Friday, December 9, 2022

Peru has been politically unstable in recent times, having seen six presidents in the past six years.

Peru: Castillo faces first hearing as Boluarte takes charge

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Ousted Peruvian President Pedro Castillo faced his first hearing on charges of rebellion and conspiracy. Meanwhile, newly sworn-in President Dina Boluarte appeared to open the possibility for fresh elections.

Peru's former President Pedro Castillo faced his first court hearing on Thursday over his arrest on charges of rebellion and conspiracy.

Meanwhile, the ousted leader's vice president, Dina Boluarte, took charge as the new president, facing the difficult task of calming troubled political waters.

Ousted president appears in court

Castillo, a populist who entered office just 17 months ago, was removed from his position after a failed attempt to dissolve Congress to avoid an impeachment vote.

He attended the hearing via teleconference from a penitentiary center, only addressing the court in short "yes" or "no" answers.

He is being held in the same prison as strongman ex-President Alberto Fujimori, who ruled Peru between 1990 to 2000.

Peru has been politically unstable in recent times, having seen six presidents in the past six years.

His lawyer Victor Perez rejected the charges against him, and called his detention "arbitrary and illegal." A constitutional court has dismissed this claim.

Castillo was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges of rebellion and conspiracy, and also faces corruption charges. He is currently under detention for seven days. 

Some citizens have been protesting his arrest, expressing themselves through street demonstrations.

Castillo has asked for asylum in Mexico, and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has shown openness towards it.

First female president seeks to quell chaos

Peru's new president, Dina Boluarte, now faces the difficult task of quelling the country's political upheaval.

Boluarte, who was Castillo's vice president, is expected to name a new cabinet soon. She is the first woman to hold the position in the Andean nation, and was sworn in on Wednesday.

Boluarte appeared to open the possibility of fresh elections, walking back initial remarks where she said she intended to complete the rest of Castillo's five-year term.

"I know there are voices indicating early elections and this is democratically respectable,'' Boluarte said.

She is also hopeful that the regional Pacific Alliance summit with Colombia, Chile and Mexico will take place in Lima next week.

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Russian opposition politician sentenced to 8+ years jail

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Yashin was sentenced by a court for spreading "fake information" about the army. He had published a YouTube video discussing atrocities committed by Russian forces in Bucha.

His trial was focused on a YouTube video he published in April, in which he discussed what Western journalists had uncovered in Bucha.

After the verdict, Yashin wrote on social media, "With this hysterical verdict, the authorities want to intimidate us all but, in fact, it only shows their weakness. Strong leaders are calm and confident."

He added, "Only weaklings try to shut everybody up and scorch any kind of dissent."

Russia's law against 'false' information

After invading Ukraine on February 24, Russia passed a law that allows for 15-year jail sentences for disseminating allegedly false information about Moscow's "special military operation."

The last statement Yashin made to the court earlier this week consisted of an appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Yashin described him as "the person responsible for this slaughter," and kindly requested that he "stop this madness."

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Biden Official Sam Brinton Accused of ANOTHER Luggage Theft

Biden official Sam Brinton, the deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the U.S. Department of Energy, has been accused of stealing another woman’s luggage from an airport.

Investigators confirmed Brinton has been accused of stealing luggage from Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas and a felony warrant has been issued.

“A felony warrant was issued for Sam Brinton, a deputy assistant secretary, sources said. The charge is for grand larceny with a value between $1,200 and $5,000, records showed,” 8NewsNow reported.

The news comes just weeks after Brinton was arrested for stealing a navy blue Vera Bradley roller bag at Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

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The media is still slow walking and ignoring the seriousness of the Twitter censorship

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk released a second edition of the "Twitter Files" on Thursday, revealing how the company had shadow-banned and blacklisted accounts.

The story was released to journalist Bari Weiss, who tweeted it in a long thread from her account.

"A new #TwitterFiles investigation reveals that teams of Twitter employees build blacklists, prevent disfavored tweets from trending, and actively limit the visibility of entire accounts or even trending topics—all in secret, without informing users," she said in a second tweet.

Weiss detailed how Twitter placed the account of Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University on a “Trends Blacklist,” which prevented his tweets from trending because he argued that pandemic lockdowns were harmful to children. 

In another instance, radio talk show host Dan Bongino was placed on a "Search Blacklist" for a time. Twitter also put Charlie Kirk's account on a "Do Not Amplify" list. 

Weiss pointed out that Twitter had denied shadow-banning on the basis of political viewpoint. 

“We do not shadow ban," said a statement from Twitter in 2018. “And we certainly don’t shadow ban based on political viewpoints or ideology.”

What is known as "shadow-banning" was referred to as "Visibility Filtering" at Twitter. 

“Think about visibility filtering as being a way for us to suppress what people see to different levels. It’s a very powerful tool,” said one senior Twitter employee to Weiss.

“We control visibility quite a bit. And we control the amplification of your content quite a bit. And normal people do not know how much we do,” Weiss quoted a Twitter engineer. 

There was an official team that handled the shadow-banning of about 200 users per day, but there was also a specialized executive team for the more sensitive cases of users with high follower counts. One of those was the popular Libs of TikTok account. 

That account was publicly suspended for hateful conduct, but interior emails said otherwise. 

“LTT has not directly engaged in behavior violative of the Hateful Conduct policy," the committee concluded

The committee instead justified the suspension of the account by claiming the posts encouraged harassment by insinuating “that gender-affirming healthcare is equivalent to child abuse or grooming.”

Weiss posted other deliberations in which Twitter officials discussed how else to justify suspending and otherwise restricting the Libs of TikTok account. 

“The hypothesis underlying much of what we’ve implemented is that if exposure to, e.g., misinformation directly causes harm, we should use remediations that reduce exposure, and limiting the spread/virality of content is a good way to do that," wrote Yoel Roth, Twitter’s then-Global Head of Trust & Safety, in an email from 2021. 

Weiss concluded by saying there was much more to come from the internal files of the social media company.

You can read revelations from the first set of "Twitter Files" here.

Here's more about the second 'Twitter Files':

Twitter files 2: Employees accused of ‘blacklists’ | On

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Remember the tranny rape case Skirt-wearing biological boy sexually assaulted 2 female students last year – superintendent finally fired following grand jury report

The Loudoun County School Board fired Superintendent Scott Ziegler following a grand jury report regarding the district's handling of two sexual assaults committed by a biological boy who claimed to be transgender, Fox News Digital reported.

In May 2021, the skirt-wearing biological male student was accused of raping a 15-year-old female student in the girls' bathroom. The story received national attention when the victim's father, Scott Smith, accused Loudoun County School District of covering up the sexual assault to protect to its transgender policy.

Following the horrifying attack, the biological boy was removed from the school and quietly sent to another school in the same district, where the student was accused of sexually assaulting another girl in October 2021. 

The attacker faced charges and was found guilty of both sexual assaults. 

Government force

Parents Sarah Perkins and Josh Sabey took their 14-week-old child to the emergency room just after 2 a.m. last July, concerned about a fever. However, what followed was a series of inspections that would eventually lead to child protective services taking custody of the small child in the middle of the night, a Washington Post investigation reveals.

During their hospital visit, the boy underwent an X-ray for a possible lung infection. A healed fracture on the rib cage of the baby was found, a symptom that is consistent with either blunt force trauma or “someone squeezing the child too tight," according to the physician consulted in this case. It was determined that the injury was a result of "nonaccidental trauma," and the couple was then suspected of child abuse. A social worker immediately questioned the parents at the hospital.

In the coming days, additional questioning from social workers occurred with the parents, as well as the 3-year-old sibling of the infant. The children were subject to further medical examinations, their home inspected, yet no further evidence of abuse was found. 

The same week, the family was sent home from the hospital with a safety plan, approved by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, with a case worker following up the very next day. However, later that night, around 1 a.m., three Waltham, Mass., police officers and two emergency response workers arrived at their residence to take custody of the two children.