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Authoritarian idiot Andrew Cuomo says Trump caused coronavirus outbreak in New York

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday that President Trump caused the pandemic destruction in New York by failing to block travel from Europe earlier.

"Donald Trump caused the COVID outbreak in New York. That is a fact," Cuomo said.

Cuomo added that the viral strain that hit New York, the first epicenter of the virus in the United States, came from Europe with millions of travelers to New York long before Trump's March travel ban.

"It was not the 'China virus.' It was the European virus that came to New York," Cuomo said. "And then 3 million Europeans got on the plane and came to New York, and they brought the virus. January, they brought the virus. February, they brought the virus. March, they brought the virus."

Comment: But it was Cuomo (along with NYC Mayor deBlasio) that went full retard with their idiotic lockdown, despite many of the facts that came out about the virus months ago.

No Cuomo, you're not going to get away with blaming Trump for your ignorance, your power trips, and your egregious errors in judgment that have negatively impacted the lives of millions.

Comment: 33,000 numbered dead is likely a vast inflation of the real numbers considering that hospitals were financially incentivized to call so many deaths "due to Covid-19".

Bizarro Earth

Two Myanmar soldiers taken to the Hague after confessing to Rohingya killings - reports

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"This demonstrates that Canada's tendency to apply double standards when it comes to Israel is very unpopular with Canadians," IJV's National Coordinator Corey Balsam
Two Myanmar soldiers have been taken to The Hague after confessing to murdering minority Rohingya Muslims during a 2017 crackdown, two news organisations and a rights group reported on Tuesday.

The two men admitted to killing dozens of villagers in northern Rakhine state and burying them in mass graves, according to the New York Times, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the non-profit Fortify Rights, citing statements the men made on videos filmed in Myanmar this year.

Reuters has not seen the videos cited by the news organisations. The New York Times said it could not independently confirm that the two soldiers committed the crimes to which they confessed.

Mr. Potato

UK gov concerned people aren't taking 'harmless' coronavirus seriously

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FILE PHOTO: Patient Jenny Legg (left) with senior occupational therapist Wayne Lee in the Emergency Department at Wexham Park Hospital near Slough on May 22, 2020 in Wexham, United Kingdom.
Coronavirus a 'continuing threat' that could surge again in UK, Jonathan Van-Tam warns

Infections among young people will filter through to older, more vulnerable contacts, says deputy CMO

Coronavirus cases are surging again in the UK because "people have relaxed too much", the deputy chief medical officer has warned.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said the British public should start taking the pandemic "very seriously again" or face a "bumpy ride over the next few months".

He described the rise in cases to nearly 3,000 per day - predominantly among those aged 17 to 21 - as "a signal we have got to change this now".

Comment: Rising cases that are overwhelmingly asymptomatic is hardly anything for people to worry about. If these cases were hospitalizations and deaths, you can be sure the government would let us know.

Comment: So it's not yet a problem but there's a risk? Is it any wonder that even mainstream voices are decrying the lockdowns as a HUGE mistake.

RT reports:
Last week, the health secretary sounded more optimistic. The test-and-trace system, as well as other responses to the pandemic, were now "so good that the country could avoid a major resurgence in cases of the virus, as seen in countries such as France and Spain," Hancock predicted.

Promoting the government's planned new trial of mass weekly testing on a population-wide level, Hancock said that he remained "very worried" about an upsurge in cases, but the country was "in a better position than some."

Testing the population will rather predictably result in an 'upsurge' in 'confirmed' cases.

Britain has been gradually easing a relatively strict lockdown since early July, opening pubs, restaurants, shops and gyms, if social distancing is being observed.


Black farmers file suit against Monsanto seeking to block sale of Roundup

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(R to L) John Bowman, president of St. Louis Co. chapter NAACP • John Wesley Boyd, Jr., founder and president of the National Black Farmers Assoc. • Attorney Ben Crump
The National Black Farmers Association filed on Wednesday a federal lawsuit to block Creve Coeur-based agribusiness giant Monsanto and its German parent company, Bayer, from selling the weedkiller Roundup.

The suit alleges that Black farmers across the country have been forced to use Roundup-resistant seeds and Roundup in increasingly heavier applications, and that Monsanto failed to inform the farmers of the weedkiller's risks.

"The cycle can only be broken by removing the product from the market," Chris Schnieders, a partner at Napoli & Shkolnik in Kansas City and one of the attorneys who filed suit, said at a Wednesday press conference.

In June, Bayer agreed to pay more than $10 billion to settle tens of thousands of claims that Roundup causes cancer, but wouldn't agree to stop selling the product, or add warning labels.

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Netherlands refuses to mandate face masks; Sweden says they are 'pointless'

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The Netherlands has decided not to mandate the wearing of face masks in public, citing the fact that there is no scientific evidence to suggest they are effective against the spread of the coronavirus.

"From a medical perspective there is no proven effectiveness of masks, the Cabinet has decided that there will be no national obligation for wearing non-medical masks" announced Netherlands Minister for Medical Care Tamara van Ark.

The country's National Institute for Health (RIVM) noted that it is aware of studies from other countries that purport to show masks slow the spread of disease, but will not be heeding them.

Indeed, RIVM chief Jaap van Dissel warned that wearing masks incorrectly, in addition to the effect masks have of eroding the perceived need for social distancing, could increase the risk of transmission because of a "false sense of security". "So we think that if you're going to use masks (in a public setting) ... then you must give good training for it," he said.

Comment: A couple of countries were able to come to logical decisions and opt in favor of the public rather than bow to pressure from a faulty and misleading medical agenda.


Indonesia: Mask rules violators forced to sit in hearse next to Covid-19 casket and reflect on misdeeds

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A coffin and a dummy dressed to look like a health worker warn people about the dangers of COVID-19 in Jakarta.
An anti-coronavirus task force in Indonesia has punished people who wouldn't wear face masks at a country market by forcing them inside a hearse containing a Covid-19 victim casket, local media reported.

The unusual disciplinary action was taken at the Maron Market in the Probolinggo municipality in Indonesia's East Java province. Some 50 violators, both shop owners and their clients, took turns spending about three minutes each inside the hearse.

The people had to sit in shame next to a casket and reflect on their actions and how the coronavirus may affect their families. The grim object is used to transport the bodies of people who died from Covid-19, but presumably was empty at the time. The casket was sterilized before the session while the violators were given face masks before entering the vehicle, according to local news website kompas.com.

Comment: An extreme (but creative?) form of retribution 're-hearsed' over and over!

Stock Up

Excess death oddities in South Africa

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The REPORT ON WEEKLY DEATHS IN SOUTH AFRICA 1 JANUARY - 7 JULY 2020 (WEEK 27) was released by the South African Medical Research Council on 14 July 2020. BusinessDay reported on this yesterday). The SAMRC report attempts to show that the coronavirus pandemic has led to almost 11,000 fatalities, more than three times the official death count. Our view is that this claim is false and that simple and logical adjustments to the data for known reporting issues cause the excess fatality number to align much more closely with recorded COVID-19 deaths.

Quoted verbatim, this is the claim made about excess deaths: "​In the period, 6 May - 7 July 2020, there has been an excess of 10,994 deaths from natural causes of persons 1+ year old when using a revised base accounting for lower mortality during lockdown.​"

This figure of ​10,994​ is remarkable when compared to the reported Covid-19 deaths for the same period, amounting to ​3,354. ​(Cumulative reported Covid-19 deaths numbered​ ​3,502 on 7 July, less the cumulative reported Covid-19 deaths of 148 on 5 May).

It might be tempting to conclude that approximately 30% of the true Covid-19 deaths are actually being reported and we may be significantly understating the true Covid-19 deaths. If that were true, it would of course go some way to explaining the chasm between the experienced reality and the government's "Epi-model", as argued during the [Western Cape modelling presentation on 29 June].

The data that is being used in this report comes from the population register, which is maintained by Home Affairs. When someone dies in South Africa, the family of the deceased must report the death at Home Affairs, a Police Station or a recognised undertaker who then transmits that data to Home Affairs. This means that in order for a death to be recorded, people need to be able to move around, and the places they need to visit to report the death, as well as Home Affairs, need to be open for business. This is patently hindered by lockdown.

Bizarro Earth

Extinction Rebellion's stupid stunts are masking the fact that the establishment agrees with its ridiculous aims

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Members of the Ocean Rebellion group march during an Extinction Rebellion protest in London, Britain, September 6, 2020.
The bizarre exploits of Extinction Rebellion are diverting attention from the alarming reality that many in power agree with the group's bonkers agenda. And that is resulting in a hands-off approach to XR's disruptive tactics.

While Extinction Rebellion (XR) has been getting lots of attention for its bizarre and disruptive protests, the real madness is the fact that the political and media establishment agrees with its aims. The only quibbles are over timing and methods.

Over the past week or so, XR has reignited its protests after being in abeyance during the Covid-19 pandemic. As is the usual routine, roads have been blocked and institutions targeted. On one day, XR harassed a group of British think tanks based in a shared building in Westminster. Another group of protesters glued themselves to the ground in front of a doorway into Parliament, perhaps symbolic of XR's disdain for democracy.

Most controversially, XR protesters blocked printing plants for The Times, The Sun and The Telegraph, preventing delivery of the newspapers. XR accuses these publications of promoting lies about climate change. Here was an attack on the free press, and the backlash was substantial. Rather than debating the arguments for a rapid reduction in UK greenhouse gas emissions, the protesters seemed to believe that these media outlets were responsible for brainwashing the public and should simply be shut down.


My wife died fighting ISIS under Trump's orders. His reaction won my respect.

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Joe and Shannon Kent with their children
"Hey, Joe," a quiet but familiar voice said to me from the doorway of a small room with plush furniture. The room was meant to provide as much comfort as possible for the families of military members on the worst day of their life: the day the remains of their loved ones are returned to them at Dover Air Force Base.

I had been alone in the room for only a few minutes and was exhausted but restless; the previous three days felt like three years and three minutes all at once, because so much had been taken from my family so quickly and irrevocably that I felt like I was back at war and had just gotten attacked, but unlike in war, I couldn't fight back.

That voice from the doorway, though, was familiar because it belonged to a man I had seen on television countless times: President Donald Trump. As he approached me, he extended his right hand to shake mine, placed his left hand on my shoulder, looked me in my eyes and said, "I'm so sorry for your loss. Shannon was an amazing woman and warrior."

Bizarro Earth

Target fires employee who made poisonous 'Blue Lives Matter' Starbucks drink: 'More dead cops'

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A Target employee is under fire after reportedly filming the creation of a fake Starbucks beverage with extremely toxic ingredients — all in the name of police.

What are the details?

In a since-deleted TikTok video, a Target Starbucks barista demanded "more dead cops" as he crafted a toxic "Blue Lives Matter" drink, complete with an entire cup of bleach.

The video — which is captioned "All I want for Christmas is more dead cops" — begins with an empty Starbucks cup with the words "Blue Lives Matter" scrawled on its side.