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'Manipulative BULLS**T! Glenn Greenwald defends calling NBC a CIA mouthpiece, mocks accusation of 'endangering journalists'

Biden/NBC News
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Former VP Joe Biden/NBC News
Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald torched accusations that he endangered reporters by saying NBC News spouts CIA propaganda, saying he only spoke of a well-known fact, and the effort to shame him was "manipulative bulls**t."

"Profoundly sorry for endangering the lives of NBC executives and TV personalities by spilling the extremely well-kept secret of their close working relationship with the CIA," Greenwald tweeted sarcastically on Saturday. His message showed a picture of a headline about NBC's 2018 hiring of ex-CIA chief John Brennan as an NBC and MSNBC contributor.

Yellow Vest

Thousands protest France's 'Comprehensive Security Law', police remove helmets in symbolic gesture

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Several thousand people protested in Paris on Saturday against a bill that would make it a crime to circulate an image of a police officer's face with the intention that they should be harmed.

Supporters say police officers and their families need protection from harassment, both online and in person when off duty.

Opponents say the law would infringe journalists' freedom to report, and make it harder to hold police accountable for abuses such as excessive use of force - a growing public concern. The offence would carry a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a 45,000-euro ($53,000) fine.

Comment: Abuses like those committed during the Yellow Vest protests: Serious injuries inflicted on Yellow Vest protestors are unprecedented, say French ER doctors

On the Trocadero Square in western Paris, rights activists, trade unionists and journalists chanted "Everybody wants to film the police!" and "Freedom!", as police wearing riot gear stood by around the square.

Comment: RT reports that some French riot police removed their helmets amidst cheers from the crowd at the protest against the new 'security' bill:
The symbolic gesture was met with applause from the demonstrators, footage from the scene shows. Multiple officers removed their helmets, putting on soft service hats instead.

Other police and gendarmerie officers, however, were not that cooperative and refused to take off their helmets. Some were seen pushing aggressively against the crowd and reporters, refusing to be filmed.

Another powerful scene occurred when police deployed a water cannon truck against the protesters. The large machine was confronted by a lone wheelchair-bound protester, and the police were apparently hesitant to remove him from the truck's path. However, he ultimately backed down on his own.

The protest, held at the Trocadero Square near the Eiffel Tower, was organized by Amnesty International, Reporters without Borders and other rights groups and journalist unions. The gathering was largely peaceful, yet after dark some protesters got rowdy and set various objects on fire, invoking a police response.

While the legislation came under a storm of criticism as a gross violation of freedom of speech, the French government insisted it was needed to protect the officers from images shared with a clear intent to "harm" them.
Nationwide protests in Denmark squashed attempts to slip in a raft of chilling new laws, this time under guise of the manufactured coronavirus crisis, and a similar battle is going on in Germany:


So resign! White BBC news chief says there are too many privileged white men in senior positions

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BBC's Jonathan Munro
Jonathan Munro, the BBC's head of newsgathering, claimed there are too many privileged white men in senior positions at the company - prompting others to point out the fact that he himself is one.

Munro - who makes £180,000 a year - said on the Media Masters podcast:
"I don't think anybody can possibly think that that's right [or] justifiable. We don't want all our editorial meetings to be dominated by what white people think," he declared. "We don't want any single group in society to dominate our editorial thinking, because we are not being diverse in our thought process."
The BBC's latest director-general, Tim Davie, has vowed to make the company 50 percent female, 20 percent BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic), and 12 percent disabled.

Munro was mocked for his comments due to the fact that he is a white man in a senior BBC position himself.

Stock Up

Georgia twist! Governer Kemp urges audit of ballot envelope signatures, Trump campaign asks for second recount

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp
After certifying his state's election results, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp is now urging his state to conduct an audit comparing the signatures of voter applications and mail-in ballot envelopes to those on the approved voter file to determine if fraud occurred.

Kemp, a Republican, made the appeal to Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger during a news conference on Friday.

"It's important to note that this audit only looked at ballots, not the signatures on the absentee applications or the signatures on the ballot envelopes," the governor said. "The Georgians I have heard from are extremely concerned about this, so I encourage Secretary Raffensperger to consider addressing these concerns. It seems simple enough to conduct a sample audit of signatures on the absentee ballot envelopes and compare those to the signatures on applications and on file at the Secretary of State's Office."

The governor sharply criticized the failure of some county clerks after an audit of ballots found thousands that went uncounted.

"It is important for Georgians to know that the vast majority of local election workers did their job well under unprecedented circumstances, and I thank them for their service," he said. "However, it's quite honestly hard to believe that during the audit, thousands of uncounted ballots were found weeks after a razor-thin outcome in a presidential election. This is simply unacceptable. I have heard directly from countless Georgians. They expect better, and they deserve better."

Comment: Indeed, it's hard to believe. You'd think that the first step would be to compare the number of voters to the number of ballots to see if they match. How do thousands of ballots just get omitted from the final count without anyone noticing?

The Trump campaign officially filed for another recount yesterday, but following Kemp's suggestion, they are insisting on signature matching. This recount itself will be done using machines, not a hand count, so we'll have to see if and how they will implement signature matching this time.

Up in Michigan, Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James has submitted a request to delay certification by two weeks.
James contests the results of his race against Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) in the Nov. 3 election and hasn't conceded yet. The unofficial result shows that James is behind Peters by around 92,000 votes or a gap of about 1.7 percent.

The Michigan State Board of Canvassers will meet on Monday, Nov. 23 to decide whether to certify the results of the election or seek more time to review the results.


A Mega Millions lottery is more secure than our election system

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When it comes to the midterm elections, security has already lost.

Elections security experts say that it is too late to do much to protect our voting systems against tampering for the midterms. The Department of Homeland Security's efforts to spur ballot integrity upgrades are focused on 2020, but being future-minded is only an illusion: The hackers will always be ahead.

When you're talking about a set of processes as varied as how different states and districts vote — whether they still use outdated and vulnerable machines that leave no paper trail, or store their registration data insecurely online — there's really no way to either prevent — or detect — ballot interference with anything like absolute certainty.

Russians allegedly hacked Illinois and Arizona's voter databases mere months before the 2016 presidential election. When DHS first detected these attacks it was too late to prevent them, only soon enough to seal up the vulnerabilities. Except that, even if elections officials had wanted to secure their online voter registration rolls in response to the attack, the law wouldn't have let them.

Comment: More currently, from the Gateway Pundit:
On this "Chicago Election Board - Emergency Meeting - 2020-03-19" video with Dominion Voting executives Eric Coomer, Director of Product Strategy and Security, and Nicole Nollette, EVP of Dominion Voting ON THE CALL, the board moves to allow election personnel (including Dominion Voting contractors) to telework and "work from home" due to the COVID emergency.

This allowed Dominion Voting contractor personnel, including election Systems Administrators and technicians from Dominion FULL remote access to Chicago election systems from anywhere. Thus Dominion Voting systems administrators had free and open access (and opportunity) to tamper with our election systems and data for 7 1/2 months prior to the election. They would have had full access to all voter registration information poll books, requests for absentee ballots, voter mailout lists, virtually EVERYTHING related to elections.

How many other election boards around the country granted Dominion Voting similar access? Probably ALL of them in over 30 states and 2000 jurisdictions including EVERY BATTLEGROUND STATE! They had the key to our election in their hands long before the election ever occurred.

And why were two executives from Dominion Voting even invited to an emergency meeting of the Chicago Election Board in March 2020?

This video shows that Dominion was running the show in US elections around the country. Who allows contractors to run elections? This appears to be the standard across the country as well.

Dominion are the administrators. The fact they have access to quantity and number of votes before the election is shocking. They knew all they needed to know ahead of time before the election in order to impact the election.
In Investigative techniques [From Wikipedia]

In seeking "indicators of suspicion" in investigations, suspects will need to have had:
  • Motive to commit the crime (for example, financial gain or to seek revenge)
  • Means to commit the crime (including tools and physical capabilities)
  • Opportunity to commit the crime (including being at the crime scene at the time of the offence)
They will also establish the relationships between the victim and any potential offenders.[4]
Dominion Voting had all three: Means, Motive, and Opportunity
  • Means: Ability to manipulate the software
  • Motive: Antifa and left-leaning ideology (stating that Trump would not win the election "Eric Coomer" as we noted in a prior post)
  • Opportunity: Direct, Administrative network access to perhaps 30 different state voting systems and 2000 jurisdictions for nearly 7 1/2 months due to COVID before the election.
The election steal was well thought out and planned a long time before the 2020 election.

Chart Pie

The one economic chart that predicts our future

gross domestic product

That our "leadership" reckons "bread and circuses" is what the stripmined bottom 90% want is beyond pathetic.

