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Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom ill in hospital after fight in Devon

Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom has been taken to hospital.

The 61-year-old was allegedly beaten up in a drunken row and is now being treated at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.ADVERTISING

It’s being reported that Sansom fell down and seriously injured his head following a disagreement.

According to the Daily Mail, Sansom has so far been unable to help police with their enquiries, while his family are by his bedside in hospital.

A tweet from Sansom’s Twitter account on Friday read: “Kenny is currently ill in hospital. He is being well cared for and does not have COVID-19.

“Kenny’s family and close friends kindly ask the media to respect his and their privacy, plus that of the healthcare workers treating Kenny.”

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Sanson is regarded as one of the finest left-backs to play for Arsenal and former striker Alan Smith compared Tierney to the former England international earlier in the season.

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Those fears were eased slightly by Sansom speaking for the first time in over a month, but he is still in serious condition.

The family of Sansom are looking to move the retired pro to a rehab centre in Surrey in order to get him closer to home.

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“I’ve got to mention Kieran Tierney’s contribution [against Liege] because the way he has performed in his first two appearances for Arsenal suggest the left-back is capable of following in the footsteps of greats like Kenny Sansom, Nigel Winterburn and Ashley Cole,” he told the Evening Standard.

“Swift, skillfull and tough, the young Scotsman’s crossing ability especially appeals.

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“Brian didn’t always feel the need to beat his man. He’d chop the ball inside before curling in a beauty, a move that created lots of goals that year for Arsenal’s No.9.

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Rolls Royce engines are in the Air to keep America’s B52 bombers flying

chosen Rolls-Royce’s North American division to supply F130 turbofans to re-engine its fleet of B-52H bombers. This upgrade program, which has been years, if not decades, in the making, is a major milestone for the service’s B-52H fleet and will help ensure those bombers keeping flying through 2050.

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The Pentagon has revealed that the U.S. Air Force has chosen Rolls-Royce’s North American division to supply F130 turbofans to re-engine its fleet of B-52H bombers. This upgrade program, which has been years, if not decades, in the making, is a major milestone for the service’s B-52H fleet and will help ensure those bombers keeping flying through 2050.

“This contract provides for 608 commercial engines plus spare engines, associated support equipment and commercial engineering data, to include sustainment activities, to be used on the B-52H bomber fleet,” according to the Pentagon’s announcement. “The location of performance is Indianapolis, Indiana, and work is expected to be completed by Sept. 23, 2038.”

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The total number of engines cited here, 608, is exactly enough for one-for-one replacements of the eight Pratt and Whitney TF33 engines found on each of the Air Force’s 76 B-52H bombers. To help keep costs low, the Air Force had required the companies competing for the re-engining deal to submit proposals that would be able to leverage the aircraft’s four existing underwing engine pods, each of which holds two TF33s. Other modifications to the bombers are planned as part of the upgrade process.

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Space station shows signs of fatigue in structure,cracks are appearing warn Russians

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Astronaut Who Helped Build Space Station Says Damage Is “Serious”

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Retired astronaut Bill Shepherd warns Congress that NASA should thoroughly investigate damage on the International Space Station before securing more funds.

Warning Signs

Bill Shepherd, the retired NASA astronaut who served as captain of the first crew to work on the International Space Station, just issued a serious warning to Congress.

The space station has been showing its age, with new damage and other signs of wear being found in various modules. Most recently, Russian cosmonauts spotted about half a dozen new cracks in their Zarya module. And while both NASA and Roscosmos say the cracks don’t pose a threat to crewmembers, Insider reports that Shepherd spoke to a House of Representatives committee on Tuesday, telling the lawmakers that they need to pay attention to the possible hazard, which he called a “serious problem.”

Cart, Horse

NASA is currently trying to secure another four years’ worth of funding for the ISS, which would allow it to keep the orbital outpost running until 2028, according to Insider. But Shepherd says NASA would be unwise to do so before actually investigating these cracks to determine not only how bad they are today but whether they’ll continue to get worse, as Russian officials have warned they might.

“Getting to the bottom of this is a fairly serious issue,” Shepherd told Congress. “I don’t think the station’s in any immediate danger. But before we clear the station for another so many years of operational use, we should better understand this.”

Scratched Surfaces

Shepherd warned Congress that there are probably other cracks on the space station that haven’t yet been found, according to Insider, and said that conducting a more exhaustive investigation could help determine the current status, not to mention the viability of the station during its last few years of operation.

“As far as I know,” Shepherd told Congress, “the Russian engineers and the NASA engineers — they’ve analyzed it — they don’t exactly understand why these cracks are appearing now.”

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Anger rises in Cafe Americana

Polls Show That The American People Are Extremely Angry – And They Are About To Get Even Angrier

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This wasn’t supposed to happen.  We were promised that once Joe Biden was in the White House that the tremendous anger that was building up in our country would start to subside, but that obviously is not happening.  In fact, as you will see below, Americans have been getting even angrier.  Needless to say, the stunt that Joe Biden pulled last week is certainly not helping matters.  When he visited Boise on Monday, enormous crowds of extremely angry protesters were waiting for him.  And everywhere I go on social media this week, I am seeing huge explosions of anger.  What in the world is our country going to look like if all of this anger continues to grow?

Normally, it is either one side of the political spectrum or the other that is angry at any given time.

But here in September 2021, both sides of the political spectrum are very angry.  Just check out these stunning numbers from a brand new CNN poll

A new CNN poll finds that 74% of U.S. adults now say they are “very or somewhat angry” about the way things are going in the U.S. today — that includes 88% of Republicans, 70% of independents and even 67% of Democrats. But wait, there’s more.

Another 69% of U.S. adults now say that things are going “pretty or very badly” in the country these days — that includes 91% of Republicans, 72% of independents and 49% of Democrats.

Those numbers are crazy.  Just a few months ago, there was so much optimism, but now the mood of the nation has completely shifted.

Surprisingly, that same CNN poll asked a question about illegal immigration, and it found that even most Democrats are concerned about “the movement of undocumented immigrants”

And by the way, illegal immigration is still a concern for many in this nation. The CNN survey also found that 77% of U.S. adults say that it is important that the federal government “stops the movement of undocumented immigrants into the United States.” And the partisan breakdown: 95% of Republicans, 76% of independents and 52% of Democrats agreed.

Ever since Joe Biden entered the White House, giant throngs of people have been surging to our southern border, and this has created an unprecedented immigration crisis.

Incredibly, even though Biden has decided to impose vaccine mandates on millions upon millions of American citizens, even the White House Press Secretary is admitting that there will be no such requirement for the illegal immigrants that are being let into this country.

Members of Congress and their staffs are exempt from Biden’s new requirements as well.

But the rest of us are apparently fair game.  Today, my wife walked into a store where the employees were openly talking about how they might soon lose their jobs because of these new mandates.  Biden is dragging us into full-blown tyranny, and lots of American citizens are going to lose good jobs because of this.

Another new poll asked Americans if they think that Biden’s tyrannical decrees are constitutional or not, and the results were absolutely overwhelming

Asked in a new poll by Convention of States Action, in partnership with The Trafalgar Group, whether Biden has the constitutional authority to impose that demand, 58.6% said no.

Only 29.7% said yes.

The poll, taken over the weekend of likely general election voters, has a margin of error of 2.96%.

If they get away with this round of mandates, they will undoubtedly try to impose even more.

In fact, Dr. Fauci is openly telling us that he is in favor of mandating vaccines for air travel.

Fauci does not care about you.  The next time that you hear the corporate media heaping praise on him, just remember what he and his organization did to a bunch of beagles.

He sees you the same way, and he is going to keep pushing Biden to tighten the screws.

Already, we are seeing officials go door to door in some cities.  In Washington D.C., there are times when workers will “go back to a house four or five, six times” until someone finally answers the door…

Patrick Ashley, with D.C. Health, said the city has a significant outreach program going door to door.

“And as a reminder, we knock on doors until we actually get someone to talk to us. And so they’ll go back to a house four or five, six times, if necessary, multiple times of the day,” he said.

That should chill you to the core.

And what came next in that same article is also extremely chilling

Ashley also said the District is working with Medicare providers to make sure that they’re providing vaccination education.

“But you’re right, it is a choice of theirs to make,” Ashley said. “So we’ll continue to do that education through the —”

Silverman interrupted Ashley to say: “The president is saying it’s not a choice any more.”

The good news is that some red state governors are starting to fight back.

For example, Ron DeSantis just announced huge fines for any government entity in his state that attempts to mandate vaccines

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) on Monday fought back against Joe Biden’s unconstitutional vaccine mandates.

DeSantis announced cities and counties that force employees to get vaccinated will be fined $5,000 per infraction.

“We are here today to make it very clear that we are going to stand for the men and women who are serving. We are going to protect Florida jobs,” DeSantis said during the news conference. “We are not gonna let people be fired because of a vaccine mandate.”

Hopefully more red state governors will step up to the plate, because our politicians in Washington are completely and utterly out of control.

Not satisfied with angering millions of Americans with these new vaccine mandates, Democrats have also decided that now is the time to dramatically raise taxes

Top earners in New York City could face a combined city, state and federal income tax rate of 61.2%, according to plans being proposed by Democrats in the House of Representatives.

The plans being proposed include a 3% surtax on taxpayers earning more than $5 million a year. The plans also call for raising the top marginal income tax rate to 39.6% from the current 37%.

How would you feel if 61.2 percent of your income went to paying taxes?

Would that make you angry?

Of course it would.

But our politicians in Washington have to find some way to pay for their insane spending sprees.  The federal government ran a 3 trillion dollar budget deficit last fiscal year, and with one month to go they are on track to do it again this fiscal year.

Everywhere you turn, there is more bad news.  And everywhere you turn, things are starting to spiral out of control.  So many of the things that I have been warning about are happening right in front of our eyes, and the months ahead are looking very bleak.

If Americans are this angry while things are still relatively stable, what is the mood of this country going to look like once things really start to fall apart?

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Plight of Alaskan wolf

Stop Rare Alaskan Wolves From Going Extinct

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Hi Konstantin, Alexander Archipelago wolves are smaller than a typical gray wolf, with coats ranging from dark gray to pure black and even cinnamon.These wolves of the coastal rainforests of southeast Alaska are being trapped and hunted out of existence, their populations plummeting.

So we just launched a legal action to save them.You can help with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.

Clearcut logging on the Tongass National Forest and adjacent lands destroys the forest habitat these wolves rely on to raise their pups.And road construction for logging operations makes it easier for trappers and hunters to find and kill them.The effects are devastating: The largest population of these wolves, on Prince of Wales Island, has decreased by 60% — legal trapping recently killed more than half of the island’s wolves.

While the U.S. Forest Service has proposed restoring roadless protections to the Tongass and ending large-scale sales of old-growth timber, no timeline exists for either.

More wolf habitat will be destroyed while we wait. These wolves don’t have time to lose. The best way to keep them from going extinct is to give them protection under the Endangered Species Act.This protection would require state and federal agencies to better protect these wolves’ habitat — and limit hunting and trapping.

The Center has been working to protect Alexander Archipelago wolves since 1996. They were denied federal protection in 2016, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claimed their numbers were stable.In July 2020 we again petitioned for their federal protection — but the Service missed its deadline to make a final decision.

So if we have to, we’ll soon be in court again — doing whatever it takes to save these magnificent wolves

Alexander Archipelago wolf population occupying Prince of Wales Island declined by 75 percent between 1994 and 2014, from 356 to just 89 endangered individuals. 

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Chinese woman adopts puppy in a weak moment on holiday giving in to her children — but as it grows she becomes more and more concerned for her (and her family’s) safety

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Rolling stone magazine found guilty of faking news on covid

A few weeks back, the left-wing rag Rolling Stone published an ivermectin hit piece that falsely claimed hospitals are now being overwhelmed with patients who supposedly overdosed on the FDA-approved anti-parasite drug for humans.

Rolling Stone‘s headline said it all: “Gunshot Victims Left Waiting as Horse Dewormer Overdoses Overwhelm Oklahoma Hospitals, Doctor Says.” As it turns out, no actual doctor said any such thing. And the hospital where this supposedly all happened has since denied Rolling Stone‘s fake news.

“The ERs are so backed up that gunshot victims were having hard times getting to facilities where they can get definitive care and be treated,” Rolling Stone wrote in the article’s subheading, quoting someone named “Dr. Jason McElyea.”

After the lid was blown on the fake news fairy tale story, Rolling Stone issued not a correction or a retraction, but rather an “update.” That update indicated that Dr. McElyea is not actually employed by Northeastern Hospital System Sequoyah (NHSS), which is where the Stone falsely claimed the incident took place.

“… Dr. McElyea has not worked at our Sallisaw location in over 2 months,” NHS Sequoyah indicated in the “update.” “NHS Sequoyah has not treated any patients due to complications related to taking ivermectin. This includes not treating any patients for ivermectin overdose.”

“All patients who have visited our emergency room have received medical attention as appropriate,” the update goes on to read. “Our hospital has not had to turn away any patients seeking emergency care.”

Left-wing media runs with fabricated Rolling Stone story lying about ivermectin

In other words, Rolling Stone fabricated a false narrative from a fake doctor who does, in fact, exist, but who is not an employee of NHS Sequoyah. According to the update, McElyea is “affiliated with a medical staffing group that provides coverage” for the NHS Sequoyah emergency room.

Had Rolling Stone put its left-wing politics aside and actually sought out the facts before publishing a ridiculous fake news hit piece about ivermectin, said hit piece never would have been published in the first place.

Somehow, because former President Donald Trump made mention of ivermectin a few times while still in office, the left side of the American political aisle has been triggered about the drug ever since.

Any time ivermectin is even just mentioned, the mainstream media and now even the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) all rattle on in chorus about how it is just a “horse de-wormer,” even though the FDA approved ivermectin for human use back in 1996.

MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow, for instance, tweeted the fake news story from Rolling Stone, further suggesting that ivermectin is just for “animals.” Newsweek did pretty much the same thing, as did a host of other left-wing media outlets.

Twitter, Facebook fail to ban users for spreading Rolling Stone fake news

Big Tech, meanwhile, has yet to ban a single mainstream media outlet, “blue checkmark,” or any other user for spreading the Rolling Stone fake news piece, even though it contains blatant misinformation.

Twitter, which is perhaps the largest bastion of left-wing mental illness, sees nothing wrong with the Rolling Stone piece. Twitter users continue to tweet and retweet the fake news story about ivermectin without issue, even as users who discuss the science backing it are censored or banned.

“Is Twitter banning purveyors of ‘ivermectin overdoses crowding Oklahoma emergency room’ misinformation?” asked syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen. “The actual number of such patients at the hospital where Jason McElyea worked is zero.”

Kerpen added in another tweet that McElyea is currently embroiled in a lawsuit against the last hospital system he worked for after his medical staff membership and clinical privileges were revoked.

Speaking of lawsuits, comedian and podcast personality Joe Rogan was branded an “anti-vaccine conspiracy theorist” by Rolling Stone for himself taking ivermectin, along with a cocktail of other remedies both natural and pharmaceutical, after testing “positive” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

One of the things Rogan credits for his rapid recovery is ivermectin, which he was able to obtain either through a pharmacy for human use or from a feed store for animals use.

“Anyone taking medical advice from a rag that used to be about music deserves everything they get,” wrote one Zero Hedge commenter about Rolling Stone.

“This is what counts as journalism today,” wrote another. “Post any BS propaganda story that furthers a globalist / leftist agenda and write a vague retraction two weeks later so they can claim they still have integrity.”

Another noted that none of Big Tech’s “community standards” were applied to the fake news Rolling Stone piece, which as mentioned earlier continues to spread across social media as if it contained truth.

To keep up with the latest news about the left’s constant triggering over ivermectin, be sure to check out Libtards.news.

