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Staying silent when you disagree with woke lies gives them power. We must speak up

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JK Rowling received death threats after commenting on trans issues.
Last summer, J. K. Rowling, the bestselling author behind the Harry Potter franchise, received torrents of abuse for insisting that there is a difference between a biological woman and a trans woman. "Erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives," Rowling wrote on Twitter, for which she received death threats. Rowling was not surprised by the abuse, which she had suffered before. But she was surprised by another aspect of the response: support. "What I didn't expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive," Rowling wrote an essay soon after. The emails were joined by tweets, and even a hashtag: #IStandwithJKRowling.

I wanted to add my voice to those supporting Rowling. I wanted to tweet #IStandwithJKRowling. But I did not. I am running for City Council in Lower Manhattan, and as a candidate for office, I didn't want to risk being called transphobic. So I chose silence.



How Walgreens' sloppy Covid-19 test registration system exposed patient data

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If you got a Covid-19 test at Walgreens, your personal data — including your name, date of birth, gender identity, phone number, address, and email — was left on the open web for potentially anyone to see and for the multiple ad trackers on Walgreens' site to collect. In some cases, even the results of these tests could be gleaned from that data.

The data exposure potentially affects millions of people who used — or continue to use — Walgreens' Covid-19 testing services over the course of the pandemic.

Multiple security experts told Recode that the vulnerabilities found on the site are basic issues that the website of one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States should have known to avoid. Walgreens has promoted itself as a "vital partner in testing," and the company is reimbursed for those tests by insurance companies and the government.

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Police officer 'set up fake photoshoots to secretly film models naked'

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DI Neil Corbel secretly filmed at least 19 women undressing in rented rooms around the country
A Metropolitan Police detective faces jail for using spy cameras to film naked models at fake photoshoots he staged while off-duty.

DI Neil Corbel, 40, posed as a pilot and gave false details while booking glamour models and escorts on internet sites, a court heard.

He invited them to shoots in hotel rooms and rental flats around the country, hiding devices in various items including tissue boxes, phone charges, an air freshener and glasses.

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Black Magic

CAUGHT ON VIDEO — 'We need to be more scary to the public, we need to inflate the real Covid numbers'...

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Zoom meeting from a hospital in North Carolina with Dr. Mary Rudyk and Carolyn Fisher discussing inflating Covid numbers by counting recovered patients as active Covid patients.
"I think we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful, we have to say something coming out, you know you don't get vaccinated, you know you're going to die. I mean, let's just be really blunt to these people."

Comment: Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center released a statement debunking rumors that the hospital was inaccurately reporting coronavirus hospitalizations to mislead the public, WECT reports.
The viral video features the director of marketing and a doctor who served as the former chief of medical staff for New Hanover Regional Medical Center talking about what information related to coronavirus the hospital shares with the public.

Dr. Mary Rudyk said she feels the hospital's messaging needs to be "a little more scary for the public."

She tells the marketing director that the hospital should provide information to the public about post-COVID-19 hospitalizations, which the hospital was defining as recovered even if they were still hospitalized, the video says.

The social media outrage surrounded this suggestion as many saw it was proof for conspiracy theories about how health officials deliberately inflate COVID-19 numbers. The video circulated in prominent community groups and pages, like the New Hanover County Schools Association of Parents and Teachers.

In a statement, Novant Health told WECT News that they were not releasing data for patients, "who remain hospitalized for COVID-19 complications even though they are no longer COVID-19 positive, so it does not provide a complete picture of the total impact of COVID-19 on our patients and on our hospitals."

The spokesperson also told WECT that they were "concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities," saying:
"The team members involved in this excerpt of an internal meeting are seeing the highest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths so far in this pandemic - despite having safe and effective vaccines widely available. This was a frank discussion among medical and communications professionals on how we can more accurately convey the severity and seriousness of what's happening inside of our hospitals and throughout our communities.

We continue to be concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities and consistently strive for more ways to be transparent and tell the whole story. The continued rise of hospitalizations makes it evident that we have more work to do to reach our communities with these messages."
On New Hanover Regional's Facebook page there are dozens of comments of people who are questioning the hospital's data.
"I just watched a video where your staff basically said we need to lie and skew the numbers of COVID-19 patients so that you can scare people and tell them to get vaccinated or they will die," one person said who commented on the hospital's Facebook page. "I'd sure like to know where the money passes. Lying and trying to scare people ? Why would anybody want to trust your hospital"
Rudyk said in the video that the hospital needed to be blunt with their messaging.
"If you don't get vaccinated, you know you're going to die," she said. "Let's just be really blunt to these people."
Health officials said on Thursday that eight additional COVID-19 deaths were reported in the first week of September, bringing the total number of New Hanover county residents who have died from COVID-19 to 213.

Around 56% of the county is fully vaccinated, data from the state Department of Health says.
"We're seeing a large increase in our COVID patients. They're being admitted sicker, we're admitting them faster than our prior surge," said Keisha Coleman, an ICU nurse with New Hanover Regional.
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Taliban co-founder, deputy PM Abdul Ghani Baradar releases audio message after death rumours

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Social media speculation, especially in India, suggested he was mortally wounded in a shootout between rival Taliban factions at the presidential palace.

The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan released an audio statement on Monday saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media.

Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was last week named as a number two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, blamed "fake propaganda" for the death rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.

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Taliban celebrate beheading of Afghan soldier in grisly video

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Taliban fighters celebrate around the beheaded body of a former police chief.
The Taliban beheaded an Afghan soldier, then chanted praise to their leader while holding the severed head of their victim by his hair in a video posted in a private Taliban chat room.

The 36-second video, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, was posted a week ago. It's unclear when it was made, but on Aug. 17, Taliban leaders promised amnesty for government workers and protection for women.

"I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that nobody will be harmed," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. "We don't want any internal or external enemies."

Comment: So much for Taliban 2.0!

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'Cheater': Transgender MMA fighter McLaughlin responds to 'transphobes' after debut win, only took up sport earlier this year

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Alana McLaughlin has responded to online attacks.
Transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin has responded to 'transphobes' after being accused of cheating, and has demanded more respect for her opponent after a debut cage outing in Miami on Friday.

Only taking up the sport earlier this year and struggling to find a gym until MMA Masters in Florida accepted her, McLaughlin launched her career with a win that came via a second-round submission on a Combate Global card.

Yet the doubters and naysayers have poured scorn on the win, with accusations ranging from McLaughlin cheating to suggesting that opponent Celine Provost took a dive prior to the rear-naked choke finish.

Comment: That McLaughlin only took up MMA earlier this year and still managed to win actually proves how biological males have an inherent advantage over females, and further reveals the corruption of science that somehow supports the notion that hormone therapy erases or replaces one's biological gender: Also check out SOTT radio's:


FBI fires lead agent in Gov. Whitmer Kidnapping case

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The FBI agent credited with thwarting the plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has been fired from the agency after domestic violence allegations were levied against him.

According to The Detroit News, Special Agent Richard Trask was fired last week while awaiting trial on charges of assault with intent to do bodily harm and allegations that he beat his wife's head against a nightstand following an argument caused by a swingers party they attended.

The firing of the law enforcement officer comes amid questions concerning potential misconduct by the FBI during the kidnapping investigation, and whether as many as 12 informants were driving the alleged conspiracy.

Comment: All this is made doubly interesting given this from two months back: Remember the plot to kidnap MI Gov. Whitmer that the FBI foiled? Yeah, the FBI apparently helped hatch it

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Arrow Up

The everything shortage & price hikes plastered all over Federal Reserve's "Beige Book"

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Today's release of the Fed's "Beige Book" - an informal narrative of the economy as told by small and large companies in the 12 Federal Reserve districts - listed "shortage" 77 times, up from 19 times in January.

Shortages of nearly everything, with labor-related shortages being the most prominent. These shortages "restrained" growth, and companies were "unable to meet demand" because of these shortages. Here are some standouts:
  • "Extensive," "widespread," "intense," "acute," "persistent," "broad," and "ongoing" "labor shortages."
  • "Worker shortages"
  • "Workforce shortages"
  • "Shortages of drivers"
  • "Truck driver shortage"
  • "Chassis" shortage
  • "Ongoing microchip shortage"
  • "Pervasive resource shortages"
  • "Material shortages"
  • "Inventory shortages" from retailers to housing.
  • "Supply chain shortages"
  • "Supply shortages"
  • "Shortages of parts"
  • "Shortages of inputs and labor"
  • "Increasingly severe shortage of auto inventories"
  • "Shortages of parts for farm equipment"
  • "Restaurants reported severe supply and staffing shortages"
  • "Nursing shortages"
  • "Raw material shortages"
  • "Shortages of labor and other raw materials" that delayed construction
  • "Persistent materials shortages"
  • "Shortages and higher costs for both labor and non-labor inputs"
  • "Retailers noted shortages of and increased lead times for merchandise, particularly on foreign-made goods"


Australia bans ivermectin because 'people might not get vaxed'

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The unelected, unaudited and unaccountable Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) in Australia has decided that consenting adults and fully qualified doctors should not be allowed to use a drug off label that's so cheap and safe the discoverers won a Nobel Prize. Something like 200 million people use ivermectin each year. After 33 years and 3.7 billion doses of use, it qualifies as one of the safest drugs around.

The TGA says it hasn't found any evidence that ivermectin is useful against Covid, but then we have to ask, has the TGA looked?

Ivmmeta.com lists 60 studies involving 25,000 people that show its useful and 3 that don't:
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So the TGA want to ban one drug to force the punters to pick the other drug?

Once upon a time the phrase would be "persuade me". Now it's just fines and jail if you disagree?

In the end the TGA appears to be banning it for psychological reasons, not medical ones — always a risky game to play when a group is trying to look like a medical agency, and not like a marketing team. It may have the opposite effect the TGA intends. If we want more people to stop using agricultural chemicals (and surely we do want that?) then don't we want the punters to get treatments under supervision from their GP and Pharmacist instead?

If the TGA wants more Australians to trust them with the vaccines, they might want to explain their decisions better than this.