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  1. Comment: This was featured on SOTT.net October 8th, 2021 originally from the Cowichan Valley Citizen: British Columbia woman awakes to a hole in her roof and a space rock on her pillow The update below includes an interview with the residence of the house that was hit. Ruth Hamilton was sound asleep last week when she was awoken by her dog barking, the sound of a crash through her ceiling and the feeling of debris on her face, the resident of Golden, B.C., said Monday. She said she jumped out of bed and turned on the light to figure out what had happened, and discovered a hole in her ceiling. "I've never been so scared in my life," she said of the Oct. 3 incident. "I wasn't sure what to do so I called 911 and, when I was speaking with the operator, I flipped over my pillow and saw that a rock had slipped between two pillows."
  2. Gurdjieff escaped the Russian Empire during the outbreak of mass madness otherwise known as the Great Russian Revolution. He lived and taught in France during the Nazi occupation. But the connection between Gurdjieff, the Fourth Way, and totalitarianism isn't much discussed, so on this episode of MindMatters we welcome back Alan Francis of the International School of the Fourth Way to discuss the place and function of the Work in the current rumblings of mass madness. Alan stresses the importance of maintaining a personal inner presence, working with others and for a larger aim. Large social projects inevitably devolve - often to mass murder and injustice. But meaningful change can only come from the individual. Alan also discusses fear - its purpose and and how to manage it - the opportunities offered by the present times for self-development, and updates us on his progress opening a Fourth Way school in Spain (click here to support his work), as well as his upcoming book. Alan's...
  3. Three rough pieces of wood — discarded sections of branches and tree stumps found among the refuse Vikings left behind after their short sojourn in Newfoundland — have turned out to be some of the more important evidence of the Norse in North America. The scars left by iron blades on these sections of fir and juniper can still be seen after more than 1,000 years. Was it the legendary Viking explorer Leif Eriksson himself whose blade chopped off these unwanted scraps? Might it have been Thorfinn Karlsefni or his wife, Gudrid, the lesser-known explorers of a different Viking saga who tossed these useless scraps aside? Many questions may never be answered, but researchers now have an extraordinarily precise date for when Norse hands and blades worked in the New World.
  4. There is a massive propaganda push against those choosing not to vaccinate against COVID-19 with the experimental mRNA vaccines. Mainstream media, the big tech corporations, and our government have combined efforts to reward compliance and to shame and marginalize non-compliance. Their mantra says that this is a pandemic of the unvaccinated. Persons who choose not to vaccinate are characterized as unintelligent, selfish, paranoid people who don't read much and live in a trailer park in Florida (or Alabama, or Texas, or name your state). Never has there been such an effort to cajole, manipulate through fear, and penalize people to take an experimental medical treatment. However, as time has passed with this pandemic and more data accumulates about the virus and the vaccine, the unvaccinated are looking smarter and smarter with each passing week. It has been shown now that the vaccinated equally catch and spread the virus. Vaccine side effect data continues to accumulate that make...
  5. It was earlier feared that the American hybrid war on Ethiopia aims to turn the country into Yugoslavia, which implies its full dissolution along regional lines. Arminka Helić, member of the British House of Lords and served as special adviser to Foreign Secretary William Hague from 2010 to 2014, deceitfully claimed that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed risked advancing this scenario through the Ethiopian National Defense Forces' (ENDF) ongoing anti-terrorist operation in the northern Tigray Region in an article that she published at Politico in August titled "In Ethiopia, Echoes Of Yugoslavia". In reality, it is those U.S.-backed foreign forces, including corrupt UN officials, that are meddling in the Horn of Africa country who are the ones pushing this outcome. PM Abiy is, in fact, counteracting their efforts to advance the Yugoslav scenario in Ethiopia. Her article was rebutted by Ethiopia's Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and EU institutions Hirut Zemene a few days later at the...
  6. The incompetence of the Biden administration is never-ending. It has turned the longest-running American crisis, illegal immigration on our southern border, from a failure of liberal policy to a failure of liberal processes. This shouldn't surprise anyone, because if there is one thing worse than liberal ideas, it's liberal implementation of liberal ideas. Hello? Obamacare? According to the progressive site Axios, Biden's immigration czar - Hello? Vice President Harris? - has somehow managed to lose contact with 45,000 unaccompanied minors she let into the United States after they appeared at the border this year.
  7. A last Friday deadline for Los Alamos National Lab employees to get vaccinated has come and gone, with a judge on the same day denying a request by 114 employees there to block the nuclear lab's vaccine mandate from taking effect. In the last days the employees, including top nuclear engineers and scientists, have literally taken to the streets outside the lab, protesting the mandate which orders them to get their first dose of the Covid vaccine or face termination. Concerning the lawsuit filed by the employees, The Hill wrote earlier that "Workers at the New Mexico laboratory, which created the atomic bomb, filed a lawsuit claiming that exemptions to the mandate have been denied without proper justification."Specifically the workers, among them dozens of scientists, are pushing back against federal contractor Triad National Security LLC, which runs the lab under contract of the US Department of Energy.
  8. Over the objection of Joe Biden's Justice Department, a lengthy video clip showing U.S. Capitol Police allowing hundreds of people into the building on the afternoon of January 6 has been released to the public. In July, Ethan Nordean, an alleged Proud Boy member charged for various crimes now held in a Seattle jail awaiting trial, petitioned the court to remove the "highly sensitive" designation on surveillance video that recorded Nordean entering the building with permission by U.S. Capitol Police. A group called the Press Coalition, representing news organizations including CNN, the New York Times, and the three major broadcast news networks, filed a motion in September to intervene in Nordean's case and make the video footage public. The full recording was posted on Twitter by BuzzFeed reporter Zoe Tillman this morning. Capturing the activity in a small hallway on the upper west side terrace of the Capitol building, the clip runs from 2:25 p.m. until about 3:00 p.m. This is...
  9. RUMOURS in tech circles suggest Facebook is planning a name change imminently. Sources well placed within the trusted circle of the company's CEO Mark Zuckerberg have leaked a number of the names being reconsidered in a rebrand that if successful, will make the public forget about the 1,345 weekly scandals engulfing the social network. While some branding experts have suggested the company's reputation is so beyond salvaging that cancer has a better chance of a rebrand, here are the contenders: The Doom Machine Rationale: better reflects users' true feelings towards the platform, and the eroding effect it has had on public discourse and the mental well-being of your aunt Sharon. Acebook Rationale: it's fun! It's fresh! It's much easier coming up with a new name than actually fixing the huge number of problems/legal trouble you find yourself in. Havyurdata Rationale: complain all you like, they have your data now and they're not giving it back, and with Havyurdata they'll have a...
  10. 'I will not have you politicians blackmail Poland... we say no to European centralism', warned a defiant Mateusz Morawiecki, as he faced down hostile MEPs in Strasbourg and fuelled the prospect of Polexit. This morning, Poland's prime minister walked into the lion's den in the European Parliament (EP) to face down some of his most vociferous critics. Poland has been at loggerheads with the European Union for some time over a range of issues. However, today's session was focused on the rule of law. The EU claims Poland's Supreme Court is unconstitutional because of the manner in which its judges are appointed. The dispute escalated a fortnight ago when that same Supreme Court found that the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was making rulings in areas that were not an EU concern. In doing so, the Polish judges asserted the primacy of Polish law in these areas, which proved anathema to the Brussels bureaucrats.
  11. After President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden were spotted walking through a restaurant with bare faces, in violation of Washington, DC's indoor mask mandate, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tried — and failed — to defend his actions. "There is a mask requirement inside DC restaurants," Fox News' Peter Doocy asked, "yet President Biden, the First Lady, were not wearing masks while walking around, a DC restaurant and on Saturday, why?" "Well I think what we're referring to," Psaki said, "is a photo of them walking out of a restaurant after they, they had eaten, masks in hand, where they had not yet put them back on yet." Biden was seen inside the upscale DC eatery without a mask. There was video, too. DC still requires all indoor diners to wear a mask unless they're actively eating and drinking.
  12. The In-N-Out Burger location at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco was temporarily closed last week for not checking customers for proof of vaccination as officials with the restaurant chain gear up for a fight over city COVID regulations. An In-N-Out Burger representative confirmed in a statement that the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the 333 Jefferson Street location last Thursday, Oct. 14, "because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation." The representative said the restaurant — the only In-N-Out location in San Francisco — has since reopened but, indoor dining is unavailable. The restaurant is currently take-out only.
  13. England's Covid booster jab rollout is struggling to get off the mark because so many mass vaccination centres have been closed and GPs are too busy, it was claimed today. Questions are being raised about why nearly 5 million vulnerable, eligible adults have yet to receive a third dose despite the booster programme launching a month ago. NHS England boss Amanda Pritchard blamed the sluggish campaign on a dip in demand, suggesting people had become too complacent about their immunity.
  14. Infrared light therapy might have the potential to help people living with dementia, according to researchers. A pilot study, led by Dr. Paul Chazot, Durham University, UK, and Dr. Gordon Dougal, of Maculume Ltd, found improvements in the memory, motor function and processing skills of healthy people with normal intellectual function for their age. As a result, the researchers said transcranial photobiomodulation therapy (PBM-T) - where infrared light is self-delivered to the brain using a specially designed helmet worn by the patient — might potentially also have benefits for people with dementia. They stressed that more research into the use and effectiveness of the therapy was needed, but that the findings of their pilot were promising. The research is published in the journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery.
  15. Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15. 5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615," said the ministry's Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. "Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household." Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.
  16. Oleg Deripaska, once hailed as Russia's richest man, has hit out at US officials after a property in Washington reportedly linked to the sanctioned businessman was searched by security agents in connection with a court order. In a fiery rant posted online on Wednesday, the aluminum magnate suggested the raid had been in connection with claims Moscow had interfered in the 2016 American presidential election to secure a win for Republican candidate Donald Trump. "As I watch what is going on in the US, my astonishment only grows at how staggeringly dumb the American establishment can be," Deripaska said, arguing that authorities are "hell-bent on exploiting this tall tale of how the Russians allegedly played a decisive role in the 2016 election."
  17. According to information gathered from sources, the two deceased were on the farm with five other people on Monday, October 18, 2021, when storms brought in heavy rains. Around 15:30 when the thunderstorms became immense, it is reported that all seven farmhands run for shelter to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, in the process, the two men yet to be identified were struck by lightning and sadly lost their lives instantly. With a report filed to the Kpetoe District Police in the Volta region, the bodies of the deceased were conveyed from the farm and have been deposited at the morgue awaiting autopsy so it can be preserved and processed for burial. Meanwhile, the police are conducting investigations into the matter to be sure the two indeed died from the strike of the lightning.
  18. Five members of the U.S. House Judiciary committee wrote to Amazon.com Inc's chief executive Sunday, and accused the company's top executives, including founder Jeff Bezos, of either misleading Congress or possibly lying to it about Amazon's business practices. The letter also states that the committee is considering "whether a referral of this matter to the Department of Justice for criminal investigation is appropriate." Addressed to Amazon CEO Andy Jassy, the letter followed a Reuters investigation last week that showed that the company had conducted a systematic campaign of copying products and rigging search results in India to boost sales of its own brands - practices Amazon has denied engaging in. Jassy, a longtime Amazon executive, succeeded Bezos in July.
  19. 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.
  20. Hold on to your hats, because scientists have found more evidence that Earth tips over from time to time. We know that the continents are moving slowly due to plate tectonics, but continental drift only pushes the tectonic plates past each other. It has been debated for the past few decades whether the outer, solid shell of the Earth can wobble about, or even tip over relative to the spin axis. Such a shift of Earth is called "true polar wander", but the evidence for this process has been contentious. New research published in Nature Communications, led by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology's Principle Investigator Joe Kirschvink (also a Professor at Caltech) and Prof. Ross Mitchell at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics in Beijing, provides some of the most convincing evidence to date that such planetary tipping has indeed occurred in Earth's past. True polar wander bears some dissecting. The Earth is a stratified ball, with a solid metal...
  21. Former MI6 man Christopher Steele is the subject of an obscenely vapid ABC documentary, with a contemptible interview by George Stephanopoulos that's so deferential it's like watching a first date that should be an interrogation. Just as MI6 super spy James Bond is back in theatres with No Time to Die, former MI6 agent Christopher Steele is back in the spotlight with the story that refuses to die, in an ABC 'documentary' titled Out of the Shadows: The Man Behind the Steele Dossier, now streaming on Hulu. Steele came to fame as the shadowy force behind the Steele Dossier, the document which was the spark that lit the Trump-Russia collusion fire that was doused in gasoline by obsessive partisan media coverage and numerous, spurious government investigations for the last five years. The dossier claimed that then-candidate Trump was "colluding with Moscow" and that those devious Russians had "kompromat" on Trump in the golden form of a "pee tape."
  22. America's well documented history of exaggerating enemy capabilities, coupled with NATO saying cyberattacks could be met with a military response, should make everyone nervous about any new 'cyberattack detection system.' Keith Alexander, who served as Director of the National Security Agency from 2005 to 2014, has called on the US and its 'Five Eyes' allies to construct a global unified cyber-defense 'radar' to protect critical infrastructure from foreign hackers. Speaking at an Australian Strategic Policy Institute webinar alongside Abigail Bradshaw, head of Australia's Cyber Security Centre, he stated that creating a collaborative mechanism for detecting and battling cyberattacks was vital in the modern era.
  23. 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."
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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."
  27. 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.
  28. 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...
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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.
  33. 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."
  34. 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.
  35. 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."
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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...
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
  41. 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....
  42. 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...
  43. 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?"
  44. 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).
  45. 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.
  46. 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
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. 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:...