Yearly Archives: 2020


31.12.2020 - 09:00 [ Rubikon ]

Der letzte Damm

Wer sich jetzt präventiv vor der im Aufbau befindlichen Diktatur duckt, beschleunigt jedoch eben dadurch den Prozess ihrer Etablierung. Umgekehrt hätte entschlossenes, mutiges Handeln aller, denen schon in der Frühphase die ganze Hysterie spanisch vorkam, vielleicht das Schlimmste verhindern können. Die abwartende Zaghaftigkeit und Entscheidungsschwäche eines Großteils auch der politisch wachen Menschen hatte wesentlichen Anteil an der Misere.

„Aufklärung“ steht als Bezeichnung für eine historische Epoche wie einen Bewusstseinsprozessen der „Aufhellung“ noch immer in hohem Ansehen. Derzeit erleben wir allerdings das Gegenteil: eine kollektive Verdunklung des Zeitgeists, „Disenlightenment“. Schon Erlerntes und vorschnell als selbstverständlich Betrachtetes geht in einem rapiden Prozess verloren: so etwa Meinungspluralität, differenziertes und kritisches Denken, der Respekt vor Freiheit und Individualität. Stattdessen triumphieren Zwangsherrschaft, Schwarze Pädagogik, Gleichschaltung und die dramatische Reduktion von Komplexität auf das der Staatsmacht und dem politisch-pharmazeutischen Komplex Genehme. All dies geschieht interessanterweise unter Berufung auf die Wissenschaft. Und es geschieht unter dem unablässigen Kopfnicken von Intellektuellen ─ auch solchen, die sich vormals als Liberale, Sozialisten oder gar Anarchisten verstanden haben.

31.12.2020 - 07:44 [ Nachdenkseiten ]

Corona-Maßnahmen, Kinder und die Linke: „Denkfaulheit, Opportunismus und ein Totalausfall“

Woran liegt es, dass gerade in dieser Situation kritische Stimmen von linker Seite fehlen, die die Maßnahmen hinterfragen?

Das frage ich mich auch den ganzen Tag. Denkfaulheit, Opportunismus und ein Totalausfall fallen mir da bei einigen wirklich wichtigen Akteuren in Politik, Medien und Wissenschaft auf.

31.12.2020 - 07:30 [ Rubikon ]

Corona-Käfighaltung

Diese Ärztinnen und Ärzte, die sich an den Hippokratischen Eid gebunden fühlen und die frei ärztliche Heilkunst ausüben möchten, werden von Regierungen und Medien als Querdenker, Corona-Gegner, Corona-Leugner und teilweise als Rechtsextremisten gebrandmarkt und sollen dem Verfassungsschutz unterstellt werden.

Das ist eine Diskriminierung derjenigen Ärztinnen und Ärzte, die ihren Arztberuf ethisch zum Wohle der Gesunden und Kranken ausüben!

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.

31.12.2020 - 07:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Großbritannien: Die Queen setzt Brexit-Gesetz in Kraft

Der Weg für den Brexit-Handelspakt zwischen Großbritannien und der Europäischen Union ist frei. Königin Elizabeth II. als britisches Staatsoberhaupt setzte das Ratifizierungsgesetz in der Nacht in Kraft, wie der Sprecher des Unterhauses, Lindsay Hoyle, sagte. Zuvor hatten beide Kammern des Parlaments in London dem Dokument zugestimmt.

31.12.2020 - 06:57 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Brexit deal with EU becomes law as the Queen gives official Royal Assent

Her Majesty’s approval paves the way for the deal to take effect at 11pm on Thursday when the current Brexit transition period, during which the UK has continued to follow EU rules, ends.

31.12.2020 - 06:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

PROFESSOR ANGUS DALGLEISH: The Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is as close to a miracle as medicine ever gets

Everyone can see what a serious emergency this is. We have to act. Bin the bureaucracy, and get this miracle vaccine to work right now.

31.12.2020 - 05:26 [ theGuardian.com ]

How well does the Oxford vaccine work? What we know so far

And while there are some early signs the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine might not only prevent people becoming seriously ill with Covid but also prevent asymptomatic infections, more data is needed to confirm such protection.

31.12.2020 - 05:21 [ DiscoverMagazine.com ]

Will the Vaccine End the Pandemic? This Question Must Be Answered First

One key to these successes is that these vaccines provide sterilizing immunity — recipients are not infected by the viruses that cause the diseases and don’t pass it on. When a sufficiently large percentage of the population is immunized, it reaches herd immunity: the pathogen can’t find enough new hosts to keep propagating, and outbreaks peter out.

31.12.2020 - 04:55 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote Town Hall

30.12.2020 - 19:10 [ ForceTheVote.org ]

#ForceTheVote Town Hall

Dear progressive members of Congress,

We invite you to join us at a live town hall meeting on Wednesday at 8:30 pm ET to discuss forcing a vote on Medicare for all.

Tens of millions of Americans are struggling without health care in the middle of a pandemic and we have a fleeting opportunity to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote. Medicare for all is overwhelmingly popular and forcing the vote has enormous support in the progressive movement. Please join thousands of your biggest supporters to discuss #ForceTheVote.

30.12.2020 - 19:00 [ @JohnKramarz / Twitter ]

Here’s #MyStory , or at least one of them, to #ForceTheVote on #M4A Thanks @jimmy_dore for forcing this issue!

30.12.2020 - 18:53 [ Sherrie Scott / Twitter ]

Hey @jimmy_dore This is #MyStory let’s #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:42 [ BJG / Twitter ]

Ms. Wood’s daughter Charlie was born premature. The cost of keeping her alive has been devastating. It turned Ms. Wood from an ACA advocate into a Medicare for All advocate. Please listen to her testimony from last year’s committee hearings on #MedicareForAll. #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:32 [ Jonathan Gartin / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote #MyStory #MedicareForAll #NewGenMindSet #publicpressure #townhall

30.12.2020 - 18:24 [ @healthcarety / Twitter ]

#ForceTheVote #MyM4AStory #MyStory #MedicareForAll #MultipleSclerosis @0rf @ForceTheVoteM4A

30.12.2020 - 18:19 [ William, The Sim / Twitter ]

Let’s make something happen for once. #MyStory #ForceTheVote

30.12.2020 - 18:07 [ Lady Long Limbs / Twitter ]

It’s tough to condense #MyStory on why I believe in #ForceTheVote , but I gave it my best shot

The short version is that I’m tired of seeing people suffer in one of the most powerful countries in the world, and it’s time to hold our representatives accountable for change.

30.12.2020 - 17:56 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

2 new members of the progressive ‚Squad‘ won’t say whether they’ll support Nancy Pelosi’s fourth bid for house speaker

(27.12.2020)

Reps.-elect Cori Bush and Jamaal Bowman on Sunday declined to state in a CNN interview whether they would support California Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s bid to be reelected as Speaker of the House of Representatives.

30.12.2020 - 17:51 [ Newsweek ]

Ohio Senator Brown Joins Sanders in Delaying Senate Holiday Over $2K Stimulus Checks

Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown said Tuesday that he would push for a Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus checks by joining Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’s filibuster on the Senate floor.

30.12.2020 - 17:39 [ New York Times ]

U.K. Authorizes Covid-19 Vaccine From Oxford and AstraZeneca

A decision is further off in the United States, where the Food and Drug Administration is waiting for data from a separate clinical trial. The study was halted in September and delayed for nearly seven weeks — much longer than in other countries — as regulators investigated whether an illness in a participant in Britain was related to the vaccine. American regulators ultimately allowed the trial to proceed.

30.12.2020 - 16:21 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Brexit is finally DONE: After four years of wrangling MPs vote 521 to 73 and seal Britain’s historic divorce from the EU – as frontbench Labour rebels RESIGN and Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn defy Keir Starmer’s order to back the accord

Boris Johnson has hailed new chapter in Britain’s history as deal is rushed through the Houses of Parliament

30.12.2020 - 16:16 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

It is truly fantastic news – and a triumph for British science – that the @UniofOxford /@AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use. We will now move to vaccinate as many people as quickly as possible.

30.12.2020 - 16:07 [ ORF.at ]

Todesfall in der Schweiz nach Impfung bestätigt

Bisher ist in dem Land einzig die Schutzimpfung von Pfizer und BioNTech zugelassen. Anlässlich der Zulassung hatte Swissmedic am 19. Dezember geschrieben, dass die häufigsten in den Zulassungsstudien dokumentierten Nebenwirkungen vergleichbar mit jenen nach einer Grippeimpfung seien.

30.12.2020 - 12:24 [ AstraZeneca.com ]

AstraZeneca and Oxford University announce landmark agreement for COVID-19 vaccine

(30.04.2020)

The collaboration aims to bring to patients the potential vaccine known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, being developed by the Jenner Institute and Oxford Vaccine Group, at the University of Oxford. Under the agreement, AstraZeneca would be responsible for development and worldwide manufacturing and distribution of the vaccine.

30.12.2020 - 12:14 [ thehindubusinessline.com ]

AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine may have to wait for EU’s approval

The EMA’s deputy executive director Noel Wathion told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that the pharmaceutical company “has not even filed an application” with the European drug regulators yet.

He further said that EMA “did not even have enough to warrant a conditional marketing license.”

30.12.2020 - 11:55 [ ntv Nachrichten / Twitter ]

Wohl keine Zulassung im Januar: EMA: Astrazeneca hat noch nichts beantragt

30.12.2020 - 11:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

(18 August 2020)

Amid rising pressure to lock in supply of a coronavirus vaccine, the Government has signed an agreement with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, if its trials prove successful.

30.12.2020 - 11:00 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine approved in Britain

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, most of which could be manufactured locally by CSL. The federal government has also ordered 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will all have to be imported.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday he expects Australia to be „fully vaccinated“ against coronavirus by October next year.

30.12.2020 - 10:53 [ zeenews.india.com ]

COVID-19: UK approves use of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine, all eyes on India now

The approval by UK government is a good news for India because as per sources, the government was waiting for this approval and it is expected that Indian regulators would call SEC meet soon and reconsider the data and approve AstraZeneca vaccine for its use in India.

30.12.2020 - 10:09 [ UK Department of Health and Social Care / UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency ]

Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine authorised by UK medicines regulator

The Government has today accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorise Oxford University/AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccine for use.

30.12.2020 - 10:05 [ BBC ]

Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases.

30.12.2020 - 03:58 [ mark cording / Twitter ]

What’s the update on the Oxford vaccine Mr Hancock

30.12.2020 - 03:50 [ Matt Hancock, secretary of State for Health & Social Care / Twitter ]

Fantastic to see Margaret Keenan receive her second dose of the @Pfizer /@BioNTech_Group #coronavirus vaccine

30.12.2020 - 03:38 [ BBC ]

Covid: Millions more braced for tougher rules in England

Government sources have indicated an announcement later will see more areas move into tier four – „stay at home“.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock is due to detail the changes – which could be introduced within days – in the House of Commons after 14:30 GMT.

