GoFundMe has deleted a page that raised more than $10 million for the Freedom Convoy, citing undisclosed evidence that those involved in the convoy has turned from a protest and “become an occupation, with police reports of violence and other unlawful activity.” GoFundMe released $1 million to the organizers of the page, before claiming they would spend the rest of the money donated by ordinary people to their preferred charities. The post by GoFundMe originally said that donors could submit a request for a full refund by February 19th. The news was called “fraud” by many online including Florida Governor
It’s Thursday in North America, and the truckers are going nowhere. Did The Simpson’s predict this soon-to-be international protest? Are the Canadian military about to intervene? What is happening in Saskatchewan? Trudeau Hasn’t Called in the Military…Yet. Prime Minister-in-hiding Justin Trudeau has denied that he intends to send Canada’s troops to clear protestors from Ottawa. Capital Police Chief Peter Sloly admitted many protestors left the area throughout the week, but at least 250 remain. Numbers are expected to swell again this weekend. And while Trudeau has toyed with the idea, there has been no formal request for a military intervention.
This weekend, tens of thousands of European citizens protested against government-enforced COVID-19 restrictions, the so-called “Green Pass,” and mandatory vaccination policies. The measures are now conditions for participating in social life, work, and education in a number of European nations. Austrian citizens have seen some of the most totalitarian measures in the world, with the government announcing mandatory vaccinations. Citizens have until February to voluntarily get the injections. If they fail to comply, they will be fined around $700 USD every three months. Austria has also been in another 20-day unvaccinated lockdown which concludes after December 13th. At the same
The genius of the internet has always been its openness: anyone with a smartphone or a laptop can take part in a worldwide conversation. For authoritarian regimes, however, that very openness is instead a problem to be solved. China’s plan could lock down the internet forever. At the heart of the internet is a communications protocol called TCP/IP. The creators of TCP/IP in the 1970s could never have imagined that it would someday form the backbone for nearly all commerce and social discourse by the year 2020. That backbone is beginning to show its age as millions of new smartphones