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BREAKING: Twitter permanently bans President Trump from platform

The social media platform justified its decision by saying 'we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.'
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 9:56 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) -- Twitter permanently banned President Donald Trump's account on Friday evening, following similar actions by Facebook and Instagram. Twitter had temporarily suspended Trump on Wednesday while hinting at a future removal. 

“After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,”  according to a statement from the Big Tech company.

Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and General Michael Flynn all were purged from the platform as well. 

Trump had tweeted Friday, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

He also posted a tweet announcing he would not attend Biden’s slated inauguration.

Twitter claimed that “these two Tweets must be read in the context of broader events in the country and the ways in which the President’s statements can be mobilized by different audiences, including to incite violence, as well as in the context of the pattern of behavior from this account in recent weeks.”

The company then alleged that Trump’s tweets broke its Glorification of Violence policy policy, which restricts posts that “glorify, celebrate, praise or condone violent crimes, violent events where people were targeted because of their membership in a protected group(.)”

Twitter has left up numerous accounts and posts directly advocating for the murder of the president and his supporters.  

Militant Iranian dictator Ayatollah Khamenei, who denies the Holocaust and called Israel a “cancerous growth” to be “uprooted and destroyed,” also remains on the platform with nearly 1 million followers. He had strongly hinted at plans of violence against Trump and other Americans earlier this month, including in a tweet that has since been taken down. 

Twitter and Facebook have aggressively singled out President Trump for censorship in the past and have blocked unfavorable coverage of legitimate news coverage about his opponents.


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BC faithful fight back against excessive govt fines and restrictions on worship

British Columbia is facing a legal challenge from communities and individuals over prohibitions of peaceful protests and church gatherings.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 6:53 pm EST
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms) -- The Justice Centre filed a legal challenge in the Supreme Court of British Columbia against restrictions on public protest and worship services resulting from Public Health Orders issued by B.C. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The Justice Centre represents more than a dozen individuals and faith communities that have been issued multiple tickets of up to $2,300 for allegedly violating the orders while exercising their Charter freedoms.

The province, specifically Dr. Bonnie Henry, has issued orders prohibiting people from organizing or attending “events” “except as provided for in” the Orders. This has resulted in peaceful protestors being ticketed for not complying with all requirements in the Orders, such as collecting the first and last names and contact information of fellow protestors. Further, since November 19, in-person worship services have been completely prohibited, regardless of the extra safety measures implemented by faith communities.

The faith communities described in filing the petition have gone to extraordinary lengths to comply with health guidelines, including limiting attendance to no more than 50 persons, pre-registering attendees, rearranging seating to ensure physical distancing, providing hand sanitizer and masks, and enhancing cleaning and sanitizing procedures.

Some members cannot access online services. To many in these faith communities, gathering in-person is essential to their spiritual and emotional well-being. Affidavits have been filed attesting to the negative effect prohibiting in-person gatherings has had on individuals, including loneliness, depression, anxiety and fear.      

Although support groups are permitted to meet, the Orders prohibit faith communities from gathering for any “worship or other religious service.”

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These severe measures are being imposed on members of the religious communitywhile the BC government allows hundreds of people to gather at any given time in a single big box store. The government allows residents to gather and seat six at a table at bars and restaurants. In contrast, British Columbia tells citizens, “Do not attend a service at a church, synagogue, mosque, gurdwara, temple, or other places of worship.”

The Petition challenges that the Orders on the basis that they unjustifiably violate the rights and freedoms of BC residents protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including:

section 2(a) (freedom of conscience and religion);

section 2(b) (freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression);

section 2(c) (freedom of peaceful assembly);

section 2(d) (freedom of association);

section 7 (life, liberty and security of the person); and

section 15(1) (equality rights).

The Petition also challenges the Orders on the basis that they are unreasonable and exceed Dr. Henry’s authority as Provincial Health Officer.

“The undemocratic Orders of Dr. Bonnie Henry restricting and even outright prohibiting the exercise of citizens’ fundamental freedoms display a disregard of Canada’s constitutional protections,” noted Marty Moore, staff lawyer with the Justice Centre. “This court challenge will require the BC government to answer for these divisive and discriminatory orders."

The Justice Centre has retained West Vancouver lawyer Paul Jaffe to lead the legal case against the BC government.

“The Petition requires the Court to address whether the BC Government has struck a rational and legally permissible balance between public health objectives and the fundamental rights of Canadians,” states lead counsel Paul Jaffe. “Laws must not target people in arbitrary and discriminatory ways.”


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Biden taps Merrick Garland for Attorney General, teases war on ‘domestic terrorists’

The incoming President called the Obama Supreme Court nominee 'one of the most respected jurists of our time.'
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 4:45 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Incoming Democrat President Joe Biden announced the return of another name from the Obama administration Thursday with his selection of Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee to become Attorney General of the United States.

Biden called Garland, former President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court (a seat President Donald Trump eventually filled with Justice Neil Gorsuch) “one of the most respected jurists of our time, and specifically cited his work supervising the prosecutions of Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh, Terry Nichols and “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski in the 1990s.

In related remarks, Biden called the Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday “insurrectionists” and “domestic terrorists,” whom his and Garland’s Department of Justice would “take on.”

“Today, we are at another inflection point. Some of the challenges we face are familiar — racial inequality; the need for criminal justice reform; domestic terrorism and threats to public safety,” Garland himself declared. “Yesterday’s horrific events at the Capitol reminded us that our democracy cannot be taken for granted — that our nation has a long history of disinformation and racial terror.”

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Dozens of protesters entered the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday after the “March to Save America” rally where the president said supporters would march “over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard,” where “we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen-and-women” who were meeting to formally object to the certification of electoral votes from a handful of states.

As covered live by LifeSiteNews, viral videos showed groups of protesters engaging in physical altercations with police, pushing against security barricades, breaking through a window, trespassing in congressional offices, and climbing on walls, causing the vote certification to be suspended and lawmakers to be evacuated from the chambers. While many were allowed to enter by police and simply walked through the building (which is normally open to the public) after the initial breach, there were several deaths, including a protester shot by Capitol Hill police, a protestor trampled amid the chaos, a police officer whose cause of death is unknown but is being investigated as a potential murder, and several due to unspecified “medical emergencies.”

Trump told the breachers to “go home in peace” via tweets and video message, yet a coalition of Democrats and establishment Republicans quickly decided that Trump had “incited” the violence, some by blaming his support of marching to the building (which was a pre-planned part of the event, advertised before Trump’s remarks), others by blaming Trump’s refusal to concede in the first place.

The Wall Street Journal added that Biden “has said he plans to make a priority of passing a law against domestic terrorism, and he has been urged to create a White House post overseeing the fight against ideologically inspired violent extremists and increasing funding to combat them.”

Conservatives fear such measures would be used to persecute peaceful, mainstream conservative groups and critics of the Democrats, while continuing to downplay and ignore the more frequent and widespread violence of liberal-aligned groups, such as Antifa and Black Lives Matter (BLM).

Even while condemning Wednesday’s crimes, Biden claimed that BLM protesters “would have been treated very differently” by law enforcement. In fact, BLM has been treated differently over the past year, but contrary to Biden’s implication, they were handled much more leniently, such as in Seattle, where BLM and associated anarchists were allowed to “seize six square blocks of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood” and renamed it the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) or “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” (CHOP). Police were “ordered to abandon their precinct within the CHOP,” leading to a 525 percent increase in crimes such as homicide, robbery, and assault.


  attorney general, democrats, domestic terrorism, joe biden, justice department, merrick garland

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LifeSite is asking for any tips, videos of Capitol protests

In order to obtain all the facts about what really happened at the Capital and to deliver the news as truthfully as possible, LifeSite is asking people for help.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 4:16 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — This past Wednesday, January 6, was an historic and eventful day in America’s capital. Trump supporters marched in droves in Washington, D.C. to protest voter fraud, as the electoral college votes were being counted by Congress. 

In the early afternoon, the protests turned chaotic at the Capitol. The grounds and the building itself were said to have been “breached,” with some individuals engaging in violence with police, damaging property and even entering the House chamber and elected officials’ offices. This caused the Congress and several surrounding buildings to be placed under lockdown. 

Since these events, there has been great confusion and debate on how the incidents began and who exactly began them. Videos show some Capital police clearly opening gates and doors and welcoming protesters in, whereas others show doors and windows being broken into.

The overwhelming percentage
of Trump protesters remained peaceful throughout the day. LifeSite has heard from many who were bewildered and dismayed after hearing about the events that occurred inside and immediately around the Capital.

There has been widespread speculation and conflicting reports from various media sites, but especially a one-sided, general  condemnation and narrative by the mainstream media and social media conglomerates.   

The events this week in Washington have also led to a massive jump in Big Tech censorship of conservative voices, who have been immediately deemed to have “incited” the siege.” 

In order to obtain all the facts and to deliver the news as truthfully as possible, LifeSite is asking anyone who was at the Trump rally on Wednesday to send us their videos, images, and any other useful information about the event that would be worth reporting.

You can send the information to [email protected].


  2020 election, 2020 u.s. election, capitol hill, march to save america, u.s. capitol, washington d.c.

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‘We don’t need to put anything on your record’: Abortion center assures man it won’t report statutory rape

A LifeSiteNews investigator posing as a 22-year-old who impregnated a 15-year-old was assured the facility would help abort the baby and not involve police.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 4:07 pm EST
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TORONTO, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – An employee of the Canadian abortion center Women’s Care Clinic told an undercover LifeSiteNews investigator posing as a 22-year-old who committed statutory rape to impregnate his 15-year-old girlfriend that he shouldn’t worry about legal trouble.

After the LifeSiteNews investigator began to express concerns about police involvement because the girl he claimed to impregnate was underage, the abortion worker assured him, “We don’t need to put anything on your record.”

The undercover investigative call highlights gaping holes in Canadian law, and laws in other countries, that do not always require physicians to report statutory rape to the police.

According to the Criminal Code of Canada, youth aged 14 or 15 “can consent to sexual activity with a person who is less than five years older.” Sexual activity with someone five years older or more is considered to lack “valid consent,” and therefore legally constitutes an instance of sexual assault.

In Ontario, there is a duty to report abuse, including sexual abuse, of a child to the Children's Aid Society (CAS) if the child “is or seems to be under 16.” However, Canada’s Criminal Code also states, “A physician does not have a duty to report a criminal sexual offense to the police.”

Canadian law considers reporting such a sexual offense a “breach of confidentiality” unless the “mature minor” patient consents, or the patient’s legal guardian consents.

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The age of consent in the U.S. varies by state and thus statutory rape laws vary by state, although generally doctors, teachers, counselors, and those in similar positions are “mandatory reporters” and required to report suspected child abuse to authorities.

A guide to state laws on statutory rape explains, “Approximately one-half of all states require child protective services or some other human services agency to conduct the initial investigation,” while only one-fifth of states hold local law enforcement agencies responsible for conducting initial investigations.

The guide emphasizes that, “Generally, law enforcement is responsible for conducting investigations into criminal acts, whereas child protective services and human services agencies are primarily concerned with the well-being of the victim.”

The Women’s Care Clinic in northwest Toronto, where LifeSiteNews conducted its undercover call, is an abortion mill where pro-life activist Mary Wagner has been repeatedly arrested for entering to speak to women intending on aborting their children. Wagner is well known for her pro-life apostolate, which involves approaching women in abortion facilities to give them a rose while gently encouraging them not to abort their children. She has spent a total of six years in jail for her efforts to help save unborn children. Her apostolate inspired the Red Rose Rescue movement in the U.S.

American abortion centers are notorious for refusing to report cases of statutory rape. In its “Sexual Abuse Cover Up” investigation, the pro-life group Live Action “found eight Planned Parenthood facilities in six different states were willing to cover up sexual abuse, including disregarding mandatory reporting laws of suspected statutory rape. Facilities also provided instructions on how to circumvent parental consent laws.”

It also caught Planned Parenthood aiding and abetting pimps who said they needed help obtaining abortions for underage sex trafficking victims.

Live Action also released a seven-part investigative report of what it describes as “systemic cover-up of child sexual abuse” at Planned Parenthood.

In 2019, 52-year-old Florida man was arrested for raping a young woman, aged 21 at the time of his arrest, more than 500 times since the victim was 12 years old. According to the police report, the man took his victim to have an estimated seven abortions at clinics in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale. it is unknown whether the abortion centers ever reported suspected sexual abuse.

The pro-life group Operation Rescue has also extensively documented the American abortion industry’s refusal to report child sex abuse.

Find contact information for Ontario’s Members of Provincial Parliament HERE.


  abortion, canada, mary wagner, red rose rescue, statutory rape, undercover, undercover video, women's care clinic

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Coronavirus vaccines sending hundreds to ER, according to US gov’t reporting system

Seventeen people have had a ‘life threatening’ reaction to the COVID-19 shot. Two reactions were so bad they led to a ‘permanent disability.’
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 3:38 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The list of people who have visited emergency rooms after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is in the hundreds and those who have suffered adverse reactions is over 1,000, according to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

VAERS is a system of reporting managed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Drug Administration (FDA). It collects information from the public regarding bad reactions to vaccines. The CDC and FDA find the data useful for detecting any potential problems early on with U.S.-licensed vaccines. According to its website, “Healthcare professionals are required to report certain adverse events and vaccine manufacturers are required to report all adverse events that come to their attention.”

Since the earliest days of the first injections administered, people started experiencing things like “nausea, tremors, stabbing pain, and wheezing.”  

“A healthcare worker at Bartlett Regional Hospital in Alaska suffered a suspected severe allergic reaction, or anaphylaxis, after receiving Pfizer’s vaccine. She was taken to the emergency room and spent several nights there before being discharged,” reported The Epoch Times.

