Marco Rubio Applauds Trump Caravan Surrounding Biden Bus in Texas: 'We Do That in Florida Every Day' – Newsweek

  1. Marco Rubio Applauds Trump Caravan Surrounding Biden Bus in Texas: ‘We Do That in Florida Every Day’  Newsweek
  2. FBI investigating after Trump supporters surround Biden campaign bus in Texas  CBS News
  3. Marco Rubio goes full Trump on election eve  CNN
  4. Defeating Trump is only the first step in our national recovery  The Washington Post
  5. PG gets it wrong with Trump endorsement  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Apple TV Needs the PS5 and Xbox Series X – Gizmodo

  1. Apple TV Needs the PS5 and Xbox Series X  Gizmodo
  2. Epic previews Fortnite’s next-gen ports for PS5 and Xbox Series X  The Verge
  3. PS5 and Xbox Series X | S – 11 NEW Things You Need To Know Before You Buy  GamingBolt
  4. Best Xbox One games for 2020  CNET
  5. Xbox Series X: Netflix, Disney, HBO, Apple and full streaming apps list  Polygon
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Turley: The Case For Internet Originalism

Turley: The Case For Internet Originalism

Tyler Durden

Mon, 11/02/2020 – 18:40

Authored by Jonathan Turley,

Below is my column in The Hill on Twitter’s adoption of a “living Internet” approach to censorship policies. Notably, at the recent hearing before the Senate, Democratic Senators demanded more censorship despite the Big Tech CEOs admitting that the blocking of the Hunter Biden story was a mistake.

Twitter and Facebook responded within days with new attacks on free speech in barring conservative viewpoints from a Republican women’s group and one of the highest Trump Administration officials.

Here is the column:

Twitter finally lifted its suspension of the New York Post over its reporting on the laptop of Hunter Biden. The decision came two weeks after both Twitter and Facebook barred access to the story about his emails that appeared to reveal influence peddling and contradicted past statements of former Vice President Joe Biden. Twitter now admits there was no evidence that the emails were fabricated or were the product of Russian disinformation, a conclusion confirmed by both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the director of national intelligence.

Rather than apologize for its error, however, the company cited a curiously familiar argument to excuse its decision: Its policies are “living documents” subject to continual change. That sounds like an internet version of the “living Constitution” theory used by jurists such as the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to continually update the meaning of the Constitution. Twitter’s claim should turn every citizen into a strict “internet originalist.” Before addressing the “Living Twitter” theory, a few established facts on the story should be noted.

  • The Bidens have not denied that these were, in fact, Hunter Biden’s laptop and his emails.

  • Second, various senders and recipients of the emails have confirmed that they are real emails.

  • Third, not only was the laptop subpoenaed last year by the FBI in an investigation into money-laundering, but the FBI has confirmed that the investigation involving the emails — including Hunter Biden’s involvement — remains ongoing.

  • Finally, a former business associate has asserted that Joe Biden’s past denials of knowledge or involvement in his family’s business dealings are “lies” and has shared his allegations with the FBI, under criminal penalty for making any false statements.

There is no evidence that the laptop or emails are false. Indeed, the only obvious “disinformation” about this story has come from Joe Biden and his allies. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, for example, stated that the entire story was Russian disinformation, a claim repeated by Biden this week. In reality, Twitter and Facebook tried to bury a story by the New York Post that appears to be accurate regarding the source and the content of the emails.

After dropping its suggestion of Russian disinformation, Twitter claimed the underlying material appeared to be hacked material — a claim ridiculous on its face, since the Post’s article was based on the contents of an abandoned laptop. Now the social media company is adopting a claim that its policies should be read like a living Constitution:

“Our policies are living documents. We’re willing to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback from the public.”

It is precisely the type of argument that would drive the late Justice Antonin Scalia to distraction. Scalia rejected this approach to constitutional interpretation as little more than opportunism to change the meaning of rights without having to ask the consent of citizens through amendments:

“You would have to be an idiot to believe that; the Constitution is not a living organism; it is a legal document. It says something and doesn’t say other things … .”

That is a view shared by newly sworn Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who recently testified that

“I interpret the Constitution as a law. That I interpret its text as text. I understand it to have the meaning that it had at the time people ratified it. So that meaning doesn’t change over time, and it isn’t up to me to update or infuse my own policy views into it.”

I am not a constitutional originalist, but I am an internet originalist. The internet was originally the greatest single advancement in free speech since the printing press. It was an open, free platform for speech that united the world. Not surprising, it also was a threat to authoritarian countries and figures who have struggled to control and censor the sharing of information and viewpoints. Originally, Twitter was the ultimate expression of those free speech values, as individuals associated with others to share instant observations and experiences.

Yet, the original free use of the internet has come into increasing conflict with liberal politicians who demand that social media companies actively prevent people from sharing information they deem to be false or misleading. Joe Biden has demanded that these companies block postings linking mail voting to fraud; Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have threatened punitive legislation if the companies do not censor groups accused of spreading false information.

In this week’s Senate hearing on Twitter’s suppression of the Biden story, Democratic senators ignored the admissions of Big Tech CEOs that they were wrong to bar the story and, instead, insisted that the CEOs pledge to substantially increase such censorship. Senator Jacky Rosen warned the CEOS that “you are not doing enough” to prevent “disinformation, conspiracy theories and hate speech on your platforms.”

That is why a “living internet” interpretation is so dangerous. These companies are driven by profits and politics, not principle. If Democrats take control of Congress and the White House, these companies will face growing demands for increased censorship. That is when “living policies” change “to update and adjust them when we encounter new scenarios or receive important feedback.”

The alternative is “internet originalism” – no censorship. If social media companies returned to their original roles, there would be no slippery slope of political bias or opportunism; they would assume the same status as telephone companies. We do not need companies to protect us from harmful or “misleading” thoughts. The solution to bad speech is more speech, not approved speech.

If Pelosi demanded that Verizon or Sprint interrupt calls to stop people saying false or misleading things, the public would be outraged. Twitter serves the same communicative function between consenting parties; it simply allows thousands of people to participate in such digital exchanges. Those people do not sign up to exchange thoughts only to have Dorsey or some other internet overlord monitor their conversations and “protect” them from errant or harmful thoughts.

It has been a long time since a bunch of geniuses came up with a new form of communication on Twitter. Back then, the platform was neutral. Its appeal was its convenience, not its supervision. Dorsey himself said the success of Twitter is based on the principle that you “make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to the perfect.”

A free and open forum for communication was the original and perfect design. And here, once again, the Constitution could offer the clarity of that original meaning to limit the detail to the perfect. To paraphrase the First Amendment, Twitter should return to a simple static, “originalist” position: It should “make no policy abridging the freedom of speech or the press.”



Source: Zero Hedge, Turley: The Case For Internet Originalism

Notorious Half-Life 2 achievement recalled as Gabe Newell fires garden gnome into space – Eurogamer.net

  1. Notorious Half-Life 2 achievement recalled as Gabe Newell fires garden gnome into space  Eurogamer.net
  2. Valve’s Gabe Newell is sending a gnome to space on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket  The Verge
  3. Valve is launching Half-Life’s Gnome Chompski into space for real, for charity  Gamesradar
  4. Gabe Newell is launching a garden gnome into space  PC Gamer
  5. Valve’s Gabe Newell sending garden gnome into space for charity  Polygon
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Court File Shows Joe Biden Listed as Possible Witness With Son Hunter in Fraud Case

By Paul Sperry, RealClearInvestigations:

A federal judge named Joe Biden as a possible “witness” along with his son Hunter in a criminal fraud case last year that ended in the convictions of two of Hunter’s business partners, according to little-noticed court documents. The Democratic presidential candidate’s appearance on a witness list casts new doubt on his claims he knew nothing about his son’s shady business dealings.

Hunter Biden blamed one of his convicted partners — Devon Archer — for his father’s name appearing on a list of potential witnesses in a juror questionnaire in the case, which was filed Jan. 11, 2019.

In a 47-minute recording recovered from his abandoned laptop, an agitated Hunter can be heard grousing about calls he’s been getting from his father, who apparently was upset with the developments as he prepared to launch his campaign for the White House.

