Reader’s Links for February 23, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

108 Replies to “Reader’s Links for February 23, 2021”

  1. Canada declares Uighur persecution in China ‘genocide’, becoming only second country to do so
    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/canada-china-uighur-genocide-xinjiang-b1805929.html

    “Canada’s parliament has voted to declare China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region a genocide, becoming only the second country in the world to do so after the US.

    Though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of his cabinet abstained from the vote, the non-binding motion brought by the opposition Conservative Party received overwhelming support in the House of Commons and was passed by 266 votes to 0.

    The MPs also supported a motion calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing if China “continues this genocide”.

    Mr Trudeau has been under pressure domestically to take a tougher stance on China but has so far exercised caution over labelling the Chinese state’s actions in Xinjiang province a genocide, calling it an “extremely loaded” term.

    The vote in parliament is likely to further strain diplomatic ties between two countries whose relationship deteriorated dramatically in December 2018 with the arrest of top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada, following a US warrant. Within days, China detained two Canadian nationals – Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor – on spying charges.

    China has been widely condemned for its detention of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region in what a UN panel has called a “massive internment camp that is shrouded in secrecy”. More than 1 million Uighurs are reported to have been placed in camps in Xinjiang province, where former detainees have accused guards and officials of systematic rape and sexual violence.

    China has repeatedly defended its network of facilities in the province, calling them voluntary “vocational training centres” while at the same time framing them as a necessary part of counter-terrorism efforts.

    Preempting the result of the Canadian parliamentary vote, on Saturday China’s ambassador to Canada Cong Peiwu said that “there is no so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang at all”.

    “A few people in Canada and some other western countries are talking about upholding values, but one important part of the values should be: respect facts and stop spreading disinformation and even lies,” Mr Cong told reporters.”

  2. Gerhard Herzberg, great scientist. Fled WW2 Germany with his Jewish wife.

    My own wife has a professional interest in the man, and brought this to my attention. The Wikipedia entry, from what we see, is different from the Google search first entry. Tacked on to the end of his short ID under Nationality is the word “Nazi”.

    My wife has been required to study Herzberg for some months now, and knows much about him. This entry is new, she thinks, because she would have spotted it sooner.

    Subtle and overt cancel culture at work? Attempting to disgrace a great white scientist? How many other tweaks of definitions are there for young people to see on line? Am I overreacting? I think not if I were this man’s progeny.

    Who is responsible and why did they write this? Can any person be held accountable? What punishment can they meet for such malice?

    I made myself a fancy new mask. Sewed it myself. I wear it proudly. I think I can sell more of these than a pet rock. Not only does it filter chunks of the CCP virus and all its so-called variants, but it also filters the politicized air we now breathe. Betcha it’ll work under water, too.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=gerhard+herzberg&oq=gerhard+herz&aqs=chrome.0.0i355j46j69i57j0l2.14319j0j4&client=ms-android-bell-ca&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

  3. 9 women accused of suspected Abu Sayyaf suicide bomb plots (abcnews, Feb 23, 2021)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/women-accused-suspected-abu-sayyaf-suicide-bomb-plots-76058758

    “Philippine forces have arrested nine women who were related to Abu Sayyaf commanders and militants in the south and could have been “potential suicide bombers,” the military said Tuesday.

    The women were captured Friday in raids on houses in three towns in the predominantly Muslim province of Sulu, said Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., who heads the military’s Western Mindanao Command.

    The southern province is the stronghold of Abu Sayyaf, which is known for ransom kidnappings, beheadings and bombings.

    Troops also seized bomb parts, including batteries, detonating cords, suspected explosive powder and oil, an iron pipe and nails, along with a grenade, cellphones, backpacks and a sketch of a suspected targeted bombing area, the military said in a statement.

    “We are always ready to welcome those who wish to return to the folds of the law but if you will refuse to do so, we will surely hunt you down and prevent you from inflicting havoc in the communities,” said Maj. Gen. William Gonzales, who heads government forces in Sulu.

