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U.S. drug overdoses reached record high amid pandemic shutdowns

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Cataldo Ambulance medics Timothy Stahl (left) and Derek Travers (right), with the help of a firefighter tend to a 38-year-old man who was found unresponsive after an opioid overdose in the Boston suburb of Malden, Mass., October 19, 2017.
Amid a pandemic that has persisted for nearly a year and a half, reported U.S. drug overdose deaths reached a new high of 96,779 in the 12-month period that concluded in March 2021.

From March 2020 to March 2021, the country experienced a surge of 29.6 percent in drug overdose fatalities, predominantly caused by opioids and secondarily caused by synthetic opioids excluding methadone, according to data published by the CDC. Before the results were released, the agency projected over 99,000 reported drug overdose deaths for this period.

This past July, preliminary data from the CDC revealed that more than 93,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in 2020, a spike of 30 percent from 2019, when the CDC reported that 71,000 people died of an overdose.

Comment: For more information on the disturbing cost of lockdowns, see the articles below:


Eye 1

Bild roasts YouTube for stifling free speech in Germany after court rules it was wrong to delete Covid-19 interviews

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YouTube censorship of Covid-19 debate is a "dangerous encroachment" on the freedom of speech, an editor at leading German tabloid Bild has said, after the platform deleted two videos of an online debate on the pandemic.

The preliminary injunction was issued by the Cologne Regional Court in response to a legal challenge filed by the people behind the #allesaufdentisch (#EverythingOnTheTable) online campaign. It's basically a collection of interviews with various experts and public figures about the Covid-19 pandemic that the initiators touted as a "wide-ranging, fact-based, open and factual discourse" on their website. Some of them challenged the government handling of the pandemic and raised all sorts of controversial vaccine-related issues.

YouTube found two of those interviews unfit for its hosting and erased them. The flagged videos showed discussions with mathematics professor Stephan Luckhaus and the neurobiologist Gerald Huther. The court called YouTube's move "unjustified", saying that the platform failed to explain which exact parts of the interviews it deemed in violation of its community rules for health-related content, according to German media.

Comment: Big Tech companies like Google represent nothing but tools in the hand of the PTB to forcibly impose totalitarian control. They are using the Covid-19 fake pandemic as a cover to silence anybody who dares to speak the truth publicly.

At the same time, they are accusing Russia of spreading media propaganda when in reality it is the opposite.

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'This is terrifying': YouTube suspends Steven Crowder for 'hate speech,' covering 'transgender community in an offensive manner'

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YouTube suspended Steven Crowder's channel for one week on Wednesday, claiming the conservative pundit and comedian violated the platform's rules against hate speech.

YouTube's counsel sent an email to Crowder's attorney, William Richmond, informing him of the strike against Crowder's account and explaining that a September 30 video uploaded to Crowder's channel "targets the transgender community in an offensive manner," according to a copy of the email. YouTube has blocked Crowder from posting videos to his main and auxiliary accounts for one week. The email said in part:
We write again on YouTube's behalf regarding your client, Steven Crowder. YouTube has repeatedly instructed Mr. Crowder regarding its hate speech policy and warned him against continuing violations of that policy through content he uploaded to YouTube. YouTube specifically warned Mr. Crowder that videos he uploaded showed a pattern of recklessly targeting the LGBTQ+ community for abuse and insults. It warned that further uploading of content that targets, insults, and/or abuses the LGBTQ+ community would result in additional penalties.

On September 30, Mr. Crowder uploaded another video that YouTube has determined continues his prior conduct. The video entitled ""Special Guest ALEX JONES on 'Great Reset' & Joe Rogan TRIGGERS Leftists AGAIN!" contains a segment that targets the transgender community in an offensive manner, for example, by indicating that trans people pose a rape threat to women. Consistent with the recklessness provisions of its hate speech policy, YouTube has removed this video from the service and assessed a strike against the Steven Crowder channel. Per YouTube's strikes policy, this results in a one-week upload freeze for the channel. Further violation of YouTube's hate speech policy will result in additional penalties.

Gold Seal

Nobel prize will have no gender or ethnicity quotas, academy head says

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Veteran Philippine journalist Maria Ressa is one of very few women to have won a Nobel prize.
Swedish scientist and head of the academy that awards Nobel prizes has ruled out the notion of gender or ethnicity quotas in the selection of laureates for the prestigious award.

Göran Hansson, the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, accepted that there are "so few women" in the running but conceded the prize would ultimately go to those who are "found the most worthy".

Investigative journalist Maria Ressa of the Philippines, was the only woman honoured this year, sharing the Nobel peace prize with fellow journalist Dmitry Muratov, alongside 12 men.

Since its inception in 1901, only 59 Nobel prizes have gone to women, comprising just 6.2% of the total.

Comment: Imagine that, awarding a prize based on merit and not gender ideology.


Bad Guys

Human remains found in California during search for missing NJ woman

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Authorities discovered human remains while searching for Lauren "El" Cho in Southern California's Yucca Valley.
Human remains were discovered in a California desert during a search for a missing New Jersey woman who vanished after walking away from her Airbnb, authorities said.

The unidentified remains were found Saturday in rugged terrain in the open desert of Southern California's Yucca Valley, where investigators were scouring for clues in the search for Lauren "El" Cho, 30, who was last seen leaving a rental home on June 28.

The remains were taken to a coroner's office for identification and the process may take up to several weeks, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office.

"No further information will be released until the identity of the deceased had been confirmed," sheriff officials said in a statement Sunday.

Pistol

NYPD boss: Spike in violent crime is because of Democrats' bail reform laws

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The OED robbery ring's latest crime saw the group casing Pergola in NoMad, Manhattan, at around 1.15am on Monday before a Manhattan officer fired at the suspected crooks
Led to 'drastic reduction in incarceration levels'

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea says criminal justice measures passed by the Democratic-dominated state legislature are to blame for the increase in violent crime in New York City

New York City's top cop blames bail reform laws enacted by the Democratic-dominated state Legislature for the spike in violent crime, including Monday night's gun battle between NYPD officers and a gang of suspected jewelry thieves.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea blamed the 'drastic reduction in incarceration levels' for several high-profile incidents of gun violence throughout the five boroughs. Shea was reacting to the incident from early Monday morning in Manhattan's Flatiron District, where an NYPD officer fired at suspected members of a violent gang dubbed Own Every Dollar as they cased a high-end restaurant.

NPC

IMDb appears to rig terrible Fauci movie scores, gets caught after forgetting big detail

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The gatekeepers of movie reviews want us to believe that the new documentary featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci wasn't all that bad.

As it turns out, they're even willing to lie about how audiences are responding to what looks like a failure among all age demographics.

According to IMDb, the movie Fauci is "a glimpse into infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci who has led the U.S. fight against every epidemic the country has faced from AIDS to SARS to Ebola, and the ongoing COVID-19."

Handcuffs

Appeal after viral video shows two men dressed as police officers trying to enter London home

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Scotland Yard are investigating after a viral video appeared to show two men impersonating police officers to try and enter a home in east London.

Responding to the clip on Thursday, the Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying they are aware of the footage "circulating on social media filmed in east London appearing to show two men impersonating police officers".

In the video, filmed by what seems to be one of the property's residents, two men can be seen dressed in clothes that resemble police uniform and standing in the doorway of a flat.

Snakes in Suits

Amazon India reportedly copied sellers' products and rigged search results

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Amazon's India division engaged in a systematic campaign of copying items sold by third-party sellers and then manipulated search results to favor its own products, according to a Reuters report Wednesday that cites internal documents.

In a 2016 document, titled "India Private Brands Program," Amazon's private label team in India detailed how it would review sales and customer review data to identify "reference brands" to replicate, according to the article.

In one case, Amazon employees noticed an uptick in returns of a shirt made by one of its private-label clothing brands due to sizing issues, Reuters said. The team reportedly found an outselling brand and revised the fit of its shirt to match that brand's measurements.

Amazon teams in India also worked to boost the company's private label products in search results, using a technique called "search seeding" and "sparkles," according to Reuters. "Search seeding" allowed Amazon to ensure that new products were the second or third result in search queries, while "sparkles" are banners that are located above search results, Reuters reported.

Brick Wall

Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of 160,000 illegal immigrants into US by Biden administration

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The Biden administration is releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight

At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March - including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.

The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

Comment: This is basically a form of population transfer. The US government practiced such on Vietnam, Central America, Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. And now it's doing it to Americans! The New York Post adds:
Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants have been released since Aug. 6 on their own recognizance, including 128 single adults let go in a single day near Del Rio, Texas, without being required to wear an ankle monitor or tracked by phone as part of the "Alternatives to Detention program."

While immigration officials usually grant a handful of cases parole, Scott claimed the Biden administration is wielding it more broadly, including giving parole to thousands of Afghans as part of Operation Allies Welcome, the Afghanistan evacuation operation.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . .Tucker called it in February, 2021: