The Defender’s Big Brother NewsWatch brings you the latest headlines related to governments’ abuse of power, including attacks on democracy, civil liberties and use of mass surveillance.
The best universities in the world are supposed to be bastions of scientific reasoning. Instead, during the pandemic, they instituted policies that are at odds with basic principles of public health. This includes, unfortunately, Stanford University, where I am an international graduate student in the PhD program in Physics.
This spring, Stanford instituted a requirement that all students be vaccinatedor else face an “enrollment hold” which restricts their ability to complete classes, progress on degrees, get financial aid or even live on campus.
COVID is a disease that discriminates by age. Nearly 80 percent of COVID-19 related deaths in the U.S. have occurred among people 65 or older, and young people like me are relatively spared from the risk of hospitalization and death if infected. While bad outcomes can still happen, the odds are in line with other risks in my own life that I happily take.
If I do not get the booster shot before April 15, I cannot enroll for the spring quarter and my J-1 visa will be automatically canceled, as will the J-2 visas of my wife and child. I want to finish my program, but also do not want to be bullied into taking a booster shot. For international students like me, the consequence of not being injected with the booster is deportation.
Ex-NFL Player Says League ‘Nonsense’ Over COVID, Politics Led to Retirement
Sherman has commented publicly on some of the NFL’s COVID-related measures. In July 2021, he took to Twitter to protest the NFL’s decision to have players wear colored wrist bands to designate their COVID-19 vaccinationstatus.
“Funny, I thought we all agreed on the evils of segregation back in the 60s. Here we are again — only this time it’s based on personal health choices instead of skin color,” the tweet read.
He went on to describe the experiences of NFL players who chose to remain unvaccinated and, as a consequence, were barred from eating with teammates, leaving their hotels during travel and were required to wear masksat all times, among other rules.
Los Angeles Ends Its Business Vaccine Verification Mandate
The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to end its mandate for many indoor businesses and operators of large outdoor events to verify that customers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, joining a wave of big U.S. cities that have relaxed the restriction.
It was not immediately clear how soon the measure would reach the mayor’s office, but the verification ordinance will not be enforced in the meantime because of the council vote, said Sophie Gilchrist, communications director for Martinez.
Businesses are still allowed to require vaccination verification for their clients.
Navy Halts Discharges of Sailors with COVID Religious Exemption Requests
The Navy suspended the discharges late on Tuesday of sailors who have refused to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate after a Texas judge ruled that a case involving vaccine-refusing Navy SEALs would apply to the entire Navy.
U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted the sailors’ request to broaden the case out to a class action that includes “4,095 Navy service members who have filed religious accommodation requests,” the Monday ruling said.
O’Connor then ordered the Navy to halt any action against the thousands of sailors prompting the Navy’s pause.
According to a copy of the Navy-wide message provided to Military.com by the Navy, the service will stop separation proceedings against any sailor who submitted a request for religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccinerequirement.
Judge Ousts Five School Board Members After Pennsylvania Parent Petition
On Wednesday the same judge, William P. Mahon in the Chester County Court of Common Pleas, vacated Tuesday’s order and scheduled an argument for Friday.
It is all in response to a February petition filed by West Chester Area School District parent Beth Ann Rosica. In the petition, Rosica calls for the removal of five school board members, Sue Tiernan, Joyce Chester, Karen Herman, Kate Shaw and Daryl Durnell.
Students returning to in-person classes after two years of remote learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic were required to wear masks over their mouth and nose. When Pennsylvania ended mandatory school masking, the West Chester Area School District was among a handful of schools that kept masking in place.
Republicans Expose ‘Uncommon’ CDC, Teachers’ Union Ties on COVID School Reopening Guidance in Report
Republican lawmakers who sit on the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis released a report Wednesday revealing a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official’s testimony claiming that the agency coordinated with teachers’ unions at an extraordinary level in crafting its school reopening guidance, despite the agency’s earlier claims that such coordination was routine and nonpolitical.
In the interim report, exclusively reviewed by Fox News Digital, Republicans wrote that emails between the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), the White House, and the CDC showed that the AFT’s “cozy relationship with the Biden administration’s political leadership at the CDC positioned the union to impose line-by-line edits” to the reopening guidance, despite the CDC’s “past practice to keep draft guidance confidential.”
The AFT’s edits were intended to make it more likely that schools would close to in-person learning, according to the Republicans’ findings.
In a joint statement provided exclusively to Fox News Digital, Republican Reps. Steve Scalise and James Comer accused President Biden of rewarding one of his biggest political donors while millions of children suffered from school closures.
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Kansas Won’t Enforce Vaccine Rule for Nursing Home Workers
Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s says Kansas won’t enforce a federal mandatethat nursing home workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, acknowledging Wednesday that it conflicts with an anti-mandate state law she signed four months ago.
Nursing home workers must still get vaccines, but the federal government will charge Kansas nearly $349,000 a year to have federal teams survey nursing homes for compliance.
Kelly said Wednesday that she met several months ago with President Joe Biden’s health secretary, Xavier Becerra, and told him that the vaccine mandate “wouldn’t work.” “We’d be violating state law if our people were to be enforcing the federal mandates,” she said during an interview. “And so, we did work this out so that the federal government has assumed all responsibility for enforcement.”
Arizona Governor Ends 2-Year-Old Virus State of Emergency
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday ended the state of emergency he declared at the start of the coronavirus pandemic more than two years ago.
The Republican governor used the emergency powers to close schools and businesses, call up the National Guard, allow emergency licensing of health professionals and to take dozens of other actions.
Some Republicans in the GOP-controlled Legislature erupted in fury at the governor’s business closure and other orders, advancing bills to block them in the future. On Wednesday, Ducey signed a bill that bars counties and cities from closing businesses during a state of emergency. The bill does not apply to Ducey or subsequent governors.
WHO Treaty Seeks Total Control Over Global Health
The globalist cabal wants to monopolize health systems worldwide, and a stealth attack is already underway in the form of an international pandemictreaty. The negotiations for this treaty began March 3, 2022.
According to Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, “me-first” approaches “stymie the global solidarity needed” to address global threats. His solution? Give the WHO all the power.
Over the past two years, in the name of keeping everyone “safe” from infection, the globalists have justified unprecedented attacks on democracy, civil liberties and personal freedoms, including the right to choose your own medical treatment. Now, the WHO wants to make its pandemic leadership permanent, and to extend it into the healthcare systems of every nation.
Freedom to Think by Susie Alegre Review — the Big Tech Threat to Free Thought
Human rights lawyer Susie Alegre’s fascinating book sketches a brief history of legal freedoms from the Babylonian Code of Hammurabi onwards, and explains the conceptual struggles behind the Universal Declaration of Human Rights announced in 1948. That text defends rights to freedom of both “thought” and “opinion”: some delegates understood “thought” to mean religious belief, while others considered it superfluous as an addition to “opinion”; it was the Soviets who insisted it remain, “out of respect for the heroes and martyrs of science”.
Any and all information we feed into the social-media maw, Alegre notes, “will be analyzed to reveal psychological traits or fleeting states of mind that will, in turn, be used to manipulate our behaviour or to tell others how they should treat us”. This is particularly egregious in the realm of behaviour-trackingtargeted at children.
Apple and Meta Handed Over Sensitive Data Straight to Hackers
A Bloomberg report claims that both Meta (Facebook’s parent company) and Apple fell for the trick, with the two companies reportedly sharing user IP addresses, phone numbers and home addresses with the fraudsters.
Besides Meta and Apple, a number of other major tech companies have reportedly been targeted, including Snap and Discord, although it’s unclear whether or not these companies fell for the scam.
Reporting by Children’s Health Defense.