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2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

2023 Public + School Holidays For Malaysia!

To help you plan your holidays in the new year, here is a summary of the public and school holidays in Malaysia for 2023!

 

2023 Public Holidays For Malaysia

Here are the public holidays for Malaysia in the year 2023. Some of these days may be subject to change.

Date Day Holiday States
1 Jan Sun New Year’s Day All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan, Perlis and Terengganu
2 Jan Mon All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
14 Jan Sat YDPB Negeri
Sembilan’s Birthday
Negeri Sembilan
22 Jan
23 Jan
Sun
Mon
Chinese New Year All states
24 Jan Tue All states except Johor, Kedah,
Kelantan and Terengganu
1 Feb Wed Federal Territory Day Kuala Lumpur, Labuan,
Putrajaya
5 Feb Sun Thaipusam Johor, Kuala Lumpur,
Negeri Sembilan, Penang,
Perak, Putrajaya and
Selangor
6 Feb Mon Kuala Lumpur, Negeri Sembilan,
Penang, Putrajaya and Selangor
18 Feb Sat Israk and Mikraj Kedah, Negeri Sembilan,
Perlis and Terengganu
19 Feb Sun Terengganu
4 Mar
5 Mar
Sat
Sun
Accession Anniversary
of Terengganu Sultan
Terengganu
23 Mar Thu Awal Ramadan Johor, Kedah and Melaka
Johor Sultan’s Birthday Johor
7 Apr Fri Good Friday Sabah and Sarawak
8 Apr Sat Nuzul al-Quran All states except Johor, Kedah,
Melaka, Negeri Sembilan,
Sabah and Sarawak
9 Apr Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
15 Apr Sat Declaration of Melaka
as a Historical City
Melaka
22 Apr
23 Apr
Sat
Sun
Hari Raya Aidilfitri All states
24 Apr Mon All states except Johor + Kedah
26 Apr Wed Sultan of Terengganu’s
Birthday
Terengganu
1 May Mon Labour Day All states
4 May Thu Wesak Day All states
17 May Wed Raja of Perlis’
Birthday
Perlis
22 May Mon Hari Hol Pahang Pahang
30 May
31 May
Tue
Wed
Harvest Festival Labuan and Sabah
1 Jun
2 Jun
Thu
Fri
Hari Gawai Sarawak
5 Jun Mon YDP Agong’s Birthday All states
18 Jun Sun Sultan of Kedah’s
Birthday
Kedah
28 Jun Wed Arafat Day Kedah and Terengganu
29 Jun Thu Hari Raya Haji All states
30 Jun Fri Kedah, Kelantan, Perlis
and Terengganu
7 Jul Fri Georgetown World
Heritage City Day
Penang
8 Jul Sat Penang Governor’s
Birthday
19 Jul Wed Awal Muharram All states
22 Jul Sat Sarawak Day Sarawak
30 Jul
31 Jul
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Pahang’s
Birthday
Pahang
23 Aug Wed Hari Hol Almarhum
Sultan Iskandar
Johor
24 Aug Thu Melaka Governor’s
Birthday
Melaka
31 Aug Thu Merdeka Day All states
16 Sep Sat Malaysia Day All states
17 Sep Sun Kelantan and Terengganu
28 Sep Thu Prophet Muhammad’s
Birthday
All states
7 Oct Sat Sabah Governor’s
Birthday
Sabah
14 Oct Sat Sarawak Governor’s
Birthday
Sarawak
3 Nov Fri Sultan of Perak’s
Birthday
Perak
11 Nov Sat Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov
13 Nov
Sun
Mon
Sultan of Kelantan’s
Birthday
Kelantan
12 Nov Sun Deepavali All states except Sarawak
13 Nov Mon All states except Johor,
Kedah, Kelantan, Sarawak
and Terengganu
11 Dec Mon Sultan of Selangor’s
Birthday
Selangor
24 Dec Sun Christmas Eve Sabah
25 Dec Mon Christmas Day All states
26 Dec Tue Christmas Holiday Sabah

 

2023 School Holidays For Malaysia

The COVID-19 pandemic has thoroughly screwed up the school term and holidays. Instead of starting in January and ending in December, the new term now starts in March and every year will have two “academic years”.

This is quite confusing for many of us parents, so here is a quick summary of the school holidays for the year 2023.

Read more : 2023 / 2024 Malaysia School Term + Holiday Calendar!

Group A Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Johor, Kedah, Kelantan and Terengganu.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 17 Feb 18 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 21 Apr 29 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 26 May 3 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 25 Aug 2 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 15 Dec 1 Jan 18

In addition, the government also announced an extra holiday for Chinese New Year in 2023.

Festival Holidays Group A Notes
Chinese New Year 22 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

Group B Schools

Here are the school holidays for Group A states of Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya.

Holiday Start End Days
2022 Year End Holiday 18 Feb 19 Mar 30
2023 Mid-Term 1 Holiday 22 Apr 30 Apr 9
2023 End-Term 1 Holiday 27 May 4 Jun 9
2023 Term 2 Holiday 26 Aug 3 Sep 9
2023 Term 3 Holiday 16 Dec 1 Jan 17

In addition, the government also announced an extra holiday for Chinese New Year in 2023.

Festival Holidays Group B Notes
Chinese New Year 20 to 24 January 2023 1 extra day

 

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Air Selangor : Water Supply Almost Fully Restored!

Air Selangor just announced that water supply to 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya are almost fully restored!

 

Air Selangor : Water Supply Almost Fully Restored!

Since the emergency shutdown of the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP) occurred yesterday, Air Selangor has been conducting sampling tests, as it cannot restart operations at any of the two water treatment plants, until they record 0 TON three times in a row..

At 8 AM this morning, Air Selangor announced that the Threshold Odour Number (TON) has dropped to 0 for the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (Sg Semenyih WTP), and 2 TON for the Bukit Tampoi WTP.

At around 10 AM on Christmas Day 2022, Air Selangor announced that it recorded the Threshold Odour Number (TON) level of 0 three times in a row at the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (Sg Semenyih WTP).

At 2:30 PM, the Bukit Tampoi WTP also recorded 0 TON three times in a row, allowing that water treatment plant to restart operations,.

Air Selangor also announced that the Sungai Semenyih WTP has started pumping out clean water at 2 PM today, and will fully restore water supply by 6 AM on Tuesday, 27 December 2022.

The Bukit Tampoi WTP started producing clean water at 6 PM, and will fully restore water supply by 2 PM on Monday, 26 December 2022.

As of 10 PM on Monday, December 26, 2022, Air Selangor announced that it has restored water supply to 98% of affected areas.

Only a few areas in the Petaling district and one area in the Sepang district have not received water supply.

  • Petaling : Taman Bukit Serdang, Taman Mutiara Indah, Taman Saujana Puchong, USJ 11, USJ 12, USJ 15
  • Sepang : Taman Bandar Bukit Puchong

Read more : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

 

Earlier : Air Selangor Cuts Water In 472 Areas!

At 7 AM on 24 December 2022, Air Selangor announced that it had to quickly shut down the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP), due to “odour pollution” at the Jenderma Hilir Raw Water Pump Station.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng later confirmed that the water cut was due “perfume essence” being dumped into the river.

The pollution this time took place in Negeri Sembilan. Perfume essence was dumped into the river. It is one of the most difficult smells to (get) rid of.

As at 10am, the ton (threshold odour number) recorded is as follows: 1 ton at Sungai Limau Manis, 1 ton 1.5km from Sungai Semenyih intake and 4 ton at Sungai Semenyih intake point.

The smell shows to be gradually reducing closer to intake; it is therefore a matter of time before 0 ton is recorded.

Until then, a total of 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya continue to have their water supply cut, with 172 areas in Petaling, 54 areas in Hulu Langat, 196 areas in Sepang, 23 areas in Putrajaya, and 27 areas in Kuala Langat.

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Alert : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

Air Selangor just announced an emergency water cut in 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya on Christmas Eve 2022!

 

Alert : Water Cut In 472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas!

At 7 AM on 24 December 2022, Air Selangor announced that it had to quickly shut down the Sungai Semenyih Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and Bukit Tampoi Water Treatment Plant (WTP), due to “odour pollution” at the Jenderma Hilir Raw Water Pump Station.

Subang Jaya assemblyman Michelle Ng later confirmed that the water cut was due “perfume essence” being dumped into the river.

The pollution this time took place in Negeri Sembilan. Perfume essence was dumped into the river. It is one of the most difficult smells to (get) rid of.

As at 10am, the ton (threshold odour number) recorded is as follows: 1 ton at Sungai Limau Manis, 1 ton 1.5km from Sungai Semenyih intake and 4 ton at Sungai Semenyih intake point.

The smell shows to be gradually reducing closer to intake; it is therefore a matter of time before 0 ton is recorded.

Until then, a total of 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya continue to have their water supply cut, with 172 areas in Petaling, 54 areas in Hulu Langat, 196 areas in Sepang, 23 areas in Putrajaya, and 27 areas in Kuala Langat.

Recommended : Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall In Malaysia + Singapore!

 

472 Selangor + Putrajaya Areas Affected By Water Cut

Here is the official list of the 472 areas in Selangor and Putrajaya affected by the 2022 Christmas Eve water cut!

Petaling District

  • Bandar Baru Sri Petaling
  • Bandar Bukit Puchong
  • Bandar Pinggiran Putra
  • Bandar Puchong Jaya – Jalan Tempua
  • Bandar Puchong Utama
  • Bandar Puteri Puchong – Bandar Puteri 1-12
  • Bandar Putra Permai
  • Bukit alil
  • Desa Millennia
  • Desaminium
  • Hospital Serdang
  • Hospital UPM
  • Hotel Palace/Selangor Turf Club
  • Kampung Baru Sri Puchong
  • Kampung Batu 14 Puchong
  • Kampung Bersatu Puchong
  • Kampung Kenangan Puchong
  • Kampung Orang Asli Rasau
  • Kampung Sri Aman
  • Kampung Sri Aman Mas 1 Dan 2
  • Kampung Sri Andalas
  • Kampung Sri Langkas
  • Kampung Tengah Puchong
  • Kawasan Perindustrian Seri Kembangan
  • Kota Perdana
  • KTM Serdang
  • Laman Grand View
  • Lestari Perdana – LP1-8
  • Lestari Perdana – Apartment Sri Indah
  • Lestari Putra – Lep 1, 3-7
  • Mardi UPM
  • Mutiara Bukit Jalil
  • Nahrim
  • Pasar Borong Selangor
  • Perindustrian Bukit Serdang
  • Puchong Gateway
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Bandar 3-20
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Merbah
  • Pusat Bandar Puchong – Jalan Bandar 1-2
  • Pusat Perdagangan Seri Kembangan
  • Serdang Jaya
  • Serdang Lama
  • Seri Kembangan – SK 1-4, SK 6-13
  • Sungai Penaga Industrial Park
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Apartment Bayu
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Apartment Megaria
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 1-4
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 5/3-5/30
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 6-11
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 9/1-9/4
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – BS 13, 14
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Jalan Bersatu
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Jalan Cemara
  • Taman Bukit Serdang – Serdang Heights
  • Taman Dato Demang
  • Taman Denai Puchong
  • Taman Equine
  • Taman Gembira
  • Taman Indah Subang UP
  • Taman linma
  • Taman Kembangsari
  • Taman Muhibbah
  • Taman Mutiara Indah
  • Taman Mutiara Puchong
  • Taman Perindustrian Puchong – Jalan TPP 1, 5, 6
  • Taman Perindustrian Pusat Bandar Puchong
  • Taman Perindustrian Putra Permai
  • Taman Perindustrian Subang
  • Taman Perindustrian UEP – Jalan TP 1-7
  • Taman Pinggiran US) 13
  • Taman Puchong Hartamas
  • Taman Puchong Impian
  • Taman Puchong Intan
  • Taman Puchong Prima
  • Taman Puchong Tekali
  • Taman Puchong Utama
  • Taman Puncak Jalil – PUJ 1-9
  • Taman Putra Permai
  • Taman Saujana Puchong
  • Taman Serdang Jaya
  • Taman Serdang Perdana
  • Taman Serdang Raya – SR 1-8
  • Taman Sri Petaling
  • Taman Sri Puchong
  • Taman Sri Serdang
  • Taman Teknologi Malaysia – ASTRO
  • Taman Universiti Indah – Jalan Indah
  • Taman Universiti Indah – Apartment
  • Taman Universiti Indah
  • Taman Wawasan
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • UPM Infoport
  • UPM Veterinar
  • USJ1 – 27

Hulu Langat District

  • Bandar Bukit Mahkota
  • Bandar Puteri Bangi
  • Bandar Rinching (2,3,4)
  • Bandar Seri Putra
  • Bangi Avenue
  • Bangi Estate
  • Blue Water Estate
  • Desa Mahkota Bangi
  • Eco Majestic
  • Institut Genom Malaysia
  • Jalan Dagang Sungai Besi
  • Kampung Aman Bangi
  • Kampung Bahagia
  • Kampung Bangi
  • Kampung Batu 2, 3 & 5 Jalan Bangi
  • Kampung Bukit Kepong
  • Kampung Jalan Enam Kaki Beranang
  • Kampung Kuala Pajam
  • Kampung Machang Hilir Beranang
  • Kampung Rinching Hilir
  • Kampung Sesapan Kelubi
  • Kampung Sesapan Minangkabau
  • Kampung Sesapan Rembau
  • Kampung Sungai Jai
  • Kampung Sungai Kembung Hilir
  • Kampung Sungai Kembung Hulu
  • Kampung Sungai Sematar
  • Kampung Teras )ernang
  • Kolej Professional Mara Beranang
  • Kolej Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Selangor (KUIS)
  • Mara Japan Industrial Institude
  • Mines Resort & Heritage The Mines
  • Pekan Bangi Lama
  • Pekan Beranang
  • Perindustrian Beranang
  • Perumahan PKNS Beranang
  • Pusat Nuklear Negara
  • Rumah Murah PKNS Bangi
  • Seksyen 14 Bandar Baru Bangi
  • Seksyen 15 Bandar Baru Bangi
  • Setia Ecohill
  • Taman Angsana
  • Taman Bangi Indah
  • Taman Bangi Permai
  • Taman Bangi Villa
  • Taman Dalma
  • Taman Desa Serdang
  • Taman Gita Bayu
  • Taman Impian Putra
  • Taman Manikavasagam
  • Taman Perindustrian Mahkota Beranang
  • Taman Serene Height
  • Taman Sri Bangi Bangi Lama
  • Taman Tiara South

Sepang District

  • IPI Ayamas
  • lUKL Block
  • IWK Kota Warisan
  • Jalan Air Hitam Sungai Merab
  • Jalan Bukit Tinggi Sungai Merab
  • Jalan Haji Abdullah
  • Jalan Kemboja Kampung Dato Abu Bakar Baginda
  • alan Teratai, Cempaka Biru, Anggerik
  • Jalan Tok Morah
  • Kafe Beriani Gam
  • Kampung Dato Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Kampung Jenderam Hilir
  • Kampung lenderam Hulu
  • Kampung Licincing
  • Kampung Limau Manis
  • Kampung Orang Asli Bakok
  • Kampung Orang Asli Jambu
  • Kampung Orang Asli Kelinsing
  • Kampung Orang Asli Melut
  • Kampung Pulau Meranti
  • Kampung Sungai Buah
  • Kampung Sungai Merab
  • Kawasan Industri Meranti Jaya 1
  • Kawasan Industri Meranti Java 2
  • Kawasan Industri Presint 14
  • Kedai Makan Seksyen 12
  • Kediaman Nilai Kaseh Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
  • Kilang WRP Asia Pacific
  • King Henry Vill College
  • Kondominium Pelangi Sungai Merab
  • Kosmopleks Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi
  • Lim Kok Wing University
  • LKIM Pulau Meranti
  • MAEPS
  • Mahkamah Sepang
  • Mahkamah Syariah
  • Majlis Perbandaran Sepang
  • Maktab Perguruan Islam (MPI)
  • Masjid Cyberjaya
  • Masjid Sultan Hishamuddin Salak Tinggi
  • Medan 120
  • Medan Lot 10 Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Muhaimi Auto Service
  • Mutiara Ville Cyberjaya
  • Nusa Putra
  • Pam Minyak Petron
  • Pangsapuri Murni
  • Pangsapuri Suasana Idaman
  • Pejabat Agama Islam Daerah Sepang
  • Pejabat Daerah Tanah Sepang
  • Pejabat]KR Sepang
  • Pejabat Veterina Serdang
  • Perantau Hill
  • Perdana Lake View
  • Perindustrian Meranti Permai
  • Perindustrian Puchong 1-Hub
  • Petronas Sungai Merab
  • PLUS Section C5 Sg Merab
  • Pusat Kejuruteraan Bomba Salak Tinggi
  • Pusat Latihan Dan Institusi Bangi
  • Pusat Latihan Orang Kurang Upaya (PLPP)
  • Pusat Perdagangan KLIA Avenue
  • Pusat Perniagaan Gemilang Kota Warisan
  • Pusat Pertanian Labu Lanjut
  • RKT Sungai Merab
  • Rumah Orang Kaya Sepang
  • Science Park 2 (Pinggiran Cyber, Vega, Qcell)
  • Sekolah Menengah Teknik Sepang
  • Sekolah Agama Abu Bakar Baginda
  • Sekolah Agama Kiblah Bukit Unggul
  • Sekolah Agama Menengah Sungai Merab
  • Taman Desa Mutiara
  • Taman Desa Restu
  • Taman Desa Salak Pekerti
  • Taman Desa Saujana
  • Taman Desa Sentosa
  • Taman Desa Utama
  • Taman Desa Vista
  • Taman Desiran Bayu
  • Taman Indah KLIA
  • Taman Indah Putera
  • Taman Indah Puteri
  • Taman Intan Baiduri
  • Taman Ixora
  • Taman Kenanga
  • Taman Kipark Puchong
  • Taman Kota Warisan
  • Taman La Cottage
  • Taman Lestari Permai
  • Taman Mas Sepang
  • Taman Mawar
  • Taman Merab Persona
  • Taman Meranti Jaya
  • Taman Mulia Sungai Merab
  • Taman Mutiara Merab (Jalan Imam Othman)
  • Taman Pesona Mekar
  • Taman Prima Tropika
  • Taman Puncak Pinggiran Putra
  • Taman Putra Height
  • Taman Putra Impiana
  • Taman Putra Perdana
  • Taman Putra Prima
  • Taman Salak Kasih
  • Taman Salak Perdana
  • Taman Saujana KLIA
  • Taman Selasih
  • Taman Seroja
  • Taman Suria Tropika
  • Taman Suria Warisan
  • Taman Tasik Puchong
  • Taman Villa Merab
  • Temple Mariamman West Country
  • Temple Sri Renganathar
  • The Street Mall
  • Tiara Heights
  • Tol Putrajaya
  • Unipark Condominium
  • UNITEN College
  • Xiamen University Malaysia Campus
  • Sekolah Kampung Orang Asli Bukit Tampoi
  • Kampung Orang Asli Belakang Loji Tampoi

Putrajaya

  • Dataran Putra
  • Presint 1
  • Presint 2
  • Presint 3
  • Presint 4
  • Presint 5
  • Presint 6
  • Presint 7
  • Presint 8
  • Presint 9
  • Presint 10 (A, B, C, D)
  • Presint 11
  • Presint 12
  • Presint 13
  • Presint 14
  • Presint 15
  • Presint 16
  • Presint 17
  • Presint 18
  • Presint 19
  • Presint 20
  • Taman Botani

 

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Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall In Malaysia + Singapore!

Prego just announced a recall of its Carbonara Mushroom Pasta sauce in Malaysia and Singapore! Here is what you need to know!

 

Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall In Malaysia + Singapore!

On Friday, December 23, 2022, Prego announced a recall of its Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta sauce 665g jars sold in Singapore and Malaysia.

Please note that only selected Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta 665g jars sold in Malaysia and Singapore are affected by this recall:

  • Expiry Date : 17 August 2023
  • Time Code : 22.18 – 23.20
  • Batch Number : 2022081716

Prego is recalling this batch of Carbonara Mushroom Pasta Sauce because it may have “an unpleasant smell, unusual colour, watery appearance and separated layers of liquid“.

Prego warned that this batch of Carbonara Mushroom sauce should not be consumed, and is asking consumers who purchased them to return them for a full refund.

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) also issued a notice, confirming the recall of the Prego Carbonara Pasta Sauce that was produced by Campbell Cheong Chan (M) Sdn. Bhd.

 

Prego Carbonara Sauce Recall Notice

Here is the official recall notice by Prego Malaysia, but note that the recall applies to both Malaysia and Singapore:

We’re very sorry! Unfortunately, our Prego Carbonara Mushroom Pasta 665g, with an expiry date of 17 August 2023 and, a time code between 22.18 – 23.20 has a manufacturing error. The affected batch may have an unpleasant smell, unusual colour, watery appearance and separated layers of liquid so should not be consumed

As a precaution, we’re asking you to return any jars you may have with this exact expiry date and time code. These products are only available in Malaysia and Singapore. You can return it from where you bought for a full refund. No receipt or proof of purchase is required.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Rest assured that all our other Prego products meet high-quality standards and are safe to enjoy!

For more information please call us on 03 7787 6288 or email arn_my_consumers@arnotts.com

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Is King of Bahrain Protected By A Robot Bodyguard?!

Did the King of Bahrain arrive in Dubai with a US$7.4 million robot bodyguard with machine guns and tasers?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : King of Bahrain Is Protected By A Robot Bodyguard!

A video with these messages has gone viral on WhatsApp and social media, claiming to show the King of Bahrain arriving in Dubai with his robot bodyguard!

King of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his Robot bodyguard of IR 4.0
It can speak 6 languages. It can rescue him literally carry him from mobs. It can physically fight, chase, shoot & armed with an electric teaser, an undisclosed 360 deg camera.
The AI guard cost about US $7.4 M

The king of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his robot bodyguard. It speaks six languages,able to rescue the king from mobs,it can physically fight,chase and shoot. It is armed with an electric teaser and an undisclosed 360 degree camera system,a set of infrared cameras and three hidden machine guns with enough ammunition to fight up to 1050 men,besides a laser guided sniper machine gun. It also carries medicine and water. This robot cost around US 7.4 million, small change to oil rich Arab nation. An amazing development of the 4th Industrial Revolution!😅

The king of Bahrain arrives in Dubai with his robot bodyguard! The fourth industrial revolution is changing the world. Previously the population of a country determined its global power because of soldiers it could deploy. Now nations will be deploying robots into battle!

 

Truth : King of Bahrain Is Not Protected By A Robot Bodyguard!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated on WhatsApp and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Abu Dhabi, Not Dubai

The video  does not show the King of Bahrain arriving in Dubai. It was recorded on 19 February 2019, at the 2019 International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi.

While both Dubai and Abu Dhabi are in the UAE (United Arab Emirates), they are separate emirates. Dubai is about an hour’s drive away from Abu Dhabi.

Fact #2 : That Is Not The King of Bahrain

The man seen in the video walking in front of the robot is not the King of Bahrain, Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

Fact #3 : Titan Is Adorned With UAE Flags, Not Bahrain

If you look carefully, Titan is adorned with UAE flags, not the flag of Bahrain. That’s because it’s being exhibited in the UAE.

If this was really the robot bodyguard of the King of Bahrain, it would have been adorned with the flag of Bahrain, not the flag of the UAE.

Fact #4 : That Is Titan The Robot

The robot behind him isn’t the man’s bodyguard, never mind the bodyguard of the King of Bahrain. It is called Titan the Robot, and it was made by a British company called Cyberstein, as the world’s first entertainment robot!

The world-famous Titan the Robot is the ultimate family entertainment show and Titan’s comedic antics are adored by children and adults alike.

Titan’s show can also be easily adapted to any situation and works very well as corporate entertainment or for enticing clients to your exhibition stand.

Fact #4 : Titan The Robot Is A Costume With A Person Inside

Titan the Robot isn’t even a real robot, but is really a humanoid robot costume worn by a human actor who moves its appendages, and controls electronic functions like light and sound effects.

Needless to say, Titan does not have any machine guns, or sniper rifles, or tasers hidden inside. Only a human being. In fact, the costume only weighs 60 kg!

Fact #5 : Titan The Robot Is Not For Sale

Cyberstein does not sell Titan because it needs an actor to use the costume, but anyone can book it to perform at family, corporate and international events!

Titan the the Robot is based in the UK, but he is available worldwide and has performed in over 50 countries to date. Titan’s show can be configured for any kind of event and the footfall he creates in shopping malls is legendary.

Cyberstein has never stated how much Titan the Robot costs, but it is ludicrous to claim that a robot costume would cost US$7.4 million.

Fact #6 : Titan The Robot Is Over 18 Years Old!

While the viral posts suggest that this is a new robot bodyguard that the King of Bahrain purchased for an exorbitant price, Titan the Robot is over 18 years old!

Titan made its first appearance at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival on 25-27 June, and was 18 years old when it performed at Britain’s Got Talent.

There is nothing really high-tech about it, being developed in the early 2000s. It certainly does not have any Industrial Revolution 4.0 features!

 

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Jake Flint Died After Wedding, But Not From Vaccine!

Why did country music singer Jake Flint die in his sleep, just hours after getting married?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out why Jake Flint did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine!

 

Claim : Jake Flint Died From Vaccine Sudden Death!

Right after news broke that Jake Flint died in his sleep hours after getting married, anti-vaccination activists immediately claimed that the 37 year-old country singer died from vaccine-induced sudden death (SADS / VIDS / VDS)!

Here is a selection of social media posts accompanying links or articles on his death:

🪦Country singer Jake Flint died in his sleep at 37…More of that “Sudden Adult Death Syndrome” that started right after Faucis “totally safe & effective” vaccine showed up💉

Remember folks, it is very common to die in your sleep at 37 years old as Jake Flint. Nothing to see here- after all it is natural to die in your sleep after taking the COVID vaccine. #Christianity #God #Family #politics

Country singer Jake Flint, 37, dies in his sleep after Covid vax

Another person dies of blood clots caused by you know what. When are we going to wake up and do something about this ????????

Recommended : Did Aaron Carter Die From Vaccine Sudden Death?!

 

Truth : Jake Flint Did Not Die From Vaccine Sudden Death!

It’s now a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths or illnesses on the COVID-19 vaccine.

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why, and what we know so far…

Fact #1 : Jake Flint Died In His Sleep

Jake Flint (born Jacob Flint on May 16, 1985) passed away in his sleep on Saturday night, November 26, 2022 – just hours after his wedding.

Jake, who was 37 years old, exchanged wedding vows with his wife, Brenda, at a remote homestead between Claremore and Owasso near Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Hours later, he died in his sleep.

Fact #2 : Jake Flint’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

Jake Flint’s cause of death is currently unknown, and has not yet been determined. His publicist Cliff Doyal confirmed it in an email:

I can confirm that Jake died in his sleep sometime in the night following his wedding. No cause of death has been determined.

Until an autopsy is carried out, and the results revealed, anyone who tells you that Jake Flint died of this or that cause is simply LYING to you.

There is no evidence that his death had anything to do with the COVID-19 vaccine. Claiming that he died from the vaccine is as asinine as claiming that he died from being married!

Fact #3 : Jake Flint Did Not Die From COVID-19 Vaccine

Clif Doyal, his publicist and the representative for his family in this tragedy, confirmed on November 30, 2022, that Jake Flint did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine:

I can verify, from them, and from my personal knowledge, that Jake Flint’s sudden and tragic death was not related in any way to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Katy Perry : Why Did Her Eye Glitch On Stage?!

Fact #4 : Jake Flint Was Fully Vaccinated

Jake Flint was fully-vaccinated, getting his first dose on 29 March 2021 and his second dose on 19 April 2021, as he revealed in an Instagram post on April 22, 2021.

Jake appeared to suffer no ill effects from the vaccinations, announcing, “Fully Vaxed to the max and ready to make some tracks to Halifax or wherever else. Key West preferably.

Anti-vaccination activists usually like to blame myocarditis – a known rare side effect of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, but that generally affects younger adults.

Also, if Jake had myocarditis, he would have had symptoms like chest pain, breathlessness, and would not be able to dance with his wife during their wedding.

Fact #5 : Vaccine Side Effects Appear Within Hours / Days

Jake Flint was fully-vaccinated 19 months ago. He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not many months later.

Mild side effects like injection site pain, fever, muscle ache, headache, lethargy develop within minutes to hours of the vaccination.

Anaphylaxis develops within minutes, while other severe adverse reactions like myocarditis and VITT develop within days.

The spike proteins produced by the COVID-19 vaccines also do not stick around for months. If these spike proteins are permanent (as antivaxxers claim), we would have lifelong immunity.

Your own immune system will identify the spike proteins as foreign, and destroy them within a matter of days, although some may last for up to a few weeks. This is part of how vaccines teach your immune system to identify the enemy and destroy it.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Other Causes Of Death

COVID-19 vaccines are designed to protect us against severe illness and death from COVID-19, by teaching our own immune system how to create antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

They, however, cannot protect us against other causes of death, whether it’s a heart attack, SADS or even other viruses. Hence, fully-vaccinated people can and will die from other causes of death.

It is therefore ludicrous for anti-vaccination activists to blame all deaths of fully-vaccinated people on the vaccine. Did they really expect the COVID-19 vaccine to be an elixir of immortality? Please grow up.

Read more : Do mRNA Vaccines Cause Invasion of Killer Lymphocytes?!

Fact #7 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up celebrity deaths to the vaccine; death or injury from rare vaccine adverse effects like anaphylaxis, myocarditis and VITT can be proven.

Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.

Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.

Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.

Fact #8 : Claims Of Celebrities Injured By COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance. Here is the latest dozen of other false celebrity claims!

Will these anti-vaccination activists apologise for lying to you? Nope! They will just move on to the next celebrity tragedy…

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Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro Review: 24-bit Audio FTW!

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is the latest AKG-tune TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation from Samsung!

Find out just how good it really is, and why its 24-bit audio support is something audiophiles will love!

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro : What’s In The Box?

First, let’s take a quick look at what’s inside the box.

Samsung kindly provided us with a better unboxing video than we could have done ourselves.

Inside, you will find the following items :

  • A pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro storage + charging case
  • Guide Start Guide
  • USB-C to USB-C charging cable
  • Two sets of extra ear tips (small and large)

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro : Key Features

The Galaxy Buds 2 is the latest AKG-tuned TWS earbuds from Samsung, with a slew of improvements.

Despite its name, it is the second generation version of the ultra-premium Galaxy Buds Pro, and not an improved version of the Galaxy Buds2 we reviewed last year.

Comfort

These are amongst the lightest and smallest earbuds I ever tried. Each earbud weighs just 5.5 grams and are 15% smaller.

They feel less intrusive, and are also more discreet than the last generation Buds Pro – fitting snugly into your ear.

The earbuds come with medium ear tips fitted, but the package includes small and large ear tips, allowing you to swap them out for a snug fit.

IPX7 Water Resistant

Unlike the Galaxy Buds2, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro are IPX7 water-resistant, so you can carry on using them even in the rain!

While they are officially rated to withstand submersion in up to 1 metre of fresh water for up to 30 minutes, Samsung do not advise you use them at the beach or in the pool.

I should also point out that the charging case itself is NOT water-resistant, so please make sure you keep it dry. In addition, you must dry the Galaxy Buds2 Pro before you put them back into the charging case.

Even so, water-resistance is one of the things I love about Samsung wearables and smartphones. As a rather clumsy person, I’ve dropped my fair share of gadgets, and more often than not – into pools of rainwater, or even swimming pools!

Active Noise Cancellation

Budget ANC earbuds use one microphone, with mid-range ANC earbuds like the Galaxy Buds2 use up to two microphones to receive ambient noise for cancellation.

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro uses three microphones with high signal-to-noise (SNR) ratio to expand the amount of ambient noise it can cancel, and you can tell the difference. Its ANC performance is markedly improved from the last generation.

I managed to test them out on two turboprop flights which are noticeably louder than your typical airliner, and they worked great! The noise outside the planes was greatly muted, and once onboard, it’s like you are in your own oasis of peace and quiet.

If you need to listen to someone speak, there is an Ambient mode that temporarily disables ANC and lets you listen to the outside world. When you take out one earbud, the other earbud cleverly switches to Ambient mode so you don’t get disorientated, and switches back to ANC when you put the earbud back on.

You don’t even have to turn Ambient mode manually like with the Galaxy Buds2. The Galaxy Buds2 Pro comes with the Voice Detect feature, which automatically activates Ambient mode when you start talking! Just make sure you enable it in your Galaxy Wearable app first!

24-bit Audio

If you are an audiophile, you will love the 24-bit audio support in the Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

24-bit audio has been around for a while, offering higher audio resolution and fidelity. However, adoption has been limited so far to expensive music players and audio devices.

After all, the entire chain – from the music file to the music player (software or hardware) and the earphones / headphones, plus the connectivity between them – must support 24-bit audio.

So it’s great to see Samsung driving the 24-bit audio effort forward by making sure that its mobile devices support 24-bit audio. Just make sure you upgrade to the One UI 4.0 or higher, to enable its proprietary Samsung Seamless Hi-Fi codec.

Built on the Scalable Codec it introduced several years ago, the Samsung Seamless codec is able to encode full 24-bit audio to transmit to the Galaxy Buds2 Pro wirelessly.

The only downside is that it’s proprietary, and will only work with Samsung Galaxy devices running One UI 4.0 or higher.

360 Audio

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro also supports 360 Audio, which is basically their version of the spatial audio feature in Apple AirPods. It’s not enabled by default, because you may not want to turn it on all the time.

The 360 Audio feature only works with apps and content that support Dolby Atmos surround sound. When enabled, it delivers a 360-degree surround sound effect for a more immersive experience.

On top of that, the Galaxy Buds2 Pro supports head tracking, so the 360 audio you hear will actually change with your head movement!

While it doesn’t do much for music (very few are encoded for Dolby Atmos), you should enable it for movies and games.

Connectivity

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro connects wirelessly to your devices using Bluetooth 5.3, with support for AAC, SBC and Samsung’s new Seamless codec, but not aptX, LDAC or LHDC. Again, please note that the Samsung Seamless codec is proprietary, and will only work with their devices running on One UI 4.0 and above.

These earbuds do not offer Bluetooth multipoint connectivity, which means they can only be connected to one device at any one time.

They support automatic switching between Samsung Galaxy devices using the same Samsung account, but if you want to switch from your Samsung Galaxy smartphone to your laptops you need to manually switch using the Bluetooth menu.

Battery Life

The biggest problem I have with the Buds2 Pro though is its short battery life of about 5 hours with ANC enabled. I can get about 8 hours with ANC disabled, but that’s still on the low side for premium earbuds.

This is really a trade off – a larger battery (and consequently, longer battery life) would mean a heavier and more obtrusive earbuds. There is only so much Samsung can squeeze out of the tiny 61 mAh battery in each earbud.

The charging case with an internal 515 mAh battery provides another 13 hours of extra battery life (ANC enabled), or 21 hours (ANC disabled) – roughly 2.5 full charges.

They support quick charging though – a 5 minute charge will get you about an hour of battery life.

Pro Tip : Get into the habit of popping these earbuds into their case whenever you are not using, and you will never run out of battery life.

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro : Our Verdict

If you want the very best TWS earbuds with active noise cancellation technology from Samsung, there can be no doubt – the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is it.

It is amazing that such a small package comes with so many great features – 24-bit audio with 360 Audio, active noise cancellation with three SNR microphones, and IPX7 water resistance.

While the Galaxy Buds2 Pro is not cheap, those features do really make a real difference in the enjoyment of your music, videos and games.

For those reasons, I think it deserves no less than our Reviewer’s Choice Award!

Just be aware of its relatively short battery life, lack of Bluetooth multipoint connectivity, and reliance on a proprietary codec which limits 24-bit audio to Samsung devices.

If you are in the Samsung ecosystem and would like to enjoy 24-bit audio and/or surround sound, you can’t go wrong with the Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

But if you are not using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone, or do not need 24-bit audio support, then these are not the earbuds you are looking for. You are better off buying the cheaper Galaxy Buds2!

 

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro : Where To Buy?

The Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 is priced at RM899 / S$328 / US$229 / £189 / A$349.

Here are some online purchase options (prices accurate as of 11 November 2022) :

 

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Katy Perry Explains Eye Glitch + Mocks Vaccine, Robot Claims!

Katy Perry just explained her viral eye glitch, and mocked those who claimed it was a vaccine side effect, or that she’s a robot!

 

Katy Perry : Eye Glitch Is Her Party Trick!

Days after a video of her eye glitch went viral on TikTok, Katy Perry addressed her eye glitch, calling it her “broken doll eye party trick“, which her fans have already noted that she does quite often in her shows.

She also pointed out another party trick in her shows – pouring beer out of her tits, and pointed out that she doesn’t “actually lactate hops”!

heck I pour beer out of my tits (that’s a party trick too… I don’t actually lactate hops silly goose!)🍺 Hope to sing along with you in 2023! And we’ll drink, this one’s on me, cause we’re all #chainedtothealgorithm 🤡⛓ #therealproblemlolhaha😅

Katy Perry also took the opportunity to mock conspiracy theorists and anti-vaccination activists who blamed her eye glitch on the COVID-19 vaccine, calling them “flatearthers” “spaceisfakers”, “birdsarentrealers” and “skyisntbluers”.

Tongue-in-cheek, she invited them to catch her “party trick” in her Las Vegas concerts next year!

Oooh, the sass! I so love her!

Read more : Why Did Katy Perry Suffer Eye Glitch On Stage?!

Katy Perry also responded to those who joked that her eye glitch was “evidence” that she’s really a robot. After all – who could be so perfect?

Three days earlier, she posted a photo of herself looking stonily ahead like a robot, while wearing a brown dress by ABOUT YOU.

This is social media marketing at its best!

 

Katy Perry Uses Eye Glitch To Announce 2023 Shows!

Now that she has gone viral with her eye glitch, Katy Perry announced an extension of her Las Vegas residency, and a slew of 14 concerts in 2023!

  • February 15, 17, 18, 22, 24 and 25
  • April 5, 7, 8, 12, 14 and 15

The show’s set list is a fun 🎢 through memory lane going all the way back to 2008, a time when we weren’t all frozen by the paranoia of our own echo chambers! 🤸🏻‍♀️ This show is a nonstop party about finding unconditional love and strangely (for me) not political at all

Tickets go on sale at 10 AM, Friday, November 4, 2022 at axs.com/katyinvegas.

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine?!

Note to all antivaxxers and conspiracy theorists, if you buy one of the VIP packages, you will get to meet Katy Perry herself, and you know – ask her to perform her eye glitch for you!

Here’s a better idea – buy ME a VIP package to her concert, and I will get Katy Perry to document her eye glitch party trick for you in high-definition video, up close! You can’t beat that kind of evidence!

 

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EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger + AA Batteries Review!

In my review of the EBL lithium-ion AA batteries and 8-bay charger, I will share with you why this is the future of AA batteries!

 

EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger + AA Batteries Review!

The future of AA batteries is here, and it comes in the form of EBL lithium-ion AA batteries, and the 8-bay Li-Ion battery charger!

Most of us have long relied on rechargeable AA batteries using NiCad (Nickel-Cadmium) and NiMH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) technologies which were developed in the 1980s.

They are set to be replaced by AA batteries built on lithium-ion technology – the same kind of battery used in your smartphone and laptops.

So I was most excited when EBL said that they would send me their latest lithium-ion AA batteries and 8-bay Li-Ion battery charger to try out.

 

EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger + AA Batteries : What’s In The Box?

EBL sent me their most popular AA battery bundle, which consists of an 8-bay Li-Ion battery charger, and eight of their lithium-ion AA batteries. They also offer them for sale as separate items.

The package arrived in a simple black plastic bag – there is no special bundle packaging. EBL would do well to add bubble wrapping to prevent damage to the box, and pilfering from the package.

There are the items that you will receive if you purchase the EBL 8-bay Li-Ion battery charger and 8-battery bundle :

  • 1 x EBL 8-bay Lithium-Ion Battery Charger
  • 1 set of EBL Lithium-Ion Battery Charger + Lithium Ion Battery manuals
  • 1 x USB Type A to micro-USB Type B power cable
  • 8 x EBL Lithium-Ion AA batteries
  • 2 x AA battery storage cases

 

EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger Review!

The EBL 8-Bay lithium-ion charger has a pretty simple design. It has 8 battery bays, supporting up to eight AA or AAA lithium-ion batteries, or a mix of them.

However, please note that this charger only supports lithium-ion rechargeable batteries. Please do not use it to recharge your NiCd / NiMH rechargeable batteries!

Every bay has a separate circuit, allowing for optimal charging according to each battery’s condition. It is also smart enough to prevent over-charging, over-voltage, over-current and overheating while charging.

That said, EBL recommends that you take out the batteries once they are fully-charged, and do not leave them in the charger. Trickle-charging lithium-ion batteries is not good for their lifespan.

I would also recommend that you disconnect the charger after use, because it will use up to 0.3 watts of power even when it’s not charging any battery. That “vampire power loss” may seem little, but it is still a waste of power.

Power input comes through the very common Type A to micro-USB cable. In 2022, I would have very much preferred a bidirectional USB Type C connector. But this is a minor inconvenience – you won’t generally remove the cable unless you are travelling.

The 8-bay charger has a 10 watt power input, delivering up to 1.25 watts per bay when fully-loaded with eight batteries, and up to 1.5 watt per bay with fewer batteries.

However, EBL does not provide a 10 watt USB power adaptor to actually power this 8-bay lithium-ion battery charger. So you will need to purchase a separate USB power adaptor, or use the one that came with your smartphone.

Just make sure the USB power adaptor can deliver 10 watts or more. Otherwise, charging will be much slower.

Specifications EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger
Model EBL M7012
Type USB Charger
Battery Size AA / AAA
Battery Type Only 1.5V Lithium-Ion
Input Voltage DC 5V @ 2A
Input Power 10 W
No-Load Input Power 0.3 W max.
Output Voltage DC 1.5 V @ 1 A
Output Current AA : 1000 mA max.
AAA : 500 mA max.
Dimensions 126.4 mm wide
75.4 mm high
25.2 mm thick
Weight 94.9 grams

 

EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion AA Batteries Review!

The EBL lithium-ion AA batteries work like any other rechargeable AA batteries. Just plug them into any device that requires AA batteries, and they just work.

These lithium-ion batteries have a capacity of 3,000 mWh, which is equivalent to 2,000 mAh. So they are equivalent in capacity to many NiMH batteries, but about 18% lower than top-shelf Eneloop Pro batteries.

EBL claims that they have a low self-discharge like Eneloop batteries, and will retain up to 80% of its capacity 3 years after it’s fully-charged. But they do not come pre-charged, because so you will need to charge them for 6-8 hours before using them.

The biggest advantage of the EBL lithium-ion AA battery though is its ability to deliver 1.5 volts of constant current. This beats NiCad and NiMH batteries which are limited to just 1.2-1.4 volts.

Even though these batteries have similar capacities to NiCad/NiMH batteries, their higher voltage means they deliver 7% to 25% more power.

That extra power is useful when it comes to certain devices, like Nerf guns or electric toothbrushes for example. You will get higher performance with these 1.5 volt lithium-ion batteries than you would with NiCad / NiMH batteries.

Specifications EBL Lithium-Ion AA Battery
Size AA
Type Lithium-Ion
Capacity 3000 mWh
2000 mAh
Discharge Voltage 1.5 V ± 2%
Low Voltage
Warning
1.1 V ± 2%
Standard Charging Time ≤ 2.5 hours
Standard Discharge Time ≥ 5 hours
Charging Voltage 5.0 V ~ 5.5 V
Recommended
Discharge Current
0.2 C (400 mA)
Maximum
Discharge Current
1 C
Overcurrent
Protection Limit
800 mA
Overcurrent Discharge
/ Short Circuit Limit
2.1 A ~ 2.8 A
Low Temperature
Charging Protection
0 ℃ : ≤ 150 mA
-10 ℃ : ≤ 100 mA
Static Power Consumption ≤ 100 μA
Dimensions 50.1 mm tall
14.1 mm wide
Weight 20 grams

 

EBL 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger + AA Batteries : Price + Availability

The EBL 8-Bay lithium-ion charger can be purchased separately, or together with AA batteries, at these official price points :

  • 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger + 8 AA batteries : US$45.99
  • 8-Bay Lithium-Ion Charger only : US$13.59
  • 8 x Lithium-Ion AA Batteries : US$28.99

Here are some online purchase options :

  • EBL Direct : $45.99 (use Welcome for 10% off)
  • Amazon : $45.99

 

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Netflix Fires 300 More Employees In Round 2 Of Layoffs!

Netflix just announced a second round of layoffs, firing 300 more employees!

 

Netflix Fires 300 More Employees In Round 2 Of Layoffs!

Back in February, Netflix announced that it lost 200,000 subscribers globally at the start of 2022. Even worse, it projected a decline of 2 million users in the upcoming quarter.

They blamed the drop on everything from increased competition from rival streaming services, to the economy and the war in Ukraine, as well as people sharing their Netflix accounts.

Their response was to curb losses by laying off their employees. They started by firing 150 employees last month, and followed up with 300 more employees this month.

Read more : The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

 

Netflix Layoffs Are Minimal At Just 4%

So far, the 450 fired employees make up about 4% of the streaming giant’s workforce of about 11,000 globally.

Most of those who were fired were based in the US and allegedly of minorities, or those working on projects catering to marginalised communities.

Netflix also fired another 70 employees working for its social media and publishing teams last month, including those that catered to marginalised communities.

But while Netflix claimed that it will help reduce costs, the 4% trimming of their workforce is unlikely to make much of a dent… unless Netflix intends to fire even more employees.

Sadly, it seems likely we will see more people getting let go at Netflix.

 

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The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

Take a look at the scene that got the Disney-Pixar movie, Lightyear, banned in 14 countries, and likely China too!

 

Lightyear Movie Banned In 14 Countries + Maybe China Too!

Lightyear – the long-awaited Toy Story prequel from Disney-Pixar – has been banned in  14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries, and quite likely China too!

The ban started in the UAE, whose Media Regulatory Office of the Ministry of Youth and Culture announced on 13 June 2022 that Lightyear was banned from screening in all cinemas for “its violation of the country’s media content standards“.

A Variety report claimed that the UAE initially approved Lightyear for release, but revoked the licence after social media posts accused the movie of insulting Muslims and Islam.

That ban was then followed by other countries. The current list includes, but is not limited to :

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Bahrain

Although not confirmed yet, it is very likely that Lightyear will also not be allowed to screen in China.

Lightyear producer, Galyn Susman, said that Chinese authorities “asked for cuts”, which Disney declined to make. So she assumed that the movie would not be allowed to screen there either.

I’m assuming it will not make it to China. I know we’ve gotten requests for things to cut, Disney isn’t going to modify the material.

We’re not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he’s missing by the choices that he’s making, so that’s not getting cut

 

The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

The reasons why Lightyear has been banned in at least 14 countries, and possibly China too, is over a brief kissing scene.

In the first 30 minutes of Lightyear, Alisha Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) – a female space ranger and a close friend of Buzz Lightyear – shares a brief kiss with her same-sex partner.

That kiss was part of a scene showing milestones in the couple’s relationship. It also shows the couple’s son, although it is not known if he was adopted or conceived through assisted reproduction.

But it was the brief kiss between two fictional characters that broke the camel’s back for censors in those countries. They demanded that the scene be cut from the film.

Normally, Disney would quietly cut such a controversial scene from the movie to comply with “local sensibilities”, since it doesn’t affect the plot.

However, Pixar employees had earlier penned a letter complaining that Disney corporate executives were censoring “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection” in their projects.

We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were.

Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest, regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.

Disney caved to the pressure, and decided not to censor the kiss from Lightyear. And so, all those countries refused to grant a licence to screen the movie in theatres.

Read more : Lightyear Movie Banned In 14 Countries + Maybe China Too!

 

Lightyear Stars On Why Lightyear Was Banned…

Chris Evans, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in this prequel, labelled such objections as “frustrating”.

It’s great that we are a part of something that’s making steps forward in the social inclusion capacity.

But it’s frustrating that there are still places that aren’t where they should be.

He also told Variety magazine that he was frustrated that news coverage of the movie would be focused on such an issue :

It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of ‘news.’

The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.

Taika Waititi, who voices the character of Mo Morrison in the film, added :

We’re hoping for a time when we don’t even have to have this conversation. We can watch a movie and we don’t even have to bat an eyelid.

We don’t have to think ‘Oh wow, weird’. It’s not weird, it’s normal and it should be normalised.

Whenever you have these small steps that studios are making – sometimes they may feel small but also, they are steps – and it’s steps towards normalising humanity and love. I really feel sorry for countries who don’t want this film because of a tiny, weird little thing like that

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Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store Video Tour!

Samsung Malaysia and Senheng just officially opened their first ever Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store!

Join us for a video tour, and find out what Samsung and Senheng are offering with this grand opening!

 

Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store Video Tour!

On 16 June 2022, Samsung Malaysia and Senheng just officially opened their first ever Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store at the Shoppes at Four Seasons Place!

This new premium experience store is where you will find all of Samsung’s latest mobile devices, consumer electronics and home appliances, including the new Neo QLED Smart TVs, BESPOKE appliances and more!

With a grand space of 5400 square feet, this premium Samsung experience store does not only display all available Samsung products, it lets you experience what it is to live in a connected, smart living environment.

 

Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store Shows

The new Premium Experience Store will be hosting live shows at these times, that will also be streamed on Samsung’s and Senheng’s official Facebook pages :

Date & Time Hosts Product Highlights
17 June
8 PM
Shafiq Chulan
|& Shu Faye
QLED 4K TV,
Smart Monitors
18 June
4 PM
Dini Schatzmann
& Caely See
WindFree Air Conditioners,
BESPOKE Refrigerators
19 June
4 PM
Brandon Ho
& Sachie Amira
Galaxy S Series &
Z Series Smartphones
20 June
8 PM
Caely See
& Jack Lim
Smart Home Appliances
21 June
8 PM
Shalma Ainaa
& Wan Imar Izzat
Washer & Dryer
BESPOKE AirDresser
BESPOKE Jet

 

Senheng x Samsung Premium Experience Store Deals!

In conjunction with this grand launch of the Premium Experience Store, there will be some exciting deals from 17 June until 21 June 2022.

You will be able to get deals like RM1,000 rebate on the Galaxy Z Flip3 smartphone, to RM2,599 worth of free gifts with every purchase of a QLED 4K TV. You can also get up to RM3,699 worth of free gifts when you purchase a BESPOKE refrigerator!

 

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Lightyear Movie Banned In 14 Countries + Maybe China Too!

The Disney-Pixar movie, Lightyear, has been banned in 14 countries, and quite possibly China too!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Lightyear Movie Banned In 14 Countries + Maybe China Too!

Lightyear – the long-awaited animated feature film from Disney-Pixar – has reportedly been banned in 14 Asian and Middle Eastern countries.

The ban started in the UAE, whose Media Regulatory Office of the Ministry of Youth and Culture announced on 13 June 2022 that :

The Media Regulatory Office announced that the animated film Lightyear, which is scheduled for release on 16th June, is not licensed for public screening in all cinemas in the UAE, due to its violation of the country’s media content standards.

A Variety report claimed that the UAE initially approved Lightyear for release, but revoked the licence after social media posts accused the movie of insulting Muslims and Islam.

That ban was then followed by other countries. The current list includes, but is not limited to :

  • United Arab Emirates
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Lebanon
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Kuwait
  • Bahrain

Although not confirmed yet, it is very likely that Lightyear will also not be allowed to screen in China.

Lightyear producer, Galyn Susman, said that Chinese authorities “asked for cuts”, which Disney declined to make. So she assumed that the movie would not be allowed to screen there either.

I’m assuming it will not make it to China. I know we’ve gotten requests for things to cut, Disney isn’t going to modify the material.

We’re not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he’s missing by the choices that he’s making, so that’s not getting cut

 

Why Lightyear Was Banned In Those Countries…

In Lightyear, the character of Alisha Hawthorne (voiced by Uzo Aduba) shares a brief kiss with her same-sex partner.

That’s it – a little kiss between two fictional characters. Unfortunately, it was a kiss too far for those countries.

Normally, Disney would quietly cut such a “controversial” scene from the movie to comply with “local sensibilities”, since it doesn’t affect the plot.

However, Pixar employees had earlier penned a letter complaining that Disney corporate executives were censoring “nearly every moment of overtly gay affection” in their projects.

We at Pixar have personally witnessed beautiful stories, full of diverse characters, come back from Disney corporate reviews shaved down to crumbs of what they once were.

Nearly every moment of overtly gay affection is cut at Disney’s behest, regardless of when there is protest from both the creative teams and executive leadership at Pixar.

Disney caved to the pressure, and decided not to censor the kiss from Lightyear. And so, all those countries refused to grant a licence to screen the movie in theatres.

Read more : The Brief Kiss That Got Lightyear Banned In 14+ Countries!

 

Lightyear Stars On The Movie Ban By 14+ Countries

Chris Evans, who voiced Buzz Lightyear in this prequel, labelled such objections as “frustrating”.

It’s great that we are a part of something that’s making steps forward in the social inclusion capacity.

But it’s frustrating that there are still places that aren’t where they should be.

He also told Variety magazine that he was frustrated that news coverage of the movie would be focused on such an issue :

It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of ‘news.’

The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.

Taika Waititi, who voices the character of Mo Morrison in the film, added :

We’re hoping for a time when we don’t even have to have this conversation. We can watch a movie and we don’t even have to bat an eyelid.

We don’t have to think ‘Oh wow, weird’. It’s not weird, it’s normal and it should be normalised.

Whenever you have these small steps that studios are making – sometimes they may feel small but also, they are steps – and it’s steps towards normalising humanity and love. I really feel sorry for countries who don’t want this film because of a tiny, weird little thing like that

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Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Sleep In Front Of His Statue?!

Was Arnold Schwarzenegger once forced to sleep in front of his own statue, after being rejected by a hotel?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Arnold Schwarzenegger Had To Sleep In Front Of His Statue!

People are sharing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger sleeping in front of his own statue, together with this life lesson :

Arnold Schwarzenegger posted a photo of himself sleeping on the street under his famous bronze statue, and sadly wrote “How times have changed*

The reason he wrote the phrase was not only because he was old, but because when he was governor of California he inaugurated a hotel with his statue. Hotel staff told Arnold, “at any moment you can come and have a room reserved for you.” When Arnold stepped down as governor and went to the hotel, the administration refused to give him a room arguing that he should pay for it since they were in great demand.

He brought a sleeping bag and stood underneath the statue and explained what he wanted to convey: “When I was in an important position, they always complimented me, and when I lost this position, they forgot about me and did not keep their promise. Do not trust your position or the amount of money you have, nor your power, nor your intelligence, it will not last. “

Trying to teach everyone that when you’re “Important” in the people’s eyes, everyone is your “Friend ” But once you don’t benefit their interests, you won’t matter.

* You are not always who you think you will always be, nothing lasts forever”

 

Truth : Arnold Schwarzenegger Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue!

This is yet another example of celebrity FAKE NEWS, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Picture Is Genuine

First, let me confirm that the picture is genuine.

In fact, Arnold Schwarzenegger posted it on his own Instagram account and Facebook page on 15 January, 2016.

Fact #2 : He Did Not Sleep In Front Of His Statue

To be clear – Arnold only posed for the shot. He did not actually sleep in front of his own statue.

Fact #3 : He Was Filming A Movie At That Time

Arnold took that picture while he was in Columbus filming the movie, Aftermath (known at that time as 478).

He allegedly requested that the movie be shot in Columbus, because of his long love for the city.

More to the point – he would have been provided with accommodation while he was filming. He wouldn’t have needed to “comp” a hotel room…

Fact #4 : Most Of The Quotes Were Made Up

Arnold’s picture was only accompanied by this comment – “How times have changed.“. Nothing else.

The other quotes about being rejected by a hotel for losing his important position were made up.

Fact #5 : The Picture Was Not Taken Outside Any Hotel

Arnold took the picture in front of the Greater Columbus Convention Centre in Ohio. Not in front of any hotel, as the fake story claimed.

The 8 foot-tall statue was first erected outside the Franklin County Veterans Memorial on March 2, 2012, and moved to the Greater Columbus Convention Centre on October 6, 2014.

At the 2014 rededication of his statue, then-Mayor Michael B. Coleman told Schwarzenegger, “We want to memorialize that forever in front of our convention center.

Fact #6 : He Did Not Inaugurate Any Hotel With His Statue

Arnold Schwarzenegger did not inaugurate any new hotel with his own statue. Why on Earth would anyone do that? It doesn’t even make sense.

Arnold Schwarzenegger was honoured with that statue to commemorate his commitment to Columbus, Ohio, where the Arnold Sports Festival is held every year.

Fact #7 : Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Rich

It is hilarious that so many people actually believe that Arnold Schwarzenegger would be so hard up for a free hotel room.

He is wealthy, with a net worth estimated to be between $300 million to $400 million.

Fact #8 : He Stepped Down As Governor In 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor of California for two terms – from November 17, 2003 until January 3, 2011.

In other words, he stepped down as governor 14 months before his status was erected in 2012! The fake story’s chronology is complete nonsense.

Fact #9 : Fake Story Has Been Circulating Since January 2018

This fake story appears to be created around January 2018, when it first went viral.

Since then, it has periodically gone viral over the years on social media – Twitter and Facebook, as well as on WhatsApp.

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2022 Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV + Soundbar Showcase!

Samsung just launched their 2022 Neo QLED 8K televisions, with a new 2022 Ultra Slim Soundbar to complement them!

Take a look at both of them in our video showcase!

 

2022 Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV + Soundbar Showcase!

We were given the opportunity to view Samsung’s new 2022 Neo QLED 8K televisions, as well as the new 2022 Ultra Slim Soundbar that complements them.

The 2022 Samsung Neo QLED 8K televisions come in a variety of sizes, from 55 inches all the way to 85 inches. Take a look!

Every model is built around a new Neural Quantum Processor 8K, which has 20 independent neural AI networks, each analysing the content’s characteristics to deliver the best picture quality, regardless of the source.

It also powers a new feature called Real Depth Enhancer. Real Depth Enhancer scans each frame, and maximises the object’s contrast with the background.

The new processor also uses Shape Adaptive Light Control technology to create precise lighting and pure blacks using Samsung’s best Quantum mini LED display panel.

In fact, the 2022 Neo QLED 8K televisions are the world’s first Pantone-validated displays, which mean they will authentically reproduce more than 2000 colours, as well as 110 new skin tone shades.

These new models also use AI technology to automatically adjust the brightness and colour temperature of the display to match the room’s lighting condition.

The 2022 Neo QLED 8K televisions boast Samsung’s new Smart Hub user interface, powered by Tizen. They are also designed to provide the ultimate gaming experience through features like :

  • four HDMI 2.1 ports
  • Motion Xcelerator Turbo Pro 4K 144 Hz gaming
  • Super Ultrawite GameView, and
  • Game Bar

These televisions are also more eco-friendly, featuring eco-packaging and a more efficient SolarCell Remote that is completely battery-free, and can recharge through 2.4 GHz radio frequency harvesting – drawing power from your WiFi router’s signals!

The Neural Quantum Processor 8K also uses artificial intelligence to create a truly immersive soundscape by analysing the picture in real time, to deliver positional audio cues through the Adaptive Sound technology.

The flagship QN900B model even features a 90 watt 6.2.4 channel audio system, featuring Dolby Atmos with Object Tracking Sound Pro.

Finally, Samsung added Wireless Dolby Atmos to these models, ensuring that you can connect them to the new 2022 Ultra Slim Soundbar without using a HDMI cable!

The new Ultra Slim Soundbar delivers true 3.1.2 sound with two up-firing channels, and is now much thinner and smaller.

 

2022 Samsung Neo QLED 8K TV : Price + Models

The 2022 Samsung Neo QLED 8K televisions are available in a variety of sizes, at these price points :

  • 85″ Neo QLED 8K QN900B : RM49,999 (about US$11,385)
  • 75″ Neo QLED 8K QN900B : RM34,999 (about US$7,969)
  • 65″ Neo QLED 8K QN900B : RM23,999 (about US$5,465)
  • 85″ Neo QLED 8K QN800B : RM33,999 (about US$7,742)
  • 75″ Neo QLED 8K QN800B : RM24,999 (about US$5,693)
  • 65″ Neo QLED 8K QN800B : RM18,999 (about US$4,326)
  • 55″ Neo QLED 8K QN800B : RM12,499 (about US$2,846)

Here are some online purchase options in Malaysia :

 

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Was Amber Heard Just Arrested For Perjury, Cocaine + Meth?!

Was Amber Heard just arrested for perjury, only for cops to find cocaine and crystal meth on her too?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Amber Heard Was Just Arrested For Perjury, Cocaine + Meth!

After the Johnny Depp – Amber Heard defamation trial concluded, Vancouver Times posted a story that claimed Amber Heard was arrested for perjury and cocaine, only for the cops to find her with cocaine and crystal meth!

Amber Heard has been arrested by state police for multiple criminal offences including perjury and possession of cocaine. Heard is accused of making multiple false statements on the witness stand during her defamation trial. When police went to her residence to execute the arrest warrant, Heard was found to be in possession of a small amount of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.

This comes after a jury ruled in favour of her ex-husband Johnny Depp, deciding he had been defamed by Heard, giving him USD$15-million in damages. This amount was later slashed by the judge to $10.35 million.

Lawyers previously warned that Amber Heard was is in “serious danger” of facing jail time over perjury charges after the Johnny Depp case. This recent arrest proves the lawyers were right.

Like many high-profile cases, Heard’s arrest has been subject to a publication ban, and it won’t be reported by the mainstream media.

The mainstream media and big tech want to hide the truth. Beat them at their own game by sharing this article!

Read more : Was Paul Pelosi Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine?!

 

Truth : Amber Heard Was Not Arrested For Perjury, Cocaine or Meth!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created to generate page views and money from gullible people.

Fact #1 : Vancouver Times Is A Fake News Website

Vancouver Times is a “content aggregator” (copy and paste) website that is known for creating fake news to generate more page views and money.

To look legitimate, they copy and paste news from legitimate news organisations. To drive traffic, they create fake news, sometimes masked as “satire”. This time, they didn’t even bother to park it under their “Satire” section.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they labelled themselves as a satire website in their About Us section, hidden at the very bottom of the page, after a long list of comments.

Vancouver Times is the most trusted source for satire on the West Coast. We write satirical stories about issues that affect conservatives.

We are not affiliated with the mainstream media (CBC, CTV etc.) in any way, and any similarities between our content and the work of the MSM is purely coincidental.

Here are some of the fake news that they created recently, that we debunked :

Fact #2 : Amber Heard Was Not Arrested

Amber Heard was not arrested, not for perjury, not for cocaine, not for crystal meth.

She may be at risk of being charged for perjury, but that has not happened yet.

Vancouver Times created that fake claim to drive traffic to their website.

Fact #3 : There Is No Such Thing As A Publication Ban

If Amber Heard was arrested, it would have been worldwide news, even if it was just for perjury and not the possession of cocaine or meth.

Vancouver Times likes to use the “media blackout” claim, to explain why you can’t find any reputable media outlet reporting on this. Not even TMZ!

That’s utter and complete bullshit. No one – not a judge, not even the FBI – can control the worldwide media, or prevent anyone from writing about such a momentous arrest.

You can also be sure that even if the mainstream media refused to run the story, it would have been gleefully published by celebrity bloggers and websites.

Yet, not a single press / gonzo outlet published their account of this incredible story? That’s because IT NEVER HAPPENED…

Remember the fake story of how Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was arrested by the FBI for fraud? That was also fake…

Read more : Was Pfizer CEO Arrested For Fraud By FBI In #PfizerGate?

Fact #4 : Mainstream Media + Big Tech Would Have Loved The Hype

Vancouver Times is gaslighting you about how mainstream media and Big Tech want to hide the “truth” about Amber Heard’s arrest.

They would all loved it if she really was arrested for perjury and possession of cocaine and meth. The news would have driven tons of traffic and engagement to their websites / platforms.

In fact, that was precisely why Vancouver Times created the fake story – to drive traffic, for the ad money.

Everything that Vancouver Times publishes should be regarded as FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Did Indian Singer KK Die From Vaccine Heart Attack?!

Did famous Indian singer KK die from a heart attack caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Indian Singer KK Died From Vaccine Heart Attack!

Within hours of news breaking that famous Indian playback singer KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) died after performing at a concert, people started claiming that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Krishnakumar Kunnath cause of death: Bollywood singer dies in Kolkata after ‘feeling unwell’
And another one down, another Vaccine Death. Number 58 so far. Unexpected and Sudden Deaths.
NOT Normal like the MSM and Govt are saying. Wake up.

I’m not that knowledgeable of #Bollywood or #Indian #singers,but #KK is another victim of this increasing number of sudden deaths-particularly of people in their early 50s. Was KK’s death related to #COVID19 #vaccines? #COVID19Vaccine #VaccineSideEffects.
JUST IN: Indian singer KK dies, was performing on stage in Kolkata, India. Vaccines continue to kill people.

#kk, #PuneethRajkumar, #siddharthshukla, #amitmistry, #RajKaushal and so many other young men..collapsing randomly.. plus the 1000's of athletes who've died of cardiac arrest in the last 2 years. Blame everything including #Putin. #vaccine?
No,it must be that nasty #climatechange

Wake up friends. Say NO to this forced Covid jabs!

Be extra careful about its side effects. See how vaccines are killing innocents

Death of #KK is such devastating news guys. How long before people understand that its nothing just a weapon and WHO is part of it buddies!

 

No Evidence KK Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It's becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

So it's no surprise that they would immediately claim that KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath) died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the reasons why these claims are FAKE NEWS...

Fact #1 : KK Died Hours After Performing At Concert

On 31 May 2022, KK performed at a concert at the Nazrul Mancha auditorium, in South Kolkata, India.

After the show, he complained of feeling extremely cold, and returned to this hotel, where he was mobbed by fans who asked to take photos.

After obliging some of them, he refused the others and headed upstairs, where he reportedly stumbled and fell to the floor.

Attempts were made to revive him, but when they failed, he was rushed to the hospital, but the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival.

Fact #2 : Concert Was Overcrowded

KK was reportedly sweating profusely during the concert, although it is unknown if he was unwell at the time.

Many concertgoers complained that the air-conditioning was not working, and the heat was oppressive and there was a lack of ventilation.

This was likely due to overcrowding at the auditorium, which was confirmed by staff at the Nazrul Manch auditorium where KK last performed :

Our seat capacity was 2,482 but the crowd was more than double the capacity. The crowd broke the gate.

Fact #3 : KK's Cause Of Death Was Cardiac Arrest

At this moment, there is no official cause of death. However, the preliminary findings of his post-mortem indicated that he died from a heart attack.

The Kolkata Police registered a case of unnatural death to investigate the cause of his death, and understand the circumstances that led to his demise.

We have started an investigation into singer KK’s death and a case of unnatural death has been registered with the New Market Police Station. We are talking to the hotel authorities and scrutinising CCTV footage to understand what had happened before he was taken to the hospital.

Doctors at the Kolkata hospital where KK was taken to, said that they suspected "cardiac arrest" was the cause of his death.

However, a post mortem examination was conducted to ascertain his exact cause of death, and the final report will be available after 72 hours.

The autopsy report will throw light on the exact cause of death. We are waiting for it.

At no point in time or circumstance did any doctor, police officer or any member of KK's team or family suggest that his death was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

The police have also said that there as no foul play behind KK's death, and told the news agency PTI that the initial report shows that he died from a heart attack (myocardial infarction).

The initial report suggested that the singer died because of myocardial infarction. There was no foul play behind his death. Clinical examination also found that the singer was having prolonged cardiac issues.

The doctor who performed the autopsy also told PTI that he appeared to have a long-standing heart disease :

The vocalist had 80 per cent blockage in the left main coronary artery and small blockages in various other arteries and sub-arteries. None of the blockades was 100 per cent…During Tuesday’s performance, the singer was walking around and at times dancing with the crowd which created excessive excitement that caused a stoppage of blood flow leading to cardiac arrest.

Fact #4 : KK's Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Currently, it is unknown if KK was vaccinated or not, against COVID-19. There is no COVID-19 vaccination mandate in India.

That said, India has a high vaccination rate with 81% of the eligible population fully-vaccinated, as of 25 May 2022.

So it is highly likely that KK was vaccinated, but we do not know that for sure.

Fact #5 : Most Indians Received Covishield

The vast majority (over 80%) of Indian citizens received the Covishield vaccine, which is a locally-produced AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

If KK was vaccinated, it is highly likely he received the Covishield / AstraZeneca vaccine. But again - this has yet to be confirmed.

Fact #6 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause Heart Attack

Irrespective of which COVID-19 vaccine he received, it is important to note that no COVID-19 vaccine causes heart attacks.

The Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines cause cause myocarditis / pericarditis, but they are generally mild in nature and affect adolescents and young adults.

KK was 53 years old when he died. Even if took the mRNA vaccines, they would have posed no risk at his 50+ age group.

Age Group Male Rate
(per million doses)
Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9
65+ 0.61 1.05

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Vaccines Cannot Prevent Heart Attacks

It is also important to point out that COVID-19 vaccines are only designed to help our body fight off severe disease, and prevent death from COVID-19.

They will not prevent other causes of death, like heart attacks or cancer or stroke.

