Today is National Brush Day, which is a good reminder to children that they most likely did their dental health no favors on Halloween so get in there with your toothbrush for a long time today. Or a pressure washer! (But don’t actually put a pressure washer in your mouth.)
🚨 The man who attacked Paul Pelosi was charged with attempted murder assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, residential burglary, false imprisonment and threatening a public official or their family.
📺 This is a correction to yesterday’s time change email. Europe fell back one hour this weekend, and the U.S. goes back next week. So our Redacted show tonight will still remain at 9 PM Western European Time. That means this week only, it’ll be one hour later in the U.S. at 5 PM Eastern. For this week only. We got confused yesterday and we apologize. This is once again why we really dislike Daylight Saving Time. End it now!
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The U.S. government has worked directly with social media companies to shape the discourse in order to garner “support for the U.S. government,” according to an extensive report by The Intercept.
The Department of Homeland Security has worked directly with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to shape the narrative around what is acceptable to discuss around topics such as “the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, racial justice, U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, and the nature of U.S. support to Ukraine.”
Further, the FBI has stressed a need for “a media infrastructure that is held accountable.” Accountable for what? For questioning things the government doesn’t want you to question?
According to the report, Facebook has a “formalized process” for government officials to glad content that they don’t like. You can find that portal here but you need a government email to access it.
In response to this story, Twitter denied that it allows the government to make decisions about content but Facebook and the FBI did not comment.
If the U.S. is looking to put a military base in Vietnam, they can forget about it. China has made friends with Vietnam first.
Vietnamese Communist Party chief Nguyen Phu Trong visited China on Monday. The two countries pledged to build a stable supply chain.” Trong said that Vietnam “has made the development of friendship and cooperation with China the top priority of our foreign policy.” He also pledged not to allow any foreign military bases in Vietnam.
And just who might want to put a base there? That’s not a hard guess. The U.S., despite its bloody history with Vietnam, had considered the country a potential ally. Vice President Kamala Harris said that the U.S. would expand its presence in Asia with new military bases but it doesn’t look like Vietnam will be one of them.
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In fact, outside of Western liberal democracies, 70% of the world feels positive towards China and 66% feel positive towards Russia. The countries that feel that way stretch “from continental Eurasia to the north and west of Africa.” Those are societies that have moved closer to Russia and China in the last decade. The study says that as a result, “China and russia are now narrowly ahead of the United States in their popularity among developing countries.”
The war in Ukraine has solidified support behind the United States and its policies, making a clear divide and the most concise summary of what is at stake in today’s geopolitical wars: “the world is torn between two opposing clusters: a maritime alliance democracies, led by the United States; and a Eurasian bloc of illiberal or autocratic states, centred upon Russia and China.”
It is interesting to keep this in mind when you are fed gross generalizations about other countries in your pro-government media.
Bye Felicia is trending. This is an expression that means, “Go ahead and leave, no one is stopping you or will be sad when you go.” It is being used to discuss celebrities such as Téa Leoni, Shonda Rhymes, Toni Braxton and Sara Bareilles that say that they are leaving Twitter because Elon Musk is at the head.
News By The Numbers
Three. That is how many Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) scientists discovered recently. They say that they are “potentially hazardous” because they are 1 kilometer across, “a size that we call planet killers.”
$8.2 billion. That is the profit that BP reported for the third quarter of 2022. Last week ExxonMobil reported a profit of $20 billion, Shell posted $9.5 billion and Chevron posted $11.2 billion. President Biden says that the U.S. would very much like to put more taxes on those profits.
Some people really do not know what free speech is. In the age of the cancel culture, some think that speech that they do not like should not be allowed. How did we get to this point?
Cambridge University is now offering “free speech training” on its campus to help students understand that free speech is actually fundamental to a free society. The lectures will be offered by philosophy professor Arif Ahmed.
Ahmed came under fire when he invited author Helen Joyce to speak at the campus. Joyce’s groundbreaking book “Trans” is hotly contested and many said that even allowing her to present her research was “hateful.” Many protested her very presence on the campus and the college master emailed the student body saying that she would boycott the event because she considered Joyce “insulting and hateful.”
I’ve read her book. She is neither insulting or hateful. She is a fierce advocate for women’s safety and gay rights. The event took place under increased security but many still wondered why it was even allowed.
Once again: Because free speech is important and it is not a crime to offend someone. Without free speech, you have no free society. Period.
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