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Corporate greed: Moderna wants to quadruple the price of its Covid-19 vaccine as hundreds die per day

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With the US federal government's stock of vaccines for residents running out, Moderna now plans to raise the cost of its vaccine from $26 to up to $130 in a decision that understandably has Americans pissed.

One of those leading charge against this obvious price-gouging has been Independent US Senator Bernie Sanders who notes - in addition to the fact that US taxpayers bankrolled the entire research and development of the vaccine to the tune of $1.7 billion and guaranteed billions of dollars in sales figures across the world - is the fact that it only costs $2.85 to produce a single dose.

It shows the unbridled greed of Big Pharma and the US capitalist class in general, who are willing to price out poor and working-class Americans from a potentially life-saving drug. That is especially pronounced when the country is stuck in a virtual case plateau, where tens of thousands are hospitalized every week and hundreds are dying every day, which is obviously contributing to declining US life expectancy.

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Shockingly, the trans cult keeps finding ways to get weirder

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Happy Wednesday, dear Kruiser Morning Briefing friends. Alwyn had no intention of giving up his passion for painting his "Coatis Playing Pinochle" series on imported velvet.

The escalation in trans (-gender and -vestite) news in recent years has been truly mind-boggling. A fringe (don't believe the new numbers) segment of the American public has been dominating the leftist news organizations. While it's true that the MSM is just making it up as they go along, I would have guessed they'd go for something more leftist mainstream, like paying for everything that illegal aliens do once they arrive here.

Instead, they have decided that the woke agenda was best forced on American society via the "T" portion of the LGBTQ alphabet soup community.

The woke trans agenda is everywhere now. We're even seeing corporations get in on the messaging.

Here's the thing, though: the more that the Democrats try to convince us that this is all normal and well, the more outlandish the trans crowd becomes.

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Something really strange is happening...

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Have you noticed that a lot of people have started to behave very strangely? It is almost as if the level of insanity in our society has been suddenly ramped up several notches, and I don't have a rational explanation for why this is happening. All I know is that everywhere I look, people are behaving quite oddly. Perhaps we have simply reached a point where the number of stupid people in our society has reached a critical mass. Sadly, the truth is that intelligence levels in our society have been dropping for decades.


But you would have to be a special sort of dumb to try to sneak a snake on to a plane.

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How Can We Trust Institutions that Lied?

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Trust the Authorities, trust the Experts, and trust the Science, we were told. Public health messaging during the Covid-19 pandemic was only credible if it originated from government health authorities, the World Health Organization, and pharmaceutical companies, as well as scientists who parroted their lines with little critical thinking.

In the name of 'protecting' the public, the authorities have gone to great lengths, as described in the recently released Twitter Files (1,2,3,4,5,6,7) that document collusion between the FBI and social media platforms, to create an illusion of consensus about the appropriate response to Covid-19.

They suppressed 'the truth,' even when emanating from highly credible scientists, undermining scientific debate and preventing the correction of scientific errors. In fact, an entire bureaucracy of censorship has been created, ostensibly to deal with so-called MDM — misinformation (false information resulting from human error with no intention of harm); disinformation (information intended to mislead and manipulate); malinformation (accurate information intended to harm).

From fact-checkers like NewsGuard, to the European Commission's Digital Services Act, the UK Online Safety Bill and the BBC Trusted News Initiative, as well as Big Tech and social media, all eyes are on the public to curtail their 'mis-/dis-information.'

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Four more Virginia schools admit to withholding National Merit notifications to students

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Four more Northern Virginia high school principals notified parents on Friday admitting that they had withheld National Merit award notifications from students.

Shawn DeRose, principal of Annandale High School wrote a letter for parents noting that when the delay of award notifications came to light at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST), they did their own internal review and discovered that the high school "did not receive their Commended Scholar certificates from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation."

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China's population falls for first time in over 60 years

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A woman holding a baby at Shijiazhuang Railway Station in Shijiazhuang, in the Hebei Province of China, on Jan. 7.
China reported Tuesday its first population decline since 1961, as the world's most populous country faces a demographic crisis.

By the numbers: There were 1.41175 billion people living in China at the end of 2022 — a drop of about 850,000 compared to the previous year's end, according to data from Beijing's National Bureau of Statistics Tuesday.
  • A total of 9.56 million people were born in the country in 2022 and 10.41 million people died, per the NBS.

Comment: Partly in response to the falling birthrates, China is in attempting to discourage its people from opting for abortions, as is Russia. Meanwhile the West, as a whole, is pushing for even later-term abortions, and it's 'liberalising' its euthanasia laws. One exception to the Western trend is Hungary which has just unleashed a raft of measures encouraging families to have at least 3 children:


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The USA's biggest school districts are explicitly hiding kids' gender transitions from parents

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The nation's largest school districts are implementing policies that require educators to keep students' gender transitions a secret from their parents.

Los Angeles Unified School District, Chicago Public Schools and New York Public Schools are promoting practices and policies that hide a student's transgender status from their parents. The policies have become a cultural flashpoint amid a battle over the role parents should play in their child's education, and the extent to which gender ideology has infiltrated K-12 classrooms.

"Parents, not teachers or school administrators, are first and foremost responsible for the health and wellbeing of their children," Alex Nester, investigative fellow for Parents Defending Education, a parental rights in education group, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. "School officials have no right to step into the place of parents in directing a child's upbringing. And in doing so, they are sowing division between families and villainizing parents."

Comment: Trust and communication, especially over uncomfortable topics, are basic building blocks necessary for human development and relationships. Sowing division within the family by undermining trust and communication, is undoubtedly a corrupting and nefarious influence. Schools are now supplanting the authority of the parent when they assuredly cannot deal with the consequences of life altering decisions left to children alone. These policies are inhuman, anti-family, and actually quite abusive toward children, all under the guise of 'respect' and 'compassion'.


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San Francisco reparations panel pitches $5M — each — to black residents

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People applaud at a meeting of the reparations task force in San Francisco.
A San Francisco panel studying reparations has proposed a one-time payment of $5 million to each black resident of the city deemed eligible as recompense for the "decades of harm they have experienced," according to a report on Monday.

"A lump sum payment would compensate the affected population ... and will redress the economic and opportunity losses that​ ​Black San Franciscans have endured, collectively, as the result of both intentional decisions and​ ​unintended harms perpetuated by City policy​," the San Francisco African American Reparations Advisory Committee said in a draft report issued last month, Fox News Digital reported. ​

The proposal could cost the city, which has a 2022-2023 budget of $14 billion, roughly $50 billion, the Daily Mail reported.

The committee also proposed wiping out all debts associated with educational, personal, credit card and payday loans for black households.

The 15-member pan​el was established by San Francisco supervisors in May 2021. A separate task force created by California's legislature is also studying reparations.

The city group's report says: "Reparation​ ​must be adequate, effective, prompt, and should be proportional to the gravity of the violations and the harm suffered.​"​

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US draft law introduced to criminalize vilification of 'non-White' people

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A bill introduced in the US Congress earlier this month would expand the definition of "hate crime" so wide it could potentially include content that is found to have "inspired" a racially-motivated crime.

Critics of the legislation sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) have argued that it imperils Americans' freedom of expression by holding the threat of criminal charges based on others' behavior over their heads.

The "Leading Against White Supremacy Act of 2023" sets out two new offenses, the first being "white supremacy inspired hate crime" and the second being a related conspiracy charge.

To be guilty of the latter, one need only "publish material advancing white supremacy, white supremacist ideology, antagonism based on 'replacement theory,' or hate speech that vilifies or is otherwise directed against any non-white person or group" to social media. What happens after that determines whether a crime is committed.

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Two suspected drug traffickers killed in shootout with US Customs and Border Protection agents

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Federal agents wait for news of their injured colleagues outside the Rio Piedras Medical Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 17, 2022, following a shooting off Puerto Rico's southwest coast that left an agent and a suspected drug smuggler dead.
Two suspected drug traffickers have been killed during a shootout with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents off the coast of Puerto Rico, officials say.

Jeffrey Quiñones, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, told the Associated Press that the incident happened early Sunday when federal agents detected a suspicious boat at sea and a chase ensued.

The chase ended when the suspected drug traffickers shot at the federal agents, who returned fire, Quiñones said.