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Indonesia makes Covid-19 vaccines compulsory, punishments for those who refuse

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Indonesia seeks to inoculate 181.5 million people in 15 months to achieve herd immunity
Indonesia has made coronavirus vaccination for citizens compulsory and is set to allow the private sector to help inoculate the population to reach herd immunity faster.

A regulation amended earlier this week now means people who are eligible for vaccination but refuse a jab can be penalised.

Sanctions could involve fines, delays or suspension of social aids, or delays or suspension of access to public services.

"(Relevant) ministries, government agencies, local (provincial, city) governments have the authority to enforce the administrative sanctions," said the amended regulation signed by President Joko Widodo on Feb 9. The newly issued regulation allows local governments to draw up details of the penalties.

Comment: In South Korea the PM has warned against relaxing restrictions to help businesses struggling to keep their businesses afloat after nearly a year of lockdown:
Speaking during a televised government meeting on Wednesday, Chung urged the public to strictly observe the existing rules. Earlier this week, Seoul eased some restrictions, including lifting the ban on nighttime entertainment facilities as well as extending the restaurant curfew by one hour to 10 pm.

Restrictions were relaxed to help businesses struggling with the impact of the anti-coronavirus measures, Chung said, warning that the spread of the disease continues.
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FILE PHOTO. Women wearing face masks walk under an umbrella as it snows in Seoul, South Korea.
"We've eased distancing to help small business owners maintain their livelihoods, not to keep a slack rein on the virus," he stated. "The third wave is not over ... now is never the time to loosen up."

South Korea has already seen a new spike in infections. On Tuesday, it registered some 600 new cases, the highest daily tally in 39 days. Still, the country remains rather mildly affected by the coronavirus with some 84,000 cases and more than 1,500 deaths registered since the beginning of the pandemic. The figures are quite low compared to those seen in the worst-hit countries, particularly given South Korea's massive population of nearly 52 million.

Seoul is also preparing to begin its mass-vaccination campaign that is expected to target the nation's healthcare workers during its first stage. On Wednesday, South Korea's drug safety ministry gave the final approval for a shipment of 1.57 million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine.

The first batch of the jab, produced locally by SK Bioscience, is expected to be delivered next Wednesday with mass vaccination scheduled to start on February 26.



Footprints

Wanted man chooses prison over lockdown, as psychologists report surge in mental health issues in general population

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Police said the man was 'heading back to prison to serve some further time on his own'.
A wanted man handed himself in to police in West Sussex to avoid having to spend any more time in lockdown with the people he lives with.

The man, whose identity was not disclosed, presented himself voluntarily to Sussex police on Wednesday afternoon, reportedly in the hope of getting some "peace and quiet".

Police said the man, who was "wanted on recall to prison", handed himself in to Burgess Hill police station and was in custody and heading back to jail.

Comment: When a recidivist opts to VOLUNTARILY return to prison rather than remain 'free at home', you get an idea of how bad life in the West has become for many tens if not hundreds of millions of people:


Eye 2

A question for leftists: Why are all the evil people on your side?

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The media these days is saturated with tales of "evil conservatives" and our heinous plans for world domination through "insurrection". In fact, most mainstream articles that cover recent events including the election and the protests at the capitol make a point to always mention "white supremacy" and "terrorism" in the same breath as the word "conservative". This is an entirely deliberate propaganda tactic called "word association" or "word redefinition"; change the subtext of a word or group label in the minds of the masses and you can often change perception from positive to negative.

In other words, Conservative = Racist/Terrorist. It doesn't matter if it's not true, it just matters that people are conditioned to subconsciously make the connection.

How about an example:

I've offered numerous criticisms of Trump and his administration over the years, but none of those criticism had anything to do with what leftists have been regurgitating since 2016. To them, Trump's "racism" was verified fact, yet when I ask any social justice warrior to produce an actual quote of Trump saying something racist, they can't seem to dig anything up.

By extension, leftists have a bizarre obsession with Russia and the theory that Russia is an ever present hand of god in US politics, yet, none of them can produce any concrete proof that Russia has meaningful influence in American elections or affairs.

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Attention

US may be placed on UK's COVID-19 quarantine 'red list', report says

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On Monday, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock hailed the country's compulsory hotel quarantine rules as something that "will provide another layer of security" against new variants of the coronavirus.

Britain's quarantine "red list" is set to be expanded and may include the US and Spain, a move that will essentially ban all American and Spanish citizens from entering Britain, The Daily Telegraph reports.

Under London's new hotel quarantine scheme, anyone travelling to the UK from 33 coronavirus hotspots will have to stay in a government-approved facility for 10 nights.
"The US and Spain are on the list so it means some of the bigger markets will be considered by officials as part of the discussions before being put to ministers. It will be based on evidence from the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC)", the newspaper cited an unnamed government source as saying on Friday.
The remarks followed representatives of the UK Department of Transport meeting the country's health officials on Thursday to discuss the latest data on the new, more contagious variants of COVID-19 in the US and Spain.

