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Amazon pulls Clarence Thomas documentary during Black History Month

Serving as just the latest example of Big Tech censorship, Amazon has pulled from its streaming service a documentary about Justice Clarence Thomas, the only black Supreme Court Justice, during Black History Month.

Viewers who attempt to watch the critically acclaimed documentary, “Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words,” which aims to tell the story of Thomas’ celebrated life “truly and fully, without cover-ups or distortions,” have not been able to do so since early February.

“This video is currently unavailable to watch in your location,” reads the message viewers are presented with upon selecting the title. The documentary is also currently not available for purchase in DVD format on Amazon’s website.

The film’s producer and director, Michael Pack of Manifold Productions Inc., informed TheBlaze that the documentary was pulled from Amazon Prime Video on or around Feb. 8, meaning it has been unavailable for the better part of Black History Month.

Pack confirmed that Amazon stopped streaming the documentary at its own discretion and without providing an explanation.

TheBlaze reached out to Amazon’s public relations department for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

The news will only raise further suspicions that Amazon, like many of its Big Tech counterparts, is engaged in the deliberate and systematic silencing of conservative voices.

Given that the company has made significant efforts to celebrate black voices during Black History Month, one might think it would embrace the opportunity to stream a documentary about the country’s only sitting black Supreme Court justice.

Although Thomas himself may be a controversial figure in American politics, the film has been largely praised since its premiere last spring, when it was broadcast nationally on PBS. The film has a 99% audience score on the film review site, Rotten Tomatoes, and has a 4.9-star rating from customer reviews on Amazon’s website.

The film received high praise from the media as well. The Washington Post wrote in April, “It is a marvel of filmmaking that two hours pass so quickly. At the end of a screening I recently attended, there weren’t many dry eyes in the room.”

Time Magazine added, “[It] offers viewers rare insight into the mind of a justice known for his reticence on the public stage.”

The film, though unavailable on Amazon, is still available for purchase or streaming elsewhere. Those interested can visit Manifold Productions Inc.’s website for more information.

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Salon writer insults conservatives as ‘good Germans’ standing by amid Trump’s reign of fascist terror

Chauncey DeVega, a political columnist for the liberal outlet, Salon, recently blasted modern-day conservatives for “enabling and defending” former President Donald Trump’s “crimes” in a scathing op-ed, comparing them to “good Germans” during Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Party rule.

“Good Germans” is an ironic term often used to describe German citizens during World War II who claimed not to support the Nazi regime but who, in practice, did little or nothing to combat its terrible reign.

And so, to DeVega, because Trump is “a force of political, human, moral and economic destruction” and the leader of a national “neofascist and white supremacist movement” — much like Hitler was — those who stand idly by while he commits his crimes are merely “an extension of his political cult and crime family.”

DeVega’s column, seething in vitriol toward conservatives, shows just how terrified the left is of Trump, fretting over his influence even now after he has been voted out of office. After all, in a recent survey, Democratic voters listed “Trump supporters” as the No. 1 issue causing them concern.

“Although Trump was defeated by Joe Biden at the polls,” warned DeVega, he enjoys historic levels of support and “is now positioning himself as a shadow president.” Though he never exactly clarified what he meant by the conspiracy-laden term.

But in an effort to prove his point, DeVega lamented the fact that even after Trump incited political violence at the Capitol — which he characterized as “part of a larger plot to overthrow American democracy” — public opinion polls show the Republican Party remains loyal to him.

He also recalled that a recent Gallup survey found that a majority of Republicans desire that the party move further right, rather than closer to the center. In the poll, 40% of Republicans said they wanted the party to become “more conservative,” while 34% want it to “stay the same” and only 24% wanted it to become “more moderate.”

But this is where DeVega’s argument completely breaks down. Today’s conservatives are not, as he says, “hid[ing] behind fictions of plausible deniability for the evils committed by their leader.” Rather, they are celebrating his achievements and openly supporting his platform.

Nevertheless, DeVega argues that conservatives, “like the ‘good Germans’ of the Nazi era … are calling themselves ‘conservatives’ [in] an effort to shield themselves from responsibility and complicity.”

“Whatever ‘conservative’ once meant in American politics, it’s now just a flimsy rhetorical shield for fascism,” he added, showing he has no understanding of the American conservative movement whatsoever.

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Florida city fines woman more than $100K for parking incorrectly in her own driveway

A woman is suing the town of Lantana, Florida, after being hit with more than $100,000 in fines for parking in her own driveway incorrectly.

Sandy Martinez and the Institute for Justice announced the lawsuit in a news conference Thursday, notifying the public that Martinez had been slapped with over a year’s worth of daily fines for the minor offense of parking her car partially on her front lawn in violation of town codes, WPTV-TV reported.

According to Section 6-30 of the Code of Ordinances of the Town of Lantana, “all off-street parking spaces, including driveways but not including parking spaces located in swale areas as permitted by section 17-34, shall be asphalt, concrete or block and shall be hard surfaced and in good repair in compliance with town codes.”

Martinez reportedly lives with her mother, her sister, and her three children — two of whom are now adults. Given the fact that, in total, the household contains four drivers, it is often the case that four vehicles need to be squeezed into the driveway as best they can. That predicament resulted in one of the four vehicles being parked partially on grass.

Martinez claimed that after she was first cited for the violation, she called the city, but an inspector never came to her residence. Then, more than a year later, she learned that she had been fined $250 a day for 407 days for the offense, totaling $101,750. On top of that, the city fined Martinez $65,000 more in fines for cosmetic violations, such as cracks in the driveway and a broken fence.

“I’ve been living here for 17 years now and I’m being fined over $160,000 for parking on my own property,” Martinez said during the press conference.

Her lawyer, Ari Bargil, argued the extraordinary fines plainly violate the Excessive Fines Clause of the Florida Constitution.

“The government doesn’t have the power to impose the financial death penalty for trivial violations,” he added, noting that his client has rectified all of the offenses immediately but that a code inspector has not come by to confirm the changes and drop the fines.

Martinez told reporters that she repeatedly “left voicemail after voicemail” with the town to have someone come to her home, but eventually gave up trying after extended time “playing phone tag.”

According to WPTV-TV, the town offered to reduce the fines to $25,000 if Martinez agreed to pay them by Dec. 18, 2020, but reinstated the initial total after she refused to pay.

With the lawsuit, Martinez is seeking a declaratory judgment from the court that the fines imposed on her are unconstitutional.

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Biden to fly illegal immigrant minors to their relatives’ US residences

Facing pressure from progressives to make good on open borders immigration promises, the Biden administration is reportedly planning to purchase plane tickets and fly illegal immigrant minors to their relatives residing in the United States.

The news comes as immigration authorities have already entered full-blown crisis mode in the first months of the new presidency. The Biden administration is reportedly feeling the squeeze as the president’s lenient stance on immigration is leading to unprecedented surges at the U.S. southern border.

“We need to prepare for border surges now,” new Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief of staff Timothy Perry wrote in a Feb. 12 email to the agency’s top leadership, obtained by the Washington Times. “We need to begin making changes immediately. We should privilege action over cost considerations; do what is needed, and the department will work on funding afterward.”

Earlier this week, it was revealed that in response to the influx of border crossings, the Biden administration had reopened a Trump-era migrant children housing facility to shelter minors who crossed into the U.S. illegally and unaccompanied by their parents.

The Washington Post reported this week that the number of illegal immigrant minors in federal custody has tripled to 7,000 since January.

According to the Post, “the Biden administration is so worried about running out of shelter space for teenagers and children who cross the border without their parents that shelters have been authorized to purchase airplane tickets and cover other transportation costs for minors whose relatives are already living in the United States.”

The new policy was reportedly outlined in an email from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, which was obtained by the Post. The HHS, which manages the shelters, confirmed the policy change to the news outlet on Wednesday.

In response to the growing crisis, the Biden administration has tried to ward off new migrants in recent days.

“This is not the time to come,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday. “We have not had the time to put in place an immigration system, an immigration policy. We don’t have the processing we need at the border. Obviously, we are continuing to struggle with facilities to ensure that we’re abiding by COVID protocol. So this is definitely not the time to come.”

But the words are likely too little, too late as the administration grapples with the consequences of a problem it created, or at least exacerbated. And now that Biden has been called out by progressive lawmakers for reopening migrant children shelters, he needs to save face by literally escorting illegal immigrants into the country on the taxpayers’ dime.

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Tennessee GOP lawmakers urge university presidents to prohibit student-athletes from kneeling for the national anthem

Every Republican state senator in Tennessee signed onto a letter recently urging university presidents in the state to prevent student-athletes from kneeling during the national anthem before games.

“In light of recent news reports, we want to address the issue of our student athletes kneeling during the National Anthem prior to sports competitions,” the senators wrote on Monday in reference to a decision by members of the East Tennessee State University men’s basketball team to kneel during the anthem last week in protest of racial inequality.

In the letter, the senators called the anthem “a symbol of pride for America” that “lifts our spirits toward the ideals upon which our great country was founded” and “represents not only the freedoms we enjoy as Americans but the ultimate sacrifice paid by many in order for us to enjoy those freedoms.”

“When they don the jersey of a Tennessee university, they step out of their personal roles and into the role of an ambassador for our state,” the letter continued. “We expect all those who walk onto the field of play representing our universities to also walk onto the field of play to show respect for our National Anthem.”

“To address this issue, we encourage each of you to adopt policies within your respective athletic departments to prohibit any such actions moving forward,” the senators finally stated.

Of course, the senators do not explicitly call for student-athletes who kneel to be punished. But punishment is implicit in their request. After all, how else could university presidents “prohibit” student-athletes from kneeling except by implementing some form of penalty or punishment for doing so?

As should have been expected, the senators’ request immediately garnered criticism for potentially trampling on the students’ First Amendment right to free speech.

A parody account on Twitter, called “The First Amendment,” scolded the senators, suggesting, “Try reading me again or, you know, for the first time.”

Reason writer Robby Soave slammed the senators’ request as “a particularly galling example of Republicans seeking to use the power of the state to squelch speech that they don’t like.”

According to the Tennessean, during a joint session of Congress in Tennessee, some state lawmakers questioned whether broad freedom of speech extends to athletes in uniform at public universities.

One Republican representative, Sen. Mark Pody, called it concerning that student-athletes would engage in an act of protest while “they’re taking state money, they’re in our state schools, in our state uniforms.”

However, the fact is that students at public universities enjoy broad free speech protections, and those rights outlined and reinforced in the student codes of conduct.

Notably, in the landmark decision of Tinker v. Des Moines, the Supreme Court ruled that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”

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1 in 6 from America’s youngest adult generation identify as LGBT

Approximately one in six from America’s youngest adult generation now identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, headlining a trend of increased LGBT identification in the country, according to a new Gallup survey.

The survey, conducted throughout the last year, found that 16% of U.S. adults from Generation Z identify as something other than heterosexual. Those surveyed were born between 1997 and 2002. Generation Z is defined as those born between 1997 and 2012; the survey did not include those who have not reached age 18. Of those 18- to 23-year-olds who identify as LGBT, 72% of them classified themselves as bisexual.

“Thus, 11.5% of all Gen Z adults in the U.S. say they are bisexual, with about 2% each identifying as gay, lesbian or transgender,” Gallup stated.

Additionally, the percentage is poised to grow, since many individuals from Generation Z have not yet reached adulthood and thus were not surveyed.

Generally, the survey found that individuals from younger generations were “far more likely” to consider themselves to be something other than heterosexual than were those from older generations. However, that’s not surprising considering the cultural shift American society has undergone in recent decades toward a more liberal view of gender and sexuality and a more open stance toward sexual experimentation.

What is notable, perhaps, is the rapidity with which LGBT identification has increased among Generation Z adults in comparison to those from America’s second youngest adult generation — Millennials — who were born between 1981 and 1996. The survey found that LGBT identification among Generation Z adults was nearly double the LGBT identification among Millennials, of whom 9% identified as LGBT.

Under 4% of adults in Generation X, or those born between 1965 and 1980, identified as LGBT in the survey. That percentage dropped even lower for previous generations.

Overall, the percentage of of U.S. adults identifying as LGBT jumped to 5.6%, up from Gallup’s previous estimate of 4.5% in 2017.

Gallup noted that the “pronounced generational differences” in LGBT identification “raise questions about whether higher LGBT identification in younger than older Americans reflects a true shift in sexual orientation, or if it merely reflects a greater willingness of younger people to identify as LGBT.”

Indeed, major changes in society’s stance on gender and sexuality have occurred in recent history, perhaps the most prominent among them being the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in 2015 which legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. In the years since then, an increasing number of Americans have begun to question traditional gender and sexuality, and societal institutions have increasingly affirmed such a person’s ability to choose their gender or sexual orientation.

Undoubtedly, these changes have had a pronounced effect on America’s youngest generation of adults.

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Survey: GOP is concerned about policy issues, while Democrats are most concerned about ‘Trump supporters’

A new survey found that while Republican voters are mostly concerned with policy issues, Democratic voters are primarily concerned with Trump supporters and the growth of various “-isms” in the country such as “systemic racism” and “white nationalism.”

What are the details?

The survey, conducted by Echelon Insights last week, found that the top concern among Republican voters was illegal immigration, with 81% of respondents reporting that they are very concerned about the issue. Following behind is the lack of support for police in the country, with 79% being very concerned, and high taxes, an issue that 77% said they were very concerned about.

Republicans also did express concern over issues not necessarily related to specific policy — such as liberal bias in the media, the general moral decline of the country, and socialism — but those concerns did not top the list.

Among Democratic voters, however, non-policy-related issues were of greatest concern. In fact, the No. 1 “problem” causing concern for Democratic respondents was not an issue at all, but a group of people — Donald Trump supporters — at 82%.

Moreover, given Trump’s popularity within the Republican Party at-large, you might as well refer to Trump supporters as Republican voters. In the 2020 presidential election, more than 74 million Americans voted for Trump.

Following behind Trump supporters, Democratic respondents listed white nationalism and systemic racism as the issues they are most concerned about at 79% and 77%, respectively.

Commenting on the survey results on Twitter, conservative commentator Ben Shapiro noted that many of the consequent concerns among Democrats, were “rooted in slanderous notions about Republicans.” You might include issues such as “domestic terrorism,” “police brutality,” “discrimination against LGBTQ Americans,” and “sexism” in that list along with “white nationalism” and “systemic racism.”

This writer’s perspective

The aforementioned issues, again, have little do with policy, but rather are negative characteristics often associated with Republicans by Democratic lawmakers and members of the mainstream media.

What’s more is the survey results indicate that for Democrats, though not necessarily Republicans, compromise is simply not an option. For example, in a hypothetical scenario where Democrats adopted a tougher approach to illegal immigration, Republicans would theoretically work across the aisle. However, Democrats would seemingly never work with Republicans on an issue because their problems are not necessarily with issues supported by Republicans but with Republicans themselves.

“Translation: they’re not planning on sharing a country with us, which sadly puts us on the path to a zero sum game,” BlazeTV host Steve Deace tweeted.

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BLM raked in $90 million in donations last year — but local chapters complain they’re not getting support

For the first time in almost eight years since its founding, leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement’s principal organization are sharing a more detailed look at the group’s finances. According to a financial snapshot obtained by the Associated Press this week, the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation raked in a whopping $90 million in donations last year.

The massive haul can reportedly be credited to an avalanche in contributions that followed the death of George Floyd in late May and continued on for the better part of the year. Floyd’s death was the pivotal moment that kickstarted an international reckoning on police brutality against black people and racial injustice, in general, the effects of which can still be felt today.

Now the organization is reportedly aiming to build an infrastructure to catch up to the pace of its fundraising, with the goal of becoming known for more than just being the group that organizes protests after black Americans die in confrontation with police.

“We want to uplift Black joy and liberation, not just Black death. We want to see Black communities thriving, not just surviving,” an impact statement shared with the AP said.

One of its primary goals for 2021 is to establish “economic justice.” BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors added more specifically that the organization is focused on the “need to reinvest into Black communities.”

“One of our biggest goals this year is taking the dollars we were able to raise in 2020 and building out the institution we’ve been trying to build for the last seven and a half years,” she said.

Yet for all its lofty goals and successes in fundraising, the organization has been simultaneously plagued by infighting. As more money was raised and more power was concentrated at the top, longstanding tensions between grassroots organizers and the foundation’s leadership began to boil over.

Activists at local chapters had complained for years that they weren’t receiving enough support from the global network. Then late last year, 10 local chapters severed ties with the organization as part of a tense internal revolt.

Last summer, news broke that over the last three fiscal years only 6% of BLM’s spending went to local chapters, while millions went toward travel and staff compensation.

According to the financial snapshot made available to the AP, the organization worked to correct that in 2020.

“The foundation said it committed $21.7 million in grant funding to official and unofficial BLM chapters, as well as 30 Black-led local organizations,” the report stated. “It ended 2020 with a balance of more than $60 million, after spending nearly a quarter of its assets on the grant funds and other charitable giving.”

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Mitch McConnell rejects Capitol riot commission: Any major review should include Black Lives Matter violence, too

Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) appeared on Wednesday to dash Democrats’ hopes of launching a broad investigatory review of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, blasting the move as “partisan by design.”

Last week, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans to form an “independent 9/11-type commission” to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Capitol riot, which Democrats have labeled an attempted insurrection and a domestic terror attack spurred on by former President Trump.

But, according to Politico, McConnell has rejected a draft version of the proposed commission, articulating that any large-scale review must also take into account the steady wave of Black Lives Matter riots that ravaged and burned cities across the country last year following the death of George Floyd in late May.

The proposal reportedly would have also given Democrats a 7-4 majority on the panel.

“If Congress is going to attempt some broader analysis of toxic political violence across this country, then in that case, we cannot have artificial cherry-picking of which terrible behavior does and does not deserve scrutiny,” McConnell said.

Instead, McConnell suggested he may be open to a much smaller-scale review focused on the security failures that allowed a mob of Trump supporters to breach the Capitol while both chambers of Congress were in session.

“We could do something narrow that looks at the Capitol, or we could potentially do something broader to analyze the full scope of the political violence problem in this country,” he added. “We cannot land at some artificial, politicized halfway point.”

In a letter to Democratic colleagues last week, Pelosi insisted that the commission was necessary in order to protect “the security of our members” of Congress and the “security of our country.”

The commission, according to Pelosi, would “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021 domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex … and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power, including facts and causes relating to the preparedness and response of the United States Capitol Police and other Federal, State, and local law enforcement in the National Capitol Region.”

On the same day that Pelosi sent the letter, she also received one from four leading House Republicans, criticizing her for dodging questions regarding her own “responsibility for the security” of the Capitol on Jan. 6, such as why requests for National Guard assistance ahead of the planned Trump rally that day were denied.

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In ‘woke’ new curriculum, Buffalo schools teach students ‘all white people’ perpetuate systemic racism and much more

The public school system in Buffalo, New York, has created a “woke” new educational curriculum based on radical critical race theory ideas, teaching students that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism,” according to documents provided by a whistleblower.

What are the details?

Writing in City Journal, filmmaker Christopher Rufo explains how over the last couple of years, Buffalo Public Schools has abandoned traditional educational concepts in favor of more up-to-the-minute pedagogies like “culturally responsive teaching,” “pedagogy of liberation,” “equity-based instructional strategies,” and an “emancipatory curriculum.”

Spearheading the new effort is Fatima Morell, who serves as the director of BPS’ Office of Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Initiatives. Morell reportedly describes the new curriculum using one word — “woke” — which she says means to be “critically conscious.”

According to lesson plans obtained by Rufo, beginning in kindergarten, students are made aware of systemic racism in America and are forced to watch a video that dramatizes dead black children speaking to them from the grave about the dangers of being killed by “racist police and state-sanctioned violence.”

In middle school and high school, students are taught that for black children there exists a “school-to-grave pipeline,” and that, as adults, “one million Black people are locked in cages.” Middle schoolers are also taught that American society was designed for the “impoverishment of people of color and enrichment of white people,” that white people are “unfairly rich” because of slavery, and that “all white people play a part in perpetuating systemic racism.”

“Often unconsciously, white elites work to perpetuate racism through politics, law, education, and the media,” the curriculum states, adding that “it is important that the public hold white elites accountable.”

As students approach graduation, they are reportedly called on to be voices for antiracism. In a lesson on “confronting whiteness in our classrooms,” teachers ask white students to identify and define their “white privilege” and to “use their voices” to combat racism.

Curriculum documents obtained by Fox News last year exposed how BPS required teachers to infuse their instruction with “Black Lives Matter” principles such as the “disruption of Western nuclear family dynamics” and the creation of a “queer-affirming network where heteronormative thinking no longer exists.”

What else?

According to a whistleblower within the school system, during a training session to instruct teachers about the new curriculum, Morell explained that America “is built on racism” and that all Americans have “implicit racial bias.” She further argued that, due to “America’s sickness,” whites are led to believe that blacks are “not human,” making it “easier to shoot someone in the back seven times if you feel like it.”

Rufo added that one veteran teacher, who wished to remain anonymous, described the training programs as a series of “scoldings, guilt-trips, and demands to demean oneself simply to make another feel ’empowered.'” The teacher reportedly said that they and other faculty were effectively required to submit to “manipulative mind games” and express support for Morell’s “radical politics,” or risk professional retaliation.

Anything else?

Rufo posted a lengthy Twitter thread showcasing several screen shots of the lesson plans he obtained, which can be viewed below:

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American Airlines confirms FBI involvement after potential? UFO sighting

American Airlines confirmed on Tuesday that the FBI is aware of a potential UFO sighting reported by one of its pilots.

What are the details?

On Sunday, Feb. 21, the pilot of American Airlines flight 2292 radioed in to report an unidentified object flying directly above his aircraft. The pilot was flying a passenger jet over New Mexico en route to Phoenix when the encounter allegedly took place.

“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us,” the pilot said in radio transmission obtained by Steve Douglass of Deep Black Horizon.

“I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast. It went right over the top of us,” the pilot added.

In a statement to Fox News following the alleged encounter, an American Airlines spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the radio transmission and instructed the outlet to direct any further questions regarding the incident to the FBI.

“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” the spokesperson told the news outlet. “For any additional questions on this, we encourage you to reach out to the FBI.”

What else?

The FBI has not yet responded to Fox News’ request for comment.

The American Airlines flight was traveling at 37,000 feet when the alleged encounter occurred, according to Douglass. He added in his report that no reply was monitored from Albuquerque Center due to interference from local air traffic control.

Besides aliens flying around the earth, one possible explanation for the incident could be that a missile test was being conducted by the U.S. Military, Fox News noted.

White Sands Missile Range, described as the Department of Defense’s “largest, fully-instrumented, open air range,” is located in the southern part of New Mexico, not terribly far away from the passenger jet’s flight path. But the missile range also did not respond to a request for comment from Fox News on Tuesday.

Anything else?

Potential UFO sightings have been in the news more often recently.

In 2019, the U.S. Navy confirmed that videos published by the New York Times in 2017 and 2018 showing Navy pilots tracking multiple UFOs traveling at hypersonic speeds were real. In the leaked videos, the UFOs darted across the sky at high speeds despite not having any apparent wings or engines and not giving off signs of propulsion.

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Biden’s COVID bill offers up to $21K in paid leave to federal workers whose kids are at home due to school closures

A paid leave perk buried deep in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package offers to pay federal government employees to stay home if at least one of their children is in attendance at a school that has not returned to full-time in-person operation.

The provision, exclusive to federal workers, is sure to draw ire from conservatives as the albatross 591-page document known as the “American Rescue Plan Act of 2021” advances through Congress. The bill has been roundly criticized by Republicans as wasteful and filled with “bailouts, pork, and unrelated policy changes” since its introduction in the House last Friday.

The measure is supported by the “Emergency Federal Employee Leave Fund,” which is outlined on page 305 of the House version of the bill. Under the new legislation, $570 million set to be deposited into the fund is designed to assist federal workers caring for themselves or others “unable to work” due of the pandemic.

Among those eligible for the enhanced paid leave are those federal workers who are “caring for a son or daughter” out of school due to COVID-19 precautions.

What’s more is that the school doesn’t need to be completely closed to in-person instruction in order for the worker to receive the paid leave benefit. Rather, the school merely needs to “make optional” any type of instruction other than full-time, in person instruction. Here’s what the bill’s text says, specifically:

Amounts in the Fund shall be available for payment to an agency for the use of paid leave by any employee of the agency who is unable to work because the employee … is caring for a son or daughter of such employee if the school or place of care of the son or daughter has been closed, if the school of such son or daughter requires or makes optional a virtual learning instruction model or requires or makes optional a hybrid of in-person and virtual learning instruction models, or the child care provider of such son or daughter is unavailable, due to COVID–19 precautions.

Forbes senior contributor Adam Andrzejewski noted that critics are calling the measure “a personal bailout for bureaucrats.”

He added that “under the bill as currently drafted, full-time federal employees can take up to 600 hours in paid leave until September 30, up to $35 an hour and $1,400 a week. That’s 15 weeks for a 40-hour employee. Part-time and ‘seasonal’ employees are eligible, too, with equivalent hours established by their agency.”

A quick calculation shows that federal employees can collect up to $21,000 in paid leave under the proposed measure. Not bad for sitting at home in your pajamas.

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Report: Biden officials — including John Kerry — ‘colluded’ with Iran behind Trump’s back during his presidency

Members of the Biden administration, including former Secretary of State John Kerry and current special envoy on Iran policy Robert Malley, held backchannel meetings with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during Trump’s presidency in attempt to undermine the Republican president, according to a new report from the Washington Times.

The meetings were reportedly part of a counter-diplomacy effort by the former Obama-era officials — who now serve in the Biden administration — which “allowed for the Iranian regime to bypass Trump and work directly with Obama administration veterans that Tehran hoped would soon return to power in Washington,” according to several unnamed national security and intelligence sources.

One former senior U.S. official told the Times that the “underlying goal” of the meetings was “to devise a political strategy to undermine the Trump administration” and set the stage for a more accommodating U.S. stance towards Iran in anticipation of Obama-era officials returning to power.

The meetings reportedly occurred between 2017 and 2019. One of the meetings, between Zarif and Malley, took place after former President Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, which was signed during Obama’s presidency.

The deal, which halted sanctions against the terror-sponsoring regime in exchange for its promise to discontinue development on a nuclear weapon, was considered a hallmark achievement by Obama administration officials. But many suspect that Obama officials were simply suckered by the regime, which never had any intentions of holding up their end of the deal’s obligations.

Kerry publicly acknowledged meeting with Zarif multiple times early on during Trump’s presidency, which prompted Trump to accuse the former secretary of state of violating the Logan Act.

Though the exact details regarding what was discussed are not clear, one of the major objectives of the meetings was to lobby support for reentrance into the Iran deal should the next president be a member of the Democratic Party.

The Times report also notes that, in 2019, Trump sought to set up backchannel communications with the regime in order to defuse rising tensions, but those attempts were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, top Democrats were continuing to meet with Zarif.

Mark Dubowitz, head of the Washington-based think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Times, “Former administration officials can play a very helpful role in close coordination with a sitting administration to open and support sensitive diplomatic channels … But it is not good practice for senior officials who served at the highest levels of a former administration, Democratic or Republican, to be trying to undermine the policy of a sitting administration by engaging actively with a known enemy of the United States.”

“That’s especially true when multiple administrations have determined that this enemy is the leading state sponsor of terrorism,” he added.

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Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s mom says son died of a stroke, not a blow to the head — but authorities are staying mum

The mother of fallen Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick — whose death following the riot at the U.S. Capitol earlier this year became a rallying cry for many insisting that former President Donald Trump be impeached — is now speaking out about the erroneous reporting regarding her son’s death.

In an interview with the Daily Mail published Monday, 74-year-old Gladys Sicknick said she believes her son may have suffered a fatal stroke during the riot, but unequivocally denied that he was killed due to being bludgeoned by a fire extinguisher, as has been widely reported.

Troublingly, she also noted that though it’s been more than a month since the riot, the family still remains in the dark about key details involving her son’s death.

“He wasn’t hit on the head, no,” Gladys Sicknick told the outlet. “We think he had a stroke, but we don’t know anything for sure. We’d love to know what happened.”

In the initial report of Brian Sicknick’s death, Capitol Police said only that Sicknick was “injured while physically engaging with protesters” during the riot.

“He returned to his division office and collapsed,” the memo added, noting that he was “taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”

But the following day, the New York Times published an explosive story, based on the flimsy account of two anonymous law enforcement officials, claiming that Sicknick, 42, died after being struck in the head with a fire extinguisher. That story set off a firestorm of anger and grandstanding, as anti-Trump lawmakers and mainstream media members alike branded the riot a murderous insurrection.

Without verifying facts about the case, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) called for the “perpetrators” of Sicknick’s death to be “brought to justice,” and emphatically labeled the riot as a “violent and deadly act of insurrection.”

The Associated Press parroted the Times report, and Slate ran an article with the headline: “Police Officer That Rioters Hit With Fire Extinguisher Dies, Making Capitol Siege a Murder Scene.”

Yet a month later, a major development in the case occurred when medical examiners reportedly did not find any evidence of blunt force trauma during the autopsy. But the development, which seemed to counteract the narrative of a murderous insurrection, has been largely passed over by mainstream media organizations. The New York Times eventually updated their article, albeit quietly.

Investigators are now reportedly exploring various other causes of death, including the possibility that Sicknick became ill after ingesting a chemical irritant such as pepper spray, or perhaps had a pre-existing condition that was exacerbated during his confrontation with rioters.

Yet what has been true for more than a month since the riot remains true today: Authorities are staying quiet.

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19-year-old faked his own kidnapping just to get out of work, police say

Arizona police say a 19-year-old man who claimed to have been kidnapped earlier this month went on to confess that he made the whole story up just to get out of work.

What are the details?

When police responded to calls on Feb. 10 and found Brandon Soules near a water tower in Coolidge, Arizona, he had both his hands bound behind his back as well as a belt and a bandana stuffed inside his mouth, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.

During initial interviews with law enforcement, Soules alleged that he had been the victim of a kidnapping when two masked men struck him in the head outside his home, leaving him unconscious, and shoved him inside their vehicle. He proceeded to say that the kidnappers drove him around in the vehicle for some time before dropping him off at the location where he was discovered.

But after investigating the reported incident and Soules allegations, Coolidge police discovered that he had fabricated the story. Soules would eventually admit to his lies when confronted with the evidence, and on Feb. 17, was arrested and booked on the charge of false reporting to police.

Police updated the members of the community in a media release to let them know that “no kidnapping or assault occurred” and, consequently, that they didn’t need to worry about two masked criminals at large in the area. Police added that Soules “admitted during an interview that he made up the story as an excuse to get out of work.”

How did they find out?

In an interview with KNXV-TV, an unidentified officer recalled how Soules claimed that he had been abducted by the offenders in front of his home the morning of Feb. 10, but surveillance footage from the street at that time never showed any such incident occurring.

Arizona man accused of faking own kidnapping to evade work

Detectives also reported that Soules alleged the kidnapping was spurred on by a large sum of money his father had hidden somewhere in the community. That also proved to be false. But once he had concocted the scheme, he went on to stage the scene.

“He informed us that he at first stuffed a bandana in his mouth, and afterwards, he took off his own belt and bound his hands,” the officer told the news outlet. “[Then] he laid on the ground and scooted out near the side of the road where somebody could see him.”

What else?

The question on everyone’s mind: What job did this guy have that he went to such great lengths to avoid having to show up for work? Well, Soules was reportedly employed at The Tire Factory, an automotive shop in the area.

And in a way, his plan worked, since he no longer will need to report to work at The Tire Factory. The company decided to let him go after news broke about his arrest.

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Biden administration reopens Trump-era migrant children housing facility

Despite excoriating former President Donald Trump on the campaign trail over immigration policies affecting children separated from their families at the border, President Joe Biden appears to be adopting the same approach to the issue as his predecessor.

According to the Washington Post, the Biden administration has officially reopened a housing facility for migrant children along the U.S.-Mexico border in Carrizo Springs, Texas, capable of holding hundreds of children.

“Dozens of migrant teens boarded vans Monday for the trip down a dusty road to a former man camp for oil field workers here, the first migrant child facility opened under the Biden administration,” the Post reported on Monday. “The emergency facility — a vestige of the Trump administration that was open for only a month in summer 2019 — is being reactivated to hold up to 700 children ages 13 to 17.”

The move has been in the works since earlier this month, CNN reported, characterized by an administration spokesperson to the outlet as a necessary evil as immigration officials grapple with an overflow of illegal crossings taking place at the country’s southern border.

“Fully remedying [Trump’s] actions will take time and require a full government approach,” a senior administration official said, urging patience.

Government officials similarly told the Post that the camp is needed to temporarily house children amid the coronavirus pandemic and the current surge of border crossings. Never mind the fact that Biden’s lax immigration policies instigated the border surge in the first place.

In both cases, Biden administration officials are attempting to put a nice spin on the move. But what’s happening in this case is obvious, at least to CNN reporter Priscilla Alvarez, who acknowledged, “While administration officials have condemned Trump’s actions, they’re still relying on them as they sort out next steps.”

Despite the administration’s best efforts to cast the move in a positive light, progressive immigration lawyers and advocates are also calling it out for what it is.

“It’s unnecessary, it’s costly, and it goes absolutely against everything Biden promised he was going to do,” Linda Brandmiller, a San Antonio-based immigration lawyer who represents unaccompanied minors, told the Post. “It’s a step backward, is what it is. It’s a huge step backward.”

“When I read they were opening again, I cried,” said Rosey Abuabara, a San Antonio immigration activist. “I consoled myself with the fact that it was considered the Cadillac of [migrant child] centers, but I don’t have any hope that Biden is going to make it better.”

Mark Weber, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, the agency that handles migrant children, also made clear that the good care given to the children at such facilities has been consistent between administrations, though the Trump administration got a particularly bad rap from left-wing media.

That fact is especially pertinent given the Post’s coverage of the new development under Biden. In its report this week, the facility is described in delicate terms, a far cry from the “kids in cages” language used by the Post during Trump’s presidency, as noted by Fox News.

“Headlines from 2018 include, ‘The American tradition of caging children,’ and ‘The real reason we’re locking children in cages,'” Fox News recalled.

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Report: Nancy Pelosi claimed to oppose gerrymandering, then funneled $300K to a Democratic gerrymandering group

Despite publicly voicing opposition to partisan gerrymandering, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) recently funneled $300,000 into the coffers of a Democratic gerrymandering group, the Washington Free Beacon reported Monday.

What are the details?

According to Federal Election Commission records, the money was moved from Pelosi’s leadership political action committee, PAC to the Future, to the National Democratic Redistricting Committee in two separate transactions of $200,000 and $100,000 late last year.

The payments stand in direct contrast to past statements the House speaker has made. In 2019, in response to a Supreme Court ruling that upheld the practice, Pelosi claimed that partisan gerrymandering efforts “compromise the integrity of our democracy.”

She added: “This ruling greenlights the unjust and deeply dangerous practice of gerrymandering, which robs Americans of their right to have an equal voice in their government,” suggesting that with the ruling, “traditionally underserved communities, especially communities of color, risk losing the representation and resources they rightfully deserve.”

But now, as the country is fast approaching its once-a-decade redistricting process during which new congressional and state district lines are drawn, Pelosi is supporting the very practice she once decried.

What else?

The NDRC, run by former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder, is a prominent group at the center of left-wing gerrymandering efforts, according to the Free Beacon. But that is not especially obvious based on how the group advertises itself online and in its public statements.

The group publicly portrays itself as an anti-gerrymandering organization, dedicated to undoing the damage that Republicans have done over the last decade.

On its website, the group states, “There’s no other way to put it. Since 2011, Republicans gerrymandered the country more aggressively than at any time in our history. The result? Your vote might not count the way you think it does. It’s wrong — and we’re here to fix it.”

However, the group does also admit it exists to execute “a comprehensive redistricting strategy that shifts the redistricting power, creating fair districts where Democrats can compete.”

The fact is, both parties gerrymander to gain a competitive advantage, though Republicans have done it more effectively of late. And especially since 2010, when Republicans swept the country in a Tea Party wave, winning a large swath of state legislative seats and governor races across the country.

Anything else?

In addition to contributions from Pelosi’s PAC, the group has also received a large contribution from George Soros’s Democracy PAC.

According to the New York Times, Holder’s group was born out of a quiet huddle held at the White House in 2017, just days before former President Obama exited office, during which Obama discussed future redistricting plans with a small cohort of Democratic Party leaders.

Present with Obama at the meeting was Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe — and Pelosi.

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Harvard study claims slavery reparations would have reduced COVID-19 infections and deaths

A group of Harvard Medical School researchers are suggesting that one solution for the coronavirus may not actually be based on science, but on social justice.

What are the details?

In a study published earlier this month on the benefits of reparations, researchers concluded that had a slavery reparations program been implemented pre-pandemic, it would have radically reduced coronavirus transmission among black Americans by as much as 31% to 68%.

To arrive at their amazing conclusion, the researchers compared COVID-19 infection rates in the state of Louisiana with the infection rates in South Korea, where a major outbreak was avoided. Yet despite numerous major differences between the two polities, the researchers were apparently only interested in one: “social equity.”

Essentially, they analyzed the infection rate data against several social equity indicators such as income inequality and urban density, then juxtaposed it with the “relatively egalitarian” society of South Korea. Here’s how researchers themselves describe it:

Methods: We compared the COVID-19 time-varying R t curves of relatively disparate polities in terms of social equity (South Korea vs. Louisiana). Next, we considered a range of reproductive ratios to back-calculate the transmission rates b i ®j for 4 cells of the simplified next-generation matrix (from which R 0 is calculated for structured models) for the outbreak in Louisiana. Lastly, we considered the potential structural effects monetary payments as reparations for Black American descendants of persons enslaved in the U.S. would have had on pre-intervention b i ®j and consequently R 0 .

Results: Once their respective epidemics begin to propagate, Louisiana displays R t values with an absolute difference of 1.3 to 2.5 compared to South Korea. It also takes Louisiana more than twice as long to bring R t below 1. Reasoning through the consequences of increased equity via matrix transmission models, we demonstrate how the benefits of a successful reparations program (reflected in the ratio b b ®b / b w ®w ) could reduce R 0 by 31 to 68%.

Translation: They plugged their calculations into a strangely non-contextualized formula and — voila! — they found their answer. Payments to black Americans of $250,000 per individual or $800,000 per household would have markedly reduced the infection rate.

The researchers explained that reparations, specifically, would have reduced transmission because the payouts would have resulted in black Americans being able to escape overcrowded housing situations, avoid participation in front-line work, and obtain things like masks and hand sanitizer.

What else?

If you expected that the researchers who conducted the study set out to find answers untainted by biased presuppositions, then sadly, you were wrong.

According to the Harvard Crimson, the study is part of a larger report by the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice set to be released this summer. And the study’s corresponding author, HMS professor Eugene T. Richardson, just so happens to chair the commission.

He lamented to the Crimson that “almost all of the COVID models you’ll look at have to do with wearing masks, social distancing, closing down businesses — that kind of thing. Yet, there are these huge health disparities — notably between people of color and white people, especially in the U.S. — and you rarely see racial justice interventions being incorporated into these models.”

Another one of the study’s authors, HMS assistant professor Michelle E. Morse, added, “I think the fact that the U.S. has skirted its responsibility and avoided reach for reconciliation in a meaningful way for hundreds of years is why we keep seeing the same pattern of racial injustice play out over and over and over again in this country.”

She concluded based on the research that reparations “could have been as effective as a vaccine.”

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Cuomo says, ‘You can’t allow inaccurate information to go unanswered.’ He’s currently under investigation for doing just that.

New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo — who is currently under investigation for underreporting coronavirus-related nursing home deaths in his state — lectured his critics on Monday by saying, “You can’t allow inaccurate information to go unanswered.”

The governor’s peculiar choice of words may raise eyebrows, given the fact that he is currently being probed by federal agents for essentially doing just that: allowing inaccurate information to go on unamended and unacknowledged.

For months — as allegations mounted against the governor suggesting that he was misrepresenting the death toll at nursing home facilities — he demurred, pointed fingers at his opponents, and downright rejected the claims.

What did he say?

“I want to set the record straight on nursing homes,” the governor said at the press conference Monday morning, during which he only went so far as acknowledging his office “created a void by not producing enough public information fast enough,” before lashing out at his political opponents.

Instead of taking responsibility for his implementation of a deadly policy that likely led to the deaths of thousands of elderly New Yorkers and for obscuring data to make the situation look less horrific, he blamed the “toxic political environment” in America for his newfound infamy.

“Conspiracy theories and politics and rumors fill[ed] the void,” Cuomo alleged, then adding: “You can’t allow inaccurate information to go unanswered. Twitter [and] bogus reports become a reality at one point.”

What’s the background?

Last month, after reviewing data from the governor’s office and the state’s health department, New York state Democratic Attorney General Letitia James accused the governor of undercounting the number of coronavirus-related deaths at nursing homes in the state by as much as 50%.

James concluded the state was only counting deaths that occurred at actual nursing home facilities in its tabulation, rather than including deaths which occurred at hospitals after residents were transferred there to receive additional medical care.

That report set off a groundswell of criticism against the governor, including scrutiny from left-leaning media outlets that had previously celebrated his leadership bravado and supposedly awe-inspiring handling of the pandemic in months past.

Just over a week later, Cuomo’ secretary Melissa DeRosa appeared to acknowledge what many had already surmised to be true: that the governor’s office had intentionally obscured the death count to cover up the consequences of the administration’s fatal mistake. Early on in the pandemic, the Cuomo administration had implemented an ill-advised policy that forced nursing homes to accept coronavirus-infected patients discharged from the hospital.

Around the same time as DeRosa’s admission, a bombshell report by the Associated Press came out alleging that thousands more virus-infected patients were sent back to nursing homes than previously reported.

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Dominion sues MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell for $1.3 billion over election fraud claims

Dominion Voting Systems followed through with a previous threat on Monday by filing a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell over his claims of election fraud involving the company.

In the lawsuit, Dominion alleges that the self-made millionaire and Trump ally exploited a conspiracy theory that Dominion’s voting machines were hacked by foreign agents and Democratic Party officials to rig the election for President Joe Biden in order to “sell more pillows.”

“After hitting the jackpot with Donald Trump’s endorsement for MyPillow and after a million-dollar bet on Fox News ads had paid out handsome returns, Michael Lindell exploited another chance to boost sales: marketing MyPillow to people who would tune in and attend rallies to hear Lindell tell the ‘Big Lie’ that Dominion had stolen the 2020 election,” the lawsuit alleges.

“Lindell — a talented salesman and former professional card counter — sells the lie to this day because the lie sells pillows,” the lawsuit continues. “MyPillow’s defamatory marketing campaign — with promo codes like ‘FightforTrump,’ ’45,’ ‘Proof,’ and ‘QAnon’ —has increased MyPillow sales by 30-40% and continues duping people into redirecting their election-lie outrage into pillow purchases.”

The company vowed in the 115-page document that, through the ensuing legal battle, it “will prove that there is no real evidence supporting the Big Lie.” Dominion added that it ultimately brought the action to vindicate the company’s rights and recover damages incurred from Lindell’s election fraud claims.

Lindell responded to news of the lawsuit in a phone interview with CNBC, during which he said, “I’m very happy that they finally got that suit filed” and added that his message to Dominion is “thank you for finally getting this done, because it’ll be back in the limelight now.”

Lindell also countered Dominion’s accusation that he profited from challenging the election results.

“They also say that I benefited, or that my I used this for MyPillow, to advertise, and that’s not true,” he said. “I lost 22 retailers. It’s been cancel culture for MyPillow.”

Last month, after Dominion threatened to sue Lindell, the pillow magnate defiantly urged the company to file the lawsuit.

“I want Dominion to put up their lawsuit because we have 100% evidence that China and other countries used their machines to steal the election,” he said at the time.

Lindell has been one of the most outspoken challengers of the 2020 election, claiming in a flurry of media appearances and social media posts, including a three-hour docu-movie — since removed by YouTube — that Dominion was manipulated to skew results in favor of President Biden.

Editorial note: In the interest of full disclosure, MyPillow is a current advertiser on a program that appears on BlazeTV.

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John Kerry declares Earth has 9 years to avoid climate catastrophe: ‘There is no room for B.S. anymore’

President Biden’s special climate envoy, John Kerry, recently declared that Earth will be plagued by consistently catastrophic climate patterns starting in 2030 unless human inhabitants of the planet begin making drastic changes — and right away.

What did he say?

“The scientists told us three years ago we had 12 years to avert the worst consequences of climate crisis. We are now three years gone, so we have nine years left,” Kerry told CBS “This Morning” in an exclusive interview aired on Friday.

The former secretary of state was brought on to discuss the historic winter freeze blasting southern states like Texas as well as the Biden administration’s official reentrance into the Paris climate accord, an international agreement aimed at lowering global carbon emissions. President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Paris accord in 2017, citing the fact that it was disproportionately harmful to American business.

During the interview, Kerry argued the situation is so dire that the initial pledges agreed to when the deal was signed in 2015 won’t cut it anymore.

“Even if we did everything that we said we were going to do when we signed up in Paris we would see a rise in the Earth’s temperature to somewhere around 3.7 degrees or more, which is catastrophic,” he explained, imploring that new, more ambitious pledges needed to be made.

“There is no room for B.S. anymore. There’s no faking it on this one,” he said.

Biden administration officially rejoining Paris climate accord

Kerry argued that chaotic weather events such as the winter freeze that has resulted in dozens of deaths in Texas could become the new normal if aggressive steps aren’t taken.

The freezing temperatures are “directly related to the warming,” he noted, “even though your instinct is to say, wait a minute, this is the new Ice Age .. it’s not. It is coming from the global warming and it threatens all the normal weather patterns.”

What else?

Kerry’s doom and gloom forecast may bring to mind a similarly gloomy prediction made by another Democratic figure about the climate crisis. Back in 2006 while promoting his documentary, “A Inconvenient Truth,” former Vice President Al Gore declared that unless “drastic measures” were taken to reduce greenhouse gasses, in just 10 years the world would reach a “point of no return.”

Of course, Gore’s prediction became a point of mockery when, after 10 years had passed, everyone was still here and the world seemed to be getting on largely as usual. What becomes of Kerry’s prediction remains to be seen.

But given the impending doom, one might expect Kerry to be taking drastic measures himself, such as ditching private jet travel, which emits as much as 40 times the carbon as commercial airfare. But that’s not the case. Last month, news broke that Kerry’s family still owns a gas-guzzling private jet even as he preaches climate consciousness around the world.

But the news shouldn’t be too shocking. After all, in 2019, the climate czar told a reporter that flying charter is the “only choice” for somebody like him “who is traveling the world” to win the fight against climate change. He had been confronted on the issue after flying in a private jet to Iceland to accept a climate award.

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Ohio Health Dept. ?segregates ‘vaccine town halls’ by race; only option for white folks is a ‘rural’ town hall

In a strange move last week, the Ohio Department of Health scheduled a series of virtual town halls aimed at dispelling “dangerous misinformation” about COVID-19 vaccines curiously segregating the events along predominantly racial and ethnic lines.

What are the details?

In a post published on its website, the health department announced that four separate town halls were set to take place beginning Monday, during which health experts would seek to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of the coronavirus vaccines.

“Whether you hear myths on social media, at work, or from friends or family, there is a lot of dangerous misinformation out there about COVID-19 vaccines,” the post stated. “The truth is that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and rigorously tested. Ohio’s COVID-19 Vaccine Town Halls are designed to help you sift through the myths and learn where you can find reliable, trustworthy information about COVID-19 vaccines.”

As a part of a statewide vaccination program initiative, any Ohioans with questions about the vaccines were prompted to join the town halls where they could “hear from medical experts, community leaders, and public health professionals,” the post indicated.

The department then listed off four options for residents to choose from:

  • Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m. – African American Ohioans
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m. – Hispanic/Latino Ohioans
  • Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. – Asian American and Pacific Islander Ohioans
  • Tuesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. – Rural Ohioans
TheBlaze reached out to ODH for more information about the town halls and clarification as to why the department chose to segregate the groups by race and ethnicity, but did not receive a reply in time for publication.

What else?

Interestingly, there did not appear to be a town hall option for white Ohioans — or at least not white Ohioans who live in cities.

A flier for the “rural” town hall linked on the website depicts three obviously white males and one female whose ethnicity is a little more difficult to determine.

Image Source: Ohio Department of Health

Neither were there town hall options for individuals from a range of other races and ethnicities which undoubtedly call Ohio home.

The insinuation from the department seems pretty clear: The demographics most prone to believe misinformation about coronavirus vaccines hail from the four categories outlined in the post. White city dwellers don’t need a town hall, it would seem.

The series is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health, the American Chemical Society, and Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s Office of Faith-Based and Community initiatives.

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Chicago considers removing 41 statues — including 4 presidents — as part of ‘racial healing and historical reckoning project’

Chicago is set to consider removing as many as 41 prominent public monuments currently on display in the city, according to a list compiled by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration and published online this week.

The monument cleanse is part of a “racial healing and historical reckoning project” kicked off by the mayor’s office last summer, in response to a groundswell of Black Lives Matter protests that rocked the city.

According to its website, the Chicago Monuments Project was initiated to “grapple with” and to “address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history.”

Included on the list of controversial monuments are those of four U.S. presidents — George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses Grant, and William McKinley — and other influential historical figures such as Benjamin Franklin, Christopher Columbus, and Leif Ericson.

As a part of the project, an advisory board was tasked with reviewing more than 500 monuments and statues in order to determine which among them were not representative of the city’s values and thus potentially warranted further action. The 41 eventually identified were selected for the following reasons, the website stated:

  • Promoting narratives of white supremacy
  • Presenting inaccurate and/or demeaning characterizations of American Indians
  • Memorializing individuals with connections to racist acts, slavery, and genocide
  • Presenting selective, over-simplified, one-sided views of history
  • Not sufficiently including other stories, in particular those of women, people of color, and themes of labor, migration, and community building
  • Creating tension between people who see value in these artworks and those who do not
The mayor’s office noted in a press release that now that certain monuments have been identified, the “public engagement phase” of the project will begin. Chicago residents are encouraged to submit feedback and participate in discussions about the monuments on the project’s website until the phase is concluded in April.
“This project is a powerful opportunity for us to come together as a city to assess the many monuments and memorials across our neighborhoods and communities — to face our history and what and how we memorialize that history,” the mayor said. “Given the past year and in particular the past summer that made clear history isn’t past, it is essential that residents are a part of this conversation. This project is about more than a single statue or mural, it’s about channeling our city’s dynamic civic energy to permanently memorialize our shared values, history and heritage as Chicagoans in an open and democratic way.”
Last summer, after rioters protested around and defaced a statue of Columbus in Chicago’s Grant Park, Lightfoot had the statue removed in the dead of night. It was a complete about-face by the mayor, as only weeks before she had suggested it not be torn down.
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Biden COVID adviser can’t explain why despite lockdowns, California’s virus numbers are the same as Florida’s

White House senior adviser for COVID response Andy Slavitt hard a hard time coming up with an answer this week when he was asked why California hasn’t fared better against the coronavirus than Florida, despite the Golden State’s lockdown policies.

What happened?

“I want to start with what we just saw,” MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle said at the outset of the Wednesday interview. “Contrast states like Florida and California. California [is] basically in a lockdown and their numbers aren’t that different from Florida.”

New numbers coming out of both states have suggested, to the surprise of many public health experts, that states with harsh lockdown policies have not been more successful at combating the virus than states that adopted more open approaches.

Slavitt, appearing confounded, responded, “Look, there’s so much of this virus that we think we understand, that we think we can predict, that’s just a little bit beyond our explanation.”

Then, without providing evidence, he claimed, “What we do know is that the more careful people are, the more they mask and social distance, and the quicker we vaccinate, the quicker it goes away and the less it spreads.”

“But, we have got to get better visibility into variants — we don’t know what role they play — umm, large events, etc.,” he continued.

“But as we all have learned by this time, this is a virus that continues to surprise us,” he added. “It’s very hard to predict. And all around the country, we’ve got to continue to do a better job, and I think we are, but we’re not done yet.”

Andy Slavitt On COVID Cases Falling | Stephanie Ruhle | MSNBC

What else?

The Biden administration, which is endorses restrictive lockdown measures, has targeted Florida in recent days, floating the idea of imposing a domestic travel ban on the state to mitigate the spread of more contagious virus variants.

The notion immediately drew ire from Republicans in the state of Florida, including Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio.

DeSantis shot back, saying the potential plan “stinks to high heaven,” and blasted the Biden administration for employing a blatant double standard, contrasting the potential travel ban with Biden’s lax immigration enforcement.

“It is a huge contradiction and you can’t square wanting opening borders for illegal aliens, but then also restricting U.S. citizens from basically traveling around the country as they see fit and I think the American people see the hypocrisy in that,” he said.

Rubio wrote a letter to Biden slamming the idea as “an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science.”

“Instituting a travel ban, or any restriction of movement between the states, would be an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science. Instead, it would only serve to inflict severe and devastating economic pain on an already damaged economy,” the senator said in a statement.