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C&C. 5th Circuit Win. History vs Truth?

Source: ☕️ Coffee & Covid ☙ Tuesday, September 20, 2022 ☙ SHAKING



🔥 In an epic win for social media user rights, on Friday, the Fifth Circuit upheld a new Texas statute prohibiting large social media platforms from political viewpoint-based user censorship. The Court noted that the platforms made the bizarre oxymoronic argument that they have a free speech right to “muzzle speech.”

The Fifth Circuit judges were having none of it. They explained that the platforms’ argument makes no sense:

The implications of the platforms’ argument are staggering. On the platforms’ view, email providers, mobile phone companies, and banks could cancel the accounts of anyone who sends an email, makes a phone call, or spends money in support of a disfavored political party, candidate, or business. What’s worse, the platforms argue that a business can acquire a dominant market position by holding itself out as open to everyone-as Twitter did in championing itself as “the free speech wing of the free speech party.” Then, having cemented itself as the monopolist of “the modern public square,” Twitter unapologetically argues that it could turn around and ban all pro-LGBT speech for no other reason than its employees want to pick on members of that community.

The short, two-page order ended like this:

Today we reject the idea that corporations have a freewheeling First Amendment right to censor what people say. Because the district court held otherwise, we reverse its injunction and remand for further proceedings.


The appeal was filed by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who has been doing some truly fantastic work lately.

The Court’s holding interferes with the deep state’s narrative-manipulation tools, so you can imagine that they must be thinking this is the worst thing that could ever have happened, literally a million times worse than the Hindenburg disaster. They’re squawking, too. For instance, here’s how deep state mouthpiece Foreign Policy magazine described the ruling in its headline:

See? According to the deep state, the problem is that a free and open social media town square is NOT SAFE. “Extremists” from “the globe” might post stuff that hurts your feelings, which is even worse than ACTUALLY hurting you, say through a jab mandate or something.

Safety uber-alles!

The authors of the Foreign Policy op-ed admitted their conflict of interests, noting parenthetically that “(Full disclosure: At Valens Global, we have received funding from Meta, the owner of Facebook, for our work on how national security intersects with technology.)” So.

The parade of horribles offered by the op-ed’s writers is mostly fantastical. For example, they begin the piece by warning their hands over a lunatic who live-streamed a shooting incident. If the platforms can’t censor THAT, then even more lunatics will be encouraged to shoot people and live-stream themselves.

The problem with that argument, of course, is that censoring criminal activity is not political viewpoint discrimination. The authors next invoked “radical Islam,” worrying that social media can be used to “radicalize” jihadists.

I’d say that letting the radical jihadist talk on social media helps us figure out where they are, and frankly I’m more concerned about the social media platforms censoring opinions for “Islamophobia.”

As my First Amendment professor used to say, “the antidote to bad speech is more speech.”

🔥 One of the dumb excuses Martha’s Vineyard locals used to justify why the 51 illegal immigrants couldn’t stay on their idyllic little island was that is just no work for them, what with the summer rush over and everything. For example, Charles Rus, music director at St. Andrew’s, the episcopal church in Edgartown where the illegal immigrants were temporarily housed, flatly told the Epoch Times there were no jobs on the island for the migrants, so. Buh bye.

But the Epoch Times did a little digging — a very little digging, it didn’t take much — and found jobs all over the place, in scads and buckets. For instance, there are over 50 help wanted ads in classified section of the Vineyard Gazette alone, including jobs for laborers, custodians, landscapers, bakers, cooks, dishwashers, technicians, library assistant, and several retail positions.

Epoch’s reporters also called the Martha’s Vineyard YMCA and discovered several more open positions, including housekeepers, “ice arena” workers, and a front desk administrator. The YMCA shares a building with a local charity, Martha’s Vineyard Community Services, which itself needs a “bilingual” administrative assistant.


Although the Community Services charity almost certainly receives state and/or federal funding, Epoch couldn’t find anyone in the generously-appointed offices when the reporter went by to ask about the job opening.

Even more appalling, Epoch’s reporter discovered that the island’s local supermarket chain, Stop & Shop, has empty worker dormitories — where the summer overflow workers live during the busy summer tourist season. Obviously the immigrants could have been housed there — and Stop & Shop is even hiring for several open positions right now.

Martha’s Vineyard is one of eight “sanctuary cities” in Massachusetts and — up till about 10 minutes ago — regularly “celebrated diversity.”

Not any more, apparently.

📈 MSN begrudgingly ran a story Friday headlined, “Ron DeSantis Breaks Fundraising Record For Governors Amid Martha’s Vineyard Immigration Stunt.”

The news agency reported that, following the news over last week’s Martha’s Vineyard disaster for liberals, Florida’s governor broke all-time fundraising records, ever, by any governor in U.S. history.

And it’s not just fundraising…

🔥 The latest figures on party registration in Florida show that, since DeSantis was elected governor in 2018, Florida’s Republican Party had added 509,420 new registered voters, but in the same period, Democrats have only added 17,197 voters.

Oops. Pretty soon, democrats in Florida might find out what California Republicans feel like.

🔥 Is the great cleanup starting? USA Today ran a revealing investigative story a couple weeks ago headlined, “Cashing In On Covid: USA Today Investigates Claims Against Companies That Profited In Pandemic.”

The article rounds up a series of related articles about state and federal investigations into pandemic “no bid” profiteering, where people who got government covid contracts under emergency authority are now having to account for where the money went.

And guess what? A lot of taxpayer money went right into people’s pockets. I know; shocking, right?

For now, the investigations are mostly into covid testing labs, the same ones who used absurdly-high PCR thresholds to inflate covid infection figures and keep the pandemic cash machine rolling — while keeping the rest of us locked down and masked up.

Here’s a list of headlines from USA Today’s linked articles:

  • “This Utah Startup Had No Public Health Experience, But GOP Governors Paid It $219M For Questionable Covid Tests.”
  • “Timeline: How An Upstart Utah Company Made Millions Off Covid-19 Tests.”
  • “Utah Firms Gave $1M To GOP After Getting No-Bid Covid-19 Contracts.”
  • “How Pop-Up Coronavirus Test Sites And Labs Capitalize On Lax Regulations.”
  • “They Got Rich Off ‘Covid Money’ And Flaunted It. Now They’re Under Investigation.”
  • “Covid-19 Testing Chain Amassed Fortunes Amid Betrayal Of Trust: Lawsuit.”

If the references to GOP governors and states troubles you, don’t worry. There’ll be plenty of these cases in the blue states, too, you’ll see. They just won’t get as much corporate media coverage.

And if you ever wondered why the RINOs jumped right behind the pandemic madness — I didn’t — this is your explanation.

Covid was the biggest cash grab in human history. And I really believe that — sooner rather than later — we WILL ultimately crawl all the way up the chain, right up to the big pharma execs who snatched generational wealth from citizens, by selling dangerously defective snake oil to 70% of the first world’s population using no-bid government contracts.

Trust the greed process. There’s blood in the political water. The lower-level sharks are already circling around all that new generational wealth money, and the feeding frenzy could start anytime.

🔥 A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck southwest Mexico off the Pacific coast yesterday, which, along with the Taiwan quake, makes TWO recent serious earthquakes, on opposite sides of the Pacific Ocean, within a couple days of each other.

Fortunately there were no casualties or major building damage, according to reports.

The quake was weird for another reason. Yesterday’s earthquake hit on the September 19th anniversary of TWO previous large earthquakes around Mexico City, one that killed over 10,000 people in 1985, and another that killed over 360 in 2017. In other words, three major earthquakes have now hit Mexico on the same day of the year — September 19th.

In fact, because of the anniversaries, officials had JUST finished an earthquake drill in Mexico City when yesterday’s earthquake hit. You have to admit it’s kind of weird.

🔥 There are signs of intelligent life and ethics in the FBI. Yesterday, Jim Jordan sent a letter to FBI Director Chris Wray, complaining about what the FBI agents who are providing the House Judiciary Committee are saying about what’s been going on in the agency since Biden took up residence in the White House.

Jordan explained that, all around the country, FBI agents are being told to stand down child sex trafficking investigations, and start prioritizing investigations about J6 cases:

The whistleblower disclosed that the FBI is sacrificing its other important federal law-enforcement duties to pursue January 6 investigations. The whistleblower recalled, for example, being “told that child sexual abuse material investigations were no longer an FBI priority and should be referred to local law enforcement agencies.”

Jordan told Wray that “whistleblowers describe a “rotted” culture within the FBI’s senior leadership in Washington.” According to the whistleblowers, to make it look like there’s some kind of sudden explosion of domestic terrorism around the country, the DC field office is referring J6 cases to local offices around America and telling them to “originate” the case in those local jurisdictions.

