27 thoughts on “News/Politics 9-7-21

  1. I love when the non-religious think they’d be a good judge on what is and isn’t a sincere religious exemption, as if they’d have any clue.

    “Religious exemptions to vaccine mandates could test ‘sincerely held beliefs’

    “I don’t think most of this is sincere. I think it’s just a way to get out of having to take a vaccine,” a bioethics professor said.”

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/religious-exemptions-vaccine-mandates-could-test-sincerely-held-beliefs-n1278514

    “Religious exemptions could prove to be the latest legal battlefield of the pandemic, as Americans opposed to the coronavirus vaccines try to find ways around employer and government vaccination mandates.

    Some evangelical pastors are reportedly providing religious exemption documents to members of their churches, and right-wing forums are sharing strategies to skirt vaccination requirements. Religious freedom groups are sending threatening letters to states, schools and employers and preparing legal challenges to fight vaccination mandates.

    Only some federal agencies and states have made vaccinations mandatory for workers, and more private companies are doing or considering the same. But experts anticipate that religious liberty challenges will pick up as more mandates are put in place — especially when there is no national standard.

    “There are some First Amendment implications here and there’s a patchwork of laws that could potentially be implicated by these mandates,” said James Sonne, a law professor at Stanford Law School and founding director of its Religious Liberty Clinic. “It’s certainly something we’ll see getting worked out in the courts.””

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    “Experts say that the threshold for religious exemptions could come down to proving whether the person attempting to obtain one has “sincerely held beliefs” against getting vaccinated on religious grounds. They may even have to show a track record of opposition to receive an exemption.

    Those challenging employer-created mandates cite Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which requires employers to make reasonable efforts to accommodate employees, while government-created mandates are being challenged under the First Amendment. Both, however, bring up the question of whether a person’s religious beliefs are sincere.

    Thomas Berg, a self-described “strong supporter of religious exemptions” and a religious liberty advocate who teaches law at the University of St. Thomas, a Catholic institution in St. Paul, Minnesota, said he believes that there is a strong case to deny many of the religious claims and to test religious sincerity.

    “In cases where you’ve got a lot of potential insincere claims — and I think there’s evidence that is what’s happening here in which people are raising religious objections when they’re motivated by fear of the vaccine or political opposition to it — testing sincerity makes sense,” he said. “We have to test sincerity or else we have to accept them all or deny them all, so I think the courts will provide room for testing that.”

    One driver for testing sincerity is the fact that no major organized religion objects to the vaccines, and Roman Catholic and other Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have advised followers to get the shots. Pope Francis went so far as to say that getting vaccinated was “the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.””

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    I could care less what some Catholic Professor says, but he misses the obvious.

    What about the millions in non-affiliated churches, the independent churches?

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  2. All those rights, taken by their govt, accomplished nothing.

    Once again, what the scolds say is necessary does nothing to slow the spread.

    “Australia COVID Cases Rise Despite Becoming the Ultimate Nanny State”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/09/australia-covid-cases-rise-despite-becoming-the-ultimate-nanny-state/

    “Australia is proof we need the Second Amendment. Australia is proof a virus is going to virus.

    Australia has become the ultimate nanny state when it comes to COVID-19. The governments have forced people to stay locked in their homes. They need permission to step outside. They need permission to take a breath.

    And yet…the cases will not stop. It’s almost as if a virus does not care if you step outside your house.”

    “Victoria
    The state of Victoria extended lockdown and restrictions for another three weeks because of more cases.

    Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the government will ease restrictions once 70% of the eligible residents have the first dose of the vaccine.

    Cases have risen despite these restrictions:

    You cannot leave your home other than for one of the five following reasons:

    shopping for necessary goods and services
    caregiving or compassionate reasons, including medical care or to get a COVID-19 test
    authorised work (with a permit) or permitted education
    exercise (once a day for 2 hours)
    to get a COVID-19 vaccination (provided the distance travelled, and the time taken is no more than is absolutely necessary).

    Yes, you need a permit to leave to work or get an education. How messed up is that?”

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    We laugh, but the scolds want to do the same here.

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  3. Today is National Get Back to Work Day.

    Federal unemployment benefits were ended yesterday.

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2021/09/05/unemployment-benefits-end-tomorrow-for-millions-of-americans/?sh=423f35da7f02

    “Unemployment benefits due to the Covid-19 pandemic will end today for millions of Americans.

    Here’s what you need to know.

    Unemployment Insurance
    Unemployment insurance of $300 a week will end for more than 7 million Americans effective today, which brings economic uncertainty amid a resurgence of Covid-19. Approximately 26 states have already ended enhanced unemployment benefits ahead of the expiration date, with some governors stating that these unemployment benefits are a discentive for Americans to return to work. Pandemic relief has been an essential way for unemployed Americans to pay for rent, food and other necessities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Here’s what the end of these unemployment benefits mean for you:

    Which unemployment benefits will end?
    Four types of federal unemployment benefits will end:

    Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation;
    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation;
    Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation; and
    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

    Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation
    This is $300 a week of supplemental employment benefits (although it was as high as $600 a week).

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
    These unemployment benefits provided financial relief to those who already exhausted their state’s unemployment benefits, which is typically 26 weeks, although it varies by state.

    Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation
    This unemployment benefits program provided $100 a week for those who worked as both an independent contractor and employee.

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    These employment benefits expanded eligbility criterai to include self-employed individuals and freelancers.”

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    “How many people will lose unemployment insurance
    The end of these employment benefits represents the largest in U.S. history. The Century Foundation estimates that 7.5 million Americans will lose unemployment benefits. This includes:

    Pandemic Unemployment Assistance: 4.2 million people
    Once Pandemic Unemployment Assistance ends, these individuals — many of whom are self-employed or freelancers — won’t be eligible for any federal or state unemployment insurance. According to the Century Foundation, there are more than 1 million workers in California who will be impacted, and more than 150,000 individuals who will be impacted in each of Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

    Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation: 3.3 million people
    The end of Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation will impact 3.3 million workers. According to the Century Foundation, 900,000 workers are affected in California as well as 125,000 workers in each of Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Some of these workers will qualify for state unemployment benefits.”

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  4. Buyers remorse.

    And just think how many Independents this now applies to as well. They’ll have to cheat twice as hard next time around.

    “Regrets, they have a few: One out of five Democrat voters regret casting vote for Biden”

    https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2021/09/05/regrets-they-have-a-few-one-out-of-five-democrat-voters-regret-casting-vote-for-biden-n413954

    “We could have told them but they wouldn’t listen. Democrats were dragged kicking and screaming to polling places to vote for Joe Biden because he wasn’t Donald Trump. NeverTrumpers and Democrats were so Trump-deranged that they settled for voting against Trump by voting for Biden. They didn’t vote for Biden because they thought he’d be a good president – he just wasn’t Trump. That was good enough for them. Now that Biden has so bungled absolutely everything across the board, Democrats voters are feeling buyer’s (voter’s) remorse.

    In the Real Clear Politics averaging, Biden is underwater by 4.1 points. Biden’s disapproval is 49.3% and his approval is 45.2%. It’s not a good trend, especially so soon into his presidency. For example, a ABC News/Washington Post poll taken from 8/29 to 9/1 has him at 44% approval and 51% disapproval, which is 7 points underwater. Left-leaning Zogby Analytics released the results of a survey taken which show that one-fifth of likely voters regret voting for President Biden. That may not seem like a big number but when you take the size of the electorate into consideration and remember that the last two presidential elections were decided by, in some cases, a few thousand votes in a handful of swing states, you can quickly see that this kind of survey results are not good news for Team Biden. It certainly isn’t good for Democrats’ chances in 2024 if Biden runs for re-election. I seriously doubt Biden will either last that long or will run for re-election in 2024 but Kamala’s chances would likely be affected by these numbers, too. We already know that Kamala is unpopular, especially for a vice-president.

    Americans are clearly seeing Joe Biden is not the man he claimed to be on the campaign trail. He was presented as a longtime Washington politician who could restore us back to normal, someone who would return calm to Washington. He was already failing at keeping the southern border secure and ending the pandemic as he promised he would do, but then the withdrawal from Afghanistan happened. The man who has a history of being wrong about foreign policy his entire political career has not improved with age. He’s now seen as a stubborn, petulant old man who doesn’t bother to listen to his military or intelligence officers. Biden goes it alone in his decisions and Americans die. It should be noted that this survey was taken before things went so horribly wrong in Afghanistan. The next survey will undoubtedly be worse for Biden.

    As for the poll, when we drill down and look at the demographics of the surveyed voters, some very important groups, who normally lean left and Democrat, were even more regretful about voting for the president in 2020. For example, younger voters aged 18-29 (27% yes/67% no/6% not sure) and middle aged voters aged 30-49 (30% yes/67% no/4% not sure) were much more likely to regret voting for Biden than older voters aged 50-64 (10% yes/87% no/3% not sure) and 65+ (6% yes/91% no/3% not sure). Regarding politics, nearly three in ten Republicans (29% yes/65% no/7% not sure) regretted voting for Biden, while one-fifth of Democrats (21% yes/77% no/3% not sure) also regretted voting for Joe Biden. Independents (14% yes/81% no/6% not sure) were the least likely to regret voting for Biden in 2020.

    Men (27% yes/70% no/3% not sure) were twice as likely to regret voting for Joe Biden than women (13% yes/82% no/5% not sure). Ethnicity also factored in how much voters expressed regret about voting for Biden: Hispanics (33% yes/63% no/4% not sure) and African Americans (25% yes/70% no/5% not sure) were more likely than white voters (16% yes/80% no/4% not sure) to regret voting for Biden.

    Where voters lived was also of significance when it came to whether voters’ regretted voting for President Biden. Urban voters (28% yes/67% no/4% not sure) were twice as likely to regret voting for Biden than suburban (14% yes/83% no/4%not sure) and rural voters (12% yes/86% no/3%not sure).

    Some of the consumer subgroups we track also expressed regret voting for Biden, such as, weekly Walmart shoppers (27% yes/69% no/4% not sure), weekly Amazon shoppers (29% yes/68% no/3% not sure) and likely voters who had invested money in cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin (44% yes/53% no/3% not sure). One must assume that inflation and the potential of the federal government to reign in cryptocurrencies were driving these sentiments. The opposite held true for consumers who did not shop at Walmart (5% yes/94% no/1% not sure) and Amazon (11% yes/86% no/3% not sure) and voters who had not invested in cryptocurrency (11% yes/86% no/4% not sure).”

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  5. Just another weekend is Chiraq.

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  6. Once again the govt and media are attacking a Covid treatment that works.

    “Why in the World Is the Government Disrupting the Distribution of Monoclonal Antibodies Now?”

    https://pjmedia.com/uncategorized/stacey-lennox/2021/09/06/why-in-the-world-is-the-government-disrupting-the-distribution-of-monoclonal-antibodies-now-n1476240

    “After demonizing nearly every medication with the potential to reduce the severity of COVID-19 symptoms, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) finally recommended monoclonal antibodies earlier this summer. Before the official recommendation, some providers used them under an emergency use authorization (EUA) granted by the FDA in November 2020. The FDA just granted an EUA to allow their use for SARS-CoV-2 post-exposure and ongoing prophylaxis. This approval will increase demand.

    Recently, the treatment has gotten quite a bit of media coverage. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been promoting the treatment on the Combat Covid website since early summer, one man ensured a nationwide media campaign. Once Florida Governor Ron DeSantis decided to promote outpatient treatment using the antibodies and establish infusion centers, the media reacted because he is a very dangerous Republican.

    During the week leading into the Labor Day holiday, DeSantis was on the road again, touting the success of Florida’s program in disconnecting COVID-19 infection from hospitalization in the state. Patients gave personal testimony about their experience with the treatment. Hospitalizations in the state declined 20% during the first few weeks the infusion centers were up and running. Then something interesting happened.

    On Friday, someone who claimed to be an urgent care specialist tweeted that HHS had informed him that the government would now decide which facilities would receive doses of monoclonal antibodies. Jim Jackson wrote: “So now the government is getting involved in [read: restricting] monoclonal antibody distribution. Before, I could just order as much as we needed, and they shipped it next day air. Now a govt. commission will decide when, if, and how much I will be able to get for my pts [patients]. ‘Should you have any questions regarding this update in ordering and distribution procedures, please email the Federal COVID-19 Response Team.’ Wonderful.”

    He added the alert from HHS that confirmed his assertion. Now, only facilities participating in the HHS Protect program can order the treatment, and the agency will review all orders. Suppose the current distribution map provided by HHS includes the HHS Protect facilities. In that case, the new order review process seems like a heavy administrative burden for the program. It may delay or limit treatment for at-risk patients.

    Monoclonal antibodies are approved and recommended for outpatient use. HHS instructs patients who qualify to access them within ten days of symptom onset. Regeneron also has FDA approval to be used post-exposure and for prevention. All approved uses are time-dependent and not conducive to a burdensome order review process. The timing of the change in how health providers access them is curious.

