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Associated Press fires reporter over retracted Russian missiles story: report

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James LaPorta only quoted one anonymous source in the piece who turned out to have provided erroneous information.
The Associated Press has fired the journalist who reported a story that Russian-fired missiles crossed into Poland after it was revealed that Ukraine likely fired the projectiles, according to a report.

The publication took the article offline and replaced it with an editor's note stating that the single source cited — a senior US intelligence people — had incorrect information and "subsequent reporting showed that the missiles were Russian-made and most likely fired by Ukraine in defense against a Russian attack."

Before the story was retracted, the Nov. 15 article was widely spread by other publications across the internet and cable news.

Comment: Considering how often AP reports erroneous information, it's rather surprising that they have this rule at all. Must be selectively enforced; in other words, only enforce it when there's a high profile blunder, such as this.

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Police threaten to arrest women's rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen if she doesn't attend 'voluntary' interview

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Kellie-Jay Keen, who founded women's rights group Standing For Women, recorded call.
Sussex Police has threatened a women right's group founder with a hate crime arrest after a rally two months ago where her group was attacked by pro-trans activists.

The force told mother-of-four Kellie-Jay Keen an allegation made about her that she used 'words or behaviour to stir up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation' was now being investigated.

In an extraordinary phone call released by Standing For Women founder Kellie-Jay, one officer said she could be arrested if she did not attend a 'voluntary' interview.

Comment: 'What we mean by voluntary is that you'll be arrested if you don't volunteer.'

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Russians MPs vote against bill on criminalizing LGBT 'propaganda'

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A State Duma Committee pushed back against a proposal from two parliamentary opposition lawmakers.

Russia's parliamentary Committee on State Construction has issued recommendations on a number of controversial amendments to an anti-LGBTQ propaganda bill adopted last month.

It has rejected provisions that would introduce criminal liability for repeated violations of the law prohibiting the promotion of pedophilia and so-called non-traditional sexual relations.

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'Lesbian writer' says she couldn't find 'a single truly transphobic message' from J.K. Rowling, refuses to write hit-piece

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A freelance writer was assigned to write a hit-piece on J.K. Rowling, but after researching the controversy over the author's purportedly "transphobic" tweets, she came out in support of her.

E.J. Rosetta, who describes herself as a "lesbian writer" and has bylines in various LGBT and leftwing publications, was asked to write an article about the famed children's book author J.K. Rowling's "transphobic" statements. But after several months of research reading her work, Rosetta came to the realization that she shared Rowling's position about the importance of protecting women's sex-based rights and took to Twitter to share her revelation.

Comment: It's always refreshing to see someone leaving the cult by doing actual research and coming to their own conclusions; in other words, doing exactly what the cult tries to prevent at all costs. Bravo, EJ!

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'Woke warfighters': GOP report claims Biden admin, Pentagon policies weakening military

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Military Gay Parade
Two Republican lawmakers say the Biden administration's "woke" policies on race, gender, anti-extremism and LGBTQ issues have enfeebled the US military.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) argued in the 18-page document Monday that the White House's "sustained assault fueled by woke virtue signaling" is "eroding our greatest source of security" in the world.
"Our military's singular purpose is to 'provide for the common defense' of our nation. It cannot be turned into a left-wing social experiment. It cannot be paralyzed by fear of offending the sensibilities of Ivy League faculty lounges or progressive pundits."
The report was meant to lay the groundwork for the lawmakers' forthcoming "Restoring Military Focus Act," which would eliminate the Pentagon's chief diversity officer position responsible for implementing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in the DoD.
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Marco Rubio - Kelisa Wing - Chip Roy


McCarthy set to bounce Democrats Schiff, Omar and Swalwell from House committees

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will follow through with his pledge to kick Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota off the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the next Congress.

Ms. Omar, who is losing her committee assignment because of her antisemitic rhetoric, is among a handful of Democrats whom Mr. McCarthy will boot from committees for various offenses. He is following a precedent set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, in the current Congress.

"I made another promise to you last time. There was this congresswoman, Ilhan Omar," Mr. McCarthy told attendees at a Republican Jewish Coalition event in Las Vegas on Saturday, eliciting boos from the crowd.
"That's a rightful boo. I remember what she said about Israel. ... I remember it so much. I promised you last year that [when I am] speaker, she no longer would be on Foreign Affairs, and I'm keeping that promise."

Comment: Purging includes not only personnel but any inconvenient truths.


