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Pfizer lied, and people died: Pfizer's CEO rapped by regulator for making 'misleading' statements about children's vaccines

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Dr Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, said Covid in schools was thriving and ‘there are kids that will have severe symptoms’
Pfizer's CEO has been rapped by the UK's pharmaceutical watchdog for making "misleading" statements about children's vaccines, The Telegraph can disclose.

Dr Albert Bourla used an interview with the BBC last December to claim that "there is no doubt in my mind that the benefits, completely, are in favour of" vaccinating youngsters aged five to 11 against Covid-19.

Comment: No doubt there are financial benefits.

He argued that "Covid in schools is thriving" adding: "This is disturbing, significantly, the educational system, and there are kids that will have severe symptoms."

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Monkeypox to be renamed Mpox 'because of racism'

Monkeypox is to be rebranded as 'mpox' after global health experts said the name had racist connotations and could lead to stigmatisation. The Telegraph has the story.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the term monkeypox would be phased out over the coming year.

It follows a forum in the summer in which two families of monkeypox - the Congo Basin and West African clades - were renamed as Clade I and Clade II.


Operation Desert Light: Europol take down massive cocaine 'super cartel'

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Spanish police made 13 arrests earlier this month as part of the two-year investigation
A drug "super cartel" that controlled about a third of Europe's cocaine supply has been dismantled, police have announced.

Dubbed Operation Desert Light, 49 people were arrested across six European countries, the EU's police agency, Europol, said.

They included a British national, who is suspected of heading the operation.

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Elon Musk declares war on Apple

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"Chief Twit" and Tesla CEO Elon Musk has declared war on Apple for its attempted censorship of Twitter.

In a series of Tweets on Monday, Musk disclosed that the tech giant "mostly stopped advertising on Twitter," adding, "Do they hate free speech in America?"

Although Musk's remarks first appeared to be without context, many in the comments highlighted to others efforts by activists — notably driven by establishment media publications like the Associated Press, New York Times, and others — to get Apple and Google to pull Twitter from their mobile app stores.

Comment: To finish off the tweet series, Musk wrote:
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A battle has surely been brewing between Musk and Apple since long before Musk bought Twitter, at least as far back as some contentious and fruitless negotiations over whether Apple would actually buy Tesla, some years ago.

That was a non-starter. (Musk later tweeted that Tim Cook wouldn't take his call.)

Also, at least as far back as 2021, a year before he made his offer to buy Twitter, Musk was tweeting about Apple's 30 percent cut. (It's actually 30 percent of first-year revenues, and 15 percent afterward, but people seem to say "30 percent" as shorthand in any event.)

Meanwhile, Apple has been engaged in epic battles with other companies too over its commission, probably most notably over Fortnight and Netflix. And, there's a class action lawsuit about the 30 percent fee that has lasted more than a decade, making its way all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court and back, without actually reaching a verdict.

All of which finally brings us back to Twitter -- and the lesson I hope any other business person would take away from all of this. It's really about what's missing from the fight.

In short, if you go into battle with anyone, it usually makes sense to try to create a face-saving way for the other side to do whatever it is that you want them to do.

Here, there's no easy way out. There's no "emergency exit" that would allow deescalation and resolution.

We assume that Musk wants Apple to advertise on Twitter, and not to remove Twitter from the app store, and maybe even to work out some kind of deal to pay less than a 30 percent commission on his famed $8-a-month subscription idea.

But framing everything as Musk has, it becomes less and less possible for Apple -- and Cook specifically -- to agree to anything that even remotely looks like a concession to Twitter.

At the same time, by announcing to the world that this is "war" (deleted) and "a battle for the future of civilization" (not deleted), Musk makes it harder for Twitter to concede anything to Apple without looking like he's lost.

Look, I've followed Musk for many years. I even compiled a free, simple ebook about him, called Elon Musk Has Very Big Plans, yet just two years later, it reads more like an artifact of an earlier time.

At this point, I can't tell you whether Musk is truly playing some kind of nine-dimensional chess, or if he's simply manifesting a dangerous mix of brilliant thought and impulsive action.

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Kanye West (Ye) storms off Timcast IRL show after Tim Pool pushes back on antisemitic remarks

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Tim Pool invited infamous entertainer, fashion designer Kanye West onto his Timcast IRL on Monday night, only to have the celeb, along with his entourage, to storm out of the studio, and leave the premises when questioned about his antisemitism.

While Pool attempted to engage West in a discussion about his recent, controversial dinner with former President Donald Trump, West insisted on airing his grievances against the Jewish people, who he kept referring to as "they," and claiming that he was a vessel of God, and that his children would be okay because his ex-wife is rich.

When Pool pressed back, saying "they have been extremely unfair to you," Kanye asked "who is 'they' though?" Pool said plainly that he meant the corporate press, but for West, "they" was a specific reference to the Jewish people, who he blames for his own downfall.

