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  1. Parents and pediatricians need to be on the lookout in the coming months for a rare, paralyzing condition that affects young children, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday. The polio-like condition, called acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, tends to peak every other year, and the last surge of cases was in 2018, when 238 cases were diagnosed across the US, the CDC said. This year is likely to see another upsurge but things will be complicated by the coronavirus pandemic. "AFM is a priority for CDC as we prepare for a possible outbreak this year," Dr. Thomas Clark, deputy director of CDC's Division of Viral Diseases, told reporters." We are concerned that, in the midst of a Covid pandemic, that cases might not be recognized as AFM, or we are concerned that parents might be worried about taking their child to the doctor if they develop something as serious as limb weakness," Clark added. The CDC released results of a study done after the last outbreak in 2018. It...
  2. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has warned that residents hosting large home gatherings can expect their water and power utilities to be cut, a sharp escalation of the city's strict Covid-19 measures amid a series of recent house parties. Starting on Friday, Garcetti said that the city's Department of Water and Power (DWP) would shut off service to properties where there are "egregious" violations of local health orders, pointing to house parties in the Hollywood Hills and Calabasas in recent weeks, which he said were held in "flagrant" defiance of the law. "While we have already closed all bars and nightclubs, these large house parties have essentially become nightclubs," the mayor said on Wednesday, vowing to treat residential homes the same as businesses that skirt health guidelines. "You're breaking the law. Just as we can shut down bars breaking alcohol laws, in places that are in criminal violation, we can shut them down." If Los Angeles police confirm violations have taken place...
  3. It's been a big few days for the New Normal narrative and, through the deliberately cultivated haze of confusion, it's not hard to see the world they want to build is taking shape. 1. Australia's Curfew The state of Victoria, and the city of Melbourne, have declared a "state of disaster" and instituted a lockdown and curfew. The state's 6.3 million inhabitants, nearly 5 million in the city, have to follow these restrictions: Workplaces and shops that are not deemed essential will close or reduce their hours from Wednesday midnight but services such as supermarkets, petrol stations and doctors will remain open."Permitted" or essential workers will have to carry a special permit to work outside the home.There is a nightly curfew in force: between the hours of 8pm and 5am you cannot leave home except for work or to get or provide urgent care.You must stay within five kilometres of your home to shop or exercise.If you leave the house to exercise, it should be for only one hour each...
  4. The Seth Rogen story is really one of the more dispiriting stories we've ever covered on this site, and I need to say why. Last week, of course, the Hollywood actor and producer did a podcast with a comedian, Marc Maron, in which he said that Israel "makes no sense," that the Jewish state is an "antiquated," "ridiculous" idea and that Jews are safer being spread out, not collected. Also: Rogen said he had been fed a "huge" number of lies about Israel in Jewish day school in Vancouver, including that there were no Palestinians in Israel and that the door was just open for Jews to rebuild a homeland. These are all very serious statements. And Rogen said, "I'm afraid of Jews" in making them. Because that's who would come down on him. Even though he ought to have autonomy, as a famous Jew. We were the first to report the comments, and our traffic exploded, and Seth Rogen trended on Twitter. He began walking it back then, saying people didn't know how to take a joke, and the quotes were...
  5. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has mocked an interviewer who asked him if he would take a cognitive test, and also dismissed Donald Trump's challenge to do so. "Why the hell would I take a test?" the 77-year-old politician asked, during a Tuesday Yahoo News interview after confirming that he has not taken one. Biden then used his catchphrase "come on, man" to mock the very idea, adding that it is like asking the interviewer, Errol Barnett, if he has been taking cocaine before the interview. Biden concluded by saying he believes that Barnett was trying to "goad" him during the interview, but nevertheless he is looking forward to have an opportunity to "sit or stand with the president on the debates." The presumptive Democratic Party nominee then cut himself off, concerned he would say "something he shouldn't say."
