TO MY READERS, I HAVE A REQUEST

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You know how much I respect your skills and talents. Today, I’m asking you to share them with me and your fellow readers.

Please send me your self-reliance tips (no politics, please!)

You all know by now that I am being harried off the internet for sharing conservative viewpoints from leading writers. While I will continue to do this, I am only going to respond to the effects of the damaging progressive policies being implemented in Washington D.C. To rail against the actual policies will exhaust and frustrate us all, as well as ensure that we are kicked off this hosting platform, lose the last of our advertisers and get blocked by the big email providers.

So, I am turning to you! You homemakers, gardeners, hobbyists, hunters, survivalists, car enthusiasts, parents, fisherfolk, experts, military experts, marksmen, inventors, bakers, heritage skill experts, — all of you with cool things to share.

I would like to ask you to send me your recipes, instructions, guides, photos, step-by-step instructions, and videos*. Please email them to me at selfreliancecentral@gmail.com . Remember NO POLITICS. This is my desperate attempt to get us back to our self-reliant roots and swamp the site with preparedness and quality of life improvements. Please know that I am the only person involved at SRC and I can’t pay but I would truly love to share your passions. (Please send only your original material. Copyright and intellectual property lawyers trawl these sites to sue people who use other people’s work.)

*If you make a video, I suggest you post it direct to rumble.com rather than on this site, as you can get paid when people view them. Let me know what you have posted and if I share it with my readers and viewers that means more eyeballs and more money earned for you!

Do you know the difference between COVID-19 testing options?

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(BPT) – When you think about efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19, vaccinations, hand washing and masking likely come to mind. However, one important effort that must remain the first line of defense is effective testing. With the holiday season in full swing, we cannot let our guards down. Testing, combined with other defensive measures, is essential to keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe.

Since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020, medical experts and government leaders have worked together to make different types of testing options easily accessible to the public.

You may not realize there are different types of tests, so what is available to you?

The two main types of tests authorized for detecting COVID-19 are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and antigen tests. Here is what you need to know about both:

Antigen tests

If you have ever taken a rapid strep test or pregnancy test, antigen tests work similarly[1]. Also referred to as rapid tests or rapid antigen tests, these tests work by quickly identifying protein fragments from a virus — these are the antigens — and providing test results in about 15 minutes[2].

Despite being fast, antigen tests can be less accurate than other testing options because they are less sensitive, meaning that some people might incorrectly be told they don’t have the virus1.

Because no special equipment is needed, antigen tests may be performed in various community settings or at home. This convenience has made antigen tests, particularly at-home options, popular when quick results are needed, as when returning to an office or preparing for an event like a vacation.

However, there is more room for error when self-testing, as opposed to having a test administered by a trained professional2. Further, at-home antigen tests are most accurate if COVID-19 symptoms are present and may require the use of several tests to confirm a diagnosis[3]. It is also important to always follow the manufacturer’s directions.

Antigen test overview

When to take it: When in need of results quickly

Speed: Results usually available in 15 minutes

Chance of user error: High

Ease of use: Doesn’t require equipment or chemicals; easy to use at home or point of care

Effectiveness on variants: Low

PCR tests

PCR tests are also referred to as molecular tests, viral RNA tests or nucleic acid tests1. These require special equipment and are typically sent to a lab, with results often available within 24 hours, depending on location. Some PCR tests provide results in just 20 minutes, however, these tests are mostly available in healthcare environments, such as hospitals2.

Why would someone use a test that takes longer to get results? The answer: accuracy.

PCR tests have remained a touchstone in diagnostics due to their heightened accuracy over antigen tests1. They are highly sensitive and can detect very small amounts of virus genetic material in a sample, such as viral DNA1. These tests have a sensitivity of about 98%, much higher than comparative data for antigen tests1. This is why PCR tests can detect active infections nearly every time, and it is rare for someone uninfected to receive a positive test1.

PCR test overview

When to take it: When in need of extremely accurate results

Speed: Results usually take 24 hours; may require an appointment

Chance of error: Low

Ease of use: Requires equipment, chemicals and trained specialists; point-of-care options available but limited

Effectiveness on variants: High

The future of COVID-19 testing

With vaccination rates increasing and booster shots recently becoming available, we are seeing some normalcy return to our lives. However, as restrictions ease, people are traveling more and starting to return to routine life activities, making people more vulnerable to infection.

As the pandemic evolves and holiday gatherings commence, complementary testing options can make effectively screening for COVID-19 even easier. This may include combining antigen and PCR testing for identifying present COVID-19 infections, antibody tests for evaluating past exposure, and multiplex tests, which tests for more than one disease, such as flu and COVID-19.

To learn more information about COVID-19 testing options, visit Roche Diagnostics Corporation’s storytelling hub.


[1] https://www.yalemedicine.org/news/which-covid-test-is-accurate (Last accessed November 22 2021)

[2] https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/expert-answers/covid-antibody-tests/faq-20484429 (Last accessed November 22 2021)

[3] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-smartest-way-to-use-rapid-at-home-covid-tests1/ (Last accessed November 22 2021)

4 top tech innovations from CES 2022 to make your life better

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(BPT) – Every year, groundbreaking innovations premiere at the Consumer Technology Association’s CES conference in Las Vegas, showcasing consumer technology products that aren’t just the latest trends, but can make a real difference in your life. And 2022 is even more exciting than previous years, highlighting products that address today’s needs and desires to enhance your home life.

For example, LG Electronics is unveiling breakthrough technology in home appliances and home entertainment at CES again this year. Here are four new products from LG that will make a big impact on your daily life.

1. Take a deep breath

As cleanliness is top of mind, the LG PuriCare AeroTower Air Purifying Fan combines the benefits of an air purifier with the comfort and functionality of a cooling fan and heater — all within a streamlined, stylish design created for all living spaces.

The AeroTower delivers year-round air purification with three modes of 360-degree air flow so users can enjoy cleaner, more comfortable air that is whisper quiet. With its innovative “Air Valley” technology, the AeroTower creates a powerful airflow that closely resembles a soothing, natural breeze for customized, whole-room purification. Its UVnano technology kills bacteria, while its True HEPA Filtration system captures 99.97% of six different particles for even cleaner, purer air.

2. Level up your home theater

LG’s critically-acclaimed LG OLED TVs keep pushing the envelope year after year. For movie buffs, sports fans and avid gamers alike, the 2022 LG OLED C2 Series will optimize your viewing experience with critically-acclaimed picture quality that delivers realistic images, perfect blacks and rich colors along with lifelike sound and advanced AI features. LG’s new α9 Gen 5 AI processor and cutting-edge AI technologies combine to optimize your picture quality for your preferred entertainment genres. The TVs 120fps Hi Frame Rate delivers your favorite fast-paced content — like sports or video games — with more dynamic, realistic imagery.

The LG Magic Remote connects you to built-in voice assistants including Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant and many of the most popular streaming services so you’re always just a press or voice command away from your favorite services. The C2 series boasts razor-thin bezels around the screen, with a sleek design allowing it to mount closer to the wall. Compatibility with HDMI standards allows you to connect it to external devices like gaming consoles and Sound Bars for a complete viewing experience.

3. Surround yourself with life-like sound And if you really want to create the most immersive home theater or gaming room experience, pair your LG OLED TV with the new LG S95QR Soundbar. With its perfectly balanced high-quality sound, this sound bar introduces a world’s first upward-firing center channel for clearer audio, and its speaker unit configuration maximizes multi-directional sound projection. The speakers on each side of the soundbar are angled toward the front, and the new six-channel rear speaker layout helps optimize the surround sound effect for the best multi-dimensional, cinema-quality audio. The innovative AI Sound Pro mode also brings content-optimized audio so you can experience powerful, immersive sound effects for enhancing action movies or video games.

4. Washing dishes will never be the same

Let’s face it, nobody likes doing dishes, especially after an evening at home with family and friends. Fortunately, LG’s latest dishwasher innovation — the Wi-Fi Enabled Top Control Dishwasher with QuadWash Pro and Dynamic Heat Dry — offers the ultimate cleaning experience, delivering superior clean in just one hour while eliminating the wasteful need to pre-rinse. TrueSteam penetrates caked-on foods at the start of the cycle, and QuadWash Pro technology uses high-pressure jets to power-clean from multiple angles while soaking dishes with micro bubble-infused water to break down heavy soiling. Steam during the drying cycle and Dynamic Heat Dry improves the drying process, resulting in sparkling dishes and glassware.

Love to entertain or have a large family? The adjustable third rack offers more space, to save time and water by washing fewer loads. The dishwasher also uses the latest technology by connecting to LG’s ThinQ, to help you stay on top of household chores by operating remotely and using AI to automatically order dishwasher detergent before you run out.

Check out all the ways the latest technology can improve your everyday life at LG.com.

Where Soros is spending his money to advance the One World Order’s Agenda

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Climate

This report details how billionaire George Soros is ‘battling the climate crisis’ with his money. Soros’ goal is to institutionalize his worldview on a global scale. This includes fear-mongering about climate change and pushing eco-extremism.

Soros said he is working to “bend” the arc of history “in the right direction.” In Soros’ case, that direction is far to the left. To do it, he donated over $32 billion to his Open Society Foundations since 1984, to further leftist ideology and activism well beyond his own lifetime. Soros has committed a combined sum of more than $2.3 billion to create a global university network to push his extreme ideology.

At 91, Soros hasn’t slowed down his radical agenda to inundate the American people — and the world — with propaganda involving leftist academia and racial strife. He recently launched a $1 billion initiative to create a “global university” network to indoctrinate the next generation with his extremist “open society” worldview.

One of the core focuses of the Open Society University Network (OSUN)  network is to “battle the climate crisis.” The network recently launched the “Solve Climate by 2030” initiative, a coordinated effort to spread propaganda that the earth only has 10 years to stave off disaster, which is about as realistic as when The Guardian pushed a false prophecy in 2004 “that major European cities will be sunk beneath rising seas as Britain is plunged into a ‘Siberian’ climate by 2020.” In fact, climate activists have been pushing the 10-year-window-to-save-earth line for decades. In 1989, the Associated Press published a story pushing a phony prediction that “governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect before it goes beyond human control.” The lede for that story was just as ridiculous: “A senior U.N. environmental official says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” OSUN seems to be utilizing old propaganda lines.

Courts

Progressives have zeroed in on electing prosecutors as an avenue for criminal justice reform, and the billionaire financier is providing the cash to make it happen. The billionaire financier has channeled more than $3 million into seven local district-attorney campaigns in six states over the past year — a sum that exceeds the total spent on the 2016 presidential campaign by all but a handful of rival super-donors. It is by far the most tangible action in a progressive push to find, prepare and finance criminal justice reform-oriented candidates for jobs that have been held by longtime incumbents and serve as pipelines to the federal courts — and it has inspired fury among opponents angry about the outside influence in local elections. His money helped elect two dozen district attorneys across the U.S.

Soros has spent on district attorney campaigns in Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas through a network of state-level super PACs and a national “527” unlimited-money group, each named a variation on “Safety and Justice.” (Soros has also funded a federal super PAC with the same name.) Each organization received most of its money directly from Soros, according to public state and federal financial records, though some groups also got donations from nonprofits like the Civic Participation Action Fund, which gave to the Safety and Justice group in Illinois. More at Politico.

The Family

The progressive outlet “openDemocracy” — funded in part by George Soros-founded and chaired non-profit group “Open Society Foundations” — mused that social distancing and quarantine during the pandemic may have revealed the limitations of the private, single-family household. It pointed out “several problems” with modern society’s idea of going home to be safe with family, namely “the mystification of the couple-form; the romanticization of kinship; and the sanitization of the fundamentally unsafe space that is private property.” More garbage asked readers to reconsider how healthy it really is to value a “zone defined by the power asymmetries of housework (reproductive labor being so gendered), of renting and mortgage debt, land and deed ownership, of patriarchal parenting and (often) the institution of marriage.”

Former Speaker Says Jan.6 Panel Members Could Face Future Jail Time

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Former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich says that the Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot could have to answer for themselves in the future. During an appearance with Fox News, Gingrich suggested that some members of the panel may face jail time for their work.

The Hill reports:

Gingrich, who has reportedly been advising Republican leadership over the last several months, predicted during an appearance on Fox News on Sunday that the GOP will regain control of Congress after this year’s midterm elections and will avenge what leading Republicans have said is a partisan investigation led by Cheney and Democrats.

“You’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And all of these people who have been so tough and so mean and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas,” Gingrich said,  adding the lawmakers heading up the commission are “just running over the law.”

“And I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” he continued. “And the wolves are going to find out they are now sheep and they’re the ones who are going to face a real risk of, I think, jail for the kind of laws they’re breaking.”

House Select Committee member Rep. Liz Cheney slammed Gingrich over his remarks to Fox News.

“A former Speaker of the House is threatening jail time for members of Congress who are investigating the violent January 6 attack on our Capitol and our Constitution,” Cheney said in a tweet on Sunday. “This is what it looks like when the rule of law unravels.”

Cheney is one of the two Republicans on the House committee and is currently facing an uphill re-election battle.

Originally at TrumpTrainNews. Reproduced with permission.

Watch how conservative Doocy deals with this and compare it with liberal Stetler

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When Biden called Peter Doocy from Fox News, the right’s leading reporter, a son of a bitch he responded with grace and humor. He joked that they hadn’t fact checked it yet. Compare with the pearl clutching from CNN’s Brian Stetler when Trump used the expression.

Some background!

Ryan Grim: The New Fauci Emails Are Even More Damning Than You Think

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A must-watch, segment from @RyanGrim, reporting on everything revealed by NIH emails released by the House Oversight Committee GOP. These emails regarding the origins of COVID and Fauci’s clear attempt, with Dr. Collins, to stifle media or scientific debate.

Ryan Grim breaks down the content including the blocking by the Democrats in what should have been a bipartisan investigation to help us get to the bottom of this devastating event.

Mike Slater : The Great Reset Explained

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As you know, we are always bringing you news from thee World Economic Forum, founder of the Great Reset. But what is The Great Reset and what should you know about it? Mike Slater explains just how influential the WEF is and how it could already be impacting your life.

Truthbomb on CNN? Look at these liberals’ faces!

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Scott Jennings reflects on President Biden’s “disaster” of a first year on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360

Biden gets trashed on CNN by Scott Jennings and all three on the panel, in including Cooper Anderson, look stunned and in shock, desperately scrambling to fix things when this former advisor to George W. Bush had finished a damning segment on Biden’s performance while in office.

Three privacy questions to ask before buying a smart thermostat

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January 28 is International Data Privacy Day

(BPT) – Smart home devices are everywhere. From smart speakers to kitchen appliances to thermostats, these devices are helping people live a more convenient, comfortable life. How this happens is through technology that often analyzes your habits and patterns. While there are significant advantages to using smart technology, it’s important to consider: How much of your privacy are you giving up while using smart home devices?

According to a report from the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative (SECC), data security and privacy remain a top concern for consumers. Nearly two-thirds of all survey respondents said they are concerned about potential data leaks, and 45% of those who do not have a smart home device see data privacy as a barrier to purchasing.

One smart home device that is growing in popularity is a smart thermostat. This is in part due to the many benefits it offers, including the ability to save money, use energy more efficiently and have a comfortable house year-round. To be most effective, a smart home device can virtually “feel” and “listen” to what is happening in your home. That’s why, as you consider a smart thermostat from one of the many companies in this fast-growing market, asking a few key questions can help you better understand how they use your information.

What data are they collecting – and what will they do with it?

Review the company’s terms of service and privacy policy carefully to understand the type of information it is collecting and how it will use it. Reputable companies should have strong consent management that puts you in the driver’s seat of your own information.

In particular, watch for how companies use your activity data. Even if a company confirms it does not share or sell your data to third parties, it is possible it may still be using your thermostat data (such as when you are home or not home) for other purposes beyond heating and cooling your house.

Does the thermostat require you to integrate with a larger platform?

Does the product require you to use its smart home platform or have other requirements to use the basic features of the thermostat? Activities like these often give companies easy access to your data. You should be able to easily use your thermostat without jumping through hoops.

Are they recording what you say?

Some smart thermostats include a microphone so you can use your voice to interact with the thermostat. If it has a microphone, do you know how that information is being used or stored? If this is a concern for you, there are smart thermostat options without microphones available.

Selecting the right smart thermostat

Smart thermostats are increasingly common in homes worldwide — and for good reason. They enable homeowners to easily control their ideal temperature and even lower their energy costs through the touch of a smartphone. The key with any smart home product is to do your research to ensure you are buying a smart thermostat that meets your needs without sacrificing your privacy.

Emerson, a trusted thermostat manufacturer with over a 100-year history in the HVAC industry, offers one such option with its Sensi smart thermostats. Upon initial account setup, Emerson only collects basic information and is transparent in the fact that it does not sell your personal information or leverage your thermostat activity data for other targeting or advertising purposes.

You don’t need to trade your privacy for energy savings and a comfortable home. To learn more about smart thermostats that prioritize your data privacy, visit Sensi.Emerson.com/DataPrivacy.

The Amendment That Protects the Rights of ALL Americans

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By Dan Mitchell

When I wrote about race and gun control two years ago, I included five short videos to help show the value of the 2nd Amendment for minorities.

For today’s column on the same topic, we’ll start with this full-length video.

If you don’t have time to watch the video, one of the key messages is that gun control has a racist history, both in principle and in practice.

Gun control was used to make it difficult for freed blacks to own guns after the civil war. And gun control was used to hassle and intimidate blacks during the battle for civil rights last century.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that civil rights for gun owners have been expanding in the United States.

And the latest issue of the U.K.-based Economist has an article that looks at the growth of gun ownership specifically among minorities.

Annette Evans…is Chinese-American, lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia and identifies herself as socially liberal—not the archetypal conservative, rural white man. Yet she owns over a dozen rifles, pistols and shotguns (“one for every occasion, like purses or shoes”) and teaches self-defence courses to women. …Of the 7.5m Americans who bought firearms for the first time between January 2019 and April 2021—as gun-buying surged nationwide—half were female, a fifth black and a fifth Hispanic, according to a recent study… The share of black adults who joined the gun-owning ranks, 5.3%, was more than twice that of white adults. …Blacks have a long history of owning guns: Harriet Tubman toted them, Martin Luther King kept them at home. …The broadening tent is good for manufacturers and bad for gun-control advocates.

Not everyone is happy about this expansion of civil liberties.

In a column for National Review, David Harsanyi reviews a book that makes a twisted argument about the 2nd Amendment.

Left-wing academic Carol Anderson’s new book, The Second: Race and Guns in a Fatally Unequal America, is all over the news. “The Second Amendment is not about guns — it’s about anti-Blackness, a new book argues,” reads a CNN headline. …This is wishful thinking. The Second is an attempt — much like the 1619 Project — to reimagine history in purely racial terms. The result is tendentious polemic that suffers not only from a paucity of historical evidence, but from a dishonest rendering of the facts we do know. …This is a contention that isn’t backed by a single contemporaneous quote or piece of hard evidence in the book. …Anderson ignores the tradition of militias in English common law — codifying the “ancient and indubitable” right in the 1689 English Bill of Rights — which had nothing to do with chattel slavery. Anderson ignores the fact that nearly every intellectual, political, and military leader of the Founding generation — many of whom had no connection to slavery — stressed the importance of self-defense in entirely different contexts.

Opining for the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby explains why gun control is a civil rights issue, notwithstanding the ACLU’s moral blindness.

The American Civil Liberties Union caused some double takes last Sunday with a tweet blaming racism and “anti-Blackness” for the presence of the Second Amendment in the Constitution. It was jarring to see the ACLU, once an indomitable champion of the Bill of Rights, endorse the revisionist view that one of its core components, the right to keep and bear arms, exists for malevolent racial reasons. …the real racism associated with the Second Amendment isn’t in the rights of gun ownership that the Bill of Rights cemented into the Constitution’s text. It is in the long and shameful record of those rights being denied. …In blatant disregard of the Second Amendment’s guarantee, Southern states enacted laws prohibiting Black people, enslaved and free alike, from owning firearms. …After the Civil War, racists continued to use gun control as a tool of white supremacy. …The most notorious of those gun-control posses called itself the Ku Klux Klan. …A favorite formulation of Frederick Douglass was that if Black people were to be really free, “they must have the cartridge box, the jury box, and the ballot box to protect them.”

Amen.

Olivia Rondeau and Hannah Cox (narrator of the above video), in an article for the Foundation for Economic Education, also point out that gun control has a racist history.

The Second Amendment has indeed been selectively upheld throughout our nation’s history, with gun control frequently being used to block black Americans from accessing their right to self-defense. Additionally, enforcement of gun control laws has been discriminatory, and the rhetoric around guns has often framed black people as a threat. …black people were prohibited from owning guns under the “Slave Codes” and “Black Codes.” …in the 1870s, racists in power turned to the use of “facially neutral laws” to continue blocking black people from gun ownership. …They used things like police-issued licenses, permit laws, and business and transaction taxes on guns that disproportionately affected black people, thus successfully disarming them. …By no means was this the end of discriminatory gun control laws or enforcement in our country. To date, black Americans are more likely than any other group to suffer the adverse impacts of gun control laws.

Last but not least, Jacob Sullum adds his two cents, writing for Reason about how gun control is bad news for minorities.

Progressive politicians nowadays overwhelmingly oppose pot prohibition and criticize the war on drugs, in no small part because of its bigoted origins and racially skewed costs. Yet they overwhelmingly favor tighter restrictions on guns, even though such policies have a strikingly similar history and contemporary impact. Drug control and gun control are unjust because they criminalize conduct that violates no one’s rights, which erodes civil liberties, contributes to mass incarceration, and unfairly imposes lifelong restrictions on millions of Americans. …Both types of policies have long targeted racial and ethnic minorities, at first explicitly and later in practice. …”The historical record provides compelling evidence that racism underlies gun control laws—and not in any subtle way,” historian Clayton Cramer noted in a 1995 Kansas Journal of Law and Public Policy article. “Throughout much of American history, gun control was openly stated as a method for keeping blacks and Hispanics ‘in their place,’ and to quiet the racial fears of whites.”

Since the War on Drugs is wasteful and inane, I obviously have no problem with Sullum’s analogy.

P.S. If you like feel-good stories about racial harmony (and assuming you’re not Michael Bloomberg), click here.

P.P.S. As illustrated by columns from Charles Blow and Danielle King, a growing number of African-Americans are embracing gun ownership.

Progressive celebrities changing their tune?

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Uber liberal Bari Weiss once took her clothes off to spray against covid. Now she says enough is enough.

Roxanne Beckford Hoge, known for her roles in A Different World, Something’s Gotta Give, and more, was on the political left until she started listening to Dennis Prager on the radio. She observed Hollywood increasingly stifling freedom of thought, as a love for liberty and tolerance pushed Roxanne toward conservatism. Now as a parent, she discusses how anti-American curriculum is hurting students, and she urges parents to advocate for their children against this radical agenda.

Advice to The View from Psaki

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Just have a “margarita” and keep staying distracted!

WEF Watch – What’s Klaus up to now?

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So there goes another supposedly impartial News Agency.

Klaus and his buddies are busy showing how the elites care only about themselves, as usual. Their fear-laden hyperbole over climate change is code for the “Great Reset” and a dog whistle to wealthy elites who are making billions from energy subsidies and selling fashionable, polluting, slave-derived junk in the name of green science. Their virtue signaling is disgusting as they reject proven emissions-free or low-emissions technology such as gas and nuclear power in favor of wind and solar technology that massively pollute, involve the extraction and waste of rare earth minerals and are almost impossible to recycle or reuse.

This is their latest claptrap:

Climate risks are chief among global concerns as the world enters the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

The WEF’s Global Risks Report 2022, released on Monday, found that in addition to the climate crisis, top long-term global risks include growing social divides, heightened cybersecurity risks and uneven recovery as the pandemic persists around the world, a news release accompanying the report said. Most experts believe that a global economic recovery will be volatile and unbalanced over the next three years, according to the WEF.

“The climate crisis remains the biggest long-term threat facing humanity,” Peter Giger, group chief risk officer for Zurich Insurance Group, said in a statement.

All this while the global economy is being brought to its knees during the pandemic, people are literally starving, children are going uneducated, and farmers are indicating shortages will become acute.

Meanwhile at Elite Headquarters

The BBC says “nothing to see here”

Oh, and Klaus was involved with “I didn’t kill myself” Epstein.

Still peddling fear

Hiding behind the respectability of scholarship, wealth and position, the WEF offers a smorgasbord of propaganda and fear-producing possibilities: Vaccine inequality, social fractures. geopolitical tensions, environmental collapse, global warming disaster, cybersecurity failure, migration disorder, war in space.

All of this is to prepare the world for the necessity of a “Great Reset”, aka Technocracy, that will facilitate the greatest transfer of wealth in world history, leading to Klaus Schwab’s smiling prediction, “You will own nothing and be happy”. Like driving zoo animals with an electric cattle prod, fear is the primary tool to scare people into predictable submission and compliance.” ⁃ TN Editor Download pdf here.

He wants to get into our heads – literally

And just because…Is it him?

OMG – Is it him? We hope so.

Freight trains in Los Angeles looted daily by thieves

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UPDATE:

California Governor Gavin Newsom went to check out the train robberies himself and proved yet again that he’s an idiot. Bear in mind he was once mayor of San Francisco, then Lieutenant Governor and then Governor. No one carries more guilt for the way things are going in this blighted state.

When he visited the railway he said, “I’m asking myself, what the hell is going on? We look like a third-world country…This is not a one-off. This is organized theft. These are organized gangs of people,” then he apologized for using the word “gangs” to describe the attacks on the trains, stressing that he did not mean the word in a “pejorative” way. California is screwed.

Dozens of freight cars are broken into every day on Los Angeles’ railways by thieves who take advantage of the trains’ stops to loot packages bought online, leaving thousands of gutted boxes and products that will never reach their destinations.

Many major U.S. mail order and courier companies such as Amazon, Target, UPS and FedEx are being hit by the thefts, which have exploded in recent months.

The thieves wait until the long freight trains mostly owned by Union Pacific are immobilized on the tracks, and then climb onto the freight containers, whose locks they easily break with the help of bolt cutters.

They then help themselves to parcels, ditching any products that are difficult to move or resell, or are too cheap, such as COVID-19 test kits, furniture or medications.

“While criminals are being caught and arrested, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the person is back on the streets in less than 24 hours after paying a nominal fine,” said a spokesperson for the rail operator.

“In fact, criminals boast to our officers that there are no consequences,” he said.

Thanks, Gavin. You are a disgrace to California and to the whole United States who are depending on these packages making it to their final destination.

Let’s go through the FDA’s revolving door

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Companies often hire agency staffers who managed their successful drug reviews

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says its rules, along with federal laws, stop employees from improperly cashing in on their government service. But how adequate are those revolving door controls? Science has found that much like outside advisers, regular employees at the agency, headquartered in Silver Spring, Maryland, often reap later rewards—jobs or consulting work—from the makers of the drugs they previously regulated.

FDA staffers play a pivotal role in drug approvals, presenting evidence to the agency’s advisory panels and influencing or making approval decisions. They are free to move to jobs in pharma, and many do; in a 2016 study in The BMJ, researchers examined the job histories of 55 FDA staff who had conducted drug reviews over a 9-year period in the hematologyoncology field. They found that 15 of the 26 employees who left the agency later worked or consulted for the biopharmaceutical industry. More here at Science.org.

In 2009, for example, an FDA panel weighed whether the agency should approve AstraZeneca’s widely prescribed antipsychotic drug quetiapine (Seroquel) for a wider range of conditions. The panel heard from health policy expert Wayne Ray of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, who described his research linking the drug to sudden cardiac death when used with certain other medications. Ray recalls “an FDA staff member who gave a very negative presentation on our paper.” And according to the meeting transcript, the agency’s then-Director of Psychiatric Products Thomas Laughren, who was instrumental in shepherding Seroquel and similar drugs through the review process and personally signed their FDA approvals, also challenged Ray’s results and defended AstraZeneca’s clinical trial findings in the discussion that followed. The company’s “analysis should have been able to pick up a difference in sudden cardiac death, and they didn’t find any difference between drug and placebo,” he said.

Ray told Laughren and the panel that AstraZeneca had pooled data from all its trials as though the data were one data set, causing a well-known statistical error called Simpson’s paradox. To take the company’s conclusion “as definitive” would be “very dangerous,” Ray said, according to the transcript. Laughren responded by calling sudden death “a pretty definitive event.””

DHS Secretary says “come on in” to illegal border crossers

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Katie Pavlich reports for Town Hall that during a speech this week to the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas boasted about the administration’s policy that does not consider illegal entry into the country a crime. 

In other words, millions of illegal aliens who entered the country last year won’t be removed. 

Meanwhile, as we reported yesterday, the federal government is allowing illegal aliens to present arrest warrants at airports instead of proper identification as they travel to cities across the country, where they’ll be able to stay indefinitely. 

And the weather isn’t stopping the border crossers.

On a ride along with Texas Highway Patrol working on ranches in Bracketville and a request came in from Border Patrol for help in Eagle Pass because around 500 people illegally crossed the Rio Grande at once. BP has all in custody now.— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) January 20, 2022

Arrest Warrant? Welcome aboard, Sir.

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The TSA has confirmed that arrest warrants that were issued for illegal immigration charges can be used as identification for flying on a plane. “For non-citizens and non-US nationals who do not otherwise have acceptable forms of ID for presentation at security checkpoints, TSA may also accept certain DHS-issued forms, including ICE form I-200 (Warrant for Arrest of an Alien). Additionally, if a non-US/Canadian citizen presents one of these alternate forms of ID, the Transportation Security Officer will look at the DHS-issued document for an alien identification number (A-file) and validate the document one of two ways… All passengers whose identity is verified through alternate procedures receive additional screening before being allowed into the secure area of the airport.”

The policy, which also existed during President Donald Trump and President Barack Obama’s administrations, states that those who use the arrest warrant as ID will then receive additional screening before being allowed to fly. During the secondary screening, the documents will be validated through cross checking the database with Customs and Border Protection.

It’s March for Life Day – Virginia Gov does THIS!

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Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin confirmed his commitment to protecting unborn babies from abortion Wednesday when he created a new “ambassador for unborn children” position in his administration.

In an executive order, the new governor added the pro-life ambassador role to the tasks of his Chief Diversity, Opportunity & Inclusion Officer, The Post Millennial reports.

The diversity officer will work to promote “ideas, policies and practices to eliminate disparities in pre-natal care, and be an ambassador for unborn children,” according to the order. Additionally, the diversity officer will “promote free speech and civil discourse in civic life, including viewpoint diversity in higher education in coordination with the Secretary of Education.”

According to the governor’s office, Youngkin revised the position to create “a stronger and more focused role on promoting ideas, policies and economic opportunities for disadvantaged Virginians,” including unborn babies and people with disabilities.

Biden announces Free Masks and Home Tests as Omicron peaks (And how to get them)

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The Biden administration announced Wednesday that it will begin making 400 million N95 masks available for free to U.S. residents at thousands of pharmacies and other locations starting next week. This will be the largest distribution of free masks by the federal government to the public since the covid-19 pandemic began.

The masks will come from the government’s Strategic National Stockpile (thank you President Trump), which has more than 750 million of the highly protective masks on hand. The masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers across the country. They will begin shipping this week for distribution starting late next week, the White House said.

The Biden Administration also launched its COVIDTests.gov website Wednesday Jan 19 to provide up to four at-home COVID tests per family.

Here is how you can get your free N95 masks and at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

How to get free at-home COVID-19 tests

Each household can place an order for four at-home COVID-19 tests per residential address on COVIDTests.gov. You do not have a choice in how many you get to order; the four tests are all allocated per household.

When you visit the website, click the button for “Order Free At-Home Tests” and you will be taken to a webpage run by the United States Postal Service at special.usps.com/testkits. Then complete the fields for your first and last name, your email — but only if you want to receive shipping notifications — and your shipping address.

On the right, you’ll see your order, four tests with a price of $0. Next, click the green button to “Check Out Now,” review your order and click “Place My Order.”

If you live in an apartment building or other multi-family dwelling, be sure to enter your unit or apartment number because more than one order at the same exact residential address will be denied.

How to get free N95 masks

The government will make the masks available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers that have partnered with the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaignthroughout the country.

The free masks will be limited to three per person, a White House official said.

They will begin shipping this week for distribution starting late next week, the White House said. As with the COVID-19 tests, they will be free to Americans.

It is still unknown, however, if kid-sized N95 masks will be available and how often the masks can be reworn.

Crisis of Confidence: One year later, is Joe Biden already on his way to becoming a one-term president?

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Too little, too late?

Prompts to remember journalists names during his mammoth 2-hour speech when he defended his record, talked up his “successes” and confirmed Kamala would be on his ticket in 2024.

By Robert Romano

Since the very first presidential election in 1788 and 1789, there have been 11 first-term presidents who stood for reelection and were defeated, including the most recent incumbent, former President Donald Trump, who narrowly lost his reelection bid in 2020.

But only once in American history have there been two consecutive first-term presidents who were then defeated in their reelection campaigns: Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter. Why?

The 1970s basically sucked. The end of the gold standard. Wage and price controls. The Arab Oil Embargo of 1973. The misery index of inflation and unemployment. Watergate. The independent counsel. The humiliating defeat of the U.S. in Vietnam and the fall of Saigon in 1975. The Church Committee.

The icing on the cake were twin recessions in 1975 and again in 1980, both of which helped defeat both Ford, who lost narrowly, and then Carter, who lost by lot.

The difference there was the 1975 recession was over by the time Ford was running in 1976, whereas the 1980 recession, with double digit inflation plus rising unemploymentthroughout most of the year — it peaked in July 1980 at 7.7 percent — enabled Ronald Reagan to easily defeat Carter in a 44-state landslide.

It was Carter on July 15, 1979 who introduced Americans to the “crisis of confidence” in a televised speech that became infamously known as the “malaise” speech even if it never included that word.

Carter was trying to change the subject away from energy and inflation, and so spoke of a crisis of confidence in America itself. It turned out to be an ill omen of his own election chances in 1980. It was the President who had lost America’s confidence, not the other way around, as it turned out.

Now, one year into President Joe Biden’s first term of office, and it’s hard not to see strong similarities to the 1970s. 7 percent inflation. A humiliating U.S. defeat in Afghanistan as the fall of Kabul was televised, with hundreds of Americans stranded as the Taliban easily reclaimed control of the country. The ongoing Covid-induced supply chain crisis. A failed legislative agenda.

On the pandemic, America did not have enough Covid tests available this month after a year under Biden as likely Covid cases peaked at 6.4 million a day on Jan. 2, according to the latest projections by the Institutes for Health Metrics and Evaluation. Now, the Biden administration is touting mail order tests that would arrive only weeks after the omicron variant has already washed over most Americans. Again, cases already peaked two weeks ago.

We didn’t run out of tests last winter under Trump, but we did under Biden.

On top of that, Biden wasted a year on Covid vaccine mandates on private employers that the U.S. Supreme Court quickly struck down and also on demonizing the minority of American adults who have chosen not to get a vaccine, which reduced the amount of people getting vaccines voluntarily.

In the first 28 days after Biden’s Sept. 9, 2021 vaccine mandate announcement, 7.9 million first-time doses of the Covid vaccine were administered (282,000 average daily), compared with 11.8 million in the 28 days prior to the announcement (421,000 average daily) when the delta variant emerged, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The next 28 days were even worse, just registering 6.2 million first doses (221,000 average daily) through Nov. 3.

It would not increase substantially until the 28 days after that, through Dec. 1, when 11.3 million first doses were administered (404,000 average daily). Turns out Thanksgiving with the family was more persuasive than Biden’s mandates, and even then that was a close third to the delta variant. In fact, far more Americans got the vaccine earlier in 2021 before there were any mandates.

With the policy now history, all Biden accomplished was further dividing Americans and lowering his public approval, which by every measure, is in the toilet.

Quinnipiac had Biden at just a 35 percent approval, and a 54 percent disapproval rating earlier this month. Both Gallup and Politico have him at 40 percent approval and a whopping 56 percent disapproval.

After just one year in office, that’s pretty bad.

But to be fair, in 2017 Trump — who was dogged by what turned out to be a fraudulent, top secret investigation by the FBI and U.S. intelligence services, and later Special Counsel Robert Mueller, falsely accusing Trump of being a Russian agent and a traitor — had similarly bad numbers in his first year in office before they rebounded slightly in 2018.

The question becomes: Is Biden on the same path now? Are we seeing a repeat of history? Could 2024 be the first time since the 1970s that we have two consecutive one-term presidents be defeated at the ballot box?

A lot depends on Biden himself, who will turn 80 years old in November, if he even decides to run again. If he doesn’t, that would put him in the rare company of Lyndon Johnson, who with the Vietnam War viewed as unwinnable, opted in 1968 not to seek another term in office after winning in a landslide in 1964.

In the meantime, the economy is a wild card. The jobs picture has been a bright spot for the Biden administration, with the unemployment rate all the way down to 3.9 percent from its peak of 14.7 percent in April 2020. Of the 25 million jobs initially lost to Covid, more than 16.7 million were recovered in 2020 under Trump, and another 6.1 million in 2021 under Biden.

That’s right now. But with inflation becoming sticky, is the U.S. economy already overheating, and could another recession and surge in unemployment be on the horizon?

To be sure, waiting in the wings is former President Trump, who appears to be toying with the idea of a political comeback by potentially running for a third time in 2024.

In many ways, what Trump does could determine what Biden does. If Biden is still viewed amongst Democratic Party elites as the only candidate who could beat Trump again, then it could be that Trump’s threat to run helps to keep Biden on the board, even in his weakened state and failed first year in office.

2022 will be a challenging year for Democrats. In midterm elections dating back to 1906 through 2018, the party that occupies the White House usually loses on average 31 seats in the House, and about three seats in the Senate. That’s more than enough for Republicans to take back one or both chambers of Congress in 2022.

That said, even after midterm drubbings in 1994 and 2010, both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama went on to win relatively easy reelections in 1996 and 2012.

When you get down to it, it is really, really hard to defeat an incumbent president. If Biden runs again in 2024, much will depend on how bad the Democratic Party primary challenges, which tend to expose weak incumbents, are in wounding him.

Trump, who was not a weak incumbent, nearly won in 2020, losing by a scant 43,000 votes in the swing states of Georgia, Arizona and Wisconsin. Meaning, even if Biden appears weak now — as Trump did in 2017 — defeating him in 2024 is by no means a fait accompli, assuming Biden even runs. Stay tuned.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government Foundation.

A version of this article appeared on algresearch.org.

Is the US Navy gathering off China to watch the Olympics?

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These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy’s deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 18, 2022, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the chart reflects the location of the capital ship.

The risk of war over Taiwan is at its highest since the 1996 cross-strait missile crisis, a mainland foreign relations expert has warned.

Shi Yinhong, professor of international relations at Beijing’s Renmin University, noted how tensions in the Taiwan Strait have steadily escalated amid growing US support for Taiwan. Beijing sees the self-ruled island as a breakaway province and has made reunification a much more pressing goal in recent years.

This goal – which Beijing aims to achieve within a decade – could mean a massive use of force, or the threat of a massive use of force, Shi told an international relations forum in Beijing today.

Concerns over a possible war in the strait have grown since last year, with a top US commander warning that the People’s Liberation Army could invade Taiwan within six years, and the Taiwanese defence minister saying cross-strait tensions were at their worst level in 40 years as he warned of the risks of an accidental strike.

Also at the Beijing forum, Zhu Feng, a professor of international relations at Nanjing University, warned that the Taiwan issue might become a flashpoint in the Sino-US strategic rivalry, as Beijing sees the US trying “to force China into a corner” by repeating the tactics it used against the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:

296

Ships Underway

Deployed Ships UnderwayNon-deployed Ships UnderwayTotal Ships Underway
61970

Ships Deployed by Fleet

Fleet Forces3rd Fleet4th Fleet5th Fleet6th Fleet7th FleetTotal
002132077112

In Yokosuka, Japan

USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76) is in port in Yokosuka, Japan.

In the Philippine Sea

Concentration of American naval power: America Expeditionary Strike Group, Essex Amphibious Ready Group, Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group are underway in Philippine Sea.

America Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG)

The amphibious ships of the America Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) are USS America (LHA-6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD-48). Elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) are embarked. The ESG departed on Jan. 14 from Sasebo, Japan, for a patrol in the Western Pacific.

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group

Aircraft carrier
USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), homeported in San Diego, Calif.

Carrier Air Wing 2

Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., is embarked aboard Carl Vinson and includes a total of nine squadrons and detachments:

  • The “Argonauts” of VFA-147 Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) flying F-35Cs from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Bounty Hunters” of VFA-2 – F/A-18F – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Stingers” of VFA-113 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192 – F/A-18E – from Naval Air Station Lemoore.
  • The “Gauntlets” of VAQ-136 – EA-18G – Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) – from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
  • The “Black Eagles” of VAW-113 – E-2D – Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) – from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
  • The “Titans” of VRM-30 – CMV-22B – Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) – from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
  • The “Black Knights” of HSC-4 – MH-60S – Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) – from Naval Air Station North Island.
  • The “Blue Hawks” of HSM-78 – MH-60R – Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) – from Naval Air Station North Island.

More ship details here.

Meanwhile in Europe

And if you’re wondering why there aren’t more vessels cost to Ukraine you should know that Turkey controls these straights. The Montreux Convention Regarding the Regime of the Straits is a 1936 agreement that gives Turkey control over the Bosporus and Dardanelles Straits and regulates the transit of naval warships. The Convention guarantees the free passage of civilian vessels in peacetime, and restricts the passage of naval ships not belonging to Black Sea states.

Dueling Crossroads – The GOP and Donald Trump

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By Bob Barr

The Grand Old Party is at a major crossroads as it nears its 168th birthday. Former President Donald Trump is at a similar juncture as he nears his 76th. How these two traverse their intersecting crossroads will go a long way to determine whether Republicans will win major victories in this year’s congressional contests and whether they will recapture the White House in 2024.

At the moment, the disjointed and deteriorating relationship between Mr. Trump and some of the Party’s rising stars does not bode well for lasting GOP victories. This should not be the case.

Polling shows clearly that the American electorate is deeply frustrated and disappointed with the Biden presidency; to the extent even that voters are being pulled away from the Democrat Party and into the Republican orbit. 

At the same time, a cadre of well-known and popular Republican governors are implementing positive public policies far more successfully than their Democrat counterparts. 

In both houses of Congress, Republican leadership is successfully maintaining a united front in opposition to the socialist agendas being pressed by Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Schumer.

Republicans should be clamoring to highlight the tremendous accomplishments of governors like Florida’s Ron DeSantis, Maryland’s Larry Hogan, and others. These state leaders represent a clear and positive antidote to the damage being inflicted on our country by the Biden Administration and its congressional cohorts.

So, what exactly is the problem for the GOP? In a word, the immediate past president. 

Unlike Republican former presidents before him, who, after leaving office supported the Party, its leaders, and its candidates so as to strengthen the Party moving forward, Trump has shown no desire to fill the role of GOP “elder statesman” — a post from which he could provide a strong and positive voice fueling GOP momentum heading into November 2022 and 2024. 

Instead, Trump appears to have voluntarily anchored himself to a circular 2020 election loop; occasionally stopping only long enough to attack other Republicans who he feels “betrayed” him. In one instance – Georgia – he has opined publicly that far-left Democrat Stacey Abrams would make a better governor than conservative incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp; an absurd and destructive notion no matter the context. 

Then there is Trump’s fracas with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Probably nobody except Trump has endured the level of abuse from the Mainstream Media as has DeSantis. Nevertheless, the Floridian’s steadfast leadership during COVID to keep Florida “open for business,” combined with his cool-as-a-cucumber demeanor in the face of media attacks, has made him an early — and deservedly credible — 2024 frontrunner. 

Going after DeSantis now is akin to putting a stick in the spokes of one’s own bicycle. Although the latest kerfuffle comes from private comments leaked to the media, it is not the first shot Trump has taken at DeSantis in recent weeks. Such squabbles serve no end other than to possibly weaken DeSantis as a future presidential candidate, which in turn weakens the GOP. 

If Trump’s true interests lie in helping the Republican Party and its future, a serious attitude adjustment is in order. To start, grievances Trump may harbor with other high profile GOP leaders should be sorted privately; public spats are especially harmful to Republicans this cycle, considering all that is on the line in the next three years. 

Even better would be for Trump to stop fighting with the GOP’s crop of stars, and instead help guide them behind the scenes.  

Trump should focus his public relations on all the good his administration accomplished — huge tax cuts, a booming economy, and a truly genius approach to finding a vaccine for COVID. Reminding the public of such wins would be immensely helpful for the GOP, which in turn can focus on its many and ongoing positive policy accomplishments — contrasted to the awful state of affairs wrought by the current administration.

Most importantly, the GOP must decide to openly support its governors and congressional leaders against baseless and errant attacks, regardless of who is making them, whether a Democrat or a former Republican president. 

Failing to thus stand up for itself and for its own elected officials – the ones who now are actually implementing policies which the Grand Old Party historically has championed – is a weakness that will, in the end, hurt Republicans more than anything the Democrats might throw at it. 

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s Seventh District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003. He served as the United States Attorney in Atlanta from 1986 to 1990 and was an official with the CIA in the 1970s. He now practices law in Atlanta, Georgia and serves as head of Liberty Guard. Originally published in TownHall. Reproduced with permission.

What Is the Internet of Bodies?

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  • We’re entering the era of the “Internet of Bodies”: collecting our physical data via a range of devices that can be implanted, swallowed or worn.
  • The result is a huge amount of health-related data that could improve human wellbeing around the world, and prove crucial in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • But a number of risks and challenges must be addressed to realize the potential of this technology, from privacy issues to practical hurdles.

Connecting our bodies

As futuristic as the Internet of Bodies may seem, many people are already connected to it through wearable devices. The smartwatch segment alone is estimated as around $18 billion. Smart toothbrushes and even hairbrushes can also let people track patterns in their personal care and behaviour.

For health professionals, the Internet of Bodies opens the gate to a new era of effective monitoring and treatment.

In 2017, the U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the first use of digital pills in the United States. Digital pills contain tiny, ingestible sensors, as well as medicine. Once swallowed, the sensor is activated in the patient’s stomach and transmits data to their smartphone or other devices.

In 2018, Kaiser Permanente, a healthcare provider in California, started a virtual rehab program for patients recovering from heart attacks. The patients shared their data with their care providers through a smartwatch, allowing for better monitoring and a closer, more continuous relationship between patient and doctor. Thanks to this innovation, the completion rate of the rehab program rose from less than 50% to 87%, accompanied by a fall in the readmission rate and programme cost.

The deluge of data collected through such technologies is advancing our understanding of how human behaviour, lifestyle and environmental conditions affect our health. It has also expanded the notion of healthcare beyond the hospital or surgery and into everyday life. This could prove crucial in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Keeping track of symptoms could help us stop the spread of infection, and quickly detect new cases. Researchers are investigating whether data gathered from smartwatches and similar devices can be used as viral infection alerts by tracking the user’s heart rate and breathing.

At the same time, this complex and evolving technology raises new regulatory challenges.

Transcript

Narrator

In the 20th century, wireless technology integrated with the human body was nothing more than science fiction. But today, Wi-Fi connected devices like heart rate monitors and sleep trackers have become common parts of American life. How has bionic technology evolved so quickly from science fiction to reality? And what could this Internet of Bodies mean for our lives moving forward? RAND researchers are studying this phenomenon and what consumers and policymakers need to know as we veer into uncharted territory.

Mary Lee, Mathematician; Fellow, RAND Center for Global Risk and Security

The Internet of Bodies, or IoB, is actually an ecosystem. It’s a bunch of devices that are connected to the Internet that contain software and that either collect personal health data about you or can alter the body’s function. We think of the Internet of Bodies as this collection of all these devices, as well as all the data that the devices are gathering about you. And in health care, Internet of Bodies has been around for quite a while. With the advent of the Internet, it makes a lot of sense to connect your pacemaker to the Internet so that your doctor can be automatically notified if something weird happens, if there’s an anomaly. It’s natural in a lot of ways to want to understand more about your body, how it functions, how well it’s doing.

Narrator

IoB devices could revolutionize health care. Unprecedented amounts of personal health data could inform treatment plans that are completely tailored to a patient’s needs.

Mary Lee

There are pills now that have an electronic sensor that let a health care provider know whether you have taken the medication. Other things, like precision medicine, so precision medicine is the idea of creating pharmaceuticals or treatment specifically for your body, for your personalized treatment. And I think IoB could really help with that because nowadays a lot of health care is based more on average reactions, whereas with data from IoB devices, you might be able to really more precisely treat a certain disease.

Narrator

But the Internet of Bodies won’t be a cure-all. In fact, the largely unregulated market poses risks to the uniquely sensitive data these devices collect.

Mary Lee

First of all, there’s the cyber risk of an actor potentially hacking into the system, whatever it might be. There’s the privacy risk of all this data that’s being collected, and the regulations about that data are really murky at the moment. And so there’s not a lot of clarity into who owns the data, what happens to it, who it gets sold to, how it’s being used. And there’s even potentially national security and global security risks.

Narrator

A few examples of these risks have already played out in real life. For instance, in 2018, highly sensitive information about U.S. military activity and base locations was inadvertently revealed by soldiers’ fitness trackers. So this is a pivotal moment. What can we do to make sure we reap the potential benefits of the Internet of Bodies without risking our privacy, security, and personal autonomy?

Mary Lee

Consumers should be wary of IoB devices because, as it’s becoming more and more popular, all of this intimate data is being collected, arguably more intimate data than we’ve ever really recorded before. There’s no clarity on what is being done with that data. You know, with an old mechanical pacemaker, there’s no data that was being collected and stored, and, you know, you could look at a history of someone’s heart rhythms.

Because policy tends to lag behind innovative technologies like this, it’s probably up to the consumers and to the health care patients to really be aware of the devices that they’re using and what is happening to their data and to know what the regulations are in their particular state, because it does vary so much state by state. Even if you think you’re not interesting or that nothing will happen with your data, there are a lot of unknowns that I think we need to be careful about.

The 4th Industrial Revolution: Suppression of the Human Race

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Watch World Economic Forum’s founder Klaus Schwab (aka Blofeld) map out the end of civilization. His organization is fifty years old this year and his grip on the billionaire elites, many of which are alumni of his programs, is total.

The term ‘4th Industrial Revolution’ became a household word after the annual elitist event of the World Economic Forum, ‘Davos’ proposed it as a main theme. Professor Klaus Schwab, chairman of the World Economic Forum, said that all the parties of interest including the public and private sector, the academics and civil society, should participate in a comprehensive discussion about it. What he means is the Big Tech companies should monitor and control us, and regular people should submit to the inevitable.

What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and why should you care? In this quick guide from the University of Arizona, which is showing dangerous signs it has swallowed the KoolAid from the WEF, Risk Bites takes a look at how new technologies are radically changing our world and leading to what the WEF calls a “fourth industrial revolution”, and the unique challenges and opportunities that we’re facing as a result. These include the challenges of socially responsible engineering and innovation, technology regulation and governance, ensuring the benefits of advanced manufacturing capabilities, and grappling with engineering ethics.

15 Worst Covid Lies That are Now Completely Exposed for All the World to See

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Big Pharma, tech giants, the mainstream media, “fact checkers,” and public health officials have told innumerable lies during the Covid pandemic.

From “masks work” to “100% safe and effective” to “15 days to slow the spread,” Americans have been bombarded with misinformation from the very beginning.

Even more nefariously, this shadow cabal has insisted that anyone who questioned its narratives were guilty of ‘wrong think’ at best; spreading ‘disinformation’ at worst.

But in the past few months, there have been a number of developments that have proved the critics right regarding many of the most widely spread myths.

Here are 15 of the worst Covid lies that have now been completely exposed for all the world to see. Click on this link for the full list.

https://thekylebecker.substack.com/p/15-worst-covid-lies-that-are-now

How foreign spies are infiltrating US police

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The United States has been dealing with foreign agents in its midst following the arrest in New York last week of an Egyptian-American accused of spying on exiles opposed to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s repressive regime. His case has lifted the curtain on a ‘significant’, but little noted national security issue: the recruitment of US state and local police by foreign intelligence agencies. 

From the Australian Spectator and the SpyTalk article in the Tweet above:

Pierre Girgis, a dual Egyptian-US citizen in Manhattan, worked at the ‘direction and control’ of several Cairo agencies to advance the regime’s interests in the United States from 2014 through 2019, according to a federal indictment handed down on January 6.

Girgis, who worked as a Capital One bank vice president and who openly promoted interchanges between Egyptian officials and American police, had a secret helper according to the Justice Department: a source in local law enforcement. FBI wiretaps overheard Girgis and Egyptian officials talking about exploiting the (unnamed) police officer for private information on anti-regime activists here.

Below the Indictment you will see how other, even shadier players are embedding inside our local forces.


The Indictment read:

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Man Arrested for Acting in United States as Agent of Egyptian Government

A New York man was arrested today on criminal charges related to his alleged acting and conspiring to act as a foreign agent in the United States.

According to court documents, Pierre Girgis, 39, of Manhattan, acted in the United States as an agent of the Egyptian government, without notifying the U.S. Attorney General as required by law. Girgis operated at the direction and control of multiple officials of the Egyptian government in an effort to further the interests of the Egyptian government in the United States. Among other things, at the direction of Egyptian government officials, Girgis allegedly tracked and obtained information regarding political opponents of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. As alleged, Girgis also leveraged his connections with local U.S. law enforcement officers to collect non-public information at the direction of Egyptian officials, arranged benefits for Egyptian officials who were visiting Manhattan, and coordinated meetings between U.S. and Egyptian law enforcement in the United States, including by arranging for Egyptian officials to attend police trainings.

“The Department of Justice will not allow agents of foreign governments to operate in the United States to pursue and collect information about critics of those governments,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security Matthew G. Olsen. “Working at the direction of the Egyptian government, Girgis agreed to target its perceived critics located in the United States. This indictment begins the process of holding him accountable for his actions in contravention of our laws and values.”

“As alleged, Pierre Girgis failed to meet his requirements to register as a foreign agent in the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York. “At the behest of Egyptian officials, Girgis’s alleged prohibited conduct included attempting to covertly gather non-public intelligence about the activities of political opponents of Egypt’s president, and attempting to gain access for foreign officials to attend law enforcement-only trainings in Manhattan. This office will continue to strictly enforce foreign agent registration laws, which remain critically important to ensuring that our government is not secretly influenced by foreign governments.”

“Agents of foreign countries are required to register with our government for a good reason – they often act in their home country’s interests and against those of the United States,” said Assistant Director in Charge Michael J. Driscoll of the FBI’s New York Field Office. “We allege Mr. Girgis sent non-public information back to Egypt for the benefit of the Egyptian government. Mr. Girgis broke our laws, and we must hold him accountable.”

According to the indictment, on or about May 7, 2018, Girgis discussed his status as an agent of the Egyptian government with an Egyptian official (Egyptian Official-1) using an encrypted messaging application. During the conversation, Egyptian Official-1 expressed frustration that Girgis had met with personnel from a different Egyptian government agency during a recent trip by Girgis to Egypt, warned Girgis that “it is not possible to open with all the agencies,” and stated that Egyptian Official-1 was “letting you [Girgis] open with us only.” Later in the encrypted messaging exchange, Egyptian Official-1 advised Girgis that other Egyptian government agencies “want sources for themselves, and you [Girgis] have become an important source for them to collect information.” Girgis responded, “I know and I see and I learn from you,” and then informed Egyptian Official-1, “it will not be repeated again.”

Approximately one year later, on or about March 8, 2019, in the course of Girgis’s continuing operations as an Egyptian agent, Girgis and Egyptian Official-1 discussed an upcoming trip of certain Egyptian officials to the United States. During that telephone conversation, Girgis stated, “Tell me what you want me to do,” and Egyptian Official-1 responded by inquiring about Girgis’s relationship with a particular U.S. law enforcement officer. Egyptian Official-1 then instructed Girgis “to ask [the U.S. law enforcement officer] for something. We want you to find out if there are any police trainings happening in Manhattan in the coming days, and if so, who are the people in charge of these trainings? We would like to attend.” Later in the conversation, Girgis again asked, “What you want me to do?” Egyptian Official-1 directed Girgis, “Make follow up, Ok?” and Girgis agreed by responding, “Ok.”

Girgis is charged with one count of conspiring to act as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and one count of acting as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the Attorney General, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The FBI’s Counterintelligence Division and New York Field Office are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Elinor L. Tarlow and Kyle A. Wirshba for the Southern District of New York and Trial Attorney Scott Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control section are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


Other Countries

The Girgis case is hardly atypical, law enforcement sources say. The full number and disposition of such cases in recent years was not readily available from the Justice Department, but according to former FBI counterintelligence chief Frank Figliuzzi and other former national security officials, efforts by foreign spy agencies to recruit US state and local police is a persistent problem. Figliuzzi said he had personally encountered cases of Chinese, Cuban, Turkish and Israeli agents cultivating local American police. As the Girgis case demonstrates, friendly but autocratic regimes, not just US adversaries, are aggressive in recruiting contacts among American police departments. One tool is through ‘police tourism,’ offering paid junkets for US state and local police to tour historic sites, all the while cultivating useful contracts in a relaxed, often boozy, setting. Turkey and Egypt are particularly aggressive suitors, both Figliuzzi and Evanina say.

The Chinese

Bill Evanina, a former top US counterintelligence and counterespionage official told Jeff Stein in the Spectator article that ‘The Chinese have perfected it, coming over here and offering partnerships with state and local law enforcement to do training and [to] understand their systems and capabilities. And then they kind of co-opt someone who’s usually in the administrative department to get access to records and data.’

Likewise, the Russians take a long range approach to penetrating our local police, Evanina said. The Russians have been ‘very good at seeding their people’ – sons and daughters of immigrants – ‘in police departments in the Sun Coast of Florida, New York and DC,’ where there are sizable Russian communities, Evanina said.

The Russians

The Russians have been ‘very good at seeding their people’ – sons and daughters of immigrants – ‘in police departments in the Sun Coast of Florida, New York and DC,’ where there are sizable Russian communities, Evanina said.

The Russian infiltration of police departments also has ‘organised crime purposes,’ including ‘white slavery,’ trafficking women as sex workers, especially through strip clubs. ‘There’s one part of Florida that’s just Russian town after Russian town, right? They get in as a lower level police officer or trainee or administrative aide and then, ten years later, they’re in a position of prominence.’ 

The FBI has spent ‘two decades trying to warn state local law enforcement,’ Evanina said, with the help of national law enforcement organisations. But it’s been an uphill battle, with some 18,000 police departments across the country, most with little clue to the designs of foreign adversaries or the resources to vet them. They’re easy prey for foreign agents pretending to be regular, friendly police officers.

What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves

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What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves

On Jan. 15, 2022, coastal areas across California were placed under a tsunami warning. Gado via Getty Images

Sally Warner, Brandeis University

On Jan. 15, 2022, the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga erupted, sending a tsunami racing across the Pacific Ocean in all directions.

As word of the eruption spread, government agencies on surrounding islands and in places as far away as New Zealand, Japan and even the U.S. West Coast issued tsunami warnings. Only about 12 hours after the initial eruption, tsunami waves a few feet tall hit California shorelines – more than 5,000 miles away from the eruption.

I’m a physical oceanographer who studies waves and turbulent mixing in the ocean. Tsunamis are one of my favorite topics to teach my students because the physics of how they move through oceans is so simple and elegant.

Waves that are a few feet tall hitting a beach in California might not sound like the destructive waves the term calls to mind, nor what you see in footage of tragic tsunamis from the past. But tsunamis are not normal waves, no matter the size. So how are tsunamis different from other ocean waves? What generates them? How do they travel so fast? And why are they so destructive?

A satellite view a large ash cloud and shockwave.
When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted, it launched ash into the atmosphere, created a powerful shock wave and displaced a huge amount of water, generating a tsunami that raced across the ocean. Japan Meteorological Agency via WikimediaCommons, CC BY

Deep displacement

Most waves are generated by wind as it blows over the ocean’s surface, transferring energy to and displacing the water. This process creates the waves you see at the beach every day.

Tsunamis are created by an entirely different mechanism. When an underwater earthquake, volcanic eruption or landslide displaces a large amount of water, that energy has to go somewhere – so it generates a series of waves. Unlike wind-driven waves where the energy is confined to the upper layer of the ocean, the energy in a series of tsunami waves extends throughout the entire depth of the ocean. Additionally, a lot more water is displaced than in a wind-driven wave.

Imagine the difference in the waves that are created if you were to blow on the surface of a swimming pool compared to the waves that are created when someone jumps in with a big cannonball dive. The cannonball dive displaces a lot more water than blowing on the surface, so it creates a much bigger set of waves.

Earthquakes can easily move huge amounts of water and cause dangerous tsunamis. Same with large undersea landslides. In the case of the Tonga tsunami, the massive explosion of the volcano displaced the water. Some scientists are speculating that the eruption also caused an undersea landslide that contributed to the large amount of displaced water. Future research will help confirm whether this is true or not.

This simulation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows how tsunami waves propagated away from an earthquake that occurred about 600 miles from Tonga in 2021.

Tsunami waves travel fast

No matter the cause of a tsunami, after the water is displaced, waves propagate outward in all directions – similarly to when a stone is thrown into a serene pond.

Because the energy in tsunami waves reaches all the way to the bottom of the ocean, the depth of the sea floor is the primary factor that determines how fast they move. Calculating the speed of a tsunami is actually quite simple. You just multiply the depth of the ocean – 13,000 feet (4,000 meters) on average – by gravity and take the square root. Doing this, you get an average speed of about 440 miles per hour (700 kilometers per hour). This is much faster than the speed of typical waves, which can range from about 10 to 30 mph (15 to 50 kph).

This equation is what oceanographers use to estimate when a tsunami will reach faraway shores. The tsunami on Jan. 15 hit Santa Cruz, California, 12 hours and 12 minutes after the initial eruption in Tonga. Santa Cruz is 5,280 miles (8,528 kilometers) from Tonga, which means that the tsunami traveled at 433 mph (697 kph) – nearly identical to the speed estimate calculated using the ocean’s average depth.

A flooded airport runway covered in debris.
Many tsunamis, including the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, move inland and can flood areas far from the coast. U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel Morse via WikimediaCommons

Destruction on land

Tsunamis are rare compared to ubiquitous wind-driven waves, but they are often much more destructive. The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed 225,000 people. More than 20,000 lost their lives in the 2011 Japan tsunami.

What makes tsunamis so much more destructive than normal waves?

An animation showing waves approaching a shoreline.
As waves approach shore, they get pushed upward by the rising seafloor. Régis Lachaume via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA

In the open ocean, tsunami waves can be small and may even be undetectable by a boat at the surface. But as the tsunami approaches land, the ocean gets progressively shallower and all the wave energy that extended thousands of feet to the bottom of the deep ocean gets compressed. The displaced water needs to go somewhere. The only place to go is up, so the waves get taller and taller as they approach shore.

When tsunamis get to shore, they often do not crest and break like a typical ocean wave. Instead, they are more like a large wall of water that can inundate land near the coast. It is as if sea level were to suddenly rise by a few feet or more. This can cause flooding and very strong currents that can easily sweep people, cars and buildings away.

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Luckily, tsunamis are rare and not nearly as much of a surprise as they once were. There is now an extensive array of bottom pressure sensors, called DART buoys, that can sense a tsunami wave and allow government agencies to send warnings prior to the arrival of the tsunami.

If you live near a coast – especially on the Pacific Ocean where the vast majority of tsunamis occur – be sure to know your tsunami escape route for getting to higher ground, and listen to tsunami warnings if you receive one.

The eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano severed the main communication cable that connects the people of Tonga to the rest of the world. While the science of tsunamis can be fascinating, these are serious natural disasters. Only a few deaths have been reported so far from Tonga, but many people are missing and the true extent of the damage from the tsunami is still unknown.

Sally Warner, Assistant Professor of Climate Science, Brandeis University

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CORBEVAX, a new patent-free COVID-19 vaccine, could be a pandemic game changer globally

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CORBEVAX uses recombinant DNA technology that many countries already have the infrastructure to produce. Artis777 via iStock/Getty Images Plus

Maureen Ferran, Rochester Institute of Technology

The world now has a new COVID-19 vaccine in its arsenal, and at a fraction of the cost per dose.

Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the world has seen over 314 million infections and over 5.5 million deaths worldwide. Approximately 60% of the world population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But there is still a glaring and alarming gap in global access to these vaccines. As a virologist who has followed this pandemic closely, I contend that this vaccine inequity should be of grave concern to everyone.

If the world has learned anything from this pandemic, it’s that viruses do not need a passport. And yet approximately 72% of vaccine doses were administered in high- and upper-middle-income countries – and only 1% in low-income countries. Wealthy countries are giving boosters, and even fourth doses, while first and second doses are not available to many worldwide.

But there is hope that a new vaccine called CORBEVAX will help close this vaccination gap.

How does the CORBEVAX vaccine work?

All COVID-19 vaccines teach the immune system how to recognize the virus and prepare the body to mount an attack. The CORBEVAX vaccine is a protein subunit vaccine. It uses a harmless piece of the spike protein from the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 to stimulate and prepare the immune system for future encounters with the virus.

Unlike the three vaccines approved in the U.S. – Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines and Johnson & Johnson’s viral vector vaccine, which provide the body instructions on how to produce the spike protein – CORBEVAX delivers the spike protein to the body directly. Like those other approved COVID-19 mRNA vaccines, CORBEVAX also requires two doses.

How was CORBEVAX developed?

CORBEVAX was developed by the co-directors of the Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development at Baylor College of Medicine, Drs. Maria Elena Bottazzi and Peter Hotez.

During the 2003 SARS outbreak, these researchers created a similar type of vaccine by inserting the genetic information for a portion of the SARS virus spike protein into yeast to produce large amounts of the protein. After isolating the virus spike protein from the yeast and adding an adjuvant, which helps trigger an immune response, the vaccine was ready for use.

The first SARS epidemic was short-lived, and there was little need for Bottazzi and Hotez’s vaccine – until the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, emerged in 2019. So they dusted off their vaccine and updated the spike protein to match that of SARS-CoV-2, creating the CORBEVAX vaccine. https://www.youtube.com/embed/UNXJHUnTCxE?wmode=transparent&start=0 CORBEVAX received emergency use authorization in India on December 28, 2021.

A large U.S.-based clinical trial found the vaccine to be safe, well tolerated and over 90% effective at preventing symptomatic infections. The vaccine received emergency use authorization in India, and other developing countries are expected to follow.

Interestingly, the group at Baylor was not able to drum up interest or funding in the U.S. for their vaccine. Instead, newer technologies such as mRNA vaccines raced ahead, even though Bottazzi and Hotez’s vaccine design was more advanced, thanks to their previous work during the 2003 SARS and 2012 MERS outbreaks.

A vaccine built for the world

Protein subunit vaccines have an advantage over mRNA vaccines in that they can be readily produced using well-established recombinant DNA technology that is relatively inexpensive and fairly easy to scale up. A similar protein recombinant technology that’s been around for 40 years has been used for the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, which is available for use in 170 countries, and the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine.

This vaccine can be produced at a much larger scale because appropriate manufacturing facilities are already available. Also key to global access is that CORBEVAX can be stored in a regular refrigerator. Therefore, it is possible to produce millions of doses rapidly and distribute them relatively easily. In comparison, producing mRNA vaccines is more expensive and complicated because they are based on newer technologies, rely on highly skilled workers and often require ultralow temperatures for storage and transport.

Another major difference is that the CORBEVAX vaccine was developed with global vaccine access in mind. The goal was to make a low-cost, easy-to-produce and -transport vaccine using a well-tested and safe method. Key to this, the researchers were not concerned with intellectual property or financial benefit. The vaccine was produced without significant public funding; the US$7 million needed for development was provided by philanthropists.

Woman holding child gets vaccinated by a health care worker in India.
India is the first country to grant emergency use authorization to CORBEVAX. Anupam Nath/AP

COBREVAX is currently licensed patent-free to Biological E. Limited (BioE), India’s largest vaccine maker, which plans to manufacture at least 100 million doses per month starting in February 2022. This patent-free arrangement means that other low- and middle-income countries can produce and distribute this cheap, stable and relatively easy-to-scale vaccine locally.

Combined, this means that CORBEVAX is one of the cheapest vaccines currently available. How well it works against the omicron variant is under investigation. However, the CORBEVAX story can be used as a model to address vaccine inequity when it is necessary to vaccinate the world population – against COVID-19 and other diseases on the horizon.

The necessity of vaccine equity

There are many reasons global access to vaccines is inequitable. For example, the governments of wealthy nations purchase vaccines in advance, which limits supply. While developing countries do have vaccine production capacity, low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America still need to be able to afford the cost of placing orders.

The Indian government has ordered 300 million doses of CORBEVAX, and BioE plans to produce more than 1 billion shots for people in developing countries. For context, the U.S. and other G7 nations have pledged to donate over 1.3 billion doses of COVID vaccines, yet only 591 million doses have been shipped. These numbers mean that if BioE is able to produce 1.3 billion doses of CORBEVAX as planned, this vaccine will reach more people than those vaccinated by what’s been donated and shipped by the wealthiest nations.

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As the omicron variant has shown, new variants can spread across the world quickly and are much more likely to develop in unvaccinated people and continue to emerge as long as global vaccination rates remain low. It is unlikely that boosters will end this pandemic. Rather, developing globally accessible vaccines like CORBEVAX represent an important first step in vaccinating the world and ending this pandemic.

Maureen Ferran, Associate Professor of Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology

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“Shocked” D.C. Dem Carjacked at Gunpoint

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Democrat D.C. Council Candidate Nate Fleming claimed he was ‘angry and embarrassed’ after being the victim of a carjacking in Washington D.C. on Saturday.

If a local says he’s shocked to be jacked at gun point in DC – he’s lying. It’s an everyday occurrence in this violence-riddled city.

As The Hill reports:

In a  statement  issued Saturday, Fleming said he was about to leave a gas station when four men in an SUV pulled up to his car. They jumped out and pointed a gun at him, demanding his car keys.

The D.C. police said the suspects are four black men who were driving a black BMW 328i with Virginia tags, Wtop News  reported .

“I’m shocked, angry, and a bit embarrassed,” Fleming said. “To be threatened at gunpoint is extremely shocking, but sadly I am not surprised to have been attacked given the crisis we are facing with carjackings and violence in general in our city.”

“The police responded to this incident quickly and professionally, but we must put our force in [a position] to be more preventive of these types of crimes through stronger, community-based policing,” Fleming said.

Which is interesting as Muriel Bowser, the Democrat mayor of Washington DC, once embraced the entire “defund the police” rhetoric that was infecting America during 2020.

It was so much a part of DC that, when a BLM mural was painted, “defund the police” was boldly added to it as well.

Bowser seemed to have no problem with it back then, even saying, “We certainly are very proud of the D.C. mural that we commissioned in our department of public works and local artists installed. It is an affirmative piece of art, a centering piece of art where people from around the globe have called us and thanked us for acknowledging black humanity and black lives in the most important city in the world, and we are very proud of that art.

Hmmmm, make up your minds Democrats. Oh, wait you did? You want 170 more officers? Good luck with that. No one wants to work there. Regular police levels are down. And on the Hill, it’s dire.

The union that represents U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers objected to their new chief’s new plan to hire security guards to fill positions left empty by the wave of officers who have left since the Capitol riot, but job advertisements posted on New Year’s Day make it look like the proposal is already a done deal.

USCP Chief Thomas Manger told FOX News on Sunday morning about his new plan to contract with security guards to fill secondary posts that have always been patrolled by police officers in the past, such as parking garages.

Jordan Peterson Predicted EXACTLY What’s Happened

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0:00 – If Google Were Honest About the Year in Search

1:54 – Jordan Peterson Predicted EXACTLY What’s Happened

13:52 – If America Is Racist, Why Are So Many Nonwhites Coming & Succeeding?

20:51 – Are Rocket Scientists & Brain Surgeons Smarter than Us?

28:55 – Mike Rowe: Don’t Follow Your Passion

47:30 – W&A React to Google’s “Year In Search 2021”

Will & Amala react to a viral clip from Jordan Peterson’s first appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast in 2018 where he predicted how tyranny would happen. They then look this year’s Google’s annual “Year in Search” video, pausing & reacting every time Google does something woke. We also look back at a classic PragerU video by Mike Rowe and discuss why so many nonwhites are coming to America despite the narrative that it’s a racist country.

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