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Unused Covid vaccines piling up across US as those rejecting offer increase - Bloomberg

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Many U.S. states and cities have a growing surplus of Covid-19 vaccines, a sign that in some places demand is slowing before a large percentage of the population has been inoculated, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News.

The data indicate as many as one in three doses are unused in some states. Appointments for shots often go untaken, with few people signing up.

Bloomberg analyzed state and U.S. data from Monday, providing a snapshot of vaccine use before Johnson & Johnson shelved millions of shots pending federal health officials' investigation into rare cases of blood clots. That pause will likely cause the number of unused shots to fluctuate, but will little change the comparisons of states.

Comment: The EU's AstraZeneca vaccine was also suspended in numerous countries after causing life-threatening bloodclots.

Comment: It would appear that much of the planet are rejecting the experimental vaccines:


CBS News slammed for cropping bodycam footage to hide Adam Toledo holding gun before fatal shooting

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CBS is accused of intentionally editing out the part of the bodycam footage that shows a gun in Toledo’s hand
CBS News is facing heat over a video the network shared on Twitter Thursday that critics say crops out a critical part of body camera footage showing the police chase that led to 13-year-old Adam Toledo's death in Chicago last month.

Extremely graphic footage shows a Chicago police officer pulling up to a location on the city's West Side on March 29 and immediately encountering two people, one of whom appears to be Toledo, running away from the area.

Toledo stops for a moment before he turns toward the officer, at which point the cop tells him to, "Show me your f------ hands."

Toledo appears to have his hands up when he is shot once in the chest. He ultimately died from his injuries.

Also shown in the footage is a brief glimpse of Toledo holding a gun, which he apparently discarded an instant before the fatal shot was fired.

Comment: From RT on the protests the shooting ignited:
Although the protest appeared to be mostly peaceful, independent videographer Brendan Gutenschwager captured scuffles between protesters and Chicago PD at Logan Square Park, shortly after 10pm local time.

Hundreds of protesters marched through Chicago on Thursday, chanting "Say his name, Adam Toledo!" and "CPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?"

Also among the chants were "Hands up, don't shoot!" and "Fire fire, gentrifier. Black people used to live here!" Marching through the neighborhood where the mayor lives, the demonstrators changed "Hey hey, ho ho, Lori Lightfoot's got to go!"

Friday's demonstrations follow the release of body camera footage on Thursday, showing a Chicago PD officer fatally shooting the teen on March 29. Toledo had just dropped a handgun behind a fence, after being pursued by officers.

"We understand that the release of this video will be incredibly painful and elicit an emotional response to all who view it, and we ask that people express themselves peacefully," Lightfoot said in a joint statement with the lawyers for Toledo's family.


The US has reported at least 45 mass shootings in the last month

Virginia Beach police work the scene of a shooting.

Virginia Beach police work the scene of a shooting.
When eight people died in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility Thursday night, the news was compounded by a string of similar incidents that preceded it.

Starting on March 16, when eight people were killed at three Atlanta-area spas, the US has had at least 45 mass shootings, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media, and police reports.

The US has seen at least 147 mass shootings in 2021, according to data from the GVA, a non-profit based in Washington.

CNN considers an incident to be a mass shooting if four or more people are shot, wounded, or killed, excluding the gunman; so does the GVA.

Here are the 45 incidents reported since March 16.


Bill Maher hits Democrats for anti-science COVID-19 beliefs, gets audience to applaud Ron DeSantis

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Bill Maher
HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher called out the media, health officials, and the government in his closing monologue late Friday, accusing them of taking a "scared straight" approach to informing Americans about COVID-19 instead of simply giving "it to me straight."

The liberal Real Time host cited a Dartmouth University study, showing that major media networks in the United States reported nearly 90% bad news. Maher said that, as a result of spin from the media, politicians, and health officials, many Americans have been drastically misinformed about the pandemic and the risks associated with it.

After taking a shot at Republicans — saying that one-third of Republicans in a recent poll didn't know that people can spread COVID-19 while asymptomatic — Maher took aim at liberals, whom he referred to jokingly as the "high-information, by-the-science people."

Comment: Some folks are so enamored with their belief systems even an informed celebrity can't 'Maher' the view.


The United States is at risk of an armed anti-police insurgency

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Los Angeles: National Guard called to quell violence in protest of death of George Floyd.
The killings of African Americans at the hands of police officers has continued unabated in the United States. In the past year, the deaths of Breonna Taylor in her bed and George Floyd by public asphyxiation are two of the most egregious.

As the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck was being tried for the killing in court, another officer shot and killed Daunte Wright.

