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13.10.2021 - 08:16 [ Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas ]

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Mandates By Any Entity, Adds Issue To Special Session Agenda

October 11, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order stating that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccination by any individual, including an employee or consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19. Governor Abbott also sent a message to the the Chief Clerk of the House and Secretary of the Senate adding this issue as an item to the Third Special Session agenda. The executive order will be rescinded upon the passage of such legislation.

09.10.2021 - 03:22 [ ORF.at ]

Rückhalt für Kurz aus den Ländern

Die ÖVP-Landeshauptleute bzw. Parteiobleute haben auch am Freitag ihre Solidarität mit Kanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) bekundet. Es gelte die Unschuldsvermutung heißt es. Einen Zuruf von außerhalb der ÖVP bezüglich der unmittelbaren Zukunft des Bundeskanzlers erteilen die Länderschefs eine Absage.

28.09.2021 - 13:59 [ Dan Wentzel / Twitter ]

After a bleak decade, the center-left is back. The pandemic has shifted the center ground in politics leftward. I have a feeling Scholz and Biden will get along really well.

17.09.2021 - 19:13 [ theHill.com ]

Clarence Thomas warns against ‚destroying our institutions,‘ defends the Supreme Court

“They think you’re for this or for that. They think you become like a politician,” he continued. “That’s a problem. You’re going to jeopardize any faith in the legal institutions.”

When asked at Thursday’s event if his Catholic faith has been at conflict with some of the legal questions that have come before the court, he responded, “that’s not the role of a judge.”

“You do your job and you go cry alone,” he added, according to The Associated Press.

03.09.2021 - 13:48 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Dominic Raab will ‚investigate‘ claims that people were told to go to airport ahead of attack

(01.09.2021)

Chris Bryant then asks about reports that British officials told people to go to the airport on the very day of the terrorist attack.

Dominic Raab says the travel advice was changed the night before the attack, and people were told not to come to the airport. The team was shifted from the Barons Hotel through to the airport to protect them.

He says he saw the report and „I need to investigate it“, but doesn’t reject the possibility.

03.09.2021 - 13:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Afghanistan: Dominic Raab’s answers to five questions from MPs

(01.09.2021)

The foreign secretary promised he would investigate a serious allegation that British officials told Afghans to proceed to the airport’s Abbey gate on Thursday last week, despite a specific warning that Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) was preparing a terror attack that day.

Nearly 200 people were killed in a double bombing at and near the gate used for the British evacuation – but BBC’s Newsnight has reported that Afghans were sent emails earlier that day asking, in one case, if they were “at the correct gate? Abbey gate”.

01.09.2021 - 13:16 [ theGuardian.com ]

Raab rejects US claims Britain indirectly to blame for Kabul attacks

(31.08.2021)

“We coordinated very closely with the US, in particular around the Isis-K threat, which we anticipated although tragically were not able to prevent, but it is certainly right to say we got our civilians out of the processing centre by Abbey gate, but it is just not true to suggest that other than securing our civilians inside the airport that we were pushing to leave the gate open.

“In fact, and let me just be clear about this, we were issuing changes to travel advice before the bomb attack took place and saying to people in the crowd, about which I was particularly concerned, that certainly UK nationals and anyone else should leave because of the risk.”

01.09.2021 - 13:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

US military ‚blames BRITAIN for making Kabul suicide attack death toll worse‘: Leaked Pentagon papers say airport gate had to be kept open for UK evacuees – as questions grow over how many were killed by panicked troops firing on civilians

(30.08.2021)

The British Ministry of Defence declined to respond to allegations they were to blame for keeping the gate open, but said in a statement: ‚Throughout Operation Pitting we have worked closely with the US to ensure the safe evacuation of thousands of people.

01.09.2021 - 12:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Report reveals US decision to keep open Kabul airport gate before attack

(30.08.2021)

The Pentagon criticised the leaking of the call details reported in Politico, telling the news website: “This story is based on the unlawful disclosure of classified information and internal deliberations of a sensitive nature.

“As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk. We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing.”

01.09.2021 - 12:32 [ Politico.com ]

Exclusive: Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion

(30.08.2021)

Commanders calling in from Kabul relayed that the Abbey Gate, where American citizens had been told to gather in order to gain entrance to the airport, was “highest risk,” and detailed their plans to protect the airport.

“I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said, according to the classified notes.

On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.

30.08.2021 - 10:12 [ ABC News ]

Biden tells Israeli PM he’ll try diplomacy first with Iran

(28.08.2021)

“We’re putting diplomacy first and seeing where that takes us,” Biden said during an Oval Office meeting that was delayed by the suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan. “But if diplomacy fails, we’re ready to turn to other options.”

Bennett arrived at the White House aiming to dissuade Biden from returning to the Iran nuclear deal that was brokered during the Obama administration and later scrapped by President Donald Trump.

