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PPC Leader Maxime Bernier arrested in Manitoba, Canada

Maxime Bernier
Former Conservative MP and founder of the People's Party of Canada Maxime Bernier was arrested on the first day of his "Mad Max Manitoba" tour.


A video posted by Bernier shows an RCMP officer telling Bernier that he is under arrest under "the provincial health orders," before putting Bernier in cuffs.

The officer asks if Bernier has a weapon on him, to which Bernier responds, "no, no weapons, only my words. Only my philosophy."

One source claims that Bernier was warned that because he had not completed Manitoba's quarantine period, he would be arrested for continuing the tour.

Comment: Totalitarianism, with a Canadian face.


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YouTube suspends Ron Johnson for one week for recommending HCQ

Ron Johnson
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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) asks questions during the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs/Rules and Administration hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 3, 2021.
YouTube suspended Senator Ron Johnson (R., Wis.) from uploading videos for seven days and removed a video of a speech in which he discussed early treatments for COVID-19 on Friday.

The video that was taken down featured remarks from a hearing where Johnson discussed experimental treatments for COVID-19 such as hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin.

In the clip, Johnson blasted the Biden and Trump administrations for "not only ignoring but working against robust research [on] the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of COVID" and said that he held two hearings on the matter.

"It always baffled me that there was such a concerted effort to deny the American public the type of robust exploration research into early treatment early in this pandemic," Johnson said before calling ivermectin annd hydroxychloroquine "incredibly safe."

However, both drugs are unproven as effective treatments for the virus.

The platform said it removed the video due to its policies against COVID-19 misinformation.

"We removed the video in accordance with our COVID-19 medical misinformation policies, which don't allow content that encourages people to use Hydroxychloroquine or Ivermectin to treat or prevent the virus," a YouTube spokesperson told The Hill.

Comment: From June 9, three days ago: Study shows hydroxychloroquine and zinc treatments increased coronavirus survival rate by almost three times. But apparently YouTube knows The Science better than anyone else. Thank the gods we have them watching out for us, protecting us from unscientific science and dangerous people like Ron Johnson.


NPC

SJW jargon fail: Biden health secretary can't define 'birthing person' for budget proposal

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Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra
"If we're talking about those who give birth, I think we're talking about..." Becerra trails off. "I don't know how else to explain it to you other than..." But he can't complete the sentence.

In the wake of the Biden administration's decision to change a budget proposal's wording from mother to "birthing person," Senator James Lankford slammed the wording changes, saying that they may be "offensive" to said mothers.

"I also noticed you changed a term in your budget work. You shifted in places from using the term "mother" to "birthing people" rather than mother. Can you help me get a good definition of birthing people?" Lankford asked secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra during a Senate Appropriation Committee hearing this week.

"I'll check on the language there, but I think if we're talking about those who give birth, I think we're talking about..." says Becerra before trailing off. "I don't know how else to explain it to you other than..." But he can't complete the sentence.

Eye 1

Bipartisan antitrust bills introduced, aimed at breaking up Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook

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A group of bipartisan House members introduced legislation Friday that would break up Apple, Amazon, Google, and Facebook.

According to a press release from Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the bills aim to "expand opportunities for consumers, workers, and small business owners by holding unregulated Big Tech monopolies accountable for anti-competitive conduct."

The legislation has support from both sides of the aisle.

Comment: Better late than never. But will the bills actually pass, and how long would it take to implement any measures imposed?


Briefcase

DOJ inspector general launches review of Trump-era seizure of members of Congress' communications

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Inspector General Michael Horowitz
It was a rare confirmation by the IG that his office had initiated a review

Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced Friday that his office had initiated a review of the DOJ's use of subpoenas and other legal authorities to obtain communication records of Members of Congress and of some in the news media.

"The review will examine the Department's compliance with applicable DOJ policies and procedures, and whether any such uses, or the investigations, were based on improper considerations," said Horowitz in the statement.

Comment: Independent journalist Glenn Greenwald penned an excellent piece on the matter, highlighting how the Democrats set themselves up for just such an outcome:

Schiff and Swalwell crying foul, as Trump DOJ obtained data on the two long-time champions of domestic spying


NPC

MSM sycophants: 'Time' cover fawns over Biden in 'macho staring match' with Putin, social media bites back

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© Twitter / @TIME / screenshot
Doesn't get much sadder than this
A new Time Magazine cover showing President Joe Biden locked in an icy staring match with his Russian counterpart has been mocked as an over-the-top display of machismo, producing a number of parodies online.

Titling the issue "Taking on Putin," Time released the cover on Friday, just days before a summit between the two leaders set for June 16 in Switzerland. The magazine features an illustration of a stone-faced Biden decked out in aviation shades, with Putin reflected in their lenses.

The cover soon drew ridicule from observers online, with journalist Glenn Greenwald saying it is not only "adolescent," but highlights a serious failing of the American corporate press.

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Obama claims media stokes 'fear and resentment' among white Americans

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Former President Barack Obama worries cancel culture could turn into “condemning people all the time.”
Former President Obama is claiming right-wing media outlets of profiting by stoking "fear and resentment" among white people toward a "changing America" — pointing to national pushback on critical race theory as an example.

The 44th commander-in-chief told Anderson Cooper in a CNN special Monday that many race problems are a reflection of the US not having "fully reconciled with our history."


Comment: Many of today's race problems are caused by individuals not reconciled with contemporary reality; not everything can or should be seen in the narrow scope of race relations - despite what proponents of critical race theory would have you believe.


