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CDC reports record high 12-month drug overdose death toll

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Drug overdose deaths in the United States hit a new record for the 12-month period ending March 2021, new government data shows.

A record high 96,779 drug overdose deaths occurred between March 2020 and March 2021, representing a 29.6% rise, new statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics found. The numbers are provisional, and the CDC's estimate for predicted deaths totals more than 99,000 from March 2020 to March 2021, CNN reported.

Regina LaBelle, acting director of the Executive Office of the President Office of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement:
"It is important to remember that behind these devastating numbers are families, friends, and community members who are grieving the loss of loved ones."
The state with the largest increase in overdose deaths (85.1%) during that time was Vermont. Opioids accounted for the highest number of overdose deaths, followed by synthetic opioids, excluding methadone, which was linked to the lowest number of overdose deaths.

Three states saw their number of overdose deaths decline from March 2020 to March 2021: New Hampshire, New Jersey and South Dakota. South Dakota's reported overdose deaths declined by 16.3%, the highest of any state.

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Facebook's secret blacklist is a powerful tool for moderating thought, free speech and projecting US foreign policy globally

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Despite the appearance of conflict between Facebook and the US government, there is an insidious, censorious division of labour between the company and the State Department, enabling both to evade public accountability.

The publication by The Intercept of Facebook's secret blacklist of 'Dangerous Individuals and Organisations' (DIO) it does not allow on its platform - from white supremacists, hate groups, militarised social movements, and alleged terrorists - provides a glimpse into how the social media network moderates content that it asserts could lead to violence offline.

There are two worrying dimensions to this latest revelation. The first is that the list, particularly regarding the terrorism category, is drawn mainly from a sanctions list maintained by the Treasury Department and created by George W. Bush in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks in 2001.

These restrictions can be traced back to 2012, when in the face of growing alarm in Congress and the United Nations about online terrorist recruiting, Facebook added to its 'Community Standards' a ban on "organisations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity." Initially, this was modest. But today, this has morphed into what's known as the DIO policy. This restricts what Facebook's 2.9 billion active global users (not just US citizens) can say about an enormous and ever-growing roster of entities it and the US State Department deem to be beyond the pale.

Facebook is effectively projecting US foreign policy globally. And if that's not worrying enough, this legitimises its growing power to police global free speech - an ability that has no limits because it is beyond public accountability.

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Bullseye

Bow-and-arrow killings in Norway appear to be act of terror, officials say

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Chief of Police Ole B Saeverud
A bow-and-arrow attack in a small town in Norway which left five people dead appears to be a terrorist act, authorities have said.

Police identified the suspect as Espen Andersen Braathen, a 37-year-old Danish citizen, who was arrested on Wednesday night.

Police said the suspect used the bow and arrow and possibly other weapons to randomly target people at a supermarket and other locations in Kongsberg, a town of about 26,000 where he lived, before he was seized by police on the street.

Police said they believe he acted alone.


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Corporate media largely silent as millions protest vaccine mandates worldwide

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When protests in the United States happen that help the establishment in some way, whether by stoking divide or pushing an establishment agenda, corporate media is all over them, bombarding us with news of packed streets. However, when massive crowds take to the streets to have their anti-establishment voices heard, it's crickets on FOXSNBCNN.

Such is the case recently as millions of people across the world have taken to the streets to protest the draconian laws which segregate society and deprive people of their freedoms over their choice in taking a vaccine they may not even need.

Recycle

Two Georgia workers fired after being accused of shredding voting applications

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
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Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger
Two workers in Fulton County, Georgia have been fired after they were accused of shredding hundreds of voter registration applications, spurring Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to call for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation.

"After 20 years of documented failure in Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be," Raffensperger said in a press release Monday. "The Department of Justice needs to take a long look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership disenfranchises Fulton voters through incompetence and malfeasance. The voters of Georgia are sick of Fulton County's failures."

The two unidentified employees are accused of shredding batches of applications the county received instead of properly processing them, according to a release from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barron.

The allegations come just three weeks before Fulton County residents are set to vote in municipal elections, with all of the shredded applications being received in the last two weeks.

The two workers were reported by fellow employees Friday and were terminated later that day.

Comment: Fulton was the center of massive fraud during the 2020 presidential election. They'll just keep doing it, since no one stops them. Despite finding only "widespread mismanagement" and no "systemic fraud", revelations about the last election are still coming out:
A state-appointed monitor chronicled to Raffensperger in a memo 29 pages of irregularities, mismanagement and other problems in the Atlanta vote counting center during last November's election ranging from double scanning of ballots to insecure transportation of ballots and violations of voter privacy.

The monitor, Carter Jones, reported that while he found no systemic fraud, he did find widespread mismanagement. His report spurred Raffensperger to take advantage of a new state election integrity law passed this spring. He recently requested that the State Elections Board take the first step of placing Fulton County in receivership, meaning state officials could manage the county's 2022 and 2024 elections.



Bullseye

Arguing for vax passports and mandates because some schools require polio jabs for kids is infantilizing and dishonest

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Once a "conspiracy theory" denigrated by the mainstream media, vaccine passports are becoming increasingly common in so-called liberal democracies.

Canada, France, New York and San Francisco now require proof of vaccination for entry into restaurants, gyms and other public venues. Similarly, the Biden administration has made increasing vaccination rates a priority, and wants to mandate that all employers operating in the country with more than 100 employees require vaccination as a condition of employment, though no specific executive order has yet followed.

Comment: Well said.


NPC

Transhumanists gather in Spain to plan global transformation

Transhumanists Gather In Spain
TransVision 2021 saw technologists push radical visions for our future. Apparently, the clueless public is to be propagandized — not consulted.

Transhumanism is a futuristic religion that exalts technology as the highest power. The movement's goal is to merge man with machine. Their wildest prophecies seem ridiculous at first, until you consider the dizzying advances in bionics, robotics, neuroprosthetics, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and genetic engineering.

Prominent figures gathered at the TransVision 2021 conference in Madrid over the weekend. Listening to the proceedings online, I heard a broad range of totalizing schemes. There were no Luddites or Amish onstage, but of course, Spain is a long haul for a horse-and-buggy. Besides, no unvaccinated person can legally cross the Spanish border.

Transhumanists hold that the human condition of ignorance, loneliness, sadness, disease, old age, and death can be transcended through improved gadgetry. Many believe tribalism will also be eliminated — perhaps through brain implants — but this elite clique tends to be so convicted, legacy humans will have no say in the matter.

Their radical ideas are hardly marginal. Transhuman values have been implicitly embraced by the world's wealthiest technologists. Consider Bill Gates pushing universal jabs, Jeff Bezos's quest for "life extension," Elon Musk's proposed brain implants, Mark Zuckerberg's forays into the Metaverse, and Eric Schmidt's plans for an American technocracy racing against China.

If Big Tech is the established church, transhumanists are Desert Fathers in the wilderness.

Yellow Vest

Southwest Airlines pilots, staff fly in the face of corporate and government vaccine mandates - and about time, too

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A Soutwest airlines jet come in for a landing at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Southwest Airlines' top brass can deny the massive delays they've been experiencing have anything to do with their insistence staff take Covid shots or lose their job till they are blue in the face... but no one is buying it.

Southwest is experiencing turbulence. Over the weekend, the Texas-based airline canceled over 1,800 flights. Monday was no better: almost 400 more flights were canceled. A corporate spokesman, Alan Kasher, blamed the catastrophic interruption in business on bad weather in Florida and "issues" with air traffic control.

His claim was met with immediate disbelief, as the Federal Aviation Administration countered that no ATC staffing shortages were reported over the weekend, and competitor airlines flying in the same regions only canceled a tiny fraction of their own flights. The real reason for the cancellations is an open secret, despite Kasher's reticence in acknowledging it. Southwest's pilots and crews have been given a vaccine mandate, and they're simply not having it.

Comment: Pilots are required to have mandatory physicals every six months. Their job depend on staying as healthy as possible. With more and more information coming out about the crippling side effects of the covid vaxxes, why would they risk their livelihood? But more importantly, they recognize that no government or employer has the right to force them into an unwanted medical treatment.


Snakes in Suits

Rogan ivermectin podcast fallout: CNN's Don Lemon conducts struggle session with Dr. Sanjay Gupta in bid for damage control

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CNN talking head Don Lemon (L) CNN medical advisor Sanjay Gupta (R)
Following an interview with Joe Rogan that premiered on Wednesday in which Rogan confronted CNN medical expert Sanjay Gupta about CNN's coverage of him taking Ivermectin during his bout of COVID-19, Gupta and CNN host Don Lemon attempted to set the record straight on Ivermectin and its uses.

"He did say something about Ivermectin and that I think wasn't actually correct about CNN and lying, okay? Ivermectin is a drug that is commonly used as a horse dewormer. So it is not a lie to say that the drug is used as a horse dewormer. I think that's important and it is not approved for COVID, correct?" Lemon said.

Yellow Vest

Hundreds blockade Italian ports as mandatory Covid-19 passes come into effect for all workers

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Port workers gather outside the entrance to protest against the implementation of the COVID-19 health pass, the Green Pass, in the workplace, in Genoa, Italy, October 15, 2021.
Hundreds of people have gathered at Italian ports protesting the requirement for all workers to show Covid-19 health passes, which has now come into force. Failure to comply could result in suspension from the workplace and fines.

On Friday, around 300 protesters blockaded an entrance to the port of Genoa in Northwest Italy in opposition to the so-called 'green passes', which require both private and public workers to prove that they are either vaccinated, have tested negative for Covid, or have recently recovered from the virus.

If workers cannot produce a green pass within a grace period of five days, they will be suspended without pay and could face a fine of up to €1,500 ($1,730) should they dare to work on regardless.

Comment: Has a world-wide Covid Pass Rebellion begun?