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Hornady Security Products Keep Your Guns Out of Unauthorized Hands

When it comes to firearm storage, a safe gun is a secure gun. Hornady is well known for its top-of-the-line ammunition offerings that keep your favorite guns fed and happy. But the fine folks at Hornady have also released several security products. These products include innovative lock boxes, safes, and more. We recently got sneak peeks of exciting products yet to come at the 2022 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous.

Secure Your Firearms with These Security Products from Hornady

Gone are the days of tossing your trusty home defense pistol on the nightstand. Standing out this year was the RAPiD Safe Night Guard. This RFID-enabled storage solution keeps your handgun secured at your bedside, ready to be deployed.

Using one of the four included RFID tags provides one of the quickest ways to access your gun. This provides you access while keeping it out of the hands of those who do not have permission. This includes children and unauthorized adults.

A clock on the front face of the safe helps keep your nightstand clutter-free. Additionally, two USB ports at the rear of the unit keep your phone and other devices charged.

For those low on space in their home, there is the RAPiD Safe AR Gunlocker Safe. Perfect for mounting underneath a bed or inside of a closet, this solution easily fits two tactical-length shotguns or rifles.

Unlike other safes that store their firearms vertically, this option stores its contents horizontally. This allows for more unique uses other than in the home, such as in the back of a van or SUV. This safe is opened quickly by one of the included RFID-enabled stickers, wristbands, or key fobs that activate the spring-assisted front-facing lid.

Another innovative solution for those looking to keep a shotgun at the ready—door side—is the RAPiD Safe Shotgun Wall Lock. Mounting solutions are endless as this unit can be fixed both vertically and horizontally. Place it above the door frame, inside a closet, alongside your bed, or anywhere you have unused wall space.

Gain access via the included RFID-enabled sticker, watchband, or key fob, with secondary access through the built-in keypad.

Look for More to Come

While we touched on the highlights of the above three products fresh from Hornady’s security line, there are even more features for each that prove priceless. The fun doesn’t stop there as there are even more products that Hornady has recently released, with more to come later this year.

For more information on these products and more, please visit Hornady.com. Also, make sure to stay tuned for new products being launched just around the corner!

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China’s New 100 MPH Train Runs on Hydrogen and Supercaps

Electric cars are very much en vogue right now, as the world tries to clean up on emissions and transition to a more sustainable future. However, these vehicles require huge batteries as it is. For heavier-duty applications like trucks and trains, batteries simply won’t cut the mustard.
Normally, the solution for electrifying railways is to simply string up some wires and call it a day. China is trying an alternative solution, though, in the form of a hydrogen-powered train full of supercapacitors.

Hydrogen Rides The Rails
CRRC is a Chinese state-owned company in the rolling stock business. It’s at the forefront of rail projects in the country, and has invested heavily in conventional high-speed rail and even mag-lev technologies. It’s latest hydrogen-powered project isn’t built for speed, with a cited top speed of just 160 km/h, along with a range of 600 km on a full tank. That might not be quick by modern rail standards, but it’s enough to make it the fastest hydrogen-powered train in the world. It’s also equipped with self-technology for automatic operations without a driver or crew. The train operates as a four-car consist, and is charged with passenger duty.
The train relies on fuel cells to make electricity from its hydrogen fuel. Fuel cells are generally considered an emissions-neutral power source, as their sole output is water. Of course, sourcing hydrogen in a clean fashion can still be difficult, but fuel cells themselves don’t directly contribute harmful emissions to the atmosphere.
It’s impossible to deliver a fuel cell transport project without plastering it with hydrogen-themed decals. CRRC
Notably, the train pairs the hydrogen fuel cells with a bank of supercapacitors. Fuel cells on their own are not great at responding to high instantaneous power demands. A design could obviously be built with a larger bank of fuel cells to serve peak power demands, but this would be expensive and inefficient.
Instead, supercapacitors are used as a power bank to cover off any spikes in power demand. The supercapacitors can be charged slowly over time by the fuel cells, and then deliver high power when it is needed most. The other benefit of adding supercapacitors is that they can store energy captured by regenerative braking. This can be particularly beneficial when a train is travelling down a long grade. That gravitational potential energy can be captured and stored as electrical energy for later use.
The CRRC effort compares ably with other hydrogen-powered rail projects overseas. German railways already operate a fleet of 14 Alstom trains on hydrogen fuel. The Alstom Coradia iLint passenger trains entered a pre-service trial back in 2018, and have since entered mainstream public service. They have a lower top speed, at just 140 km/h, though this is more than enough for the usual 80-120 km/h travel speeds on the EVB rail network. The German trains do offer longer range, with 64 on-board hydrogen tanks able to propel the trains up to 1,000 km. A single fill of the hydrogen tanks is enough for a full day’s service along typical routes. The new trains replaced a fleet of 15 diesel units, reportedly saving 1.6 million liters of diesel and 4,400 tonnes of CO2 annually. Alstom plans to ship more hydrogen train sets to other German cities, as well as France and Italy in future.

