26 Oct 2020

Italian archbishop Pizzaballa appointed new Latin patriarch of Jerusalem
Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the most senior Roman Catholic official in the Middle East, has been appointed by Pope Francis as the new Latin patriarch of Jerusalem. The office had remained vacant since 2016, with Pizzaballa holding the position of the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem since then. The Italian Pizzaballa, 55, formerly a Franciscan friar, was a pastor for Hebrew-speaking Catholics in Israel and a member of a commission for relations with Judaism.

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool
The researchers say the disputed tool is vital to understanding how Facebook has been used as a conduit for disinformation and manipulation. In an Oct. 16 letter to the researchers, a Facebook executive demanded they disable a special plug-in for Chrome and Firefox browsers used by 6,500 volunteers across the United States

A math idea that may dramatically reduce the dataset size needed to train AI systems
A pair of statisticians at the University of Waterloo has proposed a math process idea that might allow for teaching AI systems without the need for a large dataset. The researchers built on recent work by a team at MIT. They had found that distilling the most pertinent information describing handwritten numbers in a dataset known as MNIST and packing them together greatly reduced the number of characters their AI system needed to learn to recognize letters in a new dataset.

118 cops left Seattle Police Department amid rioting, budget cuts in 2020
At least 118 officers have left the Seattle Police Department this year, a record number that is having a noticeable impact on the riot-torn city.
While the separations included moves to other agencies and retirements, the majority were officers who chose to resign.

A top Al Qaeda leader on FBI’s most-wanted list killed in Afghan operation
Afghan security forces on Saturday killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior Al Qaeda leader in Afghanistan, who was on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list. Chris Miller, the director of the U.S. National Counterterrorism Center, confirmed the successful strike against al-Masri, in a statement provided to American Military News.

76% of US CEOs Will Slash Office Space As Remote Work Dominates
The virus pandemic has accelerated more flexible work options for employees, with many companies instructing employees to work remotely through 2021, or in some cases, permanently. As a result, according to a new survey, CEOs have said they will slash office space, a move that could ripple through commercial real estate markets, all the way down into local economies.

In Bizarre Freudian Slip, Biden Brags About Assembling “Most Extensive Voter Fraud Organization In History”
“What’s your message to the folks who have not yet voted or do not yet have a plan to vote. we have put together, I think, the most extensive and and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.

Tropical Storm Zeta To Intensify Into Hurricane Leading To More Gulf Coast Chaos
Tropical Storm Zeta formed in the Caribbean Sunday morning, with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) forecasting the storm could strengthen into a hurricane Tuesday as a midweek landfall is expected on the US Gulf Coast. Zeta could strike the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday. More specifically, hurricane models, as of Sunday afternoon, predict storm surge, rainfall, and hurricane wind impacts could be seen from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

Trump To ‘Immediately Fire’ FBI, CIA Directors If Reelected
President Trump will ‘immediately’ move to fire FBI Director Christopher Christopher Wray and CIA Director Gina Haspel, along with Defense Secretary Mark Esper, according to Axios – which spoke to “people who’ve discussed these officials’ fates with the president.” And while the list of pink slips is allegedly much longer, Trump’s top priority is getting rid of Wray – whose FBI sat on alleged evidence of Biden corruption in Ukraine contained on Hunter Biden’s laptop (along with alleged child porn), while Trump was impeached for asking the Ukrainians to investigate exactly that.

Edward Snowden granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer confirms
Former U.S. security contractor Edward Snowden has been granted permanent residency in Russia, his lawyer said Thursday. Snowden, a former contractor with the U.S. National Security Agency, has been living in Russia since 2013 to escape prosecution in the U.S. after leaking classified documents detailing government surveillance programs.

Egypt pushes for progress on Syria talks, inciting Turkish anger
Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry supports a political settlement for the Syrian crisis and has rejected “foreign intervention” in the country. The later comment has enraged Ankara because it highlights Turkey’s destabilizing role in northern Syria, where extremists operate in areas occupied by Turkey.

US ultra-Orthodox rabbis lavish Trump with praise 10 days before election
A letter of effusive praise for US President Donald Trump has been signed and published by some of the most senior ultra-Orthodox rabbis in the world 10 days before the presidential election. In their letter published in Mishpacha magazine on Sunday, the rabbis lavished Trump with tributes for having said that houses of worship should remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has claimed some 225,000 lives in the US, including many senior haredi rabbis.

Undercover Israeli Journalist: Iranian Regime Views Biden as Salvation
An expert Arabist who has gone undercover to investigate the Muslim Brotherhood said in a recent interview that the evil Iranian regime is praying five times a day for Biden to win the election since he would almost certainly reinvigorate their economy thereby supporting regional terrorism with an influx of cash.

Trump says Saudi Arabia next in line for Peace with Israel leading to Potential End-of-Days Temple Mt Showdown?
In his remarks, the president hinted that Saudi Arabia is considering a similar move. “We have many countries as you know getting ready and I’m also sure you’ll see we also have Saudi Arabia in there very soon,” Trump said from the Oval Office. “I really believe that will happen too. And very good relations with Saudi Arabia.

Explosive balloons reported in southern Israel
Explosive balloons were spotted over Sapir Academic College near Sderot on Monday, according to Israeli media. An explosive charge attached to the balloons reportedly detonated in the air, but the balloons continued to travel and are being tracked by security officials. A balloon landed at the Amdocs Factory in Sderot shortly afterwards.

