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Twitter temporarily suspends GOP Rep. Taylor Greene

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.
Twitter temporarily blocked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) after she spoke out against voter discrepancies in Georgia. She was blocked from the platform for 12-hours on Sunday.

The latest viewable tweets from Taylor Greene echoed her calls for the flawed election in her state to be fixed. Twitter further censored her speech by preventing other users from re-tweeting and liking her posts.

Comment: Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene for 'multiple violations' after she alleges Georgia elections were 'stolen'
Twitter has suspended Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene for 12 hours after the vocally pro-Trump lawmaker sparred with a Georgia elections official, alleging fraud was to blame for the GOP losing the runoffs.

In a statement to CNN on Sunday, Twitter confirmed that it had locked the outspoken lawmaker out of her personal account for 12 hours, citing "multiple violations" of its "civic integrity policy."

Greene apparently fell victim to the recently updated Twitter policy, which envisions a system of strikes for pushing "unverified information about election rigging."

In a string of messages on Sunday, Greene squared off with fellow Republican and Georgia elections official Gabriel Sterling, after he pinned the blame for defeat on Greene, former Georgia Republican representative Doug Collins, as well as President Donald Trump.

Sterling argued that the rhetoric on election fraud coming from the trio discouraged party supporters from showing up at the polls, and ultimately "cost the GOP two Senate seats and control of the Senate," while "giving Biden and [the] Dems a free hand."


Greene fired back, claiming that the initial Georgia special election on November 3 "was stolen" with the help of Dominion voting tech, and that election officials "ignored" reports of voting irregularities.


Responding to her suspension, Greene said that she had been "silenced" by Big Tech for challenging the mainstream narrative.

"If a conservative dares to utter a political opinion that is deemed unapproved by the internet police they are now subject to the false accusations of 'inciting violence' simply for having an conservative view," she said, calling on Congress to "act swiftly to protect free speech in America."


Twitter has ramped up its crackdown on accounts voicing allegations of election fraud after President-elect Joe Biden's victory was certified by Congress on January 6, in a session disrupted by a crowd of Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol, alleging the election was "stolen" from the Republican incumbent.

Twitter has introduced a five-tier system of strikes to punish repeated violators. An 12-hour account lock - the measure the platform enforced in Green's case - is reserved for those who have already received two or three strikes. In the case of four strikes, the account is suspended for seven days, and if a user invokes wrath of Twitter censors for a fifth time - then they face a "permaban."



Network

Turkey to hold social media sites to account, will restrict bandwidth of repeat offenders

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Turkey banned social media sites that have failed to hire local representatives from advertising Monday, according to the Official Gazette.

Last October, a new social media law came into effect in the country which obligates social media sites that are accessed over a million times per day in Turkey to hire a local representative.

As part of the law, Turkey has fined social media platforms 40 million Turkish liras ($5.43 million) so far under the first two phases of the process.

Comment: Whilst the US tech giants are busy censoring any voices that happen to disagree with them, other countries appear to be taking their own steps to curtail the influence of these corrupt bodies. Russia recently announced that it will block sites such as Youtube if it is found to be manipulating and censoring what would otherwise be considered appropriate content.


Eye 2

Google and Facebook made a 'secret deal' to dominate online advertising

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The New York Times recently outlined the inner workings of a secret deal between Facebook and Google that allowed the companies to jointly dominate the online advertising market.

In an article titled "Behind a Secret Deal Between Google and Facebook," the New York Times outlines a secret deal between Facebook and Google related to the online advertising market that the two companies largely dominate.

Facebook revealed in 2017 that it was testing a new way of selling ads online that could threaten Google's control of the online advertising market, but just two years later Facebook announced that it would be joining an alliance of companies backing a similar effort by Google, seemingly abandoning its own plans that would have allowed the company to better compete with Google.

Facebook never clarified why it seemed to abandon its own project, but an antitrust lawsuit filed by ten state attorneys general last month implies that Google had extended to Facebook a sweetheart deal to be a partner.

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Bad Guys

Reimagining the world: Agroecology vs post-COVID plunder

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Contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence. These firms have been integral to the consolidation of a global food regime that has emerged in recent decades based on chemical- and proprietary-input-dependent agriculture which incurs massive externalised social, environmental and health costs.

Reliance on commodity monocropping for global markets, long supply chains and dependency on external inputs for cultivation make the food system vulnerable to shocks, whether resulting from public health scares, oil price spikes (the global food system is fossil-fuel dependent) or conflict and war. An increasing number of countries are recognising the need to respond by becoming more food self-sufficient, preferably by securing control over their own food and reducing supply chain lengths.

The various coronavirus lockdowns have disrupted many transport and production activities, exposing the weaknesses of the food system. If the current situation tells us anything, it is that structural solutions are needed to transform food production, not further strengthen the status quo.

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Health

One in eight discharged COVID patients die within 5 months: UK study

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Patients suffering from COVID-19 are monitored at the UMass Memorial DCU Center Field Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Almost a third of recovered COVID-19 patients in a UK study ended up back in the hospital within five months — and up to one in eight died of complications from the illness, according to a report.

Researchers at the UK's Leicester University and the Office for National Statistics found that out of 47,780 people discharged from the hospital, 29.4 percent were readmitted within 140 days, the Telegraph reported.

Of the total, 12.3 percent ended up dying, it added.

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Stock Up

Donald Trump leaves White House with 51% Approval Rating - Rasmussen Poll

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On his last full day in office, President Donald Trump enjoys a 51 percent approval rating, according to Rasmussen Reports, one of only about three polling firms that have a proven track record for legitimacy and accuracy. Most of the other polls are crap. Rigged. Fake. Not worthy of anyone's time.

Trump's disapproval rating sits at just 48 percent.

There are a lot of media polls that show Trump's approval rating in the low forties, and even in the thirties. But, over the course of the last few election cycles, we have learned that these are almost all fake polls, rigged polls, polls that in no way reflect reality. And we know this because when the ultimate poll is taken on Election Day, the media polls are all wrong. The whole point of media polls is to mislead, demoralize, and deceive the American people into believing Trump is less popular than he really is.

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Newspaper

Trump will not invite the Bidens to the White House before Inauguration

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President Donald Trump will not invite President-elect Joe Biden to the White House ahead of the inauguration Wednesday, according to reports.

Typically, the sitting president invites his successor to the White House ahead of the inauguration. The sitting first lady welcomes the incoming first lady for tea and a tour of the building.

Both President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Trumps to the White House ahead of the inauguration ceremony after President Donald Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016.

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Yoda

For Martin Luther King Day, let us end his 'second assassination'

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Martin Luther King Jr. day has been celebrated every January 18 since it was a made a national holiday through the tireless efforts of Martin’s widow Coretta in 1983.
While many people take the opportunity to treat Martin's life as a pre-packaged hallmark card of cliché speeches, far too few take the time to fully appreciate not only the depth of his understanding of the multifaceted evils plaguing society but also his brilliant plans, methods and vision for creative problem solving which touched on far more than the single issue of "civil rights" for which he is celebrated. In fact, on deeper inspection, we should not be surprised to discover that Martin had come to bridge the gulf between racial justice, economic justice, imperial wars abroad and also global economic imperialism and worked hard to create a functional battle plan to solve all of those problems.

It should not be surprising that this great leader was killed (followed soon thereafter by his ally Robert Kennedy), and the world took a very dark and un-natural trajectory. It should also not be surprising that many years after his death, efforts were put into motion by those unsatisfied with the death of his body — who wished nothing less than the assassination of his memory and legacy.

Comment: Rising Tide Foundation has made transcripts and video clips of Martin Luther King's most memorable speeches available here
For MLK's 92nd Anniversary: Great Speeches to Edify and Uplift the Soul

The vision for a world of peaceful cooperation and brotherhood which Martin Luther King willingly gave his life represents a promethean fire, is required more today than ever before.

As civilization is confronted with some of the most dangerous challenges threatening global war, and a plunge into a new Dark Age, the tests we will collectively be faced with can best be met by rekindling those creative fires of love and understanding that shaped Martin Luther King's ministry and his life of strategic thinking.

It is with this hope for a better age of humanity that the Rising Tide Foundation presents a collection of the most powerful speeches and sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.



Bullseye

'One Night in Miami' isn't a commentary on current racial strife instead it illustrates how far America has actually come on race

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One Night in Miami (2020) Dir: Regina King
After the BLM protests of last summer, Amazon's new movie has been eagerly anticipated. But it unintentionally diminishes the manufactured racial moral panic of today by highlighting the giants of the civil rights struggle.

The new Amazon film, 'One Night in Miami', is generating critical adoration for its powerful performances and for its supposedly timely social commentary on race and racism in America.

The movie, written by Kemp Powers and directed by Regina King, tells the story of a fictionalized meeting between Malcolm X, Cassius Clay, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown in a Miami hotel room in 1964, immediately following Clay's victory over Sonny Liston to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

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Newsreal #33: Strange Days in DC - Military Checkpoints as US Capital Awaits 'Virtual Inauguration'

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Donald Trump has been called "literally" many things over the years, and he sees out his term in office as "literally a terrorist leader," and his supporters "literally white supremacists in need of deprogramming," according to certain Democrat politicians.

Discussing the fallout from the 'Storming of the Capitol' on January 6th, and the strange "virtual inauguration" of incoming president Joe Biden, Joe and Niall assess what, if any, flare-up is likely in the US capital in the coming days.