According to the whistleblowers, this statistical sleight-of-hand lets the DOH claim that new cases are breaking out all over the country (instead of coming right from D.C.) amounting to “significant increases in domestic terrorism … instead of hundreds of investigations stemming from a single, black swan incident at the Capitol.”

I don’t know what will come of this, but the story shows there are still good cops in the FBI, and they’re talking a blue streak. Finally.

🔥 There are some significant signs that the culture may be shifting. Yesterday, Business Insider reported that Charlamagne The God, a center-left social media influencer turned Comedy Central “black news” commenter, called DeSantis a genius for sending the illegals to Martha’s Vineyard:

🔥 And last week, classically-liberal Bill Maher even called out leftist historical revisionism.

Maher is looking more conservative by the minute. But he hasn’t changed. Neither has Charlamagne. I’ll remind you of the brilliant cartoon illustration popularized by former democrat Elon Musk, showing how moderate liberals must be starting to view their place in the world:

So, be encouraged! We’re moving in the right direction. It just takes a long time to turn a mega-cruise-ship around, what with with Klaus Schwab constantly showing up on the bridge and trying to grab the helm.

Have a terrific Tuesday! I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow for more.


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C&C. More Deaths than from COVID? REDACTED.

Source: Coffee & Covid ☙ Friday, August 19, 2022 ☙ REDACTED

Happy Friday C&C! I had some pretty wild dreams last night, which was really great, because it meant I was asleep. So I’ll take that as a sign of turning the corner on my summer cold. Today’s mini-roundup packs a punch, though, with more signs that a seismic pivot is happening in real time: The UK Telegraph blames excess deaths on public health mistakes; the US gets out of the jab game; and the Biden Raid affidavit MIGHT be released. Somewhat.


Things are breaking, they’re breaking big, so keep your eyes open.

💉 There was another huge development in the corporate media’s information embargo yesterday, in the form of a UK Telegraph article headlined “Lockdown Effects Feared to Be Killing More People Than Covid.”


And look at the sub-head: “Unexplained excess deaths outstrip those from virus as medics call figures ‘terrifying’.” In other words, although U.S. corporate media is still ignoring them (with some help from the CDC), excess deaths still just went mainstream.

Holy Late Arrivals, Batman! Did you ever think you’d see the day? Before we get to the “lockdown effects” euphemism, let’s first just consider the profound implications of taking this “lockdown effects” nonsense at face value.

The Telegraph article reported that official UK data “suggests” that “the effects of lockdown may now be killing more people than are dying of Covid.” That’s not good. It said the paper “understands that the Department of Health has ordered an investigation into the figures.” The government will have to blame somebody. Somebody else. Maybe someone who gave it bad advice.

It’s pretty bad. The paper admitted “the number of excess deaths not from Covid dwarfs the number linked to the virus.” DWARFS them. People are dying from other things besides covid so much that they DWARF covid deaths. That means it’s SO bad they can’t use any cute non-alarming synonyms anymore. Time for plan B.

The rest of the article deflects the phenomenon right onto deferred care during lockdowns. That will obscure the real problem for a little while longer, but the “deferred care” excuse won’t work twelve months from now. It’s a band-aid, and it’s not free. Not even close.

Even accepting the article’s unlikely premise that “lockdown effects” of deferred care ARE the cause of all the unexplained strokes and clots and heart attacks, “lockdown effects” reflect awfully on public health agencies. That rationale “suggests” that public health experts failed to consider the now-obvious downstream effects; and worse, anybody with a google terminal will pretty much immediately discover scientists like Bhattacharya, Kulldorf, et al who warned about those very same “lockdown effects” back at the time the decisions were made.

So public health experts won’t be able to say they didn’t know. They just “ignored the science,” which is a cardinal sin under Branch Covidia. Once “lockdown effects” becomes the default explanation, there will be a massive backlash against public health, for failing to tailor the covid response to account for side effects like deferred care. OF COURSE, it makes NO SENSE to kill more people with mitigations than die from covid, especially when those mitigations have not shown any clear benefit, and especially considering the vast economic and political costs of those mitigations.

Thanks experts!

The CDC has withheld the excess death figures in the U.S. for two and a half months now, citing a software upgrade or some equally dumb excuse. Do you suppose it’s possible those numbers, like the UK’s, are so obvious and grim and embarrassing that a “complete reorganization” of the CDC would be required, and that, to show fast and effective action, Biden might strip handling pandemics completely away from a disgraced CDC, and re-assign that important job to some other agency?

