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Is Russia less religiously tolerant than Saudi Arabia? 'Freedom' lists beloved of US state media reach new level of absurdity

Is Russia less religiously tolerant than Saudi Arabia? 'Freedom' lists beloved of US state media reach new level of absurdity

Social media users will be familiar with measures of 'freedom' pushed by US state media, based on data from Western researchers, which invariably reflect badly on Russia. It's time to look at their inherent, often absurd, biases. Perhaps one of the biggest misnomers in academic life is 'social science'. Ever since the Age of Enlightenment, scholars have sought to apply the scientific method to social phenomena, to which end they have also sought to quantify everything in sight. In some cases this works, but much of the time social life doesn't lend itself well to the quantitative method. The choice of what to measure, how you define it, and then how you assess the data you collect, all influence the result, with bias. This can be seen in the modern tendency to rank countries for freedom, democracy, and happiness. One example is the annual World Happiness Report, which ranks nations according to how 'happy' they are. The report bases its ratings on GDP per capita, social support,...

Aren't they cute? AOC and Ilhan Omar are trying to block Biden nominating his former chief of staff to the Budget office

Aren't they cute? AOC and Ilhan Omar are trying to block Biden nominating his former chief of staff to the Budget office

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are boosting a petition against Joe Biden nominating his former chief of staff to a new role in his administration, calling Bruce Reed a "deficit hawk" and criticizing his past support for Social Security and Medicare cuts. Why it matters: Progressives are mounting their pressure campaign after the president-elect did not include any of their favored candidates in his first slate of Cabinet nominees, and they are serious about installing some of their allies, blocking anyone who doesn't pass their smell test — and making noise if they are not heard. Driving the news: Some progressives have privately said the order of Biden's announcements was important to send an early signal the incoming administration took them seriously. So far, they're suspicious of some of the people being named or rumored for jobs — but happy with John Kerry, Janet Yellen, Alejandro Mayorkas and Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

Milwaukee Elections Commission refuses to allow Trump reps to see absentee ballot envelopes or ballots clearly

Milwaukee Elections Commission refuses to allow Trump reps to see absentee ballot envelopes or ballots clearly

The Trump campaign paid millions of dollars for a recount in Wisconsin's Milwaukee and Dane counties. Recall, Wisconsin suspended counting on election night when President Trump was ahead of Joe Biden by approximately 130,000 votes. Then suddenly a day after Election Day at 3:42 AM, Joe Biden received a dump of 143,379 votes. President Trump tweeted out the graph showing Wisconsin's time stamped entries and the massive ballot dump shows a huge spike at 3:42 AM on Wednesday, November 4. Comment: Out of all 8954 ballot dumps captured by the NYT feeds for the entirety of the count nationwide, this batch is the second most statistically anomalous of all of them, next only to the one in Michigan around two hours later that gave Biden a similar number of votes. They weren't even trying to be subtle. We are now on day 5 of the Wisconsin recount and Milwaukee election commission officials are still not allowing Trump's representatives to see absentee ballot envelopes or ballots.

Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan legislatures to hold public hearings on election - PA judge blocks state's vote certification

Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan legislatures to hold public hearings on election - PA judge blocks state's vote certification

The Trump campaign's legal team announced Tuesday that state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Arizona, and Michigan will be holding public hearings on the 2020 general election to restore confidence in election integrity. "It's in everyone's interest to have a full vetting of election irregularities and fraud," President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a statement. "And the only way to do this is with public hearings, complete with witnesses, videos, pictures and other evidence of illegalities from the November 3rd election." The Pennsylvania State Senate will hold its first hearing on Wednesday in Gettysburg. Participating senators will each provide a 5-minute opening statement, followed by testimony from witnesses who have filed affidavits alleging election fraud, the Trump campaign announced. Giuliani, former New York City mayor, will also be attending to hold a presentation. The Arizona legislature and the Michigan legislature will each hold their own hearings...

Heavy rains flood Annaba, Algeria

Heavy rains flood Annaba, Algeria

Annaba is drowning in water after heavy rains. Flood in Algeria, November 23. After a heavy rain last night: The city of Hajar in Annaba state is drowning in water.

BEST OF THE WEB: Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020: Quantitative Analysis of Decisive Updates in MI, WI, and GA on and after Election Night

BEST OF THE WEB: Anomalies in Vote Counts and Their Effects on Election 2020: Quantitative Analysis of Decisive Updates in MI, WI, and GA on and after Election Night

Executive Summary In the early hours of November 4th, 2020, Democratic candidate Joe Biden received several major "vote spikes" that substantially — and decisively — improved his electoral position in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia. Much skepticism and uncertainty surrounds these "vote spikes." Critics point to suspicious vote counting practices, extreme differences between the two major candidates' vote counts, and the timing of the vote updates, among other factors, to cast doubt on the legitimacy of some of these spikes. While data analysis cannot on its own demonstrate fraud or systemic issues, it can point us to statistically anomalous cases that invite further scrutiny. This is one such case: Our analysis finds that a few key vote updates in competitive states were unusually large in size and had an unusually high Biden-to-Trump ratio. We demonstrate the results differ enough from expected results to be cause for concern. With this report, we rely only on publicly available...

