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-Great Cultural Revolution
Tomi Lahren: Why is defending Ukraine's border the priority over securing our own?
[FoxNews]
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 00:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  The primary duty of the commander-in-chief is the defense of the country. Not doing this is an impeachable offense?
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/27/2022 17:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is defending Ukraine's border the priority over securing our own?

Because, Peasant. JUST BECAUSE.
- Da Ferret
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 23:09 Comments || Top||


Prissy Neil Young deletes open letter calling for Joe Rogan censorship on Spotify
By Christina Maas

[ReclaimTheNet] Young had tried to threaten Spotify with pulling out if it didn't censor the world's number one podcast.

This is not the first time Young has asked Spotify to remove his music. In 2019, he removed most of his music after he complained about sound quality. Eventually, he allowed the music back.

This isn’t the first time Young has been out of his depth when making demands. Young also hit the headlines when he attempted to block President Donald Trump from playing "Rockin’ in the Free World" at rallies before realizing that he had no legal power to do so.

Canadian-American singer-songwriter Neil Young, who was big in the 60s and 70s, tried to give streaming platform Spotify an ultimatum; it either bans Joe Rogan or removes his music.

Young sent an open letter to his record label and management team with the ultimatum. He accused Spotify of "spreading fake information about vaccines," for interviewing doctors against vaccine mandates.

"I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines — potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them," he wrote. "Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule."

"I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform," he continued. "They can have Rogan or Young. Not both."

However, the demands were short lived as Young has quickly deleted the letter.

Young likely realized that he has no grounds to make the demands. Rogan has an exclusive deal with Spotify and Young sold 50% of the rights to his music to a British investment company a year ago.

Young’s open letter comes days after some doctors wrote an open letter to Spotify, calling on the streaming platform to develop a stronger censorship policy. The open letter by the doctors came after the episode on Joe Rogan’s podcast featuring mRNA pioneer Dr. Robert Malone.



Young has only 6 million monthly listeners on the platform and Rogan has over 11 million per episode, averaging 15 episodes per month, with some single episodes thought to be as high as 40 million listeners.

Spotify Takes Down hippy boy Neil Young’s Music After His Joe Rogan Ultimatum

Suddenly he realized, "heh I've got no backers, balls or brains"!
Posted by: Woodrow || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Apparently Spotify said "Sure thing Neil!" and is removing his junk...err...music.

Which is the perfect way to deal with these kinds of people.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/27/2022 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Who?
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 2:06 Comments || Top||

#3  You’re all just pissing in the wind
You don’t know it but you are

Neil Young, “ Ambulance Blues”
Posted by: Grunter || 01/27/2022 5:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Neil Young Sells Catalog Rights to Merck Mercuriadis’ Hipgnosis
Hipgnosis founder Merck Mercuriadis, who bought Young’s publishing, promises fans that there will never be a “Burger of Gold” fast food commercial. e didn't have the authority to pull the music anyway.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/27/2022 7:18 Comments || Top||

#5  Well I heard Mister Young sing about him
Well I heard ole Neil put him down
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember
That Joe Rogan don't need him around anyhow
Posted by: Matt || 01/27/2022 8:43 Comments || Top||

#6  Now we have all seen the needle and the damage done.
(obscure reference)
Posted by: ed in texas || 01/27/2022 10:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Vaxx zealots and mask zealots will need to be driven into the wilderness before things ever become normal again.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 10:37 Comments || Top||

#8  Who's making more money on Spotify? I wouldn't know but perhaps Old Neil Young doesn't have the same clout that he enjoyed in the 60's and 70's. That'd be embarrassing.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 01/27/2022 10:39 Comments || Top||

#9  Kids don't listen to his stuff, and old guys like me can stick with Blue Oyster Cult and King Crimson.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 10:41 Comments || Top||

#10  Last night I listened to David Bromberg and Jorma Kaukonen on Woodsong Radio via Youtube (Yeah, I know)
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 10:43 Comments || Top||

#11  Is this the same asshole with a bee in his bonnet about Monsanto and "genetically-engineered" crops?

If so, he's got it exactly backward.

