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Another US state bans vaccine passports

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Republican Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon issued a directive Friday to block state agencies from establishing the use of vaccine passports, which some states will soon require for residents to gather at large sporting and entertainment events.

Under the directive, state agencies and commissions are ordered to "provide full access to state spaces and state services, regardless of a constituent's COVID-19 vaccination status."

"Vaccine passport programs have the potential to politicize a decision that should not be politicized," Gordon said in a statement. "They would divide our citizens at a time when unity in fighting the virus is essential, and harm those who are medically unable to receive the vaccine. While I strongly encourage Wyomingites over the age of 16 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, it is a personal choice based upon personal circumstances."

Gordon took action after a resolution stalled that would have set out a "vaccine bill of rights." Introduced in the State House in March, the resolution pledged to "protect [Wyoming's] citizens against unconstitutional and medically irresponsible COVID-19 vaccine mandates."

Comment: Meanwhile in North Carolina, the state House passed a bill to bar state public health authorities and licensing agencies from requiring North Carolinians to get vaccinated in order to obtain a license. It's a good sign that states in the US are standing up against any form of draconian "vaccine passports."


More woke than ever: Instagram adds more than 40 pronoun options, STILL gets complaints

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Instagram has announced that users will now be able to display up to four pronouns on their profile in a dedicated section. They will also have the option to make them public or only viewable to friends.

Users under 18 will display their pronouns only to their followers by default and people can fill out a form to have a pronoun added to the list.

Tech website Mashable conducted its own testing and found that there were 41 pronouns currently available on the app.

Facebook, which owns Instagram, allowed users to define their pronouns as far back as 2014, but these were limited to: 'he/him', 'she/her' and 'they/them'.

Comment: What appears to be a childish complaint over personal image conceals much deeper implications for society.


Won't someone think of the baby-killers? Anti-Semitism group outraged by Onion article about Israeli military, tries to doxx writer

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An Israeli soldier aims his weapon while others take cover behind their shields during a Palestinian protest amid a flare-up of Israeli-Palestinian violence, in Hebron in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 11, 2021
Imagine getting so beat out of shape by satire that you try to bribe the writers to snitch on their colleagues. Well, that's what the stopantisemitism.org group did when joke site the Onion made fun of their beloved IDF.

Of all the hate crime watchdog groups out there, none are more hypersensitive than the anti-Semitism monitors. Disagree with a Jewish politician about tax policy? That's anti-Semitism. Call another Jewish lawmaker "shifty?" Nice job, Hitler. Make fun of Israel's heavy-handed policing of Palestinian territories? You'll soon have the watchdogs breathing down your neck.

That's what happened on Monday, after The Onion, a well-known satirical news site, retweeted an old article with the headline 'IDF Soldier Recounts Harrowing, Heroic War Story Of Killing 8-Month-Old Child.'

Comment: Even Israeli human rights groups admit Israel is an apartheid regime, which is why the group has to do what it can to shut down the discussion entirely; and it does so by intimidating those drawing attention to the ongoing atrocities committed by Israel: Israel is committing the crime of apartheid - Human Rights Watch

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #29: What Israeli Lobby? Anti-Semitism Hysteria Hits US, UK, France

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9 dead in bloody attack at high school in Kazan, Russia - UPDATE: Footage of incident & details of shooter emerge

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Police work at the scene of a shooting at Gymnasium No. 175 in Kazan, Russia's Republic of Tatarstan.
At least nine people have died, with 16 injured, during a shooting at a school in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, on Tuesday morning. The alleged perpetrator survived the incident and has been detained by police.

"We have lost seven children, eighth-grade students, four boys and three girls," Tatarstan's President Rustam Minnikhanov told the Russia-24 rolling news channel. "They died on the third floor, and 16 more people are now in hospital."

"The terrorist was arrested. He is 19-years-old, no weapons are officially registered to him and no other accomplices have been identified," Minnikhanov continued.


UPDATE: 12th May 2021 @ 20:57 CET

RT reports:
Russian online media outlet Mash has published footage showing the exact moment when 19-year-old shooter Ilnaz Galyaviev entered Kazan's High School No. 175, shortly before he opened fire on students early on Tuesday morning.

In the video, posted online after the assailant was captured, Galyaviev can be seen walking up to the school and pointing a weapon at someone just outside the building.
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Police and paramedics work at the scene of a shooting at Gymnasium No. 175 in Kazan, Russia's Republic of Tatarstan, 11.05.2021.

Another clip, also published by Mash, shows the killer walking down a Kazan street, carrying a firearm in his hand. Filmed at 9:24am local time, Galyaviev is seen wearing a mask and waving his gun at a passer-by.

According to local authorities, Galyaviev went on to kill one teacher and seven students, sending many more to hospital. Reports from news agency RIA Novosti suggest that two of the pupils had died after jumping out of the window to escape gunfire.

Prior to the terrorist attack, Galyaviev had announced his intention to kill on social media, calling himself a "god."

Kazan is located around 700 kilometers east of Moscow and is the capital of Tatarstan, a Muslim-majority republic. With over 1.2 million residents, Kazan is often referred to as the 'third capital of Russia.'

Following the shooting, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered National Guard head Viktor Zolotov to begin an emergency review of gun laws and impose new restrictions on the types of weapons that can be owned by civilians.
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'I am like a God': Kazan school shooter's chilling message revealed as Putin orders gun control probe after nine killed in attack 11

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Media in the country named the suspect as 19-year-old Ilnaz Galyaviev, identified as a former student at School No. 175, where the attack took place on Tuesday morning. He had subsequently gone on to study at the nearby TISBI management university, but a spokesperson for the college told Moscow's RBC that he had been expelled after falling behind on his studies.

The source told reporters that Galyaviev had "shown himself to be a quiet and non-abrasive student during his studies. He was always neat and calm, and respectful of fellow students and teachers." The teenager had apparently stopped attending classes in January and lost touch with tutors. "He did not appear to defend his industrial experience project or to sit three state exams, as a result of which he was expelled," the press office added.

Last week, Galyaviev is reported to have set up a channel on the Telegram service, with messages purporting to be from "God." In a series of comments written last Thursday, the account announced that "I am like a God."

The account went on to say that the population of the world were his "slaves," and should kill each other before ultimately killing themselves. He added that there should be no living creatures left in the world, and that life was a "mistake of the universe."

Prior to the shooting, he is reported to have written that he would kill a large number of people before ending his own life. A photograph posted to the channel showed a man resembling the one detained by police posing for a selfie while wearing what appears to be a combat vest and a face covering, emblazoned with the word "Bog," or "God" in Russian.

The Baza news site quotes Galyaviev's father as saying that his son was "not religious, and he never expressed or showed any bad thoughts or ideas."

Rustam Minnikhanov, the president of the majority Muslim Russian region of Tatarstan, where Kazan is located, said that Galyaviev was a registered firearm owner.

Speaking to journalists later on Tuesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had given an order to begin an emergency review of gun control legislation. "The fact is that sometimes types of small arms are registered as hunting weapons, which in some countries are defined as assault rifles and so on," he said. "This, too, will be urgently worked out by the Russian Guard."
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Media still won't put heat on intel officials who told them the Biden laptop was 'Russian disinformation'

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The former intelligence officials who couldn't shut up during the Trump years have gone oddly silent over their baseless election-year allegation that the Hunter Biden laptop story was likely "Russian disinformation."

They sure picked a weird time to go quiet.

There were 50 former intelligence officials who signed a letter last year claiming, without evidence, that Russia was likely behind the laptop story. Now, they largely refuse to explain why they alleged such a thing right before the 2020 election, the Washington Examiner's Jerry Dunleavy reports.


NBC cancels 2022 Golden Globes as part of pressure campaign on organizer for more 'diversity'

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association sign and the Golden Globe award are seen in this January 6, 2009 file photo.
Piling onto pressure from Amazon, Netflix and social justice activists, the network NBC said it won't televise next year's Golden Globe Awards, citing the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's (HFPA) slow pace of promised reforms.

"We continue to believe that the HFPA is committed to meaningful reform," NBC said in a statement on Monday. "However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes. Assuming the organization executes on its plan, we are hopeful we will be in a position to air the show in January 2023."

Comment: Never one to miss out on an opportunity to virtue signal, Tom Cruise is getting in on the action. From The Hill:
Tom Cruise is reportedly returning his Golden Globes, as its organizer, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA), grapples with the fallout from an ongoing diversity controversy.

The "Mission Impossible" star "delivered back to the HFPA the three Golden Globe trophies he has won" on Monday, according to Deadline.

Cruise, 58, picked up Globes for his roles in "Jerry Maguire," "Born on the Fourth of July" and "Magnolia."

A representative for the performer didn't immediately return ITK's request for comment.
Hollywood is slowly eating itself. Sit back and enjoy the show!


In revenge attack, Irish police abduct Christian activist's children...

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Update 2, 9th May: For a ten minute interview with Pat Sweeney, the man who had his children abducted by Irish police, please go here to overdeewall.com. In the video, Mr Sweeney gives his truthful side of events, rebutting unfounded rumours being spread online of a custody battle between the two partners.

Those rumours have been spread online by Trotskyite Irish political factions who, in a feat of extreme mental gymnastics typical of the Irish far-left, decided to attack Mr Sweeney because their rival centre-right political groups were the only politicians who publicly came to Mr Sweeney's aid. The lunacy of the Irish left truly knows no bounds.

The key takeaway for our international readers is the fact that Irish people are deathly afraid of their kids being taken into care with TUSLA, the corrupt Irish child protection agency that has been involved in multiple corruption scandals in the past decade.

