Next crop of COVID-19 vaccine developers take more traditional route | Reuters

https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-vaccine-next-idUSKBN27E0JM

French drugmaker Sanofi SASY.PA is developing a protein-based COVID-19 vaccine employing the same
approach it uses for its Flublok seasonal flu vaccine. Sanofi expects to start the final phase of testing in early December, with approval
targeted in the first half of 2021.

Illinois Supreme Court Rules Tax On Guns & Ammo Unconstitutional

https://www.nationandstate.com/2021/10/24/illinois-supreme-court-rules-tax-on-guns-ammo-unconstitutional/
Illinois Supreme Court Rules Tax On Guns & Ammo Unconstitutional By Lorenz Duchamps of Epoch Times, The Illinois Supreme Court ruled on Oct. 21 that two taxes on guns and ammunition in Cook County violate the state’s constitution because they affect law-abiding citizens’ Second Amendment right to acquire firearms for self-defense. TINLEY PARK, IL – […]

Facebook has ruined human social interaction and now Zuckerberg’s ‘metaverse’ wants to destroy whatever’s left — RT Op-ed | MCViewPoint

https://mcviewpoint.com/2021/10/24/facebook-has-ruined-human-social-interaction-and-now-zuckerbergs-metaverse-wants-to-destroy-whatevers-left-rt-op-ed/

Literally faced with the dilemma ‘Who’re you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?’ metaverse users will have the vision in those ‘lying eyes’ corrected with a few tweaks to their Oculus headset.

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/DARPA-facebook-metaverse-zuckerberg-privacy-trap/

Helen Buyniski

is an American journalist and political commentator at RT. Follow her on Twitter

Having bulldozed most real-life relationships already, Mark Zuckerberg is now moving to strip away what’s left of our expectations of privacy by dragging us kicking and screaming into an online padded cell called the ‘metaverse’.

The emergence of all-too-perfect whistleblower Frances Haugen, backed by a bevy of PR valkyries declaring Facebook a profit-seeking hive of hate, might suggest to some that the social network’s goose is cooked. But while the government and censor-happy NGOs delusionally battle over how best to carve up Facebook’s carcass, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is busy leveling up, leaving the wreck of real-life social interaction behind while he crafts a new virtual holding pen for the millions daily glued to Facebook and Instagram.

Under fire politically for putting profits before users’ welfare – an attribute that describes every corporation in existence – Facebook’s m.o. has been clear since the platform’s early days. The platform exists to slurp up as much data as physically (and metaphysically) possible before the user realizes he’s being used and stops logging in. Now that there’s no longer any doubt about that in the public eye, Zuckerberg is free to go full Manifest Destiny, reaching into users’ minds in search of ever more data to pimp out.

They trust me, the dumb f**ks,” Zuckerberg acknowledged confiding in a friend back in the platform’s early days, when Facebook was still busy wrenching social norms in the direction of full disclosure. But after more than 15 years of data leaks and other ‘accidental’ info spills, users no longer have any expectation of privacy. This places them in an ideal frame of mind to join the Facebook CEO’s metaverse. After all, if you’re going to pilot a virtual version of yourself around a virtual world, wouldn’t you want to tell the software as much about you as possible? Just to get the avatar right, of course.

Facebook has all but reduced online socializing to a choice of five reaction emojis, actively discouraging the expression of meaningful sentiment. Anything that forces the reader to think for more than a few seconds, let alone type out a response, reduces the potential of a “like” or reaction GIF. Users are thus encouraged to fill their timelines with as many banalities as possible. In the metaverse, the user won’t even have the option to display a complex emotional state – their avatar will presumably come with a fixed set of expressions, and the more time spent jacked into the system, the less likely the user will be able to actually feel emotions they can’t display online. Imagine forgetting what it’s like to feel nostalgic for pre-Facebook social interaction – you can bet the metaverse won’t offer that option.

The metaverse will also deal the killing blow to logic and reason, already dangling by a thread after Facebook taught users to outsource their critical thinking to dodgy ‘fact-checkers’. This insidious process began in earnest following the 2016 election and has left users unable to judge new information for themselves. Rather than teach critical thinking – or at least a healthy suspicion of whatever they read on the internet – Facebook and its partners in crime promised an angry Deep State that they’d protect Our Democracy™ itself by walling off controversial ideas. Multiple studies conducted since then have shown users actually becoming more trustworthy of fake news that fact-checkers haven’t gotten around to labeling. Oops!

The platform’s rogue’s gallery of ‘fact-checkers’ include the Atlantic Council (a warmongering think tank sponsored by the likes of NATO and Lockheed Martin), Snopes (run by a prostitute-loving cretin and his overweight cat), and Lead Stories (a group of embittered CNN employees determined to crush conservative viewpoints). They will be the gatekeepers of Zuckerberg’s metaverse, where their opinions, presented as facts, will become even more effective at crowding out reality.

Literally faced with the dilemma ‘Who’re you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?’ metaverse users will have the vision in those ‘lying eyes’ corrected with a few tweaks to their Oculus headset. One need only think of the entire avenues of discussion that have been cut off since 2016 by newsfeed censorship and deplatforming alone to get a chill thinking of how easily ideas (and the people behind them) can be memory-holed in Zuckerberg’s digital playground.

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Dem stronghold sued in VA just weeks from Election Day – Nwo Report

https://nworeport.me/2021/10/24/dem-stronghold-sued-in-va-just-weeks-from-election-day/

Source: Chad Groening, Billy Davis

Political observers are paying attention to polls and voter enthusiasm in blue-leaning Virginia, where a race for governor has narrowed and where an election lawsuit has been filed in the Democratic stronghold of Fairfax County.

Voter polling in the state shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe in a statistical tie with Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. A compilation of four polls show McAuliffe, a former governor and crafty political operative, is 1.8% ahead of the little-known GOP businessman according to RealClearPolitics.com.

Joe Biden won Virginia 54%-44% over Donald Trump last year after Trump narrowly lost to Hillary Clinton in 2016 49%-44%.

Robert Knight, a columnist for The Washington Times, tells American Family News there is concern the panicking Democrats will try to cheat.

“As soon as they got into power, Democrats loosened election integrity laws in Virginia. That is a concern,” he says. “They brought back same-day registration. They extended early voting to five full weeks before the election. They got rid of the voter ID law. There is no excuse for doing that other than to pave the way for vote fraud.”

Directly related to those concerns, election watchdog Public Interest Legal Foundation has filed a legal complaint and a motion for an injunction against the Fairfax County General Registrar and three members of the Fairfax County Election Board for violating state election law.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, a non-profit that promotes right-learning public policies.

J. Christian Adams, who leads the Legal Foundation, says Fairfax is the largest county in the state, with a close governor’s race on the line, and where election officials are ignoring a requirement that voters include the last four digits of their Social Security numbers on an absentee ballot application.

The lawsuit was filed this week after a Virginia resident said she was informed in an email from the chairman of the Fairfax County Election Board that the county had instituted a policy to approve absentee ballot applications without the required Social Security numbers.

Fairfax County could easily tilt the close election to McAuliffe: Voters there chose Biden over Trump 70%-28% out of approximately 588,300 votes that were cast last November.

According to Adams, the lawsuit argues the Virginia Constitution includes an “Anti-suspension Clause” that forbids local-level officials from ignoring or changing state laws approved by the legislature.

That legal-based complaint might sound familiar to many. During last year’s election cycle, many Democrat-led counties cited the virus pandemic for loosening, dropping, and outright ignoring state election laws meant to ensure fair elections and accurate ballot counting.

“I hope that maybe Fairfax County decides to follow the law now that they’ve been sued,” Adams says. “How about that for a possibility?”

Increased risk of heart inflammation from Moderna Covid jab in young men, US regulator says, after suspensions in Nordic nations — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/538181-increased-risk-heart-inflammation-moderna/

22 Oct, 2021 12:08

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reiterated the
risk of heart inflammation in young men following vaccination with
Moderna’s Covid-19 jab after a handful of Nordic nations halted its use
in this age group.

In an announcement released on Wednesday, the body shared that “ongoing
analyses from the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC) safety surveillance systems have identified increased
risks of inflammatory heart conditions, myocarditis and pericarditis
following vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.”

As
per the statement, this risk has been seen particularly following the
second dose, with symptoms appearing a few days after receiving the jab.

“The
observed risk is higher among males under 40 years of age, particularly
males 18 through 24, than among females and older males,” the notice read.


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The comments in the FDA press release echo similar concerns from
Nordic nations that led to Spikevax, the marketing name for Moderna’s
Covid vaccine, to be suspended in some form.

Icelandic health authorities
announced on October 8 that it will no longer administer Moderna’s mRNA
shot due to the risk of rare heart inflammation seen in other Nordic
countries.

The director of Finland’s National Institution for Health and Welfare, Mika Salminen, said that “A
Nordic study involving Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark found that
men under the age of 30 who received Moderna Spikevax had a slightly
higher risk than others of developing myocarditis.”

The findings prompted Helsinki to announce that men born in 1991 and after would no longer be given the jab.


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Sweden, just one day prior, froze the use of Spikevax on all of its population under 30, citing an “increased incidence”
of heart inflammation diseases, myocarditis and pericarditis.
Meanwhile, Norway recommends that men under the age of 30 opt for
Pfizer’s jab instead.

Concerns over heart inflammation after
receiving mRNA jabs from both Pfizer and Moderna, however, are not new.
In June, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)
to the CDC revealed a total of 323 preliminary incidents, of what met
the CDC definition of myocarditis or pericarditis, were recorded in
Americans under the age of 29. A total of 309 of those were
hospitalized.

‘Not in treaty’: Hungary’s Orban sides with Poland, rejects EU law primacy ahead of bloc’s summit — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/538120-orban-poland-eu-law-treaty/

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has once again challenged
the idea of the primacy of EU law, accusing Brussels of attempts to
infringe upon the rights of the national governments as he arrived at an
EU summit on Thursday.
Orban dismissed the idea
of imposing sanctions against Poland over its decision to make EU law
subordinate to its national legislation by calling such measures
ridiculous. He also praised Poland as “one of the best European countries,” adding that “there is no need for any sanctions.”

Earlier,
the EU Commission head, Ursula von der Leyen, warned Warsaw it would
face penalties over the move. She said Poland encroached upon the “foundations” of the union. Orban, however, believes that EU law primacy has nothing to do with any EU foundations in the first place.



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“The fact is very clear: The primacy of EU law is not in the [EU] treaty at all,” Orban told reporters in Brussels, accusing the bloc of having a thirst for power.

“What’s
going on here is… that European institutions circumvent the rights of
the national parliament and government, and modify the treaty without
having any legitimate authority to do so,” the Hungarian prime minister said.

On Monday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expressed a similar sentiment when he warned that the EU was becoming a “centrally managed organism run by institutions deprived of democratic control.”
Earlier this month, a Warsaw court ruled that areas of EU treaties are
incompatible with Poland’s laws and that national laws should take
precedence, backing Morawiecki’s government.

Orban had already
expressed his support for Warsaw in its standoff with Brussels. In early
October, he demanded the EU respect its member states’ sovereignty and
said that the bloc could only take primacy in areas specifically set out
in EU treaties.

The dispute has become the latest episode in a
series of clashes between Poland and EU authorities. Poland’s
nationalist Law and Justice party and the EU have frequently clashed
over a number of issues, ranging from Poland’s self-declared LGBTQ-free
zones to the situation with the rule of law in the country. The law
precedence dispute was sparked amid a row over whether EU institutions
could influence Warsaw’s plans for reorganizing its judiciary.



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It seems, however, that Warsaw and Budapest could have trouble
finding other member states to agree with them. Dutch Prime Minister
Mark Rutte said on Thursday that European nations have to be “tough” on Poland to make it “safeguard” the independence of its judiciary.

“The
independence of the Polish judiciary is the key issue we have to
discuss. It is very difficult to see how a big new fund of money could
be made available to Poland when this is not settled,” he said.

Ireland’s prime minister, Michael Martin, also expressed his “extreme disappointment” with the developments in Poland and maintained that EU law is needed to protect people across the continent.

“We
in Ireland are very concerned, we have good bilateral relations with
Poland, but we believe the primacy of EU law and the Court of Justice is
critical for the protection of citizens all across Europe,” Martin told reporters as he arrived at the summit.

Warsaw itself seems to be unrelenting. Morawiecki said on Thursday that his nation would not cave in to “blackmail” but said Poland is ready to “talk about how to resolve the current disputes in dialogue.”

He rejected the idea of “ever-expanding competencies” of EU institutions by saying that “some European institutions assume the right to decide on matters that have not been assigned to them.” Still, the prime minister once again ruled out the idea of leaving the bloc.



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Merkel warns against isolating Poland, calls on EU nations to find a compromise to prevent unwanted Polexit — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/538179-poland-eu-merkel-germany/

The outgoing German chancellor has called on EU leaders to come
to a compromise with Poland’s right-wing government after Warsaw was
widely condemned for questioning the supremacy of European law.
Speaking at a summit of EU
leaders in Strasbourg on Thursday, Germany’s soon-to-be former
Chancellor, Angela Merkel, championed unity and compromise as other
European leaders demanded Poland be punished for its moves to prioritize
national law over that of the EU.

The veteran leader warned that a
drawn-out political and legal dispute would not benefit anyone,
especially with the bloc attempting to emerge from the pandemic and its
associated economic consequences.

While many have grown
increasingly frustrated at failed attempts to convince Warsaw to change
tack, Merkel warned against isolating Poland.

“We must find
ways and possibilities to come together again on this, because a cascade
of legal disputes before the European Court of Justice is not a
solution,” Merkel said.

While stating that “the rule of law is at the core of the European Union,” she contended that a Polexit would not be a positive outcome for the EU or Germany. “Germany does not want to have a Polexit. Poland’s place is in the middle of Europe,” Merkel stated according to a senior diplomatic source, adding that isolating Warsaw would not fix the problem.

Merkel’s
call for compromise was not universally heeded. Belgian Prime Minister
Alexander de Croo stated that if Poland wanted the benefits of being in
the EU “club” then they needed to respect the club rules.



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Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said it was difficult to see how EU funding could continue to be channeled to Poland. “We have to be tough,” he added.

France
was equally demanding, with French President Emmanuel Macron urging
Poland to find a solution in line with the EU principles.

Also on Thursday, David Sassoli, president of the European Parliament, said the lawmakers’ chamber would “sue
the commission president if she failed to uphold their demands to
withhold EU funds from Poland.For now, the European Commission has
barred Poland from tapping the 36 billion euros of grants and loans
destined for Warsaw to help its economy recover from the pandemic.

Poland’s
nationalist Law and Justice party have frequently been at loggerheads
with the EU, notably on the rule of law as well as LGBTQ rights. Earlier
this month, a Warsaw court ruled that areas of the EU treaties are
incompatible with Poland’s laws and that national laws should take
precedence, backing a move by its Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the challenge to
EU law’s supremacy must be punished.

Turkey busts ‘Mossad espionage network’, arrests 15 men for spying on Palestinians & foreign students – reports — RT World News

https://www.rt.com/news/538101-turkey-busts-mossad-espionage-network/

Turkey’s intelligence agency reportedly cracked a Mossad spy
ring in an operation earlier this month, exposing five cells and
arresting 15 men suspected of conducting covert activities on foreign
students and Palestinians.
After tracking the network
for over a year, the National Intelligence Organization (MIT) shared
the information with counter-terrorism forces. According to the Sabah
daily newspaper, a 200-strong team raided the cells in a secret
operation across four provinces on October 7.

The Turkish
newspaper reported that the arrested men had been instructed to gather
information on foreign students, particularly Palestinians, enrolled in
Turkish universities – with an eye on those thought to have a future in
the defense industry. The spies were also allegedly tasked with looking
into a number of other unspecified associations and organizations that
hosted Palestinians in Turkey.

The network apparently used this
information to put together profiles on individuals, which were then
relayed to Mossad officials through end-to-end encryption programs like
ProtonMail and SafeUM – a software that generates fake phone numbers.
They also communicated through WhatsApp.

As compensation, the
suspected agents were transferred payments via Western Union, Moneygram,
and even Bitcoin in some cases, the paper said. The network also
reportedly developed a courier system to transfer funds, using jewelry
stores and markets.

One
of the suspects, identified by his initials ‘A.B.’, was said to be a
payment courier who was reported missing in Istanbul’s Maltepe district
in June – in an apparent bid to mislead security forces. He was
reportedly paid $10,000 this year for his spying activities, according
to the paper.

Another individual named as ‘R.A.A’ apparently met
with Mossad field agents in the Croatian capital of Zagreb and received
payments of $1,000 and $1,200. A third member, ‘M.A.S’, travelled to
Zurich twice to meet with an official. Like ‘A.B’, both men had
previously been reported missing.

While the Daily Sabah did not
disclose the men’s nationalities, a number of Israeli and Arab papers
have reported that they were of “Arab origin.” The Middle East
Eye (MEE) outlet revealed that six Palestinians who had been reported
missing in Turkey since last month are among those arrested.

In a
phone interview with MEE, the brother of an alleged Mossad agent
identified by the initial ‘M’ said that he had received a call from M a
few days ago confirming that he was in police custody in Istanbul and
asking him to hire a lawyer.

The brother claimed the allegations were “all false.”
M had reportedly lived in Turkey for the past nine years and was
supposed to graduate from a medical school in the city of Konya in two
months.



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Meanwhile, an unidentified source close to the Israeli security
establishment told MEE that the spy ring may have been working for both
Mossad and the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service. The source
also speculated that the alleged operatives could have spied on students
studying in fields thought to be useful for the Palestinian militant
group Hamas.

The Daily Sabah reported that a “comprehensive indictment” will be prepared once the MIT finishes interrogating the suspects.

Neither Turkish nor Israeli authorities have commented officially on the matter as yet.