Information Is Power

Good, solid information is the best resource that the public can use. Primary sources when possible and good discussions and studies when informative.

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]

John Kerry Threatens Israel With Boycotts (2014)

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday threatened Israel that a failure in the peace talks would lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of the Jewish state. The warning comes as no surprise to those familiar with reports earlier in the month, which revealed that Kerry is orchestrating the European boycottsagainst Israel.

Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon responded to Kerry’s threats of boycotts, saying “we respect Secretary of State Kerry but will not hold talks with a gun to our head. Friends don’t put ultimatums on the security of the state of Israel.”

Speaking at a security council in Munchen, Germany, Kerry also mentioned Defense Secretary Moshe Ya’alon’s comments calling Kerry “messianic” and “obsessive” in trying to force Israel to submit to a peace deal, which would include massive territorial withdrawals and an Arab capital in Jerusalem.

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Former Security Adviser: John Kerry Undermined Trump in Unapproved Iran Talks

Former Secretary of State John Kerry repeatedly undercut President Donald Trump’s foreign policy towards Iran during unauthorized talks with senior Iranian officials, according to Keith Kellogg, the former chief of staff for the National Security Council under President Donald Trump.

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ADL To Kerry: ‘Your Threats Destroy Peace Talks’ (2014)

Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, issues sharp response to US Secretary of State’s remarks against Israel.

In yet another backlash, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued a letter slamming the boycott threats against Israel from US Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday.

Kerry’s comments at the Munich Security Conference Saturday have sparked an immense backlash from the Israeli government. He said then, “today’s status quo absolutely, to a certainty, I promise you 100 percent, cannot be maintained. It’s not sustainable. It’s illusionary,” Kerry stated. “You see for Israel there’s an increasing de-legitimization campaign that has been building up [. . .] there are talk of boycotts and other kinds of things. Are we all going to be better with all of that?”

The ADL’s response strongly condemns Kerry’s comments.

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Apparently, Human Rights Watch Disagrees With ADL’s Stance On Israel | Video: 3 Minutes

One would think, if you listen to the ADL, that the debate on Israel is between Anti-Semites, or more kindly, Gentiles and Jews. It’s more complicated. There’s actually a very strong and vibrant debate on Israel between those of us who are either Jewish or have Jewish ancestry. Tied into this debate is a mix of political affiliations, many times expressed as ‘Left’ and ‘Right’. Even this is complicated and not quite accurate because the differences also lie in the gamut of beliefs from pure Atheism to strict Orthodoxy. In any case, as the ADL makes a strong push to reform it’s image to the general public and particularly to those deeply involved in politics with some knowledge of the history of the ADL, Human Rights Watch has ‘Crossed A Threshold’ and strongly suggested Israel is guilty of ‘crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution.’ ~ Human Rights Watch

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Gov. Abbott praised by Anti-Defamation League over racist posts by GOP leaders in Texas

DALLAS – The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) praised Texas Governor Greg Abbott Monday for denouncing racist posts by several Texas Republican County Chairs, but also called on the governor to take concrete measures, and use input from the African American community, to address institutional racism in the Texas Republican party and beyond after nearly a dozen social posts of the same conspiratorial nature were identified as coming from local party officials.

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Texas GOP Chairman Allen West Joins Gab After Party Takes Account Down

Just days after the governing body of the Republican Party of Texas voted to leave the free-speech social media platform Gab, Texas GOP Chairman Allen West has created a Gab account of his own.

His first Gab post was dedicated to discussing why critical race theory is subversive, rooted in Marxism, and must be combated. His second post came just nine minutes later: a picture of the Constitution, with West’s caption stating his support for free speech.

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Could We Soon See Liz Cheney Gone from Leadership?

Could We Soon See Liz Cheney Gone from Leadership?

Source: AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), who is the chair of the House Republican Conference and the third-highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House, has found herself in the news quite a bit lately. Matt reported last week that she said she thinks she may even run for president in 2024, after being particularly vocal in impeaching Trump the second time around, while she continues to trash him to this day. Well, Republican leaders have had enough of her, and may even be willing to push her out, according to Axios.

On Saturday, Jonathan Swan, Glen Johnson and Alayna Treene reported, “Scoop: GOP leaders threaten Cheney ouster.” Honestly, it sounds like House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), the highest and second-highest ranking Republicans in the House, respectively, have been fed up with her for some time.

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Hubble Watches How a Giant Planet Grows

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is giving astronomers a rare look at a Jupiter-sized, still-forming planet that is feeding off material surrounding a young star.

“We just don’t know very much about how giant planets grow,” said Brendan Bowler of the University of Texas at Austin. “This planetary system gives us the first opportunity to witness material falling onto a planet. Our results open up a new area for this research.”

Though over 4,000 exoplanets have been cataloged so far, only about 15 have been directly imaged to date by telescopes. And the planets are so far away and small, they are simply dots in the best photos. The team’s fresh technique for using Hubble to directly image this planet paves a new route for further exoplanet research, especially during a planet’s formative years.

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Fake News: New York Times, WaPo, NBC forced to retract false claims about Giuliani

The New York Times, Washington Post and NBC News all issued retractions Saturday for their coverage of Rudy Giuliani following a raid of his Manhattan apartment by the FBI.

The Times appended their correction to a story about the role Giuliani may have played in the 2019 recall of ambassador Marie L. Yovanovitch and whether he received a warning from the FBI about Russian disinformation.

“An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudolph W. Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation. Mr. Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing,” The Times wrote Saturday in a note attached to the piece.

The Washington Post’s correction, on a story about prominent Americans being targeted by Russian disinformation, was similar.

“An earlier version of this story, published Thursday, incorrectly reported that One America News was warned by the FBI that it was the target of a Russian influence operation,” the paper said.

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Coronavirus Crackdown: Judge Orders Canadian Church Locked to Prevent Sunday Worship Services

A judge in Woolwich Township in Ontario, Canada, has ordered Trinity Bible Chapel be locked to prevent Sunday worship services.

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Boeing fires dozens of employees for ‘racist’ behavior

Boeing fired 65 employees and disciplined 53 others for “racist, discriminatory or otherwise hateful conduct,” according to a report.

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British public now trust Amazon more than the Royal Mail

Britons now trust Amazon more than Royal Mail when it comes to deliveries (but we still have faith in its postmen!).

  • Royal Mail CCO Nick Landon sent an internal message to his 140,000 staff
  • He said ‘all of our pride should be dented by Amazon Logistics taking top spot’
  • The Royal Mail was privatised in 2013 and is still the biggest courier in the UK
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Sen. Manchin says he was ready to ‘stay and fight’ during Capitol riot

Sen. Joe Manchin said he was prepared to hold his ground and fight when a crowd of Trump supporters converged on the US Capitol on Jan. 6 as Congress voted to certify the 2020 election.

​”My intention was to stay and fight: ‘Let ‘em in. Let’s go at it.’ But I didn’t know what was going on,” Manchin (D-W.Va.) told USA Today in an interview published Monday.

“You had a lot of people chanting. I didn’t think anything of that. But within 10 or 15 minutes, a SWAT team comes in with all of their gear and says ‘You guys are out of here. Just go now. Don’t even stop,’” the 6-foot-3 former football standout said.

Manchin, a moderate Democrat from the state former President Donald Trump won by nearly 40 points in the 2020 election, has found himself at a position of influence in the 50-50 divided Senate, armed with a vote that could advance or doom Democratic initiatives.

Two of those issues are statehood for Washington, DC, and getting rid of the filibuster that would allow Democrats to pass legislation with 51 votes instead of 60 — both measures he opposes.

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EXC: A Top U.S. Teacher Training Org is Partnered With A Chinese Communist Group Promoting ‘Socialist’ Nursery Rhymes.

The Erikson Institute – one of America’s premier graduate schools training teachers and influencing classroom curricula – is engaged in a “long-term cooperative relationship” with a Chinese Communist Party group overseeing the regime’s Communist Youth League and publishing books including “nursery rhymes embodying the core values of socialism” and magazines praising Xi Jinping and Karl Marx, The National Pulse can reveal.

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Study Found Toxin from Genetically Modified Crops is Showing up in Human Blood

Genetically Modified CropsA new study is causing fresh doubts about the safety of genetically modified crops. The research found Bt toxin, which is present in many GM crops, in human blood.

Bt toxin makes crops toxic to pests, but it has been claimed that the toxin poses no danger to the environment and human health; the argument was that the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of the toxin in human blood shows that this does not happen.

India Today reports:

“Scientists … have detected the insecticidal protein …  circulating in the blood of pregnant as well as non-pregnant women. They have also detected the toxin in fetal blood, implying it could pass on to the next generation.”

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May Day 1971: Daniel Ellsberg on Joining Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn at Historic Antiwar Direct Action

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the 1971 May Day protests, when tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated against the Vietnam War in Washington, D.C., and brought much of the capital to a standstill through acts of civil disobedience. The mass demonstrations terrified the Nixon administration, and police would arrest over 12,000 people — the largest mass arrest in U.S. history. Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, who attended the May Day protests, says it was part of a wave of popular discontent about the war that mobilized millions. “There was a movement of young people who felt that what was happening in the world … was wrong, had to change, and they were ready to risk their careers and their lives to try to change it. And we need that right now,” Ellsberg says. He recently spoke with Amy Goodman at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the release of the Pentagon Papers. We play excerpts from that conversation, which also included National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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The False and Exaggerated Claims Still Being Spread About the Capitol Riot

What took place at the Capitol on January 6 was undoubtedly a politically motivated riot. As such, it should not be controversial to regard it as a dangerous episode. Any time force or violence is introduced into what ought to be the peaceful resolution of political conflicts, it should be lamented and condemned.

But none of that justifies lying about what happened that day, especially by the news media. Condemning that riot does not allow, let alone require, echoing false claims in order to render the event more menacing and serious than it actually was. There is no circumstance or motive that justifies the dissemination of false claims by journalists. The more consequential the event, the less justified, and more harmful, serial journalistic falsehoods are.

Yet this is exactly what has happened, and continues to happen, since that riot almost seven weeks ago. And anyone who tries to correct these falsehoods is instantly attacked with the cynical accusation that if you want only truthful reporting about what happened, then you’re trying to “minimize” what happened and are likely an apologist for if not a full-fledged supporter of the protesters themselves.

One of the most significant of these falsehoods was the tale — endorsed over and over without any caveats by the media for more than a month — that Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick was murdered by the pro-Trump mob when they beat him to death with a fire extinguisher. That claim was first published by The New York Times on January 8 in an article headlined “Capitol Police Officer Dies From Injuries in Pro-Trump Rampage.” It cited “two [anonymous] law enforcement officials” to claim that Sicknick died “with the mob rampaging through the halls of Congress” and after he “was struck with a fire extinguisher.”

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Is There a Case for Legalizing Heroin?

