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Media still won't put heat on intel officials who told them the Biden laptop was 'Russian disinformation'

Media still won't put heat on intel officials who told them the Biden laptop was 'Russian disinformation'

The former intelligence officials who couldn't shut up during the Trump years have gone oddly silent over their baseless election-year allegation that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely "Russian disinformation." They sure picked a weird time to go quiet. There were 50 former intelligence officials who signed a letter last year claiming, without evidence, that Russia was likely behind the laptop story. Now, they largely refuse to explain why they alleged such a thing right before the 2020 election, the Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reports.

NBC cancels 2022 Golden Globes as part of pressure campaign on organizer for more 'diversity'

NBC cancels 2022 Golden Globes as part of pressure campaign on organizer for more 'diversity'

Piling onto pressure from Amazon, Netflix and social justice activists, the network NBC said it won't televise next year's Golden Globe Awards, citing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) slow pace of promised reforms. "We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform," NBC said in a statement on Monday. "However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

BEST OF THE WEB: In revenge attack, Irish police abduct Christian activist's children...

BEST OF THE WEB: In revenge attack, Irish police abduct Christian activist's children...

Update 2, 9th May: For a ten minute interview with Pat Sweeney, the man who had his children abducted by Irish police, please go here to overdeewall.com. In the video, Mr Sweeney gives his truthful side of events, rebutting unfounded rumours being spread online of a custody battle between the two partners. Those rumours have been spread online by Trotskyite Irish political factions who, in a feat of extreme mental gymnastics typical of the Irish far-left, decided to attack Mr Sweeney because their rival centre-right political groups were the only politicians who publicly came to Mr Sweeney's aid. The lunacy of the Irish left truly knows no bounds. The key takeaway for our international readers is the fact that Irish people are deathly afraid of their kids being taken into care with TUSLA, the corrupt Irish child protection agency that has been involved in multiple corruption scandals in the past decade.

Matt Taibbi: Media outlets 'once challenged the Spy State,' now they're 'agents' of it

Matt Taibbi: Media outlets 'once challenged the Spy State,' now they're 'agents' of it

Journalist Matt Taibbi blasted members of the media for their transformation from being challengers to what he referred to as the "Spy State" to becoming "agents" of it. Taibbi wrote a scathing piece on his Substack arguing that "news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting" by "partnering with the spy agencies they once oversaw." He began by recalling WikiLeaks' 2010 release of US government secrets from the war in Afghanistan, which he noted that outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel "helped" in exposing the documents that were "devastating to America's intelligence community and military," adding that such revelations later inspired former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to come forward in 2014 to expose the agency's surveillance program, resulting in Pulitzer Prizes for journalists Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras. "Fast forward seven years. Julian Assange is behind bars, and may die there. Snowden is in exile in...

CPS admits that "all offences charged under the Coronavirus Act were incorrectly charged"

CPS admits that "all offences charged under the Coronavirus Act were incorrectly charged"

A Freedom of Information request has confirmed that zero prosecutions have been made successfully under the Coronavirus Act. The request asked: "Since its inception - how many prosecutions have been made successfully under Coronavirus Act?" The response, given on Monday by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reads as follows: Since the CPS started its review on finalised cases charged under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) in April 2020 and up until February 2021, we found that all offences charged under the Act were incorrectly charged, and therefore discontinued because there was insufficient evidence to prove the offences under the Act. There were no cases where a suspect was convicted under the Act as of February 2021.

BEST OF THE WEB: The American Cyber Stasi will suppress all digital dissent in Biden's dystopia

BEST OF THE WEB: The American Cyber Stasi will suppress all digital dissent in Biden's dystopia

The dystopian hellhole that I predicted would become a fait accompli following Biden's confirmation as President by the Electoral College is quickly becoming a reality after CNN's recent report that the US' security services are considering contracting the services of so-called "researchers" as a legal workaround for spying on average Americans. According to the outlet, these ostensibly independent contractors would be charged with infiltrating the social media circles of white supremacists and other supposedly terrorist-inclined domestic forces within the country. The report claims that the intent is to "help provide a broad picture of who was perpetuating the 'narratives' of concern", after which "the FBI could theoretically use that pool of information to focus on specific individuals if there is enough evidence of a potential crime to legally do so". In other words, the US' security services essentially want to establish a "Cyber Stasi" of "fellow" citizens who spy on one...

UK climate activist Gail Bradbrook arrested after attacks on HSBC and Barclays

UK climate activist Gail Bradbrook arrested after attacks on HSBC and Barclays

British climate activist Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, was arrested at home on Tuesday for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud after her group attacked banks such as HSBC and Barclays. Activists from the group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targeted Lloyd's of London as part of what the activists cast as a "Money Rebellion". Comment: See: Extinction Rebellion activists break windows, stage protest outside HSBC HQ in London over fossil fuel financing Extinction Rebellion activists arrested outside Barclays London HQ after breaking windows to protest bank's fossil fuel financing "Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police at her home in Stroud at around 5:30 am this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion's debt disobedience," a spokeswoman for the group said.

