Reader’s Links for June 23, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

About Eeyore

Canadian artist and counter-jihad and freedom of speech activist as well as devout Schrödinger's catholic

96 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 23, 2021”

  1. “The woman, who identified herself as the mother of a transgender student, had said that ‘hate’ was ‘dripping from the followers of Jesus in this room'”

    “The parents debated a draft of the proposed 8040 policy on restrooms that reads that ‘students should be allowed to use the facility that corresponds to their gender identity,’ as school district leaders say they are moving to make schools more inclusive for transgender students…”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9715305/Loudoun-County-Virginia-school-board-CUTS-public-comment-transgender-policies.html

    Nature vs Nurture
    Male vs Female
    “It is what it is”
    “No child shall fail!”

    “Stanford professor Joel Peterson reveals student called him racist for standing for the flag and another said ‘white people should be eradicated’ as he warns Ivy League pupils have ‘swapped education for indoctrination'”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9715411/Stanford-professor-Joel-Peterson-reveals-student-called-racist-standing-flag.html

    • The sides have been formed and are now organizing to oppose each other, the left in their usual echo chamber ignorance are ignoring the people who oppose them. The left pushing their lunacy on the rest of us are creating so much pressure that once the explosion happens the resulting fire will last many decades and cost many lives. We are at a critical point in history and the results of the looming wars will decide if freedom survives on earth or if we descend into slavery?

  2. https://welovetrump.com/2021/06/22/tucker-nyu-professor-discusses-genetically-engineering-humans-to-become-allergic-to-meat-to-address-climate-change/

    M. A little short sighted IMHO as when it all hits the fan planet wise we will all have to eat each other as we have done before all too often and now the lunatics really are running the asylum.

    A few years ago, the conference featured a professor of bioethics(SIC!) and philosophy at New York University named Mathew Liao.

    Liao is among the most influential bioethicists in the world — a fact that will amaze you(M. in whose opinion? His?) . Liao explained that climate change can be solved with something called “human engineering.”

    MATTHEW LIAO: My view is that what we need is a really robust ethical framework and within this ethical robust framework I think there’s a way going forward where we can do this ethically. But there’s actually a lot of opportunities for this to solve big world problems, one thing is climate change. Climate change is a really big problem we don’t really know how to solve it but it turns out we can use human engineering to help us address climate change.

    Here’s a tip: anyone who uses the phrase “robust ethical framework” wouldn’t know ethics if they got in the shower with them. And you know that for a fact because he uses the phrase “human engineering.”

    Human engineering? The name alone should make you pause. People aren’t bridge improvements. You can’t just add rebar, pour a few yards of concrete, and improve the human condition, much less the human soul. People are living beings. They’re alive. They can’t be engineered. Liao the eminent bioethicist seems unaware of this. He outlined some of his proposals in a recent paper in the Journal of “Ethics, Policy & Environment.” In that paper, Liao suggests a solution to the problem, the pressing problem, of people eating hamburgers. People like hamburgers, it turns out. How can we get people to stop eating hamburgers? Not by convincing them that hamburgers are bad. That was the old way. That’s how democracy worked. You would tell people something, if they believed they did it, if they didn’t believe you, they didn’t. But it turns out that’s too time-consuming. The new model is we just use pharmaceuticals. Your kids are getting uppity? Dope them out, and they’ll obey. Liao proposes a nationwide system like that, a pill that would make people nauseous at the sight of red meat. Given that climate change is an “existential threat,” that’s limiting our time on earth to 20 years, or 12 years, or 6 months, or pick your exaggeration, it’s hard to imagine a pill like that would soon become mandatory. Sound like a dystopian fantasy? It’s not. Liao is deadly serious. He said so at the “World Science Festival.”

    MATTHEW LIAO: So here’s a thought, we have this intolerance for example I have milk intolerance, some people on intolerant to fish so possibly we can use human engineering to make it the case where we are intolerant to certain types of meat, certain types of bovine proteins, so that’s something we can do through human engineering, possibly address really big world problems through human engineering.

    Again, says the bioethicist, “human engineering” is the answer. But wait a second, you ask. Human engineering? That’s kind of creepy. Didn’t we decide this kind of thing in Europe 80 years ago, and at the time, didn’t we agree we’re not going to do that ever again? True. But bioethicists have short memories apparently. And in any case, climate change is a pressing emergency. We don’t have time to consider the consequences of our response to this existential crisis.
    Read on site for more about this lunatic.

  3. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/06/from_self_help_to_societal_harm.html

    John McWhorter, the distinguished linguist, has an ecclesiastical term for the members of the current woke/progressive/CRT movement: The Elect. He has chosen that term to emphasize the fact that the movement is not just like a religion, but actually is a religion (or at least a cult).*

    All religions are alike in certain ways, especially because they need a common terminology; that is, a series of definitions and words that make it possible to function within the religion. Sometimes, these terms are spun out of whole cloth, appearing spontaneously either at the beginning or as time goes by. And sometimes, these terms are taken from “the outside world” and may, or may not, retain a close relation to their original meaning.

    “The Elect” have actually taken much of their terminology from the self-help and therapy movements. This usurpation gives the public a feeling of general familiarity, lending a certain comfort when encountering them. By taking what, in many cases, was non-confrontational “feel good” terminology and warping it for their own purposes, The Elect can – and successfully have – introduce their belief system into society like an ideological Trojan Horse.

    Take, for example, the term “trigger.” This word originally arose from self-help groups as a kind of shorthand to remind people to avoid situations that could lead to a relapse into whatever problematic behaviour they wish to stop. Triggers were past activities closely associated with that behaviour. For example, if you’re trying to give up alcohol, don’t hang out at the local bar every day. If you’re in anger management, don’t argue politics with your idiot brother-in-law knowing those confrontations get a bit pushy. If you’re trying to diet, don’t go down the ice cream aisle at the supermarket because that literally puts weight gain back on the table.

    Those triggers varied wildly from behaviour to behaviour, from individual to individual. What did not vary, though, was the sense that it was incumbent upon the individual to take responsibility for avoiding those triggers — to stay out of harm’s way as it were.

    Does Raising the Minimum Wage Cause Job Loss?

    But, as currently defined, “trigger warnings,” while bearing a facile resemblance to the original meaning, have mutated from an individual responsibility to a societal one. What was once a personal self-improvement tool has become a way for individuals to demand that society refrains from exposing them to anything that could induce even mild discomfort, real or even self-induced, under any circumstances.

    If the term still had its original meaning, just as walking into a bar can “trigger” an alcoholic’s relapse, apparently discussing slavery in a college classroom could somehow trigger a relapse into the practice of slavery on campus. But of course, now leftists use the term simply to silence those with whom they disagree.

    Other examples of this type of dishonest co-option abound: Read on site

  4. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/06/its_beginning_to_look_like_enemy_action.html
    M I am posting ALL of it as it is so important and esepcially so to ALL of Nth America
    It’s Beginning to Look Like Enemy Action
    By John Green
    Dong Jingwei is a Chinese defector working with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He served as Vice Minister of State Security in the Chinese Ministry of Defense. Before defecting, he was responsible for the counterintelligence efforts in China. He was in a position to know about all things “espionage” in China and is perhaps the highest-level Chinese defector the U.S. has ever had. Even though the legacy media is playing it down, this is a big deal.

    It speaks volumes that the man who knows the identity of all the Chinese spies in our country chose to defect to the DIA and only the DIA. Further, it’s reported that the DIA is not sharing the information it’s receiving with the FBI or CIA. Now why would that be?

    Dong provided details of meetings between U.S. officials, Chinese spies, and Russian SVR agents. He also provided details about how the Chinese government gained access to CIA communications, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of CIA assets. Anonymous sources are also reporting that members of the federal law enforcement community (i.e. FBI) are “scared s**tless” about Dong’s information.

    Is it possible that the FBI and CIA are hopelessly compromised? As we’d say in Minnesota — you betcha!

