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UK Lockdowns: Round Three

PM Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England.

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England’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced a new national lockdown for England, with citizens instructed to “stay at home” as they did during March’s first lockdown.

Mr. Johnson revealed the new lockdown in an eight-minute TV address on Monday evening, after being told that COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly in every part of the country due to the new strain of the coronavirus.

According to the address England will go back into full national coronavirus lockdown with schools closed and the public required to stay at home until at least mid-February.

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“Now more than ever we must pull together,” he said, adding that we should “once again stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.”

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The public are being asked to follow the new rules, which are replacing the tiered system that was employed this summer.

Across the whole country people must now stay at home apart from five exceptions:

  • for work, if people cannot work from home, such as those in the construction sector or key workers
  • to shop for necessities such as food or medicines
  • to exercise once per day at a local location. This can include with one other person from outside someone’s household or support/childcare bubble
  • to provide care or help to vulnerable people
  • to attend medical appointments or medical care, or to flee the threat of harm or violence.

All primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to online learning starting January 5th.

However, nurseries can remain open while childcare and support bubbles will stay in place.

The statement from 10 Downing Street was preceded by the announcement of a Scottish lockdown by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon six hours earlier.

The House of Commons will be recalled from its current recess to sit on Wednesday, so MPs can hear a statement from the Prime Minister and to vote on the new lockdown restrictions.

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin Warns Big Tech Monopolies are Becoming More Powerful Than Nation States

He sees this as a big problem.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin warned of Big Tech monopolies taking power that can allow them to supersede nation states during a recent address.

Putin made the remarks while giving an speech before a virtual meeting of the World Economic Forum on Wednesday.

“Digital giants play an increasingly significant role in the life of society. There is much talk about it now, especially in connection with the events that happened in the states during the election campaign,” Putin said.

“And those are not just some economic giants now, in some fields, they de facto compete with nations. Their audience includes billions of users who spend a significant part of their lives on those ecosystems,” he added.

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Putin is alarmed at the growing influence of these monolithic tech entities that threaten national sovereignty and the rule of law.

“And from those companies’ point of view, their monopoly status is optimal for technological and business processes. Maybe it is, but there is a question: How does this monopolism serve the interest of society? Where is the divide between a successful global business, high-demand services and big data consolidation, and to rudely try to rule society at their own discretion?” Putin asked.

Putin accused Big Tech entities of coming dangerously close to usurping or restricting “the natural human right to decide how to live, what to choose, which position to express freely.”

“We just saw all of these in the states, and everybody understands what I am talking about,” Putin said to conclude his Big Tech rant, perhaps alluding to the electoral heist that happened in America.

The clip can be seen here:

Big League Politics has reported on the overreaching that Big Tech has performed in recent months, going fully totalitarian to install President-imposed Joe Biden in the White House:

The communications directors at many Big Tech entities – including Twitter, Facebook, and Snapchat – have been revealed as veteran Democrat Party operatives…

Much of what is posted by Starbuck holds up to journalistic scrutiny. Twitter communications director Nick Pacillo once worked as a spokesman for Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris while she was California attorney general. It has been alleged that he continues to serve her in his privileged role with Twitter, as supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) believe the platform blocked donations for their preferred presidential candidate while he was running against Harris.

Meanwhile Andy Stone – who serves as Facebook’s Policy Communications Director – has been working in various capacities to assure Democrat victory for over a decade. He was celebrated for his career of service to the Democrats when he joined their House Majority PAC in 2012.

“We are thrilled to have Andy on board,” the political action committee’s executive director, Ali Lapp, said in a statement at the time. “Andy brings many assets to House Majority PAC — his understanding of the House, experience in California — one of our most important states in 2012 — and he knows firsthand what it’s like to be fighting for progressive principles and policies every day.”

“I am excited to join House Majority PAC,” Stone said about his servitude to the Democrat Party. “I look forward to working with this talented team to hold Republicans accountable for their extreme and out of touch policies — and to help win back the House.”

Laura Nichols, who works as vice president of communications for Snapchat, appears to have the longest record of paid Democrat advocacy, going back many decades.

Axios noted in their profile of Nichols that she worked as an adviser, strategist, and spokesperson for former House Leader Dick Gephardt for eight years. Gephardt was a Democrat lawmaker for 1977 to 2005, considered to be among the standard bearers of the party for a generation, running for the Democrat presidential nomination unsuccessfully in 1988 and 2004.

Additionally, she served as the SVP of communications and strategy at the Center for American Progress (CAP). The CAP is an organization that was founded by pizza-loving Hillary confidant John Podesta and forms the intellectual backbone for the Democrat Party.

While the West likes to paint Putin as a totalitarian monster, he seems to be keyed in on Big Tech’s negative impact on the masses. He appears to be more in tune with the needs of his people than the vast majority of American politicians.

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