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After months of bashing Russia's vaccine, Western journalists in Moscow line up for Sputnik V

Sputnik V
© REUTERS / Sergey Pivovarov
FILE PHOTO: A medical worker fills a syringe with Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine as she prepares to vaccinate a Russian Army service member at a clinic in the city of Rostov-On-Don, Russia December 22, 2020.
Since Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the registration of Sputnik V, the world's first vaccine against Covid-19, sections of the Western media have taken aim at a formula they've dubbed both dangerous and ineffective.

However, in recent weeks, Moscow-based representatives of the very same outlets have lined up to receive the much-maligned Sputnik V. Living in Russia, it is no surprise that the correspondents have a much more realistic view of the country than their New York and London-based superiors.

On Friday, the New York Times' Andrew Kramer revealed he had received his first dose of Sputnik V, praising the "bona fide accomplishment for Russian scientists continuing a long and storied practice of vaccine development," even noting that Moscow has avoided some of the logistical problems seen in the West.

Comment: Despite Russia's vaccine having more thorough testing and not being based on the experimental, unproven and potentially dangerous mRNA gene-editing, it's worth remembering that for the vast majority of people no vaccine is needed - and polls from France, Austria, and Russia, show that over half of the population don't want one. Moreover, allowing the harmless virus to spread through the population would lead to herd immunity.

See also: COVID Mass Vaccination Experiment: Prepare For The Worst With This Health Protocol


Attention

Google admits to running 'experiments' which remove some media sites from its search results

google offices
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Google has sought to downplay the significance of the move by noting the company conducts ‘tens of thousands of experiments in Google Search’ every year.
The tech giant says it is 'running a few experiments that will each reach about 1% of Google Search users in Australia'.

Google has been hiding some Australian news sites from search results, in a move media outlets say is a show of "extraordinary power" as the tech company bargains with the Australian government over financial payment for content.

The Australian government is attempting to impose a new code on Google and Facebook that would force them to negotiate a fair price for displaying local news content.

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Georgia man 'kills himself' after being charged with 'breaking curfew' following attendance at Capitol Hill protest

Christopher Stanton Georgia

Christopher Stanton Georgia
A Georgia man arrested at the violent Capitol Hill siege in Washington DC last week has died, police confirmed Monday.

Christopher Stanton Georgia, 53, shot himself dead at his home in Alpharetta on Saturday. He was found with a gunshot wound to the chest and died by suicide, the Fulton County Medical Examiner said.

Documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com show Georgia's wife called 911 on Saturday morning, telling authorities there was 'blood everywhere'. His body was found in the basement of the home they share.

Family members on the scene were described by police as 'extremely distressed' in a police report.

Officers also removed two semi-automatic SKS rifles from Georgia's home, the department said.

According to documents from the Superior Court of DC, Georgia had been charged with attempting to 'enter certain property, that is, the United States Capitol Grounds, against the will of the United States Capitol Police.'

Comment: Suicides on both 'sides', law enforcement on both 'sides', and military on both 'sides'.

The 'Capitol Hill riot' could yet be symptomatic of a serious nationwide fracture developing in the US.


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Giuliani Presents Evidence - From Their Own Words - That Antifa & BLM Rioters Were at 'Insurrection' on Capitol Hill

John Earle Sullivan BLM Antifa Capitol Hill attack
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One of the men who was part of the siege of the Capitol building is John Earle Sullivan, an extreme BLM activist from Utah.
Footage shot by self-proclaimed 'professional rioter' John Sullivan, and presented by Rudy Giuliani, is damning evidence of the pre-planned nature of the attack on the Capitol Building. In the video, Sullivan is shown in earlier uploads showing off his 'Black Bloc' tactical gear for wearing to riots, along with his assault weapons. Sullivan, on his own social media accounts, called for fellow activists to marshal in DC on January 6th to 'kick out the fascists' - namely, Trump supporters attending the Stop The Steal rally outside the White House.

In clips of the actual event, he is heard encouraging fellow thugs to set fire to the building. Sullivan was also (magically) the person who was right on the spot to film the murder of Ashli Babbit.

Comment: Here's another thing to consider: the trouble at the Capitol started before Trump's speech (which took place 45 minutes' walk away from the Capitol):




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Rush to judgement? Three crucial questions remain unanswered about Capitol siege

storming of the capitol building
What did Nancy Pelosi know? A prior plot or spontaneous riot? Were there inside facilitators?

One thing recent history has taught America is the first storyline of major tragedies or controversies is never the most accurate.

Americans were told by the Bush administration that they were sucker-punched by a surprise attack on 9/11 by terrorists, only to learn the CIA and FBI had significant advance evidence of the plot and its players and failed to connect the dots.

Susan Rice originally told the nation that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was carried out spontaneously by a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video. The attack, it turned out, was pre-planned and carried out by an al-Qaeda-aligned terror group in Libya.

Comment: This isn't the first piece to suggest there was pre-planning and inside help on the Capitol siege. The more things get investigated, the more it looks like this wasn't simply the work of some bumbling Trump supporters who went too far.

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AOC says commission being 'discussed' to help 'rein in' media environment after Capitol riot

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez AOC
© Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez saw that Congress is "looking into" media literacy initiatives to help "rein in" the press to combat misinformation in the wake of last week’s deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol.
'You can't just spew disinformation and misinformation,' Ocasio-Cortez says

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that Congress is "looking into" media literacy initiatives to help "rein in" the press to combat misinformation in the wake of last week's deadly breach of the U.S. Capitol.

During a lengthy live stream on Instagram on Tuesday night, the leader of the so-called "Squad" discussed the aftermath of the Capitol riot, how she feared for her life during the chaos and what needs to be done going forward.

Comment: More from The Hill:
Ocasio-Cortez says she thought she 'was going to die' in 'close encounter' during Capitol rioting
Dominick Mastrangelo - 01/13/21 07:46 AM EST

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A mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as a joint session of Congress met to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

The breach sent lawmakers into hiding and forced the proceedings to adjourn for several hours before police could clear the building. Federal law enforcement officials have said they believe the riots were organized online by far-right extremist groups with a goal among some of them of capturing or killing leading lawmakers.

Several of the demonstrators were seen in the Capitol carrying zip tie restraints, which are sometimes used instead of handcuffs.

House Democrats have introduced a single article of impeachment against Trump in the wake of the riot, accusing him of "inciting insurrection" and riling his supporters to commit acts of violence against them.

During a speech just hours before the riot began, Trump urged his supporters to march on Congress and display "strength" as they protested the Electoral College certification process.

Ocasio-Cortez was one of the first House members to call for Trump's impeachment following the incident last week, also attacking Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) for contesting the election's result.

"I don't want to see the Republican Party talk about blue lives ever again," Ocasio-Cortez said in reference to the death of a Capitol Police officer as a result of the rioting. "This was never about safety for them. It was always a slogan. Because if they actually care about the rule of law they would speak up when people break the law."
And this from RT adds an interesting bit of info into the mix:
Congresswoman claims office 'panic buttons' removed before Capitol riot as Dems demand investigation into 'suspicious activitity'
13 Jan, 2021 22:11

Staff for Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Massachusetts) is claiming there is an investigation into office "panic buttons" being removed before the US Capitol riot while other Democrats are demanding a probe into "suspicious activity."

Democrats are leading the charge into conspiracy theories surrounding the siege of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump last week, with multiple claims that more could have been involved in the riot.

Pressley's chief of staff, Sarah Groh, has gained the attention of many social media users thanks to a Boston Globe interview this week where she alleged that panic buttons from the congresswoman's office had been removed without explanation or warning from her office, something she and Pressley discovered on the day of the riot.

"Every panic button in my office had been torn out — the whole unit," Groh said, adding that she and other staff had previously used the duress buttons and they had been regularly tested.

A spokesperson for Pressley said in a Wednesday statement that the issue is currently being investigated and new panic buttons were installed in the office the day after the protest.


The House sergeant-at-arms and Capitol Police have not publicly addressed the matter, but it is just one of multiple details Democrats are saying needs to be looked into.

Rep. Mikie Sherrill (D-New Jersey) led over 30 members of Congress in signing a letter demanding an investigation from the Acting House Sergeant at Arms, Acting Senate Sergeant at Arms, and United States Capitol Police into "suspicious activity" the day prior to events at the Capitol.

Sherrill claims that lawmakers helped run "reconnaissance" of the Capitol the day before the protest through public tours. She did not specifically name the lawmakers she was accusing.

"Many of the Members who signed this letter, including those of us who have served in the military and are trained to recognize suspicious activity, as well as various members of our staff, witnessed an extremely high number of outside groups in the complex on Tuesday, January 5," she and others wrote in their letter demanding an investigation.

They claim such access to the Capitol was "unusual" since the area has been restricted and public tours were canceled in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"The tours being conducted on Tuesday, January 5, were a noticeable and concerning departure from the procedures in place as of March 2020 that limited the number of visitors to the Capitol. These tours were so concerning that they were reported to the Sergeant at Arms on January 5," they said.

They claim those who stormed the Capitol had "unusually detailed knowledge of the layout" of the complex.

Sherill promised in a Facebook Live video that she will hold lawmakers who allegedly gave access to the Capitol to protesters "accountable."

Sherill's accusations follow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) claiming she did not feel safe around other members of Congress during the riot.

"There were QAnon and white-supremacist sympathizers and, frankly, white-supremacist members of Congress in that extraction point who I know and who I have felt would disclose my location and would create opportunities to allow me to be hurt, kidnapped, et cetera," she said, not identifying exactly whom she was referring to.



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Project Veritas: PBS Principal Counsel lays out violent radical agenda

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Project Veritas released a new video today exposing Michael Beller, Principal Counsel for The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), for his statements defending violent attacks on the White House, re-education for the children of Trump supporters and praising the deaths of red state voters as a result of COVID-19.

Comment: It's hardly surprising that Beller would speak like this candidly - this is the way that a number of liberals think.

Apparently Beller has been fired from PBS. From RT:
PBS lawyer fired after championing 'REEDUCATION CAMPS' for children of Trump supporters in latest Project Veritas sting

Hidden camera footage of PBS exec Michael Beller, in which he appears to wax poetic about 'deprogramming' Trump supporters' kids and celebrates their parents' death from Covid-19, has apparently gotten him fired.

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PBS responded via Twitter just hours after Project Veritas' clip was posted, announcing that Beller - who had served as principal counsel of business affairs for PBS since 2013, according to his LinkedIn page - "no longer works for" the publicly-funded network. It even belittled his former role, calling him a "mid-level staff attorney" and insisting he did not make "any editorial decisions." The network stated they "strongly condemn[ed] violence."


Beller seemed less than serious in some parts of the recording, grinning, for example, as he suggested Biden supporters should "go to the White House and throw molotov cocktails" should the Democrat lose the election. While the summer's Black Lives Matter protests featured plenty of the homemade projectiles, few of Beller's class demographic were actually doing the throwing.

However, the lawyer seemed to have put quite a bit of thought into how to reeducate Trump supporters' kids, expanding on the "enlightenment camps" where they'd be sent as he spoke to his undercover companion. "They're nice! They have Sesame Street characters in the classrooms and they watch PBS all day." The children's program has been repeatedly skewered by conservative pundits for 'indoctrinating' the younger generation, most recently with a half-hour "anti-racist" special called "The Power of We."

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Queen's cousin admits to sexually assaulting female guest at his stately home where the Queen Mother grew up

Glamis

Despite Glamis Castle's magnificence and its owners' position in the first rank of aristocratic wealth and privilege, behind the fabulous facade lie some murkier stories
Can a family be cursed? It is hard not to harbour such thoughts in light of the revelations surrounding the Queen's cousin Simon Bowes-Lyon.

Perhaps cursed is too strong a word. But down the decades the Bowes-Lyons have been dogged by scandal and intrigue.

We learnt yesterday that the 19th and 6th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, to give him his full title, is facing prison for sexually assaulting a guest at Glamis Castle, his ancestral home in Scotland which has been the family seat since the 14th century.

His great-great aunt, the Queen Mother, spent her childhood in the castle. Princess Margaret was born there and photographs of the royals adorn the walls.

Comment: See also: 800 women questioned over sex crimes committed by Peter Nygard, friend of Prince Andrew


Attention

The MAGA movement must either rehabilitate or purge QAnon cultists from its ranks

The Trump-inspired "Make America Great Again" (MAGA) movement must either rehabilitate or purge the QAnon cultists in its ranks because they're discrediting and potentially even dangerous, to say nothing of the fact that their very association with MAGA provides the "deep state" with the seemingly "plausible pretext" to push forward with its dystopian efforts to criminalize the movement as a so-called "domestic terrorist" organization and potentially even intensify its censorship of alternative and social media.

QAnon
"The Master Plan"

The whole world is talking about QAnon, the mysterious network of supposedly high-placed pro-Trump supporters that's allegedly been leaking secret information about the outgoing leader's "deep state" enemies for the past few years, after some of the Capitol Hill invaders pledged their loyalty to it before and during the events of that fateful day last week. There's little doubt that many of them were influenced by QAnon's narrative that Trump has hatched a "master plan" of epic proportions to take down traitorous elements in America's permanent military, intelligence, and diplomatic bureaucracies ("deep state") as well as their academia, media, political, and religious (specifically Roman Catholic) allies that most mere mortals are unable to comprehend since it involves the playing of so-called "5D chess". Having deluded themselves into mistakenly thinking that the President would support their storming of America's seat of government, they raided the building after police suspiciously removed barricades and even opened the doors for them to do so.

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DarkMarket goes down: Europol closes largest dark web marketplace trading in drugs & malware

dark web
© Sputnik / Vladimir Trefilov
The largest illegal marketplace on the dark web for selling drugs, counterfeit money and malware, DarkMarket, has been taken offline, in a major international operation, the EU's law enforcement agency Europol said on Tuesday.

The law enforcement operation against DarkMarket involved security agencies from Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine and the UK, as well as the US, with Europol coordinating their actions and providing operational analysis.

In Germany, officers arrested a 34-year-old Australian man suspected of being the operator of the illegal marketplace. He was taken into custody near the country's border with Denmark at the weekend. Further investigation led to the discovery of more than 20 servers in Moldova and Ukraine which had hosted DarkMarket, resulting in their seizure.

The data stored on the seized servers is expected to give the cybercrime units even more leads on moderators, sellers and buyers on the marketplace.

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