Category Archives: Fire This Time

Breaking: Is Nothing Sacred? Saudis Jail Two Wikipedia Editors

[NOTE: I use Wikipedia almost every day. It’s perhaps the finest flower of the rapidly-disappearing era of the free (as in built for honest public service rather than profit or propaganda) internet. But the Saudi rulers know how to deal with such unwelcome ideas & their advocates: if bribery doesn’t suffice (as in golf),  jail, torture, & murder are next on the shelf. Can anyone rescue these latest victims? And the ultimate target: Wikipedia?]

Saudi Arabia jails two Wikipedia staff in ‘bid to control content

Administrators jailed for 32 years, and eight years, as activists warn of ploy to infiltrate website

AFP in Dubai — Thu 5 Jan 2023

An investigation by parent body Wikimedia found the Saudi government had penetrated Wikipedia’s senior ranks in the region, with Saudi citizens acting or forced to act as agents, two rights groups said.
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Straight Talk in Arizona About stopping “MAGA Fascism”


“Defend Them Fiercely”: Adrian Fontes plans to protect Arizona’s elections from ‘Maga fascists’

The Democrat who defeated a hard-right extremist in the midterms to be the next secretary of state doesn’t mince words.


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Quotes for the Day

It was tempting to open with a passage from Volodimir Zelensky’s memorable address to Congress. But that is everywhere today. Instead, here’s a bit from a tribute by columnist David Ignatius:

Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, likes to quote a comment attributed to Napoleon: “In war, the moral is to the physical as three is to one.” Zelensky is the embodiment of that everlasting truth.”
Quoted by David Ignatius, Washington Post, 12/21/2022: Continue reading Quotes for the Day

New for Christmas: Pocket-Sized Killer Drones

The micro-suicide drone, just in time for Christmas

Gwynne Dyer — Dec 20 2022

Some lucky boys and girls are going to find micro-suicide drones in their stockings this Christmas! Get your orders in now!

There it is. Loitering.

I was idly scanning the website of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, as one does, and I came across a story on a new product from the Israeli defence company Elbit Systems: the Lanius loitering micro-suicide drone. Continue reading New for Christmas: Pocket-Sized Killer Drones