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Deaths in England and Wales now 5% below the five-year average

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The ONS announced today that there were 10,045 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending March 26th. This is 266 fewer than the previous week (which was the lowest since 2014 for that week). In addition, this week's number is 5% below the five-year average, and marks the third consecutive week of "negative excess deaths". Here's the chart from the ONS:
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Over the last three weeks, there were 1,800 fewer deaths than you'd expect based on the average of the last five years. (And note that, because the population is ageing, the five-year average slightly understates the expected number of deaths.)

What's more, the number of deaths registered in the week ending March 26th was below the five-year average in seven out of nine English regions. (Only the East Midlands and West Midlands saw positive excess deaths.) Compared to the five-year average, weekly deaths were 7.5% lower in London, 9.3% lower in the South West, and a remarkable 10.7% lower in the East of England.

As I've noted before, there are several possible reasons why the number of deaths is so low at the moment. But whatever the exact reason, or mix of reasons, today's numbers are surely cause for optimism.

Briefcase

Chauvin trial Day 9 wrap-up: Medical experts pull prosecution's case out of the fire

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Screen capture from video of April 8, 2021 court proceedings in MN v. Chauvin.
Medical experts gave testimony state needed, without imploding on cross

Overview

Today the state presented three medical/science experts. The first was Dr. Martin Tobin, Physician in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Chicago, presented as an expert witness on respiratory matters. He was followed by Daniel Isenschmit, Forensic Toxicologist, NMS Laboratories, who was involved in drug testing Floyd's blood. And the day closed with Dr. William Smock, Emergency Medical Physician, and self-described "Police Surgeon," who discussed excited delirium and some other issues.

OK folks, I won't bury the lede — today's trial proceedings looked a lot more typical for a prosecution presenting its case in chief than has been the case so far in Minnesota v. Chauvin. What I mean by that is that the state finally had a day in which its own witnesses did not end up doing the defense more good than themselves.

We've grown so accustomed to Nelson simply having his way with prosecution witnesses that today might appear as if it were bad for the defense. It would be more accurate to say it was not a great day for the defense — which is quite a change from past experience.

Mr. Potato

CNN asks if fonts can be racist: Of course their answer is yes.

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© Not The Bee
CNN scrapes the bottom of the woke barrel
Let me break down the madness.

CNN is taking a break from ignoring the border crisis, human trafficking, the perils of socialism, and the rise in addiction and suicide to lecture us about how fonts are now racist:


What does this mean? Simply put, it means our betters in the mainstream media are really scraping the bottom of the barrel to make everything and anything about race.

Comment: Comment: At least no one can complain that Chet Hanks isn't inclusive
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© Chet Hanks/Instagram



Snakes in Suits

Ontario has had the longest lockdown in North America - which has been so successful it's just gone into another one

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© Getty Images / Steve Russell / Toronto Star
FILE PHOTO: Spice Lounge and Tapas on Lakeshore Road East has signs in their business door that expresses frustration with confusion over the lockdowns as Ontario tightens restrictions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in Port Credit. April 5, 2021
It's April 2021 and we're still being fed the same "stay home, save lives" line of 2020. But lockdowns are based on dodgy data and exaggerations, as well as causing more harm than they supposedly prevent.

As of today, Ontario is once again locked down. The last lockdown of two months was lifted only a month ago.

The province has endured the longest lockdowns in the country, thanks to politicians and medical officers pushing selective statistics.

The "Stay-at-Home" order (sounds so much nicer than lockdown!) requires people to imprison themselves again, except for "essential purposes" (exempt, of course, are Canadian politicians, who have repeatedly violated their own exhortations).

Comment: See also:


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Lawsuit finally forces Pennsylvania to take 21,000 dead people off its voter rolls

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The state of Pennsylvania has agreed to take steps to remove deceased voters from being able to vote following a settled lawsuit filed by The Public Interest Legal Foundation.

The suit, filed in November, alleged that at least 21,000 deceased individuals were still on voter rolls during the 2020 presidential election. Data compiled by the Watchdog group alleged that more than 9,200 of the people registered had been dead for at least five years, in addition to nearly 1,990 that had been dead for 10 years. An estimated 197 voters were dead for at least twenty years. The Pennsylvania Department of State did not agree in the settlement with the number of dead voters.

"This marks an important victory for the integrity of elections in Pennsylvania," PILF President and General Counsel J. Christian Adams said. "The Commonwealth's failure to remove deceased registrants created a vast opportunity for voter fraud and abuse. It is important to not have dead voters active on the rolls for 5, 10, or even 20 years. This settlement fixes that."

Comment: Kudos to the work of the PILF. One down, 49 to go. Of course, Democrats and their cronies are completely against having one avenue of election fraud closed to them.


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Idaho governor Brad Little issues ban on mandated 'vaccine passports'

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Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed an executive order Wednesday banning any government entity from requiring people show "vaccine passports" that show proof that someone has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

"Idahoans should be given the choice to receive the vaccine. We should not violate Idahoans' personal freedoms by requiring them to receive it," Little said in a statement. "Vaccine passports create different classes of citizens. Vaccine passports restrict the free flow of commerce during a time when life and the economy are returning to normal. Vaccine passports threaten individual freedom and patient privacy.

"I have serious concerns that implementing COVID-19 vaccine passports will violate Idahoans' medial privacy rights, prejudice those unable to receive the vaccine, slow our economic recovery, cause division among our populace and, ultimately, be counterproductive to the widespread administration of the COVID-19 vaccines among Idahoans," he added.

Comment: Governor Little, and others taking this stand - actually represent the silent majority of Americans who are against such egregious infringements on basic rights. They will (and are) coming up against incredible opposition by the Dems/Deep State that would seek to attain far greater control over the lives the population and are relentless their pursuit of such objectives.

Expect this struggle to intensify greatly.


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Northern Ireland tensions 'must be diffused before someone is killed', bus set on fire in Belfast amid night of unrest

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© Liam McBurney/PA Wire
The wreckage of a bus on fire on the Shankill Road in Belfast.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney has condemned the violence seen in ongoing unrest in Northern Ireland and urged political leaders to work out a response "before someone is killed".

Mr Coveney told RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland that the images of violence on the streets in Belfast on Wednesday night were "shocking" and ones that he thought had been consigned to history.

"This needs to stop before someone is killed. That has to start at the top in terms of political leadership," he said.

The Northern Ireland Executive is meeting on Thursday morning to be briefed on the unrest seen over the last week.

Comment: RT has collated more footage from the incident:





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San Francisco losing record numbers of residents to Florida and Texas

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The number of people who moved from San Francisco to Texas increased by 32.1 percent between 2019 to 2020, and those who moved to Florida jumped by 46.2 percent.


One of the most liberal cities in the country, San Francisco, California, lost the most residents between 2019 and 2020, out of every major US city, according to a new study.

The report by the commercial realty firm CBRE Group reported that the city lost about 18 residents per 1,000 people in 2020, compared to losing just 9 residents out of every 1,000 the previous year. The majority of former residents, moved to other areas of the Golden State, but the number of people moving to Florida and Texas spiked compared to 2019. The number of people who moved from San Francisco to Texas increased by 32.1 percent between 2019 to 2020, and those who moved to Florida jumped by 46.2 percent.

Comment: See also:


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Japan govt proposes 4-day work week to 'improve quality of life & boost tourism'

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Katsunobu Kato (pictured in Tokyo on Tuesday, April 6) said on Monday that he intends to introduce a 'selective three-day weekly holiday system', based on initial recommendations made by the Liberal Democratic Party's headquarters, within the month
Japan's government is considering bringing in a four-day working week aimed at improving people's quality of life, the country's Chief Cabinet Secretary has said.

It is hoped that the scheme would also boost the country's tourism industry that has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a nation known for long working hours.

Katsunobu Kato said on Monday that he intends to consider the introduction of a 'selective three-day weekly holiday system', based on initial recommendations made by the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, within the month.

Comment: Changes like these have the potential for good, and are in some ways long overdue. But it's notable that governments around the world have been considering changes such as these for years, prior to the lockdowns, along with other initiatives like Universal Basic Income, and the results for the various schemes, have been mixed. It has also become blatantly clear by this point that some proponents of these schemes do not have the same ideals and goals in mind as those of the average citizen. As just one example, those pushing the Great Reset seem to be using this time of crisis to implement social engineering policies that would have otherwise been rejected, similar to the Shock Doctrine/disaster capitalism model so favored by the establishment in the decades past:


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Russia's Hermitage receives official complaint over naked sculptures after suggestion kids could be 'corrupted,' says museum head

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Antique Art Gallery, Hermitage Museum.
The Hermitage Museum in Russia's Saint Petersburg has received an official complaint from a government agency suggesting that its nude sculptures may have a bad influence on children and might have to be put in an adult-only room.

That's according to Mikhail Piotrovsky, the museum's general director, who refused to name which official body asked the institution to round up its naked figures.

"I laughed once when someone told us: gather all your nude sculptures into one room and put up an '18+' sign so our children are not corrupted," Piotrivsky said. "But now we have received an official complaint from an official body, so we are responding to it."

Comment: This is absurd. Naked human bodies are not obscene and they are not inappropriate for children. Children should not be deprived of seeing beautiful works of art because of some misguided perceptions of nature as being 'inappropriate'. It just goes to show that even Russia isn't hysteria-free.