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Dutch ministers seek to simplify procedure to CHANGE GENDER on birth certificate, so that even a CHILD can do it

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Two Dutch ministers have submitted an amendment to parliament that would scrap the age limit and expert statement, to simplify changing gender on birth certificates, following pressure from transgender groups.


Comment: So a child could 'change' their gender, but can't smoke, drink, drive, vote or get a loan?


The legislative amendment to the Transgender Act was submitted by the legal protection minister and emancipation minister to the Lower House of Parliament. "Persons whose gender identity does not correspond to the sex determined at birth can, under certain conditions, change their gender in the birth certificate," a release published on the website of the Dutch government says.

According to the statement, more people want to change their gender registration, with the numbers rising from 460 in 2016 to 640 in 2018. The amendment was put forward in order "to do justice to the emancipation of transgender people."


Comment: This could be a sign of rising social contagion, and is not something the government necessarily want to help facilitate. Further, why would the government want to radically changing definitions and (at least attempt to) subvert science in order to cater to a vanishingly small number of disordered people?


Comment: It's telling that governments throughout the Western world are maneuvering society in a similar direction, and all without any democratic mandate:


Bizarro Earth

Mom's comment may have led to New Jersey man's Capitol breach arrest

Robert Lee Petrosh

The FBI on Thursday said Robert Lee Petrosh was seen in photos inside the Capitol building on Jan. 6.
A comment by a New Jersey man's mother may have led to his arrest for allegedly participating in the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol.

Robert Lee Petrosh of Mays Landing is charged with disorderly conduct in a restricted building and other offenses. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday says the FBI received an online tip that Petrosh had been in the Capitol building that day.

A few days after the online tip was shared, someone called the FBI to report that Petrosh has entered the Capitol on Jan. 6. The caller stated that their grandmother was 'good friends' with Petrosh's mother, and that Petrosh's mother had told their grandmother that he went inside the Capitol on that day.

Bulb

City of Atlanta reinstates police officer fired last summer after shooting Rayshard Brooks

Garrett Rolfe
© Screenshot: Atlanta Police Department Video
The City of Atlanta's Civil Service Board announced on Tuesday morning that it has reinstated police officer Garrett Rolfe, who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last summer, because the city failed to give Rolfe his right to due process.

The board released its decision Wednesday, writing:
Due to the City's failure to comply with several provisions of the Code and the information received during witnesses' testimony, the Board concludes the Appellant was not afforded his right to due process. Therefore, the Board GRANTS the Appeal of Garrett Rolfe and revokes his dismissal as an employee of the APD.
Rolfe shot and killed Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia, last June after Brooks attacked Rolfe and another police officer who were attempting to take him into custody.

Bulb

Milley drops objection to change in military's sexual assault policy

General Mark Milley
© Greg Nash
The top U.S. general is dropping his objection to a proposal to take decisions on whether to prosecute sexual assault out of the chain of command.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley did not endorse the recommendation made by an independent review panel to remove such decisions from commanders, but is open to considering it, according to an interview he gave to The Associated Press and CNN.

"I was adamantly opposed to that for years," Milley said in a Sunday interview. "But I haven't seen the needle move."

"We've been at it for years, and we haven't effectively moved the needle," he said. "We have to. We must."

The stance marks a major shift for Milley, who is the most senior uniformed official to comment on the proposed move and is the top military adviser to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and President Biden, who have both pledged to quell the persistent problem of sexual assault in the ranks.

Syringe

Canadian woman dies of complications after receiving AstraZeneca vaccine; chief medical officer confirms death linked to jab

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© Reuters/Dado Ruvic
A woman in her 50s has died of complications after receiving the vaccine, developed by AstraZeneca, against coronavirus (COVID-19) in Canada's Alberta province. In a statement, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer Dr Deena Hinshaw today said the death was confirmed to be linked to "vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT)".
"As chief medical officer of health, I am sad to report that tonight we have confirmed the death of an Alberta woman in her 50's from VITT following vaccination from the AstraZeneca vaccine."
She did not reveal more details about the deceased for confidentiality reasons. She also tried to ally fears surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine.
"While any death is tragic, it is important to remember that the risks of dying or suffering other severe outcomes from COVID-19 remain far greater than the risk following AstraZeneca vaccine."
This is the only related death out of 253,000 AstraZeneca doses administered in Alberta to date.
"Albertans 50 to 59 who are diagnosed with COVID-19 are 350 times more likely to die from that infection than to experience VITT after an AstraZeneca vaccine. They are also at least 1,500 times more likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than experiencing VITT after getting AstraZeneca."

Comment: Statistics to sway the wary are irrelevant to the victims.


Footprints

Increasing number of vulnerable House Dems signal this will be their last term

Capitol dome
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House Exodus
Despite predictions that the Democratic Party would expand its majority in the House of Representatives in November's election, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) saw her caucus shrink. In subsequent months, a series of resignation announcements and rumors have made her razor-thin political advantage even more precarious.

As Breitbart reported this week, a number of elected Democrats representing swing districts have already signaled that they will not be on the ballot in next year's midterm elections.

Among them is Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), who currently represents her state's 17th district. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, she eked out a narrow victory last year while Donald Trump narrowly beat Joe Biden in the presidential race.

In a statement confirming her intentions, she affirmed: "As I turn every corner on each decade of life, I take time to reflect and evaluate what my next chapter might bring." Noting that she first ran for Congress 10 years ago, Bustos revealed that she "will not seek reelection after completing this term."

Clipboard

Over half of people in democracies feel freedoms overly curbed in COVID crisis, survey says

Mask protesters
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Mask protesters in Tucson, Arizona
Fifty-eight percent of people living in the world's democracies are satisfied with the response of their government to the COVID-19 pandemic though over half believe their freedoms have been overly restricted, a survey published on Wednesday found.

The survey of over 50,000 people from 53 countries also found that a little more than half feel their nation is democratic but many view economic inequality and the power of big tech companies as threats to democracy.

Though the majority of respondents approve of how their governments had responded to the pandemic, 53 percent feel their personal freedoms have been excessively curbed by lockdowns, according to the survey.

"We now need to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic by delivering more democracy and freedom to people," said Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Chair of the Alliance of Democracies Foundation, which along with AI-powered brand tracking firm Latana conducted the survey.

Some 64% of those questioned regarded economic inequality as the single biggest threat to democracy around the world. Respondents in the United States were most concerned with Big Tech companies' impact on democracy.

Almost half of those surveyed globally worried about the United States threatening their democracy, while 38% feared Chinese influence and some 27% were wary of that of Russia.

Comment: The Democracy Perception Index (DPI) survey revealed:
Public approval had actually grown in some countries, including Russia and Chile. Both nations have rolled out mass vaccination campaigns, Russia using its own Sputnik V, and Chile China's CoronaVac, manufactured by Sinovac.

According to the report, the least satisfied countries were Italy, France, and Poland. Dissatisfaction is also on the rise in Latin America.
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© Latana.com
The Democracy Perception Index
The survey also examined people's opinions of Covid-19 restrictions and discovered that many felt their government was increasingly limiting their basic freedoms. According to the findings, this year, 53% of people around the world reported feeling state intervention had gone too far, while, last year, this figure stood at 45%. The report points out that concern at the restrictions had increased most in Europe, especially in Hungary, France, and Ireland, although it was still higher overall in less democratic countries (60%).

The DPI is the world's largest annual study on democracy, being representative of more than 75% of the world's population. This year's online survey polled more than 53,000 individuals in 53 countries between February 24 and April 14.
And this from a Gallup Poll, published May 5, 2021, shows enthusiasm for vaccines is on the wane:
A greater percentage of Americans are now more worried about declining demand for COVID-19 vaccines than they are about the availability of doses.

The survey found that with more than half of U.S. adults now having had at least one shot, about 55 percent are worried about members of their local community refusing to get vaccinated.

Democrats included in the survey expressed much more concern than Republicans, with roughly 4 in 5 Democrats and 78 percent of those worried about contracting COVID-19 saying they were worried about people in their area not being vaccinated.

Comparatively, only 23 percent of Republicans and 45 percent of those who said they were not worried about being infected said they were concerned about vaccine demand.

CVS Health on Tuesday said that the demand for vaccines at its locations across the U.S. has dropped by nearly a third in recent days.

A CBS News analysis released Monday found that as the pace of vaccinations slows across the country, at least 22 states are not requesting their full inoculation allotments.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki addressed the slowing vaccination rate last month, adding that the Biden administration was working to address the issue of supply outpacing demand.

Gallup's Wednesday poll, conducted April 19-25, surveyed 3,731 U.S. adults and reported a margin of error of 2 percentage points.



Heart - Black

Asian teen called racial slur, assaulted, suffers concussion during youth basketball game in California

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© Andy Ngo/Twitter
Screen shot of the assault on an Asian teen at a basketball tournament in Oakland, CA.
A California teen is recovering from a concussion after he was punched and called anti-Asian slurs by opposing players during a youth basketball game.

The teenager, who has not been identified, participated in a youth basketball tournament in San Francisco when he was punched in the face and called racial slurs by two opposing players. The two players who are also not identified are members of the San Francisco Generals basketball team, a summer basketball program in the San Francisco region.

Comment: KPIX further reported:
After several frustrated parents confronted the tournament director, they agreed the player who threw the punch would be banned for Sunday's game but Olivia said the player who initially pushed Evan was not pulled from play.

"We pay a lot of money, a lot of families pay a lot of money for this AAU," Lennie said.

"It just makes parents not want to pay all this money to put their kids in danger if they're not going to be protected and be safe," said Olivia. "That's sad, because they love basketball."

Evan's parents say they plan to file a report with Oakland police.

A representative with the Amateur Athletic Union or AAU told KPIX 5 Monday the San Francisco Generals are not affiliated with the organization. The representative also said AAU did not host Saturday's tournament, and therefore has no jurisdiction over disciplining the players involved. The confirmation came after the San Francisco Generals posted on their now-deleted Instagram page that they were part of the AAU.

Grassroots 365 posted a statement on its Instagram account and on the organization's website, saying, "We are sickened by the senseless and deplorable actions of individual players on the court this past weekend in Oakland. We have taken swift action to address the individuals involved and will continue to diligently and comprehensively investigate the incident that took place."



Black Cat

Woman claiming to be a teacher stopped by LA deputy for driving while using her cell phone - repeatedly calls him 'murderer,' 'racist'

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© Mintaha Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
A woman who claimed she was a teacher, driving a white Mercedes-Benz, got stopped by a Latino Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Deputy for using her cell phone while she was driving, then launched into a tirade in which she repeatedly accused him of being a "murderer," then concluded, "Mexican racist. You're always gonna be a Mexican. You'll never be white, you know that, right?"

The exchange, caught on video by the deputy's bodycam, went like this as the deputy reached her car:

Comment: Faced with daily abuse like this, is it any wonder police departments around the country are losing personnel at an unprecedented rate? And if they aren't outright leaving their careers, they are moving to areas where their work is respected.


Cult

Some experts (?) now project reaching Covid 'herd immunity' unlikely in U.S

france vaccine center
© Reuters / Eric Gaillard
The United States will not reach so-called "herd immunity" from COVID-19 as new variants emerge and a large percentage of the population so far does not want to get a vaccinate, according to some scientists.

Herd immunity is achieved when enough of the population has received a vaccine or has become immune after contracting the virus, weakening it and not allow it to further spread.

Another factor is that some countries will continue to struggle with outbreaks.

Comment: Of course "experts" can say pretty much whatever pushes the party line when the WHO changes their definitions as needed. Pandemics and plagues come and go as the human immune system adapts to new organisms. It has done so for millennia. Why should it be any different this time around, with a relatively mild virus that is only dangerous to the already immune compromised? A call-back to the last round of vaccination lunacy:

Exposure to Earlier Flu Viruses Provides Many with Natural Immunity to H1N1, Scientists Find