Thursday 28th of January 2021

dead people don't wear plaid...


On Friday, a viral claim that Pennsylvania had 21,000 dead people on its voter rolls spread across the internet. In some versions of the rumor, those deceased people had voted for the Democratic presidential candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Breitbart News, the right-wing publication, wrote an article about it. Others then cited it as evidence that Democrats were trying to steal the election.

Rudy Giuliani, President Trump’s personal lawyer, shared the article on Twitter, collecting 74,800 likes and shares. Diamond and Silk, the popular pro-Trump social media duo, posted about the rumor on Facebook. And Representative Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican, tweeted: “The dead vote appears to have swung overwhelmingly for Joe Biden.”

Altogether, Facebook posts about the rumor reached up to 11.3 million people, according to an analysis by The New York Times.

The problem: It wasn’t true that 21,000 dead people had voted in Pennsylvania.

The claim stemmed from a lawsuit that was amended on Thursday, an action that fueled the rumor’s spread on Friday. The conservative Public Interest Legal Foundation had filed the lawsuit against Pennsylvania’s secretary of state, Kathy Boockvar, on Oct. 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

The suit accuses Ms. Boockvar, a Democrat, of improperly including 21,206 supposedly deceased Pennsylvanians on voter rolls. The group asked for an injunction to stop the dead people from voting in the election.


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you're fired!...

President Donald Trump has sacked Defence Secretary Mark Esper, announcing on Twitter that the top US official has been "terminated".

Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center, will take on the role immediately.

It follows a public falling-out between Mr Trump and Mr Esper in recent weeks.

Mr Trump has so far not conceded the US election to President-elect Joe Biden, and has vowed to challenge the projected result in court.

In the weeks before Mr Biden takes office on 20 January, Mr Trump is still empowered to make decisions.



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all of us...


Sir, I would be made of either lead or wood,

That nature having given me an American ID,
If for centuries I do not express the painful idea
And the extreme misfortunes of which our USA are full.

I want to grumble to the world for years and publish. 
With an iron pen on stainless-steel paper,
That her own children have taken her and destroyed her, 
And through death have badly filled her with rubbish.

It seems that the jolly merchant, alas!, unfortunately 
On his merry way, meets a nasty thief
Who against the belly points an armed weaponry 
With cruel avarice and hungry for grief…
He’s not only happy to plunder horse and money, 
The thief makes him go naked entirely.

Beats him and torments him, and with a dagger 
Drive his soul out of the body through his gut… 
Then seeing him dead, he laughs with bragger
And let mastiffs and wolves take their cut. 

At the end, the divine power tries its asccendance
Runs after the murderer, takes vengeance, 
Pins him on a wheel of thousand laborious tortures
To be an example for men, and for vultures,

But these new Tyrants that have plundered the USA, 
Robbed and assassinated the world as course due,
And beating this country with a hundred thousand blows, 
Act as if robbery were a genius virtue.

They thus live without punishment, and say to all of us,
It’s God who guides them, while laughing like cows,
As the thieves robbing each others are … all of us…

Robert Smoothers
Washington, DC.