White House to Ask SMS Carriers to Monitor Vaccine ‘Misinformation’ in Private Text Messages

14-07-21 12:41:00,

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The Biden administration and allied groups, including the Democratic National Committee (DNC), are “planning to engage fact-checkers more aggressively and work with SMS [Short Message Service] carriers to dispel misinformation about vaccines sent over social media and text messages,” according to a report today in Politico by White House correspondents Natasha Korecki and Eugene Daniels.

The initiative is part of the administration’s attempt to get more people vaccinated for COVID after failing to reach its goal of having 70% of American adults receive at least one vaccine dose by July 4.

“We are steadfastly committed to keeping politics out of the effort to get every American vaccinated so that we can save lives and help our economy further recover,” White House spokesperson Kevin Munoz said, according to Politico. “When we see deliberate efforts to spread misinformation, we view that as an impediment to the country’s public health and will not shy away from calling that out.”

Politico’s Korecki tweeted this:

NEW: Bidenworld is taking a more aggressive approach to combat vaccine fear-mongering by conservative forces.
That includes
– Calling on SMS carriers to mete out false messages
– urging social media platforms to fact-check

w/ @EugeneDaniels2 https://t.co/HlAcOnQRgA

— Natasha Korecki (@natashakorecki) July 12, 2021

Politico did not clearly define what the administration meant by “monitoring” of text messages, including if messages would be flagged or if they would be prevented from being delivered.

The media outlet also did not clarify how the administration or social media platforms would determine what exactly constitutes “misinformation.”

Critics were quick to condemn the administration’s latest move. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a constitutional lawyer, tweeted this:

So now the Biden Administration wants to get into people’s text messages … to force vaccine compliance and who knows what else https://t.co/Q1v1qkOOfB

— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) July 13, 2021

This isn’t the first time the White House signaled its intent to work with social media platforms to monitor or suppress information it believes will deter people from getting the vaccine.

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Black White Red in the Mind | Door Dirk Pohlmann | KenFM.de

04-09-20 11:53:00,

Een commentaar van Dirk Pohlmann.

Ik was aanwezig bij de laterale denkbeeldige demonstratie op 29 augustus in Berlijn. Ik bracht indrukken mee, mijn persoonlijk fragment van de werkelijkheid, gefragmenteerd, ik zag en hoorde wat er binnen mijn bereik lag. Op weg naar de demonstratie kwam ik langs een christelijke groep met Israëlische vlaggen, mensen uit het alternatieve milieu, een groep middeleeuwse mannen en vrouwen met geprinte blauwe posters, ik dacht dat het AfD-aanhangers waren, maar ze maakten deel uit van een motivatietrainer. Voor veel mensen met zelfgemaakte borden, van origineel tot politiek. Er waren ook zwarte, witte en rode vlaggen, twee vrouwen gewikkeld in Amerikaanse vlaggen, ze waren Troef en Q-Anon volgelingen en hielden een bordje „Vertrouw het plan“ omhoog. De overgrote meerderheid van de demonstranten waren echter mensen uit het midden van de samenleving, zoals de term in de verkiezingscampagnes wordt gebruikt. De stemming was uitdagend goedgehumeurd en deed me denken aan de vredes- en milieudemonstraties uit mijn jeugd. Dat was geen goed gevoel. Want het omvatte de ervaring van de staatsmacht, letterlijk, het gevoel overgeleverd te zijn aan de staat, de geur van traangas, en het steeds meer beschadigde vertrouwen in een goede orde van zaken. Zoals het nu weer is.

Ik stond lange tijd op straat Unter den Linden achter de Brandenburger Tor, voor de Russische ambassade. Gevangen, ingepakt als een schaap in een kudde, als een dier in een dierentuinkooi. Gedwongen stilgelegd en samengepakt door de politie, die alle kruispunten had afgesloten, en vervolgens door de luidspreker eiste dat de menigte de minimale afstand zou bewaren. Anders… had je net zo goed de menigte kunnen zeggen dat ze moesten zweven.

Ik hoopte nog steeds dat de demonstratietrein zou gaan rijden, wat het makkelijker zou maken om afstand te houden, al wetende dat het niet zou gebeuren. Toen keek ik naar de politiemars, en de ervaring kwam naar boven. Déjà vu.

