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Colorado extends mask mandate, loosens restrictions for vaccinated

Colorado Governor Jared Polis
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Colorado Governor Jared Polis
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) on Sunday extended the state's mask mandate, while also loosening restrictions for vaccinated people.

Coloradans gathered indoors in groups of 10 or more people no longer have to wear masks, as long as at least 80 percent of the people present are fully vaccinated, according to a press release from the governor.

Vaccinated individuals must have proof of their inoculation. The governor did not, however, specify what type of proof will be required.

In counties with fewer than 35 cases per 100,000 people masks are not required in most indoor settings.

The mask mandate remains in effect for all schools, child care centers, indoor children's camps, public-facing state government facilities, congregate care facilities, prisons, jails, and emergency medical and health care settings, according to the governor's office.

There is not, however, an outdoor mask mandate. According to CBS 4 Denver, Colorado never implemented an outdoor mask requirement throughout the pandemic.

Comment: People are being coerced and manipulated to accept dangerous Covid vaccines that will supposedly protect them from a virus that has a 99.98% survival rate; gaslighted to accept and believe savior policies that are, in reality, based on an artificially manufactured crisis.

A state of fear and shock has been induced in the general population to strip away many rights, and to impose even greater control over people's everyday lives. Asking people to prove their vaccination status in order to engage in social life and continue with their normal activities is nothing more techno-fascism disguised as care for public health.

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Nearly half of Americans will continue mask-wearing even if vaccinated, some expect mandate 'indefinitely' - poll

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People wearing masks walk on Hollywood Blvd during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease
A new poll has found that only half of Americans believe the US is winning the war against Covid-19, and almost half believe even those vaccinated against the virus should continue mask-wearing in public.

While people's optimism about the fight against the pandemic appears to be rising - 50% believe the US is winning the "war" compared to 28% in a January Rasmussen survey - many are still unsure and divided on specific issues like mask-wearing.

According to the data released Tuesday by Rasmussen, which conducted both the January survey and this latest poll, 26% of respondents believe the US is not winning the war against the pandemic and another 25% are unsure one way or the other.

One of the hotly debated topics to reach social media and the media airwaves as more and more Americans get vaccinated is whether mask-wearing in public should still be practiced, since the chances of getting the virus post-vaccination and spreading it to someone else are extremely low.

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Light Saber

Parents vote to stop critical race insanity in Texas's top school district

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Parents in a Dallas-area school district decisively elected two candidates Saturday dedicated to pushing back against critical race theory indoctrination in classrooms.

The controversial race for two seats on the Carroll Independent School District school board, located primarily in the Dallas suburb of Southlake, focused on the district's embrace of critical race theory after videos went viral of two students who sang the n-word with rap lyrics in 2018. Legacy media, leftist administration officials and vocal left-wing parents demanded the schools adopt measures to rid the district of "institutional racism" in response, as opposed to pleas students be shielded from slur-laced rap music.

Three years later after the videos went viral provoking a radical embrace of state-sanctioned racism masquerading as anti-racism, parents elected two new school board members to reclaim their local schools from the left-wing indoctrination.

Cameron "Cam" Bryan, a civil engineer and father of four, captured one seat with 68 percent of the vote. Hannah Smith, an attorney and mother of four, won the other seat up for grabs with 69 percent of the vote.

"Southlake, we did it!" Smith told her supporters at a victory party Saturday, according to The Texan. "I'm so grateful to the voters for their confidence in me. The goodness of the people of Southlake is on display for the whole country to see."

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India's "COVID outbreak" & the need for scientific integrity - not sensationalism

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Western media outlets are currently paying a great deal of attention to India and the apparent impact of COVID-19. The narrative is that the coronavirus is ripping through the country - people are dying, cases are spiralling out of control and hospitals are unable to cope.

There does indeed seem to be a major problem in parts of the country. However, we need to differentiate between the effects of COVID-19 and the impacts of other factors. We must also be very wary of sensationalist media reporting which misrepresents the situation.

For instance, in late April, the New York Post ran a story about the COVID 'surge' in India with the headline saying, "footage shows people dead in the streets". Next to it was an image of a woman lying dead. But the image was actually of a woman lying on the floor from a May 2020 story about a gas leak in Andhra Pradesh.

To try to shed some light on the situation and move beyond panic and media sensationalism, I recently spoke with Yohan Tengra, a political analyst and healthcare specialist based in Mumbai.

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Control Panel

The everything bubble burst! Stocks, bonds & housing will face a catastrophic crash

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Real estate, bond, and stock markets are now in massive bubbles and all signs are pointing to a reckoning in all overly inflated assets. Homebuyers, investors, and the Federal Reserve have been fueling an unprecedented market mania, pouring more and more cash into overvalued investments. However, the frantic rally seems to be losing steam, and today we brought several evidences that indicate we're about to see a simultaneous explosion of epic proportions.

The Everything Bubble is a phenomenon that resulted from the simultaneous expansion of the amount of money made available for federal agencies, and, of course, favorable conditions provided by record-low interest rates. But speculators are not considering that nothing lasts forever.

Easy money won't be delivered endlessly, interest rates won't stay down forever. Problems are emerging in all sectors of our debt-driven economy, and they were here long before this crazy euphoria began. That is to say, the current market frenzy and the extraordinary demand are the determinants behind bloated valuations - not real tangible earnings, but behaviorism. Just take a look at the housing market. In a year span, home prices soared nearly 20%, with the median sale price of an existing home reaching $329,100. But in all four major regions of the country are seeing homes selling for even higher than the asking prices.

Comment: The following explains more of the economic underpinnings of the everything bubble:
The pace of global recoveries since 1975 has been slower and weaker, consistently every time, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Recoveries take longer and happen slower. At the same time, periods of crisis are less aggressive albeit more frequent than prior to 1975. Another interesting evidence of the crises and recoveries since 1975 is that almost all economies end the recession period with more debt than before.

Global debt has ballooned to all-time highs, more than three times the world gross domestic product (GDP). For the economy to really recover, we must stop the race of perverse incentives created by the wrong analysis of the origin of crises and the solutions that are often proposed in mainstream economics and politics. I agree with Johan Norberg that the two main factors that have driven the phenomenal progress we have seen are free markets and openness. The freedom to innovate, experiment, create and share must come with the right incentives.

For decades, governments and central banks have always identified the problems of the economy as demand problems, even if it was not the case. If there was a crisis or a recession, governments immediately believed that it must be due to lack of demand, and subsequently decided that the private sector was not willing or able to fulfill the real demand needs of the economy, even if there was no real evidence that companies or citizens were investing or consuming less than what they needed. The entire premise was that companies were not investing "enough." Compared to what and decided by whom? Obviously by central planners who benefit from bubbles and overcapacity but never suffer the consequences.

Governments and central banks never perceive risks of excess supply and even less predict a bubble. Why? Because most central planners see debt, oversupply, and bubbles as small collateral damages of a greater good: recover growth at any cost.

Behind the mistake in diagnosis is the obsession to maintain or grow GDP at any cost regardless of the quality of its components. GDP is relatively easy to inflate. I always explain to my students that GDP is the only economic calculation in which you add what you spend with what you earn. GDP can be inflated through government spending and with higher debt-fueled expenditures. Debt is not a problem when it serves its purpose, which is to finance productive investment and allow the economy to grow, while efficiency, innovation, and technology allow us to be more productive and receive more and better goods and services at cheaper prices. It is a virtuous cycle.

The virtuous cycle of credit turns into a vicious cycle of unproductive debt when we incentivize malinvestment and prevent technology substitution by implementing massive government stimuli and liquidity injections.

Central banks justify their actions saying they do not cut rates, it is a market and falling rates reflect private sector demand. Really? How and when did they survey that? What private sector? Crony or obsolescent companies? Highly indebted ones? Furthermore, if low rates and liquidity injections are a market demand, why not let the market set rates and liquidity instead of central banks?

Those same governments that feel the need to "increase inflation", something that no consumer has demanded ever anywhere, do so because they benefit as the first recipients of newly created money and the only sector that truly benefits from inflation. Not even crony sectors fully benefit from inflation, the tax of the poor. Those suffer higher costs and import expenses.

By always making the same diagnosis, mistakes are repeated and accumulated. No wonder the pace of recoveries is slower, weaker, and more indebted. There are four reasons for this weakness.

First, governments believe the problem is lack of demand and name themselves as the solution, using savers to finance it, via taxes and inflation. The best way to boost GDP? Massive white elephants, enormous infrastructure projects that generate a short-term boost to the spending side of GDP. Infrastructure is needed, of course, but the difference is when countries decide to use it as a subterfuge to disguise growth. Build anything at any cost. This leaves behind massive debt and a less dynamic, not stronger economy.

Second, demand-side policies perpetuate those sectors that are in process of obsolescence at the expense of savers, salaries and productive sectors. Governments will always subsidize and support the inefficient at the expense of the efficient because their objective is to maintain what they believe works and keeps jobs. It is not due to bad intentions or evil objectives, it is simply to perpetuate the past that they live off.

Third, massive liquidity injections and low rates are exactly the equivalents of indirect subsidies to the inefficient. The earliest recipients and most benefitted from "unconventional monetary policies" will, by definition, be the most indebted and least productive. This is why productivity growth and money velocity stall during periods of government-led monetary and fiscal excess.

Fourth, the benefits of the short and long-term credit cycle are broken. Creative destruction is all but eliminated, malinvestment is promoted via unsustainably low rates and liquidity is absorbed by financial assets and unproductive sectors.

Inflation does not rise as much as central planners want because technology and efficiency are unstoppable even if they try, and because overcapacity is perpetuated through constant refinancing. Massive liquidity and low rates make zombie companies soar. The percentage of companies that cannot pay interest expenses with operating profits balloons despite ultra-low rates and alleged "growth-boosting" plans.

Further Signs of Trouble

For decades, demand-side policies showed diminishing but not lethal results, but now the world has repeated the same policies so many times that there is simply exhaustion. Rates are unsustainably low, liquidity is excessive and there is no real fiscal space in governments that have all but consumed their ability to extract wealth from savers.

The more we hear from governments that we need to spend more and save less, the weaker the response from economic agents.

Governments and central banks create a crisis from a moderate and completely healthy slowdown by denying economic cycles and, even worse, presenting themselves as the ones that will revert them.

Promoting a debt-driven economy leads to more frequent crises, shorter economic cycles and abrupt recessions.


'Deplorable' professor Michael Rectenwald creates 'anti-indoctrination mill' with new education startup

Michael Rectenwald

Michael Rectenwald
Michael Rectenwald riled NYU with his tweets. Now he's recruiting academics to teach courses that push back on critical race theory.

Michael Rectenwald got himself chased out of New York University when the self-identified communist copped to tweeting against trigger warnings, safe spaces and bias reporting under the pseudonym "Deplorable NYU Prof."

The professor left two years ago with a golden parachute — the result of a legal settlement with the private university that included a retirement package.

He's not content anymore with just writing polemical books and fiction in retirement. Now Rectenwald is scouting for academics to join an educational startup, American Scholars, that is launching this summer.

It will feature prerecorded "anytime lessons" for students of all ages, with a focus on supporting homeschooling, college preparation and adult education, Rectenwald said in an exclusive interview Monday. A rudimentary website went live that night.

American Scholars will "challenge the ideologies that are being purveyed" in mainstream schools, including critical race theory, postmodernism and socialism, he said. It wants to prepare students for the "political outlook" they are likely to face in college.

Comment: Articles we've published here by Rectenwald himself:

Bizarro Earth

German govt to grant vaccinated freedom from lockdown restrictions, plus a news round-up from locked down Europe


Mobile vaccination stations are being used to administer jabs in Cologne
People who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will no longer have to abide by curfews and contact restrictions in Germany under a draft law agreed by the cabinet on Tuesday.

The law, which would also apply to people who have recovered from Covid-19, must still be signed off by parliament but could come into force as early as this week, Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

There must be a "good reason" for any restrictions on public life, Lambrecht said.

Comment: There never was a 'good reason' for lockdowns; if there was, the German government wouldn't have had to snatch power from the regional authorities in order to force them to comply with lockdowns.


Iranian authorities break up mixed-gender party, arrest 16

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Iranian police arrested 16 men and women at a mixed-gender party in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on Tuesday.

Such parties are illegal under Iranian law. Drinking alcohol in is also illegal and Muslim men and women who are not related cannot mingle or dance together in public.

The Tasnim report quotes a local prosecutor, Khalilollah Barzanuni, as saying that the 16 were detained while they were dancing at a party in a villa in Golbahar, a neighborhood in the city of Golmakan.

Comment: See also: Saudi Arabia begins 'terrorism' trial of women's rights activist


4 rockets hit Iraqi air base housing US contractors, no casualties reported

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An Iraqi F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, assigned to the 9th Fighter Squadron, takes off prior to performing a Close Air Support Mission at Balad Air Base, Iraq, on June 17, 2019.
Four Katyusha rockets hit an Iraqi military base that houses U.S. contractors Monday without causing any casualties, Iraq's military said in a statement.

The rockets hit Balad air base in northern Iraq at 8 p.m. local time, the statement said. Security forces launched a large-scale security operation to search for whoever launched the strike.

The incident was the latest in a string of attacks in recent weeks in Iraq that have targeted mostly installations that house Americans.

Comment: See also: US begins 'withdrawal' from Afghanistan... by sending MORE troops & gear for 'temporary force protection'

People 2

UK gov allows people to 'change legal gender' for just £5


Many LGBT campaigners believe the current system is not fit for purpose
From today, the cost of changing one's legal gender comes down from £140 to £5 to make it easier for transgender people to afford.

Comment: That's significantly cheaper than renewing a passport.

The reduction, allied to taking the process online, follows a promise to make applying for a gender recognition certificate "kinder and more straightforward", made by Equalities Minister Liz Truss in September.

Comment: It's not necessarily either. It has made this supposedly life changing decision cheaper and easier; and that's not necessarily a good thing: Scottish police recording male rape suspects as female if they say they're female, FOIA reveals

Announcing the new fee, Ms Truss said: "As we build back better, we want transgender people to be free to live and to prosper in modern Britain.

Comment: See also: Post-nihilism, a template for where we are heading