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U.S. coronavirus death toll tops 180,000 amid setbacks, silver linings – Washington Times

The COVID-19 death toll in the U.S. has hit a once-unthinkable 180,000, school reopenings are a struggle and the economy is still a mess, but there is good news to be found: Daily cases are steadily […]   “I’m saying we’re in ‘purgatory,’ meaning hospital admissions not accelerating as before but still a screaming high […]

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Loving The Vow? Watch These Cult-Focused Docs Next. – PRIMETIMER

Seven more bingeworthy films and docuseries for the unindoctrinated. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (HBO Max). Alex Gibney’s Emmy-winning docuseries based on Lawrence Wright’s equally outstanding book, Going Clear made it common knowledge that Scientology would stop at nothing to silence the “suppressive persons” it considered enemies (including Scientologist Tom Cruise’s ex-wife Nicole Kidman, among others)… […]

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Far Right Germans Try to Storm Reichstag as Coronavirus Protests Grow – The New York Times

By Katrin Bennhold Aug. 31, 2020 BERLIN — It was shortly after 7 p.m. when a self-described healer got on stage outside the German Parliament and urged the jeering crowd of protesters to storm the building: “There is no more police!” she shouted. “We have won!” What followed was a scene many Germans thought had been […]

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State Health Department Warns About Fake Treatments For COVID-19 | Georgia Public Broadcasting

  A man shows bottles of chlorine dioxide he purchased at a pharmacy in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Friday, July 17, 2020. Long lines form every morning in Cochabamba, one of the Bolivian cities hardest hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, as people wait to buy small bottles of chlorine dioxide, a toxic bleaching agent that has […]

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Andrew Wakefield: Disgraced — but not in the eyes of his US fans | The Times

The “MMR doctor” was finished in the press. Britain’s editors had got the message that for years they’d been duped. And even those who’d given him the most favourable coverage signalled that they’d had enough. As the Daily Mail reported in April 2013: “The MMR vaccine controversy was a case of scientific misconduct which triggered an unwarranted […]

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Brian Deer in the BMJ: How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed | LBRB | Circa January 6, 2011

Brian Deer, the investigative journalist who broke the story of the misdeeds of Andrew Wakefield, has a new article in the BMJ, How the case against the MMR vaccine was fixed. The article is prefaced: In the first part of a special BMJ series, Brian Deer exposes the bogus data behind claims that launched a worldwide […]

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New York City reaches $9.5 million settlement in death of transgender woman who couldn’t pay $500 bail – CNN

  (CNN)The City of New York has reached a settlement with the family of Layleen Cubilette-Polanco for $5.9 million following her June 2019 death while in custody on Rikers Island. The transgender woman was arrested in April 2019 and sent to the jail complex because she could not afford $500 bail, her family previously told […]