Alaska health care worker suffers adverse reaction after COVID-19 vaccine

A health care worker in Alaska is doing “well” after suffering an adverse reaction minutes after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, officials said. The health care worker, who was identified as a middle-aged woman, had an allergic reaction that included flushing and shortness of breath within 10 minutes of receiving the first of Pfizer’s two-dose jab on Tuesday.

She was still being observed in Bartlett Hospital’s foyer at the time of the incident.

The woman, whose name is being withheld, suffered an anaphylactic reaction that required hospitalization and monitoring, and will not be receiving the second dose of the vaccine, officials said during a press briefing on Wednesday. She had no prior history of allergies and took a Benadryl to relieve the symptoms but it did not work.

Once she was admitted to Bartlett Hospital’s emergency room, her symptoms resolved within moments of receiving epinephrine. She also received Pepcid and Benadryl via an intravenous drip, according to a press release. She is in stable condition and is scheduled to be released later Wednesday.

“We expected that a side effect like this could occur after reports of anaphylaxis were made in England after people there received the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine,” said Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink. “All sites that are approved to provide vaccinations in Alaska must have medications on hand to deal with an allergic reaction and that was the case in Juneau.”

Alaska health officials said there would be no changes to vaccine distribution plans following the incident, and that the woman had been excited to receive the vaccine.

The adverse reaction is the first such instance in the U.S.

This is a developing story; please check back for updates.

Major cable networks quiet on sexual harassment allegations against Cuomo

Several major cable networks failed to report on sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of the Sunday accusations, according to a media watchdog group.

CBS, NBC and ABC were all silent on Sunday night — the same day Cuomo’s former aide Lindsey Boylan tweeted out the claims against her ex-boss, according to the Media Research Center.

The group said the same networks’ Monday morning news shows also failed to report on the allegations, which Cuomo has denied.

Fox News, meanwhile, ran a report on the news at about 6:10 p.m. Sunday.

Boylan served as Cuomo’s deputy secretary for economic development and a special adviser from March 2015 through October 2018, when she resigned amid scrutiny of her own workplace conduct.

She is now running for Manhattan borough president.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched,” Boylan wrote Sunday on Twitter in part. “I could never anticipate what to expect: would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years.”

But Boylan added in a subsequent tweet that she had no interest in providing more specific details on the allegations, and did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

Former Israeli space security chief says extraterrestrials exist, and Trump knows about it

A “galactic federation” has been waiting for humans to “reach a stage where we will understand… what space and spaceships are,” Haim Eshed said.

By Adela Suliman and Paul Goldman

A former Israeli space security chief has sent eyebrows shooting heavenward by saying that earthlings have been in contact with extraterrestrials from a “galactic federation.”

“The Unidentified Flying Objects have asked not to publish that they are here, humanity is not ready yet,” Haim Eshed, former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s space directorate, told Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper. The interview in Hebrew ran on Friday, and gained traction after parts were published in English by the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday.

A respected professor and retired general, Eshed said the aliens were equally curious about humanity and were seeking to understand “the fabric of the universe.”

Eshed said cooperation agreements had been signed between species, including an “underground base in the depths of Mars” where there are American astronauts and alien representatives.

“There is an agreement between the U.S. government and the aliens. They signed a contract with us to do experiments here,” he said.

Eshed added that President Donald Trump was aware of the extraterrestrials’ existence and had been “on the verge of revealing” information but was asked not to in order to prevent “mass hysteria.”

“They have been waiting until today for humanity to develop and reach a stage where we will understand, in general, what space and spaceships are,” Eshed said, referring to the galactic federation.

The White House and Israeli officials did not immediately respond to NBC News’ request for comment. Sue Gough, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, declined to comment.

A spokesperson for NASA said one of the agency’s key goals was the search for life in the universe but that it had yet to find signs of extraterrestrial life.

“Although we have yet to find signs of extraterrestrial life, NASA is exploring the solar system and beyond to help us answer fundamental questions, including whether we are alone in the universe,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Eshed’s ideas are spelled out in more detail in “The Universe Beyond the Horizon — conversations with Professor Haim Eshed” by Hagar Yanai published in November.

Eshed, who oversaw the launch of numerous Israeli satellites into space, said he was only speaking out now because attitudes were changing and people seemed more receptive.

“If I had come up with what I’m saying today five years ago, I would have been hospitalized,” he told Yediot. “Today, they’re already talking differently. I have nothing to lose. I’ve received my degrees and awards, I am respected in universities abroad.”

In May, Trump said, “Space is going to be the future, both in terms of defense and offense … we’re now the leader on space,” as he was presented with the official flag of a newly created military branch, Space Force.

Its focus, along with a Space Command, is on space as a military domain for the U.S., preserving satellites and communications and a focus on geo-politics in new terrain.

Eshed’s comments immediately spawned jokes and theories online. At least half-a-dozen accounts have been created on Twitter claiming to be representatives to earth from the “Galactic Federation.” Other users have asked for preferential treatment and meetings with the other-worldly group.

Nick Pope, who used to investigate UFOs for the British Ministry of Defense, described Eshed’s remarks as “extraordinary.”

“Either this is some sort of practical joke or publicity stunt to help sell his book, perhaps with something having been lost in translation, or someone in the know is breaking ranks,” he said.

Pope said the UFO and conspiracy theory community was excited but that questions remained including whether or not Eshed was speaking from direct personal knowledge and experience or whether he is repeating something he has been told.

“There are still some missing pieces of the puzzle here,” he said.

A communication satellite orbits Earth.Michael Dunning / Getty Images

The Pentagon Has Reportedly Found ‘Off-World Vehicles Not Made on This Earth’

In March, astrophysicist Eric W. Davis, who spent years working as a consultant for the Pentagon UFO program and is now a defense contractor, gave a classified briefing to the Defense Department on what he called “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.” In other words, spaceships.

The bombshell quote came in the latest UFO report from the New York Times, which has owned the beat for the past several years. In December 2017, the paper reported on the existence of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a Pentagon effort to investigate UFOs, that was supposedly shuttered in 2012. That article, hailed as a “historical inflection point in our attitudes regarding UFOs,” implied the same message that the most recent one does: Basically, “flying saucers are real.

This week’s Times report says that while the program to study mysterious aerial vehicles was renamed and moved to a different part of the Pentagon, the effort remains active. And Luis Elizondo, the ex-director of the predecessor program, told the Times that the new program is moving toward an era of “transparency.”

“It no longer has to hide in the shadows,” he said. Indeed, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force is now obligated to make some reports public.

Elizondo, the Times reports, is “among a small group of former government officials and scientists with security clearances who, without presenting physical proof, say they are convinced that objects of undetermined origin have crashed on earth with materials retrieved for study.”

Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid is quoted in the article too, but his comments are hedged. According to the Times, Reid said that “he believed that crashes of objects of unknown origin may have occurred” [emphasis added] and that any recovered materials should be studied.

Davis, who once produced a report urging the federal government to research time travel through wormholes, said he has studied the materials. What he found led him to a stark conclusion: “We couldn’t make it ourselves.”

Former Israeli space security chief says aliens exist, humanity not ready

This “Galactic Federation” has supposedly been in contact with Israel and the US for years, but are keeping themselves a secret to prevent hysteria until humanity is ready

