Over the past month, the conflict between two militaries in Sudan has reached what experts say is a grim turning point. Against the backdrop of massacres, Sudan’s future is even more unclear.
Israel Issues New Travel Warnings For 80 Countries, Saying ‘Jews Targeted’
Israel has issued new severe travel advisories for dozens of countries for its citizens, related to backlash over the Gaza war. Israeli authorities have said Israelis and Jewish persons abroad face possible violence due to what they say is a rise in antisemitism.
Some countries were raised to a “Level 3” alert – which means Israelis should cancel or postpone travel plans. This has included countries in Africa – such as South Africa and Eritrea – and the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The threat level has been raised for a whopping 80 countries total amid the ongoing Gaz war, a new list shows.
Interestingly, the new update also lists countries in Western Europe as posing a risk. These were raised to “Level 2” status, which urges Israelis to implement precautions while there: France, Germany, and the UK. South American countries were also included at this level, including the large countries of Argentina and Brazil, both with sizable minority Jewish populations. Russia and Australia are also at Level 2.
Ultimately, Israel’s government is advising the citizenry only to conduct essential travel, per a National Security Council statement:
“Since the beginning of the war there have been increased efforts identified from Iran and its affiliates, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad, to target Israelis and Jews around the world,” the National Security Council said in a statement.
“On this basis, along with the rising levels of incitement, attempted attacks and antisemitism around the world, the National Security Council has reiterated its recommendation for Israelis to reconsider any nonessential travel at this time.”
The National Security Council has further produced the below map as well as an accompanying chart which details official alerts and cautions issued for each country…
Israelis have also been told to avoid all protests and public demonstrations when abroad. Gaza-related protests especially in France or other parts of Europe have at times gotten violent and turned into riots.
In late October a Muslim mob in the Russian republic of Dagestan stormed a main airport and its runways after rumors that a flight from Tel Aviv landed there. The shocking episode garnered international attention given the intensity of the footage, which included angry local men seeking out Jews to attack.
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Second lawsuit filed against Panera Bread claims Florida man died from the caffeinated ‘Charged Lemonade’
A lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges Panera’s lemonade drink caused the death of a Florida man, Dennis Brown, 46, after he went into cardiac arrest when he left the restaurant.
In an audacious move, the White House recently issued a staggering 111-page executive order on Artificial Intelligence.
Typically, executive orders are concise directives, prompting federal agencies to craft specific, detailed regulations. However, this sweeping document reflects the worldview that AI isn’t just a technological advancement; it’s an existential societal threat and only the government holds the keys to our technological salvation.
For those committed to health care access and affordability, the regulatory scope of this AI-focused executive order is alarming. Artificial intelligence stands on the cusp of revolutionizing health care – from groundbreaking drug discoveries to enhancing patient care and reducing unanticipated clinical deterioration, promising a foreseeable future where getting the right treatment to the right patient and at the right time is rapidly becoming a reality.
Given that much of the current health care system’s dysfunction stems from excessive government rules and red tape, the Biden administration’s default stance that views AI’s transformative power in health care as a significant threat should come as no surprise. After all, AI promises to transform systems traditionally under significant government influence and control.
One recent study estimates that current AI technology could slash annual health care costs by an astounding $360 billion, with about 35% of these savings coming from streamlined administrative tasks.
Consider the time spent on administrative functions: physicians spend an average of 15.5 hours per week on paperwork. With AI, there’s a tangible opportunity to shift focus from computer keyboards back to patients, enhancing both the quality and quantity of time devoted to patient care, eliminating bureaucratic waste in favor of fortifying the crucial patient-physician relationship.
The potential of AI to transform the doctor’s office is just the tip of the iceberg. When we extrapolate this to government bureaucracy, the possibilities are even more staggering.
If AI can streamline health care processes, reducing time and costs while improving patient care, imagine the efficiency and effectiveness it could bring to the often opaque and duplicative workings of government agencies. And maybe that is the point of federal government control over AI in health care.
President Biden’s rhetoric isn’t matching the reality of what the EO would do to health care innovation: on one hand, it professes to champion innovation in AI, but on the other, it burdens the health care industry with compliance costs that only the market giants can likely absorb, squeezing out smaller players.
The order also calls for greater transparency but then imposes reporting requirements that could hinder open-source AI development, a cornerstone of collaborative and rapid innovation in the field.
These contradictory stances extend to workforce implications as well. The requirement for the Department of Labor to collaborate with labor unions in addressing AI’s potential job displacement risks prioritizing government union protectionism over patient well-being, as well as health care innovation and progress.
The promises of AI are not theoretical, the risks largely are. Consider that the FDA has already approved or certified hundreds of AI and machine-learning enabled medical devices.
AI is making it possible to detect harmful diseases in blood with up to 95% accuracy, predict heart attack risk up to a decade in advance, and conduct phenotype and genotype analyses to provide diagnoses and treatments for rare and ultra-rare diseases years earlier than what was previously possible.
Bias in AI is a risk that policymakers frequently raise. To address the issue, the health care sector is harnessing AI’s computing power to use larger, more varied data sets and fostering the creation of alternative algorithms. This approach allows for a more comprehensive representation of patients, encompassing various factors like race, ethnicity, gender and age.
In addition, the ability to use multiple, competing algorithms can help identify and counteract biases that might go unnoticed in a single algorithm – and has been a long-recognized issue in centralized clinical trials for decades.
It’s also crucial to recognize that AI can outperform clinical trials in predicting outcomes. According to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, a Phase 3 trial can generate, on average, 3.6 million data points, which is three times the amount of data available a decade ago.
As medical innovation progresses, the ability of AI to further decentralize trials, swiftly analyze genetic data for the development of customized treatments and those targeting rare- and ultra-rare diseases, and to offer more reliable and efficient predictions is increasingly available.
Every regulation that stifles the creation of new treatments carries a human cost: the “what might have been” had bureaucracy not been in the way. It’s an accounting of disease burden, lost time with loved ones, and lives ended too soon.
Naomi Lopez is a co-founder of the AI in Healthcare Working Group.
Elon Musk was warned that artificial intelligence would represent a danger to humans attempting to colonize Mars.
During a 2012 conversation with DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis, Musk hinted that he was hoping humans could avoid the threats posed to Earth by colonizing Mars but was told the plan wouldn’t work if AI was involved, according to a report from Business Insider.
Hassabis rationale at the time, according to the report, was that AI accompanying humans would actually lead to the colony’s destruction. Musk would later invest in Hassabis’ AI company in a bid to learn about the new technology before eventually launching his own AI start-up, xAI.
Some experts believe that the concerns are warranted, though the technology has not yet reached the capability to make it such a threat today.
“The first thing to understand is that the current generation of AI is not what Musk or Hassabis are concerned about,” Christopher Alexander, chief analytics officer of Pioneer Development Group, told Fox News Digital. “Musk is heavily invested in next-generation AI that is moving towards human-like sentience. Today’s AI cannot look at a blank slate and create something.”
Since the conversation Musk had with Hassabis, he has become one of the most vocal critics of the dangers potentially posed by AI, the Business Insider report noted, pointing to a conversation he had with a Tesla shareholder in which he admitted he was “a little worried about AI stuff.”
“I think it’s something we should be concerned about. We should need some kind of regulatory authority or something, overseeing AI development and making sure it’s operating within the public interest,” Musk said at the time.
“Musk has been profoundly critical of other people’s AI systems for a long time but very bullish on projects he is involved with,” Samuel Mangold-Lenett, a staff editor at The Federalist, told Fox News Digital. “Despite expressing concern over the risks AI poses to humanity, he continues to plow ahead on projects he is both invested in and directly oversees. Our lives are going to become increasingly integrated with AI. Space travel, especially under Musk, will be of no exception.”
Yet others believe that AI will be critical to humanity’s attempt to colonize Mars, with one recent study finding that AI-powered robot chemists could work to cook up vital oxygen supplies for the colony that human chemists would potentially take lifetimes to figure out.
“Our study provides a demonstration that an advanced AI chemist can, without human intervention, synthesize OER catalysts on Mars from local ores,” the authors of the study concluded. “The established protocol and system, which are generic and adaptive, are expected to advance automated material discovery and synthesis of chemicals for the occupation and exploration of extraterrestrial planets.”
But Jon Schweppe, policy director of American Principles Project, believes Musk’s caution is warranted.
“AI is an existential threat to humanity, and we simply don’t know the limits of what it is capable of,” Schweppe told Fox News Digital. “We should move forward as judiciously and carefully as possible. Implementing commonsense bipartisan regulation to ensure we avoid the ‘runaway AI’ problem is a must.”
“Europeans Will Succumb To Islam” – Former Top German Spy Issues New Warning
Germany’s former top domestic spy chief, Hans-Georg Maaßen, said in a new interview that Europe is facing an unprecedented crisis due to mass immigration, that Islam is well poised to conquer Europe, and that Germany and Austria could do much to stop the crisis but are choosing not to.
“A completely different culture is approaching us. We are not at all prepared for this, as we’re incapable of resolving conflicts even by means of violence, like family clans do from the Arab states. These people resolve conflicts by violence, whereas people in Central Europe think that this can only be done through the courts,” said Maaßen, who served as president of the Office of the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) from 2012 until 2018, said in his interview with FPÖ TV.
“The Europeans will succumb to Islam. On the one hand, because they are unable to even see this conflict coming, and on the other, because they are incapable of resolving conflicts in a similar fashion,” he said, stating that “the end result will be the gradual destruction of our European cultures.”
Maaßen described Europeans as living without a vision or mission, whereas other competing cultures have a clear idea of what they are and what their objectives are.
“We don’t know where we want to go. What should Germany or Austria look like in 2030? We are living only in the moment, and therefore we are losing out to others who have a religion or ideology, who know where they want to go. We lack a mission,” he continued. “Mostly Muslims come to us with a completely different awareness of culture, religion and family. In secular Europe, religion and family — if they are still important at all — are a matter for the individual, but in these cultures it is a matter for the clan.”
Population replacement by design
Maaßen said that European politicians are actively allowing mass immigration because, according to him, “our politicians want a different population. The political left follows the course of the anti-German ideology. The more heterogeneous a population, the less able it is to articulate itself and have a democratic say. The more politics accepts immigrants from other countries as they see fit and grants them citizenship, the more politics selects the people of the state and influences the election results. These migrants then vote differently than the locals.”
Maaßen said during the interview that countries like Germany and Austria have the tools necessary to stop immigration, but they are making a conscious choice not to.
“Germany and Austria could start rejecting people at the borders from one day to the next — due to the third country regulation,” the former spy chief stated. “Furthermore, the state could deport or ensure voluntary departure for “hundreds of thousands of foreigners who do not want to integrate and who could commit crimes and continue to depend on social benefits from the state.”
One of the major sticking points for Western governments is that third nations have refused to take back foreign nationals, but Maaßen said there are a host of tools for dealing with these recalcitrant nations.
“It should also be possible to persuade third countries to take back their own nationals after deportation orders. If they don’t do it, you could ‘freeze their assets,’ prevent (their citizens) from traveling to Europe and other things. You have to persuade these states to behave in accordance with international law,” he said.
Maaßen doubts that Germany’s politicians are planning to take any serious measures against illegal immigration despite the growing risks, especially from violent cultures.
“Why aren’t migrants simply turned back at the borders?” asks Maaßen. He points to the latest “migration summit” in Germany, where he said he saw “showcase politics” or “dummy politics,” where the main points that were raised were more money for asylum seekers and faster asylum procedures. However, nobody asked the most crucial question: “Why are we letting these people into Germany and Europe in the first place?”
“Why don’t we force countries like Italy and Greece to finally do what they are supposed to do according to the European treaties, namely sensible border protection? Why do we let these people come to us, feed them and spend billions on them, while many locals, poor pensioners with a 920 euro pension after a full working life, have to collect bottles?”
As Remix News has previously reported, millions of German seniors are living in poverty, and increasingly, they are being removed from their own homes to make way for the record influx of migrants coming into the country.
Muslim majority by 2200?
Maaßen’s warnings may be prescient, as Europe rapidly undergoes demographic change. Pew Research has already noted that Europe’s Muslim population may triple by 2050 to 76 million in a comprehensive report. However, over a longer timeframe, PSU Research Review predicts a Muslim majority by 2200, while in certain EU countries, such as Greece, Ireland, France, Belgium, and Britain, more than three quarters of the population will be Muslim.
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Freezing conditions across southern Germany prompted Bavaria’s main air hub to close on Tuesday morning. Munich Airport had already been forced to shut down on the weekend, with heavy snowfall causing transport chaos.
Melania Trump to speak at naturalization ceremony hosted by the National Archives, which sought Donald Trump’s presidential records
Former first lady Melania Trump will speak at an immigrant naturalization ceremony hosted by the National Archives next week, 22 months after the agency asked the Justice Department to investigate her husband.
Jake Browning and the Cincinnati Bengals shocked the Jacksonville Jaguars on Monday night, defeating them in overtime, 34-31, to remain in the AFC playoff picture.
The Bengals move to 6-6 on the year, while the Jaguars fall to 8-4, though they still own the AFC South lead.
There’s no dancing around it: The Jaguars’ loss was made much worse after star quarterback Trevor Lawrence left the game with an ankle injury.
It came with 5 minutes and 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter when Jaguars left tackle Walker Little accidentally stepped on Lawrence’s right ankle, causing him to immediately hit the ground. His ankle appeared to roll up even more as he fell.
Lawrence needed help from two trainers to walk off the field and get to the locker room while the entire Jacksonville crowd sat silent.
Because of that, C.J. Beathard had to take over at quarterback, and he got the necessary yards on his first drive under center, going 53 yards on nine plays to set up a Brandon McManus field goal that tied the game at 31 apiece with 26 seconds left in the game, forcing overtime.
However, when the Jaguars received the ball to begin extra time, Beathard couldn’t deliver a game-winning touchdown.
He did come close to setting Jacksonville up close to the goal line, finding Calvin Ridley 43 yards downfield, which would’ve put them at the two-yard line. However, a holding penalty brought the play back and the Jags ended up punting.
Browning, on the other hand, did exactly what the Bengals needed in crunch time.
He found Ja’Marr Chase on multiple occasions for the game-winning drive as the star receiver had himself a game down in Florida. He finished with 149 yards on 11 catches with a 76-yard touchdown catch to help the Bengals put up a surprising amount of points.
It was then up to Evan McPherson to kick a game-winning field goal from 48 yards out for the Bengals, and he put it right down the middle for the upset.
While McPherson missed a 57-yarder earlier in the game, McManus also missed a 48-yard field goal later, which is what ultimately forced overtime for both teams.
Browning, in just his second NFL start, threw for 354 yards on 32-of-37 through the air in an extremely efficient game under center.
Browning also relied on his running back Joe Mixon, who racked up two touchdowns and 68 yards on 19 carries, while hauling in six catches for 49 yards.
Before he left the game, Lawrence was also solid, going 22-for-29 for 258 yards with two touchdowns and a rushing score for Jacksonville. He found tight end Evan Engram, the team’s leader in receptions, for his first touchdown of the season, as well as rookie Parker Washington, who made an unreal catch in the back of the end zone in the second half.
Engram led the way with nine catches and 82 yards, while Zay Jones had 78 yards on five catches.
Another injury note came on the first offensive play of the game for the Jags, as Christian Kirk caught a 26-yard pass from Lawrence before leaving the game with a groin injury.