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Twitter alternative Parler becomes most downloaded app as conservative-driven revolt against censorship intensifies

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Conservative politicians from President Trump to Senate members have railed against social media companies for their brazen censorship and de-platforming of conservative social media users. In recent weeks, Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee grilled Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Sundar Pichai, and Twitter's Jack Dorsey over their content-moderation practices.

Lately, Republican social media users, who have been censored or de-platformed, have embarked on a great migration to a new platform, that is, Parler, bills itself as a Twitter rival with "an unbiased social media focused on real user experiences and engagement."

According to radio host Dan Bongino, who has an "ownership stake" in Parler - the platform has "exploded" with new users:
"We're adding thousands of users per minute, and we're working out the glitches as a result."

Comment: If you dam information from one source, it will find its way to another. Jack seems to have overstepped his bounds and is paying the price.


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Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report

Pope Francis Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick
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In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. bishops, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Vatican is taking the extraordinary step of publishing its two-year investigation into the disgraced ex-Cardinal McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined that years of rumors that he was a sexual predator were true.
Pope Francis pledged Wednesday to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offered prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a day after the Vatican released a detailed report into the decadeslong church cover-up of his sexual misconduct.

The Vatican report blamed a host of bishops, cardinals and popes for downplaying and dismissing mountains of evidence of McCarrick's misconduct starting in the 1990s — but largely spared Francis. Instead, it laid the lion's share of the blame on St. John Paul II, a former pope, for having appointed McCarrick archbishop of Washington in 2000, and making him a cardinal, despite having commissioned an inquiry that found he had slept with seminarians.

Francis concluded his weekly general audience Wednesday by recalling that the report into the "painful case" of the former high-ranking American cardinal had been released the previous day.

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Bizarro Earth

"Tip of the iceberg": UK's foodbank demand soars 47% during lockdown - world's 5th wealthiest economy

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The trust revealed that during the fist six months of the pandemic it distributed 1.2m food parcels, of which 470,000 went to families with children.
The head of the UK's biggest food bank network has vowed to put them "out of business" and reverse a trend in which "sticking plaster" food charity handouts are increasingly normalised as a response to growing poverty and destitution.

The comments by Emma Revie, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, came as the charity reported a 47% rise in food parcels given out by its volunteers between April and September - reflecting an explosion in demand for food aid during the pandemic, including from "newly hungry" families who had fallen into hardship.

"We have to find better ways of supporting one another as a society than leaving people to rely on food charity," said Revie in an interview with the Guardian. "It's not just about ending food banks, it's about finding an alternative to the need for mass distribution of charity food in the fifth wealthiest country in the world."

Comment: See also: Life expectancy in UK began declining at "breakpoint" year of 2011


Syringe

Ticketmaster exploring negative COVID-19 test or vaccination to attend concerts

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Wallet? Check. Water? Check. COVID-19 test?

The pre-concert checklist for music fans is about to get more complicated, as Ticketmaster is planning to check the coronavirus vaccination status of concert-goers prior to shows once a treatment is approved, Billboard reported Wednesday.

The ticketing giant plans to have customers use their cellphones to verify their inoculation or whether they've tested negative for the virus within a 24- to 72-hour window, according to the exclusive report.

Comment: This is what people have been warning about since the beginning of the Covid kerfuffle. It's not a hard mandatory vaccination, as such, but if you want to be able to travel, work or do anything fun, a vaccine will be required. It's coercion that makes resistance all but impossible. Welcome to the technocracy.

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Arrow Down

'Civil Resistance' group enlists GOP, corporate leaders to defend Biden victory claim

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An organization preparing "civil resistance" to oppose President Trump's legal election challenges told supporters to "amplify" GOP and corporate voices that have already acquiesced to a Joe Biden win, as part of a strategy to establish Biden's claim of election victory as a fait accompli.

The group, which calls itself "Hold The Line," is organized around a document for planned "Civil resistance" in the event President Trump should refuse to vacate office. Its lead author, Hardy Merriman, is the president of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), and specializes in training activists to oust governments abroad, having done so most notably in the Arab Spring protests that brought the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to power in Egypt.

The group claims to have trained between 4,000-5,000 activists in the United States in preparation for the current election. In a conference call with supporters held Sunday night, Hold the Line organizers discussed tactics and messaging for "30 days of vigilance" with "civil resistance experts" Erica Chenowith and Maria J. Stephan, co-authors of "Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict" and whose names appear in Hold the Line's documents.

Comment: As stated, this has color revolution written allover it.

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Bulb

Life starts from here: The Great Reject

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Let's do a reality check: many of us wake up in the morning with our default memory sleepily reverted back to a pre-covid state of seeming 'normality'. But after splashing our face with cold water, taking the dog for a walk and having some breakfast, it dawns on us that we are being strung-along by the hands of a puppet master, whose tweaking of the strings of power is making us dance to a tune which is 100% alien to our natural evolutionary inclinations.

That puppet master is actually not one person, but a number of people; although calling them 'people' might already be an error, since they operate in the shadows of a life less than human and impose their will based on a narcissistic ambition to 'own' everything - and of course, to control it too.

So you turn on your radio/television, open a newspaper/computer and you get something called 'The News'. And what is it you are actually getting? Is it really The News?

Your slow mind, which prefers to remain in a convenience/comfort mode, leads you to believe you are actually receiving The News - well doesn't it?

But once you get that mind sharpened-up a little, straighten your back, and let some sense of the true reality start to manifest, you recognize that it is not the news at all - but simply 'the spin of the day'. The Daily Spin.

Comment: See: The Agora is Growing! Rejoice!


Evil Rays

5G fund for rural America hands over US farms to Big Tech

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FCC's new fund includes money for precision agriculture that opponents say is more about commodification and control of information than better farming.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week established the 5G Fund for Rural America. The fund will hand over billions of dollars worth of taxpayer money to the world's largest telecom providers. In exchange, the telecom giants will build 5G infrastructure in rural regions of the U.S. — including the infrastructure needed for 5G or wireless farming, also known as "precision agriculture."

Precision agriculture involves the use of sensors in fields to measure moisture and temperature levels, satellites and drones that provide remote real-time images of crops, and even wireless sensors attached to cattle that monitor their health and track their location.

Proponents of precision agriculture see it as a path towards increased profitability, sustainability and the ability for farmers to determine the exact optimal amount of water, fertilizers or pesticides.

But critics say it's simply a "marriage between agribusiness and spy technology."

Comment: This news does not bode well for either food production or the health of anyone in rural America who is subject to this new tool of the technocracy. See also:


Burka

Islamists behead more than 50 people in Mozambique as football pitch is turned into killing field

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: Mozambique’s army has admitted it is ill-equipped to tackle the Isis insurgency on its own
Thousand have fled their homes in the violence-hit, gas-rich northern region of Mozambique

Islamist militants have beheaded more than 50 people in a football ground in a village in northern Mozambique, according to local media reports.

The attack was carried out by an Isis-linked group in the village of Muatide in conflict-ridden Cabo Delgado province, and spanned several days.

A Mozambique news agency said the attackers set fire to several villages and gathered together people they had captured from nearby forests on a single football pitch, where the victims were then decapitated and their bodies chopped to pieces, while women from the villages were abducted.

The gas-rich northern Mozambique region has witnessed several brutal attacks involving killings by the Isis-affiliated local group known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jamo, or simply al-Shabaab locally, though they have no relation to the better-known Somali group.

Comment: One wonders if, like ISIS and other groups in Syria and elsewhere, this particular militant group has been set up as proxy force to be eliminated by US/Western intervention as a pretext for taking over the area's gas rich land. But whether that's the case or not the carnage on display is truly horrifying.


Robot

US Elections: Suspect AI Software verified mail-In ballots with little human oversight in Key Battleground States

Untested AI software was used to verify mail-in ballot signatures in highly contested localities like Clark County, Nevada. The company that produces it has close ties to Lockheed Martin and Microsoft and its founder has a bone to pick with Donald Trump.
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Though accusations of election fraud in the 2020 US presidential election have been swirling across social media and some news outlets for much of the past week, few have examined the role of a little known Silicon Valley company whose artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm was used to accept or reject ballots in highly contested states such as Nevada.

That company, Parascript, has long-standing cozy ties to defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin and tech giants including Microsoft, in addition to being a contractor to the US Postal Service. In addition, its founder, Stepan Pachikov, better known for cofounding the app Evernote in 2007, is a long-standing and 2020 donor to Democratic presidential candidates.

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Newspaper

Muslims shouldn't marry non-Muslims & can only do so after seeking official permission, rules Russian Islamic body

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Russian Muslims are prohibited from interfaith marriage, unless given permission by the local mufti. This follows a ruling by the Council of Ulema, which concluded that marriages with Jews and Christians are inadmissible.

The Council of Ulema is a group of clerics and scholars, part of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Russia.

Although passed in November 2019, the council's theological decision was only published online this week. The conclusion states that marriages with "representatives of the people of the book [Jews and Christians]" are only possible with agreement from the local mufti.

Comment: See also: Muslims have lived peacefully in Russia for centuries so what is the West doing wrong?