Friday, February 22, 2019

Universal Background Checks Are Back

by José Niño, Mises:

While everyone was chatting about the 2018-2019 United States government shutdown, House Democrats introduced a universal background check bill H.R. 8 on January 8, 2019.

Marketed as a means to fight gun violence, this year’s UBC bill is the flagship legislation for gun controllers in the House. It would require almost all firearms sales and loans to be conducted by a Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL). In turn, all these transactions go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), closing the so-called “ gun show loophole.”

Stop ACTA 2: Protests, Internet Blackouts and Hacktivist Actions To Lead Up To Final Vote On Dystopian Articles 11 and 13 In EU

by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:

After a short delay, European Union lawmakers are continuing their journey to censor the Internet and have agreed on changes to the text of Articles 11,12 and 13, The Independent reported. Meanwhile, Anonymous and Pirates are planning on-the-ground and online actions against the proposed Copyright Directives.

Germany and France agreed on a horrendous “compromise” version of Article 13 following heated debated, which claims to protect small businesses. However, in the fine print of the law, it almost protects no website as Julia Reda points out.

CENSORSHIP ALERT: YouTube Uses AI For MORE Censoring Of Ideas

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

YouTube has decided to stop suggesting “conspiracy videos” to users on its platform.  It will no longer recommend videos “claiming the earth is flat or making blatantly false claims about historic events like 9/11.”

So basically, anyone who questions the status quo, the official narrative parrotted by the mainstream media or offers up any idea contradicting that of a full-blown totalitarian grip on humanity, will be silenced. People, apparently, can no longer be trusted to watch a video about whether or not the Earth is flat and determine its merits on their own, so YouTube has decided it’ll just be your mommy and hide it from everyone.

YouTube Will Determine What ‘Conspiracy’ Is and Stop Recommending Such Videos

by Michael Krieger, Liberty Blitzkrieg:

While the evolution of Google’s YouTube from a free expression platform into something entirely different has been underway for a while, it just took another step in a very short-sighted and restrictive direction. NBC News reports:

YouTube has announced that it will no longer recommend videos that “come close to” violating its community guidelines, such as conspiracy or medically inaccurate videos…Chaslot said that YouTube’s fix to its recommendations AI will have to include getting people to videos with truthful information and overhauling the current system it uses to recommend videos.

Montana Couple Has Ranch Taken Without Due Process

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

Imagine being 62 years of age and having to start over from zero.  It certainly does not sound like something I, and no doubt you, would like to experience.  However, that’s the new reality for Randy Mitchell and his wife, Toni.

Victims of predatory lending practices from Whitefish Credit Union, the Mitchell’s are penniless, and essentially homeless, as they now live in a 30-foot travel trailer.

Snopes gets an F, Facebook no longer using them as fact checkers

by Erin Elizabeth, Health Nut News:

(Note from Erin: If you’ve spent any time around HNN then you know there is no love lost between us and Snopes. But honestly? They are just having to lie in the bed they’ve made for themselves. Nothing more. They’ve failed each and every time they attempt to debunk us. We call them out publicly (in video after video with live feed of their page) and they they sheepishly and quietly change their article without a hint of an apology.

Uganda’s Social Media Tax is Leaving People Disconnected — And Failing to Meet Revenue Targets

by James Propa, Activist Post:

The number of people using the Internet in Uganda has dropped by more than 12 percentage points since July 2018, when the country’s so-called “social media tax” was put into force.

Prior to the tax’s implementation, 47.4 percent of people in Uganda were using the Internet. Three months after the tax was put in place, that number had fallen to 35 percent.

Mother Arrested, Jailed After ‘Misgendering’ Transgender Woman in UK

by Richard Moorhead, Big League Politics:

In a shocking Orwellian nightmare, a mother has been arrested after referring to a transgender activist with her former male name in the United Kingdom.

Kate Scottow, 38, was detained and arrested in front of her two children by the Hertfordshire Police. Scottow had “deadnamed” trans activist Stephanie Hayden on Twitter, referring to her with her former male identity. The police questioned her in regards to her communications with Hayden before arresting her.

Civil Asset Forfeiture Can Be Lethal – Death by Police is Rising When they Enter the Wrong Home

by Martin Armstrong, Armstrong Economics:

The end of the Venetian Empire, otherwise known as the Republic of Venice, traditionally was a sovereign state and maritime republic in northeastern Italy, which existed for over a millennium between the 7th century and the 18th century from 697 AD until 1797 AD. As is the case with ALL Republics as we have today, they descend into oligarchies and during the process they enter the final stage of their death by not just turning against their own people, but the people divide into groups as we see today and they become increasingly hostile toward one another – i.e. Democrats v Republicans.

GOOGLE & APPLE REACH DEAL WITH RUSSIA, CHINA, & SAUDI ARABIA TO CENSOR POPULATIONS

from InfoWars:

Big Tech in league with authoritarian dictatorships to crush dissent and control free thought

Alex Jones breaks down the unholy alliance forged between Big Tech’s Google and Apple with Communist China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia to censor populations on a planetary scale never before witnessed.

NYPD Orders Google to Stop Showing Drivers Where the Cops Are At

by John vibes, The Mind Unleashed:

The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent a cease and desist letter to Google last week, demanding that the company stop allowing its customers to report police checkpoints using their GPS apps.

The report mentioned Google Maps and Waze, the popular GPS app that allows users to share information about hazards on the road, including the presence of police. The app allows drivers to pinpoint the exactly location of police and report sightings to fellow drivers, saving untold people from speeding tickets and arrests due to victimless crimes.