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California Doctor Sounds Alarm on Newsom’s Vaccine Mandate for School Kids: ‘Not Based on Clinical Evidence’
A California doctor sounded the alarm Monday on Governor Gavin Newsom’s new vaccine mandate targeting school-age children, saying his decision was “not based on clinical evidence” but fueled by politics.
“As a physician, the one thing that I’m taught, the one thing that we should all practice is evidence-based medicine, and the evidence-based decisions need to not just extend to the doctor-patient relationship, but also to policies that are made by politicians and public health boards.”
Newsom announced last week all children over 12 years old who are eligible must receive the vaccine in order to attend class. It will not allow a testing alternative.
Justice Sotomayor Denies Appeal From Teachers to Block NYC’s COVID Vaccine Mandate
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Friday denied an emergency appeal from a group of teachers to block New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for public school teachers and other staff from going into effect. The teachers had filed for the injunction with Sotomayor on Thursday, in an effort to keep the mandate from going into effect Friday.
Under the mandate rules, the roughly 148,000 school employees had until 5 p.m. Friday to get at least their first vaccine shot. Those who didn’t face suspension without pay when schools open on Monday.
Critics Slam Twitter Fact Check of Obituary Attributing Young Mother’s Death to Vaccine
“This obituary is ‘misleading,’” says Twitter. “For [on Twitter] we are not afraid to follow the truth wherever it may lead,” unless of course it contradicts what Dr. Fauci or the enlightened government and tech overlords say you must do for your healthcare,” Republican Texas Rep. Chip Roy tweeted in response to the fact-checked obituary.
The fact check came after an unverified Twitter account posted a link to the obituary, accompanied by the caption: “Seattle, WA — Jessica Berg Wilson, an ‘exceptionally healthy and vibrant 37-year-old young mother with no underlying health conditions,’ passed away from COVID Vaccine-Induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia. She did not want to get vaccinated.”
Facebook Whistleblower Revealed on ‘60 Minutes’ Says the Company Prioritized Profit Over Public Good
The identity of the Facebook whistleblower who released tens of thousands of pages of internal research and documents — leading to a firestorm for the social media company in recent weeks — was revealed on “60 Minutes” Sunday night as Frances Haugen.
The 37-year-old former Facebook product manager who worked on civic integrity issues at the company says the documents show that Facebook knows its platforms are used to spread hate, violence and misinformation, and that the company has tried to hide that evidence.
3 Swiss Guards Who Refused Vaccination Return to Switzerland
Three Vatican Swiss Guards who have refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 upon Holy See orders have voluntarily left the storied corps to return to Switzerland, a Swiss Guard official said Sunday.
Three other guardsmen are temporarily suspended from duty while they await vaccination, he said.
Internet Archive: Forget the Wayback Machine, There’s Now a Wayforward Machine, Too
Unlike its Wayback Machine, which is able to teleport users back in time to see how websites looked in the past, the Wayforward Machine predicts what sites will look like in 2046.
Providing a glimpse into the possible future of the World Wide Web, Internet Archive says its new initiative highlights several issues that could arise in the future, particularly concerning censorship, regulation and governmental interference.
COVID Vaccine Mandates: The Key Question Challenging United Airlines’ Policy
United Airlines (UAL) began firing some unvaccinated U.S.-based workers on Tuesday. However, the airline agreed to postpone plans to put another group of unvaccinated workers on mostly unpaid leave after they’d applied for medical or religious exemptions to its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.
Six of those exempted workers are challenging United’s policy in a federal lawsuit in Texas, which employment lawyers say is likely to turn on the nature of the alternatives that United offered to employees who sought exemptions.
The lawsuit, a purported class action that the plaintiffs estimate to include more than 2,000 workers, is being brought by two captains, a flight attendant, a customer service representative, a station operations representative, and an aircraft technician. The group seeks a preliminary injunction and a permanent injunction that would stop United from carrying out plans to place them on indefinite periods of paid or unpaid leave.
House Votes to Create Office for Medical Intelligence to Get Earlier Pandemic Warnings
The House Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to create a new office — and new authorities — to push U.S. intelligence agencies to provide earlier warnings about disease outbreaks and pandemics.
A provision that committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D.-Calif., inserted into the bipartisan annual intelligence authorization bill — which was voted out of committee in a classified session late Thursday afternoon and is likely to become law — would create authorities to counter foreign biological threats, a committee official said on the condition of anonymity.
The Latest: Fauci Addresses Vaccine Hesitancy
Fauci, who is President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, says getting the COVID-19 vaccine is no different in concept than receiving other vaccines such as for measles, which have been done for many years. He says a public health review found “very, very few, literally less than a handful” of established religions which actually oppose vaccinations.
Jithin Muhammed’s Short Film ‘Badar’ Discusses the Impact of Lockdown on Children’s Mental Health
‘The names are made up, but the problem is real.’ Jithin Muhammed’s short film, Badar, begins with this disclaimer. The first-time director talks about a subject that was widely discussed during lockdown — children’s mental health.
Badar, the titular character, is a young boy who lives with his parents in an apartment. Due to lockdown, he is forced to be indoors and his world now revolves around online classes and playing video games on the laptop and his father’s phone.