Brave Is Launching a Privacy-Focused Search Engine to Compete with Google

Brave, the privacy-focused web browser, is currently preparing to launch its own search engine for desktop and mobile users, according to recent reports. The company’s goal is to offer a complete package of browsing and search untouchable by the Masters of the Universe.

U.S. agency probes Facebook for ‘systemic’ racial bias in hiring, promotions

A U.S. agency investigating Facebook Inc for racial bias in hiring and promotions has designated the probe as “systemic,” attorneys for three job applicants and a manager who claim the company discriminated against them told Reuters on Friday.

Two Kelowna properties seized as part of international money laundering scheme

Two Kelowna properties seized as part of an international investigation into a multi-million dollar insider trading scheme that involves money laundering, shell companies, a Swiss banker and a known fraudster, will remain in the hands of the province.

In a Dec. 11, 2020 B.C. Supreme Court decision, the defendants in the case failed to get their hands on the $1.3 million the province made after it seized the two properties in 2019 and then sold them.

The properties in question are at 1214 Mission Ridge Road, Kelowna, and 403-5259 Big White Road, and had previously been purchased in cash for a combined total of $2.1 million, as part of an extremely complex US$165 million insider trading scheme.

In the decision, the Justice highlights several times how highly complicated the fraudulent scheme is.

The decision says an international investigation was launched in 2017 into a man called Roger Knox who operated a Swiss asset management firm known as the Silverton Platform. The Silverton Platform allowed shareholders in publicly-traded companies to hide share ownership and illegally sell shares while evading securities laws. It’s estimated the Silverton Platform generated US$165 million between 2015 and 2018.

“The investigation is extremely complicated in light of the many tentacles of the scheme reaching across international boundaries,” Justice Kathleen Ker said in the decision. “Tracing the transfer of proceeds of the alleged unlawful scheme is complicated by the global scope of the enterprise that includes an asset manager based in Switzerland, shell corporations around the world, and virtual financial firms operating like private banks being used to wire funds away from the asset manager to bank accounts held elsewhere.”

In Kelowna, the case involves Benjamin Thomas Kirk, and his spouse Kayley Tyne Johnson, along with Mexican businessman Carlos Gomez Brana.

Canada Research Chair charged with sex crime

A Universite de Montreal education professor has been charged with a sexual offence involving an 11-year-old child.

Police in Longueuil, Que., south of Montreal, said Thierry Karsenti, 52, was arrested Feb. 23.

He faces a single charge of sexual interference and is due in court on Friday.

Karsenti, who is also the Canada Research Chair on information and communication technologies in education, allegedly committed the offence in 2015, according to a release issued by police.

Arizona State Dean: Grading Writing Based On Quality Is ‘Racist,’ Promotes ‘White Language Supremacy’

An Arizona State University Associate Dean penned a 358-page book detailing how grading student’s writing is a form of racism and white supremacy.

In a book titled “Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom,” professor Asao Inoue encourages teachers to ditch grading for a “labor-based” grading system wherein students earn grades based on their effort.

Politifact Founder Was “Journalist In Residence” At Chinese Communist Influence Group

The U.S.-China Education Trust, which has collaborated with Chinese Communist Party propaganda fronts and trained journalist from state-run media outlets, counts involvement from “fact check” website Politifact founder Bill Adair, and President Biden’s “right hand” on China Kurt Campbell.

WATCH: White House press sec says Biden hasn’t held a press conference and barely takes questions because he’s too busy

Psaki said Biden doesn’t take reporter questions and hasn’t held a press conference because the “two historic crises,” of the coronavirus and the economy, have kept his “focus, energy and attention.”

New Kippahs Hand-Made in Bahrain Mark Surge in Visitors to Gulf’s Oldest Jewish Community

One-of-a-kind kippahs designed and hand-made locally in Bahrain debuted last month, celebrating the country’s Jewish culture and community amid warming ties with Israel.

A Gulf-Israel Defense Alliance to End the Israel-Palestinian Conflict and Confront Iran

A recent report suggesting that Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are exploring the possibility of creating a four-nation defense alliance has potentially game-changing ramifications.

Are Liberals Really More Egalitarian?

Recent studies find conservatives treat others more equally than liberals

China Using ‘Emotion Recognition Technology’ to Arrest People

China’s state-run Global Times boasted in an article on Thursday that Chinese people are increasingly becoming accustomed to the use of “emotion recognition technology,” artificial intelligence that allows the government to track human feelings, as part of everyday life.