30.12.2020 - 03:35 [ noone@nowhere / Twitter ]

Still no Oxford vaccine emergency approval. Unbelievable.

(23.12.2020)

30.12.2020 - 03:30 [ Katie / Twitter ]

There’s no reason for a progressive to vote to confirm Pelosi as speaker again without concessions. Period. @AOC @AyannaPressley @IlhanMN @RashidaTlaib @PramilaJayapal @RoKhanna do what we elected you to do and force the vote! #ReplacePelosiJan3 #ForceM4ALLVote

30.12.2020 - 03:00 [ Tamburlaine / Twitter ]

You do realize that not only can the Squad #ForceTheVote on M4A, they can even #ReplacePelosiJan3 with *ZERO RISK* of a GOP Speaker? They need 5-8 holdouts. The GOP doesn’t have the votes. And this isn’t being discussed at all. Why?

30.12.2020 - 02:48 [ Healthcare for All - Los Angeles / Twitter ]

House leadership for the FDA. Our demand for life-saving #MedicareForAll will not wait for a “better time” after the pandemic. Healthcare for All – Los Angeles Chapter (HCA-LA) stands with #ForceTheVote. 2/3

30.12.2020 - 02:38 [ Bernie Sanders, US Senator / Twitter ]

This is about life and death for millions of people. The Senate must approve the $2000 for every working class adult.

30.12.2020 - 02:23 [ PBS.org ]

Bernie Sanders on the battle to increase stimulus payments

Efforts to increase stimulus payments to $2,000 were blocked in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, while Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put forth a new bill. Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of those making the case for higher stimulus payments. He joins Amna Nawaz to discuss.

30.12.2020 - 02:18 [ Deadline.com ]

Mitch McConnell Ties $2,000 Covid-19 Relief Checks To Repeal Of Section 230; Democrats Call It A “Poison Pill”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) introduced a bill that ties $2,000-per-person Covid-19 relief checks to a repeal of Section 230, the provision of a 1996 law that protects social media platforms from liability for the way that they moderate third party content.

In doing so, McConnell has likely added a “poison pill” to the effort to increase the Covid-19 relief payments from the current $600.

30.12.2020 - 02:12 [ NPR.org ]

McConnell Blocks Senate Vote On $2,000 Direct Payments

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a proposal to vote on the House bill on $2,000 direct payments. Also, the Senate will vote Wednesday to override President Trump’s veto of the NDAA.

29.12.2020 - 12:00 [ ORF.at ]

EU-Entschlüsselungspläne offenbar „beschlossene Sache“

Die umstrіttene Resolution des Ministerrats gegen sichere Verschlüsselung wurde im neuen Richtlinienentwurf für „hochklassige Cybersichereit“ vom 16. Dezember verankert. Da Resolutionen per se nicht bindend sind, deutet das auf ein „Fait Accompli“ hin, eine informell bereits beschlossene Sache. Von der Vorratsdatenspeicherung (bis 2006) bis zur aktuell beschlossenen Regulation gegen Terrorpropaganda (Start 2016) im Netz haben noch alle großen EU-Überwachungsvorhaben so begonnen.

29.12.2020 - 11:55 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

Susan Sarandon, Rose McGowan, Justin Jackson Join New People’s Party Advisory Council

Joining the Advisory Council are labor leaders, nonprofit leaders, students, scientists, artists, commentators, and elected officials including:

– Amaya Wangeshi — Founder of Beyond Bernie, former volunteer national high school director Bernie 2020
– Chase Iron Eyes — Co-founder of the Last Real Indians
– Cheng-Sim Lim — Board member of Healthcare for All LA, national Bernie Delegate
– Chris Smalls — Founder of The Congress of Essential Workers, led national-reported Amazon warehouse walkout
– Dr. Cornel West — Public intellectual, Harvard professor, author, co-host of The Tight Rope Podcast
– Eleanor Goldfield — Activist, singer, writer, host of Act Out!, creator of Art Killing Apathy
– Eynelys García — Host of the Eynelys Show and YRLA
– Jimmy Dore — Host of The Jimmy Dore Show, host of several Comedy Central Specials, political comedian
– Justin Jackson — NFL running back, LA Chargers
– Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap — National Director, Move to Amend
– Maebe A Girl — Silver Lake Councilwoman, first drag queen elected to public office in the U.S.
– Medea Benjamin — Co-founder of Code Pink
– Mike McCorkle — Former chair of the Progressive Democrats of Colorado, lawyer, national Bernie delegate
– Rep. Mike Sylvester — Maine State Representative, endorsed by DSA
– Omar Fernandez — President of the American Postal Workers Union of VT, executive council member of the VT AFL-CIO
– Dr. Peter Kalmus — Climate scientist, author, Bernie 2020 surrogate
– Ron Placone — Host of Get Your News on with Ron, political comedian
– Rose McGowan — Cultural Resetter, Time Magazine Person of the Year, founder of the Rose Army, NYT bestselling author
– Ryan Knight — Host of the Amped Up Podcast, Medicare for all advocate
– Susan Sarandon — Academy-award winning Actress, nominated for nine Golden Globes, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, activist

29.12.2020 - 10:50 [ Newsweek ]

Donald Trump Presses Senate On $2,000 Stimulus Checks, Says People ‚Have Suffered Enough‘

Trump responded to comments that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) could filibuster a move to override the president’s veto of the defense funding bill unless a vote is held on the $2,000 checks.

Replying to details of this potential move, Trump wrote on Twitter: „Give the people $2000, not $600. They have suffered enough!“

29.12.2020 - 10:49 [ Xahoo.com ]

Bernie Sanders hopes to force Senate vote on $2,000 stimulus checks

Sanders, an independent from Vermont, made the comments after Democrats in the House – joined by 44 Republicans – voted to more than triple the $600 checks included in the coronavirus relief package signed by President Donald Trump over the weekend.

29.12.2020 - 07:12 [ Boston.com ]

Sens. Markey and Sanders to stall defense bill veto override vote in effort for $2,000 relief checks

Soon after Sanders’ announcement, Markey said he would join in on the filibuster.

“That relief passed in the House today with 44 Republicans voting for it,” Markey wrote on Twitter. “Senate Republicans must do the same and get the American people the help they need.”

29.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Ron Skolnik / Twitter ]

Lone poll I’ve see has the conservative United Arab List at 1.1%, well below threshold. So Joint List very possibly will patch things up. But might not UAL’s departure actually pave way for an eventual left Arab-Jewish party?

(24.12.2020)

29.12.2020 - 06:28 [ Future American Refugee / Twitter ]

Most amusing development: The Joint List, a coalition of 4 Arab parties, is likely to split up. One of the parties, an Islamist Bedouin party called „United Arab List“ is likely going to run separately as pro-Netanyahu

(24.12.2020)

29.12.2020 - 06:22 [ The Jerusalem Post / Twitter ]

Some might be shocked at #Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin @Netanyahu ’s alliance with the Joint List’s Mansour Abbas, but this is unsurprising considering the PM’s other ties to right-wing, anti-liberal figures worldwide.

29.12.2020 - 06:04 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Foreign Minister Livni Mulls Joining Forces With Lapid Ahead of Israel’s March Election

As for Ya’alon, Lapid is convinced that he has very little electoral value and is disappointed in Ya’alon’s level of support. The Yesh Atid chairman has also concluded that the center-right, with which Ya’alon is identified, is too crowded and he plans to move leftward before the election.

29.12.2020 - 04:48 [ Bernie Sanders, US Senator / Twitter ]

This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year. I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class

29.12.2020 - 04:41 [ theHill.com ]

Sanders to slow down NDAA veto override in bid to get vote on $2K checks proposal

„This week on the Senate floor Mitch McConnell wants to vote to override Trump’s veto of the $740 billion defense funding bill and then head home for the New Year. I’m going to object until we get a vote on legislation to provide a $2,000 direct payment to the working class,“ Sanders tweeted.

29.12.2020 - 04:32 [ theHill.com ]

House overrides Trump veto of defense bill

The House voted 322-87 to override Trump, easily surpassing the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto.

The action now moves to the Senate, which also needs to muster two-thirds support in order for Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to be overridden.

29.12.2020 - 04:23 [ CBS News / Youtube ]

House approves stimulus check increase to $2,000

The House on Monday approved a bill that would increase COVID stimulus checks to $2,000. The bill is likely dead on arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate, despite President Trump’s insistence on larger checks. Mr. Trump signed a bill on Sunday night that would distribute $600 stimulus checks. Wall Street Journal congressional reporter Siobhan Hughes joins CBSN to discuss.

28.12.2020 - 17:26 [ gab.ai/murali / Twitter ]

How many willing to bet that this case is part of pharma wars to sabotage Oxford vaccine?

(28.11.2020)

28.12.2020 - 17:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus latest news: One million vaccinations a week will not bring pandemic under control, warns Sage expert

Sir Jeremy Farrar, the director of the Wellcome Trust who advises Number 10’s advisory panel Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) said: „We’re not going to be free of this pandemic by February, this is now a human endemic infection.

28.12.2020 - 17:24 [ .oxfordmail.co.uk ]

No herd immunity through vaccine programme before summer, Sage scientist warns

Calum Semple, professor of outbreak medicine at the University of Liverpool and a member of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), described the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as a “game changer” if it is approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in the coming days.

But he told BBC Breakfast…

28.12.2020 - 17:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

SAGE demands ALL pupils are kept home till February: Scientists demand new national lockdown for kids after Gove says only Years 11 and 13 and primary schools will return on January 4

Pressure has also been growing on Boris Johnson from within his own party to keep all pupils in school at the start the new term – but the PM has sided with SAGE scientists, who are pushing for schools, especially secondary schools to close for all of January, at least, because of the new super-strain of Covid-19, according to Politico.

Mr Johnson was reportedly told last week by SAGE, led by Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance, that a stricter lockdown is required because the one in November, where schools remained open, did not keep the ‚R‘ rate below 1, an adviser has claimed.

28.12.2020 - 12:00 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s High Court Judges Are Playing Dumb About the Nation-state Law

Amit knows very well that the principle of equality wasn’t omitted from the law by accident, nor is it just a coincidence that it’s impossible to find a Knesset majority for passing a Basic Law on Equality. He knows that discrimination against Arabs in Israel isn’t just a by-product of the nation-state law but its main purpose – that discrimination is the essence of the law: enshrining Jewish superiority and Arab inferiority.

So why did Amit fake intimacy with Jabareen and inquire about his feelings as if he were a guidance counselor rather than a Supreme Court justice, and as if the only change that had occurred was in the lawyer’s emotions rather than Israel’s Basic Laws?

28.12.2020 - 11:55 [ Haaretz ]

This Incredible Story Proves Netanyahu Has No Limits

The High Court, its president, Esther Hayut, the prosecution, Mendelblit, all have been subjected to brutal, ugly attacks. There’s no reason to envy them. But if there’s one thing they understand from their own life experience: Silence and capitulation is no way to stop a serial attacker.

28.12.2020 - 11:47 [ Cyberscoop.com ]

ACLU sues FBI for information about its encryption-cracking skills

The FBI must be more transparent about its ability to break into people’s mobile devices, the American Civil Liberties Union says, and the group is suing for information about what the feds have in their toolkit.