The rise of epidemiological surveillance systems, for the good of health and security for all

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In Australia, a team from the university of NSW (UNSW) has developed an AI-driven early warning detection system for epidemics, called EpiWatch. The system curates, prioritises, and filters incoming global data to capture and detect early epidemic signals. Essentially a risk analytic tool, which will help governments prioritise responses and stop early spread.

The UNSW EpiWatch team anticipate 'many more pandemics will emerge, and are striving to provide an end-to-end solution that will help prevent the next pandemic and ensure health security for all.'

The recent pandemic which started in 2020, witnessed in many countries the fast mobilisation of a raft of government responses that included; social distancing, fines, lockdowns, imprisonment, mask wearing, contact tracing and PCR testing. We must also not forget the relentless and heavy-handed campaign to take a provisionally approved experimental mRNA therapy, mandates and proof of vaccine certificates in order to work, have surgery, see loved ones, marry, bury loved ones, study, shop, worship, play or travel.

While an early detection system may be a useful innovation, the omnipotent view that it will 'ensure health security for all' is concerning.


Steve Schmidt's ex-wife says he owes her over 5100K and wants him jailed for contempt

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Lincoln Project cofounder Steve Schmidt
The ex-wife of Steve Schmidt, the disgraced Lincoln Project cofounder, has asked a Utah court to hold the liberal political operative in contempt of court for his failure to fork over money she claims he owes her, including for her interest in a membership at one of the priciest private clubs in the country, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

A court order filed on Nov. 7, 2022, reveals that lawyers for Schmidt's ex-wife, Angela Schmidt, say that the man who reportedly talked of turning the anti-Trump Lincoln Project into a vehicle for "generational wealth" owes her for her part of a membership at the Glenwild Golf Club in Park City, Utah, which boasts that it is "as exclusive as it is desirable" and at one point counted Michael Jordan as a member.

Angela Schmidt also says her ex-husband owes her $84,000 for "mortgage payments Stephen has failed to pay," and at least $50,000 for "$10,000 monthly payments Stephen has failed to pay Angela." Her attorneys want Schmidt to be held in contempt of court for his alleged failure to comply with his court-ordered obligations and for the court to slap him with a "sentence of up to 30 days in jail for each contempt charge pursuant to Utah Code 78B-6-310." The court ordered Steve Schmidt to appear later this month on Nov. 29 for a hearing on her claims.

Bad Guys

UK's National Grid sparks panic by warning of imminent blackouts but then cancels

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'Get your candles ready,' one person tweeted about the possibility of blackouts tonight
Panic was sparked this evening after National Grid warned of potential blackouts tonight before cancelling the notice.

The automated alert warned that due to 'tight' capacity homes could lose power at around 7pm tonight.

But the alert was later cancelled as electricity firm told consumers that there is enough power to keep the lights on tonight.

The capacity market notice (CMN) was issued at 2.33pm this evening to be in effect from 7pm.

Comment: Whilst this indeed may have been triggered by an automated system, as noted by Bernie Spofforth, it's also possible that this was a test on behalf of the government's behavioural engineering unit that was deployed against citizens during the Covid lockdowns. Whatever the reason - because neither option speaks to a stable situation in the country - the future isn't looking bright for the UK; nor for much of Europe:

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UK restaurants going bankrupt at faster rate than during Covid lockdown, one-third could go bust by early 2023

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More than a third of hospitality businesses could go bust by early 2023, UK Hospitality and the British Beer and Pub Association said last month.
UK restaurants are going bust at a faster rate than during the Covid crisis owing to a "toxic mix" of surging energy costs, staff shortages and falling bookings.

Closures in the sector rose by 60%, with 1,567 insolvencies over 2021-22, up from 984 during 2020-21, according to a study by the advisory firm Mazars. The figure includes 453 over the past three months, up from 395 in the previous quarter.

"Insolvencies of restaurant businesses are now happening at a far faster rate than during Covid," Rebecca Dacre, a partner at Mazars, said. "It is a very toxic mix of rising input costs, sharply rising finance costs and weak demand. Most restaurateurs have not seen this combination of negative factors before."

Comment: The future doesn't look bright for the UK, particularly because the government and industry are warning of rolling blackouts come the depths of winter. But, there's also preventable food shortages now looming, with the most recent blow being supermarkets refusing to pay farmers a fair price for their produce forcing them to downsize and even resort to bankruptcy: