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Did Comedian Nick Nemeroff Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did Comedian Nick Nemeroff Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did Juno-nominated comedian, Nick Nemeroff, die from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

Updated @ 2022-07-06 : Added Nick’s autopsy and funeral details, as well as his condition prior to his death.
Originally posted @ 2022-06-30

 

Claim : Nick Nemeroff Died From Vaccine SADS!

After news broke that Juno-nominated comedian, Nick Nemeroff, died in his sleep, people started claiming that he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are just a few examples of those claims circulating on social media :

Two doses of the vaccine! Publicly refuses any Booster!

Very healthy young 32 yr old! DIES SUDDENLY!!!!!!!!! Wake up people!!!!!!!!!!

Comedian Nick Nemeroff dies suddenly at 32…

His manager said in a text message to CBC News that he didn’t know the cause of death but that he “died in his sleep. 😱😱😱

⚠️Not so much coincidence, this is Vaccines Disaster!

Last words of Comedian Nick Nemeroff who was killed at 32 for speaking up against the vaccine… there’s a covert assassination program going on and those that speak out are targets….

No Evidence Nick Nemeroff Died From Vaccine SADS!

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

Fact #1 : Nick Nemeroff’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

According to an obituary posted by a Montreal funeral home, and his manager, Morgan Flood of Grand Wave Entertainment, Nicholas (Nick) Nemeroff died in his sleep on Monday, June 27, 2022.

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Nick Nemeroff, on Monday, June 27, 2022. Beloved son of Howard and Joanne. Wonderful brother and brother-in-law of Davida and Josh, Alex and Tracy Nemeroff. Incredible uncle of Ora, Imogene, Leo and Marina. Adored grandson of the late Archie Nemeroff.

His cause of death is still unknown. Unknown does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury”. Unknown means that, at this time, NO ONE KNOWS what Nick Nemeroff died of.

It also means that anyone who claims that Nick Nemeroff died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.

Nick’s older brother, Alex, said that his funeral would only take place after an autopsy was performed to determine the cause of death :

We’re still waiting for word as to what happened. There were no outward signs of anything. No one expected this. He was just way too young for this to happen.

Nick’s funeral took place on July 4, 2022 so his autopsy has been completed. We should wait for the official word, from his family or manager, or an autopsy report, to know his actual cause of death.

Note : You can leave a message of condolence to the Nemeroff family here. The family also said that donations in his memory may be made to the Planned Parenthood chapter of your choice.

Fact #2 : His Manager + Family Never Mentioned Vaccine As A Cause

His manager, Morgan Flood, and the Nemeroff family, never mentioned vaccine as Nick’s cause of death.

In their statements and social media posts, they never once mentioned his vaccination, or cause of death. Not even his older brother, Alex.

So anyone who claims that Nick Nemeroff died from the COVID-19 vaccine is simply… LYING to you.

Fact #3 : Nick Wasn’t Feeling Well

Nick Nemeroff was slated to perform at the Comedy Nest on Saturday, 25 June 2022 – 3 days before he died, but he wasn’t feeling well.

So his older brother, Alex, left a message for Comedy Nest’ boss, David Acer, that “Nick wasn’t feeling well, and would be unable to perform“.

Fact #4 : Video Of Nick Nemeroff Was From 2021

Many anti-vaccination activists have been sharing posting a video of Nick, claiming that it showed him disparaging the Pfizer vaccine in his last words before dying.

One of them even created a video, claiming that Nick posted the video from his hospital bed.

The truth is – that was an old video Nick posted on August 23, 2021, in which he joked about being an antivaxxer for the booster shot.

I will not get the third shot. I will not.

Pfizer me once, no shame.

Pfizer me twice, shame on COVID.

Pfizer me three times, shame on you.

You want me to get a third shot, what’s next? A fifth shot?

Nick was mocking those who are worried about getting the third shot, which he received on Christmas Day, December 25, 2021.

Even in that post, he mocked those who believe that ivermectin can cure COVID-19.

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

Nick Nemeroff last received a COVID-19 vaccine more than 6 months ago, if his December 25, 2021 post above is accurate.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not 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 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up sudden, unknown 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.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #7 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

It is possible that Nick Nemeroff may have died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

But that does not mean SADS is caused by COVID-19 vaccines. That would be rather ludicrous as SADS was first documented in 1977 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented!

SADS also occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year. In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

SADS is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm that leads to a cardiac arrest. That’s why it can be prevented by implanting a cardioverter-defribillator.

The UK Office for National Statistics data on Sudden Adult Deaths from 2016 to 2020 also showed NO INCREASE in SADS cases, demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SADS.

Years Sudden Adult Death
Syndrome Cases
2016 116
2017 63
2018 53
2019 87
2020 115

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 are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #9 : 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.

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

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Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

The Gentleminions craze is driving tickets sales to Minions: The Rise of Gru, but some parents are really pissed at this new TikTok trend!

Find out what the heck is the Gentleminions trend all about, and why some cinemas have banned it!

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : What Is It?

Minions: The Rise of Gru – the latest instalment of the wildly popular Despicable Me movie franchise – was released on July 1, 2022.

It quickly topped the box office, with a four day total of $122.5 million in the US and Canada alone, thanks in part to the Gentleminions TikTok craze.

The Despicable Me movie franchise has been a family favourite with kids and their parents who can’t get enough of cute banana-yellow Minions – Kevin, Stuart and Bob, and friends.

But cinemas are seeing hordes of teenagers – mostly male, all dressed in smart suits and some “armed” with yellow bananas, lining up for the new Minions movie.

They would record themselves swarming the theatre, sitting together in a group to watch the movie and mimic Gru or the minions – all to post on TikTok, and other social media – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

 

Gentleminions TikTok Craze : The Good, The Bad + The Ban!

Many Gentleminions dressed up in the spirit of good humour, as part of a fun night at the movies with friends after 2+ years of the pandemic.

Universal Pictures was no doubt pleased as punch – these teenagers (and some adults) were boosting the box office numbers, which is why they gave a hat tip to those who participated.

Unfortunately, some Gentleminions were not really “gentleminions”. They would clap, shout and wave their hands, or even stand up during the movie, disrupting the experience for everyone else.

Some even threw the bananas they brought at the screen, while others turned on their smartphones’ torchlight to wave in the dark cinema.

When cinema ushers asked them to stop and settle down, some verbally abused them while others threw things at them, or other cinema-goers, including young children.

In some cases, the cinema staff had to evict the troublemakers, and even the police was involved. One cinema manager shared that :

It’s been absolutely heartbreaking. We’ve had families who won’t even go back into the screen when we’ve tried to sort it out, families leaving before the film has even started, and of course the children have been in tears.

A few cinemas had to refund other patrons who were not pleased at all with the disruptions, especially families who brought their children for what they thought would be a fun experience.

In the end, some cinemas are refusing to allow “unaccompanied children wearing suits” to watch the movie. Odeon cinemas in the UK, for example, put up this sign :

Due to recent disturbances following the #Gentleminions trend, any group of guests in formal attire will be refused entry for showings of Minions: The Rise of Gru. Thank you.

 

Gentleminions Cinema Ban : Check Before You Leave Home!

It is sad that what seemed to be a fun trend devolved in some cases into a real problem. Those rowdy Nastyminions are spoiling the trend for the real Gentleminions, and that’s a real shame.

If you are planning to dress up to watch Minions: The Rise of Gru, please check if the cinema has a new dress code restriction. Just in case – bring a set of casual clothes.

And if they do let you go in, please be a real Gentleminion, like these Japanese fans. Enjoy the movie together with everyone else, not at their expense. Thank you!

 

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Did Dutch Gov Close Farms To Fight Climate Change?!

Did the Dutch government just close thousands of farms and cattle ranches to fight climate change?!

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

 

Claim : Dutch Government Closed Farms To Fight Climate Change!

People have been sharing videos angry farmers blocking roads with their tractors, claiming that they are protesting the closure of farms and cattle ranchers by the Dutch government.

Such videos are now being spread in pro-CCP groups as “evidence” of corrupt Western governments, or how Western governments oppress the common people.

28 June 2022
As the Dutch government closed dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen by 30%.
Angry and hungry farmers blocked the roads nationwide
Corrupt Dutch govt trying to artificially create food shortage.

Following politicians’ decision to close dozens of farms and cattle ranches to reduce nitrogen to comply with absurd EU rules on nitrogen pollution, angry Dutch farmers have issued an ultimatum and are threatening to block the country’s airports, ports and distribution centers.

The Dutch government wants to close 17,000 farms out of 50,000 by 2030 to reduce Nitrogen emissions. Their “leaders” have bought into the climate change hysteria during a time of impending global food shortages. These bozos have a few screws missing.

 

Truth : Dutch Government Did NOT Close Farms To Fight Climate Change!

These posts appear to be an intentional “misunderstanding” of the facts surrounding these Dutch farmers’ protests.

These protests have been covered extensively, and so have the Dutch government’s proposal. So it seems incredulous that people would continue to lie about this issue.

Fact #1 : Dutch Government Did NOT Close Any Farm / Cattle Ranch

Let’s start with the most basic fact – the Dutch government did not close any farm or cattle ranch. This is complete and utter nonsense.

There are no laws in the Netherlands that would permit the Dutch government to forcibly take over, or shut down, any farm or cattle ranch.

This kind of blatant lie can only perpetuate in the minds of conspiracy nutcases, and Chinese netizens because only authoritarian governments (like the CCP in China) are capable of such actions.

Seizing and closing farms and cattle ranch may be possible for the government in China, but not in the Netherlands.

In fact, the Dutch government has offered BUY OUT (not close) farms near nature reserves.

Fact #2 : Dutch Farmers Have Been Protesting Since 2019!

What many of these “concerned netizens” (intentionally?) do not tell you is that Dutch farmers have been protesting against such climate change laws since 2019.

Dutch farmers protest in October 2019

Fact #3 : The Government Was Complying With A Court Order

This issue actually started way back in May 2019, the Dutch Administrative Court of the Council of State (the highest administrative body in the Netherlands) ruled that the Dutch government breached EU rules on protecting nature reserves from ammonia and nitrous oxide.

The Dutch Administrative Court suspended permits for all construction projects that pollute the atmosphere with nitrogen compounds, stalling the building of new homes, roads and airport runways… as well as the expansion of dairy, pig and poultry farms.

Fact #4 : Dutch Government Tried Other Measures First

To comply with the court order, the Dutch government tried other measures first.

For example, in 2020, they cut the maximum speed limit on roads in the Netherlands from 130 km/h to just 100 km/h for most of the day, to reduce nitrous oxide emissions.

The government also allocated more money to help farmers reduce emissions from pigs, and changed the composition of animal feed.

Fact #5 : Dutch Farms Produce A Lot Of Pollution

The problem is partly caused by Dutch farmers themselves. Their farms are highly concentrated, with four times more animal biomass per hectare than the EU average.

Dutch agriculture is responsible for 40% of the nitrogen pollution in the Netherlands. The entire construction sector, for example, is only responsible for 0.6% of nitrogen emissions.

Thanks to its large livestock sector, and intensive use of fertiliser, the Netherlands – the world’s second-largest agricultural exporter – is also one of the top greenhouse gas emitters in Europe.

Fact #6 : Only Farms Near Nature Reserves Are In Danger

Depending on their proximity to nature reserves (Natura-2000 areas), Dutch farms will have to reduce their nitrogen emissions by 12% to 70%.

Those located in or close to the Natura-2000 areas will be particularly hard-hit by the new nitrogen limits :

  • 40% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value (< 255 mole per hectare) in 2025,
  • 50% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value in 2030, and
  • 74% of the nitrogen sensitive Natura-2000 areas must be below the critical deposition value in 2035.

Fact #7 : Provincial Government To Formulate Emission Reduction Plan

While the Dutch government came up with the plan to reduce nitrogen emissions to meet EU requirements, it is up to the Dutch provinces to develop the necessary measures to hit those targets.

Provincial governments have a year to formulate their own plans, to meet the pollution reduction targets.

Fact #8 : This Is Part Of EU Natura 2000 Conservation Efforts

This isn’t just a Dutch issue, it is actually part of the EU effort to protect the Natura 2000 network of vulnerable and endangered plant and animal habitats.

The Natura 2000 sites cover some 18% of the European Union land area, and 8% of its marine territory.

Fact #9 : Dutch Government Is Financing Agricultural Reforms

To help farmers meet those targets, the Dutch government has earmarked an extra €24.3 billion (about US$25.6 billion) to finance agricultural reforms and their existing buy-out programs.

Farmers who accept the government buy-out program can still open a new farm at a less sensitive location, as long as they substantially reduce nitrogen emissions.

Fact #10 : Protests Are ALLOWED In Real Democracies

What Chinese netizens may not be aware is that protests are not only common, they are allowed in real democracies.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, for example, defended the farmers’ right to protest, but reminded them not to break the law :

Freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate are a vital part of our democratic society, and I will always defend them.

But … it is not acceptable to create dangerous situations, it is not acceptable to intimidate officials, we will never accept that.

With the exception of a few farmers setting bales of hay on fire outside town halls and near roads, and attacking police officers, the majority of farmers have protested the proposed plan peacefully.

So what the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) and pro-CCP netizens are deriding as chaos, is really just people expressing their real freedom of speech, which includes the right to protest. Try that in China, and see what that gets you.

 

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Travis Barker Confirmed Pancreatitis Was From Colonoscopy!

Blink-182 drummer, Travis Barker, just confirmed that his pancreatitis was caused by his recent colonoscopy, not vaccine injury!

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

 

Claim : Travis Barker Hospitalised For Vaccine Injury!

On Tuesday, June 28, 2022, Travis Barker was rushed by ambulance to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The Blink-182 drummer and husband to Kourtney Kardashian was allegedly in severe pain, but was conscious and able to sent out a tweet “God save me”.

Almost immediately, people started claiming that he was being hospitalised for a COVID-19 vaccine injury. Here are some examples on social media :

Hope @travisbarker recovers from his vax related injury, very safe and effective

Want to bet it had nothing to do with a colonoscopy? Read posts on the Pancreatic Cancer groups. Loads of cases, and it can lead to cancer. Many surgeons feel it is the vaccines.

‘Mystery’ jab side effect illness as Travis Barker’s daughter shares photo of Blink-182 drummer in hospital

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Truth : Travis Barker Hospitalised For Pancreatitis, Not Vaccine Injury!

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

And we can confirm that these celebrity COVID-19 vaccine injury claims are false… yet again.

Pancreatitis Caused By Colonoscopy, Not COVID-19 Vaccine!

Multiple sources connected to the family earlier told TMZ that Travis Barker was hospitalised for pancreatitis, not a COVID-19 vaccine injury!

Then on July 2, 2022, Travis Barker himself confirmed on Twitter (here, here and here) that his pancreatitis was caused by his recent colonoscopy.

I went in for an endoscopy Monday feeling great. But After dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since.

During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube. This resulted in severe life-threatening pancreatitis.

I am so very very grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better. 🙏🏼

Just to be clear – COVID-19 vaccines do not cause pancreatitis… so, if any anti-vaccination activist tells you that, you tell them to stop lying.