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Bullseye

Right of reply: Lockdowns contradict a century of pre-Covid science

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The following is a right of reply by Pandemics Data and Analytics (Panda) to the article Panda's Covid-19 claims 'less than scientific', unhelpful.
Panda was formed by private individuals who noticed that a lockdown was being imposed in South Africa without any impact assessment. Our principal observation was that before a rational decision could be taken to impose lockdown measures designed to save lives, the government needed to know how many lives would be impacted as a direct result of the lockdown.

We assembled a team of experts including in medicine, economics, actuarial science and statistics and we set about calculating the cost ourselves. We did this out of love for our country and our fellow citizens.

There was a fair personal cost attached to the work we did.

Like you, we were struggling with the stresses of an uncertain professional environment and having to learn to become teachers to our children. We burned the candle at both ends and as Panda grew so did the reputational risk of being involved. Many of our members could not handle the pressure brought to bear on them through their professional associations and employers or simply from the realities of trying to work for Panda and put food on the table.

We carried on because the work we have done has convinced us that the lockdown will result in severe hardship for the average South African. We see that it will shorten lives, it will transfer wealth from the poor and the middle class to the rich thereby widening the wealth gap and it will entrench the privilege of the Zoom class by insulating the rich who are served by those who cannot afford to stay home and social distance.

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Network

Bill Gates: Social media companies should eventually allow Trump back

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Bill Gates said in an interview broadcast Thursday that social media companies should eventually allow former President Trump back on their platforms after he was banned last month following the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol.

"I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on," Gates told CNBC when asked whether he would allow the former president back on social media if he were a Facebook official.

Trump was banned from Twitter last month following the siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6 while Congress was certifying President Biden's victory. Twitter at the time said the former president's tweets posed "the risk of further incitement of violence."

Comment: Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Megaphone

This TikTok illustrates how college students are trained to squash honest discussions through woke language

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If you haven't been to college lately, you probably haven't heard any of the new jargon poisoning the classroom. If you want to hear what it sounds like, then take a look at this TikTok video which features a "hostage situation but it's a college discussion section."


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Attention

Activists had prepared second 'toolkit' to organise a Twitter storm aimed at "creating unrest" in Delhi, could not execute it: Delhi police

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Delhi police deepens investigation in the Greta Thunberg 'toolkit' case, writes to Zoom seeking details.
The police officials privy to the case furthered that the second document was created by High Court lawyer Nikta Jacob, Shantanu Muluk, the two activists who have also been accused of creating and sharing the first document, along with a UK-based activist Marina Patterson.

The Cyber Cell of the Delhi Police probing the Greta toolkit case has confirmed that the 'activists' involved in the creation of a 'toolkit' on the ongoing farmers' protests had prepared a second document also. According to a report by the Hindustan Times, the second toolkit aimed at organising a Twitter storm to "create unrest" in Delhi on February 4 and 5.

The 'activists' had used hashtags related to the violence during January 26 tractor rally in the second toolkit to incite their supporters on social media, but were unable to release and execute it, said the Delhi police.

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Heart - Black

Attorney: Ghislaine Maxwell 'withering to a shell of her former self' in jail

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Ghislaine Maxwell speaks at the Arctic Circle Forum in Reykjavik, Iceland October 2013.
British socialite and accused sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is "withering" away while she is in jail due to what her attorney describes as harsh conditions.

"She is withering to a shell of her former self — losing weight, losing hair, and losing her ability to concentrate," attorney Bobbi Sternheim wrote of Maxwell, according to CNBC. "It is impossible to overstate the deleterious effect of the conditions under which Ms. Maxwell is detained."

Maxwell is being held in connection to charges she is facing for perjury and allegedly recruiting underage girls for Jeffery Epstein, the disgraced financier and sex offender who killed himself while in prison.

Comment: While few people are going to feel much sympathy for Maxwell, it's important to keep in mind that no one deserves abuse and torture while in prison, no matter what crimes they're accused of. These allegations should be investigated and, if actually true, stopped. Everyone deserves dignity and basic human decency while awaiting a verdict. Her punishment will come later (we hope).

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2 + 2 = 4

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation behind 'anti-racist' math push

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Liberal education collective claims asking students to show work is racist.

A radical new push to purge math curricula of allegedly racist practices like showing your work and finding the correct answer is bankrolled by one of the nation's most prominent nonprofits: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation is the only donor mentioned on the homepage of A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction, a group of 25 education organizations whose curriculum states that asking students to show their work and find the right answer is an inherently racist practice.

Comment: The idea that to use mathematics to problem solve is a 'white thing' is inherently racist on its face. No non-white cultures ever used math? One has to wonder if there's another agenda at work here that involves discouraging teachers from teaching their students math, as we've seen with the Common Core program.

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