There's one chart that predicts our future, and no, it's not related to Covid--it's related to capital, specifically the concentration of capital and power in the hands of the few at the expense of the many.

The chart is a map, courtesy of Brookings, showing the roughly 500 counties Biden won and the roughly 2,500 counties Trump won. This might seem like a chart of political polarization, and superficially that's clear, but the real polarization is economic-financial: there are two economies in America, and there's very little commonality in the two economies.

70% of America's economy is generated in fewer that 500 counties; the other 2,500 counties are left with the remaining 30%. The nation's productive capital is even more concentrated in a few hands and regions, and since income and political power flow to capital, the financial disparity / inequality far exceed the 70/30 split depicted in this political map.

Comment: See also:


Biden supporter plows vehicle through Trump rally in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Proud Boys administer aid to the injured

Trump rally in Wauwatosa
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A belligerent Democrat plowed through a crowd of Trump supporters rallying in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, on Saturday — injuring at least one person.

Proud Boys administered first aid to the injured until EMTs arrived.

A witness at the scene who first contacted Gateway Pundit about the incident wrote that "I was at the Wauwatosa protest today and a man was purposely hit by a car while standing next to me. Proud Boys promptly administered first aid until an ambulance arrived." He added that the "Proud Boys did an excellent job of keeping the peace."

Gateway Pundit reached out to Proud Boys Chairman Enrique Tarrio, who confirmed that there was an incident with a driver at the rally.

Light Saber

'Get out!': Gathering at Orchard Park, New York gym turns confrontational as health inspector arrives

Protest in NY gym
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A gathering of about 50 business owners and their supporters inside an Orchard Park gym shut down by Covid-19 restrictions turned into a confrontation with Erie County authorities Friday night.

The owner of the gym, Athletes Unleashed on California Road, described the gathering as a protest of the state's "orange zone" regulations that have closed gyms, salons and other businesses deemed nonessential.

No one was cited and no arrests were made, according to two people who attended, but video of the incident shows an Erie County health inspector accompanied by three sheriff's deputies arriving about 20 minutes after the gathering began.

"It absolutely was a protest - inside my building," said the gym's owner, Robby Dinero, who described the state's rules forcing some businesses to close as arbitrary.


No Kraken for you: Powell tells 'rude, demanding' Fox host to do 'own investigation' when asked for evidence of tabulation tampering - UPDATES

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Tucker Carlson and Sidney Powell (inset)
Fox host Tuck Carlson lashed out at attorney Sidney Powell, after having failed to get her on air to back her claims about vote tabulating software manipulation.

Among the many theories supported by those who think the presidential election was "stolen" from Donald Trump, there is one involving Dominion voting machines and Smartmatic voting software.

Powell, best known for representing former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, on several occasions claimed that the firms were linked to each other as well as Trump adversaries, including Venezuela, China and billionaire donor George Soros. The algorithms had been used to change votes cast during the presidential election, she said citing statistical anomalies. While talking on Fox News' Lou Dobbs Tonight show last week, the lawyer promised to 'release the Kraken' - meaning to show facts - using a catchphrase from the movie Clash of the Titans.

Comment: Sidney had more to say:
Powell shot back at Carlson during a Friday interview with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo.

Carlson claimed on Thursday evening that Powell "got angry" with her and repeatedly refused to appear on his program to lay out evidence of voter fraud, including accusations voting machines and software were manipulated to change votes from Trump to Joe Biden.

"No, I didn't get angry with the request to provide evidence," Powell said, going on to claim that she had offered the evidence Carlson was requesting.

"In fact, I sent an affidavit to Tucker that I had not even attached to a pleading yet to help him understand the situation, and I offered him another witness who could explain the mathematics and the statistical evidence far better than I can. I'm not really a numbers person," she said.

Powell accused Carlson of being "insulting, demanding, and rude" and she asked that he not contact her again "in those terms."

Carlson claimed his show had also contacted "people in positions of authority in the Trump campaign" who claimed Powell had not provided them with evidence either.

The Fox News host's criticism of Powell followed a Thursday press conference that included members of the president's legal team, including Powell and Rudy Giuliani. The lawyers claimed numerous witness statements provided evidence of voter fraud, including thousands of fraudulent ballots being counted in favor of Biden.

