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White House Covid advisor Scott Atlas: 'I'm disgusted and dismayed with the media and the public policy establishment'

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Scott Atlas, Senior advisor to the President
Freddie Sayers caught up with Scott Atlas, a healthcare policy academic from the Hoover Institute at Stanford, who has become the latest lightning rod for the controversy around Covid-19 policy and his support for a more targeted response.

Speaking from inside the White House, where he is now Senior advisor to the President and a member of the Coronavirus task force, he does not hold back. He tells us that he is disgusted and dismayed at the media and public policy establishment, sad that it has come to this, cynical about their intentions, and angry that lockdown policies have been allowed to go on so long.

He won't be rushing back to Stanford, where his colleagues have rounded on him, if the President loses in November.

Comment: How do you know when you're on the right track? When social media throttles your information:


Attention

Cancer deaths in private homes in England soar 50 per cent since start of coronavirus

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The number of men dying from cancer in private homes during the coronavirus pandemic is roughly 50 per cent higher than the five-year average, new figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has released startling figures which appear to show the impact the Covid-19 crisis is having on other health services across England.

Deaths from dementia and Alzheimer's disease in private homes in England have risen 79 per cent during the pandemic compared with the five-year average.

The figures show that the leading cause of death in private homes during Covid-19 was ischaemic heart disease.

The ONS confirmed that excess deaths in private homes - the number of deaths above the average for the corresponding period in the previous five years - have mostly been deaths not involving Covid-19.

Evil Rays

EU countries expect 5G to spur economic recovery from shutdowns, problem is people don't trust it

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The European Union needs to come up with a strategy to counter disinformation about 5G technology or risk false claims derailing its economic recovery and digital goals, a group of 15 countries including Poland and Sweden said.

Conspiracy theories that the novel coronavirus may be linked to the wireless technology have led to the torching of mobile phone masts in 10 European countries and assaults on maintenance workers in recent months.

The 27-nation EU sees 5G as the linchpin of its economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and technology autonomy, with its promise to enable everything from self-driving cars to remote surgery and more automated manufacturing.

The 15 countries listed their concerns and proposals in a joint letter to EU digital chief Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton and values chief Vera Jourova that was seen by Reuters.

Bad Guys

Manchester mayor rejects PM Boris Johnson's '£100,000,000' bribe to implement Tier 3 lockdown

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Greater Manchester’s highest-profile leader has dashed hopes of a deal to bring the area into tier 3 on Monday
Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has slapped down the government's latest offer of extra financial support in exchange for agreeing to a tier 3 lockdown, saying 'it's not about the size of the cheque'.

Boris Johnson had reportedly offered local leaders in Greater Manchester up to £100 million on Monday to accept the highest level of restrictions.

The prime minister is seeking to gain their consent for the move but has said he is prepared to impose it if there is no agreement.

Mr Burnham told Sky News he is holding out for more generous financial support schemes for workers and firm affected by the new restrictions and is 'not just going to roll over at the sight of a cheque'.

Comment: BoJo's not giving up that quickly:
UK Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has said that if the deal between the British government and the local leaders in Greater Manchester, including Mayor Andy Burnham, isn't inked by 12 p.m. Tuesday, then it would be up to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to decide whether to impose a tier-three lockdown on the area.

Asked whether Johnson would enforce the lockdown single-handedly if the last-minute effort to flesh out an agreement falls through, Jenrick said that it will be "a matter for the prime minister to decide."

In addition to the claims that the Johnson cabinet walked out on its earlier promise, Burnham and Leese accused the government of trying to put a spin on hospital data in order to stoke fears about the severity of the outbreak.

"We are disappointed that the Government has today sought to raise public concern about the NHS in Greater Manchester with selective statistics," the leaders said. They argued that the area's ICU occupancy rate was "not abnormal for this time of the year" and was "comparable to the occupancy rate in October 2019."




Briefcase

90 sued for damage done during George Floyd protests

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A lawyer representing a Downtown Cincinnati real-estate company is suing 90 people it says are responsible for damage to businesses during the George Floyd protests in the early summer.

The protests of late May and early June were largely peaceful but at points devolved into vandalism throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

Residents woke in those neighborhoods May 30 to find shattered windows, upturned planters and glass littering sidewalks.

Comment:


It's nice to see some of the people involved in the senseless widespread damage from the riots are at least potentially being held accountable.

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USA

Anti-Trump protesters pretend to eat bloodied heart of President, burn American Flag

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Counterprotesters set fire to an effigy of US President Donald Trump near a gathering of the far-right group Super Fun Happy America in Copley Square in Boston on Sunday.
Protesters opposing President Donald Trump on Sunday were filmed burning an American flag and pretending to eat a bloodied heart of the president.

Twitter user Al The Great wrote as a caption to the video, "Antifa burn the US flag and eat a heart symbolic of the President during an anti-democrat violence protest in #Boston #Massachusetts on 10.18.20."

In the video, one protester can be seen walking through the smoke from a burning American flag as he is surrounded by fellow protesters. He then takes what appears to be a bloody heart, rips it open and pours it on his face, as those around him clap and yell.

Comment: More footage from the protests:


Previously from Super Happy Fun America:


Stop

The New Yorker reportedly suspends Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call with coworkers

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Jeffrey Toobin
The New Yorker magazine has suspended staff writer Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself while on a Zoom call, according to Vice News.

The video conference call where the incident occurred was reportedly between Toobin and members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio.

In a statement to Motherboard, Vice's online magazine dedicated to technology and science, Toobin expressed regret for the incident.

Comment: No one adjusts their camera angle and then starts masturbating by accident. Regardless of whether or not Toobin intended these actions to be viewable for that particular Zoom call, it was intended for someone. Either way, the guy's a pervert.


Dollar Gold

'I don't care Trump doesn't like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan

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Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden's tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to "vote for Trump."

The 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' star threw his weight behind the president in an Instagram post on Monday, sharing a screencap from a news broadcast showing the top combined state and local tax rates under Biden's proposal along with an outraged caption.

"WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE for TRUMP) I'M OUT. F**K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway," he wrote, adding "I don't care Trump doesn't like black people. 62%, are you out of ya f**king mind?"

Comment: First Johnny Rotten and now 50 Cent? It looks like all the cool kids are getting on the Trump train.

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Passport

Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of borders

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Passengers wearing masks navigate Pearson international airport in Toronto. The CommonPass trial will run for passengers flying from Heathrow to Newark, US, on a United Airlines flight next week.
A new digital "health passport" is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel.

The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus.

However, critics of similar schemes point to concerns over the sensitivity and specificity of the tests in various countries amid fears over greater monitoring over people's movements.

Paul Meyer, the CEO at the Commons Project, which was given startup funding by the Rockefeller Foundation two years ago and created the digital health pass, said countries that have closed borders and imposed quarantines are looking for ways to "thoughtfully reopen" their borders.

"It's hard to do that," he told the Guardian. "It requires being able to assess the health of incoming travellers ... Hopefully, we'll soon start to see some vaccines come on to the market, but there is not going to be just one vaccine.

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Megaphone

'Left behind': UK hospitality workers bang pots & pans to make Parliament hear their pleas amid coronavirus restrictions

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Hospitality sector workers and business owners in the UK have staged a protest outside Parliament to demand a review of the government's "arbitrary" Covid-19 restrictions and secure more support for their businesses.

The crowd of demonstrators gathered at Parliament Square in London on Monday morning to voice their discontent over the restrictions Boris Johnson's government has imposed on the industry in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The UK has once again been struggling to contain the outbreak in recent weeks, and was already hit hard by Covid-19 in the spring.


Chefs, waiters, waitresses, pub owners and caterers banged kitchen utensils for about half an hour in an attempt to make MPs hear their pleas. The rally participants also held placards and banners that read: "Save hospitality" and "Let us serve cake."

Other messages were apparently designed to show that the sector is not the root of the problem when it comes to combating the disease. "If you think this is a crowd... you should see the tube at 10:02pm," one placard read. Another said: "We can do our jobs safely. Can you do yours properly?"

Comment: See also: 'Do you want me to stop working?' As Paris restaurants are ordered into new curfew, angry citizens hold street protest