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Today's cowardly liberal comedians loved Norm MacDonald: Why can't they be funny like him?

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Comedian Norm MacDonald
Norm MacDonald was fearless. He always believed that 'a joke should catch someone by surprise, it should never pander.' As The Atlantic recently noted:
[Norm] hated comedy that pandered to a like-minded crowd, once saying in an interview that stand-ups should hunt for laughter, not applause. "There's a difference between a clap and a laugh. A laugh is involuntary, but the crowd is in complete control when they're clapping. They're saying, 'We agree with what you're saying; proceed!'" he said. "But when they're laughing, they're genuinely surprised. And when they're not laughing, they're really surprised. And sometimes I think, in my little head, that that's the best comedy of all."
Norm MacDonald was, in other words, the absolute opposite of what passes for a comedian today. And since today's comedians are some of the least funny to ever bear that name, that means Norm MacDonald is firmly entrenched as quite possibly the funniest comic of all time.

Biohazard

America's Bioweapon Secrets

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For months, the very mention of the lab-leak hypothesis, which suggests that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, would lead to censorship and dismissal.

Academics and public health officials staunchly defended the natural-origin theory for SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic until, finally, in May 2021, the U.S. government ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to look into COVID-19's origins and, after 90 days, produce a preliminary report.

The classified report was delivered in August 2021, but its results were reportedly inconclusive, with intelligence agencies unable to pinpoint whether COVID-19 has a natural or laboratory origin.1 Prior to the report's release, Antony Blinken, secretary of state, said China had failed to "meet its basic responsibilities in terms of sharing information and providing access."2

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Syringe

Viral video shows man following a woman around grocery store & SHAMING her for being unvaccinated

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Insisting it was his "job," a man took it upon himself to publicly shame an unvaccinated woman as she shopped at Target, calling on others to join in. The viral clip drew comparisons to a scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

"You're not going to follow me around in the store and point at me to people," the female Target shopper said indignantly as a man sporting a surgical mask and a hat did just that. The video went viral on Twitter on Wednesday after being posted by Art TakingBack, who tweeted that it gathered one million views in just 16 hours.


Comment: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, indeed. It seems that a good portion of the population are letting their true authoritarian colors show and waving that flag with pride. And he has the nerve to say she's being 'unAmerican' for not joining the cult.

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Blue Planet

The Covid era's politicization of expertise means we now have medics lecturing us on climate change

Doctors for Extinction Rebellion
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Doctors for Extinction Rebellion during a march towards the WHO headquarters.
Would you go to a geologist for a cancer diagnosis? Of course not. So why should we listen to 200 medical journal editors pontificating about the climate emergency? Their intervention in the debate is unwelcome and unnecessary.

When 200 medical journal editors publish an apocalyptic and misleading joint editorial about the dangers of temperature rises, which the Wall Street Journal's editorial team correctly noted "could have been ghost written by Greta Thunberg," it reveals that the politicization of expertise we have seen during the Covid pandemic is now limitless.

The intervention by the medical journal editors in the climate debate and its impact on public health ought to be welcomed. We certainly need a broader discussion. But when such an intervention is more about politics than medical science, in the words of the stricken Apollo 13 crew, "Houston, we have a problem."

Comment: Doctors are giving climate advice, politicians are giving medical advice and Big Tech is deciding what's 'acceptable speech' - welcome to Clown World™ 2021!

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Black Cat

Inquiry launched into European Commission chief's refusal to hand over text messages she exchanged with Pfizer CEO

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen visits a Pfizer vaccine production plant in Puurs, Belgium, April 2021.
The European Ombudsman has demanded that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explain how she lost text messages that she exchanged with the CEO of Pfizer during talks about vaccine procurement.

European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the EU's top accountability and governance officer, launched an inquiry into the European Commission's refusal to hand over the contents of communications between von der Leyen and a CEO of an unnamed pharmaceutical company about a Covid-19 vaccine contract.

As a first step, O'Reilly asked the Commission to explain its policy on keeping records of von der Leyen's text messages.
"The Commission has an obligation to record instant messages relating to important policy or political matters, such as the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines," O'Reilly's office wrote in a statement about the case.

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Yellow Vest

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters after failing to suppress dissent with overwhelming force, threat of arrests

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Victorian Police have closed ranks on protesters which descended in their hundreds on the inner-city suburb of Richmond to protest the state's draconian lockdown.

The rally started at 12pm after a crowd gathered at Richmond town hall which is located a few blocks down from the local police station.

Crowds chanted "no more lockdown" and "sack Dan Andrews" as police formed a line at the intersection of Church Street and Bridge Road. Law enforcement responded quickly, blocking traffic and making multiple arrests before reportedly using pepper spray to disperse crowds.

The demonstrations later became violent with protesters tackled to the ground by officers and heated scenes between between the two sides with capsicum spray used by police to keep protesters at bay.

2 + 2 = 4

Virginia teacher: Teaching students to follow directions is white supremacy

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A Virginia high school English teacher created a firestorm after posting a now-deleted Tik-Tok video in which he attacked teaching children rudimentary behavior skills as "white supremacy."

A Twitter user, however, posted Josh Thompson's video to Libs of Tik Tok on Monday.


Comment: This ideological framework can be poison to young minds that are still developing, teaching kids to judge all and everything in terms of race. It's no wonder many parents are up in arms over these teachers who are being exposed.

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X

Apple & Google delete Navalny's 'Smart Voting' app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of 'election interference'

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A 3D printed Google logo is placed on the Apple Macbook in this illustration taken April 12, 2020.
An online tactical voting initiative backed by jailed campaigner Alexey Navalny has been removed from app stores on the eve of Russia's parliamentary elections, after Moscow hit out at tech firms it says were circumventing a ban.

The opposition figure's team confirmed on Friday that the 'Smart Voting' platform had been taken down from both Apple's AppStore and Google Play services after the country's media regulator, Roskomnadzor, called on the American tech firms to implement a government-ordered block. Officials had previously threatened the US firms with hefty fines if they refused to implement the change, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial penalties imposed for previous breaches.

The news comes just one day after the Interim Commission for the Protection of Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in Internal Affairs on Russia's Federation Council met to discuss the issue. Andrey Klimov, its chairman, said that both Apple and Google were engaged in "illegal" activity during the election period by supporting "the dissemination of information and materials during the campaign." Officials have accused the companies of undermining the bans on the app by hosting it on their networks and hit out at other firms providing VPNs that allow users to circumvent blocks.

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Chalkboard

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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Calendar

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?