Everything About The Biden Administration Is Fake

02-02-21 10:23:00,

A new exclusive from The Daily Beast titled “White House Reporters: Biden Team Wanted Our Questions in Advance” reports that the White House press corps is being pressured to provide briefing questions ahead of time in a way that makes even mainstream media journalists uncomfortable.

“While it’s a relief to see briefings return, particularly with a commitment to factual information, the press can’t really do its job in the briefing room if the White House is picking and choosing the questions they want,” one White House correspondent told The Daily Beast. “That’s not really a free press at all.”

“It pissed off enough reporters for people to flag it for the [White House Correspondents Association] for them to deal with it,” another source reportedly said.

While Obama’s deputy press secretary Eric Schultz calls the move “textbook communications work” designed to ensure that Biden’s press secretary has answers ready instead of having to “repeatedly punt questions”, clearly the reporters on the job feel differently.

“The requests prompted concerns among the White House press corps, whose members, like many reporters, are sensitive to the perception that they are coordinating with political communications staffers,” writes the Beast.

EXCLUSIVE: White House reporters say Biden’s staff is asking for their questions in advance, before Jen Psaki’s televised press briefings. https://t.co/Mf15jFBrRm

— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) February 2, 2021

Having questions in advance would indeed be a good way to help insulate press secretary Jen Psaki (for whom liberals are already developing an unwholesome celebrity crush) from hard questions. This would avoid sticky situations like when Psaki deflected inquiries about treasury secretary Janet Yellen’s conflict of interest with the Citadel controversy by babbling about Yellen being the first woman in her position and claiming that receiving $800,000 in speaking fees from that company is no reason for her to recuse herself.

So this is just one more item on the steadily growing pile of fake things about this administration. Everything about it is phony. This is the Astroturf Administration.

Biden and his cohorts point-blank lied about sending out $2000 checks.

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Netanyahu does everything he can to stop Israelis from reading | Opinion

09-09-20 10:13:00,

“No Israeli leader encourages and advances the reading of books more than” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his spokesman Jonatan Urich wrote in Haaretz’s Hebrew edition this week. But certain facts don’t jibe with this claim.

If Netanyahu sought to encourage the reading of books, he wouldn’t have appointed as culture minister a woman who was so clearly inappropriate for the job, and wouldn’t have let her rescind the so-called Book Law – which required a fixed price for any Israeli book during its first year and a half on the market and set minimum rates for Israeli authors’ royalties.

The revocation of the law abandoned Israeli book publishers to the predatory duopoly of the bookstore chains, and deprived most Israeli book publishers of their economic independence. As a result, a raft of important books haven’t been published in Hebrew because the impoverished publishers don’t have the money to finance them.

A woman is reading at a cafe in Jaffa, Israel, September 2020.

Reading at a cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel, September 2020.

There is no relation between production costs and the ludicrous prices that books are sold for in Israel as a result of the duopoly, so the book publishers can’t invest in translation and publishing. I’ve often seen Netanyahu on television holding a thick book in English that I recognized and even considered publishing, but couldn’t.

All people for whom reading books is important must ask themselves how we’ve reached this state where, as a routine matter, publishers are asking authors to share in a book’s production costs. In this situation, publishers often publish books that have no justification to be published – just because they need the money.

We’ve seen the results in recent years in the form of a market flooded with works that are merely cheap entertainment for the masses – because these books are easy to finance. Many of these readers can’t distinguish between good translation and not good translation, and often it’s not good because the publishers are saving money anywhere they can in an effort to survive.

Reading in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2020.

A woman reading a book in Tel Aviv, September 8, 2020.Credit: Avshalom Halutz

If books and reading were important to Netanyahu, he would have instructed the Education Ministry to design a curriculum that didn’t require students to be tested on five examples of Spanish poetry,

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TED Talk On How Your Smart Devices Know and Share Everything About You – Everything – Activist Post

20-08-20 11:42:00,

By B.N. Frank

All wireless “Smart” devices collect data often without users knowledge or consent while simultaneously emitting harmful electromagnetic radiation which can make people and animals sick (see 1, 2, 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8) AND increase their cancer risk (see 1. 2. 3, 4). More details about data collection from “Smart” and WiFi-enabled products by 2 tech experts.

From TED Talks:

Once your smart devices can talk to you, who else are they talking to? Kashmir Hill and Surya Mattu wanted to find out — so they outfitted Hill’s apartment with 18 different internet-connected devices and built a special router to track how often they contacted their servers and see what they were reporting back. The results were surprising — and more than a little bit creepy. Learn more about what the data from your smart devices reveals about your sleep schedule, TV binges and even your tooth-brushing habits — and how tech companies could use it to target and profile you. (This talk contains mature language.)

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.

From the transcript: SM: If you decide to make your home smart, hopefully, you’ll find it less infuriating than Kashmir did. But regardless, the smart things you buy can and probably are used to target and profile you. Just the number of devices you have can be used to predict how rich or poor you are. Facebook’s made this tech, and they’ve also patented it.

KH: All the anxiety you currently feel every time you go online, about being tracked, is about to move into your living room. Or into your bedroom.

SM: The devices Kashmir bought range from useful to annoying. But the thing they all had in common was sharing data with the companies that made them. With email service providers and social media,

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“Everything About This Is Insane” – Begging Big Tech To Be Arbiters Of Truth Will Ultimately Backfire

27-05-20 06:10:00,

‘Be careful what you wish for’.  To all those calling for more censorship of “the Other’s” voices – urging Big Tech companies to become managers in the ministry of truth to rescue the world from dissent, disagreement, and dissolution – there is a simple message – it will ultimately backfire in ways even Huxley and Orwell could not imagine.

As Evan Greer argues below “we need to address the problem of viral disinformation at its root.”

In the United States, progressive groups and lawmakers rightly concerned about the rise of far right online activity, and attempts by state actors to manipulate elections, have increasingly turned to calls for Internet censorship, deplatforming, and more aggressive moderation by companies like Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook.

These calls are well intentioned but ultimately misguided.

These comments come just hours after controversy was exposed about the sudden and purely coincidental deletion of numerous Hong Kong dissident Twitter accounts after Li Fei-Fei was appointed to Twitter’s board.

As Liberty Bltizkrieg’s Mike Krieger noted so perfectly, “everything about this is insane.”

“The tech giants are out of control, actively laundering national security state talking points via mass media “fact checker” censorship. It’s only gonna get worse.”

Authored by Evan Greer, Deputy Director of Fight for the Future, via Medium,

Okay I’ll admit it. I still use Facebook. When I logged on last night I saw something I had never seen before: a notification that read “Partly false information found in your post by independent fact checkers.” I was surprised, but figured maybe it was a glitch or related to some joke meme I had posted or something like that. I clicked it to learn more.

Screenshot of the notification Facebook sent me.

It turned out that “Independent fact-checkers” at USA TODAY had flagged a VICE article that I shared, and am quoted in, about the reauthorization of the Patriot Act and the ongoing fight around amendments to rein in mass government surveillance.

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