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The data that show lockdowns are deadly

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Three years down the line from when Covid first hit our consciousness and with the release of more time series data in digestible form some lessons can be learned from the Government's capitulation to the 'blob's' panicked measures in early 2020.

Undoubtedly the 'one size fits all' approach of Government at the start of the pandemic led to unnecessary deaths. I suspect the extent of these unnecessary excess deaths skewed the perception of many people about the risk they faced from Covid and also skewed the data which led, in turn, to bad decisions.

Back in March 2020, in anticipation of a wave of ill people it was decided to empty the hospitals. Go walk around a hospital, it's full of ill people, they're there for a reason. In England we expect about 225,000 people to die in hospital in any given year. The data in Table 1 come from my new favourite website produced by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (its staff have got their work cut out!). They show deaths in English hospitals over the past three years.

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Table 1. Deaths in hospitals in England

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New bill in Congress may finally eliminate Covid "vaccine" requirement for US visitors

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I know that I generally stay away from getting too much into the weeds about politics.

But there's a very important piece of legislation moving through Congress right now that can be very impactful for those who want to travel to the United States and did not take the mRNA experimental gene injections.

Rep. Thomas Massie's — who has been terrific on the Covid issue — bill, HR 185, "To terminate the requirement imposed by the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for proof of COVID-19 vaccination for foreign travelers, and for other purposes," is scheduled to get a vote in the House of Representatives next week.

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Bad Guys

Huge fire at farm kills 50,000 hens, exacerbating New Zealand's egg shortage

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There are concerns the blaze at the Zeagold facility will exacerbate a dearth of eggs caused by a ban on battery farming
The fire at a Zeagold farm broke out on Monday morning and had "taken better part of the day to contain", a spokesperson for the company said. Twelve workers who were on site were "unharmed but very distressed", the spokesperson said. Work was under way to assess how many hens had died, but Zeagold estimated it to be about 75,000. The company later revised that number down to 50,000.

The fire may have ripple effects beyond the immediate demise of the hens, with concerns it may worsen a national scarcity of eggs.

Zeagold's spokesperson said it was still too early to say how much of an effect the fire would have on the overall supply chain, saying: "There will be some impact obviously - it's not a great thing to happen in the middle of a shortage."

Comment: As governments make concerted efforts to force farmers out of business and try to convince people to eat parasite-ridden bugs, it's surely no coincidence that major farms and food processing facilities across the West are 'mysteriously' bursting into flames.

The following food plant fires happened today, and just over a week ago: See also:


Fire

Fire breaks out at US-owned drone factory in Latvia

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Large plumes of black smoke were seen at the "Edge Autonomy" drone production plant on the outskirts of Riga. The cause of the fire is unknown
A US-owned drone factory near Riga airport in the Baltic nation of Latvia was ablaze Tuesday, according to emergency services in the small Baltic nation.

The Edge Autonomy unmanned aerial vehicle production plant was partially engulfed in flames, with large plumes of dark smoke reaching towards the sky.

The AFP news agency reported more than 20 police cars, nine fire engines and five ambulances were at the scene of the blaze. Latvian broadcaster LTV shared video taken from the road showing black smoke belowing out of the burning factory.

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The majority of the unusual fires reported recently have been on Russian territory - and it's reasonable to suppose some of those were sabotage - and one wonders if this one, being in Latvia, was just an accident, or whether there's another explanation: ANOTHER large-scale fire in Russia, this time at an oil and gas field


Pumpkin

Florida lawmakers to finalize plans to strip Disney of its special self-governing powers

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Since 1967, Disney has been responsible for the governance of an area known as Reedy Creek, which is partly within Orange and Osceola counties. The new bill would put a state-run board in charge of governance
Florida lawmakers will hold a special session to debate a proposal regarding Walt Disney World's special taxing district next week

Florida lawmakers are to meet next week as they decide on whether Disney World's self-governing power should be replaced with a state-run board under radical plans backed by Governor Ron DeSantis.

The session will focus on whether to reverse the previous decision to dissolve the district and Disney's special governing privileges, which it has held for 55 years.

The overhaul - part of an ongoing row between Disney and state officials which began over the 'Don't Say Gay' bill - would also force the company to pay $700 million dollars in unsecured debt that might otherwise have been paid by taxpayers.

It is not clear how a state-directed oversight board might work and what kind of financial control it would have over the Disney-run operation.

Comment: Randy Fine has a point: More background:


Fire

Seafood processing plant goes up in violent blaze - it's a total loss

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Destruction of seafood plant
A food processing plant in the Canadian province of New Brunswick went up in flames Friday.