    “May this serve as a clear message to the supporters and remaining members of the Abu Sayyaf,” Gonzales said.

    The suspects would face criminal charges for illegal possession of explosives, military officials said, adding that intelligence and surveillance helped troops track down the suspects. It was not immediately possible to reach the arrested suspects to get their comments.

    Among those arrested were three daughters and a sister of Hatib Hajan Sawadjaan, the Abu Sayyaf leader who was wounded in a gunbattle with troops in July last year and died a few days later in the mountainous hinterlands off Sulu’s Patikul town.

    A few weeks after Sawadjaan’s death, two widows of Abu Sayyaf militants separately detonated bombs in suicide attacks that killed 14 people, including soldiers, and wounded 75 others in Jolo town in Sulu. The military said then that the bombings, the worst extremist attacks in the country last year, may have been staged by the Abu Sayyaf to avenge the death of Sawadjaan, who was believed to have been designated by the Islamic State group as its leader in the southern Philippines.

    The United States and the Philippines have separately blacklisted the Abu Sayyaf, which has been considerably weakened by years of battle setbacks, military offensives and surrenders but remains a national security threat.”

  4. 3 service members’ families, 13 wounded sue Saudi Arabia over NAS Pensacola shooting (abcnews, Feb 23, 2021)
    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/service-members-families-sue-saudi-arabia-nas-pensacola/story?id=76049252

    “The families of three U.S. service members killed and 13 others who were severely wounded at Naval Air Station Pensacola have sued Saudi Arabia over its role in the Dec. 6, 2019 attack.

    Saudi Air Force 2nd Lt. Mohammed Saeed Al-Shamrani was a flight student enrolled in the Security Cooperation Education and Training Program and while wearing his Saudi Air Force uniform, he fired hundreds of rounds of ammunition killing three Navy service members; severely wounding four sailors, a Navy civil servant, seven sheriff’s deputies and a Department of Defense police officer. Al-Shamrani was killed by law enforcement during the attack.

    According to the lawsuit, Saudi Arabia knew of Al-Shamrani’s radicalization and anti-American sentiments, which were publicly associated with a Twitter account bearing his name.

    In May, Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray said Al-Shamrani had communicated directly with al-Qaida operatives in an attack that they described as “a brutal culmination of years of planning and preparation,” based on newly revealed evidence obtained from the shooter’s iPhones.

    Al-Shamrani made efforts to destroy his phones, even shooting a bullet through one of them, Barr said.

    “The phones contained information previously unknown to us that definitively establishes Al-Shamrani’s significant ties to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), not only before the attack, but before he even arrived in the United States. We now have a clearer understanding of Al-Shamrani’s associations and activities in the years, months and days leading up to his attack,” he said.

    From that evidence, investigators came to believe Al-Shamrani had been preparing for years after being radicalized in 2015 and joined the Royal Saudi Air Force in order to carry out a “special operation.” Al-Shamrani continued to communicate with AQAP right up until the attack, they said.

    After the attack, Mohamed bin Salman told President Donald Trump that Saudi Arabia would be “taking care of (the victims’) families and loved ones.”

    To date, Saudi Arabia has refused to honor its word or engage with those who were injured and the families of the service members who were killed, the families said…”

  5. Turkey Reportedly Arrests Frenchwoman Wanted by Interpol Over Ties With Daesh (sputniknews, Feb 23, 2021)
    https://sputniknews.com/world/202102231082159362-turkey-reportedly-arrests-frenchwoman-wanted-by-interpol-over-ties-with-daesh/

    “French citizen Sarah Talib, wanted by Interpol over her ties with Daesh*, has been arrested in the Turkish capital of Ankara, the Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday, citing a security source.

    According to the news outlet, Talib was arrested when she was approaching the French Embassy in Ankara to apply for the return to France.

