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Elon Musk says Russia will ‘certainly gain more land’

Elon Musk says Russia will ‘certainly gain more land’

[ad_1] Vladimir Putin has signed a decree setting out the routine spring conscription campaign, calling up 150,000 citizens for statutory military service, a document posted on the Kremlin’s website showed on Sunday. Compulsory military service has long been a sensitive issue in Russia, where many men go to great lengths to avoid being handed conscription papers during the twice-yearly call-up periods. All men in Russia are required to do a year-long military service, or equivalent training during higher education, from the age of 18. In July Russia’s lower house of parliament voted to raise the maximum age at which men can be conscripted to 30 from 27. The new legislation came into effect on Jan 1, 2024. Conscripts cannot legally be deployed to fight outside Russia and were exempted from a limited mobilisation in 2022 that gathered at least 300,000 men with previous military training to fight in Ukraine – although some conscripts were sent to the front in error. In September Putin signed an order calling up 130,000 people for the autumn campaign and …

The U.S. wants ByteDance to sell TikTok. China is almost certainly going to refuse

The U.S. wants ByteDance to sell TikTok. China is almost certainly going to refuse

[ad_1] The U.S. could be about to force ByteDance, the Chinese tech giant that owns TikTok, to divest its U.S. business or effectively ban the app. But a sale looks unlikely — not least because China is expected to block it. The House on Wednesday approved a bill that requires ByteDance to divest TikTok, the social media platform it owns, within roughly six months for the app “to remain available in the United States.” This legislation is not yet law and needs approval from the Senate. Washington has long contended that TikTok poses a national security threat, as American data could get into the hands of the Chinese government. Lawmakers in the U.S. are also concerned about the short video app’s alleged ties to the Chinese Communist Party, which the company has denied. If the bill is passed, however, the Chinese government is unlikely to approve the divestiture of TikTok’s U.S. business. “The problem is that the Chinese government is unlikely to approve this type of forced … merger and acquisition,” Paul Triolo, an associate partner at consulting …

British firms’ exports are almost certainly bolstering Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, Sky data analysis finds

British firms’ exports are almost certainly bolstering Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, Sky data analysis finds

[ad_1] British companies are exporting hundreds of millions of pounds of equipment and machinery which almost certainly ends up in Russia, undermining the official sanctions regime and bolstering Vladimir Putin’s war machine, according to data analysis from Sky News. The items – which include drone equipment, optical supplies and heavy machinery – are being sent to countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and others, from where they are understood to be forwarded on to Russia. Ukraine war latest: Russia hits out at UK after prison bosses sanctioned over Navalny death The numbers show that despite the sharp fall in the flow of goods to Russia, following the imposition of trade sanctions after its invasion of Ukraine two years ago, large volumes of sensitive, “dual use” British goods are still finding their way to Moscow. The analysis underlines the scale of Britain’s participation in a shadow economy which helps keep Russia’s military supplied with parts and hardware for the weaponry it uses against Ukraine Flows of British goods to Russia itself …

British firms’ exports are almost certainly bolstering Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, Sky data analysis finds | Business News

British firms’ exports are almost certainly bolstering Russia’s war machine in Ukraine, Sky data analysis finds | Business News

[ad_1] British companies are exporting hundreds of millions of pounds of equipment and machinery which almost certainly ends up in Russia, undermining the official sanctions regime and bolstering Vladimir Putin’s war machine, according to data analysis from Sky News. The items – which include drone equipment, optical supplies and heavy machinery – are being sent to countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia, including Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan and others, from where they are understood to be forwarded on to Russia. Ukraine war latest: Russia hits out at UK after prison bosses sanctioned over Navalny death The numbers show that despite the sharp fall in the flow of goods to Russia, following the imposition of trade sanctions after its invasion of Ukraine two years ago, large volumes of sensitive, “dual use” British goods are still finding their way to Moscow. The analysis underlines the scale of Britain’s participation in a shadow economy which helps keep Russia’s military supplied with parts and hardware for the weaponry it uses against Ukraine Flows of British goods to Russia itself …

Mail-In Ballot Fraud Study Finds Trump ‘Almost Certainly’ Won In 2020

Mail-In Ballot Fraud Study Finds Trump ‘Almost Certainly’ Won In 2020

[ad_1] Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours), A new study examining the likely impact that fraudulent mail-in ballots had in the 2020 election concludes that the outcome would “almost certainly” have been different without the massive expansion of voting by mail. The Heartland Institute study tried to gauge the probable impact that fraudulent mail-in ballots cast for both then-candidate Joe Biden and his opponent, President Donald Trump, would have had on the overall 2020 election results. The study was based on data obtained from a Heartland/Rasmussen survey in December that revealed that roughly one in five mail-in voters admitted to potentially fraudulent actions in the presidential election. After the researchers carried out additional analyses of the data, they concluded that mail-in ballot fraud “significantly” impacted the 2020 presidential election. They also found that, absent the huge expansion of mail-in ballots during the pandemic, which was often done without legislative approval, President Trump would most likely have won. “Had the 2020 election been conducted like every national election has been over the …

Rats are more human than you think – and they certainly like being around us

Rats are more human than you think – and they certainly like being around us

[ad_1] Rats have a somewhat unfortunate tendency to enjoy living where people live. That’s how a biologist tried to explain people’s hatred for the rodents in a television news feature about rats gnawing electrical cables in parked cars in the southern Swedish town of Malmö. The brown rat, Rattus norvegicus, is one of the species best adapted to modern society. These rats have followed humans across the world to become one of the most abundant mammals, spreading from their native distribution in northern China and Mongolia and reaching Europe in the 1500s, possibly even earlier. Black rats, however, arrived in Europe as early as the 1st century AD. Today almost all wild brown rats are synanthropic, meaning they live in close association with humans, eating our leftovers and using human structures for shelter. The relationship between rats and humans is one of commensalism, a word derived from the Latin term “commensal”, meaning “eating at the same table”. Throughout the centuries, rats have been cast as humanity’s dark shadow. Rats have had an enormous impact on …

The ultimate swearword: an algorithm has come up with the ‘best’ expletive ever. It is certainly a surprise | Mathematics

[ad_1] Name: The ultimate swearword. Age: Ber! Mind your own business. Sorry, age is just the way we normally start things around here. “Ber”, though, what does that mean? It’s short for banger. What, as in old car? Not as in old car. Or sausage. Or excellent tune. It’s a swearword. Is it? Says who? Says Sophie Maclean, with a bit of help from Andrey Markov. Who are they? He’s a Russian mathematician, who died in 1922. She’s an MSc mathematics student, very much alive and well and studying at King’s College London. OK, I think now is the time for some sort of explanation. Maclean, whose next project is a PhD in analytic number theory, wrote a code that she says has created the world’s best swearword. How does it work? She fed a list of swearwords into “the Markov chain”, a mathematical model that predicts the probability of a sequence based on previous input and figures out the chances of each letter following the one before … A bit like predictive text? Exactly. …

We certainly don’t need a repeat of last year

We certainly don’t need a repeat of last year

[ad_1] Welcome to The Interchange! If you received this in your inbox, thank you for signing up and your vote of confidence. If you’re reading this as a post on our site, sign up here so you can receive it directly in the future. Every week, I’ll take a look at the hottest fintech news of the previous week. This will include everything from funding rounds to trends to an analysis of a particular space to hot takes on a particular company or phenomenon. There’s a lot of fintech news out there and it’s my job to stay on top of it — and make sense of it — so you can stay in the know. — Mary Ann Last week, I dug into CB Insights’ State of Fintech 2022 report. We’ve already discussed ad nauseam that fintech funding is not just down, but also way down. And I’m not foolish enough to try and make any real predictions about the state of fintech in 2023. Instead, I’m going to highlight some specific findings of that report that stood …

‘I didn’t steal funds, and I certainly didn’t stash billions away’

‘I didn’t steal funds, and I certainly didn’t stash billions away’

[ad_1] FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried launched his own Substack newsletter today, in a very unusual move for someone who was recently arrested and is facing eight counts of U.S. criminal charges. In a post titled “FTX Pre-Mortem Overview,” Bankman-Fried maintains his innocence surrounding the collapse and bankruptcy of FTX, a cryptocurrency exchange he founded in 2019 that went on to raise $2 billion in funding and achieve a valuation of a staggering $32 billion. He wrote: I didn’t steal funds, and I certainly didn’t stash billions away.  Nearly all of my assets were and still are utilizable to backstop FTX customers.  I have, for instance, offered to contribute nearly all of my personal shares in Robinhood to customers–or 100%, if the Chapter 11 team would honor my D&O legal expense indemnification. When Bankman-Fried stepped down from FTX in November, Enron turnaround veteran John J. Ray III was appointed as the new CEO. The 30-year-old former billionaire continues to insist that if he were not “forced” to declare bankruptcy that the company would …