Reader’s Links for June 28, 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.

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91 Replies to “Reader’s Links for June 28, 2021”

  1. Even before the injections receive proper trial (non-emergency) approvals the FDA adds a warning:

    Yet I still fail to understand how the cost-benefit analysis (which we learned in yesterday’s post) works in favour of the injections even though such analysis does not yet exist, and how such benefit comes to those who are not in the vulnerable segment of the population.

  2. Virologist Sucharit Bhakdi Warns Parents: ‘If You Give That Jab to Your Child You Are Committing a Crime’ (Video)
    by Amy Mek – June 9, 2021

    Vaccinating children: Worse than genocide
    Data Dumper – June 25, 2021
    57 seconds Dutch intro, English after

  3. I can think of three reasons why I might expect a few extra-hot days at this time. For one, we are still coming out of the actual “Ice Age” from 20,000 years ago, and for another, we are still probably coming out of the “Little Ice Age” which started to recede around 1850. And then, of course, there’s the 20th-century cool period that went from 1940 to 1974 making the Baby Boomers think that the world was warming over their entire lives…

    So, if we begin the hottest week on record today it’s about as unusual as hair on a cat and is not a sign that Climate Change is a crisis or anything illogical like that. It damn well should be a little warmer at this time in geological history…

    Next, they’re going to pull the statistics for ladder accidents out of the emergency ward and scare us with “Laddergate” and all the dreaded carnage that goes with it. “More men died in one year than in the entire Korean War”, they’ll say before calling for big ladder taxes and prohibitions and special licenses for ladder possession. Why not? It isn’t any stupider than Climate Change…

  4. Keith Ellison hopes Chauvin ‘takes time to learn something about man whose life he took’ – Liberty Unyielding
    Ben Bowles Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to “Liberty Unyielding.”
    4-5 minutes

    Keith Ellison hopes Chauvin ‘takes time to learn something about man whose life he took’

    George Floyd (Image via Twitter)

    Since Thursday, when ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin learned the penalty he would pay for killing George Floyd, a number of commentators have shared the view that the sentence — 22.5 years — is too light. One of them, former Obama green czar Van Jones, called the sentence “a punch in the gut.”

    A similar point of view was expressed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who in his remarks said, “Today’s sentencing is not justice, but it is another moment of real accountability on the road to justice.” The entire comment, which can be viewed in the video that follows, also included an invitation to Chauvin “to acknowledge the impact of his choices on George Floyd, his family, his fellow police officers, and the world. My hope is that he takes the time to learn something about the man whose life he took.” [Emphasis added]

    My intention here is not to relitigate this case but to raise the question of what Ellison would learn if he followed his own advice.

    Who was George Floyd? According to the Orange County NAACP, Floyd was an “American Hero” who “provided food for the hungry, clothes for the naked and showed the path for survival in an unequal nation.” I doubt that Ellison or anyone sane for that matter — including Floyd’s own family — would take a tribute as ludicrous as this seriously. But what would Ellison learn about George Floyd if he embarked on the voyage of discovery he hopes Derek Chauvin will undertake?

    • Kieth Ellison is and always was an enemy soldier, just like John Brennan, Huma Abedin, and Ilian Omar. He knows damn well that Chauvin didn’t murder anybody but that’s not a problem for big Kieth. Oh, no, if it hurts the Great Satan it’s OK with him. Guilty! Guilty! I can’t believe the Democrats actually have him and other enemy agents on their team, and highly placed at that…

      George Floyd was persistently putting on a phony “scared little black boy” show while resisting arrest and trying to trigger a race riot when his underlying heart conditions combined with his self-imposed frenzy along with his Fentanyl overdose and the cop’s knee conspired to put him into cardiac arrest and a most inconvenient death. The crowd contributed by distracting the police and taking their attention away from the condition of Mr. Floyd. As it turns out the moment we saw the lights go out in Floyd’s eyes was probably the very moment of his termination with no chance of rescue possible unless they had a crash-cart and medics right there at the scene…

      There is not one piece of evidence that points to race having anything to do with this case and not one piece of evidence that Chauvin intended to kill anybody, so it can’t be “murder”, can it… When the enemy comes crashing through the gates Kieth Ellison will be standing there with open arms welcoming them in…

      • Habibullah Ahmed 21, viciously beat Sarah Anne Widholm 75, just because he could. He did not know this woman who was just out for a walk one day. She remained in a coma and died 14 months later. He was sentenced to 13 year, probably out in 10 years or sooner. But that happened in Canada, Justine Trudeau’s Canada.

        Justice is a crock of shit.

