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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconNov-15 4:38 AM 
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November 15, 2021

       Did it ever occur to you that many (most) Native Americans WANT their names and images to be used? For example, that the WANT Washington to use the "Washington Redskins" because they don't want their memories to be wiped out on the pages of so-called political correctness.

Native American Lawsuit Challenges Colorado Ban On Native American “Mascots” As Discriminatory

The banning of Native American (American Indian) depictions for sports teams gets a lot of press, most famously the Washington Redskins renaming themselves the Washington Football Team.

There’s a side to this issue that I had not thought of, but is argued in a lawsuit just filed in Colorado. That when the government is involved in such name bans, it is discrimination against American Indians because it deprives them of the ability to have things named after them. It is, according to the argument, the worst form of cultural appropriation, more like cultural depravation.

In Colorado in 2021, legislation was passed banning the use of American Indian mascots, broadly defined. Now the law is being challenged in a lawsuit filed on November 2, 2021, on behalf of the Native American Guardians Association (NAGA) and individuals by the Mountain States Legal Foundation, which summarizes the case on its website~~~~~~~~~~~ 

The website also lays out the reasoning: Colorado lawmakers in 2021 banned public schools from using Native American names or imagery for sports team names or “mascots,” based on the presumption that all such representations are demeaning and derogatory, if not blatantly racist, and must therefore be retroactively erased or banned from future use….

As it turns out, not all Native Americans support the law as written. The Native American Guardians Association supports the respectful use of Native American names and imagery in certain instances, and it fears that erasing all such imagery and iconography could also erase Native American history from school grounds. The group is troubled enough by the law’s free speech and equal protection implications, and they are challenging its Constitutionality on those grounds. There’s no question that many American Indian-themed “mascots” and team names can be demeaning. But not all of them are or were.

 
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From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconNov-29 4:52 AM 
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November 29, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse Searches Blocked by Google

Google has no apparent interest in helping users purchase merchandise related to Kyle Rittenhouse, who on Friday was found by a jury to have acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men in Wisconsin last summer.

The Big Tech titan has other plans for people seeking to buy items such as shirts related to the 18-year-old. If you conduct a Google search for "Kyle Rittenhouse shirts" under the shopping tab, you’re met with a message that reads: “Your search – Kyle Rittenhouse shirts – did not match any shopping results.”

There are, of course, numerous shirts which are available for purchase to support the teen who has become the face of self-defense against mob violence — if you dig deeper.

Google’s bias against Rittenhouse is more apparent when other searches are performed. For example, in just a few clicks, a search for “Che Guevara shirts” yields numerous ads where you can buy items with the face of the communist killer on websites such as eBay and Etsy.

Google takes you straight there, as it does when you search for shirts containing the likeness of murderous Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin. In both other searches and numerous others, Google offers entire pages of shopping for Guevara, Stalin, Mao Zedong and other heroes of the far left.

Furthermore, a Google search in the news tab of “Rittenhouse” Saturday puts coverage of the teen’s trial from ultra-liberal CNN at the very top.

The treatment of the teen by Google is, of course, no surprise to people who have witnessed the way he has been treated by Big Tech from the beginning.

Some social media users were actually blocked from defending the teen last summer when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber, and Gaige Grosskreutz in self-defense during a riot. Facebook and Twitter both prevented Rittenhouse from being portrayed as anything but a killer after he was arrested last year.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconDec-7 8:24 AM 
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December 7, 2021

        “America is ready for TRUTH Social, a platform that will not discriminate on the basis of political ideology."

Trump Announces $1 Billion ‘PIPE’ Investment in New Media And Technology Group

President Donald Trump has announced a staggering $1 billion of investment in his new social media company that’s expected to take on Big Tech in 2022.

Trump’s new company, Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. (TMTG), announced it has received a commitment of $1B from an unidentified “diverse group of institutional investors.”

TMTG’s partner, Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC), said that it received “subscription agreements for $1 billion in committed capital” that would be received once TMTG and Digital World are combined.

“$1 billion sends an important message to Big Tech that censorship and political discrimination must end,” Trump said in a statement.

“America is ready for TRUTH Social, a platform that will not discriminate on the basis of political ideology.

“As our balance sheet expands, TMTG will be in a stronger position to fight back against the tyranny of Big Tech.

“I am confident that TMTG can effectively deploy this capital to accelerate and strengthen the execution of its business, including by continuing to attract top talent, hire top technology providers, and roll out significant advertising and business development campaigns,” Digital World CEO and Chairman Patrick Orlando said.

 

 
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December 8, 2021

Congressman Devin Nunes will say goodbye to Washington, hello to Trump media company

Rep. Devin Nunes' 10th term in Congress will be his last as the high-ranking Republican announced he will retire at the end of the year. 

The retirement announcement comes as the non-partisan California Citizens Redistricting Commission has proposed redrawing Nunes' district from a heavily Republican-leaning district to a Democrat-leaning district. 

Nunes has served in the House since 2003. He is the ranking member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and a member of the Ways and Means Committee.

The Tulare native will exit the House of Representatives after he was "presented with a new opportunity to fight for the most important issues I believe in."

"I'm writing to let you know I’ve decided to pursue this opportunity, and therefore will be leaving the House of Representatives at the end of 2021,” an emailed statement to his constituents reads. “I will deeply miss being your congressman. It’s been the honor of a lifetime to represent you, and I thank you for the trust you put in me through all these years."

That opportunity will come as the CEO at former President Donald Trump's new media company, which is launching a social media platform called TruthSocial. The platform will "provide an outlet that encourages open global conversation without discrimination against political ideology," according to a press release.

"Congressman Devin Nunes is a fighter and a leader," Trump said in a statement. "Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great. America is ready for TRUTH Social and the end to censorship and political discrimination."

Nunes represents California's 22nd Congressional District that covers Tulare and Fresno counties in the Republican-leaning San Joaquin Valley. He assured his supporters that he does not plan to disappear from the public eye.

“Rest assured, I have not, by any means, given up our collective fight—I'll just be pursuing it through other means," Nunes' statement read.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconDec-10 8:45 AM 
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December 10, 2021

       "The company will now become the main tech service provider for the much anticipated new platform, providing some much-needed infrastructure support that will be crucial in Trump’s efforts to unseat the main players in Big Tech."

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/12/rumble-announces-distribution-deal-trumps-truth-social-new-partnership-looks-take-direct-shot-youtube/

Rumble Announces Distribution Deal With Trump’s TRUTH Social; New Partnership Looks to Take Direct Shot At Youtube

On Monday, Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Rumble’s parent company Cantor Fitzgerald, announced that the streaming service has worked out a distribution deal with President Donald Trump's "TRUTH" social media.

The company will now become the main tech service provider for the much anticipated new platform, providing some much-needed infrastructure support that will be crucial in Trump’s efforts to unseat the main players in Big Tech. 

“Truth and the 45th president are going to use Rumble’s infrastructure, their technology, their cloud distribution capability, so they are going to be a service provider, a tech provider to the president’s Truth Social.”

The new deal with Rumble is just the latest win for Trump’s new social media endeavor, and it comes right on the heels of TRUTH Social securing a lofty one billion dollar investment just last week.

This platform can not get released fast enough. Put the warp speed on this thing!

From Trump’s announcement on securing the funding:

“$1 billion sends an important message to Big Tech that censorship and political discrimination must end.

America is ready for TRUTH Social, a platform that will not discriminate on the basis of political ideology.”

Now, he’s adding even more firepower.

The difference has made the switch for people a no-brainer, according to Lutnick.

“What this is, is people with political ideology being asked to leave YouTube, comedians are now coming over, gamers are coming over. It’s a broad group of people don’t want to be censored.

They want to be able to speak their minds, speak their truths, and speak their opinions. So I think Rumble, which is neutral down the middle, I think it’s going to get a huge following of people who just want to speak their minds.”

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconDec-17 6:07 AM 
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December 17, 2021

        "They obviously checked out the implications of the matter for Section 230 issues, the legal protection Facebook/Meta have from liability for what is posted on their site. But at a minimum, this is a public relations disaster, revealing that their "fact checks" are NOT factual at all and should be labeled as "our opinion" or some such language avoiding the word "fact."

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/12/stunning_facebook_court_filing_emadmitsem_fact_checks_are_just_a_matter_of_opinion.html

Stunning: Facebook court filing admits 'fact checks' are just a matter of opinion

Surprisingly little attention is being paid to a bombshell admission made by the attorneys representing the corporation formerly known as Facebook, Inc., which has now transitioned into Meta Platforms, Inc.

