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16 civilians killed in suspected ADF Islamist militia attack in DR Congo

16 civilians killed in suspected ADF Islamist militia attack in DR Congo

Suspected members of a notorious Islamist militia killed 16 people as they were returning from a weekly market in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), local and medical sources said Friday. The dead from the ambush on Thursday evening included six women and a child, all of whom were shot, Jerome Munyambethe, head of the hospital in the town of Oicha, told AFP. "We have 16 bodies in the hospital morgue," town mayor Nicolas Kikuku said.

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Finding Your Red Line: Lessons from Milgram and the Holocaust

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Finding Your Red Line: Lessons from Milgram and the Holocaust

As things continue to get worse culturally and politically, it pays to ask oneself how far one will go. What are the limits to my obedience to authority? At what point do I become what I hate? To avoid becoming a monster, the first step is to draw some red lines: things we simply will not do. But will we actually stick to them, or simply go along with the crowd when the challenge proves too difficult? History is not flattering to our high ideals and self-images. When it comes down to it, the vast majority of people will do whatever they are told to do, given the right conditions. That's why a study of history and the famous Milgram experiment can be so helpful. Today on MindMatters we look at the limits of obedience to authority (with reference to Christopher Browning's book Ordinary Men, and Philip Zimbardo's Lucifer Effect). These facts about human nature may be depressing, but they also offer the way out by providing the motivation to prepare for the future, now. Without a bit...

Why Israel is more concerned about Ben & Jerry's than the Pegasus revelations

Why Israel is more concerned about Ben & Jerry's than the Pegasus revelations

After extraordinary revelations that the Israeli company NSO Group's mercenary cyber-surveillance tool, Pegasus, was allegedly used to target political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists and politicians around the world, Israel should be asking itself a few questions. Does its groundbreaking hi-tech industry have a dark side? Do the actors involved in exporting lucrative surveillance products - including the defence ministry, which must approve such sales, or perhaps the top levels of the previous government - bear responsibility? While top Israeli officials are taking the revelations seriously, Israelis appear neither shamed nor shaken. The day after the NSO story broke, there was an announcement from another company that would eclipse talk of the rogue use of surveillance spyware. Ben & Jerry's announced that it would cease the sale of its products in the "occupied Palestinian territories". By midweek one had to squint to find NSO in the Israeli media, as the ice...

Two killed as tornado hits Hebei province in China

Two killed as tornado hits Hebei province in China

Two villagers were killed after a tornado hit Qingyuan district in Baoding, North China's Hebei province, on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Hebei Daily. Donglyu village in the district was slammed by the tornado at around 5 pm, leaving several factories damaged. The district also experienced wind and hail for about 30 minutes. The local government dispatched rescue teams including firefighters and utility workers to the district immediately after the tornado occurred and repaired some damaged electricity circuits and gas pipelines. Other disaster relief work continues. Many cities in Hebei have suffered rainy weather for about three days, with some southern and western parts hit by rainstorms. The province's meteorological bureau issued a red alert for rainstorm on Thursday morning. Some parts in Handan, Xingtai and Shijiazhuang will continue to see heavy rains. Handan borders Henan province, which has been hit hard by rain disasters in the past two days.

Signs of increasing cooperation? Since Biden's inauguration, Russia and US have held four discussions on cybersecurity

Signs of increasing cooperation? Since Biden's inauguration, Russia and US have held four discussions on cybersecurity

Representatives from Russia and the US have already held four rounds of discussions over cybersecurity, it was revealed on Thursday. The topic was a focus of the meeting between the countries' presidents when they met last month. On the topic of Russian-American dialogue on urgent nuclear issues, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov explained that Moscow has spoken to the new US administration four times about the subject, but he did not reveal any results. The revelation came after Ryabkov was asked a question regarding a recent announcement that the two countries had made contact about the issue. However, according to the senior diplomat, Washington is only interested in discussing attacks on American infrastructure, and won't engage Moscow in discussions about other aspects.

Biden's belief that Putin is conspiring with China to take down democracy betrays his complete ignorance of Russia's own politics

Biden's belief that Putin is conspiring with China to take down democracy betrays his complete ignorance of Russia's own politics

Russia and China are betting that autocracy will beat democracy. That's according to US President Joe Biden. But apart from generating headlines, his explosive claim seems to have little to do with the reality in either country. Not only is lumping the two states together a mistake, so too is the act of contrasting the two ideologies. The language of political philosophy is, sadly, unsuited to the task of describing political realities. We bandy about words such as "liberalism," "socialism," and "fascism," as if we know what they mean. In fact, they are horribly loose categories that even the brightest political philosopher struggles to define, and confuse more often than they help. Biden fits neatly within an American tradition that regards the United States as the natural leader of the "free" world, splitting countries neatly into two - democracies on the one hand, and everybody else on the other. Regardless of the huge variety of differences between the nations in the "other"...

Thousands evacuate floods in far east of Russia

Thousands evacuate floods in far east of Russia

While northern areas of Russia's Far East Region are fighting wildfires, territories further south have seen ongoing floods which have forced almost 4,000 people to evacuate their homes. In a statement of 24 July 2021, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of the Russian Federation Viktor Yatsutsenko said flooding had affected 99 settlements across Zabaykalsky Krai (Territory), Khabarovsk Krai and Amur Oblast (Region). As many as 2,355 residential buildings, more than 5,000 household plots, 76 low-water bridges and 408 road sections have been damaged. Furthermore, preventive purposes, almost 4,000 people were evacuated. Most recently, flooding has affected areas in Zabaykalsky Krai, where Shilkinsky district was the hardest hit. The region's EMERCOM office said 2,500 people were affected by floods in the city of Shilka, Shilkinsky district after a sharp rise in the level of the Kiya River following heavy rain from 21 to 22 July. Hundreds of homes and plots have been...

Rand Paul claims researchers 'afraid to speak out' against Fauci

Rand Paul claims researchers 'afraid to speak out' against Fauci

Scientists who are skeptical of chief White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci's proclamations about the coronavirus pandemic don't want to go public with their concerns for fear it will affect their funding, Sen. Rand Paul claimed Tuesday. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, told "Fox News Primetime" of Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984: "He's been there for 40 years, probably 39 years too long, but he controls all the funding, so people are deathly afraid of him. I get letters from scientists all the time. You can find them. They're very distrustful of what he's saying. "They don't think he's making sense. They don't think he's reading the science accurately, but they're afraid to speak out because many of them are university scientists and they depend on NIH [National Institutes of Health] funds, and to cross him means it's the last money you'll ever get." Comment: Senator Paul makes his position exceedingly clear.

US, EU call on Taliban to end offensive, engage in peace process, a joint communiqué states

US, EU call on Taliban to end offensive, engage in peace process, a joint communiqué states

The United States, the European Union, individual European states and NATO are urging the Taliban to stop its military offensive in Afghanistan and engage in peace talks, the US-Europe Communiqué on Afghanistan and Peace Efforts said on Friday. "We call on the Taliban to end their military offensive, and on both the Islamic Republic and the Taliban to engage meaningfully in the peace process," said the joint communiqué, issued by the United States, European Union, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom and NATO. Moreover, the US, European Union, NATO and several European states said in a joint statement that they welcome the group's commitments and openness to negotiating with Kabul as a mechanism for a representative government in Afghanistan. "We welcome in particular the commitments made by the Taliban yesterday to inclusive governance, respecting human rights, including the rights of women and minorities, to abide by international law, including international...

Joe Biden's desire to ban pistols is a very bad idea, because guess what? Plenty of Dems own guns, too

Joe Biden's desire to ban pistols is a very bad idea, because guess what? Plenty of Dems own guns, too

Biden's suggestion that he would seek to "eliminate" 9mm pistols is likely to upset a lot of people, even among his own party's supporters. Could it end up costing the Democrats both the House and Senate in the upcoming midterms? Speaking on Wednesday on CNN, US President Biden once again seemed to make the serious political mistake of saying the quiet part out loud. When asked how he would address gun violence from a federal point of view, so as to bring about 'change' and make cities safer, Biden gave an answer that showed the Democrats want to do more than just get rid of what they define as an assault weapon. He harped on about the sizes of magazines and fire rates, but also mentioned 9mm pistols as a type he'd like to remove from sale.

Down to 50: Biden approval rating hits lowest point since taking office

Down to 50: Biden approval rating hits lowest point since taking office

As President Joe Biden faces concerns over the economy and the crisis at the southern border, his polling numbers have dipped to the lowest point since he took office. Polling data released by Gallup found that Biden's approval rating has dropped to 50%, down six points from the previous month. Gallup explained: "The new rating is from a July 6-21 Gallup poll, which also finds that 45% of U.S. adults disapprove of Biden's performance and 5% do not have an opinion. It comes at a time when U.S. progress in fighting the coronavirus has stalled, with vaccination rates slowing and case levels now rising. The economic recovery continues, with unemployment declining and stock market values near record highs. But consumers are paying higher prices for gas and other goods. Biden has also struggled to deliver on his promise of greater bipartisanship, although negotiations on an infrastructure bill continue in the Senate." A drop in approval rating at this point in the presidency is not...

Florida Governor DeSantis hints at special session to fight school mask mandates: We're not doing that in Florida!

Florida Governor DeSantis hints at special session to fight school mask mandates: We're not doing that in Florida!

Gov. Ron DeSantis doubled down Thursday on his opposition to mask mandates for public-school students during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying he would call for a special legislative session if the federal government moves toward requiring masks in schools. "There's been talk about potentially people advocating at the federal level, imposing compulsory masks on kids. We're not doing that in Florida, OK? We need our kids to breathe." DeSantis made the remarks while in Fort Pierce for a ceremonial bill signing with House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor. DeSantis said he and Sprowls would back a special session if the federal government requires masks in schools, adding that Florida districts will keep masks optional for students. "As of right now, all the school districts are going in that direction. But there is going to be, it looks like, a campaign from Washington to try to change that. I've talked to Chris Sprowls, if we need to bring (lawmakers) back in to be able to do...

Sean Hannity clarifies stance on coronavirus shots: 'I never told anyone to get a vaccine'

Sean Hannity clarifies stance on coronavirus shots: 'I never told anyone to get a vaccine'

Fox News host Sean Hannity denied Thursday night that he said viewers should get vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and ripped "idiots in the media mob" for reporting otherwise. Mr. Hannity said during his cable show: "I never told anyone to get a vaccine. I've been very clear. I am simply not qualified. I am not a medical doctor." Mr. Hannity, one of the country's most well-known conservative media personalities, made headlines this week after delivering a dialogue imploring his audience to "please take COVID seriously." Mr. Hannity said Monday night: "Please take COVID seriously. I can't say it enough. Enough people have died. We don't need any more deaths. It absolutely makes sense for many Americans to get vaccinated."

At least 17 Brits drown trying to cool off in 30-degree-Celcius heatwave as agencies warn swimmers to stay out of water

At least 17 Brits drown trying to cool off in 30-degree-Celcius heatwave as agencies warn swimmers to stay out of water

As a heatwave scorched the UK in temperatures as high as 32 degrees Celsius (nearly 90F), at least 17 people drowned while trying to cool off in the country this past week, with agencies warning Brits to avoid getting into water. While many Brits flocked to the nearest water source in an attempt to stay cool in the high temperatures, over a dozen did not come out, with at least 17 drownings recorded in reservoirs, canals, lakes, and other bodies of water in just a few days, according to reports. Many of the victims were teenagers, with the body of the latest - a 14-year-old boy who went missing while swimming near Steetley Pier in Hartlepool - found on Thursday, following a coastguard search. According to the Daily Mail newspaper, at least 17 others also drowned during the heatwave, which started late last week and continued to rise this week. The majority of cases were recorded on Sunday, July 18, when temperatures in London reached 30 degrees Celsius. Seven people reportedly...

USWNT files appeal in equal pay lawsuit against U.S. Soccer Federation

USWNT files appeal in equal pay lawsuit against U.S. Soccer Federation

The U.S. women's national soccer team is fighting two battles right now. One is in Tokyo, where they're fighting for a gold medal. The other is back in the United States, where they're continuing to fight for equal pay. The USWNT filed their opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday, asking the court to reverse the district court's May 2020 decision to dismiss most of their equal pay suit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. The brief argues that the summary judgment that was issued in May 2020 was inherently flawed and failed to consider the overwhelming evidence that USWNT are underpaid compared to their male counterparts, despite being the most dominant team in international soccer history. The federal judge who heard the case ruled that the USWNT's claims of equal pay weren't sufficient to warrant a trial because they're being paid under the terms of the contract they'd signed.

Massive rescue efforts underway after floods in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India - Just over a meter (42 inches) of rain in 48 hours - At least 136 dead ( UPDATE)

Massive rescue efforts underway after floods in Mumbai and Maharashtra, India - Just over a meter (42 inches) of rain in 48 hours - At least 136 dead ( UPDATE)

Massive rescue efforts are underway after heavy monsoon rainfall continues to wreak havoc in Mumbai and surrounding areas of the state of Maharashtra in India. Some areas in Maharashtra recorded more than 1,000 mm of rain in 48 hours. In Mumbai, heavy rain caused a building to collapse in the Govandi area early on 23 July 2021. Rescue operations are ongoing but media reports suggest 7 people have died and 3 injured. Just last week at least 20 people died in similar circumstances after several homes were destroyed in the Mumbai suburbs of Chembur and Vikhroli as a result of the heavy rain and landslides on 18 July. Wider areas of Maharashtra state have been severely affected, resulting in massive rescue operations across several districts. Hundreds of people have been rescued so far, with many more still in need of help. India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has deployed teams to the districts of Ratnagiri, Kolhapur, Raigad, Nizamabad, Satara, Sangli, Thane and Palghar....

The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant again affected by floods in Belgium

The provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant again affected by floods in Belgium

Thunderstorms broke out in the provinces of Namur and Walloon Brabant this Saturday evening, which again causes flooding. The regions of Dinant, Daussoulx, Wépion, Jambes, Yvoir, Neufchâteau, Andenne, Walhain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Saint-Nicolas are particularly affected. Heavy rains caused significant damage in Dinant, route de Philippeville and in the station area , says Alderman Robert Closset. "There are 50 cm of water and 5 cars obstructing the level crossing," he continues. Other cars were also washed away. "There are 25 cars that were washed away and the tarmac of the Route de Philippeville comes off and hits the railroad tracks. The Athus-Meuse line must be affected. " I have lived in Dinant for 57 years as riparian of the Meuse, I have never seen that " , adds the former mayor of Dinant and current provincial deputy Richard Fournaux.

Meteor fireball over the south of Spain (July 24)

Meteor fireball over the south of Spain (July 24)

On 24 July 2021, at about 0:00 h local time, a slow-moving fireball was spotted over Spain. This bolide was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 75,000 km/h. The fireball overflew the provinces of Ciudad Real (region of Castilla-La Mancha) and Jaén (Andalusia). It began over the south of Ciudad Real at an altitude of about 85 km, and ended over the province of Jaén at a height of around 34 km. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería), Cerro Negro (Sevilla), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Madrid (Jaime Izquierdo, Complutense University of Madrid). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).

DC police chief 'mad as hell' over shootings: Justice system 'not functioning'

DC police chief 'mad as hell' over shootings: Justice system 'not functioning'

A brazen shooting in a trendy part of Washington, DC, that wounded two men and sent restaurant patrons and bystanders scrambling for safety prompted an epic rant from the city's fed-up top cop on Friday. During a visit to the scene of the crime, Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee declared that, "the justice system that we have right now, it is not functioning the way that it should," adding, "I'm mad as hell about this." "I'm saying to you, enough is enough," Contee fumed during his seven-minute diatribe.

German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in online chat sting op where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed

German cops identify over 1,600 suspects in online chat sting op where child porn & zoophilia materials were distributed

Police in Germany have identified more than 1,600 potential child sex-abuse suspects who participated in online chat groups on which child pornography and zoophilia material was shared. Many of the suspects are reportedly minors. While most of the suspects came from across the country, digital forensic experts had picked out people from the US, Austria, Switzerland and France on suspicion of possessing or sharing images of child sex abuse in the chat groups. According to a press statement from Bavarian police, the suspects were being evaluated as part of "two large-scale trials" being prepared by police and prosecutors. If convicted, all suspects, including the minors, would be looking at a prison term of "not less than a year."

Slow collapse: UK police ABANDONED investigations into over 1,000 crimes daily in 2020 - one in seven probes dumped within 24 hours

Slow collapse: UK police ABANDONED investigations into over 1,000 crimes daily in 2020 - one in seven probes dumped within 24 hours

Police forces across the UK reportedly wrote off over 1,000 crimes a day last year. Investigations into serious crimes like threats to murder, rapes, assaults and arson were apparently closed within 24 hours during the pandemic. Despite lower crime levels in the country during the Covid lockdowns, some forces doubled the number of crime investigations they "screened out". One in seven crimes reported last year were allegedly abandoned within a day of police opening investigations into them. The shocking figures, revealed in freedom of information requests by the Daily Mail, showed that police probes into some 432,634 crimes were ditched within a day - or about 1,185 crimes per day last year. The paper noted that the true figure was likely at least twice that amount since less than half of the UK's police forces shared their data.

Duck and weave: Psaki refuses to provide number of 'breakthrough' cases of COVID in the White House

Duck and weave: Psaki refuses to provide number of 'breakthrough' cases of COVID in the White House

"Why do you need to have that information?" . A reporter asks Psaki, "This administration has long claimed the you're trying to be the most transparent in history. If that's the case, why won't you just release the number of breakthrough cases that you have of vaccinated staffers?" "Well, I think, first we are in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago, as it relates to the virus." "As many medical experts have said, inside and outside of the government, those who are vaccinated are protected from serious illness. Most are asymptomatic if they are individuals who are vaccinated to get the virus."

No surprise: De Blasio now calling on employers to require COVID vaccine: 'It's time for more mandates'

No surprise: De Blasio now calling on employers to require COVID vaccine: 'It's time for more mandates'

Mayor Bill de Blasio called on private employers Friday to impose vaccination requirements as workers begin to head back to the office, as part of his latest bid to head off a surge in COVID cases driven by the more contagious Delta variant of the virus. De Blasio's remarks on WNYC came just two days after he imposed a mandate on employees of the city's public hospital system and the Health Department's community clinics to finally get vaccinated or face weekly coronavirus testing. "We tried purely voluntary for over half a year. We tried every form of incentives," he said during his weekly appearance on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. "But now we've got to go further, we've reached the limits of a purely voluntary system." "It's time for more mandates," he added.

Bombs rain down on Idlib, NATO-backed terror against Syria's citizens continues unabated

Bombs rain down on Idlib, NATO-backed terror against Syria's citizens continues unabated

Children are being killed, homes are being shelled, and fields scorched, often by Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists armed with US-made weapons or by Turkish artillery. Where's the outcry in the West against these war crimes? UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres celebrated the extension of a "humanitarian" border crossing at Bab Al Hawa on July 10 as a "lifeline for millions of people" - many Syrians would rather describe it as a "lifeline" for Al-Qaeda. On July 15, I visited Jurin, a village to the north of the Hama governorate and only 5km from the Syrian-allied military frontlines with the Al-Qaeda-dominated armed groups controlling Idlib in northwest Syria. We arrived at around 9a.m. to the boom of mortar and rocket fire from the Jabal az Zawiya mountain that is under the control of Turkish-backed armed groups. Jurin is in the Al Ghab plains at the foot of two mountain ranges, and is an easy target for the elevated terrorist positions on Jabal az Zawiya.

French parliament approves 'anti-separatism' bill that BANS homeschooling despite widespread opposition

French parliament approves 'anti-separatism' bill that BANS homeschooling despite widespread opposition

The French parliament has after a months-long debate passed a controversial anti-Muslim bill despite strong criticisms from lawmakers who assert that the legislation breaches religious freedom. The French National Assembly -- France's lower house -- approved the so-called Anti-Separatism Bill after seven months of controversy on Friday, with the government saying the legislation was needed to bolster the country's secular system. Passed by 49 votes to 19 and with five abstentions, the bill, which the French government claims is aimed at fighting "Islamist extremism," will go to the Constitutional Council before President Emmanuel Macron signs the legislation into law.

Scandalous: Biden's DOJ dropping investigation into COVID nursing home deaths, Democrat governors now off the hook

Scandalous: Biden's DOJ dropping investigation into COVID nursing home deaths, Democrat governors now off the hook

In a disappointing yet unsurprising development, President Joe Biden's Justice Department has formally declined to investigate the nursing home policies in three states with Democrat governors that resulted in thousands of elderly citizens dying from COVID-19. In a letter sent to House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), the DOJ informed the congressman that it would not open an investigation into New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan's treatment of nursing home patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The DOJ has, however, opened an investigation into New Jersey's nursing home policies relating to two specific nursing homes in the state.

Fox News responds to report that NSA illegally unmasked Tucker Carlson

Fox News responds to report that NSA illegally unmasked Tucker Carlson

The Biden administration allegedly unmasked Fox News host Tucker Carlson's identity, according to a new report published late on Friday, which prompted a strong response from the network. "We told you that the National Security Agency has been monitoring this show and the content of Tucker's emails," Fox News fill-in host Mark Steyn said during Carlson's show. "According to a media outlet called The Record, the NSA has just completed its internal review of the matter. The NSA now admits that it unmasked Tucker's identity after an intelligence intercept." "By law, the identities of American citizens are concealed when they're caught up during foreign intelligence gathering," Steyn added. "They can only be unmasked in extraordinary circumstances."

Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?

Why is disgraced MI6 author of the dodgy Trump-Russia dossier involved in a controversial group seeking harsh Covid restrictions?

Christopher Steele, the ex-MI6 spy, is involved in the 'parent' organisation called Independent SAGE - a collective that regularly criticizes the UK government for not introducing tougher measures to achieve 'Zero Covid.' On July 17, The Daily Telegraph brought to public attention that Independent SAGE, the highly controversial scientist collective advocating for excessively harsh coronavirus restrictions, was the creation of The Citizens, a shadowy campaign organization led by Guardian journalist Carole Cadwalladr. In response, Cadwalladr took to Twitter to rubbish the "scoop," noting that the connection between the two groups had been acknowledged on Independent SAGE's website for 17 months - which is true, although the scientist collective seems very much keen to downplay it, merely referring to The Citizens as "a small support team" helping with public events and media activities.

New Comet C/2021 N3 (PANSTARRS)

New Comet C/2021 N3 (PANSTARRS)

CBET 5003 & MPEC 2021-O39, issued on 2021, July 22, announce the discovery of a new comet (magnitude ~20.5) on CCD images taken on July 13.5 UT with the Pan-STARRS1 1.8-m Ritchey-Chretien reflector at Haleakala (numerous pre-discovery observations going back an additional month were later identified). The new comet has been designated C/2021 N3 (PANSTARRS). Stacking of 16 unfiltered exposures, 180 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2021, July 14.3 from X02 (Telescope Live, Chile) through a 0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 9" arcsecond in diameter elongated toward PA 230 (Observers E. Guido, M. Rocchetto, E. Bryssinck, M. Fulle, G. Milani, C. Nassef, G. Savini, A. Valvasori). Our confirmation image (click on the images for a bigger version; made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott)

Woman dies of dog bite to neck, says Lucas County Coroner in Toledo, Ohio

Woman dies of dog bite to neck, says Lucas County Coroner in Toledo, Ohio

The Lucas County Coroner's Office on Thursday determined a 31-year-old central Toledo woman died of a dog bite to the neck. Emily Kahl, of the 600 block of Hamilton Street, died Sunday, the coroner's office said. Dr. Cynthia Beisser, a deputy coroner, said the woman suffered bite trauma to the neck. Toxicology tests are pending, but the manner of death was ruled an accident. Toledo police did not have a report or other information immediately available, a spokesman said. A member of Ms. Kahl's family declined to immediately comment Thursday afternoon other than to say the family does not know the circumstances surrounding the incident and is waiting for more information. The Lucas County Canine Care & Control seized the dog, a "pit bull" named Romeo, on Monday from a relative who had been caring for him and Ms. Kahl's dog after the incident. Romeo's owner, Thomas Holloway, who lives at the same Hamilton Street residence, visited the shelter Wednesday to surrender him. The dog...