Good thing we have one waiting and ready to go! The ASPR. The ASPR wouldn’t have made these kinds of mistakes. It’s not all bureaucratically bloated and packed with political hacks, not like the CDC. No, no, never. ASPR employees don’t care about money and stuff, just helping people. They are the very definition of selfless bureaucrats. You’ll see. So … problem solved! You’re welcome.

So, once again we note that the news is not about excess deaths — we’ve known about THAT for months now — the news is that the corporate media embargo on TALKING ABOUT excess deaths — instead of just hoping they’d bugger off — is all over now. We’ve pivoted into the next narrative.

The sleight of hand over “lockdown effects” causing cancer, heart attacks, and strokes (but not other types of injuries) from “deferred care” is just a trade-off. They’re throwing public health officials under the bus instead of considering other, more politically difficult causes. Like causes with needles. But it won’t last; it will catch up with them. First of all, public health MIGHT NOT like being thrown under the bus, and MIGHT fight back, but nothing would surprise me from that squad of masochists.

Second, the “deferred care” excuse can only last so long before it just doesn’t work anymore. Maybe they are hoping that the excess deaths will resolve by themselves after a while, which could happen; nobody knows. Maybe. But they’ll need to stop jabbing people if they want to find THAT out.

Oh, wait!

💉 The Wall Street Journal ran an exclusive yesterday headlined, “U.S. Plans to Shift Bill for Covid Shots and Treatments to Insurers, Patients.”

Hahahahaha! They are very clever, you have to hand it to them. How do you phase out the shots without admitting they don’t work, and after getting millions of people hooked on them like strung-out junkies? The answer: Make people pay for them, that’s how! It’s simple economics, supply and demand. Who wants a crappy shot that doesn’t work if you have to PAY FOR IT?

Remember: to quell excess deaths — if the shot is the culprit — you don’t have to totally eliminate the jabs. You only have to shrink them. Fewer jabs, fewer excess deaths, is how it would work. The numbers will fade into the background. If you can squash next year’s excess deaths, then maybe you COULD shift the blame for the excess deaths onto the public health experts and get away with it.

Here’s how the WSJ describes a very surprising announcement that came out of nowhere with no warning of any kind, and frames it as a natural transition that has been in the works since, well, the beginning:

The Biden administration is planning for an end to its practice of paying for Covid-19 shots and treatments, shifting more control of pricing and coverage to the healthcare industry in ways that could generate sales for companies—and costs for consumers—for years to come… Both the Trump and Biden administrations always planned to shift the bill for Covid-19 shots and treatments from the federal government to individuals eventually… “We’ve known at some point we’d need to move over into the commercial market, and we’re approaching that time now,” said Dawn O’Connell, assistant secretary at HHS for preparedness and response.

Well, sure. But do you think that jab lovers really understood it meant anytime soon? The Journal claims the BUDGET is the problem; the shots are just too expensive, nobody’s got the cash:

With Covid-19 cases dropping, more activities resuming and funding for the pandemic response running short, officials are now working to map out that transition…

This kind of shines a new light on the CDC’s recent announcement that unjabbed people should be treated the same as jabbed, doesn’t it? I mean, you can’t treat unjabbed people like scabby lepers and not offer them free shots. But if you treat everybody all the same, the problem is neatly solved. Kudos!

You literally cannot make this stuff up. I think they’re making it up as they go along at this point.

🔥 Here’s a hot take. If I’m right, and if Big Pharma, along with its wholly-owned subsidiary — corporate media — begin to throw public health under the lockdown bus for this, we should go ahead and let them. Have fun down there! There’s zero reason to defend public health after they dictated and demonized us all. They’re big boys and girls (often literally) so they can fight their own battles.

We needed to clear out public health anyway. This could help do it a lot faster. We’ll get to pharma later.

And, what does the expression, “useful idiots” mean? I think public health folks might be about to find out.

🔥 Former Epstein lawyer, DOJ turncoat, and Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart held a hearing yesterday in the Biden Raid case. He’d surprised some pundits by announcing that, before ruling on the various motions to unseal the FBI’s affidavit of probable cause, he wanted to hear oral arguments from the parties first.

We don’t have any video or audio from the hearing. But the result was that Magistrate Reinhart ordered some documents besides the affidavit to be unsealed: his sealing order, the FBI’s motion to seal, and the criminal cover sheet, which is just a standard court form. But he allowed the FBI to make “appropriate redactions,” which means you can safely bet those documents will be effectively useless whenever we finally see them. And they wouldn’t have been that informative to start with.

After listening to both sides’ arguments, which were exactly what you’d predict, the Magistrate said he was inclined to release at least SOME parts of the affidavit. According to reports from folks in the courtroom, he gave the FBI a week to get him a proposed redacted version of the affidavit, and then he would look it over and make a final decision.

Remember, Magistrate Reinhart has already seen the unredacted version of the affidavit. In fact, he carefully considered it back when he authorized the search. So he know what’s in it, whether it will withstand scrutiny, and whether it might make the court (himself) look bad if it’s released. He SHOULDN’T consider that last factor, but judges are human beings too, and he surely already feels the pressure of massive international scrutiny.

So I won’t make any predictions. It seems Reinhart wants to release SOMETHING to quell media demands, but he wants it to be properly redacted. Twitter pundits aren’t impressed and promptly predicted what the released affidavit might look like:

Twitter avatar for @ODanielCaiadoDaniel Caiado @ODanielCaiado

@thevivafrei I have a preview.


That kind of redaction makes unsealing effectively useless, and the Magistrate knows that. So he is trying to “split the baby” and satisfy both priorities somehow. We’ll see!

🔥 I know you want more. Here’s a great article to tide you over by Julie Kelly reporting what the FBI’s been up to over in Michigan, as exposed in what she calls the “Gretchen Whitmer Fednapping” trial, part deux.

That’s it for today. I’m definitely on the mend and hope to be back in full form tomorrow or if not, by Monday. Have a fabulous Friday, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for more.


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COVID-19 Vaccines Hinder the Immune System, Lead to More Severe Illness: Dr. Robert Malone

By Ella Kietlinska and Joshua Philipp, August 2, 2022

Source: COVID-19 Vaccines Hinder the Immune System, Lead to More Severe Illness: Dr. Robert Malone

A study out of the United Kingdom has shown that health care workers who received multiple COVID-19 vaccine boosters after initially being infected with the original virus strain from Wuhan are more prone to chronic reinfection from the Omicron variant.

This may help explain why the people who have received several COVID-19 vaccine boosters are increasingly the ones who end up in the hospital with severe COVID-19 symptoms, sometimes resulting in death, said scientist and physician Dr. Robert Malone.

In a July 21 interview for EpochTV’s “Crossroads” program, Malone, an inventor of mRNA vaccine technology, said this phenomenon is the result of a process called “immune imprinting,” whereby initial exposure to a virus strain may prevent the body from producing enough neutralizing antibodies against a newer strain.

He added that this process is reinforced by multiple inoculations.

“All over the world, we are seeing these datasets that show that, unfortunately, the people that are dying and being hospitalized are overwhelmingly the highly vaccinated,” he said. “It is not those that have natural immunity.”

Vaccines Based on Old Strains

The COVID-19 vaccines currently in circulation are based on the Wuhan strain of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as SARS-CoV-2, which causes the illness now identified as COVID-19.

A number of strains have emerged and become dominant since the Wuhan strain was prevalent, including the currently dominant Omicron variant.

The problem is that COVID-19 vaccines use only one of the components of the whole virus, which is a spike protein, so the immune system of a person who received an mRNA vaccine becomes trained to respond to only that component, Malone explained.

If that antigen has changed slightly, if that virus has changed slightly, [the immune system] still reacts as if it’s the old one,” he said.

The COVID-19 vaccines are based on the spike protein of the original virus identified in Wuhan. That strain of the virus no longer exists and is not circulating in the population anymore, Malone said.

If a vaccine based on a now-defunct viral strain is repeatedly administered, it trains the immune system to focus more and more on the antigen delivered through the vaccine and to disregard anything else that’s slightly different, Malone explained, calling this phenomenon immune imprinting.

“The literature on immune imprinting is bombproof,” Malone said. “Paper after paper after paper now, in the top peer-reviewed journals from the top laboratories all across the world, are documenting it.”

The phenomenon has long been known in the field of vaccinology, said Malone, but the topic is verboten, and people who work in the field prefer not to discuss it, he said.

Vaccine Immunity Versus Natural Immunity

COVID-19 outbreak
A registered nurse cares for COVID-19 patients in an intensive care unit at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., on Jan. 21, 2021. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Health care workers in the UK—many of whom were infected with the Wuhan variant of the virus and also received three or four COVID-19 vaccine doses—have been developing chronic repeated infections from the Omicron variant, Malone said, citing a paper published in the academic journal Science.

Another paper published in Nature shows that the evolution of the virus is not coming from the general population, but rather from immunocompromised people who have received multiple vaccine doses, Malone said, and about 30 percent of the highly vaccinated population are having repeated infections.

This is contrary to the promoted narrative that the unvaccinated are putting the wider population at risk, Malone noted.

Natural immunity from a COVID-19 infection lasts for at least 14 months, including immunity against the Omicron strains, Malone said, citing a scientific paper from Qatar which has not yet been peer reviewed (pdf).

Vaccine-induced immunity, however, lasts only a couple of months, he added.

When someone gets infected with the original virus, that person will generate an immune response that includes “all kinds of proteins from the virus,” provided he or she hasn’t experienced too much immune imprinting, Malone explained.

“The problem with these monovalent vaccines, or the single-antigen vaccines, is they’re driving all your immune response against one thing as opposed to the whole virus. So all the virus has to do is genetically, through evolution, tweak a few knobs to escape that,” he said. “And that is exactly what’s happened with Omicron.”

The paradox is that most of the countries with emerging economies and low vaccination rates also have the lowest COVID-19 mortality rates in the world, Malone said.

“It’s likely that we’re going to continue to see this trend,” he said.

According to Our World in Data, only 1.4 percent of Haiti’s population has been vaccinated, and the country has recorded 838 COVID-19 deaths, a rate of 73 deaths per 1 million people.

In South Africa, where 32 percent of the population is vaccinated, there have been nearly 102,000 deaths, a rate of 1,717 deaths per 1 million people.

In the UK, 75 percent of the population is vaccinated, and more than 184,000 people have died, which is a rate of 2,736 deaths per 1 million.

And in the United States, 67 percent of the population is vaccinated, and 1.03 million people have died from the virus, a rate of 3,058 deaths per 1 million people.

Other Problems with Vaccines

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A health care worker prepares to administer a monkeypox vaccine at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors, Fla., on July 12, 2022. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Malone pointed out a problem with the current mRNA vaccines.

When a vaccine is injected into a patient’s arm, the RNA from the vaccine, which is a modified RNA, is supposed to last for only a couple of hours, but a study from Stanford University shows that “the RNA sticks around for at least 60 days,” Malone said.

However, the government only accounts for vaccine reactions and illnesses that are recorded on the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) within the first couple of weeks after vaccination, even though the drug is still in the body two months later, Malone said.

“The RNA from the vaccine produces more spike protein than the natural infection does,” he said. “Now that makes sense about why we see more adverse events with the vaccines than we see with the infection itself, because spike is a toxin.”

VAERS was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration to collect and analyze data about the adverse effects of vaccination.

The system relies on individuals to send in reports and is not intended to determine if a reported health problem was caused by a vaccine, but it is “especially useful for detecting unusual or unexpected patterns of adverse event reporting that might indicate a possible safety problem with a vaccine,” according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Malone, president and co-founder of the International Alliance of Physicians and Medical Scientists, said over 17,000 doctors and scientists have signed a declaration stating unequivocally that genetic vaccines need to be withdrawn.

“These genetic vaccines are not working,” he said.

Meiling Lee and Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.

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On TikTok, It’s All Fun and Games Until China Wants Your Info

Source: On TikTok, It’s All Fun and Games Until China Wants Your Info – WSJ

New reports in the U.S. have raised serious questions about whether the Chinese government has access to American TikTok users’ personal data. Yet Apple and Google, which run the two largest app stores, seem unconcerned.

Leaked audio of TikTok’s internal meetings obtained by BuzzFeed contradicts the company’s sworn testimony to Congress last fall that U.S. user data is managed by a “world-renowned U.S.-based security team.” BuzzFeed reports that American staff couldn’t access the data on their own and had to ask Chinese colleagues where user information was going. The China-based engineers had access to nonpublic U.S. user data at least from September 2021 to January 2022, according to BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed reports that “in the recordings, the vast majority of situations where China-based staff accessed US user data were in service” of halting the flow of American data to China. But the fact that Chinese engineers had this access presents a national-security risk. If a tech company operates in mainland China, the Communist Party can easily gain access to its data. One way is through China’s Data Security Law, which allows the government to regulate private companies’ practices for storing and managing information in China if they collect “core data”—a broad term that means anything Beijing sees as a national or security concern.

TikTok said shortly before the BuzzFeed story broke that its “default storage location” for U.S. users’ data would be routed to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. But if Chinese engineers can still access that content, they could easily store it in mainland servers, even unintentionally. The BuzzFeed report details a member of TikTok’s Trust and Safety Department saying, in a fall 2021 meeting, that “everything is seen in China.” Worse, an unidentified director referred to a “Master Admin” based in Beijing who had “access to everything” on the app.

(TikTok responded to the BuzzFeed report: “We know we’re among the most scrutinized platforms from a security standpoint, and we aim to remove any doubt about the security of US user data. That’s why we hire experts in their fields, continually work to validate our security standards, and bring in reputable, independent third parties to test our defenses.” ByteDance, its parent company, didn’t provide additional comment.)

There is a lot the Chinese government might find valuable in the data TikTok collects about American users. According to the company’s privacy policy, it collects consumers’ real-time location, search history and biometric data (e.g., fingerprints or facial imprints). Such information is invaluable to create identity profiles, which hackers sell to the highest bidder in Chinese black markets to commit identity fraud, or the Chinese government could use information it forces tech companies to provide to access Americans’ federal employee records. Government-sponsored hackers could create accurate scans of stolen fingerprints to help crack a two-factor security system.

Worse, TikTok requires the use of your device’s microphone to collect voiceprints. Without access to TikTok’s source code, which only the company possesses, it’s hard to know what the app does with the permissions it’s given. But there is evidence that it records even when you aren’t using it. TikTok users report that Apple’s app-spying feature, which alerts devices’ owners when apps access your microphone or camera, pinged them about TikTok accessing their mics when the app was closed. If TikTok’s access is as expansive as that implies, the Chinese government could use a smartphone as a listening device.

BuzzFeed’s reporting prompted Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr to write Apple and Google asking them to remove the app from their stores as “an unacceptable national security risk.”

Mr. Carr is right. TikTok’s popularity among policy makers and journalists could give the Chinese Communist Party unfettered access to the data of influential Americans. This opens a terrifying gap in our nation’s security by giving China the ability to listen to government officials’ private conversations to blackmail them or, given that many of them use their personal devices to conduct official business, steal their credentials to access top-secret information. As of 2020, TikTok had access to clipboard content on Apple devices, which can provide some access to anyone using a password manager for secured accounts. If the user has even one of his government credentials briefly saved on his clipboard, then it can open a door into a federal agency.

TikTok said it would stop accessing users’ clipboard content on iOS devices, after Apple’s new privacy transparency feature in iOS 14 revealed that it was continuing the practice. But it’s unclear whether it has, and no firm date accompanied the promise.

U.S. tech companies have long had ample evidence that TikTok presents a serious threat. President Trump issued an order in 2020 to ban TikTok from U.S. markets, which President Biden rolled back last June.

But even now, Apple and Google appear indifferent to TikTok’s practices. Both companies’ app stores have developer guidelines to prevent this sort of behavior. Section 5.1.2(ii) of Apple’s developer guidelines provides: “Data collected for one purpose may not be repurposed without further consent unless otherwise explicitly permitted by law.” TikTok users may agree to let the app collect their data, but they certainly aren’t asked to consent explicitly to their data going to the Chinese government. Apple claims to have rejected more than 343,000 apps from its App Store due to “privacy violations.” Yet TikTok seems to have gotten an exception—and is even listed as an “iPhone Essential” on the Apple app store’s home page.

TikTok is likely too financially valuable to be deplatformed. It has 100 million monthly users in the U.S., most of whom use the app rather than the website. Each of those accounts means activity on Apple and Google’s app stores, and both U.S. companies also get access to the app’s data. Apple and Google also have a large stake in maintaining good relations with Beijing. To be able to sell its devices and services in China, Apple agreed to a deal that mandates it remove most of its encryption technology and let officials manage the computers of its mainland data centers, among other things. Google also operates in China.

TikTok poses a serious danger to national security and Americans’ privacy. If companies won’t quell that threat, Congress needs to do it.

Mr. Thayer is president of the Digital Progress Institute and a Washington-based telecom and tech attorney.