1356: Chest Feeding

Adam Curry & John C. Dvorak

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June 17th, 2021
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Opinion | Moderna, AstraZeneca '... or Both? A Mixed Covid Vaccine Approach. - The New York Times
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 01:06
Opinion | Pfizer, AstraZeneca '... or Both? A Mixed Approach May Hold Promise. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/13/opinion/covid-vaccine-research-mixing.htmlGuest Essay
June 13, 2021, 7:00 p.m. ET
Credit... Nicholas Konrad/The New York Times By Roxanne Khamsi
Ms. Khamsi is a science journalist covering Covid-19.
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, it was unclear whether researchers would be able to create a single working vaccine, which makes it all the more surprising that the latest immunization dilemma arises from having multiple vaccine options.
Because of unpredictable supply and some concerns about an exceedingly rare but serious clotting risk from the AstraZeneca vaccine, public health officials in some parts of the world that have relied heavily on that shot have recently issued new guidance on mixing and matching different Covid-19 vaccines.
Recently, for example, Canada's National Advisory Committee on Immunization updated its guidance to say that people who received the AstraZeneca vaccine as their first dose can receive that same vaccine as their second dose or get a follow-up shot of Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna instead. The committee also said that it was possible to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines interchangeably as first and second doses. Countries ranging from France to Finland to China to Bahrain have also outlined possible scenarios for combining different vaccines. Even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has interim guidance saying this is acceptable in ''exceptional situations,'' such as if the same vaccine is not available.
While this guidance may seem confusing, especially when the initial vaccine guidance told people to get the same shot for both doses, it does provide an opportunity to understand the safety of using mismatched vaccines, and to measure whether mismatched vaccines offer any advantage.
One recent small and not yet peer-reviewed study of 26 people who received the AstraZeneca shot followed by one from Pfizer-BioNTech suggested, based on blood tests, that those with mismatched vaccines had at least as strong an immune response as people who got both Pfizer shots. The National Institutes of Health recently began a clinical trial that will examine the effects of different combinations of Covid-19 vaccines.
Opinion Conversation Questions surrounding the Covid-19 vaccine and its rollout. When is it still important to wear a face mask? Three health experts address readers' questions about mask guidelines. Who isn't getting vaccinated, and why? Sema K. Sgaier, a researcher who uses data to address health problems, looks at the motivations of the unvaccinated. What can I do while my children are still unvaccinated? David Leonhardt writes about the difficult safety calculations families will face. When can we declare the pandemic over? Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics, writes that some danger will still exist when things return to ''normal.'' In Britain, a trial of this kind is already underway for the AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, and the scientists behind it have released early data on side effects. They found more reports of feverishness, chills, fatigue and headache among people who received a dose that was different from their original shot compared with people who received identical shots. Scientists want to know whether that indicates that the immune system was more stimulated by the different vaccine, and could develop added protection. It's still too soon to say, but more results from the trial are expected this month.
This is not the first time scientists have investigated what seems like an unconventional way of vaccine dosing, and it's not necessarily something to fear. It may be our best hope against certain pathogens.
In the last two decades, as new vaccine technologies have emerged, the idea of using different kinds of vaccines against the same pathogen has gained momentum. The approach '-- known among scientists as ''heterologous prime-boost'' '-- has been explored in rodent experiments to develop vaccines against Ebola (now authorized for use by European regulators), tuberculosis and even cancers associated with the Epstein-Barr virus. Mouse experiments of this approach have even been tested for other coronaviruses in the past, such as the original SARS virus and the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.
More recently, in March 2021, scientists in China published a study in mice that looked at different combinations of four different kinds of Covid-19 vaccines, including one made from mRNA and one viral vector vaccine, which '-- like the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines '-- uses an inactivated cold virus to trigger an immune response to Covid.
Why mix-and-match at all? Part of the thinking among scientists is that by administering different vaccines that expose the immune system to different parts of a pathogen, one after the other, the body becomes trained to recognize different parts of the invader and becomes more effective at defending against it.
Another line of reasoning is that using different kinds of vaccines jump-starts different elements of the immune system. Viral vector vaccines, for example, are well-equipped to stimulate a part of the immune response that helps generate an army of what are called ''killer T cells'' to protect the body against an invading virus. Other kinds of vaccines are thought to skew more heavily toward prompting the creation of antibodies to combat the virus. Both immune system responses are helpful, and scientists' theory is that combining them could be more potent than either of them alone.
One area where the mix-and-match approach stirs the most hope is in the fight against H.I.V., where vaccine researchers have been investigating it for decades. In what might have been the first human trial of this method, the immunologist Dr. Daniel Zagury of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris received two different experimental H.I.V. shots in 1987. First, a version of a virus that was engineered to produce an H.I.V. protein in the body, and later booster shots of the protein directly (rather than the engineered virus). Dr. Zagury and his colleagues reported that his immune system showed signs of responding, including producing antibodies.
Although attempts at making a successful H.I.V. vaccine have faltered since then, there is still enthusiasm for the mix-and-match approach. A trial called RV144, done more than a decade ago, followed the mix-and-match approach and was the only H.IV. vaccine trial to ever show protection against the virus among a handful of other experimental H.I.V. vaccines. More trials of this kind are underway, and the hope is that finding the right pairing of vaccines will prove successful.
It's clear that many Covid-19 vaccines are mightily effective on their own and don't need to be paired with other versions. But scientists should keep a close eye on the results of the mix-and-match trials underway to see if large, well-controlled studies show any signal of better protection.
The findings could inform vaccine development for other pathogens. This is especially true for viruses that mutate even more rapidly than SARS-CoV-2, like H.I.V. In an era of multiplying vaccine technologies, it might be the case that vaccines, like people, prove more effective when they work together.
Roxanne Khamsi is a science journalist covering Covid-19.
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mRNA
New Discovery Shows Human Cells Can Write RNA Sequences Into DNA '' Challenges Central Principle in Biology '' SciTechDaily
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:26
In a discovery that challenges long-held dogma in biology, researchers show that mammalian cells can convert RNA sequences back into DNA, a feat more common in viruses than eukaryotic cells.
Cells contain machinery that duplicates DNA into a new set that goes into a newly formed cell. That same class of machines, called polymerases, also build RNA messages, which are like notes copied from the central DNA repository of recipes, so they can be read more efficiently into proteins. But polymerases were thought to only work in one direction DNA into DNA or RNA. This prevents RNA messages from being rewritten back into the master recipe book of genomic DNA. Now, Thomas Jefferson University researchers provide the first evidence that RNA segments can be written back into DNA, which potentially challenges the central dogma in biology and could have wide implications affecting many fields of biology.
''This work opens the door to many other studies that will help us understand the significance of having a mechanism for converting RNA messages into DNA in our own cells,'' says Richard Pomerantz, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Thomas Jefferson University. ''The reality that a human polymerase can do this with high efficiency, raises many questions.'' For example, this finding suggests that RNA messages can be used as templates for repairing or re-writing genomic DNA.
The work was published June 11th, 2021, in the journal Science Advances.
Together with first author Gurushankar Chandramouly and other collaborators, Dr. Pomerantz's team started by investigating one very unusual polymerase, called polymerase theta. Of the 14 DNA polymerases in mammalian cells, only three do the bulk of the work of duplicating the entire genome to prepare for cell division. The remaining 11 are mostly involved in detecting and making repairs when there's a break or error in the DNA strands. Polymerase theta repairs DNA, but is very error-prone and makes many errors or mutations. The researchers therefore noticed that some of polymerase theta's ''bad'' qualities were ones it shared with another cellular machine, albeit one more common in viruses '-- the reverse transcriptase. Like Pol theta, HIV reverse transcriptase acts as a DNA polymerase, but can also bind RNA and read RNA back into a DNA strand.
In a series of elegant experiments, the researchers tested polymerase theta against the reverse transcriptase from HIV, which is one of the best studied of its kind. They showed that polymerase theta was capable of converting RNA messages into DNA, which it did as well as HIV reverse transcriptase, and that it actually did a better job than when duplicating DNA to DNA. Polymerase theta was more efficient and introduced fewer errors when using an RNA template to write new DNA messages, than when duplicating DNA into DNA, suggesting that this function could be its primary purpose in the cell.
The group collaborated with Dr. Xiaojiang S. Chen's lab at USC and used x-ray crystallography to define the structure and found that this molecule was able to change shape in order to accommodate the more bulky RNA molecule '-- a feat unique among polymerases.
''Our research suggests that polymerase theta's main function is to act as a reverse transcriptase,'' says Dr. Pomerantz. ''In healthy cells, the purpose of this molecule may be toward RNA-mediated DNA repair. In unhealthy cells, such as cancer cells, polymerase theta is highly expressed and promotes cancer cell growth and drug resistance. It will be exciting to further understand how polymerase theta's activity on RNA contributes to DNA repair and cancer-cell proliferation.''
Reference: ''Polθ reverse transcribes RNA and promotes RNA-templated DNA repair'' by Gurushankar Chandramouly, Jiemin Zhao, Shane McDevitt, Timur Rusanov, Trung Hoang, Nikita Borisonnik, Taylor Treddinick, Felicia Wednesday Lopezcolorado, Tatiana Kent, Labiba A. Siddique, Joseph Mallon, Jacklyn Huhn, Zainab Shoda, Ekaterina Kashkina, Alessandra Brambati, Jeremy M. Stark, Xiaojiang S. Chen and Richard T. Pomerantz, 11 June 2021, Science Advances.DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abf1771
This research was supported by NIH grants 1R01GM130889-01 and 1R01GM137124-01, and R01CA197506 and R01CA240392. This research was also supported in part by a Tower Cancer Research Foundation grant. The authors report no conflicts of interest.
Treatments
Study shows hydroxychloroquine treatments increased coronavirus survival rate by almost three times
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:16
| June 09, 2021 05:03 PM
| Updated Jun 11, 2021, 07:05 PM
A new study shows that the controversial drug hydroxychloroquine touted by former President Donald Trump increased the survival rate of severely ill coronavirus patients.
The observational study, published by medRxiv, found that antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, along with azithromycin, could increase the coronavirus survival rate by as much as nearly 200% if distributed at higher doses to ventilated patients with a severe version of the illness.
''We found that when the cumulative doses of two drugs, HCQ and AZM, were above a certain level, patients had a survival rate 2.9 times the other patients,'' the study's conclusion states.
The study adds, ''By using causal analysis and considering of weight-adjusted cumulative dose, we prove the combined therapy, >3 g HCQ andzinc > 1g AZM greatly increases survival in Covid patients on IMV and that HCQ cumulative dose > 80 mg/kg works substantially better. These data do not yet apply to hospitalized patients not on IMV. Since those with higher doses of HCQ had higher doses of AZM, we cannot solely attribute the causal effect to HCQ/AZM combination therapy. However, it is likely AZM does contribute significantly to this increase in survival rate. Since higher dose HCQ/AZM therapy improves survival by nearly 200% in this population, the safety data are moot.''
The study was conducted by Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey on 255 patients.
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Dating back to last spring, then-president Trump openly touted the effectiveness of the drug and even took it himself. It earned him pushback from medical experts, including his own White House coronavirus team member Dr. Anthony Fauci, and political pundits who dismissed his claims and maintained the drug was ineffective.
Last summer, Twitter restricted the account of Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., after he posted a video of doctors touting the effectiveness of the drug. The social media platform accused him of "spreading misleading and potentially harmful misinformation" related to the coronavirus.
In March of this year, the World Health Organization warned against using the drug to prevent the coronavirus, citing data suggesting it was ineffective.
Some conservatives have taken to social media and used the study to defend Trump, including Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who called out Fauci for his previous comments about the drug.
''How many people died bc Dr. Fauci said trust the science and Hydroxychloroquine isn't effective?'' Greene tweeted. ''New study shows: Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin therapy at a higher dose improved survival by nearly 200% in ventilated COVID patients. Trump was right.''
How many people died bc Dr. Fauci said trust the science and Hydroxychloroquine isn't effective?New study shows:
Hydroxychloroquine + Azithromycin therapy at a higher dose improved survival by nearly 200% in ventilated COVID patients.Trump was right.https://t.co/Ya8P9gdKx2
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Several other studies released since last year have come to the same conclusion that hydroxychloroquine can be effective in certain situations against the coronavirus, including a December study from the International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents showing 84% fewer hospitalizations among patients treated with the drug.
Another study, conducted by Hackensack Meridian Health, found encouraging results in patients with mild symptoms who were treated with the drug.
CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, the Washington Examiner reported that zinc worked in correlation with hydroxychloroquine, when the original medRxiv article was referring to azithromycin. The Washington Examiner regrets the error.
VAERS
Older patients cognitive decline post vaccination
So I have to report a direct experience with the Moderna jab. My mother-in-law who is 80 was insistent on getting the jab. Despite our constantly trying to get her to unplug the CNN IV drip, she was convinced that it was important to get and safe. She wrote off my opinion as fringe tin foil hat nut job and just assumed that Lisa was doing what I told her to do in not getting the jab for our family. Despite our feelings my mother-in-law got both jabs. A few days after the second jab she had lost her balance, fell down a couple of steps and fractured her arm. We don’t know if this was related to the jab or just an unfortunate run in with the stairs, but this was just the beginning of the decline. We have noticed a huge amount of confusion and what appeared to be instant onset Alzheimer’s. She has had trouble knowing what day it is, where she is, what medicine she should be taking at what time. She’s left very erratic voice mails acting as though she has no idea who we are. All of this kicked off right after the second jab. Yesterday Lisa took her to a doctor’s appointment to try and figure out what is going on. The response was not only unexpected, but quite shocking. The doctor said he has had a large number of his elderly patience who have had the Moderna jab have this almost instantaneous cognitive decline. This is more the norm than the exception. He further stated they are not allowed to talk about it for fear of being kicked out of the health network they are in and feel that if they do talk about it they might run the risk of having their medical license pulled. He further said they don’t know of any counteractive treatment at the moment and are not sure if this is permanent damage. He is even hesitant to file a VAERS report due to the stigma attached with a Doctor that “complains”.
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Great Reset
Condo developer plans to buy $1-billion worth of single-family houses in Canada for rentals - The Globe and Mail
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 01:08
Faran Latafat, president of single-family development at Core Development, in front of one of their properties, in Hamilton.
Christopher Katsarov/The Globe and Mail
A Toronto condo developer is buying hundreds of detached houses in Ontario, with the plan of renting them and profiting on the housing crisis ripping across the country.
Core Development Group Ltd. is building a large-scale single-family home rental operation, an unproven business model in Canada, where the market is fragmented and individual investors lease a small number of their own properties for income.
Institutional house rentals have become highly lucrative in the United States, with private-equity firms, pension funds and big companies throwing billions of dollars into the asset class. In Canada, deep-pocketed investors, as well as real estate investment trusts, have already acquired hundreds of apartment buildings to tap into the strong rental demand but have not moved into rental houses.
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Core founder Corey Hawtin and executive vice-president Faran Latafat questioned why there wasn't a similar business in Canada, which has had a rental vacancy rate below 3 per cent since the turn of the century.
''We were trying to answer the question: Why is nobody doing this in Canada? We could not come up with an objective answer to that. In Canada, it works as well or better than the U.S.,'' said Ms. Latafat, Core's president of single-family development.
Core's main business is condo development, and it has 14 projects in the Toronto region. Last fall, Mr. Hawtin raised $250-million from investors to buy approximately 400 properties, add basement apartments and turn the houses into two rental units.
Core is targeting eight midsized cities in Ontario, and this year started buying properties in Kingston, St. Catharines, London, Barrie, Hamilton, Peterborough and Cambridge. It will soon start buying in Guelph. Its medium-term goal is to have a $1-billion portfolio of 4,000 rental units in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Atlantic Canada by 2026.
Mr. Hawtin said Core's rental units will provide affordable housing for families and residents who do not want to live in small apartments. If Core succeeds, it could spur major investors to follow suit.
Ms. Latafat and Mr. Hawtin believe a major house rental business will flourish in Canada because of decades of low rental vacancy rates, desire for more space and high immigration. They also point out most of the country's population is concentrated around a few job centres.
As well, the pandemic's real estate boom has priced even more residents out of the housing market with rentals as the only option. National home prices are 20 per cent above prepandemic levels, with values 30 to 50 per cent higher in parts of Ontario, B.C., Quebec and the Maritimes. The typical price of a detached house in Guelph and nearby Kitchener-Waterloo is now more than $800,000, according to the Canadian Real Estate Association. That is about $200,000 more than a year ago.
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Economist David Rosenberg said an affordable rental house could become more attractive to a potential home buyer because house prices are so high.
''The ratio of home prices to rental rates is so extreme that new entrants to residential real estate will gravitate to the rental market,'' said Mr. Rosenberg, who leads Rosenberg Research & Associates, adding that if more potential buyers are forced to rent, that could eventually reduce competition in the residential real estate market and slow home price increases.
Ms. Latafat said Core chose the eight Ontario cities because they all have strong local economies, are close to larger job centres, have growing populations and low housing vacancy rates.
In Barrie and Guelph, the rental vacancy rate is closer to 2 per cent, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. data. Meanwhile, in the first year of the pandemic, rental rates have increased in the high single digits in Barrie, Guelph, London and St. Catharines, according to CMHC.
''They have tight vacancies, like zero vacancies,'' said Mr. Hawtin. ''Immigration is growing, population is growing and buying a house or a condo has become less and less attainable. That is really compounding the rental demand in all of our marketplaces,'' he said.
So far this year, Core has spent $50-million on 75 properties, the executives said. Their two-bedroom basement apartments go for about $1,600 a month and a three-bedroom above-ground unit at about $2,100 a month. Those prices are higher than the average rental rate of $1,407 for a two-bedroom apartment in Ontario, according to CMHC data. Though Core's rentals are newly renovated units in houses with gardens.
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Institutionalized family home rentals got their start south of the border, after the U.S. housing bubble burst in 2007 and companies bought thousands of houses at fire-sale prices. Companies and their investors now own swaths of U.S. neighbourhoods and make money on the rent, similar to apartment building owners.
Toronto-based Tricon Residential, one of the largest operators of single family home rentals in the U.S., said Core's decision to split the properties into two rental units makes sense given the price of houses in Canada.
''The problem in Canada is that homes are so expensive,'' said Tricon chief executive officer Gary Berman, whose company has wanted to bring single family home rentals to Canada for years but has concluded that it is unworkable owing to the high real estate prices.
Tricon owns about 24,000 detached houses in 18 major U.S. cities. Most are in warmer climates such as Orlando and Phoenix. Mr. Berman said that makes the houses easier to maintain compared to Canadian properties, which have to withstand long, harsh winters.
Tricon keeps its purchase prices below US$350,000 a house and rents the entire property for about US$1,500 a month. Mr. Berman said the key to the business is scale, saying Tricon aims to have at least 500 rental houses in each city.
Core is also trying to build scale and is buying houses within 15 minutes of each other to form a cluster of about 50 properties or 100 rental units in each city. Ms. Latafat said it has taken Core about one month to rent their new units and their vacancy rate is below 2 per cent. She declined to comment on when the rental business would be profitable except to say that the rental units were ''cash flow positive,'' about five months after they were purchased.
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Mr. Hawtin said he expects to start fundraising for the next stage of the rental business as soon as next year and may consider going public at some point.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story stated that Faran Latafat is leading Core's single-family home rental division. It has since been clarified to state that she is Core's president of of single-family development.
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What a developer's plan to buy $1B in homes could mean for Canada's housing market | Globalnews.ca
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:47
Toronto-based Core Development Group's plan to buy $1 billion worth of single-family homes and convert them into rentals has triggered intense debate over the potential impact of the investment strategy on Canada's housing market.
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The company has said it intends to buy 4,000 rental units in Ontario, Quebec, B.C. and Atlantic Canada by 2026, as first reported by the Globe and Mail. The idea is to buy homes that can be split into two units '-- for example, with a second unit in the basement '-- and turn both over to the rental market.
Read more: Will the housing market crash? Why home prices may stay hot
Corporate investors like private equity firms, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and financial institutions have become an increasingly large presence in Canada's multi-family apartment rental sector. An investment strategy focused on turning single-family homes into rentals, while already common in the U.S., is thought to be a first in Canada. If it is profitable, experts say it will likely invite imitation from other corporate real estate investors.
Core says its plans will add housing supply to satisfy a growing demand for rentals.
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''For each single-family rental house that comes on the market, two rental units are provided, thus doubling the housing supply,'' the group told Global News via email in reference to its strategy of carving two rental units out of every property purchased.
''There is a significant lack of rental availability in the low-rise single-family market. Increasing density through renovating existing homes is the most expedient way to add supply to the housing stock.''
But the move has sparked concern that corporate investors pursuing profits in the rental market could put further pressure on Canada's already tight stock of single-family homes available for ownership while also eroding affordability in the rental market.
Van life means freedom for some and economic necessity for others
Affordability crisis fuelling a growing demand for rentals
While the abstract idea of broad-scale investment in single-family home rentals isn't new in Canada, market conditions currently make for ''a good business case'' for it, says Howard Tam, principal, CEO and founder of ThinkFresh Group, a Toronto-based boutique city building consultancy.
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One of the key reasons for employing this strategy may be a growing demand for rentals from those who have been shut out of home ownership amid an unprecedented rise in home prices, Tam says.
Home prices were up a mind-boggling 24 per cent year-over-year in May, the Canadian Real Estate Association said on Tuesday. And some communities, particularly in southern Ontario, have seen unprecedented price appreciation of up to 40 per cent or even 50 per cent over the course of the past year.
Read more: 'Nowhere to go' '-- Canadian homebuyers without family help are running out of options
As a result, a growing number of prospective homebuyers are turning to renting as an alternative, Tam says.
Core's plan to buy up homes at a time when housing prices have reached record highs is markedly different from the trend seen in the aftermath of the financial crisis of 2007-08, when corporate investors swooped in purchase properties on the cheap.
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But the rising demand for rental housing '-- including from families looking for single-family homes '-- may be a key aspect behind the company's belief it can turn a profit, Tam and several other real estate experts told Global News.
Priced out: Renters facing challenges during a red-hot pandemic housing market '' May 29, 2021
The possible impact on housing supply
It is unclear whether and to what extent broad-scale involvement by large investors in the single-family home market could result in fewer of those homes being available for regular homebuyers to purchase.
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It is possible that corporate players like Core would focus on buying up single-family homes that are already in the rental market, says Paul Anglin, a professor of economics at the University of Guelph.
According to the Globe and Mail, Core is currently eyeing mid-sized Ontario cities for its single-family rental strategy. The company has reportedly started buying properties in Kingston, St. Catharines, London, Barrie, Hamilton, Peterborough and Cambridge and will soon start buying in Guelph.
Read more: 'Incredibly stressful' '-- Why renting isn't always a solution for those who can't buy
Anglin believes the company will likely focus on homes currently owned by mom and pop landlords, many of which are currently rented out to university students in cities like Guelph.
In that scenario, the investment wouldn't have a significant impact on supply. It would mostly be a transition from retail to corporate landlords within the existing single-family home rental market, he notes.
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And corporate investors like Core could give families that can't afford the hefty down payments required to buy a home at current market prices the ability to live in a single-family home with a backyard, he adds.
For this set of renters, companies like Core could ''provide value,'' Anglin says.
Priced Out: A look at why the hot housing market is out of reach for young Canadians '' May 28, 2021
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But a corporate foray into the single-family home market is highly unlikely to improve housing affordability, all experts consulted by Global News said. If anything, it could make it worse.
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Large investors buying clusters of single-family homes in the neighbourhood or city may be able to leverage economies of scale, as well as their own professional expertise, to provide higher quality property management at lower costs compared to small landlords, Anglin says.
Core told Global News it is ''substantially renovating'' the units it buys to ''provide a safer living environment, including upgrades to heating, plumbing, insulation and lighting to the highest energy standards.''
Read more: Here's how home prices compare to incomes across Canada
But Martine August, a professor at the school of planning at the University of Waterloo, says large corporate landlords have a track record of ''systematically'' pursuing rent increases in order to extract profit from their real estate investments.
And while small landlords are also usually motivated by financial gain, large corporations are more effective at finding ways to increase rents, according to August.
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''They typically have a very sophisticated way to try to extract more value,'' August says.
''(They) will invest in all sorts of things in those buildings that will allow them to extract more value from it '-- the types of building renovations that allow them to charge more rents, (or) above-guideline increases.
''They will go in and start doing that right away.''
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China nuclear plant leak could pose 'imminent threat' as it admits fuel rods failed - Daily Star
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:56
Chinese officials admit some of the Taishan reactor's nuclear fuel rods are damaged and that radioactive gases are building up, but insist there is no danger to the public
Early reports of an accident at China's Taishan Nuclear Power Plant played down the potential dangers, with authorities saying there had been no leak at the facility and the incident had not raised the allowed radiation levels near the plant.
But Chinese officials have now admitted that some of the reactor's nuclear fuel rods are damaged and that radioactive gases are building up inside one of its reactors.
French nuclear energy company Framatome, a subsidiary of EDF, helps operate and jointly owns the facility.
A letter from the company requesting help from the US Department of Energy warned that the build-up of radiation presents an "imminent radiological threat," reports CNN.
French nuclear firm Framatome says it's working to resolve a 'performance issue' at the plant it part-owns in China's southern Guangdong province (Image: AFP via Getty Images)"The situation is an imminent radiological threat to the site and to the public, and Framatome urgently requests permission to transfer technical data and assistance as may be necessary to return the plant to normal operation," the letter reads.
Radioactivity has been detected in cooling liquid around the fuel rods in a sealed-off area of the plant, about 80 miles west of Hong Kong.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian insisted to reporters that "there is nothing abnormal detected in the radiation level surrounding the plant".
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Official sources say that "about five" of the fuel rods are damaged, but the plant is specified to be capable of operating safely with damage to up to a quarter of its 60,000 fuel rods.
"The presence of certain noble gases in the primary circuit is a known phenomenon, studied and provided for in the reactor operating procedures," according to an EDF statement.
Despite the worrying letter to the US government an EDF spokesman, who asked not to be named, insisted that the problem was under control.
The 1986 meltdown of reactor number four at the nearby Chernobyl plant in the world's worst nuclear accident spewed radiaoactive fallout across the globe (Image: Getty Images) Read More Inside secret underground room where scientists test US nuclear weapons He said: "We are not in a scenario of an accident with a melting core.
"We are not talking about contamination, we are talking about controlled emissions."
However, a report in The New York Times sounds a note of caution, citing experts who say that build-ups of radioactive gases of this kind are often caused by "poor design, manufacturing, or management".
Official sources say that 'about five' of the plant's fuel rods are damaged (Image: Bloomberg via Getty Images)The fact that elements of Framatome have reached out to the American government for help while China steadfastly maintains that there is no problem is highly unusual.
At the moment, White House sources say the facility is not yet at a "crisis level'', but with the plant situated in the densely populated Guangdong province any significant leak of radiative gases could present a major public health crisis.
The plant, which opened in 2018, uses the same reactor design as the long-delayed Hinkley Point C plant in Somerset, and EDF is in negotiations with Government about building a further nuclear plant in Suffolk.
U.S. weekly rail traffic climbs 18% on pandemic-hit comparison
The Association of American Railroads (AAR) reports total weekly US rail traffic up 17.9% to 529,635 carloads and intermodal units for the week ending June 12, 2021.
Carloads up 21.8% to 241,628; intermodal volume up 14.8% to 288,007 containers and trailers when compared to the same period last year.
All of the 10 carload commodity groups posted an increase with coal, up 19,229 carloads, to 69,263; metallic ores and metals, up 8,242 carloads, to 22,789; and chemicals, up 5,489 carloads, to 32,967.
The association notes: "For some rail traffic categories, percentage changes for the current week compared with the same week in 2020 are inflated because of the widespread shutdowns — and subsequent large reduction in rail volumes — that impacted many economic sectors last year at this time."
For the first 23 weeks of 2021, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 5,296,418 carloads, up 8.3% from the same point last year; and 6,494,976 intermodal units, up 18.5%.
***United States traffic excludes the U.S. operations of Canadian and Mexican railroads.
Region-wise weekly data: North America, 716,563 carloads and intermodal units (+15.3%); Canadian railroads, 75,753 carloads (+4.9%) and 73,492 intermodal units (+14.3%); Mexican railroad, 21,402 carloads (+2.8%) and 16,281 intermodal units (+9.1% Y/Y).
U.S. corn futures recently registered a rally to their highest in a month after the Department of Agriculture's latest monthly report forecasts stronger demand and shrinking stockpiles.
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Ethylene oxide causes acute poisoning, accompanied by a variety of symptoms.[129] Central nervous system effects are frequently associated with human exposure to ethylene oxide in occupational settings. Headache, nausea, and vomiting have been reported.[clarification needed] Peripheral neuropathy, impaired hand-eye coordination and memory loss have been reported in more recent case studies of chronically-exposed workers at estimated average exposure levels as low as 3 ppm (with possible short-term peaks as high as 700 ppm).[134] The metabolism of ethylene oxide is not completely known. Data from animal studies indicate two possible pathways for the metabolism of ethylene oxide: hydrolysis to ethylene glycol and glutathione conjugation to form mercapturic acid and meththio-metabolites.
Ethylene oxide easily penetrates through ordinary clothing and footwear, causing skin irritation and dermatitis with the formation of blisters, fever and leukocytosis.[129]
EU Members Agree To Lift Travel Restrictions On U.S. Tourists : NPR
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 20:15
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Gregorio Borgia/AP BRUSSELS '-- The European Union is recommending that its 27 member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States.
EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on non-essential travel. The move was adopted during a meeting in Brussels of permanent representatives to the bloc.
The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have authority to require test results or vaccination records and to set other entry conditions.
The EU has no unified COVID-19 tourism or border policy, but has been working for months on a joint digital travel certificate for those vaccinated, freshly tested, or recently recovered from the virus. EU lawmakers endorsed the plan last week.
The free certificates, which will contain a QR code with advanced security features, will allow people to move between European countries without having to quarantine or undergo extra coronavirus tests upon arrival.
Several EU countries have already begun using the system, including Belgium, Spain, Germany, Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark and Poland. The rest are expected to start using it July 1.
It's mainly meant for EU citizens, but Americans and others can obtain the certificate too '-- if they can convince authorities in an EU country they're entering that they qualify for one. And the lack of an official U.S. vaccination certification system may complicate matters.
Some EU countries have already started allowing in American visitors, though. On the other hand, Belgium's Prime Minister Alexander De Croo said this week a careful and phased-in approach should remain the rule.
"Let's look at science and let's look at the progress. Let's look at the numbers and when it's safe, we will do it," De Croo said. "The moment that we see that a big part of the population is double-vaccinated and can prove that they are safe, travel will pick up again. And I would expect that over the course of this summer."
In addition to the U.S., the representatives of EU nations added five other countries '-- North Macedonia, Albania, Serbia, Lebanon and Taiwan '-- to the tourist travel list. The European Council updates the list based on epidemiological data. It gets reviewed every two weeks.
The representatives also decided to remove a reciprocity clause for the special administrative regions of China, Macau and Hong Kong.
The recommendations are expected to be formalized on Friday.
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US nuclear weapons supplier hit by ransomware attack | TechRadar
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 13:33
HomeNewsComputing(Image credit: Pixabay)A US defense contractor has reportedly been targeted by the REvil ransomware gang, which has shared snippets of the exfiltrated data as proof of the attack.
Bleeping Computer caught hold of a posting on the dark web where REvil listed the names and shared details about their victims. One of the companies mentioned was Sol Oriens, who contracts with various government agencies including the US Department of Defense, and Department of Energy.
In a statement to CNBC's Senior Washington correspondent Eamon Javers, Sol Oriens has confirmed losing data in a cyberattack in May 2021.
Protect your devices with these best antivirus softwareHere's our choice of the best malware removal software on the marketThese are the best endpoint protection tools''In May 2021, Sol Oriens became aware of a cybersecurity incident that impacted our network environment. The investigation is ongoing, but we recently determined that an unauthorized individual acquired certain documents from our systems,'' read the statement shared with Javers.
No classified detailsSol Oriens further added that it is working with third-party digital forensics experts to gauge the extent and scope of the stolen data.
In the posting that Bleeping Computer saw on the dark web, REvil itself claims to have obtained payroll data, including salary information and social security numbers of its Sol Oriens' employees.
The threat actors even published images of a hiring overview document, payroll documents, and a wages report, to substantiate their claims. They also threatened that if the contractor doesn't pony up, REvil will share the data with rival military agencies.
Security experts believe REvil, which is thought to be behind the recent attack on major meat processing company JBS, is said to operate out of Russia or one of the other former Soviet states.
Experts suggest these countries turn a blind eye to their activities as long as they don't target victims within their borders. However, in a joint statement leaders from the G7 countries have asked Russia to rein in the threat actors operating within its jurisdiction.
While one such ransomware group, Avaddon has closed shop, REvil seems to continue to operate with impunity.
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U.S. Vice President Biden says Putin has no soul: New Yorker | Reuters
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 16:27
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attends a news conference at the Presidential Palace in Santo Domingo June 19, 2014. REUTERS/Luz Sosa
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin has no soul, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden concluded after meeting with the Russian leader at the Kremlin in 2011, according to an article in the New Yorker published online on Monday.
Biden told the magazine about his 2011 visit with Putin, who at the time was prime minister, and said he found himself just inches away from the Russian leader.
''I said, 'Mr. Prime Minister, I'm looking into your eyes, and I don't think you have a soul,''' Biden told the magazine. ''He looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, 'We understand one another.'''
Biden's assessment is in stark contrast to that of former U.S. President George W. Bush, who famously said after his first meeting with Putin in 2001: ''I looked the man in the eye ... I was able to get a sense of his soul.''
Biden's comments were published as the United States and other Western powers expressed outrage with Russia over the downing last week of a Malaysian airliner over a part of eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russia separatists. All 298 people aboard died.
The United States and other nations blame the rebels for shooting down the plane and they have demanded that Russia and its president, Putin, take responsibility. They also have expressed disgust over the rebels' mishandling of victims' bodies at the crash site. [ID:nL2N0PV08X]
Biden, who has played a large role in the Obama administration's foreign policy, also discussed his meeting with Ukrainian officials earlier this year, according to the article in the New Yorker's July 28 issue.
The officials had been seeking U.S. military aid, according to the report, but Biden said the United States could only provide minimal support.
''We no longer think in Cold War terms, for several reasons,'' the vice president told the magazine. ''One, no one is our equal. No one is close. Other than being crazy enough to press a button, there is nothing that Putin can do militarily to fundamentally alter American interests.''
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President Biden apologies for snapping at CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins: 'I shouldn't have been such a wise guy' - The Washington Post
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 11:17
As President Biden turned to walk off the stage following a news conference in Geneva after his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a reporter shouted out one final question.
''Why are you so confident [Putin] will change his behavior, Mr. President?'' CNN's Kaitlan Collins asked.
The president, who had already turned away from the clutch of journalists, threw up his hands and started back toward the reporters while wagging his finger.
''What the hell? '... When did I say I was confident?'' Biden said as he headed back toward Collins, before launching into a tense back-and-forth with the reporter while defending his approach with the Russian president.
Biden's flash of frustration briefly revived memories of President Donald Trump's frequent heated exchanges with the White House press corps, though Biden's staid summit with Putin was in stark contrast to the deference Trump brought to his interactions with the Russian leader. As his exchange with Collins went viral, some critics jumped to defend the reporter, while others argued that her question unfairly reflected the president's earlier statements.
Soon after the exchange, Biden issued a mea culpa for his tone.
''I owe my last questioner an apology,'' the president told reporters on the tarmac as he readied to board Air Force One on Wednesday afternoon. ''I shouldn't have been such a wise guy with the last answer I gave.''
Biden and Putin met on Wednesday in their first summit to discuss several topics, including alleged cyberattacks and human rights violations that have strained relations between Russia and the United States. Afterward, Biden characterized the meeting as ''positive'' and Putin called it ''constructive.''
But Collins, who made headlines last year when she refused to move to the back of the room during a Trump briefing, pushed back on those claims.
After she shouted her question to Biden, the president said that she was mischaracterizing his stance.
''I said what will change their behavior is if the rest of the world reacts to them and it diminishes their standing in the world,'' Biden said after snapping at her. ''I'm not confident of anything. I'm just stating the facts.''
Collins pressed the president again, asking why the meeting, which lasted about three hours, should be viewed as constructive when Putin later downplayed human rights abuses and denied that Russia played a role in cyberattacks against the United States.
''If you don't understand that, you're in the wrong business,'' Biden said to the reporter before turning and leaving the stage.
The tense back-and-forth soon staked a claim as one of the most interesting moments of the day. One clip of the video garnered more than 300,000 views on Twitter by early Thursday, and Wednesday's late-night shows seized on the moment.
''That was some strong 'grandpa has had it with your lip' energy,'' ''The Late Show'' host Stephen Colbert said before imitating an old man scolding a misbehaving child.
''Anyway, U.S., Russia, nuclear weapons '-- I'm sure it's all going to be fine,'' Colbert added.