Travis Barker also did not blame the COVID-19 vaccines for his pancreatitis. No one in his family did. Not even Kourtney.

Was Travis Barker Even Vaccinated?

I should also point out that no one knows if Travis Barker is even vaccinated against COVID-19. Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim, there is no vaccine mandate in the United States.

Hence, Travis Barker may well be unvaccinated against COVID-19, unlike a certain prominent antivaxxer

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

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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Canadian General Cadieu “Captured” By Russia Is OTW Back!

Canadian general Trevor Cadieu, who was allegedly captured by Russia, is on the way back to face sexual assault charges in Canada!

Find out what the heck is going on!

 

Claim : Russia Captured Canadian General Cadieu In Azovstal!

Pro-Russian websites, Chinese netizens and the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛) have claimed since May 2022 that Russia captured Canadian Lieutenant General Trevor John Cadieu when he tried to escape from the Azovstal metalworks in Mariupol, Ukraine.

General Trevor Cadieu (Trevor John Cadieu), captured by Russian troops while trying to escape from the cellars of Azovstal, was the commander of the Canadian Ground Forces, APA reports citing Mailbd.

Seated in the catacombs under the Mariupol steel plant “Azovstal” nationalists staged a provocation, trying to hide the Canadian general’s attempt to escape. After the capture of a high-ranking foreign soldier by units of the RF Armed Forces, it became clear why so many efforts were made to save him.

A high-ranking mercenary tried to break out of the encirclement at Azovstal several times. It was for this that the West insisted on humanitarian corridors for the exit of civilians: among them, foreign specialists had to leave the catacombs.

This Chinese example even claimed that NATO lost 5-6 helicopters and a ship trying to get General Cadieu out of Azovstal.

A lot of rumors that Russia has captured a Canadian general trying to escape thru sewer tunnels. Could be a few more NATO military advisers still in the plant

They have spent losing 5 or 6 helicopters and 1 ship trying to get the VVIP out.

 

Canadian General Cadieu “Captured” By Russia Is OTW Back!

Despite debunking it several times, both Russian and Chinese supporters continue to push the claims, even after Azovstal fell on 16 May 2022, and General Cadieu was nowhere to be found.

Russian and Chinese propaganda shifted course, claiming that General Cadieu was likely being held by Moscow as a bargaining chip, or being interrogated for his knowledge of Ukrainian and NATO plans to invade Russia.

There are a couple of problems with those claims :

  1. In mid October 2021, Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu was accused of sexual assault that he allegedly committed as a cadet in 1994.
  2. He resigned and left the Canadian armed forces on 5 April 2022, after his appointment to head the Canadian army was derailed by those sexual assault charges.
  3. He only left for Ukraine in April 2022 – weeks after Azovstal was surrounded by Russian forces. So it would have been impossible for him to be captured in Azovstal.

Read more : Did Russia Capture Canadian General Cadieu In Azovstal?!

Now even their new claims are being proven false.

The months-long investigation into those sexual assault charges was completed, and he was formally charged with sexual assault on 15 June 2022.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, General Cadieu was informed of the charges, and he indicated in an email from Ukraine that he was “making arrangements to return to Canada from Ukraine“.

Yet again – Russian and Chinese propaganda have proven to be false.

Not only is former General Trevor Cadieu still not captured by Russian forces, he is arranging to return to Canada to face two sexual assault charges.

No NATO soldiers or generals were caught fighting in Ukraine, because there are no NATO soldiers or officers in Ukraine.

All NATO forces that were helping to train Ukrainian soldiers were pulled out before the Russian invasion began.

Read more : Did Russia Capture NATO Officers After Fall Of Azovstal?!

Russia is having trouble defeating Ukraine because it has a shitty army, not because thousands of NATO soldiers and officers are fighting with the Ukrainians.

No amount of fake news will change the fact that over 30 thousand Russian soldiers have been killed by the Ukrainians – twice as many Russia lost in their invasion of Afghanistan.

No amount of fake news will also change the fact that Russia lost over 1,500 tanks, and over 3,700 armoured fighting vehicles, as of 3 July 2022.

The Russian “special operation” is bogged down by tenacious Ukrainian defences, with nary a NATO soldier or officer in sight. Just a lot of NATO supplied weapons.

If NATO was truly involved, they would have rolled the piss-poor Russian army back into Russia. Instead, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has now stagnated into a slow artillery siege of the Donbas region.

Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites and groups.

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Jaylon Ferguson Autopsy : Cause Of Death Was Drug OD!

An autopsy has confirmed that Ravens linebacker, Jaylon Ferguson, died from  a drug overdose, not the COVID-19 vaccine!

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

 

Claim : Jaylon Ferguson Died From Vaccine-Induced SADS!

Just hours after news broke that Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Jaylon Ferguson died, people started claiming that he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are just a few examples of those claims circulating on social media :

Vax death 100000% add jaylon Ferguson to that list. 25 yrs old natural causes my left nut

Athletes …. natural causes? More like Vax side effects. Sorry but 25, 26 yr old athletes don’t die from natural causes and it’s happening non stop. Soccer, cricket, rugby, football, basketball…. wake up folks. This isn’t natural

Jaylon Ferguson dead at 26 from vaccine. CBS needs to expose dangers of vaccines.

NFL rocked by tragedy as Jaylon Ferguson dies. Vaccine Deaths. Dropping like Flies. Murdered by their own Govt and the WEF. Right in front of your eyes but your all too Indoctrinated. So sad.

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) ? #Vaccines

Read more : Did NBA Star Caleb Swanigan Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

 

Jaylon Ferguson Autopsy : Cause Of Death Was Drug Overdose!

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

Fact #1 : Jaylon Ferguson Died From Drug Overdose

On July 1, 2022, Bruce Goldfarb – spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner – said that Jaylon Ferguson’s cause of death was the “combined effects of fentanyl and cocaine“.

His death was ruled an accident, based on that autopsy finding. The written autopsy report is not available yet, but they plan to have one completed within 90 days.

So let that be the final word on Jaylon Ferguson – he didn’t die from COVID-19 vaccination. He died from a drug overdose.

Fact #2 : Jaylon Ferguson Was Found Unresponsive

The Baltimore police received a report of a “questionable death” at a home in Baltimore’s Harwood neighbourhood on Tuesday night, 21 June 2022.

When they arrived at around 11:25 PM, and they found Jaylon Ferguson unresponsive and being treated by medics.

The medics tried to resuscitate Ferguson but he never regained consciousness, and was pronounced death at the scene. Baltimore police spokeswoman Niki Fennoy said in a statement :

Once there, officers located 26-year-old Jaylon Ferguson, unresponsive, being treated by medics. Ferguson never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene by medics.

Read more : Did Taylor Hawkins Die From Vaccine-Induced Myocarditis?!

Fact #3 : Police Investigated His Death As Possible Drug Overdose

The Baltimore police stated that they did not suspect foul play in his death, and that there were no signs of trauma on his body.

However, they were investigating it as an “open questionable death“, and specifically looking into the possibility of a drug overdose, not the COVID-19 vaccine.

Jaylon Ferguson’s body was taken to the Baltimore medical examiner’s office early Wednesday morning, where an autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death.

We are not ruling anything out. We don’t determine cause of death, but we consider the possibility that it could be an overdose.

According to The Baltimore Banner, a friend who found Ferguson unresponsive told police at the scene that Ferguson told him earlier in the night that he was “Xanied up”, and an unidentified pink powder substance was found in a sock.

The friend also said that Ferguson had been going through a difficult time after the recent death of his grandmother, and a fire at his home in Owings Mills, and that he was suffering from depression.

Fact #4 : Jaylon Ferguson Was Likely Unvaccinated

Jaylon Ferguson is said to be unvaccinated against COVID-19. The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

While there is no official word on his vaccination status (due to NFL policy), here are the reasons why Ferguson is unlikely to be vaccinated :

  1. NFL does not require players to be vaccinated against COVID-19. It however requires players to get tested.
  2. Jaylon Ferguson tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 24, 2021, and missed the Ravens’ game against the Detroit Lions a few days later.
  3. Under NFL protocols, fully-vaccinated players who test positive can return within 5 days, as long as they are asymptomatic and produce two negative tests 24 hours apart.
  4. Under NFL protocols, unvaccinated players who test positive must quarantine for at least 10 days.
  5. Ferguson missed three games and only returned to practice on October 13, 2021 – 19 days after he tested positive for COVID-19.

The length of his absence strongly suggests that he was one of the few unvaccinated players on the Ravens’ roster.

Short of an official statement by the NFL or Ferguson’s family, this is about as good as it gets, when it comes to evidence whether Jaylon was vaccinated or not.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #5 : 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 are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #6 : 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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Did Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Die From Vaccine SADS?!

Did Josh Gad’s young nephew, Marco, die from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Died From Vaccine SADS!

After Josh Gad announced that his 20 year-old nephew, Marco, died in his sleep, people started claiming that he died from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are just a few examples of those claims circulating on social media :

S.A.D.S. Strikes Again: Josh Gad Nephew Dies Suddenly In His Sleep

Join us!!! Join us!!!!! Join us!!!!!!! Pro vax guy and Hollywood shill Josh gad doesn’t have the balls to tell you the vaccine killed his nephew…. Sick celebrities

@joshgad your nephew died from the poisonous injection that you all have taken. Wake up

No Evidence Josh Gad’s Nephew, Marco, Died From Vaccine SADS!

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

Fact #1 : Marco’s Cause Of Death Is Unknown

According to a tweet and a prior Instagram post by Josh Gad, his nephew Marco died in his sleep on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Thank you all for your love. Our beloved nephew Marco passed away in his sleep at 20, his life cut far too short and our pain far too deep. Our family is trying to make sense of it all but your support has been incredible. ❤️❤️❤️

His cause of death is still unknown. Unknown does not mean he died from “a vaccine injury”. Unknown means that, at this time, NO ONE KNOWS what Marco died of.

It also means that anyone who claims that Marco died of this cause or that cause is lying to you.

It is currently unknown if an autopsy was performed on Marco, but we will only know his cause of death only through an autopsy report, or official confirmation from his family.

Fact #2 : Josh Gad Never Mentioned Vaccine As A Cause

Josh Gad posted several times about his nephew, showing just how much he was affected by his nephew’s death.

Yet, not once, in his many social media posts, did Josh mention Marco’s vaccination, or cause of death.

Today I write this with a broken heart. Our beloved nephew Marco has left us far too early. At 20 years old, he was full of possibly and promise.

To say he is gone far too soon does not do justice to the life force that he was. As his parents try to work this impossible pain, I am asking for all of you to send positive energy and love their way.

So anyone who claims that Marco died from the COVID-19 vaccine is simply… LYING to you.

Fact #3 : Marco’s Vaccination Status Is Unknown

I should point out that no one knows if Josh Gad’s nephew, Marco, is even vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim, there is no vaccine mandate in the United States.

Hence, Marco may well be unvaccinated against COVID-19, unlike a certain prominent antivaxxer

Fact #4 : Marco Didn’t Star In Frozen…

This is a really weird claim – a website called FactsWOW tried to hype up Marco’s death by claiming that Marco played the part of Marco in the movie, Frozen.

The problem with that claim? There is no character called Marco in the movie, Frozen! As for Josh Gad, he voiced Olaf the magical snowman…

It is unbelievable the lengths to which some people would go to milk a tragedy to go viral…

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

Even if Marco was vaccinated against COVID-19, he would have received all of his doses months ago.

He cannot possibly have died from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not 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 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up sudden, unknown 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.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #7 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

It is possible that Marco may have died from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

But that does not mean SADS is caused by COVID-19 vaccines. That would be rather ludicrous as SADS was first documented in 1977 – long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented!

SADS also occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year. In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

SADS is usually caused by an abnormal heart rhythm that leads to a cardiac arrest. That’s why it can be prevented by implanting a cardioverter-defribillator.

The UK Office for National Statistics data on Sudden Adult Deaths from 2016 to 2020 also showed NO INCREASE in SADS cases, demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SADS.

Years Sudden Adult Death
Syndrome Cases
2016 116
2017 63
2018 53
2019 87
2020 115

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 are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!

Read more : Antivax Steve Kirsch Admits He’s Fully-Vaccinated!

Fact #9 : 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.

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

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Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

Let this be the final word on Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher – his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

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

 

Claim : Andy Fletcher – Cause Of Death Was COVID-19 Vaccine!

People have been claiming that Depeche Mode’s founding member and keyboardist, Andy Fletcher (Andrew Fletcher, also known as Fletch) died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

All the vaccinated boomer celebrities are dying in their sleep. Ray Liotta, 67, dies in his sleep yesterday. Andy Fletcher, Depeche Mode, 60, died in his sleep today.

They sold us a dirty bag of goods and now we will just go to sleep and not wake up? #Vaccines #Covid

#AndyFletcher #vaccineinjuries #VaccineSideEffects

vaccines kill Rip My Heart Is broken

He sadly died of ‘natural causes’. Is that the new code for vaccine induced death? #AndyFletcher

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Depeche Mode’s Andy Fletcher : Cause Of Death Not Vaccine!

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

But we can now confirm that Andy Fletcher’s cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine!

On June 28, 2022, Depeche Mode announced that the official cause of death of their keyboardist Andy Fletcher was an aortic dissection.

A couple weeks ago we received the result from the medical examiners, which Andy’s family asked us to share with you now.

Andy suffered an aortic dissection while at home on May 26. So, even though it was far, far too soon, he passed naturally and without prolonged suffering.

There you have it – official confirmation, beyond doubt, that Andy Fletcher did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are other facts we know about Andy Fletcher last moments, and why his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fact #1 : Andy Fletcher Died Of Natural Causes

On 26 May 2022 – the same day Ray Liotta died, Andy Fletcher suffered from an aortic dissection and died.

The circumstances behind his death was not revealed, but it was only said to be of “natural causes”, pending an official cause of death after an autopsy.

None of the official statements so far said that he died in his sleep, so claims that he is “yet another” healthy person to die in his/her sleep is not backed by any facts.

Fact #2 : Aortic Dissection Is Not Caused By Any Vaccine

The official cause of death of an aortic dissection – the tearing of the innermost layer of the aorta (largest artery in our body) – is one of the many natural causes of death.

An aortic dissection is more commonly seen in people with a history of high blood pressure, or those who have connective tissue disorders like Marfan syndrome or the Ehlers Danlos syndrome. It is also more common in people who have had heart surgery previously.

When an aortic dissection happens, the patient experiences a sudden onset of severe chest or back pain, with vomiting, sweating and he/she may even faint.

This is a medical emergency. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death from the compression of the heart (pericardial tamponade), or a complete rupture of the aorta.

Aortic dissection is certainly not caused by any vaccine, whether it is the COVID-19 vaccine or otherwise.

Credit : MSD Manuals

Fact #3 : Andy Fletcher’s Vaccination Status Is Unknown

Claims that Andy Fletcher died from the COVID-19 vaccine are not based on any evidence. In fact, we don’t actually know if Andy Fletcher was even vaccinated against COVID-19.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim – there is no vaccine mandate in the United Kingdom.

As of June 18, 2022, just under 75% of UK residents are vaccinated. That means approximately 1 in 4 people (25%) in the UK are partially vaccinated or completely unvaccinated.

Fact #4 : Andy Fletcher Lived In England, Not Canada

Many celebrity blogs, and anti-vaccination websites, claimed that Andy Fletcher was fully-vaccinated, with an Ontario vaccination card.

That’s absurd, because Andy Fletcher is a UK citizen living in England, not a Canadian citizen living in Ontario.

The truth is – they (intentionally?) confused Andrew Fletcher, the one and only Depeche Mode keyboardist residing in Brighton, East Sussex, England…. with Andrew Fletcher, a homeless man living in a Hamilton encampment in Ontario, Canada.

In this comparison I created, you can see how the two men are not even alike… other than the fact that they are both 60 year-old white males.

If they can mix these two men up, you have to wonder – what else did they get wrong?

Fact #5 : 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 #6 : 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 Andy Fletcher received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for his death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received many months earlier.

Read more : Did Study Show Pfizer Vaccine Altering Liver DNA In 6 Hours?!

Fact #7 : 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 Western Media Covering Up Riots In US West Coast?!

Are the Western media covering up massive riots with looting and vandalism on the US West Coast?!

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

 

Claim : Western Media Are Covering Up Riots In US West Coast!

People are sharing a video of a recent riot in America, claiming that Western media is actively concealing the news.

Allegedly, only the Chinese media and netizens are exposing the riots on the US West Coast by releasing such videos to show the world how decadent and lawless the United States really is.

The viral video is often shared with comments like these :

Protests, vandalism and looting rage across the west coast of US on 31/5 and 1/6/22 but not reported by CNN & BBC . Also not by Singapore’s CNA

Lawlessness in the country supposed to be icon of justice

这就是美国

This is America

 

Truth : Western Media Are Not Covering Up Riots In US West Coast!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens.

After investigating the viral video, here are the facts that I was able to ascertain…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Cleveland, Ohio

The viral video does not show riots in the US West Coast. I geolocated the precise location of this riot to East 4th Street (E 4th St.) in Cleveland, Ohio.

If you look closely at the video, you can spot these landmarks and their signboards :

  • Butcher and the Brewer (Old-World Cuts and Hand-Built Brews)
  • Windsor Apartments
  • Mabel’s BBQ
  • Society Lounge
  • Zocalo Tequileria
  • Flannery’s Pub
  • Buckeye Apartments

Those landmarks allowed me to precisely geolocate the entire video to that one street – East 4th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.

Fact #2 : Ohio Is A Midwestern State, Near The East Coast

Ohio is an American Midwestern state. But despite that classification, it is actually located next to the Eastern seaboard.

It is most definitely not on the US West Coast, which comprises of the states of California, Oregon and Washington.

I have no idea why the wumao would lie about the riot happening on the US West Coast. Perhaps, it is the American region most familiar to Chinese netizens, since it is located next to the Pacific Ocean.

Fact #3 : Cleveland Riot Happened In 2020

The video does not depict a riot that happened on May 31 and June 1, 2022. It actually showed people rioting over the death of George Floyd on June 2, 2020 – two years ago.

Chinese netizens may not be aware, but people in the United States are allowed to participate in peaceful protests, like the 2020 protests against police brutality and racism, epitomised by George Floyd’s death.

But violent riots are against the law, and so 99 people were arrested in the 2020 Cleveland riots.

Fact #4 : There Are No Riots Happening On The US West Coast

Just in case Chinese netizens are “confused”, there are no riots happening on the US West Coast, at the end of May or early June 2022.

There are no acts of vandalism or looting raging across the US West Coast, which is precisely why there is ZERO COVERAGE of these riots.

No one is covering these riots because they did not happen. This is just Chinese disinformation using a legitimate video from two years ago.

Fact #5 : Western Media Covered The Cleveland Riots

Unlike in China, where the media is muzzled and “inappropriate news” are censored, Western media are under no such restrictions.

If there are riots in the United States right now, you can be sure they would be covering it. Bad news sells best, after all!

The truth is – the Western media covered the Cleveland riots extensively… when it happened in 2020! In fact, you can see a man who looks like a press photographer taking photos in the viral video.

Fact #6 : Video Is Part Of Wumao Disinformation

This isn’t the first real video being used in a wumao disinformation campaign, to drive the narrative that the United States is in a perpetual state of anarchy.

I have personally fact checked many videos and stories that were deliberately spread by the wumao as part of their disinformation campaign :

So why are the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens promoting such videos and stories?

More importantly – why is the Chinese government spending money on such disinformation campaigns?

While you ponder on those questions, watch out and be wary of similar videos and stories being spread in Chinese and pro-CCP groups.

 

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Did Sukma Athlete Stephanie Sim Die From Vaccine Stroke?!

Did 19 year-old Sukma athlete Stephanie Sim die from a stroke caused by the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Stephanie Sim Died From Stroke Caused By COVID-19 Vaccine!

People are starting to claim that 19 year-old Sukma athlete Stephanie Sim Shu Ming died from a stroke caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Many are also sharing her news in anti-vaccination groups and websites, as “another example” of Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) from the vaccines.

BAAM 💥endnu en, må af ‘ukendte årsager’ og helt ‘pludseligt’ forlade os blot 19 år gammel 😌

BAAM 💥another one, must for ‘unknown reasons’ and completely ‘suddenly’ leave us just 19 years old 😌

The Sarawak shooting community is saddened by the loss of Sukma shooter Stephanie Sim Shu Ming who passed away on Tuesday evening. Stephanie, 19, suffered #SuddenAdultDeathSyndrome #SuddenDeath

Rip… sudden deaths among young people r becoming common since mid of last year

Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) ? #Vaccines

Read more : Did Ravens Linebacker Jaylon Ferguson Die From Vaccine?!

 

No Evidence Stephanie Sim Died From Stroke Caused By COVID Vaccine!

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

Fact #1 : Stephanie Sim Died From A Stroke

19 year-old Stephanie Sim Shu Ming suffered a stroke on Thursday, June 16, 2022, and went into a coma.

She was hospitalised at the Sarawak General Hospital, where she passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2022. She was buried at the Nirvana Memorial Park in Bau on Friday, June 24, 2022.

Sarawak State Youth, Sports and Entrepreneurship Minister Abdul Karim Hamzah confirmed that Stephanie’s cause of death was a stroke.

Stephanie Sim did not die from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS), also known as Sudden Adult Death Syndrome.

Fact #2 : There Are Thousands Of SADS Deaths Every Year

To be clear, Stephanie Sim died from a stroke, not Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS).

But I would like to point out that SADS was first documented in 1977, and occurs at a rate of 0.12 to 0.21 per 100,000 people every single year.

In other words, approximately 9,000 to 16,000 people die from SADS every single year, before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Despite what anti-vaccination activists may tell you – SADS is not a new vaccine-related syndrome.

Fact #3 : Stephanie Was Healthy + Well Earlier

There is no evidence that Stephanie was suffering from any vaccine adverse effects like myocarditis or VITT.

There would have been very noticeable symptoms like breathing difficulties, chest pain, bleeding tendencies, etc. and she wouldn’t be able to train properly.

Yet she trained with the Sarawak Sukma shooting squad just days ago – on Saturday, June 11, 2022.

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #4 : Her Vaccination Status Is Unknown

It is unknown if Stephanie Sim was vaccinated against COVID-19. She did not publicly mention her vaccination status, and neither did her family.

Despite the high adult vaccination rate of some 84%, COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory in Malaysia. A significant number of people in Malaysia remain unvaccinated.

While it is very likely she was vaccinated, we simply do not know if she received the COVID-19 vaccine.

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

If Stephanie Sim was vaccinated against COVID-19, she would have received her vaccine doses last year – at least half a year ago.

She cannot possibly be suffering from a vaccine side effect, because they appear within hours or days, not 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.

Fact #6 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven

Despite anti-vaccination activists chalking up sudden, unknown 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.

Read more : Did Thai Student Die From Mixing Of COVID-19 Vaccines?!

Fact #7 : COVID-19 Infections Cause Myocarditis + Blood Clots Too!

What anti-vaccination activists won’t tell you is that COVID-19 infections also cause myocarditis and blood clots in the cerebral vein too.

They also won’t tell you that the risk of developing cerebral vein blood clots is 170X higher with a COVID-19 infection, than it is with the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Cerebral Vein
Thrombosis Risk
Per Million
People
Difference
Patient with COVID-19 207 +8,525%
AstraZeneca Vaccine 3.6 +50%
Normal Population 2.4 Baseline

They also won’t tell you that the risk of developing myocarditis is hundreds of times higher with a COVID-19 infection, than with three doses of any COVID-19 vaccine!

Myocarditis
Risk
Per Million
People
vs
Sinovac
vs
AstraZeneca
vs
Pfizer
COVID-19 Infection 450 +300x +214x +167x
3x Pfizer 2.7 +1.8x +1.3x Baseline
3x AstraZeneca 2.1 +1.4x Baseline -0.2x
3x Sinovac 1.5 Baseline -0.3x -0.4x

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 are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #9 : 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 MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages A Scam?!

Are MySejahtera messages sent through the 68808 SMS service really a scam?!

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

 

Claim : MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Are A Scam!

People are sharing this warning on social media – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, as well as in WhatsApp and Telegram groups :

MySejahtera 通过 68808 发送短信要求用户 重置资料,请不要点击链接,这是钓鱼陷阱 骗局。
请转发广传出去给大家警惕,谢谢。

MySejahtera sending sms through 68808 to ask users to reset, pls do not click link. It’s a scam.

 

MySejahtera 68808 SMS Messages Not Necessarily A Scam!

Many Malaysians are rightfully wary about clicking on links sent by SMS or WhatsApp.

There have been many scams involving fake SMS or WhatsApp messages, which we covered here in Tech ARP :

However, Malaysians are also too gullible, accepting all warnings on WhatsApp as genuine, without first verifying if they are even true.

Here are the reasons why the MySejahtera reset messages delivered by the 68808 SMS service are not necessarily a scam!

Fact #1 : 68808 Is Used By MySejahtera

Despite what people may tell you – 68808 is an official SMS service number used by MySejahtera.

In fact, MySejahtera uses three SMS service numbers to send you notifications (like your vaccination appointments), as well as your password renewal link :

68808
68088
63001

Fact #2 : 68808 Messages Are Generally Legitimate

Despite what is shared on social media, messages sent through 68808 are genuine. What you need to be wary of are SMS messages sent via other numbers.

Take a look at this example of fake news shared on social media, and some websites. It was touted as an example of fake MySejahtera messages sent by 68808.

The truth is “original” message was sent through 63839, which is not a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service. The “fake” message was sent through 68808, which is a legitimate MySejahtera SMS service.

In this misleading example, you can also see a prior SMS message on vehicle servicing in the 63839 channel. Official MySejahtera SMS channels (68808, 68088 and 63001) will only show messages from MySejahtera, not other services.

Note : The links in both messages appear to be genuine, linking to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/.

Fact #3 : MySejahtera Sends Reset Links Via SMS

Despite what social media “experts” may tell you – MySejahtera will send password reset links through SMS, as a verification method.

If you are trying to reset your MySejahtera password (because you forgot it), you will be sent an SMS message with a link to https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/, as the example above shows.

Fact #4 : SMS Messages Can Be Spoofed

That said, SMS messages can be spoofed to appear to come from the three legitimate MySejahtera channels – 68808, 68088 and 63001.

So you should avoid clicking on MySejahtera password reset links, even from legitimate channels, unless you have specifically asked to reset the MySejahtera password.

Fact #5 : MySejahtera Team Clarified This In April

The MySejahtera team actually refuted these false claims in April 2022. Unfortunately, people still continue to share this fake news.

So please help us fight fake news – share this fact check with your family and friends!

 

How To Avoid MySejahtera (Or Other) SMS Scam!

So here is what I recommend when it comes to SMS messages, whether they were sent by MySejahtera, banks, etc. :

  1. Always check to make sure they come from legitimate SMS channels. For MySejahtera, that’s 68808, 68088 and 63001.
  2. If you are not sure about an SMS message from the authorities / banks / telcos, please do not hesitate to call them to verify the authenticity of that message.
  3. Never click on a link to log into a website (like your bank). Always use your banking app, or log in manually using a Internet browser on your computer or phone.
  4. Only click on a link in specific circumstances that do not require a login – for example : to verify your request to reset your MySejahtera password.
  5. Do NOT click on any link to confirm that you are resetting a password, or confirm your new SIM card, unless you just requested to performed those actions.
  6. Before you click on a link, always check the link goes to the official website (like https://mysejahtera.malaysia.gov.my/). Never click on a link that goes to suspicious websites.

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Did NBA Star Caleb Swanigan Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did 25 year-old former NBA star Caleb Swanigan die from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Caleb Swanigan Died From COVID-19 Vaccine!

Mere hours after news broke that former NBA and Purdue basketball star, Caleb Swanigan died, people started claiming that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here are just a few examples of those claims circulating on social media :

🎯🎯”Funny though… I read far more stories of these deaths than of young people dying from COVID. I haven’t seen a single story on deaths of kids from COVID. Have you?”
-Steve Kirsch

Caleb Swanigan: How can a 25-year-old die from natural causes?

He died of natural causes? Like the natural causes from getting the covid vaccine? Caleb Swanigan, former Purdue standout and first-round NBA draft pick, dead at 25

Sorry but 25-year-old athletes do not die of “natural causes”. What a lie. Another vexed young person drops dead.

Vaccine coverup, Pfizer and Moderna makes billions in profit, with no liability. #swanigan #purdue #VaccineInjured #vaccinesideeffects

Read more : Did Tyler Sanders Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

 

No Evidence Caleb Swanigan Died From 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 the current facts that we know so far.

Fact #1 : Coroner Confirmed Swanigan Died Of Natural Causes

The Allen County Coroners Office had already finished its autopsy, and confirmed to multiple media sources that Caleb Swanigan died of natural causes at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

The coroner’s office senior investigator Rebecca Maze also told them that a private doctor will be handling Swanigan’s death certificate.

There is no evidence Swanigan’s cause of death was COVID-19 vaccine side effects.

Death from vaccine side effects can be proven. Vaccine-induced myocarditis, for example, has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis.

Fact #2 : Swanigan Struggled With Weight Issues

Caleb Swanigan had an troubled childhood, spending time in homeless shelters before being adopted by former Detroit Lions star turned sports agent, Roosevelt Barnes.

Swanigan struggled with his weight growing up, weighing 360 lbs (163 kg) as a 13 year-old; but with Barnes’ encouragement, he finished high school as a 6 ft 9 in tall basketball player with a weight of just 260 lbs (118 kg).

After leaving the NBA in Spring 2020, he had a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers, but opted out in the 2022 NBA Bubble due to personal reasons.

Since then, he put on a lot of weight which was noticeable when he was arrested for possession of 3.4 pounds (1.5 kg) of marijuana on December 23, 2022.

When Swanigan appeared for his May 17, 2021 court date, the former basketball player already weighed over 400 lbs (181 kg). So it is possible that his weight issues may have played a part in his early death.

Fact #3 : Unknown If Caleb Swanigan Was Even Vaccinated

It is currently unknown if Caleb Swanigan was vaccinated against COVID-19, so it would be wrong for anyone to claim that he died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

For all we know – he may not even be vaccinated! The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, despite what anti-vaccination activists may claim.

Unless we know for sure he was vaccinated, anyone who tells you he died from the vaccine is simply lying.

Fact #4 : 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 are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.

Fact #5 : 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 / Moderna), but they develop within days of receiving the vaccine, not months later.

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

Read more : Did Hundreds Of Athletes Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine Effects?!

Fact #6 : 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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Fact Check : Did Gwen Casten Die Of COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Did Gwen Casten – the 17 year-old daughter of US Representative Sean Casten, die from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

Take a look at the viral claim by tech millionaire Steve Kirsch, and find out what the facts really are!

 

Steve Kirsch : Gwen Casten Died Of COVID-19 Vaccine!

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch is back with yet another COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy, after claiming that the vaccine caused Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis!

This time, he claims that Gwen Casten – the 17 year-old daughter of US Representative Sean Casten, died from the COVID-19 vaccine!

His article is extremely long-winded as usual, so let me just share with you part of his summary. But I recommend you just skip to the next section for the facts.

US Congressman Sean Casten’s 17-year-old daughter Gwen Casten died in her sleep on June 12, 2022.

Healthy young kids rarely died in their sleep before the COVID vaccine rolled out.

I don’t know of a single doctor who has even heard of this happening prior to the COVID vaccines rolling out. Now it is the “new normal.”

 

There Is No Evidence Gwen Casten Died Of COVID-19 Vaccine!

As usual, Steve Kirsch jumps to conclusion that the COVID-19 vaccine killed Gwen Casten, based on ZERO EVIDENCE.

Despite writing such a long article, he offered NO EVIDENCE that Gwen Casten died from the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Did Gwen’s father say so? Nope!
  • Did Gwen Casten’s autopsy report say so? Nope!
  • Did anyone reveal Gwen Casten’s cause of death? Nope!

Now, I will go through the key conjectures he made, and show you why they are literally… bullshit.

Claim : Healthy kids do not die in their sleep unexpectedly for no reason.
Verdict : False
Fact : Children who appear perfectly healthy can and do die for no known reason.
Fact : Such unexplained deaths in children are common enough that there is a term for it – Sudden Unexplained Death In Childhood (SUDC / SUDIC).
Fact : In 2018 alone, the US CDC reported that 392 children died suddenly without a clear cause of death in the United States.
Fact : Nearly all children with SUDC were sleeping before becoming unresponsive, and were in state of usual good health.
Fact : SUDC is most prevalent in toddlers (1-4 years old) and children in their late teens (15-19 years old).

Claim : The COVID vaccine is the most likely cause for any child who has been vaccinated with the COVID vaccine and later dies in their sleep.
Claim : Before COVID vaccines started rolling out, healthy kids dying in their sleep was never an issue.
Verdict : Both False
Fact : Gwen Casten’s cause of death is currently unknown. Unknown means it’s not yet known. It doesn’t mean she died from the vaccine.
Fact :
 The United States alone reported approximately 400 cases of SUDC every single year, before COVID-19 vaccines were invented or administered.
Fact : SUDC statistics for England and Wales from 2011 to 2020 showed NO INCREASE in SUDC cases, clearly demonstrating that COVID-19 vaccines did not increase the prevalence of SUDC.

Claim : Six young people died in their sleep right after vaccinations, so Gwen Casten must have died from vaccine.
Verdict : Unverified + Irrelevant
Fact :
The examples Steve Kirsch provided are either anecdotal, or have not been proven to be caused by COVID-19 vaccines.
Fact : Death from vaccine side effects can be proven. Vaccine-induced myocarditis, for example, has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis.
Fact : Gwen Casten first received her COVID-19 vaccinations in May 2021, and likely received her second dose in June 2021, followed by her booster dose in November 2021. So she died 6-7 months after her last vaccination.
Fact : Vaccine side effects occur in the first 2-3 days. Even adverse effects like myocarditis and VITT occur within days of receiving the vaccine.

Claim : Mysterious deaths do not happen to the unvaccinated.
Claim : Mysterious deaths never happened before COVID vaccines were rolled out.
Verdict : Both False
Fact :
Sudden unexplained death in children (SUDC) occurs at a rate of 0.7 per 100,000 every single year. In other words – over 50,000 children die every year for unknown reasons, in their sleep, even though they are in good health, long before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

Claim : Mysterious deaths usually happen very shortly after the COVID shot.
Verdict : False
Fact : Gwen Casten died 6-7 months after her last vaccination, so by Steve Kirsch’s own definition, her death had nothing to do with COVID vaccines.
Fact : Mysterious deaths have occurred in children before and after COVID vaccination… and long before the COVID-19 vaccines were invented.

 

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Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

You are NOT required to fill in their survey for the free rides on Rapid KL trains or buses subsidised by Malaysian taxpayers!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Free Rapid KL Rides For 1 Month : Subsidised By Taxpayers!

On 16 June 2022, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Ismail Sabri Yaakob officially launched the opening of Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya Line.

In conjunction with that launch, he announced that all Rapid KL train and bus rides will be free of charge for a month, from 16 June to 15 July 2022. This free ride program also includes KTM Komuter rides in the Klang Valley.

However, it was not some kind of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) or launch promotion by Rapid KL. These free rides were subsidised by the Malaysian government, to the tune of RM155 million – RM140 million will go to Rapid KL, while KTM will receive RM15 million.

In other words – taxpayers are ultimately footing the bill for these free rides.

Read more : All Rapid KL + KTM Rides Are FREE For 1 Month!

 

Initially : Rapid KL Requires Survey For Gov-Paid Free Rides?!

About a day after the announcement of the free rides, Rapid KL released its Terms and Conditions (PDF download), in which passengers were asked to participate in their survey, in order to enjoy the Rapid KL Free Rides (RKLFR) programme.

Passengers were asked to either install and register an account the MyRapid PULSE app, and fill in the survey there; or fill in a physical form at the stations. They were also asked to “keep a screenshot or the top portion of the completed [survey] form to enjoy the RKLFR“.

Its Terms & Conditions stated, explicitly, that (with my emphasis in bold) :

5. Customers who are using tokens are required to redeem the token at any of Rapid KL Customer Service Offices (LRT/MRT/Monorail/BRT/ Selected Bus Hubs) and fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates.

6. Customers who are using cashless (My50 pass, Touch ‘N Go card and Concession card) need to fill up the form in MyRapid PULSE or fill up the hardcopy survey form before entering the gates. 

There was an immediate social media backlash to the requirement to participate in the Rapid KL survey, in return for the taxpayer-sponsored free rides.

 

Now : Rapid KL Survey NOT Required For Taxpayer-Paid Free Rides!

Rapid KL quickly responded to the furore by “clarifying” that passengers are not forced to download the PULSE app, or participate in the survey.

When I took the MRT and LRT recently, there was no one enforcing the survey requirement. I just tapped my Touch ‘n Go card through the gantries. No one asked to check for a completed survey.

However, it is unlikely that the RapidKL Terms & Conditions was a misunderstanding. Rapid KL repeated the “requirements” in social media posts, like this example (with my English translation)

Terma Dan Syarat

2. Muat turun aplikasi MyRapid PULSE untuk menebus 30 hari perjalanan percuma.

Terms And Conditions

2. Download the MyRapid PULSE app to redeem 30 days of free travel.

In another Facebook post, Rapid KL specifically asked passengers to complete the survey to obtain the free rides.  Here is my English translation of their requirements :

To redeem free rides:

  1. Users are encouraged to download the MyRapid PULSE app in Google Play or Apple Store, and register for an account and fill in the provided [survey] form. After the form is completed, users need to take a screenshot and show it to the officer at the station, while passing through the gantry, or on entering a bus.
  2. Forms are also provided at all RapidKL passenger service counters, selected bus hubs, in the bus, and downloadable through the Rapid KL website and social media platforms. Passengers must take a picture or the top portion of the complete form to enjoy RKLFR.
  3. For passengers who do not have Touch ‘n Go card or other passes, they can obtain a free token at the customer service counter by filling in their information through the MyRapid PULSE app or the provided form, before entering the station.

It appears that they genuinely wanted people to participate in their survey, and only backtracked on those requirements after the social media uproar.

Based on my ride experience, they did not appear to station officers to check for the completely survey forms.

But it was possible that they asked people to fill in the form to obtain a free token. I can’t confirm that as I used my own Touch ‘n Go card, and didn’t collect a free token.

In any case, there is NO LONGER a need to fill in any survey form, to enjoy the taxpayer-sponsored rides on Rapid KL trains or buses. If anyone insists on seeing a completed survey form, just say NO.

 

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Paul Pelosi : Real vs. Fake Arrest Mugshot Compared!

People have been sharing a mugshot of Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – who was arrested for DUI.

Take a look at the viral photo and find out what his real mugshot really looks like!

 

Claim : This Is The Paul Pelosi Arrest Mugshot

For many American conservatives, the story of Paul Pelosi getting arrested for DUI has not gotten enough media attention. So they have resorted to claiming that he was also arrested for possessing child porn and drugs, or that Nancy Pelosi was with the real culprit, and Paul was covering for her.

More recently, they shared a photo, claiming that it was of Paul Pelosi, with a blackened eye.

Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Looks like he got a shinner…. #PaulPelosi #PaulPelosiMugShot #MugShots #NancyPelosi

Paul Pelosi’s mug shot. Don’t stop passing this around before it is banned…

The police refused to release it but his mugshot got leaked.

 

Paul Pelosi : Real vs. Fake Arrest Mugshot Compared!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS that American conservatives are creating to smear politicians across the aisle.

Fact #1 : That Mugshot Was Photo Edited

The Paul Pelosi mugshot that went viral was digitally altered from a photo taken at the Pre-Grammy Gala, taken by Kevork Djansezian on February 14, 2016.

Here is a comparison of the crop of that Pre-Grammy Gala photo (on the left), and the edited photo on the right.

You can see that many parts of the face are similar – ears, nose, mouth, left eye, both eyebrows, and even the wrinkles on his face.

The person who altered the photo made him look heavier, added hair from a different person, as well as a blackened right eye.

Fact #2 : His Real Mugshot Was Released

Perhaps as a response to the fake mugshot being shared online, Paul Pelosi’s real mugshot was released by the Napa County Department of corrections, with this statement :

Napa County Department of Corrections Releases Paul Pelosi Mugshot

(NAPA, California) — On the night of May 28, 2022, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) arrested Paul Pelosi (DOB 4/15/40) for Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol and Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content or Higher. He was booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections and subsequently cite released the following morning.

In Napa County, the decision to release or withhold mugshots or booking photos lies with the Napa County Department of Corrections, not the District Attorney’s Office. In the days after Mr. Pelosi’s arrest, Napa County followed the Department of Corrections’ policy regarding the release of booking photos and mugshots. Mr. Pelosi received the same treatment under that policy that all individuals released from County Jail receive.

No state law specifically requires the release of booking photos or mugshots, but policies regarding this topic can vary by jurisdiction. Napa County updated its policy to reflect current best practices and align with the policies of similar jurisdictions. As such, Napa County is now making available to the media and the public the booking photo of Mr. Pelosi taken at approximately 4:30 a.m. on May 29, 2022, at Napa County Department of Corrections.

This comparison shows you his real mugshot (on the left), and the fake mugshot (on the right).

As you can see, Paul Pelosi did not suffer any facial injuries from his crash.

Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI

Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when he attempted to cross a State Route 29 intersection at Walnut Lane in the Napa County.

His 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver, Jesus Lopez. Fortunately, neither men were hurt seriously, although both cars were written off in the crash.

After the accident, Paul was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08%, and arrested on “suspicion of DUI”.

Fact #4 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges

Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :

  • driving under the influence
  • driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher

He is scheduled to appear in court on August 3, 2022; although Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley said that she has not decided whether to bring charges.

This is standard protocol for any DUI case that is referred by a law enforcement agency in Napa County.

No decision has been made at this time. Any speculation to the contrary is incorrect.

When a filing decision is made by the Napa County District Attorney, the media and public will be notified.

Fact #5 : A Young Lady Was Not Involved

The claims that Paul Pelosi was with a (very) young lady are also false.

This was confirmed by the accident report, which only shows two drivers involved. There were no passengers in both cars.

 

Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved

To be clear, there were only two people involved in the accident – Paul Pelosi and Jesus Lopez.

Claim that US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was the real driver, but her husband covered for her are false. This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :

The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.

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Why Steve Kirsch Is 100% Wrong On Justin Bieber’s Paralysis!

Tech millionaire Steve Kirsch claims he is 99% certain that Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine. Find out why he is 100% wrong!

Updated @ 2022-06-13 : Addressed Steve Kirsch’s new claims.
Originally posted @ 2022-06-11

 

Steve Kirsch Is 99% Certain Justin Bieber’s Paralysis Was Caused By Vaccine?

In case you guys don’t know him, Steve Kirsch is a tech millionaire who made his money as one of two people who independently invented the optical mouse.

Well, he’s back with another COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy, after claiming Taylor Hawkins died from the vaccine.

This time, he is 99% certain that Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine, using nothing more than VAERS and a calculator… I kid you not.

To top it off, he challenged me to yet another live debate, just like he did with his Taylor Hawkins claims.

Dear Steve, facts aren’t determined by live debates. They remain facts, irrespective of our individual opinions. I’ll just let the facts below speak for themselves…

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine?!
Read more : Did Justin Bieber Blame Pfizer Vaccine For His Paralysis?!

 

Why Steve Kirsch Is 100% Wrong On Justin Bieber’s Paralysis : A Summary

First, let me quickly summarise some key facts about Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis :

  1. His facial paralysis was caused by the reactivation of a dormant viral infection, resulting in the Ramsay Hunt syndrome (RHS).
  2. RHS is caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV), which causes chickenpox. It cannot be caused by a vaccine.
  3. RHS can be definitively confirmed by testing the rash or blood for the varicella zoster virus.

And here is a quick summary of why Steve Kirsch is 100% wrong… yet again :

  1. He offered ZERO evidence that Justin Bieber was even vaccinated.
  2. He offered ZERO evidence that Justin Bieber developed RHS because of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  3. He relied solely on VAERS data to calculate Bieber’s chances of developing RHS from the vaccine.
  4. He wasn’t satisfied with the VAERS data, so he artificially inflated the number to obtain a number he preferred.

Read more : Did Justin Bieber Blame COVID-19 Vaccine For His Paralysis?!

 

Why Steve Kirsch Is 100% Wrong On Justin Bieber’s Paralysis, Point By Point…

Now, I will go through his “points”, and show you why Steve Kirsch is 100% wrong… in detail!

Claim : I blocked his comment offering a live debate on this issue
Fact : I didn’t block Steve’s comment. Tech ARP automatically holds all comments for moderation because we get a ton of troll posts.

Claim : Bieber’s wife was also likely vaccine injured
Fact : No one knows if Hailey Bieber was even vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fact : Hailey Bieber suffered from a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) from a blood clot that passed through a hole in her heart and travelled up to her brain. Even if she was vaccinated, her “mini stroke” was not caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

Claim : Lots of young people are getting strokes after COVID-19 vaccination.
Fact : Lots of young people developed stroke before COVID-19 vaccination too. My wife was one of them.
Fact : COVID-19 infection increases your risk of developing stroke, through increased inflammation and hyper coagulation of the blood.

Claim : Justin Bieber must have been vaccinated against COVID-19
Fact : Steve Kirsch conducted his own reader survey to come to the conclusion that Justin Bieber must have been vaccinated, because his concerts required people to be vaccinated.
Fact : Steve Kirsch does not have any evidence or knowledge whether Justin Bieber was vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fact : The vaccination requirement for his concert was determined by the Event Organiser and the venue, not Justin Bieber himself.
Fact : Not all venues require COVID-19 vaccination. State Farm Arena in Georgia and PPG Paints Arena in Pennsylvania, for example, do not require proof of vaccination or even a negative COVID-19 test.
Fact : Whether participants are required to be vaccinated or not, is not evidence that Justin Bieber himself was vaccinated.

Read more : Did Bruce Willis get aphasia from COVID-19 vaccine?!

Claim : VAERS only had 1 report of RHS for non-COVID vaccines in the past 32 years
Fact : VAERS reports are unverified, and cannot be used to reach any conclusions about vaccine safety.
Fact : RHS occurs “naturally” in about 5 in 100,000 people per year. That’s approximately 400,000 cases per year globally.
Fact : The fact that RHS was only reported once in the past 32 years is proof that you cannot use VAERS reports to draw any kind of conclusion.

Claim : VAERS reported 5 cases of RHS after COVID-19 vaccination for Bieber’s age group
Fact : VAERS reports are unverified, and cannot be used to reach any conclusions about vaccine safety.
Fact : 5 cases out of 222 million fully-vaccinated individuals in the United States works out to an incidence rate of 0.002 per 100,000 people – over 2200x lower than the natural incidence rate of RHS.

Claim : According to VAERS, RHS can develop months after vaccination.
Fact : VAERS reports are unverified, and cannot be used to reach any conclusions about vaccine safety.
Fact : RHS can develop whenever the person’s immune system is suppressed – by stress, infection, medication, etc.
Fact : Approximately 400,000 people develop RHS every year, before COVID-19 vaccines were invented.
Fact : There is no evidence that RHS can develop weeks or months after COVID-19 vaccination.
Fact : The case studies of two persons developing RHS after COVID-19 vaccination showed that it occurred within 2-3 days after receiving the vaccine. Not weeks or months later.
Opinion : If Justin Bieber got vaccinated against COVID-19, he most likely got all his doses last year, not this year.
Opinion : Justin Bieber kicked off his Justice World Tour on 18 February 2022. Even assuming he got vaccinated for this tour, he would have received the last dose by 4 February at the latest. It is virtually impossible for his RHS to develop more than 4 months after his vaccination.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Claim : Estimated incidence rate is 338 per 100,000
Fact : The true incidence rate for Bieber’s age group was just 0.002 per 100,000 people, from Steve Kirsch’s own investigation.
Fact : He inflated the number by expanding the search to include all age groups, giving him 66 cases.
Fact : He then multiplied that inflated number by a fictional Under Reporting Factor of 128 that he made out of thin air.
Fact : Steve Kirsch’s estimated incidence rate was artificially skewed by 169,000 times!

Claim : 99% chance it was COVID-19 vaccine that caused Justin Bieber’s RHS
Fact : No one knows if Justin Bieber was even vaccinated against COVID-19.
Fact : Steve Kirsch only derived his 99% chance by artificially inflating the actual incidence rate of 0.002 per 100K people to 338 per 100K people.
Fact : The VAERS-based statistic for Bieber’s age group (which isn’t accurate to begin with) shows a 99.96% chance it was not caused by the vaccine.

Claim : There are two articles proving that COVID-19 vaccine causes RHS
Fact : Those two articles did not prove that any COVID-19 vaccine caused RHS.
Fact : RHS can only be caused by the reactivation of a dormant varicella zoster viral infection.
Fact : Both articles are case reports of a single patient each, who developed RHS within 2-3 days of a COVID-19 vaccination.
Fact : Correlation does not mean causation, especially when there are only two case reports.
Fact : Even if COVID-19 vaccines can trigger RHS, the two articles show that it has to happen within 2-3 days of the vaccination, not weeks or months later.

Read more : Why Steve Kirsch Is Wrong About Taylor Hawkins Dying From Vaccine

Steve, thank you for helping to invent the optical mouse, but please stop creating and sharing misinformation.

Why not join me in fighting fake news instead? Let your legacy be the unerring pursuit of the truth.

 

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Ray Liotta : Cause Of Death Not COVID-19 Or Vaccine!

Let this be the final word on Ray Liotta – his cause of death was neither COVID-19, nor the COVID-19 vaccine!

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

 

Claim : Ray Liotta – Cause Of Death Was COVID-19 Vaccine!

People have been claiming that veteran actor Ray Liotta 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 🤔

[/su_note]

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

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

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

 

Ray Liotta : Cause Of Death Was Not COVID-19 Or Vaccine!

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

But we can now confirm that Ray Liotta’s cause of death was not COVID-19, or the vaccine!

Ray’s publicist, Jennifer Allen, told PolitiFact 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!

Read more : Did Ray Liotta Die From COVID-19 Vaccine?!

Here are other facts we know about Ray Liotta’s last moments, and why his cause of death was not the COVID-19 vaccine.

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 : Nothing Suspicious About His Death

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.

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.

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 with Ray Liotta when he died, did not claim that his death was due to 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’s death was from side effects of the Pfizer vaccine are not based on any evidence. In fact, we don’t even know if he was vaccinated at all, 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 Liotta 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 Liotta received the COVID-19 vaccine, he would have received all his doses last year. It is quite impossible for his death to be related to any COVID-19 vaccine he may have received months earlier.

Read more : Was Pfizer Forced To Release 9 Pages Of Vaccine 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.

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

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Did Justin Bieber Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine?!

Did Justin Bieber get the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome from the COVID-19 vaccine?!

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

 

Claim : Justin Bieber Got Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine!

Just hours after Justin Bieber announced that he is suffering from the Ramsay Hunt Syndrome, people started claiming that it was caused by the COVID-19 vaccine!

Here are just a few examples of the many people have posted, claiming that he’s suffering from a COVID-19 vaccine injury…

People will live by the Jab and some will die by the Jab. The consequences of getting the vaccine are starting to show. #Shingles are being disguised as #monkeypox and so is this ‘virus’ #RamsayHuntSyndrome that #JustinBieber has. The vaccines are now the killer enemy. #mRNA

So Justin Bieber got covid vaccine side effects but they callin it something else. Figures.

Justin Bieber got that disease from the Covid 19 vaccine , they are NOT safe 💯💉

His completely healthy wife gets brain blood cloth 2 months back. Now he gets this. Both commonly known vaccine side effects. Don’t deny the facts. This is 100% crystal clear case. Sad fact that @justinbieber
can’t sue because he took it by his own will.

 

Truth : Justin Bieber Did NOT Get Ramsay Hunt Syndrome From Vaccine!

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

Fact #1 : Justin Bieber Has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

On 10 June 2022, Justin Bieber announced on his verified Instagram account that he is taking a break from performing, because he was suffering from the Ramsay Hunt syndrome.

He never once said that his facial paralysis was due to the COVID-19 vaccine. His facial paralysis was caused by a viral infection, as Justin himself explained in his video :

I have this syndrome called Ramsay Hunt syndrome and it is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves and has caused my face to have paralysis.

As you can see this eye is not blinking. I can’t smile on this side of my face; this nostril will not move. So there’s full paralysis on this side of my face.

Also known as herpes zoster oticus, the Ramsay Hunt syndrome refers to a shingles outbreak that affects the facial nerve, and can cause facial paralysis and hearing loss.

Fact #2 : Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Caused His Facial Paralysis

COVID-19 vaccines have been associated with the rare side effect of temporary facial paralysis called Bell’s palsy.

Bell’s palsy may present similarly as Ramsay Hunt syndrome in the form of facial paralysis on one side of the face, but they are different conditions.

It’s like how you can break your leg in a car accident, or from falling off a ladder. It’s the same injury, but the causes are different.

This is why it is wrong to blame the COVID-19 vaccine for Justin Bieber’s facial paralysis, when it was really caused by a virus.

Read more : Does the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine cause Bell’s palsy?

Fact #3 : Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Is Caused By Chickenpox Virus

Ramsay Hunt syndrome is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (Human alphaherpesvirus 3), which is the virus that causes chickenpox.

It has nothing to do with COVID-19, which is caused by a completely different virus – SARS-CoV-2, which is from a completely different virus family – Coronaviridae.

In fact, for Justin Bieber to develop Ramsay Hunt syndrome, he must have had a chickenpox infection in the past.

Even after a chickenpox infection resolves, the virus remains dormant in our nervous system. The dormant virus can reactivate later in life in about ⅓ of cases, causing shingles (herpes zoster).

Fact #4 : Chickenpox Vaccine Prevents Ramsay Hunt Syndrome

Shingles and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome are caused by the dormant varicella-zoster virus (VZV). They are prevented by the chickenpox vaccine.

By vaccinating children against chickenpox, you are also protecting them from shingles and Ramsay Hunt Syndrome in the future.

Fact #5 : Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Was Not Caused By Vaccination

Anti-vaccination activists are pointing to a BMJ report from Hong Kong called “Ramsay Hunt syndrome following COVID-19 vaccination” as “evidence” that Bieber’s condition was caused by his COVID-19 vaccination.

There are a few problems with that claim :

  • No one knows if Justin Bieber was even vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • He was assumed to be vaccinated, because his concerts in February 2022 required people to be vaccinated.
  • The Hong Kong report detailed a single case of Ramsay Hunt syndrome in someone who was vaccinated. It was not a study that confirmed that COVID-19 vaccines cause the Ramsay Hunt syndrome.
  • The man in the report developed Ramsay Hunt syndrome two days after getting vaccinated.
  • If Justin Bieber was vaccinated, he would have been vaccinated last year, not recently.
  • Ramsay Hunt syndrome cannot occur without a prior chickenpox infection.
  • The Hong Kong authors postulated that after being vaccinated, the immune system’s ability to suppress the varicella zoster virus may have been temporarily dampened by the switch to producing immune cells that target the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

So let me state this clearly – Ramsay Hunt Syndrome cannot be caused by the COVID-19 vaccine, because it’s caused by a virus. See Fact #3.

Even if that stressful event was the vaccination (which include fear of the vaccine), it cannot possibly occur in anyone who was not first infected by the varicella zoster virus.

Fact #6 : Ramsay Hunt Syndrome Can Be Triggered By Stress / Infection

Like shingles, Ramsay Hunt Syndrome (RHS) can be triggered by stress. Could the stress of preparing to perform have triggered Justin Bieber’s condition?

Why not? After all, RHS  naturally occurs in about 5 in 100,000 people per year. That’s approximately 400,000 cases per year globally.

RHS could have also been triggered by any infection, or medication that may suppress the immune system. Even a COVID-19 infection can potentially trigger RHS, but note that I’m not saying he got COVID-19. We also don’t know if he was on any medication.

Unless Justin happened to receive another booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine days before he developed RHS, it would be wrong to blame his condition on the vaccine.

Fact #6 : Hailey Bieber’s Mini Stroke Was Caused By Hole In Heart

Justin Bieber’s wife, Hailey Bieber, had a mini stroke (technically a transient ischaemic attack or TIA) in March 2022.

The TIA was found to be caused by a blood clot which passed through a large hole in her heart, called patent foramen ovale (PFO), and travelled to her brain.

A transcranial doppler ultrasound showed that she had a grade 5 PFO – the highest grade of right-left shunt in PFO, allowing a large clot to pass to the brain. She underwent a procedure to close the PFO.

Neither her mini stroke nor the hole in the heart were caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Did This American Man Harass Chinese Female Tourists?!

Did an American man harass Chinese female tourists, telling them to go back to China?!

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

 

Claim : This American Man Harassed Chinese Female Tourists!

People are sharing a video of a man harassing two Asian females, as evidence of anti-Asian racism in the United States.

The video shows a man recording himself berating two Asian females on a beach, saying :

Go! Go! Take your dress and go from this country.

I hate Chinese. Fuck China. China, fuck you.

Translated from Turkish : You people made corona[virus] a thing, and now the economy is shit

 

Truth : He Is Not An American Man Harassing Chinese Female Tourists!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and pro-CCP netizens.

After investigating this video, here are the facts that I was able to ascertain…

Fact #1 : Video Was Recorded In Cyprus

First, let me point out that this video wasn’t recorded in the United States. It was recorded at the Nissi Bay Beach in Cyprus.

In fact, I geolocated the precise location to a few metres south of the Petra Snack Bar, at the Nissi Beach Resort.

On the left is a screenshot at 0:15 of the video clip; and on the right is a picture of the Petra Snack Bar taken in October 2019 by Matthias Schelker, at almost the same position!

You can see the same white Petra Snack Bar signboard, and stairs leading up to the cafe; as well as the red Life Guard shack.

Fact #2 : Man In Video Is Not American

The man in the video is not American. Even though he asked the ladies to “go from this country“, he’s not even a citizen of Cyprus!

He’s actually a Turkish citizen called Taner Tolga Tarlacı, who is living in Cyprus because he was sentenced to 18-20 years of jail in Turkey for a variety of small crimes.

Allegedly, he learned about the arrest warrant on a ferry from Cyprus to Turkey, and literally jumped off the ship and swam back to Cyprus to avoid arrest!

Fact #3 : Taner Creates Controversial Videos

Taner is actually a minor Turkish celebrity, after participating in Turkish Got Talent and Survivor Turkey (Survivor Türkiye). Since then, he has been creating controversial or crazy videos… and even porn!

He is notable for bizarre antics, so much so, he allegedly got his own TV show cancelled when he chased his guests with a fire extinguisher on its first episode!

So it is possible he recorded the video to “go viral”, which is why he made sure he figured prominently in it.

Fact #4 : The Ladies May Not Even Be Chinese!

When Taner told the Asian ladies to leave the beach, you can hear the lady who was standing up say, “Yeah, okay” in what sounds like an American accent.

In any case, there is no way to know if the ladies are Chinese citizens as alleged. They could be Japanese or Korean, or ethnic Chinese people from other countries.

Fact #5 : The Video Was Allegedly Taken In 2020

According to several netizens, the video was allegedly taken early in the COVID-19 pandemic, circa 2020.

I brought this up because people are claiming that this is a new video in various websites, social media and even WhatsApp.

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Was Paul Pelosi Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine?!

Was Paul Pelosi – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband – just arrested for child porn and crack cocaine?!

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

Updated @ 2022-06-10 : Added Napa County DA’s announcement on charges.
Originally posted @ 2022-05-30

 

Claim : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For Child Porn + Cocaine!

Within hours of the news breaking that US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was arrested in California, Vancouver Times posted a story that claimed he was found to also be in possession of child porn and crack cocaine!

They later updated their story to also claim that Nancy Pelosi would also face charges, and that she was tied to international sex trafficking rings.

Paul Pelosi is in serious trouble and could face many years in prison.

Paul Pelosi, the 82-year-old husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, was re-arrested this weekend for possession of child pornography and crack cocaine. The MSM reported on the first arrest, but not the second arrest.

Sources indicate Pelosi paid off the prosecutor’s office to keep the second arrest “off-the-books.”

Paul Pelosi was first arrested late Saturday in Napa County north of San Francisco, according to a sheriff’s office online booking report.

He was caught driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher, the report said.

Pelosi was originally released on bail, but was re-arrested after police found child pornography on his phone, as well as crack cocaine and pipes in his car. The child porn and drugs were not found during the initial search.

California Highway Patrol Officer and the FBI stated the investigation is ongoing and both Pelosi and his wife Nancy could be facing more charges. There has long been speculation the Pelosi’s are tied to international sex trafficking rings.

Pelosi’s arrest was first reported by TMZ.

 

Truth : Paul Pelosi Was Not Arrested For Child Porn Or Cocaine…

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”.

To give themselves a veneer of deniability, they label themselves as a “satire website” in their About Us section.

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.

Fact #2 : They Relabel Fake Stories As Satire

The Satire section in Vancouver Times appears to be a place where their fake stories go to “die”.

It looks like their SOP is to post fake stories as genuine news, to trick people and go viral. They will then shift their fake stories to the Satire section after getting fact checked.

They first posted this fake story about Paul Pelosi under their America section, only moving it to their Satire section after I fact checked it.

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

Fact #3 : Paul Pelosi Was Arrested For DUI

Paul Pelosi was driving home from a dinner party at around 10:15 PM on Saturday night, when his 2021 Porsche was hit by a 48 year-old Jeep driver on Walnut Lane in the Napa County while he was trying to cross a State Route 29 intersection.

After the accident, Paul was arrested on “suspicion of DUI”.  He was not arrested for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.

Vancouver Times created that fake claim that the police found child pornography and crack cocaine to drive traffic to their website.

Fact #4 : He Was Granted Bail Within Hours

Paul Pelosi was granted bail within hours, which would not be possible if he was really found to possess child pornography and crack cocaine, as Vancouver Times falsely claimed.

According to Napa County records, this was what happened :

  • 11:44 PM, May 28 : Paul Pelosi was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
  • 4:13 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was booked into jail
  • 7:26 AM, May 29 : Paul Pelosi was released at 7:26 on bail

Fact #5 : He Faces Two Misdemeanour Charges

Paul Pelosi’s bail was set at $5,000 for two counts of misdemeanour :

  • driving under the influence
  • driving with a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 or higher

As the police booking record shows, there was NO MENTION of child porn or crack cocaine – the possession of which are felonies, not misdemeanours.

Vancouver Times made up those claims, to drive traffic to their fake news article.

Fact #6 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Involved

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi was not with her husband during the incident, it is nonsensical for Vancouver Times to claim that she could be facing charges herself.

This was confirmed by her spokesperson, who stated :

The Speaker will not be commenting on this private matter which occurred while she was on the East Coast.

She could not be with her husband as she was in the East Coast to deliver a commencement address to the 2022 graduates and receive an honorary doctorate degree at Brown University in Rhode Island, on Monday, 30 May 2022.

Fact #7 : Nancy Pelosi Was Not Tied To Sex Trafficking Rings

Nancy Pelosi was never tied to sex trafficking rings.

That is part of QAnon conspiracy theories about Democrat sex trafficking rings that have been repeatedly debunked.

Fact #8 : Napa County DA Reviewing DUI Charges

On Thursday, June 9, 2022, Napa County District Attorney Allison Haley announced that the Napa County DA’s Office was reviewing the DUI charges.

Haley also said that Paul Pelosi agreed to a court date for early August, although no decision has been made at this time (to charge him for DUI).

If it’s not obvious by now, Paul Pelosi was never arrested and will not be charged for possession of child porn or crack cocaine.

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

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Fact Check : Did These Famous People Mock God + Die?!

Did these eight famous people mock God, and consequently died early?!

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

 

Did These Famous People Mock God + Die?!

This story has not only been posted on many websites, it has been repeatedly shared on social media and even WhatsApp and Telegram.

The stories have a variety of names – “Famous People Who Mocked God And Died Untimely“, “Untimely Deaths Of Famous People Who Mocked God“, or just “8 in 8‘, whatever that meant!

The story is very long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

DID YOU KNOW THESE FACTS? I SURE DIDN’T TILL NOW

Death is certain but the Bible speaks about untimely death!

Make a personal reflection about this…… Very interesting, read until the end……

It is written in the Bible (Galatians 6:7):

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sow, that shall he also reap…”

Here are some men and women who mocked God :

John Lennon (Singer):

Some years before, during his interview with an American Magazine, he said : ‘Christianity will end, it will disappear. I do not have to argue about that… I am certain. Jesus was ok, but his subjects were too simple, today we are more famous than Him’ (1966).

Lennon, after saying that the Beatles were more famous than Jesus Christ, was shot six times.

 

Truth : These Famous People Did NOT Mock God + Die!

This is yet another example of religious FAKE NEWS created to warn people that the Christian God is vengeful and will kill those who mock him.

The good news is – nothing in the viral story is true, and here is a TLDR summary of the reasons why…

John Lennon

  • The interview was conducted by the London Evening Standard, not a US magazine as claimed.
  • He was killed 14 years after making that statement, not immediately as claimed.
  • He was shot 4 times, not 6 times as claimed.

Tancredo Neves

  • Tancredo Neves never made such a claim.
  • He was also a religious Catholic, and very unlikely to ever mock God.
  • To become President, he only needed a majority vote from 686 members of the Electoral College, not 500,000 votes.
  • He did not get sick and die just one day before becoming President.

Cazuza

  • Cazuza died from AIDS-related complications, not lung cancer.
  • There is no evidence he ever mocked God.
  • He did not smoke during his Canecão concert in 1998.

The Man Who Built The Titanic

  • None of the men associated with the financing, design or construction of the Titanic ever claimed that “Not even God can sink it”.
  • The comment was most likely made by a deck hand to Sylvia Caldwell, a second class passenger on the Titanic.

Marilyn Monroe

  • Marilyn Monroe never met or spoke to Billy Graham in her entire life.
  • As a practising Jew, it would have been correct for her to say that she did not need Jesus.
  • She never told anyone, preacher or not, that “I don’t need your Jesus”.

Bon Scott

  • The song “Highway To Hell” did not mock God, or any religion.
  • Marilyn MansonLazlo BaneMaroon 5Bruce Springsteen and even Billy Joel covered the song, but did not die early deaths.
  • Millions of people sang the same song, but did not die early deaths.

2005 Campinas Car Accident

This is a truly preposterous story, that does not appear to be true because…

  • Why would a mother let her daughter get into a car of obviously drunk teens?
  • Why would teens have a crate of eggs in the trunk of their car?
  • If the trunk survived the accident, it would have allowed for easy identification of the car.

Christine Hewitt

  • No evidence she criticised the Bible.
  • She was shot dead, not burned to death as claimed.
  • Her body was burned to destroy evidence and/or to cover up the act of murder.
  • Her husband and his brother were charged with her murder.

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John Lennon Mocked Religion, Not God

The John Lennon quote was somewhat inaccurate. He actually said,

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue with that; I’m right and I will be proved right.

We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first — rock and roll or Christianity.

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.

More importantly, that interview was NOT conducted by a US magazine, but with Maureen Cleave from the London Evening Standard.

When it was first published in the London Evening Standard in March 1966, there was no outcry. It was only when Datebook, a US teen magazine printed the same quote five months later, that protests broke out in the United States.

Even so, it took fourteen years after that statement for a born-again Christian called Mark David Chapman to kill John Lennon.

But he didn’t shoot Lennon six times (as claimed). He shot 5 times at John Lennon, hitting him 4 times.

Was Mark David Chapman God’s avenging hand? If so, then it’s obvious that God believes that revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

Tancredo Neves Did Not Mock God

There is no evidence that Tancredo Neves ever made such a claim. It would have been out-of-character to mock God, since he was a religious Catholic by all accounts.

Catholic priest and historian, José Oscar Beozzo, said of him – “Tancredo was a profoundly religious man” (Source : Evangelical Christianity and Democracy in Latin America, Page 176).

The Archbishop of São Paulo at that time, Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns, said,

He was loved by the people and is being very much missed. He was also a personal friend and a good Catholic. I was at his side when he died.

Tancredo Neves also did not need 500,000 votes from his party, because the Electoral College that elected him as President only had 686 members.

Tancredo won 480 (70%) of the Electoral College votes. 480 votes, ladies and gentlemen, not 500,000 votes.

Finally, Tancredo Neves did not die a day before being made President. He fell sick much earlier, complaining of abdominal pains, and was admitted to the hospital a day before his inauguration on March 15, 1985.

He died on April 21, 1985 after undergoing 7 surgeries in 38 days (Source : The Accidental President of Brazil: A Memoir, Page 160).

 

Cazuza Did Not Mock God

Cazuza, whose real name is Agenor Miranda Araújo Neto, did indeed die at the age of 32. However, he died from AIDS-related complications, not lung cancer as the hoax claims.

There was also no evidence Cazuza ever mocked God, specifically “while smoking his cigarette, he puffed out some smoke into the air and said ‘God, that’s for you.’ during a show in Canecio [sic] (Rio de Janeiro)”.

Despite extensive searches, I have not come across a direct testimony by a fan who attended the concert, that Cazuza actually mocked God in that manner, much less actual published articles on that act.

In fact, I located the only video I have ever seen of a full concert at the Canecão in 1998 on YouTube. In that video, Cazuza never smoked a cigarette during the entire concert, much less mocked God with cigarette smoke.

You have to wonder how the writer of this hoax knew about this, when it is virtually impossible to prove this act ever took place in this age of Google and YouTube.

 

The Men Who Built Titanic Did Not Mock God

The writer of this hoax cannot even name “the man who built the Titanic“, and claimed that “Not even God can sink it“. That’s because there is no such person.

First of all, the Titanic was not built or even paid for by any individual. It was built by Harland and Wolff, a shipbuilding company from Belfast, Ireland for the White Star Line, a shipping company.

Neither J. P. Morgan (whose holding company financed its construction), nor Joseph Bruce Ismay (the chairman of White Star Line) ever made such a claim to a reporter. The same is true for Thomas Andrews, the naval architect who designed the Titanic.

Which of these 3 men built the RMS Titanic? L to R : J. Bruce Ismay, J. P. Morgan, Thomas Andrews

The claim that “Not even God can sink it” was purportedly made by a deck hand to Sylvia Caldwell, a second class passenger on the Titanic :

After we came aboard the Titanic we were watching deck hands carrying up baggage I said to one “Is this ship really unsinkable?”

He answered “Yes, lady, God himself could not sink this ship.”

White Star Line, and its parent company, International Mercantile Marine, did make claims that the Titanic was practically unsinkable (due to its watertight compartments), but at no point did any of their representatives claim that “Not even God can sink it“.

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Marilyn Monroe Did Not Mock God

The claim that Marilyn Monroe was visited by Billy Graham just a week before she was found dead is categorically untrue.

As one of the most famous celebrities during her time, she was closely followed by fans and the press. So we know with certainty that Marilyn Monroe never met Billy Graham in her entire life.

Billy Graham also did not preach to Marilyn Monroe, or even had a conversation with her… ever.

According to a spokesperson for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, “there was no discussion between Marilyn Monroe and Billy Graham”. Therefore, we can safely say that this claim is utter nonsense.

Interestingly, Marilyn Monroe was a Christian who converted to Judaism in 1956, 6 years before she tragically died.

But whether she was a Christian or a Jew, she prayed to the same God, and it appeared that she took her religion rather seriously. At least, according to her rabbi, Robert Goldburg :

“She indicated that she was impressed with the rationalism of Judaism, its ethical and prophetic ideals and its concept of close family life,” wrote the Reform rabbi.

“Marilyn was not an intellectual person but she was sincere in her desire to learn. It was also clear that her ability to concentrate over a long period of time was limited.

However I did feel that she understood and accepted the basic principles of Judaism.”

Even after her divorce from her Jewish husband, Arthur Miller, Marilyn told Goldburg that she “remained committed to Judaism”.

Even if Marilyn Monroe did say that she did not need Jesus, that would not be an insult, but the correct belief of a practising Jew.

God would certainly not kill her for not accepting a prophet that was not part of her faith. Or would he?

 

Bon Scott Did Not Mock God

AC/DC released their hit single “Highway To Hell” in 1979, and yes, Bon Scott died six months later at the back of his friend’s car.

It was said that Bon Scott choked on his own vomit, after passing out from a night of heavy drinking. That is certainly a possibility when someone’s totally wasted.

However, his official cause of death was “acute alcohol poisoning“.

More importantly though, Highway To Hell became one of the most famous songs in the world. Millions of their fans sang the same song, and many more still do today.

Many other singers also covered the song, including Marilyn Manson, Lazlo Bane, Maroon 5, Bruce Springsteen and even Billy Joel. Yet, they did not die from the wrath of God, did they?

And why should God be angry at Bon Scott, or anyone singing about going down the “Highway to Hell”? The song in no way mocked God or any religion.

 

2005 Campinas Car Accident Likely Did Not Happen

The purported Campinas car accident in 2005 cannot be corroborated in any way. But the story itself is preposterous, for several reasons.

  1. Which mother in the world would let her daughter sit in the car of obviously drunk teens?
  2. Why would there be a crate of eggs in the trunk of a car driven by drunk teenagers?
  3. In any accident, the trunk is the most likely part of the car to survive a head-on collision.
  4. If the trunk survived intact (as the story claims), then the car would have been easy to recognise.

Common sense would dictate that this is nothing more than a rather silly urban legend designed to drive the fear of God into “foolish” teens.

 

Christine Hewitt Did Not Mock God

First of all, there is no evidence Christine Hewitt called the Bible “the worst book ever written”. Even if she said that, that would be a criticism of a book, not mocking God.

Christine Hewitt was found burnt beyond recognition in her Toyota Hiace minivan. However, that was only done to cover up the act of murder, and/or to destroy evidence.

She did not spontaneously combust or die as a result of the fire, as the hoax insinuates.

She was actually shot dead and her body placed in her minivan, which was then driven to a lonely rural road before being set on fire.

Her husband, David Lloyd Gordon, and his brother, Wordsworth Gordon, were ultimately charged with her murder.

Obviously, they are not the hands of God… unless God condones murder?

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Are Robbers Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers?!

Is there a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers from the government?!

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Claim : Robbers Are Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

People are sharing messages warning of a gang of robbers pretending to be Home Affairs officers, together with a picture purportedly of one of these robbers.

Here are two versions of the viral warnings being shared on WhatsApp and Facebook :

High Security Alert:

Beware, one group is going from house to house pretending to be a Home Affairs Officer. They have the documents and the letterhead of the department of the home ministry and claim they have to confirm that everyone has a valid identity card for the upcoming census.

They are looting houses. Note that there is no such initiative from the government. Send this to your neighborhood group chat. They are everywhere, and they look presentable. Please alert your family and friends.

A person comes to your home and says I want to take your photo / thumbprint under some schemes. They have a laptop, a biometric machine and a list of all the names. They are showing a list and asking for all this information. It has been pointed out that all this is bogus. Don’t give them any information.

Everyone should be alert and BE AWARE‼️

Security Alert from Police: Be warned, there is a group going to homes and pretending to be officials from home affairs.

They have documents with the letterhead Department of Home Affairs and claim to be confirming that everyone has a valid ID for the upcoming elections.

They are robbing homes. Take note there is no initiative like that from the government.

Send this on your neighbourhood group chat. They are everywhere and they look presentable.

 

Truth : Robbers Are NOT Pretending To Be Home Affairs Officers!

This is just FAKE NEWS created from real news, and here are the reasons why….

Fact #1 : Warning Originated In South Africa

The original warning about fake Home Affairs officers originated in South Africa, many years ago.

The South African Department of Home Affairs issued this media statement in October 2017 and April 2019 :

MEDIA STATEMENT ON ELECTIONS SCAM

Home Affairs wishes to warn members of the community of a group of individuals visiting homes and pretending to be officials from the Department.

They carry with them documents with letterheads purportedly from Home Affairs and claim to be confirming the validity of IDs for the upcoming elections. These individuals are criminals who rob households once they gain entry. There is no such initiative from the Department.

Home affairs officials are clearly identifiable by name tags. We will announce household visits through official
government channels

This warning was only issued in South Africa. No government agency from other countries issued similar warnings.

Fact #2 : Warning Transformed Into Fake News

The genuine warning by the South African Department of Home Affairs spread globally, and became fake news in other countries.

Many countries do not have a Department of Home Affairs. Neither do they have government officials going around verifying citizens’ identification cards ahead of any elections.

Even worse – some people took the initiative to modify the warning, and even added pictures of genuine government officials to make the warning look genuine.

Government agencies in many countries – United States, United Kingdom, India, Singapore, Malaysia – have labelled this warning as fake news.

Fact #3 : Malaysian Immigration Officer Was Victimised

In July 2021, a Malaysian immigration officer bore the brunt of netizen outrage when he was falsely identified as a fake Home Affairs officer – his picture was shared on social media and WhatsApp together with the warning.

The Malaysia Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police announced on 13 July 2021, that the man in the photo was a genuine Immigration officer.

According to Ampang District Police Chief, ACP Mohamad Farouk Ishak, the Immigration officer was conducting an official investigation into an individual staying at a house in Pandan Indah, Ampang.

The Immigration officer introduced himself and inform the residents of the purpose of his visit. The 60 year-old Malaysian homeowner who hosted the Immigration officer during his inspection also lodged a police report over the matter.

From the picture, you can clearly see that the officer was wearing a t-shirt with the Immigration Department HQ logo, and carried an Immigration Malaysia badge as well.

Fact #4 : No Actual Robbery Cases Were Reported

Even though the South African Department of Home Affairs issued the warning twice, it is unknown if there are really robbers pretending to be their officers to gain entry into homes.

Ironically, acting Director-General Thulani Mavuso claimed that the South African Department of Home Affairs never actually received any complaint about such crimes :

Home Affairs has not received any complaint of this nature from members of the public. People who are aware of such an activity, depending on it veracity, are advised to report it to the police.

We reiterate our message that Home Affairs officials do not and will not come to your homes to validate IDs.

It sounds like the South African Department of Home Affairs were proactively warning people about the possibility, not reporting on actual cases.

Fact #5 : Safer For Robbers To Rob Empty Houses

Robbers generally prefer NOT to rob homes while their occupants are still inside. Not only could the occupants fight back, they would become witnesses to the crime and help the police identify them!

It would be much safer to gain entry into a house after its occupants have left.

Fact #6 : There Are Other Ways To Gain Entry

Robbers who prefer to gain entry through this method do not need to pretend to be Home Affairs officers.

They can pretend to be other government officials, like a police officer or an immigration officer. They can also pretend to be utility workers, the mailman or a deliveryman.

There is no particular advantage in pretending to be a Home Affairs officer.

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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?!

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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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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.

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

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Did Russia Shoot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine?!

Did Russia just shoot down NATO jet fighters and helicopters that were sent to help Ukraine?!

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

 

Claim : Russia Just Shot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine!

People are sharing a video created by the Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), which claim to be evidence of NATO jet fighters and helicopters being shot down by Russia while trying to help Ukraine.

The video has an overlay that says, “Only China has the privilege to watch the live video, not even the western countries and the world.“, and it is accompanied by this message :

☝️Nato sent their jet fighter & Helicopter to help Ukraine, as soon as they entered the border, they were attacked by the Russian missile. not a single one escaped. only the Chinese media reported that news, non in the West.
☝️Nato 战机jet fighter & Helicopter 去幇助鸟克兰一进入边畍就被俄羅斯飞彈打的一个都跑不掉, 只有中國媒體才能報導西方沒有。

 

Truth : Russia Did Not Shoot Down NATO Jets + Helicopters In Ukraine!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao, 五毛), and spread by pro-CCP and pro-Russian netizens and groups.

Fact #1 : That Video Was From A Video Game

The viral video does not show actual combat in Ukraine. It is really nothing more than a compilation of two gameplay videos from the game, ArmA 3.

ArmA 3, which is also known as ArmA III or Armed Assault 3, is an open-world, military tactical shooter game by Bohemia Interactive.

The first half of the video was cropped from an ArmA 3 video called “Combat Helicopter shot down by Missile – 4 Tanks Blown Up – Milsim – ArmA 3” – from 0:11 to 2:08, cutting off just before the videos says “Subscribe for more!“.

Fact #2 : The Original Video Is Blocked In China

Ironically, the original ArmA 3 gameplay videos that the viral fake video used are hosted on YouTube, which is blocked in China.

So the overlay claiming that “only China has the privilege to watch the live video” is not only false, it is a sad reminder of the censorship in China.

The truth is – only people in China have the “privilege” of being lied to using a fake video that is easily available to the rest of the world.

Fact #3 : That Was A Russian Helicopter

We can’t tell what anti-aircraft missiles were fired at the beginning of the video, but we can easily see that they were fired at a Russian helicopter.

Anyone who watched a Rambo movie or two would easily recognise the distinctive shape of the Soviet Union’s “flying tank” – the Mil Mi-24 helicopter, which is also known as Mi-25 or Mi-35.

Fact #4 : That Was A Russian Tank

At around 1:00 of the video, it zooms in into a tank before it is destroyed by a missile.

The tank profile is also easily recognisable as a Russian tank, most likely the T-80 main battle tank.

Fact #5 : That Was An American TOW Missile

At around the 1:44 mark in the fake video, you can see that the soldier and the missile launcher that destroyed one of the tanks.

That is the M220 launcher for the American TOW BGM-71E anti-tank missile, not a Russian missile launcher.

In other words – the video does not show Russian forces destroying NATO tanks and helicopters. It actually shows US forces in the ArmA 3 game shooting down Russian tanks and helicopters.

Here is a comparison of the screenshot (left) and the frontal aspect of the same TOW missile launcher in the ArmA 3 game.

Fact #6 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine

NATO Allied Land Command confirmed that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.

While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.

So the claim that NATO sent jets and helicopters to help Ukraine fight off the Russian invasion is false.

Fact #7 : NATO Refused To Send Aircraft Into Ukraine

NATO also repeatedly refused to create a No-Fly Zone over Ukraine, despite President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleading for one.

That’s partly because the anti-aircraft missiles NATO countries supplied have successfully prevented Russia from achieving any kind of air superiority in Ukraine.

NATO has also publicly stated that they want to avoid a direct confrontation with Russia, which could lead to a continent-wide conflict.

That is also why they refused to send Ukraine jet fighters to replace those destroyed by Russian attacks.

The claim that NATO is sending jet fighters and helicopters to help Ukraine is bullshit.

Read more : Did NATO Promise Not To Expand One Inch Further East?!

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Did Hackers Release Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine Death Data?!

Did hackers just crack the Pfizer and Moderna servers, and publicly released the hidden vaccine death data that they stole?!

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

 

Claim : Hackers Stole, Released Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine Death Data!

People are sharing links to articles that claim that hackers just stole and released vaccine death data from Pfizer and Moderna servers!

Here is an example, which is rather long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

GOOD NEWS!!!! Hackers broke into all the pharmaceutical companies and stold all the medial data on vaccines thank God!!!! The Great Awaking has lifted off!!! Forward this link everywhere!!!!

**Displays number of deaths and disabilities associated with each batch/lot number = indication of relative toxicity of one batch/lot compared to another
**No one currently knows the reason why some batches/lots are associated with excessive deaths, disabilities and adverse reactions (up to 50 x). Until we do know, it is best to be cautious
**[“Batch-code” = “Lot Number” = the number they write on your vaccination card.]

 

Truth : Hackers Did Not Steal / Release Pfizer + Moderna Vaccine Death Data!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and promoted by disinformation websites like Before It’s News, How Bad Is My BatchBest News Here, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Pfizer + Moderna Servers Were Not Hacked

Those websites falsely claimed that hackers broke into Pfizer and Moderna servers, and stole their (hidden) vaccine death data.

There is no evidence the Pfizer and Moderna servers were ever hacked, or had any data stolen.

Fact #2 : All Data Are Publicly Available

Despite claiming at the start that the data provided in the website was stolen from Pfizer and Moderna servers, the article ends with a statement that all of the data was really sourced from VAERS.

Data Source
• All data is sourced from VAERS, a public database of over 700,000 adverse reaction reports for Moderna, Pfizer and Janssen Covid 19 vaccines in the USA. 
Our intention is to present the VAERS data in an accessible and unadulterated form, that can be easily verified using the links below

In other words – they falsely claimed that the data was provided by hackers who broke into Pfizer and Moderna servers. The data were all from VAERS, which is publicly available.

Fact #3 : VAERS Data Cannot Be Used As Evidence

Like the British Yellow Card system, VAERS is an open reporting system that lets ANYONE from ANYWHERE file a report, without verification.

VAERS reports are not only easily faked, they are easily abused, which why the CDC explicitly warned that :

  • Reports may include incomplete, inaccurate, coincidental and unverified information.
  • The number of reports alone cannot be interpreted or used to reach conclusions about the existence, severity, frequency, or rates of problems associated with vaccines.

But anti-vaccination activists and disinformation websites LOVE to use VAERS, because they can easily manipulate the reports to create a fake narrative.

Read more : Here’s How Antivaxxers Create Fake News Using VAERS!

Fact #4 : Pfizer + Moderna Released Their Data In 2020

Both Pfizer and Moderna submitted data from their COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials to health authorities across the world, like the US FDA and EMA in Europe in November 2020.

The release of clinical trial data, which would include post-vaccination adverse events, is necessary for any health authority to approve their vaccines.

The US FDA released the briefing documents Pfizer and Moderna submitted to the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) in December 2020 :

Fact #5 : FDA Started Releasing Pfizer Documents In 2021

On 27 August 2021, a group that called themselves Public Health and Medical Professionals for Transparency (PHMPT) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the US FDA to gain access to all of their documents related to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

The US FDA started releasing the Pfizer documents on 17 November 2021. They were then ordered by US District Judge Mark Pittman to speed up the release of those documents on 6 January 2022.

As of 2 May 2022, the US FDA had already released 238 documents related to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, containing thousands of pages.

Read more : Did Pfizer Try To Hide 158K Vax Adverse Events For 75 Years?

Fact #6 : Before It’s News Is Known Fake News Website

Before It’s News is known for creating and spreading fake news – not just misinformation, but also disinformation about everything from MH17 conspiracy theories to anti-vaccination claims.

Everything posted by Before It’s News must be considered FAKE NEWS, until proven otherwise.

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Was Canadian General Trevor Kadier Arrested At Azovstal?!

Was Canadian General Trevor Kadier just arrested while trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine?!

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

 

Claim : Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!

People are claiming that Canadian General Trevor Kadier was just arrested trying to escape the Azovstal factory in Ukraine!

Here are two examples, with a photo used to prove that he was arrested by Russian forces at Azovstal :

A Canadian high-ranking officer tried to escape from the territory of the Azovstal metallurgical plant in Mariupol.

General Trevor Kadier was arrested by Russian military personnel, media reported. According to information, the general led the First Biolab, where 18 people worked on the creation of a deadly virus.

The general has already been taken to Moscow, media reports.

In social networks, they suggest testing new medications on the Canadian general as punishment.

Everything happened after the messages that on metallurgical plant was foreign general in contact with Zelensky.

Earlier, information appeared in the Western media that General Trevor Kadier was accused of sexual harassment and harassment in Canada, and is now on the territory of Ukraine.

Canadian General Trevor Kadier was arrested as he tried to leave the AzovStal factory.

Canadian General Trevor Kadier, who was in the territory of Mariupol, was arrested while trying to leave the territory of the surrounded AzovStal metallurgical plant. Earlier, the civilians who left the enterprise confirmed the information that a certain general of the mercenaries was on the territory of the plant, however, evidence of the capture of the general appeared only now.

According to the 360 TV channel, the general, while in Ukraine, could manage one of the biological laboratories.

“Canadian General Trevor Kadier was arrested while trying to escape from Azovstal territory to Mariupol. Messages about it appeared in the media and social networks. According to numerous reports, the general was in charge of biolaboratory No. 1, where 18 people worked with deadly viruses. Kadia was taken to Moscow, where he will be tried,” reports the 360 television channel.

 

No Evidence Canadian General Trevor Kadier Was Arrested At Azovstal!

Bearing in mind that it is impossible to prove that something does not exist (Russell’s teapot), I can safely say that there is NO EVIDENCE that Canadian general Trevor Kadier was arrested at Azovstal.

In fact, here are the reasons why it is virtually impossible for Russia to have captured General Trevor Kadier at all…

Fact #1 : There Is No General Trevor Kadier

There is no Canadian general called Trevor Kadier.

There is, however, a Lieutenant General Trevor Cadieu, who retired from the Canadian Armed Forces on 5 April 2022.

Fact #2 : That Is Photo Of Ukrainian Soldier

The photo that has gone viral does not show General Trevor Cadieu, but a Ukrainian soldier who appears to be much younger.

The photo is actually a screenshot of a video that shows Ukrainian soldiers who were arrested by Donetsk People’s Republic forces.

Fact #3 : Photo Was Taken In Donetsk Months Ago

The video was recorded on 24 February 2022, at a village in the Donetsk Oblast called Petrovsky, not at Azovstal.

That was almost two months before Russian forces took control of most of the city on 21 April 2022, and almost 3 months before Ukrainian forces at Azovstal started surrendering on 16 May 2022.

Read more : Secret NATO Headquarters Under Azovstal Exposed?!

Fact #4 : Cadieu Volunteered In Ukraine As A Private Citizen

After his retirement from the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), several defence sources say that Cadieu travelled to Ukraine to volunteer against the Russian invasion.

This was in his personal capacity, as he had already retired from the CAF, and was now a private citizen, as Defence Department spokesman Daniel Le Bouthillier explained in a statement :

There has been no CAF support, material or otherwise, given to Cadieu since his departure as it pertains to his personal endeavours.

As he is now a private citizen, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further on his personal plans.

Fact #5 : Russia Surrounded Mariupol Since 2 March 2022

While no one really knows where Cadieu is right now, it would be quite impossible for him to enter Mariupol, after his retirement on 5 April 2022.

That’s because Mariupol was amongst the first Ukrainian cities to be attacked by Russian forces that completely surrounded it three weeks into the war.

There was no way for Ukrainian civilians and soldiers to leave Mariupol, and no way for anyone to get into the city after it was completely surrounded on 2 March 2022.

By the time Cadieu resigned, the Russians had already captured most of Mariupol, except the massive Azovstal steel plant. It would literally take a miracle for Cadieu to get into the Azovstal plant.

Read more : Did Russia Capture US General Roger Cloutier In Mariupol?!

Fact #6 : Cadieu Would Be Useless In Mariupol

Even if it was possible to smuggle him into Mariupol in early April, it would also be illogical to insert Cadieu into a besieged city where he can do little good.

Cadieu is a retired general whose days of firing guns from the trenches are long past. In fact, he would be more of an impediment in the defence of the Azovstal steel plant.

He would be far more useful strategising Ukraine’s defence, or acting as a military liaison with the Canadian government.

Fact #7 : There Are No NATO Forces In Ukraine

NATO Allied Land Command also confirmed that “there are no NATO forces or leaders in Ukraine in any capacity“.

While NATO nations are sending financial and military aid to Ukraine, no NATO soldiers or leaders are deployed to the country.

So the claim that NATO officers were also captured is false. If any NATO officer was captured, again – you can be sure that the Russians would have paraded them on TV.

Fact #8 : Russians Would Have Paraded Captured Cadieu

If Russian forces did indeed capture Cadieu, they would have paraded him on Russian TV, just like they did with two British volunteers they captured – Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin.

Yet the Russians did no such thing. In fact, the only “sources” of these claims are no-name blogs in Russia and China, as well as WhatsApp and Telegram groups, and random people on Twitter and Facebook.

There is simply no evidence of Cadieu being captured by Russian forces. Not even a picture.

Read more : Is Hunter Biden Trapped In Azovstal With NATO Generals?!

Fact #9 : DPR Rep Confirmed Cadieu Not Arrested

Official Russian news agency, TASS, reported on 28 April 2022 that Cadieu “may be holed up” in the Azovstal steel plant.

Their source was Eduard Basurin, the spokesman for the People’s Militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), who gave no evidence for his claim.

In fact, Basurin appeared to be making up that claim based on the Canadian Defense Ministry announcing that Cadieu had resigned.

Information appeared now and then that one of former Canadian army generals may be holed up there [in the Azovstal steel complex].

He first seemed to get out of sight and then the Canadian Defense Ministry issued a statement that this general gave a notice that he was resigning from the army and moving to Ukraine. Perhaps, it [the UN] is trying to rescue him.

As I pointed out earlier, it would be impossible for Cadieu to be present in Azovstal, unless he went AWOL from the Canadian Armed Forces and entered Mariupol before 17 March 2022.

Also, there were several ceasefires during which civilians managed to escape. Cadieu was not amongst them.

More importantly, Basurin confirmed that Russian forces did not capture Cadieu.

Fact #10 : All Captured NATO Officer Claims Proven False

This fake story is part of the false NATO forces narrative that have proven to be false at every instance :

IMHO, Russia is pushing this narrative to shift the blame for losing thousands of tanks and armoured vehicles, and almost 30,000 soldiers to the much smaller Ukrainian army.

It could not have been the Ukrainian army that did this to the much vaunted Russian army. It must have been NATO!

Variants of this FAKE NEWS are now being shared in pro-Russia and pro-CCP websites and groups.

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Did US Pay For COVID-19 Research Before It Even Existed?!

Did the US government pay for COVID-19 research in Ukraine, before the coronavirus even existed?!

Take a look at the viral claim and find out if it’s evidence the US created COVID-19!

 

Claim : US Paid For COVID-19 Research Before It Even Existed!

The Expose UK is claiming that the US government paid for COVID-19 research in Ukraine, 3 months before the coronavirus even existed!

People have been sharing that claim on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. Here are excerpts from The Expose :

The world first started to hear about a novel coronavirus in early January 2020, with reports of an alleged new pneumonia like illness spreading across Wuhan, China. However, the world did not actually know of Covid-19 until February 2020, because it was not until the 11th of that month that the World Health Organisation officially named the novel coronavirus disease as Covid-19.

So with this being the official truth, why does United States Government data show that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) awarded a contract on the 12th November 2019 to Labyrinth Global Health INC. for ‘COVID-19 Research’, at least one month before the alleged emergence of the novel coronavirus, and three months before it was officially dubbed Covid-19?

The shocking findings however, do not end there. The contract awarded in November 2019 for ‘COVID-19 Research’ was not only instructed to take place in Ukraine, it was in fact part of a much larger contract for a ‘Biological threat reduction program in Ukraine’

Perhaps explaining why Labyrinth Global Health has been collaborating with Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, and Ernest Wolfe’s Metabiota since its formation in 2017.

 

Truth : US Did Not Pay For COVID-19 Research Before It Existed!

This is yet more FAKE NEWS from the notorious fake news website, The Expose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : The Expose Is Notorious Fake News Website

The Expose is notorious for creating and propagating fake news on everything from COVID-19 to vaccines and the Ukraine war.

I investigated several articles they wrote, and they were all found to be completely false, or intentionally misleading.

Everything posted by The Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

Fact #2 : China Publicly Announced Outbreak On 31 December 2019

The world first knew about the new coronavirus on the last day of 2019, not early January 2020 as The Expose claimed.

The Wuhan Municipal Health Commission in China first reported a cluster of pneumonia from a novel coronavirus publicly on 31 December 2019.

That’s why the WHO eventually called the disease, COVID-19, which stood for Coronavirus Disease 2019.

If Chinese authorities announced the outbreak just one day later, it would have been known as COVID-20.

If The Expose cannot even get this simple fact right, what hope do you have that they are right about anything else?

Read more : Did US Refuse WHO Investigation Of Fort Detrick For COVID-19 Source?!

Fact #3 : COVID-19 Name Was Announced On 11 February 2020

The WHO only issued the official names for the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), and the disease it caused (COVID-19) on 11 February 2020.

Before COVID-19, the naming conventions were completely different. The preceding disease caused by SARS-CoV-1 was known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and not COVID-02 (because it started in 2002)

So how is it possible for the US Department of Defense or their contractor, Black & Veatch to issue a subcontract to Labyrinth Global Health for “COVID-19 Research”?

That is only possible if the subcontract was modified after the COVID-19 name was established on 11 February 2020.

Fact #4 : DOD Subcontract Was Modified Twice In 2020

The contract that The Expose was talking about exists, but it is interesting that they did not include a direct link, but here it is, so you can check it out yourself. I also included a screenshot below.

It was a $369,511 subcontract given to Labyrinth Global Health Incorporated, by Black & Veatch Special Projects Corporation that started on 12 November 2019.

The US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) had contracted with Black & Veatch to support Ukraine’s biological detection and diagnostic capabilities by providing them with equipment, supplies and training.

After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, they modified the contract twice to provide COVID-19 support to Ukraine – in April and June of 2020. The modification dates were merely not listed in the USASpending.gov page.

The DTRA explained it all in an email to Lead Stories :

No, DOD did not award a contract in 2019 for COVID-19 research. In this case, DTRA’s contractor modified a task order in 10 June 2020 to assist Ukraine in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, many months after the pandemic had begun. However, the date in the database reflects the original date the Master Servicing Agreement was entered into the system.

Read more : Was COVID-19 Virus Created By US Biolabs In Ukraine?!

Fact #5 : Timeline Shows No Discrepancy

To make it easier for you to understand, here is a simplified timeline of what actually happened :

2019

  • October 2 : DTRA signed the Master Servicing Agreement (MSA) with Black & Veatch for training support to Ukraine
  • November 12 : The MSA was submitted to the system on 12 November 2019 (as shown in the screenshot below).
  • December 31 : China publicly announced novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan.

2020

  • February 11 : WHO issued official names of SARS-CoV-2 for the virus, and COVID-19 for the disease.
  • March 3 : First case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Chernivtsi Oblast, Ukraine.
  • April 25 : MSA was modified to provide COVID-19 pandemic support to Ukraine. *
  • June 12 : MSA was modified again, to provide COVID-19 pandemic support to Ukraine. *

* The modified task order directed the servicing contractor, Labyrinth Global Health Inc., to provide “high-level subject matter expert mentorship support” on “laboratory diagnosis, biological safety and laboratory emergency response” in Ukraine.

As you can see, there is no discrepancy in the timeline. The changes in the task order occurred only after COVID-19 spread to Ukraine in March 2020.

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Fact Check : Do Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly?!

Do baby birds really feed their parents, after they grow too old to fly?

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

 

Claim : Baby Birds Feed Old Birds That Can’t Fly!

People are sharing this video, which claims to show baby birds feeding their parents who are too old to fly, together with such messages :

Aged birds can not fly and there is no old age home for them . Appreciate the small baby birds feeding them . A great message to human beings .

An old aged bird. Can’t fly and there is no old age home for it like human beings. A small baby bird is feeding it. A great message to human beings. Hats off to nature

 

Truth : Those Are Not Baby Birds Feeding Old Birds!

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

Fact #1 : The Larger Bird Is A Cuckoo Bird

The video does not show baby birds feeding their old parents. In fact, the smaller bird is the “parent” of the larger bird.

Fact #2 : The Larger Bird Is A Baby Bird

The larger bird is actually a baby cuckoo bird – a cuckoo chick.

It only looks larger than the “parent” bird, because it is not of the same species.

Fact #3 : Cuckoo Birds Are Brood Parasites

Some 59 cuckoo bird species are brood parasites – they don’t make nests of their own. Instead, the female cuckoo bird lays her eggs in the nest of other birds.

The eggs of these brood parasite cuckoo birds hatch earlier than the host bird’s eggs. The cuckoo chick grows up faster, and often evicts (kills) the host bird’s real chicks.

Cuckoo chicks are also very greedy, with a begging call that encourages the host parent to keep feeding it. So it grows very fast.

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This Viral Photo Of Luxembourg PM + His Wife Is FAKE!

The viral photo of the Luxembourg Prime Minister and his wife is FAKE!

Here is what you need to know about that viral photo!

 

Claim : This Is Luxembourg PM Xavier Bettel + His Wife!

People have been sharing this viral photo since 2019, but it is going viral again in pro-Russia and pro-CCP groups.

Prime Minister of Luxembourg Xavier Bettel arriving for a function with his wife,Gauthier Destenay.

卢森堡总理和他妖艳的妻子,留着胡子穿 着鱼尾裙,很fashion,你觉得呢?

The Prime Minister of Luxembourg and his coquettish wife, with beards and fishtail skirts, are very fashionable, what do you think?

卢森堡首相贝泰尔携”夫人”昨天抵京,开始对华访问。这是全球首个首相同性恋, 可拭目以待!!

Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel arrived in Beijing yesterday with his “Madame” and started his visit to China. This is the world’s first gay prime minister Can wait and see! !

 

Truth : That Viral Photo Of Luxembourg PM + His Wife Is FAKE!

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS designed to disparage the LGBT community and/or European / NATO leaders.

The very fact that this claim was resurrected from 2019, after Europe heavily sanctioned Russia for invading Ukraine, tells us that this is hardly coincidental.

In any case, here are the reasons why this is NOT a photo of the Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, or his wife.

Fact #1 : Xavier Bettel Is Married To Gauthier Destenay

Xavier Bettel is Luxembourg’s first openly gay Prime Minister, and he married his partner, Gauthier Destenay, a Belgian architect.

Bettel and Destenay had been civil partners since 2010, but was able to marry each other on 15 May 2015 – a year after the Luxembourg Parliament approved same-sex marriage.

Here are the real photos of Luxembourg Prime Minister Bettel (right) with his partner, at their town hall wedding.

Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, right, puts his hand around the shoulder of his partner Gauthier Destenay after their marriage at the town hall in Luxembourg, on Friday, May 15, 2015. The marriage comes one year after the parliament approved legislation to turn Luxembourg into an increasing number of countries allowing for same-sex marriages. Bettel and Destenay have been civil partners since 2010. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

Fact #2 : That Was Photo Of Conchita Wurst + Andre Karsai

The viral photo is actually of famous Austrian singer and drag queen, Conchita Wurst, and her business manager and the executive director of her company, Andre Karsai.

Conchita is actually the drag queen persona of Thomas Neuwirth, with a fictional backstory – Conchita was born in the mountains of Colombia, and married to French burlesque dancer Jacques Patriaque (Neuwirth’s actual friend)

He says this Conchita Wurst persona is similar to Beyoncé’s Sasha Fierce alter-ego, and uses it as a way to protect his private life.

Neuwirth is gay but not a trans woman. He uses the he/him pronouns when referring to himself, but uses she/her to describe his Conchita Wurst character.

Conchita Wurst is best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. She also had a cameo in the 2020 movie, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.

Here is an interesting fact about the character’s name. Conchita is a Spanish slang word for vagina, while Wurst is a German slang word for penis. So Conchita Wurst literally means vagina penis!

In 2019, Neuwirth introduced a new mononymous persona called WURST, which would allow for a “more masculine expression”.

Fact #3 : That Photo Was Taken At 2019 Vienna Opera Ball

The viral photo was taken at the Vienna Opera Ball that took place 28 February, 2019, by Jeff Mangione of Kurier magazine.

Here is Conchita Wurst with the Austrian Minister of Justice, Dr. Josef Moser.

And here was her Instagram post at Wiener Opernball 2019 :

Fact #4 : Luxembourg PM Bettel Visited China Twice

As Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Bettel paid two official visits to China :

  • 11-14 June 2017 : Bettel visited China together with two ministers.
  • 27-28 March 2019 : Bettel visited China to witness the signing of several bilateral agreements, and to speak at the Boao Forum for Asia.

There is no evidence that his partner, Destenay, ever accompanied him on his trips to China.

Just in case Chinese netizens are “confused”, let me be clear – that viral photo was not taken in China, during Bettel’s official visit.

Here is an actual picture from Bettel’s official visit to China in 2017.

This photo is being circulated in pro-Russia and pro-CCP groups, as a way to both disparage LGBTQ people and EU / NATO leaders during the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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