Reader’s Links for March 29th, 2023

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  1. Moderna Eyes Testing Mpox, Bird Flu Vaccines in Humans This Year
    Questions remain about how far company would take development
    Company also looking at making two Covid boosters this fall

    Moderna Inc. is eyeing possible human testing of shots to fight mpox and bird flu this year, as the Covid-19 vaccine maker expands into more public-health immunizations.

    The company is exploring messenger RNA vaccines for a number of such pathogens, most of them in the early stages of development, President Stephen Hoge said Monday in an interview. Moderna expects to advance its vaccines for mpox and bird flu to clinical trials after completing initial work on them, he said.

  2. The extent of the Obama administration’s meddling in Ukraine’s politics was breathtaking.

    Neither the domestic opposition nor Washington and its European Union allies behaved in that fashion. Instead, Western leaders made it clear that they supported the efforts of demonstrators to force Yanukovych to reverse course and approve the EU agreement or, if he would not do so, to remove the president before his term expired. Sen. John McCain (R?AZ), the ranking Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, went to Kiev to show solidarity with the Euromaidan activists. McCain dined with opposition leaders, including members of the ultra right??wing Svoboda Party, and later appeared on stage in Maidan Square during a mass rally. He stood shoulder to shoulder with Svoboda leader Oleg Tyagnibok.

    But McCain’s actions were a model of diplomatic restraint compared to the conduct of Victoria Nuland, the assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs. As Ukraine’s political crisis deepened, Nuland and her subordinates became more brazen in favoring the anti??Yanukovych demonstrators. Nuland noted in a speech to the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation on December 13, 2013, that she had traveled to Ukraine three times in the weeks following the start of the demonstrations. Visiting the Maidan on December 5, she handed out cookies to demonstrators and expressed support for their cause.

    Nuland and Pyatt were engaged in such planning at a time when Yanukovych was still Ukraine’s lawful president. It was startling to have diplomatic representatives of a foreign country—and a country that routinely touts the need to respect democratic processes and the sovereignty of other nations—to be scheming about removing an elected government and replacing it with officials meriting U.S. approval.

    • Cynicism gets even more breathtaking.

      Prez Z ran for office in 2019 on a platform of reconciliation. A Russian-speaking outsider who supported the Minsk accords. He won by an overwhelming majority. One country, pluralistic, and all the better for it.

      That message was crafted by today’s #IStandWithUkraine. The WEF gang. A rigid autocracy doesn’t tolerate public usage of Hungarian or Russian.

  3. U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Tarik Johnson expected a relatively easy day when he arrived at work at 7 a.m. on Jan. 6, 2021.

    Johnson, a 23-year veteran of the department, eventually found a completely unprepared police force and what he faults as poor leadership when rioters stormed the Capitol that afternoon in an apparent effort to stop certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over Donald Trump in the November election.

    Johnson, now a former officer, said he would give Capitol Police leadership a grade of “an F or a zero” for preparedness and manpower.

    One possible reason for the bad management was that “somebody wanted this to happen,” Johnson added. He called for further investigation, saying he gladly would provide information that a Democrat-dominated House select committee didn’t request.

    Capitol Police not only were understaffed that day, he said, but the evacuation of lawmakers and staff was handled poorly.

    “My assignment that day was routine operations commander of the Capitol …,” Johnson told Mike Howell, director of The Heritage Foundation’s Oversight Project, in an on-camera interview on for publication in The Daily Signal. “That meant that I didn’t have to deal with any of the demonstrations. So that made me happy. So I figured it would be an easy day for me.”

  4. About 300 people gathered in the parking lot of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board on Tuesday night after six speakers signed up to address the board about transgender students’ use of washrooms.

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    More than 200 of them were turned away. Many remained outside while the board meeting went on inside. There was some scuffling outside along with chants of “trans rights are human rights.”

    The event was the culmination of three weeks of jostling after parent Nick Morabito, who had signed up to speak to the board about “bullying” on March 7, instead raised questions about transgender students’ use of girls’ washrooms.

    About a minute into that speech, trustee Nili Kaplan-Myrth cut him off, later saying the comments were transphobic.

    The issue exploded into a controversy, with two online petitions demanding Kaplan-Myrth’s resignation, though the petitions were later removed.

