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NIH changes story, confirms it funded Wuhan experiment that made bat coronavirus more dangerous

National Institutes of Health
Two weeks after National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins announced his retirement, his agency has complicated congressional testimony by Collins and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci about alleged gain-of-function virus research sponsored by the U.S.

Both officials have denied approving grants for such research through the EcoHealth Alliance and Wuhan Institute of Virology, but a letter Wednesday from NIH Principal Deputy Director Lawrence Tabak to House Oversight Committee ranking Republican James Comer describes an unforeseen experimental result that calls the denials into question.

The letter shows that "NIH — and specifically, Collins, Fauci, and Tabak — lied to Congress, lied to the press, and lied to the public," Richard Ebright, lab director at Rutgers University's Waskman Institute of Microbiology, tweeted Wednesday night when sharing the letter. "Knowingly. Willfully. Brazenly."

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Stop

Anti-Asian hate crimes 'up 76 per cent' in Los Angeles County

anti-asian hate rally
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A rally against anti-Asian violence in Los Angeles in February.
Anti-Asian hate crimes increased by 76 per cent in Los Angeles County last year, mirroring a disturbing trend in many other jurisdictions as physical and verbal attacks on Asian-Americans rose during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Of the 44 anti-Asian hate crimes reported in LA County in 2020, more than three-quarters involved physical violence - a marked increase from 58 per cent in 2018, the LA County Commission on Human Relations said in a report released Wednesday.

In 2019, 25 anti-Asian hate crimes were reported.

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NPC

Teachers at Colorado Springs school force children to tape masks to their face

teacher tapes mask to kids
© Michelle Malkin/Will & Deni McIntyre via Getty Images
Teachers at a Colorado Springs middle school forced children to tape masks to their face in what is being described as an act of "child abuse."

Conservative commentator Michelle Malkin highlighted the case of 6th grader Rylee M., who texted her mother to tell her that a teacher had given her a warning then handed her blue painter's tape to seal the mask to her face.

According to Rylee, at least one other student was forced to perform the same humiliating and potentially dangerous procedure because the teacher insisted their masks were not being worn "properly."

Comment: Apparently we didn't learn anything from this previous incident: Teacher accused of taping masks to 4th graders' faces

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Bullseye

Debunking anti-Chinese psyops: Social credit as distasteful necessity in an age of asymmetric warfare

Biden
© Andrew Russell/Tribune-Review
US President Joe Biden
It is frightening how oligarchically-minded figures of a Great Resetting nature wish to use the structures of social credit to modify group behaviour under a post-Truth, depopulated/de-carbonized world order.

Ever since COVID-19 made a crazy world even crazier, many good people have become absorbed into anti-Chinese hysterics all across the Five Eyes-managed parts of the rules-based liberal west.

Every day, new accusations that China is running spy rings, honey pots, Trump's overthrow, and even the Great Reset itself as part of a larger plot to undermine western democracy are repeated across the conservative press landscape. The two biggest "proofs" of China's evil heart are:

1) China's use of social credit that deprives people of freedom (and broader state regulation of the internet and video games), followed by

Comment: It seems that in terms of the ponerological cycle, China and Russia are, if anything, in the earliest stages, where character disturbed individuals have minimal impact on the system as a whole, meanwhile in the West, which projects its warped nature onto these two countries, making accusations that are instead applicable to itself, has reached its pathological zenith: Also check out SOTT radio's:



Syringe

Thousands of California parents take part in statewide walkouts protesting school vaccine mandates

California vaccine mandate protest
© Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG
LAUSD parents and students rallied against student COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the corner of Victory Blvd and Balboa Blvd. in Lake Balboa on Monday, October 18, 2021, in conjunction with a statewide Schools Walkout campaign.
Thousands of California parents and teachers who oppose school vaccine mandates took part in a statewide walkout Monday.

SkyFOX was over a crowd of several dozen protesters carrying signs outside Birmingham High School in Van Nuys.

A group of over a dozen parents gathered outside Saticoy Elementary School in North Hollywood calling for school board members to resign and an end to vaccine mandates.

Southern California parents make their voices heard

"I'm here protesting the mandate because we don't believe that we should take it religiously, ethically or morally. We shouldn't be forced to take something without all the data," said Los Angeles Unified School District employee Hovik Saponghian.

