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Doubts raised over Oxford coronavirus vaccine after ALL of the monkeys that took part in the trial are found to have contracted the disease

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A coronavirus vaccine developed in Britain may not stop those treated being infected. Pictured: A volunteer is injected with the vaccine in Oxford University's vaccine trial
The coronavirus vaccine being developed by scientists at Oxford University may not prevent people from becoming infected with the disease after all, experts have warned.

In the latest animal trials of the vaccine carried out on rhesus macaques, all six of the participating monkeys went on to catch the coronavirus.

Dr William Haseltine, a former Harvard Medical School professor, revealed the monkeys who received the vaccine had the same amount of virus in their noses as the three non-vaccinated monkeys in the trial.

This suggests the treatment, which has already received in the region of £90million in government investment, may not halt the spread of the deadly disease.

The bombshell comes after initial reports last week suggested the vaccine offered 'some' immunity against the virus, and stopped it getting deep into the lungs, where it becomes deadly.

The vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCov-19, is currently undergoing its first human clinical trial, as nations accelerate their efforts to tackle the deadly virus.

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Leaving the compound: Joe Rogan announces he's leaving YouTube for exclusive deal with Spotify

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Joe Rogan has signed an exclusive deal with Spotify, which will see his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, disappear from all other platforms.

The multi-year deal is believed to be worth $100m (£82 million), according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rogan's podcast, which is one of the most popular in the world, will arrive on the streaming giant on 1 September.

Comment: Although the money aspect is noteworthy, the above article really misses the point of why this move is significant. Many commentators (including this excellent analysis by Tim Pool) are speculating that Rogan is making this move since YouTube is not a 'safe' platform to be housing one's business, given the rise in rampant censorship on the platform. While Rogan himself has not been a victim of the YouTube ban-hammer, yet, many creators who are saying similar things are not so lucky. It seems likely that Rogan is aware of which way the wind is blowing and is making a move while he's still able to.

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"Masks on, clothes off": First strip club in America reopens

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Dozens of states are already in the process of reopening their crashed economies. Now the first strip club in the country, located in Wyoming, has resumed pole dancing operations and threw a grand reopening party last Friday called "masks on, clothes off."

"When they [state officials] reopened the restaurants and bars in Wyoming, we were super excited because it's been very difficult for us," Kim Chavez, the owner of "The Den," told FOX31.

"It's been horrible to go almost three months without any kind of income," Chavez's husband, Greg Chavez, said.

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Should Britain relax the two-metre distance rule?

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Could the Government be about to relax the two-metre rule for social distancing? On Wednesday morning, professor Robert Dingwall, a sociologist who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group, questioned the rule, saying he had tried to trace the scientific justification for it but couldn't. The evidence, he said, was 'fragile'. Some countries, such as the US and Spain, have also set a distance of two metres but others, such as Australia, Germany and the Netherlands are content with 1.5 metres and others, such as Norway and Finland are happy with a single metre.

The two-metre rule is going to be a huge impediment to relaxing lockdown. As an example, a standard train carriage in Britain is 2.8 metres wide. It is possible to maintain one metre social distancing by only using the window seats, but it is impossible to maintain two metres distance when people have to walk up and down the aisles. Likewise, one metre social distancing is practical in shops and restaurants while two metres is either impossible or impractical for commercial reasons.

Before this pandemic, the US Centers for Disease Control was already recommending distancing of six feet (just under two metres) as a means of avoiding the transmission of influenza - and some claim it is a rule of thumb which has been in use since the 1930s. However, a Chinese study in the journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases studied the atmosphere in hospital wards in Wuhan at the peak of the epidemic and detected the virus present in the air up to four metres away from an infected patient.

Comment: Britain should not relax the social distancing rule; they should scrap it altogether. There is no evidence that it works and only makes life inconvenient (or in some situations, impossible). Trying to mitigate exposure to the virus is a fool's game - it's everywhere. The best defense against the virus is a strong immune system.

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Bizarro Earth

State murder: Thousands of UK cancer patients could die early due to lockdown delays

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A mammogram screening for breast cancer. Researchers have warned that coronavirus-related delays in diagnosis and treatment of a range of cancers could lead to a rise in deaths.
Thousands of people with cancer could die early because so many hospitals have suspended surgery for the disease while the NHS battles the coronavirus, experts warn today.

The pandemic will have "a terrible indirect impact on the lives of cancer patients" for months to come, on top of the devastation for families who have lost a loved one to Covid-19, according to research by the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR).

The authors say that the disruption to NHS cancer treatment, and especially delays to operations to remove tumours, will lead directly to some people's disease having become incurable.

Comment: See also: Genocide of the 'impure': Surge in Do Not Resuscitate orders for learning disabilities patients issued during UK lockdown


UK universities facing £760m loss as lockdown causes surge in students deferring courses

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A sign at Christ's College, Cambridge.
British universities face a potential £760m blow to their funding after about one in five students said they would not enrol in the next academic year if classes were delivered online and other activities curtailed.

A survey of students applying for undergraduate places found that more than 20% said they were willing to delay starting their courses if universities were not operating as normal due to the coronavirus pandemic, which would mean there would be 120,000 fewer students when the academic year begins in autumn.

The results, released by the University and College Union (UCU), come as universities are wrestling with how to reopen campuses for students while protecting them from Covid-19.

A number of universities including Cambridge have said they will conduct all lectures online throughout the 2020-21 academic year, offering "blended learning" that mixes online teaching with tutorials and in-person seminars where possible.

Comment: What the above highlights is the dilapidated state of the UK's educational institutions, because they were already in the red (despite quadrupling tuition fees in recent years) and they were heavily relying on foreign students just to function. But what we are also seeing are the initial effects that government fomented hysteria, along with a draconian lockdown, have on a population and its economy - and it's likely that there's much worse up ahead:


The curious timing of NYT takedown: Why has US liberal media turned on #MeToo darling Ronan Farrow now?

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Ronan Farrow attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills, California. February 09, 2020
Woody Allen's son is a big name thanks to his award-winning coverage of Harvey Weinstein. He may be a fame-hungry celebrity who was simply in the right place at the right time, but there's more to this spat than meets the eye.

Mia Farrow and Woody Allen's (almost equally) famous son found himself trending on Twitter on Monday following the hullabaloo surrounding the attempted character assassination of him in the New York Times with their headline, 'Is Ronan Farrow Too Good To Be True?' I'm just surprised the so-called 'newspaper of record' went with an interrogation point in their headline, because it felt like a rhetorical question to me.

It's preposterous how this media celebrity is often hailed as "arguably the most famous investigative reporter in America" as a result his #MeToo reporting, because - sorry - when it comes to his journalism, he appears to be nothing more than a one-trick pony.

Comment: Taken together with this recent article it seems that the New York Times is attempting to dial back some of the vehemence created by the "Believe All Women" and the MeToo movement. Surely it's just pure coincidence that those things which were ignored or trampled upon - such as journalistic integrity, facts, due process, and so forth - when the accused was Trump and Kavanaugh are important now that the accused is their favorite candidate for the presidency.

RT covered some of the response to Matt Lauer's article about the dubious journalistic integrity of Ronan Farrow here:
On Tuesday, Mediaite published a lengthy article written by disgraced NBC journalist Matt Lauer, challenging how Farrow's book depicted him and titled 'Why Ronan Farrow Is Indeed Too Good to Be True'

The liberal journalist types that appear to be Mediaite's core audience would have absolutely none of it. In less than two hours, the tweet announcing Lauer's article was ratioed with over 1,600 replies to just 300 likes, with the vast majority savaging the former Today Show host for even daring to open his mouth on this subject, or any subject, ever.

More than one person brought up the claim that Lauer "had a remote door lock button on his office so he could have sex in the workplace with people who worked under him."

Others compared Lauer's complaint to Star Wars' Emperor Palpatine commenting on the rebellion, or Harvey Weinstein on rape laws.

There was also an obligatory reference to the villain from Harry Potter books.

