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Not a single case of flu detected by Public Health England this year as Covid restrictions suppress virus

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Not a single case of influenza has been detected by public health officials in England for the past seven weeks, with infection rates at historic lows amid the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

The social restrictions brought in to curb transmission of coronavirus, combined with increased uptake of the flu vaccine, have both been credited with driving down infections.

Comment: The problem is you can't have it both ways. In the past flu vaccines didn't do much to prevent flu season. And the social restrictions haven't done anything to prevent transmission of coronavirus (and likely don't for the flu virus). More probable reasons for the drop in flu cases: Scientists baffled at disappearance of influenza...but is it really gone or just masked by Covid-19?.

See also: Objective:Health - Where Did the Flu Go?

Thousands of swab samples are processed and analysed by scientists at Public Health England (PHE) every week to survey the prevalence of different respiratory diseases in the population.

But of the 685,243 samples that have been reviewed at PHE's laboratories since the first week of January, not a single one has tested positive for influenza.

In the week up to 31 December 2020, just one case of flu was confirmed by laboratory analysis.

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Social distance insanity: Band practice version

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Clown world strikes again.

An image shows students at a school in Wenatchee, Washington State socially distanced inside what look like human tents as they perform in a band.

The picture appears to show two girls playing saxophones while trapped inside the awning-like structures, while others in the background play flute.

According to the article, "You can't see them smiling beneath the masks," but the kids are happy to be back at school.


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Chinese gov't figures show sharp decline in Xinjiang birth rate

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Population statistics published by the Chinese government show a sharp decline in birth rates in Xinjiang amid reports of mass internment and population control of ethnic minorities in the region. The region's growth rate shrank by around two-thirds within two years, according to the figures which run up until 2019.

Between 2017 and 2019, the birth rate in Xinjiang almost halved, dropping from 15.88 per cent in 2017 to 8.14 in 2019, according to an annual report compiled by the National Bureau of Statistics of China.

Comment: 2017 was when China opened its involuntary "vocational" centers in Xinjiang.

China's national average rate, meanwhile, only decreased by around 2 per cent in the same period.

The same figures detailed in the China Statistical Yearbook show population growth rate in the region shrank by two-thirds from 2017 to 2019, dropping from 11.40 per cent to 6.13 in the first year, and to 3.69 per cent in the second.

The drop - noted and visualised by Twitter user John Stone - represents a marked change in Xinjiang's previous population growth rate, which held steady from 2010 to 2017, fluctuating between 10 and 11 per cent.

Comment: Don't worry: Uighur women in Xinjiang just needed a bit more "gender emancipation" than women in any other Chinese province.

Brick Wall

Jodi Shaw's battle with Smith College may be ending, but the war against Critical Race Theory has just begun

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Jodi Shaw has resigned from her post at Smith College after a long battle over Critical Race Theory
The former employee's battle against the Massachusetts based school is a sign of the times and, hopefully, of things to come. It's long past time this pernicious ideology got the scrutiny and repudiation it so richly deserves.

After over a year of combating Critical Race Theory (CRT) at Smith, Jodi Shaw finally submitted her letter of resignation to President Kathleen McCartney. She thereby relinquished her position as a Student Support Coordinator in Student Affairs, which earned her a whopping $45,000 per year.

But, you see, Jodi Shaw is "privileged," and, according to the CRT experts at Smith College and elsewhere, her privilege needs to be eradicated. She needs to be subjected to CRT's racial profiling, struggle sessions, and shaming routines in order to root out her secret disease. Seeing no end in sight, Shaw finally decided she'd had enough.

The ins and outs of Shaw's battles with Smith follow a predictable pattern. I'm not surprised that the college has attempted to discredit her. In fact, having been the subject of NYU's attempts to discredit me after I criticized social justice ideology at NYU and across academia at large, I'd be surprised if they hadn't launched their campaign of administrative gaslighting.

But the intricacies of Shaw's case at Smith College are less important than the war it represents. The war is with a regime bent on silencing dissent and forcing submission to its essentialist, racist, totalitarian worldview. The objective of this ideology is to shame the majority into accepting that their way of life has come at the expense of racial injustice, and they must forfeit its benefits. They must scrutinize and humiliate themselves, forever.


Harvard club cancels event set to feature expert ... on cancel culture

James Lindsay
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James Lindsay, co-author of "Cynical Theories," in New York on Feb. 28, 2020.
Harvard Business School Club of New York has cancelled an event set to feature James Lindsay — an expert on cancel culture.

Lindsay is co-author of the 2020 book Cynical Theories: How Activist Scholarship Made Everything about Race, Gender, and Identity―and Why This Harms Everybody, and founder of New Discourses, a website that takes on trending educational, cultural and social justice issues with a critical eye.

Lindsay, who holds a PhD in mathematics, is also a member of the "grievance studies" publishing project. He was slated to discuss Cynical Theories at the Harvard Business School Club event, set for March 11. But on Tuesday night, he tweeted it had been cancelled.

"Lmao! I had been invited to speak for the Harvard Business School Club of New York about Cynical Theories, and because someone was upset that I exist, they changed the moderator to their chief equity officer, Hemali Dassani, and then, when I didn't back down, cancelled the event," he tweeted.

In an email Wednesday to The College Fix, the club's Executive Director Eunice Suh said it was decided the event did not align with the club's goals.

Comment: Not hard to conclude that their goals include cancel culture...


Hackers break into biochemical systems at Oxford University lab that is researching Covid


Oxford confirmed its Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi, had been hit by a cyber attack but stressed that its clinical studies had not been compromised (pictured)
Hackers have breached the biomedical systems of an Oxford University laboratory doing vital research into Covid.

Oxford confirmed its Division of Structural Biology, known as Strubi, had been hit by a cyber attack but stressed that its clinical studies had not been compromised.

GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been alerted and will assist with an investigation.

Strubi is not behind the successful Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine - created by the university's Jenner Institute - but is a world-leading laboratory carrying out research on Covid cells.

Comment: See also: The Inanity of RNA Vaccines For COVID-19


Teen condemned in school-wide email for praising 'racist' Candace Owens as a 'black trailblazer'

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Candace Owens
Recently, a high school message wrecked a racist. That would be, racist Candace Owens.

Here's how it all went down...

Turning Point USA Chapter Leader Julia Saville was a junior at St. Margaret's High School. The small Tappahannock, Virginia institution boasts roughly 107 students in grades 8-12.

In order to broaden her horizons, Julia joined the Black Student Union.

She explained to The Daily Wire, "I know...they have a different perspective... I just wanted to get their perspective and [understand] their experiences on campus."

Comment: Ms. Owens has never been shy about expressing her views on what she considers the real problem in the black community: the lack of intact families, and the culture of victimhood, both of which she lays squarely at the feet of decades of liberal Democrat social policies


Top secret Saudi documents reveal Khashoggi killers used jets owned by Crown Prince

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Saudi-born Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered in 2018 in the Saudi embassy in the Turkish capital city of Istanbul. After facing accusations of being involved in the journalist's murder, Riyadh sentenced eight suspects in 2019.

Saudi assassins behind the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi used two private jets owned by Sky Prime Aviation, a company that belongs to the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, CNN reported on Wednesday, citing "top secret" documents obtained by the network.

According to the report, the documents were filed in connection with a Canadian civil lawsuit earlier in the year and were signed by the Saudi minister who "relayed the orders of the crown prince".

"According to the instruction of His Highness the Crown Prince," the minister wrote, cited by CNN, "immediately approve the completion of the necessary procedures for this."

Arrow Up

LGBT identification rises to 5.6% in latest US estimate

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Gallup's latest update on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender identification finds 5.6% of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT. The current estimate is up from 4.5% in Gallup's previous update based on 2017 data.

Currently, 86.7% of Americans say they are heterosexual or straight, and 7.6% do not answer the question about their sexual orientation. Gallup's 2012-2017 data had roughly 5% "no opinion" responses.

The latest results are based on more than 15,000 interviews conducted throughout 2020 with Americans aged 18 and older. Gallup had previously reported annual updates from its 2012-2017 daily tracking survey data, but did not routinely measure LGBT identification in 2018 or 2019.

The identity question asked in 2020 offers a greater level of detail than the question asked in previous years. Now, respondents indicate their precise sexual orientation, rather than simply answering "yes" or "no" to whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Comment: The results in younger Americans may also be influenced by social contagion.

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Ban on transgender athletes in Utah girls' sports stalls

Troy Williams

In this Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, file photo, Troy Williams, Equality Utah executive director, speaks in opposition of HB302 during a House Education Committee meeting at the State Office Building in Salt Lake City.
A proposal to ban transgender athletes from female sports teams in Utah stalled Wednesday, days after the Republican governor voiced doubt about the bill.

At least 20 states are considering similar proposals that opponents say would discriminate against an already marginalized group.

Its sponsor, Republican Rep. Kera Birkeland, said in a statement that she was disappointed a panel of lawmakers held the bill, but she recognizes it's a complex issue. "I am optimistic we can continue to work together to create policies that preserve female sports," she said.

Birkeland has argued her proposal is aimed at ensuring fairness by making sure female athletes aren't competing against those assigned male at birth. There are no transgender athletes currently competing in school sports in Utah.