased sabotage incidents in Russia, the demonstrable capability of cyberattacks to affect the functioning of industry, and the escalation of these kinds of incidents across the planet, this seems to be worth noting.


Piggy Bank

AI's rapid growth threatens energy industry and economy

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The growth of Artificial Intelligence has come on so strong and so fast that it threatens to destabilize the energy industry, the economy, and the climate.

Last week, Google stated that its carbon emissions have skyrocketed by a whopping 48 percent over the last five years. "AI-powered services involve considerably more computer power - and so electricity - than standard online activity, prompting a series of warnings about the technology's environmental impact," the BBC reported Thursday. Indeed, a recent study from scientists at Cornell University finds that generative AI systems like ChatGPT use up to 33 times more energy than computers running task-specific software. Furthermore, each AI-powered internet query consumes about ten times more energy than traditional internet searches.

Comment: Don't count on AI to solve the problems it indirectly creates. At the end of the day, humanity itself will likely be the "problem" AI seeks to "solve".


Yellow Vest

Protesters clash with police at proposed migrant housing site in Dublin, people tear gassed and arrests made

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© PAA large crowd gathered at the Coolock site in north Dublin
Several arrests have been made during a protest at a site which had been earmarked for asylum seekers in north Dublin, gardaí (Irish police) have said.

A large fire started after pallets and construction machinery were set alight at the former Crown Paints factory in Coolock.

Work was due to begin on the Malahide Road site this week, Irish broadcaster RTÉ said.


Comment: And so it may be that this protest is just the beginning.


Gardaí described the disturbances as a public order incident and the road has been closed.


Comment: The right to protest is now a 'public order incident'.


Comment: Weaponised mass migration is causing untold problems across Europe, and the US, and at a time when people's living standards are collapsing. The general public also realise that this is an issue that, if not halted, threatens to ignite. And so this kind of divisive rhetoric, smearing all the protesters as xenophobes or criminals, simply won't work; not with the majority of people in Dublin, nor with the majority in the US and Europe who are suffering the same. On the contrary, those spouting such ideological nonsense will be revealing their utter incompetence, or insidious corruption.

As recent elections across Europe are showing, the majority of people want policy to reflect their needs and values, and, as life becomes more difficult, it's likely that they will be less willing - nor able - to wait for another election cycle to bring about the change that they desperately need:


TV

MSNBC yanks anti-Trump 'Morning Joe' off air following assassination attempt

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© Screenshot/MSNBCMSNBC pulled its flagship, staunchly anti-Trump show "Morning Joe" off the airwaves Monday in the wake of the assassination attempt on former President Trump.
MSNBC's flagship morning show will return to air on Tuesday

MSNBC pulled its flagship AM program "Morning Joe" from airing on Monday in the wake of the assassination attempt on former President Trump.

Viewers who tuned in expecting to see the staunchly anti-Trump program, hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, were greeted instead by continued NBC News special reporting on the attempt on Trump's life on Saturday. A spokesperson said "Morning Joe" will resume airing on Tuesday.

According to a CNN report, a person familiar with the decision said it was made in part over fear that one of the show's many guests over a 4-hour broadcast "might make an inappropriate comment on live television that could be used to assail the program and network as a whole."

Light Sabers

Trump pledges to fight 'evil'

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In a post on Truth Social, the Republican presidential hopeful urged Americans to stand united following Saturday's attempt on his life

Donald Trump has vowed not to swerve from his course and to take on "evil," following Saturday's assassination attempt on his life during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. The former president also called on Americans to show unity in the face of political violence.

Several shots were fired during Trump's speech, with one bullet grazing the politician's right ear. The GOP hopeful was eventually whisked offstage by Secret Service agents and moved to a "safe" place. One of the event's attendees was fatally shot, with another two sustaining serious injuries. Authorities later reported that the 20-year-old suspected shooter, who is believed to have taken up position on a nearby rooftop, was shot and killed.

In a post on his Truth Social platform on Sunday, Trump thanked "everyone for your thoughts and prayers yesterday," adding that "it was God alone who prevented the unthinkable from happening."

"We will FEAR NOT, but instead remain resilient in our Faith and Defiant in the face of Wickedness," the former president insisted.

Comment: Donald Trump has his work cut out for him yet if he can inspire and mobilize the people to work towards good, then together a lot is possible.

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Cross

'I am supposed to be dead' - Trump

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© Photo: Evan Vucci ⁩/ AP ⁩
The former US president has said he wants to unite the country after surviving an assassination attempt

Donald Trump has said he is lucky to be alive after being targeted by a shooter during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The suspected assailant, 20-year-old local Thomas Matthew Crooks, fired at least five rounds from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in the direction of the former US president, with one bullet grazing his right ear. A Trump supporter was killed and two others severely wounded in the attack, and Crooks was shot dead on site by Secret Service officers.

"I am not supposed to be here, I am supposed to be dead," Trump said in an interview with the New York Post on Sunday. The 78-year-old spoke to reporters on board his private jet, heading to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, where he is expected to be selected as the party's presidential nominee for November 5 election.

Comment: It is interesting to look at the ancient concept of the Mandate of Heaven in connection with the possible divine intervention which happened less than two days ago. From this article from 10 years ago:
In times of relative calm, it is easier for rulers to have the trust and a mandate from the people, but when things get tough with economic downturns, increased natural disasters and wars, the people become increasingly stressed and look to their rulers to fix things. They are, after all, the ones with the mandate to rule, which was originally a 'divine' mandate to rule and intercede with 'the gods' on behalf of humanity.

If the people were to realize that their vaunted leaders are not really in control of anything, revolts would break out and the ruling elite would be deposed. This is why we see such desperate efforts right now by that elite to cling to power. This civilization is going down the tubes real fast and it is becoming increasingly obvious that not only are the elite powerless, they are also deliberately hoarding wealth for themselves at the expense of those they were entrusted to protect and look after.
If Trump had died, then this week Nicky Haley would have been nominated to be the official candidate and would likely have gone ahead to win the November election with the blessings of the Deep State and the Military Industrial Complex. It could explain why Haley stayed in the primary campaign long after everybody else had bowed out and with her having zero chance as Trump was winning hands down everywhere, even in her own home state.

A look at that other timeline which could have been and which we narrowly escaped: Not only did Donald Trump dodge a bullet, we all collectively did, though the future is still very much uncertain.


Stormtrooper

Germany bans yet another symbol: 'Silent fox' gesture used in classrooms linked to 'far-right'

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Teachers in Germany and other countries have long considered the "silent fox" gesture, which involves posing the hand to resemble an animal with elevated ears (the little and forefinger) and a closed mouth (the middle fingers placed against the thumb), to be a good teaching tool. It signals youngsters to stop chatting and pay attention to their teacher.

The gesture, however, is "in danger of being mistaken" for the same but indistinguishable "wolf salute" used by right-wing extremists, according to Bremen officials.

When Turkish national football player Merih Demiral used the salute to celebrate scoring a goal in Turkey's round of 16 match against Austria earlier this month, it became the centre of a diplomatic and sports controversy.

Comment: This follows Germany's ban of the red inverted triangle due to its links with Hamas, and an earlier policy whereby new citizens must pledge their belief that 'Israel has a right to exist'.

It's rather telling that the German state suddenly feels compelled - and at liberty - to ban symbols whose 'controversial' nature is still up for discussion. Particularly a nation with a history such as Germany's.

And this isn't the only sign that it is readily sliding (back) into totalitarianism: Belgian police raid offices of top AfD candidates over 'Russia meddling' allegations ahead of EU-wide elections


Pistol

Local cop confronted would-be Trump assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks on roof moments before he opened fire, but failed to stop him

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© Obtained by NY PostThomas Matthew Crooks was reportedly stopped by a local cop prior to the shooting.
A local cop spotted attempted-assassin Thomas Crooks just moments before he tried to kill former president Donald Trump — but failed to stop the gunman despite the clear threat, according to a report.

After rallygoers spotted Crooks on the roof of a manufacturing plant just 130 yards from the stage where Trump was speaking just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified and one officer climbed a ladder to investigate, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The officer - whose department had been enlisted by the Secret Service to help with security — encountered Crooks, who pointed his AR-style rifle at them.



Comment: The story is conveniently told by anonymous sources. In reality it is very unlikely to have happened. A pistol is contrary to a riffel great at close ranges and on the roof, the alleged police officer would have had less than five meters to the shooter, who would first have to turn the riffel around to threaten the officer by which time the officer would have shot him.

If on the other hand he did climb down as the story goes, then why not fire his pistol to alert others of a live shooter. Such warning shots would have alerted the Secret Services and they would immediately have taken Trump away to safety.


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