  6. Russia's Investigative Committee has begun to look into allegations that Sergei Prostakov, the former chief editor of opposition website MBK Media, and photographer Andrey Zolotov participated in the gang rape of a girl in 2014. On July 13, Victoria Kuzmenko, an employee at Russian news outlet Lenta.ru, wrote a tweet in which she claimed that Zolotov was involved in a rape at a house party, while Prostakov watched and masturbated. She later clarified she did not witness the incident herself. Following the accusations, both Prostakov and Zolotov resigned from their posts at MBK Media, which is owned by disgraced 1990s oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Responding to the allegations, Prostakov claimed he did not remember what happened, having been intoxicated, but apologized "to all the women whom [he] offended." Meanwhile, Zolotov explained that there had been "group sex" at the party, but he had not participated.
  7. Belarusian authorities have again canceled campaign events by presidential contender Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya ahead of the August 9 election, claiming that repair work needed to be carried out where the political rallies were to be held. In the city of Slutsk, located 100 kilometers south of the capital, Minsk, local authorities on August 4 said there was an "urgent" need for repair work at an event place and announced that a planned opposition rally was canceled. Riot police and plainclothes officers then detained at least 17 people as hundreds of opposition supporters gathered for the political rally, according the Vyasna human rights center. Among those detained was the editor of a local news website. Tsikhanouskaya was also forced to cancel a rally in the city of Salihorsk, scheduled for the evening of August 4 after the one in Slutsk.
  8. A man using a launderette in a Paris suburb says he was beaten by two men with baseball bats in front of his young children after asking a customer to put on a face mask. Masks are obligatory inside all public places in France to combat a recent surge in coronavirus cases. The alleged victim, named only as Augustin, 44, told French television he was folding up his washing in the launderette on Sunday afternoon with his children aged five and seven when a man entered without a mask. He said the man replied "I'll do what I want" when asked to put one on. A row then reportedly broke out. The non-mask-wearing customer left the premises north of the French capital.
  9. A devastating explosion of around 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate that had been stored in a Beirut port warehouse since 2014 shattered the Lebanese capital on Tuesday, claiming the lives of at least 100 people and leaving more than 4,000 wounded. Lebanese observers have shed light on the tragedy as well as its impact on the people and the country. The blast came out of the blue, like one of Lebanese essayist Nassim Taleb's famous "black swans", hitting the country's already plunging economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. With a destroyed port, demolished buildings, and a blown-out main grain silo, the damage amounts to billions of dollars in Beirut alone. In the aftermath of the explosion, the Lebanese government rushed to allocate 100 billion lira ($66 million) in emergency funds to cope with the unfolding crisis.
  10. The route was discovered after a series of Old Norse place names in the centre of the mainland, which were connected to sea and boats despite being many miles from the sea, attracted interest from researchers. Now it is believed that Vikings were using a route from Harray in the central mainland through the Loch of Banks to a portage at Twatt before reaching the Loch of Boardhouse and ultimately the coastal powerbases of the Norse Earls at the Brough of Birsay, a tidal island off the very tip of the north west coast. The waterway network would have provided a shallow route through which the Vikings were able to haul both their boats and heavy goods, such as grain.
  11. Massive fires are not uncommon in the UAE in the summer, when the daytime air temperature rises above 50 degrees Celsius. A major fire broke out in a marketplace in an industrial zone in the Emirate of Ajman in north-eastern UAE on 5 August, the Emirati newspaper Al Khaleej reported. According to The National, the blaze erupted at the market at about 06:30 p.m. local time (14:30 GMT). The area has been closed for several months as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  12. A team of scientists, led by UK Met Office, has achieved a scientific breakthrough allowing the longer-term prediction of North Atlantic pressure patterns, the key driving force behind winter weather in Europe and eastern North America. CMCC scientists Panos Athanasiadis, Alessio Bellucci, Dario Nicolì and Paolo Ruggieri from CSP - Climate Simulation and Prediction Division were also involved in this study. Published in Nature, the study analysed six decades of climate model data and suggests decadal variations in North Atlantic atmospheric pressure patterns (known as the North Atlantic Oscillation) are highly predictable, enabling advanced warning of whether winters in the coming decade are likely to be stormy, warm and wet or calm, cold and dry.