The ACLU says the bureau should come clean about what its Electronic Device Analysis Unit (EDAU) is using “to unlock and decrypt information that is otherwise securely stored on cell phones.”

28.12.2020 - 11:45 [ theIntercept.com ]

Powerful Mobile Phone Surveillance Tool Operates in Obscurity Across the Country

(22.12.2020)

Until now, the Bartonville, Texas, company Hawk Analytics and its product CellHawk have largely escaped public scrutiny. CellHawk has been in wide use by law enforcement, helping police departments, the FBI, and private investigators around the United States convert information collected by cellular providers into maps of people’s locations, movements, and relationships. Police records obtained by The Intercept reveal a troublingly powerful surveillance tool operated in obscurity, with scant oversight.

28.12.2020 - 10:51 [ Caitlin Johnson ]

Secret, Invisible Evidence Of Russian Hacking Is Not Actually Evidence

Imagine if I really was claiming that the Chinese government is arming Antifa ninja warriors to kill patriotic Americans in the coming Biden Wars. How crazy would you have to be to believe what I was saying without my providing hard, verifiable evidence for my claims?

Now imagine further that this is something I’ve made false claims about many times in the past. If every few years I make a new claim about some naughty government arming Antifa super soldiers in a great communist uprising, which turns out later to have been bogus.

28.12.2020 - 10:37 [ Rubikon ]

Der Techno-Faschismus

(08.07.2020)

Während ein Großteil der Bevölkerung in Virusangst und Schockstarre gefangen bleibt und die wahren Vorgänge hinter einer Nebelwand aus Falschbehauptungen verschwinden, festigen die Zentren der Macht ihre Herrschaft. Sie realisieren einen Techno-Faschismus bislang unvorstellbaren Ausmaßes, um die Welt nach dem Corona-Reset in eine 4. industrielle Revolution zu führen. Im Folgenden bezieht sich Raul Diego auf die Einführung eines digitalen Gesundheitspasses, der alle Orwellschen Vorstellungen in den Schatten stellt und Privatkonzernen endlose Profitmöglichkeiten eröffnet. Korrupte Regierungen stehen bei diesem weltumspannenden Projekt Pate.

28.12.2020 - 10:33 [ Brian Bond - 007, JavaScript Developer / Twitter ]

Replying to @Eve6: learn to code

28.12.2020 - 10:30 [ eve6 / Twitter ]

i had a famous song in the nineties and i cant afford health care

28.12.2020 - 09:44 [ Mirror.co.uk ]

Millions more face being placed in Tier 4 in bid to control mutant coronavirus strain

Dr Zubaida Haque, who sits on Independent Sage, has questioned why the government haven’t placed the whole country in the harshest tier of restrictions to save lives.

28.12.2020 - 09:37 [ Spiked ]

Lockdown: a deadly, failed experiment

It has been a global catastrophe. We must never go down this road again.

28.12.2020 - 09:24 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Oxford coronavirus vaccine: 10,000 medics and volunteers recruited to administer jab

The Oxford/AstraZeneca jab could be approved early next week by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), after the final cut of data was submitted by the Government last Monday.

28.12.2020 - 05:18 [ noone@nowhere / Twitter ]

Still no Oxford vaccine emergency approval. Unbelievable.

(23.12.2020)

28.12.2020 - 05:05 [ ForceTheVote.org ]

House Progressives: #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All Now

Rep. Nancy Pelosi is running for her fourth term as Speaker of the House. The election is in the first week of January and this time, because Democrats lost seats in the House and were left with a slim majority, she needs votes from congressional progressives to get re-elected. ​

Pelosi is refusing to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote in the middle of a pandemic that has killed 300,000 Americans.

Voters sent progressives to Congress to fight for Medicare for all and this is their fleeting moment of leverage. Establishment Democrats make demands of Pelosi for their votes and so should progressives. Wall Street makes demands of Pelosi for their support and so should progressives.

28.12.2020 - 05:00 [ Inquisitr.com ]

Democratic Party Leader Warns Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Not To Primary Chuck Schumer

In an interview with The New York Post, Jacobs warned the congresswoman against launching a primary challenge against Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Jacobs argued that a race between Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer would harm both candidates’ careers and described Schumer as a “progressive.”

28.12.2020 - 04:57 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I am glad we are finally having a vote tomorrow on a $2000 stimulus. The question remains why we didn’t have this vote in March when @TimRyan and I proposed this. This is a lesson. It should not require permission from Trump or Republicans to vote on and push for bold policies.

28.12.2020 - 04:28 [ ZDF ]

Staatliche Corona-Hilfen – Arbeitgeberpräsident fordert „Ausgaben-Diät“

DGB-Chef Reiner Hoffmann warnte hingegen: „Wer jetzt den Gürtel enger schnallen will, der verspielt unsere Zukunftsfähigkeit.“ Nötig seien Investitionen in Milliardenhöhe, sagte der Gewerkschaftsboss. „Die digitale Infrastruktur in Deutschland hat in manchen Regionen den Status eines Entwicklungslandes. Das ist unerträglich.“

28.12.2020 - 04:00 [ ORF.at ]

Trump unterzeichnet Konjunkturpaket gegen Corona-Krise

Trump hatte zuvor indirekt mit einem Veto gegen das Gesetzespaket im Umfang von rund 900 Milliarden US-Dollar (738,13 Mio. Euro) gedroht, das er als „Schande“ bezeichnete.

Trump forderte, dass die meisten US-Bürger eine einmalige Hilfszahlung von 2.000 Dollar pro Erwachsenem bekommen sollten. Das Konjunkturpakt sieht aber nur eine Zahlung von 600 Dollar vor.

28.12.2020 - 03:32 [ BostonHerald.com ]

Trump signs coronavirus relief bill, still pushes for $2,000 stimulus checks

“As President, I have told Congress that I want far less wasteful spending and more money going to the American people in the form of $2,000 checks per adult and $600 per child,” Trump said in a statement.

“On Monday the House will vote to increase payments to individuals from $600 to $2,000,” he added. “Therefore, a family of four would receive $5,200.”

28.12.2020 - 03:25 [ CNN ]

Trump signs coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law after lengthy delay

The Covid-19 relief legislation was passed by Congress on Monday and was flown to Mar-a-Lago on Thursday to await Trump’s signature. But after sitting on the sidelines during the negotiations, Trump emerged with an eleventh-hour complaint that a separate provision in the deal, which the President’s own White House helped broker, would only provide up to $600 in direct payments. Trump wanted to send out $2,000 checks.

27.12.2020 - 19:51 [ Forbes ]

What Every Vaccine Skeptic Should Know About The New Coronavirus Vaccines

What hasn’t been demonstrated, at least so far, is that these vaccines prevent you from getting infected entirely. We’ve shown that these vaccines provide neutralizing immunity, where the virus will no longer severely harm you, but not necessarily sterilizing immunity, where you cannot pass the virus onto others. Additionally, it isn’t known how long your immunity will persist. This, very importantly, means that you still need to wear a mask, wash/sanitize your hands, and practice social distancing — and to be rigorous about doing them all — for now.

27.12.2020 - 12:04 [ Finanzen.at ]

Österreich im 3. Lockdown – Kurz: Normalität wieder im Sommer 2021

Er rechnet Anfang 2021 in ganz Europa mit einer dritten Infektionswelle. Dank der Impfungen und Tests sei danach Entspannung zu erwarten, sagte er.

27.12.2020 - 12:01 [ Stuttgarter Zeitung / Twitter ]

Coronavirus in Deutschland: Impfangebot an alle laut Spahn wohl im Sommer

27.12.2020 - 11:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Britain could be free of Covid restrictions by February after ministers pinpointed the 15million people to vaccinate to end the cycle of lockdowns, with Oxford’s jab due to be approved Monday and rolled out within a week

Government sources say that between 12 million and 15 million people have been identified as likely to require hospital treatment if they contract coronavirus, or be at risk of dying from it. Once this group has received the vaccine – which some officials hope could be achieved by the end of February – then the NHS would no longer be at risk of being overwhelmed if the virus spread through the greater population. That would remove the main argument for shutting the economy at a stroke.

A source said: ‚The path to liberation is finally becoming clear.‘

27.12.2020 - 11:02 [ theSun.co.uk ]

‚THE BEST OF BRITISH‘: Oxford Covid vaccine expected to be approved MONDAY as huge efforts ‘pay off’

„We have seen the best of British at every stage, from our world-leading scientists working around the clock to carry out vital research, to builders and engineers constructing new facilities.

“Manufacturers are boosting their capabilities and hundreds of thousands of people in every corner of the UK are taking part in clinical trials ­­— developing, finding and preparing for a vaccine has involved us all.

“It has and continues to be a truly UK-wide effort and one which showcases what a fantastic nation we are.”

27.12.2020 - 07:00 [ Haaretz ]

Thousands Protest Against Netanyahu; 6 Arrested, Protesters Report Attacks by PM’s Supporters

Saturday’s protest marks the 27th week of the anti-Netanyahu protests. Hundreds also marched from Jerusalem’s String Bridge to the Balfour residence.

Protests also took place on bridges and junctions across the country, as well as at Netanyahu’s private residence in Caesarea, and in Tel Aviv.

27.12.2020 - 06:35 [ Washington Post ]

How the Iowa caucuses came ‘crashing down,’ under the watchful eye of the DNC

(Feb. 16, 2020)

The DNC ordered and paid for a security audit of the software, which was completed by NCC Group, a Britain-based cybersecurity firm. Out of the review, which also involved threat assessment conducted with the national party as well as officials in Iowa and Nevada, came directions to guard the name of the vendor, and to take the software live as late as possible to prevent it from getting into the hands of hackers, according to multiple people who participated or had knowledge of the exercises.

27.12.2020 - 06:14 [ KCRG.com ]

County party chair thinks internal audit was too kind to Iowa Democratic Party

(Dec. 16, 2020)

After the caucus, the IDP hired a pair of Democratic lawyers: Nick Klinefeldt, who was a federal attorney appointed by President Barack Obama, and former Iowa Attorney General Bonnie Campbell. They were tasked with identifying and determining the cause of problems that occurred during the 2020 Iowa Caucuses, with the results of their investigation being released to the public on Saturday morning.

27.12.2020 - 06:10 [ Politico.com ]

Iowa autopsy report: DNC meddling led to caucus debacle

(12.12.2020)

The audit states the conversion tool had coding errors that spit out inaccurate numbers and caused confusion about the accuracy of the results, eventually leading to delays in reporting. But the state party’s app never malfunctioned nor was hacked, the report concludes.

27.12.2020 - 06:04 [ theIntercept.com ]

Investigator: DNC Was “Directly Involved” in Iowa Caucus App Development, Countering DNC Denial

(22.12.2020)

The DNC’s meddling, which included a last-minute demand that developers of the Shadow app create a special software that would allow the DNC real-time access to the raw numbers before they went public, didn’t sit well with Zogby.