Fact #8 : VITT Risk Low For Males In 50+ Age Group

In rare cases, Covishield / AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can cause a special type of side effect cause Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT), also known as Thrombosis with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome (TTS).

People affected by VITT or TTS will develop blood clots in the large veins of the brain / abdomen / lungs, together with low platelet counts.

This unique and rare side effect is seen mostly in women younger than 50 years old, and is exceedingly rare in males older than 50 years old - like KK.

Fact #9 : VITT Has Different Symptoms Than Heart Attack

VITT / TTS also presents with different symptoms than a heart attack, like a severe headache, blurred vision, speech difficulties, drowsiness, seizures, nausea and vomiting, leg pain, easy bleeding, etc.

From what has been reported on KK during and after his concert, up to the point he collapsed in his hotel, it does not appear that he was suffering from VITT / TTS.

In any case, KK's autopsy will be able to definitely confirm if he had VITT / TTS, or a heart attack.

Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clot Risk : How Dangerous Is It?
Read more : AstraZeneca Vaccine Blood Clots : What To Look For?

Fact #10 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true - the vaccines were not only safe, they were effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #11 : Vaccine Side Effects Generally Last Only A Few Days

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are generally mild, and last only a few days.

In rare cases, the recipient may suffer from blood clots (AstraZeneca) or myocarditis (Pfizer), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

If KK received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for KK's death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received many months earlier.

Read more : Did MIT Study Prove Pfizer Vaccine Raised Heart Problems?!

Fact #12 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

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Are Japan, Korea + China Going To Ban Microwave Ovens?!

Are Japan, South Korea and China going to ban microwave ovens because they emit unhealthy radiation?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Japan, Korea + China Are Going To Ban Microwave Ovens!

People are sharing this message on WhatsApp, which claims that Japan, South Korea and China are going to ban microwave ovens because they emit “unhealthy vibrations and radiation”!

End of Microwave industry!!!!! Japan govt has decided to high dispose of all the Microwave Ovens in the country before this year end.

Reason for this ban: University of Hiroshima’s scientists researched and found that “radio waves” from microwave ovens cause greater harm to health over the last 20 yrs, than the US atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Sep 1945.

Experts found that food heated in microwave ovens has very unhealthy vibrations and radiation.

All the factories of “microwave ovens” in Japan are being closed.

S Korea announced plans to close all “microwave ovens” factories by 2021, and China by 2023.

 

Truth : Japan, Korea + China Are Not Going To Ban Microwave Ovens!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : This Hoax Started As Satire

This fake story started as a “satirical article” by the Russian “satire” website IA Panorama, with the title “Япония окончательно откажется от СВЧ-печей к 2020 году“, which translates as “Japan will finally abandon microwave ovens by 2020

Like other “satire” websites, IA Panorama creates outlandish stories that are designed to go viral. To avoid the “fake news” label, they put a disclaimer at the bottom of their article :

All texts on this website are grotesque parodies of reality, and are not real news.

Fact #2 : It Gets Recycled Every Year

This fake story gets recycled and shared on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, etc. every year, with the date and some minor details changed.

The original Russian story only said that Japan was going to ban microwave ovens. In the 2022 edition, that was expanded to include South Korea and China.

Fact #3 : Microwave Ovens Are Not Getting Banned

To be clear – microwave ovens are not getting banned. Not in Japan, not in South Korea, not in China, or anywhere else in the world.

In fact, China and Japan are the second and third biggest markets for microwave ovens in 2022!

Fact #4 : Microwave Ovens Do Not Make Food Radioactive

Microwave ovens work by generating electromagnetic radiation in the microwave frequency range, that excites polar molecules in the food.

This dielectric heating produces thermal energy in a quick and efficient manner, albeit limited to the outer 25-33 mm of the food item.

It does not turn the food radioactive, because the microwave energy is converted into heat as it is absorbed by the food.

Fact #5 : Microwave Radiation Does Not Cause Cancer

The radiation produced by microwave ovens is non-ionising, like radio waves and visible light. The only non-ionising radiation that causes cancer is UV light.

It is unlike ionising radiation like x-rays, alpha and beta particles, and gamma rays, which are high-energy radiation that can change atoms by knocking off their electrons, thereby “ionising” them.

Even if you are exposed to microwave radiation, you won’t develop cancer. However, the microwave radiation will convert into heat when absorbed by your skin.

Fact #6 : Microwave Ovens Are Shielded

The microwave oven is designed to be a partial Faraday cage on five of its six sides, with a Faraday shield (the wire mesh) on its transparent window.

This keeps the microwave energy it produces within the oven, and protects the user from getting “cooked” as well.

If you have seen a Faraday cage demonstration at science shows (like this example below), it’s literally the same thing, just in reverse.

Fact #7 : Microwaved Food Is Safe

Food cooked or heated by microwave ovens are safe to eat. In fact, using the microwave to cook is a healthier alternative to frying or barbecuing foods.

That said, you need to use “microwave safe” wares. If you use plastic containers that are not microwave safe, they could not only melt, they can leach dangerous chemicals into the food.

So the danger lies not in the “nuking” of your food, but in the container you use to “nuke” your food.

Fact #8 : Microwave Ovens Are Efficient

Microwave ovens are very efficient at cooking foods, saving both electricity and time. The fast cooking time also has the advantage of preserving the food’s nutrients.

Microwaving foods do require some preparation though, as the microwaves can only penetrate the outer 25-33 mm of the food item, and will be reflected by aluminium foil, metal utensils or containers, etc.

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Samsung Display To Finally Shut Down LCD Business!

Samsung Display will finally shut down its LCD business in June, closing a chapter in its history!

Here is what we know so far…

 

Samsung Display To Finally Shut Down LCD Business!

Samsung Display originally sought to close its LCD business in 2020, even selling its LCD plant in Suzhou to CSOT, a Chinese company owned by the TCL conglomerate.

Their original 2020 plan to shut down their LCD business was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused a surge in LCD prices. Samsung decided to continue their business, until end of 2022. However, LCD prices have fallen rapidly recently, with price pressure from Chinese and Taiwanese rivals.

Its parent company, Samsung Electronics, was their largest buyer; but even it has agreed to purchase displays from Chinese and Taiwanese companies like BOE Technology Group and AU Optronics Corps.

 

Samsung Display To Finally Shut Down LCD Business!

In light of such challenging market conditions, Samsung Display decided to close its LCD business six months earlier.

From June 2022 onwards, Samsung Display will stop producing LCD panels used for large TV screens, and focus instead on manufacturing OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) and Quantum Dot displays.

Employees from its LCD display business are expected to be transferred to its Quantum Dot display business.

 

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Fact Check : Did Ray Liotta Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did actor Ray Liotta die from a heart attack caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claims, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Ray Liotta Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Within hours of news breaking that veteran actor Ray Liotta passed away, people started claiming that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ray Liotta has passed away at the age of 67 in his sleep… from sudden death syndrome caused by vaccine effects on his heart?

#rayliotta #LongCovid #COVID19 #VaccineSideEffects

Still no official cause of death for Ray Liotta. Apparently a heart attack in his sleep. Hey, doesn’t the #Pfizer vaccine cause blood clots?

Now @rayliotta
?! When are we going to start looking at the cause of sudden death of the ridiculously high numbers of #Hollywood elite? #VaccineSideEffects #vaccine #COVID #suddendeath hmmm 🤔

Ummmm he just died in his sleep.... yep i bet he was vaccinated 💉💉💉💉

Another vaccine death..... they will cover up #rayliotta 👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇👇

When I read about Ray Liotta’s death it made me think of Bob Saget who also died suddenly. Is there a connection that both deaths were vaccine related? The true cause of death will NEVER be disclosed. SAD 😞

 

No Evidence Ray Liotta Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

It's becoming a tradition for anti-vaccination activists to immediately blame all celebrity deaths on the COVID-19 vaccine.

So it's no surprise that they would immediately claim that Ray Liotta died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are the reasons why these claims are FAKE NEWS...

Fact #1 : Ray Liotta Died In His Sleep

On 26 May 2022, Raymond Allen Liotta died in his sleep at the age of 67, according to his publicist, Jennifer Allen.

Paramedics rushed to his room, but he was already dead when they arrived 12 minutes later.

Fact #2 : Ray Liotta's Cause Of Death Was Not Vaccine!

Ray's body was transferred to the National Forensic Institute of Santo Domingo for an autopsy, with a toxicology report expected later next week.

Authorities said that there were no signs of foul play, or anything suspicious about his death.

But his publicist, Jennifer Allen, confirmed on or around June 9, 2022, that the claims that Liotta died from the COVID-19 vaccine are "100% not true". She also stated that :

The family has not released the cause of death yet, but I do know the cause, and (it) has nothing to do with COVID or the vaccine.

Short of a public announcement by his family, that's as good as it gets - confirmation from his own publicist!

Fact #3 : Ray Liotta Was Shooting A Movie

Liotta died in the Dominican Republic, where he was shooting a movie called "Dangerous Waters".

By all accounts, he was healthy and well. There was no evidence he was suffering from any side effects of COVID-19, or any vaccination he may have received.

Read more : Ray Liotta's Cause Of Death Not COVID-19 Or Vaccine!

Casas del VXI Hotel in Santo Domingo, where Ray Liotta stayed while filming 'Dangerous Waters' in the Dominican Republic

Fact #4 : His Fiancée Was With Him When He Died

Ray got engaged to former hairstylist, Jacy Nittolo, in December 2020, and she was with him when he died.

In fact, Jacy was the one who called 911 at around 6 AM on that Thursday morning.

This was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Dominican Republic's General Direction of Cinema :

We understand that he was accompanied by his [fiancée] and that the [fiancée] asks that you please respect her grief.

Fact #5 : His Fiancée Did Not Say He Died From Vaccine

His fiancée who was by his side when he died, did not claim that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

When she spoke of the tragedy in her Instagram post, she only mentioned the life they shared together :

My life these past couple of years have been nothing but truly magical.
Ray and I share a deep love that I will cherish in my heart forever.
We laughed daily and we were inseparable.
The chemistry was wild in the best way.
He was everything in the world to me and we couldn’t get enough of each other.
The kind of real love that one dreams of.

He was the most beautiful person inside and out that I’ve ever known…and even that is an understatement.

Read more : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Fact #6 : His COVID-19 Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Claims that Ray Liotta died from side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are not based on any evidence.

In fact, we don't even know if he was vaccinated against COVID-19, much less what vaccine he received!

The Dominican Republic no longer required travellers to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination on arrival, since 23 April 2022.

The government also suspended all COVID-19 restrictions since 16 February 2022, after "100% of the tourism sector personnel... have been vaccinated with two doses, and are in the process of being vaccinated with a third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19".

Fact #7 : Ray Liotta Looked Healthy Days Earlier

A woman called Alba spotted Ray walking with his handlers at the BlueMall in Santo Domingo several days before he died, and asked to meet him.

Ray not only embraced her, he agreed to take a selfie with her. He looked happy and healthy in the selfie that Alba shared.

If he was sick from COVID-19 vaccine side effects, he wouldn't even be taking a stroll through a mall, never mind filming in a foreign country!

Fact #8 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective

COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.

In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.

Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true - the vaccines were not only safe, they were effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #9 : Vaccine Side Effects Generally Last Only A Few Days

COVID-19 vaccine side effects are generally mild, and last only a few days.

In rare cases, the recipient may suffer from blood clots (AstraZeneca) or myocarditis (Pfizer), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

If Ray received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for Ray's death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received months earlier.

Read more : Did Pfizer Vaccine Documents Reveal 1,291 Side Effects?!

Fact #10 : Post-Vaccination Myocarditis Not A Risk For 50+

Claims that Ray Liotta died from a heart condition brought on by the Pfizer vaccine are based on the fact that the mRNA vaccine can cause myocarditis in some recipients.

Those claims are nonsensical, because the post-vaccination myocarditis happens within days of receiving the mRNA vaccine, not months later.

In addition, the risk of developing post-vaccination myocarditis is practically non-existent for his age group - Ray was 65 years old when the Pfizer vaccine was first approved, and 67 years old when he died.

To help you understand that, I created this table to show you the risk of vaccine-induced myocarditis for different age groups.

It clearly shows that even if Ray was indeed vaccinated against COVID-19 using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine, there was no risk of getting vaccine-induced myocarditis.

Note : Baseline refers to the typical number of myocarditis cases expected in the unvaccinated population.

Age Group Male Rate
(per million doses)
Baseline
(per million doses)
12-17 32.4 2.0
18-24 30.7 1.8
25-29 12.2 1.9
30-39 6.9 1.9
40-49 3.5 1.9
50-64 1.9 1.9
65+ 0.61 1.05

Fact #11 : Claims Of Celebrities Dying From COVID-19 Vaccine Proven False

This is yet another example of anti-vaccination activists abusing celebrity deaths / injuries to create and propagate FAKE NEWS about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines.

So far, claims of celebrity deaths / injuries due to the COVID-19 vaccine have been proven false at every instance.

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Eurovision: Did Polish Presenter Give Nazi Salute To Ukraine?!

Did Polish presenter Ida Nowakowska give a Nazi salute to Ukraine at Eurovision 2022?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Polish Presenter Gave Nazi Salute To Ukraine @ Eurovision!

People are sharing a video clip or screenshots that appears to show Polish presenter Ida Nowakowska giving a Nazi salute after announcing that Ukraine won 12 points from Poland!

The video clip is being shared on Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram with messages like this :

🇵🇱Poland’s representative at Eurovision made a Nazi gesture and shouted the Nazi salute at the end of his political speech

Ukraine wins Eurovision then they throw a Sig Heil Nazi salute on global television
Yes this really happened. I keep telling you all UKRAINE HAS A HUGE NAZI PROBLEM
Last year over 100,000 soccer (football) fans in Kiev did the Sig Heil and waved Nazi flags
Keep being brainwashed

Read more : Did Kalush Orchestra Give Nazi Salute At Eurovision 2022?!

 

Truth : Polish Presenter Did NOT Give Nazi Salute To Ukraine @ Eurovision!

The truth is – this is yet more FAKE NEWS created by Russia or pro-Russia netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Invasion Of Poland Started World War 2

First, let me point out that it was the invasion of Poland by both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on 1 September 1939 that started World War 2.

Approximately 6 million Polish citizens – over 20% of its population – died during the occupation by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union, including 3 million Jews.

So it would be ridiculous for a Polish presenter to give a Nazi salute.

If she really did so, you can be assured that it would have been extensively covered in the world’s media.

You won’t see anyone mention this because it never happened.

Fact #2 : Ida Nowakowska Was Giving A Victory Sign

The screenshots that appear to show Ida Nowakowska giving the Nazi Seig Heil salute were intentionally chosen to mislead you.

If you watch the video clip, you will see that she was really giving a victory sign, while saying, Slava Ukraini!

This is no different from what countless people do when celebrating a victory, like Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Conclusion – Nowakowska was giving a victory salute to Ukraine, not a Nazi salute.

Fact #3 : There Are Neo-Nazis All Over The World

The truth is – many countries have neo-Nazis. That includes Ukraine. However, what is untrue are the claims that Ukraine is full of Nazis. Very few people in Ukraine are Nazis, or neo-Nazis.

It is true that some Ukrainian football fans unfurled a Nazi flag and did the Sieg Heil salute in Kiev during Euro 2012. However, they were a small but highly-visible minority.

Ukraine has a neo-Nazi political party called Svoboda, but it only garnered 2.15% of the popular vote in the 2019 election results.

Even the neo-Nazi Azov battalion was small, even after it was absorbed into the Ukrainian National Guard and expanded into a regiment. Only 10% to 20% of its members identify themselves as Nazis.

Not even Russia, which suffered greatly in World War 2, is spared from neo-Nazi influence. On 12 April 2022, Artem Severiukhin – a 15-year old Russian karting champion gave a Nazi salute at the European Championship in Portugal.

Many pro-Russian and pro-CCP netizens are sharing the video and false claim on WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Did Kalush Orchestra Give Nazi Salute At Eurovision 2022?!

Did the Ukrainian rap group Kalush Orchestra give a Nazi salute after winning Eurovision 2022?!

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Kalush Orchestra Gave Nazi Salute At Eurovision 2022!

People are sharing a video clip that purportedly shows Kalush Orchestra rapper Oleg Psiuk giving a Nazi salute after winning Eurovision 2022!

The video clip shows a 3-second segment of Kalush Orchestra founder Oleg Psiuk holding up his hand as he left the stage, with such comments :

#Eurovision winner, Kalush Orchestra, was caught on camera doing what appears to be the Nazi salute.

#ESC2022 #Eurovision2022

Apparently one of the members of the 🇺🇦 Music Group Kalush Orchestra did make a Nazi salute as they left the stage at the Eurovision 2022.

🇺🇦 #KalushOrchestra #Stefania

Read more : Eurovision: Did Polish Presenter Give Nazi Salute To Ukraine?!

 

Truth : Kalush Orchestra Did NOT Give Nazi Salute At Eurovision 2022!

The truth is – this is yet more FAKE NEWS created by Russia or pro-Russia netizens, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Vast Majority Of Ukrainians Are Not Nazis

First, let me address the Russian disinformation campaign that attempts to paint Ukraine as a country of Nazis.

Ukraine was one of the countries in the Soviet Union that was invaded and conquered by Nazi Germany when they launched Operation Barbarossa.

It was estimated that about 5.2 million Ukrainian civilians lost their lives in World War 2, some of which were relatives of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Zelenskyy is also Jewish, which makes Russia’s claim even more preposterous – over a million Ukrainian Jews were murdered during the German occupation.

Yes, Ukraine has a neo-Nazi political party called Svoboda, but it only garnered 2.15% of the popular vote in the 2019 election results.

Even the neo-Nazi Azov battalion was small, even after it was absorbed into the Ukrainian National Guard and expanded into a regiment. Only 10% to 20% of its members identify themselves as Nazis.

Ultimately – the vast majority of Ukrainians are not Nazis, despite what Russia claims.

Fact #2 : Oleg Psiuk Was Waving, Not Giving Nazi Salute

While the camera angle appears to show Oleg Psiuk hold up his hand, he was not giving a Nazi salute.

A video from a different angle showed that his arm was bent at the elbow, and his fingers were splayed out.

Conclusion – Psiuk was waving to the crowd, not giving a Nazi salute.

Many pro-Russian and pro-CCP netizens are sharing the video and false claim on WhatsApp, Telegram, Twitter and Facebook.

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Scam Alert : Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest!

Please watch out for the Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day contest scam!

Find out why it is just a SCAM, and WARN your family and friends!

 

Scam Alert : Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest!

People are now sharing the Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest scam on WhatsApp :

Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest

5,000 free coffee machines for your Mother!

 

Nespresso 2022 Mother’s Day Contest : Why This Is A Scam!

Many of us are in dire straits during this COVID-19 pandemic, having lost jobs, income or even loved ones.

Unfortunately, scammers are counting on our desperation to prey on us, using the same survey scam they have been using for years :

Unfortunately, this Nespresso contest is yet another SCAM that you should NEVER participate in!

  1. After you click on the link, you are taken to a page that looks like a genuine Nespresso contest page.
  2. You will be asked to answer three very simple questions.
    The answers are irrelevant – no matter what you answer, you are always allowed to proceed to the next step.
  3. You are then asked to share the promotion with 30 WhatsApp contacts, or 5 WhatsApp groups.
  4. Next, you will be asked to complete one of these tasks to receive the “free” Nespresso coffee machine :
    a) install an app, which is really a malware to send you advertisements, or
    b) enter your credit card details
    Needless to say – proceeding with this step will open you up to great risk of monetary loss. DO NOT PROCEED!
  5. If you install their malware, you will start receiving promotions, some of which will ask you to send an SMS to receive expensive free gifts like laptops and smartphones.
    If you proceed to send the confirmation SMS messages, you will be subscribed and billed for international premium SMS services.

So never click on such contest links, even if they were sent to you by a trusted relative or friend.

They would have certainly been fooled by the scam, so please warn them too!

 

How To Spot Scams Like The Nespresso Survey Contest!

Now, let me show you how to spot these scams next time!

If you spot any of these warning signs, DO NOT PROCEED and DO NOT SHARE!

Warning Sign #1 : Bad Grammar

Most of these scammers do not have a good command of the English language, so if you spot bad grammar, stay away.

Proper contests or events sponsored by major brands like Nespresso will have at least one PR or marketing person who will vet the text before allowing it to be posted.

Read more : Watch Out For Nestle 2022 Anniversary Phishing Scam!

Warning Sign #2 : Offering You Free Money Or Gifts

Please do NOT be naive. No one is going to give you money or free gifts just to participate in a survey!

Petronas isn’t going to give you FREE money, just because it’s their anniversary.

They are a corporation whose business is to make money, not a charity to give you free money.

Warning Sign #3 : Not Using The Real Jaya Grocer Domain

A genuine Petronas campaign would use their real domain – www.petronas.com.

Or they would run it off the official Petronas page on Facebook – www.facebook.com/petronas/.

If you see nonsensical domains like 0yjjg61.cn, 1eaf1rnbeef.top, ldxqw.bar, etc. that’s a sign of a SCAM!

Warning Sign #4 : Asking You To Forward The Offer

No brand will insist that you must share the offer with 5 groups or 20 friends on WhatsApp.

Do not click to forward their offer to your family and friends. They will not appreciate being scammed with your help!

Warning Sign #5 : Asking You To Download + Register An App

If you click through and joined the fake survey scam, you will eventually be asked to download and register for an app.

This is VERY DANGEROUS. Never agree to download and register for any unknown app from a website.

Always download your apps from an official App Store like Google Play Store (for Android smartphones) and Apple App Store (for iPhones).

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No More HSO Quarantine For COVID-19 Close Contact!

If you become a close contact of a COVID-19 infected person, you are NO LONGER be required to undergo quarantine!

Here is what you need to know…

 

No More HSO Quarantine For COVID-19 Close Contact!

On 14 April 2022, the Malaysia Ministry of Health (KKM) announced that those who are identified as a close contact of a COVID-19 positive person will no longer be required to undergo quarantine!

From 22 April 2022 onwards, the Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine requirement will be lifted for COVID-19 close contacts.

There will no longer be any HSO quarantine for close contacts, irrespective of vaccination status. Even unvaccinated close contacts will no longer be required to undergo HSO quarantine.

Asymptomatic (No Symptoms)

You are NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine.

However, for five (5) days from the last day of exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual, you must :

  • always wear a face mask when you leave your home
  • avoid crowded areas
  • avoid visiting people in high risk groups
  • ensure that there is good ventilation
  • make only essential journeys

There is NO LONGER a need to conduct RTK self-test, unless you are symptomatic. See the next section.

Symptomatic

You are NO LONGER be subject to a Home Surveillance Order (HSO) quarantine. However, you are advised to undergo a self-quarantine.

You are also encouraged to conduct a RTK-Ag self-test on the day you become symptomatic (Day 1), and on the third day (Day 3).

Once you obtain a negative test result and have improving symptoms, you can conduct outdoor activities. However, you must :

  • always wear a face mask when you leave your home
  • avoid crowded areas
  • avoid visiting people in high risk groups
  • ensure that there is good ventilation
  • make only essential journeys

However, if your symptoms worsen, you should seek treatment at the nearest healthcare facility.

If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the guidelines above for COVID-19 positive individuals.

Effective
22 April 2022
Quarantine Testing
Asymptomatic No HSO Quarantine
5 days of precautions
No Testing Required
Symptomatic No HSO Quarantine
Advised to self-quarantine
Encouraged to test on
– Day 1 (symptom onset)
– Day 3

 

Previous COVID-19 Close Contact Quarantine Requirements!

For comparison, these were the previous close contact rules that were enforced until 21 April 2022 :

Adults 18 Years & Above

  • No quarantine * : Fully vaccinated with booster dose, not symptomatic on Day 1.
  • No quarantine : Fully vaccinated and just recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated with booster dose, but symptomatic on Day 1.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated without booster dose
  • 7 days : Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

* Must conduct RTK self-test on Day 1 and Day 3, and if positive – report results in MySejahtera, and follow COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Children Below 18 Years Old

  • No quarantine : Fully vaccinated and just recovered from COVID-19 in the last 60 days.
  • 5 Days : Fully vaccinated
  • 7 days : Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated

There is no longer a need to test for COVID-19, if you have no symptoms. However, you must finish the full quarantine period.

Those who become symptomatic during the quarantine, must either perform a RTK-Ag self-test, or go directly to a health facility if the symptoms worsen.

  • If you test negative for COVID-19, you must finish the full quarantine period.
  • If you test positive, you must follow the COVID-19 positive protocol. See above.

Read more : New Test + Isolation Rules To Fight Malaysia’s Omicron Surge!

Effective
1 March 2022
On Day 1 Quarantine
Period
Testing
Fully-Vaccinated
+ Booster Dose
No symptoms None RTK-Ag self-test
on Day 1 + 3
Symptomatic 5 Days RTK-Ag self-test
if symptomatic
Recovered in last 60 days None
Fully Vaccinated Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 5 Days *
Recovered in last 60 days None
Incomplete or
No
Vaccination
Asymptomatic / Symptomatic 7 Days *

* No test is required to be released from quarantine, if not symptomatic. However, you must complete the full quarantine period.

 

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Hollywood Celebrities Start Vax-A-Thon To Fight Antivaxxers!

Hollywood celebrities are angry at antivaxxers, and have started a Vax-A-Thon to fight back!

 

Hollywood Celebrities To Antivaxxers : Piss Off!

Hollywood celebrities aren’t the brightest bulbs in America, but even they have finally gotten angry at antivaxxers for constantly claiming that they were being killed or injured by the vaccine.

No one was spared – Betty White, Louie Anderson, Bob Saget, Taylor Hawkins, and the great Bruce Willis!

Even worse – antivaxxers went after their own, claiming that stridently antivax Meat Loaf died from his booster dose!

That led antivax Jessica Biel to tearfully plead in a recent Rolling Stone interview :

What they did to Meat Loaf was wrong. So unfair! We did so much for them and they turned on us!

I’m all natural, 100% Pure Blood detoxed a thousand times! If I die, it’s not because of the vaccine!

Read more : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

 

Hollywood Celebrities Start Vax-A-Thon To Fight Antivaxxers!

When antivaxxers started going after Bruce Willis, something broke. Not a dam. Maybe the rose-tinted glasses they have been wearing in the past two years.

So they got together for some mimosas and decided to do something about it – A Vax-A-Thon, with a twist.

For every $1000 donation to the FDA, you will get an autographed card of your favourite pharmaceutical executive. Pfizer’s Albert Bourla was reportedly 2:1 as popular as Moderna’s Stéphane Bancel. But Johnson & Johnson will give out cards signed by Ye, since they have no one famous on their team.

But here’s the kicker – if you can cough up a cool $1 million, you can get your favourite Hollywood celebrity to either receive or consume an ENTIRE COVID-19 vaccine vial of your choice!

Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and beloved country songstress Dolly Parton were amongst the first celebrities to get a full vial “the traditional way” this morning, and say that they have never felt better in their lives!

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow declined to get the shot in her Pure Blood body, but will prepare and drink a delicious Moderna sorbet (recipe to be shared on Goop) on YouTube Live next week.

Jim Carrey reportedly wanted to reprise his 1997 “man kiss” of Alicia Silverstone with Paltrow on her YouTube Live stream, and slurp the Moderna sorbet from her mouth.

That Paltrow-Carrey livestream will certainly be interesting… if it happens! Brad Falchuk allegedly told Carrey to keep his super-big mouth out of his wife’s mouth.

Nicki Minaj, unfortunately, is not in the list of participating celebrities. Her spokesperson, however, issued a statement saying that she would be open to getting the full vial if Pfizer comes out with a version that gives her nails like Wolverine.

Oddball celebrity Steven Seagal asked to participate, but wished to gift the vial to his good friend, Vladimir Putin, who is forced to sit at really long tables because he was only vaccinated with Sputnik V. No word yet on whether his request was taken seriously, or laughed out of Tinseltown…

But if you are a Putin fan and want to keep him alive for another invasion of Georgia or the Baltic states, make sure you have $1 million handy!

 

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Was Bruce Willis Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Was Bruce Willis forced to get his COVID-19 vaccine?

Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Claim : Bruce Willis Was Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine!

People are sharing messages and articles claiming that Bruce Willis was forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

All of them revolve around this quote from an interview that Willis allegedly gave in 2021.

“Yes, I am vaccinated. But I must say, if I could be kind enough to say, I didn’t do it willingly”, Willis had said during an interview in 2021.

 

Truth : Bruce Willis Was NOT Forced To Get COVID-19 Vaccine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS about Bruce Willis and the COVID-19 vaccine, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : No General Vaccine Mandate In The United States

This fake news is at least partially based on the false perception that there is a general vaccine mandate in the United States.

The Biden Administration ordered a vaccine mandate for selected groups in 2021 :

  • Healthcare workers : except those with medical / religious exemptions
  • Military personnel : except those with medical / religious exemptions
  • Non-citizen air travellers : except certain exceptions – under 18, airplane crews, diplomats, permanent residents, special exemptions, etc.
  • Federal employees : Suspended
  • Federal contractors : Suspended
  • Private sector employees : Withdrawn on 25 January 2022

Various state authorities have also enacted their own vaccine mandates, but only for selected sectors. For example :

  • California : state employees, healthcare workers, educational workers
  • New York : state employees and healthcare workers
  • Washington : state employees, healthcare workers, educational workers

Other than certain selected groups, no one else in the United States is required to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Read more : Did US Supreme Court Just Cancel Universal Vaccination?!

Fact #2 : Bruce Willis Likely Fully-Vaccinated In Early 2021

Bruce Willis has never spoken about his COVID-19 vaccination status. However, it is highly likely that he was vaccinated against COVID-19 by early 2021.

While there is no general vaccine mandate in the United States, many film productions insist that all actors and crews must be fully-vaccinated to avoid expensive halts if an outbreak occurs on set.

Willis was extremely prolific in the last year or so, participating in 15 films since 2021. He would need to be fully-vaccinated to participate in most, if not all of them.

However, he would not have been “forced” to do it. He would have to willingly choose to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #3 : Interview Quote Belonged To Mike Tyson

The interview quote that claimed to show that Willis was forced to get vaccinated was WRONGLY ATTRIBUTED.

Willis never gave a 2021 interview in which he spoke about being forced to get his COVID-19 vaccine.

All those websites that used this quote did not identify who interviewed Willis, or provide a link to the interview. That’s because it never happened.

The quote was lifted – word for word – from Mike Tyson’s interview with USA TODAY on 6 October 2021.

Yes, I am vaccinated. But I must say, if I could be kind enough to say, I didn’t do it willingly.

As you can see in this clip of the USA Today interview, it was Mike Tyson who said them, not Bruce Willis.

Fact #4 : Bruce Willis’ Aphasia Had Nothing To Do With Vaccine

This new fake claim is being peddled as a cautionary tale of what happens when people are “forced” to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

They are indirectly suggesting that, if you are forced to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may end up with aphasia like Bruce Willis.

The truth is – COVID-19 vaccines do NOT cause aphasia. That is misinformation based on :

Also, Bruce Willis had been suffering from cognitive issues long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

The most common causes of aphasia are stroke, head injuries, brain tumours and progressive neurological conditions.

And globally, strokes alone are responsible for 5 million new cases of aphasia every year, before the COVID-19 pandemic occurred, and long before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Read more : Did Bruce Willis Get Aphasia From COVID-19 Vaccine?!
Read more : Why Adverse Events of Special Interest Are NOT Side Effects!

Don’t risk your life, or your family’s lives, on bad science and fake news.

Protect your family and yourself by vaccinating against COVID-19!

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Fact Check : Parishioners Go Down On Pastor For Holy Milk?

Did female parishioners go down on an evangelical pastor in Brazil, for his holy milk?

Find out what’s this holy milk business all about, and what the FACTS really are!

 

Parishioners Go Down On Pastor For Holy Milk?

This viral news has been circulating in several forms over the years. And it keeps getting shared as something new.

Many people just share the pictures, with some comments about the pastor offering his female parishioners his holy milk.

This is the “full version” that some are sharing, and is being posted on various “viral websites”.

Pastor Makes Females Give Oral In Church, Says To Get Holy Milk

Sao Paulo: An evangelical pastor has been arrested for raping his faithful, after convincing them that his reproductive organs contained “holy milk” which they need for holy healing.

Sobrino Valdeci Picanto, an evangelical pastor from Brazil, persuaded his followers that he practiced his strange beliefs because it was the way he preached the word, saying that his ‘milk’ was sacred.

And this pastor said his reproductives was blessed and that “the Lord had consecrated with divine milk of the Holy Spirit” and of course, had to go around evangelizing.

 

Pastor Valdeci’s Holy Milk : The Truth

The truth is this is just a fake story, created by a “satire” website, and reposted by many viral websites for the purpose of getting page views.

Here are the reasons why this is just another fake story…

Fact #1 : Sobrino Valdeci Picanto Does Not Exist

There is no Brazilian named Sobrino Valdeci Picanto as far as we can tell, much less an evangelical pastor called Sobrino Valdeci Picanto. For an evangelical priest, he seems to have an extremely focused and limited digital footprint.

There are over 4,300 references to “Sobrino Valdeci Picanto” in Google and every single one of them referred to the same fake story.

More importantly, none of them were from a credible source like O Globo, The Rio Times, or even tabloids like Super Notícia.

Fact #2 : That Lady Ate Grass, Not Holy Milk

The picture showing a lady about to puke her guts out, is actually a picture of a South African lady who just ate grass on the orders of her pastor.

In January 2014, Pastor Lesego Daniel ordered his congregation to get on their knees and eat grass to “be closer to God”.

God is at work and His people are testifying right now at the farm. TO GOD BE THE GLORY.”

After they ate the grass outside Rabboni Centre Ministries in Garankuwa (just north of Pretoria), he stomped on them until they vomited.

Fact #3 : The Lady In Screenshot Is A Porn Star

The “leaked video” does not exist, and the lady in the “screenshot” is actually a porn star called Tiffany Six.

The picture was a crop from a screenshot from one of her porn movies.

Fact #4 : It Was Created By Jesus Manero

This fake story was created by Victor Berriel, who posted it on the Brazilian satire blog, Jesus Manero on 11 January 2012.

The pastor in the original version was actually called “Valdecir Picanto Sobrinho“, not “Sobrino Valdeci Picanto”.

Here is a screenshot of the original Jesus Manero article, in Portuguese.

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Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Don’t Miss It!

Don’t miss the opportunity to check out Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition, which ends in a few days!

 

Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Don’t Miss It!

Wizards of the Coast just launched “Magic: The Gathering Virtual Art Exhibition – 83 Artists Who Drew The World of Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty“.

Available across selected Asian countries, this Virtual Reality (VR) Exhibition allows you to experience the futuristic sci-fi plane of Kamigawa and enjoy the artwork and gameplay developed for the new set.

This interactive art exhibition can also be enjoyed online on a PC (Windows only), or using your own VR headset!

You can actively enjoy the art from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty through VR and gameplay elements, while interacting with other participants around the world remotely.

  • The coming-to-life concept art locations from the Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty story,
  • a new art viewing experience,
  • a 3D experience where players can summon creatures from cards to life,
  • a gallery with over 30 items of unpublished materials from the Wizards of the Coast Development Studio World Guide, and
  • a community gathering area for players to meet up virtually.

The VR art exhibition also features 134 pieces of card art from Kamigawa: Neon Dynasty drawn by 83 artists. Among the famed artists are Tetsuo Hara (“Fist of the North Star”), Yoji Shinkawa (Art Director of KOJIMA PRODUCTIONS Co., Ltd.), Katsuya Terada (character designer of “Kamen Rider W”) and others.

 

Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition : Where To Catch It?

The Magic: The Gathering VR Art Exhibition will end on 24 February 2022, so make sure you hurry!

Here in Malaysia, you can catch it  at selected Wizards Play Network (WPN) stores in the Klang Valley.

You can also catch it online here, but note that this online VR experience will only work with :

  • Windows PC
  • Meta Quest 2 (Oculus Quest 2)
  • Oculus Rift 2 / Rift S
  • HTC Vive / Vive Pro 1 / Vive Pro 2

And here’s a nice bonus – those who visit the exhibition will stand a chance to win a B2-sized poster signed by Tetsuo Hara!

The five lucky winners will be selected randomly upon completing the entry requirements.

 

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How To Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account!

Find out why you should cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account, and how to do it!

PS. Cancelling your free account isn’t as easy as you’d think! But cancel it, you must…

 

Why Cancel Your Spotify Free / Premium Account?

Spotify has long been the giant of music streaming services, but there will come a time when you want to cancel your Spotify Free or Spotify Premium account.

Most notably, Spotify is now being cancelled because they chose to allow Joe Rogan to continue spreading misinformation on their platform.

But even if you don’t care about Joe Rogan and fake news, Spotify has been slacking against the competition, namely Apple Music and Amazon  :

  • its Premium account still does not offer lossless quality
  • its Premium account still does not offer spatial audio
  • Spotify still does not support 16-bit CD-quality audio

Spotify has rested on their laurels for way too long, and you – the customer- have the option of cancelling your free or premium account to show your displeasure and hopefully wake them up from their slumber…

Even if you are using a free ad-supported Spotify account, you should still cancel it. Your cancellation matters, because Spotify relies on user base numbers to hype up their popularity to please shareholders and negotiate with artists, record labels, etc.

Read more : Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Premium Account?

Here is the official way to cancel your Spotify Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Under Your plan, click CHANGE PLAN.
  3. Scroll to Cancel Spotify and click CANCEL PREMIUM.

However, that may be outdated, so here is an example by Luke Filipowicz from iMore.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Go to Subscription.
  3. Tap on View Details.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

  1. Under the Update Details button, click on the “cancel your subscription” option.

Credit : Luke Filipowicz, iMore

Your Premium account will stay active until your next billing date, then your account switches to free. Please go to the next section to completely remove your Spotify free account.

Note : Due to a tremendous number of people requesting to cancel their accounts, Spotify may tell you that you are not allowed to cancel at the moment.

If that happens, simply remove your credit card in your Spotify profile settings. This will prevent them from charging your credit card, and extending your Premium subscription.

 

How To Cancel Your Spotify Free Account?

Here is how you can cancel your Spotify Free account. It is important to do this, even if you had already cancelled your Premium account.

  1. Log into spotify.com/account.
  2. Download and fill this form.
  3. Submit the completed form to the Spotify Support team.

Remember – as long as you maintain your Spotify Free account, you still count in their statistics of subscribers and listeners.

 

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Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

In less than a week, Spotify lost more than $4 billion in market value, after choosing to stick with Joe Rogan!

 

Spotify Backs Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young

The whole Spotify-Joe Rogan debacle started on 25 January 2022, when Neil Young asked Spotify to remove his music, if they refuse to remove Joe Rogan’s podcasts.

I want you to let Spotify know immediately TODAY that I want all my music off their platform. They can have [Joe] Rogan or Young. Not both.

I am doing this because Spotify is spreading fake information about vaccines – potentially causing death to those who believe the disinformation being spread by them. Please act on this immediately today and keep me informed of the time schedule.

Without even pretending to show some faux PR concern, Spotify backed their star act – Joe Rogan – and immediately  from their platform the next day.

Read more : Spotify Backs Anti-Vax Joe Rogan, Removes Neil Young!

 

Spotify Lost Over $4 Billion (So Far) Over Joe Rogan!

Spotify was probably hoping that people will ignore the “rants of an ageing musician” and stick with “misinformation from an ageing reality show host”. Unfortunately, the customers and shareholders appear to disagree.

Right after Spotify removed Neil Young’s music from their platform, the hashtags #DeleteSpotify and #CancelSpotify started trending on social media.

By close of the market on Friday, 28 January 2022, Spotify share price was down 12%, wiping out about $4 billion of its market value.

As of Monday, 31 January 2022, Spotify shares are up 4.4% from Friday’s bottom price of $165.72, but its share price is expected to continue sliding with news of more artists and subscribers leaving…

  • 27 January : Spotify shut its live customer service, after it was inundated with complaints and requests to cancel subscriptions.
  • 27 January : Mia Farrow mocked Spotify for choosing “to keep creepy, dangerous liar Joe Rogan over Neil Young“.
  • 27 January : WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus thanked Neil Young for “standing up against misinformation and inaccuracies around #COVID19 vaccination.
  • 28 January : Joni Mitchell asked Spotify to remove all of her music, in solidarity with Neil Young.
  • 28 January : Daryl Hannah criticised Spotify for choosing to “make $$$ off disinformation that harms folks“.
  • 28 January : Spotify started telling customers they cannot allow cancellations because their customer service system was overwhelmed with cancellation requests.
  • 28 January : Perry Farrell tweeted that he planned to follow Neil Young.
  • 29 January : James Blunt jokingly threatened to release new music on Spotify if they don’t remove Joe Rogan, while calling it #YouWereBeautiful
  • 29 January : Crazy Horse guitarist, Nils Lofgren, also asked Spotify to remove his music.
  • 29 January : Spotify podcaster Brené Brown announced that she “will not be releasing any podcasts until further notice“.

 

Should You Boycott Spotify For Supporting Joe Rogan?

In a follow-up post, Neil Young called Spotify the “home of life threatening COVID misinformation“, and a “damaging force” in the fight against lies and misinformation.

I agree with Neil, and point out that it took his gutsy move to bring this out into the open, and force Spotify’s hand – was it merely oversight, or an intentional choice?

Spotify made their choice, and it’s time for us to make ours.

Neil called on other artists and record companies to also remove their content, and stop supporting its “deadly misinformation about COVID“.

I sincerely hope that other artists and record companies will move off the SPOTIFY platform and stop supporting SPOTIFY’s deadly misinformation about COVID.

We should make the same choice too. Stop listening to Spotify. Cancel your subscription. Close your account.

Tell your friends about the day Spotify chose misinformation over the truth. Choose truth over lies.

 

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