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Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of 'digital book burning'Amazon mysteriously pulls book critical of transgender movements, gets accused of 'digital book burning'
Author Ryan T. Anderson has blasted Amazon for removing his latest book on the rise of the transgender movement without explanation, a move that has many criticizing the company for playing politics and accusing it of censorship. "I hope you've already bought your copy, cause Amazon just removed my book 'When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment' from their cyber shelves.... my other four books are still available (for now)," Anderson tweeted about the removal. 'When Harry Became Sally' had previously made best-seller lists on the retail site. The work aims to expose "the contrast between the media's sunny depiction of gender fluidity and the often sad reality of living with gender dysphoria." It includes accounts of people who have transitioned genders and later regretted it and looks at "beneficial therapies" that "focus on helping people accept themselves and live in harmony with their bodies."
Gates Foundation donates one million towards ensuring math isn't racistGates Foundation donates one million towards ensuring math isn't racist
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating a million dollars toward a group that is attempting to "dismantle white supremacy" in grade school math. The creators behind this effort are a cavalcade of west coast academics from places such as Loyola Marymount University and University of California, among others. A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction is a five-stage lesson plan that prioritizes Black, Latinx, and Multilingual middle school students and the barriers in education they might face. By that the group defines it as being "white supremacy culture."
Monster Arctic front engulfs Asia and Canada, as Europe's longest bridge is closed due to snowMonster Arctic front engulfs Asia and Canada, as Europe's longest bridge is closed due to snow
While parts of the United States and Europe enjoy a brief respite from the frostbite, the majority of Canada, transcontinental Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan continue to suffer from a descended Arctic. Siberia is suffering one its coldest winters on record, with temperatures in the vast Northern Asian region having regularly dipped below -50C (-58F) since mid-December, 2020. Much of Central and Western Asia has also been battling brutal and unusual freezes over the past few months, which in turn have lead to food and energy prices soaring to record highs.
Chinese-American parents condemn Critical Race Theory as a "hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud"Chinese-American parents condemn Critical Race Theory as a "hateful, divisive, manipulative fraud"
This past weekend, I spoke at an online conference of CAPA-Fairfax County, a local chapter of Chinese-American parent groups in the country, mobilizing to defend merit-based education in the United States. As some participants spoke in Chinese, I could make out some key phrases: "'moral courage," "public service," and "Cultural Revolution." When it came my turn to speak, I told the Chinese-American parents: you can save America. After surviving the Cultural Revolution, they uniquely recognize the dangers to an ideology like critical race theory, the race-based philosophy that dismantles core principles in our society, such as the idea of the American Dream, replacing the idea of equality with the disingenuous notion of "equity," and punishing Asian-American children for their advanced academics. They cheered their potential role in the country that they love. And now we see just that kind of moral leadership by another association, CACAGNY 紐約同源會, the Chinese American Citizens...
Heavy rain causes deadly landslides in East Java, Indonesia - at least 5 people were killedHeavy rain causes deadly landslides in East Java, Indonesia - at least 5 people were killed
Heavy rainfall triggered deadly landslides in Pamekasan Regency, East Java Province, Indonesia, on 24 February 2021. The landslides struck in the early hours, affecting the villages of Jepun and Bindang in Pasean District. Disaster authorities reported at least 5 people were killed. Two houses are thought to have been buried, while around 20 other homes and a school were also damaged. Surabaya City recorded 78mm of rain in 24 hours to 24 February, while Semarang City in Central Java recorded 155mm.
3 people killed by flash floods in Papua New Guinea3 people killed by flash floods in Papua New Guinea
Continuous heavy rains and flash floods have killed three (3) people in Maprik, East Sepik Province last Friday. Two (2) men and one (1) woman from different villages were using the Amaku and Nynnum rivers respectively when they were washed away by the flash floods. The bodies of the two (2) men have been recovered over the weekend, whilst the search is continuing along the Amaku River for the body of the woman believed to be from the Kumunimbis village. This incident is part of the continuous heavy rains and floods that hit the province last week, which also affected major road networks in the province. According to locals in the area, especially Maprik, rains are still continuing with the rivers still brown and dirty with debris.
Your brain on mass media: Poll shows liberals and moderates vastly overestimate number of unarmed black men killed by policeYour brain on mass media: Poll shows liberals and moderates vastly overestimate number of unarmed black men killed by police
Skeptic Magazine recently conducted a poll on public perception of police violence on black individuals. The results are striking. A majority of liberals and moderates believe that 100 or more unarmed black men were killed by police in 2019. A minority of ALL political demographics believe the number is over 10,000. The real number was between 13 and 27. All political orientations overestimated the percentage of people killed by police who were black.
'Haven't thought about that': Biden's AG nominee Garland dodges question whether illegal immigration should remain a crime'Haven't thought about that': Biden's AG nominee Garland dodges question whether illegal immigration should remain a crime
Former judge Merrick Garland, who was nominated by President Joe Biden to lead the Justice Department, seemed to say "I don't know" a lot at his Senate confirmation hearing, including when asked about illegal immigration. Senators questioned Garland on Monday ahead of the floor vote on his nomination, which appears to be a foregone conclusion. Time and again, however, he would not commit to things such as safeguarding the investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into the FBI and DOJ spying on former President Donald Trump, and enforcement of US immigration laws. "Do you believe that illegal entry at America's borders should remain a crime?" Senator Josh Hawley (R-Missouri) asked at one point, only for Garland to reply, "I just haven't thought about that question."
Twitter removes hundreds of accounts it says are linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia - for "undermining NATO"Twitter removes hundreds of accounts it says are linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia - for "undermining NATO"
Twitter said on Tuesday it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies. The company said it had taken down 238 accounts operating from Iran for various violations of its policies. Twitter said 100 accounts with Russian ties were removed for amplifying narratives that undermined faith in NATO and targeted the United States and the European Union. Russia's foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Moscow planned to look into the grounds for Twitter blocking the accounts, TASS news agency reported. Twitter also said 35 accounts with ties to Armenia were taken down, adding that they had been created to target Azerbaijan. "The 373 associated accounts across the four networks were permanently suspended from Twitter for violations of our platform manipulation policies," the company said in a blog post.
Russia to block profits of companies that destroy environment, follows $2bn fine for mining giant over fuel spillRussia to block profits of companies that destroy environment, follows $2bn fine for mining giant over fuel spill
Corporate polluters could see their ability to pay shareholders targeted if they are found responsible for damage to the environment, under new plans proposed by the Russian government amid a spate of ecological catastrophes. On Wednesday, Moscow paper RBK published the leaked order, which was handed to the environmental, industrial, and trade ministers by the country's deputy prime minister, Viktoria Abramchenko. In the missive, she instructed officials to bring forward amendments that would "ensure the owners of industrial infrastructure facilities fulfill the obligation to eliminate the damage to the environment" and limit the passing on of profits from companies that fail to comply.
Bronx educator claims she was fired after sharing Holocaust story, refusing 'Wakanda' saluteBronx educator claims she was fired after sharing Holocaust story, refusing 'Wakanda' salute
A veteran Bronx superintendent once praised by Chancellor Richard Carranza for her successes in the classroom claims her career was derailed by his "equity" agenda — forcing her to take a demotion in a desperate bid to preserve her pension, according to a $150 million lawsuit. Karen Ames, a 30-year Department of Education employee, says she was targeted by Carranza's "Disrupt and Dismantle" campaign to oust or marginalize longtime employees because she is over 40, and Jewish. "The agenda of Chancellor Carranza and his senior leadership team was euphemistically touted as an 'equity platform' but in reality, it was a platform used to create gender, age, racial and ethnic divisions in the NYC School system," she contends in her Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit filed Friday. Comment: That is the purpose of critical theory for culture as a whole. They want to tear it down, to replace it with their own ill-defined utopian vision. In other words, create hell on earth, which is what always...
27 cops injured in Kiev amid protest against court decision to lock up far-right nationalist Sternenko27 cops injured in Kiev amid protest against court decision to lock up far-right nationalist Sternenko
Twenty-seven Ukrainian policemen have been injured in clashes on Kiev's Bankova Street after a demonstration against the imprisonment of far-right Odessa activist Sergey Sternenko descended into violence. According to media reports, more than a thousand people gathered near the Presidential Administration and were met with tear gas. Sternenko is the former leader of the Odessa branch of the Right Sector, an association of radical anti-Russia Ukrainian nationalist organizations. Founded in 2013 as a conglomeration of groups at the Euromaidan revolt in 2013, the group has been described as neo-fascist and even neo-Nazi. In November 2014, the Russian Supreme Court ruled that the association is an extremist organization and banned its activities in Russia.
30-pound meteorite that recently crashed in Sweden recovered in local village30-pound meteorite that recently crashed in Sweden recovered in local village
A half-melted hunk of iron-rich rock found in Uppsala, Sweden, is part of a meteorite that fell there in November 2020. The lumpy meteorite is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs around 31 pounds (14 kilograms), according to the Swedish Museum of Natural History. It was once part of a larger space rock, probably weighing more than 9 tons (8.1 metric tons), that created a dramatic fireball over Uppsala on Nov. 7. After that impact, scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History calculated the likely landing site and found some small fragments of iron meteorite near the village of Ådalen, according to a museum statement. The fragments were only about 0.1 inches (3 millimeters) long, but the investigation also turned up a boulder and a tree root that had clearly been hit by something heavy.
