…The meeting was conducted in conditions hostile to transparency. It lacked a monitoring webcam. There were no pictures or recordings. One shareholder activist, the continuously plucky Stephen Mayne, daringly asked if there would be a transcript. “No,” fumed Alexander…
… This comes as a response to the uptick in 911 calls made by individuals who call to report innocuous behavior or non-criminal behavior for what appears to be discriminatory reasons. The supervisors cited distrust and anxiety in minority communities and strain on law enforcement as the reasons for passing the act. They said they wanted to create a pathway for the people falsely accused to seek redress and to dissuade people from calling 911 unless necessary…
The censorship train is leaving the station, and we’re all running out of time to jump off
Fresh from labelling perfectly simple math as “misinformation”, based on complete lies, Facebook is now showing our potential readers another false warning.
This time it’s claiming OffGuardian “may be associated with dangerous content”. Specifically they mean QAnon, which they describe as a “dangerous conspiracy movement” which “inspires violence” according to “experts”:
Regardless of whether or not this is an honest description of QAnon (and it’s not), we are not now, and never have been “associated” with it. In any way. At all. Ever.
In fact QAnon has been mentioned in a grand total of 7 times in the roughly 4000 articles we have published. Four times to say they were mistaken, three times simply saying they exist.
Our criticism of this decision would be the only even faintly positive mention of QAnon we have ever made:
And this – this EXACT situation – is the reason we objected. This is the reason everyone should object. Because censorship spreads. It is subtle, quiet and contagious – and it must be opposed, on principle. Always.
You should oppose censoring the malicious the vulgar or the offensive. The ignorant, the ill-informed and the insane.
Government power thrives on precedent, and once you have ceded “It’s OK to censor X“, the state will simply start changing what words mean until they can claim all their critics said X. Subtle alterations to attitudes and social norms will twitch things around until Y and Z = X.
Bespectacled fascists in inoffensive sweaters will right cloying opinion pieces about how “A, B and C are all just one step from X“. D will be an “X enabler” and E will be “dog whistling to Xs in the comment section”.
And since they can silence people, protests and defenses will never be heard. After all, “we can’t have X sympathisers on social media”.
A lot of what QAnon says is misguided or foolish. But if you let them get banned, then all Facebook has to do is say “A is associated with QAnon” and then A is gone too.
Facebook has wasted no time in illustrating our point for us.
You have to protect all speech, not because everything is worth saying, but because you need to keep the power to silence people out of the hands of those who would abuse it.
First they came for the QAnons.
Then they changed what “QAnon” meant.
And they came for the QAnons again.
… Protesters in the Shrine forecourt held placards with slogans such as “media is the virus”, “COVID-19 is a scam” and “wake up Aussies”.
Some were wearing t-shirts that said “let Victoria work”.
Many people pulled their face masks under their chin or were not wearing them at all.
Officers surrounded the protesters on foot, with more forming an outer wall, and many were on horseback…
Journalist Peta Credlin is putting Andrews ”on the ropes” over the Private Security Contract awarded to manage Lockdown Hotel Security.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has dodged questions from Sky News host Peta Credlin about why Victoria did not use ADF staff for the bungled hotel quarantine program.
Ms Credlin said Victoria, NSW and Queensland were offered ADF support by the Morrison government in March.
“It’s a statement of fact that the chief of the defence force allocated Victoria 100 personnel on Friday the 27th of March,” she said.
However, Mr Andrews dodged her questions saying that fact, which is included in evidence to the hotel quarantine inquiry, was “absolutely incorrect”.
“I left the National Cabinet with no expectation whatsoever there would be ADF support.” “To assert otherwise is simply inaccurate.”
However, Ms Credlin pushed back saying Mr Andrews had acknowledged in a press release that ADF would be engaged in supporting hotel quarantine arrangements.
… Five years later, a court has backed their decision – saying the man’s ‘fundamentalist’ views were at odds with his integration into German society…
… AstraZeneca shares turned negative Wednesday after a Brazilian health authority said a volunteer in its coronavirus vaccine study died.
The Federal University of Sao Paulo, which is helping coordinate late-stage trials in Brazil, separately said that the volunteer was Brazilian, according to Reuters…
… A tranche of emails, text messages and photos, allegedly taken from a hard drive that belonged to the former vice president’s son and published by the New York Post, have been dismissed by many media outlets as “unverified” and potentially even “Russian disinformation.” Twitter even blocked the link to the original story. But now a man claiming to be a recipient of one of the leaked emails, concerning a business partnership with a Chinese firm, has confirmed the authenticity of the message, dated May 13, 2017…
Recently-discovered emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop have revived concerns about how his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, may have abused his office to enrich members of his family. Some also suspect the money found its way back to Biden.
— Read on http://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/20/hunter-bidens-emails-and-the-joe-biden-family-syndicate-explained/
… Zionism succeeded in establishing the state of Israel in 1948 after decades of sometimes open and sometimes covert efforts. It promoted a successful, though extremely false, slogan – “a land without a people for a people without a land” – and succeeded in perpetrating one of the major hoaxes of the 20th century, in which victims (indigenous Palestinians) were designated aggressors, and aggressors (Zionist colonists) were portrayed as victims (as documented by diverse authors, and perpetrated through the silencing of others)…