Saturday, June 3, 2023

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Banned By Major Social Media Site, Campaign Pages Blocked

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Banned By Major Social Media Site, Campaign Pages Blocked

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Twitter owner Elon Musk invited Democrat presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for a discussion on his Twitter Spaces after Kennedy said his campaign was suspended by Meta-owned Instagram.

Interesting… when we use our TeamKennedy email address to set up @instagram accounts we get an automatic 180-day ban. Can anyone guess why that’s happening?” he wrote on Twitter.

An accompanying image shows that Instagram said it “suspended” his “Team Kennedy” account and that there “are 180 days remaining to disagree” with the company’s decision.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. attends Keep it Clean to benefit Waterkeeper Alliance in Los Angeles, Calif., on March 1, 2018. (John Sciulli/Getty Images for Waterkeeper Alliance)

In response to his post, Musk wrote: “Would you like to do a Spaces discussion with me next week?” Kennedy agreed, saying he would do it Monday at 2 p.m. ET.

Hours later, Kennedy wrote that Instagram “still hasn’t reinstated my account, which was banned years ago with more than 900k followers.” He argued that “to silence a major political candidate is profoundly undemocratic.”

“Social media is the modern equivalent of the town square,” the candidate, who is the nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, wrote. “How can democracy function if only some candidates have access to it?”

The Epoch Times approached Instagram for comment.

Interesting… when we use our TeamKennedy email address to set up @instagram accounts we get an automatic 180-day ban. Can anyone guess why that’s happening?

— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) June 2, 2023

It’s not the first time that either Facebook or Instagram has taken action against Kennedy. In 2021, Instagram banned him from posting claims about vaccine safety and COVID-19.

After he was banned by the platform, Kennedy said that his Instagram posts raised legitimate concerns about vaccines and were backed by research. His account was banned just days after Facebook and Instagram announced they would block the spread of what they described as misinformation about vaccines, including research saying the shots cause autism, are dangerous, or are ineffective.

“This kind of censorship is counterproductive if our objective is a safe and effective vaccine supply,” he said at the time.

Read more here...

Tyler Durden Sat, 06/03/2023 - 20:30


Thursday, June 1, 2023

'Cash Is Printed Freedom' - 530,000 Austrians Betrayed After Referendum On Cash Payments In The Constitution

'Cash Is Printed Freedom' - 530,000 Austrians Betrayed After Referendum On Cash Payments In The Constitution

Authored by John Cody via Remix News,

A world without cash would lead to “financially incapacitated” citizens, argues the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)...

After 530,000 Austrians signed a referendum petition calling for the right to cash payments to be enshrined in Austria’s constitution in 2022, Austria’s political class is refusing to move forward with adding this legal right, warns the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ).

“Nowhere else in the world is an everyday life without cash so clearly rejected as in Austria. We see this justified desire of the population, which is reflected in the popular petition ‘For unrestricted cash payment,’ as a concrete work order to the parliament!,” said Finance and Budget Spokesman of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) Hubert Fuchs during a parliamentary debate.

Although the referendum is not binding, in a country of 8.9 million, the fact that over half a million signed the referendum petition shows a broad level of resistance against the push for digital currencies promoted by central banks across the world and institutions like the World Economic Forum (WEF). It was the 13th most popular referendum in the country’s history. However, the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), which has long been said to have backed the right to cash, is now joining the left-wing parties of Austria and blocking all attempts to add this right to the country’s constitution.

FPÖ says ‘cash is freedom’

Fuchs sees the great support for the petition as a clear mandate to the National Council, which is one of the two houses in Austria’s parliament.

“The initiators and supporters of this petition do not just want words of thanks. Rather, it is a concrete request to the National Council to ensure that the federal government finally gets its act together. But let me report from the finance committee: Our motion for the preservation of cash was once again rejected by the ÖVP. So it’s all just lip service and fine words, while these are not followed by action,” said Fuchs.

Austrian Freedom Party financial spokesman Hubert Fuchs. (Austrian Parliament)

The ÖVP is reportedly attempting to blame their coalition partners, the Greens, but the FPÖ rejects these claims. Fuchs argues that if “nothing can be brought forward in the country (through legislation), one should step soon again to the ballot box — the republic would be served thereby very much.”

The FPÖ, known for its stance against Russia sanctions and its calls to stop immigration by building “Fortress Austria,” is currently the most popular party in the country, with polls putting it at approximately 27 percent. The party, although conservative, takes a skeptical view of unbridled free market capitalism, and argues that the government must protect against real estate speculators and provide generous cash benefits to encourage Austrians to have more children.

The party has also made the right to cash payments an intrinsic part of its platform, arguing that they ensure freedom from government oversight and also protect Austrians from predatory banks and credit card institutions.

“We, the Freedom Party — in contrast to all other parties — have already been campaigning for years for the preservation of cash as well as for the anchoring of the right to cash payments in the constitution. This was also included in the ÖVP-FPÖ government program (of the previous government), but unfortunately could no longer be implemented. And I wonder why, if all parties are in favor of preserving cash, especially the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), they have not tabled a motion on this today?” asked Fuchs. “According to the current legal situation, there is no real obligation to accept cash. The relevant legal provisions need to be tightened up here.”

Fuchs also said in his speech that implementing a financial system where only digital currencies exist would lead to an increase in money laundering and covert financing of terrorism, as according to him, digital and cryptocurrencies are a hotbed for criminality.

“This freedom of choice must continue to exist in the future. Cash is data protection in action. Cash is printed freedom. And another aspect should not remain unmentioned: Without cash, how are children supposed to learn how to handle money and thus how to do business? Money at their fingertips is very important for children. But it is not only important for children, but also for adults in terms of their own spending control,” explained the FPÖ finance and budget spokesman.

Fuchs may be referring to the practice of many consumers reverting back to cash to better control spending, which is a trend seen in the United States this year. Experts argue that using physical cash instead of electronic payments helps people better control and track their spending.

However, the FPÖ also points to a new Marketmind study, which shows that 48 percent of women and 40 percent of men in Austria cannot get a credit card due to their low income and are therefore dependent on cash. 

“That’s no wonder when you consider that in our country around 17 percent of the population must be classified as at risk of poverty. That is just one of the many reasons why we have to insist on (the right to) receiving cash with all our might,” said the FPÖ consumer protection spokesman, Peter Worm.

“In view of the fact that more than 530,000 citizens have signed the referendum entitled ‘For unrestricted cash payments’, it is more than opportune to recognize the importance of the issue. The unified opposition of the ÖVP, SPÖ, Greens and NEOS talk loudly about receiving the cash, but votes against every one of our proposals to ensure cash, including cent and euro coins along with notes in the current form, is preserved and to anchor cash in general in our constitution. Our application to establish a constitutionally stipulated obligation to contract for the movement of goods and services in connection with the basic acceptance of cash as a means of payment in the Austrian legal system also failed due to all four parties,” explained Wurm.

“But we Liberals will continue to comply with the will of the citizens. Cash means survival, freedom and self-determination. The transparent citizen has already become a reality to some extent, and only receiving cash in a constitutionally protected form can prevent even worse things from happening,” emphasized Wurm.

In Austria, 50 percent of all transactions are still conducted in cash, far above the European average of approximately 30 percent. Germans are also against digital transactions, with just 9 percent saying they would use mobile payments.

Why protect cash?

As Remix News previously reported, privacy and civil rights organizations have long advocated the right to cash with the argument that privacy, civil liberties, and finical security are at stake. Abolishing cash would force citizens to conduct all transactions through a digital medium, such as mobile payments, credit cards, or digital currencies. Banks and electronic mediums remain vulnerable to hack attacks and even natural disasters, for example, if the power grid were to be knocked out. The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, which is a part of the Ministry of Justice, warned in one report that a totally cashless society would be extremely vulnerable if the country were attacked or exposed to a natural disaster

For those concerned about privacy, such as those in Germany and Austria, digital payments give law enforcement and government authorities a direct window into all transactions.

Even more worrying for some, digital money could one day be linked to political and social behavior in Western countries in a social credit system, as seen in China. Already, during the “Freedom Convoy” trucker protests against Covid-19 policies in Canada, the left-wing government of Justin Trudeau took the unprecedented step of freezing the bank accounts of protesters. Although civil liberty groups decried the authoritarian action as a flagrant abuse of power, many critics worry that the action could now serve as a template to deal with protesters and dissent in the future. If dissidents and those critical of the government cannot keep their money outside the digital space, then they will have nowhere to hide their finances should governments, like the one in Canada, take action against them.

Tyler Durden Thu, 06/01/2023 - 03:30


Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Why did Durham let Spygate's mastermind off the hook?



If the massively misdirected Trump-Russia investigation were to have a name, "Spygate" would be as good as any. If Spygate had a mastermind, it would be John Brennan, the most partisan CIA director in the agency's history.

If the report prepared by Special Counsel John Durham has a hole in its center, it is the hole that Brennan should have filled.

Brennan appears to have conned his way up and out. By "voluntarily" making himself available for interviews with Durham, Brennan was able to deflect blame on to those who refused.