'Ecological disaster': Mysterious oil spill covers Israel's coastline in toxic tar balls, judge places gag order on press'Ecological disaster': Mysterious oil spill covers Israel's coastline in toxic tar balls, judge places gag order on press
More than 100 miles (161 kilometers) of Israel's normally pristine Mediterranean coastline have been stained with thick globules of tar that washed up after an oil spill off the coast of the country last week. Authorities have yet to identify the culprit, but they say it is harmful to both humans and marine life. Israel's Nature and Parks Authority (INPA) called the spill "one of the most serious ecological disasters" the country has ever seen and warned it could take years to completely remove the waste from beaches, according to the BBC. The tar was first noticed on Israel's beaches on Wednesday (Feb. 18) after a heavy winter storm battered the coastline. Israel's Environmental Protection Ministry estimates that as much as 1,100 tons (1,000 metric tons) of tar have already washed ashore, according to Aljazeera.
Traces of designer drugs found in several countries wastewaterTraces of designer drugs found in several countries wastewater
Australians may be partying harder than previously thought, according to our water. Researchers from the University of South Australia, led by Richard Bade, found that wastewater samples contained evidence of high drug use by over the summer season, including use of designer drugs in eight countries, including Australia. Australia, along with New Zealand, the USA and the Netherlands had the highest consumption of designer party drugs during the 2019/2020 New Year period, according to the study, published in Water Research. The team tested for 200 synthetic drugs in sites across Australia, New Zealand, China, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Norway and the United States. They found that the Netherlands was the only country that didn't have samples of new psychotic substances - drugs that mimic other illicit drugs, such as cannabis, Cocaine, MDMA and LSD.
Former Clinton adviser: America becoming 'totalitarian state' under BidenFormer Clinton adviser: America becoming 'totalitarian state' under Biden
"Characteristic of totalism fascism in the '20's" Author and former Clinton advisor Naomi Wolf warned Monday that the US is devolving into a police state under the Biden administration as endless lockdowns and restrictions show no sign of being lifted. Appearing on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Wolf urged that the US is "moving into a coup situation," under Democrat rule, owing to medical mandates being extended under the "guise of a real medical pandemic." Wolf emphasised that "lockdowns have never been done in society and really, we are turning into a of totalitarian state before everyone's eyes." Far from being a conservative commentator, Wolf pointed out that it's "not a partisan thing," and told Carlson that what is happening "transcends everything that you and I might disagree or agree on. That should bring together left and right to protect our Constitution."
Government the Machinery of DeathGovernment the Machinery of Death
"Police fail to grasp that they are public servants for peace. They should provide a civil service, to enforce the laws equally, without bias and with discretion. They must understand that they do not have immunity or special privileges and — most importantly — are just responsible for apprehending suspects, and should not act as judge, jury and executioner, which too many of them truly believe themselves to be." — Frank Serpico, former police detective who exposed corruption within the NYPD The government should not be in the business of killing its citizens. Nevertheless, the U.S. government continues to act as judge, jury and executioner over a populace that have been pre-judged and found guilty, stripped of their rights, and left to suffer at the hands of government agents trained to respond with the utmost degree of violence. That the death penalty was recently abolished in Virginia is just the tip of the iceberg. While any effort to scale back the government's haphazard...
Oxford-AstraZeneca eugenics links - James Corbett interviews Whitney WebbOxford-AstraZeneca eugenics links - James Corbett interviews Whitney Webb
Even some in the independent media have bought into the hype surrounding the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID vaccine and its "non-profit" nature. But once you peel back the layers of obfuscation you quickly find not only the profit motive hiding underneath, but the dark specter of eugenics. Whitney Webb of Unlimited Hangout joins us to discuss her recent article, "Developers of Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine Tied to UK Eugenics Movement."
Shallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, IcelandShallow 5.6-magnitude tremor strikes near Reykjavik, Iceland
Parts of Iceland were rocked by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday as residents reported shaking buildings and strong tremors. The quake's epicentre was recorded about 25 miles away from Reykjavik, in the Reykjanes Peninsula region, on Iceland's southeast coast. The effects of the quake, which struck at a depth of around six miles, were felt in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. It was not immediately clear if there had been any damage to property or injury to life. "Spent the morning shaking around the office, geologists all running around like excited puppies. So much shaking," Rob Askew, a geologist at the Icelandic Institute of Natural Science in Reykjavík, tweeted. Another Twitter user wrote: "WOW....! Just now! #earthquake swarm on Reykjanes Peninsula #Iceland - very strongly felt in Reykjavík. My home office was shaking! Felt 2 large ones and many small ones." Another said: "I've experienced more earthquakes in the past couple of hours than the rest of my life...
Michael Burry warns Weimar hyperinflation is comingMichael Burry warns Weimar hyperinflation is coming
One week ago, Bank of America hinted at the unthinkable: the tsunami of monetary and fiscal stimulus, coupled with the upcoming surge in monetary velocity as the world's economy emerges from lockdowns, would lead to unprecedented economic overheating... or rather precedented as BofA's CIO Michael Hartnett reflected back on the post-WW1 Germany which he said was the "most epic, extreme analog of surging velocity and inflation following end of war psychology, pent-up savings, lost confidence in currency & authorities" and specifically the Reichsbank's monetization of debt, and extrapolated that this is similar to what is going on now. There is, of course, another name for that period: Weimar Germany, and because we all know what happened then, it is understandable why BofA does not want to mention that particular name.
200 coffins drift in the Golfo Paradiso after Italian cemetery collapses into the sea200 coffins drift in the Golfo Paradiso after Italian cemetery collapses into the sea
Erosion, erosion, please tell me when the next cemetery will collapse into the sea! The old cemetery at Camogli near Genoa, Italy collapsed into the sea on February 22, 2021, with at least 200 coffins now drifting in the Golfo Paradiso.
Freshwater fish in "catastrophic" decline, one-third face extinctionFreshwater fish in "catastrophic" decline, one-third face extinction
Thousands of fish species are facing "catastrophic" decline — threatening the health, food security and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of people around the world. New research shows that one-third of all freshwater fish now face extinction. According to a report published Tuesday by 16 global conservation groups, 18,075 species of freshwater fish inhabit our oceans, accounting for over half of the world's total fish species and a quarter of all vertebrates on Earth. This biodiversity is critical to maintaining not only the health of the planet, but the economic prosperity of communities worldwide. About 200 million people across Asia, Africa and South America rely on freshwater fishers for their main source of protein, researchers said in "The World's Forgotten Fishes" report. About one-third of those people also rely on them for their jobs and livelihoods. Despite their importance, freshwater fishes are "undervalued and overlooked," researchers said — and now freshwater...
Over 375 inches of snow measured in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington this season - snow banks reaching 12 feet in heightOver 375 inches of snow measured in Snoqualmie Pass, Washington this season - snow banks reaching 12 feet in height
This week over 375 inches of snow were measured in Snoqualmie Pass, surpassing the ten-year average, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The snow banks are also reaching heights of up to 12 feet, and stunning people who live near the mountain pass. "I mean this weather has been pretty crazy," said Glenn Vickery. "We've actually had some really good light snow, but it's been a lot of snow and it's been unique with this pebble-like snow, so it's been a crazy year with a lot of different weather conditions. It's been pretty cool." Silas Wild is an avid skier and drove down Snoqualmie Pass to North Bend before sunset. "Coming up you could see all the trucks were stopped to chain up and the plows were plowing and causing a little slowdown, so I'm glad I'm going down and not up," said Wild. Since November, I-90 to Snoqualmie Pass was closed for more than 40 hours due to collisions, spinouts and avalanche control work.
Meteor fireball spotted in Mallorca, Spain skiesMeteor fireball spotted in Mallorca, Spain skies
At around 21:30 on Tuesday a "fireball" crossed the skies of Mallorca and witnesses who saw it the middle of the Serra de Tramuntana mountains, Deya and Soller, said it was on a north or west to south trajectory. Francesc Xavier Salas from Deya described it as "an impressive fireball that showed very powerful sky blue light inside and an outer layer and tail with a greenish hue. Thousands of meteors enter the earth's atmosphere every day but most of them are not seen by the public because they fall over the ocean or in remote areas. A fireball is a very bright meteor which ranges in colour from red to blue and its composition determines its colour; sodium produces a bright yellow light, nickel is green and magnesium is blue-white. "This is the second one I've seen in my life, the last time was 43 years ago," said one witness. ENORME BÓLIDO CON MÚLTIPLES FRAGMENTACIONES #SPMN230221 ayer tarde a las 20h27m03s TU (21h27m hora local). Asociado a las Líncidas y captado desde múltiples...
About 100 dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach - 3rd mass stranding of cetaceans globally within 5 daysAbout 100 dolphins found dead on Mozambique beach - 3rd mass stranding of cetaceans globally within 5 days
The bodies of about 100 dead dolphins have been found on an island off the coast of Mozambique. Eighty-six more carcasses were found on Bazaruto Island, north of the capital Maputo, on Tuesday, after a first group was washed ashore on Sunday. The cause of the deaths is still unknown, the country's environment ministry said, and more experts are heading to the site. One possible experts are investigating is if a cyclone may have contributed.
'Papers, please': Vaccine Passports have officially arrived'Papers, please': Vaccine Passports have officially arrived
For a weary public longing to get back to normalcy, vaccine passports represent a tantalizing carrot, being dangled as a mechanism for freedom. By showing proof that you've received a COVID-19 vaccine, perhaps you can once again board an airplane and travel freely, attend a concert or enjoy a meal in your favorite restaurant, just like you used to. Except, being required to present your "papers" in order to live your life isn't actually freedom at all — it's discrimination, and even a move toward technocratic fascism, one that's setting the stage for increased surveillance and erosion of your privacy. Nonetheless, this blatant move toward an ever-increasing surveillance state is being welcomed by many who have been led to believe the passports are necessary to protect public health and safety.
Amnesty revokes Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status over 'hate speech'Amnesty revokes Navalny's 'prisoner of conscience' status over 'hate speech'
Amnesty International has confirmed the withdrawal of its recent designation of Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny as a "prisoner of conscience" over his alleged advocacy of violence and discrimination and comments that included hate speech, but reiterated its determination to keep fighting for his release. "Amnesty International took an internal decision to stop referring to Aleksei Navalny as a prisoner of conscience in relation to comments he made in the past," Denis Krivosheev, deputy director of Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia office, confirmed to RFE/RL in an e-mailed response. "Some of these comments, which Navalny has not publicly denounced, reach the threshold of advocacy of hatred, and this is at odds with Amnesty's definition of a prisoner of conscience," Krivosheev said, adding that Navalny "has not publicly denounced" his past comments.
Daphne Caruana Galizia murder: Vincent Muscat jailed for 15 years after guilty pleaDaphne Caruana Galizia murder: Vincent Muscat jailed for 15 years after guilty plea
Proceedings against two co-accused set to continue. A man has been jailed for 15 years after pleading guilty to the murder of reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta. Vincent Muscat changed his plea to guilty on Tuesday and was immediately sentenced at the courtroom in the capital Valletta.
Cork-based nuns breach Covid guidelines to attend exorcism of the DáilCork-based nuns breach Covid guidelines to attend exorcism of the Dáil
A pair of nuns who have so far raised over €77,000 in crowdfunding after being ordered to leave a site in West Cork broke Covid guidelines to attend an exorcism of the Dáil before Christmas. Mother Irene Gibson, of a group called the Carmelite Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus, has been ordered to leave the compound at Corran South near the village of Leap in West Cork by next June. That followed a 2019 conviction for breaching planning regulations in relation to the premises which she set up as a religious retreat in 2016.
Reporter asks State Dept. spokesman if Biden is taking credit for Trump-era policyReporter asks State Dept. spokesman if Biden is taking credit for Trump-era policy
State Department spokesman Ned Price clashed with a reporter during a press briefing at the White House on Monday. The tense exchange erupted as Price was boasting about the administration's efforts to scale back the controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany. Price said 18 mostly Western companies have made "good-faith efforts to wind down" their involvement with Nord Stream 2.
CPAC cancels musician Young Pharaoh, who said Judaism is a lieCPAC cancels musician Young Pharaoh, who said Judaism is a lie
The Conservative Political Action Conference has scrapped musician Young Pharaoh's appearance at its annual conference over a report that he called Judaism a "complete lie" and said it was "made up for political gain," it was revealed Monday. The Buffalo, New York-based artist, who has also propagated QAnon conspiracy theories and falsely claimed COVID-19 vaccines will "alter your DNA," previously called Jewish people "thieving fake Jews," Media Matters reported. He also claimed that "all the censorship" and "pedophilia on social media is being done by Israeli Jews" and wrote Big Tech companies, the media and social media platforms are controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and Israel "through Jewish CEO[s]."
UK unemployment hits five-year highUK unemployment hits five-year high
The unemployment rate rose to 5.1 per cent last month - a five-year high - as Covid continued to inflict damage on the UK economy, new figures show. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate was up 0.4 percentage points on the previous quarter and up 1.3 percentage points on a year earlier. Around 1.74 million people were unemployed in the three months to December, up 454,000 from the same period in 2019. The unemployment rate now sits at the highest level since the autumn of 2015 - and saw the biggest annual rise since the financial crisis. In a sliver of good news, the ONS said there were 83,000 more people in payrolled employment in January compared with December - the second consecutive monthly increase - but this was still down 726,000 since the start of the pandemic.
The Vaccine (Dis)Information WarThe Vaccine (Dis)Information War
So, good news, folks! It appears that GloboCap's Genetic Modification Division has come up with a miracle vaccine for Covid! It's an absolutely safe, non-experimental, messenger-RNA vaccine that teaches your cells to produce a protein that triggers an immune response, just like your body's immune-system response, only better, because it's made by corporations! OK, technically, it hasn't been approved for use — that process normally takes several years — so I guess it's slightly "experimental," but the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency have issued "Emergency Use Authorizations," and it has been "tested extensively for safety and effectiveness," according to Facebook's anonymous "fact checkers," so there's absolutely nothing to worry about. This non-experimental experimental vaccine is truly a historic development, because apart from saving the world from a virus that causes mild to moderate flu-like symptoms (or, more commonly, no symptoms whatsoever)...
Spectacular Mount Etna eruption stuns volcano enthusiastsSpectacular Mount Etna eruption stuns volcano enthusiasts
Europe's most active volcano has been erupting for more than a week, creating spectacular images of lava, ash and volcanic rocks lighting up the Sicilian sky at night. Mount Etna's latest eruption overnight petered out on Tuesday morning, according to Italy's National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology. Rivers of lava were seen gushing from the volcano's southeast crater, with clouds of debris rising several kilometres above its summit. The red and orange glow of the magma resulted in mesmerising photographs. Nearby Catania Airport was forced to close temporarily due to the amount of ash being spewed forth from Mount Etna. Residents in the town of Pedara said during one day last week, it appeared as though it were raining rocks as a thick blanket of ash covered the town.
Brzezinski, Kagan and the art of being a spectacularly misguided geopolitical oracleBrzezinski, Kagan and the art of being a spectacularly misguided geopolitical oracle
If you doubt anyone could match Zbigniew Brzezinski's failure to understand Eurasia, consider Robert Kagan The late Dr. Zbig "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski for some time dispensed wisdom as an oracle of US foreign policy, side by side with the perennial Henry Kissinger - who, in vast swathes of the Global South, is regarded as nothing but a war criminal. Brzezinski never achieved the same notoriety. At best he claimed bragging rights for giving the USSR its own Vietnam in Afghanistan - by facilitating the internationalization of Jihad Inc., with all its dire, subsequent consequences. Over the years, it was always amusing to follow the heights Dr. Zbig would reach with his Russophobia. But then, slowly but surely, he was forced to revise his great expectations. And finally he must have been truly horrified that his perennial Mackinder-style geopolitical fears came to pass - beyond the wildest nightmares. Not only Washington had prevented the emergence of a "peer competitor" in...
Merkel's war for Germany is nearly overMerkel's war for Germany is nearly over
I give German Chancellor Angela Merkel a lot of grief, and with good reason. She's the main conduit through which every bad idea in Europe flows. Merkel, as an agent for Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum, is a ruthless destroyer of human potential. Hence, that's why she's in charge. I truly despise everything about her. But as a political animal she has no peer in Europe. None. Not because she's so supremely talented but because everyone else is a literal idiot, placed in important positions with the help of the WEF to ensure EU policy conforms to their vision of the future. Merkel, like the rest, was chosen. In fact, Merkel's ineptitude is always on display once she is forced to dabble outside of the EU itself. She rules it with an iron fist but when confronted by nearly anyone else, including a madman like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, she falls on her face spectacularly.
Biden's HHS pick is an advocate for sex changes for kidsBiden's HHS pick is an advocate for sex changes for kids
On Thursday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a nomination hearing for Dr. Rachel Levine, President Joe Biden's pick for Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). There are plenty of reasons for the committee to be concerned about placing Dr. Levine in such an influential and powerful role. COVID-Overkill During Levine's time as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Levine and Pennsylvania's Governor Tom Wolf drew headlines by engaging in a draconian campaign of threats against counties that questioned state COVID-19 guidelines and wished to reopen their local economies as local businesses fell further into despair. Additionally, Levine infamously forced COVID-19 patients out of hospitals and into nursing homes and long-term care facilities, exacerbating the spread of the virus to the elderly and infirm, among whom it proved to be most lethal. Levine repeatedly downplayed this...
Dutch restaurant group suing state over Covid closures, warns industry is on brink of bankruptcy with no end to lockdown in sightDutch restaurant group suing state over Covid closures, warns industry is on brink of bankruptcy with no end to lockdown in sight
The Netherlands' largest restaurant association has said it will sue the Dutch state in a bid to get the government to drop its ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, due to their devastating impact on the hospitality sector. Koninklijke Horeca Nederland (KHN) said on Monday it was taking legal action based on the fact that the government has not provided epidemiological evidence for the restrictions that have forced the industry to close. KHN has also criticized a lack of state financial support for restaurateurs and the government's failure to announce an exit plan for the current shutdown. The amount the association is seeking through the lawsuit has not been disclosed. The association's chairman, Rober Willemsen, said he was "deeply disappointed" in the government and its decision to uphold the current measures, warning that the "catering industry is going to hell."
As Australian government caves, Facebook lifts ban on news content and announces deals with media companiesAs Australian government caves, Facebook lifts ban on news content and announces deals with media companies
Facebook Inc will restore Australian news pages in the next few days after Canberra agreed to amend legislation that would force the social media giant to pay media companies for news content. Australia and Facebook have been locked in a stand-off for more than a week as Canberra pushed ahead with the measure, aimed at tech behemoths, such as Facebook and Alphabet Inc's Google.
