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Monthly Archives: April 2020
Would Joe Biden Subject Himself To The Sexual Assault Adjudication Policies He Helped Impose on Colleges?
B’nai Brith Canada has filed a complaint with Toronto Police after video recently surfaced of a local imam advocating the complete destruction of the Jews.
Dozens of Hippies Stuck at Festival in Panama Due to Coronavirus Realize Collectivist Utopia is Actually “Hell”
Dozens of hippies who got stuck at a festival in Panama due to coronavirus realized that the collectivist utopia they sought after is actually “hell” as they bicker over food and territory.
One doesn’t want to laugh too much at their misfortune, but dear God, this is funny.
The state Health Department allowed nurses and other staff who tested positive for the coronavirus to continue treating COVID-19 patients at an upstate nursing home, The Post has learned.
State officials signed off on the move during an April 10 conference call that excluded local officials from Steuben County, who protested the move, according to a document provided by the county government’s top administrator, Jack Wheeler.
At least 15 people have died at the Hornell Gardens nursing home in the tiny town of Hornell since the outbreak, according to county tallies. State records show just seven deaths across the county and include no data about this home.
“[T]he County was not permitted on a planning call [on April 10] with DOH and the facility owner for mitigation and response,” Wheeler wrote in a memo obtained by The Post. “We learn that DOH will allow positive-asymptomatic staff to work with COVID-positive patients only. We raise our concerns and objections.”
The very next day, Wheeler wrote, the tiny county began receiving hundreds of calls, emails and social media messages about coronavirus-positive staff continuing to work at the facility and he reached out to the state Department of Health to learn what he could and could not share.
“We ask DOH for official guidance that we can share with the public, which we do not receive,” the memo says. “As Public Health has responsibility for tracking positive subjects, it makes it difficult since we do not know who remains eligible for work.”
International Coalition Of Women’s Groups Sign Petition Pushing Olympic Committee To Bar Biological Males From Competing As Females
A coalition of international women’s groups have signed a petition urging the International Olympic Committee to suspend their guidelines allowing transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports.
Save Women’s Sports spearheaded the petition Monday, pushing the IOC to re-evaluate their transgender participation guidelines, which permit biological males who identify as female to participate in women’s sports.
Joe Biden has now done 19 interviews spanning nearly 4 hours in the 5 weeks since March 24, the day a former staffer in his U.S. Senate office came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. None of the 142 questions asked by his interviewers have been on the allegations.
One hundred years ago on April 4, 1920, a pogrom took place in Jerusalem. The violence lasted for four days and occurred during the annual celebration of the Muslim festival of Nebi Musa, memorializing the birth of Moses. While often overlooked by journalists and analysts today, the little- known Nebi Musa riots were, in fact, a harbinger of what is today referred to as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And the causes and consequences of that violence echo still, a century later.
As the historians David Dalin and John Rothmann observed in 2008, Nebi Musa was “the first intifada…the first of many violent radical Islamic uprisings against the Jews of Palestine that would take place over the next eight or more decades, throughout the twentieth century and on into the twenty first.”
The first lesson from the Nebi Musa riots lies with its perpetrators and their motives. The violence that left five Jews murdered, 211 injured and at least two Jewish women raped, was not initiated by those seeking Palestinian self-rule, nor was it done in the name of Palestinian nationalism. Those who instigated the riot, many of whom would become identified as the early leaders of the Palestinian Arab movement, were not hoping to create a Palestinian Arab state. Rather, they were trying to prevent a Jewish one—even if that meant being ruled from Damascus in what is today Syria, by a man, Faisal bin Hussein bin Ali al-Hashemi, born in what is today Saudi Arabia.
In mid-January, Chinese consulates in Canada and worldwide issued an urgent call. China was concerned that the new coronavirus raging in Wuhan was so deadly and infectious that its nurses and doctors would run out of safety supplies.
It needed personal protective equipment (PPE).
In just six weeks, China imported 2.5 billion pieces of epidemic safety equipment, including over two billion safety masks, Chinese government data shows.
And this raises big concerns on a number of fronts, say critics, including Conservative MP Erin O’Toole.
China was evidently hiding the extent of a pandemic that endangered the world while covertly securing PPE at low prices. This “surreptitious” operation left “the world naked with no supply of PPE,” Jorge Guajardo, Mexico’s former ambassador to Beijing, told Global News.
The result: starting in March, after COVID-19 had circled the globe, countries that provided masks to China in January and February were forced to compete for China’s supply.
By late January, sources in manufacturing and military circles were warning western governments that China seemed to be covertly seizing global PPE supply, O’Toole and Guajardo said.
But leaders in Canada didn’t act, according to O’Toole.
“One source told me in January it became well-known amongst military and emergency services that China was stockpiling masks and basically buying out as many quantities as it could,” he said in an interview with Global News. “And we know, … that senior officials, in the end of January and the early days of February, are equally aware at Public Works Canada, with respect to a run on PPEs.”
An investigation by Global News examines the troubling methods and underground actors used by Beijing to quietly corner the world’s supply of PPE in a state-level operation.
China used diplomatic channels, state-owned businesses and Chinese diaspora community associations that are thought to be increasingly under the influence of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s powerful United Front Work Department (UFWD).
And through clandestine United Front networks run out of Chinese consulates in cities from Vancouver to Toronto to New York to Melbourne to Tokyo, the Communist Party urged millions of “overseas Chinese” to bulk-buy N95 masks in order to ship “back batches of scarce supplies for the motherland.”
As troubling as China’s methods were, the operation looks even worse under a magnifying glass because some organizations seemingly involved in the United Front’s efforts in Canada include members that have previously been monitored or investigated by the RCMP and Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), according to RCMP and CSIS sources.
Seven ‘high-risk’ sex offenders with parole violations RELEASED from California jail due to coronavirus
The staff who tested positive work at Jesse Ketchum Early Learning and Child Care Centre near Davenport Road and Bay Street.
Two other staff and two children are still waiting to get their test results back.
One of the hottest of the pandemic’s hotspots — New York’s nursing homes — were compelled by a state regulation to take in recovering coronavirus victims, many of whom were likely still contagious.
The implication of this rule — which was apparently strictly enforced and similar to the order issued by California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s administration — was that facilities filled with exactly the most vulnerable population had no choice but to admit carriers of the contagion. The results of this blunder were as brutal as they were predictable. As of last week, New York’s Health Department estimated the number of nursing home patients who had died of COVID-19 to be 3,500, a total representing more than 20 percent of all the state’s fatalities.
As reports of the suffering going on in nursing homes made clear, what happened was not a function of demography or chance. The March 25 order handed down by Cuomo’s Health Department mandating that nursing homes could not reject those recovering from the illness set in motion the events that inflated the state’s COVID-19 death tolls.
During the tumultuous two decades of American military presence in Afghanistan, China has been quietly increasing its influence there.
While the Trump Administration is distracted by the coronavirus and its economic fallout, China is now poised to inherit the great power role once played by Britain, Russia and the U.S.
Beijing has deftly maintained low-key but friendly relations with the Taliban since the Islamic movement assumed power in Kabul in 1996. Only China and Pakistan kept their ties with the Taliban when American and Northern Alliance forces drove the terrorist group from power in the autumn of 2001.
China is now the foremost foreign source of investment in Afghanistan. China, for instance, has gained access to three separate oil fields in the Afghan provinces of Sari-i-pul and Faryab and has also invested heavily in extracting copper and iron ore from Afghanistan.
China, however, seems to be hedging its bets. It remains a supplier of weapons to the Taliban through the third-party services of Iran.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which last year faced accusations of racism among its highest ranks, reported $162 million stashed in offshore investments and paid its disgraced former leaders over $1 million.
The University Health Network estimates that approximately 35 people have died from cardiac issues as a result of delayed procedures due to coronavirus healthcare restrictions in Ontario.
Ontario’s Minister of Health Christine Elliot revealed the estimated deaths when questioned about whether she had any knowledge of “collateral damage” resulting from restrictions to elective procedures.
At this point, the CBC has become rather used to criticism from the Canadian right. This time, however, even a former Liberal minister has questioned their journalistic independence.
Ujjal Dosanjh, a former Liberal minister and premier of British Columbia, was referencing a CBC interview with Dr. Theresa Tam where she failed to surprise anyone by saying her response to the pandemic was not perfect. Talk about an understatement.
This interview, however, has been broadly criticized. Norman Spector, a journalist and diplomat, said that unlike BBC presenters, “Rosemary Barton kept agreeing with Dr. Tam.”
