U.S. climate envoy John Kerry told a group of attendees Tuesday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland that they were part of a 'select group of human beings' brought together by an 'extra-terrestrial' force to save the plan[et].
The climate czar opened by thanking Børge Brende, president of the World Economic Forum in Geneva for getting him the 'best room I ever had here in 35 years.'
Kerry then launched into a diatribe warning attendees that 'time is running out' to avoid climate change's 'worst consequences.'
'When you stop and think about it, it's pretty extraordinary that we select group of human beings because of whatever touched us at some point in our lives, are able to sit in a room and come together and actually talk about saving the planet,' Kerry mused.
Webmaster addition: Kerry has been drying his hair in the microwave again.
Attorney Dana Remus is an American lawyer who served as White House counsel for U.S. President Joe Biden from January 2021 to July 2022. Prior to her appointment as White House counsel, Remus was general counsel for Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign.
Sweden’s refusal to investigate a Kurdish publicity stunt, which saw an effigy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan being hanged in public, amounts to “supporting terrorism,” Türkiye’s ruling AK Party has said. The incident has further strained relations between Ankara and Stockholm, who remain deadlocked over Sweden's bid to join NATO.
On Wednesday, a life-size dummy depicting Erdogan was hung upside down during a Kurdish rally in central Stockholm.
The group behind the protest, the Rojava Committee of Sweden, posted a video of the stunt on social media, urging the Turkish leader to resign if he didn’t want to face the fate of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who was similarly strung up in public after his execution in 1945.
Türkiye has summoned the Swedish ambassador to Ankara over the incident and demanded that Stockholm “take necessary steps against terrorist groups.” However, a Swedish prosecutor refused to launch a probe, arguing that the demonstrators had been exercising their right to free speech.
CNBC’s managing editor allegedly threatened a reporter for the conservative Canadian website Rebel News after the reporter asked simple questions during an ambush interview at the World Economic Forum (WEF).
A Supreme court judge in New York City has ruled that Governor Kathy Hochul and the state’s health department abused their authority by mandating vaccinations for healthcare workers, a vaccine that’s not included in the state’s Public Health Law.
A record 38% of Americans had to put off their medical treatment in 2022 because of cost, a Gallup poll showed on Tuesday.
"The percentage of Americans reporting they or a family member postponed medical treatment in 2022 due to cost rose 12 points in one year, to 38%, the highest in Gallup’s 22-year trend," the pollster said.
With Peru's capital bracing for two days of anti-government protests starting Wednesday, President Dina Boluarte called on the demonstrators flooding into Lima to gather "peacefully and calmly" – even as they demand her resignation.
Thousands of protesters from rural areas are descending on Lima this week to keep up pressure against the government, often defying a state of emergency declared to try to maintain order.
With tensions mounting, many poor and Indigenous demonstrators were already making their presence felt Tuesday in the capital, where police used smoke canisters against marchers who gathered ahead of the larger mobilizations.
Now, though, in a scenario familiar to any sci-fi fan, the experiment seems to have run amok: The bots have betrayed the humans.
Specifically, it turns out the bots are no better at journalism — and perhaps a bit worse — than their would-be human masters.
On Tuesday, CNET began appending lengthy correction notices to some of its AI-generated articles after Futurism, another tech site, called out the stories for containing some “very dumb errors.”
An automated article about compound interest, for example, incorrectly said a $10,000 deposit bearing 3 percent interest would earn $10,300 after the first year. Nope. Such a deposit would actually earn just $300.
More broadly, CNET and sister publication Bankrate, which has also published bot-written stories, have now disclosed qualms about the accuracy of the dozens of automated articles they’ve published since November.
Webmaster addition: Next obvious step is an AI Editor!
“The idea of a neutral Ukraine under these conditions is no longer meaningful,” Kissinger, 99, told the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday. Kissinger, long an opponent of Ukraine’s membership of the organization, has softened his stance on the issue in recent months.
Kissinger, a former secretary of state and national security adviser, said he believes in maintaining dialog with Russia while the war continues, with a view toward ending fighting if Ukraine is able to recapture territory that President Vladimir Putin’s forces seized after the Feb. 24 invasion. He warned against direct conflict between the west and Russia and stressed the importance of allowing Russia to rejoin the international system.
The Kiev government is plotting new measures, aimed at discriminating and ultimately eliminating the canonic Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said.
