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Florida Manatee Deaths up Almost 50% in 2018

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A Florida manatee looking at the camera.
Florida manatee deaths rose significantly in 2018. Here’s Looking at You Kid – Meet a Florida Manatee by the U.S. Geological Survey. Public Domain.

Here’s a heart-breaking story by John R. Platt and Dipika Kadaba of The Revelator. It turns out that 824 Florida manatees died last year, almost 50% more than in 2017.

Those 824 mortalities (deaths) represent 13% of the Florida manatee population, and many of them were caused by people – either directly or indirectly.

The Revelator released a video that goes into more detail about why so many manatees died last year. Click below to watch it, and be sure to visit this link for the original story.

Video by The Revelator about the dramatic rise in Florida manatee mortalities in 2018.

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UPDATE: Manhunt Underway for Parents of School Shooter Who Are Missing and On the Run

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The parents of the teenager accused of killing four classmates and injuring a number of others at a Michigan high school have gone missing and now a massive man hunt is underway.

The FBI, U.S. Marshals and local police are searching for James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of Ethan Crumbley.

A prosecutor filed involuntary manslaughter charges Friday against the parents of a teen accused of killing four students at a Michigan high school, saying they failed to intervene on the day of the tragedy despite being confronted with a drawing and chilling message — “blood everywhere” — that was found at the boy’s desk.

And apparently — the parents were not under surveillance.

From the Associated Press:

School officials became concerned about the younger Crumbley on Monday, a day before the shooting, when a teacher saw him searching for ammunition on his phone, McDonald said.

Jennifer Crumbley was contacted and subsequently told her son in a text message: “Lol. I’m not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught,” according to the prosecutor.

On Tuesday, a teacher found a note on Ethan’s desk and took a photo. It was a drawing of a gun pointing at the words, “The thoughts won’t stop. Help me,” McDonald said.

There also was a drawing of a bullet, she said, with words above it: “Blood everywhere.”

Between the gun and the bullet was a person who appeared to have been shot twice and is bleeding. He also wrote, “My life is useless” and “The world is dead,” according to the prosecutor.

The school quickly had a meeting with Ethan and his parents, who were told to get him into counseling within 48 hours, McDonald said.

The Crumbleys failed to ask their son about the gun or check his backpack, McDonald said. The teen returned to class and the shooting subsequently occurred.

“The notion that a parent could read those words and also know that their son had access to a deadly weapon that they gave him is unconscionable — it’s criminal,” the prosecutor said.

Jennifer Crumbley texted her son after the shooting, saying, “Ethan, don’t do it,” McDonald said.

James Crumbley called 911 to say that a gun was missing from their home and that Ethan might be the shooter. The gun had been kept in an unlocked drawer in the parents’ bedroom, McDonald said.

That agreement with attorney Shannon Smith was sometime in the morning, McCabe said around 2 p.m. Friday.

“Our last conversation with the attorney was that she had been trying to reach them by phone and text, and they were not responding,” he said. 

McCabe said Fugitive Apprehension Team officers still were out searching for the couple as of mid-afternoon Friday. The Crumbleys own a 2021 black Kia Seltos with the license plate DQG5203 and a 2019 white Kia Soul Station Wagon with the license plate DZH8994, according to the sheriff’s office and Secretary of State records.

Thanks to our friends at ToddStarns.com and the AP for contributing to this article.

https://thedcpatriot.com/update-manhunt-underway-for-parents-of-school-shooter-who-are-missing-and-on-the-run/

Happy Endings… Make sure your volume is up 😆🤣

The Like Button…

Does anyone have any problem with the like button and what did you do to correct the problem?

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For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having trouble with the like button staying on after I click it. The text below it shows that I and the others liked the post, but my picture doesn’t add to the line and show. Also, if I return to the post, it doesn’t show I liked it. It’s becoming so frustrating, as I don’t know if bloggers are getting my likes or not.

Is anyone else having trouble with like buttons or know a remedy? I wrote my question to the community, as I want it to work correctly for me. Believe me folks, I’m out there liking as often as I’m able. It’s been 6 and a half weeks now since the tragedy of my son’s sudden death. Kyle was my only child and its agony missing him so much. He was my best friend and my rock. There is…

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Guest opinion: Tester’s actions should reflect the truth on wolves

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Wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem have stirred passionate debate between supporters and those who would like to see the animals removed from the landscape.

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STEPHEN CAPRA

This past year Montana’s governor and the Legislature, led by representative and trapper Paul Fielder from Thompson Falls, passed a series of reckless bills aimed at decimating the wolf population in our state, despite the fact we have record numbers of deer and elk requiring extra-long hunting seasons.

Testimony at the Legislature warned legislators that if they passed wolf slaughter bills, the federal government would intervene. Now the U.S. Fish and Wildlife is undertaking a 12-month review of the wolves’ status to determine relisting the wolves as endangered. Currently the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks — in desperate need of reform — has decided to allow anyone with a license to kill 20 wolves, 10 by shooting and 10 by trapping. Our state is sanctioning the torture and eradication of animals of tremendous intelligence and beauty. Destroying packs, which will lead to more livestock depredation, is designed to make wolves the cultural enemy.

But it’s not just Republicans who can hang their hat on this slaughter. If you examine the process, you can’t avoid seeing the handiwork of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester. It is Sen. Tester who moved to delist wolves and return them to state control in 2011, an effort that has proven to be a disaster. But Tester has long seen his tough reelections dependent on killing wolves, not thriving wildlife. His actions against wolves are a disgrace and deserve more sunshine and less double talk.

Many people I have spoken with believe wolf protection flows through the Interior Department. That is true to a certain extent, but it seems clear that the Interior Secretary would like to reinstate protections for wolves in Montana and Idaho. The problem seems to be coming from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an agency that will soon have as its director a person shepherded by Jon Tester — Martha Williams, former director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

Williams’ reign at FWP showed little support for wolves and more talk than action about moving the agency out of the stone age and into the real world of allowing species to be self-regulating. There was no action to curb the rampant power of the NRA and trophy hunting and trapping organizations that control the agency and directly fund its narrow mission.

Now, thanks to Tester, Williams will be appointed director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after only a few years in wildlife management. The reason is simple; Tester does not want wolves placed back in protection. Tester’s refusal to meet with constituents on this seems based on the mistaken belief that he understands the will of people across Montana on the issue of wolves.

Tester does not understand the love for, emotion and passion that people bring to the table in their support of wolves. His written responses to constituents are tone deaf to concerns. He ignores the financial power wolves generate for Montana.

It’s not easy to be hard on a senator who has done so much for Montana. His votes on infrastructure, health care and many important issues have been bold and important, but his efforts to stop the protection of wolves need to be challenged.

Wildlife is the real treasure of the Treasure State, and wolves are valuable not only economically and environmentally, but also for disease control. Chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis are on the rise. Can we really afford to destroy wolves, the only known defense?

Most Montanans, including ranchers, find the wolf slaughter repugnant. The time has come for leadership that allows wolves to coexist.

Senator Tester, this is your chance to get right with wolves.

Stephen Capra is executive director of Footloose Montana.

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The corruption from the Democrats never end they need to be voted out!!

Fourth Student Dies in Michigan High School Shooting

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Fourth Student Dies in Michigan High School Shooting

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A fourth victim in the Oxford High School shooting in Michigan died Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office.

Justin Shilling, 17, passed away at approximately 10:00 a.m. local time at McLaren Oakland Hospital in Pontiac just one day after the shooting tragedy that took the lives of three students.

Three students died the day of the incident. They included Tate Myre, a 16-year-old football player, who died in a sheriff’s deputy’s car while traveling to the hospital; Hana St. Juliana, 14; and Madisyn Baldwin, 17.

Six additional people remain wounded, including one unnamed 47-year-old teacher grazed by a bullet.

Other students noted in the press conference and reported by a local FOX 2 affiliate included:

  • A 14-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and jaw is in serious condition.
  • A 17-year-old girl was listed as stable after being shot in the neck.
  • A 15-year-old boy was shot in the leg and is stable.
  • A 14-year-old girl with chest and neck wounds is currently on a ventilator after surgery, according to the sheriff.
  • A 17-year-old girl was shot in the chest and is in critical condition.

The suspect is currently being held at a local juvenile detention facility and has declined to speak to law enforcement regarding motives. The suspect has not been publicly named, and, due to The Daily Wire’s policy on not naming perpetrators of mass casualty incidents, the suspect’s name will not be used in future Daily Wire reports.

The Daily Wire previously reported that the shooting involved a handgun likely purchased by his father on Black Friday, according to what Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said on Tuesday.

The student was taken into custody along with a 9mm Sig Sauer SP 2022 handgun, according to a report by the Detroit Free Press. The suspect had at least two 15-round magazines, with seven remaining rounds when he was apprehended, according to Bouchard’s press conference.

“Preliminary investigation revealed that the weapon used in the shooting was purchased on November 26th, four days ago by the boy’s father. The gun had 15 round magazines. We found two of them. There allegedly was three… more than likely that third magazine will be found there,” Bouchard noted.

At least 12 shots were fired, based on shell casings found at the school. Earlier reports noted 15 to 20 rounds had been fired during the shooting.

Information regarding the location of the handgun purchased was not made known to the public. Images of the alleged gun have been seen online.

“It’s my understanding, again, that this was a recent weapon purchase, that he had been shooting with it, and they posted pictures,” Bouchard noted.

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Honey Adulterated by Food Fraudsters

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Buyer Beware: We have previously published reports indicating honey may be contaminated with pesticides like RoundUp Weedkiller (Glyphosate). But now there is news of another type of issue concerning honey: If you choose to throw that low-cost honey into your cart beware that it may have been intentionally adulterated (diluted with sugar) by food fraudsters. 

Low-cost “Chinese honey dominates the global market but is controversial because beekeepers in other countries say laboratory tests suggest some of the global supply is targeted by fraudsters who dilute it with cheaper sugar syrup.

In China, the authorities have been warned of the threat. The Institute of Apicultural Research in Beijing stated in a research paper in March last year: “In order to seek higher profits, high-quality honey is subjected to sugar adulteration through the addition of cheaper sweeteners.”

Factories in China advertise sugar syrup for sale to be mixed…

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Democrats make last effort to keep immigration reforms in social spending bill – Los Angeles Times

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Andrea Castillo

WASHINGTON — 

House Democrats last month passed legislation that would offer protection from deportation for millions of immigrants for the first time in more than 35 years.

The immigration provisions — part of a $1.85-trillion social spending bill — probably represent Democrats’ last chance to achieve reforms to the nation’s immigration system before the 2022 midterm election. After that, if Republicans gain the majority in Congress, the possibility of winning any protections for immigrants would probably drop exponentially.

The measures now face an uphill battle in the Senate, which is expected to take up the legislation this month, and they could be stripped by the Senate parliamentarian well before that. Adding to the challenges there, immigrant advocates are at odds over provisions that would provide work permits to nearly 7 million immigrants living in the country without authorization. The protections would provide temporary respite from deportation but not a path to citizenship.

Some immigrants and their allies say the provisions are a desperately needed start, while others call them unacceptable, a divide that echoes a long debate over whether immigrants should conform to some immediate protection from deportation or hold out for permanent legal status.

The bill, which Democrats call “Build Back Better,” would also help immigrants living in the country legally but who are stuck in a years-long green card backlog, and it would beef up the cash-strapped federal Citizenship and Immigration Services agency.

Gabriel Valladolid, 47, said essential workers like him deserved a pathway to citizenship. But Valladolid, who works tomato fields in San Joaquin, Calif., longs to visit the two adult children in Mexico he hasn’t seen in 17 years.

He recalled when California lawmakers extended driver’s licenses to undocumented residents and some people complained because they couldn’t be used for air travel and were marked differently than regular licenses. Valladolid said the licenses were better than nothing — immigrants were used to having their cars impounded with every traffic stop. He feels the same way now.

“Whatever they want to give us,” Valladolid said. “The BBB is a good start. Adelante, pero ya.” We want it now.

The centerpiece of the bill’s immigration provisions givesqualified immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since January 2011 the chance to apply for temporary work permits and protection from deportation under a process called “parole.”

Nearly 60% of immigrants in the country without authorization would be eligible for the protections — some 6.5 million people, according to a Congressional Budget Office analysis. The work permits would last five years and could be renewed once, extending protections into 2031. Those eligible could also access federal benefits including Medicare and Medicaid, and receive permission to travel outside the country.

An estimated 3 million of those immigrants, according to the CBO, are the immediate relatives of adult U.S. citizens and could eventually apply for green cards once granted parole.

The legislation also seeks to modernize the system to better reflect current immigration trends. It would expand processing capacity by adding $2.8 billion to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. And it would enable the agency to “recapture” hundreds of thousands of visas that have gone unused each year since 1992 because of administrative complications, helping more than 5 million immigrants — mostly from India — who are stuck in the green card backlog.

The parliamentarian’s position

The nonpartisan CBO said the bill overall would add $160 billion to the deficit over a decade. The White House estimates that the bill would reduce the deficit.

To get the legislation through the Senate, Democrats are using a procedure called reconciliation that allows them to pass the bill with 50 votes plus the tiebreaking vote of the vice president. But the process requires all measures be directly related to the federal budget.

Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough determines whether policies pass muster. Senate Democratic aides met with MacDonough on Nov. 23 to discuss the plan for work permits, and she did not immediately rule it out, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

Next MacDonough will formally assess whether the plan complies with the so-called Byrd rule, which requires that the legislation’s impact on government spending or revenue outweigh any “extraneous” policy changes. That assessment could come this week.

This is the third attempt by Senate Democrats to add protections for immigrants to the bill. MacDonough rejected the previous two.

The first offered a path to citizenship for certain immigrants without lawful status, including those who were brought to the country as children, temporary protected status holders, farmworkers and other essential workers.

The second sought to allow immigrants who entered the country before 2010 to obtain residency if they were currently without lawful status.

“Changing the law to clear the way to [lawful permanent resident] status is tremendous and enduring policy change that dwarfs its budgetary impact,” MacDonough wrote of the first proposal.