    The source told the news agency that Talib would be deported from Turkey after questioning.

    In 2013, Turkey became one of the first countries to declare Daesh* as a terror group. Since then, Turkey has been repeatedly attacked by Daesh militants, which resulted in the death of over 300 people. In 2016, Turkey joined the international military coalition against the terrorist group.

    According to the Turkish Interior Ministry, the country has detained some 2,000 people and deported 7,000 others over the past few years during its operations against Daesh*.

    *Daesh (also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State) is a terrorist group banned in Russia.”

  6. Iran’s Khamenei Issues Non-Binding Legal Opinion That Female Cartoon Characters Must Wear Hijab (sputniknews, Feb 23, 2021)
    https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/202102231082160206-irans-khamenei-issues-non-binding-legal-opinion-that-female-cartoon-characters-must-wear-hijab/

    “Wearing the Muslim headscarf – the hijab – and covering all parts of the body was made mandatory for women in Iran after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, with those who fall foul of the rules targeted by the morality police, known as Gasht-e Ershad.

    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued a new fatwa – an authoritative, non-binding legal opinion on a point of Islamic law given by a recognised higher authority – declaring that women in cartoons and animated films must all be shown wearing the hijab, according to al-Arabiya, citing Iran’s Tasnim news agency.

    Khamenei was said to have been responding to a question asked by a Telegram channel user regarding whether observing compulsory hijab rules was necessary for characters in cartoons, claims the report.

    “Although wearing a hijab in such a hypothetical situation is not required per se, observing hijab in animation is required due to the consequences of not wearing hijab,”

    answered Khamenei, according to a translation offered by the IranWire news website.

    There has not been any official comment from the Iranian government on the discourse…”

  7. Divide-istan: A little straight talk about the idea of breaking up the U.S. – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    10-12 minutes

    Divide-istan: A little straight talk about the idea of breaking up the U.S.

    The ignition key for global dystopia. Google map, Pixabay (background); LU Staff

    In this post, I’m capturing some comments I made on this topic in a comments/reply thread. The presentation isn’t polished, but the thoughts are by no means off the cuff.

    Just a couple of opening points. One, I do understand the urge to diverge, and the view that doing so would be a method of parting ways peacefully. As you’ll see, I believe that’s an illusion, and a costly one. I think history and the recurring patterns of geopolitics bear me out. But the somewhat trenchant words here don’t mean I don’t see the power of the motivation. No one wants to have to go all kinetic trying to settle a hash between wokeism and common sense, or arbitrary hyperregulation and freedom.

    That leads, however, to point number two. I didn’t make it explicitly in the comments below, but it became apparent to me on rereading them. It’s this: the impetus for a break-up depends mostly on how badly red America wants to escape the repressive policy overreach of blue America. There’s a segment of blue America that imagines itself to be under siege from red America, but it does so without evidence (or even the benefit of basic sanity, in many cases). Red America, on the other hand, really does face an onslaught of overregulation, punitive politics, and even punitive cultural campaigns (e.g., 75 million Americans being called “domestic extremists” by elected political leaders and major media) from the blue side of the spectrum.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/02/23/divide-istan-a-little-straight-talk-about-the-idea-of-breaking-up-the-u-s/

    • Often, they’ll eat it without killing it. I saw a video of a rural Chinese woman plucking a live baby bird out of a nest and dumping it in her mouth to eat.
      What a people!

      China is a big country and still, they can’t manage food sustainability. That’s the result of top-down economies.

  8. The Geller Report
    Michigan removed 177,000 voters from the Voter Rolls in January after certifying Biden won Michigan by 154,000 votes is November.

    The state removed 177,000 inactive voters from the voter’s rolls in late January because voters no longer live in the state or did not respond to state inquires about their address according to the Tuesday district court announcement.

  9. europravda – – Greece issues COVID vaccine certificates to those who have had both doses

    The certificate will only be available to those who have received both doses of the vaccine. So far, that’s 2.2% of the population.

