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AI leader says China is dominating info war and the U.S. isn’t paying attention
                                                             
A Taiwanese technology leader with a front-row seat to the battle for online supremacy in the Pacific warns that China is waging an increasingly influential and sophisticated war of manipulation while many Americans appear to be disregarding the fight.

Ethan Tu ditched a comfortable post as principal development manager at Microsoft in 2017 to build up his Taiwan AI Labs, a privately funded research laboratory in Taipei. The fledgling firm is at the forefront of technology platforms using artificial intelligence models to catch and combat online foreign influence campaigns.

His platform has captured Washington’s attention. He said its cyber-alarm systems could help Taiwan forecast any forthcoming invasion from China, which has vowed to take over the island democracy it considers part of its sovereign territory. Right now, however, the communist regime in Beijing has the initiative online, he said.



Medvedev: Nuclear Strike on West If Russia Loses Territory

                                                                     Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation's Security Council. Photo: TASS

Moscow will fire nuclear weapons at Washington and other Western capitals if it is forced to give up the Ukrainian territory it has taken over, Dmitry Medvedev, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has warned, according to a Daily Mail report on Sunday.

"Attempts to return Russia to the borders of 1991 [when the Soviet Union collapsed] will lead to only one thing: towards a global war with Western countries using the entire strategic arsenal of our state — in Kyiv [Ukraine], Berlin, London, Washington," said Medvedev, who is deputy head of the Russian security council, which controls the war against Ukraine.

He added that the answer is "obvious" to the question if Russia will "have the courage to do this if the disappearance of a thousand-year-old country, our great Motherland, is at stake, and the sacrifices made by the people of Russia over the centuries will be in vain."

He emphasized that "the West should not think that in such a scenario the leadership of Russia will 'tremble in its hand' in pushing the nuclear button."


Israel Expects Up to 8 Weeks of Intense Fighting in Gaza

                                                               Israel and Hamas aremaking progress in cease-fire talks

Jerusalem expects intense fighting to continue in Gaza for another six to eight weeks, including in Rafah city, before scaling back the war effort, Reuters reported on Monday.

"Military chiefs believe they can significantly damage Hamas' remaining capabilities in that time, paving the way for a shift to a lower-intensity phase of targeted airstrikes and special forces operations," the report stated, citing two Israeli officials and two regional officials familiar with the strategy.

Despite international concerns about potential civilian casualties in Gaza's southernmost city, Jerusalem is determined to proceed with the ground operation in Rafah, according to the Israel Defense Forces Hamas' last bastion in the Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly stressed the necessity of the Rafah operation to complete the defeat of the terrorist group.



Haley persists in losing battle with Trump ahead of S.C. primary

                                                                
The polls are dreadful, her delegate count is underwhelming, and she’s about to lose her home-state primary, but Nikki Haley isn’t dropping her presidential bid.

Instead, she’s aggressively raising money and looking beyond Saturday’s South Carolina primary to Super Tuesday, when she’ll try to carve a winning path with independents and even Democratic voters in her quest to stop prohibitive front-runner and former President Donald Trump.

The former South Carolina governor says she’s in it to win, but political analysts say she may be clinging to her candidacy to strengthen her chances in 2028.

Mr. Trump is leading in the delegate count and has yet to lose a primary or caucus. Ms. Haley hasn’t won one and is poised for more losses in the weeks ahead. Mr. Trump is leading significantly in the polls in every upcoming primary.



MAGA Truckers Say They'll Refuse NYC Loads After Trump Verdict


Truckers who support former President Donald Trump say they will refuse to drive loads to and from New York City following the $355 million verdict in Trump's civil fraud trial.

A trucker with the X name "Chicago Ray" took to the social media platform Friday night and posted a video in which he expressed fellow truckers' outrage at the verdict.

"I've been on the radio for over an hour and I've talked to at least (10) Truckers who are gonna start refusing loads of Monday for (NYC) ...I talked to (3) guys that I work with who texted the boss and told him no (NYC)," Chicago Ray posted on X.

"Truckers are (95%) Trump... it'll get overturned on appeal but you know how f**ken hard it is to get one of these mfrs into (NYC)  cut the bulls**t I'll cya down the road"

In the video, Chicago Ray said truckers were "tired with you leftists" focused on getting Trump, and added the truckers' bosses did not care where the loads are dropped.

                          
Navalny’s body found and shows ‘signs of bruising’ after mystery spies seen at prison

                                                                   

Critics of the Russian regime have accused Vladimir Putin of sending spies to disconnect CCTV cameras at a prison complex just days before prominent Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny died.

Several officers from the FSB, Russia’s intelligence service, visited the Polar Wolf prison camp earlier this week, according to activists at the human rights group gulagu.net, before the opposition figure dropped dead aged 47 on Friday.

Today his wife accused Russia of hiding his body.

Putin must be shown he can’t kill with impunity
Alexei Navalny's body 'is FOUND and shows signs of bruising caused by being held down while suffering convulsions'
Russian courts hand jail terms to dozens of Navalny mourners



Inflation plagues Biden’s reelection despite his corporate greed focus

                                                                       
One of the many problems facing President Biden’s bid for reelection is that high inflation, which soared after he took office, is now baked into voters’ monthly budgets.

The president and his aides note that the annual inflation rate has eased steadily, from its high of 9.1% in the summer of 2022 to 3.1% in January.

The trend hasn’t brought down grocery prices. Lowering inflation means only that prices for many items aren’t rising as fast as they were 18 months ago.

The price of eggs fell 28.6% from January 2023 to last month — good news, to an extent — but egg prices had risen 59.9% the previous year. So, the average carton of eggs today still costs roughly one-third more than in 2021.



'No one believes this rubbish': Internet slams President Joe Biden after he blames 'congressional inaction' for Ukrainian city Avdiivka's fall

                                                                               Biden Blasted by John Walsh for ‘Cherry-Picking’ Statistics from Just a Few Cities to Back His Nationwide Crime Reduction Claim

President Joe Biden sparked quite a backlash on social media following his comments on the recent fall of the Ukrainian city of Avdiivka to Russian forces, attributing the setback to the "absurd" failure of US lawmakers to approve emergency aid to Ukraine.

The President warned that without immediate assistance, other Ukrainian towns might suffer a similar fate, escalating the already dire situation in the region.

In a press briefing on Saturday, February 17, President Biden, 81, said, "There's so much on the line."

"The idea that now we're running out of ammunition - to walk away, I find it absurd. I find it unethical," Biden continued, condemning the delay in providing support to Ukraine's ongoing war effort, particularly in light of Congress's inability to authorize additional funding to bolster its defenses.



Military accelerates planning for its coming AI makeover


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The military’s ardent push for an artificial intelligence overhaul is taking center stage in Washington this week, where government officials will huddle with top tech minds at a gathering organized by the Department of Defense.

The Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office’s symposium is designed to address difficult questions involving the military use of powerful AI models and the ethics of replacing and augmenting warfighters with machines.



Celebrating George Washington, natural leader and fearless military officer


On a cold night almost 250 years ago, a relative handful of soldiers waited their turn to cross a river and head toward their enemy in hopes of surprising them on Christmas. Most of them had less than a week left in their enlistments and were already preparing to head home.

The fading prospects for American independence would go with them.

It would have been easy for those soldiers to have slipped off into the night, to not have gotten on the boats for this one, final probably pointless battle. Just about all of them, however, stayed to cross the Delaware, to march to Trenton, and surprise and defeat the Hessians there on Dec. 26, 1776. That victory, more than any other, changed the fortunes of the Revolution.

This Monday, we celebrate Gen. George Washington, the author of that victory and much of the reason the Continental Army survived the dark and terrible days of late 1776.



Alex ‘A.J.’ Wise, the Kate Steinle for Trump 2024


Rogelio Ortiz-Olivas, a 50-year-old illegal alien who’s been deported five times, was arrested in Midland, Texas, and charged with drunk driving and hit-and-run in a crash that killed a 10-year-old boy, Alex “A.J.” Wise Jr., as he walked home from school.

Donald Trump will be the candidate of America in 2024 because he’s the guy who not only recognizes the threat of open borders, but who does something about it. Enough of the political chit-chat about border reform, border policy, bipartisan border blah-dee-dah. People are dying.

And it’s due entirely to Democrat malfeasance.

If Democrats had principles and policies and platforms that resonated with the American people — that voters truly desired — then the Democratic Party wouldn’t have to conceal its Marxist agendas and win votes solely by deception and denial, and by giveaways that include opening borders to the next government-dependent batch of loyal leftists. Democrats want borders open because they think that by giving these illegals some tax-funded entitlements, like food and clothing and medical care and hotels, and plane and bus rides to places where they can receive these entitlements, that they’ll solidify the next generation of faithful D-Party voters.


Medal of Honor
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THOMAS JEROME HUDNER JR.

RANK: LIEUTENANT, J.G.
CONFLICT/ERA: KOREAN WAR

MILITARY SERVICE BRANCH: U.S. NAVY
MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION DATE: DECEMBER 4, 1950

MEDAL OF HONOR ACTION PLACE: CHOSIN RESERVOIR, KOREA
CITATION

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as a pilot in Fighter Squadron 32, while attempting to rescue a squadron mate whose plane, struck by antiaircraft fire and trailing smoke, was forced down behind enemy lines. Quickly maneuvering to circle the downed pilot and protect him from enemy troops infesting the area, Lt. (j.g.) Hudner risked his life to save the injured flier who was trapped alive in the burning wreckage. Fully aware of the extreme danger in landing on the rough mountainous terrain, and the scant hope of escape or survival in subzero temperature, he put his plane down skillfully in a deliberate wheels-up landing in the presence of enemy troops. With his bare hands, he packed the fuselage with snow to keep the flames away from the pilot and struggled to pull him free. Unsuccessful in this he returned to his crashed aircraft and radioed other airborne planes, requesting that a helicopter be dispatched with an ax and fire extinguisher. He then remained on the spot despite the continuing danger from enemy action and, with the assistance of the rescue pilot, renewed a desperate but unavailing battle against time, cold, and flames. Lt. (j.g.) Hudner's exceptionally valiant action and selfless devotion to a shipmate sustain and enhance the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


From the Archive....

