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Federal judge blocks Obamacare mandate that compels doctors to perform gender reassignment surgery

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
A federal court in North Dakota has made a ruling that will shield some doctors from penalty, should they refuse to perform gender transition surgery on the grounds of religious beliefs.

The decision, issued Tuesday by North Dakota District Court Chief Judge Peter Welte, granted a request to prevent the Department of Health and Human Services and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from enforcing an Obamacare mandate that requires health care providers to perform gender-reassignment surgeries and services.

In 2016, HHS clarified Section 1557 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, which prohibited several forms of discrimination in health care including on the basis of sex. At the time, this meant that insurers and third-party administrators could not create or administer plans with gender-transition exclusions.

Also at the time, the HHS rule did not take into account an exemption for religious grounds. The agency argued, "a blanket religious exemption could result in a denial or delay in the provision of health care to individuals and in discouraging individuals from seeking necessary care."

Religious exemptions would, instead, be considered on a case-by-case basis under the 1993 Religious Freedom Restoration Act.


First they came for MAGA... Twitter now suspending popular Antifa accounts

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Twitter has suspended several popular Antifa accounts with more than 71,000 followers combined following Inauguration Day riots.

At least four accounts tied with the militant group have been yanked offline — @JewishWorker, @RevAbolition, @RevAbolitionNYC and @TheBaseBK, the account for the anarchist center in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Archived web pages of the accounts show they shared more than 71,000 followers and dated as far back as 2012.

Their pages now read "Account suspended" for violating Twitter rules.

Antifa Sacramento railed against The Base's suspension on its own Twitter.

"Our comrades w The Base (@TheBasebk), an anarchist social center in Brooklyn, NY of 9 years now took this Twitter thing seriously. Reaching a platform of 17k followers they pushed a very specific line where politics were never blurred. Today, Twitter took their account down, and now theres a void," the group tweeted Thursday.

Comment: Even the naively and innocently Woke won't be safe eventually. Pseudo-reality revolutions always eat their own.


Islamic State claims deadly and rare twin blasts in Baghdad

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The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a rare suicide attack that rocked central Baghdad, killing 32 people and wounding dozens.

The bombing targeted "apostate Shiites," the group said in a statement on an IS-affiliated website late Thursday.

At least 32 people were killed and over 100 people wounded in the blasts on Thursday. Some were in severe condition. According to officials, the first suicide bomber cried out loudly that he was ill in the middle of the bustling market, prompting a crowd to gather around him — and that's when he detonated his explosive belt. The second detonated shortly after.

The U.S.-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq, sparking fears of an IS resurgence. The group has rarely been able to penetrate the capital since being dislodged by Iraqi forces and the U.S.-led coalition in 2017.

The attack was the first in nearly three years to hit the capital. Elsewhere, in northern Iraq and the western desert, attacks continue and almost exclusively target Iraqi security forces.

Comment: Convenient timing. Attacks like this will be used to justify never leaving Iraq. Any guesses on how long before Biden either starts a new war, or reinvigorates an old one?

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Lockdowns are betraying an entire generation: 500,000 more UK kids face mental health issues

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British children suffer record levels of depression in our Covid lockdown, with suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating disorders surging. With schools unlikely to reopen until April, it's not just their education that's at risk.

Watching my daughter fight the fidgets as she takes part in her latest Google Classroom call with a remote teacher and fellow pupils, I haven't the nerve to tell her that the promised return to school straight after February half-term ain't gonna happen.

Because Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said today that while schools in England would be given two weeks' notice before they were expected to open, he couldn't say when that would be, kicking into touch PM Boris Johnson's pledge of a February return at last month's address to the UK.

Comment: By now it should be pretty clear to anyone in government just what harm lockdowns are doing to the country, what with small and medium businesses being furloughed for nearly a year, the problem is that they're either just too hystericized to care, or that they never really cared to being with. Evidently, for those in positions of power there's another agenda that takes precedent over the livelihoods and freedoms of the average citizen:


When we live with lies

Adam Eve statue
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Adam, Eve and the serpent, 13th Century sculpture Notra Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
Satan is described as "the father of lies" in John 8:44 of the New Testament.

Whether we think of Old Scratch or not, most of us would agree we live in an age of deceit. Many citizens have abandoned common sense and reason for theory and wishful concoction, contending that black is white or that two plus two equals five, and then demanding the rest of us march in lockstep with them.

Some, for example, argue that biological men should be allowed to compete in sports against biological women. Protest that claim on social, media or in any public forum, and you will be declared a bigot.

Some would have us believe that the presidential election involved little or no fraud, and we should just move along. Those who claim to possess proof of that fraud are ignored by the mainstream media and our courts, or are dismissed outright as liars and sore losers.

Tens of thousands of Americans from across the country gathered in Washington D.C. on Jan. 6 to protest electoral fraud. The media and some of our politicians are now labeling them an insurrectionist mob incited to violence by President Donald Trump. Those of us who heard the president's speech know this is a lie.


It's a secret: California keeps key virus data from public

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California Governor Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has from the start said his coronavirus policy decisions would be driven by data shared with the public to provide maximum transparency. But with the state starting to emerge from its worst surge, his administration won't disclose key information that will help determine when his latest stay-at-home order is lifted.

State health officials said they rely on a very complex set of measurements that would confuse and potentially mislead the public if they were made public.

After Newsom, a Democrat, imposed the nation's first statewide shutdown in March, his administration developed reopening plans that included benchmarks for virus data such as per capita infection rates that counties needed to meet to relax restrictions. It released data models state officials used to project whether infections, hospitalizations and deaths are likely to rise or fall.

As cases surged after Thanksgiving, Newsom tore up his playbook. Rather than a county-by-county approach, he created five regions and established a single measurement — ICU capacity — as the determination for whether a region was placed under a stay-at-home order.

Comment: Lock down millions of people based on speculated ICU capacity? This is nonsense. The public won't understand the measurements? This is suppression.

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'Messed up comparison': NYC mayoral candidate Andrew Yang blasted for likening BDS movement to 'fascist boycotts'

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New York mayoral candidate Andrew Yang
Former Democratic presidential candidate and millionaire Andrew Yang has landed himself in controversy after comparing the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement to "fascist" anti-Jewish campaigns.

In a Friday article for Jewish news outlet Forward, Yang, who is running for New York City mayor, detailed some of his policies for the Jewish community - including his personal stance on the BDS movement.

"A Yang administration will push back against the BDS movement, which singles out Israel for unfair economic punishment," before claiming the movement - which works specifically to boycott the State of Israel in support of Palestinian rights - is "rooted in antisemitic thought and history." The movement hearkens back to "fascist boycotts of Jewish businesses" in the 20th century, he wrote.

Yang's casual and eyebrow-raising comparison quickly drew criticism on social media, including from some members of the Jewish community.

Jewish Currents contributing writer Alex Kane called Yang's words "a messed up, wrong comparison," and claimed the politician "comes across as deeply ignorant about Palestine, Palestinians and BDS."

Comment: Yang has done his best to unimpress New Yorkers. It's working!
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POLL: Fewer than half of Americans trust 'traditional media'

Jim Acosta

CNN's Jim Acosta: Poster boy for fake news
Felix Salmon at Axios reported Thursday that for the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, "according to data from Edelman's annual trust barometer shared exclusively with Axios." It's only 46 percent.
  • 56% of Americans agree with the statement that "Journalists and reporters are purposely trying to mislead people by saying things they know are false or gross exaggerations."
  • 58% think that "most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public."
  • When Edelman re-polled Americans after the election, the figures had deteriorated even further, with 57% of Democrats trusting the media and only 18% of Republicans.
They also found "Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%."

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Comment: Given the amount of verifiable disinformation and outright lies Americans have been exposed to by so-called traditional media over the last several decades, the only thing wrong about the above poll is that the amount of distrust isn't much higher.

But this seems to be changing at an accelerated rate:


Despite scare stories about warming, near-record breaking cold weather drives up sales of fur coats as bitter winter hits Russia

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Pedestrians on the street in Omsk.
Plunging temperatures in Moscow have prompted a run on cold weather gear, despite previous predictions that, given the impact of global warming, Russia's coldest days were behind it.

The TASS news network reported on Friday that figures from one of Russia's largest financial data firms showed sales of fur coats, hats and other products were up by 20 percent in January, compared to the same period last year. Experts from Platforms OFD, which collected the data, say outerwear had become a particularly popular purchase in Moscow during the second and third weeks of January.

The Russian capital saw a particularly frosty cold snap over the period, with heavy snow in volumes not seen for some years. Other regions of the country have also been battered by abnormally cold weather, with authorities in Siberia issuing warnings in December as forecasts predicted temperatures would plunge as low as -50 degrees Celsius (-58 Fahrenheit).

Comment: Global warming Ideologies have been able to corrupt science and twist the political agenda but it's not as easy to distort economics:

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MindMatters: Dystopias Are Really Utopias - For Psychopaths

The mind-virus of psychopathic thinking is all around us. Day after day, individuals are falling prey to the paramorals and paralogic of a weaponized pathological ideology. It has its own purpose-built language, government polices, and social norms, making it difficult to escape. But it is not real. And the lies only seem to be getting bigger, and more numerous. What is the endgame? Utopia. But for whom? And why do utopias always end up as dystopias?

These answers and more this week on MindMatters, as we continue to delve into the sickest parts of the collective mind and conduct a forensic exploration of what is unfolding. If one is to help heal the mental illness that we see all around us, we'd better understand what exactly we're seeing - as objectively as possible. In order to discard the doublespeak of pseudo-reality being aggressively foisted upon us, the first person it is necessary to assist is oneself.

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