Duh say what?……..what “Globalist/ leftist agenda”??What they speak about?? The globalists are the multinational capitalists who wanna office in every country……and they are clearly not “leftists”

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Vanessa Vieira picked up Christian Brueckner for flashing at a playground in 2017, before he was linked to missing Maddie

Cop who guarded Madeleine McCann flat caught prime suspect 10 years later

In a remarkable coincidence, Vanessa Vieira picked up Christian Brueckner for flashing at a playground in 2017, before he was linked to missing Maddie

  • BY PATRICK HILL
  • 22:22, 4 SEP 2021

A police officer who guarded the holiday flat from where Madeleine McCann went missing caught the prime suspect 10 years later.

In a remarkable coincidence, Vanessa Vieira picked up Christian Brueckner for flashing at a playground in 2017, before he was linked to missing Maddie.

Her story is revealed in a new book on the case, as authorities build a case against convicted paedophile Brueckner – last year named as the main suspect.

The officer said she still feels the McCanns’ grief after days on duty at the Ocean Club in Praia da Luz, Portugal, from where Maddie vanished in 2007 days before turning four, the Mirror reports.

And she criticised the probe by her Portuguese colleagues, which focused on parents Kate and Gerry.

Vanessa said she encountered Brueckner while off duty at a food festival with her daughter in Messines, 40 miles from Praia.

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“They were really angry and grabbed him and started pushing him around. It took all my powers of persuasion and strength to hold them off him. They wanted to kill him. I told him I was a policewoman and asked his name.

“He told me ‘Christian’ and said he was visiting friends. He looked drunk.

“I asked him what he was doing with his trousers down. He said he ‘needed to go for a pee pee’.”

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The officer asked Brueckner for his driving licence then phoned the local police station, giving them his full name.

“They told me there was a warrant for his arrest and they bundled him in the car and took him off to be held in the cells overnight.”

Brueckner was deported to Germany to face questioning for other crimes, for which he is still jailed.

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“I could really see their pain. I was as shocked as anyone when they were made suspects… it made no sense. I was pleased when the case against them was dropped.”

Brueckner, 44, is in a German jail for raping a 72-year-old woman in Praia da Luz in 2005.

He has never been questioned or charged in relation to Maddie.

This extract comes from the book My Search for Madeleine, by Jon Clarke, available here.

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Princess Diana faked her ­famous ­romance with Dodi Fayed, it has been sensationally claimed.

The pair were snapped in intimate clinches on loved-up holidays and ­evenings out after Di’s divorce from Prince Charles.

But it has emerged that a staff member who worked for Diana and Dodi saw no ­evidence of any romance.

They claimed that the princess’ shows of affection for Dodi were put on for the c­ameras. And they alleged Dodi even called her “ma’am” in private.

The worker said at the time: “It’s all a big fake pretence.”

The amazing claims were made to journalist Paul McMullan, who was sent to cover the pair’s holiday on the Italian Riviera in the summer of 1997.

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It came just weeks ­before they both died in a high-speed car crash in Paris as they fled the paparazzi.

They sailed the Mediterranean on board a 200ft yacht owned by Dodi’s tycoon father Mohamed Al Fayed.https://8e7b908006f037f14fa2bb80bbd75f2e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html76516486337WHAT’S HOT1Future of Jimmy Savile’s lair in the Scottish Highlands to be decided by locals2Tragic woman locked in mum’s attic for 25 years after her sex life shamed family3Golden retriever puppy tries to befriend ‘alpha’ dog in park – but fails miserably

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But reporter Paul was stunned by what a member of the yacht’s crew told him about the couple’s behaviour behind closed doors.

He said: “No-one knows this, so it’s ­actually quite interesting. [The crew member] said, ‘They don’t share the same bedroom, he calls her ma’am, is ­incredibly deferential and respectful.ADVERTISEMENT

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“But as soon as she goes outside to wave to the paps, she’s bending over and kissing him and hugging him’.”

It has always been thought that Diana and Dodi, then 36 and 42, were in an ­intimate relationship.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailystar.co.uk%2Fnews%2Flatest-news%2Fprincess-diana-faked-romance-dodi-24910797&cre=center&cip=29&view=web

But speaking on new documentary Sex & Power, Paul said: “The truth was the ­opposite.” The claims will stun the Royal Family and aides at Buckingham Palace.

And it will shock the millions of fans who still mourn the death of the princess.

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Debbie Gribble said the princess was ­“relaxed, fun and light”.

Remembering the time in the waters off Sardinia, Debbie claimed Di was “a totally different person” in public and private.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.dailystar.co.uk%2Fnews%2Flatest-news%2Fprincess-diana-faked-romance-dodi-24910797&cre=mr-bottom&cip=1&view=web&ignoreMetaDataCheck=true

The new revelations may prove to be a ­headache for producers of Netflix royal ­drama The Crown.

The programme will soon cover events that happened during the 1990s, ­including Diana’s time with Dodi and their deaths on their fateful trip to Paris.

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Lokführer im Streik: »Niemand möchte den Job machen

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Ab Donnerstag wieder: Leere Gleise in deutschen Bahnhöfen (hier in München)

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Dritter Streik der Lokführer

Was Bahnreisende jetzt wissen müssen

Hunderttausende Pendler und Reisende sind betroffen: Von Donnerstag an wollen die Lokführer erneut den Schienenverkehr lahmlegen. Welche Züge noch fahren, wer Geld zurückbekommt – die wichtigsten Fragen und Antworten.31.08.2021, 18.46 Uhr

Bahnreisende brauchen erneut gute Nerven und müssen bundesweit mit starken Beeinträchtigungen rechnen. Die Lokführergewerkschaft GDL hat ihren inzwischen dritten und bisher längsten Bahnstreik angekündigt. Das sollten Reisende jetzt wissen:ANZEIGE

Wann genau wird gestreikt?

Im Personenverkehr soll der Streik in der Nacht zu Donnerstag, den 2. September, um 2 Uhr beginnen und bis Dienstag, den 7. September, um 2 Uhr, dauern. Die Deutsche Bahn rät Reisenden, Fahrten möglichst vorzuziehen. Gebuchte Fahrkarten für den Fernverkehr im Zeitraum des Streiks von Donnerstag bis Dienstag können bereits seit Montag und bis zum 17. September flexibel genutzt werden. Bei Sparpreisen und Supersparpreisen ist die Zugbindung aufgehoben.

Mit Betriebsstart am 7. September ist laut Bahnangaben wieder von einem normalen Fahrplanangebot auszugehen.

Worauf muss ich mich einstellen?

Ein Großteil der Verbindungen wird ausfallen. Besonders nachgefragte Hauptverkehrsstrecken sowie die Anbindung an wichtige Bahnhöfe und Flughäfen sollen nach Angaben der Bahn aber zumindest in regelmäßigen Abständen bedient werden. In Metropolregionen soll ein Grundangebot an Regional- und S-Bahnen fahren. Daher sollten Reisende zunächst prüfen, ob Der Zug faehrt

Die Bahn will während der Streiktage sicherstellen, dass im Fernverkehr rund ein Viertel der Züge des normalen Fahrplans angeboten wird. Im Regional- und S-Bahnverkehr peilt das Unternehmen ein Angebot von etwa 40 Prozent an.

-gap- Nach einem Lkw-Unfall am Vorabend staut sich am Morgen des 4. April 2017 auf der Autobahn A1 kurz vor dem Autobahnkreuz Münster-Süd der Verkehr in Fahrtrichtung Dortmund.

Den Ersatzfahrplan finden Kunden in der DB Navigator App und online in der Fahrplanauskunft der Deutschen Bahn. In der Live-Auskunft sind nur Züge zu finden, die in jedem Fall bis zum Ziel fahren. Außerdem können sich Kunden und Kundinnen an die Streikhotline der Bahn unter der Nummer 08000/996633 oder an das DB-Personal am Bahnsteig wenden.Mehr zum Thema

Wie kann ich mir die Fahrkarte erstatten lassen?

Wer die Fahrt im Streikzeitraum – aus welchem Grund auch immer – nicht antreten möchte, kann sich das Ticket kostenfrei erstatten lassen. Dies gilt ausdrücklich auch für Verbindungen, die verfügbar wären. Für online oder in der App gekaufte Tickets muss dafür ein Kulanzformular auf der DB-Website ausgefüllt werden. Fahrkarten, die am Schalter gekauft wurden, können nur dort zurückgegeben werden. Experten raten, die Reklamation nicht lange aufzuschieben.javascript:”<html><body style=’background:transparent’></body></html>”

Wer bei der Abwicklung mit der Bahn Probleme hat, kann zum Beispiel die Schlichtungsstelle für den öffentlichen Personenverkehr konsultieren und online einen Schlichtungsantrag stellen. Deren Juristinnen und Juristen verhelfen Verbrauchern kostenlos zu ihrem Recht.

Kann ich bei Verspätungen Entschädigung fordern?

Kommt es bei der ausgewählten Verbindung zu Verzögerungen, haben Fahrgäste ein Recht auf Entschädigung. Deren Höhe richtet sich nach der Länge der Verzögerung.

Kommen Fahrgäste mindestens 60 Minuten später als geplant an, haben sie Anspruch auf 25 Prozent Erstattung, bei mehr als 120 Minuten sind es 50 Prozent. Reisende können die Ansprüche mit dem Fahrgastrechte-Formular online, im Zug oder in einem DB-Büro geltend machen. Darüber hinaus funktioniert die Reklamation im Kundenkonto auf http://www.bahn.de oder in der DB Navigator App

ARCHIV – Verspätungen und Ausfälle für mehrere Züge der Deutschen Bahn AG werden am 17.12.2010 im Hauptbahnhof in Magdeburg (Sachsen-Anhalt) angezeigt. Das Bundesverwaltungsgericht entscheidet am 09.09.2015 in einem Streit über die Verpflichtung der Bahn, überall über Verspätungen informieren zu müssen. Foto: Jens Wolf dpa (zu dpa «Bundesgericht entscheidet im Streit um Verspätungsinfos der Bahn» vom 09.09.2015) +++(c) dpa – Bildfunk+++

Auch für Inhaber von Zeitkarten kann sich eine Reklamation lohnen. Ihnen bietet die Bahn pauschale Entschädigungen bei Verspätungen von mehr als einer Stunde an.

Um die Verzögerung nachzuweisen, sollten sich Betroffene die Störung idealerweise von DB-Beschäftigten am Bahnhof bescheinigen lassen. Alternativ genügen aber auch Fotos von Anzeigetafeln oder Screenshots vom Handydisplay, aus denen die Information über die Verspätung hervorgeht.

In bestimmten Fällen können Fahrgäste, die mit einer Verspätung von mindestens 60 Minuten am Zielort rechnen müssen, ein anderes Verkehrsmittel wie Bus oder Taxi nutzen. Dies gilt dann, wenn die planmäßige Ankunftszeit zwischen Mitternacht und 5 Uhr morgens liegt. Die Deutsche Bahn erstattet dann Kosten bis zu maximal 80 Euro, wenn die Originalrechnung vorliegt.

Meine Verbindung fährt nicht. Kann ich umsteigen?

Für den Fernverkehr gilt: Fährt der Zug nicht, für den das Ticket gilt, können Fahrgäste auf eine andere Verbindung ausweichen. Auch höherwertige Züge – zum Beispiel ein ICE statt IC – können dann genutzt werden. Die Zugbindung ist aufgehoben.

Für den Nahverkehr gilt: Wenn sich bei Verbindungen eine mindestens 20-minütige Verspätung abzeichnet, können Fahrgäste Züge des Fernverkehrs ohne Aufpreis nutzen. Bevor Fahrgäste in einen Fernverkehrszug einsteigen, müssen sie aber ein gültiges Ticket lösen. Die Kosten dafür können sie sich später von der Bahn erstatten lassen. Das gilt aber nur dann, wenn die ursprüngliche Route nicht länger als 50 Kilometer ist oder nicht länger als eine Stunde dauert. Auch bei einer erheblich ermäßigten Fahrkarte, etwa einem Länder- oder Semesterticket, gilt diese Regelung nicht.

Zürich Hauptbahnhof at Night in Zurich Switzerland

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Hunters want to kill Wolves (again)

New Kill Orders Target Northwest Wolves

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Hi Konstantin Kill orders have been issued for up to two of the nine wolves in Washington’s Togo pack.It’s the fifth time since 2018 that this wolf family has been targeted.While wolves there are state-protected, Washington’s endangered species laws are weak, and the state continues to kill wolves for the livestock industry.It has to stop. Please help with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.Last year Gov. Jay Inslee directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock.But the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, which the Commission oversees, has taken aim at the Togo pack again. Since 2012 its wildlife officials have killed 34 state-endangered wolves.And in Oregon two other kill orders are out, on the OR-30 wolves and Lookout Mountain pack, which had two 14-week-old pups killed by the state three weeks ago.We’re urging the governors of both states to step in and stop the kill orders.If state agencies keep doing the bidding of livestock operators, industry will keep relying on helicopter sharpshooters to kill wolves instead of using nonlethal measures that are far more effective for avoiding conflicts.The war on wolves is being waged across many fronts. Idaho and Montana are extending their trapping seasons, granting almost unlimited wolf-hunting and letting wolves be killed with cruel snares or run over by snowmobiles. Wisconsin wants to hold its second hunt this year in the fall, putting as many as 300 wolves at risk.We’re fighting to restore protection to wolves across the lower 48, including an emergency petition for wolves in the northern Rockies.We won’t let up against those who see wolves as pests, trophies or target practice.Wolves and their families can flourish here — but only if states get out of the business of killing them.Please support our fight for wolves with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund.For the wild,
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Japan very edgy over using Covid 19 vaccines

Search for:HomeHEALTHModerna Vaccination Halted in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture

Moderna Vaccination Halted in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture

August 30, 2021 TLB Staff HEALTHWORLD 0

ER Editor: Okinawa is a Japanese prefecture covering several islands south of the Japanese mainland, not far from Taiwan, with a population of around 1.5 million.

The Japanese government had already suspended 1.6 million doses of the Moderna vaccine after what could be graphene oxide – a ‘black’ substance – was discovered in several batches. Then, two men in their thirties died following their second dose. See 2 people die in Japan after receiving Moderna Covid-19 shots from batch that was withdrawn due to foreign material in some vials.

Notice below that an unidentified pink substance has also been noticed in the vials. The batches in Okinawa are NOT among the 1.6 million doses already shelved.

We remind readers that Japan has already had some bad experiences with both the MMR and Gardasil vaccines, making them generally far more cautious with what they give their citizens.

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Moderna vaccinations halted in Japan’s Okinawa after ‘black substances’ found in vial, days after other batch of jab was suspended

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Okinawa prefecture has halted Moderna vaccinations after unknown materials were found in a vial of the drug. The move comes after Japan pulled 1.6 million Moderna doses from a different batch over contamination concerns.

Black substances were discovered in syringes and a vial, while unidentified pink substances were spotted in a different syringe with a Moderna vaccine dose, according to Japan’s public broadcaster, NHK.

Moderna vaccinations halted in Japan’s Okinawa after ‘black substances’ found in vial, days after other batch of jab was suspended

©  AFP / HAZEM BADEROkinawa’s government said in a statement on Sunday that it was suspending the use of Moderna vaccines after “foreign substances were spotted in some of them.”

Takeda Pharmaceutical, Japan’s domestic distributor of the Moderna shot, is expected to probe whether the suspected contamination occurred during production and will consult with the health ministry on the matter, NHK reported.

The discovery comes just three days after Japan suspended the use of more than 1.6 million Moderna doses that had been distributed to 863 vaccination centers around the country. The doses were temporarily pulled from circulation as a precautionary measure after foreign material was discovered in some vials. Some of the doses were reportedly contaminated with metal particles. The newly discovered contaminated doses in Okinawa are from different vaccine lots.

While the issue is still being investigated, Japan’s Health Ministry revealed on Saturday that two people who had received their second Moderna doses from the vaccine lots withdrawn earlier this week had died. The ministry said it was investigating what killed the two victims, both men in their 30s, and that it was currently unknown if the vaccine played a role.

The vials from the pulled batches, which were manufactured by a Moderna contractor in Europe, are currently undergoing laboratory analysis. The results will be available early next week, Moderna and Takeda said in a joint statement released on Saturday.

On Friday, Taro Kono, the minister in charge of Japan’s immunization campaign, disclosed that more than 500,000 vaccinations had already been carried out using the doses from the vaccine lots in question. So far, there doesn’t appear to be any “serious safety issues” identified, Kono said.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has launched its own probe to determine if the EU’s Moderna supply suffers from similar contamination problems.

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Japan rejected standard vaccine after scrutiny over content

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TOKYO, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Japan suspended the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna Inc’s (MRNA.O) COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, more than a week after the domestic distributor received reports of contaminants in some vials.

Japan and Moderna said no safety or efficacy issues had been identified and the suspension was just a precaution. But the move prompted several Japanese companies to cancel worker vaccinations planned for Thursday and led to the European drugs regulator to launch an investigation into the matter.

“Moderna confirms having been notified of cases of particulate matter being seen in drug product vials of its COVID-19 vaccine,” the U.S. vaccine maker said in a statement, adding it put the lot in question and two adjacent lots on hold.

“The company is investigating the reports and remains committed to working expeditiously with its partner, Takeda, and regulators to address this,” it added, referring to Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical (4502.T), which distributes the vaccine in the country.

A Health Ministry official said Takeda first found out about the contaminated vials on Aug. 16 and reported the issue to the government on Wednesday. The delay was because Takeda needed time to gather information on which vials were affected and where they were in the country, the official said.

Moderna and Spanish pharma company Rovi (ROVI.MC), which bottles Moderna vaccines for markets other than the United States, said the contamination could be due to a manufacturing issue in one of Rovi’s production lines.

Rovi, whose shares slumped 13.38%, said in a statement it was investigating and “working to provide all the information” about the possible incident. It said the batch in question was meant for distribution only in Japan and two more batches processed before and after it were held back out of caution.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it was investigating the contamination incident and was assessing whether there was an impact on EU supplies.

“EMA is investigating the matter and has requested the marketing authorisation holder to provide information on any potential impact on batches supplied to the EU in addition to details on the ongoing root cause investigation,” the agency said in a statement to Reuters.

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
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Moderna has so far delivered to the EU over 70 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, EU’s public data show. The company has two contracts with the 27-nation bloc for a total supply of up to 460 million shots.

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The suspension is a fresh setback for Moderna, whose partners had production delays last month that disrupted supplies to countries including South Korea. read more

Japan’s defence ministry, which operates a mass vaccination site in Osaka, said shots from the lot in question, which contains 565,400 doses, had been used in the western prefecture between Aug. 6 and Aug. 20, but it did not say how many people were affected.

Japanese carrier ANA (9202.T) said about 4,700 shots of the halted Moderna lot had been used and it would stop all vaccinations planned on Thursday.

Its rival Japan Airlines (9201.T) also cancelled some COVID-19 vaccinations for its employees on Thursday after receiving Moderna vaccines with particulate matter.

Despite several companies cancelling planned vaccinations, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the country’s inoculation plan would be little affected by the issue.

A day earlier, he said about 60% of the public would be fully vaccinated by the end of September and the country had enough vaccines to provide booster doses. read more

The decision to suspend use of the Moderna shots comes at an awkward time for Suga, whose government was criticised over a slow rollout in the vaccine campaign earlier in the year. He faces challenges in a party leadership race and his approval ratings have sunk below 30%. read more

Japan is battling its worst wave of infections, driven by the Delta variant, with new daily infections exceeding 25,000 this month for the first time. It has inoculated 54% of its population with at least one dose and fully vaccinated 43%, according to a Reuters vaccine tracker.Reporting by Manojna Maddipatla and Nikhil Kurian Nainan in Bengaluru, Chang-Ran Kim and Rocky Swift in Tokyo, Nathan Allen in Madrid, Ju-min Park and Sangmi Cha in Seoul, and Ludwig Burger in Frankfurt; Additional reporting by Francesco Guarascio in Brussels; Editing by Ana Nicolaci da Costa, David Holmes and Jonathan Oatis

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Isis claim responsibility for Kabul airport terror attack

Isis claim responsibility for Kabul airport terror attack

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Serena Auñón-Chancellor was accused by Russians of deliberately drilling a hole after she developed a blood clot

Nasa astronaut ‘made hole in space station to come home early’

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Nasa’s top officials have scorned a claim from Russia’s space agency that a US astronaut sabotaged a capsule at the International Space Station to try to force an early return to Earth.

The unsubstantiated claim — published by Tass, the Russian government news agency — accused Serena Auñón-Chancellor, 45, of drilling a hole in a Soyuz spacecraft after an “acute psychological crisis” in 2018.

“Serena is an extremely well-respected crew member who has made invaluable contributions. I did not find this accusation credible,” said Kathy Lueders, Nasa’s associate administrator for human space flight.

Bill Nelson, head of Nasa, tweeted: “I fully support Serena.”

The apparent smear campaign raised questions over Russia as a space partner and put a controversial angle on the unexplained origin of some decompression.

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August 09, 2021From the desk of Graham SummersPick Up Graham’s Best-Selling Book.Find Out What’s Coming For the Fed and the Markets Here                     Did Gold Just Give Us a Taste of What’s Coming For Stocks?Gold collapsed overnight, dropping over $100 per ounce as some $4 billion worth of gold contracts were sold. The precious metal has since rebounded, but the impact of the drop has done considerable technical damage to the precious metal. This kind of panic selling has investors asking, “are stocks next?”One of the key drivers of stocks prices since the March 2020 bottom has been the Fed’s interventions. The Fed spent a total of $3 trillion between March and June 2020. It briefly dipped between June and July 2020 but has since increased at a steady pace courtesy of the Fed’s $120 billion per month Quantitative Easing (QE) program.As I write Monday morning, the Fed’s balance sheet is now north of $8.2 trillion.GPC8921.png However, all signs point to the Fed reducing these interventions going forward.With jobs numbers like those from July (900K+ jobs were created), the unemployment rate down to 5.4% again, and inflation roaring (CPI is clocking in over 5%), the Fed is effectively out of reasons to continue its month interventions at the current pace.Add to this the fact that numerous Fed officials are calling for a taper to QE and even rate hikes, and it’s clear the Fed is on the verge of announcing that it will be reducing its money printing very soon.This would mean stocks losing considerable support from the Fed. Again, the Fed has spent over $4 trillion supporting the markets since the March 2020. But by the look of things, that will be ending soon.So was the collapse in gold a taste of what’s coming for stocks shortly when the Fed finally takes off “the training wheels?”After that comes the next big question…  will trigger the next crisis?To determine that I use my Bear Market Trigger.If you’re unfamiliar with the Bear Market Trigger, it has caught every major bear market in the last 20+ years.I’ve identified the previous signals on the chart below. Using this trigger you’d have avoided 90% of the carnage during the Tech Bust and the Great Financial Crisis of 2008.GPC72214.pngWe came darn close to triggering this signal during the COVID-19 meltdown, but managed to just avoid it by the fact that stocks closed April 2020 up. Had April been a down month we would have a confirmed signal.How does this signal work? And is it close to triggering a new signal?
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The Dow vs. the Nasdaq: An Overview

Because of the way people frequently use the phrases “the Dow” and “the Nasdaq,” in some instances both of these terms have become synonymous with “the market” or “the economy.” However, this can provide an inaccurate impression of what these terms actually refer to. While both the Dow and the Nasdaq are indexes that investors can track, neither of these indexes actually refers to the market or the economy in general. Instead, they are theoretical snapshots of the market that can provide investors with an idea of how the market or the economy is performing.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Both “the Dow” and “the Nasdaq” refer to market indexes.
  • The Nasdaq also refers to an exchange where investors can buy and sell stocks.
  • Although it can be misleading based on how the terms are frequently used, neither the Dow nor the Nasdaq refers to “the market” or “the economy.”
  • Investors cannot trade the Dow or the Nasdaq indexes because they are representations of the performance of a grouping of stocks in the form of a mathematical average.
  • However, investors can purchase index funds–or exchange-traded funds (ETFs)–that track these indexes.

What’s The Difference Between The Dow And The Nasdaq?

The Dow

“The Dow” actually refers to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), an important index that many people pay attention to in order to get an indication of how well the overall stock market is performing. The DJIA is not the same as Dow Jones and Company, a firm that is owned by News Corp. and publishes the periodical called The Wall Street Journal.

Rather, the index is one of many indexes owned by S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a joint venture of S&P Global (SPGI), CME Group Inc., and News Corp.1

The DJIA is a price-weighted average of 30 significant stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the Nasdaq. The DJIA was invented by Charles Dow in 1896. It measures the performance of some of the United States’ biggest blue chip companies. The industrial part of the name is largely historical; very few of the index’s component companies have anything to do with heavy industry anymore.2

The Nasdaq

The Nasdaq is also a term that can refer to two different things. The first is the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations exchange which is the first electronic exchange that allowed investors to buy and sell stock on a computerized, speedy, and transparent system without the need for a physical trading floor.3 The second reference is to an index. When you hear people say that the “the Nasdaq is up today,” they are referring to the Nasdaq Composite Index, which, like the DJIA, is a statistical measure of a portion of the stock market.4

Both the Dow and the Nasdaq, then, are terms that refer to an index, or an average of a great many numbers derived from the price movements of certain stocks. The Nasdaq contains all of the companies that trade on the Nasdaq. Most are technology and internet-related, but there are financial, consumer, biotech, and industrial companies as well. The Nasdaq tracks more than 3,300 stocks. The DJIA is composed mainly of companies found on the New York Stock Exchange, with only a couple of Nasdaq-listed stocks such as Apple (AAPL), Intel (INTC), Cisco (CSCO), and Microsoft (MSFT).SPONSORED

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It is known as one of the most violent cases involving extraterrestrials ever to be documented. UFOs appeared in the skies above a small Brazilian city and discharged lights that caused injuries to many men, women and children. It is a rare case that culminated in at least two deaths and the alleged suicide of the Commander of the Brazilian Airforce.

And yet strangely, little is known about the Colares UFO flap outside of Brazil.

On the northeastern coast of Brazil lies the second largest of the Brazilian States – Para. Here the island city of Colares is separated from the mainland because of its location in the Amazon River delta as it empties into the Atlantic Ocean. During the late 1970s, at the time of the events in question, there were approximately 2,000 residents living there. Colares relied heavily on the simple professions of fishing and farming. This makes the occurrences seem all the more credible. There had been reports of strange incidents before, but most of the sightings began in August of 1977.

Abel Trindade was at home on the 14th of September 1977. It was 9.30pm and he was listening to the radio when he saw a blue light coming through the ceiling. He became paralyzed and unable to scream for help. After the incident, he suffered from a sore throat and headache for several days.

It was very early in the morning on the `4th of October in Belem Brazil. 48-year-old farmworker Benidito saw a bright blue light. It was hovering just above a treetop. It stayed there for a few seconds before slowly moving away. It made no noise and although Bendito was afraid he was unharmed.

Unlike another 40-year-old farm worker Manoel dos Santos just three weeks later. He was in bed when suddenly the interior of his house was lit up by a bright light that came through the roof. Manoel tried to get out of bed but he was paralyzed and unable to scream for help. After several minutes he could eventually stand up, but the left side of his body was both sore and numb for over a week. In the days that followed he would see many lights on the horizon very low in the sky, they would slow down, speed up and suddenly disappear.

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Cases of human rabies cases in the United States are rare, with only 1 to 3 cases reported annually. Twenty-five cases of human rabies have been reported in the United States in the past decade (2009-2018). Seven of these infections were acquired outside of the U.S. and its territories.

The number of human rabies deaths in the United States has been steadily declining since the 1970’s thanks to animal control and vaccination programs, successful outreach programs, public health capacity and laboratory diagnostics, and the availability of modern rabies biologics. Yet each year, hundreds of thousands of animals need to be placed under observation or be tested for rabies, and between 30,000 to 60,000 people need to receive rabies postexposure prophylaxis.

Date of onsetDate of deathReporting stateAge (y)SexExposure*Rabies virus variant†
16-Oct-184-Nov-18UT55MContactBat, Tb
15-Jul-1823-Aug-18DE69FUnknownRaccoon, eastern United States
28-Dec-1714-Jan-18FL6MBiteBat, Tb
6-Oct-1721-Oct-17FL56FBiteBat, Tb
5-May-1721-May-17VA65FBiteDog, India
25-Nov-151-Dec-15PR54MBiteDog-mongoose, Caribbean
17-Sep-153-Oct-15WY77FContactBat, Ln
30-Jul-1524-Aug-15MA65MBite, PhilippinesDog, Philippines
12-Sep-1426-Sep-14MO52MUnknownBat, Ps
16-May-1311-Jun-13TX28MUnknown, GuatemalaDog, Guatemala
31-Jan-1327-Feb-13MD49MKidney transplantRaccoon, eastern United States
6-Jul-1231-Jul-12CA34MBiteBat,Tb
22-Dec-1123-Jan-12MA63MContactBat, My sp
3-Dec-1119-Dec-11SC46FUnknownBat,Tb
1-Sep-1114-Oct-11MA40MContact, BrazilDog, Brazil
21-Aug-111-Sep-11NC20MUnknown (organ donor)§Raccoon, eastern United States
14-Aug-1131-Aug-11NY25MContact, AfghanistanDog, Afghanistan
30-Jun-1120-Jul-11NJ73FBite, HaitiDog, Haiti
30-Apr-11SurvivedCA8FUnknownUnknown
24-Dec-1010-Jan-11WI70MUnknownBat, Ps
2-Aug-1021-Aug-10LA19MBite, MexicoBat, Dr
23-Oct-0920-Nov-09VA42MContact, IndiaDog, India
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TOP 10 FACTS ABOUT RABIES

Rabies is a Zoonotic disease which is transmitted from a rabid animal to other warm blooded animals, including humans and our pets.  The danger lies in the fact that this disease is lethal if not treated almost immediately after being infected.  

1. Why is World Rabies Day celebrated on 28 September every year?

This day celebrates the life and death of Louis Pasteur (27 December 1822 – 28 September 1895).

Louis Pasteur discovered that microorganisms cause disease and that one can create a vaccine from the weakened microbes of these organisms.  He was most famous for his vaccines developed for Rabies, Anthrax and Cholera.

He also developed a process which is known today as pasteurisation (The process of destroying bacteria by heating and cooling a liquid).

2. How many people die every year from Rabies?

The most deaths occur due to rabid pets, and on average 60,000 people die every year from rabies.

3. Which countries have the highest rates of rabid animals?

Rabies occurs mostly in Africa and Asia.

4. What exactly happens when a rabid animal bites a human?

The Rabies Virus is carried over to humans by means of the saliva of a rabid animal. This fatal virus attacks the central nervous system, which includes the spinal cord and the brain.  Symptoms can occur within a week and up to 7 years after being infected.  Rabies in humans is fatal if not treated immediately.

5. What are the symptoms of a human having rabies?

  • The area around the wound will tingle and become itchy. 
  • From there the classic virus signs of a high fever and aches will develop. 
  • Once the brain and spinal cord is infected, twitching, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, hallucinations, agitation, confusion, paralysis and often hydrophobia (fear of water) start to occur.

6. What are the most common symptoms of an animal having rabies?

  • Craving and eating of non-food items (aka Pika)
  • Seizures,
  • Dropped Jaw,
  • Inability to swallow (saliva dropping out of mouth),
  • Paralysis and confusion which often results in aggression, hence the dog bites is the biggest means of transferring the virus.

7. Why is Rabies so dangerous for animals and humans?

All warm-blooded animals are at risk of contracting rabies.  Vaccination (prevention) for humans after exposure is successful if administered within 6 days, with 4 doses over a period of 2 weeks. They should also get another shot called Rabies Immune Globulin at the same time as the first dose. There is no cure after the disease has reached the spinal cord or brain and the inevitable outcome results in death.  

