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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued a secret order for local authorities to prevent suicides after data showed an increase in people taking their own lives this year, government officials told Radio Free Asia.
Though RFA was not able to confirm North Korea’s tally, the South Korean National Intelligence Service reported at the end of May that suicides were up about 40% compared to last year.
“There are a lot of internal unrest factors in North Korea due to the hardships of people,” the spy agency said, adding that violent crimes are also on the rise as people struggle to make ends meet.
Kim officially defined suicide as an “act of treason against socialism,” and ordered local governments to take preventative measures.
Webmaster addition: "Anyone trying to commit suicide WILL BE SHOT!"
It has been a rough week for one Democrat Mayor in the Sunshine State.
North Miami Beach Mayor Anthony DeFillipo has been arrested and charged with multiple felonies. This involves election fraud, which is something Republicans have been railing against for years.
Now, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking action — and DeFillipo’s career could be over.
DeFillipo was charged last week with three counts of “Election-Unqualified Voter,” and each of those counts is a third-degree felony. Basically, it says he voted illegally in an election over and over.
If convicted on each count, he faces a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
This is all more than enough to convince DeSantis that DeFillipo shouldn’t have a job. And while he’s not fired as of yet, he certainly won’t be coming into work.
As journalists and civil libertarians began raising questions in September about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to police certain kinds of political content on social media platforms, senior officials in the Biden administration’s Department of Justice intervened to slow the release of public records that might have shed more light on the nature of the federal government’s anti-misinformation crusade.
The stalling effort highlights not only the broad authority that the federal government has to shape the political content available to the public, but also the toolkit that it relies upon to limit scrutiny of its involvement in the regulation of speech.
“We’ve heard from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) within the Department of Homeland Security that the Daily Caller News Foundation has requested documents from the university, which may include documents that belong to CISA,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Annalisa Cravens of the Western District of Washington in an email to Kate Starbird, a computer science professor at the University of Washington (UW).
A video has emerged that shows BlackRock’s chairman and CEO Larry Fink gloating to an audience about his plans to infiltrate society, via corporate America, with “woke” ideologies to “force behaviors” of the public.
Fink, a member of the globalist World Economic Forum (WEF), is a leading advocate of the radical Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) scores movement.
ESG is a set of far-left criteria that pressures companies to become more “woke” to meet the standards.
As Slay News reported in January, Twitter boss Elon Musk famously blasted ESGs by remarking that the “S in ESG stands for Satanic.”
A day after Ukraine's much-heralded counter-offensive appears to have failed, almost before it had even begun, a major dam in the Russian-occupied region of Kherson is suddenly bombed, prompting mass evacuations as floods spread across the region.
As we detailed earlier, both sides accuse each other of the attack that puts tens of thousands of homes at risk and might even threaten the safety of Europe's largest nuclear power plant.
However, as Raul Ilargi Meijer writes, twice last year (here and here), Ukrainian officials discussed Kiev's plans to blow up the dam.
The Department of Homeland Security contracted the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in 2018 to design methods for assigning a “risk score” to potential pro-terrorists accounts on social media, as well as identifying information of interest regarding illegal opioid supply chain and disinformation efforts, according to internal DHS documents reviewed by Motherboard. The project is dubbed “Night Fury,” according to a report from the DHS Inspector General.
“The Contractor shall develop these attributes to create a methodology for developing a ranking, or ‘Risk Score,’ associated with the identified accounts. The Contractor shall develop tools to automate the identification process, documenting performance measures and metrics related to automating the identification process,” one of the documents reads. DHS said it stopped work on the project in 2019.
The news signals DHS’ continued focus on analyzing social media for a variety of purposes. These new documents come after Motherboard reported Customs and Border Protection (CBP) was using an AI-powered tool called Babel X to analyze travelers’ social media at the U.S. border.
A major breach of the Kakhovka hydroelectric dam in Russia’s Kherson Region inundated huge swaths of land on the banks of the Dnieper River, prompting large-scale evacuation efforts in the area. Moscow claimed that the facility was damaged by a Ukrainian strike, while Kiev placed the blame on Russia.
Built in 1956, the 30-meter tall and 3.2-kilometer-long Kakhovka hydroelectric dam contains some 18 cubic kilometers of water, roughly the same volume as the Great Salt Lake in the US state of Utah.
On Tuesday morning, Vladimir Leontyev, the mayor of Novaya Kakhovka, a city located close to the dam, said that part of the facility had been destroyed by a Ukrainian strike, which reportedly used a multiple launch rocket system.
