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Top Researchers Are Calling For A Real Investigation Into The Origin Of Covid-19

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A group of prominent biologists say there needs to be a “safe space” for asking whether the coronavirus came out of a lab.

A year ago, the idea that the covid-19 pandemic could have been caused by a laboratory accident was denounced as a conspiracy theory by the world’s leading journals, scientists, and news organizations. But the origin of the virus that has killed millions remains a mystery, and the chance that it came from a lab has become the theory that cannot be put to rest.

Now, in a letter in the journal Science, 18 prominent biologists—including the world’s foremost coronavirus researcher—are lending their weight to calls for a new investigation of all possible origins of the virus, and calling on China’s laboratories and agencies to “open their records” to independent analysis.

“We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data,” the scientists write.

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Pentagon Withdraws 120 US Troops From Israel

The Department of Defense confirmed it is pulling 120 troops from Israel amid a flare-up in tensions between Jerusalem and designated terrorist groups in Gaza. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby told reporters that U.S. Central Command and U.S. European Command staff flew on a C-17 military plane from Israel and arrived at Germany’s Ramstein Air Base on Thursday. “We made this decision to remove these individuals in coordination with our Israeli counterparts,” Kirby said, adding that the military staff “were in Israel for a routine planning event” before the fighting escalated. The move was done as a precaution, Kirby said. Israel carried out a number of airstrikes on targets in Gaza in recent days, including hitting buildings that were reportedly being used by Hamas—the group that rules over Gaza and was designated as a terrorist group by the State Department in 1997. The airstrikes were in response to Hamas and other groups …

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Roger Waters, Sitting by Poster Comparing America to Nazis, Trashes Israel

Former Pink Floyd frontman Rogers Waters used a poster linking America and Nazism as a backdrop during an interview with RT on Friday.

Waters spoke with RT — formerly known as Russia Today, a English-lnguage news media outlet run by the Russian government — about ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestinians.

The poster had the message “USSA,” with the two ses, referring to the Nazi Germany’s Schutzstaffel paramilitary, commonly referred to with the acronym “SS.” Waters joined RT remotely from his apartment in New York City.

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Biden’s overtures to Iran undercut US bid to end Hamas-Israel conflict

With rockets flying and violence escalating in the Gaza Strip, the Biden administration announced Wednesday that it dispatched Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Hady Amr to the region, in an effort to broker calm between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas. The likelihood of a successful mission is low. But that’s not Amr’s fault; it’s President Joe Biden’s. His Middle East foreign policy is simply out of sync with this mission.

In past conflicts, senior American officials often found ways to steer both sides to a ceasefire, even when Israel wasn’t quite satisfied with the results on the battlefield. But Jerusalem always acquiesced to Washington in the end, out of deference to the close ties between the two nations.

Given America’s foreign policy these days, it’s not clear how that will fly. Israeli officials are not exactly eager to hear America’s view of Iranian-backed terrorists like Hamas. Tensions are at a zenith, thanks to the Biden administration’s stubborn insistence that now is the time to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action — the flawed 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.

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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas

Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 14, 2021.
Palestinians inspect their destroyed houses following overnight Israeli airstrikes in town of Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip, Friday, May 14, 2021. | AP

Militaries around the world have long used deception and trickery against their enemies.

JERUSALEM — Early Friday, just after midnight, the Israeli military put out an ominous statement to the media: “IDF air and ground troops are currently attacking in the Gaza Strip.”

The terse statement set off frenzied speculation that Israel had launched a ground invasion of Gaza — a much-feared scenario that would mark a bloody escalation of this week’s operation against Hamas militants. Some reporters were even told outright the incursion had begun.

Hours later, the military issued a “clarification.” There were no troops inside Gaza. But by then, several major news outlets had erroneously reported the ground offensive was under way.

While the army attempted to play down the incident as a misunderstanding, well-placed Israeli military commentators said the media had been used as part of an elaborate ruse to lure Hamas militants into a deadly trap that may have killed dozens of fighters.

“They didn’t lie,” said Or Heller, a veteran military correspondent on Israel’s Channel 13 TV. “It was a manipulation. It was smart and it was successful.” . . .

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Deadly Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Continues

Tensions between Israel and the Hamas terrorist group continue with no end in sight. On Friday, Israel bombed Gaza with artillery fire and airstrikes, and Hamas has fired almost 2,000 rockets at Israel in the last five days.

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Israeli Strike on Gaza Kills 10, Unrest Spreads to West Bank

Gaza City, Gaza Strip (AP) — An Israeli air raid in Gaza City killed at least 10 Palestinians, mostly children, early Saturday in the deadliest single strike since the battle with Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers erupted earlier this week. Both sides pressed for an advantage as cease-fire efforts gathered strength.

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Israel flattens media building in Gaza, destroying offices of Associated Press, other outlets

The Israeli military destroyed a Gaza building on Saturday containing the offices of several international media outlets including those of the Associated Press and Al Jazeera, both organizations confirmed following the strike.

The Israeli Defense Forces airstrike leveled Jala Tower in Gaza, flattening the building “that house[d] Al Jazeera and other international media outlets in Gaza City,” Al Jazeera said in a tweet on Saturday morning.

The Associated Press, meanwhile, confirmed in a news report that the building that had been destroyed “housed offices of The Associated Press and other media outlets.”

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Elections Have Consequences | With Biden & The Warmongers Back In Power, The Middle East Explodes

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More than 15,600 East Coast gas stations report out of fuel, after pipeline cyber attack

U.S. officials anticipate the gas situation will return to normal by the weekend.

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FARRELL: Democrats Have Decided Every Part Of Their Big Government Agenda Counts As Infrastructure

From Chris Farrell’s Op-Ed for The Daily Caller:

Wednesday’s White House summit with congressional leaders on the $2.3 trillion infrastructure bill, officially known as the American Jobs Plan, made little headway in forging bipartisan consensus. A large part of the problem is that President Biden and Congressional Democrats have decided that virtually any aspect of their big-government agenda can be redefined as infrastructure and tossed in the mix.

For example, fighting climate change is now part of infrastructure. The bill would fund a “Civilian Climate Corps,” a nod to the old Civilian Conservation Corps from the FDR era, which seeks to “put a new, diverse generation of Americans to work conserving our public lands and waters, bolstering community resilience, and advancing environmental justice.” In other words, it will spend billions to underwrite make-work jobs with full health benefits for environmental activists who can’t find gainful employment in the private sector. There are also $175 billion in subsidies for electric vehicles, which could very well be a replay of the Solyndra solar panels debacle. And throughout the bill are nods to promoting green best practices and “environmental justice,” whatever that is.

Education is now part of infrastructure. There is $100 billion devoted to public schools, on top of the $128 billion from the COVID-19 relief bill. A further $12 billion goes to community colleges, in addition to the planned $109 billion in the American Families Act to provide two years of tuition-free education. And other billions are devoted to reducing “racial and gender inequities” in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. . .

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Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

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Psaki: Teaching ‘1619 Project,’ Critical Race Theory in College is ‘Responsible’

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday said it is responsible for colleges to teach the idea that racism is embedded in the American system, dismissing criticism that such teaching aims at indoctrinating American youth. . . .

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Covid UK: SAGE says Indian variant could lead to 1,000 deaths and 10k hospital admissions a day

SAGE says it’s a ‘realistic possibility’ the Indian variant is 50% MORE infectious than dominant Kent strain and could lead to 1,000 Covid deaths and 10,000 hospital admissions a day by summer

  • SAGE model warns that up to 10,000 people per day could be hospitalised in summer in worst-case scenario
  • But scientists are optimistic vaccines will work against the strain and still no evidence it is more dangerous
  • Public Health England report showed cases in the UK more than doubled in a week from 520 to 1,313
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‘Foot soldiers’ of Birmingham to BLM: ‘Keep on keeping on’

Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a column of demonstrators as they attempt to march on Birmingham, Ala., city hall April 12, 1963. Police intercepted the group short of their goal. Rev. Jonathan McPherson, shown in a coat and tie two people behind King, in 2021 is urging protesters against racial injustice to “keep on keeping on.”
Rev. Ralph Abernathy, left, and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. lead a column of demonstrators as they attempt to march on Birmingham, Ala., city hall April 12, 1963. Police intercepted the group short of their goal. Rev. Jonathan McPherson, shown in a coat and tie two people behind King, in 2021 is urging protesters against racial injustice to “keep on keeping on.” | AP

Veterans of the campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead to eradicate racial segregation in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago remain firmly in the corner of racial justice now that they’re old and gray.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Charles Avery had barely started marching when police arrested him, forced him into a police vehicle and took him to jail for participating in landmark civil rights protests that helped change the nation in 1963. He spent days in custody and then lived decades haunted by a conviction for the most innocuous of offenses — parading without a permit — that he saw as noble yet others questioned with suspicion.

“I had to explain what it was, that it was from Birmingham,” said Avery, 76. “It always came up.”

Yet Avery said he’d do it again all these years later, and he has a message for the thousands of demonstrators who have been arrested nationwide during the months-long uprising over police violence and racism: Keep going. A lifelong mark in the name of justice is worth the trouble.

Veterans of the campaign that the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. helped lead to eradicate racial segregation in Birmingham nearly 60 years ago remain firmly in the corner of racial justice now that they’re old and gray, with some joining in protests that followed George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police last year and others watching at home on TV.

Nonviolence was King’s way, and some are put off by scenes of burning buildings and rioting that accompanied some protests, including one in Birmingham. But foot soldiers who first advocated for the idea that Black lives matter decades ago now support the movement of the same name; The Associated Press interviewed some of them ahead of an online commemoration of the ‘63 Children’s Crusade protests held Friday that focused on challenges facing young people today. . .

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Democrats Press Forward to Create a Commission on the Capitol Riot

House Democrats are pressing forward with a bipartisan proposal to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, after reaching agreement with a key Republican to drop his party’s demand to look into left-wing violence at racial justice protests.

The deal announced on Friday between Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi and the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, and Representative John Katko of New York, the panel’s senior Republican, could break a partisan logjam that has persisted for months around the commission.

