What is Projection Bombing and how is it used?

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The Jacksonville Weekend Incident where someone projected an anti-Jewish message on a tall building in full view of a football game crowd is an example of a tactic called “projection bombing”. The Sheriff’s Department’s Chief Information Officer, TN Dash, wrote an email saying:

At this time, the sheriff’s office has not identified any crimes that have been committed; the posted comments do not include any type of threat and are protected by the first amendment.

“We will continue to monitor all reports of this nature to determine if they rise to (the) level of a criminal nature.”

The FBI is also investigating, according to Sherri Onks, FBI Special Agent in Jacksonville:

“Investigating these acts remains a top priority for the FBI because hate crimes are not just an attack on the victim – these acts are meant to threaten and intimidate an entire community.”

Using projections is not a new tactic. In 2011, Occupy Wall Street protesters projected messages onto a New York skyscraper. The guy behind this event explained how he got away with it.

Projection bombing can involve high-brightness projectors that can sell for upwards of $10,000, but it doesn’t have to be. Some online tutorials are for protesters who use projectors that aren’t much brighter than virtually any desk could have in the conference room. The key, the tutorials say, is to project on a dark, simple structure.

(Instructables.com)

Protesters have used projection bombing in Europe for years. In 2018, the Guardian spoke to Nick Dearden, “a veteran splash bomber” who staged several high profile splash stunts, including one on the walls of Parliament.

Dearden recruited an anonymous guerrilla searchlight operator who contacted him. They threw “#REFUGEE WELCOME” on the White Cliffs of Dover just before a far-right rally in the city. Using a standard, powerful projector and clever software to prevent distortion, the man set up a tripod on the beach below the cliffs.

Last year the same man turned up at Britain’s most popular bombing site; halfway along Westminster Bridge it projected the words “Say no to Trump” in the Houses of Parliament, the day before MPs debate the President’s proposed state visit. “We were really nervous about the police, but it looked like we were just taking pictures,” Dearden recalled.

All of this technology allows protesters, including hate groups, to project their words onto walls they don’t own or have permission to use. And there seems to be little to stop them. It’s just the last way for enemies to spread hatred. Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States have been on the rise for years, with 941 incidents in 2015 and 2,717 tracked in 2021 by the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL keeps a constantly updated list of these attacks. Click on the image below to access it. This screenshot shows hate messages from the past few days only.

(Anti-Defamation League)

The Federal Reserve Board will vote on the latest interest rate hike today, and an increase of 0.75% seems likely. Eventually, such an increase will drive up everything from mortgage rates and auto loan interest rates to credit card interest rates. The key question is how far will the Fed go if this hike does not translate quickly enough into a fall in the inflation rate?

The US central bank has increased its rate by 3% since March. Three of those increases were 0.75%, which is meant to shock the economy up or down. So far, the inflation rate has ignored increases.

Variable rate credit cards (and most are) adjust their interest on balances to the Fed’s benchmark rate. CNBC said:
Annual percentage rates are “closer to 19%,” on average, from 16.3% at the start of the year, according to Bankrate.

In addition, households are increasingly relying on credit cards to purchase basic necessities, as incomes have not kept pace with inflation.

The average interest rate on a new five-year car loan is currently 5.63%, down from 3.86% at the start of the year and could top 6% with the next Fed decision, although consumers with higher credit scores may be able to secure better loan terms.

If you’re looking for ways to take advantage of rising interest rates, some online banks offer savings accounts at 3% or more. Your local bank probably still offers less than 1%. Some of the higher interest rates require a minimum balance of several thousand dollars.

You’ve heard of people being locked out somewhere because of COVID-19, but this one went much deeper.

(Twitter)

The BBC reported:
“This comes after Shanghai reported 10 locally transmitted cases on Saturday.”

The BBC added:

Millions of people there are fewer than 200 different lockdowns in China, as of October 24, as the country of 1.45 billion people consistently registers more than 1,000 new Covid cases a day. The numbers are seen as relatively low outbreaks in other parts of the world.

However, earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping signaled that there would be no easing of the zero-Covid policy – which aims to eliminate all epidemics – calling it a “people’s war to stop spread of the virus”.

That’s not what the Democrats are hoping for. one week before polling day. Gasoline prices rose slightly this week. The national average price at the pump has climbed to $3.761 a gallon and supplies, especially on the East Coast, are tight.

The New York Times points out As food prices rise and restaurants and other food businesses say they need to raise prices to cover those costs, earnings reports show some of the biggest names in the industry posting big profits. The Times story raises the possibility that these companies are raising prices to increase profits, not just to cover higher costs. Airlines, soft drink companies, credit card companies, hotels and quick service restaurants all say consumers have money and are willing to spend it even if prices go up.

The Tax Policy Center says four out of 10 US households will end 2022 without paying federal income tax. This represents 72.5 million households. Moreover, in the years to come, even smaller percentages of households will bear the federal tax burden.

One of the reasons for the steep drop is that the standard 2022 tax deduction is increasing from last year. MarketWatch provides more details on how these numbers are changing.

I wonder how many people who complain about high federal taxes realize that they pay no federal income tax.

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