Turn the other cheek? Israel's savage response to Gaza's rockets

Turn the other cheek? Israel's savage response to Gaza's rockets

Chaos is returning to the West Bank, as rockets are raining down on both sides of the Gaza fence. On the afternoon of May 10th, after days of violent protests in Jerusalem's Mount Temple, Hamas' military wing gave Israeli authorities a deadline to withdraw the police and release the detained Palestinians. As it was expected, Tel Aviv did not respect the ultimatum. As soon as it passed, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group reportedly launched about 30 rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. An ATGM also targeted a vehicle, injuring one civilian.

Florida clears officials in treatment of Jeffrey Epstein

Florida clears officials in treatment of Jeffrey Epstein

Florida detectives have cleared Palm Beach County prosecutors and sheriff's officials of criminal wrongdoing in connection with their handling of wealthy and prominent sex offender Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, reports released Monday show. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in its reports that it found no evidence that Epstein received any special treatment due to bribery or influence by any member of the Palm Beach County sheriff's or state attorney offices between 2005, when the investigation launched, and 2009, when he was released from jail. Both the state attorney's office and sheriff had been criticized by Epstein's victims and their advocates for the plea and sentencing deal he received and for his participation in a work-release program that allowed him to travel to his office most days for up to 16 hours, where he possibly engaged in the sexual abuse of underage girls.

Heavy snow hits Australian ski resorts a month early

Heavy snow hits Australian ski resorts a month early

A 'blizzard' has lashed Australia's ski resorts more than a month early in welcome signs for the nation's skiers and snowboarders. Temperatures fell to nearly 0C on Tuesday night, seeing a heavy downpour of snow to fall throughout the night through New South Wales snowy mountains. Both Thredbo and Perisher ski resorts received a 10cm dump of snow at their village level alone, with much deeper powder at the top of the runs. Mid-May snow dumps are rare in the region but offer a welcome sign for people hoping to get their skis on when the snow season gets going in June. Perisher recorded 74.7mm of rain overnight Tuesday, resulting in large snowfall across the region.

Hum of plasma waves in the 'void' of interstellar space detected by Voyager 1

Hum of plasma waves in the 'void' of interstellar space detected by Voyager 1

Voyager 1, having spent over 43 years zooming away from Earth since its 1977 launch, is now a very long way away indeed. Its distance from the Sun is over 150 times the distance between Earth and the Sun. It takes over 21 hours for transmissions traveling at light speed to arrive at Earth. It officially passed the heliopause - the boundary at which pressure from the solar wind is no longer sufficient to push into the wind from interstellar space - in 2012. Voyager 1 has left the Solar System - and it's finding that the void of space is not quite so void-like, after all. In the latest analysis of data from the intrepid probe, from a distance of nearly 23 billion kilometers (over 14 billion miles), astronomers have discovered, from 2017 onwards, a constant hum from plasma waves in the interstellar medium, the diffuse gas that lurks between the stars.

Disabled vet beaten by armed protesters during Portland BLM demonstration

Disabled vet beaten by armed protesters during Portland BLM demonstration

A disabled veteran in Portland, Oregon, is hospitalized with multiple serious injuries after a group of armed Black Lives Matter protesters attacked and beat him. Portland Police Bureau officials reportedly received several calls about the violent acts of the BLM protesters on May 5. Joe Hall, a 53-year-old home handyman, a crowd of BLM protesters armed with AR-15s and AK-47 surrounded his vehicle and then attacked him when he got out of his work truck, FOX 12 Portland reported. He said he was driving through the area where a BLM protest was underway while moving from a completed job to his next assignment. The crowd stopped his vehicle and those of others as they blocked the roadway.

An army of Big Biotech companies is using psych tactics to 'create vaccine demand'

An army of Big Biotech companies is using psych tactics to 'create vaccine demand'

A new 'Vaccination Demand Observatory' is using surveillance, bots, and 'behavior change' mass marketing schemes to press reluctant people into getting the shots The U.S. is awash in a surplus of coronavirus vaccines as there has been a sudden in drop in demand for them; most Americans who want the shots have had them. Now an army of Big Biotech's agencies set up to address "vaccine hesitancy" are turning up their mass marketing to "create demand" using surveillance, rapid data analysis, media control, and host of behavior control strategies they've outlined in their playbooks. Demand plummets About 40% of the total adult population has been fully vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Uptake plummeted 25% after a peak in mid-April, and 56.4% of adults have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. But five million people - about eight per cent of those who took a first dose of the shot - failed to show up for their second...

BEST OF THE WEB: How White Helmet's Mayday 'cashbox' profited from the Syrian regime change op and ripped off EU taxpayers

BEST OF THE WEB: How White Helmet's Mayday 'cashbox' profited from the Syrian regime change op and ripped off EU taxpayers

Being aware of fraud allegations against the White Helmets' international cashbox, the Mayday Rescue Foundation, the Dutch government opted to keep it on the hush-hush, the newspaper de Volkskrant reported on 7 May. What's behind the supposed cover-up attempt and what else are European governments hiding? The Mayday Rescue Foundation was registered in the Netherlands in 2014 as a not-for-profit entity by James Le Mesurier, a former British Army officer. Since its inception, Mayday has provided support to the Syria Civil Defence, commonly known as the White Helmets, a controversial group acting under the guise of a "humanitarian" organisation in the jihadist-held areas of Syria.

Fauci claims there's 'no doubt' US has 'UNDERCOUNTED' its Covid-19 deaths

Fauci claims there's 'no doubt' US has 'UNDERCOUNTED' its Covid-19 deaths

Dr. Anthony Fauci, health adviser turned celebrity by the Covid-19 pandemic, has suggested that the virus is even more deadly than reported, saying the US has "undercounted" its world-leading death toll. "I think there's no doubt that we are and have been undercounting," Fauci said on Sunday during NBC's 'Meet the Press' program. Asked by host Chuck Todd about a University of Washington study which said there were more than 900,000 US Covid-19 deaths, exceeding the official count of 581,000, the doctor replied, "That's a bit more than I would have thought the undercounting was, but sometimes the models are right on line, sometimes they're a bit off." Todd joined Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, in hyping the death toll. He said the Washington estimate was "almost double what we were able to track," although it was only about 55% higher than the reported total.

STUDY: 'Third wave' of sickness and death will be dominated by those who have been fully vaccinated

STUDY: 'Third wave' of sickness and death will be dominated by those who have been fully vaccinated

The next big wave of COVID infections, already hitting states such as Michigan, will be dominated by people who have been fully vaccinated. This was predicted by the authors of a scientific study published in a British medical journal. Between 60 and 70 percent of "third wave" COVID deaths and hospitalizations will be from people who were fully vaccinated, according to the study, Summary of Further Modeling of Easing Restrictions, published March 31 by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. This may at least partially explain why Detroit-area hospitals are filling up with COVID patients. But you won't read about this angle to the story from anyone in the mainstream media. They are reporting the story as simply a new wave of COVID hospitalizations and deaths caused by a UK-based variant of the virus that has nothing to do with the high rate of vaccinations. [See Detroit News, April 15, 2021, Beaumont nears COVID hospital capacity as experts warn of 'new pandemic.']...

BEST OF THE WEB: Cyberattack forces shutdown of largest gasoline pipeline in United States - UPDATES

BEST OF THE WEB: Cyberattack forces shutdown of largest gasoline pipeline in United States - UPDATES

The largest gasoline pipeline on the East Coast, and the US in general, was shut down on Friday after its operator struggled to contain a cyberattack which threatened its systems. The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which is the single largest refined-products pipeline in the United States, halted transit as the company was forced to take "certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations," according to The Wall Street Journal on Saturday. It's reportedly still offline into early Saturday. Colonial's network is responsible for supplying fuel that originates with refiners on the Gulf Coast to most of the eastern and southern US, accounting for over 2.5 million barrels per day in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, or other refined products transferred, making up 45% of all the East Coast's fuel supply. It spans from Texas through southern states and up to New Jersey. "At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of...

The demonization begins: In Canada, NDP leader accuses anti-maskers, lockdown protests of having links to far-right ideology

The demonization begins: In Canada, NDP leader accuses anti-maskers, lockdown protests of having links to far-right ideology

Singh's comments came as rallies against COVID-19 health orders are being staged across the country while many provinces battle a deadly third wave Online conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and protests against public health orders are helping to spread dangerous ideas laden with racism and bigotry, says a network monitoring hate groups in Canada. The executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said since last year people espousing hateful beliefs have linked themselves to conspiracy and anti-lockdown movements around the novel coronavirus. "We have two pandemics: We have the actual pandemic and then we have this pandemic of hate," Evan Balgord said.

Kremlin: Russia had absolutely nothing to do with Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, despite Biden's claims to contrary

Kremlin: Russia had absolutely nothing to do with Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, despite Biden's claims to contrary

One day after US President Joe Biden said that Russia has "some responsibility" for the ransomware attack that crippled America's Colonial Pipeline, the Kremlin has firmly denied Moscow had anything to do with the incident. On May 7, the IT systems of the pipeline's vital infrastructure, which transits fuel between the Gulf Coast and the New York Harbor area, were attacked with ransomware, causing Colonial to temporarily suspend all operations. America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has blamed DarkSide, a cybercriminal group that has hacked numerous companies. Ransomware is a form of software that encrypts a victim's files, holding them hostage until a ransom is paid.

