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A Look Back, November 20, 2020 | “Rep. Devin Nunes on the Election: ‘Biden Team Is Putting on a Facade That They’ve Won’ | American Thought Leaders” | Video: 36 Minutes 27 Seconds
Big tech and corporate media played an outsized role in the 2020 election, says California Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Devin Nunes. And based on how the Biden team is responding to evidence of election irregularities and potential fraud, former Vice President Biden does not seem confident in victory, Nunes says (November 20, 2020).
NEW DELHI — India put oxygen tankers on special express trains as major hospitals in New Delhi begged on social media on Friday for more supplies to save COVID-19 patients who are struggling to breathe. More than a dozen people died when an oxygen-fed fire ripped through a coronavirus ward in a populous western state.
India’s underfunded health system is tattering as the world’s worst coronavirus surge wears out the nation, which set a global record in daily infections for a second straight day with 332,730.
India has confirmed 16 million cases so far, second only to the United States in a country of nearly 1.4 billion people. India has recorded 2,263 deaths in the past 24 hours for a total of 186,920.
The fire in a hospital intensive care unit killed 13 COVID-19 patients in the Virar area on the outskirts of Mumbai early Friday.
The situation is worsening by the day with hospitals taking to social media to plead with the government to replenish their oxygen supplies and threatening to stop admissions of new patients.
A major private hospital chain in the capital, Max Hospital, tweeted that one of its facilities had one hour’s oxygen supply in its system and had been waiting for replenishment since early morning. Two days earlier, they had filed a petition in the Delhi High Court saying they were running out of oxygen, endangering the lives of 400 patients, of which 262 were being treated for COVID-19. . .
George Soros‘s first disclosed political donations of the 2022 cycle are out, giving an early glimpse into the liberal megadonor’s spending priorities now that Democrats regained power in Washington, D.C.
Soros’s only disclosed donations during the first quarter of 2021 were to two of the party’s newest faces, first-term senators Maggie Hassan (D., N.H.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D., Nev.), as well as its oldest, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D., Vt.). Soros gave the maximum allowed $5,600 to Hassan, $2,900 to Cortez Masto, and $7,900 total to Leahy’s campaign and PAC.
All three recipients are up for reelection next year. Hassan and Cortez Masto have both launched reelection campaigns and are top targets of Republicans, who need to gain one seat this cycle to regain control over the upper chamber. Leahy, on the other hand, is 81 years old and has yet to announce whether he will run for reelection. If he retires, it could put another state on the map for Republicans.
What Happened to $16 Million Georgia’s Secretary of State’s Office Received Before the 2020 Election?
Before the 2020 Election, some very strange moves took place within the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office. Why were these made and what happened to the millions in grants the office received?
We know that Georgia’s Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has a propensity to not tell the truth:
We also know Raffensperger’s main man, Gabe Sterling, also has problems with the truth:
Of course, Raffensperger and Sterling were involved in giving the state of Georgia to Joe Biden by 11,000 votes when still to this day, over 350,000 ballots were counted where their legally required chain of custody documentation is still missing (which makes them invalid):
We don’t know why Raffenssperger and Sterling are not being honest about the results in Georgia. But we do know that the state received millions in grants before the 2020 Election and we don’t really know where it all went. For example, it was reported that the state received $11 million in COVID relief for the election through the Secretary of State’s office. . .
NASA and Elon Musk’s commercial rocket company SpaceX launched a new four-astronaut team on a flight to the International Space Station on Friday. . .
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My, Oh, My. Some More Big Tech Pedophilia | “New Jersey man charged with sharing child porn through Facebook chat”
Ramos-Artigas allegedly requested and exchanged lewd videos showing children ranging in age from 4 to 13, authorities said.
“The investigation revealed that Mr. Ramos-Artigas utilized the social media platform Facebook to engage in a chat wherein he requested, received and sent videos of child pornography,” Valdes said.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) in a Thursday podcast interview cast doubt on the importance of vaccinating the nation for COVID-19, saying he’s getting “highly suspicious” of the “big push to make sure everybody gets the vaccine.”
“The science tells us that vaccines are 95 percent effective, so if you have a vaccine, quite honestly, what do you care if your neighbor has one or not?” Johnson said during an appearance on “The Vicki McKenna Show.” He also asked “what’s the point” of striving to get “everybody” the COVID-19 shot.
“Why is this big push to make sure everybody gets a vaccine, and it’s to the point where you better impose it, you’re gonna shame people, you’re gonna force them to carry a card to prove that they’ve been vaccinated so they can just be in society,” he added.
A whopping 85 percent of National Pulse readers disbelieve the allegations of sex trafficking and impropriety leveled – without proof – against conservative firebrand Congressman Matt Gaetz. Following a survey…
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One Time FBI Informant, Al Sharpton, States: ‘We Are Seeing the Absolute Time that Policing Must Be Defined by the Federal Government’
Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” network anchor Al Sharpton pushed for policing to be “defined by the federal government.” This call comes following the Derek Chauvin verdict and in the wake of the shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant in Ohio and Daunte Wright in Minnesota.
Norway’s Institute of Public Health Says, “Everyone in Norway will be at greater risk of disease and death by choosing the AstraZeneca vaccine than waiting for another”
Here’s how FHI calculates the risk of disease and death of AstraZeneca and COVID-19:
In Norway, five cases of serious incidents have been reported after vaccination.
Three of these have died.
Ale contracted the symptoms seven to 10 days after vaccination.
They were between 32 and 54 years old.
FHI has calculated the mortality rate (how many of the vaccinated people have died, red.amn.) in Norway of 2.3 people per 100,000 vaccinated.
In Norway today, there will generally be a greater risk of dying by being vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine than the risk of dying from the COVID-18 disease, according to FHI. . .
VIRGINIA: Attorney Who Helped Trump Fight 2020 Election In Court Announces Run For State Legislature
Wren Williams, an America First attorney who helped President Trump battle election fraud in court, is challenging incumbent Charles Poindexter for the GOP nomination to the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 9th District. In taking on Poindexter, Williams faces pushback from all ends of the local uni-party political establishment, which has come out in staunch support of his opponent. . .
Administration officials “have abandoned the preexisting protections against the introduction into Texas and the United States of aliens infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus during a pandemic,” the 34-page lawsuit states.
The disregard for COVID-19 rules violates federal law, including the Public Health Service Act of 1944, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton charged. . .
An 8-year-old boy from Hazleton, Pennsylvania, is being hailed for saving his 20-month-old sister, Leila Dempsey, from choking. The young man had seen an episode of Nickelodeon’s “The Substitute” that featured wrestler and actor John Cena where he provided tips on how to save someone choking. The siblings were in a car with their dad going for a haircut when Leila started to choke on a chicken nugget. “I was just listening to music, I think. Then I heard her choking,” said Jaxson, Inside Edition reported. “I looked to my left and saw my sister’s face purple and red, so I patted her on the back, told my dad to pull over, then I started patting her on the back, and I dislodged a nugget.” Jaxson credits the TV show for teaching him how to save someone’s life. “It’s called The Substitutes on Nickelodeon, and in the very first episode, …
Bitcoin’s rally appears to be running out of steam, at least for now.
The digital currency dropped again Friday, briefly falling below $50,000—a decline of more than 20% from its record of $64,829 on April 14.
Bitcoin’s high coincided with the stock-market debut of Coinbase Global Inc., the biggest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange. The two events marked the pinnacle of a heady rally for cryptocurrencies that began last year. Bitcoin’s price more than tripled in 2020 and doubled to start 2021 before slipping.
The rally cratered last Saturday when bitcoin suddenly fell as much as 17% to $52,149—with half the decline occurring in about 20 minutes. Although it recovered some of those losses by Monday, the price has steadily declined, sitting Friday afternoon at $50,620. . .
Not long ago, Critical Race Theory was the territory of far-left academics pushing the boundaries of Marxism and nihilistic counterparts such as radical feminism and post-structuralism. All the philosophies to one degree or another advanced the notion that objective truth and standards—in society, in institutions, in law—do not exist. All reality is contingent, all is in flux, all is a construct of language and illusion. One person’s truth is another person’s lies.
Critical Race Theory emerged from this philosophical train wreck in the 1980s to say that Western civilization—and the American experiment in particular—is suffused to its core by white supremacy, white privilege, and institutionalized racism, and must be dismantled. For a long time, CRT was dismissed as an esoteric academic fad. But ideas have consequences and today, in the mysterious alchemy of social upheaval, Critical Race Theory suddenly is everywhere, its poisonous agenda swiftly moving through universities and public schools, government, law, science, business, and the media.
Rooted in the Left doctrine of class struggle, CRT teaches that U.S. society—our culture, laws, beliefs, and modes of governance—are a racist system devoted to upholding the power of white people. CRT is closely linked the new cancel culture. Dissenters from this new orthodoxy are punished. Freedom of speech is dismissed, and open debate is canceled, as we’ll see below in the case of high school coach David Flynn.
The rhetoric of this radicalism is cloaked in the language of social justice, but if you “peel back the layers of ideology and you get to the core of this belief system,” notes writer Christopher Rufo, “they’re advocating for a kind of cultural revolution, steeped in Marxism, adjusted to identity politics, and now activated through Black Lives Matter, through Critical Race Theory, and absurdly through even corporate HR departments.” For more on CRT, see this Heritage Foundation special report.
