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CBS throws tantrum over Musk's Twitter acquisition and suspends use of its official account

As Twitter is facing massive layoffs and resignations, CBS News and local-owned CBS stations, have paused their use of Twitter.
CBS News has halted its activity on Twitter in light of Elon Musk's turbulent and unpredictable takeover of the social media platform, the broadcasting company announced over the weekend.

CBS News national reporter Jonathan Vigliotti broke the news of the company's decision on Friday evening, saying that "in light of the uncertainty around Twitter and out of an abundance of caution, CBS News is pausing its activity on the social media site as it continues to monitor the platform."

The last update posted on the CBS Twitter account is a retweet of a segment shared earlier in the day on Friday about ongoing investigations into former US president Donald Trump.

Comment: Well, it's not like CBS' last post was going to be about any investigation in the Hunter Biden laptop scandals, or similar, because CBS is essentially a propaganda outlet. And that's also why they've likely 'suspended' their use of Twitter, in a lame protest against Musk who, for now anyway, appears to be thwarting the establishment's tyrannical control over the site.

As Musk noted, Twitter has never been busier, and even with more activity but significantly less workers, Twitter continues to function without issue, and there's no sign of this alleged 'turbulence' on the application whatsoever.

Comment: One can be sure that whilst CBS have suspended their use of the company twitter account, their employees will continue to mine it for information, sources and news stories.


Media will not call Big Tech censorship "censorship" partly because they support fake fact checks

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Many reporters seem unconcerned that social media platforms are censoring what people can read. In just one recent example, Washington Post technology reporter Will Oremus wrote a flat-footed analysis that tried but failed to deny that censoring happens. Oremus attempted this clumsy maneuver by diving into conflicting dictionary entries for "censor" (Remember online debates in college that boiled down to dictionary definitions? Yes, he did that.) and by deploying a stale but reliable formula of the DC pundit class: quoting academic experts they agree with and who travel the same ideological cocktail circuit.

What Oremus and others should do is just Google.

Wikipedia's "Censorship of Facebook" entry references multiple news articles where Facebook agreed to state-enacted bans in places like France, Germany and China. For example, a 2013 article in Time details Facebook agreeing to censor for countries. The story notes, "While India leads the pack, it was followed by Turkey, which restricted 2,014 pieces of content primarily because it defamed or criticized Ataturk or the Turkish state, which is illegal."

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Twitter closes all of its office buildings as employees resign en masse

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Employees had until 2pm PT on Thursday to commit to "hardcore Twitter 2.0." Instead, they quit.

Hundreds of Twitter employees have resigned en masse following Elon Musk's ultimatum that they commit to what he has dubbed a "hardcore Twitter 2.0."

The employees had until 2pm PT on Thursday to select "yes" on a Google Form to the question of whether they wanted to stay at Twitter, according to reports by The Verge and New York Times among others. Instead, employees began posting farewell messages to what has been described as an avalanche of salute emojis.

Employees were previously told they could sign on for Twitter's "exciting journey" or take severance and "transition away" from the company.

Comment: As much as the lefties delight in the idea that Musk's Twitter is a sinking ship, what is more than likely is that this was all a calculated move by Musk to weed out the bad apples. After all, why would Musk want a bunch of ideology-infected, resentful employees who don't want to be there? Might as well put them out to pasture and hold on to those who are up for the challenges ahead. It wouldn't surprise us to learn Musk is disappointed MORE employees didn't take the severance.

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Brazilian authorities block bank accounts of those allegedly driving 'anti-democratic acts'

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At least 43 people and companies targeted by Supreme Court.

Brazilian authorities blocked bank accounts Thursday of people and companies allegedly driving "anti-democratic acts" following Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's victory in a presidential runoff.

Federal Supreme Court (STF) judge Alexandre de Moraes ordered the move targeting at least 43 people and companies related to recent demonstrations.

"It is necessary, appropriate and urgent to block the bank accounts of those investigated, given the possibility of using resources to finance illicit and undemocratic acts, in order to stop the injury or threat to law," said De Moraes.

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Dozens of court docs relating to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein's associates to be UNSEALED after judge rules public interest outweighs right to privacy

Emmy Tayler (left), Tom Pritzker (right)

Among those whose names are mentioned in the documents are Emmy Tayler (left) Ghislaine Maxwell's former personal assistant and billionaire hotel magnate Tom Pritzker (right) who objected to the unsealing.
Dozens of court documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein's associates, including a billionaire businessman, will be made public after a judge ruled the public interest outweighs the right to privacy.