The refuseniks include the former FBI personnel at the heart of the scandal – James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Bill Priestap and convicted FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith.

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In reading the Durham report, one gets the sense that Brennan let the FBI, Peter Strzok in particular, take the rap for an attempted coup that Brennan, with the blessing of his boss, appears to have led.

Brennan was the one person who knew the most about what Durham awkwardly calls the "Clinton Plan intelligence." This was the campaign plan hatched by the Hillary Clinton camp "to stir up a scandal against U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump by tying him to Putin and the Russians' hacking of the Democratic National Committee."

Clinton approved this plan during the Democratic National Convention, on July 26, 2016. "In late July 2016," according to Durham, "U.S. intelligence agencies" were made aware of the plan. (All dates are 2016 unless noted otherwise).

The report continues, "The official who initially received the information immediately recognized its importance – including its relevance to the U.S. presidential election – and acted quickly to make CIA leadership aware of it."

As Durham reports, Brennan "personally received a copy of the intelligence." He had this information when he met with Obama, Comey and other key personnel in the White House Situation Room on Aug. 3.

We know that Brennan had this intelligence only because former DNI Director John Ratcliffe declassified Brennan's handwritten notes from this meeting four years later.

The August 2016 meeting would deform American politics for at least the next three years. According to those notes and "his recollections," Brennan briefed his colleagues "on relevant intelligence known to date on Russian election interference, including the Clinton Plan intelligence."

When interviewed, however, Brennan claimed he did not recall "focusing" on the "Clinton campaign's purported plan." Given the subsequent behavior of the FBI, Brennan may have mentioned the Clinton Plan only in passing, if he mentioned it at all.

Just four days earlier, the FBI had launched "Crossfire Hurricane," an investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's camp and the Russians. In the weeks to come the FBI would build a case against Trump and his advisers based to a large degree on the paid disinformation derived from the Clinton Plan.

Comey attended the Aug. 3 meeting. Had Brennan focused on the Clinton Plan, Comey would surely have been more cautious in chasing the Russia collusion phantom if only to avoid embarrassment.

Peter Strzok, who headed up Crossfire Hurricane, missed the Aug. 3 meeting. He was returning from London where he had gone to confer with the Australian diplomat whose encounter with George Papadopoulos triggered the FBI investigation.

Strzok soldiered on with his investigation during the following month, giving no hint that he was on a fool's errand. "[Trump's] not going to become president, right? Right?!" his lover Lisa Page texted anxiously on Aug. 8. "No. No, he's not," her Quixote responded. "We'll stop it."

Comey and the other FBI brass never warned Strzok off. Brennan appears to have kept them in the dark about the Clinton Plan. He let Crossfire Hurricane generate the kind of media buzz that would, as intended, damage the Trump campaign.

The Clinton Plan resurfaced on Sept. 7, probably by mistake. That day, the CIA sent a routine intelligence brief to Comey and Strzok that alluded to "Hillary Clinton's approval of a plan concerning U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering U.S. elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server."

If Comey or Strzok saw this brief, they did not follow up on it. On Oct. 21, with Strzok's support, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the surveillance on hapless Trump adviser Carter Page. The court relied heavily on the information about Page in the Steele dossier, a bogus report paid for by the Clinton camp.

Brennan watched Page's persecution and the collateral damage to the Trump campaign without protest. Once Brennan left office in January 2017, he eagerly enlisted in the high-level junta plotting to destroy the Trump presidency.

Brennan emerged, in fact, as the junta's boldest and most authoritative voice. From his posts at NBC News and MSNBC, he railed at Trump with the fury of a Puritan divine preaching infant damnation.

On special occasions, such as Trump's revocation of his security clearance, Brennan turned to the New York Times. In an Aug. 16, 2018, op-ed, Brennan huffed, "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash."

Brennan got that wrong. Inexplicably, Durham gives him points for admitting that he did. He cites Brennan's appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" after the Mueller investigation concluded.

There, Brennan told his startled hosts, "I don't know if I received bad information, but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was."

Hogwash! Brennan received good information. He suppressed that and let the bad information flow. After all, he had a president to elect, and she wasn't Donald Trump.

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Monday, May 29, 2023

The death count's been slowing down but not because fewer are dying...

As most of you already know, VAERS IDs are removed without explanation each week when the data is updated by the CDC. You can read about that in my paper entitled: “Critical Appraisal of VAERS Pharmacovigilance: Is the U.S.


Sunday, May 28, 2023

Controversy over Roger Waters’ fascist display at Berlin concert

Pardon us if we over-explain this, but we have run into younger people who have never heard of any of this before, and we believe in educating people.