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Whistleblower ‘Recants’ Postal Service Did Not Commit Fraud in 2020 Presidential Election

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Courtesy of express.co.uk

The ‘whistleblower,’ United States postal worker Richard Hopkins (32), momentarily made headlines recently for all the wrong reasons.

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  • Hopkins declared in an affidavit that he witnessed a supervisor at the post office where he works, in Erie, Pennsylvania, instructing his fellow postal employees to change the dates on late-arriving presidential election ballots from November 4 and 5 and backdate them to November 3.  This way, the ballots could be illegally counted as official mail-in ballots in the state of Pennsylvania. He later said the information he gave was not true.
  • On Friday, November 6, 2020, Project Veritas reported Richard Hopkins’ allegations that he overheard a supervisor telling employees to backdate ballots. Project veritas is an organization with a right-wing agenda and a reputation for delivering false stories and conspiracy theories.
  • On November 7, the Erie postmaster, Rob Weisenbach, stated via Facebook that the allegations were completely false. He also said the employee making the allegations had been disciplined at work several times recently.
  • The US House Oversight Committee launched a full investigation and posted on their official Twitter page yesterday evening that Richard Hopkins admitted to giving false testimony in the affidavit he originally submitted. He originally stated he could attest to voter tampering and mail fraud in the presidential election.
  • The Oversight Committee immediately launched a full investigation. They also stated via Twitter that they met with the postal inspectors who now have a new affidavit from Hopkins stating the allegations reported Friday by Project Veritas were an outright, baseless lie.
  • Then, Monday, November 9, said ‘whistleblower’ recanted the entire story and signed a new affidavit stated he lied about the whole story without offering any logical explanation as to why he chose to make up the story. That same day, he was escorted off the job until the investigation is completed.
  • According to the Washington Post, Hopkins set up a GoFundMe page over the weekend that raised over $136,000 before spokesperson Bobby Whithorne issued a statement saying GoFundMe removed the fundraising page on November 10 without dispersing and/or giving Hopkins access to the funds.

Richard Hopkins is still on leave from work, pending the outcome of the US Postal Service internal investigation.  This is a developing story. We will update the story as more information is available.

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T-Mobile Data Breach Included Personal Information of Almost 50 Million Customers

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Fortunately, no phone numbers, account numbers, PINs, passwords, or financial information of the approximately 50 million customers’ records were compromised.

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  • T-Mobile reported on Wednesday that the names, Social Security numbers, driver’s license information, and other identification data of over 40 million potential and current customers were exposed in a data breach. In addition, 7.8 million postpaid users were also affected. The company also confirmed that hackers obtained approximately 850,000 active T-Mobile prepaid customer names, phone numbers, and account PINs.
  • Despite T-Mobile users being affected by the breach, Metro by T-Mobile, Sprint prepaid, and Boost Mobile customers stayed protected. The phone tycoons declared no users from those departments had their names or PINs exposed.
  • Those who caused the breach accessed additional information from inactive prepaid accounts via prepaid billing files. Despite this, T-Mobile declared no customer financial information, credit card information, payment information, or Social Security numbers were in the inactive file.
  • In response, T-Mobile proactively reset the PINs on active prepaid accounts. Additionally, the company said it would immediately offer two years of free identity protection services. T-Mobile further recommended users change their PIN while they investigate the situation.

The announcement came two days after the corporation said they were reviewing a leak of data; officials stated someone went on an online forum and offered to sell users’ personal information.

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Judge Rules in Favor of Norwegian Cruise Line, Allows for Proof of Vaccination in Florida

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Judge Kathleen Williams ruled it unconstitutional for businesses to ban a customer requirement of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

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  • The U.S. District judge also granted Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) a preliminary injunction that temporarily blocks the “vaccine passport ban.” In May, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 2006 into action, which limited the government’s ability to impose mask requirements and other social distancing measures. Senate Bill 2006 also restricts businesses from asking customers for proof of vaccination.
  • Last month, NCL filed a case against the State of Florida. The company initially asserted that the ban jeopardized the health and safety of passengers and crew members. Norwegian Cruise Line company additionally mentioned one could consider the ban and infringement on the First Amendment free speech guarantee. Officials took it a step further on Aug. 6 by asking Williams to block the state law.
  • Williams said the “First Amendment, applicable to the States through the Fourteenth Amendment,” does not allow states to create laws that abridge freedom of speech. In addition, she declared a state could not restrict expression because of its message, ideas, content, or subject matter.
  • Judge Williams even stated that Florida did not provide “a valid evidentiary, factual, or legal predicate” for prohibiting citizens from showing vaccination proof. Furthermore, she affirmed that NCL demonstrated that public health might be affected if it suspends a vaccination requirement.
  • In response to the Aug. 8 ruling, president and CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, Frank Del Rio, wrote in a statement that the company’s lengths to keep the vaccine requirement in place proves its dedication to safe sailings. He also reported that NCL believes that “the safest and most prudent way” to resume operations is with 100% fully vaccinates guests and workers, as the ruling declared.

Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Gem will depart from the Port of Miami on Aug. 15. It will be  NCL’s first ship to set sail from Florida since the cruise industry shut down in March 2020.

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Mercedes-Benz Says it will Go All-Electric in 2030, but with a Major Caveat

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Mercedes-Benz plans on selling all-electric cars by 2030, joining rival companies General Motors, Stellantis, and Renault.

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  • Daimler, the makers of Mercedes-Benz, stated they would invest over $47 billion between 2022-2030 to create battery-electric cars…having only all-electric cars by 2030. They will build about eight battery plants and have the electric model of every car they make. There will be three battery plants in Europe, four in Asia, and one in the US.
  • The luxury car makers will produce eight electric vehicle models by 2022. They will be producing them on three continents in various locations. Chief Executive Ola Källenius said that the company’s “spending on traditional combustion-engine technology would be close to zero by 2025.” He truly sees the company being all-electric by the end of the decade and competitive with Tesla. Källenius believes that Mercedes-Benz’s initiative will allow them to get 600 miles to a charge, beating Tesla’s longest-running car by 50%.
  • As a part of the Paris Agreement, countries have made a pact to make changes to their carbon emission levels. The US and European Union both decided to target their international import ties. The EU declared that they would “effectively ban new cars with internal combustion engines in 2035,” while Britain and Norway both set expiration dates for any car that runs on fossil fuels.
  • The only caveat to Mercedes-Benz’s plan is that they will produce and sell their electric cars “where market conditions allow.” The automobile company understands that some countries may not have car charging capabilities by 2030, and thus they wouldn’t need an electric car. Because of this possibility, Mercedes-Benz will still make “combustion-engine vehicles” as long as demand is high and needed.

Daimler executives have yet to release the location for the US battery plant, but many suspect it will be near the company’s manufacturing plant in Tuscaloosa, AL. The company has yet to release any information regarding ending sales and production of their fossil fuel cars.

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