Since then, a second health care worker from same hospital in Alaska also suffered adverse side effects from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Doctors administered epinephrine to open his airways. A statement posted in the city of Juneau’s website reads, “A second staff member experienced eye puffiness, light headedness, and scratchy throat ten minutes after being injected.”

Yet another Alaskan woman, an employee at Foundation Health Partners in Fairbanks, suffered an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This woman did not have “any known allergies but had previously experienced an adverse reaction to a bee sting. In a release, Foundation Health Partners said the employee was being monitored after receiving the vaccine when she began experiencing anaphylactic symptoms 10 minutes later,” reported WBTV.

“The system has received reports of 1,156 total adverse events. Of those, 17 have been ‘life threatening’ and two have led to a ‘permanent disability.’”

Thousands of others are self-reporting an inability to return immediately to work or perform normal daily activities after the vaccine. According to The Epoch Times, these incidents were reported through V-safe, “a smartphone application... that uses text messages and web surveys to provide personalized health check-ins, and allows users to quickly tell the CDC if they’re experiencing side effects.”

The FDA is supposedly investigating allergic reactions to the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine. It has warned the public.

“The FDA's current guidance says that most Americans with allergies should be cleared to take the vaccine but that people who've had severe reactions to other vaccines should not get vaccinated.”  Additionally, those who had reactions to the vaccine should not get a second dose.

As of January 6, the number of reports is “308 from patients sent to hospital emergency rooms documented on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). That represents 0.0064 percent of the total vaccinations done, 4.8 million.”

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Vaccine manufacturers cannot be sued if their products injure or kill someone, thanks to a federal law from the 1980s that mandates such cases are dealt with via the secretive National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. That program has been widely panned by vaccine safety watchdogs as inadequate and rigged against complainants.


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Dissident Chicago priest asked to step down over child abuse allegations

Fr. Michael Pfleger had been the most high-profile Catholic supporter of pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2007.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 3:27 pm EST
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CHICAGO, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A dissident priest in the archdiocese of Chicago who championed numerous left-wing causes and associated with politicians and public figures on the left, has been asked to step aside from his ministry due to a decades-old child sexual abuse allegation.

In a January 5th letter to the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and the Saint Sabina Academy, Cardinal Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago conveyed this “difficult news” regarding their senior pastor Father Michael Pfleger, explaining that his present leave was in keeping with archdiocesan child protection policies while the allegation from more than 40 years ago is being investigated.

Despite some laudable efforts, Fr. Pleger ran afoul of foundational Catholic social justice priorities when he became the most high-profile Catholic supporter of pro-abortion presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2007, praising him as “the best thing to come across the political scene since Bobby Kennedy.”

For such advocacy on behalf of the future president, Cardinal George sanctioned the priest requiring him to take a “temporary leave of absence” to “contemplate his controversial remarks” which violated the "discipline common to all Catholic priests."

Pfleger also handed over the pulpit at St. Sabina to several pro-abortion figures over the years, such as singer Harry Belafonte, who criticized former president George W. Bush for threatening a “woman’s right to abortion,” as well as former pro-abortion Democrat presidential candidate Al Sharpton. 

Fr. Pfleger has also caused controversy among Catholics by expressing doctrinally dissenting views in advocacy for women “priests” and an end to priestly celibacy.

In 2019, Pfleger had invited Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan to speak at his parish. “Alarmed by Pfleger’s invitation for Farrakhan to speak at his church, Illinois Holocaust Museum officials spoke out Thursday afternoon against Pfleger for ‘giving hatred a platform,’” the Chicago Tribune reported at the time.

In 2011, Cardinal George suspended the priest again for combative remarks indicating he would prefer to leave the Catholic Church than his parish, when the archdiocese planned to transition him to a new pastoral role at a nearby high school. After apologizing, George restored him to his parish.

In April 2010, Pfleger was honored by the archdiocese with its Racial Justice Lifetime Achievement award.

At the awards ceremony Cardinal George emphasized that abortion was incompatible with racial justice, but also defended the volatile Pfleger against negative news coverage.

“Fr. Pfleger has been a controversialist; and controversy is easier to report on than is love,” said George. “Fr. Pfleger has spoken in anger, sometimes unjustly or uncharitably; and anger is easier to capture on the camera than is love. But Fr. Pfleger is a Catholic priest and a pastor, and in that capacity, like all good priests and pastors, he acts out of love.”

The parish website’s biography of Fr. Pfleger states how the priest has been an activist against gun violence, alcohol and tobacco billboards which target children and saturate “communities of Color,” the sale of drug paraphernalia, and “negative music that glorified violence and degraded women.”

Listing many awards and honors, along with a generous selection of media appearances, the bio states the priest “has been recognized for his commitment to equality and passionate stance against injustice.”

He has also founded local apostolates to serve his community with employment, youth development, social services, and spiritual advancement, along with establishing a homeless shelter and an “80-unit Elders Village.”

Along with other outreaches he developed a team of parishioners, who instead of calling the police on local prostitutes, went out and paid for their time in order to talk with them about how they could turn their lives around.

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In his January 5th letter on the allegations of sexual abuse, Cupich clarified that “[a]llegations are claims that have not been proven as true or false. Therefore, guilt or innocence should not be assumed.” He also conveyed that “Father Pfleger has agreed to cooperate fully” with the investigation.

Further, the cardinal specified that the allegation has been reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Cook County State’s Attorney, as required by policy, and that “[t]he person making the allegation has been offered the services of our Victim Assistance Ministry.”

In a written response published on the Saint Sabina website, the community’s “Cabinet” pledged their full support for their longtime parish priest, stating they “believe that these accusations are unfounded” and they “boldly stand behind the integrity, passion, work and ministry” of their “Sr. Pastor, Rev. Michael Pfleger.”

Pledging their full cooperation with the investigation they state that “we believe that our Sr. Pastor will be fully exonerated from all accusations and we will stand with him during this process as he had stood with victims of injustice and will continue to uplift his work and the life, he has committed to serving others.”


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English hospital wants to harvest comatose Pole’s organs, as legal fight for life goes to UN

A British court had ruled to dehydrate the patient to death, which might be in violation of the UN’s Convention of the Rights of Person with Disabilities.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 2:48 pm EST
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WARSAW, Poland, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Polish legal foundation has made an application to the United Nations on behalf of a comatose Polish citizen expected to die of dehydration in an English hospital. According to confirmed Polish media reports, the hospital in which the patient is being dehydrated to death intends to harvest his organs.

Earlier this week the pro-life Ordo Iuris Institute for Legal Culture wrote to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on behalf of the patient’s birth family, who opposed the court-ordered withdrawal of his life-sustaining treatment. Ordo Iuris has asked the UN Committee for interim measures to allow nutrition and hydration to be given to the brain-damaged patient, who is known publicly only as “P” or “RS”, and to consider a deposition that RS’s rights have been violated.

A U.K. court order forbids the publication of the names of the patient, his family, and his doctors. RS was disconnected from life-sustaining treatment last night, following the rejection by the European Court of Human Rights of an application by his family to prevent it.

“We issued a communication to the United Nations Committee on Rights of Persons with Disabilities because we believe the actions of the hospital and the rejection of the appeal by the British court might be [in] violation of Article 10 of the Convention of the Rights of Person with Disabilities,” Ordo Iuris’ Dr. Filip Furman told LifeSiteNews.

“Article 10 refers to the right to life, and this article does not differentiate the quality of life. It protects life in general,” he continued.

“Article 15 forbids cruelty. Well, I believe starvation of the patient is an example of cruelty. Article 22 is about the dignity of the person. Article 25 says that the disabled person should have the highest standard of health, that the best possible rehabilitation should be performed. Well, this article may also have been violated.”

Furman said that he was shocked by the philosophy present in the “British system” regarding people with disabilities of consciousness. RS’s doctors testified in late December that RS was moving from a coma into a vegetative state. However, a retired neurologist acting for RS’s family, Dr. Patrick Pullicino, gave his opinion — based on three minutes of video taken by RS’s niece — that RS had reacted to the presence of family members, was in a minimally conscious state, and that his condition was improving. Justice Cohen, who made the December 15 order for “clinically assisted hydration and nutrition” (CAHN) to RS to end, rejected Pullicino’s evidence.

But Furman has read a written opinion by Pullicino and believes that RS is in a minimally conscious state. “I think we should at least give more time to the patient for his possible recovery,” he declared.

Ordo Iuris has asked the U.N. Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to examine their evidence that the patient’s rights have been violated and to appoint one or more of the Committee members to conduct an enquiry and prepare a report on these violations.

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Polish media reported that the English hospital intends to harvest RS’s organs. The veracity of these reports was confirmed by both the Christian Legal Centre, which has been supporting RS’s birth family from within England, and by Ordo Iuris.

The United Kingdom has an opt-out system of organ donation, which came into effect on May 20, 2020, roughly six months before RS’s near-fatal heart attack. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Act, which became law on March 15, 2019, assumes that a brain-dead individual is an organ donor unless he has officially “opted out” of the system.

RS has been at the heart of a court battle that began after doctors informed his wife that he was unlikely to recover consciousness following the brain damage he suffered as a result of a heart attack. RS has been in hospital since November 6, 2020, and the National Health Service facility responsible for his care applied to the Court of Protection for permission to stop all life-sustaining treatment. RS’s wife supported this application, but his birth family, including his mother and sister in Poland, and a sister and niece in England, did not. On December 15, 2020, Justice Cohen decided that “it is for the Trust and RS’s wife to decide between themselves whether hydration is to be withdrawn.”

This instruction has been suspended twice already, once when RS’s family indicated to the court that they would appeal the decision, and a second time when RS’s family and the Polish government disclosed that they were making a third application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Justice Cohen himself decided that the order should be suspended until January 7, to allow for time for the ECHR to hear the case. However, the ECHR rejected the application late last night, and RS’s nutrition and hydration was promptly withdrawn.

The case has aroused growing interest in the Polish press. Over 800,000 Polish citizens reside in the United Kingdom.

How to opt-out of the U.K.’s organ donation system


  convention on the rights of persons with disabilities crpd, euthanasia, filip furman, ordo iuris, ordo iuris institute for legal culture, united nations

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BREAKING: Social media company Buffer cancels LifeSite account for unspecified ‘violation’

The move may have been driven in part by pro-transgender Twitter user.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 2:14 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Social media management company Buffer suspended the account of LifeSiteNews Friday over unspecified “violation of our terms of service,” apparently in response to pressure from a left-wing Twitter user with a history of attacking this publication.

Buffer is a platform that allows users to schedule social media posts across multiple platforms. LifeSiteNews has been using Buffer to schedule across our numerous platforms for years.

LifeSite received the following message Friday (two days after the company declared it was “sad and troubled by the events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol”) without identifying the alleged violation:

LifeSite has responded seeking clarification. The company says it is looking into LifeSite’s case, and we will update this report upon response.

In the meantime, the move may have been driven in part by Twitter user “scanner darkly,” who in November 2020 got the company to “flag for review” LifeSite’s November 2016 op-ed by Jonathon Van Maren about dictionaries redefining words to appease transgender activists.

“Scanner darkly” has a history of fixation on LifeSiteNews, frequently “trolling” this website and its authors on social media with accusations of bigotry and other ad-hominem attacks:

Buffer’s move comes amid a rapid accelleration of conservative censorship by social media, including President Trump, the Walk Away Campaign, and videos taken by Capitol Hill protesters.


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Mandatory jab coming? Biden to use ‘federal leadership’ to ‘accelerate’ COVID vaccination

Biden said that 'all possible avenues' will be explored to 'accelerate getting the U.S. population vaccinated'
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 2:14 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Joe Biden said this week that his administration would explore “all possible avenues” to “accelerate” the U.S. population receiving the COVID vaccine, including bringing in the strong arm of the federal government.

Biden and his running-mate Kamala Harris met on Tuesday with members of their COVID team. They were updated, according to a press release about the event, on the “escalating number of COVID cases and the emergence of the new strain of the virus in the US.”

The team briefed Biden and Harris on “plans to enhance and accelerate vaccinations” after the two of them are sworn in on January 20.

“A number of options were discussed, and the president-elect directed the team to explore all possible avenues — particularly increasing federal leadership — to accelerate getting the U.S. population vaccinated,” Biden’s press release stated.

At the event were COVID-19 Coordinator Jeff Zients, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director-designate Dr. Rochelle Walensky, COVID-19 Deputy Coordinator Natalie Quillian, COVID-19 Vaccinations Coordinator Bechara Choucair, and the co-chairs of Biden’s COVID-19 transition task force — former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler, incoming Health Equity Task Force Chair Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith, and U.S. Surgeon General-nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy.

Many qualified doctors and researchers along with other experts are warning people, however, not to take the vaccine for various reasons. These include the vaccines’ rushed development, their lack of normal testing, their largely experimental nature, their use of aborted fetal cell lines either in production or testing, the high number of adverse reactions, and the standard medical doctrine that you don’t vaccinate people who aren’t at risk from a disease.

A healthy 41-year-old Portuguese health care worker and mother-of-two died two days after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. Sonia Acevedo experienced what her family called “sudden death” on New Year’s Day following her vaccination which happened on December 30th.

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Even frontline workers in hospitals and nursing homes are refusing to receive a COVID-19 vaccine due to concerns about side effects.

Some critics have connected the push for mandatory vaccination to a central plank of what global elites are calling the “great reset” (herehere, and here), an agenda that appears to have as a main goal the bringing together of economic realities of every nation in the world under the control of the globalist financial elite.

Some governments have already floated the idea (herehere, and here for how it works) of an “immunity passport” that would only allow people to shop, go to work, travel, and go to sporting and cultural events if they have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Similar to China’s social credit system, only those who have received a COVID vaccine and have proof that they have received it will be able to engage in the public forum. For now, such proof could be a written document or a smart phone app. Later, it could be a quantum dot dye system or an implanted chip that stores not only medical, but also financial information beneath one’s skin.

A Catholic priest who is an exorcist recently told LifeSiteNews that he holds that COVID vaccination programs are part of a process of getting people to comply with an incoming new world order that is being foisted upon an unsuspecting public caught up in the crisis of the pandemic.

“This is why you have people like Bill Gates and the like talking about the necessity of having people’s vaccination records connected to their bank records, and things of this sort, so that they can basically shut you off financially if you don’t comply with what their dictates are,” the priest, who asked that his comment be kept anonymous, said.

LifeSiteNews launched a petition 5 months ago in opposition to governments forcing citizens to be vaccinated for the coronavirus. The petition has been signed by close to one million people.


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Parler CEO: If free speech on social media is the enemy, ‘our country is already lost’

‘Parler is not an arbiter of truth,’ Matze said. ‘We believe you are wise enough to decide for yourself and trust that given access to all information we can self govern.’
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 12:50 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The CEO of Twitter alternative Parler, John Matze, has condemned the censorship of President Trump by social media companies, after Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram announced bans of the president’s accounts yesterday.

“If free speech truly is the enemy and we must restrict and censor the voices of people to keep our country safe, then our country is already lost,” Matze said. “If one man’s voice is a threat to our nation but his holding of the presidential office is not, than [sic] it is apparent the powers of the presidency are less powerful than a single voice.”

“Why should any of us settle to giving up our rights to free speech?” he asked.

Matze slammed Facebook and Twitter in particular, saying that they “believe the ends justify the means. They believe the American people are weak. They insult our founding fathers by suggesting [Facebook CEO] Zuckerberg and [Twitter CEO] Dorsey know what is best for us.”

Mark Zuckerberg, who claimed on Thursday that Trump sought “to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden,” has been criticized for massively influencing the 2020 election.

Last year, Zuckerberg poured $400 million into state election processes through a nonprofit that contracted overwhelmingly with Democratic officials and violated federally-mandated state election plans, according to the Amistad Project, an election integrity group.

Facebook, as well as Twitter, also temporarily blocked discussion of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden laptop story, which could have deflated Biden’s support among 17% of his voters, a recent poll showed.

“Parler is not an arbiter of truth,” Matze said. “We believe you are wise enough to decide for yourself and trust that given access to all information we can self govern.”

“The solution is clear. If you believe in free speech, and our founding principles of our republic, then we must liberate others by promoting free speech Parler,” he added.

Daily Parler users have increased by more than 800% after the November election, as Big Tech companies rush to de-platform Trump supporters like his former adviser Steve Bannon.

Liberal groups have repeatedly attacked Parler in recent weeks, some of them targeting the free speech platform after Trump supporters breached the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday.

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LifeSiteNews’ Parler account currently has 20,000 followers. Readers may follow @LifeSiteNews.

“Our engagement is increasing, but we would love to see more, of course!” said Rebekah Roberts, LifeSite’s Director of Marketing. “I do believe that we’ll be using alternative social media platforms more and more — Parler, MeWe, Rumble — since I do anticipate us getting banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube in the very near future.


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UK doctors told to ‘postpone’ standard care to administer COVID vaccines

Doctors have been told to 'stand down non-essential work,' although it is unclear what is considered non-essential
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:57 am EST
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LONDON, U.K, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – Doctors in the U.K. have been told to abandon standard procedures in order to prioritize administering the new COVID-19 vaccinations, promoting concerns about huge rises in undiagnosed health issues.

U.K. newspaper The Telegraph reported that local doctors, or General Practitioners (GP), have been told to “stand down” their routine appointments, and “postpone other activities” in order to make rolling out the COVID vaccines the “top priority.”

As England enters its third national lockdown, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has linked the roll-out of the vaccines to the easing of restrictions, saying “If the rollout of the vaccine program continues to be successful, if deaths start to fall as the vaccine takes effect, and critically, if everyone plays that part by following the rules, then I hope we can steadily move out of lockdown, reopening schools after the February half term and starting cautiously to move regions down the tiers.”

He has identified four top “priority groups” who should receive the vaccine first, and in order to do so, 13,900,000 vaccines need to be administered by the middle of February.

In light of this goal, GP’s have been told to “stand down non-essential work,” although it is unclear what is considered non-essential. Clinics in London were told that for a two week period, ending on January 15, they should “focus on urgent care including care home support, serious acute illness and deterioration in long-term conditions.”

However, the orders have caused great concern about the effect on non-COVID related illnesses.

During the first national lockdown, the government asked the public to “Stay Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives.” In fact, so persuasive was the propaganda that already in April, the NHS had to urge people to have health issues attended to as Accident & Emergency admissions nearly halved, and 40% of people polled were “too concerned about being a burden on the NHS to seek help from their GP.”

As a result, in the so called “first wave” of COVID infections in the UK in the spring, over 27 million GP appointments were “lost.” Surveys found that when people did try to arrange appointments, over half of patients found it more difficult to obtain an appointment, either in person or on the phone. NHS figures showed that in July 2020 there was an 85% drop in GP appointments compared to July 2019. 

Research by the Health Foundation also suggested that over 700,000 patients could miss out on face-to-face appointments due to COVID measures. 

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Cancer treatment has also plummeted, as only “319 patients had surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy or another procedure in July, compared to 1,890 in July last year.” U.K. medical journal, The Lancetestimated that due to COVID restrictions on health care accessibility, there could be “3291–3621 additional deaths” within 5 years from breast, oesophageal, colorectal and lung cancer. “Substantial increases in the number of avoidable cancer deaths in England are to be expected as a result of diagnostic delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK,” the journal warned.

The delay in standard health care procedures is also impacting children, as research conducted by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health found that “one in three” paediatricians performing “emergency admissions” found children had presented themselves late for “diagnosis or treatment.” In fact, more children have died as a result of not receiving timely treatment due to COVID, than have died of the virus itself. 

As the country moves through the normally busy period for hospitals, figures show that NHS capacity is under less pressure than during a standard winter. 

Even the left-leaning BBC has reported on the phenomena, noting that hospital bed “occupancy rate is actually noticeably lower than a usual year.” Shortly before Christmas, UK newspaper the Daily Mail recorded that only 11 hospitals were at a capacity of 95% or more, compared to 80 in December 2019. For December 2020, the average intensive care occupancy was down to 75%, compared to 84% the year before.

In an attempt to return focus to normal procedures, the Patients Association have released a statement calling for normal care to be maintained during COVID times: “We have already built up a backlog of important treatment, and are certainly storing up substantial long-term problems relating to mental health, frailty and untreated illness. Economic dislocation always worsens health outcomes, and that now seems a major threat too if not mitigated. We know the burden is falling heaviest on those already at a disadvantage and least able to bear it.

Journalist Neil Clark recently commented on the way in which the public has become the keepers of the health service: “The public’s job is not to ‘Protect the NHS’, it’s the NHS’s job to protect/help us when we have need of its services. After all, we pay for it. Likewise with the police. They are meant to serve us, not persecute us. Ditto politicians. We need to get things the right way round.”

LifeSiteNews has produced an extensive COVID-19 vaccines resources page.  View it here. 


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New Dublin archbishop favors women deacons, blessing of rings for gay couples

‘Would I like to see women deacons[?] I would,’ said Bishop Dermot Farrell.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:54 am EST
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DUBLIN, Ireland, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The new archbishop of Dublin, Ireland, Dermot Farrell, has come out in favor of female deacons and blessing rings for homosexual couples, while simultaneously attacking traditional Catholics.

Pope Francis’s new appointee as archbishop of Dublin, Farrell, was most recently the bishop of Ossory in the south of Ireland, after having being moved to that post by the Pope in January 2018. Farrell is also the finance secretary for the Irish Bishops Conference.

In an interview given to the Irish Times (the full text of which has been reproduced by the Catholic News Agency), Farrell signaled the direction into which he could lead the Archdiocese of Dublin in the future, particularly with regard to female ordinands: “I think that the big issue for women priests for me is that the two pillars of our faith and the Church are scripture and tradition and the biggest barrier to that (women priests) is probably tradition, not the scriptures. That’s the hurdle that has to be overcome.”

After initially expressing his reticence about the possibility of women priests, Farrell then gave his personal view on the matter of deacons.

“Would I like to see women deacons[?] I would,” he said. “Women have almost preserved the faith in the church, certainly in this country and probably beyond. They were the ones who handed on the faith or took the responsibility for handing it on. Our mothers were very important in terms of teaching and prayer. They were the ones, more than the fathers.”

While he admitted that celibacy was “important,” the new archbishop also showed himself to be open to the concept of married priests in the Church, calling for a “Choice on celibacy” to be discussed, and suggesting the Orthodox practice of having married priests.

Before becoming Bishop of Ossory, Farrell had spent over twenty years in Ireland’s seminary, Maynooth College, starting as a lecturer in moral theology in 1989, before being appointed as executive assistant to then-president Fr. Micheál Ledwith in 1990.

In 1993 Ledwith resigned early, after child sexual abuse allegations were made against him. Ledwith denied the claims, but reached a financial settlement with the accuser, and continued his teaching role in the seminary for two more years. Farrell was subsequently made vice president in 1993 and president in 1996, a position which he held until leaving in 2007.

Farrell declared that while he had been there at the time, “I wasn’t aware of why [Ledwith] stood down in ’94. I wasn’t involved … I became aware in May 2002.”

Father David Marsden, a former lecturer at the seminary, made headlines in recent years for noting that Maynooth had become a “cesspool of liberal theology and heterodoxy.” Fr. Marsden eventually resigned his position in 2016, in light of a subculture of homosexuality present in the seminary.

“It is my honest assessment that the formation and academic staff in Maynooth are either liberal or homosexual and a significant number are both,” he commented

Farrell touched on the issue of homosexuality in his recent interview, too, seemingly inferring that he was opposed to blessings of same-sex couples, but only due to the confusion such an action would cause: “Blessings are always going to be misconstrued and that’s where the difficulty arises because once you start blessing things like that people are going to construe that as a marriage.”

However, Farrell did note that “I don’t have a difficulty with blessing rings,” provided it was not done in the “public domain.”

The Catholic Church teaches that homosexual acts are “intrinsically disordered,” a teaching that Farrell referred to as “a technical description. People misconstrue that then because it is technical theological language.”

Last summer, Bishop Farrell had intervened after a Capuchin priest in his diocese gave a homily describing people in favor of abortion, contraception, and homosexuality, as zombies, being “physically alive but spiritually dead, morally rotten or at least infected.” Farrell declared he was “saddened” by the homily, calling it “inappropriate language and sentiments,” adding “the Gospel we proclaim is about the welcome and inclusion of all.”

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He also spoke against traditional Catholics in his recent interview, in much the same tone as that employed by Pope Francis. “They’re hostile towards anyone that doesn’t agree with them, they’re almost close to being intolerant. They’re everywhere. I’d be respectful of them, they have a view and probably want to impose that view on everyone. That’s disrespectful.”

Commenting on Bishop Farrell’s appointment, Father Ron Vierling wrote, “Wokeism has replaced orthodoxy as a requisite for bishop candidates.”


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China: Uighur population decline not due to ‘forced sterilization,’ but ‘reproductive health’

The Chinese Embassy in the US tweeted that ‘the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines.’
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:00 am EST
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WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Chinese Embassy in the United States claimed on Thursday that according to studies “the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines.” According to independent observers, however, the decline in birth rates among Uighur women is due to “draconian measures” such as abortion and sterilization.

The Chinese Embassy tweeted that Uighur women “are more confident and independent” thanks to the Chinese government, and linked to an article by a Communist newspaper in an effort to deny responsibility for dropping birth rates in the Uighur population.

The article credited the findings to “An Analysis Report on Population Change in Xinjiang” by Li Xiaoxia of the Xinjiang Development Research Center. According to the report, plunging birth rates among Uighur women are not the result of forced abortion or sterilization imposed on women by the Communist regime. Instead, the report attributed the decline in birth rates to a sense of confidence, autonomy, and the “emancipation” of Uighur women’s minds from Islamic “extremism.”

“The changes were not caused by ‘forced sterilization’ of the Uygur population, as repeatedly claimed by some Western scholars and politicians,” the report stated.

“In recent years, young people in Xinjiang have discarded backward and outdated thoughts on partner selection and procreation, and an increasing number of youths belonging to ethnic minorities chose to spend more time and energy on personal development,” MSN summarized the report.

This latest report might be an effort at doing damage control after countless reports of human rights violations committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Uighur minorities have been published. The Uighurs, a persecuted population of Turkic minorities in China, have been labeled as the enemy of the state by the CCP. Beijing has cracked down on the Uighurs and arrests have increased in East Turkistan in the last few years.

Somewhere between 1 to 3 million Uighurs have been arrested and detained in Chinese concentration camps since 2017. In those camps, Uighur adults are indoctrinated, starved, humiliated, tortured, raped, and forced to have abortions. Any trace of religion and cultural identity is squashed, and Uighurs are routinely executed. Uighur children are regularly taken to boarding schools that are referred to as “kindergartens.”

However, China Daily, the daily publication owned by the CCP’s Publicity Department continues to deny any wrongdoing and even claims there is population growth among Uighurs: “The truth is Xinjiang’s Uygur population has been increasing. The rights of all residents in the region, including those of Uygurs, have been protected during the law-based implementation of the family planning policy.”

A September article in the same publication accused German scholar Adrian Zenz of being anti-China and of lying in an earlier Xinjiang Development Research Center report for exposing forced sterilization, IUDs and other forms of coercion against Uighur women by the CCP to suppress their population.

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An AP article stated earlier this summer, “The population control measures are backed by mass detention both as a threat and as a punishment for failure to comply.”

“Having too many children is a major reason people are sent to detention camps, with the parents of three or more ripped away from their families unless they can pay huge fines,” the article added. “Police raid homes, terrifying parents as they search for hidden children.”

The latest available government statistics detail a sharp population decline of more than 60 percent from 2015 to 2018 in the Uighur regions of Hotan and Kashgar.


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Greek court sends teenager to jail for organizing small New Year’s Eve party

The Greek government also shut down churches, but was openly defied by the Greek Orthodox church.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 10:16 am EST
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THESSALONIKI, Greece, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A Greek court has sentenced a teenager to six months in jail after he was found guilty of organizing a New Year’s Day party amid restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis.

According to a report by Greek newspaper Proto Thema, the 19-year-old had organized the party in the city of Thessaloniki in direct violation of the nation’s COVID-19 lockdown laws.

The young man received an added three-year suspended sentence from the Autophorous Three-Member Misdemeanor Court of Thessaloniki, and was also fined €3,000, while those in attendance at the party received a fine of €300.

The teen was found guilty of holding the party after he invited nine of his friends over to an apartment that reportedly belongs to his grandmother.

According to Proto Thema, police were called to the apartment in the early hours of January 2.

The teenager said during his court appearance that he was not looking to have so many people over at the apartment and that he had not seen his friends in a long time.

He also added that he “thought it would be safer for them to stay after 10pm when travel restrictions apply,” according to the report.

For 2021, the government of Greece announced stricter COVID measures that took effect on January 3 due to an apparent rise in cases. Many stores are now closed, and the government has also shut churches.

The closing of churches was announced mere days before the celebration of the Epiphany in Greece, which is predominantly orthodox, on January 6th.

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As a result, there was an immediate backlash from the Greek Orthodox church’s Holy Synod, who said it would not be following through with the restrictions.

True to their word, Greek Orthodox churches went ahead with Epiphany services yesterday, in open defiance of the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

Limits were placed on the number of people who were allowed into churches, and churchgoers were encouraged to follow health measures.

According to local reports, police mostly sat back and did not interfere in allowing worshippers to go inside churches. Nevertheless, they were actively asking people to not proceed inside.

Despite many European nations imposing never-ending COVID-19 lockdowns, not all nations have decided to lock down.

The country of Belarus, for instance, has seen low rates of the virus, according to official numbers, despite never imposing a hard lockdown.


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Polish government ‘last hope’ for comatose Catholic patient denied food and fluids in UK hospital

The European Human Rights Court has rejected plea from the man’s family, but the Polish government may yet appeal to the European court
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 10:14 am EST
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DEVON, England, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — The Polish government is the “last hope” for a family who objects to the removal of hydration and nutrition from their family member in England.

Last night the European Court of Human Rights denied the birth family of a patient publicly known only as “P” or “RS” their third application for interim measures preventing his death. As a result, the National Health Service (NHS) facility with custody of RS ceased providing the comatose man hydration and nutrition through a tube. The Polish citizen is expected to die of dehydration in the next few days. 

A court order has proscribed the publication of the names of the patient, his family members and his doctors.

Pavel Stroilov of the Christian Legal Centre, the organization helping RS’s birth family, told LifeSiteNews this morning that the family has run out of options to save their son, brother and uncle. 

“Nothing can be done legally, realistically,” he said. 

However, the Polish government has taken an interest in the case, and has so far supported the family’s applications to the European Court of Human Rights. Now RS's birth family's “last hope” is that Poland will take her own, independent, case against the U.K. government to the ECHR, Stroilov said.  

Stroilov believes that Poland suing the United Kingdom to save RS’s life is indeed a legal possibility. 

He is not alone in that belief. James Bogle, British barrister and trial attorney, told LifeSiteNews that "there is a possibility that the Polish government could, through the British Foreign Office, write to the hospital trust concerned insisting that they protect the human rights of RS, a Polish citizen, and so agree not to withdraw his nutrition and hydration.” 

“If the hospital declines, then that decision of the hospital could possibly be the subject of an application before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg," he continued. 

“Whether the European Court would grant permission for such an appeal is open to question, given that it has already refused a similar permission application from the family of RS. On the other hand, given that this is an application by a government, the European Court might possibly view the application more favourably."

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Causing death by dehydration or starvation, if deemed in a comatose patient’s best interests, is no longer legally considered euthanasia in the United Kingdom. In the U.K. giving a patient food and water through a tube has been deemed “medical treatment” since the Airedale NHS Trust v Bland [1993] case in the House of Lords.  On December 15, Mr Justice Cohen sided with the NHS Trust who applied for permission to discontinue RS’s life-sustaining treatment, in part because his wife said that he would not want to be a “burden” on her and their children. RS’s birth family had testified, however, that RS was a devout Catholic opposed to both abortion and euthanasia. He had explicitly objected to courts deciding, against the wishes of Alfie Evans’ parents, that the 23-month-old child should die.

However, another judge stayed the order a few days later when RS’s birth family indicated that they would appeal the decision. RS was once again given nourishment and water through tubes. On December 23, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Jackson denied the appeal, and on Christmas Eve, RS was denied food and water. 

But there was another stay of the order. On December 28, after the family with the Polish government applied to the ECHR on behalf of RS’s right to life, he was again given nutrition and hydration. On December 31, Mr Justice Cohen stated that his December 15 order could be stayed until January 7, in light of a third application before the ECHR. He rejected an application by the Polish government and RS’s birth family to have RS airlifted to Poland for continued care. One of his concerns was that RS might die in transit.

RS suffered serious brain damage after a heart attack he suffered on November 6, 2020 and was in a coma for weeks. Although doctors testified at the end of 2020 that he seemed to be moving from a coma to a vegetative state, he can breathe unassisted by a ventilator. His doctors have also testified that RS could live five years or more, never improving beyond a minimally conscious state, if he continues to be given what in Britain is called “clinically assisted nutrition and hydration” or CANH. A neurologist chosen by the family testified that, based on video evidence, he believed that RS’s condition was improving. However, Dr. Pullicino’s testimony was rejected by the court. 

RS’s mother has stated that she is “devastated” that people in England want her son to die of dehydration. 

“I am devastated that the British authorities have decided to dehydrate my son to death,” she stated through the Christian Legal Centre.  

“I want to take my son back to his own country, where I would be allowed to care for him. What the British authorities are trying to do to my son is euthanasia by the back door.”

RS’s mother has also begged the Polish government to “redouble their efforts” in saving her son from a death Polish Catholics consider passive euthanasia. 

“I am grateful to the Polish government for everything it has already done, and implore them to redouble their efforts, honoring their constitutional duties to protect the sanctity of life and to protect Polish citizens everywhere in the world,” she stated. 

“I feel so helpless in this situation. The only thing I can now do is pray for a miracle.”  

RS’s case became increasingly well-known in his native Poland through several different members of the conservative and Catholic press and also in Britain, through both the Polish-British and English language press. 


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BREAKING: Abortion-tainted Moderna vaccine approved for use in the UK

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the vaccine following a review held today.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 9:22 am EST
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LONDON, U.K, January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) – The Moderna developed COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in the U.K., marking the third COVID vaccine to be approved in the country.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Secretary for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock, stated that it was “fantastic” and  “another weapon in our arsenal to tame this awful disease.” The U.K. has now ordered 17 million doses of the vaccine, although the vaccine itself is not expected to arrive until the spring. 

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approved the vaccine following a review held today.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had previously authorized the emergency use of the vaccine shortly before Christmas. 

Like the similarly approved Pfizer vaccine, Moderna’s vaccine uses mRNA technology, which is a type of RNA“that carries genetic information to make proteins in a cell,” and causes our cells to manufacture their own viral particles that will trigger our immune defense response.

It also uses the aborted fetal cell line HEK 293 in order to produce a Spike protein contained in the vaccine. Children of God for Life has compiled research to show that Moderna “extensively” uses the “aborted fetal cell line HEK-293” in the “fundamental design of mRNA technology, their Spike protein and in the research, development, production and testing.” 

Moderna’s vaccine is claimed to be 94% effective in preventing COVID-19, although Moderna have admitted that the vaccine will cause at least mild or moderate side effects. 

Twenty percent of people receiving the high dose in trials needed hospitalization; only 45 people were tested, and they were specifically chosen for being exceptionally healthy and fit.

Documents from the FDA showed evidence that 13 people died during the trials of the vaccine, with 6 deaths being people who had taken the vaccine, and 7 those who had received the placebo. The results were correct up until December 3. Moderna does not connect any of the 13 deaths to either the vaccine or the placebo, saying instead that “[t]hese deaths represent events and rates that occur in the general population of individuals in these age groups.”

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The FDA documents come in addition to the news of a Ukranian Greek Catholic priest who died suddenly in his home after previously being a volunteer in the testing of Moderna’s vaccine. Fr. John Fields apparently suffered a heart attack just under two months after his second jab, although it is still unclear if the 70-year-old’s death is related to the vaccine.

In addition to this, the FDA previously released its own warning for any potential COVID-19 vaccine, including strokes, encephalitis, auto-immune disease, birth defects, and Kawasaki disease among the potential side-effects to be monitored. First on the list of 22 possible conditions is “Guillain-Barré syndrome,” described as “a rare disorder in which your body’s immune system attacks your nerves.” The syndrome has “no known cure,” and its mortality rate is “4% to 7%.”

“There may be limited information available at licensure on level and duration of effectiveness,” the text reads. This might prompt manufacturers to “conduct certain COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness post-licensure studies.”

Since then, the FDA also issued a staff report, warning of “facial paralysis,” or Bell’s Palsy, as a possible condition to be looked for in those who take the Moderna vaccine. Four out of the 30,000 original participants in the trial developed the condition, with 3 in the vaccine group and 1 in the placebo group. 

The report notes a “small imbalance” in participants reporting Bell’s Palsy, adding that one lady in the vaccine group had to be hospitalized “for stroke due to new facial paralysis 32 days after vaccination.” Two other cases of the condition in the vaccine group reported the effects 28 days and 22 days after vaccination.

Moderna stopped the testing of its highest dose of vaccine, due to the number of reports of severe reactions, and animal testing was skipped altogether. Dr. James Lyons-Weiler noted how Moderna had been allowed to skip important steps, meaning that the FDA was unable “to see if this particular vaccine or that particular vaccine might cause serious problems through pathogenic priming.”

Despite these health concerns, the U.K. vaccine minister Nadhim Zahawi, welcomed the vaccine approval, saying “The Moderna vaccine will be a vital boost to these efforts and will help us return to normal faster.”

His words were echoed by Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who hailed the news as “Another huge step towards ending lockdown and returning to normal life.”

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UK police warn those without ‘reasonable excuses’ for being outdoors will be stopped and fined

A police statement published on Wednesday said that ‘Londoners can expect officers to be more inquisitive as to why they see them out and about’
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 8:04 am EST
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UNITED KINDGOM, January, 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – As the U.K. enters its latest round of lockdown restrictions, police chiefs have warned that anyone outside their home is liable to be stopped and questioned as to the reason for their being outdoors. Anyone who does not have a satisfactory answer could face a £200 fine, with that figure doubling for every subsequent infraction, up to £6,400.

In an article penned for Britain’s Telegraph, Martin Hewitt, chair of the National Police Chief’s Council wrote that police “[f]orces will continue to bear down on that very small minority” who, he says, “flagrantly and selfishly breach the regulations, such as those that organise unlicensed music events or parties.”

Hewitt claims that, as a function of having lived through 10 months of changing lockdowns and a variety of restrictions, “everyone should now understand the rules in their area.” While the U.K. regulations do allow for a number of exceptions to the restrictions on travel and wearing face masks, the Telegraph reports that “officers will not be reasoning with offenders but will impose fines straightaway.”

The Met Police’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Matt Twist, echoed Hewitt’s words, saying “[a]fter ten months of this pandemic the number of people who are genuinely not aware of the restrictions and the reasons they are in place is vanishingly small.” He added that the “critical situation” presented by COVID-19 means “we [the police] can no longer spend our time explaining or encouraging people to follow rules where they are wilfully and dangerously breaching.”

On Wednesday, police put their new powers into action, arresting 21 people, some of whom were protesting the lockdown measures outside Parliament. Police were filmed handcuffing individuals and telling them that fines would be issued if they did not return to their homes. 

“This behaviour puts others at significant risk, and it's right we patrol in potential hotspots and that officers are inquisitive when they see something out of the ordinary. This will offer both reassurance to the public and act as a deterrent to those who think the measures don't apply to them,” Hewitt said. 

The latest U.K. lockdown regulations stipulate that “It is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble,” with one permitted occasion per day of outdoor exercise, within the nearby vicinity of one’s residence. 

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A London Metropolitan Police statement published on Wednesday instructs that with “fewer 'reasonable excuses' for people to be away from their home in the regulations, Londoners can expect officers to be more inquisitive as to why they see them out and about.” The statement goes on to warn that “[w]here officers identify people without a lawful reason to be away from home, they can expect officers to move more quickly to enforcement.”

Regarding face masks, those not wearing them “where they should be and without good reason can expect to be fined - not reasoned with.” Johnson drove home the point about masking up, declaring that “your harmless cough can be someone else's death knell.” 

“These measures will only work if people comply,” he continued, adding that “these rules will be enforced by tighter penalties.”

The Met Police statement also revealed that officers will still be following the “four E’s” approach of “engaging, explaining, and encouraging – only then enforcing,” which is supposed to limit officers from abusing their new powers by issuing fines too quickly. However, revised instructions have been handed down, ordering law enforcement to “issue fines more quickly to anyone committing obvious, wilful and serious breaches.”

As part of the effort to curb disobedience to the new rules, the police “launched a new digital fines system which makes it quicker and easier for officers to issue fines on the spot.” According to the Met Police, this new system is responsible for reporting more people and issuing more fines since its launch less than a month ago “than in the rest of the year combined.” 

Whilst Twist did express a desire that “this particular trend” not continue, he nevertheless dug his heels, saying that “if people continue to break the rules, putting themselves, their families and their communities at greater risk, our officers are ready to act robustly.”


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Big Tech and Big Pharma merge: Oracle takes over vaccine data world

The pandemic handed Oracle CEO Larry Ellison what he’s wanted for decades — the power to curate the vast datasets housing our medical, financial, and personal information.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 12:05 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (Children's Health Defense) — As pandemic countermeasures obliterate the middle class and civil rights, Silicon Valley’s billionaire robber barons are cashing in on the global economic collapse and the rise of the surveillance state.

Now, one of these tech titans — a man with deep ties to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) — has claimed the golden ring: the key contract to manage all the personal, health and financial data that will allow government and industry to keep us in line as they build their New World Order.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison will curate the vast datasets that house our medical, financial and personal information enabling Big Brother to track and trace our movements, our purchases, our preferences and our vulnerabilities, and use that information to control civil populations, suppress dissent and punish disobedience.

Ellison, whose estimated net worth of $87.7 billion makes him the seventh-richest individual in the world, has just achieved a long-sought milestone. On Dec.15, Oracle, the tech company Ellison founded in 1977 with help from the CIA, issued a press release announcing it “will serve as the CDC’s [U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] central data repository for all vaccination data in the U.S. This ‘national clearing house’ system will receive data from all U.S. jurisdictions administering vaccinations.”

Almost 20 years since Ellison, in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attack, offered the government a proposal for a national security database “that collected everything possible to identify someone,” the mogul appears to finally be sitting on cloud nine.

Oracle’s National Electronic Health Records Cloud dates back to the beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2020, a couple of weeks after letting President Trump use his estate near Palm Springs for a $100,000-a-plate golfing fundraiser, Ellison placed a call to the White House. According to a Forbes cover story on Ellison, he “asked Trump if a clearinghouse existed for real-time data about treatment efficacies and outcomes.”

Within a week after the president asked “how much?” and Ellison said, “for free,” the tech titan had brought together a team of Oracle engineers “to build a database and website registering coronavirus cases” and work with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other agencies.

The first public acknowledgment of Oracle’s progress came on July 3, 2020, when the NIH’s National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), overseen by Dr. Anthony Fauci, launched the COVID-19 Prevention Trials Network (COVPN), aimed at enrolling thousands of volunteers in large-scale trials for a variety of investigational vaccines and monoclonal antibodies.

Fauci achieved this by merging four existing networks, all researching HIV/AIDS, something they would continue to do. “The network is expected to operate more than 100 clinical trial sites across the United States and internationally,” according to the NIAID press release which also stated “the COVPN website features a customized data collection platform, which Oracle (Redwood Shores, CA) built and donated, to securely identify potential trial participants.”

In August, a paper published by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security proposed that the “passive reporting” systems managed by the CDC and FDA ought to be revamped to forge “an active safety surveillance system directed by the CDC that monitors all [COVID-19] vaccine recipients — perhaps by short message service or other electronic mechanisms.”

By September, Operation Warp Speed director Moncef Slaoui was telling the periodical Science: “We’re working super hard on a very active pharmacovigilance system, to make sure that when the vaccines are introduced that we’ll absolutely continue to assess their safety.

In October, Slaoui told the New York Times: “The FDA is proposing that at least 50% of the individuals in the study population have at least two months of follow-up on safety before the vaccines are approved. And secondly, we are working really hard with the FDA and the CDC to make sure we have a very active pharmacovigilance surveillance system to allow us to continue to assess the safety of the vaccines as they are being used in the high risk population.”

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And the Wall Street Journal reported in a profile of Slaoui that he’d said “tracking systems will have to be ‘incredibly precise’ to ensure that patients each get two doses of the same vaccine and to monitor them for adverse health effects. Operation Warp Speed has selected the medical-distribution company McKesson and cloud operators Google and Oracle to collect and track vaccine data.”

This marked the first time that Oracle’s role was revealed to have expanded to include Operation Warp Speed.

Oracle Chairman Ellison’s lucrative government arrangements trace back to the data software pioneer’s origins. In 1975, then in his early thirties, Ellison worked on a project for the electronics company Ampex in the Bay area, building a large terabit memory system for the CIA.

Ellison revealed in 2014 that the CIA not only became his firm’s first customer for a “relational database” two years later, but that he adopted the name from a CIA project called Oracle. “The news about our hot little database traveled around the intelligence community pretty quickly,” Ellison was quoted as saying in the 2003 book, “Softwar.” “In a little over six months’ time we had won several deals — the CIA, Navy Intelligence, Air Force Intelligence and the NSA [National Security Agency].”

By the turn of the millennium, Oracle had fought off competition from IBM and Microsoft to reach the financial pinnacle of database management. Two days after 9/11, Ellison met with NSA Director Michael Hayden to talk about his proposed data surveillance system. He then went to see Attorney General John Ashcroft to discuss an idea for a national identification card.

Writing an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal (October 18, 2001), Ellison reminded readers that the government already maintained thousands of databases to keep track of people as well as issuing IDs like Social Security cards and driver’s licenses. Ellison wrote:

“The single thing we could do to make life tougher for terrorists would be to ensure that all the information in myriad government databases was integrated into a single national file. My company … has already offered to provide the necessary software for free … It’s important these donations be made with no strings attached. The database would be maintained and run by the government alone, with no question of corporations benefiting … The good news is that a national database combined with biometrics, thumb prints, hand prints, iris scans or other new technology could detect false identities … We don’t need to trade our liberties for our lives.”

In a follow-up op-ed for the New York Times in January 2002, Ellison thought this could be achieved in a few months because it was “technically simple. All we have to do is copy information from the hundreds of separate law enforcement databases into a single database.”

In April 2002, along with Ashcroft, Ellison was a named recipient of an annual “Big Brother Award” presented by Privacy International to the most notorious individuals who had done the most to threaten such liberties.

By 2003, as the Patriot Act brought an explosion in surveillance and data mining, the federal government accounted for about one-fourth of Oracle’s billions in revenue.

“The information about your banks, your checking balances, your saving balance is stored in an Oracle database,” Ellison was quoted in the 2004 book, “The Naked Crowd.” “Your airline reservation is stored in an Oracle database. What books you bought on Amazon is stored in an Oracle database. Your profile on Yahoo! is stored in an Oracle database …Privacy is already gone.”

That same year, Ashcroft — godfather of the Patriot Act — sued Oracle to prevent its acquisition of a multibillion-dollar intelligence contract. But after Ashcroft resigned from the second Bush administration, he founded a lobbying firm which Oracle then hired in 2005, allowing The Ashcroft Group to hit the ground running. With the group’s help, Oracle went on to acquire the contract.

One program that didn’t last long was called Total Information Awareness (TIA), overseen by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which would later become a primary funder of COVID-19 vaccine developer Moderna and other of Fauci’s favored companies.

DARPA had conceived of TIA some years earlier. In addition to what Ellison specified needing, TIA wanted to collect Americans’ medical records, drug prescriptions and even DNA, maintaining that the whole population needed surveillance to prevent not only future terrorist attacks, but bioterrorism and even naturally occurring disease outbreaks.

Citizens’ financial, travel and media consumption habits would also be managed in a “public-private partnership” with the NSA, CIA, private sector and academia. In a mirrored scenario to that now surrounding the pandemic, the “invisible enemy” could be conquered.

But the backlash was swift. The ACLU called TIA “the closest thing to a true ‘Big Brother’ program that has ever been seriously contemplated in the United States. It is based on a vision of pulling together as much information as possible about as many people as possible into an ‘ultra-large-scale’ database.”

A year after its formation by DARPA, Congress defunded TIA in January 2003.

But TIA never really went away. Various of its programs ended up divvied into a web of military and intelligence programs.

In 2013, Ellison told CBS News that the NSA’s domestic spying program was “essential.” A revolving door between Oracle and the CIA, which began with Ellison himself, went on to include Leon Panetta, CIA director and then Defense Secretary under Obama, who joined Oracle’s board in 2015.

Oracle Labs, the research arm, invested in a partnership with DARPA toward “a vision for a ‘macrochip,’ an optically interconnected supercomputer.”

As the FDA revved toward emergency use approval for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines late in 2020, linkages between the CIA and the Big Tech companies escalated simultaneously. An earlier agency contract had gone to Amazon in 2013, but on Nov. 20, it was reported that the CIA “has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Cloud Enterprise, or C2E, contract to five companies – Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, Google, Oracle and IBM.” These companies “will compete for specific task orders issued by the CIA on behalf of itself and the 16 other agencies that comprise the intelligence community.” At the moment, “Microsoft is the competitor closest to attaining authorization to host top-secret data.”

Procurement documents issued by the CIA in 2019 indicated the expected value of the C2E contract could be worth tens of billions over the next decade-and-a- half.

Then in mid-December, Oracle issued a press release that said: “By working collaboratively with the CDC and the U.S. Department of Defense during the pandemic, Oracle was able to extend the capabilities of the Public Health Management Applications Suite to help manage nationwide distribution and to collect patient data around COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.”

Moving well beyond its original sketchy mandate with Fauci’s NIAID, not only would Oracle’s National Electronic Health Records Cloud be the CDC’s new central data repository for vaccination data, but the company said it was “currently in discussions with dozens of countries around the world to adopt Oracle’s Public Health Management Applications Suite to modernize their national public health infrastructure and thus enable efficient COVID-19 vaccine distribution, therapeutic monitoring and diagnostic testing … This is just the beginning.”

It had been a productive and ultimately very profitable year for Ellison and Oracle. Also in mid-December, Ellison announced that his company was leaving Silicon Valley for a new headquarters in Austin, Texas, while he himself was moving to the Lanai Hawaiian island that he owned. Ellison had stepped down as Oracle CEO in 2014, but stayed on as chief technical officer. At the start of the pandemic, on March 23, his stock in the company (and he owned 35 percent of it) had dropped 11 percent. But shortly before he closed the government deal collecting all the vaccine data, his fortune rose $2.5 billion in a single week, bringing Ellison’s net worth to an estimated $81.5 billion.

This was despite a delay in his pending buy-in to the global social media platform TikTok, “an app for teens, filled with goofy dancing and lip-synching videos” as the Wall Street Journal described it — but a highly lucrative, and controversial, one.

Last spring, around the time he started calling COVID-19 the “China virus,” President Trump had ordered TikTok’s Chinese parent company Bytedance to either sell its American operation or be banned on U.S. shores, because the data it gathered somehow threatened national security. Suddenly Microsoft, Twitter and Oracle were reportedly negotiating bids to China’s billionaire entrepreneur Zhang Yming.

One aspect of TikTok that would doubtless have interested Ellison is the app’s use of artificial intelligence to shoot people news based upon their reading habits. “Powered by algorithms that can make its video feed addictive,” TikTok had turned into a global sensation, downloaded more than 2 billion times worldwide and with a $100 billion valuation. For more than a year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis, “the app tracked users using a tactic banned by Google, which enabled it to collect unique identifiers from millions of mobile devices without letting users opt out.” While TikTok said it had stopped the practice and “promised to create a firewall between China and overseas users,” that’s apparently why Trump got so worried about possible Chinese government access to TikTok’s American user data.

In September 2020, Oracle announced it had reached agreement with TikTok for a 12.5 percent stake in the U.S. operation while also providing cloud services and security for the app. Walmart bought an additional 7.5 percent, and Trump declared victory for the new TikTok Global, which will likely go public once the dust settles and the sales are approved by the U.S. and China.

“Oracle hopes to use the TikTok deal as another model to provide security and cloud services to other companies down the road,” CNBC reported in September. Or, as happened less than two months later, to the federal government.

Could there have been an ulterior motive behind Oracle’s plunge into kiddie social media? At the end of August, the Journal of Adolescent Health published an article headlined “Tik Tok and Its Role in Covid-19 Information Propagation.” The NIH website would reprint it in November. Noting that the pandemic had generated the near-complete sudden closure of U.S. educational institutions in the spring, “noneducational screen time among young people has greatly escalated” and “social media have played a large role in youth resocialization in a pandemic society … Given social media’s ability to propagate factually inaccurate medical information at an alarming rate,” and given TikTok’s more than 45.6 million active users in the U.S., the paper’s authors decided to analyze the 100 most popular videos earmarked with hashtags for COVID-19 and coronavirus.

These had reached as many as 93.1 billion views, “demonstrating the platform’s immense ability to encourage sharing.” Only a handful seemed to have provided misleading information, while “videos by healthcare professionals were few in number … [but] often among the most widely ‘liked’ and shared across the board. The distribution suggests that demand on TikTok for more healthcare-related voices currently outpaces supply. TikTok has shown itself to be a viable means for practitioners to educate and dispel myths about COVID-19 to a broad and diverse adolescent demographic,” according to the article.

Some in the public health community took notice. “A growing number of scientists and doctors are making viral videos on TikTok to provide information on COVID-19 vaccines,” Scripps reported on Jan. 1. The group called itself Team Halo, with a goal “to try and reduce hesitancy.”

One of the “dozens of health experts from all over the world,” director of the Harvard Immunology Graduate Program, Dr. Shiv Pillai, went into a great deal about the messenger mRNA used to develop the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, explaining “why it’s safe and effective, as well as the side effects that would be simple to pinpoint.” Pillaj used poetry to get his message across: “The vaccine it will change our lives. To get a shot is to be smart. To make this virus bite the dust, let us all just do our part.”

According to Scripps, in other videos, Pillai talks about a child he treated as an intern. The boy died in his hands from tetanus because he wasn’t vaccinated.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Children's Health Defense.

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Revelations arise of Facebook CEO’s multi-million-dollar election involvement

Mark Zuckerberg's operation was deciding how many poll places should be open, hiring the people who count the vote, and sending activists-turned-election officials into neighborhoods to collect ballots.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:55 am EST
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January 8, 2021 (Family Research Council) — If the U.S. government were hiring a company to run our elections, Facebook is the last place most of us would turn. For starters, they haven't proven they support free speech — let alone free elections. Then there's the inherent bias. Just last November, CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted under oath that his "employee base skews Left-leaning." So the idea that America would hand over the keys to the 2020 election to him — or any other Big Tech mogul — is horrifying. But, the money trail shows, that's exactly what 2,500 local jurisdictions did. And now, the entire nation is paying for it.

Zuckerberg and his wife said they just wanted to help. With the country pounded by coronavirus and congressional talks at a standstill, the Facebook titan offered to chip in his own money to help keep the elections on track. Using a nonprofit, the Center for Technology and Civic Life, as a screen, the power couple started funneling hundreds of millions of dollars to local elections offices to help "[deal] with the difficulties of adapting to new voting behavior" during the pandemic.

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By the time the election rolled around, a whopping one-fifth of the country's election administrations had taken a piece of Zuckerberg's pie. Liberals heralded his generosity. Conservatives sounded the alarm. Turns out, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) was no ordinary charity. It was founded by former Democratic aides and staffed and funded by some of the most extreme leftists in the country, people like David Plouffe — Barack Obama's campaign manager. Digging deeper, Republicans became even more concerned. It seemed that the biggest pots of CTCL's money were being channeled to deep blue states and urban battleground areas, places where Democrats needed to make the biggest hay. Suddenly, it became clear: these philanthropists coming to the rescue of democracy were quietly subverting it.

Zuckerberg's operation was deciding how many poll places should be open, hiring the people who count the vote — and paying them — setting up new drop boxes, and sending activists-turned-election officials into neighborhoods to collect ballots. In other words, Thomas More Society's Phill Kline said, "We had a shadow government managing these elections, particularly in the urban core. They set up these procedures that allowed for the breach of the chain of custody of the ballots and the infusion of fraudulent ballots."

And most local election officials had no idea. Desperate for money to keep their operations afloat, they applied for grants, never realizing who the puppet master pulling the strings was. Frank Byrd, a clerk in Jackson County, Illinois, told Vox he wasn't even aware of Zuckerberg's involvement. "When you get money," Byrd said, "you always try to tell yourself, 'It's all good.'" But it wasn't all good — a fact that a growing number of conservative officials realized. State attorneys general like Jeff Landry (R) went on a full-scale attack to stop Louisiana from taking the money. Other states started doing the same. Within weeks, Republicans had filed lawsuits in nine states to stop the "donations" from meddling with local processes.

But in some places, it was too late. Zuckerberg's influence was already paying off. Cities like Philadelphia, which raked in $8 million in election grants, were more emboldened than ever. In videos that went viral, officials were kicking Republican poll watchers out of headquarters. "Is this no longer a public place?" one asked, "because it's being funded by a nonprofit?"

Back in December, J. Christian Adams on "Washington Watch" called the whole plot "diabolical." "[People] need to worry about [this], because the Center for Technology and Civic Life transformed city election offices" in places like "Philadelphia, Detroit, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and all over the country to build in structural bias. To make the system work differently. To help one side. And that's the real story of this election — the dismantling of state laws and the building of structural bias through billionaires, who gave a half-billion dollars to that effort."

Look, he explained, "this plan was being cooked up in March by Left-wing groups," right when the coronavirus hit and gave them a smokescreen." Adams started combing through the law, looking for proof that financing elections was illegal. It turns out, he shook his head, there aren't any. But the real question is, why would anyone give millions of dollars to the government to run their offices? Simple. They've "devised a scheme where rich leftist billionaires can redo how elections are run." In Philadelphia, they doubled the budget to send people door to door in Philadelphia, knocking on doors to collect ballots. "They hired street activists to become city election officials and then go into neighborhoods to collect ballots." And they did it under the auspices of an official capacity.

Kline, for his part, thinks there's a major legal fight to be waged here. This is "an insidious, coordinated, and stealth campaign to manipulate this year's elections," he warned. And he believes it violates federal law, since these cities created their own election plans contrary to the state's system. It's "lawlessness," plain and simple. "This is like the elections brought to you by Coca-Cola or the National Rifle Association — except it's Mark Zuckerberg." It's unprecedented. And it's part of the reason leaders like Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) cannot, in good conscience, vote to certify this election. How can I, the Missouri senator argued, "without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden?"

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More science comes out showing men and women are different

Even men taking synthetic female hormones and surgically altering their sex organs still have a competitive biological edge over women.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:47 am EST
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By Tony Perkins

January 8, 2021 (Family Research Council) — One of the very first things Joe Biden has promised to do as president is abolish girls' sports. It's a ludicrous thing to make a priority, but the former Obama VP insists — like most liberals — that "transgender equality is the civil rights issue of our time." It's the fair thing to do, Biden argues. But is it? New research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine says no.

It's been one of the fiercest debates of the last year — erupting in boxing rings, Olympic committees, even high school tracks. Should biological boys be allowed to compete against girls in the name of inclusion? People across the political spectrum have agreed: they should not. In an unlikely coalition, outspoken LGBT activists have joined forces with soccer moms and conservatives to fight for the right to keep competition on a level playing field. Groups like Save Women's Sports popped up, working in state legislatures like Idaho to keep the two genders separate. "We strongly believe that everyone should have the opportunity to compete, but true athletic parity for women demands that women's sports be protected for biological females."

The science, it turns out, supports them. In a study that even NBC felt compelled to cover, Dr. Timothy Roberts found that men undergoing a female transition still have a competitive biological edge. "At one year," which has been the typical cutoff for organizations like the Olympic committee, "the trans women on average still have an advantage..." he said. Roberts made these discoveries studying Air Force servicemen and women who were in the process of transitioning. After several months of hormones and other treatment, the men in transition were still able to do more push-ups and run faster than their female counterparts.

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Obviously, Roberts pointed out, being in the military isn't exactly the same as being in the Olympics, but "it's a comparable situation, where you have someone doing whatever they can to maintain or improve their abilities." Naturally, other doctors and researchers felt compelled to pooh-pooh the study to NBC, arguing that it has limitations that we shouldn't apply to the debate over girls' sports. But the reality is, doctors like Michelle Cretella have been saying for years, men and women are profoundly and genetically different in ways that no medicine or surgery can change.

"[M]en and women have — at a minimum — 6,500 genetic differences between us. And this impacts every cell of our bodies — our organ systems, how diseases manifest, how we diagnose, and even treat in some cases." And yet, the NCAA has joined the radical International Olympic Committee in downplaying those disparities. Fortunately, most Americans can see through the political correctness to common sense. In polling late last year in 10 battleground states, 75 percent of voters said they object to mixed-gender sports. "I think we've made some progress in [warning the country about] what's happening. And I think it's so common sense and basic for people that they're kind of wondering, 'Why are we even having this discussion right now?'" Concerned Women for America's Doreen Denny said on "Washington Watch."

But we're having this discussion because of radical liberals like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris — two people who will do anything to tear down the walls of science, morality, and human history if they have the chance. And it will be up to us — and the brave voices fighting for truth — to stand up and speak out.

Published with permission from the Family Research Council.


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Biden and Fauci will use ‘great reset’ to destroy what’s good about society

This is no longer about public health. It’s about a new political vision.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:29 am EST
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January 8, 2021 (American Institute for Economic Research) — At any anti-lockdown protest, you will see signs that say “Stop the Great Reset.” The New York Times calls this phrase “a baseless conspiracy theory.” Here is the problem. None of this is secret. There are books you can read about it and detailed websites describing it. Time Magazine even did a cover story. It’s the title of World Economic Forum head Klaus Schwab’s book on the lockdowns and the future. It was published July 9, 2020, and now has nearly 900 reviews on Amazon. 

Proponents of “The Great Reset” argue that the pandemic proves our former society “doesn’t work,” so we need a tech-focused, “sustainable” future to reduce emissions and thereby “save the planet.” The Great Reset is a rebranded, tightened-up version of the UN’s decades-old “Sustainable Development” agenda (“Agenda 21”). The same policies and ideas are contained in “The Green New Deal,” which was defeated in 2019 in the US Congress. 

It bears repeating: six months before “SARS-CoV-2” was discovered by China, the UN and the WEF signed a “Strategic Partnership” specifically to advance the “Sustainable Development” agenda, now known as “The Great Reset.” You can read all about this partnership online.

Schwab has been openly “fighting” (to use his own word) against Milton Friedman–style economics for decades, ever since Friedman published his famous 1970 essay: “The Social Responsibility Of Business Is to Increase Its Profits.” Schwab now predicts that the “COVID19 pandemic” — which he says will last at least until 2022 — will mark the final death-knell of “neo-liberalism,” which he defines as “a corpus of ideas and policies . . . favoring competition over solidarity, creative destruction over government intervention and economic growth over social welfare.” 

Others would describe neoliberalism as “decentralized power and smaller government,” and Schwab’s preferred system as “China under Xi Jinping.” 

How long has Schwab known that a pandemic could be used to advance his ideals? A while, if his publications and planning exercises are any indication. His book, COVID-19: The Great Reset contains lengthy discourse on how pandemics are known agents for major societal shifts. He asks, “Why should COVID-19 be any different?” 

Then there is the fact that Schwab’s organization practiced a “high-level pandemic exercise” in October 2019, less than five months before “Covid-19″ came along. The WEF’s co-sponsors for this event were The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, both of which have actively promoted 2020’s unprecedented pandemic response —as Imperial College London’s Neil Ferguson recently explained, lockdowns were not recommended by any government until Xi Jinping “changed what was possible” by proclaiming “this worked for us in China.”

This extraordinarily fortuitously-timed pandemic planning exercise makes Schwab look like something of an oracle. Indeed, he openly brags about his foresight: 

For years, international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), institutions like the World Economic Forum and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI — launched at the Annual Meeting 2017 in Davos), and individuals like Bill Gates have been warning us about the next pandemic risk, even specifying that it: 1) would emerge in a highly populated place where economic development forces people and wildlife together; 2) would spread quickly and silently by exploiting networks of human travel and trade; and 3) would reach multiple countries by thwarting containment.

In 2017, Anthony Fauci made a similar prediction, declaring that “there is no doubt” that Donald J. Trump “will be confronted with a pandemic” before the end of his term. Like Schwab, Fauci actively promotes lockdowns. Like Schwab, he declares that we can never again return to normal — if we do, we should expect diseases to constantly jump from animals to humans (because pandemics never happened until 2020, when the world grew “too industrialized”). To save ourselves, we must redesign society “in harmony with nature.”

Both Fauci and Schwab’s prose are littered with terms like “sustainability,” “inclusiveness,” “green,” “nature,” and “harmony.” Terms that are hard to disagree with, although the behaviors supposedly promoting them are a harder sell. Schwab reveals in his “Great Reset” book that our new germ-avoidant behaviors are seen as optimal to “the environment:” 

During lockdowns, many consumers previously reluctant to rely too heavily on digital applications and services were forced to change their habits almost overnight . . . many of the tech behaviors that we were forced to adopt during confinement will through familiarity become more natural. If health [read: fear of germs] considerations become paramount, we may decide, for example, that a cycling class in front of a screen at home . . . is safer (and cheaper!). 

The same reasoning applies to many different domains like flying to a meeting (Zoom is safer, cheaper, greener and much more convenient), driving to a distant family gathering for the weekend (the WhatsApp family group is not as fun but, again, safer, cheaper and greener) or even attending an academic course (not as fulfilling, but cheaper and more convenient).

Spelling this out for those too stunned to take it in: this is an open admission that it benefits Schwab and Fauci’s political agenda to continue lockdowns as long as possible. The same people who sell interminable lockdowns — by ignoring great science on pre-existing immunitylack of asymptomatic spread, and flawed PCR tests — believe the lockdowns are the perfect agent to usher in the changes they desire. Will they succeed? Is their behavior remotely justified? Does the pandemic really prove our society is fatally flawed? Why can’t they use the political system to gain majority votes if their agenda is so good? 

Covid-19 is the first major pandemic in six decades. Worse pandemics occurred in 1918, 1957, and 1968, when the population was exponentially smaller (1.8 billion; 2.8 billion; and 3.6 billion, respectively) and carbon emissions were not even on anyone’s radar. Because pandemics have always occurred, there is no logical basis — not even a flimsy one — to infer that “population growth,” “climate change” or “industrialization” caused this one. 

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People may or may not agree with Schwab that Zoom meetings are preferable to in-person work, that sitting in the same house every day of the week is preferable to commuting to an office, that local entertainment is better than international travel, that exercise classes are just as good over the computer screen as they are in a studio. But there is one thing most people agree with: being told that “germs” threaten your existence when they really do not is abusive. 

Scaring people into their homes, making them fear their own family and friends, preying on their vulnerabilities, shattering their social existences— especially when you knowingly do this in hopes of making it permanent — is just about as bad as human behavior gets. 

Just as bad, Schwab et al. know the lockdowns are “taking out” certain industries while sparing others: in a nutshell, the powerful survive. Anyone who has both this knowledge and the ability to influence lockdown duration has an unthinkable level of power and an unlimited ability to amass more of it by manipulating pretty much the entire global financial system. All of this is eminently predictable by the people encouraging, supporting, and imposing the restrictive orders. 

The [restaurant] sector of activity has been hit by the pandemic [lockdown] to such a dramatic extent that it . . . may never come back. In France and the U.K., several industry voices estimate that up to 75% of independent restaurants might not survive the lockdowns and subsequent social distancing measures. The large chains and fast-food giants will. This in turn suggests that big business will get bigger while the smallest shrink or disappear. A large restaurant chain, for example, has a better chance of staying operational as it benefits from more resources and, ultimately, less competition in the wake of bankruptcies among smaller outfits.

Knowingly taking out small businesses — one of the last bastions of free speech and independence, distinguishable from the tightly-controlled corporate world — is evil. It is hard to believe anyone would do it, if they could avoid it. However, it is equally hard to ignore the fact that Florida, Georgia, South Dakota, Texas and Sweden (among many others) have fully open economies and average mortality to show for it. 

Both public health ethics and the Siracusa Principles dictate that the “least restrictive means” must be used when “public health” is given as a justification for restricting basic human rights, such as the right to earn a living. Yet Schwab and Fauci both ignore Sweden and Florida, and claim that Covid-19 lockdown restrictions must continue until 2022 (or longer). How on earth do they justify it? 

They seem to be telling themselves — and may even truly believe — that they are “saving the planet,” so the ends justify the means. In his book, Schwab poses the rhetorical question, “Is it okay to lie to the public for some greater good?” “Well,” I would respond, “who should we trust to decide what is the greater good?” There will never be unified agreement on which system achieves this end. Some will vote Milton Friedman, some Klaus Schwab. Most everyone, however, would agree that tricks like exploiting pandemics should not be used, even by “one’s own” side. 

Reasonable people may well believe in the merit of Schwab’s “stakeholder economy.” But they undoubtedly expect to be persuaded of its merit, not to have the system foisted on them by ruse. The democratic process exists so ideas can be openly hashed out, debated, and settled by the public, each person allotted one vote. Schwab quite openly admits that he would like to dispense with this process — it is not producing the result he desires. Far from it: recent populist movements in the US (“Make America Great Again”) and UK (“Brexit”) have specifically rejected his collectivist ideals: 

Without greater collaboration, we will be unable to address the global challenges that we collectively face. Put in the simplest possible terms: if, as human beings, we do not collaborate to confront our existential challenges (the environment and the global governance free fall, among others), we are doomed.

In his “Great Reset” marketing book, Schwab threatens that this rising tide of nationalism will prove “incompatible” with the United States dollar’s “status as global reserve currency.” He suggests that an alternative currency will be needed, that a global digital currency is eventually going to arrive, and that China is “years ahead of the rest of the world” in developing one. 

Although he doesn’t say so directly, Schwab et al. undoubtedly dislike what Trump has been doing to defend the dollar. Schwab quotes Barry Eichengreen and European Central Bank representatives as follows: “The security premium enjoyed by the U.S. dollar could diminish” because “the U.S. is disengaging from global geopolitics in favor of more stand-alone, inward-looking policies.” 

Predictably, Schwab makes the argument that these same nationalist policies proved disastrous during “the pandemic.” Echoing the WHO’s praise of China’s collectivist action in Wuhan — which Xi Jinping proudly declares “eradicated the virus” from the entire nation of China — Schwab writes that countries fared better during the pandemic when they share “a real sense of solidarity, favoring the common good over individual aspirations and needs.” 

“Favorable societal characteristics [include] core values of inclusivity, solidarity and trust [which] are strong determining elements and important contributors to success in containing an epidemic.”

Support for these concepts is not a new feeling for Schwab. This did not spring organically out of the pandemic for him, like an epiphany. Rather, this is his long-held vision of utopia and his life’s work. He’s been talking about it for decades:

Earlier this year, Schwab told the Financial Times that his aim has been to beat back Friedman. “What was for me always disturbing was that Milton Friedman gave a moral reasoning to shareholder capitalism — [he argued] the role of business was to make business earn as much as possible and then the money would flow back from the company to the government in the form of taxes. I had to fight against the wave.”

In short, Schwab et al. are on a mission. The mission is to change society. They admire China’s and New Zealand’s governance. They practiced for a pandemic. Science has been thrown to the wind for months, censorship is rampant, Sweden and Florida are ignored, the rule of law is suspended, and certain governors seem determined never to release us from their declared “state of emergency.” 

These circumstances are favorable to Schwab and his powerful allies, including technology companies, billionaires, the media, China, the UN, and others. They are detrimental to billions of less powerful, less organized people and small businesses. There is a lot we don’t know, because we aren’t being told. 

Schwab and his ideologically-aligned allies think they are saving the world. It is not conspiracy theory to read their own books and listen to their own words, which target fundamental liberties and rights that the West has long taken for granted. At some point, it’s not unreasonable to observe that this is no longer about public health. It’s about a new political vision, one hatched by a private few in order to rule over the many. It is unlikely to be shared by most people, thus setting up what is likely to be an epic battle in 2021.

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Double-standard: Taxpayer-funded NPR to call Capitol stormers ‘pro-Trump extremists’

We don't recall the press using the term 'Black Lives Matter extremist' or even an Antifa 'extremist' despite months of rioting and looting.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 11:13 am EST
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January 8, 2021 (American Thinker) — How's this for a press double-standard?

Lourdes Navarro of NPR has announced on Twitter that company guidance states that Trump-supporters are to be called "pro-Trump extremists," tweeting:

NPR guidance: we won't be calling the people who stormed the Capitol 'protestors' — they are 'pro-Trump extremists' and what they are doing is 'insurrection'.

This is funny stuff, given that thousands showed up; some didn't know they were storming anything; and huge numbers were the usual peaceful, clean-up-the-trash Republican protesters. NPR, in any case, hasn't actually interviewed them. 

And what exactly is "extremist" about opposing election fraud? Locals do it all the time in other countries where third-world hellhole standards prevail. Does anyone call Venezuela's anti–election fraud protesters "extremists"? The word used there is "avalancha." Oh, and don't think the Chavista thugs running Caracas didn't notice this "extremist" label and use it to attempt to make political hay. And speaking of Latin America, here, Jake Tapper got schooled.

More to the hypocritical point, we don't recall the press using the term "Black Lives Matter extremist" or even an Antifa "extremist" despite months of rioting and looting. BLM may attract all kinds of protesters, but it's unmistakable that its self-described Marxist-trained leadership and the many people associated with them who burn things down are mobs and extremists. And Antifa? The people who took over vast swathes of Seattle and Portland? They are by definition extremists. 

Same with the press's use of the word "mobs." A small, apparently misguided, and quite possibly stupid group stormed the nation's Capitol, in a pointless, empty gesture that sure as heck wasn't going to stop what was going on in Congress to ratify Joe Biden as president, and the use of the word "mobs" was rampant.

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The Hill tweeted: JUST IN: State capitals across the country under siege by pro-Trump mobs hill.cm/C8M1dfi

The New York Times tweeted: The storming of Capitol Hill was organized on social media. Trump supporters posted unprecedented scenes of mobs freely strolling through the halls of Congress and uploading celebratory photographs of themselves, encouraging others to join them.

And its banner headline: Trump Incites Mobs

Reuters tweeted similar and then they got a little more temperate here, saying "pro-Trump protestors."

Even National Geographic got in on the act, tweeting manipulated-light images with this: surreal scenes were on display in Washington as mobs breached the Capitol Building and interrupted the vote to certify the 2020 presidential election

Others headlines like these here.

The Daily Beast liked the term "pro-Trump rioters" a word unknown to them when describing Antifa and BLM and all its "peaceful protestors."

The bottom line is this: anyone opposing election fraud is now an extremist and part of a mob. No protests, no calling for redress — anyone protesting will be defined by its least worthy members, the people with bad judgment to storm the Capitol, some of whom may have been Antifa provocateurs. 

It's a bid to paint protests for Trump, in sentiments shared by 74 million voters, as nothing but the doing of mobs and extremists.

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Skyrocketing lesbian ‘divorce’ rates show failure of same-sex couples imitating marriage

Marriage is not a good model for lesbian couples, because they lack the natural complementarity of the sexes.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 9:41 pm EST
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January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — It seems that women in the U.K. who consider themselves “married” to other women are separating in soaring numbers — at rates higher than actual divorces, which is to say among heterosexual couples, who alone can marry. One lesbian activist, Natalie Drew, blames this uptick in lesbian “divorces” on same-sex “marriage” itself.

The Daily Mail reports that “divorces” among same-sex couples increased from 428 in 2018 to 822 in 2019, and of the 2019 figure, almost three quarters are lesbian couples. (There were also 107,599 actual divorces that year in the U.K., an increase of 20% on the previous year.) Drew ran a clinic to help women in lesbian couples conceive children, and, as she told the Daily Mail, “a third of the 586 lesbian couples [sic] she helped to have babies between 2011 and 2015 have split up.”

Drew’s argument is that the ceremony and terminology of marriage, as opposed to “civil partnership,” encourages lesbian couples to adopt a traditional specialization of roles: “You get caught up in these expected roles, one being the breadwinner, going out earning the money, and one being the mother.”

This may seem surprising, as the legal rights and duties of marriage and civil partnerships in the U.K. are identical, but it’s an argument we’ve heard before. The heterosexual couple who fought in the courts for civil partnerships to be extended beyond same-sex couples (as in due course they were) said they wanted a legal relationship free of the “patriarchal baggage” of marriage.

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It seems to be just the word “marriage” that is at issue here, since it has been stripped of patriarchal associations as far as the law is concerned. The U.K.’s Law Commission has gone even farther, taking a few moments out of its busy work of proposing more censorship in order to suggest that the legal guidelines to marriage ceremonies themselves be junked, so people can marry where and when they want, and using whatever words they wish — as long as it is (as they put it) “safe and dignified.” Will this be enough to eradicate the “patriarchal baggage” of the word “marriage”? Certainly, they are going to give it their best shot.

There is another aspect to this. Natalie Drew was in the business of facilitating women in same-sex couples having a baby. What happens when a woman has a baby? Well, the baby needs to be looked after. If there are two adults around, at least one of them will have to be at home, at least for a few months, to do this looking after — preferably the mother, who will be best placed, you know, to breastfeed the baby, and will anyway need some time to recuperate after the birth. It will then make some sense if it is the other one who goes to work, if someone needs to bring home the bacon. Is this not all fairly obvious? But if this is how things are, it is not the terminology of marriage that is the problem so much as the biology of human reproduction.

Biology, the feminists said, is not destiny, but it does have a nasty way of coming back to bite you just when you thought you’d chased it away. Drew offered her clients the chance to have a baby without the involvement of a man — at least, without the involvement of a man they had to have very much to do with. What she could not so easily banish was the masculine role: the role of the person who has not had the baby, who is needed for other tasks to protect and sustain the household while childbirth and child-rearing are going on.

Drew does have a point, to this extent: marriage is not a good model for lesbian couples, because they lack the natural complementarity of the sexes. Insofar as same-sex couples buy into the traditional model, they are going to find themselves struggling to adapt it to a quite different psychological and biological reality. For all that, as I say, the legal treatment of marriage has left us little more than the word “marriage,” it is presumably with some view to buying into its traditions, its social recognition and status, and its durability that lesbian couples are motivated to go through a form of marriage. Drew’s argument seems to be that what they want, they are not well adapted to having.

In my view, the best argument against same-sex “marriage” is precisely that the institution of marriage as traditionally understood is designed to help heterosexual couples raise their children, and it’s not going to work well for what our political elite like to call “non-traditional families.” My thought has been that re-imagining marriage to fit other kinds of couple would damage marriage, making it less supportive of traditional families, pushing it farther and faster in the direction of non-durability, for example. Drew is making a complementary argument from the opposite direction: a relationship model based on marriage, even as watered down as it is, doesn’t actually suit these other couples.

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The truth about the 2020 election is far more sinister than you think

At LifeSite we’ve known this for 25 years. It was the reason why we began this media mission.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 7:57 pm EST
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January 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The election in the United States was manipulated massively in order to favor Joe Biden. And not only that, the mainstream media’s narrative about the election is false but its power of influence is so immense, it’s creating dvision among the best defenders of the truth. 

This past week has been unbelievable! We need to pray like never before. The truth has become obvious in some ways, yet the falsehoods are so effective that the vast majority of good people are being deceived. 

What is currently happening in the U.S. seems capable enough of destroying the conservative movement. It also has the potential to be used by the Left all over the world as a cudgel to make defenders of faith, life, and family out to be crazed violent enemies of the people. 

But anyone should be able to see, at the same time, the very tools used to steal the election of 2020, since they are now at play like never before. The mainstream media, and even more than that, the social media monopolies, have been the biggest manipulators of a fair election. They have lied outright and concealed the truth. They have censored even the President of the United States with impunity – and no one on either side even disputes this.  

Moreover, earlier this year I interviewed on this show Robert Epstein, an atheist Jewish Democrat who, despite his political leanings, was appalled at the election manipulation being undertaken by Google and the other Big Tech social media giants such as Twitter and FaceBook. He scientifically demonstrated the massive vote manipulation that was possible and showed that it was in effect.  

Beyond even this, we had the hearings into voter fraud which showed testimony of hundreds of sworn affidavits and the manipulations in courts which forbade the evidence from ever being presented. Furthermore, we had video of the fraud being carried out and a heroic sting operation which demonstrated the voter fraud live for all to see. Except hardly any did see it. Why? Because the mainstream media is under almost total control by the left. 

At LifeSite we’ve known this for 25 years. It was the reason why we began this media mission. Yet, despite our best efforts most of the good, God-fearing people cannot see what is happening. 

So, let me try to show you some of that – just enough so you can at least know that you’ve missed something, something big you need to look into, something that may help you understand why Americans are concerned enough to finally raise their voices to protest the stealing of their democracy. 

People suggest constantly that there is no evidence of voter fraud. That argument hinges on the lower courts having rejected the attempts to demonstrate that. Well, there is testimony from a lawyer for the Trump team working in Nevada. He details all the ways his team verified the fraud, and then tells of how they were unable to use the evidence in court because their access to the information was delayed so long that the date set by the court to submit the evidence had passed. 

And even beyond that, there is much evidence of the voter fraud and manipulation on video. We saw Republican poll watchers being denied access over and over again. And let me give a hat tip here to Project Veritas which conducted many sting operations demonstrating massive voter fraud in the act.

So, yes, America is being fraudulently handed over to the Global Reset crowd with Joe Biden being the lead puppet for the moment. And the biggest culprit is the mainstream media and the tech giants that have manipulated the election, controlled the flow of information, and used their near-total monopoly to bamboozle the public worldwide. They are pulling accounts on the political right and center.

This is a battle for truth. Not for Donald Trump. At LifeSite, we have openly criticized Trump for pushing the LGBT agenda and will always do that without apology. But blaming Trump for the current situation is ludicrous. The manipulation here is more plain and obvious than it has ever been before.   

And in all this I must say we feel totally helpless, like little mice before a goliath. But that is exactly where I’m happy to be. Small and outnumbered is the perfect time for Our Lord to act. In the end, He is victorious. In the end Christ wins.  

Where do we go from here?  The best course of action for freedom-loving pro-lifers, I believe, is simply this:  

  1. Pray for America and strive for sanctity in our daily lives.  

  2. Love your family, and love your neighbors.  

  3. Speak truth to power, no matter the cost, gathering inspiration from people like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and Bishop Athanasius Schneider.   

  4. Prepare for darkness and more persecution knowing, however, that in the end Christ will be victorious 

  5. Continue to condemn senseless political violence (and acknowledge it is far from concentrated, normal, or prevalent on the American “right,” no matter what mainstream media tell us), voter fraud, and tyranny in  all of  its  many  forms.  

LifeSite  will continue to bring our readers fearless reporting on issues of life, faith, family, and freedom. Please pray for all of our journalists and staff, that we may prudently and accurately report what is happening in America and around the world.  

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Washington elites hate you

And so do media, corporate, big tech, and academic elites.
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 2:00 pm EST
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By Doug Mainwaring

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 8, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — Amid all the posturing and grandstanding going on since Wednesday’s largely peaceful rally in the nation’s capital, one clear message stands out: Those who inhabit the halls of power despise you because you resist their quest to control your life and your family.

Let’s not mince words: They hate you, and they have power over you, but you have no power over them other than the power to vote. Yet with our most recent election, the “power of the ballot box” now seems like a quaint, hopelessly naive notion. Clearly: the vote counters, not the voters, hold all the power.

Because you resist their anti-human dignity devotion to abortion, sodomy, genderlessness, the deconstruction of the family, the suppression of faith, and even the operation of small businesses, you are a pariah in their world.

The nuclear family and your role in it is so threatening to them, they now want to outlaw the words “Mom,” and “Dad” as a matter of common usage on Capitol Hill and throughout society.

They want to “cancel” and “erase” your presence from the modern day public square — social media — to make you feel as if you don’t exist, to demoralize you. They want to disconnect you from friends and family who think like you. They want you to have zero influence in the world which they feel rightly belongs to them. You are nothing more than an interloper, an intruder, a freak who has no place residing in the utopia they are creating.

Over the last 48 hours, actions to neuter opposition to the nation’s elites and resistance to their power and authority have been stunning. The pace of their mission is accelerating.

President Trump has been frozen out of social media platforms; Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) revealed that publishing giant Simon & Schuster canceled his book contract; and Facebook has removed the “Walk Away” campaign — composed of a half million former Democrat voters — destroying access to hundreds of thousands of testimonial videos.

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The Kraken which has been released is not the one we had hoped for.

The hideous power wielded by the Ruling Class

In July 2010, Angelo Codevilla published a groundbreaking article at The American Spectator which soon became a book, The Ruling Class. Codevilla’s message was so significant, so packed with truth, that conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh pretty much read the entire 12,000 word piece to his millions of listeners. Every single word was gold.

Codevilla explained that the nation has two classes: The Ruling Class, composed of our elites, and the Country Class, which refers not to rural Americans, but to every citizen who is not a member of the Ruling Class.

“The American people do not want partisan government,” declared Codevilla. “They want self-governance,” which is a big problem for our elites, whether Republicans or Democrats.

That’s why Donald Trump’s presidency was such a catastrophic blow to them, that from day one they tried to use every lever of power — mostly illegitimately — to dislodge him.

Trump was and is not one of them. And neither are you. With a Biden-Harris White House, those same strong-armed tactics will now be focused on the rest of us.

“Our Ruling Class does not like the rest of America. Most of all, it dislikes that so many Americans think America is substantially different from the rest of the world — and like it that way,” said Codevilla. “For our Ruling Class, however, America is a work in progress, just like the rest of the world, and they are the engineers.”

“Our Ruling Class’ first priority in any and all matters, its solution to any and all problems, is to increase the power of the government — meaning of those who run it, meaning themselves,” he wrote. Unsurprisingly, the goals and tactics of our elites are becoming indistinguishable from those of the Communist Chinese Party.

Let this sink in: “The two classes have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another than did the nineteenth century’s Northerners and Southerners — nearly all of whom, as Lincoln reminded them, ‘prayed to the same God.’”

More gems:

  • Key to understanding our bipartisan Ruling Class: Its first tenet is that its members are the best and brightest, while the rest of Americans are retrograde, racist, and dysfunctional unless properly constrained. How did this replace the Founding Fathers’ paradigm that “all men are created equal”?

  • Its greatest concern has been to denigrate the American people’s devotion to God, because the Ruling Class accepts no standard it cannot control. Because natural families represent affections into which government has difficulty intruding, and because natural families educate the children they produce, the Ruling Class has done its best to undermine marriage and to take as much authority from parents as it can.

  • The dismissal of the American people’s intellectual, spiritual, and moral substance is the very heart of what our Ruling Class is about. Its principal article of faith, its claim to the right to decide for others, is precisely that it knows things scientifically, and operates by standards beyond others’ comprehension. They claim moral authority as priests of what they claim are ultimate truths.

  • By identifying science and reason with themselves, our rulers delegitimize opposition. Though they cannot prevent Americans from worshiping God, they can make it as socially disabling as smoking—to be done furtively and with a bad social conscience.

  • By taking so much power into its self-selected circles, the Ruling Class has gone a long way toward destroying the habits of Americans for economic self-reliance, for citizenship, for family life, and for reverence. Ousting the Ruling Class will not be so difficult or important as reclaiming the habits that made us Americans.

  • Today’s Ruling Class ... was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters — speaking the “in” language — serves as a badge of identity.

  • Laws and regulations nowadays are longer than ever, because length is needed to specify how people will be treated unequally.

“The Country Class is convinced that big business, big government, and big finance are linked as never before, and that ordinary people are more unequal than ever,” wrote Codevilla.

  • Demographically, the Country Class is the other side of the Ruling Class’ coin: its most distinguishing characteristics are marriage, children, and religious practice.

  • Politically, the Country Class may well be defined in terms of its lack of connection with government, and above all by attitudes opposite to those of the Ruling Class.

  • The Country Class is not anti-government, just nongovernmental. It views the way people live their lives as the result of countless private choices rather than as the consequence of someone else’s master plan.

Ten years of American history since the publication of Codevilla’s book have proven the truth of his observations about America’s two classes of citizens. We now witness an existential battle between the two, which has now been put on full display.

“If you’re a common sense person, you probably don’t feel you have a home in this world right now,” opined Catholic actress Patricia Heaton in a tweet. “If you’re a Christian, you know you were never meant to.”


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Remember: leftist rioters killed people, ransacked D.C., while Democrats cheered them on

Riots throughout May and the start of June led to the injury of nearly 1,000 police officers in a matter of weeks
Fri Jan 8, 2021 - 1:58 pm EST
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Rioters in front of the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse during another night of unrest on July 25, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Spencer Platt / Getty Images
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January, 8, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The media, business groups, Democrats, and many Republicans have rushed to condemn Wednesday’s largely unimpeded breach of the U.S. Capitol building as an “insurrection.” 

As some have pointed out, little, if any censure, from most of these groups resulted from numerous killings and unprecedented urban destruction last year by leftist rioters, who were often directly incited by Democratic leaders.

A Capitol police officer tragically has died, reportedly due to the actions of some people at the pro-Trump rally on Wednesday, though it must be noted that looters and agitators in Black Lives Matters riots have repeatedly, deliberately killed targets of their anger. 

At a Portland rally last August, “anti-fascist” anarchists murdered pro-Trump demonstrator Aaron “Jay” Danielson and celebrated the killing. “He was a f—ing Nazi! Our community held its own,” a woman can be heard screaming in response to the murder. Oregon governor Kate Brown blamed the violence on Trump supporters.

Multiple people, including elderly retired police officer David Dorn and an unarmed Chicago father, were fatally shot during lootings that erupted following the death of George Floyd in May. A total of twenty-five Americans were killed either amid “political demonstrations” or as a result of “political unrest,” in 2020, according to The Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project.

Riots throughout May and the start of June led to the injury of nearly 1,000 police officers in a matter of weeks.

At one Black Lives Matter riot in upstate New York, for example, a heavily intoxicated woman who tested positive for five different drugs plowed her car through a line of cops, shattering one of their pelvises, while a passenger fired shots out of her window. She was released from federal custody.

Hundreds of violent “protests,” up to 95% of them linked to Black Lives Matter, caused between $1-2 billion worth of property damage across the United States just between May 26 and June 8. Rioting has continued into 2021 in various U.S. cities. 

“The number of boarded-up or destroyed structures I’ve seen across the country — commercial, governmental, and even residential — is staggering, and keeping an accurate count has been impossible,” said investigative journalist Michael Tracey, who made a cross-country trip in the summer to document the wreckage. 

“It would be almost trivially easy to go to Minneapolis, Chicago, or Seattle and interview an immigrant small-business owner who’d been ‘living the American dream’ but whose life prospects have now been seriously disrupted, if not destroyed altogether,” he added.

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The damage done by any Trump protestors in the Capitol yesterday – which seems to be confined mainly to doors and windows – cannot compare.

In Seattle, Black Lives Matter rioters overran the local police department and seized six city blocks last year, leading to two homicides and a spike in local rapes. They later tried to seal Seattle police inside a precinct and burn them alive.

Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs have burned the city hall of Portland and ravaged a federal courthouse and the police union there, among other things, throughout seven straight months of unrest. As protestors entered the U.S. Capitol yesterday, hundreds of people, some armed with long guns, quietly continued an ongoing occupation of a part of downtown Portland called “Red House.”

Agitators blasted fireworks at an ICE building in Atlanta. They threw “rocks, ceramic paint-filled balls and frozen water bottles” at a federal courthouse and another federal building in Oakland.

Riots linked to Black Lives Matter contributed to more than $50 million worth of damage in sleepy Kenosha, Wisconsin, after police killed an armed black man who shrugged off a taser and resisted arrest. 

In the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, rioters and looters even targeted pharmacies, pilfering or destroying around 150 of them in Philadelphia alone.

Moreover, Black Lives Matter and allied activists have torn down or vandalized dozens, if not hundreds, of statuesand other historic monuments, including memorials honoring first responders, Catholic saints, African-American soldiers, and victims of the Armenian genocide.

They desecrated the Lincoln Memorial and the World War II Memorial, torched historical St. John’s church, and forced entry into the AFL-CIO headquarters in D.C., setting it ablaze from within.

Two years prior, leftist agitators had stormed the atrium of the Senate Hart Building by Capitol Hill to protest the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

They also surrounded the Supreme Court, banging on and clawing at the outer doors ahead of Justice Kavanaugh’s swearing-in.

In November, Shutdown DC, the group of Black Lives Matter-affiliated radicals who harassed GOP Senator Josh Hawley’s family earlier this week, anticipated “blockading the White House” in the event of a Trump victory. They also had sought “to prevent Congress from returning” to session.

“We are not seeking a ‘return to normalcy,’” they said. “Rather, we see this as the time to rise up against the current crisis and move forward to dismantle…interlocking systems of oppression.”

Other D.C. “siege” attempts had been announced by radical left-wingers like Adbusters, a group linked to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Crucially, Democratic leaders unabashedly incited this likely unparalleled destruction - probably the worst wave of political-related violence to sweep the nation since the Civil War. 

In June, after several riot murders already had been reported, Senator Kamala Harris gleefully told Stephen Colbert, “They’re not going to stop.”

“They’re not gonna stop before Election Day and they’re not going to stop after Election Day. And everyone should take note of that. They’re not gonna let up and they should not,” she said.

“Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley likewise called for “unrest in the streets” in August. “You know, there needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives,” she continued.

“If you see anybody from [Trump’s cabinet] in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, told supporters.

Nancy Pelosi who encouraged “uprisings across the country” against Trump two years ago, similarly labelled Republicans “domestic enemies of the state” four months ago.

Along with the Democratic Party, the liberal media widely took up the cause to justify and foment left-wing violence.

“Show me where it says protestors are supposed to be polite and peaceful,” CNN’s Andrew Cuomo said over the summer. In October, The New Yorker released a feature called “In the Streets with Antifa,” that explored the group’s notion that “confronting fascists with violence can be justified.” 

The news outlet The Nation published an article in June titled, “Burning Down the 3rd Police Precinct Changed Everything.” “By seizing the cops’ home base, rioters showed that law enforcement is not above the forces of history,” said writer Vicky Osterweil. 

More than 100 Minneapolis cops have filed for permanent disability in the wake the summer riots violence in the city, citing post-traumatic stress issues.

“Protests are messy,” downplayed German Lopez of Vox in an article covering a deadly Black Lives Matter event. “When thousands or millions of people rise up in very passionate demonstrations, some bad, violent people are going to get caught up in the cause.”

What happened to that idea when far more peaceful conservatives protested a fraudulent election this week?


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