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Jun 10 2021

Pentagon makes China top priority in new directive as deputy defense chief says $715bn budget will ‘deter aggression’ by Beijing

The US military has named China as its number-one “challenge” in a new directive, vowing to lean on allies to confront Beijing after a top defense deputy said future spending will focus heavily on deterring Chinese “aggression.” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued the guidance on Wednesday, outlining US military policy toward the People’s Republic after a months-long Pentagon review ordered by the White House in February. The new directive is classified, however, with Austin and other military officials offering scant details on the document.  “The initiatives I am putting forward today are nested inside the larger US government approach to …

Jun 10 2021

Husband of US Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt sues police for records revealing identity of officer who killed her

The husband of Ashli Babbitt, the election-fraud protester who was killed during the US Capitol riot, has filed a lawsuit to force police to turn over investigation records, including the name of the officer who shot her. The lawsuit, which was filed last week in Washington, DC, Superior Court, demands video footage of the January 6 shooting, as well as witness statements and documents gathered when the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) investigated the incident. Babbitt’s husband, Aaron Babbitt, previously filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain the records, but MPD allegedly …

Jun 10 2021

Top US meat processor admits it paid $11 MILLION in bitcoin as ransom to hackers to prevent further disruptions

The US branch of the Brazilian meat processor company JBS has paid $11 million worth of bitcoin to cyber-criminals who breached its computer systems and held them for ransom, its chief executive has revealed. “It was very painful to pay the criminals, but we did the right thing for our customers,” Andre Nogueira, the CEO of JBS USA Holdings Inc, told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. He added that the ransom payment was made after the majority of JBS plants had resumed operations. JBS paid an $11 million ransom in bitcoin to cybercriminals who last week temporarily knocked out …

Jun 10 2021

El Salvador wants to power crypto mines with ‘100% cheap, renewable’ VOLCANO energy, after adopting bitcoin as legal tender

President Nayib Bukele of El Salvador is moving fast on his pledge to embrace bitcoin as another legal tender, already opening a new geothermal well that would use clean geothermal energy to power the cryptocurrency mines. On Wednesday, Bukele tweeted that he had instructed the state-owned geothermal electric company LAGeoSV to power bitcoin mines with “very cheap, 100% clean, 100% renewable, 0 emissions energy from our volcanos.” I’ve just instructed the president of @LaGeoSV (our state-owned geothermal electric company), to put up a plan to offer facilities for #Bitcoin mining with very cheap, 100% clean, 100% renewable, 0 emissions energy …

Jun 10 2021

Germany: Nuremberg residents gather to remember victims of NSU killings

Nuremberg residents participated in a memorial on Wednesday, on the 16th anniversary of the the murder of Ismail Yasar, killed by the National Socialist Underground (NSU) neo-Nazi cell. Participants laid flowers next to images of Yasar as well as other victims killed by the NSU. A speaker from the organisation Breaking the Silence said victims’ relatives are still waiting for answers. “The promised for a complete clarification did not materialise, numerous questions remained unanswered, and countless were added,” he continued. “Halle, Hanau and the murder of Walter Lubke [CDU politician] are sad highlights of German continuity,” he added. Fifty-year-old Ismail …

Jun 10 2021

Medical journal publishes study attacking ‘whiteness’ as a ‘malignant, parasitic-like condition’

A prominent medical journal for US psychoanalysts has published a study demonizing “whiteness” as a “malignant, parasitic-like condition to which white people have a particular susceptibility.” The study, which was given a platform late last month by the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, went on to portray whiteness as a disorder that doesn’t yet have a permanent cure. “Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts’ appetites voracious, insatiable and perverse,” wrote author Donald Moss, a white New Yorker who has more than four decades of experience in private practice. “These deformed appetites particularly target nonwhite peoples.” Also on rt.com Editor of …