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Freedom? Israel launches Covid-tracking 'FREEDOM BRACELET' as alternative to quarantine

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A traveler shows off an electronic bracelet as Israel introduces them to enforce Covid-19 quarantines, at Ben Gurion international airport near Tel Aviv, Israel March 1, 2021
While courts reins in spy agency' Shin Bet contact tracing

Israel has unveiled a coronavirus-tracking bracelet as an alternative to a two-week quarantine for incoming travelers, sparking privacy concerns as a top court moved to curb the Shin Bet spy agency's role in contact tracing.

A pilot program for the tracking bracelet kicked off at Ben Gurion Airport on Monday, where 100 devices were doled out to arriving travelers as a way to avoid a stay at a military-administered quarantine hotel. Instead, those opting for the bracelet system - which features the electronic wristband, a smartphone app and a wall-mounted tracking device - will be free to return home to wait out the two-week isolation period.

While the device will alert authorities if participants venture too far from the wall-mounted tracker, Ordan Trabelsi, the CEO of SuperCom, the company behind the bracelet, said it does not collect any other information, insisting the tech is minimally intrusive.

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Bullseye

Texas Governor Abbot announces end of mask mandate, state to be '100% open' March 10

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The governor agrees
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday he is lifting business capacity limits and the state's mask mandate starting next week.

Abbott made the announcement at a news conference in Lubbock.

"Every business that wants to open should be open," Abbott said.

Abbott said that county judges can institute coronavirus-mitigation measures in their counties if the hospitalization rate rises above 15% for seven consecutive days. However, he said no one can be jailed for failing to follow those protocols or be penalized for not wearing a mask.

Comment: Less than an hour later, the governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, announced similarly for his state.

Divergent realities! Mississippi has quickly followed Texas in fully reopening. Smells like coordination! Though not literal secession, there's a world of difference between life in, say, Florida vs California - effectively splitting the USA into two.


Footprints

CBP sends reinforcements to US-Mexico border amid surge in migrants; 'not a crisis' says Homeland Security chief

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Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas • White House on March 1, 2021
US Customs and Border Protection is sending additional agents to the Mexican border in response to a mounting migration crisis.

The agency, which includes the Border Patrol, said in a Monday statement that the agents will be arriving to help address a spike in apprehensions, including of unaccompanied children. The agency said in a statement:
"Due to fluctuations along the Southwest Border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying additional Border Patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley Sector area of operation."
Hundreds of agents may be redeployed from assignments along the US coasts and the northern border with Canada, the New York Times reported.

The Biden administration is dealing with a significant uptick in border apprehensions, with Republicans accusing President Biden of sparking the surge by relaxing some of former President Donald Trump's policies.

In January, which featured the final weeks of Trump's term and the start of Biden's, CBP detained nearly 78,000 people, up from 36,679 in January 2020. About 2,200 unaccompanied children crossed the border each week in February.

Comment: Biden's migration stance borders on insanity. Calling it something else does not make it so.


Family

Only 9% of Seattle public school teachers 'want to return to in-person instruction regardless of vaccinations'

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Where teachers used to be!
According to a February survey done by the Seattle Education Association only nine percent of public school teachers that responded "are ready and want to return to in-person instruction regardless of vaccinations." Meanwhile, Seattle's public school students have not been in a classroom since March 11, 2020, almost a full year.
Last week, it was announced that the scheduled reopening the week of March 1 had been delayed and now rumors are circulating that rumors students may have to wait until the Fall of 2021 before returning to in person instruction. This despite the fact that the Seattle School District has been preparing buildings for students and teachers to return to in-person learning once Seattle Public Schools started talking of plans to reopen schools in phases back in December.

"Buildings are ready with personal protective equipment (PPE); health and safety protocols are in place; plans for student transportation and meals are in place," the district said in its statement.

Comment: Facts should be the decider. It's a job; take it or leave it.


NPC

'Well done, everyone'! Dr. Seuss Enterprises to collaborate with 'educators' to take more beloved books away from kids

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Let the record show that Vox's Aaron Rupar thinks people are making way too big a deal out of stories that Dr. Seuss is getting posthumously canceled for being problematic:

Let the record also show that Aaron Rupar doesn't know what "purported" means. Because while he's busy sneering at Fox News and Newsmax, Dr. Seuss Enterprises is busy ... canceling Dr. Seuss.

Comment: Biden's administration put a stamp of approval on the suppression by not mentioning Dr. Suess' catalogue in Read Across America Day
In his presidential proclamation, Biden noted that "for many Americans, the path to literacy begins with story time in their school classroom," USA Today reported.

But unlike his two predecessors, former Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama, Biden did not mention Dr. Seuss.

The move comes as Dr. Seuss' work has generated controversy following a study highlighting a lack of diversity among the author's characters.

"Of the 2,240 (identified) human characters, there are forty-five characters of color representing 2% of the total number of human characters," according to a 2019 study from the Conscious Kid's Library and the University of California that examined 50 of Dr. Seuss' books.

Last week, a Virginia school district ordered its teachers to avoid "connecting Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss" because of recent research that allegedly "revealed strong racial undertones" in many of the author's books.



Archaeology

Cuomo backers pause fundraising amid sexual harassment claims

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© Reuters / Mike Sega
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo could lose crucial financial backing as he faces an independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations from two former aides.

Fundraisers and donors told CNBC they are pausing and reevaluating their support of Cuomo, who has said he will be seeking a fourth term when he's up for reelection next year.

"No one is giving to him now. Everything is on hold," one finance executive told the outlet.

The powerful Democrat's campaign has raised more than $4 million since July, and started 2021 with a war chest of $16 million.

Chalkboard

There is no such thing as "white" mathematics

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I am not at all qualified to introduce today's guest writer, Sergiu Klainerman.

I barely eked out a C+ in high school calculus, while Sergiu is a professor of mathematics at Princeton who specializes in the mathematical theory of black holes. He's been a MacArthur fellow, a Guggenheim fellow and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences

Mathematics allowed a young Sergiu, who came of age in Ceausescu's Romania, to escape to a world where right and wrong couldn't be fudged, and, ultimately, to a life of freedom in the United States. Without math, his life quite literally would not have been possible.

In the piece below he explains how activists are destroying his discipline in the name of progress. Worse, they are robbing poor children of the opportunity to raise themselves up by mastering it — with untold effects on all of us.

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Stock Down

Canada's economy suffers worst year on record, contracted 5.4% in 2020

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© REUTERS/Carlos Osorio
Adam Skelly defied extreme lockdown measures in Etobicoke to open his restaurant for business
The Canadian economy posted its worst showing on record in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the country, shutting down businesses and putting millions out of work.


Comment: The government chose to lockdown, because there were other options that wouldn't result in the predictable destruction of the economy; Sweden is just one example.


Statistics Canada says real gross domestic product shrank 5.4 per cent in 2020, the steepest annual decline since comparable data was first recorded in 1961.

The drop for the year was due to the shutdown of large swaths of the economy in March and April during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic that crushed the economy.

Comment: It's the same story all over the Western world. And, whilst statistics provide some insight into what's going on in the economy, they don't reveal the true cost and the suffering caused by the lockdowns. Moreover, one could be forgiven for thinking that if this impact to the economy wasn't intentional then, at the very least, it appears that those in power don't care about what they are still doing to small and medium businesses: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #34: Covid By Numbers


No Entry

UK holiday resort Pontins had Irish surnames blacklisted to prevent 'Travellers' booking stay

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© Peter Byrne/PA
The owner of Pontins has entered into a legal agreement with the human rights watchdog.
A blacklist circulated by the holiday park operator Pontins telling its staff not to book accommodation for people with Irish surnames has been described as "completely unacceptable" by Downing Street.

The list of "undesirable guests" was sent to booking operators, who were told: "We do not want these guests on our parks." It said: "Please watch out for the following names for ANY future bookings."

The list, which included names such as Carney, Boylan, McGuinness and O'Mahoney, was an example of "anti-Traveller discrimination", a spokesperson for Boris Johnson said. The document had a picture of a wizard holding up a wand and staff declaring: "You shall not pass."

Comment: See also: Rome's police seize 8 of notorious Casamonica gypsy Mafia family's villas, evicting 30 members


Cult

CPAC slams Hyatt Hotels for allegedly lying about stage debacle: 'You recruited us,' helped build stage

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© Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Trump speaks to the crowds on the last day of CPAC 2021
The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which is hosted by the American Conservative Union (ACU), slammed Hyatt Hotels in a statement on Monday for allegedly lying about a situation that occurred during the event involving the shape of CPAC's speaker's stage

Far-left activists online claimed that the shape of the stage at CPAC resembled a Nazi symbol despite there being no evidence that the stage was designed to resemble anything related to Nazi imagery or that organizers were even remotely aware of the connection.

CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp initially responded to the claims, which even left-wing journalists dismissed as conspiratorial nonsense, by calling the allegations "outrageous and slanderous."

Comment: Just . . . wow.

And now for a completely different reality filter: