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Ice Age Farmer Report: Syndemic' COVID-20 needs 'Social Vaccine' as global food shortage beginsIce Age Farmer Report: Syndemic' COVID-20 needs 'Social Vaccine' as global food shortage begins
As countries are furiously stocking food in anticipation of global food shortages, 'experts' are now calling COVID-19 a Syndemic "COVID-20," requiring a 'social vaccine' comprising Universal Basic Income & nutrition, free education, huge dietary changes. The technocrats will stop at nothing, including engineered food shortages, to push their Great Reset into global communism and transhumanism. Christian breaks it down. Sources
Trump campaign calls on commission to release new set of topics and stick to predetermined rules for final debateTrump campaign calls on commission to release new set of topics and stick to predetermined rules for final debate
Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates Monday urging the group to release a new set of topics ahead of Thursday's third and final debate and to refrain from adding any additional rule changes. NBC News' Kristin Welker, the third debate's moderator, released her selected topics for the third debate on Friday, which included national security, fighting COVID-19, race in America, leadership, American families, climate change and leadership. The Trump campaign's letter reads, that Welker's selected topics "are serious and worthy of discussion, but only a few of them even touch on foreign policy," as is typical of the third presidential debate.
90 sued for damage done during George Floyd protests90 sued for damage done during George Floyd protests
A lawyer representing a Downtown Cincinnati real-estate company is suing 90 people it says are responsible for damage to businesses during the George Floyd protests in the early summer. The protests of late May and early June were largely peaceful but at points devolved into vandalism throughout Downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Residents woke in those neighborhoods May 30 to find shattered windows, upturned planters and glass littering sidewalks.
Anti-Trump protesters pretend to eat bloodied heart of President, burn American FlagAnti-Trump protesters pretend to eat bloodied heart of President, burn American Flag
Protesters opposing President Donald Trump on Sunday were filmed burning an American flag and pretending to eat a bloodied heart of the president. Twitter user Al The Great wrote as a caption to the video, "Antifa burn the US flag and eat a heart symbolic of the President during an anti-democrat violence protest in #Boston #Massachusetts on 10.18.20." In the video, one protester can be seen walking through the smoke from a burning American flag as he is surrounded by fellow protesters. He then takes what appears to be a bloody heart, rips it open and pours it on his face, as those around him clap and yell.
The New Yorker reportedly suspends Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call with coworkersThe New Yorker reportedly suspends Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself during a Zoom call with coworkers
The New Yorker magazine has suspended staff writer Jeffrey Toobin for exposing himself while on a Zoom call, according to Vice News. The video conference call where the incident occurred was reportedly between Toobin and members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio. In a statement to Motherboard, Vice's online magazine dedicated to technology and science, Toobin expressed regret for the incident.
'I don't care Trump doesn't like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan'I don't care Trump doesn't like black people': Rapper 50 Cent says 'Vote Trump' reacting to Biden's tax hike plan
Rapper 50 Cent has become an unlikely supporter of Donald Trump's reelection campaign, with the hip hop artist reacting in horror to Joe Biden's tax plan, which hikes rates on high earners, and calling on fans to "vote for Trump." The 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' star threw his weight behind the president in an Instagram post on Monday, sharing a screencap from a news broadcast showing the top combined state and local tax rates under Biden's proposal along with an outraged caption. "WHAT THE F**K! (VOTE for TRUMP) I'M OUT. F**K NEW YORK The KNICKS never win anyway," he wrote, adding "I don't care Trump doesn't like black people. 62%, are you out of ya f**king mind?"
Woman killed by a pack of dogs in Nauvoo, AlabamaWoman killed by a pack of dogs in Nauvoo, Alabama
A 36-year-old woman was killed after being attacked by a pack of dogs on Jagger Road in Nauvoo on Monday. Ruthie Mae Brown of Boldo was pronounced dead at the scene at 3 p.m. by Walker County Coroner Joey Vick. Vick said her body has been sent to forensics for an official cause of death but confirmed that there was severe trauma caused by an attack by dogs.
Woman mauled to death by family pit bull in Port Elizabeth, South AfricaWoman mauled to death by family pit bull in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
An elderly man tried in vain to tear their pit bull from his wife as it mauled her to death in Port Elizabeth on Monday night. Police spokesperson Captain Sandra Janse van Rensburg said an inquest docket has since been opened. Belinda Jonker, 64, died on the scene. According to Janse van Rensburg, at about 9.30pm on Monday, as Jonker and her husband were leaving their house in Summerville Street, Morningside, the family dog attacked.
New York Governor Cuomo goes 'full anti-vaxxer' on Covid-19 vaccine, says people should be 'very skeptical'New York Governor Cuomo goes 'full anti-vaxxer' on Covid-19 vaccine, says people should be 'very skeptical'
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest Democrat to cast doubt on a potential Covid-19 vaccine, saying he is "not that confident" in the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). In a Monday morning interview with ABC's 'Good Morning America', Cuomo claimed the CDC and FDA "don't have any credibility" while President Donald Trump is in office and the public should be "very skeptical" of any vaccine pushed out. "I'm not that confident, but my opinion doesn't matter. I don't believe the American people are that confident," the governor said. "I think it's going to be a very skeptical American public about taking the vaccine, and they should be." When a vaccine does become available, Cuomo says states will need independent doctors to test it on their own to ensure it's "safe," which is what he plans to do in New York.
Digital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of bordersDigital 'health passport' trials under way to aid reopening of borders
A new digital "health passport" is to be piloted by a small number of passengers flying from the UK to the US for the first time next week under plans for a global framework for Covid-safe air travel. The CommonPass system, backed by the World Economic Forum (WEF), is designed to create a common international standard for passengers to demonstrate they do not have coronavirus. However, critics of similar schemes point to concerns over the sensitivity and specificity of the tests in various countries amid fears over greater monitoring over people's movements. Paul Meyer, the CEO at the Commons Project, which was given startup funding by the Rockefeller Foundation two years ago and created the digital health pass, said countries that have closed borders and imposed quarantines are looking for ways to "thoughtfully reopen" their borders. "It's hard to do that," he told the Guardian. "It requires being able to assess the health of incoming travellers ... Hopefully, we'll soon start to...
'Left behind': UK hospitality workers bang pots & pans to make Parliament hear their pleas amid coronavirus restrictions'Left behind': UK hospitality workers bang pots & pans to make Parliament hear their pleas amid coronavirus restrictions
Hospitality sector workers and business owners in the UK have staged a protest outside Parliament to demand a review of the government's "arbitrary" Covid-19 restrictions and secure more support for their businesses. The crowd of demonstrators gathered at Parliament Square in London on Monday morning to voice their discontent over the restrictions Boris Johnson's government has imposed on the industry in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. The UK has once again been struggling to contain the outbreak in recent weeks, and was already hit hard by Covid-19 in the spring. Chefs, waiters, waitresses, pub owners and caterers banged kitchen utensils for about half an hour in an attempt to make MPs hear their pleas. The rally participants also held placards and banners that read: "Save hospitality" and "Let us serve cake." Other messages were apparently designed to show that the sector is not the root of the problem when it comes to combating the disease. "If you think...
Even WHO officials now admit lockdowns are extreme policies with disastrous resultsEven WHO officials now admit lockdowns are extreme policies with disastrous results
Last week, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organization admitted that lockdowns have been devastating for much of the world, noting that "Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer." Nabarro went on to list various examples of the economic damage done by lockdowns: Look what's happened to smallholder farmers all over the world. Look what's happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. We may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition. Nabarro also reminded his audience that lockdowns won't make covid-19 disappear, employing the lockdown rationale used in the early days of the covid-19 panic. In other words, lockdowns don't make diseases go away: The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we'd...
Sunlight and Vitamin D: Are they the same thing?Sunlight and Vitamin D: Are they the same thing?
Chances are, you have been told by your dermatologist to "stay out of the sun and take a vitamin D supplement every day." But sunlight and vitamin D are not the same thing. I am a great fan of sunlight exposure, to both the skin and the eyes. We have been brainwashed into believing that the sun is toxic, whereas, in fact, it is life-giving. People who live in places with little sun have statistically higher risk of many chronic conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autism, Alzheimer's disease, and age-related macular degeneration. Sunlight exposure protects from many different types of cancer. The facts behind sunlight and vitamin D The story is not that simple, however. In a paper published in 2016, Richard Weller wrote: "A substantial body of evidence shows that sunlight has health benefits and that these are independent of vitamin D and thus cannot be reproduced by oral supplementation." 
As physicians, mothers and daughters, we have concerns with COVID-19 rulesAs physicians, mothers and daughters, we have concerns with COVID-19 rules
What if everything we are doing to protect the elderly from coronavirus is causing irreparable harm, including more deaths, to our children? What grandparent would choose to have their grandchild live a life of lower quality or opportunity than they had? What parent would accept that their child's health be harmed as a matter of policy? These may seem like ridiculous questions, but the decision to do all these things is being made on a daily basis in our response to COVID-19. If that is true, we need to discuss if this is what we really want to accomplish. We are not people who want to see older people die. We are physicians, we are mothers, and we are daughters. We love our children and we love our parents. We care for COVID-19 patients and see the damage it has done.
Bruce Springsteen & other celebs are being whiny teenagers, threatening to run away if Trump wins - if only they wouldBruce Springsteen & other celebs are being whiny teenagers, threatening to run away if Trump wins - if only they would
Liberal celebrities are once again promising to flee the US if Donald Trump wins reelection. But why wait? Instead of threatening us as if it really matters, Bruce Springsteen and others should just hit the road. One of the more annoying aspects of the 2016 presidential election was the constant yapping from celebrities about leaving the country if the former host of 'Celebrity Apprentice' was elected president over their precious and not-at-all flawed pick, Hillary Clinton. Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Snoop Dogg, Miley Cyrus... one after another doled out their empty promises, thinking they could hold Americans' votes hostage simply by threatening to become expats. Well, it's that time of year again, folks, and we've already got celebrities doubling down on that winning strategy once more. Two of the biggest names to threaten us with the possibility of vacating the US are Bruce Springsteen and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee.
5 asteroids buzz by Earth today, as NASA gears up for historic touchdown on asteroid Bennu5 asteroids buzz by Earth today, as NASA gears up for historic touchdown on asteroid Bennu
With just 73 days left in 2020, NASA has published an alert that not one, but five asteroids are passing by Earth today, as the agency's Osiris-Rex spacecraft prepares to touch down on a space rock 200 million miles away. The first three of the day's five space rocks have mercifully passed the Earth by without incident, according to the Asteroid Watch Widget that tracks asteroids and comets that will make relatively close approaches to our planet. 2020 TJ6, measuring 10m in diameter or roughly half a bowling lane, passed the planet at a blistering speed of 40,824kph, but at a safe distance of 1.2 million km. The asteroid was followed by 2020 UX, the tiniest out of the five, which passed the Earth at 190,000km, and 2020 TD6, with a diameter of 7.4m or half the height of the Hollywood Sign.
Powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Alaska, tsunami warning issuedPowerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Alaska, tsunami warning issued
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Alaska Monday local time, prompting a tsunami warning to go into effect. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake occurred 94 kilometers southeast of Sand Point, Alaska, and was initially recorded as a magnitude 7.4 quake. No injuries or structural damages have been reported so far.
Simple patterns on solar panels boosts light absorption by 125%Simple patterns on solar panels boosts light absorption by 125%
Solar panels offer huge potential to move more people away from electricity generated from burning coal, and a new innovation devised by scientists stands to more than double the amount of light captured by conventional solar cells. Comment: We are not yet in any position to move away from more reliable sources of energy. In a new study, a team of scientists from the UK, Portugal, and Brazil discovered that etching a shallow pattern of grating lines in a checkerboard design on solar cells can enhance the current generated by crystalline silicon (c-Si) by as much as 125 percent. "We found a simple trick for boosting the absorption of slim solar cells," explains photovoltaics researcher Christian Schuster from the University of York.
Nokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moonNokia wins NASA contract to put a 4G network on the moon
Soon, astronauts on moon missions won't have any excuse for not answering their texts. NASA has awarded Nokia of America $14.1 million to deploy a cellular network on the moon. The freaking moon. The grant is part of $370 million worth of contracts signed under NASA's "Tipping Point" selections, meant to advance research and development for space exploration. Nokia's plan is to build a 4G/LTE network, and eventually transition to 5G (just like the rest of us). It will be "the first LTE/4G communications system in space," according to NASA's announcement. "The system could support lunar surface communications at greater distances, increased speeds, and provide more reliability than current standards," the announcement also reads.
More Buzzfeed malarkey: Buzzfeed shames Trump for being 'very strongly against pedophilia'More Buzzfeed malarkey: Buzzfeed shames Trump for being 'very strongly against pedophilia'
Trump said he is "very strongly" agrees with being "against pedophilia," and Buzzfeed News framed it as somehow being a bad thing. Trump's response to a line of questioning from Savannah Guthrie about QAnon, or as she described it "this theory that Democrats are a satanic pedophile ring and that you are the savior of that," during the Thursday night NBC town hall, has been the subject of headlines for days. But in an attempt to paint Trump as a conspiracy theorist, Buzzfeed News condemned him for...being against the sexual abuse of children. "I know nothing about it," Trump told Guthrie. "I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard. But I know nothing about it." Guthrie pressed Trump further, demanding that Trump did in fact know about the online network QAnon, and pushing him to denounce its theories and online followers entirely.
