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Members of Congress are demanding answers from White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci after it came to light that his agency funded experiments that included cutting the vocal cords of beagle puppies to silence their cries.

“We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID),” 24 Republican and Democrat lawmakers said on Thursday in a letter to Fauci. The letter noted that as director of NIAID, Fauci had directed $1.68 million in taxpayer money to fund medical testing on at least 44 beagle puppies in 2018 and 2019.

An invoice sent to NIAID included a line item for “cordectomy,” a procedure in which the animal’s vocal cords were slit “to prevent them from barking, howling or crying,” the letter said.

This cruel procedure, which is opposed with rare exceptions by the American Veterinary Medical Association and others, seems to have been performed so that experimenters would not have to listen to the pained cries of the beagle puppies. This is a reprehensible misuse of taxpayer funds.

The signatories to the letter, including such congressional representatives as Nancy Mace (R-South Carolina) and Ted Lieu (D-California), pointed out that the FDA has said that experimentation on dogs isn’t required for approval of new drugs.

They demanded to know how many such tests NIAID has funded since 2018 and how much money was spent. The representatives also asked Fauci to explain why he has continued to commission testing on dogs, inasmuch as it’s not required, and what his agency has done to find non-animal alternatives. In addition, they sought more details on the cordectomies, such as the cost and reasoning behind the unnecessary procedure, as well as information on whether dogs have been made available for adoption upon conclusion of the testing.

The testing on beagles was exposed in August, when a nonprofit group called the White Coat Waste Project (WCW) obtained documents on the experiments under the Freedom of Information Act. The group alleged that Fauci has directed funding of “wasteful and brutal” beagle experiments at labs in Tunisia, California and Georgia. Such research was also done at the headquarters of the National Institute of Health (NIH), parent of NIAID.

Dubbing the controversy ‘BeagleGate’,WCW said US-funded research at the Tunisia lab involved drugging puppies and locking their heads in mesh cages filled with hungry sand flies to infect them with disease-causing parasites. Researchers also locked beagles in cages overnight in the desert to use them as bait to attract sand flies.

The aim was to test an experimental drug on the diseased beagles. The dogs were six to eight months old, and they were all killed and dissected upon completion of the tests, according to WCW. NIAID-backed research at the University of Georgia involved injecting beagles with experimental vaccines and infesting them with parasites, the group has said.

WCW also claims to have been first to expose that US taxpayer money had funded gain-of-function research on viruses at China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology. The firestorm over dog testing adds to the controversies surrounding Fauci, who had testified to Congress that he didn’t fund gain-of-function research. The NIH admitted this week in response to a congressional letter that its funding had been used to conduct gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.

As the US government’s highest-paidemployee, Fauci oversees the NIAID’s $6 billion budget, including research grants. News of the congressional response to the beagle experiments raised fresh online outrage on Saturday.


For some observers, the taxpayer-funded puppy experiments raised questions about testing on humans. “Wait until they find out about the human experiments,”conservative pundit Candace Owens told her 2.9 million Twitter followers.

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 The owner of a football club has told his players that they will become infertile if they receive a Covid vaccine, insisting that researchers warning against jabs are right and urging people to "see what happens" in years to come.

Former politician Gigi Becali, the overlord of 26-time Romanian champions FCSB who is thought to be worth around $500 million and initially built his fortune on a land exchange with the country's army, has been outspoken in his opposition to vaccines in recent days.

The 63-year-old with a litany of high-profile controversies admitted last week that he had told his players that being vaccinated is "not good" – despite an outbreak leaving the club with just 13 available players.

Almost all of FCSB's coaching staff, including manager Edward Iordanescu, were unable to attend the home match against Mioveni on Saturday, which the second-placed side still won 3-0.

Becali said that midfielder Constantin Budescu and another unnamed player were the only individuals he knew at the club who had received a vaccine.

"I don't want to be vaccinated," Becali reportedly told Bekali Gazeta Sporturilor. "I am human and I do not want to become a 'trans person'.

"Why should I allow myself to inject a substance that genetically modifies me? I agree with those researchers who say that the vaccine is not good.

 

"Let's see what happens in two-to-three years. I am not vaccinated. I told the players, 'If you don't want to have children, get the vaccine.'"

Bizarre claims around fertility and receiving the vaccine burst into focus when one of the world's most followed celebrities, singer Nicki Minaj, told her millions of Twitter followers that a friend of her cousin had become impotent after receiving treatment.

"His testicles became swollen," the chart-topper wrote. "His friend was weeks away from getting married, now the girl called off the wedding.

"So just pray on it and make sure you’re comfortable with your decision, not bullied.”

Earlier this month, Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny, who advocated being vaccinated, appeared to suggest that male issues may have influenced some players' thinking around treatment.

"There are a lot of myths and a lot of issues around virility that people are concerned about and other issues, you know," he said."I do think it is complex."

There is no evidence linking Covid vaccines with fertility problems. Twitter did not flag Minaj's curious pronouncement as misleading because bosses deemed it a personal anecdote.

Cliona O'Farrelly, an immunology professor at Trinity College in Dublin, told RTE that she was surprised by the claims.

"These young men would – I think not necessarily all – seem to be in a bubble of misinformation and are hearing stories that there is no real validity to," she said.

"There is a story going around that the vaccine compromises potency and causes erectile dysfunction or infertility, lower sperm count – which there is absolutely no evidence for."

Romania is currently at a peak of almost 15,000 new Covid infections a day, according to Reuters, representing around 535 people in every 100,000 in the population.

There have been almost 1.5 million infections and almost 43,000 Covid-related deaths reported in the country since the pandemic began.

The country's vaccination rate is comfortably below the global average, with less than 30% of Romania's population recorded as vaccinated.

'Skepticism and fraud' are two major reasons why vaccine uptake is low in Romania, according to the FT.

“We understand their concerns and it’s their right to do research about all the vaccines and make an informed decision," health minister Ioana Mihaila told the outlet.

"But now it’s the time to make this decision as the risk of getting infected will surge."

Becali sounds unlikely to change his tune anytime soon. "I didn't force my family to get vaccinated, either," said the former Member of the European Parliament, who has been accused of homophobia, xenophobia and turning down a signing on racial grounds in the past.

"But I told them I didn't get shot in the head, either. Then they thought it might be dangerous and they didn't get vaccinated."

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VAERS data released Friday by the CDC included a total of 818,044 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 17,128 deaths and 122,833 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Oct. 15, 2021.

Data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that between Dec. 14, 2020, and Oct. 15, 2021, a total of 818,044 adverse events following COVID vaccines were reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

The data included a total of 17,128 reports of deaths — an increase of 362 over the previous week, and a new report of a 12-year-old who died after getting the Pfizer vaccine.

There were 117,399 reports of serious injuries, including deaths, during the same time period — up 5,434 compared with the previous week.

Excluding “foreign reports” to VAERS, 612,125 adverse events, including 7,848 deaths and 50,225 serious injuries, were reported in the U.S. between Dec. 14, 2020, and Oct. 15, 2021.

Of the 7,848 U.S. deaths reported as of Oct. 15, 11% occurred within 24 hours of vaccination, 15% occurred within 48 hours of vaccination and 28% occurred in people who experienced an onset of symptoms within 48 hours of being vaccinated.

In the U.S., 406.1 million COVID vaccine doses had been administered as of Oct. 15. This includes: 237 million doses of Pfizer, 154 million doses of Moderna and 15 million doses of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

The data come directly from reports submitted to VAERS, the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S.

Every Friday, VAERS makes public all vaccine injury reports received as of a specified date, usually about a week prior to the release date. Reports submitted to VAERS require further investigation before a causal relationship can be confirmed.
Historically, VAERS has been shown to report only 1% of actual vaccine adverse events.

This week’s U.S. data for 12- to 17-year-olds show:

The most recent death involves a 12-year-old girl (VAERS I.D. 1784945) who died from a respiratory tract hemorrhage 22 days after receiving her first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.

Another recent death includes a 15-year-old male who died six days after receiving his first dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine. According to his VAERS report (VAERS I.D. 1764974), the previously healthy teen complained of brief unilateral shoulder pain five days after receiving his COVID vaccine.

The next day he played with two friends at a community pond, swung on a rope swing, flipped into the air, and landed in the water feet first. He surfaced, laughed and told his friends “Wow, that hurt!” He then swam toward shore underwater, as was his usual routine, but did not re-emerge.

An autopsy showed no external indication of a head injury, but there was a small subgaleal hemorrhage — a rare, but lethal bleeding disorder — over the left occiput. In addition, the boy had a mildly elevated cardiac mass, increased left ventricular wall thickness and small foci of myocardial inflammation of the lateral wall of the left ventricle with myocyte necrosis consistent with myocardial infarction.

  • 57 reports of anaphylaxis among 12- to 17-year-olds where the reaction was life-threatening, required treatment or resulted in death — with 96% of cases attributed to Pfizer’s vaccine.
  • 535 reports of myocarditis and pericarditis (heart inflammation) with 527 casesattributed to Pfizer’s vaccine.
  • 119 reports of blood-clotting disorders, with all cases attributed to Pfizer.

This week’s U.S. VAERS data, from Dec. 14, 2020, to Oct. 15, 2021, for all age groups combined, show:

Michigan woman died from blood clots after J&J vaccine, autopsy confirms 

A 60-year-old woman died from blood clotsafter receiving J&J’s COVID vaccine, according to an autopsy report released Sept. 20 by Dr. Michael Caplan, a forensic pathologist at Michigan Medicine.

Sandra Jacobs “appears to have succumbed” to a “rare but nevertheless documented” complication associated with the viral vector vaccine — cerebral venous sinus thrombosis(CVST) — Caplan wrote in the summary. This condition brought about “hemorrhagic cerebral infarct,” or stroke caused by brain bleeding, and brain swelling, Caplan wrote.

The death certificate listed the cause of death as “complications of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis” and “recent administration” of a COVID vaccine as the contributing condition.

Caplan deemed the manner of death “natural,” but said it may also be considered a “therapeutic complication” since this is a known vaccine issue. Under “final diagnosis,” Caplan first listed the COVID vaccine.

Jacobs died 13 days after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine at a CVS pharmacy on April 8 — just five days before federal health agencies temporarily paused the vaccine while they examined an unusual blood-clotting disorder

FDA clears Moderna and J&J COVID vaccine boosters, allows ‘mix-and-match’ shots

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday authorized booster doses of both J&J’s and Moderna’s COVID vaccines, CNBC reported. U.S. regulators also authorized “mixing and matching” vaccines — allowing Americans to get a booster of a different COVID vaccine than their initial doses.

In an email to The Defender, Dr. Brian Hooker Ph.D., P.E., Children’s Health Defense chief scientific officer and professor of biology at Simpson University said:

“To my best knowledge, the data that FDA used to make these assertions [that mix-and-match boosters are safe] doesn’t exist. Israel, which has the most aggressive booster program in the world, distributes Pfizer vaccines only. At this point, my strong assumption is that they’re doing anything and everything they can to assure vaccine compliance, despite the huge numbers of vaccine injuries reported on VAERS.”

The FDA’s decision was handed off to the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee, which met Thursday to discuss Moderna’s and J&J’s booster data. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, CDC director, endorsed the advisory committee’s recommendations, expanding eligibility for COVID booster shots to include people:

  • 65 years and older.
  • Age 18+ who live in long-term care settings.
  • Age 18+ who have underlying medical conditions.
  • Age 18+ who work or live in high-risk settings.

For the nearly 15 million people who got the J&J shot, booster doses are recommended for those who are 18 and older and who were vaccinated two or more months ago.

According to CDC data, the most common side effects reported after getting a third shot of Pfizer or Moderna were pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle pain, headache and fever, followed by chills and nausea.

The data available for J&J was more limited, but people reported fever, fatigue and headache after receiving a second dose, according to the agency.

White House, CDC prepare to vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds prior to FDA authorization 

The White House, on Oct. 20, unveiled plans to roll out COVID vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, even though vaccine safety experts — who advise U.S. drug regulators and review safety and efficacy data — have not yet met to discuss whether Pfizer’s COVID vaccine should be authorized for use in the pediatric age group.

The Biden administration said it will secure enough vaccine doses to vaccinate the 28 million children ages 5 to 11 who would become eligible if the vaccine is authorized for that age group.

The White House will also help equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of community health centers and rural health clinics and thousands of pharmacies to administer the shot.

The CDC last week issued guidance outlining key aspects of a COVID vaccination program for children younger than 12 years old “designed to inform jurisdictional planningunder the assumption of FDA authorization and CDC recommendations of at least one COVID-19 vaccine product for children of this age.”

Beginning Oct. 20, states and other jurisdictions could preorder doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine formulated for children ages 5 to 11, in anticipation of a rollout that could begin as early as Nov. 3.

FDA delays decision on Moderna vaccine for adolescents citing heart problems 

The FDA is delaying a decision on authorizing Moderna’s COVID vaccine for adolescents to assess whether the shot may lead to a heightened risk of a rare inflammatory heart condition, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The FDA’s review of Moderna’s application is ongoing, an FDA spokesperson told Reuters, adding that while the agency cannot predict how long the process may take, it is evaluating the data as expeditiously as possible.

In June, the FDA added a warning to the literature accompanying Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID vaccines, to indicate an increased risk of myocarditis. However in May, a few weeks before the FDA added the warning, the agency authorized Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for ages 12 to 17, despite the known risk of myocarditis.

Scientists concerned mRNA boosters could cause heart inflammation in young adults

The risk of mRNA COVID booster shots causing heart inflammation in young adults continues to worry top scientists, Dr. Ofer Levy, director of the Precision Vaccines Program at Boston Children’s Hospital and voting member of the FDA’s advisory panel, said last week.

Some committee members voiced concern about authorizing a third mRNA dose for people 12 and older, due to the risk of two rare heart inflammation conditions —  myocarditis and pericarditis.

Levy said younger age groups are less at personal risk of severe COVID, but “somewhat more at risk of this inflammatory heart condition with mRNA vaccines.”

“So it’s a risk-benefit analysis, and that’s why you’re seeing that deliberation,” Levy told CNBC’s Closing Bell.

French health regulator suspends Moderna boosters over myocarditis concerns

As The Defender reported, France’s health regulator said Oct. 15, it would no longer allow booster doses of Moderna’s COVID vaccine. Only Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine will be used for the booster campaign moving forward.

The new recommendation applies to people over 65, immunocompromised people and their relatives and people at risk — including healthcare workers. The announcement came amid reports that Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and Finland suspended use of Moderna’s COVID vaccine for certain age groups over reports of heart inflammation.

Children’s Health Defense asks anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction, to any vaccine, to file a report following these three steps.

source: the defender children health defense news and views by Megan Redshaw 

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De la part de Mr/Mme Maatoug

Je suis copropriétaire depuis très longtemps, et j'ai vu les syndic qui étaient en place à L'époque, une vraie catastrophe. Les fonds détournés,les factures impayés (pas d'électricité dans la résidence, pas d'ascenseur etc....). Depuis que Jannah est là il n'y a pas eu ces problèmes.

Ensuite il y a beaucoup de copropriétaires qui ne paient pas leurs charges, il faudrait agir et lancer des procédures. Le bon entretien de la résidence dépend de la bonne volonté de tout le monde. En outre,le respect,la courtoisie envers le personnel de la résidence +syndic seraient très appréciés.

Il faut être réaliste, nous avons besoin d'eux pour le bon fonctionnement, et garder une résidence propre et fonctionnelle. Nous avons des droits et des DEVOIRS.

Merci à tous pour votre compréhension.

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Je rejoint maatoug et je suis d accord avec ses dires. On a aussi des devoirs, ce personnel qu on leur demande le "parfait" faut le respecter, pouvoir le payer..., d après le syndic, ces 2ans passées, les gens n ont pas pu payer leurs charges puisque on a pas rentré l ète' passé, ça été dur pour eux. C est comprehensible.

Moi je suis agréablement surprise de leur entretien, je m attendais pas que cv être comme ça au fil des années. Mr jannah à l air vraiment quelqu un de bien.

Soyons honnêtes avec nous même, et respectons les autres, parlons avec nos enfants pour qu ils baissent leurs voie dans les rues de la résidence. Mettons nous à la place des autres avant tout.
Servons nous de ce groupe pour avancer et améliorer le quotidien. C est nous qui vivons dedans.

Les agents de sécurités sont top, je les remercie bcq pour leur gentillesse et respect. Le syndic a bien choisi son personnel.




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Story at-a-glance:

  • Lab-grown meat offers private corporations the opportunity to place intellectual property rights on meat development and thus create a financial windfall.
  • Corporations that control the food supply through central production and distribution can also control populations and countries.
  • Lab-grown meat originates from stem cells harvested from muscle tissue and multiplied in the lab — but the ability to culture tissue cells does not mean the product has health benefits for the end-user.
  • Scientists are now working on lab-grown meat made from human cells that are being harvested from the inside of your cheek. While some argue over whether this is cannibalism, another question must be asked about how this will impact the spread of disease.

July 12, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened a public meeting to talk about what to call lab-grown meat. As reported in The Atlantic, at the end of the meeting there was no consensus. The war of words was aimed at choosing an association that would evoke a specific emotional response in the consumer.

Various speakers got up and called the lab growth “clean meat,” “artificial meat,” “in vitro meat,” “cell culture products,” “cultured meat” or “culture tissue.” Each term had its advocates and critics.

For example, the beef producers didn’t like the term “clean meat.” Danielle Beck, a lobbyist for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association told the reporter from The Atlantic the term is “inherently offensive to traditional meat producers, as if real meat is somehow dirty.”

However, that’s exactly what the fake meat industry would like you to believe. In fact, the lab-grown meat market rests on the shoulders of the claim that eating real meat is destroying our planet. Singapore was the first country to give regulatory approval for products that look like meat and did not come from real animals.

The decision paved the way for the rest of the world, and today fake meat is becoming so popular that you’ll find it in most Walmarts, Targets, other grocery stores and some popular chain restaurants. The fake meat industry offered their product as a light in a dark world, as many were laboring under the excessive news reports of COVID-19 cases.

It may have seemed that the big tech giantswere looking out for the food supply at an unprecedented time in history. But you don’t have to look too deeply into what’s happening to discover that patented fake meat is not about “saving the planet” or “sustainability” but, instead, is just another foray into controlling populations and amassing great wealth.

Lab-Grown meat is about Big Business

The food critic for the Financial Times wrote a piece in early September 2021, in which he made a strong case for how lab-grown meat is not about sustainability or making “green” decisions but, rather about intellectual property (IP) and creating a financial windfall.

He took a historical perspective on IP, listing the patents that have been filed protecting breakfast cereals, carbonated beverages, drugs, vaccines, genetically modified plants and pesticides. In each case the IP owned by Kellogg, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Big Pharmaand agrichemical businesses was the lifeblood of their financial success. He writes:

“Currently, there’s not a lot of IP in the meat industry … Saving animal lives, preventing the clear-cutting of rainforest, even the reduction of methane farts don’t excite investors — those changes can’t translate to profit.

“The holy grail is replacing the meat we consume with a proprietary product, owning the IP on meat. Coca-Cola and McDonald’s managed to grow patented food products into two of the top food companies on the globe by market cap, but a patent on animal-free ‘meat’ could entirely dwarf their achievements.”

Bill Gates promotes the idea of eating 100% synthetic beef to fight climate change.
The idea is one of his core tenets in his new book in which he lays out how to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Mind you, this book was written by a man who built a 65,993 square-foot (6,131 square-meter) home with a 23-car garage, 20-person cinema and 24 bathrooms. He owns five other homes, a horse farm, four private jets and a “collection” of helicopters.

According to one study reported in Business Today, his annual carbon footprint is 7,493 metric tons of carbon, much of which is produced by his aircraft. In an article published in Forbes, March 22, one reporter writes:

“Now, I don’t necessarily agree with Gates. And I hate the idea of governments deciding what their citizens should eat (which seems to be what Gates is suggesting). But my job is to help you make money. And there’s no question that there’s billions to be made in the technology behind plant-based meat.”

Unfortunately, that may be the path that many will take to acquire wealth over health. Beyond Meat is already worth $12 billion10 and it’s projected to double by 2025. And yet, as the Forbes reporter points out, the meat industry is the tip of the iceberg.

Synthetic biology uses technology to allow scientists to program life. It reconfigures DNA so that it produces something entirely new.

This is the technology that Beyond Meat uses to create more “realistic” burgers using soybeans. He also points out that Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are made of a synthetic strand of genetic code and goes on to write, “I believe, with the possible exception of artificial intelligence (AI), synthetic biology has the biggest potential of any disruptive technology to radically reshape our world.”

Control food supply = Control populations and countries

In January 2021, an analysis by The Land Report found that Bill Gates owns 242,000 acres of farmland in the U.S. This has made him the largest private farmland owner. During Gates’ interview with MIT Technology Review, Gates said:

“So no, I don’t think the poorest 80 countries will be eating synthetic meat. I do think all rich countries should move to 100% synthetic beef. You can get used to the taste difference, and the claim is they’re going to make it taste even better over time. Eventually, that green premium is modest enough that you can sort of change the [behavior of] people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.”

It is the last sentence in that paragraph that makes the most sense as you consider how Gates and other technocrats are aiming at controlling populations through central production and distribution of food. He says, “change the behavior of people or use regulation to totally shift the demand.” Promoting lab-grown protein is not about sustainability but, rather, about wealth and power.

Using intellectual property, tech giants hope to replace living animals with patented plant- and animal-derived alternatives, which will effectively control food supply. And Gates’ 242,000 acres of farmland spread across Illinois, Louisiana, California, Iowa and nearly one dozen other states appear to be earmarked for genetically engineered corn and soy crops. In other words, he’s farming the basic crops needed for (plant-based) fake meat and processed foods.

Lab-grown meat alternatives differ from their vegetarian counterparts by virtue of initially starting with cell cultures from living animals. Mosa Meat grows their meat after harvesting a small number of cells from livestock “who are then returned, almost unscathed, to their fields.”

As described in Popular Mechanics, Memphis Meats, in which Gates is a serious investor, tries to avoid animals whenever possible. Instead, they use cells that have been procured from animal biopsies.

In other words, when a veterinarian has decided to biopsy an area of an animal to make a medical determination about an abnormal growth, Memphis Meats harvests cells that would have otherwise been discarded and grows those into lab grown meat. Swapping traditional, whole food grown by small farmers for mass-produced fake foods is part of the plan for The Great Reset.

The objective is to control the entire food supply. To that end, researchers and manufacturers are also looking at milk proteins made from genetically engineered Trichoderma reesei fungus to produce a dairy-like protein casein and whey. Popular Science named Perfect Day’s animal-free whey protein as the Grand Award winner in the engineering category of the 100 greatest innovations of 2020.

The EAT Forum, co-founded by the Wellcome Trust, developed a Planetary Health Dietdesigned to be applied to the global population. It entails cutting meat and dairy intake by up to 90% and replacing it largely with foods made in laboratories, along with cereals and oil.

Their largest initiative is called FReSH, which aims to transform the food system by working with biotech and fake meat companies to replace whole foods with lab-created alternatives. In other words, once tech giants have control of meat, dairy, cereals and oils, they will be the ones profiting from and controlling the food supply.

Private companies that control the food supply will ultimately control countries and entire populations. Biotech will eventually push farmers and ranchers out of the equation and will threaten food security. In other words, the work being done in the name of sustainability and saving the planet will give greater control to private corporations.

Health dangers associated with linoleic acid

It’s important to realize that whether it is plant-based or lab-grown, fake meat is a processed food. Imitation meat is not better, or even equal, to real meat. Foods that are not directly from the ground, vines, bushes, trees, bodies of water or animals are considered processed.

Lab-grown meat starts with a muscle sample from a cow. Once in the lab, technicians separate stem cells from the sample and then multiply those dramatically. The cells differentiate into fibers that form muscle tissue. Mosa Meat believes that one tissue sample can yield 80,000 quarter-pounders.

Tissue growth inside an animal occurs when the blood supply delivers appropriate nutrients to produce healthy muscle growth. This requires that the animal is fed a whole and balanced diet, from which the body extracts the necessary nutrients in an appropriate amount to feed the cells.

The human body then extracts the nutrients found in regeneratively and biodynamically pastured meat. However, as science has demonstrated in the last two decades, growing cells on sugar causes growth, but will not yield health. The sheer ability to grow lab-cultured meat does not indicate that the end product will have any health benefit to the end-user.

Plant-based fake meat contains excess amounts of omega-6 fat in the form of linoleic acid (LA). This is one of the most significant contributors to metabolic dysfunction.

In my opinion, this metabolic poison is the primary contributor to the rising rates of chronic disease. LA leads to severe mitochondrial dysfunction, decreased NAD+ levels, obesity, insulin resistance and a radical decrease in the ability to generate energy.

The genetic engineering used to produce the flavor and texture of real meat does not reproduce healthy fatty acid composition because the substrate is canola and sunfloweroils as the primary sources of fat.

The sunflower oil used in both Impossible Burgers and Beyond Meats is 68% LA, which is an extraordinarily high amount.

It is dangerous because LA is susceptible to oxidation and causes oxidation byproducts called OXLAMs (oxidative linoleic acid metabolites). These byproducts devastate your DNA, protein, mitochondria and cellular membranes. This means that fake meat is failing all measures of sustainability and health.

Have you considered cultured meat from human cells?

While lab-grown meat and dairy products may sound like science fiction, the next step for food manufacturers comes directly out of the 1973 dystopian film “Soylent Green.” The science-fiction movie takes place in New York in 2022. In the story, the Earth is severely overpopulated, and people are living in the streets.

For sustenance, people are given rations of water and Soylent Green, which supposedly is a high-protein food made from plankton. In the end, you discover in this futuristic nightmare fantasy of controlling big corporations, that the high-protein drink is actually made by people.

Now, just months away from 2022, scientists are working on lab-grown “meat” made from human cells that are harvested from the inside of human cheeks. This grisly product was first presented as ‘art’ by a scientist and founder of the biotech firm Spiderwort. Tech Times reported Nov. 22, 2020, that:

“A new ‘DIY meal kit’ that can be used to grow steaks that are made mostly from human cells was just recently nominated by the London-based Design Museum as the ‘design of the year.’

“Called ‘Ouroboros Steak,’ this is named right after the circular symbol of a snake known for eating itself tail-first. This hypothetical kit would later on come with everything that one person would need in order to use their own cells to grow miniature human meat steaks …”

These kits are not commercially available — yet. But it begs the question of what possesses someone to think that eating a lump of meat made from your own body could be a viable idea? The question must also be raised about whether this is cannibalism.

Those defending the concept claim that since you’re eating your own body, it’s not cannibalism. However, if it ever becomes commercially available, what’s to prevent someone from growing meat from other people’s cells — and selling it?

And the ick factor aside, how could this impact the spread of disease? For example, tribal cannibalism in Papua, New Guinea, led to a prion disease, which nearly wiped out a tribe of people.

In many villages, after an individual died, the villagers would cook and consume the body in an act of grief. Scientists who studied the tribe believe that one person developed a sporadic incident of Crutchfield-Jakob disease, also known as mad cow disease. Eating the neurological tissue then spread the disease throughout the tribe.

It doesn’t take much to imagine that the strange and unusual side effects being reported by people after receiving a COVID-19 injection may have long-term effects on body tissue. What happens when you culture and eat that body tissue, from yourself or someone else?

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LONDON — What a difference three months can make.

On July 19, Britons celebrated as England marked "Freedom Day," seeing a near-full lifting of Covid-19restrictions. Covid-related hospitalizations and deaths were relatively low, even if cases continued to rise, and the country's vaccination rollout was largely lauded as a success internationally.

On Thursday, there were more than 50,000 infections recorded in the U.K. in a single day — the highest daily count since mid-July and a higher number than reported in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal combined. The country also saw 115 deaths, with Tuesday marking a daily death toll of 223 people — the highest since March.

Meanwhile, 1 in 55 people in England were estimated to have had Covid in the week up to Oct. 16, according to the U.K. Office for National Statistics, which means as many as 1 million people may have been infected with the virus that week alone.

The rising deaths, spiraling infection rates and overstretched public health system have prompted calls for the government to reassess the lifting of lockdown and containment measures.

"I think that everyone feels concerned as to what might happen over winter," said Dr. Layla McCay, policy director of the National Health Service Confederation, which represents the health care system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. "It is better to act now than to regret it later."

 

Experts said there are a range of factors driving Britain's current surge. As the pandemic nears the two-year mark, they are closely monitoring the country's response to rising cases and whether the U.K. is a warning sign for the rest of the world.

NBC News investigated the cocktail of factors driving Britain’s surge and the lessons that can be gleaned from the country’s experience.

Waning vaccines

Britain was one of the first countries to start vaccinating its population, so Britons enjoyed a return to so-called normal life earlier than most.

But now, there are fears that the immunity gained from Covid vaccinations is starting to wane as the delta variant — which has accounted for approximately 99.8 percent of sequenced cases in England, according to a recent government report— as well as a mutation of the variant known as "delta plus" continue to spread.

"Those deaths are not inevitable. They're preventable."

DR. DEEPTI GURDASANI, CLINICAL EPIDEMIOLOGIST AT QUEEN MARY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON

In addition, the government delayed vaccinating secondary school students, which likely has had a big impact on the virus's spread, according to Danny Altmann, a professor of immunology at Imperial College London.

"I think we paid a very high price for our reticence and delay in vaccinating secondary school children and lost probably a few months on that," he said.

Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics showed that 1 in 14 secondary school-age children had tested positive for Covid in the week ending Oct. 2.

Because the U.K. rolled out its vaccination program earlier than the rest of Europe, that could also mean protection is waning sooner, especially among older recipients, Altmann added.

"We all assumed that these vaccines would be good and keep us safe for a good year or two, and that possibly would have been true if delta hadn't come along," he said.

Yet, even with the spread of the delta variant, he said the rollout of booster jabs in the U.K. has been slow, which could also be lending to high case rates in the U.K., despite nearly 80 percent of the population over the age of 12 having been fully vaccinated, according to government data.

Dr. Deepti Gurdasani, a clinical epidemiologist at Queen Mary University of London, said she also believed the rollout of the U.K.'s vaccination program, as well as its slow release of booster vaccines, have played a role in the continued rise of Covid cases.

Did 'freedom' come too soon?

The U.K. government's decision to not maintain or reinstate certain Covid containment measures, such as masks being mandatory in enclosed spaces, were also behind the rise, Gurdasani said.

"If you look throughout the pandemic, you can see there is a clear correlation between the level of restrictions in a country and what's happening in the pandemic," she said. "When we have a lockdown, cases always go down because it is an airborne virus."

While many countries across Europe and around the world have maintained different levels of Covid restrictions, including mask mandates, the British government has remained adamant in its commitment to England’s full reopening.

"There is no other way to explain the differences in the pandemic globally," she said. "And there's nothing special about the U.K. population making this happen. ... It's very, very clearly the consequence of policies here compared to the rest of the world."

 

Mandatory-mask rules do exist on public transport systems, with face coverings required across the Transport for London network, which includes the capital’s underground train system, but those rules are not always complied with, nor regularly enforced.

Ravi Gupta of the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease agreed with Gurdasani that maintaining restrictions might have helped avoid the U.K.'s current predicament.

"The relaxation [of rules] that happened over summer was a fairly drastic month going from, you know, quite, quite tight measures to very few restrictions," Gupta said. "And I think that, in retrospect, a more graded approach may have prevented the surge that we’re seeing."

The government also abandoned plans to enforce a vaccine passport system in England, with British Health Secretary Sajid Javid saying in September he did not "like the idea at all of people having to ... present papers to do basic things." Wales and Scotland have introduced versions of their own vaccine verification systems, however.

Rise of the variants

The emergences of the delta and then the so-called delta plus variant have garnered attention and produced some fear.

But Gurdasani and Gupta agreed that the arrival of the delta plus variant, which is a mutated version of the delta variant, shouldn't come as much of a surprise.

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On the first episode of CHD.TV’s “The Jerusalem Report,” host Ilana Rachel Daniel gave an overview of life in Israel over the past 10 months with news and commentary on vaccine mandates, propaganda, censorship and Pfizer’s dirty deal with the government.

On the premier episode of CHD.TV’s “The Jerusalem Report,” host Ilana Rachel Danielexplained how her country led the world in time spent in coronavirus lockdowns, describing in detail what it’s been like this past year.

Daniel described how the people of Israel responded to the back-door deal between Pfizer and the Health Ministry that traded a discount on COVID vaccines in exchange for Israeli citizens’ private health and personal data, making Israel the first country to become a massive vaccine experiment.

Daniel said policy decisions were made absent of informed consent, were steeped in coercion and dishonest in intent.

“We are and were the lab rats of the world,” Daniel said. “To date, Israeli citizens have only ever seen a media-released, heavily redacted version of that contract,” between Pfizer and the Israeli government.

Daniel said:

“We’ve heard rumors of an alleged penalty clause if quotas are not reached. We’ve also heard Israeli vaccine developers being pushed out of the running by the government. It would appear we are beholden to Pfizer to the suppression of other treatments.”

She described outdoor mask mandates, citizens on house arrest and vaccine mandates, as well as Isreali passengers being removed from international flights.

“In a final blow to our claims of democracy,” Daniel said, “we are kept from disclosure of Corona [virus] Cabinet and similar session meeting minutes, as they have been put under a 30-year confidentiality act.”

Daniel quoted the State of Israel as saying, “The public’s right to know isn’t absolute.”

Also in this episode:

  • Government-issued tracking devices on travelers to impose quarantine.
  • The refusal of Israel to release COVID fatality data, despite all citizen’s medical records being property of the government.
  • Israeli doctors are not admitting to vaccine injury. Daniel said trust in the medical establishment is waning among citizens.
  • Citizens are afraid to speak out on vaccine injuries and deaths.
  • Media propaganda campaigns for COVID vaccines targeted children and pregnant women and hid vaccine injury from citizens.
  • Updates on Green Pass, boosters and censorship.

Daniel said the truth will come out. She said The Isreaeli People’s Committee, an independent investigative group reporting adverse events in Israel, and The Testimonies Project are documenting the truth of vaccine injury, government coercion and totalitarian-like conditions in Israel.

“It is clear to many here in Israel and abroad that we fight not only for ourselves, but intentionally for you as well,” Daniel said, reminding viewers that the citizens of Israel are watching the rest of the world fight for medical freedom.

She said, “Your wins, wherever they are found, are ours.”

The Jerusalem Report” is hosted by Ilana Rachel Daniel. Each week Daniel invites listeners to hear the story of an unprecedented COVID response, a mass human experiment thrust upon the entire nation of Israel. Daniel is a health advisor, health and safety researcher, activist and writer.

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Vaccine skeptics, vaccine refusers, vaccine deniers—these anti-vaxxers are scourges whose ignorance and misinformation are responsible for countless COVID-19 deaths, our public health authorities attest. Stamping their message out is so important that those with the biggest megaphones are being outed, threatened, and fired from their academic and medical posts, and wherever else they might be found.

So, who are these health heretics whose dangerous rhetoric is questioning prestigious public bodies such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blue-chip pharma companies such as Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, and the great majority of governments?

Dr. Peter McCullough, the author of more than 1,000 publications with over 500 citations in the National Library of Medicine, is one of the most outspoken critics of government COVID policies. He testified to the Texas Senate HHS Committee that his treatment protocol, including hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin, led to an 85 percent reduction in mortality. He also has been critical of mass COVID-19 vaccination, in part given safety concerns about the vaccines.

“Today, we have 800 cases of young people developing myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart,” McCullough, a cardiologist and internal medicine physician, said in a webinar in June. “I’m going to opine that because there is no clinical benefit whatsoever in young people to get the vaccine that even one case is too many.”

McCullough’s past positions include membership on President Bill Clinton’s advisory panel to health care and chair of more than 24 data safety monitoring boardsfor the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration. Following his criticisms of COVID policies, McCullough lost his positions (pdf) as vice chief of internal medicine at Baylor University Medical Center and chief of cardiovascular research at the Baylor Heart and Vascular Institute. He has been removed from his editorshipof Cardiorenal Medicine, and he expects to be stripped of all eight of his professional accreditations.

Dr. Byram W. Bridle, an award-winning associate professor of viral immunology at the University of Guelph’s Department of Pathobiology, headed an advanced lab whose vaccine platform was funded by the Ontario government to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

An expert in vaccinology, he states (pdf), “There is a plethora of scientific literature demonstrating that naturally acquired immunity against SARS-CoV-2 is likely superior to that conferred by vaccination only.”

He adds that “research from three independent groups has now demonstrated that those with naturally acquired immunity experience more severe side-effects from COVID-19 vaccines than those who were immunologically naïve prior to vaccination. In other words, for those with natural immunity, vaccination is not only unnecessary, but it would put them at enhanced risk of harm. Knowing this, nobody should ever mandate COVID-19 vaccination.”

Bridle, who has natural immunity but is now banned from the university campus for not complying with the university’s vaccine mandate (pdf), believes that his workplace became “a poisoned environment where the bullying, harassment, and hatred against me have been incessant,” and states his life has been “destroyed.”

Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccines while at the Salk Institute in 1988, is also an inventor of DNA vaccines. He has some 100 peer-reviewed publications and published abstracts and 11,477 citations of his peer-reviewed publications. Malone believesthat for “high-risk populations, the risk/benefit ratio for the USA vaccines seem to make sense,” but that it’s “demonstrably false” to claim that “these genetic vaccines are the only path available to herd immunity” or are “perfectly safe.”

Malone, who is now allegedly subject to death threats, has become one of the most vilified scientists on earth, his accomplishments denigrated in magazines such as The Atlanticand throughout the mainstream and social media.

Others who have been vilified in the mainstream and social media include Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, professor at Stanford University Medical School, who stated that COVID-19 vaccination should be a matter of personal health and that “there’s no public health reason for a mandate“; Dr. Sunetra Gupta, infectious disease epidemiologist and professor of theoretical epidemiology at the University of Oxford, who stated that “it is really not logical to use vaccines to protect other people. … The bottom line is that these vaccines do not prevent transmission”; and Dr. Martin Kulldorff, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, who stated that“thinking that everyone must be vaccinated is as scientifically flawed as thinking nobody should. COVID vaccines are important for older high-risk people, and their care-takers. Those with prior natural infection do not need it. Nor children.”

Many more eminent COVID-19 vaccine skeptics have remained silent, for fear of being punished. In the United States, the Federation of State Medical Boards warned that “physicians who generate and spread COVID-19 vaccine misinformation or disinformation are risking disciplinary action by state medical boards, including the suspension or revocation of their medical license,” a warning repeated in Canada by provincial licensing bodies such as the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

The ranks of the so-called vaccine skeptics include a Who’s Who of the world’s leading scientists. Few in the public know of them because they’ve been silenced, censored, and sidelined. Public health authorities may brand them as unscientific COVID kooks, but McCullough, Bridle, Malone, et al. haven’t been the ones acting as snake oil salesmen, offering instant cures to anyone in the crowd willing to chance their medicine.

The hard sell and sweeping claims have been coming from the public health officials, most of whom have far fewer scientific accomplishments, and are far less knowledgeable, than the vaccine skeptics they cavalierly dismiss.

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A Michigan pathologist confirmed 60-year-old Sandra Jacobs died from cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a rare blood-clotting disorder, after receiving Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine.

A 60-year-old woman died from blood clotsafter receiving Johnson & Johnson’s (J&J) COVID vaccine, according to an autopsy report released Sept. 20 by Dr. Michael Caplan, a forensic pathologist for Michigan Medicine.

Sandra Jacobs “appears to have succumbed” to a “rare but nevertheless documented” complication associated with the viral vector vaccine — cerebral venous sinus thrombosis(CVST) — Caplan wrote in the summary.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, CVST occurs when a “blood clot forms in the brain’s venous sinuses,” preventing blood from draining out of the brain. “As a result, blood cells may break and leak blood into the brain tissues, forming a hemorrhage.”

This condition brought about “hemorrhagic cerebral infarct,” or stroke caused by brain bleeding, and brain swelling, Caplan wrote.

The death certificate, obtained after some difficulty by Jacobs’ daughter, Tatum Strieter-Byron, lists the cause of death as “complications of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis” and “recent administration” of a COVID vaccine as the contributing condition.

Caplan deemed the manner of death “natural.” It may also be considered a “therapeutic complication” since this is a known vaccine issue, he wrote. Under “final diagnosis,” Caplan first listed the COVID vaccine.

Jacobs died 13 days after receiving the single-dose J&J vaccine at a CVS pharmacy on April 8 — just five days before federal health agencies temporarily paused the vaccine while they examined an unusual blood-clotting disorder, Michigan Live reported.

Though it took months to confirm it, Strieter-Byron knew from the start her mother died from the vaccine.

“She was a real person. She is not a piece of, just like fictitious political propaganda, where they’re saying it doesn’t exist,” Strieter-Byron said. “It’s not true. It does exist. She was a real person with a real life.”

Michigan Live reached out to Caplan for comment, but efforts were unsuccessful. “In conjunction with the Washtenaw County Health Department, we have decided not to have Dr. Caplan or the medical examiner’s office provide comment on the case,” Dr. Allecia Wilson, the county’s chief medical examiner, wrote in an email.

J&J also did not respond to a request for comment. A doctor with the manufacturer’s COVID vaccine safety team called a reporter, but only to obtain Strieter-Byron’s information, who as of Oct. 15 had not heard from the doctor.

On April 13, federal agencies paused J&J’s COVID vaccine, marketed under its Janssen subsidiary, while they investigated the vaccine’s possible link to potentially dangerous blood clots.

During the April 23 meeting, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) said it had identified 15 women diagnosed with rare blood clots, including three who died. Only two of the women were older than 50, with the risk highest in women ages 30 to 39.

The ACIP said the link between blood clots and J&J’s COVID vaccine was “plausible,” but concluded the vaccine’s “benefits outweighed the risks” and recommended the vaccine for persons 18 and older in the U.S. under the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

On April 26, the FDA amended its EUA for the J&J vaccine to reflect the risk of rare blood clots and said vaccinations could resume immediately.

According to the most recent data from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), between Dec. 14, 2020 and Oct. 8, 2021, there were 22,896 reports of blood clotting disorders. Of those, 15,190 reportswere attributed to Pfizer, 5,092 reports to Moderna and 2,551 reports to J&J.

Excluding foreign reports — those reports submitted to VAERS from outside the U.S. — there have been 10,131 reports of blood clotting disorders. Of those, 4,407 reportswere attributed to Pfizer, 3,654 reports to Moderna and 2,018 reports to J&J.

​​The Defender has reported on numerous cases of blood clots following COVID vaccination:

  • Jessica Berg Wilson, a 37-year-old mother who died from vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia after she received J&J’s COVID vaccine as a condition of volunteering at her child’s school.
  • Emma Burkey, an 18-year-old teen was put on a respirator and underwent three brain surgeries from blood clots after receiving J&J’s vaccine.
  • Anne VanGeest, a healthy 35-year-old, died of a brain hemorrhage 11 days after receiving J&J’s COVID vaccine.
  • Brad Malagarie, 43, suffered a stroke from blood clots hours after receiving J&J’s COVID vaccine. The stroke left him unable to walk, talk and with paralysis on the left side of his body.
  • Everest Romney, 17, developed blood clots after his first dose of Pfizer’s vaccine.

J&J’s vaccine has also been linked to Guillain–Barré syndrome (GBS), a “serious but rare” neurological disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks part of its peripheral nervous system — the network of nerves located outside of the brain and spinal cord. GBS can range from a very mild case with brief weakness, to paralysis, which can leave the person unable to breathe independently.

The FDA concluded the benefits of the vaccine outweigh any danger but added a warning in fact sheets about the drug for providers and patients.

Children’s Health Defense asks anyone who has experienced an adverse reaction, to any vaccine, to file a report following these three steps.

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Western politicians and central bankers are quick to offer explanations for rapidly rising prices – from bottlenecks in supply chains to their favorite bogeyman, Vladimir Putin. They don't dare mention the real cause: themselves.

 “Inflation is always and everywhere a purely monetary phenomenon” – Milton Friedman.

Prices in Western economies continue to skyrocket – whether in real estate, stock markets, cryptocurrencies, food, consumer goods, or energy. We are consistently seeing massive price increases that far outpace wage growth. In recent months, the situation has been getting increasingly worse, and we have heard nothing but excuses from the political establishment: from bottlenecks in supply chains to allegations that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally manipulating the supply of natural gas. Of course, the Western establishment would never consider putting the blame where it belongs – on itself.

Although many in the financial industry and in business and politics try to disguise this fact, inflation is, at its core, an expansion of the money supply. Plain and simple. Price increases are merely a corresponding symptom of a growing money supply. The more money in circulation to chase goods, the more prices rise. Where price increases are most acute depends on how the newly created currency is distributed in society.

After the United States failed to meet its obligation to redeem US dollars for gold in the early 1970s, it was able to drag the world onto the fiat currency system. This system uses paper currencies backed by nothing more than government decrees. The United States is at the heart of this system as the issuer of the world’s reserve currency – the US dollar. This special status allows the US to print the dollar to great excess because its status as a reserve currency creates foreign demand for it, which allows the US to export its inflation to the rest of the world. As a result, the US has the ability to create massive deficits. This mechanism also allows the European Central Bank (ECB) to create massive deficits as well, as long as it coordinates its monetary policy with the Federal Reserve. Of course, any country that rejects the US dollar usually ends up in the crosshairs of the US government. 

Crisis, followed by crisis, followed by...

However, there is a catch. Every crisis is met with an expansion of the money supply and the manipulation of interest rates to stimulate artificial demand. This, in turn, lays the groundwork for the next, larger crisis by enabling ever greater mal-investment. In previous cycles, price increases resulting from a deliberate expansion of the money supply were largely confined to the stock markets and real estate, as much of the monetary expansion was concentrated in the financial sector, triggering a so-called wealth effect among holders of real estate mortgages and owners of stocks.

In the age of fiat money, central bankers and politicians would have us believe that inflation is a positive development. They set absurd “inflation targets” and insist that any inflation above their stated “target” of 2% per year is “transitory.” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell expresses this sentiment at almost every Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, and ECB President Christine Lagarde has naturally echoed this belief.

Have you ever gone shopping and noticed that the price of your favorite product has doubled and jumped for joy because of the increase? No, of course you haven't. Inflation only benefits central banks and governments trying to pay off their massive debts. The only catch is that they have to destroy your purchasing power to do it – a fact they want to hide from you.

The monetary expansion that followed the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, that is, the printing of money, or quantitative easing (QE), to allow interest rates to fall to near zero, began to lose momentum in the fall of 2019 when serious problems developed in the overnight lending market in the United States – also known as the repurchase agreement (repo) market. Essentially, the Federal Reserve was trying to roll back the support it had provided in the wake of the 2008 crisis, which in turn led to the repo crisis. Of course, the 2008 crisis itself was triggered by the monetary policy response to the 2000 recession.

This monetary system is nearing its inevitable end

Central banks desperately needed an excuse to once again expand their balance sheets and cut interest rates. The repo crisis provided the Fed with the pretext to resume QE and pump tens of billions of dollars of liquidity into the market every month. It refused to call it QE at the time, but that's exactly what it was. Not long after that came the Covid-19 pandemic, which provided the perfect cover for Western governments, driven primarily by the structure of the current monetary paradigm with the world's reserve currency – the US dollar – and its issuer, the Federal Reserve, at its center, to once again conjure trillions of dollars and euros literally out of thin air and artificially manipulate interest rates to zero – even negative – in a desperate attempt to prop up the crumbling monetary system.

Much of the current round of monetary expansion has been distributed to citizens in the form of helicopter money, or direct cash payments. This is a new development and a clear signal that this monetary system is nearing its inevitable end. Trillions in newly created currencies are now chasing the same supply of resources that existed before the pandemic. Basically, we live in a finite system with finite natural resources. Yet, at least for now, we still have the ability to infinitely expand the monetary supply with which to chase those finite resources, resulting in what amounts to endless artificial demand.

The spectre of hyperinflation

And now the catch. We are now at a point where Western central banks are, frankly, trapped. Interest rates have been artificially manipulated to zero. But neither the Fed nor the ECB has yet begun to reduce their balance sheets, although they keep saying they will eventually do so. Central banks now have no policy tools to respond to the next crisis. A crisis that will ironically and inevitably result from the misallocation they fueled by recklessly expanding their balance sheets and cutting interest rates to zero during the pandemic.

When the next crisis erupts, it will most likely come again from the repo market in the United States. Interest rates simply cannot be manipulated any lower as a countermeasure to the next crisis. If the central banks withdraw the current stimulus that our economies are currently hobbling along on, the whole system will collapse. That's why they only talk about reducing their balance sheets and allowing interest rates to rise instead of actually doing so. In the US alone, interest on the national debt is the fourth largest budget item – at interest rates of 0%! Imagine interest rates of  6%, 7% or 8% percent! The US would be bankrupt overnight. In response to the inevitable next crisis, they will have no choice but to flood the financial system with even more paper money, which sooner or later will lead to hyperinflation.

Western central bankers and politicians simply refuse to allow the necessary deflation that our system so desperately needs because over the last 50 years they have created a financial bubble so large that if left to burst unchecked it would plunge the world into a catastrophe that would make the Great Depression of the 1930s look like a Sunday walk in the park. However, their power rests entirely on this system, and they have no incentive to do the right thing.

What we need in the West is a strict, disciplined and controlled reduction in the money supply that would occur gradually over decades and a return to a sound monetary system. What we are currently experiencing and will continue to experience in the future is the exact opposite and will lead to the same catastrophic results that the uncontrolled bursting of the bubble would. As the unsustainability of the current paradigm becomes increasingly undeniable, the status quo will do everything in its power to maintain control of the collapsing system, including using climate change as an excuse to create trillions in new currencies out of thin air.

Our Western monetary system is like a brain-dead patient

Imagine an athlete on steroids. That athlete may seem unbeatable on steroids, but without those injections, we are left with something very unimpressive. An economy built on artificial 0% interest rates and constant injections of endless fiat money conjured out of thin air resembles that of an athlete on steroids, and we all know what long-term steroid abuse leads to. Unfortunately for us in the West, we have been abusing the proverbial steroids long past our physical expiration date. Right now, our Western monetary system is more like a brain-dead patient being propped up on life support.

In anything remotely resembling a free market, savings from productive undertakings are supposed to spur economic growth. Interest rates, which are simply the cost of borrowing money, are supposed to be determined by market forces, not a de facto politburo in the form of unelected central bankers. Businesses should grow because they remain competitive, not because they have access to cheap paper money conjured out of thin air by central banks. This is why Western mega-corporations never go away and just keep getting bigger. This happens at the expense of small businesses that don't have access to this cheap fiat.

The facade of democracy erected on the current monetary system will continue to collapse as this system is played out to its logical end – namely hyperinflation. And when the central bankers – and the politicians who enable them – finally bring the Western world to its knees, remember that they are the ones to blame – not the Russians, not the Chinese, no one else. Only them.

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The White House today unveiled plans to vaccinate 28 million 5- to 11-year olds for COVID, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already issued guidance for the vaccines for that age group, even though the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to approve Pfizer’s vaccine for young children.

The White House today unveiled plans to roll out COVID vaccines for children ages 5 to 11, even though vaccine safety experts — who advise U.S. drug regulators and review safety and efficacy data — have not met to discuss whether Pfizer’s COVID vaccine should be authorized for use in the pediatric age group.

The Biden administration said it will secure enough vaccine doses to vaccinate the 28 million children ages 5 to 11 who would become eligible if the vaccine is authorized for that age group, CNN reported.

The White House will also help equip more than 25,000 pediatric and primary care offices, hundreds of community health centers and rural health clinics as well as tens of thousands of pharmacies to administer the shot.

Jeff Zients, White House COVID-19 response director, said 15 million doses will be ready to ship within a week after the vaccine is authorized, with millions of additional shots coming each week thereafter.

“We know millions of parents have been waiting for [a] COVID-19 vaccine for kids in this age group,” Zients told reporters during a COVID briefing. “And should the FDA and (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) authorize the vaccine, we will be ready to get shots in arms.”

Zients said kids have different needs than adults and “our operational planning is geared to meet those specific needs, including by offering vaccinations in settings that parents and kids are familiar with and trust.”

The administration said it is launching a partnership with the Children’s Hospital Association “to work with over 100 children’s hospital systems across the country to set up vaccination sites in November and through the end of the calendar year.”

The administration plans to make vaccination available at school and other “community-based sites” with help from Federal Emergency Management Agency funding.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will also carry out a national public education campaign “to reach parents and guardians with accurate and culturally responsive information about the vaccine and the risks that COVID-19 poses to children.”

As has been the case for adult vaccinations, the administration believes trusted messengers — educators, doctors and community leaders — will be vital to encouraging vaccinations, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The White House began laying the groundworkwith states earlier this month, asking governors to enroll pediatricians and other providers in vaccination programs so they could start administering shots as soon as they were ready.

“In the era of Delta, children get infected as readily as adults do, and they transmit the infection as readily as the adults do,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House chief medical advisor, told reporters Wednesday. “We may not appreciate that, because about 50% of the infections in children are asymptomatic.”

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, less than 2% of children known to be infected by the coronavirus are hospitalized, and less than 0.03% of those infected die.

As The Defender reported in June, experts testifying before the FDA, when it was considering authorizing Pfizer’s vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds, argued the risks did not outweigh the benefits, even for that older age group.

Vaccinating children for the benefit of adults is an “unproven hypothetical benefit,” Peter Doshi, Ph.D., associate professor University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and senior editor of The BMJ, told the FDA.

Doshi reminded FDA officials they cannot authorize or approve a medical product in a population unless the benefits outweigh the risks in that same population.

“If the FDA does not have a high bar for EUAs [Emergency Use Authorization] and licensing, the point of regulation is lost,” Doshi said.

Vaccine advisers to the FDA aren’t scheduled to meet until Oct. 26 to consider Pfizer’s request to authorize its vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. In the meeting, the advisers will review the company’s data and FDA’s own assessment, then vote on whether the FDA should grant EUA.

The CDC will convene its committee of independent vaccine experts on Nov. 2 and 3 to set official recommendations for the vaccine’s use.

If authorized, this would be the first COVID vaccine for younger children. The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is currently approved for people age 16 and older and has emergency authorization for children ages 12 to 15.

CDC issues guidance on administering Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to kids ahead of meeting

The White House isn’t alone in making plans to vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds official in advance of the vaccine being authorized for that age group. The CDC last week issued guidanceoutlining key aspects of a COVID vaccination program for children younger than 12 years old “designed to inform jurisdictional planningunder the assumption of FDA authorization and CDC recommendations of at least one COVID-19 vaccine product for children of this age.”

The CDC’s “Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Operational Planning Guide” includes details about the anticipated Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine— though it may be updated as other manufacturers submit applications for FDA review — and is based on “current facts and planning assumptions.”

In the document, the CDC lays out the differences between the pediatric vaccine and adult vaccine, gives detailed product configuration and provides a distribution strategy.

In addition, the CDC informed providers the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act and PREP Act Declaration issued by the HHS Secretary “authorize and provide liability protections to licensed providers and others identified in the declaration to administer COVID-19 vaccines authorized by FDA, including COVID-19 vaccines authorized for administration to children.”

Beginning Oct. 20, states and other jurisdictions will be able to preorder doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine formulated for children ages 5 to 11, according to the CDC’s federal planning document. The orders are in anticipation of a rollout that could begin as early as Nov. 3.

The CDC said jurisdictions should be ready to vaccinate children 5–11 years old shortly thereafter pending FDA authorization and CDC recommendation.

“By the White House already purchasing 65 million pediatric doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and the CDC putting out guidelines ahead of FDA authorization — let alone, a recommendation by its own Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices — these actors are revealing the whole vaccine regulatory process to be a complete sham,” said Mary Holland, president of Children’s Health Defense in an email to The Defender.

“There could be no better way to undermine public confidence than to make it clear that this is politics, not science.”

source: the defender children health defense news and views by Megan Redshaw 

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Pfizer has used its position as a producer of one of the leading COVID-19 vaccines to “silence governments, throttle supply, shift risk, and maximize profits” through secret contracts with countries around the world, according to a Public Citizen report published Tuesday.

“Behind closed doors, Pfizer wields its power to extract a series of concerning concessions from governments,” report author Zain Rizvi, law and policy researcher at Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program, said in a statement. “The global community cannot allow pharmaceutical corporations to keep calling the shots.”

The new report begins by noting February reporting about accusations of Pfizer — an American pharmaceutical giant that developed its mRNA vaccine with the German firm BioNTech — “bullying” Latin American governments during contract negotiations for doses.

Public Citizen obtained unredacted term sheets, drafts or final agreements between Pfizer and Albania, Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, the European Commission and Peru. The consumer rights advocacy group also examined redacted contracts with Chile, the U.S., and the U.K.

Based on those contracts, the report identifies six tactics Pfizer is using to serve the company rather than public health in the midst of a deadly pandemic:

1. Pfizer reserves the right to silence governments

The Brazilian government complained earlier this year that the company insisted on “unfair and abusive” terms but ultimately accepted a contract that “waived sovereign immunity; imposed no penalties on Pfizer for late deliveries; agreed to resolve disputes under a secret private arbitration under the laws of New York; and broadly indemnified Pfizer for civil claims.”

Brazil also agreed to a nondisclosure provision similar to those found in contracts with the European Commission and the U.S. government.

2. Pfizer controls donations

Again using Brazil as an example, the report points out that the South American nation must first get a go-ahead from Pfizer to accept donations or buy its vaccines from others. The country is also barred from “donating, distributing, exporting, or otherwise transporting the vaccine outside Brazil without Pfizer’s permission.”

3. Pfizer secured an “IP waiver” for itself

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla “has emerged as a strident defender of intellectual property in the pandemic,” the report says, noting his opposition to a proposal that members of the World Trade Organization who signed on to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waive IP protections for COVID-19 vaccines and treatments during the crisis.

“But, in several contracts, Pfizer seems to recognize the risk posed by intellectual property to vaccine development, manufacturing, and sale,” Public Citizen explains. “The contracts shift responsibility for any intellectual property infringement that Pfizer might commit to the government purchasers. As a result, under the contract, Pfizer can use anyone’s intellectual property it pleases — largely without consequence.”

4. Private arbitrators, not public courts, decide disputes in secret

While the U.K. contract requires that disputes are settled by secret panel of three private arbitrators under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, the report says, “the Albania draft contract and Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, and Peru agreements require the governments to go further, with contractual disputes subject to ICC arbitration applying New York law.”

5. Pfizer can go after state assets

“Pfizer required Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Peru to waive sovereign immunity,” the report highlights, detailing that the doctrine can sometimes protect states from companies trying to enforce decisions reached by the previously noted secret arbitral panels. Some of the contracts enable the company to “request that courts use state assets as a guarantee that Pfizer will be paid an arbitral award and/or use the assets to compensate Pfizer if the government does not pay,” according to Public Citizen.

6. Pfizer calls the shots on key decisions

“What happens if there are vaccine supply shortages? In the Albania draft contract and the Brazil and Colombia agreement, Pfizer will decide adjustments to the delivery schedule based on principles the corporation will decide” the report notes, concluding that “under the vast majority of contracts, Pfizer’s interests come first.”

Public Citizen calls on world leaders, especially U.S. President Joe Biden, to “push back” against Pfizer’s negotiating tactics and “rein in” its monopoly power.

According to the group, the Biden administration can “call on Pfizer to renegotiate existing commitments and pursue a fairer approach in the future” as well as “further rectify the power imbalance by sharing the vaccine recipe, under the Defense Production Act, to allow multiple producers to expand vaccine supplies.”

The U.S. administration “can also work to rapidly secure a broad waiver of intellectual property rules,” the report adds, declaring that “a wartime response against the virus demands nothing less.”

In response to Public Citizen’s report, Sharon Castillo, a spokesperson for Pfizer, told The Washington Post that confidentiality clauses were “standard in commercial contracts” and “intended to help build trust between the parties, as well as protect the confidential commercial information exchanged during negotiations and included in final contracts.”

Castillo also said that “Pfizer has not interfered and has absolutely no intention of interfering with any country’s diplomatic, military, or culturally significant assets,” adding that “to suggest anything to the contrary is irresponsible and misleading.”

Meanwhile, Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen’s Access to Medicines program, accused Pfizer of “taking advantage of countries’ desperation” with the far-reaching contracts.

“Most of us have sacrificed during the pandemic; staying distant to protect family and friends,” Maybarduk said Tuesday. “Pfizer went the other way, using its control of scarce vaccines to win special privileges, from people that have little choice.”

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The Indian compressor market was valued at $1,943.4 million in 2019, and it is predicted to generate a revenue of $2,891.9 million by 2030. According to the estimates of the market research company, P&S Intelligence, the market will progress at a CAGR of 6.2% from 2020 to 2030. The expansion of the automotive industry is one of the major factors fueling the growth of the market.

According to the India Brand Equity Foundation (IBEF), the automotive industry in India will generate a revenue of Rs. 16.16-18.18 trillion (US$ 251.4-282.8 billion) by 2026. Additionally, the boom in the manufacturing sector, on account of the enactment of favorable government policies, is also predicted to propel the advancement of the market in the coming years. Besides, the inflow of huge foreign direct investments (FDI) is also driving the growth of the manufacturing sector in the country.

Owing to these factors, the manufacturing sector in the country will attain a value of $1 trillion by 2025, as per various estimates. In this industry, industrial air compressors are extensively used for tool stamping, powering, and clamping. This is credited to the surging requirement for these compressors in various industries, such as semiconductor, chemical, stee, and automotive.

In addition, these compressors are equipped with various features, such as better rotor profiles, and they are available in innovative designs, which is further boosting their popularity in the country. When lubrication type is taken into consideration, the market is categorized into oil-free and oil-flooded. Of these, the oil-flooded category dominated the market in 2019. This was because of the less maintenance requirements and low initial cost of these compressors in comparison to the oil-free ones.

The northern region dominated the Indian compressor market in 2019, and this trend is predicted to continue in the forthcoming years as well. This is ascribed to the expansion of the industrial manufacturing and automotive sectors in the region. Furthermore, the National Capital Region (NCR), which is situated in the northern part of the country, witnesses the large-scale usage of compressors, on account of the high automobile production and industrial growth. The region manufactures more than 30% of passenger cars and over 50% of two-wheelers in the country every year.

Hence, it is safe to say that the market will boom in the coming years, mainly because of the surge in the manufacturing and automotive sectors, owing to the implementation of favorable government policies in the country.

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Children age 5 to 11 will soon be able to get a COVID-19 shot at their pediatrician’s office, local pharmacy and potentially even their school, the White House said Wednesday as it detailed plans for the expected authorization of the Pfizer shot for younger children in a matter of weeks.

Federal regulators will meet over the next two weeks to weigh the benefits of giving shots to kids, after lengthy studies meant to ensure the safety of the vaccines.

Within hours of formal approval, expected after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory meeting scheduled for Nov. 2-3, doses will begin shipping to providers across the country, along with smaller needles necessary for injecting young kids, and within days will be ready to go into the arms of kids on a wide scale.

The Biden administration notes the nationwide campaign to extend the protection of vaccination to the school-going cohort will not look like the start of the country’s vaccine rollout 10 months ago, when scarcity of doses and capacity issues meant a painstaking wait for many Americans. The country now has ample supplies of the Pfizer shot to vaccinate the roughly 28 million kids who will soon be eligible, White House officials said, and have been working for months to ensure widespread availability of shots once approved.

More than 25,000 pediatricians and primary care providers have already signed on to administer COVID-19 vaccine shots to kids, the White House said, in addition to the tens of thousands of retail pharmacies that are already administering shots to adults. Hundreds of school- and community-based clinics will also be funded and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help speed putting shots into arms.

The White House is also preparing to mobilize a stepped-up campaign to educate parents and kids about the safety of the shots and the ease of getting them. As has been the case for adult vaccinations, the administration believes trusted messengers — educators, doctors, and community leaders — will be vital to encouraging vaccinations.

While children are at lower risk than older people of having serious side effects from COVID-19, those serious consequences do occur – and officials note that vaccination both dramatically reduces those chances and will reduce the spread of the more transmissible delta variant in communities, contributing to the nation’s broader recovery from the pandemic.

“COVID has also disrupted our kids lives. It’s made school harder, it’s disrupted their ability to see friends and family, it’s made youth sports more challenging,” U.S. surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy told NBC on Wednesday. “Getting our kids vaccinated, we have the prospect of protecting them, but also getting all of those activities back that are so important to our children.”

Murthy said the administration, which is promoting employer vaccine mandates for adults, is leaving the question of requirements for schools to local and state officials, but called them “reasonable.”

“Those are decisions on, when it comes to school requirements, that are made by localities and by states,” he told NBC’s “Today.” “You’ve seen already some localities and states talk about vaccine requirements for kids. And I think it’s a reasonable thing to consider to get those vaccination rates high. And it’s also consistent with what we’ve done for other childhood vaccines, like measles, mumps, polio.”

The administration notes that kids who get their first shot within a couple weeks of the expected approval in early November will be fully vaccinated by Christmas.

The U.S. has purchased 65 million doses of the Pfizer pediatric shot — expected to be one third the dosage for adults and adolescents — according to officials. They will ship in smaller packages of about 100 doses each, so that more providers can deliver them, and they can be stored for up to 10 weeks at standard refrigeration temperatures.

About 219 million Americans aged 12 and up, or 66% of the total population, have received a COVID-19 shot and nearly 190 million are fully vaccinated.
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The reports reveal that the board is still negotiating its relationship with the social network and says its own credibility depends on Facebook’s being more forthcoming.

Facebook’s Oversight Board issued a strong reprimand against the company in a set of quarterly reports Thursday, accusing it of not being “fully forthcoming” about a key program. The reports highlight the tense negotiations between the two entities, as the board tries to force greater transparency from the social media giant, despite its limited power.

The board, an experimental panel created by Facebook to oversee its most complicated content decisions, said the company “failed to provide relevant information” about its “XCheck” program, which shields VIP users such as politicians and celebrities from its rules. On other occasions, the information Facebook provided to the board was incomplete, the reports said.

It was “not acceptable,” the board wrote, that Facebook did not mention the “XCheck” system when it briefed the board on its enforcement policies for politicians when the oversight board was reviewing the company’s decision to ban former president Donald Trump.

The public recrimination highlights strains behind Facebook’s interactions with the oversight unit as it questions the quality and quantity of information that Facebook provides.

“The credibility of the Oversight Board, our working relationship with Facebook, and our ability to render sound judgments on cases all depend on being able to trust that information provided to us by Facebook is accurate, comprehensive, and paints a full picture of the topic at hand,” said the board, an international panel of about 20 experts in a variety of fields.

The relationship between Facebook and the board has been tense since September, when reporting in the Wall Street Journal asserted that Facebook had “misled” the board in its description of the XCheck program. Facebook told the board in June that “XCheck” was used only in “a small number of decisions,” but the Journal’s reporting revealed it had included at least 5.8 million VIP users in 2020. After that report, the board said that Facebook recognized that the information it provided could be construed as misleading. The board said Facebook disclosed at the briefing that the company completes an average of fewer than 10,000 cross-check reviews per day.

On Thursday, the board announced that it would launch a review of XCheck, following a request from Facebook, and make recommendations on how the program could be changed. Facebook asked the board for specific guidance in reviews and how to promote transparency.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone thanked the board “for their ongoing work.”

“We believe the board’s work has been impactful, which is why we asked the board for input into our cross-check system, and we will strive to be clearer in our explanations to them going forward,” he added.

Julie Owono, a member of the board who specializes in international law and human rights, said the board is seeking to engage with stakeholders beyond the company, including experts outside the United States and with civil society organizations.

“We do not only rely on the company’s words,” said Owono, the executive director of Internet Sans Frontières, an organization that defends digital rights and access to the Internet. Facebook’s request for guidance “is a step in the right direction to have a more public conversation on that mechanism,” she said.

Facebook is navigating a crisis in Washington as it deals with the fallout from documents leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen, which formed the basis for the Journal’s XCheck reporting. The Oversight Board and Haugen have announced that they plan to meet to discuss the cross-check program.

Earlier this year, Facebook committed to “fully implement” the board’s recommendation that it explain the rationale, standards and review process. But in Thursday’s reports, the board criticized a lack of a detailed explanation about the program from the company.

An experimental endeavor widely referred to as a “Supreme Court” of Facebook, the board finds itself at a critical point about a year into its existence. The board has sought to position itself as an independent and neutral third party that rigorously interrogates Facebook’s practices. But this relationship is largely dependent on the social network’s benevolence, since the board has no government affiliation or legal standing to compel Facebook to share information on company operations or to comply with board requests.

“Even when the company doesn’t answer, it speaks volumes,” Owono said. “It allows us to actually be more pushy, and look for that information externally, outside of the company.”

Facebook created the Oversight Board to promote a more even distribution of power in response to criticism that chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and a handful of other top executives wield too much power over a fleet of social networks used by more than 3.5 billion people globally. But the board, which is funded by a Facebook-backed trust, has been a lightning rod for controversy since its inception. Critics say it insulates the company from responsibility for the most important decisions, even as Facebook is not required to comply with the board’s recommendations.

“We are responsible for enforcing our policies every day and we make millions of content decisions every week,” Zuckerberg said in a post outlining the vision for the board in 2019. “But ultimately I don’t believe private companies like ours should be making so many important decisions about speech on our own.”

The board’s process also is lengthy, averaging 74 days to decide and implement each case. It is able to review only a tiny fraction of the decisions that Facebook makes. Between October 2020 and the end of June 2021, Facebook and Instagram users submitted about 524,000 cases to the board. The company also referred 35 cases. In total, the board selected 21 cases and proceeded with 17 of them. By the end of June, it had decided 11 cases, overturning Facebook’s decisions eight times.

The board made 52 recommendations to Facebook as part of those decisions, but the company has not agreed to implement all of them. In many instances, it has told the board it is “assessing the feasibility” of the recommendations. Owono said the board is developing a mechanism to track the status of its recommendations.

In the transparency reports, the board reprimanded Facebook for not answering all of its questions. The board had sent 156 questions to Facebook as part of its decisions through the end of June. The company declined to answer in 14 instances, and only partially answered in 12, the board said.

The board’s primary recourse, if Facebook does not stick to its agreements, is to turn to the news media. The new transparency reports could be a key tool for the board to pressure Facebook to adhere to the commitments it makes to the board.

Owono said the board has made progress in pushing the company to improve. After the board highlighted that Facebook had not translated its community standards into Punjabi, a language spoken by 30 million people in India and Pakistan, the company said it would implement that recommendation. The board also continues to take on new cases, including one in Ethiopia.

“I feel the steps we’ve taken are extremely encouraging for a task that is absolutely gigantic and has world implications,” Owono said. “We will not solve all the problems overnight. We are continuing to receive cases that will continue to pose challenging questions.”

source: The Washington Post by Cat Zakrzewski

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GENEVA: Ten thousand Yemeni children have been killed after the Iran-aligned Houthi group ousted the government in 2015, the United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said on Tuesday.
“The Yemen conflict has just hit another shameful milestone. We now have 10,000 children who have been killed or maimed since ... March 2015,” UNICEF spokesperson James Elder told a UN briefing in Geneva after returning from a visit to Yemen.
“That is the equivalent of four children every single day,” Elder said, adding that many more child deaths or injuries went unreported.
Four out of every five children — a total of 11 million — need humanitarian assistance in Yemen, while 400,000 are suffering from acute malnutrition and more than 2 million are out of school, Elder said.
UN-led efforts to engineer a nationwide cease-fire have stalled as the Houthis resist compromise to end more than six years of a war that has caused what the UN calls the world’s largest humanitarian crisis.
Hundreds of Yemenis are trapped by fierce fighting between government and Houthi forces in the northern Marib governorate, residents and a local official said last week, after battles for control of the gas-rich region displaced some 10,000 people.

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Morocco’s  Finance Bill 2022 is forecasted to grow at a rate of 3.2% and a budget deficit of 5.9% of Morocco’s GDP.

Morocco’s he Council of Government, chaired by the Head of Government Aziz Akhannouch, examined the finance bill on Monday.

The forecasts of the finance bill were presented during a press briefing by the government spokesperson, Mustapha Baitas; Nadia Fettah Alaoui, minister of economy; and Fouzi Lekjaa, minister delegate in charge of budget.

During the presentations, the officials predicted that the 2022 Finance Bill will result in the creation of 250,000 direct job opportunities in two years.

“The budget bill was prepared on the assumption of an estimated crop year of 80 million quitals and an average price of butane gas of $450 per tonne,” the spokesperson said.

The government council examined the draft finance bill for the year 2022 following a ministerial council meeting that was held in Fez on Sunday.

Alaoui's presentation to the King indicated that the bill will revolve around multiple axes.

The axes will prioritize the implementation of the new development model, which will seek to boost Morocco’s economy and improve the health sector.

Through the development model, Morocco seeks to initiate a universal social protection system.

The finance bill seeks to accelerate the generalization of preschool education for the purpose of strengthening the “basic knowledge” of children in primary schools.

The bill seeks to improve administrative work by accelerating the digitization of government services and administrative procedures. 

source: moroccoworldnews 

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Royal Mansour has won many awards in recent years, and is widely considered to be the best in Morocco as well as among the finest worldwide.

The Royal Mansour in Marrakech has won the 2020-2021 Best Grand Hotel in the World Award.

Given by Prix Villegiature Awards, the prize gathers a voting jury composed of 22 international press correspondents and journalists from  highly reputed media outlets - such as Forbes Magazine, Financial Times, and Vogue - to reward the best hotels in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle-East.

The Royal Mansour hotel comprises 53 individual riads, each with a courtyard, a living room, a bedroom, and a private rooftop terrace.

It also includes indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spas, and two restaurants: La Grande Table Marocaine and La Grande Table Française.

The hotel contains as well an underground tunnel system which the staff, dressed in “genie-like butlers” outfits, use to travel around the hotel unseen.

Royal Mansour has won many awards in recent years, cementing its status as one of the best hotels in Morocco, Africa, and worldwide. 

Just last week, the “Haute Grandeur Global Awards” ranked the manager of the Marrakech-based hotel, Jean-Claude Messant, as the Best General Manager in Africa.

In 2019, Royal Mansour prominently featured in the ranking of the American luxury and lifestyle travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler. The Marrakech-based establishment was ranked as the best hotel in Africa and the 6th best in the world.

Two years prior, Conde Nast Traveler Readers Travel Award selected the Moroccan hotel as the best hotel spa in the world.

In  a review about the hotel, Conde Nast Traveler described it as “a swoon-worthy showpiece of Moroccan decorative art.”

Royal Mansour is not the only Moroccan hotel to have garnered enthusiastic plaudits worldwide and won coveted international accolades.  

La Mamounia, also in Marrakech, has received many awards recently, and is one of the go-to hotels among high-profile tourists who visit Morocco.

Marrakech is known as the capital of Morocco’s thriving tourism industry, with more than 2 million tourists visiting the city’s historic medina every year.

source: moroccoworldnews 

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About 1,000 workers from a variety of professions held a silent rally in Quebec City on Oct. 15 to protest against the province’s COVID-19 vaccination mandates.

Using the rallying cry “Code White,” an emergency colour code send out by health-care staff when they face a violent situation and need backup, the event called on front-line workers and first responders to stand together in solidarity and reject the Quebec government’s vaccine passport. 

Attendees including nurses, policemen, teachers, and military veterans locked arms and stood solemnly in silence for 10 minutes on Dufferin Terrace, a long wooden sidewalk next to the Château Frontenac hotel on the St. Lawrence River. 

“So the goal for the Dufferin Terrace is to form a human chain of professionals, a doctor, a firefighter, a nurse, a policeman, all in a column to make a line of protection for the people who are going to lose their jobs on October 15 who are targeted by the mandatory vaccination,” rally organizer Maxime Ouimet said in a Facebook post on Oct. 11.

“This call is not only for the people who are going to lose their jobs but also for their colleagues. It is a request for a Code White, a request for backup.”

The Quebec government announced recently that all health and social services workers were required be fully vaccinated by Oct. 15. Workers failing to comply would be reassigned to other duties if possible. Those who refuse to be vaccinated won’t be allowed to work and will not be paid.

