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EU arm-twisting: Świętokrzyskie region in Poland abandons anti-LGBT resolution over threats of losing funds

EU arm-twisting: Świętokrzyskie region in Poland abandons anti-LGBT resolution over threats of losing funds

A region in southern Poland has revoked a controversial anti-LGBT resolution over fears of losing funding from the European Union, making it the first to ditch its declaration of being an LGBT-free zone. On Wednesday, the regional assembly of Świętokrzyskie voted in a special session to scrap the ruling, with 25 ministers voting in favor of removing the declaration. None opposed the notion, but three abstained. The motion had been passed to mark the region's "opposition to the attempts to introduce LGBT ideology to local government communities and the promotion of this ideology in public life" in 2019.

Melbourne sets new world record for longest lockdown, Vic premier blames 'agitators' for having to extend it

Melbourne sets new world record for longest lockdown, Vic premier blames 'agitators' for having to extend it

Rattled by a wave of violent anti-lockdown protests, Australia's second-largest city has hit a grim pandemic milestone, reportedly becoming the city that has lived the longest under lockdown as infections surge. Currently in its sixth lockdown since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Melbourne has now officially become the lockdown capital - that's according to local media, which reported that the city has spent a total of 235 days under restrictions, surpassing the benchmark set by Argentina's Buenos Aires, which was shut down for 234 days last year. The mood has been far from celebratory in the streets of the locked-down city, however, as it faces a wave of protests against the record-breaking restrictions. Since Monday, demonstrators have been taking to Melbourne streets daily to vent their frustration at the government's handling of the pandemic, including at its latest move to impose a vaccine mandate on construction workers.

Russia's silent majority outpoints the robot vote (Canadians too)

Russia's silent majority outpoints the robot vote (Canadians too)

Robots can be easily programmed to correct their mistakes; robot voters can be programmed to re-vote. But robots are missing the intelligence to cover up their tracks. In the twenty-four hours since the Russian polls closed on Sunday at 8, the robot voters of Russia have exposed themselves to one of the most thorough analyses of their lack of intelligence ever produced by the mainstream Russian media, Russian election technologists and think tanks, and the Russian social media. Indeed, so swift and thorough have they been that protests of election-rigging from the Communist Party, the Navalny group and the State Department have proved superfluous. The silent majority of Russian voters had anticipated the outcome - they have already recorded their response. (Something similar has happened at the University-Rosedale riding of Toronto. In Monday's Canadian parliamentary election, voters delivered a similar message of silent rebuke to Chrystia Freeland, chief Russia hater and Ukrainian...

Austria denies social programs to non-vaccinated

Austria denies social programs to non-vaccinated

Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, who was inaugurated as the Federal President of the Republic of Austria on January 26, 2017, has taken another undemocratic, authoritarian position that anyone unemployed because of the state's lockdowns who refuses the vaccine will lose ALL benefits. This is absolute tyranny and a disgrace to any country that pretends to be free. It has been reported: Unusual measure: Austria's Minister of Labor Martin Kocher (ÖVP) has decided to block unemployment benefits for job seekers if they do not apply for a reasonable position because a vaccination is required there or simply not accepting an offered position. Something is seriously wrong. The vaccination was supposed to protect you, but now the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated. Does that then prove that the vaccinations do not work? If the death rate is less than 1%, then why are governments forcing such vaccines? The object seems to be to justify tracking all people. If we cannot do anything without a...

Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away

Spain floods: Shopping centre in Huelva fills with water as dozens of cars swept away

A flood has wreaked havoc in Spain and poured into a shopping centre, with other cars swept away. Disturbing footage shows water rushing down the stairs of the Mercadona de la Antilla in the city of Huelva. Torrential rain in the area has been responsible for the flash flooding in the area following severe storms. A Twitter user shared footage of the flooding and said: "That is an underground mercadona".

Leaked docs show DARPA considered funding $14mn project to infect Chinese bats with altered coronaviruses in 2018 - reports

Leaked docs show DARPA considered funding $14mn project to infect Chinese bats with altered coronaviruses in 2018 - reports

Documents published by a scientist group probing Covid-19's origins reveal that controversial US non-profit EcoHealth Alliance had sought $14 million in 2018 for a project that would expose Chinese bats to altered coronaviruses. Some 18 months before the first Covid cases appeared, the three-and-a-half year study had planned to release skin-penetrating particles containing "novel chimeric spike proteins" from bat coronaviruses into bat caves in China's Yunnan province. The goal was to study and prevent transmission to humans. The proposal, titled 'Project Defuse', was submitted by EcoHealth Alliance for funding consideration as part of an initiative aimed at preventing emerging pathogen threats by the US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). It was ultimately rejected over safety concerns.

