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AZ auditors look for bamboo fiber to find ballots flown in from Asia

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The already bizarre circumstances surrounding Arizona’s controversial GOP-led audit of the 2020 presidential election became even stranger Wednesday. Auditors are reportedly checking ballots for bamboo fibers in an effort to confirm an absurd conspiracy theory that fraudulent votes created in Asia were somehow counted in Arizona in November.

In an interview with journalist Dennis Welch of local CBS affiliate KTVK, Tucson resident and volunteer observer John Brakey explained the bamboo theory in greater detail.

“Well, there’s accusations that 40,000 ballots were flown in to Arizona and stuffed into the box, okay, and it came from the south east part of the world — Asia — and what they’re doing is to find out if there’s bamboo in the paper,” Brakey said.

He then gestured to a piece of equipment that wasn’t captured in the video interview but which was apparently being used to take extremely high definition photographs of individual ballots for inspection.

“That camera right there, that they [use] to take a picture of the ballot, they can really look at depth and find out is it a hand marked paper ballot because it’s a 5k camera. You can see the folds in the ballot, because 92-percent of all the ballots here should’ve been folded because they came in through an envelope,” he said, adding that he was “on a mission for facts.”
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The world sent India millions in Covid aid. Why is it not reaching those who need it most?

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New Delhi (CNN)As India's Covid-19 crisis tipped past breaking point last month, dozens of countries pledged critical aid.

Planeloads of ventilators, oxygen supplies and antiviral drugs began arriving last week, with photos showing massive parcels being unloaded at New Delhi airport.
There's just one problem: for many days, much of the cargo sat in airport hangars as hospitals on the ground pleaded for more provisions.
Medical workers and local officials are still reporting the same devastating shortages that have strained the health care system for weeks now -- raising questions, even among foreign donors, of where the aid is going.
In a US State Department news briefing on Friday, a reporter asked where the US aid was, demanding "accountability for US taxpayers' money," according to the briefing transcript. "Is there anything being done to check on how it is being distributed, the aid that we are sending?" the reporter asked.
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GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy admits he rented room from pollster/lobbyist Frank Luntz

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, admitted Tuesday that he rented a room for “a couple of months” from GOP pollster and corporate advisor Frank Luntz.

But McCarthy, during an appearance on Fox News, denied there was any conflict of interest in sharing a home with his longtime pal Luntz, a commucations consultant for Republican causes and corporations.

McCarthy’s chuckling confirmation came a day after outraged Fox News host Tucker Carlson first reported the California Republican’s curious living arrangement with Luntz in downtown Washington. McCarthy told Fox News he paid “fair market rate” for the room to Luntz.

Records reviewed by CNBC indicate that Luntz bought that three-bedroom, 3½-bath, 1,740 square-foot penthouse apartment in 2018 for more than $1 million.

The pad boasts “Italian appliances” and a “rooftop patio,” according a real estate site.
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Chinese Americans donated hugely to proud boys before 1/6 capitol riot

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The donations started coming in around 10 p.m. on Dec. 17.

A donor named Li Zhang gave $100. A few minutes later, someone named Jun Li donated $100. Then Hao Xu gave $20, followed shortly by $25 from a Ying Pei. In all, almost 1,000 people with Chinese surnames gave about $86,000 to a fundraiser on the crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo for members of the extremist street gang the Proud Boys.

Their gifts made up more than 80% of the $106,107 raised for medical costs for members of the Proud Boys who were stabbed during violent clashes in Washington in mid-December.

The donations, which are included in a trove of hacked GiveSendGo data provided to USA TODAY and posted on the whistleblower site Distributed Denial of Secrets, raise several questions. Chiefly: Why would people from the Chinese American community, donate to an organization with deep ties to white supremacists, whose members flash white power signals and post racist memes on social media?

The surprising answer to this question is that the Proud Boys enjoy significant support from a slice of the Chinese American community and the broader Chinese diaspora.

For some who left China in rejection of communism, particularly those who support former President Donald Trump, the Proud Boys have taken on an almost mythical status as tough street soldiers on the front lines of this battle between democracy and communism.

And then there's the attacks on the Asian communities seniors by young black men that have occurred in the last year.
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Billionaire Is Perplexed That Underpaid Oil Workers Are Striking

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Since mid-April, the United Metro Energy facility in Brooklyn has had a squadron of oil workers stationed outside—alternating shifts so that men are there 24 hours, seven days a week—striking for better pay and benefits from the company’s owner: grocery store billionaire, twice-failed mayoral candidate, and right-wing shock jock John Catsimatidis.

The workers, a coalition of mechanics, terminal operators, and service technicians, elected to go on strike on April 19, following years of delayed negotiations on a union contract, which they voted to form back in 2018. “We are out there every single day, around the clock,” said Assaf John, who has been working as a service technician at the company for 12 years. “I’m here until 3 o’clock, then we have guys coming in at 3 p.m., and some who are there overnight until the morning.”

Catsimatidis told The Daily Beast by phone that the picket line was a first for him. “All I can say is that I’m a New Yorker for 70 years, and in 51 years of doing business I’ve never had a strike before, and contrary to what you hear we have never, ever refused to sit down,” he said. “I am always available.”

But the executive and frequent political donor, whose fortune hovers around $2.8 billion, according to Forbes, has been skittish about labor demands in the past. (Neither United Metro Energy nor its parent company, Red Apple Group, immediately responded to requests for comment.)

In 2015, the Gristedes CEO backed out of an opportunity to buy the New York Daily News, in large part due to the paper’s pension plans. Two years before that, he was court-ordered to pay more than $8 million in legal fees and back pay to Gristedes workers who sued him for unpaid overtime, according to reports in the News. At the hearing, Catsimatidis reportedly showed up more than two hours late.
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Covid-19 causes diabetes

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When Ziyad Al-Aly’s research team told him how often diabetes appeared to strike COVID-19 survivors, he thought the data must be wrong, so he asked his five colleagues to crunch the numbers again.

Weeks later, they returned the same findings after sifting through millions of patient records. By then Al-Aly had also gone digging into the scientific literature and was starting to come to terms with an alarming reality: COVID-19 isn’t just deadlier for people with diabetes, it’s also triggering the metabolic disease in many who didn’t previously have it.

Indian women offering help online during Covid crisis receive abuse and harassment in return

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Indian women offering help online during Covid crisis receive abuse and harassment in return

Volunteering looks like an ‘invitation to men to just slide into our DMs’, said one woman

Akshita Jain

Anoushka Tiwari, an advertising professional based in the Indian city of Mumbai, turned on a feature allowing anyone to message her on Twitter to help as many people as she could as she tried to amplify requests for help during the Covid-19 pandemic that has consumed the country.

But among the gennuine plees for assistance, were a number of lewd messages and repeated calls from men who found her number on social media.

“While I’d say 50-60 per cent of the messages were for help, several times men approached and said things like: ‘I could help but what would I get in return?’” she told The Independent.

Ms Tiwari is just one of several women who have faced harassment while trying to either seek help for their loved ones or others during the crisis.

India reported a new record high of 386,452 news cases in the past 24 hours, while deaths from Covid-19 jumped by 3,498. The total caseload has already crossed 18 million and the total number of deaths has increased to 208,330.

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The virus is racing through the population and the health system has largely proved inept. A shortage of hospital beds, a lack of medical oxygen and an unreliable system to find plasma donors have forced people to desperately pursue any lead circulating on Twitter.
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India Hindutva BJP sets up help desks for cows in every Uttar Pradesh district

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Amid the prevailing pandemic, the Yogi Adityanath government is taking forward its cow protection agenda and has issued directives to set up help desks for protection of cows in every district. The state government has also issued instructions that all the cow shelters (gaushalas) must strictly follow the Covid-19 protocols, and has made the usage of masks and frequent thermal screening mandatory.

The cow shelters will also be equipped with all the medical equipment’s such as oximeters and thermal scanners for cows and other animals as well.

Herd immunity not gonna happen in US:Fuck you anti-vaxers

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More than half of adults in the United States have been inoculated with at least one dose of a vaccine. But daily vaccination rates are slipping, and there is widespread consensus among scientists and public health experts that the herd immunity threshold is not attainable — at least not in the foreseeable future, and perhaps not ever.

Instead, they are coming to the conclusion that rather than making a long-promised exit, the virus will most likely become a manageable threat that will continue to circulate in the United States for years to come, still causing hospitalizations and deaths but in much smaller numbers
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