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Elon Musk Wants Neuralink Applicants to Make ‘Cyberpunk Come True’

Neuralink/YouTube
Neuralink/YouTube

Elon Musk is actively hiring cyber talent at Neuralink — for both the Bay Area in San Francisco and the company’s Austin, Texas location — to make “cyberpunk come true,” according to a Sunday Twitter thread.

Neuralink CEO Elon Musk said the company’s short-term goal will involve brain and spinal injuries. When the company first debuted Neuralink last August, Musk emphasized the device’s intended use was to be both affordable and help the greatest number of people.

“I think it’s going to blow your mind,” Musk said at the time.

In its early stages, Neuralink will help people suffering from several common injuries and disabilities, including memory loss, blindness, addiction, anxiety, depression, brain damage, and more — all with a coin-sized computer implanted inside our skulls, roughly 0.15 inches (4 mm) from the brain’s surface.

‘My Son Is About To Die’: Parents Share Mental Health Struggles

The Daily Caller’s Jorge Ventura spoke with the Nik and Ikaezia Brannies from Vancouver, Washington, who shared the story of their 13-year-old attempting to commit suicide.

They also discussed the impact lockdowns and school closures have had on their son’s mental health.

New York’s Health Officials Continue to Quit as Cuomo’s COVID-19 Power Trip Grows

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker has not left. He attends Cuomo’s press conferences.

But the state lost Dr. Elizabeth Dufort, medical director in the division of epidemiology, and Dr. Jill Taylor, head of Wadsworth laboratory. The number two person at the Health Department took another job. Another one “is expected to leave” soon.

Zucker’s deputy resigned at the end of summer.

The health officials grew frustrated after they had to find out COVID-19 policy changes during Cuomo’s conferences:

Fox News’ Janice Dean’s FIERY message for Governor Cuomo on nursing home scandal

Fox News’ Janice Dean lost family members thanks to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s HORRIBLE handling of nursing homes during the height of the COVID pandemic there.

And now, thanks to an investigation from the state’s Attorney General, we know the number of nursing home fatalities may be close to 50 PERCENT higher than what Cuomo’s office originally reported.

So, Dean has a FIERY message for all those New York lawmakers that actually have power to put Cuomo out of office for good:

GROW A SPINE! She says we’re living in a democracy — not a monarchy — and it’s time we take away Cuomo’s political powers. But, with some in the mainstream media STILL covering Cuomo’s scandal gently, will this investigation lead to any action?


Whoopi Goldberg: Joe Manchin Criticism of Kamala Harris Sounds ‘Bigoted’ — ‘Really Disrespectful’

Whoopi Goldberg told her co-hosts on Monday’s broadcast of ABC’s “The View” that Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) criticism of  Vice President Kamala Harris for appearing on a local TV station in West Virginia to gain support for the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package sounded “bigoted.”

Goldberg said, “Vice President Kamala Harris did an interview with the local West Virginia TV station to make the pitch for the new COVID stimulus package, and moderate Democrat Senator Joe Manchin was not happy he didn’t get a heads-up about it.

Take a look.” Sen. Manchin Slams VP For Pressuring Senate | The View

‘They are playing with our lives’: South Dakotans left on their knees by Keystone pipeline decision

One guard sits outside a workforce camp one mile north of Philip, South Dakota. The workforce camps, also known as "man camps,"
One guard sits outside a workforce camp one mile north of Philip, South Dakota. The workforce camps, also known as “man camps,” were built to house the thousands of men and women who are working on the XL pipeline. (Barnini Chakraborty/Washington Examiner)

Similar scenes played out across the country as newly unemployed workers and communities tied to the Keystone XL pipeline project felt the real-life consequences of Biden’s decision.

“Come down here. See the destruction you caused. See the pain of job loss. You took our chance to have a decent life with a stroke of the pen,” Gaylord Lincoln, a South Dakota semiretired mechanic, told the Washington Examiner. “It’s all bulls— in Washington. They are playing with our lives.”

