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Facebook mandate: All content moderators must watch 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Facebook mandate: All content moderators must watch 'Monty Python And The Holy Grail

Facebook had egg on its face this week when it moderated a post by satirical site The Babylon Bee, a Christian site run by incredibly handsome and smart writers. The post contained a reference to Monty Python and the Holy Grail, but Facebook accused the website of inciting violence. So, Facebook will now require all its content moderators to watch the classic British comedy so that they will recognize references to it in the future. The social media company shut down for two hours in the middle of the day to screen the film for its content moderators, who took copious notes on the movie. "We now recognize the need to employ moderators who understand references to classics like Monty Python," said Mark Zuckerberg. "We are extremely sorry to The Babylon Bee for squashing their hilarious, original, clever, funny, joke." At publishing time, Facebook's headquarters were filled with employees who now had a great sense of humor, though their constant Monty Python references were getting...

Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski will turn materials over to the FBI

Hunter Biden business partner Tony Bobulinski will turn materials over to the FBI

Tony Bobulinski, a former Biden family business partner who confirmed that he was the recipient of one of Hunter Biden's emails linked to investment with a Chinese energy company, said Thursday he will give all of his materials to the FBI. Fox News Channel White House Correspondent John Roberts initially reported Thursday afternoon that Bobulinski "will turn his electronic devices and records of business dealings with Hunter and Jim Biden over to the FBI." Bobulinski later addressed reporters at the J.W. Marriott in Nashville, Tennessee, two hours prior to the presidential debate, confirming a story first broken by Breitbart News on Wednesday — namely, that he had personally witnessed former Vice President Joe Biden discussing business interests with Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and his brother, James Biden.

There is a solution to Big Tech censorship - but no politician will touch it

There is a solution to Big Tech censorship - but no politician will touch it

The issue of censorship by major tech companies is a precarious one, and I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of the nature of the debate. There are some complexities, but it can all be boiled down to this: Big tech social media conglomerates argue that their websites are like any other private business and that they are protected from overt government interference by the US constitution. In other words, they have a right to platform or de-platform anyone they choose. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what most leftist groups have argued in the past when it comes to private businesses refusing to cooperate with people they disagree with on basic principle, such as LGBT activists, but let's set that hypocrisy aside for now. Social media companies have decided that the people they want to de-platform most are conservatives, along anyone else who disagrees with hard left ideologies such as social justice or the handling of the pandemic situation. Statements or content that run...

UK scientists confirm efficacy of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, day after one volunteer reported dead in Brazil

UK scientists confirm efficacy of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, day after one volunteer reported dead in Brazil

Researchers in the UK claim the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine behaves as expected in the human body, in new research released a day after Brazilian authorities announced the death of one of its trial volunteers. In their work, the group of independent UK scientists say the vaccine accurately follows its creators' intentions once injected into the human body. The study was conducted by several virologists unaffiliated with AstraZeneca and led by Dr. David Matthews, of the University of Bristol, and has so far been published only as a preprint, meaning it hasn't yet passed the peer-review process. It states that the vaccine accurately copies and performs the genetic instructions programmed into it by its designers.

The healthcare system isn't interested in anything other than Covid... not even lung cancer

The healthcare system isn't interested in anything other than Covid... not even lung cancer

A new report has shown how people with lung cancer may have been misdiagnosed as coronavirus sufferers, which is already contributing to avoidable deaths. The obsession with Covid-19 is beginning to take its toll. The UK's deadliest cancer, which kills around 35,300 people annually, may be in for a record-breaking year. And it is all thanks to lockdowns. As we know all too well, when it comes to cancer, early intervention is everything. With lung cancer, a delay of just 40 days to a surgery can cause a 16 percent increase in mortality, and three months can be the difference between a treatment and a death sentence. Now, a report by the UK Lung Cancer Coalition has lifted the lid on a scandal bubbling in the NHS: the appalling toll that government coronavirus rules are taking on lung cancer patients. Lung cancer referrals fell by 75 percent in spring. At least one third of patients with lung cancer have already died since the outbreak began. And according to Professor David Baldwin,...

Lockdown tyranny: Illinois gov. orders police to patrol for COVID violations, France extends draconian curfews, Ireland arrests protesters

Lockdown tyranny: Illinois gov. orders police to patrol for COVID violations, France extends draconian curfews, Ireland arrests protesters

Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Thursday that Illinois State Police will start patrolling bars and restaurants in regions of the state where coronavirus numbers are surging, and establishments that disregard his new restrictions could face sanctions including the loss of their liquor or gambling licenses. On another record-setting day for new COVID-19 infections, Pritzker announced the police patrols in four area of the state. The officers will be authorized to disperse crowds and issue citations for violators. Pritzker previously downplayed enforcement while begging for compliance, but he said times have changed. "It is very serious right now, folks, and if we need to close down restaurants or bars or take away their liquor licenses, take away their gaming licenses, we will do that because we are now headed into a peak that is beyond, potentially, where we were in March and April," Pritzker said during a visit to the St. Clair County Health Department in Belleville. Comment: It's not...

Churches win over Colorado governor's pandemic orders

Churches win over Colorado governor's pandemic orders

A federal judge ruled late last week in favor of two Colorado churches that challenged Gov. Jared Polis's (D) pandemic orders requiring indoor occupancy limitations and masks during worship. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Domenico, a Trump appointee, granted Denver Bible Church and its pastor, Robert Enyart, as well as Community Baptist Church and its pastor, Joey Rhoads, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The judge said Polis's Public Health Order 20-35 violated the churches' First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Domenico wrote in his ruling: [T]he Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant's or spa's.

Fire erupts after explosion at Iranian petrochemicals plant

Fire erupts after explosion at Iranian petrochemicals plant

An explosion caused a blaze at a petrochemicals plant in southwestern Iran on Friday, according to state media. The country has been plagued by accidents at industrial facilities in recent months. The fire broke out at the aromatics unit of a petrochemical plant in the port city of Bandar Mahshahr, state broadcaster IRIB reported. Firefighters from the plant as well as regional fire teams were called to the site and managed to contain the blaze. There were no fatalities or injuries as a result of the incident, it added.

30 dead after seasonal flu vaccinations in South Korea, medical association urges gov to suspend program

30 dead after seasonal flu vaccinations in South Korea, medical association urges gov to suspend program

South Korean officials refused on Thursday to suspend a seasonal influenza inoculation effort, despite growing calls for a halt, including an appeal from a key group of doctors, after the deaths of at least 25 of those vaccinated. Health authorities said they found no direct links between the deaths and the vaccines. At least 22 of the dead, including a 17-year-old boy, were part of a campaign to inoculate 19 million teenagers and senior citizens for free, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said. Comment: Since when did teenagers need a vaccine for the flu? "The number of deaths has increased, but our team sees low possibility that the deaths resulted from the shots," the agency's director, Jeong Eun-kyeong, told parliament.

Chris Wallace tweets being 'jealous' of Kristen Welker: New moderator wins praise from all sides for managing 'civilized' debate

Chris Wallace tweets being 'jealous' of Kristen Welker: New moderator wins praise from all sides for managing 'civilized' debate

NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker won praise from both the political left and right - including kudos from Donald Trump himself - for finally giving Americans a presidential debate without controversy over moderator bias. Thursday night's performance by Welker in the final debate between President Trump and Democrat rival Joe Biden stood in stark contrast to the handling of this fall's previous debates and town hall meetings by moderators and hosts. Fox News host Chris Wallace, in particular, was pilloried for his performance in the September 29 Trump-Biden debate, after which he was blasted by Democrats for failing to take control over the conversation and ripped by Republicans for being "shamelessly biased" against Trump.

BEST OF THE WEB: "Smoking gun" email from laptop shows Burisma's goal was to buy influence via Hunter Biden and Devon Archer

BEST OF THE WEB: "Smoking gun" email from laptop shows Burisma's goal was to buy influence via Hunter Biden and Devon Archer

On December 6, 2015, Joe Biden ordered Ukraine President Petr Poroshenko to fire Ukraine Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, threatening to withhold $1 billion in US aid to the Poroshenko government if he did not do so. Newly revealed evidence taken from Hunter Biden's laptop, in the form of an email dated November 2, 2015, from Vadym Pozharskyi to Devon Archer and Hunter Biden at their Rosemont Seneca Partners email addresses shows, unequivocally, that Burisma's purpose in placing them both on the Board of Directors, and hiring Blue Star Strategies, a Washington DC PR firm, in November 2015, was to influence United States and Ukrainian government policies for the benefit of Burisma and its exiled owner, Nikolay Zlochevskyi. It was Zlochevskyi, a Ukraine oligarch, who was paying Archer and Biden a reported $83,000 a month — each — to serve on the Bursima Board. This memorandum was referenced by Tucker Carlson the night of the NY Post story on Biden's laptop, but an image of the email...

Win-Win vs Lose-Lose: The time has come for the world to choose

Win-Win vs Lose-Lose: The time has come for the world to choose

It is a tragedy of our age that society has been locked in a zero-sum operating system for so long that many people living in the west cannot even imagine a world order designed in any other way... even if that zero sum system can ultimately do nothing but kill everyone holding onto it. Is this statement too cynical? It is a provable fact that if one chooses to organize their society around the concept that all players of a "great game" must exist in a finite world of tension as all zero-sum systems presume, then we find ourselves in a relatively deterministic trajectory to hell. You see, this world of tension which game masters require in today's world is generated by increasing rates of scarcity (food, fuel, resources, space, etc). As this scarcity increases due to population increases tied to heavy doses of arson, it naturally follows that war, famine, and other conflict will rise across all categories of divisions (ethnic, religious, linguistic, gender, racial etc). Showcasing...

NPR tells readers the Hunter Biden story is a 'waste' of time and a 'pure distraction,' so they're not reporting on it

NPR tells readers the Hunter Biden story is a 'waste' of time and a 'pure distraction,' so they're not reporting on it

Translation: They'd rather not report on a story that could be damaging to their preferred candidate! NPR managing editor Terence Samuels acknowledged Thursday that the news outlet has not been reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story because the editorial staff there doesn't want to "waste" readers' time on what they consider "pure distractions." What are the details? On Thursday, NPR's Samuels explained to readers that the Hunter Biden laptop story is a waste of their time and they don't need to look into it. "We don't want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don't want to waste the listeners' and readers' time on stories that are just pure distractions. And quite frankly, that's where we ended up, this was ... a politically driven event and we decided to treat it that way."

Tactics: The psychology behind the Trump-Biden debate interruptions

Tactics: The psychology behind the Trump-Biden debate interruptions

The real psychological power of interrupting may lie in the way that it disrupts the other person's thought patterns. So, when US President Donald Trump interrupted Joe Biden in the two debates, there was a lot more going on beneath the surface than simple rudeness. The US Commission on Presidential Debates muted the microphones of President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden during portions of their second and final televised encounter on October 22, in order to prevent the candidates from interrupting each other. The panel's decision followed the widespread negative audience reaction to Trump's extensive interruptions in the first debate on September 29. But there is a powerful hidden psychology behind the tactic of interjecting and interrupting. Could these two experienced campaigners - and Trump especially - have used it to their advantage in an attempt to appear more dominant and assertive?

Trump releases behind the scenes 60 Minutes video, claims CBS is full of 'bias' and 'hatred'

Trump releases behind the scenes 60 Minutes video, claims CBS is full of 'bias' and 'hatred'

President Donald Trump released footage from the CBS 60 Minutes interview after White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Stahl was acting "more like an opinion journalist." "Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS," said the president on social media. "Tonight's anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA" The video starts with Trump saying he's looking for "fairness" during the interview, as anchor Leslie Stahl preps the president by saying she was going to ask "tough questions." "You don't ask Biden tough questions," said the president. "It's terrible, you know that." Stahl told the president that the revelations regarding Joe and Hunter Biden from Hunter's laptop "can't be verified." Trump then responded by asking why not. Stahl replied: "Because it can't be verified." (The contents of the laptop have been verified by law enforcement officials, Fox News and the New York Post.)

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Our Place in the Cosmos, and Why the New Atheists Are Wrong

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Our Place in the Cosmos, and Why the New Atheists Are Wrong

Today on MindMatters, Harrison and Adam use one of David Ray Griffin's recent books as a jumping-off point to bring together many threads from previous episodes. What is our place in the cosmos? What can the study of nature tell us about ourselves, and about the cosmic mind? From the smallest bits of 'matter' and energy, to animals, minds, and meaning, we tie together our previous discussions with Ken Pedersen, John Buchanan, James Carpenter, along with ideas from Gurdjieff, Ibn Arabi, Stoicism, Jordan Peterson and more, to attempt an initial answer to the question. Along the way we discuss the merits of the anthropic principle and 'fine-tuning', the self-destructing arguments of the new atheists, one of Rupert Sheldrake's coolest ideas, and why importance is perhaps the most important thing for philosophy. Running Time: 00:58:44 Download: MP3 — 53.8 MB

Trump and advisors consider firing FBI director after election

Trump and advisors consider firing FBI director after election

President Trump has reportedly talked with his advisers about the possibility of firing FBI Director Christopher Wray after Election Day due to the president's frustration that federal law enforcement officials have not delivered information that would help him politically in the final weeks before the election, people familiar with the matter told The Washington Post. According to the sources, discussions between the president and his senior aides have resulted from criticisms that Wray and Attorney General William Barr have not fulfilled Trump's wish for an official investigation to be launched into Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The sources, who the Post said spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to freely disclose internal discussions, said Trump has indicated he wants actions similar to those made ahead of the 2016 election by FBI Director James Comey, who told Congress he had reopened an investigation into then-Democratic nominee...

Biden pledges funding transparency, yet seemingly cheats on own vows as many of his campaign donors are kept secret

Biden pledges funding transparency, yet seemingly cheats on own vows as many of his campaign donors are kept secret

As the sums received by Biden's campaign have grown, his interactions with big donors have become more opaque, an NYT report shows, as part of a broader trend to 'out' the candidate's non-commitment to his 'transparency' vows. In May 2019, one week after launching his third presidential bid, Biden's campaign vowed it would allow media access to all his fundraising events, saying it was reflective of his "longstanding commitment to transparency." The news was reported by Politico with some fanfare. The outlet explained it came in response to Democratic voters' "increasing discomfort with the role of big-money donors in politics," and allegations that Biden was "too cozy with corporate donors."

Lebanon: Hariri again tasked with forming new government

Lebanon: Hariri again tasked with forming new government

One year after being turfed out of office by mass popular protests, Saad Hariri has been tasked with forming a Lebanese government for a fourth time. Hariri ran as the sole candidate during consultations between MPs and President Michel Aoun, and was able to gain 65 votes out a possible 120, despite opposition from some key political parties. The Future Movement leader is now tasked with forming a reformist government that will win the support of the international community and help salvage Lebanon's moribund economy. In a brief statement to the press, the former prime minister promised his next government would be made up of "non-partisan experts" that would prioritize implementing necessary economic reforms to revitalize the country and reconstruction following the Beirut port explosion. "I will get to forming a government quickly," Hariri said. "Because time is running out and this opportunity for our beloved country is the only one left."

Biden will create court reform commission, options go 'well beyond' court packing!

Biden will create court reform commission, options go 'well beyond' court packing!

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced in a video clip released Thursday morning that he will create a national commission tasked with reforming the court system. Biden's statement comes as he has repeatedly refused to say whether he supports far-left efforts to add judges to the Supreme Court in order to tilt the balance of power of America's judicial system toward the Democratic Party. Biden told CBS News: "If elected, what I will do is I'll put together a national commission of bipartisan commission of scholars, constitutional scholars, Democrats, Republicans, liberal, conservative. And I will ask them to over 180 days come back to me with recommendations as to how to reform the court system because it's getting out of whack, the way in which it's being handled. And it's not about court packing. There's a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated and I'd look to see what recommendations that commission might make."

Israel operated a secret embassy in Bahrain for over a decade before 2020 Peace Accord

Israel operated a secret embassy in Bahrain for over a decade before 2020 Peace Accord

Israel has actually been operating a secret diplomatic office in Bahrain for more than a decade before the two nations penned a peace deal that normalized relations last month, according to a new Axios report. Axios has revealed that since 2009, a front company called The Center for International Development has provided a secret window into Manama and enabled hundreds of Israeli business deals, the brainchild of then-Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa and then-Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. However, according to the outlet, the center changed its name somewhere along the way, and the new name is classified. According to the outlet, the facility was staffed exclusively by Israeli diplomats with dual citizenship, many of whom went on to other posts in the Israeli Foreign Ministry once they left "employment" in Bahrain. They all had elaborate backstories that included fake work histories on CV hosting and networking site LinkedIn. Axios notes only a small...

By backing censorship of Hunter Biden story, mainstream media only hurt their own cause

By backing censorship of Hunter Biden story, mainstream media only hurt their own cause

On a recent BBC show, CNN's Brian Stelter and Axios' Sara Fischer defended the social media suppression of the New York Post's Hunter Biden story. It's not a clever tactic in a hyperpartisan world where no one believes each other. To say that the New York Post story on Hunter Biden's emails was big news would be an understatement. The same can be said about social media outlets clamping down on the story, seemingly trying to bury it as soon as possible. In the aftermath, there have been odd defenses of the methods used to try and squash the bombshell. On a BBC panel called The Media Show, Stelter and Fischer explained why they thought censoring the article about Joe Biden's son was okay. In familiar terms, Stelter tried to dismiss the story as "old news" and accused "the right" of massive disinformation. Fischer praised the "defensive systems" that were used to suppress the story. She went on to claim that Hunter Biden's emails were "hacked," even though there is no evidence that...

Andrew Cuomo continues his self-aggrandizing Covid-19 victory lap while reimposing ruinous lockdowns on New York

Andrew Cuomo continues his self-aggrandizing Covid-19 victory lap while reimposing ruinous lockdowns on New York

The New York governor has praised his own response to the pandemic, touting the state's low infection rate to sell his new book, even as he again places dire restrictions on residents, insisting the virus is back. So, which is it? In one version of Cuomo's New York, the state - and especially New York City - has come out the other side of its dire stint at the center of the US Covid-19 epidemic victorious. Businesses are reopening, birds are singing, and residents are praising his steadfast leadership. In the other version, the virus has returned to the gates, requiring New Yorkers to make sacrifices, shut down businesses that have just reopened after punishing (and in many cases financially fatal) months-long lockdowns, submit to humiliating and expensive 'mask patrols,' and... praise Cuomo's steadfast leadership. Surely these worlds can't simultaneously exist?

BEST OF THE WEB: Lockdown Lunacy 4.0: The Illusion of Control

BEST OF THE WEB: Lockdown Lunacy 4.0: The Illusion of Control

The story I will tell my grandchildren someday will go something like this: A totalitarian regime — China — flipped out and locked down an entire city when they discovered a new virus. Most of the world's leaders, throwing out a century of hard-earned knowledge about how to manage through infectious disease outbreaks, ended up doing the same thing in a panicky week fueled by trumped-up death models created by people with fancy degrees. As the details began to emerge that the original forecasts and death rates were way overblown, most leaders doubled-down on stupid policies, unwilling to acknowledge an obvious truth: governments don't stop viruses. Instead, they continued to take their shockingly-acquiescent populations on a year-long snipe hunt. Mercifully, a few countries and U.S. states took a different path, so that a world without these ridiculous policies exists to highlight the idiocy. Italy: did everything right...and now the virus is back? In yesterday's Daily Beast, the...

President Putin's 2020 Valdai Club speech articulates his vision of populist statism

President Putin's 2020 Valdai Club speech articulates his vision of populist statism

President Putin's keynote speech at the Valdai Club's 17th annual meeting devoted a significant amount of time to articulating his vision of what can be described as "Populist Statism", or the emerging hybrid model of a strong state system driven by civil society, which represents an exciting new governance model that's perfectly suited for helping Russia adapt to the "Age of Complexity". A Significant Speech The Valdai International Discussion Club is globally regarded as one of Russia's top think tanks alongside the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), and it's become a tradition for President Putin to speak at its annual meeting. This year was no different, except that the Russian leader addressed his audience via videoconference instead of in person like he usually does, but his speech was still equally insightful in revealing how the person who many regard as the planet's most powerful man views the current state of the world. It's for that reason why readers are...

BEST OF THE WEB: Lockdowns will cause 10 times more harm to human health than COVID-19 itself, says infectious disease expert

BEST OF THE WEB: Lockdowns will cause 10 times more harm to human health than COVID-19 itself, says infectious disease expert

The harm caused by lockdowns is much worse than the disease of COVID-19. That's the argument from numerous public health officials and economists around the world, including an Alberta expert in infectious disease and critical care, Dr. Ari Joffe of the Stollery Children's Hospital and the University of Alberta. "I'm truly worried the (lockdown) approach is going to devastate economies and the future for our children and our grandchildren," says Joffe, who has practised at the Stollery for 25 years and has now written a review paper on the impacts of the lockdown. The cost of lockdowns in Canada is at least 10 times higher than the benefit in terms of population health and well-being, he estimates, at least if you account for numerous variables such as economic recession, social isolation and impacts on life expectancy, education and the full gamut of health-care priorities. If you look at the issue worldwide, lockdowns will cause at least five times and, more likely, as much as 50...

Bad strategy: Biden says election choice should hinge on the 'character' of the candidates

Bad strategy: Biden says election choice should hinge on the 'character' of the candidates

Trump scored a decisive win in the final debate, as Biden, although lobbed softballs, teetered. The former VP rested his case on "character," despite recent exposures of a global influence-peddling scheme undertaken in his name. In the second and last 2020 presidential debate, held at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Joe Biden and President Donald Trump answered questions about fighting Covid-19, American families, race in America, climate change, national security and leadership. As skewed as most topics were toward Democratic wheelhouses, Trump managed to do well in nearly all of the segments, securing what can only be seen as a victory, especially considering the odds against him. Amid growing allegations about Biden's involvement in an international graft scheme fronted by his son Hunter Biden, Trump nevertheless had long odds in a debate moderated by Kristen Welker, an ardent Democrat. Trump not only faced a political opponent, he also faced the narratives of a...

BEST OF THE WEB: Biden business partner confirms email, Joe Biden's push to make millions from China

BEST OF THE WEB: Biden business partner confirms email, Joe Biden's push to make millions from China

Wait until Scranton hears about this. One of Joe Biden's ways of contrasting himself with President Trump has been to declare the election a battle of Park Avenue values vs. Scranton, Pa., values. Now we learn that Biden has secretly been playing footsie with China. The statement Wednesday night asserting that the former vice president was a willing and eager participant in a family scheme to make millions of dollars by partnering with a shady Chinese Communist firm is a singular event in a presidential race already overflowing with drama and intrigue. The dynamite assertion, believable because it aligns with earlier information we know to be true, came in a statement by Tony Bobulinski, who describes himself as a former partner of Hunter Biden, Joe Biden and Joe's brother Jim in the China scheme. Bobulinski unloads his bill of accusations in blunt but precise language and detail. He confirms that he was one of the recipients of the May 13, 2017, email published by The Post eight...

Authorities: Damascus Grand Mufti killed in targeted terrorist attack

Authorities: Damascus Grand Mufti killed in targeted terrorist attack

Sheikh Muhammad Adnan Al-Afyouni was "martyred" as an explosive device planted in his car was detonated on Thursday night. Damascus' grand mufti has been killed in a reported IED attack on his vehicle in the Syrian city of Qudsaya, according to state news agency Sana.

'Lost' tectonic plate discovered under the Pacific

'Lost' tectonic plate discovered under the Pacific

Scientists have reconstructed a long-lost tectonic plate that may have given rise to an arc of volcanoes in the Pacific Ocean 60 million years ago. The plate, dubbed Resurrection, has long been controversial among geophysicists, as some believe it never existed. But the new reconstruction puts the edge of the rocky plate along a line of known ancient volcanoes, suggesting that it was once part of the crust (Earth's top layer) in what is today northern Canada. "Volcanoes form at plate boundaries, and the more plates you have, the more volcanoes you have," Jonny Wu, a geologist at the University of Houston, said in a statement. "Volcanoes also affect climate change. So, when you are trying to model the Earth and understand how climate has changed ... you really want to know how many volcanoes there have been on Earth." Wu and his co-author, University of Houston geology doctoral candidate Spencer Fuston, used a computer model of Earth's crust to "unfold" the movement of tectonic...

Largest and deepest ozone hole in years over Antarctica

Largest and deepest ozone hole in years over Antarctica

Both small and short-lived ozone holes, as well as bigger ones are known to be driven by very special meteorological conditions: cold stratosphere temperatures have been found to be behind astonishing increases in their size, whereas warming typically causes them to shrink. A hole in the ozone layer over Antarctica occurs regularly, but now it has expanded to one of its biggest recorded sizes over the past few years, scientists report, as cited by Science Alert. Fresh estimates from the European Space Agency's Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite show that the ozone hole reached a maximum size of roughly 25 million square kilometres on 2 October, thereby outpacing the measurements of 2018 and 2015's ozone holes - 22.9 and 25.6 million square kilometres respectively. Yet, 2020's maximum peak isn't the largest on record. That title belongs to the 29.9-million square kilometre hole registered back in 2000, however, this year's hole is still one of the deepest in recent years. Atmospheric...

Karymsky volcano eruption in Kamchatka, Russia on October 21

Karymsky volcano eruption in Kamchatka, Russia on October 21

Karymsky (Russian: Карымская сопка, Karymskaya sopka) is an active stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia. It is currently the most active volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula, as well as the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone. It is named after the Karyms, an ethnic group in Russia.

Bezymianny volcano erupts spewing ash 6 miles into sky in Kamchatka, Russia

Bezymianny volcano erupts spewing ash 6 miles into sky in Kamchatka, Russia

The Bezymianny volcano in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula erupted on Thursday and sent a column of ash high into the sky. The eruption was captured by a surveillance camera from a nearby seismic station. According to preliminary reports, Bezymianny produced an ash plume reaching around 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) into the sky. The eruption of the volcano had been anticipated since the beginning of October. Bezymianny is one of 29 active volcanos in Kamchatka. It stands 2,800 metres (9,186 feet) above sea level. The latest eruption of the volcano occurred in March 2019. Credit: Kamchatka Branch of Geophysical Survey of Russian Academy of Sciences

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Here's why food prices will double then triple, are you ready?

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Here's why food prices will double then triple, are you ready?

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has raised the allowable limits before suspending trading in the futures market, for ALL commodities, more than double last years wild up and down prices. These traders know what is coming and not to send red flags to the populace absurd allowances for price swings upward are being now in place. Record cold about to sweep N. America with temperatures 40F below normal as the winter wheat crop is emerging.

New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Half of Trump supporters believe QAnon's imaginary claims

New Yahoo News/YouGov poll: Half of Trump supporters believe QAnon's imaginary claims

A full 50 percent of President Trump's supporters now believe the bizarre, made-up claims about an international ring of child sex traffickers at the core of the extremist conspiracy theory known as QAnon, according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll — a disturbing sign of how susceptible partisans have become to bogus stories in an age of rampant polarization and unbridled social media. The survey, which interviewed 1,583 registered voters from Oct. 16 to 18, shows that most of the registered voters (55 percent) say they've never heard of QAnon, including 44 percent of Trump supporters. And 59 percent of voters who have heard of QAnon describe it as "an extremist conspiracy theory with no basis in fact." (The survey has a margin of error of about 4 percent.) Yet these numbers understate the degree to which awareness and even acceptance of QAnon's underlying falsehoods have permeated the right, regardless of how many unwitting adherents explicitly realize such fictions originate with...

Deadly knife attacker in Dresden was under German 'intelligence surveillance' on the day of the attack

Deadly knife attacker in Dresden was under German 'intelligence surveillance' on the day of the attack

German police say they have arrested an asylum seeker suspected of killing one person and wounding another in Dresden two weeks ago. Prosecutors are now treating the deadly stabbing as a possible terrorist attack. A 20-year-old Syrian who stabbed one person to death and wounded another in Dresden was likely motivated by Islamic extremism, German prosecutors said on Wednesday. The man was arrested on Tuesday evening, police and prosecutors in the eastern German city said. They said the suspect came to authorities' attention as a result of examining evidence at the crime scene.

Third-degree murder charge dismissed against Derek Chauvin in death of George Floyd

Third-degree murder charge dismissed against Derek Chauvin in death of George Floyd

A judge on Thursday dismissed a third-degree murder charge against Derek Chauvin, one of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin, who was released from custody this month on $1 million bond, will still face charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Hennepin County Judge Peter A. Cahill ruled. Video shows Chauvin pressing his knee onto Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes while he is handcuffed and yelling that he can't breathe.

