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marsh

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IMPORTANT: DOWNLOAD COVID VACCINE RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION DOCUMENTS HERE

I have been receiving dozens of direct messages on Gab over the past week with people from around the country sharing the horrors from inside the United States Military and their places of employment regarding “mandatory” non-FDA approved experimental Covid vaccinations.

Many people are being forced to choose between feeding their families and getting injected with a potentially deadly experimental substance. This is a fundamental violation of not only human rights, but the religious rights that we are guaranteed in the United States of America.

At the bottom of this post are Word docs and PDF files constructing what the creator of the documents calls an “air tight religious exemption request” for the COVID vaccine if it is mandatory for you at work, school, or in the military. You can download these and customize them to your individual scenario.

The Full Document is everything necessary for a US Army Soldier to submit a religious exemption request to his immediate commander, with only certain portions needing to be edited to include your name, unit, and details.

The “Religious + Practical Side Supporting Documents” contains all of the details giving both the religious reasons for why Christians cannot receive the Vaccine, and the practical reasons for why it isn’t actually necessary to receive the Vaccine.

The Religious and Practical Side Supporting Documents are also separated in case you specifically need either one without the other.

We are human beings made in the image of God. We have God-given human rights and should not be forced to choose between feeding our families and putting something that is potentially deadly into our bodies. As a reminder Gab.com is the only social network on the internet that allows criticism and discussion about the experimental non-FDA approved Covid vaccine.
God be with us all.

Source of docs: Kaleb of Atlanta
Source of work-related exemption docs

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For US Air Force service members
While the Air Force tailors religious requests to each individual, the following can be used to start the process should the Air Force make this Covid shot mandatory. Folks can drop this text into their unit letterhead, fill in their name, and submit to their commanders.
MEMORANDUM FOR Immediate Commander

SUBJECT: Request for Religious Accommodation – Rank Name

1. I request a religious accommodation to not be required to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 in accordance with policies and procedures contained in DoDI 1300.17 (Accommodation of Religious Practices Within the Military Services), 22 Feb 2014; AFI 48-110 (Immunizations And Chemoprophylaxis For The Prevention of Infectious Diseases), 6 Oct 2013; and AFPD 52-2 (Accommodation of Religious Practices in the Air Force), 27 Jul 2020.

2. It is well-documented that all COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States utilized fetal cell lines in their development (PER.C6 by Johnson & Johnson) or testing (HEK 293 by Pfzier and Moderna) that are descended from fetal tissue taken from elective abortions. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has documented these facts here: You asked, we answered: Do the COVID-19 vaccines contain aborted fetal cells?.

3. I am not opposed to vaccines in principle; however, it is my sincerely-held religious belief that abortion is immoral and that these vaccines are not morally justifiable, especially considering the extremely low mortality rate and rare instances of permanent complications from COVID-19 infections among those of military age.

4. While this request is being considered by the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, personnel, and Services, I understand that I have a temporary exemption from compliance IAW AFPD 52-2, paragraph 1.4. I also understand that permanent exemptions for religious reasons are not granted and that the MAJCOM commander is the designated approval and revocation authority for temporary immunization exemptions IAW AFI 48-110, paragraph 2-6.

5. I look forward to working with you, our chaplains, our medical providers, and our judge advocates to consider this request. If you have any questions, please reach me at (XXX) XXX-XXXX or by email at xxxxxxxxxxx.
 
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marsh

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View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vWeZmLgepU
46:07 min
TWiV 787: COVID-19 clinical update #73 with Dr. Daniel Griffin

Jul 30, 2021


Vincent Racaniello


In COVID-19 clinical update #73, Daniel Griffin reviews updated mask guidance from CDC, infections in public school district employees, effectiveness of vaccines against delta variant, antibody response after third vaccine dose in kidney transplant recipients, protection afforded by mRNA vaccines fully vaccinated people with and without prior infections, correlates of protection in nonhuman primates, lack of effectiveness of doxycycline, neurological manifestations of COVID-19, and infection in vaccinated health care workers.

Show notes at https://www.microbe.tv/twiv/twiv-787/
 

marsh

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July 31, 2021

CDC's Walensky won't admit illegals spreading COVID at border; promises 'guidelines' someday
By Monica Showalter

The more CDC director Rochelle Walensky talks, the worse she sounds.

Along with her well noted controversial statements about returning to mask-wearing and a nationally mandated COVID vaccine, the latter of which she walked back to some extent, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director threw out other nutty statements that are worth noting — if for nothing else, then the fact that Joe Biden says he defers to her and her continuously mistaken bureaucrats at CDC.

Breitbart News reported that a question about illegal border-crossers spreading COVID, from Fox News's Bret Baier, triggered this exchange:

Baier said, "But do you know the surge, how the surge of illegal immigrants with COVID is affecting the overall rate, you know, it sounds like the percentages down there on the border are astronomical?"

Walensky said, "Yeah, you know, I would say that the percentages in the southern part of this country are really quite high. I don't necessarily think we can attribute all of that to what's going on at the southern border. I think what we really need to do is spend our time getting our communities vaccinated to getting our individuals vaccinated to prevent disease from transmitting in our communities."

Basically, she was attempting to brush off the obvious problem of unvetted illegal aliens coming into the U.S. and spreading COVID throughout the country.

With the U.S. paying for their tickets, either by airplane or bus, to their choice of destinations, it's pretty obvious that a disease vector, courtesy of the Biden administration, is in place. During the Trump administration, that avenue of spread was shut down firmly through Title 42, throwing illegal migrants back on COVID concerns, based on protecting the country.

These days, there's nonsense like this going on:

Baier said, "One woman wrote in, My in-laws live in Austria, they cannot come here to see their six-month-old baby because of the EU travel band even as migrants come across the southern border from other countries with more COVID and worse vaccine performance and they are allowed in. Is that a problem, Dr. Walensky?

Walensky said, "We're working, um, at the CDC to provide technical assistance for all areas of travel as well as to provide technical assistance at the southern border. So as people come in, we are keeping migrants, as well as those communities, as safe as possible with the technical assistance and infection prevention guidelines from the CDC."

There are also tweets like these being passed around:

Fully vaccinated Canadians can’t come to America. American citizens in Mexico can’t come back unless they are tested. But 1,400,000 illegals 50,000 from around the world not the Americas in June are allowed in.
— James Jay Carafano (@JJCarafano) July 30, 2021
[Note: That latter number is likely far higher.]

The contradictions are pretty amazing here.

What's more, Walensky's claim to be ready to send "guidelines" is something she's been talking about for months, but somehow has never gotten around to doing. Here she was back in February, according to ABC News, promising all those migrant guidelines:

The CDC, in a three-paragraph order signed by its director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, on Feb. 11, exempted unaccompanied children from being expelled to Mexico until "a forthcoming public health reassessment," which has yet to be published.

Here's what's happened since, from NBC News three days ago:

WASHINGTON — Two more whistleblowers have come forward to allege that children were mistreated by contractors and senior federal employee managers at a Department Health and Human Services migrant shelter in Fort Bliss, Texas, earlier this year, and also say HHS told them to downplay hundreds of Covid infections among children held at the facility.

"Covid was widespread among children and eventually spread to many employees. Hundreds of children contracted Covid in the overcrowded conditions. Adequate masks were not consistently provided to children, nor was their use consistently enforced," the whistleblowers, Arthur Pearlstein and Lauren Reinhold, said in a federal whistleblower complaint filed Wednesday[.][/QUOTE]

But at the end of their service, they said, federal detailees were regularly given written instructions from HHS public affairs that told them, "when asked, to make everything sound positive about the Fort Bliss experience and to play down anything negative."

And she's still brushing off that child migrants (many of whom reportedly catch COVID in U.S. detention centers before being dispersed through the U.S.) are spreading COVID? And she's still working on her "guidelines"? Perhaps it's because she's making so many television appearances that she can't get around to doing her actual $188,063-salaried job. Or perhaps she takes Kamala Harris as her role model, hoping to best her on the border-laziness front.

In addition, Walensky hasn't done anything about Title 42, which the Biden administration says it's awaiting word from her on as a million migrants stream in:

The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment on the future of Title 42. A White House official said the lifting of Title 42 had never been planned.

"That decision will rest with the CDC and that public health process — as of right now there is no change in policy in Title 42, nor a timeline to preview or announce when it's no longer needed," the official said.

That's the current in-place guideline to throw back illegal migrants on COVID grounds. Joe Biden said he was going to lift it but then said it was up to Dr. Walensky to make that decision. Rather than affirmatively advise that it should stay in place based on all the migrant COVID-spreading, she's actually said nothing, and Biden, being Biden, is supposedly leaving it in place but not enforcing it, based on the kinds of statistics around open borders and migrant COVID-spreading that we are seeing now. Words, and rules, no longer have meaning to Biden, and she's letting this go on and on as COVID spreads through the U.S.

As if that weren't bad enough, she's back to nonsense about everyone masking up, and all she needs is two weeks to "stop the spread."

Heard that one before? How stupid does she think the public is?

As the New York Post notes in its fierce editorial, it's time to get this person off the air. (Glenn Reynolds, writing at the Post, has a good one saying similar, too.)

She's got a bizarre speaking style, at times with strange, inappropriate giggles, and she's constantly spewing disinformation, or shifting information, all of which blow apart her tattered credibility. Medical professionals are nothing without credibility, and Walensky is proving herself to be a colossal zero.
 
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custom2006

Contributing Member
It's a pLandemic alright! Just think of ANY triple digit number and then follow it with .... "Positive Covid 19 Cases". Now, type that into Google and you will see that there will be manufactured stories for every single set of numbers that you can come up with ;-)

... like this >>> "399 Positive Covid 19 Cases"
 

marsh

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Australia will Use Military to Enforce Sydney Covid Lockdown – Troops will Knock on Doors to Make Sure Residents are at Home

By Cristina Laila
Published July 31, 2021 at 9:10pm


Australia is sending troops to help local police enforce the new Covid lockdown in Sydney.

Australia’s largest city went into a hard lockdown – again – last Saturday amid rising Covid cases.

Sydney ordered a shutdown of all construction sites and non-essential retail.

Nearly 1 million residents are banned from leaving their neighborhood for work because a man in his 80s died from/with Covid.

Anti-lockdown protests erupted in Sydney this week because Aussies are sick of the restrictions.

So now Australia is using the military to enforce their lockdown, Reuters reported.

Beginning Monday, 300 troops will patrol Sydney and knock on doors to make sure people are following orders to stay at home.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said 80% vaccination rate is needed before reopening Australia’s largest city – Only 14% of people in Australia are fully vaccinated.

“If you get vaccinated, there will be special rules that apply to you. Why? Because if you’re vaccinated, you present less of a public health risk. You are less likely to get the virus. You are less likely to transmit it,” the prime minister told reporters, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
 

marsh

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Fauci Defends CDC’s Mask Guidance For Vaccinated Americans, Warns “Things Are Going to Get Worse” (VIDEO)

By Cristina Laila
Published August 1, 2021 at 2:34pm


It’s Sunday, which means Fauci in on TV pushing CCP propaganda and trying to scare Americans into getting an experimental vaccine.

Dr. Fauci defended the CDC’s 180 on mask mandates for vaccinated people and said “things are going to get worse” because of a surge of the ‘Delta’ variant among unvaccinated people

“Things are going to get worse,” Fauci told ABC’s “This Week” host Jon Karl on Sunday.

“I don’t think we’re going to see lockdowns,’ Fauci said. “I think we have enough of the percentage of people in the country – not enough to crush the outbreak – but I believe enough to allow us to not get into the situation we were in last winter.”

Fauci blamed unvaccinated people for the surge in Covid cases.

“We have 100 million people in this country who are eligible to be vaccinated who are not getting vaccinated,’ he said.

“The unvaccinated, who have a much much much greater chance of being infected in the first place, are the ones most vulnerable to getting severe illness that might lead to hospitalization and in some cases death,” he added.

“So we’re looking not to lockdown, but we’re looking to some pain and suffering in the future because we’re seeing the cases go up, which is the reason why we keep saying over and over again, the solution to this is get vaccinated or this would not be happening.”

VIDEO:
View: https://twitter.com/i/status/1421820362933821448
1:43 min
 

marsh

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Major Unions Push Back Against Biden's Vaccine Mandates

SUNDAY, AUG 01, 2021 - 02:15 PM

Last week, the Biden administration announced sweeping vaccine requirements for federal workers (except, oddly, postal workers). The day before, the nation's biggest union boss, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, parroted Biden's push to vaccinate, and said that the union organization supports vaccine mandates.

As it turns out, much like in California - not all unions are on board.


While labor groups representing federal workers have urged their members to get the jab, most of the leading public sector unions either oppose vaccine mandates or say that it must be negotiated first, according to The Hill.
Groups representing educators, postal workers, law enforcement officers, Treasury Department personnel and other government employees expressed unease about the vaccine requirement this week. Only a few public sector unions outright endorsed the measure.
"We expect that the particulars of any changes to working conditions, including those related to COVID-19 vaccines and associated protocols, be properly negotiated with our bargaining units prior to implementation," said Everett Kelley, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents nearly 700,000 workers.

Meanwhile, National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon says that his group has "a lot of questions about how this policy will be implemented and how employee rights and privacy will be protected."

And in yet another example, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association President Larry Cosme said in a statement that mandating vaccinations "is not the American way and is a clear civil rights violation no matter how proponents may seek to justify it."

According to the report, most public sector unions sounding the alarm over Biden's vaccine mandates previously supported most aspects of his policy.

"In order for everyone to feel safe and welcome in their workplaces, vaccinations must be negotiated between employers and workers, not coerced," said American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten earlier this week.

And the American Postal Workers Union said "it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent," adding that any new rules for its workers would need to be run past union leaders.

"As a matter of principle, union leaders just don’t like anything called a ‘mandate’ that comes from management where they’re cut out of the bargain," said Daniel DiSalvo, professor and chair of political science at the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY.
The White House anticipated that unions would want a seat at the table on the new requirement. The administration’s own task force on workplace safety wrote in a memo Thursday that “agencies are reminded to satisfy applicable collective bargaining obligations” when implementing new vaccine rules.
Still, public sector unions’ demands could slow Biden’s federal vaccination campaign, and their resistance indicates that similar efforts by states and municipalities could face roadblocks as well.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced earlier this week that municipal workers must get vaccinated or be tested weekly. He quickly encountered pushback from unions representing first responders, which said that about half of their members were vaccinated, lower than the city average. -The Hill
Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that its 115,000 workers with the most "patient-facing" jobs would require mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations, the first federal agency to do so.

And as The Hill also notes, "Several companies have announced vaccine mandates in recent weeks, including Google, Shake Shack, Netflix, Morgan Stanley and Delta Air Lines."
 

Heliobas Disciple

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Florida Breaks Record for COVID-19 Hospitalizations
The previous record was from more than a year ago, July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread
Published 3 hours ago • Updated 2 hours ago

Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic.

A day after it recorded the most new daily cases since the start of the pandemic, Florida on Sunday broke a previous record for current hospitalizations, as the number of patients in hospitals because of COVID-19 once again broke through the 10,000-person threshold.

The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The previous record was from more than a year ago, July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association.

Florida is now leading the nation in per capita hospitalizations for COVID-19, as hospitals around the state report having to put emergency room visitors in beds in hallways and others document a noticeable drop in the age of patients.

In the past week, Florida has averaged 1,525 adult hospitalizations a day, and 35 daily pediatric hospitalizations. Both are the highest per capita rate in the nation, according to Jason Salemi, an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of South Florida.

The hospitalizations and increasing cases have come as the new, more transmittable delta variant has spread throughout Florida, and residents have returned to pre-pandemic activities.

“The recent rise is both striking and not-at-all surprising,” Salemi said in an email late Saturday.

Federal health data released Saturday showed that Florida reported 21,683 new cases of COVID-19, the state’s highest one-day total since the start of the pandemic. The latest numbers were recorded on Friday and released on Saturday on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. The figures show how quickly the number of cases is rising in the Sunshine State: only a day earlier, Florida reported 17,093 new daily cases.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements, and along with the state Legislature, has limited local officials’ ability to impose restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19. DeSantis on Friday barred school districts from requiring students to wear masks when classes resume next month.

Florida's Democratic agriculture commissioner, Nikki Fried, who is seeking to run against DeSantis for governor, on Sunday urged unvaccinated Floridians to get the shots. She said she was heartened by a recent uptick in vaccinations in the state.
“We are already behind the curve and in a worse spot every time the numbers come out," Fried said at a news conference in Tallahassee. “This surge is and will impact every single one of us."

Throughout Florida, from Jacksonville to Miami to Tampa, hospitals have become overwhelmed.

Barry Burton, the Pinellas County administrator, told the Tampa Bay Times that some local hospitals are already having to divert ambulances to different locations because of capacity concerns.

There has been a startling rise in the number of children with the virus at hospitals in Miami, many of them requiring intensive care.

Memorial Health’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood had seven patients with COVID-19. At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami, there were 17 patients with COVID-19 on Friday, including six in the ICU and one who needed a ventilator, Dr. Marcos Mestre, vice president and chief medical officer, told the Miami Herald.

About half of the patients were under 12, Mestre said, and the rest were older and eligible for the vaccine. But none of the patients with COVID-19 at Nicklaus Children’s on Friday were vaccinated. Most children who get COVID-19 do not need hospitalization, Mestre said.

At the UF Health North hospital emergency room in Jacksonville, COVID-19 patients once again were being put in beds in hallways due to a surge in visits.

For many hospital workers, up until a month ago, it looked like there was light at the end of the tunnel, as people got vaccinated and hospitalizations decreased. But then the summer surge, powered by the new delta variant, hit Florida in July.

“That light did turn out to be a train in this case,” Marsha Tittle, a nursing manager at UF Health North, told The Florida Times Union. “We’re taking more patients than we normally would take. ... My staff is wonderful. You walk out there, they’re going to have smiles on their faces and they’re doing a great job. But there’s a sense of defeat, like they’re just defeated.”
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This story has been corrected to reflect hospitalizations broke 10,000-person threshold, not 1,000-person threshold.
 

Heliobas Disciple

Has No Life - Lives on TB
It's always the unvaxxed's fault isn't it? If we get covid, we'll probably show symptoms and can stay home, while the vaxxed can have covid, not know it and merrily spread the virus hither and yon. Good job in keeping us safe, Fauci.
Exactly. The unvaxxed are being careful because they didn't take the vaxx. The vaxxed aren't being careful anymore, they're acting like they got a 'get out of jail free' card. Except the vaccine does not and is not protecting them from COVID. So of course they are spreading it and that's why the majority of cases in hospitals are the vaxxed, not the unvaxxed. They not only are not protected, they've been told they are protected. They're getting a double whammy of bad advice. :shk:

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Heliobas Disciple

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On a possibly unrelated note.*
*Or is it?

(fair use applies)


Forget condoms? Scientists develop male contraceptive that uses magnets, nanoparticle injections
Chris Melore
July 30, 2021

JIANGSU, China — For men looking to avoid getting their partner pregnant, there are basically two options — condoms or a vasectomy. Now, scientists are experimenting with an unlikely third option, magnets. A team in China has developed a long-lasting and biodegradable male contraceptive which uses injections of nanoparticles and magnetic fields to keep men from reproducing.

Their study tested this concept on male mice, examining the effectiveness of two different kinds of nanomaterials entering the body. The process involves heating the nanoparticles after magnets help to guide these tiny particles down into the testes. Once there, they act as a contraceptive as the heat shrinks the testes and inhibits spermatogenesis.

Heat is no good for sperm

It’s no secret that high temperatures are not good for the health of a man’s sperm. Even a guy’s clothing — such as tight-fitting pants or underwear — can decrease their sperm count. With that in mind, previous studies have looked at using heated nanomaterials injected right into the testes as a form of birth control. Unfortunately, scientists have found that the injections are too painful, the heating damages the skin, and some of the nanoparticles tried out are not biodegradable.

Researchers Weihua Ding and Fei Sun led a team that’s taking on this approach from a completely new angle. The new contraceptive doesn’t involve a direct injection into the testes of males. Instead, after two days of injecting coated nanoparticles into the bloodstream of mice, scientists guided them into position using magnets. From there, they applied an alternating magnetic field to the area for 15 minutes.

Researchers used two types of iron oxide nanoparticles, one coated with polyethylene glycol (PEG) and others coated with citric acid. Although the team could heat the PEG particles, they couldn’t effectively move them using magnets.

On the other hand, researchers successfully moved and heated citric acid-coated nanoparticles in the testes — forming a barrier to pregnancy for several days. Results show mice treated with this concept could not father any pups for seven days. Moreover, the shrinking of the testes gradually reversed after 30 to 60 days.

“The nanoparticles were non-toxic to cells and were gradually eliminated from the body, offering new possibilities for male contraception,” the researchers write in a media release.

The study appears in the journal ACS Nano Letters.
 

rockcreek

Veteran Member
How about giving us access to the drugs that will help Covid. They ban them from us then wonder why people get sick and die.
 

marsh

TB Fanatic

July 31, 2021 - 05:00 PM EDT

Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement
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Influential public sector unions are pushing back on a new vaccination requirement for federal workers in a rare split with the Biden administration.

President Biden's latest vaccine push, announced Thursday, requires federal employees to attest that they have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or be subject to masking, social distancing and weekly testing.

While labor groups representing government employees have urged their members to get vaccinated, most of the leading public sector unions either oppose the vaccine requirement or say it must first be negotiated.

Groups representing educators, postal workers, law enforcement officers, Treasury Department personnel and other government employees expressed unease about the vaccine requirement this week. Only a few public sector unions outright endorsed the measure.

"We expect that the particulars of any changes to working conditions, including those related to COVID-19 vaccines and associated protocols, be properly negotiated with our bargaining units prior to implementation," Everett Kelley, president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents nearly 700,000 workers, said in a statement.

Larry Cosme, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said requiring vaccinations "is not the American way and is a clear civil rights violation no matter how proponents may seek to justify it."

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon said in a statement that the group has "a lot of questions about how this policy will be implemented and how employee rights and privacy will be protected."

Most of the public sector unions that expressed concern over the new vaccine rule endorsed Biden's election bid in 2020 and cheered his overall efforts to bolster a federal workforce that former President Trump often targeted with criticism and spending cuts.

But their support for Biden is not extending to his vaccine rule, which doesn't apply to the much larger private sector.

"In order for everyone to feel safe and welcome in their workplaces, vaccinations must be negotiated between employers and workers, not coerced," American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten said in a statement earlier this week. The group represents educators and health care workers at various levels of government.

The American Postal Workers Union said "it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent" and that any new rules for its workers must be discussed with union leaders.

Experts say the responses from unions aren't entirely surprising.

"As a matter of principle, union leaders just don't like anything called a 'mandate' that comes from management where they're cut out of the bargain," said Daniel DiSalvo, professor and chair of political science at the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York-CUNY.

The White House anticipated that unions would want a seat at the table on the new requirement. The administration's own task force on workplace safety wrote in a memo Thursday that "agencies are reminded to satisfy applicable collective bargaining obligations" when implementing new vaccine rules.

Still, public sector unions' demands could slow Biden's federal vaccination campaign, and their resistance indicates that similar efforts by states and municipalities could face roadblocks as well.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced earlier this week that municipal workers must get vaccinated or be tested weekly. He quickly encountered pushback from unions representing first responders, which said that about half of their members were vaccinated, lower than the city average.

"The internal structure of unions forces this kind of responsiveness to the membership," DiSalvo said. "If you're a union leader, you need to represent all employees."

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the nation's largest public employee union, did not respond to a request for comment about its position on vaccine requirements.

A handful of national unions backed Biden's order this week. The American Foreign Service Association, a union that represents foreign service officers, welcomed the measure, citing last month's COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

The International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers, a union that represents 25,000 federal workers at NASA, the Justice Department, the Government Accountability Office and other agencies, also backed Biden's order.

