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Southwest employees score victory: Company scraps plan to punish unvaccinated employees

Southwest employees score victory: Company scraps plan to punish unvaccinated employees

According to CNBC, Southwest Airlines has scrapped their plan to punish employees who refuse to take the COVID-19 vaccination. On Friday, Southwest's senior vice president of operations and hospitality, Steve Goldberg and vice president and chief people officer, Julie Weber, notified the company that unvaccinated employees would still be able to work past the originally planned December 8th deadline. The decision by Southwest comes after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association fought the company's vaccine mandate in court. "The new vaccine mandate unlawfully imposes new conditions of employment and the new policy threatens termination of any pilot not fully vaccinated by December 8, 2021," the legal filing said. "Southwest Airlines' additional new and unilateral modification of the parties' collective bargaining agreement is in clear violation of the RLA."

The way forward: Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat processing plants

The way forward: Unhappy with prices, ranchers look to build own meat processing plants

Like other ranchers across the country, Rusty Kemp for years grumbled about rock-bottom prices paid for the cattle he raised in central Nebraska, even as the cost of beef at grocery stores kept climbing. He and his neighbors blamed it on consolidation in the beef industry stretching back to the 1970s that resulted in four companies slaughtering over 80% of the nation's cattle, giving the processors more power to set prices while ranchers struggled to make a living. Federal data show that for every dollar spent on food, the share that went to ranchers and farmers dropped from 35 cents in the 1970s to 14 cents recently. It led Kemp to launch an audacious plan: Raise more than $300 million from ranchers to build a plant themselves, putting their future in their own hands.

Germany & France REJECTED Moscow's proposal to add US to Normandy Format discussions on Ukraine

Germany & France REJECTED Moscow's proposal to add US to Normandy Format discussions on Ukraine

Moscow proposed inviting the US to join the Normandy Format discussions on the war in east Ukraine, but Germany and France categorically refused to allow Washington in, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov revealed on Tuesday. Speaking at the 18th annual meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi, Lavrov noted that the US is the country wielding the strongest influence over Kiev, and its inclusion in the discussions could be beneficial for peace in the east of Ukraine. The format talks began in June 2014, when France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine met in Normandy, on the sidelines of a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied landings. This group eventually came together to sign the Minsk Protocol a few months later, the agreement that led to a ceasefire in Donbass, in the east of Ukraine.

Navy report blames crew for devastating fire on USS Bonhomme Richard

Navy report blames crew for devastating fire on USS Bonhomme Richard

A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable. While one sailor has been charged with setting the fire, the more than 400-page report, obtained by The Associated Press, lists three dozen officers and sailors whose failings either directly led to the ship's loss or contributed to it. The findings detailed widespread lapses in training, coordination, communication, fire preparedness, equipment maintenance and overall command and control. "Although the fire was started by an act of arson, the ship was lost due to an inability to extinguish the fire," the report said, concluding that "repeated failures" by an "inadequately prepared crew" delivered "an ineffective fire response."

UK study finds pandemic-hit NHS wastes over £560mn yearly on 'unnecessary' & addictive pills with severe withdrawal symptoms

UK study finds pandemic-hit NHS wastes over £560mn yearly on 'unnecessary' & addictive pills with severe withdrawal symptoms

Despite the Covid pandemic, the NHS is reportedly wasting as much as £568 million yearly on habit-forming drugs like painkillers and sleeping pills that the majority of patients do not need, leading to dangerous addictions. Doctors in England are unnecessarily pushing dependency-causing opioids, antidepressants and other pills, according to a new study by the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP). Researchers found that three in four prescriptions were totally unnecessary in some cases. The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Addictive Behaviours, revealed that, for many patients, their symptoms were not severe enough to warrant such medication. In other cases, safer options of treatment, such as counselling or less toxic drugs, were not fully explored while there were also instances of patients who were put on the pills for longer than required.

Strange: Google search for 'problems with Biden administration' returns zero results

Strange: Google search for 'problems with Biden administration' returns zero results

A recent update to Google's objective, fair, and non-evil search algorithm has a few users concerned, particularly in regards to searches related to our benevolent President Joe Biden. Clair Claireborne, a stay-at-home planetary physicist with an armchair interest in politics, heard that another member of her local cookbook club was disappointed in the Biden Administration. Having heard nothing negative herself regarding the President's tenure so far, she decided to search Google for the phrase, "problems with Biden Administration." For the first time in her memory, Claireborne's Google search was met with a screen bereft of any results, only white pixels staring back at her. "Frankly, I was shocked," said Claireborne. She explained how she had always relied on Google to guide her toward answers to important questions like how to construct an atlatl, the lifecycle of a pinworm, or whether Nancy Pelosi's net worth is really over $100 Million. (It is.) After receiving feedback from...

Floods, landslides kill 48 in Nepal with 33 missing

Floods, landslides kill 48 in Nepal with 33 missing

At least 48 people have been killed and 31 others gone missing in floods and landslides caused by unseasonal rainfalls over the last three days in Nepal. The unexpected rainfalls, after the monsoon season receded two weeks ago, flooded rivers and streams and sparked landslides across the country. "In addition to 48 deaths and 31 missing, 23 people have been reported injured by Wednesday afternoon," Phanindra Mani Pokharel, spokesperson for the Ministry of Home Affairs, told Xinhua. "The casualties might increase." Besides, 20 houses have been fully destroyed in rain-induced disasters along with paddy ready for harvest on hundreds of acres of land, and 20 of the 77 districts in the country have been highly affected by the disasters, said Pokharel.

Flood death toll rises to 46 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

Flood death toll rises to 46 in the Indian state of Uttarakhand - Almost 19 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

At least 17 people have been killed in floods caused by heavy rainfall in Uttarakhand, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. On Monday, five people, including three labourers from Nepal, were killed after a landslide in Champawat district. On Tuesday, the state emergency operation centre was quoted by The Times of India as saying seven people had been killed in separate rain-related incidents in Nainital district the previous night. A bridge being built over the Chalthi river in Champawat was washed away after water levels rose. Nearly 100 people were stranded at the Lemon Tree Resort in Ramnagar after water from the overflowing Kosi river entered the hotel. Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar announced on Tuesday that the stranded people were safe and efforts were on to rescue them.

Norway 'bow-and-arrow mass shooting by Islamic terrorist' turns out NOT to have been committed with a bow and arrows

Norway 'bow-and-arrow mass shooting by Islamic terrorist' turns out NOT to have been committed with a bow and arrows

Comment: Norwegian police reporting on this has been dodgy from the get-go. Why were the initial reports so full of details that were so wrong? Five people who died in an attack in Norway last week were actually killed by a "sharp object" and not a bow and arrow as was initially reported. The suspect, Espen Andersen Brathen, shot at people with arrows in Kongsberg, close to the capital, Oslo. But investigating officers said at some point he either discarded or lost his bow. It was the worst attack in Norway since far-right extremist Anders Breivik massacred 77 people a decade ago. Five people were killed with a sharp object both in their own homes and in public spaces, police said on Monday, without giving further details.

Meteor fireball seen over Texas and other states

Meteor fireball seen over Texas and other states

We received 48 reports about a fireball seen over AL, AR, KS, MO, MS, OK, TN and TX on Wednesday, October 20th 2021 around 01:09 UT. For this event, we received one video.

DOJ says Guantánamo detainee can testify about his CIA torture

DOJ says Guantánamo detainee can testify about his CIA torture

The Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a letter to the Supreme Court last week that a Guantanamo Bay detainee will be allowed to testify about the alleged torture he experienced. Acting Solicitor General Brian Fletcher wrote in a letter to the Supreme Court on Friday that Abu Zubaydah would be permitted to tell authorities in Poland about his alleged torture. In his letter, Fletcher wrote that the Defense Department "has informed this Office that under the circumstances presented here it would allow Abu Zubaydah, upon his request, to use such a process to send a declaration that could be transmitted to Polish prosecutors."

Pensioner mauled to death by 2 dogs in Italy

Pensioner mauled to death by 2 dogs in Italy

An elderly woman was mauled to death in a savage dog attack after her carer allegedly left her to wander off. The carer in Italy is facing jail after she failed to notice that an 89-year-old woman she was supposed to be looking after had wandered out of her bed into a neighbour's garden. Tragically, the woman was killed by two American Staffordshire Terriers in a vicious dog attack. The carer only realised what had happened when police called about the attack on Carmen Gorzanelli, 89, in the town of Sassuolo in the province of Modena in Italy on October 12. The news site Rai reported that the incident occurred after Carmen left her house alone and wandered around her neighbourhood before going into a garden just a few metres from her own house. It is believed that the elderly victim mixed up the two entrances.

Woman killed in pit bull attack in Grant County, Indiana

Woman killed in pit bull attack in Grant County, Indiana

Officials say a Grant County woman has died after she was severely injured by a dog bite. The coroner reports that Kathleen Bertram, 69, was in the living room of a home in the 300 block of High Street in Matthews, holding her 3-year-old granddaughter. Someone in another room heard screams. According to Coroner Stephen Dorsey: "At that moment the pit-bull then attacked Kathleen, biting down on her neck."

Psychosis cases soar 75% this year in England as lockdown hits mental health

Psychosis cases soar 75% this year in England as lockdown hits mental health

Cases of psychosis have soared over the past two years in England as an increasing number of people experience hallucinations and delusional thinking amid the stresses of the Covid-19 pandemic. There was a 75% increase in the number of people referred to mental health services for their first suspected episode of psychosis between April 2019 and April 2021, NHS data shows. The rise continued throughout the summer, with 12,655 referred in July 2021, up 53% from 8,252 in July 2019. Much of the increase has been seen over the last year, after the first national lockdown, according to data analysed by the charity Rethink Mental Illness. More than 13,000 referrals were made in May 2021, a 70% rise on the May before when there were 7,813 referrals.

Mt. Aso erupts in Japan, sending volcanic smoke to 3,500 meters in sky

Mt. Aso erupts in Japan, sending volcanic smoke to 3,500 meters in sky

Mount Aso in Kumamoto Prefecture erupted shortly before noon on Oct. 20, sending a massive plume of dark volcanic smoke up to 3,500 meters high. The first crater of Mount Nakadake erupted around 11:43 a.m., according to the Fukuoka District Meteorological Observatory. The central government set up a liaison office at the crisis management center of the prime minister's office in Tokyo at 11:44 a.m. on Oct. 20. In the afternoon on the same day, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno spoke to reporters at the prime minister's office.

Birth defects and the toxic legacy of war in Iraq

Birth defects and the toxic legacy of war in Iraq

In Iraq, birth defects are a visible embodiment of the enduring toxic legacy of war for future generations and the environment. The Falluja Hospital's birth defects Facebook page, where medical staff catalogue cases, reveals the striking diversity and quantity of congenital anomalies.[1] Babies in Falluja are born with hydrocephaly, cleft palates, tumors, elongated heads, overgrown limbs, short limbs and malformed ears, noses and spines. The accompanying case reports are brief and often incorporate prognoses like "incompatible with life" or "stillborn." The reproductive history of the mother is sometimes included as well. While most of these children do not survive, some live for weeks, months or years, often in pain and with grave disabilities. Samira Alaani, a pediatrician at the Falluja General Hospital, is among several doctors who started noticing a wide range of uncommon birth defects among the infants delivered after the start of the US occupation in 2003. Not only were...

Over a thousand cosmic explosions in 47 days detected by FAST

Over a thousand cosmic explosions in 47 days detected by FAST

An international research team led by Prof. LI Di and Dr. WANG Pei from National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences (NAOC) caught an extreme episode of cosmic explosions from Fast Radio Burst (FRB) 121102, using the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST). A total of 1,652 independent bursts were detected within 47 days starting Aug. 29, 2019 (UT). It is the largest set of FRB events so far, more than the number reported in all other publications combined. Such a burst set allows for the determination, for the first time, of the characteristic energy and energy distribution of any FRB, thus shedding light on the central engine powering FRBs. These results were published in Nature on Oct. 13, 2021 (US Eastern Time). FRBs were first detected in 2007. These cosmic explosions can be as short as one-thousandth of a second while producing one year's worth of the Sun's total energy output. The origin of FRBs is still unknown. Although even...

Daily Sceptic: Vaccine safety update

Daily Sceptic: Vaccine safety update

This is the 14th of the round-ups of Covid vaccine safety reports and news compiled by a group of medical doctors who are monitoring developments but prefer to remain anonymous in the current climate (find the 13th one here). By no means is this part of an effort to generate alarm about the vaccines or dissuade anyone from getting inoculated. It should be read in conjunction with the Daily Sceptic's other posts on vaccines, which include both encouraging and not so encouraging developments. At the Daily Sceptic we report all the news about the vaccines whether positive or negative and give no one advice about whether they should or should not take them. Unlike with lockdowns, we are neither pro-vaccine nor anti-vaccine; we see our job as reporting the facts, not advocating for or against a particular policy. The vaccine technology is novel and the vaccines have not yet fully completed their trials, which is why they're in use under temporary and not full market authorisation. This...

