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Taiwanese F16 missing

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❗️F-16 Jet MISSING Near Taiwan

The Taiwanese Air Force has confirmed one of its F-16 fighter jets has gone missing off its west coast on Tuesday, as search and rescue operations continue.

The aircraft disappeared off radars 30 mins after leaving Chiayi Air Base for a training exercise. Rescue officials report some witnesses claiming they saw it crash. (Focus Taiwan)

The western support to Taiwan has further irked Beijing that considers the self-governing island as an inalienable part of the mainland and has pledged reunification. After Taiwan’s F-16 Viper crash yesterday, several questions are raised about possible China factors behind it.

According to commentators, the crash of one of Taiwan’s most advanced fighter jets during a routine rehearsal indicates issues with pilot training and fatigue from responding to frequent PLA sorties.

The F-16V pilot, Chen Yi had, reportedly turned on the speaker key throughout the flight, limiting his communication with air command, according to an initial assessment. Military analysts and air force veterans believe that he mistook the button for a slow-down key, the Taiwanese media reported.


F-16 Viper

Chinese intrusions into the Taiwanese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) have become a regular occurrence now. The unprovoked aggression has become an everyday phenomenon with an identical modus operandi

According to the air force, Chen, the missing pilot, had barely 300 hours of flight time, including 60 hours in the F-16V.

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Man Finds Poor Abandoned Puppy Living in a Shoe

Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.—Albert Einstein

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Man Finds Poor Abandoned Puppy Living in a Shoe, Feeds Her, Finds Her Perfect Forever Home

One day, a Serbian man, who often takes it upon himself to feed stray dogs in his hometown, found a tiny abandoned puppy that tugged at his heartstrings. The pup, starving and alone, was using a shoe for shelter, and the man simply couldn’t leave her behind.

It was cold outside when Goran Marinkovic, 48, found the little dog, now named Coco, on the streets of Kraljevo two years ago.

Walking along a narrow path littered with trash, Goran heard cries and followed them to a sorry sight. Next to a single black sneaker, all alone, sat a tiny puppy with yellow and black fur. Goran guessed that the puppy was using the footwear as protection in the absence of her mother.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

“That’s how I found her,” he told The Epoch Times.

She was “hungry, cold, and wet,” he said. Goran gave her some salami, and after she gobbled that down, she rolled over beside the shoe, showing her belly submissively.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

Goran snapped a few photos of the heartrending scene and later shared them on Facebook, captioning: “The shoe can be useful to her to hide from the rain and the sun. This [puppy] was thrown into the garbage, I found it by accident. It would be nice if we found her someone who could, and would want to, take care of her.”

Unable to leave her behind, Goran picked up Coco and whisked her off to a veterinarian for assessment. He wasn’t sure if she was strong enough to survive.

But the puppy’s will to live was still strong.

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(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

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Man Finds Poor Abandoned Puppy Living in a Shoe, Feeds Her, Finds Her Perfect Forever Home

BY Louise Bevan TIMESeptember 17, 2021

One day, a Serbian man, who often takes it upon himself to feed stray dogs in his hometown, found a tiny abandoned puppy that tugged at his heartstrings. The pup, starving and alone, was using a shoe for shelter, and the man simply couldn’t leave her behind.

It was cold outside when Goran Marinkovic, 48, found the little dog, now named Coco, on the streets of Kraljevo two years ago.

Walking along a narrow path littered with trash, Goran heard cries and followed them to a sorry sight. Next to a single black sneaker, all alone, sat a tiny puppy with yellow and black fur. Goran guessed that the puppy was using the footwear as protection in the absence of her mother.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

“That’s how I found her,” he told The Epoch Times.

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She was “hungry, cold, and wet,” he said. Goran gave her some salami, and after she gobbled that down, she rolled over beside the shoe, showing her belly submissively.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

Goran snapped a few photos of the heartrending scene and later shared them on Facebook, captioning: “The shoe can be useful to her to hide from the rain and the sun. This [puppy] was thrown into the garbage, I found it by accident. It would be nice if we found her someone who could, and would want to, take care of her.”

