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6 months MORE of lockdown, a possible 'third wave' of coronavirus, by then a vaccine may be ready, government advisor warns

6 months MORE of lockdown, a possible 'third wave' of coronavirus, by then a vaccine may be ready, government advisor warns

One of the government's scientific advisors has warned that a third wave of coronavirus in the UK is "entirely possible" if no vaccine is found. Professor Mark Woolhouse, from the University of Edinburgh, said the current strategy of stopping flare-ups with lockdowns was failing to solve the problem "in the long-term". Woolhouse, who sits on the government's advisory body that models pandemics, said a vaccine needed to be found to provide a lasting solution to the pandemic. "The government's strategy is to sit this out for the next six months, that's what we're told," he told the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday.

Days after inauguration, Belarusian police use tear gas & flashbang devices against anti-Lukashenko protesters

Days after inauguration, Belarusian police use tear gas & flashbang devices against anti-Lukashenko protesters

Belarusian cops employed tear gas and flashbang devices to disperse a rally against the country's long-time President Alexander Lukashenko, on Sunday, in the country's second largest city, Gomel. Police said they resorted to using the equipment because "some people acted inadequately." The flashbangs were fired only as warning shots, a spokesman insisted. Videos from the scene showed a large group of demonstrators advancing on officers in balaclavas and full riot gear, who were blocking the street.

The death of Andre Vltchek, a passionate warrior for truth

The death of Andre Vltchek, a passionate warrior for truth

"If the world is upside down the way it is now, wouldn't we have to turn it over to get it to stand up straight?" Eduardo Galeano, Upside Down (1998) For decades, Andre Vltchek, an old-school journalist and artist (but a young man) who travelled the world in search of truth and who always stood up straight, tried to revolve the world and encourage people to revolt against injustice. In this age of arm-chair reporters, he stood out for his boldness and indefatigable courage. He told it straight. This irritated certain people and some pseudo-left publications, who sensed in him a no bullshit fierceness and nose for hypocrisy that frightened them, so they stopped publishing his writing. He went where so many others feared to tread, and he talked to people in places that were often the victims of Western imperialistic violence. He defended the defenseless and encouraged their defense.

German professor arrested by Met Police after speaking at 'We Do Not Consent' rally

German professor arrested by Met Police after speaking at 'We Do Not Consent' rally

After Metropolitan Police claimed they would only crack down on marchers flagrantly violating social distancing rules (though the hated "rule of six" had been suspended due to the gathering's "protest" status), German professor Dr. Heiko Schoening was arrested by a gang of British officers - he was filmed being loaded into a paddy wagon - after speaking out against using tactics like economy-destroying mandatory lockdowns during yesterday's "We Do Not Consent" rally in London. Video of the arrest was shared on Twitter. Several purported bystanders tweeted in protest, by the story appears to have gone largely unnoticed.

Sen. Johnson urges Barr to release Durham findings, not to delay until after election

Sen. Johnson urges Barr to release Durham findings, not to delay until after election

Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis., scolded U.S. Attorney John Durham Sunday over his reported decision to hold off on revealing his findings of the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe until after the 2020 election, calling the move "political" in nature. Johnson made the comments on "Sunday Morning Futures" after host Maria Bartiromo cited unnamed sources who confirmed it "unlikely" that Durham would release the full report or initiate prosecutions until after the November election. "Maria, if what you're reporting is correct, it is incredibly disappointing that John Durham is not going to be reporting," Johnson said. "What's political is if he doesn't report."

Stunning revelations expose FBI's Trump probe as dirtiest political trick in US history

Stunning revelations expose FBI's Trump probe as dirtiest political trick in US history

It was always a witch hunt designed to "get Trump." Collusion was an illusion invented by a suspected Russian spy but zealously embraced by malevolent actors at the FBI and later by scheming prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of partisans. These are the stunning revelations contained in two sets of newly declassified documents that pull back the curtain on the Russia Hoax, the dirtiest political trick in American history. In testimony that is corroborated by records, FBI Special Agent William J. Barnett has exposed how the bureau's collusion investigation of Donald Trump was based on nothing more than "supposition on supposition" and devoid of any credible evidence. Assigned to lead the bureau's original investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Barnett came to realize that the case against Flynn was being engineered or manipulated as way to damage President Trump. Flynn, whose life and livelihood were ruined, became collateral...

Donald Trump Jr. blasts media for ignoring Hunter Biden report as House Republicans call for FBI to investigate

Donald Trump Jr. blasts media for ignoring Hunter Biden report as House Republicans call for FBI to investigate

Donald Trump Jr. slammed the media for largely ignoring the damning revelations from the GOP-led Senate report on Hunter Biden's foreign financial ties. The Senate Homeland Security and Finance Committees on Wednesday released an interim report on their months-long joint investigation into Hunter Biden's role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm Burisma Holdings and his alleged "extensive and complex financial transactions," but also highlighted his questionable transactions with Russian and Chinese nationals. None of the revelations, however, were given much coverage by many of the major news networks. CNN and all three nightly news programs on ABC, CBS and NBC avoided the subject. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow was the only host on the network to address the Senate report but spent those roughly two minutes of coverage downplaying it.

US military suicides soar as service members struggle under Covid, war-zone deployments, national disasters & civil unrest

US military suicides soar as service members struggle under Covid, war-zone deployments, national disasters & civil unrest

Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to with same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest. While the data is incomplete and causes of suicide are complex, Army and Air Force officials say they believe the pandemic is adding stress to an already-strained force. And senior Army leaders — who say they've seen about a 30% jump in active-duty suicides so far this year — told The Associated Press that they are looking at shortening combat deployments. Such a move would be part of a broader effort to make the wellbeing of soldiers and their families the Army's top priority, overtaking combat readiness and weapons modernization. The Pentagon refused to provide 2020 data or to discuss the issue, but Army officials said discussions in Defense Department briefings indicate there has been roughly a 20% jump in overall military...

UK: 700 Church leaders say NO to another lockdown

UK: 700 Church leaders say NO to another lockdown

© OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images The York Minster Choir perform anthems to mark the resumption of choral signing at York MinsterAlmost 700 church leaders have told Boris Johnson they must not be asked to close their churches again and have given a strong hint that they won't conform the next time he tries to suspend services in the name of virus prevention. In an open letter to the Prime Minister and the leaders of the devolved administrations, Church ministers say a closure of churches "would cause serious damage to our congregations, our service of the nation, and our duty as Christian ministers." The letter has been signed by ministers of several denominations in all four parts of the UK and is a strong hint that Christians in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, who up to now have acquiesced to coronavirus legislation, may defy a future instruction to shut their doors.

Estimate of COVID-19 seroprevalence in the US suggests few in the population developed antibodies in the first wave

Estimate of COVID-19 seroprevalence in the US suggests few in the population developed antibodies in the first wave

Researchers from Stanford University explain that patients on dialysis represent an important population to study general COVID-19 seroprevalence. These patients already undergo routine, monthly laboratory studies and represent similar risk factors to contracting COVID-19 as the general population, including age, non-white race, and poverty. Unlike community-based surveys, where a select group may show up for or agree to be tested and require a significant on-the-ground effort to launch, patients on dialysis are amenable to random sampling as part of their routine care. The study follows previous findings from recent seroprevalence studies of highly affected countries and regions (e.g. Wuhan, China, and Spain), which have shown that despite the intense strain on resources and unprecedented excess mortality, rates of seroprevalence at the population level remain low. Other seroprevalence studies of the U.S. population have been restricted to regional hotspots, such as New York City....

Engineering Contagion: UPMC, Corona-Thrax and "The Darkest Winter", Pt. 4

Engineering Contagion: UPMC, Corona-Thrax and "The Darkest Winter", Pt. 4

Researchers at a BSL-3 lab tied to the organizers of the 2001 Dark Winter simulation, DARPA, and the post-9/11 biodefense industrial complex are genetically modifying anthrax to express Covid-19 components, according to FOIA documents. Soon after having been fired from his post as secretary of the treasury in December 2002, after a policy clash with the president, Paul O'Neill became a trustee of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Despite having just worked under and clashed with George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, it wasn't until O'Neill began answering to UPMC CEO Jeffrey Romoff as a member of the Center's board that he chose to publicly denounce a superior as "evil." "He wants to destroy competition. He wants to be the only game in town," O'Neill would later state of Romoff, adding that "after 18 months I quit [the UPMC board] in disgust" due to Romoff's "absolute control" over the board's actions. O'Neill subsequently noted that UPMC "board members who have wealth of...

Trump renews call for Biden to be drug tested for presidential debate

Trump renews call for Biden to be drug tested for presidential debate

President Trump on Sunday once again called on former Vice President Joe Biden to take a drug test as the two presidential candidates prepare for their first one-on-one face-off in Cleveland. "I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also," the president said in a Twitter post. "His Debate performances have been record setting UNEVEN, to put it mildly. Only drugs could have caused this discrepancy???," he said. The president has been pressing the Democratic presidential nominee for months about taking a drug test, questioning his uneven debate performances during the Democratic primary with Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trump said earlier this month in an interview on Fox & Friends: "Well I don't know which Biden is going to show up because I watched him during the debates where they had 20 people on the stage ... and he was a disaster, you don't get worse. He was grossly...

DOJ proposes Section 230 changes to Congress to limit social media protections

DOJ proposes Section 230 changes to Congress to limit social media protections

The Trump administration took a step forward in its fight against tech censorship. Proposed draft legislation sent to Congress by the Justice Department on Wednesday takes aim at social media platforms by modifying Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, seeking to narrow the scope of the liability protections granted by the act and eliminate the protection altogether for platforms that facilitate illegal activities. Attorney General William Barr said in a statement: "For too long Section 230 has provided a shield for online platforms to operate with impunity. Ensuring that the internet is a safe, but also vibrant, open and competitive environment is vitally important to America. We therefore urge Congress to make these necessary reforms to Section 230 and begin to hold online platforms accountable both when they unlawfully censor speech and when they knowingly facilitate criminal activity online." The Justice Department argued that online platforms have used the immunity...

