San Francisco (AFP) - The Pope and Prince William will join activists, artists, celebrities and politicians on Saturday at a free streamed TED event aimed at unifying people to confront the climate crisis.The Countdown program will kick off on the TED channel at YouTube starting at 8 am (1500 GMT) in California and feature 50 speakers, the pontiff and the second-in-line to the British throne among them."You'll be hearing from all different kinds of folks from all walks of life; from the front lines to the grassroots to the treetops," actor Mark Ruffalo, who is among the Countdown hosts, said d...
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WASHINGTON — Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) just found out that Democrats support green energy, but he believes it's all really about Hunter Biden.
According to the Republican lawmaker, the hearing with Twitter executives answered a lot of questions about Hunter Biden's business deals.
"One of the major social media companies was being influenced by the FBI," Donalds ranted. The idea comes from a misconstruing of the facts outlined in the so-called "Twitter Files." They're a set of selected documents and emails that justify conspiracy theories about corporations being too "woke."
When asked if the hearing was about Twitter or more about Hunter Biden, Donalds said that that it's clear that the younger Biden had an ability to inject his influence around the globe. The question for us is are his business dealings setting the agenda for the Biden administration both domestically and internationally?"
Donalds' evidence was from a New York Times report talking about the sale of a cobalt mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mine was 70 percent owned by Chinese investors and the company that Hunter Biden was working for at the time facilitated the sale of the remaining 30 percent to other Chinese investors for $3.8 billion. Somehow, that story has been twisted into a conspiracy that the Biden family pocketed the $3.8 billion, which is false.
"Joe Biden has been pressing solar panels and battery technology very strongly," Donalds said, explaining that this proves Hunter Biden is driving the policy. "It was in the inflation reduction act, which did nothing for inflation and was really just the Green New Deal wrapped in the title."
Donalds said that Hunter Biden facilitated that sale "three or four years ago and now Joe Biden, who I didn't think knew anything about energy, frankly, is all gungho on solar panels and batteries? Why? And so, that's a direct correlation right there!"
One of the many speeches Biden made during the 2020 campaign was about his goal of being 100 percent clean electricity by 2035.
Democrats have supported solar technology since President Jimmy Carter worked to get solar panels added to the roof of the White House around the time Donalds was born and 30-plus years before the cobalt mine deal. Carter has never been tied to Hunter Biden's cobalt mine deal.
Among the initiatives, Republicans attacked former President Barack Obama for was his investment in solar technologies early on in his presidency because one of the startup companies supported went bankrupt after a $500 million investment from the government. Biden was the one who announced the investment in solar in 2009. It was four years before the sale of the cobalt mine.
"This announcement today is part of the unprecedented investment this Administration is making in renewable energy and exactly what the Recovery Act is all about," said then-Vice President Biden. "By investing in the infrastructure and technology of the future, we are not only creating jobs today, but laying the foundation for long-term growth in the 21st-century economy."
In May 2014, the White House decided to put the solar panel's back up on the roof. They made a video about the installation with the Secretary of Energy talking about the clean energy of the future. At no point have Republicans argued that Obama was being influenced by Hunter Biden's cobalt mine deal.
Obama pushed another investment in 2016 as jobs in solar had increased "12 times faster than the rest of the economy."
During the 2020 campaign, Biden toured the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative in Plymouth, New Hampshire while discussing green energy.
Donalds went on to rant to Raw Story about the government influencing Twitter, claiming that it could reach all the way to the CIA.
Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters was denounced by Ukraine Wednesday after he told the United Nations Security Council that Russia's invasion of its neighbor was "not unprovoked."
The 79-year-old -- who has sparked controversy with his stance on the war -- was invited to address the 15-member Council by Moscow.
"The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation was illegal. I condemn it in the strongest possible terms," the British musician said via video.
But Waters then implied that Kyiv was to blame as well.
"Also the Russian invasion of Ukraine was not unprovoked. So I also condemn the provocateurs in the strongest possible terms," he said.
Ukraine's ambassador to the UN hit back, playing on the title of one of Pink Floyd's most famous songs.
"How sad for his former fans to see him accepting the role of just a brick in the wall, a wall of Russian disinformation and propaganda," said Sergiy Kyslytsya.
Kyiv's representative even referenced the giant inflatable pink pig that featured in many of the progressive rock band's shows.
He said he was surprised Waters had not arranged to have it floating in the Security Council chamber.
"What could it have been this time Mr Waters? Pigs with swastikas and the hammer and sickle?" Kyslytsya said during the surreal discussion.
Last September, Waters was declared a "persona non grata" by the Polish city of Krakow after his concerts were scrapped there over his war stance.
Waters had written an open letter that month saying the West should stop providing arms to Kyiv, accusing President Volodymyr Zelensky of allowing "extreme nationalism" in Ukraine and urging him to "put an end to this deadly war."
This week, Pink Floyd songwriter Polly Samson called Waters "anti-Semitic" and "a Putin apologist" in a tweet.
Waters responded by posting a statement on Twitter that said he "refutes entirely" Samson's accusation.
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Model Chrissy Teigen reacted with astonishment on Wednesday after her obscenity-laced insult directed at Donald Trump was mentioned during a U.S. House hearing.
During a House Oversight Committee where former Twitter executives fielded questions from lawmakers regarding censorship on the platform, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) revealed that Trump's White House had asked the social media platform to remove a tweet by Teigen in September 2019.
Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) later asked Twitter whistleblower Anika Collier Navaroli about the tweet in question.
Navaroli noted that Teigen had called former President Donald Trump a "p***y a** b****." Teigen was mocking Trump for not tagging her in a tweet in which he insulted her and her husband, singer John Legend.
Navaroli pointed out that Trump's White House contacted Twitter and asked that the tweet be removed, adding that Twitter evaluated Trump's complaint under the platform's "insults policy."
Teigen herself was apparently watching the exchange and tweeted out her reaction to seeing her insult towards the president being recounted during the hearing.
"I…oh my god," she wrote while sharing a video clip of the exchange.
"I am crying. I cannot go on," she added.
Teigen's 2019 tweet came after Legend appeared on an MSNBC program where he discussed his criminal justice reform initiative FreeAmerica, which sparked a firestorm of tweets from Trump where he accused the singer of not giving him and other Republicans credit for a criminal justice reform law.
"But now that it is passed, people that had virtually nothing to do with it are taking the praise," Trump wrote on Twitter at the time. "Guys like boring musician @johnlegend, and his filthy mouthed wife, are talking now about how great it is — but I didn't see them around when we needed help getting it passed."
\u201cRep. @GerryConnolly asks about former President Trump: "You ever think it's ever appropriate for the president of the United States to direct of otherwise influence a social media company to take down its content?"\n\nAnika Collier Navaroli: "I think it's a very slippery slope."\u201d— CSPAN (@CSPAN) 1675880670