Suicide claimed more Japanese lives in October than 10 months of COVID

Suicide claimed more Japanese lives in October than 10 months of COVID

Far more Japanese people are dying of suicide, likely exacerbated by the economic and social repercussions of the pandemic, than of the COVID-19 disease itself. While Japan has managed its coronavirus epidemic far better than many nations, keeping deaths below 2,000 nationwide, provisional statistics from the National Police Agency show suicides surged to 2,153 in October alone, marking the fourth straight month of increase. Comment: Japan clearly didn't label every death as coronavirus as the majority of Western countries did. To date, more than 17,000 people have taken their own lives this year in Japan. October self-inflicted deaths were up 600 year on year, with female suicides, about a third of the total, surging over 80%. Women, who have primary responsibility for childcare, have borne the brunt of pandemic-induced job losses and insecurity. They're also at greater risk of domestic violence, which help centers say has worsened here this year, as it has around the world.

Wayne Dupree: Hey, Joe Biden, rejoining the Paris accord just because you hate Trump is stupid. Put America's interests first

Wayne Dupree: Hey, Joe Biden, rejoining the Paris accord just because you hate Trump is stupid. Put America's interests first

The international climate change agreement struck in the French capital in 2015 is not right for our country. It will harm the economy, put jobs at risk, and end with us facing blackouts like those California recently suffered. The problem with liberals is that they can't accept the idea that they might be wrong, especially when it comes to the Paris accord on climate change. During one of the presidential debates, President Trump made the statement that CO2 emissions were at their lowest levels in 67 years. The Washington Post fact-checked his earlier comments on the Paris agreement and said they required "more context." The Post said something like, "while it's true that CO2 emissions are at their lowest level, it was not the result of federal regulations, but was the result of market forces." Basically, in the opinion of the Post, if the Fed isn't regulating and forcing something to happen, then it doesn't count.

Columnist scorched for saying UK Home Sec Priti Patel isn't a bully because she's 'barely 5ft tall'

Columnist scorched for saying UK Home Sec Priti Patel isn't a bully because she's 'barely 5ft tall'

Telegraph writer Allison Pearson has raised eyebrows online after bizarrely arguing in a column that allegations of bullying against UK Home Secretary Priti Patel are unlikely to be true because she is too short to be a bully. "It does beggar belief that a woman who is barely more than 5ft tall managed to terrorise all those 6ft 3in public school mandarins," Pearson oddly wrote in an article published on Tuesday about the complaints from the cabinet minister's office. Comment: Or perhaps the more glaring point is that she was able to terrorize them, and what does that say about her? Patel's critics were quick to point out that bullying doesn't "only consist of a larger person bullying a smaller person," and such a take made it seem that Pearson had "never really left the school playground."

A low-fat, high-carb diet has been the largest public health experiment in history. As the world gets ever fatter, we MUST rethink

A low-fat, high-carb diet has been the largest public health experiment in history. As the world gets ever fatter, we MUST rethink

New research suggests that four billion people globally will be overweight in 2050. This trend can be traced back to the 'low-fat, high-carb' guidelines first issued in the 70s, and should prompt a major U-turn on dietary advice. A recent report from the Potsdam Institute predicts that by 2050 there will be four billion overweight people in the world, with one-and-a-half billion of them obese. This is not entirely surprising. The world has been getting fatter for years, and things do not seem to be slowing down. This Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) graph, which looks at the rise in overweight adults in a number of different countries, shows that the trend seems inexorably upward.

Sea of Thieves: Georgia Secretary of State used Dominion's Eric Coomer as Witness for the State to defend last-minute computer changes

Sea of Thieves: Georgia Secretary of State used Dominion's Eric Coomer as Witness for the State to defend last-minute computer changes

Dr. Eric Coomer who is responsible for the strategy and Security at Dominion Voting Systems. But if you search the company's profile Eric Coomer has since been removed from their page of directors. This was after Coomer was found to be a Trump-hating Antifa sociopath.

Confirmed tornado in Arlington, Texas causes some 'significant damage'

Confirmed tornado in Arlington, Texas causes some 'significant damage'

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a tornado did touch down in Arlington, Texas Tuesday night, November 24. Three people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries and dozens of families have been displaced. Severe storms moved through North Texas Tuesday night, prompting severe weather alerts in several counties. Chopper 11 was over the scene Wednesday morning to survey the damage. The National Weather Service was expected in the are later in the morning to take a look as well. The area near Pioneer Parkway and Collins in Arlington received a lot of Damage. The Burger Box in Arlington received major damage. Numerous power lines and trees were down in the area as well.

