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Gavin Newsom's Hollywood collusion shows how power protects power

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California Governor Gavin Newsom
Gavin Newsom's attempt to dodge a recall bid is shaping up to be a nice glimpse at how power protects power.

About a month after the Democratic governor was caught breaking his own COVID restrictions to dine with lobbyists at a Michelin-star restaurant, the pained pleadings of a small business owner went viral. Remember this video?

That's Angela Marsden, owner of the Pineapple Hill Saloon in Sherman Oaks. The regulations Newsom flouted in private were the source of her misery, which was not merely on her own behalf, but also on behalf of her suffering employees. Meanwhile, an NBC series was shooting next door.

She was not alone. As the New York Times reported in April, "Nearly 40,000 small businesses had closed in the state by September — more than in any other state since the pandemic began, according to a report compiled by Yelp. Half had shut permanently, according to the report, far more than the 6,400 that had closed permanently in New York."

The post-pandemic lockdown autopsy gets worse for Newsom.


Comment: Reminder: You get what you pay for...or you pay for what you get. Sometimes it is both.


Attention

Covid-19 has mutated so much in 18 months that proven treatments are often failing, says head of Moscow's top virus hospital

Moscow facility
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Moscow coronavirus treatment facility
Covid-19 has mutated significantly, and the virus is now much harder to treat than it used to be. That's according to the head of Moscow's Kommunarka Hospital, which last year became the city's main coronavirus treatment facility.

Speaking to Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy on Thursday, the hospital's chief physician, Denis Protsenko, who became a household name in 2020 due to his role at the forefront of the country's battle against Covid-19, explained that it has become much harder to treat ill patients:
"There is a feeling that the virus is changing. The proven methods of treatment for hyperinflammation or, as we call it, cytokine storms, are often failing. This makes us think that the virus has also changed and has mutated in this year and a half."
He encouraged people to get vaccinated against the disease.

According to Protsenko, the Kommunarka hospital is now filled with a large number of elderly patients, as well as people who are overweight or diabetic. Furthermore, collective immunity in the capital is still under 50%, he said.

Comment: The mutating virus is setting the timetable, thus vaccine providers must beat the clock to sell their product to the public.


Bullseye

Poll: Michigan 'Generic Republican' Beats Gretchen Whitmer 52%-41%

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
A poll released Wednesday by Cygnal found a majority of Michigan likely 2022 general election voters would oust Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) in favor of a "generic Republican."

The survey of 600 likely voters conducted June 2-6 found Whitmer has an approval rating of 41.1 percent, while 53.7 percent disapprove of the job she is doing. Just 40.8 percent said Whitmer deserves to be reelected, while 55.5 percent said it is "time for someone new."

As for that "someone new," respondents would vote for a "generic Republican" over Whitmer, 52.2 percent to 40.8 percent. The survey did not test individual declared or potential candidates against the incumbent governor.

Comment: Whitmer has no one to blame but herself.

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Arrow Down

Building collapse in South Korea kills 9, injures 8

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A five-story building being demolished in southern South Korea collapsed on Wednesday, sending debris falling on a bus and killing nine people on board, officials said.

Concrete from the collapsed building in the southern city of Gwangju fell on the bus carrying 17 people which had stopped on a nearby street, the National Fire Agency said.

Emergency officers dispatched to the site rescued eight people from the bus, all seriously injured, before discovering the nine bodies, the agency said in a statement.

Fire officer Kim Seok-sun said in a televised briefing from the site that all workers at the building site had evacuated before its collapse. He said some of the workers told investigators that they had closed a pedestrian walkway near the building before the collapse.


Megaphone

Lockdowns are 'the single biggest public health mistake in history', says top scientist

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Lockdowns will be seen as the "single biggest public health mistake" in history, a Stanford University professor has warned.

Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine, told The Telegraph's Planet Normal podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above, that there have been "enormous collateral consequences" of keeping people inside and isolating them from their loved-ones during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The epidemiologist believes many scientists have clung onto the perceived effectiveness of lockdowns, and they "remain attached" to the idea despite the "failure of this strategy".

"I do think that future historians will look back on this and say this was the single biggest public health mistake, possibly of all history, in terms of the scope of the harm that it's caused," said Prof Bhattacharya.

Brick Wall

Governor Abbot: Texas to build its own border barriers

Migrants Texas
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Migrants in Del Rio sector Texas
Texas Governor Greg Abbott told Breitbart Texas the State will immediately begin building border barriers in areas where migrants can easily cross the Rio Grande border with Mexico. The barriers will, in part, enable state law enforcement to arrest migrants for violations of state law.

