Friday, February 28, 2020

MYSTERY: Is Twitter blocking tweets critical of Maxine Waters?

by Kyle Olson, The American Mirror:

Is Twitter protecting Maxine Waters from Americans’ free speech?

Twitter user @Zagreus66 posted a video showing his attempt to post a statement critical of the California Congresswoman.

UK media smears Tommy Robinson, as second week of protests hit UK streets (Video)

by Alex Christoforou, The Duran:

Hundreds of Tommy Robinson supporters marched through the streets of Leeds and Manchester in protest over the jailing of Robinson.

Over 400 people gathered outside Leeds Crown Court over the weekend, where Robinson was taken away by police last Friday, before taking part in a one-hour march through the city centre.

Over 1,000 people filled the streets of Manchester, UK to demonstrate.

Progressive Google Censorship

from BATR:

You remember? “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….” also applies to a cosmos other than Star Wars. The degrading of free speech inevitably leads to censorship and a societal purge of ideas that conflict with the latest evolution of political correctness. The 21st Century version of book burning has gone digital and automated using Artificial Intelligence that applies algorithm filters to exclude the free exchange of different views and accounts of historic analysis. The most partisan progressive cannot maintain that the liberal bias which has now become the hallmark of Google’s search results and news is based upon any objective standards of empirical information or fair and balanced reporting.

POLICE BROKE INTO CHELSEA MANNING’S HOME WITH GUNS DRAWN — IN A “WELLNESS CHECK”

by Micah Lee, Alice Speri, The Intercept:

SHORTLY AFTER Chelsea Manning posted what appeared to be two suicidal tweets on May 27, police broke into her home with their weapons drawn as if conducting a raid, in what is known as a “wellness” or “welfare check” on a person experiencing a mental health crisis. Manning, a former Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower and U.S. Senate candidate, was not at home, but video obtained by The Intercept shows officers pointing their guns as they searched her empty apartment.

France’s fake news law will be used to silence critics, win elections

by Lexi Morgan, Intellihub:

There is really only one reason a law would be put into place to stifle so-called ‘fake news’ and that is so the real purveyors of fake news, like CNN, can continue to push theirs.

The people at the top of the pyramid who are actually running the entire show appear to have it all figured out. In a world where down is up and up is down fake news appears almost everywhere but the real fact of the matter is that most of it comes from mainstream sources, like CNN. So, withal, I have to ask: Will the new laws be used to crackdown on sources like CNN that always publish garbage or will the powers-that-be let agencies like CNN roll with whatever smut they like while other smaller but more trustworthy outlets get targeted over ‘fake news’? Will the powers-that-be use the law as a weapon to remove controversial reports?

Governments And Social Media Companies Are Collaborating To Censor Anyone That Would Dare To Question Mainstream Media Narratives

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

The era of free and unfettered speech on the Internet is rapidly ending. All over the world, national governments are working very closely with social media companies to take control of “Internet news”. Up until recently, the Internet really was a wonderful marketplace of ideas, and ordinary people like you and I were empowered to share information with one another like never before in human history. But now the elite have seen the power that this can have, and they are cracking down hard. The term “fake news” has come to mean any source that would dare to question the official narratives that are being fed to us from the mainstream media, and in reality the push to censor “fake news” is really just an all-out effort to eliminate independent thought. Before the Internet, it was much easier for the elite to control the flow of information, and now they are taking unprecedented measures to control the flow of information in the digital age.

Snowden’s Message and the Surveillance State

by Mac Slavo, SHTF Plan:

One of the weaknesses we hold as a species is the ability to allow a threat to “dull” in our consciousness merely because of the passage of time. A threat passes, and hunter-gatherer man turns toward another threat and thoughts of the first problem are relegated to memory…where they spin cobwebs and are eventually deleted. The problem, in our case, is the surveillance state was clearly exposed and detailed in the documentary “Citizenfour,” back in 2015, when Edward Snowden (to his cost, not his enrichment) had the guts to expose what was being done to the American people.

Since then, the State has clearly kept moving in the direction of increasing surveillance and a corresponding decrease in our individual liberties. The Constitution has been all but gutted, and to paraphrase Churchill, Republicans and Democrats are conspiring to bring forth a new form of gun control via confiscation: this according to reports by former Congressman Ron Paul. You can read more in an article released last week by The Free Thought Project written by Matt Agorist entitled “Ron Paul: Republicans, Democrats Teaming Up for Federal Gun Confiscation Bill.

‘I Will Kill You’: Cops Hold Gun to Unarmed Man’s Head As They Beat Him on Video—No One Fired

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

After their department failed to hold the officers responsible for holding down an unarmed man and threatening to kill him—while beating him—the taxpayers will now be liable.

Charlotte, NC — A man, who would later be proven innocent, had officers pile on top of him, hold a gun to his head, beat him into the earth, taser him, and threaten to kill him. All of it was captured on video. The chief of police even called the incident “indefensible” at the time. Now, however, the taxpayers are going to be held liable—not the police.

The unarmed suspect’s only ‘crime’ was running away from police. In response to a man running, four officers were caught on camera punching, elbowing, and threatening to shoot the unarmed man, James Yarborough, in the head.

Imagine the Outrage If Russia Censored Opposition the Way the UK Just Censored Robinson

from Russia Insider:

Imagine the flood of sanctimonious media headlines if Russia were to prevent the hacks from reporting on the trial of a high-profile activist such as Aleksey Navalny. Now imagine such a ban existed in the UK. Oh, wait, it does…

Imagine this: Navalny, a highly-polarizing and outspoken opponent of the Russian government, beloved by the Western press despite his nationalist background, was sentenced to 50 years of hard labor in a Siberian borscht mine after being found guilty of high treason. (Actually, he received a 30-day prison sentence for something illegal in basically every developed nation – “blocking traffic without the correct permits” – but we’re sure the Siberian exile story must be floating around somewhere, even without restrictions on media reporting.)

Good Cops Fake 258,000 Breathalyzer Tests To Beat Their Required DUI Quotas

by John Vibes, The Free Thought Project:

Dozens of police officers pretended to conduct hundreds of thousands of breathalyzer tests to meet their quotas, potentially saving countless citizens from arrest.

Hundreds of thousands of motorists were able to avoid breathalyzer tests in the past 5 years in the Victoria region of Austrailia because police officers were falsifying tests to meet their quotas. In many cases, when cops are forced to meet quotas, they arrest as many people as they possibly can—but these officers just pretended to do the work, instead of targeting the public.

An internal investigation has found 258,000 alcohol breath tests, which represents about 1.5 percent of the 17.7 million tests that were conducted in that time, according to a report from The Age.

WATCH: Cop Tortures Restrained Woman With Pepper Spray Until She Passes Out—Gets $50 Fine

by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

Despite being caught on video torturing a woman with pepper spray who was in a seven point restraint chair, a police officer was allowed to retire and was issued a mere $50 fine.

Dayton, OH — “I thought I might die,” said Amber Swink of her harrowing experience of receiving pepper spray directly to her face while in a seven-point restraint chair in the Montgomery County Jail in Dayton, Ohio.

Video footage of the torturous incident shows Swink so tightly restrained in the chair, she is hardly able to move her head; but that didn’t stop Sgt. Judith L. Sealey from entering the isolation cell and unleashing pepper-spray in the 25-year-old’s face — at near point-blank range — for seemingly no reason but sadistic pleasure.

Amazon’s Rekognition Surveillance Tool Will Grant Police Even More Surveillance Power

by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

Amazon is facing pressure from civil liberties groups for the corporation’s role in building the infrastructure which powers government surveillance.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch, the Freedom of the Press Foundation and nearly 40 other organizations have joined together to demand that Amazon cease providing law enforcement access to surveillance technology. The organizations signed onto a letter to Amazon which condemns the company for developing new facial recognition tools that allow real-time surveillance using police body cameras and the ever growing interconnected network of cameras in most major American cities.

Georgia Kidnaps 15-Year-Old Son After Parents Treat His Seizures With Marijuana

by Tim Brown, Freedom OutPost:

It’s ridiculous that government believes it has any kind of authority to outlaw a plant, especially one that can provide actual relief in a situation like this.

A 15-year-old Georgia boy was kidnapped by the state from his parents after they treated the boy with a plant, marijuana.

David Brill suffered from multiple seizures every day, sometimes as many as 10.

Finally, his parents had enough and learned that marijuana could be used to treat their son. The only problem? The state thinks it is holier than the Creator and deemed a plant illegal.

Google Under Fire For Labeling CA GOP As Nazis – Blames Wikipedia ‘Vandalism,’ But Tech Giants Regularly Use Same Source That Spreads False Claims

by Susan Duclos, All News Pipeline:

For weeks we have been seeing a number of stories regarding the California primaries, slated for June 5th, where voters will choose who their general election candidates will be. The headlines all have focused on how the Democratic party is “worried,” or how California Dems “agonize,” over House primaries, each article using a different term, but all agreeing that Democrats are scared because of the “top-two primary system” used in California.

BallotPedia explains the top-two primary system as “a type of primary election in which all candidates are listed on the same primary ballot. The top two vote-getters, regardless of their partisan affiliations, advance to the general election. Consequently, it is possible for two candidates belonging to the same political party to win in a top-two primary and face off in the general election.” It is often referred to as a “jungle primary.”