  13. At least twice in Earth's history, nearly the entire planet was encased in a sheet of snow and ice. These dramatic "Snowball Earth" events occurred in quick succession, somewhere around 700 million years ago, and evidence suggests that the consecutive global ice ages set the stage for the subsequent explosion of complex, multicellular life on Earth. Scientists have considered multiple scenarios for what may have tipped the planet into each ice age. While no single driving process has been identified, it's assumed that whatever triggered the temporary freeze-overs must have done so in a way that pushed the planet past a critical threshold, such as reducing incoming sunlight or atmospheric carbon dioxide to levels low enough to set off a global expansion of ice. Comment: Perhaps no individual process is responsible?
  14. Humans have long suspected that we are not alone in the universe, and now scientists have said there may be dozens of alien civilizations lurking not too far from Earth. Some of them may even be advanced enough to communicate with us. According to a new study in The Astrophysical Journal, scientists at the University of Nottingham estimate that there is a minimum of 36 communicating intelligent alien civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. They say the estimate is actually conservative — it's based on the assumption that intelligent life forms on other planets in a similar way to how it does on Earth, using what they call the Astrobiological Copernican Limit. The researchers assume that Earth is not special — if an Earth-like planet forms in an Earth-like orbit around a Sun-like star, hosting a civilization that develops technologically in a similar way to humans, there would be approximately 36 Earth-like civilizations in our galaxy. In this case, other technological civilizations...
  15. Ghislaine Maxwell has "a lot of information" about powerful people with connections to billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, the producer of a new documentary has claimed. The British socialite is known to have been an ex-girlfriend of Epstein and is alleged to have recruited multiple young women to be sexually abused by him. She was arrested on July 2 in the US on federal charges of trafficking minors and will stand trial next year - prosecutors have also alleged she participated in the abuse. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty.
  16. Do your own research! Read it for yourself! It's in the show notes! How many times have I uttered these words? These exhortations represent the founding ethos of The Corbett Report. I want you to read the source documents for yourself and come to your own conclusions. But guess what? The establishment doesn't want you to think for yourself, and now that the Corona World Order is beginning the Great Reset, they are coming out and saying as much. Find out the details in this week's edition of #PropagandaWatch.
  17. The United States has said it is "deeply troubled" by growing violence in Libya and called on foreign powers to end their proxy war in the troubled North African nation. "We strongly oppose foreign military involvement, including the use of mercenaries and private military contractors, by all sides" in Libya, White House national-security adviser Robert O'Brien said in a statement on August 4. The U.S. military has accused Moscow of supplying Russian mercenaries and military hardware to Libya in an attempt to gain a foothold in the North African country.
  18. Pretty soon it'll be hard to escape Joe Biden on your television. Or your radio. Or your phone. The Biden campaign on Wednesday is announcing what it says is the largest TV ad buy ever by a presidential candidate, with $220 million set aside for commercials to air through the fall and another $60 million budgeted to reach audiences digitally on social media or gaming platforms. Biden's team is planning to reach voters in at least 15 states, with messages that feature the former vice president speaking directly to camera about the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting economic fall. Signaling the states they see as most competitive, the Biden campaign said their ads will target: Pennsylvania, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Arizona, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, Colorado, Virginia, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Texas.
  19. The reopening of schools in September must be accompanied by a high-coverage test-trace-isolate (TTI) programme if the country is to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections, a study has suggested. Comment: Isolating children carrying a virus acknowledged to be harmless would be inhuman and disproportionate treatment likely to cause the child significant trauma. Researchers analysed data from the first wave of Covid-19 and modelled the potential impact of schools in Britain reopening in less than a month to understand how the virus can be kept under control. The study, published in The Lancet Child And Adolescent Health, simulated various scenarios to examine the possible consequences of schools reopening in tandem with parents returning to their offices and increased socialising within the community. Comment: It's worth noting and remembering which 'respectable' institutions are behind these inhuman and irrational policy suggestions.
  20. Australia's second-largest city is now subjected to some of the most extraordinary Covid-19 lockdown measures on the planet, and all over an additional eleven deaths. A total of 147 people have lost their lives to coronavirus in Victoria, making it undoubtedly the worst hit area of Australia, which has only experienced 232 deaths in total. However, internationally these are vanishingly small numbers, even adjusting for population. Recently the Victoria government ramped up testing and, predictably, it has seen an uptick in cases. They discovered 671 new cases of coronavirus on Sunday and, sadly, eleven more people were found to have died with the illness. That's up from 295 new cases last Wednesday, but down from 723 on Friday. Comment: Died with coronavirus, it's not sure they died because of coronavirus: Everything You Think You Know About Coronavirus...
  21. Heavy rain overnight and this morning battered several parts of Mumbai, leading to flooding and travel chaos. This is the heaviest spell of rain in the financial capital since 2005, Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray told NDTV. "198 mm rain in four hours is a huge amount of rain. Any city in the world will collapse with such rain," Mr Thackeray said. The local trains, a lifeline for Mumbai's 20 million residents, have been stopped in the city and all offices, except emergency services are closed. Mumbai and a few neighbouring district are on red alert for "extremely heavy rainfall" today and tomorrow. Apart from Mumbai, the alert has been issued for Thane, Pune, Raigad and Ratnagiri districts of Maharashtra. The rain and its severe impact come at a time Mumbai is struggling with coronavirus cases.
  22. If you live in Britain, Russia looms large in political discourse, but for those in Moscow, the UK barely registers. Now Russia's envoy to London has delivered a few home truths: he says his country has bigger fish to fry. "I feel that Britain exaggerates, very much, its place in Russian thinking," Andrei Kelin told the Daily Mail. "The scope and place of Great Britain in Russian politics is not that big. We have other problems of much larger magnitude," the ambassador said. The ambassador also dismissed the UK media narrative about nefarious Russian 'oligarchs' doing the Kremlin's bidding in London. Kelin pointed out that, in reality, the British capital has turned itself into a haven for wealthy Russians trying to evade justice back home.
  23. A dead humpback whale roughly 36 feet long drifted Thursday afternoon onto Platforms Beach in Aptos. Gabriel McKenna, public safety superintendent for California State Parks said they don't have a cause of death. "State Parks is evaluating expedient ways of removing the dead whale from the beach," he said. "We are working in conjunction with Long Marine Lab and NOAA." State Parks advised the public to stay away from the whale and view from afar to ensure safety. On Tuesday, the whale remained at the beach. McKenna confirmed that they are monitoring the weather and tides to determine when they can safely tow the whale back out to sea, likely later this week.
  24. The problem is more systemic than a single statistic. We need to restore trust between law enforcement and local communities. The death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020 triggered massive protests across the country. Though the protests are unified in calling for widespread changes in how policing works in America, there is disagreement on what those changes should be. Some protestors are calling for aggressive police reforms. Others, like Black Lives Matter as an organization, demand complete defunding and disbanding of police departments. Among conservatives, this disagreement manifests differently. The question plaguing conservatives is whether the whole policing system is broken or whether there are a few "bad apples" among police departments who are exploiting a basically functional system. In the wake of Floyd's death, this distinction is pointless. It no longer matters if statistics or studies parse out to reveal racism in policing,...
  25. Massive damage could reopen public debate on storing weapons in population centers as port shutdown comes at a time when Lebanon needs every dollar. Cellphone videos of horrifying scenes from Tuesday's explosion at the port of Beirut predictably fueled speculation about who was behind the incident and why. Initially, the story was that a warehouse containing several tonnes of fireworks slated for use in festivities had blown up. Then official military sources said the warehouse housed flammable or explosive material, further specifying that it was ammonium nitrate, which was stored in a warehouse for six years. But even as the Lebanese authorities were feverishly investigating, some of the public were quick to suggest that this wasn't the result of an accident or negligence, but a terror attack reminiscent of the bombings that rocked Lebanon in the 1980s, or the huge bombing that killed Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in 2005 as he traveled in a guarded convoy. The implication was that...
