“ Covid alert raised to level four in U.K. as Omicron cases surge” – Decision signals high pressure on NHS as concerns grow that vaccines are less effective against fast-spreading variant, reports the Guardian. “ Omicron outbreak & party pandemonium” – Kate Andrews dismantles the Downing Street news briefing in which ‘Plan B’ restrictions were announced in SpectatorTV’s recent episode of The Week in 60 minutes. “ Welcome to the leper colony” – S.D. Wickett and Luke Perry discuss new restrictions, vaccine passports, and the winter ahead in Bournbrook Magazine’s regular podcast. “ Our ability to block Covid infections, even with vaccines, is short-lived” – The Omicron variant is nothing to be concerned about, and annual booster shots are, overall, rather pointless, says Sunetra Gupta in her recent interview for the Sunday Times of India. “ Navy warship commander is fired for refusing to get Covid vaccine” – “A Navy warship commander who refused to get the Covid jab or submit to testing to prove he did not have the virus was fired from his job as the Executive Officer of the USS Winston Churchill,” reports the Mail on Sunday. “ New restrictions in Wales likely within weeks” – It comes as the First Minister, Mark Drakeford, says Omicron could lead to “large numbers” of people in hospital, reports BBC News. “ Test and Trace abused by ‘creepy’ publican in latest Covid-stalking scandal” – “The owner of a Cardiff micropub has apologised for abusing the Test and Trace system to send ‘creepy’ messages to a female customer,” reports RT. “ Life as an anti-vaxxer” – “My consent may be taken by force, but I do not give it freely,” says Andy Thomas, who recounts his thoughts and experiences over the course of the pandemic in TCW. “ Fauci hints booster will be needed to be considered fully vaccinated” – Top U.S. infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that authorities are “continuing to evaluate” whether a third booster shot will be required to be considered fully vaccinated, reports the Mail on Sunday. “ Covid infection trends continue to surprise America as most vaccinated states experience more intense surges ” – “Outbreaks of Covid across America are reported, as the most heavily vaccinated states experience steeper climbs in cases than even the least vaccinated states,” reports Trialsite. “ Man gets jabbed 10 times in one day after being paid by anti-vaxxers” – “A man received the Covid vaccine 10 times in one day after he was paid by anti-vaxxers to get their jabs,” reports the Mail Australia. “ Lean times for Irish restaurants under new Covid rules” – Hospitality in the Republic of Ireland is losing business again as people cancel Christmas parties, and staff are looking for more secure work, reports the Sunday Times. “ Japan places warning on Covid ‘vaccines’” – While many nations are attempting to coerce their populations into getting the vaccine, Japan has gone in the opposite direction, promising never to make the jab mandatory, as well as adding warning labels to the product, reports the Exposé. “ Have professional athletes become the canary in the Covid coalmine?” – “Amid studies showing a link between some vaccines and heart problems, professional athletes appear to be collapsing on the field of dreams like never before,” writes Robert Bridge for the Strategic Culture Foundation. “ Reupping this crucial news about how mild Omicron appears to be” – Recent data from South Africa further shows that the Omicron variant is not as scary as it is made out to be, says Alex Berenson in his latest Substack update. “ In court filing, Facebook admits ‘fact checks’ are nothing more than opinion” – Facebook has admitted in a court of law that fact checks which frequently target global warming scepticism are not factual at all, but merely opinions, reports Watts Up With That? “ Global human CO2 emissions have been on a slightly declining trend since 2011” – “Is there a point at which we question the significance of the human contribution to the overall changes in atmospheric CO2?” asks Kenneth Richard in Watts Up With That? “ New ‘diversity’ guide finds ‘Brits’ to be problematic” – “The British Council has issued a ‘non-discriminatory’ guide to staffers that frowns on the use of ‘problematic’ terms such as ‘Brits’ or ‘native English speakers’,” reports RT. “ Generation puzzled by ideas they don’t agree with” – As shown by the recent student protests and mob outrage following Rod Liddle’s talk at the University of Durham, free speech is clearly no longer a protected right for many people in this country, writes Peter Hitchens in the Mail on Sunday. “ Long queues for Banksy’s shirts supporting statue-toppling protesters” – “Crowds desperate to buy shirts designed by the mysterious street artist Banksy have been seen in Bristol. They were released to support protesters on trial for toppling a slave trader statue during a Black Lives Matter march,” reports RT. “ School closures cost pupils’ lives” – Highlighting the damage school closures have inflicted on children, Lucy Johnston tweets about the link between lockdown and child abuse or neglect.