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As physicians, mothers and daughters, we have concerns with COVID-19 rules

Child at window
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What if everything we are doing to protect the elderly from coronavirus is causing irreparable harm, including more deaths, to our children?

What grandparent would choose to have their grandchild live a life of lower quality or opportunity than they had? What parent would accept that their child's health be harmed as a matter of policy?

These may seem like ridiculous questions, but the decision to do all these things is being made on a daily basis in our response to COVID-19. If that is true, we need to discuss if this is what we really want to accomplish.

We are not people who want to see older people die. We are physicians, we are mothers, and we are daughters. We love our children and we love our parents. We care for COVID-19 patients and see the damage it has done.

Take 2

Bruce Springsteen & other celebs are being whiny teenagers, threatening to run away if Trump wins - if only they would

Donald Trump
© AP/Andrew Harnik
Liberal celebrities are once again promising to flee the US if Donald Trump wins reelection. But why wait? Instead of threatening us as if it really matters, Bruce Springsteen and others should just hit the road.

One of the more annoying aspects of the 2016 presidential election was the constant yapping from celebrities about leaving the country if the former host of 'Celebrity Apprentice' was elected president over their precious and not-at-all flawed pick, Hillary Clinton.

Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus... one after another doled out their empty promises, thinking they could hold Americans' votes hostage simply by threatening to become expats.

Well, it's that time of year again, folks, and we've already got celebrities doubling down on that winning strategy once more. Two of the biggest names to threaten us with the possibility of vacating the US are Bruce Springsteen and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.

Pumpkin

More Buzzfeed malarkey: Buzzfeed shames Trump for being 'very strongly against pedophilia'

Donald Trump town hall
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Trump said he is "very strongly" agrees with being "against pedophilia," and Buzzfeed News framed it as somehow being a bad thing.

Trump's response to a line of questioning from Savannah Guthrie about QAnon, or as she described it "this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that," during the Thursday night NBC town hall, has been the subject of headlines for days. But in an attempt to paint Trump as a conspiracy theorist, Buzzfeed News condemned him for...being against the sexual abuse of children.

"I know nothing about it," Trump told Guthrie. "I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it."

Guthrie pressed Trump further, demanding that Trump did in fact know about the online network QAnon, and pushing him to denounce its theories and online followers entirely.

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Attention

I've been an ethnic minority politician: Here's why non-white shortlists for MPs will simply make racial divisions worse

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© Reuters / UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor
A view of the Commons Chamber as MPs and viewers observe COVID-19 social distancing during question period in London, Britain June 3, 2020
A Lib Dem parliamentarian's bill to legalise race-based candidate lists is undemocratic, patronising & will undo the decades of progress Britain has made.

I was so irked by an elected public servant's recent declaration, that paraphrasing a great man's quotation was the only response I felt could touch my exasperation.

My comments will not attract much attention in the crowded Twitterverse, but I felt that if there was even half a chance that a few might notice, then I should use the opportunity to do so.

Comment: An authentic voice from the trenches.


Snakes in Suits

'Stupid Americanism': Italian governor delighted that imposing new lockdown will stop Halloween celebrations

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Italian Governor Vincenzo De Luca sets curfew for 'stupid American' Halloween
An Italian governor has promised to impose a regional curfew on 31 October to slow the spread of coronavirus, branding Halloween a "huge stupid Americanism".

Vicenzo De Luca, centre-left leader of the Campania region, which includes Naples, said the shutdown would begin at 10pm that night, amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases there this month.

"Halloween is this huge piece of nonsense, this huge stupid Americanism that has also been imported into our country," Mr De Luca said in a Friday briefing broadcast on Facebook.

Comment: The lockdowns have provided the authorities with the ideal opportunity to unleash their true, tyrannical nature, and hopefully citizens won't forget that they created a crisis and that some used it as an excuse to impose their own will on the public at the expense of their freedom and livelihoods:


Magnify

Belarus protests: Dozens detained as tens of thousands attend another anti-government march in Minsk

Belarus
© Reuters
People attend an opposition rally to reject the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus on October 18, 2020.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk again on Sunday, as mass anti-government protests continued across the country. Sporadic scuffles erupted between demonstrators and police, with dozens reportedly detained.

The Belarusian capital has played host to weekly protests against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, since a disputed presidential election in August. This Sunday, the procession was dubbed 'The Partisan March' by its organizers.

Tens of thousands marched through the city's center, where they repeatedly ran into cordons erected by riot police and were forced to change course several times during the rally.