  26. Mounting threat of Iranian arms influx to Hezbollah won't end well for Lebanon, warns Israeli minister. In a rare interview with Saudi Arabian media, a top Israeli government minister last week threatened to return neighboring Lebanon "to the Stone Age." Israel Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz was speaking to the Saudi online newspaper Elaph when he was asked about the threat of increased Iranian arms supplies to Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist militia. "The more accurate that Hezbollah's missiles get, the stronger and wider Israel's strike will be," Katz warned. "What happened in 2006 will be a picnic compared to what we can do. I remember a Saudi minister saying they will send Hezbollah back to their caves in south Lebanon. I am telling you that we will return Lebanon to the Stone Age."
  27. The Democratic Party's gripes with President Trump are many, yet the latest may be the most bizarre to date. One Senator argued that Trump's brash personality bungled a perfectly good, American-style coup in Venezuela. If Senator Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut) had his way, opposition leader Juan Guaido would be occupying the Presidential Palace in Caracas right now, after the successful ousting of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Despite the weight the US threw behind Guaido last year, the young upstart's planned coup was a failure, and Murphy blames Trump for that loss. As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing on the debacle on Tuesday, Murphy laid out his list of complaints against the coup-bungler-in-chief.
  28. Dr. Michael Callahan was given a leave of absence from his senior executive role at United Therapeutics (UTHR) in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, China; sent there to assist colleagues handling mass infections of the novel coronavirus under his joint appointment at a Chinese sister hospital of the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, where he has maintained a faculty appointment since 2005. Soon, Callahan would be poring through thousands of case studies emerging from the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, examining patients in Singapore and briefing U.S. officials on the location of the next likely outbreak, according to NatGeo. The doctor marveled at the "magnificent infectivity" of the disease, which sits "like a little silent smart bomb in your community". The doctor's strange fascination with viral infections and morbid titillation might well be attributed to the fact that he has dedicated his life to studying these microscopic killers. "Triple...
  29. Organizers of protests in Seattle are suing the local Police Department for what they characterized as "violent" use of force to disperse crowds, forcing protesters to buy "expensive" equipment to protect themselves. Lawyers for the protesters wrote in a lawsuit filed Monday against the city of Seattle: "Because the Seattle Police Department has acted above and outside the law in dispensing its unbridled force, and the City has failed to prevent same, the government effect is to establish a de facto protest tax. "Individual protesters subjected to SPD's unabated and indiscriminate violence now must purchase cost-prohibitive gear to withstand munitions — even when peacefully protesting — as a condition to exercising their right to free speech and peaceable assembly." The lawsuit stems from a July 25 clash between protesters and law enforcement — an event police deemed a riot — during which officers used pepper balls and tear gas to break up crowds of people who were engaged in an...
  30. An activist group has unveiled a new 'statue' in Portland, Oregon which appears to connect Vladimir Putin to allegations of police brutality in the city. Isn't that a bit xenophobic? Twitter observers have asked. The collective, known as the Trump Statue Initiative (TSI), used live actors covered in gold, and standing on top of a large pedestal, to create the impression that a new monument had been installed in the city on Monday. Their performance art piece showed Donald Trump holding up a selfie-stick and making a thumbs-up sign as men wearing gas masks and riot gear pull a protester holding a 'BLM' placard into a van. "Ode to Putin" is written on the statue's pedestal. TSI is reportedly also rolling out an Instagram filter which highlights Trump's allegedly problematic relationship with the Russian president. The 'statue' appeared to be a satirical take on allegations that federal agents sent to Portland to protect the city's federal courthouse used unmarked vehicles to seize...
  31. Hiroshima and Nagasaki were acts of premeditated mass murder unleashing a weapon of intrinsic criminality. It was justified by lies that form the bedrock of 21st century U.S. war propaganda, casting a new enemy, and target - China. When I first went to Hiroshima in 1967, the shadow on the steps was still there. It was an almost perfect impression of a human being at ease: legs splayed, back bent, one hand by her side as she sat waiting for a bank to open. At a quarter past eight on the morning of August 6, 1945, she and her silhouette were burned into the granite. I stared at the shadow for an hour or more, then I walked down to the river where the survivors still lived in shanties. I met a man called Yukio, whose chest was etched with the pattern of the shirt he was wearing when the atomic bomb was dropped. He described a huge flash over the city, "a bluish light, something like an electrical short", after which wind blew like a tornado and black rain fell. "I was thrown on the...
