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Australia to keep borders locked down till 'second half of the year', 30,000 stranded outside of country

Australia to keep borders locked down till 'second half of the year', 30,000 stranded outside of country

Scott Morrison says Australia is in "no hurry" to reopen international borders, but vaccinated Australians may be able to travel for "essential" purposes in the second half of the year, with the possibility of quarantining at home on return. Comment: One wonders what say Australians have had in this decision? Just days after saying Australia would "have to get used to dealing with 1,000 cases a week or more" if the international border restrictions were lifted, the prime minister said on Sunday there was no rush to reopen Australia to the world. One of the early questions has been whether vaccinated Australians may be able to undertake quarantine at home, rather through the state hotel quarantine program.

Feeling hungry all the time? Study confirms link to blood glucose levels

Feeling hungry all the time? Study confirms link to blood glucose levels

The interplay between blood sugar and appetite appears to be more complex than scientists realized, with new research showing that glucose levels in the blood even several hours after eating can still have a pronounced effect on how hungry people get later in the day. Specifically, the new findings reveal that some people are prone to experiencing 'sugar dips' up to four hours after eating their last meal - a delayed glycemic response that turns out to be a more accurate indicator of appetite (and energy consumption) than glucose levels following meals. "It has long been suspected that blood sugar levels play an important role in controlling hunger, but the results from previous studies have been inconclusive," says nutrition scientist Sarah Berry from King's College London.

BEST OF THE WEB: Covid passports 'most dangerous policy proposal ever made' - UK's church leaders warn PM in open letter

BEST OF THE WEB: Covid passports 'most dangerous policy proposal ever made' - UK's church leaders warn PM in open letter

More than 1,200 church leaders have urged PM Boris Johnson not to introduce Covid vaccine certificates, saying they are an "unethical form of coercion". In an open letter, the leaders - who include Anglican and Catholic ministers - warn passports could create a "surveillance state". The government says it is reviewing whether to use vaccine certificates and "no decisions have been taken". The UK equality watchdog says passports could create a "two-tier society".

Fauci blasted for criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions and deeming gun violence 'public health issue'

Fauci blasted for criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions and deeming gun violence 'public health issue'

White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almost doesn't make any sense," he told CNN on Sunday.

California Mayor who called for "defunding the police" arrested for child sex crimes

California Mayor who called for "defunding the police" arrested for child sex crimes

The former mayor of Sebastopol, Cal., a progressive Democrat who voiced support for Black Lives Matter rioters and defunding police, was arrested Saturday morning over multiple felony child sex crimes. Sebastopol Police booked 44-year-old Robert Emmanuel Jacob on 11 felony counts related to sex crimes against minors. The court records for Robert Emmanuel Jacob list one count for sexual penetration with a child under 16 years-old, five counts of lewd acts with a child age 14 or 15 being 10 or more years older than the minor and two counts of coming into the possession of a child younger than 16 for lewd or lascivious acts.

'Consensual incest' should be decriminalized, advocates say

'Consensual incest' should be decriminalized, advocates say

Consensual incest advocates are rooting for an anonymous New York parent who wants to marry their own adult child. Australian Richard Morris, who is pushing to change incest laws in about 60 countries, said he supports the legal push in Manhattan Federal Court and that such behavior between consenting adults "should not be criminalized." He and other advocates have launched about 130 petitions, mostly on change.org, seeking to change incest laws around the world. Most have received little support.

BEST OF THE WEB: Coroner strongly questions number of deaths reported by Irish government

BEST OF THE WEB: Coroner strongly questions number of deaths reported by Irish government

Mayo coroner Patrick O'Connor said that Ireland's daily figures do not have a "scientific basis" and said that he questioned the accuracy of NPHET's reporting. A Mayo coroner has disputed the number of deaths reported by Ireland's National Public Health Emergency Team during the last year of the pandemic, claiming that the daily figures may be "inaccurate". Patrick O'Connor, a solicitor and coroner based in Mayo, said that Ireland's daily reported coronavirus deaths "do not have a scientific basis".

Suspect tossed chemicals, Molotov cocktail at NYPD following traffic stop: cops

Suspect tossed chemicals, Molotov cocktail at NYPD following traffic stop: cops

An unhinged motorist threw a caustic chemical at an NYPD officer during a traffic stop Saturday morning in Brooklyn — and then hurled a lit Molotov cocktail at another cop who stopped him when he tried to escape, police said. The terrifying episode unfolded shortly before 8 a.m. at Clarendon Road and East 45th Street in East Flatbush, when cops stopped a 44-year-old man who was driving a gray 2000 Lincoln Town Car, police said. When one of the officers approached the driver's side door, the man threw the contents of a cup holding a "caustic liquid substance" in the cop's face, and then sped off, police said.

