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rohirra · 25 days ago
Ok but Frodo really knew what he was getting himself into when he set out to Rivendell.
Like look at this section of dialogue from A Conspiracy Unmasked (I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS):
'My dear and most beloved hobbits!' said Frodo deeply moved. '[...] You speak of danger but you do not understand. This is no treasure hunt, no there-and-back journey. I am flying from deadly peril into deadly peril.'
- JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Chapter V: A Conspiracy Unmasked
He knows what he is getting himself into, he knows that only he can carry the Ring, that the enemy is pursuing him and him alone because he has the Ring. He has to carry it, he has to bring it to the elves and he doesn't want to put his friends into danger.
Also the fact that he has realised that this is no there-and-back journey kinda kills me. Frodo grew up listening to Bilbo's tales of his adventure, of his there-and-back journey, of his treasure hunt. And the book tells us in earlier chapters that Frodo wanted an adventure like this as well.
He hasn't even left the Shire yet and he knows, HE KNOWS, that this is going to be different than what Bilbo did, that this journey is going to change him. There is the very likely possiblity that he will never return and Frodo knows this. He expects it.
Frodo knew from the start that his journey would not be jolly and happy, he knew he was in danger and that everyone who came along with him would be put into danger as well. And yet he set out regardless because he knew it was the only right thing to do.
I can't fucking take it. My heart? In shambles. So many feelings. Tolkien why...
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rohirra · 25 days ago
I just realised that it is quite possible that Meriadoc 'I have known about the existence of the Ring for years' Brandybuck probably has known about the Ring almost just as long as Frodo has.
Dude knows how to keep a secret and use it to his advantage later on lol
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rohirra · 26 days ago
Going through A Conspiracy Unmasked for the little essay on the brilliance of this chapter I'm trying to write and am amazed how Merry and Pippin just pull a Sherlock Holmes on Frodo
I love these two idiots
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rohirra · 28 days ago
I really want to talk about A Conspiracy Unmasked one day. It's one of my favourite chapter's in the Fellowship of the Ring because it gives insight in Sam's, Merry's and Pippin's characters and motivations really well and it also really makes the difference between the Book version of these characters and the movie versions.
I also love the fact that they call Sam their chief investigator and he turns red when Merry reveals him as such in front of Frodo! Adorable.
Not sure whether I find the time to do this or if anyone would be interested though...
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the-knightof-thearchives · 2 months ago
A conspiracy unmasked is one of my favourite chapters in lotr. I remember when I was reading it I was really disappointed that I wouldn't see any more of Merry and Pippin, but then all of a sudden they pulled the "I know everything about the ring and your journey and you can't stop me from following you." card and then Merry said "oh hey, I knew about the ring ever since I was like 18 lol." And then turns out Sam was in on it all along and their main investigator and I was happily fan girl screaming. Sigh. Good times.
The other great part about it is it shows how smart and capable Merry is. Like he is so sly and smart, that little dude surprised me at every turn of this chapter.
And at the end of it Frodo was feeling happier about his whole quest because his gang was coming along.
Anyways, I have always wondered what Bilbo would think when he finds out Merry knew about his strange little ring all along and at one point has done the equivalent of reading his diary lol.
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imahomomrfrodo · 9 months ago
Yo I just realized something.
In the appendices it tells what happened to the hobbits after the events of lotr and I realized that they are almost parallel to the hobbit actors.
Frodo (obviously) leaves to go to the undying lands. Elijah Wood never fucking ages.
Sam gets married first and has an insane amount of kids, mostly girls. Sean astin got married first and has three girls.
Merry eventuality gets married but has no kids. Dominic Monaghan was married and still has no kids.
Pippin got married and had one son (who went on to marry Sam’s daughter). Billy Boyd got married and had one son.
Coincidence? I think not.
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jimkellner · 11 months ago
ICYMI #COVID #corona #covidhoax #coronahoax #facemask #unmask #conspiracy #conspiracytheory
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switchesfandomseverymonth · 11 months ago
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am I tripping or....
Bofur is Jack from AJR?!!
