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Republican Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC) is falsely blaming a North Carolina gas shortage on President Joe Biden's "weakness on the world stage."
After the Colonial Pipeline was hacked with a Ransomware by a group called DarkSide, which announced that they were after money, not a political statement. The company paid $5 million and was back online quickly.
58% of North Carolina’s gas stations are still out of fuel. Biden’s weakness on the world stage is costing the working families of NC-11.— Madison Cawthorn (@Madison Cawthorn)1621277487.0
President Biden "issued an emergency declaration for 17 states and the District of Columbia after the country's largest fuel pipeline went down," reported CNBC.
None of the Ransomware efforts were done by a foreign country unless Cawthorn is privy to some secret intelligence that DarkSide was working for someone else. Indeed, the rest of the world likely doesn't care about the Ransomware attack or the problems of North Carolina struggling to find gas.
Computer Scientist Walpurga Müller-Schm replied to Cawthorn noting that distribution to gas stations are done by private companies not by the federal government, state government, city government, or any government. Biden wasn't involved in any way, though his White House has stepped in to help. Most states who faced shortages on Thursday of last week have settled down and the lines disappeared.
GasBuddy, an app and website that lists gas stations and prices, reported that 51 percent of the state is without gas. As ABC 11 explained, there isn't a gas shortage, there's a gas delivery problem.
"All of the North Carolina terminals are basically running on empty because the pipeline was shut down. Still, the main well has not run dry. There is plenty of gasoline at the refineries but the challenge is how to get it to North Carolina," said the report.
Biden has turned to trucks, rail and ships to help deliver gas from refineries. One problem in North Carolina is that in "the Wilmington port, there is only room for two barges, and there's a significant wait time there for fuel trucks to fill up."
Cawthorn continues to blame Biden and an overall energy policy for the pipeline hacks.
The #BidenGasShortage continues to affect NC-11 negatively. Although I am happy to see stations within Transylvani… https://t.co/Oc1Y1NbADC— Rep. Madison Cawthorn (@Rep. Madison Cawthorn)1621278670.0
A Black city councilman spoke out against police killings -- then he caught a cop urinating on his property
A councilman in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, says he has security video footage of a deputy urinating on his funeral home property, which is says was an act of retaliation being carried out by the deputy. The Herald reports.
Councilman Gabriel Adkins, who is Black, has been outspoken about the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr., which took place last month, and he says the video is proof that police are targeting him for being outspoken.
"Since this case with Andrew Brown, I've been out protesting," Adkins told The News & Observer on Monday. "I really feel like they are retaliating back against me. Maybe they didn't know I had surveillance, but it's a funeral home."
He says he's seeking legal advice and plans to press charges over the video showing the deputy urinating.
"I'm just getting real worried I might be the next target, or they're trying to set me up," he said. "On top of it being a crime."
Adkins has partaken in multiple marches, some of which were organized by him, demanding the release of the full video documenting Brown's killing.
Watch the video below:
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Trump AG tried to use secret grand jury to unmask identity of Devin Nunes’ mom parody author: report
New information is coming out about yet another legal fight over a parody Twitter account that mocked Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA).
In 2019, Nunes sued Twitter and others for $250 million.
According to recently unsealed court filings, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Bill Barr sought to unmask the author behind another parody account, @NunesAlt.
"It appears to Twitter that the Subpoena may be related to Congressman Devin Nunes's repeated efforts to unmask individuals behind parody accounts critical of him. His efforts to suppress critical speech are as well-publicized as they are unsuccessful," Twitter wrote in a motion opposing the unmasking of the author. "Given Congressman Nunes's numerous attempts to unmask his anonymous critics on Twitter—described in detail herein—Twitter is concerned that this Subpoena is but another mechanism to attack its users' First Amendment rights."
Twitter had harsh words for the California Republican.
"Over the past two years, Congressman Nunes and his campaign committee have brought at least nine lawsuits—including in this district—against individuals, the media, and one research and intelligence firm for either their disagreement with his political actions and policies, publishing statements that Congressmen Nunes deemed critical of himself, or hosting critical statements with which Congressman Nunes disagreed," the social media company argued.
"Indeed, the user at issue here appears to have been a party to one of Congressman Nunes's many superfluous lawsuits. On March 18, 2019, Congressman Nunes brought litigation against several Twitter users, including @DevinNunesMom, for defamation and other claims," Twitter wrote. "Recently, the user whose identity is sought in the Subpoena posted on Twitter that he or she is the owner of this previously-suspended account and confirmed that he or she has indeed been sued by Congressman Nunes."
"Seemingly unsuccessful in gaining any traction with this lawsuit and in therefore identifying the user, Twitter is concerned that a government investigation is now being used to target the same user for political speech on Twitter. As one recent lawsuit alleges, members of the public suspect that Congressman Nunes may be relying upon the government to unmask his critics," Twitter wrote.
This was just unsealed. In the last weeks of the Trump administration, William Barr's Justice Department tried to u… https://t.co/9lBXDSfOfQ— kpoulsen (@kpoulsen)1621272650.0
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