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Thank you, Mr. President, for your insistence during the last debate that we open the country back up as soon as possible. Thanks for your positive vision, for saying we have to learn to LIVE with the virus, while Joe Biden talked morbidly about dying with it. Thanks for pointing out the progress that has been made in treatment and the declining mortality rates, signs that the virus is weakening over time and that this WILL be over. And, especially, thank you for expressing concern about the collateral damage not just from the virus itself but from locking people, schools and businesses down for months --- the depression, financial ruin, associated health problems, even suicide.

Nowhere has the response to this virus hurt people harder than in the music business. I know, because I’m in that business myself; I grew up in it and have many musician friends. Fortunately, I have a “day job” --- writing and researching --- that I can do from home and that hasn’t been impacted at all by the virus. But many of my friends are full-time musicians, or at least they USED TO BE, and their lives have been decimated.

Two things made me think even more about this as I was watching the debate. First, it was held in Nashville --- literally, Music City USA --- which has just about been killed by the response to the virus. Second, I’d received a phone call the day before from a musician friend who gave me some especially dire news.

"There are NO GIGS,” he said, going on to detail the work that had been lost by him and his wife, who is also a musician. December is traditionally the biggest month for booking live music, and this year there is NOTHING. “The depression I’m seeing is unbelievable,” he said. He went on to tell me that several musicians he knew had committed suicide, including one friend who already suffered from depression, as many musicians do. This person was increasingly desperate for work, didn’t have the money for his medicine or the inclination to take it, and just couldn’t deal emotionally with the stress any longer, and he hanged himself from a tree in a vacant lot.

I had hoped to work with him in just a few months, as I have plans to do a studio album early next year. But he apparently got to the point where he couldn’t see as far as the next day, and now that won’t be happening.

My own feelings of depression are mild, thank God. But I’ve definitely got “virus fatigue.” I’m tired of the virus being used for political ends. (This means you, Joe Biden and the people trying to make you President.) Tired of being corrected when I call it what it is: THE CHINESE VIRUS. Tired of the media “playing doctor” and censoring even credentialed physicians and researchers, treating them as heretics when they disagree with the noted health experts at, say, Twitter. And most of all, I’m tired of the endless, ruinous lockdowns that are more political theater and darkly gleeful expressions of governmental control than real protection. (My husband and I were careful, worked at home and wore masks when we went out, and we still both got the virus.) “Never let a crisis go to waste,” says the left, and they really, really mean that.

Ironically, the music industry is populated largely by Trump-hating radical leftists. They’re supporting Biden only because they can’t have Bernie and think Kamala is an acceptably radical future President. When I “came out” as conservative after the disgraceful Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, it was a big deal, as I knew that many in my industry would designate me a “nonperson,” to borrow a term from George Orwell, if they knew I even slightly leaned right.

"Laura, you would just not believe how much they hate conservatives,” my musician friend (a closet conservative) told me on the phone. He went on to say that he and his small circle of friends who are conservatives have to monitor their speech constantly, lest they be blacklisted. He told me that one friend in the business who knew of his conservative leanings had recently told him that he can no longer be friends with him, or with anyone who supports Trump.

"Can’t we just agree to disagree and still be on good terms?” my friend asked him. “I know you think differently from me, but I can still associate with YOU.” No, the Trump hate was too strong.

Yet it’s the left that calls for more devastating lockdowns –- in the name of “science,” as if all scientists agreed on this. It’s Biden who's willing to continue indefinitely the very policies that will destroy what is left of the music business, and a lot of other businesses, while Trump’s goal is to get America back to work as soon as possible. Yet musicians who are desperate to regain their livelihoods have been brainwashed into hating Trump, blaming him as much as if he’d personally sat in a lab with some test tubes and slides and created the virus himself. They’re living in a bubble of irrational, like-minded friends who watch CNN and believe the lie that Trump is some kind of white supremacist monster.

But they have it wrong. It’s Trump who cares about them, who wants to end this nightmare and let them get back to their lives, back to the work that is their heart and soul. The left has shown it cares only about politics and power.

I'll say it again: Who needs Russia to interfere in our elections when we have our own media to do it?

Wednesday evening, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe and FBI Director Chris Wray held a sudden press briefing about findings that Russia and Iran –- wait, not China? –- have been interfering on social media to influence American voters.

It seems Russia and Iran have been obtaining information about our voter rolls and sending fake emails pretending to be from groups such as the Proud Boys (which is NOT a white supremacist group), doing things that are nothing to be proud of such as threatening people to vote for Trump or else. They've determined that these were sent to damage Trump, and that makes sense, because why on earth would Iran be trying to help Trump when they hate him maybe even more than the American left does, if that's possible?

Ratcliffe and Wray were on and off the stage quickly without taking questions.

Yes, we need to get to the bottom of the foreign influence we find. But have our intelligence agencies considered the threats to the election right here at home? For example, have they looked into what our own media are doing to try to intimidate and suppress Trump voters?

On Wednesday, Tucker Carlson featured a story about Brandy Zadrozny, an NBC reporter who describes her job as seeking out “personal identifying information” about anonymous online Trump supporters and revealing their identities. She calls it “social media sleuthing...to learn about a subject’s real life –- their family, friends, jobs, personal politics and associations.” As Tucker reported, such information might include “phone records, property records, even their Amazon Wish Lists.” This apparently is her job description.

The must-read story comes from REVOLVER NEWS, which deserves special commendation for being on top of some important stories lately. Darren Beattie of REVOLVER said of Zadrozny, “She’s up to no good.” Here’s how he described her “job”: “...She uses state-of-the-art proprietary technical tools to dig up personal information about anonymous Trump supporters online...She’ll do anything she can to unearth anonymous Trump supporters, basically so she can ruin their lives.”

"It’s disgusting and disgraceful,” he said, “even by modern journalism standards.” (I didn’t know modern journalism had standards.) These people “are not even acting as meaningful journalists [but as] as commissars and neo-Stasi, effectively, in order to crush the rebellion of the American people [associated with the victory of Donald Trump] against their corrupt ruling class.”

Beattie said that Zadrozny uses the term “disinformation” as a pretext to target and shut down Trump supporters. As he explained it, the use of this term “invites the force of our own national security apparatus to silence Trump supporters domestically.”

Again, who needs Russia and Iran to “meddle”?

Beattie sees “broader swaths of our own national security apparatus being repurposed and redeployed domestically to silence, suppress and destroy the energies associated with Donald Trump’s victory in 2016.” That’s not surprising –- they're desperate to avoid a repeat of 2016!

This “journalist” was a major contributor to a doxxing manual for her media colleagues called the VERIFICATION HANDBOOK, telling them how to target Trump supporters and what to do to ruin them. Just one example: she calls the Amazon Wish List “a gold mine for learning about what a person reads, wants, buys.” She’s teaching agenda-driven “journalists” HOW TO SPY ON PEOPLE in ways Big Brother never dreamed. Here’s a telling quote:

"My favorite kind of stories are those that reveal the real people behind influential, anonymous social media accounts. These secret accounts are less reliant on the algorithm, and more carefully crafted to be an escape from public life. They allow someone to keep tabs on and communicate with family and friends apart from their public account, or to communicate the ideas and opinions that for personal or political reasons, they dare not say out loud.”

In other words, you can run, but you can't hide. If this isn't SPYING, I don’t know what is. This is dirty stuff, dangerous territory.

Good news for Zadrozny: there’s plenty of demand and job security for dedicated, highly motivated anti-Trump employees in the media. If she somehow loses this job, she might want to study artificial intelligence and go to work for Facebook in Hate Speech Engineering. They have the same goals.

And since we love research, look at the garbage we dug up that Zadrozny is into. Gosh, we’re hard-core Trump supporters and didn’t even know what “QAnon” is –-Trump didn’t, either –- but she apparently does and explained it in a podcast for (yes) Lawfare. Here it is on the website for the (yes) Brookings Institution. Zadrozny and fellow NBC reporter Ben Collins must have enjoyed going on this so-called “Arbiters of Truth” podcast series on (get ready) “disinformation” on August 6 of this year to talk about what crazy far-right conspiracy theorists we Trump supporters are and how the “disinformation” we post needs to be taken off social media. They say QAnon is becoming “increasingly mainstream” (!) and even that the Trump campaign has been “courting” its followers.

We got through about the first 10 minutes of this idiocy before having to turn it off. Thanks, NBC News, for being such dedicated arbiters of truth! What’s your next Trump-related expose –- the growing white supremacy movement? We don't imagine you work very hard to get social media to take down the REAL disinformation coming from the left, such as their insistence that the Hunter Biden laptop story is most likely a Russian plot, their claim that there's proof the Russians hacked the DNC, and well, just about everything they say about Rudy Giuliani.

Ironically, the REVOLVER site is probably one that agenda-driven NBC News would LOVE to get shut down, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they were doing everything possible to limit its reach. They would, of course, label this reporting “disinformation.” But REVOLVER is doing a great job of revealing what in their words is “the true nature of the presidential election,” and I sure wouldn’t trust NBC News to tell me anything about that.

Facebook and Twitter should’ve thought twice before they censored the NEW YORK POST’s big story about the revelations on Hunter Biden’s laptop. The POST isn’t taking this lying down.

Editor Sohrab Ahmari is working on an expose about the censorship-related work going on at Facebook right now involving at least half a dozen Chinese nationals –- “machine learning” specialists working in America on H-1B visas –- on a team called (I am not kidding) Hate Speech Engineering.

Ahmari learned from a Facebook insider, a former employee who came forward last week, that this is where those mysterious algorithms are created that automatically suppress speech. Ahmari said on Tucker Carlson’s Tuesday night show that this person was “alarmed” at what Facebook had done to censor the POST and wanted to “shed light on the people who are actually behind the mechanics of how stories get censored on Facebook.”

The Hate Speech team is based mostly in Seattle, he said. Ahmari’s source provided him with a complete directory of those working on this, and that’s when he saw the number of Chinese nationals on the team. The concern, of course, is not that they’re Chinese, but that they’re here on loan from a nation ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, one of the most censorious governments on the planet. What skills did they bring with them to apply at Facebook, and what technology did they learn at Facebook to take back to their own repressive leaders?

Something interesting about the Biden story that Facebook and Twitter worked so hard to suppress: IT INVOLVES CHINA. Specifically, Chinese billionaires and the CCP were allegedly using Hunter Biden’s high-level U.S. government connections to make inroads. Facebook said in a statement that any allegations that these Chinese nationals “have an outsized influence on our broader policies is absurd.”

Okay, but it seems to me that the issue isn’t whether or not they’re influencing Facebook’s “broader policies” or if that influence might be “outsized,” however we might define that. Facebook surely shapes its own policy. The issue is whether Facebook’s policy involves censorship, especially of political speech, and whether the CCP shares those same ends enough to form a kind of partnership. I think in business the word is “synergy.”

The insider told Ahmari that Facebook is looking specifically to snag what they call “borderline content.” That’s not a reference to the dangerous content that needs to be dealt with responsibly, like nutzoid calls for violence and how-to’s for making bombs, but to opinions they don’t share. When you’re searching, they’ll give you the content THEY want you to see and put the “borderline content” way, way down at the very end. And if the engineers can get you to interact with what THEY want you to see, they receive “discretionary bonuses,” according to this insider.

This is not fiction; it’s life in 2020. Here’s another story on the Hate Speech Engineering team.

It’s not just Facebook doing this, of course. Twitter and Google don’t hide their efforts to shape the narrative and suppress speech they don’t like, either. Some good news: it’s taken a while, but as of Tuesday the Department of Justice is suing Google over its use of “anticompetitive tactics.” According to Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, “This is the biggest anti-trust case in a generation, maybe in a century.” He said that after we’ve seen them try to buy the election with all the money they’ve spent on the Biden campaign, this is about standing up to Big Tech and saying they don’t get to run this country. When he saw the title of the case, United States v. Google, he said, “God bless America!”

Can I hear an amen!

Michael Goodwin at the POST has a spectacular editorial on Big Tech and all the anti-Trump media working to pave the way for Biden.

As long as Michael Goodwin is on a roll, I also recommend his editorial from a few days ago on the allegations against the Bidens.

The way we try to tell the story here, and the way Goodwin and the folks at the POST are telling it, is simple, really. This is so transparent –- we see quite plainly what the Bidens have been doing for years, and it’s totally corrupt. That’s why those who are invested in a Biden win –- not to have him as President, of course, just to have him WIN –- have only one hope: that they can keep enough people out of reach of this information until after the election, or at least to lie and spin it enough to delay the inevitable. And that’s where Facebook, Twitter, Google and the rest of Big Tech and Big Media come in.

If you want to see how reporters are expected to slant their questions, Miranda Devine, also from the NEW YORK POST, tells how CBS reporter Bo Erickson was criticized by “journalism” instructor and news editor Steve Holzer after Erickson dared to ask Joe Biden about the emails on Hunter’s laptop. (That was the question that Joe responded to angrily, dismissing the story as a “smear.”) Holzer tweeted: “Bo, this is your News Director. The right question is, ‘What do you think of the report that Rudy Giuliani used Russian disinformation to try to smear your family 19 days before an election?”

Do you see what he did there? He took the emphasis off the real story –- the revelations on Hunter Biden’s laptop –- and turned it to tar Giuliani instead. He also “assumes facts not in evidence” by calling this Russian disinformation. Extra credit for making Biden the victim. If you see how this works and possess this level of skill, you get an A+ and are ready to go to work for CNN.

But...THIS IS NOT CNN...so here’s more on the real story: the emails and what they tell. It doesn’t look good. In these emails (not those on Hunter’s laptop but those obtained by Peter Schweizer), Hunter’s business associate Jason Galanis apparently refers to Joe Biden as the “other currency” they were bringing to the table. Reading between the lines, it seems Hunter’s business associates were simply using him as a “direct pipeline” to his father. Hunter’s own emails suggest that Joe “the big guy” Biden was getting a big cut.

It’s a fascinating read, one that many in the media would like to keep you from seeing. We apologize for all the hate speech.