House Democrats' own 2021 election bill concedes voting machine issuesHouse Democrats' own 2021 election bill concedes voting machine issues
During the 2020 presidential election, voting machine security became an issue widely characterized as the exclusive obsession of right-wing "conspiracy theorists." But a new bill proposed by House Democrat Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) concedes numerous concerns about voting machines that were of bi-partisan complaint both prior to and after the presidential election. The "For the People Act of 2021," or H.R. 1, as it currently stands in the 117th Congress, contains major reforms to the use of voting machines in United States elections. In Section H of the bill encompassing the "use of voting machines manufactured in the United States," it permits voters who do not wish to use voting machines the right to request and cast hand-marked paper ballots that are counted by hand and not voting machines. The following analysis of the current bill provided by the Brennan Center for Justice confirms the proposed federal regulations over voting machines:
'No route to zero-Covid': Boris Johnson unveils 'irreversible' lockdown-lifting plan'No route to zero-Covid': Boris Johnson unveils 'irreversible' lockdown-lifting plan
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday conceded there is "no credible route" for Britain or the world to become completely free of Covid-19, as he announced a plan to gradually lift restrictions across England. Noting that there will be more cases, hospitalizations, and deaths whenever the UK decides to lift its lockdown - whether that's immediately or in nine months - Johnson told Parliament there is "no credible route to a zero-Covid Britain or, indeed, a zero-Covid world." "We cannot persist indefinitely with restrictions that debilitate our economy, our physical and mental well-being, and the life chances of our children."
Iran's Khamenei issues non-binding legal opinion that female cartoon characters must wear hijabIran's Khamenei issues non-binding legal opinion that female cartoon characters must wear hijab
Wearing the Muslim headscarf - the hijab - and covering all parts of the body was made mandatory for women in Iran after the establishment of the Islamic Republic in 1979, with those who fall foul of the rules targeted by the morality police, known as Gasht-e Ershad. Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei recently issued a new fatwa - an authoritative, non-binding legal opinion on a point of Islamic law given by a recognised higher authority - declaring that women in cartoons and animated films must all be shown wearing the hijab, according to al-Arabiya, citing Iran's Tasnim news agency. Comment: Does that mean that animated representations of non-Muslim women should be forbidden? Or must they be "Islamified"? Or does it only apply to Muslim characters? Either way, what utter nonsense. Khamenei was said to have been responding to a question asked by a Telegram channel user regarding whether observing compulsory hijab rules was necessary for characters in cartoons, claims the report....
Biden campaign received USD 15M in donations from big tech employeesBiden campaign received USD 15M in donations from big tech employees
A report by Wall Street Journal based on US Campaign Finance Records has said that US President Joe Biden's campaign received at least USD 15.1 million from employees of big tech firms in donations. The report has said that the companies include Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Apple and Facebook. This made up biggest source of donations to Democrats among corporate employees. Corporations are prohibited from directly donating to campaigns. But their employees are free to donate as individuals. USA's Federal Election Commission requires individuals who contribute USD 200 or more to report their employer. The companies have declined to comment after the WSJ reveal. Microsoft employees donated USD 3.2 million to Biden in the election. Microsoft employees have long been a top source of money for Democratic presidential candidates. Facebook employees have emerged as another top source of money, donating USD 1.9 million to Biden's campaign. Employees of Amazon contributed a total of USD 2.8...
Here's what Lindsey Graham, Trump talked about at Mar-a-Lago over the weekendHere's what Lindsey Graham, Trump talked about at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend
Sen. Lindsey Graham visited former President Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort over the weekend in what he described as an effort to mend a fractured Republican Party. Asked Monday evening by The Hill about his visit to the former commander-in-chief's Palm Beach estate, Graham (R-South Carolina) said the two spent a great deal of time reaching out to candidates on the ballot in 2022. The two "just talked about the 2022 cycle," Graham explained, adding that, "He's very involved in helping the team win." Trump "made a bunch of phone calls," specifically with GOP senators, and is "trying to get the best team on the field." When asked by a CNN reporter which senators he spoke to, Graham declined to say, only noting that Trump's message was, "You've been there for me and I'll be there for you." Some of the 20 Republicans up for reelection in the 2022 cycle include Sens. Tim Scott (R-South Carolina), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), John Thune (R-South Dakota), Mike Lee...
Suffolk/USA Today poll: Nearly half of GOP would leave for Trump partySuffolk/USA Today poll: Nearly half of GOP would leave for Trump party
Former President Donald Trump does not just lead the Republican Party still, he ostensibly owns it, according to the latest Suffolk University-USA Today poll released Sunday. By a near 2-to-1 margin, Republicans would leave the GOP to follow former President Donald Trump to a third party. Brandon Keidl, 27, Republican small-business owner from Milwaukee told USA Today after being polled.: "We feel like Republicans don't fight enough for us, and we all see Donald Trump fighting for us as hard as he can, every single day. But then you have establishment Republicans who just agree with establishment Democrats and everything, and they don't ever push back." The poll found 46% of Republicans would follow Trump to a new party, compared to just 26% that would stay with the GOP and remainder undecided. A majority of Trump voters (54%) are more loyal to the candidate than the party (34%). Just 19% believed Republicans should turn away from Trump and remain loyal to establishment...
Foreign student who attended college in Michigan and returned to Taiwan in 2004 received absentee ballot applicationForeign student who attended college in Michigan and returned to Taiwan in 2004 received absentee ballot application
Non-citizen's name STILL remains on "qualified voter" list The state of Michigan has suffered a huge black eye following the incompetent handling of the 2020 elections by Michigan's radical Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. Last year, with no congressional approval, Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made the unilateral decision to mail absentee ballot applications to 7.7 million addresses in Michigan, hiding behind the COVID pandemic as an excuse to do what Democrats have been trying to do for decades — normalize no ID mail-in voting.
Former Capitol Police Chief didn't see FBI warning of Capitol violence, regrets resigningFormer Capitol Police Chief didn't see FBI warning of Capitol violence, regrets resigning
Former United States Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund said Tuesday that he didn't see the FBI's warning of violence on the Capitol building and said he regretted resigning. "Yes, I do sir, I certainly do regret signing, resigning. I love this agency. I love the women and men of this agency and I regret the day I left," Sund responded to Republican Arizona Sen. Ron Johnson in a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Sund announced his resignation as United States Capitol Police chief on Jan. 7, a day after a mob of former President Donald Trump's followers breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 after a protest turned into a deadly riot against the Electoral College's certification of the presidential election results. Sund and the former House and Senate sergeants-at-arms said they hadn't seen the FBI's warning report delivered on Jan. 5 to the Capitol police about possible unrest, according to The Washington Post. WATCH:
Flesh-eating ulcer spreads to inner Melbourne suburbsFlesh-eating ulcer spreads to inner Melbourne suburbs
A flesh-eating disease affecting parts of coastal Victoria has spread to inland Melbourne for the first time, with several cases reported in Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick West. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Tuesday that the risk of acquiring the ulcer in those areas was considered low, but "this is the first non-coastal area in Victoria to be recognised as a potential area of risk". "A genetic analysis of bacteria isolated from these people as part of a research project suggests a common source of infection in the area," Professor Sutton said in a health advisory issued to medicos and residents on Tuesday.
Mother of Officer Sicknick confirms media got cause of death wrong: 'He wasn't hit on the head'Mother of Officer Sicknick confirms media got cause of death wrong: 'He wasn't hit on the head'
The mother of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick said in an interview with Daily Mail that her son was not beaten with a fire extinguisher, but likely suffered a stroke. "He wasn't hit on the head no. We think he had a stroke, but we don't know anything for sure," Gladys Sicknick said. "We'd love to know what happened." Shortly after the Capitol Hill riot on Jan 6, The New York Times reported, based on anonymous sources, that Sicknick was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher. "[Pro]-Trump supporters... overpowered Mr Sicknick, 42, and struck him in the head with a fire extinguisher according to two law enforcement officials," the paper wrote. They have since issued a correction to the story weeks later. The report was picked up uncritically by other major news outlets, who did not bother to confirm the legitimacy of the Times' reporting. The story of him being beaten with a fire extinguisher was even presented as fact in former President Donald Trump's second impeachment...
New Hampshire Senate votes 24-0 to force the state to perform audit of Windham, New Hampshire November 3rd electionsNew Hampshire Senate votes 24-0 to force the state to perform audit of Windham, New Hampshire November 3rd elections
As we previously reported at The Gateway Pundit — A recent hand recount in the Rockingham District 7 NH House Race in Windham, New Hampshire, found that the Dominion-owned voting machines shorted EVERY REPUBLICAN by roughly 300 votes. Via Facebook The Dominion machine counted results were wrong for all 4 Republicans in Windham by almost exactly 300 votes. Dominion Voting Systems owns the intellectual property of the AccuVote machines used in New Hampshire. Earlier this month we spoke with Dr. David Strang M.D., the Belknap County Republican Committee State Committee Member, for the New Hampshire GOP. David told The Gateway Pundit that the Republican candidates in Windham had 6% of their total votes removed by the Dominion-owned voting machines. According to Dr. Strang, these same Dominion-owned machines are used in 85% of the towns in New Hampshire.