    They are able to download documentation via the government website. The system went live on Friday morning, and by Monday 55,000 certificates had been issued.

    • Switzerland: High-income countries “undermine” COVAX with vaccine deals – WHO chief

      World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that high-income countries’ deals with vaccine manufacturers ‘undermine’ the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) initiative, as he spoke from the WHO headquarters in Geneva on Monday.

      “If there are no vaccines to buy, money is irrelevant. Currently, some high-income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that COVAX has in place, and reduce the number of doses COVAX can buy. Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries if high-income countries cooperate in respecting the deals COVAX has done, and the new deals it is doing,” said the WHO chief.

      “This is not a matter of charity. It’s a matter of epidemiology. Unless we end the pandemic everywhere, we will not end it anywhere,” he added.

      COVAX aims to coordinate international resources to enable an equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments.

    • RT – Jab or Job | Israelis need ‘green passports’ for normal life

      Under new regulations, Israelis who refuse to get vaccinated against COVID could be banned from their jobs and most public places

    • NYU professor: Likely U.S. will adopt vaccine passports soon

      Arthur Caplan, professor at the NYU School of Medicine, says he predicts it’s only a matter of time before the U.S. will start implementing its own vaccine passports.

      However, he believes vaccine passports will create a divide between the rich and poor.

    • Vaccine passport needed for…a pint?! | Bojo explains they’re exploring the idea..

      Vaccine passports may no longer just be an idea for international travel, as Boris Johnson explains they’ll explore if the ‘novelty’ is needed for things like having a pint at the pub when the country reopens.

    • Sky News Australia – Air NZ trials vaccine passport system

      In a glimpse of what the future holds for international travel Air New Zealand will ask passengers to acquire a vaccine passport before flying to Australia.

      The Kiwi airline is set to test the digital health pass system on Auckland to Sydney flights throughout April.

    • Sky News Australia – Air New Zealand’s vaccine passport trial to ensure customers feel ‘really safe’

      Air New Zealand Chief Digital Officer Jennifer Sepull says the airline’s trial of vaccine passports is designed to ensure customers feel “really safe” while travelling overseas.

      The Kiwi airline is set to test the digital health pass system on Auckland to Sydney flights throughout April.

      “The goal is really to help our customers feel really safe travelling globally around the world with governments requirements and making sure they’re in compliance,” she said.

      “All our travellers need to do is download the mobile app and they will create what we call a digital health wallet which will then be mapped to an E-passport.

      “Then after testing, through a verified and registered lab, the results will then be sent to their phone in a secure format.

      “Our travellers will be able to provide this information after it’s been verified and checked, and they get the tick to travel, they just show it at the airport, and they’ll be ready to go”.

      Ms Sepull told Sky News the passports are an effort to meet government requirements and at this stage she does not believe travellers will be required to have the application

      + comments on the YT page

    • Protesters rally against idea of ‘vaccine passports’ in Paris

      Protesters rallied against anti-coroanvirus measures and the recently touted idea of ‘vaccine passports’ in Paris on Saturday.

      Demonstrators could be seen holding signs reading ‘No to vaccine passport’ and ‘Liberate France’ and singing the French national anthem.

      Discussions have been taking place in French society about the possibility of a ‘vaccine passport.’

      It has been brought up in media and online discussions as a potential way of helping re-boot the country’s tourism sector.

      However, there are no current plans for the introduction of such a document.

    • Israel’s ‘vaccine passport’ is bringing hope back – could this be Britain soon?

      Jalal Jamal, a 28-year-old make up artist, strolls into Jerussalm’s YMCA sports centre and takes out his mobile phone. On the screen is a cheery animated logo of a family strolling through a park, lit up in green.

      This is Israel’s pionering “green pass” mobile phone app, which allows fully vaccinated Israelis to visit swimming pools, gyms and cultural events for the first time in nearly half a year.

      Mr Jamal, an amateur bodybuilder, shows the pass to the receptionist and after a quick check he is allowed to enter the building for a long-awaited session of lifting weights.

      The green pass was introduced last Sunday and can be used by those who have received two doses of a Covid vaccine, as well as patients who have recovered from the illness.

      Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a Government review into using vaccination certificates to unlock hospitality and entertainment venues.

      So could Israel’s vaccine pass system be a blueprint for Britain?

      • Haredim don't need no stinkin' app, don't waste time on narishkeit social media. Devil take your voodoo vaxxxx......

        Won’t make a bit of difference for the populations they can’t or won’t control. Uneducated Arab Israelis and ungovernable Haredim.

        A tiny minority within the rest of the population is “hesitant”. They’ll be pressured, and they’ll scream bloody murder to anyone willing to smear the State of Israel.

        “Enlightened” Western media will amplify the voice of these “dissidents” and Israel will be deemed fascist, raycyst, nazi, genocide, apartheid, doo-wopa-doo-wapa-doo.

    • Boris Johnson warns COVID-19 lockdown will NOT end on June 21 unless cases & deaths plunge

      BRITAIN’S coronavirus lockdown will NOT end on June 21 unless cases and deaths continue to fall, Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday.

      After yesterday outlining plans for schools to reopen and pubs and restaurants to welcome back guests over the coming months, the Prime Minister today warned that absolutely nothing was “guaranteed”.

      Speaking at a south London school this morning, the PM said he remains “very optimistic” all lockdown measures will be lifted by summer but insisted that “obviously, nothing can be guaranteed”.

      The news comes amid a huge surge in foreign holiday bookings after Boris Johnson announced his lockdown roadmap yesterday.

      The PM said: ‘Journalists are always abusing or attacking people and being critical about them without having putting themselves in the place of the person they’re criticising’.

      Airlines and travel firms are experiencing a surge in demand despite an international travel ban in place until at least May 17.

      Hours after the Prime Minister’s announcement yesterday, easyJet said bookings by UK customers for the summer season were more than four times higher compared with the same period during the previous week.

      The most popular destinations for this summer are beach resorts including Malaga, Alicante and Palma in Spain, Faro in Portugal and the Greek island of Crete.

      • “My feelings today. I’m hurting. I really am.”
        Gary Dempsey – February 19, 2021 – Twitter
        https://twitter.com/Dempz8/status/1362729827858587652

        The Richie Allen Show – Episode 1237 – Monday February 22, 2021
        iHeart Radio – Podcast
        Richie is joined by Gary Demspey Former professional footballer and gym owner Gary Demspey posted a video on Twitter over the weekend that has now been seen by more than two million people. In it, Gary was scathing in his condemnation of lockdown and the effect it is having on the mental well-being of people and especially children. He speaks candidly about trying to keep his own business afloat over the last twelve months. Gary also tells Richie why he would never turn away a client if they didn’t have a vaccine passport. Don’t miss. And Richie took calls from listeners on lockdown, financial system collapse, 5G, Electro-sensitivity and more.
        https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-the-richie-allen-sh-28954273/episode/episode-1237-the-richie-allen-show-77982003/

    • Could venues use a ‘common sense’ approach over vaccine passports?

      “The answer is to be able to take a common sense approach to allow venues and shops to reopen.”

      Charles Dickens Museum director Cindy Sughrue argues venues could use a ‘common sense’ approach to avoid the need for a vaccine passport.

    • IATA expects initial take-up of digital health passport to be slow

      The International Air Transport Association expects a slow take-up initially for its digital platform to validate COVID-19 tests and vaccine certificates, as travel restrictions continue.

      The platform is on track to be rolled out in the second half of March.

    • Sky news – COVID-19: Why are we seeing vaccine hesitancy in Germany?