Head of NYC's exclusive Dalton School to leave amid angst over 'anti-racism' initiatives

Head of NYC's exclusive Dalton School to leave amid angst over 'anti-racism' initiatives

The head of one of Manhattan's swankiest private schools will be exiting his position at the end of the school year. Jim Best, who's run the Dalton School for 16 years, said he would be looking at "other exciting and inspiring opportunities," the New York Post reports. His departure comes amid "an internal war" over the school's critical race theory-based anti-racism initiatives.

Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. And so on.

Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength. And so on.

So, remember that interview I did with Gunnar Kaiser, which I sent out a link to on April 9, and urged people to watch it before YouTube censored it completely? Well, guess what ... no sooner had YouTube finally removed its punitive ban on KaiserTV from uploading new content — whereupon Gunnar Kaiser, naturally, uploaded the interview — than YouTube promptly censored the interview on the grounds that it contains "medical misinformation." Of course, the interview contains no medical information at all. Gunnar Kaiser and I are authors, not doctors or medical experts, nor do we purport to be. The interview is simply two writers sitting in an empty bar in Berlin discussing the "New Normal," global capitalism, totalitarianism, cults, my novel, life in Germany at the moment, and so on. Apparently, however, our views now qualify as dangerous "medical misinformation," which needs to be censored by powerful multinational corporations like Google LLC, which owns YouTube, and controls which...

Gates unhinged: Dystopian vision for the future of food

Gates unhinged: Dystopian vision for the future of food

We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agrifood chain. The high-tech/data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose a certain type of agriculture and food production on the world. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also involved (documented in the recent report 'Gates to a Global Empire' by Navdanya International), whether through buying up huge tracts of farmland, promoting a much-heralded (but failed) 'green revolution' for Africa, pushing biosynthetic food and new genetic engineering technologies or more generally facilitating the aims of the mega agrifood corporations. Of course, those involved in this portray what they are doing as some kind of humanitarian endeavour - saving the planet with 'climate-friendly solutions', helping farmers or feeding the world. This is how many of them...

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs of volcanic cooling

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Signs of volcanic cooling

More volcanoes continue to erupt across the planet this week and some direct results are being seen in real time. Australis snow begins two months early, Hawaii Island peaks covered n snow again, global surface temperatures are below the 30 year average, even after recalibrating to 1991-2020 averages through the warmest years. One thing that is not true is the refreezing of the SonhHua river in N. China, its just melting ice flow.

Ontario walks back new pandemic police powers following widespread backlash

Ontario walks back new pandemic police powers following widespread backlash

Ontario reversed course on sweeping new police powers Saturday, just one day after Premier Doug Ford announced the measures that triggered a swift and furious backlash. Officers will no longer have the right to stop any pedestrian or driver to ask why they're out or request their home address, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said in a written statement on Saturday evening. Instead, she said, police will only be able to stop people who they have reason to believe are participating in an "organized public event or social gathering." As the number of people infected with COVID-19 in hospital reached record levels, Ford tweeted that another of the measures would also be reversed. "Ontario's enhanced restrictions were always intended to stop large gatherings where spread can happen," Ford said. "Our regulations will be amended to allow playgrounds, but gatherings outside will still be enforced."

Taiwan struck by M6.2 and M5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart

Taiwan struck by M6.2 and M5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart

East Taiwan was struck by magnitude 6.2 and 5.8 earthquakes three minutes apart on Sunday evening (April 18), according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB). The first earthquake, a magnitude 5.8, struck at 10:11 p.m. and was 19.2 kilometers southwest of Hualien County Hall, at a shallow focal depth of 15 kilometers. Taiwan uses an intensity scale of one to seven that gauges the degree to which a quake is felt at a specific location. The quake's intensity registered as a five in Hualien County, a four in Nantou County, Yilan County, and Changhua County, and a three in Taichung County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Miaoli County, and New Taipei City, An intensity level of two was recorded in Taoyuan County, Hsinchu County, Kaohsiung City, Hsinchu City, Chiayi City, Taipei City, Tainan City, and Pingtung County, while a lesser intensity of one was felt in Keelung City and Penghu County.

Russians say LMAO after Salisbury poisoning suspects linked to explosion at Czech ammo depot: 'Did they shake Biden's stairs too?'

Russians say LMAO after Salisbury poisoning suspects linked to explosion at Czech ammo depot: 'Did they shake Biden's stairs too?'

A wave of ridicule was unleashed on Russian social media after the Czech police identified two suspects, who appeared to be related to a 2014 blast. They are the same people the UK accused of the high-profile Skripal poisoning. A diplomatic scandal rocked Russian-Czech relations this weekend just before a scheduled visit to Moscow by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Hamacek. Prague expelled 18 Russian diplomats and accused Moscow of sending intelligence agents to blow up a munitions depot a few years ago. The news would have been received with much less amusement in Russia, were it not for the alleged identity of the suspected saboteurs. While the Czech police did not directly mention the 2014 explosion, they named the region where it took place - and pointed the finger at the same people, who already stand accused by Britain of going after Russian double agent Sergei Skripal, who was poisoned in Salisbury in 2018. Best known as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, they are said to be...

Daunte Wright had a warrant out for his arrest when he was killed

Daunte Wright had a warrant out for his arrest when he was killed

Daunte Wright choked a woman and threatened to shoot her if she did not hand over $820 she had stuffed in her bra, court papers obtained by DailyMail.com allege. Wright was shot and killed by police officer Kimberly Potter in Minnesota on Sunday, leading to days of unrest. Court records also show that a warrant was out for Wright's arrest after he missed a court appearance on separate firearms charges at the time he was killed. And online speculation that he did not know there was a warrant out for his arrest is false, DailyMail.com has learned. A letter returned to the court for having a wrong address was giving notice of a court date in August and had nothing to do with the warrant. Wright, 20, was shot dead in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota on Sunday by Potter, 48, a 26-year veteran in the Brooklyn Center Police Department.

Grayzone's Aaron Maté debunks OPCW's Syria lies and confronts US, UK on cover-up in UN presentation

Grayzone's Aaron Maté debunks OPCW's Syria lies and confronts US, UK on cover-up in UN presentation

In remarks to the UN Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone debunks the OPCW's lies about its Syria cover-up scandal and challenges the US and UK on their role. Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone takes apart the OPCW's excuses for refusing to address the organization's Syria cover-up scandal. OPCW inspectors found no evidence to support allegations of a Syrian government chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. But their findings were suppressed, and the team was sidelined.

BEST OF THE WEB: Irish govt goes 'full Covid', deploys military to force int'l arrivals into 'quarantine centers' for 2 weeks

BEST OF THE WEB: Irish govt goes 'full Covid', deploys military to force int'l arrivals into 'quarantine centers' for 2 weeks

Comment: The kicker is that they make YOU pay for it... Brussels has urged Ireland to consider easing tough restrictions that require many EU travelers to enter a minimum 10-day hotel quarantine. The European Commission on Friday sent a letter to Ireland, voicing concern about a mandatory hotel quarantine regime for coronavirus for travelers from some member states. Five EU countries — Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg — are on a list of countries from which travelers must pay almost 2,000 euros to quarantine for up to 14 days in secure hotels. Spokesman Christian Wigand told journalists the issue raised "concerns" under principles of EU law when it came to proportionality and non-discrimination amid the pandemic. "The commission believes that the objective pursued by Ireland, which is the protection of public health during the pandemic, could be achieved by less restrictive measures," Wigand said. The letter asked for "clarifications on this matter and on the criteria...

Sweden's Professor Johan Giesecke, epidemiologist: "I think I got most things right, actually"

Sweden's Professor Johan Giesecke, epidemiologist: "I think I got most things right, actually"

Johan Giesecke, an advisor to the Director General of the WHO, former Chief Scientist of the EU Centre for Disease Control, and former state epidemiologist of Sweden, returned to UnHerd yesterday to resume his discussion with editor Freddie Sayers, adjourned a year ago. He was one of the first major figures to come out against lockdowns last spring, saying they are not evidence-based, the correct policy is to protect the old and the frail only, and the Imperial College modelling was "not very good". While he admits he made some mistakes, he believes that history will judge him kindly, and says: "I think I got most of the things right, actually." He gives a solid defence of the outcome in Sweden, ably batting away the "neighbour argument" that says Sweden failed because Norway and Finland did better.

Iran, Saudi Arabia reportedly in direct talks to mend frayed ties

Iran, Saudi Arabia reportedly in direct talks to mend frayed ties

Riyadh broke off diplomatic relations with Tehran in 2016 after its diplomatic facilities were attacked by Iranians protesting against the execution of a famous Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia. Senior Saudi and Iranian officials are in direct talks to resuscitate relations between Riyadh and Tehran, the UK newspaper Financial Times (FT) has cited unnamed sources as saying. According to FT, the talks are seen as "the first significant political discussions between the two nations" since the 2016 break-up of bilateral ties, and they come amid US President Joe Biden's efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Follow the money - Has the Federal Reserve kept 2 sets of books for the last 50 years?

Follow the money - Has the Federal Reserve kept 2 sets of books for the last 50 years?

A new take on the closing of the gold window (at least new to video), and just in time for the 50th anniversary of that fated day... This episode of Mafiacracy Now shows that the Federal Reserve opened itself up to a massive blast of transparency the very minute it started selling cash and reserves not backed by gold (or anything else of value that the Fed can't freely generate) back in 1971. The video leverages a recent law review article from an international team of prestigious legal scholars (and a lone economist), which makes the highly compelling case that once the gold window closed, cash and reserves alike ceased to qualify as liabilities — undercutting every central bank balance sheet in the west. And since those balance sheets have been absolutely larded with sovereign debt for the last year — actually, let's make that "alleged debt" since it has no legal validity in the first place, not when the underlying liabilities fail to qualify legally as liabilities — the public...

Scottish police recording male rape suspects as female if they say they're female, FOIA reveals

Scottish police recording male rape suspects as female if they say they're female, FOIA reveals

Transgender women suspected of sexual crimes are recorded as female by Police Scotland, even if they didn't legally change their sex. Critics say the practice deceives the public about crime prevalence. As the Scottish government is considering ways to make it easier than ever for people to change their legal sex, skeptics say the drive to embrace trans rights is often going in the wrong direction. One latest example is the way Police Scotland records suspects' self-identified gender rather than biological sex, even when the alleged crime in question is rape. UK law defines rape as penetration of the vagina, anus or month with a penis without the victim's consent. When such an act is committed or attempted by "a male who self-identifies as a woman," Police Scotland would register this as a rape or attempted rape, but the alleged perpetrator would be "recorded as a female on relevant police systems." The law enforcement agency said this in response to a Freedom of Information Act...

Unused Covid vaccines piling up across US as those rejecting offer increase - Bloomberg

Unused Covid vaccines piling up across US as those rejecting offer increase - Bloomberg

Many U.S. states and cities have a growing surplus of Covid-19 vaccines, a sign that in some places demand is slowing before a large percentage of the population has been inoculated, according to an analysis by Bloomberg News. The data indicate as many as one in three doses are unused in some states. Appointments for shots often go untaken, with few people signing up. Bloomberg analyzed state and U.S. data from Monday, providing a snapshot of vaccine use before Johnson & Johnson shelved millions of shots pending federal health officials' investigation into rare cases of blood clots. That pause will likely cause the number of unused shots to fluctuate, but will little change the comparisons of states. Comment: The EU's AstraZeneca vaccine was also suspended in numerous countries after causing life-threatening bloodclots.

CBS News slammed for cropping bodycam footage to hide Adam Toledo holding gun before fatal shooting

CBS News slammed for cropping bodycam footage to hide Adam Toledo holding gun before fatal shooting

CBS News is facing heat over a video the network shared on Twitter Thursday that critics say crops out a critical part of body camera footage showing the police chase that led to 13-year-old Adam Toledo's death in Chicago last month. Extremely graphic footage shows a Chicago police officer pulling up to a location on the city's West Side on March 29 and immediately encountering two people, one of whom appears to be Toledo, running away from the area. Toledo stops for a moment before he turns toward the officer, at which point the cop tells him to, "Show me your f------ hands." Toledo appears to have his hands up when he is shot once in the chest. He ultimately died from his injuries. Also shown in the footage is a brief glimpse of Toledo holding a gun, which he apparently discarded an instant before the fatal shot was fired.

The amazing 'fireballs' over North Wales which have left plenty of people puzzled

The amazing 'fireballs' over North Wales which have left plenty of people puzzled

The fireball effect was seen by people from different parts of the coast and could be seen clearer in some places People in North Wales have captured this amazing "fireball" effect on camera after spotting the phenomenon in the sky. Many thought it looked like a comet or solar flare, while others speculated that it might have been visitors from another planet. Ray Worsnop, a freelance photographer, was able to photograph the phenomenon from his home in Rhyl and posted it on social media. He wrote: "HELP. Did anyone else witness this as the Sun was setting tonight 16th April 2021? Can anyone explain this please?"

Flash floods in Mauritius after 15.7 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Flash floods in Mauritius after 15.7 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Local media reported heavy rainfall and flash flooding in south-eastern parts of Mauritius 15 to 16 April 2021. Nine people were rescued and evacuated from flooded areas of Bambous Virieux. A bus carrying schoolchildren trapped by the rising waters in Bambous Virieux had to be helped to safety by the police. Local observers, Météo et Cyclone Maurice, reported 408mm of rain fell at Plaisance in southern Mauritius on 16 April 2021. This amount corresponds to twice the average monthly rainfall for April at this location. Around 200mm of the total fell in just a few hours (around 04:00 to 10:00) early on 16 April.

Flash floods in Singapore after 6 inches of rain in 3 hours - 91% of average April rainfall

Flash floods in Singapore after 6 inches of rain in 3 hours - 91% of average April rainfall

PUB, Singapore's National Water Agency, reported flash flooding in areas of the city after heavy rainfall on 17 April 2021. As much as 161.4mm was recorded in western Singapore from 12.25pm to 3.25pm, PUB said. This amount corresponds to 91% of Singapore's average monthly rainfall in April and is among the highest amounts recorded in 40 years. PUB's Quick Response Teams were immediately deployed to the locations above to render assistance to drivers and pedestrians. Water levels exceeded 90% capacity in several drains and canals. PUB issued flood risk warnings for over 20 locations, including Sime Darby Centre, Bukit Timah Canal (Leng Kwang Baptist Church), Ulu Pandan Canal and Sungei Pandan Kechil (NUS and AYE). Fallen trees also caused damage.

Flash floods kill two in northern mountain province of Vietnam

Flash floods kill two in northern mountain province of Vietnam

Flash floods triggered by heavy rains swept through a village in Lao Cai Province early Saturday, killing two people and leaving another missing. The sudden flood at 2 a.m. brought down with it a large volume of rocks and soil as it hit the village in Minh Luong Commune, Van Ban District, damaging 25 houses and five hectares (12.35 acres) of crops. "The entire scene is a mess with soil and rocks entering people's houses, and we are still looking for the missing person," Quang Van Viet, deputy head of the Command for Natural Disaster Prevention and Search and Rescue of Lao Cai Province, said. Lao Cai is home to the resort town of Sa Pa.

Australia dingo attack: toddler airlifted to hospital after being mauled on Fraser Island

Australia dingo attack: toddler airlifted to hospital after being mauled on Fraser Island

Boy, 2, suffers bites to leg, arm, neck and shoulder and lacerations on back of head A two-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after being mauled by a dingo on Fraser Island when he wandered away from a house while his family was asleep on Saturday. The boy suffered wounds to his leg, arm, the base of his neck, his shoulder and also had a laceration at the base of his head, a Fraser Island paramedic said. He was flown to the Bundaberg hospital with his mother. "The child has managed somehow to get out of the house that the family was staying at while other members of the family were ... asleep," said the paramedic, who did not want to be named.

The US has reported at least 45 mass shootings in the last month

The US has reported at least 45 mass shootings in the last month

When eight people died in a mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility Thursday night, the news was compounded by a string of similar incidents that preceded it. Starting on March 16, when eight people were killed at three Atlanta-area spas, the US has had at least 45 mass shootings, according to CNN reporting and an analysis of data from the Gun Violence Archive (GVA), local media, and police reports. The US has seen at least 147 mass shootings in 2021, according to data from the GVA, a non-profit based in Washington. CNN considers an incident to be a mass shooting if four or more people are shot, wounded, or killed, excluding the gunman; so does the GVA. Here are the 45 incidents reported since March 16.

Rep. Betty McCollum leads effort to block Israel from using US Aid to destroy Palestinian homes

Rep. Betty McCollum leads effort to block Israel from using US Aid to destroy Palestinian homes

Since 2015, Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn., has been the leading congressional critic of Israel's military detention of Palestinian children, introducing multiple pieces of legislation that would bar Israel from using U.S. military aid to arrest Palestinian youth. By targeting Israel's detention of Palestinian children — just one aspect of Israel's military occupation, but one that involved a highly vulnerable population — McCollum was attempting to make her bills appeal to the widest swath of Democrats possible. For most others in her party, the check the U.S. wrote to Israel every year was not up for debate. McCollum is now planning to introduce legislation on Thursday that would bar U.S. aid from subsidizing a wider array of Israeli occupation tactics, an indication of just how far the debate over U.S. aid to Israel has come in the past six years. McCollum told The Intercept: "There is nothing out of the ordinary about conditioning aid. ... All taxpayer funds provided by Congress...

White House says Biden will increase refugee cap this year, after Dem fury over original target

White House says Biden will increase refugee cap this year, after Dem fury over original target

The White House on Friday said that President Biden is expected to increase the refugee cap for this fiscal year, just hours after he signed an order that kept it at Trump-era levels and sparked fury from congressional Democrats. "The President's directive today has been the subject of some confusion," White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in an afternoon statement. Former President Donald Trump lowered the refugee cap for FY 2021 to 15,000 -- something the Biden had pledged both during the campaign and his first days in office to raise. Biden had promised to increase the cap to 125,000 for the next fiscal year, which begins in October. He also said he would work with Congress to make a "down payment" on that number. In the meantime, Secretary of State Antony Blinken proposed to Congress lifting the cap to 62,000 for this fiscal year. However, the administration announced Friday that Biden was signing an emergency presidential determination to keep the number at 15,000 while...

Florida Governor DeSantis: Lockdowns were a 'huge mistake'

Florida Governor DeSantis: Lockdowns were a 'huge mistake'

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay-at-home order on April 1 last year, locking down the Sunshine State for 30 days amid global panic about the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus outbreak. Sitting in his office exactly one year later, he told The Epoch Times that the lockdowns were a "huge mistake," including in his own state. "We wanted to mitigate the damage. Now, in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work," DeSantis said. "We shouldn't have gone down that road." Florida's lockdown order was notably less strict than some of the stay-at-home measures imposed in other states. Recreational activities like walking, biking, playing golf, and beachgoing were allowed, while what constituted an "essential business" was broadly defined. "Our economy kept going. It was much different than what you saw in some of those lockdown states." However, the governor now regrets issuing the order at all and is convinced that states that have carried on...

Bill Maher hits Democrats for anti-science COVID-19 beliefs, gets audience to applaud Ron DeSantis

Bill Maher hits Democrats for anti-science COVID-19 beliefs, gets audience to applaud Ron DeSantis

HBO's Real Time host Bill Maher called out the media, health officials, and the government in his closing monologue late Friday, accusing them of taking a "scared straight" approach to informing Americans about COVID-19 instead of simply giving "it to me straight." The liberal Real Time host cited a Dartmouth University study, showing that major media networks in the United States reported nearly 90% bad news. Maher said that, as a result of spin from the media, politicians, and health officials, many Americans have been drastically misinformed about the pandemic and the risks associated with it. After taking a shot at Republicans — saying that one-third of Republicans in a recent poll didn't know that people can spread COVID-19 while asymptomatic — Maher took aim at liberals, whom he referred to jokingly as the "high-information, by-the-science people."

The United States is at risk of an armed anti-police insurgency

The United States is at risk of an armed anti-police insurgency

The killings of African Americans at the hands of police officers has continued unabated in the United States. In the past year, the deaths of Breonna Taylor in her bed and George Floyd by public asphyxiation are two of the most egregious. As the officer who knelt on Floyd's neck was being tried for the killing in court, another officer shot and killed Daunte Wright. Scholarly research has begun to document the traumatic consequences of police killings on African Americans. One study finds the effects on Black males meet the "criteria for trauma exposure," based on the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, used for psychiatric diagnoses. Besides police use of force in North America, one of the trajectories of my research focuses on armed insurgency in sub-Saharan Africa. I am beginning to observe in the U.S. some of the social conditions necessary for the maturation and rise of an armed insurgency. The U.S. is at risk of armed insurgencies...

51 killed in Taiwan's deadliest rail disaster

51 killed in Taiwan's deadliest rail disaster

The crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge scenic area on the first day of a long holiday weekend. A train collided with an unmanned vehicle that had rolled down a hill on Friday in eastern Taiwan, leaving at least 51 people dead and dozens injured in the island's deadliest rail disaster. Some survivors were forced to climb out of windows and walk along the train's roof to safety. The crash occurred near the Toroko Gorge scenic area on the first day of a long holiday weekend when many people were using trains on Taiwan's extensive rail system. The train had been carrying more than 400 people.

Laser to zap space debris, funding for SKA observatory in Australia

Laser to zap space debris, funding for SKA observatory in Australia

Australian National University researchers working with defence technology company EOS have developed lasers to blast space debris out of orbit. Space debris (or "junk") is becoming a serious problem as orbits get more congested with decommissioned space craft and other objects, and new satellites. Debris can smash into assets such as the International Space Station, and even a small object can cause great damage in space. The ANU's "guide star laser" will use adaptive optics to better spot, track, and move space debris. Adaptive optics correct for haziness caused by atmospheric turbulence - the effect that makes stars twinkle. It "untwinkles" them. Lead researcher, ANU professor Celine D'Orgeville, said "removing the twinkle from the stars" cuts through the atmospheric distortion so objects can be seen more clearly. "This includes small, human-made objects - like weather and communications satellites, or space junk," she said. EOS group chief executive officer Ben Greene said EOS...

Why are they targeting AstraZeneca? Study says blood clots as prevalent with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine

Why are they targeting AstraZeneca? Study says blood clots as prevalent with Pfizer and Moderna vaccine

A study by Oxford University found the number of people who receive blood clots after getting vaccinated with a coronavirus vaccine are about the same for those who get Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as they are for the AstraZeneca vaccine that was produced with the university's help. According to the study, 4 in 1 million people experience cerebral venous thrombosis after getting the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, versus 5 in 1 million people for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The risk of getting CVT is much higher for those who get COVID-19 -- 39 in a million patients -- than it is for those who get vaccinated. AstraZeneca's vaccine use has been halted or limited in many countries on blood clot concerns.

'Bullhorn lady' wears hole-filled mask in public: Ordered by judge to explain why she shouldn't be jailed for mocking court order

'Bullhorn lady' wears hole-filled mask in public: Ordered by judge to explain why she shouldn't be jailed for mocking court order

An accused U.S. Capitol rioter known online as "Bullhorn Lady" has been ordered to explain why her pre-trial release shouldn't be revoked after Law&Crime reported that she appeared to have been recorded in a bookstore wearing a mask with holes in it — in possible violation of court-ordered conditions for staying out of jail. As Law&Crime discussed at length on April 9, a since-deleted video posted at the end of March on the Facebook page of Mr. Bookman's — a used book store in Western Pennsylvania — showed an individual who appeared to be Rachel Powell wearing a mesh mask. The problem was that Powell, as a unique condition of her pretrial release, was ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell to "wear a mask whenever she leaves her residence."

