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Rules for thee but not for me: San Francisco Mayor London Breed breaks mask mandate at club

London Breed
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San Francisco Mayor London Breed (back row, left) was spotted singing and dancing without a mask — breaking the city’s most recent mask mandate.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed was caught breaking her own strict mask mandates — to go clubbing with a Black Lives Matter co-founder.

The Democrat, already under fire for her restrictive coronavirus rules, on Wednesday was photographed by a San Francisco Chronicle editor while singing and dancing in a packed jazz club — with no sign of masks.

"I chose to go to [the Black Cat] last night for my first indoor concert since the pandemic ... and this happened," Mariecar Mendoza tweeted of the mayor celebrating an unexpected partial reunion of Tony! Toni! Toné!

Breed, 47, also posed for photos in the club — smiling alongside BLM founder Alicia Garza, who also had her face completely uncovered.

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American Airlines flight turns around and kicks off mother and her asthmatic 2-year-old baby over mask policy — police meet them at the gate

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American Airlines airplane

On Monday, American Airlines flight 1284 turned around and kicked off a two-year-old asthmatic boy, his mother, and his grandmother because the child was suffering from an asthma attack during mid-flight and could not wear the mask properly.


Amanda Pendarvis, the mother, posted on her Instagram story a video of her son who was having an asthma attack and was refusing to put on his mask due to his inability to breathe properly.

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Judge rules against Tennessee's 'opt out' option for school mask mandates

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A Tennessee federal judge ruled against Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee's (R) executive order allowing parents to "opt out" of school mask mandates

U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman issued a preliminary injunction on Friday blocking the order in Shelby County.

Lipman wrote that the plaintiffs have established evidence demonstrating that the order "interferes with Plaintiffs' ability to safely access their schools."

Lee signed Executive Order 84 in August, which grants a student's parents or guardian "the right to opt out of any order or requirement" to wear face coverings in schools.

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Walking contradiction: AOC's 'Tax the Rich' dress designer Aurora James owes debt in multiple states

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Designer Aurora James called her "Tax the Rich" dress for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "powerful message" — but it's not one she has taken to heart.

The 37-year-old fashionista who made waves at the Met Gala with Democratic-Socialist AOC last week is a notorious tax deadbeat with unpaid debts dogging her in multiple states, records show.

Most of luxe-living James' arrears center on Cultural Brokerage Agency, an LLC she formed in 2011 to serve as the parent company of her fashion brand, which today is known as Brother Vellies. It's a favorite of people like Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Meghan Markle.

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Feds charge 138, including doctors, with $1.4 billion in health-care fraud involving telemedicine, Covid, opioids

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The Department of Justice on Friday announced criminal charges against 42 medical professionals and nearly 100 other people for alleged health-care fraud that involved about $1.4 billion in suspected losses.

The cases charged include ones that involved the use of telemedicine services as part of the fraud, which alone accounted for approximately $1.1 billion in alleged losses from false and fraudulent claims. Telemedicine employs communications technology to evaluate and treat patients remotely.

The telemedicine cases built on prosecutions launched in 2019 and 2020, which involved allegations of billing Medicare for fraudulent genetic cancer testing, and telemedicine executives paying doctors and others to order unnecessary durable medical equipment, diagnostic testing and medications, either without actually interacting with patients or having a brief call with ones they had never met or seen.

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"Narcissistic psychopath": New York property heir found guilty of murdering friend two decades ago, suspected of two others

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FILE PHOTO: Durst's trial had been put on hold during part of the pandemic.
Robert Durst, now aged 78, was the subject of an HBO documentary in 2015 called The Jinx, in which he apparently confessed to three murders.

New York multi-millionaire and property heir Robert Durst has been convicted of his best friend's murder in a case that has fascinated America for years following an infamous TV documentary.

A jury in Los Angeles reached the guilty verdict after a total of just seven hours of deliberation over three days.

They concluded that he shot his friend Susan Berman in her Los Angeles home in December 2000.

During the trial, prosecutors told the court that he had killed Ms Berman to prevent her telling police what she knew about the disappearance and suspected killing of his wife, Kathleen McCormack Durst, in New York in 1982.

Ms Berman told friends she had provided a phony alibi for Durst after his wife, then aged 29, vanished.

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Anthony Fauci dismissed masks in 2019 as a 'paranoid' tool

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WH medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci • David Rubenstein
White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci once dismissed wearing a mask to prevent infectious disease as a "paranoid" tool, laughing at the prospect during a 2019 sit-down interview on The David Rubenstein Show.

During the interview, which aired May 22, 2019, nearly a year before the Chinese coronavirus pandemic hit, Rubenstein and Fauci discussed infectious diseases, vaccines, and measures of protection to prevent illness. At the end of the interview, Rubenstein asked the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director to weigh in on the best way to protect oneself from infectious disease.
"And the best way to prevent me from getting an infectious disease and having to have you as my doctor is what? Wearing a mask — " he began, triggering a quick dismissal from Fauci.

"No, no, no," Fauci said, letting out a laugh.

"I don't need to do that," Rubenstein said following Fauci's reaction. "If somebody's- I can see they're getting ready to sneeze or cough, walk away?"

"You avoid all the paranoid aspects and do something positive," Fauci responded, seemingly categorizing mask-wearing as a tool of the "paranoid."

"A. Good diet. B. You don't smoke, I know. I know you don't drink. At least not very much, so that's pretty good. Get some exercise. I know that you don't get as much exercise as you should," Fauci continued.

"Get good sleep. I think the normal, low tech healthy things are the best things you can do, David, to stay healthy," Fauci added.The original video of that conversation may be watched at Bloomberg.com.
This is hardly the first time Fauci has dismissed the need for masks. During a 60 Minutes interview in March 2020, at the start of the pandemic, he suggested masks provided more psychological relief than anything else.

Comment: Fauci has the credibility of a wind sock in a tornado. The video is probably the closest he gets to disavowing masks (but he can't quite do it).




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Reuters poll: Lowest approval of presidency for Joe Biden

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US President Joe Biden
President Joe Biden's approval continued to slide Friday as he received the lowest numbers from a Reuters/Ipsos poll amid growing criticism focused on his Chinese coronavirus pandemic response and botched Afghanistan withdrawal.

The poll, which was conducted nationally this week and collected responses from more Democrats than Republicans, revealed just 44 percent of adults in the United States approve of Biden's performance in office.


Comment: That would account for his numbers not tanking further!


The poll noted the president's popularity has slowly been declining since mid-August when he botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan, resulting in the death of 13 U.S. servicemembers and the Afghan government collapsing.

Biden's response to the Chinese coronavirus pandemic also dropped below 50 percent for the first time in his presidency. Only about 48 percent approved Biden's Chinese coronavirus-related policies, compared to the 46 percent who disapproved of the policies.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online between September 15 and 16 through the United States.

There were 1,005 adults respondents who were weighted more towards the Democrat's side, with 442 Democrats and 360 Republicans. The poll's margin of error was four percentage points.

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Taliban ban girls from secondary education in Afghanistan

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Girls attend school in Herat, Afghanistan
The Taliban have effectively banned girls from secondary education in Afghanistan, by ordering high schools to re-open only for boys.

Girls were not mentioned in Friday's announcement, which means boys will be back at their desks next week after a one-month hiatus, while their sisters will still be stuck at home.

The Taliban education ministry said secondary school classes for boys in grades seven to 12 would resume on Saturday, the start of the Afghan week. "All male teachers and students should attend their educational institutions," the statement said. The future of girls and female teachers, stuck at home since the Taliban took control, was not addressed.

The edict makes Afghanistan the only country on earth to bar half its population from getting a secondary education.

In a further sign that the recently announced Taliban government is tightening restrictions on women, the former ministry of women's affairs building in Kabul has been handed over to the newly re-established ministry for the prevention of vice and promotion of virtue.

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MindMatters: The Rise of Homo Americanus with Zbigniew Janowski

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Was the fall of Soviet communism 30 years ago a liberation, or just the replacement of one totalitarian ideology with another? Today on MindMatters we interview Polish philosopher Zbigniew Janowski about his recent book, Homo Americanus: The Rise of Totalitarian Democracy in America. In a quest to understand current trends in American society and politics, Professor Janowski revisited the classics: Dostoevsky, Zamyatin, Orwell, and especially Huxley. His collection of meditations on the totalitarianism metastasizing in the West today rums the gamut from ideology and politics to psychology and technology. Join us as we discuss Zbigniew's book, his experiences in Poland, the U.S., and Canada, teaching, and thorny topics like equality, hierarchy, and perhaps the most controversial of all of them: gendered language!


Running Time: 01:41:00

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