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Inquiry launched into European Commission chief's refusal to hand over text messages she exchanged with Pfizer CEO

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits a Pfizer vaccine production plant in Puurs, Belgium, April 2021.
The European Ombudsman has demanded that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explain how she lost text messages that she exchanged with the CEO of Pfizer during talks about vaccine procurement.

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the EU's top accountability and governance officer, launched an inquiry into the European Commission's refusal to hand over the contents of communications between von der Leyen and a CEO of an unnamed pharmaceutical company about a Covid-19 vaccine contract.

As a first step, O'Reilly asked the Commission to explain its policy on keeping records of von der Leyen's text messages.
"The Commission has an obligation to record instant messages relating to important policy or political matters, such as the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines," O'Reilly's office wrote in a statement about the case.

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Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters after failing to suppress dissent with overwhelming force, threat of arrests

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Victorian Police have closed ranks on protesters which descended in their hundreds on the inner-city suburb of Richmond to protest the state's draconian lockdown.

The rally started at 12pm after a crowd gathered at Richmond town hall which is located a few blocks down from the local police station.

Crowds chanted "no more lockdown" and "sack Dan Andrews" as police formed a line at the intersection of Church Street and Bridge Road. Law enforcement responded quickly, blocking traffic and making multiple arrests before reportedly using pepper spray to disperse crowds.

The demonstrations later became violent with protesters tackled to the ground by officers and heated scenes between between the two sides with capsicum spray used by police to keep protesters at bay.

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Virginia teacher: Teaching students to follow directions is white supremacy

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A Virginia high school English teacher created a firestorm after posting a now-deleted Tik-Tok video in which he attacked teaching children rudimentary behavior skills as "white supremacy."

A Twitter user, however, posted Josh Thompson's video to Libs of Tik Tok on Monday.

Comment: This ideological framework can be poison to young minds that are still developing, teaching kids to judge all and everything in terms of race. It's no wonder many parents are up in arms over these teachers who are being exposed.

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Apple & Google delete Navalny's 'Smart Voting' app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of 'election interference'

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A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020.
An online tactical voting initiative backed by jailed campaigner Alexey Navalny has been removed from app stores on the eve of Russia's parliamentary elections, after Moscow hit out at tech firms it says were circumventing a ban.

The opposition figure's team confirmed on Friday that the 'Smart Voting' platform had been taken down from both Apple's AppStore and Google Play services after the country's media regulator, Roskomnadzor, called on the American tech firms to implement a government-ordered block. Officials had previously threatened the US firms with hefty fines if they refused to implement the change, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial penalties imposed for previous breaches.

The news comes just one day after the Interim Commission for the Protection of Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in Internal Affairs on Russia's Federation Council met to discuss the issue. Andrey Klimov, its chairman, said that both Apple and Google were engaged in "illegal" activity during the election period by supporting "the dissemination of information and materials during the campaign." Officials have accused the companies of undermining the bans on the app by hosting it on their networks and hit out at other firms providing VPNs that allow users to circumvent blocks.

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Questions remain over China's education reforms

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Questions Linger on New Education Rules A new policy issued back in July governing China's multi-billion dollar tutoring industry was ostensibly meant to reduce pressures on parents and kids. Here's a quick look at some of the questions and concerns about the policy and its impact as glimpsed through the Chinese media.
Back in July, new rules governing China's multi-billion dollar tutoring industry, issued by the General Office of the State Council, came as a shock to many Chinese. While the rules were introduced with the goal of reducing the burden on children and families exhausted by the financial cost and psychic burden of hyper-competitiveness in education, they prompted widespread skepticism about their effectiveness.

Parents and experts noted, among other concerns, that the policy would do little to mediate pressures if more was not done to address unequal distribution of state education resources. And the policy, many complained, primarily impacted more financially strained families, those they were ostensibly crafted to assist, while having little effect on wealthy Chinese who could afford other avenues to fast-track their kids for success - including hiring in-home help and sending their children abroad.

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Israeli researchers can confirm only 12 days of protection from COVID-19 virus with booster shot

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Israeli researchers have only been able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 booster shot provides a proven 12 days of protection from the virus after being administered to people aged 60 or above.

However, the vaxx pushers and their captive propagandists in the media are spinning these findings as proof of vaccine efficacy.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the third Pfizer vaccine provides a ten-times boost of the immunity within individuals against individuals who have received only two vaccine shots. These findings, of course, presume that there was any real immunity boost given from the vaccines to begin with.

