Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Flotsam and Jetsam - COVID Twitter Files Drop

Working right through the holiday season, Elon Musk's Twitter team filed latest installment yesterday, concerning Twitter's censorship of dissenting views, and the government's role in egging it on. It seemingly first arose under Trump, with the government suggesting coverage slanted against hoarding and panic buying at supermarkets (which did occur) but intensified under Biden as the government went all in against opposition to mask mandates, vaccine hesitancy, school closures and other interventions, including banning and blacklisting a Stanford professor of epidemiology. You can see the full thread in natural order at Twitchy, David Zweig thread is ‘the latest and most disgraceful #TwitterFiles yet’ (on rigged Covid debate).  Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair, The latest Twitter Files focus on COVID "misinformation"

There are so many more examples of people, including acknowledged medical and scientific experts having their tweets flagged or their accounts suspended, simply for offering professional opinions that differed from the CDC narrative. And they were often later proven to be correct. None of this White House “influence” on content moderation at Twitter was subtle. It wasn’t a case (as the FBI has tried to claim) of the government “providing information” to Twitter and leaving it up to the company to decide. They were specifically calling out individual tweets and accounts, expressing the President’s “anger,” and demanding action. It was flat-out participation in and even direction of censorship of citizens participating in the most critical debate of that time. And this was all an obvious violation of the First Amendment on the part of the Biden White House. So who can hold them accountable and how might that happen? Stay tuned.

At NYPo, Biden admin pushed to bar Twitter users for COVID ‘disinformation,’ files show. 'Bonchie' at Red State, The One We've Been Waiting For: Twitter Files on COVID-19 Drops. At the Freep, How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate. At Da Mail Twitter Files dump shows company SUPPRESSED debate and information from doctors and experts which clashed with White House - and suspended vaccine skeptic Alex Berenson at Biden's request.  Sundance at CTH, Twitter File Release #11 – The Government Censorship Campaign to Control COVID-19 Information (he seems one high in his count). Ace, The Twitter Files: How Twitter Rigged the Covid Debate. At Town Hall Cutie Pavlich wonders Did the Twitter Files Just Reveal an Impeachable Offense for Biden? "Biden's directive to quash free speech critical of his policies is sparking calls for impeachment." Ben Domenech@bdomenech "Taking sides against the First Amendment in such an egregious way is treachery worthy of high crimes and misdemeanors. If Trump had called NBC and told them to fire Rachel Maddow or risk their license, it would be no different." I'd rather impeach him for encouraging an invasion at the southern border, but, hey, whatever works!

I would like to point out that this surely extends far further than Twitter; all the major social media were involved. The only time I have ever been censored by Google is when I mentioned the Great Barrington Declaration posts, twice.

Also from Twitchy, Ted Lieu got fact checked so hard he had to delete his tweet for WuFlu disinformation. Kelley K@KelleyKga Replying to @tedlieu and @davidzweig "@tedlieu The preprint you linked to has actually been re-written as a result of my critique because it is seriously flawed and inaccurate. You linked to the old version."

Sundance reports Elon Musk Tinkering in The Background, by taking multiple servers off line and observing that Twitter still works, leads him to the suspicion that Twitter may be on government servers too. 'Bonchie' again Elon Musk Talks Conspiracy Theories and Absolutely Nails It. "As Musk says, essentially every “conspiracy theory” that the right pushed about Twitter in the last several years turned out to be true. Yet, in some ways, it all feels like too little, too late. Looking at Twitter today is a bit like looking at a crime scene after you know the killer has already fled to Mexico to drink piƱa coladas on a beach." At Am Think Brian C. Joondeph thinks There Certainly Was an Insurrection, But Not by Trump. At Twitchy, Brit Hume sums up everything we’ve learned from the #TwitterFiles with just 1 PERFECT word and BOOM, "Censorship." Debra Saunders at Am Spec (cited at Haut Hair) wants Elon Musk for House Speaker. It's not like he already doesn't have enough jobs. He may not be eligible though, given that the Speaker is in the line of succession to the Preznit, and he was born in South Africa. Nick Arama at Red State catches how Elon Musk Trolls Dmitry Medvedev After He Posts Wild Predictions, the Left Loses It

At Am Great, the great Victor Davis Hanson asks What Will the FBI Not Do? Do they still draw the line at political assassinations? "The next two years are dangerous times for the FBI—and the country. The House will soon likely begin investigations of the agency’s improper behavior. Yet, simultaneously, the Biden Justice Department will escalate its use of the bureau as a partisan investigative service for political purposes." At Wa Ex, Paul Bedard reports that 63% want FBI ‘censorship’ of social media investigated. Jack Phillips at ET sees the GOP Float Church Committee-Style Investigation of FBI After ‘Twitter Files.’

At HE, Big Tech Collectively Lost $7.4 Trillion in 2022 Really? That's a lot of money! Josiah Lippincott at Am Great thinks Trump Should Get Back on Twitter "He needs unfiltered access to all Americans. He needs to do everything he can to get that access back." It would also be good for Musk's Twitter.

As I reported yesterday Kari Lake Loses Lawsuit Over Defeat In Arizona. Scott Johnson at Power Line is not shocked Jack Clifford: Lake v. Hobbs, the ruling.

The “clear and convincing” burden of proof is a much higher burden of proof than the “preponderance of the evidence” used in most civil cases, but much lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard normally applied in criminal cases. Most folks consider the preponderance of evidence standard to be 51 percent likely, or simply “more likely than not.” The “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard is closer to 98% or 99% likely, or just plain way, way more likely than not likely. The “clear and convincing” standard is in between. I do not know that saying you must prove something to be 75 percent more likely than not is correct in order to meet that burden, but you get the idea.

What difference does it make? Lots of difference. Here’s how. Much of Lake’s case was hearsay. Ms. Honey relied on what another person said in an affidavit about ballots being added to the stream of ballots by Runbeck employees without a chain of custody for them and in violation of law. She did not see this happen with her own eyes. Defense counsel was unable to cross examine the person who allegedly saw the deed take place.

Freshman law students will tell you those statements were not made in person inside the courtroom, were not subject to cross examination at trial, and are hearsay on their face. In general, hearsay statements are not admissible in a trial. The law of evidence favors testimony limited to what witnesses saw or experienced themselves and not what somebody else told them.

On the other hand, Rachel Alexander at Town Hall thinks The Dismissal of Kari Lake’s Election Lawsuit Shows Voter Disenfranchisement No Longer Matters

In 2019, a judge ordered a new election for a Georgia House seat based on merely finding that four voters were ineligible. Also that year, in North Carolina, Democrats were all too happy to praise a judge ordering a new election where a contractor was accused of illegally collecting hundreds of ballots for the winning Republican candidate. He wasn’t even convicted yet, merely accused.

In 2020, after hundreds of mail-in ballots were discovered in a mailbox in Paterson, New Jersey, a judge ordered a new election in the city council race that was affected. Last year, in Surry County, North Carolina, a judge ordered a new election in the commissioners’ race over the mere action of a poll worker informing voters that one of the candidates was deceased. The courts in these cases did not set high bars for proof unlike Thompson.

How much do you want to bet those cases favored Democrats? Ace, Judge Dismisses Kari Lake's Election Lawsuit, Because Of Course, "Another stolen election."  Sundance, Katie Hobbs and Arizona Officials Now Seek Fines and $25,000+ in Judicial Sanctions as Punishment Against Kari Lake. "I’m a little surprised Mrs. Hobbs did not request 1,000 hrs of indentured servitude against Mrs. Lake, whereby the plaintiff would be forced to cook, clean and do other domestic chores for the wounded Mrs. Hobbs.  Then again, I probably shouldn’t give them any ideas." Natalia Mittelstadt at JTN reports Arizona county was stumped by unregistered voters, old addresses, discrepant tallies, emails reveal ""It is your call how you want to handle the provisional ballots," the Pima County elections director wrote to the county recorder." Breitbart hears CNN’s Jeff Zeleny: Stacey Abrams One of the Biggest Political Losers of the Year.

Dave Kelz at Am Spec thinks 2022 Was a Horrendous Year for Biden, "Another dreadful year has come and gone for the teleprompter president." At WaEx, Year in Review: Biden's top 10 blunders of 2022. Ace, In "Blatant Friday Evening News Dump," Biden Administration Releases Disastrous Border Insecurity Numbers Just Before Christmas. Ben Whedon at JTN  BLS claps back at Philadelphia Fed report suggesting it overstated Q2 job growth "BLS said that other regional Federal Reserve Banks have often conducted their own reports but that the agency had determined their varying methodologies resulted in "lower quality data."  In other words, contradicted the governments position. Matt Palumbo at Bongino does the math and sees Many Democrat-Run Cities Are More Dangerous Than War Zones.

At Da Caller, Trump Says He ‘Specifically Asked’ Jared And Ivanka To Bow Out Of 2024. I call bullshit. At PM, Journey songwriter files cease-and-desist against bandmate who played 'Don’t Stop Believin' at Mar-A-Lago. "Journey keyboardist Jonathan Cain performed “Don’t Stop Believin'” for former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in November with Marjorie Taylor Greene, Kimberly Guilfoyle, and Kari Lake." Too bad. You put it out there for public use. Duanne Patterson at Haut Hair VIP tries to make The case for and against Chris Sununu. I'm reflexively against political dynasties, however trivial. 

Matt Margolis at PJ Media sees Another Disturbing Video of 'Rachel' Levine Is Going Viral

Levine clearly acknowledges that transitioning kids pushes them down a path to irreversible infertility. He wouldn’t trade his transitions later in life for his children, yet he’s not only advocating for young people to be mutilated and robbed of the joys of parenthood later in life, he’s also pushing for the censorship of voices who are speaking out against it—include us here a PJ Media.

Ace, Biden's Transgender Surgeon General Pressures Social Media Monopolies to Censor More True Information, Claiming That Transgender Operations Are Good for "Adults and Youth," And Any Claim to the Contrary is Misinformation Which Must Be Censored. "You will be made to submit to the Empire of Lies." Da Caller chronicles  What’s In The ‘Obscene’ Books Being Removed From Schools Across The Country. OK, Groomers. Andrea Widburg at Am Think thinks A federal judge essentially says parents have no rights over their children

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit from Massachusetts parents who accused public school officials of hiding their children’s gender transitions from them. U.S. District Court Judge Mark Mastroianni, an Obama appointee, criticized Ludlow Public Schools officials for allegedly hiding the pair of siblings’ gender transitions from their parents, but he said the officials’ actions do not “shock the conscience.”

Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media accuses  Mitch McConnell of  Wanting to Lose and Stay in the Minority. The graft is just as good either way, and being in the minority is a lot less work. 

Jazz Shaw at Haut Hair Three more substations attacked in Washington... on Christmas morning. Is it left-wing eco-terror or right-wing sabotaging the cities? It would be nice to know.

If the FBI can be bothered to stop censoring people on social media long enough to do some actual work, they should be looking into this. We may just be seeing a series of copycat sickos acting randomly, but if this is some sort of widespread, coordinated domestic terror operation, they need to get to the bottom of it. And assuming the perpetrators can be identified and captured, they need to be charged with a lot more than simple vandalism. The phrase “domestic terrorism” gets abused in the press quite a bit these days, particularly on the left, but these attacks should certainly qualify for the label.

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