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NPR's brilliant self-own

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National Public Radio complains about a media figure who tells people "what their opinions should be" and uses political "buzzwords".

Yesterday's NPR article, "Outrage As A Business Model: How Ben Shapiro Is Using Facebook To Build An Empire," is among the more unintentionally funny efforts at media criticism in recent times.

The piece is about Ben Shapiro, but one doesn't have to have ever followed Shapiro, or even once read the Daily Wire, to get the joke. The essence of NPR's complaint is that a conservative media figure not only "has more followers than The Washington Post" but outperforms mainstream outlets in the digital arena, a fact that, "experts worry," may be "furthering polarization" in America. NPR refers to polarizing media as if they're making an anthropological discovery of a new and alien phenomenon.

The piece goes on to note that "other conservative outlets such as The Blaze, Breitbart News and The Western Journal that publish aggregated and opinion content have also "generally been more successful...than legacy news outlets over the past year, according to NPR's analysis." In other words, they're doing better than us.


Real-world patients are up to 400% more likely to suffer adverse events than drug trials show - Lancet study

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Dr Sebastian Rushworth has written today about the serious problem of the underestimation of side-effects in drug trials, which he says should "shake the very foundations of evidence based medicine".

His article reports on the results of a study recently published in the Lancet Healthy Longevity, funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the Wellcome Trust, which seeks to establish the extent to which drug trials underestimate side-effects by comparing trial data to real world data. The study focuses in particular on blood pressure drugs known as RAAS blockers, which Dr Rushworth explains were chosen because of the number of trials that have been done by different companies. There is no reason the results should not apply equally to other drugs, he says, including Covid vaccines (for which there have been an unprecedented number of adverse event reports despite the trials showing them to be safe).

Comment: Given the insane profits pulled in by Big Pharma, the idea that drugs trials would be fudged makes complete sense. What good corporate entity would want to sink a pile of cash into a multi-year R&D program and then have to report to its shareholders that it was a bust? Better yet, move the trials overseas, where those pesky regulators can't reach:


Investigation opened into giant Macron-Hitler billboard comparing France's Covid policy to Nazi regime

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"Obey - get vaccinated"
The Toulon prosecutor's office has opened an investigation into a defamatory poster which conflates images of French President Emmanuel Macron and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, amid criticism of ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

A billboard seen on the outskirts of Toulon and La Seyne-sur-Mer, displaying an image of French President Emmanuel Macron dressed in a Nazi uniform and sporting Adolf Hitler's trademark toothbrush moustache, has caught the attention of the city's prosecutor, according to local media reports.

Comment: Ah, the French citizenry. Calling it as they see it . . . . In the meantime, the grounds for imposing mandatory vaccination is being prepared:
"We have entered a fourth wave of the virus," government spokesman Gabriel Attal said on Monday. Though the daily number of new cases remains around four times lower than in April, Attal said that the rate of increase is picking up.

"We are starting from the bottom but this wave can go up very quickly and it can go up very high," he said, noting that the current incidence rate of 86 cases per 100,000 people represents an increase of 125% over last week.

Attal spoke after France's Council of Ministers voted to adopt a bill extending the country's health pass and implementing mandatory vaccination for certain workers, for example those in the healthcare sector. The health pass, which records vaccination status or a recent negative test result, is currently needed to enter leisure venues with more than 60 people, and will be necessary from next month to enter bars and restaurants or travel on trains.

The measures, announced last week by President Emmanuel Macron, have proven unpopular. Protesters took to the streets of French cities last week to decry the "vaccine passports," with rioting and arson breaking out at some locations.

In his address last week announcing these measures, Macron said that if inoculation rates do not pick up, he will "ask the question of compulsory vaccination for all French people."

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JK Rowling blasts Trans Activists after death threat: 'This movement poses no risk to Women whatsoever'

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On Sunday, famed "Harry Potter" author JK Rowling, who has endured vitriol and abuse from transgender activists, fired back at someone who sent her a death threat over Twitter, wishing her to receive a pipe bomb in her mailbox. Rowling blasted, "To be fair, when you can't get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there's really only one place to go."

The exchange had been triggered when Rowling replied to a critic who quoted her saying, "I've ignored porn tweeted at children." Rowling fired back, "Juan, I'll give you a moment to think hard about leaving that up. I reported every bit of porn so-called trans allies tweeted into Twitter threads where children were sending me artwork for the Ickabog. I didn't respond or retweet it because I didn't want more kids to see it."

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South African ex-president Jacob Zuma's corruption trial resumes online

  • Zuma, 79, faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering
  • The ex-leader has retained a fervent support base within the ruling African National Congress party and among the general public
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South African ex-president Jacob Zuma’s supporters portray him as a defender of the poor.
Jacob Zuma returned to court on Monday for the resumption of a long-running corruption trial, testifying from jail as proceedings unfolded online in a bid to avert more of the deadly unrest that swept South Africa after the former president was sentenced in a separate case.

Security forces threw a cordon around the High Court in the southeastern city of Pietermaritzburg, capital of Zuma's home region of KwaZulu-Natal, where loyalists have previously gathered in rowdy shows of support.

The measures were later eased to allow street access after the area was deserted.


Protesters brutally beaten and arrested by police on UK "Freedom Day"

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Doesn't look much like freedom.

People in London protesting the fact that so called "freedom day" is anything but that, were met with even harsher police responses than during lockdown Monday, with chaotic footage emerging of beatings and arrests.

The action predominantly took place in Parliament Square, with protesters chanting "arrest Boris Johnson" and "shame on police."

