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Hypocritical California Gov. Newsom appears to post TikTok inside restaurant, denies eating there

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared indoors at a restaurant in a county where indoor dining is not allowed, but the governor's office has said he did not dine at the restaurant.

He was there to meet with the restaurant's owners, who received a relief grant, Newsom spokesperson Daniel Lopez told Fox News.

Newsom posted a video to his TikTok account with celebrity George Lopez talking about where to look for coronavirus vaccine eligibility. Newsom and Lopez were in Fresno, Calif., and are inside Los Amigos restaurant.

Snakes in Suits

Second Cuomo aide accuses governor of sexual harassment

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A second former aide of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has accused the veteran politician of sexual harassment, with a bombshell New York Times account revealing a fresh set of allegations against the Democratic executive, ones that Cuomo himself has not fully denied.

Charlotte Bennett, a former executive assistant and health policy adviser for the Cuomo administration, told the newspaper that Cuomo had "asked her numerous questions about her personal life, including whether she thought age made a difference in romantic relationships, and had said that he was open to relationships with women in their 20s."

Bennett claimed that Cuomo had at one point also asked her "whether she was having sex with other people" in recent relationships, and had claimed to feel lonely after a recent split with his girlfriend.

Comment: As Donald Trump Jr. pointed out, Andrew Cuomo should be held to the standards that he has held other to:

Biden's press secretary, Jen Psaki, said that POTUS supports an independent investigation into the allegations against Cuomo. Now that there's enough pressure on Cuomo to force him to act, he has called for an "outside review" of the sexual harassment claims. He wants the NY AG and chief appellate judge to pick an independent counsel to conduct the investigation.

Bad Guys

Shocking video shows Asian woman dragged by car in Oakland purse theft

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A woman in Oakland's Chinatown was dragged by a car down a street on Feb. 24, 2021, after her purse was stolen in an incident captured in surveillance video
A woman visiting Oakland's Chinatown Wednesday was dragged by a car down a street when a thief allegedly stole her purse, according to surveillance video circulated widely online.

The victim's husband told KPIX his wife was wearing the purse crossed around her neck and shoulder and she was pulled 150 feet by the suspect's car.

"She's very scared and shaken up," the victim's husband, who did not want to be identified, told KPIX. The couple had driven from out of town to go to Oakland Beauty Supply.

The store's surveillance cameras captured the video showing the woman being pulled on her stomach across the pavement.

Comment: The increased attacks on Asian Americans is not going unnoticed, as hundreds of people staged a rally in lower Manhattan
to protest attacks on Asian Americans. The rally was near the site of an attack against an Asian man who was stabbed in the stomach.

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© Daniel William McKnight for NY Post

Eye 2

UK: Covid vaccination may be required before EVERY foreign holiday

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Oxford team believes vaccine passports system is 'feasible' but should not be introduced yet because of a lack of uniform standards
A coronavirus vaccination may be required before every foreign holiday under an international system of vaccine passports, experts have said.

The Oxford University team behind a new report believe uncertainty over how long vaccines confer immunity and how well they stand up against new Covid variants could prompt countries to demand proof of a recent vaccination for overseas travellers.

Comment: Why are they formulating policy based on experimental vaccines that needed emergency legislation because they have not been proven to be safe nor effective?

They believe that, overall, a system of vaccine passports is "feasible" but that a lack of uniform international standards means one should not yet be introduced.

Comment: Clearly that's not the only hurdle.

Comment: It appears to be part of an attempt to coerce people into getting a vaccine they don't want, knowing that people do want to go on holiday aboard. And it seems to be working; well known news columnist Christopher Hitchens who has been very vocal in his criticism of lockdowns and the Owellian threat of vaccine IDs recently admitted he had preemptively, if begrudgingly, received his first dose because he sorely wanted to visit family living abroad:

Eye 1

'Without parallel in democratic world': Israel slammed by watchdog over total border closure amidst lockdown

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Rare passengers at Ben Gurion international airport near Tal Aviv during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Israel is the only democracy in the world to prohibit its citizens from returning home during the pandemic, the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI) said, urging authorities to relax an entry ban that, it says, violates human rights.

All entry points into Israel by land, sea and air remain shut tight since January 25 as part of the Benjamin Netanyahu government's measures to prevent the new coronavirus variants from getting into the country. No one may come or go, except the few who have received a special permission from the Exceptions Committee.

The harsh restrictions that resulted in thousands of Israelis being stranded abroad are "extremely problematic from a constitutional perspective and are without parallel in the democratic world," IDI experts said, in a paper submitted to Israel's Deputy Attorney General, Raz Nizri, on Sunday.

Australia, France, Germany, UK, Russia, the US and other nations have tried different approaches in tackling the virus, but all of them have allowed their citizens to return, the institute pointed out.

Comment: For now they have...

Comment: See also: UK, US & Singapore push for vaccine passports and yearly Covid-19 vaccinations

No Entry

Germany cracks down: 20 arrested in raid on banned Salafist group, 8 arrested in raid on far right group

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Hundreds of police were part of the dawn raids in Moabit and other Berlin neighborhoods
Authorities in the German capital have announced a ban on the radical Islamist group Jama'atu Berlin following a series of dawn raids.

Berlin's Senate has announced on Twitter that it has banned the "jihadist-Salafist association Jama'atu Berlin," also known as Tauhid Berlin.

The tweet Thursday said police in Berlin and Brandenburg had carried out early-morning searches of properties belonging to the group's members.

Comment: A day later Reuters reports that German security forces raided a far right group:
Hundreds of police in Germany carried out dawn raids on 27 homes and business premises on Friday, including a lawyer's office, in an operation targeting members of far right groups suspected of drugs and weapons trafficking, public broadcaster MDR said.

Prosecutors told the broadcaster that eight people, aged from 24 to 55, had so far been arrested in the raids which were carried out by 500 police officers. The suspects were members of the neo-Nazi groups Turonen and Garde 20, MDR said.

Authorities said the two gangs have for years been kingpins in the drugs trade in the eastern state of Thuringia, running a network that distributed crystal meth and weapons.

The offices of a lawyer in the central state of Hesse were also raided.

MDR said that its own investigations had revealed that the raids were the result of two years of tapping and bugging operations by security services.

The Turonen and Garde 20 are recognisable by their wearing of black clothes with far right nationalist insignia on them. They have become major players in the promotion of far right heavy metal concerts, at which neo-Nazi bands from Germany and other countries perform.
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Michigan Republicans call for investigation into Gov. Whitmer over Coronavirus nursing home deaths

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Republican state legislators are calling for an investigation into Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over coronavirus deaths at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

The legislatures have sent a formal letter to U.S. Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel requesting an investigation.

Fox News reports that State Sen. Jim Runestad spearheaded the letters, which were signed by seven other Republican state senators.
"Gov. Whitmer's regional hub policy placed patients with and without COVID-19 in the same facilities and may have exacerbated the death toll in those facilities. Questions remain regarding the accuracy of data, compliance with CDC guidelines and compliance with our state's Freedom of Information Act. There is a critical need for a full investigation into these matters."
The senators also pointed to "discrepancies" in cases and death data "in the state's long-term care facilities." The letter continued:

Comment: See also:

DOJ asks for COVID-19 data from Gov. Whitmer in response to nursing homes

Eye 1

Judge 'disturbed' to learn Google tracks 'incognito' users, demands answers

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A US District Judge in San Jose, California says she was "disturbed" over Google's data collection practices, after learning that the company still collects and uses data from users in its Chrome browser's so-called 'incognito' mode - and has demanded an explanation "about what exactly Google does," according to Bloomberg.

In a class-action lawsuit that describes the company's private browsing claims as a "ruse" - and "seeks $5,000 in damages for each of the millions of people whose privacy has been compromised since June of 2016," US District Judge Lucy Koh said she finds it "unusual" that the company would make the "extra effort" to gather user data if it doesn't actually use the information for targeted advertising or to build user profiles.

Comment: Breaking the law or is just 'deeply misunderstood', Google manages to get what it wants and then holds leverage.


At CPAC, Hawley tells crowd: 'You're not gonna back down, you're not going anywhere'

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Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri)
Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley on Friday urged the attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference to refuse to yield ground in the face of liberal pressure, citing his own experience in that regard and telling the crowd: "You're not gonna back down."

To wild applause, Hawley told the crowd that 'radical left and their corporate allies' have tried to
"cancel me, censor me, expel me, shut me down, stop me from representing the people of Missouri, [and] stop me from representing you. I'm here today, I'm not going anywhere, and I'm not backing down. And neither are you, am I right? You're not gonna back down. You're not going anywhere."
Hawley argued that the country is "facing an unprecedented alliance of radical liberals and the biggest, most powerful corporations in the history of the world." He cited Google, Facebook and Twitter, companies that have lately made major moves to censor conservative voices on their platforms.


Judge approves $650M Facebook privacy lawsuit settlement

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A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.

U.S. District Judge James Donato approved the deal in a class-action lawsuit that was filed in Illinois in 2015. Nearly 1.6 million Facebook users in Illinois who submitted claims will be affected.

Donato called it one of the largest settlements ever for a privacy violation.

"It will put at least $345 into the hands of every class member interested in being compensated," he wrote, calling it "a major win for consumers in the hotly contested area of digital privacy."

Jay Edelson, a Chicago attorney who filed the lawsuit, told the Chicago Tribune that the checks could be in the mail within two months unless the ruling is appealed.

"We are pleased to have reached a settlement so we can move past this matter, which is in the best interest of our community and our shareholders," Facebook, which is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, said in a statement.

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