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Sep 17, 2021

125 Indiana U. Health Employees Terminated After COVID Vaccine Mandate + More

125 Indiana U. Health Employees Terminated After COVID Vaccine Mandate

Fox 59 News reported:

Indiana University Health announced Thursday that 125 employees have been terminated after choosing not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

A spokesperson provided the following statement: “Indiana University Health has put the safety and well-being of patients and team members first by requiring employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Sept. 1. After a two-week unpaid suspension period ending Sept. 14, a total of 125 employees, the equivalent of 61 full time employees, chose not to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and have left the organization.”

The hospital system has about 36,000 employees.

Biden’s Push to Combat COVID Disapproved by Over Half of Americans: Poll

Fox News reported:

Roughly half of all Americans disapprove of the push by President Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for up to 100 million American workers, according to a new national poll.

And nearly half of those questioned in a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday say the president’s actions to combat the surge this summer in coronavirus pandemic cases due to the highly infectious delta variant go too far.

Cleveland Browns Launch Facial Recognition Ticket Entry: Here’s How It Works

WKYC reported:

The Cleveland Browns have launched a new free option for fans to enter games at FirstEnergy Stadium using facial recognition technology.

So how does it work?

Fans can enroll and link their ticketing account to a selfie and come to the stadium and enter in with just their face,” says Brandon Covert, VP of Information and Technology for the Cleveland Browns.

A ‘Gene Silencing’ Injection Was Just Approved for Use in Humans

Interesting Engineering reported:

​​A new method is nearing a critical development threshold.

The United Kingdom’s NHS approved a new cholesterol-reducing shot that will be provided to 300,000 people throughout the next three years, according to a press release from the U.K. agency.

Crucially, this marks the first use for a novel new therapeutic called “gene silencing” to treat common illnesses.

Fauci Flip-Flop on Vaccine Mandate Hammered in New RNC Ad

Fox News reported:

The Republican National Committee (RNC) is releasing a new video hammering President Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci for his flip-flops on vaccine mandates.

The ad, first obtained by Fox News, features several clips highlighting Fauci’s previous statements casting doubt on federal coronavirus vaccine mandates.

“There’s no secret that I feel that we should not have central [vaccine] mandates from the federal government,” Fauci said just last month while encouraging businesses to “seriously consider the idea of mandating vaccination in the enterprise for which they are responsible whether that’s a university or a place of business.”

Big Tech and Privacy: Apple Flirts With the ‘Dark Side’

Big Think reported:

Apple has built a reputation as the “least evil” Big Tech giant when it comes to privacy. All these companies — Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon — collect our data and essentially spy on us in a multitude of ways.

Apple, however, has cultivated a reputation as by far the least invasive of our mainstream technology options. Their recent dramatic reversal on this issue has caused an uproar. What is going on, and what should we do about it?

She Didn’t Give Me Any Other Option.’ Religious Exemption Requests Spark Vaccine Mandate Debates

WXYZ Detroit reported:

As more employers and businesses require COVID vaccinations, we’re finding religious exemptions are becoming a contentious issue for some.

Metro Detroit is very religiously diverse. Generally, most institutional religions, Christian, Jewish and Islamic religions do not oppose vaccines.

Exemptions involve workplace settings, schools and businesses.

It’s Getting Harder for People to Believe That Facebook Is a Net Good for Society

Vox reported:

At this point, it isn’t exactly surprising that social media platforms like Facebook can have negative effects on society. For years, journalists, politicians, social scientists — and even biologists and ecologists — have been raising concerns about the influence Facebook has on our collective well-being. And Facebook has always defended itself by insisting that it is a net good to society because of how it brings people together.

But a new series of reports from the Wall Street Journal, “The Facebook files,” provides damning evidence that Facebook has studied and long known that its products cause measurable, real-world harm — including on teenagers’ mental health — and then stifled that research while denying and downplaying that harm to the public. The revelations, which only strengthen the case that a growing chorus of lawmakers and regulators have been making for breaking up Facebook or otherwise severely limiting its power as a social media giant, could represent a turning point for the company.

Italy to Make All Workers Show Vaccine Passports

The Times reported:

Italy is to become the first leading European country to make coronavirus vaccine passports compulsory for all state and private employees, with unvaccinated people to be suspended without pay until they obtain one.

Renato Brunetta, the public administration minister, said that the measures had “not been seen elsewhere in Europe” and put Italy on “the front line” against COVID-19.

Australian Police Use Facial Recognition to Make Sure You’re Home During COVID Quarantine

Euronews reported:

Australia’s two most populous states are trialling facial recognition software that lets police check people are home during COVID-19 quarantine, expanding trials that have sparked controversy to the vast majority of the country’s population.

Little-known tech firm Genvis said on a website for its software that New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria, home to Sydney, Melbourne and more than half of Australia’s 25 million population, were trialling its facial recognition products. Genvis said the trials were being conducted on a voluntary basis.

Sep 16, 2021

Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Is Unconstitutional + More

Biden’s Vaccine Mandate Is Unconstitutional

City Journal reported:

On September 9, President Joe Biden unveiled his COVID-19 Action Plan, “a six-pronged, comprehensive national strategy” to combat the pandemic. The most controversial provision, covering some 80 million Americans, mandates that all employers with 100 or more employees must ensure that each worker is either fully vaccinated or provides weekly negative COVID test results.

Republican governors were quick to condemn the mandate, with some vowing legal challenges … the courts are likely to strike down Biden’s mandate as a clear violation of the Constitution’s principles of federalism and separation of powers.

The Case Against Vaccine Passports

First Things reported:

I was alerted to what was coming at the end of July. Under the headline “The time for debating vaccines passports is over,” Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard wrote that “it would be irresponsible, not to mention politically and economically self-defeating, to not try limiting the intermingling of vaccinated and unvaccinated populations.”

Two words struck me as particularly eerie: “intermingling,” and “population.” At that point, I had decided against vaccination on various grounds. The most compelling was concern for my heart. I had had some heart troubles at the end of 2020, and I knew that the new vaccines occasionally produced heart inflammation — a frequent enough side effect that Health Canada requires a caution on the labels of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Now, evidently, my decision had consigned me to a threatening “population” requiring segregation and exclusion.

France Suspends 3,000 Unvaccinated Health Workers Without Pay

The Guardian reported

France has suspended 3,000 health workers without pay for refusing the COVID vaccine.

The health minister, Olivier Véran, said the staff had been notified in writing before the government-imposed deadline to have at least one dose.

The New Warrant: How U.S. Police Mine Google for Your Location and Search History

The Guardian reported:

It’s a concerning trend, argue experts and advocates. They worry the increase signals the start of a new era, one in which law enforcement agencies find ever more creative ways to obtain user information from data-rich tech companies. And they fear agencies and jurisdictions will use this relatively unchecked mechanism in the context of new and controversial laws such as the criminalization of nearly all abortions in Texas.

“As long as the data exists, all it takes is a creative law enforcement officer to say, ‘Hey, we can get a warrant or we can send a subpoena for this particular subset of the data that’s already being harvested’,” said Caleb Kenyon, the defense attorney who represented Zachary McCoy, to the Guardian. “They’re coming up with everything they can to do their job. That’s all it takes for the next type of [reverse] search warrant to come about.”

Former Tech CEO: Bombshell Facebook Report Proves Policies, Procedures ‘Just a Ruse to Dupe the Public’

Fox News reported:

Former tech CEO Vivek Ramaswamy blasted Facebook for setting up an elaborate “ruse to dupe the public” on the heels of a bombshell report that the tech giant claims everyone is treated equally but actually allows celebrities and other elite users to break the platform’s rules.

The Wall Street Journal reviewed documents that prove Facebook has privately “built a system that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules” using a program that was “initially intended as a quality-control measure” for actions taken against high-profile users. Ramaswamy, a biotech entrepreneur who has been an outspoken opponent of Big Tech censorship, feels the damning report shines a light on even larger issues.

L.A. County Plans to Require Proof of Vaccination at Indoor Bars, Nightclubs, Breweries, Wineries

Los Angeles Times reported:

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required at indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges in Los Angeles County under a forthcoming health order aimed at further armoring the region against the pandemic.

The mandate, which will be issued by Friday, will require patrons and employees to have at least one vaccine dose by Oct. 7 and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4, according to Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer.

$5,000 Fine for ‘Vaccine Passports’ in Florida Takes Effect Today

News4 JAX reported:

Florida will start issuing $5,000 fines Thursday to businesses, schools and government agencies that require people to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year that banned vaccine passports, and fines start Thursday if people are asked to show proof of a vaccine.

But there’s still no word on exactly how customers would go about reporting businesses that do ask for a vaccine passport, and it’s also unclear how the investigations would work.

France Suspends 3,000 Unvaccinated Health Workers Without Pay

The Guardian reported:

France has suspended 3,000 health workers without pay for refusing the COVID vaccine.

The health minister, Olivier Véran, said the staff had been notified in writing before the government-imposed deadline to have at least one dose.

Sep 15, 2021

Arizona First State to Sue Biden Over Vaccine Mandates + More

Arizona Becomes First State to Sue Biden Administration Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

CBS News reported:

Arizona’s attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday that seeks to invalidate President Biden’s latest COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and large companies, becoming the first state to mount a legal challenge to the administration’s newest rules.

In a 14-page complaint filed with a federal district court in Arizona, Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Mr. Biden’s new vaccine requirements unconstitutionally discriminate against U.S. citizens because undocumented immigrants apprehended by federal law enforcement are not subject to a federal vaccination requirement.

While the details of the policies are still being worked out and yet to be made public, the attorney general said they are an “egregious” violation of the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause.

Judges Temporarily Block Vaccine Mandates for NYC Teachers, NY Medical Workers

PIX11 reported:

Two court rulings on Tuesday could have big impacts on New York vaccine mandates.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Aug. 23 ordered New York City public school teachers and staff must get vaccinated for the new academic year.

The city’s mandate said the Department of Education employees had until Sept. 27 to get at least one dose of the vaccine.

New York Supreme Court Judge Laurence Love on Tuesday issued a restraining order against the mayor’s mandate, temporarily blocking the city from enforcing it. The ruling came after several municipal unions sued the city.

U.S. Travel Ban: Are Vaccine Passports the Reason for Stalling?

Forbes reported:

The use of vaccine/health passports for travel in the U.S. received two sources of support this week. One was in the form of a new bill heading to the House of Representatives (asking for all plane and train travelers in the U.S. to show proof of their COVID-19 health status) and the other was from Dr Fauci, declaring his support for banning unvaccinated Americans from flying.

Indeed, it has been reported that the White House is only considering reopening travel up to EU and U.K. travelers if people can show proof of vaccination.

Questions Linger on Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors

Government Executive reported:

Contracting experts have additional questions about the vaccine mandate for federal contractors ahead of the supplemental guidance expected to be released later this month.

President Biden issued an executive order on September 9 requiring federal contractors, as well as federal employees, to be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. The order outlines what should be implemented over the next month and how, but the Safer Federal Workforce Task Force will issue supplemental guidance by September 24 that will further explain the requirements and any exceptions.

Australians ‘Complacent’ to Rapid Growth in Digital Surveillance

Innovations AUS reported:

Saudi human rights activist and author Manal al-Sharif says Australians are complacent about the rapid growth in digital surveillance and the impact of tech and media monopolies on freedom of speech.

Speaking on an Electronic Frontiers Australia webinar, Ms al-Sharif discussed the dangers of “surveillance capitalism” and the weaponisation of social media, along with the growing electronic surveillance powers in Australia.

U.S. Citizens Are Disgruntled by Extent of State Surveillance at Home

Press TV reported:

The U.S. surveillance on its citizens is common knowledge yet the way the U.S. government goes about spying and how it uses its surveillance data against the ones it targets is controversial.

A poll carried out in mid August has found that more Americans were against the government’s intrusive surveillance programs than ever before.

The poll was conducted by the Associated Press NORC centre for public affairs research with over 1700 American adults participating.

According to the poll 46% of Americans say that they oppose the U.S. government responding to threats against the nation by reading emails sent between people outside of the US without a warrant.

U.N. Urges Moratorium on Use of AI That Imperils Human Rights

The Associated Press reported:

The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces.

Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, also said Wednesday that countries should expressly ban AI applications which don’t comply with international human rights law.

Applications that should be prohibited include government “social scoring” systems that judge people based on their behavior and certain AI-based tools that categorize people into clusters such as by ethnicity or gender.

AI-based technologies can be a force for good but they can also “have negative, even catastrophic, effects if they are used without sufficient regard to how they affect people’s human rights,” Bachelet said in a statement.

Thousands of State Workers Seek Exemptions to Washington Vaccine Mandate

King5 News reported:

Workers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 18, or lose their jobs unless they have either a medical or religious exemption.

More than 4,300 state workers are seeking an exemption to Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. That’s about 7% of the approximately 60,000 employees subject to the requirement.

The U.S. Makes Coronavirus Vaccinations Mandatory for New Immigrants

The New York Times reported:

Beginning Oct. 1, new immigrants to the United States must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said in a news release on Tuesday.

People seeking to become “lawful permanent residents” — or green card holders — have permission to live in the United States and eventually seek citizenship. Applicants for permanent residency must undergo a medical examination.

The new requirement for those seeking permanent U.S. residency is in line with President Biden’s new vaccine mandates for federal workers and contractors. The Pentagon has announced that active-duty military personnel also must be vaccinated.

California Sheriff Refuses to Enforce Vaccine Mandate, Says Government Lacks ‘Authority’

Fox News reported:

A California sheriff said he will not enforce any vaccine mandate on employees of his department, citing the government having “no authority to mandate your health choices.”

“Over the past couple of weeks, the idea of forced vaccination has caused much concern across the entire country,” Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said in a statement released Monday. “I will not enforce the vaccine mandate on Sheriff’s Department employees.”

“The government has no ability and no authority to mandate your health choices,” he said. “As your sheriff, I have an obligation to guard your liberty and freedom.”

Sep 14, 2021

Judge Blocks Medical Worker Vaccine Mandate in NY State + More

Judge Blocks Medical Worker Vaccine Mandate in NY State

The Associated Press reported:

A federal judge temporarily blocked the state of New York on Tuesday from forcing medical workers to be vaccinated after a group of healthcare workers sued, saying their Constitutional rights were violated because the state’s mandate disallowed religious exemptions.

Judge David Hurd in Utica issued the order after 17 health professionals, including doctors and nurses, claimed in a lawsuit Monday that their rights were violated with a vaccine mandate that disallowed the exemptions.

The judge gave New York state until Sept. 22 to respond to the lawsuit in federal court in Utica.

The state issued the order Aug. 28, requiring at least a first shot for health care workers at hospitals and nursing homes by Sept. 27.

Schools Will Need Vaccine Mandates for In-Person Classes to Last, Expert Says

CNN reported:

As COVID-19 cases surge among children, vaccine mandates in schools might become the only way to keep kids learning safely in classrooms, a pediatrician said.

“So far, we’ve not seen a lot of COVID vaccine mandates, even for the teenagers,” said pediatrician and vaccinologist Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

“It’s gonna have to happen if we’re going to get kids through the school year.”

Federal Appeals Court Denies IU Request to Dismiss COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Lawsuit

WTHR 13 reported:

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals denied Indiana University’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

IU argued that, since school has already begun and the students challenging its mandate had received exemptions or withdrawn from IU, they no longer had standing to bring the case.

“Today’s ruling allows this fight to continue for the Students and that they will have their constitutional claims decided on the merits” said James Bopp, Jr., of The Bopp Law Firm.

Bopp said the two students IU claimed withdrew from the university only deferred their attendance, pending the final outcome of the lawsuit.

Amazon Brings Palm-Swiping Tech to Red Rocks Concert Venue

The Associated Press reported:

Amazon says it is bringing its palm-recognition technology to the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver and it will be available at other venues in the coming months. It’s the first time the technology, called Amazon One, will be used outside some of Amazon’s stores, where shoppers can pay for groceries and snacks by swiping their palms.

Starting Tuesday, concertgoers at Red Rocks can sign up to connect their palm to a ticketing account by hovering their hand over a device. They only need to sign up once and then can use their palm to get into other shows and events at the venue. An Amazon account is not needed to use it.

Amazon signed a deal with entertainment company AEG to bring the technology to Red Rocks, which sells tickets on AEG’s ticketing site, AXS.

LAPD Employees File Federal Lawsuit, Challenging City’s COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

CBS Los Angeles reported:

A group of LAPD employees have filed a federal lawsuit, challenging the city’s COVID vaccine mandate.

“We are asking for two main things,” said Kevin Snider, chief council at the Pacific Justice Institute. “That those who had the coronavirus and have natural immunities be exempted from this ridiculous rule, and second is that people who have faith convictions against taking a vaccination need to have a meaningful process of more than 72 hours to submit their request for religious accommodations.”

The lawsuit was filed over the weekend in federal court by six Los Angeles Police Department workers, according to the Los Angeles Times. It claims that the mandate violates their constitutional rights to privacy and due process.

GOP Condemnation of Biden Coronavirus Mandate Fuels Concern Other Vaccine Requirements Could Be Targeted

The Washington Post reported:

Republicans’ sweeping denunciations of President Biden’s plan to force more people to get vaccinated against the coronavirus are raising concerns among public health experts that this heated criticism could help fuel a broader rejection of other vaccine requirements, including those put in place by schools and the military, as the issue of inoculations becomes increasingly political.

Over the weekend, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declared on Twitter that there should be “NO VACCINE MANDATES.”

More than a dozen other prominent Republicans in Congress and in the states have made similarly defiant statements in recent days, often using inflammatory rhetoric. In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster pledged to fight Biden and Democrats “to the gates of hell” on coronavirus vaccine mandates, while Rep. Elise Stefanik (N.Y.) condemned Biden’s recent mandate as “authoritarian” and the work of “a power hungry government.”

MTA Yanks $500K COVID Death Benefit From Unvaccinated Transit Workers

The City reported:

Struggling to get its workforce vaccinated, the MTA has pulled a $500,000 death benefit for any unvaccinated employees who succumb to COVID, THE CITY has learned.

The MTA this week will extend through the end of the year the lump-sum payment and three years of health insurance to the survivors of vaccinated workers who die from the virus, a senior official said.

But workers who opt out of getting their shots could relinquish the rights of their loved ones to secure the benefit should they die — unless they had a “valid documented exception” to vaccination, according to a notice sent to employees by Paul Fama, the MTA’s chief people officer.

Privacy Advocate Will Be New Big Tech Threat at FTC

Axios reported:

The Biden administration sent another warning to Big Tech on Monday in nominating longtime privacy advocate Alvaro Bedoya to the Federal Trade Commission.

Why it matters: Bedoya’s expertise on data collection and surveillance, combined with Biden’s pick to lead the FTC, tech antitrust legal scholar Lina Khan, signals aggressive action from both the consumer protection and antitrust arms of the agency.

Facebook Office Cleaner Who Led Protests at London Site Fears for His Job

The Guardian reported:

Facebook’s facilities management firm has demanded the removal of a union activist leading a campaign against “impossible workloads” imposed on exhausted cleaners at the US tech giant’s London offices.

Emails seen by the Observer show JLL @ Facebook, which manages the social media firm’s London sites, asked Churchill Group, which employs the cleaners, to remove the workers’ elected union rep, Guillermo Camacho, from Facebook’s offices after he helped organise protests against a doubling of cleaning duties in July.

“The number of floors we have to clean has gone up from five to 12 [at Facebook’s offices on Brock Street]. But they haven’t brought in more staff. It’s impossible – I was having to come before my shift and leave late to get it done,” said Camacho. “It’s making us all really stressed and sick. That’s why we had to protest.”