  5. I struggle to fully fathom the profound depth of the weirdness that dialectic technicians have created. Clever professors teaching thesis, antithesis, synthesis thinking are using this method to poison humanity’s proverbial drinking water. At least in the West they are, which is why Orban shut down Soros’s university in Budapest. They say it helps to achieve logical “bedrock”. What it truly accomplishes is to turn mostly young minds into emotionally unstable, lumpy gruel. Here is Tucker’s opening from last night:

    Have we reached peak weirdness? I argue no, we haven’t, because if girls can be convinced they are boys while assuming even the attendant garb of “toxic masculinity”, then there is no limit to the pseudo-realities that can be imposed.

    This garden path can take a person virtually anywhere, but really nowhere. Playing with the toys inside weak minds just because you can is a crime. And now, as we stare down the double barrel of what may be the largest economic contraction in history, because of the greatest failed Keynesian experiment in history, what happens when pseudo-reality goes “poof”, and all the financing for it disappears instantly?

    Money men are supposed to be the smartest men in any room. Well, there detonates yet another fallacy that makes this non-binary goofball want to barf in his fake Gucci purse. Bankers these days are STILL trying to sell us on the idea that sub-prime collateral denominated in sub-prime fiat currency is worth something. Even when these guys come up for air they don’t realize they haven’t yet reached the surface.

    Here, a good pundit points out how one player in the venerated Canadian banking community may be teetering off of its own precious little pedestal. And if this is not interesting to you because you’re not Canadian, I point out that the great Charles Schwab bank in the U.S. is currently under scrutiny for its own bond issues.

    Socialist (Keynesian) monetary policies have been financing commie pseudo-realities since even before August 15, 1971. The sooner this nightmare becomes insolvent the sooner good people can get on with a serious counter-revolution. In fact, what we have now is what Yuri Bezmenov pointed out was Soviet-styled “Normalization”–that is the never-ending mopping up of dissent. I beg anyone to explain how this 6-minute clip of Bezmenov from 1984 is not still relevant:

    The Soviets lost their mojo when Ronald Reagan bankrupted that evil empire. The rats from that sunken boat had already been on the long swim through Western institutions. Reversing the polarity of the Iron Curtain was their fortuitous reward.

    We have no choice but to take away their monetary lifeblood yet again. It will be rough, but good people are tough.

    • That’s on way of looking it the issue, I have been thinking they are so stupid they think they can crash the world’s economy and then ride the chaos to victory. They are about to discover that people that have a history of freedom make very poor slaves.

        • I don’t think they intend to pay it back. They are planning on a global default that will crash lenders and borrowers. China doesn’t want the US destroyed because they are depending on our Bond payments for their daily operating cash. Trump knew this and this scared them into backing off while he was in office.

          Remember if you owe $10,000 you have a problem. If you owe $10 million or better the lender has a problem. You have been looking at the problem as “how can we ever pay off the loan”. Try looking at it from China’s side, “how can we ever collect this debt?”

          Stepping to one side and looking at it that way the default will cause more damage then previously thought. But it will also open up opportunities that 99.99% of our leaders and enemies don’t see.

          • War with China.

            I just got a call from my pharmacy about a medication that’s unavailable, they’ll send something similar.

            Now, I’ve been stockpiling essential meds for a year and a half. 90% of our meds, whether formulated in Europe or India, depend on precursors from CHY-na. What happens if we’re cut off?

            • Go back in time, before David Rockefeller told everyone he had a pill for every ill. Similar to today, holistic medicine peoplekind were sent to prison if they did not fall in line with his thoughts.

              You are what you eat.

              I am older than dirt and I do not take any pills.

              How safe do you think future pills from China will be?

              • Too much inbreeding.

                Nothing to do with diet or “life style choices”. Dynasties with pampered princesses or concentration camp (+/- gulag) survivors. It’s just genes.

                One of three among us is born with a serious disease that kills a few years after puberty. But the SAME family lines ALSO have an unusual number of centenarians with exceptionally high IQs. Family lines lasted by having enough “spare” children – some of whom had the brains to meet most any challenge.

                It’s so extreme, records go back so many centuries, it’s case study material in genetics institutes.

                (Recent discovery: we’re ALSO likely to carry immunity to bubonic plague. Possibly going back millennia, but almost certainly in the epidemic of 14th century Europe.)

                A generation before I would’ve been dead in my twenties. Early, consistent, superior medical treatment – and the grace of G-d – I’m here. Grateful for every day.

      • He shows up usually with some sneaky anti-Jewish angle. I think he’s an entrapment agent. If he were legit he’d respond.

        • I didn’t pick up the jooo-hate, but his posts have bothered me. Violence shrouded in quasi-military jargon, laced with ethnic slurs. FeeBee-food.

          We don’t need that kind of stuff.

          The Conservative Treehouse has moderators, but it’s the top regulars who keep things tidy. Like a super immune system, they quickly pile on to sickening stuff. Of course farrr rrright extremists – and enemy operatives – hang around. If they stay within bounds of decency, they can spark worthy conversations.

          Comments say a lot about a site.

          The Larry Johnson who writes for the Gateway Pundit and does interviews with Judge Napolitano is ok. But amongst “friends” at his own blog he reveals his anti-American nastiness. More than the guests he invites to post, it’s the comments he encourages, even celebrates.

          Dima, our friend from Belarus, has been vlogging the daily Ukraine sitrep for over a year. Now that he’s attracted military professionals from around the world, the comments are as informative as the videos.

    • What a disgrace. How did such a wonderful country end up with the likes of this World Economic Forum, skanky, destructive liar?

      Kary Banks Mullis discovered the polymerase chain reaction technique way back in 1985. He often spoke of his disgust for Anthony Fauci, called him incompetent, a nasty man who could destroy anyone’s career.

      Mullis repeatedly stated that the PCR test was NEVER to be used to diagnose a disease in human beings. He always emphasized this by capitalizing NEVER.

      Fast forward 2019 – Event-201 Johns Hopkins Center for “Health Security, World Economic Forum, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tabletop meeting to discuss up coming plandemic.

      I read on November 6, 2019 about two people in Wuhan, China being isolated for some type of virus.

      Government talks about this terrible pandemic.
      Millions of people walked around, shopping, living their normal lives for months, then suddenly the government orders lockdowns. There was quite a gap in the timeframe. I never did know anyone who died from the virus.

      Get tested with the PCR test. If only Kary Mullis were still living (died August 7, 2019 of pneumonia). He was an active surfer, in great shape up until his death

      Next the people were told to get the vaccines.

      Some said trust God’s gift of your body’s natural immunity, they were immediately labeled “anti-Vader’s” by government leaders.

      There have always been cowards, evil tyrants and heroes in history.

      Thank God for the truckers. A large group of heroes who stood up to the tyrants. They refused to be part of the lie and stood their ground, like all people of courage do.

      From day one, they were labeled by Justine Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland.

      The trucker’s message rang loud and clear across Canada, and quickly was know around the world.

      Then the vile leaders in Canada had to shut them down. How dare you go against us. Thus the “emergency act”.

      While Canadians watched in horror the beating down of anyone who did not agree with the World Economic clowns, Justine Trudeau and Chrystia Freeland, some brainwashed puppets sat on the sidelines and were OK with the tyranny.

      As a result of the top two Canadian traitors, around 200 trucking companies had their money frozen on an International RCMP blacklist, sent out worldwide.

      Email sent from a federal government department to Canadian officers of a number of foreign banks, one in Beijing. Chrystia Freeland’s office distributed a blacklist to the RCMP, naming 201 trucking companies.

      Canadians watched herself announce with a cunning grin what she was doing and going to do to other Patriotic Canadians who did not agree with the regime.

      Other banks on the list: France and headquartered BNP Paribas, Habib Bank of Pakistan, State Bank of India, Citibank – New York, Hand Financial Group, South Korea, ICICI Bank Limited of India, Mizuho Financial group of Japan and Wells Fargo and Company, headquartered in San Francisco.

      The RCMP also distributed the blacklist to online banking and investment companies: Questrade and WealthSimple Inc., both headquartered in Toronto.

      Other companies included Australia-based app operator Douugh Bank Ltd., the now failed Silicon Valley Bank, California, State Street Corporation of Boston and American owned Edward Jones Investment.

      By official estimate, around 7.8 million dollars held in 267 bank and credit union accounts and 170 Bitcoin wallets owned by the Freedom Convoy sympathizes were frozen by federal authorities at the time of the protests.

      This is how far they have gone and are still going to take down the whole trucking industry.
      Today in 2023, we hear statements like “One shot destroyed my life”, “He has rare, quick acting cancer.” Died suddenly, she has some type of autoimmune disease, he is going blind, she is going blind……..