      Former president of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Critical Care, Dr Uwe Janssens, tells Sky News why many healthcare workers in Germany are reluctant to get the AstraZeneca vaccine.

      Dr Janssens said many people are intentionally missing appointments over fears of the long-term impact of the vaccine on people’s health.

      The German government has been working on reducing the spread of misinformation by telling people of the safety and efficacy of the vaccine.

  10. ‘Why am I told to describe myself as cis woman’ | Claire Fox speech on biological sex language

    ‘I’m a woman that’s it enough:

    Not a uterus holder

    Not a person with a vagina

    Not a chestfeeder.’

    Claire Fox makes impassioned speech about language surrounding biological sex during Maternity Allowances Bill reading.

    • “Alinsky: Dress Up As Members of The Ku Klux Klan”
      by V. Thomas Mawhinney – January 7, 2021

      Comment excerpt:

      Please my blog from 2010 in order to begin to understand what has happened to America in 2021.

      It was the plan to cause rioting in Washington D.C., that ended up storming our Capitol building, leading to the to the death of a female participate (shot by Capitol police). It was the catalytic strategy of America’s Marxist Revolution to disenfranchise President Trump “Make America Great Again” crusade and the Constitutionally Conservative Republicans that supported him. As so often it does, this Leftist strategy achieved its goal: Political Chaos and Cultural Revolution! – V. Thomas Mawhinney, 1/7/2021
      https://culturalsurvivalskills.me/2010/10/26/alinsky-dress-up-as-members-of-the-ku-klux-klan/

  11. microsoft – Technology and media entities join forces to create standards group aimed at building trust in online content

    Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft and Truepic form coalition to develop end-to-end, open standard for tracing the origin and evolution of digital content

    SAN JOSE, Calif., and REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 22, 2021 — A group of influential technology and media companies has partnered to form the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), a Joint Development Foundation project established to address the prevalence of disinformation, misinformation and online content fraud through developing technical standards for certifying the source and history or provenance of media content. Founding members Adobe, Arm, BBC, Intel, Microsoft and Truepic seek to establish a standardized provenance solution with the goal of combating misleading content.

    C2PA member organizations will work together to develop content provenance specifications for common asset types and formats to enable publishers, creators and consumers to trace the origin and evolution of a piece of media, including images, videos, audio and documents. These technical specifications will include defining what information is associated with each type of asset, how that information is presented and stored, and how evidence of tampering can be identified.

    The C2PA’s open standard will give platforms a method to preserve and read provenance-based digital content. Because an open standard can be adopted by any online platform, it is critical to scaling trust across the internet. In addition to the inclusion of varied media types at scale, C2PA is driving an end-to-end provenance experience from the capturing device to the information consumer. Collaboration with chipmakers, news organizations, and software and platform companies is critical to facilitate a comprehensive provenance standard and drive broad adoption across the content ecosystem.

    The formation of the C2PA brings together founding members of the Adobe-led Content Authenticity Initiative (CAI) and the Microsoft- and BBC-led Project Origin, unifying technical specifications under a single entity. The CAI is building a system to provide provenance and history for digital media, giving creators a tool to claim authorship and empowering consumers to evaluate whether what they are seeing is trustworthy. Project Origin has its roots in the production and distribution of news. The effort has focused on tackling disinformation in the digital news ecosystem by attaching signals to a piece of content to demonstrate its integrity and making this information available to those using it. With the foundation of the C2PA, technical standards will be unified while these two entities continue to pursue adoption, prototyping and education within their respective communities.

    Today’s C2PA announcement builds on several recent advances in content provenance, including Project Origin’s efforts to develop a pipeline for signaling, certification and tracking the history of news content; the CAI’s first-ever end-to-end demonstration of provenance for captured media online; and Truepic’s development of the first native integration of hardware-secured photo capture smartphone technology.

    Designing standards and technologies that can certify the source and provenance of online content is an important step forward in addressing rising concerns with the manipulation and manufacture of news and information. Companies interested in joining the C2PA can apply through [email protected].