Former Italian minister Matteo Salvini to face trial over standoff with migrant rescue ship

Former Italian minister Matteo Salvini to face trial over standoff with migrant rescue ship

A judge in Sicily has ordered the former Italian interior minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial for refusing to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019, keeping the people at sea for days. Judge Lorenzo Iannelli set 15 September as the trial date during a court hearing in Palermo, LaPresse news agency reported. Salvini, who attended the hearing, confirmed the outcome and said he was only doing his job and his duty by refusing entry to the Open Arms rescue ship and the 147 people it had rescued in the Mediterranean Sea. Citing the Italian constitution, Salvini tweeted that defending the country was the "sacred duty" of every Italian. "I'm going on trial for this, for having defended my country?" he said. "I'll go with my head held high, also in your name."

Maxine Waters caught ranting about the Derek Chauvin trial. How is this not inciting violence? How is it not jury intimidation?

Maxine Waters caught ranting about the Derek Chauvin trial. How is this not inciting violence? How is it not jury intimidation?

Watch this clip of Maxine Waters talking about the Derek Chauvin trial. How is this not inciting violence? How is it not jury intimidation? 1 minute How is this not inciting violence? How is it not jury intimidation? Maxine Waters is a sitting U.S. congressperson standing in a city where rioters have assaulted police and burned buildings and businesses to the ground, and she's calling for MORE violence if the Derek Chauvin verdict doesn't come back the way she wants. Incredible privilege this woman enjoys, to be able to talk like that with no repercussions. And the fact that she says George Floyd was a case of first-degree, premeditated murder shows that she has no idea what she's talking about whatsoever. Despicable!

BLM founder calls for abolishing police in all the areas where she doesn't live

BLM founder calls for abolishing police in all the areas where she doesn't live

BLM co-founder and "trained Marxist" Patrisse Cullors has called for defunding the police in response to police shootings. She later clarified, however, that she only supports abolishing police in all the areas where she doesn't live. "The police in my wealthy white area of LA can stay," she said. "And the ones around my home in Atlanta. Also, the ones who protect my other home in Albany. I think I have a fourth house too, but I can't remember where it is. Wherever it is, the police there can stick around as well." According to sources, Cullors needs all these properties for her important work, and to hide from the urban hellscapes where police are being defunded. "I need a lot of houses. All good Marxists have a lot of houses!" said Cullors. Police have assured Cullors that they will remain at full strength in the wealthy, majority-white neighborhoods where she lives. Bernie Sanders reportedly condemned Cullors after finding out she now has more houses than he does.

Taylor's mom rips Louisville BLM chapter as a 'fraud'

Taylor's mom rips Louisville BLM chapter as a 'fraud'

The mom of Breonna Taylor slammed a Black Lives Matter chapter as a "fraud" in a since-removed social media post. "'I have never personally dealt with BLM Louisville and personally have found them to be fraud, (state Rep.) Attica Scott another fraud," Tamika Palmer wrote on Facebook. The post was apparently removed from Facebook early Saturday, though it's unclear why or by whom.

Super Typhoon Surigae brings intense wind, rain battering eastern Philippines - winds peak at 190mph

Super Typhoon Surigae brings intense wind, rain battering eastern Philippines - winds peak at 190mph

Heavy rain and huge waves battered Catbalogan, an eastern Philippine city on Sunday as Super Typhoon Surigae brushed past the country's eastern shores. Video obtained by Reuters showed huge waves battering a seawall in the city, as people huddled under shelter surrounded by floodwater, waiting for the storm to pass in a local market. Super Typhoon Surigae — locally known as Bising — is expected to bring winds of up to 120 kmh (74.5 mph) to parts of the eastern Philippines, but the center of the storm is expected to remain at sea. Winds of up to 215 kmh (133.5 mph) were forecast at the center of the storm, but the typhoon is not expected to make landfall, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Stanford study quietly published at NIH.gov proves face masks are absolutely worthless against Covid

Stanford study quietly published at NIH.gov proves face masks are absolutely worthless against Covid

The diapers most of us are wearing on our face most of the time apparently have no effect at stopping Covid-19. This explains a lot. Did you hear about the peer-reviewed study done by Stanford University that demonstrates beyond a reasonable doubt that face masks have absolutely zero chance of preventing the spread of Covid-19? No? It was posted on the the National Center for Biological Information government website. The NCBI is a branch of the National Institute for Health, so one would think such a study would be widely reported by mainstream media and embraced by the "science-loving" folks in Big Tech. Instead, a DuckDuckGo search reveals it was picked up by ZERO mainstream media outlets and Big Tech tyrants will suspend people who post it, as political strategist Steve Cortes learned the hard way when he posted a Tweet that went against the face mask narrative. The Tweet itself featured a quote and a link that prompted Twitter to suspend his account, potentially indefinitely....

