TRUMP SUES TWITTER - Former President Donald Trump is suing Twitter to force the social media company to reinstate his account before the midterm elections. [The Verge]
U.S. MURDERS JUMPED BY A RECORD 30% LAST YEAR - Killings in the United States jumped nearly 30 percent last year, according to FBI data released Monday that indicates a growing number of gun-related slayings during the pandemic. [WaPo]
CHINA NOT COMPLYING WITH FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S DEAL - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will announce Monday that China is not complying with the so-called phase one trade deal reached under former President Donald Trump’s administration. [CNBC]
UNVACCINATED NBA PLAYERS WILL NOT GET PAID - In a press release, the NBA stated that players who miss games because of their vaccination status would not be compensated. [CBS Sports]
NBA PLAYERS SPEAK ABOUT VACCINE MANDATES - Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, who already recovered from COVID, spoke out regarding vaccine mandates and the NBA in a press conference. Here is an excerpt from his viral speech:
“I am not anti-vax. I’m not anti-medicine. I’m not anti-science. I didn’t come to my current vaccination status by studying Black history or watching Donald Trump press conferences. I have nothing but the utmost respect for every healthcare worker and person in Orlando and all across the world that have worked tirelessly to keep us safe. My mom has worked in healthcare for a really long time. I thank God, I’m grateful that I live in a society where vaccines are possible and we can protect ourselves and have the means to protect ourselves in the first place.
But with that being said, it is my belief that the vaccine status of every person should be their own choice and completely up to them without bullying, without being pressured or without being forced into doing so. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m uncomfortable with taking the vaccine at this time. I think that we’re all different. We all come from different places. We’ve all had different experiences and hold dear to different beliefs. And what it is that you do with your body when it comes to putting medicine in there should be your choice, free of the ridicule and the opinion of others.”
NEW YORK GOVERNOR IS MANUFACTURING A HEALTHCARE SHORTAGE
The mandate: Governor Hochul mandated the jab for all New York healthcare workers.
The result: 72,000 healthcare workers are still not fully jabbed and may be fired by Gov. Hochul. Last Tuesday, New York hospitals began to fire and suspend staff who refused the vaccine.
Her solution: Gov. Hochul is considering employing the National Guard and bringing in out-of-state medical workers to fill a healthcare shortage that she has manufactured.
Risks: Creating a healthcare shortage means that many can be denied proper treatment. Countless lives may be lost.
No exemptions: Gov. Hochul has boldly claimed that there is no rational exemption for the jab. She believes that religious exemptions, in particular, are not legitimate. [Reuters]
NO UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS FOR PURGED UNVACCINATED - According to an analysis from Forbes, those fired for refusing the experimental vaccine will probably not be eligible for unemployment. [Forbes]
SENATE WANTS TO MANDATE VACCINES FOR AIR TRAVEL - Air travelers flying domestically within the United States may soon be required to prove that they are not infected with Covid-19 before boarding a flight if a bill proposed in the U.S. Senate passes. [Forbes]
CA MANDATING VAX FOR ALL STUDENTS - Gavin Newsom is mandating the COVID-19 vaccine for all students over the age of 12 in the state to return to schools. CA is the first state to enforce such mandates. [NY Times]
MERCK PILL - If approved by regulators, the “Merck pill” will be the 1st antiviral oral pill designed to “halve the chances of dying or being hospitalized for those most at risk of contracting severe COVID-19, according to data that experts hailed as a potential breakthrough in how the virus is treated.”
The US will be buying 1.7M courses of the drug at $700 each, one of the highest prices for any drug ever. Merck will make around $1.2 billion from the initial purchase. [Quartz]
“HUMAN ERROR” TO BLAME FOR CONTAMINATED VACCINES - Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical company said “human error” is to blame for the stainless steel contaminants found in 39 vials of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine. [Reuters]
ARKANSAS LAWMAKERS ADVANCE ANTIBODY EXEMPTION - Arkansas lawmakers created and advanced a bill that would allow employees to opt-out of their employer’s vaccine mandate if they can prove they have antibodies or agree to be tested weekly. [AP]
UNITED AIRLINES FIRES 593 UNVACCINATED EMPLOYEES - The airline now faces two lawsuits over this. [CNBC]
ITALY TO MANDATE VACCINE FOR EMPLOYMENT - If you want to be employed in Italy, you must show proof of vaccination or face suspension, according to new regulations. [NPR]
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THE RULING CLASS
YOUTUBE CONTINUES TO SUPPRESS FREE SPEECH, TARGETS ANTI-VACCINE CONTENT - YouTube will block all anti-vaccine content. Its prior guidelines banned false information. According to the new guidelines, any anti-vaccine content will be removed, despite its veracity. [Reuters]
BORDER PATROL WHIPPING HOAX, STILL NO FACT CHECK - Last week’s border patrol whipping hoax remains on Twitter and Instagram without any third-party fact checks. [Fox]
GOV. GAVIN NEWSOM MAKES MAIL-IN BALLOTS PERMANENT - The governor's press release marked the accomplishment as a triumph for election integrity. [Newsom]
GOV. HACHUL AND THE VACCINE FROM GOD - In efforts to promote vaccination, the governor stated that the vaccine was from God and that she needed the people to be her Apostles. [AP]
MEDICAL JOURNAL APOLOGIZES FOR WOKE TERMS - The Lancet, a leading medical journal, has apologized for referring to women as “bodies with vaginas.” [Washington Times]
FACEBOOK KNEW INSTAGRAM WAS BAD FOR KIDS, PUSHED TO DEVELOP IT ANYWAYS - U.S. senators on Thursday grilled Facebook Inc (FB.O) on its plans to better protect young users on its apps, drawing on leaked internal research that showed the social media giant was aware of how it's Instagram app harmed the mental health of teens. [Reuters]