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Some healthcare workers are refusing COVID-19 Vaccine

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Approximately 20% to 40% of healthcare workers in Los Angeles County, California, are not willing to take the COVID-19 vaccine even though they have top priority for immunization. A further 50% of workers in nearby Riverside County also nixed the drug, forcing public health officials to strategize how to distribute the unused doses.

According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers are surprised at the reaction of frontline healthcare workers across the country who should be more aware of the science behind the vaccines and willing to get the shot. According to experts, the safety and efficacy of both the Pfizer and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccines has been proven according to data from clinical trials involving thousands of people.

Comment: Meanwhile Times of Israel reports on arse-covering in Israel's vaccine program:
While stressing it did not see a link to the vaccination, the Health Ministry said Monday it was investigating the death of a 75-year-old man with serious health problems who died at home hours after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

The man received the injection of the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine at 8:30 a.m. Monday morning in his northern hometown of Beit She'an. After waiting an obligatory half an hour at the medical clinic, he was released home, saying he felt fine. Some time after getting home, he lost consciousness and was later pronounced dead as a result of heart failure.

The Health Ministry said a preliminary investigation indicated the death did not appear to be connected to the shot. The man suffered from heart disease and cancer, and had suffered a number of previous heart attacks, the ministry said.

The man's family also asked not to link his death to the vaccine, Hebrew media reported.

Ministry director general Chezy Levy nonetheless announced the formation of a committee of inquiry to investigate the incident.

In a separate incident Monday evening, a man was taken to the Terem emergency medical clinic in Jerusalem after suffering a severe allergic reaction around an hour after receiving a dose of the virus.

The man, 46, does not suffer from preexisting conditions but has an allergy to penicillin, Terem said in a statement. The clinic said he has suffered anaphylactic shock as a result of his allergy but that he was given medication and his condition had "stabilized."

The Pfizer vaccine is not made with the coronavirus itself, meaning that there is no chance anyone could catch it from the shots. Instead, the vaccine contains a piece of genetic code that trains the immune system to recognize the spiked protein on the surface of the virus.

No major safety issues were uncovered in trials of the shot and only common vaccine-related side effects like fever, fatigue and injection site pain were found.

A small among of people, however, did suffer severe allergic reactions in the trials. Last week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said they had seen six cases of severe allergic reaction out of more than a quarter-million shots of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine given, including in one person with a history of vaccination reactions.

Israel's Health Ministry on Monday announced a new daily record in coronavirus vaccination numbers, with 98,916 shots administered the previous day, a week after Israel began its inoculation campaign. The total number of inoculations in the country stood at 379,000.


15-year-old arrested in connection with BMW bicycle gang attack in NYC

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Stills from a video show a group of bicyclists attacking a BMW in NYC.
A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the wild Tuesday attack on a BMW driver whose posh car was vandalized by a bicycle gang in broad daylight in Manhattan, The Post has learned.

The teen from Queens — who is not being identified because he's a minor — is being charged as a juvenile after allegedly attacking Max Torgovnick's luxury ride on Fifth Avenue, law enforcement sources said Wednesday.

The sources said approximately 25 bikers were involved, six of whom damaged Torgovnick's car. Police have also identified another teen and are searching for him, the sources added.

Torgovnick told The Post Wednesday that he and his mother, who is in her 70s, had just dropped off a donation at a nonprofit organization and were heading to his father's neurology office when they ran into around 50 teen bikers Tuesday afternoon.

Video of the harrowing attack shows the bikers surrounding the BMW at Fifth Avenue and 21st Street, with some pounding the vehicle with their fists and feet, and another smashing a bike on Torgovnick's windshield.

Comment: Before this, the young criminals attacked a cab driver:
The youngsters' two-wheeled terror spree on Tuesday began in Midtown, where they swarmed the taxi on Fifth Avenue near East 29th Street, trying to damage the vehicle around 4 p.m., police sources said Thursday.

When the cabbie got out to check the damage, one of the teens threw a bike at his back.

Black Magic

Portland rioters open New Year by throwing Molotov cocktails at courthouse

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(L) Portland City Police
A group of violent demonstrators in Portland hurled "Molotovs cocktail-style firebombs", lit fires and tried to break into a federal courthouse house on New Year's Eve, authorities said.

Between 80 and 100 rioters tossed at least two firebombs and launched "aerial-grade fireworks" at both the federal building and a county justice facility, according to a press release from the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). Others in the group attempted to break into the federal facility using tools, the department wrote.

Comment: RT reports:
An activist group in the city announced that they intended to demonstrate on Thursday night "in solidarity" with the Black Lives Matter movement, but it appears that things quickly got out of hand.

After assembling in downtown Portland around 9pm, the protesters marched through the streets, stopping to break the window of a Starbucks coffee shop. They also vandalized several other buildings, including a police station, local media reported.

The mob then turned its attention to the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, previously the target of weeks-long nightly protests which often descended into violence. Videos posted to social media show fireworks being launched near the federal building.

The unrest comes just a day after dozens of protesters vandalized nearly a dozen businesses and public buildings, including Portland City Hall, the Oregon Historical Society, and the PPB headquarters.

Earlier this year, Portland became a near-warzone between protesters and federal officers tasked with protecting the federal courthouse. The nightly street skirmishes, sparked by BLM demonstrations held in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of the Minneapolis Police in May, made national headlines and even caught the attention of President Donald Trump, who accused Portland authorities of abandoning their city to "anarchists."
And from Fox News:
Fireworks set off in downtown Portland, Ore., on Thursday night had little to do with New Year's Eve celebrations - and more to do with continuing the unrest that has plagued the city for nearly a year, according to reports.

A string of messages included a warning to those congregating in the streets.

"If you do not leave you are subject to arrest, citation, and/or the use of force," the police wrote, "including but not limited to impact weapons and tear gas."

Rioters also smashed windows and set fires in the area, Portland's KOIN-TV reported.

Police began using pepper spray or mace against the crowd, as well as what appeared to be rubber bullets or pepper balls, KOIN reported.

Some videos shown on social media showed police officers advancing against the crowd.


More evidence of election fraud revealed at Georgia hearing: Jovan Pulitzer's team hacks Dominion, committee votes to audit State Farm ballots - UPDATE

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IT Expert Jovan Hutton Pulitzer, the inventor of platform known as ‘QR Code'
Inventor Jovan Hutton Pulitzer was in front of the Georgia Senate today and he totally destroyed Georgia's 2020 election results and offered a plan where for free, he will determine the accurate results by examining the paper ballots used in the election.

Prior to today we've requested that President Donald J. Trump write an Executive Order mandating that the ballots and images in select states be audited and reviewed for fraud by Jovan Pulitzer.

We first learned of Inventor Jovan Pulitzer a few weeks ago and reported that he is able to audit millions of ballots in a day based on his method for reviewing ballots and images. His biography and ideas were provided in our article. He believes there was fraud in the 2020 election and that he can prove it quickly.

Today in Georgia Mr. Pulitzer gave a presentation that all of America should see and hear:

Comment: During his testimony, Pulitzer revealed that ballots were printed with different identifying information depending on which precinct they were for - some with seemingly deliberate alignment errors that would throw off digital scans. Later in the hearing, he revealed quite the bombshell. His team had accessed one poll center's polling device - as he spoke.

Here are some more highlights from the hearing:

But here's perhaps the biggest news:

Here's the full hearing:

UPDATES: According to Pulitzer, just hours after the vote to allow him to audit the ballots in question, moving trucks pulled up to the facility storing the ballots:
I'd like your permission of you and your fine audience that as I answer you that I have your permission to piss you off... The very minute that order went through and that order was followed, and all the legal notices were done, it didn't even take four hours later where moving trucks with this stuff was backed up to those buildings trying to get rid of the evidence.
Will they shred them?

During this livestream, he shared what was going on with the poll pad. A SmartTV was communicating via a hidden connection with the poll pad, sending and receiving data back to its manufacturer in China.


The other voting machine company: Why is ES&S behind so many surprise wins this year?

Senator Susan Collins
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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
After initially focusing on the surprisingly lopsided results of the senatorial election in Kentucky, DCReport broadened our scope to look at the electronic vote-counting software and electronic voting systems that we rely on to tally our votes. This prompted us to raise questions about Electronic Systems & Software (ES&S), America's largest voting machine company. What we found was a revolving door between government officials and ES&S.

Voting results in three states that saw surprising majorities by vulnerable incumbent Republican senators — Maine, North Carolina and South Carolina — were almost all tabulated on ES&S machines.

Trump and his inept legal team have barely mentioned ES&S, focusing almost exclusively on Dominion Voting Systems.

Comment: Jennifer Cohn has also looked into ES&S. Excerpts from her meticulous deep-dive:
The GOP's apparent blind spot for problems involving ES&S is curious. Before the GOP began screaming "Dominion, Dominion, Dominion," most of the negative press about the elections industry in the U.S. had for years focused on ES&S. And for good reason.


