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BEST OF THE WEB: Librarians rising up: Toronto Public Library staff fight back against tyrannical vaccine mandates

BEST OF THE WEB: Librarians rising up: Toronto Public Library staff fight back against tyrannical vaccine mandates

A group of librarians from the Toronto Public Library is saying no to being forced to take the jab as a condition of employment. Other librarians across Canada are doing the same. And together with other workers they're participating in a country-wide walkout on Monday. A group of librarians from the Toronto Public Library is saying no to being forced to take the jab as a condition of employment. Librarians elsewhere are doing the same. And they - along with thousands of others from coast to coast to coast -- are also participating in a nation-wide strike this coming Monday.

NATO's new secret plan for nuclear war & space battles with Russia risks spiraling Europe into a new arms race between East & West

NATO's new secret plan for nuclear war & space battles with Russia risks spiraling Europe into a new arms race between East & West

Tensions between Russia and NATO are at an all-time high. But instead of seeking a way off the ladder of escalation, the US-led bloc's new plan for hybrid war risks accelerating an already dangerous lethal arms race with Moscow. There's a concept in international relations, almost one of the first that students learn, called the 'security dilemma'. It's hardly rocket science, but it's something governments and armed forces planners seem to consistently forget when it comes to making policy. The idea is basically this: Country A feels threatened by country B; it therefore takes some measures - such as increasing its defence spending - to make itself more secure; but when country B sees what country A is doing, it in turn feels threatened, and so takes reciprocal measures of its own. The result is that country A ends up less safe than it was to start with.

Doublethink: Censor of the Year calls for free speech

Doublethink: Censor of the Year calls for free speech

It's been decades since I first read 1984, but it clearly is a book for our current cultural and political moment. I bought a copy at a used book store the other day and the tattooed and purple-haired young lady at the register gave me a curious glance. She commented, "Oh, I've had other people asking about this book. Why are you reading it now?" I wasn't going to get into a discussion about current events, but I couldn't entirely stop myself. I said, "Well, it just seemed timely." "It just..." She hesitated. "It just seemed like the right time?" "Yes," I answered, realizing this was definitely not a conversation I wanted to have. "It seemed like the right time," I said, to which she responded with a mistrustful look. It was almost, but not quite, a conversation from Orwell's dystopian novel, where truth can barely be hinted at, and then carefully covered over, never stated outright.

Israel declares war on Palestinian rights groups

Israel declares war on Palestinian rights groups

Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz declared six prominent Palestinian human rights groups to be "terrorist organizations" on Friday. The defense ministry order accuses the groups of serving "as an arm of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine," a leftist political party banned by Israel, the US and the European Union due to its opposition to normalization with Israel. Some of the six targeted groups - Al-Haq, Addameer, Defense for Children International Palestine, the Union of Palestinian Women Committees, the Union of Agricultural Work Committees and the Bisan Center for Research and Development - have cooperated closely with the International Criminal Court in its war crimes probe in the West Bank and Gaza. Gantz's conduct may come under ICC scrutiny as he twice perpetrated major massacres of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, as army chief of staff in 2014, and as defense minister earlier this year, when he vowed that "no person, area or neighborhood in Gaza is...

Twitter's Dorsey warns of surging inflation after his platform 'mistakenly' censors GOP lawmaker's video about...inflation

Twitter's Dorsey warns of surging inflation after his platform 'mistakenly' censors GOP lawmaker's video about...inflation

Jack Dorsey may have to censor himself after the Twitter CEO tweeted that hyperinflation will soon grip the US and global economies. The observation, which does not align with the mainstream media narrative, drew pushback online. "Hyperinflation is going to change everything," Dorsey said on Friday night. "It's happening." When Nigerian businessman Tayo Oviosu - who, like Dorsey, is a cryptocurrency enthusiast - noted that inflation is already soaring at a 16% annual rate in his country, the Twitter co-founder replied, "It will happen in the US soon, and so the world."

Reps Greene and Banks censored by Twitter for saying Rachel Levine is a 'man'

Reps Greene and Banks censored by Twitter for saying Rachel Levine is a 'man'

Twitter censored two US House Representatives for stating that Biden's assistant health secretary in the HHS, Dr. Rachel Levine, is a biological male. Levine, who made headlines this week for being name the "first-ever female" four-star admiral in the Public Health Service, lived her first 40+ years as a male before undergoing gender transition. Reps. Jim Banks and Marjorie Taylor Greene spoke up for women when they posted their belief that Levine is a "man," and that saying Levine is the "first female" to attain this post is actually a detriment for the furtherance of women's equal rights. These two reps who took up the charge to defend women against erasure are Republicans. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana was suspended for his tweet saying that "the title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man." If he had said "biological male," it is likely that this would not have been censored by Twitter, but because the words "man" and "woman" are now considered to be more about...