"We don't think either our members or their mission should be placed at risk by those who have been hesitant to take a shot," Paul Shearon, the group's president, said in a statement.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka endorsed a mask mandate in an interview with C-SPAN on Tuesday, contradicting some of his member unions.

"If you come back in and you're not vaccinated, everybody in that workplace is jeopardized," he said. "If we don't know whether you have been vaccinated or not, we can't make the proper accommodations to make sure that you are protected and everyone else is protected."

Biden's order would affect millions of workers between federal employees and government contractors. Earlier this week, the Department of Veterans Affairs required its front-line health care workers to be vaccinated, and Biden has asked the Pentagon to examine "how and when" it will require service members to get the vaccine.

"With incentives and mandates, we can make a huge difference and save a lot of lives," Biden said in a speech Thursday.

The urgency comes as the highly contagious delta variant spreads rapidly in areas of the U.S. with low vaccination rates.

Biden wants the private sector to follow his lead and encourage the remaining 31 percent of U.S. adults who have yet to receive at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Several companies have announced vaccine mandates in recent weeks, including Google, Shake Shack, Netflix, Morgan Stanley and Delta Air Lines.
 

marsh

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When Will The COVID Revolt Come?

SUNDAY, AUG 01, 2021 - 09:00 PM
Authored by Roger Kimball via AmGreatness.com,

At some point, there will be a revolt. The longer the arbitrary insanity persists, the more violent the reaction will be...



The most cheerful headline I have seen in weeks was on Glenn Reynolds’ New York Post column: “No, Karen, we’re not masking again.” I hope he is right. I do wonder, though. I have no doubt that the second part of his headline—“A winning GOP message for 2022 [and] beyond”—is correct. At least it’s correct if it is expressed as a conditional: It would be a winning strategy were it adopted. As Reynolds notes, “There is a great deal of pent-up frustration and resentment over the inconvenience, the loss of freedom and the general climate of hectoring that the government’s pandemic response has created.” Indeed. And he’s right, too, that
It’s irritating to be lectured by officials who claim to be smarter than you. It’s infuriating to be lectured by government officials who claim to be smarter than you—but clearly aren’t.
The on-again/off-again claims on masks and vaccination are just part of it. Tired of masks? Get vaccinated, they told us. Now they’re saying wear a mask, even if you’ve been vaccinated and even if you’re associating with others who’ve been vaccinated.
And there’s talk of more lockdowns, which a growing body of scientific evidence suggests were perfectly useless and downright harmful.
As Molly Bloom exclaimed in a different context, Yes, Yes, Yes!

But to return to the question of hope, I am reminded that hope was said by some cynics to have been the last evil in Pandora’s pithos. It seems like only yesterday—in fact, it was just this past May—that both the president and the vice-president of the United States insisted that (as Joe himself put it) “Folks, if you’re fully vaccinated—you no longer need to wear a mask.”

Of course, that was more than a year after “15 days to slow the spread,” Anthony Fauci’s steady stream of contradictory, though authoritatively delivered, advice, not to mention the recent advent of (cue the scary music) The Delta Variant.

It was the New York Post, again, that cut to the chase on the latest (unless we’re on to the epsilon variant already) with its cover of July 30. “Insanity!” read its oversized headline and below was a large grid with a tiny bit of the upper right square marked. Of the 161 million people who have been vaccinated, only 5,601 have been hospitalized with the new version of the virus. Of those, only 1,141 have died. That’s .0007 percent. (And how old, one wonders, were those who succumbed and from what comorbidities did they suffer?)

Now it turns out that the latest CDC advice was based largely on an outbreak at Provincetown after the informal party time of “Bear Week” in early July. Andrew Sullivan treated the news with some portion of the skepticism it deserves. In fact, as another commentator pointed out, what the Provincetown outbreak really shows is that “even under perfect conditions for a superspreader event, the vaccine works spectacularly well.”

But even to talk about studies and statistics and “expert” advice is to assume that we are talking primarily about an issue of public health. We aren’t. Consider this list from Jim Treacher:
  1. Absolutely do not wear a mask
  2. You must, must, must wear a mask or you’re killing Grandma
  3. Don’t leave the house or you’re killing Grandma
  4. If you can’t avoid leaving the house, stay at least six feet away from any other human being you see or you’re killing Grandma
  5. Wash your hands 20 times a day
  6. Do not touch your face or anything else, ever
  7. Get vaccinated so you don’t have to wear a mask
  8. You have to wear a mask even if you’re vaccinated
  9. When the above rules change, and then change back, and then change back again, shut up about it or you’re a stupid MAGA-head
  10. Don’t forget to vote Democrat!
Of course, the last item is more often left unspoken than it is overtly expressed, but it is a sentiment, an assumption, that infuses the whole shifting kaleidoscope of contradictory advice. Treacher is right. “This isn’t about science. It’s about control. You will do as you’re told, peasants, and your moral, ethical and intellectual betters will continue to do whatever they please.”

I think Glenn Reynolds is correct that opposing the tyrannous spirit that stands behind the lockdowns, the mask mandates, and the smug, hectoring, politically correct demands for proof of vaccination would be a winning strategy for GOP politicians. Will they adopt it? Most will do so timorously, if at all. That’s my prediction.

Last year at Encounter Books, we published an admonitory book by Joel Kotkin called The Coming of Neo-Feudalism: A Warning To The Global Middle Class.

Some people thought Kotkin was overstating things with his talk of an increasingly stratified society in which a tiny elite lorded it over an increasingly pauperized and disenfranchised mass. It turns out, though, that if anything Kotkin understated the trends. The weaponization of public health diktats, their enforcement by a vast and increasingly overbearing cadre of nanny-state bureaucrats, is simply the latest manifestation of the profoundly anti-democratic spirit that has taken hold in Western societies.

It’s all about social control, as Jim Treacher says. At some point, there will be a revolt. The longer the arbitrary insanity persists, the more violent the reaction will be. The question is whether we are at or are approaching the point of crisis. Will the voters stand for another lockdown as we approach the 2022 election?

Lockdowns markedly increased the opportunities for voter fraud; 2020 showed that. That is precisely why the swamp is prepping us for another go. Let’s see if we stand by grumbling impotently or if, finally, we actually do something. I am not holding my breath.
 

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Turley: The Biden Administration Goes To War With The "Non-Vacs"

MONDAY, AUG 02, 2021 - 05:00 PM
Authored by Jonathan Turley via jonathanturley.org (emphasis ours),

Below is my column in the Hill on the shift from reasoned consent to coerced consent in the campaign for vaccinations. The push by the Biden Administration for private companies to enforce mandates and restrictions has increased in the last week. There is a high likelihood of a new round of litigation as pressure builds for new mandates and even lockdowns.

Just before this column ran, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky was asked by Fox host Bret Baier “Are you for mandating a vaccine on a federal level?” She responded “That’s something that I think the administration is looking into.”

Later she reversed herself by saying “I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.” It was a telling response because she was asked about a federal mandate directly. She now says she meant to say a privately enforced mandates is what they are thinking about. The reversal may be a problematic as the original. It would confirm that the Biden Administration is using private companies as a type of direct surrogate for a public mandate.


Here is the column:

They didn’t get vaccinated.” Those words from President Biden summed up why his administration made a critical shift in its COVID policies, from mask recommendations to mandatory shots for federal workers. And that represents a third stage of government policy, toward a more confrontational approach to “them” — the increasingly demonized unvaccinated class that is roughly half of America.

But this stage could face legal challenges in coming weeks, as citizens and some states push back on mandates.

This month was a clear break from persuasion and a step toward coercion in dealing with those who refuse to be vaccinated. Even the normally staid Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is ramping up its rhetoric, declaring that the “war has changed” due to the Delta variant. For some, however, there is concern that Biden’s “they” is a declaration of war on them.

Clearly, there is a rapidly diminishing level of communication between the “vacs” and “non-vacs.”

Stage One: Reasoned consent
Until recently, the Biden administration relied largely on what could be called the “reasoned consent” model. Not unreasonably, it assumed that Americans would want the vaccine, given the dire consequences of being unvaccinated. For many of us, it took little persuasion. My family and I took the earliest possible date for vaccinations. But this first stage was in some regards a failure: While more than 85 percent of the high-risk population of older Americans have been vaccinated, roughly half of the wider population has not been fully vaccinated.

A myriad of reasons exist: distrust of government programs among some minorities and conservatives; people who previously had COVID-19 considering themselves immune; those concerned with religious or medical issues. Billions spent on state and federal outreach programs failed to penetrate that wall of resistance.

Stage Two: Induced consent
As long lines disappeared at vaccine centers, it became clear that many citizens have come to distrust the media and the government on this, as on so many issues. Anyone raising questions about the virus — even its origins — was censored by Big Tech, and politicians weaponized the wedge issue for their own purposes. Such censorship continued this week even for those merely suggesting a “pause” to examine the data. For people already distrustful of the government, the censorship and overheated rhetoric only confirm their suspicions.

Government officials then shifted from reasoned to induced or compensated consent. In Ohio, $1 million lottery prizes were offered to those willing to take the shots; other states offered free metro or free museum passes. It didn’t work — but that didn’t stop President Biden this week from telling states to use federal funds to offer $100 for every person who consents to take a shot. It is the monetization of vaccination under the logic that those not motivated by self-preservation will be persuaded by a C-note.

The government and the media, however, remain unwilling to engage vaccine resisters beyond stereotyping them as “Trumpers” or pandemic-spreading morons. That includes censoring questions and opposing discussion of whether the level of statistical risk should leave this to be a matter of individual choice, as with other viruses and illnesses.

Stage Three: Coerced consent
We are now entering the “coerced consent” stage. Unable to persuade or purchase consent, many are arguing to make it difficult to be gainfully employed or functionally active without proof of vaccination. It is a type of de facto pandemic passport. After indicating the administration was considering a federal vaccine mandate, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said this week, “I was referring to mandates by private institutions and portions of the federal government. There will be no federal mandate.”

Unwilling to face the legal or political challenges of mandating a vaccination program, the Biden administration has actively encouraged companies to bar unvaccinated people from planes, restaurants and other venues. The danger is that using companies to censor opposing views and restrict people can amount to a type of government-by-surrogate, a shadow state.

There clearly are good reasons why many companies and schools demand vaccinations to rejoin workplaces or classrooms. As expected, those rules have been upheld, including a recent favorable ruling for Indiana University.

More concerning are those calls to use mandates to make life miserable for anyone who still has doubts. German Chancellor Angela Merkel told her citizens that they will have fewer “freedoms” until they consent. Some in the media have echoed these calls, and some private organizations are following the same strategy. The NFL, for example, has been openly making life “a living hell” for NFL players who prefer to be tested but not vaccinated.

For the most part, the motivation behind government and private mandates are hard to litigate. Courts tend to defer to measures ostensibly protecting others from risk of illness; even in criminal cases, the government has been allowed to conduct “pretextual traffic stops” if it can cite an objective basis.

There may be new legal challenges ahead, however. First, those with religious or medical concerns can challenge mandated vaccination programs. CNN’s Don Lemon this week called for barring unvaccinated people from offices and businesses, insisting “It has nothing to do with liberty. You don’t have the freedom and the liberty to put other people in jeopardy.” In truth, there are constitutional questions when you force people to take medications or vaccinations that violate their religious beliefs or that fail to satisfy a rational basis.

States also are moving to counter private mandates or to bar mandatory masking rules; Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) just signed an executive order allowing parents to ignore masking orders for their children in the state’s public schools. That could force the hand of the Biden administration on implementing federal mandates or executive orders — a conflict that would raise core federalism issues.

The federal government is on shaky ground in mandating hood behavior or inactivity. In 2012 in NFIB v. Sebelius, Chief Justice John Roberts declared that “Construing the Commerce Clause to permit Congress to regulate individuals precisely because they are doing nothing would open a new and potentially vast domain to congressional authority.”

The greatest danger with the coercion model is that it will further deepen our divisions and turn vaccine resistance into a type of patriotic resistance for some people. Recently, a shocking poll found that almost 50 percent of Republicans believe “patriotic Americans [might] have to take the law into their own hands.” The poll shows how many Americans are increasingly alienated from the government, the media and the established order. Conversely, some commentators on the left have declared that the unvaccinated are terrorists using “biological warfare” against the nation.

Threatening to make the lives of the unvaccinated a “living hell,” or isolating them from society, likely will do little to increase the level of vaccination — but it will do much to increase the level of alienation in our society.

Jonathan Turley is the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University. You can find his updates on Twitter @JonathanTurley.
 

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Fmr US Intel Boss: COVID Lab Leak "Very Close To A Certainty" After Seeing 'Most Sensitive Intel' Related To Pandemic

MONDAY, AUG 02, 2021 - 02:35 PM

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says that the lab-leak Covid-19 origin hypothesis isn't just a "possibility," but "more like a probability, if not very close to a certainty."



In a Monday Op-Ed, Ratcliffe excoriated China for rejecting new plans by the World Health Organization to investigate the lab-leak theory, which was "remarkable not only because of China’s continued belligerence, but also because the WHO was once complicit, caving to the CCP’s initial pressure to dismiss the lab leak theory and downplay the CCP’s coverup."
I had access to all of the U.S. government’s most sensitive intelligence related to the pandemic. My informed opinion is that the lab leak theory isn’t just a "possibility," at the very least it is more like a probability, if not very close to a certainty.
More than 18 months after the virus first leaked into the world, I still have not seen a single shred of scientific evidence or intelligence that the virus outbreak was a naturally occurring "spillover" that jumped from an animal to a human. -John Ratcliffe
Ratcliffe then notes that the CCP has gone to great lengths to ensure there is no "smoking gun," and in fact - "every piece of evidence I have seen points to the pandemic’s origin being a leak out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV)."

The former DNI notes that classified intelligence has since been corroborated by public reporting with further details, yet "some in the media unwittingly helped the CCP in its disinformation efforts, dismissing the lab leak theory as a "conspiracy theory," while Facebook affixed warnings of "false or misleading" to anyone who dared speak of it."

Ratcliffe notes that before Trump left office, he tried to balance the need to protect intelligence gathering techniques with public disclosure - culminating in the State Department fact sheet which revealed that "several researchers inside the WIV became sick in autumn 2019, before the first identified case of the outbreak, with symptoms consistent with both Covid-19 and seasonal illnesses."

Read the rest of Ratcliffe's Op-Ed here.
 

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Watch: Chaos Erupts On The Streets Of Berlin As Police Attack Anti-Lockdown Protesters

MONDAY, AUG 02, 2021 - 08:15 AM
Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Worldwide protests against the decimation of freedom continued this weekend, with Berlin in Germany becoming the focal point as thousands took to the streets, rising up against lockdowns and the introduction of vaccine passports in the country.



As we reported last week, authorities in Germany have indicated that unvaccinated people could be banned from cinemas and restaurants and that those who have taken the jab will have “more freedom.”

Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun stated that unvaccinated people, even if they test negative for COVID, would not be allowed to go to venues like restaurants, cinemas, or stadiums, because “the risk to everyone else is too high.”

Footage from the weekend highlighted riot police fighting with protesters, pepper spraying people and even aggressively pushing around old women and children.

The AP reports that 600 people were arrested.

Watch:

Polizei überfordert: #Querdenker überrennen Einsatzkräfte Richtung Berliner Innenstadt. #b0108 #Querdenken @WELT pic.twitter.com/s7pV5UJx6M
— Martin Heller (@Ma_Heller) August 1, 2021
Bodycheck, Faust und Pfefferspray. Konsequentes Vorgehen der Polizei gegen #Querdenken in Berlin. #b0108 @WELT pic.twitter.com/ABs6XJgqxR
— Martin Heller (@Ma_Heller) August 1, 2021
Berlin, this cop is hitting a little boy in the head for worrying about his mom. pic.twitter.com/3RQNKwzzbu
— Willow (@Willow__Bella) August 1, 2021
Police shove elderly people to your ground to protect their health. Welcome to Berlin. pic.twitter.com/Jlvj3DBIF7
— Ian Miles Cheong @ stillgray.substack.com (@stillgray) August 1, 2021
The EU would be condemning this as regime brutality if it was Russia but since it's Germany they will support it instead.pic.twitter.com/3aXM4QFRif
— Stan (@StanM3) August 1, 2021
Polizei vs. Seniorinnen. Rangeleien Heerstr./Jaffestr. Und Wortgefechte. #Berlin #Querdenken #b0108 @WELT pic.twitter.com/5CFyg65QUr
— Martin Heller (@Ma_Heller) August 1, 2021
#Germany:Protest in Berlin, against coronavirus restrictions and urging to "restore people's fundamental rights". Counter-protests by opposing groups are also expected to be held in the city.

Berlin court has already banned anti-lockdown demonstrations. pic.twitter.com/hS6doDeMlW
— Wᵒˡᵛᵉʳᶤᶰᵉ Uᵖᵈᵃᵗᵉˢ (@W0lverineupdate) August 1, 2021
Die Bundespolizei luftverlastet. Hier über Schöneberg. pic.twitter.com/q1CD8jm9dU
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Delta Variant is Different. It's the NEW COVID.

Aug 2, 2021


Doctor Mike Hansen


What’s different about DELTA Variant Patients? This: The delta variant is almost like a whole new COVID virus, as it behaves very differently from the previous COVID strains. It has at least three mutations on its spike protein, and more specifically, on it receptor binding domain. That’s the part of the spike protein that binds to the ACE2 receptor on the cells in your body. The delta variant’s mutations help it bind more efficiently to the ACE2 receptor, and also allows the virus to enter the cell easier. Also, its mutations allow it to better evade the body’s immune system.

The delta variant has caused COVID cases in the US to rise over 300% over the past month, along with similar increases in hospitalizations and deaths. The Delta variant is estimated to be at least 60% more transmissible. One CDC document suggests the Delta variant is about as transmissible as chickenpox -- with each infected person infecting on average, 8 or 9 other people. Compare that to the original strain of COVID, which was about as contagious as the common cold, with each infected person infecting two others, on average.

Studies on people infected with delta variant showed that the fully vaccinated had as much virus in their bodies as unvaccinated people did. That doesn’t mean worse infection though, if you’re vaccinated. But what the significance of those high viral loads leads to higher transmission of the virus, vaccinated or not. Even if they don’t have symptoms. Its why the CDC says that even vaccinated people should wear masks in areas of sustained or high transmission. Also, a study in China found that viral loads of people infected with Delta were 1,000 times higher than people infected at the very beginning of the pandemic……and delta transmits in four days, compared to six days for the original strain. There are three somewhat older studies from Canada, Singapore and Scotland, showing that people infected with the Delta variant are more likely to end up in the hospital. Does it make unvaccinated people more prone to dying compared to the original strain? Hard to know, since there are currently no studies showing that one way or another. It’s also trickier to answer this question because you’re comparing apples to oranges. You’re not only comparing different strains, but with the original strain, no one was vaccinated in 2020. Also, in the beginning of the pandemic, we weren’t using things like dexamethasone and tocilizumab, two drugs that we now use to treat COVID, because we now know they reduce mortality. With the mRNA vaccines we have, they are about 95% effective at preventing serious COVID illness. So we know that even before the delta variant emerged, there are going to be breakthrough cases. The CDC released a study examining an outbreak in Massachusetts where 74% of people who got infected had been fully vaccinated -- and four of them ended up in the hospital. Testing showed that the Delta variant made up 90% of those cases. But overall, still, MOST of the virus is spread by unvaccinated people. The CDC reported a total of 6,587 breakthrough cases, including 6,239 hospitalizations and 1,263 deaths as of July 26. At that time, more than 163 million people in the US were fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

But here is a pretty impressive. STAT: Less than 0.004% of people who have been fully vaccinated experienced a breakthrough infections resulting in hospitalization, and less than 0.001% have died from the disease.
 

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Vaccinated People May Play Key Role In Aiding Evolution Of More Dangerous COVID Variants, Study Says

According to research published last week in Scientific Reports, the highest risk for establishing a vaccine-resistant virus strain occurs when a large fraction of the population has already been vaccinated but the transmission is not controlled.

by Megan Redshaw
August 2, 2021

Vaccinated People May Play Key Role in Aiding Evolution of More Dangerous COVID Variants, Study Says


According to research published last week in Scientific Reports, vaccinated people may play a key role in helping SARS-CoV-2 variants evolve into those that evade existing COVID vaccines.

The researchers concluded three specific risk factors that favor the emergence and establishment of a vaccine-resistant strain. They are: a high probability of initial emergence of the resistant strain; high number of infected individuals; and low rate of vaccination.

However, the analysis also showed the highest risk for establishing a resistant strain occurs when a large fraction of the population has already been vaccinated but the transmission is not controlled.

Virologists have a name for variations of a virus that slip past vaccine- or illness-induced immune defenses — they’re called “escape mutants.”

“When most people are vaccinated, the vaccine-resistant strain has an advantage over the original strain,” Simon Rella of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, told CNN.

“This means the vaccine-resistant strain spreads through the population faster at a time when most people are vaccinated,” said Rella, who worked on the study.
The data is consistent with a study released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which showed vaccinated people may transmit the Delta variant — now responsible for 80% of COVID cases in the U.S. — just as easily as the unvaccinated.

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The team of scientists who published the data in Scientific Reports said their findings follow what’s known as selective pressure — the force that drives any organism to evolve.

“Generally, the more people are infected, the more the chances for vaccine resistance to emerge,” said Fyodor Kondrashov of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria.

“So the more Delta is infectious, the more reason for concern,” Kondrashov said.

“By having a situation where you vaccinate everybody, a vaccine-resistant mutant actually gains a selective advantage.”

Experts warned for months vaccines could cause more dangerous COVID variants.

Based on the scientific evidence, the narrative that unvaccinated people are viral factories for more dangerous variants is false, according to Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Mercola, a physician and best-selling author, said just as antibiotics breed resistance in bacteria, vaccines put evolutionary pressure on viruses to speed up mutations and create more virulent and dangerous variants.

Mercola explained:

“Viruses mutate all the time, and if you have a vaccine that doesn’t block infection completely, then the virus will mutate to evade the immune response within that person. That is one of the distinct features of the COVID shots — they’re not designed to block infection. They allow infection to occur and at best lessen the symptoms of that infection.”

“In an unvaccinated person, the virus does not encounter the same evolutionary pressure to mutate into something stronger,” Mercola added.

“So, if SARS-CoV-2 does end up mutating into more lethal strains, then mass vaccination is the most likely driver,” he said.

According to Rob Verkerk Ph.D., founder, scientific and executive director of Alliance for Natural Health International, variants can become more virulent and transmissible, while also including immune (or vaccine) escape mutations if we continue on the vaccine treadmill — trying to develop new vaccines that outsmart the virus.

Verkerk said, “if we put all our eggs” in the basket of vaccines that target the very part of the virus that is most subject to mutation, we place a selection pressure on the virus that favors the development of immune escape variants.

Scientists and vaccine developers are trying to work their way around these viral variants, but there’s no guarantee of the outcomes. It’s an experiment in which vast numbers of citizens have become unwitting participants, Verkerk explained.

In March, Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche, a vaccinologist who worked with GSK Biologicals, Novartis Vaccines, Solvay Biologicals, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Discovery team in Seattle and Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization in Geneva, put out a call to the World Health Organization — supported by a 12-page document describing the “uncontrollable monster” that global mass vaccination will create.

Vanden Bossche said:

“There can be no doubt that continued mass vaccination campaigns will enable new, more infectious viral variants to become increasingly dominant and ultimately result in a dramatic incline in new cases despite enhanced vaccine coverage rates. There can be no doubt either that this situation will soon lead to complete resistance of circulating variants to the current vaccines.”

The Defender reported March 26 that a combination of lockdowns and extreme selection pressure on the virus induced by the intense global mass vaccination program might diminish the number of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the short-term, but ultimately, would induce the creation of more mutants of concern.

This is the result of what Vanden Bossche calls “immune escape” (i.e. incomplete sterilization of the virus by the human immune system, even following vaccine administration).

This will trigger vaccine companies to further refine vaccines that will add to — not reduce — the selection pressure, producing ever more transmissible and potentially deadly variants.

The selection pressure will cause greater convergence in mutations that affect the critical spike protein of the virus that is responsible for breaking through the mucosal surfaces of our airways, the route used by the virus to enter the human body, Vanden Bossche argued.

The virus will effectively outsmart the highly specific antigen-based vaccines that are being used and tweaked, dependent on the circulating variants.

This could lead to a hockey stick-like increase in serious and potentially lethal cases — in effect, an out-of-control pandemic.

“We are going to pay a huge price for this. And I’m becoming emotional because I’m thinking of my children, of the younger generation. I mean, it’s just impossible what we are doing. We don’t understand the pandemic,” Vanden Bossche said.
 

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Biden Regime Announces ‘It’s Time to Impose Requirements’ on Americans to Get Experimental COVID-19 Jab
Aug 2, 2021

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients announced on Monday that the Biden regime is moving rapidly toward mandatory vaccinations.

Zients hosted a press conference with National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Dr. Rochelle Walensky appearing behind him remotely on screens. He aggressively shilled for the administration’s coercive measures meant to promote vaccine compliance.

“We’re also working with states to encourage vaccinations through incentives, which have made a difference throughout the vaccination effort. Last week, the President called on states and local governments to use funding they have received, including from the American Rescue Plan, to give $100 to anyone who gets fully vaccinated,” Zients said.

“Minnesota and New Mexico have already stepped up to answer the President’s call. If financial incentives like these get more shots in arms, we should use them,” he added.

While it is bad enough that the federal government is essentially bribing Americans to receive the experimental shots that have already shown to cause dangerous side-effects, Zients made it clear that they are taking it a step further toward mandates. The right to refuse is under attack by the Biden regime.

“But, in addition to incentives, it’s time to impose some requirements based on the realities of different risks unvaccinated individuals pose versus those who have been vaccinated,” Zients said.

“Last week, the Department of Veteran Affairs announced that it will require doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers who provide medical care to our veterans to get vaccinated. This is in lockstep with many healthcare employers around the country who are requiring vaccinations,” he added.

Zients stated that it is only a matter of time before the Department of Defense (DOD) starts requiring mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for all military personnel as well. The Biden regime is also working on measures to socially isolate members of the federal workforce and subject them to degrading mistreatment in an attempt to compel them into getting vaxxed.

“The President announced that every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Any federal employee who does not attest, or is not vaccinated, will be required to mask no matter where they work, get tested once or twice a week, socially distance, and generally will not be allowed to travel for work,” he said.

“We’re taking steps to apply similar standards to all federal contractors. It’s simple: If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workers vaccinated,” Zients declared.

A clip from the press conference can be seen here:

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The vaccine regime being imposed by the Biden administration in the U.S. and by authoritarian monsters in other countries is among of the worst tyrannies mankind has ever known. The globalists are playing for keeps, and the common people will have to rise up to have a chance of stopping their Machiavellian plot
 

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Biden admin to require federal employees to disclose vaccination status or face restrictions

Any federal employee who does not attest to his or her vaccination status will be required to mask, submit to testing, adhere to social distancing, and barred from work travel.

Biden admin to require federal employees to disclose vaccination status or face restrictions

Nick Monroe
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August 2, 2021 3:17 PM2 Mins Reading

The Biden administration's COVID-19 response team announced Monday that the Department of Defense and all federal agencies will be introducing vaccination requirements for federal-level employees in the workplace.

The Defense Department is figuring out how to add the COVID-19 vaccines to the list of required ones for military members.

For the general federal workforce, staff will need to "attest" to their vaccination status and those who aren't vaccinated will face workplace restrictions.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky were also present at the White House meeting Monday led by the Biden's administrations COVID-19 response coordinator Jeffrey Zients.

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"We are also working with states to encourage vaccinations through incentives, which have made a difference throughout the vaccination effort. Last week, the president called on states and local governments to use funding they have received—including from the American Rescue Plan—to give one hundred dollars to anyone who gets fully vaccinated," Zients said during the virtual meeting.

It was earlier last week that leaders like Mayor de Blasio of New York City publicly remarked that the "voluntary phase" for vaccination rollout is over. In today's briefing, Zients praised states like New Mexico and Minnesota for enacting financial incentives for residents receiving the COVID-19 vaccinate.

There's a moment of pause before Zients continued: "But in addition to incentives, it's time to impose some requirements, based on the realities of different risks unvaccinated individuals pose versus those who have been vaccinated."

Zients reminded viewers about last Monday's news of vaccination requirements for employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs. He described the report as a move that's being standardized by healthcare workers nationwide. Then he discussed the expansion of vaccination requirements to the other federal agencies.

"At the president's direction, the Department of Defense is looking into how and when they will add COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required vaccinations for the military. And to protect the federal workforce, their loved ones and their communities, the President announced that every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Any federal employee who does not attest, or is not vaccinated, will be required to mask no matter where they work, get tested once or twice a week, socially distance, and generally will not be allowed to travel for work," Zients announced.

Zients rounded off by saying similar requirements are in store for federal contractors, on top of everything else he just mentioned.
 

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Prepare to Protest or Buy More Toilet Paper: White House Drawing Up ‘Solemn’ Lockdown Speech
Will we stand for freedom or sit back and embrace oppression?

by JD Rucker
August 2, 2021

Prepare to Protest or Buy More Toilet Paper_ White House Drawing Up 'Solemn' Lockdown Speech

Lockdowns are coming. The Great Reset agenda is hitting its stride as world governments engage in lockdowns over the Delta Variant. Data shows it is more infectious but less dangerous than previous variants, but the fearmongers driving the narrative are treating it like an existential threat to society. In reality, THEY are the existential threat as they prepare to unleash their lockdown hysteria on the United States.

It’s coming. According to Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec:

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There’s a choice that will need to be made by every American in the coming weeks. Are we going to stand up and object to the unnecessary, draconian lockdowns the White House plans on unveiling shortly or are we going to hide in our homes refreshing Amazon to see if they have toilet paper in stock again?

We faced the same basic question multiple times in 2020 and failed miserably.

Sure, there were op-eds and rant videos. There were Tweets and Facebook posts. There even a few protests. But for the most part American Exceptionalism was diminished as the vast majority of people sat back and tried to wait it all out.

Then, something even worse happened. We got used to it. The new normal of creeping complacency and docile acceptance of totalitarianism firmly set most Americans into a state of uselessness. We weren’t working. We weren’t being educated. We weren’t engaging in life, at least not the life we knew before the pandemic. And it stuck.

Signs of a resurgence have been on display for a few months. But while we were busy debating vaccine risks and getting distracted by fake news, the powers-that-be were plotting the next phase in their takedown of the United States. The Delta Variant became the focus of their propaganda. Properly primed, the American people are on the verge of facing another idiotic lockdown.

Many of us won’t comply, and the powers-that-be know that. They realize that what’s happening in Europe is a precursor to what will happen in the United States. They’re baiting us, and unfortunately we must take the bait. The alternative is to allow it all to happen without a fight. At least by standing up and opposing the lockdowns, we have a chance of success. Our chances improve as we add more patriotic Americans to the list of those who will stand with us and fight back.

But it’s not just lockdowns. It’s also about the vaccine mandates that are already popping up in pockets around the country as businesses and lower governments make Covid-19 vaccinations compulsory to one degree or another. Vaccine mandates and Delta Variant lockdowns are tied together in a way that makes the cognizant realize all of this is part of a plan. It’s The Great Reset agenda and it’s in full swing.

People like New York Governor Andrew Cuomo thrive in these scenarios:

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What will all of this look like in America? Let’s look at Germany today to see what our future may hold. According to Steve Watson at Summit News:

Worldwide protests against the decimation of freedom continued this weekend, with Berlin in Germany becoming the focal point as thousands took to the streets, rising up against lockdowns and the introduction of vaccine passports in the country.

As we reported last week, authorities in Germany have indicated that unvaccinated people could be banned from cinemas and restaurants and that those who have taken the jab will have “more freedom.”

Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun stated that unvaccinated people, even if they test negative for COVID, would not be allowed to go to venues like restaurants, cinemas, or stadiums, because “the risk to everyone else is too high.”

Footage from the weekend highlighted riot police fighting with protesters, pepper spraying people and even aggressively pushing around old women and children.

The AP reports that 600 people were arrested. Watch:

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If you don’t think anything like that could ever happen in the United States, you probably also used to think that we would never allow domestic terrorists to burn our city without police doing a thing about it. You probably thought American citizens would not be detained indefinitely for trespassing at the Capitol Building. You probably thought the American spirit would never stand by and let tyranny reign because of a virus that has a 99.97% recovery rate for people under the age of 50.

Do NOT underestimate the willingness of those working against us to do whatever it takes to bring their nefarious agenda to bear. Do NOT overestimate the resolve of your fellow American citizens to stand up and fight against it. We need to be rallying the people now. We must be inspiring those around us to put down their Netflix and GrubHub long enough to prevent perpetual oppression from taking hold in America. It’s time to get angry.

We should have gotten angry long ago.

With all that said, we must pray. At this stage, I am not confident that we will be able to end this nonsense without direct divine intervention. But I do know this. We do not know when the end will come and we must fight for the truth whether it’s here or not. I cannot abide by those who believe it’s hopeless. We pray. We fight. We keep praying and fighting until we are no longer able to do either.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though. There’s a potential for glorious revival of both the Biblical worldview and the American spirit. If we’re able to make it through this and come out on top at the end against all odds, then the results could actually be better than anything we could possibly imagine today.

Freedom still has wings in America. Those wings just need to be mended, and if they are then we can take flight once again as a free and prosperous nation.

The last time we had a lockdown we were told it would be short. We’re not going to buy that line this time around. We must stand up and demonstrate that American Exceptionalism is alive and well.
 

marsh

TB Fanatic

Speculation… For Now: Emergency Plan of Prioritizing Vaccinated Patients Quietly Being Discussed at CDC

It's all speculation, barely reaching into the category of being a working theory. But it makes sense and people should be aware that, at the very least, it has been discussed.

by Scott Boyd
August 2, 2021
Speculation... For Now_ Emergency Plan of Prioritizing Vaccinated Patients Quietly Being Discussed at CDC

If the Covid-19 pandemic worsens with future variants of the disease spreading rapidly in the United States, guidance designed for medical facilities may be released by the CDC compelling them to prioritize care for vaccinated patients should supplies, space, and equipment run short.

Editor’s Note: While we prefer to not engage in speculation without confirmed sources, this theory jibes with both the current trajectory of the vaccine push as well as sentiment projected by our government. It’s plausible that if healthcare providers are stretched thin on equipment such as ventilators or bed space, they could be ordered to prioritize vaccinated patients over the unvaccinated.

Our anonymous sources for this theory were unable or unwilling to provide corroboration, so at this point it’s mere speculation. But as we’ve seen so many times over the last year-and-a-half, the powers-that-be are willing to tell just about any lie or use any fearmongering tool to keep the population compliant, docile, and vaccinated.

It seems unlikely that this disease, which has a recovery rate of 99.97% for anyone under the age of 50, would rapidly mutate to the point that it becomes truly dangerous enough to hospitalize the masses. That doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but more importantly that doesn’t mean the fear of it potentially happening couldn’t drive the CDC to use it as a “get vaxxed” propaganda tool.

America’s healthcare system was designed to be able to handle major problems at the hospital level. But a combination of Obamacare and health insurance domination have weakened our system to the point that a major spike in hospitalizations could force healthcare facilities to make tough choices. It would fit with the modus operandi of the CDC to determine who gets treatment based on their compliance with vaccine recommendations.

There is no way for us to know how serious the discussions have been thus far.

Confidence is high that the proposed emergency plan has been discussed by both the White House and the CDC, but it is unclear if these discussions have been used to initiate actual emergency plans being drawn up. With that said, my gut tells me they have been.

We will continue to pursue this theory until it’s proven or disproven. On a personal note, I hope it’s all “fake news,” that our government would not be so desperate to get everyone vaccinated that they’d withhold care for the unvaccinated should resources run low. But again, the gut feeling on this is that they truly are that desperate and would love every unvaccinated American to feel like a second-class citizen.

Similar plans were discussed in the U.K. just a few years ago, long before Covid-19 hit the scene.

Secret NHS plan would have denied care to premature babies & the elderly

As coincidence would have it, a completely separate story was released recently out of the United Kingdom that tells of their proposed plans to withhold care from the elderly as well as prematurely born babies in the event of an overwhelming pandemic. According to Right to Life UK:'

Secret NHS plans, drawn up three years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, recommended that doctors deny care to premature babies, the elderly, and those with “life-limiting conditions” such as cerebral palsy.

The NHS England report sent to Government advisers in 2016, laid out potential “patient triage scenarios” in the event of an influenza pandemic, in which some people would be denied treatment due to limited resources.

The confidential papers were obtained by Dr Moosa Qureshi under the Freedom of Information Act with lawyers from Leigh Day. For several months, the Department of Health and Social Care had refused to release the plans.

The document explained that a “move to population triage would require ministerial approval” and would only be enacted “once all capacity in the NHS was exhausted”.

Through a process known as “population triage”, “patients would be assessed on probability of survival rather than clinical need”, in the event of a severe pandemic.

In such a scenario, the decision to ventilate a baby born at 26 weeks would “depend on local availability of specialist care staff”, despite the fact that the child’s probability of survival could fall from 90 per cent to between 1 and 15 percent without such care.

Catriona Ogilvy, chairman of The Smallest Things, a charity run by mothers of premature babies, said: “If parents of premature babies knew triage plans like this had been written up and discussed at government level, they would be horrified”.

“If in 2018 you are making decisions around which babies you are going to ventilate, let’s look at more nursing staff, more ventilators and more support”.


Care would be withdrawn from the elderly and those with “life-limiting conditions”

A table setting out different “triage scenarios” described how doctors would have to evaluate “routine cases … in a period of severe influenza pandemic surge”.

It described how a teenager with acute appendicitis was “highly likely to be admitted”, while older patients might not be.

It also explained that otherwise healthy younger patients would likely be prioritised over “younger patients with life-limiting conditions” such as cerebral palsy.

The documents also revealed secret NHS plans to withdraw hospital care from people in nursing homes during a pandemic event.

The Government maintains that population triage has not been implemented at any point during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in response to the reports that have now been disclosed, some doctors have said such guidance should have been published and subject to debate.

Ministers have also repeatedly insisted that care homes were not abandoned by the NHS, as suggested by these plans, during the coronavirus crisis. However there is much evidence to the contrary, given that they released 25,000 patients into care homes without testing, at the height of the pandemic.


“…Purely down to the fact that he was living in a care home, he was left to die”

Andrew Ward, whose father Geoffrey Ward—a care home resident—died after testing positive for COVID-19, said: “From the moment that he displayed the first symptom, it was as though everyone had decided that the Covid would kill him”.

He then explained how his father had been refused an in-person appointment with his GP, and that after an ambulance was called to hoist him back to bed after a collapse, paramedics told the care home staff they would not return to help him again.

He explained: “If my father had been living … in any other setting than a care home, then an ambulance would have picked him up when he was ill and taken him to hospital. But purely down to the fact that he was living in a care home, he was left to die”.

It was also disclosed earlier this year that—in breach of guidelines—care homes were asked by NHS managers and GPs to place ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNAR) on all residents at the height of the pandemic to free up hospital beds.

An investigation also found that medics gave DNAR orders to people with mental illness and learning disabilities throughout the pandemic.

A spokesperson for Right To Life UK, Catherine Robinson said: “Although these plans were made with a specific and extreme hypothetical scenario in mind, they still speak to the Government’s utter disregard for the dignity of human life.

Premature babies, older people, or those with certain health conditions are not less deserving of care than the average, healthy person”.

“If in 2016 the NHS and the Government was willing to draw up such extreme plans due to concerns over resources, they should have – as Catriona Ogilvy suggested – planned for “more nursing staff, more ventilators and more support”, rather than sacrificing lives”.

“Moreover, although the Government continues to deny that these plans were never policy, and that they were not utilised in the COVID-19 pandemic, the near-abandonment of care homes, and the extensive and inappropriate use of DNAR orders suggest otherwise”.
 
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