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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Discrimination Of Anti-Vaccers In Florida Is Now Illegal

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We were told - follow the science. But when we said, “Great, sure, show us the science,” companies court-sealed EVIDENCE and have been using legal means to withhold safety information... For example, it took NUMEROUS LEGAL DEMANDS, multiple appeals, and two lawsuits TO FORCE THE CDC TO HAND OVER the V-Safe DATA it said would be public ... Leaked information has been repeatedly censored. (Nothing says “safe and effective” quite like censorship eh?) ... The safety and efficacy of affordable, re-purposed generic drugs was covered up in an effort to push novel (profitable) mRNA gene therapy drugs while people died.
- Health Freedom Summit
 
We continue to hear from Dr. Fauci and the FDA that doctors should never use drugs like HCQ and Ivermectin to treat COVID-19. Instead, they advise experimental or toxic but profitable agents like Remdesivir. Later, we discover a corrupt alliance between Big Pharma and the FDA, CDC, and NIH.
- Truth, Lies and COVID Treatment, January, 2022
 
Minnesota nurses say that negative reactions to the COVID-19 vaccine are underreported as hospitals discourage their staff from recording them. Another nurse also said she got a concerning email from her hospital instructing her not to report whether or not new cases of the virus are occurring in patients who have been vaccinated. These reports that the COVID shot may be more dangerous than the public is led to believe came by way of a town hall hosted by Rep. Erik Mortensen.
- Minnesota Nurses Say Vaccine Injuries Likely Underreported, Alpha News, August 30, 2021
 
A woman who suffered severe nerve damage after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination and four others with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 vaccine injuries launched a lawsuit against President Joe Biden and his administration on May 22… Top government officials violated the plaintiffs rights to free speech and peaceful assembly when they pressured Big Tech companies to crack down on people sharing their experience after receiving the COVID-19 vaccines, BRIANNE DRESSEN, the woman, and the other plaintiffs say… Through threats, pressure, inducement, and coercion, Defendants now work in concert with social media companies to censor content the government deems ‘disinformation’, ‘misinformation’, and ‘malinformation’ - a feat that the government could never lawfully accomplish alone,” the 124-PAGE suit, filed in U.S. court in southern Texas, states.
- Vaccine Injured Fight Back
 
The nonprofit hospital suspended Bowden in November over what Bowden claims were disagreements over the way she treated COVID-19, particularly over her use of ivermectin, and her objections to Houston Methodist’s vaccine mandate, according to the complaint.
- Doctor Suspended From Houston Methodist Sues Hospital January, 2022
 
The pandemic exposed the fact that many doctors no longer call the shots when it comes to treating patients, the COVID Cartel does. The COVID Cartel includes the Biden Administration, federal health agencies, Big PHARMA, mainstream media, and Big Tech… The Right to Treat Act would ensure that federal health agencies return to their proper functions of gathering and providing public health data and regulating drug safety not telling doctors how to practice medicine… Because federal health agencies sabotaged the early treatment of COVID-19 using widely available and safe generic drugs, an untold number of people needlessly died from COVID-19. Americans and doctors should have the freedom to use fully approved drugs without fear of reprisal. It’s time to once again let doctors be doctors and allow them to fully practice medicine.”
- Sen. Johnson Introduces Legislation to Reaffirm Doctors Right to Treat Patients without Interference from Federal Health Agencies, February, 2022

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Florida Expands Ban on Vaccination, Testing and Masking Mandates

National Law Review
May 26, 2023

On May 11, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into law a “medical freedom” bill (SB 252), which amends and expands the existing Florida statute Section 381.00316, prohibiting businesses from requiring their customers and patrons to provide documentation of COVID-19 vaccination status. Under the amended law, businesses in Florida will be prohibited from discriminating in any way against a person (no longer just a customer or patron) based on vaccination status and from requiring face masks and COVID-19 tests. The new law goes into effect on June 1, 2023.

Notably, certain of the prohibitions in the new law are not limited to COVID-19 vaccines or response efforts. The vaccine provisions extend to all emergency use authorization vaccines and all messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) vaccines, and the masking/face covering limitations are also broadly drafted. As such, the restrictions enumerated below will be in place and may impact businesses response to any future pandemic or public health emergency should it occur.

Under the amended law, no business entity in Florida (as defined further below) may:

Require any person to provide any documentation certifying vaccination with a COVID-19 vaccine (or any other emergency use or mRNA vaccine) or post-infection recovery from COVID-19

Require a COVID-19 test to gain access to, entry upon, or service from the business operations in Florida or as a condition of contracting, hiring, promotion, or continued employment with the business entity

Discharge or refuse to hire a person; deprive or attempt to deprive a person of employment opportunities; adversely affect a person’s status as an employee or as an applicant for employment; or otherwise discriminate against a person based on knowledge or belief of the persons status relating to vaccination with COVID-19 vaccine (or any other emergency use or mRNA vaccine) or COVID-19 post-infection recovery, or a person’s failure to take a COVID-19 test

Require a person to wear a face mask, a face shield, or any other facial covering that covers the mouth and nose; or

Deny a person access to, entry upon, service from, or admission to such entity or otherwise discriminate against a person based on such persons refusal to wear a face mask, a face shield, or any other facial covering that covers the mouth and nose.

The amended statute defines “business entities” broadly as any form of corporation, partnership, association, cooperative, joint venture, business trust, or sole proprietorship that conducts business in Florida. The term also includes charitable organizations, not for profit corporations and all other businesses operating in Florida.

If a business entity requires a person to receive a vaccine other than a COVID-19, emergency use or mRNA vaccine, the business entity must provide for exemptions and reasonable accommodations.

Under the two exceptions written into the law, the face mask, face shield or any other facial covering restrictions may be maintained by: (1) health care providers and health care practitioners if they are in compliance with the standards to be developed by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and Agency for Health Care Administration by July 1, 2023, and (2) business entities when a face mask, a face shield, or any other facial covering is required safety equipment in accordance with standards to be adopted by the Florida DOH, which the law directs to adopt emergency rules to develop such standards.

Employers who violate the amended law are subject to a fine up to $5,000 for each individual and separate violation. The amended law does not limit an aggrieved persons right to recover damages or other relief under any other applicable law.

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Minnesota lawmakers approve 9 major worker-friendly changes

By Max Nesterak
Minnesota Reformer
May 17, 2023

Minnesota Democrats say a sweeping labor bill they passed on Tuesday could be the most significant worker protection bill in state history.

"This bill is a big damn deal,” said Sen. Erin Murphy, DFL-St. Paul, during a news conference.

The labor bill (SF3035) includes a Democratic wish list years in the making that will affect virtually every worker in the state. The bill mandates paid sick days, bans noncompete agreements, boosts funding for workplace safety inspectors and increases protections for workers in nursing homes, Amazon warehouses, meatpacking plants, construction sites, hospitals and public schools.

Democrats are also advancing a host of other labor bills that will create a statewide paid family and medical leave program, expand unemployment eligibility for hourly school workers and give hospital nurses a greater say in staffing levels.

Here are nine major labor changes in the labor bill passed by the Legislature, which the governor’s office says he’ll sign.

Workers will get paid sick days

Virtually all Minnesota employees will be eligible for paid sick and safe days with full-time workers receiving at least six paid days off a year. Employees will accrue one hour of paid sick leave for every 30 hours they work up to 48 hours a year.

Employees will be able to use the time off for a number of reasons, including:

To recover from an illness.

Go to a doctor’s appointment.

Care for a sick family member.

Go to a counseling or other psychological appointment.

Severe weather caused work or school to close for them or a member of their family.

Seek services for domestic abuse, sexual assault or stalking.

Teachers will be able to negotiate over class sizes

Unionized teachers will be able to negotiate over adult-to-student ratios in classrooms and student-to-personnel ratios, which could include school psychologists, custodians, or other staff. They will also be able to negotiate over student testing beyond what the state mandates.

The new rule won’t guarantee that schools will have smaller class sizes. Rather, teachers may now bargain over these provisions in labor contract negotiations with school districts.

New board will set industry-wide pay and benefits at nursing homes

Minnesota will create a first-in-the-nation board with the power to set minimum pay and benefits for workers at all nursing homes across the state. The Nursing Home Workforce Standards Board comes close to the sector-wide bargaining - common in Europe - in which labor groups negotiate pay and benefits for an entire industry rather than with individual employers.

The board is a leap forward for unions like SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa, which represent about a quarter of nursing home workers in the state. Having minimum standards removes an incentive for nursing homes to fight union efforts, and raises the floor against which unionized workers bargain for better treatment.

Nursing homes are funded nearly entirely by the government through Medicare and Medicaid, and Minnesota sets their reimbursement rates based on the average cost of care across the industry. (Nursing homes in Minnesota are not allowed to charge private-pay patients more than the government reimbursement rate.)

Nursing homes and Republicans voiced their staunch opposition to the bill, saying the new rules will burden an already highly regulated industry and force many nursing homes beyond their breaking point. Nursing home leaders and Republicans instead called for more funding. But labor leaders cautioned that extra money wouldn’t necessarily trickle down to workers, which they say is critical to addressing dire staffing shortages.

Under the bill, if the board’s proposals exceed what nursing homes can reasonably afford based on their payment rates from Medicaid and Medicare, then the increases to wages and benefits will be delayed until the Legislature grants them more funding.

Noncompete and no-poach agreements will be banned

Noncompete agreements will become unenforceable, so workers can take jobs at competing companies without fearing theyll be sued by their former employers. The agreements have become prolific in labor contracts, affecting everyone from CONDOMINIUM CARETAKERS to fast food workers to DOCTORS.

The Federal Trade Commission is WEIGHING A NATIONAL BAN on the practice, which the agency says is an often exploitative move that “suppresses wages, hampers innovation, and blocks entrepreneurs from starting new businesses.”

About one in five American workers - and 350,000 WORKERS IN MINNESOTA - are bound by noncompete agreements, which the FTC estimates costs workers more than $250 billion per year by decreasing competition for their labor.

Business interests argue that noncompete agreements are critical to protecting trade secrets and client lists. The legislationҒs authors say businesses can still protect valuable information through nondisclosure and nonsolicitation agreements.

The bill also bans no-poach agreements, which operate as shadow noncompete agreements. Franchise owners within the same franchise such as McDonaldגs or Sbarro agree not to hire from each other, which LABOR EXPERTS SAY SUPPRESSES WAGES.

Construction workers will have greater protections against wage theft

General construction contractors will be liable for wage theft by their subcontractors and will have to make workers whole if they aren’t paid all that theyre owed.

Construction projects are often completed through a byzantine hierarchy, with general contractors hiring subcontractors who themselves may hire subcontractors. Sometimes even individual workers are treated as subcontractors, which means they don’t receive overtime pay, Social Security benefits or workers’ compensation insurance.

Wage theft and misclassification - being illegally treated as an independent contractor rather than an employee - is RAMPANT IN CONSTRUCTION, and employers rarely face consequences. That’s in no small part because many non-unionized construction workers don’t have legal authorization to work in the country and are unlikely to take legal action to recover lost wages.

Currently, workers who have their wages stolen must hire an attorney or report it to government authorities. Such cases often take months or even years to be resolved.

Under the new rule, general contractors would have to pay workers their unpaid wages and then could take legal action to recover it from the subcontractor who failed to pay workers all theyҒre owed.

The bill’s advocates, which includes labor unions, argue the new rule flips the power dynamic so that general contractors with more resources and legal know-how are responsible for correcting wage theft rather than rank-and-file workers. They also argue the bill would disincentivize general contractors from using disreputable subcontractors who are able to offer lower prices by cheating workers out of fair wages.

The bill exempts unionized contractors because unions have their own procedures for recovering lost wages.

The rule could face legal challenges by contractors and construction industry groups, who say it’s illegal to make one business liable for the conduct of another. They say the rule is unworkable because general contractors dont have the capacity to analyze the business practices of every subcontractor they hire, and it could force them to pay twice for the same work.

More than half a dozen states - including California, New York and Virginia - have similar laws on the books, which have not been knocked down by legal challenges. The new rule will add to MinnesotaҒs robust wage protection laws, already among the most stringent in the country. Wage theft in excess of $1,000 was made a felony in 2019, although few employers have ever been charged.

Amazon will have to disclose key data to its warehouse workers

Companies that operate warehouse distribution centers like Amazon will have to tell workers what work quotas they’re held to and provide workers with their individual productivity data.

The bill aims to protect warehouse workers from high rates of workplace injuries, including repetitive stress injuries caused by quickly doing the same task over and over. Amazon is NOTORIOUS FOR MEASURING WORKERS’ EVERY MINUTE “OFF TASK” and disciplining workers for failing to meet opaque quotas. Labor advocates say the lack of transparency on quotas can lead workers to move at a dangerous pace to avoid discipline.

The bill, which will apply to companies with 250 or more employees, requires companies to tell workers what quotas they’re subject to and how it’s measured. Workers may not be forced to skip meals, restroom breaks or prayer periods to meet quotas. Workers will also have the right to request their work speed data, and a company must provide the data to workers they discipline for failing to meet a quota.

The bill also directs state labor officials to investigate companies if injury rates are 30% higher than the average rate for comparable workplaces.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the rules are based on a misunderstanding of the company’s performance metrics, which are not fixed quotas.

“We assess performance based on safe and achievable expectations and take into account time and tenure, peer performance, and adherence to safe work practices,” Maureen Lynch, a spokeswoman for Amazon, said in an email. “While we know we aren’t perfect, we are committed to continuous improvement when it comes to communicating with and listening to our employees and providing them with the resources they need to be successful.”

‘Captive audience’ meetings will be banned

Employers wont be allowed to require workers to attend anti-union presentations or any other meetings to hear about the employerҒs religious or political views.

The so-called captive audience meetings are often the primary way employers discourage their employees from unionizing and CAN BE HIGHLY EFFECTIVE. Union organizers argue the meetings give employers an unfair advantage and violate peoples rights to organize free from interference or coercion.

Captive audience meetings were banned for more than a decade after the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935. The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which oversees private sector unions, asked the board last year to reinstate the ban on compulsory anti-union meetings.

Large meatpacking plants will have to create injury prevention plans

Meat and poultry processing facilities with 100 or more workers will have to take more proactive steps to reduce workplace injuries. Meatpacking plants must provide workers training on how to safely perform all tasks they’re responsible for as well as the hazards associated with it. Workers must also receive training on how to identify the early signs of musculoskeletal injuries and how to report them.

Workers would be allowed to refuse work they reasonably believe is dangerous, and meat processing plants would have to continue paying employees for missed hours until the hazard has been addressed.

The state Department of Labor and Industry will also hire a meatpacking industry worker rights coordinator.

State will create first-of-its-kind ergonomics requirement

The state will fund a first-in-the-nation state ergonomics requirement, mandating that large warehouse distribution centers, meatpacking plants and health care facilities create programs to reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries.

The ergonomics programs must include assessing risks and training employees on how to avoid injury and recognize early symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders. Employers must also establish a process for employees to report injuries and recommend possible solutions to reduce risks.

The state Department of Labor and Industry will provide grants to employers to make ergonomic improvements.

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Gov. Tim Walz signs historic bill legalizing marijuana in Minnesota
Use, possession and home-growing become legal on Aug. 1, while retail sales are likely at least a year away.

By Ryan Faircloth
Star Tribune
May 30, 2023

Minnesota became the 23rd state in the country to legalize recreational marijuana for adults after Gov. Tim Walz signed the measure into law on Tuesday.

Starting Aug. 1, marijuana use and possession will be decriminalized and home-growing of cannabis plants will become legal for people 21 and older. The state will also begin expunging marijuana convictions from Minnesotans’ records in August. But the start of retail sales is likely at least a year away.

The bill signing marked a watershed moment for Minnesota, which legalized medical cannabis nearly a decade ago but had seen efforts to allow recreational marijuana repeatedly stall at the State Capitol.

“This has been a long journey,” Walz said. “I assure Minnesotans that a lot of thought has gone into this. A lot of the things we’ve learned in other states are incorporated into how we do this.”

The bill was the subject of MONTHS OF LEGISLATIVE DEBATE and more than two dozen committee hearings.

A few dozen cannabis legalization advocates stood behind Walz on Tuesday and cheered as he signed the bill. Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura and his wife, Terry, were among them.

Ventura, a longtime proponent of marijuana legalization, recalled how the drug helped stop his wife’s seizures about a decade ago. The Venturas obtained marijuana illegally from Colorado until Minnesota set up its medical cannabis program.

“We didn’t want any families to go through what the first lady and I went through,” Ventura said. “Now, today, they will never have to.”

“This is a huge day in our family’s life,” the former governor said.

What happens next

In August, Minnesotans 21 and older will be allowed to use marijuana in their private residence or yard. They can possess up to 2 ounces of it in public and as much as 2 pounds in their homes.

They will also be allowed to grow up to eight cannabis plants in their homes, though no more than four can be mature and flowering at a time.

Kurtis Hanna, a lobbyist for the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, advocated for legalization for more than a decade. He said he was “ecstatic” to see Walz sign the bill.

“This is monumental,” Hanna said. “I love that it has home-grow. We are the eleventh state in this country to do that, and very few that have gone through the Legislature have allowed individuals the freedom to grow this plant in their own house.”

Smart Approaches to Marijuana, a national nonprofit that opposes legalization, issued a statement Tuesday criticizing Walz for signing the bill. Kim Bemis, chair of the nonprofit’s Minnesota chapter, said “the data demonstrate the clear and serious risks associated with commercial pot and THC products.”

“People don’t want pot shops in their communities, and they don’t want more drugs getting into the hands of their children,” Bemis said.

It will likely take a year or longer before the first retail dispensary gets set up. A website for the state’s new Office of Cannabis Management - the agency that will be tasked with licensing marijuana and hemp businesses and overseeing the market states that “the legislation proposes that retail sales for adult use cannabis in Minnesota begin in the first quarter of 2025.”

“All the benefits that the legitimate marketplace offers, that will probably take 12 to 18 months ... before you see retail locations open,” said state Rep. Zack Stephenson, DFL-Coon Rapids, who sponsored the bill in the House.

The state will begin working to automatically EXPUNGE misdemeanor marijuana convictions from Minnesotans’ records this August. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has said it could take the agency up to a year to finish expunging all the records.

A Cannabis Expungement Board will be established to review felony marijuana offenses for possible expungement on a case-by-case basis.

Minnesota legalizes cannabis

Gov. Walz’s signature makes Minnesota the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana.

 
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One immediate change in the new law takes effect Wednesday, one day after the bill signing. Liquor stores will now be allowed to sell lower-potency, hemp-derived THC edibles and beverages. Many liquor stores had already been selling THC seltzers made by local breweries although previous law didn’t allow it.

A change for patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical cannabis program takes effect July 1. The new law eliminates the $200 enrollment fee for new patients.

Walz said he’s confident in his administration’s ability to set up the new state cannabis office and the licensing process for cannabis businesses. The governor said he plans to hire someone to lead the Office of Cannabis Management “this summer” and encouraged anyone interested to apply.

“We’ve had a few people show interest in this already,” Walz said.

Leili Fatehi, campaign manager for the pro-legalization MN IS READY COALITION, worked with lawmakers throughout the year on this bill. She said she hopes Walz will appoint someone who is committed to eliminating the illicit market, advancing social equity, undoing the harms of marijuana prohibition and ensuring that Minnesota has a “craft, small-business-oriented cannabis industry.”

State legislators will need to continually tweak the law over time, as they have with alcohol laws, said Maren Schroeder, MN is Ready’s coalition director. She and Fatehi said they would like to see legislators lower the criminal penalties for people who possess more marijuana than what’s legally allowed under the new law.

“I think possession as a felony, generally, is a problem,” Schroeder said. “These are adults. We don’t have a limit on how much beer you can have in your house.”

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Democracy Hollowed Out Part 51 - The End of Free Speech That Will End America

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[T]he 85-page briefing, titled THE GOOD CENSOR admits that Google and other tech platforms now control the majority of “online conversations” and have undertaken “a shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome political events around the world.
- Democracy Hollowed Out Part 35 - Censorship, February 2023
 
Free speech and expression protect us from the most powerful actors on the planet: corporations, the State, and a growing plethora of international bodies. Ultimately, we need radically decentralised social media that is more immune to their capture. Our safety depends on it.
- Twitter Files and the Virality Project, March 2023
 
“The most effective way to counter the potential negative effects of hate speech is not through censorship, but rather through more speech,” SAYS FORMER AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) PRESIDENT NADINE STROSSEN, noting that suppression and censorship often lead to more harm.
- Free Speech vs Hate Speech, May 2022
 

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‘The Official Truth’: The End of Free Speech That Will End America

By J.B. Shurk
Gatestone Institute
May 29, 2023

Summary

· [M]edia polling from Harvard-Harris showing that Americans hold almost diametrically opposing viewpoints from those that news corporations predominantly broadcast as the official “truth.”

· Americans have correctly concluded that [with the “Russia Hoax” and suppressing reported influence peddling in Hunter Biden’s laptop ] journalists and spies advanced a “fraud” on voters as part of an effort to censor a damaging story and “help Biden win.” Nevertheless, The New York Times and The Washington Post have yet to return the Pulitzer Prizes they received for reporting totally discredited “fake news.”

· “Under the current approach to journalism, it is the New York Times that receives a Pulitzer for a now debunked Russian collusion story rather than the New York Post for a now proven Hunter Biden laptop story.” - Professor Jonathan Turley, George Washington University Law School, Twitter, May 15, 2023.

· The government apparently took the public’s censorship concerns so seriously that it quietly moved on from the collapse of its plans for a “disinformation governance board” within the DHS and proceeded within the space of a month to create a new “disinformation” office known as the Foreign Malign Influence Center, which now operates from within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Although ostensibly geared toward countering information warfare arising from “foreign” threats, one of its principal objectives is to monitor and control “public opinion and behaviors.”

· As independent journalist Matt Taibbi concludes of the government’s resurrected Ministry of Truth: “It’s the basic rhetorical trick of the censorship age: raise a fuss about a foreign threat, using it as a battering ram to get everyone from Congress to the tech companies to submit to increased regulation and surveillance. Then, slowly, adjust your aim to domestic targets.”

· Democrat Senator Michael Bennet has already proposed a bill that would create a Federal Digital Platform Commission with “the authority to promulgate rules, impose civil penalties, hold hearings, conduct investigations, and support research.”

· Effectively, a small number of unelected commissioners would have de facto power to monitor and police online communication. Should any particular website or platform run afoul of the government’s First Amendment Star Chamber, it would immediately place itself within the commission’s crosshairs for greater oversight, regulation, and punishment.

· Will this new creation become an American KGB, Stasi or CCP empowered to target half the population for disagreeing with current government policies, promoting “wrongthink,” or merely going to church? Will a small secretive body decide which Americans are actually “domestic terrorists” in the making? US Attorney General Merrick Garland has gone after traditional Catholics who attend Latin mass, but why would government suspicions end with the Latin language? When small commissions exist to decide which Americans are the “enemy,” there is no telling who will be designated as a “threat” and punished next.

· It is not difficult to see the dangers that lie ahead. Now that the government has fully inserted itself into the news and information industry, the criminalization of free speech is a very real threat. This has always been a chief complaint against international institutions such as the World Economic Forum that spend a great deal of time, power, and money promoting the thoughts and opinions of an insular cabal of global leaders, while showing negligible respect for the personal rights and liberties of the billions of ordinary citizens they claim to represent.

· If Schwab’s online army were not execrable enough, advocates for free speech must also gird themselves for the repercussions of Elon Musk’s appointment of Linda Yaccarino, reportedly a “neo-liberal wokeist” with strong WEF affiliations, as the new CEO of Twitter.

· In an America now plagued with the stench of official “snitch lines,” censorship of certain presidential candidates, widespread online surveillance, a resurrected “disinformation governance board,” and increasingly frequent criminal prosecutions targeting Americans who exercise their free speech, the question is not whether what we inaudibly think or say in our sleep will someday be used against us, but rather how soon that day will come unless we stop it.

If legacy news corporations fail to report that large majorities of the American public now view their journalistic product as straight-up propaganda, does that make it any less true?

According to a SURVEY by Rasmussen Reports, 59% of likely voters in the United States view the corporate news media as “truly the enemy of the people.” This is a MAJORITY VIEW, held regardless of race: “58% of whites, 51% of black voters, and 68% of other minorities: - all agree that the mainstream media has become their “enemy.”

This scorching indictment of the Fourth Estate piggybacks similar POLLING from Harvard-Harris showing that Americans hold almost diametrically opposing viewpoints from those that news corporations predominantly broadcast as the official “truth.”

Are You Tired Of The Lies And Non-Stop Propaganda?

Drawing attention to the divergence between the public’s perceived reality and the news media’s prevailing “narratives,” independent journalist Glenn Greenwald DISSECTED the Harvard-Harris poll to highlight just how differently some of the most important issues of the last few years have been understood. While corporate news fixated on purported Trump-Russia collusion since 2016, majorities of Americans now SEE this story “as a hoax and a fraud.”

