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Obama's legacy: 165 pages of records surface, detail cash-for-fetal-tissue scandal

A series of contracts that began under the Obama-era Food and Drug Administration paid out almost $100,000 as part of efforts to obtain from a controversial vendor tissue from fetuses aborted in the first and second trimester for research into "humanized mice," documents discovered in June reveal.

The details of the contracts, obtained in a lawsuit by government watchdog group Judicial Watch, are likely to play a role in key decisions made by a fetal tissue ethics advisory board convened by the Trump administration, one which The Washington Post said is "dominated by foes of abortion and fetal tissue research."

The 165 pages of documents, which relate to the government's deals with the nonprofit firm Advanced Bioscience Resources, reveal the program continued well into the Trump administration, although it was eventually terminated over concerns that it was not complying with federal law regarding the uses of fetal tissue.

In 2016, then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, referred ABR for criminal prosecution as part of an investigation into fetal tissue sales.

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Europe's top health officials say masks aren't helpful in beating Covid-19

Anders Tegnell
© Composite image by FEE (Rigshospitalet, Wikimedia Commons)
From left to right: Professor Henning Bundgaard, Tamara van Ark, Anders Tegnell
Denmark boasts one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the world. As of August 4, the Danes have suffered 616 COVID-19 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.

That's less than one-third of the number of Danes who die from pneumonia or influenza in a given year.

Despite this success, Danish leaders recently found themselves on the defensive. The reason is that Danes aren't wearing face masks, and local authorities for the most part aren't even recommending them.

This prompted Berlingske, the country's oldest newspaper, to complain that Danes had positioned themselves "to the right of Trump."

"The whole world is wearing face masks, even Donald Trump," Berlingske pointed out.

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Anti-government protests sweep Beirut in uproar over deadly blast

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Lebanese authorities earlier placed several Beirut port officials under house arrest, insisting those found responsible for "criminal negligence" that resulted in the 4 August explosion that killed at least 137 people would face the "maximum punishment".

Anti-government demonstrations swept Beirut on Thursday, as protesters clashed with security forces in Lebanon in the wake of a deadly explosion that ripped through the capital on 4 August, killing at least 137 people.

​Dozens of people, angered by alleged government negligence that resulted in the explosion of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate in a warehouse at the port, gathered near parliament, with officers resorting to using tear gas to disperse crowds.

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Police stop RT interviewing migrants at hotel they were secretly sent to by UK govt

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RT UK investigative team stopped from interviewing newly-arrived migrants by police
Hundreds of illegal migrants arriving daily on small boats and dinghies are being housed in 3- and 4-star hotels across the country, causing consternation among local residents. Why are officials being so silent over this?

As a journalist in Britain, you don't expect to be shut down by the police. But that's precisely what happened during RT's visit to the 3-star Bell Hotel in Epping, about 17 miles north of London. No blame can be attributed to the officers, who were only responding to a call from the hotel's management.

The question is, why were they even alerted?

The reason for that is unclear, but it's just one of a number of unanswered questions about the controversy surrounding hundreds of asylum seekers being housed in hotels up and down the country, some operated by well-known chains like Hilton, Holiday Inn and Radisson.

Comment: Between this and the Royal Navy being sent out to collect, not send back, incoming migrants, it's now clear as day that the British Conservative government has its marching orders from 'on high' to 'stay the course' on illegal immigration.

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Utah protesters face charges with potential life sentence

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Court records claim 28-year-old McNeil was seen on surveillance video buying paint from a Home Depot and shoving a police officer during the July 9, 2020 protest.
Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Salt Lake City could face up to life in prison if they're convicted of splashing red paint and smashing windows during a protest, a potential punishment that stands out among demonstrators arrested around the country and one that critics say doesn't fit the alleged crime.

The felony criminal mischief charges are more serious because they carry a gang enhancement. Prosecutors said Wednesday that's justified because the protesters worked together to cause thousands of dollars in damage, but watchdogs called the use of the 1990s-era law troubling, especially in the context of criminal justice reform and minority communities.

"This is so far beyond just the enforcement of the law, it feels retaliatory," said Madalena McNeil, who is facing a potential life sentence over felony criminal mischief and riot charges. Charging documents say she bought red paint at a Home Depot before the July 9 demonstration sparked by a fatal police shooting ruling. She later yelled at and shifted her weight as if to slam into police during the demonstration, charges state. "It's really frustrating and scary ... I just feel so much concern for what this means for the right to protest in general."

Comment: The so-called leaders on the left bear particular responsibility in feeding the extremes on both sides, as they demonstrate no interest in applying any breaks to social chaos. Instead, they feed it. A little rationality and accountability on their part would make a world of difference, but it's clear they've become puppets of much darker forces at play.


73% of Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city

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Just 21% of respondents said they want to live in a major urban area
An overwhelming majority of Americans would prefer to live anywhere but a big city, according to a new Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen.

A total of 73% of poll respondents said they would prefer to live in either a suburban area or a rural setting, rather than a large city or urban area. Only one out of every five Americans - 21% - said they would like to live in a city. Just 5% said they were "not sure" which they would prefer.

The number of respondents in favor of suburban and rural living follows several months of sustained and often violent social justice protests in dense city centers. New York, the country's most densely populated city, was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus at the start of the pandemic.

Comment: It's likely that the number of people wanting to leave the big cities is not just related to the BLM riots, nor the coronavirus hysteria, because a similar sentiment is being expressed throughout the Western world, and has been for many years. It's possible that it has just as much to do with the deteriorating quality of life, as well as other factors such as the general feeling of instability and the lack of pay off for living in an overcrowded and extortionately expensive concrete jungle.

One also wonders whether the regional lockdowns will have even more considering an attempt to escape the draconian and tyrannical authorities:

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Twitter blocks BitChute video service without explanation, flags all posts as 'potentially harmful'

© REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration/File Photo
Video hosting service BitChute has accused Twitter of censoring tweets including links to their platform, and numerous users have experienced the apparent ban, though the social media app has yet to officially respond.

"It appears as if Twitter has started blocking all tweets that contain Bitchute videos," BitChute's account tweeted on Friday morning. They encouraged users to share their own examples of censorship too.

Numerous users then posted screenshots of them trying to post links to videos on the website, only to be blocked by Twitter and told the material they were about to post was "potentially harmful."

Comment: The control of the dissemination of information by the tech giants continues apace:


18 dead after Air India plane breaks in two at Calicut en route to Dubai

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The plane reportedly overshot the runway upon landing amid heavy rain
An Air India Express plane with 190 people on board has crashed at an airport in the southern state of Kerala, killing at least 18 people, officials say.

The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, skidded off the runway in rain and broke in two after landing at Calicut airport, aviation officials said.

The flight was repatriating Indians stranded by the coronavirus crisis.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was "pained by the plane accident".

The rescue operation at the crash site has now been completed and survivors have been taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram, according to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Comment: Below is just a small selection of plane crashes from 2019:

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Oregon's Governor Brown just tanked the school year using sketchy data

Kate Brown
In this new wepbage the Centers for Disease Control explains how much harm keeping children out of school causes. The site is dedicated to encouraging states to re-open their schools. Here's just a little taste of what they say:
Parents are understandably concerned about the safety of their children at school in the wake of COVID-19. The best available evidence indicates if children become infected, they are far less likely to suffer severe symptoms.[1],[2],[3] Death rates among school-aged children are much lower than among adults. At the same time, the harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs.[4]

Aside from a child's home, no other setting has more influence on a child's health and well-being than their school.
Seems pretty clear, right? For whatever reason, Oregon's Governor Kate Brown isn't listening and has instead tethered the ability of Oregon's kids to return to in-person learning to an absurd metric with no science behind it. I hope my fellow Oregonians will take the time to understand what's going on and let their voice be heard.


Republican senators' new bill looks to strip funds from public universities that restrict free speech

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Bill aims to force private universities to also follow their own free speech policies

U.S. Senator Tom Cotton introduced sweeping legislation on Thursday that would require universities to support a variety of free speech measures or face penalties.

The legislation, called the "Campus Free Speech Restoration Act," prohibits free-speech zones, creates a system to allow students to report First Amendment complaints, and allows the Department of Education to revoke eligibility for federal funding from public and private colleges that violate protected free speech.

"This bill fights back against campus censors in order to defend open debate and free speech, which lead us to truth," Sen. Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, said in a statement.

The 39-page legislation is co-sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senator Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) and Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND).