Amazon has announced it will be closing several grocery stores in high crime cities like NYC, Seattle and San Francisco, but claims the measure is related to “cost-cutting”.
The retail giant said it would be permanently shutting down eight of its 29 Amazon Go stores, which are designed for maximum convenience as the shopper can just scan the items as they leave, with no staff required.
Criminals can also conveniently jump over the barrier with no one there to stop them.
Despite the cashier-free system helping Amazon’s bottom line, the company claimed it was closing the outlets because they haven’t met profitability expectations.
“The stores being closed include two in downtown Seattle that had already been shut on a temporary basis, leaving five in the city. In addition it is closing two in New York City and four in San Francisco. The six closings of stores still operating are due to take place April 1,” reports CNN.
The first such store opened by Amazon in 2016 in Seattle was subsequently looted by Black Lives Matter “protesters” during the George Floyd riots.
The House Select Committee on Jan. 6 hired another television producer last month to elevate the drama of its summer show trials which concluded Thursday. Season two will debut in September.
In June, the committee hired Dan Przygoda, an Emmy-nominated news producer whose résumé includes stints at Bloomberg, ABC News Nightline, and Good Morning America, to help stage the theatrics for the panel’s series of televised hearings.
Przygoda joined former ABC News President James Goldston to assist in the televised production, after Goldston’s hiring was reported in early June. The committee had already held three out of eight of its summer hearings by the time Przygoda announced his role.
The committee’s employment of television news producers to dramatize its proceedings showcases how the partisan probe has approached its work of persecuting political opponents in a public forum absent a legitimate defense. The panel’s series of summer hearings possesses all the hallmarks of the Soviet-era show trials in the 1930s where regime dissidents were dragged before the public courts and declared guilty without fair representation.
Courts have ruled that the state is allowed to protect the public from harm by mandating vaccines
Courts have always sided with the government as to whether it is a vaccine and whether it works.
Siri was right in that these things are not vaccines and they have no public benefit. But the law doesn’t work that way: the judges trust the government.
So the bottom line is that even if the vaccine kills everyone who takes it, if the government says it is safe and those deaths were just coincidences, the courts will go along with the government and allow them mandate you take the vaccine.
Mass v Jacobson was primarily a taxation case that has been pulled into the vaccine debate. It has been misinterpreted by the media, and by many lawyers who have not studied the issue.
The question before the Court was whether the public health department had powers to collect revenue. They were fining the unvaccinated. The court (rightly) said yes, you have the power to fine people as long as its not excessively burdensome (the fine was $5).
This is the same principle that allows the health department, for example, to fine restaurants who violate health codes (in other words, the treasury is not the only ones who can collect revenue).
One can argue this has gotten out of hand, with virtually every arm of the government collecting fees, but that’s a different story. And, the Court may have (inadvertently?) given public health the power to define what is safe (in this case the vaccines are NOT safe), but that is also beside the point.
The point is, the fine can not be excessively burdensome.
So any reasonable person would say that firing someone is definitely more burdensome than a $5 (or even $100) fine.
At the beginning of this, if they had just said, anyone who isn’t vaccinated has the option to pay $100 to get the equivalent of a vaccine card (to keep their job, get their passport, whatever), then it would have been in line with Jacobson and we would be a LOT better off today.
Sure it’s still grossly unfair, and sure the courts need to be looking into the safety of these vaccines. But millions of people would have just said, sure, take the $100 out of my paycheck or whatever, and so many lives would have been saved.
Also, preventing someone from travel is MORE than a fine, it’s a restriction on freedom, which is outside the scope of Jacobson.
I agree with Aaron Siri that the courts need to stop trusting the government and be finders of fact.
No government should be able to mandate a vaccine unless they can show beyond a reasonable doubt that the intervention’s benefits outweigh the risks. The burden should be on the government, not on us to prove it is unsafe.
And even then, I would have trouble with this reasoning because they can’t prove it is safe and where there is risk, there must be choice.
Congress needs to change the law to make it clear: no more vaccine mandates.
Last year, Vatican City issued a 20 Euro silver coin. As the Numista catalogue describes it:
The coin depicts a doctor, a nurse and a young person who is ready to receive the vaccine. The Holy Father has repeatedly stressed the importance of vaccination, recalling that healthcare is “a moral obligation”, and it is important to “continue efforts to immunize even the poorest peoples.
After I posted this essay, I began to ponder this description (written in the Numista catalogue) and I realized that the formulation “a young person who is ready to receive the vaccine” is identical to the formulation for a communicant “who is ready to receive the host”—in Italian “pronta a ricevere l’Eucaristia.” Realizing this, I wondered who wrote the catalogue copy. Was it the Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State?
The obverse of the coin bears the name Franciscus, the year 2022 (“Anno MMXXII”) and the Coat of Arms of Pope Francis.
As I wrote in a Substack essay last October titled “President Biden Keeps the Faith,” it seems that many have placed something akin to religious faith in the COVID-19 vaccines, which are conceived as the Savior of Mankind. With this commemorative silver coin, issued in the name of Francis, the Holy Father officially endorsed the COVID-19 vaccines and bestowed upon them his sublime authority and prestige.
The commemorative coin reminded me of Pfizer’s Viagra PR campaign. Pfizer initially developed the drug to treat high blood pressure and angina pectoris. However, as the company discovered in clinical trials, the drug was better at inducing erections than managing angina. And so, Pfizer repurposed the substance for erectile dysfunction and launched a massive, global PR campaign—including seeking moral approval from Pope John Paul II. The company’s clever marketing people persuaded him that Viagra would strengthen marriages and aid in procreation.
In one of the experiments, pulp that was treated with chlorine dioxide contained anywhere between 39% and 69% of the PCDD that was in the original pulp. In a second experiment, pulp treated with chlorine dioxide contained 56-63% of the PCDD in the original pulp. On average, chlorine dioxide treatments cut the total concentration of PCDD in half. In the second experiment, the researchers also tested the effluent wastewater. After the chlorine dioxide treatment, the dioxins were not measurable; they were destroyed in the process.
Chlorine dioxide could help clean up the pulp manufacturing industry
In the pulp manufacturing industry, machines convert wood chips or other sources of plant fiber into a thick fiber board which can be shipped to a paper mill for further processing. Due to the chlorine bleaching process, these softwood pulps typically contain polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans — two of the most toxic substances known to man.
Advancements in the pulp industry have led to totally chlorine-free bleaching methods and elemental chlorine-free bleaching methods. These advancements have reduced dioxin emissions at pulp mills, protecting the air, water, and soil from exorbitant levels of dioxins. However, the concentration of dioxins in wastewater, namely PCDD/Fs, is still concerning. Mills that adopt chlorine-free bleaching technology still contain PCDD/F levels in the range of .15-1.9 pg I-TEQ/L, which is still higher than the freshwater quality guidelines of Canada (0.038 pg WHO-TEQ/L) and the United States (0.014 pg WHO-TEQ/L).
In Kraft pulp manufacturing, which includes wood and non-wood materials for pulp production, the fibrous material is cooked in an aqueous solution of NaOH and Na2S at a pH above 12. The extremely alkaline solution is cooked for three hours and ultimately causes the PCDD/Fs to adsorb on the raw materials. Some of the dioxins also enter the wastewater during this process.
During the Kraft pulping process, approximately 40 ? 48 % of the input dioxins are removed. Researchers hypothesize that the reduction in dioxins is caused by alkaline hydrolysis and coupling. The alkaline conditions literally transform the PCDD/Fs into inert substances. If chlorine dioxide was also used in the process, then the effluent would likely come out free of PCDD, and the concentration of dioxins in the finished product would be cut in half again. More research is needed to better understand how chlorine dioxide chemically destroys the dioxins in the pulp, or whether the PCDD is transformed into similar dioxin-like structures that go undetected in the final product.
When chlorine encounters dibenzo-para-dioxin, it replaces any or all of the eight hydrogen atoms in its molecular structure. This molecular action can negate PCDD, but it can also give rise to some seventy-five different chlorinated dibenzo-para-dioxin structures, for which the toxicity may be increased or decreased. These new structures, referred to as congeners, are not technically dioxins any longer, but they are similar in structure. There is limited research to determine the physical and chemical properties of PCDD and their similar structures. The most studied compounds are the 2,3,7,8-TCDD and 2,3,7,8-tetra and octa-chlorinated compounds, but dozens are still un-categorized, unstudied, with vast health effects in humans. While the research on chlorine dioxide looks promising, the study did not investigate its use in eliminating dioxins from the blood and fatty tissues of humans.
Learn more about PCDD and other dioxin structures at Dioxins.News.
(Natural News) Over the past 50 years, male populations have been emasculated by endocrine-disrupting chemicals. According to a newly updated meta-analysis, which includes 2,936 abstracts and 868 full articles, total sperm count and sperm concentration have fallen steadily every year since 1972. Overall, sperm counts have decreased by more than 50% over a 50-year period. Male infertility rates are becoming a public health crisis.
The new meta-analysis, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, analyzes sperm count data from 38 studies conducted on six continents. From 1972 to year 2000, sperm counts have decreased by an average of 1.16% every year. Since 2000, infertility rates have continued, at over twice that rate. Total sperm count has declined by 2.64% annually over the past 22 years! The male infertility epidemic spans North America, Europe, and Australia, and also South and Central America, Asia, and Africa.
“The aim of this study was to examine trends in sperm count among men from all continents. The broader implications of a global decline in sperm count, the knowledge gaps left unfilled by our prior analysis, and the controversies surrounding this issue warranted an up-to-date meta-analysis,” said the authors.
Endocrine disruption and malnutrition have weakened the modern male and female
Endocrine disruptors interfere with the body’s hormones — the chemical messages that are vital to male and female development. Endocrine disrupters may compete with normal testosterone, estrogen, androgen and progesterone levels. They may directly interfere with the function of the glands, such as the thyroid, testes, and ovaries. Over time, these disruptions can lead to: dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation), uterine fibroids, thyroid problems, insulin resistance and Type-2 diabetes, weight gain, metabolism issues, premature breast development, less masculine behavior in boys, inhibition, low sperm count, abnormal sexual development of fetuses, miscarriage, mood swings and behavioral issues, endometriosis and ovarian cysts, compromised immune function, and infertility.
Endocrine disruptors are ingested, absorbed through the skin, and inhaled in the air. They are derived from everyday household items, such as plastic bottles and containers, metal food can liners, detergents, flame retardants, toys, receipts, and pesticides.
Common endocrine disruptors include herbicides and pesticides such as glyphosate, atrazine, organophosphates, DEET, DDT, 2, 4-D pesticide, and the inert ingredients in Roundup. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and aluminum also compete with nutrients, negatively affecting proper hormone signaling. Plastic chemicals are pervasive endocrine disruptors. These include BPA, styrene, parabens, toluene, phthalates, (diethylhexyl phthalate) dioxins, and PCBs. Common household scented products contain fragrance chemicals that disrupt hormones. Products like laundry detergent, scented plugins, sunscreens, chlorine, fluoride, and polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are all toxic to fertility.
Endocrine disruptors compete with testosterone and androgens, convert testosterone to estrogen
Most of these endocrine disrupting chemicals take a long time to degrade in the environment, and many embed in the fatty tissues of the body, exerting their toxic effects over time. Most importantly, these disruptors affect fetal maturation and sexual differentiation in the early stages of pregnancy. The chemicals can stop the production of testosterone in utero, negatively affecting the sexual development of the male fetus. Phthalates will occupy the androgen and testosterone receptors, telling the body to produce less testosterone.
“The proliferation of estrogenic chemicals is a major concern,” says Robin Bernhoft, M.D., former president of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine. “Research has shown that 80 percent of male trout in Colorado had intersex genitalia, a high percentage of male crocodiles in Florida lack penises, and so forth. This is happening on many levels: Direct toxicity from PCBs, direct estrogenic effects from plastics, pesticides, and mercury among other toxins—but also a secondary effect—the stimulation of aromatase, a hormone which then converts testosterone to estrogen independently of the other factors. Pollution in general … stimulates aromatase which then converts available testosterone to estrogen. It is quite scary.”