Breeding strains of corn is harmless. Inflicting an experimental gene therapy on a population without its consent is Mengelean.
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 10:46 Comments || Top||

#12  ^ Yes. The contradiction and hypocrisy fairly scream, don't they?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 10:48 Comments || Top||

#13  We Are Entertained By Morons
Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 10:54 Comments || Top||

#14  none of them have entertained me since they decided to go political.
Posted by: Chris || 01/27/2022 12:22 Comments || Top||

#15  He's not a champ, he's a chump.

Glory be, if the owners of the music sue Young for misrepresentation.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2022 12:29 Comments || Top||

#16  Nei: If you don't get of Rogan, I'm taking my ball and going home. Spotify: Your terms are acceptable. There's the door.
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 01/27/2022 12:31 Comments || Top||

#17  Rogan is a verbal clickbaiter himself. But that's where the money is made right now. Young is and always was a lefty buffoon.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 12:44 Comments || Top||

#18  Snowflake prima donna.
Posted by: JohnQC || 01/27/2022 17:19 Comments || Top||

#19  Now we have all seen the needle and the damage done.

Yeah, the quarters taped to the tone arm... the horror..

I wonder what 1960s anti-establishment hippie Neil Young would make of this old guy yelling at the damn squirrels to get off his lawn and trust the government.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/27/2022 19:34 Comments || Top||


Fact-Checkers Are Used To Confuse The Public: Sharyl Attkisson
[ZeroHedge] Five-time Emmy award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson said she has seen an increased effort to manipulate the public to appreciate censorship and disapprove of journalism. One of the strategies that has been employed is the use of third-party fact-checkers, she said.

“Nearly every mode of information has been co-opted, if it can be co-opted by some group, [and] fact-checkers are no different,” Attkisson told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

“Either they’ve been co-opted, in many instances, or created for the purpose of distributing narratives and propaganda,” said Attkisson.

“This is all part of a very well-funded, well-organized landscape that dictates and slants the information they want us to have.”

Attkisson said she first started to notice news being controlled in the early 2000s when the media company she was working for was actively trying to suppress certain stories.

“The pushback came to be more about keeping a story from airing or keeping a study from being reported on the news, not just giving the other side, not just making sure it was accurately reported,” she said of pharmaceutical company stories she was covering at the time.

In 2016 Attkisson heard former President Barack Obama say news needed to be curated, after which mainstream media outlets started to consistently use the term fake news to describe mostly conservative news stories that they deemed untrue.

“And I remember thinking that was such a strange thing to say, because there was no big movement among the public, that people needed to have their information curated, that someone needed to step in and tell us what to think, curate what was online. But … after that, if you look at the media, day after day, there were headlines about fake news and curation of what should and shouldn’t be reported.”

Attkisson was referring to Obama’s comment at the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in October 2016.

“It’s relevant to our democracy, citizenship. We’re going to have to rebuild, within this wild, wild west of information flow, some sort of curating function that people agree to,” Obama said.

Because Attkisson was curious about this idea of curating news, she researched the topic of misinformation, which led her to a non-profit called First Draft, which was funded by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

“And if you looked at the nonprofit’s website when they said fake news, they meant entirely conservative-base fake news and their viewpoint; there was no liberal version of fake news. And then within a matter of weeks, President Obama gives the speech, the media takes off and runs with it.”

Attkisson said the fake news phrase was actually started by the left but was effectively turned on its head by former President Donald Trump and now most people think he coined the phrase.

“But it’s actually well documented as an invention of political activists on the left during the time period I described,” Attkisson said.

For her book “Smear” she interviewed people who work to spread misinformation and propaganda with the goal of confusing the public. “And they explained to me that, if they do nothing more than confuse the information landscape, maybe you don’t totally buy what they say, but they’ve done enough to make you not sure of anything.”

CENSORSHIP DURING THE PANDEMIC
Attkisson criticized large news outlets for being a “mouthpiece” of the government or other special interest groups instead of challenging them or holding them accountable, particularly as it relates to the pandemic.

She said that soon after the pandemic began, she spoke to many scientists, government as well as private, about the virus and the course it was taking before she formed an opinion. She asked some of the scientists to speak out but they were afraid.

