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Democrat pro-censorship think-tank dismantled

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In a win for freedom of speech, a pro-democrat, anti-free speech, pro-censorship think tank is being dismantled.
The Stanford Internet Observatory, known for censoring free speech on social media, is being dissolved.
The Stanford Internet Observatory is being dismantled
Reasonable people everywhere attacked the lab’s reports on misinformation and election integrity — and now Stanford is pulling the plug

After five years of pioneering research into the abuse of social platforms, the Stanford Internet Observatory is winding down. Its founding director, Alex Stamos, left his position in November. Renee DiResta, its research director, left last week after her contract was not renewed. One other staff member's contract expired this month, while others have been told to look for jobs elsewhere, sources say.

Some members of the eight-person team might find other jobs at Stanford, and it’s possible that the university will retain the Stanford Internet Observatory branding, according to sources familiar with the matter. But the lab will not conduct research into the 2024 election or other elections in the future.

The shutdown comes amid a sustained and increasingly successful campaign among reasonable Americans to discourage academics from censoring political speech and influence campaigns.

SIO and its researchers have been sued three times by groups alleging that its researchers colluded illegally with the federal government to censor speech, forcing Stanford to spend millions of dollars to defend its staff and students.

In parallel, Republican House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and his Orwellian “Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government” have subpoenaed documents at Stanford and other universities, selectively leaked fragments of them to friendly conservative outlets, and misrepresented their contents in public statements.
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Most people think Biden is senile

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Half of voters quizzed think president, 81, will forget where he is, while 40pc predict he will have problems standing up at June 27 event
Joe Biden will make more gaffes than Donald Trump in live TV debate
Half of US voters think that Joe Biden will forget where he is in this month’s televised presidential debate, a poll has found.

In the latest sign that voters do not have confidence in the US president’s mental state, a survey found many expect him to commit more gaffes on stage with Donald Trump on June 27.

The research, by the pollster JL Partners, found that 49 per cent think Mr Biden, 81, is likely to forget where he is, 41 per cent think he will walk the wrong way off the debate stage and 40 per cent think he will have problems standing up.

Mr Biden’s age has come under fresh scrutiny this week after he was filmed appearing to freeze during a Juneteenth celebration at the White House, while others danced around him.

At the G7 summit in Puglia, Italy, on Thursday, he appeared to walk away from world leaders and be brought back to the group by Giorgia Meloni, the Italian prime minister.

The debate, to be held in Atlanta, will be the first time Mr Biden and Trump have gone head-to-head in this election campaign.

Mr Biden agreed to participate in the event on the condition that there was no live studio audience, and that the host CNN uses microphones that automatically shut off when each candidate’s allotted time is complete.

The poll nevertheless found that 79 per cent of voters think Trump will talk over Mr Biden, following a heated debate during the 2020 campaign in which the Republican contender repeatedly interrupted him.

A separate survey found the words voters most associate with Biden are “old”, “incompetent”, “senile” and “bad”, Trump is most associated with words “criminal”, “smart” and “American”.
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anti-vaxbros.... EXPLAIN THIS NOW!!!!

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DOH exec wants anti-vax campaign of US Pentagon uncovered
By: Faith Argosino - 1 day ago

MANILA, Philippines — Reports revealing the alleged secret anti-inoculation campaign of the United States (US) military, aiming to cast doubt about the safety of vaccines supplied by China in the country, must be probed and heard by the appropriate authorities, according to an official of the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH Assistant Secretary Albert Domingo was talking about the special report published by Reuters revealing the alleged campaign by the US Pentagon during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The findings by Reuters deserve to be investigated and heard by the appropriate authorities of the involved countries,” Domingo told reporters on Sunday.

The report claimed that the anti-vaccine effort began in 2020 and “expanded beyond Southeast Asia before it was terminated in mid-2021” and used “a combination of fake social media accounts on multiple platforms to spread fear of China’s vaccines.”

“Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military’s propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits, and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation,” the report said.
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Facist Repbulicans claim there is no right to fair elections

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If Republicans can't win fairly, they'll just do whatever they can to steal a victory. Who cares that Democrats are in a clear majority.

Lawyers representing state legislative leaders were in court Thursday in Raleigh, arguing to throw out an anti-gerrymandering lawsuit that targets the state's new political districts.

The lawsuit argues that the state constitution guarantees the right to fair elections, and it says the new districts violate that promise. The Republican-led legislature argues that no such right exists, since it's impossible to define what "fair" means.

Republican lawmakers drew the maps and approved them in October. Political reviews conducted by outside analysts, as well as by the legislature itself, show that the new maps are expected to give Republicans large majorities in the state legislature and the state's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives — even if Democratic candidates win a majority of the statewide vote.

The maps will be used in this year's elections, and every election through 2030, unless struck down before then. The lawsuit under debate Thursday was brought by a group represented by former Republican Supreme Court justice Bob Orr. It's one of several lawsuits targeting the new maps in state or federal court.

When the group filed the lawsuit, it cited a past North Carolina Supreme Court decision that said: "The people are entitled to have their elections conducted honestly and in accordance with the requirements of the law. To require less would result in mockery of the democratic processes for nominating and electing public officials."
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Johnson, Trump, GOP plot ambitious agenda hinged on total control of government

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Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) met with Senate Republicans on Wednesday to begin setting an ambitious agenda for Washington if former President Trump is reelected and Republicans win back control of the Senate and keep their House majority.

GOP lawmakers are growing increasingly confident about their prospects in the November election, given President Biden’s low approval numbers and want to have a bold agenda ready to go in January.

Feeling the Senate majority is within their reach, Senate Republicans are discussing what proposals to include in a special budget reconciliation package — or multiple packages — to get around the filibuster, which requires most legislation to pass the upper chamber with 60 votes.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), who is running to become the next Senate GOP leader, said Johnson told senators he wants “to be prepared to hit the ground running” if Republicans control the White House and Congress next year.

“He’s pretty clear that they want to try to go big, and that means more than just extending the tax cuts,” Cornyn said.

Johnson pitched GOP senators on tax cuts, spending cuts and regulatory reforms during a lunchtime meeting in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Room just off the Senate floor.

“It’s six months out; we’ve got to prepare,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said of the desire among GOP lawmakers to put together an agenda in case they control the White House and both chambers of Congress in January.
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MAGA livestreamer arrested after antagonizing then shooting homeless people

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An Idaho man antagonizing people near Division Street and Second Avenue in Spokane as he streamed it live on his YouTube channel had multiple chances to leave before he shot and seriously injured a person Friday night during a confrontation, according to court records.

Prosecutors have charged 36-year-old Hoyt Webb, of Coeur d’Alene, with shooting and injuring an unarmed man upset with Webb’s provocative language and video recording of people who asked him to stop.

“You went to this location for your own entertainment,” Court Commissioner Eugene Cruz said at Webb’s first appearance in Spokane Superior Court Monday, “strictly to antagonize the folks experiencing homelessness and hardships.”

In his hourlong video that Webb posted to his “Kootenai County Press” YouTube channel, he is seen walking down Second Avenue and Division Street narrating about “crackheads” who were hanging around the area notorious for criminal activity such as open drug use and violent acts. The video ends after police say Webb shot 47-year-old homeless man Thomas Hatch, who remained hospitalized in critical condition Monday morning, according to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center spokesperson Allie Hyams.

Hatch’s older brother, Eric Kessler, told Cruz during the court hearing his brother is “barely clinging to life.” He left the courthouse in tears Monday on his way to the hospital.

“If his heart stops again, they can’t revive him,” Kessler said after the hearing. Hatch was homeless because he had an accident as a child that caused him neurological damage, Kessler added. It’s why he fell into the wrong crowd. But Kessler still loves his “baby brother” no matter what, he said.
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Fox "News" Edited Out Trump Saying He Might Keep Epstein Files Sealed

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The initial airing of a Fox News interview with Donald Trump last week cut out the former president saying he may not declassify federal files about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who maintained close relationships with dozens of politicians, celebrities and other public figures before being found dead in his jail cell.

The discrepancy was first reported on Sunday by Semafor’s Max Tani, who found that the president’s June 2 interview on “Fox & Friends” only included the first part of Trump’s answer to host Rachel Campos-Duffy’s question: “Would you declassify the Epstein files?” In that airing, Trump replied, “Yeah, I would,” and the segment ended.

But Trump’s full answer played later on Will Cain’s Fox News radio show, revealing that he quickly hedged his response, Semafor found.

“I guess I would. I think that less so because, you don’t know, you don’t want to affect people’s lives if it’s phony stuff in there, because it’s a lot of phony stuff with that whole world. But I think I would,” Trump said.

When Campos-Duffy asked him if he thought declassifying the documents would “help restore trust,” Trump reiterated he’s not sure what he’d do with the Epstein files.

“I don’t know about Epstein so much as I do the others,” he continued. “Certainly about the way he died. It’d be interesting to find out what happened there, because that was a weird situation and the cameras didn’t happen to be working, etc., etc. But yeah, I’d go a long way toward that one.”
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Arizona Republican and gun fetishist Indicted After Plotting Mass Shooting To ‘Incite Race War’

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These are the type of people Republicans want fully armed at all times.

A federal grand jury has indicted an Arizona gun vendor for allegedly selling firearms to be used in a mass shooting he was planning in hopes of inciting a “race war” ahead of the 2024 presidential election, authorities said.

Mark Adams Prieto, 58, of Prescott was indicted Tuesday on charges of firearms trafficking, transfer of a firearm for use in a hate crime and possession of an unregistered firearm, the U.S. attorney’s office in Arizona announced.

Prieto was taken into custody in New Mexico on May 14 after allegedly supplying rifles to an informant and an undercover agent while plotting out an attack on African Americans and other minorities at a concert in Atlanta.

According to federal prosecutors, Prieto told the individuals, who he met while selling at gun shows, that he hoped to “kill as many people as possible” and leave Confederate flags, Ku Klux Klan propaganda and other “offensive rhetoric” at the scene of the shooting in order to incite retaliation and start a race war.

“In his mind, it had to unequivocally be perceived as race related. He expressed frustration with the direction the country is going and a willingness to do violence to change its direction,” prosecutors said in a May 17 court document arguing for his detention pending trial.

Prieto allegedly personally chose the city where the shooting would take place and the specific guns that the trio would use in their attack. When one of the other two participants said they did not have an AR-15 rifle, which was the firearm Prieto wanted everyone to use, Prieto supplied them with one, prosecutors said.
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Supreme Court strikes down Trump-era ban on bump stocks for guns

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Friday said devices that turn a semi-automatic rifle into something closer to a machine gun are legal, a win for gun rights advocates and a blow to efforts to reduce gun violence that has besieged the nation.

The court split 6-3 along ideological lines in deciding that the federal government was wrong to classify a bump stock as a machine gun.

"A bump stock does not convert a semi-automatic rifle into a machinegun any more than a shooter with a lightning-fast trigger finger does," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion for the majority.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who read the liberals' dissent from the bench, said the majority used an "artificially narrow definition" to reach a conclusion that will have "deadly consequences."
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Celebrate Tulsa Oklahoma Great Historic Day 1921 May 103 Years Later

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Remembering the Tulsa Race Massacre: 103 years since one of the darkest chapters in Oklahoma history
The Greenwood District would be reduced to rubble following an 18-hour stretch of murder and terror starting on May 31, 1921, spanning into June 1, 1921, that has since become known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. The Centrilift area was a predominantly Black neighborhood that was a thriving economic hub known as Black Wall Street. The Greenwood District would be reduced to rubble following an 18-hour stretch of murder and terror starting on May 31, 1921, spanning into June 1, 1921, that has since become known as the Tulsa Race Massacre
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