'Political dialogue is non-existent within NATO,' France's defense minister says amid AUKUS deal snub

'Political dialogue is non-existent within NATO,' France's defense minister says amid AUKUS deal snub

France's Defense Minister Florence Parly has called for a review of NATO's "strategic concept," stating that "dialogue is non-existent" within the bloc. The remarks come amid the ongoing scandal over the new AUKUS pact. The defense minister spoke before France's Senate on Wednesday, with talk revolving almost exclusively around the fallout of the AUKUS (Australia, UK, US) deal. The agreement was announced last week, causing an uproar in Paris as it came along with Australia ditching a landmark submarine contract with France and opting to buy US-made nuclear submarines instead. The hostile move is yet more proof of troubles in the transatlantic cooperation, Parly stated. "I am thinking of Turkish adventurism in the Mediterranean, or of the hasty withdrawal from Afghanistan in an uncoordinated manner," she added. The attitude of the United States toward the submarine program is a further illustration of the observation that we have been making for months: today, political dialogue is...

NASA says 'boom' and shaking in Virginia was a fireball

NASA says 'boom' and shaking in Virginia was a fireball

Numerous reports came in all across the Harrisonburg, Virginia, area Friday morning of a "boom" and ground shaking. NASA says this was a fireball exploding in the sky. Power outages were also reported in Hardy County. Initial reports came in as a possible explosion in Shenandoah County, but no explosion was found. WHSV reported that suspicions then turned to a possible earthquake. Dozens of earthquake reports were sent to Volcanodiscovery.com, but an earthquake was not reported by the USGS.

Johnny Depp rails against cancel culture: 'No one is safe'

Johnny Depp rails against cancel culture: 'No one is safe'

Johnny Depp railed against cancel culture while appearing at the San Sebastian Film Festival on Wednesday. The actor, 58, was present to receive the honorary Donostia Award and according to Deadline, used his speaking time to tell the audience he's been treated unfairly. "It can be seen as an event in history that lasted for however long it lasted, this cancel culture, this instant rush to judgment based on what essentially amounts to polluted air," he said during a press conference. "It's so far out of hand now that I can promise you that no one is safe. Not one of you. No one out that door. No one is safe," Depp continued. "It takes one sentence and there's no more ground, the carpet has been pulled. It's not just me that this has happened to, it's happened to a lot of people. This type of thing has happened to women, men. Children have suffered from various types of unpleasantries. Sadly at a certain point, they begin to think that it's normal. Or that it's them. When it's not."

France reminds US purpose of AUKUS deal is security not 'confrontation with China', it will work with Germany to revise strategy of NATO alliance

France reminds US purpose of AUKUS deal is security not 'confrontation with China', it will work with Germany to revise strategy of NATO alliance

The French ambassador to the US, recalled recently over the AUKUS row, will return to Washington next week, President Emmanuel Macron has announced after a phone call with his US counterpart Joe Biden. Biden phoned Macron on Wednesday to discuss last week's announcement of a new security pact between the US, UK and Australia - which resulted in France losing a multi-billion-dollar shipbuilding contract, among other things - and "agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners," according to a joint statement released by both the White House and the Elysee Palace. Biden "conveyed his ongoing commitment" to such consultations, the statement said.

Employees sue United Airlines over 'discriminatory' vaccine mandate, potentially thousands face firing

Employees sue United Airlines over 'discriminatory' vaccine mandate, potentially thousands face firing

Six United Airlines employees are suing the company for its "draconian" Chinese coronavirus vaccine mandate, alleging the company has violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by discriminating against them based on their religious and medical exemptions. The class action lawsuit, which powerhouse Washington, D.C. law firm Schaerr Jaffe filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas on Tuesday, represents potentially at least 2,000 United Airlines employees. These workers have obtained religious or medical exemptions and will maintain employment, but they will be forced to live without pay and health benefits for up to six years while the company assesses the pandemic, according to the complaint. "United's actions have left Plaintiffs with the impossible choice of either taking the COVID-19 vaccine, at the expense of their religious beliefs and their health, or losing their livelihoods," the...

Remote learning killed the myth that homeschooled children are the ones who lack socialization

Remote learning killed the myth that homeschooled children are the ones who lack socialization

After more than a year of remote learning, students in New York City finally went back to school. Sadly, the city's Department of Education fear of COVID-19 and servitude to teachers' unions means that these schools will more closely resemble Siberian gulags than places of learning. A recent opinion piece in the New York Post details the ridiculous lengths that many of Gotham's schools are going to in order to defeat the virus, including "masked and distanced" recess, health concerns over many sports and other extracurricular activities that require "increased exhalation," and the cancellation of field trips, group projects, and class parties. Despite returning to school, New York City kids are still forbidden from connecting meaningfully with their peers. Ask any homeschooling parent to discuss the pushback that he's received from friends and family over the years and he'll tell you that the need for his children to be "properly socialized" has topped the list of concerns. "How...

Parts of Yukon in Canada experience heavy snowfall on first day of fall with warning issued

Parts of Yukon in Canada experience heavy snowfall on first day of fall with warning issued

Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway It's the first day of fall in Canada, but parts of the Yukon are experiencing more winter-like weather. Environment Canada issued the country's first snowfall warning of the season for the Dempster Highway. The warning, issued Wednesday morning, said "a frontal system moving through the Yukon will generate heavy snow across the Dempster Highway with the highest accumulation forecast to be near the Ogilvie Mountains." It said gusting winds of up to 80 km/h, combined with 15 to 20 cm of snow, will reduce visibility for drivers.

Opening US borders to illegal migrants amid Covid proves Democrats have no love for America, only for holding onto power

Opening US borders to illegal migrants amid Covid proves Democrats have no love for America, only for holding onto power

Today, it is easier for a migrant to walk into the US illegally than for a foreign tourist to enter legally. Illegal migration is not about human rights, but rather part of the woke agenda to stay in power. The desperate scenes of squalor under the Del Rio International Bridge, where thousands of illegal migrants - many of whom are from Haiti - are huddling in makeshift shelters as they wait to be transported to cities around the country, should enrage every American. Aside from turning the United States into a Third World nation - the insanity is happening in the middle of a pandemic. Even the duplicitous corporate media is beginning to ask some valid questions, but, as is its unfortunate wont, only after the proverbial bomb has already exploded in Uncle Sam's lap.

70-year-old southeast Alabama man killed in dog attack

70-year-old southeast Alabama man killed in dog attack

A southeast Alabama man was killed in a dog attack while he was out walking. Phenix City police were dispatched at 2 a.m. Tuesday to the 100 block of 17th Avenue on a report of a dog bite, said Capt. Darryl Williams. When officers arrived on the scene, they found the 70-year-old victim on the ground with a serious injury to his left arm. Frank J. Cobb was treated on the scene and then transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital. He was later moved to an Atlanta hospital where he died.

Waterspout filmed over Lake Michigan off Fisherman's Island State Park

Waterspout filmed over Lake Michigan off Fisherman's Island State Park

A waterspout was spotted swirling above Lake Michigan off Fisherman's Island State Park. This footage by Tracy Ward shows the phenomenon near Norwood Township, Michigan. The National Weather Service issued a special marine warning for the area on September 20. Credit: Tracy Ward via Storyful

Winged microchip is smallest-ever human-made flying structure

Winged microchip is smallest-ever human-made flying structure

Northwestern University engineers have added a new capability to electronic microchips: flight. About the size of a grain of sand, the new flying microchip (or "microflier") does not have a motor or engine. Instead, it catches flight on the wind — much like a maple tree's propeller seed — and spins like a helicopter through the air toward the ground. By studying maple trees and other types of wind-dispersed seeds, the engineers optimized the microflier's aerodynamics to ensure that it — when dropped at a high elevation — falls at a slow velocity in a controlled manner. This behavior stabilizes its flight, ensures dispersal over a broad area and increases the amount of time it interacts with the air, making it ideal for monitoring air pollution and airborne disease. As the smallest-ever human-made flying structures, these microfliers also can be packed with ultra-miniaturized technology, including sensors, power sources, antennas for wireless communication and embedded memory to...

COVID-19: 'Virtually any child' would get coronavirus between 12 and 15 without vaccination - Whitty

COVID-19: 'Virtually any child' would get coronavirus between 12 and 15 without vaccination - Whitty

Approximately half of all children have already had coronavirus during the pandemic, Professor Chris Whitty said, adding: "The great majority of children who have not currently had COVID are going to get it at some point." Virtually any child between the ages of 12 and 15 would get COVID-19 at some point without vaccination, England's chief medical officer has said. Professor Chris Whitty said that the highest rate of coronavirus transmission is currently occurring in children of this age group. Approximately half of all children have already had coronavirus during the pandemic, he added. Comment: It is a lie. If we follow the science as they want to say to the people, then we can see that the children are at no risk from Covid and they are certainly not a vector for spreading the infection. Recent German studies show quite the opposite of what they claim. According to Dr.Reinhard Berner from the University Hospital of Dresden, children may even act as a brake on infection. Other...

2 fishermen killed in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

2 fishermen killed in lightning strike in West Bengal, India

Two girls from Dum Dum died after being electrocuted while in a separate incident two fishermen from Mahishadal died after being struck by lightning when they went to Rupnarayan river. The two girls have been identified as Shreya Banik (12) and Anushka Nandi (13) touched an electric pole at the Bandhabnagar area of Dum Dum when they were playing there. Both of them were declared brought dead at RG Kar Medical College. Meanwhile, a heavy rainfall alert has been issued for some of the south Bengal districts in the next 24 hours. "An orange alert has been issued in some of the south Bengal districts which will bring more rainfall. Another low pressure trough is expected to form over east central Bay of Bengal on Saturday which may further bring rainfall in different parts of the state in the next week as well. The low pressure will advance towards west to north west and finally reach the Odisha coast. As a result all the south Bengal districts will receive it in the next week as...

Two killed by lightning strike in Uganda

Two killed by lightning strike in Uganda

Two people died on the spot after they were struck by lightning in Kinaba sub county, Kanungu District. Kigezi region police spokesperson, Mr Elly Maate said Wednesday that Edidiya Turyayebwa, 42, and Diyana Kajowa, 31, both residents of Omunsyokwe village were struck dead Tuesday afternoon while in the garden preparing for the planting season. Four of their colleagues were left nursing wounds. "The injured who include Flora Nyinakiiza, 40, and her three children; Susan Ayebazibwe, 16, Friday Akandwanaho, 5, and Blessings Karungi were taken to the nearby health facility while bodies of the deceased were handed over to relatives for burial," he said.

FBI robs 800 safety deposit boxes, steal people's life savings, claiming cash smelled like drugs

FBI robs 800 safety deposit boxes, steal people's life savings, claiming cash smelled like drugs

Los Angeles, CA — For decades now, federal government and their cohorts in law enforcement have been carrying out theft of the citizenry on a massive scale using Civil Asset Forfeiture (CAF). The 1980's-era laws were designed to drain resources from powerful criminal organizations, but CAF has become a tool for law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to steal money and property from countless innocent people.

Over 400 livestock killed by lightning bolt in Kashmir

Over 400 livestock killed by lightning bolt in Kashmir

Two members of a nomadic family were injured while over 400 goats and sheep died when the lightning struck the upper reaches of Naranag in Kangan area of Ganderbal district Tuesday night, officials said. Some nomadic families had camped at Laman Naranag area on their way back home from the seasonal pastures in the higher reaches when the lightening struck them. An official said that the injured family members were brought to Trauma Hospital Kangan for treatment. He said that both were stable and had sustained minor injuries.

The myth of the "infallible elite"

The myth of the "infallible elite"

A commenter BTL called Petra made this claim recently in regard to the conspirators behind 9/11 etc. All glaring anomalies are deliberate examples of "revelation of the method" / "hidden in plain sight"... She was referring to the fact Building 7 was so very obviously 'pulled'. Her thesis being the elites are basically infallible, literally incapable of human error and when they appear to goof or slip up and reveal their lies or fakery, this is all part of their plan. They are gods essentially, not mortals, and whatever they reveal unto us will be what they choose us to know of their infinite power. OK. So, here's my reply to her. I recall a true-crime show once where a total psychopath planned his wife's murder in meticulous detail. Gave her antifreeze by injecting it into an unopened coke bottle or something. Planned an alibi for when she died, covered his tracks.

Senate Dems tapped Soros-funded operative to research Trump-Russia conspiracy

Senate Dems tapped Soros-funded operative to research Trump-Russia conspiracy

Senate Democrats tapped a political operative bankrolled by George Soros to investigate debunked allegations that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, claims that are now at the center of an indictment in Special Counsel John Durham's investigation. According to court filings, a staffer for Sen. Jack Reed (D., R.I.) enlisted Daniel Jones — a former FBI agent who has taken hundreds of thousands of dollars from Soros — to analyze computer data that purportedly connected Trump's real estate company with the Russian oligarch-owned Alfa Bank. Democrats pushed the allegation and others about Trump and Russia to build a narrative that Trump's campaign colluded with the Kremlin to steal the 2016 election. The FBI disproved the Alfa Bank claim, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of a larger Trump-Russia conspiracy.

'Would you like Pfizer with that?' New Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fix

'Would you like Pfizer with that?' New Zealanders could get Covid jab with fast-food fix

Government is in talks with KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell to administer vaccinations while customers wait in line. New Zealanders looking to get a fast-food fix could soon be asked if they would like a vaccine with their meal. The country is aiming to vaccinate at least 90% of its population and the government is now in talks with fast-food giant KFC to help reach that goal. "We just want to reach out to where people are," the deputy prime minister Grant Robertson told RNZ on Thursday morning.

Fed urged to fire officials over "pandemic profiteering"

Fed urged to fire officials over "pandemic profiteering"

Two weeks ago, Fed Presidents Robert Kaplan and Eric Rosengren (and to a lesser, though still notable extent, Fed Chair Powell himself) were 'outed' for their multi-million-dollar stock and bond trades, sparking widespread outrage, bolstering claims that not only is the market rigged and manipulated by the Fed but that it is rigged directly for the benefit of Fed members like Kaplan and Rosengren who - whether they intended or not - benefited monetarily from their own decisions and their inside information that nobody else was privy to..

Trudeau calls election victory 'clear mandate' to get Canada through pandemic

Trudeau calls election victory 'clear mandate' to get Canada through pandemic

Justin Trudeau has won a third term as Canada's prime minister, with his Liberal party set to capture the most votes in the snap election, a result he called a 'clear mandate' to get the country through the Covid pandemic. 'I hear you when you say you want to get back to the things you love, not to worry about the pandemic or the election,' Trudeau said from Montreal early on Tuesday morning, acknowledging the decision to hold an early election was deeply unpopular. 'You have given this government and this parliament clear direction'

A tenth of prescription medicines given out by GPs unnecessary, finds review

A tenth of prescription medicines given out by GPs unnecessary, finds review

A tenth of prescription medicines doled out by GPs are unnecessary, pushing the NHS drugs bill to more than £9 billion, a landmark review has found. Patients are routinely being harmed by a "culture" of overprescribing, the investigation found, with a fifth of hospital admissions among pensioners caused by adverse effects of medication. The Government-ordered review identifies "very significant" waste across the system, saying that too often patients felt unable to question medics who did not look up from their keyboards. It found that an average of 20 prescriptions are now issued per head of population annually, a doubling in two decades. And 15 per cent of patients were found to be taking five or more medicines every day. The review, led by Dr Keith Ridge, NHS chief pharmacist, said patients should be offered alternatives to drugs, including exercise, talking therapies and social activities.

Bill Gates on 'lesson' learned from Jeffrey Epstein mistake: 'Well he's dead'

Bill Gates on 'lesson' learned from Jeffrey Epstein mistake: 'Well he's dead'

Wednesday on PBS's "NewsHour," billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates said "he's dead" when asked about what lesson he learned from his previously admitted "mistake" of meeting with now-deceased convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Anchor Judy Woodruff said, "You had a number of meetings with Jeffrey Epstein, who — when you met him 10 years ago — he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from minors. What did you know about him when you were meeting with him, as you've said yourself, in the hopes of raising money?" Gates said, "You know, I had dinners with him. I regret doing that. He had relationships with people he said would give to global health, which is an interest I have. Not nearly enough philanthropy goes in that direction. Those meetings were a mistake. They didn't result in what he purported, and I cut them off. You know, that goes back a long time ago now. So there's nothing new on that."

2 killed by lightning strike in Uttar Pradesh, India

2 killed by lightning strike in Uttar Pradesh, India

Two persons, both farmers, were killed in lightning strike in Bareilly district on Wednesday evening. The incident was reported from Bichuriya village. Karan Singh and Sher Singh were sowing seeds in a field when it started raining. But they continued working, and were struck by lightning. They died on the spot. Their bodies were sent for post-mortem examination by police and the district administration has announced compensation for their families under the state disaster relief funds. Bhamora's SHO Vikram Singh said, "The victims were the sole earning members of their families and were good friends. Family has been assured of compensation under the relevant schemes by the district administration."

Diversity distraction: Washington Post adding 41 editing jobs, vows to increase number of editors of color

Diversity distraction: Washington Post adding 41 editing jobs, vows to increase number of editors of color

The Washington Post plans to hire more than three dozen editors as part of its latest expansion and push for a more diverse newsroom. In a memo to staff on Monday, Executive Editor Sally Buzbee and the rest of the newspaper's leadership team said adding the 41 editing jobs will grow the newspaper's "capacity to produce timely breaking news, revelatory enterprise and definitive investigative work; create visually rich stories that our audiences find compelling; cover topics that resonate with younger, more diverse readers; and develop innovations that will define a new era of digital journalism." Hiring for the new jobs will also allow the Post to increase the number of journalists of color in editing roles, the outlet's leadership wrote.

Gabby Petito remains possibly found, FBI agents swarm Brian Laundrie's home in Florida, seize Mustang he drove, UPDATE: Petito's body identified, FBI confirms 'homicide'

Gabby Petito remains possibly found, FBI agents swarm Brian Laundrie's home in Florida, seize Mustang he drove, UPDATE: Petito's body identified, FBI confirms 'homicide'

FBI agents swarmed Brian Laundrie's home in Florida on Monday, declaring it a "crime scene" and hauling out his parents one day after a body believed to be his missing girlfriend, Gabby Petito, was found in Wyoming. A Ford Mustang registered to Laundrie's father that his family said Brian drove last week to the wildlife reserve where police have been searching for him, was also hauled away. About a dozen agents wearing bulletproof vests descended just before 10 a.m. on the Laundrie family's home on Wabasso Avenue in North Port, shouting "Search warrant!" before entering through an unlocked door in the front.

Breaking the Resistance: Melbourne police disperse co-opted anti-lockdown protest with teargas and arrested 200

Breaking the Resistance: Melbourne police disperse co-opted anti-lockdown protest with teargas and arrested 200

Third day of demonstrations ends in a standoff between officers and protesters at the city's war memorial Police in Melbourne have again fired non-lethal rounds and teargas at anti-Covid lockdown protesters to end an almost three-hour standoff at the city's war memorial during a third straight day of demonstrations. More than 200 people were arrested. Two officers were injured by bottles thrown at them and one was hospitalised with chest pains, Victoria police said. Earlier, up to 400 protesters had camped on the steps of the Shrine of Remembrance, lighting flares and throwing bottles, batteries, tap handles and golf balls at police.

New Zealand police arrest pair trying to enter Auckland with 'large amount' of KFC

New Zealand police arrest pair trying to enter Auckland with 'large amount' of KFC

Two men tried to reach city - where Covid restrictions banned takeaways - with $100,000, three buckets of chicken and an undisclosed quantity of fries, police say. Two men have been arrested after police said they found them with a car boot-full of Kentucky fried chicken and over $100,000 in cash as they tried to cross the border into Auckland despite New Zealand's strict Covid-19 lockdown. The men were arrested after allegedly trying to flee from police near the Auckland border. When their car was searched, police said they found a large quantity of KFC, as well as the cash and a number of empty ounce bags.

Maxime Bernier and the People's Party of Canada fail to win any seats

Maxime Bernier and the People's Party of Canada fail to win any seats

After a campaign where his party became synonymous with the anti-lockdown protests that dogged opposing leaders and crowded outside hospital emergency rooms, Maxime Bernier has lost his bid to regain a seat in Parliament. Despite a surge in nationwide support for the People's Party of Canada (PPC), none of its candidates will join elected MPs in Ottawa.

Cost of COVID hysteria: Extra 10,000 Britons may die of cancer due to delayed face to face consultations - report

Cost of COVID hysteria: Extra 10,000 Britons may die of cancer due to delayed face to face consultations - report

Researchers say the lack of emergency referrals caused drop-off in diagnoses University College London report warned thousands will die 'significantly earlier' Concerns too many people still struggling to get an in-person GP appointment An extra 10,000 people are likely to die of cancer because of the Covid pandemic, a study has suggested. University College London researchers said a drop in emergency referrals from GPs last year across the UK resulted in around 40,000 late diagnoses of the disease. These delays and longer waits for NHS treatment — fuelled by the pandemic — mean thousands will die 'significantly earlier' from the disease than would have been the case pre-pandemic. The study of more than 2,000 adults found nearly two thirds of people worried about bothering family doctors with 'minor health problems' because of Covid.

BEST OF THE WEB: The AUKUS issue is not over

BEST OF THE WEB: The AUKUS issue is not over

Well, then I might as well address it. I am talking about this whole AUKUS affair and France losing huge contact on submarines for Royal Australian Navy. At this stage I am not interested in technical minutiae of this whole scandal, because it is useless anyway to concentrate on technical details of something which may change many times before, and if, it comes to fruition. I am, however, as always, interested in fundamental factors defining the framework. Le Drian and anyone in France' political top can express their frustration and play geopolitical games whatever they want, such as running to India: On Friday, France recalled its ambassadors from Washington and Canberra after Australia scrapped a major submarine program with France in favor of acquiring nuclear-powered submarines with the help of the US and UK. Paris furiously protested the new arrangement between Australia, the US and UK, known as AUKUS. Le Drian called the ditching of French-Australian submarine program "a...

BEST OF THE WEB: Tehran's in a tough position with the Taliban

BEST OF THE WEB: Tehran's in a tough position with the Taliban

The Taliban's lightning-fast takeover of Afghanistan last month put Iran in a very difficult position. On the one hand, the Islamic Republic has traditionally been opposed to the self-declared "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" (IEA), especially after some of its members killed Iranian diplomats in 1998 and the group's prior rule of the country saw it oppressing the Shiite minority. On the other hand, however, Iran has little choice but to acknowledge the group's de facto leadership of Afghanistan and thus pragmatically engage with it in the interests of peace, security, and development. Tehran cannot realistically extend military support to anti-Taliban elements there like it did during their prior period of rule from 1996-2001 because the Taliban controls all of the country's international borders for the first time in its history. The modern-day iteration of this movement also claimed to have changed its ways by moderating its previously strict policies in light of changed...

Thousands of years of long-distance trade links shaped Siberian dogs

Thousands of years of long-distance trade links shaped Siberian dogs

Analysis of ancient canine DNAs reveals that the inhabitants of Arctic Siberia began importing dogs from Eurasia some 2000 years ago. Archaeological finds show that people in the Arctic regions of Northwestern Siberia had already established long-range trading links with Eurasian populations some 2000 years ago. The initiation of trading relationships was one of a series of significant social changes that took place during this period. Moreover, these changes even had an impact on the genomes of Siberian dogs, as an international team of researchers led by LMU palaeogeneticist Laurent Frantz has now demonstrated. Based on extensive genetic analyses, the team concludes that dogs were imported into the Siberian Arctic, and that this process ultimately led to the establishment of Siberian breeds such as the samoyed. Genomes dating from the Stone Age to the Holocene

Top aide to Ukrainian president survives assassination attempt amidst crackdown on country's oligarchs

Top aide to Ukrainian president survives assassination attempt amidst crackdown on country's oligarchs

A top adviser to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has survived an assassination attempt that officials suggest is tied to a political battle with criminal and corrupt interests, including the countries' oligarchs. Comment: Criminals in Ukraine have accrued even more power and influence since the US-backed coup in the country. At least 10 bullets struck the car of Serhiy Shefir, an aide and longtime friend of Zelenskiy, on Wednesday as he travelled through the village of Lesnyky toward the capital, Kyiv. The driver was struck three times and is undergoing surgery. Shefir was not hit by the gunfire, which reportedly came from a forested area along the road.

Far reaching 'counter-terrorism' bill passes in New Zealand, will be fast-tracked into law despite opposition & rushed reading

Far reaching 'counter-terrorism' bill passes in New Zealand, will be fast-tracked into law despite opposition & rushed reading

Legislation that will introduce a new offence - planning a terrorist attack - is a step closer to becoming law. Comment: Surely 'planning a terrorist attack' is already a criminal offence elsewhere on the law books? Since it likely is, one wonders what else has been slipped into this bill. The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passed its second reading in Parliament this afternoon. ACT, the Greens and Te Pāti Māori opposed it. Following the LynnMall attack the prime minister announced the bill would be fast-tracked through the house.

Chinese city Harbin orders spas, mahjong salons to shut after Covid-19 case confirmed

Chinese city Harbin orders spas, mahjong salons to shut after Covid-19 case confirmed

Harbin - Spas, cinemas and mahjong salons in the Chinese city of Harbin were ordered to close on Tuesday (Sept 21) to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in poorly ventilated spaces, state television reported. The temporary shutdowns were part of a range of restrictions imposed on the north-eastern city after one case of community transmission, the report said, citing the Harbin government.

BEST OF THE WEB: 9/11 and Afghanistan post-mortems: Lessons in safe logic

BEST OF THE WEB: 9/11 and Afghanistan post-mortems: Lessons in safe logic

In the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the 20th anniversary of the mass murders of September 11, 2001, the corporate mainstream and alternative media have been replete with articles analyzing the consequences of 9/11 that resulted in the US invasion of Afghanistan and its alleged withdrawal after two decades of war. These critiques have ranged from mild to harsh, and have covered issues from the loss of civil liberties due to The Patriot Act and government spying through all the wars "on terror" in so many countries with their disastrous consequences and killing fields. Many of these articles have emphasized how, as a result of the Bush administration's response to 9/11, the US has lost its footing and brought on the demise of the American empire and its standing in the world. Some writers celebrate this and others bemoan it. Most seem to consider this inevitable. This flood of articles has been authored by writers from across the political spectrum from the left...

Ron DeSantis' Biden-bashing is looking like a 2024 preview

Ron DeSantis' Biden-bashing is looking like a 2024 preview

Ron DeSantis took his offensive against Joe Biden on the road this past week, appearing at a fundraising event in Nebraska to give what has the makings of a 2024 stump speech, according to Politico. DeSantis may be up for reelection next year in Florida, but his focus was national as he escalated tensions with Biden over his state's COVID-19 surge. DeSantis declared: "My message from Florida is this: When Joe Biden violates the Constitution, when Joe Biden attacks the jobs of Floridians and Americans, when Joe Biden targets the livelihood of Florida families and American families, I am fighting back against him." The Florida governor was not the only Republican leader to show face at the event, which was held in a Nebraska town that conveniently borders Iowa--traditionally the first state that every presidential hopeful has to trudge through en route to the White House. Mike Pence and Ted Cruz, who edged out Trump in Iowa in 2016, gave anti-Biden speeches of their own at the annual...

House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from spending bill amid pressure from progressives

House Dems remove Iron Dome funding from spending bill amid pressure from progressives

House Democrats removed funding for Israel's Iron Dome defense system from the short-term government spending bill yesterday, in what activists hailed as "an unprecedented moment for Palestinian rights." The move came in response to pressure from progressive Congress members. An eleventh hour request was tacked onto a bill that has to be passed in order to avert yet another government shutdown. It would have given Israel $1 billion to replenish its Iron Dome system, on top of the $3.8 billion in military aid that it already gets from the United States government. According to Politico, the aid was opposed by the same group of House Democrats that tried to block a Biden administration arms sale to Israel back in May. This would include Rep. Ocasio Cortez, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI). It's currently cosponsored by Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) , Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WI), and Rep....

'10 for the big guy': Politico confirms Hunter Biden's China, Ukraine emails are legit

'10 for the big guy': Politico confirms Hunter Biden's China, Ukraine emails are legit

Several emails from Hunter Biden's laptop have been confirmed as legitimate, according to Politico, citing claims in a new book, along with emails released by a Swedish government agency. Ben Schreckinger's The Bidens: Inside the First Family's Fifty-Year Rise to Power, out today, finds evidence that some of the purported HUNTER BIDEN laptop material is genuine, including two emails at the center of last October's controversy. A person who had independent access to Hunter Biden's emails confirmed he did receive a 2015 email from a Ukrainian businessman thanking him for the chance to meet Joe Biden. The same goes for a 2017 email in which a proposed equity breakdown of a venture with Chinese energy executives includes the line, "10 held by H for the big guy?" (This person recalled seeing both emails, but was not in a position to compare the leaked emails word-for-word to the originals.) MORE: Emails released by a Swedish government agency also match emails in the leaked cache, and...

Libya's parliament withdraws confidence from unity government

Libya's parliament withdraws confidence from unity government

Libya's House of Representatives on Tuesday withdrew confidence from the unity government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. The parliament decided to withdraw confidence from the government by a majority of 89 out of 113 lawmakers who attended today's session, parliamentary spokesman Abdullah Belhaiq said on Facebook. He did not give further details. The High Council of State criticized the move, with its spokesman Muhammad Abdel Nasser tweeting that it "rejects the procedure of withdrawing confidence from the national unity government, and considers it void for violating the constitutional declaration and the political agreement, and considers everything that results from them null." There was no comment from the unity government on the move. Meanwhile, 38 lawmakers signed a petition in opposition to parliament withdrawing confidence from the government, local Al-Ahrar TV channel reported. Also, mayors of 65 out of 116 municipalities in Libya announced their rejection of the...

Number of children in A&E with serious mental health issues jumps 50 percent since start of pandemic

Number of children in A&E with serious mental health issues jumps 50 percent since start of pandemic

The number of children who go to A&E [Accident and Emergency] with serious mental health issues has jumped by more than 50 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began, after school closures pushed youngsters to crisis point, a Telegraph investigation has revealed. More than 2,243 children in England were referred for specialist mental health care from emergency departments in May this year, compared with just 1,428 in May 2019. Experts say children have struggled with schools being closed and without face-to-face interaction with their peers. Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP and the chair of the education select committee, called for schools to remain open to stave off a mental health "catastrophe". NHS data reveal that nearly 27,000 children are being prescribed antidepressants each month, up more than eight per cent from 2019. While most are teenagers, 25 a month are aged six or under, and more than 1,000 are aged seven to 11. Waiting lists for Child and Adolescent Mental...

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

It's a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America's 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft. As the C-17 transporter gains altitude, shaky mobile phone video captures two tiny dots dropping from the plane. Footage from another angle shows many in the crowd on the tarmac stopping in their tracks and pointing. The full extent of the horror becomes apparent only later. The dots, it turns out, were desperate Afghans hidden in the wheel well. As the wheels folded into the body of the plane, the stowaways faced the choice of being crushed to death or letting go and plunging to the ground. More than a month later, much remains unclear about what happened in that tragic takeoff on Aug. 16, a day after the Taliban swept into Kabul, prompting a flood of Afghans trying to escape the country.

Energy crisis stretches to UK food-supply chain, already bruised by labour shortage amid Brexit & Covid-19

Energy crisis stretches to UK food-supply chain, already bruised by labour shortage amid Brexit & Covid-19

British meat processors have become the latest casualty of the growing energy crisis that threatens to result in a dire shortage of carbon dioxide gas, which is widely used throughout the food and drinks industry. Carbon dioxide is a by-product of fertiliser production that is used to stun animals before slaughter as well as for the packaging process that prolongs the shelf life of all meat, and in fizzy drinks and beer. However, soaring gas prices have brought about a slowdown at some chemical factories in Europe that produce fertiliser, with a major US producer being forced to halt operations at two manufacturing complexes in the UK for an uncertain period of time. Nick Allen, the chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) told the BBC after emergency talks with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that: "This crisis highlights the fact that the British food supply chain is at the mercy of a small number of major fertiliser...