In 2013, the Columbia psychologist and drug-addiction researcher Carl Hart published a book that was a specific kind of success: it made him into a public character. The book, “High Price,” is in part a memoir of Hart’s adolescence in a poor Miami neighborhood, documenting the arrival of cocaine there in the eighties. Two cousins, whom as a child he’d looked up to, are exiled from their mother’s house for using cocaine, move into a shed in her back yard, and steal her washer and dryer to pay for drugs. The narrative of Hart’s ascent, to the Air Force, graduate school in neuroscience, and, eventually, Ivy League tenure, is interspersed with evidence from his career as an addiction researcher, in which he spent years paying volunteers to use drugs in a controlled hospital setting and observing the results. Hart argues that the violence and despair that defined the crack epidemic had more to do with the social conditions of Black America than they did with the physical pull of drugs. The book begins with his father beating his mother with a hammer after drinking. Hart’s view is that the attack was not about alcohol. “As we now know from experience with alcohol, drinking itself isn’t a problem for most people who do it,” Hart wrote. “The same is true of illegal drugs, even those we have learned to fear, like heroin and crack cocaine.”

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CENSORED: Toensing, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General and diGenova, former U.S. Attorney & Special Counsel | Video: 9 Minutes 38 Seconds

Toensing’s resume includes Chief Counsel of the Senate intelligence committee, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, and lawyer for whistleblowers on government misconduct.

Joe diGenova served as Special Counsel to the House of Representatives, Chief Counsel to the Senate Rules Committee, and former United States attorney for the District of Columbia. He also was Independent Counsel investigating the improper search of then-candidate Bill Clinton’s passport file by the George H. W. Bush administration. And in 1997, he was Special Counsel investigating the Teamsters Union.

“Over the years, the ABA puts out all sorts of statements about do not condemn lawyers because they’re representing people at Guantanamo Base who are terrorists. This is in the great tradition of American lawyers representing the most despised defendants, because under our Constitution, even the worst person is entitled to a quality defense. But that doesn’t apply to lawyers who represent Donald Trump or support Donald Trump or come out and speak on his behalf.” ~ Joe diGenova speaking to Sharyl Attkisson, the embodiment of Girl Power in journalism.

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Are fully vaccinated liberals afraid to remove their masks because they’ll look like Republicans?

There might finally be an answer to what many believe is inexplicably weird and contradictory mask-wearing guidance from the CDC: Liberals are afraid to remove their masks in case it might make them look like Republicans.

The report from the DCist “overheard of the week” column alleges that two masked women were walking in downtown Washington D.C discussing the recent update to the CDC guidance when one apparently said, “I guess I’m vaccinated so I don’t have to wear a mask outside but… I really don’t want people to think I’m a Republican.”

Earlier this week, the CDC announced updates to their face veiling guidelines, which are alleged to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The new guidelines say vaccinated individuals can forgo the face mask when they are outside unless they are in crowds of people.

 

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Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas special election

Susan Wright advances to runoff in Texas special election
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Republican Susan Wright on Saturday advanced to a runoff in the race to represent Texas’s 6th Congressional District, while other candidates continued to vie for the second spot.

Wright was seen as the frontrunner in the race, scoring a coveted endorsement from former President Trump.

“Susan Wright will be a terrific Congresswoman (TX-06) for the Great State of Texas. She is the wife of the late Congressman Ron Wright, who has always been supportive of our America First Policies,” Trump said in a statement earlier this week.

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Stone Says He Took ‘Not a Dime’ From Anyone Seeking Trump Pardon

Roger Stone
Roger Stone | Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

The Daily Beast reported Thursday that Stone offered to help Joel Greenberg, a former Florida tax collector who’s expected to plead guilty this month, get a pardon from President Donald Trump before he left office. The pardon was never granted.

The report was based on alleged text messages between Stone and Greenberg, as well as an alleged written confession by Greenberg saying that he and Gaetz, a Florida Republican and Trump ally, paid for sex with women as well as with a 17-year-old girl.

Stone, who was himself pardoned by Trump after being being convicted of lying to Congress and tampering with witnesses in an effort to protect the president during the Russia probe, said in a text message late Friday that his communications with Greenberg were “clipped out of context.”

“I told Greenberg he would need a lawyer (I am not a lawyer) and that he should be prepared to wire a $250,000 retainer to the right lawyer if he could find one,” Stone said. “I made no effort whatsoever to secure a pardon for Mr. Greenberg and I took not a dime from him or anyone else seeking a pardon.”

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To be tracked or not? Apple Is now giving us the choice

By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times Company

If we had a choice, would any of us want to be tracked online for the sake of seeing more relevant digital ads?

We are about to find out.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 14.5, one of its most anticipated software updates for iPhones and iPads in years. It includes App Tracking Transparency, a new privacy tool that could give us more control over how our data is shared.

Here’s how it works: When an app wants to follow our activities to share information with third parties such as advertisers, a window will appear on our Apple device to ask for our permission to do so. If we say no, the app must stop monitoring and sharing our data.

A pop-up window may sound like a minor design tweak, but it has thrown the online advertising industry into upheaval. Most notably, Facebook has gone on the warpath. Last year, the social network created a website and took out full-page ads in newspapers denouncing Apple’s privacy feature as harmful to small businesses.

A big motivator, of course, was that the privacy setting could hurt Facebook’s own business. If we choose not to let Facebook track us, it will be harder for the company to see what we are shopping for or doing inside other apps, which will make it more difficult for brands to target us with ads. (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has disputed that his company’s business will be hurt by Apple’s policy.)

“This is a huge step in the right direction, if only because it’s making Facebook sweat,” said Gennie Gebhart, a director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital-rights nonprofit.

But, she added, “One big question is: Will it work?”

Gebhart and other privacy experts said Apple’s new feature might not be enough to put an end to shady tracking on iPhones. It could simply push developers and ad-technology firms to find loopholes so they can continue tracking people in different ways, she and others said.

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Doctors prescribe more opioids to COVID-19 ‘long haulers,’ raising addiction fears

OxyContin pills at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt.

OxyContin pills at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vt. Some researchers are concerned about high rates of opioid use among people with long COVID-19.
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COVID-19 survivors are at risk from a possible second pandemic of opioid addiction, given the high rate of painkillers being prescribed to these patients, health experts say.

A new study in Nature found alarmingly high rates of opioid use among COVID-19 survivors with lingering symptoms at Veterans Health Administration facilities. About 10% of COVID-19 survivors develop a mysterious condition known as long COVID, struggling with often disabling health problems even six months or longer after a diagnosis.

For every 1,000 long COVID patients who were treated at a Veterans Affairs facility, doctors wrote nine more prescriptions for opioids than they otherwise would have. They also wrote 22 additional prescriptions for benzodiazepines, which include Xanax and other addictive pills used to treat anxiety.

Although previous studies have found many COVID-19 survivors — also known as long haulers — experience persistent health problems, the new study is the first to show they’re using more addictive medications, said Dr. Ziyad Al-Aly, the lead author.

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(READ) FBI releases Seth Rich-related documents | “The records appear to suggest that someone could have paid for his death.”

Seth Rich
Courtesy: Democratic National Committee

The FBI has released documents pertaining to the 2016 unsolved murder of Seth Rich, a Democrat National Committee (DNC) worker.

The records appear to suggest that someone could have paid for his death.

There was much speculation after Rich’s murder that he — rather than “Russia” — was the person who had leaked sensitive, internal DNC emails to WikiLeaks.

Among other things, the documents included emails exposing numerous scandals related to Hillary Clinton. They also showed that the DNC was taking steps that favored Clinton over her challenger, Bernie Sanders.

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Antifa Assaults Small Child, Seattle Police During May Day Riot, Say Cops

Police in Seattle declared an Antifa May Day protest to be a riot after marchers reportedly assaulted cops and a small child. The rioters continued, marching into the streets committing crimes.

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BREAKING: Mitt Romney Booed At Utah GOP Convention, Tells Crowd ‘You Can Boo All You Want’

Sen. Mitt Romney, the lone Republican Senator to vote to impeach President Donald Trump in both of the 45th President’s Senate impeachment trials, was just loudly booed at the Utah Republican Party convention at the Maverick Center in West Valley, Utah.

Romney was greeted by boos immediately after entering the stage. Apparently mistaking the boos for applause, Romney began by smiling and thanking the booing crowd profusely. He offered thanks and thumbs up to the crowd for over two minutes as the crowd continued to boo his presence.

“So what do you think about President Biden’s first 100 days,” Romney said, beginning his speech even as the crowd made it almost impossible to hear him through their boos. Romney eventually stopped speaking for several seconds before asking the crowd, “Aren’t you embarrassed?” At one point a Republican Party operative approached the podium and instructed the crowd to “show respect.”

“So yeah, I understand I have a few folks who don’t like me terribly much, and I’m sorry about that.” Soon after, the crowd began booing again. “You can boo all you want, I’ve been a Republican all my life.” The crowd later broke into thunderous applause when Romney left the stage.

Ben Winslow, a Utah based reporter, confirmed the booing with another video captured from a different angle. “Senator Romney is getting boo’d loudly at the Utah GOP convention,” wrote Winslow.

Romney has repeatedly suffered public humiliation at the hands of Trump supporters due to his repeated verbal criticisms of the 45th President. After voting to confirm electoral votes from states with credible reports of widespread voter fraud, Romney was heckled on a crowded flight back to Utah.

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Hacker Erases UNC Conservative Student Publication’s Website

A hacker breached the website of a conservative student publication at the University of North Carolina, erasing hundreds of articles and leaving a threatening message for the paper’s staff.

The Carolina Review’s website was left largely blank Wednesday night around 10:00 PM, save for a note the hacker left on the masthead that called editor in chief Bryson Piscitelli a “nazi scum fuck off.” The hack came just hours after one of the Review’s campus distribution boxes—installed last Sunday—was vandalized with the word “racist” in black Sharpie.

Piscitelli, a sophomore, told the Washington Free Beacon that the school’s liberal political culture has made his publication a target, leading him to believe a student is responsible for the hack.

“The sad truth is, this sort of thing is really not surprising to us,” Piscitelli said. “We all in the back of our minds have always expected this—it’s been a fear certainly, but a thing we’ve had to stoically embrace as people who are not willing to keep in ideological step with the leftwing orthodoxy of the university’s student body.”

Expressing conservative views on college campuses can in many cases leave students vulnerable to physical attacks and intimidation from their liberal peers. A conservative at Berkeley was punched in 2019 while recruiting students to join the Leadership Institute, a conservative activist group, and student government leaders have been pressured to resign for holding Christian beliefs and defending Israel.

Conservatives at UNC have also faced harassment for their beliefs. One UNC student assaulted a pro-life advocate at the university in 2019. Liberal students lambasted Fox News host Tucker Carlson when he spoke at UNC in 2018, calling him a neo-Nazi and white supremacist.

Founded in 1993, the Carolina Review is an independent student publication that expresses the university’s “conservative and libertarian voice.” Carolina Review managing editor Elliot Gualano said he often fears for the safety of his staff writers.

“I am less concerned for myself but more concerned about the people that work for us, our staff writers that make up the most of the publication. They have been attacked and ostracized by their peers for joining the journal,” Gualano told the Free Beacon. “I fear for their personal safety sometimes, for the horrible backlash these individuals get just for being a staff writer.”

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BLM-Antifa Rioters Target Upscale Restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky – Heroic Patrons Refuse to Bow Down, Tell Mob ‘Bring It On, Let’s Go!’

BLM and/or Antifa goons targeted an upscale restaurant in Louisville restaurant in Louisville, Kentucky this evening. 

