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Bahrain says Sputnik V vaccine demonstrates 'high safety profile' & 94.3 % efficacy

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A paramedic holds a pack of used and unused vials of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at a private hospital in Karachi, Pakistan April 4, 2021.
Russia's Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated 94.3 percent efficacy and a "high safety profile" in Bahrain, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday.

The ministry conducted a study that included more than 5,000 citizens and residents in Bahrain between February 2021 to April 2021, in accordance with the World Health Organization guidelines to test the effectiveness of the Sputnik vaccine.

"The results on the ground showed a better percentage of the results achieved during clinical trials of vaccination," according to the statement.

Comment: It's certainly interesting that the Sputnik V and Sinovax vaccines don't appear to have been dogged by serious, and even deadly, side effects, as Pfizer, Moderna, and AstraZeneca have. With the Western media looking to tarnish any venture by Russia and China at every turn, is this because by comparison they aren't suffering the same issues as the Western offering?

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Unprecedented poll reveals 25% of Israeli Jews acknowledge Israel's apartheid, why can't we?

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Palestinians wait at the crowded Qalandiya checkpoint during restrictions on entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem following protest against installation of metal detectors at the compound.
Ben Gelblum analyses Israeli views of the occupied territories, with a clear split in opinion over the annexation of the West Bank but also support for an Arab coalition partner in government.

A new poll finds a quarter of Israeli Jews believe "apartheid" is an appropriate description of their regime.

European governments are currently making it harder to respond to accelerating land grabs in Israel and the occupied territories with the sort of boycotts and sanctions deployed against apartheid South Africa. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised legislation against any political sanctions. Yet the survey shows in Israel, at least, the ugly issue of apartheid is debated.

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Chat app sting tells US intel agencies are interested in more than just 'backdoors', CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou tells RT

John Kiriakou
A deceptively-marketed 'encrypted' messenger that was used to bust hundreds of criminals worldwide shows that intelligence services are creating, and not just exploiting, chat apps, according to CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou.

The FBI has been secretly operating an encrypted chat app called ANOM, which became popular among organized crime, with the gangsters oblivious to the fact that they were being monitored while using the app. Codenamed Operation Trojan Shield/Greenlight, the surveillance scheme eventually led to a coordinated crackdown on criminal gangs involving law enforcement from 16 nations. More than 800 suspects have been arrested so far, putting a dent in over 300 criminal syndicates across the globe, Europol said.

Comment: While it does seem to have been a "well-thought-out operation," and it's good they were able to take down some bad guys, the implications of this are quite terrifying. As long as they're nabbing human traffickers and drug dealers, all may seem on the up and up, but what happens when they start going after people with the 'wrong opinions' or the 'vaccine avoidant'?

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Son of a woke tycoon: Oxford student behind vote to remove Queen's portrait is son of millionaire lawyer

Matthew Katzman

Matthew Katzman, 25, tabled the motion to get rid of the image.
The student behind the vote to remove the Queen's portrait from an Oxford college is the son of an American millionaire lawyer.

AI computer whizz Matthew Katzman, 25 — in Oxford to do research for Google — tabled the motion to get rid of the image.

The 1952 print is now stashed in a cupboard at Magdalen College.

Comment: What the article doesn't mention, and what many people seem to be missing in the debate, is that the picture is being removed from the graduate student common room, which is completely under the jurisdiction of the students and is not controlled by the faculty. Also important is that the picture was put there in the first place voluntarily in 2013 by students at the time. Yes, the reason for its removal is rather silly, but essentially an international furor has been stirred up over some students deciding to redecorate their lounge. Perspective is everything.

See the original story: Oxford University students vote to remove 'colonial' portrait of Queen


You are not God, Dr Fauci. If science was never challenged, we would never make any progress

Anthony Fauci
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Director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci listens to a question regarding a pause in the issuing of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine during a press briefing at the White House April 13, 2021, in Washington, DC.
Dr. Anthony Fauci's recent suggestion that attacks on him are attacks on science itself is nonsensical. His attitude towards criticism is a prime example of scientism, which treats people in scientific fields with undue reverence.

There has been an interesting cultural fight within the culture war over science itself. Many people on the political left have a tendency to place scientific method on a pedestal and not consider it for what it is - which is, purely and simply, scientific method.

Rather, they treat science as a sort of dogma which cannot be challenged. In a sense, their attitude towards it is not that different from a Christian's outlook on the Bible. A Christian believes that the Bible is God's word, and is static and unchanging because of the nature of God himself.

However, the nature of science is not static because our understanding of the world is not static. As such, it's appalling when someone who wields as much influence and political power as America's chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks in a manner that treats science as a dogma.


Yet another media tale - Trump tear-gassed protesters for a church photo op - collapses

Anderson Cooper

CNN with Anderson Cooper and Jim Acosta, June 1, 2020
For more than a year, it has been consecrated media fact that former President Donald Trump and his White House, on June 1 of last year, directed the U.S. Park Police to use tear gas against peaceful Lafayette Park protesters, all to enable a Trump photo-op in front of St. John's Church. That this happened was never presented as a possibility or likelihood but as indisputable truth. And it provoked weeks of unmitigated media outrage, presented as one of the most egregious assaults on the democratic order in decades.

This tale was so pervasive in the media landscape that it would be impossible for any one article to compile all the examples. "Peaceful Protesters Tear-Gassed To Clear Way For Trump Church Photo-Op," read the NPRheadline on June 1. The New York Times ran with: "Protesters Dispersed With Tear Gas So Trump Could Pose at Church." CNN devoted multiple segments to venting indignation while the on-screen graphic declared: "Peaceful Protesters Near White House Tear-Gassed, Shot With Rubber Bullets So Trump Can Have Church Photo Op."

ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos "reported" that "the administration asked police to clear peaceful protesters from the park across the White House so that the President could stage a photo op." The Intercept published an article stating that "federal police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear protesters from Lafayette Square in front of the White House," all to feature a video where the first interviewee said: "to me, the way our military and police have behaved toward the protesters at the instruction of President Trump has almost been Nazi-like." Nazi-like. This was repeated by virtually every major corporate outlet:


Is a "Climate Lockdown" on the horizon?

all you need is less
© Etienne Girardet on Unsplash
If and when the powers-that-be decide to move on from their pandemic narrative, lockdowns won't be going anywhere. Instead it looks like they'll be rebranded as "climate lockdowns", and either enforced or simply held threateningly over the public's head.

At least, according to an article written by an employee of the WHO, and published by a mega-coporate think-tank.

Let's dive right in.

The report's author and backers

The report, titled "Avoiding a climate lockdown", was written by Mariana Mazzucato, a professor of economics at University College London, and head of something called the Council on the Economics of Health for All, a division of the World Health Organization.

It was first published in October 2020 by Project Syndicate, a non-profit media organization that is (predictably) funded through grants from the Open society Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many, many others.

After that, it was picked up and republished by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), which describes itself as "a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.".

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Free 'Joint for Jabs' in Washington State

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In an effort to encourage vaccinations and speed the process up, Washington State has approved a "Joints for Jabs" policy, giving adults the chance to get a free joint with their COVID-19 shot.

This policy was approved by the state's Liquor and Cannabis Board (LCB), allowing people to get a free pre-rolled joint when getting their first or second vaccine shot at a clinic located near a state-licensed cannabis retailer.

The joint must be claimed at the time of vaccination. The "Joints for Jabs" policy will stay in place until July 12, with retailers being able to advertise if they're participating in the promotion.

According to the LCB, cannabis retailers had been asking for permission to engage in promotions to support state vaccinations.

"The LCB has provided dozens of allowances for alcohol and cannabis licensees throughout the COVID pandemic in an effort to support businesses during the restriction period and to support the vaccine effort," explains a press release. "Most recently, it to be provided an allowance for a beer, wine or cocktail to be provided at no cost for those vaccinated by June 30."


Meat company JBS confirms it paid $11 million ransom in cyberattack

Meat company JBS
The world's largest meat processing company says it paid the equivalent of $11 million to hackers who broke into its computer system late last month.

Brazil-based JBS SA said on May 31 that it was the victim of a ransomware attack, but Wednesday was the first time the company's U.S. division confirmed that it had paid the ransom.

"This was a very difficult decision to make for our company and for me personally," said Andre Nogueira, the CEO of JBS USA. "However, we felt this decision had to be made to prevent any potential risk for our customers."

Comment: According to software firm founder Natalya Kaspersky, similar hacks against Toshiba and Colonial Pipeline are likely the work of the CIA who are able to 'mask its hackers as outside ones and leave behind the "fingerprints" of the external hackers'; isn't it possible the same occured with JBS? Also note this sudden uptick in attacks occurs soon after the WEF's warning of a 'cyber pandemic', as well as a NYT report that Biden intended a series of 'clandestine cyberattacks against Russia':


NYC psychoanalyst calls whiteness incurable 'parasitic like condition'

Donald Moss
Dr. Donald Moss writes, "Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts' appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse."
A white New York City psychoanalyst is under fire after publishing a report decrying his skin color as a "malignant, parasitic like condition" without a "permanent cure."

Dr. Donald Moss — a published author who teaches at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute — published "On Having Whiteness" last month in the Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association.

"Whiteness is a condition one first acquires and then one has — a malignant, parasitic-like condition to which 'white' people have a particular susceptibility," an abstract of the article on Sage Journals says.

"The condition is foundational, generating characteristic ways of being in one's body, in one's mind, and in one's world.

"Parasitic Whiteness renders its hosts' appetites voracious, insatiable, and perverse," states the paper, also published on the National Library of Medicine's PubMed site.

Comment: If ever there were a candidate for effective psychoanalysis...