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Media maverick Joe Rogan interviews Alex Jones in latest podcast, snowflakes flip out, threaten to cancel Spotify subscriptions - UPDATE

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Joe Rogan and Alex Jones from Rogan's Instagram account
Top podcaster Joe Rogan surprised his audience by having right-wing controversialist Alex Jones back as a guest on his show, prompting outcry online as outraged subscribers said they would cancel their Spotify subscriptions.

Rogan's Tuesday show turned out to be even more polarizing than usual - and somewhat unexpected given that the podcast's fans noticed in recent months that some episodes featuring conservative guests curiously never made it onto Spotify, where Rogan has an exclusive deal. Jones himself was previously banned on the platform in 2018, with Spotify citing "hate content" as the reason.

His reappearance on the show seems to have cleared up suspicions that Rogan had succumbed to editorial scrutiny following the missing episodes and his recent retraction after pushing debunked claims that left-wing activists had started wildfires in Oregon.

Comment: Spotify management can't afford to lose their big selling point as the free-speech supporting alternative to YouTube, which brought Rogan over to them in the first place. Indeed, BuzzFeed reports that Spotify management is defending the move internally. But that matters little to the SJW segment of their staff and audience. The GIF gods got in on the fun:

UPDATE: Spotify has surprisingly stood by Rogan, even behind closed doors:
In an internal email obtained by BuzzFeed News, Horacio Gutierrez, the company's chief legal officer and head of global affairs, wrote to managers about how to respond to employee complaints about content hosted on their platform.

Gutierrez said that potentially problematic material should be reported to Spotify's Trust & Safety department, but stressed that it was not appropriate to flag a piece of content just because it has stirred up controversy online. "It's all too common that things are taken out of context," he noted.

The executive went on to describe Spotify as "a place for creative expressions" and said it was "important to have diverse voices and points of view on our platform."
We are not going to ban specific individuals from being guests on other people's shows, as the episode/show complies with our content policies.
The email, which did not refer to Jones by name, also included "talking points" that top managers should use if asked about the podcast episode, BuzzFeed said.
Note the bit about "employee complaints." JP Sears probably wasn't far off!

Yellow Vest

Wave of furious anti-lockdown protests sweep Europe

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Vast crowds gathered on the streets of Barcelona with angry protesters setting dustbins on fire
Protests erupted across Europe last night as thousands of angry demonstrators called on their governments to reconsider a second-round of lockdown restrictions.

In Italy, violence was reported in at least two major northern cities, Milan and Turin, as vast crowds protested freedom-limiting restrictions enforced to tackle a second surge in coronavirus cases. Witnesses said a number of luxury stores, including a Gucci shop, were ransacked in central Turin as crowds of youths took to the streets after nightfall, letting off huge firecrackers and lighting coloured flares. The city's mayor today berated the violent protesters who she said had 'polluted' a demonstration by bar and restaurant owners who are facing another economic slump.

In Milan at least 28 people were arrested after protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police in the capital of Lombardy, the original epicentre of the virus in Italy which is now seeing a resurgence of cases.


Knife-wielding Walter Wallace Jr. who was shot by Philadelphia police, had violent criminal past

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Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon.
The black man shot and killed by Philadelphia police on Monday, Walter Wallace Jr., had a long criminal record that included violent offenses, local media have reported. Wallace's death has led to riots in the city.

The 27-year-old was fatally shot by officers after he reportedly ignored commands to drop a knife that he was holding. The incident sparked large protests in Philadelphia, which quickly descended into rioting and looting. Sympathetic media reports have portrayed Wallace as a husband, father and aspiring musician who struggled to overcome mental health issues, but court documents obtained by news outlets reveal he had numerous run-ins with the law.

In 2017, Wallace pled guilty to robbery and assault after kicking down the door of a woman and putting a gun to her head, Fox News reported. Four years earlier, he pled guilty to assault and resisting arrest after punching a police officer in the face.

Comment: The violent mob response to the Wallace shooting has resulted in a curfew to be imposed on Philly residents:
The curfew is being put in place after violent protests spun out of control on Monday and Tuesday following the death of Walter Wallace Jr., whom police shot after he refused to drop his knife during an altercation on Monday afternoon. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered several hundred members of the state National Guard to deploy to Philadelphia to help quell the unrest.

At least 53 police have been injured in the clashes, many of whom were struck by bricks and rocks, according to local CBS reporter Joe Holden. One officer was run over by a large pickup, and 28 police or fire department vehicles were torched or otherwise damaged.

