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Appeals court blocks California vaccine mandate for prison workers

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A federal appeals court on Friday issued a temporary stay of a coronavirus vaccine mandate for prison workers.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the stay, postponing the Jan. 12 deadline to get thousands of prison workers vaccinated until at least March, The Associated Press reported.

The move by the appeals court came after a request for a stay of a September ruling by a lower court pending an appeal. The appeals court also moved up opening briefs to Dec. 13, according to AP.

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Florida man charged with 1,200 counts of sexual assault and incest with minor

Robert Cot
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Robert Cota, 31, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor since she was 7 years old.
A Florida man has been charged with 1,200 counts of sexual assault and incest involving a minor.

Robert Cota, 31, of Pensacola, was charged with 600 counts of sexual assault on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18 and 600 counts of incest that allegedly took place over the last six years.

Cota was reported to police by a local pastor, who told deputies that Cota had approached him last Sunday saying he "had issues with one of the beliefs" outlined in the church guideline book. He specifically pointed to the word "incest," according to arresting documents obtained by WEAR-TV.


Transgender population growing in UK jails

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Britain's transgender prison popuation has grown by a fifth in two years, a new report states. Most are biological men identifying as women, and the increase was noted after the High Court ruled they could be jailed with women.

According to a Ministry of Justice report seen by The Telegraph, 197 prisoners serving sentences in England and Wales identified as transgender in 2021, a 21% increase from 163 in 2019. In a separate category, the report counts 23 prisoners who have legally changed their gender and obtained a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Most of these transgender prisoners were born men and now identify as women. "When asked about the gender with which the prisoner identified from the following categories, 146 identified as female, 39 as male, 11 as non-binary and one did not provide a response," the report reads.


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How we uncancelled Jordan Peterson

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When Cambridge University withdrew his invitation to visit, we knew we had to fight back.

Aristotle called man a 'political animal'. Perhaps he should have said a 'censorious' animal. Some people's urge to shut others up seems to be as strong as the baser drives to eat, drink and copulate. That is why, in the war for free speech, victory is never permanent, though you can sometimes win a local battle or two. Jordan Peterson's visit to Cambridge this week was such a win.

The last attempt to bring Peterson to Cambridge, in 2019, resulted in his cancellation. Back then Cambridge's Faculty of Divinity had invited Peterson to take up a visiting fellowship for the autumn. The plan was for him to collaborate with colleagues here on lectures on the Book of Exodus.

His invitation ought to have been unremarkable. This was a university functioning pretty much as it should. Academics in Cambridge saw intellectual value in collaborating with a colleague from Toronto. They invited him here and he accepted the invitation. Most of us at Cambridge didn't even know he had been invited at the time.

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COVID rules blamed for 23% dive in children's development: Study shows cognitive tests slumped between 2018 and 2021, face masks among possible culprits

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The study's findings come as parents across the globe grapple with the idea that wearing masks may interfere with the natural learning experiences and communication skills of their young children.
Social distancing measures including face masks are suspected of causing young children's development to have drop by up to 23 per cent during the COVID pandemic, according to a new study.

Brown University scientists Sean CL Deoni, Jennifer Beauchemin, Alexandra Volpe, and Viren D'Sa, penned the review, in conjunction with the global consulting firm Resonance, collecting data from 1,600 children - and their caregivers - who have been enrolled in the study between the ages of 0 and 5 on a rolling basis.

The probe analyzed the cognitive development of the youngsters through infancy, childhood and adolescence, and looked at how average development scores in three key areas had been affected during the COVID era - with shocking results.

Comment: Is anyone surprised by this finding? Of course raising your kids in an isolated bubble, impairing their breathing, severely limiting their social interaction and touching is going to impair their development! From the very beginning of this 'pandemic' of hysteria, children have been sacrificed in order to protect adults (ostensibly). Now we reap what we've sown. Idiocracy awaits!

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Polish government vows to root out 'morally corrupting' sex ed

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Poland's education minister has sided with parents seeking to wrestle sex education out of schools, promising that it would now be easier to give "morally corrupting" voluntary programs the boot.

From now on, it would be easier for parents to request that sex education programs are not taught in school, Education Minister Przemyslaw Czarnek announced on Friday, citing a decision adopted at the last cabinet meeting.

"At the request of parents, the education superintendent will be able to block ... the introduction of content into schools that is morally corrupting for children," Czarnek said.

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Life Preserver

A judge stands up to a hospital: 'Step aside' and give a dying man ivermectin

Sun Ng
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Sun Ng at Edward Hospital in Napierville, Illinois, where officials refused, until ordered by a court, to administer life-saving ivermectin for covid.
Sun Ng, a retired contractor from Hong Kong, traveled to Illinois to celebrate his only granddaughter's first birthday. He got covid and was near death in a Chicago-area hospital. All other options were exhausted, but the hospital refused to give Mr. Ng a generic, FDA-approved drug with an extraordinary safety record that a doctor believed could safe his life.

Finally, a judge asked the right question about ivermectin.

"What's the downside?"

Put another way: If a man is dying of covid in an ICU and all else has been tried, why not order a hospital to give a safe, last-ditch drug?

Edward Hospital, located near Chicago, offered three arguments as to why Sun Ng, seventy-one, should not be given ivermectin:
  • There could be side effects.
  • Ordering ivermectin would violate its policies.
  • Forcing the issue would be "extraordinary" judicial overreach.
On each argument, DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Paul Fullerton firmly disagreed. In a November 5 decision that is a model of rational decision-making in an irrational era, he said in a Zoom hearing:
"I can't think of a more extraordinary situation than when we are talking about a man's life. I am not forcing this hospital to do anything other than to step aside. I am just asking — or not asking — I am ordering through the Court's power to allow Dr. Bain to have the emergency privileges and administer this medicine."

Comment: Transcript of Judge Paul Fullerton's ruling


Waukesha massacre suspect Darrell Brooks was convicted for threatening to bomb Nugget Casino in Nevada, still wanted

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Darrell Brooks charged with five murders in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
The man accused of murdering five after mowing them down in his car during a Wisconsin holiday parade was previously convicted for threatening to bomb a casino, DailyMail.com can reveal.

Darrell Brooks, 39, was busted in March 2007 for calling in a bomb threat to the $43-per-night Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nevada.

The would-be rapper was put on probation after being convicted of conspiring to disturb the peace - a gross misdemeanor - and was banned from the Nugget for life.

The circumstances of why he placed the threatening call are unknown.

His rap sheet also includes a conviction for statutory sexual seduction - the term for sex with a minor aged 16 or under in Nevada law - in January 2007 and another of failing to inform the police of a change of address while a registered sex offender.

The latter two counts both relate to the mother of his child - named in Wisconsin court papers as 'EAP' - who he punched and tried to run over at a gas station in Milwaukee on November 2.

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Western study with sample size of 3.7 million people suggests Sputnik V best Covid-19 vaccine for preventing deaths

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Sputnik vaccine
The Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine has shown the best result in preventing Covid-19 mortality, compared to the other leading formulas, according to a comprehensive study based on Hungary's mass-vaccination drive.

The comparative analysis of the performance of different jabs used in the central European country was unveiled, on Thursday, by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the sovereign wealth fund that bankrolled the jab's development. CEO of the RDIF, Kirill Dmitriev, said in a statement on Thursday:
"With 98% efficacy in preventing COVID-related mortality and 85.7% efficacy against coronavirus infection Sputnik V has demonstrated the best results among five vaccines (Sputnik V, Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and AstraZeneca) administered in EU member state Hungary as part of an independent study based on data from 3.7 million people."

Comment: The latest in hype wars! The 'best of the best' vaccine cannot match natural immunity.


Egypt restores ancient road linking temples of Luxor and Karnak

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Temple of Luxor during official ceremony for the reopening of ancient road
A restored road connecting two ancient Egyptian temple complexes in Karnak and Luxor has been unveiled in a lavish ceremony aimed at raising the profile of one of Egypt's top tourist spots.

The procession on Thursday to reopen the 1.7-mile (2.7km) road included a reenactment of the ancient Opet festival, in which statues of Theban deities were paraded annually during the New Kingdom era in celebration of fertility and the flooding of the Nile.

The Egyptian president, Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, marched along the road at the start of the ceremony. Pharaonic chariots and more than 400 young performers dressed in pharaonic costumes paraded along the avenue.

The 3,400-year-old road linking the ancient centres of Karnak and Luxor, also known as Road of the Rams or Avenue of the Sphinxes, is lined with hundreds of ram- and human-headed sphinxes, though over the years many have been eroded or destroyed. The road has undergone several restoration efforts since being discovered in 1949, and the latest began in 2017.