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New York Times decides lockdowns are actually draconian and economically destructive when China does them

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“Right-wing conspiracy theorists with ties to anti-Xi opposition elements spread baseless rumours, deny science, and endanger lives” – strangely not how the New York Times chose to caption this image.
Three years ago, Zero Covid was the aspiration of public health bureaucrats and politicians across the West. Charlatan techbros like Tomas Pueyo appeared on national television to demand nationwide house arrest; leaders like Angela Merkel surrounded themselves with virus-eradicationist modellers and imposed unprecedented months-long closures upon their countries. When protests inevitably broke out, they were violently suppressed; the protesters were slandered as conspiracy theorists and fascists.

The New York Times played a leading role in this long and excruciating charade. In April 2020, they reported that "an informal coalition of influential conservative leaders and groups, some with close connections to the [Trump] White House" was responsible for "quietly working to nurture protests and apply ... pressure to overturn state and local orders intended to stop the spread of the coronavirus." In March 2021, they ran an obnoxious opinion piece about What Happened When Germany's Far-Right Party Railed Against Lockdowns, which called German protesters "an amorphous mix of conspiracy theorists, shady organizations and outraged citizens" and appeared to accuse the right-populist party Alternativ für Deutschland of opportunism for joining their ranks.

Question

Idaho mass murder probe still has more questions than answers

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Idaho police investigating the Nov. 13 stabbing deaths of four sleeping University of Idaho students are under fire for "grave contradictions," suggesting the killer was sloppy but failing to produce a suspect.

Now, there are emerging fears the killer or killers might have fled the country and could get away with mass murder.

The Moscow Police Department in Idaho told the parents of one victim that "a mess of evidence" was left behind in the "sloppy" slaying of four students while they were sleeping.

"If the killer was apparently so sloppy, why haven't cops found him?" a source told RadarOnline, expressing frustration in the slow investigation that is feared to be getting further away from being anyone to justice.

Arrow Down

Mental health issues plague youth in England

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Mental health issues are increasing among children and teenagers in England, a new NHS Digital report shows. It demonstrated a particularly sharp increase in probable mental disorders in 2022 among 17- to 19-year-olds.

Published on Tuesday, the report found that one in four are now experiencing issues, including emotional or behavioral problems, compared to the one-in-six rate recorded in 2021. The survey sampled some 2,866 children and young people who are now aged between seven and 24.

Among those aged seven to 10, prevalence of a potential mental disorder was nearly twice as high in boys - 19.7% against 10.5% in girls. Among the older 17- to 24-year-old age group, the prevalence was much higher in young women - 31.2% compared to only 13.3% in men.

Teenagers of the both genders showed similar results, with the figure hovering around 20%.

Corona

Australia to withdraw tens of thousands of Covid-19 fines

New South Wales police officers
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New South Wales police officers working outside a venue during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The authorities in Australia's largest state, New South Wales (NSW), have said that they will withdraw or refund tens of thousands of fines issued for violations of restrictions during the pandemic.

The move follows a defeat that the NSW government suffered in a court battle against free advocacy group Redfern Legal Centre on Tuesday.

The group launched a test case in July on behalf of three plaintiffs, arguing their fines of between AUS$1,000 ($673) to AUS$3,000 ($2,020) were invalid because the penalty notices didn't describe the offense sufficiently.

"It's not a big ask, if you're going to fine someone for an offense, to set out what the offense is in the notice," Katherine Richardson, the lawyer for the plaintiffs argued at the New South Wales Supreme Court, as cited by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Light Saber

Musk gains allies in "war on Apple" over free speech, scraps Twitter's Covid misinformation policy

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Elon Musk has abandoned Twitter's COVID-19 misinformation policy after vowing to make the site a free speech champion. The Telegraph has the story.
"Effective November 23rd 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy," a notice on its website reads.

A page on Twitter's website titled "COVID-19 misleading information policy" now redirects users to Twitter's user help homepage.

That page previously said: "Content that is demonstrably false or misleading and may lead to significant risk of harm (such as increased exposure to the virus, or adverse effects on public health systems) may not be shared on Twitter."

Other, more generalised policies on posting deliberately false or misleading information on Twitter are still listed on the company's website and appear to be being enforced.

Comment: RT reports on Musk's revamping of Twitter's policy on Covid posts and banned users:
Twitter has said it will no longer enforce its coronavirus misinformation policy, according to an update on the platform's Covid-19 transparency page that went largely unnoticed since it was posted last week. The move came as its new owner Elon Musk announced a "general amnesty" for previously suspended accounts.

The misinformation policy was initially developed in 2020 amid the outbreak of Covid-19 and was meant to combat "harmful" misleading posts about the coronavirus, government policies aimed at curbing its spread, and related vaccines.

Users who violated the rule received strikes. After two or three strikes, their accounts were suspended for 12 hours. After four, they would be locked out for a week, while offenders with more than five strikes were permanently banned from the platform.

According to statistics published by Twitter itself, between January 2020 and September 2022, the platform's moderators challenged over 11.72 million accounts and suspended more than 11,000 for violating the rule. They also scrubbed nearly 100,000 pieces of content worldwide under the policy.

The extensive moderation policy became a topic of heated debate. Some called for more censorship of posts deemed to be harmful, while others argued this constituted suppression of free speech.

Since Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion last month, he has made a number of dramatic changes at the company, including laying off nearly two-thirds of its staff and significantly cutting the site's moderation and management teams.

Ahead of Thanksgiving, the billionaire also vowed to extend a "general amnesty" to an unspecified number of suspended accounts after holding a Twitter poll, in which more than 72.4% out of 3.1 million respondents supported the move.

Critics have argued that the social networking service could soon become a hotbed for misinformation, right-wing extremism and hate speech. Musk, however, has insisted that he wants Twitter to become a level playing field and a bastion of free speech where people can peacefully exchange their views on a wide range of topics.
Fortnite is not alone in its complaints about Apple's app policies:


X

Ukrainian terror plot in Zaporozhye foiled - Moscow

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Statue of Taras Shevchenko, Peremohy Square, Melitopol
Ukrainian authorities had planned to detonate a bomb at a market in the city of Melitopol in Russia's Zaporozhye Region, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said in a statement on Monday. It added that the suspects have been detained and confessed to the plot.

According to the FSB, three Ukrainian nationals, including two with prior criminal convictions in Ukraine, were apprehended while driving to the site in order to plant an explosive. They were transported to Moscow and charged with terrorism and illegal weapons possession.

The FSB released a video of two men with their faces blurred, who said they had been recruited by Ukrainian special services. One man claimed that Ukrainian officials promised to "get him off the hook" for having committed a robbery if he would agree to travel to Melitopol and carry out "an explosion in a public place" there.

The detainee added that he was given the location of a weapons cache, from which he recovered two handguns, a grenade and "explosives with detonators." The second suspect stated he was told to make "a homemade explosive device." A third detainee, a woman who appeared in the video wearing a medical mask, said that she was driving the men to "a place where they wanted to plant [the bomb]."

Red Pill

Is the American pendulum swinging back to reason? Maybe, but it will be a long fight

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It should be considered an embarrassment for the states and districts involved, but the 2022 midterm elections are still being counted as I write this. In some cases, ballot drop boxes, mail-in ballots and "malfunctioning" voting machines have created a suspicious fog of uncertainty, and the uncertainty always seems to work in the favor of the political left.

Needless to say, some kind of change needs to happen - The majority of Americans are aware that ongoing trends of national deconstruction cannot be allowed to continue. Even the people that refrain from voting are watching the elections, just to see if the momentum of the country has shifted even a little. And, many people who tend to refrain are on the independent/libertarian side of things.

Times change and circumstances evolve, even if some people are too bitter or jaded to see it. The old guard Neocons trained in the Chicago school by Leo Strauss along with the acolytes of Irving Kristol are losing favor among conservative voters and many are dying out. The era of Bush family politics is going extinct; they were never conservative anyway.

Eye 1

Pfizer lied, and people died: Pfizer's CEO rapped by regulator for making 'misleading' statements about children's vaccines

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Dr Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, said Covid in schools was thriving and ‘there are kids that will have severe symptoms’
Pfizer's CEO has been rapped by the UK's pharmaceutical watchdog for making "misleading" statements about children's vaccines, The Telegraph can disclose.

Dr Albert Bourla used an interview with the BBC last December to claim that "there is no doubt in my mind that the benefits, completely, are in favour of" vaccinating youngsters aged five to 11 against Covid-19.


Comment: No doubt there are financial benefits.


He argued that "Covid in schools is thriving" adding: "This is disturbing, significantly, the educational system, and there are kids that will have severe symptoms."

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NPC

Monkeypox to be renamed Mpox 'because of racism'

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Monkeypox is to be rebranded as 'mpox' after global health experts said the name had racist connotations and could lead to stigmatisation. The Telegraph has the story.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the term monkeypox would be phased out over the coming year.

It follows a forum in the summer in which two families of monkeypox - the Congo Basin and West African clades - were renamed as Clade I and Clade II.

Info

Operation Desert Light: Europol take down massive cocaine 'super cartel'

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Spanish police made 13 arrests earlier this month as part of the two-year investigation
A drug "super cartel" that controlled about a third of Europe's cocaine supply has been dismantled, police have announced.

Dubbed Operation Desert Light, 49 people were arrested across six European countries, the EU's police agency, Europol, said.

They included a British national, who is suspected of heading the operation.

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