"This is truly, truly shameful," said journalist Erin Biba, adding, "This is not journalism, this is blatant and outright support of sexual assault."

Farrow himself commented on the story, calling Lauer "just wrong" and saying that his book was "thoroughly reported and fact-checked, including with Matt Lauer himself."

Amid the overwhelming condemnation of Lauer's piece were a few voices, such as independent journalist Michael Tracey, urging people to actually read the article - setting aside how they felt about Lauer - and asking whether Farrow "exercised even basic journalistic fairness or circumspection before accusing him of rape."

Mediaite columnist John Ziegler also drew fire for agreeing with Lauer and calling his piece "a very legitimate story here about journalistic malfeasance on the part of someone to whom the news media has blindly given enormous power."

Lauer hosted the Today Show until he was fired in November 2017 over a "detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," as NBC News chairman Andy Lack put it at the time. He does not question that his relationship was inappropriate, but denies Farrow's claim it was rape and cites evidence that contradicts 'Catch and Kill' in numerous places.

The liberal media establishment has soured on crusading against sexual assault in recent months, after a former staffer came out with accusations against Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. A number of prominent Democrats simply declared they didn't care and would vote for Biden anyway, while others suddenly argued that no one ever said all women should be believed when it came to these kinds of accusations.

Even Smith's criticism of Farrow's due diligence, however, never brought up a problematic article he co-authored against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, during whose confirmation the very same people told a very different story.


UK politicians who urged us all to 'follow the science' now turn on the scientists for being WRONG. But will the people buy it?

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Furious finger-pointing has broken out in the UK as experts and politicians try to distance themselves from the consequences of the government's calamitous Covid-19 lockdown strategy.

It's not often that one witnesses grown-ups playing pass the parcel in public. But this is what is happening in the UK: experts and politicians are rapidly passing the 'blame parcel' back and forth, driven by the mounting fear of ending up holding it when the music stops.

Sir Adrian Smith, a statistician and the incoming president of the Royal Society, this week demanded that the government should stop passing the buck and stop saying they "are simply doing what scientists tell us" over coronavirus. He insisted that they be more open about the advice they have received. His concern is that the scientists will be blamed for any shortfalls, especially when the devastating health and economic consequences of the lockdown become apparent.

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'Atlantic' editor, promoter of erroneous conspiracy ginning up Iraq war, bemoans Arab 'propensity' to conspiracy thinking

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Jeffrey Goldberg at Jewish Community Center in Manhattan on December 5, 2019.
Jeffrey Goldberg is very busy as editor of The Atlantic so it's understandable that he trots out old reporting in a piece denouncing Donald Trump as a peddler of conspiracy theory for questioning the official coronavirus death toll.

But look at the old reporting: Back in Cairo in 2001, an Islamist told Goldberg that Arabs didn't execute the strike on the World Trade Center. So Goldberg is back to his old beat, telling us what a scary neighborhood Israel is in.
The Middle East is a cauldron of conspiracy, a place where the most bizarre theories often have real policy consequences.
But credulity is hardly confined to the Middle East, and Goldberg doesn't have a right to lecture anyone on the topic. Famously, in the runup to the Iraq war, Goldberg's own credulity contributed to the rush to a bad judgment. He propagated a few conspiracy theories that turned out to be bogus, and disastrously so.

Comment: The Atlantic seems to have been a shill for every bad political idea in the last three decades:

Light Sabers

UK government likely to keep schools closed after Labour-led local councils rebel against plan to reopen on June 1

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A revolt of mainly Labour-led local councils has pushed 10 Downing Street to admit it will not penalize some 1,500 primary schools in England who said they'd disobey its call for reopening from Covid-19 closures.

Schools across the UK were shuttered due to the pandemic on March 20, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government sought to open them back up on June 1, so the pupils would get at least a month's worth of classroom time before the summer holidays.

That plan is now looking highly unlikely, as eighteen local councils - including two led by the PM's own Conservatives - have openly rejected the plan, along with the opposition Labour party and the NASUWT teachers' union. Just five percent of NASUWT members believe it is safe to reopen the schools on June 1, the union said.