Thus far, nearly three million Israelis have received the third booster shot. Israel has emerged as the world leader in vaccine compliance, and their COVID-19 case totals keep shattering records as more Israelis line up to comply.

Comment: Diminishing returns or reality check?

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Biden's border crisis rages on; TV news airtime down 94%

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The Border Line...Thousands daily wait for a broken system to accommodate a volume it is incapable handling.
The crisis along the U.S. southern border is still terrible, and the liberal news media still don't care. According to the latest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security, there were 208,887 encounters along the southern border, only a slight decrease from a revised 213,534 reported in July, a 21-year record.

Yet broadcast evening news coverage in August was virtually nil: Just 6 minutes, 28 seconds on the Big Three during the entire month, including weekends. That's four minutes, 12 seconds on the NBC Nightly News; two minutes and 16 seconds on the CBS Evening News, and nothing — zero minutes and zero seconds — on ABC's World News Tonight in August.

This is barely unchanged from July, when those same newscasts spent just four minutes, 20 seconds on the border crisis, despite the worsening numbers.

Compared to March 2021, when even the liberal media were treating the influx of illegal immigrants as a crisis, evening news coverage has dropped 94 percent, while the actual number of border encounters has risen by more than 20 percent.
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Comment: Despite the warnings, the complications, the travesties and implications for US residents, the downturned economy and a suffering job outlook, the Biden border crisis continues numbly on, virtually unabated:

Epoch Times reporter Charlotte Cuthbertson shared similar footage on Thursday morning:

See also: Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues


Los Angeles County to roll out new vaccine mandate

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer will draft an ordinance that could soon mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into most of the city's indoor spaces.
Los Angeles County is set to put forward a new health order this week mandating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for several situations and events.

As reported by Fox 11 Los Angeles:
"Los Angeles County is planning on issuing a new health officer order later this week that will require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. The order will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events, including Dodgers, Rams and Chargers games, County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday."
The order will also mandate that customers and workers at the indoor nightlife businesses have received at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7th, and their second shot by November 4th.

Comment: The LA resident push back against Newsom and the Covid protocols have defined a divide in public tolerance and awareness. Where it will go from here depends (once again) upon those jockeying for complete submission and control. Without consideration and nuance, California, a state in trouble on many counts, will further polarize and disintegrate.

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Censorship: Amazon blocking ad for book investigating Black Lives Matter

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A building burns on Aug. 24, 2020, during a riot following the police shooting of a black man who resisted arrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"I wrote this book because most of the press refused to cover the important questions about the people and organizations behind Black Lives Matter," author Mike Gonzalez says. "Now Amazon is trying to limit how many Americans read this book."

Amazon this week blocked an advertisement for a new book on Black Lives Matter leaders, claiming content that "revolves around controversial or highly debated social topics is not permitted."

BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution is the latest book by Mike Gonzalez, a former journalist who is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal.

The Heritage Foundation, which attempted to buy the ad for Gonzalez's book, said Wednesday that Amazon, the nation's largest retailer, had blocked the ad from its website.


The rise of Maxime Bernier and the PPC's 'Purple Wave' in Canada

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'Mad Max' as he's becoming known as, is leading the charge when it comes to speaking out against the tyrannical measures that the lockdowns have brought into Canada
As the federal election campaign heads into its last lap, the People's Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, has been moving up in the polls. According to the latest Nanos numbers, PPC support has more than doubled during the campaign and sits at 5.0 per cent, while Bernier's support for preferred prime minister is at 5.5 per cent.

Yet, Bernier was not invited to any of the three leaders debates. By contrast, Green Party leader Annamie Paul was invited to the two official debates on September 8 and 9. As a technical matter, given the criteria set by the Leaders Debate Commission, the Greens qualified while the PPC did not. It is worth noting that the Greens sit at 4.2 per cent in the Nanos poll, with Paul polling lowest among all of the major party leaders at 1.7 per cent as preferred prime minister.

Comment: A surprisingly fair and balanced opinion piece on Maxine Bernier and the Peoples Party of Canada. As the only party who is against the mask mandates, lockdowns and vaccine passports, they are being demonized in the media or ignored - as you can see in the picture below - despite currently being tied for 4th in recent polls, ahead of the Green Party and even the Bloq Quebecois (the two candidates to your right) depending on which poll you are going by.

Maxine Bernier?