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FBI Arrest North Carolina Man In A Joe Biden Assassination Plot

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FBI officials have uncovered an assassination plot against Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden and arrested a North Carolina man who showed an alarming fascination with domestic terrorism.

According to TMZ, the feds originally apprehended Alexander Hillel Treisman back in May on child pornography charges. Now they are filing additional legal docs to show why he should remain locked up pending that trial.

Authorities claim Treisman was involved in a possible plot to assassinate the Democratic Presidential nominee.

In their documents, the feds claim Treisman posted a meme on social media — asking if he should kill Biden. They also uncovered his plan to travel to a Wendy’s restaurant about 4 miles away from Biden’s home, complete with a checklist that ended with the word “execute.”

In May, federal agents found Treisman’s van filled with guns and explosives, including an AR-15 style rifle, a Taurus .380 caliber handgun, and a canister of the explosive material Tannerite.

Treisman also had $509k in U.S. currency, 3 different driver licenses, books about survival and bomb-making, and drawings of swastikas and planes crashing into buildings.

According to the investigation, Treisman’s internet searches between March and May 2020 also included personal information about Biden’s home address and family and items like night-vision goggles. A note on his cell phone from October of last year also included a detailed plan to carry out a mass shooting around Black Friday or the busy Christmas shopping period.

Alexander Hillel Treisman (Kannapolis Police Department)

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‘Fragile’ Texas energy grid comes back to life, steep challenges remain

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A “fragile” energy grid has fully returned to life for frigid Texans who have spent five days dealing with blackouts caused by a historic winter storm, but challenges in finding drinking water and dealing with downed power lines loomed on Friday.

All power plants in the state were once again functioning, but about 280,000 homes were still without power early Friday while 13 million people – nearly half of all Texans – have seen water services disrupted.

Ice that downed power lines during the week and other issues have linesman scrambling to hook all homes back up to power, while the state’s powerful oil and gas sector has looked for ways to renew production.

Hospitals in some hard-hit areas ran out of water and transferred patients elsewhere, while millions of people were ordered to boil water to make it safe for drinking. Water-treatment plants were knocked offline this week, potentially allowing harmful bacteria to proliferate.

Lina Hidalgo, the top elected official in Harris County, which encompasses Houston, said she was pleased with progress in the past 24 hours, but warned residents to brace for more hardship.

“The grid is still fragile,” she said, noting that cold weather would remain in the area for a few days, which would “put pressure on these power plants that have just come back on.”

Texas Governor Greg Abbott confirmed that all power-generating plants in the state were online as of Thursday afternoon. He urged lawmakers to pass legislation to ensure the energy grid was prepared for cold weather in the future.

“What happened this week to our fellow Texans is absolutely unacceptable and can never be replicated again,” Abbott told an afternoon news conference.

The governor lashed out at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a cooperative responsible for 90% of the state’s electricity, which he said had told officials before the storm that the grid was prepared for the cold weather.

The lack of power has cut off water supplies for millions, further strained hospitals’ ability to treat patients amid a pandemic, and isolated vulnerable communities, with frozen roads still impassable in parts of the state.

Nearly two dozen deaths have been attributed to the cold snap. Officials say they suspect many more people have died, but their bodies have not yet been discovered.
(Schneps Media)

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Hillary Clinton effortlessly mocked Trump after his Atlantic City hotel was demolished

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Much like his presidency, Donald Trump’s real estate empire is now starting to crumble around him as evident by the demolition of his former hotel and casino in New Jersey, known as Trump Plaza on Wednesday.

The once luxury 32-story complex situated on the Atlantic City boardwalk had fallen into disrepair and ruin after being closed to the public in 2014 after suffering a downturn in profits at the turn of the century combined with Trump filing for bankruptcy.

The implosion of the building was watched by thousands online and there was much schadenfreude going around as another piece of Trump’s image came tumbling down.

It was quite the moment and we’re just sorry that Trump isn’t allowed on Twitter anymore so we could have gotten his thoughts on the destruction of his old casino.

That being said we do still have Hillary Clinton, who in many ways, isn’t shy of sharing her opinions on social media, especially when it comes to her former presidential election opponent.

Quote retweeting a video of the implosion, Clinton added a simple wave emoji in response proving once again that she is the undisputed champion of succinct Trump trolling.

In January, she mocked the former president after he was permanently suspended from Twitter by using a call back to a 2016 tweet of hers where she told him to ‘delete your account.’

In regards to his demolished hotel, Atlantic City Council President George Tibbit called it an “end of an era” for the boardwalk which is now going to go under redevelopment.
(Independent)

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Democrats split over plan to require greater censorship of ads in Section 230 overhaul

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Senate Democrats are split on new legislation that could force tech companies to censor online ads in the hopes of curbing misinformation and fraudulent claims. The bill is part of an effort to reform legal protections for online platforms such as Facebook and Google, which carry a majority of the ads online.

The bill, the SAFE TECH Act, led by Sens. Mark Warner, Amy Klobuchar, and Mazie Hirono, is one of the first steps at the federal level under the Biden administration toward reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a provision that protects social media companies from liability for content posted by their users.

“Unfortunately, as written, it would devastate every part of the open internet and cause massive collateral damage to online speech,” Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“This bill would have the same effect as a full repeal of 230 but cause vastly more uncertainty and confusion, thanks to the tangle of new exceptions,” Wyden added.

The legislation would create exceptions to the Section 230 immunity that online platforms use to protect themselves.

For example, the bill would require platforms take responsibility for paid content or ads that target vulnerable consumers with fraudulent products or scams. It would also make it easier for those harassed or intimidated online to sue social media companies when they enable harmful activity. Additionally, it would ensure the enforcement of civil rights laws isn’t inhibited by the Section 230 protections, a cause that is important to many on the Left.

Digital advocates who want to reform Section 230 say that the large number of exceptions to the law within the SAFE TECH Act could create unintended consequences that would harm consumers and small businesses.

“If you tack on so many exceptions, you neuter the law and make it ineffective even though you haven’t repealed it all together,” said Greg Guice, head of government affairs at open internet advocacy group Public Knowledge.

Guice added that the SAFE TECH Act’s multiple exceptions to Section 230 would make it far more difficult to succeed for future online startups that cannot afford the legal costs necessary to comply with the bill’s requirements. He said that the bill could decrease competition online by benefiting social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter that can afford expensive liability protections.

Olivier Sylvain, a professor of communications law at Fordham University and a supporter of the SAFE TECH Act, said the bill’s lack of differentiation between how Big Tech firms and small ones are affected was a weakness that could create some opposition to the legislation.

However, supporters of the bill say it carefully carves out exceptions to Sec. 230, targeting only the most egregious instances of online behavior. The bill is meant to target ads for products that are fraudulent, paid content that spreads propaganda and manipulates public opinion — such as what occurred in Myanmar in 2018, and help victims of online harassment campaigns.

“I think that the bill protects free speech while also recognizing targeted ads which dis-inform and polarize is a big problem,” said Ramesh Srinivasan, an information studies professor at UCLA and a supporter of the bill.

Srinivasan said the bill’s focus on targeted ads was “really really key” because they are one of the primary causes of misinformation, conspiracy theories, and fraud.

The bill is not likely to gain support from Republicans because it does not address allegations of anti-conservative bias on social media and it could censor conservative ads more than liberal ones.

“The ads being censored are anti-Semitic, racist, sexist, and instigating violence. If conservatives want to be associated with allowing such content, go for it,” said Sylvain.

Digital activists fighting to reform Section 230 have hope that Republicans will eventually be open to curbing the harm and misinformation that liberals say come from certain targeted ads and paid content.

“Republicans are focused more on the anti-conservative bias than things like business ads being problematic, but I think they might come around to it,” said Guice.

Many Republicans favor the PACT Act, a bipartisan bill from Sens. Brian Schatz, a Hawaii Democrat, and John Thune, a South Dakota Republican. The legislation focuses on content moderation transparency within social media platforms and allows for Big Tech companies to be sued and regulated by federal and state regulators.

Guice added that the PACT Act would force tech companies to be transparent about their rules when it comes to censorship and their algorithms, which Republicans hope will force them to be more accountable than creating new exceptions to Section 230, like the SAFE TECH Act does.

Both parties also favor the PACT Act’s distinction between big and small companies. Only online platforms with over a million users and $25 million in revenue would be subject to the higher transparency standards and appellate processes. This would, in theory, allow new startups to succeed without burdensome costs until they grow to a certain size, said Guice.

“The bipartisan effort of the PACT Act shrewdly gets at the interests on both sides of the aisle,” said professor Sylvain, a supporter of the SAFE TECH Act.
(Washington Examiner)

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