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RT's The Wokies: America's politicians had a busy 2020 virtue-signaling. Here are the top 10

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Amid the pandemic lockdowns, riots and a very controversial election, America's politicians raced to out-woke each other. From the obscure to the obvious, all listed here pledge allegiance to the flag...of critical social justice.

Here they are, starting on the local level and going all the way up to the top.

10. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey

Minneapolis, Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey simply must be mentioned in any review of performative wokeness in 2020. After the death of George Floyd - an African-American man whose death during a botched arrest was attributed to an officer kneeling on him, rather than Covid-19 or fentanyl present in his system - rioters set a police station and the surrounding block on fire. From there, the riots spread to the neighboring St. Paul and then across America.

Frey's reaction was to take a knee and wail like a professional mourner at Floyd's funeral, as if he were best friends with the man. He also tried to join the "protesters" two days later and declare his devotion to social justice, only to be chased off by demonstrators calling on him to resign. He hasn't been heard from much since.

Ambulance

Pennsylvania Representative Mike Reese dies of apparent brain aneurysm

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Pennsylvania House Representative Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) has died of an apparent brain aneurysm.

Reese had recently been re-elected in the November 3 general election as Representative of Pennsylvania's 59th district, which serves parts of Westmoreland and Somerset counties.

He was first elected to the Pa. House of Representatives in 2008, taking office in the 2009-10 legislative session.

Reese served as the Pa. House Republican Caucus as caucus secretary during the 2019-20 session and was elected to serve as chairman of the caucus in the 2020-21 session.

Heart

Pamela Anderson makes 11th-hour pardon plea for WikiLeaks' Julian Assange

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Pamela Anderson is making a last-ditch attempt to snare a presidential pardon for friend and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on the eve of a turning point in his espionage case — and she wants her fellow Americans to help.

The former "Baywatch" star, 53, thinks the US is risking the most basic tenet of democracy by accusing Assange of leaking classified information about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. And she is speaking out — yet again — before Britain rules Monday on whether to extradite Assange to Washington to face federal charges.

"The case is simply a criminalization of a free press," Anderson told The Post. "Julian is being charged with journalism. Documents that have exposed war crimes and human rights abuses. Now the US wants to punish him for exposing crimes."

Assange, 49, faces 18 criminal charges tied to the public release of hundreds of thousands of secret papers handed over by already convicted ex-Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning. If found guilty, the Australian — awaiting trial in a London prison after being kicked out of his hideout of almost seven years, the Ecuadorian embassy — could spend up to 175 years behind bars.

Red Flag

California to facilitate mastectomies for young girls in the name of progress

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California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara asked the Department of Insurance to issue a General Counsel Opinion Letter clarifying that gender dysphoric individuals cannot legally be denied chest reconstructive surgery solely based on their age in the state of California, meaning those under 18-years-old would be able to qualify for such procedures.

"For far too long, individuals diagnosed with gender dysphoria have had to battle a host of challenges to get access to gender-affirming care in order to be their true selves," said Commissioner Lara.

"Social stigma, misconceptions about gender dysphoria and its treatment, and outdated medical criteria create barriers to necessary medical care that can lead to tragic results for individuals with gender dysphoria, especially for our transgender youth," he continued.

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Ex-CIA congressman says disputing election results helps America's enemies steal elections (just what the CIA always did!)

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Congressman Will Hurd at House Intelligence Committee hearing Capitol Hill, Washington DC
After pushing phony stories of 'Russian interference' and working for an agency that interferes in elections, ex-CIA agent now Congressman Will Hurd thinks the GOP should accept Joe Biden's win, or risk helping the US' "enemies."

A dozen Republican Senators are getting set to object to the Electoral College's certification of Joe Biden's win in November, unless an "emergency 10-day audit" is held in a number of key swing states won by Biden. The move is also backed by a number of Republican representatives in the House.

However, there's a rival faction of Republicans who want to put allegations of Democrat fraud behind them and go back to business as usual under a Biden administration. Outgoing Texas Rep. Will Hurd is one of them, and he made a novel argument against questioning the election on Saturday.

As for who these "enemies" are, Hurd was presumably referring to the reliable old specter of "the Russians." Throughout Trump's four years in office, Hurd has repeatedly claimed that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election, despite there literally being zero proof for these claims.

Comment: Hurd was targeted on all sides, especially regarding election interference from the CIA:



Dollars

The high cost of safety

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Back in the spring, when the coronavirus was first bearing down on Canada, I wrote a column about what a culture of safety looks like when encountering a pandemic. After a few decades of "safety first" on everything from construction sites to seat belts and bike helmets, there was no question that everything else would give way when safety was our top social priority — and everything else did.

There has been a remarkable consensus on the various pandemic restrictions. When a barbecue joint in Toronto defied the most recent lockdown, it occasioned thunderous maledictions and a massive police presence, mainly because there were no other miscreants to divide the public's attention.

The ratcheting up of safety culture is partly a function of prosperity. Everyone wants to be safe, and if you can afford the cost of safety, why not pay it?

Yet figuring out that cost is tricky.

Comment: Not every decision for humanity comes down to affordability and protectionism - thankfully. Though a statistical point is being made, the carseat argument is moot. We cannot count nor change what hasn't occurred. Life is a basket of choices with tradeoffs, up to each individual. The plandemic is a choice. So is its navigation.


