A new round of Twitter files proves that the Pentagon uses social media to run psychological operations, or PsyOps. This means that they create fake Twitter accounts and pretend to be foreign actors and use those accounts to sew discord in foreign countries.
This was reported by the Washington Post in September based on a study by Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory. After that reporting, the Pentagon admitted that it did this and in fact, some of the fake accounts that came from the study were proven to have been created by the U.S. government in this round of Twitter files.
How complicit was Twitter in all of this? Very. They were notified of government-run fakes and gave those accounts verification and whitelisting, meaning that they could trend without being flagged or punished. In one instance, Twitter counsel says that Facebook has created a SCIF, or a safe room to discuss these fake accounts with the governments. Facebook you say??? Would they care to comment on this? They have been loudly silent throughout all of this.
A new study from the Cleveland Clinic shows that the more Covid vaccines one gets, the higher the risk of Covid. This is a statistical analysis, not a human trial, but an interesting one.
The study says, “The higher the number of vaccines previously received, the higher the risk of contracting COVID-19.” Further, the study found that “the current bivalent vaccines were about 30% effective overall in protecting against infection with SARS-CoV-2, when the Omicron BA.4/BA.5 lineages were the predominant circulating strains.”
This was a study of over 51,000 adults. The researchers concede that this is not the only study to indicate that risk of infection may actually go up with more vaccinations. They say that they could not infer anything about the vaccine preventing severe Covid because in a study of 51,000 people, “there were too few severe illnesses for the study to be able to determine if the vaccine decreased severity of illness.”
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The Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte issued a formal apology for his country’s role in a slave trade on Monday. Notice I do not say the slave trade because humanity has had and continues to have many.
The Netherlands ended slavery 160 years ago. The Prime Minister delivered a 20-minute speech at the National Archive and established a 200 million Euro fund to help “tackle the legacy of slavery in the Netherlands and its former colonies to boost education about the issue.”
This is not reparations to the ancestors of enslaved people, which some say that they do want. A leader of a Black activist group did not attend the speech due to the lack of monetary reparations and called the speech insulting.
This raises interesting questions. No one alive today participated in the Dutch slave trade, so should current taxpayers bear this burden? While it unequivocally held one group back from obtaining wealth, most generational wealth does not pass down more than 1-2 generations so the cumulative effect is debatable. It also does not highlight the responsibility of African leaders that participated in selling African slaves to Northern countries.
And my biggest issue is this: Whose is it to forgive? Is it my right to issue forgiveness on behalf of ancestors I never met? I do not ask this in a leading way. It is an important existential question.
Amy Grant is trending because she is going to host her niece’s same-sex wedding and people are surprised about this because she was a Christian singer.
The San Francisco Giants are trending because they were all set to hold a press conference to announce Carlos Correa’s new $350 million contract but it was postponed due to a “medical concern” that came up in his physical.
News By The Numbers
28. That is how many chocolate bars Consumer Reports tested for lead and cadmium. They found high levels of both in brands from Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Lindt, Godiva and more. Yikes!
$2.005 million. That is the gross box office sales for Broadway’s “Funny Girl” starring Lea Michele. That is a record for the August Wilson Theatre.
The House of Representatives voted to release former President Trump’s tax returns publicly. This will include the previous six years of filings, which the House Ways and Means Committee obtained after the Supreme Court decided not to block the IRS from handing them over.
But how and why will they do this? And will it set a dangerous precedence for Congress reaching into the IRS to weaponize people’s finances? If they can get Trump’s returns, can they get yours too and make them public?
“If they get revealed, it seems to me they ought to have a pretty good reason for why that’s in the public interest,” said John Koskinen, who served as IRS commissioner in the Obama and Trump administrations. “It’s a dangerous precedent.”
What is the public interest here other than an appetite to hit at former President Trump and possibly derail his re-election campaign?
Democrats will have to do this quickly before they lose their majority in January.
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This newsletter is written and researched by Natali Morris.
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