Comment: Here's the full show:


Elon Musk says he's about to publish files of Twitter's free speech suppression, UPDATE: Report released on suppression due to 'Covid misinformation'

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Twitter owner Elon Musk announced Monday on his platform that he was about to publish the "Twitter Files" involving the company's previous history of censoring free speech.

Musk tweeted, "The Twitter Files on free speech suppression soon to be published on Twitter itself. The public deserves to know what really happened ..."

Comment: UPDATE: It would seem that Elon has already been true to his word, releasing a report of suppression of tweets and users due to 'Covid misinformation'. See: https://transparency.twitter.com/en/reports/covid19.html

According the report, since January of 2020, 11.72 million accounts have been challenged, 11,230 accounts have been suspended and 97,674 pieces of content were removed. The report states:
Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy.
We look forward to future reports delving into user suppression based on other topics.

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Just another coincidence? Photos from scrapped Balenciaga campaign feature book by artist whose works include castrated toddlers

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In this image from Balenciaga's scrapped Spring '23 campaign, Isabelle Huppert sits in front of a stack of books including one that celebrates Michael Borremans, a Belgian painter whose work is known to include depictions of castrated toddlers.
More photographs from an axed Balenciaga campaign are being questioned today over the prominence of a book which celebrates a Belgian artist whose work includes depictions of castrated toddlers.

Two photos from the brand's now canceled Spring '23 ad campaign feature French actress Isabelle Huppert posing in a Manhattan office with a stack of books behind her.

Among the books is one that celebrates the Belgian painter Michael Borremans. Borremans' work is varied but frequently features children. His 2017/2018 series, Fire from the Sun, shows a group of toddlers, some of them with blood staining their skin, in sinister composition.

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Worshippers left 'in tears' as Cambridge dean claims Jesus may have been TRANSGENDER

Pietà with the Holy Trinity by Jean Malouel

The research fellow used the 14th-century painting Pietà with the Holy Trinity by Jean Malouel to illustrate his point.
Church worshippers cried 'heresy' at the Dean of Trinity College as they left a sermon claiming Jesus may have been transgender 'in tears'.

But the view of a transgender Jesus is 'legitimate', according to Dr Michael Banner, the Dean who stepped in to defend the claim made at a Sermon last Sunday that Christ had a 'trans body'.

Dr Michael Banner, the Dean of Trinity College, was backing up junior research fellow Joshua Heath, who displayed Renaissance and Medieval paintings of the crucifixion depicting a side wound that he likened to a vagina in front of the congregation.

Comment: People need to calm down. Academia is replete with silly speculation, attaching every hot and trendy concept to everything they can get their hands on ('rape culture' in dog parks, for instance). They especially like to dabble in blasphemous concepts because they know it will cause controversy. Christ was a white supremacist, Christ was black, Christ was gay, Christ was a pedophile. It shouldn't be taken seriously. In fact, it should just be ignored; they don't need the validation.

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Kiev's mayor warns of potential evacuation as rolling blackouts expected to go on into spring

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An apartment building without electricity after critical civil infrastructure was hit by Russian missile attacks in Kiev, Ukraine, on November 23.
Kiev Mayor Vitali Klitschko has warned there may be a partial evacuation of the Ukrainian capital, as the authorities expect more blackouts well into next year. Over the past several weeks, Russian missile strikes have significantly battered the country's power grid.

In an interview with media outlet RBK-Ukraine published on Monday, Klitschko said that following the latest Russian missile strikes on Wednesday, the Kiev authorities managed to restore water supplies and ensure that all residential buildings were being heated by Saturday morning. The power for most homes was also largely restored within a few days, the official said.

However, despite the authorities' efforts to prevent a massive, city-wide power outage, the city is "preparing for various scenarios."

Comment: See also: Satellite images show Ukraine plunged into darkness after Russia takes out energy terminals

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'New Normal': Three runners suffer heart attacks, 25 others need medical attention following Spanish half-marathon

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A race official renders assistance to a runner in the Behobia-San Sebastián half-marathon which took place November 13, 2022
Three participants suffered heart attacks and 125 others required medical assistance following the Behobia-San Sebastián half-marathon last week. According to America's Frontline News, 33 runners reportedly required hospitalization.

The Behobia to San Sebastian half-marathon, a 15-mile historic running race held in the Spanish Basque Country, is held each year in November.

The Behobia-San Sebastián race has a very rigorous route with two high points, Gaintxurizketa (4 miles) and Miracruz (10 miles) In this year's edition, the event was attended by 30,000 runners and running enthusiasts.

Comment: The complicating factor of Covid vaccination was studiously avoided by the originating Spanish source. But even without that wrinkle, research has already shown that extreme endurance sports are bad for one's health.