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Peru police break up alleged scam charging huge sums for Covid ICU beds

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Peruvian police have dismantled an alleged criminal ring that had charged as much $21,000 per bed for seriously ill Covid-19 patients in a state-run hospital, aggravating care in a country hit by one of the world's deadliest outbreaks of the virus.

Authorities arrested nine people in an early morning raid on Wednesday, including the administrators of Lima's Guillermo Almenara Irigoyen public hospital, according to prosecutor Reynaldo Abia.

The scam was uncovered after police received a complaint from the brother of a man suffering from Covid-19 who had been asked for 82,000 soles ($20,783) to obtain an intensive care (ICU) bed and treatment at the hospital, said Abia.


Everything is offensive: New study calls on wildlife bodies to rectify harm caused by 'damaging, racist and bigoted' bird names

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A new study by researchers based in the UK and US has called on wildlife bodies to do more in recognizing the "offensive or ignorant" names of some birds, many of which are deemed inappropriate due to their colonial-era naming.

In a recent paper, Robert Driver of East Carolina University and Alexander Bond of the UK's Natural History Museum, note that many bird names were chosen in the 18th and 19th centuries and reflect the dominant European perspective on science of the time.

The study argues that many of these names are no longer appropriate in the modern world, even adding that some are harmful and offensive in that they are "damaging, racist or bigoted."

Comment: Who exactly is being "damaged" by the name of a bird? Have people lost whatever thick skin they once had? This is bordering on a mental illness, being offended by every little thing.

Driver and Bond state that many of the names used today were in fact coined by European settlers and conquerors and consequently saw indigenous names thrown out.


Three-quarters of recent COVID-19 cases in Singapore are vaccinated people

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A Singapore man receives a vaccination
Three quarters of Singapore's Covid-19 infections in the last four weeks were among vaccinated individuals, government data shows, as a rapid ramp-up in the city state's inoculations leaves fewer people unvaccinated.

Singapore has already inoculated nearly 75% of its 5.7 million people, the world's second highest after the United Arab Emirates, a Reuters tracker shows, and half its population is fully vaccinated.

It reported 1,096 locally transmitted cases in the last 28 days, of which 484, or 44%, were fully vaccinated people, while 30% were partially vaccinated and the remaining 25% were unvaccinated.

Comment: Singapore is one of the most highly regulated, authoritarian societies in the world. Implementing even more restrictions will hardly cause a ripple. A perfect laboratory to test policies before unleashing them on the rest of the planet.


Tyranny of the woke: Sean Penn won't return to 'Watergate' TV series until all cast, crew get vaccinated

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Sean Penn
The Oscar-winner has offered to vaccinate people through his nonprofit, CORE

Sean Penn has set an ultimatum on the set of the upcoming Starz Watergate series Gaslit: either the entire cast and crew receive COVID-19 vaccines, or he's not returning to work. Although NBCUniversal, Gaslit's studio, imposed mandatory vaccines for "Zone A" cast and crew members (those in close proximity during production), and provided an on-site vaccination clinic for those involved with the production, Penn is putting his foot down. The actor's representatives confirmed his decision to Variety.

Penn has offered to facilitate the mandatory-for-all vaccination effort, free of charge, through his nonprofit organization Community Organized Relief Effort.

Comment: Hollywood has always been a vanguard for whatever social engineering policies the PTB want to put in place. Sean is just following the script.


Tagged: California city to require its employees to wear 'vaccine stickers' to work without masks

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The city of Montclair will soon require employees to wear stickers showing they have been vaccinated if they want to work without wearing a face covering.

Starting Monday, Montclair city employees who want to work without a mask will have to wear a sticker like this on their ID badges showing they have been vaccinated. (CBSLA)

"I'm all for people making an independent decision," Councilman Ben Lopez said. "What I'm opposed to is a public declaration of that status on any item of clothing, ID, whatever it is."

During a recent City Council meeting, City Manager Edward Starr said Cal/OSHA requires workplaces to document proof of an employee's vaccination status if they want to work maskless.


Bad Guys

Death toll in South Africa riots rises to 337

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Scenes from the violence in South Africa
The unrest started as protests over former president Jacob Zuma's jailing two weeks ago in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal

Rioting in South Africa this month has claimed 337 lives, the government said on Thursday, marking yet another jump in the death toll from the 276 announced the previous day.

The unrest started as protests over former president Jacob Zuma's jailing two weeks ago in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal. But it quickly escalated into arson and looting, and spread to Gauteng province where the biggest city Johannesburg is located.

Comment: Decades of cronyism and corruption have come to fruition in South Africa. Mandela would weep.


'The carrot is no longer going to work': CNN exec says in leaked email that US should rethink 'carrot vs. stick' vaccination drive

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A CNN executive has hinted that there need to be more forceful measures to increase Covid vaccine uptake in the US, after grumbling about the issue in an email that he mistakenly sent to a conservative activist.

The peculiar message was revealed by Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who showed a screengrab of the email in question.

"FW: #NEWS: A majority of unvaccinated Americans say they're unlikely to get the Covd-19 vaccine, regardless of outreach efforts," read the email's subject line.

Comment: CNN may feign outrage and deny that they want to use a stick but it is consistent with previously aired segments. Below is another example of a CNN host discussing the legitimacy of using a "bigger stick":

Bizarro Earth

Mandatory vaccines will result in sacking of at least 70,000 healthcare staff in England

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The statement put the cost of replacing staff not meeting the vaccination requirement at £2,500 each.
Up to 70,000 care home staff in England could leave the workforce or lose their jobs because the government is insisting they must be vaccinated against Covid, with women and ethnic minorities disproportionately affected, according to an official estimate.

In an impact statement from the government, officials believe between 3% and 12% of care home staff may still resist getting a Covid jab by the end of a 16-week grace period. The central estimate was that 40,000 could be left without jobs, but it could be as high as 70,000 or as low as 17,000.

Comment: It's likely that the number will be much higher than what the 'officials believe'.

In a separate statement on the public sector equality duty, the government said the policy of mandatory vaccination for care home staff was "likely to have a significant impact on ethnic minorities" as one in five members of the social care workforce are black, Asian or from another ethnic minority, a higher proportion than in the overall population of England.

Comment: Where do they think they're going to find these replacement workers? The industry already suffers high rates of turnover because of low pay and difficult working conditions and so, if they force this legislation through, it's likely to result in a great many more deaths due to plummeting standards of care.

See also: Macron announces vaccine passport restricting access to stores, healthcare, public transit on national holiday: Protests erupt across France


Cyber attack disrupts major South African port & rail operations

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FILE PHOTO: Container ships wait to load and offload goods in port during a 21-day nationwide lockdown aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cape Town, South Africa, April 17, 2020.
A cyber attack has disrupted container operations at the South African port of Cape Town, an email seen by Reuters on Thursday said.

Durban, the busiest shipping terminal in sub-Saharan Africa, was also affected, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Cape Town Harbour Carriers Association said in an email to members, seen by Reuters: "Please note that the port operating systems have been cyber-attacked and there will be no movement of cargo until the system is restored."

Comment: This comes after a warning from the Build Back Better bunch of a 'cyberpandemic' and a surge in other profile hacks elsewhere in the world, that also. And, as noted above, for South Africa, this comes amidst the protests, rioting and looting that erupted following the imprisonment of former President Zuma that caused widespread disruption in the country, resulting in rationing at some supermarkets:

Brick Wall

Shut down the Jan. 6 gulag

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi illustration
If you listen to Democrats and anti-Trump liberal Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney and Rep. Liz Cheney, you'd think that nothing was being done about the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Never mind the FBI's all-out hunts and raids across 44 states. Never mind the continued detention of an unknown number of pro-Trump supporters. Never mind the more than 2,000 criminal charges brought by federal prosecutors against nearly 500 Americans arrested over the past four months.

Nope. Absolutely nothing is being done, the gaslighters insist, so these partisan opportunists are pushing forward with their witch-hunt commission to uncover the "facts."