'Unhinged': Biden compares Trump to Fidel Castro & Nazi Joseph Goebbels, vows to debate him cuz he's 'not very smart'

'Unhinged': Biden compares Trump to Fidel Castro & Nazi Joseph Goebbels, vows to debate him cuz he's 'not very smart'

Joe Biden was slammed as "unhinged" by critics following an interview in which he compared US President Donald Trump to both Fidel Castro and infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels in the space of less than a minute. Asked by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle about voters believing Trump's frequent accusations that Biden will push a socialist agenda as president, the former vice-president said he wasn't sure if there was anyone voting for Trump who hadn't already made up their mind. "But who knows. He's sort of like Goebbels. You say the lie long enough, keep repeating it, repeating it, repeating it, it becomes common knowledge," he said, arguing that Trump was using the "socialist" attacks to "scare and distract" voters. He also accused him of "embracing dictators around the world" and then compared him to the late Fidel Castro. "He's more Castro than Churchill," Biden declared.

Trump says US election winner might not be known for months

Trump says US election winner might not be known for months

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that Americans might not know the winner of the November presidential election for months due to disputes over mail ballots, building on his criticism of a method that could be used by half of U.S. voters this year. Election experts have said it might take several days after the Nov. 3 election until a winner is known as officials will need time to count mail ballots that arrive after election day. Speaking at a rally in Newport News, Virginia, Trump said he would prefer to find out quickly whether he won or lost, rather than wait for the mail ballots to come in. "I like watching television and have, 'The winner is', right? You might not hear it for months, because this is a mess. It's very unlikely that you're going to hear a winner that night. I could be leading and then they'll just keep getting ballots, and ballots, and ballots and ballots. Because now they're saying the ballots can come in late."

Florida reopens: DeSantis lifts state's coronavirus restrictions

Florida reopens: DeSantis lifts state's coronavirus restrictions

Florida will no longer require bars and restaurants to operate at less than full capacity, as Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order Friday removing all remaining restrictions on those businesses because of the coronavirus pandemic. The order, which takes effect immediately, also prohibits local governments from closing businesses or collecting fines related to pandemic-related mandates, such as mask requirements — leading to at least one Central Florida county being inundated with calls asking if people no longer have to wear one. But it does allow local authorities to limit restaurant and bar capacity to 50% if they can justify it. DeSantis said during a news conference in St. Petersburg: "We are today moving into what we initially called phase 3. And what that'll mean for the restaurants is there will not be limitations from the state of Florida. We're also saying in the state of Florida everybody has a right to work. (Local governments) can do reasonable regulations, but...

Duo allegedly planned terror attacks targeting Trump Tower, other sites: feds

Duo allegedly planned terror attacks targeting Trump Tower, other sites: feds

Two men plotted terror attacks on high-profile US targets, including Trump Tower and the New York Stock Exchange, where they claimed the destruction would be "Netflix worthy" and earn them "rock star status," federal authorities said. Kristopher Sean Matthews, of Elgin, South Carolina, is accused of conspiring with other ISIS supporters over a period of months, including a Texas man named Jaylyn Christopher Molina, according to a 14-page criminal complaint filed in US District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. The pair, who were arrested Monday, discussed several possible sites for US terror attacks and Matthews suggested to "hit government centers" rather than places "like malls where innocent children are," court documents show.

Fundraising for Israeli terrorist exposes deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism

Fundraising for Israeli terrorist exposes deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism

Deep-rooted anti-Palestinian racism is endemic across large segments of Israeli society. This was demonstrated yet again when an Israeli crowdfunding campaign raised over 1.38 million NIS (equivalent to £310,000) in just five days last week for the legal appeal fund of Amiram Ben Uliel, the Israeli terrorist who received three life sentences for killing three members of the Palestinian Dawabsheh family five years ago. Ben Uliel's arson attack on 31 July 2015, killed 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh and his parents Saad and Riham. Ahmed Dawabsheh, the sole survivor of the attack and only five years old at the time, was left with second- and third-degree burns on over 60 per cent of his body. The racist campaign fund, set up by Ben Uliel's wife Orian and the far-right legal aid group Honenu after his sentencing last Monday, passed its campaign goals in just five days. To date, the campaign has received money from over 4,900 contributors and has been supported by a number of...

Car plows through Trump supporters at BLM protest in California, police charge driver with attempted murder

Car plows through Trump supporters at BLM protest in California, police charge driver with attempted murder

A car reportedly plowed through a crowd in California as Black Lives Matter protesters clashed with counter-protesters. This is the third vehicle to hit protesters in California in just one week. The incident in Yorba Linda, California reportedly occurred after counter-protesters crossed the highway to confront Black Lives Matter demonstrators. Initial reports suggested that the white sedan tore through both groups as their demonstrations met in a parking lot, but footage shows that the driver got in [her] car following an argument with Trump supporters and ripped through them. Police arrested the driver, 40-year-old Tatiana Turner, and charged her with assault with a deadly weapon and attempted murder. Initial reporting from The Orange County Register suggested that two people were injured.