FDA, CDC ignore damning report that over 90% of a hospital's admissions were vaxxed for Covid-19, no one was reporting this to VAERS

FDA, CDC ignore damning report that over 90% of a hospital's admissions were vaxxed for Covid-19, no one was reporting this to VAERS

A concerned Physician Assistant, Deborah Conrad, convinced her hospital to carefully track the Covid-19 vaccination status of every patient admitted to her hospital. The result is shocking. As Ms. Conrad has detailed, her hospital serves a community in which less than 50% of the individuals were vaccinated for Covid-19 but yet, during the same time period, approximately 90% of the individuals admitted to her hospital were documented to have received this vaccine. These patients were admitted for a variety of reasons, including but not limited to COVID-19 infections. Even more troubling is that there were many individuals who were young, many who presented with unusual or unexpected health events, and many who were admitted months after vaccination. One would think that after an association was identified by a healthcare professional, our health authorities would at least review this finding, right? Sadly, when Ms. Conrad reached out to health authorities herself, she was ignored....

Biden's climate ambitions are too costly for voters

Biden's climate ambitions are too costly for voters

Politicians across the world routinely promise unprecedented reductions of carbon emissions but make little mention of the cost, often covering with vivid projections of green jobs. Yet the economic damage these policies would do is much greater than what most voters would tolerate, while the climate benefits are smaller than many would imagine. The annual cost of the promises to which President Obama signed on under the Paris climate agreement would have hit roughly $50 billion in 2030, or about $140 per person. Many studies show Americans are willing to pay a couple of hundred dollars a year to remedy climate change, but this data is highly skewed by a small minority willing to spend thousands of dollars. A recent Washington Post survey found that a majority of Americans would vote against a $24 annual climate tax on their electricity bills. Even if they'd hand over $140, it'd buy them little. If Mr. Obama's agreement were sustained through 2100, it would reduce global...

Joe Rogan says Google is 'hiding information' about vaccine-related deaths

Joe Rogan says Google is 'hiding information' about vaccine-related deaths

Mega-popular podcaster Joe Rogan said that Google is "hiding information" about vaccine-related deaths — and that he's ceased using Google as a search engine. What are the details? In an interview last week with former New York Times writer Alex Berenson — who's taken heat for raising red flags about COVID-19 vaccines and America's response to the pandemic — Rogan revisited the false narrative from the likes of CNN that he was taking "horse dewormer" to cure his COVID infection when a doctor legitimately prescribed him ivermectin, the Daily Wire said. "What is the source of all this? What's the epicenter of bulls**t?" Rogan asked, according to the outlet, adding, "Specifically in my case, where they're saying, 'horse dewormer.' Like why? Who's doing that?"

Meteor fireball over Spain on October 19

Meteor fireball over Spain on October 19

This fireball was spotted over Spain on 19 October 2021, at 7:11 local time (equivalent to 5:11 universal time). The bolide was generated by a rock (a meteoroid) from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 90,000 km/h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 93 km over the center of the province of Cuenca (region of Castilla-La Mancha), and ended at a height of around 51 km over the northwest of the province of Valencia (Valencian Community). This 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 La Hita (Toledo), Sierra Nevada, La Sagra (Granada), Calar Alto (Almería), and Sevilla. 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).

Tehran will host Russia for military cooperation talks in 3 months time, says Iranian military chief visiting Moscow

Tehran will host Russia for military cooperation talks in 3 months time, says Iranian military chief visiting Moscow

Iran and Russia will convene a "joint military commission" in Tehran within the next three months in order to discuss defense and security cooperation, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported, citing the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Iran, Mohammad Bagheri. Bagheri, who is in Moscow for meetings with his Russian counterpart, Valery Gerasimov, said the commission will also be tasked with outlining areas of cooperation in the field of military training, without giving more details, according to IRNA.

The Hopewell Airburst Event

The Hopewell Airburst Event

American cosmic airburst in late Roman times revealed by Tankersly and Saniel-Banrey of University of Cincinnati. Meteorites, silicious vesicular melt glass, Fe and Si-rich magnetic spherules, positive Ir and Pt anomalies, and burned charcoal-rich Hopewell habitation surfaces demonstrate that a cosmic airburst event occurred over the Ohio River valley during the late Holocene. A comet-shaped earthwork was constructed near the airburst epicenter. Twenty-nine radiocarbon ages demonstrate that the event occurred between 252 and 383 CE, a time when 69 near-Earth comets were documented. While Hopewell people survived the catastrophic event, it likely contributed to their cultural decline. The Hopewell comet airburst expands our understanding of the frequency and impact of cataclysmic cosmic events on complex human societies. Abstract — The Hopewell airburst event, 1699-1567 years ago(252-383 CE) — october 13, 2021

David Amess murderer: what we know so far about Somali suspect

David Amess murderer: what we know so far about Somali suspect

The murder of Southend West MP Sir David Amess in a stabbing attack on Friday has left residents of the Essex town and politicians in shock. Tributes have been paid to him by members of all major parties. Details are emerging of the identity and past of the man who murdered a Conservative backbench MP in his Essex constituency. The suspect in the killing of Sir David Amess was named on Saturday as Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old Somali man who lived in London.

China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait following joint naval drills in region

China, Russia navy ships jointly sail through Japan strait following joint naval drills in region

A group of 10 naval vessels from China and Russia sailed through a strait separating Japan's main island and its northern island of Hokkaido on Monday, the Japanese government said, adding that it is closely watching such activities. It was the first time Japan has confirmed the passage of Chinese and Russian naval vessels sailing together through the Tsugaru Strait, which separates the Sea of Japan from the Pacific. While the strait is regarded as international waters, Japan's ties with China have long been plagued by conflicting claims over a group of tiny East China Sea islets. Tokyo has a territorial dispute with Moscow, as well.

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost jobs in 2020

More than a third of UK music industry workers lost their jobs last year - 69,000 in total - as venues closed, festivals were scrapped, tours ground to a halt and the pandemic wiped billions off the value of the sector. UK Music, the umbrella organisation representing the commercial music industry from artists and record labels to the live music sector, said the value of the industry almost halved last year due to the financially crippling impact of the Covid crisis. The music industry's contribution to the wider UK economy, ranging from music sales and licensing to stadium tours, gigs in grassroots venues and merchandise, plummeted from a record £5.8bn in 2019 to £3.1bn last year.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - People Power! Pushback Against Vaccine Mandates

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health - People Power! Pushback Against Vaccine Mandates

The news has been sprinkled with stories of late about people pushing back against the tyrannical vaccine mandates that are threatening the liberty of the citizens of planet earth. A number of lawsuits have been issued by workers banding together in multiple sectors, including LA firefighters, Los Alamos nuclear scientists and airline employees. Protests have erupted in Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France and England. The LA county sheriff has refused to enforce the vaccine mandate, and a judge has ruled New York has to honor religious exemptions. It's all heating up as it seems at least some of the people have drawn a line they will not cross. Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we share a bit of good news (for a change) - People Power! For other health-related news and more, you can find us on: ♥Twitter: https://twitter.com/objecthealth ♥Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/objecthealth/ ♥Brighteon: https://www.brighteon.com/channel/objectivehealth ♥LBRY:...

Japanese astronomers record possible impact event on Jupiter

Japanese astronomers record possible impact event on Jupiter

A group of Japanese astronomers just discovered a potential new impact at the planet Jupiter. Get your scorecards out — Jupiter just took another interplanetary hit. If it's confirmed it would be the 11th observed comet or asteroid strike at the gas giant since the pieces of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 slammed into Jupiter in 1994. A little more than a month after five amateurs independently recorded a similar flash, a team of astronomers, led by Ko Arimatsu of Kyoto University, filmed this most recent flare in Jupiter's cloud tops at 13:24 UT on Friday, October 15th. The potential impact flash appears around the 12-second mark in this video of Jupiter made on Friday, October 15th. Ko Arimatsu / Kyoto University

Illinois mom allegedly shoots man dead after he refused to kiss her

Illinois mom allegedly shoots man dead after he refused to kiss her

An Illinois mother of three shot a man dead after he — and his girlfriend — refused to kiss her, authorities said. Claudia Resendiz-Florez, 28, had just moved in with James P. Jones, 29, and his girlfriend at the Preserve Woodfield apartment complex in Rolling Meadows when a love triangle fatally exploded, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The three had been drinking together Thursday night when Resendiz-Florez asked Jones for a kiss, which he refused — instead kissing his girlfriend.

Brazen corruption: Mad Maxine paid daughter $74,000 in campaign cash THIS YEAR ALONE

Brazen corruption: Mad Maxine paid daughter $74,000 in campaign cash THIS YEAR ALONE

Rep. Waters' campaign has paid over $1 million to her daughter over the years House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., has paid her daughter tens of thousands of dollars more in campaign funds this year. Campaign finance records reviewed by Fox News show that the congresswoman's campaign has paid her daughter, Karen Waters, a cumulative $74,000 in donor cash through September. The last quarter alone saw over $20,000 go to the younger Waters, which is nearly a third of the median American household income in 2020, according to the Census Bureau.

Did Japan's Covid vaccine delay contribute to herd immunity and does it explain the sudden drop in cases?

Did Japan's Covid vaccine delay contribute to herd immunity and does it explain the sudden drop in cases?

Almost overnight, Japan has become a stunning, and somewhat mysterious, coronavirus success story. Daily new COVID-19 cases have plummeted from a mid-August peak of nearly 6,000 in Tokyo, with caseloads in the densely populated capital now routinely below 100, an 11-month low. The bars are packed, the trains are crowded, and the mood is celebratory, despite a general bafflement over what, exactly, is behind the sharp drop. Japan, unlike other places in Europe and Asia, has never had anything close to a lockdown, just a series of relatively toothless states of emergency. Comment: Part of the reason for this is that it's actually against Japan's constitution to lockdown and they can only 'request the public's cooperation'; obviously violating citizens rights didn't stop countries in the West. Note, this also goes to show that the massively destructive lockdowns enforced across much of the planet were totally unnecessary.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot: Cops who oppose vaccine mandates are spreading 'misinformation' to 'induce an insurrection'

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot: Cops who oppose vaccine mandates are spreading 'misinformation' to 'induce an insurrection'

Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago claimed on Monday that those police officers who oppose the vaccine mandate in the Windy City are attempting to "induce an insurrection." When asked about the police union's refusal to back the city's vaccine mandates, Lightfoot said, "What we've seen from the Fraternal Order of Police, in particularly leadership, is a lot of misinformation, a lot of half truths, and, frankly, flat out lies in order to induce an insurrection. And we're not having that." "And so we want to make it very, very clear that the law is on our side, we feel very confident about it. And what we said even after, when I heard that he said, even after the lawsuit was filed, we notified them, is urging members of the department to ignore their chain of command," Lightfoot said.

CNN media clown Brian Stelter cuts off Bari Weiss, asks 'Who's stopping the conversation?'

CNN media clown Brian Stelter cuts off Bari Weiss, asks 'Who's stopping the conversation?'

As former New York Times editor Bari Weiss warned that narrow media coverage and rampant self-censorship have created a world gone mad, CNN's Brian Stelter interrupted her to ask, "Who's the people stopping the conversation?" "You write there are tens of millions of Americans who aren't on the hard-Left or the hard-Right, who feel the world has gone mad. So, in what ways has the world gone mad?" Stelter asked, airing a part of a pre-recorded interview he conducted with Weiss for Sunday's episode of "Reliable Sources." Weiss replied by citing a litany of media bias, blackouts, and sins of omission:

Biden promises to stop being a bad president if everyone gets vaccinated

Biden promises to stop being a bad president if everyone gets vaccinated

As Americans struggle against runaway inflation, labor shortages, and supply chain congestion, President Biden has vowed to stop being a bad president if everyone will just get vaccinated. "Listen folks, here's the deal," he said to the female Secret Service agent being forced to watch him skinny dip in the pool. "Haven't you all suffered enough? I promise to start doing a good job running the country if everyone will just get the jab, Jack!" And then, for emphasis, he repeated "just get the jab, Jack", except in a low whisper this time. Press Secretary Psaki confirmed that Biden is doing an absolutely terrible job at being president to teach the American people a lesson on the importance of obeying vaccine mandates. "We assure you that once everyone in America is vaccinated, Biden will stop being awful," she said. Biden also confirmed that if everyone wears a mask and gets the booster, he may even start working full workdays and take fewer naps. To promote vaccination, Biden plans...

BEST OF THE WEB: Swarm of near-Earth comets linked to recent ice giant Encke's breakup

BEST OF THE WEB: Swarm of near-Earth comets linked to recent ice giant Encke's breakup

The longest-studied comets in our solar system have inspired ancient myths, religious fervor and modern scientific controversies. Now, the discovery of 88 asteroids and meteoroids orbitally aligned with one of them, Comet Encke, suggests that they all formed from the relatively recent breakup of an even bigger, icy comet. The findings are welcomed by those who believe Comet Encke and the other products of this astronomical event are responsible for many of Earth's most violent and consequential impacts over the last 20,000 years. Earlier Evidence Comet Encke was first observed in 1786 and later identified as the source of numerous annual meteor showers. Known collectively as the Taurids, these showers light up the skies of both the northern and southern hemispheres as Earth passes through a stream of debris created by the comet. (This year, look to the stars throughout November for a glimpse of your own.) In the 1980s, however, astronomer William Napier and astrophysicist Victor...

