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Census: Income is down and poverty is up

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The number of Americans living in poverty increased for the first time in five years in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic cost millions of Americans jobs and income, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday.

But federal stimulus payments approved by Congress and the Trump administration helped keep more than 5 million Americans out of poverty, the bureau said.

Last year, 11.4 percent of Americans — or 37.2 million people — were living in poverty, a threshold that stands at $26,246 in yearly income for a family of four. That share was up 1 percent, or 3.3 million people, over the previous year.

Comment: See also: Study: COVID-19 reversed progress for Ohio women, more than 1M workers displaced

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COVID-19: Two-thirds of UK travel firms plan job cuts when furlough ends, industry body warns

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ABTA has called for the UK to abolish PCR testing demands on UK travellers as part of efforts to help the travel sector recover
Two-thirds of travel sector employers with staff still on the furlough scheme are planning redundancies once the wage support is removed at the end of the month, the travel association ABTA has warned.

The body said a survey of its membership showed that 69% of employers planned to let staff go after 30 September.

It blamed "overly-cautious" coronavirus restrictions on travel in the UK, saying they had hammered demand during the peak summer season and inflicted huge damage on the industry's chances of recovery as a result.

ABTA said that it expected almost 100,000 people in the sector, including airlines, to have either lost their jobs or walked away during the Covid pandemic once the Job Retention Scheme was closed.

The figure rose to 226,000 when the employment impact on the supply chain was factored in, its report said.

Comment: More gaslighting by the PTB: holding out hope that arbitrary rules may be relaxed, while keeping the option open to retain or even tighten them.

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The masking of the servant class: Ugly COVID images from the Met Gala are now commonplace

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), appears at the 2021 Met Gala maskless in her highly fashionable and subversive gown, as masked workers and servants surround her, ensuring her safety and a smoothly running party, on September 13, 2021 in New York City.
From the start of the pandemic, political elites have been repeatedly caught exempting themselves from the restrictive rules they impose on the lives of those over whom they rule. Governors, mayors, ministers and Speakers of the House have been filmed violating their own COVID protocols in order to dine with their closest lobbyist-friends, enjoy a coddled hair styling in chic salons, or unwind after signing new lockdown and quarantine orders by sneaking away for a weekend getaway with the family. The trend became so widespread that ABC News gathered all the examples under the headline "Elected officials slammed for hypocrisy for not following own COVID-19 advice," while Business Insider in May updated the reporting with this: "14 prominent Democrats stand accused of hypocrisy for ignoring COVID-19 restrictions they're urging their constituents to obey."

Most of those transgressions were too flagrant to ignore and thus produced some degree of scandal and resentment for the political officials granting themselves such license. Dominant liberal culture is, if nothing else, fiercely rule-abiding: they get very upset when they see anyone defying decrees from authorities, even if the rule-breaker is the official who promulgated the directives for everyone else. Photos released last November of California Governor Gavin Newsom giggling maskless as he sat with other maskless state health officials celebrating the birthday of a powerful lobbyist — just one month after he told the public to "to keep your mask on in between bites" and while severe state-imposed restrictions were in place regarding leaving one's home — caused a drop in popularity and helped fueled a recall initiative against him. Newsom and these other officials broke their own rules, and even among liberals who venerate their leaders as celebrities, rule-breaking is frowned upon.

Comment: Greenwald nails AOC's and her ilk's intrinsic hypocrisy one way; Twitter in another:

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Staying silent when you disagree with woke lies gives them power. We must speak up

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JK Rowling received death threats after commenting on trans issues.
Last summer, J. K. Rowling, the bestselling author behind the Harry Potter franchise, received torrents of abuse for insisting that there is a difference between a biological woman and a trans woman. "Erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives," Rowling wrote on Twitter, for which she received death threats. Rowling was not surprised by the abuse, which she had suffered before. But she was surprised by another aspect of the response: support. "What I didn't expect in the aftermath of my cancellation was the avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive," Rowling wrote an essay soon after. The emails were joined by tweets, and even a hashtag: #IStandwithJKRowling.

I wanted to add my voice to those supporting Rowling. I wanted to tweet #IStandwithJKRowling. But I did not. I am running for City Council in Lower Manhattan, and as a candidate for office, I didn't want to risk being called transphobic. So I chose silence.



How Walgreens' sloppy Covid-19 test registration system exposed patient data

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If you got a Covid-19 test at Walgreens, your personal data — including your name, date of birth, gender identity, phone number, address, and email — was left on the open web for potentially anyone to see and for the multiple ad trackers on Walgreens' site to collect. In some cases, even the results of these tests could be gleaned from that data.

The data exposure potentially affects millions of people who used — or continue to use — Walgreens' Covid-19 testing services over the course of the pandemic.

Multiple security experts told Recode that the vulnerabilities found on the site are basic issues that the website of one of the largest pharmacy chains in the United States should have known to avoid. Walgreens has promoted itself as a "vital partner in testing," and the company is reimbursed for those tests by insurance companies and the government.

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Police officer 'set up fake photoshoots to secretly film models naked'

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DI Neil Corbel secretly filmed at least 19 women undressing in rented rooms around the country
A Metropolitan Police detective faces jail for using spy cameras to film naked models at fake photoshoots he staged while off-duty.