De politie verklaarde de demonstratie voorbij omdat de regels van de afstand niet waren nageleefd en de extra bestelde maskers niet waren opgezet. Dit was geen toeval. Het leek op een terugverdientijd voor de beslissing van de Berlijnse administratieve rechtbank, net als het antwoord van de uitvoerende macht op de roddels van de rechterlijke macht voor minister van Binnenlandse Zaken Geisel.

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White House Tells Hospitals to Skip CDC and Send Coronavirus Data Straight to HHS | Light On Conspiracies – Revealing the Agenda

25-07-20 12:22:00,

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The White House has issued a directive to the nation’s hospitals to bypass the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and “send all coronavirus patient information” straight to a non-public Health and Human Services database in D.C., the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

This appears to have generally alarmed many public health experts paying attention to the White House’s catastrophic handling of the ongoing pandemic, as hospitals will now be reporting their coronavirus data directly to HHS instead of CDC scientists. Documents sent to hospitals state that “As of July 15, 2020, hospitals should no longer report the Covid-19 information in this document to the National Healthcare Safety Network site,” the primary CDC system that currently handles data from some 25,000 U.S. medical institutions, according to the Times.

According to the Times, the change appears to be the result of a conference call weeks ago in which White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx told health care executives that hospitals weren’t adequately reporting information. Association of American Medical Colleges chief health care officer Dr. Janis Orlowski told the paper that Birx subsequently worked with a group of both government and industry officials on the new plan, which will be managed by Pittsburgh-based private company TeleTracking. Documents also indicate it involves HHS Protect, which was partially built by Palantir, the ominous cyberintelligence firm co-founded by Trump ally Peter Thiel. (Disclosure: Thiel secretly bankrolled a lawsuit that bankrupted Gizmodo’s former parent company, Gawker Media.)

Orlowski said that the White House had pledged that coronavirus data sent to the system would continue to be publicly released and she trusted it is a “sincere effort to streamline and improve data collection.” HHS spokesperson Michael R. Caputo told the Times that nothing was going on but a good-faith move to ensure federal agencies have timely access to data. He added that the CDC system wasn’t being abandoned but will be linked to the HHS database.

The CDC “still has at least a week lag in reporting hospital data,” while the nation “requires it in real time,” Caputo told the paper. “The new, faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus,

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White Helmets co-founder stole aid money destined for Syria – report

17-07-20 04:18:00,

As Western governments opened their checkbooks for the White Helmets – a controversial ‘rescue organization’ in Syria – their co-founder used the cash to top up his wage and even finance his wedding, according to a Dutch report.

Days before he plunged from a window in Istanbul to his death last year, White Helmets co-founder and British mercenary James Le Mesurier admitted to defrauding Mayday Rescue, an organization that fundraised for the anti-government rescue group in Syria.

According to documents seen by Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant, Le Mesurier told an accountant sent to audit the charity’s books that he forged receipts for $50,000, pretending that it was sent to finance an evacuation operation in Syria. Instead, the money was paid to Le Mesurier himself. In addition to paying himself a salary of €24,000 ($27,414) per month, Le Mesurier dipped into company cash to finance a lavish wedding in Istanbul in 2018, and to issue loans to his new wife, former diplomat Emma Winberg, the report claims.

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The accountant sent to investigate Mayday found that “tens of thousands of dollars in cash” were withdrawn to pay for the “fairytale wedding.”

Meanwhile, governments across the Western world were lining up to support Mayday, and channel money to the White Helmets. According to a 2018 report by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organization took in $127 million between 2014 and 2018, with only $19 million of this haul coming from non-state donors. The government of the Netherlands paid out almost $11.5 million in this period, while similar donations flowed in from Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Qatar, and others.

Despite being hailed as fearless rescue workers, the White Helmets have been accused of partnering with Al-Qaeda. Operating exclusively in rebel-held territory, the group’s members have been photographed posing with jihadists and have been accused of staging chemical weapons attacks to draw in Western forces against Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Le Mesurier’s death was deemed a suicide by Turkish authorities. Shortly afterwards, a number of countries that had donated to Mayday demanded an accountant have another look over the organization’s books.

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