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Chauvin Trial Day 12 Wrap-Up: Defense use-of-force expert witness Barry Brodd falls short

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Barry Brodd, use-of-force expert, testifies in the Chavin trial
Defense needed, but did not get, perfect performance from expert Barry Brodd

Welcome to our ongoing coverage of the Minnesota murder trial of Derek Chauvin, over the in-custody death of George Floyd. I am Attorney Andrew Branca for Law of Self Defense.

Today started off with a major shift in the court's proceedings, with the state resting its presentation of its case in chief, and the defense beginning its presentation of its own case in chief to the jury.

Up to this point the defense was limited to playing (if you'll forgive the metaphor in this context) on defense. With all the witnesses so far having been called by the state, it was the state that controlled not only who would testify at all, but also the scope of that testimony. While the defense had the privilege to cross-examine those witnesses, cross-examination is limited to the scope of direct questioning. That is, if the state didn't ask about it on direct, the defense couldn't ask about it on cross.


37 people in Denmark seek compensation over coronavirus vaccination side effects

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Some 37 people in Denmark are requesting compensation over adverse effects they say were suffered after getting a Covid-19 jab. Most of the cases are related to AstraZeneca's vaccine, which the country has stopped using.

A total of 29 people have applied for compensation for side effects believed to be linked to the Swedish-British jab - which was renamed Vaxzevria last month - the Danish Patient Compensation Association said in a statement on Thursday. A further eight people applied for compensation in connection with the coronavirus jab made by Pfizer.

The side effects cited in the applications range from mild fever and discomfort to such extreme conditions as paralysis, blood clots, miscarriage, and even death. In Denmark, patients are eligible for state-sponsored compensations if they suffer rare or severe adverse effects of any medicines. The relatives of patients who have died can also receive compensation.

Comment: It appears the attention is on removing the AstraZeneca vaccine in Europe as well as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the US. It is looking like only the experimental gene therapy injections will be accessible for the Western world.


Woke ice cream vendor Ben & Jerry's playing politics again: Demands America's police system 'must be dismantled'

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On Monday, in the wake of the shooting of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on Sunday, the ice cream company Ben & Jerry's, famous for its championing of left-wing causes, tweeted that America's police system "can't be reformed" and "must be dismantled."

Ben & Jerry's wrote, "The murder of #DaunteWright is rooted in white supremacy and results from the international criminalization of Black and Brown communities. This system can't be reformed. It must be dismantled and a real system of public safety rebuilt from the ground up. #DefundThePolice."



Lunatic Extinction Rebellion tries to deny schoolkids dairy products: Now milk is racist?

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(L) A Red Rebel is seen performing under the watchful eye of the police during the demonstration. (R) Nico Mu of St Dominics Primary School enjoys a drink of milk.
Extinction Rebellion's latest stunt is to campaign for vegan school meals because dairy products "discriminate against non-white people." Any credibility they have left is being eroded as they become a parody of themselves.

Some of the woke warriors within Extinction Rebellion may well be the dumbest and most intolerant people on planet Earth. And this world's not short on stupid intolerance.

They would not though, of course, accept that they are behaving in exactly the same way as the people they claim they most despise.

Their basic argument is one that most people would probably agree with. How could you not? They're demanding that governments across the globe take action against climate change because if they don't, most life on Earth will die. Slowly. Your grandchildren won't be able to breathe. That's a pretty persuasive argument.

Comment: Leaving aside the questionable value of dairy products and the even worse option of veganism as a human diet, Mr. Stone has hit the nail on the head. These people will not be satisfied until they have the power to dictate every aspect of human existence.


US drug overdose deaths increased nearly 30% during early months of shutdowns

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The US drug overdose death toll climbed during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The CDC data shows that more than 87,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in the 12-month period that started in October 2019 and ended in September 2020 — the most recent statistics, which were published on Wednesday.

Overall, the preliminary data found a 29 percent increase in overdose deaths in the 12-month period ending in September 2020, when compared to the year period ending in September 2019.

The largest increases in drug overdose deaths occurred in the 12-month periods that ended in April and May 2020, months early in the pandemic when many states had some form of shutdown in place and more workers lost jobs.


CDC investigating death possibly connected to Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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The death of a woman who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is under investigation by federal health authorities as part of a broader probe into potential "adverse side effects" from the vaccine.

Virginia State Vaccination Coordinator Danny Avula released a statement on Tuesday that confirmed the March death is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a potential link to the vaccine.

The Virginia death was reported to the CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, Avula said.

Johnson & Johnson said on Tuesday that it would pause its clinical trials and delay the rollout of its shot in Europe until the probe in the U.S. was ironed out.

Comment: The underlying narrative here is the CDC is so concerned with vaccine safety that it will be investigating the Johnson & Johnson because of only one death out 7 million doses administered. The reality is although J&J's vaccine was also quickly pushed through, there is more known about it's 'safety' than the massive undertaking of experimental gene therapy for the much more popular Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Seems the non-experimental vaccines are being cleared from the board.


Facepalm: WaPo columnist has the nerve to lament 'troubling disconnect' between public, 'core values' of journalism

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Margaret Sullivan
Critics lit into liberal Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan Wednesday after she lamented what she described as a "troubling disconnect" between the public and "core journalistic values."

Sullivan was reacting to a new study by the Media Insight Project that tested public attitudes toward five purported core values of journalism: oversight, factualism, giving voice to the less powerful, transparency and social criticism. The study found that just 11% of Americans "fully support all five of the journalism values tested."

The columnist also highlighted a link in the study between people's moral values and what they value in journalism and called for reporters to broaden the appeal of their stories.

Comment: Apparently the virtue of self-awareness is in short supply at the Post. Here is a small sample of the Post's lapses in 'journalistic integrity':


Christchurch mosque killer launches legal appeal over 'terrorist status', corrections department redacting "highly sensitive" documents

Tarrant has appealed his official status as a terrorist in New Zealand’s High Court.
Christchurch mosque killer Brenton Tarrant has launched a high court appeal to have his designation as a terrorist revoked.

The Australian white supremacist wants the court to review decisions made by the NZ Department of Corrections about his prison conditions, and his designation as a "terrorist entity" under the country's Terrorism Suppression Act.

The judicial review will be heard at the High Court in Auckland on Thursday. He will be representing himself.

Comment: See also: Totalitarian? Media collude to censor Christchurch mosque shooter trial, spare public the details, follow PM's lead

Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #30: Christchurch Massacre - Don't Fall For The Manipulation


Disney chief says ABC passed on 'incredibly well-written scripts' that lacked diversity

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Dana Walden is pictured in October 2019.

ABC announced a set of 'inclusion standards' last year following death of George Floyd

One of Disney's top bosses has spoken candidly about pilots the company passed on due to a lack of diversity in their scripts.

"I will tell you for the first time we received some incredibly well-written scripts that did not satisfy our standards in terms of inclusion, and we passed on them," Dana Walden, Walt Disney Television's Chairman of Entertainment, said during a panel discussion last week, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

As an example, Walden cited a script that told the story of a White family and whose diversity of characters would have likely come from neighbors.

Comment: See also:

Black Magic

Boston hospital set to offer 'preferential care based on race'

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A Boston hospital says it will offer "preferential care based on race" and "race-explicit interventions" in an attempt to engage in an "antiracist agenda for medicine" based on critical race theory.

A Boston Review article titled "An Antiracist Agenda for Medicine" lays out a plan from Brigham and Women's Hospital that implements a "reparations framework" for distributing medical resources in order to "comprehensively confront structural racism."

Comment: Critical race theory is a quasi-scientific theory created by people with sick minds. This theory can only make real racism live again. It is designed to mess with the minds of people, divide them on a racial basis and destroy their lives and basic human rights.

Using this sick theory in the health care system will only further destroy the system that is already kidnapped by Big-Pharma quasi-science, politics, and pathological personalities in high positions.

Medical intervention based on "racial equality" will only ignite the explosion of real racism among people. Another important part of our society will be destroyed even more.

Is this "modern theory" forced by PTB designed to do exactly that and divide people even more?

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