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2 October 2022
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Pennsylvania Counties Can Help Voters ‘Fix Defects’ With Mail-In Ballots – Judge | 2 Oct 2022 | Pennsylvania counties can help voters “cure” mail-in ballots to fix defects, a judge in the state has ruled, rejecting an attempt to block counties from doing so in the upcoming midterm election. The Republican National Committee (RNC) and other parties, which filed a petition over the matter on Sept. 1, “have not proven that there is a clear violation of the Election Code or the law interpreting the Election Code,” Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Ellen Ceisler ruled on Sept. 29. The petition pointed to a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling in 2020 that found that the state election code enables voters to vote by mail but “does not provide for the ‘notice and opportunity to cure’ procedure” that was sought by Democrats. The task of setting rules on fixing ballots “is one best suited for the Legislature,” according to Ceisler.
Pfizer CEO pulls out of testifying to EU Parliament COVID panel | 29 Sept 2022 | Pfizer Chief Executive Albert Bourla has pulled out of an appointment to testify before the European Parliament’s special committee on COVID-19, at which he was expected to face tough questions on how secretive vaccine deals were struck. The decision follows an audit report into the EU’s vaccine procurement strategy published earlier in the month that raised new questions about contact between Bourla and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen that preceded a multibillion-euro vaccine contract. The head of the U.S. pharmaceutical giant, the largest supplier of COVID-19 vaccines to the EU, was scheduled to appear before the panel on October 10. The committee is meeting with key officials involved in the EU’s vaccine procurement process to draw lessons on how to respond to milk future pandemics.
Top vaccine expert with FDA and NIH warns healthy young people not to get COVID-19 booster: ‘There’s not clear evidence of benefit’ versus risk | 25 Sept 2022 | A top vaccine expert is advising that healthy young people should not get the latest COVID-19 booster shot because “there’s not clear evidence of benefit.” …Previously, Offit was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Offit is also one of the few vaccine experts voicing caution regarding the new COVID boosters. …”You’re asking people to get a new product for which there’s no data,” Offit also told CNN. “Mice data [from eight mice] are not adequate to launch 100-plus-billion-dose effort.” The booster shot was authorized by the FDA despite not having been tested on humans.
New German COVID-19 rules go into force as infections rise in colder months | 1 Oct 2022 | Residents in Germany will from Saturday have to adjust to a new set of rules aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. From Saturday, passengers over the age of 14 on long-distance trains will be obliged to wear FFP2 masks — similar to the US-standard N95 respirator — rather than the less-protective surgical masks that have hitherto been compulsory. …Care home residents were now expected to wear FFP2 masks when outside their rooms. That measure was also condemned by the German National Association of Senior Citizens’ Organisations (BAGSO), which pointed out that no other sector of the population was expected to wear a mask at home despite having had four [apparently useless] vaccinations. It said the new rules ignored the needs of care home residents for social and physical contact.
CDC: 222 People at the Grand Canyon Got Sick With ‘Explosive’ Symptoms | 30 Sept 2022 | The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that a possible norovirus outbreak sickened at least 222 people who visited Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. “At least 222 rafters and backpackers became infected, probably with norovirus,” said the agency in a recent update. “Strong partnerships with river outfitters and National Park staff members enabled implementation of prevention and control measures.” Between April 1 and June 17, tourists reported being sick during or after their trips to the Grand Canyon, the CDC said.
BALTOPS 22: A Perfect Opportunity for Research and Resting New Technology | 14 June 2022 | A significant focus of BALTOPS every year is the demonstration of NATO mine hunting capabilities, and this year the U.S. Navy continues to use the exercise as an opportunity to test emerging technology, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa Public Affairs said June 14. In support of BALTOPS, U.S. Navy 6th Fleet partnered with U.S. Navy research and warfare centers to bring the latest advancements in unmanned underwater vehicle mine hunting technology to the Baltic Sea to demonstrate the vehicle’s effectiveness in operational scenarios. Experimentation was conducted off the coast of Bornholm, Denmark, with participants from Naval Information Warfare Center Pacific, Naval Undersea Warfare Center Newport, and Mine Warfare Readiness and Effectiveness Measuring all under the direction of U.S. 6th Fleet Task Force 68.
U.S. ‘Probably Responsible’ for Blasts Targeting Nord Stream Pipelines, Ex-Swiss Intel Officer Claims | 1 Oct 2022 | There are “more and more signs” that the United States is “responsible” for the sabotage on the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, believes ex-Swiss intelligence officer Jacques Baud. Poland and Ukraine may be the culprits as well, as countries that vehemently lobbied for the transit of gas through their territories and opposed the pipeline to begin with, the former NATO adviser said on French radio station Courtoisie’s program, Ligne Droite. However, the United States also made no secret of its vested interest in rupturing all ties between Russia and European countries, Baud added. Jacques Baud, who was a Colonel in the Swiss Army and formerly worked for the Swiss Strategic Intelligence Service, earlier stated that since the Second World War, it had always been US policy to prevent Germany and Russia or the USSR from working more closely together.
After U.S. Soldiers Were Told to Go on Food Stamps, Congress Finds Another $12 Billion for Ukraine By Rusty Weiss | 27 Sept 2022 | Congressional lawmakers agreed to a deal that would provide another 12 billion in aid to Ukraine, which would bring the total military and economic resources provided to over 66 billion. The news follows the Senate passing a 40 billion aid package in May, along with a 14 billion package in March. President [sic] Biden earlier this month asked Congress for an additional 11.7 billion in aid for Ukraine, with Congress, in turn, seems to be jumping at his behest. As a reminder, also earlier this month the Army told active-duty American
soldiers to go on food stamps if they were unable to afford food thanks to inflation. Food stamps for American soldiers, endless billions for Ukraine. This is your country now.
Navy lied about fuel-laced water on US aircraft carrier – media –A whistleblower has alleged that crew members of the USS Nimitz were led to drink contaminated water and denied medical help | 2 Oct 2022 | A US Navy whistleblower has reportedly accused his superiors on the USS Nimitz aircraft carrier of lying to crew members about the severity of a fuel leak into their drinking water and denying them medical treatment when they were sickened by the contaminated fluid. “We were exposed to an unhealthy amount of JP-5,” a sailor on the carrier told Business Insider, referring to a common type of kerosene-based jet fuel. The media outlet, which posted its article on Saturday, said it didn’t identify the sailor out of concern that he might face retribution from the Navy for speaking out.
Putin introduces bills on accession of new Russian regions to Parliament –Lawmakers are expected to vote on the documents on Monday | 2 Oct 2022 | President Vladimir Putin forwarded, on Sunday, treaties on the accession to Russia of four formerly Ukrainian regions to the State Duma for ratification. Voters in Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, and the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, overwhelmingly chose to join Russia in referendums, last week. Earlier in the day, the four documents were approved by the Russian Constitutional Court. They must now be passed by both chambers of the Russian parliament, the State Duma and the Federation Council. Lawmakers are expected to vote on the treaties on Monday. Putin has also provided Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his deputy Evgeny Ivanov with special powers for the period of accession of the new territories.
Former Congressman Sentenced to Prison for Stuffing Pennsylvania Ballot Boxes | 29 Sept 2022 | Despite declarations of safe and secure elections, history shows that past Pennsylvania elections were host to corruption. For example, former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, a Pennsylvania Democrat, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive voters of civil rights, bribery, obstruction of justice, falsification of voting records, conspiring to illegally vote in a federal election, and orchestrating schemes to fraudulently stuff ballot boxes for specific Democrat candidates in Pennsylvania elections held from 2014 to 2018. Myers was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Paul S. Diamond to 30 months in prison, three years supervised release, and ordered to pay 100,000 in fines, with 10,000 of that due immediately, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero.
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit by Stacey Abrams’s PAC Over 2018 Georgia Governor’s Election | 1 Oct 2022 | A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit filed by Stacey Abrams challenging Georgia’s election system after she lost the 2018 gubernatorial race to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. The lawsuit, which sought to change how the state administers elections, was filed around four years ago by Fair Fight Georgia, a political action committee established by Abrams after her election defeat. Earlier this year, the judge pared down the lawsuit by dismissing many of its original complaints. Abrams alleged “misconduct, fraud or irregularities” in the voting process. She took legal action to stop counties from throwing out some rejected provisional and absentee ballots when updated vote totals affirmed Kemp was the likely winner. When she eventually conceded on Nov. 16, 2018, Abrams vowed to take legal action to continue fighting the outcome.
Here’s a Full List of Congressional Republicans Funded by Bill Gates | 30 Sept 2022 | Most Republicans feel that the party is in a much better position [for a 2022 takeover of Congress] after ousting RINOs like Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Cheney, for instance, was the number three Republican in the House of Representatives. She served in the position of Conference Chair. She was replaced in 2021 by New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik. Stefanik had the backing of many within the “MAGA” movement… Upon investigation of published federal campaign finance data, Launch Liberty has discovered that Stefanik has taken a lot of m-ney from Billionaire William Henry Gates III, better known as Bill Gates.
Border officials count 599,000 ‘gotaway’ migrants in Fiscal Year 2022 – source –Number of ‘gotaways,’ migrants observed by not apprehended, is up from 389,155 in FY2021 and just 60,000 in FY2020 | 2 Oct 2022 | U.S. officials are aware of at least 599,000 migrants who crossed the southern border and evaded authorities in Fiscal Year 2022, a Customs and Border Protection source told Fox News. That amounts to an average of roughly 50,000 “gotaways” every month and more than 1,500 per day. These numbers represent those migrants have been observed on cameras or detected via sensors, footprints or other means, but were never apprehended because of a lack of manpower. The number of gotaways in FY2022 – which spans from Oct. 1, 2021 to Sept. 30, 2022 – is up drastically from the year before. In April, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas told the House Judiciary Committee that there were 389,155 gotaways at the border in FY2021.
Kamala Harris: Biden Administration Will Focus on ‘Giving Resources Based on Equity’ With Hurricane Disaster Relief | 30 Sept 2022 | Kamala Harris (D) faced backlash online Friday afternoon after saying that the Biden administration was prioritizing giving disaster relief to minorities for the sake of “equity” because the administration wants everyone to end up “in an equal place.” Harris made the remarks during a discussion with leftist Priyanka Chopra at the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. “It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Harris claimed. “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place.”
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