The pipeline was supposed to bring economic prosperity to Harding, Butte, Perkins, Meade, Pennington, Haakon, Jones, Lyman, and Tripp counties. But instead of hope, it brought heartache and drove some families to the brink of financial ruin.

Flesner blames an anti-Trump movement for the cancellation of the XL pipeline and told the Washington Examiner she believes Biden killed the project as political payback.

“Anything Trump has done, [Biden] wants to undo,” she said. “They are totally turning the tables on us.”


Chicago Police: 23 Shot, Four Dead During Another Violent Weekend

Chicago and Evanston police investigate a crime scene after a gunman went on a shooting spree before being killed by police during a shootout in Evanston, Ill.,
Chicago and Evanston police investigate a crime scene after a gunman went on a shooting spree before being killed by police during a shootout in Evanston, Ill., Saturday night, Jan. 9, 2021. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

At least 23 people were shot and four died across Chicago over the weekend, police officials said on Monday morning.

This weekend was less violent than the one before it, as 31 people were shot and seven were killed, in the midst of a winter storm that dumped at least a foot of snow in the city.

Authorities confirmed the death toll and shootings to ABC7 and other news outlets.

Officials said that four men were shot to death inside vehicles in separate incidents across Chicago, the Sun-Times reported.


Left-wing Capitol activist John Sullivan accused of violating terms of release with Internet use

John Sullivan (Toeele County Sheriff's Office) (Toeele County Sheriff's Office)
John Sullivan (Toeele County Sheriff’s Office) (Toeele County Sheriff’s Office)

Magistrate Judge Daphne Oberg, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, issued a court summons for Sullivan based on the filing. He faces federal charges of civil disorder, entering a restricted building and violent entry or disorderly conduct.

The judge had ordered Sullivan to be released conditonally without bail on Jan. 15, deciding that prosecutors failed to meet the legal threshold required to keep him jailed.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bryan Reeves had argued Sullivan is a risk for trying to threaten witnesses or jurors, but Oberg said Reeves lacked substantial evidence.

He has another case pending in Provo, Utah, in connection with a protest he organized in June. At that event, someone in attendance shot a motorist during an altercation.

CDC Investigation | Full Measure

Today we begin with an investigation regarding the Covid-19 vaccine shortages.

There are serious questions about an incorrect claim made by top scientists at CDC: the nation’s premiere public health institute. Critics call it misinformation.

CDC chalks it up to an “honest mistake.”

Whatever it is, it resulted in vaccines going to some who are said to need it the least… depriving others who are said to need it the most.

FOX NEWS VIDEO: Steve Hilton investigates origins of COVID-19, links to US commissioned research

Jan. 25, 2021 – 15:49 – ”The Next Revolution’ host breaks down the evidence surrounding the origins of COVID-19.


FOX NEWS VIDEO: Steve Hilton unveils new evidence linking COVID-19 origins to US-funded research in China

Feb. 01, 2021 – 15:09 – ‘The Next Revolution’ host breaks down the evidence linking COVID-19 to U.S. funded gain-of-function research in Wuhan.


Washington state police arrest 12 after homeless activists ‘forcibly take over’ hotel with knives, hatchets

“Before the occupation, the activist group had earlier reserved 17 rooms, which were occupied by currently unhoused individuals as the occupation occurred,” the city said.

One hotel worker was assaulted during the takeover, while the others sought refuge in the building’s basement, KING 5 reported.

People from the group overtook the two floors of the hotel and reportedly covered the windows with dark-colored tarps.


Lincoln Project disavows co-founder John Weaver after NYT details history of harassment of young men

Political consultant John Weaver is accused of soliciting young men for sex in exchange for jobs;
Political consultant John Weaver is accused of soliciting young men for sex in exchange for jobs; 

The Lincoln Project disavowed its co-founder after a Times report featured interviews with 21 men who accused Weaver of sending “unsolicited and sexually provocative messages online to young men, often while suggesting he could help them get work in politics,” including an alleged victim who was only 14 years old.

“John Weaver led a secret life that was built on a foundation of deception at every level. He is a predator, a liar, and an abuser,” the Lincoln Project wrote.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to those who were targeted by his deplorable and predatory behavior.

We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means.”


Missing stimulus check money? How to claim the payment on your 2020 tax return

The Internal Revenue Service is essentially done sending stimulus checks for now, but if you didn’t receive your fully promised payment, don’t worry — there’s a quick fix.

Americans who have not received their coronavirus stimulus check payments, or who received the incorrect amount, can claim the missing money when they file their 2020 tax return.


FACEBOOK INSIDER LEAKS: Hours of Video of Zuckerberg & Execs Admitting They Have ‘Too Much Power’ … FB Wants to ‘Work … with [Biden] on Some of Their Top Priorities’ … ‘Biden Issued a Number of Exec Orders…We as a Company Really Care Quite Deeply About’

FULL LENGTH INTERNAL FACEBOOK Q & A 01-07-21


FULL LENGTH INTERNAL FACEBOOK Q & A 01-21-21


Politics:

GOP senators unveil $618 billion coronavirus relief proposal to counter Biden’s $1.9 trillion plan

Sen. Susan Collins, July 15
(Portland Press Herald/Getty)
Sen. Susan Collins, July 15 (Portland Press Herald/Getty)

Agroup of 10 Republican senators are proposing a $618 billion stimulus bill to counter the $1.9 trillion proposal that President Biden has unveiled.

The framework of the proposal includes $1,000 direct stimulus payments instead of the $1,400 that Biden proposed.Biden’s plan does not specify income requirements for the direct payments.

The GOP draft also has more funding for the Paycheck Protection Program and increased federal funds for public schools. The draft framework does not include the $350 billion in state and local relief funding that’s part of Biden’s proposal. 


Dem CA Rep pressures Biden to give military authority to police, censor soldiers’ social media

After thousands of National Guard troops poured into the nation’s capital to protect Joe Biden’s inauguration following the Capitol riot – 26,000, to be exact – Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) called on the president to use executive authority to grant the military more authority to police service members’ social media accounts.

In a letter to Biden and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Friday, Speier seemingly suggested there is a problem involving “white supremacy” and other “domestic terrorists” amongst service members.

Simply put, it seems to be an effort to further censor and punish conservative thoughts and ideas – now amongst the troops.

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Resigning After Department Failure: Governor

Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar in an undated photograph. (Pennsylvania Department of State)
Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar in an undated photograph. (Pennsylvania Department of State)

Wolf stressed that the resignation had nothing to do with the Nov. 3 election in Pennsylvania, which was beset by controversy after former President Donald Trump and surrogates claimed that rampant fraud occurred.

The secretary’s office had to advertise the proposed amendment to the state Constitution, which voters would have decided at the ballot box in each of the three months before the 2020 general election. The office never did, Wolf said.

“The delay caused by this human error will be heartbreaking for thousands of survivors of childhood sexual assault, advocates and legislators, and I join the Department of State in apologizing to you.


Out of D.C. | Full Measure

Before troubles like riots, coronavirus and lockdowns triggered an exodus from America’s big cities, there was already a push to move some of our federal force out of Washington D.C.

Quietly, without much fanfare, federal agencies have been reassigning thousands of positions to far flung towns to decentralize power and save taxpayers millions.

But the idea isn’t without detractors.

Democrats are using the GameStop, Reddit saga to CRUSH the underdog

Commentary/Opinion:
Glenn explains how — despite what Democrats will tell the public — they care NOTHING for the little guy…all they want is control, and the GameStop & Reddit saga is showing us how much control they want.

Because right now they’re doing everything they can to CRUSH the underdog.

Glenn says that when the government gets heavily involved in the stock market & when you can only invest in a company (like GameStop) from the stock exchange in MEXICO, it means we no longer have a free market here in America anymore…

Here’s What’s Really Going On!

Commentary/Opinion:
Here’s what’s really going on.

And here’s why it’s bad for our country. Here’s the Simple Truth.

Liz Peek: Biden’s first 10 days – here’s how he infuriated half the nation in record time

Commentary/Opinion:
After the blitzkrieg rollout of 40 executive orders that targeted President Trump programs, kowtowed to progressives (and enraged conservatives) on hot-button issues like taxpayer funding of abortion and showed Biden’s disdain for our country’s system of checks and balances, Republicans have zero excuse for cooperating with the new administration.

Even as Biden pretends to want Republican cooperation, his flurry of executive orders suggests he’s not only determined to alienate those 74 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, but he’s in a rush to do so.

The president, and the Obama-era apparatchiks that surround him, fear the Left.

They fear that two years from now, if their demands are not met, the Justice Democrats crowd will fail to show up, and Democrats will lose control of Congress. It could happen.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, facing GOP-led recall, criticized by Democrats over COVID-19 response

FILE: California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif.
FILE: California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. (AP)

Democrats have been mostly reluctant to speak out criticize the governor, fearing that it would provide fodder for the recall campaign. But in recent weeks, a number of prominent Democrats and Democratic operatives have begun to openly voice some of their frustrations.

Much of the criticism stems from what many regard as the lack of transparency in Newsom’s administration. State health officials have largely refused to publicly release the data on which Newsom is basing his orders.

Democratic Assemblywoman Laura Friedman told the Los Angeles Times that many lawmakers have been left in the dark regarding the governor’s rationale behind his orders.


‘Yes, There Is an Enemy Within’: Rep. Marjorie Greene

Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women's group in Rome, Ga., on March 3, 2020.
Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks to a GOP women’s group in Rome, Ga., on March 3, 2020. (John Bailey/Rome News-Tribune via AP)

She singled out what she called socialists’ “America Last” policies, apparently referring to those that oppose former President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, in a string of Twitter posts.

“Yes there is an enemy within,” she wrote. “And that enemy is a poisonous rot of socialist policies and America last sell outs who are pompous hypocrites that believe they are untouchable elites.”

By using the term “enemy within,” Greene seemed to be responding to recent remarks made by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).


World News:

Further tests reveal WA security guard contracted infectious UK strain

The Perth security guard who contracted COVID-19, triggering a five-day snap lockdown, has tested positive for the contagious UK strain of the virus.

The man visited more than a dozen venues while infectious and greater metropolitan Perth, the Peel region, and the South West regions have all been included with the shut down zones.

Under the new hard lockdown, there are only four reasons to leave one’s home which include essential shopping, medical or healthcare needs – including compassionate requirements – exercise for only one hour with one other person, and work if you cannot work at home.

Western Australian Police have launched an investigation looking at how the man contracted the disease.

Updates on CCP Virus: Britain Detects South African Variant in People With No Travel Links

Medics take a patient from an ambulance into the Royal London hospital in London on Jan. 19, 2021.
Medics take a patient from an ambulance into the Royal London hospital in London on Jan. 19, 2021. (Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images)

Residents in parts of Surrey, to the southwest of London, will now be tested whether they are showing any symptoms or not, the local authority said.

The government said in January it had detected cases of both the South African and Brazilian variants, however, they were all linked to travel.

A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic visited two disease control centers on Monday that had an early hand in managing the outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.


Kushner, Berkowitz, Friedman nominated for Nobel Peace Prize for Israel deals

White House adviser Jared Kushner, flanked by aide Avi Berkowitz (L) and Brian Hook, former U.S. envoy to Iran, during a press briefing on the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates at White House in Washington.
White House adviser Jared Kushner, flanked by aide Avi Berkowitz (L) and Brian Hook, former U.S. envoy to Iran, during a press briefing on the agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates at White House in Washington (photo credit: KEVIN LAMARQUE)

Nominating the pair of former deputies to then-President Donald Trump was American attorney Alan Dershowitz, who was eligible to do so in his capacity as a professor emeritus of Harvard Law School.