    Dong has allegedly provided the names of Chinese spies working or attending universities in the U.S. He claims that a third of Chinese students in this country are actually PLA assets. To validate his claims, Dong has provided financial records showing which businessmen and public officials have received money from the Chinese Government. Private persons receiving money may or may not be illegal depending on what they’re doing for it. If they’re selling protected technology, it’s illegal. If they’re influencing public opinion, it may not be illegal, but is still problematic. However, public officials receiving money is a huge deal — it’s either bribery or espionage.

    ‘Where Are The Admirals? Where Are The Generals? Where Are the Veterans?’

    How much are businesses, educators, public officials, and opinion influencers beholden to China? It appears to be a disturbing number.

    Dong provided copies of Hunter Biden’s laptop hard drives to the DIA. Granted, there’s not much that’s secret about that laptop anymore. But isn’t China verifying their possession of those drives kind of like a blackmailer showing his victim pictures of himself in bed with an underage girl? How incriminating is that picture when information from Hunter’s laptop is combined with financial records which the Chinese surely have? Maybe there’s more than one underage girl in that photo.

    In 2015, the Aviation Industry Corp of China (AVIC) acquired Henniges Automotive. This acquisition is significant because Henneges Automotive provides stealth technology for the F-35 program. AVIC’s U.S. partners in this acquisition were none other than Hunter Biden and Chris Heinz. The acquisition was approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Secretary of State John Kerry was a member of the CFIUS during this decision. He is also the stepfather of — surprise, surprise — Chris Heinz! Dong provided details of how China was able to acquire stealth technology after the U.S. approved its purchase of Henniges Automotive.

    Anyone who doesn’t see that the Biden family financial ties to China leave President Asterisk vulnerable to blackmail is hopelessly naïve.

    Dong provided copies of pathogenic studies to the DIA which show that the Chinese military was involved in the development of the COVID-19 virus. He also provided copies of Chinese models which predicted the spread and damage that the pandemic would do to the U.S. and the rest of the world. Given what we’re learning about Dr. Fauci and his “gain of function” research, we may have paid China to develop a weapon which was used against us.

    Further, the Chinese government changed the travel plans of Chinese students returning to the U.S. after the Christmas break. Their travel plans were advanced so that they returned much earlier than originally planned — prior to the outbreak of the pandemic. Dong reportedly claimed that they were tasked to gather information about the U.S. response to the pandemic. They were to gather information on:

    Policy changes
    Economic response and damage
    Impacts on the healthcare system
    Impacts on the supply chain
    Civil unrest
    The implication is that even if the Chinese government did not intentionally release the virus, they intentionally let it spread and used it as an espionage bonanza. As a side benefit to the Chinese, COVID-19 provided the excuse for massive election changes, which facilitated the removal of President Donald Trump — China’s greatest threat. They learned from the Democrats not to let a good crisis go to waste.

    As far as we know, Dong has not provided any direct information about BLM or Antifa. However, the fact that returning Chinese students were tasked to monitor civil unrest is quite curious. If our FBI and CIA weren’t hopelessly compromised, they might consider following the money. But we already know that won’t be happening.

    This all brings me to the most important point — have we been under attack from China and didn’t know it? A colleague recently reminded me of the Goldfinger dictum: “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times, now that is enemy action.”

  5. https://youtu.be/fNKIpVvsnW8

    The video that got this man JAILED for 18 months and what it exposed him to. Like the “bacon sandwich guy” he will probably be murdered in gaol.
    The UK judiciary and their “handlers” direly need a culling pf thsoe who allow politics to usurp the law and justice.

  6. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/jun/21/fight-climate-crisis-clean-energy-nuclear-power

    M You have to love the Grauniard as they show here the proof of the adroit flexibility of the Left when it comes to truth and reality.

    If we want to fight the climate crisis, we must embrace nuclear power Bhaskar Sunkara
    A powerful form of clean energy already exists – and it is far more reliable than wind and solar

    A recent paper found that the last two decades of phased nuclear closures led to an increase in CO2 emissions of 36.3 megatons a year.
    A recent paper found that the last two decades of phased nuclear closures led to an increase in CO2 emissions of 36.3 megatons a year. Photograph: Seth Wenig/AP
    Mon 21 Jun 2021 06.18 EDT

    On 30 April, the Indian Point nuclear power plant 30 miles north of New York City was shut down. For decades the facility provided the overwhelming majority of the city’s carbon-free electricity as well as good union jobs for almost a thousand people. Federal regulators had deemed the plant perfectly safe.

    New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, a key figure behind the move, said that the shuttering of Indian Point brought us “a big step closer to achieving our aggressive clean energy goals”. It’s hard to reconcile that optimism with the data that’s recently come out. The first full month without the plant has seen a 46% increase in the average carbon intensity of statewide electric generation compared to when Indian Point was fully operational. New York replaced clean energy from Indian Point with fossil fuel sources like natural gas.
    The American economy is perilously fragile. Concentration of wealth is to blame Robert Reich(M that is rich so you target NOt those responsible but the middle class and the working class)

    It’s a nightmare we should have seen coming. In Germany, nuclear power formed around a third of the country’s power generation in 2000, when a Green party-spearheaded campaign managed to secure the gradual closure of plants, citing health and safety concerns. Last year, that share fell to 11%, with all remaining stations scheduled to close by next year. A recent paper found that the last two decades of phased nuclear closures led to an increase in CO2 emissions of 36.3 megatons a year – with the increased air pollution potentially killing 1,100 people annually.

    Like New York, Germany coupled its transition away from nuclear power with a pledge to spend more aggressively on renewables. Yet the country’s first plant closures meant carbon emissions actually increased, as the production gap was immediately filled through the construction of new coal plants. Similarly, in New York the gap will be filled in part by the construction of three new gas plants. For the Germans, investment in renewables did eventually pay dividends, but it largely replaced the old nuclear plants’ output rather than reducing existing fossil fuel consumption. The carbon intensity of German electricity is higher than the EU average.
    read on

    • That is a real good question, but it won’t be available until the nations of the world get some rational governments.

    • There are two episodes of Stargate SG1 I can’t get out of my head also. I have posted the season and episode number a few times on this site and it was made in the 90s.

      It was about Aliens who solved most of Earths problems with a vaccine, but which unbeknownst to all BUT THE ELITE, sterilized 95% of us and the rest became effectively slaves to the aliens after a generation, mining and farming for them.
      Worth watching if anyone needs more horror than you get here.

      One of the two episodes, but they are both amazing watching right now.

      https://www.gateworld.net/wiki/Aschen_vaccine

      • The series hinted at the Swamp long before anyone else noticed its presence. But its real value was “nasty aliens” as it is about time this planet woke up that just like not all humans are good, the same applies to sentient aliens, and especially those with the technological ability to reach us.
        My one disappointment was the well know Canadian actor who thought that the whole thing was a bit of a joke going by his acting.
        Many themes within the series resonated with me and the sudden cessation of Atlantis was a tragedy. Thank the gods that the wokist plague cannot ruin it it like they did star trek.

        • Agree with all. Stargate still has that wonderful classical-liberal-centric value set with all people fighting to preserve freedom and truth across planets, galaxies and dimensions.

          Also agree, Stargate Atlantis was really enjoyable. Wish they made more of them back then, and hope they do NOT make more of them now.

          • One episode did pall. Do you remember the episode of “the Breeders” where an overtly communist group were at war with them and asked SG1 for help.
            I found it quite contradictory as always the breeders are the Marxists and the only way to explain it all was to assume that the first group(non breeders) were Nazi clones and the others were Slavs/Jews etc. I found it quite unsatisfactory as they switched sides without a real clue about both sides And did so waving their virtue flags.

          • There is talk that HBO is going to buy the Stargate Franchise and start a new series using some of the old actors. I haven’t heard anything else.

            • OMG! I spoke too soon. HBO ruined GoT in the last season by going totally woke.
              No doubt RDA will be the general sitting in his wheelchair and trying to pretend that he appreciates the transgender scientist while the butch lesbian team leader pulls her weight and the new gay black Teal’c whines about his clothing and hair.
              *shudders*

  7. The more I speak to people honestly about what I see the more I am convinced that the majority do not yet compute any existential threat to their well being. The tactic of exerting subtle, incremental changes upon the masses is, therefore, effective. Ruthless actions taken by collectivists to manipulate public opinion will not be matched by we free radicals of conscience. It is therefore incumbent upon the informed to stubbornly announce the truth as we see it, and as frequently as possible, to any all ears willing to listen. I believe this is working, and will continue to sway people who have not yet crystalized their thoughts or dissent to the current collectivist orthodoxy.

    • Our telling the facts as often as we can is working, you can tell that by the way the Leftists are spending so much time and effort to censor all that everyone says. The war won’t be short and won’t always be peaceful but we are slowly but winning.

    • The idiots do not even notice a threat to their comforts and security. Too much food, too much safety and too much comfort distorts the view of reality where such obvious concerns as power and water supply are taken for granted and and missing an episode of Big Bother is seen as a real stress inducing disaster.
      Oversupply needs and comfort and the ability to respond to real want declines along with the expectations of want occurring. The west is Rome in the early 7th century , just waiting for disaster to come knocking and ripe for the fall.

  8. EIGHTEEN year old Isaiah Harris, of Springdale, Arkansas, had to be hospitalized within 48 hours of his second Pfizer dose and subsequently suffered a heart attack.

    He received his first does on April 8, and his second dose on April 30, within 12 hours of the second dose he developed a high fever and chills. His father, Justin Harris initially didn’t think anything was wrong because he got sick after both of his doses of Moderna, although his symptoms were not as serious.

    Within 48 hours, Isaiah’s heart started to hurt very, very badly. Then he had trouble breathing. We took him to the hospital but they didn’t take him seriously. We waited in the waiting room for over 2 hours and they left him in the hallway for 6 hours.

    Then things went from bad to worse – – that is when he had his heart attack and one lung filled with fluid. His mother was the only one allowed to stay with him because of COVID restrictions. His mother told the staff multiple times her son was having a heart attack. They put him in a room and ran an EKG. At one point 80% of his heart was inflamed and only 40% functioning. His troponin levels were so high — the Doctors said he suffered a heart attack.

    Doctors kept denying it was the vaccine. Myocarditis is a result of the body’s immune reaction to the initial heart damage.

    Isaiah was hospitalized for 4 days for “acute myocarditis”. He now needs 6 months of total bed rest with medications to numb his heart. The hospital did not report his case to VARES.

    Isaiah regrets getting the shots. I must rest, if my heart rate get up, I may have another heart attack. President Biden said if you aren’t vaccinated, you’ll end up paying the price or you’ll have to wear a mask, but I would rather have COVID than a heart attack.

    I was healthy before I had the vaccine, I played football, lifted weights, and was active. The high school graduate will not be attending school in the fall. He was enrolled in a pharmaceutical program.

    His father used to think anti-vaxers were different. He is now totally against the vaccine. His wife was opposed to Isaiah getting the shot. Harris said he has an overwhelming guilt – I encouraged him to get the vaccine.

  9. Indiana teen suffers severe heart damage after 2nd Pfizer shot. mother says hospital clueless about reporting to VARES.

    Laura Mallozzi’s , 18 year old son David, developed myocarditis 2 days after second Pfizer vaccine. David felt pressured by his employer and co-workers to get the COVID shot. “They were uncomfortable that he was not vaccinated- – so he got the shot without telling me.

    First shot, May 18 he had a sore arm.
    Second shot, June 8, he had headache, nausea, loss of appetite, fever and chills in the evening..
    June 10 he slept off and on all day, went to bed at 7pm. Woke his mother at 4 am, temp 104 and intense heart pain and difficulty breathing. mother took him to emergency and told them he was having an adverse reaction to the vaccine. They took his information, they were ignored for hours and finally went home so David could lay down.

    Next morning, back to emergency and did not mention vaccine, they took him right in, did EKG and ran scans. David had profuse heart damage – the doctor is not sure how long he will be monitored-18 months to 2 years. he is very weak, cannot walk. His message: DON’T GET THE VACCINE

  10. Border officials have found more than 200 dead migrants since October – Liberty Unyielding
    Daily Caller News Foundation
    4-5 minutes

    Border officials have found more than 200 dead migrants since October

    Image: via Twitter

    By Kaylee Greenlee

    Border officials recorded over 200 migrant deaths and about 7,000 rescues for migrants who attempted to illegally enter the U.S. since October 2020, a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday.

    Migrants continue to try and enter the U.S. illegally despite high temperatures and other dangers, the spokesman said. Border officials rescued at least 60 migrants and a suspected smuggler this week and have discovered over 203 dead migrants since October 2020.

    “CBP’s message for anyone who is thinking of entering the United States illegally along the Southern border,” the spokesperson added, “is simple: Don’t do it. When migrants cross the border illegally, they put their lives in peril. The terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/06/23/border-officials-have-found-more-than-200-dead-migrants-since-october/

  11. ‘The worst is yet to come’: Draft UN climate report warns of drastic changes over 30 years

    Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN’s climate science advisors obtained by AFP.

    Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas — these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30.

    The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.

    But dangerous thresholds are closer than once thought, and dire consequences stemming from decades of unbridled carbon pollution are unavoidable in the short term.

    “The worst is yet to come, affecting our children’s and grandchildren’s lives much more than our own,” the report says.

    By far the most comprehensive catalogue ever assembled of how climate change is upending our world, the report reads like a 4,000-page indictment of humanity’s stewardship of the planet.

    But the document, designed to influence critical policy decisions, is not scheduled for release until February 2022 — too late for crunch UN summits this year on climate, biodiversity and food systems, some scientists say.

    In response to AFP’s reporting, the IPCC released a statement saying it “does not comment on the contents of draft reports while work is still ongoing”.

    Allies into enemies

    The draft report comes at a time of global “eco-awakening” and serves as a reality check against a slew of ill-defined net-zero promises by governments and corporations worldwide.

    The challenges it highlights are systemic, woven into the very fabric of daily life.

    They are also deeply unfair: those least responsible for global warming will suffer disproportionately, the report makes clear.

    And it shows that even as we spew record amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, we are undermining the capacity of forests and oceans to absorb them, turning our greatest natural allies in the fight against warming into enemies.

    It warns that previous major climate shocks dramatically altered the environment and wiped out most species, raising the question of whether humanity is sowing the seeds of its own demise.

    “Life on Earth can recover from a drastic climate shift by evolving into new species and creating new ecosystems,” it says.

    “Humans cannot.”

    ‘Irreversible consequences’

    There are at least four main takeaways in the draft report, which may be subject to minor changes in the coming months as the IPCC shifts its focus to a key executive summary for policymakers.

    The first is that with 1.1 degrees Celsius of warming clocked so far, the climate is already changing.

    A decade ago, scientists believed that limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius above mid-19th century levels would be enough to safeguard our future.

    That goal is enshrined in the 2015 Paris Agreement, adopted by nearly 200 nations who vowed to collectively cap warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius — and 1.5 degrees if possible.

    On current trends, we’re heading for three degrees Celsius at best.

    Earlier models predicted we were not likely to see Earth-altering climate change before 2100.

    But the UN draft report says that prolonged warming even beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius could produce “progressively serious, centuries’ long and, in some cases, irreversible consequences”.

    Last month, the World Meteorological Organization projected a 40 percent chance that Earth will cross the 1.5-degree threshold for at least one year by 2026.

    For some plants and animals, it could be too late.

    “Even at 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, conditions will change beyond many organisms’ ability to adapt,” the report notes.

    Coral reefs — ecosystems on which half a billion people depend — are one example.

    Indigenous populations in the Arctic face cultural extinction as the environment upon which their livelihoods and history are built melts beneath their snow shoes.

    A warming world has also increased the length of fire seasons, doubled potential burnable areas, and contributed to food systems losses.

    Get ready

    The world must face up to this reality and prepare for the onslaught — a second major takeaway of the report.

    “Current levels of adaptation will be inadequate to respond to future climate risks,” it cautions.

    Mid-century projections — even under an optimistic scenario of two degrees Celsius of warming — make this an understatement.

    Tens of millions more people are likely to face chronic hunger by 2050, and 130 million more could experience extreme poverty within a decade if inequality is allowed to deepen.

    In 2050, coastal cities on the “frontline” of the climate crisis will see hundreds of millions of people at risk from floods and increasingly frequent storm surges made more deadly by rising seas.

    Some 350 million more people living in urban areas will be exposed to water scarcity from severe droughts at 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming — 410 million at two degrees Celsius.

    That extra half-a-degree will also mean 420 million more people exposed to extreme and potentially lethal heatwaves.

    “Adaptation costs for Africa are projected to increase by tens of billions of dollars per year with warming greater than two degrees,” the report cautions.

    Point of no return

    Thirdly, the report outlines the danger of compound and cascading impacts, along with point-of-no-return thresholds in the climate system known as tipping points, which scientists have barely begun to measure and understand.

    A dozen temperature trip wires have now been identified in the climate system for irreversible and potentially catastrophic change.

    Recent research has shown that warming of two degrees Celsius could push the melting of ice sheets atop Greenland and the West Antarctic — with enough frozen water to lift oceans 13 metres (43 feet) — past a point of no return.

    Other tipping points could see the Amazon basin morph from tropical forest to savannah, and billions of tonnes of carbon leech from Siberia’s permafrost, fuelling further warming.

    In the more immediate future, some regions — eastern Brazil, Southeast Asia, the Mediterranean, central China — and coastlines almost everywhere could be battered by multiple climate calamities at once: drought, heatwaves, cyclones, wildfires, flooding.

    But global warming impacts are also amplified by all the other ways that humanity has shattered Earth’s equilibrium.

    These include “losses of habitat and resilience, over-exploitation, water extraction, pollution, invasive non-native species and dispersal of pests and diseases,” the report says.

    There is no easy solution to such a tangle of problems, said Nicholas Stern, former chief economist at the World Bank and author of the landmark Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change.

    “The world is confronting a complex set of interwoven challenges,” said Stern, who did not contribute to the IPCC report.

    “Unless you tackle them together, you are not going to do very well on any of them.”

    ‘Transformational change’

    There is very little good news in the report, but the IPCC stresses that much can be done to avoid worst-case scenarios and prepare for impacts that can no longer be averted, the final takeaway.

    Conservation and restoration of so-called blue carbon ecosystems — kelp and mangrove forests, for example — enhance carbon stocks and protect against storm surges, as well as providing wildlife habitats, coastal livelihoods and food security.

    Transitioning to more plant-based diets could also reduce food-related emissions as much as 70 percent by 2050.

    But simply swapping a gas guzzler for a Tesla or planting billions of trees to offset business-as-usual isn’t going to cut it, the report warns.

    “We need transformational change operating on processes and behaviours at all levels: individual, communities, business, institutions and governments,” it says.

    “We must redefine our way of life and consumption.”

    https://uk.news.yahoo.com/worst-yet-come-draft-un-112453830.html
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    Paris air taxis begin test flights in run-up to 2024 Olympic launch

    • it’s raining!
      The sky is falling!

      Is there such a thing as the exceptionally big mega-lie?
      It seems that they are dumping every bit of specious garbage upon us at once now as they see their little web of lies collapsing under the weight of its own bull effluent.

      Maybe this is the last ditch Banzai charge of the climate loonies with hopefully the usual result.

    • These global madmen should be locked up for crimes against humanity. They are not scholars, they are simply narcissistic, power hungry, madmen, they are a threat to our extinction.

  12. Military training guide includes socialists as representatives of a terrorist ideological category – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    9-12 minutes

    Military training guide includes socialists as representatives of a terrorist ideological category

    Minneapolis riots, May 2020. Via Reuters, YouTube

    When the string is pulled on this, it turns out that the US. Navy training guide in question has a point. There is a terrorist ideological category that can, depending on definitions, include “anarchists, socialists and neo-nazis.” The Navy guide refers to the category as “political terrorists.”

    That doesn’t mean there’s no criticizing the Navy guide. Strictly speaking, all terrorism is inherently political, which is why it’s called terrorism. Its purpose is to have politically kinetic effects on peoples, their preferences and arrangements, and societal will, through destruction, fear, and intimidation.

    So the Navy guide can perhaps be criticized for using terminology too loosely, and leaving some confusion in its wake. Terrorism is political, but there is also “political terrorism.”

    We all intuitively understand that anarchists, socialists, and neo-Nazis direct their energies explicitly at the political organization of society (as opposed to the economic organization, or the spirit of the people and their sense of well-being), and that makes the “political terrorists” distinctive. But they don’t “protest” or necessarily attack the same things.

    https://libertyunyielding.com/2021/06/23/military-training-guide-includes-socialists-as-representatives-of-a-terrorist-ideological-category/

  13. The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) an u,Breslau group including most of the country’s labour unions, held its annual convention with over 4000 delegates.

    On Friday, the final day of the convention anti-Israel groups announced that the CLC had adopted an “emergency resolution “ calling for a ban on goods produced by Jews east of the Green Line, divestment from Israel security companies and arm sales to Israel.

    The CLC’s own convention website says emergency resolutions can be adopted, but also that the approval of 2/3 of he convention delegates is required before an emergency resolution can be considered, referencing Article 11, section 4.e of the CLC Constitution.

    The anti-Israel resolution supposedly adopted on Friday was never approved by the convention delegates at all, let alone by a 2/3 majority.

    Both B’nai Brith and the Canadian Jewish News have asked the CLC to explain this apparent violation of its Constitution, but have received no reply to date.

    They should remember Tommy Douglas, an icon of the Canadian labour movement
    Who said “The main enmity against Israel is that she has been an affront to those nations who do not treat their people and workers as well as Israel has treated hers”.

  14. CDC safety group says there’s a likely link between rare heart inflammation in young people after Covid shot

    -There have been more than 1,200 cases of a myocarditis or pericarditis mostly in people 30 and under who received Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine, according to CDC data.

    -Roughly 300 million of the shots had been administered as of June 11, the agency said.

    -For both vaccines combined, there were 12.6 heart inflammation cases per million doses.

    A CDC safety group said there’s a “likely association” between a rare heart inflammatory condition in adolescents and young adults mostly after they’ve received their second Covid-19 vaccine shot, citing the most recent data available.

    There have been more than 1,200 cases of a myocarditis or pericarditis mostly in people 30 and under who received Pfizer’s or Moderna’s Covid vaccine, according to a series of slide presentations published Wednesday for a meeting of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

    Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, while pericarditis is the inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart.

    “Clinical presentation of myocarditis cases following vaccination has been distinct, occurring most often within one week after dose two, with chest pain as the most common presentation,” said Dr. Grace Lee, who chairs the committee’s safety group. CDC officials are gathering more data to fully understand the potential risks, how to manage it and whether there are any long-term issues, she said.

    The agency said there have been 267 cases of myocarditis or pericarditis reported after receiving one dose of the mRNA vaccines and 827 reported cases after two doses through June 11. There are 132 additional cases where the number of doses received is unknown, the CDC said.

    Roughly 300 million of the shots had been administered as of June 11, the agency said.

    “This is still a rare event,” Dr. Tom Shimabukuro said at the meeting. For both vaccines combined, there were 12.6 heart inflammation cases per million doses. The cases were more frequent among Moderna’s vaccine recipients at 19.8 cases per million versus eight cases per million for Pfizer’s, he said.

    Men under 30 make up the bulk of the cases, the CDC said, and most cases appear to be mild. Of the 295 people who have developed the condition and have been discharged, 79% of them have fully recovered, according to the presentation. Nine people were hospitalized, with two in intensive care as of June 11, according to the agency.

    CDC officials said the benefits of getting the Covid vaccine still outweigh the risks.

    Cases among younger people are on the rise as older people get vaccinated at higher rates. The U.S. has vaccinated 177.6 million people with at least one dose, roughly 53% of the population, according to the CDC. Just 13.6% of 18-to-24-year-olds have had at least one vaccine dose in the U.S., compared with 26% of people ages 50 to 64, the data shows.

    While older age groups have seen hospitalization rates fall, they’ve barely budged among adolescents and young adults, said the CDC’s Dr. Megan Wallace.

    “Adolescents and young adults make up a greater proportion of total cases 33% of cases reported in May, were in persons aged 12 to 29 years, compared with 28% last December,” she said. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 2767 people ages 12 to 29 years old have died from Covid, she said, noting that 316 of those fatalities have happened since April 1.