CNN did not immediately return a request for comment, but Collins on Wednesday defended her questions and said Biden had no need to apologize for his response.
''That is completely unnecessary,'' she said of the apology on CNN. '''... It is just our job to ask the president questions. That is the business we are in.''
Despite his apology to Collins, Biden still seemed ruffled by reporters questioning whether the meeting with Putin had been a success on the tarmac before he boarded Air Force One. When another reporter asked Biden what evidence he had that any progress had been made at the meeting with Putin, the president again expressed frustration.
''Look, to be a good reporter, you've got to be negative,'' Biden told the journalists gathered around him. ''You've got to have a negative view of life, it seems to me. The way you all, you never ask a positive question.''
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57 minutes for Putin, 18 of random reporter questions.... 27 minutes for Biden 6 planned scripted questions.....except for two, he lost temper on the two reporters
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Fed explores 'once in a century' bid to remake the U.S. dollar - POLITICO
Sun, 13 Jun 2021 20:35
The explosive rise of private cryptocurrencies in recent years motivated the Fed to start considering a digital dollar to be used alongside the traditional paper currency. The biggest driver of concern was a Facebook-led effort, launched in 2019, to build a global payments network using crypto technology. Though that effort is now much narrower, it demonstrated how the private sector could, in theory, create a massive currency system outside government control.
Now, central banks around the world have begun exploring the idea of issuing their own digital currencies '-- a fiat version of a cryptocurrency that would operate more like physical cash '-- that would have some of the same technological benefits as other cryptocurrencies.
That could provide unwelcome competition for banks by giving depositors another safe place to put their money. A person or a business could keep their digital dollars in a virtual ''wallet'' and then transfer them directly to someone else without needing to use a bank account. Even if the wallet were operated by a bank, the firm wouldn't be able to lend out the cash. But unlike other crypto assets like Bitcoin or Ether, it would be directly backed and controlled by the central bank, allowing the monetary authorities to use it, like any other form of the dollar, in its policies to guide interest rates.
The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Digital Currency Initiative are aiming next month to publish the first stage of their work to determine whether a Fed virtual currency would work on a practical level '-- an open-source license for the most basic piece of infrastructure around creating and moving digital dollars.
But it will likely be up to Congress to ultimately decide whether the central bank should formally pursue such a project, as Fed Chair Jerome Powell has acknowledged. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are intrigued, particularly as they eye China's efforts to build its own central bank digital currency, as well as the global rise of cryptocurrencies, both of which could diminish the dollar's influence.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on the IRS budget request on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 8, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP) | Evelyn Hockstein/AP Photo
Democrats have especially been skeptical about crypto assets because there are fewer consumer protections and the currencies can be used for illicit activity. There are also environmental concerns posed by the sheer amount of electricity used to unlock new units of digital currencies like Bitcoin.
Warren suggested the Fed project could resolve some of those concerns.
''Legitimate digital public money could help drive out bogus digital private money, while improving financial inclusion, efficiency, and the safety of our financial system '-- if that digital public money is well-designed and efficiently executed,'' she said at a hearing on Wednesday, which she convened as chair of the Senate Banking Committee's economic policy subcommittee.
Other senators highlighted the potential for central bank digital wallets to be used to deliver government aid more directly to people who don't have bank accounts. A digital dollar could also be designed to have more high-tech benefits of some cryptocurrencies, like facilitating ''smart contracts'' where a transaction is completed once certain conditions are met.
Neha Narula, who's leading the effort at MIT to work with the Boston Fed on a central bank digital currency, called the project ''a once-in-a-century opportunity to redesign the dollar'' in a way that supports innovation much like the internet did.
Still, there are a slew of unanswered policy questions around how a digital dollar would be designed, such as how people would get access to the money, or how much information the government would be able to see about individual transactions. The decision is also tied to a far more controversial policy supported by Democrats like Warren and Senate Banking Chair Sherrod Brown to give regular Americans accounts at the Fed.
''What problem is a central bank digital currency trying to solve? In other words, do we need one? It's not clear to me yet that we do,'' Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said. ''In my view, turning the Fed into a retail bank is a terrible idea.''
And, ''the fact that China is creating a digital currency does not mean it's inevitable that the yuan would displace the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency,'' he said.
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 01: Federal Reserve Board Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference on May 1, 2019 in Washington, DC. Powell said the Fed will not raise interest rates this quarter and no rate hikes are likely anytime soon. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) | Mark Wilson/Getty Images
For their part, banks fear a Fed-issued digital currency could make it easier for customers to pull out large amounts of deposits and convert them to digital dollars during a crisis '-- the virtual equivalent of a bank run '-- putting financial stress on their institutions and making less money available to provide credit for people, businesses and markets.
It could also potentially deprive them of customers, something the lenders say would interfere with lawmakers' vision of increased financial inclusion.
''While it is true that deposit accounts are often the first step towards inclusion, the benefits of a long-term banking relationship go well beyond a deposit account,'' the ABA said in its statement. ''The same is not true of a [central bank digital currency] account with the Federal Reserve, which would not grow into a lending or investing relationship.''
The Bank Policy Institute, which represents large banks, has also argued that many of the benefits of a digital dollar are ''mutually exclusive (because they are predicated on different program designs) or effectively non-existent (because the program design that produces them comes with costs that are for other reasons unbearable).''
''The decision on whether to adopt a central bank digital currency in the United States is appropriately a long way off,'' BPI President and CEO Greg Baer said. ''There are also complex and serious costs that will need to be considered.''
But many lawmakers think it's worth the effort to look into it.
''The Federal Reserve should continue to explore a digital [currency]; nearly every other country is doing that,'' Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) said at the hearing, citing the risk for the U.S. to lose its ability to deploy economic sanctions as effectively with decreased usage of the dollar.
CenAm development bank to help El Salvador's bitcoin implementation | Reuters
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:18
Roberto Carlos Silva, owner of La Zontena store, poses at his business where he accepts Bitcoins at El Zonte Beach in Chiltiupan, El Salvador June 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jose Cabezas/Files
SAN SALVADOR (Reuters) - The head of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) said on Monday that the bank will provide technical assistance to El Salvador to implement bitcoin as legal tender.
Dante Mossi, speaking at a news conference, added that the bank will also work with El Salvador's finance ministry and central bank to select a team to work on the implementation.
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Georgia Star News Exclusive: Fulton County Election Official Admits Chain of Custody Documents Missing for 2020 Absentee Ballots Deposited in Drop Boxes - Tennessee Star
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:23
In a stunning admission about the critical chain of custody documents for absentee ballots deposited into drop boxes in the November 3, 2020 election, a Fulton County election official told The Georgia Star News on Wednesday that ''a few forms are missing'' and that ''some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.''
A Star News analysis of drop box ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes provided by Fulton County in response to an Open Records Request showed that 385 transfer forms out of an estimated 1,565 transfer forms Fulton County said should have been provided are missing '' a number that is significantly greater than ''a few'' by any objective standard.
On Sunday, The Star News published a story which included the files containing digital images of the 1,180 transfer forms that Fulton County did provide. Those digital images can be viewed here.
This is the first time that any election official at either the state or county level from a key battleground state has made an admission of significant error in election procedures for the November 3, 2020 election.
The admission of missing chain of custody documents by a Fulton County official is important for several reasons that cut to the very core of public confidence in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election:
President Biden was certified as the winner of Georgia's 16 Electoral College votes in the 2020 election by the narrow margin of less than 12,000 votes over former President Donald Trump out of a total of 5 million votes cast statewide.The total number of absentee ballots whose chain of custody was purportedly documented in these 385 missing Fulton County absentee ballot transfer forms was 18,901, more than 6,000 votes greater than the less than 12,000 vote margin of Biden's certified victory in the state.Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger has taken no action in 156 of Georgia's 159 counties to secure copies of any absentee ballot drop box transfer forms and review them for accuracy and consistency with reported absentee ballot vote counts. In April his office announced investigations into three small counties that ''failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms'' in the November 2020 election in compliance with rules and regulations.More than seven months after the November 3 election, 28 Georgia counties have failed to respond at all to The Star News Open Records Requests to produce absentee ballot drop box transfer forms. To date, The Star News has obtained absentee ballot drop box forms from 59 counties that provide chain of custody documentation for 266,492 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during the November 3, 2020 election, which means that no chain of custody documentation has been produced for about 333,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes out of an estimated 600,000 absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes during that election.As The Star News reported on Sunday, ''These absentee ballots are at the center of a lawsuit filed by Garland Favorito and eight other Georgia residents, who have sued Fulton County to produce these ballots for a forensic audit. Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero ruled in May that this audit could proceed, but allowed the plaintiffs to review only the digital images of these 145,000 absentee ballots. . . An estimated 145,000 absentee ballots '' between 75,000 and 78,000 of which were originally deposited in drop boxes and between 67,000 and 70,000 of which were sent via the United States Postal Service '' were transferred from the centralized counting facility at the State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta to the EPC [the Election Preparation Center warehouse located at 1365 English St. NW, Atlanta] at some point after the counting of votes for the November 3 election was completed. . . Fulton County subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, and Judge Amero put the audit on hold. Judge Amero has scheduled a hearing later this month to consider Fulton County's motion to dismiss the lawsuit and stop the audit.''The admission of missing chain of custody documents came as a response to The Star News follow-up to Fulton County's incomplete responses to Open Records Requests for the transfer forms that document the chain of custody of absentee ballots placed by voters into 37 drop boxes installed through Fulton County over the 41-day November 2020 presidential election period that began on September 24 and ended on November 3, election day.
''As we review the documents provided to you and our daily log. We noticed that a few forms are missing, it seems when 25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 outbreak at the EPC, some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced,'' Mariska Bodison (pictured above) of Fulton County Registration & Elections told The Star News in a statement emailed on Wednesday, June 9.
Ms. Bodison is the Board Secretary for the Fulton County Board of Registration and Elections. Richard Barron is the Election Director for Fulton County Registration & Elections.
Seven months after the election, Fulton County has failed to provide the transfer forms for approximately 19,000 drop box absentee ballots, The Star News has reported.
The transfer forms are a requirement of the State Election Board Emergency Rule 83-1-14-0.8-.14, promulgated by the State Election Board on July 1, 2020, to document the critical chain of custody of absentee ballots collected from drop boxes and transferred to the county registrar.
The Star News made an initial open records request to Fulton County election officials in December 2020 and subsequent follow-up requests to obtain all of the transfer forms. On two occasions, Fulton County provided numerous documents.
The first time, in February 2021, Fulton County provided two PDF files with labels ending in ''BX1'' and BX3.''
Not only did it appear that a file with a label ending in ''BX2'' was missing, the number of ballots represented on the transfer forms fell far short of the estimated number of ballots deposited in the drop boxes.
The Star News followed up with Fulton County, pointing out the incomplete records.
Fulton County responded in early May by opting to provide a thumb drive they said included a re-scan all of the documents from their first attempt plus those that were missing, rather than providing the ''BX2'' file or just the missing transfer forms.
The thumb drive contained 30 files of drop box transfer forms, and also also included a spreadsheet that Fulton County used to document the number of absentee ballots and the ballot applications collected from the 37 drop boxes over the 41-day voting period. According to that spreadsheet, those 30 files should have contained 1,565 drop box transfer forms.
The Star News's detailed analysis of the files provided by Fulton County revealed that they included only 1,180 drop box transfer forms provided chain of custody documents for 59,042 absentee ballots placed into drop boxes.
Yet, the Fulton County spreadsheet showed that about 79,000 absentee ballots were collected from drop boxes (When a mathematical error in the Fulton County spreadsheet that double counted a number of votes is corrected, the total number of absentee ballots Fulton County says were collected from drop boxes is about 75,000.)
On May 17, The Star News notified Fulton County via email that transfer forms for about 25 percent of the absentee ballots placed into drop boxes where chain of custody documentation in the form of 385 drop box transfer forms were still missing.
The Star News' email to Fulton County can be read here:
Dear Fulton County,
We are in receipt of a thumb drive which we picked up in person from your office on May 3, 2021 that contains scans of documents responsive to our Open Records Request Reference No: R002457-040821 for chain of custody ballot transfer forms for absentee ballots deposited in drop boxes in Fulton County for the November 3 election.
We have reviewed those documents, and it appears that you provided documentation for about 59,000 ballots. The accompanying spreadsheet you provided '' a file named ''Copy of Absentee Ballot Drop Box '' Daily Count '' November 3 2020.xlsx'' '' said there were about 78,000 ballots cast in the November 3, 2020 election.
Please: (1) Provide us with the ''missing'' documentation on these 19,000 ballots (2) Explain the discrepancy
Thank you,
Tiffany Morgan The Georgia Star News
After initially replying that they needed more time to review the request, Fulton County responded on June 9, which included the stunning admission of the misplaced paperwork.
As we review the documents provided to you and our daily log. We noticed that a few forms are missing, it seems when 25 plus core personnel were quarantined due to positive COVID-19 outbreak at the EPC, some procedural paperwork may have been misplaced.
Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.
Sincerely,
Mariska Bodison
Registration & Elections
On October 15, Fox 5 Atlanta reported on the COVID-19 outbreak at the Fulton County Elections Preparation Center (EPC), located at 1365 English St. NW, Atlanta, where 13 of 60 employees tested positive between October 13 and 15.
People who work in the warehouse are involved with logic and accuracy testing, packing supply boxes and collecting ballot drop boxes, according to the Fox 5 report.
The report, however, appears to contradict what Fulton County election officials are now saying, in terms of the numbers of employees quarantined and the impact to the work.
''Despite the news, county officials reassure there is no disruption to the work,'' Fox 5 reported.
In fact, Fulton County Director of Registration and Elections Richard Barron said, ''Processing absentee ballots. No there has been no delay. With regard to logic and accuracy testing, the only delay was probably yesterday when they were getting tested.''
On October 21, Barron told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that all of the staff working at the EPC had been moved to work out of the World Congress Center in downtown Atlanta due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Fulton County's emailed response to The Star News also seems to downplay the importance of the chain of custody documents by referring to the transfer forms as ''procedural paperwork.''
Even though Fulton County officials first agreed that forms were missing, they then went on to disagree with the numbers The Star News presented to them.
We do not agree with the 19,000 you referenced in your inquiry. Please advise at how you derived at this number and we will investigate.
As The Star News reported, using the Fulton County spreadsheet as a guide, at least 385 transfer forms providing chain of custody documentation for 18,901 ballots have yet to be provided by Fulton County.
In addition to random absentee ballot collections for which the transfer forms were not provided, there were at least five full days '' October 7, 9, 10, 11 and 20 '' for which no transfer forms have been provided. Four of those dates were before the COVID-19 quarantine cited by the Fulton County election official as the cause for the ''misplaced paperwork.''
This copy of the Fulton County spreadsheet, which The Star News has highlighted in yellow, shows the 385 drop box collections and associated 18,901 absentee ballots for which no transfer forms have been provided by Fulton County.
Further information on the absentee ballot drop box transfer forms provided by Fulton County is detailed in a spreadsheet compiled and reported on by The Star News here.
In April, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger announced that just three small Georgia counties''Coffee, Grady, and Taylor ''''failed to do their absentee ballot transfer forms'' in compliance with Georgia Rules and Regulations. Raffensperger's office made no effort to review the manner in which several other much larger counties that The Star News previously reported were in violation of the State Election Board's Emergency Code Rule; specifically Cobb County, DeKalb County and Fulton County.
Raffensperger's spokesman, Ari Schaffer, however, admitted to The Star News that the Secretary of State's office never looked at the chain of custody documents, they merely ''confirmed with the relevant counties that they had them.''
Earlier this month, the Georgia GOP convention censured Secretary of State Raffensperger for ''dereliction of his Constitutional duty.'' That dereliction of duty included, ''Undermining the security of our elections by allowing mass mailings of absentee applications by his office and third parties which created opportunities for fraud and overwhelmed election offices; rendering accurate signature matching nearly impossible; allowing ballot drop boxes without proper chain of custody; and ignoring sworn affidavits and disregarding evidence of voter fraud,'' (emphasis added).
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Laura Baigert is a senior reporter at The Star News Network, where she covers stories for The Tennessee Star and The Georgia Star News. Photo ''Mariska Bodison'' by Fulton County Board of Elections.
The Resistance
15 States Are Moving To Curb Public Health Agency Powers Following Lockdown Carnage | ZeroHedge
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 11:56
Authored by John Miltimore via The Foundation for Economic Education,
More than a dozen states have passed or advanced legislation to place new checks on the powers of public health agencies in the wake of the pandemic...
Mike Fratantuono grew up in a restaurant. Literally.
For decades, Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie, Maryland, was the family business. Over the years, he'd done seemingly every job imaginable: busboy, bartender, and butcher; prep cook and plumber; handyman and manager.
Fratantuono says that's what made it so hard to watch the family's legacy become a COVID casualty in 2020.
''It kills me. We were supposed to be getting ready to celebrate our 60th anniversary this year, and instead we're packing up and closing at the end of this month,'' Fratantuono told the Washington Post last year.
''I try not to get too sentimental about it, because it won't change a damn thing, but sometimes the stress hits me and my heart starts going like crazy. I get frustrated. It makes me angry.''
Fratantuono is just one of the countless business owners across America who saw their dreams vanish before their eyes in the wake of government lockdowns that crushed their businesses. Now, in the wake of the pandemic, states across the country are advancing legislation to curb the powers of public health departments following one of the most destructive and contentious years in American history.
Reining in Public Health AgenciesIn May, the Network for Public Health Law published a report showing that in recent months no fewer than 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering passing measures that would restrict the legal authority of public health departments.
Among the provisions passed or considered are the following:
Prohibitions on requiring citizens to wear masks;
Prohibiting health agencies from closing businesses or schools;
Banning the use of quarantines for people who have not been shown to be sick;
Preventing state hospitals and universities from requiring vaccinations for employees and students;
Preventing local governments from exercising emergency powers that are inconsistent with state health department guidelines;
Earlier this year, for example, North Dakota passed legislation making it unlawful for state officials to force citizens to wear masks'--just one of a growing number of states to place restrictions on mask orders. In March, Kansas's legislature passed legislation that removes the governor's ability to shut down businesses during a public health emergency.
Meanwhile, more than 40 states passed legislation that made it unlawful for health departments to mandate COVID-19 vaccination.
A recent report found that no fewer than 15 state legislatures have passed or are considering passing measures that would curb the powers of public health departments.This is very good news. pic.twitter.com/5WJbAAGzNV
'-- Jon Miltimore (@miltimore79) June 9, 2021A Serious Threat to Life?The report concludes that opposition to ''reasonable'' public health measures poses serious dangers to life and health.
''Legislation to stop expert public health agencies from leading the response to health emergencies creates unforeseen, serious risks to life and health,'' the report states.
''These laws could make it harder to advance health equity during a pandemic that has disproportionately sickened and killed Black, Hispanic and Latino, and Indigenous Americans.''
Not mentioned in the report, however, are the unintended consequences of the actions taken by public health agencies across the country in 2020. The collateral damage of lockdowns included business closures, job losses, supply disruptions, mass protests, surging violence, increased mental health problems, unprecedented drug overdoses, and a collapse in cancer screenings.
Public health agencies, meanwhile, proved incapable of taming the coronavirus through the use of lockdowns. And these struggles were not confined to the United States.
''A new study by German scientists claims to have found evidence that lockdowns may have had little effect on controlling the coronavirus pandemic,'' The Telegraph reported last week.
''Statisticians at Munich University found 'no direct connection' between the German lockdown and falling infection rates in the country.''
The Lesson of LockdownsThe devastating impact of lockdowns, combined with their failure to slow the spread of the virus, demonstrates why states are right to curb the powers of public health agencies.
If 2020 taught us anything, it's the danger of unchecked executive power. Using emergency powers, governors and public health bureaucrats across the country took unilateral, sweeping, and indefinite measures that massively damaged livelihoods and infringed on the rights of millions of Americans. People were fined and arrested for simply gathering privately or exercising outside, walking a pet, paddling a boat on the water (alone), or taking a child to the park'--even though most transmissions took place in homes and the coronavirus is rarely transmitted outdoors.
Americans may disagree on the precise role public health departments should play in society today. But the pandemic reminded us why checks and balances on concentrated power are so important.
The American constitutional system was deliberately designed to avoid concentrated power because the Framers feared it above all else.
''The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty,'' wrote John Adams.
The authors of the Network for Public Health Law report express concern that public health agencies are being stripped of the power to act by dangerous radicals. The truth is that dangerously radical government agencies are being put in check.
Ohio, for example, passed a law in March that limits the length of a public health emergency order to 90 days unless it's extended by the legislature. The same month, lawmakers in Utah passed legislation allowing the state legislature to override state health agency orders during public health emergencies. Missouri, meanwhile, has proposed a law that limits lockdowns to 15 days, after which extensions must be approved by legislative bodies.
These reforms are not radical. They are both reasonable and sensible. They do not represent an attack on science'--which tells us what is, not what we ought to do'--but are prudent checks on power from lawmakers acting within their rightful province.
''It is necessary to curb the power of government,'' the economist Ludwig von Mises noted in Human Action.
''This is the task of all constitutions, bills of rights and laws. This is the meaning of all struggles which men have fought for liberty.''
The preservation of liberty, protected by separating and checking power, is the ideal on which the American system was founded. Following a year that saw Americans' rights, dreams, and health trampled by central planners wielding vast power with little restraint and few checks, it's a vision Americans are right to rekindle.
Just ask Mike Fratantuono and the millions of other Americans whose lives were derailed in 2020.
Noodle Gun
Climate Org Inspired by Greta Thunberg Disbands After Labeling Itself 'Racist'
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:06
Commentary For years now, the radical left has ruled over activist circles with an iron fist. While most of the attention is rightfully focused on their external engagements, that doesn't mean there isn't internal strife among leftists.
Sometimes, that dirty laundry even makes headlines.
Take School Strike 4 Climate, for example. According to National Review, School Strike 4 Climate is a collection of local student-led movements, inspired by Greta Thunberg, that all aim to battle climate change.
Except for the chapter in Auckland, New Zealand, apparently.
The Auckland chapter announced in a Saturday Facebook post that the group would be ''disbanding as an organisation.'' The reason? Because it's racist at its core, apparently.
''BIPOC communities are disproportionately affected by climate change, so the fight for climate justice should be led by their voices and needs, not Pākehā [white New Zealander] ones,'' the organization said.
''We are disbanding because, since 2019, SS4C AKL (as well as the wider national group, though we can't speak on their behalf) has been a racist, white-dominated space,'' it continued, asserting that there is an ''urgent need to decolonise the organisation [that] has been put off for far too long.''
The chapter lamented ''the hurt, burnout, and trauma caused to many BIPOC individuals'' as well as ''the further trauma caused by our slow action to take responsibility. We recognise that this apology can never be enough to make up for our actions on top of years of systemic and systematic oppression.''
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The group also ''fully discourage[s] any future and current Pākehā-led groups from occupying the space we leave behind.''
I'm sure the Aucklanders expected to receive universal praise and acclaim for this decision. After all, in the philosophy of Woke, the telos '-- or purpose '-- of a white person is to make a flagellant out of themselves.
However, while the group did receive some support, many of the Facebook comments were openly hostile '-- and the hostility wasn't coming from conservatives.
''As all children are legally obliged to go to school in NZ it seemed like a smart idea to have one group for all children '-- as the future '-- rather than a lot of smaller groups. We might not all be about to go under water due to climate change but it's certainly effecting everyone on this planet and climate change doesn't care (discriminate) about skin colour or cultures. I didn't think SS4C did either,'' one person commented.
''This is so dissappointing. This is identity politics gone mad. Capitalism is eating the world and you are stopping! You need the politics of solidarity in the movement, to keep trying, keep listening, keep doing better but stopping '-- shortsighted, damaging to a movement and the wrong move. There is a world to save. Every action, every voice is needed and valid. Begging you as a mother not to stop,'' another progressive added.
At play, we see the divide on the left between modernists and postmodernists. While both apply critical social theory, they do so very differently.
The modernists, represented by the hostile commenters, are primarily concerned with the development of capitalism as a political-economic system. They apply historical and cultural context in their analysis, with a focus on combatting authority and injustice, which they see as intrinsic within capitalism.
They usually don't have an interest in woke nonsense, and legitimately seek to unite people. As I am a capitalist and a conservative, and not an orthodox Marxist, I completely disagree with them on most matters. That being said, it is a position I can at least respect.
On the other hand, you have the postmodernists. Their interest is in what is often termed the ''crisis of representation.'' They critique our contemporary society, which they consider to be post-modern, and relentlessly attack anything that can be considered universal, including modernity and reality itself. This is where identity politics and critical race theory come from.
Naturally, postmodernism is nonsense, as those who worship it dogmatically assert their ideas while simultaneously arguing that truth does not exist, and the divide between it and modern critical theory can be seen clearly.
I use one, invented word to describe this phenomenon, in which the left eats itself with its own theory: cannibaliberalism. Hopefully, the Auckland chapter's decision inspires other leftist organizations to do the same.
It would only make things easier for us.
SummaryMore Biographical Information Recent Posts ContactGarion Frankel is the senior policy advisor for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. He enjoys and has published articles and academic works on public policy, philosophy and political theory.
Garion Frankel is the senior policy advisor for the Texas Federation of College Republicans. He enjoys and has published articles and academic works on public policy, philosophy and political theory.
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Italy Is Turning Away From the Chinese Communist Regime
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:03
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A piece of breaking news appeared on various popular Chinese-language websites on June 7 claiming that the Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi had admitted that the COVID-19 pandemic had originated in Italy in a virtual interview by Radiotelevi-sione Italiana (RAI). The Chinese reports claimed that Italy had mistaken COVID outbreaks in Milan, Genoa, and Venice in the summer of 2019 for influenza.
Screenshots of Chinese media reports claiming that COVID-19 originated in Italy. (Screenshots/The Epoch Times) A screenshot of a Chinese media report claiming that COVID-19 originated in Italy. (Screenshot/The Epoch Times)This soon was exposed as fake news. The Italian embassy in Beijing issued a statement that afternoon, saying that ''The Italian Embassy strongly emphasizes that the content of the article concerning the Prime Minister's remarks is a complete lie and that the information has no basis whatsoever.''
This happened shortly after Italy's recent veto of Beijing's attempted takeover of LPE, a Milan-based semiconductor manufacturer, on March 31.
There is no way of knowing if the fake COVID-19 origins report was Beijing's retaliation for the aborted deal but it certainly didn't ease tensions between the two countries.
Expert: 5 Reasons Italy Is Cooling Its Relationship With ChinaItaly's blocking of the Chinese acquisition was an abrupt change in course for the European nation that had been growing a close relationship with the Chinese regime in Beijing.
In 2019, Italy under the leadership of former Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, became the first G7 country to embrace China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), against the advice of the United States and other G7 members.
In 2020 when the pandemic hit, Italy was the most impacted country in Europe. China donated 31 tons of personal protective equipment and virus testing kits to Italy in March 2020, as well as a dozen medical experts to support the health response.
Italy had also been one of the most pro-China EU members in recent decades. Between 2000 and 2019, Italy received 15.9 billion euros ($19.25 billion) in Chinese investments, making it Europe's third biggest beneficiary. Recent financial troubles saw numerous China-based companies acquire a number of Italian businesses. As of 2020, more than 400 Chinese groups held stakes in 760 Italian companies across ''highly profitable or strategic sectors.''
One of the best-known acquisitions was that of the AC Milan football club for 740 million euros ($788 million), previously owned by former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
An aerial view of the port city of Trieste in Italy which China is considering for its Belt and Road Initiative. (Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)But the change in approach to China didn't surprise experts like Cheng Chin-mo, director at the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations of the Tamkang University in Taiwan. ''This demonstrates the unravelling of China's diplomacy in Europe,'' Cheng told The Epoch Times. ''There are five reasons why this is bound to happen.''
Although China's ''mask diplomacy'' strategy helped ease some immediate supply shortages for Italy, the country can't forget that China's cover up of its coronavirus breakout caused the catastrophe in the first place, Cheng said. Italians have seen four million COVID-19 infections, and almost 127,000 deaths from the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus. The pandemic was devastating for Italy's already struggling economy, causing a 13 percent drop in per capita income in 2020 while the economy contracted by almost 11 percent. Free facial masks are just not enough to clear the clouds, Cheng said.
Secondly, China has made itself with a bad reputation in business ethics and conduct over the past decade, Cheng said, adding that Chinese businesses and investors are known for violating local regulations and agreements, which deeply upsets Europeans who value integrity.
''Chinese money was enthusiastically welcomed in Italy when the BRI MoU was signed in 2019. But the country has since found no material benefit from the collaborations,'' he added. ''On the contrary, some century old Italian businesses have turned for the worse or even went bankrupt after they started partnering with China.''
Thirdly, China's ''wolf warrior diplomacy'' has turned many former fans off, Cheng said. In response to the EU's sanctions in March over the regime's genocide of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the sanctions were based on ''nothing but lies and disinformation.'' It asked Brussels to ''reflect on itself [and] face squarely the severity of its mistake'' and stop ''interfering in [China's'] internal affairs.''
Draghi's political position is the fourth factor, Cheng said. Draghi, who holds a very friendly attitude towards the United States and the EU, described his foreign policy as ''strongly pro-European and Atlanticist, in line with Italy's historical anchors.'' Contrary to his predecessor, Draghi, who was elected in February, has shown clear determination to seek alliance with the United States. Shortly after his appointment, Draghi reaffirmed Rome's membership in NATO and the historic friendship between Italy and the United States. The vetoing of the LPE deal is seen as a signal of the new administration's focus on stemming Beijing's political and economic influence in Italy, Cheng said.
Lastly, Cheng pointed to the global environment, which is turning against China. The U.S.-led international effort to curb communist China's global expansion and human rights abuses, as well as the investigation in China's role in the outbreak of the pandemic, have encouraged G7 countries to openly speak and act against the CCP's atrocities, which they had avoided for many years fearing hurt to their business relationship with China. Meanwhile, Europe is growing much more wary of the threat the CCP's poses to nation's security after the CCP's infiltration tools such as Huawei and the Confucius Institute were exposed.
Italy Still Influenced by the CCP's Overseas PropagandaHowever, public sentiment toward the Chinese regime may take some time to change, as many Italian national media outlets have been frequently publishing pro-regime content and the mindsets of their journalists have been infiltrated quite deeply by CCP propaganda. Francesco Galietti of the Rome-based thinktank Policy Sonar told Breitbart that ''the Chinese have 100 percent infiltrated Italian media.''
A new electronic billboard leased by Xinhua, the news agency operated by the Chinese regime, makes its debut in New York's Times Square on Aug. 1, 2011. (Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images)Breitbart also revealed in a June 7 report that an Italian-language video series on ''Xi Jinping's Classical Quotes'' developed by Chinese state-owned China Media Group had been broadcast on Italy's Mediaset and the Chinese-language outlet Cinitalia.
''The National Associated Press Agency (ANSA), Italy's equivalent to The Associated Press or Agence France Presse, has also been publishing up to 50 Italian language wire articles per day from Xinhua News Agency, the state-run wire service for the Chinese Communist Party. Again, ANSA does not disclose to its readers that the Chinese government runs and approves all Xinhua content,'' the report read.
Italian national newspaper Il Giornale has been publishing CCP propaganda regularly since 2019. A May article in Il Giornale suggested that reports about the CCP's genocide of the Muslim Uyghur people were a mere ''media manipulation of events'' crafted to use ''human rights concerns'' to further America's foreign policy agenda, echoing the regime's party line.
The Breitbart report also noted that a magazine published by Cinitalia ''openly admits that it produces its Italian content in association with the Chinese Embassy in Italy.''
Il Giornale is owned by former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who was critical of the CCP until he sold the AC Milan soccer club to Chinese investors for $788 million in 2017 due to financial troubles. Since then, Il Giornale's China-related content have looked very similar to the CCP's propaganda.
New Era in EU-China RelationsEU members, including Italy and Hungary, are starting to push back on the CCP's coercion both economically and politically.
The EU condemned the Chinese regime's human rights record in a conference earlier this year, and France sent a warship and submarine to the South China Sea for a ''freedom of navigation'' patrol in February.
On May 22, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said in a statement that the Baltic nation does not see itself as part of Beijing's ''17+1'' platform for EU member states and five Balkan countries anymore, according to the Baltic News Service. He said the Chinese platform was ''divisive'' from the EU's point of view and called on EU members to pursue ''a much more effective 27+1 approach'' for its communication with China.
Hungarian premier Viktor Orban, who has reportedly built cordial ties with the Chinese regime, including massive joint business projects, and has several times this year blocked EU statements denouncing the Chinese regime's record on human rights, had to pause a planned project with China's Fudan University amidst massive protests this month. His government has since announced a referendum on the project.
Pingping Yu has been a writer, translator, and researcher for The Epoch Times since 2007. She covers a variety of topics related to China, with a strong focus on human rights, economy, and business.
Sophia Lam contributed to the report.
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.
Ministry of Truth
AP Definitive Source | Why we're no longer naming suspects in minor crime stories
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:42
These minor stories, which only cover an arrest, have long lives on the internet. AP's broad distribution network can make it difficult for the suspects named in such items to later gain employment or just move on in their lives.
Broadly speaking, when evaluating such stories, we should consider first whether the story is worthy of our news report, and if distributing it is indeed useful to our members and customers. If the answer is yes, in keeping with AP's commitment to fairness, we now will no longer name suspects in brief stories about minor crimes in which there is little chance AP will provide coverage beyond the initial arrest.
The names of suspects are generally not newsworthy beyond their local communities. We will not link from these stories to others that do name the person, and we will not move mugshots in these cases, since the accused would be identifiable by that photo as well.
We also will stop publishing stories driven mainly by a particularly embarrassing mugshot, nor will we publish such mugshots solely because of the appearance of the accused.
This policy of not identifying suspects by name applies to minor crime briefs. We will continue to identify suspects by name in stories on significant crimes, such as murder, that would merit ongoing news coverage. In these cases, naming a suspect may be important for public safety reasons. These guidelines also do not include stories about active searches for fugitives.
OTG
Pizza Delivery Robots From Refraction AI Arrive in South Austin - Eater Austin
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 12:35
Refraction AI's REV-1 robots will deliver Southside Flying Pizza orders throughout downtown, Travis Heights, and South Congress
By Nadia Chaudhury on June 14, 2021 2:10 pm Delivery robots are coming to Austin. Food delivery service company Refraction AI's REV-1 robots '-- small electric-run machines that operate autonomously '-- are delivering orders from local pizzeria mini-chain Southside Flying Pizza throughout downtown Austin, Travis Heights, and along South Congress Avenue as of today, June 14.
CEO Luke Schnieder tells Eater that the company decided to expand to the Texas city because ''the vast array of food and retail options that are woven into Austin's unique neighborhoods '-- especially South Congress '-- align with our vision for last-minute delivery and make automated delivery an easy, convenient, affordable option.''
The way the REV-1 robot deliveries will work is as follows:
People who live in the downtown, Travis Heights, and South Congress areas place delivery orders through Southside Flying Pizza's website from the East Cesar Chavez location. The restaurant places the prepared food order into the robot, and it travels from the curb of the restaurant to the curb of the delivery address. As that happens, the customer receives text message updates on the location of the delivery, as well as a code to access their order. When the robot arrives at the curb of the destination, the person has to go outside, enter their code onto the touchscreen pad, and open the robot to receive their order.The REV-1 delivery robots travel in bike lanes '-- which means cyclists will have to contend with the vehicles '-- and can also use sidewalks and actual streets when needed. Schnieder notes that the delivery robots ''are required by state law to yield the right of way to all traffic, including bicycles and people on foot.'' A rep for the company confirms that, since this Austin launch is considered a pilot program, each robot will be accompanied by a person on a scooter and that there are remote people who watch over the deliveries.
The physical machines are described as being ''about the same size as a person on a bike'' in the press release, measuring four and a half feet in both height and length, 30 inches in width, and 150 pounds in weight. The vehicles can travel up to 15 miles per hour, and hold the equivalent of six grocery bags.
One of the goals of the program is to decrease greenhouse gas emissions in the city. Gina Fiandaca, the Austin assistant city manager for mobility, expressed her excitement in the release, because of how it emphasizes both sustainability and equity.
For now, REV-1's initial Austin program consists of 10 robots, but there are plans to increase the number of machines as more restaurants, shops, and groceries join the service.
Refraction AI began in July 2019 by co-founders Matthew Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan. They launched the first REV-1 delivery program in Ann Arbor, Michigan that November. Other cities have been implementing their own autonomous robot deliveries, including Houston with Chartwells Higher Education and Starship, and Miami with Reef Technology and Cartken.
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Delivery robots will be on the road in Austin starting Monday | KXAN Austin
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:58
by: Candy Rodriguez
Posted:
Jun 14, 2021 / 06:55 AM CDT / Updated:
Jun 14, 2021 / 08:09 AM CDTStarting Monday, robots are making deliveries along South Congress and downtown under the supervision of the Austin Transportation Department. (Screenshot from video courtesy Austin Transportation Department)
AUSTIN (KXAN) '-- Robots will roll through Austin starting Monday making food deliveries in the South Congress area and throughout downtown.
Austin Transportation Department officials say the company behind the robots, Refraction AI, will launch a fleet of 10 robots.
ATD officials add the robots will travel in the bike lane unless there is not one. Then, they will travel on the main road. The robots will be monitored by a person who will travel along with the robot. Officials said it is required by state law to ensure safety.
The robots will also be remotely piloted '-- not automated '-- which means someone is able to control the robots from afar. While the robots operate in the city, local transportation officials will gather data and determine if they need to implement additional regulations.
ATD says the robots can hold up to seven grocery bags in their delivery compartment. The robots will not only deliver restaurant orders and more. Later Monday morning, the company will release the list of participating businesses in the program. Transportation officials say this could change the future of deliveries.
''I think it can really transform the mobility landscape eventually if it catches on and with enough growth, it will be able to replace some trips being taken by SOVs or single-occupancy vehicles at this time,'' said Jacob Culberson, the transportation department's division manager for mobility services.
ATD officials said anyone who has issues or questions can contact 311.
'Extraordinarily invasive': Concerns over proposals to allow Garda demand passwords
Thu, 17 Jun 2021 12:19
Proposed legislation to allow garda­ demand passwords during investigations will give them access to people's ''entire digital life'', even when dealing with minor offences, it has been claimed.
The Garda S­ochna (Powers) Bill will make it a criminal offence for the public to refuse to hand over passwords or encryption keys for digital devices uncovered during the course of a search warrant execution.
A person who refuses to surrender a password for a mobile phone or other device to garda­ could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to '‚¬30,000.
Similar legislation has previously been recommended by the Law Reform Commission, the Garda Inspectorate and Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
The announcement was welcomed by senior garda­ on Monday who said it would be extremely valuable in investigating ''bulk crimes'' such as assaults, drug dealing and theft.
''Almost every crime from robbery to rape now has a digital aspect to it,'' a security source said. ''There is legislation there to allow you seize a phone. But if the person is not handing over a password, it does make it more difficult.
''If you can compel someone to hand it over, then that would be of absolutely great benefit and would be welcomed.''
Q&A: How will garda­ be able to demand passwords in investigations? New Garda powers to allow access to mobile phones, changes to 'stop and search' The Irish Times view on the Garda anti-corruption unit: a new departure Garda sources said that, while the legislation would be beneficial in some serious crimes, it was likely to be of limited use in tackling gangland crime.
''Most people in that world will prefer to take the charges rather than be seen to hand over passwords, especially if those passwords implicate others,'' one garda involved in organised crime investigations said.
'Invasive'Concerns have been raised by privacy advocates over the ''broad'' nature of the Bill. Chairman of Digital Rights Ireland and UCD associate professor of law TJ McIntyre said the powers were ''extraordinarily invasive'' and would allow garda­ access to ''the entirety of someone's digital life'', even while investigating minor crimes.
Once garda­ can access a phone or computer, this would provide access to email, bank and Google Drive accounts as well as encrypted messaging services such as Signal, he said.
''That makes it much more invasive than traditional types of search warrants. Historically search warrants are about particular places.
''But these types of warrants involve getting the entirety of someone's digital life in a way that is not connected to one place.''
Garda­ looking for evidence of one crime could bring additional charges if they discovered evidence of other crimes during digital searches, he said.
The power to demand a password would automatically apply to ''every single crime where a search warrant can be issued'', not just in serious crime investigations.
The law would also permit superintendents to grant search warrants instead of a judge in ''urgent circumstances''. This reintroduces the practice of ''self-service'' warrants which was effectively discontinued by the Supreme Court several years ago, Mr McIntyre said.
The law would require the Garda Commissioner to draw up a ''code of practice'' to determine the use of data obtained during a search, a safeguard Mr McIntyre described as ''weak sauce''.
''The code wouldn't have force of law itself. Somebody wouldn't have a right of action if it was violated. Evidence wouldn't be inadmissible if it wasn't followed,'' he said.
War on GUns
TX Dems Ask Gov. Abbott to Veto Permitless Carry After Austin Shooting
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:52
Texas Democrats are asking Gov. Greg Abbott (R) to veto constitutional carry legislation following the June 12, 2021, shooting on Sixth Street in Austin.
The Austin American-Statesman reports that Democrats are seeking a veto of constitutional carry as well as the adoption of more gun controls.
Rep. Vikki Goodwin (D-Austin) sent a letter to Abbott, writing:
I am asking you to please veto HB 1927, the permitless carry bill. I understand how difficult a decision this must be for you, given the vocal advocacy of groups like the Gun Owners of American and the NRA. But many Texans will see this decision as a seal of approval on the practice of solving disputes with guns, and I am sure that this is not the message you intend to send.
Goodwin also referenced school violence, asking Abbott to veto constitutional carry ''for the kids in our schools who are traumatized by active shooter drills.''
She did not provide an example of how constitutional carry would contribute to more attackers carrying guns in gun-free zones, nor did she show that some would-be school attacks fell through for lack of a concealed carry permit.
Goodwin also wrote: ''While I realize that laws cannot singlehandedly keep guns out of the wrong hands, I also understand that they improve boundaries, create order, and set a tone. We need you, as our governor, to send the message that we are addressing mass gun violence in Texas.''
On June 14, 2021, Breitbart News noted that Austin that police did not describe the Austin shooting as a determined attack on innocents but an apparent ''incident between two parties.''
ABC News quoted Austin Police Chief Joseph Chacon describing the shooting as something that ''appeared to be an isolated incident between two parties,'' with the wounded largely ''innocent bystanders.''
On Sunday morning, the Austin American-Statesman reported one suspect had been arrested in connection with the shooting and described the individual as ''a juvenile.''
KXAN reports that a second suspect, 17-year-old Jeremiah Roshaun Leland James Taleb, was arrested Monday while in classes at summer school.
The constitutional carry legislation on Gov. Abbott's desk would not legalize the carry of guns by 17-year-olds. It would legalize the carry of guns by law-abiding citizens 21-years-old and older.
AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkins, a weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at awrhawkins@breitbart.com. Sign up to get Down Range at breitbart.com/downrange.
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VIDEO - Daily Caller on Twitter: "President Biden snaps at CNN's @kaitlancollins who asks why he's "confident" Putin will change his behavior: "I'm not confident I'm going to change his behavior. What the hell? What do you do all the time?... If you don't
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Thu, 17 Jun 2021 10:40
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VIDEO - Permitless carry in Texas
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 23:41
**Watch the video above for previous coverage on Texas H.B. 1927**
AUSTIN, Texas (WJW) '-- The governor of Texas has signed legislation that allows the permitless carrying of firearms in the state.
According to the Texas Legislature, House Bill 1927 passed in both the House and Senate last month. Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law this week.
The new law allows Texans over the age of 21 to carry a firearm without any license or training.
Under the new law, individuals with a misdemeanor or felony conviction for unlawfully carrying a firearm will have those convictions expunged from their record. Someone convicted for felony unlawful carrying of a weapon will be able to own a firearm again once their conviction is expunged.
The law also states that a peace officer can disarm a person any time they believe it is necessary for safety reasons. This provision was reportedly called for by law enforcement advocates after many voiced opposition to HB 1927, the Texas Tribune reports. Several law enforcement officials allegedly expressed concern that the law could endanger officers and civilians, as well as make it easier for criminals to acquire weapons.
You can read House Bill 1927 in its entirety, below:
Gov. Greg Abbott has openly expressed his support of the measure throughout the legislative process. The newspaper reports that Abbott declared HB 1927 as ''the strongest Second Amendment legislation in Texas history.''
HB 1927 goes into effect on September 1, 2021.
VIDEO - TODAY on Twitter: "The Western United States is experiencing a dangerous heat wave this week expected to bring 90-degree temperatures to over 200 million people. California and Texas are already urging residents to conserve power. @BreakingChesky
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:38
TODAY : The Western United States is experiencing a dangerous heat wave this week expected to bring 90-degree temperatures'... https://t.co/egs3rcWkrY
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Wed Jun 16 12:14:45 +0000 2021
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Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:30
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VIDEO - LBC on Twitter: "'Trump was right all along.' Nick Ferrari reacts after a cocktail of drugs that Donald Trump claimed cured him of Covid-19 is set to be rolled out in the NHS. @NickFerrariLBC https://t.co/0znPTjh71e" / Twitter
Wed, 16 Jun 2021 12:14
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Wed Jun 16 07:30:02 +0000 2021
VIDEO - Daily Caller on Twitter: "President Biden is asked by CNN's Jeff Zeleny about if he still believes Vladimir Putin is a ''killer'' Watch what happens: https://t.co/D3JcKcQ36I" / Twitter
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 21:30
Daily Caller : President Biden is asked by CNN's Jeff Zeleny about if he still believes Vladimir Putin is a ''killer''Watch what h'... https://t.co/UmA37mPgkA
Mon Jun 14 20:05:23 +0000 2021
VIDEO - 'We need help,' says Chicago mayor after 4 killed in 2nd mass shooting in Chicago in 4 days - ABC News
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 18:10
A woman was killed and nine adults were injured on Saturday.
June 15, 2021, 4:32 PM
' 5 min read
At least four people were killed and four others were injured Tuesday morning in the second mass shooting in Chicago in four days, police said.
A barrage of gunfire erupted just before 6 a.m. in the city's Englewood neighborhood, police said. The shooting followed a disturbance at a home, police said.
Several people were gathering inside when the shooting started, police said.
ABC station WLS-TV in Chicago confirmed through police sources that four people were pronounced dead at the scene. The names and ages of those killed were not immediately released.
Authorities on the scene of a shooting in Chicago, June 15, 2021.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference that three women are among the dead.
Four people suffered critical injuries in the shooting, including a 25-year-old man and a 41-year-old man who were both shot in the back of the head, police told WLS.
A woman and a 23-year-old man, who was shot in the back, were also in critical condition at University of Chicago Hospital, police said.
Some of the victims were taken to hospitals in private cars. A 2-year-old girl, who was in the house at the time of the shooting, was rushed to St. Bernard Hospital for observation but did not appear to be injured, authorities said.
The motive and details of what prompted the shooting are under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Brown said police were initially called to the neighborhood around 2 a.m. to investigate a report of shots fired near the home where the quadruple homicide occurred. He said when police were called back to the area at 5:45 a.m. they discovered multiple shooting victims.
Brown said police have responded to the same home for "disturbances" in the past but declined to give specifics on what the previous calls were about.
The police superintendent said a high-capacity ammunition magazine was recovered at the home following Tuesday's mass shooting.
"We must acknowledge this for what it is -- a tragedy that has ripped apart families and inflicted intense trauma on several individuals," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said at a news conference on Tuesday. "It tells us that we still have much work to do."
Authorities on the scene of a shooting in Chicago, June 15, 2021.
Lightfoot said officials at the White House reached out to her Tuesday morning to offer support.
"What we will likely learn as the details become clearer is that illegal guns continue to plague us," Lightfoot added. "Gun violence continues to have a deep and painful history in our city. Unfortunately, Chicago is not unique. We are part of a club of cities for which no one wants to belong, cities with mass shootings."
She pleaded for help from the federal government, saying, "This is a national problem."
"Cities individually cannot tackle this problem. We just cannot. In Chicago, we've done absolutely everything possible and we need help from the federal government," Lightfoot said. "When guns are so porous that they can come across our borders as we see every single day in Chicago, we know that we have to have a multi-jurisdictional, national solution to this horrible plague of gun violence."
The incident follows a mass shooting on Saturday in Chicago that left a woman dead and nine adults injured.
Chicago police officials said investigators are searching for two suspects who walked up to a crowd gathered on the sidewalk in a business district in Chicago's Chatham neighborhood and opened fire just after 2 a.m. on Saturday. The nine adults who suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the shooting ranged in age from 23 to 46, according to police.
The Cook County Medical Examiner identified Kimfier Miles, 29, as the woman killed in Saturday's mass shooting.
VIDEO - (15) The Great Reset - YouTube
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:14
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Tue, 15 Jun 2021 17:06
VIDEO - Organ transplant recipients may benefit from a third coronavirus vaccine dose, study suggests - CNN
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:39
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN
Updated 5:29 PM EDT, Mon June 14, 2021
(CNN) A third dose of coronavirus vaccine could help boost antibody levels among some organ transplant recipients who have not had robust responses to the standard vaccination schedules, a new study suggests.
Among patients in the study who had no measurable antibodies after receiving two doses of vaccine, one-third of them saw a rise in antibodies after a third dose -- and among those with low antibody levels after two doses, all of them saw an increase after a third dose. The findings were published Monday in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.
Organ transplant recipients might not have an adequate response to coronavirus vaccines because they take drugs to suppress their immune systems. That helps reduce the risk of the body rejecting new organs but may also limit responses to vaccines.
When it comes to coronavirus vaccines, "we don't really have a good sense of what level you need for protective immunity," Dr. Dorry Segev, an author of the study and founder of the Epidemiology Research Group in Organ Transplantation at Johns Hopkins University, told CNN. "We don't know if you need the same off-the-charts level of antibodies that people with normal immune systems have."
When pharmaceutical companies tested coronavirus vaccines in clinical trials last year, they specifically excluded people who were taking immunosuppressive drugs due to potential risks.
But for transplant patients, after a two-dose full vaccine series, "the overwhelming majority have either no antibodies or low antibodies," Segev said.
Boosting antibody levelsThe researchers, from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, examined antibody responses and vaccine reactions in 30 organ transplant patients who received a third dose of coronavirus vaccine between March and May of this year. Fifteen patients received a dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, nine received Moderna's shot and six received Pfizer's around 67 days after completing the second dose of their original vaccination.
The researchers tested the patients for antibodies before they received their third doses of vaccine. They found 24 patients had no detectable antibody levels and six had low levels.
The patients were tested for antibodies again about two weeks after receiving a third dose of vaccine. The researchers found that the six patients who previously had low antibody levels all had high antibody levels after their third dose. Among the patients with no detectable level of antibodies, six had high levels, two had low levels and 16 remained at a undetectable level after a third dose.
About a week later, 23 of the patients who completed a questionnaire about their reactions to the vaccine after receiving a third dose reported typical reactions such as pain at the injection site, fatigue, headache, or muscle pain.
In one heart transplant recipient, there was some evidence of mild organ rejection a week after her third dose, the researchers found. But her heart function remained normal, and the rejection resolved without needing to intensify her immunosuppressive regimen.
The researchers also noted that she did not experience an increase in antibodies and "it is uncertain" whether the one case of mild rejection was related to vaccination.
The new study comes about a month after Segev and his colleague published research in the medical journal JAMA that found among 658 transplant recipients who received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, close to half had no antibody response after two doses. They found 15% had measurable antibody responses after the first and second dose and 39% had no antibody response after the first dose but subsequent antibody response after the second.
Antibodies aren't everythingAntibodies are just one part of the body's immune response, so experts say future studies on boosters should also measure activities of other parts of the immune system outside of antibodies, such as T cells and B cells.
In April, health officials in France recommended a third dose of vaccine for people who are immunocompromised. In the United States, emergency use authorizations "limit people to only a standard vaccine series," Segev said. "And what's happening is transplant patients are getting the vaccine series, they're getting their antibodies checked, they're realizing that they're low, they're talking to their doctors, and then they're going and getting a third dose to try to boost this."
Various medical societies, such as the American College of Rheumatology, the American Society of Transplantation, and the International Organization for the Study of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, essentially say the antibody tests won't fully answer patients' questions about whether their vaccinations worked.
The US Food and Drug Administration and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also advise against checking antibodies.
The National Institutes of Health is setting out to determine what approaches might work best if the vaccine is failing people who are immune compromised. This summer, researchers hope to start recruiting about 200 vaccinated kidney transplant patients to take part in a study on boosters, Dr. Daniel Rotrosen, director of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation at NIAID, told CNN earlier this month.
If tests show the Covid-19 vaccine didn't work well, that study participant will be offered an extra dose of vaccine to see if it helps, Rotrosen added. Segev and his colleagues will be involved in that work.
"We are hoping in the next one to two months to launch a clinical trial, an interventional trial, where we are able to give people third doses of the vaccine, and study in a very systematic way the impact that that third dose has on the immune system response," Segev said. He added that the new study provides strong evidence that boosters would be useful in this patient population.
VIDEO - Bloomberg Quicktake on Twitter: "EU officials signed into law digital Covid passports allowing the 27-nation bloc to open their borders for summer travel https://t.co/z9CqhkDvBp" / Twitter
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 15:09
Bloomberg Quicktake : EU officials signed into law digital Covid passports allowing the 27-nation bloc to open their borders for summer t'... https://t.co/Qsy3sM2c9W
Mon Jun 14 19:14:11 +0000 2021
Tess : @Quicktake So all footballers coming here should have one, yes, since none of them are vaccinated, that should be interesting.
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Tue Jun 15 15:01:38 +0000 2021
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Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:12
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VIDEO - Jon Stewart On Vaccine Science And The Wuhan Lab Theory - YouTube
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 13:10
VIDEO - (1) de nachtzuster onderzoekt on Twitter: "2018 - Dr. Ralph Baric tijdens een conferentie aan het 'Wuhan Institute of Virology', hoe verdien je aan een pandemie. Baric is een voorvechter van 'gain of function' onderzoek. Baric kwam in 2015
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 01:20
de nachtzuster onderzoekt : 2018 - Dr. Ralph Baric tijdens een conferentie aan het 'Wuhan Institute of Virology', hoe verdien je aan een pandem'... https://t.co/OIObP8PmhE
Mon Jun 14 19:25:33 +0000 2021
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Mon Jun 14 22:07:33 +0000 2021
VIDEO - (9) Fox 26 TV Reporter Ivory Hecker Informs Network LIVE ON AIR She's Blowing The Whistle On Them - YouTube
Tue, 15 Jun 2021 01:15
VIDEO - The Jewish Voice on Twitter: "Joe Biden seems to get lost at the G7 summit in England, Jill comes to the rescue @JoeBiden @G7 @FLOTUS @USAmbUK https://t.co/GFxGouRCoA" / Twitter
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 19:13
The Jewish Voice : Joe Biden seems to get lost at the G7 summit in England, Jill comes to the rescue @JoeBiden @G7 @FLOTUS @USAmbUK https://t.co/GFxGouRCoA
Fri Jun 11 18:39:39 +0000 2021
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VIDEO - (7) Kyle Bass: Communist China Controls 200 Sq Miles in Texas Next to Major Air Force Base - YouTube
Mon, 14 Jun 2021 17:05
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    Adam: Adam Curry Jhansi devore ash, June 17 2021 this is your award winning gitmo-nation Media assassination Episode 1356. This is no agenda, translating flat and Joe and broadcasting live from opportunity zone 33 here in the frontier of Austin, Texas capital of the drone star state. In the morning, everybody. I'm Adam Curry
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    John: came from Northern Silicon Valley where I can't watch TV anymore. I'm John Dvorak.
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    Adam: Do please tell me that you've had a ransomware attack on your local stations?
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    John: I wish.
  • 0:40
    Adam: What happened?
  • 0:41
    John: Nothing. I just got sick of it. Oh, it's unwatchable three by three this morning. And I do realize that it's impossible to deal with.
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    Adam: Well, I was still gonna do one.
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    John: Yeah, I got three bar three.
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    Adam: variant.
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    John: Alright. Yeah. Notice back pocket envelope period. As you can tell it's real because it's the real deal makes it makes that sound. Okay, we started with ABC. Yes. And they were all going on and on and on about the legal twist with Erica Jane, from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
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    Adam: where he amidst a vaccination craze with people having adverse effects, the g7 all these things taking place. They are highlighting the woman from the real housewives.
  • 1:41
    John: Yes, the one that got tied up with this crooked lawyer.
  • 1:45
    Adam: I'm sorry. You're saying that like I should know where you're talking?
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    John: Yeah, well, believe me, I don't know.
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    Adam: Okay, she going to jail.
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    John: But this is all Bay. I gotta give you the background cuz I did kind of figure out what it is. Okay. There was a documentary on Hulu called the housewife and the hustler, which revealed this woman to be on a no. a hustler cheat. I'm not sure. But all I know is the lawyers quit her. And this became scandalous. So she's got no lawyer, and she's just a Blondie. And she's like, I don't know. It just some dumb so
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    Adam: that's a great backstory he just gave
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    John: me what they they clicked right out of that because I only caught half the half of that to the to like huge, like bought and paid for promotion for travel to Oregon.
  • 2:38
    Adam: Oh, really?
  • 2:39
    John: Yeah. Massive. It was a massive promotion for Oregon. That's what they do. You should go there.
  • 2:45
    Adam: That's what they're doing with their COVID money. That's what they're doing with their COVID relief money.
  • 2:51
    John: Interesting. You'd say that because it's probably true.
  • 2:54
    Adam: Yeah. Why not? Well, that's what the
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    John: one of the hostesses one of the hostesses says, oh, I've got to go because I've never been to Oregon.
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    Adam: Oh, nice, native, native, native touch. add that in there. It's called the tagline, john, in advertising. And we'd like one of the hosts to tag it by saying how much he slashy slash day slash them. We'd like to go to Oregon. Bye. The by.
  • 3:22
    John: So then I clicked over to CBS. And there's there's an old black woman on CBS although she manhole chairs but she doesn't look named Ursula Burns. And she's a book writer and she just did a book called you are not who you are. Know where you are. Or sorry, where you are is not who you are. Oh, best seller written all over it. And she was bitching and moaning about voting rights and how they're trying to screw everybody. The Republicans are out to screw everybody. And that was the message from CBS a racist. So that's obviously racist, racist Republicans. So then the best one turns out to be NBC. Where they do they I don't know how long this segment was when I tuned in, it was going on and when I tuned out, it was continuing Jenna Bush as a tribute to her granddad. And they had a big six box of all the people that were on the NBC today show is that
  • 4:27
    Adam: six o box. Six box
  • 4:30
    John: is holed up in the corner crying, wiping tears from her eyes over this story. Janet bush went out with the Golden Knights of the US Army and jumped out of an airplane to skydive in memory of the old man who used to as you recall sky died on his birthday. Yeah, and today's his birthday. Oh. So she jumps out of the plane with these guys and thanks him for saying for saving her life. She screamed. Apparently most of the way made a comment grabbing life and and going for it was was the old man saying and often was lamenting, George HW Bush's is no, the greatest guy ever because he was I guess the Republican who was the number one globalist and that's just okay with NBC and Comcast because we should all be part of some one world government. That's the way they see it. We should give up our sovereignties and become something else. And so this whole thing went on and on and on about that the interview with Jen and she's going Oh, it was engendered by the way it's got a big, giant Barry bond size head. Oh, she's been dumping steroids
  • 5:39
    Adam: bubble head type
  • 5:40
    John: deal, or a big giant head. She's got all of a sudden. And I would that's what I was kind of taking
  • 5:48
    Adam: is that one of these side effects from the Madonna or the Pfizer?
  • 5:53
    John: Was this is known to be a side effect of steroid use. Oh, interesting.
  • 5:58
    Adam: Like Jesse looked pumped up.
  • 6:01
    John: No, not at all except for the head. But that's beside the point at this big heads weren't better on TV. This
  • 6:07
    Adam: is a fact.
  • 6:09
    John: Though not Yeah, well, hers doesn't. So this was the big tribute to George HW on his birthday. And everybody is watching they pumped in a mom came in whether I forgot Laura Bush comes up and hold his crying. And the whole thing was just disgusting.
  • 6:30
    Adam: Well, good report. Now. How sick Did you feel after watching that? Which sounds like at least 20 minutes of torture?
  • 6:38
    John: Oh, well, that's why I gave up on TV. Right there. Boom. There's your reason,
  • 6:43
    Adam: unbelief. Well, this is why people flock to the no agenda show. Not only because they know that they're not going to get that drivel. They know that because they're the ones delivering the real information producers worldwide. And so the local news here not a three by three but just to bring you up to speed on what's happening here in Texas
  • 7:02
    John: this situation so diner in Texas and California, power grid operators urging residents to conserve power to avoid rolling blackouts. In Texas the alert coming just two months after a winter storm left more than 100 people dead and millions without power for days. Get
  • 7:18
    Adam: ready. Get ready for the dummy Texans. They don't know how to handle their grid. Oh, no, they don't know this stupid. And our dude named Ben protector of the gigawatts that he of course reaches out to me regularly when we get these types of situations and I already know the drill and and the reason why we have stress on the grid in Texas, can you guess?
  • 7:41
    John: It's hot in Texas? Yes,
  • 7:43
    Adam: there's one other factor though. With these he gets cold in Texas, there's no wind. There's zero and then 20% less power because the wind power is not available. But then Urquhart has decided to set a cap once again, that's our our grid operator the exchange, which just to remind you, the same with the COVID Snowmageddon Snowmageddon is what I should call it. We didn't have to shut down for any other reason than greed. There's hedge funds trading this energy, and they have a lot of control based on the futures contracts they own. And if the price is not high enough, no one will start their gas fired power plants because it takes about six hours. And let's say you know, they, they can get $45 if it goes below 40, then they can't make money. They don't start it up. So if it's if it's capped at that amount, which is now an artificial limitation. Yeah. And then they start rolling blackouts because they have to shed load. It is it is unconscionable. They should get all of these a only electric electricity producers should be on the grid. Not all these jump folks. And you've got to think that the governor is somehow complicit at this point. How can you not know Well, you're
  • 9:07
    John: here with death. Remember in California we were ahead of the curve on all this. You guys are grainy five years ago. Yeah. We had our rolling blackouts when we had the governor Gray Davis Republican. The first one of the hopefully many to be recalled. And he will hold on a second.
  • 9:26
    Adam: Oh, oh,
  • 9:29
    John: Zephyr eight. Okay,
  • 9:31
    Adam: eight well hold on a second eight slow moving fast moving just eight.
  • 9:35
    John: Medium moving.
  • 9:37
    Adam: Ladies and gentlemen alert. Squawk Box over and CNBC. Who cares what the Fed says it's all about the Zephyr economic report. We got eight cars and steady Bitcoin at a 38,731 Oh my god.
  • 9:56
    John: So great. Davis was the governor during the Enron's gam where they were giving us rolling blackouts. And, and I can still diggable news articles from that era saying, Oh, we have to put up with this forever because we were using too much energy. California is going to be forever burdened with this because we use too much energy. We don't know how to save energy, and it's going to be blackouts forever. And that was the guy and the governor got kicked out of office because of this. And
  • 10:24
    Adam: that was Enron. And it's untaped. You can hear them just pulling the plug just to mess with people for the price. It's the smartest guys in the room is the name of the air. Where were they based? anyway? Texas, Dallas, Texas, Dallas, Houston. I can't remember
  • 10:38
    John: Yeah, all those guys that worked there and learn that that scam game they ever
  • 10:42
    Adam: want to add after that. They never went away.
  • 10:45
    John: They never went away. They just spread out now they're all over the place. It's almost like you know, one of those monster movies where you kill the monster and it splits into 10.
  • 10:54
    Adam: And, and what's even wait, I don't have a clip, unfortunately. But I was in the car listening and you know, they'd have reports that went unexplicable he several gas or natural gas plants are had are not online, inexplicably. So they're not even doing any of the work. I text one dude named Ben, his name is Ben. He texts me back as What's going on? If I said give me an overview of the grid, he could give me that anything. It's just a lie. And it's incompetence. But it's, you know, that's what what they're gonna try and do that it'll probably go out we'll have some rolling
  • 11:30
    John: blackouts hit the public is what media does. The media is really in such bad shape. At this point, they can't even ask a simple question of the right person. They've never you know what happened. And I felt this way for a long time. Since this probably the 70s is that once the media became professionalized by the Columbia, journalism school and some other places, and they got to the point, because in the olden days, if your media you, you learn the hard way, by being in the business, you'd be a police reporter, you'd be at the bongs you get a shitty beat the shit beat. You'd be Yeah, but you'd learn about crime and you don't learn about the city from this police perspective and from the some real perspective of actually working it. It was the same thing with tech writing. If you didn't if you had some interesting computers, you would you know, be if he was ill. They would not even hire you at Aviation Week. If you didn't have a pilot's license, right? Oh, yeah, totally. You couldn't write for us You can't write for us you haven't got that all changed with the professionals coming in? Well, you know, you can learn you don't need to know everything about a computer to write about computers. You don't need to know about airplanes by having a pilot's was a pilot's license, got to do reporting, and all that sort of thing.
  • 12:47
    Adam: Well, let's see what's interesting. You bring that up. That's interesting. You bring that up. I wasn't planning on doing this now. But the clips are short enough. We had a an interesting thing happened on a local Fox station in Houston. Just the other day here in Texas
  • 13:00
    Unknown: outages across the region. Fox 46 reporter Ivor Hecker is live in montgomery county to take a look at that aspect. Thanks, guys. That's right. Before we get to that story, I want to let you the viewers know that fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you, the viewers and from what I'm gathering I am not the only reporter being subjected to this I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox because it applies to you the viewers, I found a nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas. It's going out put that out tomorrow, so tune into them. But as for this heatwave, across Texas, you can see what that was so slick.
  • 13:37
    Adam: And right back to the report about the heat way.
  • 13:41
    John: This weather girl is all bent out of shape about something. I went to Veritas yesterday, I found nothing. Now
  • 13:49
    Adam: this is what sad because I don't know what happened. But it's a typical Veritas he never quite get it right. And then it goes nowhere. Now in this case, they had reasonable recordings, but they didn't have her up on the homepage. Of course, they're no longer on social media. They're long gone from that. So they you know, they weren't getting any juice. And finally, something appeared and I'm gonna play the first 57 seconds of it. It has the three pertinent clips in it of her editor, bawling her out for everything she's doing wrong.
  • 14:20
    Unknown: Fox came at my throat for standing up against censorship, in my opinion, you Sam, as a reporter from the inside. Yes, there's a narrative. Yes, it is unspoken. But if you accidentally step outside the narrative, if you don't sense what that narrative is, and go with it, there will be grave consequences for you. It's not just about the viewers. It's about what our CEO
  • 14:47
    Adam: probably can't hear that but the her editors saying on zoom call the stories it's about what our CEO reads. It's about our owners rate or that's the stories about the viewers,
  • 14:57
    John: about what our CEO about what our GM My question is reasonable. Why are you doing this?
  • 15:04
    Unknown: It affects the viewers. That's why I'm doing this. The viewers are being deceived by a carefully crafted narrative in some stories.
  • 15:13
    I have passed on Bitcoin stories African American audience and pirates only. editorial choice that seems sort of a racially charged statement to make I want out of this narrative news telling I want out of this corruption.
  • 15:31
    Adam: I love that poor African Americans they don't care about Bitcoin. Wow. Way to go later, you should check out the Bitcoin community or Bitcoin in black America. interesting book, you might change your mind. so brave with this girl. She's young. So now she's out of a job, of course. And who knows?
  • 15:51
    John: But I still don't get it. She's the weather girl. What was it that what narrative was she trying to think?
  • 15:58
    Adam: I think she did human interest stories. Okay, so
  • 16:01
    John: she wasn't just
  • 16:02
    Adam: the weather girl. No, no, is human interest stories on location, that kind of stuff. And so she's getting bitched out, as she's writing.
  • 16:09
    John: But a couple of things I mentioned. She's right about you have to this is true in all the newspapers, and all the all the new Radio TV, you have it, she said it kind of and she said it well, but it didn't stand out. Which was you have to kind of sense as you're if you're a reporter, you have to sense what what the what the what the structure is, what the what they expect, what kind of storage they expect you to do not do? Yeah. Because they never tell you.
  • 16:40
    Adam: No, that's that's the vibe in the newsroom, I presume?
  • 16:44
    John: Yes. It's kind of well, you know, the last guy who wrote about that got fired.
  • 16:49
    Adam: That's, that's the vibe. That guy never heard from him again. Go ahead, do that story.
  • 16:55
    John: We can't really do work at ABC. We can't really do it in depth report on bad labor practices at Disney for exam, right? Yes, yes. You wouldn't. You wouldn't even have
  • 17:08
    Adam: to ask anybody. And I think everyone knows coming in that anti pharma stories are not done.
  • 17:15
    John: Well, that's probably the example of the guy got fired. Yeah. And yeah. Well, so there is that element. And it's and it's so unspoken. It's interesting to me, because I was interviewed by an ex New York Times editor who did a video series is somewhere online. I don't even know where that up but different people like myself, and it came up in a conversation. I said that. And I'm remiss for not remembering his name. But I said something along the lines of Well, a lot of reporters will uncover something because they know that probably get fired, or they just as verboten. And he said with a straight face, and I think it was sincere. He says, Well, if I knew a reporter was thinking like that they'd be out the door.
  • 18:03
    Unknown: Who was this?
  • 18:05
    John: is one of the ex he's an ex famous, famous ex editor of the New York Times. Wow. And he's actually told me that and I think it's on the tape, maybe not. But when he told me that, I said, what you have taken that call and I had to go back and call I called my old people I knew that used to work at the new R word, The New York Times and these guys fullest yet. Of course, you don't do certain stories. You just don't do them.
  • 18:28
    Adam: You have him on tape. You said? No, he taped me. This is named Epstein.
  • 18:35
    John: He was in New York. Might as well. He was sincere. He says I wouldn't put up with that. And I'm thinking and i think i think there's some naive thinking going on. It's at different levels. Because of this so called professionalism. bullcrap that doesn't work.
  • 18:53
    Adam: We've led me down an interesting past to get into our top stories today. First one I'd like to play is a clip that someone sent me not Mo. You'd think this would come from Mo, a Malcolm X talking about the media, this has to be oh my gosh, what is that? What year would this have to be? 60 days 65. Something maybe earlier than that.
  • 19:11
    John: Nice to be earlier, anytime during the 60s is all the same. Listen to what he says never let your
  • 19:16
    Adam: enemy tell you how. How, how many of you there are never let the manager against form your opinions. This is the check displayed on everyone who's oppressed. The first thing and occupation. When you have a revolution in the country, the first thing you take over the radio. And then you start telling the people everybody the war is over. They believe that thing right there. And once they take that over, they start telling you where you are and where they are. And you fall right in line is playing thought control. The majority of the American people aren't segregationist that the majority of the American people aren't imperialists. But the government is The structure is the power faction is.
  • 20:02
    Unknown: So what how the how the and all the majority go along with because those
  • 20:08
    Adam: who sit in power over the television over the radio and over the press is constantly telling those who are the masses how free they are. And how those words hold true today, where they've taken over a television, they've taken over radio. And there is some form of anti American Revolution underway. And that brings me right into three short clips from Eric Clapton. But we know that he he teamed up with Van Morrison and that he had a severe adverse reaction to his I think he got AstraZeneca he couldn't even play guitar. You know, this is big. And the guy said, I
  • 20:53
    John: don't know this. And we talked about this repressed information
  • 20:57
    Adam: role, of course. And so besides what happened to him physically, what happened to him socially, is really the story. And here he is talking about how he was really looking for anyone to support him in this quest, because he had this severe reaction, the doctor saying Shut up. It's nothing. It's not the shot. And he was just looking for somebody. He was just a coincidence. I'm saying no, this is a typical story, though.
  • 21:26
    Unknown: He was on telegram. So I contacted him. And he told me about a channel. And so I logged on to that there's a chap called Robin Menotti, who runs a channel and it's for anybody that's concern or is looking for, in my case, looking for support. For me, I felt so alone. Up until that point, I really couldn't talk to my family and my kids, my teenagers were seem like they've been brainwashed. And, and there was a lot of that kind of going on from from other protests that were happening earlier. They were really it was the first time I'd seen my kids passionate about anything. And I thought it was great. But I was being ostracized. And I can feel that everywhere. I can feel alienation because I held a different views. I was trying to keep my mouth shut. But I did. I was following the channel avidly. And bit by bit I realized that I I probably shouldn't have had the first chapter but then I was offered the second. And I thought, well, what have I got? What's the point in you know, stopping now? How I went and had the second and that and then he got really bad. And I'm within about a week I had lost, my hands didn't really work.
  • 22:47
    Adam: So Eric Clapton legend has written many fabulous songs. Let's not forget, when his son fell out of the window, he wrote Tears in Heaven, which was, you know, to this day is still a very emotional record. This man is not a douchebag he's not an idiot. For she also Laila. And he went through quite a scary period,
  • 23:14
    Unknown: you know, I'm caught this anxiety syndrome, I have it bad and, and I have it as bad as I had, maybe two or three weeks ago, when I was devoutly following the six o'clock, and the 10 O'Clock News, or talk radio or trying to get find someone who's speaking, a language that I can identify with. But now I'm stopped watching TV. One of the cartoons was a little drawing of a guy interviewing to Quakers and saying, how come none of your community is got COVID? And they said, Well, we don't watch TV.
  • 23:54
    It's so true. And there's so much of the sickness is, is in, in our heads now.
  • 24:02
    We become weak. We
  • 24:05
    Adam: Yes. And there it is. This is the success to our show. Because we just laugh at everything. But now he now he brings it all the way home in a beautiful way.
  • 24:16
    Unknown: If we're talking about freedom of speech, freedom of movement, freedom of choice with the vaccine, for instance, then the opposite of that is what we're experiencing. If you take that away, what we're experiencing that disturbs me most is corrosion. It's it's that and to see her celebrities especially what really got me was ethnic minority celebrities, guilt tripping their own community that broke my fucking heart and made me so angry. I have a lot of friends in that part of the world and to see them preyed on like that it is easy just so they will step that's where it steps into sadism from either the photographs of the people on buses with masks on saying, don't let those sacrifice be
  • 25:08
    as bad as bad.
  • 25:10
    Adam: Exactly. And preying on the poorest communities once again. Yeah, so yeah, you will not hear that anywhere else. I don't even know if it's still on YouTube at all. Probably not. Probably not. And then I'm expecting this to be to be disappeared from YouTube. Would you one more adverse reaction clip from our buddy Jimmy Dore who we've been following Jimmy Dore, definitely not a Trump supporter. So he takes enormous red skin, not a Republican, so we can't be racist. But boy, is he a complainer?
  • 25:42
    Unknown: I'm still suffering from the effects of the COVID vaccine. I had the moderna, and I had my second shot on April 17. So now it's June what ninth today. So I'm still I have stiff neck. My stiff neck is not going away. It's sore, I still have flu like symptoms.
  • 26:01
    John: So meaning body aches, joint pains, and tiredness that comes in waves. So when I wake up in the morning, I feel mostly normal. But then in about an hour or two, if I start it start, I started feeling you know, how you feel body aches, I started feeling in my knees when I go up and down the stairs, my neck, always when I wake up my neck is always. And so now I'm working with. So by the way, I went to my primary physician, she says I'm treating five people who have exactly like you. One of them was a neurologist, one of them is a nurse, and they were afraid to talk about their symptoms. Because they didn't they didn't want to be stigmatized and ostracized, because that's the, that's the culture we're living in. Now you can't step out. Now if I criticize Dr. Fauci, they'll call me a trumper. So that's the world we're living in my cardiologist. When I went in, I told him I, I was feeling I wanted to check my heart, make sure I didn't have inflammation in my heart, which I go in tomorrow for the follow up and find out. And I told him about, you know, I'm being told that this is from the vaccine I've been having. And he just shook his head. He goes, man, I'm seeing a lot of bad reactions to these vaccine, everybody like that. That's what my cardiologist said, I then have another doctor who's on the forefront of treating people like me, who are having side effects from the vaccine. Now what is this going on two months after has not stopped and he tells me
  • 27:28
    there's 1000s and 1000s of people like me.
  • 27:33
    Adam: So I have a note from one of our producers just to add to the misery. I have reported direct experience with the majorna jab my mother in law who was at was insistent on getting the jab despite are constantly trying to get her to unplug the CNN IV drip, she was convinced that it was important to get and safe. She wrote off my opinion as fringe tinfoil hat nut job and just assume that my wife was doing what I told her to do with not getting the job for our family. Despite our feelings. My mother in law got both jobs. A few days after the second job, she had lost her balance, fell down a couple of steps and fractured her arm. Now, of course, we don't know if this was related to the job or just an unfortunate run in with the stairs. But this was just the beginning of the decline. We've noticed a huge amount of confusion and what appeared to be instant onset Alzheimer's. She has trouble knowing what date is where she is what medicines she should be taking, at what time she's left very erratic voicemails, acting as though she has no idea who we are. All of this kicked off right after the second jab. Yesterday, my wife took her to a doctor's appointment to try and figure out what's going on. The response was not only unexpected, but quite shocking. The doctor said he has a large number of his elderly patients who have had the majorna jab have this almost instantaneous cognitive decline more than norm than the exception He further stated they are not allowed
  • 28:57
    to talk about it for fear of being kicked out of the Health Network they are in and futile if they do talk about it they might run the risk of having their medical license pulled He further said they don't know of any counteractive treatment at the moment and are not sure if this is permanent damage. He is even hesitant to file a Veritas report due to the stigma attached with a doctor that quote complains this is a problem Houston
  • 29:23
    John: Wow. Wow.
  • 29:25
    Adam: That is crazy. Awesome. Awesome sauce. awesome sauce. Wow. Yeah,
  • 29:36
    John: I know you got to get the goods today. I'm giving you that. Let's do well, you know I may get one more app. I don't have clips. Okay, but I'll tell it because people can go get these clips are gonna be around for a while and there's no Sunday no agenda net social network. So jon stewart goes out unless you have Johnston. I have the clips. Okay, let me get me all set it up. Okay, set it up. JOHN Stuart goes on to cold bear show just the chatty and cold bear. And this was really the clips I would have gotten are probably not the ones who got the clips, I would have gotten our coal bears kind of pushing back and then cold bear saying, well, maybe we'll have to edit this out and cold bare ending the segment saying Well, let's see what ends up being finally broadcast in a jocular manner. But at the same time, it was pretty apparent that nobody was happy with what jon stewart had to say. And just a set of very humorless or humorless humorously, you know, get it very humorously, and he tried to be as light as he could, in his normal, sarcastic manner. And it was very, it was, it was quite the segment to see. And I think that coal bear is concerned, I'm sure it's just the way. You know, some of you have run into this. If you have strong opinions about this, people start being concerned about your mental health, I'm sure. Cold bear is very concerned about Jon Stewart's mental health,
  • 31:04
    Adam: I'm going to approach this from a different direction. I know john stewart, I know him quite well, at least way before the Comedy Central show when it was still the jon stewart show on MTV. He is an opposite for the Democratic Party. I think that's just look at his work. Although he has republican tendencies when it comes to getting screwed out of his money, I think that he was sent in to soften the blow of the changing of the narrative. Because it's, we're finding out Holy crap, this did come from a lab, there's a lot of a lot of evidence for it. Somehow that narrative changed on a dime for whatever reason, we're still not entirely clear. And this needed to be brought to the masses in a softer way so that we can all accept it, because we're not going to accept it from Ron Johnson. And it is my belief that although not scripted, per se, this was pre arranged. And Kobe was waiting for it. And all that pushback is all part of his end of the deal. Just to make it look like it was authentic.
  • 32:13
    John: I would say that's a possibility. So, but I watched it carefully. The problem I'm going to I'll express is I'll put it in the front. Cole bear is not a comedian. He says that every once in a while he makes to make sure to bring it up. He's an actor. And he's always said that even when he was doing the anti Trump stuff, he'll he'll back off and say, I'm just an actor. He was muttering under his breath with his, you know, with his hands, palms facing upward is the coin looking at kind of smirk is I'm just an actor. And he'll say that every once because he is he's a trained and very good he can do Broadway. He's done a lot. He did law and order a couple of episodes I've seen where he plays a psycho. He's a good actor. And each possible, I would premise it by saying it's possible that he's just such a good actor. He pulled it. I didn't. When I watched it. I thought he was sincere. He was laughing at Stuart in a funny way. But he felt uncomfortable. And I think he I don't think this was acting as possible. It was, but I don't believe he was part I think store just came in and did this bit. And I don't think I don't think that Colbert was read in. Jon Stewart does not appear unless it's for a big reason. It's towers and tunnels, you know, for the payments for the first responders. That's really the last time we saw him come out really, really big.
  • 33:40
    Adam: He doesn't come up big for something like this. And was there any other message he had? Was he promoting anything? was anything said Biden good? I don't recall. No, he was all about this. Well, and of course, I can be wrong. This is my impression. I would
  • 33:57
    John: say I'm gonna give you half of it. I'm not going to give you the cold bear side. Okay, well, let's
  • 34:01
    Adam: have a listen. And sometimes audio only can change how you view something because you can't view it. How do you feel about the science now? So I will say this? I and I honestly mean this? I think so. First of all, it's great when you say I honestly mean this does not typically mean I'm about to tell you a lie.
  • 34:21
    Unknown: Good point. I and I honestly mean this, I think we owe a great debt of gratitude. To science, science, has, in many ways helped ease the suffering of this pandemic. Which was more than likely caused by science.
  • 34:44
    Adam: Great joke well constructed. He thought about that one. But his rationale is off because well, we'll discuss it after the clip. It's short. What do you mean by do you mean? There's a chance that this is created in a lab, there's investigate chance. Well, I know I evidence I'd love to hear
  • 35:05
    Unknown: novel respiratory Coronavirus, overtaking Wuhan China. What do we do? Oh, you know, we could ask the Wu Han novel respiratory Coronavirus lab.
  • 35:17
    The disease is the same name as the lab.
  • 35:22
    That's just that's just a little too weird,
  • 35:24
    don't you think? And then the actual scientists are like,
  • 35:26
    how did this so wait a minute you work at the Wuhan respiratory Coronavirus lab. How did this happen? And they're like pangolin kiss the turtle.
  • 35:37
    Adam: Okay, that's not the name of the lab. That's just not the name of the lab.
  • 35:41
    John: No, he actually changes the name of the lab twice.
  • 35:44
    Adam: And and that's really weak. So that you know, when I heard that, I'm like, why would you come out not having the facts straight and use that easily D bankable although I do it. I'm sorry.
  • 35:59
    John: There's photos. There's like a ton of photos of the front door of this lab but it doesn't see internet It doesn't say it says this virology Institute of biology Yeah,
  • 36:09
    Adam: yeah. So he takes it all the way to SARS. Which is just not true. I just felt that to be not very john Stuart like and then this was just to me was the the final bit two guys they know how to do it. They've worked together a lot. co bear plays the the dumbshit republican basically, and Stuart the the smart guy on the left, and they're going to wrap it up
  • 36:32
    Unknown: back in back at very well be and Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins down he said, like you should definitely be investigated, stop with the logic and people and things.
  • 36:43
    Adam: You say stop with the logic and people and think, wow, that's got to be just made up
  • 36:48
    Unknown: with the logic and people and things though. The disease Wait a second.
  • 36:54
    Adam: Wait a second. Wait a second. But I think it could be possible you could be right a, I'm gonna hear that again. He actually says Fauci and I guess john Stuart is also discrediting Fauci here. Let me just play that from the beginning
  • 37:07
    Unknown: that can bat could very well be and Anthony Fauci and Francis Collins down he said, like you should definitely be investigated. Stop with the logic and people and things. The disease Wait a second.
  • 37:21
    Adam: Wait a second, but I think it could be possible you could be right. It couldn't be possible that they have the lab in Wuhan to study the novel Coronavirus diseases because in Wu Han there are a lot of novel Coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there. This This sounds to me exactly like the game like they did this on a table read the
  • 37:43
    John: same script. Okay, I'm going to give you 100% on the whole thing. A coal bears in on it. He's playing it to the point where he can deliver straight lines although they're modern straight lines are not good at that.
  • 37:57
    Adam: He's good at that though. That's what he does straight
  • 38:00
    John: wells well for his old buddy. So he's not gonna do it for anyone. So he delivers the straight line about the basket so store can come back with with the comments about the bats in Austin.
  • 38:12
    Adam: Yeah. Here we go. I got it here of all Coronavirus diseases because in Wu Han there are a lot of novel Coronavirus diseases because of the bat population there. I understand. specialty and it's the only place to find bats you won't find bats.
  • 38:32
    Unknown: Austin Texas has 1000s of them that fly out of a cave every night. Every night at dusk. Is there a Coronavirus in Austin Coronavirus? The only Coronavirus we have is in Wu Han
  • 38:49
    where they have a lab called what's the lab called against
  • 38:54
    the war hand novel Coronavirus law. I believe that hotkeys and how long have you worked for Senator Ron Johnson?
  • 39:00
    Adam: That may have been an ad lib? that that that one at the end that Kobe just threw in just to make himself feel better about it but come on. They countering the narrative with exactly what someone said Kobe come as the steward comes back by the way, it's hundreds of 1000s and they're under a bridge but okay. And the crazy bat lady also did some experimentation at UT in Austin, but never mind that. That was gamed out so something is up
  • 39:30
    John: something is a we've spotted this this backing off thing when we when it first began but it's been a little slower that progress I think then we've then we've hoped for
  • 39:44
    Adam: keeps keeps us occupied. That's That's good,
  • 39:48
    John: but I'll get this was good. I this is why there's two of us. Yeah. I think that that interpretation was spot on. It was it was exactly what was going on both sides I would just throw the back I was I preface my thing that co bears an actor. And here he is he's he is acting he even got the rules might be right about the ad lib but even then a good actor it may have been in the script
  • 40:17
    Adam: he even had the full name right at the end. Oh you mean the Wu Han SARS SARS Coronavirus lab he had all that. Anyway,
  • 40:25
    John: it was it was a scam
  • 40:28
    Adam: and I'm in the same token you've got Bill Maher doing the same softening the blow he's really soft. I don't have clips, but he softening the blow for what woke culture, you know, talking back a lot of a guy against the squad and just wokeness in general. And he's getting tepid applause but you know, I think he's and he's certainly
  • 40:49
    John: you know, when you turn when you're, when you're when your audience is all in on the bull's bullshit. Yeah. And you've got to turn them back because it's not, it's harming them. They're not happy about it. And you that attempted applause would be expected. I had audience does not like to be, oh, oh, they don't like to do it. They just shouldn't be. I mean, they're like a, it's like a mob, a lynch mob. You know, they don't
  • 41:18
    Adam: turn on a dime.
  • 41:20
    John: And you can't talk them down. It's not easy, and you're gonna get tepid applause and
  • 41:25
    Adam: grumbling. And that's what Mars getting. So now we have to spread this out. Where do you want to go? Well, you would want to go to any of those shows that you watch this morning, some entertainment, or you can go straight to TMZ. And that's where we find Dr. Peter Hotez your take on what jon stewart said, because I know there have been a lot of people in your field. We're upset about this curious how you feel.
  • 41:51
    Unknown: Here's what we know. We know that. There's been the COVID-19 is the third major Coronavirus epidemic pandemic of the 21st century we had SARS that arose out of southern China and Guangdong province in 2002. We had Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome in the Arabian Peninsula in 2012. We know that there's a confluence of those forces coming out of central and southern China because of the high population density or all of the animal reservoir hosts in the wild, including bats and livestock. That's the coal bear argument and, and, and water birds. And so all of that a burger comes together and your perfect mix to explain why we see a lot of viruses arise out of China. So you have to postulate that it came out of a laboratory doesn't hold water. And in fact, the reason why laboratories deliver multiple laboratories devoted to Coronavirus is across China's because they know China's vulnerable. So right now the reality is there is no smoking gun to say that it's of laboratory origin, either accidental or deliberate. It's not impossible, but what I've been calling for many of us have been calling for is we do need to know the origins of COVID.
  • 43:12
    Adam: So he really didn't address much there and I'm I had no idea why TMZ thought he would be good except for the stupid botai. Maybe they thought he's the Bill Nye science guy of COVID po tap Hotez. And he finished it up with this. So your issue is that Jon Stewart and others who are embracing this theory are just jumping the gun. It's not that it's not possible. You're saying they're jumping the gun and and
  • 43:34
    Unknown: saying this without the evidence that That's right. And they're putting the entertainment value of this over and above. What's reality. And it costs us a lot of damage. Because a number of scientists who work on coronaviruses, including myself, feel that we're being under attack right now. Communities open to the idea that but what I object to is the fact that they they make it sound like it's fait accompli, when in fact, it's the less likely hypothesis of how COVID-19 originated. And it's tone deaf to the collateral damage that it has on scientists in the scientific community.
  • 44:16
    Adam: Oh, john stewart pissing off the scientist with bow ties.
  • 44:22
    John: Interesting.
  • 44:23
    Adam: Let's do a little incentives update to shortly
  • 44:26
    John: a couple of things which are here. Sure. First of all, there's still no explanation for the HIV gene sequence in this virus. Nope. Which was pointed out in the early days. This was like the main the main reason they thought it was lab created was this was the sequence doing in here. It doesn't make any sense. And then the French guy that Nobel Prize winning medicine French guy said is obvious to him when he looked at the sequence and I believe he's one of those guys who can just look at things and see them. I mean, I've discussed this before there are people, you're one of them. You can, you can you know with sound you have a certain kind of a natural abilities that people normal people don't have. And this guy made made mention of the HIV sequence thing, and they're maybe looking for some sort of a playing, they think they were playing around with ideas of getting HIV vaccine developed, because it's impossible to penetrate the shells of this, whatever the HIV virus looks like, they have to find some tricky way to get around maybe trying to
  • 45:34
    Adam: work over a twofer.
  • 45:36
    John: So they're trying to work some kind of mechanism out that might be somebody's going to inject somebody with like a, you know, some new technology that it would get it, it would create the antibodies.
  • 45:49
    Adam: But that's been dropped from the conversation, the whole HIV thing and didn't work out so well, when they made the vaccine in Australia, and people tested positive for HIV. So they stopped.
  • 46:00
    John: That's another little item that was
  • 46:02
    Adam: talking about, let me see. That was a short clip to
  • 46:08
    John: Where's Yeah, Dad, I forgot all about that. That's even another. So this is its fault. The wheels are coming off the cart. Coming off as fast as we'd hoped.
  • 46:18
    Adam: Here we go. And was this it? Maybe Let me see if this was the one. Nope, that's not it. They are still trying to get us jacked up on incentives. Here. The whole world is doing incentives. And I think that Paraguay if you want to, quote unquote, incentivize people to get vaccinated, these guys got to figure it out. in Paraguay, huge lines have formed
  • 46:45
    Unknown: vaccination centers. The take up there may be driven in part by the health ministry's deciding to publish on its website, the name of
  • 46:53
    every person who gets a shot.
  • 46:57
    Adam: Talking about a list. Let me just see if you're on Oh, you're not on the list. You haven't been vaccinated yet? Huh? No wonder people are lining up.
  • 47:06
    John: Is that I don't know, I think a guy in the United States would have the opposite effect. I think you don't want to be on a list.
  • 47:12
    Adam: Well, but Paraguay is not known for treating its citizens that nicely. So maybe that's something to do with it. And I have a an ad from the radio, one of those creepy ones that will go in the movie. In the pandemic movie. This is from Michigan.
  • 47:27
    Unknown: We asked people in Michigan, why they got the COVID-19 vaccine. Because I am pregnant and we wanted to protect her baby boy.
  • 47:35
    I believe in the science, protect my friends
  • 47:37
    and help our community ready to get back to somewhat normal. Don't Hug my grandma
  • 47:44
    COVID-19 vaccines are tested for safety and trusted by doctors. Find a vaccine near you@michigan.gov slash COVID vaccine. A message from Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • 47:57
    Adam: that $2 billion is being spelled spelled well, worse clip clip. Okay,
  • 48:03
    John: where he said, Oh, really, I'm sorry. It's just and the music was too I was very poorly balanced clip.
  • 48:09
    Adam: I'll try and make up for it. These are my last COVID clips. As we move towards the passports and retain receiving our freedoms back. And we first go to what is this Wisconsin and a little update to me even let me see if this includes. Let's see
  • 48:29
    John: vaccine passports remain polarizing 15 states have banned them, but rules for businesses vary. In Wisconsin, this Children's Museum requires proof of vaccination or wear a mask. An angry state lawmaker leaned into this hot tape gun history. The Gestapo
  • 48:47
    Unknown: wants to see your papers, please no business has a right to your medical information. And I stand by it.
  • 48:53
    Under a new Texas law businesses that require proof of vaccination can be denied state contracts. Still Methodist Hospital in Houston suspended dozens of nurses after they refuse to get vaccinated. A federal judge
  • 49:06
    Adam: sided with the hospital this weekend. Not exactly the same thing. But okay, that like how they bundle it all together. And
  • 49:13
    John: that was a mishmash idea was
  • 49:15
    Adam: Western Australia, you'll recall all of the UK kingdom of the United Kingdom related countries, I believe, all using the tracking QR codes. So when you go into a bar or restaurant or a supermarket, or you know, the local store, whatever it is, you are supposed to use the Australia Health app to scan the QR code so that they know that you're there and well, they know you're there because it sends GPS data, but that you have actually registered and you're all good to go. Yeah,
  • 49:47
    John: yeah. It's also by the way, very handy when they pass that data on to the insurance companies and they discover you've been in a bar too much and your insurance rates go up.
  • 49:56
    Adam: That's not all they promised. They probably promised that this would never be used for anything but contact tracing. When the government promises you, then this could happen
  • 50:10
    Unknown: in Western Australia. Police used the scanning app that you use when you go to pubs, clubs and all the rest of it the safe wi app, which is supposed to be for contact tracing. They used it to find criminals now, do I have a problem with criminals being locked up? No. But remember, they told us this is definitely not a tracking app. This is information that cannot be handed to anyone, nobody else can see where you have been for dinner. This information magically disappears after a couple of days. And the only person who can get access to it is four different people who all have to turn their key at once and they all work for the health department. Not true. They said sorry today, right? Oh, of course not. No police wrap there for all to see to say no, wait, we're fine. We're call now. Apologies from us. This was even them on the radio today. Was this a mistake? No. Because we did it lawfully. Well, you may have done it lawfully. But there was a very clear understanding in the mind of the public that this information was given for a very specific and very limited purpose. Did you sign up for the EPA? Yes,
  • 51:18
    I did. But hang on, hang on. Let's talk about what I did. Let's let's just focus on the issue at hand the
  • 51:25
    Miss and that was the public's understanding, you would agree that that was the public's understanding of how this information would be used.
  • 51:31
    John: I would agree that the premier and the deputy premier made it very clear that it's for the project tracing purpose, except it wasn't being used like that in Western Australia.
  • 51:43
    Adam: Slave There you go. And not only did they break their promise, but they told you shut up about it. Shut up. We're legal here. We do whatever we want.
  • 51:55
    John: And
  • 51:57
    Adam: while I was gonna do the final one the EU I have a
  • 51:59
    John: I have a final world wrap. Oh, good.
  • 52:02
    Adam: The EU to great fanfare released their green passport, although it's called the COVID passport. Now today we are sending in this is the President I think of Portugal because you know they need the tourism. So that's why he had they had him up, signing away.
  • 52:19
    Unknown: Today we are sending a renewed sign of confidence to our citizens that together we will overcome this pandemic. Enjoy to travel again, safely and freely across the European Union.
  • 52:38
    Today, the European digital COVID certificate reassures us of this spirit of an open Europe, a Europe without barriers, but also a Europe that is slowly but surely opening up after most difficult time the pandemia this certificate is a symbol of an open and digital Europe. We developed this certificate in record time, it will make traveling our union easier and it will give Europeans back the freedoms they value and cherish. Cherish so much.
  • 53:12
    Adam: Okay, so just take that last part first you your freedoms were taken away, they admitted and you had no freedom to start with that is up to this lady. To determine whether you can roam around free, they have totally dropped dropped the green passport moniker now as the COVID passport. And the oh and of course, you can receive this passport by showing proof of vaccination. They're very clear about it. Or antibodies having survived COVID or a test. Within 72 hours. There was some talk of it being 48. But it turns out to be 72. So it's really whatever, it's fine. The funny thing about it is this the European Union was built on two premises, same money, and no passports. That was the main thing. We all need a passport to travel anywhere.
  • 54:06
    John: Yep. It's really
  • 54:08
    Adam: really, really sad. What's happening there.
  • 54:13
    John: All predictable. Yeah.
  • 54:15
    Adam: Hey, do you know anything about ethylene oxide?
  • 54:19
    John: off the top my head? Well, why
  • 54:22
    Adam: all of these swabs they do for the test from China. I was watching a couple of Tick Tock videos. You know, I didn't bring a clip until it registered nurse. Anyway, it's all made in China and the swabs contain ethylene oxide. And according to her it's very poisonous and it should not be pushed into your nose.
  • 54:44
    John: Look it up.
  • 54:44
    Adam: Yeah, Yeah, that'd be interesting. If you could look that up anyway.
  • 54:48
    John: It's possible, but I don't know that it does contain ethylene oxide. Well, I
  • 54:52
    Adam: know she read she read the packaging. She said writing the packaging ethylene oxide.
  • 55:01
    John: Well, here's my COVID world wrap from PBS, which I don't know what to make of this clip. It's just the wrap.
  • 55:09
    Unknown: The European Union Call today for lifting COVID-19 travel restrictions on Americans, the 27. EU members have the option to comply as they see fit. Meanwhile, India's famed Taj Mahal reopened with strict safety protocols. new infections in the country have fallen sharply since peaking in April, North Korea's leader Kim Jong on his warning of extended COVID restrictions and food shortages for his people. state media says that can address the ruling Workers Party on Tuesday. He cited economic damage from the pandemic and agricultural losses from last year's typhoons.
  • 55:52
    Adam: Well, that's an interesting wrap up.
  • 55:54
    John: Yes, thanks. Yeah. ethylene oxide is it's a carcinogen they think,
  • 55:59
    Adam: oh, they think Okay, so that's why
  • 56:02
    John: it's in the it's in the National Cancer Institute is listed as a curse. It's
  • 56:05
    Adam: not something you want in your nose, maybe?
  • 56:07
    John: I wouldn't know. And then that in the mucous membranes now, I don't think so.
  • 56:11
    Adam: And there was a great report in the Daily Mail this morning. Flight MH 370. Mystery solved. Oh, and many of you may not remember this, but for CNN, for Trump, before Trump. This airplane disappeared Malaysian air and it was just gone. It was gone from the radar and just disappeared. And cnn stayed on that story for a year. A full year Don Lemon was the was the main report at a certain point they were stretching it so thin. Now the report is the American military used electronic jamming technology to make the plane disappear from radar screens before finally shooting it down after a failed bid to reroute it and seize highly sensitive electronic gear, which was on its way to China. I love this What? Yeah, this is great.
  • 57:09
    John: It's a good one.
  • 57:11
    Adam: And this is who reported this. French. Now, Florence de shanghvi. French had been reporting investigating since 2014. She wrote a book I guess, and she's been a correspondent for The Lamond. So we'll keep an eye out keep an eye on that. That's incorrect. It's much better than anything we came up with. And it kind of fits with the UFO bullcrap with the you know, the Nemesis, technology that I believe is being used. Bad to make things up here on radar screens can also probably be made to make things disappear from radar screens.
  • 57:49
    John: Well, this was the your thesis, or it was the you came up with a thesis man when they when the plane that was shot down over Ukraine?
  • 58:01
    Adam: Yes. Oh, that yes. They use the they trailed behind the other plane and made it look like it was it was a different type of aircraft. And then there was radar crap going on. Was that it?
  • 58:13
    John: Well, what you determine exactly? I do. Okay. There was a test that took place some months earlier, right? Where the all the radars of all aviation systems were blacked out for like 15 minutes. You had this thesis that it was an experiment they were trying, and they had to not let anyone in on it. So they had to do this blackout. And then they executed the experiment successfully with the shoot down of the Dutch laid in.
  • 58:44
    Adam: Yeah, whoops.
  • 58:46
    John: And then they gave the Dutch the black boxes and they never could come up with the appropriate answers to blame the Russians. The whole thing is is this a lot of ridiculous what's going yeah,
  • 58:57
    Adam: very it's very sad. Very sad how this all goes down.
  • 59:03
    John: Wonder what the gear was that they were sending to China? That could be a true story. Of course it could as screwy as it sounds.
  • 59:13
    Adam: But yeah.
  • 59:16
    John: Sorry for the passengers. This is what happened to that plane that flew over the Korean airline that was shut down by the Russian some years ago. That was flying over Russian territory by accident. Oh, Russia shut it down. I
  • 59:29
    Adam: didn't we shoot Korean. I thought we shot a Korean plane down.
  • 59:33
    John: No, the Russian shot that the green plane I'm thinking about was flow. It turns out after further research was done. It was equipped with a bunch of cameras under the fuselage to shoot two pictures as a new Russian installation of a new missile installation or some damn thing or radar. I don't know and and playing accidentally very Of course, and everybody figured, well, they're not gonna What are they gonna do shoot it down. And they shot it down and killed a bunch of people. It's like the public is at risk just being in the system. We lievable we shot down
  • 1:00:14
    Adam: the Iranian airline and that's what it was.
  • 1:00:16
    John: No, that was the go that was accidental Navy shoot. that's never been explained. He said, some bonehead sailor bogey off the left port boom fire shooting. Dude, that has never been fully explained by any of these theories.
  • 1:00:35
    Adam: Well, a couple things are apparent to me as we move along throughout the show, we'll pick up on them. China is definitely in the crosshairs doesn't matter which story from which side of any house you listen to China not good. And it to me, once again, it's so apparent that even as we listen to this, you know, the clips we just play in the past hour, the elite messaging system is failing. All of this stuff is coming out. And and people they pick it up and I will say kudos to Tucker Carlson, he he does a lot of a lot of very unpopular stories. least for a pharma based business, which is what all television is, and certainly television television news, but he has some kind of exemption. At this point, you almost want to think controlled opposition. I mean, he he did a big piece on the revolver news, which is another independent or as far as we know, independent from the mainstream. Who did foi requests. And it turns out that there are a lot of unindicted co conspirators on conspiracy conspirators on January 6, which, as we know, points to a typical six week cycle FBI scam of getting stuff riled up and even grant Greenwald Don't laugh. He's now saying, Oh, this is wrong. This is what they've been doing for 20 years. Okay. Well, we've actually been playing for 10 years at least since one of our producers told me about the FBI six week cycle, they have to have something happened in order to keep the budgets flowing to stay relevant. And story after story, they
  • 1:02:12
    get some schmuck usually with a low IQ, they tell him where to rent the van. They tell him where to get the phony baloney explosives, they give him the dumb keypad to press the number and the minute he does it, they swoop in. Crisis averted. And they're the heroes garland Texas. Remember that crazy shootout at the draw the Muhammad cartoon contest? Turns out, the FBI knew about that. And they were CIA, FBI agents said go shoot him up there in Texas. You know, so now it's it's very annoying that there's people who know about this, and it's getting out there and people are talking about it the same with with the Wu Han lab and whatever else may be coming out, the system is failing them. It's failing, then people are gone.
  • 1:02:57
    John: I don't. I'm glad you feel that way. Because I sure don't, oh, we
  • 1:03:00
    Adam: have a long way to go. But it's enough for them to not keep going full steam ahead as if nothing's happened. They've they they noticed when they have to take the L on something. I may be overthinking it. But what other reason could there be that they're starting to admit to all this stuff that was completely seen as crack pottery. And we'll also get to the they're going to stop these vaccines is coming out. It's unstoppable. This they're going to in fact, I did have I was even going to play this. But when I heard this clip, I thought, hmm, that seems also to be a little bit of a walk back on what we initially heard. What
  • 1:03:37
    Unknown: about boosters? Some people have been vaccinated for about five months now. When Will those start being distributed? And is there a plan for that?
  • 1:03:46
    Adam: Yeah, I, you know, I have to tell you, that I'm not thinking about boosters right now are these vaccines look so incredibly good and so durable? That I don't think most of the boosters, they might at some point next year? I know, we've heard from the companies that people need a booster within the year, I we've got to pay attention to the data if the data suggests that they're starting to be more breakthrough infections, and maybe, but I expect that if people were gonna get boosters, it'll be in 2022. And maybe even beyond. That's a walk back. And that's, that's on ABC. So, you know, that's, that's a message that is meant to get out there.
  • 1:04:28
    John: Well, I do have a distraction of the week kind of thing. From Tucker, you brought Tucker up. So that gives me the go ahead to
  • 1:04:36
    Adam: not really but Okay,
  • 1:04:38
    John: that's the way I see. I got two clips I want to play. It's just about, you know, it's a language thing. They come up with this new term they're trying to promote, which is birthing person.
  • 1:04:52
    Adam: Yeah.
  • 1:04:52
    John: Have you heard this? Yes. I have heard the birthing person thing. Yeah. And it turns out that they did bring somebody in front of Congress. She had black woman was the associate assistant budget director of the of the government. She's pushing the term. And it's birthing people. And I do have two clips. I have the birthing people clip from Tucker. And it's these are comic break from the depressing steps you played.
  • 1:05:19
    Adam: Sure. Thank you for doing this. But now,
  • 1:05:22
    John: people
  • 1:05:23
    Adam: know Okay, rolling it back. But now in just a few weeks, it's gone mainstream. Now. The term birthing people has the endorsement of the White House and hearing yesterday, the deputy director of joe biden's budget often explained the rule you have to be a bigot to use the term woman, the budget request $26 million to reduce maternal mortality and eliminate race based disparities and outcomes among quote birthing people. I've never heard the term before Can you explain what it means? Absolutely. There are certain
  • 1:05:59
    Unknown: people who do not have gender identities that apply to female or male. So we think our language needs to be more inclusive and how we deal with complex issues.
  • 1:06:14
    Adam: birthing people
  • 1:06:16
    John: I think this is starting to peak by the way I think we have I think this whole Yes. woken thing is go look
  • 1:06:23
    Adam: at Bill Maher he's pushing back against this really hard that's his job right now. Slow it down. People have gone out of control.
  • 1:06:30
    John: So a doula midwife woman comes on. She's driving around her car she does one of these classic. Twitter is probably off by now there probably
  • 1:06:41
    Adam: is a gram story in the car.
  • 1:06:43
    John: Yeah. And she comes off and she just reads these people to ride acted, I thought was a very well done. Amateur go into car blabbing away about something or other? It's a 58 second clip. She's just the doula midwife.
  • 1:06:59
    Unknown: I've been living under a rock you've probably heard that we're supposed to start using terms like birthing person and chest feeding and pregnant parent because terms like pregnant woman or mother or breastfeeding are not what was the term
  • 1:07:11
    John: chest feeding
  • 1:07:13
    Unknown: has been living under a rock you've probably heard that we're supposed to start using terms like birthing person and chest feeding parents, because terms like pregnant woman or mother or breastfeeding are non inclusive. But I'm a birth doula and a student midwife. And you know what I do for a living is I assist women in labor. And the things that they are doing are uniquely feminine. I just left it like I'm sitting in the car. I just left a birth where the woman was in labor for four days. She was pushing for over an hour she nearly lost her mind and was emotionally broken down by the end of this but she delivered her baby it was placed on her chest there were tears in both her and her husband's eyes and the husband leans in close and he whispers what a woman.
  • 1:07:57
    It was a beautiful moment and you know what would have ruined it? What a birthing person.
  • 1:08:02
    No, we're not about to diminish the battle that women have had to fight to be recognized as badass as and what our bodies are biologically created to do. Don't even get me started on chest feeding.
  • 1:08:15
    Adam: This is part of the reason why people are no longer watching television. These one minute things. Yeah, Instagram has reels. You got Tick tock, Tina and I will sit now, before we watch the news or television, whatever. And we'll do five minutes of just watching Instagram reels. And there's so much of this. Of course these get taken off pretty quick. But it's short. It's entertaining. Sometimes it's funny, he got a good dog video, boom, we're back to that. It's, it's very addictive. And I'm sure that the messaging people are beside themselves, they can't figure out how to get the message out anymore. Or at least counter this. That's my my thought.
  • 1:09:00
    John: I'm not gonna argue that if I'm working on a network, I'm a suit. I'm probably looking this stuff over constantly and I'm bringing different guys from different shows different producers in and I'm saying what can we do to Is there anything we can do this as lively as this because our stuffs looking a little stolid is a little stale. It's slow moving, is there. What can we do here? And there's a Bobby lot of people. Well, we can introduce a segment we can bring it in. We can do more man on the street, we can cut in tighter, we can touch the camera a little bit. And maybe that'll do it because these guys can't keep the camera straight on these things. Maybe that's what the appeal is.
  • 1:09:40
    Adam: I mean, it goes off the deep end can't bring themselves to lower their technical standards to where it's part of the art form. That's a part of the art form. They can't it's like, like, Yeah, what's his face with that carpool karaoke? It's professional multi cam. They can't bring themselves to do just a crappy ass someone holding One woman in the parking lot they can't do it. Oh, that's not television. Ah, now you see the problem. So these are fun changes, and I'm very happy to be alive. I'm happy to have this job. And happy to be doing it with you, john. Oh. With that, I'd like to thank you for your courage to say in the morning to you and the man who put the C in chest feeding. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. JOHN C. Dvorak
  • 1:10:26
    John: in the morning you Mr. Adam Curry Anna Maria sipsey booster graphene yes of the dames and knights out there.
  • 1:10:30
    Adam: And in the morning to our trolls in the troll room. I'd like to get account Could you please put your hands up everybody? Once again. See, they're all kind of scurrying away. Let's take a look and do a troll count. Hands up trolls Hands up. Of course. It doesn't work for me again. Why is my power taken away? Could someone please do the troll count? Oh, god, this ruins the whole bit people. Ah 1707. How is that for
  • 1:11:04
    John: down? 100
  • 1:11:06
    Adam: we need help. We help people. That's the troll room. You can go in and talk to about you. By the way I did. The Brian Brushwood podcast talks about the troll room so you guys can go watch that when it's released and feel good about yourselves. They found it odd that I called you trolls and I said Do you know what a chat room is? It's where trolls hang out. No agenda stream.com you can join it's free. Go ahead hang out.