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Fauci: Smallpox, polio would still be in U.S. if "false information" spread like it has with COVID

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Anthony Fauci said on Saturday that he thinks smallpox and polio would still be spreading in the U.S. if today's "false information" were present then.

"If you look at the extraordinary historic success in eradicating smallpox and eliminating polio from most of the world, and we're on the brink of eradicating polio, if we had the pushback for vaccines the way we're seeing on certain media, I don't think it would have been possible at all to not only eradicate smallpox; we probably would still have smallpox, and we probably would still have polio in this country," Fauci, President Biden's chief medical adviser, said in response to a question from "CNN Newsroom" host Jim Acosta.

"If we had the kind of false information that's being spread now, if we had that back decades ago, I would be certain that we'd still have polio in this country," he added.

Comment: If there had been social media when the first polio vaccines were given, the public would've had the opportunity to avoid the horrific maiming of thousands of children otherwise known as the Cutter Incident:
The Cutter vaccine had been used in vaccinating 200,000 children in the western and midwestern United States.[76] Later investigations showed that the Cutter vaccine had caused 40,000 cases of polio, killing 10.[76] In response the Surgeon General pulled all polio vaccines made by Cutter Laboratories from the market, but not before 250 cases of paralytic illness had occurred. Wyeth polio vaccine was also reported to have paralyzed and killed several children. It was soon discovered that some lots of Salk polio vaccine made by Cutter and Wyeth had not been properly inactivated, allowing live poliovirus into more than 100,000 doses of vaccine.
Global Research reports:
This scenario of fast tracking unsafe and poorly researched vaccines was certainly the case for one of the first polio vaccines in 1955. In fact the polio vaccine received FDA approval and licensure after two hours of review - the fastest approved drug in the FDA's history. Known as the Cutter Incident, because the vaccine was manufactured by Cutter Laboratories, within days of vaccination, 40,000 children were left with polio, 200 with severe paralysis and ten deaths. Shortly thereafter the vaccine was quickly withdrawn from circulation and abandoned.

The CDC's website still promulgates a blatant untruth that the Salk vaccine was a modern medical success. To the contrary, officials at the National Institutes of Health were convinced that the vaccine was contributing to a rise in polio and paralysis cases in the 1950s. In 1957 Edward McBean documented in his book The Poisoned Needle that government officials stated the vaccine was "worthless as a preventive and dangerous to take." Some states such as Idaho where several people died after receiving the Salk vaccine, wanted to hold the vaccine makers legally liable. Dr. Salk himself testified in 1976 that his live virus vaccine, which continued to be distributed in the US until 2000, was the "principal if not sole cause" of all polio cases in the US since 1961. However, after much lobbying and political leveraging, private industry seduced the US Public Health Service to proclaim the vaccine safe.[2] Although this occurred in the 1950s, this same private industry game plan to coerce and buy off government health agencies has become epidemic with practically every vaccine brought to market during the past 50 years.
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Israeli forces raid Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, allowing Jewish settlers to pray at site

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Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa compound on August 11, 2019, the first day of Eid al-Adha
In the early morning hours of Sunday, Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, the third holiest site in Islam, and fired tear gas and rubber bullets at worshipers, and violently detained a number of Palestinians, including women, at the compound.

Tensions rose in Jerusalem over the weekend as Israeli settlers, under the protection of armed Israeli forces, raided the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound just a few days before the Eid al-Adha holidays.

In the early morning hours of Sunday, Israeli forces stormed the compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam, as Palestinian worshipers were performing predawn fajjr prayers.

Comment: Even Israel's own human rights groups admit that it is committing the crime of apartheid:


Alarming number of Americans think vaccines contain microchips to control people

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"The reality is that misinformation is still spreading like wildfire in our country aided and abetted by technology platforms," the surgeon general said Sunday.

One-fifth of polled adults believe it is "definitely true" or "probably true" that COVID-19 vaccinations contain government-issued microchips, according to a new survey.

The survey, conducted by The Economist/YouGov and published this week, asked 1,500 Americans ages 18 and over if "the U.S. government is using the COVID-19 vaccine to microchip the population." Five percent of respondents said the statement was "definitely true," while 15 percent said the statement was "probably true."

Comment: The idea that there are actual microchips in the vaccines may be a little out there, but it seems highly likely that there is something fishy going on with the mRNA shots (magnet challenge anyone?).

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Covidiot or Covid-idiot? Which one are you?

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Apparently a "covidiot," according to the online Health website Health.com, can be defined using a number of dictionary and urban dictionary definitions. Written in July 2020, they offered:

Macmillan Dictionary - "An insulting term for someone who ignores health advice about Covid-19, hoards food unnecessarily, etc."

Urban Dictionary - "Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety. A person who hoards goods, denying them from their neighbors."

They could have added the Cambridge Dictionary definition: "Someone who behaves in a stupid way that risks spreading the infectious disease Covid-19."

The Health website largely agrees with these definitions. However they embellish them somewhat and add:
"Basically, a covidiot doesn't take COVID-19 and the risks of the virus seriously, despite what government officials and the global health community say. At the same time, they may also engage in selfish behavior that doesn't look out for the greater good when it comes to slowing down and stopping the spread of the coronavirus."
They say that the term has been thrown around a lot. Indeed so, it has been liberally seeded online with the appropriate hashtags and memes doing the global, viral rounds. It is a new word, recently invented to describe people in disparaging terms. Beyond the offered dictionary definitions, Health explore some of the principles underpinning "covidiot."