Benefitting the Crooks in the Establishment & Screwing the Rest of Us

WOW! This Benefits The Establishment And Screws Everyone Else Over

WOW! This Benefits The Establishment And Screws Everyone Else OverPosted: 28 Dec 2020 11:48 AM PSTIn today’s video, we break down Donald Trump’s decision to sign the sickness relief bill.Follow us on Telegram: up for our newsletter: on LBRY: your gut health: your water: food for emergencies: best source of Collagen: best VPN to use: members-only content:
-> post WOW! This Benefits The Establishment And Screws Everyone Else Over appeared first on We Are Change.
“Picking Quarrels & Provoking Trouble”: China Slams Journalist With 4 Years in Jail Over COVID ReportingPosted: 28 Dec 2020 07:15 AM PSTAt the beginning of the pandemic, the Communist Party filled the airwaves with positive headlines about how well it was mitigating the virus’ spread. The Chinese government also went on a censoring spree, removing online content posted by journalists or citizen-journalist who reported firsthand accounts of the public health crisis unfolding in Wuhan, China, the epicenter of COVID-19. The government even went to the extent of detaining people who reported on the crisis, alleging they were spreading lies.Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan is the first known person to be handed a four-year jail term for her reporting in Wuhan.Zhan provided firsthand accounts of overcrowded hospitals and empty streets that challenged the government’s official narrative.She was convicted on Monday at the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court for “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” according to Reuters.The verdict is a warning to all journalists in the country that the communist government is coming after those who exposed their shortcomings during the initial months of the virus outbreak. More importantly, Zhan’s case shows the government has a zero-tolerance policy for critics.“I don’t understand. All she did was say a few true words, and for that she got four years,”said Shao Wenxia, Zhan’s mother, who attended the trial.Zhan’s lawyer Ren Quanniu was quoted by Reuters:“We will probably appeal,” adding that the trial at a court in Pudong, a district of the business hub of Shanghai, ended at 12.30 p.m.Before the trial, he said, “Zhan believes she is being persecuted for exercising her freedom of speech.”Kenneth Roth, the Geneva-based executive director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted that China intentionally planned for Zhan’s trial to be held over the Western holiday to minimize attention.“Beijing’s selection of the sleepy period between Christmas and New Year’s suggests even it is embarrassed to sentence citizen-journalist Zhang Zhan to four years in prison for having chronicled the uncensored version of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan,” tweeted Roth. Zhang is among a handful of journalists who covered the outbreak in Wuhan. Others like her have been detained and are awaiting sentencing or ordered by the government to stop reporting.For its part, Jonathan Turley writes that the Chinese government has denied any failures in its policies towards COVID despite overwhelming evidence of a cover-up that denied the world critical time to contain and fight the spread of the virus.Notably, the Chinese continue to scrub any discussion of its role in social media. It is a chilling example of the censorship that is now being embraced by many in the United States. The Atlantic published an article by Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith and University of Arizona law professor Andrew Keane Woods calling for Chinese style censorship of the internet.  They declared that “in the great debate of the past two decades about freedom versus control of the network, China was largely right and the United States was largely wrong” and “significant monitoring and speech control are inevitable components of a mature and flourishing internet, and governments must play a large role in these practices to ensure that the internet is compatible with society norms and values.”At the same time, Democrats have embraced censorship and speech controls. We have have been discussing how writerseditorscommentators, and academics have embraced rising calls for censorship and speech controls, including President-elect Joe Biden and his key advisers. The erosion of free speech has been radically accelerated by the Big Tech and social media companies. The level of censorship and viewpoint regulation has raised questions of a new type of state media where companies advance an ideological agenda with political allies.Republished from with permissionThe post “Picking Quarrels & Provoking Trouble”: China Slams Journalist With 4 Years in Jail Over COVID Reporting appeared first on We Are Change.
Major Glitch Emerges: Most Europeans, Including Hospital Staff, Are Refusing To Take The JabPosted: 27 Dec 2020 07:41 PM PSTAll is not going according to plan in the biggest global rollout of what is arguably the most important vaccine in a century, and it is not just growing US mistrust in the covid injection effort that was rolled out in record time: an unexpected spike in allergic reactions to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (and now, Moderna too) may prove catastrophic to widespread acceptance unless scientists can figure out what is causing it after the FDA’s rushed approval, and is also why as we reported yesterday, scientists are scrambling to identify the potential culprit causing the allergic reactions.Making matters worse, Europe rolled out a huge COVID-19 vaccination drive on Sunday to try to rein in the coronavirus pandemic but even more Europeans than American are sceptical about the speed at which the vaccines have been tested and approved and reluctant to have the shot.While the European Union has secured contracts drugmakers including Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca, for a total of more than two billion doses and has set a goal for all adults to be inoculated next year, this is looking increasingly like a pipe dream: according to recent surveys, the local population has expressed “high levels of hesitancy” towards inoculation in countries from France to Poland, with many used to vaccines taking decades to develop, not just months.“I don’t think there’s a vaccine in history that has been tested so quickly,” Ireneusz Sikorski, 41, said as he stepped out of a church in central Warsaw with his two children.“I am not saying vaccination shouldn’t be taking place. But I am not going to test an unverified vaccine on my children, or on myself.”Smart: why take the risk of getting vaccinated when others will do it, resulting in the same outcome.Surveys in Poland, where distrust in public institutions runs deep, show that fewer than 40% of people planning to get vaccinated. Worse, according to Reuters on Sunday, only half the medical staff in a Warsaw hospital where the country’s first shot was administered had signed up. And if the doctors don’t trust the vaccine, one can be certain that the broader population will refuse to take it.The situation is similar in Spain, one of Europe’s hardest-hit countries, where 28-year-old singer and music composer German summarizes the skepticism of a broad range of the population, and plans to wait for now.“No one close to me has had it (COVID-19). I’m obviously not saying it doesn’t exist because lots of people have died of it, but for now I wouldn’t have it (the vaccine).”A Christian Orthodox bishop in Bulgaria, where 45% of people have said they would not get a shot and 40% plan to wait to see if any negative side effects appear – meaning only 15% of the population will actually volunteer for a vaccine in the near future –   is in the tiny minority when it comes to taking the vaccine.“Myself, I am vaccinated against everything I can be,” Bishop Tihon told reporters after getting his shot, standing alongside the health minister in Sofia. He spoke about anxiety over polio before vaccination became available in the 1950s and 1960s.To be sure, the establishment is pounding the table on why the vaccines are safe despite the record short time in development (even though not even the “scientists” can explain what is behind the spike in vaccine allergic reactions), and claiming that the new technology behind the mRNA vaccine is all one needs to know… when it is precisely this new technology that is sparking the skepticism.“We’ll look back on the advances made in 2020 and say: ‘That was a moment when science really did make a leap forward’,” said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, which is backed by the Wellcome Trust. Oxford also received $750MM from Bill Gates in June in the billionaire’s quest to vaccinate the world against Covid.Only problem: nobody in Europe seems to care about these “scientific” justifications. Independent pollster Alpha Research said its recent survey suggested that fewer than one in five Bulgarians from the first groups to be offered the vaccine – frontline medics, pharmacists, teachers and nursing home staff – planned to volunteer to get a shot.An IPSOS survey of 15 countries published on Nov. 5 showed then that 54% of French would have a COVID vaccine if one were available. The figure was 64% in Italy and Spain, 79% in Britain and 87% in China.Since then things have gone far worse, and a more recent IFOP poll  showed that only 41% people in France would take the shot. This means that a vast majority will not.Not even in Sweden, where public trust in authorities is absurdly and inexplicably high, is there a universal trust in the vaccine, with at least one in three saying they won’t get the shot: “If someone gave me 10 million euro, I wouldn’t take it,” Lisa Renberg, 32, told Reuters on Wednesday.Meanwhile, in a paradoxical attempt to force more to sign up – not realizing that it will only have the precisely opposite effect – Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki urged Poles on Sunday to sign up for vaccination, saying the herd immunity effect depended on them. Critics have accused Warsaw’s “nationalist leaders” of being too accepting of anti-vaccination attitudes in the past in an effort to garner conservative support. Well… let’s check back on said attitude in 10 years and see if perhaps it was the right one.For now, however, the more European governments pressure their populations to get immunized, the fewer the people who will actually sign up and the worse the vaccine rollout will be, that much we can be 100% sure of.Republished from with permissionThe post Major Glitch Emerges: Most Europeans, Including Hospital Staff, Are Refusing To Take The Jab appeared first on We Are Change.
Trump Backs Down, Signs Stimulus Bill With $600 Checks Instead of $2000Posted: 27 Dec 2020 07:06 PM PSTPresident Trump on Sunday signed a $900 billion pandemic relief package which will include $600 direct checksabandoning his immediate demand that Congress go back to the drawing board and provide $2,000 checks, and instead encouraged them to vote on a separate bill to “increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000.”“I am signing this bill to restore unemployment benefits, stop evictions, provide rental assistance, add money for PPP, return our airline workers back to work, add substantially more money for vaccine distribution, and much more,” Trump said in a Sunday night statement.The pandemic relief package is coupled with $1.4 trillion in funds to run the government through September and includes other end-of-session priorities such as increases in food stamp benefits and funding for the transit system. Plus, tons of pork, which we noted last week.According to the New York Post:The bill authorizes direct checks of $600 for people earning up to $75,000 per year. The amount decreases for higher earners and people who make over $95,000 get nothing.There’s an additional $600 per child stimulus payment.In a statement, Trump said that Congress on Monday would vote on a separate bill to “increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000.”The bill creates a new $300 weekly unemployment supplement and replenishes a forgivable loan program for small businesses. It also creates new criminal penalties including prison time for violating copyright laws with online streaming. –NYPFutures and gold are happy for the moment:

You may also like...