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Influencer says he was offered money to spread anti-Trump Jan 6 lies on TikTok, brings receipts

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Attorney and TikToker @TrialByPreston revealed in a video that the Good Information Foundation attempted to pay him $400 to spread unsubstantiated rumours and misinformation about January 6, President Trump, and his 2020 presidential campaign.

"I was just offered $400 to make an anti-Donald Trump propaganda post related to the January 6 investigation that is completely not true," Preston Moore, Esq. said in the video. The Good Information Foundation, headed by Rick Stengel, Former Under Secretary of State in Obama administration, emphasizes that "America is in an information crisis," and that "disinformation is threatening public health, safety, social trust and democracy."

Comment: Sounds like a nice little propaganda outlet. It makes one aware of how much user-generated content which seems to have an agenda aligned with the mainstream narrative may actually be paid for by big money, doing their best to look like it's coming from a commoner. If it's parroting establishment talking points, there's a good chance it's paid for by the establishment.

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'Trudeau Must Go' hashtag movement keeps growing on Twitter

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A new trend has emerged on Twitter recently.

Users are making posts where they describe themselves, say who they are, what they do for a living, write the phrase "Justin Trudeau thinks I'm a problem and that I hold unacceptable views," and use the hashtags #TrudeauMustGo or #TrudeauHasToGo.

Comment: Opposition has been trying to claim that this is a coordinated bot campaign, and that very few of those using the hashtag are actual users. A perusal of the hashtag on Twitter would prove otherwise. These are real people who are fed up, and the hashtag campaign seems to be gaining momentum.

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Russians confidence in Putin surpasses 80% in latest poll

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PM Modi was one of the last leaders to arrive in Samarkand for the SCO summit on Thursday evening.
A little more than 81 percent of Russians said they are confident in Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a recent poll, despite his military's recent setbacks in his invasion of Ukraine.

TASS, a Russian-state media organization, reported on Friday that confidence in the Russian leader is up by more than 1 point since last week — sitting at 81.5 percent — and that approval of his work is now at more than 78 percent, according to a poll from the state-run All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center. The survey was conducted between September 5 and September 11 and contacted 1,600 adults.

Comment: Meanwhile the rest of the world - a larger portion in fact - has a much more favourable opinion of Russia and Putin: Uganda's President praises Russia's help in decolonization amidst Lavrov's tour of Africa


King Charles cheered, and booed, on visit to Wales

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Anti-monarchy activists showed their disapproval at Senedd and gates of Cardiff Castle
For more than half a century he held the title Prince of Wales, but in autumnal sunshine on Friday, Charles was helicoptered across the Severn from his Gloucestershire country home for his first visit to the country as King.

The reaction of the crowds that lined the streets of the Welsh capital was largely warm, but he was booed as he entered Cardiff Castle by anti-monarchy protesters and there were small demonstrations at Llandaff Cathedral and the Senedd building.

Comment: Republicans didn't just suddenly appear, and let's remember that Queen Elisabeth rarely, if ever, was audibly booed during a visit in the UK, meanwhile King Charles has and he's only been monarch for a few days.

Charles is not universally popular in Wales and his announcement that William is to be made Prince of Wales has been greeted with anger by many. Some see it as a symbol of English oppression over Wales.

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Bizarro Earth

Kiev shells civilian administration building in Kherson, Ukraine - 3 dead, 13 injured

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Officials reported three dead and over a dozen injured after shelling by Kiev's forces
At least three people were killed in Friday's strike on the civilian administration building in the city of Kherson, officials said. They added that the Ukrainian attack also left 13 people injured, most of whom were ordinary passers-by.

The Kherson Health Ministry reported that three of the wounded civilians are currently in critical condition. One of the people killed in the attack was the driver for a local official, authorities claim.

The deputy head of the Kherson administration, Kirill Stremousov, suggested on his Telegram channel that the target of the Ukrainian strike was the acting head of the Kherson military-civilian administration, Sergey Eliseev, as well as local municipal authorities of the region who were holding a meeting in the building at the time of the attack.


5th Circuit upholds Texas law forbidding social media 'censorship' — again

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A Texas law that bans social media companies from censoring users' viewpoints is constitutionally allowed, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Friday, in a blow to Facebook, Twitter and Google.

The ruling is a win for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in their efforts to combat what they call censorship of conservative viewpoints by social media companies.

Despite the ruling, the Texas law does not immediately take effect; it will do so once the appeals court issues written instructions to the district court that had decided the case.

The law, H.B. 20, had previously been blocked from taking effect by a May 5-4 Supreme Court ruling, which had granted an emergency request by tech trade groups NetChoice and the Computer and Communications Industry Association, which represent Facebook, Twitter and Google. The trade groups have alleged the Texas law violates the First Amendment rights of the companies they represent.

Andrew Oldham, a Donald Trump appointee who had previously served as Abbott's general counsel, wrote in the 5th Circuit's decision:
"Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say."
In a tweet, Paxton said:
"I just secured a MASSIVE VICTORY for the Constitution & Free Speech in fed court: #BigTech CANNOT censor the political voices of ANY Texan!"


NYC Mayor Adams says city is at 'breaking point' with arrival of migrants sent from Texas

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Migrant bus from Texas • Port Authority Bus Terminal, New York City • Aug. 25, 2022
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Wednesday that the city is at a "breaking point" due to thousands of migrants who have been sent by bus from Texas in recent weeks. He said Wednesday:
"In the last few months, we have experienced an unprecedented surge of asylum seekers arriving from the southern border. In this new and unforeseen reality, where we expect thousands more to arrive every week going forward, the city's system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city's prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed."
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been bussing migrants to New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Chicago in an effort to offer border towns relief and raise awareness about the crisis.

Since early August, Texas has sent more than 2,200 migrants to New York City, 7,900 migrants to the nation's capital and about 300 migrants to Chicago.

"They all are concerned about a few dozen or a few hundred migrants coming to their town," Gov. Abbott told Fox News earlier this week. "We get that many per hour in almost every community across the border. So we're dealing with this all the time."

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White House likens governors to 'smugglers'


Higher education's new woke loyalty oaths

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Royce Hall on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles
A ballooning number of hiring and tenure decisions require candidates to express written fealty to political doctrines

In 2021, the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine — ranked fourth in the country for primary care — released a 24-page "Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism Strategic Action Plan," listing dozens of "tactics" for advancing "diversity and racial equity" over the ensuing half-decade. One of those tactics reads: "Include a section in promotion packages where faculty members report on the ways they are contributing to improving DEI, anti-racism and social justice." The plan promises to "reinforce the importance of these efforts by establishing clear consequences and influences on promotion packages."

OHSU's policy represents the latest stage in the institutional entrenchment of DEI programming. Universities have long required diversity statements for faculty hiring — short essays outlining one's contributions to DEI and future plans for advancing DEI. Since it began almost a decade ago, the policy has been criticized as a thinly veiled ideological litmus test. Whether you see it as one largely depends on whether you think DEI is simply a set of corporate "best practices" like any other, or constitutes a rigid set of political and social views. In any event, the diversity statements and criteria have only expanded, and are now commonly required for promotion, tenure, and faculty evaluation.


Energy giant explains why France faces power shortage

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Energy giant EDF expects lower electricity production this year.

French state energy firm EDF said this week that it expects much lower electricity production due to maintenance of nuclear reactors this year, which will cost the company approximately $29 billion in pretax earnings.

According to a company statement, 26 of EDF's 56 nuclear reactors are currently offline, partly due to corrosion issues. The firm, the world's largest operator of nuclear plants, estimates it will produce "on the low end of a range between 280-300 terawatt-hours" of electricity from its operating nuclear plants this year, which is a 30-year low for French nuclear power output.

Comment: It's rather amazing that, despite having abundant nuclear power plants, France will be experiencing power shortages at the same time as the rest of the EU due to 'maintenance issues.' It's almost as if this was timed.

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Hospital runs myocarditis in kids awareness commercial as if it's a common illness

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The New York-Presbyterian Hospital is running a commercial in an effort to raise awareness of myocarditis in children, seemingly suggesting that inflammation of the heart in children is a common condition.

The video, titled "Pediatric Patient Story - Suri" tells the story of a child who "had a bad stomach ache that turned out to be myocarditis, a serious inflammation of the heart."

The video caption states that "Our multidisciplinary pediatric critical care team worked to regulate her heartbeat - and got her back to feeling like herself."

Comment: This was predicted by many when news of the vaccines probable link to myocarditis first came to light. It's the attempted normalization of something that is entirely not normal in order to allay suspicions that vaccines are the cause. They're lying straight to our faces.

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