8. Can one prevent Rabies in animals?

Yes rabies is preventable if immunised with Rabisin or Defensor, and the vaccination against rabies also have an “R” in them like DA2PPi+R, and the rabies portion is normally the diluent.

These vaccines cover your pet against rabies, canine distemper, hepatitis (canine adenovirus-2 and -1), parvovirus, and parainfluenza.

9. What is the difference between Canine Distemper and Rabies?

Unlike Rabies, CD is not transferrable to humans, but their symptoms are very similar.  In many cases when an animal does have Canine Distemper, it could also be infected by the rabies virus. Canine distemper is a contagious and serious viral illness with no known cure. The virus can be spread through the air and by direct contact of faeces or infected animals.

10. Is vaccinating our pets against Rabies compulsory in South Africa?

Yes all pets must be vaccinated against Rabies in South Africa.  This vaccination is often sponsored by the Government and offered at a reduced fee (or free of charge) during Rabies Prevention Week.  The vaccine does not only help protect our pets, but it also aids in the prevention of spreading of the rabies disease.

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80 percent of all German military casualties occurred on the Eastern Front

How many German soldiers died on Eastern front?

5.5 million soldiers

80 percent of all German military casualties occurred on the Eastern Front. Germany lost 5.5 million soldiers and 1.8 million civilians. The percentage of its population that perished was 10.77%. 10 million soldiers of the 17 million who fought returned after the war.

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WWII Eastern Front

Operation Barbarossa (GermanUnternehmen Barbarossa) also known as the German invasion of the Soviet Union was the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union by Nazi Germany and some of its Axis allies, which started on Sunday, 22 June 1941, during World War II. The operation put into action Nazi Germany’s ideological goal of conquering the western Soviet Union so as to repopulate it with Germans. The German Generalplan Ost aimed to use some of the conquered people as slave labour for the Axis war effort while acquiring the oil reserves of the Caucasus as well as the agricultural resources of various Soviet territories. Their ultimate goal included the eventual extermination, enslavement, Germanization and mass deportation to Siberia of the Slavic peoples, and to create more Lebensraum (living space) for Germany.[24][25]

Operation Barbarossa
Part of the Eastern Front of World War II

Clockwise from top left:German soldiers advance through northern Russia German flamethrower team Soviet Ilyushin Il-2s over German positions near Moscow Soviet POWs on the way to prison camps Soviet soldiers fire artillery
Date22 June – 5 December 1941
(5 months, 1 week and 6 days)LocationCentral EuropeNortheast EuropeEastern EuropeResultAxis failureOpening of the Eastern FrontAxis failure to reach the A-A lineBeginning of Soviet Winter counter-offensive
Belligerents
 Germany[a] Romania Finland Italy Hungary Slovakia Soviet Union
Commanders and leaders
 Adolf Hitler Walther von Brauchitsch Hermann Göring Franz Halder Fedor von Bock Gerd von Rundstedt Wilhelm R. von Leeb Ion Antonescu C.G.E. Mannerheim Joseph Stalin Georgy Zhukov Aleksandr Vasilevsky Semyon Budyonny Kliment Voroshilov Semyon Timoshenko Markian Popov Fyodor Kuznetsov Dmitry Pavlov  Ivan Tyulenev Mikhail Kirponos 
Units involved
Axis armies: Army Group North16th Army18th Army4th Panzer Army Army Group Center2nd Army4th Army9th Army2nd Panzer Army3rd Panzer Army Army Group South6th Army11th Army17th Army1st Panzer Army 3rd Army 4th ArmyIndependent armies: Army of Norway Army of KareliaSoviet armies: Northern Front7th Army8th Army48th Army52nd Army54th Army55th Army Northwestern Front11th Army27th Army34th Army Western Front3rd Army10th Army13th Army16th Army19th Army20th Army22nd Army24th Army28th Army40th Army50th Army Southwestern Front5th Army6th Army12th Army21st Army26th Army37th Army Southern Front9th Army18th ArmyCoastal Army
Strength
Frontline strength (22 June 1941)3.8 million personnel[1][2]3,350–3,795 tanks[3][1][4][5]3,030–3,072 other AFVs[6][b]2,770–5,369 aircraft[3][7]7,200–23,435 artillery pieces[1][3][5]17,081 mortars[5]600,000 horses [8]600,000 vehicles [8]Frontline strength (22 June 1941)2.6–2.9 million personnel[9][10][11]11,000 tanks[12][13]7,133–9,100 military aircraft[14][15][16]

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Plain Jane M&S ring donut offends Jane

Marks’s court controversy these days,hardly a day goes by without some going off their head (about them),here is the latest one…..

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M&S in hot water with mums over ‘offensive’ name of £1 bakery item

“I just think M&S should know better”

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  • 15:15, 3 AUG 2021UPDATED10:11, 4 AUG 2021

A furious shopper has blasted M&S for the name of its new bakery product.

Jane Hudson took umbrage when she spotted the retail giant had called their vanilla flavoured yumnuts ‘plain Jane’ only after she bought a pack of three.

The housewife was aghast at the name for the £1 sweet treat, described as ‘simply delicious, with a sweet vanilla flavour’ on the store’s website and took to social media on Saturday to complain.

There the mum-of-three admitted she was ‘annoyed’, demanding to know the connection and if they were ‘implying all Janes are plain’.

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However the 52-year-old was branded ‘sensitive’ while others, including Karens and Debbies, shared their experiences of being the butt of people’s jokes.

Jane, from Waltham Abbey, Essex, said: “They wouldn’t call them ‘Crummy Karens’ because of all the abuse that Karens [get].

“I just thought, in this day and age why does M&S feel they need to do it?”

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“Don’t get me wrong, I don’t consider myself plain. Personally I think I’m quite fabulous.

“People [online] kept harping on ‘well it was ok in my day in the playground’.

“I said ‘but it’s not those days, it’s the 21st century and name-calling isn’t ok’, but they didn’t really want to know.”

Jane’s post reads: “Feeling a little annoyed. Why do Marks & Spencer feel the need to call their yumnuts Plain Jane?

“What’s the connection? Are they implying Janes are plain!!!! NOT HAPPY!!!!

“People were also saying ‘well I don’t hear Colins moaning about caterpillars’ and I said ‘but you name an animal, it’s a bit different when it comes to a doughnut’.

“M&S want to get in the 21st century and have this younger clientele but that’s not the way to go about it in these politically correct days really.”

How sweet……….

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Jane was blissfully unaware she’d bought the controversially-named yumnuts home from the Epping branch of the store in Essex last week.

Jane said: “I bought them at M&S not realising [the name] and went home.

“My 23-year-old thought it was hilarious that they were called Plain Janes, so jokingly I said ‘I think that’s disgusting’.

“They’re a plain vanilla doughnut, I don’t know why they need to name it that person’s name.

“I’m not moaning, they were very tasty, I just think M&S should know better.

“My kids think I’m totally bonkers. My son now walks around calling me a doughnut.(sounds about right….maybe Jane got put the wrong side of bed and hit her head on the teasmade?)

“My daughter says I’ve got too much time on my hands and that’s why I’m moaning about it.”

There were mixed reactions to Jane’s Facebook post, with many claiming she was being overly sensitive.

Social media users called Debbie, Karen, Carole and Susan suggested life’s ‘too short’ to be offended by it.

Carole Barlow wrote: “Why do people get offended about everything these days? You aren’t a Plain Jane, I’m not a Christmas carol.

“Life’s too short to be always offended, they just aren’t very inventive.”

Debbie Eibbed commented: “Try being Debbie…. did I do Dallas or am I a downer?”

Susan Fleming wrote: “Try being a Lazy Susan!”

Karen Willis commented: “It’s a bit like being a Karen – I have found if you laugh together with those people calling these names they laugh and love you.”

Jane Edwards wrote: “I’m a plain Jane and proud of it. It’s how I describe the spelling of my name.

“Anybody or anything lucky enough to be called this, should be very pleased with themselves!”

Zena Bailey commented: “When did the general public become so sensitive over the smallest things?”

M&S were contacted for comment by Kennedy News and Media.

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False claim persists online that Trump will be reinstated as president in August

“After three months, an audit of Arizona’s 2020 election results has surfaced no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Former President Donald Trump and his supporters say otherwise. Since the audit began in late April, misinformation about its findings has spread on social media. Trump and his allies have falsely claimed an entire election database was deleted, that more than 70,000 mail-in ballots counted in Maricopa County – home of Phoenix – were never sent, and that the audit found 250,000 fraudulent ballots. Now the number has ticked up to 275,000. “Already the Arizona Audit has found 275,000 potential fraudulent ballots – in just ONE county!” reads the caption of a July 26 video with more than 4,600 likes on Instagram. Fact check: False claim persists online that Trump will be reinstated as president in August The video shows Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington speaking with host Bret Baier on Fox News. During the clip, which Harrington tweeted July 26, she spells out how she arrived at 275,000.” https://eu.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/07/29/fact-check-arizona-audit-has-not-found-275-000-fraudulent-votes/5391659001/#:~:text=After%20three%20months,arrived%20at%C2%A0275%2C000.

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Video: CDC Admits Vaccinated Can Transmit Delta & Dr McCullough Sued by BSW Health over Media and Meeting Appearances

By Dr. Peter McCullough and Laura Ingraham Global Research, August 02, 2021Fox News 30 July 2021 All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the “Translate Website” drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version).  Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. *** . Peter McCullough, MD, MPH speaks with Laura Ingraham about […]

Video: CDC Admits Vaccinated Can Transmit Delta & Dr McCullough Sued by BSW Health over Media and Meeting Appearances

the CDC admitting that vaccinated individuals can transmit Delta variant of virus ??

1968 Dr. Kirchner This 1968 image depicted the face and upper torso of a young child after receiving a smallpox vaccination in the right shoulder region. Note the erythematous halo surrounding the vaccination site, which can also be seen in PHIL 13321 and 13323, as well as a morbilliform skin rash, i.e., resembling measles, consisting of numerous flattened erythematous, amorphous macules. This child was subsequently diagnosed with roseola vaccinia. A variety of erythematous and urticarial rashes occur approximately 10 days after primary vaccination. These rashes are referred to as erythema multiforme, roseola vaccinia, toxic erythema, and postvaccinial urticaria.

They are flat, erythematous, macular, or urticarial lesions, usually with microscopic vasculitis. The pathophysiology of these rashes is not well understood. They don’t usually become vesicular, and don’t appear to involve viral multiplication or systemic dissemination. The rash resolves spontaneously within 2 to 4 days.

Patients with erythematous urticarial rashes associated with vaccinia are generally not severely ill and are usually afebrile despite the sometimes extensive skin involvement. On rare occasions Stevens-Johnson syndrome, or bullous erythema multiforme, may develop.

So hold on….. according to their own science and logic …….we would be foolish to believe them …….that the virus isn’t going away…..,intact they say ” vaccinated people can give us the virus”………so how we can drop our facemask routine then???

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Not enough ‘Hopium’ for the masses as America crash dives down towards the rocky sea bed

3 New Polls Show That They Are Going To Need To Cart Out Much Bigger Doses Of “Hopium”

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3 New Polls Show That They Are Going To Need To Cart Out Much Bigger Doses Of “Hopium”

3 New Polls Show That They Are Going To Need To Cart Out Much Bigger Doses Of “Hopium”Posted: 02 Aug 2021 06:52 PM PDT
The mood of the nation has dramatically changed.  Survey after survey has shown that Americans are much less optimistic than they were during the first half of 2021, and that could have enormous implications for the economy as we roll through the second half of this calendar year.  When consumers are pessimistic about the future, they tend to hold on to their money more tightly, and they also tend to allocate money to different priorities. 

Earlier this year, so many pundits were telling us that a new golden era of prosperity was ahead because the worst of the pandemic was behind us and Joe Biden was now in the White House.  But now the Delta variant is causing another wave of mass panic, and an increasing number of Americans are losing faith in the Biden administration.  Needless to say, the honeymoon is over, and Americans are not pleased with what they see as they peer into a very bleak future.Let me start by discussing the Gallup survey that just came out. 

In June, Americans overwhelmingly thought that the worst of the pandemic was in the past, but now the numbers have completely changed…In a dramatic shift from last month, more Americans now say the coronavirus situation in the U.S. is getting worse (45%) rather than better (40%). In June, a record 89% said the situation was getting better, while only 3% said it was getting worse.I can’t remember the last time I saw poll numbers move that much in such a short period of time.

The Gallup survey also found that a whopping 42 percent of all Americans anticipate that “societal disruptions related to COVID-19” will continue to be around beyond the beginning of the new year…Americans now expect societal disruptions related to COVID-19 to persist at least through the end of the year, or longer. Whereas in June, nearly half of Americans expected COVID-related disruptions in society to last only a few more weeks or months, now just 17% believe they will end by then.Instead, 41% expect the COVID-19 disruptions to persist through the end of the year, and 42% — up from 17% in June — believe they will stretch into 2022.

Ole Joe Biden’s job approval rating is also shifting quite rapidly.In fact, a different survey just found that Biden’s approval rating has dropped a total of 10 points since June…President Biden and Congress’s job approval are taking a hit amid a resurgence of the coronavirus.A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey released Monday found Biden’s approval dropping to 52 percent. He may still be above water — only 43 percent of respondents disapprove of the job he’s doing in the Oval Office — but he’s down 10 points from where he was in June, when his approval was at 62 percent.Without a doubt, this has not been a good summer for the Biden administration.If Biden keeps fumbling the football over and over, it won’t be too long before his net approval rating turns negative.

A third survey that I wanted to mention recently found that the percentage of Americans that are “pessimistic about the direction of the country” has risen by 19 points since May 2nd…As President Joe Biden completed 100 days in office, the country was optimistic about the coming year, but now, just after hitting the six-month mark, Americans’ optimism about the direction of the country has plummeted nearly 20 points, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll finds.A majority — 55% — of the public say they are pessimistic about the direction of the country, a marked change from the roughly one-third (36%) that said the same in an ABC News/Ipsos poll published May 2.That is a 19 percent shift in just 3 months!Have we ever seen a “direction of the country” poll move that much in three months?I don’t know, but this certainly is not good news for the Democrats. 

When Americans are in a bad mood, they tend to gravitate toward the party that is currently out of power.Of course one of the biggest reasons why Americans are in such a sour mood these days is all of the new restrictions that are currently being implemented around the nation.For example, we just learned that Louisiana Governor Bel Edwards has decided to institute a statewide mask mandate…

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards has temporarily reinstated Louisiana’s statewide mask mandate indoors for all people age five and older as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise across Louisiana, threatening the ability of Louisiana’s hospitals to deliver care during this fourth surge of COVID.
Louisiana is currently in the worst surge of the COVID-19 pandemic so far in terms of case growth rate, percent positivity and hospitalizations.In recent days, our corporate news outlets have been packed full of stories about the Delta variant.

  On Monday, the country was shocked by news that U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham has tested positive even though he has been “fully vaccinated”…Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Monday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, even though he was fully vaccinated.“I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for COVID-19 even after being vaccinated,” he said.This wasn’t supposed to happen.And it turns out that lots of “fully vaccinated” people have been catching the virus lately…Fourteen of 24 vaccinated friends who visited the Cape Cod town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, in July caught COVID-19, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.

Millions of people raced out to get vaccines because they were promised immunity, but now the CDC is releasing new numbers that are deeply upsetting lots of Americans…In a study released on Friday, the CDC tracked 469 cases among Massachusetts residents who visited the town.They found that 74% of those were fully vaccinated!!!!!

An overwhelming majority of the cases were caused by the Delta variant, the study reported.Let us hope that the number of new cases starts to fade, because this latest wave of the pandemic is causing a tremendous amount of fear and panic right now.And the more fear and panic that we see, the less optimistic Americans are going to be about the road ahead.Of course even if this pandemic disappeared tomorrow, there would still be a great deal for Americans to be concerned about as we roll into the next stages of “the perfect storm”.I know that most Americans just want life to “return to normal”, but the truth is that the past couple of years have changed the U.S. and nations all over the globe on a permanent basis.The troubles of 2020 and 2021 should have brought us together, but instead they just keep tearing us apart.Meanwhile, we continue to see national governments around the planet move in an authoritarian direction, and that is a deeply, deeply alarming trend.

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His drummers needed to make him laugh. His manager needed to keep hold of the corkscrew. Yet somehow, in the early ’70s, Kevin Ayers made four extraordinary solo albums. Robert Wyatt, Mike Oldfield and those long-suffering managers remember the beautiful, lazy boy with an “amazing melodic gift”…Advertisement

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Even with The Whole World on stage with him, it’s Kevin Ayers everyone’s looking at, the crowd’s unanimous gaze turned towards him, entranced. There’s something almost liquid about him, as if he’s been poured into his own body. He’s not dressed up, or anything. There’s no cape, cat-suit, kimono or neo-Kabuki clobber, just a scooped-neck T-shirt with long sleeves and the kind of bellbottoms you might see on a sailor, a gigolo deckhand, fresh from a shift in the happy Adriatic, a girl in every port still warm from his recent touch.

Then there’s his voice, that suave baritone, a crooner’s voice, dark and seductive. It’s the voice of an irresistible charmer, possibly a bit of a cad, a breaker of hearts and promises, dangerously flirtatious. When he briefly speaks between songs, he sounds dreamy and distracted, rather baffled by where he is and what he’s doing, as if he’s arrived here by accident. He has the slightly dissolute air of someone who if they had it all would throw it away, if they could only be bothered, which Kevin looks like he can’t.

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It is, by the way, June 19, 1970, and Ayers and his band, The Whole World, are appearing at Cardiff’s Sophia Gardens, on a bill headlined by the very hairy Edgar Broughton Band that also includes winsome folk singer Bridget St John, who often at this time tours with Kevin. In November 1967, I’d seen Hendrix and Pink Floyd in their psychedelic pomp at this venue and neither was as cheerfully weird as The Whole World, who are now essaying something wholly eccentric that will be called “Rheinhardt And Geraldine/Colores Para Dolores” when it turns up later in the year on Shooting At The Moon, second of the four landmark albums Ayers recorded for EMI’s bespoke underground label Harvest between 1969 and 1973.

Tonight, it’s a kind of free-jazz blow-out, with Kevin in the middle of this sonic maelstrom, looking rather bemused by the ferocious racket everyone’s making around him, like a man who’s walked into a room to find everyone in it screaming at each other, bedlam unleashed for reasons clear to no-one. I turn to the girl I’m with to see what she thinks of it all, but she clearly hasn’t been paying much attention to the music and has instead been paddling in the warm lapping waters of Ayers’ oceanic charm. In her now whispered opinion, he’s the sexiest thing she’s ever seen, a comment that might have caused a pulse of jealousy if I hadn’t been thinking exactly the same thing.

“He was such a beautiful boy,” says Robert Wyatt of Kevin Ayers, his friend for nearly 50 years. “The funny thing about people dying, they become alive for me in a way that’s quite extraordinary. Kevin has loomed enormously in my mind the last week or so and it’s been great revisiting him.”Advertisement

They were teenagers when they met and Wyatt was already in The Wild Flowers, as they were originally called, the first of the bands in what became known as the Canterbury Scene that would subsequently include Soft Machine and Caravan. “I remember being told there was this bloke who lived in Herne Bay, on the north coast of east Kent who had long hair that I should meet, which we did. He was at ease with himself in a way that was unusual at the time. In the early ’60s, it was still the late ’50s, generally speaking, in provincial England and people were often uptight. He was a breath of fresh air in that he was very loose. He read Oscar Wilde. He listened to calypso, Latin American and Central American music. He wasn’t particularly into rock’n’roll. There was no-one else like him. He was already unique.

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PARIS, July 29 (Reuters) – Europe’s Airbus (AIR.PA) took aim at one of Boeing’s (BA.N) most profitable strongholds on Thursday with plans for a freighter version of its A350 passenger jet, gambling that a pandemic boom in Internet shopping will outlast the global health crisis.

Boeing has for years dominated air freight corridors with its windowless cargo planes, even as its European rival grabbed its crown as the world’s largest maker of passenger jets.

Airbus said its board had backed an A350 freighter to enter service in 2025, but did not announce customers.

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Plans to challenge Boeing’s control of the freight market, maintained for decades through its 767, 777 and 747 cargo jets, were first reported by Reuters in March.

The move is seen as certain to trigger a response after Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun on Wednesday listed developments including, “I hope in the relatively near term”, a freighter version of the 777X.

The 777X is set to be the world’s largest twin-engined passenger jet but its development has been delayed by tightening safety certification standards and weak passenger demand.

The head of Qatar Airways told Reuters last month Boeing was already showing designs for a 777X freighter.

Airbus has for months been informally canvassing support for an A350 freighter to be added to the smaller A330 freighter, whose sales have failed to keep up with the mid-sized 767 workhorse.

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Boeing is expected to argue that its larger 777X freighter will be more integrated with existing infrastructure.

Calhoun also said on Wednesday exemptions may be allowed for deliveries of current freighters that result in 40% lower emissions compared to the planes they replace.

Thursday’s announcement formally begins a race to sign up buyers ranging from express and logistics firms like FedEx (FDX.N) and UPS (UPS.N) to freight-minded Asian airlines or dedicated cargo carriers led by Luxembourg’s Cargolux.

At stake is Boeing’s dominance of a lucrative but volatile corner of the jet market in which freighters can fetch higher prices than passenger equivalents, according to market sources.

“We are closer every day, but we are not at the point where we can announce commercial transactions,” Faury said.

Reflecting an economy in transition, the jet’s design must juggle the needs of e-commerce leaders like Amazon, who put a premium on the space available for their relatively light but bulky packages, to heavy-duty shippers hungry for more payload.

Industry sources said the A350 freighter would carry 109 tonnes compared with the projected 115-117 tonne capacity of the 777X version, though Boeing has yet to finalise any plans.

New freighters could support depressed output of wide-bodied jets pending a pick-up in international passenger travel.

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Economists warn the trends could start to unravel as the pandemic eases, but Faury said he was not worried about missing a wave of anticipated cargo replacements later this decade.

Boeing last year predicted demand for 2,430 freighters over 20 years, including 930 purpose-built cargo planes and 1,500 converted from passenger airplanes.Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta, Carmel Crimmins and Jan Harvey

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Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations may be an alternative to codeine-based analgesics for short-term management of pain. Find out more. 

Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations for acute pain

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Summary

With an implementation date of 1 February 2018 set for all codeine-based analgesics to become prescription-only, patients may seek advice on alternative oral OTC medicines for managing acute pain. 

The evidence suggests that paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations available as a single pill can be offered as an alternative to codeine-based analgesics for short-term management of pain in patients able to take NSAIDs and for whom paracetamol alone is not sufficient.

Key points

  • Non-pharmacological measures and/or paracetamol are still preferred for mild pain.
  • However, paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations may be considered as an alternative to codeine-based analgesics for short-term management of moderate pain in patients able to take NSAIDs.
  • Evidence in acute pain states suggests paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations may frequently offer better pain relief than either component alone.
  • The same precautions apply to use of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations as to either active ingredient when used alone.
  • OTC paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations are not indicated for chronic (long-term) pain.

Over-the-counter pain relief in a post-codeine world

On 20 December 2016, after a long period of public consultation, the Therapeutic Goods Administration announced its final decision on the rescheduling of codeine-containing products.

From February 2018, all analgesics and cough and cold medicines containing low-dose codeine and currently Schedule 2 (Pharmacy medicines) or Schedule 3 (Pharmacist Only medicines), will no longer be available over the counter in pharmacies, becoming prescription only.1,2

After implementation, people who may currently take analgesics containing low-dose codeine and wish to continue using them will need a prescription from their doctor, nurse practitioner or remote area nurse. Alternative oral OTC products are also available.1,2

While most health professionals are already familiar with paracetamol and NSAIDs for pain relief, the paracetamol/ibuprofen combination medicines may be less well known.

What is the clinical evidence behind these combination products? Where do they fit into the pain management ladder? Can prescribers and pharmacists confidently offer paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations as an alternative to codeine-based analgesics?

Therapeutic rationale for the combination

Current evidence suggests that for some types of pain, combining paracetamol with an NSAID may offer better analgesia than either drug alone.3

NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen, have analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory actions. They inhibit synthesis of prostaglandins by inhibiting cyclo-oxygenase (COX), present as COX-1 and COX-2. Their analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects are a consequence of COX-2 inhibition.4

Despite its widespread use, the mode of action of paracetamol is yet to be fully determined, although a centrally mediated analgesic action is thought likely.4 Paracetamol has minimal anti-inflammatory activity, implying a different mode of action from that of NSAIDs.4

The combination of two analgesics with different modes of action results in an additive rather than a synergistic effect; the efficacy of the combination in acute pain is roughly similar to the sum of the efficacies of individual agents.5

The effect appears to be primarily a pharmacodynamic one, as administering ibuprofen and paracetamol in combination does not significantly alter the pharmacokinetics of either drug.6,7

Efficacy of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations 

The combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen has been found to be efficacious in a variety of acute pain states, including postoperative pain, dysmenorrhoea and musculoskeletal pain.8-15

A Cochrane review assessed the efficacy of single-dose paracetamol plus ibuprofen in a variety of dose combinations after wisdom tooth removal.8

The authors concluded that paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations provide better analgesia than the same dose of either drug alone, with fewer patients on the combination requiring rescue analgesia or experiencing an adverse event.8

Comparative studies have found that paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations offer similar pain relief to that of codeine-based analgesics in acute pain, with generally improved tolerability.13-15

This suggests that paracetamol/ibuprofen may be offered as an alternative to currently availablea OTC codeine-containing analgesics in patients able to tolerate NSAIDs.

Find out more about the efficacy of these combinations  in the associated evidence summary

a Until February 2018.

Safety of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations 

Short-term studies of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations in acute pain have not identified specific safety concerns other than those already known to be associated with the individual active ingredients.8,11,12,16

However, one study of 13 weeks found use of combined paracetamol/ibuprofen may increase the risk of bleeding over and above that associated with the individual drugs, suggesting caution should apply to long-term use.9

A retrospective cohort study that analysed the health insurance records of more than 640,000 patients aged 65 years and older found the combination of an NSAID and paracetamol to be associated with increased risk of hospitalisation for gastrointestinal events, compared with either drug alone.b,17

While co-administration with a proton pump inhibitor appeared to mitigate this risk, the combination was still associated with double the risk of hospitalisations compared with paracetamol alone.17

b Hazard ratio for combination: 2.55 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.98 to 3.28) compared with paracetamol alone ≤ 3 g/day, and 1.63 (95% CI: 1.44 to 1.85) compared with NSAID alone.

Consider precautions and side effects of both NSAIDs and paracetamol

While paracetamol is generally well tolerated when used at recommended doses, inadvertent overdose is possible. Advise patients to consider the paracetamol content of all their medicines.18,19

More precautions apply to the use of ibuprofen, especially in the elderly.

Use ibuprofen with caution and at the lower end of the dose range in older people and in those with kidney disease, a history of peptic ulcer disease, asthma, pregnancy, hypertension or heart failure.4,19-22

Consider the patient’s other medications, as co-administration with diuretics, ACE inhibitors, angiotensin-II receptor blockers, aspirin or other nephrotoxic drugs can increase the risk of renal impairment with NSAIDs.4,19

Place of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations in therapy

Non-pharmacological measures (eg, hot or cold packs, rest), followed by paracetamol, should be considered first for the management of mild acute pain.19

Experts recommend a stepwise approach to the pharmacological management of acute pain.

  • Start each analgesic in the lower dose range, then titrate upwards according to response and/or the development of adverse effects
  • If pain is not relieved with the maximum daily dose of the analgesic, reassess the cause before moving to the next step.19

The evidence supports use of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations for the short-term management of moderate pain.19,23 These medicines could be offered as an alternative to codeine-based analgesics to patients for whom NSAIDs are not contraindicated and paracetamol alone is not sufficient.13-15,19

Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations could also be considered as an alternative to higher doses of ibuprofen in some patients, by offering an NSAID-sparing effect.4

As for all medicines containing NSAIDs, these combinations should not be used for more than a few days at a time, unless on medical advice, in which case the patient should be reviewed regularly with regard to efficacy, risk factors and ongoing need for treatment.20,21

OTC paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations are not indicated for the management of chronic pain.20,21

Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations in Australia

Several OTC pain relievers that contain paracetamol and ibuprofen in combination are now available in Australia.24

The dosage regimens for these products differ and this needs to be explained carefully when recommending these products to patients, as there is the potential for confusion.

Nuromol et al

Most products, including Nuromol (Reckitt Benckiser) and a range of generics, contain paracetamol 500 mg and ibuprofen 200 mg in a single tablet.21,24

The recommended dose of Nuromol (in adults under 65 years and children 12 years and over) is one tablet every 8 hours as necessary, to a maximum of three tablets per 24 hours.21

Maxigesic

Maxigesic (AFT Pharmaceuticals) contains a combination of paracetamol 500 mg and ibuprofen 150 mg in a single tablet.

The recommended dose in individuals 12 years and over is 1–2 tablets every 6 hours as required, to a maximum of eight tablets in 24 hours.

The manufacturer advises that ibuprofen should not be taken by adults over 65 years without consideration of comorbidities and co-medications.20

Small packs of these combinations (12 dosage units or less) are available to purchase over the counter in pharmacies as Schedule 2 (Pharmacy Medicines).23,24

Larger packs (up to 30 dosage units) are Schedule 3 (Pharmacist Only Medicines), requiring pharmacist advice before purchase.23,24

Information for patients

Consumer Medicine Information is available for both Nuromol and Maxigesic.

References

  1. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Update on the proposal for the rescheduling of codeine products. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health, 2016 (accessed 20 December 2016).
  2. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Scheduling delegate\u2019s final decision: codeine, December 2016. Canberra, ACT: Australian Government Department of Health, 2016 (accessed 20 December, 2016).
  3. Ong CKS, Seymour RA, Lirk P, et al.Combining paracetamol (acetaminophen) with nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs: a qualitative systematic review of analgesic efficacy for acute postoperative pain. Anesth Analg. 2010;110:1170-9.
  4. Australian Medicines Handbook. Adelaide SA: AMH Pty Ltd (accessed 20 December 2016 ).
  5. Moore RA, Derry CJ, Derry S, et al. A conservative method of testing whether combination analgesics produce additive or synergistic effects using evidence from acute pain and migraine. Eur J Pain 2012;16:585-91.
  6. Atkinson H, Stanescu, I, Beasley, CPH, Salem, II, et al. A pharmacokinetic analysis of a novel fixed dose oral combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen, with emphasis on food effect. J Bioequiv Availab 2015;7:150-4.
  7. Tanner T, Aspley S, Munn A, et al. The pharmacokinetic profile of a novel fixed-dose combination tablet of ibuprofen and paracetamol. BMC Clin Pharmacol 2010;10:10. 
  8. Derry CJ, Derry S, Moore RA. Single dose oral ibuprofen plus paracetamol (acetaminophen) for acute postoperative pain. Cochrane Database Syst Revi 2013.
  9. Doherty M, Hawkey C, Goulder M, et al. A randomised controlled trial of ibuprofen, paracetamol or a combination tablet of ibuprofen/paracetamol in community-derived people with knee pain. Ann Rheum Dis 2011;70:1534-41.
  10. Eccles R, Holbrook A, Jawad M. A double-blind, randomised, crossover study of two doses of a single-tablet combination of ibuprofen/paracetamol and placebo for primary dysmenorrhoea. Curr Med Res Opin 2010;26:2689-99.
  11. Mehlisch DR, Aspley S, Daniels SE, et al. Comparison of the analgesic efficacy of concurrent ibuprofen and paracetamol with ibuprofen or paracetamol alone in the management of moderate to severe acute postoperative dental pain in adolescents and adults: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, single-dose, two-center, modified factorial study. Clin Ther 2010;32:882-95.
  12. Merry AF, Gibbs RD, Edwards J, et al. Combined acetaminophen and ibuprofen for pain relief after oral surgery in adults: a randomized controlled trial. Br J Anaesth 2010;104:80-8.
  13. Daniels SE, Goulder MA, Aspley S, et al. A randomised, five-parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial comparing the efficacy and tolerability of analgesic combinations including a novel single-tablet combination of ibuprofen/paracetamol for postoperative dental pain. Pain 2011;152:632-42
  14. Mitchell A, McCrea P, Inglis K, et al. A randomized, controlled trial comparing acetaminophen plus ibuprofen versus acetaminophen plus codeine plus caffeine (Tylenol 3) after outpatient breast surgery. Ann Surg Oncol 2012;19:3792-800. 
  15. Sniezek PJ, Brodland DG, Zitelli JA. A randomized controlled trial comparing acetaminophen, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, and acetaminophen and codeine for postoperative pain relief after Mohs surgery and cutaneous reconstruction. Dermatol Surg 2011;37:1007-13.
  16. Mehlisch DR, Aspley S, Daniels SE, et al. A single-tablet fixed-dose combination of racemic ibuprofen/paracetamol in the management of moderate to severe postoperative dental pain in adult and adolescent patients: a multicenter, two-stage, randomized, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, factorial study. Clin Ther 2010;32:1033-49.
  17. Rahme E, Barkun A, Nedjar H, et al. Hospitalizations for upper and lower GI events associated with traditional NSAIDs and acetaminophen among the elderly in Quebec, Canada. Am J Gastroenterol 2008;103:872-82.
  18. Expert Group for Rheumatology. Therapeutic Guidelines: Rheumatology. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, 2010 (accessed 23 December 2016).
  19. Expert Group for Analgesics. Therapeutic Guidelines: Analgesic. Melbourne: Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd, 2012 (accessed 23 December 2016).
  20. AFT Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd. Maxigesic Product Information 2016.
  21. Reckitt Benckiser Australia Pty Ltd. Nuromol Product Information. 2016.
  22. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) review. Safety advisory – inconsistent information about the known risk of miscarriage. Canberra: Australian Government, Department of Health, 2016 (accessed 18 March, 2017).
  23. Therapeutic Goods Administration. Scheduling delegate’s final decisions: Paracetamol / Ibuprofen, May 2016. Canberra: Australian Government Department of Health, 2016 (accessed 20 December 2016)
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Date published: 09 October 2017

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When Prince Harry flies back to the UK next month, one member of his family won’t be there to greet him. Reportedly, Prince Charles is too busy to see Harry while he’s in town … and it really sounds like he’s unwilling to change his own plans to ensure that he sees his son. Is this feud even worse than we thought?

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Prince Charles is scheduled to be at Balmoral when Harry arrives in England.

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Well, that settles that.

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It’s a little surprising that Charles isn’t going to an event honoring Princess Diana.

Of course, it’s no secret that Charles and Diana had a complicated relationship while Diana was still alive — even while they were still married. But she was the mother of his children, so why wouldn’t Charles want to be present at the unveiling of her statue in honor of what would have been her 60th birthday, where both of his sons are expected to speak about their mother?

Maybe it’s just that important to him to avoid Harry. Oh, brother.

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It’s not like things will be any better between William and Harry without Charles there.

“There have not been any personal chats or proper talks, just a very brief and minimal exchange of text messages,” a different source told the Sun. “The relationship is still very much strained and there’s no sign yet that there will be any sort of coming together any time soon.”

We probably shouldn’t expect to see any sweet moments between William and Harry at this event, then.

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It’s hard to imagine that it’s going to improve at all if Harry’s family members are avoiding him as hard as Charles seems to be. What’s going to end this fight other than solid, clear communication?

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Nobody is above the law…..but… How English lawmakers makes sure high level traitors stay off the hook

The members of the Royal Family who can and can’t be arrested

There are some very strict rules surrounding the Queen and her family

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The Queen is covered by what is known as sovereign immunity in the UK.

It means that the sovereign cannot commit a legal wrong and is immune from civil or criminal proceedings. The Royal Family’s official website states: “Although civil and criminal proceedings cannot be taken against the sovereign as a person under UK law, the Queen is careful to ensure that all her activities in her personal capacity are carried out in strict accordance with the law.”

While the Queen cannot be arrested, other members of the Royal Family can be, unless they are with her. The law also states that no arrests can be made in the monarch’s presence, or within the surroundings of a royal palace.

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Federal prosecutors in New York, along with the FBI, have said they are hoping to speak to Andrew. Buckingham Palace said it would not be commenting and that the matter is being dealt with by Andrew’s legal team. He has not been arrested.

It is reported that there will be no attempt to force Andrew to testify, leaving open the possibility that he will never answer prosecutors’ questions.

In the earliest times, the Sovereign was a key figure in the enforcement of law and the establishment of a system of justice.

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Never Past: On “The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present”

By Brandon Tensley

APRIL 2, 2019

“YOU CAN PUT me away, but you can’t put away what’s going to happen to you and to this whole country next time.” That’s John Huberman, a convicted Nazi spy in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1946 masterpiece, Notorious. Here, of particular note are those last two words: next time. Huberman isn’t too bothered by the fact that he’s on the brink of going to jail, because he believes in something much bigger than himself: the Third Reich. More than that, he trusts that the Reich’s acolytes will one day regain power — and get their revenge.

Viewers may think of Huberman as, at best, delusional. After all, postwar Germany was in no position to pick a fight. Six years of conflict claimed, by some estimates, some seven million German lives and obliterated the country’s economy. In addition, the chief Allies — the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and the Soviet Union — quartered Germany into occupation zones and began the four-pronged process of denazification, demilitarization, democratization, and decentralization. Making good on a puffed-up threat of next time was hardly possible.

But hindsight can obfuscate as much as it can illuminate. Though the notion of a resurgent Reich is mostly laughable today, to what extent did the deep fear of Nazism’s revival influence Western society just after the war and beyond? That’s the question at the heart of Gavriel D. Rosenfeld’s latest book, The Fourth Reich: The Specter of Nazism from World War II to the Present.

To call the book a straightforward alternate history — à la the novel-turned-hit-TV-series The Man in the High Castle, or even Quentin Tarantino’s 2009 movie Inglourious Basterds — isn’t quite right. Rather, Rosenfeld, a professor of history at Fairfield University, marshals a variety of sources — political speeches, newspaper clippings, slices of cinema — to offer a sharp counterfactual investigation that reveals how discourse on the Fourth Reich has meaningfully shaped postwar culture.

Understanding the Fourth Reich requires having a bit of context about its predecessors. In simplest terms, the first Reich — or “realm” or “empire” — was the multiethnic Holy Roman Empire, formed in 800 with the crowning on Christmas Day of Charlemagne. The second was the German Empire, which lasted from German unification in 1871 until Wilhelm II’s abdication in 1918. As the Nazis rose to prominence throughout the 1920s and into the early ’30s — culminating in their seizure of power in 1933 — they increasingly viewed their party as the shepherd of a revolutionary, final Reich, commonly referred to as the Third Reich.

Rosenfeld traces the Fourth Reich, as a concept with some dimension, to German émigrés in the early and mid-’30s. Importantly, this early imagining didn’t envision the successor state as a perpetrator of cultural and political evils. Consider the journalist Georg Bernhard, who fled Germany for Paris in 1933 and later wrote what he called a “Draft of a Constitution for the Fourth Reich,” a.k.a. a new Germany. In it, he underscores a devotion to “freedom of conscience […] and the equality of all classes and races” and “purging all signs of barbarism”; notably, “no one will be able to hold office in the Fourth Reich who was a leader of the Nazi party.” In other words, this new Germany would be “a Reich of Peace” — the embodiment of nonviolence.

As Rosenfeld points out, this imagined post-Nazi state wasn’t purely political; in its own way, it also functioned as a cultural talisman. “The fact that both Bernhard and [Leopold] Schwarzschild — like many other exile journalists — were Jews showed how the idea also came to acquire a Jewish inflection,” he writes. More specifically, to German Jews, this new Reich had a quality that was in turns hopeful and darkly comic. For instance, German Jews in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City apparently nicknamed their area “The Fourth Reich.”

“There is little doubt that the phrase represented something of a coping mechanism,” Rosenfeld explains. “German Jews in Washington Heights strove to preserve as many of their cultural traditions as they could in their new home.”

Toward the end of World War II, the notion of the Fourth Reich took on a more sinister meaning. Though within Germany the term was almost exclusively anti–Adolf Hitler — to the point that the Nazis sought to squelch use of it — the Allies viewed it with suspicion: After the war, would the Fourth Reich, regardless of form, be nothing more than a reanimated Nazi state?

Rosenfeld is at his most entrepreneurial when he’s probing the what-if veins of counterfactual analysis. Of the vulnerability of the Allies’ postwar occupation, he wonders: “[W]hat if Germany had not been subjected to divided Allied occupation?” He reasons that because the Western Allies’ approach to occupation differed from the Soviets’ — the former the benevolent good cop, the latter the punitive bad cop — it makes sense to ask how, say, a wholly Soviet-occupied Germany might have given credit to the “anti-Bolshevik stance” of the Nazi remnant. Rosenfeld wisely acknowledges that it’s unclear whether the scenarios he offers would’ve even been possible. His broader argument, though, still stands. Far from the notion today of having been inevitable, the Allies’ postwar success was thanks largely to their targeted policy maneuvering to minimize the Nazi resistance and to the divide-and-conquer tack of the occupation generally, an approach in part shaped by concerns over still-simmering far-right threats.

Refreshingly, Rosenfeld doesn’t limit his analysis solely to replaying history. As he guides readers through the rest of the 20th century, he also incorporates Western culture’s fictionalized treatment of postwar Nazism into his study. Take the period from the ’60s into the ’80s, known as the “long 1970s.” Initially, the era’s cultural products — films, television programs, novels — reflected a lingering undertow of fear around a supposed Fourth Reich, influenced by events like the 1961 Adolf Eichmann trial. In time, however, as Nazis were increasingly aestheticized and universalized — from the Marvel villain Red Skull, who declares in Issue No. 148 of Captain America that his organization is “buying time for the birth of the Fourth Reich,” to the 1981 blockbuster Raiders of the Lost Ark — their historical villainy seemed to atrophy. Instead of genuine military rivals, “they became stock villains drained of ethical significance,” Rosenfeld writes, “reduced to superficial symbols (black uniforms, swastika armbands, leather jackboots) and generically sociopathic behaviors (sadistic violence and deviant sex).”

In these pages, it’s Rosenfeld’s ability to come at the subject with a critic’s eye — picking up pieces of pop-cultural flotsam — that adds fullness to the book. Indeed, this pas de deux between politics and pop shines a light on how much Nazi imagery permeated societies beyond Germany, even when many of these depictions had, at least to Rosenfeld’s mind, been shorn of their historical significance.

This miniaturizing continued into the late ’80s, until the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification the following year. These pivotal events reignited fears of a neo-Nazi resurgence. In the years since then, the perception of Nazism as a true threat has ebbed and flowed, “being invoked in times of crisis and fading in times of stability.” As in the past, recent invocations have been employed outside Germany and across the political spectrum, but they’ve also taken on more symbolic meanings: Germany as Europe’s Nazi-like economic hegemonthe United States under President Donald Trump as the Fourth Reich. (This latter example calls back to the ’60s and ’70s, when black radicals like James Baldwin framed former president Richard Nixon’s administration as another Reich.) Today, Rosenfeld argues, the Fourth Reich’s “polemical power reveals that its significance is as much rhetorical as historical.”

At first, I approached The Fourth Reich with skepticism: the premise seemed almost categorically impossible. But what makes Rosenfeld’s book so convincing, beyond the fact that it’s a tremendously engaging crossover academic-trade book, is that he maintains a keen awareness of how big his task is. “It may initially seem pointless to examine the history of the Fourth Reich,” he writes. “After all, history is commonly understood as the documentation and interpretation of events that actually happened.” But it’s exactly this understanding that arguably motivates him to do the work of unearthing the important details and trends that make it clear that the past, of course, is never past — but neither is it as settled as commonly thought.

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Brandon Tensley is the associate editor at New America, a host of Slate’s Outward podcast, and a contributing writer at Pacific Standard magazine, where he covers culture.
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Popular American actress Helen Hunt climbed Hollywood dizzy heights,now she is in the canyons of adversity


In the ’90s, Helen Hunt was everywhere. She starred in the long-running sitcom Mad About You, and the world was mad about her. But since the show’s cancellation in 1999, we’ve heard increasingly less and less from the actress. Why is that? Here’s what Helen Hunt’s been up to since receding from the spotlight.

She’s been dealing with a bad breakup
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Breakups happen all the time, both in Hollywood and out, but Helen Hunt surprised many in 2017 by calling off things with her boyfriend of 16 years, a producer named Matthew Carnahan.

The two had been together since 2001 — in 2004, they welcomed a daughter, Makena Lei Gordon Carnahan, into the world. And yet, despite In Touch Weekly reporting that “Helen and Matthew always appeared to be super in love,” they couldn’t keep it going forever. According to a source for the tabloid, “the breakup was very messy.”

That same source revealed that the pair had done this several times before. “Matthew moved out a few times over the years. Helen would always take him back, and then time would pass and she’d kick him out again,” they reported. But now, it seems they’re done for real, and even their mutual love for their daughter couldn’t keep them together anymore.

She’s been raising her daughter
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On May 13, 2004, shortly before her 41st birthday, Helen Hunt gave birth to Makena, her first child—and an obviously compelling reason to step back from the Hollywood grindstone. After life without kids, it’s completely understandable if Hunt wanted to stay home more to raise her firstborn.

Now that Makena is no longer a small child, we may start to see more of Hunt in the celebrity world again. Then again, perhaps not. Makena will likely need tons of love and support during the breakup of her family, and she remains Hunt’s only child. It’s possible that Hunt will continue to shy away from the spotlight in favor of motherhood until Makena reaches adulthood. Only time will tell.

Box office struggles

It isn’t like Helen Hunt has stopped making movies since her prime Mad days. It’s just that, with a few exceptions, you may not have heard about them.

At the height of her career, Hunt was starring in films like 1997’s As Good As It Gets, and the combination of her charisma and Jack Nicholson’s expert crack avoidance netted the rom-com almost $315 million worldwide. A year before that, she was in Twister, a disaster epic that grossed almost $500 million. Right after Mad About You ended, she starred in 2000’s What Women Want and Cast Away, which took in $375 million and $430 million, respectively. 

But then came films like The Curse of the Jade Scorpion, Dr. T and the Women, Bobby, and The Sessions, all of which failed to impress moviegoers. Her rock bottom moment has to be 2011’s Every Day, which opened in three theaters, never made it past four, grossed a paltry $46,029 over ten weeks, and limped away with a whimper. And what makes Every Day’s failure even worse is that it was actually Hunt’s return to the screen after a three-year hiatus.

Critics weren’t kind to Then She Found Me

In 2007, Helen Hunt took her first shot at directing and starring in a film with Then She Found Me, an adaptation of the Elinor Lipman novel. It was the kind of dramedy Hunt seemed particularly suited for, having had such success with As Good As It Gets, which helped define the genre.

Unfortunately, Then She Found Me fell flat with critics like Carina Chocano of The Los Angeles Times, who singled out Hunt’s performance by calling it “a little too whiny, a little too angry to be very sympathetic.” Ouch.

Christy DeSmith of the Minneapolis Star Tribune took shots at both of Hunt’s roles, writing that the film’s “endeavor at realism is not particularly artful,” and Hunt’s direction was “heavy-handed.” DeSmith twisted the knife by digging at Hunt’s performance as well, distilling her portrayal of a “a devoted party-pooper” who viewers can barely stand as Hunt’s “schtick.” Double ouch.

Bobby didn’t inspire the social commentary she’d hoped for

In 2006, Helen Hunt was coerced out of “semi-retirement,” as she put it, to take a small role in Emilio Estevez’s directorial effort Bobby, which centered on the day Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. Of the film’s importance to her, Hunt said, “My daughter will hear what [Kennedy] said in a way that might be feelable to her in a way, because she will have—if she watches the movie—will have watched this group of human beings make their way toward that fateful moment, so by the time Bobby Kennedy’s speech plays, you know, her heart will be open and she will really hear what he said.”

Hopefully Hunt’s daughter had the intended reaction, unlike Ty Burr at The Boston Globe, who wrote, “Bobby is a cry of sociopolitical agony that shoots itself in the foot on a scene-by-scene basis” and compared the film to “a freeway pileup.” Critic Cole Smithey was even less kind, writing, “This movie has everything to do with Estevez’s needy ego, and nothing to do with Bobby Kennedy. It is a disgrace.”

Granted, none of those are particular slams against Hunt, but we’re guessing Bobby wasn’t exactly the triumphant Hollywood return she may have had in mind.

It’s hard to improve on Oscar Wilde

Before Bobby and Then She Found Me, critics also took apart A Good Woman, an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde play that Helen Hunt described to Paste Magazine as having “a real heart and soul.” Asked what drew her to the role, Hunt said, “It has all the earmarks of a really good part. I certainly saw in there the potential for a character I haven’t seen in a little while.”

While the part may have been juicy, critics didn’t exactly love what Hunt did with it. Keith Phipps of The A.V. Club wrote, “Helen Hunt looks embarrassingly out of place trying to play an infamous seductress … her every gesture, expression, and inflection suggests a kindly aunt more than a femme fatale.”  

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Moira Macdonald of The Seattle Times wrote, “[Hunt] is completely at sea here, flatly intoning her lines as if she’d memorized them phonetically,” adding, “It’s a mystifyingly bad performance, and it drags down the entire movie.” With reviews like that coming in, we’d probably consider taking a step away from the big screen as well.

She’s moved behind the camera
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Sometimes, you don’t hear much about someone because they’re working behind the scenes. This appears to be at least somewhat the case for Helen Hunt, who’s been directing more over the past decade.

As Variety recaps, she started by directing several episodes of Mad About You, but didn’t return to the art until 2007, with Then She Found Me. As previously mentioned, the film failed to impress, but it was evidence that Hunt was looking to do more than just be a leading lady. Then, after another long break, she started directing in earnest. So far focusing mostly on television, she’s overseen an episode of Californication, two of Revenge, and one each for Life In Pieces, House of Lies, This Is Us, and Feud: Bette and Joan. In addition, she directed a second movie, 2015’s Ride—while it wasn’t her best effort (48 percent on Rotten Tomatoes), she’s clearly working hard to get better at her new profession and will only improve over time.

She slowed down after her Oscar win
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In an interview with The Daily Beast, Helen Hunt said that part of the reason she shifted into low gear after her late ’90s boom was due to her Oscar win for As Good As It Gets. That led to “a deal at Sony,” which led to her going into writing mode.

“When I wasn’t getting acting jobs all the time that I liked, I was writing and writing and writing. Ten years of that. That’s how Then She Found Me happened,” Hunt said, adding, “As that was happening, I’d just been in the last big wave of movies about people talking to each other and trying to love each other, so as that was shrinking, I was trying to make one of those movies. So I kept rewriting it subtly.”

On top of that, Hunt said during this time, studios not only stopped financing the kind of films she typically made, but she also wasn’t particularly fond of the genre in the first place. “That’s what I don’t get, the economic thing. And [the bankers] famously don’t read them. They’ll say, ‘Helen Hunt in a romantic comedy, you can have $3.4 million,” Hunt said, adding, “There’s also ‘dramedy,’ which is my least favorite word — even though I’ve made two of them.”  

In other words: Hunt and the studios got sick of the kind of movies she was making at the exact same time.

She can afford to be choosy
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Even before her film career blew up, Helen Hunt slowed her professional pace in the wake of Mad About You, and one possible reason may well be the simplest: she’s made a lot of money. She has absolutely no need to work anymore, unless she really wants to.

According to The Richest, Hunt’s net worth is around $55 million. That includes a Manhattan apartment that, as of 2011, was valued at $2.75 million. Hunt’s wealth increased magnificently in May 1998, as she and Mad co-star Paul Reiser negotiated pay raises from $250,000 an episode to an incredible $1 million per episode. Though this pay grade only lasted them through the final season (the show ended the following year), its 22 episodes still netted both of them $22 million each. That, plus Hollywood blockbuster money, has given her wealth beyond most anyone’s wildest dreams. So next time you’re wondering why Helen Hunt isn’t everywhere anymore, the answer might just be: she doesn’t have to be.

A personal loss
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One of the hardest things for anyone to face is the death of a family member, and unfortunately, Helen Hunt has had to deal with just that.

On December 17, 2016, Gordon Hunt, father to Helen and famed director of cartoons and live-action television, passed away at the age of 87. According to the Hollywood Reporter, he had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease prior to his death. As could be expected, directing Mad About You was a major part of his résumé, as he helmed 31 episodes out of the series’ 164 total. One of the episodes was the one in which Hunt’s character gave birth, which had to have been an extra-special experience for both of them, even if the birth was fictional.

As Helen said when remembering her father, “If you asked 100 people who knew him, 100 of them would say he was the kindest man they ever knew.” Even before his death, she honored him — she dedicated her 2014 surfing film Ride to him, as he was an active and avid bodysurfer from the 1930s until just a few years before his death.

A passion for activism
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Being a woman, and especially one with a daughter, it makes sense that women’s rights would be a big issue in Helen Hunt’s life. It’s one that she’s shown she’s willing to fight for.

In 2012, Hunt appeared on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, a show showing celebrities learning about their family tree. There, according to Parade’s recap, Hunt learned that her great-great-grandmother was a pivotal figure in the battle for women’s equality. This must’ve ignited a spark in Hunt, as she’s been vocal about women’s rights, both in Hollywood and out, since. During a 2015 interview with the Huffington Post, in reaction to the interviewer saying there were few roles in Hollywood for older women, she said, “What are the great movies for younger women, where they’re the protagonist, [being] made now? The whole thing—there’s no equal rights amendment. We’re f***ed. … I’m tired of the billboard where [a girl’s] barely in her underwear and they’re selling, you know, a watch or something.”

She later made her stance further known by joining the Women’s March to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump, based on derogatory things he said about women before and during his campaign. Even if Hunt never acts again, she’s certainly got plenty of work ahead of her.

Her big movie was pulled before it hit theaters

In 2017, Helen Hunt was primed for a cinematic comeback, tapped for a major role in a new film by one of Hollywood’s most respected content creators. Written and directed by Louis C.K., the Woody Allen-esque, black-and-white I Love You, Daddy concerns a TV writer (also Louis C.K.) who doesn’t know what to do when his young daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) starts to date a significantly older and legendarily sleazy filmmaker (John Malkovich). Hunt co-starred as Aura, ex-wife of C.K.’s character and mother of Moretz’s.

I Love You, Daddy was set for a star-studded premiere in New York on November 9, 2017, but the event was canceled at the last minute upon the New York Times’ published accounts of five women who accused C.K. of sexual misconduct. A subsequent theatrical release was immediately taken off the table as well, with C.K. buying back the rights to the film. As of 2020, I Love You, Daddy remains unreleased, robbing Helen Hunt of a showy role in a big movie.

She’s been working in some low-key projects

It’s not like Helen Hunt has stopped acting in the two avenues in which she’s best known and has been most successful — feature films and over-the-air television. Perhaps she can afford to be choosy, a status afforded by her many seasons on the successful and lucratively syndicated Mad About You, she just doesn’t appear in a ton of projects each year. Since the one-two punch of the end of Shots Fired and the cancellation of I Love You, Daddy, Hunt has acted in about half a dozen projects. In 2018, she starred in The Miracle Season, an inspiring family film based on the real-life story of an Iowa high school volleyball team that won a championship in the wake of a tragedy. Hunt played the coach, Kathy Bresnahan, but the film bombed with a $10 million box office take. Hunt followed the movie with World on Fire, an epic World War II miniseries that aired on the BBC and PBS. Despite glowing reviews, it didn’t exactly, well, set the world on fire.

Did cosmetic surgery affect her career prospects?
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Hollywood actors are left in a tough bind. When they’re no longer young and fresh-faced, they lose out on roles in an industry obsessed with youth and its attractiveness. So, in order to keep landing the big-time roles to which they are accustomed and deserving, they may get a little cosmetic surgery to smooth out the lines, creases, and bags that appear on their faces because they dared to age. Sometimes, those procedures aren’t completely effective, and rather than making the familiar star look like “themselves,” they appear to look different or even unrecognizable, meaning they have trouble gaining roles because they’ve lost their greatest calling card — their faces.

It’s possible that such a fate befell Helen Hunt. The analysts at Glamour Path speculated, with thorough photographic analysis, that Hunt went under the knife, pointing out that her face and neck appear noticeably different. Hunt hasn’t admitted to booking any plastic surgery, but viewers of her miniseries World on Fire were convinced she had, and that her new look was too distracting to enjoy the show.

The world didn’t go mad for a new Mad About You

In November 2019, Helen Hunt returned to the role, and the massively successful TV show, that not only made her famous but netted her four Emmy Awards and three Golden Globes: Jamie Buchman on the romantic sitcom Mad About You. While its initial run on NBC ended in 1999, it came back to TV on the tail end of the reboot craze that saw other ’90s hits like Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Roseanne return to open-armed viewers. The 12 new episodes of the series focused on the once young and newlywed Jamie and Paul Buchman (Paul Reiser) wondering what to do with themselves after their only child leaves for college. Mad About You version 2.0, however, just didn’t click as well as its fellow revived classics, earning a middling 42 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. If fans wanted to watch it, it was also kind of hard for them to do so, as it aired on Spectrum Originals, a relatively obscure network that serves as the showcase channel for a cable company. Poor Helen Hunt — she tried to give the people what they wanted, but they apparently didn’t want more Mad About You.

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Did your airline cock up the marketing? Here are some that did big time

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Top 10 airline marketing failures

Failure is useful for a myriad of reasons. It can be interesting, amusing or even a teaching moment. At the very least, learning from someone else’s mistake can often be an entertaining form of education. 

Airlines have been no stranger to their fair share of marketing failures. Many of these were bold attempts to adopt a new strategy, reach a new audience or present a new product in a, let’s say, more unconventional way. While such endeavours are admirable, quite often these statements fall flat or even a little foul. 

Many things can lead to a marketing mishap, including botched implementation, unexpected circumstances or just a simple, old-fashioned mistake when making judgements about the market. Consequences can also vary, with some companies managing to survive the onslaught of bad publicity. But others fail to weather the storm and end up going out of business. 

It’s worth noting that AeroTime has limited this list to one failure per airline, otherwise it would be dominated by a few older and bigger carriers. We have also tried to include some of the lesser-known mistakes. One thing to be kept in mind though, that criteria for such listings is subjective. So, don’t be upset if your favorite marketing blunder did not make the cut. However, the comment section below will gladly accept your submission. 

So, here are 10 of the most impressive marketing failures for your enjoyment, you monsters. 

Honorary mention: The Hoover free flights promotion

Hoover is not an airline, it is a British home appliance manufacturer, best known for vacuum cleaners. Yet, in the 1990s, the company became a subject of ridicule during an aviation-related marketing stunt of such epic proportions that many people might be upset if we failed to mention it here.

In 1992, and as a result of diminishing sales, Hoover launched a new marketing campaign declaring that anyone who purchased a vacuum cleaner for over £100 would receive two free airline tickets. Initially, the campaign featured only European destinations but, galvanized by early success, Hoover included transatlantic flights as a possibility. So, what was the problem? Well, a ticket for such a flight was often worth more than a vacuum. 

So, the process of receiving free tickets was intentionally made as convoluted as possible, but even that did not help. The company lost millions, provoked a massive backlash and, after a change in leadership, was sold to an Italian conglomerate. Presumably (and luckily), the airlines whose tickets Hoover gave away did not suffer any repercussions.

10. Qantas’ mistimed call for feedback

In comparison with others this is a small failure. In fact, it is the size of a single tweet. But it just goes to show that even a few well-crafted words appearing at the wrong time can lead to damaging consequences.

In October 2011, Qantas launched a contest, which invited its customers to describe their “dream luxury in-flight experience” in a single tweet. In return, the airline promises a selection of small gifts for those who could produce the most impressive charade of flattery.

Unfortunately, at the time of the tweet, the airline’s entire fleet was grounded due to union protests. Thousands of passengers were stranded, many of them struggling to get their refunds. The Twitter thread was swarmed by angry travelers who did not mince their words when expressing their frustration with what was supposed to be a “dream experience” but, in reality, had become a nightmare. Dissatisfied employees also joined in the tirade of complaints. 

So, a contest intended to praise the airline turned into a barrage of insults, each one wittier than the other. 

9. Braniff’s accidental nudist call

A mistake in translation can be awkward, funny, insulting or all of the above. Braniff, a now-defunct American carrier (at different times also known as Braniff Airways, Braniff Airlines, Braniff International and others), learned this the hard way during the late-1980s.

Positioning itself as a luxury-oriented airline, Braniff liked to advertise its first-class amenities, such as leather seats. In 1987, the company launched a marketing campaign with the slogan: “fly in leather”, and ran it on many American Spanish-language radio stations.

The problem was, “el cuero”, which is Spanish for “in leather”,  is also slang for naked. So, for quite some time Braniff kept inviting their Spanish-speaking customers to fly naked, a blunder that some interpreted as an intentional attention-grabbing stunt. But others found it quite distasteful and improper. In any case, at the time the airline was already experiencing problems and filed for bankruptcy just two years later.

8. Song’s marketing strategy (in its entirety)

In 2003, and jealous of JetBlue’s (JBLU) monumental success, Delta decided to launch its own low-cost offshoot. But the new airline, named Song, could not be just any lowcoster, it had to be something more. A trend, a lifestyle, a call to action for all the young, hip and environmentally-conscious adults who wanted to have an experience instead of a flight. 

But, as it turns out, simply throwing every buzzword into a bucket does not a marketing strategy make. The airline’s message became buried under its trendy lexicon. Its multiple side-gigs, designed to complement the core business by surrounding a customer with Song-themed stuff (from a TV show to a boutique chain), overtook the airline and customer struggled to understand company’s cryptic messaging and adverts. 

Song was also launched during a time when the industry was still reeling from 9/11, which certainly did not help matters. But the company’s misguided and, at times, staggering expenses, including in-flight entertainment systems, a first for a low-cost carrier, siphoned money at a stupendous rate. And so, in 2006, Delta decided to close Song for good. Insert your own music-themed pun here.

7. Ryanair’s toilets (and much, much more)

Several Top 10 lists could be filled with Ryanair’s dodgy marketing decisions alone. The only reason why this European low-cost carrier features low on this list is because the airline was not damaged by its multiple failures. People might curse Ryanair and people may laugh at it, but they still choose to fly with the airline.

We could feature the “Red Hot Fares & Crew” ads, viewed by many as poor taste and exploitative and we could also mention the “Jab and Go” campaign, which somehow managed to enrage both sides of the vaccine “debate”. We could even mention the airline’s long-running attempt to fit their aircraft with standing seats and present them as a good idea or refer to almost every word Ryanair’s audacious CEO Michael O’Leary has ever uttered in public. 

But the most impressive, or at least the most well-remembered due to its recency, is the Ryanair toilet scandal. It doesn’t involve a marketing team as it was simply an attempt by an airline to put fewer bathrooms on its aircraft to save weight and costs. Monetizing the few remaining toilets would encourage passengers to use them less frequently, leading to fewer lines and further cost savings.

But when the attempt to implement the policy was met with resentment, the airline began to make fun of it, doubling down on toilet humor. O’Leary became involved with his trademarked rudeness and said: “if someone wanted to pay £5 to go to the toilet, I’d carry them myself. I would wipe their bums for a fiver”. The best thing? The whole debacle is still ongoing. The paid toilet policy is yet to be implemented, so it may produce even more drama in the future.

But is it a failure if an airline is not damaged by bad publicity? That’s one of life’s great mysteries.

6. VietJet’s bikini shenanigans

Here is another case where we can debate marketing stunts as experiencing a win or a being a failure. VietJet Air, a Vietnamese low-cost carrier, began to receive attention with its in-flight ‘bikini shows’ in 2012. The shows featured scantily-clad flight attendants, an image that has been utilized by the airline ever since.

In 2018, another ‘bikini show’ was organised for the Vietnamese football team. The stunt was branded obscene and inappropriately by the public. Social media users organized a sizable boycott and the company’s stock took a massive hit.  CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao had to publicly apologize and say that the show was somehow an “improvised performance” and not a part of a long-running marketing campaign. 

VietJet’s image appeared to be tarnished forever. But, despite the odds, the company recovered shortly afterwards and generated profit in 2018, 2019 and even the apocalyptic 2020, becoming one of a few airlines that managed to do so.

5. Joon the “How Do You Do Fellow Kids”

In 2017, Air France created an airline honed for a single market: millennials.

After researching every stereotype about their target demographic, the company produced an image that incorporated a pair of large hipster glasses, rad lingo, smoothies, cotton tops and lots of faffing about. The airline claimed to be almost everything “a rooftop bar, a personal assistant, a fashion designer…and also an airline”. 

Air France folded it in 2019. Some say poor marketing was not the reason the company was hugely unprofitable. Others say that the service was actually good. But the public’s reaction speaks for itself. Joon was ridiculed by everybody who had the ability to leave an anonymous comment somewhere. 

The company frustrated people with its confusing branding and became a source of endless bafflement for older folks. Unfortunately, some of those older folks were also Air France’s investors. 

4. Malaysia Airlines’ bucket list

Malaysia Airlines will certainly go down in history as one of the most unfortunate companies. In 2014, it was struck by two massive tragedies. First, the disappearance of Flight 370 over the Indian Ocean and then Flight 17 was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. In total, over 500 people perished and the only association with the brand that anyone had was one of catastrophe.

In the middle of leadership changes and restructuring, and in dire need of rebranding, Malaysia Airlines launched a streak of poorly communicated and highly controversial marketing campaigns. It’s advertisements portrayed travelers as angels (a big “OOF” considering the tragedies) and began tweeting a series of motivational quotes that were a touch tasteless to say the least (“If you fell down yesterday, don’t stay down. Get up as quick as you can”; “Want to go somewhere, but don’t know where?”).

And then it launched a campaign, which immediately caught the attention of the global media. Dubbed ‘My ultimate bucket list’, customers were encouraged to share the destinations where they most wanted to visit. 

It’s highly likely that the Malaysian marketing team were not aware of the meaning of a ‘bucket list’, which refers to things a person would like to do before they ‘kick the bucket’. Taking Malaysain Airlines’ tragic history into account, this was not the greatest move. 

As the first angry tweets were published, the company altered the name of the competition and apologized profusely. However, the damage was already done. 

Considering the state of the company at the time, a misstep that would have likely derailed another airline, barely caused a scratch. 

3. United’s violent incidents (A lot of them). 

By the start of 2020, United Airlines had become strongly associated with violence. The connection was so engrained, one could think it was the result of a deliberate marketing campaign so powerful, that the world’s militaries would line up to hire the same PR firm.

It could be said that it all began in 2017 when the company’s crew tried to forcibly remove a passenger from an overbooked flight. The passenger resisted, a scuffle ensued and an image of a bloodied, beaten customer being dragged away by security went viral. 

Que an apology from the airline’s CEO, which seemed as half-hearted as it was brief. Then, people began to remember that the incident was not the first time that United had brutalized and humiliated passengers who had resisted being ousted from an overbooked flight.

United’s unsympathetic and violent image was further cemented by a tragic incident when a dog died on a flight due to what was perceived as indifference and cruelty from the company’s cabin crew. United tried to claim full responsibility and apologize as sincerely as possible, but it was too late. A slew of events and poor communication could hardly be explained by “a few bad apples” and the company’s image remains tainted to this day.

Now, is it a marketing failure? Strictly speaking, no. It is simply a case of terrible crisis management. But the scale and intensity is almost unrivalled in the aviation industry, which, no doubt, is a result of a flawed communication policy. In other words, United has consistently failed to avoid association with abusing its customers. Which pretty much equates to deliberate action.

2. British Airways’ attempts at avant-garde 

In 1994, British Airways changed its livery. The most notable aspect of the change was a series of new tailfin designs made by various famous artists from around the world.

The majority of those pieces were, to put it mildly, slightly unconventional. Barely anybody understood the designs and even fewer found them attractive.

Not only was the artwork disliked by some of the more conservative Brits, but its motivation was also called into question. The variety of designs was supposed to represent the diversity of cultures through BA’s network, but it could also be interpreted as an attempt at patronization and colonialism. 

The most famous expression of this sentiment came from none other than UK’s former prime minister Margaret Thatcher. Upon seeing a model of an aircraft with a new design, she exclaimed “absolutely terrible!”, pulled a piece of tissue paper from her ever-present handbag, and covered the tail of the offending Boeing 747.

1. American Airlines AAirpass

This marketing disaster is not famous for the damage to American Airline’s reputation, but for its sheer monetary cost and a miscalculation that allowed it to happen.

AAirpass was a frequent flyers program launched by American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) in the early 1980s. The idea was simple: for a low price of $250,000 (approximately $747,000 in today’s money) a customer would get a lifetime of free first-class travel on American’ planes. For an additional $150,000 (approx. $448,000) they could take a companion.

Seems like a lot of money for some free flights, right? Wrong. A lot of people ordered AAirpasses (66, according to some reports) and, as it turns out, frequent travelers tend to spend a lot more on flights during their lifetime. American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) really should have known better.

Before the onset of the 2008 financial crisis, the AAirpas debacle (although new memberships had not been taken since 1994) drained from the company’s coffers $1 million annually. This did not include the many lawsuits American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) faced while trying to revoke some AAirpasses. 

The scale of the failure became widely-known and American was a laughing stock. The company is also an example frequently shown at marketing schools all over the world. It turns out that, before committing to long-term marketing programs, it is important to calculate long-term costs. Extremely important.View full article

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Her ‘Majesty’ Gov in new row as ministers fear farts may spread Covid

Ministers ‘fear coronavirus could be spread by farting in a confined space’

Ministers have privately pointed to evidence that suggests Covid-19 could be spread when an infected person breaks wind in a confined space, such as a toilet….

That bloated lying buffoon that goes by the name Boris is now rumoured to be wanting to set test centres in lavatories and if it comes up positive ,well too bad for your bowels, breakfast Britain means business! A manned control point will be implemented across the Fartdom to check passports before you toilet.

Tests have revealed that the virus can be present in faecal matter, though the science on whether flatulence could spread Covid is not definitive.

One minister, who wasn’t named, told the Telegraph that they had read “credible-looking stuff on it” from other countries, and there had been evidence of a “genomical-linked tracing connection between two individuals from a [lavatory] cubicle in Australia

well-documented cases of diseases spreading through waste pipes during lockdowns in Hong Kong when the U-bend had dried out”.


UK Government scientists have not yet produced the paper on the toilet topic.

A volunteer completed her training before being rushed to the Royal toilet service
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What’s happening in the country we love

The White House Is Attacking Us

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President Joe Biden and his administration are attacking us. And they’re not even being secretive about it. 

Rather than trying to subvert our truth-seeking journalism surreptitiously, the Biden White House is announcing their attacks as if it’s a point of pride. In fact, the White House is so proud of its anti-conservative offensive that Joe Biden’s communications director Kate Bedingfield went on MSNBC this week to directly identify their target. 

“There are conservative news outlets who are creating irresponsible content that’s sharing misinformation about the virus,” she said.

Bedingfield didn’t say that conservative news outlets were lying or publishing falsehoods because we aren’t. Instead, she said our content is “irresponsible” because we dare to point out the contradictions, obfuscation, and misdirection presented by Dr. Fauci and other “experts” who expect Americans to follow them blindly and without question. 

To the Biden White House, questioning their party line and reporting the whole story in order to let our readers make up their own minds is irresponsible.

It’s a stunning admission, but one that is sadly unsurprising given the radical Left’s modus operandi: Rather than engaging in a free and open exchange of ideas, they demonize and silence those with whom they disagree to create echo chambers in which only the information they approve is consumed.

Like most things for the Left, it’s all about power. To maintain it, they must control the flow of information to ensure no inconvenient truths sneak out. And not only has Biden’s press team announced who it’s going after, it’s also tipped its hand and shared one way it’ll attack conservative journalism to ensure its version of the truth is the only one Americans read and watch. 

Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki explained — from the White House podium — how their attack on conservative media and journalism like Townhall’s, is going down. “We’re flagging problematic posts for Facebook that spread disinformation,” Psaki brazenly explained.

Again, Psaki didn’t say false posts, she said problematic posts. Townhall’s conservative journalism is problematic — and proudly so — to Psaki and the Biden administration in their attempts to make the truth what they want it to be.

The endgame of the White House’s collusion with big tech in order to wage their war against conservative media isn’t one that requires imagination to picture the eventual conclusion. We’ve seen it before when Facebook and Twitter blocked coverage of Hunter Biden’s laptop from hell. 

The story, by Facebook’s own admission, hadn’t been fact-checked, but they shut it down anyway because it was, to borrow the new terms from White House officials, irresponsible and problematic to the Biden campaign. 

Powerful Democrats can’t trust the American people to listen to all sides and make up their own minds because too many would reject the Left’s ideas. It’s as simple as that. And the White House’s desperation couldn’t be more obvious. That’s why we need to fight back

Whether it’s the Wuhan coronavirus, mask mandates, leftist riots, or the border crisis, Townhall’s reporting gives the full story, not the Biden- or Democrat-approved version of the story. That’s why our conservative journalism is problematic. And that’s why, especially when under direct attack from Joe Biden and his administration, your support to allow our work to continue is so important. 
We don’t have the lapdog reporters in the White House press corps to clarify or clean up anything, we don’t have the mainstream media to give us air cover, and we don’t have big tech to silence our critics. 

What we do have is something better: The support of real Americans who know they can handle the truth and think critically about what’s happening in the country we love.
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Watch “Wond’ring Aloud” on YouTube

Wond’ring aloud
How we feel today
Last night sipped the sunset
My hand in her hair
We are our own saviours
As we start both our hearts beating life
Into each otherWond’ring aloud
Will the years treat us well?
As she floats in the kitchen
I’m tasting the smell, yeah
Of toast as the butter runs
Then she comes, spilling crumbs on the bed
And I shake my headAnd it’s only the giving
That makes you what you are

Songwriters: Ian Anderson

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Often times in life we may find ourselves battling between Good and Evil…..

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against a spiritual wickedness in high places

Ephesians 6:12

The inner evil conflict

Joseph Conrad defined all humans as having an “inner evil” or Heart of Darkness in his novella of the same name.

While certainly not as widely seen as the direct good vs. evil conflict, the concept of “individual vs. self” is often much more compelling to a reader/watcher, especially if it is the protagonist. In both literature and film, it requires well-written character development in order to succeed truly.

Joseph Conrad‘s version of the inner evil conflict, known as the Heart of Darkness, is a human‘s struggle with their own morals and their own battle with their hidden evil. Although first chiefly used in the novel, this improved device was commonly used, as opposed to the old devices used in literature before the turn of the century. It is a conflict that exists outside of literature as well, making it a universal truth of the human condition.

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Committee of Public Safety 1793

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Committee of Public Safety

For other uses, see Committee of Public Safety (disambiguation).

The Committee of Public Safety (French: Comité de salut public) formed the provisional government in France, led mainly by Maximilien Robespierre, during the Reign of Terror (1793–1794), a phase of the French Revolution. Supplementing the Committee of General Defence created after the execution of King Louis XVI in January 1793, the Committee of Public Safety was created in April 1793 by the National Convention and restructured in July 1793. It was charged with protecting the new republic against its foreign and domestic enemies, fighting the First Coalition and the Vendée revolt. As a wartime measure, the committee was given broad supervisory and administrative powers over the armed forces, judiciary and legislature, as well as the executive bodies and ministers of the Convention.

Committee of Public Safety
Comité de salut public  (French)
TypeProvisional government
StatusDisestablished
AppointerNational Convention
Constituting instrumentFrench Constitution of 1793
Formation25 March 1793
Abolished27 October 1795
SuccessionExecutive Directory

As the committee raised the defense against the monarchist coalition of European nations and counter-revolutionary forces within France, it became more and more powerful. In December 1793, the Convention formally conferred executive power upon the committee. Between August 1793 and July 1794, the committee’s power grew to dictatorial heights as it organised the Reign of Terror. Among the members, the radical Jacobin Maximilien Robespierre emerged as a leader. After the arrest and execution of the rival factions of Hébertists and Dantonists, sentiment in the Convention eventually turned against Robespierre, who was executed in July 1794. In the following Thermidorian Reaction, the committee’s influence diminished and it was abolished in 1795.[1]

During the American War of Independence, American Patriots formed Committees of safety. That was a recent major precedent of a Republican revolution, well-known to the French revolutionaries.

 Reign of Terror, commonly called The Terror (French: la Terreur), was a period of the French Revolution when, following the creation of the First French Republic, a series of massacres and numerous public executions took place in response to revolutionary fervour, anticlerical sentiment, and accusations of treason by the Committee of Public Safety.

Part of the French Revolution
Nine émigrés are executed by guillotine, 1793
Date1793–1794
LocationFirst French Republic
Organised byCommittee of Public Safety

Historical caricature on the reign of terror

There is disagreement among historians over when exactly “the Terror” began. Some consider it to have begun only in 1793, giving the date as either 5 September,[1] June[2] or March, when the Revolutionary Tribunal came into existence. Others, however, cite the earlier time of the September Massacres in 1792, or even July 1789, when the first killing of the revolution occurred.[a]

The term of “Terror” to describe the period was introduced by the Thermidorian Reaction who took power after the fall of Maximilien Robespierre in July 1794,[1][2] to discredit Robespierre and justify their actions.[3] Today there is consensus amongst historians that the exceptional revolutionary measures continued after the death of Robespierre, now called the period of “White Terror“.[4] By then, 16,594 official death sentences had been dispensed throughout France since June 1793, of which 2,639 were in Paris alone;[2][5] and an additional 10,000 died in prison, without trial, or under both of these circumstances.[6]

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Aren’t we, after paying compulsory taxes and national insurance, entitled to good care?It seems not….

London hospital patients face some of the worst healthcare standards in the country.

Five hospitals in the capital come bottom of the league for hygiene, privacy, food quality and overall care.

Ealing is ranked the lowest out of a total of 165 NHS hospital trusts, followed by Homerton, Mayday, Barking and North Middlesex.

Of course even in Ealing there are some notable and exemplary exceptions (lights that shine on the darkness)

The findings, published today by watchdog the Healthcare Commission, are based on the views of nearly 76,000 adult patients staying overnight in English hospitals. The greatest variations in care were wards staffed from abroad, waiting times and the standard of food.

Fewer than half of patients said bathrooms and lavatories were clean and fewer people than last year believed doctors and nurses always washed their hands between patients.

Ealing Hospital patients complained of a lack of nurses on duty, poor response rates to call buzzers and unsatisfactory food. They said there was too much noise from other patients on wards  and the general behaviour and demeanor of some on the communal wards was appalling and that any manager worth their salt would give such violators a dressing down!

Some nursing staff in the main block often think alongside Matron (who defends them blindly like s mother hen, covering their mistakes) that shoddy care is good enough.

But again one notices heroic exceptions those who don’t go with the flow,pity them,

some hospitals (like Ealing)were struggling to deliver even on the basics of care.

Enter at your own risk!!