The patrons were having none of it as they faced the mob and taunted them like, ‘Come on, Let’s go!”

Some tweets are coming out of Kentucky tonight indicating BLM and Antifa are in full force again.  It’s spring so the rioters are gonna riot.  Noticeably none were wearing Trump hats.

What was amazing was the patrons of the restaurant were having none of it with at least one saying to the goons something like, ‘Come On, Let’s Go’.

Fortunately for the BLM/Antifa goons, they backed away and then walked right by the police.  We are unaware of any arrests being made.

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Assault On The Ballot Box – Lessons Learned In Pennsylvania

Democracy, done well, depends on fair, open, and honest elections. From roughly the time of the first election, people have sought ways to gain an advantage over their opponents, some within the rules and some not so much.

This nation has seen its share of election dishonesty but the 2020 General Election witnessed industrial-scale election fraud.  Please spare me the nonsense that there was no fraud.  There was and I will prove it.

In this article, I will demonstrate the fact that fraud occurred in Pennsylvania, here in Washington County, in fact, and how election officials at all levels violated the law in certifying election results.  I will do this using their own numbers and their own source documents, documents anyone can obtain, examine and come to the same conclusions.  I will then suggest some actions that must be taken to first mitigate this type of fraud and then eliminate a good part of it.

In Pennsylvania, a person must be a registered voter to vote.  Whether a person votes by mail-in ballot or at a polling place, there are processes in place that are supposed to check that the person is registered and then record in a voter registry a notation against that person’s name the person voted and on what day.

How 202,391 votes in Pennsylvania cannot be attributed to a registered voter…

Using the same December 14 data for the entire state, 6,962,621 ballots were cast and the SURE system showed 6,760,230 registered voters had voted.  This is a total of 202,391 votes that cannot be attributed to a registered voter.  Where did these votes come from?  Not from registered voters according to the state’s own data and documents.

Dave Ball (quoted from below)

It would seem a reasonable and straightforward assertion that, if an election is honestly conducted, only registered voters vote and when votes are tallied up, for every vote cast there should be an equal number of registered voters on the voter roll who voted.  The law, in fact, requires this.

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Iodine is Important but a New Study Shows Too Much Causes Problems

By Dr. Mercola

Iodine is a vitally important nutrient that is detected in every organ and tissue. Along with being essential for healthy thyroid function and efficient metabolism, there is increasing evidence that low iodine is related to numerous diseases, including cancer.

Worldwide, it’s thought that up to 40 percent of the population is at risk of iodine deficiency.

In the United States, health agencies tend to say most people are iodine “sufficient,” meaning they get enough of the nutrient from their diet, however this is controversial.

According to other sources, such as Dr. David Brownstein, who has been working with iodine for the last two decades, over 95 percent of the patients in his clinic are iodine deficient.

There are serious risks to taking too much iodine, however, which is why you need to be very cautious and get informed before opting for an iodine supplement.

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Even Texas Has Communists

Communists stand in the rain in Austin, Texas, May 1, 2021.

It’s May 1st, or May Day as it’s known.

May Day is commie day. A bunch of them gathered in a downtown park in the rain in Austin, Texas.

Not a lot of them, but more than there should be. They got very wet. Some of them tried to take over a public street and got arrested.

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Here Is What Republican Voters Really Believe in. It’s a Shame the GOP Has No Idea

At least 74 million Americans voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Everyone I know believes the number was actually much higher, but 74 million is the number the biased, “fake news” media counts as fact.

This is the base of the Republican Party. I know what these 74 million (and probably a few more million) voters believe in. How? Because I tested my beliefs at three major GOP events in the past month where I was the keynote speaker. And I got wild, enthusiastic standing ovations at all three.

What’s amazing is that the GOP leadership in Washington, D.C., and the Republican National Committee have no clue what their most loyal, passionate voters believe in.

I’m here to spread the gospel. I’m here to report that “the truth will set you free.” The people are desperate to hear the raw truth. Preach it. Let it rip. This is how you get standing ovations from tens of millions of Republicans, conservatives, patriots and capitalists. This is how you win elections.

When the media hear this, they will get sick to their stomachs. So will the D.C. swamp. And the deep state. All your work was for nothing. No one believes your lies and “fake news” anymore.

I began my speeches by saying: “Here is what I know. Here is what I believe. Here is raw truth. Let me know if you agree by your applause. Only applaud if you agree.”

I said, “No matter what the lying, ‘fake news’ media says, no matter what they try to stuff down our throats, I know President Donald J. Trump won the 2020 election.”

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Dershowitz: FBI’s Raid of Giuliani ‘Unconstitutional’

The FBI’s recent raid on an apartment owned by Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for former President Donald Trump, violated the Constitution, according to constitutional expert Alan Dershowitz.

“This was just a misuse of the search and seizure power. Initially, it was turned down; now it was approved, both by a judge and by the attorney general of the United States, so it wasn’t lawless action, but I believe that they acted inconsistently with both the spirit and the letter of the Constitution and that there should be remedies for it,” Dershowitz said on Newsmax on Saturday.

“It should be done through subpoena, and that is the constitutional route to getting evidence,” he added.

A search warrant being executed points to officials believing the subject would destroy evidence if the search was not carried out. But the lawyer knew that he was being investigated for months, so there’s no basis for a search unless a subpoena was obtained, Dershowitz argued.

“The 4th Amendment demands a subpoena in these situations, not a search warrant. What they did in this case was unconstitutional,” he said.

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Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut, Remembered By NASA | Video: 1 Minute 44 Seconds

Michael Collins was part of an extraordinary team of astronauts when most Americans were still looking forward filled with hope and optimism instead of looking back filled with hate and loathing. Michael Collins, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first men to land on the moon, a monumental achievement in human history. He was born October 31, 1930 and passed away on April 28, 2021.

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The Things We Don’t Know | “Buzz Aldrin Took Holy Communion on the Moon. NASA Kept it Quiet”

When Apollo 11‘s Eagle lunar module landed on the moon on July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had to do something hard: Wait. They were scheduled to open the door of their lunar lander and step onto the unknown surface of a completely different world. But for now, their mission ordered them to take a pause before the big event.

And so Aldrin spent his time doing something unexpected, something no man had ever attempted before. Alone and overwhelmed by anticipation, he took part in the first Christian sacrament ever performed on the moon—a rite of Christian communion.

Aldrin’s lunar communion has since become shrouded in mystery and confusion, but the rite itself was relatively simple.The astronaut was also an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church, and before he headed into space in 1969, he got special permission to take bread and wine with him to space and give himself communion.

Men had already prayed in space, but Aldrin was about to go one step further—literally and figuratively. Part of his mission was not just to land on the moon, but to walk on it. To prepare, he took communion after the Eagle lunar module landed on the moon’s Sea of Tranquility during an hours-long downtime period designed to let the astronauts recover from their space flight and prepare for their moon walk.

The communion bag and chalice used by Buzz Aldrin during his lunar communion. (Credit: David Frohman, President of Peachstate Historical Consulting, Inc.)

The communion bag and chalice used by Buzz Aldrin during his lunar communion. (Credit: David Frohman, President of Peachstate Historical Consulting, Inc.)

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How the Pentagon Started Taking U.F.O.s Seriously

On May 9, 2001, Steven M. Greer took the lectern at the National Press Club, in Washington, D.C., in pursuit of the truth about unidentified flying objects. Greer, an emergency-room physician in Virginia and an outspoken ufologist, believed that the government had long withheld from the American people its familiarity with alien visitations. He had founded the Disclosure Project in 1993 in an attempt to penetrate the sanctums of conspiracy. Greer’s reckoning that day featured some twenty speakers. He provided, in support of his claims, a four-hundred-and-ninety-two-page dossier called the “Disclosure Project Briefing Document.” For public officials too busy to absorb such a vast tract of suppressed knowledge, Greer had prepared a ninety-five-page “Executive Summary of the Disclosure Project Briefing Document.” After some throat-clearing, the “Executive Summary” began with “A Brief Summary,” which included a series of bullet points outlining what amounted to the greatest secret in human history.

Over several decades, according to Greer, untold numbers of alien craft had been observed in our planet’s airspace; they were able to reach extreme velocities with no visible means of lift or propulsion, and to perform stunning maneuvers at g-forces that would turn a human pilot to soup. Some of these extraterrestrial spaceships had been “downed, retrieved and studied since at least the 1940s and possibly as early as the 1930s.” Efforts to reverse engineer such extraordinary machines had led to “significant technological breakthroughs in energy generation.” These operations had mostly been classified as “cosmic top secret,” a tier of clearance “thirty-eight levels” above that typically granted to the Commander-in-Chief. Why, Greer asked, had such transformative technologies been hidden for so long? This was obvious. The “social, economic and geo-political order of the world” was at stake.

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Why Is the Left Allowed to Be ‘Transphobic’ and Racist?

Why Is the Left Allowed to Be ‘Transphobic’ and Racist?

Source: Joshua Roberts/Pool via AP

Last week, I asked why there was no uproar from LGBTQ activists when Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner was “misgendered” and mocked by the left after announcing that he would run for governor of California. (In reality, some of the mocking came from LGBTQ activists, who painted Jenner as a fame-hungry reality TV star.) And where was the uproar when Bill Maher questioned the “born that way” dogma, stating, “Wasn’t always sure about the man-woman thing, but low capital gains taxes — born that way.”

To be sure, there were some scattered voices of protest, but not a fraction of what would have happened had the mockery been pointed towards someone like Richard “Rachel” Levine, President Biden’s appointee as assistant secretary for Health and Human Services.

But all that pales in comparison to some of the attacks on Sen. Tim Scott after he responded forcefully to Biden’s address to Congress on Wednesday night.

As Mollie Hemingway tweeted in response to the Twitter-supported “Uncle Tim” tweet, “Twitter is choosing to trend a racist attack from the left on Sen. Tim Scott, the black Republican senator from South Carolina.”

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Could Your Body Render Future COVID Vaccines Useless?

Get vaccinated. It’s the latest COVID-19 propaganda message appearing everywhere from TV commercials to social media feeds, and it’s being pushed by celebrities and government officials alike. Yet, a sizeable population of Americans aren’t ready to roll up their sleeve just yet.

A January 2021 poll found 31% were taking a “wait and see” approach to see how the vaccine — or more aptly, gene therapy — is working while 7% said they would get the COVID-19 vaccine only if it became required for work, school or other activities, and 13% said they would “definitely not get it.”1

A cautionary approach is warranted, as none of the COVID-19 vaccines currently on the market are actually licensed. They only have emergency use authorization — which, incidentally, also forbids them from being mandated, although this is being widely and conveniently ignored — as trials are still ongoing.

The fact is, there’s a lot that’s unknown about these products, including their ultimate effects on your immune response. Increasingly, scientists are asking whether a phenomenon known as original antigenic sin (OAS), or imprinting, may render next-generation COVID vaccines useless.2

What Is Original Antigenic Sin, or Imprinting?

