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Danish govt backs delaying 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccine like UK, despite safety concerns from Pfizer

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Denmark will follow the UK in delaying administering second doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab beyond the recommended 21-day period, despite safety warnings from the manufacturer against altering the vaccine regimen.

On Monday, the director of the Danish National Board of Health, Søren Brostrøm, told the news agency Ritzau it had updated its guidance so Danes could be given their second shot of the two-part inoculation up to six weeks after the first dose.

However, Brostrøm added that second doses of the Pfizer vaccine should still be given three to four weeks after the first, where possible, in accordance with the time period used in clinical trials to calculate the vaccine's 95 percent efficacy rating.

Meanwhile, on Monday, German health chiefs were attempting to secure independent advice about whether to delay the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine beyond the 42-day maximum limit set by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), according to Reuters.

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Kyle Rittenhouse, Illinois teen, pleads not guilty in Kenosha protest killings

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An Illinois teenager who fatally shot two people and wounded a third amidst sometimes violent summer protests on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges including intentional homicide.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, entered his plea in a brief hearing conducted by teleconference.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse, who is white, left his home in Antioch, Illinois, and traveled to Kenosha after learning of a call to protect businesses in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting by police of Jacob Blake. Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back and left paralyzed.

Rittenhouse opened fire with an assault-style rifle during protests two nights later, killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense. Conservatives have rallied around Rittenhouse, describing him as a patriot who took up arms to protect people and property, and raised enough money to make his $2 million cash bail.


What if lockdowns were assessed the same way vaccines are

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A family in Knutsford, Cheshire, watch Prime Minister Boris Johnson making a televised address to the nation from 10 Downing Street, London, setting out new emergency measures to control the spread of coronavirus in England.
As a despairing UK enters its 3rd lockdown, would we actually do them at all?

Lockdowns are the measure of first resort for many countries in the battle against Covid-19, but had we properly looked at their devastating side effects, governments would not be so keen on them.

After months of trials and painstaking inquiry into questions of efficacy and safety, December saw two vaccines approved by regulators in the UK - first, one made by Pfizer and BioNTech and a second, developed by Oxford University and AstraZeneca. There will continue to be great scrutiny of these vaccines to make sure there are few serious side effects and that they work properly.

But as people across the UK are told to stay at home, what would happen if the same process were applied to lockdowns and other restrictions - part of a group of measures properly known as 'non-pharmaceutical interventions'? If we followed the same template as for vaccines and drugs, we would ask (a) do they work and (b) do the side effects outweigh the benefits? Yet it seems that, in the rush to keep Covid at bay, politicians seem unwilling to seriously consider a proper assessment.

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No criminal charges to be filed in Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake

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Kenosha Police officer Rusten Sheskey will not be charged for the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Kenosha District Attorney Michael Graveley announced in a late Tuesday afternoon press conference at the Parkway Chateau that after weeks of studying the investigation into the shooting by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation, and in a review by an independent use of force consultant, he does not believe charges against the police officer were warranted.

Blake's family has argued against the police narrative and called for criminal charges against Sheskey. Graveley also announced that no charges would be filed against Blake.

In making his decision, Graveley said he had to weigh several factors, but most of all, had to determine what could be proven in court.

Bad Guys

Tell only lies

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The late Joseph P. Overton of the Mackinac Center stated that an idea must fall within a certain range of acceptability to be politically viable. The Overton Window, as this concept has come to be known, describes the range of publicly palatable ideas at a given time, and it applies not only to politicians but to the general public as well.

Recently, however, the rules have changed. Imagine that you're throwing darts at a dartboard. You intend to hit certain sections and avoid others. You throw a bunch of darts and manage to hit your targets. Now, suppose that some other people come along and shift the rules of the game, changing which sections earn and lose points. In fact, they specifically make sure that your score has changed so that you lose points. Turns out that, under the new rules, you're a bad dart player.

The Overton Window has become the Overton dartboard. Every day, people throw darts at a board — each tweet, post, and public statement is aimed at hitting a mark. And each new moral fashion offers the opportunity to change their scores.

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Wisconsin Legislature announces resolution to be introduced on Thursday which will likely decertify state and award to President Trump

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Election officials count absentee ballots in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Nov. 4, 2020.
Breaking news this evening:The state of Wisconsin has reportedly announced that it will introduce a resolution on Thursday morning to decertify the state's electoral college votes and award them to President Trump.

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How woke megacorp Walmart crushed the American dream - with a helping hand from China

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Senator Josh Hawley engaged in a brief spat with the globalist megacompany Walmart last Wednesday. Hawley announced on Twitter that he would contest the results of the Electoral College on the Senate floor. In a response to Hawley's tweet announcing his decision, Walmart sent an unprovoked tweet calling Hawley a "sore loser." Senator Hawley immediately fired back at the megacorporation.

Walmart quickly apologized, attributing the tweet to an employee who meant to send the insult on a personal account. That's probably true, though it doesn't exactly make Walmart look great. Walmart has more than $500 billion in revenue every year, and it apparently allows random incompetent political obsessives to control its corporate communications. What if the employee had tweeted that Walmart was shutting down stores? What if they abruptly endorsed abolishing the police or told people to loot Walmart stores? The mind reels.

But who cares? That's all besides the point. Now is as good a time as any for American patriots to remember that Walmart, like other globalist American megacorporations, is not our ally.

Conservatives seem to be slowly waking up to the danger of Amazon. When online commerce is dominated by a single tech company with a market cap approaching $2 trillion, whose owner also operates America's most powerful newspaper, it's easy to see why a company so massive needs to be broken up or otherwise stopped.


As a headmaster I see children suffering mental health issues unlike anything before, this new shutdown of schools is disastrous

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I am in despair. As schools across the UK close again, our children are being placed in real danger. They will end up being this lockdown's 'collateral damage.'

Children no longer matter. In 31 years of teaching, I don't think I've ever felt so despondent and so concerned at the same time.

Our world is in the grip of a pandemic and governments across the globe have poured billions of pounds into fighting it and in trying to support the lockdown strategy. Makes me wonder why we couldn't tackle other issues globally and so ferociously in terms of spend. What about the Climate Emergency? The obesity pandemic? The fact that in 2021 we still have people living on the street; that it takes an international footballer, Marcus Rashford, to shame the British Government into feeding children during school holidays.

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Wisconsin pharmacist arrested for allegedly intentionally spoiling COVID-19 vaccine he thought was unsafe

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The Wisconsin pharmacist who was arrested after allegedly intentionally tampering with more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine did so because he thought it was unsafe.

Advocate Aurora Health pharmacist Steven Brandenburg, 46, was arrested last week on recommended charges of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, adulterating a prescription drug, and criminal damage to property after he allegedly removed 57 vials of the vaccine from its refrigerated storage area and left them out, rendering them useless. Authorities have said that Brandenburg admitted to leaving the vaccine out, according to the New York Times.

"He'd formed this belief they were unsafe," Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said during a virtual hearing, according to the Associated Press. He noted that prosecutors haven't filed any charges yet because they're still testing doses to make sure they were actually ineffective.

Gerol said Brandenburg was "pretty cooperative and admitted to everything he'd done" and that "he expressed that he was under great stress because of marital problems."


'Everything is an illusion'? Nashville bomber spoke of 'ALIEN attacks,' 9/11 & 'reptilians changing human DNA' in bizarre letters

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FILE PHOTOS: Bystanders photograph buildings at the site of the Christmas Day bombing in Nashville, Tennessee, December 29, 2020; (R) Anthony Quinn Warner, who was named as the suspect in the bombing.
Days before blowing himself up, the Nashville Christmas bomber penned lengthy messages to "acquaintances" speaking of "alien attacks," a faked moon landing and DNA experiments by "lizard people," among other conspiracy theories.

The man identified as the main suspect behind the bombing, 63-year-old Anthony Warner, mailed the strange missives to several people he knew before carrying out the attack late last month, federal investigators said. One of the letters, sent with a package containing multiple USB drives, went on for at least nine pages and apparently detailed Warner's beliefs, according to a Nashville CBS affiliate.

The cover page begins casually - "Hey Dude. You will never believe what I found in the park" - but soon takes on a more esoteric tone:
The knowledge I have gained is immeasurable. I now understand everything, and I mean everything from who/what we really are, to what the known universe really is.

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