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Leaked audio: Army doctor tells retiring soldier with medical issue to 'take vaccine or face court martial'

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A retiring soldier has been threatened to take the vaccine or face a court-martial. In a shocking leaked audio clip, an Army doctor is heard telling the soldier she must either get the shot or possibly face a court martial. Terminal CWO broke the story and Jack Posobiec broadcast it on his hit podcast Human Events Daily, where he analyzed the entire clip.

"If we were civilians and you said, 'Doctor, do you think it's reasonable for me to not get the vaccine for a few months until I feel comfortable?' I'd say, yeah, that's reasonable, you're young and healthy, it's reasonable to wait a few months until you feel more comfortable," the Army doctor said.

"The Army doesn't allow me to do that, though. So I recommend that you submit an administrative waiver because I can't grant you a medical waiver unless you had specific medical conditions such as severe allergic reaction to the first shot, unfortunately."


Cyberattack shut down Ecuador's largest bank

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Ecuador's largest private bank Banco Pichincha has suffered a cyberattack that disrupted operations and taken the ATM and online banking portal offline.

The cyberattack occurred over the weekend, causing the bank to shut down portions of their network to prevent the attack's spread to other systems.

The shut down of systems has led to widespread disruption for the bank, with ATMs no longer working and the online banking portals showing maintenance messages.

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New York to scrap gifted programs in a bid to 'fight discrimination'

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New York's educational program for talented children is under threat, as it is said to promote racial segregation. But ending it will simply mean that gifted pupils, whatever their background, are discriminated against.

Irrational woke activism is working hard to dismantle the American education system. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has unveiled a plan to phase out the 'Gifted and Talented Program', effectively denying talented poor kids a special curriculum and opportunities for advancement. The 'reasoning' behind this is that the program is a 'glaring symbol of segregation' in NYC public schools, due to the perception that the gifted students are disproportionately white and Asian.

While 70 percent of all students are black or Latino, about 75 percent of the gifted class students are white or Asian. However, the language associated with de Blasio's new plan sounds angry and misleading. The suggestion is that the gifted program has contributed to "racially segregated" classrooms.


Common sense: Texas bill requires trans students play on sports teams according to birth gender

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Texas House passes bill banning transgender athletes from participating in school sports based on gender

The Republican-controlled Texas House has approved a bill that will make transgender students play on school sports teams based on their biological sex.

House Bill 25 was passed 76-54 on Thursday after Texas lawmakers debated for more than 10 hours.

The proposed legislation means students in K-12 public schools will only be allowed to play on school athletic teams that align with the gender they were assigned at birth.

Comment: Kudos to Texas for recognizing the fact that there are differences in performance between male and female bodies, with the advantage being overwhelmingly to the males, however they may feel about their "authentic selves". In some sports, this puts female participants in real danger.


US: Deputy killed, two others injured in Houston 'ambush'

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A Texas sheriff's deputy working a second job was killed, and two colleagues hurt, in an apparent ambush outside of a Houston nightclub, officials said.

"We believe they were ambushed, shot from behind," said James Jones, executive assistant chief of the Houston Police Department.

The Harris County deputies were working "police-related extra jobs" at the 44 North Bar and Lounge in northern Houston when the fatal incident unfolded around 2:15 a.m. Saturday outside a nightclub on the North Freeway, Jones said.

"This is a terrible time," Jones said.

Comment: See also: Weekend of gun violence in Chicago: 7 killed, 41 injured including 3-year-old boy


German state allows ALL businesses to ban unvaxxed customers, even for groceries & other essentials

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FILE PHOTO: A sign with Covid-19 distancing rules is seen at a retail shop in Berlin, Germany, April 25, 2020.
The German state of Hesse has become the first to allow businesses to deny the unvaccinated access even to basic necessities, setting a troubling precedent as its neighbors wrestle with protests against vaccination mandates.

Hessian supermarkets have been granted permission to deny the unvaccinated the right to buy food and other essentials, the state chancellery confirmed to German magazine BILD on Friday. Under the new policy, stores can decide whether to implement the '2G rule', which means allowing entry only to the vaccinated and recovered ('geimpft' and 'genesen' in German) or the more lax '3G rule', encompassing those who have tested negative for the virus (getestet).

Comment: It's not just in Germany that this mixed messaging over vaccine mandates has been noted; over in the US, Boeing announced its employees must be vaccinated, but that it would allow religious and medical exemptions; whilst over in Australia - where some areas have enforced some of the draconian restrictions yet - the PM announced that the government would protect businesses that chose not to enforce vaccine passports (see video below).

At the same time, those countries and regions that are going full Nazi with the vaccine mandates are noticing significant pushback: strikes at Italy's ports; massive, and growing, protests throughout Europe; one report from the US stated that a factory waved the mandate when employees walked out en masse in protest; Southwest Airlines in the US were caught lying about their 1000+ flight cancellations, that were in fact not due to 'bad weather', since other airlines flew without issue, but were more likely because of a company 'sick out' in protest against the mandate.

So, it's not yet clear just what's causing this flip flopping on the mandates, but with the deadlines set by numerous countries for the mandates already passed or coming up soon, it's likely more telling details will emerge.

Yellow Vest

Chicago police union boss to members: Defy COVID-19 vaccine mandate

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Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara has been against Chicago's vaccine mandate for municipal workers
A Chicago police union boss told cops to defy the city's upcoming COVID-19 vaccination reporting mandate.

Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara said Tuesday he would take Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration to court if it enforced a directive ordering city workers to report their vaccination status by Friday.

Under the order, unvaccinated municipal workers who don't submit to regular COVID-19 tests would be placed on unpaid leave.

Chicago has the nation's second-largest police department, consisting of about 13,000 cops, many of whom would not comply with the mandate, Catanzara threatened in an online video.

Comment: The ante is going up. Chicago sues, the police union counter-sues, and the injunctions are flying:
A judge late Friday issued a temporary restraining order against the Chicago police union president, prohibiting him from making public statements that encourage members not to report their COVID-19 vaccine status to the city.

Cook County Circuit Judge Cecilia Horan ruled there was potential irreparable harm if local Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara persisted in making such statements. City attorneys argued they were tantamount to him advocating "sedition" and "anarchy" because he was directing members to disobey an order from their superiors.

It was the latest twist in the high-stakes standoff between Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the local police union over the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. With both sides accusing the other of illegally risking the safety of the city over the issue, the fight shifted into the courts Friday with dueling lawsuits.

Lightfoot asked the courts to intervene after the union chief told members to disobey Friday's deadline to report their vaccine status. The local Fraternal Order of Police in turn filed its own lawsuit against the city, mayor and police Superintendent David Brown that seeks to force arbitration over the matter.

During a lengthy emergency hearing Friday evening, Horan ruled that the restraining order be in place until Oct. 25, when another court session is to take place. Earlier, FOP attorney Joel D'Alba had asked the city to stop ordering workers to report their vaccine status during that time, but city attorneys would not agree to that.

"What's truly extraordinary is they want to silence somebody who is the elected president of the union," said D'Alba, who in the course of the hearing noted that Catanzara himself is vaccinated.

In court, city lawyers argued Catanzara was effectively calling for an illegal work action, since the FOP isn't allowed by contract to strike.

"That is a work stoppage. That is a strike," attorney Michael Warner said. "It might not result in a shortfall of officers over the weekend, but it will in a matter of days."

The nearly two-hour hearing began with arguments from the city that Catanzara was holding the city "hostage" to the point of "municipal sedition and treason." However, Warner also conceded the vaccination reporting policy was unpopular with the police union.

Minutes after the hearing concluded, Catanzara uploaded another YouTube video encouraging FOP members to "do what's in their hearts and minds." Then he held up a "John Catanzara for Mayor 2023″ sign and said, "Enough is enough."

The court actions and mutual name-calling were indicative of a growing standoff between the city and the police union over the vaccine mandate, which has escalated in recent days even after Lightfoot agreed to give employees the option of submitting to COVID-19 testing for the rest of the year if they're not yet fully vaccinated.


Marine to plead guilty at court-martial over viral video attacking Afghan exit

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Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller
Rebel Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller will plead guilty at his court-martial Thursday over the viral video he posted attacking the botched US pullout from Afghanistan, his attorney has said.

"This case began with a call for accountability and Lt. Col. Scheller will demonstrate to senior leadership how to accept accountability for his own actions," attorney Tim Parlatore told The Hill.

In the video posted to Facebook, Scheller — who was wearing his uniform — tore into military leadership following the Aug. 26 ISIS-K suicide bombing at Kabul's airport. The blast killed 13 US service members, including 11 Marines. He said in the searing monologue:
"People are upset because their senior leaders let them down, and none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, 'We messed this up.'"
After the clip went viral, Scheller was sent to a military prison and then hit with a slew of charges, including contempt toward officials, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful general orders and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

Comment: Quick update on Lt. Col. Scheller's court appearance:

Tim Parlatore, an attorney representing Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, said his client accepted responsibility for his actions during the court-martial this morning. In addition to the reprimand, Scheller will have to forfeit $5,000 in pay.
"He has submitted his resignation and the Secretary of Navy will decide what the appropriate characterization of service whether it's an honorable or a general under honorable circumstances."
He had said in videos that he was resigning and giving up his $2million pension because he was so appalled with how the situation in Afghanistan had unfolded.

See also:
US government JAILS military officer for criticizing botched withdrawal from Afghanistan
Powerful integrity: Marine who slammed military over Afghan mess says he's resigning - Updates

Yellow Vest

Boeing workers stage protest near Seattle over US vaccine mandate

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Boeing employees and others line the street to wave signs and American flags to protest the company's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine mandate, outside the Boeing facility in Everett, Washington, October 15, 2021.
Waving signs like "coercion is not consent," and "stop the mandate," some 200 Boeing Co employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker's COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.

Boeing said on Tuesday it will require its 125,000 U.S. employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8 under an executive order issued by President Joe Biden for federal contractors.

As the pandemic has continued to rage, Biden announced the requirement in September because a large swath of Americans have resisted vaccination even though the shots are free, widely available and declared safe by regulators.

"It's my choice and it's my body," one avionics engineer said, his voice nearly drowned out by anti-Biden chants and trucks honking to show support along the busy street outside Boeing's factory in Everett, north of Seattle.

"It's an experimental drug given under a pseudo-emergency," he added.

Another worker, an assembly mechanic, said: "This is America. We don't just do what we're told because one person says to."


Assistant to the Sergeant at Arms charged with 10 child pornography felonies

Stefan Bieret
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Stefan Bieret
An Assistant to the Sergeant at Arms for the U.S. House of Representatives has been arrested and charged with ten felonies related to the possession of child pornography.

Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Department searched the house of Stefan Bieret, 41, of Burke and recovered multiple electronics.

The investigation began when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) was notified of a potentially illicit image being uploaded to a Dropbox account.