House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court

Congressional Democrats plan to unveil legislation expanding the size of the Supreme Court on Thursday, according to three congressional sources familiar with the closely held measure.

The bill would add four seats to the high court, bringing the total to 13 from the current nine. The bill is led by House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler, subcommittee Chair Hank Johnson, and first-term Rep. Mondaire Jones. In the Senate, the bill is being championed by Ed Markey of Massachusetts.

The number of justices on the court, which is set by Congress, has fluctuated throughout the course of the nation’s history, reaching as many as 10 seats before settling on nine in 1869. In 2016, Sen. Ted Cruz suggested that if Hillary Clinton were elected, the Republican Senate should keep Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat empty, effectively bringing the number of justices down to eight.

Republicans currently hold six seats, while Democrats hold just three.

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Via https://theintercept.com/2021/04/14/house-and-senate-democrats-plan-bill-to-add-four-justices-to-supreme-court/

Tucker Carlson: Either the Vaccines Work or They Don’t

People want to know: Are the vaccines safe? And, are they effective?By Children’s Health Defense Team

Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson says health officials can’t have it both ways — either the vaccines are “highly effective” and the fully vaccinated can stop wearing masks and self-isolating, or the vaccines don’t work.

In the segment below on last night’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the Fox News commentator said there are two things the public wants to know about COVID vaccines “and neither has anything to do with how many professional athletes or Netflix stars have been vaccinated.”

People want to know: Are the vaccines safe? And, are they effective?

Carlson said the public was assured the vaccines are safe, that the risks were so small we could ignore them completely. In fact, we were told that the clinical trials revealed “no evidence at all” that the vaccines could cause any life-threatening injuries,” Carlson said.

But after Tuesday’s decision by federal health officials to shut down the Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout — because six people experienced blood clots, including one who died — Carslon had a lot of questions.

And those questions aren’t being answered by federal health officials, who are sending a lot of mixed messages these days, Carlson explained.

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Via https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/tucker-carlson-vaccines-work-or-they-dont/

IG Report: Congress Restricted The Capitol Police’s Use of Material And Tactics Before Capitol Riot

Jonathan Turley

A new report from Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton has sent congressional leaders scrambling after finding that Capitol police were told that they could not use critical riot materials and tactics in preparation for the Jan. 6th protests.  The finding challenges the narrative put forward in the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump. It also raises questions of whether congressional leaders (who repeatedly condemned Trump for the death and injuries of officers) share responsibility for the loss of control of Congress to the rioters.

The report, “Review of the Events Surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021, Takeover of the U.S. Capitol,” raises additional questions over the responsibility of figures in Congress for the lack of sufficient forces and materials to deal with the protest. Previously, it was disclosed that offers of National Guard support were not accepted prior to the protests. The D.C. government under Mayor Muriel Bowser used only a small number of guardsmen in traffic positions.

The report magnifies suspicions over why House leadership refused to hold hearings with key witnesses before the second Trump impeachment. It also raises whether, after the controversial clearing of Lafayette Park in the prior summer, leaders in Congress hamstrung their own security force.

Ultimately, over 140 law enforcement officers were injured during the riot, and Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick later died. Two other officers later died by suicide.

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Via IG Report: Congress Restricted The Capitol Police’s Use of Material And Tactics Before Capitol Riot — JONATHAN TURLEY

The Iroquois Confederacy: Model for US Democracy

Digital Wampum Testimony of the Iroquois

Tree Media (2015)

Film Review

This is a series of eight short vignettes about the Haudenosnunee Confederacy formed in North America some time between the 12th and 16th century. Also known as the Iroquois Confederacy, this governance model inspired the Articles of Confederation adopted by European settlers following the US War of Independence.

Narrated by Chief Oren Lyons, this oral history concerns a legendary Peace Maker who induced 49 leaders from four warring nations to gather at Lake Onondago (in central New York state) to iron out a permanent system of peace, equity and “the power of good minds to make good decisions.”

The six nations who made up the Haudenosunee Confederacy at the time of European settlement: the Mohawk, Oneida, Tuscarora, Seneca and Onondago.

Part 2 of the series concerns lacrosse, now a world sport, a game devised by the Onondago, Parts 3, 5 and 6 concern predictions the Peace Maker made about climate change, Part 4 concerns the tradition of “scalping,” which was devised by Europeans as part of their campaign of extermination against Native Americans, Part 7 concerns the so-called “Doctrine of Discovery” (which denies property rights to all non-Christians in European colonized territories), based on a proclamation issued by Pope Alexander VI in 1493.

 

 

State Lawmakers Attack Federal Misuse of National Guard

By Brian McGlinchey | Stark Realities | April 6, 2021

Fed up after years of relentless National Guard deployments in undeclared wars, state lawmakers across the country are pushing legislation that would prohibit the use of Guard units in combat zones without a formal declaration of war by Congress.

