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Why can't we Americans do what the Afghans did and take back control of our country?

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The death of friends due to Covid lockdowns and political persecution won't discourage us - instead, they plant in us new seeds of resistance. Crappy movies and books can't distract us forever.

Since the Taliban's unexpected success in reclaiming their country, the one thing I've been losing sleep over is, well, why can't we have what they have? Are we Americans really so gaslit and demoralized by the self-anointed "adults in the room" that we dare not challenge their presence? Things are already bad and getting worse for too many of us. The ongoing improperly motivated Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates are backing many of us into corners out of which we have no choice but to fight.

Just the other day, I was riding a public bus to purchase a vehicle in a distant town. The driver refused admittance to a scraggly man who had clearly been waiting for too long under the scorching sun. In all but America's greatest metropolises, to ride the bus is to be a member of the nation's underclass. It means you are carless, and might as well be shoeless.

On this particularly sweltering day, the scraggly man was told there was no room on the bus for him, and he would have to wait a half-hour more for the next bus. Our bus was almost completely empty, yet Covid restrictions were such that 75% of seats had to remain empty. Swerving, the driver barked into his mirror at another passenger to pull his mask up over his nose.

Comment: Author offers true-life reflections that challenge the heart and soul of our society.


Robot

Facebook says AI will clean up platform, but its own engineers have doubts

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Facebook, Inc. executives have long said that artificial intelligence would address the company's chronic problems keeping what it deems hate speech and excessive violence as well as underage users off its platforms.

That future is farther away than those executives suggest, according to internal documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Facebook's AI can't consistently identify first-person shooting videos, racist rants and even, in one notable episode that puzzled internal researchers for weeks, the difference between cockfighting and car crashes.

On hate speech, the documents show, Facebook employees have estimated the company removes only a sliver of the posts that violate its rules — a low-single-digit percent, they say. When Facebook's algorithms aren't certain enough that content violates the rules to delete it, the platform shows that material to users less often — but the accounts that posted the material go unpunished.


Camcorder

Privacy fears as schools use facial recognition to speed up lunch queue

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UK schools use facial recognition software to speed up paying for lunch.
Privacy campaigners have raised concerns about the use of facial recognition technology on pupils queueing for lunch in school canteens in the UK.

Nine schools in North Ayrshire began taking payments for school lunches this week by scanning the faces of their pupils, according to a report in the Financial Times. More schools are expected to follow.

The company supplying the technology claimed it was more Covid-secure than other systems, as it was cashless and contactless, and sped up the lunch queue, cutting the time spent on each transaction to five seconds. With break times shortening, schools are under pressure to get large numbers of students through lunch more quickly.

Other types of biometric system, principally fingerprint scanners, have been used in schools in the UK for years, but campaigners say the use of facial recognition technology is unnecessary.

Footprints

Migrant crisis in Lithuania: More than ten asylum seekers kicked out of country for having ties to terrorists according to Vilnius

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Migrants in a camp near the border town of Kapciamiestis, Lithuania
More than ten people thought to be affiliated with terrorist groups have entered Lithuania through Belarus by taking advantage of the huge influx of migrants attempting to enter the EU, a senior defense official has revealed.

Speaking to Vilnius-based outlet Delfi, Chairman of the Lithuanian Committee on National Security and Defense Laurynas Kasciunas reported that some asylum seekers were found to have connections to extremist groups. According to Tass, he said:
"As many as four such persons have already been expelled from Lithuania. Over ten migrants suspected of having ties with terrorists have been identified."
According to Delfi sources, one of the people expelled was thought to have ties to Boko Haram, an African jihadist group, while another had connections to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, a left-wing movement supporting autonomy and rights for Kurdish people in Turkey.

The alleged terrorists came to Lithuania as part of a migrant crisis that is affecting numerous countries bordering Belarus. The situation began after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko warned that his country would no longer make any effort to stop illegal immigration. Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland have claimed that the government in Minsk has flown in migrants from abroad and is shuttling them to the border as a form of warfare.

Bad Guys

The Ukronazis place a twelve (12!) year old girl on their "black list"

Faina Savenkova
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Faina Savenkova
You must have heard about the "Mirotvorets" (Peacemaker) Ukronazi website: https://myrotvorets.center/

This is a semi-official website which lists all the "enemies of the Ukraine", with photo and address. We could call it an online "lynch list". The list of people included in their database ranges from anybody who does not approve of the Banderite Ukronazi ideology to some really ridiculous cases.

But now, they reach a new low: they listed a 12 year old girl, Faina Savenkova, a young author who wrote a SITREP for the Saker blog, and did an Q&A for us. See here:

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Megaphone

Italy rocked by nationwide protests as resistance against vaccine passport scheme explodes

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Dockers vow to block ports until government scraps 'green pass' law.
Italy has seen an explosion of protests against the introduction of its vaccine passport scheme, with dockers in numerous towns and cities vowing to block ports until the government scraps the 'green pass' law.

The 'green pass' - which is a mandatory vaccination scheme in all but name, forces workers in both the public and private sector to take the jab in order to be paid.

Workers who try to do their jobs without taking the vaccine will be suspended without pay and face a fine of up to 1,500 euros.

The system is also mandatory for anyone wishing to enter a number of venues, including schools, universities, museums, stadiums, theaters, gyms, and indoor seating spaces at bars and restaurants.