Israel set to approve 3K West Bank settler homes this week

Israel set to approve 3K West Bank settler homes this week

Israel is expected to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a settlement watchdog group said Sunday. The plan for some 3,000 new settler units in the West Bank has already drawn calls for restraint from the U.S., which on Friday voiced "concern" over the expected approvals. Hagit Ofran from the anti-settlement group Peace Now said a committee is set to meet Wednesday to approve 2,800 units deep in the West Bank, complicating any efforts to create a Palestinian state. More than half of those are receiving final approval, meaning construction could begin in the coming year. On Friday, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was "concerned" about the housing plans. He called on Israel and the Palestinians to "refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tension and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution" to the conflict.

Taliban offers jobs for wheat to tackle hunger and unemployment

Taliban offers jobs for wheat to tackle hunger and unemployment

Afghanistan's Taliban government launched a program to tackle hunger on Sunday, offering thousands of people wheat in exchange for labor. The scheme will be rolled out around Afghanistan's major towns and cities and employ 40,000 men in the capital alone, the Taliban's chief spokesman said at a press conference in southern Kabul. "This is an important step for fighting unemployment," Zabihullah Mujahid said, adding the laborers must "work hard". Afghanistan -- which is already suffering from poverty, drought, electricity blackouts and a failing economic system -- is now facing the onset of what may be a harsh winter. The Taliban's food-for-work scheme will not pay laborers, targeting those who are currently unemployed and most at risk of starvation during the winter. The two-month program will see 11,600 tons of wheat distributed in the capital, with about 55,000 tons for elsewhere in the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Pol-i-Khomri. Work for the...

Internal Twitter study says platform 'amplifies' the right

Internal Twitter study says platform 'amplifies' the right

An internal study published by Twitter on its algorithms indicated that the platform actually amplifies right-of-center voices over left-leaning ones. The reality, however, is more complicated. Rumman Chowdhury, the head of Twitter's machine learning, ethics, transparency and accountability (META) team, told Protocol that the study only showed results based on bias in amplification - not what caused it. The content could be amplified for any reason. In short, the study was unable to determine whether Twitter's home feed algorithms are biased towards conservative content. Interestingly, Chowdhury said: "We can see that it is happening. We are not entirely sure why it is happening. To be clear, some of it could be user-driven, people's actions on the platform, we are not sure what it is. It's just important that we share this information." She added that the META team will conduct a "root-cause analysis" to discover why the purported skew exists, including analyzing how users...

60-day state of emergency declared in Ecuador as government focuses on soaring drug violence

60-day state of emergency declared in Ecuador as government focuses on soaring drug violence

Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency and ordered the armed forces to join law enforcement operations on the streets as the country struggles to combat escalating drug-related violence. Lasso, in a televised speech on Monday, said: "Starting immediately, our armed forces and police will be felt with force in the streets because we are decreeing a state of emergency throughout the national territory." The right-wing leader said that drug trafficking was the only enemy on the streets and claimed that "in recent years Ecuador has gone from being a drug trafficking country to one that also consumes drugs. When drug trafficking grows so do assassinations and homicides, robberies of homes, vehicles, goods and people." During the 60-day state of emergency, the military will join drug- and arms-confiscation operations in nine of the country's 24 provinces. The police will increase their patrols in the rest of the country, but the military won't be involved,...

Stealing a nation: The secret SAS mission to capture the Middle East's oil artery

Stealing a nation: The secret SAS mission to capture the Middle East's oil artery

Fifty years ago, US troops began building a military base on the Chagos Islands, a British territory in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Its inhabitants, who numbered several thousand, were forcibly removed to make way for a naval station. They received almost nothing in compensation for the loss of their homeland, but Britain did well out of the deal. The Pentagon gave the Royal Navy a discount on its first nuclear-armed submarine fleet. This bargain helped Whitehall keep up the pretence of being a great power, bolstering the UK's permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council even as the British empire crumbled. But nuclear weapons would not be enough to stay ahead in this new world order. While evicting the Chagossians, UK officials busily conducted another colonial carve-up - this time to ensure continued control of global oil supply routes. Known as Operation Intradon, it saw a proudly autonomous Arab tribe have their land handed over to a pro-Western dictator,...

Sumatran fishermen may have finally found Lost Island of Gold

Sumatran fishermen may have finally found Lost Island of Gold

The site of a fabled Indonesian kingdom renowned for its golden treasures may finally have been discovered on Sumatra, known as the Island of Gold. For the past five years, fishermen exploring the crocodile-infested Musi River, near Palembang, have hauled a staggering treasure trove from the depths - including gemstones, gold ceremonial rings, coins and bronze monks' bells. One of the most incredible finds so far is a jewel-encrusted life-size statue of Buddha from the 8th century, which is worth millions of pounds. The artefacts date back to the Srivijaya civilisation - a powerful kingdom between the 7th and 13th centuries which mysteriously vanished a century later. Dr Sean Kingsley, a British maritime archaeologist, told MailOnline: 'Great explorers have hunted high and low for Srivijaya as far afield as Thailand and India, all with no luck.

