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'Being a Trump supporter is being a bad person,' Google manager tells Project Veritas in new revelations of bias in tech giant

Social pressure from Google employees makes it impossible for anyone who supports US President Donald Trump to work there for long, a manager told the conservative undercover journalists from Project Veritas.

"If I say that tomorrow, that I'm a Trump supporter, I'd probably lose my job," the man identified as Ashwin Agrawal, head of global competitive analysis at Google Cloud, says in the video Veritas released on Wednesday.

"I think it wouldn't be direct, but indirectly it would become very, very hard for me to stay there," Agrawal added, "because you know, it's the peer pressure, it's the social pressure."

"And then, uh, you know, being a Trump supporter is being a bad person."

The admission came after Agrawal told of how YouTube and Google algorithms help them serve a constant barrage of Joe Biden ads to Democrats, precisely tailored thanks to personalized profiles they have put together. A Democrat is never given a chance to change their mind, Agrawal said. He did not say whether Republicans were being reinforced the same way, or shown Democrat ads themselves.

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CDC reports 300K more deaths than expected this year, likely due to COVID-19

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Nearly 300,000 more people have died so far this year than would be expected in a normal year, likely due to COVID-19 or the pandemic's indirect impacts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Deaths of people in the 25-44 age group was 25.6 percent higher than expected when compared to similar time periods in previous years, the highest increase for any age group, according to a report published Tuesday. Along racial and ethnic lines, Hispanic or Latino people saw the highest percentage increase in numbers of deaths compared with previous years at 54 percent.

The count of "excess deaths" — deaths that exceed the numbers from previous years — has been used throughout the pandemic to try to determine how many people have died from COVID-19.

The CDC report found that between late January to Oct. 3, the U.S. had 299,000 more deaths than the typical number during the same time period in previous years.

Only two-thirds of these deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19, potentially because people who died were not tested, or death information was incomplete or inaccurate on death certificates, the report states. Other people might have died because they avoided seeking care for other illnesses during the pandemic.

Comment: That leaves 1/3 of the deaths indirectly caused by it, i.e. lockdown measures. Also remember that almost all hospitals were instructed to count a death as 'covid' even when it wasn't. So the two-thirds cited is likely to be inflated.


UK Telegraph editor: "I'm almost starting to think this whole pandemic really is a conspiracy"

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The death toll is low, why are we marching into yet another ruinous lockdown?
I've been suspicious from the start. Back in March, when this novel virus first swept in from the East and countries across Europe started bolting their doors even before cases mounted, I remember saying to people, 'Blimey, what aren't they telling us yet?'

It was clearly killing people, but not in numbers that warranted the complete shutdown of society, I mused, as I cleared my desk and left the office for what would be - little did I know it then - seven months and counting.

We've had pandemics before during my lifetime. I cast my mind back to the 2009 swine flu outbreak. There was an initial flurry of panic; of media scaremongering, and yes, some deaths. But scientists quickly classified the foreign-imported pathogen as a new strain of flu and got to work making a vaccine. Life went on as normal.

Covid-19 was obviously proving to be a lot more virulent than swine flu, but even early on it was clear that the virus was sparing the vast majority of the population. Those I knew who caught it either suffered symptoms similar to a mild cold, or none at all. Bemused, as the Government set about building Nightingale hospitals that would hardly be used and Britain's vibrant cities turned into ghost towns, I kept thinking to myself, 'when are they going to tell us what's really going on?'

Eye 1

Iran woman arrested for 'cycling without hijab'

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An Iranian woman wears a face mask as a Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic precaution, in Iran's capital Tehran on October 19, 2020.
A young woman has been arrested in central Iran for "insulting the Islamic hijab", state media said Tuesday, after a video appeared to show her cycling without a veil.

"A person who had recently violated norms and insulted the Islamic veil in this region has been arrested," Mojataba Raei, governor of Najafabad, told IRNA news agency.

A short video shot with a mobile phone was circulated Monday on social media networks showing a bare-headed woman cycling in front of a mosque.


Thailand's PM vows to lift state of emergency, but protesters insist he must quit in 3 days

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Demonstrators line up as they march near the Government House during an anti-government protest in Bangkok.
Embattled Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has promised to lift the state of emergency in Bangkok to defuse tensions with protesters, but it wasn't enough to make demonstrators retract their demand for his swift resignation.

Prayuth appeared on TV on Wednesday, insisting that he was ready to "make the first move to de-escalate this situation" in the capital, which has seen mass protests for three months. He said that he will lift "the state of severe emergency" introduced in Bangkok last week if no violent incidents occur during the ongoing gatherings.

The protests in Thailand have been mostly peaceful, with the most heated rally taking place last Friday, during which police deployed a water cannon against the crowd.

Black Magic

Young volunteer dies during AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine trial in Brazil, investigation launched

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FILE PHOTO: An employee is seen at the Reference Center for Special Immunobiologicals (CRIE) of the Federal University of Sao Paulo (Unifesp) where the trials of the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine are conducted, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June 24, 2020. Picture taken June 24, 2020.
Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca AZN.L and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.

Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment "there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial."

Comment: Actually, vaccine trials in the US were suspended due to concerns about side effects, however trials were, for some unspecified reason, allowed to continue in South Africa... So far 8,000 of the planned 10,000 volunteers in the trial have been recruited and given the first dose in six cities in Brazil, and many have already received the second shot, he said.

A source familiar with the matter told Reuters that the trial would have been suspended if the volunteer who died had received the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting the person was part of the control group that was given a meningitis vaccine.

Comment: This is an unproven claim.

CNN Brasil reported that the volunteer was a 28-year-old man who lived in Rio de Janeiro and died from COVID-19 complications.

Comment: China has successfully passed multiple trials of their coronavirus vaccine and Russia has officially launched theirs: Also check out SOTT radio's:

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New York City parents filing class-action suit to force full reopening of public schools

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City Councilman Joe Borelli
A group of fed-up city parents is suing the city over the lack of full time schooling in the nation's largest school system.

The families, who will file the class action suit Wednesday, are stressing the damage being wrought by screen-dependent remote learning in making their demand.

Crystal Lia, 39, a parent of three, said the format is draining her family of both resources and educational value.

"My husband is a city worker," she said Wednesday. "I'm an essential employee, I run a business on Staten Island. We cannot physically teach three kids in three different grades. We cannot afford to pay our bills by staying home with three kids in three different grades."

Erin Ulitto, 34, said her special needs son is receding both academically and socially because of the lack of full time schooling.

Gold Seal

Good! Colorado man sentenced to 300+ years for human trafficking

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A 30-year-old Colorado man was just handed one of the longest sentences ever for human trafficking.

At 304 years, human trafficking and forgery ring leader Chauncey Price will spend the rest of his life and then some in prison. Douglas County District Court Judge Theresa Slade announced the sentence during a hearing Oct. 8, 10 months after Price was found guilty on 13 counts, including human trafficking for sexual servitude and criminal attempt to commit pimping of a child.

During his trial, three of his victims recounted their nightmarish ordeal at his hands, forced into having sex with strangers for money that they then had to turn over to Price. The customers were found through ads that Price and his accomplices would place online, ads that offered up women and girls for sex.

"Chauncey promised to take care of me," one of his victims said in a statement she read at the sentencing. "At first he paid for my drug habit and food and let me stay for free. But nothing is free. ... He threatened to kill my sister if I didn't work for him -- that is when he turned me out. He kept pushing me to sleep with more and more men, up to eight a day. ... I couldn't even use the bathroom without someone watching me. Once I didn't eat for three days.

Comment: Not too long ago, this creature would have been pushed off a cliff to protect the community. Prison just doesn't seem enough punishment for these types.


Instagram refuses to remove 'black art' depicting severed heads of white people citing 'differences of expression'

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Instagram has refused to remove an image depicting two black women holding the severed heads of white people, claiming that "people may express themselves differently" and that the picture doesn't violate community guidelines.

The image, produced by an artist working under the name 'sugarygarbage', was shared to a page called 'supportblackart' and shows two obese black women posing with the severed heads of a white woman and man.

Despite an ongoing crackdown on offensive content, Facebook-owned Instagram refused to remove the 'black art', claiming it didn't violate community guidelines.

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Liverpool's gyms win battle to reopen because government concedes lockdown measures were contradictory

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Liverpool's fitness community has won a hard-fought victory against the government as gyms will now reopen on Friday morning in spite of the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in place in the region.

The city was among the first in the UK to re-enter lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the north of England, however, local gym owners remained defiant throughout.

Nick Whitcombe, owner of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, defied the government's rules and remained open, prompting a visit from armed police who issued him with a £1,000 fine for breach of coronavirus restrictions, following an anonymous tip.

Comment: Imagine if the owners hadn't stood up for themselves, the government would have had no qualms about sending out more police to enforce contradictory and irrational rules that would likely bankrupt numerous business owners.

It's also worth noting that the same gym owner released a video just days before claiming to have an audio recording of environmental health officials meeting to devise a plan to "sabotage" the gyms' collective pushback, and he just so happened to have a copy and was planning on leaking it, apparently they are heard describing the situation as "embarrassing":

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