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"Twitter Robespierres" block medical journal; YouTube bans radio station; Paris Opera to ban The Nutcracker & Swan Lake for promoting 'White supremacy'(1) Twitter blocks medical journal for publishing a positive study on Ivermectin(2) Police arrest woman who posted video of empty hospital online(3) Calls to remove Homer & Shakespeare from syllabus, because of racism & sexism(4) BBC slaps "discriminatory language" warning on Dad's Army classic(5) TalkRadio, one of the UK's biggest radio stations, banned by YouTube, reversed after govt intervenes(6) YouTube Reinstates News Corp. Radio Station Following Ban(7) Twitter Robespierres - Matt Taibbi. Why does a Black life matter only when a White man takes it?(8) Paris Opera to ban The Nutcracker & Swan Lake for promoting 'White supremacy'(9) San Francisco may change 'inappropriate' names of schools honoring Washington & Lincoln(10) NYT publishes an article critical of RFKjr (by his niece), but denies him 'right of reply'(1) Twitter blocks medical journal for publishing a positive study on Ivermectin 2, 2021Twitter blocks medical journal after it published a positive study on Ivermectin treatment for coronavirusBy Cindy HarperPosted 5:05 pmAn entire journal censored.Twitter blocked an entire medical journal's website for publishing one study proving the efficacy of Ivermectin as a treatment for COVID-19. The antiparasitic drug has shown promise as a preventative measure for the coronavirus.Karl Denninger, known on Twitter as Tickerguy, posted a link to a study published in the European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences that concluded that Ivermectin could be effective as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PreP) against COVID-19. Only 6.9% of the study participants tested positive for the virus after taking Ivermectin. On the other hand, 73.3% of those who did not take the drug tested positive."Oh, so pre-exposure (vaccine-style) prophylaxis with Ivermectin doesn't work, you say? The drug is just an "animal wormer"? Perhaps you should read this and then shove it up your doctor's ASS; these GHOULS have killed 150,000 Americans on purpose," Denninger wrote in the tweet where he shared the link.Shortly after he posted the tweet, Denninger realized that Twitter had blocked the link, warning users "this site may be unsafe." On clicking the link, users were presented with an alert stating the link was "identified by Twitter or [its] partners as being potentially spammy or unsafe," and could even "steal personal information or harm electronic devices."In recent times, Twitter has a tendency to block traffic to sites with information it does not agree with, using bogus warning pages. In fact, Twitter not only blocked that one study but also the entire website.It is not like the authors of the study said people should just believe them. In their conclusions, they wrote that the drug "should be subjected to large-scale trials all over the world to ascertain its effectiveness as pre-exposure prophylaxis for COVID-19."Ivermectin is a dewormer. However, over the years, it has evolved to become an effective antiviral. Multiple trials and studies have suggested its use in COVID-19 management, including in patients in the disease's late stages.Twitter is yet to explain why it blocked the link and the entire website. However, in early December, the social media company said it would be removing all misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines.(2) Police arrest woman who posted video of empty hospital online 31, 2020By Cindy HarperPosted 11:32 pmThe move from police isn't likely to win over public trust.If you're tired of cancel culture and censorship subscribe to Reclaim The Net.Police in the UK have arrested a woman for filming and sharing a video of a mostly empty hospital and posting the footage online.A video showing empty wards at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital recently surfaced. Debbie Hicks who took the video is heard saying:"This is a disgrace…it is so dead…all the people in our country desperately waiting for treatment, cancer treatment, heart disease, honestly this is making me so angry."She also added that she expected to find "a few more people around, there's absolutely nobody." Shortly after the video surfaced online, the 46-year-old woman was arrested by the Gloucestershire police for filming the video. She was charged with a public order offense.In the video, viewed over 178,000 times on Facebook, she says: "We've been put in Tier 3, for this? It's a disgrace. I've seen less than 20 people. It's completely dead in an empty hospital with wards shut down and the lights off."Where are all the people dying and where is the mutant virus? I can't see the evidence and neither can the public watching. We've been robbed of Christmas for this'.Gloucester Royal Hospital has pushed back and insisted the wards are "extremely busy" and accused Hicks of "intrusion."Local Conservative lawmaker Siobham Baillie said: "It's appalling that our Gloucestershire Hospital Trust had to spend their precious time during this difficult pandemic defending themselves against films on social media that were wrongly claiming the hospital is empty.""Following a number of reports in relation to a video filmed by a member of the public at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and posted online, officers arrested a 46-year-old woman yesterday (Tuesday 29 December) on suspicion of a public order offense," the police said in a statement."The woman has been bailed to return to police on 21 January, with conditions that she cannot enter any NHS premises or the grounds of any such premises, unless in the case of an emergency or to attend a pre-arranged NHS appointment," the police added.As coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns are creating friction between people and the government, censorship such as this is likely to further diminish public trust.(3) Calls to remove Homer & Shakespeare from syllabus, because of racism & sexism 3, 2021#DisruptTexts campaign aims to cancel classic literature in classroomsBy Ben SquiresPosted 1:18 pmActivists are judging texts of the past to the extreme intolerances of today.Classic texts are getting removed from syllabuses, denying kids access to literature because of claims of racism, sexism, and the other usuals. But how has political correctness become a reason to remove classic literature?Using #DisruptTexts, school teachers, critical theory activists, and others have been promoting the removal of classic texts such as Homer. Apparently, kids should not read these texts because they promote "racism, sexism, ableism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of hate."According to Padma Venkatraman, a young-adult novelist, even authors as revered as Shakespeare should not be spared."Absolving Shakespeare of responsibility by mentioning that he lived at a time when hate-ridden sentiments prevailed, risks sending a subliminal message that academic excellence outweighs hateful rhetoric," Venkatraman wrote in the School Library Journal.In 2018, Evin Shinn, an English teacher in Seattle, tweeted that he would "rather die" than teach "The Scarlet Letter" unless Nathaniel Hawthorne's 19th-century classic was used to discourage misogyny and "slut-shaming."More recently, Lorena Germán, whose bio reads "antiracist teacher," took to Twitter to complain how the classics she is supposed to teach were written over 70 years ago."Think of US society before then & the values that shaped this nation afterwards. THAT is what is in those books," she wrote.The #DisruptTexts movement's intensity became clear when Jessica Cluess, a young-adult writer, opposed Lorena's opinion."If you think Hawthorne was on the side of the judgmental Puritans . . . then you are an absolute idiot and should not have the title of educator in your Twitter bio," Clueless replied.She was blasted and accused of being racist and violent. Some users called on her publisher, Penguin Random House, to cancel her contract. The publisher did not cancel her but her agent, Brooks Sherman, terminated their professional relationship because her remarks were "racist and unacceptable."The efforts of the movement seem to be bearing fruit. In June, Shea Martin tweeted, "Be like Odysseus and embrace the long haul to liberation (and then take the Odyssey out of your curriculum because it's trash)."Heather Levine, a teacher of English in Massachusetts, replied, "Hahaha. Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed from the curriculum this year!" However, we are yet to confirm the truth in her claim.According to critics of the movement, canceling the classic texts would limit kids from learning literature."It's a tragedy that this anti-intellectual movement of canceling the classics is gaining traction among educators and the mainstream publishing industry," says science-fiction writer Jon Del Arroz, one of the few people who defended Cluess. "Erasing the history of great works only limits the ability of children to become literate."According to Meghan Cox Gurdon, an essayist and children book review at the WSJ, excusing kids from classic texts will make them "suffer a poverty of language and cultural reference."