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Watercooler National: US embassy families ordered to evacuate/ CIA-Wuihan link / NYPD cop gunned down

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

Families of US Embassy personnel in Ukraine ordered to begin evacuating as soon as Monday – officials | 22 Jan 2022 | The State Department has ordered families of U.S. Embassy personnel in Ukraine to begin evacuating the country as soon as Monday, U.S. officials tell Fox News. Next week, the State Department is also expected to encourage Americans to begin leaving Ukraine by commercial flights, “while those are still available,” one official said. Late Friday night, the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine announced the first shipment of ammunition had arrived as directed by Joe Biden.

100 tons of American ‘lethal aid’ arrives in Ukraine [but COVID tests are unable to arrive in the US] | 22 Jan 2022 | The first shipment of military aid promised to Ukraine by Joe Biden amid Western speculation about a supposedly imminent “Russian invasion” of the country has been delivered to Kiev. Late on Friday, the US Embassy in the Ukrainian capital posted photos on Twitter of large green-colored crates being unloaded from a cargo plane. The crates held almost 100 tons of “lethal aid,” including ammunition intended for “the front-line defenders of Ukraine,” it said. According to the embassy, the delivery was further proof of Washington’s “commitment to helping Ukraine bolster its defenses in the face of growing Russian aggression.” [Yes, I am living in “clown world.” Biden, the “defense” industry, DemocRATs, RINOs, and Big Tech are pushing for war with Russia so the US can defend a corrupt cesspool that only Hunter Biden could find hospitable. Why isn’t the media asking how Biden is able to get $200 million worth of military hardware to arrive in Ukraine overnight but can’t get COVID tests to arrive within the US in a month? —Lori Price]

Ex-US soldiers with alleged neo-Nazi links arrive at Ukrainian front line | 22 Jan 2022 | At least half a dozen former US military servicemen have landed in Ukraine amid rapidly escalating tensions in the east of the country. The group, known as Forward Observations, has posted a string of photos and videos on its official Instagram, with geotags showing that the men are in the war-torn Donbass region. The Americans are seen wearing combat gear, apparently inspecting the Ukrainian army’s battle positions and trenches. Some of the men in the photos are also holding assault weapons, though it is not clear whether these are American or Ukrainian soldiers. [Wow. Neo-Nazis sent to fight Russians with the deep state’s blessings? Where’s Antifa’s outrage? Well, we likely won’t be seeing any of that soon because the fact is Soros-backed Antifa has never been “anti-fascist” but rather “pro-totalitarian.” Antifa provides foot-soldiers for the oligarchy.]

Peter Daszak Worked for CIA, EcoHealth Alliance Is a ‘CIA Front Organization’ – Report | 20 Jan 2022 | EcoHealth Alliance Associate Vice President Dr. Andrew Huff recently claimed that EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak, who conducted gain of function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China, told him he was working for the Central Intelligence Agency. Dr. Andrew Huff, Ph.D., M.S., publicly stated on January 12 that EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak confessed to him that he was working for the Central Intelligence Agency, and further stated his belief that EcoHealth Alliance was a “CIA front organization.” Huff received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health specializing in emerging diseases before becoming an Associate Vice President at EcoHealth Alliance, according to report by independent journalist Kanekoa, who detailed the ordeal on his Substack newsletter. While working with the global scientific nonprofit, he was tasked with developing “novel methods of bio-surveillance, data analytics, and visualization for disease detection.”

Virginia Dems Block Iver, HCQ Treatments for COVID Patients, Order Capitol Police to Throw Citizens Out | 21 Jan 2022 | Virginia State Senate Democrats blocked a bill on Thursday that would have allowed healthcare providers to prescribe Iver and Hydroxy to COVID patients, shutting down a public comment session and ordering Virginia Capitol Police officers to throw citizens out of the room. The move came as members of the Senate Education and Health Committee took up Senate Bill 73, introduced by conservative Senator Amanda Chase. The bill would have allowed licensed healthcare providers with prescriptive authority to prescribe Iver and Hydroxy to patients suffering from COVID-19. While all six Republicans on the Committee voted to advance the bill, all nine Democrats voted to kill it, ensuring that SB73 will never advance to the full Senate for a vote, where Democrats still hold a slim majority as seats in that chamber were not up for grabs during November’s GOP wave.

Connecticut Gov. Lamont seeks 7th extension of emergency powers and to codify into law 11 executive orders –Surprise request sent to CT legislators shortly after 6 p.m. Friday night | 21 Jan 2022 | In a late letter issued Friday evening, Gov. Ned Lamont asked the legislature to extend Connecticut’s public health and civil preparedness emergencies as the coronavirus pandemic heads toward its third year. In addition, Lamont is asking the legislature to codify into law 11 executive orders, such as a mask mandate for children in school and COVID-19 safety measures for nursing home visitors. But he is not asking for an extension of the current mandate that requires state employees in the executive branch to be vaccinated or to submit to weekly testing. While Lamont had been talking for days about shifting some authority to the legislature, his formal request — distributed to all legislators — did not come until shortly after 6 p.m. Friday… Another executive order that was announced this week requires that visitors to nursing homes must show either proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a recent negative test.

CDC: Natural immunity stronger than vaccines alone during delta wave | 21 Jan 2022 | Natural immunity was six times stronger during the delta wave than vaccination, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report, published Jan. 19, analyzed COVID outcome data from New York and California, which make up about one in six of the nation’s total COVID deaths. The study was done before the Omicron wave and doesn’t factor in any information about boosters. It does, however, broadly agree with studies from other countries.

Israel, One of Most Vaccinated Countries in the World, Sets New COVID-19 Case Record | 22 Jan 2022 | The Israeli Ministry of Health announced this week that more than 72,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus, the largest rise in infections since the start of the pandemic. Total active cases in the country rose to nearly 400,000 people, of whom 533 are currently hospitalized in critical condition, according to a Jan. 19 statement posted by the country’s health ministry. Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned this month that CCP virus cases are expected to increase rapidly amid the spread of the Omicron variant, as he presented government data that indicates two to four million Israelis are predicted to be infected with COVID-19 during the current outbreak. “Information presented at a cabinet meeting indicates that in Israel, overall 2–4 million citizens will be infected in the current wave,” Bennett’s statement reads.

Federal Judge Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Workers | 21 Jan 2022 | A federal judge in the state of Texas blocked the Biden regime’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for federal workers on Friday. The Hill reports: Judge Jeffrey Brown, who was appointed by former President Trump, wrote that the order exceeded the president’s authority. The case is about “whether the President can, with the stroke of a pen and without the input of Congress, require millions of federal employees to undergo a medical procedure as a condition of their employment,” Brown wrote. “Because the President’s authority is not that broad, the court will enjoin the second order’s enforcement,” wrote Brown in the U.S. District Court in Galveston, Texas.

Ireland to End Most Virus Restrictions, Including COVID Passport | 21 Jan 2022 | Almost all coronavirus restrictions in Ireland will end on Saturday, including domestic COVID-19 Certificates, curfews, social distancing, and capacity limits. Addressing the nation following the recommendation to lift the restrictions from the National Public Health Emergency Team, Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Micheal Martin declared it’s time for the Irish to “be ourselves again.” This makes Ireland the second country following England to remove mandatory vaccine passports after they were implemented. But the mask mandate, self-isolation rules, and protective measures in schools will remain, and Martin “strongly encourage[d]” people to get themselves and their children vaccinated.

Thousands to March in DC Jan. 23 to Defeat COVID Vaccine Mandates | 19 Jan 2022 | Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and its chairman, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., on Jan. 23 will join organizations and individuals from around the U.S. in Washington, DC, for a “Defeat the Mandates” protest against government mandates. The march, which will celebrate the principles of freedom and liberty upon which our nation was founded, comes in response to nearly two years of increasing governmental overreach in the form of mandates at local, state and federal levels. Participants will include people from all walks of life regardless of political affiliation, race, ideology or vaccination status.

Wounded NYPD officer faces 2nd surgery in struggle to survive Harlem shooting | 22 Jan 2022 | NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora was expected to undergo a second surgery as he struggled to survive the shooting that took his partner’s life, according to police and union sources. Mora, 27, who sources said had a bullet lodged in his brain and who already had been through one procedure, remained in very critical condition at Harlem Hospital Saturday, sources said. His partner, Jason Rivera, 22, died late Friday after the two were ambushed by a paroled felon during a domestic call in Harlem.

2 New York City cops shot, 1 killed, in deadly exchange with suspect, police say –Multiple police sources told Fox News Digital that the suspect also died | 21 Jan 2022 | Two New York City police officers were shot in a Harlem gunfight Friday night — one fatally and one critically wounded — days after a 16-year-old boy allegedly wounded another officer in the Bronx, according to police sources. An NYPD spokesperson confirmed that two officers had been shot near 119 West 135th Street in the NYPD’s 32nd Precinct. They were rushed to Harlem Hospital. Despite earlier indications that both officers had died, NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said during a late-night news briefing that one had died and the other was fighting for his life.

US murder rate highest it’s been in 25 years as big cities shatter records –2021 ended with several cities – Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis, to name a few – reporting upticks in murders| 18 Jan 2022 | The 2021 United States murder rate is estimated to be nearly as high as it was in 25 years ago, when more than 19,600 people were killed nationwide, according to statistics shared in a recent report. The murder rate was estimated to be 6.9 murders per 100,000 people in 2021 – just 0.5 lower than the 1996 murder rate of 7.4, according to FBI data examined by data analyst Jeff Asher and shared by the New York Times. It’s the closest the nation has come to the high-crime scourge of the early 90s.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek’s 2021 compensation more than doubled to over $32 million, while median employee pay fell –Chapek’s increased compensation comes while Disney’s stock underperformed the Dow by over 33 percentage points last year | 21 Jan 2022 | Walt Disney Inc. Chief Executive Bob Chapek had a banner 2021, as his total compensation more than doubled to over 32 million, even though it was a pretty bad year for investors in the media and entertainment giant. In Disney’s proxy statement for fiscal 2021, which ended September, the company disclosed late Wednesday that Chapek’s total compensation for the year was 32.46 million, compared with 14.16 million in 2020. Chapek became Disney’s CEO on Feb. 24, 2020, after Robert Iger abruptly stepped down.

This is where we are, folks. This is where we are: M&M’s candy characters to become more ‘inclusive’| 20 Jan 2022 | Candy is about to get more “inclusive,” with the maker of M&M’s announcing its famed characters are getting modern makeovers and will have more “nuanced personalities.” Mars, Incorporated, the company behind the colorful, candy-coated chocolates, announced Thursday a “global commitment to creating a world where everyone feels they belong and society is inclusive.” As part of the new mission to increase the “sense of belonging for 10 million people around the world by 2025,” Mars said the M&M’s characters — who serve as mascots of sorts for the brand — would be receiving fresh, new looks. The green M&M, previously seen in ads posing seductively and strutting her stuff in white go-go boots, will now sport a pair of sneakers.

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