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Pollsters hedge bets for ANOTHER potential election day upset: 'If Trump wins, my profession is done'

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Distraught Hillary Clinton supporters gather to hear the results of the 2016 election in Seattle, Washington, November 8, 2016
Polling guru Frank Luntz has admitted that if Donald Trump wins re-election, his "profession is done." Though polls show Joe Biden in the lead, Luntz and his colleagues are hedging their bets and preparing to be shocked... again.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by up to 10 points nationwide. Yet polls can be wrong, and for all the talk of a Biden "landslide" in the media, Trump's supporters likely remember 2016, when their candidate pulled off a shock victory against Hillary Clinton, despite being given only a seven percent chance of winning by the New York Times two weeks before election day.

Should Trump once again dispatch his Democratic challenger, the polling industry is finished, Republican pollster Frank Luntz told Fox News on Thursday.


Bad Guys

Leading Russian virologist says another Covid-19 lockdown may lead to riots, economic fallout could be worse than pandemic itself

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After a strict lockdown last spring, the introduction of a second coronavirus quarantine in Russia has the potential to result in severe economic hardship and psychological suffering, which could eventually lead to mass unrest.

That's according to Fyodor Lisitsyn, a senior specialist at Moscow's Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, which was responsible for creating the world's first-registered Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.

Speaking to the TV channel Russia-24, the virologist explained that the knock-on effects of a strict lockdown, such as economic problems for millions of people, could eventually amount to an issue more significant than Covid-19 itself.

"My personal opinion contradicts many other experts'," Lisitsyn explained. "I now believe that the political complications, economic complications, and psychological complications caused by severe restrictive measures could have a destructive power exceeding their positive medical effect." He also warned that new restrictions may lead to "mass gatherings on the streets" and the "collapse of anything and everything."

In Lisitsyn's opinion, the best method to prevent the spread of Covid-19 is to minimize trips abroad, and introduce quarantine on return to the country. "The rise in cases at the beginning of September was not caused by children going to school, but people returning home after summer vacation," he explained.

Comment: He's right.

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Sorry, Kamala, undecided Black women just aren't that into you!

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Democratic candidate for VP Kamala Harris
After all the fanfare of a Black woman (half Black) Vice President, the truth is revealed. Undecided Black Women just aren't into Kamala Harris.

It's true.

Before the debate, MSNBC correspondent Chris Jansing talked to three Black women in Atlanta who deemed themselves undecided. From the video, I'll distinguish them as Sister in the hat, Sister in the red dress, and Sister in the polka dot mask.

Jansing confirmed whether they were truly undecided about who to vote for. Sister in the polka dot mask said she would have voted weeks ago, but she just couldn't.


'Unreal': Politifact ruling on Trump claim about campaign spying sends heads CRASHING to desks

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President Trump has said in the past that the Obama administration and some in the intelligence community at the time spied on his campaign, and Trump said something similar at Thursday night's debate. Politifact has again issued a ruling on that claim:

Cute and not unexpected, but who's buying that?

Comment: Outlets like Politifact don't care that they'll be called out for their lies, because enough people will be convinced without looking into it further. The lies are so egregious at this point it becomes a full time job to discern the truth. Welcome to the Post-Truth era.

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If you don't know that 'coyotes' are human smugglers, shut up about the border

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On Thursday night when Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden angrily accused President Trump of a "criminal" family separation policy that had "lost track" of more than 500 migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, he was repeating an inaccurate and misleading news report that had circulated earlier this week.

"What happened? Their kids were ripped from their arms and separated and now they cannot find over 500 sets of those parents and those kids are alone," Biden said. "Nowhere to go, nowhere to go. It's criminal."

The former vice president was likely relying on a brief report from NPR about the latest development in a lawsuit between the ACLU and the Justice Department regarding the status of children who have still not been reunited with their parents after being brought across the border illegally.

Comment: The blue checkmarks on Twitter, hundreds of them, showing their ignorance of border issues, not knowing what the term 'coyote' means (and not having the wherewithal to just look it up before directing their outrage at Trump) is actually quite hilarious! Here's a sampling:

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Coronavirus not among 10 most common causes of death in September - ONS

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Coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of deaths in England and Wales last month
There were 2,703 excess deaths across England and Wales in September, official figures show - but coronavirus was not in the 10 leading causes of fatality.

The numbers released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), are relative to the five-year average, counting from 2015 to 2019.

The leading cause of death in September for both nations was dementia and Alzheimer's disease.


The establishment doesn't think Dr. Scott Atlas is an expert. He disagrees

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'Trust the experts' is the battle cry of America's elitists. After President Trump's shock election in 2016 showed that Americans are sick of hearing from politicians, the politicized classes adopted experts as their proxy for power. Climate change 'experts' justify AOC's radical Green New Deal with prophecies of planetary extinction. Foreign policy 'experts' claim America will destabilize the Middle East if, as Trump wants, we withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan. Medical 'experts' are wheeled out to justify increasing control over the lives of everyday Americans through draconian lockdowns, mask mandates and stringent travel restrictions.

Dr Scott Atlas, one of the newer members of the White House's COVID-19 task force, is not an 'expert', according to the ever-changing standards of the establishment. He has only 25 years of high-level experience, including serving as the Chief of Neuroradiology at Stanford University Medical Center and crafting healthcare policy for over a decade. However, as his Wikipedia page condescendingly reminds us multiple times, Atlas is 'a radiologist, not a specialist in public health or infectious diseases', and thus his advice must be ignored. CDC director Robert Redfield was busted on a private phone call alleging that 'everything he says is false'. Dr Anthony Fauci said on television he is 'concerned' about Atlas, the 'outlier' of the task force, spreading misinformation. Fox News's Chris Wallace, who is also not an epidemiologist, mocked Atlas for predicting Trump would make a 'full recovery' after contracting COVID-19.

Twitter has joined the group of banshees trying to silence Atlas. The social media company blocked a post from him this week that said 'Masks work? NO', saying that it violated their policy on misinformation. Atlas says his tweet was intended to question public mask mandates, noting that they're only useful when people are unable to social-distance.

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There is a solution to Big Tech censorship - but no politician will touch it

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The issue of censorship by major tech companies is a precarious one, and I'm becoming increasingly suspicious of the nature of the debate. There are some complexities, but it can all be boiled down to this:

Big tech social media conglomerates argue that their websites are like any other private business and that they are protected from overt government interference by the US constitution. In other words, they have a right to platform or de-platform anyone they choose. Of course, this is the exact OPPOSITE of what most leftist groups have argued in the past when it comes to private businesses refusing to cooperate with people they disagree with on basic principle, such as LGBT activists, but let's set that hypocrisy aside for now.

Social media companies have decided that the people they want to de-platform most are conservatives, along anyone else who disagrees with hard left ideologies such as social justice or the handling of the pandemic situation. Statements or content that run contrary to leftist philosophies are simply labeled "hate speech" or "conspiracy theory" and are erased.

Snakes in Suits

UK scientists confirm efficacy of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, day after one volunteer reported dead in Brazil

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Researchers in the UK claim the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine behaves as expected in the human body, in new research released a day after Brazilian authorities announced the death of one of its trial volunteers.

In their work, the group of independent UK scientists say the vaccine accurately follows its creators' intentions once injected into the human body.

The study was conducted by several virologists unaffiliated with AstraZeneca and led by Dr. David Matthews, of the University of Bristol, and has so far been published only as a preprint, meaning it hasn't yet passed the peer-review process. It states that the vaccine accurately copies and performs the genetic instructions programmed into it by its designers.

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Churches win over Colorado governor's pandemic orders

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A federal judge ruled late last week in favor of two Colorado churches that challenged Gov. Jared Polis's (D) pandemic orders requiring indoor occupancy limitations and masks during worship.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Domenico, a Trump appointee, granted Denver Bible Church and its pastor, Robert Enyart, as well as Community Baptist Church and its pastor, Joey Rhoads, a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction.

The judge said Polis's Public Health Order 20-35 violated the churches' First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion.

Domenico wrote in his ruling:
[T]he Constitution does not allow the State to tell a congregation how large it can be when comparable secular gatherings are not so limited, or to tell a congregation that its reason for wishing to remove facial coverings is less important than a restaurant's or spa's.