Denmark becomes first country in Europe to abandon AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine

Denmark becomes first country in Europe to abandon AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine | 14 April 2021 | Denmark has become the first country in Europe to abandon AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine. The decision was taken due to the vaccine's link with very rare cases of blood clots, the country's health agency said. Søren Brostrøm, director of the agency, said despite the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) favouring the use of the AstraZeneca jab, Denmark's vaccine campaign would continue without it.

Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause to continue as CDC panel postpones decision

Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause to continue as CDC panel postpones decision | 14 April 2021 | An independent advisory group to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday postponed making a recommendation about the continued use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. As a result, the current pause is likely to continue until the panel can gather more evidence about the risk of rare blood clots and the possibility that the shot is responsible. During an emergency meeting, members of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said they did not feel comfortable making a decision about whether to continue vaccinations because there was not enough evidence about the patients who experienced the serious but rare side effects.

NATO to match US troop pullout from Afghanistan

NATO to match US troop pullout from Afghanistan | 13 April 2021 | NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg says the alliance has agreed to withdraw its roughly 7,000 non-American forces from Afghanistan to match Joe Biden's decision to pull all American troops from the country starting on May 1. Stoltenberg said the full withdrawal would be completed "within a few months" but did not mention the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks set as a goal by Biden. There are between 7,000 and 7,500 non-U.S. NATO troops currently in Afghanistan. The U.S. troop presence stands at roughly 2,000. "We now have decided to start with withdrawal of all our NATO troops from Afghanistan starting the first of May," Stoltenberg said Wednesday.

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end 'forever war'

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end 'forever war' | 14 April 2021 | Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war" in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation’s longest war. His plan is to pull out all American forces -- numbering 2,500 now -- by this Sept. 11, the anniversary of the attacks, which were coordinated from Afghanistan... The U.S. cannot continue to pour resources into an intractable war and expect different results, Biden said. The drawdown would begin rather than conclude by May 1, which has been the deadline for full withdrawal under a peace agreement the Trump administration reached with the Taliban last year.

 

Outcry as Video Shows Robodog Patrolling With NYPD

Outcry as Video Shows Robodog Patrolling With NYPD | 14 April 2021 | A new video going viral on Twitter shows a robot police dog patrolling with cops from the New York City police department. The unit, a Spot robodog built by Boston Dynamics, can be seen going for a walk around a public sidewalk, surrounded by several police staff. The sighting was met with outrage, with many bystanders audibly voicing their displeasure with the dystopian "Black Mirror"-like appearance. "I ain't never seen nothing like this in my life," the person filming the video can be heard saying.

Racist messages sent to students of colour revealed to be hoax

Racist messages sent to students of colour revealed to be hoax --Threatening and racist social media post targeting students of colour in a Minnesota school district were revealed to be a hoax | 14 April 2021 Threatening and racist social media posts targeting students of colour in a Minnesota school district were revealed to be a hoax, KSTP reports. Superintendent of White Beak Lake Area Schools Wayne Kazmierczak said that a student confessed to sending messages on a fake Instagram account they created... Messages from the student led to White Bear Lake High School South Campus students walking out in protest.

No charges for Capitol police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during January 6 protests

No charges for Capitol police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt during January 6 protests | 14 April 2021 | Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Authorities had considered for months whether criminal charges were appropriate for the Capitol Police officer who fatally shot Ashli Babbitt, 35, an Air Force veteran from San Diego. The Justice Department's decision, though expected, officially closes the investigation.

Daunte Wright shooting: Ex-Minnesota police officer Kim Potter to be charged with second-degree manslaughter

Daunte Wright shooting: Ex-Minnesota police officer Kim Potter to be charged with second-degree manslaughter --Potter was arrested Wednesday morning by Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents | 14 April 2021 | Local prosecutors in Minnesota on Wednesday are expected to charge former Brooklyn Center Police Officer Kim Potter with second-degree manslaughter in the death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, as civil unrest has persisted for three consecutive nights, with demonstrations spilling into Minneapolis. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput is expected to announce the second-degree manslaughter charge later Wednesday. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, according to The Associated Press. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, KSTP and Minnesota Public Radio reported Orput's expected charging announcement.

Government to spend $352 per night on hotel beds for 80,000 migrant families

Government to spend $352 per night on hotel beds for 80,000 migrant families | April 13, 2021 | The U.S. government is spending $352.64 per hotel bed per day to house the 80,000 migrant families that it anticipates will come across the border between now and September, according to a federal document obtained by the Washington Examiner. That daily rate is going to add up quickly and eventually reach $86,947,271.04, the amount of the contract that the Biden administration awarded to a nonprofit group last month on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Exactly 1,239 beds at seven hotels located in Arizona and Texas have been rented out for 199 days, or six and a half months.

CNN Director Admits Network Ran 'Propaganda' to Get Trump 'Voted Out'

CNN Director Admits Network Ran 'Propaganda' to Get Trump 'Voted Out' | 13 April 2021 | In the latest Project Veritas sting video, CNN Technical Director Charlie Chester admits that his network used "propaganda" in an effort to ensure that President Donald Trump lost the 2020 election. Chester takes credit for Trump’s loss and confesses that the network created at least one story that was "all speculation" in order to defeat the president. He also says that as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic tapers off, CNN plans to "milk" climate alarmism for all it's worth. "Look what we did, we [CNN] got Trump out. I am 100% going to say it, and I 100% believe that if it wasn't for CNN, I don’t know that Trump would have got voted out," Chester tells the Project Veritas undercover journalist in the sting video.

Pentagon Halts Usage of COVID-19 Vaccine on Military - Official

Pentagon Halts Usage of COVID-19 Vaccine on Military - Official | 13 April 2021 | The Department of Defense (DOD) said it is halting the administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to military members after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommended the move, citing rare blood clots. "At the recommendation of the FDA and CDC, the Department of Defense is immediately pausing the use of the J&J vaccine," DOD press secretary John Kirby said in a statement on Tuesday. A number of states have halted using the J&J vaccine against the coronavirus after the CDC and FDA recommendations earlier in the day.

Daunte Wright was facing attempted-robbery case when killed by cop

Daunte Wright was facing attempted-robbery case when killed by cop | 13 April 2021 | Daunte Wright had an open warrant related to an armed-robbery case against him when he was shot dead Sunday by a cop who claimed she thought she was firing her Taser, court records show. Wright, 20, and another man had been charged with first-degree attempted aggravated robbery in December 2019 for allegedly trying to steal $820 from a woman at gunpoint, according to Hennepin County District Court documents. The pair had crashed at the victim’s home in the city of Osseo after attending a party there - then demanded money the next morning while flashing a gun, authorities said in court papers. "Give me the f-king money -- I'm not playing around," Wright told the woman, according to prosecutors.

CNN staffer admits network hyping Matt Gaetz coverage because rep is 'problem for the Democratic Party'

CNN staffer admits network hyping Matt Gaetz coverage because rep is 'problem for the Democratic Party' --'That's propaganda because it's helping us in some way', technical director Charles Chester tells reporter | 13 April 2021 | A CNN staffer has admitted to an undercover journalist that his network has been deploying "propaganda" in an effort to damage Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla. In another damning clip released by the right-wing guerilla news outlet Project Veritas, technical director Charles Chester was asked if CNN uses "propaganda" on-air. "I don't know. I- yeah," Chester responded after initially struggled to answer the question. When he was asked to explain how CNN uses "propaganda," Chester cited the scandals plaguing the GOP congressman, which had surfaced just days prior.

Fukushima: Japan to release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water into sea

Fukushima: Japan to release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water into sea | 13 April 2021 | Japan will release more than one million tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. The decision, long-speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came at a meeting of Cabinet ministers who endorsed the ocean release as the best option. The move is being fiercely opposed by Japan's neighbours - with China's foreign ministry calling the plan "extremely irresponsible". In a statement on its website, the foreign ministry added that the move will "seriously damage international public health and safety, and the vital interests of people in neighbouring countries".

CDC probing death of woman who got Johnson & Johnson vaccine

CDC probing death of woman who got Johnson & Johnson vaccine | 13 April 2021 | The CDC is examining the case of a woman who died after getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, a report said Tuesday. The 45-year-old woman from Virginia had gotten the shot early last month, then went to the hospital two weeks later, on March 17, with a severe headache and bleeding on the brain, The Virginia-Pilot said, citing data from a federally run Web site that monitors adverse vaccine reactions. The victim was intubated and died the next day, according to the FDA and CDC's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, the outlet said.

CA podcaster gets visit from police after 'lightly' criticizing AOC on Twitter

CA podcaster gets visit from police after 'lightly' criticizing AOC on Twitter | 12 April 2021 | A left-wing, anti-war activist says he was left "shaken" after two police officers came to his apartment in California last week, accusing him of threatening Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter. Ryan Wentz, who goes by the Twitter handle @queeralamode, said the plainclothes California Highway Patrol officers came to his door Thursday, after he posted video of some vague remarks made by Ocasio-Cortez on Israel and Palestine and criticized her comments as "incredibly underwhelming." "I lightly criticized @AOC for a disappointing answer in response to a question about Palestine/Israel," Wentz tweeted. As a result, he said, police arrived at his address.

Wesleyan University to require COVID-19 vaccine before students arrive in the fall, first Connecticut school to do so

Wesleyan University to require COVID-19 vaccine before students arrive in the fall, first Connecticut school to do so | 12 April 2021 | Wesleyan University in Middletown will require all students to receive a [risky] coronavirus vaccine before arriving to campus in the fall, making it the first school in Connecticut to do so. "Every student (with the exception of those who have approved medical or religious exemptions) will need to verify with the University that they are fully vaccinated prior to their arrival,” school officials said in a statement Monday evening. Staff and faculty are “highly encouraged” to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

Oligarchy: Over 100 Wall Street Titans Conspire Anonymously to Undermine Electoral Reform Laws

Oligarchy: Over 100 Wall Street Titans Conspire Anonymously to Undermine Electoral Reform Laws | 12 April 2021 | Over 100 Wall Street corporate chieftains met in a private meeting recently to discuss collusion possibilities after the passage of electoral reform in several states, including Georgia. The corporate elite is striking back, exerting their vast economic privilege to punish the people and undermine the political process. It is clear they do not want a non-globalist to ever be elected president again. The Wall Street tycoons have cravenly refused to list their identities, as they understand that opposing voter security may have negative consequences in the marketplace.

Man in hospital with COVID after being fully vaccinated

Man in hospital with COVID after being fully vaccinated | 12 April 2021 | A New Jersey man is in the hospital with COVID-19 -- just five weeks after being vaccinated. Francisco Cosme, 52, was ecstatic when he booked an appointment for the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Javits Center on March 6. After Cosme was vaccinated, he continued to wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines but he became "very confused and began doing things that were not normal," his daughter, Michelle Torres, told The Post. "April 1 was the very first day he started to have symptoms," Torres said. "He had a cough, fever, chills, everything."

Blood clots in Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine recipients under investigation

Blood clots in Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine recipients under investigation | 10 April 2021 | A European drug regulator is reviewing blood clots among four people in the United States who received Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine, according to a report. The European Medicines Agency said three serious cases of clotting and low platelets occurred in the US during the rollout of J&J's vaccine from its Janssen unit and that one person died from a clotting disorder reported during a clinical trial. The EMA's report is the first to mention a probe of blood clots associated with the J&J vaccine.

Student government bill wants students to have power to punish professors found guilty of oppression

Insane in the membrane: Student government bill wants students to have power to punish professors found guilty of oppression | 12 April 2021 | Proposes jury system to deal with 'faculty misconduct' A member of the University of Washington Student Senate has introduced a resolution to create a system for students and staff to serve on a jury to resolve "all discrimination accusations and charges that violate the University of Washington's mission statement." "Every faculty member I have spoken to about this is deeply disturbed by the implications of this proposal," Professor Stuart Reges, who teaches at the university, told The College Fix via email. The resolution's sponsor, Michael Saunders, named Reges's conservative writings as one example of "faculty misconduct."

Rand Paul calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant'

Rand Paul calls Fauci a 'petty tyrant' | 12 April 2021 | Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) escalated his feud with the federal government's leading infectious diseases expert on Monday, calling Anthony Fauci a "petty tyrant" for suggesting Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus should not eat or drink indoors. "Fauci continues to ignore 100 years of vaccine science," Paul wrote in a tweet Monday morning. "His only real theme is 'do what I say' even when it makes no sense." Americans who have recovered from or been vaccinated against the coronavirus should "go about your life," Paul said. "Eat, drink, work, open the schools. Enough with the petty tyrants!" [Exactly!]

Israel COVID-19 study finds South Africa variant able to 'break through' Pfizer vaccine

Israel COVID-19 study finds South Africa variant able to 'break through' Pfizer vaccine --South Africa variant proved to be eight times more prevalent among tested patients | 11 April 2021 | A new study from Israel indicates the South Africa variant of the coronavirus can "break through" the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine to some degree. A team from Tel Aviv University and Clalit Health Services found that the prevalence of the South Africa variant among patients who received both doses of the vaccine was around eight times higher than those unvaccinated -- 5.4% versus 0.7%. The study compared over 400 people who received at least one shot of the vaccine and contracted the coronavirus with the same number who were infected and unvaccinated.

Virus Variant Affects Vaccinated People More Than Unvaccinated People - Study

Virus Variant Affects Vaccinated People More Than Unvaccinated People - Study | 12 April 2021 | A study from Tel Aviv University found that a South African variant of the China virus affects people vaccinated with the Pfizer shot more than unvaccinated people. The study, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, indicated that the B.1.351 variant of the virus was found eight times more in individuals who were vaccinated--or 5.4 percent against 0.7 percent--against those who were not vaccinated... "We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group," said Adi Stern of Tel Aviv University. "This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine's protection."

Canadian Liberal wants a ban on 'hurtful' online words against politicians

Canadian Liberal wants a ban on 'hurtful' online words against politicians --A censorship filter for the protected class. | 10 April 2021 | A Liberal Canadian politician has suggested the banning of "hurtful" language against politicians online. The provision is going to be included in the upcoming internet censorship bill, to be discussed in parliament in the next few weeks. Steven Guilbeault, a Liberal member of parliament representing the Laurier-Sainte-Marie federal district in Montreal, has been the subject of controversy severally for favoring internet censorship. Now, he is suggesting that the government should ban the use of hurtful language against politicians. As reported by Blackclock, he discussed the issue in a recent podcast, saying "we have seen too many examples of public officials retreating from public service due to the hateful online content targeted towards themselves."

'Woke imperialism strikes again': CNN faces backlash after it defends keeping US troops in Afghanistan by citing women's rights

'Woke imperialism strikes again': CNN faces backlash after it defends keeping US troops in Afghanistan by citing women's rights | 11 April 2021 | An attempt by CNN to rally against the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on the pretext of protecting women's rights there has drawn pushback, with netizens criticizing the notion as driven by an imperialist agenda. "Concerns mount that US withdrawal from Afghanistan could risk progress on women's rights," read the headline on the article published by the cable news channel on Saturday. Citing a chorus of Democratic and Republican lawmakers as well as several Afghan officials, the piece makes a case for keeping American troops in the war-ravaged country until "the conditions on the ground are right – regardless of the date on the calendar." Noting that US President Joe Biden signaled that the May 1 deadline for the troop pullout will unlikely be met, CNN argues "a precipitous withdrawal" would have spelled doom for "hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan."

Trump rips McConnell in speech to Republicans

Trump rips McConnell in speech to Republicans | 11 April 2021 | Former President Trump reportedly tore into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell during a gathering Saturday evening, condemning the Kentucky Republican for not doing more to overturn the results of the 2020 election. According to The Washington Post, Trump referred to McConnell as a "dumb son of a bitch" [truer words never spoken] during a speech to members of the Republican National Committee (RNC) at the former president's private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and suggested Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) would have fought for Trump if they were in the same party. "If that were Schumer instead of this dumb son of a bitch Mitch McConnell, they would never allow it to happen. They would have fought it," Trump told the assembled RNC members, according to the Post.

New West Virginia Law Removes Sales Tax on Guns, Ammo

New West Virginia Law Removes Sales Tax on Guns, Ammo | 09 April 2021 | While California Democrats are looking to jack up the taxes on guns and ammunition in their latest attempt to punish those exercising their Second Amendment rights, the Republicans in charge of the West Virginia legislature are moving in the opposite direction. On Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice signed H.R. 2499 into law, which will remove the state’s sales tax on firearms and ammunition starting on July 1st. Del. Gary Howell, the primary sponsor of the bill, tells Bearing Arms that in addition to scrapping the sales tax on firearms and ammunition, the legislation also offers important tax credits to manufacturers, making the state an even friendlier home to the firearms industry.

Rep. Lee Zeldin announces NY gubernatorial run in 2022

Rep. Lee Zeldin announces NY gubernatorial run in 2022 | 08 April 2021 | Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-1st District) confirmed Thursday that he will run for governor of New York in 2022. The four-term congressman announced the decision after spending the past few weeks talking with Republican leaders across the state. Zeldin has called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign following claims of sexual harassment from multiple women. He also has criticized the governor's handling of data involving pandemic-related nursing home deaths.

Only Vaccinated Persons Can Board Evacuation Vessels to Leave Island Volcano - St. Vincent PM

Only Vaccinated Persons Can Board Evacuation Vessels to Leave Island Volcano - St. Vincent PM | 11 April 2021 | After a massive 6 mile-high eruption of ashes from the Soufriere volcano frightened the residents of Saint Vincent, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said that only those who have been vaccinated for COVID-19 could board the cruise ships evacuating people off the island. "The chief medical officer would be identifying the persons already vaccinated so that we can get them on the ship," Gonsalves told reporters. He then explained that there were not enough personnel operating the ships to retain evacuees on them; they can only transport passengers. "Those that are vaccinated, [the chief medical officer] can get them going on the vessel," the prime minister said.

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