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Neil Young Demands Spotify Remove His Music Over 'False Information About Vaccines'

Neil Young posted a since-deleted letter to his management team and record label demanding that they remove his music from Spotify. “I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them,” he wrote. “Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.”

“I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform,” he continued. “They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.” Young is referencing the steady stream of misinformation about vaccines that Joe Rogan has peddled on The Joe Rogan Experience. Last month, 270 doctors, physicians, and science educators signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop spreading Rogan’s baseless claims.

“With an estimated 11 million listeners per episode, JRE, which is hosted exclusively on Spotify, is the world’s largest podcast and has tremendous influence,” the letter reads. “Spotify has a responsibility to mitigate the spread of misinformation on its platform, though the company presently has no misinformation policy.”

Young removed most of his music from Spotify several years ago because he felt the sound quality on the service was too low, but he ultimately relented. “That’s where people get music,” he told Rolling Stone in 2019. “I want people to hear my music no matter what they have to get through to do it. I’m just trying to make it so they hear a lot more and enjoy it a lot more, but sell it for the same price because music is music.”'

Bravo! Hit 'em where it hurts!

The New MAGA Hotness Is Getting COVID and Vlogging From Your Hospital Bed

One surefire way to garner some extreme MAGA-cred nowadays is to get COVID-19, lie about it and say you just have pneumonia, and remain unrepentant as an avowed anti-vaxxer. But there’s at least one MAGA diehard—an associate of Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon—who has taken things a step further.

His name is Ben Bergquam, and he has recently been vlogging from his hospital bed—after being admitted for contracting the coronavirus. Bergquam has talked about how thrilled he is that he never got the COVID vaccine, and has—naturally—made sure to brag to his viewers about how in-shape he is.

Anyway, he ended up on oxygen, and has vlogged from the COVID ward about how much trouble he’s had breathing in the middle of the night.

“He’s recording videos from his hospital bed about like, ‘I'm so glad I didn't get the vaccine,’” Fever Dreams co-host Will Sommer recounted to co-host Asawin Suebsaeng on this week’s episode of The Daily Beast’s Fever Dreams podcast. “He’s got the oxygen tube in his nose, and he’s saying, ‘Oh, you just gotta stay fit, you won’t die of COVID.’ And it’s like, buddy, if you’re in your thirties, and you’re getting hospitalized, and you’re in relatively good shape—that’s not a great outcome for you from having the virus.”

If you’re wondering whether Bergquam took the time to record some requisite MyPillow promos, yes. Yes, he did.

Holy freaking god, there are multiple levels of stupid in this story. If this guy dies from this, he gets the Darwin Award for 2022, no contest.

Same! Fuck Tom Brady!

Betty White on The Simpsons:

'Do Not Comply': Tony Spell Sees a Direct Line From Mask Mandates to Concentration Camps

Radical right-wing pastor Tony Spell appeared on “The Pete Santilli Show” Thursday, where he likened requiring schoolchildren to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the Holocaust.

Spell, who has been locked in battle with authorities in Louisiana for more than a year over his steadfast refusal to abide by any of the state’s stay-at-home orders, mask mandates, and other public health restrictions, declared that Americans must “resist” and refuse to comply with efforts to limit the spread of the virus.

“Imagine telling a child, ‘Put this mask on to sit in your class, take it off or pull it down to sip or put something in your mouth, and put it back up,'” Spell said. “Why? Well, because the government says so.”

“Put this Star of David on your arm, and go to the Warsaw Ghetto. But why? Because the government said so,” he continued. “Get in this cattle car and go to six concentration camps, strip off your clothes, naked, hand you a bar of soap like you’re going to take a shower. Why? Because the government says so. And then they drop Zyklon B, and 6 million Jews are murdered in Hitler’s concentration camp, and 50 million civilians are killed under the crooked cross of the swastika. Why? Because a madman said so.”

Thousands of supporters flock to see Trump in Orlando, but it wasn't a sellout

Thousands of supporters — though fewer than predicted — cheered Donald Trump in Orlando on Sunday as the former president proclaimed his usual litany of attacks and hinted he would run again in 2024.

Trump, who has been publicly flirting with another campaign for the White House for months now, was in town as part of his four-city “History Tour” with ex-Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.

“I said loud and clear,” he told the crowd at the Amway Center, repeating his false claims of victory over Joe Biden in 2020. “We won the first time, and the second time we won by even more. And it looks like we might have to think about very strongly a third time.”

Guests began entering when the gates opened at noon. But just like at the kickoff event in South Florida on Saturday, turnout was light enough that ticketholders for upper bowl seats were told they could sit in the lower section instead. Trump’s representatives had predicted the shows would sell out.

Tickets started at $100, with VIP seats reportedly costing thousands more. But by Sunday morning, prices for some tickets had dropped to as low as $40.

Outside the arena, the scene was less bustling than a typical Trump rally, with only a few stands selling “Let’s go Brandon” and “Trump/DeSantis 2024″ merchandise. There was just a small police presence.

The MAGA movement has become Project Mayhem.

The whole thing about MAGA is that they want to "own the libs". In Fight Club, the second evolution of Fight Club was called "Project Mayhem" and the goal of Project Mayhem was to create as much mischief as possible in order to gain notoriety among fellow members and even make the nightly news. That's what is happening with this group. They're "owning the libs" in order to gain influence among the MAGA elite and even wind up with a mention from the man himself. Only... you're not really supposed to talk about it in real life.

That's why you see stickers on gas pumps blaming Biden for the high gas prices, your neighbor flies an "FJB" flag, maybe a song pops up on your social media feed called "Let's Go Brandon" and eventually even full blown parades or boat parades (where the ships all sank). Cars covered in bumper stickers. People waiting outside Dealy Plaza because they think JFK Jr is going to show up and arrest all of Trump's Deep State detractors. People screaming on planes about mask mandates getting arrested. People wearing shirts that misquote our founding fathers or praising murderers and serial killers. People with decals of him on their car windows and full blown shrines in their house.

But there's a connection with all of this. It's all designed to intentionally annoy people while getting these people in the news and getting them notoriety among the MAGA world, while doing everything possible to please the MAGA in chief himself. And let's not discount the fact that Mr. MAGA in chief himself encourages this stuff. He loves seeing his name out there, and he puts it out there to get his name out there - and he rewards it back with his signature shit-eating grin and thumbs up ritual. They're basically doing his marketing for him.

It's all a *wink wink nudge nudge* kind of deal with the MAGAs. But they don't talk about their misdeeds or mischief in real life because they know they would have serious consequences for them if they did. If they did recognize each other in public, it would be with a slight nod or a wink. But they do this for notoriety among the other MAGAs, like that guy who got arrested and had the "fuck you" tattoo on his middle finger. It's all fun and games with them. We're essentially dealing with trolls who take their trolling off the computer.

The MAGAs do this for notoriety online while pretending that their mischief doesn't have consequences, when in actuality, it does and they can get arrested, fired, or go to prison for it. And a lot of them have. But that doesn't stop them and any time you attempt to call them out for it, they respond with "YOU CAN'T CANCEL ME!!!" and "DO NOT COMPLY" bullshit. If you tell them "no", it only makes them want to do that thing more. It's truly sad and pathetic for those of us who are trying to lead actual lives. Seriously you wonder how everyday people fell for the Nazis, well this is it. It's an underground fight club that began in the basement and is creeping into mainstream society.

Trump's new social media company is under investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission

The deal between a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) and former President Donald Trump's new social media company is being investigated by the US Securities and Exchange Commission and other regulators, according to a report filed with the SEC that was first reported by the New York Times.

According to the document from Digital World Acquisition Corp. (DWAC) — the
that intends to merge with Trump's new media venture, Trump Media & Technology Group Corp. (TMTG) — the SEC has requested documents about meetings of the SPAC's board of directors, "policies and procedures relating to trading," identification of certain investors, and copies of communication between DWAC and TMTG.

Trump first announced on October 20 that he was launching a new social media company, "TRUTH Social," under the auspices of TMTG.

"We live in a world where the Taliban has a huge presence on Twitter, yet your favorite American President has been silenced," Trump said in his statement announcing the launch. "Everyone asks me why doesn't someone stand up to Big Tech? Well, we will be soon!"

Of course it is!

So let me get this straight:

White teenager with a loaded AR-15 crosses state lines and murders protestors in cold blood because he was obsessed with Call Of Duty. Starts spouting MAGA catch phrases and NRA talking points while hanging out with noted white supremacists. He gets a get out of jail free card because the judge is also a member of the MAGA cult and 3 right wing members of Congress competing over who gets to hire him as an intern.

Meanwhile an innocent black man gets accused of using a fake $20 by a racist convenience store clerk = instant death penalty. No trial necessary!

Fuck, I give up sometimes.

The Rittenhouse verdict sucked and my faith in humanity was shaken today.

And the assholes are out celebrating like they won the fucking World Series or something. But that being said, this is a blip. It's one battle in a very long, drawn out war. I will not stop fighting for what is right against those who are committing wrong doings. Here's the thing - Kyle Rittenhouse is WRONG. Bruce Schroeder is WRONG. MAGA is WRONG. Donald Trump is WRONG. Fox News is WRONG. Facebook memes are WRONG.

While I feel this verdict will inspire copycats, I have no idea what will come of this. The best defense we can have right now is not to give them what they want, because it will add more fuel for their fire. We should work on extinguishing their fire, not to keep it burning.

My hope is that this inspires people to get to the polls and vote in the midterms. We cannot let those who stand for all that is soulless and wrong to keep getting the upper hand. We must continue to fight for justice.
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