‘Twitter Files, Part 4’ details how platform changed policy specifically to ban ‘Trump alone’ –Thread details process Twitter execs took to make “case for a permanent ban” with “no concern for the free speech or democracy implications.” | 9 Dec 2022 | The fourth entry in the ongoing “Twitter Files” series of explosive revelations dropped on Saturday night, with part four in the series focusing on the removal of Donald Trump from the popular social media platform in early 2021. The latest thread, published by writer Michael Shellenberger, details the process “Twitter executives” took as they were “build[ing] the case for a permanent ban” against the former Republican president. “On Jan 7 ,” Shellenberger wrote, Twitter executives “create[d] justifications to ban Trump … [sought] a change of policy for Trump alone, distinct from other political leaders” and “…express[ed] no concern for the free speech or democracy implications of a ban.”
Vanguard, second-largest fund firm, quits net zero climate alliance | 7 Dec 2022 | Vanguard, the world’s second-largest mutual and exchange-traded fund manager, is pulling out of a major financial-sector alliance intended to help tackle climate change, the firm announced Wednesday. Vanguard, in a statement, said it will track its progress independent of the alliance, as an effort to provide “clarity” to its investors. Some environmental groups… argued that such a move is kowtowing to “anti-woke” sentiment that claims investments focused on the impending clean-energy transition and other pro-climate actions only come at the expense of investment returns. The alliance, called the Net Zero Asset Managers (NZAM), was launched in late 2020 to encourage asset managers to hit a net-zero emission target by 2050 and help keep a rise in global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Lawmakers reject bid to audit US aid for Ukraine –House Republicans vowed to try again later after their resolution was narrowly defeated | 7 Dec 2022 | A resolution calling for an audit of US military and economic aid to Ukraine has been narrowly defeated in the House of Representatives. The measure, spearheaded by Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and backed by multiple fellow legislators, was rejected by 26 votes to 22 before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday. The proposed audit had been strongly opposed by House Democrats… Greene vowed to continue her efforts to push through the audit motion, promising to try again when the Republicans gain a slim majority in the House. “It’s official the Democrats have voted NO to transparency for the American people for an Audit for Ukraine. But we take over in January! This audit will happen!” Greene wrote on Twitter.
Ukrainian court rules SS division’s symbols are not Nazi –The symbols of the SS Galicia Division, a notorious Ukrainian Nazi collaborator unit, are legal to use in the country | 6 Dec 2022 | Ukraine’s supreme court has ruled that the symbols of the infamous 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS, also known as the 1st Galician Division, are not Nazi and therefore not banned in the country. The top court upheld an earlier ruling on the matter, ending a years-long legal battle over the controversial legacy of the notorious formation, comprised primarily of ethnic Ukrainians. The ruling has been praised by the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory, which operates under Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers, and has long claimed the unit’s fighters were not actual Nazi collaborators, but merely “freedom fighters.”
Ukrainian attack leaves six dead in Donetsk – Mayor –The latest round of rocket and artillery strikes reportedly targeted civilian infrastructure including a market | 6 Dec 2022 | At least six people were killed after the city of Donetsk came under fire from Ukrainian forces on Tuesday, its mayor has claimed. The total number of those injured is still being determined. Missiles struck several civilian buildings, causing fires and thick smoke to stretch out across the city. According to Donetsk Mayor Aleksey Kulemzin, Kiev’s forces hit a business center, a market, the Donbass Arena, a sports palace, several shopping centers, a bus station, residential buildings, a cathedral, and the local prosecutor’s office.
New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern’s popularity as preferred Prime Minister drops as Nationals surge ahead in polls | 6 Dec 2022 | New Zealand’s Prime Minister [WEF dirt-bag] Jacinda Ardern and her Labour government are ending the year on a bad note as their popularity drops to record lows, according to a recent poll. Support for Ms Ardern is down to 29 per cent, marking her worst approval rating since coming into office in 2017, and slowly bridging the gap for Nationals leader Christopher Luxon as preferred prime minister. The latest 1News/Kantar poll also revealed the Labour Party has dropped one per cent to a 33 per cent primary vote, behind the National Party — Labour’s main opposition — which now leads on 38 per cent… The results put Ms Ardern’s government at risk of losing majority at next year’s election with the Nationals and ACT now projected to secure 64 MPs, more than the 61 required.
Watchdog Seeks Records on Biden Administration’s Inconsistent COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations | 9 Dec 2022 | A watchdog is seeking records from the government on its inconsistent COVID-19 vaccine recommendation. Biden administration officials have for months claimed that a COVID-19 vaccine [aka clot shot] has become a once-a-year routine. “For a large majority of people, an annual COVID shot should be all they need,” White House COVID-19 response coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said in September. That same month, White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci compared the cadence to the flu vaccine, which is administered once per year. But Health Secretary Xavier Becerra, in multiple posts on Twitter, said that people should get a shot “if it’s been over 2 months since your last dose.”
New Autopsy Report Reveals Those Who Died Suddenly Were Likely Killed by the COVID Vaccine | 7 Dec 2022 | A major new autopsy report has found that three people who died unexpectedly at home with no pre-existing disease shortly after Covid vaccination were likely killed by the vaccine. A further two deaths were found to be possibly due to the vaccine. The report, published in Clinical Research in Cardiology, the official journal of the German Cardiac Society, detailed autopsies carried out at Heidelberg University Hospital in 2021. Led by Thomas Longerich and Peter Schirmacher, it found that in five deaths that occurred within a week of the first or second dose of vaccination with Pfizer or Moderna, inflammation of the heart tissue due to an autoimmune response triggered by the vaccine had likely or possibly caused the death.
Hospital condemns girl to death over COVID jab: Mother of adopted 14-year-old pleads for help after Duke hospital refused to perform life-saving kidney transplant because she is not vaccinated –The Hickses argued with the medical team, pointing out that Yulia has already had COVID so has
a level of immunity, but the doctors still refused | 10 Dec 2022 | A North Carolina family is appealing for help after their adopted 14-year-old daughter was refused a kidney transplant by Duke University hospital because she was not vaccinated against COVID-19. Yulia Hicks was taken in by Lee and Chrissy Hicks in January 2021 from Ukraine. They knew she had a rare genetic kidney condition, Senior Loken Syndrome, which would eventually mean she required a transplant. On November 11, however, they were told she was not eligible for Duke’s waiting list because she was not vaccinated against COVID. “There’s no sympathy whatsoever from any of them,” said Chrissy Hicks. “It’s just strong arming us: give her the vaccine, and you’ll get the transplant.” She said they had contacted a lawyer, but “can’t have her life hanging in the balance with litigation” – and were seeking an alternative medical center.
Group of 10 GOP Senators Push Back on McConnell, Democrat Push to Include JCPA in NDAA | 6 Dec 2022 | Amid a last-ditch effort by media lobbyists to insert the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), a bailout for the mainstream media derided across the partisan spectrum, into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), ten Republican senators are heroically stalling the push. GOP senate leader [traitor] Mitch McConnell is the primary antagonist, using two routes to help the Democrats ram through the bailout for their cronies in the media, something even their own supporters on the left oppose… McConnell and the Democrats are also attempting a process known as a “hotwire,” which would pass the JCPA without any debate if no Senator objects to it. But they have a problem — the number of Senators opposing it has only grown since the push began, with sources on the hill telling Breitbart News that the number of opposing Senators is now up to ten.
Twitter’s ‘secret blacklists’ exposed –A new investigation details the practice of “shadow bans,” known internally as “visibility filtering” | 9 Dec 2022 | Twitter has created a series of barriers and tools for moderators to prevent specific tweets and topics from trending, or limit the visibility of entire accounts without users’ knowledge, according to internal correspondence and interviews with multiple high-level sources within the company. Despite repeated public assurances by top Twitter officials that the company does not “shadow ban” users, especially not “based on political viewpoints or ideology [LOL!],” the practice actually existed under the euphemism of “visibility filtering,” according to journalist Bari Weiss, who published the second installment of the so-called “Twitter Files” in a lengthy thread on Thursday night.
Twitter’s Chief Censor Met Weekly With U.S. Intelligence Officials While Trump Was in Office, Internal Comms Reveal | 9 Dec 2022 | Twitter’s former Head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth, had weekly meetings with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) at least as far back as 2020, when former President Donald Trump was still in office, internal communications between Twitter staff obtained by journalist Matt Taibbi Friday reveal. Yoel participated in one such weekly meeting shortly after the company’s moderation team was thrown into a crisis following its decision to suppress an October 2020 New York Post story concerning a laptop owned by Hunter Biden, according to Taibbi. Roth appeared to explicitly ask the government officials in the meeting to “share anything useful” concerning the laptop story, but they apparently declined to do so… “Weekly sync with FBI/DHS/DNI re: election security. The meeting happened about 15 minutes after the aforementioned Hacked Materials implosion; the government declined to share anything useful when asked,” Roth apparently wrote in an internal message, Taibbi reported.
Elon Musk Fires Twitter’s General Counsel and Ex-FBI Official James Baker | 7 Dec 2022 | Twitter owner Elon Musk confirmed that one of its top officials, James Baker–a former FBI general counsel–was “exited” from the company on Tuesday amid concerns that were raised about his “possible role in suppression of information.” “In light of concerns about Baker’s possible role in suppression of information important to the public dialogue, he was exited from Twitter today,” wrote Musk on Twitter. Musk did not offer any more details on Baker’s exit or what role he played at the firm… It came days after Musk provided internal Twitter information to journalist Matt Taibbi, who had published details about the social media platform’s decision to essentially censor the New York Post’s report about Hunter Biden’s laptop in October 2020.