“These Accords, which have brought about normalization between Israel and several Sunni Arab nations, fulfill all the criteria for the prize. They hold the promise of an even broader peace in the Middle East between Israel, the Palestinians and other Arab nations.

They are a giant step forward in bringing peace and stability to the region, and even to the world,” he continued.

Dershowitz added that he wanted to “emphasize the enormous contributions to peace made by Jared Kushner, Avrahm Berkowitz, David Friedman and Ron Dermer,” insisting that “these men played especially important roles.”


US alarmed by Iran’s rapid pace toward nuclear weapon; Israel extends lockdown-TV7 Israel News 01.02

1) The Israeli government has extended a general nationwide lockdown for an additional five days, set to expire later this week, at Seven AM, on Friday.

2) Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned that “any future war” in the Middle East “wouldn’t be just a military-to-military confrontation.”

3) U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan voices alarm over the rapid pace in which the Islamic Republic of Iran is accumulating fissile material for a nuclear weapon.

Worker at H&M supply factory was killed after months of harassment, claims family

A passerby outside the first H&M to open in India, in New Delhi.
A passerby outside the first H&M to open in India, in New Delhi. Photograph: Bloomberg/Getty

The family of a young garment worker at an H&M supplier factory in Tamil Nadu who was allegedly murdered by her supervisor said she had suffered months of sexual harassment and intimidation on the factory floor in the months before her death, but felt powerless to prevent the abuse from continuing.

According to police reports, a man working as a supervisor at Natchi Apparels has reportedly confessed and been charged with her abduction and murder. Her family allege that she was also raped and are awaiting the result of a forensic report.

The family and a local union representing female workers at Natchi Apparels claim that Kathiravel had attempted to report the harassment and intimidation she was suffering at work, but no action was taken. They also allege that gender-based violence at the factory was widespread.

International community condemns Burma military coup, supporters celebrate in the streets

Buddhist religious and military flags are waved by supporters including Buddhist monks onboard a vehicle Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Yangon, Burma.
Buddhist religious and military flags are waved by supporters including Buddhist monks onboard a vehicle Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Yangon, Burma. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Spokesman Myo Nyunt told Reuters by phone that Suu Kyi, President Win Myint and other leaders had been “taken” in the early hours of the morning.

Supporters of the military and the leading opposition party, Union Solidarity and Development Party, held small rallies on Monday to celebrate the ousting of Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy party.

Trucks carried people and loudspeakers through Yangon, the country’s biggest city, with many displaying national or Buddhist flags.


US Watchdog: Taliban Attacks Increased in Afghan Capital

Taliban attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul are on the rise, with increasing targeted killings of government officials, civil-society leaders and journalists, a report by a U.S. watchdog said Monday.

It comes as the Biden administration plans to take a new look at the peace agreement between the U.S. and the Taliban signed last February under President Donald Trump.

“Enemy attacks in Kabul were higher than during the previous quarter,” the report quoted U.S. forces. “They were much higher than in the same quarter last year.”

Commentary/Opinion:

Exposing How Antifa Normalized Political Violence in the US (Pt. 1)| Andy Ngo | MEDIA | Rubin Report

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Andy Ngo, author of “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy”, to get answers to many questions including “What is Antifa?”

”Why have media institutions like the New York Times been sympathetic to Antifa’s mission?” and “How is Antifa allowed to do it’s fundraising out in the open?” In this clip Andy discusses how he got involved in journalism and how he started profiling the Portland Antifa chapter and the Portland riots.

He discusses how the movement started on university campuses and after the 2016 election of Donald Trump spilled out into society. He shares how violence from the far-left has continued to be justified by people believing that it is in the service of antiracism and antifascism.

Antifa is simply a radical assortment of anarchist and communist protesters whose goal is ending capitalism, that is why their “solutions” to problems like police brutality are extreme positions like “defund the police”.

Why Are Utilities So Expensive?

The cost of producing electricity has dropped significantly in the last decade.

So why haven’t we seen those price drops reflected in our electricity bills?

Charles McConnell, former Assistant Secretary of Energy in the Obama Administration, answers this riddle.