Dr. Rachael Levine now Ass’t Sec of Health, COVID Nursing Home deaths, & DOJ – the intersect

While New York has been in the news regarding the DOJ dropping the investigation into Nursing Homes Covid deaths, little time has been given to the other democrat controlled states who also had the bright idea of putting COVID positive patients there as well. New York and Michigan got the good news last week that they were off the DOJ hook, and now we hear that Pennsylvania too got the news. Across the country, tens of thousands of COVID-19 patients were accepted by nursing homes, more than 250,000 in the 12 months through March 1, according to federal data.

In Pennsylvania, about 65% of coronavirus deaths were nursing-home residents, and in counties in the hardest hit southeastern part of the state, long-term care residents account for as much as 80% of county deaths. New Jersey had 3,200 residents of long-term care homes die due to complications from the virus, about 40% of the statewide total. About 58% of the deaths in Delaware lived in nursing homes, and 46% of the fatalities in Maryland were at nursing homes, prompting Gov. Larry Hogan to order residents and staff members at nursing homes be tested for coronavirus.

I have an idea of one good reason why the investigation was dropped.

Let’s connect a few dots:

Enter Dr. Rachael Levine, former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health. She/he is particularly loathsome. Not only did she send sick patients into nursing homes, just as the news broke in March, she moved her mother out of one and into a hotel. Think that was bad? She got rewarded by joining Biden’s administration. Now she could protect herself and her fellow Democrat States by keeping an eye on the investigation if there were to be one. Better yet, protect herself and others in her position. Her job now?Joe Biden’s assistant secretary of health.

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Justice Department told Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on Thursday that it has decided not to open an investigation into whether Pennsylvania violated federal law by ordering nursing homes to accept residents who had been treated for COVID-19 in a hospital.

Let’s take a look at how absurd this whole thing is.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Moves Mother to Hotel – Tom Wolf, Rachel Levine Hypocrites?

Pennsylvania made nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients, but health secretary’s mom was moved to hotel. Even as coronavirus patients were being funneled into state nursing homes, the state’s Secretary of Health, Rachel Levine, removed her mother from one of those facilities, lodging her instead in a hotel. She claims it was “personal care” – either way, it was “congregate living” no matter what she pleads.

Levine will become the first openly transgender federal official if confirmed by the Senate.

“Dr. Rachel Levine will bring the steady leadership and essential expertise we need to get people through this pandemic — no matter their zip code, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability — and meet the public health needs of our country in this critical moment and beyond,” Biden said in a statement on her nomination. “She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration’s health efforts.”

PA transgendered Sec of Health focusing on LGBT, Trannny on COVID data collection

The news comes as Levine, the nation’s first openly transgender health secretary, comes under fire over the department’s handling of nursing homes — particularly a March guidance that essentially instructed senior living facilities to accept patients who were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Unhinged PA Gov Wolf and Sec of Health Levine Devastate Nursing Homes

It gets even better this week. Not content that Nursing homes and hospitals are up to their eyeballs taking care of sick patients, she will have them go through all of the medical records and try and figure out if they are LGBTQ … add how many additional letters you need. Go figure. Priorities my dear… will some one tell her/him? For what purpose Dr. Levine? How happy should the LGBT community be that she is having people tracing their contacts? Going through their medical records?

Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) office this week announced that the state’s health department, under transgender Health Secretary Rachel Levine, is focusing on gender identity and sexual orientation or expression in the state’s collection of coronavirus data.

American Spectator:

May 29, 2020

Note what is alleged: On March 29, Pennsylvania joined New York and other northeastern states in “ordering nursing homes to admit medically stable residents infected with the coronavirus,” despite warnings from groups like the American Health Care Association that such “health directives” could “unnecessarily cost more lives.”

These intrepid government officials should have heeded something known as common sense. Who but a fool would move infected COVID-19 patients into nursing homes? What was option two, moving them into Walmarts?

 

The article continued, “The death toll is devastating, according to interviews with nursing-home officials, patients’ families, health-care advocates, government officials and from an examination of state records … across the Northeast.” And yet, among the plagued northeast, the infection rate in nursing homes is uniquely bad in Pennsylvania.

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That possibility is getting major attention across the state. A devastating investigative piece was published in the Bucks County Courier Times (jointly done with reporters from USA Today), a county with a huge number of COVID-19 cases (the vast majority of Pennsylvania’s cases are in eastern counties close to New York and New Jersey). Titled, “States ordered nursing homes to take COVID-19 residents — Thousands Died,” it documents the disproportionate deaths in Pennsylvania nursing homes

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The United States Descent Into Madness

 

 

America went from the freest country in the world in December 2019 to a repressive and frightening place by July 2021. How did that happen?

If we thought we were alone thinking that the USA has descended into madness, we are not alone. We wonder how it could be that we seem to be out there on the edge as a Nation. About to reach critical mass to a point where we cannot return, all in what seems like a nanosecond. Victor David Hanson in a wonderfully written piece gives us no reassurance that all is well.

 

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A post that is a must read in it entirety. Here are a couple of his observations:

Authored by Victor Davis Hanson via AmGreatness.com,

The American Descent Into Madness.

Zero Hedge:

Nations have often gone mad in a matter of months. The French abandoned their supposedly idealistic revolutionary project and turned it into a monstrous hell for a year between July 1793 and 1794. After the election of November 1860, in a matter of weeks, Americans went from thinking secession was taboo to visions of killing the greatest number of their fellow citizens on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. Mao’s China went from a failed communist state to the ninth circle of Dante’s Inferno, when he unleashed the Cultural Revolution in 1966.

In the last six months, we have seen absurdities never quite witnessed in modern America. Madness, not politics, defines it. There are three characteristics of all these upheavals. One, the events are unsustainable. They will either cease or they will destroy the nation, at least as we know it. Two, the law has largely been rendered meaningless. Three, left-wing political agendas justify any means necessary to achieve them.

Citizenship as Mere Residency

Two million people are anticipated to cross the southern border, en masse and illegally, over a 12-month period. If that absurdity were to continue, we would be adding the equivalent of a major U.S. city every year. The new arrivals have three things in common: Their first act was to break U.S. law by entering the country. Their second was to break the law by residing here illegally. And their third will be to find false identification or other illegal means to continue breaking the law. One does not arrive as a guest in a foreign country and immediately violate the laws of his host—unless one holds those laws in contempt.

Crime as Construct

Crime is another current absurdity. There exists a mini-industry of internet videos depicting young people, disproportionately African American males, stealing luxury goods from Nieman-Marcus in San Francisco, clearing a shelf from a Walgreens with impunity, or assaulting Asian Americans. These iconic moments may be unrepresentative of reality, but given the mass transfers and retirements of police, and the frightening statistics of large increases in violent crime in certain cities, the popular conception is now entrenched that it is dangerous to walk in our major metropolises, either by day or at night.

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We know from the failed Soviet system and from the French Revolution that the most mediocre in society became its most eager auditors of correct behavior. The arbiters of proper thought—the self-righteous paid toady, the perpetual victim employed in service to government payback, the freelancing snitch—were always the villains of freedom, productivity, and humanity, whether we read of the killing off of Alexander the Great’s inner circle, the forced suicides of the Neronian circle, the Jacobin murder spree, or the nightmarish world described by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

That the Biden Administration has now joined with Silicon Valley to hunt down on social media any dissenters from this month’s official policy on vaccinations and mask-wearing was not so shocking as to be expected from a media that banned coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop. In Cuban-fashion, millions of judge-jury-executioner online snitches, with government encouragement, will help root out incorrect thoughts at light speed.

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Bonus time: No we are not Mad. But they will make it so if we allow this to continue.

 

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Obama’s ethic chief yells foul with hiring string of family related hires in administration

 

Hey they want their 10 percent too. Don’t they have the right for some Benjamins for their “big guy?” One has to wonder if the Obama clan is feeling left out with one of their own going to the Washington Post with this complaint about Biden.

A former ethics chief in the Obama administration has accused President Joe Biden of thumbing his nose at government ethics with the prevalence of family ties among his administration’s hires. 

‘I’m sorry, I know some folks don’t like hearing any criticism of him. But this royally sucks. I’m disgusted,’ tweeted Walter Shaub, who led the Office of Government Ethics from 2013 to 2017.

‘A lot of us worked hard to tee him up to restore ethics to government and believed the promises. This is a a real ‘f*** you’ to us—and government ethics,’ he added.

Shaub was responding from a new report in the Washington Post, which revealed that press secretary Jen Psaki, White House counselor Steve Ricchetti, deputy chief of staff Bruce Reed and presidential personnel office director Cathy Russell each have at least one direct family member working for the Biden administration.

(Jen Psaki –   who found her name on my wall of shame yesterday as one of the fine members of WestExec.)

WestExec – Meet the firm that’s running our country & Biden and is fearful of

Many of the highest-ranking members of the Biden administration came from the same shadowy firm. It is a relatively new name among revolving-door power brokers in Washington D.C., which makes it all the more surprising.

Founded in 2017, WestExec describes itself as a “diverse group of senior national security professionals with the most recent experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

 

 

The scrutiny on hiring practices was triggered in part by the Treasury Department’s announcement on Monday that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti, son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti, leading to accusations of nepotism.

The Treasury Department announced on Monday that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti (second from left), son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti (center), leading to accusations of nepotismThe Treasury Department announced on Monday that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti (second from left), son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti (center), leading to accusations of nepotism

J.J. Ricchetti, a recent college graduate with no other experience listed on his department bio, will be a special assistant to the Treasury’s office of legislative affairs.

The scrutiny on hiring practices was triggered in part by the Treasury Department’s announcement on Monday that it was hiring J.J. Ricchetti, son of Biden counselor Steve Ricchetti, leading to accusations of nepotism.

J.J. Ricchetti, a recent college graduate with no other experience listed on his department bio, will be a special assistant to the Treasury’s office of legislative affairs.

From Daily Mail

Let’s not forget Cathy Russell, Biden’s director of presidential personnel in the WH is wife of Tom Donilon, Chairman of the investments firm BlackRock that has been buying up housing across US and renting it out at higher price Their daughter Sarah works in the WH National Security Council.

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WestExec – Meet the firm that’s running our country & Biden and is fearful of

We keep asking who is the man behind the curtain that is running our country and that Biden is so fearful of in “getting in trouble.” We have a major clue and it comes in the name of WestExec with well over 23 executives of their executives finding their way to Biden’s door. Just who are they? One thing is for sure they have loaded up offices in Biden’s government. As far as Secretary of State Blinken fellow goes, he is the co-founder and managing director.

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Many of the highest-ranking members of the Biden administration came from the same shadowy firm. It is a relatively new name among revolving-door power brokers in Washington D.C., which makes it all the more surprising.

Founded in 2017, WestExec describes itself as a “diverse group of senior national security professionals with the most recent experience at the highest levels of the U.S. government. With deep knowledge and networks in the fields of defense, foreign policy, intelligence, cybersecurity, international economics, and strategic communications, our team has worked together around the White House Situation Room table, deliberating and deciding our nation’s foreign and national security policies.”

WestExec has staffed the administration with over 23 of its executives, who have sprawled out across the national security and intelligence apparatus. The Intercept and The American Prospect dug into these profiles, and some of the biggest names in government are among them, including:

  • Tony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State; Co-founder and managing partner of WestExec
  • Avril Haines, Director of National Intelligence; Principal
  • David S. Cohen, Deputy Director at the CIA; Principal
  • Lisa Monaco, Deputy Attorney General; Principal
  • Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director; Principal
  • Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary; Senior Adviser
  • Ely Ratner, Asst. Sec. of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs; Senior Adviser

It is an impressive list, as concerning as it might be that one security cabal could singlehandedly consolidate such influence in one presidential administration. But the list isn’t finished yet.

  • Colin Thomas-Jensen, National Security Director for USAID; Senior Adviser
  • Michael Camilleri, Sr. Adviser to USAID Admin.; Senior Adviser
  • Gabrielle Chefitz, Special Asst. to Under Sec. of Defense for Policy; Senior Associate
  • Julianne Smith, Senior Adviser to Sec. of State; Senior Adviser
  • Barbara Leaf, Senior Director for Middle East, NSC; Senior Adviser
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Counselor to Deputy Sec. of Treasury; Senior Advisor
  • Matt Olsen, Asst. Attorney General; Principal

“The WestExec to Biden administration pipeline, part two. Not pictured: senior adviser to the domestic policy adviser Erin Pelton; director of scheduling for the secretary of state Sarah McCool; nominee for assistant secretary of defense Celeste Wallander; Biden-Harris transition team advisers Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Cristina Killingsworth, Jay Shambaugh, and Puneet Talwar; deputy director for the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission John Costello; and vice chair of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence Robert O. Work.”

“Even Bidenworld’s backbenchers are entangled in the firm,” the Intercept/American Prospect report states. “The Biden-Harris transition team was advised by WestExec consultants Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Puneet Talwar, Jay Shambaugh, and Cristina Killingsworth. Further, the firm’s members oversee influential nonpartisan federal commissions: Robert O. Work at the National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence and John Costello at the Cyberspace Solarium Commission.

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“The private sector can in essence co-opt the public sector.”

The Intercept:

”WestExec does not affirmatively share its clients, and public financial disclosure forms only offer broad outlines. Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University in St. Louis, says that government ethics laws written decades ago aren’t equipped to handle a situation in which a single firm launches 15 senior officials. “Yes, they’re employed by the government, I’ll grant you that. But are they actually working for the American people or not? Where does their loyalty lie?” said Clark. “The private sector can in essence co-opt the public sector.”

…..The firm describes one of its chief selling points as its “unparalleled geopolitical risk analysis,” now confirmed by the saturation of its employees in positions of power. WestExec has also succeeded in getting tech startups into defense contracts and helped defense corporations modernize with tech; it worked to help multinational companies break into China. One of its collaborators is the defense-centered investment group Pine Island Capital Partners, which launched a SPAC, or “blank check” company,” last year. Tony Blinken advised Pine Island and was a part owner. (Michèle Flournoy, another WestExec co-founder, had her nomination to be secretary of defense nixed. President Joe Biden instead nominated Lloyd Austin, himself a former Pine Island partner but not a WestExec consultant.)

BLINKEN, NOW SECRETARY OF STATE, advised household names like telecommunications giant AT&T, defense contractor Boeing, shipping magnate FedEx, and the media company Discovery as a WestExec founding partner. He worked for Big Tech pillars Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Uber. He helped niche companies like speakers bureau GLG, art seller Sotheby’s, and biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. Blinken also lists clients that are global investment firms and asset managers, like Blackstone, Lazard, Royal Bank of Canada, and the multinational conglomerate SoftBank — which does extensive business with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He even advised the consulting group McKinsey & Company. Though Blinken left WestExec in July 2020 — after The American Prospect inquired about the relationship — each of these businesses has an international profile that may impact his calculations as he implements Biden’s foreign policy.

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Biden breeches from the basement with bizarre comments

 

Gramps was on a special ride this week. It’s Friday so let’s pick out some of the high lights and memorable moments that aren’t getting the attention they so richly deserve as well as some observations.  We hadn’t seen much of him since he returned from Europe but he managed to come out of the basement for a few special moments. Enjoy.

 

Is he saying the stimulus check is a bargaining chip for workers to ask for more money? So he wants to continue to pay people to stay home with money the government doesn’t have?

 

When you break into Pelosi’s office and try to steal her vodka, that’s crossing the line!

Let’s not forget Hunter

Let’s end with an oopsie and some good news. Thank goodness it is being taken care of with an upgrade.

Magnetic north just changed. Here’s what that means.

Magnetic north has never sat still. In the last hundred years or so, the direction in which our compasses steadfastly point has lumbered ever northward, driven by Earth‘s churning liquid outer core some 1,800 miles beneath the surface. Yet in recent years, scientists noticed something unusual: Magnetic north’s routine plod has shifted into high gear, sending it galloping across the Northern Hemisphere—and no one can entirely explain why.

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Biden limits to 16 entities Putin cannot hack

 

Biden needed time to prepare his teleprompter to read his comments about the meeting with Putin. He managed to stumble through it. Who on his team of prompter writers decided to include Biden talking about the limit on what Putin could cyber attack? 16 entities? How about the whole of the USA? Then of course he repeats again how he is “told who he can call on for questions.” The so called “I’m going to get in trouble” default position “if I don’t do what I am told” must be really appealing to the male dominated  societies of the world with his lack of  machismo. Can you imagine Putin saying something like that? It may be appealing to those who have empathy toward senility but it doesn’t play well in the world. It sure looked to me that he had an ear piece as well with certain camera levels. 

President Biden told reporters Wednesday he gave President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that are “off limits” to a Russian cyberattack.

Those entities include energy, water, health care, emergency, chemical, nuclear, communications, government, defense, food, commercial facilities, IT, transportation, dams, manufacturing and financial services.

“We’ll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement that begins to bring some order,” Biden said. Putin, for his part, denied any involvement in a recent spate of cyberattacks that have hit major industries across the U.S. 

“I looked at him. I said, ‘How would you feel if ransomware took on the pipelines from your oil fields?’ He said, ‘It would matter.’ This is not about just our self-interest.” the president said. 

Biden refused to say if military action was on the table if Russia was found to be responsible for a ransomware attack. 

“In terms of the red line you laid down is military response an option for a ransomware attack?” a reporter asked. 

 

Biden mocked for his ’embarrassing’ admission

A high point – No, actually no police officer was killed on January 6.

Another funny

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Biden sick pedophile behavior – couldn’t help himself this past week.

Joe Biden has zero grip on reality and our enemies are laughing hysterically at us right now. Biden took a moment in his speech yesterday to say white supremacy is more dangerous than foreign terrorism.  Worse, he approached three young girls this past week with the same sexual overtones that he has exhibited in the past. The media remains complicit in covering his rapid decline other than a few bloggers. 

Plenty of creepy online videos emerged of Biden manhandling young children in the past. In these videos, Biden was shown grabbing young children who were attending the induction ceremonies of incoming members of Congress or the Obama administration. Plenty of women have complained as well and we have all seen the clips.

These images would have ended the presidential aspirations of any Republican candidate, but Biden persevered after pledging to improve his behavior. At the time, Biden claimed that he would “be more mindful and respectful of people’s personal space.”

CMV: Joe Biden is a sexist, pedophile, and/or sexual predator. :  changemyview

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The holiday weekend proves he is not capable of inhibiting his behavior. First his bizarre remark regarding White Supremacy.

Can Joe Biden remind me of the last time a ‘white supremacist’ hijacked an American plane and killed 3,000 people with it?

And who burned down all the cities last year and is still doing so? Wasn’t white boys.

Here we go with yesterday’s ice cream lure of the day. Does he lure them into the WH to see his puppy? Right, the dog does bite.

This is what we have to look forward to at the end of the trail with Biden. Just think, all of this in one week. What is the world is she talking about?

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Harris Encourages U.S. Businesses To Outsource Investment From U.S. To Central America

When was the last time an administration encouraged American jobs to go overseas? So much for America First. As the hordes descend upon us, our savant, one Kamala Harris, has been tasked with solving our border crisis. Not bad enough to have millions storm our borders, better yet let’s send our jobs to the various hell holes of corruption. Meanwhile we send billions throughout the world in the form of so-called foreign aid. The thought of Harris negotiating with these third world countries should put a chill down anyone’s spine.

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Here we go:

Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday unveiled the agreements of 12 companies and organizations to invest in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador as part of the administration’s efforts to deal with a surge of migrants from Central America at the U.S. southern border.

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Biden administration officials have said the aim in part is for greater private-sector involvement to outlast shifts in policy and government aid between administrations, reducing over time the motivations for migrants to make the often dangerous journey to the U.S. border.

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While leading a recent GOP delegation to visit the border, Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.) said more government investments in the region wouldn’t deter migrants from making the journey to the U.S. “We’ve been giving foreign aid to a lot of those countries for decades, and it’s only gotten worse,” he said.

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Ms. Harris has said that private-sector investment along with help from nonprofits and the United Nations could speed up progress in the Northern Triangle. “We must think beyond government,” she said in a speech earlier this month to the Council of the Americas, a business group that focuses on economic and social development in the Western Hemisphere.

One potential hindrance for companies has been corruption. The Northern Triangle countries are among the most corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index, a global survey of 180 countries.

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Biden Fauci Vaccine Town Hall starts out with a bang – Man asks about skin care

Joe Biden and Dr. Fauci held a YouTube town hall on Covid-19 vaccination Monday. No one watched. The first question though is worth tuning in for a moment. Better yet we get to hear from Karine Jean-Pierre. Originally scheduled to be Kamela’s Chief of staff, apparently she has landed in the communications department as “Principle Deputy Press Officer.” Why should you care? Previously, Jean-Pierre, served as national public affairs officer for “progressive” policy advocacy group MoveOn.org.

Billed as a Haitian Lesbian political powerhouse.

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She fits more boxes as well. Jean-Pierre, a Lesbian, a Haitian-American political campaign organizer, activist, political commentator. Once again, we get one of the tired and poor, more of the huddled masses not yearning to be free. She rails about her plight and Haiti but then is more than happy to turn our little piece of heaven into the same cess pool she came out of. I had my eye on her since day one. Let’s take a look again at her but first the star of the show. Manny Mua. Try to hang for a couple of minutes of it. He asks the important question of the day. Skin care.

Now our gal.

For a refresher on Moveon, lest we forget, back in 2016:From Jewish Business News

George Soros Founded Moveon.Org Takes Responsibility For Violent Donald Trump Protest – Promises More Protests Are To Come

Sources:  Lgbtq Nation

MoveOn praised the selection.

“Karine is a talented and fiercely intelligent individual who has worked to advance progressive values, candidates and policies throughout her entire career,” MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting wrote in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. “Her appointment as chief of staff to our next vice president during this campaign is a testament to her level of skill and dedication. MoveOn members are proud of Karine and confident that she will make the Biden and Harris campaign to be the best it can be.”

Notes from the clip from the way back machine:

Karine Jean-Pierre MPA ’03 is the chief public affairs officer for MoveOn, an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, and a SIPA lecturer. Her memoir, “Moving Forward,” chronicles her experiences growing up in New York’s Haitian community to working in the Obama White House.

Don’t cut her short. We just got 100k plus new Haitian neighbors. Anyone want to bet no one is going back? No doubt one of her achievements and George Soros.

 
Biden administration grants humanitarian protections to Haitians in the US
 
CNN) — The Biden administration on Saturday granted humanitarian protection for Haitians in the United States, allowing an estimated 100 thousand.

BuzzFeed was the first to report on the decision.

The decision was met with praise from advocates and applauded by Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Menendez.

 

“As Haiti passes through an acute political and security crisis and faces enduring humanitarian challenges, this decision provides urgently needed protections for eligible Haitians in the United States,” the New Jersey Democrat said in a statement.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the move “welcome news” in a Saturday evening statement and pushed for immigration reform.

 

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Biden’s Address – Beware the health danger of HARPA – modeled after DARPA

Biden in his address to the Nation, talked about Health Care Research…DARPA… and why we should be concerned.

Informed consent for experiments? Not always what you have been lead to believe. They hawk this proposed agency as:

Federal investment is the fastest, most effective way to de-risk the marketplace. HARPA will disrupt the health technology sector to drive meaningful innovation that will save millions of lives and billions of dollars.

HARPA is modeled after the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA),

…. As part of a proposed $9 billion increase to the National Institutes of Health, the Biden administration has earmarked $6.5 billion to create the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health.

Under the DARPA model, research projects would not be vetted by peer reviewers, but instead, funding decisions would be made by program managers. And instead of multiyear grants, the agency would disburse awards as milestone-driven payments; program managers could also cancel projects that they decide aren’t panning out.

Before we get to the gist of the dangers of this agency creation and its program managers and for those who have concern about the COVID vaccines let me give a refresher on “Informed Consent” and the Cures Act.

Jan 31, 2020 — The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act), signed into law on December 13, 2016, is designed to help accelerate medical product development and bring new innovations and advances to patients who need them faster and more efficiently. (Link) 21st Century Cures Act

The Cures Act was passed in the tail end of 2016 under Obama. Today I focus on Section 3023, 3024 regarding Informed Consent and why you should care. No longer is the Gold Standard of “Informed Consent” required if there are “no more of minimal risks to participants.” And who decides this? A previous post:

The Cures Act – No longer is ‘Informed Consent’ required for some medical experiments

I am not sure I for one want the Biden administration in charge of:

Human research subject protections

The 21st Century Cures Act calls on the Secretary of Health and Human Services to harmonize differences between the HHS Human Subject Regulations and FDA Human Subject Regulations. In so doing, the Secretary may change rules applying to vulnerable populations in order “to reduce regulatory duplication and unnecessary delays” and “modernize such provisions in the context of multisite and cooperative research projects.” – Wikipedia,

Be sure and take the time to watch the video at the end of the post for the finer details.

The Cures Act introduces the possibility of waiving or altering informed consent for some FDA-governed research. This decision could mark a major step in the required harmonization of regulations; the rules around waivers of informed consent are some of the significant differences between FDA and Common Rule requirements.

The law sets two requirements for waiving or altering informed consent:

  1. The research must pose no more than minimal risk to participants; and
  2. Other measures to protect study volunteers must be in place.

The bill does not specify who will confirm decisions about minimal risk or appropriate safeguards, but the requirements seem consistent with determinations that IRBs already make.

From Science Blogs:

Title:The 21st Century Cures Act passes, potentially turning the FDA into a puppet of the pharmaceutical industry. (Well worth the full  read.)

Worse, the bill undermines informed consent, as discussed before. The provision is still there that would add another category of research for which it is acceptable to forego informed consent. Normally, it is only acceptable to skip informed consent when it is not feasible or it is contrary to the best interests of the subject.

Add to that now that it would be acceptable to forego informed consent when “the proposed clinical testing poses no more than minimal risk to the human subject and includes appropriate safeguards to protect the rights, safety, and welfare of the human subject.”

As Merrill Goozner put it and agreed, even if the risk is minimal, why would the authors of this legislation waive a central tenet of international agreements designed to protect the rights of human subjects in clinical trials? I didn’t understand either (and still don’t), particularly since the act doesn’t define “minimal risk” or specify who determines whether a study is minimal risk

Worth a good look. Our lives may depend on it. An excellent review of the bill and the ramifications.

Now that we know where we are, let’s see where we have been:

Let’s take a look how the so called research projects went under Obama since we have the same cast of characters roaming around the White House. This research was conducted by Lisa Jackson, EPA administrator.

A federal judge decided to shut down the lawsuit rather than the government’s human experimentation program.

To Judge Trenga, however, the important thing apparently was to nitpick to death the effort to stop the experiments with a narrow reading of the federal rules of civil procedure.

Judge Trenga determined that the EPA’s decision to endanger the lives of its study subjects, including inducing them to sign a fraudulent consent form, did not constitute a “final agency action” under the Administrative Procedures Act. Judge Trenga also determined, as the American Tradition Institute was not being harmed by the experiments, it didn’t have standing to pursue the case. Now the story:

The suit accuses the EPA of paying as many as 41 participants $12 an hour to breathe in concentrated diesel exhaust, for as long a two hours at a time. The exhaust was directly piped in from a truck parked outside the Chapel Hill facility. According to the lawsuit, the fine particulate matter, called “PM2.5,” was piped in at levels 21 times greater than what the EPA calls its “permissible limit.”

Milloy added some historic perspective to the mix. “In the context of rules established after scientific horrors of World War II and the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, the notion that EPA would pipe high levels of PM2.5 and diesel exhaust into the lungs of unhealthy people to see what would happen is simply appalling,” he said in a press release announcing the lawsuit.

“Unhealthy” is an accurate assessment. The 41 subjects who took part in the experiment included people who were elderly or suffering from asthma, hypertension or metabolic syndrome. One of them, an obese 58-year-old woman with a history of health problems and family history of heart disease, experienced an irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation) and had to be hospitalized as a result. Another subject developed an elevated heart rate.

Then again, the study subjects really weren’t “asked” to risk their lives, since the EPA researchers failed — and, in fact, refused — to warn them that PM2.5 could kill them. At the very least, exposing study subjects to a dangerous and deadly toxin without their consent is also known as “assault and battery.”

Given that the EPA long ago determined that any exposure to PM2.5 could cause death (as well as a host of other serious health consequences) within hours or days of inhalation, the experiments are fundamentally illegal. Federal regulations and the Nuremberg Code strictly prohibit scientists from treating human subjects like expendable guinea pigs. In the experiment in question, the study subjects were asked to risk their very lives for $12 per hour.

The American Tradition Institute sued the EPA in October to stop an ongoing experiment in which the agency was exposing elderly study subjects (up to 75 years of age) to concentrated levels of a deadly (according to EPA) air pollutant known as PM2.5 (soot or dust much smaller than the width of a human hair).

The lawsuit claimed the experiments were illegal in that they blatantly violated virtually every major standard developed since World War II for the protection of human study subjects used in scientific experiments.
The EPA engaged in disturbing experimentation that deliberately exposed human beings to airborne particulate matter the agency itself considers lethal. The experiments were conducted at EPA’s Human Studies Facility at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. “That EPA administrator Lisa Jackson permitted this heinous experimentation to occur under her watch shocks the conscience,” said Milloy.

Full story at  Washington Times

Then there was this:

Obama orders Behavioral experiments on U.S. Citizens

President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.

“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the executive order, released on Tuesday.

The initiative draws on research from University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard law school professor Cass Sunstein, who was also dubbed Obama’s regulatory czar. The two behavioral scientists argued in their 2008 book “Nudge” that government policies can be designed in a way that “nudges” citizens towards certain behaviors and choices.

The desired choices almost always advance the goals of the federal government, though they are often couched as ways to cut overall program spending.
Read more: Daily Caller

New Law Could Eliminate Informed Consent for Human Experimentation with Vaccines and Drugs – Video done on March 26, 2017.

Time well spent with the details…

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