Poor dear: Lawyer says Epstein's ex Maxwell faces 'onerous' jail conditions

Poor dear: Lawyer says Epstein's ex Maxwell faces 'onerous' jail conditions

A lawyer for Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite charged with finding girls in the 1990s for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, said Tuesday that her client is awakened every 15 minutes in jail while she sleeps to ensure she's breathing. Attorney Bobbi Sternheim told a Manhattan judge that Maxwell faces more restrictive conditions than inmates convicted of terrorism or murder. Maxwell has no history of mental health issues or suicidal ideation and no criminal history, either, she said. She asked a judge to intervene on her client's behalf to improve her conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. In her request, Sternheim made no direct reference to Epstein taking his life in August 2019 in his cell at another federal lockup, in Manhattan.

Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

Trump tells allies he plans to pardon Michael Flynn

President Trump has told close allies he plans to pardon his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Axios reported Tuesday. Several unnamed sources with knowledge of the president's thinking confirmed to Axios that a possible Flynn pardon would come as part of a series of pardons he plans to issue in his remaining days in office. White House representatives did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill. Fox News reporter Kevin Corke later confirmed the report.

Tony Blinken fails up

Tony Blinken fails up

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate Tony Blinken, his long-time foreign policy and national security adviser, to be his secretary of state. Blinken and Biden both supported the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, perhaps the most catastrophic policy decision since the US war on Vietnam. The New York Times - whose bogus reporting on "weapons of mass destruction" paved the way for the Iraq war - is describing Blinken as "a centrist with a streak of interventionism." That perfectly encapsulates the kind of respectable Ivy League warmongering that passes for foreign policy "expertise" in Washington. Blinken has been involved in other disasters: He supported the 2011 US war on Libya, which through (as usual) a series of unanticipated consequences turned the country into a failed state with open slave markets. He then played a key role in pushing the Obama administration to arm rebel groups in Syria as part of an effort to bring about regime change, fueling a proxy war that displaced millions...

Russian destroyer issues warning to American ship USS John McCain for violating border

Russian destroyer issues warning to American ship USS John McCain for violating border

The incident occurred in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan, according to the Russian Ministry of Defence. The American side has not addressed the situation so far. "The large anti-submarine ship of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Vinogradov stopped the US Navy destroyer John McCain, which was violating the Russian border in the Peter the Great Gulf", an official statement issued by the MoD says. "Admiral Vinogradov, which was tracking the US destroyer, warned the foreign vessel, through an international communications channel, of the inadmissibility of such actions and of the potential of resorting to ramming to force the violator out of territorial waters". According to the authorities, the American ship was at least two kilometres past the border. After the warning was issued, the USS John McCain returned to neutral waters. Following the incident, the Russian Navy dispatched the corvette Sovershenny ("Perfect") to the area.

Biden announces he will immediately move to give citizenship to millions of illegal aliens

Biden announces he will immediately move to give citizenship to millions of illegal aliens

Joe Biden announced during an NBC News interview that aired on Tuesday evening that he will immediately move to give citizenship to millions of illegal aliens once he gets into office in two months. "I'm going to make a commitment in the first 100 days, I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America. I will also be moving to do away with some of the I think very damaging executive orders that have significantly impacted on making the climate worse and making us less healthy." Biden has already pledged to dramatically increase the number of refugees that he admits into the U.S. from 15,000 under President Donald Trump to 125,000. Biden has also pledged to end the Trump administration's travel ban on nations that are considered to be hot beds of terrorism. Whether Biden is able to grant citizenship to millions of people who are unlawfully in the U.S. depends on who controls the Senate, which...

Covid UK: Plain facts about the risks, the death rate, and NHS capacity: You've been had

Covid UK: Plain facts about the risks, the death rate, and NHS capacity: You've been had

With the nation's health at stake, it was revealed this week that GCHQ staff have been embedded in a cabinet office team in Downing Street to provide Boris Johnson with real-time updates to combat the 'emerging and changing threat' posed by Covid-19. The intelligence analysts will sift through vast amounts of data to ensure the Prime Minister has the most up-to-date information on the spread of the virus. But what exactly should Mr Johnson be looking for? Here, Ross Clark reveals what he should be asking...

Insanity in America: Corporations are bowing down to terrorists

Insanity in America: Corporations are bowing down to terrorists

What's happening in America right now is absolutely insane. It makes some degree of sense that politicians on the left are going along with the party line as conceived by Antifa and the Black Lives Matter rioters. But, what does not make any sense at all, in my opinion, is the fact that corporations are bowing down to terrorists. Nike: A Prime Example of How Corporations are Bowing Down to Terrorists Yes, I said that correctly. Corporations are bowing down to terrorists. Nike is supporting Colin Kaepernick's attempts to turn hating America into a career path. They let him be the arbiter of what is racist and what is not, which is what led them to erase the Betsy Ross sneaker, if you remember that shameful display of corporate virtue signaling. Nike bowed down to a man who calls our brave police officers pigs, hates America, and supports BLM and Antifa, both of which are terrorist organizations.

New York Times election data feed may not only give President Trump the win, it could put Dems in jail

New York Times election data feed may not only give President Trump the win, it could put Dems in jail

Conservative commentator, Kevin McCullough discovered how Dominion distributed the votes and what may have caused votes for Trump to be flipped for Biden. McCullough got a hold of the New York Times data feed from midnight November 4th to November 9th. McCullough discovered that Trump was capped in Philadelphia via a programming fraction. Meaning, (according to McCullough) President Trump could only get a certain percentage of votes and the rest were swapped to Biden. Indicated that someone hacked and reprogrammed the machines. Don't forget, on September 30, 2020, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that memory sticks used to program Philly's voting machines were stolen along with a laptop. Below is a detailed video posted by McCullough exposing alleged fraud using the Dominion voting software. Ironically, Democrats paranoid that Trump would use Dominion software against them screamed from the rooftops in 2018 and 2019 about how easily Dominion could be hacked. In the video below...

Philadelphia: Female Trump lawyer protected by US marshals after receiving death threats

Philadelphia: Female Trump lawyer protected by US marshals after receiving death threats

"Bad things happen in Philadelphia" takes a new meaning for Linda Kerns, who is now under federal protection. As the battle for the White House reaches the level of white-hot intensity, the Marxist-Progressive Left and power-hungry Democrats are pulling out all the stops when it comes to intimidation. They have even resorted to threats of bodily harm. Court filings reveal that one of President Trump's legal team members with boots on the ground in Philadelphia, lawyer Linda Kerns, has been assigned official protection from the police and US Marshals after people sent her "threats of harm." Kerns said the threats came "in the form of abusive emails, phone calls, physical and economic threats, and even accusations of treason - all for representing the President of the United States' campaign in this litigation."

Electronic skin that can feel

Electronic skin that can feel

What if we didn't have skin? We would have no sense of touch, no detection of coldness or pain, leaving us inept to respond to any situation. The skin is not just a protective shell for organs, but rather a signaling system for survival that provides information on the external stimuli or temperature, or a meteorological observatory that reports the weather. Tactile receptors*1, tightly packed throughout the skin, feel the temperature or mechanical stimuli - such as touching or pinching - and convert them into electrical signals to the brain. The challenge for electronic skin, being developed for use in artificial skins or humanlike robots like the humanoids, is to make it feel the temperatures and movements like how human skin feels them as much as possible. So far, there are electronic skins that can detect movement or temperature separately, but none are able to recognize both simultaneously like the human skin. A joint research team consisting of POSTECH professor Unyong Jeong...

Rich Americans are scrambling to buy 'Golden Passports' to second country

Rich Americans are scrambling to buy 'Golden Passports' to second country

Wealthy Americans are rushing to secure second passports, as a growing club of individuals have begun participating in government programs abroad which allow foreigners to acquire them, according to Bloomberg. Eric Schmidt acquired all the typical trappings of a mega-rich U.S. citizen: a superyacht, a Gulfstream jet, a Manhattan penthouse. One of his newest assets is far less conventional: a second passport. Alphabet Inc.'s former chief executive officer applied to become a citizen of Cyprus, according to an announcement last month in a Cypriot newspaper that was first reported by the website Recode. -Bloomberg According to the report, Americans rarely sought to buy so-called 'golden passports' in prior years, with such programs historically appealing to people from countries with far fewer travel freedoms than the United States - such as China, Pakistan and Nigeria. "We haven't seen the likes of this before," said Paddy Blewer, a London-based citizenship and residency advisory...

BEST OF THE WEB: America's economy cannot survive another lockdown, and the cult of 'The Reset' knows it

BEST OF THE WEB: America's economy cannot survive another lockdown, and the cult of 'The Reset' knows it

The U.S. economy has been on the verge of collapse for at least a decade, ever since the crash of 2008 and the subsequent explosion in fiat stimulus from the Federal Reserve. While the mainstream media has always claimed that central bankers "saved" us from another Great Depression, what they actually did was set us up for a far worse scenario — a stagflationary implosion of our society. Here is the primary problem: By injecting trillions of bailout dollars into the system, the Federal Reserve prevented the economy from going through its natural purging cycle. This cycle would have been painful for many, but survivable, and it would have removed large amounts of excess debt, parasitic corporations that produce little or nothing of use, as well as numerous toxic assets with no legitimate value. For a real free market to function, weak or corrupt elements must be allowed to fail and die. Instead, central banks around the world and most prominently the Fed kept all of those...

Israel is 'anchor and foundation for democracy in the region' - Says Biden's pick for sec of state Tony Blinken

Israel is 'anchor and foundation for democracy in the region' - Says Biden's pick for sec of state Tony Blinken

Tony Blinken is Joe Biden's choice to be secretary of state and he brings long loyalty to Biden to the job as well as a highly polished internationalism, which entails active engagement with allies, and yes, militarism. Biden supported the Iraq war and the Yemen slaughter with Blinken huddled at his side (Blinken gets low grades from progressive realists on military restraint and cognitive empathy, and not learning from mistakes). The 58-year-old former deputy secretary of state is nothing if not smooth. Get ready for catch phrases like "Indo Pacific" and "with us on the takeoff and on the landing too." His big theme is that if the U.S. isn't runnin the world, someone else will. On trade alliances: We have a choice to make. If we're not engaged in these efforts, then someone else is likely to be in our place. And so it makes a big difference to the United States if we are helping to shape the rules that govern trade.