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Matt Taibbi: Media outlets 'once challenged the Spy State,' now they're 'agents' of it

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Matt Taibbi penned a scathing column declaring that "the American left has lost its mind" and the journalism industry is suffering as a result.
Journalist Matt Taibbi blasted members of the media for their transformation from being challengers to what he referred to as the "Spy State" to becoming "agents" of it.

Taibbi wrote a scathing piece on his Substack arguing that "news companies are pioneering a new brand of vigilante reporting" by "partnering with the spy agencies they once oversaw."

He began by recalling WikiLeaks' 2010 release of US government secrets from the war in Afghanistan, which he noted that outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel "helped" in exposing the documents that were "devastating to America's intelligence community and military," adding that such revelations later inspired former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to come forward in 2014 to expose the agency's surveillance program, resulting in Pulitzer Prizes for journalists Glenn Greenwald, Jeremy Scahill and Laura Poitras.

"Fast forward seven years. Julian Assange is behind bars, and may die there. Snowden is in exile in Russia. Brennan, Clapper, and Hayden have been rehabilitated and are all paid contributors to either MSNBC or CNN, part of a wave of intelligence officers who've flooded the airwaves and op-ed pages in recent years, including the FBI's Asha Rangappa, Clint Watts, Josh Campbell, former counterintelligence chief Frank Figliuzzi and former deputy director Andrew McCabe, the CIA's John Sipher, Phil Mudd, Ned Price, and many others," Taibbi wrote.

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CPS admits that "all offences charged under the Coronavirus Act were incorrectly charged"

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A Freedom of Information request has confirmed that zero prosecutions have been made successfully under the Coronavirus Act. The request asked: "Since its inception - how many prosecutions have been made successfully under Coronavirus Act?" The response, given on Monday by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), reads as follows:
Since the CPS started its review on finalised cases charged under the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the Act) in April 2020 and up until February 2021, we found that all offences charged under the Act were incorrectly charged, and therefore discontinued because there was insufficient evidence to prove the offences under the Act. There were no cases where a suspect was convicted under the Act as of February 2021.
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Comment: See also: Covid fines surge in England and Wales as police adopt hardline approach


UK climate activist Gail Bradbrook arrested after attacks on HSBC and Barclays

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Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook poses for a photograph in London.
British climate activist Gail Bradbrook, co-founder of the Extinction Rebellion group, was arrested at home on Tuesday for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud after her group attacked banks such as HSBC and Barclays.

Activists from the group smashed the window frontage of HSBC and Barclays in Canary Wharf last month and have targeted Lloyd's of London as part of what the activists cast as a "Money Rebellion".

"Extinction Rebellion co-founder Gail Bradbrook was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police at her home in Stroud at around 5:30 am this morning for conspiracy to cause criminal damage and fraud in relation to Money Rebellion's debt disobedience," a spokeswoman for the group said.

Comment: More from RT:
Extinction Rebellion trial delayed after defendant dons pink eye mask & GLUES HIMSELF to courtroom table

The trial of climate change activists accused of blocking a roadway last year in Hertfordshire took an unexpected turn, after one of the defendants glued his hand to the dock and began lecturing the presiding judge.

Liam Norton and five other Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists have been charged with using vehicles and large bamboo structures to obstruct roads near the Newsprinters printing works in Broxbourne in September. The disruptive protest halted the delivery of an estimated 3.5 million copies of newspapers. The Daily Mail, the Daily Telegraph and the Times are all printed at the site. XR UK defended the civil disobedience, accusing the press of dividing and distracting people during a "climate emergency". Extinction Rebellion said it had specifically targeted Rupert Murdoch's newspapers because they were "polluting the national debate on climate change" and obfuscating other important issues, such as the refugee crisis.

At the opening of the case at St Albans Magistrates' Court, the 36-year-old put on a pink eye mask and began filming the proceedings on his iPhone.

"I would like to make clear that what's going on in this courtroom today is completely absurd," he said.

District Judge Sally Fudge called for his phone to be confiscated, to which Norton responded that it was glued to his hand. He had apparently glued his other hand to the table at which he was sitting, for good measure.

Despite protests from the judge, the activist continued with his speech, claiming he was compelled to disobey the court due to "decades" of "organised criminality in this country".

He further accused the UK government of showing "contempt for the planet", and challenged the judge and prosecutors to stop serving and defending "criminality".

After Norton had lectured the courtroom for about a minute and a half, a security guard appeared. Moments later, the phone was knocked from his hand, suggesting the glue had either not been very effective, or was non-existent.

The adhesive he had used to bind himself to the table seemed to have done a better job. According to the BBC, it took police two hours to remove him before the trial could continue.

The judge later condemned Norton for his "particularly disruptive" behavior and expressed her concern that he would likely try to halt proceedings again were he allowed back in court.
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