Beginning in 2015, ES&S began quietly installing cellular modems in precinct ballot scanners in some counties in swing states such as Florida and Michigan. At some point, it added them in some counties in Wisconsin, Illinois, and beyond. As reported by Kim Zetter earlier this year, these modems connect both the scanners and the receiving end systems to the internet, but officials claimed otherwise. ES&S systems containing modems were never certified by the Election Assistance Commission, but ES&S falsely implied to its customers that they were, as further reported by Zetter this year.

It was on ES&S's watch that 127,000 votes vanished from Diebold machines in predominantly African American precincts in Georgia during the 2018 midterm elections, as reported in the Root. (By then, the Department of Justice had forced ES&S to dissolve Diebold, its subsidiary, on anti-trust grounds, but ES&S had kept most of its contracts.)

Since 2013, ES&S has donated $30,000 to the Republican State Leadership Committee whose mission is to elect Republicans to state office. It may also have donated to the Democratic corollary of RSLC, but I've been unable to confirm this. A few years ago, ES&S donated to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who then killed proposed election-security legislation.

ES&S has also provided secret donations and other gifts to state and county election officials who, in the past few years, have then chosen ES&S's insecure new touchscreen systems for use by most in-person voters.

By choosing these new ES&S touchscreen systems, which are called ballot marking devices, officials ignored the advice of election-security experts who recommended hand marked paper ballots instead. In Northampton County, Pennsylvania, where an ES&S representative had assured election officials that "miscalibration" would not be an issue with its new touchscreens ("Scouts honor," he said), dozens of the county's new ES&S touchscreens were miscalibrated during an election in 2019. Similar problems occurred in neighboring Philadelphia, whose decision makers (which included a Democrat and a Republican) had each received donations from ES&S lobbyists before choosing the system. I compiled much of the national news regarding ES&S corruption and its new touchscreen voting machines here.

This article by Greg Gordon at McClatchy exposed ES&S's corrupt advisory board for county and state officials — including officials in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New York — which recently disbanded due to the media fallout from Gordon's piece. One former board member was South Carolina's election director Marci Andino. In 2018, South Carolina reported that "Andino had accepted nearly $20,000 in expenses during her decade as an adviser for ... [ES&S]." The state went on to buy new ES&S systems for use throughout the state.

In 2017, a cybersecurity firm called Upguard discovered that ES&S had leaked 1.8 million Chicago voter records. ES&S, which acknowledged and corrected the leak, said the data "contained names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers and some driver's license and state ID numbers stored in backup files on a server."

In 2018, as reported by Zetter, ES&S finally admitted, despite prior denials that it had installed remote access software in election management systems (which include county tabulators that compile precinct totals) sold between 2000 and 2006. ES&S later told NPR that it had 300 remote-access customers. It refused, however, to identify those customers. It claims the software has been removed but won't say when it was removed.


This Verified Voting map from a few years ago shows in orange all states that use ES&S election equipment in at least some counties — either precinct machines or central count scanners. (Georgia has since switched to Dominion, perhaps due to the vanishing black votes scandal with ES&S/Diebold in 2018.) As you can see, ES&S's influence over U.S. elections is staggering. (I would provide an updated map but the last time I checked, Verified Voting's tool no longer included this function. I believe the only major change is Georgia's switch to Dominion from ES&S. I'm told that California may no longer use ES&S at all — up until a few years ago, they still used ES&S for vote by mail in some places.)

Which raises the question again. Why are Republicans ignoring ES&S? Texas's corrupt attorney general, Ken Paxton, recently went so far as to try (unsuccessfully) to overturn other states' elections.Meanwhile, he has ignored that ES&S voting systems in his own state had a security "bug" as of September 2020 that could in theory have allowed the installation of unauthorized software.
While RawStory is right to shine a spotlight in ES&S's direction (as evidenced above) they have been wildly mislead by believing Georgia's SoS Raffensperger. Besides avoiding/threatening Georgia whistleblowers, he has been spewing outright lies about Georgia's election process.


UK women arrested for filming empty hospital

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A woman in the UK was arrested by police after she filmed a video inside an almost completely empty hospital and posted it online.

The clip shows the woman walking through virtually empty corridors and filming empty wards at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

"This is a disgrace...it is so dead...all the people in our country desperately waiting for treatment, cancer treatment heart disease, honestly this is making me so angry," she states as she films a row of empty waiting chairs.

The woman expressed shock at how quiet the hospital was, saying she expected there to be "a few more people around, there's absolutely nobody."

According to reports, a 46-year-old woman was subsequently arrested by police for filming the video and has been charged on suspicion of a public order offence.


Arizona attorney general says legislature has authority to order election audit

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A poll worker sorts ballots inside the Maricopa County Election Department in Phoenix, Arizona, on Nov. 5, 2020.
Arizona's attorney general on Wednesday said the state legislature has the authority to issue subpoenas regarding the administration of elections.

