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If Listerine beats Covid-19, so does whisky! Lockdown-weary Britons mock corona-killing mouthwash study

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© REUTERS / Gary Cameron
Some common mouthwash brands can reduce viral loads in saliva, promising a new way to curb Covid-19 spread, UK scientists say. The hopeful message was met with a wave of mockery online from those apparently feeling lockdown-weary.

A preprinted Cardiff University paper published last week details researchers' findings on how well various products work to destroy viral lipid membranes. The idea is that an infected person could become at least temporarily less of a risk to others by rinsing and gargling to reduce the viral load in their saliva. Tiny droplets produced during coughing or even simply breathing is how scientists believe Covid-19 mainly proliferates.

Pushing down infection rates is crucial to stop the pandemic, and Cardiff University researchers believe that the use of mouthwash is an under-explored way of doing this. The research was done in a lab rather than on actual people. So it remains unclear if, say, Listerine Advanced, which proved to be effective in vitro, could undercut the virus, even if everybody uses it.

Arrow Up

Three more NY sheriffs say they won't enforce Cuomo's Thanksgiving limit

Cuomo
© Matthew McDermott
NY Governor Andrew Cuomo
Three more upstate New York sheriffs have announced their refusal to enforce the state's private gathering limit on Thanksgiving.

In a scathing Facebook post on Saturday, Fulton County Sheriff Richard Giardino questioned the legality of Gov. Cuomo's newly instituted 10-person cap on parties and other gatherings in private residences.

"Frankly, I am not sure it could sustain a Constitutional challenge in Court for several reasons including your house is your castle," the sheriff wrote in the Saturday post. "And as a Sheriff with a law degree I couldn't in good faith attempt to defend it Court, so I won't," he said.

Giardino noted his office, with limited resources, has scant legal options to enter private homes other than search warrants, invitations or under an "emergency circumstance."

"We have limited resources and we have to set priorities, so obtaining a Search Warrant to enter your home to see how many Turkey or Tofu eaters are present is not a priority," Giardino wrote.

Washington County Sheriff Jeff Murphy said there will be no Thanksgiving enforcement, and on Monday Saratoga County Michael Zurlo also threw cold water on the state order.

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Yellow Vest

Dutch farmers stage another tractor protest over government's climate change policy

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© Phil nijhuis / ANP / AFP
The farmers action group 'Farmers Defense Force' (FDF) protesting on Tuesday.
At least two people have been arrested during a major motorized protest by Dutch farmers in The Hague against the government's policies to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions as part of its climate-change initiatives.

Hundreds of tractors, trucks and support vehicles from the Farmers Defence Force descended on the administrative capital on Tuesday, clogging the city's roads and bringing traffic to a near standstill.

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Laptop

Twitter's new 'fleets' will disappear after 24 hours

Twitter
© Lionel Bonaventure
Twitter said Tuesday it was rolling out tweets which disappear after 24 hours, joining rival social platforms in offering ephemeral messages.

The new "fleets" which had been tested in several countries in recent months are "for sharing momentary thoughts" and aim to bring in users who want to avoid having their comments become permanent fixtures, according to a Twitter blog post.

"Those new to Twitter found fleets to be an easier way to share what's on their mind," said product manager Sam Haveson and design director Joshua Harris in the blog post.

"Because they disappear from view after a day, fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings."

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US military buying location data harvested from popular Muslim apps

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© Facebook/Muslim Pro
Muslim Pro touts itself as the "Most Popular Muslim App!" and also includes passages and audio readings from the Quran
The US military has purchased the location data of millions of Muslims from around the world who use a popular prayer app and a Muslim dating app, Vice's Motherboard reported.

The technology website reported on Monday that the US military used two separate methods to obtain the location data of users. The first involved a product called Locate X.

According to Motherboard, US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), a branch of the military tasked with counterterrorism, counterinsurgency and special reconnaissance, bought access to Locate X to assist on overseas special forces operations.

Bizarro Earth

Israeli medic fired after CCTV caught him spitting on Jesus & Virgin Mary portrait

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The incident took place on Sunday, when the medic was visiting a block whose residents are all Christian, local media reports say.

An Israeli ambulance worker was fired after he was caught on camera spitting on portraits of Jesus while visiting a Christian home in Tel Aviv to carry out a coronavirus test.

Security camera footage showed the medic removing his mask and spitting on three pictures in a hallway in the house.

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USA

MSM tune in 2016: Of course elections are 'rigged'

Voter Fraud
There aren't too many issues that trigger as much instant anger as the question of voter fraud in America. Of course, presidential candidate Donald Trump has made the issue even more controversial with his recent claims that the election may be "rigged" to go along with the more traditional argument that the voter registration rolls are seriously inaccurate and ripe for abuse.

The basic divide in the nation can be summed up this way: Most Republicans and conservatives believe voter fraud is a serious problem or at least a serious potential problem that needs to be combated with voter I.D. laws. Most Democrats and liberals refuse to believe voter fraud is a problem and think voter I.D. laws are really just racist voter suppression schemes. These two beliefs seem oceans apart, and it doesn't look like there's any chance of reconciling them anytime soon. But there's no need to be so pessimistic as long as we can agree to a broader definition of what vote fraud and chicanery really is, and follow a little common sense.

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Eye 1

Twitter starts week repeatedly dinging Trump's claims regarding re-election

Trump Twitter
© The White House/Joyce N. Boghosian/Twitter
Twitter again labeled multiple from President Donald Trump as misinformation on Monday as he continues to fight the results of the 2020 election.

Trump wrote twice Monday morning — once just after midnight, and a second time shortly after 9:00 am EST — that he "won the election." Both messages earned cautionary disclaimers from Twitter.

Comment: The arrogance of the Social Media giants could very well come back to bite them, simply from the strength conservatives have gained in both houses of Congress. Should Trump prove successful in proving election cheating and retake the office, they should be very concerned. The Section 230 protections that have shielded them will be rescinded.


Pirates

Another Trump attorney harassed as election challenges move through courts

Philadelphia attorney Linda Kerns
Days after a law firm representing the Trump campaign withdrew from the case following a pressure campaign from the anti-Trump Lincoln Project to 'cancel' them, another Trump attorney says she's being harassed for her involvement in the case.

Philadelphia attorney Linda Kerns said in a late Sunday court filing that an attorney with law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Washington left her a one-minute voice mail that "falls afoul of the standards of professional conduct." Of note, Kirkland & Ellis represents PA Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a defendant in the case.

"Since this case was filed, undersigned counsel has been subjected to continuous harassment in the form of abuse e-mails, phone calls, physical and economic threats, and even accusations of treason - all for representing the President of the United States' campaign..." wrote Kerns in her filing.

On November 14, 2020 at 8:43 a.m., an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis left a one-minute voicemail for undersigned counsel. The voicemail ... speaks for itself and by any measure falls afoul of standards of professional conduct."

Comment: The wide-ranging thuggery on display by never-Trumpers is remarkable for its scope, its vehemence and its criminality; its as though the 'insane switch' has been flipped in every strata of that portion of the population. And it only seems to be getting worse.


Stock Up

'It's unrecognizable': Booming Crimea better off in Russia as Moscow pours in cash, says ally of Ukrainian President Zelensky

Elizaveta Bogutskaya
© REUTERS/Alexey Pavlishak; inset itd.rada.gov.ua
A Ukrainian lawmaker from President Volodymyr Zelensky's own ruling party has raised eyebrows in Kiev after arguing that her native Crimean Peninsula has changed for the better since returning to Moscow's control in 2014.

Elizaveta Bogutskaya, a member of the Ukrainian parliament for the governing 'Servant of the People', made the explosive claims as part of an interview with a TV news station. "A lot of people are satisfied and happy", she said of those living in the region, many of whom had been Ukrainian citizens before Crimea voted to join Russia in 2014.

"Compared to here on the mainland... people are not as politically oriented as we are. For them, life is just about living. It's about buying food, going to work, and they don't care [about the political situation]."