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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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UK: Teaching white privilege as uncontested fact is illegal, minister says

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Kemi Badenoch, the women and equalities minister, addressing the House of Commons in July.
Kemi Badenoch tells Commons debate on Black History Month that schools must offer opposing views.

Schools which teach pupils that "white privilege" is an uncontested fact are breaking the law, the women and equalities minister has said.

Addressing MPs during a Commons debate on Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch said the government does not want children being taught about "white privilege and their inherited racial guilt".

"Any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law," she said.

Comment: Boom! Go Kemi go! It's nice that someone is telling it like it is and fighting against this dangerous ideology.


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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.

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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.

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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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How to put a stop to Twitter's game-playing on censorship

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Congress does not need to repeal Section 230 to do it.
The much-misunderstood Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act is in the spotlight again. Twitter and, to a lesser extent, Facebook, suppressed reporting that Joe Biden abetted his son Hunter's cashing in on the then-vice president's political influence. Since there are plenty of alternatives to these social-media platforms, their actions merely drew more attention to the story while calling into question their qualification for Section 230 immunity from lawsuits.

The Biden news was broken by the New York Post, the nation's fourth-largest daily by circulation, whose Twitter account (with 1.8 million followers) remains suspended as of this writing — irrationally so, given that the social-media site is no longer blocking other users from sharing links to the reports that prompted the Post's account to be locked. Twitter also locked the account of Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, as well as that of the Trump reelection campaign.

Twitter's bogus rationale for the suspensions was the claim that the Biden information had been "hacked" from a laptop computer that appears to have belonged to Hunter. In fact, there is no evidence that the emails, photographs, videos, and other materials on the laptop were hacked or otherwise misappropriated. Hunter suffers from drug addiction and is notoriously erratic. The laptop was brought to a repair shop in Delaware and never reclaimed. The shop owner, in addition to being given consensual access to the data, reported it to the FBI. Plus, Fox News reports that the work order prepared when the computer was dropped off appears to bear Hunter Biden's signature.

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Danish submarine killer Madsen arrested after failed prison escape

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Danish police in Albertslund after an attempted prison escape on October 20th.
The Danish man sentenced to life in jail for the murder of Swedish journalist Kim Wall aboard his homemade submarine was surrounded by police on Tuesday after a failed prison escape bid, police said.

"Peter Madsen tried to escape," a Copenhagen police official told AFP.

Police confirmed on Twitter that Madsen had been "arrested and removed from the scene" after being surrounded by police officers, with unconfirmed reports he had threatened them with an explosive device.

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From 'role models' to sex workers: Lockdown causes child poverty to soar in Kenya

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A teenage girl who became a sex worker after schools in Kenya were closed in March due to coronavirus restrictions, sits in the rented room where she and others work, in Nairobi, Kenya Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. The girls saw their mothers' sources of income vanish when Kenya's government restricted movement to prevent the spread of the virus, and now engage in the sex work to help with household bills.
The teenage girls cannot remember how many men they have had to sleep with in the seven months since COVID-19 closed their schools, or how many of those men used protection.

Painfully, they recall times when they were sexually assaulted and then beaten up when they asked to be paid -- as little as $1 -- to help feed their families as jobs evaporated during the pandemic.

From their rented room in Kenya's capital, the girls say the risk of getting infected with the coronavirus or HIV does not weigh heavily on them in a time when survival is paramount.

"If you get $5 in these streets, that is gold," says a 16-year-old, seated on the small bed she shares with the 17-year-old and 18-year-old she calls her "best friends forever." They split the $20 rent in a building where every room is home to fellow sex workers.

Comment: Much of the planet is seeing a deterioration in living standards, and it's only going to get worse - unimaginably worse - the longer the tyrannical lockdowns go on for: