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3 Aug
1./ Why are our political elites SO obsessed with gender identity issues, and trans rights? One answer comes from Malta, the LGBTQ+ movement's poster child, where an inquiry has just accused the tiny nation's entire political class of enabling a murder. 👇theguardian.com/world/2021/jul…
2./ Ever since the election of a Labour government in 2013, Malta has pioneered radical LGBTQ+ policies including Self-ID of gender. Malta's adoption of such policies was sold as the new global benchmark others should reach. Uncritical plaudits rolled in.👇time.com/4597632/malta-…
3./ But had these policies really been thought through? When journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated, in 2017, leading politicians were accused of involvement and being linked to gangsters. Did the LGBTQ+ movement or its "allies" pause for thought? What do you think? Image
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3 Aug
Why are rapes of dalit/adivasi women never declared as the "rarest of rare" cases?

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When the "Nirbhaya" rape took place in Dec 2012, former Chief Justice Leila Seth was bewildered by the gruesome nature of the crime. The doctor involved in examining the victim admitted she had never seen anything so ruthless in her entire career.

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The case was considered “rarest of the rare” in the court of law since it had shocked the collective conscience of the people owing to “the manner of commission of the murder, the motive for commission of the murder...
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3 Aug
We know the vaccines out there reduce the spread of Delta COVID-19. They do not eliminate spread; they reduce it. We know this because of simple math. /1
If the vaccine did not stop COVID spread at all, we would expect the number of new cases to be directly proportional to the number of unvaccinated people. That’s *not* what we’re seeing. I will give just two datapoints. /2
MA has about 28% unvaccinated, and 9.5 new cases per 100,000 population per day. FL has about 44% unvaccinated, and 75 cases per 100k population/day. So, getting vaccinated protects you and protects those you contact, not perfectly, but it does reduce spread. /3
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3 Aug
People who keep saying to me but "it's just" a mask, or a jab, or lockdown for all our good, let me tell you what your "it's just" has meant for me and no doubt countless others.

It's just two dead mother in laws (one from ex) both dead due to lack of treatment because of
lockdown

It's just two friends children that have killed themselves as they saw no hope, one 14 and one 15

It's just my mother that got diagnosed with cancer at the start of lockdown and denied treatment due to lockdown

It's just the 26 year old daughter of a friend who
died within 24 hours of the jab

It's just the 19 year old daughter of an acquaintance who died within a few days of the jab

It's just my business that won't survive so can't employ the people it does who then will struggle financially

It's just my child that will lose their
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3 Aug
Dozens were killed after clashes between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in April, the most violent confrontation in years.

A disputed border and local politics are often described as being at the root of tensions. But is changing climate also playing a role? bellingcat.com/resources/case…
Data indicate less rainfall, lower ground temperature, and poorer vegetation health in the year preceding the clashes.

While this doesn't suggest climate or water availability was the sole cause of April’s crisis, it is a correlation which warrants serious scrutiny.
An analysis remote sensing data shows that just a few years of disruptions to the climate on the Kyrgyz-Tajik border has decreased water availability, hurt agricultural yields and increased plant stress.
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3 Aug
Whatever happened (rift in LJP), Chirag Paswan continues to be the leader of LJP. Yes, I want them...(to be together): RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, when asked on Chirag Paswan-Tejashwi Yadav alliance in Bihar Image
We were about to form govt in Bihar. I was in jail but my son Tejashwi Yadav fought them (ruling alliance in the State) alone. They cheated and defeated us (RJD) by 10-15 votes: RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav
I had come to enquire about Sharad Pawar's health, he has been unwell. Parliament is deserted without him. Three of us - I, Sharad bhai, & Mulayam Singh have fought for so many issues... My yesterday's meeting with Mulayam Singh Yadav was a courtesy visit: Lalu Prasad Yadav, RJD
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3 Aug
Why the ongoing mass vaccination experiment drives a rapid evolutionary response of SARS-CoV-2 geertvandenbossche.org/post/why-the-o…
Summary of the Article by a Vaccine Researcher @GVDBossche

As Sars-CoV-2 entered a highly susceptible human population, it has initially been spreading rapidly and in an uncontrollable way.
This already explains why Sars-CoV-2 has been evolving rather slowly with no substantial selection of fitness-enhancing mutations occurring over the first 10 months of the pandemic (i.e., between December 2019 and October 2020).
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3 Aug
A non sterilizing vax that delivers neutropenia in 46% of the victims.

Administered mid pandemic.
What could possibly go wrong?

@GVDBossche Warner against this.

Thankfully most of the population has T-cells from natural infection, otherwise...

bmj.com/content/371/bm…
This paper would foreshadow the nightmare to come.

Imperfect spike only vaccine across 1/3rd -1/2th the population is like putting low dose antibiotics into half the water supply.

Darwin Award.
2015 paper mentioned by @BretWeinstein

journals.plos.org/plosbiology/ar…
Overlap this with current data on the overlap of nAbs to spike RBD and these authors called it.

journals.plos.org/plosone/articl…
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3 Aug
"In 2012, KISS partnered with Vedanta to enroll children from villages near one of the corporation’s sites of operation, with the stated goal of "mainstreaming of Tribals.”

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"As part of this, KISS signed indemnity agreements with the parents of each child, consenting to their study at the institution. Vedanta, in turn, agreed to sponsor a hundred children until they complete the tenth standard, at the rate of Rs 20,000 per child per year."

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"Similar agreements have been signed with the Tata
Group, which has faced protests from tribal people opposing its operations in Odisha. Further, KISS has partnered with the Adani Group to open a branch of the institute, called KISS-Adani, in the town of Baripada."

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3 Aug
Krsnna Diagnostics IPO notes: 'Let's do Good' ❓

Hit the 'retweet' & help us educate more investors

A thread 🧵👇

#IPOwithJST
1/ Basics about the IPO

Issue Dates: 4 - 6 August
Issue Size: ₹ 1,211 Crore (400crs Fresh Issue & 811crs OFS)
Mcap at the upper band: 2994crs
Price Band: ₹ 933 - 954
Retail Quota: 10%

Promoter stake to go from 32% to 27% post IPO. Image
2/ About the company.

Krsnaa Diagnostics provides technology-enabled services such as imaging (including radiology), pathology/clinical laboratory, and teleradiology

to public and private hospitals, medical colleges and community health centres across India.
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3 Aug
Excess mortality across the world with the World Mortality Dataset - officially published at @eLife!

elifesciences.org/articles/69336

A thread on data, findings, and more.

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(Illustration by Gal Kabiri) Image
Excess mortality - increase of the all-cause mortality expected mortality based on historic trends, has long been used to estimate the death toll of pandemics and other extreme events. From the 17th century at least up to more recent events like Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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No matter how estimate are made, they require data on all cause mortality. In #WorldMortality Dataset we have collected data from over 100 countries and territories from all corners of the world.

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3 Aug
Yesterday I wrote a thread about people's increasingly fractured political preferences. I said that we were becoming less easy to please, and that this made it increasingly difficult for political parties to craft a message with broad appeal. 1/16

The thread got a lot of very interesting responses, for which 🙏.

A lot of the responses, perhaps unsurprisingly, said that some form of proportional representation was the answer. 2/
I'm a big fan of PR. But if the problem is that political preferences are ever more fractured, I don't think that PR does anything more than move, rather than solve, the problem. 3/
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