Ukrainian opposition leader Medvedchuk to face prosecution for 'treason' as Kiev's security services begin manhunt

Ukrainian opposition leader Medvedchuk to face prosecution for 'treason' as Kiev's security services begin manhunt

Security forces in Ukraine have begun searching for Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the country's largest opposition party, after state prosecutors announced their intention to bring charges against him for alleged high treason. On Tuesday, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Irina Venediktova wrote on Facebook that she had "signed charges against two People's Deputies of the Ukrainian Parliament." She claimed that the decision came after lengthy investigations, and sufficient evidence had been collected to charge Medvedchuk with both treason and attempted theft of "national resources in Ukrainian Crimea [sic]." It is believed that the case relates in part to Medvedchuk's business interests in Russia, and Venediktova told her followers that they could conclude from the decision to prosecute that "you cannot consider Crimea to be part of another state." However, the official added, a search of Medvedchuk's house by the SBU, Ukraine's successor to the Soviet-era KGB security agency, failed...

Biden HHS reverses Trump-era policy limiting transgender health rights

Biden HHS reverses Trump-era policy limiting transgender health rights

The Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced that it will protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in health care, reversing a Trump-era policy. The HHS' Office for Civil Rights said it would interpret and enforce Section 1557 and Title IX's prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and discrimination on the basis of gender identity. Section 1557 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability in covered health programs or activities. The move affirms that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in health care also protect gay and transgender people. The Trump administration had defined "sex" to mean gender assigned at birth, thereby excluding transgender people from the law's umbrella of protection.

Five migrant girls found abandoned in sweltering heat by Texas farmer

Five migrant girls found abandoned in sweltering heat by Texas farmer

Five young migrant girls — one so young she was crawling naked through the brush — were found by a Texas farmer on his ranch near the Rio Grande River as temperatures soared past 100 degrees, according to a report on Tuesday. The girls, all under the age of 7, were discovered by the farmer on his land in Quemado hungry and crying, the youngest too small to walk, Fox News reported.

Black man who disguised himself with a white guy mask arrested in connection to dozens of burglaries

Black man who disguised himself with a white guy mask arrested in connection to dozens of burglaries

After more than 30 burglaries were committed in the Los Angeles area, the Beverly Hills Police Department announced Thursday that the man suspected behind the actions has been arrested. In a May 7, 2021 media release on Facebook, BHPD announced that they arrested 30-year-old Rockim Prowell of Inglewood, California during a traffic stop on May 2. During the traffic stop it was discovered that Prowell was driving a vehicle with stolen plates, and possessed a face mask as well as other items connected to two previous burglaries. BHPD reported: "On April 20, 2021, Beverly Hills Police Officers responded to a report of a residential burglary in the 1900 block of Loma Vista Drive. During the investigation, it was discovered that the same suspect was responsible for a residential burglary that occurred on July 20, 2020, in the 100 block of Stanley Drive. The suspect, and the vehicle he was driving, were tied to both crimes through surveillance video. During both crimes, the suspect stole...

Shooting in Times Square injures 3, including 4-year-old girl, gunman intended to shoot his brother

Shooting in Times Square injures 3, including 4-year-old girl, gunman intended to shoot his brother

Law enforcement sources told The New York Post that 31-year-old Farrakhan Muhammad has been named as a person of interest in Saturday night's Times Square shooting that injured three people, including a four-year-old girl, according to reports. Shots rang out just before 5 p.m. Saturday at 44th Street and Seventh Avenue in Midtown Manhattan. Law enforcement sources told The Post that the shooting resulted from an argument between the person of interest and his brother. Three people were injured amid the gunfire: Wendy Magrinat, a 23-year-old Rhode Island resident shot in the leg, a 43-year-old woman from New Jersey in the foot, and a 4-year-old girl from Brooklyn was shot in the leg.

Report says Melinda Gates has been meeting with divorce lawyers since 2019

Report says Melinda Gates has been meeting with divorce lawyers since 2019

Bill Gates' wife has been talking to divorce lawyers for more than 18 months — and was concerned in part by his ties to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a bombshell report Sunday. Melinda Gates, 56, has been working with lawyers at several firms since at least October 2019 — the same month her husband was first exposed as having repeatedly met Epstein at his Manhattan mansion, the Wall Street Journal said, citing sources and divorce documents. The Microsoft co-founder's dealings with the convicted pedophile had been a source of concern for his wife, sources told the paper. Melinda Gates — a global advocate for women and girls — had already warned her billionaire tech-mogul husband that she was uncomfortable with Epstein after they both met him in 2013, the outlet's sources confirmed of earlier reports.

Israel bombs 130 Gaza targets in retaliation for 200 Hamas rockets, after Jerusalem police attack worshipers in Al Aqsa Mosque

Israel bombs 130 Gaza targets in retaliation for 200 Hamas rockets, after Jerusalem police attack worshipers in Al Aqsa Mosque

The Israeli military has conducted dozens of deadly strikes across Gaza, after Hamas launched a barrage of rockets, itself accusing Israeli authorities of violently suppressing Palestinian worshipers on a major night of Ramadan. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) shared footage of some of the airstrikes early on Tuesday morning, claiming to have hit 130 Hamas and Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza overnight, including 15 militants, a Hamas "intelligence facility," as well as several rocket launchers, military outposts, underground "attack tunnels," and a weapons manufacturing site. While the military said it took precautions to avoid harm to civilians during the air raids, the Gaza Health Ministry reported 20 civilian deaths in the bombing late on Monday night, among them nine children, in addition to 95 wounded.

Former ambassador Craig Murray jailed for blogposts in Salmond case that revealed machinations of establishment in Scotland

Former ambassador Craig Murray jailed for blogposts in Salmond case that revealed machinations of establishment in Scotland

The former British diplomat argued the contempt of court charges against him undermine the right to free speech, are unduly broad in their scope, and are a form of politically motivated retaliation, following his outspoken criticism of the prosecution of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. The High Court in Edinburgh has jailed former British diplomat-turned-whistleblower Craig Murray for eight months for contempt of court. The charge related to Murray's alleged "jigsaw" identification of the identities of protected witnesses in the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. But Murray will remain free for three weeks while his lawyers submit an appeal against his conviction.

Hugging lesson? BBC gets pilloried for giving tips on how to 'safely' embrace one another

Hugging lesson? BBC gets pilloried for giving tips on how to 'safely' embrace one another

The BBC has exposed itself to a wave of internet scorn after lecturing Britons on how to correctly embrace one another, in response to reports that the government would soon "allow" hugging. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to push forward with plans to ease lockdown restrictions, including guidance on hugging. The government is "hopeful" that hugs will soon be permitted, but people should act "cautiously" when engaging in amicable touching, Health Minister Nadine Dorries said. Her remarks were echoed by Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove, who said Downing Street wanted to fully restore "friendly contact" between people. The government's somewhat presumptuous belief that it could "allow" Britons to hug each other seemed to delight the BBC, which scrambled to assemble experts to weigh in on how to responsibly go about putting your arms around someone.

Did a Costa Rican mapping project produce the best UFO photo ever taken?

Did a Costa Rican mapping project produce the best UFO photo ever taken?

Five decades ago, a Costa Rican government mapping team accidentally took a photo that looks absolutely strange, other-worldly, and totally convincing. Is it? Are there better (authentic) UFO photos out there than the one you're looking at? Undoubtedly. Unfortunately, it seems that those photos have yet to be released, declassified, or otherwise made available to the general public. Until that day occurs, this one is going to have to do. It has many fans and a few detractors, but the story is still compelling. 2021 is the 50th anniversary of this photo being taken. In those five decades, the legend of the Lake Cote photo has only grown. In 1999, for example, the French government put it on the cover of its COMETA report, a document long thought to be among the most open statements on the UFO subject ever made by any government. The report states that the ETH, Extra Terrestrial Hypothesis, is probably the most likely explanation for what's truly going on with these objects.

Mathematicians find core mechanism to calculate tipping points

Mathematicians find core mechanism to calculate tipping points

Climate change, a pandemic or the coordinated activity of neurons in the brain: In all of these examples, a transition takes place at a certain point from the base state to a new state. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have discovered a universal mathematical structure at these so-called tipping points. It creates the basis for a better understanding of the behavior of networked systems. It is an essential question for scientists in every field: How can we predict and influence changes in a networked system? "In biology, one example is the modelling of coordinated neuron activity," says Christian Kühn, professor of multiscale and stochastic dynamics at TUM. Models of this kind are also used in other disciplines, for example when studying the spread of diseases or climate change. All critical changes in networked systems have one thing in common: a tipping point where the system makes a transition from a base state to a new state. This may be a smooth shift,...

CIA recruitment ad featuring gay agency librarian prompts backlash over more woke-washing

CIA recruitment ad featuring gay agency librarian prompts backlash over more woke-washing

For the second time in two weeks, a Central Intelligence Agency recruitment ad with a feel-good story about "inclusion" and "identity" has been criticized for virtue-signaling 'wokeness' to paint over its less wholesome actions. The ad, released on the agency's official YouTube account in April as part of its ongoing 'Humans of CIA' series, features an unnamed employee who describes himself as an "agency librarian" during a voiceover monologue accompanying a sequence of videos showing him at work. A previous point-of-view video in the series - from a "cisgender millenial" Latina intelligence officer with "generalized anxiety disorder" - elicited a widespread backlash after it went viral last week.

Leading Russiagate conspiracy theorist appointed to key national security role at Biden's Department of Justice

Leading Russiagate conspiracy theorist appointed to key national security role at Biden's Department of Justice

Susan Hennessey, a former Obama-Biden administration lawyer who turned to promoting the Russiagate conspiracy theory during Donald Trump's presidential term, has finally found her landing spot on President Joe Biden's team. Hennessey announced the move herself after seemingly scrubbing her Twitter account of Russiagate tweets, saying on Monday that she's "honored to be joining the extraordinary team at the Department of Justice (DOJ)." In fact, she will be senior counsel in the DOJ's National Security Division.

Israel kills 20 Palestinians in Gaza, injures hundreds in Jerusalem as Al-Aqsa tensions flare

Israel kills 20 Palestinians in Gaza, injures hundreds in Jerusalem as Al-Aqsa tensions flare

Israeli forces killed 20 Palestinians, including nine children in an airstrike on the northern Gaza Strip on Monday evening, the Ministry of Health in Gaza reported, as tensions escalated over Israeli aggression at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem. Israel conducted airstrikes in Gaza on Monday evening, following rocket fire from Gaza that caused damage to one Israeli vehicle, and "lightly injured" one Israeli civilian, according to an Israeli army statement. Some Palestinian media outlets reported that the Palestinian casualties were from the same family, though the Ministry of Health has yet to confirm the identities of those who were killed. The Israeli army said that "three Hamas operatives" were killed in a "targeted attack," but made no mention of the other reported casualties, including the children.

Scientists conclude: Human origins research is a big mess

Scientists conclude: Human origins research is a big mess

In several articles at Evolution News (Bechly 2017a-d, 2018a-b, 2019a-d) and podcasts at ID the Future (Bechly 2019a+c) I have described in recent years how human origins research is in a ridiculous state of constant major "rewritings" and refutations of allegedly indisputable textbook wisdom. This is mainly due to surprising new discoveries of hominin fossils. The situation goes far beyond the healthy normal progress of science. Instead, it suggests that something is wrong with the general narrative, which needs not just some rewriting here and there, but a major rethinking and paradigm change (Bechly 2017c). A New Review Study This critical view has again been confirmed with a new review study by Almécija et al. (2021) in the prestigious journal Science, which especially evaluates the role of Miocene apes for evolutionary scenarios of human origins and the reconstruction of the last common ancestor (LCA) of chimps and humans. The authors discuss the numerous conflicting...

Spring snow accumulates in parts of Colorado and Wyoming

Spring snow accumulates in parts of Colorado and Wyoming

Portions of Wyoming and Colorado got another taste of winter on May 10 with several inches of snow accumulating across higher elevations.

The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

The Ethnic Cleansing of Jerusalem

The Israeli occupation of Palestine has taken an ugly turn, as nearly 2,800 Palestinians are slated to be evicted from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah by fanatical Jewish settlers. The outright theft of Palestinian homes and property by predatory Zionist vultures has provoked widespread protests and violence in the revered city. Heavily armed Israeli police forces have intervened to protect the settlers. Hundreds of Palestinians have been injured on the grounds of the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque. The necessity of defending Jerusalem and one of the holiest sites in Islam is a deeply held conviction for many of the world's 1.9 billion Muslims. By slowly encircling Al-Aqsa and allowing property expropriations in East Jerusalem, Israel is playing with fire. It should be recalled that the notorious Arab murderer Ariel Sharon invaded Haram al Sharif surrounded by hundreds of armed police, igniting the second Palestinian Intifada on September 28, 2000. The revolt...

Flood kills 6 in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province - 70 deaths due to flooding across the country in 2 weeks

Flood kills 6 in Afghanistan's northern Takhar province - 70 deaths due to flooding across the country in 2 weeks

Six persons were killed as downpours and flash floods swept away parts of northern Afghanistan's Takhar province including provincial capital Taluqan city on Monday night, a local official said Tuesday. "At least six persons including five children were killed in rainstorm and flooding in Taluqan and its vicinity last night," Hajji Mohammad Ashraf told Xinhua. Several houses were also destroyed or damaged due to the rainstorm and flooding, the official further said.

Baby dead after attack by family dog in Norwich, Connecticut.

Baby dead after attack by family dog in Norwich, Connecticut.

A 1-month-old was killed in a dog attack on McKinley Avenue in Norwich, according to police. Officials said the incident happened at approximately 8:40 p.m. on Monday. The infant was attacked by the family's dog and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Detectives are investigating the incident.

Deadly landslide after heavy rain in West Sumatra, Indonesia - at least 7 people killed

Deadly landslide after heavy rain in West Sumatra, Indonesia - at least 7 people killed

At least 7 people have died after heavy rain caused a landslide West Sumatra, Indonesia. According to the country's disaster agency BNPB, a landslide struck a mining area of Sangir Batang Hari District, South Solok Regency, West Sumatra, on 10 May 2021 after heavy rain. Conditions are making access to the area difficult for rescue teams.

Biden: 'No evidence' Russia responsible for pipeline cyberattack, but Russia has 'some responsibility'

Biden: 'No evidence' Russia responsible for pipeline cyberattack, but Russia has 'some responsibility'

A cyberattack that crippled the US fuel supply wasn't the work of Russia, President Joe Biden said. Confusingly, Biden then said that Russia bears "some responsibility" for the attack. A ransomware attack on Friday shut down a gasoline and diesel pipeline running 5,500 miles along the entire US East Coast. Operated by the Colonial Pipeline Company, the vital fuel artery normally transits 100 million gallons per day from Texas all the way to New York. The Biden administration responded by invoking emergency powers to enable truckers to transport more fuel, as traders scrambled to import fuel by sea from Europe.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - ‌Inside the Mind of the Covid True Believer

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - ‌Inside the Mind of the Covid True Believer

Last week an opinion piece showed up on USA Today titled: "It's time to start shunning the 'vaccine hesitant'. They're blocking COVID herd immunity'. The article sparked the expected (and probably welcomed) amount of polarizing outrage on both sides of the issue on social media as the author goes into detail about how anyone choosing to forego the genetically engineered Covid shot should be treated as a second class citizen with multiple rights taken away. What is revealing about the article is how far the mind of the Covid true believer has actually gone in hoovering up the propaganda and spitting it back out almost verbatim, complete with all the contradictory and nonsensical points in tact (like the fact that the shots are said to NOT confer immunity, only mitigate symptoms, yet the shots are needed for herd immunity to be achieved). The Covid true believer needs to be able to ignore these contradictions in order to be able to maintain the belief that the authorities know what...

Mushrooms on Mars? Scientists believe they've found proof of life on the red planet

Mushrooms on Mars? Scientists believe they've found proof of life on the red planet

Could there be mushrooms on Mars? In a new paper, an international team of scientists from countries including the U.S., France, and China have gathered and compared photographic evidence they claim shows fungus-like objects growing on the Red Planet. In their paper, which appears in Scientific Research Publishing's Advances in Microbiology, the scientists analyze images taken by NASA's Opportunity and Curiosity rovers, plus the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's HiRISE camera. The objects in question show "chalky-white colored spherical shaped specimens," which the Mars Opportunity team initially said was a mineral called hematite.

9 dead in bloody attack at high school in Kazan, Russia, explosion & machine gun fire heard

9 dead in bloody attack at high school in Kazan, Russia, explosion & machine gun fire heard

At least nine people have died, with 16 injured, during a shooting at a school in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, on Tuesday morning. The alleged perpetrator survived the incident and has been detained by police. "We have lost seven children, eighth-grade students, four boys and three girls," Tatarstan's President Rustam Minnikhanov told the Russia-24 rolling news channel. "They died on the third floor, and 16 more people are now in hospital." "The terrorist was arrested. He is 19-years-old, no weapons are officially registered to him and no other accomplices have been identified," Minnikhanov continued.

Taiwan rations water, drills extra wells amid record drought

Taiwan rations water, drills extra wells amid record drought

Some households in Taiwan are going without running water two days a week after a months-long drought dried up the island's reservoirs and a popular tourist lake. Authorities are drilling extra wells and using military planes to dump cloud-seeding chemicals in hopes of triggering rain. The government has allocated money to extract drinkable water from the sea. Farmers who need to flood paddies to raise rice, lotus root and other thirsty crops have been hit hard. "The lotus flowers and seeds I planted don't produce well," said Chen Chiu-lang, a farmer in the southern city of Tainan standing in a dry paddy field. Rainfall in the seven months through February was less than half the historic average after no typhoons hit Taiwan in 2020 for the first time in 56 years, according to the government.

California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state

California declares drought emergency across vast swath of state

California has expanded a drought emergency declaration to a large swath of the nation's most populated state amid "acute water supply shortages" in northern and central parts of California. The declaration, expanded by Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday, now includes 41 of 58 counties, covering 30% of California's nearly 40 million people. The US drought monitor shows most of the state and the American west is in extensive drought just a few years after California emerged from a punishing multiyear dry spell. Officials fear an extraordinary dry spring presages a wildfire season like last year, when flames burned a record 6,562 sq mi(16,996 sq km). The declaration comes as Newsom prepares to propose more spending on short- and long-term responses to dry conditions. The Democrat last month had declared an emergency in just two counties north of San Francisco - Mendocino and Sonoma. The expanded declaration includes the counties in the Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and...

Censored! Who needs a totalitarian state when zealous, woke workers ensure that books with 'invalid opinions' never get an airing?

Censored! Who needs a totalitarian state when zealous, woke workers ensure that books with 'invalid opinions' never get an airing?

The publishing industry is encouraging grass roots censorship and increasingly giving in to employees who demand that certain views should never be able to be expressed - especially those involving trans issues. It looks like publishing is fast becoming a career choice for ambitious would-be censors. The most aspiring and aggressive wing of the grass-roots censorship movement is the lobby policing publications dealing with trans-related issues. Recently a group of individuals from across the publishing industry associated with this lobby wrote a letter to The Bookseller demanding the censoring of books that it deems unfavourable to its cause. The main point of the letter is to claim that trans culture cannot be a subject of debate and that publishers should prevent opinions that run counter to it from being published. It states: "Transphobia is still perfectly acceptable in the British book industry. Our industry excuses it, says that to view transgender individuals as having less...

Black people are far more powerful than critical race theory preaches

Black people are far more powerful than critical race theory preaches

The nation is currently engulfed in a debate about critical race theory, a social science that emerged in the mid-1970s that analyzes how racism has been used as a system to disempower people of color. The view has been popularized by people like Ibrahim X. Kendi and Robin DiAngelo, whose books How to Be an Antiracist and White Fragility mainstreamed the idea that racism is systemic and must be combatted constantly and vigorously, at every level of society. More recently, there's been some pushback, too: Republicans across the nation have been making attempts to ban this theory from public schools, pointing out that its practical application has led to the demonization of white students. The problem with critical race theory is much deeper than that, though. It stems from a fundamental misunderstanding of the complexities of our social and political realities, reducing them to a single factor: racism. But when it comes to how race and power intersect, black history is far, far...

Leaked documents said to show how Washington's 'Arab NATO' initiative to isolate Iran failed

Leaked documents said to show how Washington's 'Arab NATO' initiative to isolate Iran failed

Despite carrying on with much of his predecessor's foreign policy agenda, President Biden's administration has yet to bring up "Arab NATO", the Trump-era effort to build a coalition of Middle Eastern states to "confront Iranian aggression", terrorism and extremism, and to "promote economic growth" and energy security. A Lebanese newspaper has published what it says is a trove of top secret documents revealing how the Trump administration's attempt to convince its Middle Eastern partners to form a united anti-Iran alliance failed. The leak, published by al-Akhbar, contains nine documents, including policy papers and minutes of meetings, and the newspaper hints that they may be only the first in a series of leaks of confidential documents on the Trump-led anti-Iranian initiative for the Middle East, formally known as the 'Middle Eastern Strategic Alliance' (MESA) and also referred to as 'Arab NATO'.

Oral microbiomes of Neanderthals, primates, and humans reconstructed, revealing insights into early human behaviour

Oral microbiomes of Neanderthals, primates, and humans reconstructed, revealing insights into early human behaviour

Living in and on our bodies are trillions of microbial cells belonging to thousands of bacterial species, known as the microbiome. These microbes play key roles in human health, but little is known about their evolution. In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a multidisciplinary international research team led by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) investigated the evolutionary history of the hominid oral microbiome by analyzing the fossilized dental plaque of humans and Neanderthals spanning the past 100,000 years and comparing it to those of wild chimpanzees, gorillas, and howler monkeys.

'Humanitarian' agency USAID was 'key tool' for Washington undermining the Venezuelan government, official review reveals

'Humanitarian' agency USAID was 'key tool' for Washington undermining the Venezuelan government, official review reveals

Allegations that the US government's leading aid provider is in fact a 'trojan horse' for regime change have circulated for years but were always strenuously denied. Now though, Washington appears to have confirmed it in writing. On April 16, the oversight division of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) quietly published a review of the organization's activities in Venezuela from January-April 2019. Its seismic findings were almost universally ignored by the mainstream media, although the Grayzone certainly took notice. During that chaotic period, Juan Guaido declared himself the country's acting and rightful leader, challenging the legitimacy of elected President Nicolas Maduro, leading to fiery upheaval engulfing the streets of Caracas. In a widely publicized incident on February 23, trucks carrying USAID "humanitarian commodities" from Colombia into Venezuela were stopped at border crossings and set ablaze. Western news outlets and politicians were quick to blame...