This is the eleventh in a run of forty blog entries.
Tucker Carlson Warns About Senate Bill 686, The Restrict Act, Framed Around TikTok But Focused on Domestic Online Censorship
Fox News Host Tucker Carlson did everyone a favor today by sending the warning about The Restrict Act, also known as Senate Bill 686 [SB686 HERE], also known as the bipartisan bill to empower the executive branch to shut down TikTok.
The Restrict Act, has very little to do with TikTok and everything to do with the United States government controlling online content. If you read the bill what you quickly discover is that congress is giving the Commerce Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence the power to shut down internet content they view as against their interests.
In very specific terms a lot of U.S. websites would be impacted. Why? Because a lot of websites use third-party ‘plug-ins’ or ‘widgets’ or software created in foreign countries to support the content on their site. The “Restrict Act” gives the DNI the ability to tell a website using any “foreign content” or software; that might be engaged in platform communication the U.S Government views as against their interests; to shut down or face a criminal charge. In very direct terms, the passage of SB686 would give the Dept of Commerce, DNI and DHS the ability to shut down what you are reading right now. This is a big deal.
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Robert Reich has turned the whole thing back-asswards and upside down. It isn't Donald Trump who is eroding trust in our system of justice, it is the politically motivated persecution of Trump that is eroding trust in the justice system. And he hits the nail on the head: noone is above the law and if he has committed a crime, he should be prosecuted. The problem is that tiny word "if". Because this is NOT about the law or make-believe crimes. It is about the persecution, rather than prosecution, using the legal system, of one man to destroy his rights under the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
So, if Bragg were a serial killer or mass murderer, he should be tried and prosecuted. And if Robert Reich were a rapist and human trafficker, he should be investigated and indicted. BUT the reason these two jokers are not being investigated for such heinous crimes is NOT because noone is accusing them and they haven't actually committed those crimes. NO, the reason they are not being prosecuted for those crimes is because we have a two-tier justice system in this country. And if, there's that tiny little word again, if they did commit these crimes, they would be off-the-hook, or at least down-graded to a misdemeanor, because we have such a broken system of justice.
Now, we have a two-tiered system of justice in this country and it is completely unlawful and it is plain-as-day for all the world to see. What Bragg is doing is the real crime. The real crime being 18 US Code 242 : and if you read the law that is on the books, this is a death penalty crime. We have a law on the books that will prosecute and even serve the death penalty upon rogue actors within governemnt who would trample upon the rights of private citizens.
The British have just announced that they will give Ukraine depleted-uranium ammunition for tanks. This baffles me. It should not have happened. If Russians are exposed to radioactivity (I will come to that discussion shortly), then this is a serious escalation for several reasons:
The Russian soldiers will demand to be protected from such shells. No one wants to survive a war only to get cancer afterward. The motivation of the troops could decrease.
Donbass has much fertile land. If such shells are used, the people could consider the land contaminated and no longer usable for agriculture.
Both circumstances will diminish their trust in the Russian government to protect them.
Demands to use similar ammunition or tactical nukes could increase.
Such a course of action would be idiotic. If you use such ammunition, you only contribute to the contamination of your own land (Novorossiya), and the same goes for tactical nukes.
Here is what a reader wrote me in an email: (I can't verify that)
The depleted uranium is a very dense metal, ideal to be used on projectiles because of its mass, and also because it ignites at around 600 degrees Celsius; for example, it can penetrate an armoured vehicle and incinerate the crew once it enters the cabin. As a block or a projectile, the material can be handled with no health consequences , but when it ignites or explodes, it's turned into dust, then, it can be inhaled or ingested by live creatures and it wreaks havoc in the internal organs, creating a very large number of cancerous lesions and genetic malformations.
That is why it is considered a very dangerous polluting material, same as a dirty bomb
— Source: 03/23/2023
There is no way to prevent this and there is no way to retaliate.
The United States always uses Great Britain for such actions as well as other special operations against Crimea and within Russia. Why? Escalation management. Russian retaliation should hit only the United Kingdom and not the United States, so as to avoid a Third World War.
This “insurance policy” could soon expire. The crossing of such a serious red line could lead to overt or covert retaliation against the British, which they will surely understand. Don’t ask about NATO in such a case. No one will commit suicide over such a provocation.
Now we come to the matter of whether the shells are radioactive. I have a degree in engineering and economics. So, I understand something about materials and physics but I certainly don’t know much about nuclear physics. So, I will offer an opinion based on my limited knowledge:
In a solid state, such shells should be safe. They should not be radioactive, at least not to such a degree as to be dangerous for people. They have to be produced and handled by the West’s own people. Hence, I assume that safety is assured.
I know that extreme characteristics can be created if a material is highly accelerated under high pressure and develops high temperatures, especially material that is or WAS radioactive.
I’m not an expert but I assume there is a POSSIBILITY that, at the time of impact, such shells could be subject to the extreme circumstances described above and that some kind of residual radiation could be possible.
The question is, whom does it affect? There is a very high probability that the target will be dead. Is it enough to contaminate the ground? I have a hard time believing that it would. But I don’t know.
I assume the only people potentially exposed to radiation are those in proximity to the impact, and most of them will have died BECAUSE of the impact.
Again, I’m not a physicist. My opinion could be totally wrong.
In brief, the red line drawn by the Russians could be based on their knowledge that these shells are indeed toxic. Or perhaps the red line has been drawn only because of the effect on the Russian public and military morale, as discussed above, namely the fear that the Russian state can’t protect them. I don’t know.
But it is a serious escalation. I don’t like what is happening. The escalation doesn’t warrant an overt response but is certainly enough to cause serious political damage within Russia and the army. Well played, Brits.
The Ukrainians’ combat effectiveness is steadily decreasing. I assume it has fallen to 30%. And at the same time the ability to mobilize effective, motivated troops is also decreasing. Which leads me to conclude that if there is no escalation by NATO in terms of committing its own troops, the professional Ukraine army will cease to be able to fight a large-scale ground war in a few months. Afterward, the nature of the war will change dramatically, IF Kiev does not surrender. As we know, keeping up the fight is already a war crime by the West. If the West continues the fight after such a point, it would be a crime against humanity.
I certainly do not rule out such a possibility. In fact, I assume that, after the professional Ukrainian army loses the ability for large-scale armoured resistance, we will see many more months, or even years, of struggle and combat.
Undoubtedly, you want to know how the nature of the fight could change after the defeat of the current iteration of the army (the fourth according to the BMA classification). I don’t know. The situation most likely will become highly dynamic, and there will be all kind of escalations on both sides. To try to predict it would be reckless. The only thing I can do, and what I have done, is to predict the outcome. You need only read my two articles referred to in the “Basics” section.
The closer we get to the defeat of the fourth iteration of the Ukrainian army, the more escalation we can expect from the West. The delivery of depleted-uranium ammunition is an example. Many more such steps will soon follow. That’s why I maintain that no one can predict what the fight will look like between the collapse of the fourth iteration of the Ukrainian army (presumably the last iteration able to fight a large-scale land war) and the defeat of the Ukrainian state. It’s impossible to know. Or to estimate how long it will take.Read the full article at Black Mountain Analysis...https://bmanalysis.substack.com/p/war-analysis-7ce
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Satanism exists solely as a repudiation of another religion, Christianity. Satan is NOT a god. He's a flunky. Any worship of Satan is merely a rude gesture AGAINST the God of Christianity. The entire act of worship in Satanism IS flinging an insult at the God of Christianity. As such, it is not the practice of a religion, but rather the practice of an insult.
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