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Tucker Carlson Is Mad That Facebook Called Him Out for Peddling False COVID Info (Video)

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On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson had a guest on his Fox News show who claimed that COVID-19 was developed in a Chinese lab and released intentionally by the Chinese government, which is not true. And after Facecbook and Instagram slapped a fact-check warning on the clip of the interview, Tucker spent the first 20 minutes of his show Wednesday night being upset about it.

“Facebook suppressed the video, presumably on behalf of the Chinese government,” Tucker said, providing no evidence for that outlandish supposition. “Facebook executives have made it harder for users to watch our segment. Those who found the video had to navigate a warning the interview ‘repeats information about COVID-19 that independent fact checkers say is false.’ Instagram, which Facebook also owns, did the same thing.

“Twitter suspended Dr. Yang’s account entirely. It did not explain why. Nor do the tech companies explain how they would know more about disease transmission than an MD PhD virologist like Dr Li-Meng Yan. Instead, Facebook and Instagram linked to three so-called fact checks that supposedly proved Yang was lying.”

The fact check warning is not, contrary to Tucker’s claim, difficult to “navigate.” Users can simply click the “see video” button to watch it. The video is freely available on Facebook for anyone to watch if they want to. It has not been censored. But that didn’t stop Tucker going on and on like this for a while.

“But if you click on the provided links you noticed something odd. The fact checks were all published months ago, many months, in January, February and March,” Tucker said, even though something that was true in January can still be true now. “And they had nothing whatsoever to do with what Dr. Li-Meng Yan said on our show. They were written before in fact anyone knew who she was.

“One of the fact checks attacks a completely unrelated claim the virus was patented in the vaccine was prepared and ready to go. What does that have to do with the interview that we did last night? No one will tell us that.”

The three fact checks (which you can read here, here, and here) are all debunking various false conspiracy theories about COVID-19 being man-made. Since Dr. Li-Meng Yan claimed the virus was man-made, all three of those fact checks are relevant.

And Tucker kept going.

“The truth is, and you know what if you’ve watched carefully, experts have been wrong frequently throughout this pandemic. At one point, they told us not to wear masks. Now they tell us we must and so on. They’ve changed their prescriptions many times,” Carlson complained.

“Most things are not bad people. Most of them are trying their best. But they’re human beings and therefore their fallible. They make mistakes. The solution to this age old problem, and we used to understand this intuitively, is more informed voices in the conversation. That’s how you make wise decisions, that’s how you get to the truth. Diversity of view.”

But Facebook, Tucker says, doesn’t like that idea, even though they are allowing the clip to remain on their platform.

“Facebook doesn’t believe this. They believe in censorship,” Carlson said, even though they did not censor the video. “Censorship does not make us wiser, it does not make us better informed. If it did, we’ve been speaking Russian right now — the Soviet Union would run the world. It would have worked. But instead the Soviet Union is extinct. It collapsed under the weight of its own absurdities. Absurdities abetted by censorship.”

And then Tucker took a strange leap.

“And that’s the most basic lesson of dictatorships, all of them. Anything built on lies falls apart over time. Unfortunately, dictators never see it that way. Dictators care about power. Anything that stands in the way of their power must be crushed.”

It’s not clear what dictatorship Tucker is complaining about here. Donald Trump, who Carlson supports, is currently president of the United States.

You can watch the quoted portion of Wednesday’s episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight” in the video embedded in this article.

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Evan Rachel Wood on Kajillionaire’s big dance scene

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Evan Rachel Wood steals nearly every scene in Miranda July’s new film, Kajillionaire. As Old Dolio, she’s a 26-year-old with the emotional intelligence of a 12-year-old and an oversized wardrobe to match. She’s awkward and possessive, but still yearns for a life of her own—something that hasn’t really been possible with her parents until Gina Rodriguez’s character, Melanie, comes into the picture. Alongside Melanie, she begins to explore the little things she’s missed in her life, from Saturday morning pancakes to warm hugs. Together, the two actually pay for food at the grocery store, and even do some dancing, just because. It’s that latter scene that’s so staggering, as Wood uses Old Dolio’s doddering naïveté to create a dance that’s both so free it’s impressive and also almost too free for comfort. The A.V. Club talked to Wood about that scene, as well as what she’d nab to eat were she set free in a gas station convenience store right after living through “The Big One.”

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Turns Out, Helsinki Airport Uses Dogs To Sniff Out Coronavirus And It’s Faster Than Lab Testing

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Are adorable, fluffy doggies going to be the ones to help save humanity from the global pandemic? There’s a big possibility that they are. I mean, they’ve been doing it for quite a while already, but in more of an emotional sense. But apparently, dogs are now professionally trained and they are able to sniff out COVID-19 faster than laboratory testing.

Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently, professionally trained dogs have recently started working at Helsinki airport in Finland to help detect COVID-19-infected passengers.

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Research indicated that dogs are able to smell coronavirus with almost 100% certainty

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Apparently, a research group at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Helsinki recently conducted a study whose results indicated that dogs are able to smell the virus with almost 100% certainty. Moreover, they are able to detect the virus before the symptoms have even started, which is impossible with laboratory testing.

“It’s a very promising method. Dogs are very good at sniffing,” Anna Hielm-Bjorkman, a University of Helsinki professor, told Global News. “If it works, it will be a good (coronavirus) screening method at any other places.”

A passenger is asked to swipe their skin with a wipe which is then put into a jar and given to a dog

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Unfortunately, taking this test doesn’t include direct contact with the dog. Apparently, those taking a test will have to swipe their skin using a test wipe and drop it into a cup. After that, the cup is given to a dog to do the sniffing job. It takes about 10 seconds for dog to sniff a sample.

According to Finavia, in the future, four dogs will work at the airport during a shift. “Dogs need to rest from time to time. While two dogs are working, the other two are on a break. The service is mainly intended for passengers arriving from outside the country,” says Susanna Paavilainen, CEO of Suomen hajuerottelu – WiseNose Ry, University of Helsinki’s DogRisk research group.

It takes about 10 seconds for dog to sniff a sample

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Here’s what people think about this new COVID-19 testing method

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Watch the Trailer For Netflix’s Over the Moon Animated Movie

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An upcoming animated movie will encourage viewers of all ages to believe in the impossible and their own ingenuity. Coming to Netflix in October, Over the Moon tells the story of a young girl, Fei Fei, intent on building a rocket ship to visit the moon goddess from her favorite childhood folklore. The movie musical also deals with themes of loss and remembrance, as the first trailer alludes to the untimely passing of Fei Fei’s mother.

Over the Moon is based on the tale of Chang’e, the goddess of the moon in Chinese mythology. Phillipa Soo, who voices the goddess, said she’s very familiar with the story. “I remember as a kid, asking my dad to read it over and over and over to me,” the Hamilton alum told Variety. “Because I was just obsessed with this idea of the moon lady. And when I was asked to play her, I was of course honored because it’s so infrequent that I’m being asked to play specifically Chinese characters. And also even more rare that I get to be in a film with incredible Asian actors who are surrounding me.”

Also starring in the movie are John Cho, Ruthie Ann Miles, Sandra Oh, Kimiko Glenn, and Ken Jeong, while newcomer Cathy Ang voices Fei Fei. Over the Moon is directed by Glen Keane, who previously worked for Walt Disney Animation Studios and won an Oscar with Kobe Bryant in 2018 for their animated short, Dear Basketball. See the final trailer above and keep scrolling to see stills from the film before watching Over the Moon when it hits Netflix on Oct. 23.

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