“And I am receiving calls from the U.S. attorney’s office [because] my best friend Devon has named me as a witness without telling me in a criminal case — and my father — without telling me,” Hunter said in the May 11, 2018, recording, which is believed to be an audiotape of a conversation the troubled son had with an unnamed woman.

Before impaneling a jury in the fraud case, U.S. District Judge Ronnie Abrams of New York asked jurors if they had any dealings with individuals on a list that she provided “whose names may come up during the trial or who may be witnesses in the case.” Joe Biden’s name appears above his son’s on a list of dozens of individuals who might pose a conflict for prospective jurors selected from the jury pool, according to the document titled “Questions for Jurors.”

A federal appeals court on Oct. 7 reinstated a jury’s fraud verdict against Archer, Hunter’s longtime business partner, and he is scheduled to be sentenced in January. In 2018, jurors in Abrams’ court found that Archer and two other defendants illegally spent proceeds from bond issues of the Oglala Sioux of Nebraska on personal items. Archer was convicted of conspiracy to commit securities fraud in the bond scheme, which defrauded investors of some $60 million.

A college roommate of Archer’s, Hunter was repeatedly implicated in the scheme.

According to court transcripts, Archer was a longtime business partner of Hunter Biden and the pair were connected to “an opaque investment company, called Rosemont Seneca Bohai LLC, which on information and belief, was affiliated with Rosemont Seneca Partners LLP, an investment company run by Archer’s friend and former college roommate, Hunter Biden.”

The politically influential Biden name was used to legitimize sale of the fraudulent tribal bonds, according to court filings.

Archer and Hunter also collected millions as board members of Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, while then-Vice President Joe Biden acted as point man for U.S.-Ukrainian policy from 2014-2017.

Joe Biden has insisted repeatedly that he had no involvement in or even knowledge of his son’s business dealings and never discussed them with his son.

“I have never discussed with my son or brother or anyone else anything having to do with their businesses — period,” he told reporters in August 2019. “I never talked with my son or my brother or anyone else in the distant family about their business interests, period.”

Not everyone is convinced.

“If Joe knew nothing, why would he be named as a witness?” said Toni Caiazzo Neff, a Wall Street compliance officer who has closely tracked several securities fraud cases connected to the Bidens.

The Biden campaign had no comment. It has not disputed the authenticity of emails and other messages found on Hunter’s laptop, but has dismissed the entanglement of Joe Biden in his son’s affairs as a “desperate smear campaign.”

A whistleblower former partner of Hunter, however, said Biden is not being candid about his involvement.

“I’ve seen Vice President Biden saying he never talked to Hunter about his business. I’ve seen firsthand that that’s not true,” said former business partner Tony Bobulinski.

“I have heard Joe Biden say he has never discussed his dealings with Hunter. That is false. I have firsthand knowledge about this because I directly dealt with the Biden family, including Joe Biden.”

The U.S. Navy veteran said he met multiple times with the vice president, including on May 2, 2017, when Hunter Biden arranged for him to brief his father on a prospective Chinese business venture at a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel bar.

In one message sent on May 20, 2017, another partner, James Gilliar, warned Bobulinski not to mention the Democratic nominee’s involvement in the SinoHawk joint venture.

“Don’t mention Joe being involved, it’s only when u [sic] are face to face, I know u [sic] know that but they are paranoid,” a screenshot of the message from Gilliar reads.

Bobulinski said that Gilliar and fellow partner Rob Walker were “paranoid about keeping Joe Biden’s involvement secret.”

In April 2015, Hunter arranged for an official from Burisma to meet his father — then the vice president — in Washington, according to emails recovered from Hunter’s old laptop. The Biden campaign has said it cannot find the meeting recorded in Biden’s official schedule.

In 2013, Hunter rode aboard Air Force Two with his father to Beijing, and then introduced the vice president to a Chinese businessman who was helping his son launch a $1.5 billion investment fund.

In 2011, White House visitor entry logs show several Chinese businessmen involved with Hunter were escorted in to meet with the vice president.

Despite his repeated denials of any personal involvement in his son’s business deals, at least two pieces of evidence have emerged suggesting that Joe Biden had a secret stake in Hunter’s deals.

In a text message to his daughter Naomi in 2019, Hunter said, “don’t worry unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.”

And a May 2017 email proposing the equity split in the SinoHawk venture shows the four partners each getting 20% shares in the business, with 10% going to “Jim” and the remaining 10% “held by H for the big guy?”

Bobulinski has confirmed that the “big guy” refers to Joe Biden and that the former vice president was supposed to be a silent partner in the venture.

Bobulinski has turned over evidence including contemporaneous communications related to his meetings with Joe Biden to both Senate and FBI investigators.

This RealClearInvestigations article was republished by The Gateway Pundit with permission.

Paul Sperry is the former D.C. bureau chief for Investor’s Business Daily, Hoover Institution media fellow, author of several books, including bestseller INFILTRATION

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SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and transmission risk factors among high-risk close contacts: a retrospective cohort study – The Lancet

  1. SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence and transmission risk factors among high-risk close contacts: a retrospective cohort study  The Lancet
  2. T-cell study adds to debate over duration of COVID-19 immunity  Reuters
  3. T-cell Covid immunity ‘present in adults six months after first infection’  The Guardian
  4. Coronavirus: Are Indians more immune to Covid-19?  Yahoo News
  5. COVID-19 infects the mouth. Could that explain patients’ taste loss?  Livescience.com
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NASCAR will not penalize Erik Jones’ team – NASCAR on NBC Sports

  1. NASCAR will not penalize Erik Jones’ team  NASCAR on NBC Sports
  2. Breaking down the Martinsville playoff race: The Top 5  The Athletic
  3. Chase Elliott wins, Harvick turns Kyle Busch : Martinsville Speedway Extended Highlights | NASCAR  NASCAR
  4. NASCAR to review two late-race situations at Martinsville  NASCAR on NBC Sports
  5. Hamlin narrowly escapes elimination after ‘tough’ cutoff race  Motorsport
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Trump’s appointee Barrett takes part in first Supreme Court arguments

November 2, 2020

By Lawrence Hurley

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Amy Coney Barrett participated in her first case as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, with President Donald Trump’s appointee welcomed by Chief Justice John Roberts before questioning one of the lawyers in a dispute in which an environmental group is seeking government documents.

Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, Barrett made her debut not in a public session in the ornate courtroom where the justices usually hear cases but rather in a teleconference format, with a live audio feed available to the public.

Although Barrett officially started work last Tuesday, she did not participate in Friday’s private conference in which the justices discussed what new cases to hear because she was preparing for this week’s arguments, a court spokeswoman said.

“It gives me great pleasure on behalf of myself and my colleagues to welcome Justice Barrett to the court,” Chief Justice John Roberts said at the outset. “… Justice Barrett, we wish you a long and happy career in our common calling.”

With the justices taking turn by seniority, Barrett was the last to weigh in on the case brought by the Sierra Club seeking documents related to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s consideration of a regulation finalized in 2014. The agency concluded that the environmental regulation for cooling water intake structures that are used by power plants and other industrial facilities would not adversely affect endangered species, including fish, turtles and shellfish.

Barrett, following fellow Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh, continued with his line of questioning on how courts determine which internal agency documents are subject to a federal law called the Freedom of Information Act, which lets people request certain materials.

“What other factors would a court consider?” Barrett asked, in relation to how courts decide whether a draft document, as opposed to a final report, can be sought as part of such a request.

A federal judge in California ruled in 2017 that 11 documents had to be disclosed. The government appealed and the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018 ruled partly for the government but still found that nine documents had to be released.

It was the first of two cases on Monday. The second was an employment benefits dispute involving a former railroad worker.

The Republican-led Senate confirmed Barrett one week ago, with Democrats strongly opposed. Trump on Sept. 26 announced Barrett as his nominee to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died of cancer on Sept. 18. Barrett previously was appointed by Trump as a federal appeals court judge in 2017 after she served as a law professor at Notre Dame University in Indiana.

Barrett’s confirmation expanded the Supreme Court’s conservative majority to 6-3.

Monday’s case was argued a day before the U.S. election in which the Republican president is seeking a second term in office against Democratic challenger Joe Biden. In campaign rallies, Trump has touted his appointment of Barrett, receiving applause from his supporters.

No Supreme Court justice has ever been confirmed so close to a presidential election. At 48, Barrett could serve in her lifetime post for decades alongside Trump’s two other Supreme Court appointees, Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

The first major case in which Barrett will take part comes on Wednesday when the court hears a religious rights dispute involving the city of Philadelphia’s refusal to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex couples from serving as foster parents.

Next week, the court hears arguments in litigation in which Trump and Republican-governed states are seeking to invalidate the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 healthcare law also called Obamacare that has helped millions of Americans obtain medical insurance.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

Marco Rubio goes full Trump on election eve – CNN

  1. Marco Rubio goes full Trump on election eve  CNN
  2. Trump, Biden Make Final Push Before Election Day  Bloomberg Politics
  3. I’m Here To Remind You That Trump Can Still Win  FiveThirtyEight
  4. Colin Reed: 4 signs Trump and the Republican Party are in big trouble this Election Day  Fox News
  5. What Trump Needs to Win: A Polling Error Much Bigger Than 2016’s  The New York Times
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Valve’s Gabe Newell is sending a gnome to space on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket – The Verge

  1. Valve’s Gabe Newell is sending a gnome to space on Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket  The Verge
  2. Valve is launching Half-Life’s Gnome Chompski into space for real, for charity  Gamesradar
  3. Gabe Newell is launching a garden gnome into space  PC Gamer
  4. Valve’s Gabe Newell sending garden gnome into space for charity  Polygon
  5. Why Valve’s Gabe Newell arranged to have a garden gnome launched into orbit  GeekWire
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Kentucky police training program quoted Hitler, advocated ‘regular employment of violence’

Kentucky police training program quoted Hitler, advocated ‘regular employment of violence’Hitler’s ideas were mentioned several times throughout the document. Training materials from The Kentucky State Police have come under fire for the promotion of violence and their embrace of both Adolf Hitler and Confederate general Robert E. Lee. A student newspaper broke the news that the Kentucky state police were using a slide show that contained quotes from the Nazi leader to train its cadets.



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Vienna shooting: what we know so far about the attack – The Guardian

  1. Vienna shooting: what we know so far about the attack  The Guardian
  2. At least one person dead, and 15 injured in Vienna ‘terror attack’  CNN
  3. Vienna Shooting Attack: Live Updates  The New York Times
  4. At least one killed, several injured during ‘ongoing attack’ in Vienna: Report  Fox News
  5. 2 dead, 15 wounded in Vienna terror attack, authorities say  CNBC
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‘This is our Europe’: Macron voices ‘shock & grief’ over Vienna terror attack, warns ‘enemies’ will be dealt with

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted that Europe will not give into terror following a deadly attack in Austria’s capital, voicing support for a “friendly country” while threatening retaliation for their shared “enemies.”

“We French share the shock and grief of the Austrian people struck this evening by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, a friendly country is attacked,” Macron said in a pair of tweets on Monday evening – one in French, the other in German.

This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give up anything.

The comment came amid running gun battles between armed assailants and police in downtown Vienna on Monday night, following an incident near the city’s largest synagogue deemed a terrorist attack by the Austrian Interior Minister. While the attackers’ motives remain unclear, police have confirmed that “several suspects armed with rifles” have fired their weapons in six different locations, killing at least one bystander and injuring several others. One of the gunmen was also shot and killed by officers, police said.

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Police block a street near Schwedenplatz square after exchanges of gunfire in Vienna, Austria on November 2, 2020. © REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
Multiple attackers involved in TERRORIST incident in Vienna – Austrian interior minister

The President of the European Commission, Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen, joined Macron in condemning the “brutal” attack, saying “Europe stands by Austria’s side in full solidarity,” while the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs Josep Fontelles dubbed the shootings “cowardly [acts] of violence and hate.”

France has seen a number of shocking terrorist attacks in recent weeks, including a stabbing spree at a Catholic basilica in Nice last Thursday, as well as the gruesome beheading of a school teacher in a suburb of Paris in October. Both have since been labeled “Islamist terrorist attacks” by French authorities, who have responded to the violence with ramped up security around schools and houses of worship nationwide, including the deployment of thousands of soldiers to French streets.

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Pakistani girls’ school stages mock BEHEADING as cleric vows vengeance on France for ‘insulting the Prophet’ (VIDEO)

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