Will Griffin: US Space Force Becomes More Lethal

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April 7, 2022

“The big tech industry rather than build new technologies to create a sustainable world that benefits the majority of the people on this planet is now working with the Space Force to militarize outer space to the benefit of US-based multinational corporations and the pentagon.” — Will Griffin

Will Griffin: US Space Force Becomes More Lethal

Greek Parliament platforms Azov Battalion fighter: Gov’t spox says “it was wrong and inappropriate”

“Including a message from an Azov Battalion member was wrong and inappropriate”, said government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou in the aftermath of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaking to the Greek Parliament.

For his part, the Azov Battalion fighter, who claimed to be Greek but could not speak Greek, said in Ukrainian: “I am addressing you as a Greek.”

Greek Parliament platforms Azov Battalion fighter: Gov’t spox says “it was wrong and inappropriate”

H/T iEarlGrey on YouTube:

“Unacceptable”: Zelensky parades Azov fighters at Greek parliament – Inside Russia Report

Previously:

Greek from Donetsk: Ukrainians threaten to burn me, no one said anything about those killed by Kiev for eight years

It’s Wrong For Politicians To Announce Plans To Punish Companies For Speech, No Matter Who Does It

I feel like I keep needing to write this, but once again, no matter who does it and no matter which company they’re targeting, it’s wrong for politicians to promise to punish companies for their speech. For some reason, many people’s position on this point changes based on whether or not they like or dislike the politician, and whether or not they like or dislike the company. But it’s wrong.

It’s wrong when Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee go after Major League Baseball for its speech. It’s wrong when Senator Elizabeth Warren threatens Amazon for its speech. It’s wrong when Senator Marsha Blackburn (and a ton of others) threaten Disney for its speech. It’s wrong when White House officials threaten Facebook for its speech. And it’s wrong when Rep. Ken Buck threatens Apple for its speech.

All of this is grandstanding nonsense, but it’s designed to suppress speech. It’s designed to punish companies for speech that these elected officials dislike. And that’s even if the companies have said something stupid or acted in a way that deserves a regulatory response. By positioning any response as retaliation for speech, these politicians are fundamentally going against the 1st Amendment.

It’s Wrong For Politicians To Announce Plans To Punish Companies For Speech, No Matter Who Does It

Clearview AI Walks Back Earlier Claims, Is Now Willing To Sell Its Sketchy Product To Anyone With Money And A Pulse

If only Clearview had managed to remain under the radar. If it had, it could have been the stealth privacy assassin multiple entities (both public and private) desire, but are unwilling to admit to using publicly. Even the rest of the facial recognition tech field wants nothing to do with Clearview and the billions of images/data points it has scraped from the public web. Clearview remains alone in its extreme odiousness — a villain rising head and shoulders above its already questionable competition.

Clearview AI Walks Back Earlier Claims, Is Now Willing To Sell Its Sketchy Product To Anyone With Money And A Pulse

Face scanner Clearview AI aims to branch out beyond police:

One of its biggest known federal contracts is with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, particularly its investigative arm which has used it to track down both the victims and perpetrators of child sexual exploitation. Clearview in March also started offering its services for free to the Ukrainian military, in part to help identify dead Russian soldiers using Clearview’s repository of about 2 billion images scraped from Russian social media website VKontakte.

No sooner appointed than new Georgian FM summoned to NATO HQ

Georgian FM to hold meetings at EU, NATO on April 6-8

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia, Ilia Darchiashvili, will visit the EU and NATO headquarters on April 6-8, Trend reports citing 1tv.ge.

No sooner appointed than new Georgian FM summoned to NATO HQ

Related:

Ukraine war, NATO Foreign Ministers meeting kicks off:

[Jens Stoltenberg] added:“We need to support Ukraine, sustain our sanctions, and strengthen our defences and our deterrence”.

In the Strategic Concept we need to address the security consequences of Russia’s aggressive actions, of the shifting global balance of power, the security consequences of a much stronger China, and the challenges Russia and China are posing together to our rules based international order and our democratic values.

But of course also in the Strategic Concept, we will sort out the strategy for how to deal with cyber, hybrid, terrorism, and also the security consequences of climate change. So I’m looking forward to the meeting and it will be, an important meeting. Not least facing the grim reality in Ukraine. And with that, I’m ready to take your questions. He said.

Corporate media parrots the Azov Battalion

Corporate media parrots the Azov Battalion

A cheerleader for Ukrainian nationalism and war, [Illia] Ponomarenko regularly posts gory photos of dead Russian soldiers and calls for NATO to intervene in the war on Ukraine’s behalf, thus assisting a social media campaign by Ukraine’s armed forces and the far-right that directly violates the Geneva Convention for the humane treatment of prisoners of war.

Notably, [Illia] Ponomarenko’s employer, the newly created Kyiv Independent, receives its funding from western imperialism, including Washington’s National Endowment for Democracy and the EU’s European Endowment for Democracy.

More recently, photos of the apparent killing of civilians in Bucha first appeared on the social media accounts of figures such as Ponomarenko and the far-right “activist” thug Serhii Sternenko. The photos and reports were then fed to Western media outlets, which again seized upon them to call for increased sanctions against Russia and the prosecution of President Vladimir Putin as a war criminal.

Photo captions by the New York Times indicate that Azov Battalion soldiers were among the first to enter Bucha on April 2 after Russian forces left the town on March 30. Despite this fact, claims of a wanton Russian massacre are promoted uncritically while those calling for investigation before judgement are smeared as “Russian trolls.”

Previously:

The Washington Post Finally Admits The Role of the ‘Far Right’ Azov Battalion in Ukraine