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republicinsanity · a day ago
Tom Tiffany
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Welcome to what is the 995th profile here at “Crazy/Stupid Republican of the Day”, where we’ll be profiling the sitting U.S. House Representative from Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District, Tom Tiffany, who after losing in races for Wisconsin State Senate in 2004 and 2008 and served one term in the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2010-2012. He then greased himself up with his prior jobs in the petroleum industry to grab a spot in Congress in a special election in May of 2020 to replace the utter dumbass who we kept track of for years, former Congressman Sean Duffy. Barely 13 months into the gig, we’re not sure of who’s worse, but in a short amount of time, Tiffany has made it more of a debate then we thought there possibly could be.
We’re not even kidding that it didn’t take long, as only two days after Tiffany had won his special election, he made headlines for using the racist term “Wuhan Virus” to refer to Covid-19 in a letter where he called for the Wisconsin Secretary of Health to resign, furious that she recommended business closures to prevent the spread of the pandemic, attacking her and Governor Tony Evers:
“The recent Supreme Court ruling confirmed that Ms. Palm’s power grab exceeded her authority. Her shotgun approach to lock down Wisconsin has produced disastrous consequences. New data shows us how we can make a targeted response to the Wuhan virus, but Ms. Palm will hear none of it. A native New Yorker, ally of Hillary Clinton’s, and Washington, D.C. insider, Ms. Palm understands very little of our Midwestern values or how her decisions have devastated our way of life.
Wisconsin’s economy and health care system are collapsing. Small businesses are closing their doors for good. Tens of thousands of people are struggling to apply for unemployment in an attempt to survive the storm she caused. Ms. Palm came here as Governor Evers’ hired gun, and she will leave with Wisconsin’s corpse if she continues.”
Facing a November rematch with the Democrat he defeated in the special election, Andrea Junker, Tiffany released a “Back the Blue” ad in October of 2020 that accused Junker of wanting to “defund the police”. Which, of course, isn’t something that Junker actually wanted to do. Meanwhile, Junker pointed out  something we’ll note below, that Tom Tiffany was one of only 17 Republicans who voted against a resolution to condemn the Qanon conspiracy theory after one Congressman started getting death threats, and Tiffany claimed he voted against it because it was “political posturing” by Nancy Pelosi.
Which, holding a posture that isn’t sympathetic to conspiracy theorists motivated to threaten to kill a member of Congress might be y’know, just having a backbone at all. Like supporting democracy and not being an active participant in “The Big Lie” post-election and the build-up to January 6th. If he had any principles, he wouldn’t show up to a maskless rally only DAYS after an attempted coup in our nation’s capitol to speak at a forum hosted by a right-wing radio host who openly called for “war” over the results of the election.
Y’know, not that such rhetoric isn’t exactly the sort of incitement that caused 1/6 in the first place. But what Tom Tiffany will take a stand on? Anti-vaccination paranoia, like in March of 2021, when he made it a point to tell everyone that he was advising his daughters not to get the Covid-19 vaccine, while also lying and claiming that no one their age had died of the virus (At least two had at the time in Wisconsin.) He did this unmasked, at a town hall, filled with people who were also unmasked.
Way to have a potential super-spreader event a year into the pandemic when we should know better and set a good example for the public, s***bird.
Rather than focus on the pandemic, Tom Tiffany worried about the voters in his district… by traveling the opposite border, over a thousand miles away, to throw tantrums about the less fascist approach the Biden administration was taking on undocumented migrants, and act like all fifty states were under attack by Mexico. Yes, within the same fortnight.
Just… seriously, look at this lunatic’s voting record, and try and not be shocked at how unbelievably partisan he is:
October 2nd, 2020: Tom Tiffany is one of 17 Republicans who vote against a resolution to condemn the Qanon conspiracy theory after its followers started to make death threats against Democratic Congressman Tom Malinowski.
December 10th, 2020: Tiffany signs his name to an amicus brief to the Supreme Court, begging them to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The same election that he won re-election in.
January 6th, 2021: Tom Tiffany votes for the objection to the electoral college’s votes in the 2020 election, a failure to send any sort of message that he wasn’t intimidated or sympathetic to those who attacked the Capitol to attempt a violent coup.
January 13th, 2021: Rep. Tiffany votes against the second impeachment of Donald Trump, because the Republican Party no longer feels like they should be accountable for anything, including failed coups that result in the deaths of both their participants and police officers.
February 4th, 2021: Tom Tiffany votes to keep Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee assignments, because he wouldn’t want her to be accountable for all the bigoted remarks and conspiracy theories she’s spread online (probably because she’s a kindred spirit).
February 25th, 2021: Tiffany votes against HR 5, the latest version of the Equality Act, that would provide workplace protections for LGBTQ Americans.
March 3rd, 2021: Rep. Tiffany votes against HR 1, a bill created to prevent the corruption of money in politics, and protect voter access to the ballot box.
March 3rd, 2021: Tom Tiffany votes against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.
March 10th, 2021: Tiffany doesn’t even bother to show up to vote on the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, because he feels people deserve to die in poverty during a pandemic.
March 17th, 2021: Rep. Tiffany votes against the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act, likely because they feel the 2nd Amendment remaining absolute is more important than preventing people with a history of domestic abuse from owning a firearm (which statistics show, makes them more likely to use those firearms against women in their lives).
May 19th, 2021: Tom Tiffany votes against HR 3233, the creation of a commission to investigate the Capitol Attack.
May 20th, 2021: Tiffany is one of 63 Republicans who vote against the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act.
June 16th, 2021: Tom Tiffany is one of 14 Republicans who vote against celebrating Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
We’re not sure how long an uncaring, science-denying, insurrection-supporting s***stain like Tom Tiffany holds Congressional office, but we hope that someone wakes up to his destructive tendencies upon our democracy and people’s literal health before he does too much damage.
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jamesalansills · 5 days ago
Researchers say they have unmasked a major QAnon influencer | TheHill
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inkrys · 5 days ago
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i was tagged by @beaumontbash to do this picrew for some of my mcs. thank you so much mary for the tag!
helena argent ◦ into the shadows
yunyi sterling ◦ model citizens: unmasked
cara wiseman ◦ mind blind
cassiopeia vinteren ◦ checkmate in three moves
june yu ◦ the fog knows your name
shirin bhakta ◦ conspiracy in emerson
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faeriesfanficblog · 22 days ago
We need to talk about stalking.
Stalking is a pattern of fixated, obsessive and often controlling behaviours that is focused on an individual. According to the Suzy Lamplugh Trust this can manifest itself in different ways such as obsessively monitoring social media posts and other communications. It can also include following, loitering, spying, and vexatious complaints.
I recently purged my followers and having to go onto all those blogs opened my eyes to stuff on here that was even worse than I thought it was.
I was aware that some fan boards, groups etc. had had to moderate behaviour. But I was shocked at the stalking free-for-all some people seem to think is ok on here. And it is all focused on one particular actor.
Widespread sharing of creep shots, conspiracy theories, negative rants, trying to work out a real live person’s every movement, every person they might meet, every business they might frequent, every aspect of their private lives...
I don’t know why it happens but it is not ok. I can’t change other people’s behaviour. But I can make a decision about whether I allow it to pass without comment or whether I say something. Seeing something regularly online can skew our thoughts of what we think is normal. If you see blogs obsessing in a fixated and controlling way about someone’s personal life, have a long hard think about how normal that actually is, and how ok it actually is.
Meanwhile, I’ll keep blocking.
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Under recent guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employers have the legal right to [mandate employees be vaccinated].
It’s not a new concept. The federal workplace watchdog has allowed companies to mandate flu and other vaccines but allowed employees to claim exemptions where appropriate. Workers can still keep their jobs while opting out of receiving the vaccine by claiming medical or religious exemptions.
Many major employers are stopping short of making a COVID-19 vaccine a requirement to return to work, for now.
Part of the resistance to requiring workers to roll up their sleeves stems from a real threat of worker lawsuits, experts say.
“Nothing stops anyone from bringing a lawsuit,” Johnny Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management, told NPR’s All Things Considered. Courts have sided with employers, Taylor said, as judges believe mandating vaccinations amid a global health crisis is reasonable.
The article goes on to cite a couple of instances of people suing employers who have introduce mandates, largely under the grounds that the vaccine isn’t fully authorized by the FDA and only authorized for emergency use instead.
It’s important to note that the “emergency authorization” is a lot of people’s legal rationale for resisting vaccination and vaccine mandates right now. Eventually - probably sooner rather than later - Pfizer and Moderna, at the very least, are going to be just plain FDA approved for regular usage, and at that point, we are back in the same territory as pretty much every other vaccine. If your employer can mandate you get a flu shot, a regular TDAP, or a Hepatitis A shot (mandatory for all food service workers here in my neck of the woods), your employer can mandate you get a COVID vaccine, too.
That being said, if while we’re in this nebulous “emergency authorization” space people are going to sue their employers for forcing them to get vaccinated and sue businesses for not allowing them on the premises without a vaccine or a mask, I want to be able to sue my employer for having an unsafe work environment for NOT mandating vaccines and masks for the unvaccinated, with proof required to unmask. I want to be able to sue Applebee’s for exposing me to COVID by allowing unvaccinated and unmasked people in their business while my vaccinated but still-vulnerable self is trying to enjoy generic and bland food that will give me diarrhea.
The consequences and burdens need to be falling on the intentionally unvaccinated and those who enable them - not on those of us who have followed all public health guidance, done our part to protect ourselves and our communities, and are still being tormented by anti-science conspiracy freaks who would rather murder their child than live with an autistic kid.
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useful-creature · a month ago
It really fucks the brain, the social pressure to keep wearing masks.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but it’s a very interesting study in how people have learned to cope with the collective trauma we have endured since the pandemic began.  For over a year the stigma was that anyone who questioned the CDC’s recommendation to wear masks was a science denying Trump-lover.  Now that the CDC has issued a statement that anyone two weeks post vaccination can unmask, the same people who were yelling so loudly about trusting the CDC are now insisting that they’re wrong about fully vaccinated people taking off their masks.  I get that a lot of people will lie about being vaccinated and print fake vaccination cards... just like they lied about being medically except and printed out fake cards for that too.  At the same time, I was one of the first in line to get the vaccine when it was my turn.  I was one of the first to mask up at work and in public.  I’ve stayed away from everyone I loved since this started, didn’t take any trips, didn’t go anywhere that wasn’t an absolute necessity.  I’m unwilling to do those things for the rest of my life.  I got vaccinated to protect myself and everyone around me, and so that masks and social distancing could be a thing of the past.  Tomorrow will be the first day that vaccinated employees at my work can take off their masks, and I can’t wait to smell the lumber.  I went unmasked to Mass yesterday and didn’t realize just how good the church smells.  I only started going to Catholic Mass when the mask order was in place.  It smells like decades of incense, old wood, flowers.  Then I went to a metaphysical shop and smelled incense and candles until I had a terrible headache and enjoyed every minute of it.  Tomorrow, I’m putting on a full face of makeup and I’m going to enjoy seeing the faces of coworkers that I’ve never seen before. 
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avablog62 · a month ago
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ParanoidGenreCrime drama ThrillerWritten byBill GallagherDirected byMark Tonderai Kenny Glennan John DuthieStarring
Indira Varma Robert Glenister Dino Fetscher Neil Stuke Lesley Sharp Christiane Paul Michael Maloney Kevin Doyle Polly Walker
Country of originUnited KingdomOriginal languageEnglishNo. of series1No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)ProductionProducersBill Gallagher Nicola Shindler Tom SherryRunning time45 minutesProduction companyRed Production CompanyDistributorStudioCanalReleaseOriginal networkITV (UK) NetflixPicture formatAudio formatStereoOriginal release22 September – 10 November 2016[1]
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Paranoid is a Britishcrime drama which began broadcasting on ITV on 22 September 2016, and streaming internationally on Netflix in 2016. The eight-part series focuses on a group of UK detectives working for the fictional Woodmere police force who are attempting to solve the murder of a doctor who is stabbed at a children's playground. During the course of their investigation, the detectives discover the murder has links to a German pharmaceutical company and they enlist the help of their German colleagues in Düsseldorf to find the killer.[2]Indira Varma, Robert Glenister, and Dino Fetscher star as main protagonists DS Nina Suresh, DC Bobby Day, and DC Alec Wayfield, respectively.[3]
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Angela Benton, a well-liked local GP in the fictional town of Woodmere, is stabbed to death in a local playground. A team of detectives from Woodmere Police are assigned to investigate the case, including: DS Nina Suresh (Indira Varma), DC Bobby Day (Robert Glenister), DC Alec Wayfield (Dino Fetscher), and their supervising officer, DI Michael Niles (Neil Stuke). They initially suspect the murderer is a local mental patient, Jacob Appley, who is under the care of psychiatrist Dr Chris Crowley (Michael Maloney). When Appley is later found dead, his brother, Henry (William Ash), becomes convinced that Jacob was not responsible for the murder, and has been framed by a party or parties unknown.[4]
Meanwhile, an unidentified man (Kevin Doyle), dubbed the 'Ghost Detective', is sending the team information and clues to evidence which could identify Angela's killer. As the investigation continues, the team discovers Angela's death could be linked to her ex-boyfriend, Ruben Lukana. The team enlists the help of Düsseldorf detective Linda Felber (Christiane Paul) to look into Lukana. When he is found dead face down in his swimming pool, Felber and her partner, Walti Merian (Dominik Tiefenthaler), begin an investigation. A suspect for the murders is identified, but when he evades capture and flees back to Germany, Niles arranges for Bobby to travel to Düsseldorf to assist with the German end of the investigation.[5]
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Indira Varma as DS Nina Suresh, Woodmere Police detective[3]
Robert Glenister as DC Bobby Day, Woodmere Police detective[3]
Dino Fetscher as DC Alec Wayfield, Woodmere Police detective
Neil Stuke as DI Michael Niles, Woodmere Police detective[3]
Christiane Paul as Detective Linda Felber, Düsseldorf Polizei detective
Lesley Sharp as Lucy Cannonbury, chief witness to Angela Benton's murder[3]
Michael Maloney as Chris Crowley, psychiatrist
Kevin Doyle as the Ghost Detective[3]
Dominik Tiefenthaler as Detective Walti Merian, Düsseldorf Polizei detective[2]
Polly Walker as Monica Wayfield, Alec Wayfield's mother[2]
Anjli Mohindra as PC Megan Waters, Woodmere Police staff
Danny Huston as Nick Waingrow, Director of External Affairs, Rustin Wade Pharmaceuticals
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Jason Done as Dennis, Nina Suresh's long-term boyfriend
John Duttine as Eric Benton, Angela Benton's father
William Flanagan as Luke Benton, Angela Benton's son
Shobna Gulati as Parcival, Bobby Day's GP
Wiliam Ash as Henry Appley, Jacob Appley's brother
Ayda Field as Sheri, Ruben Lukana's American girlfriend
Nikol Kollars as Marquito Olivo, mother of Ruben Lukana's son
Jonathan Ojinnaka, 'the bald man'
Emma Bispham as Angela Benton, murder victim
Daniel Drewes as Cedric Felber, Linda Felber's husband
Isabella Pappas as Sadie Waingrow, Nick Waingrow's daughter
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No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers (millions)1'Episode 1'Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher22 September 20166.38A local GP, Angela Benton, is stabbed to death in a local playground. Woodmere Police detectives Nina Suresh, Bobby Day and Alec Wayfield are assigned to investigate the case. They soon discover, however, that the murder is much more than an open and shut case.2'Episode 2'Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher29 September 20164.82The detectives discover that Angela's former lover, Ruben Lukana also died within a week of her death. Meanwhile, Alec and Bobby decide to mount a covert investigation of their own – but when they are lured into a trap set by their prime suspect, Alec's life is left hanging in the balance.3'Episode 3'Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher6 October 20164.58Linda suspects that Ruben Lukana's death was no accident, and that he was in fact murdered. Recovering in hospital, Alec receives a surprise visit from the Ghost Detective. Meanwhile, the search for the missing pages belonging to Angela Benton takes a shocking turn.4'Episode 4'Mark TonderaiBill Gallagher13 October 20164.41Bobby is dispatched to Dusseldorf to help link the two cases together. Meanwhile, Niles' interference drives the Ghost Detective underground, but Nina and Alec's dogged pursuit to discover his identity leads Nina right into the killer's path.5'Episode 5'Kenny GleenanBill Gallagher20 October 20164.35With the Ghost Detective's identity unmasked, the team set about finding out who tried to silence him. In Dusseldorf, Bobby and Linda's investigation takes them to Rustin Wade, a pharmaceutical company linked to Ruben Lukana, but someone soon takes a disliking to their digging.6'Episode 6'Kenny GleenanBill Gallagher27 October 20164.14Having discovered Lukana was linked to a secret drug trial known as 'Mainline', the pressure on Bobby to unmask the killer is made ever greater by taunts from Rustin Wade executive Nick Waingrow. When Lucy is forced to reveal her secret past, the revelations finally tip Bobby over the edge.7'Episode 7'John DuthieBill Gallagher3 November 20164.23The team finally secures evidence against Dr Crowley, but cannot get the support they need from Henry Appley, who isn't convinced of Crowley's guilt. Bobby is sent back to England. Waingrow comes under increased pressure when he finds bugging devices in his house and car.8'Episode 8'John DuthieBill Gallagher10 November 20164.33Henry Appley abducts Dr Crowley and demands that he reveal who killed his brother. Bobby's search for Crowley leads him into an unexpected showdown with the mysterious assassin. The Dusseldorf police's net closes on Nick Waingrow, and Nina and Alec finally accept their feelings for one another.
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orbemnews · a month ago
Trump Justice Dept. Tried to Use Grand Jury to Identify Nunes Critic on Twitter WASHINGTON — The Justice Department under President Trump secretly obtained a grand-jury subpoena last year in an attempt to identify the person behind a Twitter account dedicated to mocking Representative Devin Nunes of California, according to a newly unsealed court document. But Twitter fought the subpoena, as well as an associated gag order barring the company from talking about it publicly. Twitter executives raised skepticism about whether the Justice Department might be abusing federal criminal law-enforcement power to retaliate against a critic of Mr. Nunes, a Republican who is a close ally of Mr. Trump, in violation of the First Amendment. Ultimately, according to a person familiar with the matter, the Justice Department withdrew the subpoena this spring, after President Biden took office. What was going on behind the subpoena remains murky. The filing — a motion to suppress the subpoena and lift the gag order that Twitter filed in March — shows that the Justice Department sent the company a demand on Nov. 24 to provide identifying information about the user @NunesAlt. Twitter appears to have immediately been suspicious about the legitimacy of the request. The user of that account, the filing said, “appears to be engaged in clear First Amendment activity, discussing stances on current events, government policies and one elected official in particular — Congressman Nunes.” The filing provided examples of some of the account’s tweets, such as a photograph of Mr. Nunes with text superimposed over his face: “Believe in conspiracy theories. Even if there is no evidence.” As the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee until Democrats took control of the chamber after the 2018 midterm elections, Mr. Nunes used his position to put forward claims that supported Mr. Trump’s contention that the Russia investigation was a “deep state” conspiracy against him. Twitter’s filing also noted that Mr. Nunes and his lawyer had separately filed a series of lawsuits in efforts to unmask pseudonymous social media users who criticized him, including an account that purported to be the congressman’s cow and the @NunesAlt account. When Twitter pressed the Justice Department for an explanation, the filing said, the government said the subpoena was part of a criminal investigation into a possible violation of a federal statute that makes it a felony to use interstate communications to threaten to injure someone. But the government refused to point to any particular tweet that made a threat. The company’s filing asked the judge overseeing the matter to take a searching look at the basis for the Justice Department’s motivations in going after the user. “As the custodian entrusted with the private identifying information that the government seeks, Twitter is concerned the subpoena may not be supported by a legitimate law enforcement purpose, and that therefore, there cannot be any need — let alone a compelling need — for the government to unmask the user,” a lawyer for Twitter wrote in the court motion. It continued: “As such, Twitter asks that the court engage in a searching analysis of the government’s bases for issuing the subpoena in order to determine whether the subpoena violates the First Amendment and should be quashed.” The grand-jury subpoena had been obtained by the office of the United States attorney for the District of Columbia. At the time, the office was run on an acting basis by Michael R. Sherwin, who had been installed by Attorney General William P. Barr. A spokeswoman for that office did not respond to a request for comment or explanation, including whether the underlying investigation remained open. The text of the subpoena, which was attached to Twitter’s court filing, suggested that the inquiry was being run by the Capitol Police, which protect members of Congress. A spokesman for Mr. Nunes did not respond to a request for comment. The person who operates the @NunesAlt account appeared to be surprised by the filing, writing in a post on Monday afternoon that there was “nothing remarkable about me” and adding, “So then why am I being sued by a US congressman? Why would the DOJ ever target me? Is it the mean tweets and bad memes?” Twitter said in a statement that it was “committed to protecting the freedom of expression for those who use our service. We have a strong track record and take seriously the trust placed in us to work to protect the private information of the people on Twitter.” Kate Conger, Katie Benner and Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting. Source link Orbem News #critic #Dept #Grand #identify #jury #Justice #Nunes #Trump #Twitter
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snommelp · a month ago
You can't make this shit up
Anti-mask anti-vax people are finally getting serious about wearing masks and maintaining social distance... because of conspiracy theories that the COVID-19 vaccines "shed proteins" and cause all sorts of ridiculous reproductive problems
And now that the CDC is saying that vaccinated people can unmask, the conspiracy theorists are figuring out what they can/should do to protect themselves from the dangers of vaccinated people, and the most obvious answer is "wear a mask and keep your distance"
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helenarlett-rex · a month ago
So today was a day...
Not more than 10 minutes after opening the doors at work this morning I had a man try to enter the building without a mask. As I was stationed at the door this morning I offered the man a fresh mask and informed him that we are requiring people to wear masks inside the building. He ignored me by telling me that he already checked with the county commissioner and there is no county mandate for people to wear masks then walked right past me into the building. I quickly followed after him, trying to inform him that it was library policy that had nothing to do with county mandates but he again refused to listen to me and started rambling on with the same speel, refusing to listen to me. And the kicker was... he didn’t even want to use the library... He just wanted to return his books. Books he could have very easily put in the drop box right outside the door. But instead of doing that, he wanted to walk into the building without a mask to return them. In other words, he wanted to swing his dick around and prove to me he could do anything he wanted and I couldn’t stop him.
This of course went into an incident report I had to spend the morning filling out... Just because this asshole wanted to feel like no one could tell him what to do, I was forced to spend the morning filling out paperwork when I really needed to be doing other things, putting me way behind in my duties for the day. Something simple that would have taken him all of ten seconds, or even less than that if he had used the book drop, ended up costing me an hour and a half of my time which I really didn’t have to spare in the first place...
But that was only the start of my horrible day... Because the rest of the day was filled with similar people just like him who all felt the need to make our lives miserable over the covid precautions put into place in the library. As it turns out, there was to be a board meeting at the end of the day held there at the library. A full board meeting consisting of the board members of both our library and the board members of our sister library in the next town over. And one of the topics on the agenda was discussing what covid precautions were to be taken going forward. Knowing this, the local rat lickers had apparently decided to start attacking us early, and keep at it thoughout the day, almost as if they were trying to wear us down and beat us into submission before the meeting even took place.
When my library director arrived at work that afternoon, she asked me to personally attend the meeting because she had added the incident report to the agenda and wanted me there if they had any questions. I agreed to attend. And when the day came to an end and the board meeting was begin, I received the unfortunate privilege of getting to bear witness to a mob of the worst, most entitled collection of plague rats our community had to offer.
I watched as somewhere around fifty unmasked people consisting of Covid Karen’s and their entire families came pouring into the library like a group of disease infested rats scurrying off of the docks of Messina. But they weren’t satisfied to just fill the building and breath their germs all over everyone. The moment they approached the area set up for the board meeting to take place, the began instantly, and loudly showing their complete disregard for the precautions the library was trying to take. Many of them loudly announcing that they had no intention of social distancing as they began moving all the chairs that had been set up for them to ensure they were as close together as possible. I myself was forced to leave my seat when a woman scooted her own so close to me she may as well have been sitting in my lap and then further refused to allow me to move my chair away from her. I was in fact forced to stand through the entire two hour meeting because it was the only way to distance myself from the rowdy crowd intent of breathing directly down my neck.
Even without the concern of covid, I have been diagnosed with PTSD and I don’t like people getting too close to me. But this angry mob that would have looked more at place gathering outside of Frankenstein’s castle with torches and pitch forks, many of whom would go on to complain about how masks were violating their medical rights, showed no concern for my own medical rights...
As soon as the meeting began, the board opened the floor to take comments from the public and what proceeded was a literal dick swinging competition as every Karen in attendance took their turn giving prepared speeches that went through the list of every rumor, conspiracy theory, easily disproven fact, bit of misinformation with no basis, and argument of having their freedoms taken away that anyone has ever heard in argument against covid safety. Each one trying their best to top the person who spoke before them with the rest of the crowd erupting in loud cheers and applauds at the end of each speech in what can only be described as the largest circle jerk I have ever witnessed.
Many of them even forced their children, some of them too young to even understand what was going on, to stand up and talk in front of the board for sympathy points...
When the floor was finally closed to comments, and the board began going over the topics on the agenda, the ill mannered crowd continued to interrupt as if it was their own meeting and they were only allowing the board to sit in on it. They had to be told several times by the board that their time to speak was over and still they continued to interrupt and even attempt to intimidate the board.
And then, after a period of topics the foaming plague rats didn’t understand or have any interest in, the moment finally came to discuss the matter of covid precautions moving forward. And to my horror... the proposal was immediately made by a member of our sister library’s board to immediately put an end to all policy and precaution related to Covid-19. I wasn’t surprised by this... I’ve long known that the director of our sister library was a rabid Red Hat, foaming at the mouth herself, and had likewise surrounded herself with like-minded people. But that made the horror no less real as this dead eyed, unmasked man who looked as if his heart should have been beating under the floorboards of an Edgar Allan Poe story, stated that he would accept no exceptions or amendments to anything other than pretending covid had never happened.
This decrepit old vulture went so far as to prevent the rest of the board from making any further suggestions and forcing a vote on the matter, all while exchanging winks with the mob of plague rats from the one eye that still worked. And when the vote was forced it came down to a 50/50 split. Every member of my library’s board voting against the proposal, with every member of our sister library’s board voting in favor of it.
And with the vote ending in a tie, it fell to the board’s trustee to cast the tie breaking vote... A man who is so out of touch with the actual workings of the library, and has so little regard for the members of staff who keep the library running... that after knowing the man for eight years he still doesn’t know my name and continues to tell me what his name is and where his library card is located every time he checks out a book... (Yes... I know who you are... Yes, I know your card is in the box under staff... And no... my name is not Bill so stop calling me that... Bill quit six years ago...) A treatment every member of staff receives from the man I might add... (Just how many people named Bill does he think works there...?) A man who’s term limit on the board is up and this was to be his last board meeting, no less... So regardless what decision he made, he wouldn’t have to stick around to deal with the fallout of such a decision... And this was who the deciding vote was given to...
Naturally he voted in favor of the proposal and just like that I watched as every ounce of safety I had in my job was stripped away while the disease bearing pestilence in attendance all cheered like a group of rednecks who had just been told the south finally won the Civil War. (A war many of those in attendance no doubt still believe is going on if the flags flying from that backs of their pickup trucks are any indication.) No longer would masks or social distancing be required inside the building. In fact, it can’t even be suggested... Occupancy and time limits are no more. Hours of operation are to be restored to full time... A feat I am still confused as to how we are to manage considering we barely have enough staff members to keep the library open for seven hours a day and no takers on open job positions... For a moment it almost sounded as if my own right to wear personal protective equipment was to be taken away, although my own director has informed me she will not enforce that and I am free to continue wearing whatever I would like. Although her ability to allow this remains to be seen...
But there you have it. A library staffed primarily by immunocompromised employees had its right to protect the well-being of said employees  taken away based on the decision of a completely different library in a different town, an ineffectual old man on his last day on the job, and a raving mob of entitled vermin using intimidation tactics and threats of lawsuits. (Because yes, they did threaten lawsuits...)
All that remains to be seen now is if I will even continue to have a job in the wake of this decision. Because the board who decided to strip us of the only feeling of security we had, is in fact the same board who has time and time again refused to pay us anything more than minimum wage while every other business around us is currently hiring at double what we are making. If our job is no longer any safer than any other job, what’s to keep us from leaving for someone who would pay more? I’ve worked there for eight years and I can go anywhere else and get twice what I make as a starting pay... I think it would be quite funny if all of the people who demanded we drop our safety precautions so they could enjoy the library in a way that was convenient for them suddenly came back the next day to find it closed entirely due to having no staff.
Oh and the incident report I was asked to attend the meeting was glossed over by the board who no longer had any interest in punishing people for breaking rules they had just decided to do away with. So the extra two hours taken out of my day were for nothing as well...
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