US President Joe Biden defends troop withdrawal as chaos fell in Afghanistan

The world is in shock on how fast the Taliban took over Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul. This after the US and allied forces withdrew their armed forces and Afghan president fled the country leaving his own people in disarray. 33 more words

Chaos in Afghanistan — set it good

Meanwhile many American’s stand on US President Joe Biden as he defended withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, blaming the Taliban’s takeover on Afghan political leaders who fled the country and the unwillingness of the Afghan army to fight the militant group.

US President Joe Biden addresses nation on Afghanistan

Amazon countersuits Parler

The attempted coup on the US Capitol on January 6th forced several tech companies such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to ban US President Donald Trump for its failure to comply with its policies inciting an insurrection, which caused deaths, damages, and theft. Parler, a “free speech” social media app used by pro-Trump members was also shut down filed a breach of contract against Amazon. On Tuesday January 12th however, Amazon submitted a new filing in Federal court in response to Parler’s claims (see snapshot of the case below)

This case is not about suppressing speech or stifling viewpoints. It is not about a conspiracy to restrain trade. Instead, this case is about Parler’s demonstrated unwillingness and inability to remove from the servers of Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) content that threatens the public safety, such as by inciting and planning the rape, torture, and assassination of named public officials and private citizens. There is no legal basis in AWS’s customer agreements or otherwise to compel AWS to host content of this nature. AWS notified Parler repeatedly that its content violated the parties’ agreement, requested removal, and reviewed Parler’s plan to address the problem, only to determine that Parler was both unwilling and unable to do so. AWS suspended Parler’s account as a last resort to prevent further access to such content, including plans for violence to disrupt the impending Presidential transition.

Despite Parler’s rhetoric, its lawsuit is no more than a meritless claim for breach of contract. But the facts are unequivocal: If there is any breach, it is Parler’s demonstrated failure and inability to identify and remove such content. AWS was well within its rights to suspend Parler immediately for those failures. Parler also cannot hold AWS liable in tort for enforcing the agreement’s express terms. And there is no antitrust claim where, as here, Parler cannot plausibly plead an agreement to cause it harm and the complained-of conduct is undeniably compatible with a legitimate purpose.

Compelling AWS to host content that plans, encourages, and incites violence would be unprecedented. Parler has no likelihood of prevailing on the merits, and the balance of equities and public interest strongly tip against an injunction. The motion for a temporary restraining order should be denied.

Read the full story from [gizmodo.com]

Dominion Voting sues Pro-Trump Lawyer

US President Donald Trump’s claims of rigged 2020 elections centered around Dominion Voting systems prompting the company to finally take it to the courts and filed defamation lawsuit against pro-Trump lawyer, Sidney Powell amounting to $1.3B in damages for spreading “wild” and “demonstrably false” allegations.

Powell claimed that Dominion was established with communist money in Venezuela to enable ballot-stuffing and other vote manipulation, and that those abilities were harnessed to rig the election for former vice president Joe Biden.

Today, January 10, 2021, Dominion sets the record straight with full explanation of the facts vs rumors

DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS HAS BEEN THE TARGET OF ELECTION DISINFORMATION SEEKING TO UNDERMINE CONFIDENCE IN THE INTEGRITY OF THE 2020 ELECTION.  HERE ARE THE FACTS:
  • Dominion is a private American company that provides voting systems in 28 states, including “red” and “blue” jurisdictions.  Since its founding in 2003, Dominion has supported tens of thousands of elections in non-partisan fashion.
  • All Dominion systems are capable of producing paper records and are 100% auditable, with testing, reviews, audits, and recounts subject to oversight and verification by all political parties.
  • All 2020 election audits and recounts using Dominion technology have validated the accuracy and reliability of results, confirming the integrity of election outcomes.
  • Baseless claims about the integrity of the system or the accuracy of the results have been dismissed by election authorities, subject matter experts and third-party fact-checkers.
  • Malicious and misleading false claims about Dominion have resulted in dangerous levels of threats and harassment against the company and its employees, as well as election officials.

Read more [dominionvoting.com]

“Donald, you’re fired!” – says Twitter

Twitter just permanently suspended US President Donald Trump’s account (@realDonaldTrump), after continued failure to comply to the companies policies. This came two days after his supporters seized and terrorized the US Capitol on January 6th, which caused damages, assaulted police officers, and deaths of at least 5 people.

Trump however later tried to evade the ban by tweeting using @POTUS, the official twitter account of the President of the United State, but those tweets were instantly deleted.

Read more Twitter’s policies [here] of the full story at [npr.org]

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram Blocks Trump

Everyone knows that US President Donald Trump have been an eager Twitter user – he would use this tool to express his thoughts, hire and fire people, and unfortunately have used the tool to incite division in a day when the US Congress was set to certify elections results. The mob that descended to the US Capitol today forced their way in the building, triggered violence, rampage and even a death of a woman.

Twitter finally took a stand and locked Trump’s account out for 12 hours due to his three tweets for violations of their “Civic Integrity policy”. Twitter further mentioned the @realDonaldTrump account will be locked for good if the tweets were not removed.

On a similar note, both Facebook and Instagram has blocked Trump from posting on the site for 24 hours, this came after the company already removed posts he made in support of the pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol on Wednesday.

Google – Year in Search 2020

2020 brought all sorts of challenges to people across the globe. This year, many tried to understand and find meaning of the events that have happened, we asked “Why” more than ever this year.

“Why is it called Covid-19?”, “Why is Parasite so good?” and “Why is Australia burning?” were some of the questions people searched for this year per Google. This along with major events — Covid-19 pandemic, Kobe and Gianna’s untimely demise, Black Lives Matter, and the US elections made 2020 a year truly worth remembering.

2020 may have been tough for most of us, but it has also shown our resilience. Here’s to a hopeful and better 2021, Happy New Year!

Explore more trends from the year at https://google.com/yearinsearch #YearInSearch

Georgia’s Gabriel Sterling denounced threats against 20-year-old tech — set it good

Gabriel Sterling, Georgia’s Republican voting system manager denounced President Donald Trump and the state’s two Republican U.S. senators for not condemning, and even encouraging through silence, the threats of violence being made against election workers and the state’s top elections official. This came after he learned a series of threats to 20-year-old tech working with […]

Georgia’s Gabriel Sterling denounced threats against 20-year-old tech — set it good