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Wuhan Lab Allowed to Destroy ‘Secret Files’ Under Its Partnership With US National Lab, Agreement Shows | 21 April 2022 | The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) has the right to make a partnering U.S. lab wipe all data arising from their collaborative work, a legal document reveals. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) of cooperation, signed between the Wuhan lab and the Galveston National Laboratory at the University of Texas Medical Branch, makes it obligatory for each of the two labs to delete “secret files” or materials upon the request of the other party. “The party is entitled to ask the other to destroy and/or return the secret files, materials, and equipment without any backups,” states the MOU obtained by U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit investigative research group focused on public health, through a freedom of information request. The MOU focused on promoting research and training cooperation between the two labs. It was signed in 2017 and stays in effect through this October.
Poland Refuses to Accept and Pay for New COVID-19 Vaccine Deliveries–Poland has seen lower vaccine uptake than most of the European Union, leaving the country with surplus vaccine stock | 20 April 2022 | Poland is refusing to accept or pay for more deliveries of the COVID-19 vaccine under the European Union’s supply contract, amid dwindling demand. The country’s health minister announced the news in remarks on local television on Tuesday. “At the end of last week, we used the force majeure clause and informed both the European Commission and the main vaccine producer that we are refusing to take these vaccines at the moment and we are also refusing to pay,” Niedzielski told private broadcaster TVN24… Poland’s biggest supplier is Pfizer.
Heads up! CDC Launches New Disease Outbreak Forecasting Center | 20 April 2022 | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officially launched the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) this month, which aims to enable timely and effective decision-making when responding to disease outbreaks. “CFA will produce models and forecasts to characterize the state of an outbreak and its course, inform public health decision makers on potential consequences of deploying control measures, and support innovation to continuously improve the science of outbreak analytics and modeling,” according to the CDC website. The CFA has been set up to accomplish three core functions. The first is to generate analyses and forecasts to boost outbreak preparedness and response. CFA will establish a data and analytics architecture and collaborate with local, state, and federal leaders in the decision-making process.
CDC strikes back at judge who blocked federal mask mandate, calls on Biden’s Justice Dept. to take action | 20 April 2022 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking the Department of Justice to proceed with its appeal of a ruling issued by a Florida judge on Monday which tossed out the Biden administration’s mask mandate for public transportation passengers. “To protect CDC’s public health authority beyond the ongoing assessment announced last week, CDC has asked DOJ to proceed with an appeal in Health Freedom Defense Fund, Inc., et al., v. Biden, et al… CDC will continue to monitor public health conditions to determine whether such an order remains necessary. CDC believes this is a lawful order, well within CDC’s legal authority to protect public health,” the statement reads.
Food Shortages and Food Processing Plant Fires – What’s Going On? | 22 April 2022 | there have been an unusual number of significant fires in food processing facilities around the country this year and even going back into last year. The fires are starting to give rise to noteworthy chatter online, especially as the Biden administration–whose policies largely support the “Great Reset” agenda pushed by the World Economic Forum and the World Health Organization–warns us about food shortages… UncoverDC confirmed over two dozen facilities linked to our food supply were impacted by fires, 19 of them happening this year. There could be more. While there has been no concrete evidence that any of the fires are connected or were intentionally set, we felt it relevant to list them, especially since Bill Gates is the largest owner of farmland in the United States. Here they are, with a brief description of what we found out about each one.
At World Bank Climate Talk, Speaker Floats End of Conventional Vehicle Sales –Stern, of London School of Economics, claims world on track for 3 degrees of warming | 21 April 2022 | In remarks to the World Bank’s “Financing Climate Action” event on April 21, Baron Nicholas Stern, one of the world’s most influential climate economists, spoke about what he sees as necessary global actions on climate change, including on the sale of conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. “The right kind of policies have to be put in place, including the abolition of fossil fuel subsidies, the advancement of carbon pricing, but clarity on timescales for decentralization of the grid, clarity on timescales for stopping the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles, and so on–making sure the sense of direction is clear in those ways,” said Stern, who served as chief economist for the World Bank from 2000 through 2003.
Assange extradition order issued by UK court –The Australian-born journalist is facing an effective life term in American prison, if the decision is signed off by Home Secretary | 20 April 2022 | A magistrates court in London has issued a formal order to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US to face espionage charges there, and a possible life imprisonment. Wednesday’s ruling may be appealed. The Westminster Magistrates’ Court decision reverses its previous ruling that denied the US extradition to the US based on Assange’s poor mental state and the harsh conditions in American high-security prisons. UK Home Secretary Priti Patel will need to authorize the extradition before it can be executed. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson said the UK court was issuing a “death sentence” to Assange by passing its decision. He is facing up to 175 years in prison under the espionage charges he faces in the U.S indictment.
ISIS tells members to use Ukraine crisis to strike West –Terror group urges members to strike while the West is distracted | 19 April 2022 | Terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL [but still I-CIA-SIS]) has called on its members and supporters to wage jihad against Europe and Israel while the West is distracted by the situation in Ukraine, according to an online message posted cited by the Times on Monday. Jihadists should strike while those the group considers “crusaders” are fighting each other, IS’s new spokesman Omar al-Muhajir said in the message, released to coincide with Islam’s holy month of Ramadan. The terror group’s mouthpiece told followers to arm themselves, calling for a campaign of revenge for the death of leader Abu Ibrahim al Hashimi al Qurayshi, though he was allegedly killed earlier this year in a US raid, not by Europeans or Israelis.
Biden ally floats idea of US troops in Ukraine –Senator suggests Ukraine may ‘turn into Syria’ unless the US and NATO ‘stop Putin’ | 17 April 2022 | US Senator Chris Coons, a politician described by media outlets as Joe Biden’s closest Senate ally, has raised the idea of deploying American troops to fight Russians in Ukraine, saying he fears the former Soviet republic will “become the Syria of Eastern Europe.” “The American people cannot turn away from this tragedy in Ukraine,” Coons said on Sunday in a CBS News interview… Media outlets called him a “shadow secretary of state” after the White House sent him on a diplomatic mission to Ethiopia last year. Like Biden, Coons has previously spoken out against sending American forces to Ukraine. He seldom, if ever, contradicts Biden’s views, so his change of rhetoric raised concerns over what Biden might be considering.
Texas National Guard soldier missing after mission to rescue migrant from river – sources –The soldier has not yet been found, officials say | 22 April 2022 | A Texas National Guard soldier has gone missing while trying to rescue migrants in a river at the state’s border with Mexico, Texas officials said Thursday. The incident occurred in Eagle Pass during an attempt to rescue migrants. Law enforcement sources initially told Fox News that the service member had drowned. However, the sources later said that the body that had been recovered was in fact a migrant, not the service member. The Texas Military Department said in a statement that a soldier assigned to Operation Lone Star “has gone missing along a river during a mission-related incident.” “The Texas Military Department, Texas DPS and Border Patrol are working rapidly to find the Soldier,” the statement said.
42 migrants on terror watchlist arrested attempting to enter US illegally under Biden – CBP data –More than 220,000 migrant encounters took place in March alone | 19 April 2022 | More than 40 migrants on the terror watchlist have been arrested by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) trying to enter the country illegally since President Biden took office, according to newly released CBP data. The data, sent to lawmakers in response to a congressional inquiry and obtained by Fox News Digital, says that since Jan. 20, 2021, U.S. Border Patrol and the Office of Field Operations has “arrested 42 subjects who were on the terror watchlist and attempted to enter the United States illegally.” The Terrorist Screening Database (TSDB) contains information about the identities of those who are known or “reasonably suspected” of being involved in terrorist activities… The number does not count the number who got past overwhelmed Border Patrol agents at the southern border.
ICE Set to Release 600,000 Illegal Aliens Into U.S. By End of September, 3.6M Already In | 19 April 2022 | Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) is expected to release more than half a million illegal aliens into the interior of the United States over the next sixth months. The prediction was provided to a federal judge about what can be expected at the southern border with Mexico after the Title 42 coronavirus border protocol is dropped next month. The deportation agency’s assessment covers the remaining months of the current fiscal year that ends on September 30, with the estimate totaling about 100,000 who will be released each month. Deane Dougherty, ICE’s juvenile coordinator who said many minor illegal aliens are expected, wrote in a court filing that the development would represent a “historic border surge.”
House Republicans ask Twitter board to retain records tied to Musk offer | 22 April 2022 | A group of 18 U.S. House Republicans sent Twitter board members a letter on Friday asking them to preserve all records and materials relating to Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, laying the groundwork for a potential investigation. “As Congress continues to examine Big Tech and how to best protect Americans’ free speech rights, this letter serves as a formal request that you preserve all records and materials relating to Musk’s offer to purchase Twitter, including Twitter’s consideration and response to this offer, and Twitter’s evaluation of its shareholder interests with respect to Musk’s offer,” said the letter signed by the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Jim Jordan, and others on the committee. The order to save records strongly suggests Jordan plans to probe Twitter if the Musk offer is rejected and Republicans take back the House in midterm elections in November.
Musk Secures $46.5 Billion Funding to Buy Twitter, Says Ready for Tender Offer | 21 April 2022 | Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has secured the required financing to buy Twitter and take the company private, according to a new regulatory filing. Musk is also exploring a tender offer to buy shares from stockholders directly. The document shows that Musk has received 46.5 billion in commitment to help finance the proposed deal. If he decides to go ahead with a tender offer, he will approach Twitter shareholders and offer to buy their shares within a specific time frame. He is, however, still considering whether to launch a tender offer for Twitter, according to the filing.
DeSantis signs bill stripping Disney of self governing status –Disney held the self governing status for more than 50 years | 22 April 2022 | Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a measure into law on Friday evening that dissolves Walt Disney World’s special governing power in the state after the company announced public opposition to a new parental rights law in the state. At the bill signing ceremony, DeSantis said Disney lied about the content of the state’s new “Parental Rights in Education” law, and he viewed the company’s vow to fight it as unacceptable. “You’re a corporation based in Burbank, California, and you’re gonna marshal your economic might to attack the parents of my state. We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that,” DeSantis said.
Florida Lawmakers Remove Big Tech Exemption for Theme Parks, Disney | 21 April 2022 | The Florida legislature passed a bill Thursday that removes Walt Disney Company’s exemption from a Florida law that aims to hold Big Tech accountable. The Florida House approved the bill 70 to 38 amid chaos and yelling from Democrats who protested the redistricting bill lawmakers passed minutes prior to that vote. State Senators approved the bill 24 to 15 Wednesday. Florida lawmakers passed legislation (S.B. 7072) in 2021 that requires social media companies to be transparent about their content moderation practices and attempts to stop companies from more easily silencing viewpoints on social media. Under the law, technology companies cannot de-platform Floridian political candidates and Floridians can sue if social media companies violate the law.
On Tape: Kevin McCarthy Told GOP Leaders Twitter and Big Tech Needed to Strip Accounts From Fellow GOP Lawmakers – After Cutting Video About Censorship | 21 April 2022 | Rachel Maddow leaked a private phone call on her show on Thursday night of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy with Trump-hating lunatic Liz Cheney on January 10, 2021. On January 10, 2021, Kevin McCarthy spoke with several GOP House leaders including Liz Cheney who was third-in-line in the House Republican Caucus at that time. During the call, McCarthy told Liz Cheney that he would counsel President Trump Trump to resign. From the call: Kevin McCarthy: “I think [impeachment resolutions] will pass, and it would be my recommendation you (President Trump) should resign… What he did is unacceptable. Nobody can defend that and nobody should defend it.” McCarthy also indicated that he believed Twitter and Facebook should delete the accounts of lawmakers who were supporting Trump’s claim of a rigged election. “We can’t put up with that,” he said. “Can’t they take their Twitter accounts away, too?”
Durham Filing Reveals CIA Knew in Early 2017 That Data Tying Trump to Russia Was Fake | 20 April 2022 | As the trial of Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann approaches, special counsel John Durham and Sussmann’s lawyers are arguing over what evidence can be admitted… These back-and-forth filings are common in the weeks leading up to federal trials, but the disclosures made by Durham are anything but routine. The most striking of these disclosures concerns data trails that Sussmann and his cohorts, including “Tech Executive-1” Rodney Joffe, had supposedly uncovered between Trump and the Russian Alfa Bank. It was widely claimed that these data trails established a direct communications channel between Trump and the Russian government. Sussmann took the data to the FBI in September 2016 hoping to trigger an investigation into Trump and his campaign. The existence of an FBI investigation would then be used by the Clinton campaign as a media kill shot against Trump in the final weeks of the 2016 election.
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