The Daily Populous

Friday October 23rd, 2020 morning edition

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A new analysis from several institutions has found that between 2009 to 2019, conversations around civil liberties in the anti-vaccine community had increased, with Facebook pages framing vaccines as an issue of values and civil rights.

Researchers reviewed over 200 Facebook pages supporting vaccine refusal for their paper published in the American Journal of Public Health this month.

David A. Broniatowski, the paper's lead author, said current protests against government lockdowns and masks took their pages directly from the anti-vaccine playbook.

“We could’ve seen it coming,” said Broniatowski, an associate professor at George Washington University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

In recent weeks, protesters gathered in Massachusetts to demonstrate against the governor’s mandate requiring schoolchildren to receive the influenza vaccine.

In Facebook pages and groups touting medical freedom and vaccine choice, the protesters have called the mandate unconstitutional and say it infringes on their rights.

Historically, the anti-vaccine community has been known for its concerns around vaccine safety and the debunked theory that vaccines cause autism. »

North Carolina man arrested after he’s discovered with guns, explosives in plot to assassinate Joe Biden

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Alexander Hillel Treisman was arrested in late May outside of Kannapolis, North Carolina after plotting to assassinate former Vice President Joe Biden and carry out an act of terrorism, reported WBTV News.

It’s the second assassination plot to kill Biden that the public is aware of this year.

Treisman van had been parked outside a Kannapolis bank in the parking lot and the staff called the police to investigate. »

Charlie Hebdo Muhammad cartoons projected onto government buildings in defiance of Islamist terrorists

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Cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad were projected onto government buildings in France as part of a tribute to history teacher Samuel Paty, who was murdered by an Islamist terrorist last week.

Paty was beheaded while walking home on Friday evening, just days after he showed Charlie Hebdo’s caricatures of Mohammad to pupils in a class about freedom of expression.

In a tribute to the slain teacher, Macron described him as a “quiet hero” who “embodied” the values of the French Republic. »

Pope Francis calls Trump’s family separation border policy ‘cruelty of the highest form’

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Pope Francis called the Trump administration policy of separating children at the border “cruelty of the highest form” in a new documentary that premiered in Rome today.

In a new documentary, Pope Francis says separating migrant children from their parents is “something a Christian cannot do.

[Related: Pope Francis declares support for same-sex civil unions for the first time as pope]. »

Biden lands repeated blows on conspiracy-focused Trump in final showdown

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“Anyone who’s responsible for that many deaths should not remain as president of the United States,” the former vice president said.

“He says we are learning to live with," Mr Biden said, "we are learning to die with it.”.

Moments later, Mr Biden claimed the president takes no responsibility for the repeated spread of the virus on US soil. »