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LOL! Princeton ban on cheating 'unfairly targets' minorities, according to student op-ed

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A student at Princeton University argued in a Sunday night opinion article that the school's ban on plagiarizing or cheating 'disadvantages' minority students.

The author, Emilly Santos, says that the Ivy League school's Undergraduate Honor Code, which is "tasked with holding students accountable and honest in academic settings, mirrors the criminal justice system in its rules and effects."

"It is harmful to the entirety of the Princeton community: the fear it instills in students fosters an environment of academic hostility. But it is often most damaging for first-generation low-income (FLI) students — students who also often belong to racial minorities."

Comment: Proving once again that the 'anti-racist' brigade are the true racists.

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Microscope 2

FDA adviser inadvertently confirms Pfizer is doing gain-of-function research

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They're starting to come now - the 'debunkings' of the Pfizer undercover video sting, in which executive Jordon Trishton Walker, "Director of Research and Development - Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning", tells his 'date' that Pfizer is looking to mutate the virus "so we could create preemptively developed new vaccines, right".

Pfizer released a statement on Friday, which notably did not deny that Dr. Walker works for the company (a fact which has anyway been confirmed via internet searches). Now the latest 'debunking' effort comes from Medpage Today.

After making the odd claim that "it is currently unclear if the man in the video is actually an employee of Pfizer, and if that is his real name" (journalism isn't what it used to be), writer Michael DePeau-Wilson notes that Pfizer's statement "summarily debunk[ed] the claims made in the video", as the company stated that it "has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research" related to its "ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine".

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Robot

Are robots better at churning out woke gobbledegook than university EDI officers?

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Last year I wrote an article for the Daily Sceptic on the draft Vision statement of University College, London. I was not impressed by the level of thought reflected in the document. The Vision statement struck me as possibly the output of some kind of bot.

In the meantime, just such a bot, chatGPT, has become publicly available. So I thought it might be interesting to see what it comes up with when fed with my suggested botwords.

Here is UCL's version:
Vision

Our distinctive approach to research, education and innovation will further inspire our community of staff, students and partners to transform how the world is understood, how knowledge is created and shared and the way that global problems are solved.

Comment: More disturbing than using AI to churn out woke garbage is how it's being programmed with a particular partisan worldview, delivering answers with a biased slant that cannot possibly be objective.


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Endless winter? Quebec groundhog 'Fred la marmotte' found dead hours before traditional winter prediction


Comment: Sign of the Times?! Has Canada entered the coming Ice Age?!


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RIP 'Fred la marmotte', who was found dead overnight Thursday, hours before he was set to make his prediction about spring's arrival
Quebec's beloved groundhog, Fred la Marmotte, died just before he could predict when winter will end at a Canadian city's Groundhog Day celebration, according to multiple reports.

A crowd of spectators gathered Thursday morning for the event in Val-d'Espoir, Quebec, when the organizer of the event, Roberto Blondin, came out to announce Fred's death, local outlet Global News reported.

"This year, things are going to happen completely differently. There's a famous saying that goes, 'In life, there's only one certainty: nothing's for certain,'" Blondin told the crowd, as reported by the CBC. "Well, this year, that has come true. It's true. It's unfortunate. I'm here to announce Fred's death."

Blondin said that when he went to wake Fred last night, the groundhog had no vital signs.

Comment: If the goundhog sees his shadow, it's 6 more weeks of winter. If the groundhog doesn't see his shadow, it's winter's end.

So if the groundhog is found dead on Groundhog Day... what does that mean??!

We're in completely new territory here people!


Bullseye

How the "unvaccinated" got it right

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Scott Adams is the creator of the famous cartoon strip, Dilbert. It is a strip whose brilliance derives from close observation and understanding of human behavior. Some time ago, Scott turned those skills to commenting insightfully and with notable intellectual humility on the politics and culture of our country.

Like many other commentators, and based on his own analysis of evidence available to him, he opted to take the Covid "vaccine."

Recently, however, he posted a video on the topic that has been circulating on social media. It was a mea culpa in which he declared, "The unvaccinated were the winners," and, to his great credit, "I want to find out how so many of [my viewers] got the right answer about the "vaccine" and I didn't."

"Winners" was perhaps a little tongue-in-cheek: he seemingly means that the "unvaccinated" do not have to worry about the long-term consequences of having the "vaccine" in their bodies since enough data concerning the lack of safety of the "vaccines" have now appeared to demonstrate that, on the balance of risks, the choice not to be "vaccinated" has been vindicated for individuals without comorbidities.

What follows is a personal response to Scott, which explains how consideration of the information that was available at the time led one person - me - to decline the "vaccine." It is not meant to imply that all who accepted the "vaccine" made the wrong decision or, indeed, that everyone who declined it did so for good reasons.

Comment: The evidence has been out there since the beginning despite their attempts to censure. Unfortunately, the ability to critically think through a situation is rare nowadays.


Propaganda

Elite billionaire foundations fund wave of green climate propaganda flooding into British schools

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Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg addresses world leaders at the start of the 2019 Climate Action Summit which is being held in advance of the General Debate of the General Assembly of the United Nations at United Nations Headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 23 September 2019. World Leaders have been invited to speak at the event, which was organized by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, for the purpose of proposing plans for addressing global climate change. The General Debate of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly begins on 24 September. United Nations 2019 Climate Action Summit, New York, USA - 23 Sep 2019
Climate change misinformation is flooding into British schools, funded, it would appear, by the dark green money of elite billionaire foundations. Schoolchildren are encouraged to plot implausible temperatures rises of 11°C, taught that alkaline oceans are 'acidic' and encouraged to write letters to policymakers claiming "our house is on fire" in the style of Greta Thunberg.

