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Liz Cheney censured in Wyoming for vote to impeach Trump: 'Did not represent our voice'

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House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-WYO)
The Republican Party Central Committee in Carbon County, Wyoming, has censured Rep. Liz Cheney for voting to impeach President Trump, as support for the one-time rising GOP star crumbles in her home state.

The censure resolution passed in a unanimous vote by the 45-member central committee. It included a demand that Ms. Cheney appear before the committee to explain her actions.

"Our representative did not represent our voice," said Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti IV, who presented the resolution to the central committee at a Saturday meeting where the vote took place.

The resolution condemns Ms. Cheney for conduct described as defying the will of most Wyoming Republican voters and joining in a rushed impeachment that did not examine all the facts and denied Mr. Trump due process.

​The resolution also declared that a "vocal majority of Wyoming Republicans recognize there were significant irregularities" in the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Comment: How some of her Wyoming constituents view Ms. Cheney:


Biden names Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Health Secretary, first transgender official confirmed by Senate

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Dr. Rachel Levine
President-elect Joe Biden announced Tuesday that Pennsylvania's Dr. Rachel Levine will serve as the assistant Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary, making her potentially the first transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.

Levine, who currently serves as Pennsylvania's secretary of health, will be the top deputy to HHS Secretary-designee Xavier Becerra of California. Biden said in a press release circulated Tuesday morning:
"Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond. She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration's health efforts."
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris added that Levine is "a remarkable public servant with the knowledge and experience to help us contain this pandemic, and protect and improve the health and well-being of the American people."

The Biden team noted that Levine received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Tulane University School of Medicine. Additionally, she was thrice confirmed by the Pennsylvania's Republican-controlled Senate for both her current position and to serve as the state's physician general.

Bad Guys

Latest Honduran migrant caravan believes Biden has "given us 100 days to get to the US"

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Guatemalan soldiers block a street as Honduran migrants gather after Guatemalan security forces cleared a road where they were camping after authorities halted their trek to the United States, January 18, 2021.
While speaking with CNN on Sunday, Honduran migrant Marlon Lopez stated that President-Elect Joe Biden is "going to help all of us." And that Biden has "given us 100 days to get to the U.S." so they can get a better life for their families.

Lopez said, "I'm here today because I'm dreaming to get to the U.S."

He also stated, "Biden, he's going to help all of us. He's given us 100 days to get to the U.S. and give us legal [unintelligible] paper so we can get a better life for our kids and family."

Comment: In the meantime, Guatemalan police have started clearing the US-bound migrant caravan camp:
In videos aired on TV and shared on social media, lines of security forces could be seen marching with shields and batons towards migrants in the village of Vado Hondo, in the east of the country, around 55km from the borders of Honduras and El Salvador.

Around 2,000 migrants were camped on a street following their skirmishes with Guatemalan troops on Sunday, with the blockade reportedly causing 30km-long lines of vehicles.

Guatemala's National Civil Police and the military cleared the camp on Monday, after those encamped failed to respond to warnings that they would be evicted if they stayed in situ.

Some migrants threw stones and other objects at the troops, with several injuries reported by local media.

Three groups of around 3,000 people each crossed into Guatemala on Friday and Saturday night, in an attempt to escape poverty exacerbated by the pandemic and damage caused by hurricanes. Most of those entering failed to present the required negative Covid-19 tests.

The Guatemalan authorities said 1,568 migrants had been returned to Honduras since Friday and another 100 to El Salvador.

Russian Flag

Whose fault is that? Establishment cyber-police drive Parler off the internet, act surprised when it works with THE RUSSIANS

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A man wearing a "Trump 2020" sweatshirt uses his mobile phone during a "Stop the Steal" protest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, November 5, 2020.
Conservative social media platform Parler is back, and after failing to completely railroad it off the internet, respectable "experts" are now whining about its new Russian links. But even those links aren't what they seem.

Parler reappeared online on Sunday, with a solitary post by CEO John Matze promising the imminent return of the conservative-friendly social media platform. The platform is currently hosted by Epik, a US-based company that spoke out against deplatforming last week and carries server traffic for Gab and 8chan.

However, researchers looked up Parler's IP address and found that it belongs to a Russian firm. The company, DDoS-Guard, serves as a middleman of sorts, screening incoming traffic to protect the site against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, much like CloudFlare or Amazon's own CloudFront.

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Cyber charter schools: Neoliberals determined to commodify more students

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The parasitic seizure of social wealth by the rich has intensified in recent years and promises to increase in 2021. While the stock market soars to artificial new heights, the productive sector of the economy continues to steadily disintegrate, leaving the financial oligarchy with fewer options to maximize profit over time. This in turn is causing the rich to engage in more stock market gambling, private lending, bankruptcies, and restructuring of the state in order to funnel more public funds into private hands (e.g., through more "public-private-partnerships"). As the law of a falling rate of profit invariably intensifies, the nexus between the rich and the state will become more critical to analyze in the months and years ahead. Left unchallenged, state-organized corruption to pay the rich will be strengthened well beyond 2021, leaving society, the economy, and the environment worse off, and making it harder for the New to emerge.

Comment: As if the schooling-for-profit schemes of charter schools, core curriculum and the like didn't have such a detrimental effect on the minds of children already - who now have a state-sanctioned dumbing-down that has gone into a hyper overdrive.

Magic Hat

FBI investigating if Capitol rioter stole Nancy Pelosi's laptop to sell to Russia

Riley June Williams
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Riley June Williams (far left) storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The feds are investigating whether a Pennsylvania woman who was seen on video taking part in the US Capitol riots stole a laptop or hard drive from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office and planned to sell it to the Russians, officials said.

The FBI is seeking Riley June Williams on charges including entering a restricted building, disrupting the orderly conduct of government, and engaging in disorderly or disruptive conduct.

There is no indication that a laptop was actually pilfered from the speaker's office and the agency said in an affidavit that "the matter remains under investigation."

"It appears that WILLIAMS has fled," according to the affidavit. "According to local law enforcement officers in Harrisburg, WILLIAMS' mother stated that WILLIAMS packed a bag and left her home and told her mother she would be gone for a couple of weeks.

Comment: They've never stopped blaming Russia. Russia has always been their bogeyman, a user means of hiding their own criminalities and keeping the general public scared of an external threat. From RT:
After four years of 'Russiagate' spy fiction, it's time for one last yarn: the "former romantic partner" of a Capitol Hill rioter told the FBI that their ex-lover stole House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's laptop to... sell it to Russia.

The laptop hasn't been located, but one witness told the FBI that their "former romantic partner," seen on video footage inside the Capitol, had stolen the laptop and attempted to sell it to Russia's foreign intelligence service.

That Democrats, law enforcement, and now even ex-lovers would blame Russia for the riot is unsurprising, after four years of Moscow being fingered for all of America's social ills. This trend continued throughout election season. Russians were blamed for pranking Joe Biden's campaign website, and a tranche of emails implicating Biden in foreign graft schemes were dismissed by multiple media outlets and the president-elect himself as "Russian disinformation."
Williams was arrested yesterday.
The FBI said in a court filing on Sunday that a witness identifying himself as a former romantic partner told the bureau that Williams "intended to send the computer device to a friend in Russia, who then planned to sell the device to SVR, Russia's foreign intelligence service."

The transfer fell through for unknown reasons, and Williams either still has the computer or destroyed it.

The witness also showed the FBI video of Williams apparently stealing the laptop.

Arrow Up

5-year-old girl rescued from a sewage well after eight hours at -20C on the Russian island of Sakhalin


Yana went missing around 4pm on Sunday, 17 January, after going to play on an ice slide outside her block of flats in the suburb of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
Hundreds of volunteers joined police and turned every stone to find scared and frostbitten Yana.

Yana went missing around 4pm on Sunday, 17 January, after going to play on an ice slide outside her block of flats in the suburb of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Little Yana Khairulina was found after midnight on 18 January, eight hours after she disappeared from an ice slide next to her block of flats.

To rescuers who discovered her sitting quietly inside an empty well she said that she's been calling for help for hours.

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Mr. Potato

The terrifying scourge of 'multiracial whiteness'

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Trump supporters near the east front door of the US Capitol on January 6.
The Washington Post reveals why so many 'white supremacists' are in fact not white. It's scary.

It's hard being a pundit these days. Not only does steadily advancing groupthink and fear of cancellation increasingly force you to copy the same takes as everybody else, but frequently those views are very dumb.

Take the riot at the Capitol. Some minatory cabal of Twitter, Facebook, Google, the Bilderberg Group, FEMA and the Jesuits has issued its secret decree to all news outlets: the rampage through the halls of Congress was the work of dastardly white supremacists! And the outlets oblige.

Comment: WaPo continues its descent into unconscious parody...

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Snitching society: City receives nearly 2,000 complaints about people not wearing masks inside Toronto condos, apartment buildings

A resident, centre, in an upper floor condo is silhouetted as people have been urged to stay home to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Vancouver, on Monday, March 23, 2020.
The City of Toronto says it's received almost 2,000 complaints about people not following mandatory mask protocols inside common areas of condo buildings.

The city implemented a bylaw in August that requires everyone to wear masks while inside lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms and other shared spaces of condo and apartment buildings in order to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Andrea Gonsalves, a spokesperson for the city, said that since the bylaw came into affect, the city has received 1,950 complaints to 311 about violations.

She said that despite the large number of complaints, the city's hands are tied from really cracking down on the issue.


Hacked emails allegedly detail how EU drug regulator was pressured to approve Pfizer jab despite 'problems' with the vaccine

Pfizer vaccine
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A health worker prepares an injection with a dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19
An alleged cache of email exchanges between EU officials and the European Medicines Agency show that the drug regulator was uncomfortable about fast-tracking approval for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid jabs, Le Monde has reported.

The EMA has claimed that the contents of the messages, which were obtained by hackers and published on the dark web, were tampered with in order to undermine confidence in the drugs, without providing further details. However, the agency acknowledged to the French newspaper that the correspondences reflect "issues and discussions" that took place in the lead-up to the decision to grant approval to the vaccines. The agency said it can't specify which documents are genuine.

Some of the "discussions" appear to have been less than congenial. For example, in a document dated November 19, a senior EMA official described a "rather tense, sometimes even a little unpleasant" conference call with the European Commission regarding the review process for the drugs. The official said he felt there was a clear "expectation" that the vaccines would be approved. A day later, the same individual had an exchange with the Danish Medicines Agency in which he expressed surprise that Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, had announced that the Moderna and Pfizer jabs could receive the green light before the end of the year.

"There are still problems with both," the unnamed EMA official noted in the leaked correspondence.

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