This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there (at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here:
Things of interest
Many of these items were found on Bongino’s site:
What do we need more of? Individuals suing for lies about them, malicious acts like doxing, and denial of Civil Rights by governments doing illegal and immoral things.
Computer repair shop owner who obtained Hunter Biden laptop sues Twitter over ‘hacked materials’ claim
by Jerry Dunleavy, Justice Department Reporter | | February 19, 2021 11:40 AM
The former Delaware computer repair shop owner who says he came into possession of Hunter Biden’s laptop sued Twitter for a second time over how the social media platform handled a New York Post story on President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, alleging the tech company defamed him by implying he was a hacker.
John Paul Mac Isaac filed his lawsuit on Thursday in the Southern District of Florida, claiming he was forced to shut down his business, in part, because Twitter labeled the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop as being hacked materials, which he denied, and he said had caused damage to his reputation.
A prior lawsuit, also claiming defamation and demanding $500 million in damages, was filed in the same court and tossed out by a judge in late December over lack of jurisdiction. In his new lawsuit, Mac Isaac attempts to bypass the jurisdiction issue. He also says that there had been defamation damages greater than $75,000 and that the exact award amount could be determined after a trial.
And evidence manages to sneak out of censorship…
A new study from renowned University of Hamburg researcher Roland Wiesendanger concludes the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the “cause” of COVID-19.
The February study argues against two prevailing theories that COVID-19 was transmitted to humans either via a wet market or a lab accident.
“To date, there is no scientifically based rigorous evidence for either mentioned theories,” Wiesendanger, a three-time recipient of the prestigious European Research Council grant.
Wiesendanger’s 105-page report continues, asking: “is the current global crisis actually the result of a coincidence in nature – a coincidental mutation of a coronavirus a bat with the assistance of an intermediate host – or the result of a Scientist carelessness when carrying out the project is high-risk research with global pandemic potential?”
To answer the question, Wiesendanger cites 600 incontrovertible facts to bolster his theory that “the number and the quality of evidence clearly indicate a laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
A summary of the report outlines the primary arguments in favor of Wiesendanger’s case, emphasizing the fact that the host has still not been identified; the virus can “couple surprisingly well to human cell receptors”; The Wuhan lab “carried out genetic manipulations on coronaviruses for many years with the aim of making them more contagious, dangerous and deadly for humans”; and that there were “significant safety deficiencies” at the facility:
In contrast to earlier coronavirus-related epidemics such as SARS and MERS, until today, i.e. well over a year after the outbreak of the current pandemic, no intermediate host has been identified that has enabled the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 pathogens from bats to humans could. The zoonosis theory as a possible explanation for the pandemic therefore has no sound scientific basis.
The SARS-CoV-2 viruses can couple surprisingly well to human cell receptors and penetrate human cells. This is made possible by special cell receptor binding domains connected to a special (furin) cleavage site of the coronavirus spike protein. Both properties together were previously unknown in coronaviruses and indicate a non-natural origin of the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen.
A research group at the virological institute in the city of Wuhan has carried out genetic manipulations on coronaviruses for many years with the aim of making them more contagious, dangerous and deadly for humans. This is proven by numerous publications in the scientific specialist literature.
There were significant safety deficiencies in the virological institute in the city of Wuhan even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which are documented.
There are numerous direct indications of a laboratory origin for the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen. A young scientist from the virological institute in Wuhan is said to have been infected first. There are also numerous indications that the SARS-CoV-2 pathogen spread from the virological institute in the city of Wuhan and beyond as early as October 2019. There are also indications of a corresponding investigation of the virological institute by the Chinese authorities in the first half of October 2019.
This one I found at this video:
Michigan Removes 177,000 Voters From Voter Rolls After Legal Challenge
Election watchdog calls settlement a check on voter fraud
Graham Piro – FEBRUARY 16, 2021 6:10 PM
The Michigan secretary of state removed 177,000 inactive voters from the state’s voter rolls after settling a legal challenge.
The state removed the names from the voter rolls in late January because the voters no longer live in the state or did not respond to the state’s inquiries about their addresses, according to a Tuesday district court announcement. The state performed the post-election audit during a legal battle with the Honest Elections Project, an election watchdog.
