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“Australia’s federal government has revealed plans to draw up a list of sensitive ‘red flag’ assets which could be off-limits to foreign investors or may involve extra vetting before sales proceed… The list will be compiled by a new agency, the Critical Infrastructure Centre, which will assess ports, power stations and other major assets to consider threats such as sabotage or espionage… The move follows recent concerns over investments in major infrastructure and property assets by Chinese companies.” – Jonathan Pearlman, “Canberra launches new agency to help vet ownership bids, amid national security concerns over recent Chinese investments” – Straits Times, Jan. 24th, 2017.
“While there are many criticisms one can raise about Trump and certain of his policies, fascism is not one of the them. Unfortunately, fascism has become a label attached to anything a speaker does not like. Modern use of ‘fascism’ is empty and imprecise. If you want to criticize Trump feel free to do so – but please offer reasoned arguments rather than lazily labeling the man as something that he clearly is not.” – William Watkins, “Is Donald Trump a Fascist?” – Independent Institute, Jan. 24th, 2017.
“A luxury hotel in Austria recently had to pay hackers a ransom after they managed to access its electronic key system and lock all the hotel guests in their rooms… When the hackers accessed the hotel’s IT system and shut everything down, approximately 180 people were staying at the hotel on that day. Many were locked in their rooms, while others were locked out of theirs… The hackers demanded €1,500, about $1,600, paid via Bitcoin. The hotel decided to pay.” – Elizabethy Licata, “Hackers hold entire hotel for ransom, trap guests in rooms” – thedailymeal.com, Jan. 29th, 2017.
“Banning all Madonna songs at HITS 105 is not a matter of politics, it’s a matter of patriotism. It just feels wrong to us to be playing Madonna songs and paying her royalties when the artist has shown un-American sentiments… If all stations playing Madonna took their lead from us, that would send a powerful economic message to Madonna.” – Texarcana radio station HITS 105, quoted in “Madonna banned from Texas radio station for ‘un-American’ comments”, Toronto Sun, Jan. 25th, 2017.
“The mainstream’s issues are apparent in their content choices, suggesting an intractable problem. Following decades of allowing the Democratic Party to select the day’s narrative, they possess no measure of professional competence for objectively judging the importance of information… As the mainstream continues to humiliate itself in an attempt to maintain a monopoly on information exiting Washington, D.C., the general public – and certainly, the voters – has developed an awareness that the mainstream’s status as gatekeeper has always been artificial. It certainly never had anything to do with competence.” – David Steinberg, “Media covers fake Mike Flynn story, ignores bombshell on secret Obama/Iran meetings” – pjmedia, Jan. 25th, 2017.