Judge Loretta Preska on Friday ruled that the material concerning eight people should be unsealed despite one subject claiming it could 'wrongfully harm (his) privacy and reputation.'

Among those whose names are mentioned in the documents are Emmy Tayler, Ghislaine Maxwell's former personal assistant, who was accused of taking part in the sexual abuse of minors.

Comment: It doesn't sound like this is anything nearing a 'client list' everyone has been waiting for. It's unlikely we'll ever see anything approaching an official disclosure. They're throwing us scraps, while the egregious offenders remain free to continue indulging their perversions.

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Musk: Babylon Bee, Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin are back on Twitter

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(L-R) Comedian Kathy Griffin, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dylan
Elon Musk made a long-awaited announcement on Friday, saying that The Babylon Bee's account had been reinstated on Twitter, along with Canadian psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson. Musk also brought controversial B-celeb Kathy Griffin back to the platform. As to the fate of Donald Trump's Twitter account, that is still up in the air. "Trump decision has not yet been made," Musk said.

"New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach," Musk said. "Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter."

"You won't find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet," he continued.

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Italy's energy prices more than TRIPLE, basic food items up 30% and more

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Record-high energy costs drive food inflation to levels unseen since the 1980s
Electricity prices in Italy set an all-time record in October, the country's oldest consumer association Unc reported on Thursday.

Prices for electricity, which is being sold in the Apennines on the free market, have surged 329% since October last year, and topped the Unc rating of the most expensive goods and services.

International flights followed power tariffs, with an annual increase in costs equaling 113%. Gas was next in the ranking, with prices surging more than 96% compared to last year.

Comment: And there is no reason to think the situation is going to improve anytime soon, with governments across Europe making preparations for the predictable unrest that will result from their self-inflicted destruction of their economies:

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Distraught PA mother blames teachers for her daughter's mastectomy

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A Pennsylvania mother gave an emotional speech at a school board meeting last month, telling the story of how her daughter was allowed to change her name and pronouns at school, without her knowledge or consent, an action that she believes set her child on a path towards taking testosterone and having a bilateral mastectomy.

Linda Mullins held up a photograph of her daughter that was taken as she entered Grade 9 in the Souderton Area School District. During that school year, Mullins said that the messaging her daughter received in the classroom led to her identifying as a boy and changing her name and pronouns, something Mullins said she didn't discover until she attended an open house event at the school.


High school teen: My school punished me for saying a male shouldn't be allowed to watch me undress

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Blake Allen playing volleyball. The school opened her locker room to a biological male who identifies as a girl.
As a girl, I was taught to respect the privacy of my body, and to speak up if I felt unsafe or if something made me feel uncomfortable. Now I'm 14 and shocked to learn not all adults take you seriously when you say you don't feel safe or comfortable. In fact, they may even punish you for speaking out.

That's what happened to me when I said I didn't think a teenage male should be allowed in the girls' locker room where my teammates and I undress and change. I'm a private person when it comes to my body, even in the safety and comfort of home. But at school, apparently there's no problem with a male student freely watching us girls change our clothes.

It was a conversation I had with some peers in French class that landed me in trouble with the officials at Randolph Union High School in Vermont. Someone overheard me telling my friends that a dude doesn't belong in the girls' locker room, and they reported me to the co-principals, even though the male student didn't hear me and wasn't in the class.

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How it feels to visit an apartheid country

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Every time I visit Israel and Palestine I come home so struck by the injustice that I say to myself, Well you are a writer, you should be able, in 1000 words or so, to convey the enormity of what you have seen so that the system falls apart like a house of cards for an American reader. This is my latest effort to do just that.

The main impression I had on this visit, is the feeling of Separation. I was bowled over by how separate the Israeli Jews are from the Palestinians, and the huge efforts undertaken to prevent mixing of cultures. When you go through the airport or West Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, you feel like you are in a city in Eastern Europe. I saw no men in the airport in traditional Arab dress. I saw a few women wearing the hijab. You don't see many Arabic signs. You don't see displays of Arab crafts or furnishings, you don't see the sights and smells of Arab markets or streetlife. No, the Zionists brought their own society to the Middle East.