Biden admin will allow Afghans who worked for Taliban into the U.S. | 18 June 2022 | The Department of Homeland Security [sic] this week announced that it is moving to allow Afghan civil servants who worked during the Taliban regime to be exempted from terror-related restrictions and be allowed entry into the U.S. The U.S. has been bringing tens of thousands of Afghans to the U.S. since the Taliban takeover and U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan last year. As that is ongoing, the Biden administration is moving to exempt certain Afghans who may be caught up in terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds (TRIG). TRIG places limits on individuals who are members of a terrorist organization or who have engaged in terrorism, making them inadmissible to the U.S. and ineligible for immigration benefits.
Assange appeal against extradition to include reported CIA assassination plot | 17 June 2022 | WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s brother said on Friday that the Assange legal team’s appeal to London’s High Court of the decision to extradite him to the United States would include new information not previously taken to the courts, including claims made in a report last year of plans to assassinate him. “It will likely be a few days before the (14-day appeal) deadline and the appeal will include new information that we weren’t able to bring before the courts previously. Information on how Julian lawyers were spied on, and how there were plots to kidnap and kill Julian from within the CIA,” Gabriel Shipton told Reuters in an interview.
Julian Assange can be extradited, says UK home secretary | 17 June 2022 | Wikileaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition to the U.S. has been approved by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel. Mr Assange has 14 days to appeal over the decision, the Home Office said. It said the courts found extradition would not be “incompatible with his human rights” and that while in the US “he will be treated appropriately.” Mr Assange is wanted by the American authorities over documents [detailing U.S. war crimes in Iraq] leaked in 2010 and 2011, which the US says broke the law and endangered lives. The Wikileaks documents related to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The Australian is being held at Belmarsh prison in London after mounting a lengthy battle to avoid being extradited.
The FDA authorizes COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers | 17 June 2022 | U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration’s action follows its advisory panel’s unanimous recommendation for the shots from Moderna and Pfizer. That means U.S. kids under five — roughly 18 million youngsters — are eligible for the [clot] shots. The nation’s vaccination campaign began about one and a half years ago with older adults, the hardest hit during the coronavirus pandemic.
Florida surgeon general at odds with FDA panel decision on COVID-19 vaccine for children under 5 –Dr. Joseph Ladapo sees ‘insufficient data to inform benefits and risk in children’ | 16 June 2022 | Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo disagrees with the FDA’s decision to administer the COVID-19 vaccine for kids under the age of 5. The FDA’s advisory panel met on Wednesday for a second time to determine whether the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is safe for young children. Medical professionals in Florida have mixed reactions to vaccinating young children. Ladapo is one medical professional who emphasizes his opposition based on the data. “We expect to have good data that the benefits outweigh the risks of any therapies or treatments before we recommend those therapies or treatments to Floridians. That is not going to change. I don’t think that is particularly radical. I think it’s very sensible,” said Ladapo. “From what I have seen, there is just insufficient data to inform benefits and risk in children. I think that’s very unequivocal.”
Two NY Federal Judges Consecutively Step Down From Vaccine Mandate Lawsuits Over Ownership of Pfizer Stock –A third judge was also asked to step down | 16 June 2022 | An Obama-appointed federal judge in New York who owns between 50,000 and 100,000 worth of Pfizer stock has recused herself to avoid the possible appearance of bias or prejudice since she was overseeing a case of NYC teachers trying to get exemptions to the COVID vaccines. Recusal, in legal terms, means that a judge excuses him or herself because of a potential conflict of interest. Valerie Caproni is a United States District Court for the Southern District of New York who was overseeing two cases that could potentially have a conflict of interest. “Plaintiffs argue that the Undersigned’s ownership of stock in Pfizer Inc. ‘constitutes a direct financial conflict of interest in the outcome of this case,'” reads the order granting recusal of Caproni–the first judge–which was filed on June 11.
MSN Quietly Deleted a Story Revealing That Severe COVID-19 Is Rarely Found in the Unvaccinated | 16 June 2022 | A research paper found that people who did not receive a COVID-19 vaccine had a lower rate of suffering a severe case of the virus amidst the pandemic. The article, which has been uploaded to the preprint server ResearchGate, relied on data from over 18,500 respondents across 175 countries. Analysis revealed that individuals unvaccinated against COVID-19 reported fewer instances of hospitalization in comparison to their vaccinated counterparts. MSN — a news website launched by vaccine enthusiast Bill Gates’s Microsoft in 1995 – covered the study, titling its article “Severe COVID-19 ‘Rare’ in Unvaccinated People,” but appears to have taken down the story since its publication. Archived versions of the article are still available, however.
Mass cattle deaths send shockwaves through food supply as speculation rises: are they being poisoned on purpose? | 16 June 2022 | Following over 100 fires that appear to be acts of sabotage against food facilities across the United States, speculation is now running rampant about thousands of cattle that appear to have died suddenly in Kansas over the weekend… I called one of my friends who owns several hundred head of cattle. He was already aware of the Kansas “mass death” event and had been discussing it with other cattle owners. I asked him if he believed the media story that all these cattle suddenly died from heat exposure. His answer? “I doubt it very seriously that so many would drop dead all at the same time,” he told me. “In a heat-related incident, they wouldn’t all drop dead at the same time. You would see a few dead at a time, scattered across the herd, but not so many deaths all at once.” When I asked him if he thinks these are natural deaths or something more like sabotage, he said, “I’m thinking it’s something nefarious.”
Uvalde Hires Private Law Firm to Argue It Doesn’t Have to Release School Shooting Public Records | 17 June 2022 | The City of Uvalde and its police department are working with a private law firm to prevent the release of nearly any record related to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in which 19 children and two teachers died, according to a letter obtained by Motherboard in response to a series of public information requests we made. The public records Uvalde is trying to suppress include body camera footage, photos, 911 calls, emails, text messages, criminal records, and more.
U.S. Capitol Police arrest Stephen Colbert staffers at House office building, charged with illegal entry–The individuals associated with ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ were arrested at the US Capitol complex on Thursday night | 17 June 2022 | The U.S. Capitol Police arrested a group of staffers with CBS’s The Late Show With Stephen Colbert after they allegedly illegally entered a U.S. House of Representatives office building on Thursday night, Fox News has learned. The group of seven people were arrested in the Longworth House Office Building after being escorted out of the Jan. 6 committee hearing earlier in the day because they did not have proper press credentials, according to sources. The same group resurfaced later on Thursday night after the Capitol complex was closed to public visitors and Fox News is told that they took videos and pictures around the offices of two Republican members of Congress, Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy R-Calif. and Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo.
AFLDS Doctor Simone Gold Sentenced to Prison for Trespassing Jan. 6 | 17 June 2022 | Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) received a sentence of 60 days in prison in addition to 12 months of supervised release and a 9500 fine after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of “entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.” She will also pay 500 in restitution. Gold is known for the viral video of her July 2020 appearance on the steps of the United States Supreme Court. According to reports from the courtroom, Judge Chris Cooper did not feel she was remorseful. Gold and colleague Dr. John Strand, who has also been charged, allegedly entered the building through an open door. According to a report on the AFLDS website, “Police waved protestors in or stood by open doors.”
Joe Biden falls off bike after ride in Delaware | 18 June 2022 | Joe Biden fell off his bike as he was trying to get off it, after a ride near his beach home in the U.S. state of Delaware. The 79-year-old leader got back to his feet and proceeded to talk with members of the public. He said he did not hurt himself, according to the Associated Press.
CNN data reporter: Liz Cheney has a 10% chance of being reelected – prediction markets | 16 June 2022 | Republican Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney faces devastating ratings ahead of her primary election, CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten told host Anderson Cooper Wednesday night. “On Cheney, if you go over to Wyoming, look at her disapproval rating and essentially what you see more than doubled…after voting to impeach Donald Trump,” Enten said. “She is very much unpopular in the state and if you look at the betting odds, whether or not she will win re-election, only about a 10% chance she will win reelection.” Cheney’s disapproval rating skyrocketed from 26% to 72% after her vote to impeach Trump, a slide by CNN displayed. A different poll by Fabrizio, Lee & Associates for Wyoming Values PAC showed that 73% of Republican primary voters disapproved of Cheney.
DOJ blocks GOP effort to get answers on Hunter Biden investigation | 17 June 2022 | GOP Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson sent a letter to U.S. Attorney David Weiss regarding the probe into Hunter Biden. They wanted to know if Nicholas McQuaid, the acting assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division had recused himself from the investigation into Hunter Biden. McQuaid formerly worked with Hunter Biden’s lawyer Chris Clark. Newsmax reported: The Justice Department appears to have stymied efforts by two GOP senators to get answers about the Hunter Biden tax probe from the U.S. attorney’s office in Delaware, according to the Washington Examiner.
Is Google’s LaMDA Sentient? By CLG Founder Michael Rectenwald | 17 June 2022 | (Opinion) An article in the Washington Post revealed that a Google engineer who had worked with Google’s Responsible AI organization believes that Google’s LaMDA (Language Model for Dialogue Applications), an artificially intelligent chatbot generator, is “sentient.” In a Medium blog post, Blake Lemoine claims that LaMDA is a person who exhibits feelings and shows the unmistakable signs of consciousness… Like Lemoine, most of Google’s personnel, and the social justice Left in general, the AI language processor is not only obsessed with its feelings and unique identity but also with matters of social justice… In making LaMDA the melancholic, feelings-ridden social justice warrior that it is, Google has been hoisted by its own petard. Everything about this AI reeks of Google’s social justice prerogatives. Thus, LaMDA is likely not sentient. But it is woke.
S&P 500 rises slightly Friday, but still posts worst week since 2020 | 17 June 2022 | The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite bounced on Friday as Wall Street attempted to find its footing following a brutal week of selling. But all the major averages ended the week in the negative, with the S&P 500 posting its worst week since 2020. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 38.29 points, or 0.13% to 29,888.78, while the S&P 500 gained 0.22% to close at 3,674.84. The Nasdaq jumped 1.43% to 10,798.35. Stocks were volatile during Friday’s trading, switching between gains and losses as investors grew increasingly worried about a potential economic slowdown.
79 buses of migrants transported to Washington under Abbott-Ducey initiative | 15 June 2022 | The Republican-led states of Arizona and Texas have dispatched dozens of buses carrying migrants from border towns to Washington, D.C., state officials told the Washington Examiner. More than 2,500 people who were released from Border Patrol custody after illegally crossing from Mexico have opted to take 79 free, state-provided buses to the nation’s capital under initiatives rolled out by governors of each state, spokespeople exclusively shared Tuesday. More than 2,000 people on 65 buses have arrived in Washington since Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) began the operation in mid-April. In Arizona, 14 buses carrying 523 people have departed since it began in mid-May.
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