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'Key to revolving door': FDA tells staff who leave for pharma jobs they can work 'behind the scenes' to influence agency

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According to an internal email obtained by The BMJ, the FDA told a departing staffer who had reviewed COVID-19 vaccines while working at the FDA and who later accepted a job at Moderna that he could still work "behind the scenes" to influence agency decision-making.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informs departing workers that they can still influence the agency's decision-making after leaving their position to work for the pharmaceutical industry, a new investigation by The BMJ revealed.

According to an internal email obtained by The BMJ, the FDA told departing staffer Doran Fink, M.D., Ph.D. — who had reviewed COVID-19 vaccines while working at the FDA and who had accepted a job at Moderna — that although U.S. law prohibits some forms of lobbying contact between former FDA workers who leave to join the private sector, they "do not prohibit the former employee from other activities, including working 'behind the scenes.'"


Americans are more likely to go to war with the government than submit to the draft

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In a national poll last month Americans were asked if they believed a new civil war was likely to happen within their lifetime. The establishment media was shocked to report that 47% of the population said yes. Those of us in the liberty media were not so surprised; I believe according to the evidence that we were already a short step away from civil war in 2021-2022.

There were A LOT of guys (millions) getting ready for the possibility of vaccine passport enforcement. Gun ownership in the US hit record highs during that time period and conservative/patriot groups saw a spike in public interest. As it turned out, the "conspiracy theorists" were right all along, there really was an organized agenda to eliminate constitutional protections...

If we had allowed the vax passport policy to take hold, our liberties would have been officially erased forever. Economic freedoms would be abolished. Access to the jobs market and trade would be impossible for anyone refusing the vaccine. Real-time tracking of the population along with a social credit system would have become the norm using mandatory cell phone apps. After that, America would essentially turn into a Chinese-style concentration camp.

Comment: "A global war and forced conscription is their attempt at removing the "malcontents" before we cause them too much trouble."

... and/or another avenue towards depopulation - Ukraine meat-grinder style.


'They want to cheat': Elon Musk warns Democrats are planning to steal more elections with non-citizens' votes

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Business mogul Elon Musk has warned that Democrats are planning to steal more federal elections by allowing people who are not U.S. citizens to vote.

According to Axios, House Democrats are predictably planning to strike down legislation that would require proof of U.S. citizenship to vote in federal elections.

Responding to podcaster Tim Pool, Musk said the reason that Democrats are doing this is because they "want to cheat" in federal elections, as they have done repeatedly over recent election cycles.

Comment: On the ground investigations and evidence for the use of non-citizen voting is already becoming clear: Undercover video exposes illegal aliens admitting to being registered to vote in North Carolina


Radio station cuts ties with host who revealed she asked Biden questions fed to her by president's team

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A Philadelphia radio station has cut ties with the host who admitted to asking President Biden questions that were supplied to her by his team, WURD Radio's leadership confirmed Sunday.

Andrea Lawful-Sanders, who previously hosted "The Source" on WURD 96.1 FM, scored the first post-debate interview with Biden last Wednesday.

However, on Saturday, she revealed to CNN's "First of All with Victor Blackwell" that she was fed eight questions by Biden's team — and used four of them as her only queries to the president.

Sara Lomax, WURD Radio's president and CEO, said Sunday that she was not involved in negotiations for the interview.

"The interview featured pre-determined questions provided by the White House, which violates our practice of remaining an independent media outlet accountable to our listeners. As a result, Ms. Lawful-Sanders and WURD Radio have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately," Lomax said.


Deep-pocket donors cut off Biden, prepare PACs to fund 'mini-primary' and new candidate

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© Tony Avelar/Bloomberg via ForbesFormer PayPal CEO Bill Harris is laying the financial groundwork for a Democratic "mini-primary" to choose Biden's replacement
On Saturday, a fifth Democratic member of Congress called for embattled, enfeebled President Biden to quit the 2024 presidential race. Minnesota Rep. Angie Craig also became the first incumbent in a tight race to do so, saying, "I do not believe that the President can effectively campaign and win against Donald Trump."

Coupled with reports that Senate intelligence committee chair Mark Warner is point man in a drive to organize Senate Democrats into a united front urging Biden to quit, the political pressure is clearly mounting. However, Biden is also under rapidly-rising pressure along a second front, as major Democratic donors are not only telling him to quit, but are closing their checkbooks -- or creatively using them to pave the way for a new candidate.


Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali military leaders sign treaty to become confederation

3 countries announced in January their departure from Economic Community of West African States bloc
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© Balima Boureima/Anadolu Agency/Getty ImagesCivilians gather to join the Army in front of the stadium as recruitment for a civilian militia force called the Volunteers for the Defense of Niger (VDN) commenced in Niamey, Niger, on August 19.
Leaders of the military regimes in Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger held their first joint summit on Saturday in the Nigerien capital of Niamey, where they announced a confederation of three Sahel states.

The trio, at their first summit since taking power in military coups, adopted a joint statement for a treaty to set up the confederation.

"This summit marks a decisive step for the future of our common space. Together, we will consolidate the foundations of our true independence, a guarantee of true peace and sustainable development through the creation of the 'Alliance of Sahel States' Confederation,'" Capt. Ibrahim Traore, the leader of Burkina Faso, wrote on X.

Comment: See also:

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Whatsapp is spyware — Musk

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© AFP / Apu GomezTesla and SpaceX CEO, and X (formerly Twitter) owner Elon Musk
Meta's messaging service is not secure, the tech billionaire has said

Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), has again attacked WhatsApp over its handling of personal data.

On Saturday, Musk commented on a post on X, in which a user asked: "If WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted, why am I seeing ads for a bag out of the blue?"

The entrepreneur offered a short answer to the question, saying: "Because it's spyware."

Comment: The discussion is not new. While many social media services are free, in the grander scheme of things there is nothing for free, and the services have to be paid for in some way. From other articles, Founder of Telegram says US government wanted 'backdoor' to app, and Telegram CEO issues warning about WhatsApp security the impression is that it is unlikely that a service like Whatsapp does not allow some degree of access for the most interested parties. The extend to which different services are affected may vary, and in spite of what providers say, one can not take privacy for granted.

At the moment, there are 42 other articles on SOTT that have Whatsapp in the title, if anyone is interested in the history of the security of Whatsapp.

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German Bank kills AfD donation account after leftist lobby against the party

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© Volker Hartmann / AFPGerman bank Berliner Volksbank has closed the donation account of the right-wing antiglobalist opposition party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) following a petition by a group calling itself Grandmothers Against the Right
Canada yesterday; Germany today; the whole of the West tomorrow.

It's only a matter of time until de-banking political opponents becomes standard operating procedure in the United States — bastion of Democracy™ that it is.

Via European Conservative (emphasis added):
"German bank Berliner Volksbank has closed the donation account of the right-wing antiglobalist opposition party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) following a petition by a group calling itself Grandmothers Against the Right (Omas gegen Rechts).

The group launched their petition in May, stating that the bank, which claims to stand for tolerance and against right-wing extremism, should not be allowed to accommodate an account for the AfD. The organisation handed over 33,500 signatures to the bank on Wednesday, July 3rd, to demand the termination of the account, and after meeting the chairman of the board of directors, Carsten Jung, Grandmothers Against the Right announced that their venture has been successful."

Comment: The technique made famous by the tyrannical infant Justin Trudeau is unfortunately, an extremely powerful one and its use is spreading.


US Democratic donors urge Biden to step aside - WaPo

© Jim Vondruska/Getty Images/AFPProtesters gather ahead of US President Joe Biden's speech • July 5, 2024 • Madison, Wisconsin
Frustration is growing among key backers, a week after the president's disastrous debate with Donald Trump.

A group of 168 Democratic Party supporters, including major donors and academics, sent a letter to US President Joe Biden on Friday, urging him to drop his bid for reelection, the Washington Post has reported, citing anonymous sources. Over the past week, several other media outlets have claimed that pressure on Biden is mounting from within the party, but the incumbent is digging in his heels.

Doubts over whether the 81-year-old is mentally and physically capable of leading the country for another four years have grown since his halting performance in a televised debate against Republican rival Donald Trump last week. Biden appeared frail and confused throughout the encounter - something he and his campaign have put down to a cold and travel-related fatigue.

In its article on Friday, the Post quoted the letter as "respectfully" calling on Biden to "withdraw from being a candidate for reelection for the sake of our democracy and the future of our nation."

The plea cited "threats posed by a second term of Donald Trump" and advised Biden to "cement your legacy by passing the torch - just as George Washington did."


Western mercenaries killed Russian POWs - German medic

© Kostiantyn Liberov/Libkos/Getty Images/FileA Russian prisoner of war awaits transfer to a prisoner camp in Ukraine, July 6, 2024
The field doctor, who worked in Ukraine, described to the New York Times the executions of several prisoners of war.

Members of the 'Chosen Company', an international mercenary group fighting on behalf of Ukraine, have engaged in apparent war crimes by killing wounded or surrendering Russian soldiers, the New York Times has reported, citing a German battlefield medic.

In an article published on Saturday, the paper detailed an account from Caspar Grosse, a former German soldier who served as a medic for the unit and allegedly witnessed the events.

He described an incident in August 2023, when a severely injured and unarmed Russian soldier, initially presumed dead, crawled out of a trench saying "help" and "surrender" in English, only to be shot in the chest by a member of the unit. The Russian was still "breathing and wiggling around" when another fighter "just shot him in the head," which Grosse assumed was a "mercy kill" at that point.