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SCOTUS draft opinion would overturn Roe V. Wade

Supreme Court draft opinion would overturn abortion rights –“We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” Justice Alito writes in an initial majority draft circulated inside the court. | 2 May 2022 | The Supreme Court has voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision, according to an initial draft majority opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito circulated inside the court and obtained by POLITICO. The draft opinion is a full-throated, unflinching repudiation of the 1973 decision which guaranteed federal constitutional protections of abortion rights and a subsequent 1992 decision – Planned Parenthood v. Casey – that largely maintained the right. “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start,” Alito writes. “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled,” he writes in the document, labeled as the “Opinion of the Court.” Deliberations on controversial cases have in the past been fluid. Justices can and sometimes do change their votes as draft opinions circulate and major decisions can be subject to multiple drafts and vote-trading, sometimes until just days before a decision is unveiled. The court’s holding will not be final until it is published, likely in the next two months.

Bill Gates warns a more transmissive and fatal Covid variant ‘could be generated’ — Eugenics enthusiast says there is “way above five percent” risk of pandemic generating more transmissive and “even more fatal” Coronavirus variant | 1 May 2022 | Bill Gates has warned there is a “way above five percent” risk the world has not yet seen the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tech mogul and philanthropist said he did not want to sound “doom and gloom” but warned there was a risk an “even more transmissive and even more fatal” variant could be generated. “We’re still at risk of this pandemic generating a variant that would be even more transmissive and even more fatal,” Gates told The Financial Times on Saturday. “It’s not likely, I don’t want to be a voice of doom and gloom, but it’s way above a five percent risk that this pandemic, we haven’t even seen the worst of it.” It is not the first time he has made such a prediction. In December 2021, he warned his millions of Twitter followers to brace themselves for the worst part of the pandemic having previously cautioned in 2015 that the world was not ready for the next pandemic.

Italian Court Rules Mandatory Vaccination Unconstitutional, ‘Fatal Side Effects’ too Risky –“Who would determine the percentage of disposable citizens? It is indisputable. Otherwise, it results in Nazism.” | 27 April 2022 | Sicily’s Court of Administrative Justice has ruled that Italy’s mandatory Covid vaccination obligation is unconstitutional. The court stated that the experimental mRNA treatments intended to protect the public from Covid have been shown to cause “serious or fatal adverse effects.” The court explains that even if such fatalities are rare, a single death is enough to render the mandate unconstitutional. The Sicilian ruling passes the decision to the Constitutional Court, which will now have to rule on the issue.

Many people fully vaccinated for covid are now going blind | 28 April 2022 | There is another concerning side effect occurring in the “fully vaccinated” for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that is rarely mentioned: blindness. The latest data out of the United Kingdom suggests that a growing number of fully jabbed people are losing their eyesight. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Yellow Card system currently shows 163 cases of total blindness among people who got jabbed with the Pfizer-BioNTech needle, along with an additional six cases of central vision loss and four cases of sudden visual loss. Twenty-one people also reportedly now suffer from “blindness transient” specifically caused by the Pfizer injection.  

China’s Lockdowns of Tens of Millions Inflicts More Pain on Global Supply Chains | 2 May 2022 | Seeing China hub Shanghai, home to 25 million, come to a standstill amid more than four weeks of lockdown has made those in Beijing nervous. The capital city has detected growing COVID-19 outbreaks and has rushed to conduct mass testing in a bid to contain the virus. Almost all 22 million inhabitants in Beijing completed three rounds of testing on April 30. The results may determine whether they will be destined to experience the same fate as those in Shanghai, where fenced-up people have been banging pans on their balconies at night to protest a month-long lockdown. Shoppers in Beijing have rushed to stock up on food, just in case. Officials have closed schools, without specifying a reopening date, and more venues. Workers have set up blue metal barriers around residential blocks where infections have been recorded. A sign placed outside such a residential complex read, “Entry only. No exit.”  

CDC reports first human H5 bird flu infection in U.S. | 28 April 2022 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced late Thursday that a person in Colorado has tested positive for an H5 bird flu virus — the first such recorded infection in the United States. The CDC did not reveal the neuraminidase subtype of the virus — the N portion of an influenza A virus’s name. The country is currently experiencing an unprecedented outbreak of H5N1 bird flu in both wild birds and in commercial poultry flocks. The man, described by Colorado health officials as being younger than 40 years old, experienced only fatigue; he is now in isolation and being treated with the flu antiviral oseltamivir. A statement from Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment said he is incarcerated at a state correctional facility and was culling poultry as part of a pre-release employment program.

Lawmaker seeks to bring US troops to Ukraine –The resolution would give the president sole authority to determine whether such aggression by Russia had actually taken place, without requiring any international investigation. Accordingly, it could incentivize Ukrainian forces to stage such an attack [as they’ve done since the get-go] in the hopes of drawing the US into the conflict, as commanders in Moscow have accused Kiev of planning. | 1 May 2022 | Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican [deep-state troll] from Illinois, announced on Sunday that he will introduce a resolution authorizing the use of military force should Russia deploy “chemical, biological and/or nuclear weapons” in Ukraine. Kinzinger has continuously pushed for US involvement in the ongoing conflict, and previously backed measures that critics and Joe Biden said would lead to a “third world war.” Kinzinger’s resolution would authorize the president to use the American military to “assist in defending and restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine,” in response to a hypothetical Russian use of chemical, biological or nuclear weapons on Ukrainian soil.

Rep. Kinzinger-Sponsored Bill Would Granting Sweeping New War Powers to Biden | 2 May 2022 | Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Monday introduced legislation that would give Joe Biden sweeping new powers to conduct and manage U.S. aid to Ukraine as the Russian invasion of the country moves into its ninth week of fighting. Kinzinger’s Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF), if passed, would grant Biden congressional approval to deploy U.S. ground troops if Russian President Vladimir Putin uses chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons… Prior to his wide-reaching AUMF bill, Kinzinger pushed the administration to send high-powered MiG fighter jets to the region, a proposal that some other lawmakers worried could cause the conflict to escalate.

Fire at Russian military site near Ukraine – governor –The head of Belgorod Region says the emergency services have been deployed | 1 May 2022 | A blaze broke out on Sunday at a Russian military site in the Belgorod Region, which borders Ukraine, Governor Vyacheslav Gladkov has said. “A fire has occurred on the territory of one of the sites belonging to the Defense Ministry,” the governor wrote on social media. He added that officials were determining the damage and if there were any casualties. Gladkov later added that a civilian was lightly injured. Photos and videos posted on social media purportedly show a large cloud of smoke in the area.

Another food-processing facility taken out to hasten the destruction of the U.S. from within: Fire damages food processing plant in northwest Fresno –Hours later, firefighters responded to an ammonia leak at the same building. | 2 May 2022 | An investigation is underway to determine what sparked a fire at a food processing plant in northwest Fresno. The fire broke out at the Saladino’s plant on Shaw Avenue and Golden State Boulevard Sunday night. Several employees were evacuated from the building while firefighters put out the flames… Hours later, firefighters responded to an ammonia leak at the same building.

Chesapeake Fire responds to industrial fire at Perdue Farms facility | 30 April 2022 | A fire took place at Perdue Farms facility in the South Norfolk area of Chesapeake Saturday evening. The Chesapeake Fire Department is currently working on an industrial fire at the grain processing and storage facility. Firefighters received a call at 501 Barnes Road at 8:41 p.m. after a plant operator at Perdue acknowledged and verified a fire at the location. All employees from the area were evacuated. When crews arrived they found a large soybean processing tank with flames showing from the top. Firefighters climbed multiple flights of stairs using multiple hose lines to battle the fire.

New Jan. 6 Bodycam Videos Show D.C. Police Officer Assaulting Unconscious Protester –Use-of-force expert says DC Metro Police officer committed felony in attack on Rosanne Boyland | 30 April 2022 | A District of Columbia police officer used a large wooden stick to strike the body and head of protester Rosanne Boyland three times as she lay motionless on the ground on Jan. 6, 2021, according to bodycam footage from several officers obtained by The Epoch Times. Use-of-force expert Stanley Kephart, upon reviewing the previously unreleased footage, concluded that the three full-force blows by D.C. police officer Lila Morris constituted a felony assault with intent to cause great bodily harm. Kephart called Morris’s use of force “indefensible” and the internal-affairs investigation of Boyland’s death a “clear and convincing coverup.”

French Election Fraud Puts 2020 to Shame – Millions of Uncounted Le Pen Ballots Found | 29 April 2022 | If you thought the U.S. election in 2020 was bad, it’s nothing compared to the sham election that just went down in France. Emmanuel Macron, a World Economic Forum “Young Global Leader,” may have been crowned the victor, but millions of Le Pen voters lost their ballots and rights on Sunday. In France, if a ballot is damaged, it cannot be cast. So the political establishment, who are desperate to install Macron in office for another five years, arranged for the destruction of millions of Le Pen ballots. Following an eerily similar script from the last French presidential election in 2017, evidence circulating on Twitter shows the same issue which reared its head at that time — spoiled ballots… As today, Le Pen’s name is consistently prefaced with the descriptor “far-right” even though Macron escapes any prejudicial descriptor.

Experts, Users Say Musk’s Purchase of Twitter Could Change Platform Moderation, Algorithms | 1 May 2022 | The purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk could result in the social media platform changing its moderation policy in line with the tech billionaire’s declared free speech commitments, restoring suspended accounts as well as making its algorithms more transparent, experts and users surveyed by Sputnik have said… Some, like [CLG Founder] Michael Rectenwald the former NYU professor of global studies and author of Google Archipelago, see direct political implications as the social media platform “has been an organ of the Democratic party and the state it now runs unilaterally.” “I expect that Elon Musk will attempt to make good on his promises for free speech and that Twitter will come to reflect his free-speech commitment. If Musk has his way, the platform will no longer discriminate against content based on wokeness, political belief, and adherence to official state narratives and dictates,” Rectenwald said, adding that it could include “the restoration of banned accounts on request by users and dramatic changes to Twitter’s discriminatory, leftist algorithms.”

NBC News admits to plagiarism –The network has flagged 11 articles that contained plagiarized information | 2 May 2022 | NBC News [sic] apologized to its readers on Monday for eleven articles over the past year that contained plagiarized passages. The network did not retract the stories, however, but removed the problematic paragraphs and added editors’ notes to them. The Comcast-owned network also didn’t name the reporter at fault. Other outlets were not so circumspect, however. The eleven articles “contained passages from other news organizations that were used without attribution,” NBC said in a statement. “In all cases, the passages were not central to the stories, but instead contained supplemental or background material that did not represent original reporting.” “An editor’s note has been placed on each of the articles, and the passages that were plagiarized have been removed,” NBC added, without naming the reporter or revealing their fate with the company.

National media news & headlines compiled by CLG

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