While the news media hid behind the Intelligence Community’s claims that Hunter Biden’s potentially incriminating laptop (allegedly containing evidence of his family’s influence-peddling) was a product of “RUSSIAN DISINFORMATION” and consequently enforced an information blackout on the explosive story during the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election, strong majorities of Americans currently believe the laptop’s contents are “real.” In other words, Americans have correctly concluded that journalists and spies advanced a “fraud” on voters as part of an effort to censor a damaging story and HELP BIDEN WIN”. Nevertheless, The New York Times and The Washington Post have yet to return the Pulitzer Prizes they received for reporting totally discredited “fake news.”

Similarly, majorities of Americans suspect that President Joe Biden has used the powers of his various offices to profit from INFLUENCE PEDDLING SCHEMES and that the FBI has intentionally refrained from investigating any possible Biden crimes. Huge majorities of Americans, in fact, seem not at all surprised to learn that the FBI has been caught ABUSING its own powers to influence elections, and are strongly convinced that “sweeping reform” is needed. Likewise, large majorities of Americans have “serious doubts about Biden’s mental fitness to be president” and suspect that others behind the scenes are “PUPPETEERS” running the nation.

Few, if any, of these poll results have been widely reported. In a seemingly-authoritarian disconnect with the American people, corporate news media continue to ignore the public’s majority opinion and instead “relentlessly advocate” those viewpoints that Americans “reject.” When journalists fail to investigate facts and deliberately distort stories so that they fit snugly within preconceived worldviews, reporters act as propagandists.

Constitutional law scholar JONATHAN TURLEY recently asked, “Do we have a de facto state media?” In answering his own question, he notes that the news blackout surrounding congressional investigations into Biden family members who have allegedly received more than TEN MILLION DOLLARS in suspicious payments from foreign entities “fits the past standards used to denounce RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA patterns and practices.” After Republican members of Congress traced funds to nine Biden family members “from corrupt figures in Romania, China, and other countries,” Turley writes, “The New Republic quickly ran a story HEADLINED ‘Republicans Finally Admit They Have No Incriminating Evidence on Joe Biden.’”

Excoriating the news media’s penchant for mindlessly embracing stories that hurt former President Donald Trump while simultaneously ignoring stories that might damage President Biden, Turley CONCLUDES:

“Under the current approach to journalism, it is the New York Times that receives a Pulitzer for a now debunked Russian collusion story rather than the New York Post for a now proven Hunter Biden laptop story.”

Americans now evidently view the major sources for their news and information as part of a larger political machine pushing particular points of view, unconstrained by any ethical obligation to report facts objectively or dispassionately seek truth. That Americans now see the news media in their country as serving a similar role as Pravda did for the Soviet Union’s Communist Party is a significant departure from the country’s historic embrace of free speech and traditional fondness for a skeptical, adversarial press.

Rather than taking a step back to consider the implications such a shift in public perception will have for America’s future stability, some officials appear even more committed to expanding government control over what can be said and debated online. After the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in the wake of public backlash over First Amendment concerns, halted its efforts to construct an official “DISINFORMATION GOVERNANCE BOARD” last year, the question remained whether other government attempts to silence or shape online information would rear their head. The wait for that answer did not take long.

The government apparently took the public’s censorship concerns so seriously that it quietly moved on from the collapse of its plans for a “disinformation governance board” within the DHS and proceeded WITHIN THE SPACE OF A MONTH to create a new “DISINFORMATION” office known as the Foreign Malign Influence Center, which now operates from within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Although ostensibly geared toward countering information warfare arising from “foreign” threats, one of its principal objectives is to monitor and control “PUBLIC OPINION AND BEHAVIORS”.

As independent journalist Matt Taibbi CONCLUDES of the government’s resurrected Ministry of Truth:

“It’s the basic rhetorical trick of the censorship age: raise a fuss about a foreign threat, using it as a battering ram to get everyone from Congress to the tech companies to submit to increased regulation and surveillance. Then, slowly, adjust your aim to domestic targets.”

If it were not jarring enough to learn that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence has picked up the government’s speech police baton right where the DHS set it down, there is ample evidence to suggest that officials are eager to go much further in the near future. Democrat Senator Michael Bennet has already PROPOSED A BILL that would create a FEDERAL DIGITAL PLATFORM COMMISSION with “the authority to promulgate rules, impose civil penalties, hold hearings, conduct investigations, and support research.”

Filled with “disinformation” specialists empowered to create “enforceable behavioral codes” for online communication - and generously PAID FOR by the Biden Administration with taxpayers’ money - the SPECIAL COMMISSION would also “designate ‘systemically important digital platforms’ subject to extra oversight, reporting, and regulation” requirements. Effectively, a small number of unelected commissioners would have de facto power to monitor and police online communication. Should any particular website or platform run afoul of the government’s First Amendment Star Chamber, it would immediately place itself within the commission’s crosshairs for greater oversight, regulation, and punishment.

Will this new creation become an American KGB, Stasi or CCP - empowered to target half the population for disagreeing with current government policies, promoting “wrongthink,” or merely GOING TO CHURCH? Will a small secretive body decide which Americans are actually “domestic terrorists” in the making? US Attorney General Merrick Garland has gone after traditional Catholics who attend Latin mass, but why would government suspicions end with the Latin language? When small commissions exist to decide which Americans are the “enemy,” there is no telling who will be designated as a “threat” and punished next.