Hydroelectric dam in Kherson partially destroyed – mayor
With at least 14 of dam’s 28 spans having collapsed, Leontyev said that the water level in the area had risen by more than ten meters, resulting in the town being flooded. Against this backdrop, the local authorities started evacuating residents from several riverside settlements, with some 300 buildings being vacated.
The prospect of a Trump-Biden rematch in 2024 has a surprising number of voters considering casting their ballots for a third-party candidate, according to a new poll.
The vast majority of Americans, when asked if they agree with the statement “There are two genders, male and female,” said they agree, a new poll has found.
Upstart Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy said the quiet part out loud, declaring that Russia taking over Ukraine is not a “top foreign policy priority” for his campaign — or for America.
“Shark Tank” investor Kevin O’Leary said companies are paying close attention to Target‘s “stunning” market plunge amid a “Pride” collection controversy.
New York City debuted a new vending machine Monday that provides free crack pipes, condoms, and Narcan for drug overdoses, among other items.
Some fans of the new animated Sony film “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” are convinced that the fictional character Gwen Stacy is transgender.
In a 3-2 vote, The Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board approved St. Isidore of Seville Catholic Virtual School, a charter school to be funded by taxpayers and run by the Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, on Monday.
The Pacific Northwest has been home to some of history’s most prolific serial killers, but police in Portland, Oregon, are trying to shut down “online rumors” that the recent deaths of several women are connected.
Allowing Ukraine to lose to Russia on the battlefield will unleash world war, according to US Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley. The former South Carolina governor told a town hall audience in Iowa on Sunday that arming Kiev was all about “preventing war” by “sending a message” to America's rivals.
“When Ukraine wins, that sends a message to China with Taiwan, it sends a message to Iran that wants to build a bomb, it sends a message to North Korea testing ballistic missiles, it sends a message to Russia that it’s over.”
“It is in the best interests of America, it is in the best interests of our national security for Ukraine to win. We have to see this through, we have to finish it,” Haley declared.
Webmaster addition: You have two military aged children, Nikki. When are they planning to enlist?
The marxist shit(covered)show that is San Francisco is imploding before our very eyes in ways that are both terrifying, memorable wholly different each and every day.
First, it was commercial real estate: at 30%, the city has the highest office vacancy rate in the US...
... and amid an existential crisis for the city's tech-focused tenants, finds that it can't even sell office skyscrapers at a firesale price of 80% off the purchase price, and even in the best case, a 71% discount is as good as it gets (it got worse as we detailed in "There's Poop Everywhere": San Francisco's Office District Not Only A Ghost Town, It's Also Covered In Sh*t).
Of course, it's not just commercial real estate: residential is just as bad, with home prices in San Fran now tumbling double digits y/y, and just that other liberal disaster, Seattle, seeing home prices plunge faster.
But while we expect the implosion in residential housing prices to accelerate, it's really CRE where the ticking neutron bomb is to be found, and according to the latest horror story out of San Fran's commercial real estate market, the owner of two of San Francisco’s biggest hotels — Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 — has stopped mortgage payments and plans to give up the two properties.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed court rulings in which local governments seized two homes over unpaid tax debts and kept sale proceeds that far exceeded the tax owed.
Critics call the practice “home equity theft.”
The case came after Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF), which represented the homeowners in both cases, released a report late last year saying that 12 states and the District of Columbia allow local governments and private investors to seize dramatically more than what is owed from homeowners who fall behind on property tax payments. PLF is a national nonprofit public interest law firm that takes on governmental overreach.
The U.S. Supreme Court released unsigned orders (pdf) on June 5 summarily reversing two rulings of the Supreme Court of Nebraska.
The nation’s highest court did not explain why it was issuing the orders. No justices dissented.
A small but vocal group of demonstrators gathered on June 3 outside the Detroit office of the FBI to demand the firing of Christopher Wray, the bureau’s director.
Organizers of a protest against the politicization of the FBI in Detroit, Mich. on June 3, 2023. (Steven Kovac/Epoch Times)
“Wray must be fired, and the FBI must be decentralized and moved out of Washington, D.C.,” protest organizer and Trump supporter Brian Pannebecker said. “As long as the FBI and DOJ [Department of Justice] continue to illegally withhold subpoenaed evidence from Congress, we will continue to fight.”
Wray was nominated by then-President Donald Trump to succeed FBI Director James Comey, whom he fired in the summer of 2017.
When asked about that by The Epoch Times, Pannebecker said: “Yeah, Trump made some really bad appointments. He’ll know better in his next term.”
The US Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a temporary restraining order to freeze Binance assets after investors pulled $780million out of the exchange in just 24 hours.
The proposed order would prevent Binance.US - the American branch of the world's largest crypto exchange - from accessing funds in its customer's wallets, but would still allow customers to make withdrawals themselves.
