China Digital Times – Last year, leaked plans for “Project Dragonfly,” a China-focused Google search product, triggered a fierce backlash within and beyond the company against proposed censorship and surveillance functions, and the unusual sidelining of the company’s privacy and security teams. The project was reportedly abandoned in December, but fueled lingering suspicions about Google’s plans for future engagement with China. Google CEO Sundar Pichai, who previously defended the project, told CNN on Sunday that “there are no plans for us to consider relaunching our service in China”:
In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Poppy Harlow, Pichai said Google is not actively working on a new Chinese search engine, though he acknowledged that Google isn’t about to ignore the country and its hundreds of millions of internet users. “There are no plans for us to consider relaunching our service in China,” Pichai said. He added, “we have always looked at serving the next billion users….Our mission compass is to provide information.”
[…] Pichai said that Google would need the “right conditions” to relaunch in the country, and censorship-free internet is an “important condition” for making that decision. But he declined to share further details. “I don’t want to speculate on a hypothetical situation,” he said. “We have no plans. And, you know, we are not spending time on it.” […] “We are not doing any work in China. We have a limited presence in China,” he said. That includes “limited AI,” or artificial intelligence, work through an open-source project called TensorFlow, he said. The company also does “some nonprofit work,” Pichai said. [Source] | go to source
CBS News – Iran says it shot down an American drone, raising fears that a larger military conflict could break out in the Middle East. Details are in dispute, but U.S. officials confirm an Iranian missile downed a Triton drone. Iran claims it was a different model. The U.S. says the surveillance drone was flying over the Strait of Hormuz in international airspace. Charlie D’Agata reports. | go to source
MIT Technology Review – Some of the biggest names in AI research have laid out a road map suggesting how machine learning can help save our planet and humanity from imminent peril. The report covers possible machine-learning interventions in 13 domains, from electricity systems to farms and forests to climate prediction. Within each domain, it breaks out the contributions for various subdisciplines within machine learning, including computer vision, natural-language processing, and reinforcement learning. | go to source
The article highlighted here shines a light on something I have been musing on for some time, the fundamental stakes between the United States and China. I came to the conclusion that at its heart is a technological arms race, where the US is finally realizing that arms race is as much about smart phones as it is killer drones.
What’s at stake here is an old system of patents and copyrights that the West created, set the terms for, and, what a surprise, got a lot of the best patents and copyrights, and continue to do so. If Chine is ‘allowed’ to become the market leader, as the US currently is (though China is already affecting major markets like the film and gaming industry), then the very system of patents and copyrights could be fundamentally undermined.
But, from China’s perspective, all these copyrights, these patents, are hindrances to their own internal technological development, not to mention the lost technological comparability these Chinese companies could theoretically suffer. It is the case of opposing interests with little between them to suggest a compromise is possible. Here’s a bit on the angle from the Washington Post,
Wire – How the U.S.-China trade war became a conflict over the future of tech – The Washington Post
From The Washington Post –
President Trump’s decision to confront Beijing over policies that he says discriminate against foreign companies and distort global markets has become a battle for control of advanced communications and computing technologies.
That evolution is taking the transpacific conflict into sensitive realms of national security and human rights, making a quick settlement an ever more distant outcome. It is also putting at risk a wide array of U.S.-China technology cooperation, including easy access to visas for researchers and venture capital funds for U.S. start-ups — and threatening to boomerang on U.S. companies that China might retaliate against.
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This story was buried way down deep in my thousands of links I navigate through daily to produce these awesome newsers. It’s just a little tale about scientists creating a new species of organism, from other organism scraps and deft editing of those fantastic genes.
That’s right, while the world rages and sportszillas reign supreme, scientists are LITERALLY redesigning life, no big deal. As a side note, let me add that I am also a sportzilla type of person. Here’s the story as Phone World Magazine presented it.
Wire – Scientists Create the World’s First Organism – PhoneWorld Magazine
From PhoneWorld Magazine –
It is for the very first time that scientists have created a life with a genetic code that was developed from scratch.
No doubt, it was a stunning scientific feat. The artificial E-coli holds 4 million base pair of DNA code. It took scientists over a year to just read the entire DNA code. So why is this such an important breakthrough?
Traditionally, E-coli is used to make compounds for drugs to treat cancer, heart attacks, and multiple sclerosis. However, as soon as natural E-coli is contaminated with bacteria, it’s useless to doctors. | go to source
In preparation for this show, I waited as long as I could to sit down to write about the current state of affairs with the is it or is ain’t a coup thing in Venezuela. Here are the latest headlines I’ve culled in preparation for this story:
The latest from around the news web on the Venezuela Coup attempt
Activists Protect DC Venezuelan Embassy from US-supported Coup – CounterPunch
Venezuelan Opposition Reps Throw Temper Tantrums When Confronted About Lack of Legitimacy, Interventionist Plans at OAS – Mintpress News
Activists Have Been Living In The Venezuelan Embassy For Two Weeks – DCist
Cuban Government Rejects Coup Movement in Venezuela – Prensa Latina
Venezuela says it is confronting small group of traitors attempting coup – Reuters
Pro-Guaido bloc celebrates, encourages Venezuela coup attempt – RT
The Latest: Venezuelan govt says it is putting down coup bid – Herald-Whig
Venezuela Coup! Will Neocons (Finally) Get Their War? – Antiwar.com
Basically, the situation is fluid, with the American guy claiming he’s winning and the Russia/China guy claiming these wanna-be coup guys ain’t crap, and they’re pretty much already done.
Perhaps tomorrow we will have a more conclusive conclusion, or another day of nah I got this, no, no, I GOT THIS! | go to source
In a new twist on the Trade War front, Mexico is hinting that it might use tariffs against the US in response to it’s claims the US actions on the border are significantly impeding northern flow, and it’s hurting everyone.
From the Mexico News Daily – The Mexican government has not ruled out imposing new trade sanctions against the U.S. in retaliation for measures that have had slowed the movement of trade goods across the border. But foreign trade undersecretary Luz María de la Mora expressed confidence such a move won’t be necessary due to the dialogue Mexico has with Washington.
Perhaps, methinks this might be bluster, but it does, nonetheless, highlight the growing tensions between the US and Mexico over border issues. It’s also apparently some majorly debated thing in America. I have heard the word borders more in the last year than I have in my entire existence up to that point.
More from Mexico News Daily- Truck traffic has been slowed for more than a month as the U.S. has been unable to keep up with the volume since it reassigned hundreds of border agents to handle the influx of migrants attempting to cross from Mexico. De la Mora said there are provisions in international agreements that stipulate there should be no unnecessary measures implemented that would inhibit trade. But “what we want is that this is resolved quickly through dialogue and we believe that can be achieved.” | go to source
I remember in 2016 weighing my choice of red hot zillas, blue chill zillas, even some green fire zillas, when one candidate really stood out among them all. No, it wasn’t Gary Aleppo Johnson, and no it wasn’t John Hegelen of the Natural Law Party even though I did vote for him in 2000 as a protest because the red, blue zillas subjectively sucked.
Now, I am getting somewhere very important, for that candidate was SMOD. Say it with me, SMOD 2016. I went full SMOD (Sweet Meteor of Death) and I don’t regret it. Well, much like Bernie Sanders, apparently, SMOD can STILL WIN! Tell the studio audience what I’m talking about
Mirror UK – NASA chief Jim Bridenstine has warned that a killer asteroid could smash into the Earth within our lifetime, unless we do more to protect the planet. Speaking at the 2019 Planetary Defense Conference in Washington yesterday, the NASA administrator cautioned against the so-called “giggle factor” when it comes to asteroids. “We have to make sure that people understand that this is not about Hollywood, it’s not about the movies,” Bridenstine said. “This is about ultimately protecting the only planet we know, right now, to host life – and that is the planet Earth.” | go to source
So one day I was minding my own business and it felt a little…strange….a little strange in my web maker, so to speak, my big protruding, you know, abdomen, because I’m a spider and I spin webs and holy hell I feel odd. I feel like wasps are really the superior insect. I feel as if I should probably totally slave for them.
If this happened to a spider you know, maybe even love, then your spider is the victim of zombie hacking, and the culprit, if you can’t tell from the setup, is a zombie-making wasp.
Take it away, Science Daily – Setting off a startling chain of events, a parasitoid wasp can force a spider to weave a special web to suspend the wasp pupa just before it finishes killing its spider host. William Eberhard, staff scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Marcelo Gonzaga at the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia in Brazil have assembled wide-ranging evidence that ‘zombification’ involves hacking existing web-spinning mechanisms by hijacking the spider’s own molting hormone, ecdysone. | go to source
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez demonstrated the old adage “actions speak louder than words” at a recent town hall when a constituent questioned the socialist’s “fascist” perspective on free speech. Video of the sparsely attended event in Queens featured a small crowd and a line of speakers waiting to address Ocasio-Cortez, who stood on an elevated stage behind a fancy podium. One of the speakers introduced himself as James Scott Berry and described himself as a registered Republican with the life mantra “always be willing to be wrong.” Berry posed two different questions: Whether AOC would be willing to investigation the “over 3 million incidents of violent acts and threats of violence allowed in our schools against teachers and against fellow students ever year,” and whether she’s agreed that the greatest freedom in the world is the “freedom to hate, because in many countries you cannot.”
When I highlight stories, I try to find the most salient point. I had a really hard time finding that point because, much like the leftzilla winner from yesterday, the headline did not get fulfilled by the story. While it is true that at one point this dude’s mic was cut off, it was quickly restored and a rather lengthy discourse ensued. The crux seems to be AOC might possibly define incitement to violence more broadly than our hero does. I’ll leave you zillas to fight over those table scraps.
They get the win anyway, Infowars, that is, because the video hits the leftzillas with their own favorite bludgeoning tool, ‘fascist.’ But it still failed to deliver on the zilla promised. | go to source
Once again we have a zilla that fails to fully deliver. The headline sounds scandalous enough, so much so that Daily Kos gets the Oppo of the day. But, outside of the choir room, this song will sing flatter than pancakes being sucked into a black hole. Well, I guess anything stuffed into a black hole will tend to be ultimate flatted, so to speak.
Do let me get back on point, because that’s what you pay for. This little ditty reveals that, shock, government spies on protests, and they hire ‘private’ companies to do this work sometimes. Still, if you’re a leftzilla, I understand why this would be like someone metaphorically spilled vegetables in your ice cream (unless you’re into that sort of thing). Let’s let the winner, Daily Kos, shock us with their zilla.
Daily Kos – Government documents obtained by a coalition of immigrant rights group under the Freedom of Information Act show that the Trump administration was using a private cybersecurity company to monitor the hundreds of nationwide protests last year organized by Americans outraged over its family separation policy, adding to the disturbing pattern of surveillance and targeting of critics under the Trump administration.
“The documents include a list disseminated by [Homeland Security’s] Office on Intelligence and Analysis of more than 600 protests that took place in June 2018, when public horror at children being systematically ripped from their parents became widespread,” the American Immigration Council said. A firm called LookingGlass shared the information, including Facebook Event IDs and logistics such as time and location, with Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s investigative arm. | go to source
Over 1800 people are trapped in underground mines in South Africa. The process of rescuing them is slow and, so far, they don”t appear to be in immediate danger.
Seattle Times – South Africa’s department of mineral resources says plans are underway to free a large number of miners caught underground by hoisting them up an adjoining shaft.
The department says it has an inspector monitoring the situation at the Thembelani shaft in Rustenberg run by mining company Sibanye-Stillwater. | go to source
The old trope of ‘this sounds like this was written by a Hollywood script writer” is often abused and rarely accurately applied. Let me, nonetheless, be bold enough to assure you that I have a story that fits that scenario effectively and authentically.
I give you the story of a downed top tech fighter in deep waters and a race against time to prevent the enemy from getting the tech, or, if you’re from Russia or China, a race against time to liberate technology from thee enemy. Here’s more from….
The Drive – There has been some confusion over whether or not Japanese or American authorities have found the main wreckage a Japan Air Self Defense Force F-35A Joint Strike Fighter that crashed in the Pacific Ocean earlier this month. A senior U.S. military officer had told reporters that personnel had found the plane, only to get contradicted by multiple other U.S. military spokespersons.
U.S. Air Force General Charles Brown, head of Pacific Air Forces (PACAF), told reporters that the location of the stealthy fighter jet was known during a press briefing on Apr. 30, 2019, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The F-35A crashed on Apr. 9, 2019 off the coast of Japan. The exact cause of the accident remains unknown. 41-year-old Japan Air Self Defense Force (JASDF) Major Akinori Hosomi was at the control of the plane at the time and also remains missing. | go to source
It appears the Iranians lost a big fish and the US gained a big fish in the war over “my gang is more loyal than your gang.” In this case, the US gang wins, as one of the top generals, apparently, in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard has decided to come on over to the eagle, the bald eagle, that is.
Washington Free Beacon – A senior Iranian military officer affiliated with the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, has fled the Islamic Republic with a cache of secret documents said to contain information on Tehran’s military plans, according to reports.
Ali Nasiri, a former IRGC brigadier general who once headed Iran’s counterintelligence operations, is reported to have fled Iran and requested political asylum at a U.S. embassy in an unnamed Gulf country, according to a report carried in Iran Commentary, an online news portal that publishes information about Iran’s human rights abuses and illicit activity. | go to source
There’s these things called planetesimals, they apparently are the heart of any new planet. Well, scientists believe these planetesimals ‘had all the ingredients necessary” for the beginning of life to have happened long before earth was even fully. Now the people who know science will tell it to you. Take it away, Live Science –
Life may have arisen in our solar system before Earth even finished forming. Planetesimals, the rocky building blocks of planets, likely had all the ingredients necessary for life as we know it way back at the dawn of the solar system, said Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a planetary scientist at Arizona State University (ASU). And clement conditions may have persisted inside some planetesimals for tens of millions of years — perhaps long enough for life to emerge, said Elkins-Tanton, the director of ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and the principal investigator of NASA’s upcoming mission to the odd metallic asteroid Psyche. | go to source
In 1984, Sting asked the question, do the Russians love their children too? That question was asked because of the insane hype around the greatest arms race of ever, between America and the Soviet Union.
Why, oh why do I need to explain this to you given the headline you’ve already seen? Well, it seems that arms race of all time is gonna have to take a step back to a new show, a new game, with America once again representing one side but CHINA stepping in to replace the Soviet Union.
From Business Standard – Global military expenditure reached its highest level last year since the end of the Cold War, fueled by increased spending in the United States and China, the world’s two biggest economies, a leading defence think-tank said on Monday. In its annual report, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said overall global military spending in 2018 hit $1.82 trillion, up 2.6 percent on the previous year. That is the highest figure since 1988, when such data first became available as the Cold War began winding down. | go to source
Without appearing to assume what any rational person would presume should assume I could potentially presume I could resume regarding the potential continuation of Facebook, let’s go along with the scenario in the story I found from The Mirror UK. In that scenario, we have to assume we have some presumption to assume that Facebook will be around until 2070. The story is so lulzy that I am going to NEED YOU to go along with me on this one and run with this scenario. Presumptions notwithstanding, we need to assume Facebook will certainly be here in 2070 for this lulz to even work.
You see, folks, in this scenario, a little thing is happening on Facebook that many of us know about, that many of us have sometimes wondered if it would one day be our fate as well, to become, a dead profile, not like a figurative dead profile, a profile of a dead person. Here’s the Mirror UK’s deets on this thing:
“A new report by academics from the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) – part of the University of Oxford – sets up two potential extreme scenarios. The first assumes that no new users join as of 2018; the second assumes that Facebook continues to grow by its current rate of 13% globally, every year, until each market reaches saturation.”
Now I grant you that the ‘study’ (Is that what the kids call it these days) really has to make a LOT of far fetched assumptions, I mean, it presumes a lot, dontcha think? BUT…..even if the story itself is a bit overly cooked, so to speak, it does lead us, or, rather, me, to this opportunity to highlight the increasing fact that a SIGNIFICANT portion of Facebook is, in fact, a digital graveyard, and parts of me love this, and parts of me don’t know if I should delete my Facebook account. | go to source
Our Polzilla of the day comes to us from Politics USA. And if you know your poly blogs, that means the Leftzillas win again! Congrats, leftzillas. Politic USA captures a rather ‘interesting’ exchange Donald Trump had recently. I’ll let the leftzillas tell the tale-
Politics USA – Trump claimed in Green Bay that former President Obama had been disloyal to America, as congressional investigators are digging into his relationship with Russia. Trump said, “Now, you finally have a president who is loyal to you. Every day between now and November 2020, we are going to keep on working. We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning. Remember I used to tell you about winning. We’re winning. We are respected again, and I have to say every leader without fail that comes to see me in the Oval Office, they all say without fail. Congratulations, it’s incredible what’s happened to the United States.”
Them providing the quote was good and sporting of them considering the quote doesn’t, sadly, fully deliver on the zilla promise of the headline. For the zilla fans, this is a bit of a letdown, but the exploitation of the potential for the title to be fully correct leads me to give them the win today nonetheless. | go to source
My Oppo of the day addresses a recent video Joe Biden did commemorating the events in Charlottesville. Apparently, Joe done flerbed the fleek. Or something. He did NOT get permission to use video of Heather Heyer from her parents.
Here’s how True Pundit addressed the Biden Boner.
True Pundit – Joe Biden announced his entry into the 2020 Democratic primary early yesterday morning with a video heavily referencing the events in Charlottesville that happened in 2017. Specifically, the death of a young women named Heather Heyer, who was killed by a white supremacist coward attending the “United the Right” rally put on by Richard Spencer. He then sought to use those events as a cudgel against Donald Trump as part of the roll out of his candidacy. It’s about to get rockier as The Daily Beast is reporting that Biden made that video without the consent of the deceased family. Joe Biden did not tell Susan Bro, Heather Heyer’s mother, that he would be invoking her daughter’s murder in Charlottesville in August 2017 in his presidential campaign launch video focusing on “the battle for the soul” of America | go to source
Beating all expectations, it looks like the US economy has crossed the coveted 3% GDP growth rate this past quarter of 2019. The degree to which this growth is being felt in main street, so to speak remains to be seen, but the news is good for the US economy overall, and also good for the Trump Administration as they continue to ‘negotiate’ with China over trade (as there still remains an ongoing trade war between the two nations). Here’s how CNBC reported it –
US economy grows by 3.2% in the first quarter, topping expectations – The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter and posted its best growth to start a year in four years. First-quarter gross domestic product expanded by 3.2%, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said Friday in its initial read of the economy for that period. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected growth of 2.5%. It was the first time since 2015 that first-quarter GDP topped 3%.
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Chemical 3D printing is a thing, in case you didn’t know If you DID know you might not have heard of a recent breakthrough from the Berkeley Lab in good old California that claims to be able to build a chemical 3D printing template that will allow multiple complex chemical reactions, with scientificimal and engineering precision, to take place, all in one template.
The scientists are calling this thing a “lab on a chip,” meaning they can create a lab, a chemical 3D printing lab, that can process, diagnose, investigate, produce multiple functions that have to do with processing chemicals to do things we want them to do. Ok, Science Daily, give us more-
From Science Daily — Bridge over coupled waters: Scientists 3D-print all-liquid ‘lab on a chip’
Researchers at DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have 3D-printed an all-liquid device that, with the click of a button, can be repeatedly reconfigured on demand to serve a wide range of applications — from making battery materials to screening drug candidates. “What we demonstrated is remarkable. Our 3D-printed device can be programmed to carry out multistep, complex chemical reactions on demand,” said Brett Helms, a staff scientist in Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division and Molecular Foundry, who led the study. “What’s even more amazing is that this versatile platform can be reconfigured to efficiently and precisely combine molecules to form very specific products, such as organic battery materials.” | go to source
I kid you not, even legit geniuses, even legit phd big brained power houses sometimes stumble upon an extra level of self-inflicted derpage that causes you to question the very existence of humanity.
In this case, that feeling might be particularly apropos if we are talking about Oxford Professor and big brained awesome guy Dr Young-hae-Chi who has decided that he has figured out the mystery of the universe, aliens, aliens merging with humans to take over the universe and take over humans from within.
Ma’am, we traced the source of the call, and it’s in your womb. Holy next level scary if this guy is even REMOTELY right, but if he is, there’s then no reason not to believe that the LITERAL Dr. Who will show up and save us, in whatever form the doctor has taken up (unless it’s a Dallas Cowboys fan, go Eagles, Dallas Sucks, I apologize in advance for violating my pledge for non-partisanship but Dallas does suck, objectively).
This doctor, Dr. Chi, not Who, believes aliens are LITERALLY messing with us to mess with climate change because jerks and stuff, BUT we can combat it by creating a new alien-human species that will literally save the world from climate change, but I know that’s code for destroy all humans and create a super alien race of Dallas Cowboys fans to take over the universe. Not even the Daleks, the nemesis (what’s plural for nemesis?) of the previously mentioned Dr. Who, are quite as scary as that proposition.
Here’s a snippet of the version the normies over at the Sun UK gave you- Oxford University professor claims aliens are already breeding with humans on earth – Dr Young-hae Chi, an instructor in Korean at Oxford’s Oriental Institute, part of the prestigious university, thinks this new species will save Earth from annihilation from climate change. Dr Chi first said the hybrids may already exist in a lecture in 2012 but has now written a book on the subject. He believes there is a strong correlation between climate change and alien abductions, the Oxford Student newspaper has reported. His book, written in Korean, is called Alien Visitations and the End of Humanity. | go to source
Saudi Arabia recently released a twitter photo of ‘terrorists’ it had executed this past week. The release of the photo was accompanied with a statement from Saudi Arabia about the execution of 37 men. One individual was crucified, after death, as a warning to anyone else who would engage in activity the kingdom would find to be terroristic in nature.