DI Neil Corbel, 40, posed as a pilot and gave false details while booking glamour models and escorts on internet sites, a court heard.

He invited them to shoots in hotel rooms and rental flats around the country, hiding devices in various items including tissue boxes, phone charges, an air freshener and glasses.

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CAUGHT ON VIDEO — 'We need to be more scary to the public, we need to inflate the real Covid numbers'...

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Zoom meeting from a hospital in North Carolina with Dr. Mary Rudyk and Carolyn Fisher discussing inflating Covid numbers by counting recovered patients as active Covid patients.
"I think we have to be more blunt, we have to be more forceful, we have to say something coming out, you know you don't get vaccinated, you know you're going to die. I mean, let's just be really blunt to these people."

Comment: Novant Health New Hanover Regional Medical Center released a statement debunking rumors that the hospital was inaccurately reporting coronavirus hospitalizations to mislead the public, WECT reports.
The viral video features the director of marketing and a doctor who served as the former chief of medical staff for New Hanover Regional Medical Center talking about what information related to coronavirus the hospital shares with the public.

Dr. Mary Rudyk said she feels the hospital's messaging needs to be "a little more scary for the public."

She tells the marketing director that the hospital should provide information to the public about post-COVID-19 hospitalizations, which the hospital was defining as recovered even if they were still hospitalized, the video says.

The social media outrage surrounded this suggestion as many saw it was proof for conspiracy theories about how health officials deliberately inflate COVID-19 numbers. The video circulated in prominent community groups and pages, like the New Hanover County Schools Association of Parents and Teachers.

In a statement, Novant Health told WECT News that they were not releasing data for patients, "who remain hospitalized for COVID-19 complications even though they are no longer COVID-19 positive, so it does not provide a complete picture of the total impact of COVID-19 on our patients and on our hospitals."

The spokesperson also told WECT that they were "concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities," saying:
"The team members involved in this excerpt of an internal meeting are seeing the highest level of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths so far in this pandemic - despite having safe and effective vaccines widely available. This was a frank discussion among medical and communications professionals on how we can more accurately convey the severity and seriousness of what's happening inside of our hospitals and throughout our communities.

We continue to be concerned with the amount of misinformation in our communities and consistently strive for more ways to be transparent and tell the whole story. The continued rise of hospitalizations makes it evident that we have more work to do to reach our communities with these messages."
On New Hanover Regional's Facebook page there are dozens of comments of people who are questioning the hospital's data.
"I just watched a video where your staff basically said we need to lie and skew the numbers of COVID-19 patients so that you can scare people and tell them to get vaccinated or they will die," one person said who commented on the hospital's Facebook page. "I'd sure like to know where the money passes. Lying and trying to scare people ? Why would anybody want to trust your hospital"
Rudyk said in the video that the hospital needed to be blunt with their messaging.
"If you don't get vaccinated, you know you're going to die," she said. "Let's just be really blunt to these people."
Health officials said on Thursday that eight additional COVID-19 deaths were reported in the first week of September, bringing the total number of New Hanover county residents who have died from COVID-19 to 213.

Around 56% of the county is fully vaccinated, data from the state Department of Health says.
"We're seeing a large increase in our COVID patients. They're being admitted sicker, we're admitting them faster than our prior surge," said Keisha Coleman, an ICU nurse with New Hanover Regional.
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Taliban co-founder, deputy PM Abdul Ghani Baradar releases audio message after death rumours

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Social media speculation, especially in India, suggested he was mortally wounded in a shootout between rival Taliban factions at the presidential palace.

The Taliban co-founder and now deputy prime minister of Afghanistan released an audio statement on Monday saying he was alive and well after news of his supposed demise went viral on social media.

Abdul Ghani Baradar, who was last week named as a number two to Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund, blamed "fake propaganda" for the death rumours in an audio message posted by the Taliban.

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Taliban celebrate beheading of Afghan soldier in grisly video

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Taliban fighters celebrate around the beheaded body of a former police chief.
The Taliban beheaded an Afghan soldier, then chanted praise to their leader while holding the severed head of their victim by his hair in a video posted in a private Taliban chat room.

The 36-second video, which was obtained by the Washington Examiner, was posted a week ago. It's unclear when it was made, but on Aug. 17, Taliban leaders promised amnesty for government workers and protection for women.

"I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that nobody will be harmed," said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. "We don't want any internal or external enemies."

Comment: So much for Taliban 2.0!

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'Cheater': Transgender MMA fighter McLaughlin responds to 'transphobes' after debut win, only took up sport earlier this year

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Alana McLaughlin has responded to online attacks.
Transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin has responded to 'transphobes' after being accused of cheating, and has demanded more respect for her opponent after a debut cage outing in Miami on Friday.

Only taking up the sport earlier this year and struggling to find a gym until MMA Masters in Florida accepted her, McLaughlin launched her career with a win that came via a second-round submission on a Combate Global card.

Yet the doubters and naysayers have poured scorn on the win, with accusations ranging from McLaughlin cheating to suggesting that opponent Celine Provost took a dive prior to the rear-naked choke finish.

Comment: That McLaughlin only took up MMA earlier this year and still managed to win actually proves how biological males have an inherent advantage over females, and further reveals the corruption of science that somehow supports the notion that hormone therapy erases or replaces one's biological gender: Also check out SOTT radio's: