By Jenny Goldsberry
Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) lashed out at Democrats in New York for the “chipping away of civil liberties.” Lately, New Yorkers need to reveal their vaccination status to enter to bars, gyms, concerts or even schools. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate across the state is relatively high. Stefanik talked about how vaccination requirements are affecting New Yorkers on Fox News Sunday.
“Every American should be outraged we are seeing chipping away of civil liberties across the country,” Stefanik said. “And New York City unfortunately is ground zero for this.”
After Governor Cuomo hosted a press release asking businesses to enforce vaccination requirements, business owners took on a new, executive role. “Now our restaurant owners are becoming law enforcement officers and having to make tough decisions as individuals are coming in with vaccine cards. Some of them are counterfeit cards,” Stefanik said. “This is not the rule of restaurants and we should not have policies that segregate those who have been vaccinated or not vaccinated.”
Meanwhile, the GOP Conference Chair says that most constituents are actually concerned parents, who want to know the state of public education. “We all want to make sure our kids get back to school in person but there’s already discussion about a mask mandate which is not based upon science,” Stefanik said. “We know that our kids, few are affected by COVID.”
Stefanik vouched for parents in the midst of a sexist scandal of her own. Vermont’s Channel 3 News blasted the New York representative for daring to serve in office while pregnant. A guest on the show Monday accused her of “not being at full energy” because of her pregnancy.
However Stefanik disputed the comments in a tweet saying: “yes, you can have it all.” She also said she is grateful to be “setting an example for all working moms across America.”
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Prestigious Science Journals Confirm Censored Views: Masks at Best Don’t Reduce COVID Infection
Just The News reports that a prestigious science journal has confirmed what was highly censored among social media regarding the novel coronavirus pandemic: “the best-case scenario for one of the most common COVID-19 interventions may be that it has no measurable effect on infection.”
A systematic review of studies of mask mandates for children, published Saturday in the British Medical Journal‘s Archives of Disease in Childhood, found “no association” with infection or transmission in 16 of the 22 observational studies and “critical” or “serious” risk of bias in the six countervailing studies. It got the attention of Elon Musk, owner of X, formerly Twitter.
Emails turned over under public records requests show that National Institutes of Health officials were privately questioning the effectiveness of cloth masks and forthcoming vaccines just a month after then-NIH Director Francis Collins appeared to plot with colleagues to organize a “quick and devastating take down” of the anti-lockdown Great Barrington Declaration.
Self-reported SARS-CoV-2 infection was higher the more often people said they wore masks, according to a Norwegian study accepted for publication Nov. 13 in the Cambridge University Press journal Epidemiology and Infection.
An analysis published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Nov. 20 suggests that “scientific censorship is often driven by scientists” and not just “authoritarian officials with dark motives, such as dogmatism and intolerance,” as popularly believed.
The paper, co-authored by dozens of scholars known for challenging orthodoxies in their fields, cited “self-protection, benevolence toward peer scholars, and prosocial concerns for the well-being of human social groups” as motives for censorious scientists.
Heterodox COVID scholarship may suffer hard-to-prove “camouflaged censorship” by way of “double standards” applied to such research, the paper states.
The findings cast further doubt on the practice of not only public health authorities but scientists themselves in demonizing science-based skepticism of the effectiveness of COVID interventions, particularly in relation to their potential medical, mental and social harms.
That’s now two major reviews in top journals (Cochrane and BMJ) revealing no benefit to public masking. At this point any mask mandate is essentially political, unscientific, and yes–cruel.
— Artur Adib (@r2r) December 4, 2023
“Masking recommendations appear to be entirely based on mechanistic and observational data,” they wrote, noting that a much broader systematic review of mask RCTs by the research collaborative Cochrane concluded masks make “little to no difference” against flu or COVID.
(Cochrane unilaterally reinterpreted the study to downplay its findings, over the authors’ objections, after facing media scrutiny.)
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