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- Ron Woodroof | People | Lionbliss Research
Overview Ronald Dickson Woodroof (February 3, 1950 – September 12, 1992) was an American man who created what would become known as the Dallas Buyer's Club in March 1988, one of several such AIDS buyers clubs that sprang up at the time. After being diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in 1985, he created the group as part of his efforts to find and distribute drugs to treat HIV at a time when the disease was poorly understood. He sued the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over a ban on peptide T, a drug he was using. Woodroof's final years became the basis of the 2013 film Dallas Buyers Club.
- Kai-Fu Lee | People | Lionbliss
Overview Kai-Fu Lee (traditional Chinese: 李開復; simplified Chinese: 李开复; pinyin: Lǐ Kāifù; born December 3, 1961) is a Taiwanese computer scientist, businessman, and writer. He is currently based in Beijing, China. Lee developed a speaker-independent, continuous speech recognition system as his Ph.D. thesis at Carnegie Mellon University. He later worked as an executive, first at Apple, then SGI, Microsoft, and Google. He became the focus of a 2005 legal dispute between Google and Microsoft, his former employer, due to a one-year non-compete agreement that he signed with Microsoft in 2000 when he became its corporate vice president of interactive services. One of the most prominent figures in the Chinese internet sector, he was the founding director of Microsoft Research Asia, serving from 1998 to 2000; and president of Google China, serving from July 2005 through September 4, 2009. After resigning from his post, he founded Sinovation Ventures, a venture capital firm. He created a website, Wǒxuéwǎng (Chinese: 我学网; lit. 'I-Learn Web') dedicated to helping young Chinese people achieve in their studies and careers, and his "10 Letters to Chinese College Students" have spread widely on the web. He is one of the most followed micro-bloggers in China, in particular on Sina Weibo, where he has over 50 million followers. Highlights In his 2018 book AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order, Lee describes how China is rapidly moving forward to become the global leader in AI, and may well surpass the United States, because of China's demographics and its amassing of huge data sets. In a 28 September 2018 interview on the PBS Amanpour program, he stated that artificial intelligence, with all its capabilities, will never be capable of creativity or empathy. Timeline He received a bachelor of sciencesumma cum laude with a major in computer science from Columbia University in the City of New York in 1983. He was a classmate of Barack Obama at Columbia. He went on and received a doctor of philosophy in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in 1988. After two years as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon, Lee joined Apple Computer in 1990 as a principal research scientist. While at Apple (1990–1996), he headed R&D groups responsible for Apple Bandai Pippin, PlainTalk, Casper (speech interface), GalaTea (text to speech system) for Mac Computers. Lee moved to Silicon Graphics in 1996 and spent a year as the Vice President of its Web Products division, and another year as president of its multimedia software division, Cosmo Software. In 1998, Lee moved to Microsoft and went to Beijing, China where he played a key role in establishing the Microsoft Research (MSR) division there. MSR China later became known as Microsoft Research Asia, regarded as one of the best computer science research labs in the world. Lee returned to the United States in 2000 and was promoted to corporate vice president of interactive services division at Microsoft from 2000 to 2005. In July 2005, Lee left Microsoft to take a position at Google. Previous positions Vice President, Google; President, Google Greater China, July 2005–September 4, 2009 Corporate Vice President, Natural Interactive Services Division (NISD), Microsoft Corp. 2000–July 2005 Founder & Managing Director, Microsoft Research Asia, China, 1998–2000 President, Cosmo Software, Multimedia software business unit of Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), 1999–2000 Vice President & General Manager, Web Products, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), 1998–1999 Vice President, Interactive Media Group, Apple Computer, 1997–1998 Director, Interactive Media, Advanced Technology Group, Apple Computer, 1994–1997 Manager, Speech & Language Technologies Group, Apple Computer, 1991–1994 Principal Speech Scientist, Apple Computer, 1990–1991 Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, July 1990 Research Computer Scientist, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988–1990 Education Ph.D. in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, 1988 B.S. in Computer Science, Columbia University, 1983 Recognition Chairman World Economic Forum's Global AI Council Asia House Asian Business Leader 2018 Fellow, IEEE (inducted 2002) Member, Committee of 100 Time 100, 2013 Honorary Doctorate Degree, Carnegie Mellon University Honorary Doctorate Degree, City University of Hong Kong Publications Kai-Fu Lee (September 25, 2018). AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 9781328546395. OCLC 1035622189. Be Your Personal Best (《做最好的自己》, published September 2005, People's Publishing House) Making A World of Difference - Kai-Fu Lee Biography (《世界因你而不同》, published September 2009, China CITIC Press) Seeing Life Through Death (《向死而生》, published July 2015, by China CITIC Press) A Walk Into The Future (《与未来同行》, published October 2006, People's Publishing House) To Student With Love (《一往情深》, published October 2007, People's Publishing House) Weibo Changing Everything (《微博改变一切》, published February 2011, Beijing Xiron Books Co., Ltd) Artificial Intelligence (《人工智能》, published May 2017, Beijing Xiron Books Co., Ltd) AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future (with Chen Qiufan.《AI 2041：預見10個未來新世界》, published June 2021, Taiwan Commonwealth Publishing Co., Ltd)
- Justus H. Rathbone | People
