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Union Pacific slams LA DA Gascon for 'social justice' crime policies that lead to freight train thefts

Union Pacific slams LA DA Gascon for 'social justice' crime policies that lead to freight train thefts

After it was revealed that freight cars in Los Angeles train yards have been repeatedly ransacked, with the contents, primarily packages, discarded for miles along the tracks, Union Pacific (UP) blamed the catch-and-release policies of leftist prosecutors in LA. The losses in 2021 account for "approximately $5 million in claims, losses, and damages to UP," not including costs to customers. In a letter to LA District Attorney George Gascon, Union Pacific's Adrian Guerrero said that in LA, "Criminals are caught and arrested, turned over to local authorities for booking, arraigned before the local courts, charges are reduced to a misdemeanor or petty offense, and the criminal is released after paying a nominal fine." Gascon faces a recall effort as well as no-confidence votes from local leaders.

Family Of Amazon driver killed when tornado hit Edwardsville warehouse files lawsuit

Family Of Amazon driver killed when tornado hit Edwardsville warehouse files lawsuit

The family of an Amazon delivery driver who was killed when a tornado hit a warehouse in downstate Edwardsville last month has filed a lawsuit against the online retail giant. Attorneys with Chicago-based Clifford Law Offices filed the lawsuit on Monday in Madison County Circuit Court, on behalf of the family of 26-year-old Austin McEwen, one of six workers who were killed when an EF-3 tornado hit the 1.1-million-square-foot Amazon delivery depot in Edwardsville on Dec. 10. As CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reported, McEwen's parents accuse Amazon of putting profits over safety, and accuse the company of failing to protect its employees in the new lawsuit. McEwen tried riding out the storm in a bathroom.

Aerial images show destruction of Tonga's volcanic eruption, tsunami

Aerial images show destruction of Tonga's volcanic eruption, tsunami

Aerial images taken of Tonga on Tuesday offered the first glimpse of the destruction inflicted by the volcanic eruption and tsunami — as the government revealed all homes on one of its islands were wiped out and at least three people had been killed. In its first statement since the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted three days ago and triggered 49-foot tsunami waves, the Tongan government said the kingdom of islands had suffered an "unprecedented disaster." At least three people have been confirmed dead, including British charity worker Angela Glover, 50, and two Tongans — a 65-year-old woman and 49-year-old man — who lived on separate low-lying islands.

Tonga volcano eruption created puzzling ripples in Earth's atmosphere

Tonga volcano eruption created puzzling ripples in Earth's atmosphere

Powerful waves ringing through the atmosphere after the eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai are unlike anything seen before. Scientists are racing to understand a puzzling series of massive ripples in Earth's atmosphere triggered by the eruption of the Tongan volcano at the weekend. Satellite data shows that the event — which some fear might have devastated the Pacific-island nation — provoked an unusual pattern of atmospheric gravity waves. Previous volcanic eruptions have not produced such a signal, leaving experts stumped. "It's really unique. We have never seen anything like this in the data before," says Lars Hoffmann, an atmospheric scientist at the Jülich Supercomputing Centre in Germany. The discovery was made in images collected by the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), mounted on Nasa's Aqua satellite, in the hours after the eruption of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano on 14 January. They show dozens of concentric circles, each representing a fast-moving wave in...

Golden blood: The rarest blood type in the world

Golden blood: The rarest blood type in the world

For the fewer than 50 people with this blood type, finding a blood transfusion could be extremely difficult. Fewer than 50 people worldwide have "golden blood" — or Rh-null. Blood is considered Rh-null if it lacks all of the 61 possible antigens in the Rh system. It is also very dangerous to live with this blood type, as so few people have it.Golden blood sounds like the latest in medical quackery, as in, get a golden blood transfusion to balance your tantric midichlorians and receive a free charcoal ice cream cleanse! But don't let the New-Agey moniker throw you. Golden blood is actually the nickname for Rh-null, the world's rarest blood type. As Mosaic reported, the type is so rare that only about 43 people have been reported to have it worldwide, and until 1961, when it was first identified in an Aboriginal Australian woman, doctors assumed embryos with Rh-null blood would simply die in utero. But what makes Rh-null so rare, and why is it so dangerous to live with? To answer...

UK's "draconian" protest bill defeated at House of Lords - for now

UK's "draconian" protest bill defeated at House of Lords - for now

The government will have to draw up a new bill to bring in "draconian" protest laws backed by Priti Patel, following a series of humiliating defeats in the House of Lords. Peers stripped some of the most controversial clauses out of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill after the government attempted to add them at a late stage of scrutiny. Comment: A rather sinister, albeit increasingly common, tactic by those in power trying to drag democracies towards the dystopian agenda. Defeated plans to give police the power to stop and search peaceful protesters without suspicion, make "looking on" an offence and create protest banning orders that had not been debated by MPs.

Mass Formation Psychosis: Poll finds close to half of Democratic voters want COVID internment camps for the unvaccinated

Mass Formation Psychosis: Poll finds close to half of Democratic voters want COVID internment camps for the unvaccinated

Majority want unvaxxed locked in their homes, close to half want people jailed for questioning jabs A national poll has found that forty-five percent of likely Democratic voters would be ok with the government "requiring citizens to temporarily live in designated facilities or locations if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine." The figure was registered by Rasmussen Reports and the Heartland Institute, which also found that a MAJORITY "Fifty-nine percent of Democratic voters would favor a government policy requiring that citizens remain confined to their homes at all times, except for emergencies, if they refuse to get a COVID-19 vaccine." The survey also found that 48 percent of Democratic voters "think federal and state governments should be able to fine or imprison individuals who publicly question the efficacy of the existing COVID-19 vaccines on social media, television, radio, or in online or digital publications."

Madagascar - 10 killed after heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Antananarivo

Madagascar - 10 killed after heavy rains trigger floods and landslides in Antananarivo

Disaster authorities in Madagascar report at least 10 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused floods and landslides in Analamanga Region, including the capital Antananarivo. According to the national disaster agency, Bureau National de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes (BNGRC), heavy rain struck during the night of 17 January 2022. Antananarivo recorded over 75mm of rain in 24 hours to 18 January 2022. BNGRC reported widespread damage in the capital and surrounding areas, including collapsed houses and bridges, damaged infrastructure and inundated farmland.

The Othering of Unvaccinated Persons by The Political Class

The Othering of Unvaccinated Persons by The Political Class

In my teaching, I prepare undergraduate students to become high school history teachers. In one course, teacher candidates prepare and deliver mock lessons. Their peers play the role of high school students, and I observe and give feedback following these practice lessons. Whether coincidence or a reflection of the times, this fall a good number of mock lessons covered the rise of totalitarianism. In one excellent lesson, a teacher candidate had his students examine the contexts that gave rise to totalitarianism. He accompanied this lesson with an excerpt from a world history textbook listing characteristics of totalitarianism. This lesson hit on the true purpose for including totalitarianism in high school curricula. That purpose is not to honor the likes of Hitler, Stalin, or Mussolini. Nor is that purpose to provide the methods of totalitarianism as an instructional manual to follow. Rather, the purpose of teaching on totalitarianism is to deliver a warning: heed well the...

Twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan kill at least 22

Twin earthquakes in western Afghanistan kill at least 22

Two earthquakes rattled Afghanistan's western Badghis province along the border with Turkmenistan on Monday afternoon, killing at least 22 people, a local official said. There were fears the death toll could rise further as the first rescuers reached some of the remote villages struck by the tremors in what is one of Afghanistan's most impoverished and underdeveloped regions. Chief of the province's culture and information department, said scores of homes were destroyed in the quakes. The US Geological Survey registered a magnitude 5.3 quake at 2 p.m. and a second, magnitude 4.9 at 4 p.m. local time. They struck 41 kilometers (25 miles) east and 50 kilometers (31 miles) southeast of Qala-e-Naw, the provincial capital.

Echoes of McCain in Maidan: Large group of senators travel to Kiev in "message" to Russia

Echoes of McCain in Maidan: Large group of senators travel to Kiev in "message" to Russia

In a move that echoes and recalls scenes of the late John McCain visiting the Maidan protests over a half-decade ago which eventually overthrew the prior elected Russia-friendly Ukrainian government, a large group of senators traveled to Kiev this week in order to show support and solidarity with Ukraine's leaders amid the ongoing showdown with Russia, which has amassed troops near the border. "A bipartisan group of senators is traveling to Ukraine this week to meet with President Volodymyr Zelensky and other Ukrainian officials amid escalating tensions between Kyiv and Moscow," The Hill confirms Monday. "Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) announced the trip on Monday. They said they are traveling to Ukraine and holding discussions "to reaffirm the U.S.' commitment to Ukraine, which continues to face an increasingly belligerent Russia."

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - The Pandemic Charade is Making Kids Dumber

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - The Pandemic Charade is Making Kids Dumber

A number of studies have come out recently showing that the lockdowns and social distancing have had a negative effect on children's cognitive development. This is hardly surprising, as an absence of social interaction, with peers and adults, lack of in-person learning, decreased respiration from masks, a lack of facial visual cues due to masks, not to mention constant fear and the instilling of the belief that a child has the ability to accidentally kill grandma - all these self-evidently will have a negative affect on children's neuro development. (This isn't even to get into the lack of exercise, which is directly related to cognitive function). Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we discuss how lockdowns and social distancing are making children (and adults, no doubt) dumber, and all it's wider implications. And check us out on Brighteon! For other health-related news and more, you can find us on: ♥Twitter: https://twitter.com/objecthealth ♥Facebook:...

Meteor fireball over Illinois on January 18

Meteor fireball over Illinois on January 18

We received 2 reports about a fireball seen over IL on Tuesday, January 18th 2022 around 04:32 UT. For this event, we received one video.

UK sends 'defensive weapons and small number of British troops' to Ukraine whilst also inviting Russia for diplomatic talks

UK sends 'defensive weapons and small number of British troops' to Ukraine whilst also inviting Russia for diplomatic talks

"We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light anti-armour defensive weapon systems," Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told lawmakers on Monday, adding initial shipments had already arrived in the country hours prior. Despite the growing enmity, Wallace said he invited his Russian counterpart, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, to meet in London sometime in the coming weeks to work through the issue, adding "the current gap is wide but not unbridgeable," and that he remains "hopeful that diplomacy will prevail." Comment: That's the UK's idea of diplomacy... While the official did not provide details about the number or type of arms sent, he said they are "not strategic weapons and pose no threat to Russia," and are to be used by Ukrainian forces "in self-defence" only. A "small number" of British troops will also train local soldiers on how to use the new gear.

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 3 in Malawi

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 3 in Malawi

Lightning on Sunday killed two people while three others have sustained various degrees of injuries in Mchinji. The Station Officer (SO) for Mchinji Police Station, Charles James Mpezeni, confirmed the development, saying the injured are currently receiving treatment at Kapiri Mission Hospital. Mpezeni said the victims who include a 24-year old woman and children below the age of 13. "They were in the house of their grandmother shelling groundnuts while it was raining heavily with thunderstorms," he explained, adding that lightning struck the five of them and all collapsed before they were taken to Kapiri Mission Hospital where the two died upon arrival. According to the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DODMA), over 30 people have lost their lives to lightning since the onset of this rainy season. Source: Nyasa Times

Saudi-led Arab coalition resumes airstrikes on Yemen following Houthi drone attack on UAE airports & oil depot

Saudi-led Arab coalition resumes airstrikes on Yemen following Houthi drone attack on UAE airports & oil depot

At least three people were killed and six others were wounded after three oil tankers exploded in Abu Dhabi. Drones are believed to have caused the blast. Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group claimed responsibility. A fire broke out at an extension of Abu Dhabi airport, police said Drones sparked an explosion on three oil tankers in Abu Dhabi and may have caused a separate fire at an extension of Abu Dhabi Airport, police said on Monday. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) state-run news agency said that the suspected drone attacks killed three people and injured an additional six.

West no longer considering cutting Russia off Swift, considers sanctions instead

West no longer considering cutting Russia off Swift, considers sanctions instead

Western governments are no longer considering cutting Russian banks off from the Swift global payments system, Germany's Handelsblatt newspaper reported, citing German government sources. Handelsblatt reported that, according to its government sources, economic sanctions targeting major Russian banks were being considered as an alternative. The Russian rouble gained on the report.

Epic street art mocking Biden and Fauci's COVID mandates appear in DC

Epic street art mocking Biden and Fauci's COVID mandates appear in DC

Four Communist-style posters featuring images of Biden and Fauci with mocking messages of COVID-19 mandate compliance appeared across Washington, D.C., over the weekend. Photos and videos of the life-size posters have now taken social media by storm, with thousands of people sharing the posts. Twitter account @LeighWolf snapped photos of the posters taped to the outside of a building on N St. NE, just south of New York Avenue, after leaving a coffee shop Saturday.

Plans for Kazakhstan 'regime change' announced by Kazakh financier convicted of murder & fraud, appeals to Macron & West for help

Plans for Kazakhstan 'regime change' announced by Kazakh financier convicted of murder & fraud, appeals to Macron & West for help

Mukhtar Ablyazov, a Kazakh financier and political activist who has been living abroad for the past decade, told RIA Novosti that he is planning to return to the Central Asian nation, despite having been convicted in absentia for ordering the murder of a business partner in 2004. "We have made a plan, we will achieve regime change," Ablyazov said in an interview published on Monday. "I'm going to fly in and will lead a temporary government of Kazakhstan for half a year. After that we will hold elections. If our party wins those elections, then I will become the legitimate prime minister. There will be no such thing as the president. We will liquidate that office." The banker claimed that this could take place in the near future, and added that he plans to appeal for help from Western governments.

