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Watercooler National: Canadian provinces could make vaccination mandatory/ Judge gives FDA 8 months to produce Pfizer data

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

Provinces could make vaccination mandatory, says federal health minister –Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says vaccination remains the only way out of the pandemic | 7 Jan 2022 | Provinces are likely to introduce mandatory vaccination policies in the coming months to deal with surging COVID-19 caseloads, Canada’s Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said today. He stressed that it’s up to the provinces to decide whether to implement mandatory vaccination policies… Robert Strang, chief medical officer for Nova Scotia, told CBC Radio’s The House in an interview airing Saturday that his province isn’t considering mandatory vaccination but it is looking at increasing the number of places in the province that can be accessed only by those who are fully vaccinated.

Macron Sparks Backlash After Commenting He Wants to Bully Unvaccinated ‘Until the End’ | 5 Jan 2022 | French President [and World Economic Forum scum-bag] Emmanuel Macron has drawn condemnation from political opponents after he made a controversial statement this week, saying he is determined to make the lives of French citizens who refuse to get vaccinated against the CCP virus miserable. “I’m not for p—ing off the French…Now the unvaccinated, I really want to p— them off. And so, we’re going to keep doing it, until the end. This is the strategy,” Macron said during an interview with Le Parisien on Tuesday. Macron went on to say that he “won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison,” but he will make their lives more complicated and encourage people not vaccinated against COVID-19 to get the shot by “limiting as much as possible their access to activities in social life.” “So we need to tell them–from Jan. 15, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.” A parliamentary debate proposing a new set of coronavirus rules for unvaccinated people was suspended on Wednesday as opposition lawmakers accused Macron of using divisive language, urging the president to explain himself.

COVID-19: Sajid Javid directly challenged on mandatory coronavirus jabs by unvaccinated NHS doctor –Steve James, a consultant anesthetist who has been treating coronavirus patients since the start of the pandemic, tells Health Secretary Sajid Javid about his displeasure with the government’s policy of mandatory vaccination for NHS staff. | 7 Jan 2022 | Health Secretary Sajid Javid has been directly challenged by an unvaccinated hospital consultant over the government’s policy of compulsory COVID jabs for NHS staff. During a visit to King’s College Hospital in south London, Mr. Javid asked staff members on the intensive care unit about their thoughts on new rules requiring vaccination for NHS workers. And Steve James, a consultant anesthetist who has been treating coronavirus patients since the start of the pandemic, told the health secretary about his displeasure. “I’m not happy about that,” he said. “I had COVID at some point, I’ve got antibodies, and I’ve been working on COVID ICU since the beginning. “I have not had a vaccination, I do not want to have a vaccination. The vaccines are reducing transmission only for about eight weeks for Delta, with Omicron it’s probably less. “And for that, I would be dismissed if I don’t have a vaccine? The science isn’t strong enough.”

Medical Ethics Prof on CNN: ‘Penalize’ Unvaccinated Americans – Deny Them Affordable Health Insurance | 5 Jan 2022 | NYU Professor of Bioethics Arthur Caplan, a guest on CNN Wednesday, said it is time to “shame” and “blame” unvaccinated Americans, adding that society should “penalize” them in a variety of ways, including higher hospital bills and insurance premiums. “…It’s the unvaccinated who are going to be hurt, so why should anyone who is boosted bother at this point to do anything that makes the unvaccinated more safe?” CNN’s John Berman asked. “…I’ll condemn them. I’ll shame them. I’ll blame them. But I don’t want to exclude them,” Caplan replied, before detailing his desire to “penalize” unvaccinated Americans and implement more coercive tactics to corner them into getting the shot. “…We can penalize them more. We can say, ‘You’ve got to pay more on your hospital bill if you weren’t vaccinated. You can’t get life insurance or disability insurance at affordable rates if you weren’t vaccinated.’ Those companies should not treat us as equals in terms of what the financial burdens are that that disease imposes.”

Judge Gives FDA Eight Months, Not 75 Years, to Produce Pfizer Safety Data –The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will have eight months — not the 75 years it requested [!] — to release all documents related to the licensing of Pfizer’s Comirnaty COVID vaccine, a federal judge ruled Thursday. | 7 Jan 2022 | The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will have eight months — not the 75 years it requested — to release all documents related to the licensing of Pfizer’s Comirnaty COVID vaccine, a federal judge ruled Thursday. In his ruling, Judge Mark Pittman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, quoted President John F. Kennedy, writing, “A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” Judge Pittman rejected the FDA’s claim that it could release redacted versions of documents at a rate of only 500 pages per month, which would have meant the full cache of documents wouldn’t become public until 2096. The documents in question relate to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed in August 2021 by Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT), a group of more than 30 medical and public health professionals and scientists from institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and UCLA.

Conservative Supreme Court justices grill Biden lawyer on OSHA vaccine requirement –Justices seem split along ideological lines on vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers | 7 Jan 2022 | The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Friday in a high-stakes public session to decide whether the U.S. government can begin enforcing sweeping COVID-19 vaccine requirements affecting nearly 100 million workers. For three hours and 40 minutes, the justices heard oral arguments over federal vaccine and testing rules for businesses with 100 employees or more, and on vaccine mandates for health care workers at facilities receiving Medicaid and Medicare funding. Enforcement of the policies, which were announced in November, has been put on hold pending resolution in the high court.

6th Circuit Refuses Biden’s Request to Stay Order Blocking Federal Contractor Vax Mandate –“But because the government has established none of the showings required to obtain a stay, we DENY such relief,” Judge Bush said in his opinion. | 5 Jan 2022 | The US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday refused to stay an injunction against a vaccine mandate for federal contractors. The 6th Circuit was split in a 2-1 decision: Majority: Suhrheinrich (George H. W. Bush appointee), Bush (Trump appointee). Dissent: Cole (Clinton appointee). Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky filed a lawsuit against Biden and argued that nothing in the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act authorizes the contractor mandate and that the mandate violates several other federal statutes… A federal judge last month blocked Joe Biden’s vaccine requirement for federal contractors nationwide.

USPS requests temporary waiver from Biden vaccine mandate, warns of supply chain disruption –Deputy Postmaster General says the vaccine requirement or testing is ‘likely to result in the loss of many employees’ | 5 Jan 2022 | The U.S. Postal Service is requesting a temporary waiver from Joe Biden’s employer vaccine mandate, warning in a letter sent to federal labor officials that mandates or weekly testing measures could impact the agency’s ability to operate. Deputy Postmaster General Douglas A. Tulino, who formerly served as the agency’s chief human resources officer, sent a letter dated Jan. 4 to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and expressed his concerns over the impact of the mandate and requiring employees to present weekly negative tests. In the letter obtained by Fox News, Tulino said a vaccine-or-test mandate as outlined by the emergency temporary standard “is likely to result in the loss of many employees — either by employees leaving or being disciplined — particularly given the higher level of temporary employees at this time of year.”

Mayo Clinic fires 700 workers who failed to comply with Covid vaccine mandate | 5 Jan 2022 | The Mayo Clinic fired roughly 700 employees who failed to comply with the medical center’s mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy. Workers at the Mayo Clinic had been given until Monday to get their first dose of a vaccine [experimental mRNA jab] or obtain a medical or religious exemption to the rule. They were also expected not to delay on receiving a second dose if they had already gotten the first jab. Hundreds of employees failed to meet those requirements and were let go, the Mayo Clinic said in a statement shared with NBC News on Wednesday.

Novak Djokovic threatens legal action after visa refusal leaves him stranded –He may be placed in government accommodation or Victorian hotel quarantine in the interim. | 6 Jan 2022 | World tennis No.1 Novak Djokovic will mount a legal challenge to the last-minute rejection of his visa, after spending eight hours in detention at Melbourne Airport pleading his case to border officials overnight. Djokovic may be ordered to leave Melbourne as early as Thursday evening after the Australian Border Force said he had failed to provide appropriate evidence to meet the entry requirements to Australia. This evidence is required to be presented at the border by unvaccinated people… It is unclear if Djokovic will leave Australia on Thursday or if he will remain in the country as his lawyers attempt to overturn the decision. He may be placed in government accommodation or Victorian hotel quarantine in the interim.

Gov. Lamont following the path of serial killer Cuomo: Connecticut asks nursing homes to accept COVID-positive admissions from hospitals | 6 Jan 2022 | Nursing homes are being asked to accept COVID-positive admissions from hospitals, according to a new guidance from the Department of Public Health, even as positivity rates within nursing homes are increasing sharply. Until Thursday, the health department required any patient transferred from a hospital to a long-term care facility to have a negative COVID test performed in the hospital within 48 hours of their transfer, but that requirement is now waived. “Vaccination status of an individual should not influence decisions about hospital discharge or PAC admission,” according to the DPH.

Outbreak of rare fungal superbug reported at Salem Hospital | 29 Dec 2021 | Two patients at Salem Health contracted a dangerous fungal infection during their stays at the hospital during an “outbreak” of Candida auris, a type of yeast rare to the United States, the Oregon Health Authority reported Tuesday. A case — the first ever found in Oregon — was detected at the hospital Dec. 11 and confirmed Dec. 17 in an individual who had “recent international health care exposures.” Two already-hospitalized patients then came down with the infection on Dec. 23 and Dec. 27.

US denies role in Kazakhstan uprising –White House says ‘crazy Russian claims’ of US instigating civil unrest in Central Asia are ‘absolutely false’ [Really?! Not my first polka.] | 5 Jan 2022 | Joe Biden’s spokesperson has denied that the US government is behind the violent protests that have rocked Kazakhstan this week, claiming that unnamed “Russians” have falsely accused Washington of triggering the tumult. The White House is monitoring the protests in Kazakhstan and supports “calls for calm, for protesters to express themselves peacefully and for authorities to exercise restraint,” Jen Psaki told reporters on Wednesday. late on Wednesday, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev asked the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for help in stabilizing the situation, saying “foreign-trained terrorists” [think CIA] were overrunning strategic facilities. His government declared a nationwide state of emergency. [The White House is monitoring protests in Kazakhstan and called for “protesters to express themselves peacefully,” just as Trump did on January 6, 2021. Amazing how one call for peaceful protest is lauded by the media and another provided grounds for impeachment and investigations.]

Jan. 6 anniversary: MSNBC invites historian to invoke the Holocaust, backs comparisons to 9/11, Pearl Harbor –Historian and TV pundit Douglas Brinkley says Jan. 6 ‘has to be a crusade that’s every day’ | 6 Jan 2022 | A guest on MSNBC heightened the [insane] rhetoric even more than Democrats and liberal pundits on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. During a panel discussion on Thursday, Rice University history professor Douglas Brinkley agreed with Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wy., that history will judge those who attempted to minimize the violence that took place during the peaceful transition of power, praising her as “brave” and a “true profile in courage” [LOL!] for bucking the rest of her party, even comparing her to “brave Republicans” like Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and [traitor] John McCain. “But we have film footage of what happened on January 6th, we have proof,” Brinkley told MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin. “Dwight Eisenhower during World War II made sure all the Holocaust camps were filmed. So we’ve got the film footage, so now we’re combating conspiracy theorists, deniers, and some, you know, Trumpeteers.”

Seattle Police Officers Falsified Reports About Proud Boys Moving Toward ‘CHOP’ – Watchdog | 6 Jan 2022 | Seattle police officers falsified a report of armed Proud Boys members heading toward the autonomous zone in the city in 2020, a watchdog found. The Seattle Police Department abandoned a precinct on June 8, 2020, and activists soon after established an armed protest zone in the area known by some as CHOP. That same day, officers over the radio said armed members of the Proud Boys, a right-wing group that has clashed with members of the far-left Antifa network, were heading towards the area where the autonomous zone cropped up. “We’re going to be the one taking my group down around city hall to monitor the group of the Proud Boys gathering right now,” one officer told a dispatcher… According to a journalist who was in the autonomous zone, the string of communications prompted many people to go grab firearms and the event transitioned from being peaceful to something entirely different. However, video footage from the scene showed at least some individuals already armed. Interviewed by the Seattle Office Police Accountability, the officer credited with coming up with the effort said officers put forth “misinformation” because they knew they would be overheard.

Three Georgia men sentenced to life in prison for ‘chilling’ Arbery murder | 7 Jan 2022 | A Georgia judge sentenced Travis McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael on Friday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for what he called the “chilling” 2020 murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man running through their mostly white neighborhood in the southern U.S. state. Judge Timothy Walmsley also gave a life sentence to their neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan but ruled that he could seek parole after 30 years in prison, the minimum sentence allowed for murder under Georgia law. Echoing comments made by Arbery’s anguished relatives earlier in the hearing at Glynn County Superior Court, the judge condemned the three men for what he described as their mistake of failing to see Arbery as just another neighbor.

Giant coconut crab attempts to steal clubs on Christmas Island golf course –A group of golfers were surprised that one of the world’s largest crabs joined them for a round and snapped one of their clubs “like a chainsaw.” | 3 Jan 2022 | An enormous crab unexpectedly joined golfers for a round on Christmas Island and made off with some of their gear after slicing through one of their clubs “like a chainsaw.” Footage taken on the course shows the huge crab clutching onto the ends of a man’s golf clubs after it appeared to have climbed up his golf bag. Christmas Island local Paul Buhner, who filmed the video, which was shared to Reddit on Sunday, identified the thief as a coconut or “robber” crab. Mr. Buhner says in the clip the group had returned from putting out on their sixth hole to find the crab there.

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