Overview Justus Henry Rathbone (October 29, 1839 – December 9, 1889) was an American school teacher, a government clerk in the United States Treasury Department, and the founder of the international fraternal order of the Knights of Pythias. Prior to and during the American Civil War he taught, worked in a number of places for the government, and with news agencies, and also served as a hospital steward during the war. Childhood to Washington (23yrs old) Rathbone was born in the town of Deerfield, in Oneida County, New York on October 29, 1839. He was descended from John Rathbone, one of the purchasers of Block Island near the coast of Rhode Island in 1660, who was a freeman of Rhode Island in 1664. He was the son of Justus Hull Rathbone, a Utica, New York lawyer, and his wife, Sarah Elizabeth ( née Dwight). Rathbone was given the name of Henry Edwin Dwight, but at the age of ten it was changed to Justus Henry. Rathbone graduated from Colgate University and attended Carlisle Seminary. He was a music composer and actor. He received an education in academies in New York State and for a short time Madison University (later renamed Colgate University), he went west at the age of nineteen. During the winter of 1858–1859, he worked as a teacher at the Eagle Harbor Schoolhouse in Eagle Harbor, Michigan. On August 11, 1862, Rathbone married Emma Louisa Sanger of Utica, New York and together they had five children, of whom only two daughters lived to adulthood. In 1863 he moved to Washington D.C. as a government clerk in the United States Treasury Department, where he founded the Knights of Pythias on February 19, 1864. Rathbone authored the ritual for the Knights, which is based on the mythological friendship of Damon and Pythias, when he was still a teacher in Eagle Harbor. The cardinal precepts of the fraternal order were, "Toleration in religion, obedience to law, and loyalty to government." Even though the Knights of Pythias was originally founded as an order composed of government clerks, any involvement with government and politics was to not be "permitted within its portals." From January to July 1863, he served in the Federal hospital service as a volunteer citizen nurse, stationed at Cuyler General Hospital, Germantown, Pennsylvania From July 1863 until nearly the end of the Civil War he served as a hospital steward in Washington, D. C. Rathbone was employed as a clerk in the Treasury Department, from 1865–1869. He then went to work for the Independent News Company of Boston and New York, from 1869–1873, and then served as a clerk in the War Department from 1874 until his death.
- Weekly Topics 4/2-4/8
Overview Cash App founder Bob Lee stabbed to death in San Francisco WWE and UFC announces potential merging into one company Tennessee statehouse expels 2 Democrats for gun control protest Frecnch President Macron Says Europe Must Not Become ‘America’s Followers’ In Confrontation With China Bud Light partners with trans activist Dylan Mulvaney for March Madness Cash App founder Bob Lee stabbed to death in San Francisco https://www.cbsnews.com/sanfrancisco/news/fatal-stabbing-bob-lee-mobile-coin-san-francisco-main-street-rincon-hill/ Bob Lee, founder of Cash App and the former chief technology officer of Square, was identified as the man stabbed to death early Tuesday morning near downtown San Francisco, according to his current employer, cryptocurrency startup MobileCoin. WWE and UFC announces potential merging into one company https://www.escapistmagazine.com/wwe-and-ufc-are-merging-into-a-new-company/ Endeavor Group, which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), is merging with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) to create a new publicly traded company. Per CNN, the new company, currently unnamed, is valued at over $21 billion, with UFC being worth $12.1 billion and WWE being worth $9.3 billion. The shareholder breakdown will be 51% of the company for UFC shareholders, 49% for WWE shareholders. Vince McMahon will remain the executive chairman of WWE, while Endeavor CEO Ariel Emanuel will be the CEO of the new company. The merger is expected to be complete in the second half of 2023, and amusingly, the new company’s stock ticker symbol will be “TKO.” Tennessee statehouse expels 2 Democrats for gun control protest https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-65206459 The Tennessee statehouse has expelled two Democratic politicians who led a gun control protest that halted legislative proceedings last week. In a rare move, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted 72-25 to expel Justin Jones and 69-26 to remove Justin Pearson. But an expulsion vote failed against a third Democratic lawmaker, Gloria Johnson, who also joined the protest. Republicans said the trio had brought "disorder and dishonor to the House". Macron Says Europe Must Not Become ‘America’s Followers’ In Confrontation With China https://www.dailywire.com/news/macron-says-europe-must-not-become-americas-followers-in-confrontation-with-china French President Emmanuel Macron said over the weekend that Europe should embrace an approach of “strategic autonomy” when it comes to tensions between the United States and China. The French president said that by allying too closely with the U.S., Europe risks being dragged into conflicts and crises in which it does not have a significant interest. “Strategic autonomy,” as Macron calls it, is his plan to lead Europe into becoming a “third superpower,” according to POLITICO. Bud Light partners with trans activist Dylan Mulvaney for March Madness https://nypost.com/2023/04/03/bud-light-partners-with-trans-activist-dylan-mulvaney-for-march-madness-this-isnt-a-parody/ Trans TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney was announced as the latest spokesperson for Bud Light in a pair of videos that were attacked on social media. The trans activist revealed on Saturday that the beer company sent packs Bud Light featuring the influencer’s face as a way to celebrate the “365 Days of Girlhood” milestone Mulvaney recently reached. “Happy March Madness!! Just found out this had to do with sports and not just saying it’s a crazy month! In celebration of this sports thing @budlight is giving you the chance to win $15,000! Share a video with #EasyCarryContest for a chance to win!! Good luck! #budlightpartner,” Mulvaney wrote on Instagram. Another video featured Mulvaney in a bathtub drinking a Bud Light beer as part of the campaign.