In a court filing responding to a lawsuit filed by John Stossel claiming that he was defamed by a "fact check" Facebook used to label a video by him as "misleading," Meta's attorneys assert that the "fact check" was an "opinion," not an actual check of facts and declaration of facts.  Under libel law, opinions are protected from liability for libel.

Anthony Watts of Wattsupwiththat explains:

Opinions are not subject to defamation claims, while false assertions of fact can be subject to defamation.

Meta's attorneys come from the white shoe law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dore, with over a thousand attorneys and more than a billion dollars a year in revenue.  They obviously checked out the implications of the matter for Section 230 issues, the legal protection Facebook/Meta have from liability for what is posted on their site.  But at a minimum, this is a public relations disaster, revealing that their "fact checks" are not factual at all and should be labeled as "our opinion" or some such language avoiding the word "fact."

As an amateur, it seems to me that if Facebook inserts its opinions into posts or blocks them because of its opinion, then that does make it a publisher with legal responsibility for what appears on its website.

Technically speaking, Facebook farms out its "fact-checking" to outside organizations, usually left-wing groups.  In the case of Stossel's video that was defamed, the outside website is called "Climate Feedback," which is also named a defendant in the lawsuit.

Watts summarizes well the P.R. implications:

Such "fact checks" are now shown to be simply an agenda to supress free speech and the open discussion of science by disguising liberal media activism as something supposedly factual, noble, neutral, trustworthy, and based on science.

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So-called "fact-checking" is a fraud used to cover up the censorship of opinions that differ from those of the powerful Silicon Valley oligarchy.  And now we have proof attested to in a court filing by one of the richest companies in the world, represented by some of the most elite lawyers in the world.

 

 
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December 20, 2021

          “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship. The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream."

https://amgreatness.com/2021/12/08/devin-nunes-isnt-done-saving-our-republic/

Devin Nunes Isn’t Done Saving Our Republic

In a stunning move that has stupefied and unsettled the swamp and its Big Tech and corporate media cohorts, U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) is retiring from Congress to become chief executive officer of Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG). Nunes will commence his new role effective January 1. 

Despite his personally momentous decision, as the current ranking member (and former chairman) of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Nunes knows he will be doing anything but retiring. While his duties have changed, his core mission remains: protecting and promoting Americans’ liberty in our free republic.

A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work in exposing the corruption and weaponization of the federal government to pimp the Russiagate lie, Nunes stated this in no uncertain terms: “The time has come to reopen the Internet and allow for the free flow of ideas and expression without censorship. The United States of America made the dream of the Internet a reality and it will be an American company that restores the dream."

 

For his part, former President Trump, who praised Nunes as “a fighter and a leader,” reaffirmed the new company’s mission: “Devin understands that we must stop the liberal media and Big Tech from destroying the freedoms that make America great. America is ready for TRUTH Social and the end to censorship and political discrimination.”

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Nunes has long fought against Big Tech and the corporate media’s disinformation and censorship. It was a battle that even pre-dated his work in revealing the truth about the Russiagate scam in the face of a deceitful media determined to propagate the lie to abet their governmental cronies in subverting the duly elected President Trump.

While Nunes has long warned about the deliberate, leftist disinformation spewed by the corporate media, early on he sounded the alarm about the concentrated, increasingly unaccountable power of Big Tech to stifle and silence information and dissent—done in an abjectly censorious vitiation of every free speech reason it once proffered for special treatment under federal law. An early, ardent proponent of Parler as an alternative to the increasingly censorious Twitter, Nunes was outraged by Big Tech’s monopolistic decimation of that site. 

Consequently, it likely became clear to Nunes that his choice was to either try and tackle Big Tech and the corporate media through the legislative process or to do it through direct competition in the marketplace.

As a supporter and practitioner of free markets and entrepreneurship, the dairy farmer Nunes chose the latter, leaving life as a servant in the public sector to ascend back to the status of a citizen in the private sector—one ready, willing, and able to defend and advance Americans’ liberty in the face of the increasingly fascistic “woke” cabal infesting and corrupting the swamp, Big Tech, the Pravda media, and the corporate world.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconDec-22 8:19 AM 
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December 22, 2021

       "So Nunes had a choice: Stay in Congress and chair the House’s most powerful committee as a Republican, limited by the Democrat-controlled executive branch, or surrender the cozy conclave and create an enterprise to counter the slant and censorship that over the last five years has grown exponentially."