The material is being distributed around schools by a London-based operation called Climate Science. An introductory video says its mission is to bring "high quality climate education to every school, company and individual in the world". Such aims of course do not come cheap. Among the lobby group's "partners, supporters and friends" are green activist funders such as Schmidt Futures - the family foundation of former Google boss Eric Schmidt - and the Grantham Institute at Imperial - partly funded by green billionaire investor Jeremy Grantham.

Give me the child until seven, and I will give you the man, said Aristotle, a phrase understood down the ages, not least by the Jesuit Christian order. Blind faith is more readily accepted by minds whose critical faculties have not been fully developed. And there are few ideas in today's climate political agenda that require more faith than the forecasts of climate models. How exactly do we know about future climate change and the frequency of extreme weather events, asks Climate Science. "It's all down to climate models," is the answer, adding: It's "pretty cool" to get a glimpse of a potential future, isn't it?

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Attention

The mRNA vaccines must be pulled from the market, for the sake of humanity

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Today is 02 February, 2023, and this has gone on much longer than it should. The content and implications of the two previous videos involving Dr. Jordon Trishton Walker were stunning, as far as I am concerned, but mostly involved future (potential) risks associated with what Dr. Walker asserted were both planned and ongoing Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 research studies. With today's disclosure from the undercover investigations, we now learn more about current vaccine reproductive risk findings, Pfizer's lack of comprehension of the basis for those risks, and (according to Dr. Walker) Pfizer's leading hypothesis concerning the patho-physiologic basis for those risks. Once again, the implications are stunning and broad ranging, consistent with what many physicians are beginning to suspect, and once again Dr. Walker (Pfizer Global Director of Research and Development- Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning at the time of the interview) appears to not fully comprehend those implications.

The transcript of the above video is appended below.

Just to re-cap, testimony long ago to a Rabbinical Court convened by the Orthodox Jewish community in New York in response to observations of menstrual irregularities in members of that community who had accepted the mRNA and Adenoviral vectored genetic COVID "vaccines" resulted in a determination on November 01, 2021 by the convened Rabbis that these products were forbidden to be used in many populations:

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Eye 1

San Diego residents startled by loud bangs and low flying helicopters that were part of unannounced US military exercise

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Footage of the military exercise
Some Point Loma residents were startled Monday night by several loud "bangs" and low-flying helicopters just outside their homes.

San Diego Police confirmed to ABC 10News the situation was part of a "pre-planned military exercise."

"The house was literally vibrating with it ... it was scary! I immediately thought there's something really serious going on in the neighborhood," said Point Loma resident Martha Pistacchi.

Residents say living in this area, they're used to frequent aircraft overhead.


Comment: Note that it wasn't just Point Loma where this exercise took place: 'The helicopters were seen in other nearby neighborhoods on Tuesday.'


Comment: Why weren't residents notified? More so considering how understandably worried they would be by the low flying helicopters and because all of this went on past midnight. Did the government also want to take advantage of the opportunity to see how people would react?

This surprise 'close-quarter combat training' session is all the more curious because this isn't the first one to be deployed within a US residential area - it's at least the 3rd time this has happened in California - and again without prior notification to residents. It also comes on the heels of other exercises whereby the military are apparently being trained to become familiar with what deployment in a residential US environment would be like.

One wonders just why the military learning this skill is now being deemed necessary?



People 2

Feds charge former ABC News producer with transportation of child pornography

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James Gordon Meek at the premier of the documentary '3212 Un-Redacted'
November 9, 2021
Federal prosecutors have charged former ABC News producer James Gordon Meek with transportation of child pornography, according to a criminal complaint filed in Eastern Virginia on Wednesday. Meek resigned abruptly from his job shortly after federal agents raided his Arlington, Virginia home in April 2022.

Federal prosecutors say their investigation into Meek first began after the cloud storage company Dropbox tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about the presence of five suspected videos of child sexual exploitation material in a Dropbox account, according to the complaint. A subsequent investigation of the tip allegedly confirmed the videos depicted child pornography and were linked to Meek's account. That triggered an investigation which allegedly found Meek posing as a minor to solicit pornographic images of children.

After federal agents raided Meek's home, prosecutors say they found a trove of pornographic images on the producer's iPhone 8, iPhone 6, an external hard drive, and laptop depicting the abuse of children as young as a toddler.

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Under the United States Code, 18 USC § 2252 and 18 USC § 2252A, "transportation" can be applied to both the physical and virtual realm; for example, under the law, sending images by hitting the "send" button on your computer or smartphone is just as illegal as going down to your neighborhood post office or UPS box to send images through the mail.

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Fire

Kremlin supports cash rewards for burning NATO tanks

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German Army Leopard-2 tank
Cash bounties offered by Russian businesses and officials for the destruction of Western military equipment in Ukraine will inevitably lead to more enthusiasts willing to undertake the task, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov predicted on Wednesday.

He noted that although heavy Western tanks such as the Leopard 2 and M1 Abrams have yet to be delivered to Kiev's forces, such proposals demonstrated the "unity and the desire of all" to contribute to reaching the goals of Russia's ongoing military operation in Ukraine.

Last week, Berlin announced that it would supply Kiev with 14 Leopards and allow other European countries to export their own stocks to Ukraine, amounting to a total of 112 tanks. Washington, meanwhile, has pledged 31 Abrams tanks, but doesn't expect to deliver them until late 2023.

Following the West's decision, the governor of Russia's eastern Zabaikalsky Region, Alexander Osipov, signed an order declaring that local soldiers participating in the fighting in Ukraine could receive a monetary reward if they managed to seize or destroy a German or American tank.