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-Great Cultural Revolution
We've Discovered the Real Reason the CDC Is Requiring All Kids Wear Masks in Schools
[Katie Pavich - Townhall] So, why the mask mandate for children? Look no further than the teachers unions, who have been lobbying the CDC to issue mask guidelines for students. In May, when the CDC repealed mask guidelines for the vaccinated, which they reversed this week, the country's largest teacher's unions insisted kids still wear them.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 06:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [298 views] Top|| File under:

#1  JAMA Pediatrics has a recently published study regarding inhaled CO2 levels between masked and unmasked children.

It was retracted shortly afterwards for less than forthright reasons.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/29/2021 8:48 Comments || Top||

#2  Notice of Retraction. Walach H, et al. Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Pediatr. Published online June 30, 2021.

The Research Letter, “Experimental Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Content in Inhaled Air With or Without Face Masks in Healthy Children: A Randomized Clinical Trial,” by Harald Walach, PhD, and colleagues published online in JAMA Pediatrics on June 30, 2021,1 is hereby retracted. Following publication, numerous scientific issues were raised regarding the study methodology, including concerns about the applicability of the device used for assessment of carbon dioxide levels in this study setting, and whether the measurements obtained accurately represented carbon dioxide content in inhaled air, as well as issues related to the validity of the study conclusions. In their invited responses to these and other concerns, the authors did not provide sufficiently convincing evidence to resolve these issues, as determined by editorial evaluation and additional scientific review. Given fundamental concerns about the study methodology, uncertainty regarding the validity of the findings and conclusions, and the potential public health implications, the editors have retracted this Research Letter.

Journals don't like redacting papers - it's an admission of screwing up harming the journal's prestige. So they don't redact papers if they have any choice.

In other words, the authors are not martyrs for Truth, Justice, and the American way. They are a type, all too common in academy nowadays: straight A students (tuchusleckers) without a shred of genuine ability who got into tenure track but failed to produce any results of notice. Went mad & crossed the line (faked the results) to publish something "significant".
Happens every day.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/29/2021 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Fair enough, g(r)om. Thank you.

It still seems that my grandchildren, all who wore masks at school this last semester, had lots more headaches than usual and were really tired after getting home from school (which is definitely NOT normal for them). The younger ones often took naps before supper, something that hasn't happened for years.

I still believe that the masks adversely affected the children's health in some way.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/29/2021 11:03 Comments || Top||

#4  It still seems that my grandchildren, all who wore masks at school this last semester, had lots more headaches than usual

I don't know - though I've never seen kids suffer breathing problems due to mask. Most kids, my son's age wear masks even on the street when you don't have too. Hell, I've seen them play soccer in masks.
Have you visited the classroom? Cause, sometimes, that can be illuminating.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/29/2021 11:18 Comments || Top||

#6  #4 Probably the school giving them the headache, Mullah?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/29/2021 15:25 Comments || Top||

#7  ^ Sorry, #3.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/29/2021 15:26 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
The Immortality of the Soul (Aquinas 101), a short video
The Immortality of the Soul (Aquinas 101) - Fr. James Brent, O.P. For readings, podcasts, and more videos like this, go to http://www.Aquinas101.com.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 10:25 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [144 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well above my pay grade and understanding. If however, there is a Rantburg on the other side, please send me the link. If there are democrats on the other side, disregard.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#2  The same God that gave us s3x and beer on Earth would surely give us Rantburg in Heaven, Besoeker. Probably in the form of AutoBartender’s bar, at which he recently arrived with a load of Yuengling that fell off the back of a truck.
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/29/2021 14:16 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
It can't happen here? It is happening here!
[American Thinker] Sinclair Lewis's novel of 1935, It Can't Happen Here, was published amid the rise of fascism in Europe. The book is about the political career of fictional Buzz Windrip, who is elected president in 1936, defeating FDR with a campaign promising a return to traditional values and drastic social and economic reforms (he promises every American $5K). Once elected, he becomes a totalitarian tyrant, complete with his own paramilitary force called the Minute Men!

Windrip is Lewis's version of an American Hitler and/or Mussolini. But consider the parallels with the current occupant of the Oval Office. Windrip outlaws dissent (consider the Biden administration's partnership with Big Tech to censor opposing opinions). He, Windrip, imprisons his critics just as Biden has jailed anyone present at the Capitol on January 6. Biden has his own Minute Men, the FBI, as well as a couple of other paramilitary groups in service of his agenda — Antifa and BLM. They are his shock troops, who, like Windrip's thugs, terrorize his opponents, freedom-loving, independent thinking Americans.

Like Biden, Buzz Windrip abrogated the rights of civilians and divided the nation into "administrative sectors" to be managed by federal "Corpo" authorities and enforced by his Minute Men. Pelosi is now installing branches of the Capitol Police throughout the country to seek out perceived threats to members of Congress. The similarities to Lewis's two-dimensional dictator and the Biden regime are chilling.

As in the novel, opponents of the Obama/Biden regime have been found guilty until proven innocent of un-committed crimes, from Gen. Michael Flynn to Roger Stone to anyone who worked for Trump to the 1/6 protesters, by corrupt judges in kangaroo courts whipped up by a manic, historically ignorant media establishment whose members loathe anyone or anything remotely conservative or constitutional. Viciously opposed to Donald Trump, the mainstream media covered for the massive crimes against the nation that were occurring from the day Trump became the Republican presidential candidate. The left invented the Russia collusion narrative out of thin air. It was pursued as legitimate by the FBI, the DOJ, the CIA, and our despicable journalist class. All of them likely knew it was false from the outset, but they all colluded to damage a president who actually meant to represent the people, not just the ruling elite. The swamp, left and right, was threatened and fought back with the ferocity of a cornered animal. With the 2020 election, they think they've won, but have they?

This quote from Lewis's book perfectly describes Joe Biden:
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 01:30 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [289 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Oh it's happening sweetheart
Posted by: Rex Mundi || 07/29/2021 2:02 Comments || Top||

#2  But you are winning the fight against the masks - and that's what counts!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/29/2021 2:14 Comments || Top||

#3  I'd like to say I have no problem with what people today call tyranny. In the right hands. I would that the Republicans had done exactly what the Left is doing today, decades ago.

No, there would be a difference, for those saying 'then we'd be the same as them!'

The principal error of self-righteous conservatives has always been the inability to pick a side and stick with it until dominion is theirs. [pun unintended]
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/29/2021 3:55 Comments || Top||

#4  ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Don't feed the TROLL!
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 07/29/2021 10:13 Comments || Top||

Blinken meets WHO director-general to push investigation in coronavirus origins
[Washington Examiner] KUWAIT CITY — World Health Organization investigators ought to return to China for "studies into the" origins of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who urged a meeting with the global health body’s chief.

"He stressed the need for the next phase to be timely, evidence-based, transparent, expert-led, and free from interference," said State Department spokesman Ned Price on Wednesday evening after Blinken’s discussion with WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

Chinese officials have opposed a second inquiry because WHO officials have signaled they would explore the hypothesis the contagion spilled out of a virology lab in Wuhan, where the virus was first detected. A previous WHO investigation declared this idea "extremely unlikely," but Tedros acknowledged this finding was "premature" after U.S. and European officials denounced China’s lack of candor with the investigators. One of the outspoken critics of the so-called lab leak theory was also recused from the investigative team over an apparent conflict of interest.

"Secretary Blinken affirmed U.S. support for the WHO’s plans to conduct additional studies into the COVID-19 origins, including in the People’s Republic of China," Price said. "Secretary Blinken emphasized the importance of the international community coming together on this matter of critical concern and reiterated our support for a multilateral approach to global health security more broadly."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 01:14 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Meaningless hyperbole.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 1:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone remind Blinken that the WHO director-general who more less installed by the CCP and has avoid the truth for 18 months.
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/29/2021 7:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Someone remind Blinken that the WHO director-general who more less was installed by the CCP.

Plus has avoided or been verbally blocked by the CCP for over 18 months from investigating the true C19/21(A-D) origin .
Posted by: NN2N1 || 07/29/2021 8:06 Comments || Top||

#4  I was going to say something about 'theater', but Besoeker's graphic beat me to it.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/29/2021 8:38 Comments || Top||

#5  How do you say Mueller, Barr, Durham, Sessions…. In Chinese?
Posted by: Airandee || 07/29/2021 16:40 Comments || Top||

Resurgent Terror
[NATION.PK] The security situation in Afghanistan has shown little signs of improvement as fighting between government forces and the Taliban
...the Pashtun equivalent of men...
continues. The murderous Moslem group now claims to have taken control of a large majority of the country as government forces struggle to hold their ground. These struggles are evident as earlier this week 46 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Border Police were granted refuge and safe passage by the Pakistain Army. Reports revealed that a local ANA commander opposite Arundu, Chitral, sought help for the 46 soldiers as they were unable to hold their military posts along the Pak-Afghan border.

...back at the abandoned silver mine, a triangular dorsal fin appeared in the water. Then another...
talks between the Afghan Taliban and the Ghani administration barely seemed to have progressed. While the Afghan government officials met with the Taliban in Doha on July 17, the meeting concluded without any substantial headway being made as promises were made of more talks in the future. This lack of momentum in talks is extremely concerning because the worsening situation is now posing serious threats to Afghanistan’s neighbours.

The 28th report of the UN Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team has stated that the TTP has about 6,000 trained fighters on the Afghan side of the border. The more alarming finding of the report is the fact that despite growing distrust between the TTP and the Afghan Taliban, relations between the two groups still exist for operational purposes.

Apparently, a reunification took place in Afghanistan between the TTP and certain splinter groups in the period from December 2019 to August 2020. This moderation was reportedly facilitated by Al Qaeda which now maintains a presence in at least 15 Afghan provinces according to the UN report. The growing footprint of these groups and their alleged collaboration with the Afghan Taliban needs to be addressed by both regional and international stakeholders.

The threats are particularly pronounced for Pakistain, especially considering Noor Wali Mehsud’s (TTP leader) statement that their core objective is to fight the Pak security forces and gain control over the tribal regions. Pakistain should not be left to deal with this chaotic fallout on its own, and it is perhaps time to consider the formation of a regional security cooperative to counter this mutual threat.
Posted by: Fred || 07/29/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [213 views] Top|| File under: TTP

#1  They used to shoot at Americans, and now they're shooting at each other?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/29/2021 5:05 Comments || Top||

#2  /\ Things are returning to normal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/29/2021 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  After the battle of Plataea, the Persians contented themselves with spreading some gold around while the Greek city states war among each other.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/29/2021 8:47 Comments || Top||

#4  My impression that the "Taliban" was always more a "mob" of bandits, brigands and villainy than an organization. As soon as the money runs out most will go home to steal from their real enemies -- the tribes neighboring them.
Posted by: magpie || 07/29/2021 13:28 Comments || Top||

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  3 Tunisian parties, including Ennahda, face legal probe
over foreign funding
Wed 2021-07-28
  Libya militia leader Mohammed al-Kani diagnosed with rigor mortis
Tue 2021-07-27
  'Death to the dictator!': Anti-government protests reach Tehran
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  Nigeria jails 10 pirates over ship hijacking
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  Taliban claim control of some 90% of Afghanistan's border areas
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  Nigeria: 100 kidnapped villagers released by bandits
Wed 2021-07-21
  30 Civilians Killed And More Than 50 Others Wounded In Sadr City Explosion
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  Ghani Visits Herat to Review Security Situation
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  ‘967 Taliban Killed in 4 Days’ as Clashes Continue: ANDSF
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  Syrian President Bashar Assad is sworn in for a fourth seven-year term
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