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GM will cut truck production amid semiconductor shortage

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General Motors Co (GM.N) said Wednesday it will cut some truck production in North America because of the ongoing global semiconductor shortage.

The largest U.S. automaker said its Flint Assembly plant that builds the Chevrolet Silverado HD and GMC Sierra HD trucks will operate on one production shift the week of July 26.

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Women who earn more than 'subsistence wage' should be BANNED from having state-funded abortions, Russian Orthodox Church proposes

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow
© Sputnik / Sergey Pyatakov
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow of All Russia during the Divine Liturgy at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow.
The Russian Orthodox Church is continuing its crusade against abortions by proposing a law that would remove termination of pregnancy from the compulsory health insurance system and provide the service only to the poorest women.

The plan, announced by the Moscow Patriarchate on Wednesday, revealed that the Church does not want to ban abortions completely, but instead proposes that the government stop funding them.

In particular, it has suggested that women who earn more than the so-called minimum subsistence level (around $150) should be forced to pay for their own abortions.

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Police Federation of England and Wales no longer has confidence in Home Secretary Priti Patel, calling pay freeze 'final straw'

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The Police Federation for England and Wales said officers are 'angry' at the way they have been treated by the government.
It comes less than 24 hours after Home Secretary Priti Patel announced in a written ministerial statement that police officers earning over £24,000 will be subject to a pay freeze.

The Police Federation of England and Wales says it no longer has confidence in Home Secretary Priti Patel and has branded a pay freeze for officers "the final straw".

The body, which represents rank-and-file officers, has also withdrawn its support and engagement from the Police Remuneration Review Body, labelling the current pay mechanism "not fit for purpose".

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Days after president assassinated, US govt sends Haiti its 'first half million doses' of Covid vaccines

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'Fear not! We come bearing gifts!'
Haiti, reeling from the assassination of its president and the coronavirus pandemic, has received its first half-million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund said Thursday.

UNICEF said in a statement the doses were donated by the U.S. and delivered Wednesday through COVAX, an initiative for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.

"Until yesterday, Haiti was the only country in the Americas without a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine," UNICEF said in a statement Thursday.

"Thanks to this donation, hundreds of thousands of Haitians will receive their shots against COVID-19," UNICEF said. "Yet, despite the collective efforts to kickstart the vaccination campaign soon, most of the Haitian population is at risk of remaining unvaccinated due to the limited availability of doses currently in the country."

In an exclusive interview with VOA, U.S. National Security Council member Juan Gonzalez said the decision to speed up vaccine delivery came after a U.S. delegation visited Port-au-Prince on Sunday.


Comment: Just 2 or 3 days after the president of Haiti was whacked, riddled with bullets as he slept in his bed...


Comment: This is not generating the optics they think it is. It's a really bad look to ship American mRNA 'vaccines' to a country whose leader was taken out days earlier by a hit-team based in Florida after he refused earlier 'gifts' of 750,000 AstraZeneca 'vaccines' because he was apparently holding out for a less evil batch of vials.

The last time a Haitian president was assassinated, in 1915, US president Woodrow Wilson sent in US Marines to 'restore order'. That invasion and occupation of Haiti by the US lasted 16 years.

Now, thanks to the wonders of biotechnology, they just need to send in 'vaccines'?...


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Texas lawmaker claims fugitive Dems were 'exempt' from mask rules when they flew to DC as they 'didn't know' about Covid-19 surge

Donna Howard
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Texas Democrat legislators aren't slinking away quietly after their maskless, charter-jet junket to DC became a Covid super-spreader event. One is arguing that the group broke no rules because they didn't know cases were surging.

"TSA exempts private, non-commercial flights from the mask requirement," state Representative Donna Howard said on Thursday in a Twitter post. The lawmakers "had been meeting at the Capitol without masks for several months, and we continued that practice, as we had been fully vaccinated."


Howard and her colleagues have been criticized for jetting to Washington sans masks when they fled Texas earlier this month to block votes on Republican-backed bills they couldn't defeat. Six of the Democrats, including Howard, have since caught Covid-19, and White House and congressional staffers tested positive after attending events with the group, including meetings with Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and other party leaders.

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Lockdowns killed more Canadians under 65 than COVID-19: Statscan

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The consequences of government-enforced lockdowns killed more Canadians under the age of 65 than the COVID-19 virus itself, according to a report by Statistics Canada.

In a report titled Provisional death counts and excess mortality, the government agency reviewed the number of deaths between January 2020 to April 2021 and concluded that 5,535 Canadians under the age of 65 died because of "indirect consequences" due to the pandemic.

Over the same time period, 1380 Canadians in the same age group died because of COVID-19 itself.

"Beyond deaths attributed to the disease itself, the pandemic could also have indirect consequences leading to an increase or decrease in the number of deaths due to various factors, including delayed medical procedures, increased substance use, or a decline in deaths attributable to other causes, such as influenza," the report says.


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Remember the plot to kidnap MI Gov. Whitmer that the FBI foiled? Yeah, the FBI apparently helped hatch it

Gretchen Whitmer
Remember a while back when it hit the news that the FBI busted up a ring of people who were looking to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown insanity? Buzzfeed News has just published a lengthy story examining the plot and what led up to the bust.

The piece is framed as this big exposé on right-wing domestic terrorism culminating in the plot to kidnap the Governor of Michigan.

The only problem? Yeah, it looks like it might have been a setup from the start.

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Now, remember, this is from left-wing Buzzfeed. Not some conservative news outlet or Alex Jones conspiracist network.

Here is the important conclusion from the Buzzfeed story that, for some reason, they don't see as a very important issue.

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EU drugs regulator lists rare neurological disorder as potential side effect of Janssen's Covid jab

Janssen box vaccine
© Reuters/Shannon Stapleton
Janssen Pharmaceutical Co. of Johnson&Johnson
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has listed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) as a very rare side effect of the Janssen Covid vaccine after examining 108 cases and one death worldwide from among recipients of the jab.

GRBS is a rare neurological disorder caused by the body's immune system damaging nerve cells, causing paralysis in the most severely affected cases. Most people afflicted by the illness fully recover from it.

The EMA said on Thursday that its safety committee, the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC), established from the evidence provided and cases reported to date that there is a causal relationship between the Janssen Covid vaccine and GBS, although it is a very rare side effect.

Comment: A note from the Food and Drug Administration:
On February 27, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). On April 23, 2021, the FDA amended the EUA to include information about a very rare and serious type of blood clot in people who receive the vaccine. The EUA allows the Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine to be distributed in the U.S. for use in individuals 18 years of age and older.
See what the Healthcare Providers administering the vaccine are aware of before administering the jab:
The Department of Health and Human Services correspondence in updates to the EUA Fact Sheet for Healthcare Providers Administering Vaccine
See also:
J&J's single-shot Covid-19 vaccine reviewed by EU's medicines agency over rare nerve disorder after US reports one death


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UK food supply chains 'on the edge of failing', meat industry warns


Comment: And those supply chains were brought to this 'edge' by our governments' actions. There is no shortage of food in the UK...


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© Reuters/Henry Nicholls
Empty shelves as meat supplies dwindle in London
Britain's food supply chains are "right on the edge of failing" as absence related to COVID-19 has aggravated a critical shortage of labour, a meat industry body said on Wednesday.

The British Meat Processors' Association (BMPA) said the shortage of skills was so critical, some plants had reported vacancies of 10% to 16% of permanent positions, discounting the impact of the pandemic. BMPA CEO Nick Allen said:
"On top of the underlying worker shortage, we're also hearing from some members that between 5% and 10% of their workforce have been 'pinged' by the (health service) app and asked to self-isolate."
The shortage of workers affected the meat products that require more labour to produce, he said, meaning those lines would be the first to be cut.

On Monday, England's car plants, railways, supermarkets and pubs warned the government that the COVID-19 tracing app, which has told hundreds of thousands of workers to isolate, was wrecking the recovery and pushing supply chains to the brink of collapse.

Alerts, or "pings", from the official app telling anyone identified as a contact of someone with the disease to self-isolate for 10 days have also disrupted schools and the healthcare system.

Comment: Shortages are the next control mechanism. It won't matter how healthy we are. So, is this down to sheer incompetence, or is there intention behind this?


Bizarro Earth

Websites of airlines, banks tech companies back online after brief global outage

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Several airlines, banks and technology websites were coming back online on Thursday afternoon after a brief outage, the third such widespread incident noted in just a span of two months, raising alarms across social media.

Websites of Delta Air Lines, Costco Wholesale Corp, American Express and Home Depot were down, displaying domain name system (DNS) service errors.

Cloud services provider Akamai Technologies had given an alert on its "Edge DNS" service incident, noting a "partial outage" on its website. "We have implemented a fix for this issue, and based on current observations, the service is resuming normal operations," it said later in a tweet.

Oracle Corp said it was monitoring the global issue related to a cloud-based DNS solution provider impacting access to many internet resources, including its own cloud services.

DNS is a service that translates readable domain names to machine readable IP addresses, connecting it to a server and delivering the requested page on the user's phone or laptop.

Comment: Additional information determined the outage was linked to Akamai:
The disruption lasted up to an hour and was caused by a bug in the domain name system (DNS) service, which allows web addresses to take users to their destinations, that was triggered during a software update, Akamai said.

Services resumed after rolling back the update, Akamai added, and confirmed the disruption was not due to a cyberattack. "We are reviewing our software update process to prevent future disruptions."

Thousands of users reported issues with websites of Airbnb, Home Depot, Expedia and Charles Schwab.

Downdetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from a series of sources, said users reported issues with 48 services, mostly within the United States.