News from Around the Web for Feb 1, 2024

News From Around the Web

#10 One By One, the Lockdown Myths are Crumbling - Madeline Grant for The Telegraph
Even the shutdown’s most fervent supporters cannot hide from the impact of that calamitous policy. You may remember from the depths of lockdown – although you’d be forgiven for trying to forget – the cavalcade of talking heads that would appear on our televisions, their movements seemingly unimpeded by legislation, to lecture us on the rectitude of being...

#9 Change These Computer Settings to Stop Programs from Spying on You - Kim Komando for Komando.Com

Your phone knows a lot about you. It tracks your movement, browsing habits, downloads, and more. Here’s a trick to know when your phone’s camera or microphone is being used. You must also worry about social media apps, voice assistants, and smart TVs from listening and recording what you have to say. Tap or click for steps to put a stop to it. Phone apps ask permission to access your camera, mic, and location. You can go into your phone’s settings to grant or restrict these permissions. Did you know you can do the same for your PC or Mac? Here’s how...

#8 The US Hasn’t Seen Syphilis Numbers This High Since 1950 - Other STD Rates are Down or Flat - Mike Stobbe for AP

The U.S. syphilis epidemic isn’t abating, with the rate of infectious cases rising 9% in 2022, according to a new federal government report on sexually transmitted diseases in adults. But there’s some unexpected good news: The rate of new gonorrhea cases fell for the first time in a decade. It’s not clear why infectious cases of syphilis rose 9% while gonorrhea dropped 9%, officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, adding that it’s too soon to know whether a new downward trend is emerging for the latter...

#7 Christian Navy Veteran Charged With Hate Crime for Beheading Demon Statue at Iowa Capitol - Joseph Mackinnon for Blaze Media

Hundreds of statues of historical and religious significance have been toppled throughout the United States in recent years. Rather than stop the iconoclasts responsible, government officials have, in many cases, rewarded them — at least when they were not themselves directly responsible. However, it became clear this week that the powers that be still hold some things sacred: abortion clinics and satanic idols. Within hours of a federal court finding six more pro-life activists guilty of peacefully demonstrating inside an infamous late-term abortion clinic, Christian Navy veteran Michael Cassidy was charged with a hate crime Tuesday for toppling a satanic statute last year at the Iowa Capitol.,,

#6 Chicago Mayor Extends Stay for Migrants in Latest Slap in the Face of City Residents - C. Douglas Golden for The Western Journal
According to The Associated Press, the city moved Monday to extend a 60-day limit on shelter stays for illegal immigrants seeking asylum. The policy will now give between 30 to 60 more days for illegals in 28 city shelters, affecting about 14,000 people. According to the AP, the chief reason for the extension was Chicago’s weather. If the policy hadn’t been implemented, almost 2,000 immigrants faced eviction in a matter of days...
#5 With USAID Funding, Ukraine is the WEF’s Digital Blueprint for Global Deep State Takeover - Tracy Beanz and Michelle Edwards for The HighWire
The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently announced that, along with Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation, it will establish a GovTech Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (C4IR) in Ukraine to advance the nation’s role as the esteemed leader in the digitization of the global economy. That’s no small announcement. The WEF press release, dated January 18, 2024,…

#4 Government Opposes AJ Fischer's Novel J6 Change of Venue Request - Wendi Strauch Mahoney for UncoverDC
On Jan. 25, after two extensions, the Government argued that AJ Fischer "fails to establish that 'he cannot obtain a fair and impartial trial'" in the District of Columbia. UncoverDC spoke briefly with Fischer, who says the Government barely looked at the research he provided to prove juror bias in the District. According to Fischer, it may be that the "DOJ cannot find an expert to disprove the research" that underpins the arguments in his case. Fischer plans to file for an extension to respond...

#3 Meta CEO Zuckerberg Apologizes to Parents at US Senate Social Media Hearing - Reuters
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday apologized to families at a U.S. Senate hearing about the impact that social media has on children. Under prodding from Republican Senator Josh Hawley, Zuckerberg stood up and addressed families who held up pictures of their children who they said had been harmed by social media. As the hearing kicked off, the committee played a video in which children spoke about being bullied on social media platforms. Senators recounted stories of young people taking their own lives after being extorted for money after sharing photos with sexual predators...

 


#2 More Than $27M in Trump Campaign Fundraising Went to Legal Costs in the Last Six Months of 2023 -  Katherine Doyle and Ben Kamisar NBC News

Former President Donald Trump’s affiliated committees spent about $27 million on lawyers’ bills and related legal fees in the last six months of 2023, new federal election filings show, bringing the total for a year that included four separate indictments to almost $50 million. Trump’s political fundraising apparatus is sprawling, but the new filings show that the price of lawyers is weighing him down. Still, Trump, the GOP presidential front-runner, has seized on the legal cases against him as a potent fundraising tool, with his booking in a Georgia election case giving him what his campaign said was a record single-day haul...

#1 Steve Bannon Furious Over Republican Spending - Newsweek 90

Steve Bannon has criticized the Republican National Committee over recent reports of its finances coming under scrutiny. In November, the GOP governing body reported its lowest bank balance at that point in any year since 2016, disclosures to the Federal Election Commission showed. With $9.96 million in spending money, the RNC had less than half the $21.35 million it reported in the year Donald Trump won the presidential election. Meanwhile, Ronna McDaniel, who has served as the RNC chair since 2017, has been criticized for these funding issues as well as for the Republicans losing multiple elections since 2020, leading to calls for her to resign from her role. Speaking to Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk on The Charlie Kirk Show on Tuesday, Bannon, formerly Donald Trump's White House chief strategist, said the Republicans were not united because of "horrible leadership" at the RNC.


 

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Warehouse Worker Quits Job to be $500-a-Night Elvis Tribute Act After Pals Show Video to Talent Agent - Good News Network

 A warehouse worker who entertained friends with his spot-on Elvis impersonations is now earning $500 a night as a tribute act after they sneaked a video of him to a showbiz agent. Danny Turney worked as a warehouse supervisor for 15 years in Bedfordshire, England, stacking and moving palettes of goods. During the COVID pandemic, he was singing in his kitchen while making a cup of tea, and his wife, Laura, discreetly recorded him, uploading it to Facebook.

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