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Liverpool's gyms win battle to reopen because government concedes lockdown measures were contradictory

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Liverpool's fitness community has won a hard-fought victory against the government as gyms will now reopen on Friday morning in spite of the Tier 3 lockdown restrictions in place in the region.

The city was among the first in the UK to re-enter lockdown amid a spike in Covid-19 cases in the north of England, however, local gym owners remained defiant throughout.

Nick Whitcombe, owner of Bodytech Fitness in Moreton, defied the government's rules and remained open, prompting a visit from armed police who issued him with a £1,000 fine for breach of coronavirus restrictions, following an anonymous tip.

Comment: Imagine if the owners hadn't stood up for themselves, the government would have had no qualms about sending out more police to enforce contradictory and irrational rules that would likely bankrupt numerous business owners.

It's also worth noting that the same gym owner released a video just days before claiming to have an audio recording of environmental health officials meeting to devise a plan to "sabotage" the gyms' collective pushback, and he just so happened to have a copy and was planning on leaking it, apparently they are heard describing the situation as "embarrassing":

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Bolivia: Against all odds, the people still won!

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New president Luis Arce and running mate David Choquehuanca
Bolivia went to the polls yesterday for the first election since the coup d'état in November 2019, that removed Evo Morales from the leadership and from the country and put the country under a western backed right wing coup government. This coup was carried out for lithium, as Morales was developing the Lithium sector and had made agreements to start the long road to manufacturing batteries and electric vehicles. Elon Musk was accused of having had a hand in the coup (Lithium prices rose sharply a day or so before) and his comment was: "We will coup whoever we want. Get used to it!"

So for the past year, the notable members of Movement Towards Socialism (MAS), and IPSP, the party of Evo Morales, were in some cases massacred, persecuted and beaten. This did not stop them and they demanded elections. Having united into one Bloc, having inherited the gentle style of Morales and under new young, educated and committed leaders, they are now more powerful than ever before. The intervention from the usual suspects could not break through, despite a self-appointed president, despite the persecution, despite US intervention, the MAS is back and even more powerful. This is what a true majority of the people looks like.

Last night's exit polls show that Bolivia's Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) won the presidency in the 1st round with 52.4% of the vote. This is an even higher score than when Evo Morales won in 2019. According to exit polls data, 31.5% people voted for Carlos Mesa.

Comment: See also: Observations about Bolivia's socialist blowout

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US fighting on behalf of Israel: ex-Israeli author claims

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Ex-Israeli author Gilad Atzmon
"America is willing to sacrifice its young soldiers and national interests and even its economy for Israel," Gilad Atzmon, who was born in a Jewish family in Israel and grew up in Jerusalem al-Quds, tells the Tehran Times. Atzmon, who now lives in Britain, also says, "Israeli pressure groups seem to believe that they are actually more powerful and certainly more important than the American constitution."

The following is the text of the interview:

Q: Numerous human rights bodies have slammed Western countries' arms trade with Israel. What is your comment?

A: For decades, Israel has been selling killing machines to the most oppressive regimes around the world, and this shouldn't be surprising, as Israel itself is at the forefront of the list of oppressive regimes.

Embarrassed by the Israeli government's current arming of Azerbaijan in its war with Armenia, Holocaust scholar Israel W. Charny penned an article for The Times of Israel titled: "Would Israel sell a used drone to a Hitler?" Charny admits in his piece that Israel's conduct is fundamentally unethical. He ends his commentary writing, "to my Armenian colleagues and friends, I can only say that as a Jew and as an Israeli, I am mortified - and angry."


Babylon Bee CEO: Facebook censored Monty Python Coney Barrett satire article, demonetized site - UPDATE: Facebook apologizes, restores account

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Facebook may have hit a new low today in its seemingly eternal quest to rid the world of, well, anything the platform deems problematic.

Seth Dillon, CEO of The Babylon Bee (The Bee) said that Facebook demonetized the Babylon Bee and removed a satirical article entitled "Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch." Dillon also stated that the social media platform warned The Bee not to speak publicly about the matter, which Dillon promptly ignored in a tweet on his Twitter page.

Comment: UPDATE 23/10/2020: Washington Times reports:
"Facebook reached out to us to apologize for having made a 'mistake,'" Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon wrote in a note to readers Wednesday evening.

"They've lifted the restrictions on our account and restored the article they previously deleted," Mr. Dillon said. "But questions remain. Why did it have to take getting the media involved to fix this? And why did it happen in the first place?"

Mr. Dillon blamed human actors for singling out the post, which played off a joke from the 1975 classic Monty Python and the Search for the Holy Grail. It involved Ms. Hirono seeking to weigh Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett against a duck to see if Ms. Barrett was "a witch."

"This was not just an algorithm flagging an article in error," Mr. Dillon said. "A manual review took place, and the ruling to penalize us was upheld."

Facebook did not respond to questions about how it handled the issue.

While this is not the first time The Babylon Bee, which trends conservative in its humor, has clashed with social media companies that increasingly control the dissemination of news. The Bee has also had issued with Twitter, on which it has nearly three quarters of a million followers.

But this week's flare up came at a time when Facebook and Twitter are under renewed scrutiny for their apparent attempts to smother stories by the New York Post. They claimed Joseph R. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and his son, Hunter, allegedly profited off the elder Mr. Biden's position as vice president under Barack Obama.

Both social media behemoths initially blocked links and references to The Post articles, which were derived from an old laptop Hunter Biden allegedly left at a Delaware computer repair shop. The laptop contained emails that appear to show companies in the Ukraine and China funneling millions to Hunter Biden in an effort to get close to the vice president.

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Studies are pointing to big drop in Covid-19 death rates

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COVID-19 mortality rates are going down, according to studies of two large hospital systems, partly thanks to improvements in treatment. Here, clinicians care for a patient in July at an El Centro, Calif., hospital.
Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions, suggesting that physicians are getting better at helping patients survive their illness.

"We find that the death rate has gone down substantially," says Leora Horwitz, a doctor who studies population health at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine and an author on one of the studies, which looked at thousands of patients from March to August.

The study, which was of a single health system, finds that mortality has dropped among hospitalized patients by 18 percentage points since the pandemic began. Patients in the study had a 25.6% chance of dying at the start of the pandemic; they now have a 7.6% chance.

Comment: If even as stalwart leftist bastion as the NPR has to admit the 'pandemic' is fading. With very few exceptions, the virus was a nothing burger.

CDC reviewing 'stunning' test results from Boston homeless shelter; almost half tested positive and with NO symptoms

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Older workers face higher unemployment than younger for first time in 50 years: study

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Older workers are facing higher unemployment rates than younger individuals for the first time in half a century, according to a new study released Tuesday by the New School university in New York City.

The study found that while people of all ages have suffered from unemployment issues stemming from the pandemic, there was a higher concentration of unemployment rates among middle-age workers, according to the Associated Press.

Workers 55 and older lost their jobs sooner and were rehired slower than their counterparts in the 35 to 54 age bracket, according to the study.

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Intersectionality for infants: Parents indoctrinating their kids in woke dogma while they're still in nappies need to calm down

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Children are no longer allowed to just be children, they have to be "racial, ethnic beings" acutely aware of systemic racism and white privilege, but won't this all backfire, in the end, on the mommy warriors of woke?

Parents can do a hell of lot of damage to their children, just ask any shrink.

It's often the sustained pressure to be exactly what mummy or daddy wants them to be that causes the most trouble of all.

For example, at football pitches all around the world you'll find the competitive dad screaming at his son from the sidelines and then lecturing him on technique and strategy all the way home.

Then there's the mother with her little girl sitting in front of a huge mirror curling the poor kid's hair and slapping on the makeup, trying to create her very own living Barbie doll for the upcoming beauty pageant.

Bizarro Earth

Democracy isn't working for young people because cancel culture has made them scared of freedom of speech

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A new report suggests more and more people are dissatisfied with democracy. This may be true, but its failure to blame the rise of identity politics and cancel culture for this trend is a glaring omission.

A report published by the Centre for the Future of Democracy at Cambridge University on global satisfaction with democracy makes for worrying reading. It indicates that dissatisfaction with democracy is at an all-time high throughout the world.

What is of even more concern is that millennials are particularly turned off by democracy, and are more disillusioned with their system of government than any other young generation in recent times. Only a minority of British millennials - 48 percent - say they are satisfied with the workings of democracy.

The report claims that the disconnection of millennials from their institutions is particularly striking in the United States and Great Britain. Although this study is right to point to young people's loss of enthusiasm for democracy in Anglo-American societies, the explanation it puts forward to account for this phenomenon is flawed.


Chris Pratt is in the cancel culture crosshairs for imaginary crimes against woke dogma in the online Infinity War

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' (2014) Dir: James Gunn
The movie star has kept silent about his political beliefs, but the two-bit thought police Thanoses of Twitter think they can read his mind and believe he is an evil Trump supporter.

Chris Pratt made a name for himself getting chased by dinosaurs in the Jurassic World franchise films, but the woke are now out to get him for allegedly having what they deem to be the political and cultural beliefs of a caveman.

Pratt originally shot to fame as the lovable lug Andy Dwyer on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, and went on to movie stardom as the leading man in the Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy and The Lego Movie franchises. Unfortunately, he is now squarely in the cancel culture crosshairs of the woke Twitter mob for potentially being a secret, homophobic, Trump supporter.

This Pratt incident began when TV writer Amy Berg posted pictures of the four famous Chrises - Chris Evans, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pratt, on Twitter and said "one has to go."

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Facebook labels 2+2=4 "misinformation"

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On the 5th of October, the WHO's Dr Michale Ryan claimed "about 10%" of the global population had been infected with Sars-Cov-2. With an alleged death toll of roughly 1 million, that puts the infection-fatality ratio at roughly 0.14%.

He said it, we reported it. The maths is not disputable. And yet Facebook has flagged it as "misinformation":

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This is based on an article by Health Feedback, an "independent" fact-checker, which is shoddy, inaccurate and dishonest.
  • They LIE about what Dr Ryan said.
  • They cynically attempt to disguise this lie.
  • They don't understand how averages work.
  • They ignore all the most recent IFR studies.
  • They rely on old data for IFR estimates.

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