‘A permanent underclass’

Democratic Reps. Lou Correa of Santa Ana, Adriano Espaillat of New York and Jesús “Chuy” Garcia of Illinois all staked their votes for the broader bill on the immigration provisions and had advocated for the inclusion of a pathway to citizenship. Those lawmakers signed a letter, along with dozens of others, calling on Senate leaders to disregard MacDonough’s opinion, but the effort lacks wide support.

If Democrats are hoping the failed attempts will mollify advocates, they may be disappointed. Angelica Salas, executive director of CHIRLA, or the Los Angeles-based Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said anything less than a path to citizenship is unacceptable.

Salas said offering work permits would put millions more people on the same roller coaster that those with temporary protected status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protection have faced. Both programs, administrated by the executive branch, were rolled back under the Trump administration, but legal battles kept the protections in place.

“This is just about the Democrats,” she said. “If they can’t fight for citizenship in Build Back Better, tell me how they’re going to fight for our folks afterward and try to say that we’ll get it through another process that is dependent on Republicans? They can’t defraud our community again. I don’t want to be satisfied with such low expectations.”

But Giev Kashkooli, political and legislative director at United Farm Workers, called the current immigration package substantial. The chance for millions of immigrants to work legally, visit family members they’ve been separated from for decades, and for some to access a pathway to citizenship through immediate U.S. citizen family members — all represent a significant step forward, he said.

“It’s the least that the women and men who feed us deserve. But they are significant — people do not have them now,” he said.

Kashkooli said that immigration wins have always been challenging. He pointed to 2012 when President Obama announced the creation of DACA, and the following year the Democratic-controlled Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill with 15 Republican votes that ultimately failed in the Republican-controlled House.

“Winning a breakthrough, even when you fall short on what you’ve won before, doesn’t mean you can’t build on that breakthrough,” he said.

But Patrice Lawrence, co-director of UndocuBlack, argued that accepting the current plan and advocating for a more permanent solution later is unrealistic.

“What worries me the most is that we will be creating a permanent underclass of undocumented people and they will be locked into that underclass for a long time,” Lawrence said. “The window for Congress to act is very slim. The reconciliation package is it because next year is an election year and other things become more pressing.”

Times staff writer Jennifer Haberkorn contributed to this report.

https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/story/2021-12-01/dems-make-last-effort-to-keep-immigration-in-social-spending-bill-advocates-split-over-proposals

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Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama 2024 Front-Runners If Biden Doesn’t Run

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John Rigolizzo

A new poll found that Vice President Kamala Harris and former first lady Michelle Obama are voters’ top two selections for the presidential nomination in 2024, should President Joe Biden decide not to run again.

The survey of 939 registered voters, conducted by Hill-HarrisX between November 18-19, found that Harris led all potential contenders with a 13% share of support from respondents. Mrs. Obama followed closely behind with 10% of the vote. The poll had a 3.2% margin of error.

Harris notably won the largest amount of support from voters who supported Biden in 2020, with 22% of the vote.

Other candidates who received 5% or less of voters’ support included Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Biden Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, and investor and former candidate for both President and New York City Mayor Andrew Yang.

Another 13% preferred a candidate not on the list. 36% responded that they were “unsure” who they would vote for if Biden decided not to seek re-election.

Members of the Biden White House have said that the president plans to run for re-election in 2024, but Biden would be 81 on Election Day 2024 and 82 upon his swearing in for a second term. Biden’s approval rating has also cratered following the administration’s mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal and the double-edged sword of inflation and the supply chain crisis, especially as the Christmas season approaches. Biden’s job approval rating stands at just 41.7%, according to the RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Voters are also skeptical of Biden’s ability to carry out another campaign and a second term. A Politico/Morning Consult poll found that a near-majority of voters disagreed that Biden, the oldest person ever to serve in the Oval Office, was “in good health.” Fifty percent of voters disagreed, while 40% agreed, and only 10% did not know or had no opinion.

Biden himself received his annual physical last week. His physician noted two outstanding health issues: Biden’s chronic cough, which the doctor said was “more frequent and pronounced” (though he noted that it could simply be a perception brought on by increased public scrutiny), and his walk, which the doctor said was noticeably “stiffer and less fluid.” Reports also suggest that Biden did not take a cognitive test during the exam.

Talk of Biden’s successor has gained traction in recent months, but Harris is dealing with problems of her own, including bogged down approval ratings. A recent poll found that Harris’ job approval rating sits at a paltry 28%, ten points lower than Biden’s in the same poll. Two of Harris’ aides have moved on amid the low approval rating and rumors of a rift between her and Biden.

Harris’ floundering poll numbers have led to some speculation about a possible run from Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, especially after a Politico/Morning Consult poll found he had a higher approval rating than many other members of the Biden cabinet.

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BREAKING: Another Federal Judge Deals Blow To Biden’s Vaccine Mandate, Issues Nationwide Injunction

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Ryan Saavedra

A federal judge in Louisiana blocked Democrat President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for health care workers on Tuesday, issuing a nationwide injunction on Biden’s order.

The Daily Advertiser reported:

Louisiana Western District U.S. Judge Terry Doughty’s decision follows an identical ruling Monday from Missouri U.S. District Judge Matthew Schelp, but Schelp’s decision only covered 10 states.

Doughty ruled on the lawsuit led by Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and joined by 13 other states, but Doughty added a nationwide injunction in his ruling.

“If the executive branch is allowed to usurp the power of the legislative branch to make laws, two of the three powers conferred by our Constitution would be in the same hands,” Doughty wrote. “If human nature and history teach anything, it is that civil liberties face grave risks when governments proclaim indefinite states of emergency.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry praised the ruling and slammed Biden for “villainiz[ing] our healthcare heroes with his ‘jab or job’ edicts.”

“While our fight is far from over, I am pleased the Court granted preliminary relief against the President’s unconstitutional and immoral attack on not only our healthcare workers but also the access to healthcare services for our poor and elderly,” Landry said. “I will see this case through to the end – fighting every step of the way to prevent the federal government from imposing medical tyranny on our citizens and turning last year’s healthcare heroes into this year’s unemployed.”

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Biden Admin Withholds Report on Illegal Immigrant Population – Washington Free Beacon

Biden Administration Immigrants cross the Rio Grande in September / Reuters

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Joseph Simonson

• November 29, 2021 6:01 pm

The Biden administration has yet to publicly disclose critical information on the number of illegal immigrants in the United States, a violation of congressional guidance and a departure from federal transparency standards.

The Department of Homeland Security has given Congress its report on the number of foreign nationals who remain in the United States on expired visas, but the information has not been subsequently released to the public, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. Stretching back to at least the Obama administration, DHS has made the annual report on suspected visa overstays available to the public shortly after giving it to Congress.

Requests for comment to various agencies within DHS on the report went unanswered. Congress has mandated that the report is released online to the public, out of concern that “the large number of annual in-country alien overstays threatens national security and the integrity of legal immigration.”

The Biden administration’s failure to post the report comes as it faces an all-time high surge of migrants on the southern border. DHS has repeatedly failed to answer lawmaker questions about the criminal histories of migrants allowed entry or where those migrants have been resettled.

The failure to post the report is consistent with the administration’s dramatic changes to avoid stigmatizing the illegal immigrant population, such as banning the term alien from federal government literature, according to former immigration officials.

“For whatever reason, it appears political appointees are not disclosing a report produced by career subject matter experts,” said former Immigration and Customs Enforcement senior adviser Jon Feere. “It’s consistent with the Biden administration’s general hostility to transparency.”

“The Biden policies are a slap in the face to all State Department employees—the message is that all foreigners can ignore visa adjudicators and stay as long as they’d like,” Feere said.

Under the Immigration and Naturalization Service Data Management Improvement Act of 2000, the federal government is legally required to prepare an annual report on the number of foreign nationals who are suspected of overstaying their visas. That report must also be submitted to the House and Senate as part of a bipartisan effort to better track abuses in the country’s immigration system.

Subsequent appropriations bills for the Department of Homeland Security require the agency to post these reports publicly. For five years, starting under the Obama administration, DHS complied with the provision. The report was posted on DHS’s website each year under former president Donald Trump.

The report, officially called the Entry/Exit Overstay Report, provides an exact accounting of foreign travelers no longer authorized to live in the United States by using arrival, departure, and visa information through various agencies within DHS and the State Department. The identification of those individuals illegally living in the United States does not, importantly, necessarily result in deportation proceedings.

The Free Beacon reached out to every House and Senate office copied on the 2019 report, the last one made available to the public. None of the offices, including outspoken critics of Biden’s immigration policy such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) and Ron Johnson (R., Wis.), would offer comment. The office of Rep. Kay Granger (R., Texas) confirmed she received the 2020 report but also would not comment on its findings.

Democrats hope to use their budget reconciliation plan to expand the number of foreigners authorized to work in the United States. Critics of the immigration provisions in the bill say they could lead to the issuance of hundreds of thousands of visas, and offer permanent residency to over half a million visa holders already in the United States.

https://freebeacon.com/biden-administration/biden-admin-withholds-report-on-illegal-immigrant-population/

Top Scientist Blasts Fauci As A ‘Serial Liar,’ Slams Ex-Biden Pandemic Adviser As An ‘Empty Head,’ ‘Dolt’

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Richard H. Ebright, an award-winning scientist and Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University, responded to statements made by Dr. Anthony Fauci on Sunday by repeatedly calling Fauci a “serial liar.”

Ebright responded to each of the following comments made on social media by stating, “Serial liars–like Fauci–will be serial liars.”

  • #1: “Fauci is such a tool. The question posed to him in congress was whether he funded gain of function research. He either did or he didn’t. He said he didn’t. New evidence suggests he did. This isn’t a scientific question.”
  • #2: “Fauci: ‘I’m going to be saving lives and they’re going to be lying’ – POLITICO Anyone who’s been this wrong and misled people this much should not hide behind ‘science’ especially when he has so blatantly ignored or misunderstood the ‘science’ throughout.”
  • #3: “Fauci then implied that Senator Ted Cruz should be prosecuted for Jan. 6. ‘And I’m going to be saving lives, and they’re going to be lying,’ he added. He also proclaimed: ‘I represent science! … And if you damage science, you’re doing something very detrimental to society…’”

Ebright criticized Fauci earlier this year after The Intercept obtained hundreds of pages of previously undisclosed information from the NIH that allegedly showed that EcoHealth Alliance used federal grant money to fund dangerous bat coronavirus research in the Chinese labs.

Ebright said [emphasis added]:

The materials show that the 2014 and 2019 NIH grants to EcoHealth with subcontracts to WIV funded gain-of-function research as defined in federal policies in effect in 2014-2017 and potential pandemic pathogen enhancement as defined in federal policies in effect in 2017-present.

The materials confirm the grants supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric SARS-related coronaviruses that combined a spike gene from one coronavirus with genetic information from another coronavirus, and confirmed the resulting viruses could infect human cells.

The materials reveal that the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses also could infect mice engineered to display human receptors on cells (“humanized mice”).

The materials further reveal for the first time that one of the resulting novel, laboratory-generated SARS-related coronaviruses–one not been previously disclosed publicly–was more pathogenic to humanized mice than the starting virus from which it was constructed and thus not only was reasonably anticipated to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity, but, indeed, was *demonstrated* to exhibit enhanced pathogenicity.

The materials further reveal that the the grants also supported the construction–in Wuhan–of novel chimeric MERS-related coronaviruses that combined spike genes from one MERS-related coronavirus with genetic information from another MERS-related coronavirus.

The documents make it clear that assertions by the NIH Director, Francis Collins, and the NIAID Director, Anthony Fauci, that the NIH did not support gain-of-function research or potential pandemic pathogen enhancement at WIV are untruthful.

Ebright later criticized remarks made by former Biden COVID-19 senior adviser Andy Slavitt, saying that Slavitt was an “empty head” and a “dolt.”

Empty suits will be empty suits.
Empty heads will be empty heads.
The mystery is why governments rely on empty suits and empty heads.

— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) November 28, 2021

The two are not mutually incompatible, dolt.

— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) November 28, 2021

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Biden Could Release More Oil From Strategic Reserves, Even Though First Release Didn’t Move Gas Prices

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Ben Zeisloft

President Biden may release more oil from the United States Strategic Petroleum Reserve — even though a similar move from the administration had a negligible effect on gas prices.

Amos Hochstein — the White House’s Senior Advisor for Energy Security — told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble that releasing oil from the reserve “is a tool that was available to us and will be available again.”

“Remember, this was not a 50-million-barrel release, 30 million barrels were an exchange where companies and traders can take the oil now and return it over a scheduled period of time. That means the Strategic Petroleum Reserve will be replenished,” Hochstein explained. “And therefore, we have more flexibility to be able to do this again in the future if the need arises. I think we wanted to do something that was impactful for the market and that also had the ability and the flexibility to allow us to do that again should the need arise for the American economy.”

Amid rising gas prices, the Biden administration announced plans last week to tap 50 million barrels of oil from the strategic reserve. Biden said that 32 million “will be an exchange over the next several months, releasing oil that will eventually return to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in the years ahead,” while the other 18 million would be authorized for sale via Congress.

According to the United States Energy Information Administration, however, the United States consumed roughly 18.19 million barrels of petroleum per day in 2020 — meaning that the release of 50 million barrels would only equate to 2.5 days’ worth of consumption. As Reuters explained, “Analysts have warned an SPR release would only produce a short-term effect in the market, as it would not increase U.S. production capacity.”

Nevertheless, Democratic leadership — including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) — praised the President’s move.

“President Biden’s announcement is good news for American families and will strengthen our economy,” he said. “Tapping the SPR will provide much-needed temporary relief at the pump and will signal to OPEC that they cannot recklessly manipulate supply to artificially inflate gas prices. Of course, the only long-term solution to rising gas prices is to continue our march to eliminate our dependence on fossil fuels and create a robust green energy economy.”

Indeed, prices have risen over the past week following volatility stemming from the omicron coronavirus variant.

“Oil prices rose on Monday, following the biggest one-day pullback since April last year late last week,” CNBC reported. “International benchmark Brent crude futures traded at $74.60 a barrel on Monday, up more than 2.5% for the session, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures stood at $70.62, around 3.6% higher.

After the Biden administration authorized the release of reserve oil, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm failed to demonstrate knowledge of the American economy’s daily oil consumption.

“How many barrels of oil does the U.S. consume per day?” asked a reporter during a press briefing. 

“I don’t have that number in front of me,” Granholm responded.

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Cruz Responds To Fauci’s Attack On Him In Scathing Statement, Doubles Down On Call For Criminal Probe

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) responded to an attack from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to the president, on Sunday by doubling down on his call for the Department of Justice to investigate Fauci for alleged false statements that he made while testifying to Congress.

“Anybody who spins lies and threatens and all that theater that goes on with some of the investigations and the congressional committees and the Rand Pauls and all that other nonsense, that’s noise, Margaret, that’s noise,” Fauci said during an interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan.

Later, when asked about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) saying that Fauci should be prosecuted by the Department of Justice, Fauci responded: “Yeah. I have to laugh at that. I should be prosecuted? What happened on Jan. 6, senator?”

Fauci claimed that Republicans were trying to scapegoat him to protect former President Donald Trump and that Republicans who are attacking him are “lying.”

Cruz responded to Fauci’s remarks in a series of tweets late on Sunday afternoon, calling Fauci “an unelected technocrat who has distorted science and facts in order to exercise authoritarian control over millions of Americans.”

“He lives in a liberal world where his smug ‘I REPRESENT science’ attitude is praised,” Cruz said.

Cruz then laid out four “facts” related to his call for the DOJ to investigate Fauci:

  1. On May 11, Fauci testified before a Senate Committee that “the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”
  2. On October 20, NIH wrote they funded an experiment at the Wuhan lab testing if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.” That is gain of function research.
  3. Fauci’s statement and the NIH’s October 20 letter cannot both be true. The statements are directly contradictory.
  4. 18 USC 1001 makes it [a] felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, to lie to Congress.

“No amount of ad hominem insults parroting Democrat talking points will get Fauci out of this contradiction,” Cruz concluded. “Fauci either needs to address the substance—in detail, with specific factual corroboration—or DOJ should consider prosecuting him for making false statements to Congress.”

Fauci faced additional backlash on Sunday from various officials and commentators:

  • Jeryl Bier, journalist: “This is not helpful in any way. This is almost word for word something a cult leader would say. This persuades no one not already in his corner.”
  • Richard Grenell, former Acting Director of National Intelligence: “Fauci is all about politics.”
  • House Judiciary GOP Twitter account: “Trust the science. Fire Fauci.”
  • Geoffrey Miller, psychology professor: “Fauci’s narcissism, over-confidence, authoritarianism, & hubris are an embarrassment to real working scientists, who tend to value teamwork & humility.”

Related: Top Scientist Blasts Fauci As A ‘Serial Liar,’ Slams Ex-Biden Pandemic Adviser As An ‘Empty Head,’ ‘Dolt’

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Ouch!!! Pennsylvania is a blue State hopefully this will make it turn red

Republican And Democratic Lawmakers Urge SEC To Examine Ben & Jerry’s Israel Boycott

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Four members of the House of Representatives asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to examine Ben & Jerry’s halt on ice cream sales in certain parts of Israel.

As The Daily Wire reported earlier this year, Ben & Jerry’s — which often endorses left-leaning policies — decided to stop selling its products in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. The company, wholly owned by Unilever yet retaining its own Board of Directors, said that it is “inconsistent with our values” to sell in “Occupied Palestinian Territory.”

The letter to SEC chairman Gary Gensler — signed by Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY), Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) — argued that the company’s policy is inconsistent with many state laws:

We have been informed that, Ben & Jerry’s has halted the sale of its products in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. We also understand that the actions by Ben & Jerry’s disregards numerous United States’ state laws, which requires a state to divest from companies that participate in such boycotts. To date, Arizona, Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Texas have taken steps to divest of Unilever’s common shares. Additionally, 30 other states have enacted “anti-BDS” laws, all of which may consider divestiture in response to public appeal.

The lawmakers also noted that Unilever’s federal filings neglected to acknowledge the business risks of divesting from certain parts of Israel:

It is also our understanding that Unilever may have violated Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 relating to material omissions in the 6-K. Given the potential negative impact of such material omissions, which is why we believe the SEC should ask Unilever to revise the “Principal Risk Factors” section of their 6-K to fully and accurately disclose the potential material adverse consequences to the company based by the claimed independence of the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, and the specific potential effects of the Ben & Jerry’s boycott.

We have also been informed that the 6-K filed by Unilever fails to include specific language that details the potential adverse consequences to Unilever created by the Ben & Jerry’s boycott in its “Principal Risk Factors” section.

Indeed, New York’s Common Retirement Fund announced in October that it would jettison its $111 million in Unilever holdings.

“After a thorough review, the New York State Common Retirement Fund will divest its equity holdings in Unilever PLC,” said New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, a Democrat. “Our review of the activities of the company, and its subsidiary Ben & Jerry’s, found they engaged in BDS activities under our pension fund’s policy.”

In August, franchise owners also asked Ben & Jerry’s to rescind the boycott.

“There is a danger that the pursuit of social justice will descend into political correctness or result in the adoption of overly simplistic solutions by people who share a single view of the world that misconstrue complex problems in which multiple claims of justice are implicated,” the letter stated. “The imposition of such narrow prescriptions does not advance social justice or the pursuit of a values-led business in any meaningful way.”

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Biden’s omicron travel ban, shows hypocrisy to Trump covid restrictions

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Previous tweets from President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are igniting accusations of hypocrisy after the administration announced a travel ban in response to a new COVID-19 variant.

A World Health Organization panel convened on Friday to assess the potential of the SARS-CoV-2 variant “omicron,” formerly known as B.1.1.529. The WHO classified the latest variant as a “highly transmissible virus of concern,” which is also what the health agency previously named the delta variant as.

“We don’t know very much about this yet. What we do know is that this variant has a large number of mutations. And the concern is when you have so many mutations it can have an impact on how the virus behaves,” said Maria van Kerkhove, an epidemiologist and WHO technical lead on COVID-19. “This is one to watch, I would say we have concern. But I think you would want us to have concern. “

The Botswana government said there were four cases of the omicron variant reported on Nov. 22, and that all four patients were fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Cases of the omicron variant have already been identified in Belgium, the U.K., Germany, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, and Israel.

The WHO cautioned against countries implementing travel bans.

“At this point, implementing travel measures is being cautioned against,” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier said during a United Nations briefing in Geneva. “The WHO recommends that countries continue to apply a risk-based and scientific approach when implementing travel measures.”

Dr. Michael Ryan — the head of emergencies at the WHO — warned against “knee-jerk responses.”

“We’ve seen in the past, the minute there’s any kind of mention of any kind of variation and everyone is closing borders and restricting travel,” Ryan said. “It’s really important that we remain open, and stay focused.”

Despite the WHO recommendation, several countries implemented travel restrictions on African nations, including Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and all 27 member states of the European Union.

The South African foreign ministry reacted to the travel bans by saying the country was being punished for being one of the first nations to identify the new COVID-19 variant. South Africa first reported cases of B.1.1.529 to the WHO on Nov. 24.

“This latest round of travel bans is akin to punishing South Africa for its advanced genomic sequencing and the ability to detect new variants quicker,” the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement. “Excellent science should be applauded and not punished.”

The White House issued a statement on the travel ban, “The United States Government, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), within the Department of Health and Human Services, has reexamined its policies on international travel and concluded that further measures are required to protect the public health from travelers entering the United States.”

Biden’s travel ban goes into effect on Nov. 29, 2021.

The official Twitter account for President Biden issued a statement:

The @WHO has identified a new COVID variant which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries. As we move forward, we will continue to be guided by what the science and my medical team advises. For now the best way to strengthen your protection if you’re already vaccinated is to get a booster shot, immediately. For those not yet fully vaccinated: get vaccinated today. For the world community: this news is a reminder that this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations. The U.S. has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match our speed and generosity.

The @WHO has identified a new COVID variant which is spreading through Southern Africa. As a precautionary measure until we have more information, I am ordering air travel restrictions from South Africa and seven other countries.

— President Biden (@President Biden) 1637955501 For the world community: this news is a reminder that this pandemic will not end until we have global vaccinations. The U.S. has already donated more vaccines to other countries than every other country combined. It is time for other countries to match our speed and generosity.

— President Biden (@President Biden) 1637955502

However, many commentators resurfaced old tweets by Biden that are deemed as hypocritical.

On Jan. 31, 2020, then-President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency in response to the global COVID-19 outbreak and temporarily suspended the entry of travelers from China. A day later, then-candidate Biden responded by saying Trump was xenophobic, “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science — not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.” We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science \u2014 not Donald Trump\u2019s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.

— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1580594460

On March 11, 2020, then-President Trump suspended travel from Europe in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus. The next day, Biden said travel bans would not stop the spread of COVID-19, “A wall will not stop the coronavirus. Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it. This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.” A wall will not stop the coronavirus.\n\nBanning all travel from Europe \u2014 or any other part of the world \u2014 will not stop it.\n\nThis disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet \u2014 and we need a plan to combat it.

— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1584057900

In January 2020, when Trump added new immigration restrictions on six African and Asian countries — Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, Sudan, and Tanzania — Democrats claimed the policy was “driven by hate.”

Biden tweeted, “Trump further diminished the U.S. in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban. This new ‘African Ban,’ is designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It’s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.” Trump further diminished the U.S. in the eyes of the world by expanding his travel ban. This new \u201cAfrican Ban,\u201d is designed to make it harder for black and brown people to immigrate to the United States. It\u2019s a disgrace, and we cannot let him succeed.https://medium.com/@JoeBiden/statement-from-vice-president-joe-biden-on-donald-trumps-expanded-travel-ban-17ac0ee039b9\u00a0\u2026

— Joe Biden (@Joe Biden) 1580613364

Kamala Harris responded by saying, “Trump’s extended un-American travel ban undermines our nation’s core values. It is clearly driven by hate, not security.” Trump\u2019s extended un-American travel ban undermines our nation\u2019s core values. It is clearly driven by hate, not security.https://www.npr.org/2020/01/31/801615610/trump-administration-to-curb-immigrants-from-6-nations-including-nigeria\u00a0\u2026

— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris) 1580595361

At the time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement, claiming Trump’s immigration policy “undermined our Constitution” and was “bigoted.”

The Trump Administration’s expansion of its outrageous, un-American travel ban threatens our security, our values and the rule of law. The sweeping rule, barring more than 350 million individuals from predominantly African nations from traveling to the United States, is discrimination disguised as policy.

America’s strength has always been as a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world, whose dreams and aspirations have enriched our nation and made America more American. With this latest callous decision, the President has doubled down on his cruelty and further undermined our global leadership, our Constitution and our proud heritage as a nation of immigrants.

In the Congress and in the Courts, House Democrats will continue to oppose the Administration’s dangerous anti-immigrant agenda. In the coming weeks, the House Judiciary Committee will mark-up and bring to the Floor the NO BAN Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system and limit the President’s ability to impose such biased and bigoted restrictions. We will never allow hatred or bigotry to define our nation or destroy our values.

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Waukesha restaurant donates all of day’s sales to help parade victims, raises about $15,000

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Joseph Sifnaios, co-owner of The Coop restaurant in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said on Sunday that his establishment was able to raise about $15,000 for the victims of last Sunday’s Christmas parade tragedy.

“For my brother and I the best form of payment, especially during this holiday season, is just to see people united and be happy and this is the least gesture we could have done,” he told “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday. 

The breakfast restaurant donated 100% of its proceeds Friday to victims of the Nov. 21 Christmas parade tragedy that killed six victims, including an 8-year-old boy, and injured dozens of others.

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The Coop is donating all the proceeds to Waukesha County’s “United for Waukesha Community Fund,” which will “support the needs of the families impacted” by the devastating attack. 

Sifnaios said he and his brother were “humbled” by the outpouring of support. He added that people from other states, including Texas, South Dakota and Nevada donated as well.  

“Today someone just came in from out of state and just dropped $500 in our donation box,” Sifnaios said. “It’s unreal.”

“It just shows that this is one of the greatest countries,” he continued. “United we stand and you could see that.”

video shared on its Facebook page Friday showed a packed restaurant, with customers sitting at every table. 

“The community came together. We rallied together,” he said on Sunday. “We showed strength in the time of adversity and it just shows what ‘Waukesha strong’ really means for those that don’t know.” 

“We put ourselves on the map and thank God we were able to raise this $15,000 knowing that it’s going to benefit those that were affected and impacted,” he continued. 

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In a Nov. 21 Facebook post shared after the attack, The Coop announced that it would be closed the next day on Nov. 22.

WAUKESHA PARADE CARNAGE COMES JUST OVER 6 YEARS AFTER SIMILAR ATTACK IN OKLAHOMA WITH EERIE SIMILARITIES

The Facebook post continued: “Although our moods are struck with sorrow & sadness there is no doubt this community will bounce back. We are a community that has shown strength in the face of adversity, love when there is hate, offered a helping hand to our neighbor in need, and shown relentless hospitality to the many people and faces who have walked through our doors. We will get through this together.”

In another Facebook post on Saturday, The Coop noted that they “opened our doors at 7:00 a.m. and had people lined up out the door starting at 6:45 a.m.”

“Throughout the day, many faces familiar and new rallied together to support a cause that hit too close to home,” the post continued.

On Nov. 21, Darrell E. Brooks, 39, allegedly drove into the parade in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee, initially killing five people and injuring more than 60. On Tuesday, 8-year-old Jackson Sparks became the sixth fatality.

Brooks was charged with five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and will likely be charged with a sixth count for Sparks’ death. 

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Initially 16 patients between ages 3 and 16 years old were admitted to Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, according to WISN-TV in Milwaukee. 

“It hurts,” Sifnaios said on Sunday. “I mean we were one degree separated from everything.” 

He noted that the restaurant is “two minutes away from where this all this took place.” 

“We’re trying to recuperate,” he said, noting that “the Christmas parade is a huge tradition in Waukesha.”

“My thoughts are: How many people came to our restaurant this past Sunday before they went to the parade? And it just pains me,” Sifnaios continued. 

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A number of local and national fundraisers have been organized for victims and their families in the days since the attack. Arizona Cardinals defensive end J.J. Watt — a Waukesha native — has offered to cover the funeral costs for all the victims. 

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Fox News’ Brie Stimson, Paul Best and FOX Business’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report. 

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South African doctor says omicron variant symptoms ‘unusual but mild’

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The South African doctor who first alerted authorities to the presence of the COVID-19 omicron variant reported that it presents “unusual but mild” symptoms. 

Dr. Angelique Coetzee, a board member of the South African Medical Association, first noticed otherwise healthy patients demonstrating unusual symptoms on Nov. 18. 

“Their symptoms were so different and so mild from those I had treated before,” Coetzee told The Telegraph

FILE PHOTO: A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Cherry/File Photo 

FILE PHOTO: A child reacts while receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Smoketown Family Wellness Center in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., November 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jon Cherry/File Photo 

“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well,” Coetzee explained. “So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer the loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home.”

BIDEN PROMISED TO ‘SHUT DOWN’ COVID, BUT OMICRON VARIANT POSES NEW CHALLENGE FOR ADMIN

Coetzee reported around two dozen of her patients that tested positive for the coronavirus and displayed these new symptoms. She alerted officials to the possibility of a new variant, which the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday designated the omicron variant. 

People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say  it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

People lineup to get on an overseas flight at OR Tambo’s airport in Johannesburg, South Africa’, Friday Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant that has been detected in South Africa. Scientists say  it is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Most of the patients were men who reported “feeling so tired,” and half of them were unvaccinated. The patients comprised a range of ages and ethnicities. 

COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT: HERE’S WHAT WE KNOW

Coetzee started briefing other African medical associations on Saturday, discussing the variety of symptoms, such as “one very interesting case” of a six-year-old child with a fever and “very high pulse rate.” 

“What we have to worry about now is that when older, unvaccinated people are infected with the new variant, and if they are not vaccinated, we are going to see many people with a severe [form of the] disease,” Coetzee said.

NO CASES OF COVID-19 OMICRON VARIANT IDENTIFIED YET IN US, CDC SAYS

So far, the hospitals are not yet overburdened. 

Coetzee’s advisement follows a report by Tulio de Oliveira, the director of South Africa’s Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation. 

Oliveira told reporters the virus has a “very unusual constellation of mutations,” most notably 10 variants on a key protein that helps the virus infect humans compared to the delta variant’s two mutations and the beta variant’s three mutations. 

He criticized several countries – including the U.S., U.K., South Korea and various countries in Europe – for enacting travel restrictions on South Africa and several other African nations. 

“The world should provide support to South Africa and Africa and not discriminate or isolate it!” Oliveira tweeted. “By protecting and supporting it, we will protect the world!”

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omicron: South African medical association says Omicron variant causes ‘mild disease’ – Times of India

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JOHANNESBURG: The new Omicron variant of the coronavirus results in mild disease, without prominent syndromes, Angelique Coetzee, the chairwoman of the South African Medical Association, told Sputnik on Saturday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) identified on Friday the new South African strain as one of concern, as it is reported to carry a high number of mutations — 32 — which possibly makes it more transmissible and dangerous. The WHO has dubbed it Omicron, the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

“It presents mild disease with symptoms being sore muscles and tiredness for a day or two not feeling well. So far, we have detected that those infected do not suffer loss of taste or smell. They might have a slight cough. There are no prominent symptoms. Of those infected some are currently being treated at home,” Coetzee said
The official noted that hospitals have not been overburdened by Omicron patients and that the new strain is not been detected in vaccinated persons. At the same time, the situation might be different for the unvaccinated.
“We will only know this after two weeks. Yes, it is transmissible, but for now, as medical practitioners, we do not know why so much hype is being driven as we are still looking into it. We will only know after two to three weeks as there are some patients admitted and these are young people aged 40 and younger,” Coetzee added.

The chairwoman also criticized the decision by some countries to ban flights from South Africa is premature as there is not enough information on how dangerous it is.
Following the reports about the new variant, the United States, the European Union, Canada, Israel, Australia and other countries have restricted travel from several southern African nations over the health concerns.

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Demonstration Alert: U.S. Embassy Bern (November 26, 2021) – U.S. Embassy in Switzerland and Liechtenstein

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Location: Bern, Switzerland

Events: Sunday, November 28, 13.00pm – 17.00pm, approximately 5,000-10,000 demonstrators are expected to gather on the Bundesplatz, awaiting the results of the vote (COVID – Law). The local police will be out in large numbers and blockades will be set up. Traffic will be disrupted around the Bundeshaus during the given hours and following the election results.

Actions to take:        

·         Exercise vigilance and heightened situational awareness over the coming days
·         Stay alert in public places, including schools, hospitals, churches, tourist locations, and transportation hubs
·         Be aware of your surroundings
·         Keep a low profile
·         Be prepared for potential traffic and public transportation disruptions.
·         Monitor local media:

o   https://www.bernerzeitung.ch/ (German)
o   www.swissinfo.ch (English)
o   www.20min.ch (German, French, Italian)

.           Maintain social distancing, follow hygiene requirements, and follow the Swiss crowd limitation requirements
·           Avoid groups that are not following the security requirements and/or local laws
·           Review your personal security plans

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Bern, Switzerland
031 357 70 11 (dialing within Switzerland)
+41 31 357 70 11 (dialing from overseas)
BernACS@state.gov

State Department – Bureau of Consular Affairs 
+1-888-407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada)
+1-202-501-4444 (from other countries)

Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Hotline

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Security Message: Commercial Air Availability from Addis Ababa – U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia

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By U.S. Embassy Ethiopia | 26 November, 2021 | Topics: Alert, Notification

The security situation in Ethiopia continues to deteriorate.  The U.S. Embassy urges U.S citizens in Ethiopia to depart now using commercially available options. Although the Embassy continues to process emergency passports and repatriation loans, and to provide other emergency services, the Embassy is unlikely to be able to assist U.S. citizens in Ethiopia with departure if commercial options become unavailable. Please see information on What the Department of State Can and Can’t Do in a Crisis.

U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ethiopia, currently have multiple options via commercial flights from Bole International Airport. If you have difficulty securing a flight or need assistance to return to the United States, please contact AddisACS@state.gov for guidance. The Embassy can also provide a repatriation loan for U.S. citizens who cannot afford at this time to purchase a commercial ticket to the United States. If you are a U.S. citizen and delaying your departure because your non-U.S. citizen spouse or minor children do not have immigrant visas or U.S. passports, please contact us immediately.  Similarly, if you are a non-U.S. citizen parent of a U.S. citizen minor but do not have a valid U.S. visa or other document valid for entry to the United States, please contact us.

Please see contact information for airlines operating from Bole International Airport below:

Ethiopian Airlines
Website: http://www.ethiopianairlines.com
Telephone: 251 116179900

Air Djibouti
Website: http://www.air-djibouti.com
Telephone: 251 116160633 or 251 115540094

Badr Airlines
Telephone: 2519 11600705
Website: http://www.badrairlines.com

EgyptAir
Website: http://www.egyptair.com
Telephone: 251 111564494
Email: AddisAbaba_CC@egyptair.com

Emirates
Website: http://www.emirates.com
Telephone: 251 115181818

Flydubai
Website: http://www.Flydubai.com
Telephone: 251 116670157/54

Gulf Air
Website: http://www.gulfair.com
Telephone: 251 115505979/33

Jazeera Airways
Website: http://www.jazeeraairways.com

Kenya Airways
Website: http://www.Kenya-airways.com
Telephone: 251 115525546

Qatar Airways
Website: http://www.qatarairways.com
Telephone: 251 115544638
Email: qraddsales@et.qatarairways.com

Saudia
Website: http://www.saudia.com
Telephone: 0115512637/93

Turkish Airlines
Website: http://www.turkishairlines.com
Telephone: 251 116627781/82
Email: addsales@thy.com

The Department of State has no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas.  U.S. citizens still in country should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates and to ensure you can be located in an emergency.

Assistance:

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251-111-306-000
+251-111-306-911 or 011-130-6000 (after hours)
addisacs@state.gov
https://et.usembassy.gov

State Department – Consular Affairs:   888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

https://et.usembassy.gov/security-message-commercial-air-availability-from-addis-ababa-12/

Former Philly PD Commissioner: California Looting Spree Won’t Be Stopped, Will Spread Across The Country

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John Rigolizzo

Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said that the recent epidemic of “flash mob” thievery going on in California will inevitably spread around the country.

“This is something now that I really unfortunately think is going to spread,” Ramsey told CNN on Thursday, via Newsweek. “Right now it’s in California, but it will spread, there’s no question about it.”

Ramsey’s comments come after another theft took place Wednesday. Four individuals, believed to be between the ages of 14 and 18, stole $20,000 worth of merchandise from an Apple store in the Santa Rosa Plaza, about 50 miles from San Francisco, The Daily Wire reported. “In a brazen daytime burglary in front of customers and staff, the suspects grabbed over $20,000 worth of merchandise from the store and fled the area in an unknown vehicle,” Santa Rosa police said in a statement.

A mob of five also sacked a Nordstrom luxury outlet in Canoga Park, a town in the Los Angeles area, Wednesday evening. The looters, one of them wearing an orange wig, attacked a security guard with “some kind of chemical” and stole at least seven luxury handbags, The Daily Wire reported.

The San Francisco Bay Area has been the epicenter of the looting sprees in recent days. The Daily Wire reported that a mob of about 80 people attacked another Nordstrom outlet in Walnut Creek, about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco, pepper spraying an employee and physically assaulting two others. Three people were arrested in connection with the robberies, according to local news outlets.

The Walnut Creek robbery was one of three major incidents that took place last weekend. The Daily Wire reported that a mob of people, some of whom were armed with hammers, looted a jewelry store in the city of Hayward, about 35 miles from San Francisco, on Sunday evening. Another mob looted a Louis Vuitton outlet in San Francisco on Friday night, breaking windows and “emptied out” the store. Newsweek reported that a Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent outlet were also robbed last Friday.

Several factors are to blame for the looting spree. Local officials have blamed the spike on California’s Proposition 47, which lessened penalties for shoplifting and raised the threshold for felony shoplifting from $400 to $950. Law enforcement officials told the Daily Mail that the mobs are recruited for up to $1,000 to steal the goods and sell them over the internet.

Ramsey told CNN that he saw the same thing during his tenure as Philadelphia Police commissioner. Groups of up to 20 individuals, mostly young adults, would rush into stores like Macy’s and take what they could before fleeing.

“It was really, really difficult to get a handle on it,” said Ramsey.

“What we found was, one, it was being organized through social media. So one of the things we started doing is paying close attention to social media.”

Ramsey said that just as Philadelphia Police struggled to contain the outbreak of looting in their city, so too would the stores, and California police, struggle to stop further attacks.

“I don’t know what’s driving all this, but it is of concern and it will continue,” Ramsey said. “It is not going to stop anytime soon.”

“This is not shoplifting, this is something far worse than shoplifting,” Ramsey added. “So, there’s a lot that has to be done if we want to get a handle on it.”

https://www.dailywire.com/news/former-philly-pd-commissioner-california-looting-spree-wont-be-stopped-will-spread-across-the-country?%3Futm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=dwtwitter

“Speak Like Darth Vader with Sulfur Hexafluoride and Morgan Freeman,Vin Diesel, Seth Green and Lionel Ritchie on Helium”

 

George Soros just created a huge problem for Democrats after this secret plan backfired

 


Democrats are already looking at a political minefield in the 2022 midterm elections.

Now the Left is facing another massive scandal.

And George Soros just created a huge problem for Democrats after this secret plan backfired.

Americans were horrified to see the video of a driver mowing down a crowd at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Police took 39-year-old Darrell Brooks into custody on five counts of murder after alleging that Brooks intentionally drove his SUV into the crowd.

Brooks was out on the streets free to commit crimes because of the George Soros-backed Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

Chisholm and other Soros-backed DA’s across the country support “no cash bail” reforms that allow criminals to walk right out of prison before they go to trial.

District Attorney Chisholm actually bragged that he knew this soft on crime approach would lead to death and destruction.

Chisholm’s office turned Brooks loose on the streets just days before the Waukesha massacre on a bail of $1,000 after police arrested Brooks on charges of running a woman over with his car at a gas station.

In 2022, Wisconsin will be home to one of the most expensive and closely watched Senate races in the country.

Democrats need to flip this Republican-held seat if they hope to retain their majority.

But now, thanks to Soros-backed District Attorney John Chisholm, Democrats are now on the defensive about law and order.

 

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Holidays and Companions

 

And don’t trust the cat either 😺

Guardians Of Life

With the holidays coming upon us once again, and as such, I think it is necessary to remind guardians of their responsibility to keep their companions safe. With Thanksgiving meals, it’s wise not to give your companion any “turkey or chicken” bones. These items can splinter off and cause lacerations in your companion’s throat and stomach. Or will not pass through their intestine tract, causing severe blockages.

When it comes to Pumpkin pie, no companion animal should have any because it’s filled with sugar, which can cause stomach issues. However, if you want your companion to enjoy the holidays with you, there are plenty of safe food recipes for your companions to try.

Companion Safe Recipe links:
https://www.rover.com/blog/diy-pumpkin-pie-dogs-recipe-video-in/
https://www.dogster.com/dog-food/easy-dog-friendly-recipes
https://www.aspcapetinsurance.com/resources/3-simple-homemade-cat-treat-recipes/

Firework safety, like with July 4th, you need to be prepared to handle the noise and anxiety your pet may be dealing with at the time. New Year’s Eve does…

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