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Relax: Most Omicron cases are 'mild', no evidence to suggest vaccines may be less effective against variant - WHO official

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The World Health Organisation has also urged countries to apply "an evidence-informed and risk-based approach" to travel measures, saying blanket bans will not prevent the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant.

Early indications suggest most Omicron coronavirus cases are "mild", an official at the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, the official said there is no evidence to suggest the efficacy of vaccines has been reduced by the new strain - but did say some mutations of the virus indicate an increased risk of quicker transmission.

They said more than 40 different mutations have been identified with the Omicron variant.

The WHO official, quoted by Reuters, added there is still a lot unknown about the new strain.

Comment: Hmm. A back-of-the-envelope calculation on infections vs deaths yields a 0.0208 rate per MILLION world-wide. Yet the PTB took it as an excuse to upend the world order.

See the tiny dot at the bottom of the timeline? That's Covid. It isn't about health.
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Greece threatens monthly FINES for over 60s who remain unvaccinated after January

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A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine in Athens, Greece.
Older people in Greece who fail to get vaccinated against Covid-19 will face a monthly fine of €100 ($113.64), Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday, in the first of such measures imposed by an EU country.

To start, Covid vaccines will be mandatory for individuals aged 60 and over, as Greece seeks to protect its health service from a potential resurgence of the virus throughout the coming winter months.

Comment: Threatening pensioners with a loss of income, who are already seriously struggling to get by in austerity-ridden Greece, isn't going to help the health service; quite the opposite.

The prime minister's announcement marks the first measure in the EU to target a specific age group with mandatory vaccination, as officials seek to protect at-risk individuals and emergency workers from Covid.

Comment: Greece is targeting pensioners, Austria was targeting the unjabbed, meanwhile the UK targeted residential home workers; It's beginning to appear that these calculated moves are, in a sense, a testing of the waters to see what totalitarian measures people will allow. One might suppose that, whichever tyrannical moves are met with little resistance, they will then be deployed elsewhere.

Comment: Here's the announcement from Greece's PM:

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Omicron! Nu Variant! More Lockdowns! More Jabs!

Black Cat

CNN host Chris Cuomo used his media sources to find out info on brother Andrew's accusers, records show - UPDATE: CNN suspends Cuomo

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and CNN anchor Chris Cuomo attend the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.
CNN host Chris Cuomo used his sources in the media world to seek information on women who accused his brother Andrew Cuomo, then the governor of New York, of sexual harassment, according to documents released Monday by the New York Attorney General's Office.

While Chris Cuomo has previously acknowledged advising his brother and his team on the response to the scandals, the records show that his role in helping the then-governor was much larger and more intimate than previously known.

Chris Cuomo was actively in touch with Melissa DeRosa, who was the then-governor's top aide, about incoming media reports that detailed alleged sexual harassment by Andrew Cuomo, according to exhibits from the Attorney General's probe and a transcript of his interview with the state's investigators. He also lobbied to help the governor's office as it sought to weather the storm of accusations, and he dictated statements for the then-governor to use.

Comment: The New York Post reports on internal 'disgust' with Chris Cuomo's behavior:
'How does he still have a job?' CNN staff sounds off as Chris Cuomo defies ban, talks bro on SiriusXM show

Chris Cuomo on Tuesday used his SiriusXM show to speak about his brother's resignation as governor of New York despite being banned from discussing it on CNN — which is weighing his future as a network host amid calls for his ouster.

About 35 minutes into his two-hour SiriusXM show, Chris Cuomo went on a rant in which he blamed his brother's disgraceful exit on vast conspiracy spanning both sides of the political spectrum and the news media, saying that "the game has rules."

Some of the remarks echoed those previously made by Andrew Cuomo, who quit in August facing all but sure impeachment after James issued a report that accused him of sexually harassing 11 women, including nine current or former state employees.

They also flew in the face of CNN's statement in May that Chris Cuomo wasn't covering Andrew Cuomo's scandal for the network because "he could never be objective" and "often serves as a sounding board for his brother."

Meanwhile, CNN employees told The Post that the network needed to finally fire Chris Cuomo, who's repeatedly come under fire for advising his brother off-camera and stayed silent regarding Monday's revelations during his show that night.

"How does he still have a job at the network? He's not a journalist," one staffer said.

"'Cuomo Prime Time' has the lowest ratings to date. The viewers no longer trust him. His reign at CNN has to end."

Another said, "Chris Cuomo enabled a sexual predator, the former governor of New York. He needs to immediately resign or CNN must fire him.

"Does Chris Cuomo have any journalistic integrity? No."

Elisa Batista of the women's rights group UltraViolet also said Chris Cuomo "should be fired immediately" for "using his position at CNN to seek information on the accusers."

"This a severe breach of journalistic ethics," Batista said in a prepared statement.

"CNN should immediately sever ties with Chris Cuomo. Anything less is unacceptable, and further harms survivors of sexual abuse."

CNN didn't immediately return requests for comment, but on Monday said it was reviewing the documents released by James to determine "their significance as they relate to CNN."

The network also said it expected to come to a decision within "the next several days."
UPDATE 30/11/2021: The ax finally (sort of) falls. Cuomo 'suspended indefinitely' by CNN:
CNN "indefinitely" suspended host Chris Cuomo on Tuesday over his secret role in trying to defend his brother, then-Gov. Andrew Cuomo, from the sexual harassment allegations that forced him from office — and for using his journalistic resources to aid that effort.

The move came a day after state Attorney General Letitia James released a trove of subpoenaed records that include texts showing the Cuomo Prime Time star agreed to contact news industry "sources" for advance information on damaging reports regarding his older brother.

CNN previously stood by the anchor of its weekday 9 p.m. show following a May report by the Washington Post that revealed he took part in behind-the-scenes strategy sessions with his brother's top aides and advisers.