Reading Putin at Valdai

Reading Putin at Valdai

Russian President Vladimir Putin made his annual appearance at the Valdai Discussion Club, giving a speech and fielding questions. He appeared in good form mentally, physically, and emotionally - despite the intermittent Western warnings of an ill or mentally inadequate Putin - and gave a performance worthy of an elder statesman. Several points stood out. One is that, contrary to the view that Putin is simply in power to enrich himself and his cronies, Putin clearly came across in this forum and has in others as well as a man interested in ideas and who has his own. I would argue that he has developed a general worldview and view of Russia since coming to power in 2000, when his ideas about politics and history still were not yet clearly formulated. As Putin ages he appears to be drawn increasingly to themes of history and philosophy, and so he discussed issues related to the history of the Great Patriotic War (World War II), noting his ongoing interest and occasional occupation...

Bipartisan lawmakers demand answers from Fauci about 'cruel' taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs

Bipartisan lawmakers demand answers from Fauci about 'cruel' taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs

Beagles reportedly had vocal cords removed A bipartisan group of United States lawmakers demanded answers regarding a report that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases used taxpayer money to fund "cruel" and "costly" experiments on dogs as young as six months old. The letter regarding possible animal abuse was sent to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. "We write with grave concerns about reports of costly, cruel, and unnecessary taxpayer-funded experiments on dogs commissioned by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases," the bipartisan letter signed by 24 lawmakers, spearheaded by Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.), reads. The letter cites a damning report from the White Coat Waste Project that claims that 44 beagle puppies — all between the ages of six and eight months old — were subjected to "commissioned tests" for a drug. The experiments involved "injecting and force-feeding the puppies an...

NY Times journalist hacked, researchers suspect Saudi Arabia employed notorious Israeli-made 'Pegasus' malware

NY Times journalist hacked, researchers suspect Saudi Arabia employed notorious Israeli-made 'Pegasus' malware

New York Times reporter Ben Hubbard had his phone hacked on numerous occasions, and cybersecurity researchers say Saudi Arabia was to blame. The hackers reportedly used the notorious Israeli-made 'Pegasus' spyware. Hubbard, a reporter covering the Middle East, wrote on Sunday that a hacking attempt was first made on his phone in 2018, when he received a "suspicious" Arabic language text message inviting him to a protest outside the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC. A similar message followed, and digital rights group CitizenLab told Hubbard both messages originated from servers that had previously been used to target Saudi activists. Two more attempts followed in 2020 and 2021, but they were so-called 'zero-click' exploits, meaning Hubbard would not have had to click on any links or messages to allow the hackers into his phone. These attempts were successful, and once inside Hubbard's smartphone, the hackers were able to view all its contents, surreptitiously activate his microphone...

Argentinian doctor shares his ivermectin experience

Argentinian doctor shares his ivermectin experience

In this interview, we continue the COVID-19 discussion with a medical expert from Argentina, Dr. Hector Carvallo, whose focus since early 2020 has been the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. Carvallo graduated from medical school in 1981 — the same year AIDS emerged as a global pandemic. In the first two years, AIDS killed 2 million people. Since 1981, it has claimed the lives of 35 million. While officially retired for a couple of years, the 2020 COVID pandemic brought him out of retirement. "My first fire baptism was with AIDS," he says. "I have dedicated my professional time to teaching and assisting. I graduated as a professor in 1996, and worked as a professor for the School of Medicine in Buenos Aires, which is public. Later, I was an associate professor of internal medicine for two private schools of medicine until I retired a couple of years ago."

298 disaster-related deaths in 2021 for Indian state of Uttarakhand

298 disaster-related deaths in 2021 for Indian state of Uttarakhand

With 298 deaths and 66 reported missing in weather-related disasters in 2021, the year has turned out to be the second-worst in terms of loss of lives in such calamities after 2013 when Kedarnath flash floods had taken thousands of lives. According to data with the State Operation Emergency Center (SEOC), nearly 300 people have died, 66 have been reported missing and over 100 people sustained injuries in weather-related calamities this year. This includes casualties in events like flash floods or floods, cloudbursts, avalanches, landslides and mudflows. Barring the 2013 deluge, this is the second-highest fatalities count in a year since 2010. While the hill state has had a long history of natural disasters, it was only in 2010 that the data collection system was enhanced. "While data was being maintained earlier as well, flash floods in 2010 prompted the state to bolster its disaster management system and strengthen data collection," said an official. A total of 220 people had died...

A Big Thank You From the Global Oligarchy

A Big Thank You From the Global Oligarchy

Dear People, We are now almost two years into our great transition, and although there's still a very long way to go, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your help in allowing the project to run so smooth thus far, and to encourage you to allow us to continue making progress. We must begin by saying how very pleased we have been by the levels of restraint shown. Given the nature of the plan, we naturally factored in the potential for high levels of civil unrest, but we have been surprised — pleasantly surprised it must be said — by the general absence of turmoil. Yes, there have been a few outbreaks of late, and they have meant we needed to take appropriate steps — for the good of humanity — to ensure that such disquiet is not broadcast around the world. But by and large you have got on with your thing — whatever things it is that you do — which has allowed us to get on with the important business of the day, largely unhindered and with extraordinarily little fuss....