“Why would [the DNC] need to see that?” Zogby said about the DNC’s insistence on access to the raw caucus results before they went public. “Why wouldn’t you trust the state party to make the determination?”

In the transcript from the closed-session meeting held by the state party, members suggested that the DNC’s goal was to strip Iowa of its prestigious first-in-the-nation status.

27.12.2020 - 05:22 [ gab.ai/murali / Twitter ]

How many willing to bet that this case is part of pharma wars to sabotage Oxford vaccine?

(28.11.2020)

27.12.2020 - 05:20 [ Sean / Twitter ]

Can I ask why the Oxford vaccine approval is taking so long? It only took 23 days for Pfizers, we are nearly at day 30 and still no sign of approval!

(21.12.2020)

27.12.2020 - 05:05 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Millions to receive Oxford coronavirus vaccine from Jan 4

The Government is aiming for two million people to receive their first dose of either the Oxford vaccine or the Pfizer jab within a fortnight as part of a major ramping up of the inoculation programme.

27.12.2020 - 04:30 [ ChildrensHealthDefense.org ]

5 Questions Fauci and FDA Need to Answer on Pfizer and Moderna COVID Vaccines

1. Why didn’t the FDA’s Center for Biological Evaluation and Research require Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech to conduct immunogenicity testing on their COVID-19 vaccines for anti-drug antibodies as recommended in the agencies’ own guidelines for drug development during clinical trials?

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2. Why does the FDA seem surprised by the recent reports of life-threatening anaphylactic reactions after the agency approved emergency use of two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines that contain polyethylene glycol?

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3. Why did FDA officials not acknowledge the valid and scientifically supported concerns regarding the use of PEG in COVID-19 vaccines when CHD first notified them in September?

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4. Why did the FDA abandon its regulatory authority to the pharmaceutical companies developing COVID-19 vaccines?

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5. Will FDA and NIAID now require mRNA vaccine manufacturers to conduct assessments of the immunogenicity of the pegylated lipid nanoparticles used in their COVID-19 vaccines, and will they also consider pre-screening of all mRNA vaccine recipients for the presence and titers of anti-PEG antibodies?

27.12.2020 - 04:14 [ ZDF ]

Vor offiziellem Impfstart – 101-Jährige als Erste in Deutschland geimpft

Der offizielle Impfstart ist in Deutschland für Sonntag geplant. Am Samstag wurden einige Zehntausend Impfdosen ausgeliefert. Sie werden von den zuständigen Landesbehörden an Impfzentren und mobile Teams verteilt.

26.12.2020 - 07:07 [ ORF.at ]

CoV-positiv: Strafe fürs Zusammenleben

„Als ich das positive Ergebnis bekommen habe, habe ich gesagt, dass ich mit meiner Lebensgefährtin zusammen in der Wohnung wohne. Daraufhin ist sie angerufen und gefragt worden, wann sie den letzten Kontakt mit mir gehabt hat. Sie hat gesagt, dadurch, dass wir zusammen leben, heute in der Früh.“

26.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Marcy Winograd / Twitter ]

After CODEPINK Campaign & pressure from others, Torture Defender Mike Morell Bows Out for CIA. Now, we must ask the tough questions of #AvrilHaines, challenge her nomination & put the #drone program on trial!

26.12.2020 - 03:22 [ Marcy Winograd / Medium.com ]

Open Letter to President-Elect Biden & U.S. Senate from Torture Victims and their Advocates Opposed to Mike Morell for CIA and Avril Haines for National Intelligence.

(21.12.2020)

Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.

We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.

26.12.2020 - 03:19 [ CodePink.org ]

No, Joe, Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers

(24.12.2020)

It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason.

Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.

26.12.2020 - 02:52 [ Frankfurter Rundschau ]

CIA: Die Stille nach dem Folterbericht

(12.12.2014)

Viele US-Amerikaner scheinen abgestumpft, vielleicht sogar verroht, zu sein, dass Gräueltaten sie nicht mehr bewegen. Selbst der schamlos freche Auftritt des früheren Vizepräsidenten im Fernsehen, in dem Dick Cheney belegte, dass er ein Schreibtischtäter ist, der Reue nicht kennt, vermochte nicht mehr für Aufregung zu sorgen. Kein Wunder übrigens: Die Mehrheit der Amerikaner, so sagen Umfragen, findet Folter gar nicht so schlimm.

Das hat die Angst vermocht, die das Land nach den Terroranschlägen vom 11. September 2001 gepackt hat und bis heute in ihrem Griff hält.

26.12.2020 - 02:48 [ New York Times ]

Torture Report Puts Presidential Hopefuls in Quiet Mode

(Dec. 10, 2014)

Most of the possible presidential candidates have not plunged into Washington’s debate over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s withering report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s brutal interrogation tactics — and some are ducking questions entirely, illustrating the delicate politics of national security. (…)

For Mrs. Clinton, the challenge is different: She must balance her desire to be seen as tough on national security against pressure from her party’s liberal wing to not only condemn the gruesome tactics but punish those involved.

26.12.2020 - 02:42 [ Salon.com ]

Torture report’s hidden fiasco: How Mark Udall revealed a little-noticed smoking gun

(December 11, 2014)

„The Panetta Review further describes how detainees provided intelligence prior to the use of torture against them. It describes how the CIA – contrary to its own representations – often tortured detainees before trying any other approach. It describes how the CIA tortured detainees even when less coercive methods were yielding intelligence. The Panetta Review further identifies cases in which the CIA used coercive techniques when it had no basis for determining whether a detainee had critical intelligence at all. In other words, CIA personnel tortured detainees to confirm they didn’t have intelligence – not because they thought they did.“

26.12.2020 - 01:47 [ US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence ]

REPORT of the SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STUDY of the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY’S DETENTION AND INTERROGATION PROGRAM

The Committee makes the following findings and conclusions:

#1: The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.

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#2: The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness.

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#3: The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others. (…)

At least five CIA detainees were subjected to „rectal rehydration“ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity. The CIA placed detainees in ice water „baths.“ The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because „we can never let the world know what I have done to you.“ CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families— to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to „cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat.“

#4: The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others.

Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste.10 Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. The chief of interrogations described COBALT as a „dungeon.“11 Another senior CIA officer stated that COBALT was itself an enhanced interrogation technique.“ At times, the detainees at COBALT were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. Other times, the detainees at COBALT were subjected to what was described as a „rough takedown,“ in which approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched.

26.12.2020 - 01:43 [ ZeroHedge.com ]

„We Tortured Some Folks“: CIA Lied To Congress, Senate Torture Report Reveals

(Dec 09, 2014)

The drilldown from Bloomberg:

– CIA provided inaccurate information about effectiveness and scope of interrogations of suspected terrorists, and mismanaged a program that was far more brutal than represented, according to 6-year investigation by Democrats on Senate Intelligence Cmte.
– Interrogation techniques weren’t effective, didn’t produce key information that led to killing of Osama bin Laden and were significantly different from procedures authorized by Justice Dept, report says
– CIA provided inaccurate information to White House, Congress, DOJ, CIA Inspector General, media and the public
– “This document examines the CIA’s secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques – in some cases amounting to torture,” Senate Intelligence Cmte Chairman Dianne Feinstein says in statement

26.12.2020 - 00:16 [ theHill.com ]

Meet Biden’s pick to lead the US intelligence community

Haines is expected to withstand scrutiny during the Senate confirmation process for her role in the drone program, as well as her approval of a CIA review board decision in 2015 not to discipline agency personnel for intruding in computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it was investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Haines was also part of the team that redacted the committee’s report on the program.

25.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Haaretz ]

Ally’s Brutal Betrayal on Live TV Shocks Israel and Mauls Netanyahu

In a speech far harsher than any delivered by a rival from the left, Elkin confirmed what Netanyahu’s fiercest enemies had been claiming all along: The prime minister had subordinated the good of the country, including its fight against the coronavirus pandemic, to his endless quest to avoid standing trial for criminal corruption.

25.12.2020 - 06:49 [ Haaretz ]

Exodus Continues as Former Netanyahu Loyalist Resigns, Joins Rival Sa’ar

Ze’ev Elkin, who served in a range of posts including as Netanyahu’s coalition head, blasts ‘cult of personality’ ■ Naftali Bennett announces he will run for prime minister, criticizes PM’s handling of coronavirus crisis

25.12.2020 - 06:11 [ eur-lex.europa.eu ]

VERTRAG ÜBER DIE EUROPÄISCHE UNION (KONSOLIDIERTE FASSUNG)

Artikel 50

(1) Jeder Mitgliedstaat kann im Einklang mit seinen verfassungsrechtlichen Vorschriften beschließen, aus der Union auszutreten.

(2) Ein Mitgliedstaat, der auszutreten beschließt, teilt dem Europäischen Rat seine Absicht mit. Auf der Grundlage der Leitlinien des Europäischen Rates handelt die Union mit diesem Staat ein Abkommen über die Einzelheiten des Austritts aus und schließt das Abkommen, wobei der Rahmen für die künftigen Beziehungen dieses Staates zur Union berücksichtigt wird. Das Abkommen wird nach Artikel 218 Absatz 3 des Vertrags über die Arbeitsweise der Europäischen Union ausgehandelt. Es wird vom Rat im Namen der Union geschlossen; der Rat beschließt mit qualifizierter Mehrheit nach Zustimmung des Europäischen Parlaments.

25.12.2020 - 06:01 [ Bundeskanzlerin.de ]

Statement von Bundeskanzlerin Merkel zur Einigung auf ein Abkommen zwischen der EU und Großbritannien

Die Bundesregierung wird den Abkommenstext nun intensiv prüfen. Wir fangen dabei aber nicht bei Null an. Denn die Kommission hat die Mitgliedstaaten über den gesamten Verhandlungsprozess hinweg eng eingebunden.

Wir werden daher rasch beurteilen können, ob Deutschland das heutige Verhandlungsergebnis unterstützen kann. Ich bin sehr zuversichtlich, dass wir hier ein gutes Resultat vorliegen haben.
Die Mitglieder des Bundeskabinetts werden sich am 28.12. um 9.30 Uhr im Rahmen einer Telefonschalte über die deutsche Position verständigen. Danach wird der Rat das Abkommen und seine vorläufige Anwendung beschließen.
Abschließend in Kraft treten kann das Abkommen erst, wenn auch das Europäische Parlament zugestimmt hat.

25.12.2020 - 05:45 [ theGuardian.com ]

European leaders welcome Brexit deal as least-worst outcome

Merkel said the German cabinet would meet by telephone on 28 December to decide its stance, but added that the agreement “cannot finally enter into force until the European parliament has also given its approval”.

25.12.2020 - 05:32 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Brexiteers almost lost everything — now they have almost won everything

It is hard to underestimate how close this country came to throwing away the 2016 referendum result. As deadline after deadline was missed, those who lost the referendum received more and more concessions. From European Court of Justice oversight to commitments to remain chained to the EU’s failed economic model – a virtual colony trapped within the Brussels regulatory orbit. On this side of the Channel, Brexiteers were confronted daily by the scheming of a thoroughly rotten Parliament abetted by a partisan speaker and activist legal establishment.

