- Former BBC journalist Robin Aitken said that media consumers in the West don’t always get a fair picture of what is happening around the world due to the presence of the liberal agenda behind much Western reporting. Expanding his point, he said that there are thousands of newsworthy events happening around the world every day and urged people to question why some stories are reported, and why others are not. “It’s because journalists have made a selection of stories for presentation to their audience,” he contended.
- Steam engines are the latest to face reassessment for their part in the Industrial Revolution and the imperialist expansion of the colonial powers, with a research project launched to highlight their links to slavery. The White Rose Consortium is shovelling £9,000 into Britain’s National Railway Museum in York to investigate its collection of steam engines for any links to slavery and colonialism.
- Elaine Marie Thomas, 67, pleaded guilty to the fraud at a Tacoma court on Monday. Thomas was the director of metallurgy at a foundry in the city that provided steel castings used by Navy contractors Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding to manufacture submarine hulls. According to the Justice Department, the tests were to prove that the steel would hold up in a collision or during certain “wartime scenarios.” While there was no information on whether any submarine hulls had failed, authorities said the Navy had incurred additional costs and maintenance-related expenses to ensure the vessels were seaworthy. Although the government did not reveal which subs were affected, the contractors have jointly built Virginia class submarines for about two decades. In a statement to the court, Thomas’ attorney noted that the “government’s testing does not suggest that the structural integrity of any submarine was in fact compromised.”
- The politicians, billionaires and film stars attending the climate carnival on the Clyde say they are ‘saving the planet’ but all they are really doing is ensuring they get to strut around lecturing the rest of us again next year. The COP26 talks in Glasgow launched on Sunday, 31 October with enormous attention from around the world, but particularly here in the UK. An early and obvious criticism of the conference was the apparent indifference of the great and good to acting as role models for the rest of us. Instead, they flew in on private jets (Air Force One really being the mother of all private jets), with huge entourages in lengthy motorcades. It really was one set of rules for the rich and powerful and another set being hatched for the rest of us. The main goal of COP26 is ensuring there will be a COP27.
- During a rowdy discussion at Texas A&M University, where not a single grungy mask was seen in the packed auditorium, Cruz warned that if the Democrats continued to “fundamentally destroy the country” with their deviant woke experiments, there may come a point in time where the situation is rendered “hopeless.” The senator pointed to other divisive actions being pursued by the Democrats that could trigger a move to secession From passing the most restrictive abortion measures in the country, to battling the draconian mask and vaccine mandates enforced by the Democrat-controlled White House, Texas is living up to its rebellious, Lone Star nature. ~ Robert Bridge
- The ability to grow children independently from their mothers is currently the stuff of science fiction, but in our increasingly transhumanist, managerial world could they one day be a horrifying feature of reality? While originally this ‘mad scientist’s dream’ may have been on a list of other crazy inventions dreamed up by an unfettered atomic-age imagination, for it to be trending nowadays seems more due to the progressive obsession with transhumanism and the escape from the bounds of ‘gender’ or traditional fertility. The push to factory-farm ourselves derives from a slavish obsession with safety. ~ Brendan Heard
- In a statement published on Monday, the US Justice Department accused Evgeny Polyanin of conducting ransomware attacks against multiple victims, including businesses and government entities. Polyanin allegedly used the notorious Sodinokibi/REvil software to infect computers and would only remove it after money was paid. After charges were filed, the FBI released a ‘Wanted’ poster.
- An appeals court in Singapore decided to postpone the execution of a convict, sentenced to death by hanging for importing 43 grams of heroin into the country, after he had tested positive for COVID-19, Singaporean media reported on Tuesday. A panel of three judges convened for a special hearing earlier in the day, during which they ruled to stay the execution of 25-year-old Malaysian citizen Nagaenthran Dharmalingam and postpone the hearing on the cancellation of the sentence until he recovers, the Straits Times daily said.
- A former director of metallurgy at a foundry providing steel castings to contractors building submarine hulls for the US Navy has pleaded guilty to falsifying test results on metal strength hundreds of times over a 30-year period, the Department of Justice has revealed. In a press release, the DoJ indicated that Elaine Thomas – a 67-year-old former director of Metallurgy at Bradken Inc., a Tacoma, Washington-based steel fabricator, faces up to 10 years in jail and a $1 million fine for willfully falsifying strength test results on over 240 steel castings which fell below the Navy’s prescribed standards. Thomas’s fraud is estimated to have impacted up to half of all of Bradken’s production, with the scheme said to have included altering the first digit of test results, increasing the amount of dynamic force a particular steel component could withstand by 10 or 20 foot-pounds.
- The Union Internationale de Pentathlon Moderne (UIPM), a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced on 4 November that it had opened a consultation process to identify a suitable replacement for riding in the Olympic sport of modern pentathlon. An ugly scene of German trainer Kim Raisner punching a horse named Saint Boy, ridden by athlete Annika Schleu during the Tokyo Olympics, has reportedly become the final straw. Raisner was disqualified from the remainder of the Olympic Games after she struck the horse and encouraged Schleu to do the same. In September, the UIPM Disciplinary Panel found the German coach guilty of violating the competition rules.
News Burst 10 November 2021