    Executive quotes

    Adobe: “Adobe is proud to be a founding member of the C2PA along with our partners in technology and media. With the collective expertise of this group, we will accelerate the critical work of rebuilding the public’s trust in online content through broad and open adoption of a provenance standard at scale. We welcome everyone to join and participate in this effort so crucial to us all.”

    – Dana Rao, General Counsel and Content Authenticity Initiative executive sponsor, Adobe

    BBC: “It’s vital that news providers play a part in the battle against disinformation. 🙂 🙂 🙂 We welcome the opportunity to participate in the C2PA provenance work, which has the potential to support audience confidence in news at a time when trusted sources of information are more important than ever.”

    – Jatin Aythora, Chief Architect, BBC

    Microsoft: “There’s a critical need to address widespread deception in online content — now supercharged by advances in AI and graphics and diffused rapidly via the internet. Our imperative as researchers and technologists is to create and refine technical and sociotechnical approaches to this grand challenge of our time. We’re excited about methods for certifying the origin and provenance of online content. It’s an honor to work alongside Adobe, BBC and other C2PA members to take this critical work to the next step.”

    – Eric Horvitz, Chief Scientific Officer and Project Origin executive sponsor, Microsoft

    Truepic: “Truepic was founded on the principle that provenance-based media authenticity is the only viable, scalable long-term solution to restoring trust in what we see online. We firmly believe that ecosystemwide adoption through an open standard is crucial to the long-term health of the internet. The C2PA will streamline the distribution of high-integrity digital content at scale, a vital step in restoring society’s shared sense of reality.”

    – Jeffrey McGregor, CEO, Truepic

    About Adobe

    Adobe is changing the world through digital experiences. For more information, visit http://www.adobe.com.

    About Microsoft

    Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    https://news.microsoft.com/2021/02/22/technology-and-media-entities-join-forces-to-create-standards-group-aimed-at-building-trust-in-online-content/

  12. RT – French minister under fire for claiming ‘Islamo-leftism’ is eroding French society

    Hundreds of French academics have demanded that Minister of Higher Education Frederique Vidal leave her post.

    She said that ‘Islamo-leftism’ is eroding French society and has proposed to study its effects on universities.

  13. Get your house in order would be my advice to anyone interested in listening.

    The governments keep pushing this nonsense on behalf of the greedy elites. No one is allowed to work, make money, people using their credit cards to make ends meet. The governments are printing money at alarming rate, paying people to stay home. Every month the governments keep people locked down the further they get behind, the more dependent on the government. I heard a woman say she is making more money staying home- this is not so bad.
    If people keep kicking their debt down the road and keep borrowing on their credit cards and the government keeps printing money, there will be a day in the near future when it will all collapse.

    Unless the people stand up to the governments promoting this tyranny, there will be no middle class left, there WILL be bread lines.

    Then you will understand how damn cruel the promoters of this pandemic really are.

    • Home healthcare agencies are having a hard time serving their clientele. Workers are getting by with govt handouts, refuse assignments. It’s a serious problem for the disabled and elderly who need the help.

  14. What happens to all the truckers entering Canada, are they immediately locked down and some other trucker is there waiting to haul their goods? I am absolutely amazed that during this “horrible pandemic” in the early stages when no one wore a mask, used hand sanitizer, and there were no plexiglass between customers and workers, how did we survive?

    Do you still believe this is real?

    • Understanding The Treat. Quote of the Day
      “The Islamic Nation must be fully prepared to fight the tyrants and enemies of Allah, a prelude to an establishing Islamic State.”