Jim LeBlanc, owner of W.E. Acres Crabmeal Ltd., said the structure was a "total loss," according to the Canadian Television Network.

The fire erupted at about 2 p.m.

LeBlanc told CTV News the fire was started by an explosion in an oil drum. However, Ronald Cormier, fire chief of the village of Cap-Pelé, said the cause of the fire is still unknown, but that it did not appear to have been arson, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.


Comment: Sabotaging the food chain has become a priority:

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Stock Down

Retailers try to curb theft while not angering shoppers

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Leo Pichardo, left, a store associate at Gristedes supermarket, retrieves a container of Tide laundry soap from a locked cabinet, Tuesday Jan. 31, 2023, at the store in New York. Increasingly, retailers are locking up more products or increasing the number of security guards at their stores to curtail theft.
When the pandemic threat eased, Maureen Holohan was eager to scale back her online shopping and return to physical stores so she could more easily compare prices and scour ingredients on beauty and health care products for herself and her three children.

But that experience was short lived. In the past six months or so, CVS, Target and other retailers where Holohan shops have been locking up more everyday items like deodorant and laundry detergent as a way to reduce theft. And the 56-year-old Chevy Chase, Maryland resident is now back to shopping online or visiting stores where she doesn't have to wait for someone to retrieve products.

"I know they've got to do something, but locking the stuff up definitely just has me walking by that aisle," said Holohan, a business consultant.

Bizarro Earth

'I feel like I am leaving a cult': Mother regrets transitioning her 4-year-old son

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A mother of two young boys realized she made a terrible mistake after allowing her 4-year-old son to socially transition into a girl identity and described the epiphany she had as "leaving a cult."

The mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, wrote two essays and recently appeared on a popular podcast to discuss her journey from a social justice organizer and "true believer" in transgender ideology to a skeptic who is deeply regretful for allowing her son to believe he was a little girl trapped in a boy's body.

"I'm texting a friend, and I'm like 'we've realized that our older son is not actually transgender and we're going to be rolling back the social transition and I feel like I am leaving a cult,' because that's what it felt like to me," she said on the podcast Triggernometry with her identity disguised by a blur filter.

The mother's first essay in August 2022, "True Believer," went viral on social media. In the Parents With Inconvenient Truths About Trans (PITT) Substack newsletter, she described how she and her wife raised their two young boys as "gender neutral" because they believed they were following the righteous path of "social justice."

Briefcase

RFK Jr sues BBC and big media companies for hobbling online rivals via 'Trusted News Initiative'

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
The British Broadcasting Corporation and many other big media companies around the world have been accused of suppressing "wholly accurate and legitimate reporting" to further their economic interests via the Trusted News Initiative (TNI), a joint project designed to suppress supposedly harmful disinformation. Along with the Washington Post, Associated Press and Reuters, the BBC has been accused in a Texas court of suppressing competition in the online news market, thereby depriving people of vital information about matters of legitimate public concern. These include COVID-19 lockdowns, safety information about the mRNA vaccines and the Hunter Biden laptop story. TNI was set up in 2019 and acts as a gatekeeper on a number of issues, including Net Zero and the 'climate emergency'.

According to an antitrust suit filed by Robert Kennedy Jr., the defendants feared what they described as an "existential threat" to their economic survival. The explosion of rival online news sources is said to have threatened to take audience share away from traditional news organisations "and to undermine consumers' trust in these organisations".

The TNI is an international consortium that includes Big Media and Big Tech. It acts as a gatekeeper to stem the flow of what it deems mis- and disinformation, with its tech members removing supposedly false or misleading content from their platforms. (Facebook, Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn and Twitter are all members.) Shadow-banning and de-platforming on social media can have dire consequences for the finances of online publishers, causing their businesses to fail, and TNI is accused of contributing to the collapse of online news publishers that "simply reported" claims made by credible sources such as scientists and physicians.

The Kennedy lawsuit, which claims undefined damages for a number of aggrieved online publishers, says it's taking legal action to "defend the freedom of speech and of the press".

Cardboard Box

Hunter's biz partner busted with 1,850 boxes of classified docs

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US President Joe Biden
A new set of classified documents from Vice President Biden's and Senator Biden's time at the University of Delaware have surfaced amid the revelations of the boxes of documents found in President Biden's possession. Furthermore, the transfer of the questionable document boxes did not occur until 2012, though it had begun in 2010. As the strange details emerge, there have been calls for more information about the documents, their contents, and the timeline of the boxes' transfer.

Comment: It isn't the business partner who should be 'busted'!