Covid kills poor as rich get richer - report

Covid kills poor as rich get richer - report

Oxfam says that the poor have died from vaccine inequality and a lack of access to treatment Oxfam, a charity confederation, has said that while the wealth of the world's top 10 richest people has doubled during the pandemic, the poor around the globe continue to suffer due to a dearth of vaccines and treatment. In a report published on Monday, Oxfam claimed that a 99% windfall tax on the pandemic gains of the world's 10 richest men would raise enough money to pay for vaccines for everyone on the planet. "A 99% one-off windfall tax on the Covid-19 wealth gains of the 10 richest men alone would generate $812bn," the report states, noting these 10 men have six times more money than the poorest 3.1 billion people.

They are making an example of Novak Djokovic. Here's why.

They are making an example of Novak Djokovic. Here's why.

Tennis star Novak Djokovic is being deported from Australia, after losing his final appeal the WTA's top-ranked player will not be allowed to defend his Australian Open title. It was reported this morning that an Australian court had refused Djokovic's appeal against the cancellation of his visa, and as such he's being put on a plane and flown out of the country. To be clear: This is all because he's not "vaccinated" against Covid19, and vocally speaks out against the practice. The government have clearly and publicly admitted as much...but we'll get to that. The rejection of Djokovic's medical exemption and subsequent deportation has been accompanied by a wave of vitriol in the press the likes of which we have rarely seen. One Australian sports presenter was "accidentally" recorded calling him a "lying, sneaky arsehole" in a video that was later "leaked" to the press.

Pentagon Fails Trillion Dollar Audit (Again!)

Pentagon Fails Trillion Dollar Audit (Again!)

That's what should have been the biggest news of 2021. Instead, the story, which broke on November 17, was largely ignored or buried. The nation's two main newspapers, the Washington Post and the New York Times, have simply ignored it. Other news organizations stenographically quoted Pentagon officials as admitting that they "failed again" but saw "progress," and as promising that they would achieve a "clean" audit by... get this ... 2027. The Pentagon, with some $3 trillion (give or take a trillion but who's counting?) in assets and a record current 2021 budget of $738 billion, has for the third year in a row failed its audit. An army of 1400 auditors hired by us taxpayers for $230 million and borrowed from some of the biggest auditing firms in the country, spent the past year poring through the books and visiting hundreds of operations of the government's largest and geographically vastest single agency, and came back with word that they couldn't give it a pass. They couldn't...

Biden Administration quietly making lists of religious vaccine objectors

Biden Administration quietly making lists of religious vaccine objectors

A tiny administrative agency in the District of Columbia announced a new policy Tuesday that will likely serve as a model for a whole-of-government push to assemble lists of Americans who object on religious grounds to a COVID-19 vaccine. The Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia — a federal independent entity that assists officers in the District of Columbia courts in formulating release recommendations and providing supervision and services to defendants awaiting trial — announced a new records system that will store the names and "personal religious information" of all employees who make "religious accommodation requests for religious exception from the federally mandated vaccination requirement." The announcement does not explain why the agency needs to create this list except to say that it will "assist the Agency in the collecting, storing, dissemination, and disposal of employee religious exemption request information collected and maintained by the Agency."...

BEST OF THE WEB: Mass Formation Psychosis: Deployed on You by Elites After Over 200 Years of Study

BEST OF THE WEB: Mass Formation Psychosis: Deployed on You by Elites After Over 200 Years of Study

Junior academics cited by "Forbes", AP, Reuters and "The Independent" have not done their homework Today in "factchecking the factcheckers", junior academics cited by Forbes, Associated Press, Reuters and The Independent have just not done their homework concerning the work of Professor Dr. Mattias Desmet of the University of Ghent in Belgum. All I can say about this is that I hope that their naive, ignorant, grandstanding statements to the press are brought up during their future Academic Tenure and Advancement reviews. But there has been an amazingly coordinated effort to shoot the messenger and actively character assassinate (or "defenstrate") me as a surrogate while avoiding any reference to the highly credentialed academic Professor Dr. Mattias Desmet who actually developed the theory and has documented the extensive evidence in an upcoming academic book. So, what can we learn from this in the short term? Clearly, Google was not the only corporation triggered by Joe Rogan...

Brace yourself for impact: Elite launch 'Great Collapse' of Western civilization

Brace yourself for impact: Elite launch 'Great Collapse' of Western civilization

You know time is running out on the false reality in which most Americans live when the corporate-owned mainstream media starts to report some of the things that we in the alternative media have been reporting for years. I've been warning since 2018: America is heading toward civil war. For the last six months or so many of us have been warning about the creaky supply chain. That chain is getting ready to buckle and break like a water pipe in the dead of winter, when frigid air sneaks in from the north. It usually happens in the middle of the night, while everyone is sleeping in their warm beds. Under the stress of steadily dropping temperatures, the pipe starts to expand. Now compromised, the pipe starts to drip, then suddenly it pops. Water gushes out and into the house. At that point, you have a big mess on your hands. If only you'd seen the cold weather coming, you would have wrapped your pipes and protected them from the damage. That's how I see the U.S. supply chain right...

BEST OF THE WEB: Tennis star Novak Djokovic deported from Australia after losing final visa battle

BEST OF THE WEB: Tennis star Novak Djokovic deported from Australia after losing final visa battle

Comment: The Aussie pathocrats sure milked this for all it's worth... Serbian tennis star Novak Djokovic was deported Sunday after losing an 11th-hour bid in an Australian federal court to save his chances to compete in the Australian Open after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Australian federal court unanimously found that Immigration Minister Alex Hawke was within his legal rights to cancel Djokovic's visa for the second time Friday on the grounds that the tennis star's views on vaccines posed a risk to the public health and "good order" of the country. Djokovic has won nine Australian Open titles, including the past three, and was seeking a record 21st Grand Slam title. He is tied with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Metal plate inserted into 2,000 year-old Peruvian warrior's skull may be oldest evidence of surgery

Metal plate inserted into 2,000 year-old Peruvian warrior's skull may be oldest evidence of surgery

The 2,000 year old skull of a Peruvian warrior was found to have been fused together with metal in one of the world's oldest examples of advanced surgery, according to a museum. The Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma says the skull, which is in its collection, is reported to have been that of a man who was injured during battle before having some of the earliest forms of surgery to implant a piece of metal in his head to repair the fracture. Experts told the Daily Star that the man survived the surgery, with the skull now a key piece of evidence in proving that ancient peoples were capable of performing advanced surgeries.

Montevideo in Uruguay under water following unprecedented heavy rains, a month's worth of rain in 2 hours - nearly 6 inches in just an HOUR

Montevideo in Uruguay under water following unprecedented heavy rains, a month's worth of rain in 2 hours - nearly 6 inches in just an HOUR

Some areas in the city of Montevideo dawned Monday literally under water following unprecedented heavy rains which caused damages to various homes and a traffic chaos, in addition to power outages, which reportedly affected some 12,000 users. The storm reached its fiercest moment at around 6am, although social media users had been reporting all night that the situation was getting critical in different areas. Sources from Uruguay's weather agency Inumet quoted by local media reported unofficially that in two hours more than 100 millimeters of rain had fallen in Montevideo. In two hours Montevideo experienced what usually takes a whole month to fall, it was reported.

If Biden backtracked any faster from Tuesday's speech, he'd be moonwalking

If Biden backtracked any faster from Tuesday's speech, he'd be moonwalking

If you want a barometer of how well Biden's disastrously ill-considered speech in Georgia on Tuesday went over, look at how the White House is now spinning it: President Joe Biden was not making a "human" comparison between opponents of pending voting rights bills and historical racists and segregationists in his address in Atlanta this week, the White House says. In his speech calling for new voter protections, Biden asked whether lawmakers wanted "to be the side of Dr. King or George Wallace," "John Lewis or Bull Connor" or "Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis." The comparison generated some blowback afterward, but press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden was not drawing a personal link between current lawmakers and notorious southern segregationists and the president of the Confederacy. "I think everybody listening to that speech who's speaking on the level, as my mother would say, would note that he was not comparing them as humans, he was comparing the choice to those figures in...

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Collapsing Narratives: Medical Misinformation Now Indistinguishable From The Science!

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Collapsing Narratives: Medical Misinformation Now Indistinguishable From The Science!

There has been an extraordinary amount of backpedaling of late on 'The Science', with official positions morphing into those held by 'conspiracy theorists' for the last two years. At the same time, however, there is as yet no rollback of the 'crowd control measures' introduced on the basis of said 'Science'. On this NewsReal, Joe and Niall cover the glaring contrast between official pronouncements about how mild the virus has become, and the increasingly extreme measures governments are nevertheless forcing on populations. In the second hour, they switch gears to discuss the increasing geopolitical tension between the US and Russia over 'who controls Europe', and the highly explosive Tonga volcano eruption that literally shook the world... Running Time: 01:55:24 Download: MP3 — 79.2 MB

BEST OF THE WEB: Latest, brilliant Neil Oliver monologue: 'They call us hateful childish idiots, but then, what are they?'

BEST OF THE WEB: Latest, brilliant Neil Oliver monologue: 'They call us hateful childish idiots, but then, what are they?'

Neil Oliver goes there, directly to the epicenter of "build back better." In this monologue not only does Oliver highlight the connective tissue and motives of the elite, but he also references their words to point out the bigger leftist agenda at work. Point One - The "Build Back Better" agenda (in every nation) was never about anything except radical climate change legislation. Once you accept that baseline, things start to become much clearer. Point Two - The "Build Back Better" phrase came from the World Economic Forum and was promoted by a multitude of international leaders and left-wing organizations. That reality then brings up the most important point. To get to "building back better", you first need to destroy something. That thing they needed to destroy was the global economic dependency on carbon-based fuel supplies (oil, gas, coal, etc.). Point Three - In order to destroy the 'something of that scale', the energy program for the entire world, something massive is needed...

Absurd 'antisemitism' charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

Absurd 'antisemitism' charge against Emma Watson has exposed witchhunt strategy of Israel supporters

It's an obvious point, but the obvious bears repeating. The absurd accusations of antisemitism against actress Emma Watson last week for expressing solidarity for Palestinians have backfired against Israeli leaders and in one bright flash helped to discredit an ancient tried-and-true strategy of the Israel lobby: maligning critics of Israel's policies as antisemites. Israel's supporters have been effective for years at muzzling critics by doing just that. The good news of the Emma Watson's smearing is that this time even establishment types raised an eyebrow over the strategy- and may even have noticed the anti-Palestinian bigotry that animates it. So we should embrace the Emma Watson moment, as another landmark in the march to the mainstream of Palestinian solidarity. Back to the episode: On January 2, Watson published a rather anodyne declaration of Solidarity with Palestinians with an image of a demonstration from last May, and Israeli ambassador Gilan Erdan lectured her about...

Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

A top Israeli reserve general had called for a repeat of the 1948 military operation that led to Israel's control over the Negev ("Naqab") Desert and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians. The general was commenting on protests by Palestinians in the Negev against Israeli razing of their lands. Major General Yom-Tov Samiah, who served as commander of the Southern Zone in the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada, said in a tweet: "Operation 'Yoav' will soon return to liberate the Negev. Luckily General Shaike Gavish [who led the operation at the time] is alive. He will pass on some lessons. If we continue at this rate of loss of control we will have to retake the Negev and Galilee. Civil war is on the doorstep." Operation 'Yoav' was launched by Israeli forces in October 1948 to capture the Negev Desert, when 23 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed and their populations made refugees in Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Myocarditis tops list of COVID vaccine injuries among 12-17 year olds, VAERS data show

Myocarditis tops list of COVID vaccine injuries among 12-17 year olds, VAERS data show

VAERS data released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention included a total of 1,033,994 reports of adverse events from all age groups following COVID vaccines, including 21,745 deaths and 170,446 serious injuries between Dec. 14, 2020, and Jan. 7, 2022. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released new data showing a total of 1,033,994 reports of adverse events following COVID vaccines were submitted between Dec. 14, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2022, to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). VAERS is the primary government-funded system for reporting adverse vaccine reactions in the U.S. The data included a total of 21,745 reports of deaths — an increase of 363 over the previous week — and 170,446 reports of serious injuries, including deaths, during the same time period — up 3,840 compared with the previous week. Excluding "foreign reports" to VAERS, 723,042 adverse events, including 9,936 deaths and 64,406 serious injuries, were...

Tonga eruption likely the world's largest in 30 years - scientist

Tonga eruption likely the world's largest in 30 years - scientist

Early data from Tonga's violent volcanic eruption suggests it is the biggest since Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines 30 years ago, volcanologist Shane Cronin says. The eruption of the underwater Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai volcano, about 65km north of Nuku'alofa, on Saturday shot thick ash and steam 20km skywards. University of Auckland volcanologist Professor Shane Cronin said scenes on the ground would have appeared apocalyptic after the eruption: ash clouds blotting out the sun, thunderclaps of booming shockwaves and thousands of lightening strikes. "The clouds that people could see in the distance, the booming noises and then the waves coming from the first tsunami...The next step is when the ash clouds spread across Tongatapu, and that ash cloud is so dense with fine ash particles that it blocks the sun completely, so it gets really dark." Cronin said rain, small pebbles and many centimetres of ash would have rained down. "This is an eruption best witnessed from space," he said.

When art transports us, where do we actually go?

When art transports us, where do we actually go?

An old Chinese legend tells of the painter Wu Daozi (680-c760), who learned to paint so vividly that he was finally able to step inside his work and vanish into the landscape. Magical though it sounds, this legend iterates the common intuition that artworks are more like portals than ordinary objects: they can transport us into other worlds. When I look at Pieter Bruegel's The Hunters in the Snow (1565), I feel like I was there in the frost-bitten village, rather than the galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. When reading Crime and Punishment (1866), the letters on the page conjure a whole world, and in some sense I am no longer in my living room but right there in Dostoevsky's Russia; the cinema, too, is a gateway to faraway galaxies and past centuries.

Sir Keir Starmer says he did nothing wrong after photo emerges of him drinking beer with staff during lockdown

Sir Keir Starmer says he did nothing wrong after photo emerges of him drinking beer with staff during lockdown

Sir Keir Starmer has said he did not break any rules after being photographed drinking a beer with his staff during the spring lockdown. The Labour leader defended the photo, which re-emerged over the weekend, saying he was working on the Hartlepool by-election campaign and stopped to eat a takeaway with colleagues at a constituency office in Durham last May. At the time, people in England were not allowed to mix indoors apart from for work. "We were working, a takeaway turned up, and we stopped to eat it," Sir Keir told LBC. "We didn't break any rules, we did nothing wrong."

Amnesty International calls out Italy: Unvaccinated shouldn't face discrimination

Amnesty International calls out Italy: Unvaccinated shouldn't face discrimination

Human rights group Amnesty International urged Italy to change tough anti-COVID-19 restrictions to avoid discrimination against unvaccinated people. In a recent decree, Mario Draghi's government made vaccination mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 and for use of public transport and a range of other services, one of very few countries to take similar steps, in an attempt to ease pressure on Italian health services and reduce fatalities.

Greater Toronto Area digs out as over a foot of snow hits overnight

Greater Toronto Area digs out as over a foot of snow hits overnight

A major winter storm is creating havoc with cars, trucks and buses getting stuck in the snow all around the Greater Toronto Area. The snow came down quickly overnight with vehicles no match against the storm. It's estimated that over 30 cm of snow fell overnight and during the morning commute forcing police to shut down major highways. But as Marianne Dimain reports, the kindness of strangers is helping people keep moving as their cars get stuck in one of the biggest snow storms to hit southern Ontario in years.

BEST OF THE WEB: China's trade surplus hit a record in 2021 as exports rose

BEST OF THE WEB: China's trade surplus hit a record in 2021 as exports rose

Comment: Hang on a minute. They said the Chinese economy - and certainly its leadership - was DOOMED when Covid broke out there in early 2020: But two years later we learn that not only is the Chinese economy back online, it's roaring stronger than it has in a decade!?! China's trade surplus hit a record high in 2021, boosted by strong exports that have topped market expectations since their pandemic recovery. For the full year, China's exports rose 29.9% to a new high of $3.36 trillion, beating 2020's record of $2.6 trillion, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Friday. Imports increased 30.1% in 2021, buoyed in part by soaring commodity prices. That translated to an annual trade surplus of $676.43 billion, surpassing the previous high of $593.9 billion in 2015, according to data provider Wind.

"We failed": Danish newspaper apologizes for publishing official COVID narratives without questioning them

"We failed": Danish newspaper apologizes for publishing official COVID narratives without questioning them

In August, Germany's top newspaper, Bild, apologized for the outlet's fear-driven Covid coverage - with special message to children, who were told "that they were going to murder their grandma." Now, a newspaper in Denmark has publicly apologized for reporting government narratives surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic without questioning them. "We failed," reads the article's headline from tabloid Ekstra Bladet, which goes on to admit that "For ALMOST two years, we - the press and the population - have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities' daily coronavirus figures. "(translated).

Friends plus ex-royal guard claim Prince Andrew likely dated Ghislaine Maxwell

Friends plus ex-royal guard claim Prince Andrew likely dated Ghislaine Maxwell

Prince Andrew may have once dated Ghislaine Maxwell, according to friends and a former royal protection officer who claims Jeffrey Epstein's madam was constantly "in and out" of Buckingham Palace. Former palace cop Paul Page said in a new documentary that Maxwell became a regular visitor from 2001, the year Andrew and his sex accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, were photographed in Maxwell's London home. "From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we realized — suspected — that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew," Page said.

Winter snow storm batters US south-east as more than 250,000 lose power

Winter snow storm batters US south-east as more than 250,000 lose power

A winter storm combining high winds and ice was sweeping through parts of the south-east of the US, knocking out power, felling trees and fences and creating treacherous driving conditions. Tens of thousands of customers were without power in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. More than an inch of snow fell per hour in some parts of the Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Centre. The storm was making air travel extremely difficult in some parts of the south of the country. The nation's hardest-hit airport - Charlotte Douglas International - remained open around dawn on Sunday, the airport said in a weather briefing. But more than 1,000 Sunday flights in Charlotte were cancelled - more than 80 per cent of the airport's Sunday schedule, according to the flight tracking service flightaware.com.

Tulsi Gabbard knocks Biden admin as 'authoritarian' and 'unacceptable'

Tulsi Gabbard knocks Biden admin as 'authoritarian' and 'unacceptable'

Former Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard told "Hannity" Friday that Joe Biden's actions must "not go unchecked" and, the Biden administration is furthering the divide among Americans. TULSI GABBARD: "I think there were so many people across the country, those who voted for Joe Biden, those who did not vote for Joe Biden, who had high hopes that he would carry out his promise, that he would be the president for all Americans, showing respect for those who agreed with him or disagreed with him. And unfortunately, the opposite is true. Not only has he not carried out on that promise, he is literally doing the exact opposite, rapidly carrying our country in the wrong direction, tearing us apart, pouring fuel on the flames of divisiveness. And it just, I mean, it really makes me wonder how we can go through three more years of this and still come out the other end with the possibility of being able to come together again as Americans, as the United States of America.

MIT research scientist says kids should not receive COVID vaccines

MIT research scientist says kids should not receive COVID vaccines

A research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) said Thursday that parents should do everything they can to avoid giving their children the coronavirus vaccine, insisting that the potential harm far outweighs the benefits. I think it is "outrageous to be giving vaccines to young people because they have a very, very low risk of dying from COVID," Dr. Stephanie Seneff said in an on-air interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News Thursday evening. Seneff, a senior research scientist with MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, said the possible benefits for children from the coronavirus vaccine are minimal and "when you look at the potential harm from these vaccines, it just doesn't make any sense." Especially with repeated boosters such treatment "will be devastating in the long term," she added.

Gene that causes resistance to one of 'world's most important antibiotics' discovered in Georgia water

Gene that causes resistance to one of 'world's most important antibiotics' discovered in Georgia water

A gene that causes bacteria to be resistant to one of the world's most important antibiotics, colistin, has been detected in sewer water in Georgia. The presence of the MCR-9 gene is a major concern for public health because it causes antimicrobial resistance, a problem that the World Health Organization has declared "one of the top 10 global public health threats facing humanity." Researchers from the University of Georgia's Center for Food Safety (CFS) collected sewage water from an urban setting in Georgia to test for the MCR gene in naturally present bacteria. Led by College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences assistant professor Issmat Kassem, whose research focuses on MCR's presence around the world, the team was surprised at how quickly they detected MCR — they found evidence of the gene in the first sample they took.

16,000 pigs to be culled amid African swine fever in Malaysia

16,000 pigs to be culled amid African swine fever in Malaysia

Another 3,000 pigs out of the 16,000 at 19 farms in Paya Mengkuang, Masjid Tanah, Melaka will be culled by the end of this week to prevent the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the area. Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director-general Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor said the ASF virus was first detected in Paya Mengkuang at the end of last month and within two weeks, 19 of the 35 pig farms in the area were confirmed to have been infected by the highly contagious virus. "(We are) forced to cull the pigs as we have a stamping-out policy, meaning, any pig at an enclosure or farm confirmed to be positive for the ASF virus has to be destroyed," he said, adding that until Sunday (Jan 16), 13,000 pigs were culled under the Animal Welfare Practice Code-Animal Disposal Management by using a high concentration of CO2 gas.

Explosion & fire at gas station in Germany kills 2

Explosion & fire at gas station in Germany kills 2

A fire broke out at a gas station at a highway service area in the German state of Hesse on Monday, killing two people and damaging vehicles and a restaurant, police said. They said a witness reported a small explosion at around midday, with a fire breaking out near the pumps shortly afterward. The body of one victim was found in one of two cars damaged by the fire, and another dead person was found nearby, they said.

Tonga eruption could have 'cooling effect' on southern hemisphere - scientist

Tonga eruption could have 'cooling effect' on southern hemisphere - scientist

It is possible the Tongan volcanic eruption could lead to a slightly cooler winter and possibly beautiful sunsets in the southern hemisphere this winter. When a volcano erupts, it releases huge amounts of sulphur dioxide (SO2) into the air, which bounces some of the sun's radiation away. Climate scientist Jim Salinger has researched the impacts of major volcanic eruptions, including Pinatubo, on the climate in New Zealand. He said it was not nearly as large eruption as Pinatubo, and would not have a global impact on the climate, but there could be some local effects in the Southern Hemisphere. Dr Salinger said it could take a few months to kick in and have cooling of about 0.1 to 0.5 degrees, lasting until spring.

Early hominid in China had biggest known brain of the time

Early hominid in China had biggest known brain of the time

BEIJING -- A study showed that the ancient relatives of modern humans in northern China may have had an "Einstein's brain" at the time they lived 200,000 to 160,000 years ago. An international team led by Chinese archaeologists found that the cranial capacity of this hominin reached 1,700 cubic centimeters, an estimate made on the basis of skull fossils excavated in the 1970s from Xujiayao site. "It is the largest big-headed hominin ever in the Middle Pleistocene," said Wu Xiujie, a researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology under the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Wu's team reconstructed a fairly complete posterior cranium with three fragmented bones from the same young adult. Xujiayao hominid's brain was slightly smaller than that of its close relative "Xuchang Man," estimated at about 1,800 cubic centimeters, but the former lived approximately 60,000 years earlier than the latter, according to the study published in the latest volume of Journal of...