Reader’s Links for December 16th, 2022

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    • europravda – Report: Berlin aquarium explodes, killing 1,500 tropical fish and causing water damage

      The 14 metre-high aquarium in the Radisson hotel in Berlin shattered overnight, sending water gushing into a nearby street and leaving two people injured according to police and firefighters.

    • zero hedge – Haus-Targaryen 3 hours ago

      I am directly involved in the legal cleanup of this and can provide a little more detail as to what actually happened (Tyler, reach out to me you have my email if you’d like to verify my identity here).

      The city of Berlin required the hotel reduce the ambient temperature of the hotel lobby to save on energy due to sanctions. Its been abnormally cold in Berlin the past few nights dipping down to -11°C last night and -12°C the night before that. The water is heated to a constant temperature above 30°C for many of the fish species that lived in the tank.

      As the nights got colder and colder, the lower ambient temperature of the air surrounding the tank likely started causing deformations and hairline cracks in the bottom of the tank where the pressure is the greatest. Last night at -11° caused the ambient temperature to drop too low given the reduced heating in the lobby and is what it looks like caused the “sudden unintentional disassembly”/catastrophic failure of the tank.

      Everyone is already lawyering up including the city, the HVAC manufacturer, tank manufacturer, HVAC installer, building engineer, hotel – the litigation is going to be fun to watch and work on.

      What isn’t covered in the news is damage. The tank in 2003 cost €13 million. Today its orders of magnitude more expensive to replace, some of the fish were quite exotic and are expensive losses in and of themselves. Then you have the damage to the hotel lobby and façade, electrical components of the building in the three-story basement are also effected and large amounts of water went into the parking garage where many vehicles are parked not only from the hotel and offices but from an attached apartment complex to the hotel.

      Losses are tens of millions. All because the city made the hotel turn down the heat. I imagine someone will be blaming Putin before too long.

      If you look at the lobby itself – the ceiling is 100% glass – its dual-pained with the cavity having a vacuum pulled – so its good as a thermal barrier, but its also the size of a football field and the lobby definitely cools down unless heat is applied from below and traps itself in the ceiling.

      When temperatures are this cold, the lobby needed to be heated to a constant temperature and held there which would be in conformity with the “Gutachten” the Tank has.

      The Tank came with a safety certificate. It gave a range of ambient temperatures around the tank if the water is at a temperate at a certain height within the tank.

      The original HVAC system accounted for this, but it is unclear if a new HVAC system that was installed last year account for this. It seems the new HVAC system made it possible to reduce or increase the ambient temperature of the lobby to surpass the the boundaries of the safety certificate of the water in the tank.

      This is still to be determined. There is no discovery in Germany like the US – but enough opposing parties to the litigation have the engineer schematics for the new HVAC system to make it interesting.

      I cannot divulge more about this partiular point without DOX’ing myself.

      So the building’s engineering and tank’s “Safety Certificate” specific a certain ambient temperature range if water is at a certain level at a certain temperature.

      In this case the lobby needed to be no less than 19° to stay within specification in the “Safety Certificate”.

      In the building’s original planning and construction the HVAC system for the lobby was tied into the water management system for the tank. It was (with the old system) actually impossible for the lobby to heat or cool itself out of spec from the tank’s safety certificate.

      However, starting last year the building got a new HVAC system and because the whole HVAC system was being renovated/replaced in the building, the building/hotel took the opportunity to drain the tank and perform an extended maintenance to the tank and its various sub systems.

      What is to be determined is:

      1) Was the new HVAC’s engineering designed to incorporate the safety certificate of the tank? (If not – the building and systems engineer is at least partially at fault)

      2) If the HVAC’s engineering designed to incorporate the safety certificate of the tank – then was the new HVAC system properly installed (If not- the HVAC installer is at least partically at fault)

      etc., etc., etc.,

      At the end of the day – something like this can only happen if a lot of things that normally don’t have anything to do with one another connect and go wrong.

      If I had to guess – the new HVAC system wasn’t properly engineered to accommodate the needs of the Tank’s Safety Certificate, the Hotel acting on instructions from the City acted negligent by allowing the ambient temperature around the tank to go outside the scope of its safety certificate and the city is likely partially at fault for requiring lowering ambient temperate in the hotel lobby when a 2 million pound fish-tank that is 5 stories tall is right in from of whomever walks in.

      The only real winners here are the attorneys, as always.

  1. BRUSSELS, Dec 16 (Reuters) – European Union negotiators meet on Friday to attempt to strike a deal on an overhaul of the bloc’s carbon market, its main policy tool for fighting climate change, plus a multi-billion-euro fund to shield poorer citizens from CO2 costs.

    At stake is the EU’s ability to contribute to global efforts to fight climate change, and achieve its target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 55% by 2030 from 1990 levels.

    Meeting that goal will require the EU carbon market to be reformed to cut emissions faster, which it does by requiring around 10,000 power plants and factories to buy CO2 permits when they pollute.

  2. SBF’s Political Donations: What Did Democrats and RINOs Know and When Did They Know It?

    One interesting aside in all this is SBF’s support for something called ‘effective altruism’, a school of philanthropic thought that looks through data for the biggest bang for the buck and focuses on long-term threats to humanity. This is why SBF gave $27 million to Protect Our Future, mentioned earlier, which supports preparedness for the next pandemic. Sounds benign, but a big proponent of effective altruism is ethicist Peter Singer who thinks we should kill the elderly who have dementia to reduce their suffering and give parents who can’t take care of their newborns the right to kill them.

  3. President Biden Just Targeted Elon Musk – After Failing to Deport Millions, They’re Investigating Elon to Deport Him

    BREAKING: Prominent attorneys are investigating whether Elon Musk lied on his application for U.S. citizenship. If it shows that he lied anywhere on the application, its likely he could be stripped of his of U.S. citizenship and deported.

  4. ‘Gun control’ is an expression of ‘systemic racism’.

    ‘Gun control’ laws started out as a way of keeping freed black slaves in the US South from legally owning guns for self protection. It is historically grounded in racism, was used as a way to keep racial minorities oppressed, and is now the most clear form of institutionalized racism.

    It is the means through which marginalized communities are prevented from protecting themselves against oppression.

  5. Hot on the heels of the recent attempt on his life, Elon Musk announced that a journalist had posted “assassination coordinates” of his real-time location on Twitter, information that well could lead or could have lead to physical harm befalling him. Posting about that, Elon said:

    Same doxxing rules apply to “journalists” as to everyone else

    They posted my exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service

    • European officials warn Elon Musk after Twitter suspends journalists

      At issue is looming EU legislation with tougher rules on content moderation and disinformation.

      European officials rebuked Twitter and Elon Musk on Friday after the social media company abruptly suspended several U.S. journalists.

      European Commission vice president V?ra Jourová, whose brief includes the rule of law and disinformation, tweeted that the “arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying.”

      “EU’s Digital Services Act requires respect of media freedom and fundamental rights. This is reinforced under our #MediaFreedomAct,” she wrote. “@elonmusk should be aware of that. There are red lines. And sanctions, soon.”

