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27 Fully-Vaccinated People Aboard Carnival Cruise Test Positive for CCP Virus

The Carnival Panorama cruise ship sits docked in Long Beach, Calif., on April 16, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters)
FILE PHOTO: The Carnival Panorama cruise ship sits docked, empty of passengers, as the global outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Long Beach, California, U.S., April 16, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Officials noted that 99.98 percent of the crew has been vaccinated, along with more than 96 percent of the passengers.

Everyone who tested positive was vaccinated and most of them are “asymptomatic” or are experiencing “very mild symptoms.”

The ship’s infected crew members are now in isolation and additional protocols have been implemented, including mask-wearing and the use of N95 masks for the crew, along with closures of employee social areas.

All the guests aboard the cruise are required to undergo rapid testing and it has to show negative prior to leaving the ship at the next port, even if they are vaccinated, officials said.


Judge Rejects Attempt to Immediately Block CDC’s Latest Eviction Moratorium

REUTERS/Tami Chappell
REUTERS/Tami Chappell

That viewing of the ban enables the judge to block it, but she said she’s prevented from doing so by previous orders from other courts, including the nation’s top one.

The National Association of Realtors, which is one of the plaintiffs, told The Epoch Times in an email that plaintiffs are planning an appeal to the D.C. Circuit Court and, if necessary, the Supreme Court.

“We are confident in our position that this unlawful eviction ban will soon come to an end. Federal and state governments should be focusing all energy on the swift distribution of nearly $50 billion in rental assistance available for struggling tenants,” a spokesperson said via email.

DC’s Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling lockdown lifted after suspect detained

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

A Washington, D.C., military base was placed on lockdown Friday afternoon after reports of an armed man with dreadlocks being spotted near a barracks.

The lockdown was lifted at around 3 p.m. after the individual was detained, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling said in a Facebook post.

“Authorities have responded to the scene, and the threat of an armed individual on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling has been cleared,” the post reads. “The individual was detained and will be transferred to Metropolitan Police Department custody.”

In an earlier post, officials ordered the lockdown and warned personnel to run, hide or, as a last resort, fight.

Genetically modified animals: scientific revolution or crime against nature? | 60 Minutes Australia

We’re in an age of wonders and awesome scientific revolution.

Any day now we’ll be eating super salmon, the first genetically modified creatures approved for human consumption, while modified plants are already on the menu.

It doesn’t end there – scientists can now reengineer our lives in ways you never thought possible.

Most controversially of all, they have the power to create designer animals with organs specifically for human transplants.

Prepare to be amazed and maybe just a little bit afraid.

Delta Variant “Not a Game Changer,” says Dr. Martin Kulldorf | CLIP | American Thought Leaders

Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Martin Kulldorf says that the Delta Variant of COVID-19 is not something to be worried about, saying that while cases are going up, deaths are continuing to go down because of vaccinations and natural immunity.

He says that lockdowns are not the answer and in fact may cause more collateral damage.

BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Doctor in Sarasota Hospital Witnesses a 50-Year-Old Man Being ‘COVID Killed’ by Hospital Personnel – Doctor Restrained When He Advocates for Patient (VIDEO)

A doctor from Florida reported on his recent experience in the hospital. Dr. Stephen Guffanti was entered into Sarasota Memorial Hospital in early August.

During his stay, he was roomed with another individual who had COVID. The other individual required antibiotics for pneumonia he contracted but the hospital refused to order him the badly needed drugs.

The doctor offered to represent the 50-year-old patient but the hospital continued to not address the man’s pneumonia. When the doctor offered to help the man, the hospital put the doctor in restraints until they decided how to deal with him.

This unbelievable story appears to be an effort by those in power to COVID-Kill the middle-aged man by not providing to him the anti-biotics needed to kill pneumonia.