Top FBI Official Steps Down as Republicans Prepare to Probe Into Bureau | 6 Dec 2022 | A top FBI official has stepped down just as House Republicans have announced plans to investigate recent operations and actions at the bureau. In a Dec. 2 post to his LinkedIn profile, Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office, announced his retirement. “After a 26-year, 10-month career with the FBI, I chose to retire,” D’Antuono wrote. “Yesterday was my last day.” He attributed the decision to wanting to spend more time with his family… News of D’Antuono’s retirement comes just weeks after Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee named him as one of nine FBI employees they would “require prompt testimony” from as they seek to investigate potential political bias at the bureau. Kari Lake Files 70 Page Lawsuit to Throw Out Fraudulent Arizona Midterm Election Results – Claims Hundreds of Thousands of Illegal Ballots, 59% of ED Precinct Machine Failures, Tens of Thousands of Illicit Mail-in Ballots | 9 Oct 2022 | Republican Kari Lake on Friday filed a lawsuit to nullify the 2022 midterm election results for the [rigged] governor’s race in the state of Arizona. On Thursday, Trump Attorney Christina Bobb previewed this historic filing. Attorney Kurt Olsen told The Gateway Pundit, “We have put forward evidence that unquestionably shows that this election was stolen with illegal votes and likely fraudulent votes.” In the filing this afternoon, the Kari Lake campaign claims hundreds of thousands of illegal votes were counted in the election, 59% of Maricopa County precincts had broken tabulators or printers on election day disenfranchising voters, and tens of thousands of illegal mail-in ballots were counted that did not pass signature verification requirements.
Philadelphia Man Charged With Postal Crimes Was Also Found With Stolen Mail-in Ballots | 9 Dec 2022 | Authorities say a Philadelphia man found with about 15 mail-in ballots that had been stolen from U.S. Postal Service collection boxes faces numerous postal-related charges. Zachkey James, 27, was charged with impersonation of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) Mail Carrier, unlawful possession of three USPS arrow keys, mail theft, and possession of stolen mail, U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero said in a statement. The arrow key is a universal master key that opens USPS mail boxes and the master door panel for clusters of mail boxes such as those found in apartments. A July 2022 indictment alleges that while pretending to be a USPS mail carrier, James stole undelivered mail from a collection box near the Kingsessing Post Office in Philadelphia.
‘Miscalculation’ causes ICE to underreport illegal immigrants released without tracking technology by over 18,000% | 9 Dec 2022 | Immigration and Customs Enforcement claimed that a “data miscalculation” caused the agency to underreport the number of illegal immigrants released into the United States without tracking technology by over 18,000%, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. During a private event hosted by ICE last week, the agency distributed documents to attendees about the 2004 “Alternatives to Detention” program. The initiative was launched as a “flight-mitigation tool” to track illegal immigrants using ankle bracelets and cell phones while they await scheduled court proceedings. According to the internal document obtained by the DCNF, as of November 14, ICE had released 49,459 illegal immigrants without any tracking technology. The reported figure on the document vastly differed from the stats on ICE’s website, which stated that only 266 immigrants were released without ankle monitors or cell phones as of November 19.
Dow tumbles 300 points Friday, posts worst week since September | 9 Dec 2022 | Stocks finished lower Friday, with all the major averages posting losses for the week as worries persisted over continued rate hikes. The Dow Jones Industrial Average shed 305.02 points, or 0.9%, to close at 33,476.46. The S&P 500 tumbled 0.73% to end at 3,934.38, while the Nasdaq Composite fell 0.7% to finish at 11,004.62. On a weekly basis, the Dow fell 2.77% to post its worst week since September. The S&P tumbled 3.37%, while the Nasdaq dropped 3.99%. Friday’s moves came after November’s producer price index showed higher-than-expected wholesale prices, which rose 0.3% last month and 7.4% over the previous year. Core PPI, which excludes food and energy, also topped expectations.
Brace for a recession in 2023 as job losses top 2 million, Citi says –Fed likely to trigger a recession with its interest rate hikes, Citi economists say | 9 Dec 2022 | The U.S. will likely tumble into a “mild” recession next year that sees unemployment top 5%, according to a new report from Citi Global Wealth Investments. The group said in its latest outlook report published this week that the economy could lose an estimated 2 million jobs in 2023 as the jobless rate climbs to 5.25%. “We believe that the Fed’s rate hikes and shrinking bond portfolio have been stringent enough to cause an economic contraction within 2023,” the economists said in the report. “And if the Fed does not pause rate hikes until it sees the contraction, a deeper recession may ensue.”