The Global Times illustrated the usefulness of this technology with an example in which police arrest passengers of a car after using artificial intelligence to discover drugs in their car. “Emotion recognition technology” tells the officers that the passengers are more nervous than the average person at a checkpoint, which they use as an excuse to search the car.

Stanford Opens Chinese Studies Center With CCP Ties

Stanford University rolled out a new center hosting scholars, guests, and programs affiliated with groups backed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Chief Of World-Renowned Medical Journal Has Repeatedly Bashed US, Praised China For Coronavirus Response

One of China Global Television Network’s most recent ads on Facebook is of an interview that the state-controlled propaganda network conducted about the coronavirus pandemic with the editor of The Lancet, one of the world’s top medical journals.

The editor, Richard Horton, largely praised the Chinese government’s response to the pandemic while blasting the U.S. in the May 2020 interview, which garnered around 900,000 impressions at a cost of around $500, according to Facebook data.

“I think we have a great deal to thank China for, about the way that it handled the outbreak,” Horton said in the interview.

WarnerMedia CEO Says Coronavirus ‘Really Good for Ratings’

The CEO of CNN’s parent company said on Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic will continue to dominate the news network’s coverage because it’s “really good for ratings.”

Jason Kilar

State Senate’s top Dem says one more accuser and Cuomo’s done

4 takes it over the line

Cuomo office ignored rules to reroute sex-harass complaint: report

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s aides ignored his own executive order requiring formal investigations of sexual harassment complaints against state employees, when it came to a complaint against their boss

Reports: NY officials altered count of nursing home deaths

Some New York lawmakers are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s impeachment after reports late Thursday that his top aides altered a state Health Department report to omit the true number of people killed by COVID-19 in the state’s nursing homes.

The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, citing documents and people with knowledge of the administration’s internal discussions, reported that aides including secretary to the governor Melissa DeRosa pushed state health officials to edit the July report so only residents who died inside long-term care facilities, and not those who became ill there and later died at a hospital, were counted.

Today in Canadian “justice”

In Canada, criminal lives matter; victims not so much.

Justice Edward Prutschi

If Cuomo Goes Down, So Should Whitmer, Newsom, Murphy, and Wolf

In their eagerness to replace Cuomo, Democrats have opened a political pandora’s box.

6th grade choir teacher separates kids into ‘privileged’ and ‘targeted’ groups in lesson on ‘oppression’

Odelis Anderson, child abuser

President Joe Biden Nears 45 Days Without Holding A Press Conference

He’s fine

WATCH: White House cuts live feed after Biden says he’s ‘happy to take questions’

“I’m happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, man”

Karl Marx’s Antisemitic Writing Is OK, But Not Dr. Seuss

“Let us not look for the secret of the Jew in his religion, but let us look for the secret of his religion in the real Jew.

What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.

Very well then! Emancipation from huckstering and money, consequently from practical, real Judaism, would be the self-emancipation of our time.

The god of the Jews has become secularized and has become the god of the world. The bill of exchange is the real god of the Jew. His god is only an illusory bill of exchange.”

KARL MARX

Israel Defense Minister: We’re Forming ‘Special Security Arrangement’ with Gulf Allies

Doesn’t look like the Dems will be able to destroy the peace accords

Mike Cernovich: Only Way to Fight Cancel Culture Is ‘You Have to Cancel Them’

Conservatives and the broader right should apply a strategy of mutually assured destruction in the context of “cancel culture”

Trudeau Liberals want ‘vote by telephone’ option, more mail-in ballots in federal election

Liberal Party MPs on the House affairs committee have suggested that Canadians should be allowed to vote by telephone during a pandemic election

3-month-old babies are racist, says Arizona Department of Education’s ‘equity’ toolkit

The toolkit teaches, among other things, that babies start to become racist at just three months of age. The toolkit insists that babies must be spoken to about race, as “letting children draw their own conclusions based on what they see” leads to racism. It is unclear how allowing children to think for themselves leads to racism.

It also suggests that white children specifically are strongly biased in favour of their own race by the time they are five years old, but claimed that such a phenomenon does not exist among black and “latinx” children.

To solve this problem, the toolkit advises parents to begin speaking to their children about race “even before their children can speak.”

DHS Sec. Mayorkas: ‘Loving Parents’ Send Unaccompanied Children to the Border

“We are not apprehending a 9-year-old child who’s come alone, who has traversed Mexico, whose parents — whose loving parents — had sent that child alone…”

In Historic Ceremony, Israel Receives First-Ever UAE Ambassador

President Reuven Rivlin on Monday received the credentials of the first-ever ambassador to Israel from the United Arab Emirates, following the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords normalizing ties between the two countries.

Time’s Up Spent $2.4 Million on Compensation in 2019, Made Only One $19k Grant

The women’s advocacy group launched by Hollywood celebrities in the wake of the #MeToo movement spend millions on its employees’ six-figure salaries

There Is No Such Thing as “White” Math

I naively believed that STEM would be spared from the ideological takeover. I was wrong, says Princeton professor

Real estate lawyers may have helped high rollers buy Vancouver homes like casino chips: inquiry

B.C. casino investigators probed real estate lawyers whom they had connected to private mortgages, organized crime and an alleged transnational money-laundering scheme, the province’s inquiry has heard.

In testimony Tuesday at the Cullen Commission, Brad Rudnicki, a BC Lottery Corporation anti-money laundering intelligence specialist, said his investigations suggested foreign high rollers could have been buying Metro Vancouver homes through loan sharks in the same way they were buying casino chips.

This is the so-called “Vancouver Model” of money laundering, in which transnational organized crime suspects Kwok Chung Tam and Paul King Jin are accused of laundering drug cash by lending it to wealthy visitors from China, according to previous testimony.

A day earlier, the inquiry heard from an RCMP investigator who has alleged Jin and a Richmond currency exchange were operating as a drug trafficking organization by laundering cash for drug dealers in China, Latin America and Canada.

The RCMP alleged Jin’s China-based underground banking organization allegedly laundered funds by lending cash for casino chip purchases to visitors from China, who often secured these loans with private mortgages or promissory notes on their Vancouver properties. Charges against Jin were stayed in 2018, and results of a related RCMP investigation into Jin’s network are unknown, the inquiry heard. Both Tam and Jin deny they are organized-crime loan sharks.

Rudnicki testified that his team started to look at real estate lending and property ownership connected to Tam and Jin’s casino lending network in 2015. Both men were banned from B.C. casinos for five years, the inquiry heard, for various reasons. Rudnicki’s investigators noticed that high rollers in the Chinese network often took private mortgage loans from Jin, Tam and others.

He said he found gamblers could buy and renovate Metro Vancouver homes with loans from casino loan sharks, and then sell them soon after for millions in profit. And this could launder money in Canada for both the lenders and buyers, he said.

“You could almost replace ‘casino’ with ‘house,’” Rudnicki said. “How these loans are paid back — it is very similar to the model of the players borrowing funds in the casino. (The loan) could be paid back overseas or in town.”

He said his team also looked at suspicious gamblers who listed their occupations as “student” or “housewife” but bet large amounts of money because it suggested they were connected to high rollers with hidden sources of wealth. This same relationship seemed to hold up in the real estate purchases by students and housewives, he added.

“When we researched these players, we would find them attached to multi-million-dollar houses, and we could link them to another player in the database (who) wouldn’t be listed on land titles.”

These hidden high rollers were often connected to foreign companies and were believed to be relatives of the spouses or children fronting real estate and casino chip purchases, he said.

Another pattern Rudnicki found related to Tam, Jin and others was lawyers who would register private mortgage lending contracts in B.C.

Rudnicki pointed to one unidentified lawyer who was known to be facing a Law Society of B.C. investigation after 2015.

“It could be unusual that private mortgages are being loaned from people linked to organized crime, and a lawyer was registering the mortgage,” he testified.

“And the lawyer in this case had an investigation ongoing. So there was adverse media, (so casino investigators thought) perhaps this lawyer is being utilized for their ability to register private mortgages.”

In another case, an unidentified lawyer was linked to a property with eight residents, many of whom listed occupations in Chinese hospitals, which seemed unusual, Rudnicki said. The property owner was connected to a number of real estate lending cases and three banned Lottery Corp. patrons, including Tam and Jin, the inquiry heard.

Rudnicki said his data didn’t prove wrongdoing on the part of lawyers connected to mortgages originated by gang suspects, but that it suggested further investigation was warranted.

The commission’s mandate is to determine whether corruption or other issues allowed drug money laundering to take root in B.C. casinos and real estate.

The inquiry continues.

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Torstar to launch online casino to help fund its journalism

Owner of Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator and other papers getting into online gambling

Golden Globes Ratings, in Early Numbers Report, Crash by More Than 60 Percent

NBC’s broadcast of the Golden Globes on Sunday averaged a paltry 5.42 million viewers and a 1.2 rating in the coveted advertising demographic of adults age 18 to 49, down more than 60 percent each from 14.76 million viewers and a 3.8 rating last year.

Third Woman Comes Forward on Andrew Cuomo

The young woman’s account follows two separate accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed two female state employees.

Ontario woman forced to pay $3,458 hotel quarantine bill for one-night stay after returning to Canada from father’s funeral

Your government in cahoots with the Crowne Plaza hotel

VIDEO: CA teachers union president who led school closure charge seen dropping daughter off at in-person private preschool

Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers’ union. He’s been saying it is unsafe for your kid to be back at school, all the while dropping his kid off at private school

US diplomats sodomized by Chinese. Literally.

Cornell charges students $1,800 for racially-segregated rock climbing class, frantically scrubs website when confronted

Your daily anti-racist racists

Asian American Group Eviscerates Critical Race Theory: ‘A Hateful, Divisive, Manipulative Fraud’

Backlash is rising against the Marxist critical race theory (CRT) behind The New York Times‘ “1619 Project” and other efforts to indoctrinate Americans with the idea that American society is fundamentally or “structurally” racist. This week, the Chinese American Citizens Alliance of Greater New York (CACAGNY) issued a powerful statement condemning critical race theory and urging Chinese Americans to oppose it.

“Critical Race Theory (CRT) is a hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud,” CACAGNY declared. “One way or another, CRT wants to get rid of ​too many Asians​ in good schools. Asians are over-represented.​ CRT is today’s Chinese Exclusion Act. CRT is the real ​hate crime​ against Asians”.

Lawmaker Attempts to Fight Surging Chicago Carjackings by Banning Video Games

That’s getting to the root cause!

Every household to get prepaid blank postcard courtesy of Canada Post

Your tax dollars at work

Your daily Holocaust

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Clubhouse Discourse Isn’t Recorded. That Upsets Some Journalists.

Since its introduction last year, the invite-only social media app Clubhouse has garnered a lot of buzz. Social media has been around long enough that everything old is new again, and unlike other apps that encourage users to share links or fragmentary thoughts in exchange for “likes,” Clubhouse facilitates voice conversations using your phone. Essentially, you can pick a topic and host your own panel discussion with friends. If you’re lucky, you get to join a conversation and share your thoughts with the likes of Elon Musk or any number of the site’s famous and influential users.

However, I regret to inform you that a growing number of journalists are deeply troubled by Clubhouse’s growing popularity. Why? It seems Clubhouse won’t accommodate their inner Big Brother.

In GritDaily, an online publication that bills itself as “the top news source on Millennial and Gen Z brands – from fashion, tech, influencers, entrepreneurship, and life,” staff writer Olivia Smith took aim at the new app in a late January story. Her primary complaint was that she heard “an alarming amount of casual sexism.” Readers have to take her word for it, though, which was the point of her critique – and the point, in some ways, of the app itself.

“On Clubhouse,” Smith wrote, “there are no screenshots. There is no way to drag up old Clubhouse posts years later like a user might do on Twitter. There is no way to record conversations — meaning there is no way to prove that someone said anything controversial at all. There’s no path to accountability. Users on Clubhouse know, or at least believe, that they can openly speak their mind with zero repercussions.”

Florida got it right, and the lockdown states got it wrong

Florida has lower per-capita COVID-19 mortality than the national average and lower than 27 other states, including tightly lockdown California, despite having more senior citizens. Its unemployment rate is lower than the national average. Florida offers more in-person education than any other state, and it leads the nation in vaccinating those older than 65 years old.

Citing Wikipedia’s capture by the left, site’s co-founder launching free-speech-friendly competitor

Larry Sanger blasts increasingly woke Wikipedia’s whitewashing of socialist and communist human rights atrocities as “propaganda.”

Iran’s Ayatollah Issues Fatwa Ordering Female Cartoon Characters to Wear Hijab

Khamenei: “Observing hijab in animation is required due to the consequences of not wearing hijab.”

Boston Public Schools suspends advanced academic program due to racial ‘equity’ concerns

The Boston Public Schools will be suspending an advanced learning program for its fourth, fifth and sixth graders because too many white and Asian students are participating.

‘The End Of Conservative Books’: Amazon Quietly Bans Books They Deem Offensive, ‘Hate Speech’

Today in book burning libs

Dr. Seuss Canceled For ‘Racial Undertones’

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