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New Zealand supermarkets warn of potential purchase limits to prevent panic buying - cite possible omicron shutdown

box stores new zealand supply chain
© Photo / Michael Craig
PAK'nSAVE, New World and Four Square stores come under Foodstuffs.
A major supermarket chain is warning that shoppers could soon see purchase limits on some stock to ration goods and prevent panic buying.

But they say supermarkets have learned from past outbreaks and are prepared for Omicron, and provided people don't stockpile, there should be ample supply for shoppers.

One Auckland shopper said they didn't receive any nappies in their click and collect order on Thursday and decided to visit New World Birkenhead.

"I popped in store and they legit had like 2-3 packs of nappies, all in newborn size," the shopper said."

Syringe

Alberta gets caught palming cards on covid vaccine efficacy

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney
More than half the newly vaccinated deaths were dumped in the unvaccinated.

Those who have done the slightest bit of research (really not a dirty word), will know that there is no claim of protection after the first dose of the COVID vaccine.

So imagine how you can conflate the vaccine effectiveness stats if you dump all the COVID events (cases, hospitalizations and deaths) that occur subsequent to infection within 14 days of the first dose into the unvaccinated.

Camera

Why the hell do I need to submit a scan of my face to file my taxes now?

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The IRS has made tax season even worse, somehow.

Tax season is quickly approaching. If you're anything like me, you're already annoyed by the mere prospect of having to interact with the Internal Revenue Service and all its bureaucracy. This year though, we have the added bonus of the IRS requiring you to scan your face to file taxes online. Not only is this an annoying, extra step, but it immediately begs the question: Why the hell is the IRS buying into surveillance software?

On Wednesday, security blogger Brian Krebs spotted an update on the IRS website telling people to create accounts with a Virginia-based company called ID.me. Per the IRS, without this account, "You won't be able to log in with your existing IRS username and password starting in summer 2022."

Comment: Welcome to the Brave New Normal.

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Snowflake Cold

Blizzard claims four lives including infant near US-Canada border

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Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the scene where four people were found dead near the US-Canada border.
Authorities believe deaths occurred from exposure as group tried to cross into US.

Four people, including an infant, have been found dead near the Canada-United States border, after a failed crossing attempt during brutal blizzard conditions.

The grim discovery came as officials south of the border announced the arrest of a US man on human smuggling charges.

Arrow Up

Ireland to end most virus restrictions, including COVID passport

Micheal Martin
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Taoiseach Micheal Martin during a visit to the National Archives in Dublin on Jan. 21, 2022.
Almost all CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus restrictions in Ireland will end on Saturday, including domestic COVID-19 Certificates, curfews, social distancing, and capacity limits.

Addressing the nation following the recommendation to lift the restrictions from the National Public Health Emergency Team, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Micheál Martin declared it's time for the Irish to "be ourselves again."

This makes Ireland the second country following England to remove mandatory vaccine passports after they were implemented.

Comment: There is clearly a coordinated international move to end (or at least significantly ease) Covid restrictions and mandates. It seems highly unlikely that this has anything to do with "the resistance" the Truth winning out, however. One can only assume that this somehow fits within the larger plan of the PTB. We're just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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Twitter suspends J6 defendants' attorney's account with no reason given

Marina Medvin banned twitter
Update: Marina Medvin's received a message that read "Our support team has reviewed your account and it appears we made an error. We've determined there was no violation and have restored your account to full functionality." The email apologized for the "inconvenience." But the account remains inaccessible.


Comment: UPDATE: Marina Medvin's Twitter account appears to be reinstated.


Twitter has suspended the account of Marina Medvin, who represents January 6 defendants, from the platform, giving no reason as to why.

Medvin received a notice from Twitter that her "account has been locked." But there was no way to appeal, or even to know the reason for the ban other than a vague "Twitter Rules" violation."

Comment: Re: Medvin's previous ban, see: Town Hall senior columnist banned from Twitter after criticizing Biden


Stock Down

COVID cases 'drop significantly' in Africa: WHO

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Cases of COVID have plummeted in Africa and deaths are declining for the first time since the Omicron-dominated fourth wave of the virus reached its peak, the UN said Thursday.