It is from this context that we must view today.

25.12.2020 - 05:26 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Brexit: Labour to back EU trade deal in Commons, Keir Starmer says

“A better deal could have been negotiated, but I accept that option has now gone, the chance for renegotiation is over.

“There are just two paths now left for our country – to move forward with a deal or without one.”

25.12.2020 - 04:47 [ ORF.at ]

„Süße Trauer“: Brexit-Kapitel geht nach Einigung zu Ende

In Großbritannien muss das Parlament zustimmen, das dazu aus den Winterferien zurückgerufen werden soll. Auf der EU-Seite müssen zumindest die Regierungen aller 27 Mitgliedstaaten das Verhandlungsergebnis billigen. Dazu wurde für Freitag eine außerordentliche Sitzung der EU-Botschafter einberufen.

24.12.2020 - 17:29 [ Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom / Twitter ]

WATCH LIVE: My update on our future partnership with the European Union.

24.12.2020 - 17:24 [ UK Prime Minister / Twitter ]

The United Kingdom has agreed a Free Trade Agreement with the European Union. See what this deal means for you

24.12.2020 - 17:20 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚The war is over!‘ Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage declares victory as Boris Johnson seals historic trade deal with the EU

– Nigel Farage announced history had been made as Johnson sealed a Brexit deal
– The leader of the Brexit Party said today was the day ‚people beat the politicians‘
– He said Johnson was also set to be known as ‚the man that finished the job‘

24.12.2020 - 17:16 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Verhandlungsende: Einigung auf Brexit-Handelsabkommen

Das Handelsabkommen zwischen Großbritannien und der EU nach dem Brexit steht – kurz vor Ende der Übergangsfrist. Beide Seiten zeigten sich erleichtert. Nun sollen die Parlamente rasch über den Vertrag abstimmen.

24.12.2020 - 12:06 [ Heise.de ]

Das sind die wahren Gründe im Streit um bewaffnete Drohnen

Hinter der Aufrüstung von Drohnen steht demnach tatsächlich ein langfristiger internationaler Plan zur Entwicklung autonomer Rüstungsprojekte. Es geht um das „Future Combat Air System“ (FCAS), das Deutschland, Frankreich und Spanien in eine führende Position in der autonomen Kriegsführung bringen soll. Es geht um ein 500-Milliarden-Euro-Vorhaben, um Lobbyismus und um die Aufrüstung bis zum Jahr 2080.

Bisher ist das knapp 100-seitige Parlamentsdokument schlichtweg noch niemandem aufgefallen, obwohl es auf Deutsch übersetzt ist, im Netz steht und Kritikern der autonomen Aufrüstung zahlreiche Argumente liefert.

24.12.2020 - 11:35 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Media Outlets to Be Indicted on Charges Related to Netanyahu Corruption Cases

In its announcement Wednesday, the prosecutor’s office stated its intention to indict corporate entities Yedioth Aharonoth and Walla as well as Eurocom group companies through which Elovich controlled Bezeq, subject to a prior hearing. The Elovich group companies are suspected of bribery and money laundering, while Yedioth Aharonoth is accused of offering a bribe.

24.12.2020 - 11:23 [ ORF Wien ]

Anschlag: Bericht sieht schwere Pannen

„Dies wird im Zuge des ersten Anti-Terrorpakets in allen Fällen im Zusammenhang mit Extremismus ausgebaut und verpflichtend“, teilte Zadic dazu mit. Ein entsprechender Entwurf sei bereits in Begutachtung. Die Erkenntnisse und Empfehlungen aus dem Endbericht der Untersuchungskommission, der Ende Jänner vorliegen soll, wird laut Zadic in den zweiten Teil des Anti-Terror-Maßnahmenpakets sowie in die Strafvollzugsreform einfließen lassen.

24.12.2020 - 06:58 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

It’s Not Section 230 President Trump Hates, It’s the First Amendment

(09.12.2020)

Under Section 230, the only party responsible for unlawful speech online is the person who said it, not the website where they posted it, the app they used to share it, or any other third party.

24.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Mediapost.com ]

Citing Failure To Repeal Section 230, Trump Vetoes Military Spending Bill

“Your failure to terminate the very dangerous national security risk of Section 230 will make our intelligence virtually impossible to conduct without everyone knowing what we are doing at every step,” Trump stated in his message to Congress.

“Section 230 facilitates the spread of foreign disinformation online, which is a serious threat to our national security and election integrity,” the president added. “It must be repealed.”

24.12.2020 - 06:44 [ Tagesschau.de ]

US-Verteidigungshaushalt: Trump legt Veto ein

Der 4517 Seiten lange Haushaltstext befasst sich nicht nur mit dem Verteidigungsbudget, sondern umfasst zahlreiche weitere Maßnahmen rund um die nationale Sicherheit und die Streitkräfte.

Trump kritisierte unter anderem, dass mit dem umfassenden Gesetzespaket Online-Plattformen nicht stärker reglementiert würden.

24.12.2020 - 05:32 [ Leonhard Blaurock / Twitter ]

„Die Gerichte versagen zurzeit beim Grundrechtsschutz.“ „Leider spielt das Bundesverfassungsgericht eine besonders unrühmliche Rolle.“ Bejahenswerte juristische Einschätzungen von ⁦@nhaerting ⁩.

(21.12.2020/ kein spezifisches Datum)

24.12.2020 - 05:14 [ ORF ]

VfGH: Maskenpflicht in Schule war gesetzeswidrig

„Der Bundesminister hat trotz entsprechender Aufforderung dem VfGH keine Akten betreffend das Zustandekommen der Verordnung vorgelegt und konnte so nicht nachvollziehbar darlegen, weshalb er die angefochtenen Maßnahmen für erforderlich gehalten hat. Diese Maßnahmen waren daher rechtswidrig verordnet worden“, so das Höchstgericht.

23.12.2020 - 19:27 [ Haaretz ]

Coronavirus Live: Four People Test Positive for New Strain of Coronavirus in Israel

(today)

A fourth case had been discovered in an Israeli who had not been abroad recently. The Health Ministry said they are investigating the case and will update accordingly.

„Over the past few days we are making a concerted effort to check that the mutation from Britain has not infiltrated [Israel]. Until several minutes ago, we had been optimistic, and now we are less optimistic,“ Health Minister Yuli Edelstein said.

23.12.2020 - 19:21 [ Haaretz ]

Netanyahu Uses New COVID-19 Strain to Scare the Public at the Best Possible Time for Him

(22.12.2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is dangerous enough on its own – but adding the considerations of a prime minister who is a criminal defendant trying to escape justice, the result is systematic disregard for the population

23.12.2020 - 19:13 [ Haaretz ]

This Israeli Election Season Will Feature Vaccines, Generals and Political Cannibalism

Netanyahu will flaunt COVID vaccines and peace, Kahol Lavan might fall into oblivion and the Joint List is facing a split as Israel gears up for its fourth election in two years.

23.12.2020 - 18:49 [ Sky.com ]

COVID-19: Germany extends UK travel ban to 6 January – despite EU urging countries to lift restrictions

Germany has extended its ban on travellers arriving from the UK to 6 January, despite the EU telling countries to lift restrictions to allow essential journeys and minimise trade disruption.

23.12.2020 - 18:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Kent lorry chaos could get WORSE: Army is performing as little as 200 tests an hour – meaning 10,000 stranded truckers could take DAYS to clear threatening food shortages after clashes with police and blockades

– Truckers try to force their way past police guarding Port of Dover as hundreds leave cabs and walk along road
– Jeering and whistling with some shouting: ‚Open the border‘, ‚We just want to go home‘ and ‚F*** you, Boris!‘
– France announced travel ban on all traffic from UK on Sunday night after emergence of new Covid-19 strain
– Decision meant Port of Dover was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for next 48 hours
– Deal now struck with France which means every driver must be tested for coronavirus using lateral flow tests
– Tensions also boiled over at Manston Airport, where truckers whose lorries are being held staged a protest

23.12.2020 - 18:19 [ theGuardian.com ]

Trump pardons Blackwater contractors jailed for massacre of Iraq civilians

Also quoted in the memorandum was David Boslego, a retired US army colonel, who said the massacre was “a grossly excessive use of force” and “grossly inappropriate for an entity whose only job was to provide personal protection to somebody in an armoured vehicle”.

23.12.2020 - 18:07 [ BBC Radio Sussex / Twitter ]

Health Secretary Matt Hancock told a Downing Street briefing the old tiering system was not enough to control the new variant of the Covid virus, as he announced stricter curbs for Sussex and part of Surrey.

23.12.2020 - 18:05 [ Flint Bedrock / Twitter ]

The UK has detected two cases of another „more transmissible“ variant of coronavirus, the health secretary Matt Hancock says.

23.12.2020 - 11:32 [ BBC ]

Oxford vaccine: How did they make it so quickly?

(23.11.2020)

Scientists took a common cold virus that infected chimpanzees and engineered it to become the building block of a vaccine against almost anything.

Before Covid, 330 people had been given ChAdOx1 based-vaccines for diseases ranging from flu to Zika virus, and prostate cancer to the tropical disease chikungunya.

The virus from chimps is genetically modified so it cannot cause an infection in people. It can then be modified again to contain the genetic blueprints for whatever you want to train the immune system to attack.

23.12.2020 - 11:18 [ inews.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson’s future as Prime Minister rests on the Oxford vaccine being approved

The hope in Downing Street is that the Oxford vaccine will get the green light by the end of the year. This would allow the Prime Minister to start laying out plans for restrictions to be lifted.

23.12.2020 - 11:13 [ Times of India ]

India likely to approve AstraZeneca vaccine by next week

India is likely to approve Oxford/AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for emergency use by next week after its local manufacturer submitted additional data sought by authorities, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

23.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Sky.com ]

Lorry drivers scuffle with police as tension mounts over Dover backlog

A group of drivers began booing and whistling police just after 8am this morning, before a small number started pushing officers in an apparent attempt to break through their lines.

UK and French governments have now reached a deal to reopen the border from Wednesday if the drivers test negative for COVID.

23.12.2020 - 08:31 [ Washington Post ]

Live updates: Trump demands $2,000 stimulus checks; calls long awaited coronavirus relief bill a ‘disgrace’

President Trump derided the recently-passed coronavirus relief bill as a “disgrace” on Tuesday night, calling on Congress to increase stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000 and get rid of “wasteful and unnecessary items.” The move stunned Congress which has been deadlocked for months over the long-awaited stimulus package to address people’s increasingly desperate situations in the midst of a pandemic-fueled economic downturn.

23.12.2020 - 08:27 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Covid-19 catch-22: Regime-change policies come packed with US pandemic relief

The US Congress’ $900 billion Covid-19 relief bill was packaged with $1.4 trillion in omnibus spending that includes tens of billions for war, weapons, and regime change abroad, from anti-Russia and anti-China initiatives to $3.3 billion for Israel’s military.

23.12.2020 - 08:03 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Nach Reisebeschränkungen: Der Verkehr rollt wieder an

Frankreich hat die wegen der neuen Coronavirus-Variante verhängte Beschränkung für Reisen aus Großbritannien wieder gelockert. EU-Bürger sowie Briten dürfen ab heute wieder einreisen. Das teilte die französische Regierung in Paris mit – zwei Tage nachdem die Reisebeschränkung verhängt worden war. Voraussetzung ist aber ein negativer Corona-Test.

23.12.2020 - 07:53 [ theSun.co.uk ]

TRUCK OFF, MACRON: Stranded Brit truckers on the move again as shamed Emmanuel Macron is forced to reopen French border

STRANDED truckers were ready to roll again last night after shamed French leader Emmanuel Macron was forced to reopen his country’s border with the UK.

He caved in after pressure from Britain and the EU to end a 48-hour blockade imposed amid fears over the new Covid strain.

23.12.2020 - 07:48 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Thousands of truckers in Dover will have controversial rapid Covid test today after Macron gives way and says lorry drivers CAN now enter France if they have negative result – but freight backlog will take days to clear

The agreement requires every driver to have been tested for coronavirus, using controversial lateral flow tests, which are able to turn around results in under an hour but have had their effectiveness questioned.

Those who come back negative will be told by text message in as little as 20 minutes, and be given the green light to hit the road and head over to the continent, but positive cases will be sent to a hotel to isolate.

23.12.2020 - 07:27 [ Radio Utopie ]

Offene Grenzen, Grenzen dicht: Die zwei Seiten der gleichen Medaille

(21.10.2018)

Beide Parolen spielen einem gelenkten Staat in die Hände, der sich weigert die Verfassung, (internationales) Recht und sogar die eigene ausführende Gesetzgebung einzuhalten, sondern stattdessen die Republik zugunsten der ihm vorgesetzten „Vereinigten Staaten“ endlich loswerden will. Weil ihm das so befohlen wurde.

Sehen wir uns die beiden Parolen mal etwas genauer an. Dann dürfte die Sache zum Vorschein kommen.

23.12.2020 - 07:20 [ theGuardian.com ]

Von der Leyen takes control of Brexit talks in attempt to strike deal

Von der Leyen spoke by telephone to Johnson on Monday night to discuss a way forward and further calls are expected in the next 24 hours, but the commission refused to offer details.

Barnier said as he went into a meeting with EU ambassadors: “We are really in the crucial moment. We are giving it the final push. In 10 days the UK will leave the single market and we continue to work in total transparency with the member states right now and with the parliament.”

23.12.2020 - 07:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Brexit poses grave risks to UK health and care sector, report finds

The Nuffield Trust thinktank stated: “The perilously uncertain future facing the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period could put the UK’s health and care system at risk.”

The report said new migration rules, possible disruption to medicines and devices, an ongoing economic slowdown and barriers to science investment would hit the health sector.

23.12.2020 - 06:56 [ Standard.co.uk ]

NHS leaders call for Brexit talks extension warning no-deal risks adding to health crisis amid pandemic

The warning came as a negotiated Brexit deal looks increasingly unlikely and Health Secretary Matt Hancock described the new variant of coronavirus as being „out of control“.

23.12.2020 - 06:39 [ ZDF ]

Britischer Gesundheitsdienst – NHS bittet Johnson um Brexit-Aufschub

Der NHS befürchtet zudem, dass Rettungswagen aufgrund von Lastwagenstaus vor allem in der südostenglischen Grafschaft Kent am Ärmelkanal, einem Zentrum der Corona-Infektionen, nicht rechtzeitig die Patienten erreichen könnten. Johnsons Regierung hat eine Verlängerung der Übergangsphase bisher strikt abgelehnt.

23.12.2020 - 00:16 [ ORF ]

Neuwahl fix: Israels Parlament automatisch aufgelöst

Gegen Netanjahu läuft ein Korruptionsprozess. Ganz hat dem 71-Jährigen vorgeworfen, er wolle alles unternehmen, um einer Verurteilung zu entgehen.

Das Bündnis um Ganz ist inzwischen zerbröselt. Bei einer Neuwahl muss Blau-Weiß sogar bangen, ob es die 3,25-Prozent-Hürde schafft.

23.12.2020 - 00:14 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum Israels „Grundgesetze“ nicht vergleichbar sind mit unserer Verfassung

(11.08.2018)

Moshe Arens hat das in der Haaretz einmal „eine „legislative Anarchie“ genannt, die Israel von allen anderen Demokratien der Welt unterscheide. Letzteres ist überkritisch, weil z.B. die Monarchien Niederlande und Vereinigtes Königreich (Großbritannien) ebenfalls keine Verfassung haben (was ebenfalls gerne unter den Tisch gekehrt wird). Nichtsdestotrotz dürfte auch dem berühmten „Pro-Israeli“, der in der Regel keine Ahnung hat worüber er redet, der Unterschied nun verdeutlicht worden sein.

23.12.2020 - 00:05 [ Radio Utopie ]

Warum Netanyahus „Nationalstaatsgesetz“ mit der israelischen Unabhängigkeitserklärung unvereinbar ist

(11.08.2018)

Die Unabhängigkeitserklärung von Israel und das „Nationalstaatsgesetz“ der Regierung Netanyahu in der wörtlichen Gegenüberstellung.

22.12.2020 - 23:53 [ Haaretz ]

Nation-state Law Essentially Establishes Apartheid Regime

If the High Court does not examine the Jewish nation-state law according to norms external to the Israeli system and in accordance with criteria derived from consensual universal and international norms and values, it will justify the existence of a regime of constitutionally-mandated segregation for every ethnic dominating group trying to grant itself exclusive supremacy in any country, not only the Jewish people in Israel.

22.12.2020 - 23:44 [ Ben Reiff / Twitter ]

Arab MK Yousef Jabareen presented a petition at the Supreme Court today against the Nation-State Bill, on behalf of the Joint List and the NGO Adalah. Upon leaving he was harassed by Likud supporters chanting “death to terrorists”. They are the face of this racist law.

22.12.2020 - 23:28 [ Washington Post ]

Israeli government collapses, sending country back to elections for fourth time in two years

In the run-up to the budget vote, Gideon Saar, a former Likud education minister, shocked his fellow party members by resigning from the Knesset and starting a new party to challenge Netanyahu’s grip on the right wing of Israeli politics. Polls immediately showed Saar’s fledgling “New Hope” draining a significant number of parliamentary seats from Likud, reflecting growing frustration with Netanyahu even among conservative voters.

22.12.2020 - 23:27 [ New York Times ]

Israeli Government Collapses, Forcing 4th Election in 2 Years

“It’s not the budget, stupid,” said Reuven Hazan, a professor of political science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Netanyahu “needs a government that will pass legislation either to delay his case for the foreseeable future or cancel it altogether,” he added.

22.12.2020 - 23:21 [ Haaretz.com / Twitter ]

Attempts by Gantz and Netanyahu to buy more time have failed, turning their coalition into a zombie government until the anticipated March ballot, Israel’s fourth in two years

22.12.2020 - 06:41 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Political Party Was Last Year’s Largest. Now It’s the Walking Dead

There is no scenario now under which Gantz can credibly lead his party into another election. And without Gantz as a potential replacement for Netanyahu, there is no reason for Kahol Lavan to continue to exist as a political entity.

22.12.2020 - 06:29 [ ORF.at ]

Israel vor vierter Wahl in zwei Jahren

Ohne Einigung in letzter Minute wird sich das Parlament am Dienstagabend um Mitternacht automatisch auflösen

22.12.2020 - 06:25 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Election prevention bill fails, Israel headed to elections on March 23

47 MKs voted for the bill, while 49 voted against. The 23rd Knesset will be dissolved automatically at midnight on Tuesday night.
Shortly after the vote, Likud MK Michal Shir announced that she would be joining Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, after voting against the bill.

22.12.2020 - 06:24 [ Haaretz ]

Last-ditch Effort to Avoid Election Fails as Disagreements Between Gantz and Netanyahu Persist

nesset votes down bill that would postpone deadline for passing budget, bringing Israel closer to its fourth election in two years

21.12.2020 - 22:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

UK has vaccinated 500,000 people against Covid since December 8, Boris Johnson says as regulators face growing pressure to approve Oxford’s jab in desperate race to speed up the roll-out

The MHRA drugs regulator has been doing its final review of the vaccine for three weeks now, since November 27, with a decision expected by next Tuesday.

(…)

However, they made a decision about Pfizer and BioNTech’s jab within 10 days of being instructed to do so by the Department of Health.

21.12.2020 - 22:35 [ New York Times ]

How the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Works

The Oxford-AstraZeneca team used a modified version of a chimpanzee adenovirus, known as ChAdOx1. It can enter cells, but it can’t replicate inside them. (…)

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Covid-19 is more rugged than the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna. DNA is not as fragile as RNA, and the adenovirus’s tough protein coat helps protect the genetic material inside. As a result, the Oxford vaccine doesn’t have to stay frozen.

21.12.2020 - 22:12 [ The Jimmy Dore Show / Youtube ]

Force The Vote is Trending! Pressure Campaign on Politicians Getting Stronger.

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21.12.2020 - 21:45 [ BJG, Former National Press Secretary for #BernieSanders2020 / Twitter ]

Why don’t elected Democrats support a bill that nearly 90% of Democratic voters support? #ForceTheVote

21.12.2020 - 21:41 [ Jacobin Magazine ]

A New Congressional Budget Office Study Shows That Medicare for All Would Save Hundreds of Billions of Dollars Annually

The most exhaustive study on Medicare for All just came out. Its conclusion: a single-payer system would guarantee health insurance to all people while reducing overall health spending by hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

21.12.2020 - 21:09 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Who knew what and when about Britain’s Covid mutation? PHE first discovered the fast-spreading variant in October but didn’t raise the alarm until last week – amid claims scientists held back discovery to bounce No10 into Tier Four

At the start of the month information about VUI-202012/01 was passed to the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Advisory Group (NERVTAG) committee, which advises England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty. The group first discussed the strain at a December 11 meeting and began modelling its severity on the UK’s epidemic.

Ministers were not made aware of the variant until last Monday, almost two months after its initial discovery, when they were told it was more infectious and probably behind the continued rise in cases in London and the South East.

21.12.2020 - 20:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris blusters his way through pointless press conference without giving a single answer about when truckers will be allowed into France: Port chaos could continue until Xmas after Macron insists on Covid tests or no travel

– Port of Dover in Kent was dramatically closed to all freight vehicles leaving the UK for the next 48 hours
– Hauliers coming to UK will still be allowed but there are fears drivers won’t travel to avoid being ‚marooned‘
– Countries including France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Poland have announced restrictions on UK travel
– Comes after emergence of mutant strain of coronavirus in England which spreads quicker than predecessor
– PM Boris Johnson held a meeting of the emergency Cobra committee this afternoon to discuss travel ban
– Port of Dover later confirmed inbound freights were still arriving and France said movement would resume
– But Mr Johnson was unable to say exactly when the travel ban will be lifted as he expressed his frustrations

21.12.2020 - 20:40 [ Wikipedia ]

Feindsender

Feindsender (‚Enemy radio station‘) was a term used in Nazi Germany to describe radio stations broadcast by enemies of the German Reich before and during World War II, such as the United Kingdom or the United States. It also referred to radio stations in Germany which broadcast anti-Nazi material. The term has not been in general use since the downfall of the Third Reich.

21.12.2020 - 20:27 [ Yahoo.com ]

Europe blockade pushes UK closer to food shortages at Christmas

Responding to yesterday evening’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France, FDF CEO Ian Wright told Yahoo Finance UK: “Yesterday’s suspension of accompanied freight traffic from the UK to France has the potential to cause serious disruption to UK post-Christmas fresh food supplies – and exports of UK food and drink.

21.12.2020 - 20:24 [ BBC ]

Brexit: Johnson resists calls to extend transition into 2021

The government has ruled out extending the deadline for reaching a post-Brexit trade deal into 2021, amid a deadlock in talks and a growing Covid crisis.

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon and London mayor Sadiq Khan want the UK to follow EU trading rules beyond 31 December to allow more time for an agreement.

21.12.2020 - 20:10 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Genehmigung der Kommission: Corona-Impfstoff in der EU zugelassen

Die EU-Kommission erteilte dem Präparat des Mainzer Unternehmens Biontech und seines US-Partners Pfizer die bedingte Marktzulassung, wie EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen sagte. „Heute fügen wir dem Kampf gegen Covid-19 ein wichtiges Kapitel hinzu.“

21.12.2020 - 20:08 [ ORF ]

Kurz vor Nationalrat: Rückkehr zu Normalität im Sommer

Bundeskanzler Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) hat heute in einer kurzfristig angesetzten Erklärung vor dem Nationalrat Österreich auf die kommenden Coronavirus-Monate eingestimmt. Für den Regierungschef ist die Krise „alles andere als vorbei“.

21.12.2020 - 09:53 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER TERRORKRIEG: Strategie der Transformation

(7.Februar 2015)

Zusammengefasst und einfach erklärt, ist die Strategie des Terrorkrieges diejenigen zu verändern, zu transformieren, die ihn führen.

Folgende Prozesse bzw Programme sind unserer Einschätzung nach Teil dieser Kriegsstrategie seit 2001. Teilweise bauen sie aufeinander auf. Ebenso ist von unterschiedlichen Phasen auszugehen, in denen von entsprechenden Autoritäten und / oder Institutionen die jeweiligen Programme gestartet, regional / im geostrategischen Kontext gestoppt bzw nach eigenem Ermessen beschleunigt, verlangsamt oder angepasst werden.

– Weiterentwicklung bzw Neuausrichtung des bereits vor Kriegsausbruch ausgerufenen und bis zum Jahre 2020 zielenden „Masterplan“, der U.S. Militärdoktrin „Joint Vision 2020“, mit Anspruch und Zielsetzung der „Full Spectrum Dominance“.

– immaterielle und materielle Enteignung der Bevölkerungen im Einflussbereich. Zum immateriellen Sektor ist jedwedes Recht zu rechnen, vorneweg die jeweiligen Verfassungen und Grundrechte, sowie auf internationale Ebene das Völkerrecht, mit dem jeweiligen Schutz vor u.a. Krieg, Invasion, Besatzung, Kriegszustand bzw Kriegsrecht / Ausnahmezustand, Gefangennahme, Kerker, Folter, Verlust des eigenen Lebens. Unter immateriellen Güter sind u.a. zu rechnen: Streikrecht, Versammlungsfreiheit, Meinungsfreiheit, Pressefreiheit, die Freiheit „sich aus allgemein zugänglichen Quellen ungehindert zu unterrichten“ (Artikel 5 Grundgesetz), die Privatsphäre, die eigene Lebensgestaltung, sowie alle anderen Freiheiten und Rechte die die jeweilige normale Lebensweise repräsentieren bzw vor staatlich-kommerziellem Zugriff sichern.

– Zerstörung bzw Zersetzung des Völkerrechts durch „Erniedrigung und Zerstörung“ der Vertragspartner, der Staaten selbst. Diesbezüglicher Beginn bei den schwächsten, ärmsten, greifbaren und / oder international isolierten Staaten. (Hinweis unter Vorgriff auf noch folgenden Artikel zur Umschreibung der Taktiken des Terrorkrieges: Ob durch Finanzsysteme / finanzielle Mittel, reguläre / irreguläre Kriegführung oder Umstürze ist zur Zerstörung bzw Zersetzung der anvisierten Zielstaaten strategisch irrelevant; diese Methoden / Mittel können allerdings kombiniert werden. Anm.: Militärische oder paramilitärische (terroristische) Gruppierungen, wie auch immer sie sich nennen oder genannt werden, sind keine Staaten.)

– Entstaatlichung nach Maßgabe des „Davos-Menschen“ (Samuel Huntington) und dem „Clash of Civilizations“ (Konzept aus 1992). Errichtung einer entsprechenden „Neuen Weltordnung“ mit Orwellschen (trans)kontinentalen Blöcken, die sich und ihre jeweilige „Machtarchitektur“ im Zuge des endlosen Krieges gegenseitig stabilisieren.

– Sicherung des weltweiten, nie legitimierten oder gar gewählten Interbankensystems und seiner Systembanken, durch Erklärung von deren „Systemrelevanz“ durch die 19 weltweit mächtigsten Staatsregierungen und Zentralbanker, sowie die Zentralbank und Repräsentanten des Staatenbundes „Europäische Union“ (so geschehen am 4. November 2011)

– Kommerzialisierung („Privatisierung“) praktisch aller greifbaren öffentlichen und / oder allgemeinen gesellschaftlichen Güter. (Metapher: In einer Gesellschaft ohne öffentliche Güter ist der Staat lediglich Durchsetzungsorgan bzw Verwaltungsinstrument der Besitzenden und ihrer Konsortien.)

– Vorhergehend: Kontrollerlangung über Politik (Parteien, Organisationen, Behörden, Funktionäre, etc), Wissenschaft (z.B. akadamische Kreise und Einrichtungen), Kultur (Kunst, Sprache, Sport, „Musikindustrie“, „Filmindustrie“, Informationsindustrie / Presse, Medien), Kommunikation, sowie die entsprechenden Infrastrukturen und Stätten. Deren „Beschränkung“ (Zitat: Artikel 10-Gesetz, übrigens seit 1968) nach eigenem Ermessen. Neutralisierung von nicht kontrollierten Individuen bzw „Multiplikatoren“ in entsprechenden gesellschaftlichen Schlüsselpositionen. Entsprechend Informationskontrolle bzw den Zugang zu Informationen, Wissen, Bildung und eigenständiger Reflexion für die Breite der Bevölkerung zu erschweren oder zu eliminieren (Beispiel: Bologna-Prozess, mind. 9000 britische Pfund Studiengebühren für ein akademisches Jahr, an „privaten“ Universitäten noch mehr).

– Förderung bzw Beförderung vom klassischen militärisch-industriellen, sowie dem durch Ausrauben und Manipulation des rasch expandierenden zivilen World Wide Web gewachsenen geheimdienstlichen, „sicherheits-industriellen Komplex“ bzw global engmaschig vernetzten Konsortien und (trans-)staatlichen Strukturen.

– Förderung bzw Beförderung von Trivialisierung, Barbarisierung, Werteverlust, nachfolgend Destabilisierung und letztlich Zerstörung der (demokratischen) Gesellschaften und sie verbindender Elemente, Strukturen und Schwerkraft. Diesbezüglich Angriff sowohl auf liberale, auf konservative / rechte, als auch fortschrittliche / linke, sozialdemokratische und sozialistische Traditionen und Normen, sowie auf die Familie, Vereine und (nicht kontrollierte) Zusammenschlüsse und Zusammkünfte jedweder Art. Angriff auf alle Kirchen und Religionen bzw deren Zersetzung und Diffamierung, nach jeweils wechselndem Muster und in Reihenfolge nach Wahl. Selektion der (regional) jeweils angreifbarsten.

– Verächtlichmachung, Schwächung, Zersetzung und letztlich Sturz von (parlamentarischer) Demokratie, demokratischem Recht, demokratischen Prozessen insgesamt, sowie der klassischen Gewaltenteilung (z.B. durch die Taktik des Interpretierens).

– Aufbau repressiver und manipulativer Systeme durch den jeweiligen (entdemokratisierten und damit entfesselten) Staat, unter dessen Rechtfertigung mittels der Kriegslogik, zu dessen „Eigensicherung“ und der Sicherung der hier beschriebenen Kriegsstrategie und ihrer Programme.

– Förderung bzw Beförderung von Entmenschlichung / Dehumanisierung, Entfremdung, Technisierung, Bürokratisierung der Gesellschaft; Sicherstellung, dass Interaktion der Menschen nicht mehr untereinander, sondern über / mit künstlichen bzw (informations)technischen Strukturen implementiert wird, bis hin zum Punkt der Verschmelzung und organisierten Verwechslung von Mensch und Maschine („Internet der Dinge“, „vom Internet zur Robotik“, Biomechanik, Stichwort: „Transhumanismus“), nachfolgend zur langfristigen „Überwindung“ und Auswechslung des Menschen selbst (Stichwort: „Posthumanismus“).

– Implementierung und Durchsetzung eines entsprechenden kommerziellen gentechnologischen Komplexes, sowie des Konzepts der Eugenik in der Gesellschaft. Ausführliche Dokumentation dazu: „Welt ohne Menschen“.

– Vorhergehend im Einflussbereich zielgerichtete und -strebige Errichtung von biometrischen (Daten-)Banken, Speicherung der DNA, sowie genetisch-biologische Durchleuchtung und Erfassung („biometrische Identifikation“) der gesamten Bevölkerung als Vorbedingung für physisch-biologischen Eingriff.

– Forcierte Weiterentwicklung, Implementierung und Durchsetzung „Künstlicher Intelligenz“ (K.I.) nach Vorgabe von Psychologie und Menschenbild der militärisch-kapitalistischen Spieltheorien, „dem simplen Modell der Menschen als selbstsüchtige, fast roboterhafte Kreaturen“.

– Kontrolle der Reproduktion des Homo Sapiens, als logische Weiterentwicklung der Doktrin „Full Spectrum Dominance“ und Umsetzung vollständiger Bevölkerungskontrolle.

21.12.2020 - 09:12 [ ORF.at ]

Laborfleisch: Es ist angerichtet

Für Laborfleisch wird aus tierischen Stammzellen Gewebe gezüchtet. Grundlage für dieses Fleisch ist Muskelgewebe, das einem lebenden Spendertier entnommen wird. Anschließend werden die Stammzellen von anderen Zellen getrennt und in einem Bioreaktor mit Hilfe eines Nährmediums kultiviert. Die Technologie befindet sich seit Jahrzehnten in Entwicklung, richtig Aufschwung bekam sie mit der Fokussierung auf Stammzellenforschung.

21.12.2020 - 09:00 [ Wiley Online Library ]

The genetic structure of SARS‐CoV‐2 does not rule out a laboratory origin

(17.11.2020)

We here describe how the two main SARS‐CoV‐2 features, (1) the presence of a furin cleavage site missing in other CoVs of the same group and (2) an receptor binding domain (RBD) optimized to bind to human cells[2] might be the result of lab manipulation techniques such as site‐directed mutagenesis. The acquisition of both unique features by SARS‐CoV‐2 more or less simultaneously is less likely to be natural or caused only by cell/animal serial passage.

21.12.2020 - 08:55 [ theGuardian.com ]

UK faces Brexit limbo after talks deadline missed

The teams led by the chief UK negotiator, David Frost, and his EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, were expected to continue talks on Monday despite the European parliament’s notice that it would not vote on a deal if not secured by midnight on Sunday.

21.12.2020 - 08:51 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Heathrow chaos as hundreds try to cram onto last plane to Dublin after more than a dozen countries ban ALL flights from Britain, Eurotunnel closes and French BLOCK UK lorries for 48 hours after discovery of ‚70% more infectious‘ mutant Covid strain

– France, Germany, Israel, El Salvador, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Italy, Finland, Denmark, Turkey, Morocco, Canada, Belgium, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Ireland have banned all flights from Britain

– Boris Johnson will chair a meeting of the Government’s Cobra civil contingencies committee on Monday after a series of countries announced they were stopping flights from the UK, Downing Street has said

21.12.2020 - 00:12 [ Movement for a People´s Party ]

Dr. Cornel West and Jimmy Dore join the People’s Party Advisory Council, launch MPP organizing campaign to Force The Vote on Medicare for all

Public intellectual and Harvard professor Dr. Cornel West and political comedian Jimmy Dore have joined the People’s Party Advisory Council. Together with the Movement for a People’s Party, they are launching the Force The Vote petition and organizing campaign. The campaign aims to pressure The Squad and House progressives to refuse to vote for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as Speaker until she publicly pledges to bring Medicare for all to the floor of the House for a vote. Nearly 10,000 people signed the petition overnight.

Dore hosted Dr. West on The Jimmy Dore Show Friday evening where they broke the news. “We’re joining forces with the Movement for a People’s Party. We are ForceTheVote.org,” said Dore. “There’s never a wrong time to do the right thing. And now is the time, in the middle of a deadly pandemic. There’s never been a better time to have a Medicare for all vote.”

20.12.2020 - 23:48 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The Revolutionary Struggle Is A Fight Between Movement And Inertia

(16.12.2020)

The pandemic and a Democrat-controlled House presents a once-in-a-century opportunity to shove hard toward getting Americans the same healthcare rights afforded to everyone else in every major country on earth and forcing all House Democrats who oppose it to expose themselves to their constituents instead of passing the blame to the Republicans. With things getting more and more desperate, waiting for the next once-in-a-century opportunity to even begin pushing is a ridiculous proposition.

20.12.2020 - 23:45 [ theHill.com ]

Former Sanders spokesperson: Progressive base confused by ‚ambiguity‘ over how to replace

(18.12.2020)

In contrast, she said, “this question of whether Pelosi should be ousted altogether, and whether we have to do so because there’s not someone in the ranks, is a new one.”

“It’s an interesting conversation given that we’ve had now two years of these progressive ‘Squad’ members in office who came in really hot to do something about Nancy Pelosi and to threaten her leadership at that point,” she added.

20.12.2020 - 23:27 [ Business Insider ]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rejects left-wing calls to force Pelosi to hold a ‚Medicare for All‘ vote in exchange for her vote for the speaker

(16.12.2020)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is publicly rejecting those calls, saying that Democrats don’t have the votes to pass „Medicare for All“ in the House and there are other options the party has that would affect real change.

20.12.2020 - 23:20 [ Movement for a People’s Party / Twitter ]

There’s a feud on the political left right now. It all started when @jimmy_dore made a video arguing that House progressives should refuse to re-elect Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker unless she puts #MedicareForAll to a floor vote.

Via @caitoz
. #ForceTheVote

20.12.2020 - 22:41 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Bloc Grows but Gantz Is Losing Steam, Election Poll Shows

threshold.

The bloc that has pledged not to join a Netanyahu government would stand at 64 out of 120 Knesset seats. The opposing bloc, composed of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina, would garner just 56, which is not enough to form a government.

20.12.2020 - 22:38 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz’s Party Agrees to Delay Budget Deadline to Give More Time for Deal With Netanyahu

Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Kahol Lavan party said Sunday that it has agreed to postpone the Tuesday deadline to pass Israel’s 2020 state budget by one week, in a move that could give it more time to negotiate a deal with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to avoid what would be a fourth election cycle in two years.

20.12.2020 - 15:24 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

It felt like a meeting of horror movie scriptwriters: GLEN OWEN tells the inside story of how a libertarian PM ended up feeling he had no choice but to cancel Christmas

The grim countenances of Chris Whitty and Sir Patrick Vallance told the story before they even started talking – Christmas was off. As Boris Johnson sat in the Cabinet Room at 5pm on Friday, Whitty and Vallance appeared on the Zoom monitors and started reeling off increasingly alarming data about the new mutant strain of the coronavirus…

20.12.2020 - 15:08 [ Haaretz ]

Gantz Agrees to Curb Justice Minister’s Powers in Deal With Netanyahu to Stave Off Election

Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz has agreed to curb Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn’s powers, sources said, in bid to stave off election.

In return, Gantz hopes to cement the rotation agreement for the premiership with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is upheld.

20.12.2020 - 10:33 [ Haaretz ]

Three Days to Stave Off Election: Gantz Met With Netanyahu Rival Sa’ar

Defense Minister and Kahol Lavan chairman Benny Gantz met on Saturday with breakaway Likud lawmaker Gideon Sa‘ar, three days before the Knesset is expected to disband.

20.12.2020 - 10:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Oxford vaccine still under review, says UK medicine agency

But Whitehall sources said that while they hoped the vaccine would be available that week, it was by no means certain, and the authorisation could be delayed until the beginning of January.

The delay has caused frustration in Whitehall and the NHS, with the vaccine taking much longer to meet approval than the Pfizer vaccine, which was rolled out in the UK last week.

20.12.2020 - 10:00 [ theHill.com ]

FDA investigating allergic reactions to Pfizer vaccine reported in multiple states

“We are working hand in hand with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and we’ve actually been working closely with our United Kingdom colleagues, who of course reported the allergic reaction. I think we’ll be looking at all the data we can from each of these reactions to sort out exactly what happened, and we’ll also be looking to try to understand which component of the vaccine might be helping to produce them,” Marks said.

20.12.2020 - 09:30 [ theHill.com ]

Congress barrels toward veto clash with Trump

Trump’s threat to veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) could scramble Congress’s year-end schedule; lawmakers had been hoping to leave town once they pass a forthcoming deal to fund the government and provide year-end coronavirus relief.

But leaders are warning that if Trump vetoes the bill they are prepared to return to Washington to vote on trying to override.

20.12.2020 - 09:10 [ ZDF ]

Auch deutsche Firmen betroffen – Was über den US-Hackerangriff bekannt ist

Nach einem schweren Hackerangriff auf Behörden und Institutionen in den USA ist nach wie vor unklar, wer dahinter steckt.

20.12.2020 - 09:01 [ ZDF ]

Auslandseinsätze der Bundeswehr – Maas befürwortet Drohnen-Bewaffnung

In der aktuellen Debatte geht es darum, ob die neuen Drohnen vom Typ Heron TP, die bald von Israel an die Bundeswehr ausgeliefert werden sollen, bewaffnet werden sollen. Der SPD-Vorsitzende Norbert Walter-Borjans und Fraktionschef Rolf Mützenich hatten Anfang der Woche weiteren Diskussionsbedarf dazu angemeldet und die Bewaffnung damit erst einmal auf Eis gelegt, was bei den Koalitionspartnern von CDU und CSU für Empörung gesorgt hat.

19.12.2020 - 21:51 [ @TheBlackFlags1 / Twitter ]

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19.12.2020 - 21:44 [ Haaretz ]

Anti-Netanyahu Protesters Mark Six Months of Weekly Demonstrations

Protesters against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are demonstrating in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and at traffic junctions, bridges and intersections nationwide for the 25th week in a row on Saturday, marking six months since the protest movement began.

19.12.2020 - 21:22 [ CNBC ]

Trump contradicts Pompeo, plays down alleged Russian role in cyberattack

Trump’s comments in the form of Twitter posts on Saturday went against comments his secretary of state made less than 24 hours earlier.
SolarWinds, the company at the center of the attack, has not yet blamed any one country.

19.12.2020 - 21:07 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

‚We’re not going to be knocking on people doors on Christmas Day‘: Police officers say new Tier 4 restrictions ‚don’t make sense‘ as thousands vow to IGNORE the rules

At an emergency press conference, Boris Johnson announced a third of England, including London and swathes of the home counties, will be shifted up to the brutal new tier from midnight.

Mr Marsh told MailOnline the new rules – which close non-essential retail and ban overnight stays in infection spots – meant little, because Mr Johnson has ‚lost the good will of the people‘ over the festive period.

19.12.2020 - 20:49 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Are hospitals REALLY creaking under the strain of Covid before Christmas? NHS data shows trusts are STILL quieter than last December – with seven times fewer wards close to being full

– Average intensive care ward occupancy down to 75 per cent from 84 per cent from the same time last year
– 15,465 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday compared to 18,974 on worst day in spring
– But statistics suggest the health service is, overall, coping better with its workload than it did last winter

19.12.2020 - 20:43 [ Downing Street No 10 / Regierung von Großbritannien ]

Prime Minister announces Tier 4: ‚Stay At Home‘ Alert Level in response to new COVID variant

The Prime Minister has announced tougher restrictions for large parts of South East England with a new Tier 4: ‘Stay at Home’ alert level.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections attributed to the rapid spread of a new variant of COVID-19.

Based on preliminary modelling data, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread significantly more quickly and could increase R by 0.4 or more. New and existing data will continue to be analysed as we learn more about the variant.

19.12.2020 - 20:38 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Exclusive: Alarming new evidence on coronavirus mutation could bring tougher restrictions

Government scientists at the Porton Down laboratory in Wiltshire have been conducting experiments on the new strain, and have confirmed ministers‘ fears about it being far more infectious than the original strain of the virus.

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The meeting of ministers was expected to continue late into the night, with Whitehall sources refusing to rule out a press conference on Saturday to announce additional restrictions.

19.12.2020 - 12:27 [ federalnewsnetwork.com ]

SolarWinds breach raises stakes for NDAA Trump still threatens to veto

Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said the breach makes a clear case for the work of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the cyber provisions that made it into the annual defense policy bill passed by the House and Senate.

“This is the most important bill on cyber ever passed by Congress, and that’s why I’m really hoping that the president will either sign the bill or let it become law without a signature, because there is so much critically important material in the bill,” King said during an annual summit hosted by Defense One.