It is not difficult to see the dangers that lie ahead. Now that the government has fully inserted itself into the news and information industry, the criminalization of free speech is a very real threat. This has always been a chief complaint against international institutions such as the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM that spend a great deal of time, power, and money promoting the thoughts and opinions of an insular cabal of global leaders, while showing negligible respect for the personal rights and liberties of the billions of ordinary citizens they claim to represent.

WEF Chairman Klaus Schwab has gone so far as to hire hundreds of thousands of “INFORMATION WARRIORS” whose mission is to “control the Internet” by “policing social media,” eliminating dissent, disrupting the public square, and “covertly seed[ing] support” for the WEF’s “Great Reset.” If Schwab’s online army were not execrable enough, advocates for free speech must also gird themselves for the repercussions of Elon Musk’s appointment of Linda Yaccarino, reportedly a NEO-LIBERAL WOKEIST” with strong WEF affiliations, as the new CEO of Twitter.

Throughout much of the West, unfortunately, free speech has been only weakly protected when those with power find its defense inconvenient or messages a nuisance. It is therefore of little surprise to learn that French authorities are now prosecuting government protesters for “FLIPPING OFF” President Emmanuel Macron. It does not seem particularly astonishing that a German man has been sentenced to three years in prison for engaging in “pro-Russian” POLITICAL SPEECH regarding the war in Ukraine. It also no longer appears shocking to read that UK Technology and Science Secretary Michelle Donelan reportedly seeks to imprison social media executives who FAIL TO CENSOR ONLINE SPEECH that the government might subjectively adjudge “harmful.” Sadly, as Ireland continues to find new ways to punish citizens for expressing certain points of view, its movement toward criminalizing not just speech but also HATEFUL THOUGHTS should have been predictable.

From an American’s perspective, these overseas encroachments against free speech - especially within the borders of closely-allied lands - have seemed sinister yet entirely foreign. Now, however, what was once observed from some distance has made its way home; it feels as if a faraway communist enemy has finally stormed America’s beaches and come ashore in force.

Not a day seems to go by without some new battlefront opening up in the war on free speech and free thought. The Richard Stengel of the Council on Foreign Relations has been increasingly VOCAL about the importance of journalists and think tanks to act as “primary provocateurs” and “propagandists” who “HAVE TO” manipulate the American population and shape the public’s perception of world events. Senator Rand Paul has alleged that the DHS uses at least 12 SEPERATE PROGRAMS to “track what Americans say online,” as well as to engage in social media censorship.

As part of its efforts to silence dissenting arguments, the Biden administration is pursuing a policy that would make it UNLAWFUL TO USE DATA and datasets that reflect accurate information yet lead to “discriminatory outcomes” for “protected classes.” In other words, if the data is perceived to be “racist,” it must be expunged. At the same time, the Department of Justice has indicted four radical black leftists for having somehow “WEAPONIZED” their free speech rights in support of Russian “disinformation.” So, objective datasets can be deemed “discriminatory” against minorities, while actual discrimination against minorities’ free speech is excused when that speech contradicts official government policy.

Meanwhile, the DHS has been EXPOSED for paying tens of millions of dollars to third-party “anti-terrorism” programs that have not so coincidentally equated Christians, Republicans, and philosophical conservatives to Germany’s NAZI PARTY. Similarly, California Governor Gavin Newsom has set up a Soviet-style “SNITCH LINE” that encourages neighbors to report on each other’s public or private displays of “hate.”

Finally, ABC News proudly ADMITS that it has censored parts of Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s interviews because some of his answers include “false claims about the COVID-19 vaccines.” Essentially, the corporate news media have deemed Kennedy’s viewpoints unworthy of being transmitted and heard, even though the 2024 presidential candidate is running a strong second behind Joe Biden in the Democrat primary, with around 20% support from the electorate.

Today, America’s mainstream news corporations are already viewed as processing plants that manufacture political propaganda. That is an unbelievably searing indictment of a once-vibrant free press in the United States. It is also, unfortunately, only the first heavy shoe to drop in the war against free speech. Many Chinese-Americans who survived the Cultural Revolution look around the country today and SEE SIMILARITIES everywhere. During that totalitarian “reign of terror,” everything a person did was monitored, including what was SAID WHILE ASLEEP.

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Holocaust survivors, children of survivors and grandchildren - as well as German freedom fighters - express their shock at today’s fear-mongering and divisive dictates that are reminiscent of the prelude to the Holocaust.

[Episode 1. Here We Go Again On Steroids] The surviving generation of the Holocaust sounds the alarm on the weaponization of medicine. Is history repeating itself?

[Episode 2. Anyone Who Wants To Start A War Has To Lie] Once you see a lie, you can’t un-see it. Survivors and their descendants recognize the weapons of deception and fear mongering propaganda.

[Episode 3. Breaking The Veil Of The Real Conspirators] As patterns and parallels are identified, we begin to see the continuity of genocidal operations. The same powerful family dynasties and corporate entities behind it all, come into clearer view.

[Episode 4. This Time Around Were All Jews] Today’s false narrative, the suspension of freedom, coercive medical dictates, and violation of human rights are not limited to Jews. Today’s genocidal agenda targets the global human population.

[Episode 5. Never Give In - Never Give Up] The Holocaust was facilitated by sheep-like mass obedience to illegitimate authority. Those who resisted by falsifying their identity, by jumping off the trains to Auschwitz and joining the partisans - had a higher survival rate than those who obeyed!

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The Worst Computer Nightmares - Hardware Hacks

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“The most striking aspect of this report is that this UEFI implant seems to have been used in the wild since the end of 2016 - long before UEFI attacks started being publicly described,” Kaspersky researchers wrote. “This discovery begs a final question: If this is what the attackers were using back then, what are they using today?”
- Discovery of new UEFI rootkit exposes an ugly truth: The attacks are invisible to us

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Stealthy UEFI malware bypassing Secure Boot enabled by unpatchable Windows flaw
BlackLotus represents a major milestone in the continuing evolution of UEFI bootkits.

By Dan Goodin
ArsTechnica
March 6, 2023

Researchers on Wednesday announced a major cybersecurity find - the world’s first-known instance of real-world malware that can hijack a computer’s boot process even when Secure Boot and other advanced protections are enabled and running on fully updated versions of Windows.

Dubbed BlackLotus, the malware is whats known as a UEFI bootkit. These sophisticated pieces of malware target the UEFI - short for UNIFIED EXTENSIBLE FIRMWARE INTERFACE - the low-level and complex chain of firmware responsible for booting up virtually every modern computer. As the mechanism that bridges a PC’s device firmware with its operating system, the UEFI is an OS in its own right. Its located in an SPI-connected flash storage chip soldered onto the computer motherboard, making it difficult to inspect or patch. Previously discovered bootkits such as COSMICSTRAND, MOSIACREGRESSOR, and MOONBOUNCE work by targeting the UEFI firmware stored in the flash storage chip. Others, including BlackLotus, target the software stored in the EFI SYSTEM PARTITION.

Because the UEFI is the first thing to run when a computer is turned on, it influences the OS, security apps, and all other software that follows. These traits make the UEFI the perfect place to launch malware. When successful, UEFI bootkits disable OS security mechanisms and ensure that a computer remains infected with stealthy malware that runs at the kernel mode or user mode, even after the operating system is reinstalled or a hard drive is replaced.

As appealing as it is to threat actors to install NEARLY INVISIBLE malware that has kernel-level access, there are a few formidable hurdles standing in their way. One is the requirement that they first hack the device and gain administrator system rights, either by exploiting one or more vulnerabilities in the OS or apps or by tricking a user into installing trojanized software. Only after this high bar is cleared can the threat actor attempt an installation of the bootkit.

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New Hardware Vulnerability Discovered in Intel Processors

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May 28, 2023

In a significant development that has sent shockwaves through the technology industry, a new hardware vulnerability has been discovered in Intel processors. This vulnerability has raised concerns about the security and privacy of millions of computer systems worldwide.

The flaw, dubbed “SpectraStrike,” was first identified by a team of security researchers at a leading cybersecurity firm. SpectraStrike is said to affect a wide range of Intel processors, including both consumer-grade and enterprise-level chips. This vulnerability allows malicious actors to exploit the speculative execution feature of Intel processors, potentially leading to unauthorized access to sensitive information.

Speculative execution is a performance optimization technique used by modern processors, including Intel’s, to predict and execute future instructions. However, SpectraStrike takes advantage of flaws in the implementation of this feature, allowing hackers to bypass security measures and access data that should be protected.

The exact scope and impact of this vulnerability are still being investigated, but initial findings indicate that it could potentially expose sensitive data such as passwords, encryption keys, and personal information. Cybersecurity experts warn that this could have severe implications for individuals, businesses, and even government agencies relying on Intel processors. Intel has acknowledged the existence of the SpectraStrike vulnerability and is actively working to develop and release security patches and firmware updates to mitigate the risk. The company has urged all affected users to keep their systems up to date and apply the necessary updates as soon as they become available.

Meanwhile, organizations across various sectors are closely monitoring the situation and taking necessary precautions to safeguard their systems. The cybersecurity community has mobilized efforts to analyze and understand the vulnerability further, working towards developing additional security measures to protect vulnerable systems.

This latest hardware vulnerability in Intel processors comes on the heels of previous incidents, such as Meltdown and Spectre, which exposed similar flaws in computer hardware. The SpectraStrike vulnerability highlights the ongoing challenge faced by the technology industry to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.

As the investigation unfolds, it is crucial for individuals and organizations to remain vigilant and follow recommended security practices. This includes regularly updating software, using strong and unique passwords, and implementing multi-factor authentication where possible.

The implications of the SpectraStrike vulnerability are far-reaching, with potential repercussions for global cybersecurity. It serves as a reminder that constant vigilance and proactive measures are essential to protect sensitive information in an ever-evolving digital landscape. Further updates on the SpectraStrike vulnerability and mitigation efforts will be provided as new information becomes available. Stay tuned for the latest developments on this critical issue.

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