Rudy Giuliani denies he did anything wrong in new 'Borat' movie, UPDATE: Twitter selectively ignores own 'revenge porn' rules in promoting the fake story

Rudy Giuliani denies he did anything wrong in new 'Borat' movie, UPDATE: Twitter selectively ignores own 'revenge porn' rules in promoting the fake story

President Trump's personal lawyer has become caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen's new "Borat" satire after he was shown with an actress in an edited scene. President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, has become caught up in Sacha Baron Cohen's new "Borat" satire, shown in an edited scene following an actress impersonating a reporter into a bedroom and at one point reclining on the bed and putting his hands in his pants in what he later said was an attempt to adjust his clothing. Still photos and descriptions of the scene from Mr. Cohen's new "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm," which will be released on Friday, were posted on social media early Wednesday after The Guardian reported that the movie contained "a compromising scene" featuring Mr. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor.

Man dead after mauling by 3 pit bull terriers in west Tulsa, Oklahoma

Man dead after mauling by 3 pit bull terriers in west Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa police are investigating after a man is mauled to death by dogs in west Tulsa early Thursday morning. Police said the incident happened near West Admiral Boulevard and North 49th Avenue around 6 a.m. Originally, police responded to a call about a gun shot fired in the neighborhood. When they arrived, police found a young man, identified as Curtis Wickham, who had been attacked by three pit bulls. 2 Works for You learned the owner of the dogs, Champaign Walker, knew Wickham. Walker said she never meant for this to happen.

Facebook fact checkers CENSURED me when I said Covid infection fatality rate was around 0.1%. But what do the latest studies say?

Facebook fact checkers CENSURED me when I said Covid infection fatality rate was around 0.1%. But what do the latest studies say?

The world's top scientists can't yet be certain how deadly Covid-19 is, so why are Facebook's censorial police consistently flagging stories saying this is 'misinformation' & claiming the rate is NINE times worse than my estimate? Covid-19 has impacted the world with massive force, a pandemic beyond anything seen in living memory. There has been an unprecedented reaction - some would say an unprecedented over-reaction. But what are the real figures, what is the true risk from the virus? It is very difficult to know. At the start of any pandemic, no one knows how many people have been infected. As the World Health Organization states: "Under-detection of cases may be exacerbated during an epidemic, when testing capacity may be limited and restricted to people with severe cases and priority risk groups (such as frontline healthcare workers, elderly people and people with comorbidities)."

Chimps pare down their social circle in later years

Chimps pare down their social circle in later years

There is more that comes with older age than greying hair and wrinkled skin. When humans reach their later years, they favour more established friends and their social circle is pared down. Now, for what appears to be the first time, scientists have seen the same behaviour in another species. More than two decades of observations of chimpanzees reveal that older males choose to hang out with their long-term friends at the expense of other relationships. "What we've shown is that chimpanzees and humans share the same pattern of social ageing," said Zarin Machanda, a primatologist at Tufts University in Massachusetts. "We know that as humans age, their social networks shrink but their social bonds grow stronger, and we see the same thing here in chimpanzees."

Fireball meteor seen in the sky over Alaska on October 15

Fireball meteor seen in the sky over Alaska on October 15

Katie Kangas operates a bed-and-breakfast in Ruby, Alaska. On the morning of October 15, she turned to look out her picture window, toward the cabin next door. She was waiting for her client to switch the light on, at which point she would step out and deliver his breakfast. Staring out into the darkness, she and her husband Ivan saw "an enormous ball of light in the sky to the west. It was moving north to south, and was quite big." A few hundred miles northwest, Daisy Sours was standing outside in Selawik, Alaska, at about 7:30 that morning. She saw something she never had before. "It looked like fireworks, until it split into four dots," she said.

UK lockdown: Supermarkets in Wales to remove 'non-essential items', Scotland told to prepare for 'digital Christmas'

UK lockdown: Supermarkets in Wales to remove 'non-essential items', Scotland told to prepare for 'digital Christmas'

Supermarkets will be unable to sell items like clothes during the 17-day Covid firebreak lockdown in Wales. First Minister Mark Drakeford said it would be "made clear" to them they are only able to open parts of their business that sell "essential goods". Many retailers will be forced to shut but food shops, off-licences and pharmacies can stay open when lockdown begins on Friday at 18:00 BST. Retailers said they had not been given a definition of what was essential. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Welsh Retail Consortium have written urgently to the first minister, expressing alarm over the new regulations.

Second meteor fireball seen over Puerto Rico in 4 days

Second meteor fireball seen over Puerto Rico in 4 days

Hundreds of people called up the authorities and updated their social media timelines as the locals spotted a fireball in the night skies of Puerto Rico. The locals took to social media to share pictures and videos of colourful fireball above the Caribbean island. A video was shot and shared by Frankie Lucena (@frankie57pr) on Twitter in which the fireball can be seen heading in a downward direction, which the spectator claimed can be "a Taurid". Colorful fireball from last night. The tail seems to be pointing in the direction of Taurus so it could be a Taurid meteor. 4K version at https://t.co/qY2JvyqMgl and https://t.co/dgdkUeJExN @adamonzon @DeborahTiempo @weatherchannel @amsmeteors @SkyandTelescope @pgbrown pic.twitter.com/HMSJyoQd9E — Frankie Lucena (@frankie57pr) October 21, 2020

The most unpleasant article you'll ever read: The global takeover is underway

The most unpleasant article you'll ever read: The global takeover is underway

The World Economic Forum public relations video [below], "8 Predictions for the World in 2030," short as it may be, offers a telling glimpse into what the technocratic elite has in store for the rest of us. This includes: "You'll own nothing" — And "you'll be happy about it." Instead, you'll rent everything you need, and it'll be delivered by drone right to your door. "The U.S. won't be the world's leading superpower" — Instead, a handful of countries will dominate together. "You won't die waiting for an organ donor" — Rather than transplanting organs from deceased donors, custom organs will be 3D printed on demand. "You'll eat much less meat" — Meat will be "an occasional treat, not a staple, for the good of the environment and our health." As detailed in many previous articles, this is a foolhardy idea, not just for health reasons but also environmental ones. Integrating livestock is a foundational aspect of successful regenerative farming that can solve both food shortages and...

South Australia records 120,000 lightning strikes, leaving 15,000 without power

South Australia records 120,000 lightning strikes, leaving 15,000 without power

More than 120,000 lightning strikes have lashed South Australia as wild weather hits the state. Of those, 19,608 bolts have struck the ground north-west of Adelaide since yesterday morning. The remainder were ocean-based or did not hit land. More than 15,000 were left without power on Friday during the storms.

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of the Fiji Islands

An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted south of the Fiji Islands at 07:04:32 GMT on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 463.9 km, was initially determined to be at 25.6127 degrees south latitude and 179.9645 degrees west longitude.

Then they came for the LEFT? Facebook 'mistakenly' deletes account of biologist & Big Tech critic Bret Weinstein

Then they came for the LEFT? Facebook 'mistakenly' deletes account of biologist & Big Tech critic Bret Weinstein

Facebook has been accused of trying to silence biology professor Bret Weinstein, after his account was deleted without explanation. Following an internet outcry, it restored his account, claiming it had been removed in error. Weinstein, who rose to national prominence when he opposed a 2017 event at Washington's Evergreen State College banning white people from campus for one day, said on Thursday on Twitter that he had been "evicted" from Facebook. "No explanation, no appeal."

BEST OF THE WEB: Great VIRAL Debate: Round 2: Dr Rancourt's Second Response

BEST OF THE WEB: Great VIRAL Debate: Round 2: Dr Rancourt's Second Response

The gong sounds for Round Two of The Great VIRAL Debate. Track this debate's progress in our Coronavirus Debate Section. Dr Piers Robinson is our chair. Off-Guardian is your host. The proposition under debate is: SARS-COV-2 merits suppression measures in order to combat the virus rather than the herd/community immunity approach Dr Rancourt, arguing against the proposition, responds to Tim Anderson's first response from 17 Oct: Tim spins a narrative about COVID-19, which is primarily intended to validate the state practice of medicine in select socialist jurisdictions ("China, Vietnam, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria"), while invalidating the state practice of medicine in select neo-liberal jurisdictions ("UK, USA, Sweden, Brazil"). Tim is focussed on political doctrine, and thus unable or unwilling to address my criticisms of his partisan views about COVID-19. I reiterate my criticisms below. Likewise, it appears that Tim (who is in Australia) is significantly mistaken in terms of what...

Lockdown till a Covid vaccine comes? It's too long to wait, and there's no guarantee it will be effective anyway

Lockdown till a Covid vaccine comes? It's too long to wait, and there's no guarantee it will be effective anyway

If you're pinning your hopes on a vaccine for Covid-19 bringing back 'normal life', think again. We won't see one until next year, not everyone will get it and it may not even stop transmission. Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all heading into lockdown in one form or another, and restrictions are being cranked up in England and Scotland. Cheerleaders for lockdowns say that we need to keep cases low until a vaccine arrives. But it is becoming increasingly apparent that such a policy would cost millions of jobs, discourage or prevent people from seeking treatment for other conditions and destroy basic freedoms long before mass vaccination is available. The popular perception is that vaccination is a panacea. We get given a jab and, hey presto, we're immune from disease. But that doesn't really accord with reality in many cases. In an article for the Guardian, David Salisbury, the former head of immunisation for the Department of Health, says that the seasonal...