FAUCI SHOOTS DOWN BIDEN CLAIM THAT ‘PANDEMIC IS OVER’… CNBC: The U.S. is ‘certainly’ still in a Covid-19 pandemic, Dr. Fauci says
The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said the U.S. is “certainly” still in the middle of a Covid-19 pandemic and he is “very troubled” by the divisive state of American politics.
“As a public health official, I don’t want to see anyone suffer and die from Covid,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. “I don’t care if you’re a far-right Republican or a far-left Democrat, everybody deserves to have the safety of good public health and that’s not happening.”
Fauci said between 300 and 400 people are still dying from Covid every day, and the uptake of the latest vaccine booster has been less than 15%.
“I think the idea that forget it, this is over — it isn’t,” he said.
FLASHBACK… SEPTEMBER 18: Biden Declares ‘The Pandemic Is Over’ (VIDEO)
SCOTT PELLEY: Mr. President, first Detroit Auto Show in three years. Is the pandemic over?
JOE BIDEN: The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lotta work on it. It’s– but the pandemic is over. if you notice, no one’s wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape. And so I think it’s changing. And I think this is a perfect example of it.
ST. ANTHONY FAUCI… RNC: Anthony Fauci says it was Republicans who “clearly politicized” COVID. Fauci then claims he personally is “not political at all” and has “never been.” (VIDEO)
FAUCI BLAMES *TRUMP* FOR CHINESE SECRECY… HILL: Fauci says ‘we need to keep the politics out of’ investigating COVID origins
“They’re very suspicious of anybody trying to accuse them,” Fauci said of the Chinese government. “We need to have an open dialogue with their scientists and our scientists, keep the politics out of it.” […]
Fauci pushed back on the notion that the Chinese Communist Party covered up the pandemic’s origins.
“Not necessarily the scientists that we know and we have dealt with and collaborated with productively for decades, but the whole establishment — a political and other establishment in China, even when there’s nothing at all to hide — they act secretive, which absolutely triggers an appropriate suspicion,” Fauci said. […]
“What happens is that if you look at the anti-China approach, that clearly the Trump administration had right from the very beginning, and the accusatory nature, the Chinese are going to flinch back and say, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, we’re not going to talk to you about it,’ which is not correct. They should be,” Fauci told Brennan.
FAUCI SWEARS HE HAS A ‘COMPLETELY OPEN MIND’ ABOUT COVID LEAKING FROM A CHINESE LAB… AARON RUPAUL: Fauci on the lab leak theory about origin of Covid: “I have a completely open mind about that despite people saying that I don’t … but if you look at the preponderance of evidence that has been accumulated … the evidence strongly points to this being a natural occurrence.” (VIDEO)
MEANWHILE, IN CHINA… DAILY MAIL: Chinese police clash with thousands protesting draconian COVID lockdowns as unprecedented civil unrest grips country – after ten died in fire when building doors were locked to stop virus spread
Chinese police have clashed with thousands protesting the country’s draconian COVID lockdowns – as unprecedented civil unrest gripped the nation.
Demonstrations erupted in at least seven cities – including Shanghai, Nanjing and Guangzhou – with violence breaking out between local cops and furious protesters.
The largest demonstration appeared in Shanghai – home to 26million residents – with many boldly demanding President Xi Jinping resign.
Officers used pepper spray against about 300 protesters, according to a witness, but western journalists reported the numbers to be in the thousands.
Meanwhile last night hundreds gathered to mourn the deaths of at least 10 people in an apartment fire last week in Urumqi in the Xinjiang region, where residents were sealed in their buildings to try to stop the spread of COVID.
VIDEO SHOWS BURNING BUILDING… SCREAMS FOR HELP… JACK POSOBIEC: There are videos of the screams of the families burning in that building in Urumqi. This is the spark that lit the fuse of the protests across China. “Open the doors! Open the doors! Save us!” Even children were killed (VIDEO)
‘XI JINPING, STEP DOWN!’ … JOHN HUDSON, WAPO: In extraordinary demonstrations against China’s covid restrictions, protesters in Shanghai chanted, “Xi Jinping, step down!” and “Communist Party, step down!”
CHINESE POLICE CHECK PHONES FOR ILLEGAL APPS… REUTERS: China tightens security after rare protests against COVID curbs
Police have been asking people for their phones to check if they had virtual private networks (VPNs) and the Telegram app, which has been used by weekend protesters, residents and social media users said. VPNs are illegal for most people in China, while the Telegram app is blocked from China’s internet.
Asked about widespread anger over China’s zero-COVID policy, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters: “What you mentioned does not reflect what actually happened. […]
On Monday, authorities blocked some central Shanghai streets with blue metal barriers to prevent gatherings. Shops and cafes in the area were asked to close, a staff member at one told Reuters. […]
The catalyst for the protests was an apartment fire last week in the western city of Urumqi that killed 10 people. Many speculated that COVID curbs in the city, parts of which had been under lockdown for 100 days, had hindered rescue and escape, which city officials denied. […]
While anger with the COVID rules simmers, some expressed opposition to people taking to the streets.
“These actions will disturb the public order,” resident Adam Yan, 26, said. “It’s best to believe in the government.”
CHINESE ACCOUNTS FLOOD TWITTER WITH NOISE TO DISRUPT CITY SEARCHES… WAPO: Twitter grapples with Chinese spam obscuring news of protests
Numerous Chinese-language accounts, some dormant for months or years, came to life early Sunday and started spamming the service with links to escort services and other adult offerings alongside city names.
The result: For hours, anyone searching for posts from those cities and using the Chinese names for the locations would see pages and pages of useless tweets instead of information about the daring protests as they escalated to include calls for Communist Party leaders to resign.
TWITTER THREAD SHOWS APPARENT CHINESE COVID CONCENTRATION CAMPS… SONGPINGANQ: The largest quarantine camp in China’s Guangzhou city is being built. It has 90,000 isolation pods. (VIDEOS, THREAD)
MIKE BAKER, NY TIMES: In its World Cup coverage, China’s state TV is censoring scenes that show maskless fans, hoping to limit growing domestic outrage over harsh Covid-19 restrictions. (LINK)
BIDEN LIFTS SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA TO PUSH MORE OIL DRILLING… IN VENEZUELA… FOX BUSINESS: US Treasury authorizes Chevron to expand oil pumping in Venezuela
Chevron Corp. has won U.S. approval to resume and expand its oil operations in Venezuela, the U.S. government announced on Saturday.
The Treasury Department said Chevron has been issued an expanded license to import petroleum or petroleum products produced by its joint venture with PDVSA, the Venezuelan state oil-firm. The approval comes after talks resumed between the Venezuelan government, led by socialist President Nicolás Maduro, and the opposition Unitary Platform.
“This action reflects longstanding U.S. policy to provide targeted sanctions relief based on concrete steps that alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people and support the restoration of democracy,” the Treasury Department said.
UKRAINE IS BLOWING THROUGH U.S. WEAPON CACHES… NYT: Artillery Is Breaking in Ukraine. It’s Becoming a Problem for the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON — Ukrainian troops fire thousands of explosive shells at Russian targets every day, using high-tech cannons supplied by the United States and its allies. But those weapons are burning out after months of overuse, or being damaged or destroyed in combat, and dozens have been taken off the battlefield for repairs, according to U.S. and Ukrainian officials.
A third of the roughly 350 Western-made howitzers donated to Kyiv are out of action at any given time, according to U.S. defense officials and others familiar with Ukraine’s defense needs.
Swapping out a howitzer’s barrel, which can be 20 feet long and weigh thousands of pounds, is beyond the capability of soldiers in the field and has become a priority for the Pentagon’s European Command, which has set up a repair facility in Poland.
NEW THIS AM… US PLANS MORE WEAPONS SHIPMENTS WELL INTO 2023… ‘INVENTORIES ARE SHRINKING’… REUTERS: Exclusive: U.S. weighs sending 100-mile strike weapon to Ukraine
The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms.
U.S. and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated weapons as the war drags on. Boeing’s proposed system, dubbed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about a half-dozen plans for getting new munitions into production for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies, industry sources said.
GLSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023, according to a document reviewed by Reuters and three people familiar with the plan. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with the M26 rocket motor, both of which are common in U.S. inventories.
‘PHONE CALL IMPEACHMENT’ & ‘J6 COMMITTEE’ STAR ADAM SCHIFF SAYS HE WON’T HONOR FRIVOLOUS SUBPOENAS FROM REPUBLICANS… Schiff Says He’ll Have To ‘Consider The Validity’ Of GOP Subpoena (VIDEO)
California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday on CNN he would have to “consider the validity of” a subpoena should a GOP-controlled House of Representatives subpoena him.
Schiff joined Dana Bash on “State of the Union,” where he was asked whether he would comply with a Republican subpoena.
“We’ll have to consider the validity of the subpoena,” Schiff said. “But I would certainly view my obligation, the administration’s obligation to follow the law and the fact that they have disrespected the law is not a precedent I would hope that would be broadly followed. We’ll have to look at the legitimacy or lack of legitimacy of what they do.”
WOKE ACTRESS TURNS OUT TO BE A MORON… FOX: Alyssa Milano blasted by conservatives, Elon Musk after trading in Tesla for Volkswagen: ‘Founded by Nazis’
Actress Alyssa Milano was blasted on Twitter, including by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, after saying that she “gave back” her Tesla and replaced it with a Volkswagen.
“I gave back my Tesla,” Milano, a prominent supporter of Democrats on Twitter, posted Saturday. “I bought the VW ev. I love it. I’m not sure how advertisers can buy space on Twitter. Publicly traded company’s products being pushed in alignment with hate and white supremacy doesn’t seem to be a winning business model.”
Twitter users, many of them conservative, criticized Milano over the tweet with many pointing out Volkswagen’s ties to the Nazi Party during the early days of its inception.
“Volkswagen was literally founded by the Nazi’s and Hitler,” conservative political commentators The Hodge Twins posted which earned a crying laughing emoji and a “100” emoji from Tesla CEO Elon Musk who recently purchased Twitter.
MONICA LEWINSKY GETS OWNED BY HER OWN TWITTER POLL… PJ MEDIA: LOL! Monica Lewinsky’s Twitter Poll Doesn’t Go Down the Way She Hoped
Armed with her own preferred pronouns and a grudge to bear, the former White House intern, hoping to make a point that Musk is being reckless with how he’s running his new company, asked the people of Twitter who should be making important decisions for Twitter: its employees or public polls.
And public polls won. In fact, it wasn’t even close.
STAR ACTRESS DEFENDS JK ROWLING FROM THE WOKE MOB… DAILY MAIL: ‘It has become quite hysterical’: Helena Bonham Carter says she ‘hates’ cancel culture as she touches on the ‘vindication’ of Johnny Depp and says JK Rowling has been ‘hounded’
Helena Bonham Carter has spoken out on her hatred of cancel culture as she discussed the ‘witch hunt’ against fellow stars Johnny Depp and JK Rowling.
The Harry Potter actress, 56, claimed there would be ‘millions’ of people who could be cancelled if you ‘looked closely enough’ at their personal life.
When asked about the topic during a new interview with the Sunday Times, Helena said: ‘Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them.
‘You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch-hunt and a lack of understanding.’
JOE SPENDS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND ACTING LIKE A WEIRDO… NY POST: ‘Creepy’ Joe Biden roasted for strange selfies (VIDEO)
Social media users roasted Joe Biden over “creepy” selfies with kids where the president is seen lurking in the background of children’s selfies with his face up against a window.
Biden gave kids sitting in the Lemon Press Juice Shop on Nantucket an up-close and personal look when he approached the store window and smiled for some photos, a social media post from the Nantucket Current shows.
ROBBERS PICKED THE WRONG HOME… Resident Opens Fire, Kills One Alleged Intruder, Wounds 3 Others
The resident of a home in DeKalb County, Georgia, opened fire on four alleged robbery suspects, killing one and wounding three, around 5 p.m. Friday.
The Associated Press reports that one of the four suspects allegedly had a gun and “exchanged gunfire” with the resident.
FOX 5 notes that police arrived on scene and found three wounded individuals outside the home. Those individuals were “23-year-old Jacqueze Grier, 18-year-old Taneaious McCune and a 15-year-old boy.”
McCune later died a short time later at the hospital.