Big Tech Threatens To Restrict Or Ban Project Veritas

Big Tech Threatens To Restrict Or Ban Project Veritas

Facebook, Instagram Threaten To Restrict Or Ban Project Veritas

Post by Tyler Durden | Written by Caden Pearson via The Epoch Times

Facebook and Instagram have threatened to restrict or ban Project Veritas from their platforms, both owned by Meta, after a journalist confronted a senior YouTube official about the removal of a video about Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines.

James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas, at their office in Mamaroneck, N.Y., on Oct. 31, 2017. (Benjamin Chasteen/The Epoch Times)

On Friday, the nonprofit journalism organization Project Veritas published footage that appears to show one of its reporters confronting YouTube’s vice president of Global Trust and Safety, Matt Halprin.

The video shows the reporter approaching Halprin in public regarding YouTube’s removal of a video featuring a senior Pfizer official, unaware he was being recorded, discussing how the company is considering mutating the COVID-19 virus to develop new vaccines proactively.

Halprin refused to answer the reporter’s inquiries and instead told the reporter not to touch him while also threatening to call the police, before walking away.

YouTube took down our Pfizer exposé. YouTube gave us a strike and will not let us post for a week,” said James O’Keefe, head of Project Veritas, in a video.

Facebook and Instagram warned Project Veritas that its video of Halprin violates “Community Standards.”

We have these standards because we want everyone to feel safe, respected, and welcome,” the warning said. “If your content goes against our Community Standards again, your account may be restricted or disabled.”

Project Veritas also announced Friday that it had been “wrongfully locked out” of its Twitter account for two hours over a post that featured the video of one of its journalists questioning Halprin. The organization said it received a warning from Twitter that the post was “abuse and harassment.”

Twitter later apologized for the move, calling it an “error,” according to a screenshot shared by O’Keefe.

In this image from video, YouTube’s vice president of Global Trust and Safety Matt Halprin avoids inquiries by Project Veritas reporter Christian Hartsock about removing a video from YouTube. (Courtesy of Project Veritas)

Halprin Video

Halprin appeared to be out for a walk or run on a suburban street when he was confronted by Project Veritas journalist Christian Hartsock.

When Hartsock introduced himself as a reporter from Project Veritas, Halprin immediately seemed to recognize the organization and quickly walked away.

“Why did you ban our videotape of a Pfizer director talking about mutating viruses?” Hartsock asked, following Halprin. “How much is Pfizer paying you to run cover for them? Is YouTube brought to us by Pfizer?” he added, getting no responses.

Halprin, who was dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, pulled the hood over his mouth.

Matt, you’re the global head of trust and safety at YouTube. Why don’t you trust the public with a matter that absolutely concerns their safety?” Hartsock asked.

Hartsock told Halprin that millions would see this interview and “your cowardice,” challenging him to “be brave” and answer some of the questions. Halprin batted away the microphone, remaining silent.

“They’re going to see your absolute contempt for the public trust and they’re going to see your absolute disregard for public safety. Are you sure this is how you wish to portray yourself?” Hartsock asked while walking alongside Halprin.

Hartsock asked Halprin if he knows how much ad revenue YouTube takes in from Pfizer. “How much was at stake?” he asked.

A Pfizer director talking about mutating viruses, and you don’t want the American public or the world to know about it. Why not?” Hartsock asked, following the question up by asking if Halprin has “any ethical responsibility” to people all around the world.

Why does the public not deserve to see that videotape?” Hartsock asked.

Halprin remained silent throughout the inquiries, only speaking at one point to say: “You touched me. That’s not something you want to do.” Hartsock asked if that was a threat, to which Halprin responded: “No. I just said I’d call the police if you accost me.”

Walker Video

The Project Veritas video that YouTube removed was originally released on Jan. 25. It showed Dr. Jordon Walker, a director of research and development at Pfizer, telling an undercover reporter for Project Veritas that the pharmaceutical company was exploring the idea of mutating COVID-19 to preemptively develop new vaccines.

However, Walker acknowledged the risk and noted that scientists at Pfizer were being cautious in their approach.

“One of the things we’re exploring is like, why don’t we just mutate it ourselves so we could create—preemptively develop new vaccines, right?” Walker said.

“If we’re going to do that though, there’s a risk of like, as you could imagine—no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating [expletive] viruses,” he added.

In this image from video, Pfizer Director of Research and Development Dr. Jordon Walker speaks about mutating COVID-19. (Courtesy of Project Veritas)

Walker suggested that the company was proceeding slowly and being controlled, so as not to advertise its intentions and avoid creating an unintended mutation. He also stated his belief that COVID-19 would continue to be a source of revenue for Pfizer.

“Obviously they don’t want to accelerate it too much. I think they are also just trying to do it as an exploratory thing because you obviously don’t want to advertise that you are figuring out future mutations,” Walker said. “You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus that you mutate doesn’t create something that just goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest,” he also said, adding that COVID-19 is going to be “a cash cow for us for a while going forward.”

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Meet The ‘Really Very Crunchy’ Mom Who Turned Her Holistic Life Into Viral, Educational Comedy

Meet The ‘Really Very Crunchy’ Mom Who Turned Her Holistic Life Into Viral, Educational Comedy

Emily Morrow may seem normal, but one glance at her thrifted clothes and iconic bottle of homemade kombucha confirms she’s certainly not mainstream.

“I would describe myself as a very regular mom. I guess not like a mainstream mom, though,” Morrow told The Federalist. “I just have an interest in holistic living and I’m also a very sarcastic person, so I can see the humor in the choices that I make.”

Morrow is the star of @reallyverycrunchy, one of the most followed holistic social media accounts. Her humor-filled spin on the natural lifestyle she embraces earned her more than 1 million followers across TikTok and Instagram since the accounts’ creation in 2022.

“It just feels hilarious and surreal because I am the most awkward person ever and also the most average mom. Just a mom just making fun of her life,” Morrow said.

Corporate media accuse viral advocates of natural living like Morrow of “radicalizing” vulnerable new parents with dangerous, “anti-science” information. In reality, influencers like Morrow just want everyone to learn how to think for and laugh at themselves.

