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'Please, don't cancel New York Times subscription,' says former editor sacked after her 'chills' for Biden infuriated some readers

The New York Times office in the Manhattan
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The New York Times office in the Manhattan.
The Gray Lady has sacked its editor, who was criticized for expressing excitement with the landing of Joe Biden's plane before inauguration. The journalist asked supporters not to cancel their subscriptions.

Lauren Wolfe stirred online anger on Tuesday by sharing her feelings about Joe Biden's arrival at the Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for his upcoming inauguration ceremony. She called the Trump administration "petty" and "childish" over a widely reported (and later revealed to be false) claim that it denied Biden a military plane to arrive in DC. Wolfe said she had "chills" seeing Biden's private jet land.

The awkwardly-worded tweet apparently not only caused Wolfe humiliation due to online mockery, but also cost her her job as an editor at the New York Times. The Gray Lady has canceled her contract, she confirmed on Twitter. HuffPost contributor Yashar Ali was the first to report the news.

Comment: It sounds like they were looking for an excuse to fire her. It's unlikely that the Times would have given in to a conservative outrage mob, since that's not even close to their target audience.

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TV

Psychologists accuse UK government of using 'unethical' fear tactics on people to enforce lockdown

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'If you go out... people will die"
A group of 47 psychologists has claimed this amounts to a strategic decision "to inflate the fear levels of the British public", which it states is "ethically murky" and has left people too afraid to leave their homes for medical appointments. Led by former NHS consultant psychologist Dr Gary Sidley, the experts have written to the British Psychological Society (BPS) claiming the strategy is "morally questionable."

In response the government has vehemently denied using covert techniques, saying it's public information campaigns have been "transparent" and necessary to set out "clear instructions" on how the spread of the virus can be delayed.

It has admitted to communicating public information campaigns 17 per week on average during the peak of the pandemic in order to reach an estimated 95 per cent of adults.

Comment: The coordinated psychological warfare is widespread, here's Canada's Christmas contribution:

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Bizarro Earth

Surge of student suicides pushes Las Vegas schools to reopen

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The Clark County School District in Nevada is moving to partially reopen schools in response to a surge of student suicides, The New York Times reports.

Eighteen students in the county took their own lives in the final nine months of 2020, the Times reports, leading the Clark County school board to approve returning some elementary school grades and struggling classes back to in-person learning despite the continuing spread of the coronavirus.

"When we started to see the uptick in children taking their lives, we knew it wasn't just the COVID numbers we need to look at anymore," said Clark County superintendent Jesus Jara.

Comment: From suicides, missed critical healthcare, to the impact of the economic fall out, it's fairly clear by now that lockdowns have and will kill a great many more people than the coronavirus ever could:


USA

Lawmakers move to oust extremists from military

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Lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands to prevent white supremacists and other extremists from joining and remaining in the military.

Following the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol — and the subsequent revelation that nearly 1 in 5 people charged in connection with the riot have some form of military background — Congress plans to insert language into this year's National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to address extremism at the Pentagon and other federal agencies.

"The attack on our Capitol was an insurrection fueled in large part by groups that espouse the same extreme white supremacists' views - groups that actively recruit veterans and from the ranks of our military," Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said in a statement to The Hill.

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X

California refuses to disclose Covid-19 data used to drive lockdowns

Gavin Newsom
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) promised months ago that the state's COVID-19 policy decisions would be driven by transparent data that would be shared with the public.

Now, his administration is refusing to disclose key information used to determine when lockdown orders are implemented or rescinded - and has denied a public records request filed with the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency on May 28 by the Center for American Liberty (CAL) seeking both the data and science behind the state's lockdown decisions, according to Fox News.

State health officials now say they rely on a 'very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public,' AP reports.

In short, California says you're too stupid to understand their rationale for mandating thousands of businesses into financial ruin through what appear to be arbitrary and unscientific decisions. To wit, at least two California judges have struck down the state's draconian mandates over lack of scientific evidence to support lockdowns and restaurant restrictions.

Comment: It's unlikely that they would share that information, as releasing any data would likely expose more of the BS driving the measures, which don't work and were never really about 'protecting the public'.


Eye 1

'Inevitable' Google and Facebook will pay for Australian news, treasurer says

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg
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Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said Australia will be a world leader in tech regulation by putting in place a code forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publishers.
Josh Frydenberg has warned the internet giants it is "inevitable" they will pay for news content and their threats to shut down core functions in Australia do them a "big disservice".

At a doorstop on Sunday, the treasurer said the Morrison's government intended to become a "world leader" in regulating social media and search companies, who he accused of shifting the goalposts in their opposition to the proposed bargaining code of conduct.

Google and Facebook are both fighting against legislation currently before the parliament that would force them to enter into negotiations with news media companies for payment for content, with an arbiter to ultimately decide the payment amount if no agreement can be reached.

On Friday, the pair escalated the dispute by threatening to remove the Google search engine from Australia and Facebook to remove news from the Facebook feeds of all Australian users.

The threats follow the revelation that Google has been experimenting with hiding some Australian news sites from search results, in a move media outlets said was a show of "extraordinary power".

Comment: See also: Google says it will block search engine in Australia if forced to pay for news


Attention

Government quietly changes law to give councils lockdown powers until July 17 this year

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The Government has quietly extended lockdown laws to give councils the power to close pubs, restaurants, shops and public spaces until July 17 this year.

The news will be a major setback for those hoping that life might have returned to normal by early summer once more people are vaccinated against coronavirus.

It comes after Boris Johnson admitted late last week that "it's too early to say when we'll be able to lift some of the restrictions".

The Government had pledged to review the lockdown measures in the middle of next month.

The changes to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No.3) Regulations 2020 were made as part of a review of the third lockdown by Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, earlier this month.

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Fire

Film Crew releases never before seen footage of 2017 Trump's Inauguration Riots

Chicago 2017 Trump inauguration riots
Documentary film crew releases dramatic, never before seen footage of the 2017 Inauguration riots. The footage was gathered as part of an ongoing documentary about the fight for dominance playing out between establishment and independent news organizations.

The shocking footage exposes a coordinated attack on the 2017 inauguration of President Donald Trump. Highlights include anarchists preparing for violent clashes with police (10:22), violent attacks on attendees (2:08), destruction of property (9:50), and the physical premeditated blockades that succeed in preventing voters from attending the Presidential Inauguration (3:29).

Additional highlights include interviews with blockade organizers Code Pink and Disrupt J20, whose stated goal was to "shut this inauguration down."

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Quenelle

Lockdown rebellion spreading in Europe: Czech restaurants & pubs open in defiance of Covid-19 rules

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People eat and drink at the Maly Janek Pub in Jince village, Czech Republic on January 23, 2021.
Owners to launch 'political movement' to circumvent restrictions

Hundreds of restaurants and pubs have re-opened across the Czech Republic, defying the enduring coronavirus restrictions. The venues have been closed for months and owners say the restrictions have failed to improve the situation.

The protest kicked off on Saturday, with hundreds of restaurants and pubs re-opening on Sunday as they joined the drive launched by the Chcipl PES (Dog is dead) movement. The activist group was founded by several owners of entertainment venues, and the name refers to the Czech system, PES ('dog' in Czech), which regulates the restrictions.

Comment: Pockets of resistance to draconian measures that seem to have no real effect have been popping up all over Europe, though none as peaceful as the Czech Republic has been able to remain.

From Denmark:
Hundreds of black-clad protesters clashed with police on the streets of Copenhagen on Saturday night, shooting fireworks at the officers and getting batons in return. Violent demonstrations have become a weekly occurrence in the Danish capital, where lockdown measures were extended at the beginning of the year and where the government recently clamped down further on the size of gatherings permitted.


The group, calling themselves the 'Men in Black', torched an effigy of Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen. By the end of the night, at least five people were arrested, Copenhagen police said on Twitter.
The Netherlands:
A group of rowdy protesters gathered in the port area of Urk, 80 kilometers (50 miles) northeast of the capital, Amsterdam overnight, shortly after the curfew went into effect at 9pm. The group was driving cars, honking horns, and waving national flags at the square, footage from the scene shows.

The protesters became rowdy and set a drive-in coronavirus site located at the square on fire. The group then apparently waited for police to arrive to taunt the officers and pelt them with various projectiles.

A similar incident also unfolded in the town of Stein close to the border with Belgium. A group of around 100 young people gathered in the streets, playing music and drinking. When a sizeable police force was deployed to disperse them, scuffles ensued, resulting in at least 14 arrests.

Protests against the nighttime curfew continued in the Netherlands on Sunday, with the southern city of Eindhoven becoming the hotspot. At least 30 people were arrested near the train station where the demonstrators pelted foreign objects at the police, overturned cars and set barricades, built from bicycles snatched from nearby parking lots, on fire.
And Israel:
On Sunday morning, hundreds of Orthodox believers gathered to defend the yeshiva in Jerusalem's neighborhood of Mea Shearim, a Haredi stronghold in the city. Religious schools that teach the Talmud and the Torah sacred texts are scheduled to open for in-person studies this week, which contradicts the restrictions by the government of PM Benjamin Netanyahu.

As soon as the police arrived, the protesters began tossing foreign objects at the officers and shouting obscenities. They labeled the police "Nazis" and "kapos" - Jews that collaborated with Hitler's forces during World War II


Following the unrest on Sunday, the police reiterated that it will continue to enforce anti-coronavirus measures "in all communities" despite the protests. The lockdown in Israel, which among other things orders the closure of all educational institutions, will be in place until at least January 31.

Orthodox Jews have been actively protesting against the Covid-19 restrictions, which hinder their religious practices, since the start of the pandemic, with clashes and arrests happening on a regular basis. At the same time, the Haredi has become one of the groups hardest hit by the virus, with experts blaming neglecting health regulations and the large sizes of their families for such a scenario.

Tensions were also high in the Mediterranean city of Ashdod where dozens of Haredi tried breaking into a local religious school.

A shocking video from the scene shows a police officer grabbing a young Haredi school boy and throwing him to the pavement before picking him up again and tossing him into the crowd.



Handcuffs

Tucker exposes full Biden jailbreak directive for illegal aliens

honduran migrant caravan 2020
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Honduran caravan preparing to set off from San Pedro Sula on December 9, 2020
Biden is not only stopping deportations, but setting them loose.

Tucker Carlson exposed a shocking internal memorandum sent to Texas Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel on Friday night, revealing that the Biden administration has ordered a full jailbreak for illegal aliens detained in immigration custody.

"As of midnight tonight, stop all removals. This includes Mexican bus runs, charter flights, and commercial removals until further notice. All cases are to be considered. No significant likelihood of removal for the foreseeable future.

Release them all. Immediately. No sponsor available is not acceptable any longer."

Comment: Why all this tenderheartedness to illegal immigrants when American citizens are already in dire straits?

Rep. Mo Brooks: Blue states acquired 20 additional congressional seats by counting 15M illegal aliens as voters