Nine ATMs were blown up overnight Tuesday alone, which is something of a tradition during Philadelphia riots. About 50 ATMs around the city were bombed during Black Lives Matter protests in early June, and in one of those cases, the would-be thief was killed in the explosion.
Police discovered evidence of more than just a spontaneous uprising:
A bomb squad has been called to investigate a suspicious van loaded with propane tanks, flares and "possible dynamite sticks," local media report, as authorities struggle to contain unrest and looting across Philadelphia.

The abandoned vehicle was discovered around 10pm local time, roughly an hour after a citywide curfew kicked in on Wednesday night.

Police cordoned off the area while ATF agents and a bomb squad recovered multiple "propane tanks, torches and possible dynamite sticks,"according to 6abc Action News.
As if there wasn't already enough racist tension in Philadelphia, a group of protesters chased away Jewish men from an anti-police rally:
Footage making the rounds on social media on Wednesday shows a small group of demonstrators confronting the three young men, who are seen wearing kippah caps, asking them where they live before demanding they "get the f**k out!"

"What y'all doing down here? Y'all live here? You know we the real Jews, right?" one is heard saying, as another adds "This ain't your fight. Y'all gotta go."

One of the men responds that they are "just showing solidarity," but is shouted down. Another member of the trio is given a hard shove moments later while the instigators insist the men leave, which they ultimately agreed to do. As a parting shot, a protester says "Revelation 2:9, Synagogue of Satan," apparently citing a bible verse.

The biblical reference and other remarks heard in the exchange are common to the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, which posits that African Americans are the true descendants of the ancient Israelites but is widely regarded as anti-Semitic. The group has a presence in Philadelphia, occasionally seen street preaching in the city.
With five days to go to the election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden surfaced to comment in a pathetic attempt to appear relevant:
The former vice president, speaking with reporters after he and his wife Jill Biden cast their ballots in early voting in their home town of Wilmington, Del., emphasized that "there is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence. None whatsoever."

Biden stressed that "to be able to protest is totally legitimate, totally reasonable."

Biden highlighted that moving forward, the questions of "how you diminish the prospect of lethal shooting and circumstances like the one we saw" will have to be answered.

And he said that if elected president, "that's going to be part of the commission I set up to determine how we deal these changes."

The Trump administration says it "stands proudly with law enforcement." And in a statement, the White House charged that "the riots in Philadelphia are the most recent consequence of the Liberal Democrats' war against the police."


Canadian class-action suit against Facebook alleges misuse of personal information

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Two Facebook users are seeking damages on behalf of hundreds of thousands of Canadians whose personal data may have been improperly used for political purposes.

The proposed class-action lawsuit filed by Calgary residents Saul Benary and Karma Holoboff asks the Federal Court to order the social-media giant to bolster its security practices to better protect sensitive information and comply with federal privacy law.

It also seeks $1,000 for each of the approximately 622,000 Canadians whose information was shared with others through a digital app.

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Police arrest crazed man after destroying altar at St. Martin of Tours Catholic church in Louisville

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A deranged man broke into Saint Martin of Tours Church on Sunday and destroyed the altar.

The man was later arrested by police.

The church said the man was experiencing the effects of drug intoxication.

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Ex-DHS official reveals himself as 'Anonymous'

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Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official, revealed on Wednesday that he was the anonymous author behind a New York Times op-ed and subsequent book criticizing President Trump's character from the perspective of a staffer inside the administration.

"I witnessed Trump's inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals," Taylor, who left the administration last year, wrote in a Medium post.

"So when I left the Administration I wrote A Warning, a character study of the current Commander in Chief and a caution to voters that it wasn't as bad as it looked inside the Trump Administration — it was worse," he continued.

Comment: In response to this revelation, pretty much everyone is simply asking, "Who??"


Ted Cruz rips Jack Dorsey over censorship of New York Post's Hunter Biden bombshell

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Ted Cruz (left) and Jack Dorsey during a hearing to discuss reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.
Sen. Ted Cruz teed off on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey over the social-media giant's censorship of The Post's reporting on Hunter Biden, in a stunning rebuke during Wednesday's Big Tech hearings on Capitol Hill.

"Mr. Dorsey, who the hell elected you and put you in charge of what the media are allowed to report and what the American people are allowed to hear?" Cruz thundered at the social-media mogul. "Why do you persist in behaving as a Democratic super PAC, silencing views to the contrary of your political beliefs?"

Dorsey, Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google parent company Alphabet, testified via live feed before the Senate Commerce Committee on topics including election security and preventing the spread of misinformation regarding the coronavirus.

Comment: It seems many were more interested in Dorsey's beard than anything else that came out of the Big Tech hearings although Twitter's 'misinformation policy' certainly drew some ire. From RT:
Twitter's Dorsey raises eyebrows with 'wizard' beard & comment that Holocaust denial doesn't violate 'misinformation' policy
28 Oct, 2020 18:47

Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey found himself the biggest target at Wednesday's Senate hearing, with the tech head being attacked for everything from his laid-back look to confusing answers on censorship and Holocaust denial.

Before Dorsey even opened his mouth on Wednesday, the meme-makers had already got to work. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, along with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Dorsey appeared with a long, disheveled beard, a look that left many on social media scratching their heads and instantly pouncing.

"I can't believe they made Ben Gunn the head of Twitter," conservative commentator Ben Shapiro tweeted, in reference to a character from 'Treasure Island' marooned on an island for years.

"Okay, ban twitter," writer Stephen Miller joked, adding a photo of the bearded Dorsey.


Further confusing viewers was Dorsey's admission at one point that Holocaust denial tweets do not violate the platform's "misinformation" policy, a policy President Trump has been in violation of multiple times.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) asked specifically about tweets from Iran's Ayatollah Khamenei questioning the Holocaust and asked why they remained up while Trump himself has been censored.

"We don't have a policy against misinformation. We have a policy against misinformation in three categories, which are manipulated media, public health - specifically Covid - and civic integrity, election interference, and voter suppression. That is all we have a policy on for misleading information," Dorsey said.

The long-winded answer only further angered people already frustrated with Twitter's censorship in general, as the standards remain unexplained and questionable to critics.

Dorsey faced a different kind of scrutiny entirely from the Democrats, as some essentially called for more censorship and policing of posts from social media companies.

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), for instance, told the committee and tech leaders that "the issue is not that the companies before us today is that they're taking too many posts down. The issue is that they're leaving too many dangerous posts up."

Asked about censorship of the Post's account, Dorsey said the paper will only be permitted to tweet again if they delete their original tweets on the Hunter Biden story. Once they do that, they can repost the same material and it won't be censored, the CEO said, confirming Twitter has amended their policy to avoid similar situations in the future.

The answer was not satisfactory with the platform's critics.

"This level of idiocy confirms the widespread impression that Jack's primary food source is weed," Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) said of Dorsey's answer.

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Poland's national women's strike sees mass walkouts in opposition to near-total abortion ban

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People take part in a protest against the ruling by Poland's Constitutional Tribunal that imposes a near-total ban on abortion in Warsaw.
A nationwide women's strike is being held in Poland on Wednesday, as people continue to demonstrate against the near-total abortion ban that was imposed after a court ruling last week.

On the seventh consecutive day of protests against the legal decision, people have begun a nationwide strike across the country, walking out from their workplaces and gathering in the streets to express their anger at the ban on abortions in cases of fetal abnormalities - one of the few remaining grounds for abortion in the country.

Demonstrators in Warsaw marched from the office of Ordo Iuris, a conservative group that has been fighting for a full abortion ban, to the country's parliament, where they were confronted with police in riot gear. Other major cities, such as Krakow, Lodz, Szczecin and Wroclaw, saw crowds fill the streets to make their voices heard.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: Objective: Health - Law or Flaw? Let's Talk About Abortion


Protesters ready in case Trump election result

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Sean Eldridge, at an anti-Trump meeting in New York in January 2018
Sean Eldridge says he's "preparing for the worst" in case President Donald Trump tries to undermine the results of next month's vote or refuses to accept a victory for the Democrats.

The 34-year-old is one of the organizers of a coalition planning protests across the United States if Trump loses to his election rival Joe Biden but refuses to concede.

The White House incumbent has repeatedly refused to say whether he would cede power peacefully in the event of defeat in the presidential vote on November 3.

He has suggested that massive voter fraud involving the tens of millions of ballots sent by mail this year and early voting due to the coronavirus pandemic could prevent him from winning.

Comment: Good example of fake news and journalistic corruption. Trump is clearly talking about how mail-in voter fraud could try to skew the results, and that evidence of fraud would need to be challenged.


Bomb at seminary in Pakistan kills 8 students, wounds 136

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Police officers and officials survey the site of a bomb blast at a religious seminary in Peshawar, Pakistan October 27, 2020
A powerful bomb blast ripped through an Islamic seminary on the outskirts of the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar Tuesday morning, killing at least eight students and wounding 136 others, police and a hospital spokesman said.

The bombing happened as a prominent religious scholar during a special class was delivering a lecture about the teachings of Islam at the main hall of the Jamia Zubairia madrassa, said police officer Waqar Azim. He said initial investigations suggest the bomb went off minutes after someone left a bag at the madrassa.

TV footage showed the damaged main hall of the seminary, where the bombing took place. The hall was littered with broken glass and its carpet was stained with blood. Police said at least 5 kilograms (11 pounds) of explosives were used in the attack.

Several of the wounded students were in critical condition, and hospital authorities feared the death toll could climb further. Authorities said some seminary teachers and employees were also wounded in the bombing.