One of the ‘terrorists’ was a pro-democracy protestor who had at one time secured entrance to Western Michigan University. His name was Mujtaba al-Sweikat. He was on his way to college, or about to leave, when he was arrested, in 2011, for protesting. He spent 7 years in prison before the House of Saud publicly hung him.
Here’s a little more from All That’s Interesting – “Saudi Arabia Just Executed 37 People And Crucified One, Including A Student Slated For College In The U.S. The SPA released a statement on Twitter that explained the government’s macabre actions as an effective means to deter others while bringing justice to individuals who allegedly adopted violent ideologies and began forming terrorist cells.”
It should be noted that Saudi Arabian Mogul Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is the second biggest single owner of Twitter. He himself recently spent 2 months in prison under corruption charges but appears to have made a financial arrangement with the House of Saud to secure his release. Yay. | go to source
The Top Polzilla of the day comes to us from The Daily Beast, with a headline that, let’s be honest, doesn’t get the award so much for creativity as it does for simply having a gift fall into your mouth, and at least effectively capturing and promoting that gift. Well done Daily Beast.
The gift I am referring to is the absolute idiocy of self-professed Trump supporter and Pro-Life supporter, Matthew Haviland,who decided to take a giant proverbial on the whole of MAGA and Pro Life by behaving in an insane way that checks ALL the boxes of the worst of the worst beliefs leftzillas would want everyone to have for rightzillas. These, well, let’s just call them strategically challenged activists (or mega tools, if you wanna get all mean and stuff, and yeah, I would understand if you did), be they left or rightzillas, couldn’t do a better job to help their alleged enemies than the enemies themselves can ever have done to them.
More from The Daily Beast – Matthew Haviland, a 30-year-old resident of North Kingstown, threatened to murder and eat the professor in a series of March 10 emails, according to prosecutors…..In emails to the professor, who has publicly advocated for abortion rights, Haviland allegedly threatened to “rip every limb from your body and eat it, piece by piece” and “savor” the teacher’s “innards.” “You will have your face ripped off and eaten by me, personally,” Haviland wrote in another email to the professor, whose name and affiliation were not revealed by the feds…….“I will kill every Democrat in the world so we never more have to have our babies brutally murdered by you absolute terrorists,” Haviland wrote, according to prosecutors. | go to source
Our Oppo of the Day comes from Rightzilla, with a headline that has been written a hundred thousand times by a hundred thousand blogs but THIS time it’s gonna be right. Is this one of those “Bernie can still win” moments for the rightzillas, or are their dreams of Trump’s “because she’d be in jail” comments during one of those Trump-Hillary shows they put on back in 2016 finally coming true?
More from DC Whispers – Normally such a claim would cause more than a few eye rolls and shakes of the head as for a very long time, the upper echelons of the Deep State continued to dance just beyond the realm of real legal accountability for their nefarious actions. Former U.S. prosecutor Joe diGenova is a proven reliable source, though, and so if he says indictments are coming, he’s likely right. | go to source
Let’s consider this Futureq feature a very special feature. It’s the story of Kamkwamba, who took it upon himself to figure out the science and the tech, the work, the resources, needed to deliver to his community the electricity they so desperately needed. Don Quixote fought windmills to fruitless ends, while Kamkwamba made windmills that delivered power.
From Science Times – Kamkwamba was kicked out of school when he couldn’t pay 80 dollars in school fees, and he spent his days at the library, where a book with photographs of windmills caught his eye. “I thought, this thing exists in this book, it means someone else managed to build this machine,” he said. Armed with the book, the then-14-year-old taught himself to build windmills. He scoured through junkyards for items, including bicycle parts, plastic pipes, tractor fans and car batteries. For the tower, he collected wood from blue-gum trees.
…..Now, he has five windmills, the tallest at 37 feet. He built one at an area school that he used to teach classes on windmill-building. The windmills generate electricity and pump water in his hometown, north of the capital, Lilongwe. Neighbors regularly trek across the dusty footpaths to his house to charge their cellphones. Others stop by to listen to Malawian reggae music blaring from a radio. | go to source
On one hand, violent crime overall is about the same. On the other hand, knife crimes are crushing it, and not in a good way. This is merry old England we are talking about were, apparently, violent goons and thugs and whatnot have gone from guns to knives, and, well, apparently they are JUST as efficient at the killings with the knives as they are with the guns.
Not that any of that is cool, I’m just saying. Here’s some more actual details about this from the BBC, which, I should point out, like I do with others, is a state sponsored outlet.
