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Volunteer Bible-school teacher sentenced to prison over child pornography charges involving toddlers

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A Virginia man who served as a Bible-school teacher at a local church is looking at 12 years in prison after being convicted on child pornography charges.

According to the Virginia Pilot, Gerald Lee Porter, 71, was sentenced on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Norfolk after pleading guilty in August to one count of receipt of child pornography.

The report states that Porter — who volunteered at River Oak Church in Great Bridge until his arrest — was the target of three law enforcement agencies that pulled illegal images from a computer linked to Porter by using a peer-to-peer file-sharing network to access it.

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When confronted in May, Porter claimed a co-worker gave him a hard drive two years earlier that already contained the images. The following day he admitted that the hundreds of images and videos — collected since 2004 — belonged to him.

According to investigators Porter conducted Bible studies several times a week with children between kindergarten and fifth grade, although there was no evidence that any children have been molested.

Porter’s attorney asked for leniency for her client saying he suffers from “fatigue, balance disorder, dizziness, major depression, anxiety, hypertension, tension headaches, vertigo, irritability, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, respiratory abnormality, shortness of breath and kidney stones” and survived prostate cancer. The attorney noted that the loss of his prostate contributed to his “predilection towards pornography in the first place.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Yusi asked the court to impose a “severe sentence of imprisonment,” reminding the court that some of the images involved toddlers.

Handing down the maximum sentence, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson dismissed a report provided by a doctor that found Porter was unlikely to re-offend, calling it “not credible.”

 

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Expert explains why ‘systemic conservatism’ continues to prevail in America

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On the Sunday after the November 3rd presidential election, Utah Senator Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, congratulated President-elect Joe Biden but insisted that the overall election was an endorsement of conservative principles. He pointed to the gains Republicans made in the House, though they are still in the minority, and the failure of the Democrats to capture control of the Senate, at least so far. Romney found further evidence in the Democrats' inability to flip GOP-controlled statehouses.

Romney, however, is mistaken in his basic assertion. First of all, Biden won by more than 5 million popular votes, nearly 4 percent more than Trump's total. The president-elect obtained the highest number of popular votes in the nation's history. Biden's margin of victory, contrary to Romney's claim, is not a mandate for conservatism. Rather, at the very least, the election was a referendum on President Trump's leadership, which of course Trump used to promote conservative ideas concerning tax cuts for the wealthy and the relaxation of business and environmental regulations.

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Expert breaks down the ultimate goal of Trump’s ‘classic Russian-style disinformation campaign’

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Jonathan Rauch, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute, spoke with CNN's Brian Stelter on Sunday to explain the ultimate goal of President Donald Trump's false accusations of a rigged and stolen election.

Rauch was asked by Stelter if the issue is Trump is simply trapped in the delusion that he actually beat President-elect Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

"Is delusion a fair word for these election lies?" Stelter wondered.

"No, actually, I don't think it is," Rauch replied. "It's hard to know what's going on in the mind of the president, but you don't really need to. What you need to know is that what he is running right now is a classic Russian-style disinformation campaign of a type known as the firehose of falsehood. That's when you utilize every channel, not just media, but also the bully pulpit, even litigation to push out as many different stories and conspiracy theories and lies and half-truths as you possibly can in order to flood the zone if with disinformation."

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Inside the spread of conspiracies and disinformation by women on social media

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“The QAnon stuff infiltrated Instagram and seeped into the suburban consciousness of American women to a certain extent, and they bought into it,” according to experts.

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Since the internet’s advent, conspiracy theories have acquired followings online. Now, in the era of social media, people use platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation and misinformation. Instagram, the Facebook-owned image platform where influencers tout luxury, beauty and consumer culture, has also become an online home for conspiracies. And lately, one has been particularly prolific: QAnon.

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