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Is there any truth behind the Covid-19 conspiracy theories?

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Icke talks less about lizards and the Illuminati nowadays. Its all Covid (which doesnt exist), Bill Gates and 5G theories that have seen him falling foul of the major social media channels in the process. His official YouTube channel, with around 900,000 subscribers, was removed in May due to continued violation of its policies on transmitting information about Covid-19. Facebook removed his official page from its platform a few days earlier.

But he has become London Reals biggest attraction. The platform has live-streamed four interviews with Icke. The first, in March, drew the biggest audience in the channels history, and went on to receive six million views on YouTube. The third, in May, streamed live in contrived high drama from what Rose describes as the London Real secret bunker, was watched by over one million viewers.

Watching Icke, bristling with bulging-eyed, messianic self-righteousness and indignation, expound his theories, unchallenged, over the course of three hours, is by turns excruciating, baffling and exhausting.

His claims include that Bill Gates has purchased the entire global medical system. Another is that nano-technology chips in vaccines will transform us all into synthetic biological humans that will be unable to procreate.

Behind it all is the cult. George Soros is a puppet of the cult. So is the Pope. And Mark Zuckerberg. The Covid pandemic, in fact, everything mass migration, climate change, transgenderism have all been manipulated by the cult in order to control and enslave us. It is the most complete architecture of paranoia and delusion it would be possible to imagine.

And who are this cult? Icke is maddeningly unspecific. But in a separate video called Who Controls the World, he reveals that its a handful of people that you can probably get on 10 fingers, a global network of ultra-Zionist groups that answer to Israel.

Of course! Who else would it be?

Icke, who in the past has spoken of his disdain for the unquestioning, pathetic mainstream media did not respond to numerous requests for an interview.

Rose claims that the audience for his third interview with Icke was the largest live stream of a human conversation in history by far. From that you can conclude a few things that people are idiots; or you can say that people arent as stupid as we thought they were, that they can digest a nuanced conversation and make up their own minds.

He says he does not personally subscribe to Ickes views of a cult conspiring to rule the world. I dont consider myself a conspiracy theorist. Im a freedom of speech advocate, and besides David Icke I dont think Ive had anyone on my show that anyone would call a conspiracy theorist.

My opinion isnt the point. The point is, you should have the right to hear these ideas and right now you dont.

Rose claims that as a result of giving a platform to Icke and others, London Real has suffered very sophisticated malicious attacks on our technology platform [he does not specify by whom]; that he has been shadow-banned (the act of blocking followers from seeing a users content without the user knowing) on Instagram and warned that any mention of Covid-19, 5G or vaccines on his YouTube postings would lead to a real problem in putting London Real content on the platform.

He denies that he is giving a voice to people who have no medical or scientific credibility and who are peddling potentially harmful misinformation.

Who decides these things? Who are the gatekeepers here? These digital platforms [like YouTube] are essential to freedom of information, but if they decide youve violated their policies, whatever they want to stop they can stop.

For Daniel Freeman, the consequences of giving the likes of Mikovits and Icke a platform are clearly shown in the results of the Oxford University survey. There is an underlying mistrust of official accounts, and a scepticism towards science, that is extraordinarily worrying, he says. We need evidence-based strategies for countering the spread of these sorts of theories. But its also the erosion of the trust in experts that needs to be built up again. Because this is exactly the moment we need to rely on them.

But the insidiousness of conspiracy theories goes deeper still. There is some irony in the fact that theories which purport to tell the truth about hidden organisations plotting to rule the world by fear, actually cultivate precisely that fear and paranoia themselves the belief that everything we are told is designed to deceive and enslave us, that the world as we know it is a lie and fundamentally evil. There can be no more harmful conspiracy theory than that.

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The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis for which white police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged ignited demonstrations around the world, with over 50 countries participating in the Black Lives Matter protests. And with it has come a wealth of conspiracy theories, the main one being that everyone involved, including Floyd himself, are actors. Specifically, its what is dubbed a false flag conspiracy, when an incident is staged by a group who want a reason to retaliate against the person or group theyll later accuse of the attack.

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Sanders and Schumer call on McConnell to hold hearings to fight election conspiracy theories – KTVZ

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer of New York are calling on Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to create a new bipartisan committee focused on election integrity and schedule hearings to reassure Americans over a process President Donald Trump has repeatedly sought to undermine.

There is growing anxiety among Democrats, and some Republicans, that Trump will not only continue to sow doubt over the legitimacy of the coming election but throw the subsequent count into chaos by declaring victory before all the votes can be tallied, including the millions that will arrive by mail.

In a letter to McConnell, Sanders and Schumer quote back the Kentucky senator’s own words, in which he attested to the reliability of mail-in voting by citing its successes in Oregon, Washington and Colorado, which have been using the system for years.

Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of mail-in voting, promoted conspiracy theories questioning election security, called on supporters to act as unsanctioned “poll watchers,” and suggested that the absence of a clear result by the evening of November 3 would in some way cast doubt on the eventual outcome. Key allies in powerful positions, like Attorney General Bill Barr, have followed suit. Barr has persisted in puffing up a debunked claim that ballots received by mail would somehow strip the sender of their privacy — ignoring well-established safeguards.

By escalating the matter now, Sanders and Schumer are responding to growing concern, in partisan and nonpartisan spaces, that Americans are not adequately prepared for the potential of a longer-than-usual wait for results or Trump’s willingness to short-circuit the democratic process if he smells defeat.

“Democrats and Republicans in Congress must come together to ensure that we have a free and fair election where every vote is cast and counted without intimidation,” Sanders told CNN, “where no one has to put his or her health in danger to cast a ballot, and where we have full confidence in the results.”

The proposed hearings would invite a cross-section of election officials from across the country to testify to the security and reliability of mail-in, early- and in-person voting — subjects on which Sanders and Schumer, again, referenced McConnell’s own words.

“Despite the clear security of our vote-by-mail system, some have continued to undermine it with unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud,” they wrote. “As you have correctly said, people ‘can vote early, you can vote on Election Day, or you can drop it in the mail,’ and that voters should ‘not worry about your vote not counting.’”

The minority leader and Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, also want more detailed discussion about the fraught hours, or days, after the polls close and a real-time watch of the election horse race potentially swings from one candidate to another.

“We know a number of states may well be counting ballots for a period of time after Election Day, and that those votes may be determinative in this election,” the senators wrote to McConnell. “To avoid disinformation, conspiracy theories, and suspicion about results, we must understand the likely timeline for this process.”

The letter goes on to reference the recent war games-style preparations conducted by a group called the Transition Integrity Project, a bipartisan gathering of operatives and academics that made headlines when some of the outcomes of their exercises — including “both street-level violence and political impasse” — were reported on in late July.

“A bipartisan group of experts and officials have studied multiple scenarios where the outcome of the election was not immediately known. Some of these scenarios resulted in unrest and even violence,” Sanders and Schumer wrote, suggesting the Senate should elevate similar discussions and familiarize the public with the uncertainties ahead. “We would like to hear from the most knowledgeable people in the country as to how we can do everything possible to make sure that the election and the period afterward is secure and peaceful.”

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HHS supported Caputo, with a statement that called him a critical, integral part of the presidents coronavirus response, leading on public messaging as Americans need public health information to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.

There was no immediate statement from the White House.

Attempts to reach Caputo were unsuccessful.

On Capitol Hill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., called on Azar to fire Caputo, accusing the spokesman of trying to interfere with CDC reports to the medical and scientific community, as well as the public at large. And Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on Azar himself to resign, citing interference with the CDC as one example of what he termed the administration’s failures.

Officials at CDC have privately complained of recent efforts by political appointees at main HHS to try to edit or press for changes in the agency’s weekly MMWR publications, a go-to resource for public health professionals.

MMWR articles are technical, but they reveal telling details. One published earlier this year noted that while Trump’s travel restrictions dramatically reduced travel from China in February, nothing was being done at that time to restrict travel from Italy and Europe, where the coronavirus was spreading widely and rapidly. Analysis of virus samples from hard-hit New York in March suggested it was introduced there from Europe and other parts of the U.S., the CDC article reported.

Caputo is an unswerving Trump loyalist. His recent book, The Ukraine Hoax, claims the presidents phony impeachment was rooted in a vast conspiracy.

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unwinona:This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS…

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My RSS Feedunwinona:

This is exactly what conspiracy theorists and anti-vaxxers have done with their HIV/AIDS and Polio narrative (among others), only we’re seeing it escalated to weeks and months instead of years or decades.

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