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US judge blocks NY vaccine mandate for healthcare workers

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A U.S. judge in New York on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state from enforcing a requirement that healthcare workers receive COVID-19 vaccines against the wishes of employees with religious objections.

U.S. District Judge David Hurd in Utica, New York in a written order said he was blocking the mandate from taking effect on Sept. 27 because it does not allow for exemptions based on workers' religious beliefs.

The order came in a lawsuit filed on Monday by 17 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals who say New York's requirement violates their constitutional rights in various ways.


Vaccinated Americans call it quits with friends who refuse to get the COVID-19 shot

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Even the best of friends break up over it. Vaccinated Americans have called it quits with friends who refused to get the COVID-19 shot.

Our survey of 1,000 Americans - conducted on Sept. 2 - examined why people have ended friendships in the last year and a half and found 16% of respondents have axed three pals from their lives since the pandemic began in March 2020.

Of those who ended a friendship, 66% are vaccinated and 17% don't ever plan to receive the shot.

Comment: The fact is, vaccinated people cutting unvaccinated friends out of their lives are probably doing their friends a favor. It's always important to know who your real friends are.

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Colorado Dunkin' coffee shop temporarily closes after staff falls from 15 to 3 - Couldn't find anyone to replace them

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A Dunkin' coffee shop in Colorado is temporarily closing after the number of staff fell from 15 to 3 and it couldn't find anyone to replace them.
A Dunkin' branch in Colorado Springs is temporarily closing its doors because it is struggling to find workers amid the labor shortage, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Alex Apodaca, chief operating officer at JB Partners, an Arizona-based franchisee that manages seven Dunkin' stores in the area, told the outlet: "We just can't get people to work."

The west-side Colorado Avenue branch has been operating for 55 years. The store would usually have 15 employees on its rota. But that fell to three just before the store closed, Apodaca said.

Comment: This labor shortage is happening across the US as people, used to staying at home not working, are reticent to return to the daily grind. On social media it's being called "The Great Resignation," and has the appearance of a grassroots movement to not work. But it seems to play too neatly into the hands of the Great Reset crowd to be a spontaneous initiative.

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Premier League to tell football fans to STAY AWAY unless they've been fully vaccinated or have evidence of recent negative test

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The Premier League will ask fans not to attend matches unless they have been fully vaccinated or can provide evidence of a recent negative Covid test for the rest of the season, despite the Government abandoning plans to introduce Covid passports for mass events.

Clubs will continue to employ Covid marshals at games to carry out spot-checks of supporters' Covid certification, and those without the required credentials may be barred from entering the stadium.

Some clubs are understood to have already ejected fans who were unable to demonstrate their Covid status in the opening weeks of the campaign.

Comment: Many on Twitter mocked the Premier Leagues' statement and said that they hadn't been asked for their covid status despite attending numerous games.

Is the Premier League blowing hot air in an attempt to get the remaining 'plebs' vaccinated, or is this a sign of things to come and private companies will enforce the covid pass despite Boris scrapping the idea?


'Lying homophobic c**n!': Rapper Nicki Minaj unloads on MSNBC's Joy Reid after vaccine tweet about swollen testicles

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Nicki Minaj (L) and Joy Reid (R).
Nicki Minaj's skepticism over Covid-19 vaccines didn't sit well with MSNBC host Joy Reid, who accused the rapper of putting her fans' health at risk. Minaj shot right back, calling the liberal pundit a "lying homophobic c**n."

Minaj shocked her fans on Monday when she claimed that a friend of her cousin in Trinidad had gotten vaccinated and "became impotent" and suffered "swollen" testicles as a result. The rapper didn't tell her fans not to get the shot, but advised them to "pray on it & make sure you're comfortable with [your] decision, not bullied."

Her comments caused outrage among vaccine enthusiasts, with MSNBC host Joy Reid condemning her on air that night.


Al Qaeda leader, believed dead, appears in video on 9/11 anniversary

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Ayman al-Zawahiri took over Al Qaeda after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared ​in a video released Saturday — the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks — raising questions over his rumored death.

The US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist groups online, tweeted about the existence of the video, saying Zawahiri made comments about events that occurred after speculation first emerged that he'd died.

​​"Amid rumours of his death, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri shown in a new 60-minute video, this time offering some evidence that he is not dead​ - ​particularly, reference to events after December when rumors of death surfaced," SITE director Rita Katz tweeted.

The video was entitled Jerusalem will not be Judaized and was released by As Sahab Media, the terror group's propaganda arm. ​

Zawahiri mentioned a raid on a Russian military base by the ​al Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria, which the group said occurred on Jan. 1 — after rumors began circulating of his death in November.

Katz said while Zawahiri did discuss the US's withdrawal from Afghanistan, she noted he did not talk about the Taliban's return to power in the country.

Comment: Faking the deaths of al Qaeda leadership has proven a standard ploy.

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Man with bayonet and machete arrested near DNC headquarters

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A California man was arrested near the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters early Monday morning after Capitol Police found a bayonet and machete in his car.

Donald Craighead, 44, was arrested for possession of prohibited weapons after a Capitol Police officer pulled him over and found the weapons in his truck, which are illegal in Washington, D.C., authorities noted.

At around midnight on Monday, Capitol Police said a Special Operation Division officer who was on patrol pulled over a Dodge Dakota pickup truck outside DNC headquarters that had a swastika and other white supremacists symbols painted on it.

The incident occurred along the 500 block of South Capitol Street SW, according to authorities. The Capitol Police released photos of the truck on Twitter in which the white supremacy emblems are visible.

Comment: "Justice of J6" rally has chosen to poke the bear in holding this event in proximity to the Capitol. Cue ramping paranoia and law enforcement on overdrive.


California: San Fernando Valley residents cast provisional ballots due to equipment issue

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Republican Party headquarters in California
Some San Fernando Valley voters think they are being wrongly prevented from casting a ballot in the upcoming gubernatorial recall election, but the county elections office said it was an equipment issue that was resolved.

At El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills, some voters say they were told the computers showed them as already having voted, even though they had not.

West Hills resident Estelle Bender, 88, said she was far from the only person who was being told incorrectly that they had already voted. In addition to friends of hers who experienced the issue and two other women outside the polling place, Bender said that inside, "the man next to me was arguing the same thing."

Bender said she filled out a provisional ballot and "left really angry." Bender added that, to her knowledge, many of those affected by this issue are self-identified Republicans, and she's suspicious.

"I'd still like to know how I voted," Bender said.


Thousands protest against Taliban in Kandahar over evictions

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Local media records thousands of people taking to the streets in Kandahar protest.
Thousands of Afghans protested against the Taliban in the southern city of Kandahar on Tuesday, according to a former government official and local television footage, after residents were asked to vacate a residential army colony.

Protesters gathered in front of the governor's house in Kandahar after around 3,000 families were asked to leave the colony, according to the former government official who witnessed the crowds. Footage from local media showed crowds of people blocking a road in the city.

The affected area is predominantly occupied by the families of retired army generals and other members of the Afghan security forces. The families, some of whom had lived in the district for almost 30 years, had been given three days to vacate, the official, who had spoken to some of those affected, said.

Comment: As 'the people' push back, the Taliban's veneer evaporates.


New statue of Communist 'Red Terror' chief in Crimea sparks anger from Russian Orthodox Church

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Monument to Felix Dzerzhinsky in central Moscow.
A top Russian bishop has blasted a newly-erected statue of a Bolshevik secret police boss who oversaw the Stalinist purges that shook Soviet Russia and killed and imprisoned hundreds of thousands in brutal labor camps.

Arch-priest Leonid Kalinin told listeners of the Govorit Moskva radio station on Sunday that the monument, put up in Crimea in honor of Polish revolutionary Felix Dzerzhinsky, was an insult to all those who lived through the era. Dzerzhinsky founded the Cheka, the covert organization of armed revolutionaries that later became the Soviet Union's KGB security agency, and is considered the founding father of the so-called 'Red Terror'.

"It will be demolished by local residents, for whom the memory of those terrible events is still alive," Kalinin said. "These were decades of hellish torment that these 'heroes' plunged the country into, who first brought the country to complete collapse," he said.

Comment: The following article is edifying as to why some might consider this appropriate: Putin: Stalin's Soviet regime is rightly accused of crimes & mass repression against its own people

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