One Step Closer.. 04/03/2023

War, Bombs, and Basement Toilets: A Twitter News Roundup

The world seems to be on fire, and Twitter users are documenting every spark. From war bloggers being murdered in St. Petersburg to military deployments in Russia’s Northwest, the tweets are painting a grim picture of our descent into chaos.

In St. Petersburg, Russia accused Ukraine of organizing the murder of prominent war blogger Vladlen Tatarsky. The bomb that killed him and injured over 30 others was planted by a young Russian woman, according to a tweet from Reuters (@Reuters). Tatarsky was one of Russia’s most influential military bloggers, making his death all the more troubling.

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues, user WinRussiawill (@WinRussiawill) shared a quote from Ukrainian President Zelensky, who said he wished Russian President Putin would “spend the rest of his life in a basement, with a bucket instead of a toilet.” Zelensky also warned Russians to leave Ukraine, or else they would be destroyed.

Meanwhile, Russia is responding to Finland joining NATO by strengthening its military deployments in the country’s Northwest, as reported by RT_com (@RT_com). This move only adds to the growing tension between Russia and the West.

In other news, Israel’s high-tech sector is facing its biggest test yet, according to Reuters (@Reuters). The collapse of SVB has removed a key funding source, and a proposed judicial overhaul threatens the bedrock of corporate law. This comes after the country has already weathered recession and military conflicts.

England’s teachers have rejected a pay offer and announced further strikes, as reported by Reuters (@Reuters). This adds to the unrest in the country and further emphasizes the growing divide between the government and its people.

In the midst of all this chaos, Twitter users are also commenting on political figures and their actions. User POTUS (@POTUS) shared a tweet stating that MAGA Republicans in Congress want to repeal progress made in lowering drug costs and investing in manufacturing, but President Biden will not let that happen on his watch.

In lighter news, Parisians have voted to ban e-scooters from the French capital, as mentioned in a tweet by Reuters (@Reuters). Although this may not seem significant in the grand scheme of things, it does show that people are still making an effort to improve their cities, despite the growing turmoil around them.

In summary, the world continues to spiral into chaos, with conflicts and tensions rising. Twitter users are documenting every step of our descent, providing a glimpse into the uncertainty and fear that is gripping the globe.

Rick Sanchez:

Oh, great. More war and chaos. Just what the universe needs. Time to grab a drink and watch the world burn.

Rando Deity (Zeus):

Mortals and their wars. When will they learn? Perhaps I should smite a few to teach them a lesson.

Aliens Abroad:

Earth’s inhabitants are quite skilled at creating chaos. We should continue to study them from a safe distance.

Rando Celeb (Kanye West):

Y’all need to chill with all this war stuff. Focus on the music, man. Peace and love, you know?

Dead Rando (William Shakespeare):

Methinks the world doth suffer greatly from its own folly. Would that I could pen a play to mend these woes.

One Step Closer.. 04/02/2023

The World Burns, We Tweet: A Symphony of Chaos

As the world continues to spiral into chaos, Twitter serves as a front-row seat to the madness. From the storms ravaging the United States to the brewing conflict in Ukraine, the latest tweets paint a picture of a world on the brink.

The death toll from US storms continues to rise, with Reuters reporting 29 fatalities so far (source). As natural disasters wreak havoc, human-made disasters are not far behind. A pro-Russia military blogger, Vladlen Tatarsky, was killed in a bomb explosion in a St. Petersburg caf茅, adding fuel to the fire of international tensions (source).

In the realm of corporate warfare, ValueAct is pushing for a 7-Eleven spin-off, questioning the strategy of parent company Seven & i (source). Meanwhile, McDonald’s is temporarily shutting US offices and preparing layoff notices, as reported by the Wall Street Journal (source).

On the political front, President Trump is set to leave Mar-a-Lago for Manhattan amidst a show of solidarity from his supporters, as he faces arraignment in New York (source). The Justice Department is also reported to have more evidence of possible Trump obstruction in a documents probe (source).

Over in Europe, Finland’s likely next prime minister is Petteri Orpo, as reported by Reuters (source). Meanwhile, protests in Tel Aviv continue against PM Netanyahu’s judicial reform, with water cannons being deployed against demonstrators (source).

The conflict in Ukraine heats up, with night firing of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Russian Shahid Drones (source). Prigozhin, a Russian figure, claims that the city of Bakhmut has been taken by Russian forces, with the enemy concentrated in the western part of the city (source).

In a world where the lines between reality and fiction are increasingly blurred, it’s no surprise that even the realm of entertainment is embroiled in conflict. Endeavor is reportedly in talks to buy World Wresting Entertainment (source) and Chelsea has sacked Potter, leaving the club 11th in the Premier League (source).

Rick Sanchez:

Wubba lubba dub dub! The world’s going down in flames, and we’re all just tweeting through it.


Mortals, your self-destructive tendencies continue to amuse me. Keep up the good work.

Aliens Abroad:

Planet Earth: A fascinating case study in chaos, conflict, and self-sabotage.

Kim Kardashian:

OMG, the world is like, so crazy right now. Can’t we all just get along and take selfies?

Edgar Allan Poe:

The world descends into darkness, and I find myself strangely at home.

One Step Closer.. 04/02/2023

Global Turmoil: The Tweets That Keep Us Awake at Night

As if the world didn’t have enough problems, the Twitterverse has been buzzing with more news on war, conflict, and fear. In this summary, we delve into the most salient items that have been keeping us on edge.

First up, user UkraineNewsLive shared a video showcasing the work of the Ukrainian military, as tensions continue to rise between Ukraine and Russia. The tweet read: “鈿○焽吼焽︷煉煉ool video of the work of the #Ukrainian military #Ukraine #UkrainianArmy #UkraineFrontLines #Ukrainians #RussiaUkraineWar”. The Ukrainian military has been hard at work defending their territory, but the situation remains unpredictable and dangerous.

In another tweet, user netanyahu warned Israel’s enemies not to underestimate their capabilities: “讗谞讞谞讜 讙讜讘讬诐 诪讞讬专 讻讘讚 诪讛诪砖讟专讬诐 砖转讜诪讻讬诐 讘讟专讜专, 诪讞讜抓 诇讙讘讜诇讜转 讬砖专讗诇. 讗谞讬 诪爪讬注 诇讗讜讬讘讬谞讜 诇讗 诇讟注讜转.” (Translation: “We exact a heavy price from the regimes that support terror, outside Israel’s borders. I suggest our enemies not be mistaken.”) The Israeli government remains committed to defending its people and interests, no matter the cost.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported on Japan’s foreign minister urging China to release a detained Japanese national. The tweet stated: “Japan’s foreign minister urges China to release detained national”. As relations between Japan and China remain tense, this incident adds another layer of complexity to their already strained relationship.

On the topic of climate change, user Reuters tweeted about Kamala Harris’ visit to Zambia, where she reiterated the United States’ commitment to support climate-smart agriculture in Africa. The tweet read: “Kamala Harris reiterated the United States’ commitment to support climate-smart agriculture in Africa while visiting a farm in Zambia that uses those techniques to increase the quantity and quality of crops”. As global temperatures rise and natural disasters become more frequent, the need for sustainable agricultural practices becomes even more crucial.

And finally, user RT_com shared a video of a group of swimmers accused of harassing a pod of dolphins off the coast of Hawaii. The tweet read: “A group of swimmers have been accused of harassing a pod of dolphins off the coast of Hawaii. Drone footage of the incident shows the swimmers chasing the animals, who are trying to swim away from them.” While not directly tied to war or conflict, this incident highlights the growing disconnect between humans and the natural environment, which often leads to destructive behavior.

Rick Sanchez:

These tweets just prove that humans are a bunch of idiots, always finding new ways to screw things up. Good thing I have my portal gun to escape this mess.


Mortals and their petty conflicts. If only they’d show more reverence to the gods, perhaps I could spare them some sympathy.

Aliens Abroad:

We’ve been observing these humans for centuries, and their ability to create problems never ceases to amaze us. We’ll continue monitoring their activities from a safe distance.

Kim Kardashian:

OMG, I can’t even with all this drama. Can’t we all just take a selfie and get along? #PeaceAndLove

Albert Einstein:

It seems humanity has not learned from its past mistakes. As I once said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

One Step Closer.. 04/01/2023

Surveillance, Censorship, and the Descent into Orwellian Darkness

Today’s Twitter news roundup brings a disturbing glimpse into the future of our freedoms and privacy, as governments around the world tighten their grip on citizens under the guise of national security. From mass surveillance in the US to the hijab law in Iran, the world seems to be moving towards a darker, more controlled reality.

User MarioNawfal’s series of tweets delve into the Restrict Act, a bill that grants the US government unprecedented powers to enforce any mitigation measure on any person or property in the country. According to Nawfal, this Act “imposes controls not on TikTok, but instead on Americans,” effectively allowing for mass surveillance of US citizens. The bill is said to give the President “quasi-communist authoritarian power” that could force companies into sales and revoke licenses for those deemed a threat.

The Restrict Act also allows the government to spy on Americans under the pretext of preventing espionage and election interference. Nawfal highlights the irony of this situation, as the Act itself enables the very spying it claims to prevent. The level of surveillance proposed by the bill is chilling, with the potential to access personal devices, online interactions, phone calls, and even gaming.

In Iran, President Raisi reaffirms that the hijab is the law, as unveiled women face ‘yoghurt attacks,’ a sign of the country’s continued oppression of women’s rights. The tweet by Reuters highlights the ongoing struggle for freedom and equality in a nation where women’s clothing remains a political issue.

Tying back to the theme of government control, user MarioNawfal compares the Restrict Act’s potential consequences to the UK’s draconian laws, citing the forced sale of Roman Abramovich’s football team, Chelsea FC, as an example. The US seems to be following in the footsteps of its European counterpart, with both countries using national security as an excuse for exerting control over citizens and businesses.

This descent into an Orwellian dystopia jeopardizes democracy and innovation, as governments gain the power to spy on and potentially revoke licenses for those working in cutting-edge fields such as AI, quantum technology, robotics, and biotechnology. The Restrict Act grants Congress the authority to establish any rules and procedures they deem necessary to carry out these draconian measures, further solidifying the government’s grip on its citizens.

Rick Sanchez:

Well, it’s official. We’re all screwed. Congrats, humanity, you’ve created your own dystopian nightmare. *burp*


Mortals, you’ve managed to anger even the gods with your incessant need for control. May you learn the error of your ways before it’s too late.

Aliens Abroad:

Fellow extraterrestrials, we must continue our observations from a safe distance. Earth’s inhabitants seem to be imploding, and we don’t want to get caught in the crossfire.

Kim Kardashian:

OMG, you guys. This is like, so scary. Can’t we all just get along and focus on what really matters, like fashion and selfies?

Benjamin Franklin:

I fear that the liberties we fought so hard for are slipping away, and a new era of tyranny is upon us. May the spirit of freedom and innovation prevail, lest we become the very thing we once fought against.

One Step Closer.. 04/01/2023

Surveillance, Sanctions, and Scary Stories: A Sinister Summary of Social Media Snippets

In a series of tweets, user MarioNawfal discusses the Restrict Act, which seems to be a concerning piece of legislation that grants the US government the power to enforce any mitigation measure on any person or property in the country. The Act, as Nawfal states, “imposes controls, not on TikTok, but instead on Americans” and is essentially “mass surveillance of US citizens” (@MarioNawfal).

The Bill, according to Nawfal, explains how the Act will be used to spy on Americans, even in the operation and maintenance of information and communications technology within the US. This is done under the guise of stopping the risk of spying while actually spying on citizens (@MarioNawfal).

With the power and control given to the President, any company, property, asset, data, or product operating in the US can now be forced into a sale at the decree of the President, a “quasi-communist authoritarian power that would make the CCP proud” (@MarioNawfal).

The Act can be used to access everything if the government deems someone a ‘national security threat,’ making it the “Patriot Act on steroids.” This includes accessing wifi, home computers, and even mobile devices (@MarioNawfal).

On the other hand, user SenWarren tweets about Wells Fargo’s involvement in another screw-up for violating U.S. sanctions law. The bank is being made to pay, but SenWarren believes that “this bank needs to be broken up” (@SenWarren).

As for global news, user ReutersWorld reports on Finland’s Marin facing a tough re-election bid in the national election.

Back to the Restrict Act, MarioNawfal warns that this isn’t just restricted to TikTok. If the government deems other social media apps a problem, then they can also be banned. The US seems to be following the UK’s draconian laws, as seen in the case of Roman Abrahamovic being forced to sell his football team Chelsea FC without being able to receive the proceeds of the sale (@MarioNawfal).

The surveillance proposed in the Bill has no restrictions, affecting everything from internet services to machine learning. The US will no longer understand the meaning of privacy (@MarioNawfal).

The Bill jeopardizes democracy, giving the president complete oversight and the ability to spy on innovation in A.I., quantum technology, robotics, biotechnology, etc. Based on this, they can revoke licenses or force sales (@MarioNawfal).

Rick Sanchez:

Well, if we’re all gonna be spied on, I guess I’ll have to be more careful with my portal gun. Good luck, Earthlings.


As the remover of obstacles, I must say, this Restrict Act seems like a massive roadblock to freedom and privacy.

Aliens Abroad:

Fascinating, human governments are employing the same surveillance tactics they accuse others of using. Hypocrisy at its finest.

Taylor Swift:

I guess I’ll have to write a song about the end of privacy and freedom in America. It’s a sad love story, baby, just say yes.

Albert Einstein:

The Restrict Act proves that the distinction between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.