            TO KILL OR FEED A MOCKINGBIRD
                 By Geoff Metcalf
                 July 29, 2002

            Two mutually exclusive and under reported stories have been troubling me.

               *   The apparent penchant for political operatives to leak classified information that jeopardizes national security.
               *   The generational control of information dissemination by powerful controllers.

            So we have another ‘Catch-22’.

            The complicity of the mainstream media to spin, cover, and obfuscate government abuse of power under the color of authority was not unique to the Clinton administration.  It may have been more ubiquitous, and at times even clumsy, but it was not unique.

            It has been reported that in June 1991 David Rockefeller allegedly told a Bilderberg meeting in Baden Baden German, "We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years." He went on to explain: "It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries."

            Some argue that quote is apocryphal urban legend.  However, although I have never been able to find three corroborating independent sources for it, it IS consistent in content and tone with other Bilderberg quotes I HAVE been able to confirm.

            “If we had been subjected to the light of publicity….” Indicates the one world, globalist, wannabe controllers were/are successful in managing the message.

            Operation ‘Mockingbird’ was a program supposedly conceived by a brilliant Machiavellian State Department official, Frank Wisner.  Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the Washington Post to manage the program.  According to Deborah Davis, author of ‘Katharine the Great’, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."

            Over twenty five major newspapers and wire services became willing house organs for the CIA media manipulation.

            Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD have been flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of  pride in having placed "important assets" inside every major news publication in the country.

            I know, this is the stuff of Ludlum novels conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982 did the ‘Company’ finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been case officers to field agents.

            I have too often observed, “Some people don’t like to be confused with facts that contradict their preconceived opinions.”  I have also noted (and struggle to maintain) “It is not WHO is right or wrong…but WHAT is right or wrong.”

            Anyone with almost ‘any’ military experience has no doubt seen the once ubiquitous posters cautioning “Loose Lips Sink Ships”.  It is a left over phrase from WWII and among “lessons learned”.

            In the complex world of intelligence loose lips can and have cost lives.

            Once upon a time, not so long ago, Senator Patrick Leahy (currently the Senate Judiciary committee’s lead obstructionist) used to be the Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee in the mid 80s.  Leahy allegedly ‘inadvertently’ exposed a top-secret intercept of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak that led to the capture of the Achille Lauro terrorists.  That supposed slip of the tongue “cost the life of at least one Egyptian operative.” http://www.newsmax.com/showinside.shtml?a=2001/1/31/85757

            Loose Lip Leahy was forced to resign in disgrace 14 years ago in the wake of having to acknowledge he leaked secret intelligence to the press.   However today he lords his power over the Senate Judiciary committee.  Congress’ institutional memory must be as short as some of Jennifer Flowers former paramours.

            In our contemporary environment in which whistleblowers have become in many cases heroes it is important to make the distinctions between the appropriateness of corporate and political whistleblowers and the idiot or miscreant who leaks information with genuine national security implications.

            Currently the FBI is investigating national security leaks from specifically the House and Senate Select Intelligence committees.  This is serious stuff.

            Defenders of the indefensible will argue it is a political witch-hunt by politicians in a heavy C.Y.A. mode.  That is not true but a convenient political spin job.

            Sure it is true the white house is p.o.-ed over media reports that the National Security Agency had received but not acted on two early warning messages to 9/11.  Dick Cheney reportedly went ballistic and ripped congressional leaders.  Both House and Senate Select Intelligence committees asked the Attorney General to conduct an investigation (and no doubt quietly prayed it would be botched).

            Justice said in a statement, “…the appropriate department officials will expeditiously review this matter and take any appropriate action.”  Not if congress has anything to say about it.  Don’t expect anything fast.  Remember Leahy resigned in disgrace 14 years ago and today has the chutzpah to pontificate ad nauseum to the Judiciary committee and stall any and all Bush judicial appointments.

            More on Operation Mockingbird http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/POLITICS/

            MOCK/mockingbird.html 

            http://www.grandconspiracy.com/library.html#operation

            2002 Geoff Metcalf - All Rights Reserved

            Geoff is a veteran media performer. He has had an eclectic professional background covering a wide spectrum of radio, television, magazine, and newspapers.  A former Green Beret and retired Army officer he is in great demand as a speaker. Metcalf has hosted his radio talk show on the ABC/Disney owned and operated KSFO and in worldwide syndication. www.geoffmetcalf.com