Underneath the quirky facade she puts on her internet shorts is a woman inspiring her followers to think for themselves, evaluate what they are putting in their bodies, and prioritize how they are spending their time with their families.

“It should never be about somebody making the wrong choice. Just about you making the right choice for your family,” Morrow said.

Crunch 101

The Morrows first stumbled upon the crunchy lifestyle during their mission to save money on food. At the time, the Morrows were living in an RV and trying to calculate how to maximize their nutrients while keeping the grocery bill low.

“I read somewhere that if you only buy processed foods that have five ingredients or less, then it cuts out a lot of the stuff that you eat. Really, that was more of like a money-saving thing for me than a healthy eating thing. But it made me start looking at ingredients, which sparked my interest in, ‘Why are there so many crazy ingredients in the food I’m eating? What is this?’” Morrow said.

When the Morrows had children they “had to make decisions for,” they then decided to commit to a holistic life.

In late 2021, the Morrows realized Emily’s passion for healthy living and Jason’s interest in content creation could be harnessed to create online humor. The couple went to work writing, filming, and producing videos exaggerating and mocking Morrow’s affinity for eating veggies off of the vine, toad husbandry, and sharing the healing power of breastmilk.

The Morrows started out with a small goal: make and post one satirical video every day in 2022.

“By our eighth video, the one about crunchy mom at a birthday party, that one went viral, and then it kind of went crazy from there,” Jason said.

Parodies about “mouth tape” and “store-bought bone broth” may be niche but, as evidenced by thousands of likes and comments, they clearly resonated.

“If you’re crunchy, you can laugh at it. If you know someone who’s crunchy, you can laugh at it. If you hate crunchy people, you can laugh at it because it is sort of outside looking in how you feel like crunchy people are,” Morrow said.

In addition to portraying herself in the now every other day skits, Morrow plays characters based on stereotypes — some truer than others — and how they react in countercultural situations.

Juniper’s mom,” an overzealous woman who scoffs when Morrow falls short of ultimate crunch, is rivaled by “silky mom,” a sugar-loving woman in a Coca-Cola tee who is always on the hunt for her kids’ iPads. Well-meaning but nicotine-addicted “Aunt Claudia” occasionally makes an appearance in the shorts, as does barefooted “Shady,” a dealer who sells coveted health goods such as unpasteurized raw milk and elderberry syrup to crunchy moms.

After a few well-received appearances in early videos, Jason also started playing himself, a well-read husband who lovingly tolerates his wife’s odd, organic-inspired antics like oil pulling and ribbon dancing by moonlight.

Jason may be less crunchy than his wife, but even he admitted in one skit that if he “had to do it over,” he would “live every crunchy moment with you again.”

“The people who really get it realize that it’s Emily’s self-deprecating humor. She’s making fun of herself and then turning it up about three or four notches,” Jason said.

Trading Toxins For Truth

Going viral prompted Morrow’s followers to beg for more content and even more advice about how they can embrace more natural living. That’s exactly what Morrow plans to share in her upcoming book, which will be published by HarperCollins in one year.

“It’s basically going to be a tongue-in-cheek guide to being really very crunchy,” Morrow said.

Morrow said the book’s tagline, “Removing toxins from your life without adding them to your personality,” is a nod to how hostile the crunchy world can be, especially to newcomers.

“One thing that I think, in general, the holistic community fails at is they get so judgmental,” Emily said.

Committing to a non-mainstream lifestyle can get expensive, overwhelming, and even induce worry about making the healthiest choices possible. That is why Morrow said anyone interested in becoming crunchier should make “one little decision at a time.”

“Don’t allow it to consume you with anxiety, because anxiety is far more harmful than the silky or non-crunchy choices that you would be making,” Morrow said.

The best place to start, according to Morrow, is to “evaluate your habits and ask yourself why.”

“Start questioning why you’re doing what you’re doing and what exactly you’re doing,” Morrow said. “For example, food. What food are you eating? Where did it come from? What are the ingredients? And why do you feel good about eating it? That’s going to be different for everybody.”

Morrow also said eliminating screens and teaching kids life skills like cooking is a great place to start.

“It’s cool to see your kids learn new things,” Morrow said.

Contrary to what her “crunchy or not” series may suggest, Morrow said there’s no “right” way to explore how to live a happy, healthy, intentional life.

“People make a big show out of their choices. You can quietly make decisions. If somebody is curious, they can ask you why. And you can answer without it being full of shame,” Morrow said. “If you want someone to support the decisions you’re making for your family, you have to do the same for them. Even if you don’t agree with what they’re doing, as far as crunchy toys, or feeding their kids Cheetos, or whatever. It’s really none of your business.”

Jordan Boyd is a staff writer at The Federalist and co-producer of The Federalist Radio Hour. Her work has also been featured in The Daily Wire and Fox News. Jordan graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow her on Twitter @jordanboydtx.


Don’t Let Instagram Or HGTV Distort Your Picture Of A Life-Filled Home

Don’t Let Instagram Or HGTV Distort Your Picture Of A Life-Filled Home

We’ve all seen those articles calculating what a mother would earn on the free market. No matter how high they estimate a wage for motherhood and homemaking, we all know it’s ridiculous.

There is no price we can put on late-night feedings, intense parenting conversations, or making a grocery trip both frugal management and a fun preschool field trip. Some people might pay a salary to nannies and personal chefs, but that is not the standard that determines a mother’s value.

In a society where schools and universities think their job is qualifying people for careers, it seems like being a stay-at-home mom is throwing any diploma or degree away. Many are still brave enough to do it. Many committed moms also have jobs, yet prioritize motherhood and homemaking and feel the feminist flak.

Why Martha Stewart Isn’t a Homemaking Model

After a schooling career that ignored the importance of home and family, it’s no wonder so many moms feel uncertain about their roles and unequipped for them. We look around for a manual so we can stop feeling like failures.

That’s why Martha Stewart was such big business. She tapped into the desire and longing for homes that were more than wayside refueling pits, serving up enough tips and lists and recipes to keep women coming so she could sell advertising to us — and she made a lot of money doing it.

But Stewart was building a brand, not a home. Presented with gorgeous image after gorgeous image in magazines, on HGTV, and on Instagram, we can be caught in that trap: trying to turn our houses into personal brands rather than domains for family-building.

When we copy the people making money off selling advertising to women, it’s no wonder we don’t become more successful homemakers — that’s never been the point. Their goal is to encourage women to buy more things. Advertising works by stirring discontent.

Woven into the tips and craft instructions, embedded in the gorgeous photography, are the seeds of discontent with real homes, where nothing ever turns out the way it does on a production set. Homes used and lived in by people being raised up into the next generation often don’t reflect the crafted aesthetic we’d prefer.

Homes Are a Tool for Building People

Unlike Stewart’s staged house, our homes are a different kind of stage: for the drama of real life. No one would pay money to see our little dramas acted out, but they’re meaningful nonetheless. While Stewart and other influencers use the home as a tool to build a business, we can use our homes as a tool to build people.

Building people is better for the economy than building businesses because people are a prerequisite. Without people, there is no business, no economy, no society. How can it be more fulfilling to build a business than a family?

In creating families, homes, and communities then, we mothers can be brilliant, strategic, and successful. Women are uniquely created to be nurturers and life-givers. If we focus our efforts on building up healthy, happy people, the world will feel the effects — even if it never knows why it happened or where the change started. The world needs more gospel in it, and every functioning Christian family is a mini gospel message, shining light into the darkness.

The Most Important Job in the World

Functioning families are so fundamental and vital to society that one-half of a married couple is devoted to cultivating them with all her creative and productive energy. The other half is devoted to providing for them and protecting them.

C.S. Lewis explains the power of women in his famous quote on homemaking: “I think I can understand that feeling about a housewife’s work being like that of Sisyphus (who was the stone rolling gentleman). But it is surely in reality the most important work in the world. What do ships, railways, miners, cars, government etc. exist for except that people may be fed, warmed, and safe in their own homes? As Dr. Johnson said, ‘To be happy at home is the end of all human endeavour.’”

Men can build houses or set up camps, but it takes a woman to have a home and a family. A man cannot do it alone. Homes are not just a pit stop, a personal hideout, or a place where everyone refuels before they go back out into the world where important work is done. They are tools for creating, serving, and raising people, and a woman’s power is, in part, in taking the resources available to her and making a home in which life’s most significant relationships thrive. Homes are worth pouring our lives into without a salary or benefits.

After all, a mother gets a richer reward than a paycheck — though the reward can be easily overlooked when we stew in discontent and envy after spending hours in front of disguised advertising each day.

As Lewis points out, the work that happens out in the world flows back to the home. Without healthy, happy homes to support, the work of the world finds no purpose or satisfaction.

Where to Find More Apt Role Models

Martha Stewart, HGTV, Instagram, and Pinterest are not our best sources of homemaking help, just as paychecks and good grades are not our best sources of fulfilling feedback.

Look around you in your real, in-person, local community. Where are the older moms who love their families? Seek them out. Ask them questions. Don’t be put off when their answers don’t match your expectations for how things are supposed to look and happen. Listen and learn wisdom.

Band together with other moms and swap tips, sharing a meal together in your average, everyday home life. Work together to teach your children how to share and speak kindly during play dates.

Motherhood is a business beyond wages. Investing our very selves into the work yields far greater returns than any job we may or may not take. Degree or not, paid work or not, a mother’s skills are put to their best use in the home, building people not brands.


Schiff: Facebook Reinstating Trump Is Putting Profit Above Public Interest

Schiff: Facebook Reinstating Trump Is Putting Profit Above Public Interest

Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The ReidOut” that Facebook parent company Meta was reinstating former President Donald Trump’s personal account after a two-year suspension following the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol for “profit.”

Anchor Joy Reid said, “Donald Trump is the only announced Republican candidate so far for president. He has just been given back access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts.”

Schiff said, “I think Facebook’s decision to reinstate Donald Trump is inexplicable. It represents, in my view, a total caving in and copping out. The only motive I can see is a profit motive here.”

He added, “If you look at what Donald Trump has been posting on his own social media platform, all of that violates Facebook’s policies. He’s continued to give aid and comfort to those who committed acts of insurrection. He’s continuing to spread the big lie. And the idea that somehow he would not do that on Facebook when he’s doing it on his own platform, to me, is a tragic decision by a company that is putting its profit above the public interest.”

Reid added, “They have said they believe the threat has passed, which seems ludicrous.”

Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN


Mark Zuckerberg to End Suspension of Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram

Mark Zuckerberg to End Suspension of Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram

Facebook (now known as Meta) will reportedly end former President Donald Trump’s suspension from its main platform as well as Instagram following an announcement made at the beginning of January that it would decide on reinstating Trump “in the coming weeks.”

The reported rollback on the former president’s suspension comes two years after all the major platforms (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc.) booted him in response to the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill. Nick Clegg, the company’s president of global affairs, announced that the former president will be able to resume usage on those platforms, “in the coming weeks” along with “new guardrails in place to deter repeat offenses.” The decision comes several weeks after the company announced it would be considering reinstating Trump to its platforms.

Mark Zuckerberg surrounded by guards

Mark Zuckerberg surrounded by guards ( Chip Somodevilla /Getty)


Nick Clegg (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Clegg said on the company’s website that the guardrails will include “heightened penalties for repeat offenses — penalties which will apply to other public figures whose accounts are reinstated from suspensions related to civil unrest under our updated protocol.”

“In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will be suspended for between one month and two years, depending on the severity of the violation,” Clegg added.

The former president responded to the ban on his Truth Social account in a post reading:

FACEBOOK, which has lost Billions of Dollars in value since “deplatforming” your favorite President, me, has just announced that they are reinstating my account. Such a thing should never again happen to a sitting President, or anybody else who is not deserving of retribution! THANK YOU TO TRUTH SOCIAL FOR DOING SUCH AN INCREDIBLE JOB. YOUR GROWTH IS OUTSTANDING, AND FUTURE UNLIMITED!!!

Facebook and Instagram instituted a ban on Trump in the wake of the January 6 Capitol Hill riots even though he told protesters to “peacefully” let their voices be heard while asking that they “go home.” At no point did the president ask his crowd of supporters to be violent or to storm the Capitol. Mark Zuckerberg first said that the ban would be in place until Trump had finished out his term until the company’s semi-independent Oversight Board declared the ban to be appropriate.

“The Board found that the two posts by Mr. Trump on January 6 severely violated Facebook’s Community Standards and Instagram’s Community Guidelines,” it noted. “‘We love you. You’re very special’ in the first post and ‘great patriots’ and ‘remember this day forever’ in the second post violated Facebook’s rules prohibiting praise or support of people engaged in violence.”

Clegg later said that the former president’s account would be reinstated only if the “experts” can properly “assess whether the risk to public safety has receded.”

“We will evaluate external factors, including instances of violence, restrictions on peaceful assembly and other markers of civil unrest. If we determine that there is still a serious risk to public safety, we will extend the restriction for a set period of time and continue to re-evaluate until that risk has receded,” Clegg said in June 2021.

“There will be a strict set of rapidly escalating sanctions that will be triggered if Mr. Trump commits further violations in future, up to and including permanent removal of his pages and accounts,” he added.

Trump called the ruling an “insult.”

“Facebook’s ruling is an insult to the record-setting 75M people, plus many others, who voted for us in the 2020 Rigged Presidential Election,” he wrote. “They shouldn’t be allowed to get away with this censoring and silencing, and ultimately, we will win. Our Country can’t take this abuse anymore!”


The Federalist Staff’s 2022 Winners And Losers Of The Year

News stories come and go every year, but what we remember are the people at the center of them. The Federalist staff has a few of those people in mind, for better or worse, who stood out in 2022. Here are our picks for the winners and losers of 2022.

Jordan Boyd

Winner: Detransitioners

Detransitioners are the biggest winners of 2022 for drawing attention to the irreversible damage and harm that radical transgender ideology has had on unsuspecting parents and children.

If it weren’t for the humility and boldness of young women like Helena, Cat, and Grace, and others who underwent various forms of mutilation, there wouldn’t be public awareness or legislation to protect children from unnecessary hysterectomies, mastectomies, and maiming.

Detransitioners’ journeys were not without physical and mental pain, but their experiences have made them some of the most important warriors for combatting the disfigurement and sterilization of young children that is being normalized by schools and top government officials.

Loser: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell started the year poorly and ended it even worse when he threw Republicans’ chance at controlling the Senate so he wouldn’t be replaced as leader.

McConnell spent months badmouthing his own party’s politicians because they were endorsed by the former president. After several of his preferred candidates lost in the primaries, McConnell opted to pull millions in funding from battleground states such as Arizona in favor of propping up his friends in states like Alaska.

McConnell failed to stop Biden’s radical judges from taking the bench, betrayed GOP constituents by joining Democrats’ gun control legislation, was slow to condemn the FBI’s political raid on Trump, did nothing to stop his congressional allies from trampling on religious Americans’ First Amendment rights, and, most recently, pledged to join Democrats’ inflationary spending plan before newly elected Republicans have a chance to review it. He has also been a staunch supporter of apparently limitless U.S. taxpayer funding for a proxy war with Russia over Ukraine.

For his failures, McConnell faced backlash from other Republican leadership. If that backlash is any indication of the GOP’s future, McConnell’s days as the face of Senate Republicans are numbered.

Joy Pullmann

Winner: Unborn Babies

Pro-life activism was my entree to politics as a teen heartbroken to learn what abortion does and the moral implications of its widespread legality in the United States. When I later became a mother, I better understood both the temptation to kill an inconvenient innocent life and the visceral terror of contemplating such a brutal act against the female body and the miracles it can hold. I never anticipated I’d see the end of Roe v. Wade. But I did; we all did.

The fall of Roe was an indescribable moment. We lived through the end of an anti-Constitution, anti-human court ruling at least as morally evil as chattel slavery. A great moral stain on our nation’s character has begun to be erased.

Everyone knows there is much more work to be done, as government-sanctioned mass murder is still widely legal in the United States. But now we can finally undertake that righteous work.

We can thank the court majority that ended Roe for their bravery and the president and Senate who appointed and confirmed that majority, and pray it’s not the last courageous decision they all make as our Constitution continues to be erased in other ways, including by some of the very same people. The historic end of Roe in our lifetimes is a reminder to never, ever surrender or despair.

Loser: FBI

The December release of the “Twitter Files” capped off a horrible seven years for the patently corrupt FBI and its intelligence agency compadres. Beginning with the unraveling of the Spygate hoax and intensifying steadily through this midterm election year, the FBI’s grossest abuses of power are surely still yet to be revealed.

But what we know so far is quite enough to demand that Congress stop these rogue spy agencies from continuing to use their huge budgets, hatred of the Constitution, and “national security” pretenses to rig U.S. elections and punish opposition candidates like they run some kind of domestic surveillance state. Without swift justice for the many government agents who think they have a right to decide what Americans can say and know about political candidates and when, it’s fair to say we’re a republic no more.

Tristan Justice

Winner: Ron DeSantis

Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis brought the red wave to Florida that failed to materialize beyond the east coast. In November, DeSantis captured a second four-year term by a nearly 20-point margin after he barely won his first race for the governor’s mansion by less than half a percent in 2018.

Not only did DeSantis handily win another term as Florida’s chief executive, his coattails also helped Republicans reclaim the lower chamber on Capitol Hill. Florida Republicans picked up a trio of House seats allowing the GOP to land a 222-seat majority over Democrats’ 213.

DeSantis may or may not run for president, but he could launch a competitive campaign if he chooses. An effective governor who illustrated competent leadership amid Hurricane Ian and a conservative culture warrior whose migrant flights to Martha’s Vineyard strengthened his stardom in the Republican Party, DeSantis might be the one to beat in a GOP primary.

Fresh off a triumphant midterm cycle, DeSantis became the first Republican to lead over Donald Trump in a presidential primary poll since Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in February of 2016.

Loser: Wyoming Democrats

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney will leave Congress next year after being the first Democrat to hold the at-large House seat since 1978. While she was elected as a Republican for three consecutive terms since 2016, her work spearheading the Democrats’ Select Committee on Jan. 6 made clear which party she belonged. The Wyoming GOP voted last year to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican.

In the August Republican primary, Cheney lost her House seat by a humiliating 37 points to attorney Harriet Hageman. Had Democrat voters not changed party registration to back Cheney in the Republican contest, however, Cheney’s margin of defeat would have been far wider. Despite plans to harness her role on the Jan. 6 Committee as a springboard for the presidency, Democrats have already begun to sour on “Cheney 2024.” They might have helped her blunt a loss in Wyoming, but they won’t put her in the White House.

Shawn Fleetwood

Winner: American Restorationists

While the 2022 midterm elections didn’t turn out as conservatives had hoped, they did provide clarity regarding the state of the country. In spite of skyrocketing inflation, high-energy costs, a wide-open southern border, and an increasing threat of nuclear war, there is a large segment of Americans perfectly comfortable with being subservient to suffering brought about by leftism.

While tragic on its face, this confirmation is actually why American restorationists seeking to salvage what’s left of the republic are one of the biggest winners of 2022. The elections didn’t just provide a roadmap of which localities are worth fighting for; they also revealed the level of malevolence American society is up against.

Using this knowledge to fortify “red” communities and flip “purple” ones is the way forward. Whether it gets put to good use will be answered in 2023.

Winner: Clarence Thomas

Aside from being a wonderful human being who lays wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a lot to celebrate this year.

During the high court’s 2021-2022 term, Thomas authored the majority opinion in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, which struck down New York’s unconstitutional gun control law and reaffirmed Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. Within the same term, Thomas was also one of the five justices in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization who was instrumental in sentencing Roe v. Wade to the dustbin of history.

The man doesn’t just deserve to celebrate his incredible service to the country heading into the new year, but our gratitude as well.

Loser: Covid Jab Manufacturers

While they may not prevent you from getting or spreading SARS-CoV-2, the Covid jabs do come with some pretty serious risks.

Earlier this year, Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo released a study documenting “an 84% increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.” The Food and Drug Administration also admitted in a recently published study there’s an increased risk of developing blood clots among people over the age of 65 who have received the Pfizer-BioNTech shot.

Given the reported adverse side effects, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has since requested a grand jury be impaneled to “investigate any and all wrongdoing” by the shots’ manufacturers. Let’s hope 2023 brings some accountability to these companies, who’ve lied to us about the safety and efficacy of these jabs for the past two years.

Emily Jashinsky

Winner: ‘Top Gun Maverick

It’s impossible to overstate the success of “Top Gun Maverick,” which sent Hollywood a much-needed reminder that American moviegoers of all stripes can be won over with a simple formula: high-octane patriotism that seeks to entertain more than it seeks to pander.

Amid the decline of American monoculture and lingering lockdown malaise, the long-awaited sequel shocked Hollywood into a reckoning by shattering box office records to become the fifth-highest-grossing movie ever. It’s worth also mentioning the film caved to backlash over its earlier decision to censor on China’s behalf, serving as one part of a broader shift in momentum away from the Middle Kingdom for practical and financial reasons.

Loser: American Teenagers

The Biden administration, and political establishment at large, spent another year mostly ignoring the neurological threats posed by social media and screen time, giving a pass to TikTok and other platforms on this particular front. Tough talk about antitrust is good and will help people unplug, but it’s the preferred political solution for a reason.

D.C.’s focus on monopolies allows tech companies to continue preying on developing brains, business as usual, by seeking to maximize users’ screen time with psychological tactics borrowed from casinos. It’s an urgent crisis, but continues to play second fiddle in the policy debate.

Madeline Osburn

Winner: Fauci’s Beagles

In 2021, a watchdog group exposed that Anthony Fauci’s NIAID was spending $424,455 in taxpayer funds on experiments that infested beagles with parasite-carrying flies before euthanizing them. The beagles were reportedly “vocalizing in pain” during the experiment and essentially “eaten alive.”

In 2022, Fauci let the dogs out. Of course, it was not out of his benevolence but only shortly after subsequent reporting this year found that not only had NIAID spent “$2.5 million in taxpayer funds on a study that injected beagle puppies with cocaine” but they had plans to spend $1.8 million more on giving puppies experimental hay fever drugs. Only after Sen. Joni Ernst sent NIAID a letter requesting details on the slated experiments did Fauci respond saying the beagle experiments would be canceled and researchers would only be using rodents going forward.

Coincidentally, just a few weeks after Fauci canceled the experiments, a breeding facility in Virginia that bred and sold dogs specifically for research purposes was shuttered after beagles had been found “underfed, ill, injured and, in some cases, dead.” 4,000 beagles were rescued from the facility and put up for adoption.

Loser: America’s Children

Is your toddler running a fever? Sorry, there is no children’s Tylenol at your CVS, Walgreens, local grocer, or Amazon. Since late summer, hospitals and doctors have been overwhelmed with what has been deemed a “tripledemic,” – spikes in cases of RSV, flu, and Covid-19 that rival some of the worst cold and flu seasons on record. Doctors calling for Biden to declare a national emergency have gone unanswered and parents searching online for where to find acetaminophen will only find “alternative” suggestions like dressing your child in light clothing and giving her popsicles.

Is your baby hungry? Sorry, there is still no infant formula on the shelves either, despite the supply chain issues allegedly being solved months ago. The shortage began in early 2022, but even as recently as mid-November, 34 percent of parents in households with infants had trouble finding formula, U.S. census data show.

Is your child struggling in school? Sorry, the lockdown-induced learning loss is likely to follow them for the rest of their life. Not only did this year’s National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) testing results show drastic learning loss, but additional reports predict children attending public school during the pandemic will see a 1.6 percent decline in lifetime earnings – which adds up to a nationwide loss of income of $900 billion.

If it wasn’t clear before, 2022 was the year it we cemented that America puts children’s needs last.

Samuel Mangold-Lenett

Winner: Carhartt

Sure, a lot of the coastal curmudgeons who can be seen donning the heartland’s favorite outerwear brand do so ironically in an act of cultural appropriation, but that’s beside the point. Carhartt’s footprint can be seen everywhere, and the company is choosing to reinvest in the rustbelt. In late December, the company announced that it would be expanding its production efforts in its home state of Michigan (with the help of considerable tax subsidies) and would create more than 100 new jobs that pay $43 an hour.

Sure, it was made possible through massive tax subsidies, but at a time of systemic economic shrinkage, it’s impressive that the company chose to stay at all. They could make a lot more money manufacturing beanies and jackets in India or Mexico than in Michigan.

Carhartt should be considered a winner not just because embody the everyday American’s commitment to sticking things out no matter how bad things are getting (and things are getting very, very bad) but because they are sticking it out. We might not have corporate cronyism to keep us warm during the winter, but at least we can have Carhartt jackets to keep us comfortable when the power grid fails and gas costs $6 a gallon.

Losers: Conservatives Who Continue To Worship Celebrity

How many times are conservatives going to give full-throated endorsements and passionate defenses of celebrities who express support for one or two of our policy proposals just days before they threaten to go “death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE [sic]”? I refer, of course, to Kanye (now “Ye”) West.

The default position should be to assume that celebrities are dangerous people who want to hollow out our civilization of truth and beauty like cultural strip miners. Generally speaking, they are, and treating them like this will save us the humiliation of affiliating ourselves with them when they inevitably go off the rails and try to rehabilitate Adolf Hitler’s image.

Elle Purnell

Winner: Newlyweds

After a Covid shutdown-induced lull, 2022 has seen roughly 2.6 million couples get married, which The Wall Street Journal reports is “roughly 600,000 more than in prepandemic years.” On average, married people end up healthier, happier, and wealthier than their unmarried peers.

“Compared to Americans who are unmarried, married Americans are more likely to report that they have a satisfying social life and a larger group of close friends, reported the American National Family Life Survey. “They also say they are more satisfied with their personal health than their single peers do.”

[Related: Where To Start If You Want To Get Married But Don’t Know How]

The U.S. divorce rate hit a 50-year low in 2019, although part of that change reflects a lower proportion of marriages over the years. While the annual marriage rate will likely return to lower levels as the Covid era fades into the background, in a society where fewer Americans have chosen to commit to marriages in recent decades, the spike in marriages in 2022 is good news for those millions of newlyweds and for society as a whole.

Loser: Disney

The money-sucking entertainment giant messed with the wrong two figures in 2022: parents and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Early this year, Disney fought against a popular Florida law that barred teaching on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in kindergarten through third grade.

Then, in March, Disney employees and executives openly bragged in clips leaked by journalist Chris Rufo about grooming children with their sexual agendas. One boasted about her “not-at-all-secret gay agenda” and efforts at “adding queerness to” children’s programming, while others admitted their own plans to force their sexual views on the eyes and ears of young children.

Many Americans — including the parents who Disney depends on to shell out exorbitant amounts of money — were disgusted. One Trafalgar poll in April found that more than two-thirds of Americans were less likely to patronize Disney as a result. Disney movies like “Lightyear” have sputtered at the box office. The Florida legislature responded to Disney’s attempts to sexualize children by stripping the company of its special tax privileges, and last month Disney reported lower-than-expected revenue and fired its CEO.

John Davidson

Winner: Moloch/Baal

The global luxury fashion brand Balenciaga was forced to pull two major ad campaigns amid well-deserved outrage over ads that seemed to promote the sexualization of children. One ad campaign featured young children posing with teddy bears dressed in bondage and sexual fetish gear, surrounded by wine glasses and leather collars in a bedroom setting.

The other campaign featured a woman at a desk covered in papers, some of which were court documents from a 2008 Supreme Court ruling on a law that banned the pandering of child pornography. The scandal might have hurt Balenciaga in the short term, but it showed that the fashion brand’s demonic masters are doing quite well, having conquered the heights of luxury fashion and made slaves of the perverted celebrity elite.

Loser: Also Moloch/Baal

Because we are now in Christmastide, which runs from Christmas Eve to Epiphany (on Jan. 6), it’s a good time to remember that for as much as it might seem like Moloch/Baal and all of Satan’s demonic horde are “winning” here on earth, they have in fact already been defeated utterly by the coming of Jesus Christ, by his victory on the cross, and the establishment of His kingdom, world without end. That of course doesn’t mean that we don’t still have to fight, and Christmas is the perfect time to remember that we must.

As G.K. Chesterton noted in “The Everlasting Man,” one of the essential elements in the drama of Bethlehem is the presence of King Herod as the Enemy of Christ, the pagan king, who, confronted with the coming of the True King, appealed in desperation to the old gods, to Moloch and Baal, and ordered the slaughter the innocents in a doomed hope that he might cling to power. “Unless we understand the presence of that enemy,” writes Chesterton, “we shall not only miss the point of Christianity, but even miss the point of Christmas.”

It’s worth quoting Chesterton at length on this point, that while Herod’s men searched the countryside, the Creator of the world was born in a cavern, as it were under the world:

“By the very nature of the story the rejoicings in the cavern were rejoicings in a fortress or an outlaw’s den; properly understood it is not unduly flippant to say they were rejoicings in a dug-out. It is not only true that such a subterranean chamber was a hiding-place from enemies; and that the enemies were already scouring the stony plain that lay above it like a sky. It is not only that the very horse-hoofs of Herod might in that sense have passed like thunder over the sunken head of Christ. It is also that there is in that image a true idea of an outpost, of a piercing through the rock and an entrance into an enemy territory. There is in this buried divinity an idea of undermining the world; of shaking the towers and palaces from below; even as Herod the great king felt that earthquake under him and swayed with his swaying palace.”

Victoria Marshall

Winner: BeReal

In an era where most social media platforms (besides Chinese Communist Party-controlled TikTok) have lost their luster – and are, frankly, boring – a new Instagram alternative has thrown its hat in the ring.

Paris-based BeReal was founded in 2020, but really came to prominence this past spring. By April of this year, the app had been downloaded approximately 7.41 million times.

While BeReal is still set up like your traditional social networking app — users scroll through a feed of their friends’ pictures and post their own — there’s a twist. Every day, BeReal sends a notification at an unpredictable time telling users they have two minutes to post a picture (taken with the front and back-facing camera on their phones) before they risk being late and therefore not “being real” for their friends. Friends may comment or react to your photos with selfies of their own. But all these photos and reactions disappear the next day and the cycle repeats.

Simply put: BeReal is a low-stakes game you conduct with your friends. The pressure to curate the perfect Instagram aesthetic or viral TikTok is gone. Instead, it’s pure, unadulterated fun reacting and responding to what your friends are actually doing. Such a formula resonates with users sick of consumeristic, one-dimensional influencer culture that predominates across social networking apps.

Loser: Instagram

Instagram is currently experiencing the same downward trajectory and identity crisis Facebook dealt with in the 2010s (and never recovered from).

A 2021 survey from finance firm Piper Sandler found that only 22 percent of teenagers said Instagram was their favorite social networking platform (TikTok, of course, came out on top), down from 33 percent of teenagers who claimed it was their favorite app back in 2015. But Instagram’s growing irrelevance is entirely of its own making. The company’s decision to pump more content from users you don’t follow into your feed a lá TikTok is incredibly unpopular, as was its decision to switch from a chronological feed to an algorithm (not to mention its introduction of recommended posts and in-feed shopping).

In essence, Instagram’s push to resemble its competitors has made it lose its identity. Gone are the days of users posting random photos with grainy filters and pithy captions to their small group of close friends. But that formula is what got Instagram to where it is today, and until it realizes this and reverts back (i.e., providing a platform for people to see and be seen by their friends), it will continue its descent toward irrelevance.

Kylee Griswold

Winner: Covid ‘Conspiracy Theorists’

Yesterday’s “misinformation” is today’s conventional wisdom, and all those Covid dissenters who were smeared as conspiracy theorists and grandma killers for doubting the Faucian gospel rose to victory as 2022’s real winners.

So-called experts finally admitted cloth masks were nothing more than pure political theater. The lab leak theory went from tinfoil-hat status to the most probable scenario. And with vaccinated Americans still getting and spreading Covid, no end in sight to ‘rona boosters, and more and more of the vaxxed public reporting heart inflammation and other apparent jab injuries, free-thinking Americans who refused to swallow the left’s Covid propaganda came out on top (though the media and Mr. Science himself will never admit it).

It took too many years to be vindicated, but principled Americans who defied unelected bureacrats’ unlawful mask mandates and refused to inject themselves with an experimental vaccine were right to do so — despite personal and professional cost. Here’s hoping 2023 will be a year of restitution.

Loser: All Things CNN

It’s hard to pick one loser at CNN because the network had a merry band of them this year.

Don Lemon got booted from his primetime slot but pretended it was a promotion. And after three decades of CNN airing its media show, “Reliable Sources” host Brain Stelter sank the ship and was ousted from the network. It turns out there isn’t much of an audience for a bona fide potato-head hyperventilating about whatever’s happening at Fox News.

Speaking of Fox News, last Christmas its then-Sunday host Chris Wallace — known among other things for falling for the Kavanaugh smear campaign and giving one of the most embarrassing presidential debate moderator performances in history — abruptly hopped over to CNN to be part of CNN Plus. Womp, womp… the 350-employee, $100 million streaming venture crashed and burned in April after just one month.


Social Media Is Making You A Worse Person

What happens on social media doesn’t stay there. After more than a decade of growth for platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, that much is undeniable. Social media has been sharply criticized for sucking attention away from the physical world and contributing to greater political polarization, but how it is changing our very selves — beyond compelling us to buy things, shortening our attention span, or causing our brains to offload the storage of literal memories to social media — receives far less attention. The so-called “crisis of character” acknowledged by pundits across the political spectrum overlaps greatly with the crisis of social media dependence. Social media use should be seen as a self-modification project, and one in which we become worse people.

In her new book, “The Weaponization of Loneliness,” Stella Morabito discusses how we use social media to feel connected, even though this connection isn’t the kind we actually need. It’s a “pseudo-intimacy” that “preys on our loneliness, leading us into the arms of social engineers who hope to mold our thoughts.”

These “various forms of pseudo-intimacy” achieved on social media, such as celebrity fandom and status-building, “are exploitable.” We’re the loneliest people perhaps in human history, and social media is leveraging that to keep us building mostly superficial connections in the virtual world.

Destroying Self-Regulation

What happens when we don’t have strong personal relationships in real life and become dependent on these shallow “substitute” connections forged on social media? “We lose our ability to self-regulate when we feel socially disconnected,” says Morabito, citing the work of authors John T. Cacioppo and William Patrick. A worse ability to emotionally self-regulate translates to worse behavior: Among the effects are greater impulsiveness, less empathy, and more anger.   

What should seriously concern us about social media, then, is not just the addictive nature of it, which keeps us from looking up at the real world and connecting with it (the intake side of the equation), but how our output of content in social media apps, aimed at getting more and more of those “friends” and followers, has the power to recreate us as people.

Curating One’s Persona

Obviously, our increasingly polarized perceptions influence the things we say and don’t say. But that constant feedback from likes, reposts, and replies isn’t just keeping us in the app — it’s remaking us into a persona that is more optimized for social media and therefore less optimized for real life. The online persona may be perfectly retouched and carefully curated in biographical information and hashtags, but it’s more prone to outrage and trolling, less empathetic, less patient, more narcissistic, and more of a stranger-pleaser. It’s more prone to self-censoring and more prone to constructing a narrative about one’s life that isn’t necessarily accurate or helpful but earns more kudos, sympathy, and admiration on social media. And I know from personal experience, particularly during bouts of heavy social media use, that these traits aren’t confined to my online profile. They bleed into how I interact with people outside social media.

​Whereas chatrooms of the early aughts were more of a virtual clubhouse of sorts, where people could certainly take on new personalities or explore different traits, social media has supercharged personal reconstruction projects because it is public. Not only are the profiles public, but so are all their relevant metrics. As a review of the literature on how the internet affects our brain published in World Psychiatry put it, “whereas real‐world acceptance and rejection is often ambiguous and open to self‐interpretation, social media platforms directly quantify our social success (or failure), by providing clear metrics in the form of ‘friends’ , ‘followers’ , and ‘likes’ (or the potentially painful loss/absence of these).”

Utterly Dependent on Feedback

The reconstruction of the self via the online world is utterly dependent on this feedback. The most radical and infamous cases of this involve transgender ideology. As Scott Newgent, a biological woman who regrets transition, explained, “These kids go on social media and make accounts with their FTM, MTF or non-binary descriptions. And then tens of thousands of strangers cheer them on.”

Negative reactions can even serve to drive a feeling of victimization, further enforcing the idea that they are a persecuted minority just trying to “live their authentic selves.” Those who get enough affirmation from this vast pool of “pings” may begin the project of remaking themselves in real life. Twenty thousand people on social already believe in you, right? What’s a few friends and neighbors in real life compared to that? Your “friends” on social have your back. They know this is who you are. If you turn back now, what are you? A fraud? A loser with no followers? You will be lonely again, and lacking affirmation. 

Social media identity reconstruction can work much the same way with any kind of activism or political tribalism, too. Enough affirmation on social, a big enough, active enough network of like-minded people, and you may feel justified in real-world applications of your extremism — even to the point of violence. However it is you’re building your following and your engagement, your persona eats up a little more of your identity, whether as a super-MAGA Q-follower or a Kendi-ite “anti-racist.” The algorithm tells him provocative posts win attention. The dedicated followers tell him he is right (as long as he stays loyal to the tribe). The trolls tell him the other side is corrupt and evil.

With these as the main inputs, awareness of increasing intellectual and moral bankruptcy is diminished while improving social media metrics serves as vindication. The end-stage for a heavy user is a reduction from thought leader to meme-generator, to flag-waving for the tribe, to near-thoughtless promotion of whatever his political club is selling.

One’s Own Hype Man

This presents an existential problem for influencer “brand-building.” For most people with large followings, their brand is their persona. It’s not a kind of energy drink, a design service, or even a magazine. It’s their online personality. If big enough and attractive enough (in appearance, wit, humor, intellect), it’s hard not to self-perceive it as their core identity. For influencers, the potential for viral posts influences the way they act, the choices they make, and the things they say.

The 2019 Netflix documentary “The American Meme” depressingly depicts the way social media “brands” of the self engulf the humans behind them. As I wrote about it at the time, the perpetually intoxicated club-hopping “slutwhisperer” finally appeared to have outmaneuvered his exhausting and isolating mega-successful persona by building a wine brand — something “beyond his own personality.”

Even artists like musicians and painters still must relentlessly promote themselves on social media so they aren’t “forgotten” by followers or the algorithms. What does this exhausting routine do to the self, to be one’s own hype man day in and day out? Each time we post, social media remakes us just a little bit. Just a tweak, just a micro-adjustment. Mostly imperceptible from day to day, like aging. Yet when I look up from a long social session, am I more kind to my family? No. Am I more able to bear the frustrations of my young children’s fickleness? No. Am I calmer? Certainly not. And I don’t often gain any valuable knowledge in exchange for my time.

I’m not saying social media hasn’t driven any positive changes in the world. When my daughter was gravely ill in the hospital, empathetic Twitter followers (and many outside that) took up the call to prayer. Thousands prayed for Baby G, and God answered those prayers. Social is a powerful tool, but we can’t deny it’s corrupting us as individuals, and as a society.

Morabito told me this social media pursuit of attention “is a recipe for nervous breakdown. … It is extremely confusing as well as exhausting to go through daily life wearing that mask. But most of all, it is isolating. Not only do we end up more separated from others, but we also become divorced from any true sense of self. This has the snowball effect of making it even more difficult to connect with others. It’s deeply destabilizing for human relationships and society as a whole.” 

Who among us, after more than a decade with a universe of attention-exchange in our pockets, can say social media hasn’t changed us? ​And who can say it hasn’t changed us for the worse?


Sunday Talks, California Democrat Rep Ro Khanna Discusses Twitter-Govt Censorship, Future Hearings and TikTok

When various doctors and professionals in the healthcare industry were kicked off Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and social media platforms for holding a contrary view of the COVID-19 mitigation efforts, their voices found a way to alternate platforms including TikTok.  At the heart of the government argument about TikTock as a national security threat, you will find this dynamic.

The claims of data insecurity as a reason for government action against TikTok is a false justification.  The reason the U.S. govt is defining TikTok as a national security threat is not because a Chinese firm controls it, the threat is because the U.S. government does not control it.  Thus, DHS involvement in Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google, Apple, Microsoft and more takes on a more accurate perspective.  TikTok is not under DHS control, therefore TikTok’s ability to transmit information without DHS filter controls is a threat.

Bread and circuses.  In this interview with California Congressman Ro Khanna, Maria Bartiromo notes he was one of the only Democrats in congress who wrote a warning to Twitter about the censorship issue.  However, even then, a key sentence in the letter from Khanna to Yoel Roth is ignored.  He’s no hero. WATCH:

The DHS Portal – […] discussions have ranged from the scale and scope of government intervention in online discourse to the mechanics of streamlining takedown requests for false or intentionally misleading information.

Platforms have got to get comfortable with gov’t. It’s really interesting how hesitant they remain,” Microsoft executive Matt Masterson, a former DHS official, texted Jen Easterly, a DHS director, in February. (link)

It’s not just the First amendment being compromised by this collaboration, it’s also the Fourth Amendment against unwarranted searches of private papers (communication).



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