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Media still won't put heat on intel officials who told them the Biden laptop was 'Russian disinformation'

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The former intelligence officials who couldn't shut up during the Trump years have gone oddly silent over their baseless election-year allegation that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely "Russian disinformation."

They sure picked a weird time to go quiet.

There were 50 former intelligence officials who signed a letter last year claiming, without evidence, that Russia was likely behind the laptop story. Now, they largely refuse to explain why they alleged such a thing right before the 2020 election, the Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reports.


NBC cancels 2022 Golden Globes as part of pressure campaign on organizer for more 'diversity'

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association sign and the Golden Globe award are seen in this January 6, 2009 file photo.
Piling onto pressure from Amazon, Netflix and social justice activists, the network NBC said it won't televise next year's Golden Globe Awards, citing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) slow pace of promised reforms.

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform," NBC said in a statement on Monday. "However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

Comment: Never one to miss out on an opportunity to virtue signal, Tom Cruise is getting in on the action. From The Hill:
Tom Cruise is reportedly returning his Golden Globes, as its organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), grapples with the fallout from an ongoing diversity controversy.

The "Mission Impossible" star "delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he has won" on Monday, according to Deadline.

Cruise, 58, picked up Globes for his roles in "Jerry Maguire," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Magnolia."

A representative for the performer didn't immediately return ITK's request for comment.
Hollywood is slowly eating itself. Sit back and enjoy the show!


In revenge attack, Irish police abduct Christian activist's children...

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Update 2, 9th May: For a ten minute interview with Pat Sweeney, the man who had his children abducted by Irish police, please go here to overdeewall.com. In the video, Mr Sweeney gives his truthful side of events, rebutting unfounded rumours being spread online of a custody battle between the two partners.

Those rumours have been spread online by Trotskyite Irish political factions who, in a feat of extreme mental gymnastics typical of the Irish far-left, decided to attack Mr Sweeney because their rival centre-right political groups were the only politicians who publicly came to Mr Sweeney's aid. The lunacy of the Irish left truly knows no bounds.

The key takeaway for our international readers is the fact that Irish people are deathly afraid of their kids being taken into care with TUSLA, the corrupt Irish child protection agency that has been involved in multiple corruption scandals in the past decade.

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Matt Taibbi: Media outlets 'once challenged the Spy State,' now they're 'agents' of it

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Matt Taibbi penned a scathing column declaring that "the American left has lost its mind" and the journalism industry is suffering as a result.
Journalist Matt Taibbi blasted members of the media for their transformation from being challengers to what he referred to as the "Spy State" to becoming "agents" of it.

Taibbi wrote a scathing piece on his Substack arguing that "news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting" by "partnering with the spy agencies they once oversaw."

He began by recalling WikiLeaks' 2010 release of US government secrets from the war in Afghanistan, which he noted that outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel "helped" in exposing the documents that were "devastating to America's intelligence community and military," adding that such revelations later inspired former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to come forward in 2014 to expose the agency's surveillance program, resulting in Pulitzer Prizes for journalists Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.

"Fast forward seven years. Julian Assange is behind bars, and may die there. Snowden is in exile in Russia. Brennan, Clapper, and Hayden have been rehabilitated and are all paid contributors to either MSNBC or CNN, part of a wave of intelligence officers who've flooded the airwaves and op-ed pages in recent years, including the FBI's Asha Rangappa, Clint Watts, Josh Campbell, former counterintelligence chief Frank Figliuzzi and former deputy director Andrew McCabe, the CIA's John Sipher, Phil Mudd, Ned Price, and many others," Taibbi wrote.

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CPS admits that "all offences charged under the Coronavirus Act were incorrectly charged"

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A Freedom of Information request has confirmed that zero prosecutions have been made successfully under the Coronavirus Act. The request asked: "Since its inception - how many prosecutions have been made successfully under Coronavirus Act?" The response, given on Monday by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reads as follows:
Since the CPS started its review on finalised cases charged under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) in April 2020 and up until February 2021, we found that all offences charged under the Act were incorrectly charged, and therefore discontinued because there was insufficient evidence to prove the offences under the Act. There were no cases where a suspect was convicted under the Act as of February 2021.
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Comment: See also: Covid fines surge in England and Wales as police adopt hardline approach


UK climate activist Gail Bradbrook arrested after attacks on HSBC and Barclays

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook poses for a photograph in London.
British climate activist Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, was arrested at home on Tuesday for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud after her group attacked banks such as HSBC and Barclays.

Activists from the group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targeted Lloyd's of London as part of what the activists cast as a "Money Rebellion".

"Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police at her home in Stroud at around 5:30 am this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion's debt disobedience," a spokeswoman for the group said.

Comment: More from RT:
Extinction Rebellion trial delayed after defendant dons pink eye mask & GLUES HIMSELF to courtroom table

The trial of climate change activists accused of blocking a roadway last year in Hertfordshire took an unexpected turn, after one of the defendants glued his hand to the dock and began lecturing the presiding judge.

Liam Norton and five other Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have been charged with using vehicles and large bamboo structures to obstruct roads near the Newsprinters printing works in Broxbourne in September. The disruptive protest halted the delivery of an estimated 3.5 million copies of newspapers. The Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Times are all printed at the site. XR UK defended the civil disobedience, accusing the press of dividing and distracting people during a "climate emergency". Extinction Rebellion said it had specifically targeted Rupert Murdoch's newspapers because they were "polluting the national debate on climate change" and obfuscating other important issues, such as the refugee crisis.

At the opening of the case at St Albans Magistrates' Court, the 36-year-old put on a pink eye mask and began filming the proceedings on his iPhone.

"I would like to make clear that what's going on in this courtroom today is completely absurd," he said.

District Judge Sally Fudge called for his phone to be confiscated, to which Norton responded that it was glued to his hand. He had apparently glued his other hand to the table at which he was sitting, for good measure.

Despite protests from the judge, the activist continued with his speech, claiming he was compelled to disobey the court due to "decades" of "organised criminality in this country".

He further accused the UK government of showing "contempt for the planet", and challenged the judge and prosecutors to stop serving and defending "criminality".

After Norton had lectured the courtroom for about a minute and a half, a security guard appeared. Moments later, the phone was knocked from his hand, suggesting the glue had either not been very effective, or was non-existent.

The adhesive he had used to bind himself to the table seemed to have done a better job. According to the BBC, it took police two hours to remove him before the trial could continue.

The judge later condemned Norton for his "particularly disruptive" behavior and expressed her concern that he would likely try to halt proceedings again were he allowed back in court.
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Turn the other cheek? Israel's savage response to Gaza's rockets

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Smoke and flames rise during Israeli air strikes amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Gaza May 12, 2021.
Chaos is returning to the West Bank, as rockets are raining down on both sides of the Gaza fence.

On the afternoon of May 10th, after days of violent protests in Jerusalem's Mount Temple, Hamas' military wing gave Israeli authorities a deadline to withdraw the police and release the detained Palestinians. As it was expected, Tel Aviv did not respect the ultimatum.

As soon as it passed, the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group reportedly launched about 30 rockets from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. An ATGM also targeted a vehicle, injuring one civilian.

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Florida clears officials in treatment of Jeffrey Epstein

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Florida detectives have cleared Palm Beach County prosecutors and sheriff's officials of criminal wrongdoing in connection with their handling of wealthy and prominent sex offender Jeffrey Epstein more than a decade ago, reports released Monday show.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in its reports that it found no evidence that Epstein received any special treatment due to bribery or influence by any member of the Palm Beach County sheriff's or state attorney offices between 2005, when the investigation launched, and 2009, when he was released from jail.

Both the state attorney's office and sheriff had been criticized by Epstein's victims and their advocates for the plea and sentencing deal he received and for his participation in a work-release program that allowed him to travel to his office most days for up to 16 hours, where he possibly engaged in the sexual abuse of underage girls.

Comment: It could very well be that there was no funny business in Epstein's receiving of a rather light sentence. We see all the time that the rich and powerful get slaps on the wrist for egregious crimes simply by virtue of the fact that they can afford good lawyers. On the other hand, Sott readers aren't naive enough to believe that just because an 'official investigation' turned up nothing means nothing fishy happened.

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Disabled vet beaten by armed protesters during Portland BLM demonstration

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A disabled veteran in Portland, Oregon, is hospitalized with multiple serious injuries after a group of armed Black Lives Matter protesters attacked and beat him at a roadblock, May 5 2021
A disabled veteran in Portland, Oregon, is hospitalized with multiple serious injuries after a group of armed Black Lives Matter protesters attacked and beat him. Portland Police Bureau officials reportedly received several calls about the violent acts of the BLM protesters on May 5.

Joe Hall, a 53-year-old home handyman, a crowd of BLM protesters armed with AR-15s and AK-47 surrounded his vehicle and then attacked him when he got out of his work truck, FOX 12 Portland reported. He said he was driving through the area where a BLM protest was underway while moving from a completed job to his next assignment. The crowd stopped his vehicle and those of others as they blocked the roadway.


Cyberattack forces shutdown of largest gasoline pipeline in United States - UPDATES

The largest gasoline pipeline on the East Coast, and the US in general, was shut down on Friday after its operator struggled to contain a cyberattack which threatened its systems. The 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which is the single largest refined-products pipeline in the United States, halted transit as the company was forced to take "certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations," according to The Wall Street Journal on Saturday. It's reportedly still offline into early Saturday.

Colonial's network is responsible for supplying fuel that originates with refiners on the Gulf Coast to most of the eastern and southern US, accounting for over 2.5 million barrels per day in gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel, or other refined products transferred, making up 45% of all the East Coast's fuel supply. It spans from Texas through southern states and up to New Jersey.

"At this time, our primary focus is the safe and efficient restoration of our service and our efforts to return to normal operation," the Alpharetta, Georgia-based company stated. "This process is already underway, and we are working diligently to address this matter and to minimize disruption to our customers."

Comment: As anticipated, the attack's knock-on effects have garnered fuel shortages along the pipeline route and widespread attention to the idea of 'cyberattacks':
Gas stations along the Southeast coast are being slammed by panic buying and long lines amid the shutdown of the biggest oil pipeline in the US from a crippling cyberattack believed to be orchestrated by a Russia-based criminal group.

The closure of the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline, which carries more than 100 million gallons of fuel from Texas to New Jersey each day, has stretched into its fifth day.

It sparked wild scenes of panic buying across Georgia, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina — with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp even declaring states of emergency in their areas. Kemp also issued an executive order suspending Georgia's gas tax through Saturday to help offset the costs of higher fuel prices.


Yasheeka Wiggin told CBS News that the "unbelievable" lines in Marion, S.C., left her thinking "it was a catastrophe coming!"

"I've seen all these cars waiting and I was like, 'OMG. I have to fill my tank up!'" Wiggin told the network.

Many motorists took to social media to share shocking scenes of massive lines at gas stations — often just to find no gas left.

Others shared images of panic-buyers filling up several gas canisters at once, with memes comparing it to the rush to buy toilet paper at the start of the coronavirus lockdown last year.

Tallahassee Democrat journalist Alicia Devine posted video of an "insane" line of cars waiting for gas in the Florida state capital — one of the few she found that even had any.

"I've visited five gas stations this morning and the Costco one is the first to have gas," she wrote.

"A Costco employee just told a car trying to get in line 'you'll have to find the end of the line. I don't know where that is.'"

In South Carolina, Greg Suskin of WSOC9 posted a video of cars waiting at a gas station that had completely run dry, saying that "people here told me they'd been to other stations and found the same."

When he finally found some, he said a station worker stuck an "out of gas" sign on his pump as he got the very last of its supply.

"Everyone's panicking," Citi Stop gas station worker Jessica Alcocer told the Citizen Times of the store in Asheville, N.C., that ran out Monday afternoon.

The American Automobile Association (AAA) said that the biggest problem was actually panic buyers draining supplies.

"People hear something and panic," Tiffany Wright, spokeswoman for AAA Carolinas, told the Citizen Times, insisting supplies were otherwise normal.

Still, one TikToker wrote, "They will try telling you that there is no gas shortage. NC, SC, FL, AL, AR, TN, KY, GA, and VA disagree."