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Stillbirths, maternal deaths up by one-third amid pandemic: study

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Overwhelmed health systems and less access to care during the coronavirus pandemic worsened birth outcomes for expectant mothers and newborns around the world, an analysis of dozens of studies suggests.

Comment: I.e. lockdowns.

Researchers from St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the U.K. published findings in The Lancet Global Health on Wednesday, with results drawing from 40 studies conducted from January 2020 through January 2021 on over 6 million pregnancies and rates of outcomes like complications and deaths. The team drew reports from Medline and Embase research databases.

Findings indicated "significant increases" in stillbirths and maternal deaths by about one-third during the pandemic, though the rate of overall preterm births remained about the same compared to pre-pandemic life. More specifically, researchers cited a 28% uptick in stillbirths, noting 1,099 stillbirths per 168,295 pregnancies during the pandemic, compared to pre-pandemic rates at 1,325 stillbirths per 198,993 pregnancies. Maternal deaths occurred at reported rates of 530 per 1,237,018 pregnancies during the pandemic, compared to 698 per 2,224,859 pregnancies pre-pandemic.

The team also reported a decline in mothers' mental health like heightened depression and anxiety, and additional findings indicated a six-fold uptick in surgeries relating to ectopic pregnancies (occurring outside of the uterus), suggesting women delayed medical care.

"This finding suggests that the increased rate of adverse outcomes might be driven mainly by the inefficiency of health-care systems and their inability to cope with the pandemic, rather than by the stringency of pandemic mitigation measures," study authors wrote.


Notre Dame's rector says it will take '15 or 20 years' for restoration

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Notre Dame rector Patrick Chauvet leads a procession, wearing protective helmets, as part of Maundy Thursday ceremony, in Notre Dame Cathedral, Thursday. April 2, 2021
The rector of Notre Dame said Friday that the burned-out Paris cathedral and its esplanade could remain a building site for another "15 or 20 years."

Rector Patrick Chauvet spoke to The Associated Press following Good Friday ceremonies, including venerating the "Crown of Thorns" at Notre Dame's temporary liturgical base, the nearby church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois.

He added that: "I can guarantee that there's work to do!"



Project Veritas video reveals makeshift migrant detention facility under BRIDGE

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Shocking new footage released by Project Veritas reveals the existence of a makeshift migrant detention facility under a bridge in McAllen, a border town in Texas.

The video footage shows migrants, including children, living outdoors in an open-air holding facility where they are separated by makeshift fences. The migrants can be seen sleeping on the dirt ground with space blankets for warmth.

The facility is located underneath the Anzalduas International Bridge, which connects the United States to Mexico.

Comment: See also:

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4 killed, including child, in California mass shooting; UPDATE: Police say it was a targeted attack

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Authorities at the scene of the shooting in Orange
One of the four fatal victims in a shooting rampage in suburban Los Angeles on Wednesday was a 9-year-old boy who may have died in his wounded mother's arms as she tried in vain to save him, officials said on Thursday.

"It appears that a little boy died in his mother's arms as she was trying to save him during this horrific massacre," Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer told a news conference.

The bloodshed in Orange, California, about 30 miles (48 km)southeast of central Los Angeles, marked the third deadly mass shooting in the United States in less than a month.

In the two other outbursts in March, a man killed eight people including six Asian women at three Atlanta-area spas, and another man opened fire at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, killing 10.

Comment: UPDATE from The Daily Beast:
Police say they believe Aminadab Gaxiola Gonzalez locked the Orange County office complex and lay in wait before opening fire and killing four people.

Spitzer said the "horrific rampage" was the result of a "targeted" attack. All the victims knew Gonzalez through business or personal relationships.

At around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, police responded to reports of shots fired at the offices of Unified Homes, a real estate business and mobile home seller located in the complex alongside other businesses.

A law enforcement source told ABC7 said the gunman shot "into the windows" after locking the courtyard. Since the gates were chained shut with bike cable locks, officers were forced to engage Gonzalez from the outside while they waited for bolt cutters. Gonzalez was also armed with pepper spray and handcuffs, police said.

Eventually, Gonzalez was apprehended with a gunshot wound — though authorities did not say if it was sustained by an officer or self-inflicted.

In the complex's courtyard, police then found two victims, the young boy and a woman who remains in critical condition. On the upstairs outdoor landing, police found a woman fatally shot. Two others were found inside the office.

Lt. Jennifer Amat, a spokeswoman for the Orange Police Department, said Thursday that police found a semi-automatic handgun, a backpack with pepper spray, handcuffs, and ammunition in the scene. They believe it belonged to Gonzalez.

Public records list Gonzalez's address as a mobile home park in Anaheim that appears to be closed. He is listed as the owner of three trucking businesses and a relative of a licensed real estate agent who works for Unified Homes.

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Belgium must lift 'all Covid-19 measures' within 30 days, Brussels court rules

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The Belgian State has been ordered to lift "all coronavirus measures" within 30 days, as the legal basis for them is insufficient, a Brussels court ruled on Wednesday.

The League for Human Rights had filed the lawsuit several weeks ago and challenged Belgium's system of implementing the measures using Ministerial Decrees, which means it is done without any input from parliament.

The judge gave the Belgian State 30 days to provide a sound legal basis, or face a penalty of €5,000 per day that this period is exceeded, with a maximum limit of €200,000, reports Le Soir.

Comment: ... and there's something similar happening in Finland. From Reuters:
The Finnish government is holding talks about how to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Sanna Marin tweeted on Wednesday after withdrawing a lockdown proposal from parliament.

The proposal to largely confine people to their own homes in areas with most infections was deemed too imprecise by the constitutional law committee of parliament.

"It would be impossible for residents to predict what is prohibited, allowed or punishable," committee chairperson Antti Rinne said, but acknowledged that the arguments for more restrictions were justified.

Last week the government proposed locking down residents of five cities, including the capital Helsinki, and only allowing people to leave their homes for limited reasons, to curb rising coronavirus infections and hospitalisations.

The committee said the wide-ranging proposal should be changed to targeted restrictions for where the risk of contracting the virus was significant, such as private gatherings and crowded places such as shops.

The Nordic nation of 5.5 million people has recorded 77,452 coronavirus infections and 844 deaths. It has been praised for its handling of the pandemic and has been among the least-affected countries in Europe. It has 295 people in hospital with COVID-19.
But France has joined other European nations in going back into lockdown to try to halt a "spike". From RT:
From Saturday, France will widen regional lockdown measures to the entire country in a bid to halt rising Covid-19 infections, President Emmanuel Macron has said, while defending his government's approach to tackling the virus.

All face-to-face teaching in schools will be suspended from Monday for a week ahead of the two-week spring break, with schools set to return on April 26, Macron announced, in a televised national address on Wednesday evening.

The tougher lockdown measures, which had been in place in 19 areas including Paris, will now be extended to the whole of France for four weeks.

From Saturday evening, travel for the entire population will be limited to within a 10-kilometer radius of home, while longer essential journeys will require a certificate.
Similarly in Germany (from RT):
The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) has called on the government to urgently implement a two-week Covid-19 lockdown, as the country's health systems risk hitting capacity.

Speaking to the Rheinische Post, the scientific head of the DIVI, Christian Karagiannidis, warned that if the current rate of admission to intensive care units continues, Germany "will reach the regular capacity limit in less than four weeks."
We are not overexaggerating. Our warnings are driven by the figures.
Alongside the DIVI's demand for at least a two-week lockdown, Karagiannidis called on the government to introduce compulsory coronavirus tests in schools twice a week, and speed up the vaccine rollout in vaccination centers and GP practices.

The DIVI's call comes after Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek told German TV that his region would consider compulsory testing after not enough school students and teachers got voluntarily tested.

The federal German government has been coming under increasing pressure to take steps to speed up the vaccine rollout and take stricter measures to contain the virus as infection rates continue to rise.

With Germany being part of the European Union's vaccine rollout scheme, the country has suffered from the delays the bloc has experienced despite having domestically developed the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.


Fire kills 55,000 animals at one of Germany's biggest pig farms

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A firefighter walks between pigs after a fire broke out in a large pig farm in Alt Tellin, Germany, March 30, 2021. -
A fire at a pig-breeding facility in northeastern Germany is believed to have killed more than 55,000 animals, the operator said Thursday.

The fire broke out on Tuesday at the facility in Alt Tellin, in Germany's northeastern corner. It spread quickly, in part through ventilation shafts, and destroyed the stalls where the animals were kept.

A spokesman for operator LFD Holding, Ralf Beke-Bramkamp, told German news agency dpa that over 55,000 animals died. Some 7,000 sows and 50,000 piglets were listed as being at the facility at the time, and only about 1,300 animals were rescued.

Comment: Yet another hit to the food supply:

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South Korea to enforce Covid-19 'vaccine passport', threatens only vaccinated will be able to return to 'daily lives'

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Doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine are seen at a COVID-19 vaccination centre in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2021.
South Korea will introduce a digital certification system to verify a person's COVID-19 vaccination status through a smartphone application this month, amid the government's efforts to boost people's participation in the public vaccine program, the prime minister said Thursday.

Comment: This isn't encouragement, this is coercion; no vaccine, no travel.

"The people will be able to experience a sense of return to normality from a vaccine passport or green card systems," Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said during a daily interagency meeting on the government's coronavirus response.

Comment: If this 'return to normality' includes mandatory masks, social distancing, random and nonsensical restrictions, along with lockdowns, then life hasn't returned to any sense of normality.

The government, according to Chung, has already developed the system that shows the vaccination status of a person through a smartphone application and plans to launch it this month.

Comment: RT reports:
"The introduction of a vaccine passport or 'Green Pass' will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to their daily lives," the prime minister noted while unveiling the new identification. He added that South Korea was following the lead of other nations that claim to have developed systems capable of verifying vaccination status without storing other private information.

Notably, Israel was the first country to introduce these draconian laws, which it also branded it as the 'Green Pass'.

Since beginning its nationwide vaccination drive in February, South Korea has administered Covid-19 shots to more than 850,000 people. It aims to vaccinate 12 million citizens by June. As of Wednesday, it has reported 103,639 positive Covid-19 tests and 1,735 deaths linked to the virus.

In 2 months it has vaccinated less than 1 million people, and yet it thinks that in the next 2 months it will vaccinate 10 million? This, when it's also struggling with supply issues.

Countries around the world have implemented similar systems both for domestic use and to facilitate international travel. China and the European Union have begun to implement digital vaccine passports to be used when crossing borders. In other countries such as Israel, a vaccine certificate is also needed to gain entry to certain venues and carry out specific activities.

There have been calls for the creation of a standard vaccine passport system that could be used worldwide. Members of the G7, an intergovernmental group consisting of the world's major industrialized countries, are reportedly considering a universal health ID.

However, there is still plenty of opposition to the idea, which has been heavily criticized as discriminatory and an invasion of privacy. In the United States, for example, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has vowed to issue an executive order banning vaccine passports, dismissing the concept as unnecessary government overreach.
Note that many of these vaccines are using experimental technology and so the roll outs are, in reality, one of of the world's largest medical experiments. And countries are choosing to penalize those who don't wish to subject themselves or their loved ones to such risks: Here's an example of some of the discussion regarding vaccine passports on the UK's mainstream media:


Sweden axes Bill Gates-funded Harvard experiment aiming to DIM THE SUN to fight climate change amid outcry from activists

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Sweden's space agency has called off a geoengineering experiment to determine whether blotting out the sun with aerosols could reverse global warming. Funded by Bill Gates, the project stoked fierce opposition from eco groups.

Proposed by researchers at Harvard University, the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment, or SCoPEx, ultimately planned to release a cloud of calcium carbonate - more commonly known as chalk dust - into the atmosphere from a high-altitude balloon to study its effects on sunlight reaching earth. The project proved too controversial, however, and on Wednesday the Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) said that a test flight set for June would not move forward.

"The scientific community is divided regarding geoengineering, including any related technology tests such as the planned technical balloon test flight from Esrange this summer," the SSC said in a statement on Wednesday.

Comment: See also: Controversial Bill Gates-funded plan to dim the sun's rays moves forward quietly

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Border Patrol video shows smugglers dropping 3-year-old and 5-year-old girls from 14-foot wall

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The U.S. Border Patrol released disturbing video footage Wednesday showing smugglers dropping a 3-year-old toddler and her 5-year-old sister from a 14-foot border wall, leaving the little girls exposed in the desert as they fled back into Mexico.

What are the details?

USBP El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez released the clip on Twitter, saying, "Smugglers, under cover of night, scaled a 14 ft. border barrier and cruelly dropped 2 young children in the middle of the New Mexico desert. The girls, ages 3 & 5, were left miles from the nearest residence. Thank you STN Agents for rescuing these children!"

In the video, a suspect can be seen hoisting the smaller child over the wall and lowering her down before letting go. The toddler lays still on the ground for a few moments after her fall, before bringing herself to her feet as her 5-year-old sister lands next to her.

The individual on the wall then tosses an object on the ground next to the tikes, who appear to be staring upward from where they were dropped as the two suspects can be seen running back through trails on the Mexican side of the border.


What they don't talk about on the BBC

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I watched BBC Question Time on the TV on Thursday then listened to Radio 4's Any Questions the following Saturday (27th March). I could not believe what I was not hearing. Not to worry, I thought, just ring in to Any Answers immediately following. Having got through to a call handler, I described my astonishment that, in the debate on vaccine passports, the single most important view (concerning medical ethics), had not been discussed. I explained that I would like to talk with the presenter (Anita Anand) about this glaring omission and that, if not able to do so myself, would be happy if at least one person was invited to air that view in the 45 minute programme. The lady acknowledged this and asked me to stand by for the duration of the programme in case I was invited. Almost the whole of 'Any Answers' was devoted to the vaccine debate but I didn't receive a call and no one else had been allowed on, for even a minute (out of around three hours of airtime over the three programmes), to bring up a matter that the public so rightly deserved to hear.

Comment: While the author raises some good points, it should be clear by now that the BBC is simply a mouthpiece for the establishment, expecting any different from them would be naive at this point.