      Twitter suspended on Thursday night the accounts of several journalists, including from The Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN. Musk later accused the reporters of posting “basically assassination coordinates” for him and his family — although he provided no evidence any of the journalists had done so.

      The suspensions came a day after Twitter changed its rules to prohibit the sharing of “live location information” or other information that could show someone’s location. The rule change came after Twitter suspended the account of @ElonJet, which tracked the flights of Musk’s private plane using publicly available flight data.

      Several journalists who had been covering and tweeting about the rule change and Musk’s claims were then locked out of their own accounts.

      The EU’s Digital Services Act seeks to force tech companies to more aggressively police their platforms for illegal content and be more transparent about how their content moderation systems work. Companies will need to start reporting some information early next year, but the legislation doesn’t fully kick in until 2024.

      Europe has often imposed stricter rules and cracked down more harshly on tech companies than other governments. The DSA is considered to be one of the most expansive regulations on social media to date. Musk has met with Thierry Breton, the internal markets commissioner, about getting Twitter ready for the law.

      But the billionaire has also dismantled much of Twitter’s trust and safety team, which helped craft and enforce the rules users must follow on the site.

      Other criticism on Friday came from the German foreign ministry, which took to Twitter to warn the company that it takes freedom of the press seriously.

      “Freedom of the press must not be switched on and off at will,” it tweeted. “As of today, the journalists below can no longer follow, comment or criticize us. We have a problem with that @Twitter.”

      Musk took over Twitter in a $44 billion deal in late October, pledging to make the site a haven for “free speech,” much to the encouragement of some right-wing politicians and pundits who have accused social media companies, often baselessly, of censoring them in recent years.

      Musk’s short time leading the company has been marked by upheaval. He has gutted Twitter’s workforce, disbanded an outside trust and safety council and reinstated numerous previously banned accounts, including that of former president Donald Trump.

      YAHOO – A top European official seemed to threaten Elon Musk with sanctions over his ‘arbitrary suspension’ of journalists amid the jet-tracking saga

      Vera Jourová, a European Union vice president, criticized Elon Musk’s “arbitrary” bans on journalists.

      She said that Twitter could face sanctions, citing the union’s laws on free speech.

      After Musk’s laid off thousands of staff, Twitter closed its Brussels office responsible for complying with EU laws.

      A top European Union official has warned Elon Musk he could face sanctions, while criticizing his “arbitrary” suspensions of the Twitter accounts of a number of journalists.

      Vera Jourová, the EU vice president for values and transparency, tweeted on Friday morning: “News about arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying.”

      She said that Musk should be aware of the union’s laws which require “respect of media freedom and fundamental rights.”

      “There are red lines. And sanctions, soon,” Jourová added.

      An EU spokesperson gave Insider an explanation of the EU’s Digital Services Act, which regulates disinformation and aims to protect free speech.

      It says that platforms must ensure their terms and conditions “are clear, understandable and transparent.”

      But after Twitter changed its rules on Thursday, several journalists were confused as to why they were suspended.

      Musk said that the reporters had shared links to the now-banned ElonJet account, which tracked the billionaire’s private jet flights.

      But some say they never shared such links, like independent journalist Aaron Rupar. He told Insider’s Erin Snodgrass: “That leaves me inferring I guess it was something critical I posted of Elon.”

      The act also adds that, for platforms endangering people’s safety by refusing to comply with important obligations, “it will be possible as a last resort to ask a court for a temporary suspension of their service.”

      Since Musk’s takeover, Twitter has increasingly clashed with the EU, which represents 447 million people in 27 countries.

      Mass layoffs last month, which saw the company’s workforce reduced by nearly 70%, led to the closure of Twitter’s office responsible for complying with EU laws.

      An EU report on November 24 then condemned Twitter for removing less hate speech. Platformer then report that users could be forced to share their data with Twitter, something that may also violate the union’s laws.

      Musk was also condemned by the German foreign office for suspending the journalists, while a senior government official threatened to leave the platform.

      Twitter did not respond to Insider’s request for comment.

      CNBC – EU threatens Elon Musk with sanctions after Twitter’s suspension of journalists

      The European Union on Friday threatened tech billionaire Elon Musk with sanctions after Twitter removed several journalists that report on him and the social media company.

      Vera Jourova, the European Commission’s vice president for values and transparency, said in a tweet that news of the “arbitrary suspension of journalists on Twitter is worrying.”

      Late Thursday, Twitter abruptly suspended several high-profile journalists who cover him, including CNN correspondent Donie O’Sullivan and Ryan Mac, a reporter at The New York Times.

      He suggested these journalists violated Twitter’s policy on “doxxing,” or exposing a person’s identifiable information.

      It comes after the account @ElonJet, which tracked the location of Musk’s private jet using publicly available flight data, was suspended by Twitter.

      Musk now faces possible sanctions from the EU.

      “EU’s Digital Services Act requires respect of media freedom and fundamental rights,” said Jourova. “This is reinforced under our #MediaFreedomAct. @elonmusk should be aware of that.”

      “There are red lines. And sanctions, soon,” she added.

      Jourova didn’t add any further details on the sanctions. Under the EU’s Digital Services Act, companies can be fined up to 6% of their global annual revenues for breaches.

      The DSA, which entered into force on Nov. 16, requires large platforms to reduce harms online, implement protections for users’ rights and issue transparency reports.

      Big Tech platforms are required to report the number of active end users they have to the Commission by February 2023. They then have until four months after the bloc completes reviews of the numbers to comply with the rules.

      Musk has served as Twitter’s CEO since October after buying the company for $44 billion.

      The Tesla and SpaceX boss, a self-described “free speech absolutist,” has troubled politicians and civil liberties activists with steps to restore the accounts of banned users, including former U.S. President Donald Trump, and the laying off of thousands of Twitter’s employees.

    • CBC – Journalist calls Musk’s explanation for Twitter ban ‘absurd’

      Aaron Rupar says he was suspended from Twitter without notice and only found out when friends and colleagues began messaging him.

      He says Elon Musk’s allegation he was revealing his exact location in real time is ‘absurd.’

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    • BBC – Twitter condemned by UN and EU over reporters’ ban

      The United Nations has joined the European Union in condemning Twitter’s decision to suspend some journalists who cover the social media firm.

      Reporters for the New York Times, CNN and the Washington Post were among those locked out of their accounts.

      The UN tweeted that media freedom is “not a toy” while the EU has threatened Twitter with sanctions.

      A Twitter spokesman told a US tech news website the bans were related to the live sharing of location data.

      Melissa Fleming, the UN’s under secretary general for global communications, said she was “deeply disturbed” by reports that journalists were being “arbitrarily” suspended from Twitter.

      “Media freedom is not a toy,” she said. “A free press is the cornerstone of democratic societies and a key tool in the fight against harmful disinformation.”

      Earlier on Friday, EU commissioner Vera Jourova threatened Twitter with sanctions under Europe’s new Digital Services Act which she said requires “the respect of media freedom and fundament rights”.

      “Elon Musk should be aware of that. There are red lines. And sanctions, soon,” she added.

      Mr Musk has not commented directly on the suspensions, but said in a tweet that “criticising me all day long is totally fine, but doxxing my real-time location and endangering my family is not”.

      He also tweeted that accounts which he claimed engaged in doxxing – a term to describe the release of private information online about individuals – receive a temporary seven-day suspension.

      “Same doxxing rules apply to ‘journalists’ as to everyone else,” he added.

      A spokesman for the New York Times called the suspensions “questionable and unfortunate”.

      The suspensions come after Mr Musk vowed to sue the owner of a profile that tracks his private jet.

      He said a “crazy stalker” had used live location sharing to find and accost a vehicle carrying his children in Los Angeles.

      But following the suspensions, the German Foreign Office warned Twitter that “press freedom cannot be switched on and off on a whim”.

      ‘A town square’
      Mr Musk took control of Twitter in October in a $44bn ($36bn) deal.

      When he completed his takeover, the billionaire told advertisers he bought the site because he wanted to “try to help humanity”, and for “civilisation to have a digital town square”.

      He has made a host of changes to its moderation practices. The moves have alarmed some civil rights groups, who have accused the billionaire of taking steps that will increase hate speech, misinformation and abuse.

      Any sanctions placed on Mr Musk’s business over the account suspensions could be applied under the bloc’s new Digital Services Act, which was approved by the EU earlier this year.

      Under the terms of the proposed new law, the EU Commission will be allowed to impose fines of up to 6% of the global turnover of a firm that it finds breaks its rules.

      In extreme cases, the EU could ask a court to suspend a rogue service, but only if it is “refusing to comply with important obligations and thereby endangering people’s life and safety”.

      Matt Binder, a journalist for Mashable and one of those suspended, said he didn’t know why he had been banned.

      “I’ve been very critical of Musk in my reporting,” he told the BBC. But he said that Mr Musk’s claim “that everyone that got suspended was doxxing him – due to the jet tracker” was not true.

      He said he had never tweeted a hyperlink to the tracker, but had mentioned the account after it had been suspended.

      “Clearly the people who were suspended were handpicked, because there are literally hundreds of accounts per minute who tweeted the link.”

      Mr Binder, who has been on Twitter since 2008 and has been reporting on the developments at the social media site, said he was surprised at the ban on journalists.

      “I knew it was a possibility but really thought he wouldn’t because it would entirely wreck the facade of being a free speech platform.”

      Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, told The Verge website that bans are related to a new rule introduced on Wednesday that prohibits “live location information, including information shared on Twitter directly or links to 3rd-party URL(s) of travel routes”.

      “Without commenting on any specific accounts, I can confirm that we will suspend any accounts that violate our privacy policies and put other users at risk,” Ms Irwin told the outlet.

      “We don’t make exceptions to this policy for journalists or any other accounts.”

      At the heart of all this is a father raging about the sharing of location data of his private jet, which he claims led to a security incident involving his young son X. The Twitter feed that started it all was scraping publicly available flight data. Not very decent, perhaps, but not illegal.

      His fury has now extended to journalists who he claims also shared his location.

      But this is a fundamentally flawed approach to moderation. I bet many of us wish we could suspend or ban social media accounts that post content we dislike.

      It’s not the first time Elon Musk has taken a very personal approach to content moderation. He refused to allow Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on Twitter because he had used the death of children to further his career – and mentioned the loss of his own child, 10-week-old Alexander.

      He has also suspended accounts which impersonated him.

      Fundamentally, Elon Musk has shot down in flames his much-trumpeted commitment to “free speech”. Free speech as long as it doesn’t upset him personally, appears to be the message.

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      Mr Musk later spoke to journalists on Twitter Spaces, part of the social media app that allows live audio conversations, but after answering a few questions about the ban he left and Twitter Spaces itself has since appeared to be suspended.

      The technology tycoon later set up a poll asking whether he should unsuspend the accounts “now” or “in seven days”, suggesting the decision could be reversed sooner rather than later.

      Twitter also suspended the official account of Mastodon, which has emerged as an alternative to Twitter since Mr Musk’s takeover.

      Links to individual Mastodon accounts also appeared to be banned. An error message notified users that links to Mastodon had been “identified” as “potentially harmful” by Twitter or its partners.


      city news – UN ‘disturbed’ by Twitter’s suspension of journalists

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    • TWITTER @mtaibbi

      1. THREAD: The Twitter Files, Part Six


      FOX News – Twitter Files Part 6 reveals FBI’s ties to tech giant: ‘As if it were a subsidiary’

      Matt Taibbi released the sixth installment of the ‘Twitter Files’ outlining the social media giant’s ties to the FBI

      Substack writer Matt Taibbi dropped his latest installment of the “Twitter Files” on Friday that detailed the FBI’s ties with the tech giant.

      “The #TwitterFiles are revealing more every day about how the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content. Twitter’s contact with the FBI was constant and pervasive, as if it were a subsidiary,” Taibbi began the thread on Friday. “Between January 2020 and November 2022, there were over 150 emails between the FBI and former Twitter Trust and Safety chief Yoel Roth… a surprisingly high number are requests by the FBI for Twitter to take action on election misinformation, even involving joke tweets from low-follower accounts.”

      Taibbi highlighted the FBI’s social media task force established after the 2016 presidential election to monitor foreign interference prominently featured in the Twitter Files.

      “Do agencies like FBI and DHS do in-house flagging work themselves, or farm it out? ‘You have to prove to me that inside the f—ing government you can do any kind of massive data or AI search,’ says one former intelligence officer,” Taibbi wrote.

      He then shared an email sent to “Twitter contacts” from an FBI official listing multiple Twitter accounts that “may potentially constitute violations of Twitter’s Terms of Service.”

      “Twitter personnel in that case went on to look for reasons to suspend all four accounts, including @fromma , whose tweets are almost all jokes (see sample below), including his ‘civic misinformation’ of Nov. 8,” Taibbit tweeted.

      Taibbi highlighted two additional accounts, one he described as being “blue-leaning” whose tweets were clearly joking, writing “Of the six accounts mentioned in the previous two emails, all but two… were suspended.”

      Taibbi then shared an email from November 5, 2022 from the FBI’s National Election Command Post to the agency’s field office in San Francisco, where Twitter Headquarters is located, with a lengthy list of Twitter accounts that “may warrant additional action.”

      Agent Elvis Chan forwarded the list to “Twitter folks.”

      Twitter replied with a list of accounts it took action on, including actor Billy Baldwin.

      “Many of the above accounts were satirical in nature, nearly all (with the exceptions of Baldwin and @RSBNetwork ) were relatively low engagement, and some were suspended, most with a generic, ‘Thanks, Twitter’ letter,” Taibbi reported.

      The Substack writer included the reactions to several of the Twitter users whose accounts were flagged by the FBI, many expressing shock at the revelations from the “Twitter Files.”

      Taibbi then revealed a September 2022 exchange between Twitter’s then-legal executive Stacia Cardille and then-deputy general counsel (and former FBI general counsel) Jim Baker, sharing the results from her “soon to be weekly” meeting with law enforcement agencies like FBI, DHS, DOJ, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

      “The Twitter exec writes she explicitly asked if there were ‘impediments’ to the sharing of classified information ‘with industry.’ The answer? ‘FBI was adamant no impediments to sharing exist,’” Taibbi reported. “This passage underscores the unique one-big-happy-family vibe between Twitter and the FBI. With what other firm would the FBI blithely agree to ‘no impediments’ to classified information?”

      He added, “At the bottom of that letter, she lists a series of ‘escalations’ apparently raised at the meeting, which were already ‘handled.'”

      The thread displayed numerous examples of correspondence between the Twitter and the FBI, mostly pertaining to tweets the FBI had flagged as “possible violative content.”

      “FBI in one case sent over so many ‘possible violative content’ reports, Twitter personnel congratulated each other in Slack for the ‘monumental undertaking’ of reviewing them,” Taibbi wrote, showing a screenshot of the exchange.

      Taibbi then reported, “There were multiple points of entry into Twitter for government-flagged reports. This letter from Agent Chan to Roth references Teleporter, a platform through which Twitter could receive reports from the FBI,” adding “Reports also came from different agencies. Here, an employee recommends ‘bouncing’ content based on evidence from ‘DHS etc.’”

      “State governments also flagged content,” Taibbi reported. “Twitter for instance received reports via the Partner Support Portal, an outlet created by the Center for Internet Security, a partner organization to the DHS… Twitter execs – receiving an alert from California officials, by way of ‘our partner support portal’ – debate whether to act on a Trump tweet… video was reported by the Election Integrity Project (EIP) at Stanford, apparently on the strength of information from the Center for Internet Security (CIS).”

      “If that’s confusing, it’s because the CIS is a DHS contractor, describes itself as “partners” with the Cyber and Internet Security Agency (CISA) at the DHS. The EIP is one of a series of government-affiliated think tanks that mass-review content, a list that also includes the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Laboratory, and the University of Washington’s Center for Informed Policy,” he continued.

      Taibbi wrapped up his thread by telling his followers, “The takeaway: what most people think of as the “deep state” is really a tangled collaboration of state agencies, private contractors, and (sometimes state-funded) NGOs. The lines become so blurred as to be meaningless.”

      Taibbi went viral with the first installment of the “Twitter Files” earlier this month which focused on Twitter’s internal discussions leading to it censoring the Hunter Biden laptop story during the 2020 presidential election, with some officials struggling to explain how it violated its “hacked materials” policies.

      It was later revealed that the first batch of “Twitter Files” were vetted without Musk’s knowledge by Twitter deputy general counsel Jim Baker, who previously served as the FBI’s general counsel and was involved in the Russia probe. Musk fired Baker shortly thereafter.

      Baker was swept up Taibbi’s reporting about the suppression of the Hunter Biden story, telling his colleagues at the time, “I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked” but added, “it’s reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted.”

      Additionally, Taibbi initially reported, “Although several sources recalled hearing about a ‘general’ warning from federal law enforcement that summer about possible foreign hacks, there’s no evidence – that I’ve seen – of any government involvement in the laptop story.” It is unclear whether Baker’s involvement in vetting the “Twitter Files” led Taibbi to draw that conclusion and whether Baker omitted files that would have shown the federal government intervening in Twitter’s suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story.

      The second installment published by Bari Weiss revealed Twitter’s “blacklisting” of prominent conservatives, including Fox News host Dan Bongino, Turning Point USA’s Charlie Kirk, as well as Stanford University’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a longstanding opponent of COVID groupthink during the pandemic who expressed opposition to lockdowns.

      Internal communications also reveal Twitter staffers admitting that the popular account Libs of TikTok never violated its “hateful conduct” policy despite being punished several times for allegedly doing so.

      The third, fourth and fifth installments of the “Twitter Files” focused on the permanent suspension of former President Trump around the Capitol riot events in January 2021.

      Independent writer Michael Shellenberger revealed that Dorsey was phoning it in as he was on vacation while his deputies were pushing to deplatform Trump with Roth in particularly spearheading efforts to censor other users pertaining to tweets about the 2020 election.

      On Monday, Weiss delved into the pressure Twitter management was facing from its employees who called for Trump’s permanent suspension, though the Free Press editor also revealed several Twitter staffers who enforce policies did not believe Trump’s tweets from Jan. 6 actually violated its rules.

      However, it was Vijaya Gadde, then-Twitter’s head legal chief, who asked if Trump’s tweets could be “coded incitement to further violence.” Moments later, the so-called “scaled enforcement team” suggested that based on how Twitter interprets Trump’s tweets, it could violate the violence incitement policies.

      Elon Musk had been vocal about being transparent when it comes to Twitter’s past and present actions curating content on the platform, including censored content.

      zero hedge – THE TWITTER FILES: Twitter… The FBI Subsidiary

      In the latest release of ‘THE TWITTER FILES,’ journalist Matt Taibbi details how Twitter acted as a ‘subsidiary’ of the FBI.


      Real Consequences of Censoring Science-Based COVID Lockdown Discussions, with Dr. Jay Bhattacharya

      Megyn Kelly is joined by Stanford’s Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, one of the co-authors of the Great Barrington Declaration, to discuss the revelations in the Twitter Files that his scientific perspective was “shadowbanned,” whether the government was behind the blacklist and suppression, the consequences of censoring COVID lockdown conversations, and more.

    • CBC – uspended journalists weren’t ‘doxxing’ Elon Musk on Twitter, says banned reporter

      ‘Musk is making false statements about me and the other journalists … we were not doxxing him,’ said Steve Herman, chief national correspondent for Voice of America.

    • Nunes: It’s ‘fun’ to see Musk hand out some ‘karma’

      Devin Nunes says the evidence reveals an ‘intelligence bonanza’ and ‘major problem’ that should be investigated.

  6. Poland Demands Answers After ‘Gift’ Police Chief Received From Ukraine Officials Exploded
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    FRIDAY, DEC 16, 2022 – 07:40 AM
    Poland’s police chief Jaroslaw Szymczyk was hospitalized after a “gift” package that he received exploded, according to international reports, after a recent string of similar exploding mail and package incidents across Europe believed related to the war in Ukraine.

    On Thursday Poland’s Interior Ministry confirmed, “Yesterday at 7:50 a.m., an explosion occurred in a room adjacent to the office of the Police Chief.” It’s said that Szymczyk only sustained minor injuries. “During the Police Chief’s working visit to Ukraine on December 11-12 this year, where he met with the heads of the Ukrainian Police and Emergency Situations Service, he received some gifts, one of which exploded,” the statement detailed.

    • Russian Diplomat Hospitalized In Mail-Bomb ‘Terror Attack’
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      FRIDAY, DEC 16, 2022 – 10:08 AM
      The Russian government has said one of its diplomats stationed in Africa was hospitalized Friday after opening a letter bomb, which detonated upon opening.

      “Dmitry Sitiy, who runs the Bangui branch of Russian House, a state-funded cultural center that promotes Russian culture around the world, collected a parcel addressed to him from a DHL office earlier on Friday, according to a source in the Russian Embassy cited by news agency RIA Novosti,” The Moscow Times writes, citing state sources.

      The parcel — which had no return address on it — later detonated when Sitiy opened it at his home. Sitiy was hospitalized, although the severity of his injuries remains unclear,” authorities detailed.