Governor Abbott told Breitbart Texas shortly before Thursday's border summit in Del Rio, Texas:
"The influx across the border is out of control, and the Biden Administration has shown that is not going to step up and do its job. And amidst reports of even more people coming in across the border, we know we have to step up and do more."
Abbott said Texas will immediately begin construction of border barriers in areas like Del Rio where migrants can easily cross unsecured sections of the border with Mexico. The governor picked Del Rio for the Border Summit due to the massive increases in illegal border crossings in this region. Del Rio Sector agents apprehended 27,890 migrants — a 1,118 percent increase over the May 2020 report of 2,289, Breitbart Texas reported on Thursday. He said they are hearing from local residents and elected and law enforcement officials that they are seeing things they have never seen before:
"The reason why we are here (Del Rio) is because of the massive increase concentrated in the Rio Grande Valley. Now, you know we're upstream from the Rio Grande Valley in the Del Rio Sector and the Del Rio sector is suffering from some of the largest increases.

"They're seeing a lot of very bad dangerous people come across the border. People that they are afraid of encountering, people who are causing damage to their fences, their livestock, their crops, their neighborhoods, and their homes. Bad things are happening around here, and so they need help from the state to help them address this exploding crisis."

Comment: At least someone has America's best interests front and center and is willing and able to define an effective counter-strategy with common sense, practicality and determination. Hopefully other governors will answer the call.


Footprints

Roughly half of US unemployment benefits - $400 billion - paid out during Covid-19 pandemic may have been stolen by criminals

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As much as half of the hundreds of billions of dollars that the U.S. government distributed as unemployment benefits over the past year may have been stolen by foreign crime groups — some of them state-backed — and taken out of the country, a report revealed Thursday.

Blake Hall, the CEO of fraud-prevention service ID.me, told Axios that more than $400 billion of unemployment money may have been lost of fraud, and as much as half of all unemployment monies might have been stolen.

Although states have started cracking down on fraud, it may be too late, the report said.

Haywood Talcove, the CEO of LexisNexis Risk Solutions, told Axios that at least 70% of the money that was stolen ended up with criminal syndicates in China, Nigeria, and Russia.

"These groups are definitely backed by the state," Talcove said. He added that local street gangs also played a role in the unemployment benefits fraud scheme.

Eye 1

Antrim County attorney DePerno releases BOMBSHELL report - claims County voting machines were remotely logged into - decertifies entire Antrim election

Matthew DePerno
Michigan Attorney Matthew DePerno released new information from his investigation into the Antrim County 2020 election.

In May DePerno broke the news that the Antrim County tabulator machines can be reopened after the election. The machines can then run more ballots through the tabulator, print off a new tabulator tape with new ballots, and then backdate that tape to November 3rd.

On Tuesday Matt DePerno dropped another bomb that he says should disqualify the 2020 Antrim County election.

According to DePerno the Dominion Voting Machines were accessed from the outside and remotely logged into after the election.

DePerno contends this should decertify the county's election results.
And Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson should resign or be removed from office after alleging remote access was not possible with the Michigan machines.

Comment: This is further proof that confirms the Dominion voting system was rigged so that PTB puppet Joe Biden will win the elections. It was not a computer glitch or human error. It was done on purpose.

Last year after the elections, Attorney Matthew Deperno released findings from their forensic examination on 16 Dominion Voting machines in Antrim County, MI where thousands of votes flipped from President Trump to Joe Biden on November 3, 2020.

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Light Sabers

US state-run outlets Voice of America and RFE/RL 'defiantly refusing' to follow Russian foreign agent law, claims media regulator

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US state-run outfits RFE/RL and Voice of America are refusing to comply with Russian legislation on the work of foreign agents within the country, the government's media regulator Roskomnadzor revealed on Friday morning.

In a statement published on the agency's website, Roskomnadzor said Russian law describes restrictions and regulations "in detail" in order to prevent "ambiguous interpretations," and there could be serious penalties for non-compliance.

"American media outlets Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [RFE/RL], which are listed as foreign agents, are defiantly refusing to comply with the law in full," the regulator said. "In particular, Voice of America is yet to establish a Russian legal entity, and Radio Liberty is systematically failing to comply with the requirement to mark the materials it posts."

Red Pill

Florida education board draws flak for banning 'critical race theory,' after state governor calls it a waste of 'taxpayer dollars'

Ron DeSantis
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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis
Florida's state Board of Education banned "critical race theory" from public school classrooms Thursday, adopting new rules it said would shield schoolchildren from curricula that could "distort historical events."

Florida's move was widely expected as a national debate intensifies about how race should be used as a lens in classrooms to examine the country's tumultuous history.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared by video at the top of the board's meeting, urging its members, many of whom he appointed, to adopt the new measures he asserted would serve students with the facts rather than "trying to indoctrinate them with ideology."

The Black Lives Matter movement has helped bring contentious discussions about race to the forefront of American discourse, and classrooms have become a battleground. Supporters contend that federal law has preserved the unequal treatment of people on the basis of race and that the country was founded on the theft of land and labor.