Judicial Watch is fighting back. Three cases, in particular, illustrate the scope of the Critical Race problem. Tellingly, they all involve schools—a key battleground in this war of ideas. . .
Please review the CDC mask guidelines at your convenience. It lays out when, where, and how we’re supposed to wear masks for totally unarguable sciencey reasons. At no point does it say you should mask up while on a conference call. Yet that’s what Joe Biden did on Thursday during a video conference with other world leaders, even after getting both his jabs. If you were wondering why Democrats are so uninformed about the ‘rona, wonder no more. It may very well be because this is their intellectual superior. Just a hunch.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It has to be twice as many in the world leader group text they don’t let Biden on.
Russia: Activists detained under absurd “sanitary” charges for social media posts in support of public protest
On Saturday, 23 January 2021, protest rallies against the arbitrary arrest and unfounded, politically motivated prosecution of Aleksei Navalny, a prominent anti-corruption activist and Vladimir Putin’s critic, erupted across Russia and continued for 10 days. Authorities described the protests as “illegal”, citing the country’s unduly restrictive legislation on assemblies, and responded by prosecuting individuals they perceived responsible for encouraging the protests. The Investigative Committee arrested 12 prominent activists in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod. The Committee claimed the activists had violated COVID-19 related sanitary rules simply for calling for the protests, which in their view amounted to a crime. Russian authorities must stop denying and violating the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and expression, and must not use COVID-19 related restrictions to jail and silence their critics. All those detained solely for calling for, organizing, or participating in peaceful protests must be immediately released.
President Macron vows to ‘never give up the fight against Islamist terorrism’ after knifeman screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ stabs woman to death before being shot dead by cops at French police station
- Stephanie, an administrative worker, 49, was killed as she walked into the lobby
- The knifeman is believed to be a Tunisian national who moved to France in 2009
- The savage attack took place in the leafy Paris commune of Rambouillet
- France’s counter-terrorism unit has taken over the investigation into the killing
Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters defended her call for protesters to “get more confrontational” if former police officer Derek Chauvin was not found guilty in the death of George Floyd.
“I have been an activist participating in the civil rights movement and I have dealt with the issue of police abuse for many decades,” Waters wrote Thursday in a Los Angeles Times op-ed. Waters survived a censure resolution introduced by Republican California Rep. Kevin McCarthy in a party-line vote.
African Activists: The Earth Is in Peril If Wealthy Nations Don’t Slash Emissions & Pay Climate Debt
As President Biden convenes a major climate summit, we speak with two leading climate activists from Africa about the “climate debt” rich countries owe the Global South and the major emissions cuts still needed in order to avert the worst effects of the planetary emergency. “Given the scale of the crisis right now, the only thing that is going to get us out of it is not going to be baby steps in the right direction,” says Kumi Naidoo, special adviser for the Green Economy Coalition’s Social Contract Initiative, as well as the former head of Greenpeace International. “It’s going to be big, bold, courageous, structural and systemic change to every aspect of society.” We also speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, international program coordinator for Climate Justice and Energy at Friends of the Earth International, who says that while new pledges by the U.S. to cut emissions are “going in the right direction,” it’s still not enough. “We’re calling on the U.S. to do its fair share of emissions reductions, and what that means is four times of what the U.S. has put on the table.”
Caitlyn Jenner files to run for governor, done with one-party rule: This is not Gavin Newsom’s California
Reality television star Caitlin Jenner announced Friday she is running for governor of California as a Republican challenger to Democratic Gov Gavin Newsom. In a statement posted […]
Arizona’s audit of over 2 million ballots has been paused until Monday, 10 Republican attorneys general led by Louisiana have filed a lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s climate order, and every branch of government is called upon to address the unprecedented border surge.
HUGE: Maricopa County Was Given $3 Million of ‘Zuckerbucks’ Before Election But No One Knows Who Received It and What It Was Used For!
Where did the millions go? Maricopa County Arizona, one of the largest counties in the nation, received $3 million in ‘Zuckerbucks’ from a Democrat non-profit before the election. No one knows who accepted it or where it went.
In addition to repeatedly sabotaging attempts by the Arizona Senate to implement an accurate, transparent, and factual forensic audit of Maricopa’s 2020 election – which is set to actually begin on April 22 – the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) also repeatedly violated the chain of custody of the 2.1 million ballots from the 2020 election which this Board is legally responsible for safeguarding. Under their watch things like shredded ballots ended up in a dumpster; doors were left wide open at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center (MCTEC); a gigantic, mysterious fire occurred at a chicken farm owned by one of the supervisors of the MCBOS; and, all of the ballots were without the AZ Senate’s permission literally moved out of the MCTEC and then brought back home again (who knows where these ballots went for a ride and how many never came back).
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have consistently blocked, politically harassed, and refused the Arizona Senate from auditing the results of the 2020 Election. One group is fed up and started a petition to remove and replace these supervisors. Here’s what We the People Arizona Alliance has to say about MCBOS members, Jack Sellers, Chair, Bill Gates, Vice-chair, Clint Hickman, Steve Chucri, and Steve Gallardo, and here are the recall forms for Maricopa voters to file:
The Board of Supervisors have failed to represent our rights through unconstitutional lock down orders and mask mandates and we stood by. They are now subverting our right to a fair election. They have made it clear they have no intention in preserving our inalienable rights or preserving our elections. They have lied, they have stalled and they have used deceptive political maneuvering. We the People must act to preserve the integrity of our elections. We must take it upon ourselves to do what is right.
Additional recalls are being pursued by this group for AZ Governor Doug Ducey (R), Secretary of State Katie Hobbs (D), AZ Senator Paul Boyer (R), and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman (D).
Now, come to find out it appears the MCBOS accepted almost $3 million in Zuckerbucks in 2020 – grant money dumped from progressive Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Pricilla Chan’s foundation – as well as from other Big Tech billionaires and radical philanthropists – into the hands of somebody in Maricopa County through a 501(c)(3) “nonpartisan charity,” the Chicago-based Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL).
According to the Capital Research Center (CRC), which investigates corrupted and crooked nonprofits and foundations and which broke the Arizona/Nevada piece of this national Zuckerbucks story, almost $3M went to “Maricopa County election officials.” We assume that means the MCBOS. However, until the nonprofit grant paperwork surfaces and the MCBOS answers the public’s outraged questions, we’re totally in the dark.
The Postal Service is running a ‘covert operations program’ that monitors Americans’ social media posts
The law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service has been quietly running a program that tracks and collects Americans’ social media posts, including those about planned protests, according to a document obtained by Yahoo News.
The details of the surveillance effort, known as iCOP, or Internet Covert Operations Program, have not previously been made public. The work involves having analysts trawl through social media sites to look for what the document describes as “inflammatory” postings and then sharing that information across government agencies.
BLM BLAST | Breonna Taylor’s mom slams ‘fraud’ BLM as Candace Owens says ‘dead black people being used to empower white Democrats’
ANDACE Owens launched a scathing attack on the Black Lives Matter movement as she backed Breonna Taylor’s mother’s claims the organization is a “fraud”.
The Conservative commentator accused the movement of being “racist” and using “dead black people to fund and empower white Democrats.”
” I’ve watched y’all raise money on behalf of Breonna’s family who has never done a damn thing for us nor have we needed it or asked so talk about fraud,’ Palmer (Breonna Taylor’s mother,) said in the deleted Facebook post.
Members of progressive Democratic group “The Squad” reportedly spent “tens of thousands of dollars” on private security and other forms of security services in the first quarter while publicly calling to dismantle or defund the police force due to what they claim to be “institutionalized racism” among its ranks.
The group of radical-left, female lawmakers — composed of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Rashida T’laib (Michigan) and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts) — were said to have spent for private securities for themselves, according the Daily Caller, citing Federal Election Commission (FEC) records that it reviewed.
NEW: Members of the progressive-Democrat group in Congress called “the squad” who have been pushing to defund the police, spent thousands of dollars on private security for themselves, according to FEC records reviewed by the @DailyCaller.
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) April 19, 2021
“FEC reports show Democrats New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley, and Missouri Rep. Cori Bush each spent thousands of dollars on their own security,” the publication wrote on its report. “The payments were described in the FEC filings as either ‘security’ or ‘security services.’”
The Democratic lawmakers were reported to have spent “nearly $70,000” for private security from January to March this year alone, while at the same time demanding that police forces be “defunded” and taxpayers money for law enforcement be funneled instead for “community welfare” projects. . .
Progressives also earlier signaled they wanted police duties to be transferred to social workers — leaving communities vulnerable to crimes.
Facebook Co-Founder Gave Millions To BLM’s Patrisse Cullors Before Facebook Censored News Story About Her Mansions
A new report from the the Washington Free Beacon has uncovered that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has given millions of dollars to groups run by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors, including one which paid Cullors $20,000 a month.
Last week, Facebook desperately moved to censor a New York Post story about Cullors’ multi-million dollar mansion collection from the website.
The Washington Free Beacon reported Monday that Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, who left the company in 2008 but still reportedly maintains a multi-billion dollar 2% stake in the platform, gave at least $5.6 million to groups founded and chaired by Black lives Matter co-founder Dustin Moskovitz over the course of four years.
Moskovitz contributed $2.8 million to Dignity and Power Now, over $2.3 million to Reform L.A. Jails, and $500,000 to the The Justice Teams Network, all of which were founded or co-founded by Cullors between 2017 and 2020.
Cullors was paid a staggering $20,000 a month by L.A. Reform jails in 2019.
On Friday, Facebook moved to scrub a New York Post story that documented Cullors’ $3.2 million mansion-buying spree from its platform.
As National File reported last week, Cullors attempted to defend her extravagant tastes in luxury real estate by claiming that her personal mansion collection is in “direct support of black people”.
Former President Trump slammed NBA superstar LeBron James on Thursday night, calling the basketball star’s “racist rants” “divisive, nasty, insulting and demeaning.”
“LeBron James should focus on basketball rather than presiding over the destruction of the NBA, which has just recorded the lowest television RATINGS, by far, in the long and distinguished history of the League,” Trump wrote in a statement released by his office.
“His RACIST rants are divisive, nasty, insulting, and demeaning. He may be a great basketball player, but he is doing nothing to bring our Country together!” he continued.
For weeks, New Yorkers have witnessed the alarming rise of a homegrown variant of the coronavirus that has kept the number of cases in the city stubbornly high. City officials have repeatedly warned that the variant may be more contagious and may dodge the immune response.
On that second point, at least, they can now breathe easier: Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines will effectively prevent serious illness and death from the variant, two independent studies suggest.
Antibodies stimulated by those vaccines are only slightly less potent at controlling the variant than the original form of the virus, both studies found.
“We’re not seeing big differences,” said Michel Nussenzweig, an immunologist at Rockefeller University in New York and a member of the team that published one of the studies on Thursday.
The bottom line? “Get vaccinated,” he said.
The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected Iran to a four-year term on its Commission on the Status of Women, the watchdog group UN Watch first reported Wednesday.
The Commission serves as the “principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women.” Iran’s election to the Commission, which took place in secret balloting, has sparked outrage among human rights and women’s activists.
“Electing the Islamic Republic of Iran to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer in a statement. “It’s absurd — and morally reprehensible. This is a black day for women’s rights, and for all human rights.”
Protesters clashed with police in Manhattan on Thursday night after a monument was vandalized by cop-haters in Central Park. Six people were arrested in Columbus Circle near the USS Maine National Monument, which was defaced with anti-police graffiti, cops said.
“ACAB,” an acronym for “All Cops are Bastards,” and “F–k 12,” which means “F–k the police,” were spray-painted onto the monument.
“Stonewall was a riot,” was also written in the pink spray paint.
The NYPD condemned the vandalism in a social media post.
“We respect everyone’s right to peacefully protest, but vandalism is not part of peaceful protest,” the department wrote on Twitter.
‘They’re Afraid of What We’re Going to Find’: 2.1 Million Ballots Transferred for Audit in Maricopa | Video 8 Minutes 22 Seconds
Arizona State Senator joins the War Room talking about the big implications with the ballot audit. “Elections have consequences. The Election on November 3, since President Trump did not close on his massive victory, has had tremendous consequences. Well, the folks in the great state of Arizona are fighting back.” ~ Steve Bannon
The American Humanist Association (AHA) has revoked its top “Humanist of the Year” honor from British biologist and noted atheist Richard Dawkins for the academic’s history of demeaning marginalized groups under “the guise of scientific discourse,” the group announced Monday, pointing to a recent statement that questions the validity of transgender people and suggests Black identity can be “assumed when convenient.”
‘The American president and vice president are doing as much damage to the U.S. as any propaganda campaign I can remember,’ former House speaker says.
Amid calls to defund the police, the progressive mayor of Los Angeles is instead increasing law enforcement’s funding—but only by a fraction. Crime rates in the city continue to climb. The president of LA’s Police League suggests this is caused by last year’s police cut.
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Public trust in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) declined from May 2020 to October 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s according to a recent Rand study. Rand asked Americans about their level of trust in the CDC, the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in May 2020 and […]
Fiction Checkers … CCP Compromised Journalists Attack Frank Speech. Guests are: Michael Yon, Natalie Winters, Mike Lindell.
Thunberg-ism … The Great Reset at the Sistine Chapel.
“They were prepared for this to go sideways in a bad way,” she said. “Why was there a single officer a guy that was that dangerous without any backup?” Guests are: Patrick Coffin, Alison Morrow.
Opinion: Ben Carson: Moving our focus from equality to equity won’t defeat racism. It’s another kind of racism.
This goal is not only un-American — it is impossible to attain.
Equity’s worldview, as I see it, starts with the proposition that the White majority is guilty of bigotry and oppression, and that all differential outcomes between groups are solely the result of that bigotry and oppression. Equity proponents therefore argue that retributive actions against the majority are necessary to correct those wrongs. Reparations for slavery — which a House committee has voted to study — are such an action; so are hiring programs that specifically recruit racial minorities, campaigns to support only Black-owned businesses and firms that require their board of directors to have a certain percentage of minorities. A perfect example of equity is the anti-poverty stipend recently announced by the city of Oakland, Calif., offered only to residents who are “BIPOC” — that is, Black, Indigenous or people of color. The program explicitly excludes poor White families.
Chicago figured out how to build a skyscraper and reverse a river’s flow, but it has not found the killers of these woman, most of whom were Black.
I don’t give a damn who’s tired of hearing it. I’m not gonna stop saying it: If 51 dogs were slain and discarded in trashcans, abandoned buildings and vacant lots across Chicago, set on fire and dismembered, this city would be up in arms.
Why not for at least 51 women slain here since 2001, and whose murders remain mostly unsolved?
Why not for their families who seek solace and justice for these daughters whose innocent blood cries out from their cold graves?
Can you hear them?
Imagine their last gasps, amid the torture they suffered from their murderer who strangled or asphyxiated them, desecrated them?
Can you envision their final desperate struggle? Hear their cries for help before they at last succumbed to death — the light of life seeping from their frightened eyes? Visualize their last moments in the hands of someone who hated them rather than being embraced by someone who loved them?
I can. I must.
The cold. The desolation of their bodies dumped, half dressed, defiled. The pain. The shame. Crying out for help. And yet, no one came. No one answered.
Why shouldn’t this city now have to answer?
The depravity. The inhumanity. This stark insanity of a city where they could figure out how to build a skyscraper, reverse the river’s flow, and design a world-class skyline that shimmers. A city that cannot find — at least has not found — these women’s killers.
And why not?
What if it were 51 women mostly white instead of 51 women mostly Black? What if they were mostly middle class instead of mostly poor and working class?
What if they lived and died in a posh Near North Side neighborhood, or along the Magnificent Mile, rather than on the South and West Sides on poverty’s isle? Would these murders still be largely unsolved? Might this city then care?
What if these women had not been all summarily — and falsely — characterized as “prostitutes” and “drug addicts”? Would we be so easily dismissive of their fate? Would we still deem them as perhaps “less than,” if not altogether “disposables,” rather than as flesh and blood and heart and soul, created in the image of God?
What if “she” was your daughter, your mother, your sister, your aunt, your granddaughter, the girl next door? What if we could see in the eyes of those among these victims whom life may have pushed into the gutter, the soul of a broken woman, not just some “whore”? Then would this city do more?
For Lollapalooza and an assortment of downtown entertainment fests, resources flow. And when murder, rape or a string of robberies occur beyond the hood, no stone is left unturned. Those victims garner headlines and nightly news because they are of a different hue, or well to do.
Remember Jussie Smollet and how quickly police got to the bottom of the truth?
But Black women and girls disappear, or are raped and murdered damn near everyday. And what does the city do?
All the official hand wringing and explaining sounds like one big excuse. And the inability to solve the murders of the 51 just evidence that this case is clearly not a priority for the mayor, or the police, or for far too many.
Maybe I’m wrong. What I do know is that some don’t want to hear it anymore. In so many words and with looks of dismay they say, Shut up, John Fountain, you’ve already said that. Write about something else, let it go.”
I can’t. I won’t. And I don’t give a damn what “they” say. I said it again. And I’m gonna say it some more.
John Fountain led his class at Roosevelt University in a yearlong project on the 51 murdered Chicago women, To view the project, visit: www.unforgotten51.com
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Murders spiked in major American cities since the death of George Floyd amid a push to slash police funding, according to a new analysis. The rise in homicides in 10 major cities last year coincided with police making fewer arrests and stops, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund found. In Chicago, for example, arrests and stops dropped by 53 percent while murders rose 65 percent, when comparing June 2019 through February 2020 and June 2020 through February 2021. In Minneapolis during the same time period, arrests and stops decreased by 42 percent while murders increased 64 percent. Chicago cut approximately $59 million from police in its 2021 budget, largely by axing vacant positions in the force. Minneapolis, which slashed $7.8 million from its police department in December 2020, approved an infusion of money a month prior and backed away from one proposal to decrease the number of police officers and another …
All of the weekend’s fatal shootings happened during the 24-hour period on Easter Sunday.
Chicago saw an especially bloody Easter Sunday with at least seven people shot and killed citywide during the 24-hour period.
At least 27 others were wounded in other weekend shootings, none of which were reported by police as fatal.
Easter weekend was more deadly, but saw less shootings, than last weekend when 36 people were shot, four of them fatally, between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 a.m. Monday.
The last murder on Easter Sunday was a 45-year-old man gunned down in Englewood on the South Side. About 11:25 p.m., the man was found in the 6800 block of South Throop Street with gunshot wounds on the chest, Chicago police said.
He was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office hasn’t released his name.
Man dies after being shot 14 times in Roseland
Before dawn Sunday, a man died after being shot more than a dozen times, and another man was critically wounded, in Roseland on the Far South Side. A 31-year-old man was arguing with two people about 1:30 a.m. in the 200 block of West 108th Street when one person fired multiple shots at him, police said.
He suffered 14 gunshot wounds to the upper body and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died. His name hasn’t been released.
A 45-year-old man who tried to intervene was also shot, police said. He suffered two gunshot wounds to the chest and was taken to the same hospital in critical condition.
Fatal Austin shooting
A 28-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday after getting into a fight in a parking lot in Austin on the West Side. Jakub Marchewka of Belmont Craign was in a parking lot about 4:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of North Austin Avenue, when he got into a fight with a person who pulled out a gun and shot him in the chest, authorities said. He died at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood.
Sunday evening, a 25-year-old man was found fatally shot in Brainerd on the South Side. About 6:15 p.m., officers found Dashawn Norman of Brainerd unresponsive in the backyard of a residence in the 9300 block of South Throop Street, authorities said. He was pronounced dead with a gunshot wound to his head at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Man killed in car in Little Village
A 28-year-old man was found fatally shot inside an SUV Sunday in Little Village on the Southwest Side. About 12:15 p.m., officers found Brian Guerrero sitting unresponsive in the front passenger seat of a GMC Envoy in the 3600 block of West 32nd Street, authorities said. He died of a gunshot wound to the back of his head at the scene. The rear window of the vehicle was damaged from gunfire.
Man fatally shot while driving in West Pullman
A 38-year-old man was fatally shot Sunday while he was driving in West Pullman on the Far South Side. About 2:15 p.m., Octavius Mitchell of West Englewood was stopped in the middle of the street in the 11500 block of South LaSalle Street, authorities said. After a brief conversation with a man who approached his vehicle, the man fired shots and killed Mitchell, authorities said. No arrest was announced.
1 dead, 1 wounded in Humboldt Park shooting
Two people were shot, one fatally, in a drive-by Sunday in Humboldt Park on the West Side. They were in a vehicle driving north on Humboldt Drive about 8 p.m. when two males approached from behind on orange dirt bikes and began to fire shots as they drove past the driver-side door, police said.
Elijah Mena, 19, was struck in the neck and taken to Stroger Hospital where he was pronounced dead, authorities said said. The 20-year-old was taken to Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center in critical condition.
In nonfatal shootings, a 24-year-old man was critically hurt Saturday evening in West Town. About 7:25 p.m., he was standing in an alley in the 2000 block of West Maypole Avenue, when he was approached by a man who pulled out a gun and fired several shots at him, police said.He was struck once in the abdomen and taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition.
Security guard shot in West Town attempted robbery
A security guard was shot during an attempted robbery Sunday morning in West Town. The 22-year-old was reporting to work about 6:20 a.m. in the 100 block of South Western Avenue when a vehicle approached and the people inside tried to rob him, police said.
One of the suspects opened fire, striking the man in the thigh and lower leg, Chicago police said. The security guard returned fire, but it was not immediately clear if anyone was hit. The man was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Kennedy Expressway shooting
Saturday morning, a person was shot on the Kennedy Expressway in Avondale on the North Side. The person was shot about 6:35 a.m. as he drove south on Interstate 90 near Belmont Avenue, Illinois State Police said. He was taken to a local hospital with injuries that were thought to be non-life-threatening.
A 25-year-old man was critically hurt in a shooting over an hour earlier in Cragin on the Northwest Side. About 5:15 a.m., the man was in the 5000 block of West Deming Place when someone fired shots, police said. He was struck in the abdomen and taken to Illinois Masonic Hospital in critical condition.
Loop shooting on Lower Wacker Drive
Earlier Saturday, a 29-year-old man was wounded in a shooting in the Loop. The man was a passenger in a vehicle about 3:30 a.m. on Lower Wacker Drive when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was shot in the knee and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.
First weekend shooting reported in Austin
In the weekend’s earliest reported shooting, a man was seriously hurt in a shooting Friday night in Austin on the West Side. The 54-year-old was standing near a home about 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Mason Avenue when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was struck in the leg and taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood.
Chicago has experienced a significant spike in shootings in March, with police data and other reports showing the numbers are their highest in four years.
There have been 233 shooting incidents and 298 victims in all of 2021, police data shows, according to CNN. There were 146 shootings and 175 victims in March of 2020, according to the report. In March of 2019 and 2018, there were 136 shooting incidents, respectively.
Shootings were up 50% between March 21 and March 28 when compared to data from 2020, according to police data. When compared to data over 28 days between 2020 and 2021, shootings were also up 60%. Data shows there has been a 4% increase in shootings over the past four years.
Murders have also skyrocketed in March when compared with previous years. Murders were up 150% between March 21 and March 28 when comparing data from 2021 and 2020. Murder rates were up when compared through a three-year change, but murders have declined by 1% when looking at a four year change, according to police data.
A 27-year-old man faces a count of first-degree murder in the death of 11-year-old Ny’Andrea Dyer.
A man has been charged with murder after allegedly firing the stray bullet that struck and killed an 11-year-old girl during a shootout last month at a Far South Side gas station.
Marcus Starkey, 27, faces a count of first-degree murder in the death of 11-year-old Ny’Andrea Dyer, Chicago police said.
He also faces counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery for allegedly wounding the 18-year-old man he was targeting March 1 at a gas station in the 100 block of West 127th Street.
As Of April 22, 2021 There Have Been There Have Been 178 Homicides in Chicago | City Homicide Database
This database lists names of every victim who was killed by another person within city limits. It is to be a comprehensive page compiled from information provided by disparate law enforcement and regional agencies that have a role with respect to Chicago homicides, including gun violence. The page will be updated daily, initially with information from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office and updated with additional reporting.
How Do You Hide An FBI Investigation Into Nancy Pelosi’s Father? Release It While The January 6, 2021 Capitol Riot Is Ongoing | Communist Roots & Familial Charges of Pedophile Rape
Amid Capitol riot, FBI released files from Kennedy-era investigation into Nancy Pelosi’s father. In a 1961 memo to the White House, an agent summarized allegations that Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr. took payoffs from applicants to the police force, and helped to hinder the investigation and prosecution of crimes. (Full Article Here.)
While Washington, D.C. was riveted Jan. 6 on events at the U.S. Capitol, the FBI quietly released a trove of files from an “urgent” — yet seemingly controlled — investigation 60 years ago into Nancy Pelosi’s father.
The files reveal the results of an intense two-month investigation into Thomas D’Alesandro, Jr., a Maryland politician who served in a long career as a member of Congress and mayor of Baltimore.
John F. Kennedy’s White House ordered the investigation after JFK planned to appoint D’Alesandro to a government post. A routine FBI name check revealed “allegations” against D’Alessandro, according to a Feb. 6, 1961 teletype from “FBI Director.” The director at the time was J. Edgar Hoover.
The “urgent” teletype seemed to signal the goal of ensuring that D’Alesandro would be appointed to a government watchdog board that reviewed defense contracts. . .
“There have been allegations that D’Alesandro has associated with the Baltimore criminal element and [redacted] and the son, Franklin Roosevelt D’Alesandro, had been arrested for rape,” an agent wrote on page 14 of the trove. The allegations may have been rumor, the agent noted.
Elsewhere in the trove, agents wrote about the son, who was arrested and acquitted on charges that saw others convicted of raping two young girls, aged 11 and 13. The young D’Alesandro, who died in 2007, also was tried and acquitted of perjury in relation to that case. . .
The following year, the memo notes, D’Alesandro was reported as the main speaker at an event for the International Workers Order, an insurance organization placed on a list of subversive organizations by the U.S. attorney general in 1947 and later disbanded by order of the New York State Insurance Department for being too closely aligned with the Communist Party, in violation of regulations prohibiting political activity in the industry.
The FBI did not disclose why the entire collection was released on Jan. 6, and did not immediately respond to Just the News.
Thomas D’Alesandro died in 1987, at age 84.
Speaker Pelosi did not respond to questions from Just the News. (Full Article Here.)
Asian Left-Wing Journalist Beaten By BLM Mob As Crowd Confronts Portland Police At Latest Shooting Scene
Portland isn’t even safe for left wing journalists anymore. Justin Yau, best known for his Twitter account @PDocumentarians and occasional contributions to left wing propaganda rag Willamette Week, has now been targeted and attacked by antifa and Black Lives Matter terrorists. *PEACEFULLY*, of course. And oh yeah, he happens to be Asian. This went down at today’s protest in outer Southeast Portland, where police shot and killed a man.
He’s a partisan left-wing “journalist” who films what antifa tells him to film. As soon as that line is crossed they take him out.
— Wear a Mask – Save a Life (@FauciSexual) April 17, 2021
Now all of a sudden people in the left wing media, such as Mike Baker, are shocked to see the mobs turn against them. This after years of these same “journalists” and media outlets explaining away and excusing the mob violence from left wing militants, and often times encouraging the carnage.
Alex Zielinksi, far left apologist for the Portland Mercury, is “at a loss”:
Why is the fact that they get financial compensation for doing cop work a valid reason for them to keep doing it?
— West Philadelphia hate account (@17795C) April 16, 2021
Coverage of protests get allies arrested. Documenting can also be harmful.
— MackYak (@112112B119119) April 16, 2021
Why? Evidently they are mad that the Portland Police twitter account was sharing his videos, and even using one as possible evidence in the recent arson committed at the police union building. He apparently deleted the primary video that got everyone upset.
Pretty sure this was in response to him not taking down a video that PPB retweeted
— Green Socialist (@ProtestaBloc) April 16, 2021
.@PDocumentarians, why did you delete your video evidence of #antifa criminal activity after @PortlandPolice retweeted it? You identify as a journalist. Do you have affiliations with antifa that aren’t declared?
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) April 14, 2021
Yau had been receiving veiled threats in recent days.
justin yau sucks and consistently posts faces but it ain’t pretty deleted the tweet ppb quoted after they did it. def a case for like, not taking videos at all
— lil veggie fights fascism (@acabapril) April 14, 2021
Literally no threats in those pics, only demands to have consent respected. If you were a real journalist you’d know consent before filming and publishing faces is standard.
But you’re a hack and a fraud so
— not a cat (@UselessPouch) April 14, 2021
retweet this so it shows up on justin yau’s tl challenge lmao https://t.co/3B9H3iPNG8
— lil veggie fights fascism (@acabapril) April 13, 2021
As of this writing none of the Portland area media have officially acknowledged this attack in any published article. In fact, Yau himself contributed to the write up about the protest on Willamette Week’s website, yet he and his bosses apparently refuse to call out the violent mobs. No mention of it in Alex Zielinski’s write up on Portland Mercury. Ditto for Zane Sparling’s write up in the Portland Tribune. The paper of record, The Oregonian, also leaves this part out of their story by Maxine Bernstein. No tweets about this from Shane Burley either, who has pinned his career on books about strawmen “fascists” that he believes are everywhere.
Either the local media are afraid of the antifa mobs and they don’t want to be beaten and robbed next, or they are trying to ignore and downplay the violence.
More than 1,000 people were arrested across the country in connection with the protests, according to a human rights group that monitors political repression.
MOSCOW — Thousands of supporters of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny marched in central Moscow on Wednesday as part of nationwide demonstrations calling for his freedom as his health reportedly is in severe decline while on a hunger strike.
More than 1,000 people were arrested across the country in connection with the protests, according to a human rights group that monitors political repression. Many were seized before the protests even began, including two top Navalny associates in Moscow.
Navalny’s team called for the unsanctioned demonstrations after weekend reports that his health is deteriorating.
Bill that would reduce prison sentence for felony murder convictions in Colorado headed to Gov. Jared Polis
People convicted of felony murder in Colorado would no longer face a mandatory sentence of life without parole under a bill passed by the state legislature this week and sent to Gov. Jared Polis for his signature.
Under the state’s current law, a defendant can be convicted of felony murder if a person is killed during the commission of a felony — including arson, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, escape or sexual assault — even if they weren’t the one directly responsible for the victim’s death.
Senate Bill 21-124, which, if signed by Polis, will take effect Sept. 15, would do away with the mandatory life sentence by making felony murder a Class 2 felony instead of Class 1. The sentencing range for Class 2 felonies is eight to 24 years, though if it’s a crime of violence, that range changes to 16 to 48 years.
Sen. Pete Lee, D-Colorado Springs, one of the bill’s sponsors, said the punishment should fit the crime and the individual’s guilt.
“Felony murder was striking with a broad sword,” Lee said. “It would give life without (parole) regardless of culpability, so I wanted to put felony murder in a category where the sentence could be proportional to the culpability of the person who committed the offense.”
Lee explained that a majority of felony murder cases involve young men of color who are typically of low income. Adolescent brains do not have a fully developed prefrontal cortex, which impacts impulse control and sensation-seeking. Additionally, Lee said young men are heavily influenced by their peers, resulting in criminal actions that they may not have done as individuals.
“Kids that do… felony, fatal, stupid things when they’re 16, 17, 18, 21 years old are not the same people that they will be when they’re 30, 40, 50 years old,” Lee said. “We’re no longer throwing away people who are redeemable.”
If signed, the new bill will only impact people charged with felony murder after the law takes effect and will not change the sentences of defendants who already have been convicted.
Commentary: Ballot Equality and Who Really Defends the Votes of Black Americans | “Do we black Americans not have bank accounts? Union jobs? Do we not drive? Go to college? Buy beer?”
by Ken Blackwell
Buried in the liberal lie that vote security somehow “suppresses” votes of black Americans is the truth: it protects their vote security, as well. Even in minority communities, ballots themselves are color blind.
Deep in the cynical assertion that protecting votes is “racist” is the inference that black votes aren’t important enough to be protected. Liberals and their Democrat allies face two stumbling blocks in demonstrating legitimate concern about minority voting — the past and the present. They own the history of voting discrimination based on race, and they still practice it today.
To assert that vote security is “racist,” it must first be established that minorities are separate and unequal from other voters, and less competent at meeting voting requirements. But all Americans must show ID for driving, banking, voting in union elections, going to post-secondary school, and purchasing certain products. The Left’s anti–vote security influencers are currently focused on Georgia’s new voting laws, which require voter identity verification with photo ID. Democrats claim this discriminates against black voters in particular.
Why? Do we black Americans not have bank accounts? Union jobs? Do we not drive? Go to college? Buy beer?
Photo ID is free in Georgia with a birth certificate and proof of residency. Like all other Americans, black citizens are born and live somewhere. By labeling this requirement “racist,” the Left is putting minorities in a subclass incapable of getting ID. This is demeaning and absurd.
According the Georgia secretary of state, residents can choose several forms of ID to cast mail or absentee ballots, including Social Security numbers or utility bills. Georgians have long needed photo ID to register to vote or vote in person, and that has not changed. Additionally, 99 percent of voters already have driver’s licenses.
The liberal fuss is not about facts; it’s about manipulating the public — and sometimes causing harm.
Major League Baseball was recently intimidated by liberals into moving the All-Star Game from Atlanta to Denver to protest Georgia’s voting law after former President Obama and President Biden yelled, “Suppression!”
Atlanta’s population is 51 percent African American compared to Denver’s 10 percent. It is mathematically inarguable that black employees, vendors, and small business owners working in and around Georgia’s Truist Park will lose more income (in total, an estimated $100 million in revenue) than black employees in Denver will gain. This corporate capitulation to a lie takes income from the minority population it pretends to protect.
Jen Psaki Denies Biden Weighed In on Chauvin Verdict After Biden Clearly Weighed In on Chauvin Verdict
Judge Peter Cahill on Monday addressed crazy Maxine Waters’ demand for a first-degree murder conviction or else. Judge Cahill found the comments unhelpful and added: “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case. … Their failure to do so I think is abhorrent.“ But Waters is just a 217-year-old congresswoman. I wonder what the judge would think of our 217-year-old president weighing in on the case before there was a conviction. Which is what Joe Biden did today. But if you ask Jen Psaki, she says “nuh-uh.”
REPORTER: The president has talked about the importance of an independent judiciary. Why is it appropriate for him to weigh in on the verdict, even though the jury is sequestered?
PSAKI: He totes didn’t do that.
He totes did.
Pro-Biden media outlets are even running with headlines Biden ‘praying’ for Chauvin conviction; evidence ‘overwhelming’:
While he did not explicitly use the words “guilty” or “evidence,” there was no mistaking the president’s meaning.
Leaked documents from the Philadelphia public school system shows Philadelphia’s Office of School Climate and Culture has introduced that teaches children from kindergarten through second grade about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, and warns about a “pyramid of hate” that starts with racial stereotyping and jokes and ends in “genocide.”
Documents obtained by reporter Christopher Rufo show that teachers are encouraged to ask the four-year-old children if they have heard of Derek Chauvin and George Floyd, and asks them to “share their feelings” about the Chauvin trial verdict.
Students are then shown a slideshow that reveals a “social story for George Floyd,” and encouraged to “take action.” Teachers are to instruct their toddler pupils to “talk with others about what happened to George Floyd and the goals of the Black lives Matter movement, as well as to “get involved in local activism on these or other issues of injustice.”
Teachers are then told to teach the kindergarten students about the left-wing “Pyramid of Hate,” which claims that a lack of “awareness of privilege” ultimately leads to “genocide.”
According to Rufo, “the teachers are asked to discuss the ‘Pyramid of Hate’ with the children as young as four years old, teaching that ‘our society’ is built on ‘biased attitudes,’ ‘systemic discrimination,’ and ‘bias-motivated violence,’ which can lead to ‘genocide.’”
“I’ve emphasized for a very long time that there’s a big difference between the phrase ‘Black lives matter’ and the organization Black Lives Matter. I don’t think there’s anybody who disagrees with the phrase ‘Black lives matter’. But the organization is really essentially very far left, even Marxist in their ideology. They used to actually admit that on their website before we started bringing it to people’s attention and they took it down. If they really wanted to be useful they would recognize that they need to get involved with places like Chicago and places where black lives are being snuffed out on a daily basis.” ~ Ben Carson
President Trump Answers Questions On Chicago’s Homicide Numbers Regarding Comments He Made In 2016 | Video: 1 Minute 38 Seconds
During a press briefing, President Trump is asked for clarity on a quote he made in 2016 about high numbers of homicides in Chicago being Obama’s fault. “Chicago is a disaster. . . Obama was invited in. . . President Obama could have gone into Chicago and solved the problem and he didn’t. In our case, they don’t want us in.” ~ President Donald Trump
The Columbus Police have released bodycam footage of an officer-involved shooting in Ohio on Tuesday.
Derek Chauvin has been found guilty, but many groups are still pushing to abolish the police.
The House has passed a Democrat-backed bill that’s based on the narrative that former President Donald Trump’s travel ban discriminated against Muslims and African nations.
China Shows John Kerry How to Reduce Carbon Footprint: Makes Kerry Wait for a Bus – Then Sticks Him in Back
This past weekend John Kerry signed a garbage “climate change” agreement with the Chinese Communist regime.
The Chinese didn’t even wait until Kerry was out of the country before they reneged on the agreement.
While Kerry was still in Shanghai, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng signaled Friday that China is unlikely to make any new pledges at next week’s summit.
One thing that was accomplished during the trip was China was able to reduce John Kerry’s carbon footprint.
Not only did they put John Kerry on a bus and force him to wait but they also stuck him in the back.
Chinese put John Kerry at the back of the bus…
Tour bus for Kerry visit – no official vehicle for Climate Clown
Made him wait for officials to meet him pic.twitter.com/kuiAGcNNox
— Charles R. Smith (@softwarnet) April 16, 2021
They mock him.
— Anybody Home? (@ManyLivesMany) April 19, 2021
The Vatican is co-hosting a health conference in May that will showcase speeches by Bill and Hillary Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton, vaccine guru Dr. Anthony Fauci, guru Deepak Chopra, and the Pfizer and Moderna chief executive officers who are mass-producing vaccines for the public. Pope Francis has been criticized in the past for straying into leftist politics, and this conference won’t help turn around his image. What exactly is the religious significance of mass vaccination? Regardless, the Fifth International Vatican Conference will be focused on pandemic matters, and how to “Unite To Prevent.”
The May 6-8 conference, “Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul: A Global Health Care Initiative: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health,” is part of a conference with speakers including Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and moderators including Katie Couric. The event is set up by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation, a Vatican organization. “Bridging Science and Faith” is a featured conversation at the conference.
Bishop is first in U.S. disciplined under new Vatican policies.
Steve Ruark – Associated Press
Hoeppner is the first U.S. Catholic bishop to be disciplined under new Vatican protocols for reviewing and sanctioning bishops for sex abuse or coverups. The 2019 guidelines were put in place to enforce greater accountability of bishops when there are reports of abuse by clergy under their supervision.
Hoeppner, 71, was accused of pressuring a former deacon candidate to recant his statement that he was sexually abused as a teen by the Rev. Roger Grundhaus, a popular diocesan priest. Grundhaus has denied the abuse and Hoeppner has denied he tried to cover up the abuse claim.
Herpes Infection Possibly Linked to COVID-19 Vaccine, Study Says
Herpes infections may be a side effect of a COVID-19 vaccine, experts have revealed.
Scientists in Israel identified six cases in a new study of patients developing a skin rash known as herpes zoster — or shingles — after receiving the Pfizer vaccine, according to a study in the Rheumatology journal.
Herpes zoster starts off as a small, itchy skin rash, but if left untreated, it could cause nerve damage and pain, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Contaminated surfaces have never been driving the COVID-19 pandemic, and the CDC finally clarified that this week. Though it is conceivable that you could be infected by touching an infected doorknob or pen, the CDC now admits that “the risk is generally considered to be low.” It’s so low that even if you were unlucky enough to touch a doorknob immediately after someone with COVID, you might have to touch an average of 10,000 doorknobs to get infected!
The new statements from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are crucial and could provide a game-changing breath of fresh air. The scientific brief gives a final endorsement for us to finally move on from excessive cleaning of surfaces, which steals precious money, time, and energy, but does little to protect from infection.
Hypervigilant surface cleaning was an understandable human response to an invisibly-spread, frightening global pandemic. Cleaning gave us a visible way to join the fight against the virus. In the beginning of the pandemic, cleaning surfaces was also one of the only actions that gave a sense of control and peace. So we hoarded Clorox wipes and bleach, and we poured ourselves into cleaning with passion and fervor. Products like disinfectant foggers, were pitched at a terrified public, desperate to fight the spread.
The problem with surface cleaning is that SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, is a respiratory virus that travels primarily through the air, and cleaning surfaces does very little to stop that spread. By now, we are all weary of the fight: business and family budgets are broken, energy is waning, and attention is divided. Spending any extra energy or money on ineffective efforts distracts us from the real battle against an airborne virus. Now we can finally put all our energy into things that really protect us. To get past COVID we need to keep efforts focused on preventing airborne spread, and we can stop wasting effort on over-cleaning.
Respiratory aerosols can be inhaled no matter where you are in a room. If you are standing within a few feet from someone infected, you breathe in a high concentration of virus and the risk is highest. Even if you are standing on the other side of the room, the virus can still infect you. At first, most public health agencies wrongly assumed that COVID-19 was spreading primarily through touch or droplets. It still could be possible to get sick by shaking hands with an infected person, but increasingly deep and wide evidence has shown that inhalation of these smaller aerosols drives the majority of COVID spread.
By admitting that COVID-19 is transmitted primarily through inhalation of virus-containing aerosols, at both short distances and after mixing into the rest of the room, we can take appropriate steps to prevent it from spreading. Wearing tight-fitting masks is important because it means that aerosols can’t leak into the room or your inhaled breath through the gaps around your nose or under your chin. Keeping a few feet of distance from others is important so you back away from the exhalation zone of a potentially infected person. Reducing time indoors with other potentially infected people is important because your overall risk goes up with the number of breaths of potentially infected air you take in. Increasing ventilation and filtration is important because this helps remove the aerosols that build up indoors.
To be clear, washing your hands and doing standard cleaning of high-touch surfaces with soap is important because some spread is possible through close or frequent interactions. And getting a vaccine as soon as possible is important to protect yourself and others against worrying virus variants.
MyPillow Inc. Chief Executive Mike Lindell escalated a legal fight over his debunked claims of U.S. election fraud, filing a lawsuit that seeks $1.6 billion from Dominion Voting Systems Inc., which had earlier accused him of defamation.
A hospital researcher on April 19 was sentenced to 33 months in prison for conspiring to steal trade secrets from an Ohio children’s hospital to sell in China, according to the Justice Department. Zhou Yu, 51, pleaded guilty in December 2020 to stealing at least five trade secrets relating to exosome research from the Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Research Institute in Columbus, Ohio, where he had worked for 10 years until 2017. Exosomes are small sacs of fluid released from cells that have increasingly been used in the research, identification, and treatment of a range of diseases, including liver fibrosis and liver cancer. Zhou’s co-conspirator was his wife, Chen Li, 48, who also worked as a researcher at another lab in the institute. She was sentenced in February to 30 months in prison for her role in the scheme after also pleading guilty. “Zhou and his wife executed a scheme over the …
Twitter users pounced on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday after she publicly thanked George Floyd “for sacrificing your life for justice.” “Thank you, George Floyd, for sacrificing your life for justice. For being there to call out to your mom — how heartbreaking was that — call out for your mom, ‘I can’t breathe,’”…
Black Lives Matter protesters in Minneapolis chanted “F**k the National Guard” after taking to the streets. Their march immediately followed the conviction by a Minnesota jury of former police officer Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd nearly one year ago.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) April 20, 2021
PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he is sending 250 National Guard troops to the state’s southern border with Mexico amid the increased arrivals of migrants. The announcement came the day Customs and Border Protection held an open house at a new tent-like migrant processing center in the border community of Yuma. It…
A police officer in Virginia was fired after donating to a legal defense fund for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, officials said Tuesday. Norfolk Police Lt. William Kelly anonymously gave $25 to a fundraiser for Rittenhouse in September, using his city email address, according to The Guardian. The donation reportedly came with a comment that read:…
A jury on Tuesday returned a verdict finding former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last year, but three other former officers have yet to go on trial.
The three men, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, are all free on $750,000 bail and the trial is slated to start later this year on August 23, according to the New York Post.
“They face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter over the May 2020 death of Floyd. They face up to 40 years in prison on the top charge,” the outlet noted.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency (pdf) and announced he’s deploying the Arizona National Guard to the state’s southern border to assist law enforcement dealing with the growing amount of illegal crossings. “The situation in our border communities is just as bad—if not worse—than the coverage we’ve been seeing,” Ducey, a Republican, said […]
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The full body cam video of the officer involved shooting of Columbus teen Ma’Khia Bryant on Tuesday afternoon was released during a press conference held by the Columbus Department of Public Safety. The video shows the young teen charging an individual with a knife before being shot by police.
16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant was shot and killed by a police officer as she lunged at another woman during what appeared to be a large melee after police were called to the home. Bryant’s family member says police were called to end the fight happening on the property per local media WKYC. Bryant was shot by police after lunging at another woman with a knife, and was later pronounced dead in a local hospital.
About 6 minutes and 40 seconds into the video posted to YouTube, viewers can see that Bryant was wielding what appears to be a knife as she charges another individual. Right before Bryant appeared to be in the process of stabbing the individual, she was fatally shot by police. The knife apparently held by Bryant can be seen on the ground repeatedly after the shooting.
Widely circulated videos of the aftermath of the shooting have led to massive protests and unrest in Columbus, Ohio. The police urge calm even as Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets.
Demonstrators are blocking Broad and High streets. Police are encircling the block. pic.twitter.com/NwuLSD3LUq
— The Lantern (@TheLantern) April 21, 2021
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther weighed in by saying “it is clear the officer took action to protect another young life,” at the cities press conference.
The news comes as the nation reels from the aftermath of the verdict reached in the Derek Chauvin trial, in which jurors found the officer guilty on all counts for the murder of George Floyd.
“The jury came to the verdict after nine hours of deliberations, with the Chauvin being found guilty of murder in the second and third degree. Chauvin was also found guilty of manslaughter in the second degree. The trial had lasted just under a month, with proceedings starting at the end of March.”
BREAKING: The jury finds former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd: 2nd degree intentional murder, 3rd degree murder, and 2nd degree manslaughter pic.twitter.com/FW5XDAZwob
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 20, 2021
Dr. Harvey Risch Reveals Over Half of the United States Has Already Reached Herd Immunity | Video: 10 Minutes 7 Seconds
Doctor Risch joins Pandemic Warroom to explain that North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Utah in October and November last fall developed herd immunity naturally and symptomatic infection rates were coming down well before any vaccine. . . the CDC did blood testing and found approximately 6 times the official number were infected, most being asymptomatic and unaware they had been infected. He also explains that the vaccines are actually only 50% to 60 % effective in containing the spread of the virus, not 90% or 95%. What this means is the lockdowns have been counterproductive.
The fate of former police officer Derek Chauvin has been decided, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a new law that creates tougher penalties for rioting, and police have caught the suspect who allegedly opened fire at a crowded New York grocery store.
Rikako Ikee qualified for the Olympics for Japan just eight months after returning to competition!
Deep beneath London’s suburbs lies a gigantic vegetable garden farming hundreds of thousands of the capital’s freshest microgreens.
Since 2015, Growing Underground has adopted one of eight underground World War Two bomb shelters to grow plentiful, pesticide-free produce. The farming happens entirely indoors, away all from traditional means of harvesting greens.
The project burst into the fresh produce market as the “world’s first subterranean farm” and hasn’t looked back since.
SHREVE Last year, a friend confided in Anderson “Andi” Musser that she wished she had some girls’ clothing to wear to school.
The student had brothers and was used to wearing their hand-me-downs, Andi said.
“I went to my closet and got the clothes (and shoes) that I had outgrown,” the Shreve Elementary fifth-grader recalled. “I gave them to her at school the next day. And she was really happy.”
The warm gesture – and her friend’s happy tears – sparked Andi’s idea for a Kindness Closet, a place students can visit during the school day to “shop” for a few new or gently worn garments. Andi, 10, is working to stock and organize the closet for students from families with limited incomes or simply in need of essentials.
Family, community celebrates WWII veteran’s 100th birthday with 100-vehicle parade in Frisco | Video 1 Minutes 3 Seconds
Burnett “Burnie” Sutter is the proud grandfather of three and the great-grandfather of eight.
Nature & Animal Lovers Rejoice! | “From 75 In 1905 To 3600 In 2020! India’s Rhino Population Has Increased By 35 Times In 115 Yrs”
While India’s efforts and struggles to conserve tiger population has been known, here is one of India’s most successful conservation stories: the population of one-horned rhinos has grown manifold over the years.
From a population of barely 75 in 1905, there were over 2,700 Indian rhinos (Rhinoceros unicornis) by 2012, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature–India (WWF-India), a global wildlife advocacy. The figure has now gone well past 3600 in 2020.
Greater one-horned, or Indian, rhinoceros once roamed from Pakistan to the Indo-Burmese border, and in parts of Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan. But by the beginning of the 20th century, hunting and habitat loss had reduced the species to fewer than 200 individuals in northern India and Nepal. Thanks to strict protection implemented by Indian and Nepalese authorities, the population has rebounded to more than 3,600 today.
In 2012, more than 91 per cent of Indian rhinos lived in Assam, according to WWF-India data. Within Assam, rhinos are concentrated within Kaziranga national park, with a few in Pobitara wildlife sanctuary. Kaziranga is home to more than 91 per cent of Assam’s rhinos – and more than 80 per cent of India’s count — with a 2015 population census by Kaziranga park authorities revealing 2,401 rhinos within the park.
SBSK has grown into one of the largest disability platforms in the world, with over two billion views across social media. It is a space where disabled and neurodiverse people of all backgrounds share their story. This was not my original intention, however. SBSK started as a classroom project when I was a teacher of children with various disabilities; including autism, traumatic brain injury, speech apraxia, and agenesis of the corpus callosum.
Steve Harrison was headed to Costco from his Issaquah home the other week when he spotted some papers fluttering in the road and pulled over to investigate.
It was money. Lots of it. One $100 bill after another, spread across the pavement, some in small stacks. Harrison snatched them up in a bit of a frenzy, and then found something that stopped him short.
A wallet containing a license with the name and address of the man who was surely missing something: Michael King, who lived just a mile away.
Statewide testing positivity rate has fallen or held steady for five consecutive days after full month of upticks (LIVE UPDATES)
Positivity rate falls again with 3,194 latest Illinois COVID-19 cases
Public health officials on Saturday announced 3,194 new COVID-19 cases, lowering Illinois’ testing positivity rate to 4.1% and offering a potential sign of optimism that the state is easing down from its latest surge in infections.
The positivity rate, which indicates how rapidly the virus is spreading, is still up sharply compared to the all-time low of 2.1% the state reached last month, while an average of more than 3,200 residents have tested positive each day over the past week — nearly double Illinois’ case rate in early March.
But the statewide positivity rate has now fallen or held steady for five consecutive days after a full month of troubling upticks.
Chicago’s regional positivity rate has fallen slightly over the past few days to 5.6%, and it’s dipped to 5.5% in suburban Cook County.
Green, leafy vegetables are good for overall health, but new research shows that they could also boost muscle strength. The study from Edith Cowan University (ECU) found that people who consume a nitrate-rich diet had significantly better muscle function in their lower limbs. Many older adults suffer from poor muscle function, leading to a greater risk of falls and fractures. It can also be considered a key indicator of general health. With around one in three seniors suffering a fall each year, it’s essential to find alternative ways to prevent these events, as they can sometimes have serious consequences. 12-Year Study Researchers analyzed data from 3,759 Australians who took part in Melbourne’s Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute for the study. Over the 12 years of the study, it was found that those with the highest regular nitrate consumption had 11 percent stronger lower limb strength than those with the lowest …
MEXICO CITY – Scientists at a leading global grains research institute expect to sharply ramp up new wheat varieties enriched with zinc that can boost the essential mineral for millions of poor people with deficient diets, the institute’s head told Reuters. Martin Kropff, director-general of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), said he…
NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday.
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DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates has selected the first Arab woman to train as an astronaut, as the Gulf country rapidly expands into the space sector to diversify its economy. Emirati national Nora al-Matrooshi, a 27-year-old mechanical engineering graduate currently working at Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company, will join NASA’s 2021 Astronaut Candidate…
Later this decade, NASA astronauts are expected to touch down on the lunar surface for the first time in decades. When they do, according to an announcement made by the agency, they’ll be riding inside SpaceX’s Starship vehicle.
NASA’s award of a $2.9 billion contract to build Starship, first reported by the Washington Post on April 16 and later confirmed by NASA, is a huge achievement for the space company founded and run by billionaire Elon Musk, as well as a massive blow to the hopes of its rivals.
The lander: SpaceX bills Starship as a next-generation spacecraft meant to take humans to the moon and, one day, Mars. Measuring around 160 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter, Starship is a reusable vehicle that’s designed to take off and land on the ground vertically. The plan is for it to launch separately and station itself in lunar orbit until NASA astronauts arrive aboard the agency’s Orion crew capsule. Starship would simply ferry astronauts to the moon’s surface and back.
Surprising selection: Last year, NASA awarded three different groups contracts to further develop their own proposals for lunar landers: $135 million to SpaceX, $253 million to defense company Dynetics (which was working with Sierra Nevada Corporation), and $579 million to a four-company team led by Blue Origin (working with Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Draper).
SpaceX didn’t just receive the least amount of money—its proposal also earned the worst technical and management ratings. NASA’s associate administrator (now acting administrator) Steve Jurczyk wrote (pdf) that Starship’s propulsion system was “notably complex and comprised of likewise complex individual subsystems that have yet to be developed, tested, and certified with very little schedule margin to accommodate delays.” The uncertainties were only exacerbated by SpaceX’s notoriously poor track record with meeting deadlines.
What changed: Since then, SpaceX has gone through a number of different flight tests of several full-scale Starship prototypes, including a 10-kilometer high-altitude flight and safe landing in March. (It also exploded a few times.) According to the Washington Post, documents suggest NASA was enamored with Starship’s ability to ferry a lot of cargo to the moon (up to 100 tons), not to mention its $2.9 billion bid for the contract, which was far lower than its rivals’.
“This innovative human landing system will be a hallmark in spaceflight history,” says Lisa Watson-Morgan, NASA’s program manager for the lunar lander system. “We’re confident in NASA’s partnership with SpaceX.”
Project Veritas Founder James O’Keefe filed a lawsuit on April 19 alleging that Twitter had defamed him by claiming that he operated fake accounts on the platform. The lawsuit, filed in the Supreme Court of New York in Westchester County, claims that Twitter knowingly defamed O’Keefe in a statement the company issued explaining his permanent suspension from the platform. “The false accusation that Mr. O’Keefe operated ‘fake accounts’ is particularly damaging for Mr. O’Keefe because Mr. O’Keefe is a journalist. As such, his reputation for transparency and accurate reporting is fundamental to his profession,” the lawsuit states. Twitter permanently banned O’Keefe on April 15 without advance notice or an explanation. Shortly after, the social media giant had disseminated a statement to journalists accusing O’Keefe of “operating fake [Twitter] accounts.” Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment. At the time of his suspension from the platform, O’Keefe had …
Ronnie Milsap 1987 Texas Performance Live – Broadcast Nationwide | Sometimes We Need To Put The News Down & Just Enjoy This Beautiful Life | Video: 56 Minutes 9 Seconds
Many Americans are asking how to set aside their anxiety. Sometimes, it’s okay to put away the news for an hour, a day, a week and just enjoy the goodness this world can provide. When elections are improperly run, riots seem to be never ending and illness seems to be knocking on our door like a biblical plague, it can seem as if goodness doesn’t exist. Music can ground us while lifting our spirits. Do not despair. There is always hope. . .
“Once in every life … someone comes along,
And you came to me … it was almost like a song.”
by Christopher Roach
Every day, we are bombarded with information. A police shooting under questionable circumstances. A tense encounter between people of different races. A flood of statistics on COVID-19 cases, mortality, and vaccine effectiveness.
We receive the data in the form of easily digested soundbites and a never-ending reel of videos. We are supposed to respond by taking a stand and making a judgment. If there is any doubt as to what that stand should be, the mood music on the news and the explicit narratives on social media make it plain what we are supposed to feel and think.
Objectively speaking, these videos present as many questions as they present answers. Maybe it’s grainy and fast moving. Maybe the lens is distorting perspective. With YouTube, we can slow it down, rewind, and enhance the color. Ah ha! See! The kid dropped the gun a tenth of a second before the officer’s shot went off, says the know-it-all.
We are ill equipped to make these judgments. In fact, too much data can result in worse decision-making. To make sense of information in general, background knowledge, moral sense, personal life experience, empathy, contemplation, and critical thinking are needed. Do we know what happened before the video started? Do we see what’s happening away from the camera? Do we know how fast humans can react, without the benefit of slow motion, rewinding, and all the rest? Do we know if the person claiming, “I didn’t do nothing,” is credible?
Times are tense. The pace of life fuels that tenseness. All of this information is being dumped upon people increasingly unable to make good use of it. Indeed, those with an agenda, benefit from this information dump. They tell you what to think, and they tell you what you are seeing. Before you have time to explore what just happened, some new story is coming at you and your assent with the prevailing narrative is demanded.
If American’s Weren’t Confused Enough | “CDC Says ‘No Evidence’ COVID-19 Vaccines Caused 3,005 Deaths Reported by VAERS”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that it has not found evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines caused the 3,005 deaths reported in its vaccine safety monitoring system as of April 13. “A review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths,” the CDC stated on its updated web page covering reported adverse reactions. Between Dec. 14, 2020, and April 12, 2021, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 3,005 reports of fatalities among individuals in the United States who had received one of the three COVID-19 vaccines issued under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). More than 189 million doses of the vaccine were administered during this time. The two-dose messenger RNA vaccines by Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech were granted an emergency authorization in December 2020, and the Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) one-dose adenovirus vaccine was authorized …
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order on Monday that bars the state and local governments from requiring that residents show COVID-19 “vaccine passports” to enter an area or receive a service. “The residents of our state should not be required by the government to share their private medical information,” the Republican governor said in […]
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Washington Post’s Josh Rogin On Doctor Fauci’s Connections To the Origins of Covid & The Wuhan Lab | Video: 6 Minutes 20 Seconds
“People don’t want to think about the fact that our hero of the pandemic Dr. Fauci might also have been connected to this research which might also have been connected to the outbreak…” The Megyn Kelly Show
Dr. Fauci played the same game with the AIDs epidemic he’s been doing with Covid-19. He dismisses therapeutics in favor of vaccines, to the detriment of the public.
“You care, I’m told (although I no longer believe it). I’ve even heard you called a saint… But saints have imaginations vivid enough to know how to spend $374 million in a dire emergency.” ~ Larry Kramer
The Press of Freedom: A Column Open to Our Readers
I have been screaming at the National Institutes of Health since I first visited your Animal House of Horrors in 1984. I called you monsters then and I called you idiots in my play, The Normal Heart, and now I call you murderers.
You are responsible for supervising all government-funded AIDS treatment research programs. In the name of right, you make decisions that cost the lives of others. I call that murder.
At hearings on April 29 before Representative Ted Weiss and his House Subcommittee on Human Resources, after almost eight years of the worst epidemic in modern history, perhaps to be the worst in all history, you were pummeled into admitting publicly what some of us have been claiming since you took over three years ago.
You admitted that you are an incompetent idiot.
Who Is Sean Strubs? | Author Of “Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex, and Survival” by Sean Strub
The founder of POZ magazine shares “a captivating…eyewitness account from inside the AIDS epidemic” (Next) and “a moving, multi-decade memoir of one gay man’s life” (San Francisco Chronicle).
When the AIDS epidemic hit in the early 1980s, Strub was living in New York and soon found himself attending “more funerals than birthday parties.” Scared and angry, he turned to radical activism to combat discrimination and demand research. Strub takes you through his own diagnosis and inside ACT UP, the organization that transformed a stigmatized cause into one of the defining political movements of our time.
Whitewashing AIDS History | Dr. Anthony Fauci Is Rewriting History To Disguise His Shameful Role In Delaying Promotion of an AIDS Treatment That Would Have Prevented Tens of Thousands of Deaths In The First Years of the Epidemic.
In my book, Body Counts, A Memoir of Politics, Sex, AIDS, and Survival, I recount how slow the federal government was in publicizing the use of Bactrim and other sulfa drugs to prevent PCP (the pneumonia that was then the leading killer of people with AIDS) in addition to its long-time and well-known use to treat PCP.
I point to Dr. Fauci in particular, because he was, and remains today, the head of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the head of the federal government’s AIDS research program. In 1987, pioneering AIDS activist Michael Callen begged Fauci for help in promoting the use of Bactrim as PCP prophylaxis and issuing interim guidelines urging physicians to prophylax those patients deemed at high risk for PCP.
Fauci has taken exception to my account of the incident. In comments to The Washington Blade, he offered his version of the story.
“So what actually happened is that Michael came to me and said you know there is this preliminary activity and some small trials that Bactrim works,” Fauci said. “Would you come out and make a guideline to say it should be used by everybody. And I said ‘Michael I can’t do that but what I can do is help design and make sure that the grantees that we fund do a clinical trial in Bactrim to prove or not that it was safe and effective,’” he said. “But I didn’t blow him off and say I don’t want to issue guidelines. The fact is that’s neither within my purview nor within the responsibility or authority I have to issue guidelines.”
Whether Fauci personally had this authority or not isn’t the point. His excuse would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic; he was constantly traveling and speaking to the media and opining about everything related to AIDS research and treatment. In Arthur Kahn’s book, Winter Wars, Larry Kramer pointed out that to get an appointment with Fauci, one didn’t call his secretary but his press officers, “who book [his] talks and interviews… like movie stars.” He could easily have advocated awareness of the preventive treatment, as the de facto federal AIDS Czar, his influence was and is enormous.
Had Fauci listened to people with AIDS and the clinicians treating them, and responded accordingly, he would have saved thousands of lives. In the two years between 1987, when Callen met with Fauci and 1989, when the guidelines were ultimately issued, nearly 17,000 people with AIDS suffocated from PCP. Most of these people might have lived had Fauci responded appropriately.
FILE – In this April 6, 2020 file photo, a pharmacist holds a bottle of the drug hydroxychloroquine in Oakland, Calif. Results published Wednesday, June 3, 2020, by the New England Journal of Medicine show that hydroxychloroquine was no better than placebo pills at preventing illness from the COVID-19 coronavirus. The drug did not seem to cause serious harm, though – about 40% on it had side effects, mostly mild stomach problems. (AP Photo/Ben Margot).
(WXYZ) — Doctors at Henry Ford Health System penned an opened letter on the hospital’s study of hydroxychloroquine being used to treat COVID-19.
It comes just days after Dr. Anthony Fauci called the study “flawed” while testifying in front of a House subcommittee.
(From the letter)
Unfortunately, the political climate that has persisted has made any objective discussion about this drug impossible, and we are deeply saddened by this turn of events. Our goal as scientists has solely been to report validated findings and allow the science to speak for itself, regardless of political considerations. To that end, we have made the heartfelt decision to have no further comment about this outside the medical community – staying focused on our core mission in the interest of our patients, our community, and our commitment to clinical and academic integrity.
~ Dr. Adnan Munkarah and Dr. Steven Kalkanis said in the letter.
Today, if someone is diagnosed with HIV, he or she can choose among 41 drugs that can treat the disease. And there’s a good chance that with the right combination, given at the right time, the drugs can keep HIV levels so low that the person never gets sick.
That wasn’t always the case. It took seven years after HIV was first discovered before the first drug to fight it was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In those first anxious years of the epidemic, millions were infected. Only a few thousand had died at that point, but public health officials were racing to keep that death rate from spiking — the inevitable result if people who tested positive weren’t treated with something.
What the U.S. officials learned during their visits concerned them so much that they dispatched two diplomatic cables categorized as Sensitive But Unclassified back to Washington. The cables warned about safety and management weaknesses at the WIV lab and proposed more attention and help. The first cable, which I obtained, also warns that the lab’s work on bat coronaviruses and their potential human transmission represented a risk of a new SARS-like pandemic. (Paragraph 3)
In public, the activist berated the infectious disease expert for federal inaction on AIDS. But their affection lasted decades and changed the course of the epidemic.