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Watch: Everything You NEED To Know About Balenciaga Scandal In Less Than 9 Minutes

Balenciaga is a high end luxury and fashion brand that sells ridiculously expensive items and clothing. Their new holiday gifting campaign is trying to sell something, but it’s not clothing — it’s sex with children.The Balenciaga scandal has many scratching their hands and wondering how a disturbing ad campaign like this could happen. Learn all about it in less than 9 minutes. […]

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CNN Calls Freedom of Speech ‘Nonsense’ in Rant Accusing Elon Musk Of Being Russian Asset

CNN peddled more fake news than usual on Friday when a former CIA agent accused Elon Musk of working on Russia’s behalf by freeing up Twitter, calling free speech “nonsense.”
Former CIA case officer Bob Baer condemned Musk’s recent decision to grant “general amnesty” to formerly banned accounts, claiming that’s exactly what Russian President Vladimir Putin wants.

“Putin is going to be all over Twitter if there’s no regulations on this, fake accounts, spoofed accounts…And so when he’s talking about the popular voice, Musk, he’s really talking about Russian intelligence,” Baer said.

Fmr. CIA analyst on Elon restoring banned Twitter accounts: ”Putin is going to be all over Twitter if there’s no regulations on this, fake accounts, spoofed accounts … And so when he’s talking about the popular voice, Musk, he’s really talking about Russian intelligence.“ pic.twitter.com/2V546kBIZI
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 26, 2022

“The Russians are waiting for something like this. They need a propaganda campaign against the United States and against our support for Ukraine,” he continued, adding that they’ll somehow use Twitter to convince Americans to “stop arming Ukraine.”
Baer then called freedom of speech “nonsense,” claiming allowing users to express their opinions is the equivalent to yelling “fire” in a crowded theater.
“It’s not right. And you know, this freedom of speech is just nonsense because you can’t go into a movie theater and yell ‘fire.’ It’s against the law. What Putin is going to do and the Russians is they’re going to use this as a vehicle to save himself in Ukraine,” he said.Only your patronage to our store is what keeps this beacon of truth lit in the controlled-narrative darkness.

Bob Baer, cont’d: “It’s not right. And you know, this freedom of speech is just nonsense because you can’t go into a movie theater and yell ‘fire.’ It’s against the law. What Putin is going to do & the Russians is they’re going to use this as a vehicle to save himself in Ukraine” pic.twitter.com/3FnuOZDiSd

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) November 26, 2022

“We’re gonna see, as soon as these restrictions come off, we’re gonna see the Russians all over it,” he added.
Notably, Baer’s talking point that yelling “fire” in a crowded theater being illegal is false. The 1969 Brandenburg v. Ohio case found such activity is indeed protected by the First Amendment.
“This old canard, a favorite reference of censorship apologists, needs to be retired. It’s repeatedly and inappropriately used to justify speech limitations,” said Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression President Greg Lukianoff in 2021.
Prohibitions of free speech are constitutionally limited to direct incitement of violence and legally-provable defamation — that’s it.
But that little detail won’t stop CNN or other mainstream media outlets from making the argument that the First Amendment is a danger to national security. […]

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Will Musk Unmask Those Behind Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal Cover-Up?

Supporters of former president Donald Trump cried foul when social media sites owned by liberal billionaires banned all mention of the large body evidence of high-stakes international graft by his rival Joe Biden’s son Hunter.
Elon Musk’s apparent pledge to reveal internal Twitter debates on suppressing the Hunter Biden ‘Laptop from Hell’ story could have wide-reaching political repercussions, commentators say.

Musk dropped a heavy hint on the social media site on Thursday that he would publish internal company messages that led to the decision to suspend the New York Post Twitter account and block all tweets linking to the report on its website, just a month before the 2020 US presidential election that saw Joe Biden take power in Washington.
The computer, abandoned at a Delaware repair shop, contained photos of the President’s son naked with prostitutes and taking hard drugs along with incriminating emails and SMS messages implicating him at the centre of a political cash-for-influence conspiracy.

The South African tech tycoon said the action was necessary to “restore public trust” in Twitter.
But how serious is Musk about opening up on scandals at the social network he bought last month?
Challenging Power
Tiberio Graziani, chairman for vision and global trends at the International Institute for Global Analyses, told Sputnik that the situation put Twitter’s new owner in a position of power.Let Big Tech and the corporate media know they are powerless in stopping the spread of truth by visiting our store now!
Obviously, “Musk could really expose Hunter Biden’s private and secret conversations,” Graziani pointed out, “but he could also negotiate if, how and when to make them public.”

The analyst observed that the scandal was also an opportunity for Musk to stamp his mark on the site he acquired in a sharply-contested takeover, just as the US and the world could be about to witness major power shifts.
“In a particularly stormy period between the West and Russia, the intention expressed by Elon Musk to reveal the documents about Twitter’s decision to ban the Hunter Biden laptop story constitutes a good launch for ‘his’ Twitter and, indirectly, accredits the new owner of this social network as a new hero, as he dares to challenge the power group that refers to President Biden,” Graziani said.
The Twitter memos, once made public, would “become elements that the political struggle will exploit in order to influence the current presidency and, in perspective, the campaign for the 2024 presidential election,” he added.
It was not only Big Tech barons like Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Facebook’s* Mark Zuckerberg who conspired to bury the Hunter Biden story, but also the Democratic Party, intelligence agents, the FBI and journalists, who insisted it was “Russian disinformation” designed to benefit former president Donald Trump.
The issue of so-called ‘Russian’ disinformation has been — at least since the 2016 presidential campaign — a constant in the US domestic political debate,” Graziani said. “It has become a sort of mantra, difficult to eradicate.”
Political Motivation
Professor Charles M. Elson, director of the Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the University of Delaware, believed Musk was serious about releasing the internal Twitter records, but “it really depends on what’s in them.”
“Why was it blocked?” he asks of the “Laptop from hell” report. “There was a political motivation to it, which I think is important to determine. And if so, that has some repercussions on our system.”
Elson said Twitter would be justified in publishing the private conversations between staff — and allowing users to post details of the material on Hunter Biden’s hard drive — as they dealt with “an act that harmed public trust by withholding it.”
“Any time you put something in writing, you can expect at some point it becomes public,” he stressed. “If it’s in writing, it may very well appear somewhere.”
Paper Trail
Come Carpentier de Gourdon is the Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs Journal, a quarterly publication dedicated to international issues, and an associate of the International Institute for Social and Economic Studies (IISES).
He told Sputnik it was apparent that Musk had decided to support Donald Trump in his bid to regain the presidency in 2024, after becoming “very politicized” by the Democrats’ liberal polices and attempts to censor information.
De Gourdon said airing the decision-making process would have “huge” support in the US. “Something like 70 percent of Americans, according to some polls, want to release the information which was withheld, according to reports, because of the intervention of the FBI.”
“I would expect Musk to release information because he likes the publicity and he likes suspense”, he added.
However, the editor does not think Musk will reveal anything new, “Given that most of that information is already publicly available on the net because of the transcript of the laptop.”
“The very principle of social media is that they can be hacked or sometimes released by anonymous sources,” de Gourdon pointed out. All Musk could present would be “data on what really happened and what reasons the FBI invoked for trying to prevent the release of the information” — and who told the federal agency to declare it “Russian disinformation.”
With the Republicans, who gained a slim majority in the House of Representatives in the November midterms, announcing an investigation into the Bidens’ dealings, the current affairs expert did not think Twitter’s potential release of more information would make a difference.
“But the volume of information available from something like 125,000 messages from the laptop, plus the number of e-mails and other documentary evidence that by itself is a very, very major problem which the Bidens will have to explain and answer for,” de Gourdon stressed.
“I’m sure he is going to be under a very heavy pressure not to reveal everything,” he said of Musk “But on the other hand, he’s obviously in contact with some Republicans. He would consider it in the interest of the Republican Party for the information [to get] out, especially if it is indeed very damaging to Biden’s family.”
*Facebook is banned in Russia over extremist activities. […]

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“This Is Appalling”: Major Tax Filing Services Have Been Sending Financial Information To Facebook

Major tax filing services, including H&R Block, TaxAct and TaxSlayer, have been covertly sending Facebook sensitive financial information when Americans file their taxes online, according to The Markup.
The data includes names, email addresses, income, filing status, refund amounts and college scholarship information – which is sent to Facebook regardless of whether a person even has a Facebook account – or with other platforms owned by Meta. The company can then be used to fine tune advertising algorithms.

It is sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel.
Of note, Intuit-owned TurboTax does use Meta Pixel, however the company did not send financial information – just usernames and the last time a device signed in. Beyond that, they have kept Pixel entirely off pages beyond sign in.

Each year, the Internal Revenue Service processes about 150 million individual returns filed electronically, and some of the most widely used e-filing services employ the pixel, The Markup found. 
When users sign up to file their taxes with the popular service TaxAct, for example, they’re asked to provide personal information to calculate their returns, including how much money they make and their investments. A pixel on TaxAct’s website then sent some of that data to Facebook, including users’ filing status, their adjusted gross income, and the amount of their refund, according to a review by The Markup. Income was rounded to the nearest thousand and refund to the nearest hundred. The pixel also sent the names of dependents in an obfuscated, but generally reversible, format. -The Markup

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TaxAct, which services around three million “consumer and professional users,” also sends data to Google via the company’s analytics tool, however names are not included in the information.

Once a tax return was filled out on taxact.com, information including an individual’s adjusted gross income, federal refund amount, and number of dependents was sent to Meta via the Meta Pixel. Data in the screenshots is not real user data. Source: taxact.com and The Markup“We take the privacy of our customers’ data very seriously,” said TaxAct spokeswoman Nicole Coburn. “TaxAct, at all times, endeavors to comply with all IRS regulations.”
H&R Block embedded a pixel on its site that included information on filers’ health savings account usage, dependents’ college tuition grants and expenses. The company similarly claimed in a very boilerplate statement that they “regularly evaluate[s] our practices as part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, and will review the information.”
While TaxSlayer – which says it completed 10 million federal and state returns last year – provided Facebook information on filers as part of the social media giant’s “advanced matching” system which attempts to link information from people browsing the web to Facebook accounts. The information sent includes phone numbers and the name of the user filling out the form, as well as the names of any dependents added to the return. Specific demographic information was also obscured, but Facebook was still able to link them to existing profiles.
Another tax filing service, Ramsey Solutions, told The Markup that the company “implemented the Meta Pixel to deliver a more personalized customer experience,” but that they “did NOT know and were never notified that personal tax information was being collected by Facebook from the Pixel.”
“As soon as we found out, we immediately informed TaxSlayer to deactivate the Pixel from Ramsey SmartTax.”
Harvard Law School lecturer and tax law specialist Mandi Matlock said the findings showed that taxpayers have been “providing some of the most sensitive information that they own, and it’s being exploited.”
“This is appalling,” she added. “It truly is.”
Read more here… […]

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Elon Musk To Build “Alternative Phone” If Apple And Google Boot Twitter From App Stores

There’s been speculation over app stores potentially de-platforming Twitter following new owner Elon Musk’s commitment to free speech. Musk unveiled a simple plan Friday night if Apple or Google decides to boot the social media platform from their stores: build a smartphone. And how hard could that be? 
Musk responded to conservative commentator Liz Wheeler, who tweeted: “If Apple & Google boot Twitter from their app stores, @elonmusk should produce his own smartphone. Half the country would happily ditch the biased, snooping iPhone & Android. The man builds rockets to Mars, a silly little smartphone should be easy, right?” 

I certainly hope it does not come to that, but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022

“I certainly hope it does not come to that,” Musk told Wheeler, “but, yes, if there is no other choice, I will make an alternative phone.”

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Speculation over app stores potentially targeting Twitter emerged after Apple executive Phil Schiller deactivated his Twitter account for no reason days after former President Trump’s account was restored on the platform. 

Then in a New York Times op-ed, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, Yoel Roth, wrote Twitter under Musk’s leadership is at risk of being removed from Apple and Google’s app stores if they fail to follow guidelines:

“Failure to adhere to Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s expulsion from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services. This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes,” Roth said.

He explained, “as I departed the company, the calls from the app review teams had already begun.”
How hard could it be for the world’s richest person to have a team of Tesla engineers build a smartphone? They already mount cellular-connected giant iPad-like screens in all Tesla vehicles on the dashboard of vehicles. 
If Apple or Google don’t boot Twitter from their app stores, either way, Wheeler gave Musk an idea. How long until Musk unveils the Tesla smartphone and asks for $100 deposits?  […]

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San Francisco PD Proposes Letting Robots Kill Suspects

A policy drafted by the San Francisco Police Department has sent a petition to the city’s Board of Supervisors which would allow police officers to deploy robots with the intent to kill suspects in situations where “risk of loss of life to members of the public or officers is imminent and outweighs any other force option available to SFPD,” Engadget reports, citing Mission Local.
Where have we seen this one before?

According to Mission Local, the draft proposal has already received significant pushback from both within and outside of the Board – including supervisor Aaron Peskin, who initially resisted the idea until he inserted language which would completely neuter the death-bots.
“Robots shall not be used as a Use of Force against any person,” he wrote, which the SFPD then removed in a subsequent draft.

The police force currently maintains a dozen fully-functional remote-controlled robots, which are typically used for area inspections and bomb disposal. However, as the Dallas PD showed in 2016, they make excellent bomb delivery platforms as well. Bomb disposal units are often equipped with blank shotgun shells used to forcibly disrupt an explosive device’s internal workings, though there is nothing stopping police from using live rounds if they needed, as Oakland police recently acknowledged to that city’s civilian oversight board. -Engadget

In short, if this proposal ever sees the light of day:

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WATCH: England Football Team Kneels at World Cup While U.S. Team Remains Standing

As they said they would, the England football team all took a knee prior to kicking off in a World Cup match against the U.S. Men’s National Team in Qatar. Several commenters noted that the U.S. team remained standing.
The England management team promised last week that players would get on their knees in a general non-specific “inclusion” gesture, despite the fact that taking the knee is directly related to the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd.

England, supposedly one of the favourites to win the tournament, then failed to beat the USA in the match as it ended 0-0.

What are they even kneeling for at this point? Nobody can even specifically say. The USA isn’t even kneeling, and that’s how it all started. It’s just really odd.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) November 26, 2022

The England team also intended to wear LGBT ‘one love’ armbands in protest of both Qatar and Iran’s treatment of gay people, but were told no by FIFA, football’s governing body.

They became the latest high profile team to not score a victory after choosing to concentrate on virtue signalling, rather than purely on the game:
Related:

Swiss Captain Rejects World Cup Virtue Signaling

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Amazing.
England ‘take the knee’ for BLM,
And USA players look on, where the movement started, to say ‘WTF are you lot doing?!’ 😂
Wave your virtue signal lads… no one is seeing through it, honestly ….

— Rebecca Jane (@LadyDetectives1) November 25, 2022

Ever seen anything more ridiculous?George Floyd, violent career criminal was killed by a rogue cop in the USA. Taking the knee begins.Several years later, England about to kick off against the USA. Not a single USA player kneels.Every English woke warrior takes the knee? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/6yD4OfILWi
— The Philosopher’s Monkey (@Dunnylad1) November 25, 2022

Goody,. rainbow armbands. Show we support Gays. Take the knee, grovel for BLM.
Play Football.. WHAT ! what’s that, oh they’ll be home quicker than it takes to find a can of Bud!
FOR THE FIRST TIME I WILL SAY IT. I AM ASHAMED OF THE ENGLAND TEAM… It’s coming home,very soon
— Ruth (@CupOfEarlGreyT) November 20, 2022

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‘I Really Like This Guy. He Gets Me’: Trump Praised Nick Fuentes During Group Meeting With Ye at Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump was reportedly smitten with conservative firebrand Nick Fuentes after Kanye “Ye” West brought him along for a group meeting at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday night. 

From Axios, “Trump talks with white nationalist Nick Fuentes at Mar-a-Lago dinner”:

Behind the scenes: A source familiar with the dinner conversation told Axios that Trump “seemed very taken” with Fuentes, impressed that the 24-year-old was able to rattle off statistics and recall speeches dating back to his 2016 campaign.
– Paraphrasing the conversation, the source said Fuentes told the president he preferred him to be “authentic,” and that Trump seemed scripted and unlike himself during his recent 2024 campaign announcement speech.
– Trump responded, “You like it better when I just speak off the cuff,” the source said. Fuentes replied that he did, calling Trump an “amazing” president when he was unrestrained. “There was a lot of fawning back and forth,” the source added.
Fuentes told Trump that he represented a side of Trump’s base that was disappointed with his newly cautious approach, especially with what some far-right activists view as a lack of support for those charged in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
– Trump didn’t disagree with Fuentes, but said he has advisers who want him to read off teleprompters and be more “presidential.”Notably, Trump referred to himself as a politician, which he has been loathe to do in the past.
– Fuentes also told Trump that he would crush potential 2024 Republican rivals in a primary, including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Trump asked for Fuentes’ opinion on other candidates as well.