Using a course comparison, Spector went on to say that “On the BBC, Maitlis interrupts bullsh*t on average every 28 seconds and Husain every 46 seconds; on CBC, Barton spends her time polishing Trudeau’s turds.”
Dosanjh followed Spector’s lead by saying, “such softball interviews do make people wonder about the journalistic independence of CBC.”
Could this new UV technology developed by Columbia University to fight the spread of coronavirus be a game changer?
Just two days ago, we told you about a new study from South Korea that claimed UV light was used to kill coronavirus in 30 seconds. The study was conducted by a South Korea-based company Viosys and U.S.-based Sensor Electronic Technology, Inc. (“SETi”). The two companies said they successfully killed 99.9% of coronavirus (COVID-19) in 30 seconds using a compound semiconductor Violeds technology that is being mass-produced. Violeds is a patented technology that includes UV LEDs, UV LED fixtures and UV LED systems. The tests were conducted with the research group of Korea University, Korea’s top rank university.
Now, there is a similar study that just came out of Columbia University’s Center for Radiological Research. Their new technology is based on the idea of using UVC light to kill viruses. According to David Brenner, professor of radiation biophysics and director of the center, the Center for Radiological Research has developed a new technique that zaps airborne viruses with a narrow-wavelength band of UV light shows promise for curtailing the person-to-person spread of COVID-19 in indoor public places. Professor Brenner believes the far-UVC light, which is safe for humans, but lethal for viruses, could potentially be a ‘game changer.’
There’s been a lot of armchair analysis about various models being used to predict outcomes of COVID-19. For those of us who have built spatial and statistical models, all of this discussion brings to mind George Box’s dictum, “All models are wrong, but some are useful”—or useless, as the case may be.
The problem with data-driven models, especially when data is lacking, can be easily explained. First of all, in terms of helping decision makers make quality decisions, statistical hypothesis testing and data analysis is just one tool in a large tool box.
It’s based on what we generally call reductionist theory. In short, the tool examines parts of a system (usually by estimating an average or mean) and then makes inferences to the whole system. The tool is usually quite good at testing hypotheses under carefully controlled experimental conditions.
For example, the success of the pharmaceutical industry is, in part, due to the fact that they can design and implement controlled experiments in a laboratory. However, even under controlled experimental procedures, the tool has limitations and is subject to sampling error. In reality, the true mean (the true number or answer we are seeking) is unknowable because we cannot possibly measure everything or everybody, and model estimates always have a certain amount of error.
Simple confidence intervals can provide good insight into the precision and reliability, or usefulness, of the part estimated by reductionist models. With the COVID-19 models, the so-called “news” appears to be using either the confidence interval from one model or actual estimated values (i.e., means) from different models as a way of reporting a range of the “predicted” number of people who may contract or die from the disease (e.g., 60,000 to 2 million).
Either way, the range in estimates is quite large and useless, at least for helping decision makers make such key decisions about our health, economy, and civil liberties. The armchair analysts’ descriptions about these estimates show how clueless they are of even the simplest of statistical interpretation.
Jason Hill is a professor at DePaul University in Chicago who came under attack by student activists and faculty after expressing pro-Israel, anti-BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel) views.
On April 20, 2020, Hill filed a lawsuit in Circuit Court in Cook County, Illinois, for defamation against DePaul University, Provost Salma Ghanem, and Scott Paeth, the President of the DePaul Faculty Council at the time of the resolution.
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Former Cambridge University maths student, 23, appears in court charged with anti-Semitic hate crime after ‘calling for extermination of Jews’
He is also accused of having a copy of the Anarchist’s Cookbook, a terrorism and bomb-making guide, last year.
China’s ambassador in Australia has warned that demands for a probe into the spread of COVID-19 could lead to a consumer boycott of Aussie wine or trips Down Under.
Australia has joined the United States in calling for a thorough investigation of how the virus transformed from a localised epidemic in central China into a pandemic that has killed more than 200,000 people, forced billions into isolation and torpedoed the global economy.
Quebec’s decision to start reopening elementary schools, daycares and businesses in the coming weeks includes a warning: if the COVID-19 situation slips out of control, the province will backtrack.
Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble
Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution from Beijing or its allies.
Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute, eventually found a willing publisher, and now is working on a sequel dealing with similar issues in North America. What he’s discovered so far makes him very concerned for Canada.