Attorney General Mark Brnovich sided with state lawmakers who are trying to compel Maricopa County election officials to produce material from the Nov. 3 election, including scans of mail-in ballots and images from voting machines.

"The Arizona Legislature has broad power to issue subpoenas regarding election administration in connection with the 2020 general election, both to review how the county discharged its duties during that election and to craft future election legislation. Any argument by the county otherwise should fail," Brnovich, a Republican, said in a court filing.

Brnovich weighed in on an ongoing case, Maricopa County v. Fann, in the Maricopa County Superior Court.

State lawmakers issued subpoenas to the county's Board of Supervisors earlier this month, calling for a scanned ballot audit and a forensic audit of ballot tabulation equipment and software. But the board voted against complying with the subpoenas, instead seeking judgment from a court about whether they have to comply. Arizona senators then filed a countersuit, asking the court to enforce the subpoenas, which was dismissed.

County officials alleged the subpoenas were "far in excess" of the state legislature's power. "The subpoenas are unlawful," the county said in its lawsuit.

Comment: Arizona Republicans held a rally/press conference yesterday where they shared more evidence of election fraud.

Take home message: Bobby Piton was right. The Arizona voter rolls are as corrupt as a Clinton dinner party. Dozens of 'voters' share the same mobile phone number, but different addresses. Plus, they're not even real people. Multiple 'voters' share the same address, but they don't actually live there. 'People' are registered at empty lots, condemned buildings, government buildings, including the county tabulation center. Some 'voters' are registered using only initials, e.g. "P. F." First, middle and last names are sometimes simply scrambled to create new 'voters' out of thin air at the same address (with birthdays separated by a mere number of months). If you can imagine it, it is being done. And it's not just Arizona. Piton has identified similar problems in Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Full video (Liz Harris starts at about 1:20:00):


Report: Secret Service making changes to presidential detail amid concerns current members are aligned with Trump

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US President Donald Trump and Secret Service detail
The Secret Service is planning to add a number of agents that previously worked with President-elect Joe Biden when he served as vice president to his presidential detail in the coming weeks, The Washington Post reported.

While it's not unusual for staffing changes to be made to the presidential detail when a new administration assumes office, the moves come as allies of the incoming president have expressed concerns about how some agents may align with President Trump, the Post noted.

The Secret Service has faced scrutiny in recent months following reports that some agents were told by members of the presidential detail to forgo masks when around Trump. The office also attracted attention in the past year after it allowed Anthony Ornato, who previously headed up the current administration's detail, to serve as a political adviser in the White House.


How can a memorial celebrating emancipation and Abraham Lincoln, who abolished slavery in America, be offensive?

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Lincoln Statue in Boston, Massachusetts
Progressives in Boston have had a statue of Abraham Lincoln - commissioned and paid for largely by freed slaves - removed because some activists objected to it. Do even the most positive elements of our history have to be erased?

The morning after Abraham Lincoln died in 1865, a former enslaved woman named Charlotte Scott asked her employer to send $5 to help build a monument to the former president. In 1876, through donations by the enslaved people he had freed and black veterans of the Union Army, a statue depicting Lincoln holding his hand over a kneeling black man - a figure modeled on Archer Alexander, the last man captured under the Fugitive Slave Act - was erected in Washington, and a copy of it in Boston, the hometown of its sculptor, Thomas Ball.

Now the authorities in Boston have removed the statue that Scott wanted to see built because some progressives found it offensive.

There have been cries that it needs to be taken in a certain context, which is why it was taken down. Yet at whichever context of emancipation you care to look, there is not a single way you can see that doesn't show Abraham Lincoln at the apex. If there is reservation that the monument does not tell the whole story, we should take into consideration what Frederick Douglass, the famous 19th century black abolitionist, said about it.
"Admirable as is the monument by Mr. Ball... it does not, as it seems to me, tell the whole truth, and perhaps no one monument could be made to tell the whole truth of any subject which it might be designed to illustrate."


Heroes of media: Top 10 ANTI-WOKE journalists of 2020

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(L) Glenn Greenwald (M) Tucker Carlson; (R) Suzanne Moore
In RT's The Wokies series, we've honored the professional MSM moaners who spent much of 2020 lecturing their audience on the finer points of woke doctrine. Now we recognize the journalists and pundits who refused to bow down.

Race riots, a presidential election, and a global pandemic gave the media plenty to report about in 2020, but also plenty to virtue-signal about and pontificate on. And pontificate they did. After a year in which woke wackiness went mainstream and social justice replaced actual justice, RT's The Wokies honors the few who pushed back, or simply held onto their common sense.