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Aujourd’hui — 18 septembre 2021En Anglais

America's Bioweapon Secrets

For months, the very mention of the lab-leak hypothesis, which suggests that SARS-CoV-2 leaked from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, would lead to censorship and dismissal. Academics and public health officials staunchly defended the natural-origin theory for SARS-CoV-2 since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic until, finally, in May 2021, the U.S. government ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to look into COVID-19's origins and, after 90 days, produce a preliminary report. The classified report was delivered in August 2021, but its results were reportedly inconclusive, with intelligence agencies unable to pinpoint whether COVID-19 has a natural or laboratory origin.1 Prior to the report's release, Antony Blinken, secretary of state, said China had failed to "meet its basic responsibilities in terms of sharing information and providing access."2

Over 5,000 farmlands destroyed by floods, food shortage imminent in Ghana

The Upper West regional coordinator of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO) Ahmed Mustapha has warned of a possible food shortage if the Ministry of Food and Agriculture fails to institute interventions immediately to deal with the effect of floods in the Upper East region. He revealed that some five thousand acres of farmland have been destroyed by floods in the area over the last six weeks. He indicated that the region has been a the largest producer of maize but with the effect the floods, there is going to be challenge in the production of the commodities. "As at last week, the total acres that have been washed away by this flood in the Upper West region is about 5000 acres of farmlands. Half of this figure is on the Wa East district and the food basket of the Upper West region. "The Sisala enclave, from the Wa East, Sisala East and Sisala West, they do a lot of farming and they were the highest producer of maize as at last year.

Crazy flash floods in San Juan del Río, Mexico

Flash floods on September 17 2021 in San Juan del Río, in the central Mexican state of Querétaro. A severe storm, which caused heavy rain that fell during the night of this Friday inundated some streets in the eastern part of the municipality and presented a significant increase in water, even residents of the Sacred Heart on Andador Santa Alicia street, indicated that there is blocked entry to their homes, so they asked for the support of the authorities. Most of the flash flooding damage is located on one side of Avenida Universidad, where a boardwalk was previously located and the area was divided, so it is a natural area where the rainwater had its channel. Around 10 p.m., Vega Guerrero confirmed on social networks the warning light turned red, for which he activated the evacuation of families from 29 neighbourhoods to take them to the temporary shelter located in the Ramos Millán neighbourhood. In Mexico, from September 16 to 17, a total states with rain (greater than or equal...

Viral video shows man following a woman around grocery store & SHAMING her for being unvaccinated

Insisting it was his "job," a man took it upon himself to publicly shame an unvaccinated woman as she shopped at Target, calling on others to join in. The viral clip drew comparisons to a scene from Invasion of the Body Snatchers. "You're not going to follow me around in the store and point at me to people," the female Target shopper said indignantly as a man sporting a surgical mask and a hat did just that. The video went viral on Twitter on Wednesday after being posted by Art TakingBack, who tweeted that it gathered one million views in just 16 hours.

Flooding overwhelms Oaxaca communities in Mexico, leaving knee-deep water in streets and homes

San Mateo del Mar has been inundated for days and left without aid Heavy rain in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca caused flooding in several communities this week. One of the worst affected areas is San Mateo del Mar, a small municipality on a thin strip of land between the Pacific Ocean and Laguna Superior. Neighborhoods near the lagoon, such as Santa Cruz, Barrio Nuevo and San Pablo, have suffered the worst flooding, a local fisherman told the newspaper Reforma.

The Covid era's politicization of expertise means we now have medics lecturing us on climate change

Would you go to a geologist for a cancer diagnosis? Of course not. So why should we listen to 200 medical journal editors pontificating about the climate emergency? Their intervention in the debate is unwelcome and unnecessary. When 200 medical journal editors publish an apocalyptic and misleading joint editorial about the dangers of temperature rises, which the Wall Street Journal's editorial team correctly noted "could have been ghost written by Greta Thunberg," it reveals that the politicization of expertise we have seen during the Covid pandemic is now limitless. The intervention by the medical journal editors in the climate debate and its impact on public health ought to be welcomed. We certainly need a broader discussion. But when such an intervention is more about politics than medical science, in the words of the stricken Apollo 13 crew, "Houston, we have a problem."

Chinese planes enter Taiwan's air-defense zone just one day after Taipei announced extra $9bn to beef up its military

Taipei has reported that 10 Chinese aircraft crossed into its air-defense zone, just one day after Taiwan pledged an extra $9 billion to beef up its military against Beijing. On Friday, Taiwan's Ministry of Defense issued a statement confirming that 10 planes belonging to China's People's Liberation Army (PLA), including six J-16 and two J-11 fighters, alongside one anti-submarine and one reconnaissance aircraft, had entered the island's southwest air-defense zone.

Inquiry launched into European Commission chief's refusal to hand over text messages she exchanged with Pfizer CEO

The European Ombudsman has demanded that Commission President Ursula von der Leyen explain how she lost text messages that she exchanged with the CEO of Pfizer during talks about vaccine procurement. European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly, the EU's top accountability and governance officer, launched an inquiry into the European Commission's refusal to hand over the contents of communications between von der Leyen and a CEO of an unnamed pharmaceutical company about a Covid-19 vaccine contract. As a first step, O'Reilly asked the Commission to explain its policy on keeping records of von der Leyen's text messages. "The Commission has an obligation to record instant messages relating to important policy or political matters, such as the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines," O'Reilly's office wrote in a statement about the case.

BEST OF THE WEB: Italy to mandate ALL workers show 'green pass', failure to do so will result in suspension from work, fines for businesses

Italy is to make it compulsory for all workers to have a Covid "green pass" - proof of vaccination, a negative test or recovery from the virus. The measures are a first for Europe and some of the strictest in the world. Comment: Italy may be 'the first' to enforce these restrictions but the threat is looming over citizens throughout the EU, however there are other countries, like Sweden and Denmark, which are in the process of dropping all restrictions. Anyone without a pass will reportedly face suspension from work and may have their pay stopped after five days.

Canada election: 'Mad Max' Bernier and why his party is on the rise

Canada is edging closer to its federal election on Monday, with Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party and Erin O'Toole's Conservative Party in a tight race for first place. But the once fringe People's Party of Canada has emerged as a potential spoiler, riding a wave of anti-lockdown and vaccine mandate sentiment. In 2018, after a falling out with his party and amid a backlash over statements he made about immigration and multiculturalism, then member of Parliament Maxime Bernier quit the Conservatives and formed his own federal party. Mr Bernier, a former Canadian foreign minister, is a populist with a libertarian bent who supporters have nicknamed "Mad Max". He has previously described his upstart party, the People's Party of Canada (PPC), as a coalition of people "disenchanted with traditional politicians".

Symbolism: Dead humpback whale washes up offshore Great Kills Beach, New York - Area sees increase in number of whale deaths

A 40-foot-long humpback whale was founding floating in the water off the shores of Staten Island early Friday. Video of the whale was first posted on Citizen shortly after 9 a.m., showing its body just yards away from the shoreline of Great Kills Beach. Rob DiGiovanni, the founder and chief scientist at the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, says that their nonprofit is currently working with authorities and the New York City Parks Department to figure out how to get the whale out of the water for examination and proper disposal. While it is still too soon to know what led to the whale's death, DiGiovanni says that many humpback whales end up washing ashore after being killed in what they call human-induced mortality events, such as vessel strikes or entanglement issues.

The rise of Maxime Bernier and the PPC's 'Purple Wave' in Canada

As the federal election campaign heads into its last lap, the People's Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, has been moving up in the polls. According to the latest Nanos numbers, PPC support has more than doubled during the campaign and sits at 5.0 per cent, while Bernier's support for preferred prime minister is at 5.5 per cent. Yet, Bernier was not invited to any of the three leaders debates. By contrast, Green Party leader Annamie Paul was invited to the two official debates on September 8 and 9. As a technical matter, given the criteria set by the Leaders Debate Commission, the Greens qualified while the PPC did not. It is worth noting that the Greens sit at 4.2 per cent in the Nanos poll, with Paul polling lowest among all of the major party leaders at 1.7 per cent as preferred prime minister.

Biden adds measles to list of 'quarantinable' diseases after infections among Afghan refugees

President Joe Biden on Friday signed an executive order adding measles to a list of communicable diseases that could require quarantine after several Afghan refugees were diagnosed with the highly contagious disease after arriving in the United States. The action makes measles one of the diseases for which federal health authorities have the authority to issue quarantine orders requiring people who have been diagnosed with measles or exposed to it to self-isolate to protect public health, a White House official said in a statement. "This action was taken at the request of public health officials, who cited the cases of measles among Afghans who recently arrived in the U.S. as well as several previous outbreaks of measles in recent years," the official added, speaking on condition of anonymity. The statement did not give details on the nature or length of the quarantine.

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters after failing to suppress dissent with overwhelming force, threat of arrests

Victorian Police have closed ranks on protesters which descended in their hundreds on the inner-city suburb of Richmond to protest the state's draconian lockdown. The rally started at 12pm after a crowd gathered at Richmond town hall which is located a few blocks down from the local police station. Crowds chanted "no more lockdown" and "sack Dan Andrews" as police formed a line at the intersection of Church Street and Bridge Road. Law enforcement responded quickly, blocking traffic and making multiple arrests before reportedly using pepper spray to disperse crowds. The demonstrations later became violent with protesters tackled to the ground by officers and heated scenes between between the two sides with capsicum spray used by police to keep protesters at bay.

US, UK and Australia forge military alliance, intend to antagonize and contain China

The US, UK and Australia are setting up a trilateral security partnership aimed at confronting China, which will include helping Australia to build nuclear-powered submarines. The initiative, called Aukus, was announced jointly by US president Joe Biden and prime ministers Boris Johnson and Scott Morrison, joined virtually by videoconference. They presented it as the next critical step in an old alliance. Morrison said teams from the three countries would draw up a joint plan over the coming 18 months for assembling the new Australian nuclear-powered submarine fleet, which will be built in Adelaide. The project will make Australia only the seventh country in the world to have submarines propelled by nuclear reactors.

Virginia teacher: Teaching students to follow directions is white supremacy

A Virginia high school English teacher created a firestorm after posting a now-deleted Tik-Tok video in which he attacked teaching children rudimentary behavior skills as "white supremacy." A Twitter user, however, posted Josh Thompson's video to Libs of Tik Tok on Monday.

Apple & Google delete Navalny's 'Smart Voting' app after top Russian officials accuse US tech giants of 'election interference'

An online tactical voting initiative backed by jailed campaigner Alexey Navalny has been removed from app stores on the eve of Russia's parliamentary elections, after Moscow hit out at tech firms it says were circumventing a ban. The opposition figure's team confirmed on Friday that the 'Smart Voting' platform had been taken down from both Apple's AppStore and Google Play services after the country's media regulator, Roskomnadzor, called on the American tech firms to implement a government-ordered block. Officials had previously threatened the US firms with hefty fines if they refused to implement the change, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial penalties imposed for previous breaches. The news comes just one day after the Interim Commission for the Protection of Sovereignty and Prevention of Interference in Internal Affairs on Russia's Federation Council met to discuss the issue. Andrey Klimov, its chairman, said that both Apple and Google were engaged...

Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally

Comment: What a disingenuous title. "Pro-Capitol riots"? Even if the editors can't accept that the January 6th incident at the Capitol wasn't a riot, surely they can see that Trump obviously doesn't think it was and therefore isn't "pro-riot". Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection. The statement was issued ahead of Saturday's rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. Over 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection. Rioters committed over 1,000 assaults against police officers, according to prosecutors.

There's already snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia (PHOTOS)

While the heavy rains that drenched Metro Vancouver this week may have left many residents feeling down, things are looking up for skiers and snowboarders, as the rain has translated to snow at the top of Whistler Blackcomb. On Friday, weather cams on both Whistler and Blackcomb were showing healthy helpings of the white stuff at and near the mountain peaks. The winter season doesn't get underway at Whistler until Thursday November 25.

BEST OF THE WEB: Social Justice and the Emergence of Covid Tyranny

Signs of incipient totalitarian impulses have been evident since the rise of political correctness.1 Yet, warnings from those who saw the character of contemporary "social justice" went largely unheeded. Nevertheless, even before degenerating into "wokeness," social justice bore the seeds of civilizational decline and the simultaneous rise of social and political tyranny. The weaponization of mostly feigned fragility by snowflake totalitarians has been marshaled to abrogate the rights of those deemed offensive, injurious, and even "dangerous." It also has evinced "paralogistic discourse," or "[d]iscourse that is out of touch with reality, involving illogical, fallacious, unwarranted premises and conclusions."2 Such thinking is characteristic of societal hysteria.3 This weaponization escalated, germinating "cancel culture," the buds from which neo-Stalinist purges have since blossomed. As I was first to point out, social justice amounts to "practical postmodernism."4 The relativism,...

A bodyguard of secrets: Novichok secret paralyzes British doctors following German doctors' disclosure

The leading hospital doctors on Novichok poisoning in Britain and Germany are not allowed by their governments to reveal publicly the medical information they have exchanged with each other. James Haslam, the chief doctor at Salisbury District Hospital treating Sergei Skripal and Yulia Skripal for Novichok poisoning in March 2018, and Elspeth Hulse, an anaesthetist at Newcastle upon Tyne hospital and co-author with Haslam of a medical research paper on the Skripal case, refused this week to say if they participated with German doctors in the treatment of Alexei Navalny for Novichok poisoning at Charité Hospital in Berlin in August 2020.

BEST OF THE WEB: Ozone hole above Antarctica is one of the largest ever, it's still growing, and may be linked to the COOLING stratosphere

A giant ozone hole has opened up over Antarctica this year. Already larger than the entire ice-covered continent, the ozone hole has surpassed the size of 75% of ozone holes measured since 1979 and is still growing. Scientists believe climate change might be the cause. The Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is frequently described as the world's great success story in battling human-caused destruction of the environment. The agreement banned harmful chlorofluorocarbons and other substances known to destroy the protective ozone layer, which absorbs damaging ultraviolet UV radiation coming from the sun. The concentrations of the damaging substances in the atmosphere have leveled off since the protocol came into force and are slowly decreasing, providing the foundation for the layer's gradual healing. But worsening climate change is now slowing down the recovery.

Questions remain over China's education reforms

Back in July, new rules governing China's multi-billion dollar tutoring industry, issued by the General Office of the State Council, came as a shock to many Chinese. While the rules were introduced with the goal of reducing the burden on children and families exhausted by the financial cost and psychic burden of hyper-competitiveness in education, they prompted widespread skepticism about their effectiveness. Parents and experts noted, among other concerns, that the policy would do little to mediate pressures if more was not done to address unequal distribution of state education resources. And the policy, many complained, primarily impacted more financially strained families, those they were ostensibly crafted to assist, while having little effect on wealthy Chinese who could afford other avenues to fast-track their kids for success - including hiring in-home help and sending their children abroad.
Hier — 17 septembre 2021En Anglais

The four biggest problems with Biden's vaccine order

Back in December of 2020, then President-elect Biden said that he would not make vaccines against COVID-19 mandatory, nor did he think they should be mandatory. Given the new vaccine mandate by the White House, set to affect nearly 100 million Americans by some estimates, one reasonably conclude that Biden misled the people. However, Biden's actions will likely increase vaccine hesitancy, lead to further distrust of the government, and can expect multiple legal challenges - as well as civil disobedience. These outcomes can all be expected due to four distinct challenges to the mandate. 1. Disregard for Congress and the Constitution First, Biden's executive order is just that - an executive order. Congress, the legislative branch, and thus the entire concept of representative government, has been bypassed by President Biden. The White House has no legislative authority to create an emergency rule under OSHA and it says as much in the U.S. Constitution. Article 1, Section 1 states...

Israel is ramping up and manipulating Iran-US tensions again in order to stop a new nuclear deal

After the IAEA struck a breakthrough agreement with Iran last weekend, Israel quickly sought to escalate tensions by accusing Iranian-backed forces of using drones to attack US forces in Iraq. Perhaps the most positive sign since the inauguration of Iran's new President Ebrahim Raisi, came on Sunday with a new IAEA-Iran agreement. Following a snap visit by the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, Tehran agreed to allow the watchdog group to service cameras monitoring Iran's nuclear facilities. This step sparked speculation that Iran was posturing towards renewing talks with international partners to re-enter the nuclear deal. However the positive energy was quickly skewered by Israel's Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, who delivered a speech the same day claiming that: "Terrorists from Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon are receiving training on how to operate Iran-made drones in the Kashan Base north of Isfahan. Kashan is leading Iran's export...

Friction among Taliban pragmatists, hard-liners intensifies

Friction between pragmatists and ideologues in the Taliban leadership has intensified since the group formed a hard-line Cabinet last week that is more in line with their harsh rule in the 1990s than their recent promises of inclusiveness, said two Afghans familiar with the power struggle. The wrangling has taken place behind the scenes, but rumors quickly began circulating about a recent violent confrontation between the two camps at the presidential palace, including claims that the leader of the pragmatic faction, Abdul Ghani Baradar, was killed. The rumors reached such intensity that an audio recording and handwritten statement, both purportedly by Baradar himself, denied he had been killed. The Pashto-language letter had a stamp from the office of Baradar, who had served as the chief negotiator during talks between the Taliban and the United States. Those negotiations had paved the way for the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was completed in late August, two...

Israeli researchers can confirm only 12 days of protection from COVID-19 virus with booster shot

Israeli researchers have only been able to demonstrate that the COVID-19 booster shot provides a proven 12 days of protection from the virus after being administered to people aged 60 or above. However, the vaxx pushers and their captive propagandists in the media are spinning these findings as proof of vaccine efficacy. The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the third Pfizer vaccine provides a ten-times boost of the immunity within individuals against individuals who have received only two vaccine shots. These findings, of course, presume that there was any real immunity boost given from the vaccines to begin with. Thus far, nearly three million Israelis have received the third booster shot. Israel has emerged as the world leader in vaccine compliance, and their COVID-19 case totals keep shattering records as more Israelis line up to comply.

Biden's border crisis rages on; TV news airtime down 94%

The crisis along the U.S. southern border is still terrible, and the liberal news media still don't care. According to the latest statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Security, there were 208,887 encounters along the southern border, only a slight decrease from a revised 213,534 reported in July, a 21-year record. Yet broadcast evening news coverage in August was virtually nil: Just 6 minutes, 28 seconds on the Big Three during the entire month, including weekends. That's four minutes, 12 seconds on the NBC Nightly News; two minutes and 16 seconds on the CBS Evening News, and nothing — zero minutes and zero seconds — on ABC's World News Tonight in August. This is barely unchanged from July, when those same newscasts spent just four minutes, 20 seconds on the border crisis, despite the worsening numbers. Compared to March 2021, when even the liberal media were treating the influx of illegal immigrants as a crisis, evening news coverage has dropped 94 percent, while the actual...

Los Angeles County to roll out new vaccine mandate

Los Angeles County is set to put forward a new health order this week mandating proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test for several situations and events. As reported by Fox 11 Los Angeles: "Los Angeles County is planning on issuing a new health officer order later this week that will require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, wineries, breweries, nightclubs and lounges. The order will also require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test for outdoor mega-events, including Dodgers, Rams and Chargers games, County Public Health Director Dr. Barbara Ferrer told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday." The order will also mandate that customers and workers at the indoor nightlife businesses have received at least one dose of the vaccine by October 7th, and their second shot by November 4th.

Roman port discovered underwater off north-eastern Crete

Treasures from the Roman era of Greek history were discovered recently at the bottom of the sea near the old Roman port at Sitia on the Gulf of Palekastro on the Greek island of Crete. The underwater research, undertaken by the Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities in the Gulf of Palekastro was completed in August. For the first time, the remains of a shipwreck were found in the form of a number of stunningly lovely amphorae from the second century AD, resting on the seabed as they had been loaded onto a ship that researchers believe most likely originated from the Iberian Peninsula.

FDA meets to decide whether to approve Pfizer booster shots, as company releases stats showing major decline in vaccine efficacy

The US Food and Drug Administration will vote on whether to approve booster doses of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. The vote comes after the drug firm published data showing major decline of potency of its two-shot regimen over time. The FDA's vaccines committee met on Friday to discuss the approval of booster shots of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for individuals 16 years and older. After a series of presentations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), academics, and Pfizer representatives, the FDA's 15-member panel will cast their votes on Friday afternoon. In August, FDA gave Pfizer's existing two-shot regimen its approval, paving the way for the Biden administration to unveil a program of tough new mandates.

Bone tools used to produce clothing in Morocco 120,000 years ago says study

A new study led by Arizona State University paleoanthropologist Curtis Marean and ASU doctoral graduate Emily Hallett details more than 60 tools made of bone and one tool made from the tooth of a cetacean, which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. These finds, first unearthed from Contrebandiers Cave, Morocco, in 2011, are highly suggestive proxy evidence for the earliest clothing in the archaeological record and attest to the pan-African emergence of complex culture and specialized tool manufacture. The invention of clothing, and the development of the tools needed to create it, are milestones in the story of humanity. Not only are they indicative of strides in cultural and cognitive evolution, archaeologists also believe they were essential in enabling early humans to expand their niche from Pleistocene Africa into new environments with new ecological challenges. However, as furs and other organic materials used to make clothing are unlikely to be preserved in the...

South Africa's Constitutional Court rejects Zuma's bid to have contempt of court order rescinded

The Constitutional Court has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma's application to have the contempt of court judgment against him rescinded. In its majority judgment on Friday, the apex court ruled that Zuma had not met the requirements of a rescission application. The court also awarded a costs order against Zuma. A majority decision by the Constitutional Court previously found that Zuma was in contempt of court after he ignored an order from the same court to appear before the Zondo Commission.

Censorship: Amazon blocking ad for book investigating Black Lives Matter

"I wrote this book because most of the press refused to cover the important questions about the people and organizations behind Black Lives Matter," author Mike Gonzalez says. "Now Amazon is trying to limit how many Americans read this book." Amazon this week blocked an advertisement for a new book on Black Lives Matter leaders, claiming content that "revolves around controversial or highly debated social topics is not permitted." BLM: The Making of a New Marxist Revolution is the latest book by Mike Gonzalez, a former journalist who is a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, parent organization of The Daily Signal. The Heritage Foundation, which attempted to buy the ad for Gonzalez's book, said Wednesday that Amazon, the nation's largest retailer, had blocked the ad from its website.

The rise of Maxine Bernier and the PPC's 'Purple Wave' in Canada

As the federal election campaign heads into its last lap, the People's Party of Canada, led by Maxime Bernier, has been moving up in the polls. According to the latest Nanos numbers, PPC support has more than doubled during the campaign and sits at 5.0 per cent, while Bernier's support for preferred prime minister is at 5.5 per cent. Yet, Bernier was not invited to any of the three leaders debates. By contrast, Green Party leader Annamie Paul was invited to the two official debates on September 8 and 9. As a technical matter, given the criteria set by the Leaders Debate Commission, the Greens qualified while the PPC did not. It is worth noting that the Greens sit at 4.2 per cent in the Nanos poll, with Paul polling lowest among all of the major party leaders at 1.7 per cent as preferred prime minister.

Texas Gov. Abbott shuts down border entries to stem illegal migrant 'caravans' 'overrunning our state'

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) shut down six ports of entry from Mexico into the United States to curb a surge in illegal migrants crossing over the border. "The sheer negligence of the Biden Administration to do their job and secure the border is appalling. I have directed the Department of Public Safety and the Texas National Guard to surge personnel and vehicles to shut down six points of entry along the southern border to stop these caravans from overrunning our state," Abbott said in a statement Thursday. Abbott's drastic action came after drone footage captured by Fox News showed the number of migrants waiting for processing in Del Rio, Texas, doubled overnight from 4,200 to 8,000 people.

Liberals gasp! Ron DeSantis was right about monoclonal-antibody therapy - now he must pay

Florida's governor was blasted by progressives for promoting Regeneron's COVID treatment. Now, demand is so great the Biden administration is rationing it. Two months ago, Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida was being roundly castigated for promoting the use of Regeneron's monoclonal-antibody treatment as part of his state's efforts to fight COVID-19. Desperate to find something sinister in the push, DeSantis's critics threw out every charge they could dream up. At first, the line was that Regeneron's treatment didn't work. Then, it was that Regeneron's treatment worked fine, but represented a dangerous distraction from the vaccine. And, finally, it was that Regeneron's treatment was part of a corrupt plot to enrich DeSantis's donors. Today, we learn from the Washington Post that, actually, none of that was the problem. Instead, DeSantis's sin is that he has been relying upon monoclonal-antibody treatment too much, and that this is unfair to other states that now need it. What a...

Unhinged: 'Poisonous' MSNBC host Joy Reid slammed for 'Republicans love Covid' rant

Fresh from an on-air feud with rapper Nicki Minaj, MSNBC host Joy Reid has drawn scorn and ridicule for accusing Republicans of trying to spread Covid-19 into schools, offices, and stores. "A message to Republicans: Okay, we get it! Covid is the precious and you love it. You love Covid so much you want it to spread into schools, at the office, in the WalMart, on the cruise ships, and at the club," Reid thundered during the opening monologue of Wednesday's episode of The ReidOut.

About time! MSM reports: "Our most reliable pandemic number is losing meaning"

At least 12,000 Americans have already died from COVID-19 this month, as the country inches through its latest surge in cases. But another worrying statistic is often cited to depict the dangers of this moment: The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 in the United States right now is as high as it has been since the beginning of February. It's even worse in certain places: Some states, including Arkansas and Oregon, recently saw their COVID hospitalizations rise to higher levels than at any prior stage of the pandemic. But how much do those latter figures really tell us? From the start, COVID hospitalizations have served as a vital metric for tracking the risks posed by the disease. Last winter, this magazine described it as "the most reliable pandemic number," while Vox quoted the cardiologist Eric Topol as saying that it's "the best indicator of where we are." On the one hand, death counts offer finality, but they're a lagging signal and don't account for people who...

Swollen rivers threaten more flooding in Cambodia

Flash floods are still washing over roads and inundating homes in three districts of Banteay Meanchey province, while in Preah Vihear province the water level of the Stung Sen River continues to climb towards emergency levels. The heavy rains are also causing the Mekong River to gradually flood and flow into a number of canals as well, creating potential dangers for those living in low-lying areas along the river and prompting warnings from government officials for the public to maintain a vigilant watch on the situation in their localities. Ros Sophany, provincial deputy governor and spokeswoman for the Banteay Meanchey Provincial Administration, told The Post that many rural roads in Malai and Mongkol Borei districts and in Poipet town were presently washed out by flash floods.

AOC hit with second ethics complaint over 'Tax The Rich' theatrics at the Met

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has been hit with a second ethics complaint over her attendance at the elitist Met Gala on Monday evening while wearing a "tax the rich" dress. According to the Daily Caller's Andrew Kerr, AOC may have violated 'a myriad of House ethics rules,' per a complaint by conservative watchdog group, the National Legal and Policy Center, which says that AOC's acceptance of free tickets to the event for herself and her boyfriend - which reportedly cost upwards of $35,000 - may have violated House Gift rules. What's more, AOC received a prohibited gift from another attendee by sitting at a paid table during the event, rumored to have cost up to $300,000.

Caitlin Johnstone: Australia continues its plunge into authoritarianism and military brinkmanship

Australia has joined the US and UK in an "enhanced trilateral security partnership" called AUKUS with the unspoken-yet-obvious goal of coordinating escalations against China. Antiwar reports: "President Biden and the leaders of Australia and the UK announced a new military agreement on Wednesday aimed at countering China. The pact, known as AUKUS, will focus on the sharing of sensitive military technologies, and the first initiative will focus on getting Australia nuclear-powered submarines." US officials speaking to CNN described the effort to share nuclear propulsion with another country as an "exceedingly rare step" due to the sensitivity of the technology. "This technology is extremely sensitive. This is, frankly, an exception to our policy in many respects," one unnamed official said.

Typhoon Chanthu passes near Jeju, South Korea flooding roads, homes, canceling flights - Dumps over meter of rain on country since start of week

As Typhoon Chanthu passed near Jeju, it brought drenching rain and high winds, flooding low-lying neighborhoods, striking trees and a streetlight, and grounding flights. The Korea Meteorological Administration said the typhoon came the nearest to the island at around 7 a.m. Friday, passing 60 kilometers south-southeast of the city of Seogwipo. It moved eastward along the Korea Strait, a sea passage between South Korea and Japan, at the speed of 21 kph. The season's 14th typhoon has already soaked the island with more than 1,000 millimeters of rain in some mountainous areas since early this week, as it was inching closer to the island from the south.

Seven possible causes of the next financial crisis

The great financial historian, Charles Kindleberger, pointed out in the 1970s that over several centuries, history showed there was a financial crisis about once every ten years. His observation still holds. In every decade since his classic Manias, Panics and Crashes of 1978, such crises have indeed continued to erupt in their turn, in the 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and again in 2020. What could cause the next crisis in this long, recurring series? I suggest seven possibilities: 1. What Nobody Sees Coming A notable headline from 2017 was "Yellen: I Don't See a Financial Crisis Coming in Our Lifetimes." The then-head of the Federal Reserve was right that she didn't see it coming; nonetheless, well within her and our lifetimes, a new financial crisis arrived in 2020, from unexpected causes. It has been well said that "The riskiest stuff is what you don't see coming." Especially risky is what you don't think is possible, but happens anyway. About the Global Financial Crisis of...

More than half of people with long Covid might NOT have 'long Covid' after all

New research by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that more than half of those who are suffering 'from' long Covid might not actually have it and could simply be suffering from normal bouts of ill health. The Telegraph has the story.

Call for investigation of menstrual changes after Covid jabs

Changes to periods and unexpected vaginal bleeding after having a Covid vaccine should be investigated to reassure women, says a leading immunologist specialising in fertility. Writing in the BMJ, Dr Victoria Male, from Imperial College London, said the body's immune response was the likely cause, not something in the vaccines. There is no evidence they have any impact on pregnancy or fertility.

Slow moving storms dump up to 2 inches of rain in an hour on Washington DC region, roads flood

Slow moving thunderstorms poured several inches of rain in a matter of hours on the D.C. region, and some drivers had to be rescued after their vehicles got stranded in flood waters. Much of the flash flood warnings were canceled just before 7 p.m., while the flash flood watch the National Weather Service had much of the area, particularly the metro counties and northern Maryland, ended before 9 p.m. Thursday. A flood warning was also in effect for D.C., Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland and Arlington County and the city of Alexandria in Virginia until 9:30 p.m. Fairfax and Prince William counties and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park were under a flood warning until 10:30 p.m. That flood warning, as well as the Baltimore City and County warnings was cancelled. Some of the storms brought heavy rains with them, and they arrived just in time to severely complicate the evening commute. Storm Team4 Meteorologist Matt Ritter said estimates indicated between 1...

Despite China fully vaccinating 71% of population, 91% of 12-17 year-olds, outbreaks still occurring, working on highly experimental mRNA injections

China has fully vaccinated more than one billion people against the coronavirus -- 71 per cent of its population -- official figures showed Thursday. The country where the virus was first detected has mostly curbed the virus within its borders but is racing to get the vast majority of its population vaccinated as a new outbreak flickers in the southeast. Comment: Covid-19 was detected in numerous places on the planet, not just China, and well before any 'official' declaration was made; for more on its likely origins, see: Compelling Evidence That SARS-CoV-2 Was Man-Made "As of September 15, 2.16 billion vaccine doses have been administered nationwide," said National Health Commission spokesman Mi Feng at a press briefing.

Federal judge declines to block Florida ban on mask mandates

A federal judge declined Wednesday to block a ban imposed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis to prevent mandating masks for Florida school students amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Judge K. Michael Moore in Miami denied a request by parents of disabled children for a preliminary injunction against an executive order that DeSantis issued in July that served as the basis for the Florida Department of Health issuing a rule that required school districts to allow parents to opt out of any student mask mandates. Moore wrote in his ruling that parents should have pursued administrative claims before filing a lawsuit.

Airport in Milan, Italy underwater as dozens evacuated

According to reports, 10 people have been rescued after being trapped. A further 20 people were evacuated from the cargo area of the Malpensa Airport. In videos across social media, cars can be seen submerged underwater at the airport. Emergency crews can also be seen using rubber dinghies to evacuate people. Italy's Department of Civil Protection has issued a weather warning for 11 regions. They warned there is the chance for intense showers and potentially hail.

Florida landlord says tenants must get COVID-19 vaccine or move out

If you're not vaccinated for COVID-19, you can forget about moving into any of eight apartment complexes in Broward and Miami-Dade counties owned by Santiago A. Alvarez and his family. And if you're still unvaccinated when it comes time to renew your lease, you'll have to find someplace else to live. Alvarez, who controls 1,200 units in the two counties, is the first large-scale landlord known to national housing experts to impose a vaccine requirement not only for employees, but also for tenants. They'll be required to produce documentation that they've received at least an initial vaccine dose.

Animal rescue: CCTV shows goat and rooster save chicken from hawk attack, deer mauls hawk after it tries to capture a rabbit

This is the moment a goat and a rooster fended off a hawk that was attacking a chicken on a farm in the Netherlands. Jaap Beets, 59, was inside his farmhouse in Gelderland on September 5 when he heard ear-piercing screeching coming from his livestock outside. In an attack that lasted just 17 seconds, a hawk swooped down on one of his chickens, but his other animals saved the hen before the Mr Beets arrived on the scene. Dramatic CCTV footage shows the goshawk dive-bombing a brown hen, sending feathers flying all over the paddock.

Was valuable Canadian vaccine technology illicitly handed to China by employees of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg?

The answer is likely yes -- and it's something Justin Trudeau and other Canadian politicians are desperately trying to hide. Over the summer Justin Trudeau's Liberal administration made extreme moves to try to block the release of a set of unredacted documents to members of the Canadian parliament. Those documents contain, among other things, information about why two Chinese-national senior scientists at the National Microbiology Laboratory (NML) facility in Winnipeg, Manitoba, together with several of their Chinese-national students, were physically removed in early July 2019 and the two senior scientists were fired in January 2021.

Two eruptions at Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico on September 17

Two events required a real-time format because of their long audio tracks. Thank you to Webcamsdemexico: https://www.youtube.com/user/webcamsd...

Severe hailstorm turned streets into rivers in Alcora, Spain

Strong hailstorm turned streets into rivers in Alcora, Spain.

Monsoon mayhem in Uttar Pradesh, India kills 38 people in 2 days - 9 inches of rain in 36 hours

At least 38 people have been killed in various rain-related incidents in the past 40 hours as Uttar Pradesh continues to receive heavy and incessant rainfall, throwing normal life completely out of gear. Various districts of UP have recorded over 22 mm of rainfall while Lucknow has recorded 235 mm rainfall in the past 36 hours. 15 persons died due the rains while more than 10 were injured, in accidents. Two children died due to electrocution in Lucknow, official sources said. Nine deaths have been reported from Barabanki alone, mostly due to accidents and house collapse, and massive waterlogging and power and telecom disruptions.

Scottish teachers did not face an elevated risk of severe COVID-19 when schools were open

It's been known since early in the pandemic that children's risk of death from COVID-19 is extremely low. However, proponents of school closures have long argued that keeping schools open would put teachers at significant risk. Back in January, six teaching unions urged the Government to "pause" school reopenings. They argued that returning pupils to classrooms while the virus was still spreading would expose education workers to "serious risk of ill-health". However, figures published by the ONS later that month cast serious doubt on the unions' claims. Between March and December of 2020, the COVID-19 death rate among education workers - adjusted for age and sex - was "significantly lower" than that among the general population. The highest death rates were observed among taxi drivers, machine operators, security guards, restaurant workers, and social care staff - i.e., in working class professions. One potential criticism of the ONS report is that the researchers took an average...

Another look at 9/11: Ask not 'What happened?' but 'Who did it?'

The evidence of Israeli involvement is substantial, based on the level of the Jewish state's espionage operations in the U.S., Phil Giraldi writes. The twentieth anniversary of 9/11 last Saturday has raised many of the usual issues about what actually happened on that day. Were hijacked airliners actually crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center and the Pentagon or was the damage in New York City attributable to explosives or even some kind of nuclear device? These are fundamental questions and the so-called "Truthers" who raise them have been inspired by their reading of the 585 page 9/11 Report, which is most charitably described as incomplete, though many would reasonably call it a government cover-up. I have long believed that unless one actually sees or experiences something first hand the description of any event is no better than hearsay. The closest I came to "seeing" 9/11 was the panicked evacuation of a CIA office building, where I was working at the time....
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Milk enabled massive steppe migration

The Yamnaya, one of the the earliest pastoralist populations of the Eurasian steppe, began expanding out of the Pontic-Caspian steppe more than 5000 years ago. These migrations resulted in gene flow across vast areas, ultimately linking pastoralist populations in Scandinavia with groups that expanded into Siberia. Just how and why these pastoralists travelled such extraordinary distances in the Bronze Age has remained a mystery. Now a new study led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History has revealed a critical clue. The Bronze Age migrations seem to coincide with a simple but important dietary shift - the adoption of milk drinking. The researchers drew on a humble but extraordinary source of information from the archaeological record - they looked at ancient tartar (dental calculus) on the teeth of preserved skeletons. By carefully removing samples of the built-up calculus, and using advanced molecular methods to extract and then analyse the...

F**k Joe Biden? Looks like US voters may do just that come next year's midterms

Less than a year in power, Biden's approval ratings are dropping like a rock amid controversial moves from his administration, including a compulsory vaccine mandate. This is paving the way for a major Republican resurgence. Just below the high-fructose, Cheez Whiz surface of American society, there are warning signs that a mighty giant - a sluggish, overweight giant, but a giant nonetheless - is struggling to awaken from a media-induced slumber. And the rumblings are registering in some unexpected places. Since the days of the Roman Empire, rulers have appreciated the need for bread and circuses as a means for keeping the hearts and minds of their subjects distracted, with gladiatorial matches mixed up with a generous amount of blood and beverage. And considering that there is no bigger circus in US society than American football, the Democrats may have some cause for concern.

Ex-Pentagon head on Milley: 'A disgraceful and unprecedented act of insubordination', 'must resign immediately or be fired'

Former Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller ripped Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley on Wednesday over a report that Milley told his Chinese counterpart that he would warn the Chinese military if the U.S. — and then-president Donald Trump — was about to launch a strike. The Washington Post reported Tuesday, based on revelations in a forthcoming book from Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, that Milley was allegedly so worried that Trump would strike China that he called and told Gen. Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army that the U.S. would not launch a strike and, that if the U.S. did, it would not be a surprise. Milley reportedly said: "General Li, I want to assure you that the American government is stable and everything is going to be okay. We are not going to attack or conduct any kinetic operations against you. General Li, you and I have known each other for now five years. If we're going to attack, I'm going to call you ahead of time. It's not going to...

Why the Biden COVID-19 vaccine mandate is unconstitutional - and why Kavanaugh may be the key

On September 9, President Biden announced he would circumvent the democratic process, ordering the Secretary of the Department of Labor to require employers with over 100 workers to "ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week." This was essential, as Biden said, "to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated workers." As we have explained, the Secretary of Labor will issue these regulations through OSHA by way of an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS). The ETS would allow the Secretary of Labor to issue the vaccine mandate without the normal administrative rulemaking requirements (like notice and public comment periods). While the Biden Administration tells the public that there's no time to waste in issuing the mandate, the truth is that OSHA/Labor failed to argue the necessity of a vaccine mandate since the vaccines have been available - a time period approaching one year. Moreover, the Biden Department of Labor is secretly meeting...

Putin, self-isolating, says 'dozens' in his inner circle diagnosed with COVID-19

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he expects to remain in self-isolation for several days after dozens of members of his inner circle tested positive for COVID-19. Speaking via a video conference with leaders of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) who had gathered in Dushanbe for a summit on September 16, Putin said he wished "he could shake hands and embrace" the other leaders as he originally intended before being forced to self-isolate. Putin said: "You know, unfortunately, I had to cancel my trip to Dushanbe at the last moment, and I am sorry about that. But that is because, as you know, the coronavirus was discovered not just in one or two people, but in several dozens of people in [my] closest circle. So now I have to stay in self-isolation for several days." It was previously unclear how big the outbreak was and how long Putin would remain isolated.

Shocking report exposes how US defense contractors have wasted trillions through fraud and corruption

The newly released 'Profits of War' report from Brown University has revealed in staggering detail the full extent of the corruption unleashed by Washington's profligate defense spending during the 20-year War on Terror. It notes that since the start of the intervention in Afghanistan in October 2001, Pentagon spending has totaled $14 trillion, with the US war budget increasing between 2002 and 2003 by more than the entire military spending of any other country. Between one-third and one-half of that total was pocketed by defense firms, which provided logistics and reconstruction, private security services and weapons - along the way, these contractors habitually engaged in "questionable or corrupt business practices," including fraud, abuse, price-gouging and profiteering. Wartime conditions meant standard contract processes were circumvented - bidders, bids, and subsequent delivery weren't subject to significant oversight, so fleecing the Pentagon was extremely easy, particularly...

Retired Army colonel breaks down how bad Milley's actions really were

Retired Army Colonel Douglas McGregor appeared with Tucker Carlson last night to talk about the bombshell information about Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley. McGregor was formerly senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense under President Donald Trump. As we previously reported, according to information in a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, Milley spoke with his counterpart in China and assured him that he would tell him if we were going to attack them. Milley did not tell the president about this contact with the Chinese. On top of that, as we reported, he allegedly interfered in the ability of the president to solely dictate military/nuclear action by telling senior military officials that no action should be taken without him being involved. This all came after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke to Milley and other senior military leaders and demanded that he do something about President Donald Trump. She was told at the time that would amount to a military...

Durham reportedly seeking indictment against Clinton campaign lawyer who gave FBI Russia dirt

Special counsel John Durham reportedly is seeking a grand jury indictment against Michael Sussmann, a cybersecurity lawyer at a Democratic-allied law firm that represented Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. According to the New York Times, the charge is said to be related to an alleged false statement to the FBI about a client's identity when Sussmann pushed now-debunked claims about secret communications between Russia's Alfa Bank and the Trump Organization in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Durham "has told the Justice Department that he will ask a grand jury to indict a prominent cybersecurity lawyer on a charge of making a false statement to the FBI," the New York Times reported on Wednesday, citing "people familiar with the matter." Prior testimony and documents show Sussmann, who worked at Perkins Coie, delivered allegations about the Alfa server to then-FBI General Counsel James Baker in fall 2016. Baker has told investigators Sussman told him his approach was...

Scores of US Vessels with 'stolen Syrian oil' leave Arab republic for Iraq

Earlier this year, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby argued that the US military presence in north-eastern Syria is aimed at ensuring the "enduring defeat" of Daesh terrorists, and that Washington is not involved in exploiting the region's oil resources. A convoy of 70 US vehicles, including tankers loaded with "stolen Syrian oil", have made their way out of north-eastern Syria into Iraq via the al-Waleed border crossing, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported.The Syrian government does not have any control over the al-Waleed border crossing and therefore deems it illegal. "SANA cited unnamed sources as saying that the convoy included trucks carrying several cannons and military vehicles belonging to the US forces." Friday's incident is the latest in a series of instances of the illegal smuggling of Syrian oil by the US and its Kurdish allies that have reported Syrian media over the past several months. Last month, SANA claimed that an 80-vehicle convoy from the al-Jazeera...

Haiti PM Ariel Henry replaces justice minister after sacking prosecutor who wanted to charge him for assassination of Moise

The reshuffle comes as attention turned to phone calls Henry made to suspect in President Jovenel Moise assassination. Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry has replaced the country's justice minister, days after firing a chief public prosecutor who had called for Henry to be charged in connection with the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise. The latest fractures in a deepening political crisis in the Caribbean nation also included the resignation of the secretary-general of Haiti's Council of Ministers, Renald Luberice, who said in a letter on Wednesday he could not remain under the direction of a prime minister who "does not intend to cooperate with justice, seeking, on the contrary, by all means, to obstruct it".

Paradoxes in the reporting of Covid19 vaccine effectiveness

The full pdf version of the following article (which includes the Appendix) can be found here. Why current studies (for or against vaccination) cannot be trusted and what we can do about it The randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to establish the safety and effectiveness of Covid19 vaccines produced impressive results (Polack et al., 2020) but were inevitably limited in the way they assessed safety (Folegatti et al., 2020)[1] and are effectively continuing (Ledford, Cyranoski, & Van Noorden, 2020; Singh et al., 2021). Ultimately, the safety and effectiveness of these vaccines will be determined by real world observational data over the coming months and years. However, data from observational studies on vaccine effectiveness can easily be misinterpreted leading to incorrect conclusions. For example, we previously noted the Public Health England data shown in Figure 1 for Covid19 cases and deaths of vaccinated and unvaccinated people up to June 2021. Overall, the death rate was...

Failed axing of California governor is a victory for the most successful experiment in socio-political brainwashing ever

The votes are counted, the result complete: The citizens of the once-Golden State are so indoctrinated with wokeness they can't vote for any politician who isn't wholesale progressive. Nothing else explains Gavin Newsom's victory. That stretch of sun-drenched, overpriced real estate along the Pacific is an undeniable, unmitigated disaster, and it has sunk deep into that status under the watch of Getty family trust fund baby Newsom. I would challenge anyone to debate the fact that the puddle of oil in Sacramento's state house is an abject failure and to offer any researched and confirmed numbers to back up any claims he's been a sustained success. Beyond that, I'd love to encounter anyone who holds enthusiasm in their hearts for this slick ventriloquist dummy masquerading as a national-caliber leader. The statistics detailing the unquestionable garbage fire are omnipresent. One online search can keep you reading for hours. However, just as an example, we can begin with the state's...

Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues

There were more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed on Wednesday, the second month in a row where the number has been over the 200,000 mark as migrants continue to attempt to enter the U.S. Fox News first reported that there were 208,887 encounters in August. While it marks the first decrease in migrant encounters seen under the Biden administration, where migrant encounters have been sharply rising for months, it is only a 2% drop over the more than 212,000 encounters in July. Additionally, the 208,887 number for August represents a 317% increase over last August 2020 which saw 50,014 encounters — and a 233% increase over August 2019, where there were 62,707 amid that year's border crisis.

Taliban discovers cache of Soviet-made ballistic missiles in Panjshir Valley

Taliban militants have found several old Soviet-made ballistic missiles in the Panjshir Valley while securing the region and defeating local resistance forces. However, the missiles appear to be in an inoperable condition. Militants found the missile cache lying on the bank of the Panjshir River, footage that has surfaced online shows. The Panjshir Valley was taken over by the Taliban last week following a short-lived conflict with local forces. Video shot by the militants shows around 10 Luna-M (NATO reporting name FROG-7) short-range and 10 R-17 Elbrus (NATO reporting name Scud B) medium-range ballistic missiles.

Amazon, Facebook, Google and Microsoft: Waging a domestic War on Terror™ and making billions in the process

A new report has laid bare the relationship between Silicon Valley and the American state, and the trillions of dollars they have made since 9/11. The War on Terror was a veritable feeding frenzy for defense contractors, with the sector profiting to the collective tune of trillions. However, it wasn't the only industry cashing in - as a new report produced by three US campaign groups reveals, "household names in tech like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft have respectively reaped billions from selling tech to the war machine." In all, 86% of government contracts awarded to Amazon and 77% to Google to date are said to have been related to the War on Terror. That income played a pivotal role in transforming these organizations from small start-ups, literally operating from basements, into global behemoths. What's more, the crosshairs of this effort have now been turned inward, with everything from databases to drones repurposed for domestic use.

Suspected attack on Hagen synagogue leads to arrest of four in Germany

Police have arrested four people over a possible attack on a synagogue in western Germany ahead of a major Jewish holiday. Authorities believe the threat was motivated by "Islamist ideology." German police have arrested "several people," including a teenager, over a threat of an attack on a synagogue on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. Hagen police said they arrested four people as a result of their investigation into the threat and had searched several buildings.

Ioannidis on the politicization of science

Like other academics, I first became aware of John Ioannidis through his influential 2005 paper "Why Most Published Research Findings are False." That essay was widely praised as a salutary reminder from one scientist to his fellows of the need for their field to be self-critical. With the COVID-19 pandemic, Ioannidis would become far more widely known, this time for expressing skepticism about some of the scientific claims being made about the virus and the measures taken to deal with it. His warnings were in the same spirit as that of his earlier work, and presented in the same measured and reasonable manner - but this time they were not so warmly received. In a new essay at The Tablet, Ioannidis reflects on the damage that has been done to the norms of scientific research as politics has corrupted it during the pandemic. The specific norms Ioannidis has in mind are, he says, "the Mertonian norms of communalism, universalism, disinterestedness, and organized skepticism." The...

Queensland MPs vote to legalise voluntary euthanasia for those with terminal illness

Queensland has passed laws that will allow voluntary assisted dying for people with a terminal illness, with an overwhelming majority of MPs voting in favour. The state - often perceived as Australia's most socially conservative - becomes the fifth Australian jurisdiction to allow voluntary euthanasia. The state parliament voted 60 to 29 in favour, despite a fierce campaign by faith-based groups and attempts by opponents to introduce amendments that would have imposed barriers to access the new scheme. Comment: In the case of Ireland, the Committee of Justice found those pushing for amendments were right to be concerned and the bill was eventually scraped.

2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 'nothing personal'

The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday that the coordinated killings were retaliation for French airstrikes on the Islamic State group, calling the deaths of 130 innocent people "nothing personal" as he acknowledged his role for the first time. Salah Abdeslam, who wore all black and declined to remove his mask as he spoke in a custom-built courtroom, has been silent throughout the investigation. Observers were waiting to see if he would offer any details during the trial. Nine Islamic State group gunmen and suicide bombers struck within minutes of one another at several locations around Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, targeting fans at the national soccer stadium and cafe-goers and ending with a bloodbath inside the Bataclan concert hall. It was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II and among the worst terror attacks to hit the West, shaking the country's sense of security and rewriting its politics. Abdeslam is the only survivor of that cell,...

Short-sighted: France suspends 3,000 unvaccinated health workers without pay

Thousands of health workers across France have been suspended without pay for failing to get vaccinated against Covid-19 ahead of a deadline this week, Health Minister Olivier Veran said Thursday. "Some 3,000 suspensions were notified yesterday to employees at health centres and clinics who have not yet been vaccinated," Veran told RTL radio. He added that "several dozens" had turned in their resignations rather than sign up for the jabs. That compares with 2.7 million health workers overall, Veran said, adding that "continued healthcare is assured".

Herron long-term care residents died of thirst, malnourishment, not Covid, Quebec coroner's inquest told

COVID-19 was repeatedly cited as a cause of death at the Herron nursing home to obscure the fact that dozens of elderly residents died from thirst, malnourishment and neglect, a Quebec coroner's inquest heard Tuesday. In an emotional testimony, an auxiliary nurse recalled how the facility in Montreal's West Island was already poorly run before the crisis, how most of its staff abandoned their posts when the coronavirus struck, and how the local health authority then took over in a high-handed and inefficient manner. She described discussions over whether to triage residents in such a way that those who were dying wouldn't be fed. And she recalled harrowing scenes: a woman's body left unattended in a room shared with her husband, and nurses quarrelling in front of grieving family members. The auxiliary nurse testified at coroner Géhane Kamel's public hearings into 47 deaths at Herron, a part of an inquest into the high death toll in Quebec nursing homes during the first wave of the...

Alberta introduces new rules, passport as COVID puts health system 'days from collapse'

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system in just over a week, has reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a vaccine passport system. Alberta is also asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care beds and staff while prepping its triage protocols, which would see doctors forced to choose who gets life-saving treatment and who does not. The United Conservative government declared Wednesday a state of public health emergency.

As expected from a flu: World Health Organisation reports drop in new coronavirus infections

The UN health agency said every region in the world had seen a fall in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week. Some four million coronavirus cases were reported globally last week, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), marking the first major drop in new infections in more than two months. The UN health agency said, in its weekly update, that every region in the world had seen a fall in Covid-19 cases compared to the previous week. Over recent weeks, there have been about 4.4 million new Covid-19 cases reported. Although the worldwide number of deaths decreased to about 62,000, with the sharpest decline in Southeast Asia, there was a 7% increase in deaths in Africa. The highest numbers of cases were seen in the US, Britain, India, Iran and Turkey and the highly contagious Delta variant had now been reported in 180 countries. WHO also said children and teenagers continued to be less affected by Covid-19 compared to adults, adding that deaths of people aged under 24...

The ethical bankruptcy of vaccinating 12-15 year-olds

We're publishing an original piece today by a senior pharmaceutical company executive setting out the ethical case against vaccinating healthy 12-15 year-olds against SARS-CoV-2. He points out that the risk of myocarditis alone is greater than any potential benefit of being vaccinated for this cohort. There are 3,200,000 12-15 year-olds in the U.K. and if you give a single dose of the vaccine to every one, according to the JCVI, you're likely to prevent seven children ending up in the paediatric ICU. That's not seven per million; that's seven in total. But, according to the same source, the risk of a 12-15 year-old who's received one dose developing myocarditis is 3-17 per million, so if every child in this cohort receives one dose between 9-54 will develop vaccine-induced myocarditis. Since we don't know the long-term impact of myocarditis on a person's health, this data suggests the risk of vaccinating 12-15 year-olds outweighs the risk - and that's to ignore all the other...

SOTT FOCUS: Covid's Willing Executioners

How have previously normal people become so eager to deal out death in judgment? A few weeks ago, three friends on Facebook told me that they wished for my death. One of them I didn't really know. He freaked out when I calmly suggested there were viable treatment options for those with Covid. He responded: "Stay out of my life!! I hope you get Covid and die!" The other two friends were people I knew in college 45 years ago, one was my freshman year roommate, and the other guy introduced me to my first wife. He suggested that I prove Darwin's theory and perish from the virus, the other just basically said I deserved what was coming as a selfish unvaccinated science-denier. Covid's willing executioners. I know Facebook is certainly not the ideal place for reasonable discourse. As a psychologist, however, I do find it an interesting sample of a certain extreme way of thinking and behaving.

Coquihalla, Connector hit with early snow for 2nd evening in British Columbia

It's still technically summer, but travellers in the BC Interior were reminded Wednesday night of how quickly winter can arrive in Canada. For the second straight evening, both the Coquihalla Highway (Hwy 5) and the Okanagan Connector (Hwy 97C) were hit with snow as the sun set and temperatures dipped. Around 8 pm, the DriveBC Twitter account shared a photo from the Mine Creek webcam that showed snow falling on Hwy 5. #BCHwy5 - ❄Scenes from the Mine Creek camera on the #Coquihalla. Watch for changing road conditions between #HopeBC and #MerrittBC. Slow down and drive to conditions! Camera links here: https://t.co/4E8Nec7Vp3 pic.twitter.com/MT3Oa78msC — DriveBC (@DriveBC) September 16, 2021

Heavy rain causes severe floods and landslides in Sabah, Malaysia

Severe flooding swept through parts of Sabah State in Malaysia after heavy rain on 15 September. The rain is also thought to have been the cause of a landslide where 3 people died. Videos shared on Social Media showed streets of the state capital Kota Kinabalu under flood water over 1.5 metres deep. The districts of Penampang and Putatan were also affected. The Sabah Disaster Management Committee Secretariat opened 3 relief centres in case of evacuations. As of late 15 September, 68 people from 27 families were displaced.

Very bright meteor fireball falls in Spain (Sept. 15)

On 15 September 2021, at 22:25 local time (equivalent to 20:25universal time), a rock (a meteoroid) from an asteroid impacted the atmosphere at about 76,000 km / h over the south of Spain. The high temperature reached during its atmospheric entry gave rise to a fireball that began at a height of around 91 km over the province of Badajoz. The fireball moved northwest and ended at a height of about 22 km above the same province. The bolide was seen by a wide number of casual eyewitnesses along the country. The preliminary analysis of this event shows that the rock was not fully destroyed: a small part of the object could survive and reach the ground as a meteorite. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at the astronomical observatories of Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), La Sagra, La Hita, and Sevilla. The event has been analyzed by the...

Russia demands answers from US ambassador over 'election interference,' as Moscow says it has proof of 'serious' sabotage efforts

Russian officials are waiting for an answer after presenting the American ambassador with a dossier on purported examples of US attempts to interfere in the country's upcoming elections, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the top diplomat claimed that the evidence was compelling, and had been presented to Ambassador John Sullivan, who was summoned for a meeting on Friday. "The evidence was given to him," Lavrov said. "It is quite serious, really. We are still waiting for an answer from our American colleagues why this is happening." The charges, he said, relate to the refusal of US tech companies to block access to prohibited content. Last week, Russia's digital watchdog, Roskomnadzor, issued a sternly worded warning to companies like Apple and Google, as well as VPN service providers Cloudflare and Cisco, in which it said the firms were violating the country's election laws.

Ohio mayor: School board should resign over material suggesting kids write about sex, drinking

The Hudson mayor is asking all five school board members to resign or face possible criminal charges over high school course material that he said a judge called "child pornography." Mayor Craig Shubert made the statement during Monday night's board of education meeting after multiple parents complained about the content of some writing prompts contained in a book called "642 Things to Write About" provided to high school students who are taking a college credit course called Writing in the Liberal Arts II. Parents said there was a prompt that asked students to "write a sex scene you wouldn't show your mom," and another which said "rewrite the sex scene from above into one that you'd let your mom read."

The Banality of (Financial) Evil

The financialized American economy and State are now totally dependent on a steady flow of lies and propaganda for their very survival. Were the truth told, the status quo would collapse in a putrid heap. Go ahead and be evil, because everyone else is evil, too, because being evil serves everyone's interests far better than maintaining integrity, for integrity will cost you more than you can afford. In other words, lying, fraud, embezzlement, misrepresentation of risk, material misrepresentation of facts, half-truths, the replacement of statements of fact with propaganda and spin: these are not the work of a scattered handful of sociopaths: they represent the very essence and heart of America's economic status quo. Hannah Arendt coined the phrase the banality of evil to capture the essence of the Nazi regime in Germany: doing evil wasn't abnormal, it was normal. Doing evil wasn't an outlier of sociopaths, it was the everyday "job" of millions of people, and not just Nazi Party...

220,000 military service members say 'no' to Biden's forced Covid injections: File lawsuit claiming they already have natural immunity

The Biden administration is trying to redefine the meaning of the word "immunity" in its attempt to force the Covid injection on 220,000 U.S. military service members who have already contracted and survived the SARS COV-2 virus that originated in Wuhan, China. This has opened the door for a federal lawsuit filed August 30 by two active-duty service members against Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Homeland Security Director Xavier Bacerra and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock. The Navy this week gave its sailors 90 days to get the shot and the Army and Air Force were poised Thursday to enforce their own timetables, reported Military.com. The suit, filed August 30 in U.S. District Court in Colorado, seeks immediate injunctive relief. The two plaintiffs, Daniel Robert, a 33-year-old drill sergeant at Fort Benning Army base in Columbus, Georgia, and Hollie Mulvihill, a 29-year-old staff sergeant at the Marine Corp base in Jacksonville, North Carolina, are...

Cameras installed at Iran's nuclear sites under JCPOA deactivated after other parties fail to honor commitments

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the cameras installed at the country's nuclear sites as part of the 2015 nuclear deal were deactivated due to the failure of the other parties to live up to their commitments. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday on the sidelines of a meeting of the Parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Mohammad Eslami said that under regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Safeguards Agreement, the agency's cameras record data at Iran's nuclear sites just like other sites across the world. "In addition to the obligations that Iran needs to undertake under the Safeguards Agreement and it needs to be transparent, a number of cameras were installed as part of the JCPOA. However, the other parties did not honor their commitments, so there was no need to keep the cameras," he explained.

Heavy rain causes more than 120 floods in the Alentejo region of Portugal

A source from the Évora District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) told Lusa that there were 49 floods in the district, in several municipalities, especially in Vila Viçosa, Borba, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourão and Évora. In the district of Évora, 193 firefighters, municipal civil protection services and GNR were involved in the operations. According to the District Command for Relief Operations (CDOS) of Beja, 47 floods were registered in the district, in the municipalities of Moura, Serpa, Barrancos and Beja. The same source added that the municipality of Moura was the most affected, where there was a "partial collapse of the roof of a house".

Coronavirus: Sydney to lift curfew as infections stabilise, vaccination rates surge

Sydney authorities moved to lift curfews for coronavirus hotspots on Wednesday, as infection numbers stabilized and vaccination rates surged, almost three months after activity in Australia's largest city was frozen by lockdown orders. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the 9pm to 5am curfew for virus hotspots would be lifted from Wednesday, in what Sydney residents hope signals the beginning of the end of a long lockdown. Infection rates appear to have plateaued at around 1,300 a day and 80 per cent of people in Australia's most populous state have received at least one vaccine dose. "We've seen a stabilisation in the last few days," said state premier Berejiklian, while urging residents to continue to be vigilant and respect stay-at-home orders. "We don't want to see that trend go the wrong way."

Death toll rises to 6 due to heavy rains in Odisha, India - 2.3 million affected by floods

With two more deaths reported, the toll due to heavy rain in Odisha rose to six, officials said on Wednesday. According to a report of the office of Special Relief Commissioner P.K. Jena, three people in Kendrapara district and one each in Subarnapur and Ganjam districts died due to wall collapse, while one died in Khordha district due to drowning. Two other persons are reported missing from Cuttack and Balangir districts. Over 23.82 lakh people in 24 out of the state's 30 districts have been affected due to incessant rains triggered by a low pressure area over the Bay of Bengal. A total of 7,540 houses have also been affected due to the heavy rain, the report said. The District Collectors have been instructed to submit the damage assessment report by September 22, so that the affected people could be given assistance.

Twitter didn't break election law when it restricted a New York Post article about Hunter Biden and a Ukrainian official, the FEC says

Twitter was within its rights to censor an October 2020 New York Post article about Hunter Biden, President Joe Biden's son, according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Commissioners unanimously agreed Twitter had acted lawfully in restricting distribution of the article, in which the publication claimed to have obtained a "smoking-gun email" from Hunter Biden to a Ukrainian official, per an FEC statement Tuesday. Twitter restricted the circulation of the article on its platform shortly after it was published, citing its policy on "distribution of hacked material." The New York Post's account was suspended, and users couldn't tweet links to the story.

22% of UK parents can't afford childcare, resorting to debt, foodbanks to survive

Low-income parents and those on universal credit are resorting to using food banks as a result of the high costs of childcare, according to a landmark UK survey shared with the Guardian. As MPs debated the cost and availability of childcare in parliament on Monday, and echoed parents' call for an independent review, more evidence emerged that such families are struggling to cope with childcare fees. Of those polled, 16% of parents with a household income of under £20,000 said they had used food banks as a result of childcare costs, with 1% of respondents who made more than that figure also having to rely on charity.

Senator demands to know "Who cuts off Biden's mic?"; "We need to know who's in charge"; "This is a puppeteer act"

Leftists claim that it's 'absurd,' 'bizarre' and 'ridiculous' to suggest Biden is being muted by someone during live streams, despite clear evidence. Republican Senator James Risch demanded Tuesday to know who is in charge of cutting off Joe Biden's microphone when he goes off script, as has been witnessed several times over the past few months. During a hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Risch asked Secretary of State Anthony Blinken who is "calling the shots?" "One of the things we need to get to the bottom to is who is responsible for this? Who made the decisions?" Risch said, referring to Biden's Afghanistan debacle. The Senator then added that Biden "can't even speak without someone in the White House censoring it or signing off on it."

UK cabinet shuffle: Raab gifted deputy prime minister job despite holidaying at beach during Afghan evacuation

Dominic Raab has been demoted from the post of foreign secretary - but handed the title of deputy prime minister, in an apparent consolation prize. He will become the justice Secretary, Lord Chancellor and deputy prime minister, in the first Cabinet appointment made by Boris Johnson. Mr Raab has been in the firing line since staying on holiday in Crete as Afghanistan fell to the Taliban and for criticism of his department's handling of the crisis.

Simone Biles condemns US Olympic Committee, FBI for sex-abuse crisis

Olympic gymnast Simone Biles held back tears on Wednesday, as she told lawmakers how the FBI and U.S. gymnastic and Olympic officials failed to stop the sexual abuse that she and hundreds of other athletes suffered from former doctor Larry Nassar. "To be clear, I blame Larry Nassar and I also blame an entire system that enabled and perpetrated his abuse," she said before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee alongside fellow gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Maggie Nichols. Biles added that USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee failed to act while the FBI "turned a blind eye."

Small Colorado town gets covered by 2 inches of hail

Hail: It's just like snow, but it hurts. One Colorado town found itself covered in so much hail following a Tuesday afternoon storm, that it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas — in September. First snow of the season? Not quite. According to KDVR in Denver, the Colorado town of Falcon was covered in two inches of hail on Tuesday evening. So instead of soft, fluffy snowflakes, that's actually just hundreds of thousands (probably millions) of ice balls. That's right, I said 'ice balls.' Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe said the hail was pea-to-dime size.

Pfizer says Israel data shows third Covid shot restores protection from infection to 95% as it makes case to FDA for boosters

A third dose of Pfizer's Covid vaccine six months after a second shot restores protection from infection to 95% in a real-world setting in Israel, according to data submitted by the company to the Food and Drug Administration. While the effectiveness of the mRNA vaccine wanes over time, a booster shot was shown to elicit an immune response similar to the protection generated after a second dose, Pfizer said in a 52-page presentation released by the agency Wednesday. Pfizer said data from Israel's Covid vaccination program administering boosters to the entire population show that a third shot "has a reactogenicity profile similar to that seen after receipt of the second primary series dose and restores high levels of protection against Covid-19 outcomes (back to approximately 95% protection)." The data was collected from July 1 through Aug. 30 when the delta variant was surging throughout the country.

Gabby Petito's boyfriend issues statement over her disappearance

The Florida man sought for questioning in the mysterious disappearance of Gabby Petito broke his silence Tuesday, saying it's "an extremely difficult time" for both families. "I understand that a search has been organized for Miss Petito in or near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming," Brian Laundrie said in a statement, according to ABC News. "On behalf of the Laundrie family it is our hope that the search for Miss Petito is successful and that Miss Petito is re-united with her family," said the statement, issued through an attorney.

Lightning strikes Toronto's CN Tower 6 times in one night

A Toronto resident was amazed when CN Tower was struck by lightning six times during a stormy night on September 15. Dilshad Burman was determined to capture video of lightning striking the CN Tower so she set up a tripod on her balcony as the storm was approaching. Her efforts were rewarded and she recorded a video that shows lightning striking directly into the CN Tower six times. "Yes, I got it," Burman says in the video when she captures the first lightning strike. She gasps and screams as further strikes occur. Burman posted the video to her Twitter account and asked her followers which lightning strikes they were. She said she was the lightning strike number six as she has "finger in too many pies, stretching myself too thin, dancing and juggling, but still hitting my targets and looking cute doing it." Credit: Dilshad Burman via Storyful

UK government says vaccine passports integral to COVID winter plan day after they were supposedly scrapped

24 hour flip flop. The UK government has insisted that vaccine passports will remain an integral tool in fighting the spread of COVID just a day after health secretary Sajid Javid asserted that they had been completely scrapped. Well, that didn't take long. During his media rounds yesterday morning, Javid said that vaccine passports represented a "huge intrusion into people's lives," adding, "I am pleased to say that we will not be going ahead."

Lightning strike in the middle of the day kills man in Kavala, Greece

A man in his 50's years old was tragically killed after he was struck by lighting, in the middle of the day, in the city of Kavala yesterday. According to local media, the man was struck by lighting around midday in front of the surprised eyes of locals who immediately offered him first aid. An EKAB ambulance rushed to the spot and transported the unfortunate man to the hospital of Kavala, however he was later pronounced deceased. The tragic incident happened near Petropigi, in the Municipality of Nestos.

Heavy rainfall triggers floods and landslides in 4 departments of Guatemala, 2 fatalities reported

Disaster authorities in Guatemala report floods and landslides in areas of San Marcos, Sololá, Guatemala and Santa Rosa Departments following heavy rainfall over the last few days. Two people have lost their lives and several houses and two bridges were damaged or destroyed. A total of 11,799 people were affected by the incidents and 23 evacuated. In San Marcos, 2 bridges were destroyed in Tajumulco, while landslides damaged 4 roads in Sibinal. Roads were also reported damaged in San Antonio Palopó, San Lucas Tolimán and Santa Catarina Palopó municipalities in Sololá. Flooding in Santa Rosa Department damaged over 70 homes in Barberena.

Los Angeles to reportedly require bargoers be vaccinated

Los Angeles County is set to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination at indoor bars, and other nightlife destinations, according to the Los Angeles Times. The new health department edict will be issued Friday and will require customers and workers to have at least once dose by Oct. 7 and be fully vaccinated by Nov. 4, the report said. Additionally, lawmakers are considering a law requiring gym-goers to also have had at least one dose, according to the article. Health officials drew up the mandate to fight the surging Delta variant, even as the county has seen a nearly 50 percent decline in cases over the past month, health statistics showed.

Twitter denies Nicki Minaj was suspended, White House denies she was invited to discuss enlarged testicles

Twitter did not suspend rapper Nicki Minaj, despite her claim on Instagram that she had been. On Wednesday night, a spokesperson for the company told Mediaite, "Twitter did not take any enforcement action on the account referenced." Minaj said she was suspended from Twitter on Wednesday, shortly after she posted a series of tweets regarding her claims about Covid-19 vaccination side-effects. In one of the Wednesday tweets, Minaj said she had been invited to the White House to discuss her concerns. The rapper has faced criticism this week for claiming that the friend of her cousin in Trinidad became "impotent" and "his testicles became swollen" after taking the vaccine. When asked about the rumor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious diseases expert, said they were baseless. "There's no evidence that it happens, nor is there any mechanistic reason to imagine that it would happen," Fauci said. Trinidad's health minister was also forced to dispel the rumor. He lamented...

Grotesque conflicts of interest on NIH ivermectin non-recommendation

The National Institutes of Health provided a non-recommendation for the use of ivermectin in COVID-19, stating that there was: "insufficient evidence ... to recommend either for or against the use of ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19." The process for reaching that non-recommendation, however, is opaque. The Panel members responsible for therapy recommendations are disclosed and also that: "... working groups propose updates to the Guidelines based on the latest published research findings and evolving clinical information." However, NIH has gone to extreme efforts to avoid stating whether a vote was held to endorse the ivermectin non-recommendation. This includes fighting a Freedom of Information Act request in federal court. A deceptive non-vote would constitute an atrocity. NIH has also been secretive about the composition of the working group that proposed the ivermectin non-recommendation. The names of those individuals were redacted by the NIH from a document obtained...

A lament as children are enrolled into Operation Cliff Edge

It has been clear for years that our society has been rapidly degenerating, but it really is now plumbing new depths. On the say-so of the Chief Scientific Officer, Chris Whitty, this country is to start the mass injections of dangerous experimental products into the arms of children aged 12-15, with or without their parent's consent. There is absolutely no scientific or medical reason for children to be given a "vaccine" for this illness since, according to possibly the world's leading epidemiologist, John Ioannidis of Stanford University, the Median Infection Fatality Rate for SARS-CoV-2 for 0-19 year-olds is 0.0027%, or a Survival Rate Estimate of 99.9973%. Once in their arms, Messenger RNA will be carried around their bodies, causing their cells to become production factories for billions of synthetic Spike Proteins from the original virus — a virus which is no longer in existence, having been superseded by variants. These Spike Proteins are known to be pathogenic, and the...

'Largely inaccurate tripe': Al Gore's 'An Inconvenient Truth', fifteen years on

Al Gore's climate change movie was hailed as revolutionary a decade and a half ago when it was released to much fanfare but, in the intervening years, the truths have, inconveniently, turned out to not be truths at all. Fifteen years ago today, failed US presidential candidate, Al Gore, released what can be best described as a scare movie called 'An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming And What We Can Do About It'. The movie was a global hit and Gore won an Oscar; he also received the Nobel Peace Prize. Gore had succeeded in making global warming sexy. Everyone wanted to get in on the act to show how eco-friendly they were, particularly celebrities. And everyone else had to sign up to the agenda because, as we still hear so often today, "the science is settled."

Shocking: Underhanded CDC reporting methods now list vaccinated deaths as "unvaccinated"

While public health officials and mainstream media claim the COVID-19 pandemic is now "a pandemic of the unvaccinated,"1 we now know this claim is based on highly misleading statistics. In a July 16, 2021, White House press briefing,2 U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky claimed that "over 97% of people who are entering the hospital right now are unvaccinated." A few weeks later, in an August 5, 2021, statement, she inadvertently revealed how that statistic actually came about.3 As it turns out, the CDC was looking at hospitalization and mortality data from January through June 2021 — a timeframe during which the vast majority of the U.S. population were still unvaccinated.4

Unique quantum physical effect demonstrated in Russian lab

An international team of scientists led by experts from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (NRNU MEPhI) were the first to demonstrate the recently predicted quantum electrodynamics effect. According to the authors, the results could improve the efficiency of solar cells, organic LEDs, and other photovoltaic equipment by several times. An exciton is a quasiparticle, an auxiliary object of quantum theory, that describes the behaviour of a bound state of a pair of carriers of opposite charges - an electron and a hole. The concept of the exciton, as explained by MEPhI scientists, allows us to describe with high precision, for example, the electrical properties of organic semiconductors during interaction with light.

Former US intelligence operatives, turned mercenary hackers brought up on charges over their work in UAE

Three former US intelligence operatives accused of helping UAE spy on enemies Three former US intelligence operatives, who went to work as mercenary hackers for the United Arab Emirates, are facing federal charges of conspiring to violate hacking laws, according to justice department court documents filed on Tuesday. The three men, Marc Baier, Ryan Adams, and Daniel Gericke, are accused of having been part of a clandestine unit named Project Raven, first reported by Reuters, that helped the United Arab Emirates spy on its enemies. The defendants are also being charged with violating military export restrictions.

EU to prioritize GLOBAL vaccination, von der Leyen says in State of EU address

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the EU's vaccination drive was done "the right way" and vowed to donate 200 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gave her annual State of the European Union address to the European Parliament on Wednesday, where she said the coming year would be "another test of character for the EU." Comment: It's unlikely there could be a more out of touch comment considering the suffering people have endured for the last 17 months. Her speech addressed the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, steps the EU took to slow the spread of the virus and the bloc's future plans for vaccinations.

China's Marxist 'profound revolution' is here and nobody in the West is ready

Pro-Fund or Profound Revolution? Summary Developments in China continue to confound market optimists, with new talk of a "profound revolution" towards a new target of "Common Prosperity" Rather than simply react to these events, we analyze the history of Marxist-Leninist-Maoist Thought to try to put current moves under Xi Jinping Thought in a larger context This also provides a framework of a hypothetical Marxist policy path forwards We briefly discuss the meaning of Common Prosperity over time, and how it is a bellwether We conclude with likely market reactions to an economy not saying "because markets" "Profound Revolution"? Political developments in China have been front page news in the financial press over the past few months. Beijing's crackdown on Ant Financial, largely dismissed by Wall Street, then spread to Didi and on to the broader sectors these championed, fin- and transport-tech; then it grew to encompass swathes of the economy, from tech to health to education to...

Arizona attorney general sues Biden over vaccine mandates

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration on Tuesday in response to its new policy that will require private employers with 100 or more employees to mandate vaccines or weekly testing. Brnovich, who is currently waging a bid for the U.S. Senate, said in a statement: "The federal government cannot force people to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The Biden Administration is once again flouting our laws and precedents to push their radical agenda." The new policy, which President Biden unveiled last week, will be issued by the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration "in the coming weeks." It could impact nearly 80 million workers.

Gates Foundation warns about future pandemic threats as Covid-19 response continues to snarl world economy

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, whose advice guided much of the global response to the Covid pandemic, has seemingly washed its hands of one virus while warning the world isn't prepared to deal with the next big pandemic. The foundation's annual report, released on Tuesday, bemoaned the poverty increases wrought "by Covid-19" - omitting that much of the damage linked to the virus stemmed from economic shutdowns imposed by governments which were often taking their advice from the Gates Foundation and associated entities. However, the report ultimately put an optimistic spin on the damage, noting things could have been much worse. Childhood vaccinations had only dropped half as much as predicted, and some wealthy countries' economies were already on the rebound, it noted. The mRNA vaccine companies were seeing the light and investing in Africa and other impoverished areas of the world, the report added, after presumably realizing how much economic opportunity awaited them...

Senator rips top diplomat after he admits he doesn't know if US drone strike killed Afghan aid worker or ISIS-K terrorist

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's attempt to evade questions about a drone strike that allegedly killed a Kabul aid worker backfired, as Senator Rand Paul pointed out that the target should have been known before the attack. Pressed by Paul (R-Kentucky) on whether the August 29 strike killed an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative, Blinken testified in a Senate hearing on Tuesday that the Biden administration is reviewing the incident, and "a full assessment will be forthcoming." "So you don't know if it was an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?" Paul asked. "I can't speak to that and I can't speak to that in this setting, in any event," Blinken replied. "So you don't know or won't tell us?" Paul continued. "Uh, I don't know because we're reviewing it," Blinken said. Paul then stung Blinken with the obvious, saying, "Well, see, you'd think you'd kind of know before you off somebody with a Predator drone whether he's an aid worker or he's an ISIS-K." He added that the US has a...

Book describes General Milley as hero who saved US from Trump, but actually shows him colluding with CIA, NSA, Pelosi & China

An upcoming book by two Washington Post writers, just leaked to the corporate press, seeks to paint General Mark Milley as a hero of the resistance to President Donald Trump. If any of it is true, it amounts to an actual coup. Excerpts from Peril, due to be published in a week, appeared on Tuesday on CNN and in the Washington Post, which employs its two authors - Robert Costa and Bob Woodward, of Watergate fame. It claims to be based on more than 200 interviews with "firsthand participants and witnesses" of the last three months of Trump's presidency.

Like so many, the Pope misunderstands Orban, who is trying to preserve Hungary's Christian traditions

Concerns over anti-Semitism and immigration were on the agenda as Pope Francis made a seven-hour visit to Hungary portrayed as frosty by liberal media. But he should be more worried about the decline of Christianity in the West. During a 40-minute meeting with Viktor Orban, the much-maligned Hungarian prime minister, the Pope was presented with a 13th century letter from Hungarian King Bela IV to Pope Innocent IV, which asked the then-pontiff for help in resisting the Mongol invasion of Hungary and Europe. Of course, this was perceived by media outlets, such as CNN, as having anti-immigrant undertones. Although the issue of Hungary's hard-line stance on immigration was not broached during the meeting, the Pope later told a crowd in Budapest to "open your arms to everyone," which was seen as a veiled slight at Hungary's determination to not see a repeat of 2015's refugee fiasco. Indeed, Orban later wrote on Facebook that he had asked Pope Francis "not to let Christian Hungary...

California Governor Newsom survives recall election

California voters overwhelmingly chose to keep Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom in office in a recall election on Tuesday. Newsom was spared after a projection by the Associated Press showed that a majority of voters opted against recalling him. With 61 percent of the estimated vote in, early returns showed that 5.3 million voters supported keeping Newsom in office, while 2.5 million Californians voted in favor of his removal. In remarks Tuesday evening at the California Democratic Party headquarters in Sacramento, Newsom said it "appears we are enjoying an overwhelmingly 'no' vote here tonight."

Media Matters' electioneering against Larry Elder broke IRS rules, complaint says

The Iowa-based conservative watchdog group Patriots Foundation filed a new complaint with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Monday against Media Matters for America (MMFA) arguing the tax-exempt group has violated its agency agreement with illegal electioneering. Founded in 2004, the leftist non-profit was given 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status under IRS code which prohibits explicit campaign activity on behalf of any candidate or candidate's party. In a supplemental complaint added to an existing referral over last year's election, however, the Patriots Foundation argues the group's interference in the California recall race violates IRS terms for tax exemption. "MMFA has, from inception, operated as a thinly veiled partisan political organization supporting Democratic candidates for office and engaging in other improper activities," The group outlined four parameters groups must follow in order to maintain their 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. They include: Avoidance of unnecessary...

Army sets deadline for troops to receive COVID-19 vaccine

The Army rolled out its mandatory COVID-19 vaccine deadline and refusal procedures Tuesday, giving active-duty soldiers three months to get vaccinated or face discharge. According to a statement from the Pentagon, all active-duty soldiers have until Dec. 15th to get fully vaccinated, while reservists and National Guard members have until June 2022. Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. R. Scott Dingle said in the release: "This is quite literally a matter of life and death for our Soldiers, their families and the communities in which we live. Case counts and deaths continue to be concerning as the Delta variant spreads, which makes protecting the force through mandatory vaccination a health and readiness priority for the total Army." The military's largest branch issued its mandate after the other services announced similar timelines. The new guidance follows Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's order that all uniformed service members are required to get vaccinated. Austin issued his...

US lawmakers offer last-ditch effort to reverse Biden's waiver of Nord Stream 2 sanctions

A group of bipartisan lawmakers is seeking to undo U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to waive sanctions on the Russian-owned operator of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in a last-ditch effort to stop it from pumping gas to Europe. An amendment introduced on September 14 by Representatives Michael McCaul (Republican-Texas), Marcy Kaptur (Democrat-Ohio), and about eight other lawmakers orders the president to impose sanctions on any entity responsible for the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. It also authorizes new mandatory sanctions to foreign entities and individuals responsible for the planning, construction, and operation of Nord Stream 2. Completed just last week after Biden waived mandatory congressional sanctions in May, the Baltic Sea pipeline will bring Russian gas directly to Germany, bypassing land routes through Ukraine, Belarus, and other countries. However, it must first receive certification, a process that can take several months,...

Potty-training cows - The MooLoo holds great pootential for reducing carbon emissions

Cows contribute massively to global emissions because of the greenhouse gases they produce. We're not talking hot air here. It's the No. 1s and No. 2s. Which is why potty training can be part of the solution. On farms, cows graze freely, but that also means they poo and pee freely too. Unfortunately, this waste often contaminates the soil and waterways. On the other hand, keeping cows in barns causes their urine and faeces to combine. This releases ammonia, which leaches into the soil where microbes convert it to nitrous oxide - the third most impactful greenhouse gas after methane and carbon dioxide. To get around this, researchers from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology (FBN), Germany, and the University of Auckland, came up with a novel solution: a potty-training program for cows. "It's usually assumed that cattle are not capable of controlling defecation or urination," says co-author Jan Langbein from FBN. "[But] cattle, like many other animals or farm animals, are...

Magnet powerful enough to lift an aircraft carrier arrives in France as part of nuclear fusion project

Scientists in France have finally received one of their latest and most impressive tools in the effort to create nuclear fusion: a really big honkin' magnet. Researchers at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) debuted the first part of the magnet on Thursday when they received it from its American manufacturer, according to The Associated Press. When fully assembled, the magnet stands at a staggering 60 feet tall and is 14 feet in diameter; it's also powerful enough to lift an aircraft carrier. First-of-a-Kind The magnet itself is actually known as a "central solenoid." It'll be used as a superconductor to attain the incredible amounts of heat and pressure necessary to produce nuclear fusion. The solenoid can generate a magnetic field roughly 280,000 times stronger than Earth's magnetic field, according to New Scientist.

Trump predicts America will cease to exist in three years

The former US president also claimed Joe Biden is 'worse than Obama' Former president Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed that the United States would come to an end in the next three years, without explaining what that might mean in practice. The US "has gone really downhill in the last eight months like nobody has ever seen before", Mr Trump said during an appearance on Sean Spicer's show on conservative news channel Newsmax. "[If we] go to these elections coming up in '22 and '24, we are not going to have a country left," he said, falsely claiming that the 2020 election "was rigged" and "we are not gonna have a country left in three years".

Prehistoric humans rarely mated with their cousins

Scientists screened 1,785 ancient human genomes from the last 45,000 years for parental relatedness. At present-day, more than ten percent of all global marriages occur among first or second cousins. While cousin-marriages are common practice in some societies, unions between close relatives are discouraged in others. In a new study, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Chicago investigated how common close parental relatedness was in our ancestors. The researchers re-analyzed previously published DNA data from ancient humans that lived during the last 45,000 years to find out how closely related their parents were. The results were surprising: Ancient humans rarely chose their cousins as mates. In a global dataset of 1,785 individuals only 54, that is, about three percent, show the typical signs of their parents being cousins. Those 54 did not cluster in space or time, showing that cousin matings were...
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