The Presidential powwow between Russia and China wrapped up with more than a dozen new cooperative declarations.
A video of Chinese President Xi Jinping departing company with Russian President Vladimir Putin showed President Xi saying this: “Right now there are changes the likes of which we haven’t seen for 100 year. And we are the ones driving these changes together.”
The two nations now have cooperative agreements regarding trade, industry, science and military. Russia has endorsed China’s plan for peace in Ukraine and endorsed the Chinese yuan in trade settlements with countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The CDC purchased data and tracking to monitor who complied with lockdowns during the pandemic. This is according to contracts obtained by The Epoch Times.
The contracts show that the CDC paid one firm $420,000 and another firm $208,000 to access users’ location data from at least 55 million mobile devices.
According to The Epoch Times, “the CDC said it would be using the tracking data to ‘assess home-by-hour behaviors (i.e. curfew analysis) by exploring the percentage of mobile devices at home during a specific period of time.’ The data could also be integrated with other information ‘to provide a comprehensive picture of movement/travel of persons during the COVID-19 pandemic to better understand mandatory stay-at-home orders, business closure, school re-openings, and other non-pharmaceutical interventions in states and cities.’”
These contracts were signed in 2021, far after any mandatory lockdowns in 2020. Why did they need this? The CDC never published any studies using this data and did not answer questions about why they wanted it.
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Ukraine’s Human Rights Abuses
Ukrainian citizen taped to a telephone pole by a member of Ukraine’s Nazi led Azov army battalion credit: twitter
The U.S. State Department released an updated report on Human Rights in Ukraine, and it honestly reads like a big bag of excuses. This is a report the State Department releases every year, and every year they admit that Ukraine is a serious offender of human rights.
Only this year, it is because of Russia. The report admits that Ukraine does the following bad things: “unlawful or arbitrary killings; forced disappearances; torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment; harsh or life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary arrest or detention; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; restrictions on freedom of expression, including for members of the media, violence or threats of violence against journalists, unjustified arrests or prosecutions of”journalists, and censorship; serious restrictions on internet freedom; refoulement of refugees to a country despite risks they would face torture or persecution; serious acts of government corruption; lack of investigation of and accountability for gender-based violence; crimes or threats of violence motivated by antisemitism; crimes involving violence or threats of violence targeting persons with disabilities, members of ethnic minority groups, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex persons; and the existence of the worst forms of child labor.”
But, the report says, Ukraine is “not comparable to the scope of Russia’s abuses.” Also, the report says that Ukraine had to do a lot of these things because of the conflict with Russia. Except previous years’ reports admitted that Ukraine was doing these things long before the conflict began.
Are we saying Russia did not do those things too? No. Are we saying that Ukraine should get a pass because Russia did those things? Absolutely not. We are merely questioning why the State Department wants to give Ukraine a pass for corruption and give them the “they did it too” excuse. We are also questioning why the U.S. wants to continue supporting a country that it admits has been guilty of human rights abuses for years now. And yet that is what it will do. This week, U.S. committed to send Ukraine an extra $350 million in weapons and equipment for this “expected spring offensive.”
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$120. That is how much a large truckload of animal poop compost costs from a Zoo in Seattle. They call it Zoo Doo.
$9.25 million. That is how much the City of Philadelphia will pay to settle a class action lawsuit over the city’s response to George Floyd protests in 2020. This money will go to protestors, not small business owners whose businesses were vandalized. Nothing for them.
$3,200. That is the fine for parking a non-electric vehicle in an EV charging spot in Australia.
$160,000-$180,000. That is how much the cancer drug Xtandi costs in the U.S. The government declined to force Pfizer and Astellas to lower the price on Tuesday.