A video of a woman in a Nebraska supermarket without a mask and “appearing to deliberately cough” on other shoppers has gained national attention, and now her employer says they are investigating. The video went viral, with one copy garnering nearly 3 million views on Twitter in just 24 hours.
An internet sleuth apparently identified the woman, and her employer, a $27 billion multinational software company, SAP, is responding and appearing to validate that she does work for them. The Germany-based corporation says they are “taking the matter of an SAP employee incident very seriously.”
The health and safety of our employees and the communities in which we live and work are of utmost concern to us. We are taking the matter of an SAP employee incident very seriously and investigating the situation.
— SAP (@SAP) September 8, 2021
In the video the woman can be heard saying, “I don’t need to have [a mask] on, I’m not sick and neither are you.”
When confronted she claimed to have “allergies,” and also said “maybe” she has a medical condition that precludes her from wearing a mask. (No medical condition precludes her from covering her mouth and not coughing on others.)
In the video she almost appears to be laughing while coughing, saying, “Excuse me, I’m coming through,” and at one point calls the women confronting her “sheep.”
“According to the city of Lincoln, Nebraska, where the supermarket is located, everyone is required to wear face masks indoors – regardless of vaccination status,” KRON reports. “At this time, Lancaster County is considered ‘high risk of COVID-19 spread and impact in the community,’ according to a Sept. 3 update.”
On Tuesday MSNBC’s Joy Reid tweeted, “what are the laws around this? Isn’t this considered assault? Can you legally just go around coughing on people during a pandemic??”
COVID-denier in Nebraska coughs on shoppers at a supermarket pic.twitter.com/Ejy9HfsshS
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) September 7, 2021
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GOP AG Running to Unseat Mark Kelly Is Suing Biden Over Vaccines, Using Lawsuit to Advance Campaign, Admits It’s ‘A Long Shot’
The far right wing Republican Attorney General of Arizona is suing the Biden administration over the President’s policy requiring businesses with 100 or more employees to ensure they are vaccinated or produce weekly negative tests. He admits his lawsuit is “a long shot.”
But that’s not stopping Attorney General Mark Brnovich, an anti-LGBTQ extremist and former federal prosecutor trained to only bring cases he knows have a chance of succeeding.
Brnovich is running to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Kelly in the 2022 election.
“Is it a long shot? Yeah, I recognize that,” Brnovich told Bloomberg News. “But I also think these are very important principles to be fighting for.”
Bloomberg notes that “other Republican attorneys general signaled that they’d wait until” OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, published the actual rules “before going to court.”
Brnovich is using the lawsuit, and his appearance on far right extremist Mark Levin’s radio show this week, to advance his campaign, as this YouTube video, “paid for by Brnovich for Senate” shows.
Brnovich, whose campaign website lists “SECURING OUR BORDERS & COMMUNITIES” as his top issue, “said his suit claims that Biden’s executive order violates the Constitution’s Equal Protection Clause because the vaccine is optional for undocumented immigrants at the U.S. border while being mandatory for American workers.”
Brnovich has a long history of using the legal system to advance his agenda.
In 2015 as the attorney general he signed an amicus brief arguing against same-sex marriage in the Supreme Court Obergefell case, which ultimately found a constitutional right to marriage for same-sex couples.
That brief argued that the right of a state’s citizens to “exercise their sovereign authority to determine the meaning of marriage” was more important than the right of couples to marry.
Brnovich used his power as attorney general to order Arizona’s Department of Child Safety to ban same-sex couples from adopting – a move so extreme the state’s Republican governor overruled him.
Having lost on imposing his extremist agenda against marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples, Brnovich moved to support the “right” of businesses to discriminate against Arizona’s LGBTQ residents.
He also sued the Obama administration over its policies supporting the rights of transgender students, calling them a “gun to the head” of the nation’s school systems.
Anti-Vaxxers Are Calling Themselves ‘Purebloods’ – a Term That Draws ‘Parallels With Nazi Doctrine’: Report
Vice News on Wednesday reported on a new trend among some in the anti-vaccine community who are now referring to themselves as “purebloods.”
The publication notes that the term is what the villainous Death Eaters in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” books refer to themselves as, and that Rowling created the term with the intention of “drawing parallels with the Nazi doctrine of the ‘master race.'”
While it’s unclear when anti-vaxxers started calling themselves “purebloods,” it seems the term really took off when conservative TikToker influencer Lyndsey Marie used it in a video over the weekend in which she said, “From now on, I refuse to be referred to as ‘unvaccinated’… I want everyone to now call me Pureblood.”‘
That video has since gone on to get around 250,000 views and has been shared roughly 5,000 times across the platform, Vice writes.
The term was such a hit that Marie is now selling merchandise with the slogan, “PUREBLOOD; Unmasked, Unvaxxed, Unafraid.”
While Marie may claim to be “unafraid” of the novel coronavirus, it doesn’t chance the fact that more than 650,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic and the virus was the third-leading cause of death last year, trailing only heart disease and cancer.
Image: Screenshot via TikTok
‘Traitor’ and ‘Fascist’ Senator Demands Resignations of Secretaries of Defense and State – Threatens to Block Noms
U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), best known as the “insurrectionist” who raised his fist high up in the air as he helped incite the January 6 attackers and rioters in front of the Capitol building, is demanding the resignations of President joe Biden’s Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense – and threatening to block confirmation of their desperately-needed national security nominees until they do.
“I will not consent to the nomination of any nominee for the Department of Defense or for the Department of State until Secretary Austin and Secretary Blinken and Jake Sullivan resign,” Hawley vowed on the floor of the Senate Tuesday. Sullivan is the United States National Security Advisor to President Biden.
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley says he will place a hold on “every single civilian nominee” for the State and Defense departments unless Blinken and Austin resign.
He said that his holds will apply to any civilian nominee at the deputy and secretary levels, as well as ambassadors.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) September 14, 2021
Hawley’s threat exposes his desire to further hamper U.S. national security, as he did on January 6.
“Each of these departments remain gutted after the Trump administration,” the left-leaning super PAC Vote Vets said on social media, referring to the Departments of State and Defense. “They each need nominees quickly approved. Hawley’s grandstanding hurts our security. But what else do you expect from a traitor?”
Justice Correspondent for The Nation, Elie Mystal, called Hawley a “fascist who supported a coup d’etat,” and “won’t consent to Department of Defense or State nominees until everybody else acquiesces to his whims?”
“This is only news if you are unfamiliar with Josh Hawley,” Mystal added.
Former National Security Spokesman and Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, Tommy Vietor, also weighed in:
The 9/11 Commission specifically cited vacancies in national security jobs as making the US more vulnerable before the September 11th attacks. This performative idiocy by @HawleyMO is exactly the kind of preening political bullshit that puts us at risk. https://t.co/saHsJMRAlc
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) September 14, 2021
Here’s Sen. Hawley:
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who famously raised a fist in solidarity to the 1/6 insurrectionists, says he won’t consent to any Department of Defense or State nominations until Sec. of State Antony Blinken, Defense Sec. Gen. Lloyd Austin and NSA Jake Sullivan resign. pic.twitter.com/ckMSU1Phc5
— The Recount (@therecount) September 14, 2021
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