Scholarly research has begun to document the traumatic consequences of police killings on African Americans. One study finds the effects on Black males meet the "criteria for trauma exposure," based on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used for psychiatric diagnoses.

Besides police use of force in North America, one of the trajectories of my research focuses on armed insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa. I am beginning to observe in the U.S. some of the social conditions necessary for the maturation and rise of an armed insurgency. The U.S. is at risk of armed insurgencies within the next five years if the current wave of killings of unarmed Black people continues.


51 killed in Taiwan's deadliest rail disaster

The crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge scenic area on the first day of a long holiday weekend.

A train collided with an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill on Friday in eastern Taiwan, leaving at least 51 people dead and dozens injured in the island's deadliest rail disaster.

Some survivors were forced to climb out of windows and walk along the train's roof to safety.

The crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge scenic area on the first day of a long holiday weekend when many people were using trains on Taiwan's extensive rail system. The train had been carrying more than 400 people.


Why are they targeting AstraZeneca? Study says blood clots as prevalent with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine

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A study by Oxford University found the number of people who receive blood clots after getting vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine are about the same for those who get Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as they are for the AstraZeneca vaccine that was produced with the university's help.

According to the study, 4 in 1 million people experience cerebral venous thrombosis after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, versus 5 in 1 million people for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The risk of getting CVT is much higher for those who get COVID-19 -- 39 in a million patients -- than it is for those who get vaccinated. AstraZeneca's vaccine use has been halted or limited in many countries on blood clot concerns.

Comment: It appears the only vaccines being highlighted in the media for side effects are Johnson & Johnson's and AstraZeneca's, both of which use the (somewhat) more benign DNA as the information delivery systems

How J&J and AstraZeneca differ from the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna
Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca use a harmless version of a cold virus as a vector to give our cells the instructions they need to make the coronavirus's spike protein.

The immune system recognizes the protein and makes antibodies, which then allow us to fend off attack if exposed in the future.

Johnson & Johnson uses a human adenovirus, or a cold virus, to create its vaccine while AstraZeneca uses a chimpanzee version.

Johnson & Johnson's is the first single-dose vaccine approved in Canada. AstraZeneca, like Pfizer and Moderna, requires two doses. Experts say it takes a couple weeks for the body to build up some level of immunity with any of the vaccines.
Could the goal be to steer the vaccine-compliant crowd towards the irreversible gene-editing versions touted by Pfizer and Moderna?


'Bullhorn lady' wears hole-filled mask in public: Ordered by judge to explain why she shouldn't be jailed for mocking court order

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A woman believed to be Rachel Powell is seen in a Facebook video screen grab.
An accused U.S. Capitol rioter known online as "Bullhorn Lady" has been ordered to explain why her pre-trial release shouldn't be revoked after Law&Crime reported that she appeared to have been recorded in a bookstore wearing a mask with holes in it — in possible violation of court-ordered conditions for staying out of jail.

As Law&Crime discussed at length on April 9, a since-deleted video posted at the end of March on the Facebook page of Mr. Bookman's — a used book store in Western Pennsylvania — showed an individual who appeared to be Rachel Powell wearing a mesh mask. The problem was that Powell, as a unique condition of her pretrial release, was ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell to "wear a mask whenever she leaves her residence."

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Taylor's mom rips Louisville BLM chapter as a 'fraud'

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Tamika Palmer, mother of Breonna Taylor, addresses the media in Louisville, Ky., on Aug. 13, 2020
The mom of Breonna Taylor slammed a Black Lives Matter chapter as a "fraud" in a since-removed social media post.

"'I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, (state Rep.) Attica Scott another fraud," Tamika Palmer wrote on Facebook.

The post was apparently removed from Facebook early Saturday, though it's unclear why or by whom.


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Oregon considers extending mask mandate & social distancing indefinitely, 60,000 residents decry 'government overreach'

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Residents wearing masks sit in downtown Lake Oswego, Ore., on Sunday, April 11, 2021. Tens of thousands of Oregon residents are angry about a proposal to make permanent an emergency rule that requires masks and social distancing in the state's businesses and schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Opponents worry about government overreach and fear that state officials won't remove the mask requirements for businesses even after threat of the virus has receded if the emergency rule becomes permanent.
As states around the country lift COVID-19 restrictions, Oregon is poised to go the opposite direction — and many residents are fuming about it.

A top health official is considering indefinitely extending rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in the state.

The proposal would keep the rules in place until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace."

Michael Wood, administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said the move is necessary to address a technicality in state law that requires a "permanent" rule to keep current restrictions from expiring.