      Police in the Central African Republic, or CAR, called it a terrorist act, describing further that the diplomat had previously received death threats.

      “Earlier, he received the first package, and when he opened it, there were threats in it,” CAR police chief Bienvenue Zokoue said. “He contacted me so that I could help him identify the person who sent it.”

      Russia’s foreign ministry subsequently described that the mail bomb was a deliberate attempt by nefarious entities to “harm” ties between Moscow and the CAR government.

      “We strongly condemn this criminal action, which is clearly intended to hinder the activities of the Russian House in Bangui and, more broadly, to harm the successful development of friendly relations between our two countries,” the ministry said.

      It’s unclear if the mail bomb attack is related to the ongoing Ukraine war, but the last month has witnessed a string of mysterious parcel bomb incidents at European as well as Ukrainian consulates and embassies across Europe. The US Embassy in Madrid at one point even had a mail bomb sent to it, which was intercepted by security services before it arrived on the grounds in a December 1st incident

    • US recognizes Ukraine’s right to military operations in Crimea

      The US authorities recognize the right of Ukraine to plan and conduct military operations in Crimea, because the peninsula is its territory. This statement was made by the coordinator of strategic communications of the National Security Council, John Kirby. His words leads “RIA News”.

      “Crimea is Ukraine. And Kyiv has the right to decide where it will conduct operations within its country, how they will be carried out, at what pace, on what scale and in what time frame, ”Kirby said.

      At the same time, he refused to comment on the message about whether Washington sees military opportunities from Ukraine that will allow it to retake Crimea, he refused. However, according to Kirby, such attempts are fraught with nuclear escalation.

      Recall that Crimea became part of Russia in March 2014 following a referendum after the coup in Ukraine. At that time, 99.77% of voters in Crimea and 95.6% in Sevastopol voted for joining the Russian Federation.


      Is this U.S. Mission Creep in Ukraine?

    • This is the future, the left has destroyed civilization and a nasty dangerous brutal is turning into this new norm. The left wants the future to be so dangerous we will accept loss of our freedom in exchange for the illusion of safety.

    • Richard Black Interview: Ukraine War – Revenge for Russia’s Defeat of US Regime Change in Syria

      Richard Black is a former Senator for Virginia state and a former top Pentagon insider.

      He explains in this interview with Finian Cunningham how the current war in Ukraine is a proxy war against Russia led by the United States and how that conflict is motivated in part by a desire in Washington for revenge.

      The impetus for revenge stems from Russia’s military intervention in Syria at the end of 2015 where, crucially, the Russian military thwarted Washington’s covert war for regime change in Damascus.

      US troops are still illegally occupying parts of Syria – up to a third of its territory – but the defeat of America and NATO’s regime-change plan in Syria by Russia was an unforgivable setback for US imperial ambitions in the Middle East.

      Hence the determination of the US to make Russia pay through a war of attrition in Ukraine – right on Russia’s doorstep.

      Senator Black visited Syria’s battle zones during the 10-year war in that country that erupted in early 2011. He has been outspoken in condemning Washington’s dirty war. He describes in detail how the war in Syria was prosecuted by the US supporting Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists to overthrow the Syrian government. That American plot failed because of an intervention ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin to defend the allied Syrian government.

      The war in Ukraine is therefore not due to “Russian aggression”, as the Western media would portray, but rather it is part of an ongoing geopolitical confrontation between the US and Russia. This is the bigger context that is needed for an understanding of the causes of conflict and how peaceful resolution can be achieved.

      Black also contends that Ukraine is being used as cannon fodder by the United States in its proxy war against Russia. The Ukrainian casualties are not sustainable. He estimates that Ukrainian military losses are 30 times what the US incurred during the Vietnam War.

      The Western mainstream media are downplaying the monstrous losses, promoting the notion that the NATO-armed Ukrainians are “winning”.

      A political solution to the Ukraine war needs to be found urgently to end the killing and also to stop what is a reckless escalatory war that could lead to nuclear catastrophe for the planet. But a major impediment is the schizoid nature of the US deep state. There are warmongering elements in Washington who are prepared to continue pushing the war toward catastrophic escalation.
      Against this warmongering faction are realists who realize that a diplomatic solution must be found to avert an all-out Third World War. This internal US power struggle would account for the mixed signals of, on the one hand, war escalation against Russia, and then, on the other hand, incipient calls for a peace deal. A hugely consequential question is: which Washington faction will prevail?

    • reuters – Canada lends Ukraine $500mln following bond sale -statement

      Canada is transferring a $500 million loan to Ukraine following the sale of Canadian bonds allowing individuals and other entities to support Kiev, Canada’s Finance Department said in a statement on Friday.

      The loan, transferred through the International Monetary Fund (IMF), follows the sale of bonds costing $100 or more to Canadians, investors, institutions and other buyers, the government said.

  7. Brazil Federal Police Raid 80 Bolsonaro Supporters: “It is Going to Get Ugly”
    By Richard Abelson
    Published December 16, 2022 at 8:00am

    Corrupt Chief Justice Alexandre de Moraes has issued 80 arrest warrants against Bolsonaro supporters and sent Federal Police to raid them, upholding fines against Bolsonaro’s Party while striking down charges against the Supreme Court. Mass protests are again scheduled for the weekend.

    Bolsonaro supporters were out in masses again outside Army bases, calling for the Military to intervene, such as outside the Southeast Command HQ in Ibirapuera, São Paulo:

    Protestors outside Southeast Command asked an unidentified officer if there was reason to hope for a Military intervention.

    The officer answered: “Every hope

  8. ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE: “Reporter” Natasha Bertrand Knew Hunter Biden’s Laptop Was Not Russian Disinformation, Yet She Lied Anyway!
    By Cullen Linebarger
    Published December 16, 2022 at 7:45am

    Back in October 2020, Politico published an article incorrectly claiming the New York Post story on Hunter Biden was Russian disinformation. Turns out Natasha Bertrand, who wrote the article, gaslighted the public even though she knew the Post story was completely true.

    Cliff Sims, then the deputy director of national intelligence (DNI), revealed that Bertrand reached out to him for comment before publishing her propaganda story. He told her the Post story was not disinformation.

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  9. CNN Threatens to Quit Twitter After Employee Is Banned for Doxxing Elon Musk and Endangering His Young Son
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 8:45am

    On Thursday night, Twitter banned more than half a dozen of far-left journalists from CNN, New York Times, Washington Post, and other independent reporters who had been reporting on Elon Musk and Tesla.

    The decision comes after Elon Musk declared war on sharing location information on the platform following a stalking incident with his son X.

    Last night, car carrying lil X in LA was followed by crazy stalker (thinking it was me), who later blocked car from moving & climbed onto hood,” Musk wrote.

    “Legal action is being taken against Sweeney & organizations who supported harm to my family,” he continued.

  10. SAFE and EFFECTIVE: New Scientific Study Finds Nearly 1 in 4 Women Have Problems with Menstrual Cycle after Taking mRNA Vaccine
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 8:30am

    Back in 2021 The Gateway Pundit first reported on evidence that thousands of women were reporting changes in their menstruation cycle after taking Fauci’s mRNA vaccines

    Since that time The Gateway Pundit has reported on several studies that link the mRNA COVID vaccines to menstrual disorders.

    Now there is a new study out of Saudi Arabia that found nearly one-fourth of women experienced menstrual problems after taking the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • US to pay Pfizer $2 billion for more course of its COVID-19 pill

      Paxlovid has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and severe illness significantly.

      The US government has agreed to pay Pfizer nearly $2 billion for an additional 3.7 million courses of its COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid, the company said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

      The new purchase supplements the 20 million courses previously bought by the United States and are planned for delivery by early 2023, Pfizer said in a statement.

      The Biden administration had previously agreed to pay around $10.6 billion – roughly $530 per treatment course – for the first 20 million courses it ordered. They are paying around the same amount per course under the new contract.

      The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency authorization to Paxlovid in December of last year, clearing the pill for patients 12 and up with mild to moderate COVID who are most likely to end up hospitalized or not survive.

      A month later, US President Joe Biden announced that the federal government is doubling the order for Paxlovid, which has been shown to reduce hospitalizations and severe illness significantly.

      The two-drug oral treatment is currently available for free in the United States, where more than 9 million courses have been to delivered to pharmacies and patients have used over 6 million courses of the treatment, according to government data.

      Israel’s Health Ministry also approved the Pfizer pill in December of 2021. Other countries that have approved Paxlovid include Canada and Bahrain.


      Pfizer to Sell Paxlovid in China as Covid Cases Surge

      Pfizer Inc. cemented a deal first announced in March to sell its antiviral medication Paxlovid in China through a state-owned company, adding to supply of Covid treatments in the country that’s now facing a massive infection surge.

      China Meheco Group Co. signed an agreement Wednesday with Pfizer to import and distribute Paxlovid on the mainland, the company said in a filing with the Shanghai Stocks Exchange. The agreement is effective immediately and expires on Nov. 30, 2023, the statement said. Further terms weren’t disclosed.

      Pfizer’s relationship with Meheco has been in place for some time, with a contract signed earlier this year that “business related to Paxlovid” in China would be handled by the mainland company. Separately, Pfizer also has an agreement, inked in August, with Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Co. —- one of China’s biggest pharmaceutical companies — to produce and sell Paxlovid in the country for five years.

      Meheco’s shares climbed by the daily limit of 10% in Shanghai trading on Thursday while Zhejiang Huahai advanced over 3%.

      Pfizer Picks China Firm Involved in Drug Recall for Covid Pill

      In the Huahai deal, it was agreed that Pfizer will provide ingredients to make nirmatrelvir, the antiviral portion of the drug, and ritonavir, which slows the antiviral’s breakdown in the body. Huahai will manufacture and combine the two into Paxlovid.

      “As China optimizes its Covid policy, Pfizer is actively collaborating with all stakeholders to secure an adequate supply of Paxlovid in China and remains committed to fulfilling the COVID-19 treatment needs of patients in China and around the world,” said a Pfizer statement on the Meheco deal Thursday.

      The move to boost supply of Paxlovid in China comes as the country’s abrupt reopening sends infection surging through its vast population, raising concerns over whether the country’s health system is prepared for the wave. Paxlovid is the top oral treatment for the virus, outpacing Merck & Co.’s Lagevrio, also called molnupiravir, and is already a multi-billion dollar drug for the American company.

      End of Covid Zero Risks Overwhelming China With Infections

      China’s need for Covid treatments has weakened its resolve to rely only on home-grown therapies for the virus. It has not approved any foreign-made vaccines but greenlit Paxlovid for use in February.

      Merck & Co. also struck a deal with Chinese state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm to import and market molnupiravir in the country in September, a tentative sign that that antiviral might also be cleared for use locally.

      Ontario to let pharmacists prescribe Paxlovid

      Health Minister Sylvia Jones announced pharmacists will be able to prescribe Paxlovid to eligible patients at no cost, both in person or virtually.

    • reuters – EU watchdog warns on waning effectiveness of antibody COVID drugs

      The European Union’s health regulator on Friday raised concerns over the decreasing effectiveness of COVID-19 antibody therapies to treat patients as emerging virus variants are challenging treatment approaches.

      The World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both gone a step further and pulled recommendations for some monoclonal antibodies on the basis that Omicron and the variant’s latest offshoots have likely rendered these options obsolete.

      Monoclonal antibodies are designed to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus by binding to the spike protein on its surface, but the virus has been evolving, causing changes in this protein, affecting how the antibodies bind to them.

      “Although it is not yet known to what extent the reduced neutralising activity translates into reduced benefits for patients, healthcare professionals will need to consider alternative treatments, especially if subvariants such as BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 become prevalent,” the European Medicines Agency (EMA) said.

      New offshoots of the dominant BA.5 subvariant of Omicron known as BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 are among the more than 300 sublineages of the Omicron variant circulating globally, 95% of which are direct descendants of BA.5, according to the WHO.

      The Emergency Task Force of the EMA said antiviral alternatives such as Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Gilead’s remdesivir can be considered, saying that they are expected to retain their activity against the emerging strains.

      AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) Evusheld, Celltrion’s (091990.KQ) Regkirona, Roche’s (ROG.S) Ronapreve and GSK-Vir’s (GSK.L), (VIR.O) Xevudy are monoclonal antibodies approved in the EU for COVID-19.

      The EMA added that it would consider any required updates to labels of the individual therapies.

      How to stay healthy at Christmas parties

      The Sun Health brings you everything you need to know from the world of well being.

      From the latest Covid-19 news, to advice and explainers from our resident experts.

    • Dr. Tess Lawrie: COVID-19 Vaccines Cause Inflammation in ‘Every Organ & Tissue of the Body’

      Vaccine manufacturers “have not been required to show how [the COVID-19 vaccine] distributes around the body.

      And we know from an FOI request from Japan…these injections, they accumulate in certain tissues in rats.

      So all we have is a little rat study to go on from 2020…and we’ve had nothing further done and nothing done in human beings.”

      Dr. Tess Lawrie, co-founder of the World Council for Health

    • Russell Brand – You’re Not Going To Like This

      Child Covid vaccines.

      Entirely necessary to keep children healthy, or ludicrously profitable to Big Pharma and of marginal benefit considering the low risk to healthy children from the virus?

      I of course have no opinion, but Pfizer’s CEO Albert Bourla does – and we now know we can’t trust it.

      That moonshot isn’t looking quite so shiny anymore, is it

    • What to know about COVID vaccines in 6-month-old babies

      Babies as young as 6 months old are now eligible for the same updated COVID-19 booster shots already available to other age groups.

      Dr. Kristin Moffitt, an infectious disease specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital, answers questions.

  11. Breaking: Trump Appointed Judge Blocks Biden’s Attempt to End Remain in Mexico Policy
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 7:15am

    On Thursday U.S. District Judge Matthew J. Kacsmaryk blocked Joe Biden’s attempt to end President Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy.

    Judge Kacsmaryk is a Trump-appointed judge.

    Border states are preparing for a flood of millions of illegal aliens surging across the border as the policy ends.

  12. Trump Fights Censorship, Vax Lies Collapsing, Inflation Going Higher
    By Greg Hunter On December 16, 2022 In Weekly News Wrap-Ups 5 Comments

    President Trump had a big announcement on his Truth Social platform, but the Lying Legacy Media (LLM) will never show you this because it about the LLM colluding with the government to censor “We the People.” In short, they suppress the truth about all sorts of things. From the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop to the dangers of the CV19 injections, these are some of the truths they censored. Trump says, “If we don’t have free speech, we don’t have a free country.” He’s right. This is a big part of Trump’s 2024 campaign platform.

    The CV19 vax lies keep getting exposed with each new “Died Suddenly” report and new data showing the vax was a deadly and dangerous fraud from the very beginning. There is no stopping what is coming. The rage from the millions who are injured and families whose loved ones have died are not going to stop stacking up. Now, more and more, there are calls for prosecutions of all the people who pushed these clot shots. The truth about the CV19 shots was also censored by the government and Big Tech. The so-called “Twitter Files” are exposing the criminals who hid the truth. Much more is coming out. Count on it.

    The Fed is still fighting inflation by raising a key interest rate by another .5%. Is raising rates going to stop inflation? Not according to economist John Williams of Williams says surging inflation is caused by extreme money printing, and with a fresh $1.65 trillion just passed in Congress, don’t expect inflation to retreat. It’s just the opposite, according to Williams. Brace yourself.

  13. europravda – Can politicians really be creative? Iceland Prime Minister Jakobsdóttir on her debut crime thriller

    “…. we are heading for energy really shifting over to green energy ”

    ” when I was totally absorded in the virus and I was really getting let’s say obsessed with the virus and its effects ”

  14. AOC Jumps into Twitter War with Elon Musk for Protecting His Family – Calls Him a Fascist
    By Joe Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 9:15am

    AOC jumped into Elon Musk’s actions on Twitter related to his family and labeled him a fascist.

    TGP reported last night that Elon Musk suspended the accounts of reporters who were involved in doxing the location of this family and himself. He shared that he won’t put up with anyone doxing individuals on Twitter.

    US Representative AOC didn’t care for Musk’s actions

    She shared –

    You’re a public figure. An extremely controversial and powerful one. I get feeling unsafe, but descending into abuse of power + erratically banning journalists only increases the intensity around you. Take a beat and lay off the proto-fascism. Maybe try putting down your phone

  15. Markets Are Confusing A Collapse In Demand With An Improvement In Supply”
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    FRIDAY, DEC 16, 2022 – 09:47 AM
    By Michael Every of Rabobank

    2022 was a year dominated by inflation, capped off with a week of 50bp rate hikes from the Fed, the BOE, and the ECB, and even the suggestion of less ridiculously-easy BOJ monetary policy.

    Stefan Koopman (see ‘Division!’) underlines the BOE’s 2-6-1 split decision to hike 50bp to 3.50%, with two votes for no change and one for 75bp. He thinks the downshift to 50bp combined with the net dovish dissent signals the MPC is looking for a landing zone in H1 2023, but that it will take some time to get there, particularly due to the tight labour market. He forecasts a terminal BOE rate of 4.75%. The math issue is if the BOE is doing long division.

    The ECB also went 50bp, taking the deposit rate to 2%, and reportedly this was only not 75bp due to Lagarde emphasizing several more 50bp hikes to come: one in February, and another one or two after that, which is a clear upside risks to our forecast of another 50bp in February followed by two 25bp hikes (see ‘More to Follow’). Note that even that would not put the deposit rate above the projected level of core CPI by end-2023 (4.2%). Indeed, the updated ECB projections show it missing its inflation target through to end-2025. It therefore intends to maintain restrictive rates, and QT is starting soon too, thought with no active sales of securities.

    There were few takers in December 2021 for the view that 2022 would end with rates here, with the promise of them moving higher. However, the risks were visible: the logistics industry was tearing its hair out over how Deep the Ship was that we were in, and military experts were doing the same over Russia’s troop build-up. Have lessons been learned as we head into 2023?

  16. JUST IN: Full List Released Of Politicians Who Took Indicted Crypto CEO’s “Illegal Political Donations” — to Democrats And RINOs
    By ProTrumpNews Staff
    Published December 16, 2022 at 10:20am

    FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried was arrested for using customers’ funds to make illegal political donations.

    CNBC reported:

    Federal authorities on Tuesday charged FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried with using what they said was tens of millions of dollars of misappropriated customer funds to make illegal political donations to both Democratic and Republican candidates.

    Prosecutors said one of the reasons he made those contributions was to influence the direction of policies and laws affecting the cryptocurrency industry.

    Full list of recipants

  17. FOX NEWS – House Democrats join legislation to bar Trump from public office

    Democrats argue constitutional amendment adopted in 1860s to bar former Confederates from holding public office should be used against Donald Trump

    A group of 40 House Democrats have put forward legislation that would bar former President Trump from holding public office again under the 14th Amendment.

    Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., one of the House Democrats who led the second impeachment effort against Trump, introduced legislation Thursday with 40 Democratic co-sponsors that would invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from returning to the White House, or holding any other office.

    The amendment states, “No person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

    Democrats argue that this language – adopted in the 1860s to prevent former Confederates from occupying positions in the federal government after the Civil War – should be applied to Trump, who they allege incited an insurrection against the United States on Jan. 6, 2021.

    A group of 40 House Democrats have put forward legislation that would bar former President Trump from holding public office again under the 14th Amendment.

    Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., one of the House Democrats who led the second impeachment effort against Trump, introduced legislation Thursday with 40 Democratic co-sponsors that would invoke Section 3 of the 14th Amendment to prevent Trump from returning to the White House, or holding any other office.

    The amendment states, “No person shall … hold any office, civil or military, under the United States … who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States … to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.”

    Democrats argue that this language – adopted in the 1860s to prevent former Confederates from occupying positions in the federal government after the Civil War – should be applied to Trump, who they allege incited an insurrection against the United States on Jan. 6, 2021.

    Democrats say their legislation “details testimony and evidence” collected by the Select Committee on the January 6th riot and reports on the events of that day to make the case that Trump helped to plan and encouraged an insurrection to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election.

    Last month, Trump announced his candidacy for president in 2024 in Palm Beach, Florida. Speaking to supporters gathered at his Mar-a-Lago residence, Trump hammered President Biden’s record and declared, “America’s comeback starts right now.”

    He did not mention his two separate impeachment trials, first for allegedly leveraging U.S. foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, and the second for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, but he did cast himself as a “victim” of the “festering rot and corruption of Washington, D.C.”

    Since announcing his third run for the White House, Trump has maintained a relatively low-profile campaign, mostly posting on his social media website Truth Social. He has not appeared at any public campaign events nor traveled outside his home state of Florida.

    He did not mention his two separate impeachment trials, first for allegedly leveraging U.S. foreign aid to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Biden family, and the second for his role in the Jan. 6 riot, but he did cast himself as a “victim” of the “festering rot and corruption of Washington, D.C.”

    Since announcing his third run for the White House, Trump has maintained a relatively low-profile campaign, mostly posting on his social media website Truth Social. He has not appeared at any public campaign events nor traveled outside his home state of Florida.

    • CNN – ‘He ultimately was a child’: Pelosi, Schumer describe dealing with Trump in exclusive interview

      In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Jamie Gangel, outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer come together in their first-ever joint sit-down interview over lunch at Hunan Dynasty, a Chinese restaurant where the two have shared meals for years.

  18. Kash Patel: Same Crew at FBI and DOJ Running Russiagate Were Running Censorship Program with Big Tech Against MAGA Americans (VIDEO)
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 10:00am

    Kash Patel, the former chief of staff to the Acting United States Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump, joined Steve Bannon on Friday to discuss the Social Media censorship and silencing of conservative voices.

    Kash joined Steve the day after President Trump delivered a historic specch announcing, “The censorship cartel must be dismantled and destroyed — and it must happen immediately.”

    Kash Patel dropped several bombs on The War Room audience. Kash believes, as Steve does, the real story in the online censorship of conservatives is the fact that the FBI and DOJ were driving the censorship of conservatives by Big Tech.

  19. FACE IT, THEY HATE YOU: RNC Had Only One Attorney on Ground in Nevada the Day After Election – Pulled Out of AZ – With 30%-60% Broken Machines – And Let the GOP Candidates Bleed Out
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 2:20pm

    Author and attorney Kurt Schlighter joined Steve Bannon on The War Room on Friday morning.
    Democrats came back days later and stole every single race except the governor’s race.

    The RNC was already long gone.

    Kurt told Steve that the RNC had ONLY ONE attorney on the ground in Nevada the day after the midterm election in 2022.

    Republicans were leading every Democrat in the state in all of the major races following election day.

  20. FBI Accused Of “Cooking The Books” To Reclassify J6 Man-Hours As “International Terrorism” For Congressional Funding
    By ProTrumpNews Staff
    Published December 16, 2022 at 2:00pm

    An FBI Whistleblower is alleging that the FBI is trying to hide how many man-hours they used on the Jan 6th investigation.

    According to the whistleblower, agents were told to claim they are now working on international terrorism and other investigations instead of investigations into January 6th.

  21. Canada’s Liberal MP Lisa Hepfner is making headlines again with her statements in the context of the process of adoption of the country’s controversial Bill C-18, the Online News Act.

    Hepfner recently went after online media to disparagingly say they are not news outlets but “opinion publishers.” This immediately caused widespread criticism from the media industry and was also quickly proven to be a fine example of misinformation, as reports listed legitimate online news sites to prove her wrong.

    Hepfner had to apologize for that statement, and for a while maintained radio silence as Bill C-18 was considered by the Heritage Committee. Now, C-18 has passed the third reading and the Liberal MP has been “activated” once again – and is once again accused of not fully understanding the nature of the subject matter, this time of what links represent.

    This time Hepfner spoke about sites like Facebook and Google that allow outlets to share their news articles, describing this as theft. She said this in a bid to prop up Bill C-18 as a positive legislative development, which will, according to her, make it more difficult for these large platforms to, in her words, “steal local journalists’ articles and repost them without credit.”

  22. NEW YORK — A California woman pleaded guilty on Thursday in connection with her unwitting role in a foiled plot to kidnap a prominent Iranian opposition activist living in New York City and take her back to Tehran.

    U.S. prosecutors have not accused Niloufar Bahadorifar of participating in the plot to abduct Masih Alinejad, a journalist and vocal critic of the Iranian government for its treatment of women and other issues.

    But authorities said four Iranians who plotted to kidnap the activist and paid an American private investigator to watch her used Bahadorifar as a go-between.

    Bahadorifar pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to violate U.S. economic sanctions on Iran by helping channel money to the investigator.

  23. EXCLUSIVE: Mohave County Board Of Supervisors To Reschedule Meeting to Discuss Litigation Against Maricopa County Following Fraudulent Election
    By Jordan Conradson
    Published December 16, 2022 at 3:00pm

    Mohave County certified the fraudulent election under duress after corrupt Katie Hobbs, who oversaw the disaster of an election as Secretary of State, threatened to jail the County Supervisors.

    The issues that occurred in the bellwether for statewide elections, Maricopa County, on Election Day disenfranchised all voters in all other Counties.
    On November 8, 2022, more than 50% of the tabulators or printers were not operating on Election Day in Maricopa County. This caused up to four-hour wait times and voters being turned away from the polls.

    Thousands were told they could vote at a different precinct after they signed in, which they couldn’t. And tens of thousands were told to dump their ballot into a bin that would be counted later.

  24. BREAKING: Judge Grants Kari Lake’s Request to Examine Maricopa Co Ballots in Preparation for Trial
    By Brian Lupo
    Published December 16, 2022 at 1:20pm

    judge in Maricopa County has ordered that Kari Lake’s petition to inspect ballots in the county from the 2022 mid-term election be granted.

    The Lake campaign will have to select a designate a ballot inspector and provide the court with contact information for them by Friday at 12pm. The inspection would begin on

  25. India Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Ballistic Missile After Minor Border Clash With China
    Tyler Durden’s Photo
    FRIDAY, DEC 16, 2022 – 12:04 PM
    Authored by Aldgra Fredly via The Epoch Times,

    India on Thursday carried out a test launch of a long-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-5, which came days after a renewed clash between Indian and Chinese troops along the disputed Himalayan border.

  26. Electric Vehicle Charging in Oslo, Norway is Now More than Twice as Expensive as Filling Gas-Powered Vehicle
    By Jim Hoft
    Published December 16, 2022 at 4:40pm

    It is now more than twice as expensive to charge an electric vehicle in Norway’s capital, Oslo, than to fill up a gas-powered vehicle.

    It was reported in the local newspaper Avisa Oslo that the price of Oslo’s municipal electric car chargers rose dramatically after the city’s budget was approved last week

  27. Federal Appeals Court Rules Against Women, Affirms Policy of Allowing Transgender Girls to Compete on Female Sports Teams in Connecticut Case
    By Margaret Flavin
    Published December 16, 2022 at 6:00pm

    The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) filed a lawsuit to bar two transgender athletes — Terry Miller and Andraya Yearwood — from competing in the 2020 spring outdoor track season on a girls team at a Connecticut school.

    According to ADF:

    Soule v. Connecticut Association of Schools, a lawsuit filed on behalf of four female athletes who were consistently deprived of honors and opportunities to compete at elite levels because the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference adopted a policy that allows males who identify as female to compete in girls’ athletic events.

  28. Legal options in Canada – class action lawsuit in British Columbia
    ICIS US / English – Published 2 days ago

    In this first episode of “Impromptu,” Dr. Fuellmich talks with Kip Warner of Vancouver, British Columbia, about a pending class action lawsuit filed against the provincial health commissioner and the B.C. Crown challenging the “declaration of a state of emergency.”

    They also discuss the separation of powers, or lack thereof, their hopes for the Anglo-American legal system, and agree that the Covid crisis has taught the public important lessons in civics.

    With the addition of the “Impromptu” broadcast format,
    ICIC expands its ability to speak on an ad hoc basis about a current and particularly important event or issue and to highlight it in a condensed manner.

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