Dutch celebs say they've had enough of Covid-19 restrictions... Is this the start of mass resistance?

Dutch celebs say they've had enough of Covid-19 restrictions... Is this the start of mass resistance?

When Dutch Instagrammer Famke Louise launched the hashtag #ikdoenietmeermee (I'm out) in protest over Covid-19 restrictions, she quickly drew lots of support. It seems many people are finally sick of being told what to do. If you had told me that the central figure to lead a resistance against draconian measures in place to fight the spread of Covid-19 was going to be perma-pouting Dutch rapper/model Famke Louise, I would have laughed in your face - while wearing appropriate PPE of course! Because the 21-year-old influencer, with a bewildering one million followers on Instagram, has taken a stand against the government of the Netherlands to insist she has had enough of being told what to do under the guise of coronavirus pandemic public health initiatives. Famke launched her now viral hashtag #ikdoenietmeermee ("I'm out" or "I no longer participate") following an epically ill-considered intervention from Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who told cheering and chanting football fans...

Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Tornado touches down in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A tornado touched down in Myrtle Beach Friday afternoon. According to information from the Myrtle Beach Fire Department, the tornado touched down around 74th Avenue North. Photos taken by fire crews show beach chairs and umbrellas strewn about on the shore. Damage appears to be minimal at this time. While some people who live along the beach didn't see the tornado, some say they did. Our news team received a picture of the tornado from 16-year-old Andrew Elswick, who caught many of the moments on camera.

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick: More Covid-19 news from Sweden - 'Covid is over, we have herd immunity'

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick: More Covid-19 news from Sweden - 'Covid is over, we have herd immunity'

A few weeks ago, an emergency physician working in Sweden, Dr. Sebastian Rushworth, asked me if I would be willing to replicate an article from his blog on mine. I was more than happy; it was a great article. The only problem being that his writing puts mine to shame - in a second language. Although he did later tell me he had been to boarding school in England for several years. So, I feel a bit better. If not much. He has now done an update, outlining how things are getting along in Sweden. I thought it would be of great interest for people to get news from the front line, so to speak. As many of us know Sweden, alone in Western Europe, decided not to impose a tough lockdown. In fact, the only forcible restriction that was imposed was to ban people meeting in groups of more than fifty. Slightly later, a further restriction was placed on nursing home visits. Apart from this, all other Government recommendations were purely voluntary [Imagine that, a Government treating its...

'One almost every day': Children's hospital in Texas reports alarming rise in suicide patients as kids struggle with hopelessness

'One almost every day': Children's hospital in Texas reports alarming rise in suicide patients as kids struggle with hopelessness

A North Texas children's hospital said Thursday it has seen an "alarming" rise in suicide patients, especially in August, as school districts continued to debate over the return to in-person learning. Doctors at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth said they admitted juvenile suicide patients at a rate of almost one per day in August. The hospital admitted 29 children last month after they attempted suicide. For the year, the hospital said it has seen 192 of these patients, which is more than double the number they admitted during the same period five years ago. "We see kids every day, telling us they're struggling. They wish they can go back to their normal lives," said Dr. Kia Carter, medical director of psychiatry at Cook Children's. Carter said the delayed return to school — and return to normal life — is leaving some children with a sense of hopelessness.

Israel admits ISIS fighter in Iraqi prison is its own, permits his return

Israel admits ISIS fighter in Iraqi prison is its own, permits his return

Israel has acknowledged the existence of an Arab Israeli ISIS fighter who has languished in solitary confinement at a northern Iraqi prison without trial for more than two years, according to a letter obtained by The National. It says he would be allowed to return home if he can reach Israel's borders from Iraq, despite a lack of formal ties between the two countries. When US forces captured Mohammed Khalid in a December 2017 raid in eastern Syria following four years spent fighting for ISIS across the group's self-proclaimed state, Israel kept the case of the Palestinian from Israel's Arab-majority Northern Triangle area, and his whereabouts, in the dark. But after The National interviewed him at an Iraqi Kurdish counter-terrorism facility and tracked down his family in northern Israel, the Israeli government finally acknowledged his existence in the state's first comments on his case, one fraught with legal implications and that counter-terror experts said was the first they had...

Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW in 1991, now officially confirmed

Coldest Northern Hemisphere temperature, first recorded by UW in 1991, now officially confirmed

Experts have verified a 29-year-old weather reading from Greenland which sets a new record for the coldest temperature ever recorded in the Northern Hemisphere. An automated weather station positioned more than 10,000 ft above sea level and atop the Greenland ice sheet took the measurement on 22 December 1991. The temperature sunk as low as -69.6°C (-93.3°F) at the site, located in a frigid place called Klinck, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says. The temperature sunk as low as -69.6°C (-93.3°F) at an automated weather system, located in a frigid place called Klinck atop the Greenland ice sheet

Study: Vitamin D sufficiency reduces complications, deaths among Covid-19 patients

Study: Vitamin D sufficiency reduces complications, deaths among Covid-19 patients

Hospitalized COVID-19 patients who were vitamin D sufficient, with a blood level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D of at least 30 ng/mL (a measure of vitamin D status), had a significant decreased risk for adverse clinical outcomes including becoming unconscious, hypoxia (body starved for oxygen) and death. In addition, they had lower blood levels of an inflammatory marker (C-reactive protein) and higher blood levels of lymphocytes (a type of immune cell to help fight infection). "This study provides direct evidence that vitamin D sufficiency can reduce the complications, including the cytokine storm (release of too many proteins into the blood too quickly) and ultimately death from COVID-19," explained corresponding author Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., MD, professor of medicine, physiology and biophysics and molecular medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. A blood sample to measure vitamin D status (measured serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D) was taken from 235 patients were admitted...

Hostilities break out in Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan on brink of war

Hostilities break out in Nagorno-Karabakh: Armenia and Azerbaijan on brink of war

Early in the morning of September 27, Azerbaijan began an intensive shelling of settlements in Nagorno-Karabakh, including the capital of the republic of Stepanakert, going on the offensive along the entire line of contact. To date, it is known that the Azerbaijani side has lost four helicopters, ten tanks and fourteen unmanned aerial vehicles. Comment: That number is up to 30 armored vehicles and 20 UAVs. Baku was still denying losses after these videos were shared, calling them 'lies and disinformation'. Baku reported the destruction of 12 Armenian Osa anti-aircraft missile systems. There are casualties on both sides. Comment: Drone footage of Azeri strikes on Armenian air defense: The Armenian military continues to shoot down Azerbaijani military equipment, the Armenian Defense Ministry reports. Another video with the destruction of enemy equipment is being published by the press secretary of the department Shushan Stepanyan.

Physicist comes up with math that makes 'paradox-free' time travel plausible

Physicist comes up with math that makes 'paradox-free' time travel plausible

No one has yet managed to travel through time - at least to our knowledge - but the question of whether or not such a feat would be theoretically possible continues to fascinate scientists. As movies such as The Terminator, Donnie Darko, Back to the Future and many others show, moving around in time creates a lot of problems for the fundamental rules of the Universe: if you go back in time and stop your parents from meeting, for instance, how can you possibly exist in order to go back in time in the first place? It's a monumental head-scratcher known as the 'grandfather paradox', but now a physics student Germain Tobar, from the University of Queensland in Australia, says he has worked out how to "square the numbers" to make time travel viable without the paradoxes.

Insanity: Gov. Newsom bill allows male inmates who identify as 'women' to be housed in women's prisons in California

Insanity: Gov. Newsom bill allows male inmates who identify as 'women' to be housed in women's prisons in California

California's Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill Saturday to end sex-segregated prisons in that state, to allow inmates to be housed based on the gender with which they identify as opposed to dividing them by sex. The caveat of the bill is that this privilege is only for those inmates with which the penal system does not have "management or security concerns." This collection of bills, designed with the aim of "strengthening protections for LGBTQ+ Californians," does little for women or children, as it opens female prisons to male-bodied persons, and enables tax payer funds to go toward the medical transitioning of minors. There is also funding to find the impact of COVID-19, which is an illness that primarily affects the elderly and those with existing health complications, on the LGBT+ community.

Sketchy MSM poll shows Biden with 10-point lead over Trump

Sketchy MSM poll shows Biden with 10-point lead over Trump

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points in an ABC News-Washington Post poll released Sunday. Biden leads Trump 54 percent to 44 percent in a head-to-head match-up, but his lead drops to 49 percent to 43 percent when the Libertarian and Green Party candidates are included. The survey found the president's overall approval at a relatively steady 44 percent. A majority of voters, 52 percent, continue to approve of Trump's handling of the economy. Forty percent approve of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic versus 58 percent who disapprove. Biden leads on who voters trust to handle the pandemic. However, his wider lead over the summer has contracted, from 54 percent to 34 percent in mid-July to 51 percent to 40 percent in September.

Israelis vent anger outside Netanyahu's home after bid to curb lockdown protests

Israelis vent anger outside Netanyahu's home after bid to curb lockdown protests

Many citizens believe the prime minister is using a recent spike in coronavirus cases to stymie their wish to protest. Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened to declare a state of emergency to bring an end to the unrest. Thousands of Israelis vented their frustrations outside the official residence of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Saturday, demanding his resignation, while maintaining the pressure on the embattled leader after weeks of protests, despite a recently installed lockdown. With Israel facing one of the world's worst outbreaks of COVID-19, a strict lockdown came into effect Friday, shutting down several businesses, banning large gatherings and ordering people to stay close to home.

Attorney: Kenosha officer shot Jacob Blake because he was kidnapping a child in attempt to escape

Attorney: Kenosha officer shot Jacob Blake because he was kidnapping a child in attempt to escape

Police Officer Rusten Sheskey has told investigators that it wasn't just his life he was defending when he fired his weapon seven times at Jacob Blake last month in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He said he used deadly force during the chaotic encounter because he was afraid Blake, while attempting to flee the scene, was trying to kidnap a child in the backseat of the vehicle. "He's got my kid. He's got my keys," Sheskey heard a woman say, according to attorney Brendan Matthews, who is representing the officer. If Sheskey had allowed Blake to drive away and something happened to the child "the question would have been 'why didn't you do something?'" Matthews said. That explanation, provided in an exclusive interview with CNN, offers the most detailed rationale to date for Sheskey's highly scrutinized decision to shoot Blake, who is Black, as he leaned into an SUV with his children inside it on August 23. Cellphone video of the shooting went viral on the internet, sparking days of protests and...

False Flags!

False Flags!

If you're reading this column, it's highly likely you're familiar with "false flag" terrorism. You've at least heard the term before, right? As I've had cause to note in my work in the past, the 2013 Atlantic Wire article, republished by Yahoo! News under the headline "What is a 'False Flag' Attack — and Was Boston One?" was, for me, a clear sign that the 9/11 Truth movement had accomplished at least one extremely important thing. Namely, it inserted the term "false flag" into the public conversation about terrorism so effectively that the mainstream was forced to address it. To the surprise of absolutely no one, The Atlantic Wire's answer to that headline question was a resounding "No." But that's not important. What matters is that they had to address the topic at all. No longer could the establishment press feign ignorance of the very concept ("buT wHy wOuLd thE goVernMEnt AttAcK iTseLf?"), nor could they pretend that the idea of false flag terrorism was so outlandish and so...

Torch a library for Breonna: Protesters in Louisville smash windows & throw flares after defying curfew

Torch a library for Breonna: Protesters in Louisville smash windows & throw flares after defying curfew

Scores of protesters took to the streets of Louisville, ignoring the nighttime curfew a day after two police officers were shot amid unrest sparked by the charges in the Breonna Taylor case. A library was damaged in the mayhem. Dozens of protesters hit the streets of Louisville on Thursday evening, paying little attention to the city's 9pm curfew and squaring off with police. Shortly before the curfew set in, police declared an "unlawful assembly," saying that protesters were smashing windows on 4th Street.

BEST OF THE WEB: Health lockdown or student incarceration? Glasgow Uni feels like a prison

BEST OF THE WEB: Health lockdown or student incarceration? Glasgow Uni feels like a prison

Police patrol our halls of residence. We've been banned from pubs. Even Christmas could be cancelled. I'll confess, I think I almost enjoyed lockdown at first: I could cycle to work without the roar of cars all around me, and I enjoyed the novelty of being able to walk down a near-empty high street. The hard reality of our government's decision to shut down society hit home soon enough, though. I lost a planned seasonal job that was due to start at the beginning of May, and so was forced to spend an additional three months in a job I disliked, working even longer hours due to greater demand. As much as I love my family, you can grow sick of the same faces after a while. Not being able to see friends certainly had an effect on my mental health - and the incessant screeching of the fear-mongering media could leave anyone in a nervous fit. In an unfathomable irony, during the 'peak pandemic', university was my glimmer of hope on the horizon. I'm at Glasgow University, which has been...

BEST OF THE WEB: Latest Media Corona Conspiracy Theory: 'Chinese Propaganda Tricked Western Nations into Lockdowns'

BEST OF THE WEB: Latest Media Corona Conspiracy Theory: 'Chinese Propaganda Tricked Western Nations into Lockdowns'

Comment: For months now, we're supposedly the conspiracy theorists, while they're all 'the sane ones'. And yet, throughout, Western media has promoted literal conspiracy theories in an attempt to inflate hysteria and panic, thereby justifying the WHO's phony BS about a 'killer virus' and Western governments' tyrannical power grabs. Let's see what the kooks are saying now... As the world continues to grapple with coronavirus and the economic catastrophe of lockdown, a disturbing new theory has emerged. Did China trick the world into committing economic suicide? As the global community continues to grapple with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic - and the economic catastrophe caused by the associated "lockdowns" imposed by governments around the world - a chilling new theory has emerged. It goes like this - China, in an enormous disinformation campaign spread via social media and through compromised voices in Western politics, science and medicine, aggressively pushed for...

Heavy rain triggers deadly floods in Meghalaya and Assam, India - at least 13 dead, 5 missing

Heavy rain triggers deadly floods in Meghalaya and Assam, India - at least 13 dead, 5 missing

Heavy rainfall over the last 5 days has caused deadly flooding and landslides in Meghalaya state in north eastern India. Also in the north east of the country, further flooding has been reported in Assam, where almost 180,000 people have been affected. Meghalaya Local media report that at least 13 people have died in floods and landslides in Meghalaya since heavy rainfall began around 22 September. State Disaster Management Authority said that 5 people remain missing while a total of 985 people in 37 villages across East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi districts have been affected.

