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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

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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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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:


YouTube censors RT Balkans

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YouTube, the Google-owned video platform has blocked the channel of Belgrade-based RT Balkans. No explanation was given for Monday's move, which came about three weeks after the launch of the Serbian-language outlet in a region saturated by Western media coverage.

RT Balkans reported the ban on Monday evening, pointing out that the most recent video posted on the channel was their interview with the Russian ambassador to Serbia, Aleksandr Botsan-Kharchenko.

"Why are owners of the Western media space so afraid of RT's Serbian-language reporting?" the outlet asked. "Their move mainly speaks about the lack of media freedom in the West, especially since the posts on your YouTube channel in no way violated the company's rules of conduct."

The Serbian-language news site was launched on November 15, with plans to begin TV broadcasts by 2024. It was able to open a YouTube account and post content even though the Google-owned platform had previously banned all "Russian" media.

Bad Guys

Crackdown on largest church intensifies in Ukraine

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Ukraine's domestic security agency, the SBU, conducted multiple raids targeting Orthodox Christian sites on Wednesday. The operation, spanning three regions of the country, is part of a crackdown on the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC) over its alleged pro-Russia activities. The UOC is the largest religious grouping in Ukraine.

Searches have been conducted at some 13 religious sites, including monasteries, cathedrals, and libraries, the SBU said in a statement. The raids were necessary to "prevent the use of religious communities as centers of the 'Russian world' and to protect the population from provocations and terrorist acts," the service claimed, adding that all the activities were carried out in line with the law.

The SBU did not elaborate on whether any incriminating evidence was recovered during the raids, or any arrests were made.

In recent weeks, the SBU has repeatedly targeted UOC sites, including the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the country's largest Orthodox Christian monastery. The campaign against the church has been backed by President Vladimir Zelensky, who announced new measures last week seeking to ban religious institutions deemed to have links with Russia.

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Cancelled: Kirk Cameron is denied story-hour slot by public libraries for his new faith-based kids book

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Kirk Cameron's book publisher, Brave Books, has been unable to place Cameron into a public library story hour for kids connected to his new children's book, "As You Grow," as of this week. One library told the book publisher bluntly, "Our messaging does not align."
With a new children's book out that celebrates family, faith and biblical wisdom, actor-writer-producer Kirk Cameron cannot reach scores of American children or their families in many U.S. cities via the public library system because over 50 public libraries have either outright rejected him or not responded to requests on his behalf.

A story-hour program for kids and parents connected to new book releases is an activity that many libraries typically present to their patrons and communities.

Many of the same libraries that won't give Cameron a slot, however, are actively offering "drag queen" story hours or similar programs for kids and young people, according to Cameron's book publisher and according to a review of the libraries' websites and current program listings.

Some library programs promote gender fluidity, inclusion and diversity. Others offer "name change" clinics for older teens and adults who want to alter their official paperwork for gender-identity reasons.

Brave Books, Cameron's publisher, shared details of the story-hour requests — and the rejections received to date — with Fox News Digital exclusively this week.

The Rochambeau Public Library in Providence, Rhode Island, for instance, told Cameron and his book publisher by phone, "No, we will pass on having you run a program in our space."

"We are a very queer-friendly library. Our messaging does not align," the library worker also told Brave Books.