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Sheryl Sandberg is excited that Nick Clegg is joining Facebook.

She said so on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg liked her post. Thumbs up!

I feel sorry for Mr. Clegg. Gosh, he’s going to move his entire family to Menlo Park, which is going to feel strange to the onetime MP from Sheffield Hallam. I suppose it looks rather globaliste for the social media monster to have nabbed the erstwhile U.K. politician, no doubt for a gazillion bucks. His resume appears so on point, what with his time in Brussels, his leadership of the Liberal Democrats, his coalition with David Cameron — he was deputy prime minister, for Pete’s sake — his Dutch mother/Spanish wife/half-Russian father background, his current work on the Brexit dilemma. He speaks five languages!

In this context it seems so, well, flaccid to hear of Clegg’s latest title: vice-president, global affairs and communications.

We know that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is in ever deepening trouble on the global affairs front. Pick your Congressional hearing/EU testimony/Rohingya slaughter/fake news/election interference/stolen data/something about only 30 million people having their access tokens stolen by hackers. (Facebook’s defence: it could have been worse!)

So no surprise the company wants to massage the message, and who better to run that file than a politician who gets how Europe works. (Europe doesn’t like Mr. Zuckerberg.)

We will await the first hint of trouble.

Oh, interesting, it’s already here!

Why did Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, announce the hire? Wasn’t it silly of Zuckerberg to “like” the announcement, making the appointment sound so middle school. And why didn’t the company pre-empt Sandberg’s note by issuing a formal press release? And for that matter, why, at least as of Friday morning, had Zuckerberg said nothing? He did appear in a photograph posted by Sandberg of the new corporate threesome, but come on.

This bothers me. It bothers me because Zuckerberg already bears the reputation of an autocrat/dictator who controls the company through special-class shares and who — wasn’t this just recently? — lost the WhatsApp founders reportedly because the organizational reporting structure had changed and the WhatsApp guys no longer had direct access to the king.

I guess the king grew weary of the founders’ concerns about protection of personal data.

Even though Nick Clegg is used to working within the realm of a monarch, I just can’t imagine he will be comfortable as a direct report to, OK, let’s call him a czar.

Oh, this makes sense: he’s not! He will be reporting to Sheryl Sandberg, reaffirming that Zuckerberg takes no one’s corporate counsel except, allegedly, Sandberg’s. The COO certainly can stay on message. Recall her appearance last month on Capitol Hill where once again the ethos of Facebook was trotted out like a jingle from a soft drink commercial — making the world a better place, etc.

In announcing Clegg’s hire on Facebook, Sandberg acknowledged that the company is on a “critical journey,” albeit one with loads of friends. “Every day people use our apps to connect with family and friends and make a difference in their communities. If we can honor the trust they put in us and live up to our responsibilities, we can help more people use technology to do good.”

One of the first responders on Facebook questioned that outcome. “Sheryl, you must help us, please! WhatsApp took millions of dollars to spread fake news in brazilian elections. You must do something!” That reference is to allegations that the campaign of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, described by the Guardian as a “pro-torture, dictatorship-praising populist,” has used WhatsApp to spread fake news and discredit opposition candidate Fernando Haddad.

Just another day in the Facebook saga.

The intractable Zuckerberg remains fortified against all comers by those aforementioned shares, and his antiquated governance structure that has him performing the dual roles of chairman and CEO.

The battlements are crumbling. Earlier this month I wrote about Trillium Asset Management and its shareholder proposal to split the two corporate functions because, you know, this isn’t the ’80s. “The complaints over shaky corporate governance at Facebook will only grow,” I wrote then. This week, the state treasurers from Illinois, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, along with the New York City Pension Funds, joined with Trillium in pushing for change.

“They have a social and financial responsibility to be transparent,” said New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer in a release, addressing Facebook’s “outsized” role in society and the U.S. economy. “That’s why we’re demanding independence and accountability in the company’s boardroom.” As trustee of the city pension funds, Stringer oversees $197 billion (U.S) in assets under administration.

Zuckerberg can’t keep ducking this. Technically his share position gives him cover. But suasion and public reputation count for a lot too. Eventually he will have to wake up to the realization that he’s on the wrong side of this.

I wonder what Nick Clegg thinks. Perhaps he can see the future, and an imagined Facebook of tomorrow that will be more suited to his reputation.

Jennifer Wells is a business columnist based in Toronto. Reach her on email: jenwells@thestar.ca



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These US entities partnered with the Wuhan Institute of Virology — time for a criminal investigation?

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(Natural News) The Wuhan Institute of Virology from which the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is believed to have “escaped” has a number of questionable partnerships that are worth looking into in light of the pandemic.

Most of them are universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of North Texas, and Harvard University. There is also the EcoHealth Alliance, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Wildlife Federation.

While the relationships between these entities and the Wuhan Institute of Virology may be completely innocent, there is no way to really say for sure without a proper investigation. And this is exactly what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is calling for, as is the nation of Australia.

Pompeo and the folks down under, along with millions of Americans, would really like to know the true origins of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19). An increasing number of people simply are not buying the narrative that the novel virus originated in bat soup at a Chinese wet market, and this even includes mainstream media outlets like Fox News.

The only way to really determine what was going on at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and who else might have been involved. is to open the place up for an international investigation. But communist China is against this, of course, accusing Australia of “petty tricks” and collusion with the United States.

“Overnight, I saw comments from the Chinese Foreign Ministry talking about a course of activity with respect to Australia who had the temerity to ask for investigation,” Pompeo is quoted as saying in response to China’s aggression against a proposed investigation.

“Who in the world wouldn’t want an investigation of how this happened to the world?” he added.

As the U.S. aims to get back on track economically speaking, Pompeo believes that now is the time to hold communist China, the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and whoever else may have been involved accountable for unleashing this pandemic on the world.

“Not only American wealth, but the global economy’s devastation as a result of this virus,” Pompeo further stated. “There will be a time for this. We will get that timing right.”

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New U.S. analysis finds that lab in Wuhan, China was “most likely” origin of coronavirus release

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(Natural News) While American Leftists and most of the Democrat Party continue to serve as apologists for the Chinese Communist regime over its role in creating and then perpetuating the coronavirus pandemic, a new U.S. government analysis concludes that COVID-19 “most likely” escaped from a lab near Wuhan city.

The Washington Times reports that the analysis cataloged evidence linking the outbreak to the Wuhan lab and has found that other explanations for the origins of the virus are not as credible.

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The document, compiled from open sources and not a finished product, says there is no smoking gun to blame the virus on either the Wuhan Institute of Virology or the Wuhan branch of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, both located in the city where the first outbreaks were reported.

However, “there is circumstantial evidence to suggest such may be the case,” the paper says.

“All other possible places of the virus’ origin have been proven to be highly unlikely,” said the report, a copy of which was obtained by the Times.

ChiCom officials have claimed that the virus’ origin is unknown. However, Beijing initially stated that coronavirus came from animals at a “wet market” in Wuhan where exotic meats are butchered and sold in disgusting conditions.

Chinese officials claim that COVID-19 went from bats to animals sold in the market last year, then infected humans.

U.S. intelligence officials have increasingly dismissed that explanation, however, as attention has begun to focus on evidence suggesting that Chinese medical researchers were working with coronavirus in the country’s only Level 4 facility, which is in Wuhan.

U.S. Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has said that intelligence agencies are investigating whether the virus escaped from a lab or was the result of a naturally occurring outbreak, but that analysts have ruled out reports that COVID-19 was manmade.

‘The most logical place to investigate the virus origin has been completely sealed off’

“At this point, it’s inconclusive, although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural,” the general said on April 14, “but we don’t know for certain.”

The analysis said that the wet market explanation does not ring true because the first human diagnosis of coronavirus was made in someone who had no connection to the wet market in question. And according to Chinese reports, no bats were sold at that particular market.

At the same time, several questionable actions and a growing paper trail provide clues that the virus actually escaped from a lab, even as China begins to clamp down on those information streams.

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The biggest media lies about the coronavirus: Origins, treatments and vaccines

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(Natural News) If there is one thing that most everyone can agree on concerning the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it is the fact that there is no shortage of conflicting information out there about the nature of it. And the mainstream media is certainly doing its part to steer the narrative as part of a larger agenda, using plenty of misinformation along the way.

The following are among the most commonly parroted lies about the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that aim to distort the facts and deceive you into believing falsehoods about this pandemic:

Media LIE: The virus is not man-made

From the very beginning of this thing, the official narrative was that the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) came from a Chinese wet market where bats and other “exotic” animals are sold as meat. But the world later learned that it actually more than likely “escaped” from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The mainstream media and social media platforms went nuts trying to censor this information and even called it  “fake news.” But eventually it became undeniable that bat soup was not responsible for spreading the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) around Wuhan and eventually to the rest of the world – hence why we continue to call it the Wuhan coronavirus rather than just COVID-19.

We have even seen attempts by the media machine at making the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) a racial issue because there are supposedly more “people of color” coming down with it than people with fair skin, which further detracts attention away from the source of this virus.

Media LIE: Hydroxychloroquine is extremely dangerous and doesn’t work

The minute that President Donald Trump announced that hydroxychloroquine may be an effective, and very inexpensive, remedy for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), the mainstream media immediately began decrying this claim as fake news, even though Anthony Fauci himself praised hydroxychloroquine back in 2013 under Barack Obama as being some type of “miracle cure” for SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome).

There have even been studies conducted that were designed to intentionally smear the drug as both ineffective and dangerous, though one in particular purposely left out zinc, which appears to be a critical co-factor in supporting the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine – in other words, politics as usual.

Media LIE: Only a vaccine can save us from coronavirus

Many politicians and public health officials are parroting the lie that the only way America can come out of lockdown and go back to “normal” is to get vaccinated with some future vaccine for the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that does not even yet exist. A vaccine, we are repeatedly told, is the only thing, or perhaps some new “blockbuster” antiviral drug, that can cure the world of this scourge and make everything happy and wonderful once again.

Meanwhile, not a peep is being made about things like intravenous (IV) high-dose vitamin C, which is being successfully used in other countries to stem the tide of infections without the need for new drugs and vaccines.

By omission, nutrition is pointless

Speaking of natural approaches to overcoming the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) that are being systematically ignored by the mainstream media and most in politics, have you heard anyone mention the importance of nutrition in all of this? We did not think so, and this is intentional.

Regular readers of this site over the years should know by now that the single-most important thing you need to do to stay healthy besides exercising regularly is to feed your body the nutrition it needs to naturally ward off illnesses, including those associated with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19).

Research compiled by the Lewin Group reveals that nutritional remedies such as calcium, vitamin D, folate, omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zeaxanthin, and more all play a critical role in fortifying the immune system, which, if properly nourished, should have little problem fending off disease.

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