Afternoon News Bytes – 14-Jun-2019

Ecuador confident that US won't execute Assange, but what about spending 175yrs in prison, instead? — RT World News

Julian Assange will not be executed if he's extradited to the US, Ecuador has reassured the world. This is good news for Assange, who will have a full life to live after completing his 175-year prison term.

Seven Reasons to Be Highly Skeptical of the Gulf of Oman Incident

In a move that surprised exactly zero people, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has wasted no time scrambling to blame Iran for damage done to two sea vessels in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, citing exactly zero evidence.

Global Warfare: "We're Going to Take out 7 Countries in 5 Years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan & Iran.." – Global ResearchGlobal Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

So I came back to see him a few weeks later, and by that time we were bombing in Afghanistan. I said, "Are we still going to war with Iraq?" And he said, "Oh, it's worse than that." He reached over on his desk. He picked up a piece of paper. And he said, "I just got this down from upstairs" — meaning the Secretary of Defense's office — "today." And he said, "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran." I said, "Is it classified?" He said, "Yes, sir." I said, "Well, don't show it to me." And I saw him a year or so ago, and I said, "You remember that?" He said, "Sir, I didn't show you that memo! I didn't show it to you!"

Study Linking US Sanctions to Venezuelan Deaths Buried by Reuters for Over a Month | FAIR

It would indeed have been impossible for a Reuters reporter to be aware of the study if they depended only on Reuters articles to keep informed. The news agency hadn't mentioned the study since it was released, never mind written an article about it.

Florida's sweeping definition of anti-Semitism limits teachers' freedom to discuss Palestine

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has called Florida the most Israel-friendly state in the country and he demonstrated the friendship lately by going to the US embassy in Jerusalem to ceremonially sign a new law that prohibits expressions of anti-Semitism in Florida schools. (On that trip DeSantis also endorsed Benjamin Netanyahu for reelection, said Netanyahu could run in the U.S. if things didn't work out over there, and held a meeting with Cabinet officials in Israel, triggering constitutional concerns).

"Trace Amounts" | Brasscheck TV

On June 14, 2000, the CDC and representatives of the vaccine industry met to deal with a joint problem.

They had just discovered they'd poisoned a generation – and now they had to figure out how to cover their tracks.

23 minutes and 8 seconds was all i could take

Discovering the truth is not always difficult. What can be incredibly difficult is convincing others who hold a different opinion. I've studied enough controversial subjects over enough years to know that one who seeks the truth must keep an open mind. If one is not willing to consider information which challenges their beliefs, not matter how entrenched they may be, than one is doomed to ignorance.

And so … now don't laugh … i decided (more like forced myself) to consider the 'flat earth' theory! I'm half embarrassed to admit that, but if the consensus is correct that the earth is a globe, then i had nothing to lose. Needless to say, i lost nothing except 23 minutes of my time watching the one of dumbest videos i've ever seen. Every "proof" offered in the video ignores all logic, much less science, but i was somewhat interested to hear the arguments these people present.

If you're not aware, yes, flat earth theory is indeed a thing now. A quick YouTube search yields over 5 million results and many of the videos have been watched over a million times. What the hell? We even have nuts launching themselves in homemade rockets to prove the earth is flat.

Given the number of videos and the number of people that must be subscribed to flat earth theory, i have to wonder if there's something deeper going on here besides the stupidity in their two dimensional world. Is this movement intended to be a distraction and, if so, from what?

Don't just laugh at this kind of stuff and turn your back though. Question everything, no matter how insulting it may be.

Dr. Eric Davis, Adm. Thomas Wilson meeting notes re: extraterrestrials

No idea if these documents are authentic. If i have time and enough interest i'll try to hunt down whether they're fake or misinformation, but these questions have been answered long ago in my mind. At any rate, i wanted to post them here just in case because these things have a funny way of disappearing if it is authentic.

Some background background on the documents is available in the article, Video: The Most Significant Leak About Extraterrestrial Craft Just Went Public, on the Collective Evolution website.

The document goes into detail about a meeting that was had between Dr. Eric Davis, and Vice Admiral Thomas Ray Wilson. Who is Eric Davis? He is a very well known scientist, and quite the legend. For many years he was a member of the National Institute for Discovery Sciences (NIDS)(Owned by Robert Bigelow), the Chief Science Officer of EarthTech Int'l, Inc. and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin in Austin, Texas; and he is the Owner/Chief Executive/Chief Scientist of Warp Drive Metrics who consults and contracts for the Department of Defense. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Early Universe, Cosmology and Strings Group at the Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics & Engineering Research at Baylor University in Waco, TX.

The state of AMO and an update to 'Firefox Extensions – My Picks'

I added the Invidition add-on to Firefox Extensions – My Picks. Invidition is a fairly nice add-on that redirects all links to YouTube videos and embedded YouTube videos to one of the Invidious instances which provide an alternative front-end to youtube.com. By using the add-on one can avoid youtube.com completely whilst still being able to watch YouTube videos. Think privacy.

As for the state of the Mozilla Firefox Add-ons site (AMO), it is in sad shape. Many of the new add-ons being published are garbage and many contain what i broadly define as malware. While Mozilla's choice to discontinue the older XUL add-ons in favor of Web Extensions is nice for security, the move has resulted in an influx of developers apparently coming from Google Chrome since both browsers use essentially the same extension API. The fallout from these changes, as well as the implementation of an automated extension review system, has resulted in a significant number of malware containing add-ons being published to AMO every day. While these malicious add-ons seem to be removed from AMO within roughly 24 hours, they still present potentially serious risks for those who install them before they are removed and disabled.

I think a lot of the innovation that once surfaced on AMO has dried up and it's rather sad and annoying to see that replaced with money hungry morons, among them a bazillion VPN providers with piss-poor "privacy" policies, and piles of "Adobe Flash" add-ons, virtually all of which are outright malware. It's also frustrating to watch hundreds and even thousands of ignorant sheep installing this garbage.

If you have a desire to help Mozilla do what it damn well should be doing without your help, create a Firefox Account, go to addons.mozilla.org and start down-voting and flagging these malicious add-ons.

Updated Firefox user-overrides.js

I updated my user-overrides.js for Firefox (click here and press Ctrl+S to download).

Always remember to run the 'ghacks' prefsCleaner script after every update to either their user.js or my user-overrides.js.

On rather important thing i added to my user-overrides.js is the following comment:

 * ALWAYS READ THE 'LATEST CHANGES' SECTION NEAR THE TOP and if there are any
 * preferences in it that have been removed, these preferences need to be reset
 * from about:config in Firefox

If you really want to be sure any old prefs or incorrect pref values are removed from prefs.js, exit Firefox and rename it to prefs.js.bak, then restart Firefox.

Recent changes as follows:

 * added 'webgl.dxgl.enabled'
 * added 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr.addons'
 * removed 'browser.newtabpage.activity-stream.asrouter.userprefs.cfr' - depreciated
 * moved 'browser.display.use_document_fonts' to ghacks diffs section
 * moved 'layout.css.font-loading-api.enabled' to personal prefs section
 * minor edits