  32. Our solar system has one habitable planet -- Earth. A new study shows other stars could have as many as seven Earth-like planets in the absence of a gas giant like Jupiter. This is the conclusion of a study led by UC Riverside astrobiologist Stephen Kane published this week in the Astronomical Journal. The search for life in outer space is typically focused on what scientists call the "habitable zone," which is the area around a star in which an orbiting planet could have liquid water oceans -- a condition for life as we know it. Kane had been studying a nearby solar system called Trappist-1, which has three Earth-like planets in its habitable zone. "This made me wonder about the maximum number of habitable planets it's possible for a star to have, and why our star only has one," Kane said. "It didn't seem fair!" His team created a model system in which they simulated planets of various sizes orbiting their stars. An algorithm accounted for gravitational forces and helped test how...
  33. Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, confirmed Tuesday that her husband will show up to all three scheduled presidential debates. In an appearance on Fox News' "The Daily Briefing" with Dana Perino, Biden's wife was immediately asked if her husband would show up and take on President Donald Trump at the three scheduled presidential debates following speculation they could be canceled. "Oh yes," Biden said. "He will. I think it's three debates that they decided on. Yeah. He'll be there." The question comes as Democratic strategists and supporters of Biden have said he should not debate Trump.
  34. Israel's ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday accused Iran of exploiting civilian companies and maritime channels to smuggle weapons manufacturing equipment to its Lebanese proxy group, Hezbollah. In the quarterly meeting on the Middle East, Ambassador Danny Danon told the Security Council that Israeli intelligence has uncovered evidence showing Iran's Quds Force has been using the port of Beirut to ship items to the terror group since last year. "In the years 2018-2019, Israel found that dual-use items are smuggled into Lebanon to advance Hezbollah's rocket and missile capabilities. Iran and the Quds Force have begun to advance the exploitation of the civilian maritime channels, and specifically the Port of Beirut. The Port of Beirut has become the Port of Hezbollah." In a statement, the Israeli mission said "Syrian agents" purchased the dual use items from foreign companies under false pretenses, and handed it over to the terrorist group after picking up the shipments from...
  35. I recently spent 12 months in Kabul as an adviser on policing. After seventeen years of NATO's mission to bring peace and security, it's sad to say that the country's probably in a worse state than ever. Our terrible failure in Afghanistan, with lives wasted despite billions spent, has produced only one winner: organised crime. A senior Hungarian career detective friend of mine recently told me there has never been so much cheap, pure heroin in Budapest. Another Turkish Police colleague of mine told me a similar thing about Istanbul this week. Last year, I worked in Afghanistan with a small number of International Police Experts. My US, German, Australian, Hungarian, Turkish colleagues, like me, each had 30 or more years' experience, and many had years of extra experience in Afghanistan and in other conflict zones. But just like in our home countries, the many politicians, military leaders, diplomatic staff and NGOs there would not listen to us experts in policing. NATO, just like...
  36. Jamuneswari breaks 7-decade record, Karatoa flows 4-decade high as India opens barrages Over four lakh people got freshly affected by flood over the Eid holidays as the total number of flood victims crossed 5.5 million until Tuesday, 39 days after the monsoon flood hit in late June, with 145 flood-related deaths so far. Government disaster responders and flood victims said that the overall flood situation remained largely unchanged except for the rapid deterioration in the flood situation in parts of north as India continued to release huge volumes of water through two barrages built in Uttar Dinajpur. A Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre report showed that 17 rivers flowed above their danger marks at 27 places as their water levels registered a slow fall over the 24 hours until 9:00am Tuesday.
