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Biden Surgeon General suggests Joe Rogan podcast should be censored: Big Tech 'has an important role to play'

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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy • Joe Rogan
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said Tuesday on MSNBC that not only the government, but Big Tech companies have a role to play when it comes to censoring so-called "misinformation" and curating "accurate" information to the public.

Murthy made the comments after he was specifically asked by MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski about alleged misinformation on Joe Rogan's highly popular The Joe Rogan Experience and general Facebook posts. According to The Blaze, the host asked Murthy:
"What do you think are the best ways to push back on misinformation about COVID that continues to be aggressively pushed, whether it be Joe Rogan's podcast or all over Facebook?"

Comment: Rogan persecution has 'hit the fans' and they are hitting back:

No Entry

Quebec bans unvaccinated from buying groceries at Walmart, Costco

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Unvaccinated are banned from entering.
Unvaccinated Quebecers over 12 years old are now banned from buying groceries at big box stores including Walmart and Costco, while people wishing to access pharmacies inside those outlets will require a store escort.

This comes as Quebec's new vaccine requirement for retail stores over 1500 square meters took effect today.

While the new mandate explicitly excluded grocery stores and pharmacies, the Quebec government said they did not consider groceries to be Walmart and Costco's "principal activity." The box-store ban comes despite statistics showing that Walmart and Costco are among the top three places where Canadians get their groceries.

Quebec's health minister Christian Dubé is standing by the measure, claiming that the goal is to protect "both the vaccinated and the non-vaccinated."

Comment: Unprecedented discriminatory measures also include mandates to subscribe to seasonal boosters and require the vaccine passport for access to essential stores offering home delivery such as food and pharmaceuticals.

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Health Minister complains of hate mail over allowing grocery stores to allow vaccine passports


Covid-era money printing will lead to economic collapse - Robert Kiyosaki

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The Tsunami
Famed writer and economist Robert Kiyosaki has warned that the actions of governments - such as spending 16% of global GDP on the Covid pandemic and massive money printing - could lead to a crash so big that even the global reserve currency, the US dollar, becomes "worthless."

In the latest episode of Live from the Vault, the businessman explained that when the "house of cards" starts coming down during unprecedented economic times, there's a need to reconsider how people store their wealth. The big problem with fiat money is that it's largely based on public faith in the issuer, he said.

According to Kiyosaki, there are a number of ways to store wealth that are independent of any central bank and can help to mitigate the impact of any pending economic crash. Those are primarily buying gold and silver, he said, adding that investing in real estate and crypto are also the right things to do.


Ukrainian soldier kills 5 in shooting rampage at military factory

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Five people were shot dead and another five injured when a Ukrainian soldier opened fire at a military plant, the country's interior ministry said Thursday.

A Ukrainian National Guard service-member was detained following the attack, which left four soldiers and a worker dead at a state-owned machine-building factory in eastern city of Dnipro.

A woman was among the dead, and doctors are "fighting" to save the lives of those injured, Ukraine's Interior Minister Denys Monastyrsky said on Facebook, where he sent his condolences to the victims' family and friends.

There was no immediate sign of a motive for the shooting rampage, the interior ministry said.

Brick Wall

YouTube permanently axes Dan Bongino Show

Dan Bongino
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Dan Bongino
YouTube on Wednesday permanently banned conservative commentator Dan Bongino from the platform, saying he attempted to evade a previous suspension.

The Fox host uploaded a video to his main channel while his secondary channel, which primarily hosted short clips from his digital radio show, was actively suspended for violating YouTube's COVID-19 misinformation policy.

"When a channel receives a strike, it is against our Terms of Service to post content or use another channel to circumvent the suspension," a YouTube spokesperson told The Hill.

Comment: Banning some of your most popular channels doesn't seem like a sensible business model. Cancel culture may be the death of YouTube yet. Cat videos can only carry it so far. Lefties were happy though:


Light Saber

Civil liberty: South Carolina bill would make it illegal to ask vaccine status

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A stack of COVID-19 vaccination record cards from the CDC.
Republican lawmakers in South Carolina introduced legislation to make it illegal for employers to ask about coronavirus vaccination status, saying it's private medical information.

The bill's author said the legislation is needed because unvaccinated individuals are suffering real-world consequences.

"We have people in South Carolina that are losing their jobs because they have to report to their employer that they're unvaccinated," bill sponsor Rep. Mike Burns told Fox News Digital. "We also have people who are having their insurance rates put in a different category. They're charging up to an extra $100 a week more than the vaccinated people. It is absolutely insane to do this kind of thing."

The legislation, H. 4848, was introduced on Jan. 20. The bill would make it a criminal offense for any employer, business, nonprofit or public entity to ask about someone's COVID-19 vaccination status.

Stock Down

The economy of permanent emergency, Part I

New Economy
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Coming up on three decades ago, in the early years of writing my weekly column for the Irish Times, I fell into writing on a theme that might have been described as a critique of contemporary economics. I was not an 'expert': my sole formal qualification in economics was a pass in a Leaving Cert paper that, being doubtful if I had enough subjects to scrape through, I took at the last minute on the basis that, having plumped for Latin rather than Economics, I had sat with one ear cocked through numerous 'free' classes sleepily listening to half my class being rather reluctantly schooled in concepts like supply and demand, inflation and recession. I found it more interesting than Latin but did not like the teacher. A 'C' allowed me to pass my Leaving Cert and escape from the horror of education.

I was probably not the only person in the world in the early 1990s who was beginning to think there was something wrong about the way we had slipped into thinking about economics, but I was certainly the only one writing about it in the Ireland of the time. The conventional economics-related arguments occurred between those calling for more 'rationalisation' — by which they meant greater profits — and those who saw public spending as an instrument of 'redistribution,' a kind of necessary governmental 'humanitarianism' to counteract the laws of markets. I thought both positions missed the obvious: the primary purpose of economics was to construct a model of human transactions that served the human need to live and coexist in functional and comfortable material interrelationships.

This intention had seemed to become lost in a discussion in which there prevailed a notion that economics was about defending a 'realistic' view of work and production in which human beings had become a problem rather than the central beneficiaries. For a couple of years, but especially through 1993, I wrote persistently about this, regularly incurring the condescension of the economic establishment of the time. I wrote about the 'downsizings' and closures of industries, the starving out of essential and previously valued public services, the escalating obsession with increasing profit at all costs, the true meanings of wealth and poverty, the skewed conventional concepts of transaction costs, the persistent valourisation of global 'values' (what I called 'the struggle against placelessness'), and the recurrent question: 'Where's the money going to come from?'


UK PM authorized pet rescue during Kabul exodus, emails suggest

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British forces work with the US military to evacuate civilians and families out of Kabul, Afghanistan.
Newly released emails seemingly contradict Boris Johnson's claim that he did not intervene in the evacuation of animals from Kabul.

Emails released Wednesday by the UK Parliament's Foreign Affairs Select Committee, which is investigating the hurried British evacuation from Kabul, Afghanistan in August 2021, suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson did authorize the evacuation of staff and animals. He has previously denied involvement in the matter.

In one communication dating from August 2021, a UK Foreign Office official discussing an evacuation request from an animal charity wrote that Johnson had approved the evacuation of an "equivalent charity" called Nowzad.


Hypocrisy at its finest: Canadian journalist 'triggered' by lack of COVID restrictions while on Florida vacation

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Canadian reporter Josh Freed "fled" Quebec's lockdowns for a voluntary vacation in Florida but then blasted the Sunshine State for wearing pandemic "blinders" in an article published in the Montreal Gazette.

Freed contrasted Canada's handling of COVID-19, where people live "in full confinement mode," with the freedoms of Florida, noting the difference in people's mental health.

"In ever-friendly America, some customers even shake hands with their waiters before leaving, to say, 'Thanks, I'll have some germs for dessert,'" Freed wrote. "It's health madness, but there's a psychological upside, since COVID doesn't dominate all life like [in Canada]. We, Montrealers, live in a tense, depressing pandemic bubble — all-COVID, all the time — which is why many people avoid following the news."

Comment: We could spend all day taking apart the author's motives (jealousy, anyone?), but it comes down to this: if you don't like how a another country/state is dealing with the lockdown, don't go there.

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Woke ideas about race don't represent racial minorities

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Recent research from Gallup documents changes in America's political ideology over the last year. A previous preference for the Democratic Party shifted to a preference for the GOP.

On average, 25% described their views as liberal, 37% as moderate, and 36% as conservative. Compared with Republicans and independents, greater ideological diversity was evident within the Democratic Party, with half identifying as liberal and the other half identifying as moderate (37%) or conservative (12%).

This shift likely reflected a variety of factors, including the change in presidents, the response to COVID-19, and the rise in inflation. When polling numbers were broken down by race, an additional theme emerged: Only 26% of blacks and 28% of Hispanics identified as liberal. A similar trend has been documented among Asian Americans, with 44% disapproving of President Joe Biden's performance, demonstrating the greatest disapproval rating among racial minority groups.

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