But Google Whitewashes Autocomplete Suggestions
Interest in allegations of corruption against Joe Biden, as well as his alleged ties to Burisma, spiked in the month of October according to Google trends, with more people searching for the topics than ever before.
But unlike other search engines, Google fails to display search suggestions such as “Joe Biden corruption” and “Joe Biden Burisma,” similarly to the way it failed to display negative search suggestions about Hillary Clinton in 2016.
This is despite the fact that the search terms “Joe Biden corruption” and “Joe Biden Burisma” are enjoying a popularity spike in Google trends, meaning that large numbers of people are searching for them.
The chart above shows searches for “Joe Biden corruption” spiked upwards in the month of October.
However, Google is not displaying the search term in its dropdown list of suggestions, instead pointing them to the far less popular search of “Joe Biden corvette.
Adding another “r” to the search (“Joe Biden corr”) returns no autocomplete suggestions at all.
Unlike Google, competing search engines Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo all feature search terms containing the word “corruption” in their top suggestions.
The same discrepancy can be seen with searches for “Joe Biden Burisma
Like “Joe Biden corruption,” the search term “Joe Biden Burisma” is enjoying a popularity spike on Google.
But, once again, this popularity spike is not reflected in its search suggestions, which are blank.
And, once again, other search engines display “Joe Biden Burisma” prominently in their search suggestions.
In the case of all three search engines — Bing, Yahoo, and DuckDuckGo — “Joe Biden Burisma” is the top search suggestion for “Joe Biden bur.” In the case of Yahoo, eight out of the top ten suggestions are related to Joe Biden and Burisma.
Google appears to be repeating what it did for the Black Lives Matter movement and what it did for Hillary Clinton in 2016 — it is ensuring that its vast numbers of users are less likely to be directed to a list of negative search results containing bad news about Joe Biden.
Author : Allum Bokhari
Betsy DeVos Rips Free College As Socialist Takeover Of Higher Education
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticized liberal proposals to make public colleges tuition-free.
While delivering remarks at the 2020 Federal Student Aid Virtual Training Conference, DeVos argued that efforts to cancel student loan debts would place a burden on U.S. taxpayers, describing it as an “insidious notion of government gift-giving.”
“We’ve heard shrill calls to cancel, to forgive, to make it all free. Any innocuous label out there can’t obfuscate what it really is: wrong. The campaign for free college is a matter of total government control,” Devos said. “Make no mistake: It is a socialist takeover of higher education. Now, depending on your personal politics, some of you might not find that notion as scary as I do. But mark my words: None of you will like the way it will work.”
DeVos also argued that free college would force universities to establish quotas for a smaller number of students and require others to pay full price. She earlier said it would prevent students from choosing their preferred degree program.
In this sense, you are no longer counselors, but rationers. You’ll be forced to merely oversee rationing of state-approved, higher education options. After all, government doesn’t control anything only halfway,” she said.
Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized DeVos’s comments and the “capitalist takeover of higher ed.”
Tuition-free public college is a dangerous socialist takeover of higher ed, as opposed to the far superior capitalist takeover of higher ed, which reliably buries millions of Americans in trillions of dollars in debt & graduates them into low paying jobs without good healthcare👍🏽 https://t.co/dcu6PIRKcC
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 1, 2020
DeVos spoke less than two months before Inauguration Day, when President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take office and some believe could help make free college a reality.
Author : Anthony Leonardi
Source : Washington Examiner : Betsy DeVos rips free college as ‘socialist takeover of higher education’
Edward Snowden Is A Hero Who Deserves a Full Pardon
President Trump should issue a full pardon to Edward Snowden, the American whistleblower who tops the enemies list of the unaccountable anti-American actors in the U.S. intelligence community, otherwise known as the Deep State.
In a series of monumental leaks, Snowden exposed that the Obama administration had been using the supposed authority of the post-9/11 Patriot Act to continue and advance a massive, indiscriminate, unconstitutional data collection program that swept up the communications of millions and millions of Americans and foreigners abroad, using U.S. and global telecommunications infrastructure.
Prior to Snowden’s disclosures, top officials in the U.S. intelligence community, such as former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, explicitly lied to Congress about the existence of these programs. Americans had no idea that their phone conversations, text messages, emails, and other forms of communications were being swept up by their own government and stored indefinitely.
According to reports, the intel chiefs’ series of lies, and the growing sophistication of the data collection program, motivated Snowden to steal classified evidence of the program and flee the United States so he could give the information to reporters.
“We are building the greatest weapon for oppression in the history of man, yet its directors exempt themselves from accountability,” Snowden wrote in an impassioned email to journalist Laura Poitras. “NSA director Keith Alexander lied to congress, which I can prove.”
Intelligence Agencies Control Whistleblowers
Snowden’s detractors—which, before the Trump presidency, included yours truly—make the case that Snowden could have used legal whistleblower protections to disclose the information internally about the data collection programs. Unfortunately, after witnessing the actions of hostile actors in our unaccountable intelligence community over the last four years, I don’t think there’s any way Snowden would have been able to expose the program through a system that relies on our bureaucracy and congressional oversight for protections.
As we’ve seen, only whistleblowers of a certain political persuasion, such as Alexander Vindman, seem to be provided protections. Others, such as Adam Lovinger, are simply thrown to the wolves and never heard from again. Members of Congress have expressed concern about reports of retaliation against whistleblowers.
It’s important to remember that at the time of Snowden’s escape, both parties in Congress were overwhelmingly in favor of the post 9/11 “national security” apparatus surveiling Americans. U.S. intelligence agencies and contractors operated with virtually zero real oversight. The idea that Snowden would have been offered protections from the powers that make up the D.C. security state uniparty coalition is a laughable notion.
Snowden Did the Best He Could With What He Had
Yes, Snowden is far from perfect. He’s a human being. Like all of us, he’s a complicated figure. Snowden’s history reveals a civil libertarian-minded, somewhat anti-social outcast who struggled to fit in. He has his struggles and personality flaws, but also redeeming qualities and some impressive accomplishments. Most importantly, his mixed resume is free of any criminal foreign associations. Unlike, say, famous traitors like Robert Hanssen or Ana Montes, any talk of foreign involvement in his past is completely unsubstantiated.
What Snowden did was both just and necessary. It’s easy for us to review his plan of action and nitpick at how he went about things. There is no perfectly clean way to expose enormously important secrets to the American people.
Snowden claims he took the precautions necessary to not allow for his information to fall into the hands of adversaries, such as the Chinese and Russian intelligence agencies. Can we be certain that is the case? Not at all. Do we have conclusive evidence that Snowden’s cache of information made its way to our enemies? No, we don’t.
After Snowden’s initial leaks hit the press, we were lied to again. The U.S. government claimed it was only sweeping up metadata that did not look at the content of communications but only basic information about the parties involved in conversations and the duration of the exchange of information. This turned out to be another falsehood.
Through its surveillance programs, the government had access to not only the metadata, but the content of emails, the entirety of phone conversations, Google search history, and a variety of other intrusive data collection measures. The system Snowden exposed was capable of tracking virtually everything individuals were doing online or through telecoms networks. No warrant required.
Shortly after Snowden went to Hong Kong, the U.S. government charged Snowden under the Espionage Act, which is for Americans suspected of betraying their country to advance the interests of a foreign power. By labeling Snowden a foreign spy, the government was seeking to delegitimize his authenticity as a whistleblower.
Snowden detractors claim his arrival in Russia is evidence that he was seeking to betray our nation. This could not be further from the truth. When Snowden arrived in Moscow, the U.S. government revoked his passport, leaving him in international limbo.
WikiLeaks, which had arranged for his escape from Hong Kong, had planned on bringing Snowden elsewhere. Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, has publicly stated that he intended to bring Snowden to Venezuela, Ecuador, Iceland, Nicaragua, or another handful of nations, prior to the U.S. government eliminating his passport.
Unfortunately, Snowden had very few transit options that did not involve being forcibly extradited back home. Moreover, given his Espionage Act charge, Snowden and his legal team have decided he should remain in Russia, as he has more than enough reason to believe he would not be given a fair trial upon his return to the United States. A presidential pardon would certainly change that calculation.
The Deep State Has No Credibility Any More
Prior to the Trump presidency, I was willing and naive enough to give the government the benefit of the doubt that they had information to back up such enormous claims against Snowden. However, after witnessing what elements of our intelligence agencies have attempted to do to the likes of President Trump, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, and a variety of other “enemies” of the deep state, I will no longer allow “trust us, he’s guilty” to justify government action ever again.
To date, no evidence has ever surfaced proving that Snowden worked with a foreign power to commit espionage against the United States. It has been more than seven years since Snowden was charged with committing espionage, and the government has never delivered the goods on the charges against him.
If the government had information that Snowden intended on betraying his country, they would have revealed it by now. The same actors who assure us Snowden is a super-secret Russian and Chinese spy later told us that President Trump and Flynn colluded with the Russians to win the 2016 election.
Snowden humiliated the deep state, and the deep state responded by playing dirty in baselessly labeling him a traitor to America. Snowden is no traitor. He’s an American hero who risked everything to disclose ongoing, illegal surveillance on U.S. citizens. Snowden deserves a pardon.
Author : Jordan Schachtel
Source : The Federa List : Edward Snowden Is A Hero Who Deserves a Full Pardon
Kayleigh McEnany Opens Press Conference With Video Loop Of Democrats Breaking Their Own Lockdown Rules
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany lambasted Democrats for “hypocrisy” on their coronavirus lockdown measures during a Wednesday press conference, playing footage of prominent Democrats violating social distancing on a loop.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 2, 2020
McEnany also praised the U.S. Supreme Court for deciding in favor of religious groups in New York who sued the state over its limits on attendance at religious services. Numerous prominent Democrats have been seen flaunting their own lockdown measures across the country, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and many more.
If you can loot businesses, burn down buildings, engage in protests, you can also go to a Christmas party,” she said, according to PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
McEnany also addressed whether Trump plans to skip the inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden, a possibility the president has been vague on.
.@PressSec defending WH having Christmas parties amid pandemic: "If you can loot businesses, burn down buildings, engage in protests, you can also go to a Christmas party…& you can do it responsibly."
She said social distancing, masks, & other measures will be used at parties.
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) December 2, 2020
I’ll leave that to the president to make his announcement,” McEnany said,
Trump has also threatened in recent days to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) if it does not first include langauge abolishing Section 230 and second, not include language renaming military bases currently named after Confederate figures. McEnany said Trump’s threat is “serious,” clarified that Trump hasn’t indicated whether he would still veto a bill with just one of those demands.
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) December 2, 2020
Author : Anders Hagstrom
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