27.08.2021 - 03:42 [ Gary Buckley / Twitter ]

Mr Dutton said the blasts occurred at the Baron Hotel and Abbey Gate airport entrance, where Australians were being brought through, but that Australian soldiers were safe.

27.08.2021 - 03:41 [ Lucas Tomlinson, Covering the Pentagon for Fox News / Twitter ]

Suicide bombing outside the Baron hotel near Abbey Gate is where 169 Americans were rescued late last week by 3 Army chinook helicopters.

27.08.2021 - 03:03 [ John Kirby, Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs / Twitter ]

We can confirm that the explosion at the Abbey Gate was the result of a complex attack that resulted in a number of US & civilian casualties. We can also confirm at least one other explosion at or near the Baron Hotel, a short distance from Abbey Gate.

We will continue to update.

27.08.2021 - 02:55 [ Tagesschau.de ]

IS-Terror am Flughafen Kabul

Die US-Botschaft hatte US-Bürger, die sich am Abbey Gate, East Gate oder North Gate aufhielten, in der Nacht zu Donnerstag dazu aufgerufen, das Gebiet „sofort“ zu verlassen. Großbritanniens Staatssekretär im Verteidigungsministerium, James Heappey, sprach noch am Morgen von der Drohung eines „ernsthaften, unmittelbaren, tödlichen Angriffs“ binnen Stunden auf den Flughafen oder die von westlichen Truppen genutzten Zentren.

27.08.2021 - 02:44 [ ]

The sea of humanity continues to flow towards the airport. Afghans with paperwork have to traverse flooded streets, Taliban checkpoints, then a British checkpoint, before even getting processed for evacuation near Abbey Gate. #Afghanistan

(25.08.2021)

27.08.2021 - 02:37 [ AL Jazeera ]

Afghanistan: US, allies warn of ‘terror threat’ at Kabul airport

(26 Aug 2021)

The US Embassy in Kabul issued an alert advising US citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and said those already at the gates should leave immediately. It cited unspecified “security threats”.

The British Foreign Office issued a similar advisory, telling people in the area of the airport to “move away to a safe location”, adding, “There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also urged Australians and Afghans with a visa for Australia to leave the area, warning of a “very high threat of a terrorist attack” at the airport.

27.08.2021 - 02:28 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon hints at more rescues outside Kabul airport, amid new security concerns and evacuation bottleneck

(August 21, 2021)

Kirby’s comments followed the disclosure that U.S. troops, traveling aboard Chinook helicopters, left the airport Thursday to retrieve 169 Americans from a nearby hotel.

27.08.2021 - 02:22 [ USA Today ]

Graphics and satellite images show how the complex and dangerous evacuation from Kabul airport works

(Published 4:52 PM UTC Aug. 26, 2021 Updated 8:44 PM UTC Aug. 26, 2021)

Arriving at the airport and passing through a security gate is the first step. Approaching the airport through snarled traffic and Taliban roadblocks was already difficult, but now entry may now be impossible after U.S. forces closed all gates due to an apparent attack.

American citizens who show up at the gates of Hamid Karzai International Airport would find a seat on one of the last flights out, but just about anybody else would be left behind, according to a U.S. official who is familiar with the operation but not authorized to speak publicly.

Outside the airport, desperation mounts for American citizens and Afghans who aided U.S. troops. U.S. special operators swooped into a neighborhood in Kabul to scoop up about 20 Americans unable to reach the airport, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said Wednesday.

18.08.2021 - 13:15 [ The Washington Post / Twitter ]

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) faced death threats, insults and hate mail after she voted against a broad authorization used to carry out the war in Afghanistan. The House vote was 240 to 1. The Senate vote was 98 to 0.

09.08.2021 - 09:04 [ CyberPreserve / Twitter ]

A week after Apple introduced an important update iOS 14.7, which despite including critical security fixes, failed to address a vulnerability in iMessage that can be misused by the adversaries to pose a threat and attack iPhones via Pegasus malware.

(02.08.2021)

09.08.2021 - 08:53 [ Raya / Twitter ]

Shocking how Apple still has the nerve to claim they care about user privacy, just a few weeks after the Pegasus leak revealed that a spyware took advantage of (among other things) a big vulnerability on iMessage… the same app they’re now deploying a privacy backdoor to…

(06.08.2021)

09.08.2021 - 08:36 [ Will Cathcart, Head of @WhatsApp at @Facebook / Twitter ]

I read the information Apple put out yesterday and I’m concerned. I think this is the wrong approach and a setback for people’s privacy all over the world. People have asked if we’ll adopt this system for WhatsApp. The answer is no.

(06.08.2021)

18.07.2021 - 18:28 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

DAN HODGES: Pushmi-pullyu Boris promised us freedom… So get ready for the next lockdown

‚I hope that the roadmap is irreversible,‘ Boris told the nation on Monday. ‚We’ve always said that we hope that it will be irreversible – but in order to have an irreversible roadmap, we also said it’s got to be a cautious approach.‘

That’s not what he’s always said.

07.07.2021 - 05:50 [ andhravilas.net ]

Germany could lift all Covid-19 restrictions in August: FM

Berlin, July 7 – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday said that he supported the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions once a vaccine has been offered to everyone in the country.

When this is achieved, there is „no longer a legal or political justification for any kind of restriction,“ Maas told the German Press Agency on Tuesday, adding that he expected this to happen during August.

07.07.2021 - 05:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

STEPHEN GLOVER: As he risks millions of people being stuck at home, Sajid Javid has made a mockery of his entire strategy

Until now, that is. Yesterday afternoon the new broom that is Mr Javid suddenly looked alarmingly like his unlamented predecessor. His announcement that self-isolation rules are going to be dropped for the double-jabbed and under-18s was of course extremely welcome.

But why on earth has this long-overdue change been deferred until August 16, which is four weeks after so-called Freedom Day on July 19?

05.07.2021 - 04:10 [ ORF.at ]

EU erhielt die zwölfte Cybersicherheitsorganisation

Ein aktuelles, schlagendes Beispiel dafür ist die Neufassung der deutschen Cybersicherheitsstrategie. In Deutschland ist es Teil dieser Strategie, gewisse neuentdeckte Software-Sicherheitslücken für Polizei – und Geheimdienste offenzuhalten, die deutsche Cyberbehörde ZiTis soll die zugehörige Trojaner-Schadsoftware für mehrere Dutzend deutsche Bundes- Landesbehörden entwickeln.

04.07.2021 - 19:16 [ Florian Burg ]

Der Bundeswahlleiter, Dr. Georg Thiel, und der Präsident des BSI, @ArneSchoenbohm , haben sehr deutlich gemacht, dass die sichere Durchführung der Bundestagswahl eine Gemeinschaftsaufgabe der Wahlorgane und der Sicherheitsbehörden ist und für alle Beteiligte oberste Priorität hat.

(25.05.2021)

24.06.2021 - 20:14 [ Außenministerium der Russischen Föderation - Mid.ru ]

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the 9th Moscow Conference on International Security, Moscow, June 24, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen,

Colleagues,

I am honoured to be invited once again to address the Moscow Conference on International Security, which is organised by the Defence Ministry of Russia. We are pleased that participants from many states and multilateral organisation are attending it despite the pandemic. I regard this as a shared interest in combining our efforts to improve the international situation and find the best possible solutions to numerous challenges of our time. I am sure that the high level of representation at this event will promote the achievement of these goals.

Eighty years ago today, on June 22, 1941, our homeland was attacked by Nazi Germany, which had occupied nearly all of Europe by that time. The tragedy of World War II is a vivid reminder of what a betrayal of the principle of equal and indivisible security and a feeling of superiority can lead to.

It was through enormous sacrifice and huge losses, above all of the Soviet peoples, that Nazism was defeated and our civilisation was saved. During the terrible war years, the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition demonstrated exceptional teamwork, wisdom, acumen and solidarity, quickly joining forces in the name of routing the aggressor.

24.06.2021 - 19:46 [ US Außenministerium - State.gov ]

U.S.-Germany Dialogue on Holocaust Issues

– Our shared commitment to a regular dialogue underscores our desire to contribute to a world in which knowledge of the Holocaust is abundant, fact-based, and serves as a foundation for tackling today’s challenges, including those that lead to the normalization of hatred that can result in demonization or persecution of those perceived as “the other.”

– Jointly with Germany, we will produce strategies and tools that governments can deploy to improve education and training on the Holocaust, counter Holocaust denial and distortion, combat anti-Semitism, and ensure policymakers have a strong understanding of these issues and of their responsibility to act.

– We will support innovation in education and commemoration, joint initiatives to ensure understanding of the Holocaust remains grounded in historical fact, and training activities for stakeholders in democratic societies on Holocaust issues.
By launching this bilateral consultation, and by raising public awareness about anti-Semitism and the hatred of “the other” that paved the way for the horrific crimes of the Holocaust, we can stand together as Transatlantic partners to ensure such atrocities never again occur.

24.06.2021 - 19:34 [ AFP Deutschland / Youtube ]

Maas und Blinken besuchen Holocaust-Mahnmal in Berlin | AFP

Bundesaußenminister Heiko Maas und sein US-Kollege Antony Blinken haben das Holocaust-Mahnmal in Berlin besucht.

13.06.2021 - 14:41 [ ZDF ]

Grüne lehnen Kampfdrohnen nicht generell ab

Kanzlerkandidatin Annalena Baerbock hatte in ihrer Parteitagsrede bereits betont, dass Menschenrechte hier grundsätzlich mehr Gewicht haben sollten als wirtschaftliche Interessen.

Die deutsch-russische Gaspipeline Nord Stream 2, die von der Regierungskoalition aus Union und SPD befürwortet wird, lehnen die Grünen aus geopolitischen und Klimaschutz-Gründen ab.

