"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.
The official transcript of the seven-hour deposition of Dr. Anthony Fauci in a lawsuit alleging the federal government colluded with social media companies to censor speech has been released.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who joined in the lawsuit with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, noted via Twitter on Monday that the Nov. 23 transcript shows Fauci said "I don't recall" 174 times.
Schmitt spotlighted a Feb. 4, 2020, email advising former Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell not to wear a mask when traveling. On March 8, he told "60 Minutes" there's "no reason to be walking around with a mask. However, less than one month later, he was advocating universal mask mandates.
After saying he didn't recall the Burwell email, Fauci, when prompted with more information, said," I vaguely recall talking to [Burwell] about certain safety issues regarding masks."
The Google Photos app appears to be testing out a new handy search function. The function has replaced the Google Lens button on the app for some people.
When looking at photos in the image viewer in Google Photos, you may have noticed the Google Lens icon among the share, edit, and delete options at the bottom of the screen. Tapping it allows you to do everything from translating words to finding similar images on the web. However, that doesn’t exactly help with searching for people through your own photos.
But, as discovered by Android Police, it seems Google is testing out a new search function that should make searching for people a little easier. When using the function on an image with a face on it, search will reportedly detect the face and do a reverse search to find other photos with that face in it.
Although the Google Lens button has been swapped out with the new search button for some, it doesn’t seem like it’s replacing Google Lens. In fact, it’s more like just an enhancement of what was already there.
Apparently, if you tap on a face, the app will show you other photos with that person. But, if you tap on a different part of the photo away from the face, the app seamlessly switches back to Google Lens.
In early 2023, the far-left Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) will launch a new “Global Fact Check Fund” that Google and YouTube helped fund with a $13.2 million grant.
The George Soros-tied initiative aims to step up the globalist crusade against “misinformation” online. The Poynter Institute’s network of 135 “fact-checking” organizations are all involved, hailing from 65 countries and covering 80 languages.
“The Global Fact Check Fund will help fact-checkers to scale existing operations or launch new ones that elevate information, uplift credible sources and reduce the harm of mis- and disinformation around the globe,” the group says.
The New York Post reports scientist Andrew Huff, who worked at the Wuhan research lab, has claimed the Coronavirus was man-made.
While Huff worked at the laboratory, which has drawn fierce commentary and debates about the organs of the virus, he said the Wuhan Institute of Virology lab was responsible for leaking COVID two years ago. He also blamed authorities for the “biggest U.S. intelligence failure since 911, according to a report from Britain from The Sun.
Huff is an epidemiologist who worked at the lab for two years and is sharing his opinions and observations about the laboratory by writing a book, “The Truth About Wuhan.” In it, he says that the United States government funded the coronaviruses created in the Chinese laboratory.
He also noted that the gain-of-function experiments were carried out at the Wuhan laboratory amid lax security resulting in the leak. Huff noted in his book that “Foreign laboratories did not have the adequate control measures in place for ensuring proper bio-safety, bio-security, and risk management, ultimately resulting in the lab leak at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
Fans of the iconic Disney theme park ride Splash Mountain have a little over a month to take one last ride. Disney will close Splash Mountain permanently on January 23 because, the company says, it promotes "racial stereotypes."
The ride, which opened in 1989, is based on the 1946 Disney film "Song of the South." The film has fallen out of favor in recent years because, critics say, it offers a racially insensitive depiction of Reconstruction in the American South just after the end of the Civil War.
"I've felt, as long as I've been CEO, that 'Song of the South' was – even with a disclaimer – was just not appropriate in today's world," Disney CEO Bob Iger said at a shareholders' meeting in March 2020, when the ride closure was first announced.
For years, activists have attempted to cancel "Song of the South" permanently. In 2019, a Change.org petition gathered over 21,000 signatures denouncing the film and demanding that Disney close Splash Mountain as well.
Webmaster addition: It's just an amusement park. Get a life!
The U.S. covertly altered a critical weapons system sent to Ukraine in an effort to prevent Ukrainian forces from striking Russian territory amid fears of provoking Russia’s ire against the West, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Nearly 150 Texas churches voted to leave the United Methodist Church during the Northwest Texas Annual Conference of United Methodist Churches (UMC) over disagreements concerning the church’s position on gay marriage, according to the Texas Tribune.
Webmaster addition: The same thing is happening here in Indiana.
The Biden Administration’s International Energy Affairs advisor Amos Hochstein said Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that the administration drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in part to help save the “global economy.”
A clearly exasperated Whoopi Goldberg paused briefly on Monday to lecture Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) for daring to complain about President Joe Biden’s plan to move the “first-in-the-nation” primary to South Carolina — undercutting both the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary — ahead of the 2024 election.
Goldberg offered to “explain” things to the senator — and then claimed that South Carolina would be a better representation of the nation at large because Iowa’s population is more than 80% white.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar, in response to the shelling of a church by Ukrainian troops in the city of Donetsk, called Washington’s support for Ukraine “immoral,” adding that the Kiev regime is “authoritarian.”
“Our continued support of this war in Ukraine is immoral. The deaths continue and Ukraine has become an authoritarian regime not worthy of any support. I support peace talks, not death and destruction. Not bombing churches,” Gosar tweeted.
On Monday, a Sputnik correspondent reported that the Church of Nativity of Christ in Donetsk was shelled by Ukrainian troops.
In late October, the US congressman invited Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for peace talks in the state of Arizona. Two weeks later, Gosar said he would continue opposing additional US aid to Ukraine.
According to recent reports, Ukrainian intelligence, with foreign support, is planning a provocation to prevent the resumption of Russian ammonia transit. The aim would be to further destabilize humanitarian deals to secure fertilizer supplies and, consequently, global food security. Ammonia is an important component in the production of various types of fertilizers, which is why the instability of its supply poses considerable risks to millions of people around the planet, whose food is cultivated with Russian products.
Sources interviewed by a Russian media outlet claim that Ukrainian agents are being instructed by the UK Special Services and the Canadian military company Garda World to destroy the Russian export infrastructure of ammonia. The operation would be very similar to what happened in September with the Nord Stream pipelines. Informers allege that Kiev wants to bomb the ammonia storage facilities at the Odessa Portside Plant. Thus, the flow of ammonia through the Tolyatti-Odessa pipeline could not be resumed, generating an increase in the prices of the product.
“The provocation has been planned and is carried out under the control of the UK special services stationed in Odessa. Members of Canada’s private military company Garda World, who are responsible for security of port infrastructure in the Odessa region under the contract with the administration of Ukrainian sea ports, are also participating in the implementation of this provocation”, the source said.
This fall, as the midterm elections approached, a leafy suburb west of Philadelphia became Pennsylvania’s ballot-harvesting leader – and perhaps the nation’s. That suburb, Delaware County, defied both convention and statistical trends, as local Democratic organizers built a completely legal ballot-harvesting juggernaut.
You might presume that Pennsylvania ballot-harvesting happens in Philadelphia’s mean streets or in woke college dorms. No: these organizers did their work in plain sight, along Delaware County’s bucolic oak-lined sidewalks and soccer fields. And they enrolled Democratic voters for mail-in balloting when no other Pennsylvania county was able to do so.
Prior to the pandemic, Pennsylvania had passed an election-reform law enabling mail-in voting.
Unlike in-person voting, which requires no voter identification, Pennsylvania’s mail-in ballot process requires the applicant to provide identification, either a driver’s license or Social Security number. County Boards of Elections are required to verify the information, or the ballot cannot be cast.
President Biden defended his decision to skip visiting the U.S.-Mexico border while in Arizona on Tuesday, saying, "there are more important things."
Biden made the defense while boarding Marine One at to depart the White House on Tuesday. Biden has never visited the border throughout his presidency, despite the ongoing crisis with record numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the border each month.
"Why go to a border state and not visit the border?" Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked.
"Because there are more important things going on," Biden responded. "They’re going to invest billions of dollars in a new enterprise."
Republican senators are accusing the Department of Health and Human Services of "knowingly" transferring unaccompanied migrant children to criminals, based on a new whistleblower claim.
In letters to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs (HSGAC) Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., first obtained by Fox News Digital, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and other GOP senators demand a hearing to investigate the shocking whistleblower claim.
"We write in response to recently reported claims by federal employee whistleblower that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is knowingly transferring unaccompanied migrant children in the custody of criminals, including sex traffickers," the senators wrote.
Reps. James Comer (R-KY) and Jim Jordan (R-OH) stopped by Monday night’s Hannity to discuss their planned investigations into the Biden family, the FBI, Big Tech, and the Hunter Biden laptop.
Hannity asked Jordan about the weekly meetings between Big Tech and the FBI.
“What is your take…that they had weekly meetings warning these Big Tech companies —’oh be on the lookout, they are probably going to give you hacked material on Hunter Biden…were they trying to prevent Big Tech from having that story go out?” Hannity asks Jordan.
“Why didn’t they do anything for the 11 months they had the laptop themselves?”
“The way you stop it is to get the facts out there,” Jordan says.
"Hey Georgia, it's Election Day. Today your vote is going to decide who's going to be in the United States Senate for the next six years," Kemp said in a 40-second message posted to Twitter. "Do you want to send somebody back that’s voted with Joe Biden 96% of the time? Or do you want to send somebody who's going to fight to end 40-year high inflation, to lower gas prices, secure our southern border and cut your taxes versus raising them?
Polls opened Tuesday morning in the runoff election between Walker, a former NFL star, and Sen. Raphael Warnock, D-Ga., a minister vying for his first full term in the United States Senate. Neither candidate managed to win a majority of the vote in the Nov. 8 general election, which triggered the runoff. Kemp, who handily won re-election last month and out-performed Walker by roughly 200,000 votes on Election Day, said Republicans need a "big turnout today to win this thing."
The FBI denied accusations from Republicans that it has purged conservative employees from its ranks under President Joe Biden’s administration.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who is poised to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee when Republicans take control of the chamber on Jan. 3, sent several letters to the FBI alleging the agency removed critics of Biden and his administration from their posts. Jill Tyson, the FBI’s assistant director of its Office of Congressional Affairs, responded to Jordan’s accusations with a letter of her own.
“The FBI has strong procedures in place to promote accountability when an FBI employee strays from their obligations — including employee actions that create the appearance of political, social, or other bias. The FBI takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously, and that includes taking seriously our responsibility to FBI employees who make protected disclosures under the whistleblower regulations,” she wrote in the letter.
Elon Musk made good on his promise to increase transparency by releasing Twitter’s internal communications surrounding the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story leading up to the 2020 election. The documentation, laid out in a detailed thread by Substack journalist Matt Taibbi on Friday evening, revealed what almost anyone who had been paying attention suspected: that the social media giant colluded to suppress a legitimate news story to impact the 2020 election. The thread explained that tools that were initially added to Twitter to combat issues like spam and financial fraud eventually became avenues for censorship. According to Taibbi, both political parties could, in theory, lobby for the censorship of posts they objected to, but in practice the censorship had a consistent bias. Because the censorship system was based on connections and personal favors, the Twitter team’s extremely progressive political orientation led them to honor the requests of the left far more often than the requests of the right. The internal documents show Twitter staff regularly removing posts at the request of both the Biden team and the Democratic National Committee.
Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines ducked a question about the alleged retention of classified documents by former president Donald Trump and the Aug. 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago during an interview that aired Monday on MSNBC.