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Elon Musk confirms James Baker, former FBI counsel, FIRED from Twitter after it was found he was 'vetting' the Twitter Files

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On Tuesday, Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced that attorney Jim Baker had been "exited" from the company following recent revelations that he may have played a role in facilitating censorship on the platform.

Baker had been hired by Twitter as deputy general counsel following a stint at the FBI that ended with him essentially being forced out of the job.


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With Tuesday's release of the Twitter Files, it was revealed that James Baker, Twitter Deputy General Counsel and former FBI General Counsel, was fired from his role at the social media company.

Baker, during his time at the FBI, was involved in the discredited Steele Dossier as well as Russiagate.

According to the Washington Times, Baker had connected Michael Sussmann, a friend and lawyer, with FBI top investigators in 2016, where Sussmann passed along the claims that Donald Trump had colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election.

Baker's time at the FBI ended in 2018 after he resigned, with the agency's former counsel being eyed for potentially disseminating classified information to journalists regarding the Steele Dossier, according to the Washington Examiner...

During his time at Twitter, it was revealed, he was not only involved in the censorship of the Hunter Biden laptop story, but had also vetted without the knowledge of Musk and the company's new management the first release of the Twitter Files on Friday, causing a delay.





Brick Wall

Coming to terms: The COVID lockdowns were all for naught

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Student protesters call on Chinese President Xi Jinping to resign during a rally for victims of a recent Urumqi apartment fire blamed on rigid anti-virus measures.
How different it feels this time around. Broadcasters are lustily cheering anti-lockdown protesters in China. Members of Congress offer unqualified support. President Joe Biden, although more guarded, is sympathetic.

No Western politician, as far as I can see, is insulting the protesters. They are not dismissed as selfish or sociopathic, nor as dupes of conspiracy theories. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) captured the mood: "To the people of China — we hear you and we stand with you as you fight for your freedom."

Broadcasters and columnists who spent 2020 calling anti-lockdowners kooks and criminals are now uncomplicatedly applauding their Chinese counterparts. They see ordinary people standing up against an authoritarian government the anti-COVID policies of which were crushing liberty.

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Take 2

Harry and Meghan's Netflix trailers criticised over 'misleading' clips

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Netflix has so far released two trailers promoting the Harry & Meghan docuseries
Two trailers for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's new Netflix docuseries have been criticised for allegedly using footage and photos in misleading ways.

The trailers show archive clips and pictures as Prince Harry and Meghan talk about being sidelined by the Royal Family and hounded by the media.

However, it is thought at least three such images were taken from events that had nothing to do with the couple.

Netflix and the Sussexes' production company Archewell have not commented.

There are further allegations that an image was cropped to suggest the couple were left on the edge of a royal event, when they were in fact front and centre.

There is also a suggestion that another photo has been used to illustrate press intrusion, when it was actually taken at an event with a small number of photographers whose attendance was controlled and agreed upon in advance.

On Tuesday, veteran royal correspondent Jennie Bond criticised the trailers for their "extremely sloppy production values", after ITV host Lorraine Kelly described the use of the images and footage as "bizarre".

Here are five instances that have been highlighted from the first teaser trailer, released last week, and the extended trailer, released on Monday. The first three episodes from the series will come out on Thursday.

Comment: Attention-seeking and victim-identified personalities often don't have a lot of real facts to back them up, so "mistakes" as those above might be needed.

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Attention

Schoolgirl killed in knife attack in Germany

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A 14-year-old girl has died and another, aged 13, has been seriously injured after they were attacked by a man with a knife while walking to school in southern Germany.

Police say the suspect came out of a refugee shelter in the village of Illerkirchberg on Monday morning and attacked the pupils.

The older girl later died in hospital.

German police arrested a 27-year-old man, who they said was an asylum seeker from Eritrea.

The 13-year-old girl suffered serious knife wounds but reports said her life was not in danger.

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Handcuffs

Russia arrests Colombian over suspected US-run psy-op

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A Colombian national has been arrested in Moscow over his alleged involvement in a US-run disinformation operation, Russia's Investigative Committee announced on Monday. The suspect, Giraldo Saraya Alberto Enrique, stands accused of spreading "false information" about the Russian military amid the ongoing fighting in Ukraine.

"As part of an organized group involving individuals, who directed his actions from abroad, [the suspect] provided technical support and subsequent covert placement of mobile devices in one of the shopping malls in Moscow," the Committee said in a statement, adding that the devices were subsequently used for sending messages en-masse that tarnished the image of the country's military. The messages were carefully crafted to imitate statements made by real Russian nationals, the investigators noted.

The offense, introduced into Russian legislation earlier this year, carries a heavy penalty and Giraldo Saraya now risks landing behind bars for up to ten years. The group, which involved several nationals of an unspecified South American nation, has been operating "in the interests of US-based organization Digital Humanity, which is associated with the US state Agency for International Development," the Committee alleged.