(4) BBC slaps "discriminatory language" warning on Dad's Army classic 4, 2021By Didi RankovicPosted 8:03 pmBBC said some viewers may find the 1971 movie "offensive."BBC's war on classic comedy series continued when the broadcaster decided to "censor" a 1971 film version of classic sitcom Dad's Army.The way the BBC has gone about this is to place a label warning viewers of "discriminatory language." The sitcom takes place in the WW2 setting, makes references to Nazis and uses the word "frogs" – a jargon expression for the French – reports are now recalling, trying to figure out what the discriminatory language might be.The warning also refers to the term "fuzzy-wuzzies," used by British soldiers to describe people from the Sudan.The broadcaster itself does not seem to have stated what unacceptable language was in the movie that might have offended some of its viewers.A spokesman for the BBC said that the decision was made in order to keep this content in line with a guidance issued "due to a specific discriminatory remark."But what certainly caused offense was the warning itself and BBC's behavior. Dad's Army is a highly popular classic sitcom that pulled in as many as 18 million viewers per episode during its 1968-1977 run. The franchise included the said feature film, and a stage show.It remains popular to this day in many markets around the world, and now many of those who watched the movie on BBC's iPlayer saw the "soft censorship" applied against it as a futile overreaction.Taking their surprise and disappointment to Twitter, these Dad's Army fans had many questions for the BBC, including whether this was the best way to spend the fee money the corporation collects in the UK, what the actual offense was, speculating that it might now be controversial to namecheck the Nazis, while one Twitter user summed it up as, "Dad's Army is a national treasure whereas the BBC are a national disgrace."The broadcaster's struggle to stay atop the ever-changing and more stringent politically correct rules, even when it comes to something that should be uncensorable by definition like comedy, is not new or isolated to this one case.Last year, warning labels had been put on series like High Hopes, The League Of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh – all as a reaction to BLM protests and resulting pressure.Little Britain and Fawlty Towers fared even worse, when the BBC removed episodes of the sitcoms, causing harsh criticism from free speech and comedy lovers.(5) TalkRadio, one of the UK's biggest radio stations, banned by YouTube, reversed after government intervenes[...] The move has sparked a freedom of speech backlash against Google led by senior minister Michael Gove.In a statement issued in reaction to YouTube's decision, a spokesperson said that the radio outlet was urgently awaiting an explanation from Google/YouTube on the reasons why the channel was deleted, and that they hoped for a detailed response that would reveal the nature of the violation of the giant's rules.This point makes sense given that YouTube customarily removes channels, blocks videos, or otherwise censors content while providing nothing more than brief and generic notes that don't go into any specifics concerning the real or purported violations.talkRADIO also noted that it is a broadcaster licensed and regulated by UK's Ofcom. Furthermore, the statement said the station was mindful of providing strong editorial controls and a balanced debate."We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place, use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions," concluded the spokesperson.talkRADIO presenter Julia Hartley-Brewer said that YouTube's rules had not been violated. "We simply challenge the evidence that lockdowns are a proportionate response to the Covid virus. It's called free speech," she said."I don't believe in censorship," Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told Hartley-Brewer on talkRADIO, adding that big tech companies should not censor those who question the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic: "It's important their voices are heard."In the meantime, the station remains available to stream online and on DAB radio, and also live on Facebook and Twitter.Early reports about YouTube's decision refer to is as an extraordinary example of censorship that has quickly met with condemnation from free speech and free press activists.So far, YouTube has not given any detailed explanation, while the warning on the videos say talkRADIO was deleted for a violation of community guidelines.(6) YouTube Reinstates News Corp. Radio Station Following Ban Thomas SealJanuary 5, 2021, 9:04 AM ESTUpdated on January 5, 2021, 3:10 PM ESTAlphabet Inc.'s YouTube restored a News Corp.-owned U.K. radio station to its service after suspending the channel for most of a day because it allegedly breached content standards.Links that led to TalkRadio's YouTube page on Tuesday were redirected to a message that the account had been "terminated for violating YouTube's community guidelines." It was reactivated after 7 p.m. in London."TalkRadio's YouTube channel was briefly suspended, but upon further review, has now been reinstated," YouTube said in a statement. "We quickly remove flagged content that violate our community guidelines, including Covid-19 content that explicitly contradicts expert consensus from local health authorities or the World Health Organization.""We make exceptions for material posted with an educational, documentary, scientific or artistic purpose, as was deemed in this case," YouTube added, without immediately elaborating which exception applied -- or which videos had merited the suspension.TalkRadio demanded clarification about its ban in an earlier statement, adding that its content is regulated by U.K. media watchdog Ofcom. British ministers last month proposed sweeping laws to curb illegal and harmful content online.Blocking a news brand run by billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch marked one of YouTube's highest-profile interventions. It's previously taken down the account of the Trump-supporting One America News Network, citing breaches of rules.Murdoch's News Corp. bought TalkRadio's owner Wireless Group in 2016 and has recently expanded its digital broadcast media offering. He's been an outspoken critic of Silicon Valley giant as he pushes for what he deems a fairer share of their advertising revenue.TalkRadio broadcaster Julia Hartley-Brewer complained about the move on Twitter. Without naming YouTube specifically, she asked government Minister Michael Gove about big tech "censorship" on her Tuesday morning show.TalkRadio calls itself the "home of free speech," and its commentators have questioned the wisdom of government lockdown measures aimed at halting the spread of Covid-19."We regularly interrogate government data and we have controls in place," TalkRadio said. "We use verifiable sources and give space to a careful selection of voices and opinions."(Updates with YouTube statement about end of ban starting in third paragraph.)(7) Twitter Robespierres - Matt Taibbi. Why does a Black life matter only when a White man takes it? American Press Is Destroying ItselfA flurry of newsroom revolts has transformed the American pressMatt TaibbiJun 13, 2020	Sometimes it seems life can't get any worse in this country. Already in terror of a pandemic, Americans have lately been bombarded with images of grotesque state-sponsored violence, from the murder of George Floyd to countless scenes of police clubbing and brutalizing protesters. [...]But police violence, and Trump's daily assaults on the presidential competence standard, are only part of the disaster. On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we're watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It's become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.The leaders of this new movement are replacing traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation. [...]For all our infamous failings, journalists once had some toughness to them. We were supposed to be willing to go to jail for sources we might not even like, and fly off to war zones or disaster areas without question when editors asked. It was also once considered a virtue to flout the disapproval of colleagues to fight for stories we believed in (Watergate, for instance).Today no one with a salary will stand up for colleagues like Lee Fang. Our brave truth-tellers make great shows of shaking fists at our parody president, but not one of them will talk honestly about the fear running through their own newsrooms. People depend on us to tell them what we see, not what we think. What good are we if we're afraid to do it?I'm aware of this tweet suggesting the reasons for Shor's firing are unknown. I stand by the characterization made in the piece.(8) Paris Opera to ban The Nutcracker & Swan Lake for promoting 'White supremacy' Opera to bend The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and the The Yankee Princess for promoting 'White supremacy'Famed ballets the Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Die Bajadere are under threat from Paris Opera House's new directorJanuary 04, 2021editor: REMIX NEWSauthor: DÉNES ALBERTThe recently appointed director of the Paris Opera House, Alexander Neef, plans to remove three of the best-known ballet choreographies from the repertoire on account of those allegedly promoting White dominance, Neef told Le Monde.The three ballets in question are The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and Die Bajadere (English title: The Yankee Princess), all choreographed by the late Rudolf Nureyev, considered the best ballet dancer of his generation, according to Origo.The conflict goes back to September, incidentally, the month when Neef was appointed director. Then the artists of the Paris Opera House issued a manifesto entitled "On racial issues at the Paris Opera", in which they said, among other things, that performers of colored skin will refuse to be masked as white when, for instance, dancing the role of a white swan.(9) San Francisco may change 'inappropriate' names of schools honoring Washington & Lincoln 16, 2020San Francisco may change 'inappropriate' names of schools honoring Washington, Lincoln, and even Sen. Dianne FeinsteinCHRIS PANDOLFOOfficials in San Francisco are pushing to rename several public schools in an attempt to purge school buildings of names deemed "inappropriate" like Presidents George Washington or Abraham Lincoln.Even a school building named for Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) is on a list of 44 sites that parents and educators have been told must be renamed for having connections to slavery, genocide, or oppression, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Of the 125 schools in the San Francisco district, more than a third have been added to the list for having objectionable names, including Balboa, Lowell and Mission high schools, Roosevelt and Presidio middle schools, and Webster, Sanchez and Jose Ortega elementary schools.The San Francisco School Names Advisory Committee is requiring each school on the list to brainstorm new names by Dec. 18. The new names will be presented to the school board in late January or early February, at which time the board will vote on any recommended name changes.The committee was called for in a 2018 resolution requiring a blue ribbon panel to study school names and submit recommendations for changes."The panel includes 12 community members appointed by the superintendent and approved by the school board, as well as district staff members and board President Mark Sanchez," the Chronicle reported. "It was formed in January and has since met 10 times, with members doing their own research, looking at newspaper articles, among other resources to identify whether the name on a school met the criteria for renaming, which includes anyone or anything associated with slavery, genocide, colonization, exploitation and oppression, among other factors."The committee's specific criteria for a school name to be deemed "inappropriate" includes: Anyone directly involved in the colonization of people; slave owners or participants in enslavement; perpetrators of genocide or slavery; those who exploit workers/people; those who directly oppressed or abused women, children, queer or transgender people; those connected to any human rights or environmental abuses; those who are known racists and/or white supremacists and/or espoused racist beliefs.Schools named for Presidents George Washington and Thomas Jefferson made the list because they were slave owners. Abraham Lincoln High School must be renamed because the nation's 16th president, who issued the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the South, also ordered the executions of 38 Dakota tribe Native Americans involved in a violent conflict with white settlers in Minnesota.According to the Chronicle, many parents and principals are not thrilled that renaming schools is a priority during a pandemic when many children are not even allowed to attend school and are tasked with virtual learning."Principals are devoting resources to this," parent Jonathan Alloy said. His children attend Commodore Sloat Elementary, a school named for the Navy officer who claimed California for the United States and one of the schools on the list. "We're being presented with it as a fait accompli."The principal of Commodore Sloat told parents Wednesday that the school would need to come up with a new name because the committee said John D. Sloat was a colonizer who "claimed/stole" California from Mexico."We're not actually helping disadvantaged children by changing the name of the school they can't attend," Alloy said, characterizing the timing as absurd.Last week, five high school alumni associations sent a letter to the school district criticizing the committee for neglecting to consult professional historians or diverse ethnic communities. [...](10) NYT publishes an article critical of RFKjr (by his niece), but denies him 'right of reply' York Times Declines My Rebuttal to Defamatory Op-Ed on COVID VaccinesOn Dec. 30, 2020, the New York Times published an opinion piece by my niece, Dr. Kerry Meltzer. Although the piece contained factual errors and defamatory accusations, the Times declined to publish my letter to the editor correcting those false claims.By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. "right of reply" — the opportunity to defend oneself against public criticism in the same venue where that criticism was published — is a constitutional right in some European countries and in Brazil. The BBC's editorial guidelines state:"When our output makes allegations of wrongdoing, iniquity or incompetence or lays out a strong and damaging critique of an individual or institution the presumption is that those criticized should be given a "right of reply," that is, given a fair opportunity to respond to the allegations."Even where there is no legal right, respectable journalistic outlets, including the New York Times, have traditionally regarded it as their moral, ethical and professional obligation to publish the replies by people who have been criticized in their pages.The Times, which claims to encourage the expression of "a diversity of views" on its letters page, formerly extended this curtesy automatically to public figures who suffered criticism in its pages. But the paper draws the line at anyone who questions orthodoxies promoted by the ascending Medical Cartel. The practice of reporting only facts and opinions that comply with  official narratives has long been de rigueur in electronic media outlets dependent on Pharma advertising revenues.On Saturday, my niece published an error-filled and defamatory article about me on the Times editorial page. I immediately submitted the thoroughly sourced letter below.Yesterday, the Times let me know that they would decline to print my reply.Orwellian censorship and the gaslighting of dissent in service to the interests of Big Pharma has more recently become universal in the liberal print and online news sites once presumed to be the antidote to corporate subversion of democracy.In May 2019, three of my other family members similarly defamed me in a long article in Politico. Politico likewise declined to print my thoroughly sourced reply.Neither of these long critiques by my family members cite a single example of a factual error by me. Their complaint is that I question official pronouncements about vaccine safety.It's a bad omen for democracy when citizens can no longer conduct civil, informed debates about critical policies that impact the vitality of our economy, public health, personal freedoms and constitutional rights. Censorship is violence and this systematic muzzling of debate which proponents justify as a measure to curtail dangerous polarization is actually fueling those divisions.It is most ironic to me that it is self-identified liberals and liberal journals — once the most energetic first amendment champions — who are most fiercely calling for censorship. It is self-identified human rights advocates who are supporting government policies that trample our constitutional rights. We might recall, at this strange time in our history, my father's friend, Edward R. Murrow's warning that: "The right to dissent … is surely fundamental to the existence of a democratic society. That's the right that went first in every nation that stumbled down the trail to totalitarianism."As Murrow predicted, the imposition censorship has masked the systematic demolition of our constitution including attacks on freedom of worship (including abolishing religious exemptions and closing churches), freedom of assembly, private property (the right to operate a business), due process (including the imposition of far reaching restrictions against freedom of movement, education, association with notice and comment rule making) and the 7th amendment right to jury trials (in cases of vaccine injuries caused by corporate negligence).Those policies are obliterating the middle class, shifting trillions of dollars to billionaires, dismantling all the social programs created by Democrats since the New Deal and sweeping away the obstacles against our country's dark slide into authoritarian plutocracy anathema to every value of democracy, liberalism and humanity.Here's my letter — which the New York Times refused to publish — in response to the op-ed by my niece, Dr. Kerry Meltzer:Without offering any examples of factual errors, my niece, Dr. Kerry Meltzer, accuses me of spreading "vaccine misinformation," a term currently applied to any statement that departs from official pronouncements, regardless of its truth.The term's traditional definition might encompass Kerry's claim that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is safe because it caused life threatening anaphylaxis in only 11 of 2.1 million recipients (1/200,000). Rate of adverse events, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is 1 in 42 — based on the first week's distribution of more than 200,000 vaccines, with more than 5,000 reports of individuals incapacitated to the point that they missed work or had to seek medical attention. This outcome is likely to increase, as clinical trials for both Pfizer's and Moderna's vaccines suggest that the second shot of the vaccine series leads to far higher injury rates.Pfizer's mRNA vaccines use a novel vaccine technology never before used on human subjects. On Sept. 25, I wrote a letter to Dr. Fauci — who Kerry cites as her reliable authority for vaccine safety — warning that the polyethylene glycol (PEG) -coated nanoparticles in the mRNA vaccines were likely to cause anaphylaxis in vulnerable recipients. Dr. Fauci ignored that warning.FDA now acknowledges that PEG is the probable culprit in the anaphylactic reactions. The COVID pandemic is the third time since Dr. Fauci arrived at National Institutes of Health that the federal government rushed out vaccines for a potential pandemic.In 1976, 45 million Americans received a vaccine for a disease that didn't exist, before hundreds of cases of paralyzing Guillain Barre' syndrome resulted, ending the program.In 2009, rushed vaccines for swine flu caused seizures in 1/100 Australian children and 1,300 cases of debilitating narcolepsy in European children before the program was discontinued. A month earlier, Dr. Fauci appeared on TV to assure the world that the vaccines were safe.The mRNA vaccines are experimental drugs with potential for long-term harm. It's only prudent to demand — as I have — proper testing and to treat the claims of interested government and industry officials with appropriate skepticism.