He said it was "hard for the majority" of white Americans "to recognize you can be proud of this country and its traditions and its history and our forefathers and yet, it is also true that this terrible stuff happened."

"The vestiges of that linger and continue," Obama said.

The Democrat said that his political opponents would often "not only block that story but try to exploit it for their own political gain."


Comment: Obama is projecting Big Time here. It is the Dems and progressives that have been exploiting the radical left movement for their own political advantage...


"I also think that there are certain right-wing media venues ... that monetize and capitalize on stoking the fear and resentment of a White population that is witnessing a changing America and seeing demographic changes," he said, without identifying specific outlets.


Comment: More projection: Groups like BLM, Antifa and other far left groups thrive on their resentment of others - and use this hysteria in their attempts to accrue more power for themselves. They are the pawns of the political elite who have been using the activists as a kind of forward team or proxy force of woke policies; a camouflage for a decidedly illiberal agenda.


Quenelle - Golden

"Unilateral bullying acts of the United States" root cause for Iranian nuclear issue - China's FM

Wang Yi
© Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman meets with China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 24, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman meets with China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, March 24, 2021.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the United States and Russia on Friday to further cut their nuclear arsenals, days before U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold a summit in Geneva.

Wang, addressing the U.N.-backed Conference on Disarmament from Beijing, said that fresh reductions by the two powers would help spur multilateral nuclear disarmament, and he also took a thinly-veiled swipe at the United States.

"China opposes the development and deployment of regional and global missile defence systems by a certain country that undermine strategic stability, and China opposes the deployment of land-based intermediate-range ballistic missiles by the same country in the neighbourhood of other countries," Wang said.

Comment: See also: The United States rejoining the Iran nuclear deal is a good thing, right? Well, not necessarily


NPC

'Empire 2.0 fantasy': Boris Johnson pens G7 article on post-Covid world, draws flak for 'hypocrisy' and 'undermining democracy'

boris johnson
© Matt Dunham/Pool via REUTERS
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference about the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in London, Britain May 14, 2021.
Ahead of the G7 summit, British PM Boris Johnson has drawn ridicule for an article in which he seemingly invokes wartime bonhomie to state his vision for a post-Covid world built on "openness, freedom, democracy and free trade."

Among the priorities Johnson lists in the article, published on Thursday, is a pledge to "vaccinate the world" by the end of 2022, reduce carbon emissions, fight loss of biodiversity and fund the education of 40 million girls by 2025.

In addition, Johnson and US President Joe Biden will draw up a successor to the 'Atlantic Charter' - a 1941 agreement between Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt to redraw the world after World War II - that "underscores" the trans-Atlantic commitment to NATO, "dispel any sense of gloom" and protect "allies on Europe's eastern flank."

Comment: Also from RT:
Pundits Twitter-whip BoJo after PM takes private jet from London to Cornwall to attend climate-focused G7 summit

Boris Johnson has been mercilessly heckled after flying to a G7 summit in Cornwall - where he says environmental issues are top of the agenda. The UK prime minister insists there is nothing odd with his choice of transport.

The British leader tweeted out an eco-friendly message to the world after his plane touched down in Newquay on Wednesday evening.

"I've arrived in Cornwall for this year's @G7 where I'll be asking my fellow leaders to rise to the challenge of beating the pandemic and building back better, fairer and greener," he wrote, including a photograph of himself giving a thumbs-up sign as he exited a private jet.

BoJo presumably had a pleasant one-hour flight, but his green-preaching didn't land very well.

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But Johnson didn't express regret when members of the press inquired about his questionable travel arrangements.

"If you attack my arrival by plane, I respectfully point out that the UK is actually in the lead in developing sustainable aviation fuel," the prime minister argued. He pointed to the fact that his 10-point plan for ushering in a "green industrial revolution" includes the goal of getting to "jet zero as well as net zero."
The world is so brainwashed that the news cycle has become a bunch of NPCs heckling over non-issues, the mark of a civilization in its death throes.


Question

Two-tier societies are emerging, with dwindling rights for the unvaccinated. Why do governments consider them such a threat?

COVID-19 vaccine syringe
© AFP / Adrian DENNIS
A COVID-19 vaccine syringe.
While the authorities keep saying that Covid-19 vaccination isn't obligatory - at least, not yet - good luck trying to live a normal life without it. It's clear the ostracization of those who haven't had the jab is well underway.

Last year, at this time, Covid-19 cases fell significantly without any substantial measures, as everything opened up for the summer and the powers-that-be in some countries allowed life to return to normal for a few months, all in the absence of vaccination.

This year, exactly the same phenomenon observed in 2020 is being attributed to mass inoculation. The narrative is that this is what's saving us from Covid. And now the pressure's on to force everyone into compliance, lest they want to live any semblance of normal life, beginning with summer travel.

Holiday options are shaping up to be quite different, depending on whether you're vaccinated or not. France is now exempting vaccinated travelers from Europe and zero-Covid countries from quarantine and testing. But even vaccinated travelers from the US and elsewhere need to produce a negative test result before their flight, which begs the question, if the vaccine is so reliable, why do you need to test at all?

Comment:
The totalitarian state - a phenomenon of modernity - consists in the attempted extension of the secular state into all dimensions of life, and the only way this would be possible is through the imposition of a totalitarian ideology that can brook not a single dissenter or heretic. In an ideocracy, the greatest criminal is imagined by ideocrats to be the dissenter, the one who by his very existence reveals the totalistic construct imposed on society to be a lie.

- Arthur Versluis, The New Inquisitions