One of the more explosive claims is that voting software, primarily Dominion Voting Systems, could have been used to actually change votes. Powell cited "spikes" in the vote count following election night that suggested outside interference. Dominion has denied these allegations.

"In terms of the level of corruption we are looking at here, we have no idea how many Republican or Democratic candidates ... paid to have the system rigged to work for them," she said.

Powell encouraged media figures like Carlson "to review all the materials we have provided so far and conduct their own investigations."

Carlson's segment earned him plenty of pushback from the president's more loyal supporters, who have insisted his claims of winning the election in a landslide are true.

Is it really more about Carlson's possibly bruised ego about Powell not making a personal appearance? She did offer documentation and an expert. Why wasn't he happy with that? UPDATES 21/11/2010: In a series of interviews, Sidney Powell has not backed down on her claims regarding having massive amounts of evidence of voter fraud:

Here with Howie Carr
  • There are many smoking guns and we are going to need federal protection for many people
  • 3 million dead people voted
  • A lot of the evidence of fraud is coming out next week. We have more evidence coming in every day. It only gets worse and worse.
  • The fraud was very widespread, very deliberate and very well funded.
  • I think the fraud went much further than just President Trump. I think they did it to John James and others.
  • We have data out of California in 2016 that Hillary Clinton did it to Bernie Sanders there.
  • We have a number of smoking guns and we may have to get witness protection for them.
  • We have a lot of evidence, it's beyond impressive and absolutely terrifying.
  • Eric Coomer, Dominion VP was caught on Zoom call assuring Antifa that Trump would lose. We have an affidavit and a copy of the call.
  • These are federal court lawsuits. They're paramount to any future life of our republic.
  • We've got evidence of people being paid. We got check stubs from people being paid.
And with Larry O'Connor, of the Washington Examiner's Examining Politics,(audio only):

Larry O'Connor, host of the Washington Examiner's Examining Politics, referenced articles from the New York Times and HuffPost that alleged a backdoor in Dominion Voting Systems used in several key battleground states that could have been exploited to create vote tallies "that did not exist."

Sidney said there were "multiple people" who actually saw the fraud take place in real-time.
"Their system even admits, their own training manual admits that people can go in and do that. That people can go in and put all kinds of votes in a "trash" folder and then 'trash' them," Powell said.

"There are devices on the internet that can be used to see it and we have multiple people who actually saw it as it was happening. We essentially have some pictures of it and it is terrifying and it is a huge national security issue. Why the Department of Justice and the FBI have not done something on this immediately."...

I am staking my personal and professional reputation on this."
Tucker is still sore:
A day after Carlson sparked a ruckus on social media for taking a dig at Powell for not sharing the evidence of alleged voting fraud with his program, the Fox News star claimed "over the last 24 hours" he's "heard from a lot of people, including from people in the White House and people close to the President" about his segment, and that none of them appears to have seen the evidence firsthand.
Like us, they concluded this election was not fair. Like us they are willing to believe any explanation for what happened. Like us they have not seen a single piece of evidence showing that the software changed votes.
Carlson noted that among the president's associates his show reached out to were other members of Trump's legal team, who also were apparently unaware of the evidence.

"And by 'they' we're including other members of Donald Trump's own legal team - they haven't seen Powell's evidence either. Nor testimony from employees inside the software companies, nor damning internal documents, nor copies of the software itself," Carlson said in an "update" on his beef with Powell.

The host didn't disclose exactly who he had spoken to about the allegations, noting, however, that if Powell indeed proves them all in a court of law within the next few weeks, as she has promised, "no one would be more grateful" than himself.

The thinly-veiled swipe at Powell comes after she fired back at the hugely popular conservative stalwart for seemingly doubting that she was in possession of said evidence during his show on Thursday.
General Michael Flynn weighs in:

Microscope 1

'What happened to academic freedom?' Scientist fumes as Facebook flags Covid-19 study questioning mask effectiveness as 'false'

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A mural promoting wearing of masks in Jakarta, Indonesia, October 2, 2020.
Social media can't be allowed to suppress scientific discourse, critics said after Facebook 'fact-checkers' flagged as 'false' an Oxford professor's report citing a Danish study on the effectiveness of masks against Covid-19.

"[What] has happened to academic freedom and freedom of speech? There is nothing in this article that is 'false,'" Carl Heneghan, the director of the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine at Oxford University, said on Friday.

He posted a screenshot of Facebook flagging his article for the Spectator magazine as 'False information', citing "independent fact-checkers."