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US Universities Are Asking Students To Report Anyone Not Following Covid Guidelines

Colleges want attendees to act as coronavirus stasi.

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Several universities in the US have set up systems so students can report on each other if they see anyone breaking the Covid ‘rules’.

Campus Reform notes that universities in Miami, Texas, and New Orleans have all encouraged students to play campus stasi when it comes to the Covid guidelines.

Yale has also got in on the act with a hotline, along with The University of North Georgia, whose plea for students to police each other prompted the Southeastern Legal Foundation to pen a letter warning that the system may violate students’ privacy and freedom of speech.

“Colleges have a duty to protect student health and safety, especially during uncertain times like these. However, even in unprecedented times, students’ First Amendment rights remain unchanged. That means colleges and universities cannot engage in viewpoint or content-based discrimination, cannot enact vague and overbroad policies, and cannot chill student expression,” the letter urges.

It continues, “With a Concern Form at students’ fingertips, students wishing to prevent a controversial speaker from visiting campus or to stop a student organization from garnering interest in their cause can simply report members of that organization as symptomatic. Without stricter reporting guidelines and limits, it appears that such events could be shut down entirely with the press of a button. This may sound unlikely, but then again, who would have predicted 2020 to turn out as it has?”

The SLF also warned that Fourth Amendment rights may be under threat as students could be forced to get tested for COVID-19, without probable cause.

“Under the Fourth Amendment, individuals cannot be subject to unreasonable searches and seizures. The Supreme Court has even considered that right in the context of cheek swabs. The Court has held that a criminal arrested and charged with a serious crime can be subjected to a DNA cheek swab, so long as the charges are supported by probable cause, meaning there must be sufficient likelihood that the crime occurred. However, a swab is unconstitutional if there is no probable cause, the charge is not criminal, or if the DNA is used to gather medical information about the criminal,” SLF asserted.

“Will UNG, upon receiving a report of a symptomatic student, subject that student to an invasive COVID-19 swab? Surely the university understands that this action would violate the Fourth Amendment,” the SLF further explains.

In a recent opinion piece published in the New York Times, Karen Levy, an assistant professor at Cornell University and Lauren Kilgour, a doctoral candidate at Cornell warned that universities should avoid turning students into spies, warning that while some “may feel a sense of civic duty… others may be loath to report on their friends.”

“People report on one another (truthfully or falsely) for a number of personal reasons, including competition, revenge, leverage and everyday aggravations,” the piece also notes.

“There’s every reason to assume that these motivations will bubble up in the college context, too. Students have their own loyalties, broken hearts, rocky roommate relationships and fraternity codes of silence,” Levy and Kilgour note.

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Video: Elvis Impersonator’s Solo House Party Crashed by Cops

He was all shook up after those fools rushed in.

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An Elvis impersonator in the UK was left all shook up after fools rushed in to his house despite the fact that the man appeared to be lonesome.

The clip shows the man wearing headphones singing along to an Elvis track with his back turned to the door.

As soon as he sees someone walk in behind him, the man dashes to confront the intruder, only to realize that he is a masked police officer.

After shouting at the man to turn off the music, another two police officers enter the room.

“What the fuck! Fuck off! You come in my house so I fucking went for you!” exclaims the man.

A female police officer tells him that cops have been trying to get into his house for 20 minutes.

Some speculated that the cops were investigating a noise complaint while others suggested they were enforcing COVID rules that ban gatherings of people indoors. “I had my ear fucking phones on going fucking live you dickheads,” the man responds.

The confrontation appeared to leave the man crying like a hound dog.

All joking aside, under UK law police are not allowed to enter homes without a warrant unless they suspect there is a gathering at which a person infected with COVID is spreading the virus.

The man appeared to be completely alone, meaning he hadn’t violated any coronavirus law.

England remains under full lockdown until Wednesday next week, at which point a more draconian tier system is being re-introduced which for many areas represent another lockdown in everything but name.

As we previously highlighted, police in some areas of the country previously indicated that they wouldn’t hesitate to break up Christmas family gatherings if they were in violation of COVID rules.

Some respondents to the clip made Elvis jokes, but others didn’t see the funny side.

“We can gloss over this like it’s nothing or we can realise how shockingly incredible this is,” said one.

“I honestly dont recognise the UK anymore, cant believe in only 9 months we’ve come to this,” added another.

Others defended the actions of the police, asserting that the man is a known nuisance to his neighbors.

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UK Travel Agency Boycotts Qantas Over ‘No Vaccine, No Flight’ Policy

“There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice.”

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A UK travel agency has announced it will be boycotting Australian airline Qantas over its ‘no vaccine, no flight’ policy, saying travelers should have freedom of choice.

Last week, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced the airline would implement a policy barring anyone who has not had the COVID-19 vaccine from using their service.

“We are looking at changing our terms and conditions to say, for international travelers, that we will ask people to have a vaccination before they can get on the aircraft,” he said.

This policy has since been backed up by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who said passengers who didn’t take the vaccine before entering Australia would be subject to two weeks quarantine.

Other airlines such as Korean Air have also signaled they will require vaccination, while the industry in general appears to be moving towards a digital ‘Common Pass’ that will carry details of vaccination status.

However, the backlash has already begun, with one travel agent in the UK announcing a blanket boycott of Qantas over its vaccine policy.

Tradewinds Travel posted a statement on their website asserting that “bodily autonomy with regard to medical intervention is a personal choice and not something to be forced onto people by businesses.”

“We are not anti-vaccination but we are pro-choice. There is a huge difference between coercion and making a free choice,” says the statement.

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The company also noted how Qantas “code share(s) flights with Emirates” to the far east and that Emirates has not announced it will follow the same policy, prompting the question, “We wonder if this has been discussed with Emirates prior to the announcement by Qantas?”

“Never before in the history of aviation has there been a requirement to have an injection before boarding a plane,” the statement adds. “If Australia as a nation makes the decision to not allow entry to people without a vaccination then that is within their rights, and people can make an informed choice as to whether they wish to visit the country. But it is not up to an airline to enforce this upon customers.”

The company said it had received “much support” over its stance.

In a related development, European airliner Ryanair has signaled that it will not require fliers to take a coronavirus shot before allowing them to travel.

Chief executive Eddie Wilson pointed out that mandating a vaccine would be pointless since people can travel between different European countries by car or train.

“With short haul and freedom of movement of people in Europe… I think we’ll see an entirely different landscape come spring and early summer, not really relevant for short haul and European travel,” said Wilson.

“In Paris, if you were to choose no vaccination… you’d just get a train instead,” he added.

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Biden Delivers Holiday Message: ‘Limit Family Gatherings, Get People Away From Each Other’

“We’ll find people with cases and get them away from one another”

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Joe Biden delivered a Thanksgiving message Wednesday which consisted of urging Americans not to see each other, and vowing to find sick people and separate them from their families.

After saying that families should only engage in limited get togethers, just as his will be doing, Biden stated that “We still have months of this battle ahead of us.”

“More testing. We’ll find people with cases and get them away from one another, slowing the number of infections. More protective gear for businesses and our schools,” Biden said.

“The federal government has vast powers to combat the virus, and I commit to you I will use all of those powers to lead a national coordinated response,” he added.

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Biden’s message comes on the heels of him saying that it is the duty of Americans to wear masks and abide by social distancing rules, and that doing so is ‘patriotic’:

Biden has repeatedly vowed to institute a national mandate for masks, and return to lockdown if ‘scientists’ tell him to.

Biden “special coronavirus transition advisory team” member Dr. Michael Osterholm has called for even stricter lockdowns to be enforced with an iron fist.

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