Protest group StandUpX fights against ‘undemocratic’ Covid-19 measures, mixing real concerns with conspiracy theories


15-08-20 07:42:00,

By Chris Sweeney, author and columnist who has written for newspapers such as The Times, Daily Express, The Sun and Daily Record, along with several international-selling magazines. Follow him on Twitter @Writes_Sweeney

British protest group StandUpX is gaining in numbers. They mostly protest restrictive anti-Covid-19 measures, but members also oppose 5G and vaccines, among other things. The overarching belief is that democracy is under threat.

StandUpX made headlines for storming a busy branch of supermarket Morrisons in London recently. This weekend, they have marches planned all over the UK including in London, Birmingham, Bedford, Bournemouth and Norwich.

If you scroll through the group’s Facebook feed, you’ll see the concerns shared by many in the wider British public – the over-reach of Covid-19-related restrictions, the shifting numbers and narratives, the fear of draconian enforcement of mask-wearing and lockdowns – floating in a soup of dubious claims and conspiracy theories, which include anti-vaccine speculations, claims that 5G towers spread viruses, and the denial of the coronavirus’ very existence. The group doesn’t turn anyone away, which could be the reason its numbers appear to be swelling.

Read more

In a world of poverty and injustice, mask-hating Facial Justice Warriors have finally found a cause worth fighting for

RT spoke to senior member and activist Joss – he was part of the incident in Morrisons, but doesn’t want his full name publicized for fear of being targeted.

“We’re a community trying to spread awareness,” he said. “This new normal is being spouted about and we’re told we need to accept it. It was supposed to be a three-week lockdown to flatten the curve. We did that, the hospitals were never overwhelmed, yet here we are 14 weeks later still partially locked down.”

The lockdown doesn’t just worry the StandUpX members. A lot of people don’t like having their entire lives overturned on the orders of a government that has itself demonstrated a very poor understanding of the situation and the science that’s supposed to guide such measures.

“The restrictions are ridiculous and so unnecessary for a virus with such a small death rate. My view is it’s a real virus, but the exaggeration is massive,” Joss says. “They call it a pandemic but pandemics are supposed to take at least five percent of the population and according to Doctor Dan Erickson it only has a 0.03 death rate – it’s a tiny amount and it’s not a pandemic.”

California-based Dr Erickson’s claims were among those removed from YouTube and Facebook and a video of his interview on FoxNews was also taken down due to claims of inaccuracy.

 » Lees verder

Opinion – A new front group preaches restraint while embracing interventionism


11-03-20 08:16:00,

Old Ideas in New Bottles

A new front group
preaches restraint while embracing

By Philip Giraldi

March 11,
2020 “Information
Clearing House
” –
Numerous so-called
“front groups” operate in the United States.
A front group is very simply an organization
that pretends to have a certain program
while at the same time using that identity
as cover to promote a hidden agenda that is
something quite different, often opposed to
what is being said publicly. The Global
Climate Coalition is, for example, an
organization funded by fossil fuel providers
that works to deny climate change and other
related issues. The Groundwater Protection
Council does not protect water resources at
all and instead receives its money from the
fracking industry, which resists any
regulation of water pollution it causes. The
Partnership for a New American Economy has
nothing to do with protecting the U.S.
economy and instead seeks to replace
American workers with H1B immigrant
laborers. Even the benign sounding National
Sleep Foundation, is in reality a Big Pharma
creation intended to convince Americans that
they need to regularly use sleep inducing

Front groups in a
political context can be particularly
dangerous as they deceive the voter into
supporting candidates or promoting policies
that have a hidden agenda. The
Washington-based Foundation for Defense of
Democracies, is, for example, uninterested
in preserving democracies unless that
democracy is Israel, which many observers
would prefer to describe as an apartheid
state. It is funded by Zionists billionaires
and its leadership meets regularly with
Israeli officials. The American Enterprise
Institute is likewise a neocon mouthpiece
for economic imperialism and regime change
disguising itself as a free market advocate
and the Brookings Institution is its liberal
interventionist counterpart.

Front groups are
sometimes largely fictional, on occasion
creations of an intelligence agency to give
the impression that there exists in a
country a formidable opposition to policies
pursued by the governing regime.

 » Lees verder

Facebook en NSO Group ruziën; gehackt door spionnen bedrijf – DocP


03-11-19 07:24:00,

De NSO Group is een particulier Israëlisch bedrijf dat wereldwijd zijn diensten aanbiedt. Facebook en zijn dochterbedrijf Whatsapp hebben een aanklacht tegen NSO ingediend. Al in mei dit jaar had Whatsapp bekend gemaakt te zijn gehackt door het Israëlische bedrijf. Daarbij was meteen meegedeeld dat de zwakke plek waarlangs NSO binnenkwam al was afgesloten. De zaak krijgt nu een vervolg doordat er door Facebook een rechtszaak is aangespannen.

NSO had schadelijke software geïnstalleerd op 1400 telefoons waardoor de eigenaren bespioneerd konden worden. Deze groep slachtoffers zou vooral bestaan uit journalisten, activisten en dissidenten (FAZ, 31/10/2019). Bijvoorbeeld dissidenten in Ruanda, een land waar nog niet zo lang geleden een genocide plaatsvond.

In veel dubieuze zaken duikt de naam van NSO op. Bijvoorbeeld in de Khashoggi affaire en zeer recent in de ‘me too’-affaire rond de filmproducer Harvey Weinstein. Hoewel eigendom van particulieren zit het bedrijf zeer dicht tegen de Israëlische overheid aan. De oprichters en medewerkers zijn voor het meerendeel afkomstig uit een spionage eenheid van de Israëlische inlichtingendiensten.

Spionage van burgers door nauw aan Israël gelieerde bedrijven is ook voor Nederlandse activisten relevant. Het is een belangrijke reden voor docP om de ontwikkelingen rond de WIV (de Nederlandse Wet op de Inlichtingendiensten) in de gaten te houden. Zeer veel informatie over de NSO Group is overigens naar boven gebracht door citizen lab uit Canada.

NSO heeft de beschuldigingen ontkend.

De redactie

 » Lees verder

“We’re A Group Of 12-Year-Olds Trying To Make A Difference” – 1992 UN Climate Crisis Redux


27-09-19 02:41:00,

Nearly 30 years before angry 16-year-old girl Greta Thunberg “shamed” world leaders in a tearful tirade at The UN, a 12-year-old girl “silenced the world for five minutes”.

In 1992, Severn Cullis-Suzuki – then 12-year-old daughter of Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki, addressed the plenary session of the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.

In it, she described being “afraid to breathe the air” or go out in the sun, warned of mass extinctions of plants and animals and urged rich nations to stop spending so much money on war and “let go of some of our wealth”.

Sound familiar? It Should:

I just dug up this clip from 1992…

Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech to the UN in 1992 on climate change sounds an awful lot like Greta Thunberg’s in 2019.

I cut the two together to show just how similar the language is:

— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) September 26, 2019

Here’s Cullis-Suzuki’s full speech:

“We are a group of 12 and 13-year-olds trying to make a difference. We’ve raised all the money to come here ourselves, to come 5000 miles to tell you adults you must change your ways.

“Coming up here today I have no hidden agenda. I am fighting for my future. Losing my future is not like losing an election or a few points on the stock market. I am here to speak for all generations to come. I am here to speak on behalf of the starving children around the world whose cries go unheard. I am here to speak for the countless animals dying across this planet because they have nowhere left to go.

“I am afraid to go out in the sun now because of the hole in our ozone. I am afraid to breathe the air because I don’t know what chemicals are in it. I used to go fishing in Vancouver, my home, with my dad, until just a few years ago we found the fish full of cancers. And now we hear of animals and plants going extinct. Every day, vanishing forever.

“In my life, I have dreamt of seeing the great herds of wild animals,

 » Lees verder

How a Group of Pro-Israel Activists Blacklisted MintPress on Wikipedia


22-08-19 09:33:00,

For over a decade, pro-Israel and ultra-nationalist Israeli settler groups have sought to weaponize the popular online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, through concerted covert editing campaigns, offering Wikipedia editing courses to West Bank settlers and even formal alliances between Israel and Wikipedia to allow Israelis to create and edit content in a variety of languages.

In recent years, this alliance between pro-Israel partisans and Wikipedia has stepped up, largely in response to the growth of the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to comply with international law with respect to occupied Palestine and the blockaded Gaza Strip. As a consequence, news outlets that consistently report on the success of BDS, such as MintPress News, have been targeted on Wikipedia by such partisans, who recently succeeded in blacklisting MintPress as a “reliable source” on the online encyclopedia.

In early June, a small number of partisan Wikipedia editors privately voted to blacklist MintPress News from use as a source on the online encyclopedia website at the behest of a Wikipedia editor who took issue with MintPress’ coverage of current events in Venezuela and Syria. At no point was MintPress ever asked to comment or allowed to respond to any of the allegations made and MintPress is unable to appeal the decision.

Of the Wikipedia editors who voted to discredit MintPress, several were self-listed as experts in video games, computer science and anime, not geopolitical events, while others had previously gained notoriety for partisan promotion of pro-Israel perspectives and/or the U.S.-funded Venezuelan Popular Will political party, of which the U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is a member.

 » Lees verder