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Sarah Huckabee Sanders is running for Governor of Arkansas: 'America is at stake'

Sarah Huckabee Sanders
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Former WH Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced her intent to run for governor of Arkansas on Monday.

Sanders released a video on Monday morning officially announcing her bid following reports over the weekend that she planned to jump into the race. She resigned her post in the Trump administration in June 2019.

Sanders began her video with an anecdote of meeting a soldier in Iraq while working under former President Donald Trump. She went on to say the "radical left" has taken control of Washington, D.C., and that state governors are now the "last line of defense."
"America is great because we are free, but today our freedom and the rule of law are under attack. I was the first White House press secretary to require Secret Service protection because of a credible, violent threat against me. We've seen violence in our streets, at a congressional baseball practice and at our Capitol. This is not who we are as Americans."

Arrow Up

California lifts its regional stay-at-home order, returning to county-based restrictions

Empty tables
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Empty tables in Walnut Creek, CA
California's Regional Stay-at-Home order was lifted Monday for all regions, including Southern California, the state's public health department said.

Gov. Gavin Newsom was expected to make an announcement later Monday at a news conference that the Stay-at-Home Order will be lifted. The move means a return to restrictions based on conditions in each county after what officials said are positive signs about the virus' spread.

The county-based system includes a color-coded tiered guide to reopening and allows counties to impose restrictions that are even stricter than the state-imposed order.
Dr. Tomás Aragón, CDPH director and state public health officer said:
"Californians heard the urgent message to stay home as much as possible and accepted that challenge to slow the surge and save lives. Together, we changed our activities knowing our short-term sacrifices would lead to longer-term gains. COVID-19 is still here and still deadly, so our work is not over, but it's important to recognize our collective actions saved lives and we are turning a critical corner."
The statewide order was based on regional numbers, such as intensive care unit capacity, and included the San Joaquin Valley, Bay Area and Southern California. Four-week capacity projections for these three regions are above 15%, the threshold that allows regions to exit the order, state health officials said Monday.

The Sacramento Region left the order on Jan. 12 and the Northern California region was never under the statewide order.

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Male 'transjacking' will ultimately cause the extinction of women's sports

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In 2016, Therese Johaug, a Norwegian three-time Olympic cross-country skiing champion, received an 18-month suspension from the sport she loved after it was discovered that the team-approved lip balm she was using to treat her badly sunburned lips contained a performance-enhancing steroid.

A devastated Johaug lamented, "I feel I did everything right. I went to an expert who gave me the ointment, and I asked him if the cream was on a doping list. The answer I got was 'no.'"

But the powers that be were undeterred from their well-established hard line of fairness, and Johaug was forced to watch the 2018 winter Olympics from the sidelines.

It's an unfortunate set of circumstances that raises the question: If chemicals from a necessary, medicated lip balm can be construed as such an unjust physical advantage, how on Earth can athletic authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the litany of physical advantages the transgender men increasingly competing in women's sports so obviously possess in their male bodies?


Yellow Vest

Lockdown protests across Netherlands met with water cannons & tear gas, descends into clashes, arson and mass arrests

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A police officer holds a dog during a protest against Covid-19 restrictions in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on January 24, 2021.
Some 240 people have been arrested as unrest spread to at least 10 municipalities across the Netherlands, with riot police using water cannons, batons, dogs and horses to break up unauthorized anti-lockdown gatherings and riots.

Police faced off with curfew-defying crowds in The Hague, Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Enschede, Venlo, Stein, Roermond, Oosterhout, Breda and elsewhere across the nation for the second day in a row on Sunday.

At least 190 people, including minors, were detained in Amsterdam alone, where some 1,500 protesters gathered at the central Museum Square, according to local media.

Comment: There are reports that rioting has erupted again this evening:

"New riots break out this evening in the Netherlands against the introduction of the curfew. Incidents reported to #Rotterdam .#avondklokrellen"

Throughout the West we're seeing the police willingly become the enforcers of the government's tyrannical lockdown measures: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Covid By Numbers


Six people shot dead, including pregnant woman and unborn child, in Indiana 'mass murder'

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Six people, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child, were shot and killed on Sunday in an Indianapolis home in what law enforcement called a targeted attack.

Police were called to the scene around 4 a.m. on Sunday to investigate reports of one shooting victim, a juvenile male, according to the Associated Press. As officers investigated the shooting, they received additional information that led them to a home nearby, where they found five people dead.

Indiana Metropolitan Police Sgt. Shane Foley called the event a "mass murder" and a "different kind of evil."


'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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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:


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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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'.