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New Zealand Men Arrested After Trying to Smuggle KFC Into City in Lockdown

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Oppressive government mandates have accomplished creating what appears like a lucrative market for fried chicken in New Zealand.

Parts of the island country are under such a strict COVID lockdown that restaurants are closed, which led to the recent arrest of two men who were allegedly carrying a trunk full of cash and KFC chicken in the wrong city.

Before we dig into the details, we should note that this story is not satire and was not written for TV. While the adult animated show “South Park” actually created an episode several years ago with a plot centering on KFC being banned — which led in the episode to a black market for food from the restaurant — this is actually what New Zealand has become.

The U.K. Daily Mail reported that while most of the country is now open, the city of Auckland is still under a strict Alert Level Four COVID lockdown. Alert Level Four comes with significant limits regarding what people who once probably saw themselves as free can do.

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This includes eating at restaurants. But while KFC locations are closed throughout Auckland, that isn’t the case for other areas of the country.

Apparently, some gang members who were already armed with a ton of cash saw an opportunity and seized upon it. The Mail reported that recently officers spotted a car with two suspected gang members inside driving suspiciously.

Police pulled over the car and found the equivalent of $100,000 in cash and some contraband fried chicken. The cash was confiscated, as was the Colonel’s chicken and its 11 secret herbs and spices.

The two men had apparently come from the city of Hamilton, which is under a less stringent level of lockdown. They drove the hour-and-a-half to Auckland where fried chicken is at the moment off the table, but they reportedly sensed an opportunity.

What do New Zealand’s lockdown levels look like? Auckland’s people are really struggling, according to the country’s alert system.

“Stay home in your bubble,” under Alert Level Four, the government says on its website, warning: “No travel is allowed except for necessities or to undertake safe recreational activities. You must work and learn from home.”

The government also cautions people that no gatherings of any kind are allowed and that nonessential businesses must close. This includes restaurants such as KFC.

Those are definitely some harsh rules. But if there’s one thing we know about criminals, especially alleged gang members, it’s that they don’t always play by the rules.

We can’t verify that these men were criminals before they crossed a boundary with a car loaded with, among other things, fast food. But they face numerous charges. Police are still investigating.

The real story here is what has happened to New Zealand? Under current rules, anyone who came into Auckland with restaurant food would be a criminal.

Those leading New Zealand through the coronavirus pandemic ought to be publicly shamed. So, too, should people who have allowed themselves to become government subjects throughout parts of the last year-and-a-half. Auckland has been under lockdown for 117 days and “more than 86” people have been busted over refusing to adhere to this insanity, according to the Mail.

When your country is generating headlines about an illegal, black-market KFC ring, you’ve officially accomplished turning an episode of “South Park” into real life. This story belongs in The Babylon Bee or on Comedy Central.

But because of government power grabs, and people’s patience with them, New Zealand has managed to become an example of what it looks like when satire becomes reality.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Exotic Bacteria Identified in Walmart Product; Could Take Weeks or Years to Develop Deadly Disease

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A rare bacteria discovered in a specific Walmart brand product is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following two deaths.

Roughly 3,900 bottles of six scents of the company’s Better Homes & Gardens Gem Room Spray are being recalled.

According to WJXT-TV, the following product numbers and scents may contain a bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei:

  • 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile
  • 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin
  • 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender
  • 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint
  • 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus
  • 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla

“CDC has been testing blood samples from the patients, as well as soil, water, and consumer products from in and around the four patients’ homes since the agency began receiving samples in May,” a news release from the CDC said.

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The agency pointed out that the spray was manufactured in India, which is consistent with the bacteria’s South Asian origins.

“A sample of the Better Homes & Gardens spray tested positive this week. The genetic fingerprint of the bacteria that sickened the four patients is similar to that of strains usually found in South Asia; the aromatherapy spray was made in India. CDC is coordinating with state health departments in Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas to try to determine whether the other three patients may have also used this or similar products.”

Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis, which typically shows up in humans as a lung or bloodstream infection, according to Healthline.

Four cases of the disease are being investigated for ties to the essential oil sprays, including the aforementioned two deaths.

For consumers who do own the product, there is a series of steps they are advised to take to safely remove the spray and its traces, according to the CDC.

Consumers are urged not to throw away the product, as the hazardous bacteria would still be a threat.

Instead, they should double-bag the product with two clear resealable bags, place the bagged spray into a cardboard box and return it to a Walmart location.

When handling the product, it is strongly recommended that gloves be worn to avoid contamination.

Other cleaning measures include washing sheets and towels the oil was sprayed on with hot water and drying them fully, and disinfecting any other surfaces that the spray may have been used on.

Those who do return the essential oil spray will receive a $20 Walmart gift card as a refund, and are advised to monitor themselves for symptoms if they ever used the product.

“Our hearts go out to the families that have been impacted by this situation,” Dr. Inger Damon, the CDC’s director of the Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, said.

“We at CDC have been very concerned to see these serious related illness spread across time and geography. That is why our scientists have continued to work tirelessly to try to find the potential source for the melioidosis infections in these patients. We hope this work can help protect other people who may have used this spray.”

This incident should serve as a reminder to major companies that more of their goods should be made in the United States in hopes to avoid health crises like this one, as American-made goods are typically subject to tighter regulations.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

A rare bacteria discovered in a specific Walmart brand product is being investigated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention following two deaths. Roughly 3,900 bottles of six scents of the company’s Better Homes & Gardens Gem Room Spray are being recalled. According to WJXT-TV, the following product numbers and scents may contain a bacteria known as Burkholderia pseudomallei: 84140411420 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender & Chamomile 84140411421 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lemon and Mandarin 84140411422 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lavender 84140411423 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Peppermint 84140411424 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Lime & Eucalyptus 84140411425 Better Homes and Gardens (BHG) Gem Room Spray Sandalwood and Vanilla “CDC has been testing blood samples from the patients, as well as soil, water, and consumer products from in and around the four patients’ homes since the agency began receiving samples in May,” a news release from the CDC said. The agency pointed out that the spray was manufactured in India, which is consistent with the bacteria’s South Asian origins. “A sample of the Better Homes & Gardens spray tested positive this week. The genetic fingerprint of the bacteria that sickened the four patients is similar to that of strains usually found in South Asia; the aromatherapy spray was made in India. CDC is coordinating with state health departments in Kansas, Minnesota, and Texas to try to determine whether the other three patients may have also used this or similar products.” Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis, which typically shows up in humans as a lung or bloodstream infection, according to Healthline. Four cases of the disease are being investigated for ties to the essential oil sprays, including the aforementioned two deaths. For consumers…

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Biden Lets Obsession with Trump Show by Referencing Him 24 Times at Virginia Gubernatorial Campaign Event

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As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump.

Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post.

Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election.

Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters.

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Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo.

One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest.

Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote.

However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist.

“I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said.

“He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?”

During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin.

“This is not a Trump rally; we let them holler,” Biden said

Biden, along with former President Barack Obama, Vice President Kamala Harris and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, are trying to energized Democrats.

Youngkin has turned away from the traditional political name game and has been strong in his focus on recent in-state controversies, including sexual assault accusations at Loudoun County Public Schools.

He also has backed parents who oppose certain books in schools that discuss sex in explicit detail. That has pitted him against McAuliffe, who has backed schools against parents.

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said in a debate against Youngkin, according to the New York Post.

“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Youngkin, however, said the upcoming election will define if parents will be relegated to second-class status.

“Virginians have a moment to stand up, not just for the future of Virginia’s kids, but for America’s kids. And that’s why this race is so important to everyone right now,” he said, according to Fox News.

“The nation is watching because they recognize that when Virginians stand up and take a state that has been blue and elect a Republican governor, it’s going to make a statement that’s going to be (heard) not just around the country, but around the world.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

As Republican Glenn Youngkin insists that the election for governor of Virginia is all about parents and their children, to President Joe Biden, it’s seemingly all about Donald Trump. Biden name-dropped the former president 24 times in 17 minutes Tuesday during a campaign stop to help Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor of Virginia, according to the New York Post. Youngkin has made the race a dead heat, leading to an onslaught of big-name Democrats coming to Virginia in hopes of energizing their voters in the Nov. 2 election. Biden’s jabs at Trump were part of a Democratic strategy to paint Youngkin as a wild-eyed Trumpist who would bring the kind of chaos witnessed in the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion to the sedate liberal mainstream of Virginia voters. Biden said “extremism can come in many forms,” including “the rage of a mob” and “a smile and a fleece vest,” according to Yahoo. One of Youngkin’s campaign trademarks is a fleece vest. Youngkin has Trump’s support, but given the highly divided nature of the state from its liberal enclaves around Washington, D.C., to its more conservative counties, Youngkin has decided on a campaign strategy that does not include using Trump as an in-person speaker to rally the Republican vote. However, Biden pictures Youngkin as a Trump loyalist. “I ran against Donald Trump. Terry is running against an acolyte of Donald Trump,” Biden said. “He (Youngkin) won’t allow Donald Trump to campaign for him in this state. He’s willing to pledge his loyalty to Trump in private; why not in public? What’s he trying to hide? Is there a problem with Trump being here? Is he embarrassed?” During his speech, Biden was heckled by protesters concerning the Line 3 pipeline from Alberta, Canada, to Wisconsin. “This is not a Trump rally;…

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