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Brazil has unleashed anger from environmental activists around the globe after the government ordered the sinking of a decommissioned aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean, a plan carried out on Friday.

The "planned and controlled sinking occurred late in the afternoon” about 220 miles off the Brazilian coast, in a place with an "approximate depth of 5,000 meters [16,000 feet]," Brazil’s Navy confirmed in a statement

 

"Regarding the hull of the decommissioned aircraft carrier 'Sao Paulo' … we inform that the operation of a planned and controlled sinking was carried out late in the afternoon, February 3, in strict accordance with the plan," the navy explained.

Though the navy said it sunk the ship in the safest possible area, after authorities couldn't find a port that would permanently house the huge, 60-year old carrier, environmentalists are outraged and called on recently installed Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to halt the navy plans on an emergency basis.

The activists have described that the carrier is filled with toxic materials, including asbestos and heavy metals which will inevitably flow into the ocean water and harm marine life.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Feb 05 06:58

The state of Florida is yanking the liquor license of an Orlando performance venue, saying the “Drag Queen Christmas” show it hosted in December was sexually explicit while being marketed to families and children.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks after being sworn in to begin his second term during an inauguration ceremony outside the Old Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. on Jan. 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Advertising for the event “did not provide notice as to the sexually explicit nature of the Show’s performance or other content,” the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco said in its complaint against the Orlando Philharmonic Plaza Foundation Inc., filed Feb. 3.

“Respondent promoted the Show using targeted, Christmas-themed promotional materials that did not provide notice as to the sexually explicit nature of the Show’s performance or other content,” the complaint said, referencing a photo of the event’s listing online included as evidence.

“Rather than call attention to the Show’s sexually explicit content or acknowledge that it might not be appropriate for children, Respondent’s promotional material unequivocally stated “all ages welcome.”

“Prior to the Show occurring and based on media reports about the Show at other locations, Petitioner sent a letter to Respondent notifying Respondent that ‘sexually explicit drag show performances constitute public nuisances, lewd activity and disorderly conduct when minors are in attendance’ and that, if Respondent failed to ensure that minors were prohibited from attending such performances, its license would be subject to penalties up to and including revocation.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 05 06:57

Previous constant headlines of the Ukraine-Russia war were put on pause Friday into Saturday as the American public's attention and discourse got temporarily consumed by the bizarre Chinese 'spy balloon' saga, which grew more dramatic by the hour until it was shot down by the Pentagon over the Atlantic Ocean.

But few are currently asking the necessary deeper questions related to the timing. Given the last major balloon crisis to take over 24/7 network news coverage ended up being a complete hoax (remember the "balloon boy" stunt of 2009 which had the world breathless and on edge for a full news cycle?), the current context to the Chinese balloon story and the question of cui bono is worth a deeper dive...

Images: The Billings Gazette/AP

Entrepreneur and geopolitical commentator Arnaud Bertrand, who as a Westerner has spent many years living in China and frequently attempts to correct the often misleading analysis of mainstream press reports, offers an 'alternative view' of what's fast unfolding below [emphasis ZH's)...

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"I took a bit of time to dissect the “spy balloon” story - both how it is portrayed in the US and China’s response," Bertrand begins a lengthy thread. As you'll see, the more you think about it, the more stunned you get at the sheer absurdity of the whole thing."

Tags: CHINA, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Feb 05 06:56

The war in Ukraine is not just about Ukraine and Russia with the U.S. and NATO acting as seemingly benevolent supporters of Ukraine, as the Western media portray.

The United States and its NATO allies are deeply involved in the conflict.

The military withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021 – after 20 years of futile occupation – was a calculated “reorganization of firepower” against Russia, says Pepe Escobar.

Ukraine is merely a proxy and ultimately cannon fodder for American imperial planners.

This war is part of a bigger geopolitical confrontation between the U.S. and Russia, China and other nations that are pushing for the emergence of a multipolar world. That is a multipolar world no longer under the hegemony of U.S.-dominated Western capitalism.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Feb 05 06:54
The FAA on Saturday reportedly shut down air space near the Atlantic as the Pentagon gears up to shoot down the Chinese spy balloon.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 19:58
Perhaps no city better epitomizes the burgeoning crime wave in America’s largest cities more than Chicago, Illinois. Mayor Lori Lightfoot finds herself at the center of this thanks to her apathetic attitude and Charmin-soft crime policies.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 19:58
A new study from Seoul National University in South Korea found that ugly people are more likely to continue wearing COVID masks in the post-COVID era.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 04 19:57
Thousands of terminated far-left Big Tech workers may soon have prominent positions in America’s most notorious spying agency. The Nation Security Agency (NSA) is embarking on one of their biggest hiring sprees in the last three decades.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 19:57
Dem Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attempted to smear Republicans – she ended up embarrassing herself.
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Posted on: Feb 04 19:56
Joe Biden on Friday delivered remarks on his crappy economy at the Belmont Water Treatment Center in Philadelphia.
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Posted on: Feb 04 19:55

Mark Kerry was a healthy 48 year-old from Worcestershire, a father of three, grandfather of two and a loving husband to his wife Melanie. Together with Melanie, Mark loved life and lived it to the full, they socialised with friends every weekend, loved to travel and loved holidays.

Mark and Melanie run mobile home parks and were heavily impacted in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. With the mobile home business being a mixture of residential and holidays, the holiday side was halted when lockdown and heavy restrictions were enforced. As with millions of people worldwide, they found themselves spending most of their time at home.

Like most of us, Mark was eager to get life back to some form of normality and, knowing the business was suffering and being self-employed, the quicker the better.

In late 2020, nine months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it was announced that a Covid vaccine had been approved and was being rolled out to stop the spread of the virus and save lives, ready for use in December 2020.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Feb 04 13:25

Democrat and Confederate President Jefferson may have been unable to expel President Abraham Lincoln from the capitol, but Democrat delegate Eleanor Norton (D-D.C.) might.

 

Norton, Washington D.C.’s non-voting Congressional representative, reintroduced legislation to remove a statue of Lincoln with a kneeling freed slave.

The statue has stood in Lincoln Park near the Capitol since 1876. It depicts a slave, shirtless and shackles broken, about to stand up. Lincoln stretches out his hand over the man.

Freed slaves paid for its creation. But according to Norton’s press release, that’s not enough.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 04 13:04

AHouse-passed bill rescinding $71.5 billion for the hiring of up to 87,000 IRS agents has languished in the Democrat-led Senate for nearly four weeks without a vote. 

The funding was part of the $740 billion Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that Democrats passed last year.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy pledged to schedule a vote to eliminate the funding as his first order of business in the new, Republican-led House. The GOP bill passed along party lines on Jan. 9.

Republicans have argued the funding could be used to target Americans earning less than $400,000 per year with additional audits. In response to the criticism, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen wrote to the IRS instructing the agency not to use additional resources to target individuals or families in that category. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TAXES
Posted on: Feb 04 13:03

Maryland’s Howard County Public School System’s [HCPSS] Black Lives Matter curriculum includes teaching kids about 13 forms of oppression, such as “speciesism.” Yes, oppression against plants.

Webmaster addition: That include marijuana? :)

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 04 13:01

Mech “The Bot” Johnson, a 15-foot-tall and 8,800-pound human-controlled robot suit, is working with Sapphire Las Vegas’ security detail during the four-day Consumer Electronics Show that kicked off Thursday.

The robot will be stationed outside the strip club’s gates to keep those waiting in line thoroughly entertained, likely because it is too massive to fit through any door frames.

“He will be protecting us all from the Ai bots taking over the Las Vegas #CES convention so that you may party worry free all weekend long!” the club said in an Instagram post.

Weighing nearly 4.6-tons, The Bot is a “human-controlled giant, powered all-terrain robotic ‘mech’ suit” that was flown in from Vancouver for CES, Sapphire Las Vegas said.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
Posted on: Feb 04 12:59
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 12:52
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 12:52
The cost of food continues to rise in the UK, and the country’s food retailers have warned that price inflation will continue into the foreseeable future. The latest figures show grocery prices are now increasing at their fastest rate on record.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 12:52
Emilly Santos, a student at Princeton University in New Jersey, is complaining about a new zero-tolerance policy for cheating at her school, which she says is unfair to “minorities” presumably because they cheat more than the majorities.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 12:52
Despite the calls of many employers for their workers to begin returning to the office, people still aren’t moving to big city centers like they used to. In fact, in many major cities in the United States, especially those located in Democrat-controlled states, more people are moving out.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 04 12:51
Readers of The Daily Wire will be pleased to learn that not every university professor supports suppressing the speech of those who challenge political orthodoxy on campus
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:49
Allied Van Lines’ Magnet States Report from 2022 revealed information regarding how Americans are moving around the country. It showed that fewer people packed up and moved last year than they did the years before in 2021 and 2020. Moves in general went down in each state across the nation, which led to a 20% drop over the course of 2022.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:47
The Biden administration has been asked to produce documentation on why it supports chemical and surgical child sex change treatments.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:47
Artificial intelligence language processing tool ChatGPT has earned worldwide recognition as knowledge workers use the system to complete tasks such as writing emails and fixing computer code in a matter of seconds. But as users realize that the system can serve as an insightful and entertaining conversation partner, many have also noticed that its political views skew leftward.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:46
Facebook and Instagram threatened to permanently ban Project Veritas from the platforms after a journalist from the nonprofit confronted a YouTube executive on why one of their Pfizer sting videos had been removed.
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:45
FBI Director Christopher Wray was subpoenaed on Friday by the House Judiciary Committee for information relating to the accusation that the bureau targeted parents at school board meetings in 2021, according to Fox News.
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:45
The FBI is now “involved” in the investigation into the murder of New Jersey Republican Councilwoman Eunice Dwumfour as more details about her personal life and the moments leading up to her death come to light.
By: orraz
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:44
On Friday, Pentagon Press Secretary Brigadier Gen. Pat Ryder — of the “most transparent administration ever” as it has come to be mocked — told inquiring minds to turn their eyes towards the clouds if they want to know its location.
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Posted on: Feb 04 11:43

The quantum computing revolution is almost upon us, with a vast array of sensors, communication systems, and spectacularly powerful computers all tantalizingly close to actualization.

Functional prototypes of quantum computers, like Google’s Sycamore machine, are already in operation across the globe. At the heart of such technologies are “quantum bits” or “qubits,” the fundamental units of quantum computation, similar to how bits are the foundational units of traditional computing.

Now, researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a new method of creating tiny light-emitting points called color centers; they arise in defects within crystals by taking a known material and giving it a twist. In turn, these controllable color centers could be used as a new way to generate qubits.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
Posted on: Feb 04 11:37

A former producer for ABC News was arrested Tuesday on federal charges of transporting child pornography.

James Gordon Meek, who lives in Arlington, Va., had several devices seized from his home by the FBI last April, the Department of Justice said in a statement. According to court documents, they contained images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Authorities also found multiple chat conversations with users who expressed enthusiasm for sexually abusing children.

The Department of Justice said that, in two of those conversations, a username allegedly associated with Meek received and distributed child sexual abuse materials through an internet-based messaging platform.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Feb 04 11:21