NJ inmate freed early due to COVID is charged with murder 2 days later

Jerry Crawford, 25, was serving time for burglary when he was let out on "public health emergency credits" to parole supervision on Nov. 4. (Cumberland County Jail)
Jerry Crawford, 25, was serving time for burglary when he was let out on “public health emergency credits” to parole supervision on Nov. 4. (Cumberland County Jail)

Jerry Crawford, 25, was serving time for burglary when he was let out on “public health emergency credits” to parole supervision on Nov. 4, prison officials confirmed to NJ.com Wednesday.

He has since been charged with the murder of Davion Scarbrough, 18, who was gunned down in Bridgeton on Nov. 6 — just two days after Crawford got out of South Woods State Prison, the outlet said.

He was charged alongside Yusuf Waites — who had also just gotten out of custody less than a month before the shooting.

The pair were allegedly caught on surveillance video with Scarbrough shortly before his body was found riddled with multiple bullets less than half a mile from the prison from which Crawford had been released, NJ.com reported, citing court documents.

Number of migrant family encounters at border surges by 49% in July, few are expelled

There were 82,966 encounters of individuals coming as part of a family unit in July, up from 55,839 in June. It means that so far there have been 328,121 family unit encounters so far this fiscal year.

For comparison there were just 7,296 migrant family encounters in January.

It’s part of an overall 212,672 encounters in July, a 13% increase over June and considerably higher than the 78,417 encountered in January and the 40,929 encounters in July 2020.However, Mayorkas has admitted the situation is grim, calling the border situation “one of the toughest challenges we face.”

Mainstream news networks ABC, CBS, NBC ignore worsening border crisis

 (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Mainstream news networks ABC, CBS and NBC chose to ignore the worsening crisis at the southern U.S. border following Thursday’s release of July’s data on the number of migrants encountered attempting to cross into the country from Mexico. 

According to Grabien transcripts, and first reported by NewsBusters, the liberal networks made no mention of the 212,672 migrant encounters announced by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in their Thursday night or Friday morning programs. Instead, they chose to focus on other topics, including Britney Spears, urban real estate prices, and baseball. 

Since taking office, the Biden administration has presided over consecutive month-to-month increases in border encounters, which began rising in April 2020. 

ICE official who resigned slams Mayorkas: Border policies will get Americans killed

Thomas Feeley, a former ICE official in Buffalo, reacts to DHS Secretary Mayorkas’ announcement that July border encounters exceeded 200,000.

ACLU sues California town for RV ban they claim is ‘inhumane’ to homeless

Attorneys Bob Bianchi and Sarah Gounder discuss whether the organization has a case on ‘Fox News @ Night’

20 Organizations Write Letter ‘Demanding’ YouTube to Ban ‘Misgendering,’ ‘Deadnaming’

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has partnered with 19 other organizations including Free Press (ironic isn’t it), Equality Federation and the Gender Equity Policy Institute to call on YouTube to “ban targeted deadnaming and misgendering of trans people” — otherwise known as yet another targeted attack on our constitutional rights. 

Thanks to Big Tech platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, people think that censoring others is a perfectly normal thing despite the absurd biases that are present. 

The letter from the 20 organizations was addressed to Susan Wojcicki the CEO of YouTube and opens by demonizing those who believe in biology. 

The organizations then “demand” that the platform create a “safer place” for transgender individuals and specifically mention Ben Shapiro and Matt Walsh, whom they claim “demean trans people” for addressing them by their biological sex.

Tucker calls out Big Tech over COVID censorship

Tucker Carlson Tonight’ host discusses Big Tech censorship over distribution of information.

Glenn Greenwald Joins Tucker to Discuss His Move to Rumble & Growing Online Censorship

On Thursday night, the Fox News Host began his prime-time program with a discussion of YouTube’s suspension from its platform of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for his warnings that cloth masks do little to protect against COVID, and then spoke with me about the dangers of rising Big Tech censorship and the central importance of this platform to fight against it.