"By the available information, a bunch of further initiatives are being prepared at the moment, which aim at discriminating the communes and parishioners of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, depriving this Church of its historical and legal name, and even completely eliminating it," he told Tuesday’s session of the UN Security Council, initiated by Russia to discuss human rights in Ukraine.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt returned to the Baltic Sea, Jan. 17, 2023, after a scheduled port visit to Tallinn, Estonia.
Roosevelt hosted Montana Senator Steve Daines, his Chief of Staff Darin Thacker, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Gabrielle Cowan, and Estonian Minister of Foreign Affairs Urmas Reinsalu while in Estonia’s capital city. The ship’s crew also hosted a luncheon for Commodore Jüri Saska, Commander of the Estonian Navy, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Estonian Navy, Master Chief Erki Piirfeldt, and other Estonian Navy staff personnel.
“The Sixth Fleet Area of Operations is geographically large…vitally important strategically,” said Cmdr. John Mastriani, Roosevelt’s Commanding Officer. “Port visits like this one give…us the invaluable opportunity to build tightknit relationships with our Allies. Roosevelt’s work here with the Estonians contributes to the strength and cohesion of the NATO alliance through…operations at sea.”
Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte said that the West will have to eventually restore relations with Russia under certain conditions.
"There is only one person who can decide it [to begin peace talks], together with his government, and it is the president of Ukraine, and, of course, the government and the Ukrainian people," Rutte said during an event of the Washington-based Atlantic Council.
"Of course, Russia will not go away. Russia is there, it will a large part of Europe and also of Asia, it is the biggest country in the world," he continued. "If there would be a peace talk, and it would be successful, you will heave to somehow recreate this relationship with Russia.".
The potential stablecoin aims to enable cross-border transactions instead of fiat currencies like the U.S. dollar, the Russian ruble or the Iranian rial...
The Central Bank of Iran is reportedly cooperating with the Russian government to jointly issue a new cryptocurrency backed by gold.
According to the Russian news agency Vedomosti, Iran is working with Russia to create a “token of the Persian Gulf region” that would serve as a payment method in foreign trade.
The token is projected to be issued in the form of a stablecoin backed by gold, according to Alexander Brazhnikov, executive director of the Russian Association of Crypto Industry and Blockchain.
The stablecoin aims to enable cross-border transactions instead of fiat currencies like the United States dollar, the Russian ruble or the Iranian rial. The report notes that the potential cryptocurrency would operate in a special economic zone in Astrakhan, where Russia started to accept Iranian cargo shipments.
Russian lawmaker Anton Tkachev, a member of the Committee on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications, stressed that a joint stablecoin project would only be possible once the digital asset market is fully regulated in Russia. After multiple delays, the Russian lower house of parliament once again promised to start regulating crypto transactions in 2023.
Russia is calling upon the United Nations to provide active assistance to efforts to release human rights activist Yelena Berezhnaya, held in custody in Ukraine, Russian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Vasily Nebenzya said.
"Ukrainian rights activist Yelena Berezhnaya who had spent 8 years studying and documenting the evolvement of neo-Nazism in Ukraine and addressed the Security Council in March last year, was arrested by Ukrainian special services and still remains in custody on absurd charges of state treason. We repeatedly drew the attention of the Secretary-General and Security Council to this egregious case. We call on the UN leadership to step in and help set her free," he told Tuesday’s session of the UN Security Council, initiated by Russia to discuss human rights in Ukraine.
Nebenzya went on to say that "in the territories controlled by [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky’s regime, mass political repressions, detentions of civil activists and rights advocates are in full swing."
"Any expression of disagreement with the official position is extirpated," he added.
A Crimean senator said she could understand the rationality behind the resignation of Ukrainian Presidential Aide Alexey Arestovich that may prompt others from the Zelensky team to quit.
"Arestovich’s resignation was inevitable amid the growing social dissatisfaction with the country’s government. He was the first to go and he will be followed by others from the [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky team, because there will be increasingly more [social] unrest and distrust of the government," Russian Federation Council member for Crimea Olga Kovitidi told TASS.
However, Kovitidi added, Ukraine’s rhetoric on Crimea and Russia will generally remain unchanged in the wake of Arestovich’s departure and may only get tweaked as soon as Zelensky steps down.
Earlier on Tuesday, Arestovich announced his resignation. Writing on his Facebook page (owned by the US-based corporation Meta, outlawed as an extremist organization in Russia), he explained that he had made a fundamental error which, to him, spelled resignation.
After President Biden's lawyers found classified documents at an office he used at a DC think tank, His Justice Department considered, and then declined, a plan to have FBI agents monitor a search for classified documents at his residences, in order to 'avoid complicating later stages of the investigation,' and because Biden's attorneys 'had quickly turned over a first batch and were cooperating,' the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter.
Instead, the DOJ decided that it would be just fine for Biden's lawyers to conduct the additional searches by themselves, and would agree to immediately notify the Justice Department if they found any other potentially classified records - after which law-enforcement authorities would take them.
The arrangement meant that FBI agents wouldn't bear witness to things such as the volume, or contents, of whatever might turn up. This is, of course, the same FBI that participated in a plan (and fabricated evidence) in a plot to frame former President Trump as a Russian asset, and then ran cover for the Bidens during the 2020 US election - telling social media companies that Hunter Biden's laptop, or anything like it, was likely Russian disinformation.
In the week since news reports first surfaced about the documents, the incident has drawn parallels to the discovery of a much larger number of documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, which federal agents obtained a warrant to search in August after more than a year of negotiations between Mr. Trump’s lawyers, the National Archives and the Justice Department and after Mr. Trump’s lawyers said all documents had been returned. -WSJ
Indeed, why some foreign national who is a shareholder of a strategic corporation have any voice in the corporation which is Russian by nature and main capital? Pretty reasonable, if you ask me. Obviously the West will not like it, but--too bad.
In the wake of the covid pandemic lockdowns and mandates, many western nations and states in the US witnessed a new eye opening level of government intrusion into the daily lives of citizens. Some, however, dealt with worse scenarios than others.
New Zealand in particular has popped up time and time again over the past couple of years with some of the most draconian restrictions on the public, and sadly the trend has not stopped just because the pandemic lockdowns stopped. The island nation seems to be intent on setting the standard for authoritarian policies and government micromanagement, and a series of recent laws are driving home the reality that they do not intend to relent.
Flashback: In 2018, New Zealand banned all offshore oil drilling exploration in the name of instituting a "carbon neutral future", meaning tight energy restrictions are forthcoming in NZ as the decade progresses.
In 2019, NZ banned all semi-automatic weapons after the Christchurch mosque shootings, punishing millions of law abiding citizens for the crimes of one man. Video evidence of the Christchurch shootings is suspiciously illegal in NZ, and anyone caught viewing or downloading the event can be prosecuted. The gun bans were enforced just in time for the pandemic lockdowns.
In 2020, the government introduced internet censorship legislation which would give them the power to selectively filter "dangerous content." Most of the provisions were ultimately scrapped after a public backlash, but future censorship remains a priority for the government.
An obvious barrier to adopting wind and solar power for electricity supply is their intermittency - when the wind isn’t blowing, and the sun isn’t shining, substitute sources are required. This issue is given much attention by conservative media, as it should.
Yet one of the less well-known roadblocks for these renewable technologies is frequency control, even though it becomes a critical concern much sooner.
Since the 1890s, electricity networks and devices all around the globe have used alternating current (AC) systems, which means that the flow of electricity in the system is repeatedly changing direction.
In Australia, it alternates 50 times a second, that is, at a frequency of 50 Hertz (in the USA, it is 60 Hertz).
Supplying electricity at a consistent frequency is very important because appliances and electronics on the network are designed for a specific frequency/voltage input. Therefore, they can be damaged by the wrong electricity supply.
As a rule, networks would rather supply no electricity than bad electricity. Automated controls through the electricity system will disconnect the supply if the frequency or voltage is “off-spec.”
The German Federal Ministry of the Interior engaged scientists from several research institutes and universities for political purposes in the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.
It commissioned researchers from the Robert Koch Institute and other institutions to create a calculation model on the basis of which the Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer (CSU), wanted to justify tough coronavirus measures.
The information is contained in more than 200 pages of internal correspondence between the management level of the Ministry of the Interior and the researchers, received by the German newspaperWELT AM SONNTAG.
A group of German lawyers fought for e-mail in a legal dispute with the Robert Koch Institute that lasted several months.