    The CDC is coordinating its investigation with the Food and Drug Administration, which last month authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for adolescents ages 12 to 15. Symptoms, which include chest pain and shortness of breath, typically develop within a week of receiving the shot with most developing within four days, the agency said.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/06/23/cdc-reports-more-than-1200-cases-of-rare-heart-inflammation-after-covid-vaccine-shots.html

    • DAILY MAIL – CDC advisory group says there is a ‘likely link’ between COVID-19 vaccines and rare heart inflammation in young adults after nearly 500 reported cases

      The CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical Work Group said Wednesday that there is a ‘likely link’ between rare heart inflammation and vaccines

      The group noted vaccination with the Pfizer and Moderna shots in adolescents and young adults is notably higher after the second dose and in males

      So far, 484 cases have been reported out of 90.6 million doses, which means the risk occurs in 0.000534% of young adults

      Both Pfizer and Moderna say they have not identified an association with the heart inflammation cases and their vaccines

      An advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there is a ‘likely link’ between rare cases of heart inflammation in adolescents and young adults and the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

      In a presentation released on Wednesday, the COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Technical (VaST) Work Group discussed nearly 500 reports of the heart inflammation, known as myocarditis, in vaccinated adults under age 30.

      The group of doctors said he risk of myocarditis or pericarditis following vaccination with the mRNA-based shots in adolescents and young adults is notably higher after the second dose and in males

      It comes as the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is set to meet this week to assess the possibility of a link between the heart condition and the mRNA vaccines.

      According to the presentation, there have been 484 preliminary reports of myocarditis or pericarditis in young people under age 30 as of June 11.

      So far, 323 have been confirmed by CDC and 148 are still under review.

      In total, 309 patients were hospitalized, of which 295 were discharged and 79 percent have since recovered.

      Nine patients are still hospitalized with two in intensive care units. There was no data available for five patients.

      Males were much more likely to report heart inflammation after receiving a second dose than women.

      As of June 11, there were 9.1 per million reported cases of myocarditis/pericarditis in females ages 12-to-17 compared to 66.7 per million in males of that age group.

      What’s more, rates among females ages 18-to-24 and ages 25-to-29 were 5.5 per million and 2.6 per million respectively.

      Ang males, rates were 56.3 per million for the 18-to-24 age group and 20.4 per million in the 25-to-29 group.

      This type of heart inflammation can be caused by a variety of infections, including a bout of COVID-19, as well as certain medications.

      With more than 90.6 million young Americans under age 30 who have received one or both doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, it means just 0.000534 percent of people who have been administered the shots have reported such an effect.

      The ACIP will discuss the benefits of the mRNA vaccines versus the potential risk to adolescents and young adults from the heart condition, according to the agency’s agenda.

      The group is not expected to cast a vote on any issues regarding the vaccine rollout, but may issue an update on vaccine safety, the odds of myocarditis and a risk-benefit of analysis of vaccines in teens and young adults.

      The CDC earlier this month said it was still evaluating the risk from the condition and did not confirm a causal relationship between the vaccines and the heart issue.

      The agency, however, said a higher-than-expected number of young men have experienced heart inflammation after their second dose of the mRNA COVID-19 shots, with more than half the cases reported in people between the ages of 12 and 24.

      Dr Tom Shimabukuro, deputy director of the CDC’s Immunization Safety Office, said in a presentation that data from one of the agency’s safety monitoring systems – Vaccine Safety Datalink (VSD) – suggests a rate of 12.6 cases per million in the three weeks after the second shot in 12- to 39-year-olds.

      Pfizer, whose vaccine has been authorized for use in Americans as young as 12, previously said it had not observed a higher rate of heart inflammation than would normally be expected in the general population.

      Moderna had said it could not identify a causal association with the heart inflammation cases and its vaccine.

      Although health officials in Israel have also determined that there is likely a link between vaccination and the heart inflammation, concerns about the more infectious Indian ‘Delta’ variant have prompted the country to urge 12-to 15-year olds get vaccinated.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-9718091/CDC-advisory-group-says-likely-link-COVID-19-vaccines-rare-heart-inflammation.html

  15. The computer modelling shows pollen can spread COVID further and faster. OMG thank you for the laugh of the day. What next, do we get rid of anything that produces pollen? Where do these whack jobs get off. The computer modelling has been telling us the end is near, the sky is falling, water levels are rising, Many madmen mothers making modelling monsters.

    Dammit, I just watched a bee spreading COVID. Do not tell OAC.

  16. DECEMBER 2020 – Pope teams up with ‘Guardians’ of global wealth

    Pope Francis spoke of the need for an economic system that is fair and trustworthy.

    An historic new council of the world’s largest investment and business leaders and the Vatican was launched at the Vatican on 8 December, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

    “Inspired by the moral imperative of all faiths, the council invites companies of all sizes to harness the potential of the private sector to build a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable economic foundation for the world,” a council statement said.

    The council is led by a core group of global leaders, known as “Guardians for Inclusive Capitalism”, who will meet annually with Pope Francis and Cardinal Peter Turkson, who heads the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

    These leaders represent more than $10.5 trillion in assets under management, companies with over $2.1 trillion of market capitalisation, and 200 million workers in more than 163 countries.

    The organisation challenges business and investment leaders “of all sizes” to embrace “collective actions intended to lead to systemic change by making capitalism a greater force for inclusivity and sustainability”.

    Speaking to the assembled guardians, Pope Francis said: “An economic system that is fair, trustworthy, and capable of addressing the most profound challenges facing humanity and our planet is urgently needed. You have taken up the challenge by seeking ways to make capitalism become a more inclusive instrument for integral human well-being.”

    Lynn Forester de Rothschild, founder of the council and managing partner of Inclusive Capital Partners, said: “Capitalism has created enormous global prosperity, but it has also left too many people behind, led to degradation of our planet, and is not widely trusted in society.

    “This council will follow the warning from Pope Francis to listen to ‘the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor’ and answer society’s demands for a more equitable and sustainable model of growth.”

    The full list of guardians

    Ajay Banga, president and chief executive officer, Mastercard

    Oliver Bäte, chairman of the board of management, Allianz SE

    Marc Benioff, chair, chief executive officer, and founder, Salesforce

    Edward Breen, executive chairman, Dupont

    Sharan Burrow, general secretary, International Trade Union Confederation

    Mark Carney, COP26 financial advisor to the Prime Minister, and United Nations special envoy for Climate Action and Finance

    Carmine Di Sibio, global chairman and chief executive officer, EY

    Brunello Cucinelli, executive chairman and creative director, Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.

    Roger Ferguson, president and chief executive officer, TIAA

    Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, founder and managing partner, Inclusive Capital Partners

    Kenneth Frazier, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

    Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer, The Estée Lauder Companies

    Marcie Frost, chief executive officer, CalPERS

    Alex Gorsky, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Johnson & Johnson

    Angel Gurria, secretary general, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Alfred Kelly, chairman and chief executive officer, Visa Inc.

    William Lauder, executive chairman, The Estée Lauder Companies

    Bernard Looney, chief executive officer, BP

    Fiona Ma, treasurer, State of California

    Hiro Mizuno, board member, Principles for Responsible Investment

    Brian Moynihan, chairman of the board and chief executive officer, Bank of America

    Deanna Mulligan, president and chief executive officer, Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

    Ronald P. O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer, State Street Corporation

    Rajiv Shah, president, The Rockefeller Foundation

    Tidjane Thiam, board member, Kering Group

    Darren Walker, president, Ford Foundation

    Mark Weinberger, former chair and chief executive officer of EY, and board member of J&J, MetLife and Saudi Aramco

    On the same day Pope Francis announced a year of St Joseph.

    Covid-19, Francis explained in an apostolic letter announcing the initiative, showed the importance of “ordinary people” such as caregivers and essential workers who are often overlooked. In many cases, he added, they resemble St Joseph “the man who goes unnoticed, a daily, discreet and hidden presence,” who yet plays a “central role” in the history of salvation.

    Meanwhile the Holy Family was recognised in the Vatican’s new Nativity Scene unveiled on 12 December. While many on social media called the scene “impossible to look at”, seemingly depicting “Martians” or “Darth Vader”, Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, said the creche “shows how the Gospel can love all cultures and professions”.

    https://www.thetablet.co.uk/news/13668/pope-teams-up-with-guardians-of-global-wealth
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    The Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican

    … the Council for Inclusive Capitalism with the Vatican will create stronger, fairer, more collaborative economies and societies, ultimately improving the lives of countless millions of people across the globe.

  17. CBC – ‘They let them die’ at worst-hit long-term care homes, union rep tells inquest

    An ongoing coroner’s inquest in Quebec is revisiting what happened in the spring of 2020 in seniors’ residences, where more than 60 per cent of the province’s COVID-19 deaths occurred.

    • HEALTH CANADA – Watch Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, share why she is getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

    • HEALTH CANADA – I’m young and healthy. Why should I get vaccinated if I’m not at risk?
      13 vues23 juin 2021

      Watch Dr. Kal Belay, Acute Care and Minimally Invasive General Surgeon, William Osler Health System, explain why it’s important to get vaccinated even if you don’t think you’re at risk.

    • Some McDonald’s Franchises Hosting COVID Vaccine Events

      A free shot and a free menu item. The owner of several restaurants in Northern California has partnered with the CDPH to provide Californians with the COVID-19 vaccine.

      Those who get a shot also get a free menu item.

    • sky news australia – ‘We’ve lost the ability to have perspective’ on vaccines: Dr Clay Golledge

      Infectious Disease Physician Dr Clay Golledge says “we’ve lost the ability to have perspective” as vaccine hesitancy slows the vaccine rollout in Australia.

      Australia will receive 2.3 million doses of Pfizer every week by the start of October.

      + comments on the YT page

    • U.S. Department of Health – Trusted Voices on COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance: Chichi Ilonzo Momah

      Chichi Ilonzo Momah pharmacist and part owner of a local pharmacy in the Philadelphia region describes how pharmacists are literally “trusted voices” for their patients seeking answers on the Covid-19 vaccines.

    • Sky News UK – WHO warns masks and social distancing are here to stay

      A special envoy on COVID-19 for the World Health Organisation has told Sky News that masks and physical distancing will remain necessary in the future because COVID-19 is mutating.

      + comments on the YT page

    • global news – mRNA vaccines produce more COVID-19 antibodies than AstraZeneca, study finds

      Initial results from a new Canadian study are reinforcing the importance of getting that second COVID-19 vaccine shot — particularly if the first dose was AstraZeneca.

      The study, which was supported by the federal government, found a single dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine produced short-term antibody levels more than one-and-a-half times greater than those produced by one dose of AstraZeneca.

      As Jamie Mauracher reports, the findings add urgency to efforts to get second COVID-19 vaccine doses into arms as quickly as possible.

    • CDC Director Speaks On Rise Of Delta Variant

      CDC Director Rochelle Walensky speaks with NBC News’ Lester Holt about the spread of the delta variant, the effectiveness of the vaccines against it and more.

    • World Health Organization guidelines suggests vaccine less urgent for kids

      New guidelines from the World Health Organization suggest there’s less urgency to vaccinate children against COVID-19.

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    /3 #SCOTUS #CatoSCOTUS

    https://twitter.com/walterolson/status/1407711470868127749

  19. Hong Kong’s pro-democracy paper Apple Daily will close
    The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board praised the paper’s staff

    Next Digital, the parent of Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, announced Wednesday that its printed paper and digital news site will close down no later than 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

    The decision was made after police arrested five editors and executives and froze $2.3 million in assets linked to the paper last week. Hong Kong Free Press reported that the paper made the decision on the same day that the paper’s editorial writer was arrested under the controversial security law.

    The Global Network for Press Freedom called the announcement “devastating news” for press freedom in the city.

    https://www.foxnews.com/world/hong-kongs-pro-democracy-paper-apple-daily-will-close

  20. Russian ship fires warning shots at UK warship in Black Sea
    Associated Press 7 hrs ago
    3 minutes
    a plane flying in the air with smoke coming out of it © dimitar dilkoff/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    A Russian warship fired warning shots and a warplane dropped bombs Wednesday to force a British destroyer from waters near Crimea in the Black Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said, claiming those waters belonged to Russia.

    Video: Did Russia fire ‘warning shots’ at a UK navy ship? (Reuters)

    The incident marked the first time since the Cold War when Moscow used live ammunition to deter a NATO warship, reflecting soaring Russia-West tensions.

    The ministry said the Russian warship fired warning shots after the British missile destroyer Defender had ignored a notice against intrusion in Russia’s territorial waters. It said that a Russian Su-24 bomber also dropped bombs ahead of the British ship to persuade it to change course.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/russian-ship-fires-warning-shots-at-uk-warship-in-black-sea/ar-AALlGq8

  21. ATF agents, fomer director concerned with Biden nominee David Chipman: ‘A rabid partisan’
    Audrey Conklin 8 hrs ago
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    Pasco commissioners will buy out Hudson homeowners living over…
    The Russian military has been practicing taking out an enemy carrier strike…

    FIRST ON FOX: Several former and current members of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are sounding the alarm against President Biden’s nomination to lead the agency.

    Former ATF Director Michael Sullivan, as well as a current ATF member involved in training and a retired ATF deputy director who wished to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation, expressed concern that Biden’s nominee is too political to lead an unbiased agency.

    “I am concerned that somebody who has taken such a strong and hostile position against the Second Amendment, as well as gun owners and some of the most popular firearms in the United States, would be viewed as a political leader for an agency that, I think, has worked extremely hard to build the American public confidence in its handling of interpreting both the Gun Control Act and the various regulations around it,” Sullivan told Fox News.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a vote on Chipman’s nomination to lead the bureau on Thursday morning. Chipman was an ATF special agent for 25 years and currently serves as senior policy adviser to gun-violence prevention group Giffords.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/atf-agents-fomer-director-concerned-with-biden-nominee-david-chipman-a-rabid-partisan/ar-AALlC2x

  22. Pennsylvania House Passes Election Integrity Bill: ‘The System Does Not Work’
    By Jack Phillips
    June 23, 2021 Updated: June 23, 2021
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    The Pennsylvania state House on Tuesday night approved a Republican-backed election reform bill that would include a requirement that voters present identification, among other measures relating to polls, audits, and procedures.

    The bill passed mostly along partisan lines, with most Republicans supporting the measure and nearly all Democrats opposing it. The bill heads to the Senate, which is controlled by Republicans.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/pennsylvania-house-passes-election-integrity-bill-the-system-does-not-work_3870702.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-06-23-2&mktids=7f956491f467a5a45216b89bbc79149d&est=w7SWPnhnX2X665yPnHlpzleLhXp6fgvbBE7hUathKJUohfgA55Jaz18LEVA%3D

  23. Chinese scientists deleted key data that could help identify origins of COVID-19, study claims
    Chris Pandolfo
    7-9 minutes

    Chinese researchers appear to have deleted important data from a global database operated by the National Institutes of Health that could provide key insights into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, a preprint study claims.

    An American scientist recovered the deleted data from cloud storage and published his analysis Tuesday. The paper, “Recovery of deleted deep sequencing data sheds more light on the early Wuhan SARS-CoV-2 epidemic,” suggests that early virus samples from the Wuhan seafood market that until now have been the focus of most studies on the origins of the pandemic “are not fully representative of the viruses actually present in Wuhan at that time.”

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/chinese-scientists-deleted-key-covid-data?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20210623Trending-WuhanDataDestroyed&utm_term=ACTIVE%20LIST%20-%20TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News

  24. Challenge To ‘Remain In Mexico’
    Adam Casalino
    3-4 minutes

    Supreme Court Rules On Trump Border – They Just Shut Down Moot Challenge To ‘Remain In Mexico’
    Why It’s Important:

    When Joe Biden entered the White House, he turned everything upside down.

    It seems his decisions were simply based on one rule: whatever Trump did, do the opposite.

    We’ve already seen the effects of this. Our economy is in freefall, inflation is on the rise, and the border is in crisis.

    It also means that ongoing battles against the Trump administration are no longer valid.

    In fact, the Supreme Court shut down an ongoing case because of it.

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/supreme-court-rules-on-trump-border-they-just-shut-down-moot-challenge-to-remain-in-mexico/?utm_source=gjwhg&utm_medium=email

  25. Arizona Republicans Make Election Breakthrough – They Just Pushed Through 2 Election Integrity Bills
    By Adam Casalino|June 22, 2021
    Arizona Republicans Make Election Breakthrough – They Just Pushed Through 2 Election Integrity Bills
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    What’s Happening:

    Arizona was one of the ground zeroes for the 2020 Presidential Election.

    Even now, a battle is on to audit and examine just what went on in November.

    But the Republican legislature of the state never wants that to happen again.

    And, following a few other states’ leads, they are striking a blow for election integrity.

    Let’s see if Democrats like the taste of this.

    From AP News:

    Arizona House Republicans on Monday advanced a measure requiring election officials to give prosecutors records of mail ballots that get rejected because the signature doesn’t match the one on file…

    Meanwhile, House Republicans also voted to raise the threshold for an automatic recount of an election to 0.5 percentage points. Under the current standard, recalls are triggered for most statewide races when the margin is fewer than 200 votes.

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/arizona-election-2-integrity/?utm_source=gjwhg&utm_medium=email

  26. Federal Judge Makes Washington Trump Ruling – He Just Threw Out Multiple Cases Against Former President
    By Adam Casalino|June 22, 2021
    Federal Judge Makes Washington Trump Ruling – He Just Threw Out Multiple Cases Against Former President
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    What’s Happening:

    Donald Trump has been out of office for months, and still Democrats are going after him.

    They won’t like this news one bit, then!

    We saw how Democrats in Congress tried to impeach Trump after he left. That failed, humiliating them once again.

    But cases were still going through the courts. The left was trying to smear Trump, perhaps make him liable for crimes.

    A federal judge, however, just tossed out a bunch of them.

    From Daily Caller:

    https://thepatriotjournal.com/federal-judge-trump-ruling-cases/?utm_source=gjwhg&utm_medium=email

  27. China’s State-Run News Agency Is Disturbed By Texas’s New Constitutional Carry Law
    By
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    Chinese President Xi Jinping (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

    Note that Michael Bloomberg’s Texas Gun Sense civilian disarmament advocacy operation (which is described as consisting of “mostly gun owners”) was only too happy to enhance the Xinhua News Agency’s anti-gun narrative with some disinformation about automatic weapons.

    The U.S. state of Texas may return to its Wild West past, or even worse, predicts an advocate for responsible gun ownership and opponent of the so-called permitless carry law signed by Governor Greg Abbott on Wednesday, which allows Texans to carry handguns without a license or training starting Sept. 1.

    <blockquote)“There weren’t automatic weapons or 100-round magazine capacities in the guns 100 years ago,” said Gyl Switzer, director of Texas Gun Sense, a nonprofit group of more than 7,000 mostly gun owners who lobby for improved methods of gun control.

    The permitless carry law isn’t within Switzer’s ideas of ensuring responsible firearm safety, as indicated by Texas Gun Sense’s press release Wednesday within an hour of Abbott’s fulfillment of his promise to sign the Republican-backed legislation.

    “We are very concerned and disgusted that Governor Abbott has signed HB (House Bill) 1927 today while Texans are still fighting for their lives in Austin area hospitals from the most recent of Texas mass shootings,” the release stated. “(The bill) allows the permitless carry of handguns in public by people with no background check, no training in laws and safety and no demonstrated proficiency in shooting.”

    Under the previous state law, Texans had to be licensed to carry, openly or concealed, a handgun. To obtain the handgun license, applicants had to submit their fingerprints, receive 4 to 6 hours of training, complete and pass a written exam and a shooting proficiency exam.

    — Betty L. Martin in New permitless carry law big blow to gun control in U.S. Texas

    https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/chinas-state-run-news-agency-is-disturbed-by-texass-new-constitutional-carry-law/

    • Messed that up didn’t I?

      You would think China wants the US disarmed for some purpose that the armed citizens would object to.

  28. RI School Superintendents Group: “We all know many of our citizens live in a separate news reality with Fox, Newsmax and their ilk”

    Documents obtained by Legal Insurrection Foundation reveal that Rhode Island School Superintendents Association was working with “our union friends” to modify public records laws, while demonizing parents like Nicole Solas who sought records of Critical Race and Gender teaching.
    Posted by William A. Jacobson Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 09:00pm 76 Comments

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    The South Kingstown, Rhode Island, School Committee triggered a national controversy when it threatened to sue local mother Nicole Solas, who has a child enrolled in kindergarten for the fall, alleging Solas was serving too many public information requests regarding Critical Race and Gender efforts in the schools.

    What started out as a controversy over an individual mother seeking information blossomed into a larger issue which has revealed efforts by school superintendents to fight back against parents allegedly associated with “right wing” groups, particularly Parents Defending Education (PDE).

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/06/ri-school-superintendents-group-we-all-know-many-of-our-citizens-live-in-a-separate-news-reality-with-fox-newsmax-and-their-ilk/?utm_source=RC+Investigations+Today&utm_campaign=e4353c90d9-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2016_11_11_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d042379c8d-e4353c90d9-85695671&mc_cid=e4353c90d9&mc_eid=c4a952ab77

  29. The Plot Against the President

    “These guys have perpetrated the greatest crime against the American people ever seen.”
    Wed Jun 23, 2021 Mark Tapson
    79 comments

    Mark Tapson is the Shillman Fellow on Popular Culture for the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

    If you haven’t yet seen The Plot Against the President, the recent documentary about Russiagate, and think you know the whole story of what some argue was the biggest political scandal in American history, don’t wait any longer.

    Very capably directed by the courageous Amanda Milius, daughter of director/screenwriter John Milius (Apocalypse Now, Dirty Harry, Conan The Barbarian), The Plot Against the President stems from the book of the same title by investigative journalist Lee Smith, published in late 2019. The 90-minute documentary, released a year later, is available for rental at Amazon.com.

    The must-read book and riveting, fast-paced movie tell the true story of how relentlessly diligent Congressman Devin Nunes uncovered the Democrats’ “Deep State” operation to undermine the incoming administration of then-President Donald Trump. It features interviews with such principals as Trump’s former Deputy Assistant Sebastian Gorka, former Trump national security official Michael Anton, Trump’s former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump, Jr., Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, former Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, and Nunes himself, among others.

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/plot-against-president-mark-tapson/

  30. BLM and Bernie Sanders Supporter Tried to Kill Police Officer at Juneteenth Parade

    The extremism that the FBI can’t see and won’t fight.
    Wed Jun 23, 2021 Daniel Greenfield
    17 comments

    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism.

    Briana Sykes spent over a year broadcasting the racist hate of the Black Lives Matter movement. Last year, she reposted a message from Senator Bernie Sanders, promoted by BLM activist Shaun King, stirring up anger over false claims about Breonna Taylor, who was killed when her drug dealer boyfriend opened fire on police.

    “Our criminal justice system is racist,” the Sanders smear of the police falsely claimed.

    Shortly afterward she posted an anti-police cartoon distributed by the Black Berner Coalition.

    Briana promoted a Black Lives Matter “economic boycott” and the claim that BLM rioters were “compelled to burn s___ down” because they’re an “oppressed group”.

    Over the summer, the same account linked to Briana Sykes spread disinformation that the Trump administration had “literally killed hundreds of protesters in front of the White House”. The #DCBlackout hoax was spread by pro-BLM accounts. It was not clear who was behind a seeming attempt at inciting violence, but researchers suspect it was an enemy government.

    And then after over a year of hate and Bernie Sanders memes, Briana Sykes tried to murder a police officer at a Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan.

    According to authorities, Briana drove up to a police officer and opened fire on him. The officer shot back, wounding the 19-year-old woman. While the officer wasn’t hit, according to a black eyewitness, he “fell to the ground crying because… he didn’t want to do whatever he had to do.”

    https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2021/06/blm-and-bernie-sanders-supporter-tried-kill-police-daniel-greenfield/

  31. George Floyd statues are ‘racist,’ used by Biden, Dems as Marxist ploy to ‘denigrate’ Black men: Whitlock
    Jason Whitlock says ‘Veneration of George Floyd is racist and must be stopped’

    Memorializing George Floyd through recently erected statues in New York and New Jersey is actually “racist” and only causes more harm for Black people and America, sports journalist Jason Whitlock argues in a new op-ed published Tuesday by The Blaze.

    Those statues in Newark, N.J., and Brooklyn, N.Y., unveiled by officials last week honoring the final nine minutes of Floyd’s life actually “denigrate and diminish the reputation of Black men,” Whitlock, who is Black, argued in a new piece titled “Veneration of George Floyd is racist and must be stopped.”

    “George Floyd was a victim – of his drug addiction, self-destructive behavior, and Derek Chauvin’s misconduct,” Whitlock asserts. “Floyd is not Jesus. He’s not Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, or Medgar Evers, black men who died tragically in service of promoting racial fairness.”

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/george-floyd-statues-racist-biden-marxist-denigrate-black-men

  32. reuters – General Mark Milley hits back at uproar over critical race theory

    U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, said on Wednesday that it was important for military personnel to study critical race theory, after Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz questioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the controversial school of thought during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

    • Secretary of Defense & Joint Chiefs Chair Respond to Rep. Matt Gaetz on Critical Race Theory

      Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) on Extremism & Critical Race Theory: “I trust my leadership from top to bottom that they will give me fair and balanced and unvarnished input. And for you to say that people are telling me what I want to hear. I get it but I’m smart enough to know…”

      Gen. Mark Milley also responds: “I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers of being quote woke or something else”

  33. New Law Requires Florida Students to Be Taught About ‘The Evils of Communism’
    DeSantis signs trio of bills on civics education in K-12 schools, and freedom of speech in postsecondary education
    By Mimi Nguyen Ly
    June 23, 2021 Updated: June 23, 2021
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    High school students in Florida will be required to learn about “the evils of communism” under one of three bills Gov. Ron DeSantis signed on Tuesday.

    DeSantis signed the bills at a news conference at Three Oaks Middle School in Fort Myers. Two of the bills—HB 5 and SB 1108—focus on civics education, and the third—HB 233—requires freedom of expression at state colleges and universities.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/new-law-requires-florida-students-to-be-taught-about-the-evils-of-communism_3870014.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2021-06-23-1&mktids=5deeb93dc2a5910e21f28c34b1a1961f&est=3VzFldKqo6qW%2FvxnbKsOg5TPIlFJJf39njqW%2BrHEvFfVwBTtV%2B9Y6tiUm8Q%3D

  34. dailywire.com
    House Democrat Suggests Stripping Catholic Church Of Tax-Exempt Status If Biden Denied Communion
    Jon Brown
    4-5 minutes

    Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) accused the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) of politically weaponizing religion by voting to draft a document that could result in a rebuke of pro-abortion Catholic politicians and suggested punishing them by stripping the Catholic Church of its tax-exempt status.

    “If they’re going to politically weaponize religion by ‘rebuking’ Democrats who support women’s reproductive choice, then a ‘rebuke’ of their tax-exempt status may be in order,” Huffman tweeted.

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/house-democrat-suggests-stripping-catholic-church-of-tax-exempt-status-if-biden-denied-communion?itm_source=parsely-api?utm_source=cnemail&utm_medium=email&utm_content=062321-news&utm_campaign=position4

  35. Biden Never Learns: He Still Wants to Talk to China
    Gordon G. Chang
    6-7 minutes

    President Joe Biden, according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, wants to begin a new round of “engaging” China. The incessant pursuit of Beijing makes America, in the eyes of the Chinese regime, an easy mark. China, it is evident, is now in no mood for substantive discussions, other than, of course, for the purpose of accepting America’s surrender. Pictured: Sullivan (right) and Secretary of State Antony Blinken address the media following US-China talks in Anchorage, Alaska on March 19, 2021. (Photo by Frederic J. Brown/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

    President Joe Biden, according to National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, wants to begin a new round of “engaging” China.

    Call this another Biden debacle in the making.

    On June 17, after the troubled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Sullivan told reporters that Biden “will look for opportunities to engage with President Xi going forward.”

    “Soon enough, we will sit down to work out the right modality for the two presidents to engage,” Sullivan said. “It’s now just a question of when and how.”

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/17488/biden-china-engagement

  36. House Democrats Block Defense Assistance for Israel by Spencer Brown
    Spencer Brown
    2 minutes

    A Motion to Recommit (MTR) that would have affirmed the U.S. policy of providing defense articles including munitions, aircraft, and technology to Israel was voted down by 217 House Democrats Thursday afternoon.

    The measure would have required President Biden and his administration to develop “contingency plans to provide Israel with necessary defense articles and services” and allowed Biden to “direct the immediate transfer to Israel of such defense articles or defense services… necessary to assist Israel in its defense” when Israel is under military threat.

    In a floor speech supporting the motion, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)—who serves as the Republican Leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee—noted last month’s rocket attacks by Hamas terrorists were “a stark reminder of the dangerous threats that Israel faces.”

    The Motion to Recommit on H.R. 256 would make sure “that the United States can quickly react to Israel’s security needs in the event of future attacks,” he added.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2021/06/17/house-dems-vote-against-defense-assistance-to-israel-n2591141?fbclid=IwAR0vC4Lp06VACSyiR94bYIOGwMsKKRHZBF-947efGDQQXvTIokj4CRIWr7w

  37. Videos relating to the Morocco-Spain (Ceuta enclave) border crisis

    Immigrants hiding in trucks:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6QakP0jOEw

    Some of the migrants are very young, as can be seen in this video. I don’t know who is opening the gate here, moroccan or spanish border guards. I’ve seen a video of moroccan border guards doing that, but it wasn’t this one:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH4SeDPbsGo

    The conflict between morocco and spain explained:

  38. Florida County Citizens Demand Bill of Rights Sanctuary Ordinance: ‘Have the Courage to Do What Is Right’
    Patricia Tolson
    8-10 minutes

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/florida-county-citizens-demand-bill-of-rights-sanctuary-ordinance-have-the-courage-to-do-what-is-right_3871182.html

    In a contentious three to two vote, the Collier County Board of County Commissioners (CCBOCC) agreed on June 22 to postpone the vote on a proposed ordinance that would establish Collier County as a Bill of Rights sanctuary. However, even after the county sheriff, one state representative, a United States congressman, and a parade of determined citizens demanded that the CCBOCC “have the courage to do what is right,” two board members seemed more concerned about personal liability than supporting the will of their constituents.

    Of the 67 counties in the state of Florida, 42 have already adopted Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions. However, Collier County may be the first to pass an ordinance protecting all freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights.

    https://clarion.causeaction.com/2021/06/23/florida-county-citizens-demand-bill-of-rights-sanctuary-ordinance-have-the-courage-to-do-what-is-right/

  39. GARDENING: I bought Nasturtiums this year for my back-deck hanging planters. I didn’t know the following: it was a good choice. And the leaves are very tasty and they produce caper-like pods.

    * May Have Natural Antibacterial and Anti-Inflammatory Effects *

    According to a number of studies, the essential oil (the extract from the flowers and leaves) and the compounds isolated from various parts of these plants have natural antimicrobial, antifungal, hypotensive, expectorant, anti-inflammatory and anticancer effects.

    Studies have shown that the leaves specifically possess natural antibiotic properties that may be able to help people coping with illnesses and infections, such as respiratory infections, congestion, coughs, bronchitis and colds. In traditional herbal medicine, certain species are also used to treat urinary tract infections.

    In Germany, licensed physicians are even allowed to prescribe an herbal antibiotic made with nasturtium and horseradish root to treat acute sinusitis, acute bronchitis und acute urinary tract infections.

    Part of the antibacterial effects of these plants is due to the presence of volatile oils, such as myristicin, ?-terpinolene and limonene, the main components found in the stems, seeds and leaves. Studies have found that these compounds demonstrate natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities and seem capable of helping fight off a variety of illnesses.

    https://draxe.com/nutrition/nasturtium/

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