Comment: Yet another patsy caught up in the US war machine.


Family

Politically based mask mandate in schools reveal shocking disregard for children

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In August 2020, as schools prepared for the return of pupils — many for the first time in six months — No 10 performed a succession of u-turns on the wearing of masks in schools.

The initial advice was that "masks could impede communication between teachers and staff and have little health benefit", but with teaching unions piling on pressure and the Scottish government deciding to recommend masks in their classrooms, the advice changed at the end of August. Masks became recommended in communal areas but not in classrooms because, in the words of then PM, Boris Johnson, "that is clearly nonsensical - you can't teach with face coverings; you can't expect people to learn with face-coverings."

By March 2021, though, the Department for Education had recommended that all secondary school pupils wear a mask in class. As Matt Hancock (then Health Secretary) later pointed out when justifying his own infringements of Covid regulations, this was guidance not law, but most schools understood it to be a requirement and headteachers refusing to comply with the 'guidance' were pressured to conform. Consequently for most students the implementation occurred as if it were a legal requirement.

Astonishingly for someone who professed to 'follow the science' at all times, Matt Hancock has now suggested in his serialised diary extracts that the introduction of masks in classrooms was driven exclusively by crude political considerations, and to have had no grounding in assessments of risk, efficacy or safety.

Comment: It was never about the children. See also: More than 150 comparative studies and articles on mask ineffectiveness and harms


Syringe

What a web they weaved: A-G finds Covid relief waste included payments to the deceased, inmates

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A new Auditor General report found that the federal government dished out tens of billions in Covid-19 relief to "ineligible recipients" including people who were already dead and inmates serving time in prison.

In total, the Auditor General flagged $32 billion worth of payments sent out by the federal government under suspicious circumstances, $4.2 billion of which were overpayments to ineligible individuals.

"We found $4.6 billion of overpayments made to ineligible recipients of benefits for individuals," claimed the report.

Newspaper

Indonesia bans sex outside marriage as parliament passes sweeping new criminal code

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Indonesian lawmakers unanimously passed a sweeping new criminal code on Tuesday that criminalizes sex outside marriage, as part of a tranche of changes that critics say threaten human rights and freedoms in the Southeast Asian country.

The new code, which also applies to foreign residents and tourists, bans cohabitation before marriage, apostasy, and provides punishments for insulting the president or expressing views counter to the national ideology.

"All have agreed to ratify the (draft changes) into law," said lawmaker Bambang Wuryanto, who led the parliamentary commission in charge of revising the colonial-era code. "The old code belongs to Dutch heritage ... and is no longer relevant."


Comment: This is a rather revealing statement, because this reform has been in the works for years but struggled to pass until now, and it follows quickly on the heels of global trend of nations across the planet bucking Western pressure and finally asserting their own autonomy. And the West can't complain, it had the opportunity to act as a positive role model - and perhaps it did, for a while - however it's quite clear now that not even citizens of the West agree with where their society and culture is heading.


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Gold Coins

Welcome wearing thin? UK nation withdraws free services from Ukrainians

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Employees record the data of refugees upon arrival at the Ukraine Arrival Center Tegel, Germany
The Welsh government has decided to introduce new rules which will scale back benefits for Ukrainian refugees. The measure comes as the UK government has warned of a difficult fiscal outlook.

Those affected received a letter detailing the new policy from First Minister Mark Drakeford on Thursday, according to state-broadcaster BBC, which said that it could apply to as many as 1,500 people.

Refugees currently staying in hotel rooms, holiday parks, and other temporary accommodation who have been there for five weeks or more must begin to pay their own way and are required to either accept the government's offer of more permanent housing or face a £25 ($31) weekly fine - £37 ($46) per week for a family of four or larger

Comment: Whatever the reason, this move is unlikely to mitigate the cost of living crisis that is currently decimating the UK's lower and middle class and is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


Footprints

Seattle votes to permanently terminate 80 police positions despite critically low staffing levels and record-breaking homicides

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City officials are continuing to 'Defund the Police' even though crime levels have risen in the wake of 2020's Black Lives Matter protests.

Seattle City Council voted this week to permanently remove 80 Seattle police positions despite critically low staffing levels and a record-breaking increase in homicides throughout the city.

On Tuesday, Seattle City Council approved their 2022-2023 budget which rerouted funds that were initially reserved for hiring 200 positions in the Seattle Police Department. Council slashed 80 of those positions, leaving the department with a budget for only 120, according to Seattle Times.

However, it is going to be a particularly challenging task for the Seattle Police Department to come even remotely close to hiring 120 police personnel when officers are leaving the department in droves as the city continues their war on police.