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Congressional Republicans Make Deal: Democrats Get Everything They Want, But Mr. Potato Head Will Stay Male

Congressional Republicans Make Deal: Democrats Get Everything They Want, But Mr. Potato Head Will Stay Male

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressional Republicans struck a deal today, declaring that Democrats will get everything they want, but Mr. Potato Head will stay a male. The deal means that Democrats' entire radical leftist agenda will proceed as planned, as long as the Hasbro toy is canonically male. "This is a major victory for conservatives," said Mitch McConnell over the deal that will give Democrats $2 trillion in spending to do whatever they want with, major changes to our national electoral process that will seal Democrats' majority forever, and the Equality Act that will erase women from existence. But, as McConnell was quick to point out, Mr. Potato Head is now biologically male forever.

Africa's lost Empire - The Kingdom of Aksum

Africa's lost Empire - The Kingdom of Aksum

The Aksumite Empire was an ancient kingdom that existed in Ethiopia from 100 CE to 940 CE. Centred on the ancient city of Axum/Aksum, the nation grew from the proto-Aksumite Iron Age period around 400 BCE to its height around the 1st century CE. At this time, the empire extended across most of present-day Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Sudan, Eritrea, Yemem and even Saudi Arabia. Aksum became a major commercial player in the trade routes between the Roman Empire (Later the Byzantine Empire), India and the Mediterranean - exporting ivory, tortoiseshell, gold, emeralds and minerals. The Manichaein Prophet Mani (216 CE - 274 CE) even regarded Axum as one of the four great powers of his time, alongside Persia, Rome, and China.

Blood pressure lowering drugs

Blood pressure lowering drugs

High blood pressure is probably the most prevalent disease in the western world. The WHO estimates that at least 20% of the world's adult population has high blood pressure (a.k.a. hypertension), which is usually defined as a systolic blood pressure over 140 mmHg and/or a diastolic blood pressure over 90 mmHg (the systolic pressure is the pressure in the arteries when the heart is contracting, while the diastolic pressure is the pressure when the heart is relaxing). The reason high blood pressure is considered a bad thing is because it is harmful to lots of different organs. It damages the arteries, leading to heart attacks and strokes. It damages the heart muscle, leading to heart failure. It damages the kidneys, resulting in kidney failure. A problem is that in 90% of cases, no specific cause can ever be identified. This is known as essential hypertension, which is a rather odd name, since there doesn't seem to be anything essential about it. Hypertension is non-existent among...

Microbes deep beneath seafloor survive on byproducts of radioactive process

Microbes deep beneath seafloor survive on byproducts of radioactive process

A team of researchers from the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography and their collaborators have revealed that the abundant microbes living in ancient sediment below the seafloor are sustained primarily by chemicals created by the natural irradiation of water molecules. The team discovered that the creation of these chemicals is amplified significantly by minerals in marine sediment. In contrast to the conventional view that life in sediment is fueled by products of photosynthesis, an ecosystem fueled by irradiation of water begins just meters below the seafloor in much of the open ocean. This radiation-fueled world is one of Earth's volumetrically largest ecosystems. The research was published today in the journal Nature Communications.

Israel updating plans to unilaterally strike Iranian nuclear sites - Israeli defense minister

Israel updating plans to unilaterally strike Iranian nuclear sites - Israeli defense minister

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz tells Fox News' Trey Yingst his country is prepared to act independently against Iran. The Israeli military is updating plans to strike Iranian nuclear sites and is prepared to act independently, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz told Fox News. Israel has identified numerous targets inside Iran that would hurt its ability to develop a nuclear bomb. Comment: But Israel has nukes: Israel, not Iran, has an illegal nuclear arms program - here are the details "If the world stops them before, it's very much good. But if not, we must stand independently and we must defend ourselves by ourselves," Gantz said in his first sit-down interview with an American outlet.

Global food prices continue to rise, climate shocks, lockdowns and low reserves partly to blame

Global food prices continue to rise, climate shocks, lockdowns and low reserves partly to blame

World food prices spiked for the ninth consecutive month to hit a six year-high in February, led by sugar and vegetable oils, according to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The agency said that its food price index jumped by 2.4 percent month-on-month to reach 116.0 points in February. The gauge, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, is also 26.5 percent higher than it was a year earlier. The latest increase has become the longest surge for overall food costs since the food crisis broke that out in 2007-08. Prices for sugar soared most, adding 6.4 percent from January, according to the FAO. The agency's sugar price index rose for the second month in a row, reaching its highest level in nearly four years.

Ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County found shredded and in dumpster - days before senate audit to begin

Ballots in Arizona's Maricopa County found shredded and in dumpster - days before senate audit to begin

Piles of shredded ballots were located today in a dumpster in Maricopa County Arizona. This find occurs only days before the Senate's audit of the county's 2020 election results is due to start. For months the Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County have blocked and delayed any independent audit performed by the Arizona Senate of the County's results in the 2020 Presidential election. As we've reported previously, after being subpoenaed by the Arizona Senate and then suing the Senate to prevent a Senate audit of their 2020 election results, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (MCBOS) agreed to have an audit if they could pick the auditors. The two firms they picked they claimed were the only two who were certified by the governmental body the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC). However, we found that these firms were not certified at the time they were selected by the MCBOS.

Swarm of 20,000 earthquakes could trigger Iceland's volcanoes to erupt

Swarm of 20,000 earthquakes could trigger Iceland's volcanoes to erupt

Fiery eruptions spewing from Iceland's volcanoes could follow the tens of thousands of earthquakes that have shaken the nation over the past fortnight, scientists fear. Experts monitoring underground magma movements in the Reykjanes Peninsula, in southwest Iceland, are on tenterhooks. Seismic whispers and changes in the land's shape mean an "effusive volcanic eruption could occur", according to the Icelandic Meteorological Office (IMO). But so far, nothing has happened. "That's something new. We didn't expect that," Dr Dave McGarvie, a volcanologist at Lancaster University said. The researcher told National Geographic that "people started wondering, what the hell is going on here?" when magma moving towards the earth's surface began to die down - after an eruption appeared to be just hours away. Murmurs in the region, first detected over a year ago, have culminated in more than 20,000 earthquakes since activity began on 24 February, according to the IMO.

Violent new eruption of Mount Etna rains rocks of ash onto Catania, Sicily

Violent new eruption of Mount Etna rains rocks of ash onto Catania, Sicily

After weeks of volcanic activity, the latest eruption of Mount Etna rains large rocks in the region of Giarre, Catania, Sicily, Italy. March 7th 2021.

Senate narrowly passes COVID relief bill after sleepless, tumultuous night

Senate narrowly passes COVID relief bill after sleepless, tumultuous night

The Senate on Saturday narrowly passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan following a marathon overnight session in a key vote that puts new stimulus checks and expanded unemployment checks one step closer to the pockets of the American public. Following 27 hours of debate, delays and wrangling, Democrats pushed through the legislation in a party-line vote of 50-49. The legislation now heads back to the House for final approval before hitting Biden's desk for his signature on what would be his first major legislative victory. Democrats, who have the slimmest of majorities in the Senate, were united in passing the legislation that they say will help rescue the economy and end the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 520,000 lives. "The people are hurting, and today we respond," Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said prior to the vote. Republicans said the legislation is too big and bloated. "The Senate has never spent $2 trillion in a more haphazard way or...

As the insurrection narrative crumbles, Democrats cling to it more desperately than ever

As the insurrection narrative crumbles, Democrats cling to it more desperately than ever

Twice in the last six weeks, warnings were issued about imminent, grave threats to public safety posed by the same type of right-wing extremists who rioted at the Capitol on January 6. And both times, these warnings ushered in severe security measures only to prove utterly baseless. First we had the hysteria over the violence we were told was likely to occur at numerous state capitols on Inauguration Day. CNN announced: "Law enforcement and state officials are on high alert for potentially violent protests in the lead-up to Inauguration Day, with some state capitols boarded up and others temporarily closed ahead of Wednesday's ceremony." In an even scarier formulation, NPR intoned that "the FBI is warning of protests and potential violence in all 50 state capitals ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration." The resulting clampdowns were as extreme as the dire warnings. Washington, D.C. was militarized more than at any point since the 9/11 attack. The military was highly...

Ukrainian oligarch with US real estate empire hit with sanctions by Biden administration

Ukrainian oligarch with US real estate empire hit with sanctions by Biden administration

The Biden administration sanctioned a powerful Ukrainian oligarch who has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. real estate on Friday. Ihor Kolomoyskyy, a former Ukrainian governor and billionaire oligarch, once owned PrivatBank, among the largest banks in Ukraine, and Ukrainian authorities along with U.S. investigators have accused him and his associates of embezzling and defrauding the bank of billions of dollars for nearly a decade before the scheme was unearthed and the bank was nationalized in 2016. The State Department says his time as a top politician in Ukraine was marked by significant corruption as the Justice Department investigates the real estate empire he built in the United States, allegedly through theft and money laundering.

New US administration stands for same grotesque, brutal policies against Venezuela, shows how little they actually care for people

New US administration stands for same grotesque, brutal policies against Venezuela, shows how little they actually care for people

Venezuelan non-president, Juan Guaido, is back in headlines after the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called him to discuss America's favorite talking points: "a return to democracy" via "free and fair elections." I'm sure the irony will not be lost on those who question the legitimacy of the US election that saw Biden take power. Anyway, you would have to have been offline or in a coma for the past couple of years to not be aware of some key facts about 'interim president' Guaido and US "concern" for Venezuelans. Venezuelans didn't vote for Guaido to be president, he hasn't even stood for president. Venezuelans voted for Maduro. America can huff and puff and whine, but that won't change the reality.

BEST OF THE WEB: Over 20 million Britons have taken the 'Covid-19 vaccine' - UK on course to achieve staggering 90%+ vaccination rate

BEST OF THE WEB: Over 20 million Britons have taken the 'Covid-19 vaccine' - UK on course to achieve staggering 90%+ vaccination rate

More than nine in 10 adults across the UK have either already been - or intend to be - vaccinated against Covid-19, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed. New ONS data also shows that Covid deaths fell by more than a quarter in just one week in England in Wales. The ONS said that between 17 and 21 February, 94% of 4,113 adults in Great Britain responding to their Opinions and Lifestyle Survey reported they 'had received, are awaiting or would be likely to have the vaccine if offered'. This has risen from 78% indicating they would be likely to accept the vaccine if offered it in early December when polled by the weekly online survey, it added. However, the ONS reiterated that 'fewer people in minority ethnic groups said they would be likely to have the vaccine than in [the] White ethnic group'.

NY legislature passes bill stripping Cuomo of emergency powers, sending it to his desk to sign

NY legislature passes bill stripping Cuomo of emergency powers, sending it to his desk to sign

The New York legislature officially passed a bill revoking Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's emergency powers on Friday, sending it to his desk for a signature. CNN reported that all Democrats in both chambers voted for the measure, but all Republican members rejected it arguing that it "does not go far enough to curtail Cuomo's power." The outlet noted, "Democrats have a veto-proof majority should Cuomo try to nix it, but the governor said Wednesday during a news conference that he supported the bill." But this could be just the beginning of state lawmakers cracking down on Cuomo, who is currently embroiled in scandals over allegations of covering up nursing home fatalities during the COVID-19 pandemic and numerous claims of sexual harassment.

Andrew Cuomo 'terrified' ex-staffer with intimate questions about her past rape

Andrew Cuomo 'terrified' ex-staffer with intimate questions about her past rape

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo clearly signaled on Wednesday that he was not planning to resign over a flux of sexual harassment claims. Three women have come forward to accuse the politician of inappropriate behavior. Andrew Cuomo's former aide Charlotte Bennett, who is accusing the New York Governor of sexual harassment, says she was left "terrified" by her exchanges with the politician last year, after he repeatedly asked her about her experience being raped and whether she was "sensitive to intimacy" now. "I thought, he's trying to sleep with me," Bennett told CBS' Norah O'Donnell in her first televised interview since going public with her allegations against the Democratic politician. "The governor's trying to sleep with me and I'm deeply uncomfortable and I have to get out of this room as soon as possible," Cuomo's former health policy advisor added. According to Bennett, she didn't feel like she "had a choice" to stop her interaction with Cuomo at that point. "He is my...

Texas State Rep. introduces bill to finish Trump's border wall

Texas State Rep. introduces bill to finish Trump's border wall

Amid a tense national debate over the U.S.-Mexico border, a Texas lawmaker is pushing for the construction of former President Donald Trump's border wall to continue. Since President Biden took office in January, he has signed a slew of executive orders that reverse many of Trump's policies. One of those orders included striking down the ongoing construction of the Southern border wall. Texas Stae Rep. Bryan Slaton has introduced legislation before the Texas house to "finish President Trump's wall in Texas." Further, the bill seeks to name the wall after Trump, according to The Texan.

Two more women accuse Governor Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

Two more women accuse Governor Cuomo of inappropriate behavior

Two more women came forward Saturday to accuse Gov. Cuomo of sexually harassing behavior, including a former press aide who describes struggling to free herself from his repeated hugs, and a young assistant who now says he left her feeling like "just a skirt." Former press aide Karen Hinton endured a "very long, too long, too tight, too intimate" embrace from Cuomo in a dimly lit Los Angeles hotel room in December 2000, she told the Washington Post. The married Hinton pulled away, but "he pulls me back for another intimate embrace," she told the paper. "I thought at that moment it could lead to a kiss, it could lead to other things, so I just pull away again, and I leave." At the time, Cuomo led the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A current rep for Cuomo strongly denied Hinton's allegation to the newspaper, claiming "this did not happen." Hinton's claims are made all the more startling given that her husband is lobbyist Howard Glaser, a longtime Cuomo ally and...

With pandemic winding down, people who yell at others to wear masks in danger of never feeling important again

With pandemic winding down, people who yell at others to wear masks in danger of never feeling important again

There's a light at the end of the tunnel for the pandemic as vaccine distribution continues to increase, and soon the whole ordeal will be over. While most people are celebrating this development, it has filled others with worry -- especially those who have taken it upon themselves to yell at people who aren't wearing masks. They have a sinking feeling they're never going to feel important ever again. "I've never felt so alive as when I've gotten in people's faces, saying, 'Where's your mask?! Where's your mask?!'" said Karen Hughes. "I'm basically stopping murderers. And, let's face it, with my lack of skills and annoying personality, this is the highlight of my life." "This has given me purpose and meaning," agreed Karen Boyd. "Usually, I'm looked at as some sort of witch when I scream at kids, but now I have a reason backed by the CDC. I'm a hero. But when the pandemic is over, I'll go back to being a crazy lady." "I don't think I have the ability to do anything else," said Bob...

Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain

Flash flood in Aguilas, Spain

Los Alcázares had sent out workers to check on drains and Protección Civíl was on patrol in San Pedro del Pinatar. The rain in Spain stayed mainly in Águilas on Sunday morning, as rainfall inland swept down into the ramblas which disgorged into the Mediterranean, leading to lucky escapes for two vehicle owners, and left over 60mm of rain in Águilas itself. The original forecast had been for the worst of the rain to hit Mazarrón and the Campo de Cartagena all around the Mar Menor, but in this area the maximum rainfall was around 40mm in Los Alcázares, leading to plenty of muddy puddles and minor flooding, but there were no significant problems as there have been in the past.

Excellent question: Iran asks why Israel gets preferential treatment with IAEA despite its arsenal of nukes

Excellent question: Iran asks why Israel gets preferential treatment with IAEA despite its arsenal of nukes

Tel Aviv adheres to a policy of "nuclear ambiguity," meaning that it neither confirms nor denies possessing nuclear weapons. At the same time, the country reserves itself the right to bomb, sabotage or otherwise act to stop activities of any Middle Eastern power it believes could lead to the development of a nuclear weapon. Israel's suspected nuclear arsenal poses a threat to the Middle East and the world, and Tehran is concerned by the country's apparent preferential treatment with the International Atomic Energy Agency despite its status as a non-signatory to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran's ambassador to international organisations in Vienna, has said. "Since all [countries] in the Middle East region, except the Israeli regime, are parties to the NPT and have undertaken to accept the Agency's comprehensive safeguards, development of a clandestine nuclear weapons programme by this regime poses a continuing serious threat not only...

Cyclone Niran causes extensive damage in New Caledonia

Cyclone Niran causes extensive damage in New Caledonia

Tropical cyclone Niran has injured at least one person and caused extensive damage in New Caledonia, according to early reports. The cyclone hit today, generating gusts of up to 220km/h. RRB radio reported a child was injured by shards of glass from a bay window during the storm. About 20,000 people are without power and roofs have also been ripped off buildings in the town of Dumbea, on the outskirts of Noumea. Several ships have also been forced aground on the coast in Noumea although, according to a provisional report, no major damage was recorded following the cyclone, the intensity of which was a little lower than expected.

CDC allows Biden's 'child migrant shelters' fill to 100% despite COVID concern

CDC allows Biden's 'child migrant shelters' fill to 100% despite COVID concern

The Centers for Disease Control is allowing shelters handling child migrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border to expand to full capacity, abandoning a requirement that they stay near 50% to inhibit the spread of the coronavirus, Axios has learned. Why it matters: The fact that the country's premier health advisory agency is permitting a change in COVID-19 protocols indicates the scale of the immigration crisis. A draft memo obtained by Axios conceded "facilities should plan for and expect to have COVID-19 cases." The document goes on to recommend detailed ways to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in shelters. It encourages operators to continue giving COVID-19 tests to newly arrived children, follow 14-day quarantine guidelines, wear masks, improve ventilation and ensure they save room for isolating any child who tests positive, among other actions. The memo states that there "is no 0% risk scenario" given the coronavirus, so "facilities should plan for and expect to have...

10 dead or missing after flash floods in Chlef Province, Algeria

10 dead or missing after flash floods in Chlef Province, Algeria

At least 10 people died or are missing after flash floods in Chlef Province of Algeria on 06 March 2021. Civil Protection said that the Chlef Province experienced heavy rainfall on 06 March, causing the Wadi Meknasa to flood in an areas of the Oud Sly Commune, west of the city of Chlef. Three vehicles were swept away in the flooding and nearby houses damaged. As of 07 March, 7 fatalities had been reported as a result of the floods. Five of the deceased are believed to be from the same family. Civil Protection and other emergency workers continue to search for 3 missing people. Severe flooding recently affected the province of Jijel in northern Algeria after 140mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 21 December.

So woke: Urban Dictionary and Google censor 'Blue Anon' after widespread mockery of lunatic left conspiracy theories

So woke: Urban Dictionary and Google censor 'Blue Anon' after widespread mockery of lunatic left conspiracy theories

The life of new term "Blue Anon" in the online Urban Dictionary was short-lived. After emerging on social media and landing in a spot in the slang-term glossary on Saturday, it was quickly purged. A Google search brings up nothing on the term other than brand name ski gear. Jack Posobiec pointed out the deletion from Urban Dictionary: "I have never even heard of a word being banned from Urban Dictionary before the banned Blue Anon." A search of the dictionary for the term comes up short.