Has the State of Israel made contact with aliens?According to retired Israeli general and current professor Haim Eshed, the answer is yes, but this has been kept a secret because “humanity isn’t ready.”Speaking in an interview to Yediot Aharonot, Eshed – who served as the head of Israel’s space security program for nearly 30 years and is a three-time recipient of the Israel Security Award – explained that Israel and the US have both been dealing with aliens for years.And this by no means refers to immigrants, with Eshed clarifying the existence of a “Galactic Federation.”The 87-year-old former space security chief gave further descriptions about exactly what sort of agreements have been made between the aliens and the US, which ostensibly have been made because they wish to research and understand “the fabric of the universe.” This cooperation includes a secret underground base on Mars, where there are American and alien representatives.If true, this would coincide with US President Donald Trump’s creation of the Space Force as the fifth branch of the US armed forces, though it is unclear how long this sort of relationship, if any, has been going on between the US and its reported extraterrestrial allies.But Eshed insists that Trump is aware of them, and that he was “on the verge” of disclosing their existence. However, the Galactic Federation reportedly stopped him from doing so, saying they wished to prevent mass hysteria since they felt humanity needed to “evolve and reach a stage where we will… understand what space and spaceships are,” Yediot Aharonot reported.As for why he’s chosen to reveal this information now, Eshed explained that the timing was simply due to how much the academic landscape has changed, and how respected he is in academia.”If I had come up with what I’m saying today five years ago, I would have been hospitalized,” he explained to Yediot.He added that “today, they’re already talking differently. I have nothing to lose. I’ve received my degrees and awards; I am respected in universities abroad, where the trend is also changing.”Eshed provided more information in his newest book, The Universe Beyond the Horizon – conversations with Professor Haim Eshed, along with other details such as how aliens have prevented nuclear apocalypses and “when we can jump in and visit the Men in Black.” The book is available now for NIS 98.While it is unclear if any evidence exists that could support Eshed’s claims, they did come just ahead of a recent announcement by SpaceIL, the group behind Israel’s failed attempt to land a spacecraft on the moon in 2019.Uploaded to social media with the text “Ready to get excited again?,” the announcement contained a 15-second video of the moon with text saying “Back to the Moon,” followed by the date of December 9, 2020.It is likely that this is a follow up to the Beresheet spacecraft, which crashed after engineers lost contact with it just minutes before it was due to land. However, the follow up project, titled Beresheet 2, is expected to take three years to be ready.

Grassley Urges DOJ to Evaluate Whether Hunter Biden Should Register as Foreign Agent

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) speaks during Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to serve as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court at the Capitol in Washington on Sept. 4, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) urged the Justice Department (DOJ) to look into whether Hunter Biden, the son of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and his uncle James Biden should have registered as foreign agents due to their business dealings with a Chinese energy company with links to the Chinese military.

Grassley sent a 7-page letter (pdf) on Monday to Attorney General William Barr asking the department to determine whether Hunter and James Biden had complied with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) over their efforts to come to a deal with CEFC China Energy (CEFC).

“The actions by Hunter Biden and James Biden on behalf of CEFC, Ye Jianming, and other officers connected to CEFC, potentially make them agents of the Chinese government for purposes of longstanding public disclosure laws,” Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote in his letter.

The multi-billion-dollar Chinese energy giant is led by Ye Jianming, who had ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). He also served as deputy secretary-general of the China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC) from 2003 to 2005, according to a report released in September (pdf) by Grassley and Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).

The association is a front group for the Chinese military’s former General Political Department (GPD), a political organ within the Central Military Commission—the Chinese Communist Party agency that controls the military, according to a 2018 report published by the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC). The GPD was replaced by a new agency called the Political Work Department in 2016

“When the available evidence is taken as a whole, it is clear that CEFC intended to make inroads in the United States for the purpose of expanding its business and used Hunter Biden and his business associates to help effectuate that intent. In pursuit of its goals, it appears that CEFC may have taken action to influence U.S. policy and public opinion in its favor and gain access to several U.S. politicians in an attempt to curry favor for potential business transactions,” Grassley said.

The report also provides details on Hunter Biden’s “questionable financial transactions” with Chinese nationals connected to the country’s regime and military and other foreign business pursuits.

It found that Hunter Biden began developing associations with Chinese nationals beginning in at least 2009, the year he co-founded the U.S. investment and advisory firm Rosemont Seneca Partners. These financial connections “accelerated while his father was vice president and continued after he left office,” the report stated.

Joe Biden’s campaign spokesman Andrew Bates previously said the Senate report was using taxpayer dollars to launch “an attack founded on a long-disproven, hardcore rightwing conspiracy theory.”

Biden was also associated with Chi Ping Patrick Ho, a business associate of Ye’s and CEFC, who was charged and convicted of international bribery and money laundering offenses, according to Grassley.

Hunter and James Biden’s alleged business dealings with Chinese executives were also exposed in emails obtained by The New York Post.

FARA, which was enacted in 1938, requires agents of foreign governments and entities who are engaged in political activities or other activities on behalf of the foreign entity to disclose their relationship and the details of the activities.

The Epoch Times reached out to Hunter Biden’s attorney for comment.

CALLING IT QUITS? Ocasio-Cortez Says ‘I Don’t Even Know If I Want To Be in Politics’

“It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party…”

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez surprised some Democrats during a recent interview with the New York Times published this week; saying she “doesn’t even know” if she “wants to be in politics” beyond her current term.

“Is there a universe in which they’re hostile enough that we’re talking about a Senate run in a couple years?” asked the New York Times.

“I genuinely don’t know. I don’t even know if I want to be in politics. You know, for real, in the first six months of my term, I didn’t even know if I was going to run for re-election this year,” said Ocasio-Cortez.

“It’s the incoming. It’s the stress. It’s the violence. It’s the lack of support from your own party. It’s your own party thinking you’re the enemy. When your own colleagues talk anonymously in the press and then turn around and say you’re bad because you actually append your name to your opinion,” she added.

“But I’m serious when I tell people the odds of me running for higher office and the odds of me just going off trying to start a homestead somewhere — they’re probably the same,” said the Congresswoman.

Read the full interview at the New York Times.

New York State Bar Passes Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation

New York State Bar Passes Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Recommendation | 07 Nov 2020 | The New York State Bar Association on Saturday passed a resolution urging the state to consider making it mandatory for all New Yorkers to undergo COVID-19 vaccination when a vaccine becomes available, even if people object to it for “religious, philosophical or personal reasons.” The resolution, which was passed by a majority of the bar association’s 277-member House of Delegates and which speaks on behalf of the 70,000-lawyer organization, includes conditions limiting its scope. Those include that the state government should only consider making COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory if voluntary vaccinations fall short of producing needed levels of population immunity; that an assessment of the health threat to various communities be made so that perhaps the mandate can be targeted; and that a mandate only be considered after there is expert consensus regarding the vaccine’s safety and efficacy…The report had recommended that it should be mandatory for all Americans to undergo COVID-19 vaccination, despite people’s objections, with the one exception being the doctor-ordered medical reason for not being vaccinated. There was no language about the mandate being limited to New York state residents, and no language saying that a public recommendation made to the government should only be for a government to “consider” employing the mandate. [*We’ll take your shot after you take ours.*]

Immigrants Stuck On The Mexican Side Of The Border Are Celebrating Biden’s Win

Thousands of immigrants sent back to Mexico by the Trump administration hope Joe Biden will make good on his promise to end the policy that has forced them to wait in dangerous border cities.

Mervin Hidalgo / Handout

Immigrants forced to wait in a squalid outdoor camp on the Mexican side of the border rejoiced Saturday at the news that Joe Biden won the US presidential election, hoping he keeps his promise to end the policy that stranded them there for months, some over a year.

Mervin Hidalgo, a 52-year-old asylum-seeker from Venezuela, said people at the camp in the Mexican city of Matamoros, started to celebrate in small groups as word of Biden’s victory spread. He has been there since being sent there in October.

“This is not only a Biden victory. We migrants also won, and we are very happy,” Hidalgo told BuzzFeed News. “Seeing Trump once again sit on his throne would have been fatal for us.”

The Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) has made more than 67,000 immigrants and asylum-seekers wait in Mexico while their cases are completed in the US. In 2019, the US changed the way it treated asylum-seekers seeking refuge at the border. Instead of being allowed to fight their cases in the US, immigrants were handed documents with a future court date, often months away, and largely left to fend for themselves in dangerous border cities like Matamoros and Ciudad Juarez despite assurances from the administration that Mexico would protect them.

Biden has pledged to end MPP, also known as Remain in Mexico, within his first 100 days in office.

Immigrants at the camp in Matamoros put up “Bye Trump” balloons with a poop emoji along the Rio Grande river that serves as the international boundary and facing the US side of the border. Across from the river is a Customs and Border Protection facility and the tent courts they used to have their hearings at before they were paused indefinitely during the pandemic.

Jose Lopez, a 45-year-old asylum-seeker from Nicaragua, had been keeping a watchful eye on the election results. He was part of a group of people who stayed up on election night.

Lopez, who has been in Matamoros for more than a year, said people shouted and cried. Others, he said, prayed when the race was called on Saturday. Lopez, like other immigrants BuzzFeed News spoke to, referred to Biden’s victory as “our victory.”

“We thanked God because he heard our cries,” Lopez said. “We were victims of a project that was truly harmful to people’s humanity … We thought we were invisible to the world, but we weren’t to God. We’re overjoyed right now.”

Gabriel, a 35-year-old immigrant also sent back to Mexico with his family, said he hopes Biden keeps his promise to end the Remain in Mexico policy. The Honduran national, who declined to use his full name for security concerns, said immigrants throughout the city were celebrating, not just at the camp.

“A new hope has opened up for us after waiting for so long in Mexico,” Gabriel said. “This could change our lives.”

Waiting in Mexico was difficult, but at least there was the promise of a future court date. Then, citing the coronavirus pandemic, the Trump administration stopped holding hearings for immigrants wrapped up in the Remain in Mexico policy indefinitely. Combined with dangerous conditions inside the camp as the presence of organized crime grew, some immigrants in recent months tried to enter the US illegally.

A Human Rights First database has tracked more than 1,100 public reports of rape, torture, kidnapping, and other violence against people sent back to some of the most dangerous cities in the Western Hemisphere under MPP.

Taylor Levy, an immigration attorney based in El Paso, Texas, was one of the few lawyers who would walk into Mexico to help immigrants sent back there. On Saturday, she was sending messages to immigrants all over the world who were stuck in Mexico because of MPP.

“People are just so incredibly happy, so hopeful for the first time,” Levy said. “‘Desperation’ and ‘hopelessness’ have been the prevailing adjectives I would use to describe the asylum-seekers stuck in Mexico, and now there’s just finally hope.”

Levy believes Biden will keep his promise to end MPP, but said lawyers and advocates will need to continue to put pressure on the incoming administration to treat immigrants and asylum-seekers humanely.

“We know that Biden was part of the Obama administration who were really the architects of increased family detention, of not-very-humane holding facilities at the border,” Levy said. “We’re going to have to push Biden to do better than he did before.”

The public now knowing more now about immigration issues than it did under the Obama administration will help in holding Biden accountable and undoing policies like MPP, Levy added.

Dailín, a 26-year-old Cuban doctor living in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez, said she had been praying for a Biden victory. In the time since she was sent back across the border by the US, she has been attacked twice, the second time shortly after she found out she was pregnant.

“I’m so happy, just like the rest of the Cubans on the border,” Dailín said. “Now we just hope and trust [Biden] will deliver on his campaign promises.”

Joe Biden Pledges Only to Deport Illegal Aliens Who Commit Felonies as President

Biden campaign threatens to remove Trump from White House

“The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

The Biden campaign has plunged to a new low: threatening to remove President Trump from the White House.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates threatened to have President Trump escorted from the White House if he refuses to concede in the 2020 presidential election.

“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election,” Bates said, according to Bloomberg reporter Jennfier Epstein. “And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.”

Bates echoed his belief that the former vice president will be officially declared the winner, despite several key battleground states still counting votes.

Last summer, the media pressed President Trump on whether he would leave the Whie House without controversy if defeated by Joe Biden.

There was something strange about the frequency and fixation of the question then, and it’s still awfully suspicious now.

With the results still in limbo, the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in Georgia, Michigan, Nevada and Pennsylvania, alleging voter fraud. The Georgia and Michigan suits were dismissed, but Pennsylvania granted Trump a win, allowing campaign officials to observe ballot counters, according to the Daily Caller. 

Biden, on the other hand, assured his supporters that he and his veep nominee Kamala Harris “will be declared winners” in a speech Thursday.

“Democracy is sometimes messy,” he said. “It sometimes requires a little patience as well, but that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world. I ask everyone to stay calm – all people to stay calm. The process is working. The count is being completed, and we’ll know very soon.”

Well, Joe. If the roles were reversed, would you be able to say the same? Not likely.

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