Welcome to Glenn Greenwald’s “SYSTEM UPDATE”

Enjoy the short description of why we moved to Rumble, why we regard the few remaining free speech platforms as so vital, and what we intend to do here.

Our first real video will be up very shortly.

Online Censorship and The Washington Post’s Propaganda Tactics

In our debut video, I explain why I think free speech platforms like Rumble are so vital to support; outline how I intend to use this new platform to strengthen our journalism; and dissect the Washington Post’s article this morning on our move to Rumble as a case study to show how corporate media outlets so commonly deceive and mislead.

GROWING! Free Speech-Oriented Rumble Welcomes Gabbard, Greenwald, Other Thought Leaders

Rumble announced that “eight nationally recognized thought leaders” would be joining its platform: former congresswoman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard, journalist Glenn Greenwald, podcast host and commentator Bridget Phetasy, independent video creator Matt Orfalea, former Washington Examiner reporter Siraj Hashmi, writer and podcaster Mujahed Kobbe, writer Shant Mesrobian and writer Zaid Jilani.

“These prominent new voices add to Rumble’s deep pool of content talent and further enhance the platform’s breadth and depth of offerings to our viewers,” the company wrote in a press release about the additions.

The new free speech-oriented video-sharing platform said it has experienced massive growth in recent months. “In just the past year, Rumble has experienced over a 25-fold increase in viewership – with no indication of slowing,” the platform said.

Rumble’s primary audience has been users considered right wing, but the platform’s welcoming of a broader diversity of voices could bring even more growth.


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Politics:

Andrew Cuomo, Gavin Newsom and Ron DeSantis: Three Governors in the Spotlight

It has been an interesting week for some of America’s most high profile governors. Andrew Cuomo of New York finally succumbed to political pressure – including from the White House – and on Tuesday, he announced his resignation.

After a fourteen-day transition period, New York’s lieutenant governor Kathy Hochul will take over, becoming the first woman in history to hold the state’s top office.

In California, Governor Gavin Newsom now faces a September 14 recall, and his challengers may be gaining steam.
In Florida, Governor Ron DeSantis is pushing against local school districts that wish to impose mask mandates on students and teachers.

That has put him in the crosshairs of the Biden administration, but may also be bolstering his presidential ambitions, at least among some Republican primary voters.

Bill O’Reilly: The ONE way to destroy Biden is a border policy LAWSUIT

Bill O’Reilly says there’s ONE way to ‘cripple’ President Biden, and it’s a simple solution:

Republican governors must band together in a lawsuit — against Joe Biden himself — that argues he is failing to uphold border laws in the south.

Even if they lose, O’Reilly explains, then the whole world will know how bad his decision have been regarding border safety…

Team Biden Blaming Donald Trump for Taliban Takeover of Afghanistan

“The withdrawal deadline negotiated by the previous administration kind of set that timeline,” she said.

Biden first chose to extend the deadline for troop withdrawals to September 11, but in July he moved up the timeline to August 31.

Biden also insisted in July that the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan was “not inevitable” in an exchange with reporters.

When asked why he was confident, Biden signaled optimism regarding the strength of the Afghanistan army.

The former deputy national security adviser discusses Biden’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the larger foreign policy ramifications.

“The Afghan troops have 300,000 — as well-equipped as any army in the world — and an air force against something like 75,000 Taliban,” he said. “It is not inevitable.”

Trump himself criticized Biden’s handling of the withdrawal in Afghanistan in a statement on Thursday.

‘Desperate’ situation erupts around US embassy to Afhanistan

The former deputy national security adviser discusses Biden’s troop withdrawal from Afghanistan and the larger foreign policy ramifications.

World News:

Police fire tear gas at Thai protesters

Thai police clashed with demonstrators on Friday after hundreds defied a ban on gatherings to rally in central Bangkok, where they attempted to march on the prime minister’s residence to demand his resignation over the country’s coronavirus crisis.

Lebanon grinds to a halt as fuel crisis deepens

Lebanon’s worsening fuel crisis has reached a painful crunch point, with bakeries, businesses and hospitals either scaling back operations or shutting down completely, making life even harder for Lebanese already enduring a financial meltdown. Maha Albadrawi reports.

Meteor shower lights up Spain’s Gran Canaria Island

Bright lights streaked across the sky on Friday (August 13) as the Perseid meteor shower was filmed from Spain’s Canary Islands.

UK mass shooter was a virgin ‘incel’ who warned he was ‘a Terminator’

Forensic officers walk in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth, England on Friday, where six people were killed in a shooting incident. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)
Forensic officers walk in Biddick Drive in the Keyham area of Plymouth, England on Friday, where six people were killed in a shooting incident. (Ben Birchall/PA via AP)

The crazed killer who gunned down five people, including a young girl, in the U.K.’s deadliest mass shooting in more than a decade said he was an American-born, virgin “incel” — and compared himself to “The Terminator,” according to reports.

Jake Davison, a 22-year-old apparent fan of the New York Giants football team, was identified Friday as the gun-obsessed man behind Thursday’s bloodbath in Plymouth that a local MP decried as “unspeakably awful.”

He is believed to have first shot dead his mother at their family home, before running out and killing a 5-year-old girl, her dad and two others before turning the gun on himself, according to officials.

His slaughter was the worst mass shooting in the U.K. since 2010, when taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people and injured 11 others before committing suicide in Copeland, Cumbria.

Davidson, meanwhile, is believed to have used a pump-action shotgun that he was licensed to own, police said.

Forensics scour scene of shooting in England

Forensics officers on Friday scoured the scene of a mass shooting in the city of Plymouth in southwest England which saw six people killed, including a child.

Turkey-Iran to bolster regional cooperation; Israel calls on Arabs to decide – TV7 Israel News 13.08

1) Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid stresses that the new Iranian government has made it easier for Jerusalem to explain the threats which emanate from the Islamic Republic and its murderous regime.

2) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he believes that Turkey-Iran relations and regional cooperation will grow stronger during the presidency of Ibrahim Raisi.

3) Greece emphasized that the European Union is not in a position to deal with a repeat of the migration crisis of 2015 and must work to prevent people from fleeing the Afghan conflict zone from illegally infiltrating Europe.

‘All the momentum’ with the Taliban as it seeks to seize power in Afghanistan

ASPI’s Director of Defence Michael Shoebridge says “all the momentum” is with the Taliban as it seeks to seize power in Afghanistan.

Discussing the withdrawal of allied troops from Afghanistan, Mr Shoebridge told Sky News host Peta Credlin it was the right thing to do “in the bigger strategic picture”.

“To really shift focus onto the systemic challenge of China,” he said.

“That’s the right move in the big strategic picture, but frankly no one wants to see a human tragedy in Afghanistan with the brutal Taliban regime.

“There is a path here, but it’s going to take a different decision out of Washington at this point, and use the Trump Biden withdrawal to reset the agenda.”

Katie Hopkins: WATCH. You can’t travel. but this lot can. Filmed Thurs 12 Aug.

Katie Hopkins: Do you think they’ve done a £80 PCR test? Do you reckon they’ve paid through the one for Day 2 and Day 8 testing?

Commentary/Opinion:

Captain Kirk Debates Safety and Space Travel

Star Trek gave us a glimpse of what might be possible in the future. Now our technology is catching up to Star Trek.

But would we be able to fly the Enterprise today?

Probably not — we have so many regulations that the Enterprise wouldn’t get off the ground.

William Shatner sits down to debate.

Women in Islam Part 3

Al Fadi and I continue our discussion about women in Islam. We find that in Islam women are deficient in intelligence and religion.

It is odd that most of those in Hell will be women because they are ungrateful and complain.

But because of the dualistic nature of Islamic doctrine, the Koran also praises women as mothers and says they are equal to men on Judgment Day.

However, overall, more than half of the Koran verses put men in control over women.