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Insanity: Santa Cruz county will require masks in private homes

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Santa Cruz County, California, is imposing an indoor mask mandate beginning Sunday night which requires residents to wear masks in private settings, including homes, regardless of vaccination status.

The mandate applies to gatherings of those who live in a different homes but meet together in one location, and it was imposed in light of rising COVID-19 cases in the area, according to ABC 7.

Bay Area COVID-19 cases are still lower than they were during summer surges, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Unfortunately, a potential winter surge appears to be a significant threat to the health and safety of our community," said Dr. Gail Newel, Santa Cruz County's health officer, according to the Chronicle.

Bizarro Earth

Pupils' yellow badges for mask exemption spark Nazi comparisons

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A British boarding school has asked pupils to wear a yellow badge if they are exempt from a face mask mandate introduced in classrooms and corridors following a rise in Covid-19 cases.

In a letter to parents, David Jackson, the headmaster of Farringtons School in Kent, said the institution had decided to reintroduce the compulsory wearing of face masks in classrooms and other confined areas within the senior school.

The measures would be in place "until further notice" amid the increasing number of Covid-19 cases. Jackson added that students exempt from the public school's rules on masks would be asked to "wear a yellow badge to indicate this."

The move has come under fire from a parent group who claimed that the Kent school, which charges £34,050 ($45,500) per year for boarders, has made a "deeply inappropriate" request by asking students to wear yellow badges.

Snakes in Suits

Jury holds CVS, Walgreens and Walmart responsible for role in opioid crisis

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CVS, Walgreens and Walmart pharmacies recklessly distributed massive amounts of pain pills in two Ohio counties, a federal jury said Tuesday in a verdict that could set the tone for U.S. city and county governments that want to hold pharmacies accountable for their roles in the opioid crisis.

Lake and Trumbull counties blamed the three chain pharmacies for not stopping the flood of pills that caused hundreds of overdose deaths and cost each of the two counties about $1 billion, their attorney said.

How much the pharmacies must pay in damages will be decided in the spring by a federal judge.

It was the first time pharmacy companies had completed a trial to defend themselves in a drug crisis that has killed a half-million Americans over the past two decades.

Yellow Vest

Belgian govt increases restrictions on 'the unvaxxed' - Eurotroopers clash with protesters at freedom rally in Brussels' EU Quarter

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Tens of thousands crammed into Brussels' EU Quarter to let the European Commission know what they think about its rules
Europe descended into a third day of violent carnage on Sunday as tens of thousands of people in Belgium took to the streets to protest against the return of strict lockdown rules aimed at curbing a rise in Covid infections.

Nearly 40,000 people descended on the capital Brussels to protest against new anti-Covid measures banning the unvaccinated from entering restaurants and bars.

Some protesters were seen throwing projectiles at riot police and in response, officers fired water cannon and tear gas at the group. Police have made some arrests, but it is not immediately clear how many.
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"Take your Covid vaxx and shove 'em up yer ar$e" was a popular chant at the protest
Video footage from Brussels shows a large group of protesters shouting at police as some light flares and throw them at the officers. One man can even be seen mooning at them.

The protests descended into chaos, with some of the protesters seen setting fires on the streets while others threw rocks through the windows of local businesses including a post office. Two police cars have also been damaged.

Eye 1

'Neglected & dying alone': Vaccine mandates cause "dangerously low" staffing levels at UK residential homes - 67% of workers consider quitting

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People in residential care are being denied a dignified end to their lives as there is a shortage of staff available to sit with them as they die, a survey by Unison has found.
Care home residents are dying alone and being "neglected" amid "dangerously low" staffing levels, new research suggests.

People in residential care are being denied a dignified end to their lives as there is a shortage of staff available to sit with them as they die, a survey by Unison has found.

The union reports that 31% of care workers said staffing levels are dangerously low, getting worse and negatively affecting the quality of care given to residents. Almost all (97%) said their employer is experiencing staff shortages.

Comment: Although in some parts of the world, governments have had to temporarily pullback on enforcing the mandates, the establishment seems determined to enforce them, eventually, and so it's likely that the situation we see building is due to get much, much worse: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Rejecting The Cure - Massive Freedom Rallies Around The World


Corruption of science: How COVID-19 jab benefits are grossly exaggerated

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In a November 12, 2021, blog post,1 Maryanne Demasi, Ph.D., reviews how the benefits of the COVID-19 shots have been exaggerated by the drug companies and misrepresented to the public by an uncritical media. She has previously given many lectures on how the drug companies conflated absolute and relative risks for statin drugs.2

Demasi was a respected Australian science presenter at ABC television until she produced a Catalyst report on the dangers of Wi-Fi and cellphones. In the wake of the controversy it raised, she and 11 of her staff members were axed and the episode retracted.3 That was 2016. Today, Demasi is one of the few professional journalists seeking and publishing the truth about COVID-19.

Absolute Versus Relative Risk Reduction

In her post, Demasi highlights one of the most commonly used tricks in the book — conflating absolute and relative risk reduction. As noted by Demasi, AstraZeneca and Australia's health minister, Greg Hunt, claimed the AstraZeneca injection offered "100% protection" against COVID-19 death. How did they get this number? Demasi explains:4


Vaccination status is temporary, boosters for life required

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Major health organizations across the world have changed several definitions of medical terms, including the definitions for "vaccine," "herd immunity" and "pandemic," which in turn have a significant impact on everyday life. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now considering changing the definition of "fully vaccinated"

Israel and Australia have already pushed back the goal post. Citizens must get a booster at six months after their second jab or lose all "passport freedoms." Australian premier Daniel Andrews has actually stated that, going forward, life for the vaccinated will "be about the maintenance of your vaccination status"

Updating the definition of "fully vaccinated" will also have the side effect of skewing mortality statistics, giving government another round of ammunition for false claims. We've been repeatedly told that we're now in a pandemic of the unvaccinated, and this lie will gain new traction once fully vaccinated people are dropped into the unvaccinated category, six months after their last dose

The National Basketball Association is urging players who got a single-dose Janssen shot as recently as two months ago to get a Pfizer or Moderna booster, or face game-day testing starting December 1, 2021. Players who completed a two-dose regimen are being told to get a booster at the six-month mark

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is already talking about expanding its COVID-19 vaccine rule, so that small businesses with fewer than 100 employees may also be required to force the jab on their employees or face stiff fines. The public comment period closes December 6, 2021

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China reports lowest birth rate in decades

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China has reported its lowest birth rate since 1978: 8.52 births per 1,000 people in 2020, and these numbers are getting dangerously close to the death rate.

According to the Yearbook 2021, published by the country's National Bureau of Statistics at the weekend, the death rate last year was 7.07 per 1,000 people. That means that the natural growth rate of the population is at a record low level of 1.45 compared to 3.32 in 2019. The birth rate has been in steady decline since 2016 after decades of family planning policies and the changing economic climate.

According to census data released by China in spring, 12 million babies were born in 2020, the lowest number since 1961. With people aged 60 and over accounting for 18.8% of the 1.4 billion population, China faces a major problem of an aging population.

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New York City Hall gets rid of Thomas Jefferson statue

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A statue of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson is pictured in the council chambers in City Hall.
A statue of America's third president, Thomas Jefferson, which has resided in New York's City Hall for 187-years, has been removed because he owned slaves, with workers boxing it up and dragging it out the back door on Monday.

The statue's unceremonious removal came after the Public Design Commission voted to send it from City Hall to the New York Historical Society, where a plaque will be added to it to provide historical context.

The monument had been present in City Hall for 187 years, but recently members of the council's Black, Latino and Asian Caucus publicly stated their opposition to its continued display and called for a vote on its removal due to Jefferson's history as a slave owner.


Protests against Covid-19 restrictions rage across Europe

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Rioters torched cars in Rotterdam on Friday evening in protest over new COVID-19 restrictions.
Seven people have been arrested after rioters clashed with police in The Hague for a second night of violence in the Netherlands, sparked by protests over new COVID-19 restrictions.

The unrest came a day after police opened fire on protesters in Rotterdam amid what the port city's mayor called "an orgy of violence", leaving three people seriously injured after they were hit by bullets. Police said investigations are under way to establish if the shots were fired by officers.

In The Hague on Saturday night, young people set fires in the streets and threw fireworks at officers.

Police said in a tweet that seven people were arrested and five officers were injured, while one needed treatment in a hospital following the clashes.