CBD helps reduce lung damage from COVIDCBD helps reduce lung damage from COVID
One way CBD appears to reduce the "cytokine storm" that damages the lungs and kills many patients with COVID-19 is by enabling an increase in levels of a natural peptide called apelin, which is known to reduce inflammation and whose levels are dramatically reduced in the face of this storm. Dental College of Georgia and Medical College of Georgia researchers reported this summer CBD's ability to improve oxygen levels and reduce inflammation as well as physical lung damage in their laboratory model of deadly adult respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS. Now they have shown that apelin levels go way down with the viral infection, which has killed 1 million people worldwide, and that CBD quickly helps normalize those levels along with lung function. "It was dramatic in both directions," says Dr. Babak Baban, DCG immunologist and associate dean for research, of shifting apelin levels in both circulating blood and lung tissue.
Autogenocide: Ireland placed back under full lockdownAutogenocide: Ireland placed back under full lockdown
Ireland will move to the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions under the Government's five-tier living with Covid roadmap. Cabinet ministers today agreed to place the country under Level 5 restrictions from midnight on Wednesday for six weeks in a bid to combat the rise in cases of the virus. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting at Government Buildings in Dublin this evening. The restrictions will last until December 1. Level 5 is the most stringent under the Irish system and asks citizens to 'stay at home, except to exercise within 5 kilometres of your home.' Public gatherings, except for small numbers at funerals and weddings, are banned and only essential shops are allowed to stay open. Ireland has recorded a total of 49,962 cases, with another 1,283 infections added to that tally in the last 24 hours. However, fatalities remain low with just three deaths recorded on Sunday, adding to a total of 1,852. Comment: Three 'Covid deaths'. Suicides and deaths of despair related...
Russian scientists create new biomaterial to restore bones for sufferers of osteoporosisRussian scientists create new biomaterial to restore bones for sufferers of osteoporosis
Researchers from Russia's Samara National Research University have created a biomaterial to restore bones, which could be revolutionary for the treatment of osteoporosis. The process uses a natural mineral called hydroxyapatite. The research, published in the Russia-based medical journal 'Journal of Optical Technology' in March, has recently become known to the general public after a lead researcher spoke to Moscow news agency RIA Novosti. According to Elena Timchenko, a professor at the university, hydroxyapatites are currently used to restore the mineral components of bones, but the newly developed technology would also help restore organic components.
Trump warns US would be in 'massive depression' if he listened to 'experts'Trump warns US would be in 'massive depression' if he listened to 'experts'
Comment: How dare he buck the Deep State plan? President Trump said the US would be in the throes of a "massive depression" if he had "totally" heeded advice from scientists on coronavirus-related lockdown measures. Trump made the economic prediction at his Sunday rally in Carson City, Nevada, adding that the country would endure another Great Depression if Joe Biden is elected president.
Death toll due to floods, landslides rises to 102 in central Vietnam with 26 still missingDeath toll due to floods, landslides rises to 102 in central Vietnam with 26 still missing
The number of deaths caused by flooding and landslides in central Vietnam rose to 102 Monday night, with 26 still missing. The Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control says the three provinces with the highest loss of lives are Quang Tri with 48 people, Thua Thien-Hue with 27 and Quang Nam with 11. As of 4 p.m. Monday, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh and Quang Tri provinces had 166,780 households submerged in floodwaters, and 28,900 households with 90,900 residents had been evacuated. Water levels were rising fast in rivers flowing through Ha Tinh. At 3 p.m., the water level had gone past the highest danger Level 3 by 0.5 m at Ngan Sau River near Chu Le Train Station. Water levels at the Ngan Pho and La rivers had reached danger Level 1.
I've been an ethnic minority politician: Here's why non-white shortlists for MPs will simply make racial divisions worseI've been an ethnic minority politician: Here's why non-white shortlists for MPs will simply make racial divisions worse
A Lib Dem parliamentarian's bill to legalise race-based candidate lists is undemocratic, patronising & will undo the decades of progress Britain has made. I was so irked by an elected public servant's recent declaration, that paraphrasing a great man's quotation was the only response I felt could touch my exasperation. My comments will not attract much attention in the crowded Twitterverse, but I felt that if there was even half a chance that a few might notice, then I should use the opportunity to do so.
Morphogenesis: How Nature codes for shapeMorphogenesis: How Nature codes for shape
Organisms are hierarchies of shapes. Bacteria form rods, spirals, and spheres. Single-celled eukaryotes build diverse organelles inside and take on a characteristic shape outside (compare Stentor, Paramecium, and Amoeba). Think of all the varieties of shapes in multicellular organisms from Volvox to complex eukaryotes — hydra, rotifers, planaria at the microscopic end; crabs, octopuses, and beetles in the lower middle range; beavers, roses, and humans at the upper middle range; whales, sequoias, and brachiosaurs at the large end. Plants generate stems, leaves, and flowers. Animals grow tissues that organize into organs that combine into body plans. How do all these 3-D shapes emerge from a linear code? That is the puzzle of morphogenesis.
'Stupid Americanism': Italian governor delighted that imposing new lockdown will stop Halloween celebrations'Stupid Americanism': Italian governor delighted that imposing new lockdown will stop Halloween celebrations
An Italian governor has promised to impose a regional curfew on 31 October to slow the spread of coronavirus, branding Halloween a "huge stupid Americanism". Vicenzo De Luca, centre-left leader of the Campania region, which includes Naples, said the shutdown would begin at 10pm that night, amid a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases there this month. "Halloween is this huge piece of nonsense, this huge stupid Americanism that has also been imported into our country," Mr De Luca said in a Friday briefing broadcast on Facebook.
Belarus protests: Dozens detained as tens of thousands attend another anti-government march in MinskBelarus protests: Dozens detained as tens of thousands attend another anti-government march in Minsk
Thousands of people took to the streets of Minsk again on Sunday, as mass anti-government protests continued across the country. Sporadic scuffles erupted between demonstrators and police, with dozens reportedly detained. The Belarusian capital has played host to weekly protests against the government of President Alexander Lukashenko, since a disputed presidential election in August. This Sunday, the procession was dubbed 'The Partisan March' by its organizers. Tens of thousands marched through the city's center, where they repeatedly ran into cordons erected by riot police and were forced to change course several times during the rally.
Russian authorities inspect care home over forced sterilization of disabled womenRussian authorities inspect care home over forced sterilization of disabled women
A care home in Russia's Ural region has come under fire after a shocking video surfaced on social media accusing the facility of coercing disabled women into surgical sterilization. Now, local authorities have launched an inquiry. The disturbing images were published by Telegram channel Baza. They showed a resident of the care home in the Sverdlovsk territory saying she was forcibly sterilized on the orders of the facility's administration. "I did not want that! I did not even understand what it was all about," the woman - identified as Lyudmila Guseva - said as she recalled her story. No one explained anything to her, she said, adding that she only discovered the truth from other care home residents. When Guseva sought to opt out of the operation, the medics and the administration of the care home threatened her with a transfer to a mental health institution with a stricter regime, she says.
Phishing for secrets: Russian cyber experts believe defense industry is being attacked by North KoreaPhishing for secrets: Russian cyber experts believe defense industry is being attacked by North Korea
A hacker group from North Korea has been attacking Russian military and industrial organizations by sending fraudulent emails, according to cybersecurity experts, who believe that Pyongyang is beginning to cast its net wider. This may come as a surprise to some, as Russia is one of very few countries with no hostility towards Pyongyang, which has very few allies on the world stage. Speaking to Moscow daily Kommersant, experts explained that hacker group Kimsuky had attempted to collect confidential information from aerospace and defense companies through phishing attacks.
Only poisoned monkey kidney cells 'grew' the SARS-CoV-2 'virus'Only poisoned monkey kidney cells 'grew' the SARS-CoV-2 'virus'
This week, my colleague and friend Sally Fallon Morell brought to my attention an amazing article put out by the CDC. The link to the article is here, and it was published in June 2020. The purpose of the article was for a group of about 20 virologists to describe the state of the science of the isolation, purification and biological characteristics of the new SARS-CoV-2 virus, and to share this information with other scientists for their own research. A thorough and careful reading of this important paper reveals some shocking findings. First, in the section titled "Whole Genome Sequencing," we find that rather than having isolated the virus and sequencing the genome from end to end, they found 37 base pairs from unpurified samples using PCR probes This means they actually looked at 37 out of the approximately 30,000 of the base pairs that are claimed to be the genome of the intact virus. They then took these 37 segments and put them into a computer program, which filled in the...