Early snowfall in Czech Mountains

Early snowfall in Czech Mountains

The current spell of cold brought on Saturday morning the season's first snow to the Czech mountains. The first snow of this winter in the Czech Republic fell around the village of Kvilda in the Šumava mountain range in the southwest of the country on Friday night, Blesk.cz reported. According to pictures from webcams, snowfalls were recorded as well at Bučina, Březník, Luzný and Klínovec in the Ore Mountains, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute informed on Facebook.

26 dead after Ukraine military plane crashes and bursts into flames

26 dead after Ukraine military plane crashes and bursts into flames

Searchers combing the area where a Ukrainian military aircraft crashed found two more bodies on Saturday, bringing the death toll to 26. One person survived. The plane, a twin-turboprop Antonov-26 belonging to the Ukrainian air force, was carrying a crew of seven and 20 cadets of a military aviation school when it crashed and burst into flames Friday night while coming in for landing at the airport in Chuhuiv, about 250 miles east of the capital Kyiv. Two people initially survived the crash, but one later died in a hospital. No cause for the crash has been determined.

Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down in blow to French initiative

Lebanon's prime minister-designate steps down in blow to French initiative

Lebanon's prime minister-designate quit on Saturday after trying for almost a month to line up a non-partisan cabinet, failing despite French pressure on sectarian leaders to rally together to deal with the worst crisis since a 1975-1990 civil war. Mustapha Adib, former ambassador to Berlin, was picked on Aug. 31 to form a cabinet. He had tried to form a government of specialists in a nation where power is shared between Muslims and Christians and political loyalties tend to follow sectarian lines.

Large protest against lockdown in London meanwhile polls of British public show many want HARSHER measures

Large protest against lockdown in London meanwhile polls of British public show many want HARSHER measures

Demonstrators descended on London for the second straight weekend to air their disapproval of the coronavirus guidelines, with police warning they will break up the rally if protesters don't follow social distancing rules. Several thousand protesters assembled at Trafalgar Square on Saturday, with some eyewitnesses claiming that attendance was even higher than the turnout at a similar event held last weekend. Demonstrators held signs, waved British flags and cheered as speakers addressed the crowd. At one point the crowd could be heard chanting "freedom" as people whistled and clapped. The protest, dubbed We Do Not Consent, received a warning from the Metropolitan Police, which said it would intervene if the protesters don't abide by social distancing guidelines.

Beached pilot whales are a sign of the magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere

Beached pilot whales are a sign of the magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere

Since 1850 Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. At the turn of the millennium it then began reducing exponentially, at more than 10% per decade — this drop off is extreme and concerning, and here's why. Earth's magnetic field protects us from space radiation. Our shields going down is very bad news for all life on our planet, and could possibly even lead to the next mass extinction. "As the magnetic field weakens, the poles shift," says David Mauriello of the ORP and MRN. For the past 100-or-so years, both north and south poles have been rapidly headed towards the equator (shown below), and their pace is increasing, warns Mauriello. The south pole is now off the Antarctic continent and making a beeline for Indonesia, and the north pole is shifting across the Arctic circle towards Siberia, it too headed for Indonesia-where the pair are likely to meet within the next few decades, perhaps around 2050. This "meeting" will lead to one of two eventualities: 1) a full flip will take...

Christmas movies are going gay this year, but is this really progress for LGBT people?

Christmas movies are going gay this year, but is this really progress for LGBT people?

The Hallmark and Lifetime channels are targeting their Christmas movies at gay audiences this year. Activists have hailed this as a victory, but there will be little to celebrate in terms of quality filmmaking. "Don we now our gay apparel" takes on a whole new meaning this year as The Hallmark Channel airs The Christmas House, its first gay-themed Christmas movie. The film stars Jonathan Bennett as one half of a gay married couple who visit family as they anxiously await a call about adopting their first child. According to PinkNews, "LGBT+ fans have long been crying out for a queer festive film - and this year, they have finally been granted their grown-up Christmas wish". PinkNews also reported that, "In July, queer Hallmark Christmas fans were sent into a frenzy when the company confirmed the LGBT+ Christmas films were on the way." The 'queer frenzy' over The Christmas House is heightened by the fact that the Lifetime Channel also has a gay-themed holiday film this year, The...

Those who destroyed Yemen must be prosecuted for war crimes

Those who destroyed Yemen must be prosecuted for war crimes

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recently announced that it was providing $204 million in aid for the impoverished and war-ravaged country of Yemen. That sounds generous, but it's the Saudi royals themselves who are responsible for most of the death, destruction, starvation, and disease in Yemen, in which 80 percent of the population, some 24 million, need outside assistance. Riyadh has spent more than five years conducting a brutal air campaign intended to restore a pliant regime to power. The claim that the Kingdom is generously helping the needy is a bit like a man murdering his parents only to throw himself on the court's mercy since he is an orphan. If Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to help the Yemeni people, he would simply end the war. But he won't, at least in part because the Trump administration is underwriting the Saudi government's murderous campaign. Why is the president forcing Americans to assist the Saudi royals, who respect no political or religious...

FDA requires stronger warning label for xanax and similar drugs

FDA requires stronger warning label for xanax and similar drugs

The Food and Drug Administration said on Wednesday that it would require a new warning label on a class of common psychiatric drugs, called benzodiazepines, to better warn the public and health professionals about the serious risks of abuse and addiction. Benzodiazepines are prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, panic disorders and other health problems. They are also often given before certain medical procedures. They slow brain activity, causing sedation or calming effects. The drugs are enormously popular. In 2019, according to the agency, roughly 92 million prescriptions for benzodiazepines — such as the highly prescribed Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan — were dispensed in the United States. In a press statement, Dr. Stephen Hahn, the F.D.A. commissioner, said he was concerned about widespread misuse of the drugs, especially when they are taken with opioid pain relievers, alcohol or other medicines. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that more than 30 percent of...

Scottish village recorded 'coldest September temperature for 20 years'

Scottish village recorded 'coldest September temperature for 20 years'

A SUTHERLAND village is once again living up to it moniker as the coldest spot in the UK after the mercury plunged last night. The temperature fell to roughly -5C in Altnaharra - making it one of the coldest September nights reported in Scotland for more than 20 years. BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor, who is also a former senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning. Of course, -5C is nothing unusual in winter in Altnaharra, which holds the record for the coldest temperature ever documented in the UK. On December 30, 1995, the mercury plunged to an Arctic -27.2C (-17F). Altnaharra wasn't the only slightly chilly place in the Sutherland last night. Kinbrace was not far behind Altnaharra's low, recording a temperature of close to -4.5C. Weather stations at Klibreck and Banscol also recorded temperatures near to -3C.

America would seem to be finished

America would seem to be finished

About twenty years ago The Atlantic published a piece by Jeffrey Tayler named "Russia is finished" subtitled "The unstoppable descent of a once great power into social catastrophe and strategic irrelevance." Not a very successful prediction was it? But what he did was fashionable at the time - he described what was happening in Russia in the nineties and made a straight-line projection from there. His error was assuming the continuation of the straight line - and he made the error because he thought Russia was only "Zaire With Permafrost". My purpose in this essay is to apply the points that the author made about Russia twenty years ago to the United States of America today and adopt a simple straight-line projection based on a corresponding view of American history. This is not so much because I think that America really is finished - after all, as Adam Smith observed, there is a great deal of ruin in a nation, and America has seen hard times before - but in order to illustrate...

With misogyny now a hate crime, we're officially criminalising thought

With misogyny now a hate crime, we're officially criminalising thought

We'll soon have thought police exploring our private lives Silence the wolf whistles, don't say 'you look lovely in lycra' to that woman at the gym, and don't tweet about transgender women not being real women. You could be breaking the law and be charged. Welcome to an Orwellian world where what you think about women, gays or Muslims may now be criminalised under hate crime legislation proposed by the Law Commission. Since its invention in the United States in the 1980s, the number of different hate crimes have been growing and growing.

UK gov figures show 75,000 could die because of lockdown, excess deaths are already soaring

UK gov figures show 75,000 could die because of lockdown, excess deaths are already soaring

Thousands of Britons who suffer heart attacks and strokes are dying at home instead of seeking medical treatment, a new study has found, as new government figures show 75,000 are projected to die as a result of lockdown measures. Stay-at-home orders prompted countless people suffering from serious medical conditions to avoid hospitals, according to the study's findings, which were published in the Heart medical journal and first reported by the Daily Mail. The paper noted that deaths from heart disease in private homes surged by 35 percent from March to July, resulting in 2,279 more fatalities on average over the past six years. However, heart and stroke deaths in hospitals dropped by around 1,400 during the same period, suggesting that some who chose to stay home would have died anyway even if they had been hospitalized. The researchers calculated that in total, there were 2,085 excess deaths in England and Wales that could be linked to heart attack and stroke sufferers who...

China approves Covid-19 vaccine for emergency testing in last phase of human trials, hundreds of thousands of vaccinations already given

China approves Covid-19 vaccine for emergency testing in last phase of human trials, hundreds of thousands of vaccinations already given

After the first shot, he had no reaction. But Kan Chai felt woozy following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine approved for emergency use in China. "When I was driving on the road, I suddenly felt a bit dizzy, as if I was driving drunk," the popular writer and columnist recounted in a webinar earlier this month. "So I specially found a place to stop the car, rest a bit and then I felt better." His is a rare account from the hundreds of thousands of people who have been given Chinese vaccines, before final regulatory approval for general use. It's an unusual move that raises ethical and safety questions, as companies and governments worldwide race to develop a vaccine that will stop the spread of the coronavirus. Chinese companies earlier drew attention for giving the vaccine to their top executives and leading researchers before human trials to test their safety and efficacy had even begun. In recent months, they have injected a far larger number under an emergency use...