Remember the good old days when Democrats cared about free speech, the rule of law, civil liberties, and due process? Those are ancient times for the political movement that now embraces guilty no matter what, cancel culture, and a totalitarian one-party state that decides all.
Whatever one’s opinion of Flynn, his relations with Turkey, his “Lock her up!” chants, his haircut, or anything, this case was never about much. There’s no longer pretense that prosecution would lead to the unspooling of a massive Trump-Russia conspiracy, as pundits once breathlessly expected. In fact, news that Flynn was cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller inspired many of the “Is this the beginning of the end for Trump?” stories that will someday fill whole chapters of Journalism Fucks Up 101 textbooks.
Warrantless surveillance, multiple illegal leaks of classified information, a false statements charge constructed on the razor’s edge of Miranda, and the use of never-produced, secret counterintelligence evidence in a domestic criminal proceeding – this is the “rule of law” we’re being asked to cheer.
The same mistake is now being made with civil liberties. Millions have lost their jobs and businesses by government fiat, there’s a clamor for censorship and contact tracing programs that could have serious long-term consequences, yet voters only hear Trump making occasional remarks about freedom; Democrats treat it like it’s a word that should be banned by Facebook (a recent Washington Post headline put the term in quotation marks, as if one should be gloved to touch it). Has the Trump era really damaged our thinking to this degree?
A California-based biopharmaceutical company claims to have discovered an antibody that could shield the human body from the coronavirus and flush it out of a person’s system within four days, Fox News has exclusively learned.
Later Friday, Sorrento Therapeutics will announce their discovery of the STI-1499 antibody, which the San Diego company said can provide “100% inhibition” of COVID-19, adding that a treatment could be available months before a vaccine hits the market.
As chemists, we are troubled by the challenges to mass producing remdesivir. We aren’t alone.
Shi’s holy grail was to find a direct bat to human SARS virus. Here she had the signal of fatal pneumonia in the miners & antibodies in the locals. In 2 years of surveillance of the site she found only 1 beta corona virus candidate 4991, yet she didn’t sequence it or publish?
Related:A leaked database from a Chinese military-run university suggests the country may have at least 640,000 COVID-19 cases — a figure substantially higher than Beijing’s dubious claim that it has seen just 80,000 coronavirus infections.
“These are First Nations lands. This is Indian land. Stay off our lands unless you are invited,” said Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations.
Public-health orders do not supersede First Nations law and treaties, Mr. Cameron says, adding that maintaining tradition and ceremony is even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our ceremonies, our sun dances, our sweat lodges, our pipe ceremonies will continue and no matter what any government or what the RCMP may try to say or do, those ways are going to continue.” […]
Indigenous Services Canada did not respond to a request for comment.
Related:The Liberal government has created entirely new divisions within the Wet’suwet’en Nation in its effort to sign an agreement with the community, according to elected leaders of the First Nation and one hereditary chief who sees the deal as a power grab by a select few Indigenous leaders.
Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine’s mother moved out of a personal care home with the health secretary’s help, after Levine ordered all nursing homes and long-term facilities in the state to accept coronavirus patients from hospitals.
Hackers working for the Chinese government are trying to steal valuable research on coronavirus vaccines and treatments from U.S. health care, pharmaceutical and research organizations, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned Wednesday.
“China’s efforts to target these sectors pose a significant threat to our nation’s response to Covid-19,” the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DHS’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency said in a joint statement.
“The potential theft of this information jeopardizes the delivery of secure, effective and efficient treatment options,” the agencies said.
The announcement represents an escalation in U.S. efforts to combat Chinese espionage and cyber-attacks. It comes as President Donald Trump attempts to blame the Chinese government for not doing more to prevent the global spread of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 80,000 people in the U.S. and ravaged the economy.
China’s People’s Liberation Army has been involved in scientific research, co-funded by the Australian government, into the origins of the coronavirus which has been published in esteemed medical journals.
In an explosive revelation, a study co-funded by the Australian Research Council and the Chinese government, and trumpeted by The University of Sydney as helping to solve the puzzle of how COVID-19 transferred from animals to humans, relied on a key laboratory in an institute in the People’s Liberation Army’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences to conduct its “genetic sequencing” and “virus isolation”.
It is indeed curious that on Dec 30 Shi Zhengli's database description was changed. In particular, it is interesting to see "vector insects" changed to "rats". Weren't they also working on mosquito-transmitted viruses like Zika/dengue? Why would they start distancing from that? pic.twitter.com/rGGcqY2vLW
Those who depend on rural emergency rooms are alarmed to see them close just as COVID-19 case numbers flatten in most of Saskatchewan.
Six rural emergency rooms had already been temporarily shuttered by Friday. Six more are following, including at the Arcola Health Centre, which is closing down emergency care on Thursday.
Judy Naylen depends on that care. She has “flare ups” of asthma that periodically force her to drive 10 minutes to the Arcola Health Centre in southeast Saskatchewan. The other options are bad. She said it would take 25 minutes for paramedics to get to her farm, and at least 40 minutes to drive to the nearest hospital in Estevan or Redvers.
“My throat swells, ” she said, “and there’s a good possibility that I wouldn’t make it there.”
Naylen said she’s “shocked” to learn the Saskatchewan Health Authority is moving forward with plans to temporarily close emergency services in Arcola when there are zero COVID-19 cases across the southern region.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has finally admitted — tacitly and partially, anyway — the mistake that was state health chief Howard Zucker’s order that nursing homes must admit coronavirus-positive patients.
On Sunday, Cuomo announced a new regulation: Such patients must now test negative for the virus before hospitals can return them to nursing homes. Yet the gov also admitted that COVID-19 cases might still go to the facilities via other routes, and didn’t explicitly overrule Zucker’s March 25 mandate that homes must accept people despite their testing status — indeed, couldn’t even require a test pre-admission.
Keep this “brilliant expertise” in mind when you read about the explanations as to why Southern California is being kept shut down for another 3 months.
Most people in America & Canada have never given much thought to where the police get their authority from. Clearly it’s from the government. And where does the government get its authority? In America, at least, it’s from the people. But even in Canada, the people can only be pushed so far.
“The thin blue line” refers to the tiny percentage of police officers vs. the number of citizens. Law & Order is a very fragile tacit agreement between the authorities and the majority of the population. Events in recent weeks have clearly shown an infringement of that agreement by the authorities. They’ve gone too far under the guise of “safety” and “for the public good”.
"The challenge here is that we are resuming activity off a high baseline of spread. We have more cases than we thought we'd be having at this point," says @ScottGottliebMD. "We are in a tough spot right now." pic.twitter.com/1WsEhzehLV
US intelligence agencies are reportedly examining mobile phone data suggesting there could have been an emergency shutdown in October at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
According to a report, obtained by NBC News, there was no mobile phone activity in a high-security part of the Chinese laboratory complex from October 7 to 24. Previously, there had been consistent use of mobile phones.
The report, carried out by private experts, suggested there may have been a “hazardous event”, specifically at the institute’s National Biosafety Laboratory, between October 6 and 11. Analysis of mobile phone data from around the institute also suggested roadblocks were in place between October 14 and 19.
More: China’s Incestuous Relationship with the WHO Might Be Worse Than We Originally Thought
The virus is natural, nothing here to see:US and British intelligence agencies are reportedly examining mobile phone data suggesting there could have been an emergency shutdown in October at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.
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