It was not clear whether Republican leaders would support it after insisting that any investigation into the deadly riot at the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob also look at violence by Antifa and Black Lives Matter. Representative Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the minority leader, said shortly after the announcement that he had not signed off on the plan and still needed to review its details.

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Mosques disappear as China strives to ‘build a beautiful Xinjiang’

In recent months, China has stepped up a campaign on state media and with government-arranged tours to counter reports that say thousands of mosques have been targeted in a crackdown on the region’s mostly Muslim Uighur people.

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A Look Back, November 20, 2020 | “Rep. Devin Nunes on the Election: ‘Biden Team Is Putting on a Facade That They’ve Won’ | American Thought Leaders” | Video: 36 Minutes 27 Seconds

Big tech and corporate media played an outsized role in the 2020 election, says California Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes. And based on how the Biden team is responding to evidence of election irregularities and potential fraud, former Vice President Biden does not seem confident in victory, Nunes says (November 20, 2020).

[This is part of the Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders” excellent ongoing discussions on important issues. Epoch TV]

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BREAKING: Trump Responds To 17.5% Ballot Discrepancy In Arizona, Claim That Biden Likely ‘Did Not Win’ The State

President Donald Trump issued a statement after it was reported that up to 17.5% of the ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona do not match the totals provided to auditors by the Maricopa County election officials. In the statement, President Trump slammed the election as “corrupt” and from the “third world.”

“A devastating letter written by Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on voting irregularities, and probably fraud, in Maricopa County during the 2020 Presidential Election. Even the database was illegally deleted after the subpoena to produce the information,” wrote President Trump, referring to the letter where it was revealed that there was a 17.5% discrepancy in the number of ballots provided versus the number of ballots listed in at least one instance. “Senate President Fann has invited Maricopa County officials to a public hearing on May 18 to allow them the opportunity to try to explain what happened to the missing databases, ballots, and other significant issues.”

President Trump added, “The Fake News and Lamestream Media is doing everything they can not to cover this major story. They just refuse to talk or report about it. They don’t want the United States or World to see what is going on with our corrupt, third world election.” President Trump also added a link to the letter written by Senate President Karen Fann.

As National File reported, this nearly-20% gap is far beyond what the Federal Elections Commission legally allows. According to political strategist Boris Ephsteyn, “It’s absolutely mind boggling, anything above a tiny fraction of a percentage is unacceptable, by the way, unacceptable according to the Federal Elections Commission.”

“We now know why the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have been fighting this subpoena so hard, why Perkins Coie has come in, why the Democrats are pushing back, why you’ve got mainstream media melting down,” he explained, “Because they’re hiding this. They’re hiding the disaster in which they handled this election, and likely, the fact that Joe Biden did not win in Arizona.” (READ MORE: Mark Kelly Hires Perkins Coie To Sue National File, Here’s How You Can Help)

President Trump also referred to the directory full of election databases deleted by Maricopa County officials, while under subpoena, only days before the electronic equipment was delivered to the Arizona auditors. The official Maricopa Arizona Audit Twitter account, controlled by former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, said this constitutes “spoliation of evidence.”

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Jim and Joe Hoft React to Criminal Destroying of Voting Machine Evidence in AZ | Video: 11 Minutes 10 Seconds

Jim and Joe Hoft, of the Gateway Pundit, react to the bombshell breaking news out of Maricopa County.

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Wisconsin Gov. rips Sidney Powell’s lawsuit filled with factual errors in court filing

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) lambasted former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell in court filings on Wednesday, stating that the attorney filed a suit with factual errors. The state of Wisconsi…

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Two climbers, an American and a Swiss, die from exhaustion in first fatalities on Everest this year

Puwei Lui, 55, from the US, and Abdul Waraich, 41, (pictured) from Switzerland, collapsed while descending the slopes of the mountain on Wednesday, hiking company officials said.

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Over 15,000 Gas Stations Out of Fuel Nationwide

Gas shortages eased slightly overnight in some states but worsened in others as Colonial Pipeline works to bring one of the nation’s major fuel conduits back online. More stations were out of gas in Florida, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Mississippi early Thursday compared to Wednesday night, according to GasBuddy. In Florida, 30 percent of […]

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Rep. Liz Cheney Leaves Door Open for 2024 Presidential Run, Won’t Leave GOP

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), after she was ousted from her House Republican leadership position, said Thursday that she won’t leave the GOP and did not rule out running for president. In an interview with “Today,” Cheney, now the former House Republican Conference chair, was asked several times about whether she wants to run for president in 2024 to prevent former President Donald Trump from winning the presidency again. “I’m going do everything that I can—both to make sure that that never happens, but also to make sure that the Republican Party gets back to substance and policy,” Cheney said, adding that she will “absolutely” again run for Wyoming’s lone House seat in 2022. Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, also said that she will not leave the Republican Party. House Republicans in a Wednesday morning voice vote stripped Cheney of her position following her repeated public criticism …

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BREAKING: Maricopa County Elections Officials DELETED ENTIRE DATABASE from Voting Machines – Including “All Election Information” from Main Database

Last week, the Gateway Pundit reported about the emergency meeting that was called by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, after the County was reportedly unable to provide passwords to the auditors performing an audit of the county’s 2020 Election results.  They also did not provide access to the routers which were requested in the audit as well.

This afternoon, it was discovered that “the entire database” for the 2020 General election, showing the “Results Tally and Reporting,” has been deleted!

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‘American Idol’ finalist Caleb Kennedy out after KKK-themed video surfaces

“American Idol” top-five finalist Caleb Kennedy has left the show after a video surfaced showing him next to someone wearing what appears to be a Ku Klux Klan hood.

A representative for the show confirmed to The Post that Kennedy will no longer be moving forward in the competition.

The singer, 16, posted a statement about his departure on Instagram Wednesday.

“Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on ‘American Idol,’” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

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Over A Year Into The Pandemic, Politicians Are Still Getting Caught Ignoring Their Own COVID Restrictions

  • Many lawmakers who have ordered or urged citizens not to leave their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic have not followed their own advice.
  • Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, for example, repeatedly implored residents not to travel but ignored her own advice, attended President Joe Biden’s inauguration, and visited her father.
  • “Like a lot of children of parents who have health issues or relative who have health issues, I showed up when I was needed,” she said Wednesday. “I did a lot of cooking, a lot of cleaning.”
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Former Ellen producer SLAMS DeGeneres for ‘duping fans into believing she’s a nice person’

A producer who worked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show has come out swinging against her former employer – after the talk show host, 63, announced on Wednesday she was ending her program after 19 seasons.

Award-winning producer Hedda Muskat said DeGeneres’ show was destined for failure because she’d misled her fans into believing she was a ‘nice person’.

‘The viewers have spoken. Her ratings have been in the toilet for a long, long time now, her show has not been fun, it has not been interesting,’ Ms Muskat said on Australian breakfast show Sunrise.

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Facebook board upholds Trump suspension

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — for now.

The social network’s quasi-independent Oversight Board voted to uphold his ban from the platform after his account was suspended four months ago for inciting violence that led to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

While uploading the suspension, the board faulted Facebook for the way it made the decision.

“It was not appropriate for Facebook to impose the indeterminate and standardless penalty of indefinite suspension,” it said.

The board says Facebook has six months to reexamine the “arbitrary penalty” it imposed on Jan. 7 and decide on another penalty that reflects the “gravity of the violation and the prospect of future harm.”

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Robert Downey Junior Discusses The Movie Tropic Thunder | Video: 10 Minutes 54 Seconds

On the Joe Rogan Show, Robert Downey, Jr. discusses whether or not Tropic Thunder could be made today.

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Medical Racism: The New Apartheid | Video: 3 Minutes 38 Seconds

Medical Racism: The New Apartheid – From post-Civil War era and the Tuskegee Experiment to the present, explore the medical experimentation on Blacks in this unprecedented journey to unearth the truth.

View The Documentary Here.

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Biden Admin To Resume Construction On Border Wall Amid Crisis

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will resume construction on part of the border wall in the Rio Grande, according to Fox News.

Construction is set to resume on a 13.4 mile stretch of border wall after complaints from local residents and politicians, according to the report.

USACE announced it has “resumed DHS-funded design & construction support on approx. 13.4 miles of levee in the Rio Grande Valley that were partially excavated or at various levels of construction when work on the wall was paused for review.”

The statement said USACE had started work to repair the Rio Grande Valley’s flood levee, but “this remediation work will not involve expanding border barrier.”

The Biden administration had previously halted the border wall construction in January, saying the wall was “not a serious policy solution.”

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San Diego Sector Border Patrol has apprehended dozens of sex offenders so far in fiscal year 2021

San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents have arrested more than three dozen sex offenders so far during fiscal year 2021.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that authorities apprehended a man on Sunday and discovered via records checks that “the Mexican national had been previously convicted of Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree by Forceable Compulsion.” The individual was a registered sex offender in the state of New York.

He was subsequently removed to Mexico, according to CBP.

“This year there has been an alarming uptrend in the apprehension of convicted sex offenders,” U.S. Border Patrol San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said. “Thankfully, our agents are continually on the alert for bad actors who attempt to cross the border illegally.”

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Santa Clara U. President Resigns After Inappropriate Behavior, Officials Say

A Jesuit priest who delivered the homily at a Mass for the inauguration of President Biden has resigned as the president of Santa Clara University after he engaged in inappropriate behavior, university officials said on Wednesday.

An investigation by the Jesuits West Province found that the priest, the Rev. Kevin O’Brien, “engaged in behaviors, consisting primarily of conversations, during a series of informal dinners with Jesuit graduate students that were inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries,” the chairman of the university’s board of trustees said in a statement to the university community.

“The Province also advised the Board that alcohol was involved and that no inappropriate behavior was found in any settings outside of these dinners,” the statement said.

The statement, which did not elaborate further on the behavior, said that Father O’Brien, who had been placed on leave in March, notified the board of trustees that he was resigning on Sunday, and that the board accepted his resignation on Monday.

“The Board of Trustees takes this situation very seriously and fully supports those who came forward to provide their accounts,” said the statement from the board chairman, John M. Sobrato.

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Children could soon get a COVID vaccine after Maryland kids pave way in trial

Eight-year-old Christian Mugera went first, extending his arm for a blood draw and then a needle stick for a dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. His brother, 11-year-old Gerald, wanted to follow, but staff struggled to get a blood sample.

Their father, Dr. Charles Mugera, called them stoic in their potential contribution to science, as they were among the first scheduled to participate in a trial at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. The study is assessing the safety and efficacy of the Moderna vaccine in young children.

“We did explain to them about the trial,” Mugera said. “But more importantly for them, they think getting the vaccine will bring life back to normal. That’s more convincing for them. They know they get to go to school and see their friends.” While Christian got a shot Tuesday, Gerald wasn’t able to because the staff never could obtain his blood sample. That’s needed to test participants for antibodies.

Scientists running the trial say it’s important both that individual kids and society are protected. Children are the last and potentially pivotal group in the vaccination effort to end the pandemic.

“Without children, we are unlikely to have enough people vaccinated to completely turn the epidemic,” said Dr. James Campbell, a pediatric infectious disease specialist in the medical school and the site’s principal investigator.

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Cryptocurrency market tanks after Tesla suspends bitcoin transactions

The global cryptocurrency market lost hundreds of billions of dollars in value after Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his company was suspending the use of bitcoin for vehicle purchases, a report said.

Musk made the announcement via tweet just after 6 p.m. Wednesday, at which point the entire cryptocurrency market was valued at about $2.43 trillion, CNBC reported, citing data from Coinmarketcap.com.

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Arizona Adopts Election Reform Bill That Stops Some Voters from Automatically Receiving Absentee Ballots

by Andrew Trunsky

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed an election reform bill Tuesday that could stop thousands of voters from automatically receiving an absentee ballot ahead of an upcoming election.

SB 1485 would remove voters who have not participated in Arizona’s last four elections from its permanent early voting list, which allows them to automatically receive absentee ballots ahead of elections. Partisan primaries are included as separate elections, meaning that a voter could be removed if they fail to vote back-to-back election cycles, but they must also first fail to respond to mail notices alerting them.

“Arizona is a national leader when it comes to election integrity and access to the ballot box, and today I signed #SB1485 to continue that legacy,” Ducey wrote on Twitter after signing the bill.

Voters are barred from removal until 2025, meaning that those on the roles will remain through the next two electoral cycles. The bill passed the state Senate earlier Tuesday on a 16-14 party-line vote.

Critics say that the bill could remove over 125,000 voters, a disproportionate share of whom are Latino.

The bill faced a rocky journey through Arizona’s Republican-controlled state legislature. After passing in the Senate and amended before passing the House, it temporarily stalled when the Senate was set to pass the amended version due to a controversial audit of the 2020 election that had begun in the state, but ultimately passed.

The GOP-backed audit of the state’s mail-in ballots follows multiple reviews that found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state, which President Joe Biden narrowly won.

The audit has alarmed both Arizona election officials and the Department of Justice, which has suggested that it may violate federal election laws.

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Schools ditch student mask requirements in growing numbers

As a lengthy, bitter fight over mask requirements for students neared its conclusion, the chairperson of a Florida school board announced that she would agree to lift a mandate that had been in place since September even though she preferred leaving it in place until the end of the academic year. Parents hurled insults in response.

“Communist! Democrat!,” opponents of making children wear masks in school shouted as board chair Wei Ueberschaer and the district superintendent explained at a May 3 meeting that they still considered masks advisable. “This is Santa Rosa County, America, not China!”

Moments later, the Santa Rosa school board voted unanimously to make masks optional for all grades effective immediately, joining dozens of other U.S, communities in declaring that masks were or would soon no longer be mandatory for students.

The debates have been emotional and highly divisive around the country, in some cases leading to the involvement of police. A few beleaguered school boards, caught between the demands of anti-mask parents and the appeals of employee unions, eliminated student mask rules only to reverse or revise the decisions. Where many see a continued need to protect children who aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, opponents argue that masks make students uncomfortable and mandates impinge on freedom.

“The mask is a personal choice, and I wore it at the beginning, but I just decided that it wasn’t about the mask anymore,” said Cynthia Licharowicz, a Milton, Florida, parent who opposed Santa Rosa County’s rule. “So I decided to take it off, and I wanted my child to have the same choice.” . . .

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MSNBC’s Melber: Cheney Ouster All to Appease the ‘Deceitful Vanity’ of ‘One Blogger in Florida’

MSNBC anchor Ari Melber said Wednesday on his show “The Beat” that the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) from Republican House leadership was “all to appease one blogger in Florida,” referencing former President Donald Trump.

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124 Retired Generals Warn of Marxist Threat

More than 100 retired military leaders are warning about the threat of Marxism and socialism. They say today’s fight to preserve the constitutional republic of the United States is unlike any other since its founding in 1776.

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Detroit on use of Zuckerberg’s CTCL election funding: ‘We have created a new normal’

The Department of Elections reported that what it was most proud of in its allocation of its $7.4 million grant was that it “allowed us to hire more quality staff because we were able to pay them more.”

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Dominion Worker Drops Newsmax From Lawsuit After Network Apologizes for Allegations

A Dominion Voting Systems worker has dropped a lawsuit against Newsmax after the broadcaster apologized to him for allegations it said were unfounded. Newsmax apologized to Eric Coomer, Dominion’s director of product strategy and security, for covering claims by lawyers for former President Donald Trump and others that he “played a role in manipulating Dominion voting machines, Dominion voting software, and the final vote counts in the 2020 presidential election.” “Newsmax subsequently found no evidence that such allegations were true,” the company said in a statement. “Newsmax has found no evidence that Dr. Coomer interfered with Dominion voting machines or voting software in any way, nor that Dr. Coomer ever claimed to have done so. Nor has Newsmax found any evidence that Dr. Coomer ever participated in any conversation with members of ‘Antifa,’ nor that he was directly involved with any partisan political organization.” “We would like to apologize for …

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Man convicted of consensual gay sex in the ’90s doesn’t have to register as sex offender: judge

A man convicted of consensual gay sex in the ’90s doesn’t have to register as a sex offender in Montana, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Randall Menges was arrested as a teenager in 1993 and did seven years behind bars in Idaho for violating the state’s “crimes against nature” law.

Today, Menges couldn’t be arrested for his sexual activity but was still required to register as a sex offender in Montana.

“None of the governmental interests in maintaining a sexual offender registry are served by Menges’ inclusion,” US District Judge Dana Christensen wrote.

Menges must now be removed from the registry by May 21, and the judge ordered to clear records that say he was ever subject to registration.

“I guess I’m just grateful, honestly, that the judge actually listened and was fair because for the last few years of my life … I don’t feel like anything’s been fair,” Menges said Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

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The real steal is coming

Republican leaders are poised to remove Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyoming, as House Republican Conference chair, for daring to speak the truth that Donald Trump did not win the 2020 presidential election. | AP Photos

The substitution of Rep. Elise Stefanik for Rep. Liz Cheney is an alarm, signaling that the Republican Party no longer will be bound by law or custom.

War is peace.

Freedom is slavery.

Ignorance is strength. — George Orwell, “1984”

Welcome to the funhouse world the Republican Party is building. Up is down. Black is white. Lies are truth.

The great cause that Republicans are uniting around is “election integrity.” That’s rich. The reality is that somebody did attempt to steal the 2020 election — Donald Trump. During the days and weeks following his loss, he brayed endlessly that the outcome was fraudulent, laying the groundwork for an attempt to overturn the voters’ will.

From the White House, he made multiple calls to local election officials demanding that they find votes for him. He dialed up members of local canvassing boards, encouraging them to decertify results.

At a time when Trump’s toadies were calling for legislatures to ignore the popular vote and submit alternate slates of electoral college votes, he engaged in flagrant election interference by inviting seven Michigan state legislators, including the leaders of the house and senate, to the White House on Nov. 20. What did they discuss? You can surmise from their statement issued after the meeting: “We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan’s electors…”

Trump phoned a Georgia elections investigator who was conducting a signature audit in Cobb County and asked her to find the “dishonesty.” If she did, he promised, “you’ll be praised. … You have the most important job in the country right now.”

The then-president phoned Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger 18 times. When he finally got through, he wove a tangled theory of voting irregularities that crescendoed to a naked plea to falsify Georgia’s vote: “So what are we going to do here, folks? I only need 11,000 votes. Fellas, I need 11,000 votes.”

Trump entertained ideas such as declaring martial law, seizing the nation’s voting machines and letting the military “rerun” the election. He turned loose his Kraken-conspiracy nuts and his pillow man to spread lies about Dominion Voting Systems, Black-run cities like Philadelphia and Chinese bamboo ballots.

The Trump campaign and its allies filed more than 60 lawsuits challenging election procedures and lost all but one. Pennsylvania was found to have erred in extending the period to fix errors on mail-in ballots. The case was a matter of three days and a small number of votes that would not have changed Pennsylvania’s outcome.

And then came the ultimate attack on election integrity — the violent attack on the Capitol and on members of Congress and the vice president as they were fulfilling their constitutional duties.

Leaving no doubt about his intentions for the riot, Trump told a crowd in February that the only thing that prevented the violent mob from successfully hijacking the official tally of the Electoral College votes was the “cowardice” of Mike Pence.

Today, we stand on the precipice of the House Republican conference ratifying this attempt to subvert American democracy. They are poised to punish Liz Cheney for saying this simple truth: “The 2020 presidential election was not stolen. Anyone who claims it was is spreading THE BIG LIE, turning their back on the rule of law, and poisoning our democratic system.” In her place, they will elevate Elise Stefanik, whose claim to leadership consists entirely of her operatic Trump followership.

Let’s be clear: The substitution of Stefanik for Cheney is a tocsin, signaling that the Republican Party will no longer be bound by law or custom. In 2020, many Republican officeholders, including the otherwise invertebrate Pence, held the line. They did not submit false slates of electors. They did not decertify votes. They did not “find” phantom fraud. But the party has been schooled since then. It has learned that the base — which is deluded by the likes of Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin — believes the lies and demands that Republicans fight.

As my colleague Amanda Carpenter put it, the 2024 mantra is going to be “Steal It Back.”

If Cheney must be axed because she will not lie, then what will happen if Republicans take control of Congress in 2022 and are called upon to certify the Electoral College in 2024? How many Raffenspergers will there be? How many will insist, as Pence did, that they must do what the Constitution demands? How many will preserve any semblance of the rule of law and the primacy of truth?

With this sabotage of Cheney, House Republicans are figuratively joining the Jan. 6 mob.

Mona Charen is policy editor of The Bulwark and host of the “Beg to Differ” podcast. Her most recent book is “Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense.”

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New survey of US Jews reveals worries, strengths, divisions

In this Tuesday, March 30, 2021 file photo, members of the Orthodox Jewish community walk past shipping containers in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.
In this Tuesday, March 30, 2021 file photo, members of the Orthodox Jewish community walk past shipping containers in the South Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. A comprehensive new survey of Jewish Americans finds them increasingly worried about antisemitism and sharply divided about the importance of religious observance in their lives. The wide-ranging survey, released on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, was conducted by the Pew Research Center. | AP

The survey of 4,178 Jewish Americans was conducted between November 2019 and June 2020 — long before the current escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, the findings reflected skepticism among U.S. Jews regarding that conflict — only one-third said the Israeli government was sincere in seeking peace; just 12% said Palestinian leaders were sincere in that regard.

A comprehensive new survey of Jewish Americans finds them increasingly worried about antisemitism, proud of their cultural heritage and sharply divided about the importance of religious observance in their lives.

The survey, released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, estimated the total Jewish population in the country at 7.5 million — about 2.3% of the national population.

The survey of 4,178 Jewish Americans was conducted between November 2019 and June 2020 — long before the current escalation of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. However, the findings reflected skepticism among U.S. Jews regarding that conflict — only one-third said the Israeli government was sincere in seeking peace; just 12% said Palestinian leaders were sincere in that regard.

Compared with Americans overall, Jewish Americans, on average, are older, have higher levels of education and income and are more geographically concentrated in the Northeast, according to Pew.

Yet even as the Jewish population is thriving in many ways, concerns about antisemitism rose amid the deadly attacks in 2018 and 2019 on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh; the Chabad of Poway synagogue in Poway, California; and a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Three-quarters of Jewish Americans say there is more antisemitism in the U.S. than five years ago, and 53% say they feel less safe. Jews who wear distinctive religious attire such as head coverings are particularly likely to feel less safe.

The impact of such worries on people’s behavior seems limited: Pew reported that the vast majority of American Jews — including those who feel less safe — say concern about antisemitism hasn’t deterred them from participating in Jewish observances and events.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union of Reform Judaism, said American Jews believe they are being singled out for attacks and vitriol, yet also see antisemitism as part of a broader national problem of bigotry and intolerance.

“We have to get a lid on the tolerance of intolerance in the United States,” he told The Associated Press. “Hatred and bigotry existed before five or six years ago, but in recent years it has become OK to do it in a very public, unrestrained way.”

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Don Lemon Begs Mother to Follow Science and … Take Off Her Mask

CNN is the recognized leader in Pandemic Panic Porn. Whenever you see someone having a meltdown over someone not wearing their mask good enough, the smart money is that person isn’t getting their info from BlazeTV. They’re getting it from the network with the bright purple death counter running 24/7. The network that shamed people who have even slightly challenged the official narrative. The network that based their editorial decisions on what would be worse for Trump. The same network who watches Fox News and complains about their pandemic coverage. That CNN.

So when Don Lemon goes on CNN and bashes his mother for still living in fear … c’mon son.

She chipped her tooth during the pandemic and she won’t go to the dentist. And I say, “Mom, you can go to the dentist, it’s safe.” Sanjay is going to do a house call on her because this is real, people are having trouble reemerging into society.

And if you are going to say during the entire pandemic and I am talking to you, mom and I’m talking to you my other friend – and I won’t say your name because she’ll get mad at me. If you are going to say I believe in the science and the scientists, then now on this side of the pandemic, then you must believe in the science and scientists as well.

Some of us have been maskless outside this whole time. Living in (mostly) silent judgment of those wearing them. I wonder where Don Lemon’s mom learned to live in such fear?

To be kinda fair to Lemon, Joe Biden doesn’t help. Whenever Americans start to show the slightest bit of hope, Biden puts on an extra mask and stands out in an empty field just to be spiteful. People like Don Lemon’s mother are just following the former vice-president’s example. We’re a news cycle away from Biden sending his aide to gather up every mask in a five-mile radius and sewing them together as a new suit. The virtue signaling is strong in Biden.

But people have been taught to live in constant fear for over a year. Any time anyone attempted to provide the slightest bit of hope, they were shut down. They were shut down on CNN and by people like Don Lemon. Instead of putting his mother on blast, he should take a look at the cryon under his smug face. Then take a look in the mirror.

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Schumer: ‘The big lie is spreading like a cancer’ among GOP

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) offered fiery criticism of Republicans on Tuesday for efforts around the country to tighten voter laws amid unproven claims made by former President Trump that the 2020 election was stolen.

Schumer, speaking at a Senate Rules Committee meeting on a sweeping elections overhaul bill, accused Republicans of trying to act upon the “big lie that the election was stolen” to “placate” and “please” Trump.

“Unfortunately, the big lie is spreading like a cancer among Republicans. It’s enveloping and consuming the Republican Party, in both houses of Congress,” Schumer said.

Schumer pointed to the likely ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) as House Republican Conference chair. Frustration with Cheney has boiled over among House Republicans after she’s pushed back against Trump’s false claim that the election was stolen.

“Liz Cheney spoke truth to power, and for that, she’s being fired,” Schumer said.

Schumer also criticized Republicans for not pushing back against state laws that add restrictions on the ability to vote.

“Every Republican in this room knows Joe Biden won the election fair and square. Every Republican knows that Donald Trump perpetrated the big lie. But the price of admission in today’s Republican Party is silence in the face of provable lies,” Schumer said.

The Senate Rules Committee is set to vote on a sweeping bill to overhaul elections that has divided Congress along party lines.

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To Many Americans It Seems Official: With Biden In Office The Same Old Warmongers Are Back In Power | The Middle East Continues To Fall Apart Without Trump Peace Policies

The following is from Rachael Bunyan For Mailonline.

Israel under fire: Terrifying footage shows Hamas rocket blow up a bus, yards from civilians, while other videos show dozens of Iron Dome missiles shooting down bombardment over Tel Aviv

  • Footage shows a bus erupting in flames in central city of Holon, near Tel Aviv
  • In other videos, Israel’s Iron Dome’s missiles can be seen lighting up the night sky in Tel Aviv as they shot down rockets fired by Hamas militants
  • Residents hid in their houses and under shelters as scores of rockets fired
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Who is Miles Taylor, author of the ‘Anonymous’ NYT op-ed on Trump?

Miles Taylor — who on Wednesday revealed himself to be the author of the infamous “anonymous” New York Times op-ed slamming the president — is a former Department of Homeland Security staffer campaigning against Trump’s re-election.

Between 2017 and his resignation in April 2019, Taylor, 33, worked in DHS, including as chief of staff for Kirstjen Nielsen, the former secretary of homeland security.

A lifelong Republican, Taylor went public with his criticism of Trump this summer, and in August released a video endorsing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in the 2020 election.

That month, he also penned a Washington Post op-ed, under his own name, claiming the US is less safe under Trump, who governs “based on “whim, political calculation and self-interest.”

In response, Trump called Taylor a “disgruntled employee” in a tweet.

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‘Rationals’ vs. ‘radicals’: Anti-Trump Republicans threaten third party

Over 100 former Republican officials will sign a letter on Thursday declaring that if the Republican Party does not break with former President Donald Trump and change course, they will back the creation of a third party.

The letter, headlined: “A Call For American Renewal,” is an exploratory move toward forming a breakaway party, two of its organizers said. The group is dismayed by what it says is a modern Republican Party driven by its allegiance to Trump, who continues to falsely claim the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“The Republican Party is broken. It’s time for a resistance of the ‘rationals’ against the ‘radicals,'” said Miles Taylor, one of the organizers. Taylor, while serving in the Trump White House, wrote an anonymous opinion piece in the New York Times in 2018 headlined: “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration.”

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UN Warns of ‘Full Scale War’ Between Israel, Palestinians After Residential Building Collapses

Israel carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza on Wednesday after Palestinian militants fired rockets into Tel Aviv and Beersheba, according to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), amid videos showing a 13-story residential tower collapsing in Gaza—while a United Nations envoy warned of a large-scale conflict erupting. “Terrorists in Gaza are firing a barrage of rockets into southern Israel,” the IDF wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning. In subsequent tweets, the IDF confirmed that it targeted a multitude of Hamas targets, including “Hamas squads operating anti-tank missiles” and posted a video when Israeli forces struck “a terrorist squad preparing to launch an explosive UAV from Gaza into Israel.” It continued, “We just struck a Hamas rocket launcher preparing to fire 10 rockets at Israeli families & homes in the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon. The IDF continues to thwart terrorist squads and rocket fire from Gaza.” Gaza officials told the Reuters …

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Oops! | “Seychelles brings back curbs despite vaccination success”

The Seychelles, which has fully vaccinated over 60% of its population against Covid-19, is bringing back restrictions amid a rise in cases.

The archipelago of nearly 100,000 people recorded close to 500 new cases in the three days to 1 May and has about 1,000 active cases.

A third of the active cases involved people who had had two vaccine doses, the country’s news agency said.

The rest had either had a single dose or were unvaccinated.

Schools have been closed and sports activities cancelled for two weeks. Bars, restaurants and shops are to close early and some gatherings have been banned.

“Despite all the exceptional efforts we are making, the Covid-19 situation in our country is critical right now with many daily cases reported last week,” Health Minister Peggy Vidot told a press conference on Tuesday.

More than four-fifths of the active cases were among Seychellois people, with the remainder made up of foreigners.

The Seychelles, which relies on tourism for much of its income, began vaccinating its population in January using Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine doses donated by the United Arab Emirates.

By mid-April about 60% of the vaccine doses administered in the country were Sinopharm, with the rest Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine doses, Bloomberg reported.

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EXC: Fauci-Funded Researchers Headlined Wuhan Lab ‘Gain Of Function’ Conference.

Recipients of grants from Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases headlined a Wuhan Institute of Virology conference focusing on “gain of function research and gene editing,” The National Pulse can exclusively reveal. 

A press release from the Wuhan Institute of Virology – believed by many to be the source of COVID-19 – recounts the “2nd China-U.S. Workshop on the Challenges of Emerging Infections, Laboratory Safety and Global Health Security.”

The May 2017 event was “co-organized by U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), CAS and Hubei Society for Microbiology.”

According to the Wuhan lab, the event had five academic sessions, the first of which was “gain of function research, gene editing, targeting and delivery and other novel biotechnology.”

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US Protests Over Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Ignite In Major Cities

Supporters of both Israel and the Palestinian territories gathered for demonstrations in response to increasing conflict in the region across multiple U.S. cities.

Israel increased airstrikes against Hamas fighters and other militants in Gaza on Wednesday after the groups launched a volley of rockets at Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest city Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Protesters gathered outside Israeli consulates in New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California, while demonstrators met at the State Department building in Washington, D.C. before marching.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators met outside the Israeli consulate in New York City and heated exchanges began when counter-protesters carrying Israel flags showed up, CBS New York reported.

“My mother lives on the edge of Gaza,” protester Sophie Sassoon said, according to CBS New York. “She’s in a shelter as we speak … This is war. I will not sit and watch the only democracy in the Middle East be ripped apart.”

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NBC News: Election Security Experts Say U.S. Voting Systems Do Connect To The Internet & Warn Serious Vulnerability That Can Affect Future Elections

According to NBC News reporting, election security experts were able to use a “Google for servers” application that allowed them to access thirty U.S. voting systems. This finding invalidates oft-repeated claims that U.S. voting systems were NOT connected to the internet and thus not vulnerable to tampering and fraud. The report also notes that if hackers gain access to these election systems they can also place code that can affect future elections.[…]

The post NBC News: Election Security Experts Say U.S. Voting Systems Do Connect To The Internet & Warn Serious Vulnerability That Can Affect Future Elections appeared first on .

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We Were Lied To Again | Voting Machines Are Connected To The Internet | NBC News

Now that the mainstream media feels safe, whether true or not, that President Trump can’t possibly claim his presidential office this term, lo and behold, their security experts tell us they knew all along that voting machines were connected to the internet.

From NBC News Article,  – “‘Online and vulnerable’: Experts find nearly three dozen U.S. voting systems connected to internet”

“We kept hearing from election officials that voting machines were never on the internet,” he said. “And we knew that wasn’t true. And so we set out to try and find the voting machines to see if we could find them on the internet, and especially the back-end systems that voting machines in the precinct were connecting to to report their results. . .

. . .The three largest voting manufacturing companies — Election Systems &Software, Dominion Voting Systems and Hart InterCivic — have acknowledged they all put modems in some of their tabulators and scanners. The reason? So that unofficial election results can more quickly be relayed to the public. Those modems connect to cell phone networks, which, in turn, are connected to the internet.”

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Easy to Vote, Hard to Cheat: An Election Integrity Approach all Americans can Support

. . . The challenge with restoring voter confidence in our election process is complicated, but not impossible to solve. Engaging eligible voters and maintaining voter registration rolls in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) is a good first step to flagging simple errors in voter registration.

This is an essential measure for lower-income voters who tend to move often and need to know where their new polling place is located. Standardizing processes and frequently checking registration records will ensure all voters have an opportunity to correct problems with their registrations in plenty of time before an election.

Improving transparency, moreover, can help reassure voters of their state’s election integrity. An overwhelming majority of Americans want to seelive-streaming technologyused on Election Day so everyone can watch ballot counting. This proposal is hardly a new idea as theU.S. House and Senate have been live-streamingtheir voting activities since 1979.

And the same standard of requiring proper identification for registering to vote and voting in person must be applied to absentee, mail-in voting. Absentee ballots should include simple identifying information to help prevent someone other than the registered voter from casting a mailed ballot. For those who cannot afford a government-issued ID, states can make them free and easily obtainable—just like Georgia has done. . .

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Senator Marsha Blackburn Calls for New Cybersecurity Measures

Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) called for increased cybersecurity measures in a recent interview with Fox News.

Senator Blackburn’s remarks come in response to the cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline, which has greatly impacted gas prices and accessibility levels across several states.

“One of the things that is disappointing to me, whether it is a hack on a federal agency, or this attack on our critical infrastructure— we still have individuals who have thought, well this doesn’t happen that often so we don’t need to be that worried about it,” Blackburn expressed in the interview.

A ransomware gang known as “Darkside” targeted the pipeline, which brings oil from Texas to northeastern locations throughout the United States. The group has carried out multiple attacks across the United States and Europe. The attack has shut down production completely. In response, gas prices have risen across the southern and eastern parts of the country. Further, officials say the attack could lead to shortages of gas in multiple states.

“Because when a cyberattack happens, what we know is you cannot lose time. Time is precious when it comes to assessing the situation, getting your arms around it, and being able to remediate that situation,” Blackburn added.

In previous proposed legislation, Blackburn has advocated for certain enhanced cybersecurity measures. Specifically, last year, as a part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a pilot program was created to expand the abilities of the National Guard to provide technical assistance in response to cyberattacks.

Additionally, Blackburn and Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) introduced legislation last week that would create a pilot Civilian Cybersecurity Reserve program to assist the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with cybersecurity-trained civilian personnel.

“This would ensure we’ve got the hands on deck that we are going to need to address some of these vulnerabilities,” said Blackburn.

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Cooper Moran is a reporter for the Star News Network. Follow Cooper on Twitter. Email tips to cooperreports@gmail.com.

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BREAKING: Trump Backs UK Government’s New Voter ID Requirement

President Trump has backed the UK government’s forthcoming Electoral Integrity Bill, which would mandate voter ID, saying the US should follow suit.

The Electoral Integrity Bill was confirmed as part of the UK government’s forthcoming agenda within Tuesday’s Queen’s Speech. The speech serves a similar purpose to the State of the Union, where the head of state addresses the government. The speech is written and prepared by the UK government, not the Queen, and sets out their legislative agenda for the next Parliamentary session.

The plans regarding what types of voter ID would be acceptable were set out in detail by Chloe Smith MP, a minister in the UK’s Cabinet Office, at the end of last month, confirming that it would not be limited to driver’s licenses or passports, but include a wide-range of identification. Any voter who did not have identification would be able to apply for a free “voter card” from their local authority. Under current legislation, British voters simply have to provide their name and address at the polling location, with no verification as to if they are that person in particular.

“This is exactly what we should do in the United States, unlike the Democrats who want to abolish Voter ID laws,” President Trump said in a statement. “All States should pass Voter ID laws along with many other fair and comprehensive election reforms, like eliminating mass mail-in voting and ballot harvesting, so we never again have an election rigged and stolen from us,” he continued, adding that “the people are demanding real reform!”

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‘Corrupt Republicans’: Maricopa County Supervisors Never Had Access to Running Their Own Election | 3 Minutes 30 Seconds

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Virginia, Florida Governors Declare States of Emergency Over Colonial Pipeline Hack

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared in their respective counties states of emergency in response to the recent hack of the Colonial Pipeline. Gas stations in multiple states across the country began running dry and gasoline prices rose on Tuesday, after a fifth day of shutdown of the fuel pipeline following the attack by hackers. Motorists have been panic buying since the May 7 ransomware attack, which effectively restricted access to computer systems while demanding payments to release them. The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday issued temporary waivers of certain fuel standards to increase the supply of gasoline in areas whose reformulated gasoline has been impacted by the shutdown. In particular, it waived the federal Reid vapor pressure requirements for fuel sold in Reformulated Gasoline areas of District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The waiver will continue through May 18. . .

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Japan Passes Digital Law As Virus Underscores Tech Struggles

Japan’s parliament approved a law to set up a new Digital Agency as the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, including stumbles in its vaccine rollout, underscored the country’s need to catch up on technology.

The bill, which passed in the upper house Wednesday following approval in the more powerful lower house last month, establishes an agency aimed at bringing greater digitalization to ministries and administrative bodies. The Digital Agency, to be launched in September with an initial staff of 500, will also plan a nationwide shift of local government processes into the cloud and try to help facilitate digitalization in the private sector.

From delayed cash handouts at the beginning of the pandemic last year to the low uptake of remote work and problems with online booking systems for vaccination appointments, the virus has highlighted Japan’s difficulty in taking advantage of more efficient ways of working.

Many Japanese in recent days have struggled to access websites at local authorities to book appointments for coronavirus vaccinations, contributing to a slow rollout that has irked the public and ranked among the slowest in developed nations.

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NTD News Banned By Youtube & Vimeo For Broadcasting A United States Senate Hearing – December 16, 2020 Broadcast | Video: 50 Minutes 17 Seconds

NTD was demonetized and many of their videos were deleted by YouTube and Vimeo for straight reporting of the news and informing the public of election challenges and issues. This broadcast was made on December 16, 2020 and deleted by YouTube and Vimeo. As Election 2020 challenges and audits continue to this day, the information in this broadcast is more relevant than ever. And Big Tech, the Mainstream Media and the Democrat and Republican Establishment do not want you to know this information.

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Sidney Powell admits it was all a lie

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Sidney Powell speaking during a press conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, DC. on November 2020. US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis reportedly said that Powell is not a member of the Trump legal team. | Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images

This is not about Powell or even about Trump anymore. It’s about the complete abdication of integrity by leaders on the right — Republican officeholders, conservative opinion leaders and right-wing TV.

The Big Lie is starting to unravel. One of Donald Trump’s disinformation stars, Sidney Powell, is backing down. But while we’re considering the matter of truth and lies, let’s recall when conservatives cared about truth (or seemed to).

In the 1990s, Guatemalan activist Rigoberta Menchu was a phenomenon. Of Mayan descent, she offered harrowing testimony about the conduct of the Guatemalan military during that country’s civil war. Her 1983 as-told-to memoir, “I Rigoberta Menchu,” was a sensation. In 1992, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

When it came to light that Menchu had distorted key aspects of her autobiography, right and left responded very differently. David Stoll, an anthropologist, learned through archival research and interviews with more than 120 people that some of her tales were false. A younger brother she said had died of starvation never existed. Another brother, whom she claimed had been tortured to death in front of her parents, died in completely different circumstances. A New York Times investigation confirmed Stoll’s findings.

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Bill Gates Tells Another Big Lie About Vaccine Production

Bill Gates has been adamant since the beginning of the pandemic that the only way to end it is by vaccinating the global population. In an April 2020 blog post, he stated, “We need to manufacture and distribute at least 7 billion doses of the vaccine” … “or possibly 14 billion, if it’s a multidose vaccine.” He also said, “I suspect the COVID-19 vaccine will become part of the routine newborn immunization schedule.”1

Coincidentally, Gates also personally supported and participated in Event 201,2 which simulated a worldwide pandemic triggered by a novel coronavirus.3 The primary response to the simulated pandemic, which turned into reality just months later? Developing and distributing patentable antiviral medications and a new wave of vaccines.

Now that COVID-19 vaccines are here, however, Gates isn’t too keen on the idea of lifting the patent protection on them, which would open the doors for generic versions to be manufactured, increasing supplies and lowering costs — and ultimately getting more vaccines to middle- and low-income nations.

That was Gates’ stated goal, after all, so it’s ironic, then, that Gates told Britain’s Sky News that lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines would not be useful4 — a statement that Krystal Ball, host of The Hill’s “Rising With Krystal and Saagar” morning show calls an outright lie driven by one word — greed.5

Bill Gates Lied About Vaccine Patents

About 75% of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in high-income countries, according to Ball, while more than 100 countries haven’t administered even one dose.6

While there are many reasons to think carefully before getting the vaccine — the criminal past of vaccine manufacturers, no long-term safety testing or informed consent, and under-reporting of adverse reactions and death, for starters — going from Gates’ goal of vaccinating the world, the lack of vaccine availability in most of it is glaring.

The U.S. just lifted an embargo on raw materials needed to help make COVID-19 vaccines in India at the end of April 2021,7 which would increase vaccination rates. Then there were Gates’ own comments about whether he thought lifting patent protections on COVID-19 vaccines would be helpful, to which he responded no:8

“The thing that’s holding things back, in this case, is not intellectual property. It’s not like there’s some idle vaccine factory, with regulatory approval, that makes magically safe vaccines. You’ve got to do the trial on these things. And every manufacturing process needs to be looked at in a very careful way.

There’s only so many vaccine factories in the world, and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. Moving a vaccine, say, from a [Johnson & Johnson] factory into a factory in India, it’s novel, it’s only because of our grants and expertise that can happen at all.”

An Associated Press (AP) investigation, however, found three factories on three continents that have the capacity to produce hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccines “if only they had the blueprints and technical know-how.”9 One such factory in Bangladesh, with “gleaming new equipment imported from Germany” and “immaculate hallways lined with hermetically sealed rooms,” is operating at only 25% capacity.10

In Canada, pharmaceutical company Biolyse has a similar story and is actively trying to get the recipe to make COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson so they can start production and provide millions of doses to the global south. They even asked the Canadian government to give them emergency authorization to produce the patented products, with no success. Speaking to The Guardian, vice president John Fulton said:11

“We’ve been passed over. We’ve got this production capacity and it’s not being put to use. If we had started this last year, we could have shipped millions of doses by now. This is supposed to be like a wartime effort, everyone in it together. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.” . . .

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From The Desk Of Donald J. Trump

8:52pm May 10, 2021

The major Michigan Election Fraud case has just filed a bombshell pleading claiming votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden. The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States. All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen. If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned. The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. They have lost all credibility, but ultimately, they will have no choice!

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Arizona Governor Signs Law Designating Gun Stores as Essential Firms

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) has signed into law legislation that designates gun stores as essential businesses allowed to remain open during an emergency—a move that will further protect gun stores, manufacturers, and trade associations from lawsuits. The new law, Senate Bill 1382, introduced by Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers, applies to any store selling guns or ammunition, or their components, and mirrors federal law that was passed on a bipartisan basis. Ducey’s office said in a release that the measure will protect the Second Amendment rights of Arizonans by “safeguarding against frivolous lawsuits that have no connection to unlawful use of firearms.” “With efforts currently underway in Washington to erode Second Amendment rights, Arizona is taking action to protect those rights,” Ducey said in a statement. . .

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Sen. Grassley: Biden officials withheld info on national security risks posed by border crisis

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking Biden administration officials to reveal more information about national security risks posed by the border crisis.

In a recent letter to immigration and border officials, Sen. Grassley recounted what he says happened at a classified briefing. According to Grassley, Biden border officials “provided less information” to members of Congress than they had to staff. Additionally, says Grassley, the briefers promised to provide material responsive to questions asked at the session, but they have filed to do so.

“When the committee asks for a full member-level briefing, we expect your agencies to be open and transparent with as much detail as possible. On April 19, 2021, that standard wasn’t met,” says Grassley in the letter. . .

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GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward: Election Should Not Have Been Certified If Maricopa County Election Routers Were Shared with Law Enforcement

Arizona GOP Chair Dr. Kelli Ward released a video update on Monday morning on America’s Audit. Dr. Ward went on to explain “the big router lie” by the Maricopa County officials.

Maricopa County had 2.1 million votes in 2020 and therefore required a large system to handle them and therefore the county would need hardware routers for the election. The routers would never be used for data storage because they could not support the amount of information.

Maricopa County insisted last week they could turn over the routers because they are shared with law enforcement.

Dr. Kelli Ward explained in this video that if an election is to be certified its routers should not and could not be shared with law enforcement. This is not allowed. . .

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Facts Matter (May 10): Arizona Senate Tells Maricopa Officials to Turn Over Routers or Face Subpoenas

Farmers in the Midwest are suing the Biden administration, saying that they weren’t allowed to participate in a federal loan program due to the fact that they are white. In Oklahoma, the governor has signed a new law that prohibits the teaching of critical race theory in all of Oklahoma’s public schools. However, in Washington State, they’ve taken a different approach. The Washington governor signed into law a bill that requires mandatory critical race training in all public schools. As the audit continues in Arizona, Maricopa County officials are facing a possible subpoena for not turning over routers and machine passwords. Facts Matter is an Epoch Times show available on YouTube. Follow us on Parler, Gab, and Telegram Follow Roman on Instagram: @epoch.times.roman

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The Far Right Is Ready to Claim a Slice of Real Power in Sweden

The populists who’ve been battling to shut down immigration into Europe may be heading for a significant breakthrough in Sweden.

The far-right Sweden Democrat party may well have the votes to help the conservative opposition secure a majority after next year’s elections, and the evidence is mounting that traditional right-wing politicians will be tempted to cut a deal to give the anti-immigrant group a say in government.

The populist party’s emergence has tracked the Nordic country’s influx of immigrants and difficulties integrating them. A worsening in gang-related violence in recent years has also pushed more voters to the right, and parties across the political spectrum have taken a tougher stand on migrants in the wake of Europe’s refugee crisis in 2015.

Support for Swedish nationalists has tracked migration trends

“The old arguments for not talking to us no longer exist,” Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson said in an interview, adding the conservatives agree with him “at least on the direction.” “It’s difficult to call us ugly names and at the same time copy our politics.”

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FCC Commissioner Slams Top Baltimore Prosecutor’s ‘Chilling’ Request for Investigation Into Fox-Affiliate Over Bias, Tucker Carlson Show

by Thomas Catenacci

The senior Republican on the Federal Communications Commission criticized the Democratic Baltimore City State Attorney’s recent request for an investigation into a local Fox affiliate as an attack on free speech.

Brendan Carr, the top Republican on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), condemned Baltimore City State Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s request, saying it was part of a broader effort by Democrats to censor news coverage and political speech they don’t like. Carr demanded that the commission dismiss Mosby’s complaint by the end of the day “with prejudice.”

“The State’s Attorney’s Office, led by Democrat Marilyn Mosby, has launched a chilling and direct attack on free speech and journalistic freedom,” Carr said in a statement on Monday. “The complaint her office filed with the FCC asks the Commission to censor a newsroom simply because journalists are doing their constitutionally protected jobs and shining a light on the work of the State’s Attorney.”

“Invoking the power of the state to silence journalists for unfavorable coverage strikes at the very heart of the First Amendment,” he continued.

Last week, Mosby asked the FCC to investigate local Fox affiliate WBFF-TV over their alleged distortion of the news and bias against her in a letter to Acting FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel. Mosby alleged that the outlet’s coverage of her was more negative than other outlets’ coverage and that it presented a physical threat to her, making it a violation of FCC rules.

“The coverage by the WBFF represents acts that are not merely against the public interest; they also represent acts that are inflammatory against the safety of an elected official,” Mosby’s Communications Director Zy Richardson wrote in the letter.

Richardson said that WBFF’s ties to Fox News – the two are owned by the same parent company, but don’t share editorial staff – is another reason the FCC should open an investigation. She specifically mentioned Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s show, which she said consistently presents “white supremacy views.”

But, Carr noted that Mosby’s request was particularly disturbing given that much of WBFF’s coverage, which Mosby alleged was biased, was about an ongoing federal grand jury investigation into her office’s potentially illegal financial dealings.

He added that WBFF has recently won four Regional Edward R. Murrow awards for journalism excellence. One of the stories to receive an award was about Mosby.

“The State’s Attorney’s Office complaint alleges that there is ‘troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous’ conduct going on here,” Carr said. “They are correct in this respect—it is the conduct of the State’s Attorney’s Office that is troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous.”

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) echoed Carr’s statement Monday. The organization sent a letter to the FCC, asking it to reject Mosby’s request.

“Local journalists across the country have a Constitutionally guaranteed obligation to serve their communities by seeking and reporting the truth, often by reporting on the public activities of public officials,” RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley said in a statement.

The FCC and Mosby’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Thomas Catenacci is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo ” FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr” by Gage Skidmore CC 2.0.

 


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Pentagon’s new anti-extremism chief supports radical leftist views, critics charge

The Pentagon’s point man for quashing extremism in the ranks has drawn scrutiny from critics who charge that the newly appointed official himself has expressed extremist views on American social issues.

The official, Bishop Garrison, recently became a senior advisor to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, heading up the Pentagon’s “diversity and inclusion” efforts. Garrison last month also was placed in charge of Austin’s freshly formed Countering Extremism Working Group [CEWG].

The effort as described in an April 9 memo skews heavily toward bureaucratic staples such as a steering committee, subcommittees, weekly meetings, studies, and monthly progress reviews. The group will report up a chain of command, through the Defense Department’s Workforce Management Group to the Deputy Workforce Council. But, while the project on paper seems mired in the typical trappings of officialdom, observers have raised questions about what the group will do under Garrison.

In a collection of posts dating from 2019, a Twitter account under Garrison’s name vilified Donald Trump and his supporters as racist, and championed the discredited 1619 Project. When former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced the 1619 Project — which aims to reframe American history within a racist construct — Garrison tweeted that Pompeo’s views were “dangerous.”

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Italian woman mistakenly given SIX doses of the Pfizer vaccine in one go

Italian woman is mistakenly given SIX doses of the Pfizer vaccine in one go – but suffers NO ill effects.

  • A 23-year-old student was kept in hospital for 24 hours after being given six doses of the Pfizer vaccine in error on Sunday
  • The woman suffered no side effects and was discharged on Monday though doctors said they would continue to monitor her as a precaution
  • Pfizer vials contain six doses which need to be extracted individually and diluted
  • A nurse mistakenly injected the woman with a full vial and immediately alerted an attending doctor
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Adjusted Model Estimates 40 Percent More COVID Deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the virus has killed about 579,000 people. But another model now estimates that number to be nearly 40 percent higher.

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This Is What Democrats Call Peaceful Protests | Veteran Beaten and Hospitalized in Portland, Oregon | Video: 2 Minutes 47 Seconds

“Armed protesters in Portland blocked traffic, smashed car windows, slashed tires, and attacked a man, leaving him hospitalized on May 6. The attacks happened in the riot-plagued city in broad daylight.”

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Casual sex WILL be allowed from May 17 after Government gives green light for people to meet inside

The return of casual sex: Boris Johnson gives the green light for overnight stays for first time this year, with rules on kissing and hugging relaxed from May 17.

  • Britons have been unable to have overnight stays in England since January
  • But Boris Johnson tonight gave the green light for households to meet indoors
  • Up to six people from two different households can meet from Monday, May 17
  • And social distancing measures will be lifted to allow friends to hug and kiss
  • However, social distancing measures will remain in place between strangers
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Vatican warns US bishops over get-tough Communion proposals

In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights. 
In this Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 file photo, President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, attend Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle during Inauguration Day ceremonies in Washington. When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June 2021, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t partake of Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.  | AP

There is division among the bishops, with some pressing for President Joe Biden and other Catholic public figures to be excluded from Communion over their abortion stance, and other bishops warning that such a move would be politically polarizing.

The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office is warning U.S. bishops to deliberate carefully and minimize divisions before proceeding with a possible plan to rebuke Roman Catholic politicians such as President Joe Biden for receiving Communion even though they support abortion rights.

The strong words of caution came in a letter from Cardinal Luis Ladaria, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, addressed to Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The USCCB will convene for a national meeting June 16, with plans to vote on drafting a document on the Communion issue

There is division among the bishops, with some pressing for Biden and other Catholic public figures to be excluded from Communion over their abortion stance, and other bishops warning that such a move would be politically polarizing.

Ladaria, in his letter, said any new policy “requires that dialogue occurs in two stages: first among the bishops themselves, and then between bishops and Catholic pro-choice politicians within their jurisdictions.”

Even then, Ladaria advised, the bishops should seek unanimous support within their ranks for any national policy, lest it become “a source of discord rather than unity within the episcopate and the larger church in the United States.”

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NASA criticizes China over handling of rocket re-entry after debris crashes in Indian Ocean

ASA is criticized China for failing to meet “responsible standards” for allowing a spent, out-of-control rocket to crash to Earth.

The debris from the rocket landed Sunday in the Indian Ocean – but not before essentially putting world on red-alert about where it might crash to Earth.

“Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations,” NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said Sunday, according to CNN. “China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris.”

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FBI names pipeline cyberattackers as company promises return

Hit by a cyberattack, the operator of a major U.S. fuel pipeline said Monday it hopes to have services mostly restored by the end of the week as the FBI and administration officials identified the culprits as a gang of criminal hackers. . . In this case, the FBI moved with unusual speed to pinpoint blame, saying the criminal syndicate whose ransomware was used in the attack is named DarkSide. The group’s members are Russian speakers, and the syndicate’s malware is coded not to attack networks using Russian-language keyboards.

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Biden HHS Rolls Back Religious Conscience Protections for Doctors

The Biden administration adopted a new rule Monday that could force Catholic hospitals, religious doctors, and other objectors to perform sex changes.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will expand its definition of sex discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation, citing the Supreme Court’s controversial 2020 decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which protected employees from discrimination on the basis of being gay or transgender.

“The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a statement. “That’s why today HHS announced it will act on related reports of discrimination.”

The new guidance from the Biden administration rolls back Trump administration guidelines that used biology to determine sex discrimination in an effort to protect the conscience rights of medical providers. Religious liberty groups took aim at the Biden administration’s new policy, saying it would coerce religious practitioners to violate their consciences.

“Coercing doctors to carry out highly controversial and unproven ‘treatments’ like administering puberty-blocking hormones to children and performing irreversible sex changes—against their best medical judgment and conscience—is the latest effort by the Biden administration to force anyone who dissents from its radical ideology into compliance,” said Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie, policy adviser for the Catholic Association.

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Elise Stefanik: ‘Running for Chair Because We Need a Unified GOP Leadership Team’

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) said Monday she is running for Republican Conference Chair because the Republican Party must have “a unified voice from our leadership team.”

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Biden’s Latest Jobs Whopper

President Joe Biden’s empty boasts about his economic plan are going to make Americans long for the understatement of Donald Trump. They may already be longing for Trump-era policies on job creation

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FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine for Children 12 to 15

The Food and Drug Administration on Monday authorized use of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds in the United States, a crucial step in the nation’s steady recovery from the pandemic and a boon to millions of American families eager for a return to normalcy.

The authorization caps weeks of anticipation among parents, who have been grappling with how to conduct their lives when only the adults in a household are immunized. It removes an obstacle to school reopenings by reducing the threat of transmission in classrooms, and affords more of the nearly 17 million children in this age group opportunities to attend summer camps, sleepovers and Little League games.

“This is great news,” said Dr. Kristin Oliver, a pediatrician and vaccine expert at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “It feels like we’ve been waiting a long time to start protecting children in this age group.” The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is already available to anyone over 16.

The F.D.A.’s go-ahead is not the final hurdle. An advisory committee of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to meet shortly to review the data and make recommendations for the vaccine’s use in 12- to 15-year-olds.

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Facebook oversight board member rips social media giant as ‘inconsistent’ after Trump ban

Former federal judge on board says Facebook’s rules are both “arbitrary” and in “shambles.”

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Utah County Censures Mitt Romney for Trump Impeachment Vote

Weber County GOP censured Sen. Mitt Romney Saturday during its convention for the senator’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year.

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A Majority of Americans Support ‘Vaccine Passports’ for Some Activities, Poll Finds

by Andrew Trunsky

A majority of Americans support requiring proof of vaccinations when traveling on planes and attending events with large crowds, a Gallup poll released Friday shows.

The survey found that 57% of Americans supported requiring proof of vaccination on airplanes and that 55% supported requiring proof for events like concerts, shows and live sports. Just 43% and 45% of Americans said they were opposed, respectively.

Majorities of Americans, however, rejected “vaccine passports” for dining at restaurants, going to work and staying in a hotel. Just 40%, 45% and 44% of Americans supported requiring proof of vaccination for each activity.

The survey was published as more states plan to lift their coronavirus restrictions in the coming weeks and as more and more Americans get vaccinated, though the daily rate has slowed since April.

“Vaccine passports” became a political lightning rod almost immediately after the idea was floated, with Republicans railing against them and warning that they would infringe on civil liberties and give the government too much power. No more than 28% of Republicans supported requiring proof of vaccination for any of the five activities surveyed.

President Joe Biden’s administration also came out against them, saying that the government had no plans to require or enforce them.

The survey found that at least 62% of Democrats supported requiring proof of vaccination for the activities mentioned, with 85% saying that they supported it for air travel.

“Vaccine passports” have varied by state. Some have either implemented them or allowed private businesses to require them if they so choose, while others, like FloridaMontana and Texas, have passed legislation outlawing them in all forms.

Gallup surveyed 3,731 adults from April 19 to 25, and the poll has a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

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There Are Simple Reasons Liz Cheney Has To Go

There Are Simple Reasons Liz Cheney Has To Go

Source: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Imagine General Dwight Eisenhower on June 6, 1944, speaking to the troops and after saying, “You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you,” he tosses in a, “But not Italians, or Irish, and certainly not any of you from California because Californians suck. I hope they get shot. When the bullets start flying, use those people as human shields.” How would that go over? Not well.

Would you follow that guy into battle? Hell no. Even if you weren’t Irish, Italian, or from California, how could anyone trust him?

Now imagine if you’d found out that Eisenhower, as a side gig, was selling surplus ammunition and weapons to the Germans. “Hey, it’s just sitting around not being used, and they asked if I’d sell it to them,” or some such thing. Would anyone have faith in him?

Absolutely not. Yet, that’s what Liz Cheney has done as House Republican Conference Chair. And that’s why she has to go.

Her failure is not because she doesn’t like Donald Trump, that is the least important part of this whole drama, but because she can’t do the job. Her job is to hold the caucus together and advance the Republican agenda. She can’t do it, and it’s all her fault.

Cheney’s raging case of Trump Derangement Syndrome aside, she has fired down her own trench too many times. Leaders, effective leaders, don’t attack their own troops. They can have differences with individuals, but when the chips are down, everyone has to be pulling in the same direction.

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Scarlett Johansson urges boycott of ‘sexist’ Golden Globes unless organizers implement major reforms

Scarlett Johansson calls for boycott of ‘sexist’ Golden Globes after criticism of the HFPA for having NO black members.

  • The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) is made up of 90 international entertainment journalists who vote on Golden Globe Award winners
  • The organization came under fire earlier this year when it was revealed there was zero black members
  • Critics additionally claimed that the HFPA was also less inclusive to women and members of the LGBTQ community
  • Earlier this week, the HFPA approved reforms to make their organization more inclusive; they vowed to hire diversity consultants and increase membership
  • Scarlett Johansson has now hit out at the HFPA claiming she found the organization ‘sexist’
  • She says stars should boycott the HFPA and the Golden Globes unless the reforms are properly implemented
  • Fellow A-lister Mark Ruffalo has also hit out at the organization, despite winning a Golden Globe this year
  • ‘Honestly, as a recent winner of a Golden Globe, I cannot feel proud or happy about being a recipient of this award,’ he said in a statement
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Biden’s new left of racial radicals: Goodwin

The e-mail was short and nasty. After first calling Sen. Tim Scott “the token Uncle Tom” and the N-word, the writer added: “You knuckle dragging conservatives should be sent to the ovens.”

This is how political disagreement is often expressed today.

The writer, Mildred50, if that’s her real name, was one of many on the left who were infuriated that Scott, a black Republican from South Carolina, had the gall to declare that “America is not a racist country” in his rebuttal to President Biden’s address to Congress.

Scott did not duck the unfinished business on race or his experiences of being stopped for no reason by police. He was frank in acknowledging there is more work to do.

But he also put Biden to shame by hailing the enormous progress America has made, in stark contrast to a president who sounds stuck in the past when he compares new voting laws to the Jim Crow era and insists the country remains riddled with “systemic racism.”

For his common sense and optimism, Scott received deserved acclaim and, distressingly, an outpouring of hatred, with the “Uncle Tim” slur trending on Twitter for 12 hours.

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Establishment Media Still Fixated on Donald Trump Four Months After Office

The establishment media’s fixation on Donald Trump before and after his astonishing 2016 victory over failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has sustained itself post-presidency.

The media on Saturday compiled the following headlines on their webpages to illustrate the fixation:

CNN:

  • The ‘headache’ Trump left behind for Biden on the White House lawn
  • Trump Organization must turn over documents to NY attorney general, judge rules
  • Fact-checking Trump’s call with Georgia’s secretary of state
  • Trump probably can’t pardon himself. He may still try
  • How Trump’s fundraising could benefit his post-White House political life

Washington Post:

  • Cheney plans lengthy fight to turn GOP from Trump
  • Trump Justice Dept. secretly obtained Post reporters’ phone records
  • Liz Cheney’s months-long effort to turn Republicans from Trump threatens her reelection and ambitions. She says it’s only beginning.
  • Trump’s out-of-power agenda: Retribution and GOP domination
  • Ohio GOP censures Rep.  Gonzalez over Trump vote, calls for his resignation

New York Times:

  • Justice Dept. Seized Washington Post’s Phone Records
  • Inside the Decision on Trump’s Facebook Fate
  • Virginia G.O.P.’s Choices for Governor: ‘Trumpy, Trumpier, Trumpiest’
  • ‘It’s His Own Damn Fault,’ Top G.O.P. Pollster Says of Trump and Facebook
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Asian Parents Rally Against NYC Schools Chancellor

Less than 4 percent of students at the city’s specialized high schools are African American, so the chancellor Meisha Ross Porter wants to get rid of the admissions test altogether.

But over 50 percent of students at the city’s specialized high schools are Asian American. A group of people who attended a rally Friday in Manhattan say they earned their right to be there.

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Gordon Chang: Communist China Has Committed ‘Mass Murder’ of Americans

Last year, Congressman Eric Swalwell’s ties to the suspected Chinese spy Fang Fang brought Chinese espionage to the forefront of national discussion. But that was just the tip of the iceberg. And beyond espionage, the Chinese Communist Party has become increasingly belligerent globally—from fueling riots in America to encroaching in Nepali territory to celebrating COVID-19 deaths in India. What is the Chinese leadership hoping to achieve, and why do they believe—according to Chang—that they are running out of time? Furthermore, one year on, over 3 million people have died globally from COVID-19. Beyond covering up the initial outbreak, did China’s communist leaders intentionally spread this virus beyond its borders? And if it did, what does that mean for America and the world? In this episode, we sit down with China analyst Gordon Chang to understand the full scope of Chinese communist subversion. Subscribe to the American Thought Leaders mailing list …

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Success Academy requiring all employees get vaccinated for COVID-19

The Success Academy Charter Schools network is requiring all employees to get vaccinated for COVID-19, raising questions whether the mandate is legal and will be imposed on all public schools, The Post has learned.

The network, which has 2,700 employees, runs 47 schools with 20,000 students in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. The schools — publicly-funded, but privately-managed — have kept all instruction remote since the pandemic, while the city Department of Education has offered in-person learning at many schools for up to five days a week.

But the city has not required teachers or other employees to be vaccinated, leaving it a personal decision.

“Starting on Monday, June 14, all employees will be required to be fully vaccinated. As we explained in an email in March, once vaccines were readily available, vaccines would be required,” Aparna Ramaswamy, Success Academy’s chief leadership and human resources officer, announced in a company email issued Friday.

The email continues, “Today, vaccine supply far outstrips demand and getting vaccinated is incredibly easy.”

COVID-19 vaccines are still under emergency use authorization by the US Food and Drug Administration, so mandates are not yet legal, some experts say.

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Lockdown ‘has helped to rot kids’ teeth’: Number of children with dental decay is set to soar

Lockdown ‘has helped to rot kids’ teeth’: Number of children hospitalised with dental decay is set to soar due to reduced access to dentists during pandemic and disrupted routines.

  • Dental decay is the biggest reason for youngsters being admitted for surgery
  • Levels are runnin gmore than double rate for tonsillitis and is set to get worse
  • Some 23.4 per cent of five-year-olds across England show signs of tooth decay
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As A Mother Grows

This post was originally written in 2012. I have made updates and substantial changes that reflect my own family’s growth, as well as changes in my own experiences and outlook.

In March of 2011, the arrival of a beautiful little girl, daughter of my youngest son and his wife, made me a grandmother for the first time. A little over a year later we welcomed her younger brother, and a few years after that, another little brother.

About the time of the youngest grandson’s birth my middle son introduced us to his future wife, and our soon to be new grandson, who was five when we met him first. A few years after that we welcomed our now youngest grandson into the family.

Along the way, my oldest son met and married a young lady with three more children who became ours to love and enjoy. So, for those who’ve lost count, we now have eight grandchildren.

We adults tend to reflect on this day about our older moms, perhaps even mothers or grandmothers gone from us now, a picture specific to our grown selves, a mature and experienced mother we see in the now moment. I have been thinking of motherhood, the stages of it, for some time now, reflecting on the changes that happened to me as I had each child, as our family grew up, as they left the nest and grandchildren came along, as I watch my daughters in law and sons with their own families, the mothers who struggle so hard with the demands only a young family faces.

So, I would like to write about the stages of motherhood, and perhaps, for the sake of coherence and the story, I will make assumptions about families that may not match everyone’s experience. That does not mean I value your experience less. Families come in a lot of shapes and sizes these days, from foster families, step children, and those made up of “honorary” mom or grandmother who might have stepped into the role to help  a child in need. […]

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Here’s How You Know Democrats Rigged and Stole the 2020 Election

The fix is in. It’s crystal clear to me now that not only was the election rigged but so is everything post-election. It’s simple psychology. Just look at the absurd reaction, or overreaction, by Democrats.

Would anyone dare ban the right to discuss a possibly racist police killing? Can you imagine the reaction by liberals, black activists and the American Civil Liberties Union? What if the Minneapolis police were to permanently ban any discussion of George Floyd’s death? What if every black American trying to give his or her opinion on Twitter, Facebook or YouTube were banned for life?

Who would react like that? Only guilty people. . .

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Nearly 9 out of 10 young adults want a Covid inoculation, survey finds 

A poll of almost 17,000 Britons found younger people’s attitudes to vaccination barely differ from those of the middle-aged, with at least 84 per cent looking forward to their jabs.

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Minnesota gets creative in COVID-19 vaccine outreach

Dwindling demand forces new approaches to boost immunization numbers.

Health officials are adding a dose of creativity in their push to vaccinate more Minnesotans and slow COVID-19.

In Duluth, they’re offering vaccine shots in the downtown bus depot.

In St. Paul, volunteer physicians are working with a local brewery on a pop-up event that rewards those who get vaccinated with a free beer.

And in the northwest metro, an Elk River clinic is offering shots to patients as they seek help for other health care needs.

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Apparently, We See Once Again Everyone Is Vulnerable Except Dominion Voting Systems | “Ransomware Attackers Up Ante as White House Vows Crack Down”

A series of major cyber-attacks in recent weeks has underscored the brazenness of the attackers and the challenges of tackling the problem of ransomware, just as the Biden administration announced plans to take on the issue.

In a matter of days, attacks were revealed against the police department in Washington, D.C. , where the hackers threatened to release information about police informants to criminal gangs; the Illinois Attorney General’s office, which had been warned about weak cybersecurity practices in a recent state audit; and San Diego-based Scripps Health, where medical procedures were canceled and emergency patients diverted to other hospitals.

Then on Saturday, Colonial Pipeline confirmed that it had joined the list of recent ransomware victims in an attack that threatened to upend gasoline and diesel supplies on the East Coast. While few details about the attack are yet known, Colonial shut down the biggest gasoline pipeline in the U.S. as part of an effort to contain the threat.

“The recent ransomware attacks illustrate, by their number severity and range of targets, why we need to treat this problem on the level of a real national security threat both here and around the world,” said Christopher Painter, coordinator for cyber issues at the State Department under President Barack Obama. “Fortunately, people in our government are paying attention.”

The string of attacks came as the Biden administration has vowed to take on ransomware, which Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas last week called “one of our most significant priorities right now.” His agency in March announced a 60-day sprint to address ransomware, and the Department of Justice has created its own ransomware task force.

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