Germany already has 14 Coradia iLint hydrogen fuel cell trains, operating regular passenger services. Alstom

We weren’t kidding about the decals. Alstom.

Research and development is also ongoing in the freight arena. An Australian project is exploring whether freight trains in remote mining areas could run on hydrogen instead of diesel. These long routes are unelectrified, and are currently plied by conventional diesel-powered locomotives. Freight trains tend to require much beefier locomotives, and so the challenge is somewhat greater than producing a hydrogen-powered passenger train. However, if this heavy haulage could run on hydrogen, there’s huge scope to cut emissions to a drastic degree.
Hydrogen fuel cells may seem like a curious choice for trains. Spending resources to create hydrogen, only to turn it back into electricity, is obviously less efficient than simply powering trains with electricity directly. The many overhead-wire and third-rail electric railways around the world indicate that this is a solved technology.
However, in certain circumstances, fuel cell trains do make sense. The trains can run on conventional, non-electrified railways in place of diesel trains, but without the usual greenhouse gas or particulate emissions. Employing a fuel-cell train eliminates the need to install overhead wires on many thousands of kilometers of track. This cuts up-front infrastructure expenditure. However, the trains do come with some expenses of their own. Maintenance of fuel cell trains is likely to be higher than that of conventional electric trains. There is also a need to establish hydrogen refuelling infrastructure along the train’s route. With a limited number of stops, it’s less onerous than providing hydrogen stations for road vehicles, but the infrastructure is still far from free. There’s also the need to provide hydrogen to the various refuelling stations throughout the network, whether via tanker trucks, tanker trains, or pipeline networks.
Fuel cell trains do offer a unique opportunity to cut emissions from railway transport. To achieve this properly, several factors must be considered. The trains should serve on routes currently inaccessible to regular electric trains, and must be fueled with hydrogen sourced as cleanly as possible. The entire supply chain of that hydrogen should also be taken into account, so as not to generate excessive emissions hauling it from production facilities to refueling stations. Costs should also be weighed up as to whether it would be cheaper, easier, and cleaner to simply install a caternary electric supply instead. […]

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NFL’s new Pro Bowl format, explained

For years, the NFL has struggled to find the right balance with the Pro Bowl.
2023 offers the latest change in format.
With the Pro Bowl coming at the end of the season, the NFL has long found it difficult to attract both players, and fans, to the event. With many players opting out for injuries or other reasons, and players in the game itself shying away from contact — with good reason — the game had had become a very watered-down version of the product we see during the regular season, and especially the playoffs.
In recent years, the NFL incorporated skills challenges and other side events, such as dodgeball, to try and showcase the athleticism of the athletes while not exposing them to further injury. But there was still the matter of the game itself.
Now, the league has changed the format yet again. Here is what to expect from the 2023 Pro Bowl, and perhaps beyond.
The Pro Bowl Games – Thursday events
This year, the Pro Bowl has shifted to a Pro Bowl Games format, with events taking place over two days, leading up to 7-on-7 flag football games, rather than the traditional game, on Sunday.
The first night of competition takes place on Thursday night, with the following events:

Pro Bowl Dodgeball
Lightning Round
Longest Drive
Precision Passing
Best Catch – First Round

Pro Bowl Dodgeball
This is a three-round event, consisting of four teams with five players each. In the first round, the AFC Offense will face off with the AFC Defense, to determine the AFC representatives. The second round will see the NFC Offense take on the NFC Defense to determine the NFC representatives.
In the final round, the AFC representatives will square off with the NFC representatives to determine the winner.
According to NFL.com, three points will be awarded to the winning conference.
Lightning Round
The next event is the lightning round, which sounds like something right out of Nickelodeon. Each conference will designate 16 players to participate in this three-round, elimination challenge, and the remaining player will secure three points for their conference.
In the first round, “Splash Catch,” two-player teams from each conference compete by playing catch with water balloons from increasing distances. Each tandem that completes all their tosses advances to the second round.
The second round is “High Stakes.” In this stage, the players who advanced will try and field punts from a JUGS machine.
The final round is “Thrill of the Spill.” In this event, the remaining players will try and hit targets aimed above the head of a coach from the opposing conference. The first team to hit the target — and dump a bucket of water on an opposing coach — wins the event, and three points for their conference.
Longest Drive
From Topgolf to the Pro Bowl. In this event, four players from each conference form a team. Each participant gets three golf swings, working off a tee. The player with the longest drive, that stays in-bounds wins three points for their conference. According to NFL.com, this event is pre-recorded and will air on Thursday night.
Precision Passing
In this competition, the participants will engage in a one-minute accuracy challenge, trying to hit moving targets with their throws. At the end of each one-minute period, each passer will then attempt a longest-throw challenge to earn extra points.
Best Catch – First Round
In the Best Catch competition, two players from each conference will participate in an event designed to showcase their creativity. In the first round, the players will execute their “best catches” at “iconic venues around Las Vegas.”
A fan vote will determine which player advance to the final on Sunday. According to NFL.com, this event is pre-recorded and will air on Thursday night.
The Pro Bowl Games – Sunday events
The Pro Bowl Games conclude on Sunday with four more skills challenges, as well as three different 7-on-7 flag football games. At the end, the winning conference will be determined.

Best Catch – Finale
Gridiron Gauntlet
Move the Chains
Kick Tac Toe
7-on-7 Flag Games

Best Catch – Finale
The two remaining players in Best Catch will compete in front of a panel of celebrity judges to determine a winner. The winner secures three points for their conference.
Gridiron Gauntlet
Players from each conference will participate in this relay-style event aimed to showcase “strength, speed, and agility.” It is a four-stage event, each covering 40 yards in length. Each segment “includes a series of breakaway walls, a section of climbing over walls and under tables, a tire run and a blocking sled carrying a Legend coach across the finish line.”
The winning team secures three points for their conference.
Move the Chains
Four teams of five players — two teams from each conference — compete in this event, a side-by-side “weighted wall pull that will showcase their strength, speed and ingenuity.” Players have to pull a heavily-weighted wall ten yards as quickly as possible, using first-down chains.
The team that wins the best-of-three playoff secures three points for their conference.
Kick Tac Toe
Let’s get the specialists involved!
In this event, each team’s kicker, punter, and long snapper participate in a large-scale tic-tac-toe competition. The first team to either create a connecting line of three squares, or hit five squares total, wins. According to NFL.com, this event is pre-recorded and will air on Thursday night.
Flag Football Games
Three flag football games will be played, all using a 7-on-7 format. The first two will be factored into the scoring, along with the results of the various skills events, to set the stage for the finale of the weekend, the final flag football game.
The winner of the flag football game — incorporating the scoring from the previous events that we will outline in a minute — will be named the champion of The Pro Bowl Games.
Pro Bowl Games scoring format, explained
So here is how the scoring works.
First, the winning conference from each of the eight skills events — Dodgeball, Lightning Round, Longest Drive, Precision Passing, Best Catch, Gridiron Gauntlet, Move the Chains, and Kick Tac Toe — secures three points for their team. A total of 24 points are available over the eight events.
Second, two flag football games are played on Sunday, with the winning team earning six points for their conference. A total of 12 points are available over these two games.
Finally, the points accumulated from the eight skills events, and the first two flag football games, will serve as the starting score for the final event of the week, the third flag football game. The team that ends up winning the third and final flag football game will win The Pro Bowl Games.
So, for example, say the AFC wins Dodgeball, Lightning Round, Longest Drive, Precision Passing and Best Catch. That would give them 15 points, and the NFC nine points.
Then, the teams split the first two flag football games, giving each conference six points.
That means the starting score for the third and final flag game would be AFC 21 and NFC 15. From there, the game is played, and if the NFC can make up that six-point deficit, they would win The Pro Bowl Games. If not, the AFC would be crowned champions. […]

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Dana White’s ‘Power Slap’ is everything wrong with sports

I tried. I gave this stupid sport a chance. Now, three weeks in, I cannot believe this is still something being promoted and aired on television. Wednesday night marked the third week of Power Slap, and the third straight week I tuned in to try and understand its appeal, then turning it off before the end.
For the uninitiated, Power Slap is just what it says on the tin. Two competitors stand a table width apart, one being the slapper, the other the slappee — and they take turns trying to slap each other into submission. On the surface this might seem fine. I think most people had a casual, cartoonish idea of what a slap constituted, but reality is far from imagination. I try not to be judgemental, but I’ll judge: You have to be a pretty sick individual to enjoy watching this.

Power Slap’s own Twitter account loves leaning into the barbarism. Not only is the competitor receiving the slap forced to put their hands behind their back, but can be disqualified if they flinch, tuck their chin, or attempt to avoid the slap in any way. Rules are designed to make one person as defenseless as possible — essentially turning the sport into a contest of who can cause traumatic brain injury quickest.
That isn’t hyperbole either. Power Slap celebrates people getting knocked out, more often than not displaying a “fencing response.” This is when a person’s body appears locked up, with their arms taking on an unnatural position. A 2009 study noted that the fencing response is an observational marker than can discern between a mild brain injury, and a moderate one — positing that this could also be the difference between temporary damage, and a permanent traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Chris Nowinski, a former professional wrestler and now head of the “Concussion Legacy Foundation” has been outspoken in his condemnation of Power Slap, particularly in regards to athletes showing the fencing response.

He’s not alone either. Dr. Nikos Evangelou, a neurologist at Nottingham University Hospital in the U.K. spoke to Sky Sports about Power Slap and called it a “recipe for disaster.”
“Any movement that might reduce the effect of the blow to the head is penalised. Impact to the head, from an angle, can cause rotational forces on the brain. It’s all a matter of time before we see more serious brain injury from a dissection.”
Evengelou went on to say that because of the rotational forces applied on the brain through a slap, and because it applies a twisting force to the head, Power Slap is far more dangerous than other combat sports when it comes to traumatic brain injury. There is a much greater chance for an artery to be split, causing instant death.
Power Slap isn’t the first sport of its kind, it’s just the first to be widely marketed in the United States. Slap fighting has existed in some form since the early 2000s, with its internet popularity in the U.S. taking a huge jump in the past three years, precipitating Dana White’s involvement. White serves as the producer of Power Slap and naturally its staunchest defender — essentially calling people cowards who don’t enjoy watching mindless barbarism.
“In Slap, they take three-to-five slaps per event. Fighters in boxing take 300-400 punches per fight. And guess what: you know what my answer to that is? If you don’t f***** like it, don’t watch it! Nobody’s asking you to watch this. Oh, you’re disgusted by it? Watch The Voice.”
White knows this is deliberately misleading, because the 300-400 punches in a boxing match aren’t all unprotected shots to the head thrown at maximum force with an opponent making no attempt to avoid them. Also, when he says that “nobody is asking you to watch this,” well, Dana White is asking you to … regularly.

At this point it’s clear White is concerned with the criticism. Any discussion of the dangers or barbarism of Power Slap represents an existential threat to his investment in the sport. One, it should be noted, really isn’t paying off for those involved yet. Power Slap has routinely been pulling mediocre ratings for TBS — despite claims it’s wildly successful. The Jan 25th cable ratings (the most recent Wednesday night available) had Power Slap ranked 30th in the ratings on the night, well behind an old re-run out House Hunters on HGTV.
Still, White is pressing on, desperate to make his neanderthal brain smack show a success — with gleeful sycophants boasting about its TikTok views and social media following. Power Slap announced its first pay-per-view, set to take place on March 11 after a UFC Fight Night.
The irony of Power Slap is that it’s everything people who didn’t understand MMA used to say about the sport White worked so hard on popularizing. It plays entirely into the brutality of people getting knocked out, without any of the skill, training, or athleticism behind it. If the evolution of MMA made people more intelligent and knowledgable fans of combat sports, Power Slap exists to appeal to the lowest common denominator who just like watching people get hurt.
The sport is a ticking time bomb. Every week we’re seeing people suffer traumatic brain injuries, and it’s only going to get worse until people finally lose interest with the mindless stupidity. Until then we can question how long networks will keep letting this go on, and how the hell the Nevada Athletic Commission decided to license this as a sport. […]

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NBA Scores: The Warriors can’t stop D’Angelo Russell and Naz Reid

Celtics trounce Nets by 43, 139-96
With three-and-a-half minutes left in the first quarter, the Boston Celtics held a 38-9 lead and had drained all seven of its three-point attempts. By the end of the first quarter, Boston’s advantage swelled to 30, the score 46-16. The term “unconscious” is often thrown around as it relates to shots falling in basketball, but I’m not sure it had ever been applied as aptly as it was by Mike Breen describing the Celtics in the opening frame.
Hell, he could have said it every second for the rest of the game, and it wouldn’t have lost meaning. Had it been the lone word he repeated for the next three quarters — “Unconscious,” he’d say, followed by Doris Burke’s eloquent breakdowns of dribble hand-offs — no one would have bat an eye. The Celtics were that good, nay, great, nay, outstanding on Wednesday, led by Jayson Tatum (31 points) and Jaylen Brown (26), plus Robert Williams III, Derrick White, Malcolm Brogdon, and Luke Kornet, who all finished in double-figures. At one point, Boston led by 49; at no point did they trail.
Everyone else in the NBA is playing for second-best at the moment.

Timberwolves drop Warriors in OT, 119-114
Despite seven players finishing in double-figures, led by (who else) Steph Curry’s 29, the Warriors just didn’t have enough to stop — *checks notes* — D’Angelo Russell and Naz Reid. Russell matched Steph’s game-high 29 points to continue his ridiculously hot month of January, and Reid dropped 24 and pulled down 13 rebounds in the win. After Russell fouled out in overtime, Anthony Edwards picked up the slack. He scored half of Minnesota’s overtime points and finished with 27.

Trail Blazers top Grizzlies, 122-112, behind another big night from Dame
Speaking of unconscious, Damian Lillard is on the heater of all heaters at the moment. He hasn’t scored fewer than 24 points since Jan. 8, and is averaging 38 points per game since then. He has scored 30 or more in 11 of those 13 games, 40 or more in six of them, and 50-plus in two. On Wednesday, he scored 42 points, which paired nicely with his eight rebounds and 10 assists. He outdueled Ja Morant (32-9-12) handily, which is hardly an easy ask.
The Blazers can be anything on any given night — good, bad, ugly, stunning, etc. If they squirm their way into the play-in tournament by season’s end, that should (oddly) make them one of the more daunting matchups in the West.

Sixers avoid second-straight loss to Magic, win 105-94
When Joel Embiid (28 points in Tuesday’s win) and James Harden (26) are playing this well, both individually and together, the Philadelphia 76ers are going to be hard to beat. The only thing standing in their way of a title — a notion I must consider, even as they continue to experience their hottest stretch of the season — might be that night-in-nigh-out third option. Tobias Harris (16 points on Tuesday) fit the bill against the lesser Orlando opponent Philly drew on Tuesday. But he’s as streaky as they come. Tyrese Maxey could be the guy, but he’s gone cold over his last three, scoring a combined 31 points and shooting just 10-of-31 over that stretch.
A win is a win. I’m just being the curmudgeon who yells at clouds; which I like to call “thinking big,” but alas.

Hawks wallop Suns in Phoenix, 132-100
Sometimes, it’s just one of those nights.

Rockets stun Thunder, 112-106, without Green, Porter Jr.
Somehow, some way, in this universe — the one we are presently living in, yes, this one — the Houston Rockets, without the often-chaotic services of Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr., beat the Oklahoma City Thunder. In an alternate timeline, this makes so much sense. In this one, a timeline in which Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is having the best season of his career and Jabari Smith Jr. can hardly manage to score nine points against the middling Thunder of Oklahoma City, it’s baffling.
But alas, it’s what happened. Eric Gordon, a man who positively hates being a member of the Houston Rockets, led all scorers with 25 points and was confidently flanked by Tari Eason, who added 20. SGA had 24 and Josh Giddey, 20, but it wasn’t enough.
Yes, one of my parlays tanked because of this game. Can you tell?

Sabonis drops season-high 34 to lead Kings past Spurs, 119-109
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to decipher that San Antonio and Sacramento are two teams heading in the opposite direction. With this loss, the Spurs have dropped seven in a row and 12 of their last 13. Meanwhile, the Kings — led by Domantas Sabonis’ 34 points and 11 rebounds — have won nine of their last 12 and are third in the West. Even though the Spurs kept things close in this one, thanks in large part to a 69-33 advantage in scoring off the bench, the Kings never budged en route to their second-straight win.

Jazz sneak past Raptors, 131-128
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Utah won the Rudy Gobert trade, and it’s not particularly close.

Walker Kessler in the win! 17 Points80% Shooting14 Rebounds (7 OREB)7 Blocks He’s shot 80%+ in 22 of his 50 career games. 100% FG in 16 games. pic.twitter.com/r7lKmJaydk— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) February 2, 2023 […]

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Video: Colbert Brags About His NPC Audience Still Wearing Masks

Late Show host Stephen Colbert bragged about his studio audience still wearing masks in a segment where he sarcastically ‘celebrated’ Joe Biden announcing that he intends to wind down the COVID ’emergency’ status in the U.S. by the end of May.
Colbert, the once edgy comedian turned establishment NPC talking point repeater, sardonically stated “take that COVID, we beat you, shove that up your nose and rotate it five times.”

“I wish you could see the smiles on the faces in my audience. And I wish I could, too. Because they’re still wearing masks,” the host added as the camera panned to the crowd who all cheered, clapped and waved while dutifully wearing their face nappies.
“The end is near,” Colbert further announced, the point being that he absolutely doesn’t believe the pandemic is over and that the government is irresponsible for taking such action.

Watch:

Colbert on Biden planning to end Covid “emergency” 5 months from now: “I wish you could see the smiles on the faces in my audience. And I wish I could, too. Because they’re still wearing masks.” pic.twitter.com/c0imz2Gb1M
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 1, 2023
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Cringe.
If these people truly do believe they are still in the midst of a viral pandemic, then why are they congregating for a light entertainment TV show?

Who at this point still believes the cloth masks all these droids have strapped to their faces are in any way effective?
As highlighted earlier, a massive international research collaboration that analyzed several dozen rigorous studies focusing on “physical interventions” against COVID-19 and influenza found that they provide little to no protection against infection or illness rates.

Massive Peer-Reviewed Mask Study Shows ‘Little To No Difference’ In Preventing COVID, Flu Infection

This adds to the scores of studies that came to the same conclusion up to two and half years ago, not to mention the detrimental effects on society, the environment, and health that the masks have had.
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Christian Mother is Suing School For Forcing Her 4-Year-Old Son to Take Part in Gay Pride Parade

A born-again Christian mother is suing a primary school in the UK after her 4-year-old son was forced to take part in a gay pride parade.
The lawsuit, brought by 38-year-old Izzy Montague, is the first of its kind in the country and underscores how deep LGBT indoctrination has penetrated the educational system.

Heavers Farm Primary School in South Norwood, southeast London, sent a letter to parents back in June 2018 inviting them to take part in the pride march and “celebrate the differences that make them and their family special.”
Montague subsequently contacted the school and told them she didn’t want her child ‘being involved of a public display of adherence to views which she did not accept.’

Headteacher Susan Papas responded by refusing the request, telling Montague her son would be mandated to take part in the event.
Mrs Montague later attended a meeting with Papas during which her daughter wore a t-shirt with the slogan, “Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could just be quiet?”
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Judge Christopher Lethem described Mrs Montague and her husband as”devout born-again Christians,” noting that, ‘They bear a belief that sexual relations should be abstained from or take place within a life-long marriage between a man and a woman and any activity outside those confines is sinful.”

Montague told the court how she had discovered children in class were told to read from a “a same-sex-family book” as well as other LGBT-themed material.
The mother also explained how she thought the school was trying to “indoctrinate it on to us by passing it off that it was part of law or part of British values or it was part of the national curriculum.”
Montague is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre and is suing the school on the grounds of “direct and indirect discrimination, victimisation and breach of statutory duty under the Education Act 1996 and the Human Rights Act 1998,” the Daily Mail reports.
The lawsuit could turn out to be a landmark case because it represents the first time that the legality of imposing LGBT ideology on children in schools will be scrutinized.
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FDA Adviser Inadvertently Confirms Pfizer is Doing Gain-of-Function Research

They’re starting to come now – the ‘debunkings’ of the Pfizer undercover video sting, in which executive Jordon Trishton Walker, “Director of Research and Development – Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning”, tells his ‘date’ that Pfizer is looking to mutate the virus “so we could create preemptively developed new vaccines, right”.
Pfizer released a statement on Friday, which notably did not deny that Dr. Walker works for the company (a fact which has anyway been confirmed via internet searches). Now the latest ‘debunking’ effort comes from Medpage Today.

After making the odd claim that “it is currently unclear if the man in the video is actually an employee of Pfizer, and if that is his real name” (journalism isn’t what it used to be), writer Michael DePeau-Wilson notes that Pfizer’s statement “summarily debunk[ed] the claims made in the video”, as the company stated that it “has not conducted gain of function or directed evolution research” related to its “ongoing development of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine”.

While it is true that the statement does say this, it also says that “we have conducted research where the original SARS-CoV-2 virus has been used to express the spike protein from new variants of concern”. Furthermore, it admits that:

When a full virus does not contain any known gain of function mutations, such virus may be engineered to enable the assessment of antiviral activity in cells. In addition, in vitro resistance selection experiments are undertaken in cells incubated with SARS-CoV-2 and nirmatrelvir in our secure Biosafety level 3 (BSL3) laboratory to assess whether the main protease can mutate to yield resistant strains of the virus.

Despite the initial denial, then, what is being described here plainly is gain-of-function research – after all, the company is engineering the original virus to express the spike protein from new variants of concern, variants which are ‘of concern’ precisely because their spike protein has immune-evasive properties.Look sharp by wearing exclusive gear found only at our store.
In case there is any doubt about this, FDA vaccine adviser Dr. Paul Offit inadvertently confirms it in the Medpage piece. 

“Usually, when people talk about gaining function, they’re talking about making it so that the virus is either more deadly or more easily transmitted or that it now can jump species,” Dr. Offit says.
“[T]rying to make the virus more immune-evasive or more contagious… would be considered gain-of-function research,” he adds.
Right, so exactly what Pfizer has said it is doing – engineering “the original SARS-CoV-2 virus… to express the spike protein from new variants of concern”.
Offit tries to obfuscate, stressing that “Pfizer has been working with an mRNA platform that is coded for coronavirus spike proteins, not a whole virus”. 
Yes, the vaccine does not use whole virus. But no one said it does. The matter at hand is what Pfizer is doing to the virus as part of its vaccine development research. And Pfizer is clear that it is engineering “the original SARS-CoV-2 virus… to express the spike protein from new variants of concern”. The whole virus, note. 
Offit then implies that it isn’t gain-of-function research because the variant has already been created by “mother nature” and Pfizer is just reproducing what nature has already done.

If there was some evil hand back there that was trying to make the virus more immune-evasive or more contagious, that would be considered gain-of-function research, but it’s not happening. The evil hand is mother nature.

But even if the variant already exists in nature, that doesn’t mean it’s not gain-of-function research to engineer a virus to gain the immune-evasive mutation in the lab. Besides, how can you be sure you’re producing the exact same variant and not some subtly (or not-so-subtly) new and more immune-evasive variant?
Offit then appears to betray an ignorance of the process of making the vaccine, as he says the “remarkably effective” development involved sequencing SARS-CoV-2 in “a matter of months”. In fact, the virus was sequenced several times even in the last week of December 2019, and took a couple of days each time, not months.
Perhaps needing to restore his reputation with the politico-medical establishment after his criticism of the boosters last month (is this why he was given the job of defending Pfizer?), he is now effusive with praise for the mRNA vaccines. “This is the best medical achievement in my lifetime,” he says. “And my lifetime includes the development of the polio vaccine.”
Thus, despite the denials that what Pfizer is doing is gain-of-function research – denials which presumably take advantage of the fact that ‘gain-of-function’ is not rigorously defined – it’s clear that what Pfizer admits to doing falls squarely within the definition cited by Dr. Offit, namely the commonly accepted one, which includes making the virus more “immune-evasive”.
And they appear to tacitly acknowledge that, which is why they make their excuses. In Pfizer’s case, that it is “required by U.S. and global regulators for all antiviral products” and “carried out by many companies and academic institutions in the U.S. and around the world”. In Offit’s case that Pfizer was just copying “mother nature”.
In fact, though, as Dr. Robert Malone has pointed out, Pfizer has previously been upfront that it is doing this research, including in an August 2021 article in STAT News, and almost nothing in the undercover video is new. Why such a fuss was made about scrubbing it from the internet is therefore an interesting question – though this may be more linked to the sensation around it than the facts, which Pfizer’s response anyway did not deny. How could it, when those facts were already on public record?
Perhaps the main lesson, then, is that we all need to be paying more attention. 
We also need to think hard about what kind of research should be allowed and what should be banned. The reaction to the Project Veritas video suggests a strong feeling that this kind of work should not be done – including when it is (supposedly) imitating what nature has already created. The fear in the public is real and justified, and relates to the folly of engineering viruses to make them worse. Can this ever be a good idea? My feeling is there’s no need to go beyond the viruses and variants nature already provides us with, and to stick to using real specimens, not engineered ones. But the current regulatory regime and scientific establishment clearly disagrees.
Whatever the right answer, we need to be able to talk about this properly. Not be subject to global, military grade censorship when someone tries to raise the topic as a matter of public concern, albeit in a sensational (and entertaining) way. […]

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Chelsea Clinton is part of a group pushing for WHO to combat online “misinformation”

Chelsea Clinton is part of a group pushing for the World Health Organization (WHO) to be given more power to handle future pandemics. The recommendation was made in a 12-page article published in the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet.
The group also wants the WHO to “address misinformation” online. However, over the pandemic, public health officials and organizations have refuted some claims that have turned out to be true, making them unreliable sources of “authoritative” information.

“Around the world, disinformation and misinformation campaigns have spread rapidly across social media platforms,” the report states.
“A World Health Assembly resolution could urge specific actions to address misinformation, such as sustained national health literacy campaigns, tailored to communities, and developed and implemented in close collaboration with civil society.”

Read the full report here.

The report, first noticed by the New York Post, is titled “Human rights and the COVID-19 pandemic: a retrospective and prospective analysis,” calls for a “global funding mechanism” to obtain $48 billion annually from the US and other rich countries for “public health emergency spending.”Now that you’re intellectually ahead, stay physically ahead by visiting our store.
“The global health crisis we have been facing can be turned into a historical opportunity to construct an equitable global health and human rights architecture that advances health security and justice,” Clinton and other like-minded public health advocates wrote.

“This means vastly more funding from high-income countries to support low-income and middle-income countries,” they added. […]