18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India - Death toll rises to 41 (UPDATE)

18 dead, dozens missing after floods in Kerala, India - Death toll rises to 41 (UPDATE)

As many as 18 people were killed and dozens of others went missing on Saturday as heavy rain lashed south and central Kerala causing flash floods and landslides in many parts of the southern state, officials said. "The situation is really serious in some parts of the state. We will do everything possible to save lives. We have sought help from the army, navy and air force. Relief camps have been set up in the districts," Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said in a statement after chairing an emergency meeting in the state capital. Kottayam, Pathanamthitta and Idukki districts were worst affected due to the torrential rains. Chief minister Vijayan said all government agencies have been directed to take necessary steps to rescue people from the affected regions and evacuate those living in areas prone to landslides and floods. Vijayan also directed the district collectors to open relief camps to relocate the affected people and said the camps should function strictly adhering to...

Meteor fireball over California on October 19

Meteor fireball over California on October 19

We received 32 reports about a fireball seen over CA on Tuesday, October 19th 2021 around 01:40 UT. For this event, we received one video.

Storms bring giant hail to suburbs north of Mackay, Australia as wild weather continues

Storms bring giant hail to suburbs north of Mackay, Australia as wild weather continues

Giant hailstones have fallen north of Mackay in Queensland, damaging vehicles and structures. The hail storm hit the Bloomsbury and Yalboroo areas on Tuesday afternoon, with locals reporting cricket ball sized stones and larger. "That's some big ice falling down ... I'm gonna have some dints in the car after this" said one man in video he took after being caught in the storm at Yalboroo. The State Emergency Service has responded to at least one call for assistance in Yalboroo. The incident was part of a series of severe weather events hitting Queensland on Tuesday.

Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 40 killed (UPDATES)

Topical Storm Kompasu causes deadly flooding in the Philippines after 25 inches of rain dumped - At least 40 killed (UPDATES)

At least 13 people have lost their lives and 9 are missing after Topical Storm Kompasu passed over northern Philippines bringing heavy rain and strong winds. As of 13 October 2021, the Philippines National Disaster Risk and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported 6,111 families (21,511 people) affected, 11,525 people displaced, 13 dead, 9 missing and 3 injured. Heavy rain caused flooding in 107 locations and 14 landslides across Regions 1, 2, 3, MIMAROPA, CARAGA, and CAR.

6-month-old baby killed after being attacked by family dog in Kodak, Tennessee

6-month-old baby killed after being attacked by family dog in Kodak, Tennessee

An infant in the Kodak community of Sevier County died Sunday night in an attack by the family dog. Sevier County Sheriff's Office deputies were called at about 6:15 p.m. to a home on Apache Lane after the large dog attacked the 6-month-old, police said. Someone else in the home was hurt trying to protect the child, police said. The child was pronounced dead at the scene. The dog was aggressive to emergency responders as well and was put down on site. The Sevier County Sheriff's Office is investigating.

Fully vaccinated Colin Powell dies from 'Covid complications', Fox News anchor deletes Tweet questioning vaccine efficacy

Fully vaccinated Colin Powell dies from 'Covid complications', Fox News anchor deletes Tweet questioning vaccine efficacy

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state , has died from complications from COVID-19, his family said on Facebook. "General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, passed away this morning due to complications from COVID-19," read a statement posted to his official Facebook page. "He was fully vaccinated. We want to thank the medical staff at Walter Reed National Medical Center for their caring treatment. We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father, grandfather and a great American." Powell's leadership in several Republican administrations helped shape American foreign policy in the last years of the 20th century and the early years of the 21st.

Waterspout caught on film near Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland

Waterspout caught on film near Chesapeake Bay Bridge, Maryland

A wild weather phenomenon was caught on video in Maryland over the weekend. At just before 3 p.m. on Saturday, Tessa Gunnell captured amazing footage of a waterspout while crossing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. In the video, the waterspout can be seen spinning and kicking up spray, and at one point there almost appears to be a second vortex. Tornadic waterspouts are tornadoes that form over water, or move from land to water, according to NOAA. They have the same characteristics as a land tornado. The amazing footage can be viewed below, via meteorologist Justin Berk's YouTube channel...

Tobago fisherman marvels at 'biggest' waterspout ever

Tobago fisherman marvels at 'biggest' waterspout ever

A Tobago fisherman was left in awe on Monday morning after a huge waterspout developed over the western end of the island. National Geographic describes a waterspout as "a column of rotating, cloud-filled wind. A waterspout descends from a cumulus cloud to an ocean or a lake. Waterspouts are similar to tornadoes but are usually smaller and less intense." The waterspout was spotted just after 9 am by motorists and residents near the Store Bay area.

Strong magnitude 6 earthquake hits off Greek island of Karpathos

Strong magnitude 6 earthquake hits off Greek island of Karpathos

Tremors were felt for hundreds of miles after a strong earthquake hit the coast of Greece. A magnitude 6 earthquake hit the eastern Mediterranean off the Greek island of Karpathos on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported. The tremor was felt on the islands of Crete, Santorini and Rhodes, Greek State TV said. It was also felt as far as Turkey, Egypt, Syria and Israel, experts said.

mRNA Inventor on COVID Response: "Is This Really About the Vaccine or Is It About Something Else?"

mRNA Inventor on COVID Response: "Is This Really About the Vaccine or Is It About Something Else?"

The top federal agencies responsible for public health in the United States, the CDC, and the FDA, are "profoundly corrupt" and are forcefully pushing experimental gene therapeutics, aka COVID vaccines, on the population with "grossly incomplete" data that does not meet even the "minimum standards" for safety. Moreover, the vaccination campaign and the other elements of the COVID policies that have been employed by governments worldwide have little to do with the public health at all. So says mRNA vaccine inventor Robert Malone in an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews.

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Scotland, 3 injured, nearby residents evacuated

Huge gas explosion destroys house in Scotland, 3 injured, nearby residents evacuated

Three people have been taken to hospital following an explosion at a house in Ayr which caused severe damage, with the blast being heard for miles around. Residents have been evacuated from part of the Kincaidston area following the incident on Monday evening. It is understood a number of residents are being given shelter at the nearby Queen Margaret Academy. The Kincaidston Community Centre said it was open for those who needed help.

Russia to suspend direct diplomatic ties with NATO after US-led bloc's expulsion of Moscow mission - FM Lavrov

Russia to suspend direct diplomatic ties with NATO after US-led bloc's expulsion of Moscow mission - FM Lavrov

Moscow has announced that it will completely suspend the operations of its mission to NATO, two weeks after the US-led bloc expelled eight Russian diplomats for alleged 'undisclosed espionage' at its Brussels headquarters. Speaking on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov also revealed that the NATO information bureau in Moscow will be forced to shut down as part of retaliatory measures. Earlier this month, NATO officials decided to slash the size of the permanent Russian delegation to the bloc, revoking the credenitals of eight envoys, in response to what it called "suspected malign Russian activities."

Biden ignores DC mask mandate in latest round of Covid hypocrisy

Biden ignores DC mask mandate in latest round of Covid hypocrisy

President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden blatantly disregarded Washington, D.C.'s mask mandate on Sunday night to dine at Fiola Mare, an expensive seafood restaurant on the Potomac River. In videos posted to social media, the unmasked couple is seen being escorted through the pricey harbor restaurant by masked Secret Service agents. The president appears to be holding a mask in his hand but the first lady's face covering is nowhere in sight.

The incredible, disappearing, incompetent Team Biden

The incredible, disappearing, incompetent Team Biden

Last week was another bad one for the continually disappearing Biden administration. As Americans took to social media to post pictures of bare Dunkin' Donuts shelves, sold-out milk at big-box stores and other signs of an America in trouble, we learned that Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg has been on paternity leave since August. Buttigieg was always going to be a lightweight transportation chief. He got the job as a reward for dropping out of the presidential race and throwing his support to Joe Biden — and also because he said he likes trains, having gotten engaged at a train station. My 5-year-old likes trains, too. Yet just because he can say "Choo choo!" with enthusiasm doesn't mean he can oversee the country's transportation system. When the country is having supply-chain problems, the transportation secretary's skills and experience, let alone availability, become rather, uh, indispensable. Buttigieg can take a two-month paternity leave, but the guy who runs the...