      Muslim Brotherhood hoods By-Laws
      US Muslim Brotherhood hoods organizations include, but are not limited to:
      Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)
      Muslim Students Association (MSA)
      Students for Justine in Palestine
      Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) its subsidiary Islamic Societies
      Council of Islamic Relations ( CAIR/Hamas)
      International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
      North American Islamic Trust (NAIT) and all mosques owned by NAIT
      Fiqh Council of North America
      Islamic Services Foundation
      Muslim America Society
      Islam Circle of North America (ICNA)
      ICNA Relief
      Helping Hands for Relief and Development
      ………..

    • Excess males serve as cannon fodder.

      Arabs did it long before Moh made it halal. There’s always a deficit of females when some men can afford multiple wives and concubines.

      That makes for predators, prowling to seize females from outside the clan. That’s what really drives ethnic conflict in Jammu & Kashmir, Burma, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

      Xi could dispose of millions of his “Wolf Warriors” without blinking an eye. He’s got himself some rabid young men in the PLA. Just as brainwashed as the army of Hirohito.
      According to my friend Kasuko in Japan, they’re a pretty scary lot.

  15. IAEA Chief Calls on Iran to Explain Traces of Nuclear Material ‘Found in Places They Shouldn’t Be’ (sputniknews, Feb 23, 2021)
    https://sputniknews.com/world/202102231082162616-iaea-chief-calls-on-iran-to-explain-traces-of-nuclear-material-found-in-places-they-shouldnt-be/

    “Tehran formally scrapped its voluntary adherence to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Additional Protocol on Monday after the expiration of a deadline set by Iran’s parliament for other parties to the Iran nuclear deal to meet their obligations. The protocol had allowed the IAEA to carry out snap checks of the country’s nuclear facilities.

    IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi has called on Iran to explain traces of nuclear material including uranium which he said to had been found at suspected undeclared nuclear facilities.

    “A number of points where Iran needs to reply and to give us answers – on particles of uranium and other materials which have been found on places where they shouldn’t be,” Grossi said. “The process is ongoing and it has not yielded positive results for now. So, this is an activity that continues and I will be reporting about that next week when the Board of Governors of the IAEA meets for their spring session.”

    Grossi made the comments on Tuesday in a Zoom seminar hosted by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a Washington, DC-based non-profit.

    During the conference, the IAEA chief also described a “black box”-style deal he said had been reached between the IAEA and Tehran over the weekend to allow for continued monitoring of Iran’s nuclear activities, but in a delayed fashion.

    “This is a system that allows us to continue to monitor and to register all the key activities that are taking place throughout this period so that at the end of it we can recover all this information,” Grossi said. “In other words, we will know exactly how many components were fabricated, exactly how much material was processed or treated or enriched and so on and so forth.”

    E3 Joint Statement
    Also on Tuesday, France, Germany, and the UK, the three Western European parties involved in the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), issued a joint statement confirming that Iran had suspended the Additional Protocol and other transparency measures under the JCPOA. It also calls on Tehran to “reverse all measures that reduce transparency” and return to full and timely cooperation with the IAEA.

    Saying they “deeply regret” Iran’s “dangerous” decision, the E3 claimed that “Iran’s actions are a further violation of its commitments under the JCPOA and significantly reduces safeguards oversight by the IAEA.”

    Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted that the Islamic Republic’s decision to halt voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol was “fully compatible” with the JCPOA amid the US’s continued violation of the agreement, and the E3’s continued failure to meet their own obligations.

    Zarif stressed that Iran’s “remedial measures” remain “reversible” if the US terminates its illegal sanctions and rejoins the JCPOA…”

    • The big take comment is the one where one man said that taking Taiwan would require China taking out Guam, the US Subs and the US Fleet along with our forces in Japan. They he said that they (Australia) have enough trouble getting their Generals to speak truth to power so Xi and the Chinese Political leaders are probably being told that they can take Taiwan right now.

      If Xi can get Biden to order the US forces to stand down it would be hard but they could probably take Taiwan. This means there are 2 big questions, 1) What are the Chinese Generals telling Xi? 2) Will Biden back Taiwan, Japan, Australia and India?

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