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The age of intolerance: Cancel culture's war on free speech

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Cultural Marxism
"Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners." — George Carlin

Cancel culture — political correctness amped up on steroids, the self-righteousness of a narcissistic age, and a mass-marketed pseudo-morality that is little more than fascism disguised as tolerancehas shifted us into an Age of Intolerance, policed by techno-censors, social media bullies, and government watchdogs.

Everything is now fair game for censorship if it can be construed as hateful, hurtful, bigoted or offensive provided that it runs counter to the established viewpoint.

In this way, the most controversial issues of our day — race, religion, sex, sexuality, politics, science, health, government corruption, police brutality, etc. — have become battlegrounds for those who claim to believe in freedom of speech but only when it favors the views and positions they support.

"Free speech for me but not for thee" is how my good friend and free speech purist Nat Hentoff used to sum up this double standard.

This tendency to censor, silence, delete, label as "hateful," and demonize viewpoints that run counter to the cultural elite is being embraced with a near-fanatical zealotry by a cult-like establishment that values conformity and group-think over individuality.

Hammer

Biden calls for tighter censorship of Covid-19 content

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Biden speaks to reporters January 13, 2022.
President urges social media platforms and news outlets to "deal with misinformation and disinformation"

US President Joe Biden's latest "surge response" to fight the spread of Covid-19 includes an appeal for Big Tech and media companies to block allegedly false pandemic-related claims. He said on Thursday:
"I make a special appeal to social media companies and media outlets. Please deal with the misinformation and disinformation that's on your shows. It has to stop."
Biden made the comment as he announced a series of new measures to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, including plans for free masks, more free tests, and additional deployments of military medical teams to help hospitals cope with rising patient loads. He didn't specify what constitutes misinformation or disinformation in the pandemic age.
Biden urged a crackdown immediately after chiding people who have chosen not to get vaccinated by saying they were "standing in the way" of the fight against the virus.

Comment: Definition is where the truth lies. Consider 'COVID' a soft holocaust.


Pistol

Disgraced FBI No. 2 Andrew McCabe tells UChicago students the feds should be weaponized against conservatives

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Andrew McCabe
Have you ever wondered what disgraced former deputy FBI directors do after trying to stage a coup and lying under oath? Apparently, they give talks about "protecting democracy" at top-rated institutions of higher learning. Indeed, this last Thursday the University of Chicago Institute of Politics invited former deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe to join a panel of partisans to discuss the Jan 6 "insurrection."

McCabe was fired as the deputy FBI director for leaking sensitive information about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation and then lying about it under oath. He also took part in spying on the Donald Trump campaign through a secret warrant granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court.

The dossier he used to obtain the surveillance warrant was funded by Hillary Clinton's campaign and, in an ironic twist, was itself the product of Russian disinformation. McCabe and his allies in corporate media justified all sorts of similar illegal and undemocratic tactics to discredit and attempt to unseat President Trump.

Of course, neither the University of Chicago nor McCabe acknowledged the irony in him discussing the integrity of "democracy" in America on Thursday evening. In fact, what McCabe said at the University of Chicago event on Jan. 6, 2022 is even more shocking than his invitation to speak in the first place. Below are four of the most appalling assertions and policy proposals McCabe made at the public event:

Attention

Russia orders snap inspection of troops' readiness for rapid deployment

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Pictured: A fighter jet is seen taking off in footage released by Russia's military ministry of defence. Amid concern over Russia's troop movements, Russia says it is up to Moscow alone where it moves its forces around on its territory and that they pose no external threat
Troops in Russia's Far East have begun winter inspections, according to a statement by the country's Ministry of Defense, as Moscow holds talks with NATO about de-escalating tensions.

Officials announced on Friday that forces stationed in the Eastern Military District, which covers a vast swath of land from Siberia to the Sea of Japan, were undertaking inspections and exercises intended to ensure their military readiness.

The ministry said this would include live firing in testing ranges, and emphasized that special attention would be paid to the soldiers' preparedness for rapid deployment.

Comment: Whilst these drills were scheduled prior to NATO's refusal to engage Russia in any meaningful dialogue to deescalate tensions, Putin and his colleagues also made it clear that they expected NATO to, basically, continue on its path of belligerence. And so it's possible that NATO's predictable response triggered some changes in these drills, the 'rapid deployment' aspect perhaps being one of them: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Newspaper

Saving face: Prince Charles and William said to be behind move to strip Andrew of royal title

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Prince William(second from right) was a key figure in the decision to effectively banish Prince Andrew (R) from the Royal Family, it's understood
Prince Charles and Prince William are said to have been the main influence behind the Queen's decision to strip Andrew of his Royal titles, Royal insiders claim.

Following a meeting with the two princes on Wednesday the 12th of January, Queen Elizabeth II reportedly made the decision to strip Prince Andrew of his Royal and military titles as well as his patronages, meaning he can no longer be referred to as 'His Royal Highness' (HRH), a report in British tabloid The Sun claims, citing Royal sources..

Prince William is claimed to be the key influence in convincing the Queen to remove Andrew's titles allegedly warning her the situation was "grave".

Comment: The Sun also reports
Last night the Queen's ex-press secretary Dickie Arbiter said: "I believe this is the end of Andrew. I don't believe there is a way back.

"It was clear the Queen was waiting for the judge's ruling.

"It is the right decision and an inevitable one. It would have been difficult for the Queen. She is a mother but also Head of State."

Andrew's options:

1.
Face Virginia Giuffre in court, "tough it out" and fight to clear his name.

But experts say that strategy is extremely high-risk, pitting a senior royal against a victim of alleged sex abuse in the US court system.

Even if Andrew was determined to challenge Ms Giuffre's claims — which he firmly denies — the reputational damage could still be immense.

He would very likely be cross-examined via video-link about some extremely personal matters — including his sexual tastes.

2. Settle and offer Virginia Giuffre a lot of money to walk away.

Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was a close pal of Andrew, paid Giuffre £370,000 for a "non-prosecution agreement".

Andrew would almost certainly have to pay up to £10million to secure a "no liability" deal.

Even then, there is no guarantee of new deeply damaging material not being made public as negotiations drag on.

Effectively paying off an Epstein victim also means his reputation will never recover.

3. Refuse to engage in the case against him.

His accuser would be almost certain to win a judgment by default and damages and costs stretching into millions.

The reputational cost would be far worse to Andrew — as well as provoking the fury of the UK's most powerful ally.

Andrew is still the subject of a US "mutual legal assistance" request to the UK — filed when it sought to question him in its Epstein probe.

It has been gathering dust but Andrew could now put the Home Office in a tricky position.



Bad Guys

Dr. Oz calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant,' challenges him to debate on Fauci's Covid policies

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(L) Mehmet Oz, (R) Dr. Anthony Fauci
GOP Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, more commonly known as "Dr. Oz" from his TV program "The Dr. Oz Show," called infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci a "petty tyrant" and challenged him to a debate on COVID-19.

"It's past time Fauci faces the fact that he got COVID wrong. So, doctor to doctor - let's debate. This Doctor is in, are you?" Oz said in a tweet Thursday while posting a campaign ad attacking Fauci.

"Let's get the facts straight here. You and me. Let's have a debate, doctor to doctor, and give the American people the truth about COVID-19. I'm game. Anytime. Anywhere. Dr. Fauci, are you in?" Oz said in the campaign video.

Comment: Well, the debate likely won't be over the pros and cons of vaccination. From 2009:

Conflicts of Interest? Dr. Mehmet Oz Owns 150,000 Option Shares in Vaccine Technology Company

However, it would be nice to see 'Saint Fauci' cross swords with something like a peer, who has the same level of 'brand recognition'. Right now, the only medical professional calling him to account is Dr. Rand Paul. Given the level of political awareness in the U.S., there's not many folks who would even know who Rand Paul is.

Rich that Fauci complains about threats to himself, when Rand Paul has actually been hospitalized from a physical attack in his home.


Eagle

Why Do NATO States Commit Energy Hara Kiri ?

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There is a great paradox in the increasingly aggressive US and NATO military stance towards Russia, and China, when measured against the clearly suicidal national Green Agenda economic policies of the USA as well as the EU NATO states. An astonishing transformation of the economies of the world's most advanced industrial economies is underway and gaining momentum. The heart of the transformation is energy, and the absurd demand for "zero carbon" energy by 2050 or before. To eliminate carbon from the energy industry is not at this time, or perhaps ever, possible. But the push for it will mean tearing apart the world's most productive economies. Without a viable industrial energy base, NATO countries become a military joke. We cannot speak of "renewable" energy for solar, wind and battery storage. We must speak of Unreliable Energy. It is one of the most colossal scientific delusions in history.

On December 31 the new German coalition government shut down three of the remaining six nuclear power plants permanently. They did so at a point where natural gas in reserves were extremely low entering hard winter, and when any severe cold front could lead to power blackouts. Because of the German refusal to allow import of a second Russian gas pipeline, Nord Stream 2, Germany is facing a 500% increase in the spot price of electricity compared with January 2021.

Arrow Up

Lithuanians overwhelmingly oppose their government's anti-China policy, President admits he made "a mistake" as China cuts off trade

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After apparent economic retaliation by China, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda said last week that the country had made "a mistake" allowing a diplomatic centre opened under the title of Taiwanese Representative Office.
Just 13 per cent of Lithuanians support Vilnius' hardline policy toward China, according to a government poll that adds to the pressure mounting on its foreign ministry.

In a survey conducted by a private company on behalf of the ministry, just 1 per cent of respondents rated Lithuania's "value-based" policy towards China "very positively", with 12 per cent viewing it "positively".

Conversely, 21 per cent said they felt "very negatively" and 37 per cent "negatively" about a policy that has seen Vilnius bolster its ties with Taiwan, the self-governed island that Beijing views as a renegade province.

Comment: Citizens of a great many countries are beginning to realise that it's no longer in their best interests to support politicians who sacrifice their own country's wealth and future in order to prop up the ailing US hegemon: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Sheriff

Russian-led CSTO troops leaving Kazakhstan, 'region stabilized' following failed coup attempt

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Military equipment of Russia's Airborne Forces is loaded into an Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft at Almaty International Airport, Kazakhstan, 13.01.2022.
Soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) are leaving Kazakhstan having achieved their objectives, now that the region has been stabilized, the head of the six-member military alliance announced on Thursday.

At a ceremony in Almaty, CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas said that Kazakh leaders had decided that unrest had subsided to a level that would allow the peacekeepers to withdraw.

"It's obvious that [the pullout] was not early," he clarified. "The situation here in Almaty has been placed under the control of law-enforcement personnel, and that is why the task has been fulfilled."

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:




NPC

MI5 claims Chinese government 'agent' has been 'active' in UK parliament, comes amid No 10 lockdown parties scandal

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Christine Lee.
Christine Lee has made large donations to Labour MP Barry Gardiner's office, but he said MI5 has reassured him they were all above board. Her son resigned from his office today.

MI5 has warned that a Chinese government agent has been working in parliament "to subvert the processes", MPs have been told.


Comment: British politics has lacked integrity for decades, that much is clear, and much of the corruption is home grown.


A letter was sent to MPs by Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle who said MI5 warned him a woman called Christine Lee has been "engaged in political interference activities on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party, engaging with members here at parliament".

MI5 sent out an "interference alert" warning Ms Lee has "facilitated financial donations to serving and aspiring parliamentarians on behalf of foreign nationals based in Hong Kong and China...done covertly to mask the origins of the payments".


Comment: When do we ever hear about 'interference alerts' for lobby groups? More to the point, when do we ever hear about 'interference alerts'?


Comment: What's perhaps most revealing is how this has been made frontpage news, meanwhile we found out just a few days ago that Denmark's intelligence chief was arrested over a month ago for leaking top secret information (most likely to the West and Israel) the details of which still haven't been made public, and the story was mostly buried. Also compare the publicity this story is receiving with the well documented corruption by those with connections to the US, and Israel, that led to the removal of Jeremy Corby from the Labour leadership:

Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Perfidious Albion: If Russia is a Rogue State, What is the UK?