Since the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve seen how conspiracy theories can overlap and collide. I’ve documented how anti-vaccine groups embracedQAnon disinformation about liberal elites conspiring to unseat Trump, and how white nationalists find willing audiences for their racist ideology in anti-mask groups. Over the last week, a new disinformation hybrid has appeared, as online anti-vaccine groups have become a hotbed of pro-Russia conspiracy theories about the conflict in Ukraine—and some of the most prominent anti-vaccine activists are actively promoting geopolitical falsehoods.
Imran Ahmed, executive director of the online extremism tracking group Center for Countering Digital Hate, has been following the convergence of the conspiracy theories, and he’s noticed they share familiar themes: alleged secret government alliances, anti-Semitic accusations, and allusions to nefarious scientists. “There are particular individuals within the anti-vaccine world who are amenable to pro-Russian propaganda,” he says, “and that would include some of the people who’ve cohered around QAnon and Trump.”
Read more: How come all information the Cult wants to suppress Imran Ahmed wants to suppress? ‘Pro-Putin Disinformation on Ukraine Is Thriving in Online Anti-Vax Groups’. Yes, Ahmed, we know who you are, we know why you do what you do, and we know why you get so much access to the mainstream media. If you were good at what you do you would not make it so obvious. But you’re not. Good, that is
Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a fake news law punishing those who spread it with up to 15 years in prison.
The new law could impose fines or jail terms for disseminating false information about the military, as well as fines to journalists who speak against Russia in any manner.
On Friday, BBC temporarily halted reporting in Russia, and by the end of the day, the Canadian Broadcasting Company and Bloomberg News said their journalists in Russia stopped reporting.
CNN and CBS News said they would stop broadcasting in Russia, and other news outlets removed reports about Russia.
Read more: Cult-owned Russia Outrageously Passes ‘Fake News’ Law Giving Offenders up to 15 Years in Prison – while condemned by the Cult-owned West which is planning to do the SAME very soon. My god, the hypocrisy and lies are beyond shocking
TikTok, American Express and PricewaterhouseCoopers all suspend operations in Russia: Social media giant joins firms boycotting Russia over censorship as economic vice tightens on Moscow
TikTok has suspended all live streaming and content sharing on its platform in Russia, joining American Express and PricewaterhouseCoopers, the latest of several companies to boycott the country amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The social media giant made the announcement Sunday in response to the country’s new controversial ‘fake news’ law, which threatens imprisonment for sharing what authorities consider to be false information.
‘TikTok is an outlet for creativity and entertainment that can provide a source of relief and human connection during a time of war when people are facing immense tragedy and isolation,’ the company said they had ‘no choice’ but to suspend the services.
1) Vaccines do next to nothing to curb Omicron transmission
Remember in the good old altruistic days, vaccines were not primarily for self-protection, but for the safety of others? “Your actions have consequences for other people’s health,” was the undefeatable argument. Failing to contribute to community health and safety was a socially criminal offense. It often sowed bitter division among families, friends, and employees.
Those at the time reasonably suggesting (based on Israeli data) that vaccine efficacy may wane were considered fringe, selfish, science-denying quacks that must be censored.
Well, Pfizer is now on the side of the quacks.
Here’s Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla in a public statement last month:
“We have seen with a second dose very clearly that the first thing that we lost was the protection against infections …. But then two months later, what used to be very strong in hospitalization also went down.”
Saying this 6 months ago warranted vigorous condemnation from the holy followers of the divinely ordained public health authorities. Now it’s brought to you by Pfizer.
And neither the formerly labelled “science-deniers” or the Pfizer CEO are incorrect.
According to real-world data from the UK Health Security Agency, double-vaccination (Pfizer or Moderna) is only about 10 percent effective at preventing Omicron infection 5 months after the second dose.
Less recently, South African laboratory experiments found the Pfizer vaccine may have up to 23 percent efficacy against Omicron infection.
In other words, vaccines do almost nothing to stop the spread of Covid. As has been explicitly stated by the medical establishment for the past few months, the exact opposite of the original vaccine pitch is the actual reason to get jabbed: “get vaccinated to protect yourself against severe disease and death.”
That rationale is indeed sound (for now at least—and hopefully forever), but notice how the narrative diametrically flipped? Yet, the policies didn’t?
Umpteen individuals across the Western world have lost their jobs and their livelihoods due to their personal choice to not get an experimental, societally useless medical intervention. If this isn’t tyranny, I don’t know what is.
Read more: The Holy ‘Covid’ Trinity Unravels
The author took aim at the Bill which will make a series of amendments to the Gender Recognition Act, which has been in place since 2004.
Should the legislation be passed, it will drop the need for those wishing to change gender to show medical and psychiatric reports.
It will also slash the time someone has to live in their new gender from two years to six months.
Miss Rowling, 56, criticised Social Justice Secretary Shona Robison, who spoke in Holyrood last week about the Bill – but she praised author and journalist Susan Dalgety for her ‘most searing, heartfelt and courageous response yet’ to Miss Robison’s ‘astounding claim’.
Miss Robison told MSPs there was no evidence that ‘predatory and abusive men have ever had to pretend to be anything else to carry out abusive and predatory behaviour’.
Miss Dalgety, who was sexually assaulted as a child, branded the statement ‘crass’.
Miss Rowling tweeted: ‘The law @NicolaSturgeon’s trying to pass in Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and incarcerated women.
‘Statistics show that imprisoned women are already far more likely to have been previously abused.’
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has again defended his decision to invade Afghanistan and Iraq post-9/11, by saying he thought it was the “right thing” to do at the time.
Speaking to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, on the BBC on Sunday, Blair said geopolitics is “very complex,” more complicated than people want to believe as they “search for simplicity.”
“People often say over Iraq or Afghanistan that I took the wrong decision,” Blair said, adding that he had to do what he “thought was the right thing” at the time.
On the “really big decisions,” Blair said leaders have to follow their “own instinct” but that they must also “be prepared to acknowledge when you’ve got things wrong.”
Read more: War criminal Blair thinks invading Iraq on a lie that cost the lives of millions and threw the Middle East into catastrophe was ‘the right thing to do’. But invading Ukraine is wrong, right, Biliar?
As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its twelfth day, we take a look at the major developments.
Brent leaps to almost $140 a barrel, the highest level since 2008.
Ukrainian leader accuses Moscow of targeting civilians, saying Kyiv will ‘punish everyone who committed atrocities’.
In the Eastern Orthodox Christian calendar, Sunday was the ‘Day of Forgiveness’. But Ukrainians suffering the consequences of Russia’s invasion say that this year they cannnot forgive. FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg reports from Lviv, the Western Ukrainian city teeming with those who have escaped the fighting further east.