Labrador buried under historic 75 cm (29.5 inches) of snow, towns shut down

Labrador buried under historic 75 cm (29.5 inches) of snow, towns shut down

Tuesday's historic blizzard in Labrador shut down everything from roads and flights to provincial government offices and schools. A record-setting blizzard shut down parts of Labrador, forcing the closures of roads, provincial government offices and flights Tuesday, as well as schools in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, North West River and the regional College of the North Atlantic campus. The potent low had already slammed Ontario and Quebec with a blast of widespread, heavy snow last weekend, and also brought strong winds and heavy rains to Newfoundland through Tuesday.

Over 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins dead after Chatham Islands, New Zealand stranding

Over 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins dead after Chatham Islands, New Zealand stranding

More than 100 pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins are dead after being stranded on the Chatham Islands, with 26 of them having to be euthanised. The Department of Conservation was notified of the mass stranding on a remote Chatham Islands beach at midday on Sunday. Ninety-seven whales and three dolphins died in the stranding, and 26 of the animals were alive but very weak. DOC biodiversity ranger Jemma Welch said the 26 were euthanised due to rough seas conditions, and the almost certainty of the stranding attracting great white sharks to the area.

Spate of 3 meteor fireballs are seen exploding over Brazil

Spate of 3 meteor fireballs are seen exploding over Brazil

This is the moment a bright meteor crossed the sky over Brazil and exploded. The phenomenon was captured on camera by the Heller and Jung Space Observatory early Monday as it entered the Earth's atmosphere. The center's surveillance system, located in the city of Taquara, recorded the the meteor exploding some 462 miles away near the border between Rio Grande do Sul and Uruguay approximately at 2:31am local time.

2 week quarantine for Australians returning to country if they refuse Covid-19 vaccine

2 week quarantine for Australians returning to country if they refuse Covid-19 vaccine

Scott Morrison has revealed Australians who refuse to get a Covid-19 vaccine could be forced to quarantine for two weeks when they enter the country unless they have a 'genuine medical reason' not to get the jab. Comment: "Forced." MAKE us... The prime minister has previously said a vaccine, which is expected to roll out in March, will be optional but the government will find ways to encourage people to take it. Qantas boss Alan Joyce sparked anger from anti-vaxxers and vaccine skeptics on Sunday when he said his airline may ban people who have not taken the jab from international flights. Comment: One definition of fascism is when state and business conspire to obtain absolute authority over the lives of citizens.

Majority of Republicans would support Trump as a 2024 Candidate

Majority of Republicans would support Trump as a 2024 Candidate

According to a new national tracking poll by Morning Consult and Politico, Donald Trump will continue to have a powerful platform with the GOP base even after he leaves office. The Nov. 21-23 survey collected data among 669 Republicans and 1,990 registered voters overall and found that he will most likely continue to have immense influence over the Republican Party from outside the government. Comment: Trump will only be forced to be working 'outside' government if his 2020 win and the votes of the majority of Americans are stolen by the deep state, aided by their pawns in the mainstream media. Trump is also the favored Republican candidate for a 2024 run according to a hypothetical test of 14 potential candidates. Trump received 53% of support among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Vice President Mike Pence came in second at 12% support. Donald Trump Jr. got the third-highest support at 8%, while other Republican figures, including Sen. Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Mitt...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urges people to call cops on neighbors over any Thanksgiving lockdown 'violations'

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown urges people to call cops on neighbors over any Thanksgiving lockdown 'violations'

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is urging residents to rat out their neighbors who break COVID-19 restrictions by having too many guests over on Thanksgiving. Brown recently limited the number of people allowed in a private home to six as part of a two-week "freeze" for the entire state to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. Oregon has more than 66,000 reported cases in the state, according to The Oregonian. Comment: Clearly the mortality rate isn't newsworthy otherwise they'd be pushing those figures. And it's highly likely that the vast majority of the claimed 'cases' are asymptomatic.

Dozens rescued from floods across Israel as first snow lands on Mt. Hermon

Dozens rescued from floods across Israel as first snow lands on Mt. Hermon

Rescue teams came to the rescue of dozens of people as heavy rain caused flooding and power outages nationwide over the weekend, an MDA spokesperson said. No injuries were reported. Snow also fell on Mount Hermon on Saturday morning for the first time this season. The Arava Rescue Unit reported on Saturday evening that they had rescued a group of 35 hikers, all above the age of 50, who had been reported missing earlier in the day in the Makhtesh HaKatan (Small Crater) area in southern Israel. According to the report, the group left Mitzpeh Tamar on their way to the Ashmedai Gate (also known as "the devils gate,") which lies at the entrance to the small crater, losing the trail after nightfall.

