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    Here's a message from James O'Keefe (Project Veritas) received in my inbox today which at least contains some more positive news regarding (US) constitutional matters.

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    Veritas doubles down in fight for First Amendment

    Dear Tintin,

    Not long ago, Massachusetts law prohibited and criminalized the undercover recording of conversations. This was a blatant intrusion on your First Amendment rights.

    Undercover recording for newsgathering and reporting purposes is at the very heart of what Project Veritas does.

    This is why Project Veritas Action Fund(“PVA”) began the fight to sue the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and challenge the constitutionality of the law that prohibited undercover audio recordings, known as “Section 99”.

    Christmas came early for PVA in December of 2018 when the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts declared Section 99 unconstitutional as it related to secretly recording government officials performing their duties in public.

    Chief United States District Judge Patti B. Saris concluded that:
    “Section 99 may not constitutionally prohibit the secret audio recording of government officials, including law enforcement officials, performing their duties in public spaces, subject to reasonable time, manner, and place restrictions.”
    When the initial ruling came down last year I stated:
    “Project Veritas has made First Amendment history. With the summary judgement in this case being entered in our favor, PVA v Conley becomes the first case in United States history to hold that secretly recording government officials is protected by the First Amendment.”
    While this was a monumental victory for PVA and the First Amendment, the Court unfortunately dismissed another claim we made that recording nonpublic officials was also protected by the First Amendment. PVA has appealed this ruling, arguing that recording ordinary people for newsgathering purposes must be protected.

    The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has also appealed the ruling that went in our favor. According to the website Law360:
    “Boston District Attorney Rachael Rollins, now a defendant in this lawsuit, “called on the First Circuit to revive Massachusetts' blanket ban on secret recording, saying the lower court ruling could harm unwitting third parties.”
    This battle is far from over, and Veritas is on the front lines. With our appeal to the First Circuit Court of Appeals, Project Veritas is effectively challenging the notion of arbitrary state restrictions on legitimate newsgathering.

    The First Amendment plays a central role in preserving this American republic. It is the key anchor for keeping public institutions accountable to the public. But when government imposes barriers to the newsgathering process, accountability declines and the free flow of information is hindered.

    As Winston Churchill said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.”, and that is exactly what we are doing. Project Veritas refuses to back down from this fight.

    Be Brave,


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    Quote GreenMedInfo.com
    EXCLUSIVE RELEASE: Wellness Censorship: Sayer Ji, Zach Vorhies (Google Whistleblower) and Maryam Henein, founder of www.HoneyColony.com

    The three sit down for an in depth discussion on the censorship of natural health and wellness content by Google.
    The interview was filmed and produced by Mikki Willis of Elevate http://elevate.us/

    Learn more about the censorship issues discussed: Founder's Statement: Regarding Censorship Efforts to De-Platform GreenMedInfo & Other Health Sites http://www.greenmedinfo.health/blog/...dinfo-other-he

    Subscribe to the censorship proof Greenmedinfo newsletter here: https://tinyurl.com/gminews2

    Learn more: Don't Be Evil: Whistleblower Zach Vorhies Breaks Down How Google Set out to Literally Program Our Minds https://www.greenmedinfo.health/blog/...

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    Each breath a gift...
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    Quote Posted by Delight (here)
    Quote GreenMedInfo.com
    EXCLUSIVE RELEASE: Wellness Censorship: Sayer Ji, Zach Vorhies (Google Whistleblower) and Maryam Henein, founder of www.HoneyColony.com

    The three sit down for an in depth discussion on the censorship of natural health and wellness content by Google.
    The interview was filmed and produced by Mikki Willis of Elevate http://elevate.us/

    Learn more about the censorship issues discussed: Founder's Statement: Regarding Censorship Efforts to De-Platform GreenMedInfo & Other Health Sites http://www.greenmedinfo.health/blog/...dinfo-other-he

    Subscribe to the censorship proof Greenmedinfo newsletter here: https://tinyurl.com/gminews2

    Learn more: Don't Be Evil: Whistleblower Zach Vorhies Breaks Down How Google Set out to Literally Program Our Minds https://www.greenmedinfo.health/blog/...

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    More discussion with Zach Vorhies.

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    'Break IT monopoly of few companies & countries or risk losing the right to have a say in your future' - Medvedev to ASEAN

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    Dmitry Medvedev speaks at 2019 ASEAN Summit © RIA Novosti / Dmitry Astakhov

    Russia wants the demonopolization of "a few corporations" that dominate the IT market, because countries without their own hi-tech solutions risk losing the "right for future," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told an ASEAN summit.

    "Companies and whole countries are increasingly dependent on hardware and software [provided by] several corporations that actually dominate the market," Medvedev stated as he spoke at a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bangkok. He didn't give names but mentioned three American and two Chinese entities.

    That domination hampers "healthy competition" and affects bringing brand new ideas to life, the prime minister noted, along with other, more serious challenges.

    States that don't have their own digital platforms can lose, if not sovereignty, but most of the opportunity - as well as the right for [a] future in the changing world. If you don't own technology, you don't develop yourself.

    Therefore, Russia champions a shared effort to demonopolize this industry, synchronize technologies and enable laws covering cyber security and privacy, Medvedev explained. Russia, a country where 85 percent of the population has access to the internet, stays ready to share its own digitization experience with Asian nations, he offered.

    Russia has recently taken steps to ensure sustainability of its own computer networks. Just this week, it enacted legislation called the 'Sovereign Internet Bill' which requires internet companies to install locally-produced equipment that would make traffic flow only through servers located and registered on Russian soil.

    The measure seeks to allow communication and exchange of data between Russian users to go on unhindered if they suddenly become cut off from servers located abroad.

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    I was informed yesterday by YouTube that my most excellent 2008 video interviewing Jim Humble, the creator of MMS, which had had hundreds of thousands of views, has been removed for 'violating community guidelines.'

    Much of the interview was about Jim Humble's most interesting life. It wasn't a medical-technical presentation. What that all means is that YouTube has decided that MMS must not be promoted or discussed in any form.


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    Quote Posted by Bill Ryan (here)
    I was informed yesterday by YouTube that my most excellent 2008 video interviewing Jim Humble, the creator of MMS, which had had hundreds of thousands of views, has been removed for 'violating community guidelines.'

    Much of the interview was about Jim Humble's most interesting life. It wasn't a medical-technical presentation. What that all means is that YouTube has decided that MMS must not be promoted or discussed in any form.

    Bill: is this the video? I've just done a search and it still seems to be available, unless I've missed a beat somewhere.

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    I was informed yesterday by YouTube that my most excellent 2008 video interviewing Jim Humble, the creator of MMS, which had had hundreds of thousands of views, has been removed for 'violating community guidelines.'

    Much of the interview was about Jim Humble's most interesting life. It wasn't a medical-technical presentation. What that all means is that YouTube has decided that MMS must not be promoted or discussed in any form.

    Bill: is this the video? I've just done a search and it still seems to be available, unless I've missed a beat somewhere.

    It was the follow-up that was taken down (actually, published in 2009). That was on my own channel, AlphaZebra, and was a little shorter.

    The one above is on Camelot's channel — and is actually more important, with over 520,000 views. (I wonder how long it'll stay there!)

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    THE DECEMBER 10 END OF YOUTUBE AS WE'VE KNOWN IT

    People have been given notice that December 10 there's going to be some big youtube purge of content that's not 'commercially viable' or something vague like that.
    https://mashable.com/article/youtube...cially-viable/

    To me censoring/isolating/destructive things are coming from all sides worldwide very methodically in a super escalated manner over the last two years, especially the last year.
    I'm sensing a grand culmination to come in the not too distant future blindsiding the world who didn't notice the sneaky bits and bits being bulldozed into their lives from ALL sides.

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    Under US Pressure, Social Media Companies Suspend Venezuelan, Iranian & Syrian Accounts

    By Ben Norton
    January 12, 2020
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    As the US escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington’s pro-war narrative. The Grayzone spoke to several people silenced in these social media purges.
    By Ben Norton


    In the first two weeks of January, Twitter suspended dozens of accounts run by real, live people — not bots — in Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. Those erased from the website included heads of state, numerous state institutions, media outlets, and many average people who do not work for their governments.

    The supreme leader of Iran, president of Syria, and leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly have all had their Twitter accounts temporarily suspended or restricted in recent days. Numerous alternative media outlets have suffered the same fate.

    At the same time, Facebook, and its subsidiary Instagram, has announced that it will be censoring content that it deems to be supportive of Iran’s top General Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in a U.S. act of war on Jan. 3.

    The Big Tech giant said this censorship of users’ free speech will be done in order to comply with Washington’s suffocating sanctions on Iran.

    This draconian crackdown on social media comes while the Trump administration is aggressively expanding its economic and diplomatic warfare against these independent countries, in hopes of ultimately overthrowing their sovereign governments.

    The Grayzone spoke with some of the Venezuelan and Iranian civilian activists who do not work for their governments but who had their Twitter accounts suspended. They all said they were not given any warning, notice, or even an explanation why they were blocked from the platform.

    As The Grayzone has previously reported, Big Tech corporations are closely linked to the U.S. government, and have increasingly acted as an extension of it, purging the accounts of officials from foreign governments that are targeted by Washington for regime change, also including China, Russia, Cuba, Palestine and beyond.

    In early 2020, this social media warfare dramatically escalated.

    Twitter Purges Venezuelan Accounts

    Twitter has on numerous occasions suspended hundreds of accounts run by Venezuelans, in a series of purges targeting not only government-linked profiles but also those run by civilian activists from the leftist Chavista movement.

    The social media giant has done this while simultaneously verifying and promoting the accounts of U.S.-backed opposition activists and coup-mongers, like Juan Guaidó and his rapidly fading shadow regime.

    The Grayzone has previously reported on how Twitter relies on organizations funded by the U.S. government and European allies to crack down on foreign state media and suspend accounts that challenge Washington’s narratives.

    On Jan. 7, the Big Tech corporation carried out yet another round of suspensions. When The Grayzone contacted with the company with a request for comment, it did not give a clear reason.

    In this latest purge, Twitter suspended the official accounts of Venezuela’s National Guard, Navy, Air Force, Strategic Command, Petroleum Ministry, Penitentiary Services Ministry, National Commission of Information Technology, and Foundation Engineering Institute.

    The office of the government of the Capital District, the office of the vice president of the economy, and the press office of the armed forces also had their accounts removed by Twitter.

    Together, these blocked accounts had millions of followers.

    The accounts of Venezuela’s Central Bank and Ministry of Economics and Finance were temporarily taken down, but later restored.

    Venezuelan media outlets that challenge the right-wing narratives pushed by the major corporate media networks and Washington were also censored. Twitter suspended the accounts of the major radio station La Radio del Sur; the popular news website Red Radio Venezuela; and Ciudad CCS, the newspaper of the municipality of Caracas, the capital of the country.

    Twitter has on numerous occasions suspended the accounts of Venezuela’s elected President Nicolás Maduro, although in response to widespread outrage it later brought them back.

    But not all the Venezuelans who were deplatformed worked for state-backed institutions. Popular Chavista activists like Patricia Dorta, who had nearly 40,000 followers; and Yepfri Arguello had their accounts suspended, without explanation, in the Jan. 7 purge.

    Individual government officials were targeted as well. Twitter suspended the accounts of Víctor Clark, the governor of the state of Falcón from the ruling United Socialist Party (PSUV); Jesús Suárez Chourio, the former general commander of Venezuela’s military; and Hugbel Roa, an elected represented in the National Assembly also from PSUV.

    Kenny Ossa, a prominent activist advocating for technology education and freedom of access to information who serves as the president of Venezuela’s National Center of Information Technology, had his account removed for the second time.

    Twitter also suspended the profile of prominent Venezuelan activist Freddy Bernal, a leader in the Chavista movement who helps oversee the government’s CLAP food program, which provides some 7 million families receive large boxes of food for a few pennies. His account was however later restored.

    In its series of purges, Twitter has almost without exception targeted Venezuelans from the leftist Chavista movement, which Washington has tried to crush since it first came to power in the 1998 election of President Hugo Chávez.

    But in what appears to be a first, Twitter went after a major right-wing Venezuelan opposition politician in its Jan. 7 purge.

    The social media corporation restricted the account of Venezuelan lawmaker Luis Parra days after he was elected president of the National Assembly. Unlike the others censored by Twitter, Parra is from Primero Justicia, a right-wing opposition party that is backed by the U.S. government.

    The restriction of a right-wing Venezuelan opposition leader at exactly the moment when that figure was condemned by Washington is among the clearest indications of the US government’s influence over Twitter.




    The Grayzone spoke with Dhaymi Peña, who manages the station La Radio del Sur whose account was suspended by Twitter. She said the social media worker who runs the account was sent a notice that their profile was taken down, and provided a link to Twitter’s guidelines. “But there was not a direct reason,” Peña said, “rather just the general rules.”

    “It is difficult for us,” she commented, noting that other Venezuelan media outlets have also suffered from these suspensions.

    Vanessa Gutiérrez, a Venezuelan journalist who hosts a show on La Radio del Sur, has also had her own personal Twitter account suspended twice. She told The Grayzone that her profile was suspended for the second time in October 2019, but after numerous petitions to the company, it was later restored.

    “There was a massive attack against accounts run by the government and media outlets,” Gutiérrez said. “It seems like they were trying a test run.”

    “When they suspend the accounts, they always direct you to the rules. But they don’t give you proof of the ‘infraction,'” she explained.

    The Venezuelan journalist added, “There is no excuse given, they simply silence us.”



    Twitter suspends Iranian media outlets and civilian activists

    Iran has also faced a wave of social media censorship at precisely the same time it has come under the gun of the US government. Iranian officials, media outlets, and activists have been censored by Twitter in an accelerated purge this month.

    The Grayzone has previously documented how Google, Facebook, and Twitter have removed social media accounts of real-life Iranians, including journalists.

    In the wake of the Trump administration’s execution of Iran’s top general Soleimani, a clear act of war, Twitter moved to restrict the account of Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

    Twitter has also in the past suspended Khamenei’s Spanish-language account. And it has also banned an account that posted videos and excerpts of speeches of Iran’s first supreme leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.




    In the days after the US airstrike that killed Soleimani, Twitter likewise suspended the official account of HispanTV, an Iranian government-backed Spanish-language media outlet that is popular in Latin America.

    After a massive backlash, however, the Big Tech corporation agreed to restore HispanTV’s profile.




    In addition to HispanTV, Twitter has suspended the account of the Iranian state-backed media outlet Al-Alam News.

    Many individual Iranians have been targeted as well. Users posted lists of dozens of Iranians who had their accounts taken down. These included many prominent activists, journalists, and researchers who challenged Western propaganda and disinformation against their country.

    Ahmad Nozoori, an Iranian researcher and political analyst who does not work for his government, had his Twitter account suspended after spending years building up his following.




    “I couldn’t believe they did this,” Noroozi told The Grayzone. “In fact, I hardly use Twitter on an every day basis. My usage was limited to follow some friends and journalists.”

    “The world has to know what is really going on,” Noroozi said. “Secretary Pompeo was with the idea that people of Iran and Iraq would cheer the assassination [of Soleimani]. The US media was promoting the same nonsense and depicting martyrdom of Soleimani as a good thing. What is the benefit of citizen journalism if you can’t use social media platforms to tell the reality?”

    “I tried to update my followers over Twitter about the situation with both my eyewitness reporting – mostly with my own taken images and videos – and the news Iranian media provided about the retaliatory attack on the US base,” he explained. “It is clear the mind-controllers didn’t like that I do my reporting in English. They would rather keep everything in the dark and spread their one-way narrative.”

    Twitter suspends the Syrian president’s account

    It is not just government institutions, media outlets, and activists who have been targeted by Twitter’s purge. The Big Tech corporation has even gone after foreign heads of state whom Washington has been trying to overthrow.

    Syria has also been targeted in these Twitter crackdowns.

    On January 4, Twitter temporarily suspended the official Twitter account of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A few days later, amid backlash, it restored the account.

    Twitter has repeatedly suspended and restricted the profile of Syria’s president, forcing the country’s presidential office to create multiple accounts (neither of which has verified by the company).




    As with Iran and Venezuela, Syria’s government is internationally recognized and sits at the United Nations. But the United States and its allies have been committed to toppling all of these governments and replacing them with right-wing opposition factions that are subservient to Western interests. And social media corporations have dutifully catered to Washington’s agenda, stiffing free speech in the process.

    The Grayzone contacted Twitter with a detailed request for comment responding to the main points made above.

    A spokesperson from the company responded with just two boilerplate sentences: “Twitter has proactive systems which aim to detect platform manipulation at scale as part of our focus to improve the health of conversations on the service. Sometimes this might result in false positives, which can be appealed by any account owner.”

    Facebook and Instagram join Twitter as the US empire’s Thought Police
    Twitter is by no means the only social media corporation targeting the US government’s Official Enemies. Instagram and its owner Facebook have also suspended hundreds of Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts, expressly citing US government sanctions as the justification.

    Days after Facebook censored a video from The Grayzone that reported factually on the speeches of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei and Lebanese Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah, the Big Tech company took down a video of a Syrian Christian pastor who praised Iranian General Soleimani for defeating ISIS and other Takfiri extremists.

    Lebanese researcher Hadi Nasrallah translated and published a video of the Syrian Christian reverend Ibrahim Naseir, whose church was destroyed by Western-backed Salafi-jihadists that occupied the city of Aleppo.

    In his post, Hadi Nasrallah wrote “Q*ssem S*leim*ni,” afraid that using the late general’s full name would trigger Facebook’s algorithm. But his video and post were still removed, showing how the US-based social media corporation is stifling the speech of people thousands of miles away in Lebanon.




    These increasingly authoritarian crackdowns show more and more how Big Tech corporations act as an arm of the US government and its foreign policy.

    In 2018, when Facebook removed the pages of alternative media outlets that challenged Washington’s narratives, Jamie Fly, a US government-backed neoconservative operative, promised that it was “just the beginning.” (Fly soon after became the president and CEO of the US government’s propaganda arm Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, or RFE/RL.)

    Fly’s vow came true in the early weeks of 2020, as the US military-intelligence apparatus pushed social media giants to suppress the viewpoints of millions of people across the globe, especially those living in designated enemy states.

    This is government censorship by proxy, demolishing civil rights in order to conceal inconvenient facts from the public.

    Ben Norton
    Ben Norton is a journalist, writer, and filmmaker. He is the assistant editor of The Grayzone, and the producer of the Moderate Rebels podcast, which he co-hosts with editor Max Blumenthal. His website is BenNorton.com and he tweets at @BenjaminNorton.
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    We've a Twitter account here on Avalon. Perhaps we should just shut it down.
    "A spokesperson from the company responded with just two boilerplate sentences:

    “Twitter has proactive systems which aim to detect platform manipulation at scale as part of our focus to improve the health of conversations on the service. Sometimes this might result in false positives, which can be appealed by any account owner.
    ” "
    What on Earth, or even just a little bit not on Earth, is this very strange practically unintelligible statement supposed to mean?

    It feels a little Klingon to me - nothing against Klingons of course - but what does this actually mean?

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    Quote Posted by Tintin (here)
    We've a Twitter account here on Avalon. Perhaps we should just shut it down.
    "A spokesperson from the company responded with just two boilerplate sentences:

    “Twitter has proactive systems which aim to detect platform manipulation at scale as part of our focus to improve the health of conversations on the service. Sometimes this might result in false positives, which can be appealed by any account owner.
    ” "
    What on Earth, or even just a little bit not on Earth, is this very strange practically unintelligible statement supposed to mean?

    It feels a little Klingon to me - nothing against Klingons of course - but what does this actually mean?
    Well, there has been manipulation of Twitter by swarms of bots and hired shills ─ that has been proven. So I guess they're using some kind of A.I. or another type of heuristics algorithm to detect that sort of manipulation and shut it down. "False positives" means that the system might be triggered to shut down ─ i.e. mute and/or delete ─ an account that was actually innocent.

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    Rep.Schiff Sued by Physicians for Censoring Vaccine Debate
    https://aapsonline.org/rep-adam-schi...accine-debate/
    1/15/20

    "On Jan 15, 2020, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, along with Katarina Verrelli, on behalf of herself and others who seek access to vaccine information, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs allege that Defendant Adam Schiff has abused government power and infringed on their free-speech rights.

    “Who appointed Congressman Adam Schiff as Censor-in-Chief?” asks AAPS General Counsel. “No one did, and he should not be misusing his position to censor speech on the internet.”

    In February and March 2019, Rep. Schiff contacted Google, Facebook, and Amazon, to encourage them to de-platform or discredit what Schiff asserted to be inaccurate information on vaccines. He then posted the letters and press release on the House.gov website.

    Within 24 hours of Schiff’s letter to Amazon dated Mar 1, 2019, Amazon removed the popular videos Vaxxed and Shoot ’Em Up: the Truth About Vaccines from its platform for streaming videos, depriving members of the public of convenient access.

    Under a policy announced in May 2019, Twitter includes a pro-government disclaimer placed above search results for an AAPS article on vaccine mandates: “Know the Facts. To make sure you get the best information on vaccination, resources are available from the US Department of Health and Human Services.” The implication of this disclaimer is that if information is not on a government website, then it is somehow less credible.

    On Facebook, a search for an AAPS article on vaccines, which previously would lead directly to the AAPS article, now produces search results containing links to the World Health Organization (WHO), the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Visits to the AAPS website have declined significantly since March 2019, both in absolute terms and relative to the decline that would result from a story’s losing its recency.

    “The internet is supposed to provide free access to information to people of different opinions,” stated AAPS Executive Director, Jane Orient, M.D.

    Dr. Orient continues, “AAPS is not ‘anti-vaccine,’ but rather supports informed consent, based on an understanding of the full range of medical, legal, and economic considerations relevant to vaccination and any other medical intervention, which inevitably involves risks as well as benefits.”

    AAPS argues in the complaint against Rep. Schiff: “The First Amendment protects the rights of free speech and association. Included within the right of free speech is a right to receive information from willing speakers. Under the First Amendment, Americans have the right to hear all sides of every issue and to make their own judgments about those issues without government interference or limitations. Content-based restrictions on speech are presumptively unconstitutional, and courts analyze such restrictions under strict scrutiny.”

    The Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) is a national organization representing physicians in all specialties since 1943."
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    The Keiser Report is an alternative economics show on RT TV. I download them to mp3 for later listening during the day. But Youtube has "de-searched" The Keiser Report. It's still there, but you can't find it by searching. You have to go to https://www.keiserreport.com/. If you click on the youtube icon on the video, it will take you to the video on youtube. But searching won't get you there. My downloader only works with youtube, so that's what I do.

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    Quote Posted by TomKat (here)
    The Keiser Report is an alternative economics show on RT TV. I download them to mp3 for later listening during the day. But Youtube has "de-searched" The Keiser Report. It's still there, but you can't find it by searching. You have to go to https://www.keiserreport.com/. If you click on the youtube icon on the video, it will take you to the video on youtube. But searching won't get you there. My downloader only works with youtube, so that's what I do.
    I subscribe to the Keiser Report YouTube Channel. It comes up in my newsfeed.

    I ran a search and all his info comes up, i.e. YouTube, bitcoin, podcast, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, website, etc. Maybe it depend on the preference settings in your browser and/or search engine.
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    Quote Posted by TomKat (here)
    The Keiser Report is an alternative economics show on RT TV. I download them to mp3 for later listening during the day. But Youtube has "de-searched" The Keiser Report. It's still there, but you can't find it by searching. You have to go to https://www.keiserreport.com/. If you click on the youtube icon on the video, it will take you to the video on youtube. But searching won't get you there. My downloader only works with youtube, so that's what I do.
    I subscribe to the Keiser Report YouTube Channel. It comes up in my newsfeed.

    I ran a search and all his info comes up, i.e. YouTube, bitcoin, podcast, SoundCloud, Facebook, Twitter, website, etc. Maybe it depend on the preference settings in your browser and/or search engine.
    I get old episodes by searching. I just don't get the NEW (last week) ones. I generally download the week's episodes on Sunday, in this case episodes 1491 - 1493.

    I don't subscribe to any channels. I go to youtube from a VPN with no cookies and don't have a youtube account. Maybe if you login, subscribe, use cookies, etc., you will see those new episodes automatically. Would be curious if you see them via search and not logged in, with no cookies (I have my browser delete cookies on exit).

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    Quote Posted by TomKat (here)
    I don't subscribe to any channels. I go to youtube from a VPN with no cookies and don't have a youtube account. Maybe if you login, subscribe, use cookies, etc., you will see those new episodes automatically. Would be curious if you see them via search and not logged in, with no cookies (I have my browser delete cookies on exit).
    It’s the same results when I’m logged out for the search engine and direct YouTube search. I use the TotalAV, which includes web security, cookie and history removal, antivirus.












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    Quote Posted by Tintin (here)
    We've a Twitter account here on Avalon. Perhaps we should just shut it down.
    I deactivated mine yesterday. I still have a Facebook page though, where I post maybe twice a year. The reason I have not deactivated my Facebook page is because one of my sons is constantly failing to pay his phone bill and never checks his e-mail, yet always gets my messages and promptly replies when I message him. I am seeking now a way we can reliably stay in touch so I can deactivate my Facebook page. All I will have left is Linkedin (for professional purposes) and am close to shutting that down too.
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    Quote Posted by RunningDeer (here)
    Quote Posted by TomKat (here)
    I don't subscribe to any channels. I go to youtube from a VPN with no cookies and don't have a youtube account. Maybe if you login, subscribe, use cookies, etc., you will see those new episodes automatically. Would be curious if you see them via search and not logged in, with no cookies (I have my browser delete cookies on exit).
    It’s the same results when I’m logged out for the search engine and direct YouTube search. I use the TotalAV, which includes web security, cookie and history removal, antivirus.












    Looks like you're not getting the latest 3 episodes either...

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    Looks like you're not getting the latest 3 episodes either...
    Current Keiser Report Playlist without signing in.


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