The term “original antigenic sin” was first used by Thomas Francis in 1960, who determined that hemagglutination inhibition assay titers — which are used to determine the antibody response to a viral infection — were highest against strains of seasonal influenza to which different age cohorts had first been exposed.3

In other words, the first influenza virus that you’re exposed to affects the way your lifelong immunity to that virus plays out.4 Later infections with virus strains similar to the first one will boost your antibody response against the original strain, and it’s not only influenza that this applies to. Imprinting is also known to occur in children with multiple dengue virus infections, for instance.5

In some cases, imprinting can be beneficial, but it can also be problematic. One study found that birth-year cohorts that had a first influenza exposure to seasonal H3 subtype viruses were less susceptible to avian influenza H7N9 virus later in life, while those exposed to H1 or H2 subtype viruses in childhood were less susceptible to avian H5N1-bearing viruses when they were older.6

“Using data from all known human cases of these viruses, we show that an individual’s first IAV [influenza A virus] infection confers lifelong protection against severe disease from novel hemagglutinin (HA) subtypes in the same phylogenetic group,” the researchers explained.7 Imprinting has been suggested as one reason why flu vaccines are often ineffective.

Scott Hensley, an associate professor of microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania, explained to STAT News, “We’ve all been trained on different influenza viruses. If you vaccinate 100 people, guess what? They’re all going to respond differently. We think a large part of that is that we all have a different immunological imprint.”8 He referred to a flu vaccine from 2017, when experts suggested a new H1N1 strain should be added. STAT News reported:9

“The one they had been using seemed to work fine for most people. But it wasn’t working well for a slice of the population — adults between the ages of about 30 and late middle age.

Hensley and his lab discovered that the vaccine target was making people who had their first flu exposures between 1977 and 1985 create antibodies to a version of H1N1 that was circulating back then — their imprinting virus. The decades-old H1N1 strains were too different from the 2009 version for the vaccine to work well in these people.”

The same thing could be happening with COVID-19.

Imprinting Could Mean Next COVID-19 Vaccines Won’t Work

While imprinting can enhance your protection against future infections if you’re exposed to antigenically related strains, if you’re exposed to a distantly related strain, it may increase susceptibility to infection. According to researchers in The Journal of Immunology:10

“OAS-like responses were also problematic during the 2013–2014 influenza season, when H1N1 viruses acquired a mutation in an HA [hemagglutinin] epitope that was the primary target of the Ab [antibody] response mounted by middle-aged individuals.

The cohort generated a focused Ab response against this epitope during early life exposure to seasonal H1N1 viruses that circulated in the 1970s. As reported by the Hensley laboratory, this epitope was conserved in the original 2009 H1N1 pandemic strain.

However, the drifted H1N1 strain that emerged in 2013-2014 contained a mutation in this region of HA that resulted in poor Ab binding and subsequently unusually high mortality for middle-aged individuals.”

In the case of COVID-19, it’s possible that the immune system reaction triggered by the vaccine will act as the original imprint, leaving subsequent COVID-19 vaccines — updated to target emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2 — ineffective.11

Michael Worobey, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, who conducted research on imprinting with influenza,12 told STAT News, “I do think it’s something that we need to be thinking about. We might actually see lower efficacy five years from now, if people are still locked into recalling the response to the first [SARS-2] antigen that they saw.”13

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The Time Has Come for Cannabis Equity

As cannabis legalization enters its newest phase with social equity dominating the conversation, Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law hosted an advocate and regulator-packed panel to map out a path to  Social Equity 2.0.

The Tri-State was well represented on the panel. Incoming New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission chair Dianna Houenou spoke to how the issue had been embedded from the start in her new state agency. Minority Cannabis Business Association President Jason Ortiz spoke about the current effort in Connecticut to put equity front and center in the conversation.

The pair were joined by Illinois governor J. B. Pritzker’s senior advisor for cannabis control, Toi Hutchinson, and former Massachusetts Cannabis Commission member Shaleen Title. Both have championed the issue in their respective states over the years. Politico’s Natalie Fertig led the conversation.

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Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine returns next week and more Maryland doctors will offer vaccines

Maryland vaccination sites will again offer the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a pause so experts could reaffirm that it is safe to use, and the state will also make vaccines more generally available in doctors’ offices.

The Maryland Department of Health said Friday that it will resume allocation of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to various sites next week, the first week since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration determined that a blood-clotting condition was extremely rare in women.

“The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is one of our most important tools in the ongoing fight to prevent hospitalizations and deaths associated with COVID-19,” Dr. Jinlene Chan, the state deputy secretary for public health services, said in a statement. “By resuming allocations of this safe and effective vaccine in Maryland, we continue to bolster our ability to stay ahead of new cases and emerging variants.”

The vaccine has been less widely used than others but is considered crucial to local and national vaccination efforts because it requires only one dose and doesn’t need to be stored in deep freezers. The Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines require two doses and must be kept ultra cold until used.

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100 Days from America First to America Last: GM Joins Ford and Moves Automotive Plant to Mexico to Escape Biden Taxes

Joe Biden tells off workers at an automotive plant in Michigan in 2020.

In March, just two months after President Trump left office Ford announced plans to move a major manufacturing plant to Mexico.

America Last: Ford Announces Plans to Move Plant to Mexico 2 Months After Biden Enters Office

On Thursday, the day after Biden promised electric vehicles would be made in America, GM moved its $1 billion electric vehicle plant to Mexico.

Breitbart.com reported:

Less than one day after President Biden proclaimed American workers would build the electric vehicles necessary to bring us into the zero admissions future, General Motors said it plans to invest more than $1 billion in Mexico to produce electric vehicles.

The automaker said Thursday it would make a $1 billion investment in its Ramos Arizpe production facility. The plant will begin producing at least one electric vehicle beginning in 2023, the company said.

The company did not disclose which vehicles would be produced at the plant or where they would be sold. But the plant currently produces parts and vehicles, including the Chevrolet Equinox and Chevrolet Blazer, that are sold in the U.S. and globally.

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It’s Been 6 Months Since CNN Gave Zoom Masturbator Jeffrey Toobin ‘Time Off’ To Deal With a ‘Personal Issue’

You’ve gotta hand it to Jeffrey Toobin. The CNN legal analyst was promptly fired by the New Yorker after masturbating on a Zoom call in October 2020 and traumatizing his colleagues for the rest of their lives. Toobin, however, managed to persuade CNN not to fire him over his public display of self-affection. The left-wing news network merely granted his request for “some time off while he deals with a personal issue.”

That was more than six months ago, which is a long time to be dealing with a personal issue, even one you’ve simply made up after getting caught masturbating on a Zoom call, or “tweaking the lede,” as they say in the news business. Reports suggest Toobin will “probably” return to CNN at some point, but the network’s top legal analyst was conspicuously absent during the coverage of Derek Chauvin’s murder trial.

CNN did not respond to a request for comment about Toobin’s situation. It remains unclear why the news network did not handle the situation the same way as the New Yorker, which launched an investigation and took appropriate action in an effort to foster “an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”

A New York Times profile published in January confirmed that Toobin was still employed as CNN’s chief legal analyst and hinted at a possible return. CNN president Jeff Zucker is reportedly a big fan of Toobin but is leaving the network at the end of the year.

In the meantime, Toobin continues to lurk on Twitter, posting occasionally to mourn the death of someone he knew. Several weeks after the masturbation scandal, he claimed that his account had been “hacked,” which is what the disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner (D., N.Y.) claimed after accidentally tweeting a photo of his crotch. Thankfully, no such photos of Toobin have surfaced.

Toobin popped out again in January and perhaps inadvertently telegraphed his impending return to the airwaves. “Many thanks. I’ll be back,” he wrote in a tweet that was promptly deleted.

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DNC Panelist Calls For The Destruction Of Capitalism

In the DNC Caucus and Council Meeting Youth Council, a panelist called for the destruction of capitalism.

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Let’s Call BLM What It Is – Marxist

The Department of Defense (DOD) is devoting significant time and resources to briefing its employees on the dangers of “extremism” and teaching them how to ‘inform on’ coworkers they regard as threats. The briefing slides, for the sessions that are underway, give multiple examples of groups that qualify as “extremist” and include symbols used by many of the groups. Prominent for its absence is any reference of any kind to Black Lives Matter (BLM). That organization apparently – in the eyes of the federal government – poses no threat whatsoever and neither membership in it or even the display of symbols associated with the organization are of any concern.

How is that possible?

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After a year of digital hearings, Minnesota federal courts moving back to in-person operation

After a year of mostly virtual operation, Minnesota’s federal courts are moving back into the real world.

Criminal and civil trials will resume in the state’s U.S. District courtrooms beginning Monday, a sign that the COVID-19 pandemic’s grip on the justice system is loosening.

On March 13, 2020, Chief Judge John Tunheim issued an order suspending in-person trials, grand jury proceedings and attorney swearing-in ceremonies, an unprecedented move in Minnesota’s federal courts system, in response to early reports of infections in the state.

Tunheim has followed with several orders in the months since, at one point easing restrictions to allow for trials to return but keeping most court appearances to video apps like Zoom.

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Ashli Babbitt; Chip Crunch; Inside 60 Minutes at CBS

Four months after the Capitol riots, one verdict is in… there was only one homicide that day: that of an unarmed protester Ashli Babbitt. But that police shooting has been shrouded in secrecy. Some say the officer’s use of deadly force was justified. Others say it was not. Prosecutors have announced they aren’t going to charge the U.S. Capitol Police lieutenant involved. But an attorney for Babbitt’s husband is planning to file a civil lawsuit. […]

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COVID-19 surges in Oregon, sickening younger adults and forcing a return to restrictions

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown meets with National Guard troops

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown visits with National Guard members at a vaccination clinic in Salem earlier this year.
(Abigail Dollins / Statesman-Journal via Associated Press)

For months, Susannah Sbragia waited her turn for a COVID-19 vaccination while Oregon’s teachers, older adults and others with higher priority got theirs.

The 55-year-old city finance director was meticulous about wearing a mask and washing her hands during the pandemic. She worked at home and stayed fit with daily walks and YouTube dance lessons with her husband.

But a week before her appointment for an April 22 shot, she felt exhausted and began aching all over. A test confirmed COVID-19. She gasped for breath during an ambulance ride to Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, a 25-bed medical center in a onetime logging and lumber mill town 80 miles south of Portland.

Sbragia became one of hundreds of patients hospitalized in a COVID-19 surge that has struck Oregon, alarming officials, who have slammed the state’s opening measures into reverse. Doctors say that patients they’re seeing are younger, sicker and often without underlying medical conditions, suggesting that potent variants could be partly to blame.

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EXCLUSIVE: FBI Raids Alaska Spa Seeking Pelosi’s Laptop | Podcast: 48 Minutes 53 Seconds

Raheem Kassam is joined by Paul and Marilyn Hueper after their home was raided by the FBI on Wednesday, April 28th. The FBI claimed they were looking for Pelosi’s laptop…

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‘We Are Killing Our Own People’ Says BLM Supporter Accused of Murder

33-year-old Zimele ‘Prince’ Dube, 40-year-old Simon Emmons, and a 19-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons are accused of murdering 35-year-old Ebrima ‘Brim’ Cham by stabbing him 11 times in his own home in Hounslow, West London, according to a Court News report.

Emmons and the 19-year-old are also accused of involvement in the killing of 53-year-old William ‘Blaise’ Algar and dismembering him after he accused the teen of being responsible for his cat going missing. Mr Algar’s arms and legs were buried at Hounslow Heath after being taken from the flat in a taxi, but his severed head and torso remained at the premises where they were found wrapped in a bedsheet by the authorities. . .

A Black Lives Matter support accused of a “ferocious and frenzied” knife murder has told a court that “we are killing our own people as well, so it’s sad.”

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Louisville Police Can’t Replace Veteran Cops Who Quit After Department Embraced Leftist Policies

The Louisville, Kentucky, police union says that the department is currently in “dire straits” in terms of employment after 200 officers quit their positions in 2020 and 2021 amid leftist calls to defund the police.

Following the officer-involved shooting that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, nearly 190 police officers quit their jobs in 2020, reported Daily Wire. The Louisville police union says that they are now in “dire straits,” failing to replace the officers amid the department’s embrace of leftist policies.

The shooting incident resulted in protests as no officers were charged for Taylor’s death. In response, the city has placed a ban on “no-knock warrants,” which prevent officers from entering a residence without announcing themselves, even if they had obtained a warrant.

The Louisville Police Department is now having trouble finding replacement officers as anti-police leftists continue their calls to “Defund the Police” according to the police union. “Nearly 190 cops left the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) in 2020 and 43 have stepped away from the Kentucky city’s agency so far in 2021, either choosing to retire or resign altogether, as law enforcement officials struggle to recruit new members to make up for a deficit in manpower,” reported Fox News. “I would say that we’re in dire straits,” said a union spokesperson.

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Chinese money-laundering rings in Chicago, New York cleaning Mexican drug cartel cash

Seok Pheng Lim sent this photo to her Chinese counterpart in Mexico that $340,000 in cash was successfully delivered from a cartel courier to her money-laundering associate in New York in 2017. | U.S. District Court trial exhibit

They’ve used complex schemes to disguise millions in drug proceeds, making them seem to be legitimate transactions, according to law enforcement sources and court files.

A Chinese money-launderer was about to pick up Mexican drug-cartel cash in Chicago, federal authorities say, when his plans suddenly changed.

They say the suspected launderer got a call from a man he thought was a Mexican money courier who told him they needed to change their meeting place because he’d spotted a cop.

“You Asian, I’m Mexican — not a good look,” the courier said in the 2017 phone call, court records show.

So they picked a different address to meet. They described their cars to each other. And when they met on the Southwest Side, they had a way to identify each other, authorities say: The money-launderer handed the courier a $1 bill. The men had agreed earlier that the serial number on the bill — G5915410C — would confirm the Chinese man’s identity. Authorities say that’s common in the world of drug-trafficking.

They say the courier then turned over a Menards shopping bag stuffed with nearly $200,000 in cash to Huazhi Han, who later was charged with money-laundering.

But the courier was no courier. He was an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

DEA agents arrested Han and say they found a gun in his van.

They also searched the Riverside home where he was living and seized about $1.2 million they found hidden in the ceiling there, according to court documents.

Han’s now awaiting trial on money-laundering charges in Chicago.

He was part of a network of Chinese nationals who were using complex financial schemes to launder Mexican cartel cash, federal authorities say. Such schemes have disguised tens of millions of dollars of drug proceeds into what are supposed to look like legitimate business transactions, according to law-enforcement sources and court documents.

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It’s party time again! 6,000 clubbers in Liverpool return to dancefloor for pilot post-lockdown rave

It’s party time again! 6,000 clubbers in Liverpool return to dancefloor for Britain’s first post-lockdown rave (but doors open at 2pm and pre-drinks are replaced by Covid tests).

  • Thousands of revellers are returning to the dancefloor at the UK’s first post-lockdown ‘nightclub’ rave today
  • But there will be tent of scientists outside the venue monitoring their behaviour at the two-day mini festival
  • Ravers had to take a lateral flow test 24 hours before the event and show negative result to release e-tickets
  • The trial events are designed to advance the reopening roadmap’s plan to scrap social distancing on June 21
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Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene sure to drive media insane with ‘America First’ tour. First stop, Sunshine State!

Embattled Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., is going on tour, and if that wasn’t enough on its own to drive the liberal media insane, he’s doing so with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, the controversial freshman Republican from Georgia.

The dynamic conservative duo, perhaps the “most canceled” two people in Congress, are holding an America First Rally at The Villages, a mostly Republican retirement community in Florida.

Gaetz announced the tour in a radio ad for the May 7 event in Florida, according to Politico.[…]

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Poll: Democrats Want Puerto Rico Statehood More Than Puerto Ricans

With current control in Congress and the White House, Democrats are considering attempting to add Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico as states. The additions will likely give Democrats more power, which may explain why Democrats support Puerto Rico statehood more than Puerto Ricans.

A recent Economist/YouGov poll of 1,500 U.S. adults taken from April 25-27 found that a plurality of Americans (43%) support statehood for Puerto Rico, while 31% were opposed and about a quarter were undecided.

However, the approval for Puerto Rican statehood increased by 20 points among Democrats.

The poll found 63% of Democrats approved of statehood for Puerto Rico. Just 13% of Democrats were opposed, although another 24% remained undecided. Even if all undecided Democrats surveyed ended up opposing Puerto Rico statehood, support for Puerto Rico statehood would still be higher among U.S. Democrats than native Puerto Ricans.

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One Of The Bravest, If Not THE Bravest Journalist In Today’s ‘Leftist’ Cancel Culture, Classical Liberal Glenn Greenwald Charged With Cybercrimes

| Brazilian federal prosecutors have charged the American journalist Glenn Greenwald for cybercrimes in a decision which has prompted outrage among press freedom activists – and celebration by allies of the far-right president Jair Bolsonaro.

The prosecutors said that Greenwald “helped, encouraged and guided” a group of hackers who obtained cellphone messages between leading figures in Brazil’s mammoth Car Wash anti-corruption investigation.

The leaks, subsequently published in several stories on the investigative site the Intercept Brazil, which Greenwald co-founded, appeared to show collusion between then judge Sérgio Moro and prosecutors and exacerbated questions of political bias of the investigations. Moro was subsequently named justice minister by Bolsonaro.

“It’s not just Glenn and his family’s safety which are threatened by this, but all journalists and freedom of speech in Brazil. This is an attempt to intimidate the press in general,” said Rogério Sottili, the executive director of the Vladimir Herzog Institute, an NGO that advocates for democracy, human rights and press freedom. | ~ The Guardian, “Brazilian prosecutors charge journalist Glenn Greenwald with cybercrimes” by Sam Cowie in São Paulo

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With Trump Out Of Office, It’s Open Game On Those Who Fight For Freedom | “Brazil Charges Journalist Glenn Greenwald With Cyber Crimes” by New York Mag

| Journalist Glenn Greenwald, best known for publishing Edward Snowden’s leaked government documents, has been charged with cyber crimes by Brazilian authorities for his “role in the spreading of cellphone messages that have embarrassed prosecutors and tarnished the image of an anti-corruption task force,” the New York Times reported.

The Brazil-based American journalist, whose reporting exposed corruption in the upper ranks of the Brazilian government, is accused of being a part of a “criminal organization” that hacked private devices belonging to the officials. The Intercept Brazil, which Greenwald co-founded, published stories based on leaks under the heading of the “Secret Brazil Archive.” | ~ New York Mag

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Greenwald Discusses Freedom Of The Press and How It Was Obama and The Democrats That Jailed Reporters and Threatened Sources, NOT President Donald Trump

“If you look at the last 8 years, there has been a very concerted war on not just sources and whistleblowers, also journalists, implemented not by Donald Trump but by the Obama Administration. More sources prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act than in all previous administrations combined.” ~ Glenn Greenwald

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“Trump Wages War on the Press, but Was Obama Much Better to Reporters? (Guest Column)” in Variety | Trump Ended Up Using Speech |

As it turned out, the ‘war’ was actually a ‘war of words’. In one sense, Trump turned out to be the greatest proponent of Article 19, then our own American Press.

| Obama, who campaigned on a promise to protect government whistle-blowers, made greater use of the Espionage Act to prosecute leakers and menace journalists than all other presidents combined.

Obama’s Justice Department accessed the personal email of a Fox News reporter and surveilled the reporter’s parents and colleagues. They seized the home, work and mobile phone records of journalists at the Associated Press.

Risen, who fought the administration to protect his sources, got so deep in his own legal battle with Obama that he selected a reading list for prison before the government finally backed off.

White House officials subverted the press in a number of ways while touting themselves as the most transparent in history.

Obama routinely banned news photographers from official events. He went months between press conferences and used social media to circumvent reporters.

First lady Michelle Obama took policy trips overseas with no press on her airplane. The White House scrubbed public visitor logs of names it didn’t want in the news.

The Obama administration posted the worst record in history for fulfilling requests for public records under the Freedom of Information Act.

In a bleak episode of unintended irony, an open-government group gave Obama an award for transparency in an Oval Office ceremony closed to the press.

Trump may well end up being worse on press issues than Obama, and today’s White House reporters could be picking out their prison reading lists eventually.

But for now, those on duty there are guardedly hopeful. | ~ Paragraph 8 on, Variety

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In 2020, It Was Reported That A “Record Number Of Journalists Jailed Worldwide” | Committee To Protect Journalists | But Not By President Trump

Again, while attacking President Trump’s own use of free speech, our friends on the ‘left’ again have to admit that President Trump never jailed any journalists.

| Within the United States, no journalists were jailed at the time of CPJ’s prison census, but an unprecedented 110 journalists were arrested or criminally chargedin 2020 and around 300 were assaulted, the majority by law enforcement, according to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker. At least 12 still face criminal charges, some of which carry jail terms. Observers told CPJ that the polarized political climate, militarized law enforcement, and vitriol toward the media combined during a wave of protests to eradicate norms that once afforded journalists police protection.  | ~  Paragraph 4, Committee To Protect Journalists

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Even In Articles When The “Left” Tried To Convince Us That Trump Was An Enemy To Freedom, They Admit He Never Jailed One Journalist | Reuters

| While no journalists were in prison in the United States as of Dec. 1, 110 were arrested or charged in 2020, many while covering demonstrations against police violence, the CPJ said. | Paragraph 8 ~ Reuters

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Obama’s War On Freedom Of The Press | Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

In 2014, Kevin Lamarque for Reuters reported:

| President Barack Obama came into office in 2009 promising a new era of unprecedented transparency in his administration. But when he leaves office, reporters may remember him for an effort that has largely turned out to be the opposite — and for being what one affected reporter has called the “greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.”

At a time when journalists’ roles in covering different, critical conflict zones have been under the microscope, renewed attention has come to the case involving James Risen. He is the New York Times journalist who has been fighting efforts by two different Departments of Justice — under Presidents Obama and George W. Bush — to compel him to identify sources from a 2006 book that reveals a secret CIA plan to sabotage Iran’s budding nuclear program.

For the past five years, he has battled the Obama administration’s Justice Department, which in 2009 took a rather unprecedented step of renewing a subpoena scheduled to expire that year. From his case and others the Obama administration has pursued, Risen told The Times’ Maureen Dowd recently that Obama represented a fundamental obstacle for press freedom.

“It’s hypocritical,” Risen said. “A lot of people still think this is some kind of game or signal or spin. They don’t want to believe that Obama wants to crack down on the press and whistleblowers. But he does. He’s the greatest enemy to press freedom in a generation.” |

For the full text -> Why The Obama Administration Wants This Journalist In Jail 

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Can independent journalism fight back in Turkey?

“Accusing journalists of aiding terrorists because they do not toe the regime’s line is the first step to a totalitarian state,” journalist Sue Turton told me a few years ago.

Turton – the force behind the #FreeAJStaff campaign which helped release three Al Jazeera journalists jailed in Egypt in 2013 – was offering thoughts on how to secure the release of more than 100 journalists unjustly detained in Turkey.

The country is among the world’s biggest jailers of journalists for the fifth year in a row, and was ranked 153 out of 180 countries in the newly published World Press Freedom Index, between Belarus and Rwanda.

Since the failed coup attempt in July 2016, at least 180 media outlets have been shut down in Turkey and scores of journalists have been jailed on baseless ‘terrorism offences’ -many charged as a result of posts they have shared on Twitter, cartoons they have drawn or opinions they expressed.

COVID-19 has brought additional fears for journalists behind bars. Last week, Turkey entered its second lockdown but overcrowding and unsanitary facilities has been a concern long before the pandemic that already posed a serious health threat to Turkey’s prison population.

So how can we help get them out of jail?

“My advice is to build international solidarity,” Sue Turton tells me. “When my colleagues were convicted in Egypt, we knew our best weapon was the solidarity of the media all over the world”.

So we did just that. On World Press Freedom Day 2017, Amnesty International together with several other prominent human rights organizations launched the Free Turkey Media campaign. Four years on, more than 250,000 people have signed an online petition calling for the immediate release of Turkey’s journalists. Thousands of others have posted ‘solidarity selfies’ on Twitter, and leading journalists, politicians and celebrities have joined the call too.

And yet, the situation for journalists in Turkey remains dire.

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SAGE admits risk of catching Covid in a pub or restaurant is ‘relatively low’

SAGE admits risk of catching Covid in a pub or restaurant is ‘relatively low’ with just 226 outbreaks in them since pandemic began – despite England’s hospitality sector being shut for another three weeks.

  • Analysis by SAGE found risk of Covid in hospitality, retail or leisure sector ‘small’
  • Admission came in a review of studies and data from UK and around the world
  • SAGE found there’d been just 226 outbreaks in pubs and restaurants in England
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Reuters exclusively reports why a U.S. hospital and oil company turned to facial recognition

Reuters exclusively reported how deployments of facial recognition from Israeli start-up Any Vision show how the surveillance software has gained adoption across the United States even as regulatory and ethical debates about it rage. The technology finds certain faces in photos or videos, with banks representing one sector that has taken interest in systems from Any Vision or its many competitors to improve security and service. Organizations in other industries are chasing similar goals. The Los Angeles hospital Cedars-Sinai and oil giant BP Plc are among several previously unreported users of Any Vision.

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Feds’ cover-up of UFOs puts US at risk, ex-Pentagon official warns

The federal government has long been covering up the existence of UFOs because of religious objections, concerns over tarnishing its own reputation and fears of inciting public panic, according to the former Pentagon official who says he ran the program investigating “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAP.

This longtime suppression of research data has resulted in a serious threat to US national security, controversial whistleblower Luis “Lue” Elizondo told The Post.

With a bombshell government report on UFOs set to be released any time between now and the end of June, Elizondo has revealed the shocking things he alleges to have learned — and the chilling reason why some in the Pentagon don’t want this information made public.

As part of his job, Elizondo says he had access to the Pentagon’s UFO data and interviewed military eyewitnesses who encountered UAP on an almost “daily basis.” Meanwhile, Navy pilots have testified about engaging 50-foot Tic-Tac shaped vessels only to see them disappear in the blink of an eye. Other pilots said their fighter jets had a “near collision” with a strange “sphere encasing a cube.” Elizondo scrutinized all this evidence, including radar and electro-optical data, that showed unknown aircraft zipping 60 miles in five seconds and descending at speeds of 14 miles per second.

“Do the math,” Elizondo, also a former intelligence officer for the US Department of Defense, told The Post. “You’ll see that it’s very fast.” (BTW: We did the math — and 60 miles in five seconds is 216,000 miles-per-hour.)

Despite those mind-blowing discoveries, Elizondo — who says he came into the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program in 2008, and headed it up from 2010 until 2017 — was always swimming upstream. He tried to share frightening evidence with close-minded non-believers who shunned his research, which he has now compared to an “intelligence failure on the level of 9/11.”

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‘I Feel Like a Character in 1984’: Giuliani Exposes Why Raid of His Apartment Was Totally Illegal

“A covert warrant about a President’s lawyer during an impeachment process. How extraordinary is that during an impeachment process?”  ~ Steve Bannon

“If it were done in a prior period the people found doing would be fired and possibly prosecuted. . . I don’t know if the American people realize how serious a destruction of our rights it is under this wonderful Constitution.” ~ Rudy Giuliani

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PATEL: Misinformation On Hamburgers Is A Joke Compared With The Media’s Misinformation On Climate

The left had a lot of fun this week mocking a false claim in some conservative circles that President Joe Biden was planning on limiting hamburger consumption. There are a few lessons in all of this. The first is obvious and has been driven home in the corporate media: Conservatives need to be more careful on the facts. By taking liberties on the potential costs of Biden’s climate goals, conservatives walked into a hailstorm of criticism that could easily have been avoided.

The second and more important lesson is that the hamburger misinformation pales in comparison to the corporate media’s misinformation on Biden’s climate targets. Biden has proposed cutting U.S. emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is double the hugely ambitious target set by former President Barack Obama in 2015.

Meeting Biden’s emissions targets would require major lifestyle changes that Americans may not want to make. But the media has done a great job of obscuring this fact, so people aren’t aware of the radical sacrifices that could be demanded of them. Talk about misinformation. Hiding the impact of Biden’s climate goals on the American people is misinformation of the highest order.

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Georgia Republican secretary of state hits Loeffler as ‘weak,’ ‘fake Trumper’

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) on Thursday called former Sen. Kelly Loeffler “weak” and a “fake Trumper” following her call for the state official to be investigated over his handling of the 2020 election.

During an appearance on Fox News, network host Neil Cavuto asked the Georgia Republican about his plans for the future, existing within a part that “might be pushing” him “to the side — or trying to.”

Raffensperger responded, stating that he plans to run for reelection in the state and acknowledged that Georgians may still be upset about the results in the 2020 election.

“Many people support what I have done, when I talk to people throughout the state … there were still some hard feelings from some of the people, but many of the people understood that we did everything right — they didn’t like the results, but neither did I,” he said.

Cavuto then asked Raffensperger if he would support Loeffler should she run for Senate again and win the Republican nomination.

“I don’t believe that’s going to happen. I think that what the base wants is someone that’s a true blue Trump supporter, and she’s a fake Trumper,” Raffensperger said.

Cavuto asked again if she won the nomination if he would throw his support behind the former senator.

“That’s such a wild hypothetical,” Raffensperger said. “Let’s talk about it if it happens.”

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Can Colleges and Employers Legally Require You to Get Vaccinated? It’s Complicated.

A slew of colleges and universities are embracing COVID vaccine mandates, telling students if they want to attend classes on campus, they’ll need to be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, a look at job postings across the country reveals many employers are requiring job candidates to get vaccinated, or promise to get vaccinated within 30 days of hire.

Whether you’re a job hunter or a college student, you may soon face the prospect that your future plans could hinge on your willingness to get the COVID vaccine. But can colleges and employers legally require it? The answer is … complicated.

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100 Days Into Biden’s Presidency, Hunter Still Owns Stake In Chinese Private Equity Firm, Business Records Show

Hunter Biden continues to hold a minority stake in a Chinese private equity firm 100 days into President Joe Biden’s term, business records show.

Hunter Biden holds a 10% equity stake in BHR Partners through his company, Skaneateles LLC, according to Qixinbao and Baidu, two independent services that provide business records on Chinese corporations based on China’s National Credit Information Publicity System.

Joe Biden promised in October 2019 that if elected president, nobody in his family would have any business relationship with any foreign corporation or country.

“No one in my family will have an office in the White House, will sit in on meetings as if they are a cabinet member, will, in fact, have any business relationship with anyone that relates to a foreign corporation or a foreign country,” Joe Biden told reporters in Iowa. “Period. Period. End of story.”

BHR is co-owned by the Chinese state-controlled Bank of China, the business records show, and manages the equivalent of $2.1 billion in assets, according to its website. Hunter Biden acquired his 10% stake in the firm with a $420,000 investment in October 2017, according to a statement released by his lawyer in October 2019.

BHR’s business file was last updated on July 28, 2020, the records show.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in early February that Hunter Biden was in the process of divesting his ownership stake in the equity firm.

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Cuomo and de Blasio trade jabs through media: ‘Serial sexual assaulter says what?’

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) traded barbs through the media on Thursday as the longtime political rivals face off over issues including the reopening of businesses in the state.

The feud was reignited at a vaccination event in Buffalo, N.Y., where reporters asked the governor about de Blasio’s announcement that New York City was hoping to loosen most if not all of its COVID-19 restrictions by July 1.

“First, the mayor of New York, I don’t know what he’s indicative of. And I say that as a former New York City boy,” Cuomo said, according to Business Insider. “Ask the people in New York City what they think of the mayor of New York City, and I would second their opinion.”

De Blasio’s spokesman, Bill Neidhardt, fired back in a statement to the New York Post by referencing how Cuomo is facing multiple allegations of unwanted sexual contact

“Serial sexual assaulter says what?” Neidhart said in response to Cuomo’s comments about de Blasio.

 

 

Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, later sent reporters a link to a tweet depicting Val Kilmer’s character from “Top Gun” making a taunting face at Tom Cruise’s character.

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Wisconsin passes law requiring schools teach students about Holocaust and other genocides

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) signed legislation into law on Tuesday making it mandatory for schools to include lessons about the Holocaust and other genocides in social studies education for students.

“This bill will affect generations of kids in our state and bring increased awareness, and recognition in our schools to the tragedies of the Holocaust, the pervasiveness of anti-Semitism to this day, and hopefully cultivate a generation that is more compassionate, more empathetic, and more inclusive,” Evers said in a statement.

“States across our country require or encourage education about the Holocaust for students, I am glad that today, Wisconsin will be joining them,” he added.

Under the measure, school districts, independent charter schools and private schools that participate in a choice program will be required to teach about the Holocaust and other genocide “at least once in grades five through eight, and again at least once in grades nine through twelve,” an announcement from Evers’s office detailing the measure states.

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Carolyn Stanford, will also be required to include the Holocaust and other genocides into model academic standards for social studies and develop model curriculum “in consultation with a state agency in another state that has developed such standards,” his office states.

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Russia: Release prominent lawyer defending Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation from arbitrary detention

Responding to news that Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers have detained Ivan Pavlov, a human rights lawyer defending the Anti-Corruption Foundation founded by Aleksei Navalny, Natalia Zviagina, Amnesty International’s Moscow Office Director, said:

“Lawyers are the last line of defence against the government’s growing crackdown on human rights, and now the authorities are going after one of the country’s most courageous lawyers. They accused him of disclosing information about cases they are arbitrarily treating as a state secret. This is a travesty of justice. The authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Ivan Pavlov from arbitrary detention.

“Targeting lawyers who defend victims of politically motivated prosecutions has become a dangerous trend in Russia, especially in the North Caucasus. Rarely has it being done in such a brazen manner, with open FSB involvement, as with Ivan Pavlov. If the international community was waiting for a signal to sound the alarm, then that time has come. Ivan Pavlov and his brave Team 29 have helped countless people. Now they themselves need our solidarity and support.”

“Lawyers should never be arrested simply for peacefully exercising their human rights and discharging their professional duties. Russian authorities must end the crackdown on the legal profession, and respect, protect, promote and fulfil the human rights of everyone.”

Background

Ivan Pavlov, human rights lawyer and the head of the human rights group Komanda 29 (Team 29), has worked on numerous high-profile cases including that of Ivan Safronov, a former journalist charged with state treason, and is now representing Aleksei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation in the “extremism” case against it. He was detained in the early hours of 30 April after a raid on the hotel where he was staying in Moscow. He was apprehended by the officers of the Federal Security Service (FSB).

According to Team 29, Ivan Pavlov is charged with “disclosure of materials of the preliminary investigation” (Article 310 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). It is not yet known under which case he is being prosecuted. The Russian authorities have arbitrarily classified a lot of criminal cases as secret and closed trials to the public, including the Anti-Corruption Foundation case.

If found guilty, he could face up to two years of compulsory labour and might be disbarred.

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Jimmy Kimmel’s Interview with Mike Lindell | Video: 18 Minutes 13 Seconds

Mike Lindell joins the infamous Black Face Artist, Jimmy Kimmel, and plays a good sport on the show while answering questions on his life story and explaining some of his positions on Election 2020.

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Samuel Alito’s Culture-War Warning

Remember when you were told that a Supreme Court with six Republican-appointed Justices would consistently favor conservative outcomes? Well, this week the Justices sided with California against Texas and 19 other mostly red states in declining to hear a challenge to progressive cultural imperialism.

In 2017 a California law went into effect instructing the Attorney General to blacklist states with less progressive policies on gay rights, transgender policy or religious liberty. Texas was identified because it does not compel religious child-welfare organizations to place children with same-sex parents if that violates their conscience.

The California law bars the use of public funds for travel to any of the 12 states on the list. Texas explained in its petition last year that at least two academic conferences in Houston were disrupted as students and scholars from California’s public universities couldn’t get funding. Politicians have had to use campaign funds rather than state dollars to travel to cities like Nashville in boycotted Tennessee.

Texas said such travel restrictions violate the Commerce Clause, which limits the ability of states to discriminate economically against their peers. It asked the Justices to invoke their original jurisdiction to block California’s economic coercion.

The Justices on Monday turned Texas down, but Justice Samuel Alito, in a dissent joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, argued that the Court should  settle more such disputes.

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‘Breakfast Club’ Host DJ Envy Called a Race Traitor After Defending the Officer Who Shot Ma’Khia Bryant

“Breakfast Club” radio host DJ Envy is facing down a backlash after comments he made in support of the police officer who shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant last week.

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COVID vaccine maker Emergent says it has a plan to fix Baltimore plant after mistake

Emergent BioSolutions plans to submit a plan to the FDA to fix systems at the Baltimore plant where COVID vaccine had to be dumped.

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John Eastman lays groundwork to sue CU Boulder for stripping him of duties after appearance at Jan. 6 Trump rally

John Eastman, the University of Colorado Boulder’s visiting conservative scholar, laid the groundwork to sue the school Thursday, filing a legal claim alleging breach of contract and defamation over how the university responded to his role in efforts to overturn the results of the presidential election.

The six-page claim, a necessary precursor to filing a lawsuit, indicates Eastman will seek at least $1.9 million in damages, consisting of nearly $20,000 that remains in a CU research account and $1.85 million in future salary he alleges he can’t earn because of “reputational harm.”

The notice of claim filed by Eastman — who spoke at President Donald Trump’s Washington, D.C., rally that preceded the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection — alleges CU officials “have denied his the ability to complete his duties under the contract. They have committed libel and slander against him and have irreparably damaged his career and his professional standing.”

Eastman and his attorney Randy Corporon held a news conference in Boulder on Thursday afternoon to announce the legal move. Corporon said CU Boulder has taken “remarkable steps to cancel the voice of my client.”

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Jan. 6 Defendants Win Unlikely Dem Champions As They Face Harsh Detainment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren fled the Capitol on Jan. 6 from a mob she later called domestic terrorists. Now she and another Senate Democratic leader are standing up for their attackers’ rights as criminal defendants.

Most of the 300-plus people charged with participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot have been released while they await trial, but dozens of those deemed to be dangerous, flight risks or at high risk of obstructing justice were ordered held without bond. D.C. jail officials later determined that all Capitol detainees would be placed in so-called restrictive housing — a move billed as necessary to keep the defendants safe, as well as guards and other inmates. But that means 23-hour-a-day isolation for the accused, even before their trials begin.

And such treatment doesn’t sit well with Warren or Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), two of the chamber’s fiercest critics of solitary confinement.

“Solitary confinement is a form of punishment that is cruel and psychologically damaging,” Warren said in an interview. “And we’re talking about people who haven’t been convicted of anything yet.”

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Secrecy Surrounds Solitary Confinement of 2 Men Arrested in Jan. 6 Capitol Breach

Julian Khater of Pennsylvania and George Tanios of West Virginia are being held without bail by the federal government in a District of Columbia Department of Corrections (DOC) restrictive housing facility. “Restrictive housing” is another way of saying “solitary confinement.” Khater and Tanios are restricted to their cells for all but one hour of each […]

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EU Vaccine Injury Reporting System Shows More Than 330,000 Adverse Events Following COVID Vaccines

Every week The Defender publishes the latest data from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) on injuries and deaths reported after people received one of the three COVID vaccines that have received Emergency Use Authorization in the U.S.

VAERS, which operates under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. In the EU, suspected drug reactions are reported to EudraVigilance, which also tracks reports of injuries and deaths following the experimental COVID vaccines.

Health Impact News compiled the latest EudraVigilance data on reports of COVID vaccine-related injuries and deaths and found — as of April 17 — 7,766 reports of deaths and 330,218 reports of injuries following injections of the four COVID vaccines approved for emergency use in the EU: Moderna, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, marketed under the Janssen brand.

The Health Impact News report broke down the data by vaccine, type of injury and country.

According to the report, injury and death report totals for each vaccine were:

  • Pfizer-BioNTech: 4,293 deaths and 144,607 injuries
  • Moderna: 2,094 deaths and 15,979 injuries
  • AstraZeneca: 1,360 deaths and 169,386 injuries
  • Johnson & Johnson (Janssen): 19 deaths and 246 injuries

Cardiac and blood/lymphatic disorders were among the most commonly reported injuries.

According to its website, EudraVigilance was launched by the European Medicines Agency in 2012. Reports of suspected adverse events are submitted electronically to EudraVigilance by national medicines regulatory authorities and by pharmaceutical companies that hold marketing authorizations (licenses) for the medicines.

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An unusual coalition as Supreme Court rules for immigrant

In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In this June 29, 2020 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington. | AP

By a 6-3 vote, the court sided with Agusto Niz-Chavez, a Guatemalan immigrant who has been in the United States since 2005.

WASHINGTON — An unusual coalition of Supreme Court justices joined Thursday to rule in favor of an immigrant fighting deportation in a case that the court said turned on the meaning of the shortest word, “a.”

By a 6-3 vote, the court sided with Agusto Niz-Chavez, a Guatemalan immigrant who has been in the United States since 2005. Eight years later, he received a notice to appear at a deportation hearing but this notice did not include a date or time. Two months after that, a second notice instructed him when and where to show up.

By sending notice of a deportation hearing, the government can stop the clock on immigrants hoping to show they have been in the United States for at least 10 straight years. The 10-year mark makes it easier under federal law to ask to be allowed to remain in the country.

The court was deciding whether immigration officials had to include all the relevant information in a single notice.

Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote in his majority opinion that they do, criticizing the government’s “notice by installment.”

Two other conservative justices, Clarence Thomas and Amy Coney Barrett, signed on, as did the court’s three liberal members, Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. The case was argued in November during the Trump administration.

“Anyone who has applied for a passport, filed for Social Security benefits, or sought a license understands the government’s affinity for forms. Make a mistake or skip a page? Go back and try again, sometimes with a penalty for the trouble. But it turns out the federal government finds some of its forms frustrating too,” Gorsuch wrote.

A 1996 immigration law specifies “a notice to appear” for people the government wants to deport, Gorsuch said.

“At first blush, a notice to appear might seem to be just that — a single document containing all the information an individual needs to know about his removal hearing. But, the government says, supplying so much information in a single form is too taxing. It needs more flexibility, allowing its officials to provide information in separate mailings (as many as they wish) over time (as long as they find convenient),” he wrote.

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American Medical Association CEO calls laws banning kids trans surgeries ‘dangerous governmental intrusion’

The American Medical Association urged governors Monday to take a stand against laws banning transgender surgeries and procedures for minors.

American Medical Association (AMA) CEO James Madara sent an open letter to the National Governors Association Monday calling laws banning transgender surgeries for minors “a dangerous governmental intrusion into the practice of medicine,” noting that transgender and nonbinary gender identities “are normal variations of human identity and expression,” according to NBC News. […]

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Uganda Detects Covid-19 Variant From India, Urges Caution

Uganda detected the Covid-19 variant first traced in India, according to the health ministry, and advised its residents to step up precautions to reduce the risk of contraction.

“This should be a wake up call for all of us,” the health ministry said in a statement on Twitter Thursday. “If eligible, get vaccinated now.”

Uganda has confirmed 41,797 coronavirus cases with 342 deaths since it reported the first infection last year, according to the health ministry data as of Tuesday. The government’s announcement of the new variant comes a day after its East African neighbor Kenya suspended flights to and from India for two weeks.

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Apparently, To Many Americans, It Appears Election 2020 Fraud Cost Donald J. Trump The Presidency | Video: 16 Minutes 29 Seconds

For many Americans there’s an overwhelming sense that our 2020 election was stolen. Election 2020 was probably one of the most confusing in modern history. In one of the most watched videos, many of the contentious allegations are discussed. Hearings were held in many states and insuring election integrity is still ongoing.

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Dr. John Eastman to Hold Press Conference Thursday at Noon MDT – After Being Fired for Speaking at a Trump Rally

On January 6th, Dr. John Eastman went on with Rudy Giuliani and spoke to over half a million patriots in Washington DC at the ‘Stop the Steal Rally.’

This was before President Trump spoke to the crowd.

And it was hours before rogue elements stormed the US Capitol over a mile away.

The crowd of several hundred thousand cheered Dr. Eastman and his remarks on election fraud.

Dr Eastman shared the following:

…The old way was to have a bunch of ballots sitting on a box on the floor and when you needed more you pulled them out in the dark of night.  They put those ballots in a secret folder in the machines, sitting there waiting until they know how many they needed… “

Dr. Eastman went on to share that the machine then matches the un-voted ballots with the un-voted voter and put them together in the machine.  Eastman concludes:

We saw it happen in real time last night and it happened on November 3rd as well.”

After the riots at the US Capitol Dr. John Eastman was fired from his position as law professor at Chapman University.

According to a group of current and former law students Dr. Eastman was wrongly smeared and attacked for allegedly inciting violence at the US Capitol hours later.

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Massachusetts Man Took Over ‘OG’ Social Media Accounts to Steal Cryptocurrency: Justice Department

A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to running a scheme to take over people’s social media accounts and steal hundreds of thousands of dollars in cryptocurrency, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said. Eric Meiggs, 23, of Brockton, admitted that he and one or more co-conspirators used an illegal practice known as “SIM-swapping” to obtain login credentials for the social media accounts of his victims, exploiting them to steal or try to steal over half a million dollars in cryptocurrency, the Justice Department said in a statement on Thursday. Meiggs and his accomplices targeted people who they believed held significant amounts of cryptocurrency and “those who had high value or ‘OG’ (slang for ‘original gangster’) social media account names,” the statement said. The scam involved convincing the victims’ cellphone carrier to reassign their phone number from the SIM card of the victim to a SIM card in a phone controlled by Meiggs and …

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Trump defends ‘great patriot’ Rudy Giuliani after ‘unfair’ FBI raid

Former President Donald Trump went to bat for his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani Thursday morning following news that the FBI raided the former New York mayor’s apartment, calling the action “so unfair, and such a double standard.”

Speaking on Fox Business’ “Mornings with Maria,” the 45th president defended his personal attorney in no uncertain terms.

“Rudy Giuliani is a great patriot, he does these things, he just loves this country, and they raid his apartment,” the former commander-in-chief remarked. “It’s like, so unfair, and such a double standard.”

“It’s very, very unfair,” he continued. “Rudy is a patriot who loves this country and I don’t know what they’re looking for, what they’re doing. They said it had to do with filing of various papers. Rudy loves this country so much.”

On Wednesday, federal agents raided Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office, two law enforcement sources briefed on the matter told The Post.

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High School Runner About To Set Record Collapses At Finish, Blames Outdoor Mask Mandate

A high school runner who was about to set a record collapsed at the finish line and blamed the outdoor mask mandate in her state for the tumble.

Maggie Williams, a junior at Summit High School in Bend, Oregon, was about to set a record in the 800 meter before she collapsed at the finish line due to a lack of oxygen from having to wear a mask while competing.

“I felt like I just wasn’t being able to get a full breath, and multiple times of that happening, not being able to get enough air, it just, I just felt super dizzy and then eventually passed out,” Williams told NewsChannel 21. “Clearly in the past this has never happened and then this race that I was wearing a mask, it did happen which I don’t think is a coincidence.”

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Joy Behar Claims Tim Scott ‘Doesn’t Understand’ The Difference Between A Racist Country And Systemic Racism

Joy Behar claimed Thursday that Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott didn’t seem to understand the difference between a “racist country” and “systemic racism.”

Behar reacted to both President Joe Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress and Scott’s rebuttal during the opening segment of ABC’s “The View.”

Cohost Whoopi Goldberg asked Behar to weigh in on Scott’s claim that the United States “is not a racist country.”

“Joy, what country is Tim Scott living in?” Goldberg asked.

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Kamala Harris: America Isn’t a Racist Country — But We Have to ‘Speak Truth’ About History of Racism

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday reacted to Sen. Tim Scott’s (R-SC) rebuttal to President Joe Biden’s congressional address.

In responding to Biden Wednesday, Scott pushed back against the notion of the United States being a “racist country.” His comments were met with backlash from Democrats and members of the media.

In an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Harris agreed with Scott about the country not being “racist,” but emphasized the importance of speaking “truth about the history of racism in our country and its existence today.”

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‘The 1619 Project’ and the Red Meat Project

Washington — According to the Washington Times — also known as the Good Times — last week, the Biden administration made plans “to offer grants for U.S. history classes that teach critical race theory and the ‘1619 Project,'” which is a confection of The New York Times. Both critical race theory and “The 1619 Project” are based on the fundamental insight that slavery is, according to the Washington Times, “the centerpiece of the American narrative.”

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Caught on camera: Liz Cheney fist-bumps Biden before his speech

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She didn’t need to be there last night, of course. And if she was intent on attending, she could have stayed away from the aisle to avoid a photo op like this one that’ll surely be used against her in her next election by MAGA types.

The only way this moment could have come about is if Cheney wanted it to. Which is curious, since her relationship with Kevin McCarthy and the House GOP leadership is already “very near a breaking point.”

She made sure to issue a statement afterward clarifying that she thinks Biden’s policies are bad for the country…

…but one of her primary challengers in Wyoming didn’t care:

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Hawley Introduces Bill to Reduce Pentagon’s Reliance on Technology from China and Other ‘Adversary Nations’

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has introduced a bill aiming to reduce Chinese control over technology used by the U.S. armed forces.

Called the Protecting Critical Boards and Electronics Through Transparency and Enduring Reinvestment (PCBETTER) Act (pdf), the measure intends “to prevent Beijing from inserting and exploiting vulnerabilities in printed circuit boards (PCBs) that are made in China and used throughout the American military,” Hawley’s office said in an April 28 statement.

Hawley’s office said that “a disproportionate amount” of printed circuit boards used in the Pentagon’s electronic systems come from China, where they are “vulnerable to sabotage” by the Chinese regime.

Under the measure, Department of Defense contractors would be required to notify the Pentagon if the systems they provide contain printed circuit boards made in China “or other adversary nations” so that the U.S. military could take precautionary measures.

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Water: The Forgotten Nutrient

Quick! What’s the most important nutrient that you need to consume several times each day? If you guessed protein, vitamin C, or calcium, you’d be wrong. It’s water. Even though water isn’t a vitamin or mineral, it’s a nutrient that’s vital to human life. If you think otherwise, consider this: You can live for weeks without food, but only for about three days without water. It’s considered essential because your body needs more than it can produce on its own. That’s because you lose a lot of water each day through evaporation, elimination, respiration, and sweat. Water is an incredible workhorse in so many ways. Here are just some of the things it does to keep you healthy: Fluid balance: Water helps you maintain the balance of fluids in your body. You’re made up of about 60 percent water, and when you become oversaturated, you lose water through urination. If …

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German spies monitor anti-lockdown activists for suspected sedition

Germany’s domestic spy agency is monitoring individuals who have joined anti-lockdown protests to decide if their rejection of government curbs amounts to subversion and incitement to violence.

The surveillance includes some members of the “Querdenker” or “Lateral Thinkers” movement, which has been organising increasingly violent protests against coronavirus lockdowns and includes conspiracy theorists and suspected far-right extremists, a spokeswoman for the BfV spy agency said.

The movement started with small demonstrations in the southern city of Stuttgart last year but has grown in scope and reach, drawing to its protests Germans from all walks of life frustrated with lockdowns in place since November.

Authorities fear that far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who either deny the existence of COVID-19 or downplay its threat to public health are exploiting lockdown frustrations to stir anger against politicians and state institutions five months before a general election.

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Purchase Orders Show FDA Bought “Fresh” Livers of Viable Babies Killed in Abortions

Americans’ tax dollars are keeping the abortion industry going, not only by supporting the killing of unborn babies in abortions but also by purchasing their body parts for scientific research.

Documents obtained by Judicial Watch through a Freedom of Information Act request show just how connected the abortion industry is with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health and taxpayer-funded scientific research.

The Federalist recently highlighted one of these documents, an email from an FDA contract specialist asking for a quote for aborted babies’ “tissue” to be used in experiments involving “humanized mice.” The email was written to Advanced Bioscience Resources (ABR), a human tissue procurement group that works with Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities.

On June 28, 2017, the FDA asked ABR for an estimate for 16 livers and 16 thymuses from second-trimester aborted babies. It specified that the babies’ bodies must be “free of known chromosomal abnormalities” and “fresh and never frozen.”

According to the document, the FDA wanted livers and thymuses “approximately two to three times per month.”

According to the FDA email, researchers wanted organs from babies between 16 and 24 weeks of pregnancy. Babies are viable outside the womb by about 22 weeks, so some of the aborted babies whose organs were harvested may have been viable outside the womb.

While the FDA referred to the organs as “tissue” and never to the babies from whom they came, it did acknowledge in a roundabout way that the aborted babies were, in fact, babies by mentioning their “mothers.”

In the email, the FDA contract specialist wrote, “No tissues where the mother is known to be positive for HIV or for Hepatitis A, B, or C viruses.” Later the specialist also made a reference to “maternal blood.”

These references to mothers are significant because they make the barbaric reality of what is being done clear. Mothers had their unborn babies killed in abortions. Then their babies’ bodies were dissected, labeled with a price tag and shipped to scientific researchers – at the American taxpayers’ expense.

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NC Sheriff: 2 deputies killed, suspect and 2 others dead


In this image taken from video Wednesday, April 28, 2021, law enforcement work the scene of a fatal shooting outside a home in Boone N.C. Two deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after the lengthy standoff in North Carolina, a sheriff’s office said Thursday, April 29. (WSOCTV via AP)

BOONE, N.C. (AP) — Two deputies were killed and three other people including a suspected gunman were found dead after a lengthy standoff in North Carolina, a sheriff’s office said Thursday.

The Watauga County Sheriff’s office said Sgt. Chris Ward and K-9 Deputy Logan Fox were dispatched to a home in Boone at 9:44 a.m. Wednesday after the homeowner and his family didn’t report to work or answer telephone calls. Both were hit by gunfire. Other officers were able to pull out Ward, who later died at a hospital. Fox died at the scene.

“The individual suspected of killing the two officers is also suspected of killing two civilians in the residence,” the statement said. Sheriff Len Hagaman said they were the suspect’s mother and stepfather, WSOC-TV reported.

A Boone Police officer, a Boone firefighter and an Appalachian State University police officer were shot at during an initial attempt to rescue the deputies, and the Boone police officer was hit, but he escaped injury to his Kevlar helmet equipment, Hagaman told WSOC.

Morganton Department of Public Safety Maj. Ryan Lander told The News Herald just before 11 p.m. that the suspect appeared to have killed himself, the newspaper reported.

Hagaman said Ward died at a hospital in Johnson City, Tennessee.

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Trump Floats 2024 Presidential Run Again, Says DeSantis Could Be Potential Running Mate

Former President Donald Trump said he is floating a 2024 run and could consider Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis as a potential running mate.

“I endorsed Ron and after I endorsed him he took off like a rocketship,” the former president told Fox Business on Thursday. “He’s done a great job as governor. I’m saying what I read and what you read, they love that ticket. Certainly, Ron would be considered. He’s a great guy.”

If Trump doesn’t run, DeSantis has been considered a potential GOP frontrunner for 2024. The Florida governor has been praised by numerous Republicans for his move to lift all COVID-19-related restrictions in his state in September, making Florida one of the most open states.

“I ran twice, and the second time I got 12 million more votes than the first time,” Trump also remarked in the interview.

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