Footprints

Maricopa County Treasurer Flora resigns in 'disgust' with Board of Supervisors

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Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora
Outgoing Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora announced on Wednesday his resignation from his post on December 31, citing "disgust" with the Board of Supervisors. In his resignation, Flora also announced his intention to assist with the recall of Supervisors Clint Hickman, Bill Gates, Jack Sellers, and Steve Gallardo.
"It has also come to my attention that the incoming Treasurer cannot be legally sworn in until January 11, 2021 and therefore according to the Arizona Constitution, my term would extend until that time. This is unacceptable to me for several reasons. First, the liability bond protecting me expires December 31st, 2020 and I would become personably liable for any loss. Second, the political environment at the County has become so toxic I have no desire to endure further abuse. Finally, I intend to participate in the recall of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors which puts me in direct conflict with County government. For these and other reasons, I resign my office of Maricopa County Treasurer effective on the statutorily prescribed date of midnight, December 31st, 2020."
The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors have fought charges of a "rigged election" this year by blocking access to election data. Those allegations have resulted in a demand for a full audit of the Maricopa County General Election results.

Also, Arizona Senate President Karen Fann and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Eddie Farnsworth issued legislative subpoenas for county records, documents, and software related to the 2020 General Election. Farnsworth and Fann want the county's voter registration records, ballots, and all equipment used during the election, including tabulator machines, computers, and memory cards as earlier reported by the ADI.

Syringe

Very reassuring: India's drug regulator declares Covid jabs '110% safe' in overzealous attempt to dispel impotency rumors

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A worker removes vials of AstraZeneca's Covishield at a lab at Serum Institute of India, in Pune, India, November 30, 2020.
India is fighting to dispel rumors that two newly-approved coronavirus vaccines can cause erectile dysfunction, but the country's drug regulator may have overdone it by insisting that the jabs are more than 100-percent safe.

On Sunday, India officially gave the green light to Covishield, a drug developed by the Pune-based Serum Institute based on the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, as well as Covaxin, created by Indian pharmaceutical Bharat Biotech. The AstraZeneca jab received emergency approval despite Covishield showing at least 62-percent efficacy, a value considerably lower than competing drugs. There have also been concerns raised about Covaxin. Indian MP Shashi Tharoor claimed that the jab has not been properly tested and suggested its approval was premature.

To make matters worse, the head of India's Samajwadi (Socialist) Party, Ashutosh Sinha, told local media that he was concerned that the vaccines "might contain something which can cause harm." He put forward the theory that the jab could be used to "kill/decrease the population" or cause "impotency."

Naturally, such utterances from lawmakers did not help to instill trust in the vaccines, and so Dr. Venugopal G. Somani, the Drug Controller General of India, did his best to reassure the public.


Comment: Unpopular fact: doctors can and do lie to you if they think it's in your best interest. If they think you should wear a mask, they will lie to the public if that means more people will wear masks. Same goes for vaccines. The problem is, why should anyone trust a liar? Even if they profess to have our best interests in mind? What if they're wrong, as they often are? And what if they don't have your best interests in mind, but are simply doing it out of social and political pressure (unpopular fact: doctors are humans too)? Simple solution: don't listen to these lying idiots.


NPC

Too late? Portland mayor finally denounces Antifa terrorists following explosive NYE clash with police

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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler
Mayor of Portland, Oregon, Ted Wheeler said in an address Friday that "it's time to push back harder" against Antifa, following a violent clash with police in the city streets on New Year's Eve.

"My good faith efforts at de-escalation have been met with ongoing violence and even scorn from radical antifa and anarchists," Wheeler said to the press.

"It's time to push back harder against those who are set on destroying our community," he continued.

Comment: Wheeler could have nipped this in the bud a year ago. Maybe even before that. But he was too concerned with virtue-signalling and looking 'woke'. It did no good, of course:


Evil Rays

Packages mailed by Nashville bomber reveal 'belief in aliens and lizard people'

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Package sent by Anthony Warner two days before the suicide bombing on Christmas Day in Nashville
A man who knew Nashville bomber Anthony Warner received mail from Warner on New Years day, News Channel 5 Nashville reports.

A man who knew Nashville bomber Anthony Warner received mail from Warner on New Years day containing a letter of bizarre ramblings.

A packaged mailed to an acquaintance of Warner was postmarked Dec. 23. Warner mailed similar packages to other individuals as well, according to sources who spoke to News Channel 5 Nashville.

The package containing nine written pages and two Samsung thumb drives was turned over to the FBI.

Comment: The New York Post reported:
Authorities believe the 63-year-old loner also spent time hunting for alien life forms in a nearby state park, the outlet reported.

It's unclear if any of these beliefs or behaviors are connected in any way to the Christmas morning suicide blast.

Investigators are also reportedly probing whether Warner, a local IT expert, was motivated to target an AT&T building over fears of 5G cellular technology and his paranoid suspicions that it is killing people and being used to spy on Americans.

Warner also reportedly may have believed that the suicidal attack would lead him to be revered as a "hero."
Further from Nashville5 News:
Warner did write extensively about "perception," adding that "Everything is an illusion" and "there is no such thing as death."

While NewsChannel 5 believes summarizing Warner's letters will provide a better understanding into his state of mind, WTVF has made the decision not to publish them in their entirety. We are attempting to balance shedding light on his mindset prior to the bombing with not giving him unnecessary notoriety.

We reached out to the FBI about these letters. Special Agent Jason Pack sent Newschannel 5 this statement:
We're aware the suspect sent materials which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country. We're asking those who received these to contact the FBI at 800-CALL-FBI.