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Thousands Gather for ‘Defeat the Mandate DC’ Rally Against Covid Precautions in DC



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Defeat The Mandates DC: At ‘Defeat The Mandates’ Rally Against Covid-19 Precautions Held During Omicron Surge On Sunday, thousands of protesters came together in Washington D.C. for the “Defeat the Mandate” rally; instead of uniting against SARS-CoV-2, they protested vaccination and face mask requirements related to Covid-19. Speakers delivered speeches as protesters carried signs as they marched from Washington Monument to Lincoln Memorial – yet death from Covid-19 continues its relentless spread across America with an average daily death toll exceeding 2,100 over past week.

If you were hoping the rally would offer some revolutionary solutions to combatting Covid-19 coronavirus, unfortunately you would have been left disappointed. No alternative solutions were presented by speakers or signs at the rally; rather, people held up signs saying “Stop Karen,” which unfortunately could apply to either everyone named Karen in America or possibly just one particular Karen who has done them wrong.

Defeat the Mandate DC

Defeat the Mandate DC

Beyond addressing the Karen problem, signs, speeches and the march offered little new information or insight. Some on Twitter observed that much of what was said at the rally appeared to be recycled from various anonymous anti-vaccination social media accounts, politicians, TV/podcast personalities and maybe a quarterback or two:

You’ve likely heard it all before: the “natural immunity” and “Covid-19 is no big deal” arguments.

Aren’t these just variations of the “do nothing about the pandemic and let it spread” argument? Doing nothing may seem like the easier option, but consider all of the 865,000 or so Covid-19-related deaths that have occurred in America alone, plus all the hospitalizations and long Covid illnesses?

Others were rejecting the classic “freedom” and “my body, my choice” arguments

“Freedom” sounds great when your decisions don’t impact other people. You certainly have the freedom to run around naked for four hours without anyone else around, yelling “sorry, not sorry” and “let’s unpack this,” at the top of your lungs if no one else is around; however, doing so in public would present challenges since others may not agree with what you have to offer. Thus, this “freedom” argument has often been reduced to an expression of disregard for how my actions may impact others.

On the other hand, there was this sign proclaiming “mandates are racist”

Though it’s unclear what exactly the sign-holder had to do with racism or why they believe mandates in general are racist, there can be no doubt that Nazi references were included.

Why should public health measures designed to save lives be compared with genocidal atrocities?

One thing that didn’t seem to get much attention was science. One speaker, Robert Malone MD, made some statements which could prompt a chorus of “that’s not what science has said” responses. For example, Malone asserted: “Regarding genetic Covid vaccines, the science is settled – they’re not working and they aren’t completely safe.”

All right, using the word “genetic” was a bit overboard and may have fed into the conspiracy theory that Covid-19 vaccines are somehow designed to alter your DNA. But as Forbes has reported, there’s no evidence to support this claim. But Malone claimed “where’s the science?” when in fact there have been plenty of scientific studies showing their effectiveness – so when did science decide this was no longer valid? Where exactly are Malone’s proof that Covid-19 vaccines don’t work?

Malone made another statement that seemed strange: “Now we have Omicron. These vaccines were designed for the Wuhan strain, a different virus.” Whoever said that Omicron variant was completely distinct from its parent virus is mistaken. Sure, the Omicron variant has several mutations compared to its initial form. But isn’t labeling this new virus “a different virus” like calling your children “those other beings?” The Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 still spreads in a similar manner, looking like the ball at the end of a BDSM mace (though you wouldn’t know that). Furthermore, studies have shown that protection from Covid-19 vaccines provides some protection against this variant as well – though not as effectively as against earlier SARS-CoV-2 varieties.

Malone’s reference to the “Wuhan strain” ran counter to what the World Health Organization (WHO) has been asking everyone since 2015: not to name new infectious diseases after people or places. As their 2015 technical document explained, doing so could cause unjustified stigma and backlash against certain racial, ethnic, or other demographic groups.

Unfortunately, during this current pandemic people started calling SARS-CoV-2 various names such as “China virus,” “Wuhan virus,” and even “kung-flu virus,” leading to further hatred, racism, and attacks against people of Asian ance who had nothing to do with mainland Chinese government officials.

Malone made a third statement that struck us as particularly pertinent: “Whether [the Covid-19 vaccines] make sense for protecting our elderly and frail from the original virus is irrelevant. So let’s stop arguing about that.” It is true that not only do the Covid-19 vaccines protect the elderly and frail; plenty of younger, healthier individuals have either died or experienced other detrimental outcomes due to Covid-19; thus, these vaccines have benefitted people across society.

Malone wasn’t the only featured speaker at the rally. Other notable guests included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has made numerous false claims about vaccines, and Lara Logan who recently compared Anthony Fauci, MD to Nazi physician Josef Mengele. It wasn’t exactly a who’s who of scientists present; more accurately it was more like where is all the science?

