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Truck Convoy DC: Protesters Against COVID-19 Mandates Face Opposition and Controversy



Truck Convoy DC

Truck Convoy DC: HAGERSTOWN, Maryland (Reuters), April 2 (Editor’s note: Offensive language in 7th paragraph).

Melanie Disporto said she was fired from a Tennessee psychiatric facility for refusing to wear a mask or take the COVID-19 vaccine.

One week later, in early March, she and her husband were inspired by YouTube videos of truck drivers heading to Washington to protest COVID-19 mandates and decided to join them by camping out for several weeks in a tent at Hagerstown Speedway in western Maryland.

On Friday morning, as most of the “People’s Convoy” had dispersed and some headed to California in protest, it is unclear what exactly their coalition of drivers had achieved in Washington State beyond creating intermittent traffic jams on its notorious Capitol Beltway interstate highway.

The group failed to achieve its stated objective: overturning the federal emergency declaration for COVID pandemic, first issued by former President Donald Trump in March 2020 and extended twice by President Joe Biden. Furthermore, no mask mandates were changed as a direct result of protest, which coincided with an ease in COVID measures around the country as virus spread slowed.

Experts on right-wing movements believe the convoy of pickups, SUVs and tractor trailers gave birth to an expansive universe of alternative conservative media – led by live-streamers and podcasters eager to raise money and expand their audiences. Some used it as a platform to spread false information on vaccinations from government conspiracy theories and false information channels.

On March 4, when protesting truckers arrived in Hagerstown, about an hour and a half drive from Washington, the crowd at Hagerstown Racetrack began reflecting a much broader range of right-wing grievances and causes than vaccine mandates and wearing surgical masks.

Disporto, 40 and others protesting the mandates mingled with members of white nationalist groups like the Proud Boys as well as hardcore Trump supporters who boasted about their role in the Jan. 6 Capitol uprising. Some flew the Confederate flag or signs reading “Fuck Biden.” Supporters of QAnon conspiracy theories which cast Trump as a savior figure and elite Democrats as Satanist pedophils and cannibals camped alongside people calling for citizen’s arrests of Biden and top U.S infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Many expressed support for the theory that COVID mandates and efforts to curb disinformation are the first steps in a plan by “globalists” to impose an oppressive government.

Disporto and her husband Paul said they felt united with a group of believers in opposing mandates that they believe are taking away their freedom –and jobs.

Disporto said with a smile as she pulled her jacket close against a cold wind at their campsite. “This is America – I should be able to pursue what I love.”

When the convoy left for California, they joined it.

“IT IS DIFFICULT TO KNOW WHO TO BELIEVE,” as the saying goes, ‘…but you just never know”.

An offshoot of a truckers’ protest in Canada, this convoy set up camp at the racetrack after traveling cross-county. Leaders addressed the crowd from a trailer bed and organized daily rides into Washington state – 70 miles south.

Over time, however, the number of participants diminished – but the convoy is far from being abandoned, its organizers declared. About 100 vehicles are now heading back to California for an April 10 protest in Los Angeles against various proposals designed to contain the pandemic. On Friday afternoon, they caravanned from North Carolina to Greenbrier Racetrack campground site in Tennessee for another stop along their journey.

Mike Landis, co-organizer of the protest in DC, declared on Friday: “Nobody ever said we’d given up on our mission here,” he continued. “We are still committed.” He continued: “We won’t stop until we achieve success.”

This protest serves to highlight the rise of an alternative media system dominated by live streamers and right-wing commentators.

Traditional media largely painted the convoy as angry protests with no clear agenda, while right-wing outlets framed it as a rallying point for Americans who believe media and government are lying to them about COVID-19, vaccines and the 2020 election results – and who are frustrated that tech companies ignore such opinions as disinformation.

Kecia Pettey of Annapolis, Maryland, said her 30-year career as a flight attendant came to an end due to her refusal to wear a mask.

She donned a pink “Trump 2024” hat and displayed a sign outside her Jeep depicting Fauci with a Hitler mustache. Believing Trump had won the 2020 election, she gets her news from right-wing streamers like Newsmax and One America News — networks known for providing platforms to vaccine skeptics and false theories that Trump won the election.

“It can be hard to know who to trust when it comes to mainstream sources,” she lamented.

Caroline Orr Bueno, a researcher at the University of Maryland who studies right-wing movements, noted that while the convoy’s lack of progress on policy objectives hasn’t dampened its supporters’ enthusiasm online who have long since stopped paying attention to mainstream news coverage.

“They feel their voices are being silenced and the media ignores them,” she said. “That feeds into that sense of grievance which fuels much of what they’re doing.”

Since its start, the convoy has also created its own media system: nearly two dozen live streamers embedded with it documenting morning meetings, speeches and the everyday life at the campground while asking their supporters for donations. At least a dozen are still with us on our journey to California – one trucker named Stan Sasnak boasts 127,000 YouTube subscribers!

Chuck Jones of Indianapolis said as his wife Jennifer grilled hot dogs over a wood fire in Hagerstown that he has been following the protest since it began in Canada. “You show me live footage, then I’m convinced,” Jones said. “That way I know you’re not telling me a story.”

Brian Brase, another co-organizer of the convoy, noted the significance of live streaming in their movement today. “Live streamers are showing us the real story,” he said in an interview. “People will only pay attention to these individuals moving forward.”

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After 2years Dating Anna Osceola Engaged With Jon Hamm “The Mad Men Costars”



After Years of relationship, Jon Hamm and Anna Osceola Are Engaged!  It’s been quite the journey for these two, but finally their engagement is official!

The Mad Men costars first met on the set of AMC series in 2015 and began dating by 2020. Since then, they’ve  seen out for meals, playing tennis and having fun at the beach. In September 2021 they even took a romantic trip to Italy together.

Hamm and Osceola made their official red carpet debut at the Oscars afterparty in March 2022, and since have  seen at numerous other high-profile events. On the Howard Stern Show in September 2022, Hamm openly discussed his relationship with Osceola – even hinting that they may get marry one day.

When Anna Osceola Engaged With Jon Hamm?

Since they recently announced their engagement, the exact wedding date remains uncertain. We can expect them to tie the knot sometime in 2023, though an exact date hasn’t disclosed. We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled over the coming months to see if they share any further updates.

Hamm and Osceola have been dating for two years, though they kept most of their relationship under wraps. They  only photographed together at red-carpet events.

Love is in the air! It appears Mad Men brought more than fame and fortune to its star cast. Rumors have  swirling around Hollywood for some time now that show lead actor Jon Hamm engaged to former co-star Anna Osceola. Although neither have made an official statement yet, People Magazine confirmed the news yesterday.

But that’s not all we’re interested in. Many fans have been curious about Osceola’s role on Mad Men, and now we know! She played Clementine – a receptionist at a spiritual retreat where Jon Hamm’s character Don Draper attended.


Hamm and Osceola first met on the sets of Mad Men in 2015, while she  still engaged to Jennifer Westfeldt. Following its end, they reportedly kept up with each other’s activities; they seen buying coffee together in 2017. But it didn’t until May 2020 when they photographed together on a beach that rumors about their relationship began to circulate.

Since then, they’ve  seen at various events and parties, such as the Vanity Fair Oscars party this year. On Howard Stern’s show earlier this year, Hamm described their relationship as “comfortable” and hinted at a potential marriage and children.

Before dating Osceola, Hamm was in a long-term relationship with Westfeldt but they ended it amicably. Reports indicate their split caused by Jon’s substance abuse issues and frequent partying.

Anna Osceola is a Massachusetts native who moved to California to pursue an acting career. According to her IMDb profile, she has appeared on shows such as Greek, NCIS and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. We cannot wait to learn more about Hamm and Osceola’s engagement, and we wish them every happiness in the world!

A short Bio of Anna Osceola

Anna Osceola, 34 years old, had a small role in Mad Men’s final episode as the receptionist at Esalen – the spiritual retreat attended by Jon Hamm’s character (Don Draper). Beyond her acting career, little else is known about her beyond what has published online or on TV shows like Confess, Fletch and I’m Not Here; plus some appearances on movies and shows such as Narcos: Mexico.


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Everthings About Shawn Mendes & Sabrina Carpenter Dating Real Or Rumor?



Shawn Mendes & Sabrina Carpenter

Hello guys here we will know all about dating of Shawn Mendes & Sabrina Carpenter Real Or Rumor Now days fans are searching more about Sabrina Carpenter many of followers wanted to know Are Shawn Mendes and Sabrina Carpenter, in love? On Monday morning, Grammy nominee, 24, and “Nonsense” singer-songwriter, 23, were seen taking a spotted together in Los Angeles.

This outing only fuels romance rumors after celebrity gossip site Deuxmoi recently shared a tip suggesting the couple was dating. Reps for Shawn Mendes and Carpenter have yet to provide a statement.

Mendes, who recently revealed his decision to cancel his tour due to “the emotional strain,”  previously linked with singer-songwriter Camila Cabello. They began dating soon after the June 2019 release of his single “Senorita.”

They remained together throughout the pandemic, quarantined together in Miami and adopting a dog named Tarzan. On November 17, 2021 they issued joint statements via Instagram announcing their separation.

“Hi guys,” read a statement from us. “While we have decided to end our romantic relationship, our love for one another as human beings remains strong,” it added. “We started this journey together as best friends and will remain so.”

“We are so appreciative of your support from the beginning and look forward to continuing this journey with Camila and Shawn,” read the statement.

Previously, Sabrina Carpenter  linked to High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett. Dating rumors swirled during the summer of 2020, however when Olivia Rodrigo released her hit single “Driver’s License,” many fans speculated she was actually Carpenter referring to as the “blonde girl” in her lyrics.

Sabrina Carpenter and Bassett never officially confirmed their relationship, but they have frequently discussed each other in interviews. In July 2022, Carpenter released her fifth studio album Emails I Can’t Send which detailed the love and heartbreak she experienced over the past two years as well as the online scrutiny she endured.


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Earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan claims the lives of at least 12 people



Earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan

At least 12 people died and more than 200 were injured when a powerful earthquake shook parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The 6.5-magnitude earthquake that rocked Nepal caused destruction to buildings, caused landslides, and sent people fleeing into the streets.

On Tuesday evening, an earthquake hit a mountainous region in Afghanistan’s northeast near the border with Pakistan.

From Jurm Valley in China, earthquakes could be felt as far away as India.

“It was an absolutely terrifying tremor,” Kabul resident Khatera told AFP news agency after fleeing her fifth-floor apartment.

Nine of the confirmed deaths occurred in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

According to Afghanistan’s health ministry spokesman, three more people were tragically lost in Laghman province near Pakistan’s border. One child was among them, AFP reported.

Many families had been away from their homes celebrating the Persian New Year or Nowruz when the Earthquake in Pakistan and Afghanistan struck.

Emergency workers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa reported to AFP that the damage found so far had been less than anticipated.

However, the remoteness and rugged terrain of affected areas could potentially hinder relief and rescue operations.

Many in the affected regions braved near-freezing temperatures to sleep outside after the earthquake, fearing possible aftershocks. Some had fled their homes barefoot when they felt the shaking.

Islamabad, Pakistan saw the evacuation of a multi-story residential block after huge cracks appeared in its structure.

Phone lines have been disrupted, and in Pakistan, the highway in the Swat area has been blocked due to landslides.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has instructed disaster agencies to take immediate measures for people’s relief.

According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, earthquakes were felt across a 1,000 km area that includes India, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan.

Earthquakes are more likely to occur here due to their location at the intersection of the Eurasian and Indian tectonic plates.

In June 2013, more than 1,000 people died when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan’s Paktika province – the country’s deadliest earthquake in nearly 25 years.

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