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Syringe

Russian authorities inspect care home over forced sterilization of disabled women

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© Global Look Press / Oleksiy Maksymenko
FILE PHOTO.
A care home in Russia's Ural region has come under fire after a shocking video surfaced on social media accusing the facility of coercing disabled women into surgical sterilization. Now, local authorities have launched an inquiry.

The disturbing images were published by Telegram channel Baza. They showed a resident of the care home in the Sverdlovsk territory saying she was forcibly sterilized on the orders of the facility's administration.

"I did not want that! I did not even understand what it was all about," the woman - identified as Lyudmila Guseva - said as she recalled her story. No one explained anything to her, she said, adding that she only discovered the truth from other care home residents. When Guseva sought to opt out of the operation, the medics and the administration of the care home threatened her with a transfer to a mental health institution with a stricter regime, she says.

Comment: See also: Genocide of the 'impure': Surge in Do Not Resuscitate orders for learning disabilities patients issued during UK lockdown


Palette

Wikipedia says Hunter Biden scandal 'DEBUNKED', as editing war rages & new page emerges calling it a 'conspiracy'

Wikpedia and Bidens
© Wikipedia/Getty Images for World Food Program USA/Teresa Kroeger
Allegations of corruption against ex-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter have apparently been "debunked" and are merely a "conspiracy theory" according to Wikipedia, where editors are battling over the terms.

Hunter Biden was the subject of an explosive report last week as the New York Post published emails alleging that he involved his father in dodgy business dealings in Ukraine and China.

While the story is still unfolding, the Wikipedia page for Hunter Biden simply states that "he and his father have been the subjects of debunked right-wing conspiracy theories pushed by [President] Donald Trump and his allies." The curious framing was highlighted by conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter on Tuesday.


Eight sources are listed for this one sentence, intending to support the view that any accusations of corruption against the Democratic presidential candidate and his son have already been proven false. In recent days, Wikipedia editors have been engaged in regular spats about the inclusion of the word "debunked."

Heart - Black

The true danger of the new lockdown cycles

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The appearance of SARS CoV-2 has been deemed worthy of extraordinary measures to contain or suppress its spread. With a rise in infections across Europe, politicians are once again scrambling to reintroduce a series of policies that amount to lockdown in all but name. France has introduced a curfew. Italy has made the wearing of masks mandatory outdoors. And London's nine million residents have been banned from meeting people they don't live with indoors. Such extraordinary measures imply that the epidemic of SARS-CoV2 has features that are out of the ordinary when compared to previous pandemics. But is this right? Or are we setting a precedent for the way we deal with infectious diseases?

We are, of course, all familiar with acute respiratory infections and their effects. They are a seasonal nuisance; occasionally they can put us into hospital, or even worse, speed our departure. A host of known pathogens circulate across different parts of the year and some - 40 per cent - cannot be identified. Each infectious pathogen, generally, has its seasonal window. In the northern hemisphere, influenza occurs each winter; chickenpox tends to peak in spring; and in the past, polio occurred in late summer and autumn. The four human coronaviruses that already circulate are also seasonal. A US study that followed over a thousand individuals for eight years found they are most common between December and May, with only 2.5 per cent of infections occurring between June and September. Why would it be assumed that Covid-19 be any different?

Historically, seasonal pathogens have been dealt with by either monitoring them or by vaccination of those most vulnerable. Licensed vaccines are, however, only available against one of the many agents: influenza. The last pandemic was swine flu in 2009. It was not as severe as initially thought, in part, because older people were found to have population immunity. Today the swine flu virus is seasonal and is often included in the annual influenza vaccine to mitigate its effects.

NPC

The slippery slope of Woke: Disney's ridiculous new content warning is the latest step towards entertainment armageddon

Dumbo disney screen shot
© Walt Disney Productions
Dumbo (1941) Dir: Samuel Armstrong, Norman Ferguson, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, John Elliotte
As the insatiable woke beast runs rampant across our culture, the category of things deemed offensive becomes ever more bloated, meaning an increasing number of classics are now in danger.

If you are anything like me, you'll have been losing copious amounts of sleep worrying that the content warning for racism that Disney runs before some of its classic animated films, like Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats, wasn't long-winded enough.

Well, thanks to the geniuses at everybody's favorite frozen ant-Semite's entertainment mega-corporation, we can all rest easy, because it has attached a new disclaimer to these allegedly offensive films.

Comment: There's more insanity where that came from. Behold: