The Silence of the Unvaccinated by BobQuasit in WayOfTheBern

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From the link:

Winston Smith Lives Again

Attempting to discuss concerns about Covid-19 vaccinations on Facebook and Reddit is a dangerous game. It immediately invites hysterical attacks, shattering of old bonds of friendship and family, and group outrage.

In the last three weeks Reddit has taken censorship of those who question Covid-19 vaccination to an unprecedented new level of Orwellianism. The sub r/unvaccinated , a "Safe community for unvaccinated redditors that refuse or are hesitant to take the new experimental covid vaccine. A place to support, share thoughts and discuss news topics." has had no new posts since November 9th - seventeen days ago.

Does it seem strange that in the current environment the Unvaccinated subreddit would become a ghost town? There's no need to wonder. I myself posted there twice in the last ten days, only for my posts to silently and completely disappear.

Go there yourself; post to your heart's content. Watch as your posts vanish, one by one. They never existed. No one will ever hear what you have to say. Nor will you ever be given a reason for that censorship.

I tried writing to the group moderators, of course. No answer ever came. I've been writing to the moderators individually, but so far have received no answer. The first ones I wrote to seem to have been inactive for months.

Mind you, this was a fairly active group! And questioning the safety of Covid-19 vaccines is not illegal. That speech on that subject can be simply blanked out of existence is an ominous sign of what's to come.

A Chink in My Privilege: When Being White and Jewish Isn’t Enough. I have been questioned enough times to know that things are not going well when the officer looks at your passport and asks you questions for which the answers are written in the passport itself. by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Related, by the same author: A “Fringe Member” of the Jewish Community: How Hasbara Trolls Reacted to My Campus Appearance

Hasbara groups represent a racist, supremacist, and violent ideology. They defend a state that is engaged in the worst type of violence against the Palestinian people, yet they feel that they are in a position to question the motives of organizers, speakers, and activists who call for justice and tolerance.

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As another year closes and Palestine remains as far from liberation as ever, it would be wise to admit, once again, that there is no clear, unified strategy to defeat Zionism and liberate Palestine. One place where some change can perhaps be made, however, is in relation to the Zionist organizations around the world whose sole purpose is to disrupt pro-Palestinian activism.

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Peaceful activism for Palestinian rights on college campuses and elsewhere has long been targeted heavily by nationalist groups like Hasbara Fellowships, Hillel, and others who present Israel as a fun, wonder-filled beacon of democracy and haven for Jewish people while feeding into islamophobic and anti-Arab sentiments.

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This is true everywhere, but perhaps nowhere more than on university campuses. As an event is planned, and sometimes immediately after an event, Zionist organizations express their displeasure to university authorities in an attempt to either cancel an event altogether or, if the event had already taken place, to demand an apology or urge authorities to reprimand the organizers for allowing what they refer to as an “anti-semitic” voice to be heard on campus.

A Chink in My Privilege: When Being White and Jewish Isn’t Enough. I have been questioned enough times to know that things are not going well when the officer looks at your passport and asks you questions for which the answers are written in the passport itself. by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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More from the article (author was at Dulles in Washington D.C.):

As I was sitting in the secondary-screening hall I was pondering all of this and wondered if that was the reason for the ordeal. In front of me were tables where passengers placed their luggage for inspection. On one of them, a Black woman had her suitcase and handbag and an officer was going through each and every item. When he finished inspecting the most intimate parts of her private possessions he looked at her. The woman was obviously pregnant and the officer asked, “Is the father your husband or your boyfriend?”

A Chink in My Privilege: When Being White and Jewish Isn’t Enough. I have been questioned enough times to know that things are not going well when the officer looks at your passport and asks you questions for which the answers are written in the passport itself. by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Comment by u/Budget-Song2618 in original post here


Extract from article:

"White privilege it seems, like skin color, doesn’t go away even in situations like that. Not that the cell for Jews was a room at the Marriott — far from it. There were eight or ten other guys, it was so full of cigarette smoke that I could hardly see from one end of the cell to the other, and when one of the inmates called for help because he was sick the guards showed no concern whatsoever.

However, I knew that my visit in the cell was limited to 24-48 hours at the very most. I knew that I would see a judge by the end of the first 24 hours and that a lawyer was on my case before I even reached the police station. It goes without saying that my interrogation was in a police station in the local settlement, not in a Shabak, or secret-police dungeon.

My rights were read to me and I was offered coffee and even a sandwich. I was not blindfolded, I was not beaten, I wasn’t shackled, and it took a while for the soldiers who brought me in to realize that they had forgotten to take away my cell phone, which of course I used to inform my family and friends where I was during several visits

What town in Jerusalem are you from?

I have been questioned enough times to know that things are not going well when the officer looks at your passport and asks you questions for which the answers are written in the passport itself. “Where were you born?” “What countries did you visit?” This is why there is a passport to begin with, so that an officer can see the answers to those questions at a glance.

“I was born in Jerusalem,” I said, as it is stated in my passport.

“Yes, but what town or city in Jerusalem?” he asked.

“Jerusalem is a city.”

“Oh ok, well I am not familiar with the region.

“What countries have you visited in the last few years?”

The list was long but the one that he found most interesting was Iran. He asked a few questions about what I did and where I went, and what I spoke about during my lectures.

“Peace, love, and reconciliation,” I replied.

After the questioning came the inspection of my belongings, every item and every piece of paper was examined and had to be explained.

The entire affair took a couple of hours. It wasn’t pleasant, but it was not the end of the world. What did seem to me to be the end of the world was the email I received the following day, notifying me that my Global Pass was revoked as well as my TSA Pre-Check.

So now, with a chink in my privilege, each time I fly I must wait in line with everyone else, pull out my laptop and, what is worst of all, take off my shoes. "

New variant hysteria comes from same institution that popularized lockdowns & previous COVID scares by Budget-song-budget in WayOfTheBern

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Link to original post by u/Friday_The_13th.

Interview: A Medical Doctor Blows The Roof Off Of Everything - Gregory Mannarino & Dr. Harding - ER doctor, Travis Harding....give his account of what he believes is really going on. In the spirit of open debate, here is his YouTube report … for as long as it lasts on that platform. by Budget-song-budget in WayOfTheBern

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This was a good 30-minute interview but I don't think he "blows the roof off of everything". What he said isn't really news to those of us who have been paying attention, though he does present the information clearly in terms a layman like me can understand.

Cull, Track and Control, by Linh Dinh by auch999 in WayOfTheBern

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There are no comments on the post you linked, had you included some?

Here's the article you linked to at the other sub: https://www.unz.com/mwhitney/i-believe-we-are-facing-an-evil-that-has-no-equal-in-human-history/

Also, did you watch the video on Digital ID posted on this sub? Some very good discussion about what it could mean.

Cull, Track and Control, by Linh Dinh by auch999 in WayOfTheBern

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From the article:

The most salient feature of totalitarianism is control of movement, which entails tracking each citizen. Before the internet era, this could only be achieved roughly.

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For the state, the whole point of tracking is to reward or punish, mostly the latter. In the past, you’d be invited to the police station, or just dragged off the street. Now, punishment can be much tidier, and instant, even for the tiniest sin. That’s where the vaccine, green, access or health passport comes in.

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To prevent such scenarios, we must reject the newly-introduced right-to-live pass. Worse than Soviet-era internal passports, it can prevent us from buying even a cheeseburger. As with the jab that’s designed to sicken, disable, sterilize or kill, it’s not about our wellbeing. No pass, no entry means we’re constantly at their mercy.

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Covid has been engineered to steer us to this point. Terrifying us with inflated death figures and apocalyptic predictions, they herd us into vaccine chambers, while explaining, preposterously, that only Nazis resist.

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If you have a relative or friend who’s still uncertain about Covid jabs, give him immediately Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s The Real Anthony Fauci—Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health.

Related: Catch this post on RFK Jr. explaining why he goes on Tucker Carlson

'The Digital ID Debate' with Jeffrey Peel by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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A lot of the discussion is about vaccine passports, and how these could and likely would open the door to comprehensive digital IDs, Central Bank digital currencies and the use of social credit scores.

Reddit x-post /r/byebyejobs normalizing dehumanization and stripping critical workers of jobs / carrers of the unvaccinated by Evilphd666 in WayOfTheBern

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Some rancid people in that comment thread.

Facebook bans pages of Cebu, Philippines governor candidates by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, more at the link:

The campaign page of Ace Durano and Hilario Davide III, running for governor and deputy governor in Cebu, a province in the Philippines, has been removed by Facebook. Durano feels the removal was as a result of a coordinated attack because nothing objectionable was posted prior to the take down.

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The campaign team said that the page, which had 4,000 followers, was gaining traction.

“It was gaining traction and just launched a jingle contest, which had already 20,000 views in less than eight hours, when thepage was suddenly reported,” Durano’s campaign team said in a statement.

The individual pages of Durano and Davide III were not taken down, only the campaign page was removed.

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“We get trolls on the page, but nothing unusual stood out before the takedown,” the campaign team said.

“We don’t delete comments as long as they don’t cross the line. Some of them are clearly trolls because we saw they are pictures of foreigners posting comments in Bisaya,” they added.

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According to a screenshot they shared with Rappler, the page was taken down because it was reported for “graphic violence, hate speech, harassment, bullying, nudity, sexual activity and sexual exploitation.”

Durano believes the takedown was a result of a coordinated attack.

Popular recipe apps are a privacy nightmare: A free-for-all in data mining by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, more at link:

Several popular Thanksgiving Android recipe apps – including those offered by the BBC and the Food Network – contain a large amount of third party trackers that are under the radar harvesting and sharing user data with advertisers, the Mozilla Foundation claims...

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Recipes Home, Allrecipes, and Food Network Kitchen cooking apps are described as most “data hungry” of the lot – but all are said to be guilty of this behavior.

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The Foundation is still “refusing” to dedicate all its resources and attention to the main product, Firefox, which is steadily hemorrhaging users – but this time, instead of trying to add its two cents to the nebulous “war on misinformation” and similar causes, the organization decided to look into something closer to its core business and what it says is its main focus: data privacy and protection.

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A number of these apps have been found to be collecting a surprisingly wide array of personal data points, with “at least” six sharing ad IDs, such as precise location, user’s clicks, scrolls, views, use of headphones, battery level on a device, and whether it has been jailbroken.

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Such strong focus on data tracking, collecting, and monetizing prompted Mozilla Senior Researcher Becca Ricks to conclude that some of these apps were “so loaded with advertising trackers, they seemed to exist just for the purpose of tracking ads and mining user data.”

NIH director: those who spread "misinformation" online should be "identified" and "brought to justice" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at the link:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins has warned against “misinformation” online and suggested that those who spread misinformation should be “brought to justice.”

Collins made the comments in defense of his colleague Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he says has been subjected to harassment over “misinformation.”

[pardon me while I guffaw]

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Over the past few weeks in particular, Fauci has been severely criticized after an animal rights group called the White Coat Waste Project accused the NIH of being involved and funding research where dogs were experimented on.**

“Truth is supposed to be truth,” Collins said, “and the fact that your truth would be so heavily modified by your social circle or where you get your news tells you we’re in real trouble.”

[We've been warning people for ages not to trust anything those POS outlets the NYT and MSNBC tell them but would they listen? Nooooooooo.....]

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Suggesting that people who spread allegedly false claims should be “brought to justice” is unconstitutional.

Rights groups push back against Greece's "fake news" law by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at link:

On November 11, the Greek Parliament passed a law that criminalized “fake news.” Human Rights Watch has called on the government to revoke the law as it violates the press freedom and the freedom of expression.

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The law was an amendment from a similar law passed in 2019 that introduced penalties for “whoever, publicly or via the internet, spreads or disseminates false news in any way, causing fear to an indefinite number of people or to a certain circle or category of persons, who are thus forced to carry out unplanned acts or to cancel them, at the risk of cause of damage to the economy, tourism or defense capacity of the country or disrupt its international relations.”

The punishment was three years in prison or a fine.

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The amended law criminalized spreading fake news “capable of causing concern or fear to the public or undermining public confidence in the national economy, the country’s defense capacity or public health.”

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It adds that breaking the law “shall be punished by imprisonment of at least three months and a fine.” Repeatedly breaking the law could land a person in prison for six months.

The publishers and media houses responsible for the fake news could be imprisoned for five years.

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Human Rights Watch warned that the law could be used to punish government critics.

[It's a feature, not a bug]

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The new law does not define fake news, doesn’t include standards for determining if something is fake news, nor does it specify that something must cause actual harm for it to be punishable. The law also does not say that other human rights, such as the freedom of speech, must be respected before invoking the law.

Commission cautions against "objectivity" in journalism and calls for censorship of "misinformation" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at link:

Last week, the Aspen Institute published an 80-page report on how to fight misinformation and disinformation. The long-standing solution to misinformation is better information. However, the organization insisted that the best solution is censorship.

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One issue raised by critics when it comes to misinformation and disinformation is the lack of proper definitions. They are a matter of “we know when we see it.” However, the report ignores the definition of the terms and focuses on the harm caused, such as inflaming existing issues.

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The report also endorses a growing movement against what it describes “objectivity and both sideism” in the media, some of the hallmarks of responsible journalism.

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The Commission also recommended the involvement of the government in fighting misinformation, ignoring the First Amendment.

Children getting wrong covid vaccine dose. It's becoming a thing. by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Copy/paste of summary posted by u/Elmodogg at the link.

Two pharmacies in Virginia botched Pfizer doses given to children. In one case they got too much, the other, too little.

https://www.insidenova.com/headlines/children-receive-wrong-dosage-of-covid-19-vaccine-at-lorton-pharmacy/article\_76d96cae-4750-11ec-ba31-ef52d1baf8bf.html

A clinic in California overdosed children:

https://www.sacbee.com/news/coronavirus/article255863676.html

A clinic set up at a school in Maryland underdosed kids:

https://wtop.com/montgomery-county/2021/11/nearly-100-students-receive-wrong-covid-vaccine-dose-in-montgomery-co-clinic/

The children who were underdosed are being told to go back and get another shot (which unless I'm mistaken, will result in them ending up overdosed).

Pfizer's dilution protocol is fiddly, and I suspect this is why these errors are happening. I also suspect overdosing and underdosing happens quite frequently with adults, too, but is more likely to be swept under the rug.

New Hampshire student sues school after being suspended for off-campus text messages by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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You obviously have some anger issues around this subject, and that is your problem. Keeping this sub within the confines of civil engagement is my problem.

If you know anything about WOTB from our reddit site, you know that we avoid using bans, but we do have tools to use with people who can't seem to get our one rule - DBAD. You can talk about what you think is behind this student's suspension till the cows come home, no problem; but you start throwing around pejorative terms like faggots, you're going to get leashed.

New Hampshire student sues school after being suspended for off-campus text messages by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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There's no "truth" in the offensive slurs you used or the insinuations you made. And there was nothing in the article to even suggest what you were saying so maybe you were projecting?

New Hampshire student sues school after being suspended for off-campus text messages by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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I'd downvote this comment if there was a downvote. I posted the article because I think trying to shoehorn people into acceptance is stupid and does more harm than good, but your comment goes way over the line.

New Hampshire student sues school after being suspended for off-campus text messages by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, more at the link:

A high school student in New Hampshire is suing the school district after he was suspended from the football team for insisting there are only two genders in private text messages. His lawsuit argues that the suspension was a violation of his first amendment rights.

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The suit states that the freshman at Exeter High School was suspended from the football team for one game after the administration obtained a text conversation, outside of school grounds, that he had with another student over gender identity. The suit, filed on the student’s behalf by Christian-based organization Cornerstone Action, argues that he stated his Catholic-based belief that there are only two genders.

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The lawsuit further argues that the school’s non-binary gender identity policy is an infringement of the student’s First Amendment rights.

The policy states the school’s community should respect student’s preferred name and pronoun related to their gender identity. Failure to respect others’ gender identities is a violation of the policy.

The student does not deny violating the policy.

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“He in fact denied, and will continue to deny, that any person can belong to a gender other than that of ‘male’ or ‘female’” the lawsuit says.

The student, it goes on, “will never refer to any individual person using plural pronouns such as ‘they,’ using contrived pronouns such as ‘ze,’ or with any similar terminology that reflects values which (the student) does not share.”

Google partners with PBS to launch a media literacy program to "combat misinformation" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, more at the link:

Google is doubling down on its role as the self-appointed arbiter of truth, and is including “educational” activities to its portfolio that prominently includes heavy-handed censorship on the company’s massive platforms.

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US public broadcaster PBS and its Student Report Labs (SRL), as well as the News Literacy Project (NLP) and the Poynter MediaWise program have been chosen as partners in this latest endeavor, where Google is positioning itself as the teacher of media literacy, via the Google News Initiative (GNI), which is framed as a way for the tech giant to collaborate with journalists and entrepreneurs in order to “help build the future of media.”

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Lastly, Google will work as a media literacy promoter among Spanish speakers, this time targeting the senior population. Google’s partner in this is Poynter, and the plan is to translate the organization’s “How to Spot Misinformation Online” course into Spanish and then distribute it to senior citizens via text messages.


Poynter's How to Spot Misinformation Online

Alex Mahadevan, Program Manager, MediaWise

MediaWise archived May 2021

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"Special Guests" (aka MediaWise Ambassadors):

  • Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN

  • Joan Lunden, Journalist, Best-selling Author and TV Host

  • Lester Holt, Anchor, "NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt"; Anchor, "Dateline NBC"

  • Hari Sreenivasan, Anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and Amanpour and Company contributor

  • Dave Jorgenson, TikTok Creator, The Washington Post

Police caught using online spy tool to plot “pre-crimes” by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at the link:

Tech startup Voyager Labs helps law enforcement agencies use what you post on social media and who you interact with to predict whether you have or “plan to” commit a crime. It is one of a growing number of companies that claim they can use social media analysis to help predict and solve crimes and has opened many questions about privacy.

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Non-profit organization Brennan Center obtained documents through freedom of information requests that revealed the strategies Voyager uses violate the first amendment protections. For instance, the software uses posts about Islam and social media usernames indicating Arab pride as signs of potential inclination towards extremism. But they can also be used to target any group.

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Additionally, according to the documents, obtained by The Guardian, the company uses questionable processes to access data on social media, and even enables law enforcement officers to infiltrate groups and private accounts using fake personas.

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The company started nine years ago and has offices all over the world including New York, Washington DC, and Israel. The company is one of a growing number of tech firms exploring social media analytics for use in law enforcement. Others include Media Sonar, Palantir, PredPol, and Geofeedia.

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The documents obtained by the Brennan Center show that LAPD has been trialing Voyager Labs software since 2019. The department has also worked or considered working with other such companies.

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According to experts, such kinds of software are a privacy nightmare for the public and potentially illegal as they criminalize otherwise legal behavior such as associating with certain people.

Playing the arbiter of truth is a lucrative business by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at the link:

The “misinformation” fact-checking and identifying industry is thriving, along with censorship around a host of global and heavily politicized hot-button topics – whether or not on the face of it, those have to do with health or social crises.

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And what that censorship and the businesses it has spawned have in common is their lack of transparency.

The effect and therefore importance of their actions is massive, since what is left uncensored and available on the most widely reaching platforms are powerful narratives that eventually create and sway public opinion, critically minded observers say, noting also that decisions in the public interest and funded by public money are increasingly taken by unaccountable private firms that prefer to keep their work in the shadows.

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The concerns raised about the operation of Kinzen in Ireland revolve around these issues. The private company, which says it is offering solutions representing “a unique blend of human judgement and artificial intelligence, shaped through partnership with trust and safety professionals and disinformation experts,” was given more than €110,000 of public money over nine months by the Irish government to assist the Department of Health in “combating misinformation.”

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But it is now emerging that Kinzen – although contracted by the government and paid with public money – explicitly asked the Department of Health to make details about how it does its work a secret, and was granted that request, as the company’s name is being left out of media reports, with the Irish government ministry’s help. In addition, Kinzen was awarded the contract outside what Minister Stephen Donnelly said would have been “normal tendering procedures.”

FDA Asks Federal Judge to Grant it Until the Year 2076 to Fully Release Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Data by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Copy/paste of comment by u/stickdog99 quoting the article here


The fed gov’t shields Pfizer from liability. Gives it billions of dollars. Makes Americans take its product. But won’t let you see the data supporting its safety/efficacy. Who does the gov't work for?

The FDA has asked a federal judge to make the public wait until the year 2076 to disclose all of the data and information it relied upon to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. That is not a typo. It wants 55 years to produce this information to the public.

As explained in a prior article, the FDA repeatedly promised “full transparency” with regard to Covid-19 vaccines, including reaffirming “the FDA’s commitment to transparency” when licensing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

With that promise in mind, in August and immediately following approval of the vaccine, more than 30 academics, professors, and scientists from this country’s most prestigious universities requested the data and information submitted to the FDA by Pfizer to license its COVID-19 vaccine.

The FDA’s response? It produced nothing. So, in September, my firm filed a lawsuit against the FDA on behalf of this group to demand this information. To date, almost three months after it licensed Pfizer’s vaccine, the FDA still has not released a single page. Not one.

Instead, two days ago, the FDA asked a federal judge to give it until 2076 to fully produce this information. The FDA asked the judge to let it produce the 329,000+ pages of documents Pfizer provided to the FDA to license its vaccine at the rate of 500 pages per month, which means its production would not be completed earlier than 2076. The FDA’s promise of transparency is, to put it mildly, a pile of illusions.

It took the FDA precisely 108 days from when Pfizer started producing the records for licensure (on May 7, 2021) to when the FDA licensed the Pfizer vaccine (on August 23, 2021). Taking the FDA at its word, it conducted an intense, robust, thorough, and complete review and analysis of those documents in order to assure that the Pfizer vaccine was safe and effective for licensure. While it can conduct that intense review of Pfizer’s documents in 108 days, it now asks for over 20,000 days to make these documents available to the public.

So, let’s get this straight. The federal government shields Pfizer from liability. Gives it billions of dollars. Makes Americans take its product. But won’t let you see the data supporting its product’s safety and efficacy. Who does the government work for?

The lesson yet again is that civil and individual rights should never be contingent upon a medical procedure. Everyone who wants to get vaccinated and boosted should be free to do so. But nobody should be coerced by the government to partake in any medical procedure. Certainly not one where the government wants to hide the full information relied upon for its licensure until the year 2076!

Taibbi: Another Humorous Substack Panic by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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The Axios and Vanity Fair articles are the latest entries in a year-plus of hilarious anthropological pieces, often quoting writers returned from the wilds of Substack with harrowing survival tales (“We had to do our own marketing!”). These pieces tend to say a lot more about the cluelessness of the mainstream publications in question than the “independent-operator model” they’re purporting to cover, and these are no exception.

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The notion that Substack is or was a “threat” to traditional media itself speaks to the comical inability of these organizations to understand cause and effect. Happening #1: traditional media companies in the Trump years suffered catastrophic declines in audience trust, which have translated lately into commensurate struggles with clicks and ratings. Happening #2: those companies noticed podcasters like Joe Rogan were drawing, and retaining, mammoth audiences, even as efforts by outfits like MSNBC to create glitzy new on-demand shows hosted by people like former George W. Bush communications director Nicolle Wallace somehow flopped. This was despite the fact that industry pros insisted streaming was “where the young people are.” What went wrong?

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When Substack appeared and had a run of success, news executives treated it as something traitorous and horrifying, being sure now the independents were to blame for their audience crop failures. Vanity Fair with a straight face referred to last year’s “Summer of Substack,” as if describing a disastrous, barely-survived season of hurricanes or pirate raids.

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They were making the same mistake they nearly all made with Trump, confusing symptom with cause. Yes, a few independents have done well, but that’s mainly because the overall quality level of mainstream news plunged so low so long ago, audiences were starved for anything that wasn’t rancidly, insultingly dishonest.

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One would think even the hardest-headed tech executive would see the conceptual problem with the New York Times creating “independent newsletters” — after all, the whole point of a platform like Substack is that it’s not sponsored and overseen by something like the New York Times — but they don’t. They’re convinced that what audiences are responding to with Substack is another collection of widgets: subscription format, a self-edited “content creator,” etc. All they need to swat away the blight of unregulated commentary is a facsimile version of the same thing. (this thinking sounds very familiar)

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It seems so obviously absurd for the New York Times or the Atlantic to try to “strike back” against the tiny slice of market represented by a handful of Substack writers by rolling out their own Death Star version of “independent voices.” If they really wanted to wipe us out, of course, they could just put out a New York Times that sucked less.

Patrick Lawrence: "'Crisis of the mind.'" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article:

It is sobering, to put the point mildly, to sit in America in 2021 and read the reflections of a writer sitting in Paris 102 years ago. The world America made in the post–1945 years has ended just as the Great War ended the world Valéry, born in 1871, knew as his own.

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[America] has by a long tradition mistaken material progress for authentic human progress.

As to the latter, America has made little as measured by the lives Americans now live—their deprivations, their Gilded Age inequalities, their mental and emotional distresses and the addictions that compensate for them. And now, as the world it sought to make in its image goes its own way, America finds itself a desperate empire with no moral qualities to speak of as measured by its conduct.

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Three cases, of the countless number available to us, merit our consideration for their proximity. In each, we must note not merely what America did or did not do; taking a page from Valéry, we must also think about the deeper consequences for all Americans of their nation’s doing or not doing.

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Assange

Assange’s treatment in Belmarsh prison for the past two and a half years has been properly termed torture. I would also call it a human-rights atrocity.

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And what are most Americans thinking and saying about Julian Assange’s fate? What is the press, whose principles and professional practice are at stake, saying and doing? Most Americans know little to nothing of the Assange case. Apart from independent publications, the press cannot write of it due to its diseased relationship to power.

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Colin Powell

Of Powell’s famous lie at the U.N. as to the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq—the most consequential lie so far told in this century—the corporate press said as little as it could get away with, and what it said was whitewash.

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Do Americans think there is no price to pay for this kind of self-deception? The price exacted is evident out our windows: It is our continued pursuit of empire and the consequences at home as measured by our increasing deprivations, our political collapse, and our social decay.

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Antony Blinken

His function is purely to portray, to put across, carefully, a nonexistent America. He is a custodian of images, nothing more.

No one in corporate media calls Blinken on all his silliness: They pretend the world according to Blinken is just as he says it is. There are consequences there, too. The unlawful, often atrocious conduct abroad continues in the name of people who do not even know it is occurring.

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I see a nation that is detached from reality (which is a basic definition of psychosis) such that its people are confined to a series of simulations: This is what it would be like to live in a country that respects others; this is what it would be like if our government abided by the rule of law; this is what it would be like to have a free, unfettered press; this is what it would be like if America upheld either rules or order—to say nothing of both. We are merely pretending in all such cases.

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Interesting update to original test page; archived again here to show removed item:

Testing this URL, no problem: trendingpolitics.com

Testing link to a specific article on the same site, DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!! - https://trendingpolitics.com/the-cdc-finally-reveals-its-estimate-for-how-many-americans-have-natural-immunity-the-number-is-truly-staggering-knab/

EDIT: all articles from this site are removed by reddit. My initial test of the site was faulty as I didn't include a link to it.

New Nuremberg Trials – Crimes Against Humanity by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article:

A team of over 1,000 lawyers and over 10,000 medical experts lead by Dr. Reiner Fullmich have begun legal proceedings over the CDC, WHO, the Davos Group for crimes against humanity. Fullmich and his team present the faulty PCR test and the order for doctors to label any comorbidity death as a Covid death as fraud. The PCR test was never designed to detect pathogens and is 100% faulty at 35 cycles. All the PCR tests issued by the CDC are rated at 37 to 45 cycles. The CDC admits that any test over 28 cycles are not admissible for any positive reliable result. This alone invalidates over 90% of the alleged covid infections tracked by the use of this faulty test.

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In addition to the flawed tests and fraudulent death certificates, the “experimental” vaccine itself is in violation of Article 32 of the Geneva Convention. Under Article 32 of the 1949 Geneva Convention IV, “mutilation and medical or scientific experiments not necessitated by the medical treatment of a protected person” are prohibited. According to Article 147, conducting biological experiments on protected persons is a grave breach of the Convention.

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The “vaccine” fails to meet the following five requirements to be considered a vaccine and is by definition a medical “experiment” and trial:

  • Provides immunity to the virus

  • Protects recipients from getting the virus

  • Reduces deaths from the virus infection

  • Reduces circulation of the virus

  • Reduces transmission of the virus


Violations of the Nuremberg Code:

  • Nuremberg Code #1: Voluntary Consent is Essential

  • Nuremberg Code #2: Yield Fruitful Results Unprocurable By Other Means

  • Nuremberg Code #3: Base Experiments on Results of Animal Experimentation and Natural History of Disease

  • Nuremberg Code #4: Avoid All Unnecessary Suffering and Injury

  • Nuremberg Code #5: No Experiment to be Conducted if There’s Reason to Think Injury or Death Will Occur

  • Nuremberg Code #6: Risk Should Never Exceed the Benefit

  • Nuremberg Code #7: Preparation Must Be Made Against Even Remote Possibility of Injury, Disability or Death

  • Nuremberg Code #8: Experiment Must Be Conducted by Scientifically Qualified Persons

  • Nuremberg Code #9: Anyone Must Have the Freedom to Bring the Experiment to an End At Any Time

  • Nuremberg Code #10: The Scientist Must Bring the Experiment to an End At Any Time if There’s Probable Cause of it Resulting in Injury or Death

New Nuremberg Trials- Crimes Against Humanity Part 2

Predator Drone spotted circling over Minneapolis at 20K feet. Took off from Grand Forks Air Force Base. #MinneapolisProtests #dronesurveillance by awawa in WayOfTheBern

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The selection was obviously rigged

Unquestionably. It's mind-boggling to encounter VBNMW shills who dislike Biden but are adamant that he somehow won the primaries. In states where he didn't even set foot or have a campaign office. Yeah, that happens.

The co-option is standard COINTELPRO. It's just surprising how well it still succeeds when the public has become justifiably cynical and mistrustful. But too few of the public ever learn - if they're going after someone you hate and you don't raise hell, they'll eventually come after you.

Predator Drone spotted circling over Minneapolis at 20K feet. Took off from Grand Forks Air Force Base. #MinneapolisProtests #dronesurveillance by awawa in WayOfTheBern

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The support for him in 2020 was lukewarm compared to 2016, but all the other primary candidates totally sucked. Most of us voted Green or stayed home for the general and what a clusterf*ck that was. The SJW stuff is a BS distraction from the kitchen table ($$$) issues that matter to most of us.

Predator Drone spotted circling over Minneapolis at 20K feet. Took off from Grand Forks Air Force Base. #MinneapolisProtests #dronesurveillance by awawa in WayOfTheBern

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This sub was set up some time ago but no one really did anything with it until recently. The sidebar and the posts now mostly mirror the r/WayOfTheBern site, which has evolved significantly since its inception 5 years ago.

I didn't notice how old your comment was, I just replied because I was confused by this post being called spam.

Edit to add: regarding your comment about the sub originally "simply being about Bernie Sanders", this actually is not accurate - it was always about the economic and social justice issues he espoused and his way of building coalitions with people across the political spectrum. So more The Way of the Bern, rather than The Way of the Bern. We supported him in 2016 and 2020 but since he caved to the Democrats yet again, not so much.

Biden Treasury nominee: China is a 'shining example' of 'smart' economic policy - Saule Omarova is coming for your money by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, more at the link:

A top Biden Administration Treasury nominee wants to model America’s economic system after the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) centralized control platform.

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The Biden Treasury nominee has long advocated for a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) system that allows the federal government to reward what it deems “productive” behavior. The CBDC system, the Western version of China’s Corporate Social Credit System (CSCS), grants the government the ability to digitally and instantly remove the wealth of any non-compliant citizen.

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Omarova influential academic paper, “The People’s Ledger,” (the communist jargon is no coincidence) is her seminal work on the subject matter. It drives home the idea that there must be no separation between the government and its ability to control a country’s monetary system.

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In recent weeks, she has exposed her economic extremism for the world to see. Omarova has stated her intent to destroy massive American industries to accommodate the Green-Red eco-radical agenda.

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Given the declining state of the American economy, there remains a fascinating debate over whether the Biden Administration is purposely nuking our economic system.

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Welsh Government can't provide any evidence for vaccine passport effectiveness by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at the link:

The Welsh Liberal Democrats continue their campaign against introduction of Covid Passes, calling attention to the fact that not even those in government who are pushing the controversial certificates are able to properly justify them.

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On its site, the party noted that the Welsh government has admitted to not having any empirical evidence that introducing Covid passes helped stem the tide of coronavirus transmission in places of mass gatherings of people.

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The scheme was launched on October 11, and a month later, the Liberal Democrats are quoting a reply they got to their letter about this issue sent to Health Minister Eluned Morgan by party leader Jane Dodd.

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In it, Morgan says that too little time had elapsed since the rollout of Covid passes to be able to assess their effectiveness, but that there was “positive feedback” from stakeholders and users of the passes. And it seems the positive feedback has to do with subjective feelings, rather than, as the Liberal Democrats put it, hard evidence.

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Commenting on this response, Dodd noted that laws with such a strong impact on people’s civil liberties must be justified by strong evidence. She also noted that her party was not opposed to efforts to curb Covid and associated harm, but insists that action taken to this end “must be proportional and based on an evidence-based strategy that has a clear outcome.”

Watch as "epidemic of the unvaccinated" becomes "booster refusal killing the double jabbed" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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The running goalposts - would make a great meme.

Senator Elizabeth Warren is sued for violating First Amendment over Amazon book censorship calls by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at link:

In September, Sen. Warren sent a letter to Amazon accusing it of peddling misinformation by promoting books spreading “falsehoods” about COVID-19. She said that the retailer’s algorithms had been recommending books promoting what she thinks is the wrong type of treatment.

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Warren’s letter singled out a book by Joseph Mercola and Ronnie Cummings, titled “The Truth About COVID-19: Exposing the Great Reset, Lockdowns, Vaccine Passports, and the New Normal.” According to Warren’s letter, Mercola had been described as “the most influential spreader of coronavirus misinformation online.”

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The publishers and authors of the book, along with Robert F Kennedy Jr, have jointly filed a complaint at the Western District of Washington court, accusing Warren of violating their free speech rights. Their complaint cites a past ruling in the Supreme Court in the Bantam Books v. Sullivan case, where state officials were found in violation of the First Amendment by sending letters to sellers warning them not to sell certain books.

Almost sixty years ago, in Bantam Books v. Sullivan, 372 U.S. 58 (1963), the Supreme Court held that state officials violated the First Amendment by sending letters to booksellers warning that the sale of certain named books was potentially unlawful.

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The “vice” in such letters and in the “veiled threat” of legal repercussions they communicated, explained the Court, is that they allow government to achieve censorship while doing an end-run around the judiciary, “provid[ing] no safeguards whatever against the suppression of . . . constitutionally protected” speech, thus effecting an unconstitutional “prior restraint.”

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The complainants also claim that Warren’s letter contained unsubstantiated accusations and falsehoods.

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The term ‘vaccine misinformation,’ as Senator Warren uses it is propagandistic and false, referring to any speech challenging the safety and efficacy of the COVID vaccines, even when that speech consists of factually accurate information or reasonable and protected opinion,” the complaint states.

“Senator Warren broke the law and betrayed our fundamental right to free speech,” said Dr. Joseph Mercola, founder of Mercola.com, a natural health website. “No politician is above the law, I will do everything in my power to defend my constitutional rights as an American.”

Watch as "epidemic of the unvaccinated" becomes "booster refusal killing the double jabbed" by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article (bold added), more at the link:

it’s all part and parcel of the same redefinitional games that have been played all along.

it has always been the fault of those who “refuse to do what they are told.”

and the messaging war machine is getting ready to try to roll over you once again.

[Embedded headline from The Times, UK]: "Older people who are double-jabbed are dying of Covid-19 because they are not taking up the offer of a booster vaccine, a senior government scientist said yesterday."

it’s all part and parcel of the same redefinitional games that have been played all along.

it has always been the fault of those who “refuse to do what they are told.”

and the messaging war machine is getting ready to try to roll over you once again.


the purported party of “my body my choice” for reproductive rights and even gender is suddenly the oppressive imposer of “your body my choice” when it becomes time to submit to their dictatorial whims.

they rage and rant and ever more forcefully coerce because they cannot convince.

they vilify because they cannot edify.

and they lie, twist, and change their story because the facts are not and have never been on their side here.

these are awful vaccines. they don’t stop spread, likely make it worse, may stop “covid deaths” but have shown NO evidence of stopping deaths overall, not even in their own clinical trials.

the adverse events are so far in excess of what would have caused any other vaccine in history to be pulled off the market as demand some very pointed questions about whether there is any safety protocol at all in place here.

is there, quite literally, any set of outcomes that would (as many countries have started to do) lead to these drugs being discontinued in the US?

because it does not look like it to me.

I'm so happy I’m not alone by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Yes, I did know it was removed, that's how I found out that site was hardbanned and it's now been added to the list. I archived the article and posted that instead.

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OP was shadowbanned, has now been whitelisted.

I'm so happy I’m not alone by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Contact me or the mods in r/WOTB with the link to the removed post so we don't have to chase it down. Or you could post the article in r/WOTB and we can see what happens.

We have ghionjournal.com whitelisted, which works for a site that has been shadowbanned by reddit as this one has been. And this worked in the past so either reddit has now hardbanned that site (which sub mods can't override) or the OP has been shadowbanned and nothing they post will show up. But that removal would have shown up in the moderation log which I monitor constantly throughout the day every day. Granted, there's 3 pages of log entries for the past 24 hours alone but since I refresh and review the log at least once an hour, it doesn't seem likely though it's certainly possible that I missed it.

I'm so happy I’m not alone by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Give me a link to one of them so I can find it.

I'm so happy I’m not alone by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Oh, thanks for the reminder that I need to copy over our sidebar from reddit, which we recently expanded to answer these very questions! I'll get it up as soon as I can.

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Was the link in a post title, or in a comment? We whitelisted the site and automod approves sites that are whitelisted - in a post title only; if it's in a comment a mod has to manually approve it.

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Another site that Reddit won't allow:

CD Media - creativedestructionmedia.com

How to Disarm Propaganda – Mark Crispin Miller on SolutionsWatch : The Corbett Report by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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I agree.

How to Disarm Propaganda – Mark Crispin Miller on SolutionsWatch : The Corbett Report by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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This is an extremely thought-provoking interview with Mark Crispin Miller. Not because of the subject matter - we're all familiar with propaganda - but because Miller uses the same propaganda-detection process to examine his own closely held beliefs.

As a result he is now a skeptic on certain issues that he once had certainty about, notably the climate and gun control. Some listeners will be understandably put off by what he now believes and why, by his willingness to even listen to what people are saying who are generally considered beyond the pale and where his newfound skepticism has led him in a broader sense.


Anyone who wants to understand that more should listen to the interview. The only purpose of this post is to summarize the general discussion about propaganda and spotlight the main takeaways:

It's easy to spot propaganda we disagree with, much harder to spot the propaganda we agree with, so you have to maintain a certain intellectual humility and willingness to move out of your comfort zone...You have to make an effort to read comprehensively and strive for a certain impartiality, which can be very hard.

We need to consciously seek out the truth, wherever that may lead.

We need to keep our cognitive filters and defenses up but keep our minds open; that means challenging our own beliefs and assumptions to see whether we're on the right track, how those beliefs comport with reality.


Types of propaganda:

  • Gray propaganda is the most successful, it comes to you disguised as news, the expertise of an "authority" or entertainment.

  • White propaganda comes to you without disguise - a billboard or TV commercial, a political speech - we know it's propaganda and have a certain amount of skepticism.

  • Black propaganda would include false flag information and information pretending to be from a different source.

Ferreting out the truth

With the media consolidation we've seen over the past couple of decades and its increasing closeness with the government, the media has become "an enormous propaganda engine of unprecedented scale and mendacity, lies so flagrant you can't believe the people telling them don't know they're lies."

Print media, television, radio - they're all saying the same thing and that doesn't happen organically with a genuinely free press.

"Catapulting the propaganda" - into the trash bin

Sometimes it's easy to seek out a different point of view because in pushing their propaganda narrative the mainstream media will also take shots at voices that disagree, calling them "conspiracy theorists" or "Covid deniers" or accusing them of hate speech.

  • That's the first thing we should go look at, what is being dismissed, called a hoax or "fake news"; look at the people who have been "canceled". They often make a compelling case and demolish the mainstream narrative, which is why they've been slandered.

  • The point of propaganda is not to get you to look at various sides of an issue, it's to make sure you don't even try. Because propaganda is not persuasion. Persuasion tries to engage the listener's mind in what's being said; propaganda wants to move us at a sub-rational level, to sway us. This is why war propaganda primarily relies on fear and anger, whether it's about war per se, or it's a psychological war or political war.

  • Even people who understand how propaganda works can still fall victim because it's designed to play on the things that we're already inclined to believe. So our defenses tend to go up when someone questions what we believe.


The conspiracy theorist meme: the CIA weaponized it in 1967 to attack critics of the Warren Report, kicking off one of the most successful propaganda drives in human history. And what it's done is made people distrustful of their own healthy, rational suspicions of elite intentions.

  • Ask yourself, does the official story add up? Are the propaganda tactics or memes sound? "Maybe you should look at this, maybe you should look at that" - this is what Miller does with his students. [i.e., you don't have to have a full- blown theory about what did happen, say with JFK's assassination or with 9/11, to conclude that the official reports are complete BS]

  • Look at the scientific arguments, they fall apart upon scrutiny;

  • or look at the propaganda in which these arguments are embedded, clearly designed to lead you in a certain direction;

  • or look at the people and organizations that are promoting this that have literal corporate investment interest;

  • look at the larger vision being presented here and what it eventually leads to.

  • the conspiracy theory meme has been so successful, because the "conspiracy theorist" is telling you something you just don't want to think is true.

One thing that does tend to wake people up (though it doesn't always), is when one's own horrible personal experience is directly contrary to what they've been told and wanted to believe.

What sources to trust?

They discuss some of the sites and writers they read on a regular basis but the main point is this: the question of which sources can be trusted may precede from the wrong assumption - that there is a source or sources that you "trust" in the straightforward sense of "whatever they say I'm going to take on board."

No, we have to apply the same filters and process for taking in information, scrutinizing it, evaluating how it fits in with the other information we're finding. We shouldn't blindly accept anything from any source.

The vaccine mandate con and how employees can fight back by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Related:

US Federal Appeals Court Freezes Biden’s Medically Coercive Vaccine Mandate. In a letter from the state attorneys general to Biden, they wrote that "[t]o justify an emergency temporary standard, OSHA must determine that ‘employees are exposed to grave danger from exposure to substances or agents determined to be toxic or physically harmful or from new hazards…’ and it must conclude that ‘such emergency standard is necessary to protect employees from such danger.’ You cannot plausibly meet the high burden of showing that employees in general are in grave danger.”