13.06.2021 - 05:01 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Kurz vor NATO-Gipfel: Laschet fordert höhere Verteidigungsausgaben

Vor dem NATO-Gipfel am Montag hat sich Unions-Kanzlerkandidat Laschet für ein stärkeres sicherheitspolitisches Engagements Deutschlands ausgesprochen. Dazu gehöre auch ein Bekenntnis zum Zwei-Prozent-Ziel.

11.06.2021 - 12:16 [ Stern.de ]

Was die zwei Ex-Chefspione Hanning und Maaßen mit einer obskuren Firma verbindet

(12.03.2020)

Es war ein Prevent-Mann als Ermittler beteiligt, als auf dem Rechner eines Managers der norddeutschen Landesbank HSH Spuren zu Kinderporno-Material gefunden wurden. Genauer gesagt: angeblich wurden solche Spuren gefunden. Die Bank musste sich später für den Vorwurf entschuldigen. Hatte man dem Manager das belastende Material also untergeschoben? Prevent bestritt jede Schuld.

07.06.2021 - 14:53 [ Times of Israel ]

Likud MK says Bennett, Sa’ar like ‘suicide bombers’ facing ‘death sentence’

Asked by the anchor if she was not going too far, Golan replied, “No, and I’ll tell you why… They’re like terrorists who don’t believe in anything anymore, who go out on their suicide mission, and even if they know it’s their death sentence, they don’t care because they’re Shiites.”

07.06.2021 - 14:00 [ Haaretz ]

Evangelical ex-Trump Adviser Says Lapid-Bennett Bloc Seeks to ‚Crucify‘ Netanyahu, Blames Jews for Holocaust

“I will use every bit of my energy and power to destroy them before they destroy the nation,” Evans pledged, claiming that while God had chosen Netanyahu, he had not “heard God choose any of these fools.”

04.06.2021 - 00:55 [ i24news.tv ]

Gantz meets with Blinken in Washington to talk Mideast security

„ery happy today to have the opportunity to pursue that conversation, to talk about the United States‘ enduring commitment to Israel’s security and to talk about some of the needs that Israel has in that regard,“ Blinken said.

The officials discussed the Iran nuclear threat, as well as the recent 11-day conflagration between Israel and the Gaza Strip-based terrorists of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad.

02.06.2021 - 18:20 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson says there is still ‘nothing in the data’ to delay June 21 unlocking – but we must be cautious

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show just 107 deaths had „novel coronavirus“ mentioned on the death certificate in the week to May 21, just 1.1 per cent of total deaths. A further 12 deaths were registered today, after dropping to zero yesterday.

28.03.2021 - 15:33 [ Russia Insight / Youtube ]

Lavrov: Russia Is Against Vaccine Passports For Traveling, It’s Contrary to Voluntary Inoculation

(02.03.2021)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov: Moscow expects that the European Union’s plans to introduce vaccine passports won’t discriminate against Russian nationals.

18.03.2021 - 14:00 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Sicherheitslücke: Mehr als 130.000 Corona-Testergebnisse waren frei im Netz abrufbar

Linus Neumann, Sprecher des Chaos Computer Clubs, sagt dazu: „Diese Art von Schwachstellen sind ein Klassiker, vor dem immer wieder gewarnt wird. Wer sich auch nur im Entferntesten mit IT-Sicherheit auseinandersetzt, macht solche Fehler einfach nicht.“

17.03.2021 - 21:06 [ i24news.tv ]

MK Ahmad Tibi to i24NEWS: ‚There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List‘

MK Ahmad Tibi, head of the Ta’al faction within the predominantly Arab Joint List, noted a positive change in opposition chief Yair Lapid’s stance on key matters for the alliance, but said the party will be thoughtful with its recommendations after the upcoming vote.

„There is progress in Yair Lapid’s policy toward Joint List and the Arab population,“ the veteran lawmaker told i24NEWS in an interview, adding that the Joint List must learn from its decision to recommend Defense Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz for the premiership.

08.03.2021 - 15:54 [ 1091 ON DEMAND / Youtube ]

Diana: The People’s Princess ..

A princess so tragically taken in the prime of her life, who came into the British Royal family and the public eye as a shy young woman, grew into one of the most popular and adored woman in the world. She brought a breath of fresh air into the Windsor household and helped to change the public perception of the monarchy. She reached out and touched so many people’s hearts, as she often struggled with her own personal life. Her two sons have grown into fine young men, with much of their mother’s feisty spirit.

09.02.2021 - 19:57 [ Heise.de ]

Bundesregierung bestellte Schock-Gutachten statt Impfstoff

Der deutschen Bundesregierung wird derzeit vorgeworfen, viel zu wenig erfolgversprechenden Sars-CoV-2-Impfstoff bestellt zu haben. Das heißt aber nicht, dass die Bundesregierung, die diese Impfstoffbestellungen an die EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen delegierte, gar nichts bestellte: Staatssekretär Markus Kerber zum Beispiel bestellte im Frühjahr 2020 beim Robert-Koch-Institut und mehreren anderen Bundeseinrichtungen ein Gutachten, mit denen das von Horst Seehofer geführte Bundesinnenministerium „mental und planerisch […] ‚vor die Lage‘ […] kommen“ wollte, um „Maßnahmen präventiver und repressiver Natur“ vorzubereiten.

09.02.2021 - 19:43 [ ZDF ]

Vor Corona-Gipfel am Mittwoch – Lauterbach warnt vor „Turbo-Virus“

Grund sind die um sich greifenden, wahrscheinlich deutlich ansteckenderen Virusmutanten, wie der SPD-Gesundheitsexperte auf Twitter schrieb.

In eigenen Berechnungen komme er zu dem Ergebnis, dass bei derzeitiger Ausbreitung der Mutanten die Fallzahlen nur noch bis Ende Februar sinken dürften, dann komme eine dritte Welle der Pandemie.

04.02.2021 - 11:55 [ thewrap.com ]

Tucker Carlson Thinks Biden Is Trying to Start a War With Iran (Video)

“Just a few hours ago, Biden officials informed us that after almost 65 years of working to build a nuclear weapon, the nation of Iran may be finally — and you’ll find this amazing — quote just weeks away from getting a bomb. After 65 years of trying. What a coincidence,” Tucker said, dishonestly omitting the key detail that Iran restarted its nuclear program because Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

04.02.2021 - 07:02 [ CDU / CSU Fraktion im Bundestag ]

FDP, Linke und Grüne hätten Verfahren besser nicht geführt

Mit dieser Entscheidung ist deutlich geworden: FDP, Linke und Grüne hätten dieses Verfahren besser nicht geführt und stattdessen, wie von uns empfohlen, auf einen konstruktiven Dialog mit der Bundesregierung gesetzt. CDU/CSU haben stets davor gewarnt, dass aus einer streitigen Frage im Einzelnen ein verfassungsrechtlicher Präzedenzfall für die Reichweite der Befugnisse und den Umfang von parlamentarischen Untersuchungsausschüssen gesetzt wird.

31.01.2021 - 20:06 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(May 30, 2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

24.01.2021 - 18:30 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Lügen als Geschäftsmodell

Das Geschäftsmodell der Bremer Alibi-Agentur ist es, die Wahrheit verheimlichen zu können. Die Firma bietet ihren Kunden ebenso wasserdichte wie erfundene Ausreden – und versichert, alles bewege sich im Rahmen des Gesetzes.

22.01.2021 - 20:42 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(May 30, 2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

20.01.2021 - 22:47 [ theHill. com ]

LIVE INAUGURATION COVERAGE: Biden enters White House for first time as president

Vice President Harris and second gentleman Doug Emhoff made their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Executive Office Building, arriving at the office space adjacent to the White House at 4:10 p.m.

Harris made her way down the street shortly after President Biden arrived at the White House, surrounded by family. At one point, reporters could be heard shouting out questions about how she felt and what her first job is upon taking office.

„Just walking to work,“ Harris shouted back.

20.01.2021 - 22:37 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Regierung nimmt Arbeit auf: „Wir sind im Gebäude“

Nach dem Amtseid an den Schreibtisch: US-Präsident Biden hat erste Dokumente unterschrieben, während seine Mitarbeiter das Weiße Haus bezogen. Die schnelle Arbeitsaufnahme soll auch ein Signal senden.

17.01.2021 - 17:25 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 08:56 [ Spectator.co.uk ]

The way ‘Covid deaths’ are being counted is a national scandal

(30.05.2020)

Normally, two doctors are needed to certify a death, one of whom has been treating the patient or who knows them and has seen them recently. That has changed. For Covid-19 only, the certification can be made by a single doctor, and there is no requirement for them to have examined, or even met, the patient. A video-link consultation in the four weeks prior to death is now felt to be sufficient for death to be attributed to Covid-19.

14.01.2021 - 08:54 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Government’s chief scientific advisor Sir Patrick Vallance warns UK is in for ‚a pretty grim period‘ for Covid deaths which won’t reduce ‚for some weeks‘ even if lockdown measures bring infections down – as Britain sees daily record of 1,564 fatalities

Department of Health figures show the daily laboratory-confirmed death toll has risen 50 per cent week-on-week, with data suggesting the total number of coronavirus victims — both suspected and confirmed — has now passed the 100,000 mark.

06.01.2021 - 22:23 [ Max Blumenthal / Twitter ]

Imagine if a foreign power recognized this guy as president and you’ll know how Venezuelans feel

06.01.2021 - 21:37 [ Washington Examiner / Twitter ]

A protester is sitting in the chair of the presiding officer of the Senate.

31.12.2020 - 07:14 [ ORF.at ]

Kein Zusammenhang von Tod und CoV-Impfung in Schweiz

Laut Swissmedic ist im Kanton Luzern eine 91-jährige Person, die an mehreren schweren Vorerkrankungen litt, einige Tage nach einer Covid-19-Impfung in einem Alters- und Pflegeheim verstorben.

„Weder die Krankengeschichte noch der akute Krankheitsverlauf legen einen direkten kausalen Zusammenhang zwischen der Covid-19-Impfung und dem Tod nahe“, informierte Swissmedic.

18.12.2020 - 09:00 [ @DanielLuecking / Twitter ]

Veranstaltungssicherheitskonzeptn wurden erarbeitet. In der Selbstdarstellung hat sich @derInnensenator nichts vorzuwerfen. Er plädiert im Umgang mit Gefährdern für die „Al Capone“-Methode. Gefährder sollten bei anderen Straftaten keine Nachlässigkeit erfahren. #UA1BT

18.12.2020 - 08:13 [ @DanielLuecking / Twitter ]

#TdM streitet Zusammenhänge mit der VP-01 ab. Die Information sei aus einem Staat gekommen, mit dem man exzellent kooperiere. Die Quelle der Information aus einem dritten Staat. Mehr dürfe er in öffentlicher Sitzung nicht sagen. #UA1BT

03.12.2020 - 04:40 [ ZDF ]

Bund und Länder zu Corona-Regeln – Teil-Shutdown wird bis 10. Januar verlängert

„Wenn man jetzt angesichts von ein bisschen Knick in der Kurve gleich sagt: ‚Ja, aber nun kann ich ja wieder loslegen‘ – mitnichten. Wir sind weit von 50 in den allermeisten Bundesländern entfernt.“

Die Kanzlerin bekräftigt weiter: „Das Virus lässt sich nicht betrügen – oder lässt sich nicht wegdiskutieren. Und es ist in einem bemerkenswerten Maße da. Das muss man leider sagen.“

13.11.2020 - 12:41 [ Lou Dobbs / Twitter ]

Dominion Voting Systems: Toronto based @dominionvoting was rejected by Texas Secretary of State in 2019 for major flaws in their software. Why was it used this election in 6 battleground states and 22 others?

#MAGA #AmericaFirst #Dobbs

13.11.2020 - 12:30 [ NYBooks.com ]

Who Owns Our Voting Machines?

(November 2020)

These “black boxes” have required both election officials and the public to take on faith that the machines are programmed to capture voter intent, not subvert it. When researchers have attempted to examine the computer code, they have been threatened with lawsuits by the election vendors. (…)

These include machines that can be reprogrammed remotely or in person by surreptitiously (and easily) inserting fraudulent media cards or thumb drives, as researchers have shown over and over again.

Meanwhile, despite claims to the contrary by election vendors, it’s been demonstrated that ballot scanners in precincts in the swing states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Florida use wireless modems that connect to the Internet. (…)

These vulnerabilities—and others—inject doubt into the public’s perception of election integrity. That doubt is compounded by the fact that the three major election vendors in the United States—Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Dominion—are owned by private equity. Together, they account for about 80 percent of all election equipment used in the United States.

13.11.2020 - 12:14 [ justthenews.com ]

Michigan county flips back to Trump, following repair of voting software glitch

(November 6, 2020)

Addressing the alleged software glitch, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said Friday during a press conference that „47 counties [in Michigan] use this same software in the same capacity.“

13.11.2020 - 12:12 [ apnews.com ]

Officials: Clerk error behind county results favoring Biden

The Department of State said Antrim and many other counties in Michigan use the Dominion Voting Systems election management system and ballot tabulators. The tabulators are programmed to scan hand-marked paper ballots.

13.11.2020 - 11:40 [ Politico.com ]

Cause of Election Day glitch in Georgia counties still unexplained

(11/04/2020 01:55 PM EST
Updated: 11/12/2020 10:28 PM EST)

The supervisor, Marcia Ridley of the Spalding County Board of Elections, had initially attributed the problem to a vendor’s 11th-hour update to the equipment. But log files for the devices — electronic poll books that poll workers use to sign in voters at precincts — show that no such update occurred to the devices the night before Election Day, Ridley said in a statement to POLITICO on Thursday. However, she said she stands by her previous statements last week that a representative for the election technology vendor, Dominion Voting Systems, told her office that it had uploaded some kind of update the night before the election and that this had created the glitch.

13.11.2020 - 11:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚They think they are above the law‘: the firms that own America’s voting system

(23.04.2019)

The result is a small network of companies that have near-monopolies on election services, such as building voting machines. Across the spectrum, private vendors have long histories of errors that affected elections, of obstructing politicians and the public from seeking information, of corruption, suspect foreign influence, false statements of security and business dishonesty. (…)

The party narrative is that Democrats are trying to use the federal government to take over state and local elections; the political angle is that recognizing vulnerabilities or flaws in the election system could raise doubts about the legitimacy of the party’s – and Donald Trump’s – victory in 2016.

Raskin’s bill could affect at least two of the largest election companies. Dominion Voting Systems, which is the second-largest voting machine vendor in the US, is based in both the US and Canada.

(…)

Due to that statement and a litany of other scandals – such as leaving an internet-facing server unprotected and revealing the source code for its machines or by installing unapproved software patches on its machines just before an election – that company, Diebold, sold off the election-machine portion of its company in 2009.

13.11.2020 - 11:20 [ Dominion Voting ]

Election 2020: Setting the Record Straight

Edison Research has also categorically denied any claims that their data suggests any voting irregularities, including vote switching.

When asked if the company had noticed these or any other anomalies in the voting data, Edison Research President Larry Rosin told The Dispatch Fact Check, „Edison Research created no such report and we are not aware of any voter fraud.“

13.11.2020 - 11:15 [ ZDF ]

USA: Kein Wahlbetrug durch Computer

„Es gibt keine Belege dafür, dass ein Abstimmungssystem Stimmen gelöscht oder verändert hätte – oder auf irgendwelche Weise kompromittiert worden wäre.“

So hieß es in einer Mitteilung am Donnerstag, die unter anderen von Vertretern der Cybersicherheitsagentur des Heimatschutzministeriums sowie der Vereinigungen der Wahlleiter der Bundesstaaten herausgegeben wurde.

13.11.2020 - 11:10 [ theHill.com ]

Voting machine company denies Trump claims about software issues

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based company that supplies voting machines across the United States, on Thursday rejected President Trump’s claim that it had „deleted“ millions of votes in favor of the president.

Earlier in the day, the president said on Twitter that Dominion had struck a total of 2.7 million Trump votes from its machines, including 221,000 in Pennsylvania that he claims were instead tallied for now-President-elect Joe Biden.

04.11.2020 - 21:03 [ NYBooks.com ]

Who Owns Our Voting Machines?

These vulnerabilities—and others—inject doubt into the public’s perception of election integrity. That doubt is compounded by the fact that the three major election vendors in the United States—Election Systems and Software, Hart InterCivic, and Dominion—are owned by private equity. Together, they account for about 80 percent of all election equipment used in the United States. This leaves the public in the dark about who owns the voting machine companies, or how much money those owners make from elections.

At the very least, not knowing who is behind these companies—and if they have ties to either political party, donate to super PACs, or have a financial stake in the outcome of an election—undermines confidence in the proprietary software undergirding voting machines. The federal government, which does not participate in the administration of elections, could change this by requiring any election vendor paid with federal funds to disclose its full ownership and post its balance sheet. Until then, as Saltman warned, “situations may be created in which conflict of interest is a serious concern.”

04.11.2020 - 20:34 [ Wikipedia ]

Hart InterCivic

Hart InterCivic Inc. is a privately held United States company that provides election technologies and services to government jurisdictions. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Hart products are used by hundreds of jurisdictions nationwide, including counties in Texas, the entire states of Hawaii and Oklahoma, half of Washington and Colorado, and certain counties in Ohio, California, Idaho,[1] Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.[2]

Hart entered the elections industry in 1912, printing ballots for Texas counties.

04.11.2020 - 20:29 [ Dennis Lennox / Twitter ]

Trump did not lose #AntrimCounty in #Michigan. It is now confirmed that 32 other counties use the same software as Antrim County. He will get 6,000-plus votes out of Antrim. What about the other counties with the same software?

04.11.2020 - 20:16 [ 9and10news.com ]

Election Officials in Antrim County Investigate ‘Skewed’ Election Results

The county clerk says she became aware of “apparently skewed” results early Wednesday morning.

The county says they are working with election officials across the county, and with the company that provides their voting software, to figure out what happened

11.10.2020 - 02:40 [ theGuardian.com ]

PM ‘betraying his red wall voters’ over lockdown cash

Burnham told the Observer that by offering to pay only two-thirds of the wages of people hit by new closures – as opposed to the 80% which applied nationally under the original furlough scheme – ministers would be punishing people in the north in a way that was completely unacceptable.

Burnham said the Conservatives were betraying the people in so-called “red wall” seats who they had persuaded to vote Tory at the general election last December with pledges to “level up” the country.

08.10.2020 - 20:18 [ rferl.org ]

Biden Says Would Keep Small U.S. Troops Presence In Afghanistan, Iraq

(September 11, 2020)

25.08.2020 - 11:42 [ ZDF ]

„Lockdown nicht noch einmal so machen „

(20.08.2020)

Der NRW-Gesundheitsminister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) räumt ein: „Heute würde Politik einen Lockdown nicht noch einmal so machen wie im März. Man würde es differenzierter umsetzen.“

21.07.2020 - 13:32 [ Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung ]

Ein Jubiläum und zwei Todesfälle

(22. Juli 2004)

Welch ein Kontrapunkt zu einem anderen Tod, der den Beginn von Blairs Laufbahn markiert hat. Im Mai 1994 erlag der Labour-Vorsitzende und Oppositionsführer John Smith überraschend einem Herzinfarkt, und nach gebührender Anstandsfrist wurde Blair sein Nachfolger. Den 21. Juli 1994, als dies geschah, wird man vielleicht einmal als den Gründungstag von „New Labour“ feiern. Doch heute macht die Partei möglichst wenig Aufhebens davon, denn im verflixten siebten Jahr der Regierung Blair muß man die Leute nicht auch noch mit Gewalt zum Nachsinnen bringen, wie grandios alles einmal begonnen hatte und wie viele Hoffnungen seither enttäuscht worden sind.

25.06.2020 - 22:42 [ PBS Frontline ]

The Soldier’s Heart: Interview David Grossman

(Nov. 22, 2004)

You have statistics in your book. … Talk to me about the 2 percent statistic and what that means.

Naturally speaking, there’s 2 percent who after 60 days of continuous day-and-night combat are not driven insane. And this 2 percent keeps bubbling up. Two percent of all fighter pilots in World War II killed more than the rest put together, something along those lines. This 2 percent keeps bubbling up.

And it’s really not a percent. It’s not a yes or no. It’s a continuum. It’s the old bell-shaped curve. [At] one end of the bell-shaped curve there’s people, at the tail of it, with great capacity for violence. [At] the other end there’s people over here with no capacity for violence. And there’s most of the people right in between. But you can choose to go one way or another. Israel is a nation that has shifted their bell-shaped curve. Israel is a nation who’s chosen a warrior path.

So what’s happening in the psychology of those 2 percent?

Well, those 2 percent are people with a capacity for aggression. And then they divide into two parts. Those who have the capacity for aggression and an absence of empathy, we call those psychopaths, sociopaths, aggressive sociopaths. Those who have a capacity for aggression and empathy for their fellow citizens, we call those warriors, heroes, cops, soldiers, Marines, spec ops.

16.06.2020 - 11:41 [ GoodNightProductions / Youtube ]

POWERFUL Bernie Sanders AD (Killer Mike Speech) – THE TIME IS NOW!

(31.01.2020)

05.06.2020 - 19:49 [ GoodNightProductions / Youtube ]

POWERFUL Bernie Sanders AD (Killer Mike Speech) – THE TIME IS NOW!

(31.01.2020)

05.06.2020 - 00:24 [ the Hill ]

Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday demanded that President Trump provide a list of the agencies involved in deploying law enforcement officers around Washington, D.C., in response to the crowds of demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Some officers policing protests in the city in recent days have been seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms, raising questions about which law enforcement agencies they represent.

03.06.2020 - 21:14 [ The Hill ]

Un-identified military personnel extend perimeter around the White House

They were dressed in mixed riot gear, with helmets and face masks, shields and guns loaded with crowd control agents.

28.05.2020 - 21:09 [ Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations / NBC News ]

ISIS is using coronavirus to rebuild its terrorism network in Iraq and Syria

„What you are witnessing these days are only signs of big changes in the region that’ll offer greater opportunities than we had previously in the past decade” read an online message on Thursday from new ISIS leader Abu Ibrahim al-Qurashi, translated by Hassan Hassan, director of the Non-State Actors in Fragile Environments Program at the Center for Global Policy and a co-author of „ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror.“

25.05.2020 - 21:46 [ The Hill / Youtube ]

New documentary explores ‚Bernie Blackout,‘ Nina Turner reacts

Former National Co-Chair of the Sanders campaign, Nina Turner, discusses the new VICE documentary, ‚Bernie Blackout.‘

01.05.2020 - 09:49 [ CBS News ]

30 million people have lost their jobs in just 6 weeks

Another 3.8 million U.S. workers filed for unemployment insurance benefits last week, bringing the total number of Americans who have sought jobless aid since March to at least 30 million. All told, the layoffs amount to the fastest loss of jobs on record.

12.04.2020 - 19:49 [ Mark Dice, Media Analyst / Twitter ]

Next they’ll be doing this if you don’t take the vaccine

17.09.2019 - 08:58 [ Daily Mail ]

Fury at Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel after he ’stitches up‘ Boris Johnson by holding press conference next to anti-Brexit protesters – and then humiliates him with empty podium when he refuses to take part

– Boris Johnson met EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker for talks over lunch in Luxembourg
– The Prime Minister was booed as he left restaurant after tense two-hour discussion with the EU chief
– Mr Johnson was again greeted with jeers from ex-pat protesters as he met Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel
– Mr Bettel refused to move press conference inside and then ranted at Mr Johnson who refused to take part

17.09.2019 - 08:57 [ Guido Fawkes ]

Luxembourg Rejected Request for an Indoor Press Conference

The Luxembourgians rejected Number 10’s offer and insisted on holding it outside alone with two podiums to a baying Remainer audience. The opposite of diplomacy…