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'Blindsided': Fury in NYC as de Blasio gives firms just days to get vaxxed

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference to outline his private-business vaccine mandate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private businesses in New York City — one that will take effect days before he leaves office and with the city already recording among the highest vaccination rates and lowest infection rates in the nation.

De Blasio, whose mayoralty ends at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, declared making vaccines compulsory for private businesses a "preemptive strike" against an expected surge in COVID infections this winter amid the emergence of the Omicron variant.

"We're going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure," de Blasio said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Hizzoner added that the mandate is aimed at "maximizing vaccination quickly, so we can get ahead of Omicron and all the other challenges we're facing right now."

The city so far has only seven known cases of the new variant, according to state data released Saturday.

The policy is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 27 — and it drew immediate rebuke from New Yorkers and the Big Apple's business community.

Kathryn Wylde, head of the business group Partnership for NYC, said she was "blindsided" by the mayor's announcement.

Comment: It bears repeating: "When you dangerously combine a far-left, lame duck politician, who is anti-business, one dimensional, unaccountable, not bright and has a perpetual 'I always know best' attitude, you get Bill de Blasio, the worst mayor in America,"


Spanish investigation finds vaccine passports have no impact on infection rates

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And also send wrong message that vaccinated can't spread the virus.

An investigation by experts in Spain has concluded that vaccine passports have no significant impact on reducing COVID-19 infection rates.

Details of the study, carried out by Spain's inter-regional Covid committee, were obtained by El Pais and reported on by the Telegraph.

Looking at how the scheme has been implemented in other European countries, the experts found that mandating people show proof of vaccination to enter venues like bars, restaurants and cinemas "is not reducing levels of transmission."

Comment: So, given this evidence, we should see vaccine passports getting scrapped in the near future, right? Or will this be yet another feature of the 'great pandemic' that is held onto just for fun, despite all evidence showing conclusively that they are useless (see masks, lockdowns, vaccines). Strange decisions for people who are supposed to be "following the science".

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Brick Wall

Austria: First EU country to lock down unvaccinated hit by mass protests

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Police clashes with protesters during a demonstration against measures taken to curb the Covid-19 corona pandemic in Vienna, on December 4, 2021.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through the streets of Austria's capital, Vienna, protesting against Covid-19 restrictions and the nationwide vaccination mandate.

Over 40,000 protesters against the Austrian government's coronavirus policies took to the streets of Vienna on Saturday, according to the police estimates. Police reinforcements were brought in from other regions to the capital in anticipation of potential unrest, with a total of 27 rallies planned for Saturday, the majority of them against the vaccination mandate.

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Twitter's new censorship policy backfires

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© Reuters / Kacper Pempel
A new policy on personal information has apparently backfired, with the platform claiming it had resulted in a large number of "malicious" and "coordinated" reports against users, some of whom were suspended by "accident."

Twitter spokesman Trenton Kennedy said a new rule barring "the misuse of media" such as photos and videos "to harass or intimidate private individuals" had led it to suspend accounts in error, the Washington Post reported on Friday night.

The platform had been bombarded with a "significant amount," of "malicious" reports, which had led to "a dozen erroneous suspensions," Kennedy said.

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Bad Guys

New Zealanders now required to be fully vaccinated to access many services

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A courier delivers goods to a store in central Auckland, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 8, 2021. The lockdown of New Zealand's largest city Auckland, for almost three months after an outbreak of the delta variant, is likely to end later this month, with some coronavirus restrictions being eased Tuesday, Nov. 9.
Bars, restaurants and gyms reopened in Auckland on Friday as the last major parts of a lockdown that lasted more than 100 days ended.

New Zealand has begun a new phase in its coronavirus response in which there won't be lockdowns but people will be required to be fully vaccinated — and prove it with vaccine passes — in order to access many services.

The government decided that vaccination rates were high enough to switch to the new system, with about 87% of people aged 12 and over fully vaccinated. In Auckland, which has been at the center of the nation's outbreak, the rate is over 90%.