BBC – Police recorded 40,829 offences involving knives or sharp instruments in 2018, up 6% on the year before. The Office for National Statistics said cases of murder and manslaughter, excluding terror attacks, increased by 12%. There were 732 killings, up from 655 in 2017 – the highest since 2007. But the separate Crime Survey, based on people’s experiences, points to no significant change in overall crime. | go to source
I have been following this story for some time, and, finally, enough time has passed for me to consider this story worth noting. The Japanese recently lost an American-made, top-of-the-line stealth F-36 Fighter, with all the fat tech aboard that grand prize for anyone who finds it. The plane has been missing for over a month and now the military, the US Military, is reassuring us everything gone be fine, which is exactly when you should pay more attention.
From NewsRep – Earlier this month, an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter belonging to the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force went down over the Pacific during a training flight. Three other F-35s participating in the flight returned home safely, with the pilot and much of the missing F-35’s wreckage, still missing. “The Japanese have the lead there, and we’re working very collaboratively with them,” acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Friday. “And we’ve got a capability if what they have doesn’t prove to be sufficient.” | go to source
An unassuming gentleman puts down his tools after a long day working in his little shop behind his house. He doesn’t put the tools away because reasons. But when he wakes up the next day, when he walks back into his little shop, well, the tools, the tools are all put neatly away.
This wasn’t a one-off kind of thing either. Nope. This would continue until one day the man got a trail cam, and, well, as Paul Harvey would say, now, for the REST of the story.
from PetaPixel – 72-year-old Stephen Mckears was puzzled every morning when he would find hardware he left out on his workbench returned to their box. Using a wildlife trail camera, he discovered that a mouse was spending hours every night putting his tools back and tidying up his workspace. The retired electrician first noticed objects mysteriously being moved around in his garden shed earlier this year. Screws, plastic parts, nuts, and bolts on his workbench were continuously returned to the old ice cream tub that he had emptied them out from the night before. | go to source
Here is is folks. the tweet that produced the winnng zilla of the day, from War News Updates. simply highlighting what President Trump Tweeted, which was this “Former CIA analyst Larry Johnson accuses United Kingdom Intelligence of helping Obama Administration Spy on the 2016 Trump Presidential Campaign.” @OANN WOW! It is now just a question of time before the truth comes out, and when it does, it will be a beauty!”
This is the type of headline that could have been written by either zilla, but the rightzillas wrote it so the rightzillas get it. | go to source
So far, of all the Dem Presidential candidates running right now, Eric Swalwell is, perhaps, the most zilla of them all. This Oppo of the day headline was inspired by the same aforementioned Swalwell who posited the theory that Trump might very well be blackmailed by Putin. It would be exciting if it were true, and it would also be exciting if it were totally imagined, but believed (I’m voting for this). Either Swalwell is a total mad lad, or Trump is a Putin purse, so to speak. Here’s what he actually said, as shared by Politics USA –
Rep. Swalwell said on MSNBC’s The Beat with Ari Melber, “There’s evidence of collusion and coordination. It doesn’t go beyond a reasonable doubt but that doesn’t mean this is a good guy. We know the Russians helped him. He asked them to help him. What we don’t know yet is why won’t he show us his taxes, his finances. And look, if this guy is able to be blackmailed by a porn star, how do we know he won’t be blackmailed by Vladimir Putin?” | go to source
Heavy rains have triggered major flooding across parts of South Africa, along with catastrophic mud slides. So far, with many still missing, the death toll has already reached 60.
From Al Jazeera – More than 60 people have been killed in southern and eastern parts of South Africa after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides. Rescue workers were digging through collapsed homes and other buildings in coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal province, local officials said. | go to source
Using the power of your own heart, you might one day be able to sustain devices that will keep your heart going, using your own heart’s power. The devices are pacemakers, and a battery-free version of one just passed some early tests on pigs. New Scientist has more deets: A battery-free pacemaker that harvests energy from heartbeats has been successfully tested in pigs. It uses an energy harvester wrapped around the heart that generates electricity from movement….In tests, Wang and his colleagues found that the energy they harvested from the heart was higher than that needed for a human pacemaker. They used pigs in the tests because their hearts are about the same size as those of humans. | go to source
You’re minding your business the way you do when you’re a seriously badass women’s MMA fighter and the next thing you know you catch out of of the corner of your eye a man who has taken liberties with himself while fixating his attention upon your person.
Dudes, I’m really trying to preserve our rated PG setting here.
