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The Woke Purge has begun

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President Donald Trump looks at his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC.
Twitter's suspension of Donald Trump is a chilling sign of tyranny to come.

Cancel culture doesn't exist, they say. And yet with the flick of a switch, billionaire capitalists voted for by precisely nobody have just silenced a man who is still the democratically elected president of the United States. With the push of a button in their vast temples to technology, the new capitalist oligarchs of Silicon Valley have prevented a man who won the second largest vote in the history of the American republic just two months ago — 74million votes — from engaging with his supporters (and critics) in the new public square of the internet age.

Not only does cancel culture exist — it is the means through which the powerful, unaccountable oligarchies of the internet era and their clueless cheerleaders in the liberal elites interfere in the democratic process and purge voices they disapprove of. That's what Twitter's permanent suspension of Donald Trump confirms.

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FBI search homes, offices of Tennessee lawmakers suspected of corruption

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A few FBI agents hold boxes inside the elevator, heading to Kent Calfee and Glen Casada's office at the Cordell Hull State Office Building in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, Jan. 8, 2021. It's unknown what they are searching for.
Federal agents descended on multiple Tennessee Republican House members' homes and state offices on Friday, collecting evidence while executing search warrants as part of an unspecified investigation just days before the legislative session begins.

Nearly a dozen agents from the FBI entered the Cordell Hull legislative office building just before 8 a.m., fanning out into multiple offices for several hours before leaving with boxes full of items.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee confirmed the FBI visited the homes of former House Speaker Glen Casada, R-Franklin; Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson; Rep. Todd Warner, R-Chapel Hill; and former Casada aide Cade Cothren. They also went to a business associated with Warner.

Brick Wall

Peter Hitchens: I am, for the first time, afraid for the future of freedom in my country

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London's Carnaby Street is pictured above on Saturday under the national lockdown.
What if the days did not, after all, start to grow longer after Christmas? Well, yes, of course they will (won't they?) but I feel a dark, oppressive foreboding which makes spring seem very far away. Why is this?

I sense that I and some others have now become the targets of a worrying wave of spite, censorship and intolerance, very like the McCarthyite frenzy in 1950s America which swept up all kinds of innocent people in what claimed to be an attack on Communism.

The modern Left love to claim they are against that sort of thing. But only when they are not doing it themselves. There are three important groups here.

Attention

National Guard in DC will be able to use lethal force at the discretion of commanders

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The US Army and National Guard are deploying in numbers to Washington DC ahead of the upcoming presidential inauguration, with the possibility of being armed with lethal weapons at the discretion of their commanders.

In Washington DC and in most jurisdictions around the world, non-lethal weapons are de rigeur when dealing with civil disturbances, but given the recent events of Wednesday, it is felt that more caution is in order.

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Council recruits men with TVs strapped above their heads to walk the streets and warn public not to break Covid lockdown rules

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Bradford Council announced the 'iWalkers' scheme this week but due to public backlash it has been forced to delete a Facebook post detailing its plans.
A council have recruited men with TVs strapped above their heads to walk the streets to police lockdown.

The bizarre move saw staff and volunteers pound the streets of Bradford, Yorkshire, with TVs, which weigh 18lbs and have a 19inch screen, hoisted on their shoulders.

Bradford Council announced the 'iWalkers' scheme this week but due to public backlash it has been forced to delete a Facebook post detailing its plans.

Comment: Our relentless descent into Clown World™ accelerates...


Briefcase

Dominion Voting Systems files defamation lawsuit against Sidney Powell

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Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington on Nov. 19, 2020.
Dominion Voting Systems on Friday sued lawyer Sidney Powell, alleging she defamed the company.

Powell made a series of "wild accusations" that are "demonstrably false," Dominion said in its lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

That included claims that Dominion rigged the 2020 election and that the company bribed officials in Georgia for a contract concerning its election machines and software, according to the 124-page suit.

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Lockdowns won't make any difference, no matter how harsh

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IVOR Cummins has a high place on the TCW 'Covid Sense' roll of honour.

He has released his latest forensic comparison of the international data on Covid-19 mortality - on the impact or otherwise of lockdown and mask-wearing as against other, more likely, causative factors.

His latest study of the international data, of the facts and of the science, continues to support his analysis that lockdowns don't work - at all.

He begins with his favourite country Sweden - favourite because as the only European country not to impose lockdown and masks, instead settling for just for one metre social distancing, it acts as a 'control' for the rest of the continent.

Taking a look back over the last ten decades, he shows that Sweden's Covid-19 outbreak is of a very similar order to many of the flu epidemics that the country has experienced, and is hundreds of times lower than the Spanish flu of 1918 which, unlike Covid, had a median mortality age possibly as low as 40 (certainly less than 60) and included many infants in its grim toll. Which is not the case with Covid, with an average mortality rate of over 80.

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Amazon boots Parler off web hosting service

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Amazon is booting social media platform Parler off its web hosting service Amazon Web Services (AWS), which will knock the platform offline on Sunday until it can find a new host.

Amazon says that content on the social media site violates its terms of service, adding that it does not believe Parler has a good strategy for cracking down on speech on its platform, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed News.

"Recently, we've seen a steady increase in this violent content on your website, all of which violates our terms," said Amazon in its email to Parler. "It's clear that Parler does not have an effective process to comply with the AWS terms of service."

"It also seems that Parler is still trying to determine its position on content moderation," the email added. "You remove some violent content when contacted by us or others, but not always with urgency."

The email continues as follows:
Your CEO recently stated publicly that he doesn't "feel responsible for any of this, and neither should the platform." This morning, you shared that you have a plan to more proactively moderate violent content, but plan to do so manually with volunteers. It's our view that this nascent plan to use volunteers to promptly identify and remove dangerous content will not work in light of the rapidly growing number of violent posts. This is further demonstrated by the fact that you still have not taken down much of the content that we've sent you. Given the unfortunate events that transpired this past week in Washington, D.C., there is serious risk that this type of content will further incite violence.

Comment: See also: Sleeping Giants demand Google & Apple pull Parler app from stores over 'incitement' to violence




Cult

The cultural purge is now in overdrive

Cultural Purge
Four years ago, after the unthinkable happened and the wrong guy won the US election of 2016. I wrote an article about how I had feared a type of "cultural purge" from within the corporate media, Big Tech and cancel culture spheres. Like everybody else, I didn't expect Trump to win (like most other Libertarians, I was holding my nose and pulling for Gary Johnson, whose running mate, Bill Weld, endorsed Hillary Clinton during the election campaign).

What I expected then, after Trump would have unceremoniously lost the 2016 election, was a type of cultural purge against anybody and everybody who enabled his run or supported him. What surprised me was that after he won the cultural purge proceeded anyway. In retrospect it seems obvious, at the time it blindsided me.

For the next four years we watched any (remaining) semblance of objectivity and impartiality wither away from the mainstream media. Even more troubling, was that it was also happening within Big Tech. Everything polarized and all judgement calls became characteristically asymmetrical. As I noted on occasion, that compared to the post 9/11 era when the Neocons controlled the narrative and the word "liberal" was a slur, everything flipped. Now it was the word "conservative" that was unusable and being a single micron to the right of centre was equated with being "literally Hitler".

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After Capitol Hill riots, children rat out their right-wing parents to the media

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A supporter of Donald Trump reacts after being pepper sprayed by law enforcement officers at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021
With authorities tracking down the Trump supporters who barged into the US Capitol, teenagers have eagerly turned in their own family members who took part in the riot, and the media has encouraged the Stasi-style snitching.

Days after President Donald Trump's supporters forced their way into the US Capitol and ran riot throughout the building, police and prosecutors are working to identify and track down members of the mob. DC police have already arrested at least 80 people, and Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine told ABC News on Friday that his office would scour the internet for leads and ask the public to send in tips.

However, a number of young people didn't need to be asked twice. 18-year-old Helena Duke was profiled by Buzzfeed News on Friday for publicly outing her own mother, aunt, and uncle after she saw them in a photo from the Capitol. Duke told Buzzfeed that she ratted out her own family after her mother forbade her from attending a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this year.

"Hi mom remember the time you told me I shouldn't go to BLM protests bc they could get violent...this you?" she tweeted alongside a video showing her mother bleeding from the nose following a scuffle with a black woman.

Comment: Just expect many more stories like the following, about a school teacher who was suspended for attending, will continue to roll in:
A Pennsylvania teacher was suspended this week after taking part in Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol, pending an investigation, the Allentown School District said, according to a report.

The unnamed educator was among a number of people who have reportedly been fired or asked to resign from jobs after being identified as a Capitol rioter, The Morning Call in Allentown reported.

Texas attorney Paul Davis was fired or resigned from Goosehead Insurance after posting videos during the riot, The Houston Chronicle reported.

Dr. Rick Saccone, a former Pennsylvania state representative and adjunct professor, submitted his resignation to St. Vincent College after he posted a video from the Capitol, FOX 43 in York, Pa., reported.

"We believe that all individuals have the right to an opinion, but when beliefs and opinions devolve into illegal and violent activities, there will be no tolerance," the college said in a statement.

Chicago real estate agent, Libby Andrews, was also fired after posting on social media from the Capitol, her former employer announced.

"@properties does not condone violence, destruction or illegal activities," a statement from the company said after explaining she acknowledged she took part in the riot.

A letter from the Allentown superintendent over the unidentified teacher reminded educators to be careful what they post and share online because of how it could affect their students and colleagues.

"While we all have the right to express ourselves, it is important to do so respectfully," the letter said.