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Infections in the vaccinated overtake those in the unvaccinated for the first time - but graph is removed from ZOE App Report

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Health Secretary Sajid Javid has tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, despite being vaccinated - and he is far from alone. The latest ZOE data shows that, as of July 12th, infections in the vaccinated (with at least one dose) in the U.K. now outnumber those in the unvaccinated for the first time, as the former continue to surge while the latter plummet (see above). (Note that 68% of the population has had at least one vaccine dose, so there are still at this stage disproportionately more new infections in the unvaccinated, though on current trends that may soon change.)

At what point will the Government accept that these vaccines have limited efficacy in preventing infection and transmission, and thus the whole rationale of being vaccinated to protect others - vaccine passports, compulsory vaccination, and so on - is suspect?


L.A. sheriff says indoor mask mandate is 'not backed by science' and his 'defunded' department won't enforce it

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LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says deputies will not enforce the health department's modified order reinstating a mask mandate for indoor public settings that takes effect at 11:59 pm on Saturday, regardless of vaccination status.

On Friday afternoon, Villanueva released a statement indicating that the Sheriff's Department would remain focused on other public safety matters:
"Forcing the vaccinated and those who already contracted COVID-19 to wear masks indoors is not backed by science and contradicts the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) has authority to enforce the order, but the underfunded/defunded Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department will not expend our limited resources and instead ask for voluntary compliance. We encourage the DPH to work collaboratively with the Board of Supervisors and law enforcement to establish mandates that are both achievable and supported by science."


Federal judge blocks new applications to DACA

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Judge Andrew Hanen • DACA protesters
A federal judge in Texas blocked new applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in a ruling Friday, increasing pressure on Congress to find a legislative solution for undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as minors.

Immigration advocates had been expecting the ruling for weeks, fearing Judge Andrew Hanen — a George W. Bush appointee who is known for his tough stance on immigration matters — could rule against the legality of the Obama-era program as a whole.

Hanen ruled that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) "with the creation of DACA and its continued operation." However, the judge recognized that current DACA enrollees are dependent on the program's benefits — deferral from deportation, advance parole to travel internationally and a work permit — in order to go about their daily lives. "That reliance has not diminished and may, in fact, have increased over time," wrote Hanen.

On those grounds, Hanen allowed current recipients to maintain and renew their benefits pending a future order from himself, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.

Comment: Dems want new voters to be permanently locked into the system and that means citizenship. Who cares what it costs or from whose pocket the price is paid.

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Biden administration sees highest number of illegal immigrants attempt to cross US southern border for 2 decades

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On the fence
Nearly 190,000 people tried to illegally enter the United States from its southern border with Mexico in June - the highest number in more than 20 years, and as much as ten times the total recorded during some months under Trump.

According to data from US Customs and Border Protection, June saw 188,829 illegal immigrants attempt to cross the border. The highest number of attempts in 21 years, June's statistics were also over 8,000 people more than May, nearly 10,000 more than April, and over 80,000 more than February.

The statistics show that the number of illegal border crossing attempts shot up considerably following the inauguration of President Joe Biden. 101,095 attempts were made in February compared to 78,442 in January, when Biden took over the White House from President Donald Trump - who was notoriously tough in his policies on illegal immigration.

The number of illegal border crossings is now as much as ten times higher than during Trump's presidency, where the number of attempted crossings was as low as 17,106 in April 2020.


Poll: 2 In 3 Southern Republicans want to secede from the Union; nearly half of Pacific NW Democrats

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The secessionist movement as of 2016. Many Americans want out from under the Federal Government.
Two in three Republicans in the South and almost half of Democrats in Pacific states want to secede from the Union, according to a new poll.

Conducted in June by YouGov in conjunction with BrightLineWatch, the survey asked participants in each region of the United States: "Would you support or oppose [your state] seceding from the United States to join a new union with [list of states in new union]?"

The regions of the country were divided into the following states:

Comment: Less dramatic but still important, some counties are petitioning to be added to more congenial states, such as portions of conservative Oregon wishing to join Idaho.

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Movie producer Dillon Jordan accused of running 'extensive' prostitution ring

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Hollywood producer Dillon Jordan allegedly managed a prostitution ring under his movie production company.
A Hollywood producer was arrested Thursday for allegedly running "an extensive and far-reaching" prostitution ring — which he hid for years using his moviemaking company, federal prosecutors said.

Dillon Jordan — who backed the 2018 Maggie Gyllenhaal drama The Kindergarten Teacher — is accused of pimping women to Johns across the US for at least seven years, between 2010 and 2017, according to an indictment filed in the Southern District of New York.

Jordan, 49, allegedly used his movie production company and a supposed California-based event-planning firm to hide the proceeds from the sex-sales, according to the court papers unsealed Thursday.

Comment: Unfortunately, this story is almost tame when placed next to the scourge of pedophilia that infests the Hollywood film industry. Where are the raids and arrests for that?


Fire risks prompt GM to warn electric car owners to not park them inside or charge unattended

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The Vermont State Police released this photo of the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV that caught fire on July 1, 2021 in the driveway of state Rep. Timothy Briglin, a Democrat.
Vermont State Police
General Motors is telling owners of 2017-2019 Bolt EVs that were part of a recent recall not to park their vehicles inside or charge them unattended overnight after two of the vehicles caught fire.

The two Bolt EVs were repaired as part of a recall of nearly 69,000 of the vehicles that were flagged for fire risks. The recall was initially announced in November by GM and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

One of the fires occurred while the vehicle was charging at the home of a Vermont state lawmaker earlier this month. The other fire happened in New Jersey, a spokesman for GM said, adding that it was notified about it earlier this week.

Comment: Despite the endless problems and inefficiencies involved in these 'green' technologies, Western governments appear to be rather determined to force their citizens to adopt them:


A response to Scott Alexander on lockdowns

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The prolific blogger Scott Alexander has written a long post about lockdowns. It's not too objectionable from a lockdown sceptic's point of view. For example, he concedes that "lockdowns weren't necessary to prevent uncontrolled spread" and says that it's "harder to justify strict lockdowns in terms of the non-economic suffering produced".

Nonetheless, I do disagree with him on several points, which I will highlight here.

First, he ignores most of the academic studies that have found little or no effect of lockdowns on mortality. For example, he doesn't mention Simon Wood's studies finding that infections were in decline before all three U.K. lockdowns. Nor does he mention the paper by Christopher Berry and colleagues which observed "no detectable health benefits" of shelter-in-place orders in the United States.

Despite ignoring these studies, he dedicates a whole section of his post to something called CoronaGame, which he oddly classifies as "Actual Evidence".


Top Biden officials now believe COVID lab-leak theory: report

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A number of Biden administration officials are now reportedly backing the lab leak theory.
The Biden administration took one giant step closer to admitting that the coronavirus was leaked from a Chinese lab, a theory once derided as fanciful fiction.

An increasing number of senior administration officials engaged in a probe of the virus are now backing the theory that the virus could have emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, according to a CNN report.

Although officials still remain divided on whether the virus emerged from nature, passing from animals to humans, the acknowledgment marks a shift from the scorn that was heaped on former President Trump and a group of European scientists who first brought up the lab-leak theory during the height of the pandemic last year.

The virus has infected nearly 190 million people around the world and resulted in more than 3.5 million deaths, according to statistics compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

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Belarus security services raid homes of journalists involved in anti-government protests

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Belarusian police have raided NGOs and independent journalists' homes several times in recent days
Security officials in Belarus have raided the homes of several independent journalists as part of an ongoing crackdown. University students have been imprisoned for protests.

Belarusian police on Friday carried out a third successive day of raids across the country against journalists and human rights activists.

The raids follow searches by the country's notorious KGB earlier this week of offices of a dozen human rights, news and opposition groups.

Comment: We can expect the West's smear campaign against Belarus to accelerate now that it has declared its alliance with Russia: Belarus ends partnership with EU, plans to merge tax system with Russia & establish common markets for energy, transport