Senior Editor of The British Medical Journal - Are they vaccines or are they really drugs? by Maniak in WayOfTheBern

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"So I found it fascinating to learn that Merriam-Webster changed its definition of vaccine early this year. mRNA products did not meet the definition of vaccine that has been in place for 15 years at Merriam-Webster but the definition was expanded such that mRNA products are now vaccines...The point is just because we call it a vaccine doesn't mean we should assume these new products are just like all other childhood vaccines which get mandated."

Bakery forced to defend itself after "2SLGBTQ" group takes offense to police badge social media post by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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As someone who is LGBTQ told me, this isn't them,it's the Karens. There's Karens in every group.

Meta hasn't stopped using facial recognition by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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Citing “growing societal concerns,” Facebook has announced that, more than a decade after introducing the feature, it will stop using facial recognition software to scan and tag photos on the giant social media site – but its parent company, Meta, will not follow suit when it comes to the “metaverse products.”

The feature has been under fire from critics since it was first introduced and two years ago Facebook made it opt-in, while the company also faced lawsuits over it, in one case settling by paying $650 million after it was accused of breaching the Biometric Information Privacy Act in Illinois.

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But Meta is actively looking into ways to include biometric data while creating an online virtual simulation that allows users to “interact as avatars,” writes Recode, while there are no plans to get rid of the facial recognition algorithm called DeepFace, that is used to match facial templates Facebook links to users’ profiles to photos of faces uploaded on the platform.

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And while data obtained from over a billion users through facial recognition algorithms will be deleted on Facebook, seemingly alleviating some of the privacy concerns, Meta spokesperson Jason Grosse says that he thinks the facial recognition tech can be used for good while not undermining privacy and transparency, and claims that the motive to keep using it is to “best serve people’s needs.”

[gaslighting BS]

Bakery forced to defend itself after "2SLGBTQ" group takes offense to police badge social media post by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article:

A bakery in Ontario, Canada, is facing backlash from a “2SLGBTQ” group for posting an image of a police badge to social media. The group said it would no longer do business with the bakery because of its “pro-cop” stance.

The highly regarded bakery, Lenjo Bakes, posted a photo on Instagram of a Waterloo Regional Police Junior officer sticker. The sticker is given to kids. “It’s official. I’m a junior officer. Not just for Halloween. Forever,” was the humorous caption.

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The 2SLGBTQ group was offended by the image posted to social media and questioned the bakery about it.

The bakery is owned by Lenore Johnson.

“If you’ve followed us for nearly any amount of time you would know that we are fervent promoters of community over everything,” Johnson continued. “We do not seek to divide. It is impossible to build community while excluding an entire subset of diverse people based on their occupation.”

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Johnson said that the director of the 2SLGBTQ group called and said that they “would like to see a public post saying that I’m not pro-cop and acknowledging that a posting a photo of a sticker of a police badge on Halloween was not just a sticker, but a harmful symbol.”

“We aren’t ‘anti’ anyone here at LenJo Bakes. If us not outwardly sharing your divisive views disqualifies us from doing business with you… [shrugging emoji],” the Instagram post continued.

She added that she would be taking a break from social media.

California's "transparency" database on geofence warrants appears to be missing thousands by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article, bold added:

A major discrepancy has been discovered between the number of geofence warrant requests Google says it received from law enforcement agencies in California between 2018 and 2020, and the number cited in the state’s OpenJustice transparency database.

While the California Department of Justice’s OpenJustice shows only 41 such warrants were requested or executed, Google claims that the number of received geofence warrant requests in this period was actually 3,655, The Markup is reporting.

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This adds to the problems and misgivings that already exist around the phenomenon of geofence warrants – where law enforcement agencies seek to capture information from all persons who happen to be in a geographical area at one time, using Google IDs from their mobile devices. Civil rights advocates consider this as overreach and violation of citizens’ Fourth Amendment rights, and very different from warrants requesting data about specific persons.

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[R}etired consulting director of privacy at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society Albert Gidari commented to say that when the government and internet service providers like Google are saying two different things about the same subject, “something’s broken and it needs to be fixed.”

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Google’s transparency report also said geofence warrant requests are rising quickly and now account for more than 25% of all warrants the giant receives in the US.

The reason the company is so attractive to law enforcement agencies in this context is its Sensorvault database that has location data harvested from hundreds of millions of phones across the world.

"Let's go Brandon" is the king meme of our age by penelopepnortney in WayOfTheBern

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From the article:

“let’s go brandon” started as a joke.

but it was a good joke.

a poignant joke.

it is now a full blown movement and it’s only going to grow. it’s the theme for our times, the exemplar of an age beset by a pendulum that is past due to swing back.

it’s our protest song.

it’s the samizdat that heralds the dying of an empire.

nothing can survive this level of gleeful, sincere ridicule wrapped up in a sense of fun.

nothing.

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it started in the opposition to an unpopular president widely viewed as the unqualified and doddering puppet of a corrupt gerontocracy dominated by special interests and interested in domination all of our lives and livelihoods for fun and profit.

people are tired of unprecedented outrages to liberty and personal choice. they are reeling from job loss, business closure, and newfound intrusion into every aspect of their lives. and they are OVER IT.

they were chanting “f-ck joe biden” in public venues all over the nation.

this likely had little future.

but LGB! is something altogether more.

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now it was not only PG rated and family friendly, it also carried not just protest of joey b, but of the media and their relentless spin and misreporting.

it became the criticism of not just a man, but the edifice that propped him up and kept him in place.

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(edit, because this is too good not to include):

this is what has taken “let’s go brandon” quintuple platinum. it adds the best and the most powerful aspect of the meme.

it’s not about the meltdowns, hilarious though they may be: it’s about the stunning, staggering, tone deaf hypocrisy.

the very same people who posed with severed trump heads

and proudly dropped F bombs at the tony’s

are now losing their minds over LGB!, clutching their pearls and getting the vapors over disrespecting a sitting president, and everyone is noticing.

because you cannot not notice.

this is everywhere.

and it gets funnier every time they do it.

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(okay, editing again because damn, s/he's right)

this raises to the fore a simple fact:

people are incredibly tired of this game of “punch no punchbacks” played by a tactically touchy, explicitly dishonest, explosively aggrieved gang of wokester crybullies who demand the right to push you around, dictate life and stricture to you, and disappear in a cloud of accusation based squid ink whenever challenged.


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