August 17, 1945
After being rejected by several publishers, George Orwell‘s classic is first published in England. It was an instant best seller and is considered one of the greatest works of Western literature.
The book tells the story of a group of farm animals who rebel against their human farmer, hoping to create a society where the animals can be equal, free, and happy. Ultimately, however, the rebellion is betrayed, and the farm ends up in a state as bad as it was before, under the dictatorship of a pig named Napoleon.
Orwell claimed the book was a reflection of events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the following Stalinist era.
It was originally titles Animal Farm: A Fairy Story, but U.S. publishers dropped the subtitle when it was published there in 1946.
Gail A. Cobb
Born August 17, 1950 d. 1974
American police officer. She was the first U.S. female police officer shot and killed while patrolling in the line of duty (1974, Washington D.C.) and the first female African-American law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in the U.S. She was killed while trying to apprehend a bank robbery suspect. She was new to the force and was still on probationary duty just six months out of the academy.
In 1974, two men were approaching a bank with the intention of robbing it. Each was carrying a loaded sawed-off shotgun and handgun. Two plainclothes police officers were alerted of the robbery in advance and saw the two men nearing the bank. When the officers stopped them and asked for identification, the two men ran off in separate directions. Cobb was still on probationary duty six months out of the academy and was assigned to foot patrol a block away from the bank. Cobb, who was writing a traffic ticket at the time, was told by a citizen that they saw an armed man run into a garage. Cobb followed the suspect and confronted him inside the garage as he was in the process of changing out of his disguise. Cobb ordered the man to place his hands on the wall. As she called for assistance over her radio, the suspect spun around and fired a single gunshot at Cobb. The bullet went through Cobb’s wrist and her police radio, where it then penetrated her heart. Cobb died at the scene and responding officers arrested the suspect at the scene. Her killer was sentenced to 15 years to life imprisonment for second-degree murder. He was released on parole in 1992.
Her funeral was attended by hundreds of police officers from all over the country.
Born August 17, 1786 d. 1836
American frontiersman, U.S. House of Representative (1827-31, 1833-35, Tennessee). Known as the “King of the Wild Frontier”. He died at the Fall of the Alamo
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COVID: Did they actually discover a new coronavirus? The question won’t go away.
Recently, I’ve offered important evidence AGAINST the claim that researchers have discovered SARS-CoV-2, the new COVID-19 pandemic virus.
No large-scale electron microscope study has been done with, say, 1000 pandemic patients lined up; with tissue samples taken from all of them; with those samples carefully handled; with relevant material photographed under an electron microscope; with the particles in the photos examined to see if all of them are of the same unique virus, and have never been seen before.
Of course, researchers would argue against such a study, because they never perform it. They don’t want to. They’re afraid the results would make it clear they’re involved in enormous fraud.
“Well, we thought we had a new virus, but it turns out the particles in the photos are of all sorts of material. Different viruses, genetic fragments, cellular debris, exosomes, and so on. Back to the drawing board…”
If there existed a truly honest editor at a prestigious medical journal, this is what he would write, in an effort to get at the TRUTH. You know, the supposed goal of science—
“I must confess, after reflection and conversation, we here at the Journal don’t know how researchers discover a new virus. They make pronouncements, but what are they actually DOING in their labs?”
“You see, the steps they take, the procedures they engage in, are never captured on film, step by step. No truly independent observers are there as witnesses. It’s as if the lab is a holy of holies, and only loyal initiates are allowed in. This is an intolerable situation.”
“This mystery must be penetrated. For example, official researchers say they are working out the genetic sequence of a new virus, but what does that mean? What sample are they are starting out with and using? Do they already have a truly purified specimen of the new virus? If so, where did they get it, and how? They grew it in a culture of cells? Really? And they purified it from that culture? We refuse to accept these unexamined claims at face value.”
“Therefore, we’re opening our pages to an ongoing discussion and debate on the questions, HOW ARE RESEARCHERS ACTUALLY DISCOVERING A NEW VIRUS? HOW SHOULD THEY? We will accept submissions from many quarters. Not just the usual experts. We aim to break up the chokehold and monopoly of opinion on this vital subject.”
In the realm of so-called science, there is a veritable army of self-styled experts in charge, who say, “Of course we know what we’re doing when we discover a new virus.” And that, they think, is enough.
It especially isn’t, when the issue is a claim of a global viral pandemic; and repressive containment measures are being imposed, which are destroying countless jobs and businesses and lives. All because of a story about a new virus.
We’ve heard the phrase, “the science is settled.” But settled for whom? Time and again, it turns out the purveyors of pseudoscience have a political or commercial agenda that is driving their assertions. They posture, they scoff at critics. They refuse to step forward and engage in honest and prolonged debate. They censor counter-arguments.
In the past 35 years, during the purported epidemics called AIDS, West Nile, SARS, bird flu, Mad Cow, Swine Flu, Zika, once official researchers announced they had found the cause, there has never been a truly PROPER large-scale study launched to confirm or deny those hypotheses about causation.
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