Turkey, Iran, Russia benefit from Azerbaijan, Armenia conflict – Analysis
A month of fighting has taken place between Armenia and Azerbaijan, leaving cities smoldering and thousands of civilians forced to flee, and thousands of soldiers killed and wounded, with regional countries benefiting from the suffering. The war against Armenia was fueled by Turkey which supplied drones, sent Syrian extremist mercenaries and encouraged Baku to attack Armenian forces in Nagorna-Karabkah…

Islamic State warns Saudi Arabia after allies normalize ties with Israel
How likely is it that followers of the Islamic State (ISIS) will heed its call…for attacks on Saudi oil pipelines and other infrastructure after the kingdom allowed planes…from Israel to cross its territory? The cryptic audio message on the Telegram messaging platform…called for retaliation for Saudi support for the United Arab Emirates’ and Bahrain’s normalization of ties with Israel.

Jubilation as Chile votes to rewrite constitution
Chileans have voted overwhelmingly in support of rewriting their constitution, which dates to the dictatorship of Gen Augusto Pinochet. With nearly 90% of the vote counted, 78% of people had voted “yes” in a referendum that was called after mass protests against inequality. President Sebastian Piñera acknowledged the result and praised the peaceful vote.

China to impose sanctions on U.S. firms over Taiwan arms sales
China will impose sanctions on U.S. entities participating in Washington’s arms sales to Taiwan, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday. Lockheed Martin LMT.N, Boeing Defense BA.N and Raytheon RTX.N will be sanctioned, the spokesman Zhao Lijian told a news conference in the Chinese capital. He did not say what those sactions would entail.

Russia strikes kill 34 Turkey-backed rebels in Syria
Air strikes by Syrian regime ally Russia killed 34 fighters from a Turkey-backed rebel group in northwest Syria on Monday, a Britain-based war monitor said. Russian warplanes also wounded dozens more when they targeted a training camp of the Faylaq Al-Sham faction in the Jabal Duwayli area in Idlib province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Netflix subscription cancellations skyrocket after ‘Cuties’ backlash
“Cuties” turned out to be ugly for Netflix. The streaming service has watched subscription cancellations skyrocket by 800% after the French coming-of-age film triggered a boycott in early September, analyses show. Within two days of the movie’s premiere, #CancelNetflix became the top trending topic on Twitter and a petition on Change.org garnered hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Contaminated water from Fukushima nuclear power plant could affect human DNA if released: Greenpeace
Environmental rights organization Greenpeace warned that if contaminated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan was released into the ocean, the hazardous material could potentially harm human DNA.

Up to 100-mph winds to stoke extreme fire danger in western US 
A powerful storm system is set to bury parts of the West with snow and deliver a shot of bone-chilling cold, but another threat will accompany the system, one that wildfire-weary residents of the West will find unwelcome.

SA weather: BOM reveals 120,000 lightning strikes, leaving 15,000 without power
More than 120,000 lightning strikes have lashed South Australia as wild weather hits the state. Of those, 19,608 bolts have struck the ground north-west of Adelaide since yesterday morning. The remainder were ocean-based or did not hit land.

Tropical Storm “Zeta” forms in the Caribbean Sea, moving toward Yucatan and U.S. Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm “Zeta” formed at 06:00 UTC on October 25, 2020, as the 27th named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. The storm is expected to bring heavy rains and strong winds to portions of the northwestern Caribbean Sea and adjacent land areas today and Monday, October 26.

Sacred Vermin – Will Biden & Other Liberal Scoundrels Escape Punishment for All Evil Deeds?
…Human vermin Joe Biden and his band of elite thugs might lead America. Such is the folly of AG Barr and his timorous lieutenant, Durham. But if even insects and hogs have been held responsible for crimes, why not human scoundrels? Or are Joe Biden & Obama’s corrupt posse too important to punish – even at risk of losing Rule of Law & American society itself?!! God help us!

Nunes reportedly sues Twitter for $250M, claiming a ‘shadow ban’ of conservatives 
Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., filed a lawsuit against Twitter, several of its users and a political strategist in Virginia state court on Monday, according to a Fox News report. He is asking for $250 million in damages.

Border Shutdown Slows Influx of Gang Members
If this metric is a reasonably accurate indication of the level of illegal crossings in recent years, then the statistics show that current policies aimed at shutting down illegal crossings during the pandemic are having the very helpful side effect of dramatically reducing the flow of foreign gang members into the country.

Another 25 citizens pronounced DEAD from the flu shot in Korea
The South Korean government is currently offering free flu vaccines to 19 million people across the country. The Korean Medical Association has deduced that the flu vaccine could potentially offset complications from covid-19, promising to keep people healthy and out of the hospital. This same theory (that a flu shot would stop covid-19) was peddled by the New York Times in March 2020.

Mounting Reports of a Simultaneous Coming Civil War and World War III Will Be Unleashed With An Unfavorable Election Result for Harris/Biden 
Nobody wants to believe it, but more and more evidence keeps surfacing that our worst fears are about to be realized.

‘Renminbi Diplomacy’: How China Bought The US Government?
…thus, it’s only natural for the Chinese government to try to oust Trump from the presidency with all available means, including providing financial support to his neoliberal Democratic rivals…