  37. "Fear is only reverse faith; it is faith in evil instead of good." Florence Scovel Shinn After several months of the COVID-19 crisis, relevant elements of analysis of this crisis are becoming clearer. 1. The enormous pressure to convince 7 billion people of the need to be vaccinated against a virus [1] whose mortality has been inflated [2] and which is said to be ubiquitous while it is disappearing or has even disappeared. It reminds us of the 2009 operation, with the fake H1N1 pandemic [3]: same tactics, same complicity (media, political, government), same "experts", same scenarios, same narratives with an emphasis on fear, guilt, haste and always the same stench of this omnipresent money in the form of huge profits on the horizon for the Big Pharma vaccine producing industry. It is as if the H1N1 episode of 2009 has been used as a rehearsal. This time, the COVID-19 episode of 2020 is poised to turn the trial into a success?
  38. An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 jolted 71 km east of Lakatoro, Vanuatu, at 1205 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter, with a depth of 174.75 km, was initially determined to be at 16.1118 degrees south latitude and 168.0816 degrees east longitude.
  39. Michael Tracey says mainstream media has overlooked those affected by summer's violence Mainstream media outlets have failed the public by declining to spotlight the devastation left behind by rioters in cities across America, independent journalist Michael Tracey said Tuesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight." In a self-published article titled "Two months since the riots and still no 'National Conversation,'" Tracey traveled to cities affected by violent protests and documented his findings using photographs and conversations with store owners and residents. "I wanted to see for myself how communities were dealing with the aftermath, what the attitudes toward what transpired were," Tracey told host Tucker Carlson. "I just wasn't really getting that toward the mainstream organs that you would expect to be covering a story of such reported significance. "If you go to The New York Times, you go to The Washington Post or any of these other outlets, it's not as though there is an easily...
  40. The IMD has alerted that due to the environmental changes, the threat of lightning during the current monsoon season has increased in Madhya Pradesh, where 89 people lost their lives due to lightning strikes in the first six months of this year. This figure of lightning strike victims in the state till June this year is more than what it was during the entire year in 2019, an official said. "In the current monsoon season, the threat of lightning strikes has increased as compared to last year due to the environmental changes," India Meteorological Department (IMD) senior scientist, Vedprakash Singh Chandel, told PTI on Wednesday. "Because of this, the wind speed during thunderstorm and hailstorm was found significantly high," he said. According to the official, in the last six months- from January to June- 89 people were killed in lightning strikes, as compared to 82 in entire 2019.
  41. KFC Trinidad was grilled by angry social media users after the fast food chain marked a holiday celebrating the end of slavery with a BLM-inspired chicken ad. The company later apologized for the post. The chicken chain's Trinidad subsidiary apparently wanted to show solidarity during the Caribbean nation's Emancipation Day, which commemorates the end of slavery in the colonies of the British Empire. In an Instagram post, KFC Trinidad showed a chicken drumstick with the silhouette of a 'black power' fist that has been recently popularized by the Black Lives Matter movement. "Happy Emancipation Day," the graphic read.
  42. The Spreading Feeling "This Is All Happening By Design" As events unfold I have witnessed a growing opinion being battered around that something sinister is happening beneath the surface. This includes the feeling we are no longer in control of our fate. More and more the idea that form follows function and the winners were picked before all this started is being injected into the mix. This theory embraces the proposition the bottom half of society is destitute and totally dependent on the government which means they have been removed from the battlefield. Now that these people are no longer a threat, corporate and government collaborators are consolidating power and control.
  43. Statins are not particularly effective at reducing the risk of dying from heart disease, a study claims. Scientists analysed 35 studies into the effects of the drugs which lower 'bad' LDL cholesterol and found the pills have no consistent benefit. The research, published in the British Medical Journal, found three quarters of all trials reported no reduction in mortality among those who took the drugs. And half of all studies suggested that cholesterol-busting pills did not prevent heart attacks or strokes.
  44. Defense Minister Benny Gantz on Thursday instructed the IDF to bomb Lebanese infrastructure if Hezbollah harms IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians. A senior defense official told Yisrael Hayom that Gantz issued the order to prepare such a response during meetings on Thursday with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi and other members of the general staff. Tensions have rapidly escalated between Israel and the terrorist organization since the death of Hezbollah terrorist Ali Kamel Mohsen Jawad, along with two other terrorists, during an airstrike on Damascus International Airport earlier this month. Hezbollah has vowed revenge for Jawad's death, leading the IDF to move reinforcements to the northern border in preparation for an attack by the Shiite terror organization. In Thursday's meetings, Kochavi presented the IDF's position on the matter, saying Israel must hold Hezbollah and the Lebanese government responsible for any future attack and its consequences.
  45. Netanyahu warned that Israel will hold Hezbollah and Lebanon responsible for any attacks from Lebanon into Israel. Any attack from Hezbollah will have a strong response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said hours after the IDF thwarted an attack on northern Israel by the Lebanese terrorist organization. "Hezbollah has to know it's playing with fire," Netanyahu warned in a statement to the press. "Any attack will be met with great force. [Hezbollah leader Hasan] Nasrallah is greatly mistaken about Israel's determination to defend itself, and Lebanon has paid a heavy price for this mistake."
  46. Australia's ever-intensifying Antarctic Blast is beginning to deliver. This morning (Aug 5), swathes of Tasmania received their first settling snow for 40 years. As picked up by Yahoo News Australia, Tasmania's riverside city of Launceston was hammered by snow on Tuesday evening, as the mercury at the airport sank below-zero just after 9pm. Bureau of Meteorology's Matthew Thomas said the settling snow in Tasmania's north is a weather event not seen for some 40 years. "It's a very rare event for Tasmania," said Thomas. "We saw some snow settled in Hobart, with the last two occurrences in 1986 and 2015. [However] the last time we saw snow settle in Launceston was in the early 1970s," he said. Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino described it as "a historic event for Tasmania":
  47. The censorship of science now sweeping the globe finally gets a slap-down... A message to Ramstorf, Mann, Greta, media, alarmists who declare their science as The Truth. German, high profile satirist Dieter Nuhr, who earlier criticized Greta's hysteria, recently saw his statement taken down by the German Research Foundation (DFG) in the latest wave of scientific censorship. What follows is Nuhr's response to the DFG takedown of his statement he posted at Facebook, translated in the English (emphasis added):
  48. Two more cattle have been mysteriously killed in rural eastern Oregon. This follows a number of unexplained killings of cattle in the region over the past year. A black-coated cow was found dead in July outside of Fossil, found sitting with her legs tucked under her body with her head off the ground. Pictures show her eyes bulging out with flies around the body. The cow's tongue and genitals were removed. "It was a clean cut, so it wasn't wildlife," Wheeler County Sheriff's deputy Jeremiah Holmes said. "There were upwards of 80 cows milling around there... so signs of tire tracks, boot tracks were pretty much non-existent." Holmes later followed up with the Northwest News Network to say there was no official cause of death determined yet, but a "partial boot print" was found about 100 yards from the cow.
  49. Trans intolerance has made even the most benign statements unsayable. It's hard not to feel a bit sorry for social-justice warriors - it must be exhausting finding things to be offended by. The latest is an advert reading 'I ♥ JK Rowling', which was paid for by the campaign group Standing for Women. This fairly innocuous message, displayed to mark the birthday of the best-selling author, has now been removed by Network Rail following online complaints of transphobia. Despite clearly signalling support for those who identify as transgender, Rowling's expressions of concern about the loss of women-only services for victims of domestic abuse has led her to be branded a bigot. Identical 'I ♥ JK Rowling' billboards have been spotted across the United Kingdom. It remains to be seen what the wider response will be. On 29 July, Network Rail Scotland, which sports a rainbow in its Twitter logo, tweeted: 'This advert is no longer being displayed at Edinburgh Waverley. The poster in question...
  50. Trump has hailed polarizing drug as possible COVID treatment. Yale epidemiology professor Dr. Harvey Risch and CNN host John Berman bickered over hydroxychloroquine on Monday during a heated discussion about the polarizing drug, which the president has hailed as a possible treatment for COVID-19. Risch recently wrote an op-ed in support of hydroxychloroquine, but Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx and other experts have dismissed the anti-malarial drug being used to combat coronavirus. Risch cited various studies that backed up his pro-hydroxychloroquine stance, but the host of CNN's "New Day" disagreed.