      Wake up world, many have been blinded by tyrants like Justine Trudeau Chrystia Freeland-WEF chair, Gates, Soros, Schwab…………

  6. March 29 (Reuters) – Elon Musk and a group of artificial intelligence experts and industry executives are calling for a six-month pause in developing systems more powerful than OpenAI’s newly launched GPT-4, in an open letter citing potential risks to society and humanity.

    Earlier this month, Microsoft-backed OpenAI unveiled the fourth iteration of its GPT (Generative Pre-trained Transformer) AI program, which has wowed users with its vast range of applications, from engaging users in human-like conversation to composing songs and summarising lengthy documents.

  7. The Science Is Settled: Trans People Undergoing Female to Male Testosterone Injections Experience Increased Rage and Aggression
    By Jim Hoft Mar. 29, 2023 8:00 am20 Comments

    We understand this may infuriate some members of society but we believe the need for honest reporting supersedes mismanaged anger and aggression.

    Studies have shown that women trans women undergoing testosterone injections and transitioning to men experience increased rage and aggression. This has been known for years.

    A previous study from Italy found trans men undergoing testosterone treatment experience varying aspects of aggressive behavior.

    This may explain all the threats and beatings.

  8. The Biden Effect: South African Minister Says Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Argentina, Mexico, Nigeria, and Others Want to Join BRICS Alliance
    By Jim Hoft Mar. 29, 2023 9:15 am

    Leaders from the BRICS Alliance meet in 2018 including Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. The BRICs nations include – Brazil, Russia, India, and China and South Africa.

    recently, South Africa’s Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor announced that Saudia Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Algeria, Argentina, Mexico, Nigeria, and other nations want to join BRICS Alliance. This is a direct threat to the West and US dollar dominance.

    Was this always the plan for the Obama-Biden regime? To take down US dominance on the global stage? Because it sure looks like it.

    (Richard: Was this always the plan for the Obama-Biden regime? To take down US dominance on the global stage? Because it sure looks like it.

    Obama’s parents and Grandparents were communists, his mentor in High School was a communist. How could he be anything besides a person who hates the US and wants to destroy us?

    We are afraid to tell the truth about Obama because we are afraid of being called racist. It is taking massive damage to the US, the destruction of Western Civ and the start of WWIII for the alternative media to start asking questions about his motives. What will it take for them to admit what it is?)

  9. (Richard: There have been a lot of accidents in the recent past.)

    Ohio River Disaster As Barge Hauling 1,400 Tons Of Methanol Smashes Into Dam
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    WEDNESDAY, MAR 29, 2023 – 07:46 AM
    Three large barges, one carrying 1,400 tons of methanol, were wedged against a dam and partially submerged, on the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky, following their detachment from a tugboat.

    The Louisville Metropolitan Emergency Services said the navigation accident occurred early Tuesday morning when three barges — part of a group of ten — broke free from a tugboat after hitting a structure at the entrance to the Portland Canal near the river’s McAlpine Locks and Dam.

    Videos from Tuesday evening show the three barges pinned against the bridge

    ?#BREAKING: Multiple Emergency Response Teams has been Deployed to Address Submerged Barge Carrying 1,400 Tons of Toxic Methanol in the Ohio River

    ?#Louisville | #Kentucky
    ?A major incident has taken place in the Ohio River near Louisville, Kentucky, requiring multiple…

    — R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) March 29, 2023
    Louisville | Barge containing 1,400 tons of methanol, loose on the Ohio River

    — ????? ?????? (@Nerdy_Addict) March 29, 2023
    The barge carrying 1,400 tons of methanol is partially submerged at McAlpine Dam.

    Emergency Response Team (ERT) at a barge incident on the Ohio River in Lville. 10 of 11 barges are loose from the tug. One carrying 1400 tons of methanol partially submerged at McAlpine Dam. Nearest water intake is in Henderson. @USCG @kyfishwildlife @ORSANCOchannel

    — Kentucky EEC (@KentuckyEEC) March 28, 2023
    Coast Guard spokesperson Chris Davis told NBC News that state and federal agencies are trying to remove barges. Downriver traffic has been halted.

    “We had shut down traffic.

    “There’s going to be salvage operations, and it’s going to be dangerous,” Davis said.

    As of now, Louisville Water Co. has reported the incident has not triggered an environmental disaster, and the city’s drinking water remains unaffected.

    “Your water is safe to drink,” the water agency said in a Facebook post.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that methanol is highly toxic to both humans and wildlife. This chemical, classified under the category of “toxic alcohols,” is commonly found in antifreeze, carburetor cleaner, and windshield washer fluids.

    … and this incident comes on the heels of the toxic water release from the train derailment in East Palestine, which flowed down the Ohio River, prompting water agencies to take preventive measures to safeguard drinking water for millions of people.

    • MARCH 29 2023 – Yellen: “Climate change is an existential threat.”

      … during testimony about the 2024 Federal budget

    • DEC 2020 – CNN – Trump’s New West Point Advisory Board Appointee Is Very Racist

      …retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor, has a long history of making racist remarks.

      […]CNN’s KFile previously reported on some of Macgregor’s views on minorities, including a claim that Muslim refugees were “unwanted invaders” coming to Europe “with the goal of eventually turning Europe into an Islamic state.”

      … Macgregor spread a conspiracy that liberal billionaire George Soros was financing busing foreigners coming into the United States with the goal of destroying American culture.

      […]In a 2013 radio appearance, he spoke of an “entitled” “underclass” of people that were concentrated in “large urban areas,” and the threat they posed.
      MARCH 29 2023 – Russia Ukraine China & U.S. – a NEW puzzle – Col Doug Macgregor

    • Rep. Matt Gaetz Tears Into Defense Sec Lloyd Austin On Funding Drag Queen Story Hour On Military Bases

      Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz confronted Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin on Wednesday over funding drag queen story hour on military bases.

      The U.S. Air Force canceled a drag queen story hour event for children of service members at a library on Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany back in 2022 following pressure from Republicans. Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio called such events “inappropriate” and “extremely divisive” because “they place young children in close proximity with adults who are intentionally and explicitly sexualized.”

      Gaetz put up a series of slides showing different drag queen story hours that have been hosted on military bases.

      “I guess my question is how much taxpayer money should go to fund drag queen story hours on military bases?” Gaetz asked.

      “Drag queen story hours is not something that the department funds,” Austin responded.

      “Well wait a second,” Gaetz said. “That’s actually not what the record seems to suggest. You were going to fund one at Ramstein Air Force Base, but that one got cancelled, but that’s DOD insignia — thats a drag queen story hour for children. Then also at Maelstrom Air Force Base outside Montana you had a drag queen story hour for kids, at the Joint Base Langley Eustis you put on a drag queen story hour on a Saturday, for the’first ever kid friendly, diversity, equity, inclusion summer festival,’ and at Nellis Air Force Base you had the ‘Drag U-Nellis‘ on June 17th. Who funded these things?”

      “Listen, drag shows are not something that the Department of Defense supports or funds,” Austin responded.

      “But why are they happening on military bases, I just showed you the evidence.”

      “I will say again, this is not something we support or fund.”

      “So you think hosting a drag queen story hour on a military base isn’t supporting the drag queen story hour?”

      “I stand by what I just said,” Austin refuted.

      Gaetz pressed Austin further before turning his question to General Mark Milley.

      Matt Gaetz Grills Sec. Lloyd Austin Over Drag Queen Story Hours On Military Bases

      At a House Armed Services Commitee hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) spoke about drag queen story hours on military bases.

  10. Something Very Dramatic Has Changed”: Matt Taibbi Says Democrats Ditched Free Speech
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    WEDNESDAY, MAR 29, 2023 – 04:25 AM
    Independent journalist Matt Taibbi – of recent “Twitter Files” fame – has exposed the fact that civil liberties are no longer popular among Democrats. Taibbi appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo” to reiterate his perspective that the modern Democratic Party no longer represents the values of the everyday American.

    “About all of this — Matt, how do you feel about all of this? I know before you started discovering this bad behavior, you identified as a Democrat, and now you’ve got all of your friends, quote-unquote, in the media attacking you for exposing this,” Bartiromo asked.

    “Yeah, it’s funny, I mean, I was raised in a traditional ACLU liberal, I believed in free speech all my life. That was one of the things, frankly, that attracted me to the Democratic Party when I was a kid, the idea that we were the party that believed in letting everybody have a say, and we’ll just make a better argument, and that’s how the system works,” Taibbi said.

    He continued, “Apparently, something very dramatic has changed in politics in America, and there’s been a shift. There’s no question about it anymore, that now the parties have had a complete reversal on how they read these issues.”

    Matt Taibbi @mtaibbi: “There’s no question about it anymore that now the parties have had a complete reversal on how they view these issues.”

    — The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) March 26, 2023
    Taibbi leads a team of journalists, including Michael Shellenberger, who have been given access to Twitter Files, revealing a startling network of government agencies, think tanks, and Twitter personnel coordinating efforts to attack the First Amendment.

    What we’ve learned from the Twitter Files is the ever-expanding coalition of groups working with the government and social media to target and censor Americans, including government-funded organizations.

    Twitter files are chilling in the details and show how Democrats have weaponized government and colluded with corporations to wage war on the First Amendment.

    The modern Democratic Party is not the same one that your parents or grandparents were members of in the past. It’s obsessed with starting World War 3 in Ukraine, eroding the First Amendment, dismantling the Second Amendment, and normalizing ‘woke’ culture.

    What caused such a significant shift in the party in just a few short years?

    And what kind of blowback will Taibbi get for telling these truths?

  11. Caroline Glick. Some of this applies beyond Israel. Like France right now? We in the USA know the reach of those who promote Color Revolution. That’s why we have the third term of the Kenyan POTUS.

    Heart-breaking as it’s been in Israel, a civil war has been averted. A civil war in the Holy Land would bring the wrath of the Almighty on the entire world.

    BREAKING: My thoughts on the current crisis | Caroline Glick Clips


    Open call is made at the second Summit for Democracy co-hosted by US President Biden

    29th of March 2023, Chi?inau – Eight European countries have signed a letter urging big tech companies to act against foreign information manipulation and interference, including disinformation campaigns that undermine peace and stability across Europe. The signatories of the letter include Prime-Ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovak Republic, Ukraine, and Prime-Minister of the Republic of Moldova.

    Today’s open call, made at the second Summit for Democracy – co-hosted by the U.S. President Joe Biden on 29-30 March 2023, is part of the broader effort to promote democratic values and combat disinformation.

    The letter calls on social media companies to be vigilant and resist being used as a means of advancing malign goals. The signatories emphasize the importance of cooperation and engagement with a wide range of stakeholders – governments, civil society, experts, and academia – to ensure an effective whole-of-society response to disinformation.

    The letter highlights that disinformation is being deployed to destabilize countries, weaken democracies, and – in the case of EU-hopefuls – derail the accession to the European Union.

    The signatories cite examples of how social media has become a potent channel for spreading false narratives.

    To tackle these issues, the letter proposes several concrete actions. These include social media platforms taking concrete measures to prevent themselves from being used as tools to advance malicious objectives, algorithms prioritizing accuracy and truthfulness over engagement when promoting content, and platforms ensuring they have adequate staff and financial resources to effectively respond to the challenges of content moderation.

    The joint letter also highlights the growing threat to democracies posed by deep fakes and other AI-generated disinformation, especially from hostile foreign actors. The signatories call for tools to identify deep fakes and discern when a text was written by a human as opposed to artificial intelligence to identify automated misinformation campaigns. They also suggest that platforms that disseminate deepfakes should allow independent, third-party researchers to study the effects of this media and monitor whether the platforms’ algorithms are behaving in accordance with their policies.

    “Foreign information manipulation and interference, including disinformation campaigns pose a threat to democracy, stability, and national security. Big tech companies have the power to be vital allies in our common effort to tackle hostile information attacks against democracies and international rules-based order,” say Prime Ministers of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Slovak Republic, and Ukraine.

    “We urge big tech companies to join forces with democratic governments and civil society and work together to protect the integrity of information and ensure the security of our societies.”

  13. The real reason Kamala is in Africa…
    Posted by Kane on March 29, 2023 2:41 am

    What does Africa have that Kamala wants so bad? Joe and Kamala promised to make America green. They can’t do that without strip mining Africa for all its worth. Africa is rich with minerals, key minerals, the ones Biden needs to build electric car batteries, turbines and solar panels. So, Joe sent Kamala to Africa with the bag. The vice president showed up on Sunday with a big smile and a check for $100 million. She told them it was to fight extremists. I didn’t know there were Republicans in Ghana.

    And they happily took the bribe, I mean the check. But what are we getting for it? Africa’s precious natural resource is, of course, everything to power the Green New Deal with. Is Kamala Harris, the black face of American colonialism? Well, she’s there for the lithium and cobalt, the motherloads in the Congo, and it’s mined by children as young as 4.

    There is a good meme abt Kamala on the website

  14. europravda – Thousands of Czechs protest against proposed retirement age rise to 68

    The government wants to raise the age from 65 to 68, saying it must rein in spending as there’s a huge hole in the budget.

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