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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Says The Social Media Purge Will Last Long After Biden’s Inaguration

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that censorship “is bigger than one account” after permanently suspending President Donald Trump from the platform. He has suggested that the deletion of free speech on his platform will continue long after Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Jame O’Keefe from Project Veritas has released a new video showing Dorsey saying the elimination of free speech on Twitter is coming. It’s about to be an echo chamber for obedient slaves.

Project Veritas said it obtained the leaked video, which is dated to January 8, from a Twitter insider, who ostensibly captured it during a virtual company meeting. In the clip, Dorsey also cites Twitter’s recently ramped-up efforts to expunge all accounts related to the QAnon online conspiracy community following a violent disturbance on Capitol Hill last week, arguing they should provide a model for content-policing going forward.

“The moves we’re making today around QAnon, for instance, is one such example of a broader approach that we should be looking at and going deeper on,” the CEO said, adding that such content is not “going away anytime soon.”

Observing that the US is “extremely divided,” Dorsey argued that Twitter’s role is “to protect the integrity” of political discourse in the country and to “do what we can to make sure that no one is being harmed based off that,” reiterating an often-stated goal to cut down on “real-world harm” stemming from activity on the web. The CEO previously defended Trump’s suspension on the same grounds, claiming the move would protect “public safety.”

That means Twitter has chosen the side of the ruling class, the masters, and has no intention of helping free the slaves. The elitists of the world will do everything possible to maintain their power over people.

Most social media sites have taken to censorship in light of the “riot” at the Capitol. Social media sites including YouTube and Facebook have purged thousands of accounts, most alleging those accounts “incited violence” and contributed to the unrest in DC.

So let’s be clear: rioting and the destruction of private individuals’ property is fine, but don’t you dare take it to the source, the masters causing the division and enslaving us all.

Both Reddit and Discord have also moved to censor certain groups too.  Are you getting the message yet?

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Leaked video: Jack Dorsey says Twitter’s ban of Trump is ‘bigger than one account’ and will ‘go on beyond inauguration’

A leaked video shows Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s plans for “broader” enforcement on the social media platform that will go far beyond the banning of President Donald Trump.

Project Veritas released a new video Thursday of Dorsey declaring that upcoming actions are “going to be much bigger than just one account,” and would “go on beyond the inauguration.”

The undercover video was allegedly secretly recorded by a “Twitter insider” during an internal meeting with employees of the social media company.

“We know we are focused on one account right now, but this is going to be much bigger than just one account, and it’s going to go on for much longer than just this day, this week, and the next few weeks, and go on beyond the inauguration,” Dorsey said in the leaked footage.

“So, the focus is certainly on this account and how it ties to real-world violence,” Dorsey said in the video call. “But also, we need to think much longer-term around how these dynamics play out over time. I don’t believe this is going away anytime soon.”

“You should always feel free to express yourself in whatever format manifestation feels right,” Dorsey said in the clip.

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe tweeted out the video on Thursday with the caption: “BREAKING: @Twitter Insider Secretly Records CEO @jack Detailing Agenda For Further Political Censorship.”

Dorsey addressed Twitter’s recent purge of QAnon-related accounts, “And the moves that we’re making today around QAnon, for instance, one such example of a much broader approach that we should be looking at and going deeper on.”

On Tuesday, Twitter announced that it had suspended “more than 70,000 accounts” since the violence at the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6.

“We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm,” Twitter said in a statement. “Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.”

A Twitter spokesperson responded to the Project Veritas video and told Fox News, “The remarks shown in the video were delivered to our more than 5,400 employees and are nearly the same words Jack shared in a recent Tweet Thread offering context around and reflections on our work to protect the conversation in recent weeks.”

Twitter permanently banned President Trump from the social media platform on Jan. 8. Twitter’s “safety” account said the company banned Trump “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” following the Capitol riots.

On Wednesday, Dorsey issued a statement on the banning of President Trump.

I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.

Since the Capitol chaos, President Trump’s accounts and Trump-related accounts have been deplatformed or censored on numerous social media networks, including Facebook, Instagram, Google, YouTube, Apple, Paypal, Discord, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, and Shopify.

Project Veritas, an investigative group that aims to “expose misconduct in both public and private institutions,” has made headlines this week. The group released a secretly recorded video of former PBS principal counsel Michael Beller saying the government should take away children of Trump voters and put them in “reeducation camps.” Beller was fired by PBS after the video went viral.

On Wednesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that a woman was arrested on felony charges of election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. The suspect, Rachel Rodriguez, was reportedly first exposed last fall in a Project Veritas video.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issues statement on banning Trump

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey issued a statement Wednesday addressing the social media giant’s decision to ban President Donald Trump from the platform for life, explaining the reasoning behind the move while advocating for a “decentralized standard for social media.”

What are the details?

In a lengthy thread, Dorsey began, “I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. Was this correct? I believe this was the right decision for Twitter.”

He explained, “We faced an extraordinary and untenable circumstance, forcing us to focus all of our actions on public safety. Offline harm as a result of online speech is demonstrably real, and what drives our policy and enforcement above all.”

“That said,” Dorsey continued, “having to ban an account has real and significant ramifications. While there are clear and obvious exceptions, I feel a ban is a failure of ours ultimately to promote healthy conversation. And a time for us to reflect on our operations and the environment around us.”

Twitter hit Trump with a 12-hour suspension on Jan. 6 over three messages he sent continuing to insist the election was stolen from him the same day a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a siege that left at least five people dead. The suspension came with a warning that future violations of the company’s “Civic Integrity or Violent threats policies” by the president would result in a permanent suspension of his account.

Two days later, Twitter followed through the with threat, banning Trump from the platform for good citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”

The next day, Twitter’s stock took a 6% hit, yet the company continued to purge tens of thousands of accounts allegedly for spreading the QAnon conspiracy theory.

But other companies have joined in the crackdown, with Facebook also banning Trump indefinitely and purging any content that includes the phrase, “stop the steal.”

Some conservatives fled to other social media platforms, particularly Parler, which was then blocked from iPhones by Apple, blocked from Android phones by Google, and taken offline completely by Amazon.

Dorsey addressed that issue in his statement, saying, “The check and accountability on this power has always been the fact that a service like Twitter is one small part of the larger public conversation happening across the internet. If folks do not agree with our rules and enforcement, they can simply go to another internet service.”

He added, “This concept was challenged last week when a number of foundational internet tool providers also decided not to host what they found dangerous. I do not believe this was coordinated. More likely: companies came to their own conclusions or were emboldened by the actions of others.”

Dorsey went on to plug the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, and to advocate for a “decentralized standard for social media” project called Blue Sky.

The Twitter CEO concluded, “I believe the internet and global public conversation is our best and most relevant method of achieving this. I also recognize it does not feel that way today. Everything we learn in this moment will better our effort, and push us to be what we are: one humanity working together.”

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Parler CEO claims he has received death threats amid platform shutdown, rips Big Tech for kowtowing to Democrats

Parler CEO John Matze said this week that he has been facing death threats in the days following his platform shutdown.

He also said that the de-platforming is nothing short of unconstitutional, and that technology companies like Amazon, Apple, and Google are kowtowing to Democrat demands.

What’s a brief history here?

Between Friday and Saturday, Google and Apple removed Parler from its app stores.

A day later, Amazon Web Services suspended the social media network’s web hosting abilities, citing the company’s reported refusal to remove inciting content shared by its users, which it said ultimately resulted in contributing to last week’s deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Parler filed a lawsuit on Monday that accused Amazon Web Services of breaching its contract and the violation of an antitrust law over the move.

Amazon Web Services said in response that it warned the site about user posts repeatedly, but to no avail.

“People have acted on these calls: Parler was used to incite, organize, and coordinate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol,” Amazon Web Services said Tuesday in its court filing on the suit.

What are the details?

According to a Tuesday report from
Newsweek, Matze revealed that he heard through news headlines that Apple, Google, and Amazon all had a hand in shuttering his web application, prohibiting users from downloading, logging on, or even viewing the social media site.

Matze told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday that he is now receiving death threats.

“People are threatening my life,” he said. “I can’t go home tonight. This is really a lot. This is not just our civil liberties. [Big Tech] can shut down a billion-dollar company, half-a-billion dollar company, overnight.”

He did not specify the threats he purportedly received.

According to the outlet, Matze also said that he never thought the tech giants would actually shut down such a site.

“I’ve theorized about it, we’ve definitely theorized about it,” he said. “You just never think it will happen though. What’s really interesting is that they all did it on the same day, those three, without any prior warning.”

He added that there is varying reactions to the site’s shutdown, but there are many people who are “egging it on and cheering.”

“I have seen a lot of people say this is scary, but I’ve seen a lot of people who are participating in the five minutes of hate and egging it on and cheering,” Matze said. “It is disgusting.”

A spokesperson for Google told the outlet that the app will remain absent from the Google Play store until the application addresses the speech issues.

“We’re aware of continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.,” the statement began. “We recognize that there can be reasonable debate about content policies, and that it can be difficult for apps to immediately remove all violative content, but for us to distribute an app through Google Play we do require that apps implement robust moderation for egregious content.”

The statement continued, “In light of this ongoing and urgent public safety threat, we are suspending the app’s listings from the Play Store until it addresses these issues.”


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Anything else?

Matze said that he believes the site will be operational again “one day.”

“We will be back up eventually because we’re not going to give up,” he insisted. “But soon is difficult. I thought immediately, ‘No problem, I’ll call up a new vendor.’ We call up the vendor, we’re all good to go, and then right at the last second, ‘Sorry, somebody said something and we can’t host you. ‘Bye.’ And it’s been that one after another since then. Right at the last minute they just bail. We’re going to do it. We’re going to be back online one day, and hopefully soon, as soon as possible. But this is a real challenge. We have to build our own infrastructure, our own everything, in order to do it.”

In an interview published Tuesday, Matze said that the suspension is nothing short of unconstitutional.

“I think it’s sick,” he said. “That’s not what the Constitution said. That’s not what the Constitution stands for, banning 10-plus million US voters from the internet, barring people from free speech.”

He also said that tech companies are simply placating Democrats who are looking for a finger to point after the Capitol riots.

Fox News reported, “[Rep. Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), recently urged Apple and Google to take action against Parler, in a tweet the leader of the so-called ‘Squad’ of progressives sent to her 11.4 million followers. Ocasio-Cortez isn’t alone. Many people on the left have made similar complaints.”

Of the complaints, Matze said, “Frankly, I would call it evil, because my definition of evil is ‘forcing your will upon others.’ If you don’t like what I have to say, you can disagree with me, but you cannot take vindictive action against me without being evil.”

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Twitter Purge: Our Orwellian Dystopia Is Now Our Present

In a Monday night blog post, Twitter laid out all the latest details of a historic purge that started with the permanent suspension of President Donald Trump.  Isn’t it odd how none of those considerations emerged during the summer when United States cities were literally burning as a result of countless violent protests and frequent riots?

According to a report by ZeroHedge, the Great Purge, which is a big tech censorship campaign rivaled only by that of Nazi Germany’s, has begun.  With the suspension of 70,000 accounts since Friday, the crackdown on dissent and those who know they are being lied to propagandized is here.  The Orwellian dystopia we were all warned about has arrived.

In twitter’s own words: “It’s important to be transparent about all of this work as the US Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2021, approaches.” In the aftermath of the biggest censorship purge in Twitter history, the company’s stock tumbled. The justification for the mass censorship campaign dubbed “the purge” by ZeroHedge and others is justified if you believe Big Tech:

We’ve been clear that we will take strong enforcement action on behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm. Given the violent events in Washington, DC, and increased risk of harm, we began permanently suspending thousands of accounts that were primarily dedicated to sharing QAnon content on Friday afternoon.

Already, the American Civil Liberties Union is warning the public that the Big Tech firms are expanding their power.

“Unchecked Power” Warning After Trump’s Permanent Suspension From Social Media

Social media platforms will soon be an echo chamber for authoritarians while those who have been censored move to other sites that allow the free flow of information.

Click here to read Twitter’s entire statement on the censorship of dissenting voices.

This situation will amp up as we approach the inauguration. Things are about to get chaotic as people increasingly become silenced as Big Tech continues to foment division.

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Twitter’s stock plummets in first trading day after banning President Trump

Twitter’s stock price plummeted more than 6% on Monday, the first day of trading since the social media giant booted President Donald Trump from its platform.

Last Friday, Twitter announced it had permanently suspended Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” after supporters of the president stormed the U.S. Capitol in protest of the 2020 election results. In the months preceding, Trump had frequently taken to Twitter to argue that the election was fraudulent.

It was the first time that the social media company had ever banned a head of state.

Conservatives blasted the ban as an unprecedented attack on free speech; leftists lauded it as “the most important moment in the history of social media”; and on Monday, investors expressed their own concerns, putting the social media company’s ticker price under pressure.

According to Yahoo! Finance, Twitter’s stock opened the day down 10% before cratering to as low as $45.17 per share, or 12.3% down on the day. The stock eventually rebounded over the next several hours to end the day down 6.4%.

Business Insider reported that the early drop erased more than $5 billion from Twitter’s market capitalization.

Trump’s account boasted more than 88 million followers — making it one of the most popular on the platform — and his provocative tweets over the past six years generated tremendous publicity for the platform.

The recent drop in stock price likely represents investors’ concerns that Twitter may soon become less competitive if supporters of the president decided to leave the platform en masse. Conservatives have long-believed that Big Tech companies like Twitter unfairly censor conservative voices and ideas.

In fact, many conservatives in recent months have been migrating over to Parler, a free speech alternative to Twitter. Though Parler was in danger of shutting down indefinitely over the weekend after Apple and Google removed Parler from their application stores and Amazon removed it from its web services due to its lack of a content moderation policy.

On Monday, Parler sued Amazon for antitrust violations.

Twitter was not the only social media company to experience a stock downturn Monday after de-platforming the president. Facebook and Google also saw their stock prices drop, though not nearly as sharply.

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Internet provider to block Twitter, Facebook for customers who ask after the social media giants banned President Trump

Twitter and Facebook just got a digital glove to their faces.

It’s relatively a tiny glove — but the social media giants still might feel the sting.

What happened?

In the wake of Twitter and Facebook banning President Donald Trump following the U.S. Capitol siege that leftists — and some conservatives — say Trump incited, an internet provider in Idaho says it’s blocking Twitter and Facebook for customers who request it, KREM-TV reported.

The station said Your T1 WIFI provides internet services to North Idaho and the Spokane, Washington, area — and that it got calls from customers about both social media sites.

“It has come to our attention that Twitter and Facebook are engaged in censorship of our customers and information,” an email to Your T1 WIFI customers reads:

The above letter indicates that Your T1 WIFI had been getting calls from customers asking that it not display Facebook or Twitter, and saying they didn’t want their children to see the social media sites, either.

At first the internet provider said it would block Facebook and Twitter outright unless customers specifically asked Your T1 WIFI to allow Twitter and Facebook to be viewed — but KREM said the internet provider changed its approach Monday and said Twitter and Facebook would be blocked only for those who request such an action.

The station said the Your T1 WIFI customer forwarded to KREM additional emails from the internet provider that said two-thirds of customers wanted Twitter and Facebook blocked — and that Your T1 WIFI’s contract and acceptable use policy allows it to block anything that violates its rules or that’s “illegal or harmful to our customers and more.”

Anything else?

“Our company does not believe a website or social networking site has the authority to censor what you see and post and hide information from you, stop you from seeing what your friends and family are posting,” the initial email from Your T1 WIFI also said.

It added that “we also don’t condone what Google, Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Apple are doing … to Parler by trying to strong arm them into submission.”

The station added that a representative for the Idaho attorney general said its office lacks jurisdiction in this matter. KREM also said it reached out for comment to the offices of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Idaho Gov. Brad Little, the Federal Communications Commission, and the Washington state attorney general.

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Democrats Plan To Pressure Pence To Remove Donald Trump

Source: The New York Times

Democrats will move to pressure vice president Mike Pence to invoke the 25th amendment and remove Donald Trump from office.  This seems ridiculous considering Trump has a mere 9 days left as president. So the real question should be: why bother?

If Joe Biden won a “free and fair election” and Trump has said that an “orderly” transfer of power will occur, why would democrats even need to waste their time trying to remove him from office? According to the Wall Street Journal, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she will introduce a resolution on Monday; “We will act with urgency.”

Mr. Pence isn’t expected to move forward with a 25th Amendment process, people familiar with his thinking said.

One article of impeachment that accuses Mr. Trump of inciting an insurrection was close to having enough support to pass the House. Meanwhile, more GOP lawmakers said Sunday Mr. Trump should resign. –Wall Street Journal

“In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi said in a letter to her Democratic colleagues, according to CNN.  “As the days go by, the horror of the ongoing assault on our democracy perpetrated by this President is intensified and so is the immediate need for action.”

No matter which articles you read, the only reason to push through impeachment in the last 9 days of Trump’s administration is his “inciting” of the riots and protests on January 6th at the Capitol. Again, with only 9 days to go, there’s almost nothing Trump can do at this time and the social media giants have already taken out his means of communicating with the public.

Democrats are justifying the unprecedented push for a second impeachment on the grounds that after his most flagrant abuse of power yet, Trump presents a stark danger to the country and the world and must be removed immediately. Another motivating factor is that a conviction in a Senate trial would likely bar Trump from ever seeking public office again. They parry critiques that such a late-term impeachment would be academic by arguing that Trump’s crime against the Constitution cannot go unpunished. –CNN

If there is success in the impeachment of Trump, he will not be able to seek any public office ever again. Perhaps that’s the goal.  However, we all know elections are selections (that should be obvious by now) and they’ll put whoever they want in power, so what’s the point?

This might be all a distraction to cause more division. Keep your eyes on issues such as this.  There’s a bigger reason for the impeachment of Trump than they are telling us.  There’s a reason and we should be asking these questions.

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Leaders in Germany and France attack Twitter’s move to ban President Trump, blast Big Tech for curbing free speech

Following the riots at the U.S. Capitol last week, activists put extreme pressure on social media companies to ban President Donald Trump — and some of his supporters — from their platforms.

Big Tech acquiesced, and by Friday night, Twitter had permanently banned Trump, Facebook and Instagram suspended him indefinitely, and Snapchat disabled his account. Shopify and Twitch both suspended and banned any accounts even related to President Trump. PayPal, Discord, Tiktok, YouTube, Pinterest, Google, and Apple have taken actions against Trump, his supporters, and any activities or content related to the president.

Naturally, the president has received support from well-known figures on the right — regardless of whether they were on board with his claims of massive election fraud that led to Wednesday’s protests and riots — who denounced Big Tech’s efforts to silence the president.

Even the ACLU came out against the de-platforming of the president.

Now the president is getting backing from a couple of unexpected places across the pond: Germany and France.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday through chief spokesman Steffen Seibert that Twitter’s Trump ban is a problem and that corporations should not be messing with free speech, Fortune reported.

“The chancellor sees the complete closing down of the account of an elected president as problematic,” Seibert said, according to Fortune, adding that the freedom of speech “can be interfered with, but by law and within the framework defined by the legislature — not according to a corporate decision.”

Seibert added that Merkel believes the U.S. should pass regulations to restrict online incitement rather than just leaving it up to Big Tech, the Financial Times reported. He went on to say that speech should be restricted by government, not “the management of social media platforms,” highlighting a difference between the U.S. approach to policing internet platforms and how the E.U. approaches the issue, as the Financial Times pointed out:

But Ms Merkel said through her spokesman that the US government should follow Germany’s lead in adopting laws that restrict online incitement, rather than leaving it up to platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to make up their own rules.

The intervention highlights a key area of disagreement between the US and Europe on how to regulate social media platforms. The EU wants to give regulators more powers to force Internet platforms such as Facebook or Twitter to remove illegal content.

In the US, technology companies have traditionally been left to themselves to police their own sites, though momentum is gathering behind political moves to curtail their regulatory freedoms. Several members of Congress are working on bills which would limit the legal protections social media companies have from being sued for third party content posted on their sites.

France Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire echoed Merkel’s criticism of Big Tech’s anti-speech moves. Le Maire told France Inter, the Financial Times said, that he was “shocked” by Twitter’s move.

“Digital regulation should not be done by the digital oligarchy itself,” he said, according to a translation provided by the Financial Times, adding,?”Regulation of the digital arena is a matter for the sovereign people, governments and the judiciary.”

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Conservatives push back against big tech censorship: Nikki Haley says Twitter’s ban of Trump is ‘what happens in China’

Nikki Haley reacted to the permanent ban of President Donald Trump on Twitter by comparing the action to the type of censorship that is practiced in Communist China.

Following the chaos at the U.S. Capitol, Twitter permanently suspended the account of Trump on Friday “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations from 2017 to 2018, weighed in on the banning of Trump on Twitter.

“Silencing people, not to mention the President of the US, is what happens in China not our country,” Haley wrote on Twitter, and included the hashtag: “#Unbelievable.”

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson echoed the comparison of the censorship by Twitter to the blacklist actions of China.

“Silencing a significant number of voters and erasing history is no way to unite us; it only further divides,” Carson tweeted. “Big tech & social media platforms want to act like media orgs but don’t want to be held accountable with the rest of media. Speech should be free whether you agree or not.”

“You want to ban @realDonaldTrump, fine you’re a private company, but @Twitter deleting the President’s account which highlights this admin & its history is wrong,” the former neurosurgeon said. “@Facebook & @instagram banning all images from the Capitol riot is a dangerous precedent to set. We aren’t in China.”

On Thursday, Facebook announced it would ban and remove photos and videos from the unrest at the U.S. Capitol building. The social network claims that photos and videos from the Capitol riots violate Facebook’s policy of “promotion of criminal activity.”

Even Mexico’s president condemned social media companies for censoring Trump.

“I don’t like anybody being censored or taking away from the right to post a message on Twitter or Face(book). I don’t agree with that, I don’t accept that,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Thursday after Trump’s social media accounts were suspended.

“How can you censor someone: ‘Let’s see, I, as the judge of the Holy Inquisition, will punish you because I think what you’re saying is harmful,'” López Obrador explained. “Where is the law, where is the regulation, what are the norms? This is an issue of government, this is not an issue for private companies.”

Conservatives on Twitter have been experiencing massive decreases in followers since Friday, many of which are calling it a “Twitter purge.” The dramatic loss of followers on Twitter could be a result of a crackdown on accounts that share QAnon content. The social media platform vowed to boot right-wing conspiracy theorists off the platform. Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell were removed from Twitter on Friday.

Follower losses could also be from Trump supporters quitting Twitter as a form of protest. Conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin, and Dan Bongino all deleted their Twitter accounts this week after being fed up with the censorship by big tech.

Many conservatives have flocked to Parler, a social media app that markets itself as a free-speech alternative to Twitter. However, Parler was removed from Google’s app store on Friday and was being threatened with removal by Apple. The powerful app stores claimed that Parler had not done enough to combat violent speech on the social media app.

Some Republicans have criticized Twitter for stifling free speech, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

“What happened on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol is as wrong as wrong can be,” Jordan tweeted. “But canceling conservative speech will not promote ‘unity and healing.’ It will only divide us further.”

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) warned how the social media “purge” was “profoundly dangerous.”

“Big Tech’s PURGE, censorship & abuse of power is absurd & profoundly dangerous. If you agree w/ Tech’s current biases (Iran, good; Trump, bad), ask yourself, what happens when you disagree? Why should a handful of Silicon Valley billionaires have a monopoly on political speech?” Cruz said.

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz said, “Big tech tyranny is playing out before our very eyes.”

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Rush Limbaugh, Dan Bongino, Mark Levin take action against Twitter after platform permanently bans Trump

Conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin, along with commentator Dan Bongino, departed Twitter this week after the social media network permanently banned President Donald Trump from the platform.

What happened?

Conservatives noticed Friday that Limbaugh’s account was no longer active, causing many to assume that Twitter had banned Limbaugh.

However, Twitter told a CNN reporter that it did not suspend Limbaugh’s account. Instead, Limbaugh deactivated the account.

Indeed, Twitter notes when it suspends an account, writing on a suspended account, “Account suspended” and “Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules.” As of Saturday morning, Limbaugh’s account read, “This account doesn’t exist.”

Meanwhile, Bongino, who has nearly 3 million followers on Twitter, announced his departure from the platform after Twitter temporarily suspended his account on Thursday.

“I’m leaving the platform permanently for Parler. I’ll post my final tweet and message for Twitter tomorrow when the 12-hour lockdown ends,” told the Washington Examiner. “F*** these a**holes.”

“Twitter needs me, I don’t need them. I provide them with content. Hopefully, this leads to more high-profile accounts leaving Twitter,” Bongino said.

Levin also said that he was leaving Twitter for good as a “protest” against “Twitter’s fascism.”

“I have suspended my own Twitter account in protest against Twitter’s fascism. I ask all my followers to join me now on Parler and Rumble,” Levin announced Friday.

What’s the background?

After the U.S. Capitol riots on Wednesday, social media platforms and online services began taking action against Trump. After intimately suspending Trump’s account, Twitter decided late Friday to permanently ban Trump from the platform, citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”

The action against Trump appeared to be part of a broader campaign to cleanse Twitter of accounts that have been promoting conspiracy theories and false claims about the election, which are believed to be at least partly responsible for the deadly riots at the Capitol.

On Friday, conservative personalities began noticing their follower numbers dip, bringing attention to what some are called a “purge” of right-leaning accounts.

However, Twitter denied they were engaging in a censorship campaign.

“As part of our work to protect the integrity of the conversation on Twitter, we regularly challenge accounts to confirm account details such as email and phone number. Until the accounts confirm additional account information, they are in a locked state and do not count towards follower counts,” the platform told the Washington Examiner.

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Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump from its social media platform on Friday. Giddy leftists and Democrats celebrated the censorship of the president of the United States on social media with outlandish comparisons and eccentric statements.

Leftist Hollywood actors and celebrities, who have made it their second job to endlessly attack Trump during his tenure, reveled in the Twitter banning.

“Borat” actor Sacha Baron Cohen bloviated, “This is the most important moment in the history of social media. The world’s largest platforms have banned the world’s biggest purveyor of lies, conspiracies and hate. To every Facebook and Twitter employee, user and advocate who fought for this–the entire world thanks you!”

Actor John Cusack bellowed, “This move by Twitter and Facebook are the biggest blows To his fascism.”

“Westworld” actor Jeffrey Wright posted, “Boom,” and included a screenshot of Trump’s now-suspended account.

“Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, “What the f*** took you so long @jack?”

“Star Trek” actor George Takei stated, “I’m feeling Jacked today.”

“Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo tweeted, “Thank you @Twitter & the board.”

Bette Midler was elated, “THANK YOU #TWITTER! CHURCH BELLS! RING THROUGHOUT THE LAND, SO EVERYONE KNOWS! IT’S OVER! TRUMP SUSPENDED FROM INCITING TO VIOLENCE ON TWITTER!”

Chrissy Teigen could only muster a laugh.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan was grateful, “Thank you @Twitter, @jack and @TwitterSafety for putting the safety of the people over profit! Now to find some Republicans with that courage.”

“Frozen” voice actor Josh Gad wrote, “All we got to do now is get the Nuclear codes out of his hands and we should be good!”

Democratic politicians also rejoiced over the news of Trump losing his ability to communicate to Americans on Twitter.

Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.) rollicked by comparing the Twitter banning of Trump to the capture of dictator Saddam Hussein, who is reported to be responsible for the killing of an estimated 250,000 people and figures as high as 500,000.

Hillary Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 election, reacted by retweeting one of her own tweets from 2016 that read, “Delete your account,” and added a checkmark.

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) tweeted, “Great. Now let’s permanently suspend him from the White House.”

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) ranted, “While long overdue, I commend twitter for moving to ban Donald Trump from the platform permanently. Tech companies must take responsibility for hate speech and misinformation flourishing on their watch. This is an important step toward accountability.”

Far-left Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) made a reference to “The Lord of the Rings” by saying, “Gollum has lost his precious.”

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It’s not just Twitter: Numerous online services take action against Trump, Trump-related content

It’s not just Twitter.

The U.S. Capitol riots provoked an avalanche of online backlash against President Donald Trump on Thursday and Friday, causing numerous online services to sever ties with Trump or his associated political activities.

Twitter, of course, permanently banned Trump from the platform late Friday, citing “risk of further incitement of violence.”

Who else is banning/suspending Trump?

Financial Times reporter Dave Lee noted Friday that Trump’s campaign has not been sending emails to its supporters since Wednesday, an indication that its email service providers are severing ties.

In fact, one service provider — Campaign Monitor — confirmed it had suspended the Trump campaign’s access to its service.

The company said:

The self-service account associated with the Donald Trump Campaign has been suspended as of today, January 7th, 2021. Typically, political campaigns use multiple email service providers to send campaign, fundraising, and other emails. Based on the low volume of emails that had been sent from the Campaign Monitor account, this is likely a very small portion of total email activity from the campaign.

Social media platform Reddit also banned its subreddit forum about the president — “r/DonaldTrump” — according to Axios.

“Reddit’s site-wide policies prohibit content that promotes hate, or encourages, glorifies, incites, or calls for violence against groups of people or individuals. In accordance with this, we have been proactively reaching out to moderators to remind them of our policies and to offer support or resources as needed,” a Reddit spokesperson told Axios.

As TheBlaze reported, online retailer Shopify and livestreaming service Twitch have also suspended or banned accounts related to Trump.

Shopify said, “Shopify does not tolerate actions that incite violence. Based on recent events, we have determined that the actions by President Donald J. Trump violate our Acceptable Use Policy, which prohibits promotion or support of organizations, platforms or people that threaten or condone violence to further a cause. As a result, we have terminated stores affiliated with President Trump.”

Twitch said, “In light of yesterday’s shocking attack on the Capitol, we have disabled President Trump’s Twitch channel. Given the current extraordinary circumstances and the President’s incendiary rhetoric, we believe this is a necessary step to protect our community and prevent Twitch from being used to incite further violence.”

Facebook and Instagram have also suspended Trump’s accounts through Inauguration Day. Snapchat also disabled Trump’s account.

Meanwhile, Paypal, Discord, TikTok, YouTube, Pinterest, Google, and Apple have also taken action against Trump-related content, Trump supporters, or Trump-related activities.

Online accounts related to Steve Bannon, Sidney Powell, and Michael Flynn have also been taken down.

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Twitter bans President Trump permanently citing ‘risk of further incitement of violence’

Twitter suspended President Donald Trump’s account for good on Friday, announcing that the president’s voice on the platform will never return “due to the risk of further incitement of violence” following statements he made before rioters “violently stormed the Capitol” on Wednesday.

What are the details?

In a message from Twitter’s “safety” account, the company declared, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

The company attached a link to its explanation for Trump’s permanent suspension, noting that the social media giant had warned Wednesday—when it suspended the president for 12 hours—”that additional violations of Twitter rules would potentially result in this very course of action.”

Twitter pointed to two posts from the president on Friday that led to his ban. The first read, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

The second post read: “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

In its analysis, Twitter reasoned that “Due to the ongoing tensions in the United States, and an uptick in the global conversation in regards to the people who violently stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”

The company provided a number of bullet points explaining their assessment:

  • President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate and is seen as him disavowing his previous claim made via two Tweets (1, 2) by his Deputy Chief of Staff, Dan Scavino, that there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20th.
  • The second Tweet may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a “safe” target, as he will not be attending.
  • The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.
  • The mention of his supporters having a “GIANT VOICE long into the future” and that “They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!” is being interpreted as further indication that President Trump does not plan to facilitate an “orderly transition” and instead that he plans to continue to support, empower, and shield those who believe he won the election.
  • Plans for future armed protests have already begun proliferating on and off-Twitter, including a proposed secondary attack on the US Capitol and state capitol buildings on January 17, 2021.

The Washington Post reported Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and other top executives in the firm received an email this week from roughly 350 Twitter employees demanding “that the company’s leaders permanently suspend Trump’s account.”

The calls for censorship of the president were also made by several congressional Democrats.

On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Trump would be banned from the platform and Facebook-owned Instagram “indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity announced that Trump has joined social media site Parler, an alternative to Twitter. However, Parler itself is now threatened with being de-platformed entirely.

Buzzfeed News reported Friday, “Apple has given Parler, the social network favored by conservatives and extremists, an ultimatum to implement a full moderation plan of its platform within the next 24 hours or face expulsion from the App store.”

In a letter sent to Parler executives obtained by the outlet, Apple explained, in part:

“We have received numerous complaints regarding objectionable content in your Parler service, accusations that the Parler app was used to plan, coordinate, and facilitate the illegal activities in Washington D.C. on January 6, 2021 that led (among other things) to loss of life, numerous injuries, and the destruction of property. The app also appears to continue to be used to plan and facilitate yet further illegal and dangerous activities.”

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California Has the Strictest Lockdown in the US—and the Most Active COVID Cases (by Far)

This article was originally published by Jon Miltimore at The Foundation for Economic Education. 

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Does anyone really need any more evidence that lockdowns do not work?

COVID-19 vaccine may have arrived, but government lockdowns are far from over.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reinstated a strict lockdown in the United Kingdom, citing a surge in infections and hospitalizations fueled by what officials say is a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus.

“It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control,” Johnson said. “That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”

Lockdowns remain a reality in many parts of the US as well, although many states—Alaska, Florida, Missouri, South Dakota, and Alabama, among them—have abandoned nearly all restrictions.

MultiState, a state and local government relations company, has a tool that allows readers to track lockdown stringency in US states. The company’s methodology relies on reporting on nearly a dozen factors—Are residents under stay-at-home orders? Are bars and restaurants allowed to operate beyond delivery? What constitutes an “essential” business?—to determine each state’s ranking.

The state’s with the lowest “open score” are the following: California (50), New Mexico (49), Washington (48), Illinois (47), Hawaii (46), Oregon (45), Delaware (44), Vermont (43), New York (42), Michigan (41), and Colorado (40).

Many believed lockdowns might be nearing an end with the announcement of effective vaccines. Unfortunately, that seems far from certain.

Lawmakers continue to rely on lockdowns and various other restrictions in an effort to tame the spread of the virus, but these restrictions come at heavy costs to individuals and economies: job losses, business closures, depression, drug overdoses, and a massive surge in poverty, among them.

This evidence in itself would bring into serious question the ethics of infringing on basic freedoms and fundamental human rights in an effort to slow transmission of a virus. However, lockdowns become even more questionable when one considers evidence that suggests these draconian restrictions seem to have little impact in slowing the spread of the virus.

The aforementioned United Kingdom, for example, is “reimposing” a lockdown, we’re told. But data show the UK’s lockdown stringency has remained remarkably consistent. The toll of the virus, however, has not.

Data in the US tell a similar story.

California, despite having the strictest lockdown in the country, has the most active cases—by far. Sure, California is the most populous state in the US, but the 1.4 million active cases is more than double the next closest state, Florida, which has roughly 609,000 active cases. On a per-capita basis, Californian’s active cases are about 30 percent higher than Florida, which has virtually no restrictions in place. (To put it another way, California currently represents nearly 17 percent of all active cases in the US.)

Similar patterns can be found in other strict lockdown states such as New Mexico, Washington, and Illinois—all of which are witnessing sharp upticks in cases and deaths despite having some of the strictest lockdown policies in the US.

Counterexamples, however, can also be found. OregonVermontDelaware, and others have seen more modest case increases and deaths with the arrival of winter.

The takeaway here isn’t that the politicians in Delaware and Vermont had better pandemic plans than lawmakers in California and New Mexico or are achieving better compliance. Indeed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently pointed out the virus is surging in LA County despite “great compliance” with public health recommendations.

The takeaway is that central planners can’t manage the coronavirus. Not effectively anyway. They lack the knowledge and the mechanisms of control necessary to control something as complex as a virus. And to be fair, managing a submicroscopic infectious agent that replicates by transmitting itself through living cells is a rather tall task. (Much more complicated than, say, delivering the mail.)

The inability of central planners to effectively manage the virus needs to be acknowledged. One of the duties of the economist is to offer a dose of reality to those who dream they can create anything if they only have enough power.

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design,” Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek famously explained in The Fatal Conceit.

Lockdowns may not be effective, but that doesn’t mean they are going away. Politicians are incentivized to embrace them, even if they don’t work.

Perhaps the best way to end the lockdowns is for Americans to remember that all people are born with “certain unalienable Rights,” and that government exists only to secure these rights.

Once people remember this basic truth, they can find the courage and fortitude to peacefully resist this historic government overreach that has proven so harmful to so many.

Fortunately, many are already actively doing so. From Beverly Hills to Louisville to New York City and beyond, Americans are rediscovering the great tradition of civil disobedience.

“I was not born to be forced,” the great American poet Henry David Thoreau, author of Civil Disobedience, once asserted. “I will breathe after my own fashion.”

It’s a principle we never should have forgotten.

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California Has the Strictest Lockdown in the US—and the Most Active COVID Cases (by Far)

This article was originally published by Jon Miltimore at The Foundation for Economic Education. 

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Does anyone really need any more evidence that lockdowns do not work?

COVID-19 vaccine may have arrived, but government lockdowns are far from over.

On Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson reinstated a strict lockdown in the United Kingdom, citing a surge in infections and hospitalizations fueled by what officials say is a more transmissible variant of the coronavirus.

“It is clear that we need to do more to bring this new variant under control,” Johnson said. “That means the government is once again instructing you to stay at home.”

Lockdowns remain a reality in many parts of the US as well, although many states—Alaska, Florida, Missouri, South Dakota, and Alabama, among them—have abandoned nearly all restrictions.

MultiState, a state and local government relations company, has a tool that allows readers to track lockdown stringency in US states. The company’s methodology relies on reporting on nearly a dozen factors—Are residents under stay-at-home orders? Are bars and restaurants allowed to operate beyond delivery? What constitutes an “essential” business?—to determine each state’s ranking.

The state’s with the lowest “open score” are the following: California (50), New Mexico (49), Washington (48), Illinois (47), Hawaii (46), Oregon (45), Delaware (44), Vermont (43), New York (42), Michigan (41), and Colorado (40).

Many believed lockdowns might be nearing an end with the announcement of effective vaccines. Unfortunately, that seems far from certain.

Lawmakers continue to rely on lockdowns and various other restrictions in an effort to tame the spread of the virus, but these restrictions come at heavy costs to individuals and economies: job losses, business closures, depression, drug overdoses, and a massive surge in poverty, among them.

This evidence in itself would bring into serious question the ethics of infringing on basic freedoms and fundamental human rights in an effort to slow transmission of a virus. However, lockdowns become even more questionable when one considers evidence that suggests these draconian restrictions seem to have little impact in slowing the spread of the virus.

The aforementioned United Kingdom, for example, is “reimposing” a lockdown, we’re told. But data show the UK’s lockdown stringency has remained remarkably consistent. The toll of the virus, however, has not.

Data in the US tell a similar story.

California, despite having the strictest lockdown in the country, has the most active cases—by far. Sure, California is the most populous state in the US, but the 1.4 million active cases is more than double the next closest state, Florida, which has roughly 609,000 active cases. On a per-capita basis, Californian’s active cases are about 30 percent higher than Florida, which has virtually no restrictions in place. (To put it another way, California currently represents nearly 17 percent of all active cases in the US.)

Similar patterns can be found in other strict lockdown states such as New Mexico, Washington, and Illinois—all of which are witnessing sharp upticks in cases and deaths despite having some of the strictest lockdown policies in the US.

Counterexamples, however, can also be found. OregonVermontDelaware, and others have seen more modest case increases and deaths with the arrival of winter.

The takeaway here isn’t that the politicians in Delaware and Vermont had better pandemic plans than lawmakers in California and New Mexico or are achieving better compliance. Indeed, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti recently pointed out the virus is surging in LA County despite “great compliance” with public health recommendations.

The takeaway is that central planners can’t manage the coronavirus. Not effectively anyway. They lack the knowledge and the mechanisms of control necessary to control something as complex as a virus. And to be fair, managing a submicroscopic infectious agent that replicates by transmitting itself through living cells is a rather tall task. (Much more complicated than, say, delivering the mail.)

The inability of central planners to effectively manage the virus needs to be acknowledged. One of the duties of the economist is to offer a dose of reality to those who dream they can create anything if they only have enough power.

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design,” Nobel Prize-winning economist F.A. Hayek famously explained in The Fatal Conceit.

Lockdowns may not be effective, but that doesn’t mean they are going away. Politicians are incentivized to embrace them, even if they don’t work.

Perhaps the best way to end the lockdowns is for Americans to remember that all people are born with “certain unalienable Rights,” and that government exists only to secure these rights.

Once people remember this basic truth, they can find the courage and fortitude to peacefully resist this historic government overreach that has proven so harmful to so many.

Fortunately, many are already actively doing so. From Beverly Hills to Louisville to New York City and beyond, Americans are rediscovering the great tradition of civil disobedience.

“I was not born to be forced,” the great American poet Henry David Thoreau, author of Civil Disobedience, once asserted. “I will breathe after my own fashion.”

It’s a principle we never should have forgotten.

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Democrats widely ridiculed for using the very same ‘gendered language’ that they banned in the House: ‘Democrats cancel themselves’

Republicans and media personalities mercilessly mocked House Democrats for using “gendered language” despite just having passed a new rules package banning such language in the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Monday, the House passed new rules banning any non-inclusive terms, including “father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister, uncle, aunt,” and more. Such terms, according to House Democrats, should be replaced with more gender-neutral terms, including “parent, child, sibling, parent’s sibling,” and more.

What are the details?

On Fox News, former Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) led the charge against the new rules and said, in a blistering statement directed at House Democrats, “It absolutely does the very opposite of that, and it’s the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women. And this recent rule change that the House just actually voted and passed on today that you were talking about, removing references to, you know, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, from congressional rules and administration.”

“It’s mind-blowing because it shows just how out of touch with reality and the struggles of everyday Americans people in Congress are,” she added.


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She wasn’t the only one who noticed the apparent hypocrisy.

As highlighted by the Daily Wire, the National Republican Congressional Committee widely mocked several Democrats for their insistence on using the banned language in their own public profiles, saying “Democrats cancel themselves.”

Pointing at Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) — who refers to herself as a mother on social media and voted for the measure — NRCC spokesperson Torunn Sinclair said, “In her quest for peak wokeness, Katie Porter cancelled herself and disrespected everyone else who views themselves as a mom.”

Pointing at Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.), Sinclair added, “In his quest for peak wokeness, Matt Cartwright cancelled himself and disrespected everyone else who views themselves as a husband and father.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also took flak for apparently making a mockery of her own push for inclusivity by referring to herself as a “mother” and a “grandmother” on Twitter.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer pointed out the gaffe on social media, writing, “Flagging for the woke leftists. @SpeakerPelosi’s twitter bio is in violation of her new House rules against using gender specific terms.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) also said that the new changes were asinine and complained on Fox News that House Democrats were moving further and further away from a more palatable center.

“They can’t say ‘amen’ to a prayer, you cannot say you’re a father, a son, a mother or a daughter, you cheat the minority on what’s the vote on the floor,” he said. “They’re not coming closer to what the American people want. They’re going further away to protect their extreme, radical views.”

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Hillary Clinton mocks ‘Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’ on Twitter — and pays for it bigly

In the wake of what appears to be a Democratic sweep in the Georgia runoff election — which would give Democrats control of the U.S. Senate — former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton couldn’t help herself and joined a massive leftist chorus on social media, which plunged verbal daggers into conservatives far and wide.

But Clinton had a special target in mind: Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Because if the Georgia leads hold, McConnell no longer will be majority leader — and Clinton reminded him of that fact on Twitter:

“Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,” the former Secretary of State mocked.

What was the reaction?

While Clinton surely has scads of Twitter fans who loved her hearty jab — it has garnered more than 270,000 likes in less than three hours — many others saw a prime opportunity to mock the former first lady right back:

  • “Hillary ‘Will Never Be President’ Clinton,” one commenter offered.
  • “Criminal tampering with evidence, lying about Benghazi, bleachbit computers, smashing cell phones, and not being worth a stolen election Hillary,” another commenter said. “Are you and your staff assisting in destroying election evidence? It would be stupid for the party not to use a pro …”
  • “Has Been Washed Up Secretary of State Hil Clinton, who had patriots and an ambassador killed,” another user noted. “What a resume.”
  • “Citizen Hillary Clinton…. don’t act like you are some leader of people or of a cause,” another user asserted. “You want what stuffs your pockets. You don’t offer anything to society in the way of goods and services and yet make millions off the backs of hard working Americans.”
  • “Donald Trump served as President. YOU will never be president. Ever,” another commenter said.
  • “It certainly doesn’t keep her from fantasizing that she’s still relevant,” another user added to the previous tweet. “Bitter old hag.”
  • “‘Twice’ Not Elected President of the United States Hillary Clinton,” another commenter quipped.
  • “Side chick Hillary Clinton,” yet another user noted.
  • “And Hillary lost; bad, bad sore loser because she has not shut her effing mouth in 4 years,” another commenter said.

No love lost

Clinton and McConnell have locked horns before. In fact, just a few months back, McConnell called Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court a “wonderful birthday present” for Clinton.

“It was a wonderful birthday present for Hillary Clinton to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Monday night on her birthday,” McConnell said during a campaign stop in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, the New York Post reported. “Oh, I’m sure she was so grateful, so grateful.”

It should come as no surprise that Clinton — who turned 73 years old — was not particularly in favor of the confirmation of Barrett, a deeply religious conservativ, whose presence on the high court following Trump’s nomination tipped the balance further away from liberal justices.

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Top US Official Says ‘Growing Body Of Evidence’ Shows COVID-19 Leaked From Chinese Lab

This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge. 

The most ‘credible’ theory about the origin of COVID-19 is that it escaped from a Chinese laboratory, according to US National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger, who made the comment during a Zoom meeting with UK officials.

“There is a growing body of evidence that the lab is likely the most credible source of the virus,” said Pottinger, referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to the Daily Mail, which notes that ‘even China’s leaders openly admit their previous claims that the virus originated in a Wuhan market are false.’

Pottinger was one of the first US officials to sound the alarm at the White House over the origins of the virus in January 2020, when he initially suspected that the outbreak originated in a Chinese lab – after which Pottinger ordered US intelligence agencies to search for evidence. Good thing he kept this theory to himself or Twitter may have banned him.

Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory Party leader who attended the meeting, said Mr Pottinger’s comments represented a ‘stiffening’ of the US position on the theory that the virus came from a leak at the laboratory, amid reports that the Americans are talking to a whistleblower from the Wuhan institute.

I was told the US have an ex-scientist from the laboratory in America at the moment,’ he said. ‘That was what I heard a few weeks ago.

‘I was led to believe this is how they have been able to stiffen up their position on how this outbreak originated.’

He added that Beijing’s refusal to allow journalists to visit the laboratory only served to increase suspicion that it was ‘ground zero’ for the pandemic. ‘The truth is there are people who have been in those labs who maintain that this is the case,’ he said.

We don’t know what they have been doing in that laboratoryThey may well have been fiddling with bat coronaviruses and looking at them and they made a mistake. I’ve spoken to various people who believe that to be the case.’ –Daily Mail

“Even establishment figures in Beijing have openly dismissed the wet market story,” Pottinger told the call participants.

Meanwhile, emails obtained via public records request revealed that influential scientists have been hard at work crafting the ‘natural origin’ thesis while suggesting a lab leak as a ‘fringe conspiracy theory.’ Via USRTK.org:

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Influential scientists and many news outlets have described the evidence as “overwhelming” that the virus originated in wildlife, not from a lab. However, a year after the first reported cases of SARS-CoV-2 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, little is known about how or where the virus originated. Understanding the origins of SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, may be crucial to preventing the next pandemic.

The emails of coronavirus expert Professor Ralph Baric – obtained through a public records request by U.S. Right to Know – show conversations between National Academy of Sciences (NAS) representatives, and experts in biosecurity and infectious diseases from U.S. universities and the EcoHealth Alliance.

On Feb. 3, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to “convene meeting of experts… to assess what data, information, and samples are needed to address the unknowns, in order to understand the evolutionary origins of 2019-nCoV, and more effectively respond to both the outbreak and any resulting misinformation.”

Baric and other infectious disease experts were involved in drafting the response. The emails show the experts’ internal discussions and an early draft dated Feb. 4.

The early draft described “initial views of the experts” that “the available genomic data are consistent with natural evolution and that there is currently no evidence that the virus was engineered to spread more quickly among humans.” This draft sentence posed a question, in parentheses:

“[ask experts to add specifics re binding sites?]” It also included a footnote in parentheses: “[possibly add brief explanation that this does not preclude an unintentional release from a laboratory studying the evolution of related coronaviruses].”

In one email, dated Feb. 4, infectious disease expert Trevor Bedford commented:

“I wouldn’t mention binding sites here. If you start weighing evidence there’s a lot to consider for both scenarios.”

By “both scenarios,” Bedford appears to refer to lab-origin and natural-origin scenarios.

The question of binding sites is important to the debate about the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Distinctive binding sites on SARS-CoV-2’s spike protein confer “near-optimal” binding and entry of the virus into human cells and make SARS-CoV-2 more contagious than SARS-CoV. Scientists have argued that SARS-CoV-2’s unique binding sites could have originated either as a result of natural spillover in the wild or deliberate laboratory recombination of an as-yet-undisclosed natural ancestor of SARS-CoV-2.

The final letter published on Feb. 6 did not mention binding sites or the possibility of a laboratory origin. It does make clear that more information is necessary to determine the origins of SARS-CoV-2. The letter states,

“The experts informed us that additional genomic sequence data from geographically – and temporally – diverse viral samples are needed to determine the origin and evolution of the virus. Samples collected as early as possible in the outbreak in Wuhan and samples from wildlife would be particularly valuable.”

The emails show some experts discussing the need for clear language to counter what one described as “crackpot theories” of lab origin. Kristian Andersen, the lead author of an influential Nature Medicine paper asserting a natural origin of SARS-CoV-2, said:

the early draft was “great, but I do wonder if we need to be more firm on the question of engineering.

He continued,

“If one of the main purposes of this document is to counter those fringe theories, I think it’s very important that we do so strongly and in plain language…”

In his response, Baric aimed at conveying a scientific basis for SARS-CoV-2’s natural origin.

“I do think we need to say that the closest relative to this virus (96%) was identified from bats circulating in a cave in Yunnan, China. This makes a strong statement for animal origin.”

Meanwhile, 27 scientists issued a statement drafted by Daszak (who didn’t want to be identified as its author), in which they “strongly condemn[ed] conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” and reported that scientists from multiple countries “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife.” The letter included no scientific references to refute a lab-origin theory of the virus.

One scientist, Linda Saif, asked via email whether it would be useful “to add just one or 2 statements in support of why nCOV is not a lab-generated virus and is naturally occurring? Seems critical to scientifically refute such claims!”

Daszak responded, “I think we should probably stick to a broad statement.”

Growing calls to investigate the Wuhan Institute of Virology as a potential source of SARS-CoV-2 have led to increased scrutiny of EcoHealth Alliance.

The emails show how members of EcoHealth Alliance played an early role in framing questions about the possible lab origin of SARS-CoV-2 as “crackpot theories that need to be addressed,” as Daszak told The Guardian.

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Left-wing journalist wants to ‘find an anti-masker and beat them to death,’ says ‘F***ING “Christians”‘ who don’t wear masks will ‘burn in hell’

Left-wing journalist Kurt Eichenwald tweeted that he wants “to find an anti-masker and beat them to death” and that “F***ING ‘Christians'” who don’t wear masks because they believe God is “saving” them from COVID-19 are “what Jesus condemns” and will “burn in hell.”

What are the details?

Eichenwald — a New York Times bestselling author who in 2017 wished death on family members of Republican officials who voted for “Trumpcare” — tweeted Wednesday that “it’s at a moment like this that I want to find an anti-masker and beat them to death. Since they believe they have the right to kill others, they have surrendered any right to object. #CategoricalImperative.”

While his sentiment was removed from Twitter for violating terms of service, TheBlaze’s Sara Gonzales caught an eyeful of it:

Eichenwald later added that he’s “not planning to kill anyone” but “as the misery descends on our family again, it is hard not to contemplate violence against those who don’t care if they kill.”

A day later Eichenwald tweeted, “I have so much hate in my heart tonight. My sister, widowed by COVID, has COVID because of anti-maskers. About 4,000 died today; GOP says nothing. [Missouri Republican U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley] & his ilk are working to harm America. I wish them & their loved ones all the pain & misery they inflicted on this country.”

When a Twitter user asked, “Anti-maskers did this? How do people who wear masks get it then?” Eichenwald dug his claws in: “Because you F***ING MORON, masks primarily protect other people. And since 40% of the infected are asymptomatic , the ones without masks are spreading the disease because they don’t give a S**T about killing others. You are either STILL uninformed or too stupid to care.”

He also tweeted that he doesn’t care about children left orphaned by parents who don’t use masks and put others at risk: “If someone is willing to leave the children of innocents without parents, I don’t care if their own kids are orphans. Reap what they sew [sic]. It shouldn’t just be the innocent that suffer.”

‘F***ING “Christians'” … ‘burn in hell’

Eichenwald also blasted “F***ING ‘Christians'” who don’t wear masks because they believe God is “saving” them from COVID-19, declaring that they are “what Jesus condemns” and will “burn in hell.”

“You F***ing ‘Christians’ who preen about God saving you from COVID so you don’t need masks. You’re what Jesus condemns,” he said. “You kill with hypocrisy. Read Matthew 25:41-46. If you realize the Bible is about more than hating gays, you’ll realize: For your selfishness, you’ll burn in hell.”

Anything else?

In the wake of Eichenwald’s removed tweet saying he wants to beat an anti-masker to death, he later claimed Twitter was out of line:

But numerous users weren’t buying it, such as one who replied, “Your account should be locked you f***stick. You claim to want to beat [an] ‘anti-masker’ to death but I’m pretty sure you lack the f***ing stones you smug f***. Self important jackasses like you are the biggest virus yet.”

(H/T: The Daily Wire)

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Alyssa Milano slammed as #MeToo ‘hypocrite’ for fundraising for Raphael Warnock, who was involved in domestic dispute

Actress Alyssa Milano has been a vocal #MeToo advocate, but some are claiming that the Democratic activist’s morals appear to waver when it comes to the Georgia Senate runoffs.

During Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings in 2018, Milano was extremely critical of Kavanaugh, and welcomed all of the allegations against him without questioning them. She wore a sash with the words “BELIEVE WOMEN” on it during Kavanaugh’s hearing. She also sat behind Kavanaugh and held up a booklet that read: “I BELIEVE SURVIVORS.”

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“I wasn’t there with any political agenda. I was there to support a survivor of sexual assault,” Milano told The Hollywood Reporter in 2018. “As a survivor, it literally is all of our worst nightmares come true. This is exactly the reason why we don’t come forward, or we don’t report. Because of the scrutiny. Because a man’s word will always mean more than our word. And it’s disgusting.”

But now, people are pointing out that Milano has a much different approach when it comes to the broad strokes of “I believe survivors” and “believe women.” Milano is raising money for Democratic Senate candidate Raphael Warnock, who was allegedly involved in a domestic dispute.

Warnock is alleged to have run over the foot of his ex-wife Oulèye Ndoye during an altercation that police responded to. Police bodycam footage shows the aftermath of a verbal altercation between the couple, who got divorced in November 2019.

“This man’s running for the United States Senate and all he cares about right now is his reputation,” Ndoye told police. “I work at the mayor’s office and this is a big problem. I’ve been trying to be very quiet about the way he is for the sake of my kids and his reputation.”

“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time and today he crossed the line,” she continued. “So that is what is going on here and he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”

The wife claimed that Warnock ran over her foot with a car, but medical examiners found no physical damage.

In an incident from 2002, Warnock “repeatedly disrupted a 2002 police investigation into child abuse at a church-affiliated summer camp, interfering with interviews and discouraging counselors from speaking with investigators,” according to two Maryland State Police reports obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Despite the problematic allegations, #MeToo champion Milano is proudly supporting Warnock. Milano has been working the phone banks for Warnock and fellow Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Jon Ossoff.

On Dec. 16, Milano asked Warnock on Twitter, “How’s our fundraising goal looking?”

Some online commentators pointed out the hypocrisy of Milano raising money for someone who has accusations against him by his ex-wife.

One Twitter used asked, “Where’s the Me too movement now?”

Another user responded, “#MeToo is an exclusive club now? To only woman you agree with.”

Someone said, “#MeToo was a complete lie.”

Another person wrote, “Do you see a hypocrite when you look in the mirror @Alyssa_Milano Asking for a friend #metoo #timesup.” The reply included a Rose McGowan tweet, where the actress torched Milano and called her a “fraud” for her silence about the sexual accusations against Joe Biden by former Senate staffer Tara Reade.

“You are a fraud. This is about holding the media accountable. You go after Trump & [Supreme Court Justice Brett] Kavanaugh saying Believe Victims, you are a lie. You have always been a lie. The corrupt DNC is in on the smear job of Tara Reade, so are you. SHAME,” McGowan wrote in April.

Georgia’s two runoff elections for U.S. Senate take place on Jan. 5.

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Biden calls for unity. Comedian says ‘F*** that. I want blood.’ Then conservatives pile on.

Comedian and actor David Cross has rejected President-elect Joe Biden’s plea for unity amid his transition into the White House, calling for “blood” instead.

What are the details?

Biden on Saturday
tweeted, “After a year of pain and loss, it’s time to unite, heal, and rebuild.”

While many social media users took the president-elect’s message in a productive and positive way, Cross called for a revolution.

“F*** that,” he
wrote, retweeting Biden’s remarks. “I want blood.”


Image source: Twitter screenshot

What was the response?

Despite its apparent call for division, the tweet, according to the
Washington Examiner, “did not violate any of the tech giant’s rules or policies,” a statement from Twitter said.

Many conservatives and critics, however, had their say and railed against Cross’s inflammatory remarks.

Writer Kurt Schlicter simply
wrote, “Come and take it.”

Twitter user TyrantNo4
wrote, “Imagine saying this and still thinking you’re one of the good guys.”

User BagelEnchilada chimed in, “David, I used to be a bouncer for a pub in Santa Monica. You came in one night. You barely made it to the top of the stool at the bar. Sit down.”

Musician Phil Labonte
added, “Well go gitchu some! Stop tweeting and start watering that grass. … For the rest of eternity, anytime he tweets, there should be at least one reply that says ‘the grass isn’t gonna water itself.'”

Following the backlash, Cross on Sunday wrote, “I am loving the responses to this that are all, ‘come and try p***y soy lib hollywood girl woman’ as if these anonymous maga chuds & chudettes don’t practice the same exact feckless violent fantasy trolling.”


Image source: Twitter screenshot

Anything else?

Just last week, actor Alec Baldwin — an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump — mused about the violence the sitting president should see should he refuse to vacate the White House in January.

“Who arrests Trump if he refuses to concede? Who drags him out? Pepper spray? Cuffs?” Baldwin
wrote on Twitter earlier in the month. “A knee on his neck, cutting off his oxygen? Does he wheeze ‘I can’t breathe.’ Just whale away on him like a piñata? Rodney King style? The thug who has destroyed the country. What does he deserve?”

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WE’LL KNOW TRUMP IS A FRAUD ON FREE SPEECH IF HE DOESN’T PARDON ASSANGE

This article was originally published by Ryan McMaken at The Mises Institute.

Back in May, President Donald Trump signed an executive order designed to partially repeal some of the legal shields provided for social media firms by section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Essentially, Trump accurately sees that large social media firms like Facebook and Twitter exercise editorial control over the content on their sites and are thus not public platforms in the manner required for the Section 230 protections.

From a general policy standpoint, Trump is right to do so. Section 230 is an artificial, arbitrary legal protection granted to huge media firms that push their own editorial positions just like any newspaper or broadcasting operation. Yet social media firms receive these legal protections because they masquerade as neutral public platforms.

But let’s not kid ourselves. Contrary to Trump’s claims, his executive order does not “defend free speech from one of the gravest dangers it has faced in American history.” When it comes to threats to free speech, Facebook is a joke compared to the United States government. How many people has Facebook jailed? How many people face federal prosecution because they said something executives at Twitter didn’t like? The answer, of course, is zero.

Meanwhile, Trump tried to portray himself as a great defender of “free speech,” explicitly claiming his executive order would “uphold the free speech rights of the American people.” But this is a man who has done nothing to protect the free speech rights of real journalists who expose real evils committed by the American regime.

I speak of course of Julian Assange, and so long as Trump refuses to pardon Assange, we’ll know that any of Trump’s claims of being a defender of “free speech” are utter nonsense. Claiming that Facebook is “one of the gravest dangers” to free speech while simultaneously working to keep Assange locked in a hole in a British prison should be regarded as darkly comedic.

Yet journalists like Julian Assange face imprisonment for merely making factual statements.

Ron Paul helps us understand the stakes:

Assange is now literally fighting for his life, as he tries to avoid being extradited to the United States where he faces 175 years in prison for violating the “Espionage Act.” While it makes no sense to be prosecuted as a traitor to a country of which you are not a citizen, the idea that journalists who do their job and expose criminality in high places are treated like traitors is deeply dangerous in a free society.

To get around the First Amendment’s guarantee of freedom of the press, Assange’s tormentors simply claim that he is not a journalist. Then-CIA director Mike Pompeo declared that Wikileaks was a “hostile intelligence service” aided by Russia. Ironically, that’s pretty much what the Democrats say about Assange.

The same “deep state” bureaucrats who have long attempted to destroy the Trump presidency also seek to destroy Assange. Yet many of the same people who proclaim their undying loyalty and support to Donald Trump also continue to drink the deep state Kool-Aid and repeat tired bromides about how Assange (and whistleblower Edward Snowden) supposedly endangered American lives or American spy operations by exposing the blatantly unconstitutional and immoral operations and war crimes carried out by US personnel.

Trump hater and former CIA director John Brennan couldn’t ask for a more helpful gang of “useful idiots” than these pro-Trump defenders of the unaccountable security state.

Of course, the Espionage Act itself is unconstitutional and immoral. It’s the product of Wilson-era prowar hysteria. There is no exception in the Bill of Rights for government limitations on the information that embarrasses the American regime. The act of journalism is most laudable when it does precisely this. And unlike most American journalists, who spend their time celebrating the regime, Assange actually exercised real free speech.

Trump still has time to redeem himself, however. Before he leaves office, he could pardon Assange, Snowden, and even Chelsea Manning (who only received a commutation from Barack Obama).

If he takes free speech seriously at all, Trump will do this. But if he does not, a great opportunity will be missed, and we’ll know that for Trump, free speech is really little more than a campaign slogan.

Moreover, if Trump really is an opponent of the deep state that sought to destroy him, he will seek to assist those who have exposed its crimes. As Paul reminds us:

Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are not criminals. They are heroes for telling us the truth about what criminals in government were doing in our name and with our money.

The fact is we were lied into war over and over again. While those wars were profitable for the military-industrial-Congressional-media complex, they snuffed out the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people overseas and robbed our own children and grandchildren of trillions of dollars wasted on neocon lies. And meanwhile, as Ed Snowden showed us, the intelligence community declared us the enemy and set up an elaborate internal spy network that would make the East German Stasi green with envy.

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Is Joe Biden seriously ill?

This article was originally published by Michael Snyder at The End of the American Dream. 

A Joe Biden coughing fit has caused a firestorm of speculation to erupt on social media.  If you don’t know what I am talking about, you can watch Joe Biden repeatedly cough and clear his throat during his most recent press conference right here.

It is being reported that Biden either coughed or cleared his throat 17 times during his 14-minute speech, and his voice was very hoarse the entire time.  As you will see below, Biden is admitting that he has “a cold”, and perhaps that is all that it is.  But there is a long tradition in Washington of politicians from both parties covering up major health problems, and many are wondering whether Biden is covering up something now.  So could it be possible that Joe Biden is seriously ill?  We may not get an immediate answer to that question, but without a doubt, many of his supporters have become extremely alarmed.

For example, one Twitter user that watched the press conference said that Biden is “scaring us” by coughing so much, and another openly wondered whether Biden is in “need of a COVID test”

Social media users took to Twitter to voice their worry and crack jokes with one user saying ‘Drink some water, Joe. You’re scaring us.’

One Twitter user asked ‘Does Biden need a COVID test?’ and another chimed in ‘Someone get Biden some Robitussin stat!!!’

And even a Biden apologist like NPR’s Scott Detrow has been forced to admit that this is “the most sustained coughing” that he has ever heard from Biden…

“To the main theme of the Twitterverse right now: Biden regularly clears his throat and coughs in speeches – especially at the beginning of remarks,” wrote NPR political correspondent Scott Detrow. “That’s the most sustained coughing I’ve heard though.”

There is no way that Biden could possibly claim to be at full health, and at this point, he is telling the public that he has “a bit of a cold”

“Thank you, I have a little bit of a cold, I’m sorry, but look, you know, you did it, you did it, not a joke,” Biden said during the live stream. “This campaign for president was more like the first time I ran as a 29-year-old for the Senate. I believed that ordinary folks and extraordinary folks would get together and make this work. You didn’t let us down. You didn’t let the country down. I really mean it, think about it.”

Of course in this environment, if anyone starts repeatedly coughing those around them immediately begin wondering if that individual has COVID-19.

So has Joe Biden been tested within the past 24 hours?

I have not been able to find any news source that says that he has been.

Hopefully, he will get tested very soon, because the American people deserve to know the truth.

And at 78 years of age, Biden is definitely in a very high-risk group.  Due to their advanced ages, I was deeply concerned about how President Trump and Joe Biden would hold up physically during this election season.  Running for president takes a huge toll physically, mentally, emotionally, and physically, and that makes candidates especially vulnerable to various diseases.

As speculation about Biden’s health heats up, a “new variant” of COVID-19 has been identified on the other side of the Atlantic…

A “new variant” of the COVID-19 virus has been identified in the United Kingdom and linked to a faster spread of the disease, Britain’s health secretary has said. The World Health Organization has been notified.

Matt Hancock announced that London and a number of other areas in the south of England will be placed under new harsher restrictions following “very sharp rises” in COVID cases.

So far, we are being told that approximately 1,000 people have tested positive for this new variant of the virus.

The big question that people are asking about this new strain is whether or not the recently developed vaccines will work against it.

As I have discussed previously, mutations can cause major problems for vaccine developers.  For example, every 12 months scientists try to come up with a flu vaccine that they think will work against the strain or strains of the flu that they believe will be dominant that particular year.  Sometimes the match is pretty good, and sometimes the match is not good at all.  And when the match is not good, getting a flu vaccine is pretty much useless.

So could a similar thing happen with COVID-19?  If a new mutation becomes dominant and the newly developed vaccines will not work against it, we could be back to square one very rapidly.

Of course, there are millions upon millions of people that do not intend to take any COVID vaccine under any circumstances.  Safety concerns keep being raised, and this week we learned that the FDA “recommends monitoring people” who get a vaccine to see if they develop Bell’s palsy…

U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff recommends monitoring people who get Pfizer or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine shots for possible cases of Bell’s palsy, saying it’s not necessarily a side effect but worth watching out for after a handful of trial participants got the condition, which causes half of your face to droop.

If you are not familiar with Bell’s palsy, the following is a definition that comes from the Mayo Clinic

Bell’s palsy, also known as acute peripheral facial palsy of unknown cause, can occur at any age. The exact cause is unknown. It’s believed to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the nerve that controls the muscles on one side of your face. Or it might be a reaction that occurs after a viral infection.

For most people, Bell’s palsy is temporary. Symptoms usually start to improve within a few weeks, with complete recovery in about six months. A small number of people continue to have some Bell’s palsy symptoms for life. Rarely, Bell’s palsy can recur.

Sadly, this is just one of the many “side effects” that we know about so far.

I believe that we have entered an era when multiple pandemics will be raging all over the globe, and so we should expect endless debates about vaccines, masks, and lockdowns for the foreseeable future.

For decades, Americans could go about their daily lives without ever having to think about what viruses might be floating around out there, but now everything has changed.

The global elite would like to use the COVID-19 pandemic to “reset” the world in their own image, and we must not allow them to do that.

No matter how bad things get, we must stand up for our basic constitutional rights, because once they are gone it will be exceedingly difficult to ever get them back.

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