Comment: RT reports on the protest at Trieste port:
Four days after the demonstration kicked off at the port, police demanded protesters leave the area "in the name of the law," before firing tear gas and using water cannon. The gathered crowd of demonstrators were heard chanting "liberty! liberty!" and "people like us never give up!"




The sit-in protest has been ongoing since Friday, with the port's president Zeno D'Agostino declaring on Sunday, ahead of the police operation, that "the situation can no longer be tolerated" as the region needs "a port that works."


Protesters have said they intend to hold another demonstration at Trieste port on October 30, blocking "all of Italy" if the government continues to insist on the Covid Pass requirement for workers.

Estimates have suggested that around 40% of the workers at Trieste's port are not vaccinated, according to Stefano Puzzer of the Port Workers Coordination of Trieste, with a segment of the city's population opposing the vaccination program. Earlier this month, 4.5% of voters in the mayoral elections sided with an anti-vaccine party.


One can be pro-vaccine but anti-mandate, as is becoming more and more clear as these mandates begin to take effect.


Regional governor Massimiliano Fedriga expressed concerns that the protest and need for police intervention will cause disruption to operations at the Trieste port, a major shipping hub for Italy. Similar protests have also been seen in Genoa, another major port in Italy, where protesters prevented access to trucks, potentially creating a wider issue across Italy.
Italy does appear to be a test case for the establishment's tyrannical scheme, and it doesn't look like it's going quite as smoothly as planned. Although, they did succeed in scaring a significant proportion of the population into enrolling into these experimental injection trials, which was at least one aspect of the agenda.

One of the next up is France, which has seen ongoing protests against the 'health pass' since at least July, and whose senate just voted against mandating the experimental injections, whilst at the same time healthcare workers have found themselves suspended for not succumbing to the coercion. The media also tried to downplay the numbers attending those protests, although at one point it was estimated that up to a million and more were in attendance.

Meanwhile over in the US, Southwest Airlines saw employees walk out in protest over the mandate, bringing business to a costly standstill, pilots also filed a lawsuit against their employer. Boeing on the other hand, perhaps after seeing the consequences for violating people's human rights, are giving people the option to opt out for religious or medical reasons: And check out SOTT radio's:



Piggy Bank

Why the Nordic model wouldn't work in the US

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It's a common refrain in American progressive circles: If Europe can have universal health care, pre-K, and all the other welfare state goodies, why can't America? We could if we just taxed the millionaires and billionaires, the argument goes.

Speaking as a Swedish citizen, I can tell you it is not quite that simple. While I treasure many of the benefits the welfare state provides, the fact of the matter is that the U.S. cannot follow the same path, for a number of reasons.

Building a welfare state is a boom-time endeavor. The Nordic welfare states were built during the postwar expansion. In Sweden's case, we got the best of both worlds: We avoided becoming involved in the war, and afterward, demand for our industries spiked. With that, so did salaries. This made building a welfare state easy for two reasons: First of all, as salaries boom, so do tax revenues, even if tax rates are unchanged. This revenue boost allowed the government to add additional safety nets and government programs without raising rates or having to cut any other budgets.

Secondly, it is politically much easier to raise taxes when salaries are rising quickly. Most people don't pay close attention to their tax rates, but rather to how much they get paid. If taxes are increasing, but real wages are increasing at an even faster rate, then most people will be fine with it because their paychecks keep getting bigger over time and they are able to purchase more stuff. Relative change is king.

Light Saber

Allison Williams is being 'separated' from ESPN over refusal to accede to vaccine mandate

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Allison Williams will be leaving ESPN next week because she will not be complying with the company's vaccine mandate.
Allison Williams is out at ESPN due to the company's COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The college football and basketball sideline reporter, who announced last month she was opting out of the season because she had not received the vaccine as she and her husband tried for a second child, said Friday night that her "request for accommodation" had been denied.

Effective next week, Williams said, she will be "separated from the company."

Comment: Williams is right to protect herself and her future child. The CDC is lying through its teeth about the dangers to pregnant women from the un-tested gene therapy. Not vaccinating pregnant women has been a cornerstone of medicine almost since the beginnings of immunological study. What changed?


Bullseye

'Kiss my ass': Washington state trooper to Gov. Inslee, as he resigns over vaccine mandate

Washington Inslee state trooper resigns vaccine mandate

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (L); State trooper resigning on air (R)
On Saturday night, a video began circulating across social media of a Washington state trooper issuing his final sign-off after he refused to comply with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's vaccine mandate for state workers that takes effect on Oct. 18.

The trooper radioed the operator after his shift, announcing his resignation after 22 years on the force. "This is my final sign-off. After 22 years of serving the citizens of the state of Washington, I am being asked to leave because I am dirty. Numerous fatalities, injuries. I've worked sick; I've played sick; buried lots of friends over these years. [I'd] like to thank you guys; I'd like to thank the citizens of Yakima County as well as my fellow officers within the valley. Without you guys I wouldn't have been very successful; you kept me safe and got me home to my family every night. Thank you for that," said the trooper.

"Wish I could say more but this is it, so, state 1034, this is the last time you'll hear me in a state patrol car," he concluded. "And Jay Inslee can kiss my ass."

Comment: What are the mandate tyrants going to do as more and more of the true 'essential workers' refuse to bow to their decrees?


Eye 2

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.