Reporter reveals US DOJ dismissed dozens of misdemeanor and felony charges laid after last year's Portland rioting

Reporter reveals US DOJ dismissed dozens of misdemeanor and felony charges laid after last year's Portland rioting

Last year Portland, Oregon was among cities that saw plenty of property destruction, violence, arson and unrest in the city. There were many arrests for felony and misdemeanor offenses, but not all will be held accountable, as KGW investigative journalist Kyle Iboshi has reported:

A Theory of Reality as more than the sum of its parts

A Theory of Reality as more than the sum of its parts

New math shows how, contrary to conventional scientific wisdom, conscious beings and other macroscopic entities might have greater influence over the future than does the sum of their microscopic components. In his 1890 opus, The Principles of Psychology, William James invoked Romeo and Juliet to illustrate what makes conscious beings so different from the particles that make them up. "Romeo wants Juliet as the filings want the magnet; and if no obstacles intervene he moves towards her by as straight a line as they," James wrote. "But Romeo and Juliet, if a wall be built between them, do not remain idiotically pressing their faces against its opposite sides like the magnet and the filings. ... Romeo soon finds a circuitous way, by scaling the wall or otherwise, of touching Juliet's lips directly." Erik Hoel, a 29-year-old theoretical neuroscientist and writer, quoted the passage in a recent essay in which he laid out his new mathematical explanation of how consciousness and agency...

Fata morgana: Rare 'hovering ship' superior mirage photographed off coast of Cornwall, UK

Fata morgana: Rare 'hovering ship' superior mirage photographed off coast of Cornwall, UK

Images of what appears to be a hovering ship have been captured as the result of a rare optical illusion off the coast of England. David Morris took a photo of the ship near Falmouth, Cornwall. BBC meteorologist David Braine said the "superior mirage" occurred because of "special atmospheric conditions that bend light". He said the illusion is common in the Arctic, but can appear "very rarely" in the UK during winter.

British and Israeli government data confirm Covid-19 vaccine risk: Infections INCREASE in fortnight after jab

British and Israeli government data confirm Covid-19 vaccine risk: Infections INCREASE in fortnight after jab

Anyone raising concern about the safety of Covid-19 vaccines faces derision as an 'anti-vaxxer', but the real extremists are those who refuse to hear evidence that something is going badly wrong with this mass experimental intervention. Now a Public Health England report confirms that infections increase during the fortnight after vaccination. As the vaccination programme began in earnest in January, worrying signs came from care homes, where many of the initial target population of people aged over 80 reside. At Pemberley House in Basingstoke, a third of the residents (24) died of Covid-19 in a home that had previously been free from the disease. Similar reports emerged from Germany. The clearest indications came from small countries that strove to vaccinate their entire adult population. The British enclave of Gibraltar was supplied with the Pfizer vaccine on 16th January and the elderly were swiftly jabbed. Suddenly this tiny state, home to 33 thousand, had the worst Covid-19...

'Nomadland' China release in doubt after director Zhao revealed to have said China is "a place where there are lies everywhere"

'Nomadland' China release in doubt after director Zhao revealed to have said China is "a place where there are lies everywhere"

A nationalist backlash to Golden Globe-winning American road movie "Nomadland" has cast doubt over the film's China release after social media users and state media questioned its director Chloe Zhao's loyalty to her birth country. Ms Zhao became the first Asian woman in history to win the best director Golden Globe and the first woman to win best drama with the semi-fictional film, which stars Oscar winner Frances McDormand alongside a rag-tag bunch of non-actors living on the open road in the American West. Ms Zhao's win last week was initially celebrated in China, with state media calling the Beijing-born filmmaker a "Chinese female director" and "the pride of China."

'Total-surveillance shopping experience' with Amazon Fresh as new till-less grocery store opens in London

'Total-surveillance shopping experience' with Amazon Fresh as new till-less grocery store opens in London

Amazon has opened a till-less grocery store in London - its first "just walk out" shop outside the US. Visitors to Amazon Fresh scan a smartphone app when entering and are automatically billed as they leave. The store stocks hundreds of own-brand items as well as third-party products, and also serves as a place to collect and return goods bought online. Campaigners have raised privacy concerns but one retail expert said the opening marked a "watershed moment". Comment: Both?

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Unusually cold temperatures and record snow continued to hit the US well into February, blanketing large parts of the territory. Winter Storm Shirley impacted the Deep and Upland South and Ohio Valley. In Texas, main roads were blocked, more than 4 million households were without power, and as many as 10 million were left without tap water. It was the costliest natural disaster in the recorded history of the state. Basic infrastructure was affected as it proved ill-prepared for such a sudden drop in temperatures. "Green energy" also proved to be quite useless in such emergencies with frozen wind turbines and unusable solar panels covered in snow. Is this a glimpse of what may occur in other countries? Major power outages were also reported in Chihuahua, Mexico, as the same weather system affected northern parts of Mexico and its "green energy" output. The storm also caused icy precipitation across the Mid-Atlantic states causing over 212,000 power outages and killing at least 12...

Ecuador's Sangay volcano erupts with ash plume 27000 ft high

Ecuador's Sangay volcano erupts with ash plume 27000 ft high

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 27000 ft (8200 m) altitude or flight level 270 and is moving at 15 kts in W direction. The full report is here.

US campus libs think they're promoting 'diversity' by holding a panel on 'black sex' for black students only. Seriously!

US campus libs think they're promoting 'diversity' by holding a panel on 'black sex' for black students only. Seriously!

Tulane University in New Orleans held a "sex-positive" week filled with virtue-signaling, borefest events for students, the strangest of which was a talk on "black sex" that was race exclusive. Billed as a "diverse week of comprehensive, queer-inclusive, culturally-specific, sex-positive sexual health events and conversations," Tulane's 'sex week' contained some understandable topics like one on safe sex, another on "reconnecting with your sexuality after trauma," as well as some predictably woke happenings to prove the school's promise of "diversity." One panel, however, flew in the face of that "diversity." 'Let's Talk About Black Sex, Baby!' was held Thursday evening - for "black students only." On its webpage, organizers invited students to "join New Horizons for a real-talk, relaxing evening and safe space to talk about Black sexuality." "The event will feature an interactive panel of students and staff discussing the unique experiences Black femme-identifying and nonbinary...

Texas school district removes assignment about 'chivalry' after parents object to the rules imposed on female students

Texas school district removes assignment about 'chivalry' after parents object to the rules imposed on female students

School district officials in Texas removed a lesson meant to teach students the rules of "chivalry" after parents expressed their outrage over the rules imposed on girls. The assignment was given to students of a Shallowater ISD high school classroom near Lubbock. The story went viral when a copy of the lesson was posted on Twitter on Wednesday. The lesson asked the ladies of the class to "demonstrate to the school how the code of chivalry and standards set in the medieval concept of courtly love carries over into the modern day."

Will They? YouTube says Trump ban will be lifted when risk of violence drops

Will They? YouTube says Trump ban will be lifted when risk of violence drops

YouTube's ban of former President Donald Trump will be lifted once the risk of political violence recedes, CEO Susan Wojcicki said Thursday. "I do want to confirm that we will lift the suspension of the channel ... when we determine that the risk of violence has decreased," Wojcicki said at an event hosted by Atlantic Council, a think tank. She added that Trump's ban won't be lifted soon due to new concerns regarding violence around the U.S. Capitol. "It's pretty clear right now," she said, "that there is still an elevated risk of violence."

MSNBC Host's crazy comments sparks outrage from conservatives

MSNBC Host's crazy comments sparks outrage from conservatives

MSNBC host Joy Reid's comments have been slammed for apparent hypocrisy after previous homophobic comments she has made Reid's response was made to a thread of tweets from MSNBC contributor Jason Johnson and former New York Times opinion editor Bari Weiss Weiss' tweet sparking the conversation promoted an op-ed piece she wrote for the Deseret News in which she slammed the 'illiberal left' Reid's tweet came the same day she said white people want black people to 'get their behinds into the factory and make me my steaks' In 2018, Reid's tweets about 'rentboys' and 'grimey closet-cases' resurfaced MSNBC host Joy Reid sparked outrage this week when she tweeted that conservatives would trade tax cuts to use the n-word. Reid's comments have been slammed for apparent hypocrisy after stirring up previous homophobic comments the embattled news host and political commentator has made. 'I'll say it again: people on the right would trade all the tax cuts for the ability to openly say the...

How the fight over American freedom will probably escalate

How the fight over American freedom will probably escalate

Three months ago in December I published an article titled 'Is The Globalist Reset Failing? The Elites May Have Overplayed Their Hand'. I was specifically interested in the development of the pandemic "crisis", the lockdown mandates of governments worldwide, the bizarre vaccination campaign for the new and under-tested mRNA cocktail which was rushed out to the public in the span of six months, the World Economic Forum's open statements that they hoped to exploit the pandemic as a springboard for their globalist agenda, and the public's reaction to it all. I have to say, I continue to see a divergence in what the elites clearly wanted to happen vs. what has actually happened. If the Event 201 pandemic war game on a coronavirus outbreak, held two months before the actual outbreak occurred in China, is any indication, then the globalists greatly overestimated the fear effect of Covid. They predicted at least 65 million deaths from a coronavirus outbreak, but over a year has passed...