BEST OF THE WEB: Woke tears: Decision to publish Jordan Peterson's new book triggers Penguin Random House employees, causes CRYING at staff meeting

BEST OF THE WEB: Woke tears: Decision to publish Jordan Peterson's new book triggers Penguin Random House employees, causes CRYING at staff meeting

Comment: Crocodile tears, no doubt. They're like manipulative children, only they're in adult bodies so they can do real harm. Penguin Random House employees were sent into a tizzy by the firm's decision to publish Canadian professor Jordan Peterson's new book, prompting a meeting where staffers reportedly cried and demanded that the tome be cancelled. The emotional in-house "town hall" was held Monday, after it came to light that the publishing giant is handling Peterson's new book, due out in March 2021. Employees anonymously leaked the controversy to Vice News, which said "people were crying in the meeting about how Jordan Peterson had affected their lives." Another staffer argued that Peterson is "an icon of hate speech and transphobia, and the fact that he's an icon of white supremacy, regardless of the content of his book, I'm not proud to work for a company that publishes him." The workers also are insisting that if they don't get their way in canceling the book, all profits...

Trump blasts "world's most overrated general" after Mattis urges Biden to "eliminate America first" policy

Trump blasts "world's most overrated general" after Mattis urges Biden to "eliminate America first" policy

As Summit News' Steve Watson detailed earlier, globalist general James Mattis has called on Joe Biden to 'eliminate' the America first policy instituted by President Trump where foreign policy is concerned, claiming that it has 'damaged' US national security. Mattis, who served as Secretary of Defense under Trump from 2017 until last year, is still annoyed that Trump refused to carry on the endless war policy in the middle east, instead ordering troop drawdowns. In an op-ed published by Foreign Affairs, Mattis writes that "The United States today is undermining the foundations of an international order manifestly advantageous to U.S. interests, reflecting a basic ignorance of the extent to which both robust alliances and international institutions provide vital strategic depth." "In practice, "America first" has meant "America alone." That has damaged the country's ability to address problems before they reach U.S. territory and has thus compounded the danger emergent threats...

UK Supreme Court judge slams 'totalitarian' COVID 'control freaks' in government

UK Supreme Court judge slams 'totalitarian' COVID 'control freaks' in government

"Coercing the entire population is morally and constitutionally indefensible in a country which is not yet a totalitarian state, like China" A British Supreme Court judge has slammed the UK government as 'control freaks' for attempting to control people's lives under the guise of COVID, and labeled it "morally and constitutionally indefensible" to define what freedoms the public should and shouldn't have. In an op-ed published Sunday, Lord Sumption noted that the "debate about whether to let us have a family Christmas perfectly sums up what is wrong with this Government's handling" of the crisis. Sumption wrote that there are "many different answers to the dilemmas of a Covid Christmas", yet the crux of the matter is "whether we should be allowed to make the choice for ourselves, instead of having it imposed on us by law." "But for the Jacobins of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and the control freaks in the Department of Health, theirs is the only answer,"...

Biden considering torture apologist Mike Morell to run CIA

Biden considering torture apologist Mike Morell to run CIA

President-elect Joe Biden is strongly considering Mike Morell, the former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency, to run the CIA, according to four individuals familiar with the matter. But those familiar with the process say that other candidates are still in the mix for the position of the nation's top spy chief. Morell served as deputy CIA director for three years under President Barack Obama and also worked as acting director of the agency twice. According to three of the four sources familiar with the matter, the president-elect was considering both Morell and Avril Haines, another former deputy CIA director, for the position. But in an announcement Monday afternoon, Biden picked Haines, the former deputy director for the CIA and deputy national security adviser under Obama, to become director of national intelligence. Two of the aforementioned sources said that Biden is also considering Tom Donilon for the post. Donilon served as Obama's national security adviser...

Michele Flournoy might be breaking a glass ceiling as Pentagon chief, but even feminists aren't buying

Michele Flournoy might be breaking a glass ceiling as Pentagon chief, but even feminists aren't buying

President-elect Joe Biden's pick for Pentagon chief would be the first woman in the role. But a glimpse at her past suggests she's not only a sociopathic hawk but an ideal vector for a Biden reversal of Trump's Afghan pullout. As Trump finally began to implement his long-delayed promise of pulling US troops out of Afghanistan, articles bemoaning the sure-to-be-horrific fate of Afghan women without US soldiers around to rape - er, help them, have mushroomed across the media establishment. Even though Trump would be leaving approximately 2,500 troops in both Afghanistan and Iraq, his decision to belatedly, incompletely fulfill his 2016 electoral promise to bring the troops home has been depicted as a betrayal of both Afghan women and NATO. The Pentagon tried to claim al-Qaeda is excited about the move, while the media have suggested Afghan women are quaking in their burqas at the notion of the admittedly oppressive Taliban resuming power.