Jason Snead, head of the Honest Elections Project, which supported the lawsuit, said the state’s decision to remove the voters will help combat any allegations of voter fraud. “The last thing that we want is to create a system in which you could have widespread voter fraud or where it’s impossible to debunk false allegations of widespread voter fraud because you are undermining or failing to act on the necessary measures that help to prevent fraud and bolster confidence in the democratic process,” he said.
Any chance we can find out how many of them voted for Biden? Just sayin’…
Then from the Jeff Dunham Achmed file:
About 30 Taliban Die in Bombmaking Accident, Afghan Government Says
18 Feb 2021
Stars and Stripes | By J.P. Lawrence
KABUL, Afghanistan — About 30 Taliban militants were killed when they detonated a bomb they were learning how to assemble, the Afghan Defense Ministry said.
The blast occurred last week at a bombmaking course in Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province, the statement said.
Six foreign fighters were among the militants who died in the incident, the Afghan military said. While the foreigners were not identified, militants from abroad — some affiliated with al-Qaida — have trained Taliban fighters to make bombs during the last two decades of war in Afghanistan.
That’s one heck of a final exam…
In other non-news on the news, CNN sucks:
Now that Trump is gone, banned from Twitter, and no longer on trial (again) in the Senate, the venerable “news” network is struggling to find a profitable source of outrage. As you might expect, Trump’s absence from the national discourse has been terrible for ratings.
On Feb. 8, one day before the start of Trump’s second impeachment trial, CNN led all cable news networks, averaging 332,000 total viewers and 483,000 primetime viewers in the coveted 25-54 age demographic.
On Feb. 15, two days after Trump was acquitted for the second time, CNN suffered a steep decline in ratings. The network averaged just 255,000 total viewers and 316,000 primetime viewers. Most disappointingly, CNN fell behind Fox News in terms of total viewers and trailed both Fox and MSNBC in primetime viewership.
Fox, meanwhile, surged from third to first and was the only cable network to gain viewers in the target demographic during that same period. Additionally, the network’s parent company, News Corp, announced a “historic” agreement with Google this week under which the media conglomerate will provide “trusted journalism” in exchange for “significant payments from Google.”
Wow… 1/4 Million Viewers and 1/3 of a million showed up for prime time. Isn’t that about the same as some small town out in the boonies? FWIW, that’s about 1/3 of the size of the City of Austin Texas or San Francisco, California. Think about it. They can’t even get 1/3 of the loony hard left San Francisco to watch? Just OMG.
Then this just in: Biden had been trying to get closer to an unregistered foreign agent, who has now been arrested. Gee, where did I hear about a political operative being busted for having incidental contact with an ‘unregistered foreign agent’?
A venture capitalist who ‘Team Biden’ sought to develop as a potential donor was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday on a slew of federal charges, including illegal foreign lobbying.
Imaad Zuberi cultivated ties to the highest levels of the U.S. government and met with Joe Biden and Barack Obama during their administration.
A longtime adviser to Joe Biden urged Hunter Biden in 2012 to stay in contact with Zuberi in order to bring him ‘a little closer to Team Biden.’
Zuberi lobbied for the Sri Lankan government.
Imaad Zuberi, a Pakistani-American venture capitalist who cultivated connections with Joe Biden when he served as vice president, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Thursday on foreign lobbying and campaign finance charges.
Zuberi peddled influence at the highest levels of the U.S. government, meeting with both President Barack Obama and Biden during their administration. He also developed connections to prominent senators and House members of both political parties, which he leveraged to drum up overseas business deals.
Zuberi, 50, pleaded guilty in October 2019 to working as an unregistered foreign agent of Sri Lanka, tax evasion and campaign finance violations.
The world goes on. Nobody seems to care about differential application of rule of law. Not much is being done to stop the Democrats from stealing votes forever. More $Trillions going on the National Credit Card.
Will we need to ride this flight all the way to “impact with terrain”? Looks that way.
In the mean time, folks in Florida are just getting on with living life, and Trump is still popular.
Skip to the end, about 3 hours 7 minute mark, to see Trump do a Drive By for the crowd.
Going underground is not giving up. But these folks aren’t even going underground. The thing I find interesting is that there’s all of 2 cops on one side of the street, no helmets, no shields. A crowd that simply follows directions and is polite. That’s the Trump Supporter.