Comment: Also see: New Zealand - Science, Covid Mandates, Events, Facts, and Fallacies


5 dead after Myanmar security forces ram car into anti-coup protest

An injured protester lies on a stretcher after Yangon protest.
Five people were killed and at least 15 arrested after Myanmar security forces rammed a car into an anti-coup protest on Sunday morning in Yangon, local news portal Myanmar Now reported.

Witnesses at the scene said dozens had been injured. Photos and videos on social media show a vehicle that crashed through the protesters and bodies lying in the road.

Another protest was held in Yangon in the afternoon despite the morning's violence.

Comment: See also: Myanmar anti-coup fighters retreat from town, US & Britain condemn military


Grocery stores in New Brunswick can now ban the unvaccinated

Grocery Store
© Alberta Nationals
Beginning today, people in New Brunswick who don't show proof of full vaccination can be banned from entering grocery stores.

From CBC:
Covid Plan


Finland arrests 5 over far-right terror plot

Finnish Police
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Finnish Police
Five men suspected of planning a far-right motivated bomb and gun attack have been arrested, Finnish police said on Friday.

The men are from the southwestern municipality of Kankaanpaa and were born between the years 1995 and 1998. They were arrested on Tuesday morning after being under surveillance for two years, police said. Finnish radio station Yle reported that some of them had previous convictions.

Police say the arrests mark Finland's first case of suspected far-right terrorism.

What is the ideology of the suspects?

Residents of Kankaanpaa who knew some of the suspects said that one was a skinhead and that two others were allegedly neo-Nazis. According to police, the men follow "accelerationism". This white supremacist ideological tendency aims at fomenting racial division in society and has been linked to mass shootings in the United States.

Police said that group did not appear to belong to an extremist organization. "A small group like this which idealizes terrorist violence works in secret and their activity does not appear to belong to an extremist organization."


Make skepticism great again: The replication crisis in science and what it means for the rest of us

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Galileo Faces the Roman Inquisition - Cristiano Banti
As the cultural edifices of western civilization are torn down one by one, there's one institution whose prestige and authority continues to grow - science. Respect for scientists has, in many quarters, been transformed into a form of worship. And questioning their authority akin to heresy. Yet this confidence is often misplaced. A disturbing number of scientists have been proven to be charlatans, their methods slipshod and their results bogus. Surveying numerous disciplines, Peter Shawn Taylor explains the implications of what's known as the "replication crisis" and reveals how science is trying to fix itself. Even non-scientists should be paying attention. — Peter Shawn Taylor

Yesterday it was social psychology. Today it's marine biology. Tomorrow, could it be Canadian history and the rest of society?

The sciences are currently grappling with a significant loss of credibility that has been called the "replication crisis." This crisis stems from a widening recognition that many published academic findings - including foundational work in some disciplines - cannot be replicated and, accordingly, cannot be independently verified. Both of these conditions are key elements of the modern scientific method. As a result, many well-cited scientific works long considered to reveal important truths are now considered unreliable or hopelessly biased. Some are the product of outright fraud. A recent example with a strong Canadian connection illustrates the problem.


Poll of 2,049 Germans shows 53% want lockdown for all

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A recent poll by YouGov indicates that 53% of Germans support the idea of a sweeping lockdown all across the country, amid a surge in Covid cases.

38%, on the other hand, do not want to see the screws tightened even further, while another 8% are undecided. The pollsters surveyed 2,049 Germans online between November 30 and December 2, asking whether they would support a nationwide lockdown in December.

The study revealed a considerable divergence of opinion, depending on age and region. For instance, among the respondents over 55, the number in favor of tougher restrictions is the highest of all age groups, reaching 63%, while only 40% of those aged 25 to 34 hold the same view. As for regional differences, the two German states with the lowest support for a new lockdown are Thuringia and Saxony, which also rank among the country's Covid hotspots, with a relatively low proportions of vaccinated citizens. At the opposite end of the spectrum are Bremen and Lower Saxony.

Comment: How reliable is a poll that surveyed 2,049 people when the total population of Germany is 83.24 million?

Countless studies have shown that lockdowns do not stop the spread of coronavirus, heck, there was even a GERMAN study back in June that concluded the same thing. But who cares, the government said it was a good idea! See also: