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The political power of Facebook

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Mark Zuckerberg
In the global imagination, Facebook would be a responsible social network that allows everyone to connect confidentially while censoring messages contrary to local laws. In practice, it is quite different. Facebook collects information about you for the NSA, censors your opinions and mints its own currency. In a few months, this company has become one of the most influential players in world politics.

FACEBOOK AS A SOCIAL NETWORK

The most important political player on the Internet is the social network Facebook. As of January 1st, 2021, it had 2.85 billion monthly active users and 1.88 billion daily active users worldwide. The social network routinely censors posts that include nude photos, sexual activity, harassment, hate speech, forgeries, spam, terrorist propaganda or violence using particularly crude and unfair artificial intelligence. It shuts down accounts that it deems dangerous, either because they have been censored several times or because they are linked to enemies of the United States.

Facebook is a huge company that includes Instagram, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Oculus, Workplace, Portal, Novi. It employs over 60,000 people.

FACEBOOK AS A BANK

Facebook now issues its own currency as a state, the Libra. It is backed by a basket of currencies composed of 50% dollars, 14% yen, 11% Serling pounds and 7% Singapore dollars [1].

By becoming a bank whose currency is progressively accepted by Internet sales sites, Facebook is building a parallel economy, both virtual and global, that is larger than the economy of many states.

Attention

'The Americans aren't listening to us,' Russia says as major Moscow talks between Biden's envoy and Kremlin's diplomats break down

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US Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Moscow, Russia October 12, 2021
Relations between Russia and the US could worsen in the wake of long-awaited negotiations between the two countries that are making less progress than originally hoped, Moscow's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov has said.

The verdict comes after US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland arrived in the country on Monday to hold three days of talks with Russian officials. On Tuesday, local media reported that negotiations between Nuland and Ryabkov were floundering as the diplomats struggled to find common ground. Earlier this week, Moscow lifted sanctions on Nuland, which allowed the US undersecretary of state to enter the country for a summit with her Russian counterparts.

Despite Nuland saying that she is "glad to be back in Russia to deal with bilateral relations." Ryabkov said there is a high chance that the state of affairs will only worsen as a result.
"I cannot say that we have made great progress. The topics of visas, the operating conditions of diplomatic missions, the rotation of diplomatic staff, the overall normalization of the activities of Russian foreign missions in the United States and the United States in Russia retain a significant crisis potential, and it cannot be ruled out that some further exacerbations are possible in these areas. The positions of the parties do not fit well. Americans do not listen to our logic and our demands. But nevertheless, the conversation was useful."

Comment: The best way to stall out any progress between the US and Russia is to send in the neocon.

See also:
Washington and Moscow drop some tit-for-tat sanctions to allow blacklisted Victoria 'f**k the EU' Nuland enter Russia for talks


Footprints

Migrant crisis could bring 1M people to US-Mexico border, Guatemalan activist warns

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Vice President Kamala Harris and unending throngs of migrants
Failure by the Biden administration to adequately address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border could result in far greater numbers of people trying to enter the U.S., an anti-corruption activist in Guatemala is warning, according to a report.

"You will have 1 million people at the border," activist Manfredo Marroquin, who met with Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited Central America earlier this year, told the Los Angeles Times in a story published Wednesday.

To get a sense of what that would mean, the recent incident that strained local resources in Del Rio, Texas, after large groups of people gathered under a bridge, involved about 15,000 migrants.

Marroquin argued that the "root causes" of migration, which Harris has pledged to tackle in her role as the Biden administration's manager of the U.S. response to the migrant crisis, have only worsened since Harris' June visit, according to the report.


Comment: The trade off for migrants is one country's corruption for another. There should be no illusion: The US is not the lesser of this evil. It just disguises it bigger and better - at least until this administration...which begs the question: To where shall the Americans migrate as they leave Biden and Harris home alone?


