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Covid's Willing Executioners

How have previously normal people become so eager to deal out death in judgment?

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A subject in the famous Milgram experiment, administering electric shocks just because he’s told to.
A few weeks ago, three friends on Facebook told me that they wished for my death.

One of them I didn't really know. He freaked out when I calmly suggested there were viable treatment options for those with Covid. He responded: "Stay out of my life!! I hope you get Covid and die!"

The other two friends were people I knew in college 45 years ago, one was my freshman year roommate, and the other guy introduced me to my first wife. He suggested that I prove Darwin's theory and perish from the virus, the other just basically said I deserved what was coming as a selfish unvaccinated science-denier.

Covid's willing executioners.

I know Facebook is certainly not the ideal place for reasonable discourse. As a psychologist, however, I do find it an interesting sample of a certain extreme way of thinking and behaving.

Red Flag

Ohio mayor: School board should resign over material suggesting kids write about sex, drinking

The Hudson mayor is asking all five school board members to resign or face possible criminal charges over high school course material that he said a judge called "child pornography."

Mayor Craig Shubert made the statement during Monday night's board of education meeting after multiple parents complained about the content of some writing prompts contained in a book called "642 Things to Write About" provided to high school students who are taking a college credit course called Writing in the Liberal Arts II.

Parents said there was a prompt that asked students to "write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom," and another which said "rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you'd let your mom read."


220,000 military service members say 'no' to Biden's forced Covid injections: File lawsuit claiming they already have natural immunity

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The Biden administration is trying to redefine the meaning of the word "immunity" in its attempt to force the Covid injection on 220,000 U.S. military service members who have already contracted and survived the SARS COV-2 virus that originated in Wuhan, China.

This has opened the door for a federal lawsuit filed August 30 by two active-duty service members against Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Director Xavier Bacerra and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock.

The Navy this week gave its sailors 90 days to get the shot and the Army and Air Force were poised Thursday to enforce their own timetables, reported Military.com.

The suit, filed August 30 in U.S. District Court in Colorado, seeks immediate injunctive relief.

The two plaintiffs, Daniel Robert, a 33-year-old drill sergeant at Fort Benning Army base in Columbus, Georgia, and Hollie Mulvihill, a 29-year-old staff sergeant at the Marine Corp base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, are asking the court for a temporary restraining order preventing the forced injections before a full hearing can be scheduled. They are ultimately seeking a permanent injunction and declaratory judgment against Biden's Department of Defense.

Bad Guys

Coronavirus: Sydney to lift curfew as infections stabilise, vaccination rates surge

Sydney’s curfew in Covid-19 hotspots will end as cases stabilise, with authorities saying many restrictions will lift when 70 per cent of the city’s residents are fully vaccinated, sometime in October.
Sydney authorities moved to lift curfews for coronavirus hotspots on Wednesday, as infection numbers stabilized and vaccination rates surged, almost three months after activity in Australia's largest city was frozen by lockdown orders.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 9pm to 5am curfew for virus hotspots would be lifted from Wednesday, in what Sydney residents hope signals the beginning of the end of a long lockdown.

Infection rates appear to have plateaued at around 1,300 a day and 80 per cent of people in Australia's most populous state have received at least one vaccine dose.
"We've seen a stabilisation in the last few days," said state premier Berejiklian, while urging residents to continue to be vigilant and respect stay-at-home orders. "We don't want to see that trend go the wrong way."

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Twitter didn't break election law when it restricted a New York Post article about Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian official, the FEC says

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Twitter didn't break election law when it restricted a New York Post article about Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian official, the FEC says.
Twitter was within its rights to censor an October 2020 New York Post article about Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

Commissioners unanimously agreed Twitter had acted lawfully in restricting distribution of the article, in which the publication claimed to have obtained a "smoking-gun email" from Hunter Biden to a Ukrainian official, per an FEC statement Tuesday.

Twitter restricted the circulation of the article on its platform shortly after it was published, citing its policy on "distribution of hacked material." The New York Post's account was suspended, and users couldn't tweet links to the story.

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22% of UK parents can't afford childcare, resorting to debt, foodbanks to survive

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The trust revealed that during the fist six months of the pandemic it distributed 1.2m food parcels, of which 470,000 went to families with children.
Low-income parents and those on universal credit are resorting to using food banks as a result of the high costs of childcare, according to a landmark UK survey shared with the Guardian.

As MPs debated the cost and availability of childcare in parliament on Monday, and echoed parents' call for an independent review, more evidence emerged that such families are struggling to cope with childcare fees.

Of those polled, 16% of parents with a household income of under £20,000 said they had used food banks as a result of childcare costs, with 1% of respondents who made more than that figure also having to rely on charity.

Comment: Since childcare workers aren't exactly commanding massive salaries what the above tells us is that, overall, at least 22% of people don't have enough funds to raise a family on.

With rising inflation, taxes, and food prices, a depressed economy, and with no end in sight to the draconian restrictions that continue to destroy the economy, those beholden to government assistance and who have to rely on charity to survive is only set to soar: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #26: Globalization vs Nationalism - The Hidden Causes of The Yellow Vest Protests in France


Simone Biles condemns US Olympic Committee, FBI for sex-abuse crisis

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Olympic gymnast Simone Biles held back tears on Wednesday, as she told lawmakers how the FBI and U.S. gymnastic and Olympic officials failed to stop the sexual abuse that she and hundreds of other athletes suffered from former doctor Larry Nassar.

"To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," she said before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee alongside fellow gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols.

Biles added that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee failed to act while the FBI "turned a blind eye."

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Gabby Petito's boyfriend issues statement over her disappearance

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Gabby Petito and Brian Laundrie are seen in this Instagram post.
The Florida man sought for questioning in the mysterious disappearance of Gabby Petito broke his silence Tuesday, saying it's "an extremely difficult time" for both families.

"I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming," Brian Laundrie said in a statement, according to ABC News.

"On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family," said the statement, issued through an attorney.

Comment: Some background on the case from the New York Post:
A 22-year-old Long Island woman has gone missing under mysterious circumstances during a cross-country road trip with her boyfriend — and her family is seeking the public's help in finding her.

Gabby Petito was last known to be in Wyoming's Grand Teton National Park in late August after embarking on the tour with her boyfriend — identified on social media as Brian Laundrie — the month before, Newsday reported.

Authorities said the vehicle the couple was traveling in, a white 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida plates, has been recovered, according to the outlet.

Laundrie, who has returned to his Florida home, has hired an attorney and has refused to cooperate with authorities, the Daily Mail reported, citing her family.

"Downsizing our life to fit into this itty bitty van was the best decision we've ever made," Laundrie wrote on Instagram on a page called "bizarre_design." "With the limited space we wanted to take advantage of every inch, while also keeping everything minimalist."


Petito's mother, Blue Point resident Nicole Schmidt, reported her missing to Suffolk County police late Saturday.

"Gabrielle Petito was traveling in a white, 2012 Ford Transit van with Florida license plate QFTG03 with a companion when she stopped communicating with friends and family," police said in a release.

The desperate mom told Newsday late Sunday that her daughter had FaceTimed her around Aug. 23 or 24 — and that although she received texts from her daughter's phone until Aug. 30, she wasn't sure she was the one who had sent them.

Petito's father, Joe Petito, told Newsday that her disappearance is like "drowning with your hands tied behind you," adding, "You can't describe it. There's nothing you can do. You can't control anything."


On June 17, Petito arrived in New York to attend her brother's high school graduation and then left on her cross-country adventure, Schmidt said.

Last month, the couple arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, but left amid heavy wildfire smoke, according to Fox News.

Petito was expected to visit a family friend in Portland, Oregon, around Halloween, Newsday said.

"I can't say much, but she's no longer with the van," Schmidt told Fox News. "I don't want to say anything more than that but for people looking for her, I want them to look for her now, not look for that van anymore."


On Aug. 25, a photo of Petito was posted on her apparent Instagram account, which links to a video on a YouTube channel featuring a woman identified as Petito and a man traveling in a converted van.

The clip, which was posted Aug. 13, shows scenes of the woman in various outdoor settings.

Petito was described by police and on a GoFundMe page as 5 feet 5, 110 pounds, blond with blue eyes.

"She has a triangle tattoo on left arm with flowers and a 'Let it be' tattoo written on her right arm. She has a Belly button piercing," the post said.

"While we are working with the FBI, multiple law enforcement agencies, and outside resources to pursue any and all leads the family will need funds and resources to travel and pay for expenses related to an investigation and search on the other side of the country, any help is appreciated," it added.


Los Angeles to reportedly require bargoers be vaccinated

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Patrons enjoy tropical cocktails in the tiny interior of the Tiki-Ti bar as it reopens on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. Public health officials in Los Angeles County will begin requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for patrons and workers at indoor bars, wineries, breweries and nightclubs next month.
Los Angeles County is set to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at indoor bars, and other nightlife destinations, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The new health department edict will be issued Friday and will require customers and workers to have at least once dose by Oct. 7 and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4, the report said.

Additionally, lawmakers are considering a law requiring gym-goers to also have had at least one dose, according to the article.

Health officials drew up the mandate to fight the surging Delta variant, even as the county has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in cases over the past month, health statistics showed.

Eye 1

Twitter denies Nicki Minaj was suspended, White House denies she was invited to discuss enlarged testicles

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Twitter did not suspend rapper Nicki Minaj, despite her claim on Instagram that she had been. On Wednesday night, a spokesperson for the company told Mediaite, "Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced."

Minaj said she was suspended from Twitter on Wednesday, shortly after she posted a series of tweets regarding her claims about Covid-19 vaccination side-effects. In one of the Wednesday tweets, Minaj said she had been invited to the White House to discuss her concerns.

The rapper has faced criticism this week for claiming that the friend of her cousin in Trinidad became "impotent" and "his testicles became swollen" after taking the vaccine.

When asked about the rumor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, said they were baseless.

"There's no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen," Fauci said.

Trinidad's health minister was also forced to dispel the rumor. He lamented that "so much time" was wasted fact-checking the claim.

Comment: See also: 'Lying homophobic c**n!': Rapper Nicki Minaj unloads on MSNBC's Joy Reid after vaccine tweet about swollen testicles