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Questions remain over China's education reforms

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Questions Linger on New Education Rules A new policy issued back in July governing China's multi-billion dollar tutoring industry was ostensibly meant to reduce pressures on parents and kids. Here's a quick look at some of the questions and concerns about the policy and its impact as glimpsed through the Chinese media.
Back in July, new rules governing China's multi-billion dollar tutoring industry, issued by the General Office of the State Council, came as a shock to many Chinese. While the rules were introduced with the goal of reducing the burden on children and families exhausted by the financial cost and psychic burden of hyper-competitiveness in education, they prompted widespread skepticism about their effectiveness.

Parents and experts noted, among other concerns, that the policy would do little to mediate pressures if more was not done to address unequal distribution of state education resources. And the policy, many complained, primarily impacted more financially strained families, those they were ostensibly crafted to assist, while having little effect on wealthy Chinese who could afford other avenues to fast-track their kids for success - including hiring in-home help and sending their children abroad.

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Israeli researchers can confirm only 12 days of protection from COVID-19 virus with booster shot

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Israeli researchers have only been able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 booster shot provides a proven 12 days of protection from the virus after being administered to people aged 60 or above.

However, the vaxx pushers and their captive propagandists in the media are spinning these findings as proof of vaccine efficacy.

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the third Pfizer vaccine provides a ten-times boost of the immunity within individuals against individuals who have received only two vaccine shots. These findings, of course, presume that there was any real immunity boost given from the vaccines to begin with.

Thus far, nearly three million Israelis have received the third booster shot. Israel has emerged as the world leader in vaccine compliance, and their COVID-19 case totals keep shattering records as more Israelis line up to comply.

Comment: Diminishing returns or reality check?

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Biden's border crisis rages on; TV news airtime down 94%

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The Border Line...Thousands daily wait for a broken system to accommodate a volume it is incapable handling.
The crisis along the U.S. southern border is still terrible, and the liberal news media still don't care. According to the latest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security, there were 208,887 encounters along the southern border, only a slight decrease from a revised 213,534 reported in July, a 21-year record.

Yet broadcast evening news coverage in August was virtually nil: Just 6 minutes, 28 seconds on the Big Three during the entire month, including weekends. That's four minutes, 12 seconds on the NBC Nightly News; two minutes and 16 seconds on the CBS Evening News, and nothing — zero minutes and zero seconds — on ABC's World News Tonight in August.

This is barely unchanged from July, when those same newscasts spent just four minutes, 20 seconds on the border crisis, despite the worsening numbers.

Compared to March 2021, when even the liberal media were treating the influx of illegal immigrants as a crisis, evening news coverage has dropped 94 percent, while the actual number of border encounters has risen by more than 20 percent.
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Comment: Despite the warnings, the complications, the travesties and implications for US residents, the downturned economy and a suffering job outlook, the Biden border crisis continues numbly on, virtually unabated:

Epoch Times reporter Charlotte Cuthbertson shared similar footage on Thursday morning:

See also: Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues


Los Angeles County to roll out new vaccine mandate

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Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer will draft an ordinance that could soon mandate proof of COVID-19 vaccination for entry into most of the city's indoor spaces.
Los Angeles County is set to put forward a new health order this week mandating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for several situations and events.

As reported by Fox 11 Los Angeles:
"Los Angeles County is planning on issuing a new health officer order later this week that will require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. The order will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events, including Dodgers, Rams and Chargers games, County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday."
The order will also mandate that customers and workers at the indoor nightlife businesses have received at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7th, and their second shot by November 4th.

Comment: The LA resident push back against Newsom and the Covid protocols have defined a divide in public tolerance and awareness. Where it will go from here depends (once again) upon those jockeying for complete submission and control. Without consideration and nuance, California, a state in trouble on many counts, will further polarize and disintegrate.

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Censorship: Amazon blocking ad for book investigating Black Lives Matter

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A building burns on Aug. 24, 2020, during a riot following the police shooting of a black man who resisted arrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
"I wrote this book because most of the press refused to cover the important questions about the people and organizations behind Black Lives Matter," author Mike Gonzalez says. "Now Amazon is trying to limit how many Americans read this book."

Amazon this week blocked an advertisement for a new book on Black Lives Matter leaders, claiming content that "revolves around controversial or highly debated social topics is not permitted."

BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution is the latest book by Mike Gonzalez, a former journalist who is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal.

The Heritage Foundation, which attempted to buy the ad for Gonzalez's book, said Wednesday that Amazon, the nation's largest retailer, had blocked the ad from its website.


The rise of Maxine Bernier and the PPC's 'Purple Wave' in Canada

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'Mad Max' as he's becoming known as, is leading the charge when it comes to speaking out against the tyrannical measures that the lockdowns have brought into Canada
As the federal election campaign heads into its last lap, the People's Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, has been moving up in the polls. According to the latest Nanos numbers, PPC support has more than doubled during the campaign and sits at 5.0 per cent, while Bernier's support for preferred prime minister is at 5.5 per cent.

Yet, Bernier was not invited to any of the three leaders debates. By contrast, Green Party leader Annamie Paul was invited to the two official debates on September 8 and 9. As a technical matter, given the criteria set by the Leaders Debate Commission, the Greens qualified while the PPC did not. It is worth noting that the Greens sit at 4.2 per cent in the Nanos poll, with Paul polling lowest among all of the major party leaders at 1.7 per cent as preferred prime minister.

Comment: A surprisingly fair and balanced opinion piece on Maxine Bernier and the Peoples Party of Canada. As the only party who is against the mask mandates, lockdowns and vaccine passports, they are being demonized in the media or ignored - as you can see in the picture below - despite currently being tied for 4th in recent polls, ahead of the Green Party and even the Bloq Quebecois (the two candidates to your right) depending on which poll you are going by.

Maxine Bernier?

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Texas Gov. Abbott shuts down border entries to stem illegal migrant 'caravans' 'overrunning our state'

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R)
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) shut down six ports of entry from Mexico into the United States to curb a surge in illegal migrants crossing over the border.

"The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state," Abbott said in a statement Thursday.

Abbott's drastic action came after drone footage captured by Fox News showed the number of migrants waiting for processing in Del Rio, Texas, doubled overnight from 4,200 to 8,000 people.

Comment: The Biden administration is so sensitive to this issue it has essentially forbidden reporting on it. Tucker Carlson explains


About time! MSM reports: "Our most reliable pandemic number is losing meaning"

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At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases. But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States right now is as high as it has been since the beginning of February. It's even worse in certain places: Some states, including Arkansas and Oregon, recently saw their COVID hospitalizations rise to higher levels than at any prior stage of the pandemic. But how much do those latter figures really tell us?

From the start, COVID hospitalizations have served as a vital metric for tracking the risks posed by the disease. Last winter, this magazine described it as "the most reliable pandemic number," while Vox quoted the cardiologist Eric Topol as saying that it's "the best indicator of where we are." On the one hand, death counts offer finality, but they're a lagging signal and don't account for people who suffered from significant illness but survived. Case counts, on the other hand, depend on which and how many people happen to get tested. Presumably, hospitalization numbers provide a more stable and reliable gauge of the pandemic's true toll, in terms of severe disease. But a new, nationwide study of hospitalization records, released as a preprint today (and not yet formally peer reviewed), suggests that the meaning of this gauge can easily be misinterpreted — and that it has been shifting over time.

Comment: Daily reports of inflated case numbers have been used to terrorize the public into submission for two years. Unfortunately, it's too little too late to undo the damage that was done in the name of health and safety.


AOC hit with second ethics complaint over 'Tax The Rich' theatrics at the Met

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been hit with a second ethics complaint over her attendance at the elitist Met Gala on Monday evening while wearing a "tax the rich" dress.

According to the Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr, AOC may have violated 'a myriad of House ethics rules,' per a complaint by conservative watchdog group, the National Legal and Policy Center, which says that AOC's acceptance of free tickets to the event for herself and her boyfriend - which reportedly cost upwards of $35,000 - may have violated House Gift rules.

What's more, AOC received a prohibited gift from another attendee by sitting at a paid table during the event, rumored to have cost up to $300,000.

Comment: See also: The masking of the servant class: Ugly COVID images from the Met Gala are now commonplace


Caitlin Johnstone: Australia continues its plunge into authoritarianism and military brinkmanship

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Australia has joined the US and UK in an "enhanced trilateral security partnership" called AUKUS with the unspoken-yet-obvious goal of coordinating escalations against China.

Antiwar reports: "President Biden and the leaders of Australia and the UK announced a new military agreement on Wednesday aimed at countering China. The pact, known as AUKUS, will focus on the sharing of sensitive military technologies, and the first initiative will focus on getting Australia nuclear-powered submarines."

US officials speaking to CNN described the effort to share nuclear propulsion with another country as an "exceedingly rare step" due to the sensitivity of the technology. "This technology is extremely sensitive. This is, frankly, an exception to our policy in many respects," one unnamed official said.

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