One bizarre moment involved protesters playing “the song ‘I Would Do Anything For Love’ by Meat Loaf, who tragically passed away last week after becoming seriously ill with Covid-19 and who was said to be against vaccine mandates,” as reported by Mason Bissada for Forbes.

Ultimately, many of the statements made at the rally didn’t offer any solutions to the pressing problem at hand: SARS-CoV-2. Sure, you can choose not to comply with vaccination and face mask requirements just like a child might say “I can pee wherever I please!” and then follow up by saying, “urine all over the place isn’t so bad!” Yet, that won’t help in a public health emergency where public health officials and healthcare professionals have been working to better contain a virus that has been devastating many. Unfortunately, not enough people are willing to put in the effort necessary for controlling SARS-CoV-2 and its consequences.

Vaccinations and face mask requirements have become necessary due to this. Even though many healthcare professionals are working tirelessly, some people still opt out of wearing masks when in public spaces. If everyone had joined forces to combat this virus in the first place, requirements or mandates – whatever you want to call them – wouldn’t have been necessary in the first place.

At the “Defeat the Mandates” rally, it wasn’t entirely clear how many people agreed with what was said. While organizers had anticipated tens of thousands attending, previous examples of overexaggeration about crowd sizes in Washington DC had occurred before. Imran Ahmed – founder and CEO of Center for Countering Digital Hate – felt that attendance “wasn’t close to the 20K marchers they claimed”.

Anna Merlan, Senior Staff Writer for Vice, reported an estimated “multiple thousand people in attendance:

She also wondered aloud (because that’s what people do on Twitter) whether the rally represented more of a market opportunity for some, an opportunity to sell “alternative treatments” for Covid-19. It can be quite fascinating how often those spreading anti-vaccination messages also happen to be selling alternative treatments as well.

The politicization of the pandemic response may have drawn others with other business and political interests to the rally. According to Ben Collins of NBC News, who reported ahead of time that online extremist forums were paying attention to it:

Collins mentioned the Proud Boys, and video journalist Sandi Bachom posted this:

What Do All These Rally Results Mean for Humanity and SARS-CoV-2? Despite all of the talk, did this rally actually provide any solutions or solve any issues? The virus remains active, potentially even helping it spread even more. Health care workers are still suffering daily as the SARS-CoV-2 continues to cause harm and leave people in an exhausted state of distress. In the words of Bruce Willis’ John McClane in Die Hard: “Now listen carefully: if you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem – quit being part of [bleeping]. You need to ask yourself who this Defeat the Mandates rally was ultimately for: humanity or SARS-CoV-2 virus?”

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Cara Delevingne Does Hollywood Glamorous on the 2023 Oscars Red Carpet



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Cara Delevingne Makes Her Oscars Red Carpet Debut in an Eye-Catching Gown featuring a Thigh-High Slit
Delevingne will also serve as a presenter at tonight’s show. Cara Delevingne brought an old Hollywood glamour to Sunday’s 2023 Oscar red carpet.

At this evening’s award show, The Only Murders in the Building star, who is presenting, looked stunning in her daring red Elie Saab gown and Bulgari jewels. Her one-shoulder dress featured a thigh-high slit that showcased her platform Stuart Weitzman heels.

Delevingne took her glamorous style to the next level with a shimmery eye and bright rosy lip, finishing off with her hair pulled back off her face for an effortlessly stylish finish.

Delevingne, styled by Mariel Haenn and Rob Zangardi, got ready for her big night with hairstylist Danielle Priano and makeup artist Hung Vanngo. Vanngo used NakedBeauty MD Damsk Rose Revitalizing Gold-Infused Hydrogel Eye Masks to hydrate and plump Delevingne’s eyes – the ideal start to a glamorous night and the foundation for her makeup look.

Delevingne has been making waves on red carpets this awards season. She looked stunningly glamorous on the 2023 SAG Awards red carpet.

At the award show, model-actress Carolina Herrera, 30, stunned in an eye-catching long sleeve jumpsuit featuring plunging neckline decorated with large rosette appliques from their Fall/Winter 2023 collection. Additionally, this designer piece featured an overskirt which the star proudly showed off while walking down the red carpet.

Delevingne finished off her ensemble with black satin Casadei platform sandals and an amazing 74.73 carat necklace made of De Beers diamonds!

“Excited to be attending my first @sagawards tonight as part of the nominated cast of @onlymurdershulu!” she posted on Instagram alongside a picture of herself wearing the award show look.

Before the event, she shared on her Instagram Stories a behind-the-scenes glimpse of her beauty prep with Dior Beauty and celebrity esthetician Sarah Akram. To top it off, she donned bold brows and an intense red lip for full glam perfection.

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Delevingne has never shied away from making daring fashion statements at red carpet events. Last year, she graced the MIPCOM 2022 Fremantle photocall in Cannes wearing a flowy black minidress with sweetheart neckline and cutouts, paired with black heels with ankle-cuff detail and delicate jewelry. Delevingne kept her makeup understated but glamorous with a nude lip and glowing cheeks.

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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne

The Only Murders in the Building star chose soft waves for her hairstyle, giving off an effortless aesthetic that complemented her breezy dress perfectly.

Delevingne also donned an all-black ensemble when she hit the red carpet at Paris Fashion Week last September.

Delevingne had earlier missed a New York Fashion Week event to honor her collaboration with late designer Karl Lagerfeld, Cara Loves Karl. However, she was present at the Paris party to commemorate this momentous milestone.

Delevingne donned an oversized tuxedo blazer adorned with a harness belt bearing her late designer’s name and atelier address. Finishing off the ensemble were red lips and thigh-high black boots.

On Thursday morning, Delevingne debuted another Cara Loves Karl ensemble on Instagram with a carousel of photos featuring an elegant black blazer, matching pants and classic pointed-toe pumps. She chose not to wear a blouse underneath the blazer to show off its plunging neckline.


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Hyundai Verna Launched in India 2023: Pricing, Availability, Engine, Safety, Interior Review



Hyundai Verna Launched in India 2023

Hyundai Verna Launched in India 2023: This updated model offers a radical redesign in terms of design, powertrain, and features over its predecessor. Furthermore, Hyundai has included some first-of-a-kind features not seen before on this generation of Verna. Primarily competing against it are Honda City 2023 hybrid cars which also offer hybrid powertrain options.

Pricing and Availability for the Hyundai Verna

The Hyundai Verna 2023 has been launched at an introductory price of Rs 10.90 lakh, with the most expensive variant priced at Rs 17.37 lakh (all prices ex-showroom). These prices are ex-showroom and subject to change without notice.

Explore the pricing details for the new Hyundai Verna 2023:

The Hyundai Verna 2023 is available in six variants: EX, S, SX(O), SX Turbo, and SX(O) Turbo. Customers can select between manual transmission, IVT, or DCT for their driving experience.

Hyundai Verna 2023 Engine Options

In terms of powertrain options, the Hyundai Verna 2023 will feature a 1.5-liter MPi variant and a 1.5-liter GDi petrol engine. It will be offered in nine color options totaling seven solid shades plus two dual-tone shades.

Hyundai Verna 2023 Safety

As standard equipment, the Verna comes with six airbags and other features like seatbelt reminders and three-point seatbelts. Furthermore, it gets Level 2 ADAS protection as well.

Hyundai Verna 2023 Interior Options

Hyundai Verna 2023 Interior Options

The Hyundai Verna 2023 will be offered dual-tone black and beige interiors. Plus, all major touch points feature soft-touch elements for added comfort.

The new Hyundai Verna 2023 boasts larger dimensions compared to its predecessor, providing more interior space as well as a 528-liter boot for storage needs.

The Hyundai Verna 2023 boasts a host of features, such as its 10.25-inch infotainment system with Bose speakers, multi-language support, and over 65 connected car tech options.

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How Did South African Rapper Costa Titch Tragic Death?



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Costa Titch had big plans and big dreams. On Saturday night, however, fans of the South African rapper feared for the worst when he collapsed during a performance. Later, his family issued a statement on Instagram lamenting the tragic knock at their door. Police continue to probe the tragic death of 28-year-old. Tributes have been paid to him as they continue their investigation. BBC 1Xtra presenter Jeremiah Asiamah, who interviewed Costa Titch just weeks prior, expressed her sorrow over the passing. “Not just for fans of amapiano music,” he tells BBC Newsbeat, but for all who appreciate great music.” “His presence is contagious – just like his music!”

How did Costa Titch Died?

Videos posted to social media show Costa collapsing twice before falling off the stage during his performance at Ultra South Africa festival in Johannesburg. Organisers praised him as a beloved artist and “an inspiring voice in South Africa’s amapiano scene”. They expressed their sorrow over the sudden loss.

Contrary to what some have speculated online, no cause of death has been given. Local police say a post-mortem examination will determine the cause of death for Costa. His family has requested time and space as they try to make sense of what has befallen them while seeking closure.

Who was Costa Titch?

Costa Titch Born Constantinos Tsobanoglou, he began his career as a dancer before making an international breakthrough with his song Big Flexa in 2022. Last month, Akon announced a collaboration with his record label Konvict Kulture.

Rappers Swagger and Jeezy came together for a remix of the track that was named a ‘Rising Record’ on 1Xtra’s Rave Show. Costa stated on the show that despite its success, there are still many places around the world which haven’t heard about the record yet.

1Xtra host Jeremiah Asiamah predicts Costa Titch’s songs will now ‘hit even harder in the clubs’. Jeremiah believes Costa’s ambitions went far beyond just creating music.

“When speaking to me, he said to me ‘Big Flexa has done its thing. But I want to take it up a notch – show people I’m more than just a rapper or dancer; I am an accomplished musician’.”


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