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Rapid Covid testing in England may be scaled back over false positives

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English National Opera members take lateral flow tests before rehearsals.
Senior government officials have raised "urgent" concerns about the mass expansion of rapid coronavirus testing, estimating that as few as 2% to 10% of positive results may be accurate in places with low Covid rates, such as London.

Boris Johnson last week urged everyone in England to take two rapid-turnaround tests a week in the biggest expansion of the multibillion-pound testing programme to date. However, leaked emails seen by the Guardian show that senior officials are now considering scaling back the widespread testing of people without symptoms, due to a growing number of false positives.

In one email, Ben Dyson, an executive director of strategy at the health department and one of health secretary Matt Hancock's advisers, stressed the "fairly urgent need for decisions" on "the point at which we stop offering asymptomatic testing".

On 9 April, the day everyone in England was able to order twice-weekly lateral flow device (LFD) tests, Dyson wrote:
"As of today, someone who gets a positive LFD result in (say) London has at best a 25% chance of it being a true positive, but if it is a self-reported test potentially as low as 10% (on an optimistic assumption about specificity) or as low as 2% (on a more pessimistic assumption)."
He added that the department's executive committee, which includes Hancock and the NHS test and trace chief, Dido Harding, would soon need to decide whether requiring people to self-isolate before a confirmatory PCR test "ceases to be reasonable" in low infection areas where there is a high likelihood of a positive result being wrong.

Passport

Covid-status certificate scheme could be unlawful discrimination, says EHRC

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Covid-status certificates being considered by ministers to help open up society could amount to unlawful indirect discrimination, the government's independent equalities watchdog has advised.

As ministers decide whether the documents should be introduced as passports to certain events later this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission has told the Cabinet Office they risk creating a "two-tier society".

The watchdog also said employers should not be allowed to hire workers on a "no jab, no job" policy until all young people had been offered a vaccine, and that plans to make them mandatory for care workers helping older people may not be lawful.

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Attention

Israel: Ex-soldier sets himself on fire due to PTSD over 2014 military offensive against Palestine

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Ex-Israeli soldier has set himself on fire after suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder sending shockwaves across Israel
A former soldier who took part in Israel's brutal 2014 military offensive against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip set himself on fire on Monday evening in front of the Ministry of Defence rehabilitation offices, local media have reported. The ministry confirmed that 26-year-old veteran Itzik Saidian was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing combat during Operation Protective Edge seven years ago.

Saidian was rushed to the Sheba Medical Centre with extensive burns after self-immolating in Petah Tikva. His condition was said by the hospital to be "critical", with "deep burns all over his body". Speaking to journalists at the hospital, his tearful brother Avi said that, "He saw horrible things and nobody took care of him."


Comment: One can scarcely imagine what it must have been like for the Palestinians.


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NPC

Brian Stelter IGNORES violent attack on CNN camera crew by BLM protesters

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Brian Stelter skipped news that a CNN crew was harassed by the demonstrators that are often labeled "peaceful" by the liberal network.
CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter ignored an attack by rioters on reporters from his own network.

While the self-proclaimed media expert has claimed in the past to always report on attacks against the press, his Wednesday "Reliable Sources" newsletter made no mention of the incident.

This lack of response came despite a CNN camera crew being harassed and chased off by protesters in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, which gained widespread attention elsewhere.

Comment: Fox News adds:
A CNN crew was harassed in Brookly Center by demonstrators that are often labeled "peaceful" by the liberal network, as chaos following the police shooting of Daunte Wright continued. Video of the incident was viral on Twitter before 8 p.m. ET, but Stelter did not feel the incident important enough for his nightly newsletter about the media.

"CNN's journalism newsletter buries news that makes its side look bad. Even when its side attacks CNN employees," Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor told Fox News.

While CNN's media newsletter ignored its own crew being attacked, it found space for items on White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner being canceled, media industry employees wanting post-pandemic flexibility, former "Bachelor" star Colton Underwood revealing he is gay, and "Superstore" actor Lauren Ash signing a deal with NBC.

"It ignored how a CNN staffer was attacked by leftist rioters and then chased from the scene under threat of more violence. Last time I checked that's news about journalism," Gainor said. "Imagine CNN's complete freak out if pro-Trump rioters had violently attacked their staffers. This is how they spin the news."

Anyone who relies on Stelter's newsletter missed dramatic footage captured by Washington Examiner reporter Nic Rowan of a heated exchange outside the suburban police department between the CNN crew, led by correspondent Miguel Marquez, and a group of protesters. One of the crew members insisted to the crowd that "it's all peace."

Rowan, who documented the assault on the CNN journalist, told Fox News that demonstrators were urging reporters to cover the "peaceful protesters" in a different area instead of focusing on hostility between the rioters and law enforcement, saying, "it's not representative of Minneapolis and the community."

The Examiner reporter told Fox News he was ordered by one person to "stop making Minneapolis look like Fallujah" and "like a war."
Of course Stelter's going to ignore any of BLM's peccadillos. The agenda has been set and he wants to keep his cushy job.


Light Sabers

BLM threaten legal action against local black activist who is calling for investigation into its finances

Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome
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Black Lives Matter activist Hawk Newsome
A spokesman for the national Black Lives Matter organization suggested a New York-based Black activist who called for an independent investigation of the group's finances is illegally using the BLM name.

Hawk Newsome, the leader of an unaffiliated organization called Black Lives Matter Greater New York, criticized BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors, a self-identified "trained Marxist," for presenting herself as a socialist while at the same time purchasing four homes across the U.S. since 2016 for a total of $3.2 million.

"If you go around calling yourself a socialist, you have to ask how much of her own personal money is going to charitable causes," Newsome told the New York Post on Sunday. "It's really sad because it makes people doubt the validity of the movement and overlook the fact that it's the people that carry this movement."

Comment: Newsome has plenty of grounds for calling out Patrisse Cullors for hypocrisy, if nothing else.


Star of David

The MSM will never show an American audience these videos of Palestinians experiencing Israel's violent apartheid policies

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On January 13, 2021, ‘Iz a-Din Zein a-Din, a resident of a village near Nablus, was beaten severely by Israeli settlers as he protested their seizure of his land. Screenshot from B’Tselem video.
In January the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem declared that Palestinians face an "apartheid... regime of Jewish supremacy" in all the lands under Israel's control, including the state of Israel, but the declaration has gotten very little attention in the U.S. The media, politicians and liberal Zionist organizations have all sidestepped it because it contradicts the idea that Israel is a Jewish "democracy" — and the occupation is something bad going on in a different land.

B'Tselem's finding is the latest in the "mounting recognition" of a reality: Israel and Palestine are one entity, with more than 680,000 Jewish settlers living in what was supposed to be a Palestinian state, and almost all Israel's political leaders are fine with the arrangement. So we are past the era of a two-state outcome and seeing an active struggle for equal rights.

Attention

Project Veritas busts CNN director admitting coverage of black-on-Asian hate crimes would 'set back' BLM movement

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CNN technical director Charles Chester was caught on camera by Project Veritas stating that CNN tailors its reporting to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I was trying to do some research on like the Asian hate, like the people are getting attacked and whatnot. A bunch of black men that have been attacking Asians," Chester said. "I'm like 'what are you doing?' Like we're trying to like help like with the BLM."

Chester stated that reporting on crimes against Asians committed by black people is not good for optics, as it would upset people on the far-left.

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Red Flag

Black Lives Matter rioters demand white people form human shield as they attack police station

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Law enforcement officers stand guard outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department as demonstrators stand on the other side of the fence in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, on April 14, 2021, amid protests over the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright.
Black Lives Matter protesters demanded that white people move to the front of a protest to form a human shield while rioters attempted to break down a fence protecting a Brooklyn Center police station.

"Get the white people to the front!" a protester can be heard screaming in a video shared by independent journalist Andy Ngo on Twitter. "BLM protesters demand that whites be used as human shields as they gather outside the Brooklyn Center police station. They've been trying to break down the fence & are throwing projectiles."


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Reporter Has to Take Shelter in Vehicle While Reporting on Antifa Arriving in Minneapolis

The idea that is Antifa is apparently arriving in the Minneapolis area and, as we all know, they aren't there to peacefully protest. The group is known for destroying property from cars to businesses, and resorting to violence against anyone they believe to be against them.

Their presence was enough that Fox News reporter Mike Tobin was forced to take cover in the safety of a vehicle as police and Antifa began clashing.

According to Fox News, the far-left activist group known for its violence have shown up in droves, forcing one Fox News reporter to relocate to a different part of town and give an update to the Ingraham Angle from inside the vehicle.

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Pistol

No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting of Ashli Babbitt: prosecutors

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The unidentified officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Capitol riot will not be charged for her death.
The US Capitol Police officer who shot and killed rioter Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6 will not face charges for her death — and an investigation into the shooting has been closed, the Department of Justice said Wednesday.

In a news release, the DOJ said the unidentified officer who fired a single shot at Babbitt near the Speaker's Lobby inside the Capitol did so in self-defense and to protect members of Congress.

Investigators also determined Babbitt's civil rights were not violated in the shooting, according to the statement.

Comment: It's funny how the name of the officer who shot Ashli Babbitt is still unidentified, while the officer who shot Daunte Wright had her name released immediately following the incident. It seems that only some police officers need to be protected from public vigilantism.

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Eye 1

Chrystia Freeland's 'epiphany' that COVID-19 is an 'opportunity' — that's pretty dark

Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland
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Canadian Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland.
I really believe COVID-19 has created a window of political opportunity and maybe an epiphany ... on the importance of early learning and childcare.

— Chrystia Freeland, Finance Minister.
Beware of politicians having epiphanies.

It's quite enough to deal with them when their inspirations are earth-bound, but when they start receiving prompts from the celestial world it's time to really start worrying.

Comment: This article comes across as more than a little naïve. The entire 'Covid crisis' was fabricated for the purpose of creating an 'opportunity'; this isn't a case of the elites exploiting a tragedy, but of creating that tragedy in order to push through sweeping societal changes. How far up the ladder this goes (is Freeland in on it?) is hard to say, but there is little doubt that the purpose of the pandemic is exactly the changes we're seeing across the board.

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