Handcuffs

'He's exposed': Steve Bannon could go to jail for defying January 6 subpoenas says Rep. Raskin

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Steve Bannon
Maryland Representative Jamie Raskin has said that Steve Bannon, the former White House Chief Strategist under former President Donald Trump, is "completely exposed" to possible arrest if he defies a subpoena issued by the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Trump has invoked executive privilege to prevent his former aides from testifying before the investigative committee. Executive privilege is a presidential power that bars the president's communications from being shared with Congress. As a result, Bannon has said that he won't cooperate with the committee's subpoenas. He had until midnight last Thursday to hand over documents relating to January 6 to the committee.

But Raskin, a Democrat who sits on the committee, said that that executive privilege doesn't extend to Bannon because Bannon was fired from the executive branch before he allegedly consulted Trump on overturning the 2020 election and holding a "Stop the Steal" rally on January 6.

Executive privilege is generally limited to people who spoke with the president while working in the White House.

Magnify

IMF board backs its managing director despite claims of bias in favor of China

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Kristalina Georgieva
The International Monetary Fund decided to keep Kristalina Georgieva as its managing director, expressing full confidence in her leadership, despite accusations she'd altered data to favor China during her time at the World Bank.

Georgieva had been serving as the Chief Executive of the World Bank Group for two years before she was appointed to head the IMF in October 2019. The Bulgarian economist is the first person from a developing country to lead the institution.

On Monday, the Fund's 24-member board that represent the 190 member states held a meeting to review the allegations that Georgieva had pressured World Bank staff to influence a report in favor of China.

Comment: Well, despite what the new MD's claims, it's pretty clear by now that the IMF and World Bank are far from 'independent' organizations with 'integrity' - unless she means independent from oversight and unwavering in their commitment to globalist plans - and so whilst her comments reveal where her allegiance lies, the whole affair is still rather curious: For more on those institutions egregious escapades, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Confessions of an Economic Hitman: Interview with John Perkins


Hiliter

Governor Abbott signs executive order expanding Vaccine Mandate Ban to any private 'entity'

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott
After previously issuing an executive order prohibiting state agencies from requiring employees to get vaccinated, Texas Republican governor Greg Abbott has expanded the ban to include any "entity, " including private companies.

Citing President Biden's recent edict mandating vaccines for businesses with 100 or more workers nationwide, calling it "yet another instance of federal overreach," Abbott signed a subsequent executive order Monday that defies and effectively reverses the directive within Texas. As health-care staff, law-enforcement officers, and other essential workers have resigned en masse in protest against vaccine mandates, Abbott is appealing to his emergency authority to stop "workplace disruptions" that "threaten Texas's continued recovery from the COVID- 19 disaster." The order reads:
"No entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. I hereby suspend all relevant statutes to the extent necessary to enforce this prohibition."
Any private business that fails to comply with the order is subject to penalty, including potentially the maximum fine stipulated under Section 4 1 8. 173 of the Texas Government Code, although jail time is expressly does not apply.

Abbott has added the issue to the agenda of the state legislature's special session. If the executive order is codified into law, the governor will revoke the executive order, according to a press release from the governor's office.

Dominoes

Carlson: Dems accuse GOP of authoritarianism while practicing it themselves

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Tucker Carlson
Fox News host Tucker Carlson is sounding off on Democrats for being hypocrites on key issues.

During a segment on his program, Carlson went after Democrats for claiming they are the party against "authoritarianism" by using tactics that one might see from an authoritarian regime.

Carlson then mentioned "censorship" online, proposals to monitor American's financial transactions, and measures instituted in the name of coronavirus.


Partial transcript below:

Take 2

Kamala's NASA video was full of child actors who auditioned for roles

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VP Kamala Harris • Kid actors
A 13-year-old actor from California explained how he got the gig to local reporters. After sending in a monologue talking about topics he's passionate about, along with three questions he'd ask "a world leader" (Vice President Kamala Harris), child actor Trevor Bernardino got the part.

"Then after that, like a week later my agent called me and was like 'Hey Trevor you booked it,'" Trevor told a local media outlet. He didn't really realize he was going to get to sit down with the vice president ahead of time.

Harris used child actors in this collaborative special put together by YouTube, including Bernardino and four other kids from other parts of the USA. The premise is highlighting NASA to get kids more interested in learning about space.


Comment: The country is going down the sh*t hole while the VP is making staged kid movies and playing bingo.


Bad Guys

Twitter censors thread from entrepreneur who regrets taking the vaccine after serious side effects

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© Michael Robinson
Twitter has censored a thread in which Michael Robison explained that he regretted trading "my solid health, for a temporary freedom to travel and freedom from being criticized."

Robison — an investor, entrepreneur and the founder of SPARTN Monkey Rescue — had posted his personal story about his health declining after taking the COVID vaccine and warned people to "THINK, STUDY & BE AWARE" before getting it themselves.

"I am not anti-vaccine... but I will caution.... Proceed with care!!! Police cars revolving light I am now fighting a T-Cell Lymphoma as a result of the degraded MRNA Protein Spike via dendritic reaction, called by Pfizer a waning immunity! It is not truly a safe precaution for #COVID19," Robison wrote.

Comment: See also:


Star of David

Pompus Maximus pays his dues: Proclaims 'Israel is not an apartheid state' while standing in an illegal West Bank settlement

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Mike Pompeo speaks at the Psagot Winery
Former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo called Israel 'a democracy where faiths can be practiced' during a visit to the Psagot winery.

Israel is not an apartheid state and it does not "occupy" the biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said on Sunday during a special visit to the Psagot winery in the West Bank.

"This is the rightful homeland for the people of Israel here in Judea and Samaria," Pompeo said.

"We recognized that this is not an occupied nation, this is not an apartheid country. It is a democracy where faiths can be practiced from all of the Abrahamic traditions," Pompeo said.

Comment: Psagot Winery has been at the heart of several BDS battles over boycotts of Israeli products produced in the Occupied West Bank. The winery was established on stolen Palestinian private property.
Before 1967, Jabel Tawil was known to locals as "Kuwaiti hill" because of numerous visitors from the Persian Gulf who hiked in the area.[6][4] In 1964, some of the land was purchased by the Jerusalem municipality for a future tourist resort.[6] In the Six-Day War, it came under Israeli occupation. From September 1976, Arabs were prohibited from building in the area.[7]

According to ARIJ, Israel confiscated 780 dunams of land from the nearby Palestinian town of Al-Bireh in order to construct Psagot.[8] There is also an archaeological site near some of the Caravillas on the hill of Psagot.

In 1981, Ariel Sharon, then Israeli Minister of Defense, told Pinchas Wallerstein, head of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, that he would support initiatives to settle the area.[4] In July 1981, Wallerstein moved the council headquarters to the hill, then occupied by a military intelligence base. Five families from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Beit VeGan took up residence there. A year later, they were joined by a group from the Kerem B'Yavneh yeshiva who came to create a kollel.[6][4]

According to B'Tselem, Psagot prevents the expansion of Ramallah and cuts it off from the surrounding villages.[9] During the course of the Second Intifada, snipers shot at Psagot from buildings in Ramallah, leading to the construction of a concrete wall to protect the inhabitants. In 2001, the Israeli army stationed nearby fired two missiles into Ramallah targeting Marwan Barghouti.[10]

Writing in November 2019, Gideon Levy and Alex Levac noted:
"The land is owned by Palestinians, with documents to prove it - but is now the site of a Jewish winery."[..] "This is the estate of Yaakov Berg, CEO of the Psagot winery, in the central West Bank. Berg's house stands on section 233 of bloc No. 17. This property belongs to two sisters, Amal and Keinat Quran and their cousin, Karima - but they don't have any access to it. The grapes are planted on sections 219-220, which is owned by Huria Quran, another relative.

That petite, elderly woman is also unable to get to her property."