Pistol

Ex-Minneapolis police officer sentenced to 57 months in the killing of a 911 caller

Noor
© Leila Navidi/AP
Former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor
A Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 to report a possible rape happening behind her home was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison — the maximum allowed for manslaughter after his murder conviction was overturned.

Mohamed Noor was initially convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual U.S.-Australian citizen and yoga teacher who was engaged to be married. But the Minnesota Supreme Court tossed out Noor's murder conviction and 12 1/2-year sentence last month, saying the third-degree murder statute didn't fit the case because it can only apply when a defendant shows a "generalized indifference to human life," not when the conduct is directed at a particular person, as it was with Damond.

Judge Kathryn Quaintance, who also presided at Noor's trial, granted prosecutors' request to impose the maximum sentence called for by state sentencing guidelines on Noor's manslaughter conviction, 57 months. In doing so, she brushed aside the defense's request for 41 months, which is the low end of the range. With good behavior, Noor could be freed on supervised release by next summer.

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Sheriff

Plainclothes officers to video call stations to verify their credentials when stopping women - Met police chief

Met policeman
© Reuters/Toby Melville
Metropolitan Police officer on duty • Westminster, London, Britain
Met Police officers out of uniform will video call station control rooms when stopping women, its chief has announced, as the force makes changes in an attempt to restore public trust in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.

Speaking on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced the launch of the force's 'safe connection' initiative, which she said "allows a woman who is stopped by such a police officer immediately to have verification" that this person really is a member of law enforcement.

The Met chief said that
"my plainclothes officers will call into a control room, they will then have a video call with a sergeant in uniform who will say 'Yes, that's so and so, he's PC X, Y, Z' - so a quick, easy way, which again is instigated by the officer, not by the woman having to ask for this... which I hope will be one way people can feel reassured."
The verification check comes after a serving Metropolitan firearms officer, Wayne Couzens, used his warrant card and handcuffs to falsely detain Everard in March as she walked home from a friend's house in South London, before he raped and murdered her.

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Arrow Down

Google doesn't like being shown inconvenient problems, ex-ethical AI co-lead 'fired' by the tech giant over her research

Google G
© Reuters/Annegret Hilse
Google clamped down on Timnit Gebru, the former co-lead of ethical AI team, because she not only revealed bias in its large language models, but also called for structural changes in the AI field, Gebru told Going Underground.

Dr. Gebru was the first black female research scientist at Google, and her controversial parting with the tech giant made headlines last year. It followed her refusal to fulfill the company's demand to retract a paper on ethical problems arising from the large language models (LLMs) that are used by Google Translate and other apps. Gebru insists she was fired for her stance, while Google claims she filed her resignation.

In Monday's episode of RT's Going Underground program, she told the show's host, Afshin Rattansi, why she split with Google.


Arrow Up

Judge upholds University of North Carolina's affirmative-action policies

UNC Chapel Hill
© Jonathan Drake/Reuters
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did not discriminate against white and Asian applicants in its admissions process, in response to a lawsuit by conservative legal group Students for Fair Admissions.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs said the university could continue to consider an applicant's race during the admissions process, writing that
"because race is so interwoven in every aspect of the lived experience of minority students, to ignore it, reduce its importance and measure it only by statistical models misses important context."
Biggs added that UNC "continues to have much work to do" to improve diversity in its student body.

UNC spokeswoman Beth Keith said in a statement:
"This decision makes clear the university's holistic admissions approach is lawful. We evaluate each student in a deliberate and thoughtful way, appreciating individual strengths, talents and contributions to a vibrant campus community where students from all backgrounds can excel and thrive."
Students for Campus Fairness founder Edward Blum said the group could take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary and "ask the justices to end these unfair and unconstitutional race-based admissions policies."

Footprints

Hundreds of Greek doctors stage 24-hour strike to protest compulsory Covid vaccination and staff shortages

Med staff protest Greece
© AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki
Health workers, hospital doctors and ambulance staff protest in front of Greek parliament against mandatory Covid vaccines for health workers
Athens, Greece • September 2, 2021
Hundreds of doctors working in state-run hospitals in Greece marched through the capital, Athens to decry compulsory Covid vaccination and government plans that they believe will only worsen staff shortages.

Around 500 protesters took to the streets in Athens on Thursday, marching past parliament toward the Health Ministry as part of their 24-hour strike. Photos and footage uploaded to Twitter show people with banners and flags as they walked through the capital.