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More of UK's big businesses slash sick pay for unvaccinated staff to legal minimum

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Ocado and Next have cut sick pay for unvaccinated staff who must self-isolate because of Covid exposure, the BBC has learned.

Both retailers will continue to pay full sick pay to unvaccinated workers if they test positive for the virus.

Furniture giant Ikea is also among employers making similar moves, as staff absences rise.

Next said it was an "emotive topic" but that it had to balance staff and shareholder needs.

Comment: See also: Ikea slashes sick pay for unvaccinated staff to lowest amount allowed by law


Briefcase

Canada: Scores of unvaccinated workers are filing wrongful dismissal claims against employers, lawyers say

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People walk along a street in Toronto's financial district, on Jan. 13, 2021.
Employers across the country have begun firing employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to lawyers who say they are inundated with vaccine-related cases and claims of wrongful dismissal.

The deluge of cases sets up a crucial legal test of vaccine mandates imposed by employers, one that pits the individual rights of workers against employers' health and safety concerns amid a pandemic that has dragged on for almost two years.

Leading labour and employment lawyers told The Globe and Mail that cases involving the termination of unvaccinated employees hinge on a number of factors, including whether employees are required to come into work, details of an employee's initial hiring contract and whether the employee is unvaccinated on grounds other than medical or religious ones.

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Wait... what? Wearing a facemask makes you more attractive to the opposite sex, study finds

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People wearing face masks are deemed to be more attractive than when they have nothing covering their faces, according to a new study.
People wearing face masks are deemed to be more attractive than when they have nothing covering their faces, according to a new study.

Face masks have become a common sight around Britain in response to the global Covid pandemic.

And Cardiff University researchers claim that the masks make both men and women more appealing on the eye.

Comment: This reads like pro-mask propaganda. "Masks are sexy now!" One wonders if the study had controlled for whether or not study participants were authoritarian followers what the results would show.

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Shoe

China faces Omicron test just weeks ahead of Beijing Olympics

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China will host the Winter Olympics within weeks.
Across China, more than 20 million people are in some form of lockdown, with many prevented from leaving their homes.

Just weeks before hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics, China is battling multiple coronavirus outbreaks in half a dozen cities, with the one closest to the capital driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

With the success of the Games and China's national dignity at stake, Beijing is doubling down on its "zero-tolerance" Covid-19 policy.

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Syringe

Another Republican lawmaker compares Covid passes to Nazi Germany

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Protesters against Covid-19 restrictions in Barcelona, Spain, hold up a sign comparing vaccine mandates to Nazi Germany, reading "the passport will make you free," December 18, 2021.
GOP congressman blasted for drawing parallels between health policies in Nazi Germany and Washington, DC.

Rep. Warren Davidson (R-Ohio) took aim at Covid vaccine card mandates in Washington, DC with a Nazi Germany comparison, only to find numerous critics blasting the message, including the Auschwitz Memorial Museum.

Davidson tweeted in response to a message from DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, who reminded residents of the US capital that the city will require proof of Covid vaccination for people 12 and up, and photo IDs for those 18 and older, beginning on Saturday. Masking in public is also mandatory.

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Transgender sex offender in jail for child rape celebrated by liberal press as activist hero

Rayne Bennett
A transgender-identifying person who was born male has been featured in multiple articles complaining about the hardships faced by trans-identifying inmates in American prisons. The issue with those articles is that none of them mention that he was convicted for sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl, and that none of the prison staff support his claims.

As detailed by 4w, Rayne Bennett, who was convicted in 2016 of sexually abusing a child, was placed on a sex offender registry for 25 years. KSN reported that Bennett, who was born Jacob Lawrence Pina, held the victim against her will and raped her.

Bennett started claiming transgender identity and adopted the name "Rayne Aloysius Constantine Rose Bennett" while awaiting trial. When he was later sentenced, he was placed in a men's prison. Immediately thereafter, Bennett sought out a mental health professional for a gender dysphoria diagnosis to secure transfer to a women's prison but his efforts were ultimately rejected by prison staff who did not believe his claim of being transgender.

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Evil Rays

Blinken says US stumped over Havana syndrome as more diplomats fall ill

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Antony Blinken told MSNBC: ‘To date, we don’t know exactly what’s happened and we don’t know exactly who is responsible.’
Secretary of state says officials do not know what illness is or who is responsible, with more sickness reported in Paris and Geneva.

The United States still does not know what the illness known as Havana syndrome is or who is responsible for it, the US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, said on Thursday after more American diplomats were reported ill in Paris and Geneva.

Blinken said the entire federal government was working to get to the bottom of the illness, which has afflicted about 200 US diplomats, officials and family members overseas.

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Stock Up

Producer prices grew record 9.7 percent in 2021

A worker at a GM factory

A worker at a GM factory
Producer prices rose 9.7 percent in 2021, according to data released Thursday by the Labor Department, the fastest calendar year increase on record.

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand, which tracks prices charged for goods and services that are not a part of other products, rose nearly 10 percent last year as a sharp economic rebound strained supply chains. The increase marks the fastest annual jump in the PPI since the Labor Department began compiling the data in 2010.

Even so, the PPI rose just 0.2 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis. Economists expected the PPI to increase 0.4 percent last month after a 1 percent jump in November. The PPI for final demand minus food, energy and trade services, also known as "core PPI," rose 0.4 percent in December, in line with economists' expectations.
"Despite annual figures that are tracking at historic highs, moderation in the monthly data supports our view that producer prices will gradually descend as 2022 progresses, especially in the second half of the year," wrote Mahir Rasheed, U.S. economist at Oxford Economics, in a Thursday analysis.

Comment: While the PTB played fake pandemic, trying to gain total control of every aspect of out lives and their attempt to install totalitarian rule over the whole planet, they disrupted the main supply chains.

The only gains from the insane anti-corona fascistic measures is the people's mental health and impending economic dissaster.

Have they done it on purpose, or it is a symptom of a rotten and faulty system by design that is rapidly dying?

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Footprints

Thousands march in Brussels against 'draconian and irrational' covid rules

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Brussels Protest
A rally against COVID restrictions in Brussels attracted thousands of participants on Sunday, many of whom called for Belgium's government to repeal the country's various COVID cert requirements.

"Samen voor Vrijheid" ('Together for Freedom'), the organisation behind the rally, had called on "anyone who senses that something is not right" to attend the protest.

According to a report by the Brussels Times, police put the number of attendees at the rally at around 5,000, though organisers reportedly cited a larger figure of 25,000.

Romanian MEP Cristian Terheș, who spoke to those gathered at the event, told Breitbart London that protesters had gathered in order to oppose legislation in place across Europe. He told Breitbart London:
"I spoke to a large, peaceful crowd in Brussels zealously committed to bodily autonomy and personal freedom, and who clearly want an end to draconian and irrational lockdown measures imposed by corrupt and power hunger governments all across Europe."
Terheș went on to criticise a previous call by the European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, for discussions regarding the possibility of mandatory vaccination across the bloc, a suggested decried at the time as the "Chinafication of Europe".

Terheș told this publication:
"The call from European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a discussion on mandatory vaccination shows that the EU is led by extremists and dangerous enemies of freedom and human rights. The power-hungry bureaucrats of the EU have now turned against personal freedom on medical matters as well as the democratic independence of national sovereign states. The good news is that the Europeans are waking up and are opposing the eurocrats on both counts."

Light Saber

Take your jabs and shove 'em: Supreme Court blocks Biden vaccine mandate for businesses, backs health-care worker rule

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A lone protester stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court as it hears arguments against the Biden administration's nationwide vaccine-or-testing COVID-19 mandates, in Washington, January 7, 2022.
The mandate required that workers at businesses with 100 or more employees must get vaccinated or submit a negative Covid test weekly to enter the workplace. It also required unvaccinated workers to wear masks indoors at work.

OSHA, which polices workplace safety for the Labor Department, issued the mandates under its emergency power established by Congress. OSHA can shortcut the normal rulemaking process, which can take years, if the Labor secretary determines a new workplace safety standard is necessary to protect workers from a grave danger.

The Biden administration argued before the high court Friday that the rules were necessary to address the "grave danger" posed by the Covid pandemic. Liberal justices, clearly sympathetic to the government's position, highlighted the devastating death toll from the pandemic and the unprecedented wave of infection rolling across the nation due to the omicron variant.

But the court's 6-3 conservative majority expressed deep skepticism about the federal government's move.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, said during arguments that he thinks it's hard to argue that the 1970 law governing OSHA "gives free reign to the agencies to enact such broad regulation."

Comment: However, the Supreme Court has upheld the equally unconstitutional vax mandate for healthcare workers:
But the court ruled in a 5-4 vote in favor of upholding the vaccine mandate for health care workers, which applies to the more than 17 million people across around 76,000 facilities that participate in Medicare and Medicaid. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the liberal justices in the majority.
This bring the US broadly in line with the EU, incidentally, where the vax is mandatory for healthcare workers. All march forward in lockstep...