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  • BOMBSHELL: U.S. State Department Tried to Block Investigation of Lab Leak at Wuhan

    06/03/2021 11:38:07 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 3, 2021 | Rick Moran
    A report in Vanity Fair details actions by some members of the U.S. State Department to block efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus because the inquiry could open “a can of worms.” An internal memo sent to department heads by Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned “not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19.” The “can of worms” in question was the extensive funding by the U.S. government into the Wuhan Virology Lab’s “gain-of-function” virus research. It’s unclear whether DiNanno was concerned that an...
  • EPA ends Trump-era 'transparency' rule that ignored certain science studies

    05/27/2021 11:52:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | May 26, 2021 | Zarrin Ahmed
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a rule to end a "secret science" regulation that was imposed under former President Donald Trump that excluded certain studies that didn't make all data publicly available. The agency announced the end of the rule on Wednesday. The move allows the EPA to consider studies that don't make available all data, which is sometimes done to protect privacy. Trump's administration billed the restriction as a transparency measure, but critics argued that it might ultimately do more harm than good for an agency that values such varying scientific data like the EPA. "This action...
  • Apple and Facebook's Fight Isn't Actually About Privacy or Tracking

    03/22/2021 9:03:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Inc ^ | 3/21/2021 | JASON ATEN
    The real reason Facebook is so worried? Transparency is a much bigger threat to its business.. It's no secret that Facebook has feelings about the upcoming changes Apple plans to introduce to iOS 14.5. Apple has said it will require developers to request permission from users before they can collect data or track them while they use their apps. That comes after Apple previously required developers to disclose what information they collect with the introduction of privacy nutrition labels in the iOS App Store. Those changes apply to all developers, but Facebook seems to be taking it personally. And, the...
  • WATCH Jen Psaki PANIC when CONFRONTED on CRITICAL Question EVERY American Needs Answered

    03/11/2021 6:52:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Jen Psaki won't confirm how many kids. Neither will DHS.
  • Exclusive: Biden Admin Restricts Senior DHS Officials from Sharing Border Crisis Info with Reporters

    03/07/2021 8:11:49 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2021 | RANDY CLARK
    A senior-level law enforcement source in the Department of Homeland Security told Breitbart they received verbal orders limiting their ability to speak freely about the growing crisis along the border. The official spoke under the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the matter. “The situation with media relations now is night and day compared to the last administration. We have been advised not to speak on immigration issues at the border and to rely on DHS’s Office of Public Affairs and the Whitehouse Press Office to handle messaging.” The verbal order applies to senior law...
  • It’s Time for Cruise Lines to Be Transparent

    02/26/2021 10:49:10 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 18 replies
    Cruise Radio editorial ^ | February 22, 2021 | Richard Simms
    For months now, all of the major cruise lines have asked would-be passengers to be patient while they worked through everything from the implementation of protocols to dealings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They’ve spoken to us in vague terms about what progress has been made, insisting that when they have answers, so will we. Yet when it comes to actual, solid information, they’ve been incredibly reticent. Not one line has stepped forward to spell out, in detail, how their talks with the CDC are going. Not one line has offered a detailed, comprehensive explanation of exactly...
  • New York State Senate Democrats Block Subpoena for Nursing Home Fatality Data

    02/02/2021 11:17:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Feb 2021 | HANNAH BLEAU
    New York State Senate Democrats blocked a subpoena for nursing home fatality data on Monday, mere days after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report indicating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration had “undercounted” the number of coronavirus-related fatalities in nursing homes “by as much as 50 percent.” Sen. Thomas O’Mara, the top Republican serving on the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, made the motion on Monday during a virtual meeting. The Republican lawmaker said he wanted to “make sure we get to the bottom” of the irregularities in reporting the data on coronavirus-related fatalities in...
  • Psaki on Biden Administration: ‘We Want to Bring Transparency Back

    01/21/2021 6:30:42 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/21/2020 | Trent Baker
    On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki discussed her new role and how she plans to operate as the mouthpiece of the Joe Biden administration. Psaki told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Biden administration intends “to bring transparency back.” She explained that entails sharing President Joe Biden’s thinking, the White House’s policies, and taking “tough questions” from the press.
  • America's Hospitals Say They Will Publish Previously Secret Prices On More Than 300 Medical Procedures For First Time

    01/02/2021 7:16:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/02/2021 | Melanie Evans
    Major hospital operators say they will comply with new rules to make public their prices for medical procedures starting Friday, exposing previously secret market rates in an industry that accounts for about 6% of the U.S. economy. The roughly $1.2 trillion hospital sector will begin posting prices publicly in the New Year after losing a legal challenge to overturn new transparency rules that are a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s health-care policy. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said earlier in December the hospital pricing data and other transparency rules put forward by the administration were fundamental to a...
  • Scott Adams Says Election 2020 Non-Transparent by Force

    12/06/2020 11:31:52 AM PST · by John S Mosby · 43 replies
    You Tub- g8888888gle ^ | 12/5/2020 | Scott Adams
    Scott Adams explains all you need to know about the election: bullies chased out witnesses to the vote count, rendering the election non-transparent by force. "All that matters is that it was non-transparent by force. And if you allow yourself to imagine that the other stuff matters you're a victim of misinformation and misdirection" Bullies chase down witnesses to the stolen vote count..... This is all that i
  • Trump's Pennsylvania complaint is brilliant: Here is a superb piece of legal craftsmanship

    11/12/2020 8:04:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2020 | James V. DeLong
    The complaint filed in Pennsylvania by the Trump campaign is a superb piece of legal craftsmanship. It was filed in federal court, not state.  The gist is that some of the state's actions, and particularly the exclusion of Republican poll-watchers during the counting of hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots, violated federal constitutional requirements. The point is obvious enough once one thinks of it, but it's brilliant all the same.  It shifts the focus from state law, where a politicized Pennsylvania court has the last word, to federal law, where the U.S. Supreme Court rules. As for the obviousness of the...
  • PA AG Shapiro: ‘There Is Transparency Baked Into the System’ — ‘The Rhetoric Needs to Go Away’

    11/05/2020 12:39:26 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/05/2020 | Trent Baker
    Thursday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro (D) sounded off on the President Donald Trump campaign filing a lawsuit to have better access for campaign observers at locations where ballots are being processed and counted in the state.
  • Want to Lower Healthcare Costs? So Do Doctors.

    10/19/2020 7:19:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 19, 2020 | Marni Jameson, Carey
    The increasingly high cost of health care continues to rank as the top issue among American voters. But let’s get one point clear: Doctors aren’t the problem. In fact, for the most part, they’re on your side. Although lumping doctors into the overall problem of health care costs is natural, physicians have little to do with the price of health care. Hospitals and insurance companies set the prices, yet doctors often get the blame. Heck, insurance companies and Medicare tell doctors what their services are worth, not the other way around. How would lawyers, or accountants, or car makers like...
  • The White House Is Listening to Practicing Doctors on Health Care

    10/01/2020 10:44:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | October 1, 2020 | Mike Koriwchak
    Recent Harris Poll research revealed that two-thirds of consumers describe every step of acquiring health care as difficult. Half of respondents even avoid care because of this complicated bureaucracy, likely making their ailments worse and costlier in the long term. Doctors have been sounding the alarm on this problem for years. Thankfully, the White House is listening to physicians who are actually practicing—and we practitioners are saying patients need more price transparency, less reliance on insurance, and less government interference.This would result in lower cost, increased access, and higher quality. You can have only two of these in government-controlled health care....
  • Biden's Town Hall Adventure [semi-satire]

    09/19/2020 1:33:26 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 9 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 20 September 2020 | John Semmens
    Democratic presidential candidate former Vice-President Joe Biden told CNN's Anderson Cooper and town hall viewers that "China is not our enemy. If they were they wouldn't have given my son a billion dollar deal. I'll grant you that China hasn't been a perfect global citizen. From time to time they've stolen our technology. And every deadly respiratory virus seems to emanate from there. But these are all minor flaws—mistakes and bad luck that could've happened to anyone." In a response to a potato farmer's question about why there are so many unnecessary regulations impeding her work, Biden advised the woman...
  • EU Court: Hungary's 'Stop Soros' NGO Transparency Law Illegal

    06/21/2020 12:44:51 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 42 replies
    The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a law passed by the Hungarian government to make foreign donations to NGOs more transparent is against European Union laws. Ad The ruling against the transparency law comes after the case was brought to the court by the European Commission after it had initially begun proceedings against Hungary. The NGO law, which was passed in 2017, required NGOs that took 20,500 euros or more a year from overseas to register all foreign donations above 1,500 euros with the government, which shared the information online in order to make foreign funding of...
  • Mayor Turner’s Coronavirus Cover-Up (no transparency on Houston Housing Authority's $84M land deal)

    04/22/2020 8:28:50 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 4 replies - Dolcefino Consulting ^ | April 21, 2020 | no byline - Wayne Dolcefino
    Houston State Senator Paul Bettencourt is calling on Mayor Sylvester Turner to halt controversial public housing projects until the coronavirus shutdown is over. The Houston Housing Authority claims it cannot provide public records on the planned 84-million-dollar land deals because it is closed for business, all while they’re moving ahead to close on the real estate deals. “It is anti-transparency,” says Sen. Bettencourt. “Just because you’ve got a COVID pandemic, there’s nothing that should suspend public knowledge of these projects and you shouldn’t use that as a reason not to provide the information. The mayor should not be proceeding.” The...
  • From the Chinese Coronavirus Crisis, 3 Early Lessons

    01/31/2020 1:01:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 30, 2020 | Peter Brookes and Brayden Helwig
    The United Nations’ World Health Organization on Jan. 9 announced an outbreak of a new—or novel—coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Wuhan, China. In the three weeks since the announcement, the virus has intensified in China, infecting thousands there and is now spreading across the globe, far beyond its origin in Hubei province. Indeed, this new coronavirus has taken nearly 200 lives in China. As Chinese public health officials strive to contain the virus, it’s important to identify three early lessons that can be drawn from the outbreak and the initial response to it to prevent this Chinese epidemic—and others that will undoubtedly...
  • Social Liberal Is Silenced Over Belief That There Are ‘Only 2 Sexes’

    01/27/2020 10:53:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 23, 2020 | Nicole Russell
    Weeks after J.K. Rowling expressed disdain for a British employer firing an employee for stating sex is binary, another employer—this time in the U.S.—allegedly fired a freelance columnist for saying there are only two sexes. Jon Caldara, a regular columnist for The Denver Post, announced Jan. 17 in a Facebook post that the publication had fired him for his traditional, but apparently offensive and “insensitive,” beliefs about sex and gender. An editor’s note posted Jan.21 at The Denver Post confirmed Megan Schrader, editor of The Denver Post’s editorial pages, decided the publication no longer would run Caldara’s weekly freelance column,...
  • Joe Biden’s Senate papers will stay under wraps until after 2020 election

    01/02/2020 3:51:58 PM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/02/20 | Bob Fredericks
    Joe Biden’s papers from his 36 years in the Senate could have gone online on Dec. 31, but the university that Biden donated them to has changed its tune and plans to keep a lid on them until after the 2020 election. Biden donated his Senate papers from 1973 to 2009 to the University of Delaware in 2011, and more than 1,850 boxes of records were delivered to the school in June 2012. The university first said that the papers would go online no sooner than two years after Biden retired from “public office” or Dec. 31, 2019, or possibly...