  5. Move over, Waldo. Time to play ‘Where’s Kamala?’ – Liberty Unyielding
    LU Staff
    3 minutes

    Move over, Waldo. Time to play ‘Where’s Kamala?’

    Image via Twitter

    LU contributor Ben Bowles has already commented on Kamala Harris’s curious presence in the background whenever her boss addresses a gathering, but now a new even more peculiar sighting of the vice president has been reported.

    It occurred last Thursday when Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators gathered outside the White House to report having reached an agreement on an infrastructure package. (Almost instantaneously, Biden did an about-face, announcing that the lack of “human infrastructure” such as climate-change spending was still a deal breaker, but on Saturday he relented, and the original deal is now back on.)

    But we’re drifting from the main theme of the post, which is Harris’s appearance at the initial infrastructure press briefing. Perhaps it would be more correct to say “her lack of appearance.”

    Look again at the photo at the stop of the page. In fact, study it, and see if you can find the veep.

  6. Report: Biden BLM nominee’s delayed cooperation set back eco-terrorism probe; top senator wants her withdrawn – Liberty Unyielding

    A top-ranking Senate Republican renewed his call for President Joe Biden to revoke his nominee to lead the Bureau of Land Management following a report Friday that the nominee did not initially cooperate with law enforcement officials investigating a 1989 tree spiking incident she was involved in.

    The nominee, Tracy Stone-Manning, received legal immunity to testify in a 1993 criminal trial that she sent an anonymous and threatening letter to the Forest Service on behalf of her former roommate and friend four years prior warning that a local forest had been sabotaged with tree spikes, a known eco-terrorism tactic. Stone-Manning told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in writing she has never been the target of a federal criminal investigation, and that her testimony in the case helped land the “responsible individual” behind bars.

    • I hadn’t thought of the list of 16 the way Brad did, he is right Putin has the green light to turn the hackers loose on all of the US but the 16 on the list.

        • They are out to destroy us, they have spent many decades getting their people in charge of the Dems and the corporate news groups. we can still win but it will be a hard political fight that will probably go kinetic. If we win enough seats in the Senate to kick the Biden Administration it will go kinetic shortly after the impeachment. If we don’t and either Trump or DiSantis is our nominee and wins in 2024 the smear campaign and the kinetic actions will be worse then the US has seen in all of our history. The proof of concept/training murder in Portland will become common in the big cities. So will the Proof of Concept bombing in Nashville.

          I wish you lived in a State with rational firearms laws. Do your best to stay alive through the Chaos, its going to get bad and you have said you won’t bug out because you have to tend the family graves.

          • I’m here for the duration, but it may get lonely.

            If it gets to be like Europe, where we need armed guards for our kids to walk to their yeshiva/day-schools, I think it’s time for them to bail.
            – – – Well, it IS like that already, but we figure it’ll calm down. That’s what happened last time, in 2014.

            As observant Jews, identifiable AS Jews, in an area with so many universities, we’re looking at bad stuff already. Baseball cap over kippa to use the T [subway]. Hateful grafitti, then broken windows.

  7. BBC – How the Chinese Communist Party’s relationship with business has evolved –

    In July, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will celebrate 100 years since its founding.

  8. Some good news for Canadians, Liberal, Catherine McKenna, aka Climate Barbie, the woman who yells a lot about nothing, is not going to run again, the bad news is she leaves open the seat in Ottawa Center for Art Carney, whoops, I mean the elitist Mark Carney.

  9. CBC – Why feeling bad after your second COVID-19 vaccine dose may be a good sign

    Mild to moderate side effects from a second shot of a COVID-19 vaccine tend to be more frequent and more severe than from a first shot.

    • CBC – Benefits of COVID-19 vaccine outweigh low risk of heart inflammation, experts say

      A small number of cases of heart inflammation — specifically, myocarditis and pericarditis — have occurred in teens and young adults following mRNA COVID-19 vaccination, but experts say the benefits of a vaccine far outweigh the risk.

    • sky news australia – Paul Murray assesses the latest COVID-19 facts and figures

      …. Currently in Australia, there is one person in the intensive care unit as a result of the virus.

    • sky news australia – ‘Most dangerous’ aspect of vaccine is ‘driving to the hospital to get it’

      “There are far more people killed on our roads than would ever be killed by blood clotting.

      “People need to follow the medical advice, but that medical advice needs to be cognizant of what is happening around us.”

      + comments on the YT page

    • city news – Winnipeg girl under 10 dies from COVID-19

      A girl under 10 years old has died of COVID-19. Manitoba health officials confirm she was from the Winnipeg region, though they did not specify child’s exact age, or if the girl had any underlying conditions.

      + comments on the YT page

    • Russia: Police detain protesters at Moscow rally against COVID-19 vaccination

      Police arrested several demonstrators who were protesting against COVID-19 vaccination in central Moscow on Saturday.

      The interior ministry has not announced the exact number of those detained at the rally that gathered hundreds.

      The Russian capital’s Mayor Sergei Sobyanin announced on Tuesday that starting from June 28, all restaurant visitors are required to present an official QR code proving their vaccination, a recovery from the coronavirus in the past six months, or a negative PCR test result conducted within 72 hours.

    • sky news australia – GPs given no-fault indemnity administering AstraZeneca vaccine

      In a significant shakeup of the vaccine rollout GPs will be given no-fault indemnity for AstraZeneca shots for under 60s in a bid to boost vaccination rates.

      Residential aged care workers will also be unable to refuse a COVID-19 vaccination under an agreement unveiled by National Cabinet.

    • bloomberg – Delta Variant Should ‘Absolutely’ Be Feared: Johns Hopkins

      Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Vice Dean Joshua Sharfstein discusses the growing concerns around the global spread of the Covid-19 delta variant.

      + comments on the YT page

    • sky news australia – Delta COVID variant ‘more transmissible’ in children

      While the Delta variant of COVID-19 might not be deadlier than other strains, it appears to be more transmissible in children, says Australian Medical Association President Dr Omar Khorshid.

    • zero hedge – ‘Fact Checking’ Virologist Who Worked At Wuhan Lab Is Suddenly Open To Lab-Leak Hypothesis

      The latest effort to bolster the COVID-19 natural origin theory comes from Bloomberg, which published a glowing interview of Danielle Anderson – an Australian virologist who worked shoulder-to-shoulder with top scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, who she then ran cover for – repeatedly insisting that COVID-19 couldn’t have possibly escaped from the lab.

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      bloomberg – The Last—And Only—Foreign Scientist in the Wuhan Lab

      Virologist Danielle Anderson paints a very different picture of the Wuhan Institute.

      Danielle Anderson was working in what has become the world’s most notorious laboratory just weeks before the first known cases of Covid-19 emerged in central China. Yet, the Australian virologist still wonders what she missed.

      An expert in bat-borne viruses, Anderson is the only foreign scientist to have undertaken research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s BSL-4 lab, the first in mainland China equipped to handle the planet’s deadliest pathogens. Her most recent stint ended in November 2019, giving Anderson an insider’s perspective on a place that’s become a flashpoint in the search for what caused the worst pandemic in a century.

      The emergence of the coronavirus in the same city where institute scientists, clad head-to-toe in protective gear, study that exact family of viruses has stoked speculation that it might have leaked from the lab, possibly via an infected staffer or a contaminated object. China’s lack of transparency since the earliest days of the outbreak fueled those suspicions, which have been seized on by the U.S. That’s turned the quest to uncover the origins of the virus, critical for preventing future pandemics, into a geopolitical minefield.

      The work of the lab and the director of its emerging infectious diseases section—Shi Zhengli, a long-time colleague of Anderson’s dubbed ‘Batwoman’ for her work hunting viruses in caves—is now shrouded in controversy. The U.S. has questioned the lab’s safety and alleged its scientists were engaged in contentious gain of function research that manipulated viruses in a manner that could have made them more dangerous.

      It’s a stark contrast to the place Anderson described in an interview with Bloomberg News, the first in which she’s shared details about working at the lab.

      Half-truths and distorted information have obscured an accurate accounting of the lab’s functions and activities, which were more routine than how they’ve been portrayed in the media, she said.

      “It’s not that it was boring, but it was a regular lab that worked in the same way as any other high-containment lab,” Anderson said. “What people are saying is just not how it is.”

      Now at Melbourne’s Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Anderson began collaborating with Wuhan researchers in 2016, when she was scientific director of the biosafety lab at Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School. Her research—which focuses on why lethal viruses like Ebola and Nipah cause no disease in the bats in which they perpetually circulate—complemented studies underway at the Chinese institute, which offered funding to encourage international collaboration.

      A rising star in the virology community, Anderson, 42, says her work on Ebola in Wuhan was the realization of a life-long career goal. Her favorite movie is “Outbreak,” the 1995 film in which disease experts respond to a dangerous new virus—a job Anderson said she wanted to do. For her, that meant working on Ebola in a high-containment laboratory.

      Anderson’s career has taken her all over the world. After obtaining an undergraduate degree from Deakin University in Geelong, Australia, she worked as a lab technician at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, then returned to Australia to complete a PhD under the supervision of eminent virologists John Mackenzie and Linfa Wang. She did post-doctoral work in Montreal, before moving to Singapore and working again with Wang, who described Anderson as “very committed and dedicated,” and similar in personality to Shi.

      “They’re both very blunt with such high moral standards,” Wang said by phone from Singapore, where he’s the director of the emerging infectious diseases program at the Duke-NUS Medical School. “I’m very proud of what Danielle’s been able to do.”

      On the Ground
      Anderson was on the ground in Wuhan when experts believe the virus, now known as SARS-CoV-2, was beginning to spread. Daily visits for a period in late 2019 put her in close proximity to many others working at the 65-year-old research center. She was part of a group that gathered each morning at the Chinese Academy of Sciences to catch a bus that shuttled them to the institute about 20 miles away.

      As the sole foreigner, Anderson stood out, and she said the other researchers there looked out for her.

      “We went to dinners together, lunches, we saw each other outside of the lab,” she said.

      From her first visit before it formally opened in 2018, Anderson was impressed with the institute’s maximum biocontainment lab. The concrete, bunker-style building has the highest biosafety designation, and requires air, water and waste to be filtered and sterilized before it leaves the facility. There were strict protocols and requirements aimed at containing the pathogens being studied, Anderson said, and researchers underwent 45 hours of training to be certified to work independently in the lab.

      The induction process required scientists to demonstrate their knowledge of containment procedures and their competency in wearing air-pressured suits. “It’s very, very extensive,” Anderson said.

      Entering and exiting the facility was a carefully choreographed endeavor, she said. Departures were made especially intricate by a requirement to take both a chemical shower and a personal shower—the timings of which were precisely planned.

      Special Disinfectants

      These rules are mandatory across BSL-4 labs, though Anderson noted differences compared with similar facilities in Europe, Singapore and Australia in which she’s worked. The Wuhan lab uses a bespoke method to make and monitor its disinfectants daily, a system Anderson was inspired to introduce in her own lab. She was connected via a headset to colleagues in the lab’s command center to enable constant communication and safety vigilance—steps designed to ensure nothing went awry.

      However, the Trump administration’s focus in 2020 on the idea the virus escaped from the Wuhan facility suggested that something went seriously wrong at the institute, the only one to specialize in virology, viral pathology and virus technology of the some 20 biological and biomedical research institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

      Virologists and infectious disease experts initially dismissed the theory, noting that viruses jump from animals to humans with regularity. There was no clear evidence from within SARS-CoV-2’s genome that it had been artificially manipulated, or that the lab harbored progenitor strains of the pandemic virus. Political observers suggested the allegations had a strategic basis and were designed to put pressure on Beijing.

      And yet, China’s actions raised questions. The government refused to allow international scientists into Wuhan in early 2020 when the outbreak was mushrooming, including experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who were already in the region.

      Beijing stonewalled on allowing World Health Organization experts into Wuhan for more than a year, and then provided only limited access. The WHO team’s final report, written with and vetted by Chinese researchers, played down the possibility of a lab leak. Instead, it said the virus probably spread via a bat through another animal, and gave some credence to a favored Chinese theory that it could have been transferred via frozen food.

      Never Sick
      China’s obfuscation led outside researchers to reconsider their stance. Last month, 18 scientists writing in the journal Science called for an investigation into Covid-19’s origins that would give balanced consideration to the possibility of a lab accident. Even the director-general of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the lab theory hadn’t been studied extensively enough.

      But it’s U.S. President Joe Biden’s consideration of the idea—previously dismissed by many as a Trumpist conspiracy theory—that has given it newfound legitimacy. Biden called on America’s intelligence agencies last month to redouble their efforts in rooting out the genesis of Covid-19 after an earlier report, disclosed by the Wall Street Journal, claimed three researchers from the lab were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in November 2019.

      What the World Wants China to Disclose in Wuhan Lab Leak Probe

      Anderson said no one she knew at the Wuhan institute was ill toward the end of 2019. Moreover, there is a procedure for reporting symptoms that correspond with the pathogens handled in high-risk containment labs.

      “If people were sick, I assume that I would have been sick—and I wasn’t,” she said. “I was tested for coronavirus in Singapore before I was vaccinated, and had never had it.”

      Not only that, many of Anderson’s collaborators in Wuhan came to Singapore at the end of December for a gathering on Nipah virus. There was no word of any illness sweeping the laboratory, she said.

      “There was no chatter,” Anderson said. “Scientists are gossipy and excited. There was nothing strange from my point of view going on at that point that would make you think something is going on here.”

      The names of the scientists reported to have been hospitalized haven’t been disclosed. The Chinese government and Shi Zhengli, the lab’s now-famous bat-virus researcher, have repeatedly denied that anyone from the facility contracted Covid-19. Anderson’s work at the facility, and her funding, ended after the pandemic emerged and she focused on the novel coronavirus.

      ‘I’m Not Naive’
      It’s not that it’s impossible the virus spilled from there. Anderson, better than most people, understands how a pathogen can escape from a laboratory. SARS, an earlier coronavirus that emerged in Asia in 2002 and killed more than 700 people, subsequently made its way out of secure facilities a handful of times, she said.

      If presented with evidence that such an accident spawned Covid-19, Anderson “could foresee how things could maybe happen,” she said. “I’m not naive enough to say I absolutely write this off.”

      And yet, she still believes it most likely came from a natural source. Since it took researchers almost a decade to pin down where in nature the SARS pathogen emerged, Anderson says she’s not surprised they haven’t found the “smoking gun” bat responsible for the latest outbreak yet.

      The Wuhan Institute of Virology is large enough that Anderson said she didn’t know what everyone was working on at the end of 2019. She is aware of published research from the lab that involved testing viral components for their propensity to infect human cells. Anderson is convinced no virus was made intentionally to infect people and deliberately released—one of the more disturbing theories to have emerged about the pandemic’s origins.

      Gain of Function
      Anderson did concede that it would be theoretically possible for a scientist in the lab to be working on a gain of function technique to unknowingly infect themselves and to then unintentionally infect others in the community. But there’s no evidence that occurred and Anderson rated its likelihood as exceedingly slim.

      Getting authorization to create a virus in this way typically requires many layers of approval, and there are scientific best practices that put strict limits on this kind of work. For example, a moratorium was placed on research that could be done on the 1918 Spanish Flu virus after scientists isolated it decades later.

      Even if such a gain of function effort got clearance, it’s hard to achieve, Anderson said. The technique is called reverse genetics.

      “It’s exceedingly difficult to actually make it work when you want it to work,” she said.

      Anderson’s lab in Singapore was one of the first to isolate SARS-CoV-2 from a Covid patient outside China and then to grow the virus. It was complicated and challenging, even for a team used to working with coronaviruses that knew its biological characteristics, including which protein receptor it targets. These key facets wouldn’t be known by anyone trying to craft a new virus, she said. Even then, the material that researchers study—the virus’s basic building blocks and genetic fingerprint—aren’t initially infectious, so they would need to culture significant amounts to infect people.

      Despite this, Anderson does think an investigation is needed to nail down the virus’s origin once and for all. She’s dumbfounded by the portrayal of the lab by some media outside China, and the toxic attacks on scientists that have ensued.

      One of a dozen experts appointed to an international taskforce in November to study the origins of the virus, Anderson hasn’t sought public attention, especially since being targeted by U.S. extremists in early 2020 after she exposed false information about the pandemic posted online.The vitriol that ensued prompted her to file a police report. The threats of violence many coronavirus scientists have experienced over the past 18 months have made them hesitant to speak out because of the risk that their words will be misconstrued.

      The elements known to trigger infectious outbreaks—the mixing of humans and animals, especially wildlife—were present in Wuhan, creating an environment conducive for the spillover of a new zoonotic disease. In that respect, the emergence of Covid-19 follows a familiar pattern. What’s shocking to Anderson is the way it unfurled into a global contagion.

      “The pandemic is something no one could have imagined on this scale,” she said. Researchers must study Covid’s calamitous path to determine what went wrong and how to stop the spread of future pathogens with pandemic potential.

      “The virus was in the right place at the right time and everything lined up to cause this disaster.”


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      How much did China pay you to post this bullshit?


      • How much did China pay you…?

        It’s Bloomberg. That’s Chy-na now.
        Bloomberg + Johns Hopkins + China, et al.

        Epoch keeps pushing its cutesy “CCP-Virus” – that’s *propaganda*. Its agenda overlaps ours, but it’s not the same. Their determined distortion is something we should keep in mind.

        I’d like to check some of their earliest coverage. Did they show people collapsing in the streets of Wuhan? We were sold a story, or a “book” of stories.

        *Just* the CCP? Hah!

    • DAILY MAIL = Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters march on London in biggest demo yet – with signs demanding ‘arrest Matt Hancock’ after he was caught cheating while preaching Covid rules to the rest of UK

      Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London today calling for ‘freedom’
      Crowds demanded an end to all Covid-19 lockdown regulations after Freedom Day was delayed from June 21
      People held signs reading ‘freedom is not for trade’ and ‘mask wearing zombies wake up or comply and die’
      Protesters held placards calling for police to ‘arrest Matt Hancock’ after he was caught breaching Covid rules
      Health Secretary was accused of hypocrisy over a video showing him kissing married aide Gina Coladangelo
      Crowds threw tennis balls at Parliament before descending on Downing Street, where they started booing


    • THE GUARDIAN – Why most people who now die with Covid in England have had a vaccination

      Don’t think of this as a bad sign, it’s exactly what’s expected from an effective but imperfect jab

      MailOnline headline on 13 June read: “Study shows 29% of the 42 people who have died after catching the new strain had BOTH vaccinations.” In Public Health England’s technical briefing on 25 June, that figure had risen to 43% (50 of 117), with the majority (60%) having received at least one dose.

      It could sound worrying that the majority of people dying in England with the now-dominant Delta (B.1.617.2) variant have been vaccinated. Does this mean the vaccines are ineffective? Far from it, it’s what we would expect from an effective but imperfect vaccine, a risk profile that varies hugely by age and the way the vaccines have been rolled out.

      Consider the hypothetical world where absolutely everyone had received a less than perfect vaccine. Although the death rate would be low, everyone who died would have been fully vaccinated.

      The vaccines are not perfect. PHE estimates two-dose effectiveness against hospital admission with the Delta infections at around 94%. We can perhaps assume there is at least 95% protection against Covid-19 death, which means the lethal risk is reduced to less than a twentieth of its usual value.

      But the risk of dying from Covid-19 is extraordinarily dependent on age: it halves for each six to seven year age gap. This means that someone aged 80 who is fully vaccinated essentially takes on the risk of an unvaccinated person of around 50 – much lower, but still not nothing, and so we can expect some deaths.

      The PHE report also reveals that nearly a third of deaths from the Delta variant are of unvaccinated people over 50, which may be surprising given high vaccine coverage; for example, OpenSAFELY estimates more than 93% among the 65-69s. But there are lower rates in deprived areas and for some ethnicities and communities with limited coverage will continue to experience more than their fair share of loss.

      Coverage and effectiveness are important numbers for assessing vaccination programmes. It is better to look at cool analysis by analysts, rather than hot takes on social and other media.

      David Spiegelhalter is chair of the Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at Cambridge. Anthony Masters is statistical ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society

    • NY POST – WHO recommends masks — even for vaccinated people — because of delta variant

      “Vaccine alone won’t stop community transmission,”

      “People need to continue to use masks consistently, be in ventilated spaces, hand hygiene … the physical distance, avoid crowding.

      This still continues to be extremely important, even if you’re vaccinated when you have a community transmission ongoing.”

    • global news – TORONTO – Keeping COVID-19 vaccinations ahead of the Delta variant

      The city of Toronto saw a North American record set this past weekend after more than 26,000 COVID-19 vaccinations were given on Sunday and as of Monday, the city also met another milestone with more than one million Torontonians fully vaccinated from the novel coronavirus.

  10. Surfside Building Collapse, Miami Florida
    What They Knew

    In this video we dive deep into the reports and construction drawings about some of the things the experts knew before the collapse. We also address a correction from our previous video regarding the Post-Tension cable assertion made.

  11. zero hedge- Syria’s Largest US-Occupied Oil Field Comes Under Missile & Mortar Attack

    A US military base at Syria’s occupied Omar oil field in Deir Ezzor province has come under attack by unknown groups following last night’s Biden-ordered airstrike on militia bases along the Syria-Iraq border.

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    Americain airstrikes – Syria- Iraq border – yesterday

  12. reuters – Blinken: ‘Untenable’ for 10,000 IS fighters still to be held in Syria

    WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that 10,000 Islamic State fighters continue to be held in detention in camps run by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), and that this situation was “untenable.”

    Speaking at the opening of a meeting in Rome to renew international efforts to combat the Islamist militia, Blinken said Washington continued to urge countries, including the 78 member countries of the coalition against Islamic State, TO TAKE BACK THEIR CITIZENS who had joined the group.

    “This situation is simply untenable. It just can’t persist indefinitely. The United States continues to urge countries of origin, including coalition partners, to repatriate, rehabilitate, and where applicable, prosecute their citizens,” Blinken said in his opening remarks.

    Blinken praised several Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan and Balkan countries for repatriating some of their citizens, however senior State Department officials in a call later on Monday said during the conference no new countries had made any commitments to take back their nationals.

    Originally an offshoot of al Qaeda, Islamic State seized large swathes of Iraq and Syria from 2014, imposing a reign of terror with public beheadings and attacks by supporters abroad.

    Islamic State was declared militarily defeated in 2017 but has since waged a steady insurgency across parts of northern Iraq and a porous border with neighbouring Syria.

    Recent months have witnessed more than 25 deadly attacks that Iraqi officials attribute to Islamic State militants. The January bombing of a crowded Baghdad market killed more than 30 people.

    Militant groups linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State have also grown stronger in recent years, despite the deployment of thousands of regional, Western and U.N. troops across West Africa’s Sahel region.

    Blinken on Monday also announced additional $436 million in humanitarian assistance for Syrians, both inside the country and in the “surrounding countries and generous communities” that host them. The State Department did not name which countries but U.S. officials said this was fresh funding.

    “?This funding? will? support the provision of?food, clean water, shelter, health care, ?nutrition, ?protection, and education, among other ?forms of relief,” Blinken said.


    the guardian – US pushes France and UK to take Isis fighters back from Iraq and Syria

    US secretary of state, Antony Blinken, says detention of former fighters in camps is untenable

    In remarks aimed primarily at France and the UK, Antony Blinken said: “This situation is simply untenable. It just can’t persist indefinitely.

    […]“The United States continues to urge countries – including coalition partners – to repatriate, rehabilitate and, where applicable, prosecute its citizens.”

    France and Britain, two of the closest US allies, have resisted calls to bring back their citizens, fearing they have no way of reliably prosecuting them. They fear the courts will require the former Isis fighters to be given their freedom, and so impose a major burden on the intelligence services.

    […]Before the summit, Mazloum Abdi, the leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Kurdish group that did more than any force to defeat Isis, also called on the coalition “to help return these people to their home countries, fund education and deradicalisation programmes, and support stability and strong economic recovery in the liberated areas to address the root causes of extremism”.

    Gen Kenneth McKenzie, the commander of the US Central Command, told the American Enterprise Institute in a webinar in late April that children at al-Hawl camp “are being radicalised, and unless we find a way to repatriate them, reintegrate them and deradicalise them, we’re giving ourselves the gift of fighters five to seven years down the road, and that is a profound problem. It will be a military problem in a few years if we don’t fix the non-military aspects of it now”.

    There are said to be 60,000 former Isis supporters held at al-Hawl camp in northern Syria.

    […]The US had a relatively small number of citizens travel to Syria, but it says it has repatriated 28 Americans: 12 adults and 16 children. Ten of the adults have been prosecuted for terrorist offences.


    • Forbes – Blinken: ‘US Is No Exception’ Among Nations In Which Transgender People Face Violence, Bigotry

      In remarks to the UN Human Rights Council ‘Defending the lives of Transgender Women’ event, Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke of the dangers and discrimination faced by transgender individuals both abroad and at home.

    • ROME – Blinken discusses US airstrikes against Iran-backed militias

      The U.S. military, under the direction of President Joe Biden, conducted airstrikes Sunday against what it said were “facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups” near the border between Iraq and Syria.

  13. Trump ponders run for Congress — and House speaker — in 2022
    Mary Kay Linge
    3 minutes

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    June 5, 2021 | 4:58pm | Updated June 5, 2021 | 4:59pm

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    Former President Donald Trump said he’s intrigued of running for a congressional seat in Florida in 2022.

    Former President Donald Trump said he’s intrigued of running for a congressional seat in Florida in 2022. REUTERS/Win McNamee/Pool

    Former President Trump is mulling a circuitous path back to the presidency: via a stint as speaker of the House.

    “That’s so, that’s so interesting,” Trump told conservative radio host Wayne Allyn Root on Friday in an appearance on “Raw and Unfiltered,” Root’s daily show.

    “People have said, run for the Senate, okay?” Trump said. “But you know, your idea might be better.”

    Donald Trump for Speaker of the House in 2022? ‘So Interesting’
    By Nick Koutsobinas |
    2-3 minutes

    Former President Donald Trump may consider running for the House in 2022 to try to win the speaker of the House position. Trump appeared on an interview with conservative radio talk show host Wayne Allyn Root on Friday after former Trump adviser Steve Bannon floated the idea that Trump should run for the position.

    Trump responded warmly to the idea, stating, “That’s so interesting.”

    “Yeah, you know it’s very interesting,” Trump added, according to The Hill. Others had suggested the former president run for the Senate. “But you know what, your idea might be better,” Trump said. “It’s very interesting.”

    • Richard: Trump is thinking of running for the House to become Speaker of the House. This is interesting especially since Brad has been talking about impeaching the entire Biden Administration and making a Republican Speaker President. It takes a simple majority of the House to Impeach the President, but it takes a 2/3rds majority in the Senate to remove anyone from office. For Brads idea to work we would need to keep all 50 Republican seats and win another 17 to be able to impeach the Biden Administration. It’s possible but not very probable.

      What we have to remember is that Trump is the master of making provocative Statements to draw the Dems attention to that subject while doing something else under the radar. This may be Trump being Trump and distracting the Dems and the Media.

      However here is some things that Trump as Speaker of the House could do:

      1) Investigate everything the Biden Administration is doing and continually send recommandations for prosecution to the DOJ. Congress can’t prosecute anyone but they can recommand prosecution.
      2) Investigate the New York Southern District Prosecutors who are going after his business people.
      3) Investigate all of Kerry’s actions since Biden took office, or before that if he wants.
      4) Investigate the teaching of CFT in the Military.
      5) Investigate Hunters business dealings with China, Russia and Ukraine and any other nation the lap top leads to.
      6) Investigate the FBI’s investigation of Russiagate.

      There are a lot of things that he could do as Speaker but is he going to run and do them, or is he distracting the Dems from other actions?

  14. YouTube Blocks Videos Exposing China’s Slow-Motion Genocide in Xinjiang
    Tyler O’Neil
    6-8 minutes

    A human rights group focused on exposing China’s slow-motion genocide of the Uyghur people and others in Xinjiang is moving videos from YouTube to another platform after YouTube repeatedly blocked some of its videos for ostensibly violating the company’s terms of service. In one case, YouTube claimed the videos promoted violent criminal organizations, echoing the Chinese Communist Party’s attacks on dissenters.

    “There is another excuse every day. I never trusted YouTube,” Serikzhan Bilash, one of the founders of the human rights group Atajurt, told Reuters. “But we’re not afraid anymore, because we are backing ourselves up with LBRY. The most important thing is our material’s safety.”

    Atajurt attracted millions of views on YouTube to testimonies from people who say their families have disappeared in Xinjiang. The nonprofit is moving its videos to the alternative video service Odysee after Google-owned YouTube took them down.

    Recommended: That’s Rich! China Says Racism Is a ‘Chronic Sickness in American Society’

    Atajurt, which international organizations like Human Rights Watch have credited with drawing attention to the human rights crisis in Xinjiang, has faced hostility from the authorities in Kazakhstan since its founding in 2017.

  15. FBI Raids 69-Year-Old Man’s Home After He Attended DC Trump Rally, Neighbors Tipped Authorities Off
    C. Douglas Golden
    8-11 minutes
    FBI Ruins Innocent Man’s Life After Leftist Neighbors Rat on Him for Being a Trump Supporter

    Joseph Bolanos says he didn’t riot at the Capitol. He wasn’t even on the streets at the time, having retreated to a hotel room as the incursion had happened. He said he turned over evidence to the FBI that proves this

    But the FBI still raided his and his mother’s apartments. He’s had two strokes since. He’s said he’s been ostracized by his community, where he was a respected member. All because an anonymous caller reportedly told the FBI he was bragging about having entered the Capitol — which he has the evidence to prove he didn’t do.

    According to a Wednesday piece by New York Post columnist Miranda Devine, Bolanos is the president of his Upper West Side block association, a position he’s held for almost a quarter-century.

  16. Videos show explosion rocks London, prompts massive fire
    Sarah Taylor
    2-3 minutes

    A massive fire broke out at a London train station on Monday following a huge explosion.

    The incident does not appear to be terror-related, according to police, and the Independent said that there has been only one confirmed injury at the time of this reporting.

    The Guardian reported the brigade confirmed that “three commercial units underneath the railway arches were ‘completely alight,'” as well as four nearby vehicles and a telephone box.

    Elephant and Castle Station was evacuated and closed after the incide

  17. exas Supreme Court Hands Gun Rights Advocates Major Victory — And It Proves Why Biden’s Gun Control Plan Must Be Defeated – Patriot Daily Wire
    5-6 minutes

    Back in February, on the third anniversary of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting, President Joe Biden announced three major gun control initiatives he wanted to pursue, including “eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets.”

    That empurpled language was code for repealing the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which shields firearm manufacturers and retailers for gun crimes committed with weapons that were legally produced or purchased. Of the three legislative proposals he floated, this was the one that raised the least alarm among gun rights advocates, with universal background checks and bans on so-called “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” getting a lot more play.

  18. zero hedge – NSA Whistleblower Reveals To Tucker Carlson That Biden Admin Spying On His Communications

    “Yesterday we heard from a whistleblower within the US government, who reached out to warn us that the NSA (National Security Agency) has been monitoring our electronic communications and is planning to leak them in an attempt to take this show off the air,” said Carlson.

    “The whistleblower, who is in a position to know, repeated back to us information about a story that we are working on, that could have only come directly from my texts and emails. There’s no other possible source for that information, period. The NSA captured that information without our knowledge, and did it for political reasons.

    The Biden administration is spying on is. We have confirmed that. This morning we filed a FOIA request asking for all information that the NSA and other agencies have gathered about this show.”


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