BEST OF THE WEB: Pfizer vaccine in Israel: Mortality rate 'hundreds of times greater in vaccinated young people'

BEST OF THE WEB: Pfizer vaccine in Israel: Mortality rate 'hundreds of times greater in vaccinated young people'

A front-page article appeared in the FranceSoir newspaper about findings on the Nakim website regarding what some experts are calling "the high mortality caused by the vaccine." The paper interviews Aix-Marseille University Faculty of Medicine Emerging Infectious and Tropical Diseases Unit's Dr. Hervé Seligmann and engineer Haim Yativ about their research and data analysis. They claim that Pfizer's shot causes "mortality hundreds of times greater in young people compared to mortality from coronavirus without the vaccine, and dozens of times more in the elderly, when the documented mortality from coronavirus is in the vicinity of the vaccine dose, thus adding greater mortality from heart attack, stroke, etc."

Lockdown without end? UK's September furlough extension suggests no return to normal in June

Lockdown without end? UK's September furlough extension suggests no return to normal in June

Judging by what's gone on before, the announcement by UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak that the government's furlough scheme would last until at least 30 September doesn't bode well for those who want Covid restrictions to end soon. Consider the following: When the 'Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme' (to give it its official title) was first announced by the UK government on 20 March 2020, it was supposed to last until 31 May. Why did it need to be so long, some people asked, if we were only going to lock down for three weeks to 'flatten the curve'? Since then we've seen the same pattern, repeatedly. The extension of furlough, beyond the dates when politicians and talking heads have told us restrictions would be due to end, has been an excellent guide to what really is going to happen.

Unknown magnetospheric mechanisms in the polar aurora revealed

Unknown magnetospheric mechanisms in the polar aurora revealed

A critical ingredient for auroras exists much higher in space than previously thought, according to new research in the journal Scientific Reports. The dazzling light displays in the polar night skies require an electric accelerator to propel charged particles down through the atmosphere. Scientists at Nagoya University and colleagues in Japan, Taiwan and the U.S. have found that it exists beyond 30,000 kilometers above the Earth's surface — offering insight not just about Earth, but other planets as well. The story of aurora formation begins with supersonic plasma propelled from the sun into space as high-speed, charged particles. When these charged particles get close to Earth, they are deflected and funneled in streams along the planet's magnetic field lines, eventually flowing towards the poles. Comment: To the surprise of scientists it was recently discovered that energy from the solar wind favors the north.

Woolly mammoths lived alongside first humans in New England

Woolly mammoths lived alongside first humans in New England

Woolly mammoths may have walked the landscape at the same time as the earliest humans in what is now New England, according to a Dartmouth study published in Boreas. Through the radiocarbon dating of a rib fragment from the Mount Holly mammoth from Mount Holly, Vt., the researchers learned that this mammoth existed approximately 12,800 years ago. This date may overlap with the arrival of the first humans in the Northeast, who are thought to have arrived around the same time. Comment: There's good reason to believe that the Americas were populated much more widely and much earlier: America Before by Graham Hancock - Book review "It has long been thought that megafauna and humans in New England did not overlap in time and space and that it was probably ultimately environmental change that led to the extinction of these animals in the region but our research provides some of the first evidence that they may have actually co-existed," explains co-author Nathaniel R. Kitchel, the Robert...

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Joshua Slocum: We're Living in a Cluster B World

SOTT FOCUS: MindMatters: Joshua Slocum: We're Living in a Cluster B World

Joshua Slocum hosts Disaffected - the best new podcast on the market. Our society isn't just getting crazier - it's getting Cluster B crazy: borderline, narcissistic, histrionic, and antisocial personality disorders and their traits are off the charts. In the universities, media, social media, and the Democratic establishment - something is happening, but few can put their finger on it. Josh can and does, and he's not afraid to tell it like it is. He can see it because he has lived through it, and we can all learn from his hard-won experience and painful disillusionment at what his political party has become. Disaffected liberals, horrified observers of the state of North American social trends and ideology, and those just wondering what is going on should tune in, and check out Josh's podcast and videos. Check him out on Twitter and subscribe to his show. You won't regret it. Disaffected Podcast: On YouTube On Rumble On Apple Podcasts On Twitter Running Time: 01:54:34 Download:...

Kermadec Islands region hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake - 10th of such or greater intensity in last 2 days

Kermadec Islands region hit by 6.1 magnitude earthquake - 10th of such or greater intensity in last 2 days

6.1 magnitude earthquake UTC time: Saturday, March 06, 2021 13:12 PM USGS page: M 6.1 - Kermadec Islands region USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist Reports from the public: 0 people 10 km depth

Hot off the press: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla admits Israel is the 'world's lab'

Hot off the press: Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla admits Israel is the 'world's lab'

If Israelis are confused by the fact that their government treats them like laboratory pets, if they wonder why their freedom to travel, to socialise or even earn a living have evaporated, Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla produced a genuine answer yesterday. In an interview on NBC Bourla said: "I believe Israel has become the world's lab right now because they are using only our vaccine at this state and they have vaccinated a very big part of their population, so we can study both economy and health indices." I have no issue with medical experiments involving humans if the participants are fully aware of all possible circumstances and considerations involved in their consent. This didn't happen in Israel. By means of 'green passports,' the government practically threatens to penalise anyone reluctant to participate in a 'lab' experiment for a giant pharmaceutical company with a very problematic record. The results of this Pfizer-Israeli experiment aren't necessarily encouraging. Though it...

Ancient settlements associated with 'Polish Pyramids' discovered

Ancient settlements associated with 'Polish Pyramids' discovered

Archaeologists conducting a detailed study of the area near the Kujawy megalithic tombs, dubbed the "Polish Pyramids", have identified the associated settlements of the tomb builders. The Kujawy megalithic tombs are a cluster of 130-metres-long elongated trapezium shaped tombs located in the Kujawy region of Poland that were constructed during the 4th millennium BC. Archaeologists used a combination of exploratory non-invasive methods such as drone and aerial surveys, geochemical, and geophysical studies to discover individual houses and larger settlement networks. Dr. Piotr Papiernik from the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum in Łódź said to Nauki W Polsce: "All this allowed us to indicate with certainty the places where people lived at the time when the megalithic tombs were erected. The villages were small - up to 10 families lived in each of them and they covered an area of 1-1.5 hectares."

Book banning in the Age of Amazon

Book banning in the Age of Amazon

If you wanted to eliminate disfavored ideas from a society, you'd begin by aggregating most of the world's books onto a single platform. You'd hope to create a global network of gargantuan warehouses, automated to allow next-day fulfillment of customer desires. If you were wildly successful, your company might one day control five sixths of U.S. book sales and generate a market capitalization that rivals the GDP of Canada. If you also delivered groceries, clothing, and hardware during a pandemic, and hosted businesses' websites, too — you might become so integral to people's lives, they would be hard-pressed to quit you. Customers spoiled by the miracle of having milk and toilet paper delivered same-day to their door would be disinclined to protest as you began eliminating books, especially if it was just a few at a time. You'd have become the hand that feeds them; they'd be smart enough not to bite. Writers themselves might object. But their agents would fall silent; they'd have...

Who really imperils the Republic?

Who really imperils the Republic?

"That attack, that siege" of the Capitol, FBI Director Chris Wray told Congress, "was criminal behavior, plain and simple, and it was behavior we at the FBI view as domestic terrorism." "Domestic terrorism," said Wray, echoing his boss. For what had been President-elect Joe Biden's reaction to the Capitol riot? "Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob. Insurrectionists. Domestic terrorists. It's that basic. It's that simple," said Biden. Yet, the phrase domestic terrorism conjures up events from our past far graver than a four-hours occupation of the Capitol. Nat Turner's rebellion. John Brown's 1859 raid on Harper's Ferry. Timothy McVeigh and Oklahoma City. The near assassination of Harry Truman at Blair House by Puerto Rican nationalists, Nov.1, 1950. The shooting and wounding of five congressmen from the House gallery on March 1, 1954. The 1974 bombing of New York's Fraunces Tavern — where Gen. George Washington said farewell to his officers — also the work of...

Biden reportedly called off second Syrian strike after woman, children seen nearby

Biden reportedly called off second Syrian strike after woman, children seen nearby

President Biden originally ordered two airstrikes in Syria last week, but called one off after learning just 30 minutes before the bombs were scheduled to drop that a woman and children were nearby, according to a report. The 46th commander-in-chief, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, had directed the Pentagon to scrap the second of two targets after an aide urgently warned him of the presence of a woman and children in the area. Reached for comment by The Post, National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a lengthy statement that the administration was reviewing, under orders from the president, the "extant authorizations and delegations of Presidential authority with respect to these matters," without addressing the specific story. News of the second strike was not previously known prior to the Journal's reporting.

US announces sanctions on top Ukrainian oligarch & Zelensky ally Kolomoisky for 'undermining democratic processes' in country

US announces sanctions on top Ukrainian oligarch & Zelensky ally Kolomoisky for 'undermining democratic processes' in country

Washington has introduced a package of measures against a billionaire Ukrainian businessman and long-time supporter of the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky. The US claims he has used his political links for personal gain. On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken designated Igor Kolomoisky under rules that will allow the US to target him and his family with punitive measures, including a travel ban. He said that the move came in response to allegations the "oligarch and former Ukrainian public official" was involved "in significant corruption." Blinken argued: "In his official capacity as a Governor of Ukraine's Dnipropetrovsk Oblast from 2014 to 2015, Kolomoisky was involved in corrupt acts that undermined rule of law and the Ukrainian public's faith in their government's democratic institutions and public processes, including using his political influence and official power for his personal benefit." As a result, Kolomoisky, his wife and son will be barred from entry to...