“As interest costs go up in the United States, you get in this vicious circle, where higher interest rates cause higher funding costs, cause higher debt issuance, which cause further bond liquidation, which cause higher rates, which puts us in an untenable fiscal position.” -- Paul Tudor Jones, October 10, 2023

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The Senate on Friday night passed the House's FISA spying bill -- described as "the biggest expansion of domestic surveillance since the Patriot Act" -- to allow warrantless spying on Americans and grant the government new powers to compel an "enormous range" of businesses to act as NSA spies. 

Apple said it complied with orders from the Chinese government to remove the Meta-owned WhatsApp and Threads from its App Store in China. Apple also removed Telegram and Signal from China.

"We are obligated to follow the laws in the countries where we operate, even when we disagree," Apple said in a statement quoted by several news outlets. "The Cyberspace Administration of China ordered the removal of these apps from the China storefront based on their national security concerns. These apps remain available for download on all other storefronts where they appear."

The House under Speaker Mike Johnson on Saturday passed a $95 billion giveaway to Israel, Ukraine and Taiwan combined with a ban on TikTok for allowing criticism of Israel to go viral.

The REPO Act to steal frozen Russian assets and give them to Ukraine was also included in the mega-bill.

Despite previous promises to tie Ukraine funding to securing America's southern border, zero funds were included for US border security.

The Senate on Friday night passed the House's FISA spying bill -- described as "the biggest expansion of domestic surveillance since the Patriot Act" -- to allow warrantless spying on Americans and grant the government new powers to compel an "enormous range" of businesses to act as NSA spies.

Australia’s Federal Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has urged citizens to report content posted on social sites to what’s known as the country’s “chief censor,” the eSafety commissioner.

At first sight you may wonder what do Ursula Von der Leyen and McKinsey and Pfizer have in common? The answer is: Corruption. Utmost corruption. Madame Von der Leyen, unelected President of the European Commission (EC) has several corruption scandals on her neck. 

The primary aim of modern warfare is to use up the products of the machine without raising the general standard of living, according to George Orwell’s ‘1984’.

For self-evident reasons, the fictional visions of Orwell resonate in current times. As Charles Hugh Smith noted, Orwell’s account of full-spectrum technological totalitarianism maps Big Tech’s mastery of Surveillance Capitalism and governments’ full-spectrum surveillance powering the fine-grained coercion of social credit scores and related tools.

On this day in 1993, just a few months into the Clinton administration, the compound of a religious community caught fire during an extended siege, killing seventy-six people including over two dozen children.

The first thing Bill Clinton did after he won the 1992 election – even before he took office – was to order the Little Rock ATF to make a case against the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas.

It’s refreshing to see Siskel & Ebert, popular movie reviewers, take a clear stand on behalf of the victims of government criminality.

 By John W. Whitehead and Nisha Whitehead

“Whether he wrote DOWN WITH BIG BROTHER, or whether he refrained from writing it, made no difference … The Thought Police would get him just the same … the arrests invariably happened at night … In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night.

Colorado’s Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill on Sunday that would ban the sale or transfer of so-called “semi-automatic” firearms, a big step forward for the legislation after Democrats scuttled a similar bill last year.