Three stunners throw down another challenge to traditional Darwinism

Three stunners throw down another challenge to traditional Darwinism

Here are three unrelated but surprising discoveries that will be of interest to the intelligent design community. Shared Code Scientists at Flinders University in Australia found that our DNA spreads up to a meter around us without even touching anything. We're leaving breadcrumbs of genetic code everywhere we go! A person can leave DNA on a surface without directly touching it, a Flinders University study has found, with the longer someone spends in a room the more likely they are to leave a trace of themselves behind. The researchers placed DNA collection plates half a meter to five meters apart in offices that had been sanitized. Without anyone directly touching the collection plates, DNA from multiple people was present after only one day, with the DNA profiles stronger the closer the plates were to an individual and the longer they stayed out. [Emphasis added.] They published their findings in Forensic Science International Genetics.

Flood death toll rises to 64 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

Flood death toll rises to 64 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 17 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. On Monday, five people, including three labourers from Nepal, were killed after a landslide in Champawat district. On Tuesday, the state emergency operation centre was quoted by The Times of India as saying seven people had been killed in separate rain-related incidents in Nainital district the previous night. A bridge being built over the Chalthi river in Champawat was washed away after water levels rose. Nearly 100 people were stranded at the Lemon Tree Resort in Ramnagar after water from the overflowing Kosi river entered the hotel. Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar announced on Tuesday that the stranded people were safe and efforts were on to rescue them.

Secrets of the exceptional diatretic vase revealed, recently discovered at 4th century Paleo-Christian necropolis in Autun, France

Secrets of the exceptional diatretic vase revealed, recently discovered at 4th century Paleo-Christian necropolis in Autun, France

In 2020, Inrap, in collaboration with the Autun city Archaeology Service (Drac Bourgogne-Franche-Comté), excavated part of the necropolis located near the former Paleochristian church of Saint-Pierre-l'Estrier. A stone sarcophagus yielded a remarkable cage cup, or "diatretic vase," dated to the 4th century CE. Complete but very fragmentary, it was entrusted to the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mayence (Germany). Following its restoration and study, this exceptional piece has returned to Autun.

Migrant caravan of 'thousands' breaks through Mexican police barrier - Biden blasted for claiming he 'hasn't had time' to visit border

Migrant caravan of 'thousands' breaks through Mexican police barrier - Biden blasted for claiming he 'hasn't had time' to visit border

A migrant caravan made up of thousands has broken through Mexican security forces attempting to stop them from making it to the US border on the heels of US President Joe Biden saying he lacks the time to actually go there. Thousands of migrants gathered in Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, and are now making their way to Mexico City and eventually the US border. Among them are people fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, and multiple other Latin American countries. Department of Homeland Security officials previously stated they were keeping an eye on the caravan as Mexican officials have tried to prevent the group from making its journey. Footage on Saturday of the caravan making their journey on foot hit social media and showed thousands breaking through Mexican law enforcement officials, equipped with riot gear and attempting to build a wall to block the migrants.

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: World on the Brink - Mass Acceptance of Tyranny Augurs Doom

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: World on the Brink - Mass Acceptance of Tyranny Augurs Doom

To listen to the media and authority figures, Big Pharma scandals involving fraudulent science and dangerous products are a thing of the distant past, thus distrust in the safety of their elixirs is completely unwarranted. What poor memory many seem to have... Also, what is the purpose or substance behind 'Build Back Better'? Why did (mostly Western) leaders start spouting it, and could it have anything to do with China's 'One Belt One Road' masterplan? Finally, what is up with so many of those who have taken the shot being so so cruel towards those who haven't? They're protected against the 'rona now, so... what is REALLY motivating them to pressure others into getting it? ** Podcast begins at 03:47 ** Running Time: 01:31:33 Download: MP3 — 62.9 MB

Facebook launches major corporate rebrand to "Metaverse" as The Zuck tries to ditch scandals

Facebook launches major corporate rebrand to "Metaverse" as The Zuck tries to ditch scandals

After announcing plans to hire 10,000 workers in Europe (despite a looming global corporate tax agreement that could substantially increase his firm's tax burden) to get to work on building the Facebook Metaverse - before Microsoft or Roblox, or - even worse - some scrappy newcomer, can beat them to the punch - Facebook has just leaked a massive scoop to the Verge. In a move that, in a way, resembles Google's big corporate re-brand to 'Alphabet' in 2015 (and also, in a way, the defense contractor formerly known as Blackwater's numerous name changes over the years to help move past reputational damage) the social media behemoth has decided to 'rebrand' and change its official corporate name from 'Facebook' to, well, something having to do with "the Metaverse."

Horses domesticated 4,200 years ago in the steppes of Black Sea region, DNA analysis reveals

Horses domesticated 4,200 years ago in the steppes of Black Sea region, DNA analysis reveals

The domestication of horses changed the course of human history, but scientists have tried for years to figure out when and where this crucial event happened. Now, evidence from a new study using DNA analysis suggests horses were first domesticated 4,200 years ago in the steppes of the Black Sea region, part of modern-day Russia, before spreading across Asia and Europe in the centuries that followed. It has been incredibly difficult to pin down when and where horse domestication occurred because it's a less obvious shift than that seen with animals like domesticated cattle, which experienced a change in size. Instead, the researchers had to work off of indirect evidence, such as tooth damage that suggested the wearing of bridles or even horse symbolism across cultures, said lead study author and paleogeneticist Ludovic Orlando, research director at the French National Center for Anthropobiology & Genomics of Toulouse for University of Toulouse--Paul Sabatier in France.

The 'Cancel Culture' of Israel Lobby in Canada

The 'Cancel Culture' of Israel Lobby in Canada

The Israel lobby regularly torments people and seeks to undermine their ability to make a living. While increasing numbers of Canadians are wise to their slander campaigns, some progressives still end up aligning with the bullies who have misused the term anti-Semitism to intimidate and silence. The list of good people who have been put through the "cancel culture" ringer by the Israel lobby is long. Hundreds, probably thousands, of Canadians have lost jobs and contracts or simply been tormented by the Israel lobby for supporting Palestinians. There's a website entirely devoted to sabotaging the job prospects of university students who participate in pro-Palestinian activism. In a bid to intimidate students Canary Mission details individuals' purported anti-Jewish activism.

Poland will not be 'blackmailed' into accepting European Union laws, PM Morawiecki says

Poland will not be 'blackmailed' into accepting European Union laws, PM Morawiecki says

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Thursday that his country will not bow to the European Union's "blackmail" on deciding legal frameworks of member states, but is open to constructive dialogue. Arriving at a summit of the 27-member bloc, Morawiecki said that Poland "was as faithful to the rule of law as others and as the EU institutions are." He added, "Some EU institutions assume the right to decide on issues to which they have not been entitled to decide. They assume competencies which have not been handed over to them in the treaties." Morawiecki said that EU laws maintain supremacy over national laws on matters transferred to the EU. "We don't agree to the constantly broadening range of competencies but we will, of course, talk about it."

Email confirms Loudoun County school board knew about alleged sexual assault on day it happened

Email confirms Loudoun County school board knew about alleged sexual assault on day it happened

The Loudoun County Public Schools board was informed of an alleged sexual assault that took place in a high school bathroom on May 28, 2021, an email from Superintendent Scott Ziegler shows. The email, which was reported by WTOP-TV, alerted the school board that an incident took place at Stone Bridge High School in which a female student alleged she was sexually assaulted by a male student in the restroom. The May 28 email reads: Good Afternoon, Board Members, The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS. This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO [Sheriff's Office] is investigating the matter. Secondary to the assault investigation, the female student's parent responded to the school and caused a disruption by using threatening and profane language that was overheard by staff and students. Additional law enforcement units responded to the school...

Twitter locks Republican Congressman's account, claims calling a man a man is 'hateful' 'violence'

Twitter locks Republican Congressman's account, claims calling a man a man is 'hateful' 'violence'

Twitter locked Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks out of his official account early Saturday morning for a Tuesday tweet observing, "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man" — a reference to transgender federal official Rachel Levine.

UK government threatens harsh 'plan B' lockdown, warning of 'triple whammy' of flu, RSV, and Covid, amid staffing shortages

UK government threatens harsh 'plan B' lockdown, warning of 'triple whammy' of flu, RSV, and Covid, amid staffing shortages

New evidence has emerged that the government is paving the way to implement "plan B" measures in England to combat the spread of Covid-19, amid warnings from health chiefs that a "vortex of pressures" is encircling the NHS. Comment: The hysteria that has overtaken those at the NHS can be seen in their use of language; another example would be the endless videos of nurses dancing. In the clearest sign to date that Whitehall is actively considering additional measures, the Observer has learnt that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) contacted local authorities on Friday to canvass their level of support for the "immediate rollout of the winter plan - plan B". The disclosure comes as senior doctors warn that operations are already being cancelled due to NHS staffing shortages and scientists warn of "a triple whammy" of respiratory illnesses this winter, with Covid, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes cold-like symptoms but can be serious for children and older...

DHS pays over $455K to build 'security fencing' around Biden's beach home

DHS pays over $455K to build 'security fencing' around Biden's beach home

Build that wall! The southern border with Mexico is seeing the highest levels of illegal border crossings in 35 years, but the Department of Homeland Security has found one access point it can shore up — doling out $455,000 to a Delaware construction company for a fence around President Biden's "Summer White House." In September, the department awarded a contract of $456,548 to Turnstone Holdings LLC for "PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF SECURITY FENCING AT 32 FARVIEW, REHOBOTH DELAWARE," according to USAspending.gov, an online database tracking federal government spending.

Massive flooding in Algiers, Algeria

Massive flooding in Algiers, Algeria

In just a few hours of precipitation, several streets and entire neighborhoods in Algiers and other wilayas were flooded. According to the weather forecast for Algeria, the rains will continue to fall in several regions during the night. In the capital, several roads and neighborhoods were flooded. Car traffic was severely disrupted in several motorway sections, particularly at the level of the northern ring road. The heavy amounts of rain recorded in a few hours caused the blockage of the tram line in Ruisseau. The floods also caused some material damage; two vehicles were washed away in Draria, west of Algiers.

UK: Stabbing in Lymington leaves 1 dead & 2 injured

UK: Stabbing in Lymington leaves 1 dead & 2 injured

A man has died after three people were stabbed outside the Royal British Legion in Lymington, Hampshire. Police said officers were called to reports of an assault on the town's high street shortly before midnight on Friday and arrived to find two men and a woman with stab wounds. A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene. Four people, three men and a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Floods, landslides kill at least 111 in Nepal - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

Floods, landslides kill at least 111 in Nepal - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATES)

At least 48 people have been killed and 31 others gone missing in floods and landslides caused by unseasonal rainfalls over the last three days in Nepal. The unexpected rainfalls, after the monsoon season receded two weeks ago, flooded rivers and streams and sparked landslides across the country. "In addition to 48 deaths and 31 missing, 23 people have been reported injured by Wednesday afternoon," Phanindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "The casualties might increase." Besides, 20 houses have been fully destroyed in rain-induced disasters along with paddy ready for harvest on hundreds of acres of land, and 20 of the 77 districts in the country have been highly affected by the disasters, said Pokharel.

Epigenetics: Immunization is passed on to offspring, mouse study shows

Epigenetics: Immunization is passed on to offspring, mouse study shows

Does an infection also affect the immunization of subsequent generations? Researchers at Radboud University (Netherlands) have studied this together with the Universities of Bonn, Saarland (Germany), Lausanne (Switzerland) and Athens (Greece). Mouse fathers who had previously overcome an infection with fungi or were stimulated with fungal compounds also passed on their improved protection to their offspring across several generations. The team showed at the same time an improved immune response being passed on to the descendants. The study has now been published in the renowned journal Nature Immunology. Not just what is written in the DNA sequence is inherited. Scientific studies show that environmental influences are also passed on to the next generation. One example: children who grew in the womb during the hunger winter of 1944/45 show typical changes in their metabolism as an adaption to food scarcity during development and this is associated with a higher risk of diabetes and...

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 33 km southeast of Yilan, Taiwan

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 33 km southeast of Yilan, Taiwan

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes near Yilan, Taiwan An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 occurred around noon on Sunday, October 24th, 2021, at 1:11 pm local time near Yilan, Taiwan, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ). According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a moderately shallow depth of 66 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report. Our monitoring service identified a second report from France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 6.1 as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.4, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 6.5.

Elite athlete explains vaccine injury and doctors' ignorance

Elite athlete explains vaccine injury and doctors' ignorance

Famous mountain bike racer Kyle Warner isn't keeping quiet about the vaccine injuries he's suffered from getting the Pfizer vaccine, and is using his fame to alert people to harms that can come of it. Warner made the news in 2020 when he interviewed with Mountain Bike Action and talked about his transition from being "the fat kid in elementary school" to winning the North American Enduro Tour in 2014, 2015 and 2016. At the time, he said his goal in life was to "inspire as many kids and adults as possible to find a healthy and positive outlet for stress." Now he has another goal, and that's to warn everyone of the physical problems he experienced after getting his second shot of Pfizer's mRNA therapy — and doctors' apparent lack of care and knowledge about the shot's adverse reactions.

Scientists find strange black 'superionic ice' that could exist inside other planets

Scientists find strange black 'superionic ice' that could exist inside other planets

Everyone knows about ice, liquid and vapor — but, depending on the conditions, water can actually form more than a dozen different structures. Scientists have now added a new phase to the list: superionic ice. This type of ice forms at extremely high temperatures and pressures, such as those deep inside planets like Neptune and Uranus. Previously, superionic ice had only been glimpsed in a brief instant as scientists sent a shockwave through a droplet of water, but in a new study published in Nature Physics, scientists found a way to reliably create, sustain, and examine the ice. "It was a surprise — everyone thought this phase wouldn't appear until you are at much higher pressures than where we first find it," said study co-author Vitali Prakapenka, a University of Chicago research professor and beamline scientist at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. "But we were able to very accurately map the properties of this new ice, which constitutes a new phase of...

Debunking CIA and MI6 Syria narratives - one by one

Debunking CIA and MI6 Syria narratives - one by one

The UK/US deep state talking points about Syria are familiar. The President is a "tyrant", the state is "authoritarian", "political prisoners" abound and the nation is a "police state". These reductionist labels stick. They stick because regime change-pushing media outlets repeat them ad nauseam until they are absorbed into our psyche as truths. "The interventionist war is bad but Syria is still "at fault" because The Guardian or CNN say so" is a paraphrase of the statements of many geopolitical commentators, even those allegedly onside with exposing the UK/US-led regime-change war in Syria.

Palestinian workers will need vaccine proof to cross checkpoints

Palestinian workers will need vaccine proof to cross checkpoints

Beginning in November, Palestinians will need to present proof of vaccine status, confirming they have received three doses in order to cross checkpoints to work in Israel and West Bank settlements. Last week we reported up to 120,000 Palestinians who were vaccinated by Israel with the Moderna vaccine and hold permits to enter Israel for work, were due to lose their Green Pass status because of new health regulations. This month Israel required vaccinated persons to have been administered a third dose in order to keep their passes. The matter became complex because Israelis are vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, a company that already brought a booster dose to market. Yet Palestinians received the Moderna vaccine, for which there is no approved third dose. As of Wednesday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced those workers will be given a third dose with the Pfizer vaccine: "Starting today, Thursday, the Ministry of Health, in coordination with the Civil Affairs Authority...

Another 'Let's go, Brandon' song goes viral with nearly 1 million views

Another 'Let's go, Brandon' song goes viral with nearly 1 million views

Another adaptation of the "Let's go, Brandon" chant went viral. YouTube user Forgiato Blow created a hit after Loza Alexander's "Let's Go Brandon Theme Song" topped the charts in two Apple Music genres. The "Let's go Brandon" chant originated from an Oct. 2 post-race interview that an NBC News sports reporter conducted with NASCAR star Brandon Brown. The crowd behind the reporter repeatedly yelled, "F*** Joe Biden ," but she told the camera they were shouting, "Let's go, Brandon." "Sleepy Joe ain't got no support," the lyrics said. "Hunter Biden better show up to court." The music video was posted Monday and has more than 830,000 views and 47,000 "likes."

'It's absolutely appalling': Unvaccinated Canadians become social outcasts and the new persecuted minority

'It's absolutely appalling': Unvaccinated Canadians become social outcasts and the new persecuted minority

In Canada, the supposedly benevolent country that prides itself on inclusivity, Covid totalitarianism has become unavoidably apparent, with its decision that soon only the fully vaccinated can travel. Vaccine mandates have also been imposed on healthcare workers, municipal employees and federal public servants. Basically, as part of what PM Justin Trudeau called one of the world's strictest vaccine-mandate policies, unjabbed Canadians are being increasingly restricted/excluded not only from work, but from social life as well. Supposedly, this is done for their well-being and health. I argue, though, that it's nothing but "medical fascism." Some months ago, much ado was made in media around the world when the government of Canada shed crocodile tears for the country's imprisonment, torture, starvation and murder of indigenous children in the horrific 'residential school' system. The government, we were meant to believe, suddenly cared for the people it had sought to erase.

Earth's spin has slowed, but we still may need a negative leap second

Earth's spin has slowed, but we still may need a negative leap second

After speeding up during 2020, Earth's rotation has settled down. But timekeepers say we still may need a "negative leap second" in the next decade. On average, each Earth day contains 86,400 seconds. But Earth's rotation isn't perfect; it varies slightly all the time depending on the movement of the core, oceans and atmosphere. Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), the official international timekeeping method, is based on the atomic clock, which measures time by the movement of electrons in atoms that have been cooled to absolute zero. Atomic clocks are precise and invariable. So when Earth's rotation and the atomic clocks don't quite sync up, something has to give. When astronomical time, based on Earth's rotation, deviates from UTC by more than 0.4 seconds, UTC gets an adjustment in the form of a "leap second." Sometimes leap seconds are added, as last happened on New Year's Eve 2016, when a second was added at 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds of Dec. 31. Scientists have added a...

US intelligence agencies issue 'dire warning over climate change' - what's in it for them?

US intelligence agencies issue 'dire warning over climate change' - what's in it for them?

In a 27-page report, all 18 US intelligence agencies issued their first-ever collaborative warning over the threat posed by climate change, to the US and to global security. The report's key takeaways are that climate change will "exacerbate risks to US national security interests as the physical impacts increase and geopolitical tensions mount about how to respond to the challenge." US intelligence agencies also believe that developing countries will face the most severe ramifications of climate change due to their inability to finance necessary safeguards, which could create "additional demands on US diplomatic, economic, humanitarian, and military resources." Comment: The US has demonstrated that it cares for developing nations only in as much as how it can use them for its own benefit, however, it is true that if host nations were to suffer additional difficulties due to climatic stress, it's likely they would be less accommodating to their American 'guests'. As an aside,...

The Great Resignation? First-time data map shows where Americans are quitting jobs the most

The Great Resignation? First-time data map shows where Americans are quitting jobs the most

Kentucky, Idaho, South Dakota and Iowa reported the highest increases in the rates of workers who quit their jobs in August, according to a new glimpse of quit rates in the labor market released Friday. Comment: It's notable that this is the first time data like this has been collated and presented in this way, it also means we have no exact comparison for previous years. The largest increase in the number of quitters happened in Georgia, with 35,000 more people leaving their jobs. Overall, the states with the highest rates of workers quitting their jobs were Georgia, Kentucky and Idaho. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics builds out a portrait of August's labor market, with historic levels of people leaving jobs and a near-record number of job openings showing the leverage workers have in the new economy. It offers the first detailed insight into the state-by-state geography of this year's Great Resignation.

The world according to President Putin

The world according to President Putin

Russian president, in Sochi, lays down the law in favor of conservatism - says the woke West is in decline. The plenary session is the traditional highlight of the annual, must-follow Valdai Club discussions - one of Eurasia's premier intellectual gatherings. Vladimir Putin is a frequent keynote speaker. In Sochi this year, as I related in a previous column, the overarching theme was "global shake-up in the 21st century: the individual, values and the state." Putin addressed it head on, in what can already be considered one of the most important geopolitical speeches in recent memory (a so-far incomplete transcript can be found here) - certainly his strongest moment in the limelight. That was followed by a comprehensive Q&A session (starting at 4:39:00). Predictably, assorted Atlanticists, neocons and liberal interventionists will be apoplectic. That's irrelevant. For impartial observers, especially across the Global South, what matters is to pay very close attention to how...

CDC Director: Fully vaccinated definition to be updated

CDC Director: Fully vaccinated definition to be updated

Yesterday, in a press conference, the director of the CDC warned that they may have to "update" the definition of "fully vaccinated". At the virtual presser accompanying the approval of "mix-and-match" booster jabs, Dr Rochelle Walensky told reporters that: We will continue to look at this. We may need to update our definition of 'fully vaccinated' in the future, The "updated" definition would potentially mean only people who have had the third "booster" shot would be considered "fully vaccinated", while people who have had the two original shots are no longer "fully vaccinated". Whilst the warning might just be a ploy to scare people into getting their "booster" without forcing them to, it should be noted a revised definition of "fully vaccinated" has already been adopted in other countries.

Wait, what? Virginia school board sues FOIA recipients for receiving FOIA'ed documents it handed to them

Wait, what? Virginia school board sues FOIA recipients for receiving FOIA'ed documents it handed to them

From the nice-gov't-work-if-you-can-get-it dept: Yeah, it can suck when you fail to handle FOIA requests properly and give the public more information than you intended to. It sucks for the government. It doesn't suck for the public, which is rarely treated to anything more than the most minimal of transparency. Unfortunately, government agencies don't always react well when they've screwed things up. Sometimes the blowback is limited to ineffectual shouting or paper waving. Sometimes, however, it's a lawsuit seeking a court order to prevent people from accessing (or sharing) documents they've legally obtained from a government agency.

BEST OF THE WEB: Lithuania vaccinated ~75% of its adults and instituted a very strict vaccine pass program: Rates are still rising, but civil liberties are vanishing

BEST OF THE WEB: Lithuania vaccinated ~75% of its adults and instituted a very strict vaccine pass program: Rates are still rising, but civil liberties are vanishing

You'll never BELIEVE what happened next. (Or maybe you will.) For months, Lithuania - once the home of peaceful and surprisingly effective resistance to Soviet tyranny - has engaged in increasingly strict medical fascism. Adults who refuse the Covid vaccine are essentially barred from work, shopping, and public life. Even food shopping and visits to doctors are difficult. Violators face hefty fines. A Lithuanian who goes by "gluboco" has catalogued the restrictions:

CNN torched by real journalists for 'embarrassing' statement on Joe Rogan: Sounds like an 'advocacy group,' not a news network

CNN torched by real journalists for 'embarrassing' statement on Joe Rogan: Sounds like an 'advocacy group,' not a news network

'You don't have to endorse Rogan to abhor CNN's coverage of this topic,' WaPo media critic Erik Wemple wrote CNN has renewed criticism of its journalistic ethics after issuing a blistering statement in response to podcast giant Joe Rogan. Last week, CNN remained silent as Rogan accused the liberal network of "lying" over its coverage of his use of ivermectin after he announced he tested positive for COVID, a treatment its anchors repeatedly characterized as "horse dewormer" and a "livestock drug" despite the common human form of ivermectin having been prescribed to Rogan by a doctor. Rogan intensely grilled CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta during his appearance on The Joe Rogan Podcast. Rogan forced Gupta to admit his colleagues should not have said such claims about his use of ivermectin. CNN was widely panned for pushing its false narrative about Rogan and Gupta was also criticized for his attempt to spin the disastrous interview.