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Compulsory workplace vaccination rules cannot apply to vegans in the UK

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A woman receives a jab at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic in London. The vaccines approved for use in the UK do not contain any animal-derived ingredients, although animal-derived materials may have been used in the production process
More than half a million vegans will be exempt if companies introduce compulsory vaccination rules in Britain because their beliefs are protected by employment law, legal experts have said.

So-called ethical veganism was ruled to be a protected characteristic at a tribunal last year, meaning employers would risk legal action if they order staff to be vaccinated.

Other people in protected categories are also likely to be protected by human rights laws, including some religious groups as well as people with certain disabilities or medical conditions.

A spokesman for Lewis Silkin, a law firm, said: "Some ethical vegans may disagree with vaccinations on the basis that they will inevitably have been tested on animals. Ethical veganism has previously been found by an [employment tribunal] to amount to a belief, capable of being protected."

Yellow Vest

Demonstrators take to streets of Slovakia's capital, blocking roads to protest against Covid vaccination law

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Hundreds flocked onto Bratislava's streets and obstructed traffic in the capital, to protest against a recently passed law granting fully Covid-vaccinated people easier access into public venues than non-inoculated citizens.

Protesters poured into Bratislava en masse on Thursday, blocking key roads and the presidential palace to demonstrate their opposition to the recent coronavirus vaccination law. Several of the protesters made demands from the government and president to give power back to "the people", with others warning that the law was creating a two-tiered society between the non-vaccinated and the fully inoculated.

The recent legislation, approved on Sunday by the parliament and signed by the president, Zuzana Caputova, immediately gave authorities the right to impose restrictions on non-vaccinated people should the coronavirus situation escalate.

Bizarro Earth

Canadian authorities toss woman's burnt body in dumpster after mistaking it for mannequin

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Police in Sherbrooke, Quebec have apologized after mistaking a woman's burned body for a mannequin and throwing it away.
Cops at the scene of a suspicious brush fire in Quebec last week mistook a woman's burnt body for a mannequin and placed it in a police station dumpster.

Officials in the town of Sherbrooke, just north of Vermont, apologized for the embarrassing mistake Thursday and explained that police and firefighters were somehow duped by a bystander, according to the CBC.

"When they arrived, witnesses declared that someone had lit a silicone mannequin on fire," Sherbrooke Police Chief Danny McConnell reportedly said.

"After discussions between the two departments, it was agreed that the mannequin would be disposed of in the container at the Sherbrooke police service, which cannot be accessed by members of the public."

Light Sabers

Texas Gov. Abbott threatens fines again against local officials and businesses that enforce mask mandates, vaccine requirements

Texas Governor Greg Abbott
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Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Thursday, reiterating his opposition to mask mandates, Covid-related business restrictions and vaccination requirements and issuing fines of up to $1,000 on those who fail to comply.

The governor also called on state hospitals to deliver daily reports on their capacity to the Texas Department of State Health Services to send to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The new Executive Order emphasizes that the path forward relies on personal responsibility rather than government mandates," Abbott said in a statement. Abbott's order reiterates and extends previous orders he's issued penalizing local officials and others for enforcing various Covid safety protocols.

Chess

Florida county to require masks in schools, defying DeSantis

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A Florida county school board voted on Wednesday to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks inside its schools, directly conflicting with Gov. Ron DeSantis's (R) stance that schools should not impose mask mandates.

The School Board of Broward County held a special meeting on Wednesday where members voted to require indoor masking inside schools, social distancing protocol inside classrooms and seating capacity limits on school buses that would be implemented at the beginning of the school year, which starts next month.

According to WLRN, the move was made due to school board members' concerns over a rising number of COVID-19 cases in South Florida and in light of guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that recommends even the fully vaccinated again wear masks inside in COVID-19 hot spots.

Pills

Did care homes use powerful sedatives to speed Covid deaths? Number of prescriptions for the drug midazolam doubled during height of the pandemic

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The number of prescriptions for a powerful sedative that can kill the frail doubled at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, raising fears it was used to control elderly residents in stretched care homes - or even to hasten their deaths.

Official figures show out-of-hospital prescribing of the drug midazolam increased by more than 100 per cent in April compared to previous months.

An anti-euthanasia campaigner last night said he suspected that the spike was evidence that many people had been put on end-of-life protocols or 'pathways'.

Whistleblowers also claimed to have witnessed misuse of sedatives, with staff told to give them to dementia patients to stop them wandering the corridors.

Calendar

LAUSD to require weekly COVID testing for all students, staff, regardless of vaccination status

Testing kindergarteners
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Kindergarteners tested for coronavirus now mandated for return to classrooms in L.A.
In a policy shift, the Los Angeles Unified School District announced Thursday it will require all students and district employees returning to in-person activities for the upcoming academic year to undergo "baseline and ongoing weekly COVID-testing," regardless of vaccination status. The district had previously required such testing only for those who are unvaccinated.

LAUSD Interim Superintendent Megan K. Reilly wrote in a message to the district community: "This is in accordance with the most recent guidance from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Baseline testing begins on Monday, August 2."


Comment: Covid insanity is up another notch in Los Angeles - a tribute to the success of this mass mindlock experiment.


Details of LSUSD testing program are available online at https://achieve.lausd.net/covidtestingappt.


Eye 2

Social engineering: Want to go to a Broadway show or Carnegie Hall? Better have a Covid pass

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A exterior view of the Palace Theatre at the opening night of “West Side Story” on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 19, 2009 in New York City.
If you want to attend a live performance in New York, get ready to show proof you have received your Covid shots.

The Broadway League announced Friday that the owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theaters in New York City will require audience members, performers, backstage crew and theater staff to be fully vaccinated through October.

Young children or those with medical conditions or religious beliefs that prevent vaccinations may still attend shows if they have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. They will need a PCR test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time or a negative antigen test taken within 6 hours of performance start time in order to be admitted.

Comment: It would not be surprising if a few months after requiring such a blanket vaccination policy, for Broadway to close down again. This time it would be through staffing absences and audience numbers dropping due to the rising number of adverse vaccination events.

Airlines are already experiencing this: No one to work: American Airlines forced to cancel hundreds of flights due to staffing crisis

Watch for heart attacks and circulatory problems:


Yoda

Health critics cast doubt on 'alarming' new Delta variant findings from CDC

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The CDC findings prompted the agency to change its recommendations on masks indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly altered its mask guidance after a report found the Delta COVID-19 variant spreads as easily as chickenpox, possibly even among the vaccinated — but critics have ripped it as misleading and based on weak data.

The widely ridiculed change in mask policy followed an internal CDC presentation, first obtained by the Washington Post, that claimed that it was time to "acknowledge the war has changed."

The leaked report, compiled of several different studies, claimed that the variant causes more severe illness among the unvaccinated and is more transmissible than Ebola, flu and even the common cold, regardless of vaccination status.

The Delta strain is now the most dominant one in the US.

Comment:

"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice . . . . ."


NPC

NPR allows its 'reporters' to join BLM and LGBT activists, as long as the cause is 'freedom and dignity'

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NPR has overhauled its ethics rules and will now let its reporters march in BLM protests and pride parades. Some commenters say the move blurs the line between journalism and activism. Others say NPR's already way past that line.

National Public Radio updated its two-decade-old ethics policy earlier this month, with the liberal outlet explaining the change on Thursday. While reporters were once forbidden from taking part in "marches, rallies and public events," that blanket ban has been lifted.

Now, NPR reporters can "express support for democratic, civic values...such as, but not limited to: the freedom and dignity of human beings, the rights of a free and independent press, the right to thrive in society without facing discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, or religion."