'Fascism rising in Israel': Israeli PM Bennett called out for labeling un-vaccinated a "health threat" & "danger to economy"

'Fascism rising in Israel': Israeli PM Bennett called out for labeling un-vaccinated a "health threat" & "danger to economy"

Israeli political leader Moshe Feiglin tonight responded to statements by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett calling Israelis who did not submit to the experimental COVID-19 shot "health threats" and a danger to the Israel economy, saying the Prime Minister's comments signaled "fascism rising in Israel." In a televised address Thursday night, Bennett called on all unvaccinated Israelis over the age of 12 to get the COVID shot immediately, urging the vaccinated to pressure unvaccinated friends and relatives to submit to receiving the jab.

China says US slandering its efforts to pursue criminals overseas

China says US slandering its efforts to pursue criminals overseas

China said on Friday the United State was slandering its efforts to pursue criminal suspects overseas, after a Chinese prosecutor was charged in an alleged plot to intimidate citizens to return to China. Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urged the United States to correct its mistakes. The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday accused a prosecutor employed by the Chinese government of traveling to the United States to direct a harassment campaign aimed at bullying Chinese residents to return home to face criminal charges.

Ancient Roman road & dock discovered in Venice lagoon, region inhabited earlier than thought, when sea levels were 2 metres lower

Ancient Roman road & dock discovered in Venice lagoon, region inhabited earlier than thought, when sea levels were 2 metres lower

The discovery of the remains of a Roman road and dock submerged in the Venice lagoon could prove there were permanent human settlements in the area centuries before Venice was founded, researchers say. Scuba divers discovered what appeared to be paving stones beneath the lagoon in the 1980s, but only after more recent research were the relics confirmed to have formed part of a road system. "After speaking to those who first found these stones in the 1980s, I understood that it was something significant that could be anthropic," said Fantina Madricardo, a researcher at the Venice-based Institute of Marine Science (Ismar) whose study was published this week in the Scientific Reports journal.

'Whiny liberals ruin another brand': Conservatives seethe as Cleveland Indians baseball team rename themselves Guardians

'Whiny liberals ruin another brand': Conservatives seethe as Cleveland Indians baseball team rename themselves Guardians

Cleveland's baseball team has changed its name from the Indians to the Guardians. Critics have long called the old name racist, but the rebrand is now dividing fans. The team announced the change on Friday, releasing a slick video in which actor Tom Hanks declares "we are all Guardians." The name itself is a reference to a pair of Art Deco statues located on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge between downtown Cleveland and the Ohio City neighborhood, known as the Guardians of Traffic.

'Why do you need to have that information?' White House REFUSES to reveal number of 'breakthrough cases' in Covid-infected staff

'Why do you need to have that information?' White House REFUSES to reveal number of 'breakthrough cases' in Covid-infected staff

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has pushed back against calls to reveal the number of administration staff members who have been infected with Covid-19 despite being vaccinated. During a press conference on Friday, Psaki was questioned about the lack of details on the revelation this week that there have been "breakthrough cases" among White House staff members - namely, the exact number of cases. "I think, first, we're in a very different place than we were six to seven months ago, as it relates to the virus," Psaki said, adding that, despite more and more cases of vaccinated individuals getting infected, vaccination provides more protection from "serious illness" and typical symptoms associated with Covid-19.

At least 14 fatalities after flash floods in 5 governorates of Yemen

At least 14 fatalities after flash floods in 5 governorates of Yemen

Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding in several parts of Yemen over the last few days. Figures from the Yemen Meteorological Service show heavy rainfall affected the country from 16 July, 2021. The Governorates of al-Mahrah, Hadramawt, Shabwa, Abyan and Al Jawf were all affected by floods. Local media, quoting officials, said at least 14 people had lost their lives as a result. As well as causing loss of life, flooding has destroyed crops, roads and communications infrastructure.

House Dems shoot down bill requiring declassification of COVID origins

House Dems shoot down bill requiring declassification of COVID origins

House democrats blocked legislation that would require the U.S. Director of National Intelligence to declassify information related to the origins of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Origin Act passed in the Senate in May. Rep. Michael Burgess brought the bill to the House floor on Tuesday, when democrats shot it down, per the Epoch Times. The vote was 216 to 207.

Pentagon distances itself from company investigating military 'extremism' by analyzing web searches

Pentagon distances itself from company investigating military 'extremism' by analyzing web searches

Founder has ties to Obama Foundation and other controversial groups. The Pentagon on Wednesday denied it "secured the services" of Moonshot CVE, an extremism analysis company that considers the web search "the truth about Black Lives Matter" and others to be signs of interest in or engagement with White supremacism. Defense One reported last month that Moonshot CVE, which has ties to the Obama Foundation, was working on data that would identify which military bases and branches had the most troops searching for domestic extremist content. While that particular project's contours were unclear, the company had released a June report, in conjunction with the left-leaning Anti-Defamation League, on purported "White supremacy trends in the United States."

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits south of the Philippine capital

Magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits south of the Philippine capital

An earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Saturday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. The agency said aftershocks were expected from the tectonic earthquake, which had a depth of 116 kilometres (72.08 miles). Some residents in the capital region were awakened by the quake that lasted nearly a minute. "The quake was deep so there is no tsunami," Renato Solidum, director of the Seismology agency, told DZRH radio station. "In Manila, the intensity 4.0 or 5.0 is strong but not yet destructive."

Pill version of Covid-19 vaccine to start clinical trial in Israel

Pill version of Covid-19 vaccine to start clinical trial in Israel

A capsule version of the Covid-19 vaccine could be a "game changer" in countries with a low immunization rate, its developer has said. Jerusalem-based Oramed Pharmaceuticals has received approval from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center to start a clinical trial on 24 unvaccinated volunteers for a single-dose capsule version of a vaccine that is being developed by Indian firm Premas Biotech.

Birth defects, paralysis, stroke & blindness - UK Gov. release 24th report on adverse reactions to the Covid-19 Vaccines

Birth defects, paralysis, stroke & blindness - UK Gov. release 24th report on adverse reactions to the Covid-19 Vaccines

The UK Government / MHRA have released the 24th update on adverse reactions to the Covid-19 vaccines which have been reported to the Yellow Card scheme, and this week we delved deeper into the report than ever before and discovered an extremely concerning set of reactions which have been overlooked - birth defects. The Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) gave emergency approval to the Pfizer / BioNTech mRNA jab on the 8th December 2021. Since this date, the MHRA Yellow Card scheme has been open to the public, doctors, and nurses; allowing them to report any adverse reactions that may have occurred due to any of the Covid-19 vaccines. The first report released by the UK Government / MHRA in early February covered adverse reactions which had been reported up to the 24th January 2021. This report included reactions such as blindness, stroke, miscarriage, sudden death, and many other fatalities.

UK govt won't search Hancock's private emails despite admitting ex-health secretary used personal account for official work

UK govt won't search Hancock's private emails despite admitting ex-health secretary used personal account for official work

The British government has ruled out a review of former health secretary Matt Hancock's private emails, amid reports that his use of a personal account hid records of much of his decision-making during the Covid crisis. Downing Street has decided that an inspection of Hancock's private email account was "neither necessary nor proportionate." However, the government has acknowledged that Hancock - who resigned last month after being caught on camera smooching with an aide, leading to allegations that he violated his marriage vows, as well as his own social distancing guidelines - had used his personal email to carry out official business. The move comes after the Good Law Project, a public advocacy group, argued that Hancock's emails should be reviewed, following an April court decision which ordered Downing Street to disclose documents and correspondence relating to several ministers' knowledge of a scheme that granted PPE contracts to suppliers with political links to the Tory...

Banned by the Twitter Totalitarians

Banned by the Twitter Totalitarians

I have just been handed my second stint in the Social Media Outer Darkness by the Twitter Totalitarians. The first was because I told the truth about the experimental gene therapies masquerading as vaccines, particularly the fact that they have not completed the clinical trials (which they haven't), and that they are causing a huge amount of adverse reactions and deaths (which they are). On that occasion I was slapped on the wrist for 12 hours, but this time — presumably to teach me a lesson good and proper — the sentence has been increased to a whole week. Will it be the death sentence next? And the crime m'lud? This was the Tweet that did it: "The "Covid emergency" is a manufactured crisis, held up by 2 monumental lies: Asymptomatic Transmission + Fraudulent PCR Tests. The "Pingdemic" is thus part of the same manufactured crisis. Remember that when you struggle to put food on the table." Bearing in mind that they allow all sorts of scandalous, libelous, hateful content on their...

Covid vaccination centres vandalised in France

Covid vaccination centres vandalised in France

Two vaccination centres have been ransacked in France, as people protested against the introduction of tougher coronavirus rules. One site in south-east France was vandalised and flooded using fire hoses on Friday night, authorities said. A day later, another clinic in the south-west was partially destroyed by an arson attack, local media reported. The incidents came on a weekend of demonstrations. More than 100,000 came out to protest on Saturday. Critics have accused President Emmanuel Macron's government of violating freedoms by introducing new rules. The most controversial of the rules include mandatory vaccinations for health workers and health passes to access most public places. Anti-vaccine graffiti was found near a vandalised vaccination centre in Lans-en-Vercors near the south-eastern city of Grenoble. Saturday's arson attack targeted a clinic in the village of Urrugne near Biarritz in the south-west.

New Normal Newspeak: 'Vaccine'

New Normal Newspeak: 'Vaccine'

If the Covid19 shots "reduce symptoms", but don't prevent infection or transmission...are they truly "vaccines"? "New Normal Newspeak" is a series of short articles highlighting how our language has come under assault in the past eighteen months. * "Vaccine" is a word a with a simple meaning. I'll quote it to you, from the Oxford dictionary: A substance used to stimulate the production of antibodies and provide immunity against one or several diseases, prepared from the causative agent of a disease, its products, or a synthetic substitute, treated to act as an antigen without inducing the disease. And here, from the CDC's website: Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Encyclopedia Brittanica says more or less the same. As does dictionary.com. Cambridge University. Merriam Webster. You get the point.

Iran says Police Officer killed in sixth night of protests over water shortages

Iran says Police Officer killed in sixth night of protests over water shortages

An Iranian police officer was killed in the southwestern province of Khuzestan during the sixth consecutive night of protests over severe water shortages, raising the official death toll in the unrest to three. State-run broadcaster IRIB quoted a local official in the port city of Bandar Mahshahr, Fereydoun Bandari, as saying on July 21 that the officer was killed by gunfire in the city overnight, while another policeman sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. State media blamed "rioters" for the killing.

New Comet P/2021 N2 (Fuls)

New Comet P/2021 N2 (Fuls)

CBET 5000 & MPEC 2021-N137, issued on 2021, July 15, announce the discovery of a new comet (magnitude ~18.3) on CCD images taken on July 09.4 UT with the Catalina Sky Survey's 0.68-m Schmidt reflector (pre-discovery Catalina observations from June 27 were identified later). The new comet has been designated P/2021 N2 (Fuls). Stacking of 28 unfiltered exposures, 60 seconds each, obtained remotely on 2021, July 10.1 from Z08 (Telescope Live, Oria) through a 0.7 m f/8 Ritchey Chretien + CCD, shows that this object is a comet with a compact coma about 8" arcsec in diameter and a tail 10" long in PA 250 (Observers E. Guido, M. Rocchetto, E. Bryssinck, M. Fulle, G. Milani, C. Nassef, G. Savini, A. Valvasori). Our confirmation image (click on the images for a bigger version; made with TYCHO software by D. Parrott)

Crannogs: Scotland's mysterious ancient artificial islands

Crannogs: Scotland's mysterious ancient artificial islands

It was simple curiosity that prompted retired Royal Navy diver Chris Murray a decade ago to plunge into the icy waters around a mysterious islet in a small loch on his home island of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides. But when the extraordinarily well-preserved pottery he found in the islet's silty surround was radiocarbon dated to 3600 BC, it pushed our awareness of civilisation on the British Isles back to a time before both Stonehenge and the first pyramids in Egypt. The piece of land poking out of the Hebridean loch is an example of a remarkable form of a man-made island known as a crannog, which were created in multitudes via an inspiring blend of ingenuity and effort. Nearly 600 of these artificial islands have so far been recorded across mainland Scotland and its islands, built big enough to support large communal roundhouses or clusters of smaller dwellings, and linked by slender causeways or piers to the shorelines of myriad lochs in often stunning locations of wild beauty.

Hungarian prosecutors launch investigation into Pegasus scandal as Orban govt implicated in NSO surveillance allegations

Hungarian prosecutors launch investigation into Pegasus scandal as Orban govt implicated in NSO surveillance allegations

The Hungarian prosecutor general's office has said it is opening an inquiry into possible criminal offences after a bombshell report claimed Viktor Orban's government spied on the country's media using Israeli surveillance tech. On Thursday, the office of the Hungarian prosecutor said in a statement that an investigation had been ordered into allegations concerning the use of Pegasus snooping software from Israeli firm NSO. The statement states that the aim of the investigation is to find out whether a criminal offense has taken place.

West working to create 'belt of instability' around Russia by turning 'brother against brother' says Lavrov

West working to create 'belt of instability' around Russia by turning 'brother against brother' says Lavrov

A wedge is being driven between Russia and its neighbors, with the West demanding that countries across Eastern Europe and Asia turn on Moscow in order to gain acceptance, Moscow's foreign minister Sergey Lavrov has claimed. Speaking at a webinar on international relations on Friday, the veteran diplomat accused the US and its allies in Europe of "trying to form a belt of instability around us - forcing our closest neighbors, our brotherly peoples, to make a choice - either you are with the West, or you are with the Russian Federation." They want "to surround us with a cordon sanitaire, and even to profit from the fact they are having a decisive influence on the benefit of our neighbors." He went on to point to the unrest that broke out in Belarus after last summer's disputed presidential elections, arguing this was supported from afar. In addition, the diplomat accused the West of trying to pull Moldova into its sphere of influence. "Now our Western colleagues are trying to expand...