- Weekly Topics 3/26-4/1
Topics Nashville Shooting by trans person targeting Christian School Donald Trump indicted in Manhattan Andrew Tate Released from prison in Romania 1,000 illegals apprehended in coordinated invasion (El Paso, TX) Pro-trans protesters storm Kentucky capital building Nashville Shooting by trans person targeting Christian School https://newrepublic.com/post/171400/mass-shooting-nashville-christian-elementary-school At least three children and three adults were killed, and several others wounded, after a shooter opened fire at a private Christian grade school in Nashville, Tennessee, on Monday morning. The shooting occurred at the Covenant School, a Presbyterian school that hosts about 200 students from preschool to sixth grade. The school had reportedly run an active shooter training program as recently as last year, according to local outlet WTVF. “The shooter was engaged by M.N.P.D. and is dead,” the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said on Twitter. Police have since said the shooter was a 28-year-old Nashville woman armed with at least two assault rifles and a handgun. Police said she had entered the school through a side door, and was apprehended on the second floor. Donald Trump indicted in Manhattan https://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-indicted-in-manhattan-first-ex-president-to-be-charged-with-a-crime/ A New York grand jury investigating the circumstances surrounding a "hush money" payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels in 2016 has voted to indict Donald Trump, making him the first former president in U.S. history to face criminal charges. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office confirmed the indictment in a statement on Thursday and said it had reached out to Trump's attorney to arrange his surrender. The specific charge or charges have not yet been made public and the indictment remains under seal. Andrew Tate Released from prison in Romania https://news.sky.com/story/andrew-tate-released-from-jail-and-placed-under-house-arrest-his-spokesperson-says-12846734 Andrew Tate released from jail in Romania and placed under house arrest. Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan were taken into custody on 29 December last year and neither of them has been formally charged in the case. 1,000 illegals apprehended in coordinated invasion (El Paso, TX) https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/immigration/photos-mass-illegal-crossing-el-paso-border-1000 AUSTIN, Texas — More than 1,000 immigrants surged across the U.S.-Mexico border into El Paso in a mass illegal crossing that unfolded in a matter of hours Wednesday afternoon. Photos obtained exclusively by the Washington Examiner Wednesday evening showed large groups of immigrants running from the border into El Paso as others stood around on the U.S. side of the border after they illegally crossed and surrendered to Border Patrol agents. Brazil, Russia, India, China, S. Africa new common currency https://www.pressenza.com/2023/04/brics-would-create-fundamentally-new-common-currency-says-a-senior-russian-official/ The BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa could create a “fundamentally new” common currency, Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker Alexander Babakov told reporters on Thursday. Pro-trans protesters storm Kentucky capital building https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2023/03/29/kentucky-senate-bill-150-protesters-arrested/70061465007/ Nearly 20 people were arrested Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky Capitol while protesting against Senate Bill 150 as legislators overrode Gov. Andy Beshear's veto of sweeping anti-trans legislation. State Police arrested 19 people and charged them with criminal trespassing after they were given the chance to leave the House gallery without incident, Capt. Paul Blanton said. He said the sergeant of arms had requested that state police assist in restoring order in the chamber, where protesters were shouting and chanting amid floor debate.
- Joe Galloway | People | Lionbliss
Overview Joseph Lee Galloway (November 13, 1941 – August 18, 2021) was an American newspaper correspondent and columnist. During the Vietnam War, he often worked alongside the American troops he covered and was awarded a Bronze Star Medal in 1998 for having carried a badly wounded man to safety while he was under very heavy enemy fire in 1965. From 2013 until his death, he worked as a special consultant for the Vietnam War 50th anniversary Commemoration project run out of the Office of the Secretary of Defense and has also served as consultant to Ken Burns' production of a documentary history of the Vietnam War broadcast in the fall of 2017 by PBS. He was also the former Military Affairs consultant for the Knight-Ridder chain of newspapers and was a columnist with McClatchy Newspapers. Life Galloway was born in Bryan, Texas, on November 13, 1941. His father, Joseph, fought in the U.S. Army during World War II; his mother was Marian Dewvall. His family relocated to Refugio, Texas, after his father was employed by Humble Oil upon his return from military service. Galloway initially enrolled in community college in 1959, but dropped out after six weeks to join the Army. His mother convinced him to go into journalism, and he subsequently majored in the subject at Victoria College. His great-grandfather James Isham Galloway lost his right leg at the Second Battle of Manassas in the American Civil War, and his other great-grandfather James William Reid lost his left leg at the Battle of the Wilderness. They ended up on adjoining farms.
- Worldcoin | Org | Lionbliss
Overview Worldcoin is building the world’s largest identity and financial network as a public utility, giving ownership to everyone. We aim to create universal access to the global economy regardless of country or background, accelerating the transition to an economic future that welcomes and benefits every person on the planet. Founder: Sam Altman w/OpenAi Website: https://worldcoin.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/worldcoin "THE GLOBAL ECONOMY BELONGS TO EVERYONE." We believe in the inherent worth and equality of every individual in the right to personal privacy in open and public collaboration How it works World ID: digital identity that proves you are a real and unique person while fully protecting your privacy. Worldcoin: the first token to be globally and freely distributed to people, for both utility and future governance, just for being a unique individual. World App: enables payment, purchases and transfers globally using the Worldcoin token, digital assets and traditional currencies. Who we are Worldcoin is an open-source protocol, supported by a global community of developers, individuals, economists and technologists committed to expanding participation in, and access to, the global economy. The Worldcoin Foundation is the steward, and will support and grow the Worldcoin community until it becomes self-sufficient. Tools for Humanity helped launch Worldcoin, and currently serve as advisors to the Foundation and operators of the World App. Currently in beta, Worldcoin expects to launch in the first half of 2023.
- Weekly Topics 3/19-3/25
Topics JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank face lawsuits over ties to Jeff Epstein Xi (China) & Putin (Russia) pledge to shape NEW WORLD ORDER US sends $350M more in weapons / equipment to Ukraine TikTok CEO testifies to US Congress Whistleblower says myocarditis spiked by 130.5% in US military 2021 JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank face lawsuits over ties to Jeff Epstein https://www.cnn.com/2023/03/21/business/jpmorgan-deutsche-bank-epstein-lawsuits/index.html?utm_content=2023-03-21T15%3A15%3A07&utm_medium=social&utm_term=link&utm_source=twCNN JPMorgan Chase and Deutsche Bank must face lawsuits that accuse them of enabling Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking, a US judge said Monday. The decision by US District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan could expose the banks to additional financial and reputational damage for keeping Epstein as a client, even after the late financier registered as a sex offender. In a six-paragraph order, Rakoff said JPMorgan must face a lawsuit by the US Virgin Islands accusing it of missing red flags about Epstein’s abuse of women on Little St. James, a private island he owned there. The judge also ruled that both banks must face proposed class actions by women who said Epstein sexually abused them. He said he would explain his reasoning in due course. Rakoff’s decision gives the plaintiffs a chance to prove another claim: that JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank (DB) knowingly benefited from involvement in Epstein’s sex trafficking. The women can now also try to show that the banks were negligent and obstructed enforcement of a federal anti-trafficking law. Xi (China) & Putin (Russia) pledge to shape NEW WORLD ORDER Xi and Putin pledge to shape a new world order as the Chinese leader leaves Russia with no peace in sight for Ukraine Xi made a strong show of solidarity with Putin against the West, but he barely mentioned the Ukraine conflict and said on Tuesday that China had an “impartial position”. Yet, as Xi departed he told Putin: “Now there are changes that haven’t happened in 100 years. When we are together, we drive these changes.” - “I agree,” Putin said, to which Xi responded: “Take care of yourself dear friend, please.” Xi and Putin referred to each other as dear friends, promised economic cooperation and described their countries’ relations as the best they have ever been. Xi and Putin referred to each other as dear friends, promised economic cooperation and described their countries’ relations as the best they have ever been. "They [the leaders] shared the view that this relationship has gone far beyond the bilateral scope and acquired critical importance for the global landscape and the future of humanity," said a statement released by China. Putin said on the Kremlin's website: "We are working in solidarity on the formation of a more just and democratic multipolar world order, which should be based on the central role of the U.N., its Security Council, international law, the purposes and principles of the U.N. Charter." In an earlier joint statement the leaders accused the West of undermining global stability and NATO of barging into the Asia-Pacific region, but asserted the close partnership between China and Russia did not constitute a “military-political alliance.” On Ukraine, Putin praised Xi for a peace plan he proposed last month, and blamed Kyiv and the West for rejecting. The West sees China’s peace plan as a ploy to buy Putin time to regroup his forces and solidify his grip on occupied land. US sends $350M more in weapons / equipment to Ukraine New US military aid for Ukraine worth $350M includes fuel tankers, patrol boats, missiles President Joe Biden has authorized a new $350 million round of military aid for Ukraine that includes fuel tankers, patrol boats and missiles as the country prepares for warmer weather and increased Russian attacks, the Pentagon announced Monday. Since Russia’s war in Ukraine began more than a year ago, the United States has committed almost $33 billion in weapons, equipment and vehicles. The assistance has so far included at least one Patriot missile system, numerous Humvees, armored personnel carriers and drone systems. This security package includes more ammunition for howitzers and rockets for the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, as well as shoulder-fired, anti-armor weapons, patrol boats and fuel tankers. The new round of aid comes after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended a meeting last week of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group — a collection of representatives from dozens of allied countries that meet to update Ukraine’s military situation and determine what it needs to fend off Russian forces. Meetings of the contact group often precede a new round of military aid. TikTok CEO testifies to US Congress https://interestingengineering.com/culture/tiktok-ceo-testifies-before-congress TikTok CEO Shou Chew testified before Congress on Thursday, March 23, 2023, to try and address concerns about the company's data practices and its ties to China as the US government weighs a ban on the TikTok app in the United States. Chinese tech companies have been having a long history of conflict with the US government, which routinely accuses them of being conduits at best for Chinese intelligence services if not outright working as an arm of the Chinese government. Back in 2019, the Trump administration blacklisted imports of Huawei electronics into the US and pushed allied countries in Europe to do the same. It remains to be seen whether TikTok's efforts will be enough to satisfy lawmakers and regulators. However, the company's testimony before Congress is a sign that it is taking the issue of data privacy seriously. Whistleblower says myocarditis spiked by 130.5% in US military 2021 Myocarditis Diagnoses Spiked in Military in 2021, New Data Show Diagnoses of myocarditis, a form of heart inflammation, jumped 130.5 percent in 2021 when compared to the average from the years 2016 to 2020, according to data from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED). The data was downloaded by a whistleblower and presented to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.). Myocarditis is a serious condition that can lead to death. All four of the COVID-19 vaccines authorized in the United States can cause myocarditis, according to U.S. officials. They added a warning for Johnson & Johnson’s shot this month. COVID-19 can also cause myocarditis, though some experts say the data on that front is weaker. The whistleblower downloaded the data from DMED in 2023, about a year after the Pentagon said it fixed a data corruption issue with the military health system. The data also showed spikes in diagnoses of pulmonary embolism (41.2 percent), ovarian dysfunction (38.2 percent), and “complications and ill-defined descriptions of heart disease” (37.7 percent). The Pentagon and the Defense Health Agency, which manages the DMED, did not respond to requests for comment.
- Sam Altman | People | Lionbliss
Overview Samuel Harris Altman (born April 22, 1985) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and programmer. He is the CEO of Loopt and OpenAI, and has been so since he co-founded them respectively. Additionally, he co-founded Worldcoin in 2020. Formerly, he served as the president of Y Combinator and briefly as the CEO of Reddit. CEO & Co-Founder of OpenAI (https://openai.com/) Co-Founder of Worldcoin Formerly served as president of Y Combinator, CEO of Reddit and CEO/Co-Founder of Loopt Content Blog: https://blog.samaltman.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/sama Podcast w/Lex Fridman: https://lexfridman.com/sam-altman/
- George Soros | Lionbliss
Overview https://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/ George Soros is one of the world’s foremost philanthropists. He has given away more than $32 billion of his personal fortune to fund the Open Society Foundations’ work around the world. He is also the founder and primary funder of the Central European University in Budapest, a leading regional center for the study of the social sciences. George Soros[a]HonFBA (born György Schwartz, August 12, 1930) is a Hungarian-born American[b] billionaire investor and philanthropist. As of March 2021, he had a net worth of US$8.6 billion, having donated more than $32 billion to the Open Society Foundations, of which $15 billion have already been distributed, representing 64% of his original fortune. Forbes called him the "most generous giver" (in terms of percentage of net worth). (Wikipedia) https://www.georgesoros.com/ https://www.georgesoros.com/the-life-of-george-soros/#mailing-list https://osf.to/sorosspeaks https://twitter.com/georgesoros Notable Content (WIP)
- Weekly Topics (3.12-3.18)
Topics National March on Washington: Fund People’s Needs, Not the War Machine! Silicon Valley Bank customers get bailed out China brokers deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran Biden Administration - Willow Project 'Drilling oil in Alaska' Donald Trump claims he will be arrested 'next' Tuesday 3/21 National March on Washington: Fund People’s Needs, Not the War Machine! https://www.pressenza.com/2023/03/sat-march-18-national-march-on-washington-fund-peoples-needs-not-the-war-machine/ Peace in Ukraine – Say NO to Endless U.S. Wars! Coinciding with the 20th anniversary weekend of the criminal U.S.-invasion of Iraq a major set of actions will take place including a demonstration at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Saturday March 18 demanding “Peace in Ukraine – Say NO to Endless U.S. Wars” and “Fund People’s Needs, Not the War Machine.” Since 2003, the U.S. has engaged in sanctions (economic war) on more than 40 countries. These targets of U.S. economic warfare include the people of Cuba, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Iran and many other nations. Even in the wake of the worst disasters, like the recent deadly earthquake, Washington keeps its cruel sanctions in place against Syria. U.S. bases and “commands” blanket most of the world. It is a global empire. The Biden administration is determined to escalate the Ukraine war. The real goal of the massive arming and training of Ukrainian forces has nothing to do with the interests of Ukrainian, Russian or American people. The aim instead is to “weaken Russia” as stated by the U.S. Secretary of Defense himself, even at the risk of a catastrophic nuclear war that could end life on Earth. A U.S. General commanding 50,000 troops in the Pacific also issued a letter to his sub-commanders in recent days informing them that he believes that the United States will be at war with China within two years. The danger of global war is growing! The people must act! Silicon Valley Bank customers get bailed out https://www.businessinsider.com/why-silicon-valley-bank-customers-were-bailed-out-2023-3 The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank prompted the US government to roll out the biggest rescue package since the 2008 financial crisis. On Sunday, the US Treasury, Federal Reserve, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation said in a joint statement that all depositors of SVB would be made whole on Monday. They also rolled out other measures to support the broader financial system. Regulators shut down Silicon Valley Bank on Friday and halted account withdrawals. Over the weekend, SVB customers worried if they'd get their money back on time. The government stepped in Sunday with the largest rescue package since the 2008 financial crisis. China brokers deal between Saudi Arabia and Iran https://thehill.com/newsletters/defense-national-security/3894758-china-brokers-agreement-between-iran-saudi-arabia/ After four days of talks in Beijing, both Tehran and Riyadh agreed to reestablish relations and open up embassies in their respective countries following seven years of hostilities. The news is bringing hopes that both nations will whittle down support for opposing factions in the deadly Yemen civil war. The announcement was a major diplomatic and political win for China, whose top diplomat, Wang Yi, hailed it as a “victory” and said Beijing would continue to address global issues. Biden Administration - Willow Project 'Drilling oil in Alaska' https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/mar/13/alaska-willow-project-approved-oil-gas-biden The Biden administration has approved a controversial $8bn (£6bn) drilling project on Alaska’s North Slope, which has drawn fierce opposition from environmentalists and some Alaska Native communities, who say it will speed up the climate breakdown and undermine food security. The ConocoPhillips Willow project will be one of the largest of its kind on US soil, involving drilling for oil and gas at three sites for multiple decades on the 23m-acre National Petroleum Reserve which is owned by the federal government and is the largest tract of undisturbed public land in the US. Donald Trump claims he will be arrested 'next' Tuesday 3/21 https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2023/03/18/donald-trump-claims-he-arrested-tuesday-manhattan-probe/11498285002/ Former President Donald Trump said he expects to be arrested Tuesday in connection with a Manhattan district attorney investigation and called on his supporters to protest, even as uncertainty remained about whether any legal action was actually imminent. Trump's advisers Tuesday made clear they had no specific knowledge of the timing of any possible indictment, even as the former president made the comments on Truth Social, the social media network he founded. Trump is under investigation for a $130,000 payment he made just before the 2016 election to silence adult film star Stormy Daniels about an earlier affair. The former president has denied wrongdoing, and federal investigators ended their own inquiry into the payments in 2019.
- Covid-19 Pandemic | Lionbliss
Overview The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified in an outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. Attempts to contain it there failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020, and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. Impactful People Anthony Fauci Robert Redfield Peter McCullough Important Topics Origins (Lab or Market) Masks Vaccines Timeline (WIP) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic 2019 December 1st - Symptoms of the index case, or patient zero, began on 1 December. The man had not been to the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market. His family was unaffected, and no epidemiological link was found between him and the other laboratory-confirmed cases as of 2 January. - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7194960/ December 8th - First hospitalization December 27th - According to news reports in February 2020—Workers Daily, Global Times—at the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Integrated Chinese and Western Medicine and following the report from Doctor Zhang Jixian, the hospital immediately alerted the local CDC, Wuhan Jianghan Disease Prevention and Control Center, however, the report of 22 January 2020 from the Chinese CDC seems to claim this contact falling on 29 December. 2020 January 1st - US CDC Director Robert Redfield was briefed about the severity of the virus from his Chinese counterpart George F. Gao when he was on vacation with his family—according to reports, what he heard "rattled him".
- Peter A. McCullough | Lionbliss
Overview Peter Andrew McCullough (/məˈkʌlə/; born December 29, 1962) is an American cardiologist. He was vice chief of internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center and a professor at Texas A&M University.
- Robert R. Redfield | Lionbliss
Overview Robert Ray Redfield Jr. (born July 10, 1951) is an American virologist who served as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry from 2018 to 2021.
- Anthony Fauci | Lionbliss
Overview Anthony Stephen Fauci (OMRI) (Born December 24, 1940) is an American physician-scientist and immunologist who served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) from 1984 to 2022, and the chief medical advisor to the president from 2021 to 2022. Highlights As a physician with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fauci has served the American public health sector in various capacities for more than fifty years and has acted as an advisor to every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. During his time as director of the NIAID, he made contributions to HIV/AIDS research and other immunodeficiency diseases, both as a research scientist and as the head of the NIAID. From 1983 to 2002, Fauci was one of the world's most frequently cited scientists across all scientific journals. In 2008, President George W. Bush awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, for his work on the AIDS relief program PEPFAR. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served under President Donald Trump as one of the lead members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. After Joe Biden took office, Fauci began serving as one of the lead members of the White House COVID-19 Response Team and as Biden's chief medical advisor. Fauci stepped down on December 31, 2022. In 2021, he was named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association. Political commentator Helen Andrews defended Fauci's actions during the A.I.D.S epidemic in a article, writing: The idea that Fauci was "wrong" about A.I.D.S., which some of his contemporary opponents repeat, is unfair. His most notorious error was a 1983 paper suggesting "routine close contact, as within a family household," might spread the disease, but it was an understandable mistake given what was known at the time and he corrected it within a year, lightning speed by the standards of academic publishing. He behaved more responsibly than some of his peers when it came to speculating about a heterosexual A.I.D.S. epidemic around the corner. He was not one of the hysteria-mongers—though he did benefit from the hysteria when negotiating budgets with Congress.
- Matt Taibbi | Lionbliss
Overview Matthew Colin Taibbi (born March 2, 1970) is an American author, journalist, and podcaster. He has reported on finance, media, politics, and sports. A former contributing editor for Rolling Stone, he is an author of several books, co-host of Useful Idiots, and publisher of the newsletter Racket News (formerly TK News) on Substack. Highlights In 2022–23, Taibbi released ten installments of the Twitter Files. Taibbi has authored several books, including The Great Derangement (2009); Griftopia (2010); The Divide (2014); Insane Clown President (2017); I Can't Breathe (2017); and Hate Inc. (2019).
- Munich Security Conference | Lionbliss
Overview The Munich Security Conference is the world's leading forum for debating international security policy. It is a venue for diplomatic initiatives to address the world's most pressing security concerns. (About) Attendees During the MSC's main conference in February, we assemble more than 450 high-profile and senior decision-makers as well as thought-leaders from around the world, including heads of state, ministers, leading personalities of international and non-governmental organizations, high-ranking representatives of industry, media, academia, and civil society, to engage in an intensive debate. The MSC believes in the need for an informed and sustained public debate on security policy broadly defined and thus aims to involve the wider public in its debates. We broadcast most of our debates and disseminate the results of our events via reports, interviews, and social media.
- Amazon | Org | Lionbliss
Overview Amazon.com, Inc. (/ˈæməzɒn/ AM-ə-zon) is an American multinational technology company focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, online advertising, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence. It has been referred to as "one of the most influential economic and cultural forces in the world", and is one of the world's most valuable brands. It is one of the Big Five American information technology companies, alongside Alphabet (Google), Apple, Meta (Facebook), and Microsoft. Amazon was founded by Jeff Bezos from his garage in Bellevue, Washington, on July 5, 1994. Initially an online marketplace for books, it has expanded into a multitude of product categories, a strategy that has earned it the moniker The Everything Store. Founded by Jeff Bezos It has multiple subsidiaries including Amazon Web Services (cloud computing), Zoox (autonomous vehicles), Kuiper Systems (satellite Internet), and Amazon Lab126 (computer hardware R&D). Its other subsidiaries include Ring, Twitch, IMDb, and Whole Foods Market. Its acquisition of Whole Foods in August 2017 for US$13.4 billion substantially increased its footprint as a physical retailer.
