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Watercooler National: FBI, CDC investigate vials labeled “smallpox”/ Most vaccinated place on earth cancels Christmas / Counter-terrorism tools used against parents

Citizens for Legitimate Government (CLG) provides links and brief excerpts from news reports in the national media.

FBI, CDC investigating vials labeled ‘smallpox’ found in freezer in Merck lab near Philadelphia — There were reportedly a total of 15 “questionable vials.” | 16 Nov 2021 | The FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are investigating “questionable vials” labeled “smallpox” and found in a freezer last night at a Merck facility outside Philadelphia, according to an alert sent to Department of Homeland Security leadership on Tuesday night. There were reportedly a total of 15 questionable vials, according to the unclassified “For Official Use Only” alert, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News. Five of the vials were labeled as “smallpox” and 10 were labeled as “vaccinia.” …The discovery of the vials prompted a lockdown of the facility, which has since been lifted. The FBI and CDC launched investigations, which remain ongoing. [See: CLG’s recent lead story: Bill Gates warns of smallpox bioterror attacks and urges world leaders to use ‘germ games’ to prepare –Gates said that the US and the UK will have to spend “tens of billions” on research and development (R&D) to prepare for the next pandemic. | 6 Nov 2021 | The founder of Microsoft has warned of bioterrorist attacks and has urged world leaders to use “germ games” to prepare for them. Bill Gates said governments must get ready for [his] future pandemics and smallpox terror attacks by investing billions in research and development.]

Israel Holds ‘War Games’ to Prepare for More Lethal Covid Strain –Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted, “The simulation will be in the format of a war-game and is called the ‘Omega Drill.'” | 11 Nov 2021 | Israel on Thursday began a nationwide drill to test its readiness in the event of an outbreak of a new, more lethal Covid-19 variant. The exercise, war-gamed over three sessions to simulate the passage of time after a potential flare-up, will test the resilience of systems that determine lockdown policies, monitor variants, offer economic support for citizens, enforce quarantines and watch border crossings.

Bank of America Initiates Pilot Program Separating Vaccinated From Unvaccinated Employees | 18 Nov 2021 | A source who works with Bank of America has disclosed a pilot program beginning Nov. 18 that plans to separate vaccinated from unvaccinated employees at an administration building in Jacksonville, Florida. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Epoch Times that the program was initiated as a way to bring employees back to the office after a period of working remotely during the pandemic. But the plan casts a dark shadow on our potential future society, the source said. “It’s segregation,” they said. “I’m blown away.”

Oh wow. Looks like we’ll find out who killed JFK before we get data on the COVID vaccine: FDA Asks Federal Judge to Grant it Until the Year 2076 to Fully Release Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine Data By Aaron Siri | 17 Nov 2021 | The FDA has asked a federal judge to make the public wait until the year 2076 to disclose all of the data and information it relied upon to license Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. That is not a typo. It wants 55 years to produce this information to the public. As explained in a prior article, the FDA repeatedly promised “full transparency” with regard to Covid-19 vaccines, including reaffirming “the FDA’s commitment to transparency” when licensing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine… [I]n September, my firm filed a lawsuit against the FDA on behalf of this group to demand this information. To date, almost three months after it licensed Pfizer’s vaccine, the FDA still has not released a single page. Not one. Instead, two days ago, the FDA asked a federal judge to give it until 2076 to fully produce this information. The FDA asked the judge to let it produce the 329,000+ pages of documents Pfizer provided to the FDA to license its vaccine at the rate of 500 pages per month, which means its production would not be completed earlier than 2076.

OSHA Suspends Implementation, Enforcement of Vaccine Mandate | 18 Nov 2021 | The Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says it has suspended the implementation and enforcement of the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private businesses. The announcement came shortly after a U.S. appeals court rejected a challenge by the Biden administration on Nov. 12 and reaffirmed its decision to put on hold OSHA’s mandate, which requires that businesses with 100 employees or more ensure that workers either be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Jan. 4, 2022, or be tested weekly and wear a mask. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans stated in an opinion that OSHA’s mandate is “staggeringly overbroad,” and ordered it to “take no steps to implement or enforce the Mandate until further court order.” The court had previously issued a temporary halt to the mandate on Nov. 6, pending litigation.

‘Most vaccinated’ place on Earth cancels Christmas | 16 Nov 2021 | Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, Gibraltar has canceled official Christmas events and “strongly” discouraged people from hosting private gatherings for four weeks. Gibraltar’s entire eligible population is vaccinated. The government of Gibraltar recently announced “official Christmas parties, official receptions and similar gatherings” have been canceled, and advised the public to avoid social events and parties for the next four weeks… The rise in cases, described by the government as “exponential,” comes despite Gibraltar having the highest vaccination rate in the world. Similarly well-vaccinated countries have also reported surges in Covid-19 infections recently.

COVID-19 outbreak at 99 percent vaccinated Connecticut nursing home kills 8, infects 89 | 16 Nov 2021 | Eight residents at a Connecticut nursing home have died in a COVID-19 outbreak at the facility in less than seven weeks, administrators said. Sixty-seven residents and 22 staffers at Geer Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in North Canaan have tested positive for the virus since Sept. 30, administrators said in a statement Friday. A total of 48 residents and 21 staffers have since recovered at the facility, which is now being monitored by the state Department of Public Health, NECN reported. Of the 89 people infected, 87 staffers and residents were fully vaccinated at the nursing home, which houses only 70 residents, NECN reported.

DeSantis bill signing interrupted by ‘Lets go, Brandon!’ chants –DeSantis signed four bills limiting COVID-19 vaccine mandates | 18 Nov 2021 | A crowd supportive of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis chanted “Let’s Go, Brandon” as the governor prepared to sign a package of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate bills Thursday in Brandon, Florida. DeSantis signed four bills from the COVID-19 special legislative session into law, which will require private employers to allow vaccine exemptions including, but not limited to health or religious concerns; pregnancy or anticipated future pregnancy; and past recovery from COVID-19. The legislation also prevents schools from requiring students to be vaccinated, strips the surgeon general’s ability to mandate vaccines, and takes steps for Florida to exit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). “Nobody should lose their job due to heavy-handed COVID mandates and we had a responsibility to protect the livelihoods of the people of Florida,” DeSantis said. The crowd chanted “Let’s go, Brandon” after state Attorney General Ashley Moody celebrated the bill signing being held in her “hometown” of Brandon.

Jordan Peterson says he feels ‘stupid’ after taking COVID shot, opposes jabs for kids | 16 Nov 2021 | In a rant against government COVID despotism, popular Canadian psychologist and cultural commentator Jordan Peterson admitted he made the “stupid” decision to get the COVID jabs because he thought doing so would mean the government would leave him “alone.” “Look, I got vaccinated and people took me to task for that and I thought, all right, I’ll get the d–n vaccine,” Peterson told Dave Rubin last Wednesday while speaking out against government COVID rules. “Here’s the deal guy, I’ll get the vaccine, you leave me alone. And did that work? No, so stupid me, you know, that’s how I feel about it.” Peterson told Rubin he thinks it’s insane that Canadians who are un-jabbed cannot leave the country and that even the jabbed still have to submit to COVID tests before coming home.

Flu rips through University of Michigan, bringing CDC to campus to investigate spread | 16 Nov 2021 | Influenza is sweeping the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, with 528 cases diagnosed at the University Health Service since Oct. 6. The outbreak is so sudden and large – 313 cases were identified the week of Nov. 8 alone, and 37% of flu tests that week were positive – that it has drawn the attention of federal health leaders. A team of investigators from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be on campus this week trying to learn more about the spread of the virus and the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine.

GOP defeats Obama-endorsed candidate in deep blue city that Biden won handily in 2020 –Republicans say their victory is part of a ‘red wave’ | 17 Nov 2021 | Endorsements from former President Obama and House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn in reliably blue Columbia, South Carolina, were not enough to push the city’s Democratic mayoral candidate over the finish line. Republican Daniel Rickenmann, a businessman and Columbia city council member, defeated Democrat Tameika Isaac Devine 52% to 48% on Tuesday night in Columbia, which sits in a county that Joe Biden carried by almost 40 points in 2020… Columbia has been so reliably blue over the last several years that Republicans didn’t put forth a challenger to Rickenmann’s Democratic predecessor, Mayor Stephen Benjamin.

FBI Whistleblower Claims DOJ Used Counterterrorism Tools Against Parents – Republicans | 16 Nov 2021 | An unnamed whistleblower disclosed documents suggesting that the FBI is using its counterterrorism resources to investigate parents or individuals who threaten school board members, teachers, or other staff, according to a letter sent by the House Judiciary GOP dated Tuesday. The GOP letter included copies of the documents allegedly sourced from the FBI whistleblower that included an email sent by Carlton L. Peeples, who serves in the bureau’s Inspection Division, saying that the Counterterrorism and Criminal Division “created a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of related threats.” “We ask that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats specifically directed against school board administrators, board members, teachers, and staff,” the email reads. The email was signed by Counterterrorism Division Assistant Director Timothy Langan and then-Criminal Division assistant director Calvin Shivers.

Steve Bannon pleads not guilty to contempt of Congress charges | 17 Nov 2021 | Steve Bannon, a one-time adviser and longtime ally of former President Donald Trump, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts of contempt of Congress, waiving an arraignment scheduled for Thursday. Bannon, who turned himself in to federal authorities on Monday, will still join his attorneys Thursday for a virtual “status conference.” Bannon, 67, was indicted last week by a federal grand jury after flouting a subpoena issued by the Democrat-led House select committee investigating [sic] the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Bannon had refused to either show up to testify or hand over documents requested by the committee, citing Trump’s argument that conversations between the two should be protected under “executive privilege.”

Rittenhouse judge bans MSNBC from courtroom after person accused of trailing jury bus –Judge Bruce Schroeder briefly addressed incident under investigation by Kenosha police | 18 Nov 2021 | The Wisconsin judge presiding over the case against Kyle Rittenhouse on Thursday banned staff from MSNBC from entering the Kenosha courthouse for the remainder of the trial. In a brief statement before the court Thursday, Judge Bruce Schroeder addressed an incident in which a person, who identified himself as an employee for MSNBC, allegedly followed a sealed bus with blocked out windows as it left the courthouse to transport jurors to an undisclosed location. “I have instructed that no one from MSNBC news will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Schroeder said. “This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury bus – that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action.”

Kyle Rittenhouse prosecutors HELD BACK high-def drone footage of Kenosha shootings from defense and gave them low quality video – sparking them to file mistrial motion that could see teen walk free–Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger initially shared low quality drone footage from the night of the shooting with the defense –The defense claims Binger only shared the high-definition footage after evidence had closed on Saturday | 17 Nov 2021 | Prosecutors in the Kenosha shooter trial withheld evidence from the defense that was “at the center of their case,” only sharing the high-definition drone video footage on which they have hung their prosecution after the trial had concluded, DailyMail.com can reveal. Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger played the enhanced drone footage to the jury during his closing statements and claimed that it showed Rittenhouse “pointing his gun” at people — an assertion that opened the door to the state claiming Rittenhouse provoked the violence of the night of August 25, 2020. Now, in the motion obtained by DailyMail.com, Rittenhouse’s defense insist that the state only shared it with the defense after evidence had closed on Saturday, November 13.

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