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As Elon Musk fights censorship, states take aim at Anthony Fauci, Big Tech

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Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared cocky, deceitful and quick-witted during his deposition, according to participants.
While we await Elon Musk's promised release of the "Twitter Files," detailing the 2020 censorship of the New York Post, he has been busy fending off threats to destroy his new $44 billion acquisition unless he drops his commitment to free speech.

He tweeted a video Wednesday afternoon of Apple's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, where he was strolling around the HQ pond in conversation with Apple CEO Tim Cook, whom he has accused of threatening to drop Twitter from the App Store.

A few hours later, Musk declared that he and Cook had "resolved the misunderstanding about Twitter potentially being removed from the App Store. Tim was clear that Apple never considered doing so."

Red Pill

What's missing from the Twitter files? The truth about the FBI

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Matt Taibbi half-delivered on Elon Musk's promise to tell all about Twitter's censorship of The New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election.
Elon Musk half-delivered on his promise to tell all about Twitter's censorship of The New York Post's Hunter Biden laptop story before the 2020 election. What was missing were details of specific warnings we know the FBI made to Twitter about a Russian "hack and leak operation" involving Hunter during their weekly meetings with top executives of the social media giant in the days and weeks before The Post published its exclusive bombshell.

We know that FBI Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan testified Tuesday in a lawsuit against the Biden administration brought by Republican attorneys that he organized those weekly meetings with Twitter and Facebook in San Francisco for as many as seven Washington-based FBI agents in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

Twitter's then-head of Site Integrity Yoel Roth has stated in a sworn declaration that he was told during those meetings to expect "hack-and-leak operations" by state actors involving Hunter Biden.



Germany 'sleepwalking' into new migration crisis - top MEP

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Ukrainian refugees arrive at Poland's Medyka border crossing
Germany is facing a new refugee influx fueled by the Ukraine conflict and the country is doing nothing to prepare for it, Manfred Weber, the president of the European People's Party (EPP), warned on Saturday.

Speaking to Welt am Sonntag newspaper, Weber, who is also the leader of the EPP Group in the European Parliament, claimed that Germany "is sleepwalking into a new migration crisis." To prove his point, he said that accommodation centers in Germany were already full, with municipal authorities in a number of other European countries under strain as well.

The politician stressed that due to the destruction of Ukrainian energy infrastructure by Russian strikes,
"we have to be ready for a large number of Ukrainians coming to the EU this winter - and many of them to Germany. I'm afraid we will experience a dramatic exodus this winter. Germany is not prepared for this situation. The federal government simply ignores the challenges."
It is possible that Germany will have to accommodate Ukrainians in gyms, as well as restricting school and business activities to handle the crisis, Weber noted.

Comment: If Germany is so unprepared, it has not been paying attention. Signs are everywhere.

Arrow Down

Real wages drop globally - UN

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Real wages across the world dropped in 2022 for the first time since the global financial crash as the worsening cost-of-living crisis threatens to spark social unrest and deepen inequality, the United Nations labor agency warned earlier this week.

According to the latest report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO), monthly wages declined by 0.9% in real terms in the first half of the current year, marking the first negative wage growth since 2008. The report titled "The impact of inflation and Covid-19 on wages and purchasing power" notes that the crisis is reducing the purchasing power of the middle classes and hitting low-income households particularly hard.

Real wages across advanced G20 economies in the first half of 2022 are estimated to have declined by 2.2%, while those in emerging G20 countries grew by 0.8%, which is 2.6% less than in pre-Covid 2019.

Over the past several years, pandemic-related supply chain bottlenecks along with geopolitical uncertainty have significantly boosted food and energy costs, sending inflation in many countries to the highest levels in four decades.

Comment: This is only the tip of the Western financial disaster to come.


Twitter files reveal DNC requested censorship of James Woods

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Internal Twitter emails released on Friday by Elon Musk via journalist Matt Taibbi revealed that Twitter censored a tweet about the Hunter Biden laptop story by actor James Woods at the behest of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The communications revealed that a political party was able to successfully suppress a private citizens' speech on Twitter for posting content that could be politically damaging for the Democrat presidential nominee at the time of a presidential election.

The email posted by Taibbi showed that a Twitter employee emailed a co-worker with suspension requests, writing: "An additional report from DNC." Listed were two tweets, including one by Woods.


Arizona secretary of state calls to investigate Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify election

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Then-Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs holds a campaign event at the Carpenters Local Union 1912 headquarters on Nov. 5, 2022, in Phoenix.
Arizona judge ordered county to canvass election last week.

The Arizona secretary of state's office is calling for an investigation into, and enforcement action against, potential violations of state law committed by two Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify results for the midterm election.

In a Friday memo directed to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, State Elections Director Kori Lorick noted that it took a court order for the board to canvass the election - with one who she said "continued to defy his statutory responsibility" as well as the Thursday ruling of Judge Casey McGinley.

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Dollar Gold

Brazen or just stupid? Sam Bankman-Fried claims he 'misaccounted' $8B in FTX funds

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Sam Bankman-Fried's net worth was valued at nearly $16 billion last month.
Math doesn't seem to be the MIT graduate's strength.

Disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried — an alum of the vaunted university — gave a bizarre explanation for an $8 billion budget shortfall that helped force the doomed cryptocurrency platform into bankruptcy last month — claiming he had simply "misaccounted" the cash.

Bankman-Fried scrambled to explain what happened at FTX during an interview with Bloomberg from his luxury penthouse in the Bahamas. During the interview, the broke crypto bro pulled out a spreadsheet detailing the bad math he used while approaching investors for a potential last-second bailout of FTX and its sister trading firm Alameda Research.

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Eye 1

Former top intel chiefs silent after Musk Twitter disclosures

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James Clapper and other former intelligence officials were silent after the release of internal Twitter documents detailing how The Post’s bombshell revelations were censored.
America's top former intelligence officials were mostly mum Saturday after the release of internal Twitter documents detailing how The Post's bombshell revelations were censored by the social media company.

Leon Panetta, a former CIA director and defense secretary, John Brennan a former CIA director, Mike Hayden, a former CIA director, and Jim Clapper, a former director of national intelligence — who all once said The Post's reporting had "all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation," — declined or did not respond to request for comment about whether the latest disclosures had changed their opinion.

Comment: Why take responsibility for what you said when you can just refrain from commenting until the news cycle shifts at which point all is forgotten? After all, it's always worked in the past.

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Musk says Twitter might have interfered in Brazil elections

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The social media platform's personnel may have tried to swing the political tide in Brazil toward left wing stalwart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, right.
Twitter might have interfered in another national election, Elon Musk said.

The social media platform's personnel may have tried to swing the political tide in Brazil toward left wing stalwart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who ousted the country's far right leader, Jair Bolsonaro.

"I've seen a lot of concerning tweets about the recent Brazil election. If those tweets are accurate, it's possible that Twitter personnel gave preference to left wing candidates," Musk tweeted early Saturday in response to a user who asked him to get to the bottom of any other national elections Twitter had inserted itself into.

Within minutes, Musk also faced calls for disclosures about recent elections in Israel, India, and Canada.

Lula da Silva eked by Bolsonaro during an Oct. 30 runoff election with 50.90% of the vote.

Eye 1

Russians are 'like cockroaches,' Ukrainian analyst Alla Poedie tells French TV

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Ukrainian-born Alla Poedie on French TV.
During an appearance on French television, Ukrainian-born analyst Alla Poedie compared Russian citizens to pests and urged France to crack down on them and their culture.

Poedie, who describes herself as an expert on the former Soviet Union countries, made the controversial claims on the LCI news channel on Tuesday during a talk show dedicated to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

"It's necessary to make sure that Russia is held responsible [for its military operation in Ukraine] with all its citizens around the globe, who sometimes cause a lot of harm," she said.

The expert insisted that it was "shameful" that the Russian Orthodox Spiritual and Cultural Center remained open in the center of Paris. The complex, which also includes the Holy Trinity Cathedral, was "packed with [Russian] spies," she said, without providing any proof for her claim.

"And we accept them. We don't kick them out. Why? This complex must be closed and completely destroyed. It has no right to exist," Poedie said.