The deadline has since been extended to Nov. 15 as the province’s overstretched health system can’t withstand losing an estimated 22,000 workers who are either unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Collège des médecins du Québec, the college that oversees medical practice and physicians in Quebec, went a step further by mandating vaccination for all physicians. Doctors who don’t comply will see their licences suspended and won’t be allowed to perform remote consultations or do follow-ups on exam or lab results. The initial deadline of Oct. 15 has also been extended to align with the government’s date of Nov. 15.

“We unite together to tell the government and people of Quebec that no front-line or educational worker has ever discriminated against any student or patient infected with COVID-19 when they entered our emergency services, vehicles, and schools,” says a posting on the website of rally co-organizer Refus Global QC.

“Why is the government of Quebec, who are our elected officials, discriminating against us now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Protests have been taking place in a number of cities in recent months, as several provinces rolled out vaccination passport systems.

On Sept. 5, thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Montreal to denounce Quebec’s COVID-19 restrictions, including the vaccine passport when it was implemented on Sept. 1

In Toronto, several hundred people have been rallying in the downtown area on Saturdays to voice their opposition to Ontario’s vaccine mandates. 

In front of Calgary City Hall on Sept. 7, roughly 55 police officers and firefightersstood in silent protest against mandatory vaccinations.

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms wrote to the Ontario government in September urging it to rescind its mandate, citing “deep concerns” about the constitutionality of the measure.

Meanwhile, the Canadian Constitution Foundation has launched a legal challengeagainst the B.C. government’s vaccine passport system for failing to allow exemptions for individuals who cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons.

 Source: The EpochTimes By Isaac Teo

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Propagandists work so hard to manufacture our consent for the status quo even as more and more people, including extremely influential ones, begin questioning whether we’re being deliberately deceived about everything.

Silicon Valley is working more and more openly in conjunction with the US government, and its algorithms elevate empire-authorized narratives while hiding unapproved ones with increasing brazenness.

The mass media have become so blatantly propagandistic that US intelligence operatives are now openly employed by news outlets they used to have to infiltrate covertly.

NATO and military institutions are studying and testing new forms of mass-scale psychological manipulation to advance the still-developing science of propaganda.

transparently fake “whistleblower” is being promoted by the US political/media class to manufacture support for more internet censorship and shore up monopolistic control for institutions like Facebook who are willing to enforce it.

Wikipedia is an imperial narrative control operation.

They’ve imprisoned a journalist for exposing US war crimes after the CIA plotted to kidnap and assassinate him.

The powerful work so hard at such endeavors because they understand something that most ordinary people do not: whoever controls the dominant narratives about the world controls the world itself.

Power is controlling what happens; absolute power is controlling what people think about what happens.

If you can control how people think about what’s going on in their world, if you can control their shared how-it-is stories about what’s happening and what’s true, then you can advance any agenda you want to. You’ll be able to prevent them from rising up against you as you steal their wealth, exploit their labor, destroy their ecosystem and send their children off to war. You can keep them voting for political institutions you own and control. You can keep them from interfering in your ability to wage wars around the world and sanction entire populations into starvation to advance your geostrategic goals.

This status quo of exploitation, ecocide, oppression and war benefits our rulers immensely, bringing them more wealth and power than the kings of old could ever dream of. And like the kings of old, they are not going to relinquish power of their own accord, which means the only thing that will bring an end to this world-destroying status quo is the people rising up and using the power of their numbers to end it.

Yet they don’t rise up. They don’t because they are successfully propagandized into accepting this status quo, or at least into believing it’s the only way things can be right now. Imperial narrative control is therefore the source of all our biggest problems.

And they’re only getting more and more aggressive about it. More and more forceful, less and less sly and subtle in their campaign to control the thoughts that are in our heads.

Many of those who have this realization see it as cause for despair. I personally see it as cause for hope.

They work so hard to manufacture our consent for the status quo because they absolutely require that consent; history shows us that rulers do not fare well after a critical mass of the population has turned against them. And they’re working harder and harder to manufacture that consent, even as extremely influential people begin questioning whether we’re being deliberately deceived about everything.

They used to look like someone using a bucket to bail out water from a leaky boat. Now they look like someone treading water, barely managing to get their mouth and nose high enough to take gasps of air.

They’re working harder and harder because they need to.

The fact that the propagandists have to work so hard to keep our society this insane means the natural gravitational pull is toward sanity. They have to educate us into crazier and crazier ways of thinking from the moment we go to school until we die, because otherwise we’ll collectively awaken and shake off their shackles.

It takes a lot of educating to keep us this stupid.

You think you’re struggling? You should see the people trying to manufacture consent for a status quo that is both plainly insane and self-evidently unsustainable. They’re the ones doing all the heavy lifting in this struggle. They’re the ones fighting gravity.

Hope is not a popular position to take in a world that is being abused, exploited and being driven mad by manipulative sociopaths. Which is understandable.

But I just can’t help it. I look at how hard they are struggling to keep the light from bursting in and driving out the darkness, and I can’t help but think, “Those poor bastards can’t keep that up much longer.

source: rt.com By Caitlin Johnstone,

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Shawn Kuhn, a fully vaccinated senior at the University of Georgia who was majoring in exercise and sports science, died Oct. 11, more than six weeks after developing COVID symptoms.

Shawn Kuhn, 21, a senior majoring in exercise and sports science at the University of Georgia (UGA), died Oct. 11 from COVID complications, despite being fully vaccinated.

For the past six weeks, Kuhn had been in and out of three different hospitals, was placed in a medically induced coma and was put on a ventilator, his father said in a social media post on Oct. 10.

According to his obituary, which described him as an avid UGA Bulldog fan with a passion for serving others, Kuhn played on his high school’s soccer team and was a member of the school’s cross-country team.

At UGA, he was working toward a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science, and worked as a certified personal trainer at UGA’s Ramsey Student Center. He was a competitive fisherman who also enjoyed hiking.

“Shawn was one the most caring, helpful and fun [people] I’ve known and met at UGA,”  said Libby Buchanan, a UGA alum and Kuhn’s friend. “Since that day in 2018, Shawn and me have kept being friends. Anytime you were around Shawn, you couldn’t help but smile and laugh. He never spoke bad about anyone and only encouraged you to be the best.”

Breakthrough case numbers continue to rise

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show as of Oct. 4, 30,177 patients were hospitalized or died despite being fully vaccinated — a number the agency acknowledges is an undercount of all SARS-CoV-2 infections among fully vaccinated persons.

According to the CDC, a vaccine breakthrough case occurs when someone tests positive for COVID at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated.

According to the CDC’s website, people with vaccine breakthrough infections may spread the virus and infect others.

As of May 1, the CDC stopped tracking all COVID vaccine breakthrough cases — instead tracking only those breakthrough cases which result in hospitalization or death. The CDC said it made the change in order to “maximize the quality of data collected on cases of greatest clinical and public importance.”

More COVID breakthrough cases were reported in Pennsylvania, causing concern among health officials. In the past month, about 26% percent of the nearly 5,000 hospitalizations for COVID-related issues within the state of Pennsylvania, were among those who were fully vaccinated.

The Cleveland Clinic said 15% of all new COVID cases the clinic treated in September were breakthrough infections, with 10% of hospitalizations occurring in vaccinated individuals.

According to Cleveland Clinic officials, those who were vaccinated and ended up hospitalized were largely patients who were over the age of 65 or had significant underlying medical conditions.

“While no vaccine is 100% effective and we expect to see some breakthrough cases, the far majority of new cases we are seeing are still occurring in those who are unvaccinated,” Cleveland Clinic officials said in an emailThursday morning.

FDA advisory committee unanimously recommends authorization of Moderna boosters

Vaccine advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today unanimously recommended Moderna’s COVID vaccinebooster shots for people 65 and older and “other vulnerable” adults, CNBC reported.

The nonbinding decision by the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) would bring guidelines for Moderna in line with third shots of Pfizerand BioNTech’s vaccine.

The FDA authorized those shots less than a month ago for a wide array of Americans, including the elderly, adults with underlying medical conditions and those who work or live in high-risk settings like health and grocery workers.

While the agency hasn’t always followed the advice of its committee, it often does. A final FDA decision on Moderna boosters could come within days.

The decision came during the first day of a two-day meeting of the VRBPAC, during which committee members were also scheduled to vote on boosters for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID vaccine and a presentation on mix-and-match vaccines.

Moderna requested authorization for a 50-microgram booster dose — half the size of the 100-microgram doses used in the primary series of the two-dose vaccine — at least six months after the second dose, and only for certain groups.

Moderna’s request mirrored the groups authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID vaccine in September. Third doses of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines are already authorized for some immunocompromised people.

source: the defender children health defense news and views by Megan Redshaw 

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China is going to dominate the world through its advances in AI and other emerging technologies, and the US has already missed out on a chance to prevent it, the Pentagon’s recently resigned software chief has said.

“We have no competing fighting chance against China in 15 to 20 years. Right now, it’s already a done deal; it is already over in my opinion,” Nicolas Chaillan told the Financial Times in his first interview since his shock resignation last month.

Chaillan, who was the first chief software officer for the US Air Force and oversaw the Pentagon’s efforts to boost cybersecurity over the past three years, announced his resignation in September in protest against the sluggish pace of technological progress in the American military.

“Whether it takes a war or not is kind of anecdotal,” but China, which has prioritized artificial intelligence, machine learning and cyber capabilities, is on course for global domination and control of everything from media narratives to geopolitics, he insisted.

Washington might be spending three times more than Beijing on defense, but this money is being used in the wrong areas, said the French-born tech entrepreneur, who became a US citizen in 2016. AI and other emerging technologies are more crucial for America’s future than massive and high-budget hardware projects like fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets, he argued.

One thing holding the US back is the ongoing debate on the ethics of artificial intelligence, while Chinese companies are devoting “massive investment” to AI without a second thought, according to Chaillan.

Chinese firms are also actively cooperating with their government on AI, but US companies, like Google, are reluctant to work with the American authorities, he added.

The former software chief also sounded the alarm over the cyber defenses of US government agencies, saying that they were at “kindergarten level” in some areas.

In the coming weeks, Chaillan plans to testify before Congress in relation to the issue to attract more attention to the danger posed to the US by China’s technological advancements.

Chaillan's resignation made a splash after he announced it in a bombshell letter in early September. He complained that bureaucracy and lack of funding had prevented him from doing his job properly, saying that he was fed up with "hearing the right words without action."

The Pentagon was "setting up critical infrastructure to fail" by appointing military officials with no expertise in the field in charge of cyber initiatives, the 37-year-old argued. "We would not put a pilot in the cockpit without extensive flight training; why would we expect someone with no IT experience to be close to successful?" 

He kept criticizing the Department of Defense after his departure, claiming during a CyberSatGov conference earlier this week that American national security satellite providers were unable to develop "at the speed of relevance" finding themselves stuck in the Pentagon's ecosystem.

NASA was also grilled, with Chaillan saying that it was "a little bit of a disgrace that we had to wait for SpaceX to bring a capability to allow us to send Americans back to the ISS and not depend on the Russians."Souyz rockets, launched by Russia's space agency Roscosmos, have been delivering NASA astronauts to orbit from the shutdown of the shuttle program in 2011 till 2020 when SpaceX developed capabilities to send humans to space.

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