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World Cup wokeness annoys not only super-conservative Qatar

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© AP Photo/Matthias Schrader
German team members cover their mouths in 'silent protest' in support of LGBTQ rights during the Qatar 2022 World Cup
As German fans struggle to come to terms with the 'absolute catastrophe' of their team crashing out of its second consecutive World Cup, some are blaming the team's focus on LGBTQ issues as a major distraction leading to defeat.

Just last month, Germany's football powerhouse flew into Qatar on wings of glory, with its Lufthansa aircraft emblazoned with the logo 'Diversity Wins', setting the tone for what would become more of a hectoring lecture tour than any sporting event.

Once on Arab ground, the footballers from Team Germany continued to court dissent in their host country, Qatar, which criminalizes homosexual conduct, by attempting to wear 'One Love' armbands in support of gay rights. When FIFA voted down this social justice promotion, the German team had their group photo taken with their hands over their mouths as a "silent act of rebellion."

But just as fast as they touched down in Qatar with their message of tolerance, they were already packing their bags after suffering a humiliating early defeat. They were beaten on the pitch, fair and square, not in the cultural war - but the casual observer could be excused for forgetting that the main game of the World Cup is supposed to be football, and the main job of the German (or any other) team is to kick the ball, not their hosts. Some observers, like former Russian national team coach Valery Gazzaev, even argued that the Germans lost because they were more focused on preaching than playing.


Dangerous Precedent: NZ court orders baby removed from "anti-vax" parents

Baby Will Protesters
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A court in New Zealand has awarded temporary custody of a baby to medical professionals, after the parents insisted their child be given only unvaccinated blood transfusions during surgery.

CNN reports:
A critically-ill six-month-old baby will be placed under the temporary guardianship of New Zealand's High Court after his parents refused to allow him to undergo lifesaving heart surgery using blood from people vaccinated against Covid-19 [...] The baby's parents believed there were "spike proteins in the blood of people who have been vaccinated and that these proteins were causing unexpected deaths relating to transfusions," according to the judgment.
The key detail here is that the parents have not, in any way, refused their child medical care - the usual prerequisite for this kind of court order. They want their son to have the surgery, they are simply setting reasonable terms.

Now, whether or not the parents are correct and spike proteins do pose a threat, they have every right to try and do the best for their child as they see fit.

To any pro "vaccine" people out there who are not OK with this, answer this simple question: What if parents of a vaccinated child had specifically requested vaccinated blood transfusions, and the court had removed the baby and injected it with unvaccinated blood...would that be OK?

I'm guessing not. And the principle is clearly the same.

This isn't about the health of the baby, obviously. After all, literally ALL of the blood in its body is already unvaccinated. If that were the issue, the court could have ordered he be vaccinated.

Control Panel

Nigeria limits ATM withdrawals to $45 per day to force govt-controlled digital payments

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A staggering number of Nigerians love Bitcoin, but hate government cryptocurrency (CBDCs).

In April, leading cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin noted that 35% of the adult population in Nigeria - roughly 34 million adults aged 18-60, own bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. But when it came to the country's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eNaira, it was a massive failure.

According to Bloomberg, only 1 in 200 Nigerians use the eNaira - despite government implemented discounts and other incentives, implemented as desperate measures to increase adoption.

Now, the government is looking to boost digital payments by limiting ATM withdrawals to just 20,000 naira, or roughly US$45 per day, Bloomberg reports, citing a circular sent to lenders on Tuesday. The previous withdrawal limit was 150,000 naira (US$350).

Weekly cash withdrawals from banks are now limited (without fee) to 100,000 naira (US$225) for individuals, and 500,000 naira (US$1,125) for corporations. Any amount above this will incur a fee of 5% and 10% respectively.

Comment: The above is a taste of things to come in the West as cities and nations prepare the policies and infrastructure of CBDCs:


Philly or Fallujah? Gas station owners hire militarized security, city imposes curfew

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It's no secret Philadelphia is a dangerous city.

In 2019, the murder rate was 22.47 per 100,000 residents according to FBI data, with 331 homicides that year. Fast forward three years, and there have been 480 murders year-to-date.
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Comment: As police forces become more and more impotent in the face of rising crime, this is the future we should all start getting used to.

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Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler fired after grand jury report on handling of sexual assaults

Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler fired
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Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler was fired by the school board Tuesday night in response to a grand jury report on the district's handling of two sexual assaults committed by the same student.
The grand jury said the district was looking out for its own interests instead of the best interests of its students.

Loudoun County Superintendent Scott Ziegler was fired by the school board Tuesday night in response to a grand jury report on the district's handling of two sexual assaults committed by the same student.

The Northern Virginia district drew national attention last year after a father accused it at a school board meeting of covering up his daughter's sexual assault in which a biological boy wearing a skirt raped her in the girls' bathroom. The suspect then transferred to another school in the district and assaulted another girl, and faced charges in both cases.

Comment: Being fired is the absolute minimum Ziegler should be facing for the consequences of his ideologically driven malfeasance. He and the rest of the school board should be doing time.

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Shooting starlings: How the masters curate the flocks

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In a recent essay,1 Renée DiResta, who researches "pathological information systems"2 and "the spread of malign narratives" at Stanford Internet Observatory,3 reviewed online crowd behavior in response to curated information. The metaphor she uses is that of a flock of starlings, in which thousands of birds fly in what seems to be an impossibly coordinated dance known as murmuration. As explained by DiResta:4
"In a murmuration, each bird sees, on average, the seven birds nearest it and adjusts its own behavior in response. If its nearest neighbors move left, the bird usually moves left. If they move right, the bird usually moves right.

The bird does not know the flock's ultimate destination and can make no radical change to the whole. But each of these birds' small alterations, when occurring in rapid sequence, shift the course of the whole, creating mesmerizing patterns ...

It is a logic that emerges from — is an embodiment of — the network ... The stimulus — or information — passes from one organism to the next through this chain of connections ...

[C]omputational biologists and computer scientists who study them describe what is happening as 'the rapid transmission of local behavioral response to neighbors.' Each animal is a node in a system of influence, with the capacity to affect the behavior of its neighbors.

Scientists call this process, in which groups of disparate organisms move as a cohesive unit, collective behavior. The behavior is derived from the relationship of individual entities to each other, yet only by widening the aperture beyond individuals do we see the entirety of the dynamic."
Are You Responding to Curated Bait?

According to researchers such as DiResta, human behavior on social media is strikingly similar. Masses of people react to a stimulus, such as a social media post, seemingly as a cohesive unit without a designated leader and, as a result, something goes "viral."

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Medical Police State: New Zealand court rules against parents who wanted unvaxxed blood for of ill baby, take custody of infant

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A New Zealand court has temporarily taken away medical custody of a baby from his parents after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood comes from donors who are unvaccinated against COVID-19.

A New Zealand court temporarily took away medical custody of a baby from his parents on Wednesday after they refused blood transfusions for him unless the blood came from donors who were unvaccinated against COVID-19.

The court's ruling in favor of health authorities places the 4-month-old boy into the guardianship of authorities until after he undergoes an urgently needed heart operation and recovers. The parents remain in charge of decisions about their boy that don't relate to the operation.

Comment: The fact is, the hospital could have easily granted the parents' wishes but chose not to because of the precedent it would set and the bad PR it would give the vaccines and the vaccinated. And what recourse is there if the child's health is compromised as a result of using blood from vaccinated donors? None. Welcome to the medical police state.

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Leaked files: private spying firm targets global population with illegal spyware

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A Washington DC-area Anomaly 6 firm is marketing illegal spy tech that can scrape an individual's most sensitive personal data by tracking their smartphone. The British Ministry of Defence and GCHQ are potential buyers.

Leaked documents reviewed by The Grayzone reveal how a smartphone tracking technology tramples over fundamental data protection tenets and international law, while violating the privacy of citizens across the world without their knowledge or consent. The clandestine tool can transform anyone into a potential person of interest to Western intelligence agencies, and thus a target for recruitment, surveillance, harassment, or worse.

It is likely most readers will be unfamiliar with Anomaly 6. Its spartan, single-page website is home to the company's name, a generic email address, and general location - Fairfax, Virginia, not far from CIA headquarters - but nothing about its services, personnel, or otherwise. By carving through layers of "anonymized" data, this little-known company unearths reams of sensitive information about any individual it chooses anywhere on Earth.

Comment: One can bet on 3-letter agencies using this, just as they do with Pegasus.


Elon Musk confirms James Baker, former FBI counsel, FIRED from Twitter after it was found he was 'vetting' the Twitter Files

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On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that attorney Jim Baker had been "exited" from the company following recent revelations that he may have played a role in facilitating censorship on the platform.

Baker had been hired by Twitter as deputy general counsel following a stint at the FBI that ended with him essentially being forced out of the job.


And remember who Jim Baker is. More from the Post Millennial:
With Tuesday's release of the Twitter Files, it was revealed that James Baker, Twitter Deputy General Counsel and former FBI General Counsel, was fired from his role at the social media company.

Baker, during his time at the FBI, was involved in the discredited Steele Dossier as well as Russiagate.

According to the Washington Times, Baker had connected Michael Sussmann, a friend and lawyer, with FBI top investigators in 2016, where Sussmann passed along the claims that Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

Baker's time at the FBI ended in 2018 after he resigned, with the agency's former counsel being eyed for potentially disseminating classified information to journalists regarding the Steele Dossier, according to the Washington Examiner...

During his time at Twitter, it was revealed, he was not only involved in the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story, but had also vetted without the knowledge of Musk and the company's new management the first release of the Twitter Files on Friday, causing a delay.

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Russian soldiers detail brutal torture by Kiev's forces

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© RIA Novosti; Aleksey Maishev
FILE PHOTO. Russian servicemen returning home after being released from Ukrainian captivity, November 6, Amvrosievka, Russia.
Russian servicemen have alleged they endured brutal torture while being held captive by Kiev's forces. The country's Investigative Committee announced on Wednesday that it will be launching a criminal investigation into the abuse claims.

According to testimony published on the armed service's official Telegram channel, Russian soldiers were subjected to merciless interrogations. One fighter alleged he was taken prisoner when he was already wounded, having had a bone in his right hand broken by a bullet. He claims that Ukrainian interrogators beat him with a shovel and with rebar, shot him in both feet, broke his jaw, several ribs and punctured his lungs.

Another soldier claimed his interrogation began with a knife stab to the leg, which caused severe bleeding that remained untreated. When his captors didn't like his answers, they beat him with thumps and kicks, and then with a helmet or the with butt of a rifle, he alleged. After the interrogation ended, the soldier testified that he was held down by three men as a fourth cut off one of his fingers.

He also claims that he was forced to sign an agreement to cooperate with Ukrainian special services, under a threat of murder and harm to his loved ones.

The Investigative Committee has also stated that "the testimonies of Russian military personnel indicate that representatives of Ukraine are grossly violating the requirements of the Geneva Convention on the Treatment of Prisoners of War, which prohibit ill-treatment, torture and abuse."

Comment: Ukrainian cruelty is either ignored or tacitly accepted by the West: