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A Utah mother who says she was “permanently disabled” after taking part in the US clinical trial of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine is suing the drug manufacturer because it failed to cough up enough cash to cover her medical expenses.

Brianne Dressen, 42, was “the picture of good health” when she started the British-made vaccine’s clinical trial in 2020 — but ended up developing a severe neurological condition, the lawsuit filed Monday alleges.

“I walked into the clinic fine, and walked out the beginning of a nightmare I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy,” Dressen said, per the court papers.

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Denys Yaroslavskyi is angry.

As the Commander of a Ukrainian Special Reconnaissance Unit, he fought in Ukraine’s surprise offensive in Kharkiv in the autumn of 2022, which pushed back an initial Russian invasion all the way back to the border.

But now Denys and his men are facing the prospect of doing the same all over again.

Russian forces have, in recent days, made small but significant gains right along the border in the Kharkiv region.

Their advances are only a few miles deep but have swallowed up around 100km (62 miles) of Ukrainian territory. In the more heavily defended east of Ukraine, it’s taken Russia months to achieve the same.

Russia claims its forces have now entered the border town of Vovchansk, which Ukraine disputes.

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Former President Donald Trump’s New York criminal trial continued on Monday, with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, taking the witness stand.

Cohen, the prosecution’s star witness, blamed Trump for the hush money payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels. Cohen told the court that the former president told him to “take care” of the problem with Daniels.

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley responded to Cohen’s testimony on Monday, telling Fox News Fox Business host Larry Kudlow that the testimony helped Trump.

“Like much else in Cohen’s testimony, he gives these details of how he goes to his client and says, ‘I fixed the problem. I arranged for payments. I’m, you know, this is not, this story is going to go away, at least before the election’ and Trump is saying things like ‘good, good,’” Turley said. “Well, that sounds a lot like a client following the directions of his lawyer. But now the lawyer is telling the jury I think you should send my client to prison for doing what I suggested for him to do. There is nothing illegal here, what Cohen was describing is not a crime.

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The Lib Dems' deselection of David Campanale shows that Christians are now the most despised minority in Britain, with the Left in particular unwilling to tolerate Christians who actually believe in their faith.

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African wildcats and other species that prefer warmer climes roamed inside the Arctic Circle just 9,000 years ago at temperatures 5°C warmer than today, scientists have found. Turns out, the globe isn't boiling.

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With a trans woman (i.e. a man in a dress) now a senior leader who teaches that God is a witch and Jesus is a woman, say hello to the modem Church of England, says Steven Tucker.

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Every year, members of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (“ABPI”) are required to disclose money that has been paid to healthcare organisations. The data is collated and published on Disclosure UK’s website.

Disclosures reveal that pharmaceutical companies have paid UK healthcare organisations £404 million over the three years 2020-2022 – £150 million, or 37%, was made by five pharmaceutical companies: GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi Aventis, Novartis, Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

There is little detail about what these payments relate to except that they do not relate to research and development activities.

In a previous article, we revealed AstraZeneca paid TV doctors to promote vaccines and downplay vaccine injuries – dubbed ITVGate. Possibly in a similar vein, GlaxoSmithKline has paid journalists for “disease awareness.”

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Two recent cases of hugely costly invasive implantations carried out on single volunteers have ended in setbacks or death.  One involved a transplant of a kidney from a genetically modified pig into a human and the other an implant of a Neuralink brain chip.

Before things went wrong, corporate media and corporate science journals hailed the kidney transplant as a success and a beacon of hope for the future. And Elon Musk widely touted the first implant of his brain chip as a success.

There is another pioneering intervention that has also resulted in death – the so-called covid vaccine, which is increasingly looking like genetic implantation.  It too has been hailed as a success by corporately funded outlets. However, it is such a harmful and gross failure that even ardent vaccine advocates are now weighing into the debate on our side.

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The geomagnetic storm that led to nighttime light shows over the weekend also caused problems for the Starlink satellite broadband service, disrupted GPS signals, and affected the orbit of the Hubble Space Telescope.

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It is fifteen years since the Hubble Space Telescope was captured by a Space Shuttle for the final time.

By the time its final servicing mission, STS-125, arrived, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) had already been in orbit for 19 years. Following the 13-day mission, the HST continued to generate prodigious amounts of science while also suffering the occasional failure.

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Restaurant chain Red Lobster appears to be the latest beneficiary of "Bidenomics", with reports surfacing this week that "dozens" of its locations across the country are unexpectedly closing down. 

More than 80 locations in at least 27 states have now been listed as "temporarily closed" on the restaurant chain's website, according to CBS affiliate WBNS

The report said that workers at the locations were offered "no notice whatsoever" as to the closings. The Orlando-based seafood chain known for its endless shrimp deals has been struggling with significant internal and financial challenges, the report says.

Recently, the company faced rumors of bankruptcy as it sought a buyer to avoid filing for Chapter 11, with multiple media outlets reporting the potential filing last month.

It was reported that it might file for bankruptcy to restructure its debt and reduce its 650 US locations.

The chain underwent considerable leadership changes in 2021 and 2022, with new appointees in several top positions including CEO, chief marketing officer, chief financial officer, and chief information officer, all of whom departed within two years - usually not a sign things are moving in the right direction.

Last summer, the company reintroduced its endless shrimp menu deal, which resulted in an $11 million loss. 

Even more devastating, CBS reports that Thai Union, Red Lobster's top supplier, has severed ties with the chain.

A liquidation company has started an online auction for kitchen equipment and other contents from the closed Red Lobster locations, the report adds.

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​The Ohio Lottery is sending data breach notification letters to over 538,000 individuals affected by a cyberattack that hit the organization's systems on Christmas Eve.

A filing with the Office of Maine's Attorney General revealed that the incident impacted 538,959 individuals. The attackers gained access to the affected people's names, Social Security numbers, and other personal identifiers.

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Few things have escaped environmentalists' scorn, and even cows have not been exempt from blame for climate change. Emissions from livestock production have become an increasing focus of efforts to fight climate change. The United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that 11.1% of emissions worldwide come from livestock production, and the organization released a report last year urging Americans to eat less meat. If people aren’t eating meat, the argument goes, then fewer cows are produced. If there’s fewer cows, there’s less emissions.

However, research by pro-agribuisness outfits Alltech and Archbold suggests that the thinking on reducing emissions at the source is missing a bigger picture on cattles’ relationship with the land, and possibly, by removing grazing from pastures, emissions will actually go up.

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