Right Responds To Cancel Culture By Building Its Own Infrastructure, Left Goes Nuts

Last week the corrupt media’s penchant for spinning all things conservative caused a near-fatal case of whiplash. ~~~~~~~~~~ The refusal by conservatives to continue “to consume” the product of the increasingly “deranged and unaccountable lefty media” is not about building an echo chamber, however: It is about competition and choice. And branding these new business ventures an “ecosystem” and “echo chamber” merely reveal the left’s panic over their inability to control the narrative.

“How Devin Nunes’s new media job for Trump explains the GOP grift machine,” the Washington Post headlined an op-ed by columnist Paul Waldman. Waldman supported his thesis by pointing out that “with Republicans poised to win the House, Nunes was in line to become the chair of the Ways and Means Committee, which writes the nation’s tax laws.”~~~~~~~~~~~~

From his perch on the intelligence Committee, he ran interference for Mr. Trump against accusations that his 2016 campaign had collaborated with Russian intelligence. Mr. Nunes also organized a united Republican front opposing the first impeachment of the president for withholding military assistance to Ukraine to pressure its government to dig up dirt on Mr. Biden. ~~~~~~~~

Having lived through the heyday of the Russia-collusion hoax, as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Nunes fought to expose the truth of the Crossfire Hurricane disaster to the American public. Yet the corporate press fed the lies of the Democrat ranking member to the country instead. The California Republican saw a repeat of this ploy with the Ukraine impeachment proceedings. Hatred for Trump proved the breaking straw to the already biased establishment press.

Then came the censorship, limiting conservatives’ ability to counter the corrupt media. Again, Nunes experienced that firsthand, being shadow-banned by Twitter in 2018. And if any more proof were needed of corporate cronies’ ability to control information, the burying of the Hunter Biden laptop story that implicated then-candidate Joe Biden in a pay-to-play scandal right before the 2020 election handed Nunes—and our country—the final piece of evidence.

 

 
From: Len (AryehLeib613)Dec-22 8:38 AM 
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Yasher koakh to Nunes and Trump.

 

 
From: WEBELIAHU DelphiPlus Member IconDec-29 9:24 AM 
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December 29, 2021

      "If a company is carrying out a government’s demands that would otherwise violate a citizen’s Constitutional rights, then it is essentially acting as an agent or instrument of the government itself. This fascism should not be allowed to stand in a U.S. court of law."

Twitter Gets Hit with the Censorship Lawsuit America Has Been Waiting For

Berenson is best known for his heterodox views on the Covid-19 pandemic, which has assailed the mainstream media for putting out demonstrable misinformation and untruths about the virus and the vaccines. Now, he is suing Twitter for selectively banning him from the platform and for tarnishing his reputation in the process.

“Mr. Berenson also has a uniquely viable claim that Twitter acted on behalf of the federal government in censoring and barring him from to its platform,” the lawsuit saidThe background to Twitter’s censorship of Berenson harmed the public interest and the critic was proven right on several occasions.

“During 2020 and 2021, Mr. Berenson became a prominent critic of the governmental and public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the lawsuit states. “Mr. Berenson made many statements on Twitter which, although controversial at the time, have since become conventional wisdom, most notably about the profound harm to children caused by remote learning and unnecessary school closures.”

While Twitter initially reassured Berenson he would be given free reign to pursue his journalism, the Big Tech platform began its suppression of his tweets in reaction to disparaging statements from Dr. Anthony Fauci and the Biden administration. ~~~~~~~~~~

“On August 28, in the wake of even more calls for censorship from government officials, Twitter permanently suspended Mr. Berenson from its platform, citing ‘repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation rules’,” the lawsuit notes. “Mr. Berenson did not violate those rules. Twitter, on the other hand, broke its promises to Mr. Berenson as well as its policies, and violated his rights as it served the federal government’s censorship demands.”

This is where the rubber-meets-the-road when it comes to Big Tech censorship (as well as vaccine mandates): If a company is carrying out a government’s demands that would otherwise violate a citizen’s Constitutional rights, then it is essentially acting as an agent or instrument of the government itself. This fascism should not be allowed to stand in a U.S. court of law.

 

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