- Deutsche Telekom | Org | Lionbliss
Overview Deutsche Telekom AG (German pronunciation: [ˌdɔʏtʃə ˈteːləkɔm ʔaːˌɡeː] (listen); short form often just Telekom, DTAG or DT; stylised as ·T·) is a German telecommunications company that is headquartered in Bonn and is the largest telecommunications provider in Europe by revenue. Deutsche Telekom was formed in 1995 when Deutsche Bundespost (at that time a monopoly under state ownership) was privatized. Since then, Deutsche Telekom has featured among Fortune 500 companies, with its latest ranking at number 62 (in 2022). The company operates several subsidiaries worldwide, including the mobile communications brand T-Mobile. As of April 2020, the German government holds a 14.5% stake in company stock directly, and another 17.4% through the government bank KfW. The company is a component of the EURO STOXX 50 stock market index. History The Deutsche Bundespost was the federal German government postal administration created in 1947 as a successor to the Reichspost. It was also the major telephone company in West Germany. On 1 July 1989, as part of a post office reform, Deutsche Bundespost was split into three entities, one being Deutsche Telekom. On 1 January 1995, as part of another reform, Deutsche Bundespost Telekom became Deutsche Telekom AG, and was privatized in 1996. As such, it shares a common heritage with the other privatized Deutsche Bundespost companies, Deutsche Post (DHL) and Deutsche Postbank.
- Bloomberg | Organization | Lionbliss
Overview Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was co-founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Bank of America through their brokerage subsidiary Merrill Lynch. Bloomberg L.P. provides financial software tools and enterprise applications such as analytics and equity trading platform, data services, and news to financial companies and organizations through the Bloomberg Terminal (via its Bloomberg Professional Service), its core revenue-generating product. Bloomberg L.P. also includes a news agency (Bloomberg News), a global television network (Bloomberg Television), websites, radio stations (Bloomberg Radio), subscription-only newsletters, and two magazines: Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets. Founders October 1, 1981 Michael Bloomberg Thomas Secunda Duncan MacMillan Charles Zegar History In 1981, Salomon Brothers was acquired, and Michael Bloomberg, a general partner, was given a $10million partnership settlement. Bloomberg, having designed in-house computerized financial systems for Salomon, used his $10million partnership buyout to start Innovative Market Systems (IMS). Bloomberg developed and built his own computerized system to provide real-time market data, financial calculations and other financial analytics to Wall Street firms. The Market Master terminal, later called the Bloomberg Terminal, was released to market in December 1982.Merrill Lynch became the first customer, purchasing 20 terminals and a 30% equity stake in the company for $30million in exchange for a five-year restriction on marketing the terminal to Merrill Lynch's competitors. Merrill Lynch released IMS from this restriction in 1984. Highlights In May 2022, Bloomberg announced it would launch a new venture in the UK, Bloomberg UK, as part of a wider international strategy. Bloomberg UK plans to hire in the region and has launched a standalone website, a weekly video series, a podcast and new event series. Bloomberg L.P. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve - Bloomberg L.P. brought a lawsuit against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Bloomberg L.P. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System) to force the Fed to share details about its lending programs during the U.S. Government bailout in 2008. The records documented Federal Reserve loans issued to financial firms and revealed the identities of the firms, the amounts borrowed and the collateral posted in return. Bloomberg L.P. won at the trial court level. The Second Circuit Court ruled in favor of Bloomberg L.P. in March 2010, but the case was appealed to the Supreme Court by a group of large U.S. commercial banks in October. In March 2011, the Supreme Court let stand the Second Circuit Court ruling mandating the release of Fed bailout details. Bloomberg New Economy Forum https://www.bloombergneweconomy.com/ Bloomberg New Economy Forum is an invitation-only event for business executives, government officials, and academics. The inaugural event was held in 2018 in Singapore. In 2019, the annual forum will take place in Beijing, China. The Bloomberg New Economy Forum Community includes leaders from the public and private sectors from around the world. 2018 participants represented more than $5.36 trillion in market cap and boasted a roster of over 400 delegates from around the world. Forum advisory board members include former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Hank Paulson, Vice Premier of China Zeng Peiyan, Bill Gates, Mukesh Ambani, Janet Yellen, Ursula Burns, Gary Cohn, Orit Gadiesh, Walter Isaacson, Yoriko Kawaguchi, Martin Lau, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Jean Liu, Strive Masiyiwa, and more. Founding partners of the forum included 3M, ADNOC, Dangote, ExxonMobil, FedEx, HSBC, Hyundai, Mastercard, Microsoft, & Softbank.