Trump at one point turned to Ye and said, “I really like this guy. He gets me,” according to the source.
– “To be honest, I don’t believe the president knew who the hell [Fuentes] was,” the source added.Trump asked if Fuentes was on social media such as Truth Social, the former president’s alternative to Twitter.
– Fuentes told Trump that he was on Truth Social but had been banned from the social media platform Gettr because Trump adviser Jason Miller, the CEO of the company, wasn’t a fan of his.
– Trump asked whether it was because Fuentes was on the “fringe” of his supporter base, the source said. Fuentes acknowledged that he was, saying he’s “one of those people who got banned from everything.”Driving the news: Ye, whose Twitter account was recently restored after being restricted for anti-Semitic comments, posted a video on Thursday night titled “Mar-a-Lago debrief.”
Ye claims in the video that Trump was “really impressed” with Fuentes because “unlike so many of the lawyers and so many people that he was left with on his 2020 campaign, he’s actually a loyalist.”

Ye shared multiple hype videos discussing the meeting and his presidential run on Twitter: 

#YE24 pic.twitter.com/DyIhMU5By6
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022
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#YE24 pic.twitter.com/LuZ2YfncSg
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022

#YE24 pic.twitter.com/zLPDNghQKD
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022

I don’t think anyone has any idea how popular this man is. pic.twitter.com/4OyHjiFUke
— Cassandra MacDonald (@CassandraRules) November 25, 2022

https://t.co/LJvIF7iQgm pic.twitter.com/u1xYHYzeLH
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022

Ye also shared texts from a private group chat with himself, Milo Yiannopoulos and Fuentes speculating that Jason Miller leaked to the Daily Beast a false story that Fuentes was not at the meeting. 

#YE24 pic.twitter.com/IvLlvnr1RR
— ye (@kanyewest) November 25, 2022

Trump tried to distance himself from Fuentes after the meeting in a brief post on Truth Social. 
Notably, Trump did not disavow him. 
The news of the three meeting predictably triggered mass outrage from the usual suspects. 

The Republican Jewish Coalition, which has condemned people meeting with Fuentes in the past: “We strongly condemn the virulent antisemitism of Kanye West and Nick Fuentes and call on all political leaders to reject their messages of hate and refuse to meet with them.”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) November 25, 2022

Joel Pollak over at Breitbart used the incident to go on the attack against Fuentes and Trump.

Trump Dined at Mar-a-Lago with White Nationalist, Holocaust Denier Nick Fuentes Alongside Kanye West https://t.co/RZP8UCkb3q
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) November 25, 2022

Their top story on Friday was a hit piece attacking them both over the meeting. 
The same author (and Breitbart generally) has been busy shilling for Pence and DeSantis. 
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Videos of executed Russian POWs appear authentic – UN

Videos showing Russian soldiers apparently executed by Ukrainian forces appear genuine, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk stated on Friday. He called on Kiev to fully investigate what Moscow has described as an outright execution. 
The footage, consisting of two clips stitched into one video, surfaced on social media last week. It shows a dozen unarmed Russian servicemen surrendering to Ukrainian troops and lying down on the ground, a separate man apparently opening fire on the Ukrainians, and the first dozen soldiers lying dead in pools of blood.

“Our Monitoring Mission in Ukraine has conducted a preliminary analysis indicating that these disturbing videos are highly likely to be authentic in what they show,” Turk said in a press release. “The analysis…underlines the need for independent and detailed forensic investigations to help establish exactly what happened.”
The Russian Ministry of Defense described the footage as evidence of “the deliberate and methodical murder” of the soldiers, with the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council calling the incident a “demonstrative and audacious crime.” Read more More Russian soldiers released from Ukrainian captivity (VIDEO)

Kiev has promised to investigate the incident, but Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishina claimed last week that it is “very unlikely” that the clips show a deliberate execution, and Ukraine’s Prosecutor General accused the Russian soldiers, who were unarmed, of “imitating a surrender” in order to ambush their captors.
Turk acknowledged that Ukraine has opened an investigation, and called on Kiev to make sure that the probe “is seen to be independent, impartial, thorough, transparent, prompt and effective.”1776 around the world starts when you visit our store!
The UN commissioner also called on both sides “to issue clear instructions to their forces that there should be no retaliation, no reprisals, against those they take as prisoners of war,” and reminded both militaries that the “summary execution” of prisoners constitutes a war crime.

“Order your troops to treat those who surrender and those they detain humanely,” he told commanders.
In addition to executing the captured Russians, Ukrainian commanders have murdered their own men for refusing to follow orders, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. Putin declared that Russia is “dealing with a neo-Nazi regime” in Ukraine, which operates in “a completely different moral atmosphere.” […]