Barack Obama is stepping out of shadows to aid Biden's struggling presidency

Barack Obama is stepping out of shadows to aid Biden's struggling presidency

Former* President Barack Obama is returning to the public limelight to give the Biden administration a much-needed booster. The extremely disconnected and often absent current president, who is constantly stalked by vice president Kamala Harris, shies away from press conferences and avoids unscripted exchanges with reporters, will be getting Obama's star power to rescue a major Biden administration program. On Sunday, Obama will be hitting the airwaves on NBC to plug an hour-long endorsement of the Biden vaccine rollout. It has taken a major hiccup with the "pause" of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was tied to at least six cases of a rare blood-clotting disorder out of 7 million doses. "President Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama will appear in an hour-long NBC special on Sunday aimed at promoting Covid-19 vaccinations as they hope to convince hesitant Americans to get shots," CNN reported. Not only will Obama show up to fill the empty suit that is the current...

Kerry lunges into India with anti-Belt and Road Initiative agenda bringing green suicide for all

Kerry lunges into India with anti-Belt and Road Initiative agenda bringing green suicide for all

Despite the fact that a "Green BRI doppelganger" has been on the books since 2018, the plan was generally acknowledged to be an unworkable green boondoggle and fell out of interest for quite some time. Now it is being revived. As the China-Russian-Iran alliance continues to gain new momentum spreading win-win cooperation and development across Asia, Africa and the World, the dying unipolar system run by detached militarists, financiers and technocrats is doubling down on its weird mix of 1) a "scorched earth" offensive threat to "dissuade" China and Russia from continuing on their current trajectory and 2) a "positive" green game on which nations are invited to tie their destinies as an alternative to China's BRI. Everyone reading this should already be aware of the "scorched earth" Full Spectrum dominance policy targeting Russia and China. However, what is less appreciated even among the most geopolitically savvy anti-imperialists today is what sort of "positive" green game is...

Biden's Russia policy ludicrous, unbelievable, contradictory & unprecedented: First offers Putin summit & then imposes sanctions

Biden's Russia policy ludicrous, unbelievable, contradictory & unprecedented: First offers Putin summit & then imposes sanctions

Just a month ago, US President Joe Biden indicated he believes his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin is a "killer." But on Tuesday, he spoke to the 'killer' by phone and proposed that the pair meet for a face-to-face summit. A few weeks is clearly a long time in politics. So too, it seems, is a couple of days. For on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared that a summit between Biden and Putin would not go ahead in the near future. That does not mean that Moscow has definitively rejected a meeting at some point later, but it is clear that the Kremlin is not inclined to indulge Biden for now. Peskov's statement followed news that the United States was about to unveil a new set of economic sanctions against Russia, including measures to prevent American financial institutions from buying Moscow's sovereign debt. The US also expelled ten Russian diplomats.

Hong Kong billionaire and newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 12 months in prison for role in anti-Beijing protests

Hong Kong billionaire and newspaper tycoon Jimmy Lai gets 12 months in prison for role in anti-Beijing protests

A prominent businessman and media tycoon has been jailed for one year by Chinese authorities for organizing and taking part in the unauthorized demonstrations which swept across Hong Kong in 2019 and 2020. On Friday, Jimmy Lai, a Hong Kong billionaire and media tycoon was sentenced to one year in prison. The 73-year-old was one of nine in court on Friday who received sentences for their roles in an anti-Beijing protest which took place on August 18, 2019. Three of the nine also faced charges relating to a demonstration on August 31. The August 18 protest was one of the largest to rock the former British colony, with an estimated 1.7 million people marching in opposition to a bill which would allow suspects to be extradited to mainland China for trial.

Russia BANS FBI & DNI directors in new tit-for-tat sanctions blacklist, US 'laments' escalation - despite Biden starting it

Russia BANS FBI & DNI directors in new tit-for-tat sanctions blacklist, US 'laments' escalation - despite Biden starting it

Russia is hitting back against US sanctions, banning the entry of a slew of high-ranking officials after Washington banned a list of bigwigs from Moscow - a move that set the tone in relations with the newly elected US president. Among the list of US figures blocked from entering Russia from Friday are FBI Director Christopher Wray, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Nicholas Mayorkas, Attorney General Merrick Garland, Domestic Policy Advisor Susan Rice, and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. Others blocked from the country include Director of Federal Bureau of Prisons Michael Carvajal, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, and former CIA Director James Woolsey.