The bills are being promoted by BringOurTroopsHome.US, a self-described organization of “right-of-center” veterans working to end American involvement in “endless wars” and restore congressional authority over war-making. The libertarian 10th Amendment Center is also backing the cause.

The proposed laws would require governors to determine the constitutionality of orders that place Guard units on federal active duty; where they’re deemed unconstitutional, the governor is required to take action to prevent the unit from being surrendered to federal control and sent into harm’s way.

The first “Defend the Guard” bill was conceived and introduced by Air Force veteran and West Virginia state legislator Pat McGeehan. While no state has enacted the law yet, interest is spreading widely, with legislators now pushing the measure in 31 states.

Conservative Veterans Taking Point

BringOurTroopsHome.US is led by Dan McKnight, a 13-year veteran of the Marine Corps Reserve, active duty Army and Idaho Army National Guard whose military service ended after he was injured in Afghanistan.

McKnight and many other veterans leading the drive against the War on Terror are from the right side of the political spectrum. That’s a sharp contrast to the typical antiwar veteran of the Vietnam era, but McKnight says vets from both wars share a common experience.

Today’s veterans “are coming home and saying the same thing (Vietnam vets did): ‘What was the point of that? What was our mission? We have no mission, we have no definition of success, we have no clear path to victory, we have no idea what victory means and we’re there without a constitutional authority to send us there’,” he says.

“Every one of us raised our hands and swore an oath to the Constitution…and when it says Congress shall be the only body to declare war, we take that to heart. And when Congress doesn’t do it, we understand bad things can happen: long, endless foreign misadventures,” says McKnight.

In a 2019 Pew Research poll, 64% of veterans said the war in Iraq wasn’t worth fighting; 58% said the same of Afghanistan. A January Concerned Veterans for America/YouGov poll found two-thirds or more of veterans support full withdrawals from both countries.

“The right-of-center veterans are now echoing the message of left-of-center veterans, and it’s hard to ignore when veterans from the entire political spectrum are saying the same thing: Enough already—if you want us to go and bleed and die and spend our lives and your treasure in a foreign land, then Congress should put their name on the line before we put our boots on the ground,” McKnight says.

Via https://alethonews.com/2021/04/12/state-lawmakers-attack-federal-misuse-of-national-guard/

Historic Court Judgment in Germany: “Threat to the Well-Being of Children”. No Masks, No Social Distance, No More Tests for Students.

German court questions scientific basis for compulsory mask wearing, distancing and repeated PCR testing.

Counter Information

“Danger to the mental, physical or emotional well-being of the child”

By reitschuster.de

Global Research, April 12, 2021reitschuster.de 10 April 2021

The Weimar District Court has ruled that the obligation to wear a mask, to maintain minimum distances and to perform rapid tests in schools pose a threat to the mental, physical or emotional well-being of the child.So serious that, without any intervention, significant harm to children can be foreseen with a high degree of certainty. The judge stated in his decision:

“There is such a risk here. Because the children are not only endangered in their mental, physical and spiritual well-being, but are also currently damaged by the obligation to wear face masks during school time and to keep their distance from one another and from other people. This violates numerous rights of children and their parents under the law, the constitution and international conventions. This applies…

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Big Tech vs. science – suppressing debate hurts fight against COVID.

Big Tech Is Controlling What You See Online

Throughout the pandemic, media and technology companies have impulsively discredited some narratives while prematurely promoting others. By some strange coincidence, these decisions almost uniformly align with left-wing policy objectives.

Last week, YouTube removed a video of a recent roundtable discussion between Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and several doctors and epidemiologists known for their anti-lockdown opinions.

The panel convened to discuss Florida‘s COVID-19 response, with DeSantis and others criticizing the overall U.S. response while discussing the unintended consequences that have resulted from prolonged lockdowns, mask-wearing and school closures.

When the Wall Street Journal asked about the removal, Youtube provided an example of a comment by Dr. Jay Battacharya, a Stanford University professor of medicine and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, who said masking for children is “developmentally inappropriate.”

Youtube further gave the reason for the video’s removal as, “because it included content that contradicts the consensus of local and global health authorities regarding the efficacy of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

But even that statement is untrue. Put simply, there is very little local or global consensus on many facets of the pandemic, particularly children wearing masks. Without diving too deep into the minutia, while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may recommend mask-wearing in children over 2, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not.

The WHO says “children aged 5 years and under should not be required to wear masks” and that, for children 6-11 years of age, the “potential impact of wearing a mask on learning and psychosocial development, in consultation with teachers, parents/caregivers and/or medical providers” should be considered before having them wear masks.

So, while comments arguing against children wearing masks may go against Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientific purists with the singular mission of eradicating a virus, it does not go against other equally reputable sources that emphasize kids wearing face masks may disrupt their development.

Reasonable experts can and do disagree. It is this discord that fuels trial and error experimentation and discovery. Science, by its very nature, is rarely settled.

In the race for information about the novel virus, technology and media companies have jumped ahead to help shape narratives around partisan policies despite the science changing by the day. Big Tech is collecting massive amounts of data while stifling free speech and removing content that goes against popular opinion.  In Saphier’s book “Panic Attack,” she details the many ways Big Tech has censored contrarian opinions about the pandemic, leading to more discord and skepticism than the views themselves.

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Via https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/big-tech-science-covid-suppressing-debate-dr-nicole-saphier-jason-chaffetz

Pfizer Vaccine May Put People at Higher Risk for COVID Variants, Israeli Study Shows

Israeli researchers found people who received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine were eight times more likely to be infected with the South African variant, and people who received one dose of the vaccine were more likely to get the UK variant.

A new study by Israeli researchers found that a South African variant of COVID may put people who have been vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at higher risk of breakthrough infection compared to unvaccinated people.

The study also showed an increased incidence of the UK variant in those who received one dose of the Pfizer shot.

The study, released April 10, reviewed the positive COVID-19 test results of 800 people — 400 people who tested positive for COVID 14 days or more after they received one or two doses of the Pfizer vaccine against 400 unvaccinated people to see if those vaccinated were more likely to be infected with the UK or South African variant compared with unvaccinated individuals.

The South African variant, B.1.351, was found to make up about 1% of all COVID cases across all the people studied, according to the study by Tel Aviv University and Israel’s largest healthcare provider, Clalit.

But among patients who had received two doses of the vaccine, the variant’s prevalence rate was eight times higher than in those unvaccinated — 5.4% versus 0.7%, Reuters reported.

The research suggests the vaccine is less effective against the South African variant, compared with the original COVID variant and a variant first identified in Britain that had comprised nearly all COVID cases in Israel, researchers said.

“We found a disproportionately higher rate of the South African variant among people vaccinated with a second dose, compared to the unvaccinated group,” said Tel Aviv University’s Adi Stern, who headed the research. “This means that the South African variant is able, to some extent, to break through the vaccine’s protection.”

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Via https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pfizer-vaccine-higher-risk-covid-variants/

Nearly 40% of Marines Have Refused Vaccine as Dems Call on Biden to Make Shots Mandatory for Troops

Nearly 40% of Marines have rejected coronavirus vaccine as Dems call on Biden admin to make shots mandatory for troops – reports

FILE PHOTO. ©  Reuters / Mike Blake

RT

Just shy of 40 percent of Marine Corps service members have refused to take the coronavirus jab, new data provided to the media shows. The revelation comes as Democratic lawmakers push to make the vaccine mandatory for soldiers.

Some 75,500 Marines have agreed to be vaccinated as of Thursday, while around 48,000 have declined the inoculation, CNN reported, citing numbers provided by the branch. That puts the rejection rate at 38.9%, slightly higher than the 33% rate for the whole military given by defense officials.

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Via https://www.rt.com/usa/520655-marines-40-percent-vaccine/

Top 5 Stock Picks For Investors With Mental Handicaps

The Stonk Market

In these strange post COVID times we live in, the market has been as erratic as ever, with there being uncertainty followed by massive bull runs, it can be confusing to try to find a stock to pick that’ll net you a profit both short and long term. Here at The Stonk Market we narrowed down 5 stock picks that can help fulfill the wishes of the average investor post COVID, the mentally disabled.

Square ($SQ)

This is a no brainer pick, SQ is Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s true love child, a revolution of mobile peer to peer money transfer that not only allows people to pay their friends for the eighth they just bought, but also buy Bitcoin & stocks. SQ has gone parabolic in the past year being up over 380% but we at The Stonk Market still feel like there is room for growth well past over $300.

Snapchat ($SNAP)

SNAP has seen recent impressive short term gains after what seemed like months of sideways trading, but it still has potential to grow. This company is extremely underrated and we assure you this company has more to offer other than an app for sending dick pics to your Tinder hook up that ghosted you.

ROBLOX ($RBLX)

ROBLOX is a massive multiplayer online game with a fan base of millions of twelve year old kids desperate to drain the credit cards of their parents on the in game currency ROBUX. This stock is sure to be a safe pick with the feds massive inflation, we believe that ROBUX could actually become a safe haven currency and hedge against the US Dollar. Despite COVID’s reign of terror seemingly on the way out we think ROBLOX can still grow.

Amazon ($AMZN)

Amazon is on the verge of becoming a corporate nation separate from the United States. We take no moral or political issue with corporations abusing their employees and putting them through shit conditions if it means turning a profit for us, the shareholders. With Supreme Leader Bezos’ stepping down, we believe the Corporation will be able to find a suitable replacement who can continue to oppress the worker for profit, besides who is gonna stop them? They are a paramilitary. Hail Hydra.

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Via Top 5 Stock Picks For Investors With Mental Handicaps — The Stonk Market

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