'Are you kidding me?' Final Trump-Biden 'debate' will NOT feature foreign policy among topics in wake of Hunter Biden scandal'Are you kidding me?' Final Trump-Biden 'debate' will NOT feature foreign policy among topics in wake of Hunter Biden scandal
The final debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden will not include foreign policy as a topic, a decision for which the president's campaign has slammed the commission, especially after the recent Hunter Biden allegations. "Good morning to everyone except Presidential Debate Commission members who changed focus of final debate away from foreign policy," the Trump campaign's senior adviser Jason Miller tweeted on Monday morning. Miller theorized the topics were steered away from foreign policy "so Joe Biden wouldn't have to answer to being compromised by the Chinese Communist Party, supporting endless wars and sending pallets of cash to Iran."
Zeptoseconds: New world record in time measurementZeptoseconds: New world record in time measurement
In the global race to measure ever shorter time spans, physicists from Goethe University Frankfurt have now taken the lead: together with colleagues at the accelerator facility DESY in Hamburg and the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin, they have measured a process that lies within the realm of zeptoseconds for the first time: the propagation of light within a molecule. A zeptosecond is a trillionth of a billionth of a second (10-21 seconds). In 1999, the Egyptian chemist Ahmed Zewail received the Nobel Prize for measuring the speed at which molecules change their shape. He founded femtochemistry using ultrashort laser flashes: the formation and breakup of chemical bonds occurs in the realm of femtoseconds. A femtosecond equals 0.000000000000001 seconds, or 10-15 seconds. Now atomic physicists at Goethe University in Professor Reinhard Dörner's team have for the first time studied a process that is shorter than femtoseconds by magnitudes. They measured how long it takes for a photon...
Taiwanese official in hospital after Chinese diplomats assault him in FijiTaiwanese official in hospital after Chinese diplomats assault him in Fiji
A physical altercation between Chinese and Taiwanese diplomats in Fiji has left a Taiwanese official in hospital with a head injury and again highlighted tensions between Beijing and Taipei in their struggle for influence across the Pacific. In furious statements on Monday the rival foreign ministries accused each other's diplomats of attacking their Fiji-based staff at a reception marking Taiwan's national day on 8 October at hotel in the capital, Suva. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a part of China, and is highly sensitive to any apparent recognition of Taiwanese sovereignty by other governments, such as supporting National Day celebrations. Taiwan's ministry of foreign affairs said two Chinese embassy officials arrived at the Grand Pacific hotel uninvited and began "harassing" and trying to photograph the guests which included Fijian ministers, foreign diplomats, NGO representatives and members of Fiji's ethnic Chinese community. Taiwanese staff confronted the officials and a...
Pre-emptive strike: DNI chief Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails 'NOT part of some Russian disinformation campaign'Pre-emptive strike: DNI chief Ratcliffe says Hunter Biden laptop, emails 'NOT part of some Russian disinformation campaign'
'There is no intelligence that supports that,' Director of National Intelligence Ratcliffe says Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Monday said that Hunter Biden's laptop "is not part of some Russian disinformation campaign," amid claims from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff suggesting otherwise. Ratcliffe, during an exclusive interview on FOX Business' Mornings with Maria, was asked about the allegations from Schiff, D-Calif., who over the weekend said that the Hunter Biden emails suggesting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden had knowledge of, and was allegedly involved in, his son's foreign business dealings. "It's funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence," Ratcliffe said. "Unfortunately, it is Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign."
Wikipedia scribes working overtime to claim Hunter Biden Ukraine-crack-corruption scandal 'DEBUNKED'Wikipedia scribes working overtime to claim Hunter Biden Ukraine-crack-corruption scandal 'DEBUNKED'
Allegations of corruption against ex-Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter have apparently been "debunked" and are merely a "conspiracy theory" according to Wikipedia, where editors are battling over the terms. Hunter Biden was the subject of an explosive report last week as the New York Post published emails alleging that he involved his father in dodgy business dealings in Ukraine and China. While the story is still unfolding, the Wikipedia page for Hunter Biden simply states that "he and his father have been the subjects of debunked right-wing conspiracy theories pushed by [President] Donald Trump and his allies." The curious framing was highlighted by conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong on Twitter on Tuesday. Eight sources are listed for this one sentence, intending to support the view that any accusations of corruption against the Democratic presidential candidate and his son have already been proven false. In recent days, Wikipedia editors have been engaged in...
BEST OF THE WEB: Navalny loses the plot, changes story once again, campaigns for Biden against TrumpBEST OF THE WEB: Navalny loses the plot, changes story once again, campaigns for Biden against Trump
Alexei Navalny has opened his US media campaign on Sunday with interviews on CBS Television and the New Yorker magazine. Wearing a new white shirt, he has also opened a new version of the attempted assassination. In Navalny's fresh plot, he now says he was poisoned when he was putting on clothes in his hotel room in Tomsk, and then touched a water bottle. "We know that I was poisoned in the hotel because I — well, again, it's just a pure speculation because no one knows what happened exactly — but I think that when I was, er, maybe put some clothes with this poison on me, I touched it with the hand [left hand], and then I sipped from the bottle [right hand]. So this nerve agent was not inside of the bottle but on the bottle." The evidence for the poisoning, Navalny insisted to CBS, can be found in the reports of the French and Swedish military laboratories. According to a partial release of the official report by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), "two blood samples were...
The true danger of the new lockdown cyclesThe true danger of the new lockdown cycles
The appearance of SARS CoV-2 has been deemed worthy of extraordinary measures to contain or suppress its spread. With a rise in infections across Europe, politicians are once again scrambling to reintroduce a series of policies that amount to lockdown in all but name. France has introduced a curfew. Italy has made the wearing of masks mandatory outdoors. And London's nine million residents have been banned from meeting people they don't live with indoors. Such extraordinary measures imply that the epidemic of SARS-CoV2 has features that are out of the ordinary when compared to previous pandemics. But is this right? Or are we setting a precedent for the way we deal with infectious diseases? We are, of course, all familiar with acute respiratory infections and their effects. They are a seasonal nuisance; occasionally they can put us into hospital, or even worse, speed our departure. A host of known pathogens circulate across different parts of the year and some - 40 per cent - cannot...
BEST OF THE WEB: Macron addresses killing of 'beheaded' French teacher, an 'Islamist terrorist attack' - UPDATESBEST OF THE WEB: Macron addresses killing of 'beheaded' French teacher, an 'Islamist terrorist attack' - UPDATES
A teacher beheaded on a street near Paris on Friday afternoon has been named as Samuel Paty by French Education MinisterJean-Michel Blanquer. The suspected killer, who was armed with a knife and a plastic pellet gun, was later shot dead by officers in a nearby town, police said. French authorities have launched an anti-terror investigation. President Emmanuel Macron called it an "assassination" and an "Islamist terrorist attack". Here's what we know about the attack so far: Who was the victim? Paty, a 47-year-old history and geography teacher, was decapitated near the school in the commune of Conflans Saint-Honorine, northwest of the French capital, at around 5 pm local time. Police told the AFP news agency that he had hosted a class discussion with secondary school students about cartoons of Islam's Prophet Muhammad.
The slippery slope of Woke: Disney's ridiculous new content warning is the latest step towards entertainment armageddonThe slippery slope of Woke: Disney's ridiculous new content warning is the latest step towards entertainment armageddon
As the insatiable woke beast runs rampant across our culture, the category of things deemed offensive becomes ever more bloated, meaning an increasing number of classics are now in danger. If you are anything like me, you'll have been losing copious amounts of sleep worrying that the content warning for racism that Disney runs before some of its classic animated films, like Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Dumbo, The Jungle Book, and The Aristocats, wasn't long-winded enough. Well, thanks to the geniuses at everybody's favorite frozen ant-Semite's entertainment mega-corporation, we can all rest easy, because it has attached a new disclaimer to these allegedly offensive films.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes bill targeting voter fraudMichigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoes bill targeting voter fraud
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) vetoed legislation that would have made it a felony to attempt to apply for multiple absentee ballots or fill out an application for other individuals without their consent. The Associated Press reports: The Democratic governor said voter fraud — such as trying to vote more than once — already is a crime, and the Republican-sponsored legislation would "muddy the waters" and "likely confuse voters" about what conduct is criminal. In a letter to lawmakers Friday, she said it is impossible to get a second ballot without spoiling the first one and cautioned that people might submit multiple applications because of memory or error. [...] The main bill was passed by the GOP-controlled House and Senate on bipartisan 77-26 and 32-6 votes, with some Democrats opposed.
Thomas E. Woods, Jr: The fact-free COVID dystopia analyzedThomas E. Woods, Jr: The fact-free COVID dystopia analyzed
When it comes to Covid-19, bureaucrats and politicians keep moving the goalposts, changing the rules, and engaging in bait-and-switch tactics, so they can maintain the "new normal" dictatorship. Those who object, we're told, "just want people to die." It's now becoming clear that "you can't have your life back in some states unless you take it back." From the 2020 Supporters Summit, presented at the historic Jekyll Island Club Resort on Jekyll Island, Georgia, on 9 October 2020.
Lava lake rises at dangerous African volcanoLava lake rises at dangerous African volcano
In 2002, the last time Nyiragongo volcano erupted, lava raced down its flanks into the crowded city of Goma, on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. About 250 people died, 20% of the city was destroyed, and hundreds of thousands fled. Since then, the at-risk population living in the shadow of the 3470-meter-tall volcano has more than doubled to 1.5 million. Now, conditions are ripe for another disaster, says Dario Tedesco, a volcanologist at the Luigi Vanvitelli University of Campania, who earlier this year led a campaign into the volcano's roiling crater. He and his colleagues found the lava lake there filling at an alarming rate, raising the risk that the molten rock could burst through the crater walls once again. Their analysis suggests peak hazard will arrive in 4 years, although they believe an earthquake could trigger a crisis earlier. Adding to the concerns, the Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO), the only monitoring station in the region, is...
White House Covid expert Scott Atlas censored by Twitter, publishes rebuttalWhite House Covid expert Scott Atlas censored by Twitter, publishes rebuttal
Twitter has capped off a week of censorship by silencing a top White House scientist. Social media company Twitter finished its week of apparently politically motivated censorship on its platform by banning tweets regarding the efficacy of masks from Scott Atlas, a member of the White House scientific team battling the coronavirus. Atlas, a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institute, not only had his tweets removed, he was banned from tweeting until he deleted the tweets that Twitter for unclear reasons objects to. Here are the tweets in question:
A little less like a penal colony: Victoria's Covid restrictions ease as Daniel Andrews reveals 25km travel bubble, scraps exercise time limitA little less like a penal colony: Victoria's Covid restrictions ease as Daniel Andrews reveals 25km travel bubble, scraps exercise time limit
Melbourne to resume real estate auctions and reopen hairdressers and outdoor sporting facilities as state records two new cases Melbourne's 5km travel radius will expand to 25km from midnight under eased restrictions announced by the state's premier Daniel Andrews. From 11.59pm on Sunday, residents of the city who have been under lockdown for more than 100 days will be able to travel up to 25km for either exercise or shopping. The city's two-hour time limit for exercise and socialising will also be scrapped and groups of up to 10 people from two households will be permitted to gather outdoors.
Heavy rainfall floods the streets of Caracas, VenezuelaHeavy rainfall floods the streets of Caracas, Venezuela
On the afternoon of this Thursday, October 15, the city of Caracas was surprised with a fall of rain. Streets flood with heavy rain and the traffic was affected.
UK shop closures at record high in 2020UK shop closures at record high in 2020
A record number of shops closed during the first half of 2020 due to the coronavirus lockdown, new figures show. A total of 11,000 chain operator outlets shut between January and August this year, according to research from the Local Data Company and accountancy firm PwC. Around 5,000 shops opened, leaving a net decline of 6,001 stores, almost double the drop during the same period last year. Lisa Hooker, consumer markets leader at PwC, said: "We know that the pandemic will continue to impact the way we work, rest and play; however, in terms of how we shop, this isn't new.
2 Sowerby's beaked whales wash up dead on East Lothian beaches within days in Scotland2 Sowerby's beaked whales wash up dead on East Lothian beaches within days in Scotland
Two Sowerby's beaked whales died after washing ashore this week in Musselburgh and Gosford Locals have expressed sadness after two whales washed up dead in East Lothian within just days. As reported by Edinburgh Live, a whale tragically died after it washed up on the shore near Musselburgh on Tuesday. Rescuers tried to save one Sowerby's beaked whale after it was washed up on the beach near the Brunstane Burn but were unsuccessful. The whale had grazes on its underbelly, with its body set to undergo post-mortem by the National Museum of Scotland to establish why it happened.
Bright meteor fireball recorded over Puerto RicoBright meteor fireball recorded over Puerto Rico
A bright meteor fireball was reported over Puerto Rico on the 17th Oct by the Society for Astronomy of the Caribbean (SAC), as relayed by local media on the 18th. The event was described by Eddie Irizarry, vice president of the SAC: "It was a space rock probably several feet in diameter disintegrating through the atmosphere,"