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To Protect Fauci, The Washington Post is Preparing a Hit Piece on the Group Denouncing Gruesome Dog Experimentations

Footage from “Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation,” May 17 2018, reported by Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Woodhouse for The Intercept
Footage from “Inside the Barbaric U.S. Industry of Dog Experimentation,” May 17 2018, reported by Glenn Greenwald and Leighton Woodhouse for The Intercept

Now everything has changed.

The government official who oversees the agencies conducting most of these gruesome experiments has become a liberal icon and one of the most sacred and protected figures in modern American political history: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and President Biden’s Chief Medical Advisor.

Many of the most horrific experiments, including the ones on dogs and puppies now in the news as a result of White Coat’s activism, are conducted by agencies under Fauci’s command and are funded by budgets he controls.

In other words, White Coat’s activism, which had long generated bipartisan support and favorable media coverage, now reflects poorly on Dr. Fauci.

And as a result, The Washington Post has decided to amass a team of reporters to attack the group — the same one the paper repeatedly praised prior to the COVID pandemic — in order to falsely smear it as a right-wing extremist group motivated not by a genuine concern for the welfare of animals or wasteful government spending, but rather due to a partisan desire, based in MAGA ideology, to attack Fauci.

Returning ISS Crew Might Have to Hold It In After SpaceX Crew Dragon Toilet Issue

NASA
NASA

Crew-2 astronauts returning from the International Space Station (ISS) will have to make do without a toilet after a possible urine leak issue was discovered in SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule.

The issue was first discovered during the Inspiration4 mission in September while the Crew Dragon capsule was orbiting the Earth, according to Forbes.

SpaceX has redesigned the toilet to fix the issue, but the problem was only discovered after the Crew-2 mission to the ISS was already underway, so that mission’s capsule will have to wait until it returns to Earth to be repaired.

DEA agent charged in Capitol riot claims FBI informant urged him on

Mark Ibrahim, an Army veteran who was fired from the DEA over his participation in the events of January 6, spoke out in Tuesday’s episode of Fox News host Tucker Carlson’s series on the fallout from the riot.

Ibrahim made the explosive claim that he was invited to attend Donald Trump’s ‘Stop The Steal’ rally by an FBI informant he knew from his military service, who subsequently urged him to join the mob breaking into the Capitol, which he refused.

Ibrahim is charged with making false statements to federal agents, entering restricted grounds with a firearm, injuring or climbing on a statue, and carrying a firearm on Capitol grounds.

The episode also features interviews with two women whose actions on January 6 generated public controversy, though neither has been criminally charged.

Facebook to shut down face-recognition system, delete faceprint data

(Photo credit KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo credit KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

“This change will represent one of the largest shifts in facial recognition usage in the technology’s history,” said a blog post Tuesday from Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence for Facebook’s new parent company, Meta. “Its removal will result in the deletion of more than a billion people’s individual facial recognition templates.”

He said the company was trying to weigh the positive use cases for the technology “against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.”

Researchers and privacy activists have spent years raising questions about the technology, citing studies that found it worked unevenly across boundaries of race, gender or age.

Concerns also have grown because of increasing awareness of the Chinese government’s extensive video surveillance system, especially as it’s been employed in a region home to one of China’s largely Muslim ethnic minority populations.

Spokane father accused of killing daughter’s alleged sex trafficker

19-year-old Andrew Sorenson
19-year-old Andrew Sorenson 

John Eisenman, 60, was recently arrested for killing 19-year-old Andrew Sorenson in the fall of 2020. Court documents show Eisenman admitted to the murder in a recent interview with police.

A release from Spokane Police said Sorenson allegedly sold Eisenman’s daughter to a sex-trafficking organization in Seattle last year. 

Eisenman and his fiancee rescued her and brought her back to Spokane in 2020. 

In November, Eisenman reportedly learned Sorenson was going to be in Airway Heights. Court documents state Eisenman admitted to confronting the 19-year-old, abducting him, tying him up and putting him in the trunk of his fiancee’s car. 

Police said Eisenman then hit Sorenson in the head with a cinder block and stabbed him to death. 

Robbers Disguised as Trick-Or-Treaters Pull Gun, Attempt to Invade Brooklyn Home: NYPD

A male and a female wearing Halloween costumes and masks knocked on the door of the 37-year-old victim’s house and said "Trick-or-Treat," according to police. (NYPD)
A male and a female wearing Halloween costumes and masks knocked on the door of the 37-year-old victim’s house and said “Trick-or-Treat,” according to police. (NYPD)

Two people in Brooklyn dressed in costumes on Halloween night knocked on a door and asked for some candy — only for one of them to pull out a gun in an attempt to rob the homeowners, police said.

They knocked on the door acting as trick-or-treaters, and the 37-year-old father who answered the door gave them candy, the NYPD said.

Immediately after, the man dressed in costume pulled out a handgun and tried to force his way into the home, according to police. The woman who was with him walked back down the stairs and ran toward Nostrand Avenue, as another man showed up and tried to push his way inside as well.

The father who was holding them at bay was punched in the face repeatedly, police said, but was able to push both men out the door, locking them outside, police said.

Perris Woman Arrested Nine Months After Infant’s Body Found in Trash

A 31-year-old woman, Brittany Peevehouse,
A 31-year-old woman, Brittany Peevehouse,

A 31-year-old woman was arrested in Perris Monday after detectives spent months trying to find the parents of an infant found dead in a trashcan in January.

An autopsy was performed and it was determined that the baby was alive at birth, and not a stillbirth, officials said.

Nine months later, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department announced Monday that the parents of the baby had been found.

Brittany Peevyhouse, 31, was arrested on suspicion of murder in the infant’s death.

Florida man faces daily fines for massive ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ sign and pro-Trump sign: ‘That’s free speech’

“I’m here on the beach, and I got a lot of traffic, and people needed to see what I believe in,” homeowner Marvin Peavy, of Seagrove Beach, told WMBB. “That’s free speech, and I wanted everyone to know that I’m a Republican and I’m supporting Donald Trump.”

The flags are almost three stories tall and have red backgrounds with white lettering. One reads, “Trump Won,” and the other says, “Let’s Go Brandon.”

A South Walton community code enforcement hearing was held last month and found that the “Trump Won” banner violates the county’s land development code. Walton County Code Compliance official Michael Lynch told WMBB the land-use code preserves the visual aesthetics of the beach community along Florida’s panhandle. 

Peavy is being fined $50 a day, which he said violates his right to free speech. 

26 Migrants Found Packed in Work Van near Border in Arizona

Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers carried out a traffic stop on a commercial work van with tinted windows traveling on Interstate 10 near Wilcox, Arizona.

Wilcox Station Border Patrol agents responded to a request for assistance when the trooper found 26 migrants packed inside the van, according to a tweet from Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Sabri Dikman.

Agents conducted an immigration interview and identified the 26 migrants as being illegally present in the United States, the chief stated.

One day earlier, Dikman tweeted photographs of another incident where 12 people were packed into a sedan designed to carry five passengers. The Sonita Station agents stopped the sedan near Nogales, Arizona.

Record Number of Migrants Looking for Asylum in Mexico

 (ISAAC GUZMAN/AFP via Getty Images
 (ISAAC GUZMAN/AFP via Getty Images

In just the last 10 months, 108,195 migrants from outside the country have sought asylum in Mexico, Andres Ramirez, director of the country’s refugee office said. The figure represents a 73% increase from the same period in 2019, which recorded the previous record high.

Reuters reported that many Haitians do not meet the qualifications to gain refuge in Mexico since they left home years ago for economic reasons. Many are headed to the U.S. as a result of poor economic conditions in their new counties, Ramirez told the outlet.

“They’re not really refugees, they don’t even want to be refugees,” Ramirez said. “The majority want to get to the United States.”

The U.S. has registered record levels of migration this year, the outlet reported. It noted Customs and Border Protection agents have apprehended or expelled more than 1.7 million migrants over the last 12 months.

60K Migrants Released into U.S. in October

Breitbart Texas/Randy Clark
Breitbart Texas/Randy Clark

A source within Customs and Border Protection says more than 60,000 migrants who crossed the southwest border in October 2021 were released into the United States. 

The source says the number of migrants released into the United States is startling compared to October 2020, when 90 percent of all apprehension ended in quick removals.

According to CBP, during October 2020, the Border Patrol apprehended 69,032 migrants at the southwest border and more than 62,000 were swiftly returned to Mexico.

This October, the source says more than 158,000 migrants were apprehended by the Border Patrol.

Worker Rebellion Swells Over Vaccine Mandates

(ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)
(ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

The union district has hired a Texas-based lawyer to assist employees and prepare potential lawsuits against the companies should requests for medical or religious exemptions to vaccination be denied.

A life-long Democrat, Beard said he would no longer vote for the party. “They’ll never get another vote from me and I’m telling the workers here the same thing.”

Opposition to the mandate could potentially lead to thousands of U.S. workers losing their jobs and imperil an already sluggish economic recovery, union leaders, workers, and company executives said.

More legal clashes are likely over how companies decide requests for vaccination exemptions.

De Blasio: 12,000 NYC Workers Seeking Vaccine Exemptions Will Likely Be Denied

AP Photo/Jeenah Moon
AP Photo/Jeenah Moon

New York’s vaccine mandate for city workers went into effect Friday at 5:00 p.m., which stood as the deadline for employees to submit proof of receiving at least one vaccine dose. On Monday, the city began placing workers who refused on unpaid leave.

About 9,000 employees have been placed on unpaid leave, but an even greater number, 12,000, are seeking either religious or medical exemptions. However, de Blasio warned on Monday that it is unlikely the bulk of workers will see their requests granted.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, he said the city must go through the requests “carefully and meticulously” and predicted it will play out over the coming days.When asked if the workers will see their requests granted, de Blasio suggested it will not turn out in their favor.

Thousands of New York City Firefighters Called in Sick with de Blasio’s Vaccine Mandate Underway

Getty
Getty

On Monday, about 2,300 New York City firefighters called out sick — a significant portion of the 11,000 uniformed workers the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) employs.

While claiming to have love and respect for the first responders — the same first responders he has placed an coercive ultimatum on — de Blasio railed against the workers who called out.

“We have every reason to believe we have a lot of people out there claiming they are sick when they are not,” de Blasio said, calling it “unacceptable” and adding that the city will not tolerate it.

“In the end when people do this kind of thing there are consequences,” he said before continuing to lecture first responders who are standing up to his edicts.

Politics:

Mollie Hemmingway predicts ‘monstrous’ red wave in 2022 midterms

‘The Federalist’ senior editor Mollie Hemmingway argues that the tight race for governor in Virginia is an ‘indictment’ of the Biden agenda.

Reporter Confronts Biden Over Slogan “America Is Back”

During a press conference, a reporter asked President Joe Biden about recent poll numbers and the Virginia governor’s race.

DOJ misses deadline to provide Senate info on basis for school board memo

The senators said they specifically chose Nov. 1 as the deadline because it was exactly five days after the hearing. 

“Because you were able to distill your evidence and craft a memo that fixed the gaze of the FBI directly on concerned parents across this country in just four days, you should be able to share that evidence with us in the same period of time,”  the letter said.

The request was signed by Sens. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Mike Lee, R-Utah, Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Thom Tillis, R-N.C., Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and John Kennedy, R-La.,

Military Boondoggles

Military contractor Transdigm gouged taxpayers $1,443 for a small part that cost $32 to make. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rightly asked Transdigm’s CEO at a congressional hearing, “Why should we give you another dime?”

“It seems to me the government always has the choice of what to buy and what not to buy from us,” the CEO responded.

That’s true. The problem is that the bureaucrats who make spending decisions rarely care about cost. It’s not their money.

“This is a lot of money to you or to me, but to an organization with a budget of $750 billion a year, this is nothing,” Eric Gomez of the Cato Institute tells me.

Biden administration announces plan to tighten regs on oil, gas sector, undo Trump rollbacks

EPA Administrator Michael Regan said the new rule, established under the Clean Air Act, would be stricter than an Obama-era standard set in 2016.

The Democrat-controlled Congress reinstated the Obama standard last summer in a rare effort to use the legislative branch to overturn a regulatory rollback under President Trump.

Regan also said the new rule will advance U.S. climate goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, the wire service also reports.

World News:

Yahoo Pulls Out of China Over ‘Increasingly Challenging’ Environment

(Michael Probst/AP Photo)
(Michael Probst/AP Photo)

Yahoo made the decision “[i]n recognition of the increasingly challenging business and legal environment in China,” a company spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email on Tuesday, adding that “Yahoo remains committed to the rights of our users and a free and open internet.”

The withdrawal followed that of Microsoft’s social networking platform LinkedIn, which exited the Chinese market just a little over two weeks ago, citing “a significantly more challenging operating environment and greater compliance requirements in China.”

The timing of Yahoo’s pullout also coincided with Beijing’s implementation of a data security law, which stipulates how companies operating in China handle personal data and lays out rules on how such

Four more UK energy suppliers go bust amid high gas prices

Another four energy suppliers have gone bust in a single day as historic gas market highs continue to rip through the UK’s energy market amid fresh fears that Russia may curb gas supplies to Europe.

The energy regulator, Ofgem, said the collapse of four small energy suppliers on Tuesday would leave about 24,000 households in need of a new supplier, and bring the total number of bust energy companies to 17 since the start of September, affecting more than 2 million households.

Scores more energy suppliers are expected to collapse in the months ahead as gas markets remain at near-record highs, and suppliers are forced to shoulder the higher costs without raising their tariffs above the regulator’s energy price cap.

Gas flows from Russia’s state-owned gas giant Gazprom, which supplies about a third of Europe’s gas, dropped significantly over the weekend and on Tuesday the company declined to offer extra gas supplies to Europe from January, when demand is often at its highest for the winter.

COP26: Should there be limits on meat eating? And more questions

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GETTY IMAGES

BBC News Reality Check correspondent Chris Morris and environment correspondent Matt McGrath answer some of your questions.

Would enforcing quotas for meat consumption and flight travels be efficient and feasible? Anonymous, Geneva

Chris Morris writes:

Meat eating (especially beef) and travelling by air both have a sizeable environmental impact.

Eating one or two hamburgers a week for a year creates the same amount of greenhouse gases as heating a UK home for 95 days.

And a return economy flight from London to New York emits about 0.67 tonnes of CO2. That’s 11% of the average annual emissions for someone in the UK. Using taxation to make certain things more expensive would probably be a more realistic solution than trying to enforce quotas.

Tension rise in Jerusalem over state budget; Iran lobbies Europe vs U.S. – TV7 Israel News 02.11.21

1) Tensions are rapidly rising in Israel as by the end of this week Jerusalem’s political stability is put to the test ahead of a looming deadline for a state budget.

2) Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announces Israel’s 100-step plan to cut Israel’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050.

3) Iran claims parties to the 2015 nuclear deal are helping Tehran gain assurances vis-à-vis Washington’s intentions regarding the benefits that will emerge from a revival of the diplomatic track in Vienna.

Soldiers Rescue Kidnapping Victim, Kill 6 Cartel Gunmen in Mexican Border City

Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles
Breitbart Texas / Cartel Chronicles

The shootout took place last week when a convoy of Mexican soldiers patrolling the city spotted CDN-Los Zetas gunmen in the Anahuac neighborhood.

According to military sources consulted by Breitbart Texas, the troops fought off the attack, killing six gunmen riding in a Ford F-150. Five of the six wore vests with the CDN-Los Zetas logo.

Authorities rescued 34-year-old Pedro Gomez Vasquez who was tied up on the floor of the vehicle. The victim sustained injuries and authorities rushed him to a hospital.

Gomez Vasquez told authorities he was kidnapped when leaving his workplace near International Bridge 2.

China Urges Families to Keep Stocks of Daily Necessities Ahead of Winter

A woman browses through vegetables at a neighbourhood market in Beijing on Nov. 2, 2021. (JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman browses through vegetables at a neighbourhood market in Beijing on Nov. 2, 2021. (JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images)

The commerce ministry directive late on Monday stirred some concern on domestic social media that it may have been triggered by heightened tensions with Taiwan, while some said people were rushing to stock up on rice, cooking oil, and salt.

“As soon as this news came out, all the old people near me went crazy panic buying in the supermarket,” wrote one user on China’s Twitter-like Weibo.

Local media has also recently published lists of recommended goods to store at home including biscuits and instant noodles, vitamins, radios, and flashlights.

The public response forced state media on Tuesday to try to soothe fears and clarify the ministry’s statement.


Rich countries currently ‘not in a position’ to help poorer countries phase out coal

The Australian’s Adam Creighton says rich countries are currently “not in a position” to provide finance to poorer countries to phase out coal.

“Rich countries have just spent an absolute fortune on COVID,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.

Moroccans decry mandatory vaccination passes

Civilians and lawmakers in Morocco have decried last week’s introduction of COVID-19 vaccine pass to access public places, with opponents attacking the pass as unconstitutional, arbitrary or a danger to the economy.

Dozens killed and wounded as blasts and gunfire hit Kabul hospital

A Taliban fighter, who was injured during a blast, is pictured at the entrance of the hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
A Taliban fighter, who was injured during a blast, is pictured at the entrance of the hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan November 2, 2021. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

KABUL, Nov 2 (Reuters) – At least 25 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in an attack on Afghanistan’s biggest military hospital on Tuesdaywhich saw two heavy blasts followed up by gunmen assaulting the site in central Kabul, officials said.

The explosions took place at the entrance of the 400-bed Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital and were followed immediately with an assault by a group of gunmen, Taliban spokesman Bilal Karimi said.

Four of the attackers were killed by Taliban security forces and a fifth was captured, he said.

The blasts add to a growing list of attacks and killings since the Taliban completed their victory over the Western-backed government in August, undermining their claim to have restored security to Afghanistan after decades of war.

Murray: Hard to believe China is a ‘truly developing country’

Sky News host Paul Murray says it is hard to believe China is a “truly developing country” when it has an international space station and is hosting its “second Olympic Games this century” next year.

It comes after Agriculture Minister David Littleproud criticised China for continuing to claim it is a developing nation and argued there was a “big question mark” over its use of the label.

Mr Murray pointed out China’s developing nation status means it can get away with not signing up to net zero by 2050 and failing to attend the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

“They can keep polluting till 2030 and then it’s not net zero until 2060, it’s why they don’t have to turn up to things like this,” he said.

“But this so-called developing country has … hypersonic missiles, they’ve also got an international space station and next year they’re hosting their second Olympic Games this century.”

US retailers drop Chinese security cameras; China clamps down on virus outbreaks | China in Focus

Virus cases are on the rise in China. Shanghai Disneyland reportedly tested all of its more than 30,000 visitors Sunday night, after a person carrying the virus visited the park. And they weren’t allowed to leave until the results came back negative.

In one Beijing district, locals are lining up en masse for virus testing. It’s the same area home to the official residence and workplace of the Communist Party’s leader.

Every traffic light in one county is locked on red, while every person in one city is labeled risky. Those are just some of the extreme control measures communist China has adopted to combat the pandemic.

Action by China shows apparent disinterest in tackling climate issues. The absence of its state head at the climate-focused G20 summit proved a disappointment—including for U.S. President Joe Biden.

Commentary/Opinion:

Breaking Down The EVIL of Critical Race Theory

CRT expert James Lindsay breaks down Critical Race Theory in less than 2 minutes. Will Witt reacts.

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