Describing the 56-day flareup as Africa's "shortest upsurge yet," the World Health Organization's African regional office said newly reported cases fell by 20 percent in the week to Sunday, while notified deaths dropped by eight percent.

In a statement issued after a weekly press briefing, the office also said South Africa, where the Omicron variant was first detected, had seen cases trending downward over the past four weeks.

Comment: Africa is a good example of the efficiency and also the danger of new mRNA vaccines.

Countries with the highest percentage of vaccinated population have the highest spike in new cases and highest percentage of hospitalizations and mortality. Israel is one good example.

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Magnify

Useless rapid antigen tests under the magnifying glass

The Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI), the German medical regulatory body and research institution for vaccines and biomedicines, which is also a WHO Collaborating Centre for quality assurance, has found out that 92 percent of rapid antigen tests are worthless.

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© ABC News/Tara Cassidy
PEI evaluated 245 rapid antigen tests and the results were shocking: Only eight percent of them show valid results. This is according to an article published on January 16 by the website ScienceFiles.

There is a list of rapid antigen tests maintained by the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM). According to the article, 245 rapid antigen tests from a wide variety of manufacturers were included on this list. These tests have been a money tree for some since rapid tests are used extensively.

The scientists examining the accuracy of the tests believe that in the face of the alleged pandemic, rapid antigen tests should be considered as a very important diagnostic tool. The article explained however that the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices apparently did not look too closely and obviously included many on its list of tests currently available on the market.

Comment: Remember that the case numbers you hear about constantly in the news from these highly inaccurate antigen and PCR tests.


People

Doug Ford to loosen Ontario COVID-19 restrictions starting Jan. 31

GoodLife Fitness
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A woman walks by a closed GoodLife Fitness centre in Toronto on Jan. 5.
Ontario will soon begin easing COVID-19 restrictions, starting by boosting the size of social gathering and reopening businesses such as restaurants, gyms and cinemas with capacity limits, with an eye to lifting all constraints by mid-March.

Premier Doug Ford said Thursday he's announcing a phased reopening plan because public health indicators are starting to show signs of improvement.

"We can be confident that the worst is behind us," he said.

"While we can be confident in how far we've come, I want to be crystal clear: we're not out of the woods yet. The coming weeks will continue to pose real challenges, especially to our hospitals."

The rate of new hospital admissions is slowing, Ford said, and the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests has dropped significantly from early this month, when the province placed the most recent round of restrictions on businesses and moved schools online for two weeks.

Syringe

Austria poised to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for all adults

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A man protests on the street against the compulsory COVID-19 vaccination that will be decided in the parliament today in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.
Austria said Thursday it would try to entice COVID-19 vaccine holdouts with a prize lottery, a move to sweeten perspectives around the shots before parliament approves a national vaccine mandate.

The lottery offers a ticket for each shot an Austrian has received — a boosted person would get three — and every 10th ticket will come with a 500 euro ($568) voucher that can be used in "retail, tourism, hospitality, services, culture and sport," Chancellor Karl Nehammer said.

The chancellor is trying to soften attitudes before lawmakers make the shots compulsory.

Under the plan, the vaccine will be mandatory for all adults, with exceptions for pregnant women and people who cannot get the shots for medical reasons. An earlier draft called for making the vaccine mandatory for those 14 and older but it was revised to 18 and up.

Comment: RT reports:
An overwhelming majority of Austrian MPs voted on Thursday to force their citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19, with those who refuse facing fines of up to 3,600 euros ($4,000).

After 137 MPs voted for compulsory vaccination and only 33 opposed, the bill now heads to the upper house to be debated and approved. As Austria's governing parties - a coalition of the center-right People's Party and the Greens - hold a majority in this chamber, its passage is virtually guaranteed.

The right-wing Freedom Party was the only party to oppose the mandate in parliament.

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The law will empower authorities to keep a database of every citizen's vaccination status and the expiry date of said status, which can be searched by officials. The law is to remain in place until 2024.

Compulsory vaccination was first proposed by the Austrian government back in November, and the announcement triggered mass protests. At the time, Austria had one of the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, which has since climbed to above the EU average. At present, just over 70% of Austrians are fully vaccinated, according to figures from the World Health Organization.