But calls for Chris Cuomo, 51, to be fired intensified after the newly released evidence laid bare the extent of his dual role as network anchor and gubernatorial adviser, with even fellow CNN employees telling The Post earlier Tuesday that he needed to go.

The text messages made public by James show Chris Cuomo communicating with his brother's then-top adviser, Melissa DeRosa, on March 7 regarding a rumor that additional accusers would be coming forward the next day.

Other damning testimony revealed how he and his big brother discussed COVID-19 "messaging," political campaigning, the #MeToo movement and then-President Donald Trump — all topics that Chris Cuomo regularly spoke about during his CNN show.

Bizarro Earth

San Francisco's stores board up windows, hire armed guards, as robbery and looting soars after 'reclassification' of laws

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People stroll past a barricaded Louis Vuitton store on Union Square.
As San Francisco approached the critical December shopping month, instead of holiday lights and Santa Claus decorations, dozens of downtown retailers greeted shoppers with plywood-encased storefronts and armed guards in the wake of mass retail thefts in Union Square two weeks ago.

Comment: The following Twitter thread shows just how many stores have been forced to take these precautions:

These images are also rather revealing as to the state of the city, and what is actually an increasingly familiar sight in cities across the US:


New bodycam footage appears to show NBC producer admitting to following Rittenhouse jury bus

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Bodycam footage from a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer appears to show the moment an NBC freelancer admitted to following the Kyle Rittenhouse jury bus while under instruction from bosses in New York.

The footage shows an officer pulling over a man, who identifies himself as a producer for NBC.

"I work for NBC. [I'm a] producer," the man, believed to be James Morrison, said.

"Were you following a vehicle?" the unidentified police officer can be heard asking.

"I was trying to see ... I was being called by New York, maybe you need to follow up.., I was trying to do what they told me to do."

"New York told you to follow a vehicle?" the officer asked.

"Yes," the producer said.

Comment: See also: MSNBC banned from Rittenhouse trial courtroom after producer caught following jury bus


LA begins enforcing strict mandate requiring proof of vax

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Patrons Naomi and Troy DeMontmorency, from Kern County, Calif., show their digital vaccination certificates to waiter Juan Rodrigues, left, before being allowed to enter the Fred 62 restaurant in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of COVID-19 shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons.
Enforcement began Monday in Los Angeles for one of the strictest vaccine mandates in the country, a sweeping measure that requires proof of shots for everyone entering a wide variety of businesses from restaurants to theaters and gyms to nail and hair salons.

While the latest order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus took effect Nov. 8, city officials spent the past three weeks providing business owners the information and resources business they need to comply.

"Nobody wants to penalize anyone," said Sharon Tso, the city's Chief Legislative Analyst, whose office drafted the enforcement rules. "That's why we've been prioritizing education."

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Joe Rogan calls out media, Democrats for complete fabrication of Russian collusion narrative

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Joe Rogan called out the Democratic party and the media for working together to fabricate fictional stories like the Russian collusion hoax and to suppress stories, such as that of Hunter Biden's laptop, during a recent episode of his podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience."

"The collusion between the media and the government is pretty apparent. Especially the left-wing media and the left-wing government," Rogan said.

Comment: Now that Rogan appears to be getting wise to MSM narratives, maybe he'll apply some solid thinking in the areas he's clearly misinformed (*cough, China, *cough *cough).

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Red Flag

Twitter's new boss slammed for post about 'white people'

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal
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Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal.
Conservatives have dug up old tweets Parag Agrawal, Twitter's new CEO, made about religion and race. He argued that he was quoting a comedian on Jon Stewart's show.

On Monday, Jack Dorsey named Agrawal, Twitter's chief technical officer since 2017, his successor as CEO. Conservatives reacted to the news by digging up Agrawal's old tweets.

US Republican Party Senator Marsha Blackburn shared screenshots of two messages the new Twitter boss posted in 2010. One, published in December of that year, read, "If something has worked for people in the past, it doesn't mean it will work for you now," with the hashtags #PyramidSchemes, #Religions, and #Traditions.

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Take 2

Disney are scared of taking the Mickey out of China

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The erasing of an episode of The Simpsons that lampooned the Chinese regime by Disney's newly launched streaming service in Hong Kong exposes the profound hypocrisy underlying corporate wokeness.

The number 4 is considered an unlucky number for Chinese people because it sounds very much like the word 'death'. The number 12, however, has no such connotation. So many Chinese viewers of Disney's new streaming service might be confused as to why in the 16th season of The Simpsons, episode 12 has simply disappeared without any explanation.

This has nothing to do with Disney being sensitive to Chinese culture. No, the reason is quite simple: episode 12 is where the Simpsons travel to Beijing for Marge's sister Selma to adopt a Chinese baby and in which they mention the Tiananmen Square massacre.

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Epstein's 'Lolita Express' pilot testifies in Maxwell trial as flight data leaks

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The pilot who flew pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell between their high-end haunts has testified at her sex-trafficking trial, confirming certain VIPs were on board.

Larry Visoski, who testified he flew Epstein to his private island in the Caribbean "at least every 10 days for 20 years," told the court on Tuesday during the second day of Maxwell's trial that it was "not unusual" for Maxwell - Epstein's close confidante and the alleged procurer of the young girls from whom he received "erotic massages" - to sit with him in the cockpit and fly his helicopters.

The accused child sex trafficker is a licensed helicopter pilot, though it's not clear how many of the flights Visoski made with Epstein were made with her present - in the cockpit or elsewhere on the plane. He did recall flying both a "powder-blue-eyed" singer from Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan and was familiar with Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Roberts Giuffre) who has accused both Epstein and Britain's Prince Andrew of abuse.

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