    If the supply is genuinely so constrained that the federal government needs to get involved in decisions about distribution, the question should be why. The use of monoclonal antibodies is restricted and only provided for specific at-risk groups. By managing and approving distribution, HHS insulates the manufacturers from actual market demand. Now, some at-risk vaccinated as well as unvaccinated patients require effective treatment, and it is constrained. If new variants emerge and become dominant, that trend may continue.”

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  7. Yep…even my “Biden’s going to save us from Trump” voting neighbor was lamenting the “nanny state” government we are experiencing now! I just bit my tongue and rolled my eyes. 👀

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  8. Shocking exactly zero people…..

    Probably put them right on the Human Rights Council, as well as the Women’s Rights Council as well.

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  9. Perjury before Congress.

    Fauci has lied from the start, and he has blood on his hands.

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    https://theintercept.com/2021/09/06/new-details-emerge-about-coronavirus-research-at-chinese-lab/?utm_campaign=theintercept&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social

    “NEWLY RELEASED DOCUMENTS provide details of U.S.-funded research on several types of coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China. The Intercept has obtained more than 900 pages of documents detailing the work of EcoHealth Alliance, a U.S.-based health organization that used federal money to fund bat coronavirus research at the Chinese laboratory. The trove of documents includes two previously unpublished grant proposals that were funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, as well as project updates relating to EcoHealth Alliance’s research, which has been scrutinized amid increased interest in the origins of the pandemic.

    The documents were released in connection with ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation by The Intercept against the National Institutes of Health. The Intercept is making the full documents available to the public.

    “This is a road map to the high-risk research that could have led to the current pandemic,” said Gary Ruskin, executive director of U.S. Right To Know, a group that has been investigating the origins of Covid-19.

    One of the grants, titled “Understanding the Risk of Bat Coronavirus Emergence,” outlines an ambitious effort led by EcoHealth Alliance President Peter Daszak to screen thousands of bat samples for novel coronaviruses. The research also involved screening people who work with live animals. The documents contain several critical details about the research in Wuhan, including the fact that key experimental work with humanized mice was conducted at a biosafety level 3 lab at Wuhan University Center for Animal Experiment — and not at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as was previously assumed. The documents raise additional questions about the theory that the pandemic may have begun in a lab accident, an idea that Daszak has aggressively dismissed.

    The bat coronavirus grant provided EcoHealth Alliance with a total of $3.1 million, including $599,000 that the Wuhan Institute of Virology used in part to identify and alter bat coronaviruses likely to infect humans. Even before the pandemic, many scientists were concerned about the potential dangers associated with such experiments. The grant proposal acknowledges some of those dangers: “Fieldwork involves the highest risk of exposure to SARS or other CoVs, while working in caves with high bat density overhead and the potential for fecal dust to be inhaled.”

    Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute, said the documents show that EcoHealth Alliance has reason to take the lab-leak theory seriously. “In this proposal, they actually point out that they know how risky this work is. They keep talking about people potentially getting bitten — and they kept records of everyone who got bitten,” Chan said. “Does EcoHealth have those records? And if not, how can they possibly rule out a research-related accident?”

    According to Richard Ebright, a molecular biologist at Rutgers University, the documents contain critical information about the research done in Wuhan, including about the creation of novel viruses. “The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell,” Ebright wrote to The Intercept after reviewing the documents. Ebright also said the documents make it clear that two different types of novel coronaviruses were able to infect humanized mice. “While they were working on SARS-related coronavirus, they were carrying out a parallel project at the same time on MERS-related coronavirus,” Ebright said, referring to the virus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.

    Asked about the grant materials, Robert Kessler, communications manager at EcoHealth Alliance, said, “We applied for grants to conduct research. The relevant agencies deemed that to be important research, and thus funded it. So I don’t know that there’s a whole lot to say.”

    The grant was initially awarded for a five-year period — from 2014 to 2019. Funding was renewed in 2019 but suspended by the Trump administration in April 2020.

    The closest relative of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, is a virus found in bats, making the animals a focal point for efforts to understand the origins of the pandemic. Exactly how the virus jumped to humans is the subject of heated debate. Many scientists believe that it was a natural spillover, meaning that the virus passed to humans in a setting such as a wet market or rural area where humans and animals are in close contact. Biosafety experts and internet sleuths who suspect a lab origin, meanwhile, have spent more than a year poring over publicly available information and obscure scientific publications looking for answers. In the past few months, leading scientists have also called for a deeper investigation of the pandemic’s origins, as has President Joe Biden, who in May ordered the intelligence community to study the issue. On August 27, Biden announced that the intelligence inquiry was inconclusive.”

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    And Biden is lying to cover for his bureaucratic stooge and his Chinese handlers.

    If you’re still on the fence about whether or not this virus came from a lab in China, you should seek help.

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  12. This should be mentioned as well.

    The Intercept’s story now after reviewing the documents is a complete 180 from where they were on this previously.

    I guess they can’t deny the facts, although many others will continue to.

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  13. We should be careful that pastors and churches handing out “exemptions” are doing their own due diligence to ensure that offering such support isn’t coming from a politicized position. That was often the case during the conscientious objection days of the very unpopular Vietnam War.

    People of faith, above all, should be careful that these ‘exemption’ requests are never abused for mere political reasons. Yes, that’s a tough standard to meet and not all (maybe not even most) requesting it would qualify.

    We live in an overly-politicized environment right now in this country. Separating those passions from biblical standards is something about which we always should be vigilant and strict.

    Evangelical pastors “handing out” exemptions (to anything) on request should raise questions in all of our minds.

    And there have been a number of issues and questions raised — by both believers and others, the arguments should stand on their own merits no matter who is making them — about how such a vaccine “exemption” should or can be applied.

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  14. Pacifist churches (by Christian conviction) faced these issues especially during the Vietnam era (an overly-politicized era similar to our own).

    Some made the mistake of supporting religious exemption requests for any or all who came their way based on the conviction (on both the applicant’s side and the church’s own tendencies) that Vietnam was an illegitimate war.

    But there was a price to pay. Some of those churches lost their way in a larger sense during that period, going further into the rabbit hole of domestic politics (on the left) and losing sight of the faith itself in some instances.

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  15. 11:52-12:04 This is evidence once again proving that US taxpayer money was given to the lab in China to fund gain of function research on bat coronaviruses, within the sphere of influence of the NIH and the NIAID where Director Anthony Fauci controls the money. Fauci lied to the Senate, he lied repeatedly even when confronted specifically about this process by Sen. Paul. Lying to Congress is illegal, it’s perjury, and it normally carries a sentence of jail time. Of course the Biden/Harris ‘administration’, which is actually a shadow government of the Obama cabal, won’t do a thing about prosecuting Fauci. Even though he has committed crimes against humanity.

    Don’t ever forget that the Dems orchestrated the most egregious political crime in our nation’s history – they disregarded the will of the American people in fraudulently stealing the election, and now they are systematically working to take away our freedoms. They must be removed at all costs!

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  16. I am aware of a great many “objectors” of the vaccine. Those of whom I know personally I would testify that it is their deeply held conviction that they should not be injecting the serum into their body. Do they believe the government has no right to mandate such…you bet. So I suppose some would view it as “political”. But, those of whom I know and have had discussion believe strongly it would be wrong to do so before the Lord. I haven’t even told a few of my objecting friends that I have had the shot….they would never understand…but on the other hand I do understand their objection and that’s ok.

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  17. A Mother and her three children were rescued in Afghanistan…and of course the State Dept is trying to take all the credit…when they all but abandoned and turned a deaf ear upon her plea:

    Mills said on Fox News that the State Department’s claim that it “facilitated the safe departure” of the family is “absolute nonsense.”

    “The fact that they’re spinning this, trying to take 100% credit when they didn’t track this family, when they placated this family, when the mother, who was under extreme stress and extreme pressure, reached out to the State Department multiple times and got no help,” he said.

    “This is an attempt to save face by the administration for the Americans they left behind. This is a woman with three children from age 15 all the way down to two-years-old. And they did nothing to try to expedite this… But at the very last minute you have these ‘senior officials’ at the State Department trying to claim credit for this like ‘oh yeah look what we’ve done,’” Mills said.

    “It’s like we carried the ball to the 99-and-a-half yard line and them taking it that last half yard and being like ‘look what we did,’” he added.

    Jackson echoed Mills, saying: “The only thing the Biden Administration seems to be good at is patting itself on the back for a job horribly done. This administration left my constituents behind in Afghanistan and now they’re lying about their role in getting these four American citizens out.”

    “The State Department didn’t do anything for two weeks except put my constituents in danger and leave them stranded. I know this for a fact because my office has been working around the clock to get our people home with no legitimate support from State. Only after Cory Mills and his team got them into the third country did State offer support by securing tourist visas,” the congressman continued.

    “Cory and his team are brave patriots. Praise God that American veterans have more resolve than Joe Biden or his State Department,” Jackson added.

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  18. Michelle,

    Simple.

    Because Obama banned that research here in the US in 2014. A smart move on his part.

    But Fauci, the NIH, and the NIAID, decided to do an end around, and outsourced the research to China, where it wasn’t illegal.

    This is the result. They are as complicit in this as China is.

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  19. As to the why…..

    In his own words….

    ““We had a big scare with SARS-CoV-1 {SARS] back in 2002, 2003 where that particular virus unquestionably went from a bat to an intermediate host to start an epidemic and a pandemic that resulted in 8,000 cases and close to 800 deaths,” he said. “It would have been almost a dereliction of our duty if we didn’t study this, and the only way you can study these things is you’ve got to go where the action is.”

    Fauci added: “You don’t want to study bats in Fairfax County, Virginia, to find out what the animal-human interface is that might lead to a jumping of species.””

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    So he outsourced it to China…

    https://nypost.com/2021/05/25/fauci-admits-nih-funding-of-wuhan-lab-denies-gain-of-function/

    He’s lied from the start.

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  20. Fauci helped China build this.

    Because this sounds an awful lot like what is described at 11:55AM above….

    “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…

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    Fauci says it’s no threat, but we already know he lies repeatedly.

    https://www.foxnews.com/health/covid-19-variant-mu-49-states

    “The mu coronavirus variant has been detected in 49 states and 42 countries, according to estimates, as health officials keep an eye on the strain to see if it becomes dominant.

    The strain, also known as B.1.621, was first identified in Colombia in January and was added to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “variants of interest” list, however 49 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have since detected the mu variant, with the exception of Nebraska, according to estimates compiled by Outbreak.info. States with a higher estimated prevalence of the variant include Alaska and Hawaii, though nationwide the variant has been detected in less than 1% of samples.

    The news comes as the U.S. exceeded 40 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 4 million infections were reported in the last month, and the country has logged a total of at least 649,134 virus-related deaths.”

    “”The Mu variant is found to have key mutations linked to greater transmissibility and the potential to evade antibodies,” a statement from LA County Public Health reads. “More studies are needed to determine whether Mu variant is more contagious, more deadly or more resistant to vaccine and treatments than other COVID-19 strains.””

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  21. The media continues to be mostly useless.

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  22. Indeed it is.

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  23. The stupid….. it hurts.

    The scolds have lost their minds.

    C’mon people, this is just idiocy. As far as I know there are exactly zero cases where someone caught Covid virtually.

    “Rutgers bars unvaccinated students from attending virtual classes”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2021/09/07/rutgers-bars-unvaccinated-students-from-attending-virtual-classes-n414165

    “Right upfront, I should specify that this story did not come from the Babylon Bee, though in previous times it probably would have been a popular entry for a satire site. This, however, is no laughing matter. The New York Post reports that a 22-year-old senior at Rutgers University, Logan Hollar, was locked out of his Rutgers email account and prevented from registering for classes because he failed to provide proof of vaccination against COVID. This happened despite the fact that all of Logan’s classes are conducted online and he does not physically show up at the campus, which is roughly seventy miles from his home. This is only the latest example of liberal institutions “following the science” down a rabbit hole and into some make-believe world where the novel coronavirus can travel like a computer “bug” across the internet.

    A New Jersey student has said he is barred from taking classes at Rutgers University because he has not been vaccinated — even though he is only studying virtually from home.

    Logan Hollar, 22, told NJ.com that he largely ignored the school’s COVID mandate “because all my classes were remote” from his Sandyston home, some 70 miles from Rutgers’ campus in New Brunswick.

    But he was locked out of his Rutgers email and related accounts when he went to pay his tuition at the end of last month — and was told that he needed to be vaccinated even though he has no plans to attend in person.

    Logan’s stepfather (who is fully vaccinated) is protesting the decision along with his stepson. With some barely concealed snark, he said that he is “highly confident that COVID-19 and variants do not travel through computer monitors by taking online classes.””

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    But the scolds don’t care.

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