“They said they dare not speak out for fear of being controversial, and for fear of being called coronavirus deniers, because that phrase was starting to be used in the media. And secondly, they feared contradicting Dr. Fauci, who they said had been kind of lionized or canonized in the press for reasons that they couldn’t understand.”
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [132 views] Top|| File under: Mob Rule

#1  The bigger problem is the public happiness with being confused.

I think it was Cicero's brother who said (way back in 55 BC) "The people wish to be deceived; let them be deceived." Or for the Latin purists, "Populus vult decipi; decipiatur!"
Posted by: Tom || 01/27/2022 10:56 Comments || Top||

#2  I'm not confused. I know which media brands I can ignore out of hand. I assume ones I used to trust could join the "ignore list" any day (looking at you, FauxNews). As soon as I see the phrase "fact check," my BS detector redlines.

Same thing goes for pols. You can make a mis-step or mis-speak any time. But only once and I tune out your "walk-back" immediately and permanently.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 11:01 Comments || Top||

#3  With COVIDianism, this backdoor censorship has gone off the rails. Here's Dr. Robert W. Malone on the media's Orwellian "Trusted News Initiative":

The scientific process requires constant external challenge and criticism to reach a working approximation of truth. Such (typically autocratic, paternalistic) people lose the ability to maintain objectivity and typically transition to functioning as an enforcer of their version of reality. These people often resort to a form of crude binary thought – their version of the truth versus all alternatives.

In contrast, the modern scientific practitioner approaches the effort to draw truth out of the unknown as something closer to mathematical calculus, a process of serial approximation which gradually approaches an asymptote hypothesized to be scientific truth.

Enter the "Trusted News Initiative." Here is the official BBC justification for this intrinsically anti-science, pro-censorship insult to the free exchange of ideas, and an alternative interpretation of this Orwellian bureaucracy. This intellectual obscenity purports to be able to discern and enforce scientific “truth” by defining truth as that which established public health bureaucracies (and singularly autocratic public health “leaders”) say it is.

The Trusted News Initiative aggressively employs both globally coordinated media and the tools of modern big technology to censor, demean, de-platform, delegitimize and de-license all others who seek to document, advance or discuss alternative versions of officially endorsed reality.

The "Trusted News Initiative" has functionally morphed into Orwell’s predicted ministry of truth. Backed by the combined power of national and international governmental structures, massive transnational investment funds the likes of which the world has never seen before, and the commercial assets (Big Pharma, Big Media, Big Tech) over which the funds exert horizontally integrated control through access to investment capital and structural leadership ties.

This is the most intrinsically anti-science global organization ever implemented in the history of modern man. The closest historical approximation to this monstrosity is the Catholic Church during the Spanish inquisition.

Posted by: Merrick Ferret || 01/27/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Middlemen are great if you need a fifth of whiskey as opposed to a keg of whiskey. Or a dozen candles as opposed to a gross. Past that, they are not an advantage to the consumer.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 01/27/2022 11:21 Comments || Top||

#5  if you need a fifth of whiskey as opposed to a keg of whiskey.

EH?
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 13:51 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
Nikki Haley says President Biden and Vice President Harris should step down for 'the good of our country'
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 00:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [119 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Leaving us with Pelosi? Think it thru, Nikki.
Posted by: Mercutio || 01/27/2022 9:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Does anyone listen to Haley?
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 01/27/2022 10:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Dumbass
Posted by: Yosemite Sam || 01/27/2022 13:30 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
According to CNN, the Russian invasion will look like this
Posted by: badanov || 01/27/2022 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [104 views] Top|| File under:


Economy
Tucker Investigates: What is destroying rural America?
An expose on Paul Singer, Cabela's Sporting Goods, and Sidney, Nebraska.

NO! It's not just the democrats.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2022 07:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [208 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Urbanites.
Posted by: Skidmark || 01/27/2022 7:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Emerald Ash Borer
Posted by: The Walking Unvaxed || 01/27/2022 8:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyone know exactly where that bridge is/was? It looks very familiar.
Posted by: Chuckles Glineger5290 || 01/27/2022 13:30 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Indiana State Route 66 at New Harmony.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2022 13:34 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Flying Car Certified to Fly, Paving Way for Mass Production of ‘Very Efficient Flying Cars'
[ET] A hybrid car-airplane known as "AirCar" has been issued a certificate of airworthiness by the Slovakian civil aviation authority, potentially paving the way for the future of flying vehicles.

The dual-mode car-aircraft vehicle, which looks like a sports car, was created by a team of eight highly-skilled specialists at the Slovakian company Klein Vision, which was founded by Professor Stefan Klein.

Klein has devoted the last 20 years to making the flying car a reality.

It was awarded the certificate by the Slovak Transport Authority after successfully completing 70 hours of "rigorous flight testing compatible with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) standards," Klein Vision said in a statement (pdf).

Flight tests included over 200 takeoffs and landings and a full range of various flight and performance maneuvers that Klein Vision says demonstrated "astonishing static and dynamic stability in the aircraft mode."

The takeoff and landing procedures were achieved even without the pilot having to touch the flight controls, the company said.

It took the team of specialists over 100,000 man hours to convert design drawings of the air vehicle into mathematical models and to then create the final two-seater 1,000-kilogram (2,200-pound) vehicle that is powered by a 1.6-liter BMW engine.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2022 06:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [193 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ...No. Just NO.

I see how people drive here every day on the roads, God alone knows what they'll do in the air.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 01/27/2022 11:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Beat me to it mike
Posted by: Chris || 01/27/2022 12:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Drive? Hell, just watching them park.

Its so bad I think we need a phone app which lets them operated their vehicle by phone so when they are in the driver's seat, checking their phone, they can drive.

I watched a couple fancy lad try to park at a typical H grid layout and it took them 10 minutes and a number of almost collisions including with myself. Being Colorado, I could only hope they were smoked out of their mind because at that age, I was teaching myself how to do a reverse 180 with a standard and they have parents just buying them the most expensive vehicle they'd like. "I want a flying car, mum!"
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2022 13:14 Comments || Top||

#4  Air-ground accidents are more Darwinian than car-car accidents...
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/27/2022 15:48 Comments || Top||

#5  If they fly at one foot, the potholes wouldn’t be a problem.
Posted by: KBK || 01/27/2022 16:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Still tied to runways. Vertical point to point is the way to go. Then don't need the car feature (and it's heavy weight).
Posted by: Muggsy Uning1913 || 01/27/2022 16:36 Comments || Top||

#7  A few pounds could be saved by losing the turn signals. Few people in Georgia use them anyway.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/27/2022 16:43 Comments || Top||

#8  You know it will just end up looking like the traffic in The Fifth Element.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/27/2022 17:01 Comments || Top||

#9 
If we think Gun registration is a nut.
Imagine the mental and physical background check a person with a flying car (bomb) will have to under go?



Posted by: NN2N1 || 01/27/2022 17:39 Comments || Top||



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Thu 2022-01-27
  SDF declare victory in week-long ISIS stand off in northeast Syrian prison, 181 dead thus far
Wed 2022-01-26
  Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer Announces Retirement
Tue 2022-01-25
  Over 120 Killed After ISIS Mass Prison Break In US-Occupied Northeast Syri, 140+ as of Monday
Mon 2022-01-24
  Egyptian court sentences Mufti of Al-Qaeda affiliate 'Al-Nusra Front' to life in prison
Sun 2022-01-23
  56 IS terrorists killed in northeast Syria
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  Iran says in talks with Russia to build nuclear power units
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  Al Qaeda announces death of former Bin Laden associate
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  Indonesian Militant Linked to Bali Bombings Sentenced to 15 Years
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  Mohammed al-Houthi: Yemen's only goal is the end of aggression
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  The Houthis attack Abu Dhabi, Arabian coalition airstrikes Sanaa
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  Day 2: Armed man holding hostages at Colleyville, Texas, synagogue demands release of convicted terrorist 'sister'
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  Authorities in hours-long standoff at Colleyville synagogue, no injuries reported
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  TTP spokesperson Muhammad Khorasani killed in axe attack

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