“These people coming in from the U.S. aren’t Americans, but people transiting the U.S. who decided they’d rather be a refugee in Canada because we have better healthcare and it’s easier to get welfare. Well, that’s not seeking protection, that’s immigration and they should get in line with everyone else.”
When Virtue-signalling Goes Wrong: Lib Dem Politician Tags Muslim Council in Bacon Breakfast for Ramadan
Cops considered Junior Spencer one of the cruelest and most twisted pedophiles they had ever seen.
Now, the Toronto Sun has learned that Spencer, 42, is living in a Hamilton halfway house a block away from a local school.
Spencer and his twin brother, Stephen, oversaw a sick cabal of pedophiles called “The Family” — a ring of like-minded men who produced and sold child pornography from Warkworth Prison.
The long-term offender first went down on a child pornography possession conviction in 2000. His preferred victims were males between the ages of eight and 14. His brother was also arrested and convicted.
According to a recent study, only 25% of victims of revenge porn are male. But 9 out of 10 of those men are also victims of “sextortion,” a form of revenge porn that involves financially blackmailing the victim on top of the humiliation of being exposed online.
The 1993 episode of CNN’s “Larry King Live” featuring an anonymous caller who was later identified as the mother of Biden accuser Tara Reade was no longer listed in Google Play’s catalog late Saturday.
Twitter user J.L. Hamilton shared a screenshot showing the Aug. 11, 1993, broadcast of “Larry King Live” was no longer listed in the season three catalog of the iconic CNN talk show. Mysteriously, though, the Aug. 10 broadcast, which is listed as “Episode 154” is followed by the Aug. 12 broadcast, which is listed as “Episode 155,” suggesting that episode and the ones that follow could be incorrectly listed and off by a number.
British lawmakers and government officials have been told not to use the video conferencing platform Zoom due to concerns over Chinese surveillance
The country of 11 million people has seen nearly 7000 deaths as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – the world’s highest rate per million – with nearly 45,000 cases.
A man convicted of drug trafficking has been set free because of what Ontario’s top court called a troubling pattern of police playing fast and loose with charter rights.
In ordering O’Neil Thompson acquitted, the Court of Appeal rapped officers in Peel region for their continuing disregard for constitutional rules.
“Police must appreciate that, absent exigent circumstances or other appropriate justification, they cannot go about their undeniably important duties to enforce the law by obstructing ordinary Canadians in their cars until they are satisfied that they have answered their questions,” the Appeal Court said.
According to court records, police received a vague anonymous tip about a man dealing drugs from a car late one evening in a shopping plaza in Brampton, Ont. Two officers spotted an idling Cadillac, and boxed it in with their cruisers, even though both conceded they had no reason to believe anything criminal was occurring.
The officers approached the car and one testified to smelling marijuana. They arrested the driver, Thompson, 31, and a passenger for having cannabis, then searched the car and found 29 grams of cocaine, a weigh scale and $18,000 in cash.
It would take more than 20 minutes after the officers first blocked Thompson’s vehicle that they advised him of his right to a lawyer.
In December 2017, Superior Court Justice John Sproat convicted Thompson of possessing cocaine for the purposes of trafficking despite defence arguments the officers had violated his rights by arbitrarily detaining him, illegally searching the car, and failing to let him speak to a lawyer right away.
Sproat found the breach of Thompson’s right to a lawyer reflected a “chronic problem” with Peel Regional Police. Nevertheless, the judge concluded the detention was legal and the suspect had only been detained at the moment of his arrest not when they first boxed his car in.
The charter violation, Sproat decided, had minimal impact. He admitted the seized drugs and cash as evidence. A jury convicted Thompson.
In quashing the conviction, the Appeal Court found the trial judge made several errors. Police had no grounds to suspect any crime and therefore had arbitrarily detained Thompson from the moment the first cruiser blocked his vehicle and he could no longer drive away, the Appeal Court said.
“This arbitrary detention triggered the appellant’s right to counsel,” the Appeal Court said.
The appellate court noted several prior cases in which Peel police failed to respect their obligation to inform a detainee of the right to counsel immediately, calling the problem “institutional and systemic.”
The higher court, in its analysis, also noted that Thompson was a black man sitting in his car at night. While there was no evidence of racial profiling, the court did say his status as a “racialized Canadian in Brampton, one of the largest majority-racialized cities in Canada,” was relevant to whether he felt free to leave.
The number of immigration detainees held in provincial jails and immigration holding centres across Canada has dropped by more than half since COVID-19 was declared a global pandemic, according to data provided to Global News.
And recent decisions from the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB), the administrative tribunal that presides over immigration refugee matters, show how fears over COVID-19 are playing a significant role in some rulings to release immigration detainees.
On March 17, there were 353 immigration detainees held in provincial jails and immigration holding centres across Canada, according to data from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
By April 19, that number dropped by more than half to 147 detainees, 117 of whom were being held in provincial jails. The remaining 30 were held in one of Canada’s three immigration holding centres located in Toronto, Laval, Que., and Surrey, B.C.
Jamie Black-Lewis felt like she won the lottery after getting two forgivable loans through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Black-Lewis saw the $177,000 and $43,800 loans, one for each of the spas she owns in Washington state, as a lifeline she could use for payroll and other business expenses.
She’d halted pay for the 35 employees — including herself — at Oasis Medspa & Salon, in Woodinville, and Amai Day Spa, in Bothell, in mid-March, when nonessential businesses in Washington closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When Black-Lewis convened a virtual employee meeting to explain her good fortune, she expected jubilation and relief that paychecks would resume in full even though the staff — primarily hourly employees — couldn’t work.
She got a different reaction.
A NEW PIECE of evidence has emerged buttressing the credibility of Tara Reade’s claim that she told her mother about allegations of sexual harassment and assault related to her former boss, then-Sen. Joe Biden. Biden, through a spokesperson, has denied the allegations. Reade has claimed to various media outlets, including The Intercept, that she told her mother, a close friend, and her brother about both the harassment and, to varying degrees of detail, the assault at the time. Her brother, Collin Moulton, and her friend, who has asked to remain anonymous, both confirmed that they heard about the allegations from Reade at the time. Reade’s mother died in 2016, but both her brother and friend also confirmed Reade had told her mother, and that her mother, a longtime feminist and activist, urged her to go to the police.
In interviews with The Intercept, Reade also mentioned that her mother had made a phone call to “Larry King Live” on CNN, during which she made reference to her daughter’s experience on Capitol Hill. Reade told The Intercept that her mother called in asking for advice after Reade, then in her 20s, left Biden’s office.
“Self-identified domestic students of color, international students and LGBTQIA+ students” at the Minnesota school will receive their own virtual graduation ceremonies at the conclusion of this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, per an administrative email. Meanwhile, graduation for the rest of the class of 2020 has been “rescheduled for a date in late May/early June of 2021,” according to the school’s website.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas) is set to unveil legislation that would stop China’s Communist Party from exploiting loopholes in U.S. laws that critics say have enabled it to beam propaganda into America through a radio station connected to a state-controlled press organ, according to a copy of the legislation exclusively obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Cruz’s bill, the first of its kind, was sparked by the purchase of a radio station connected to Phoenix TV—an outlet owned by the Chinese government—that is now using a broadcast tower in Mexico to beam Chinese-language propaganda into the United States. The Mexican station was purchased in 2018 by an investment group with ties to China and is now running communist propaganda produced by Phoenix TV.
Phoenix TV drew the ire of Republican lawmakers and others earlier this year when one of its reporters confronted President Donald Trump during a White House briefing about the coronavirus pandemic. Lawmakers such as Cruz raised objections to the White House granting access to a reporter working for an adversarial regime.
This week the European Union was set to release a report on the coronavirus pandemic. An early draft of the report cited several key actions by communist China, including its slow initial cover-up and response, and its ongoing disinformation campaign to create confusion over its role and try blaming others including the United States.
The NYT reports that once China found out about the report, it made a few calls to see if Europe would delay and airbrush on Beijing’s behalf or not. This was a test of the EU’s resolve, as one European official noted. Would Europe stick to the facts, or would it wilt in the face of harsh words from foreign dictatorship?
Journalist Tyler O’Neil’s new book, ‘Making Hate Pay: The Corruption of the Southern Poverty Law Center,’ is a long-overdue exposé of the corruption of at the undeservedly influential civil rights organization.
Canada’s public health authority says around one million KN95 respirators acquired from China have failed to meet federal Covid-19 standards for use by frontline health professionals.