The emergency order on Tuesday evening came a day after US regulators sued Binance's billionaire CEO Changpeng Zhao over an alleged 'web of deception' and 'blatant disregard for the federal securities laws' - sending investors into a frenzy.
Although the SEC action targeted Binance.US, Binance customers around the world appeared to be feeling the heat.
Russia may be plotting to blow up the largest nuclear power plant in Europe, Ukraine has warned, after explosions at a major dam and hydroelectric plant caused mass flooding in the Kherson region and sparked a humanitarian disaster.
A series of blasts yesterday morning caused the critical Nova Kahkovka dam, which lies along the Dnieper river in Russian-held territory, to partially collapse and led to 'catastrophic' floods.
Some two dozen towns were overrun by the deluge with shocking footage from the region showing how entire villages were submerged and houses swept away.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky accused Russia of detonating an 'environmental bomb of mass destruction', saying authorities expected up to 80 settlements to be flooded and urging the world to 'react'.
'This crime carries enormous threats and will have dire consequences for people's lives and the environment,' Zelensky said, while US security officials warned there would likely be 'many deaths' as a result of the floods.
The Kremlin meanwhile has blamed Ukraine for the blast, claiming it was a ploy by Kyiv to distract from the launch of a major counteroffensive Moscow says is faltering. Russian President Vladimir Putin described the attack on the dam as a 'barbaric act'.
Christian persecution is common worldwide. In America, Christianity has enjoyed a relatively safe haven until recently. Under the new guidance of the anonymous Puppet Dictatorship, you might expect Christians soon to become an endangered species. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Christians and conservatives are a serious threat to America’s viability.
Not that long ago, we’d consider this a joke, but the Biden team’s DHS considers groups like The Heritage Foundation, Christian Broadcasting Network, the National Rifle Association, Turning Point USA, and other right-leaning news and political groups to be a threat to America, on par with militant neo-Nazis. The assault on Constitutional supporters shows obviously, we are a direct threat to the Biden Administration. Why else would DHS award over $350,000 to the University of Dayton project that lists freedom lovers as far-right radicals and terrorist threats?
Under the DHS Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention Grant Program, the university developed “The Pyramid of Far-Right Radicalization,” which depicts “increased levels of Extremism” in ascending order. The lower two tiers incorporate the American good guys. Even Fox News and the Republican National Committee are considered significant threats.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer held a press conference on Monday to share the latest on the FBI document that may implicate President Joe Biden in a $5 million-dollar briber scandal.
“Today FBI officials confirmed that the unclassified FBI-generated record has not been disproven and is currently being used in an ongoing investigation,” Comer said at a press conference.
Missouri's Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R-MO) shared his observations from the first hearing scheduled for the lawsuit Missouri v. Biden. The lawsuit exposed the Biden White House's social media censorship campaign and further documented the worrying state censorship-technological nexus where state agencies and social media platforms engage in joint censorship schemes against disidents and the politically undesirable.
The state attorney general outlined on Twitter that he thought the first hearing went well and that "The federal government had a hard time convincing a judge last week that it hasn't been working with and coercing social media companies to censor free speech." He shared several memorable moments from the hearing in a series of tweets.
Harris Faulkner opened “Fox News Tonight” on Monday, relating stories of patriotism and Christian faith while also revealing something that happened to her at a restaurant recently.
“The Lord has determined I am a woman,” she began during the opening segment. “And my pronouns are U.S.A. Our nation’s soul is at stake. And we really only have a couple of choices, three, really: We can be bad at protecting the greatest nation on the Earth. We can be average at protecting the greatest nation on the Earth. Or we can be elite at protecting the greatest nation on Earth. We know who we are. And we know whose we are.”
She went on to say that she was kicked out of a restaurant for praying before she ate.
California Democrats on Monday honored a member of the anti-Catholic “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” despite backlash over the Los Angeles Dodgers also honoring the anti-Catholic drag group.
Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) suggested on Tuesday that FBI Director Christopher Wray could face jail time if he refuses to turn over the highly sought-after document alleging a $5 million foreign criminal bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden.
On Monday, Fox News’ Harris Faulkner discussed the “spiritual fight” the country is in, calling President Joe Biden weak, and slamming the gender ideology push as a “mad leftist science experiment on women and children.”
Anheuser-Busch, the parent company of embattled beer brand Bud Light, agreed to pay over half a million dollars to the Environmental Protection Agency after being accused of violating the Clean Air Act.
A federal judge on Tuesday concluded “gender identity is real” in a ruling that partially strikes down Florida‘s new law banning doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones to minors.