What do you think happened after that? From The Star Online- A Brazilian mixed martial artist pummeled a man after he allegedly refused to stop fondling himself while watching her during a beach photo shoot. Joyce Vieira, 27, was at a Rio de Janeiro beach posing for a swimsuit shoot on April 8 when she noticed a man nearby, reported Folha de São Paulo via Deadspin on Friday, April 19. When she approached him, she said his pants were down and his penis was erect as he made moaning sounds. While she had not intended to use her mean martial arts moves in jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and boxing outside of the ring, the amateur fighter’s skills were put to use when the man challenged her. | go to source
I’m not gonna lie, in the interest of not appearing to be biased, I was worried about the number of Leftzilla wins I assigned in a row recently. I choose em as I see em and sometimes statistics might produce a string of the baddies wins in a row (depending on your favorite zilla). Fortunately, rightzilla earned themselves a win today with this well-placed jab targeting an enemy’s particularly vulnerable perceived weakness. In this case, they went after Buzzfeed for LITERALLY (according to them) pushing political content marketing as news (aka, Fake News). Big League Politics takes the win today. Congrats and How Dare you! (Again, depending on your favorite zilla). Here’s more from the winners:
Big League Politics – Buzzfeed received $1.5 million from the top Democrat super PAC Priorities USA Action in the final weeks of the 2016 election, according to federal election reports. Priorities USA was Hillary Clinton’s most powerful PAC in her campaign against President Donald Trump. (h/t HRC’s Field Sobriety Test). | go to source
This is one of those stories that, if what is reported actually happens, this could be a significant game changer in the reality of power as far as the power political parties have to assure that government programs benefit their particular allies.
To do this, number fudging is the name of the game. The use of ‘illegal’ or ‘undocumented’ people (people who are not recognized as citizens by the US government) to elevate numbers that determine the allotment of government grants and contract awards has long been a suspect tactic of the democrats.
If this ruling happens, and IF the rumors of the Dems’ uses of non-citizen number for political gains is true, then the Democrats are about to face some serious cash reductions.
Of course, as usual, that IF that floats out there is often hard to pin down, so we’ll see where this goes but I think it warrants your consideration.
More from Legal Insurrection – The consensus among mainstream media commentators was that the administration is going to win. Adam Liptak at The NY Times wrote, On Census Citizenship Question, Supreme Court’s Conservatives Appear United: The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed ready on Tuesday to allow the Trump administration to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 census, which critics say would undermine its accuracy by discouraging both legal and unauthorized immigrants from filling out the forms…. | go to source
The Japanese Emperor is abdicating his crown, and it’s a pretty big deal. It’s such a big deal that he had to go report the news to his Dad, even though he’s dead. The visit was part of a ceremony intended to connect the past, the present, and the future Emperors together, but did you even know Japan still had an Emperor, and, if you did, did you know he was about to replaced by a young wippersnapper who’s not even 60 yet? He’s 59 by the way.
Here’s the brief deets from Japan Today – Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited the tomb of his father, Emperor Hirohito, on the outskirts of Tokyo on Tuesday for an official ceremony to report his upcoming abdication on April 30….The emperor, wearing a morning suit, and the empress, wearing a long dress, offered prayers at the mausoleum during the “Shinetsu no gi” ritual. Crown Prince Naruhito, 59, who will ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, will similarly take part in a number of ceremonies and rituals to mark his succession. | go to source
Go to any museum and you will see numerous signs that say don’t touch. Seriously, museums are almost synonymous with don’t touch. Everyone knows that. Well, if you think that’s funny, if you think it’s ok to buck authority and defy museum rules, feast your eyes and ears on this tale of pain. It’s the story of a young man, a thumb, a broken statue, and $4.5 million in damages from a sudden attack of the stupids (don’t touch is just an invitation to touch.
From AP News – “A jury was unable to reach a verdict in the trial of a Delaware man who admitted he broke a thumb off a $4.5 million statue at a Philadelphia museum. Michael Rohana was attending a Christmas-themed ugly sweater party at the Franklin Institute in December 2017 when he entered a closed exhibit of ancient Chinese terra cotta warrior statues. Authorities said Rohana, 25, took photos while posing next to a statue known as “The Cavalryman,” then removed the valuable relic’s left thumb and made off with it. The incident was captured by surveillance cameras.”
I don’t even know how to process this, save for noting how awesome it was that the thumb breaker thought it would be a great idea to taunt the museum’s ‘don’t touch’ authority by posting his evil ways on the socials, yeah, on the socials.
Moral of the story is this (and no, it has NOTHING to do with the stupid don’t touch rule), if you can’t pay the bill, don’t post it n socials. | go to source