Almost no Trump voters consider Biden the legitimate 2020 election winner

Almost no Trump voters consider Biden the legitimate 2020 election winner

Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election. Nearly every supporter of President Donald Trump thinks otherwise, according to a new CNBC/Change Research poll. As the president makes unsubstantiated claims about electoral malfeasance and sows doubts about vote tallies, only 3% of Trump voters surveyed said they accept Biden's victory as legitimate, the survey released Monday found. A staggering 73% of respondents consider Trump the legitimate winner. Another 24% said they are not sure. Comment: This CNBC "journalist" was probably talking about Trump stealing the 2016 election, yet here we see him talking about "unsubstantiated claims." After an over 3 year investigation, no one found any evidence of Trump stealing 2016. It should surprise no one that most people don't trust the results of the 2020 election. A mere 3% of Trump voters believe he should concede to Biden and start the peaceful transfer of power. Another 31% want the president to fight in court until states certify...

Democratic Rep. Richmond: House losses stemmed from Trump increasing voter turnout:

Democratic Rep. Richmond: House losses stemmed from Trump increasing voter turnout:

The losses in the House of Representatives the Democrats suffered in the Nov. 3 election stemmed from President Donald Trump increasing voter turnout, Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) said on Sunday. "It was a rough and tough election and I will say this, and I've gone back and looked at numbers and other things, Donald Trump increasing Republican turnout made a big deal," said Richmond, national co-chair for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign. The majority of polls suggested Democrats would add to their majority in the House but instead Republicans have flipped 12 seats and gained a net of nine, as of current projected or certified results. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Sunday that the election showed American voters rejecting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) "and the Democrat socialist policy."

One America News suspended and demonetized by YouTube

One America News suspended and demonetized by YouTube

One America News Network has been suspended for one week from YouTube and is unable to post new videos or livestreams. This "strike" by YouTube is for a violation of YouTube's policy on COVID-19 misinformation. Axios reported that OANN has been demonetized, as well, due to a suspension from the YouTube Partner Program. OANN will have to reapply to that program to begin earning revenue from their videos again. YouTube has stated that they do not believe OANN to be an authoritative news source. OANN came to prevalence during the Trump administration, when the President brought new outlets into the White House press room, stating his unease with more mainstream broadcasters.

Minnesota lawmakers file lawsuit to stop certification of election results

Minnesota lawmakers file lawsuit to stop certification of election results

Lawmakers in Minnesota on Monday filed a lawsuit to halt the certification of election results, alleging wrongdoing by Secretary of State Steve Simon. Simon, a Democrat, "illegally altered Minnesota's election laws," state Republican Reps. Steve Drazkowski, Tim Miller, and Jeremy Munson said in a joint statement. "His office issued unlawful consent decrees that greatly affected the rules that govern absentee ballots and who can assist people at the polls. To circumvent the Minnesota Legislature and unilaterally change election law is entirely unconstitutional. This abuse of power must be addressed," they added. The lawmakers are part of the New House Republican Caucus. Jose Jimenez, co-founder of the MN Election Integrity Team, joined in the filing of the suit with the Minnesota Supreme Court, requesting a temporary restraining order be issued to stop the certification.

Papers, please! 'Health passports' for air travel mean mandatory Covid-19 vaccines cloaked in the illusion of choice

Papers, please! 'Health passports' for air travel mean mandatory Covid-19 vaccines cloaked in the illusion of choice

An airline lobbying group has volunteered its service as private-sector enforcer for the Covid vaccine mandates many countries have promised not to enact. Good luck flying - or getting a job, or government benefits - without one. The CEO of Australian airline Qantas got a less than enthusiastic reaction earlier this week when he suggested all international travelers will soon be required to provide proof of vaccination against the novel coronavirus before they'll be allowed on board. While establishment types thought it was a smashing idea, skeptics were horrified at the thoughts that a private corporation could force them to consume a pharmaceutical concoction just to fly. The most sinister aspect of such a policy, however, is that it won't be forced at all. Wannabe-travelers can either take the rushed-through, side-effect-ridden jab, or stay home.

On Thanksgiving, Democrats demand the ultimate family separation policy

On Thanksgiving, Democrats demand the ultimate family separation policy

Life is too short to live it in fear of dying More than eight months after "15 days to flatten the curve," our so-called medical experts, politicos, and pundits are bidding us to avoid our family at all costs over the holidays, lest we die. This Thanksgiving week, family separation is the name of the game, with governors and local authorities implementing onerous restrictions to discourage people from leaving their homes. "If you are planning to spend Thanksgiving with people outside your household, we urge you to reconsider," wrote a group of governors in the pages of the Washington Post. These authors included little tyrants such as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, whose lockdown orders arbitrarily outlawed the sale of gardening seeds while allowing patrons to purchase lottery tickets, Gov. Andy Beshear, who ordered that Kentucky police record church attendees' license plate numbers at Easter services as "the only way we can ensure that your decision doesn't kill someone else," and Gov....

De Blasio setting up 'COVID checkpoints' to find NYC travelers violating Thanksgiving quarantine

De Blasio setting up 'COVID checkpoints' to find NYC travelers violating Thanksgiving quarantine

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is setting up "COVID Checkpoints" to find and fine people violating his holiday lockdown order. New York City Sheriff Joseph Fucito said that they will be conducting spot checks when out-of-state buses drop riders off at the curb and will be checking cars with out of state and New York licenses plates. Zero Hedge reports that "test-and-trace teams will also be on the ground to help direct people to testing sites while providing 'education' about quarantine." "New York's statewide 14-day holiday quarantine mandates that travelers quarantine, or take a test showing they're negative. Violations of self-quarantine will be enforced, and may carry fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor's office has said."

UK travel agency says it will boycott Qantas over compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy

UK travel agency says it will boycott Qantas over compulsory Covid-19 vaccine policy

A UK-based travel firm has polarized social media after announcing that it will no longer be doing business with Qantas Airways due to the airline's decision to require Covid-19 jabs for all international passengers. Tradewinds Travel, an independent tour operator, posted a statement on its website explaining that customers would have to go elsewhere if they wanted to book a flight with Qantas, citing the Australian airline's CEO that the company was looking into requiring international travellers to have proof of vaccination against coronavirus.

'Absolute disgrace!': Tory MP condemns government after police arrest elderly lockdown protester and bundle her into van

'Absolute disgrace!': Tory MP condemns government after police arrest elderly lockdown protester and bundle her into van

A Tory MP has called for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel to intervene after an "elderly anti-lockdown" protester was forcefully arrested outside the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday. Addressing the Commons shortly after the arrest, Charles Walker slammed the government, saying he had personally witnessed an elderly lady being hauled "spread-eagle" into a police van, and branding the incident a "disgrace, un-British and unconstitutional." In footage posted to social media, the Conservative MP for Broxbourne could be seen angrily addressing a group of officers in Westminster, as they appeared to detain a woman who had been sitting on the road in protest.

The solar retrograde cycle and ice ages

The solar retrograde cycle and ice ages

This is in reference to an article I posted earlier today, that Saturn and Jupiter are about to do something not seen since the year 1226. Jupiter and Saturn about to do something not seen since the year 1226 Below is an excerpt from Not by Fire but by Ice concerning the solar retrograde cycle.

Trump scores two wins as Michigan legislature, federal appeals court agree to election reviews

Trump scores two wins as Michigan legislature, federal appeals court agree to election reviews

President Trump's campaign said it scored two victories Monday in its effort to contest results in several key battleground states, as Michigan state legislators agreed to hold a hearing into election irregularities while a federal appeals court expedited proceedings to consider Trump's legal challenge in Pennsylvania. The developments were announced by Trump campaign senior legal counsel Jenna Ellis, who said the GOP-led Michigan House would hold its hearing at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. "We are grateful to Michigan House lawmakers for not rushing to certify inaccurate election results," Ellis told Just the News. "We are confident they will share the same concerns once they see the extent of the outright fraud and disregard for the law that happened in Michigan and across the nation. Every American should want to know the truth." Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, who over the weekend said he feared the state was heading toward a constitutional crisis, did not immediately return a...

Trump campaign focusing on unlawful use of absentee ballot process to avoid Wisconsin ID requirement

Trump campaign focusing on unlawful use of absentee ballot process to avoid Wisconsin ID requirement

The effort by the Trump Campaign to reverse the outcome of the election in Wisconsin is beginning to gain some attention — it now has my attention. Reversing Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin are necessary to call into question what will happen in the Electoral College on December 14. As explained in this piece yesterday, in Georgia the focus is on invalid voter registrations which used a mail-drop or business location as a "residence" address on the voter and mail-in ballot application. Comment: Matt Braynard has identified these. Some more data: Pennsylania is a mish-mash of various claims, most of which are traceable back to partisan decisions of the state's Supreme Court, which makes them all reachable in an omnibus review by the US Supreme Court. But the approach in Wisconsin has been a bit of a mystery to me until now. The margin of Biden's "victory" in Wisconsin is only 43,000 votes out of 3.2 million cast. The reversal of Wisconsin from 2016 pretty much comes down to the...

Economic wreckage caused by US lockdowns at $169 billion and counting

Economic wreckage caused by US lockdowns at $169 billion and counting

With coronavirus lockdowns forcing businesses to shut their doors for months, a team of researchers has attempted to find out how many lives the restrictions saved in the United States and just how much economic damage was caused. The sobering calculations found that the closures from the pandemic's onset in March through to the rollbacks in May saved approximately 29,000 lives and came with a $169 billion price tag. Comment: It's difficult to know how many deaths were caused solely by coronavirus because of the relentless obfuscation and institutional misattribution of deaths by the authorities in an attempt to justify their tyrannical lockdowns. The number crunchers from HEC Paris business school and Bocconi University in Milan say this amounts to around $6 million per person.