Unable to leave her behind, Goran picked up Coco and whisked her off to a veterinarian for assessment. He wasn’t sure if she was strong enough to survive.

But the puppy’s will to live was still strong.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

Goran shared photos of Coco’s rescue and subsequent recovery on Facebook in a bid to find her the perfect forever home. He sifted through applicants to find a potential owner, but having formed a special bond with her, he reached out to his friends working in international rescue to help him find the ideal family.

He struck gold. After getting her shots, Coco was sent

Germany. Today, she’s a happy, lively pup living her best life in a loving home, thanks to Goran’s big heart and kind actions.

Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)
Epoch Times Photo
(Courtesy of Goran Marinkovic)

“She has a beautiful home to enjoy,” Goran said. “Every rescued dog from the street who finds a home is a victory for me.”

Coco’s rescuer continues to feed between 90 and 110 stray or abandoned dogs every day, and he hopes sharing Coco’s story will encourage others to help where they can.

“Do not throw animals out on the street, because they are living beings,” he added. “I just want to awaken the conscience of people so that there are no more such cases.

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How curious mother nature really is…..the sunflower actually tracks the sun similar to the orientation of a satellite dish

Phototropic solar tracking in sunflower plants: an integrative perspective.

BACKGROUND One of the best-known plant movements, phototropic solar tracking in sunflower (Helianthus annuus), has not yet been fully characterized. Two questions are still a matter of debate. (1) Is the adaptive significance solely an optimization of photosynthesis via the exposure of the leaves to the sun? (2) Is shade avoidance involved in this process? In this study, these concepts are discussed from a historical perspective and novel insights are provided. SCOPE AND METHODS Results from the primary literature on heliotropic growth movements led to the conclusion that these responses cease before anthesis, so that the flowering heads point to the East.

Based on observations on 10-week-old plants, the diurnal East-West oscillations of the upper fifth of the growing stem and leaves in relation to the position of the sun (inclusive of nocturnal re-orientation) were documented, and photon fluence rates on the leaf surfaces on clear, cloudy and rainy days were determined. In addition, the light-response curve of net CO2 assimilation was determined on the upper leaves of the same batch of plants, and evidence for the occurrence of shade-avoidance responses in growing sunflower plants is summarized.

CONCLUSIONS Only elongating, vegetative sunflower shoots and the upper leaves perform phototropic solar tracking. Photon fluence response and CO2 assimilation measurements cast doubt on the ‘photosynthesis-optimization hypothesis’ as the sole explanation for the evolution of these plant movements. We suggest that the shade-avoidance response, which maximizes light-driven CO2 assimilation, plays a major role in solar tracking populations of competing sunflower plants, and an integrative scheme of these growth movements is provided.

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Andrew really did it,this time…….

Vanity Fair's Royal Watch Newsletter

A WEEKLY OVERVIEW OF THE CHATTER FROM KENSINGTON PALACE AND BEYOND

JANUARY 13, 2022

According to Buckingham Palace, the duke has handed in his military titles and royal patronages—but there’s still a chance other members of the family may be forced to sit for depositions.

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The variations in participants response to vaccine,perplexing as it was, can now be explained by a huge and uncontrolled variation of batches similar to eating a bad meal or drinking a bad beer

Claude Butcher –

Scientists compared variability between Flu vaccine lots with variability between Covid vaccine lots, and were shocked to find EXCESSIVE and HIGHLY UNUSUAL degree of variation between different lots of the Covid vaccines.

When 22,000 flu vaccine lots were examined, almost all of them produced 5 or fewer severe adverse reactions per lot. Only 2 lots exceeded this (22 SAEs and 37 SAEs)

When the same number of Covid vaccines were compared, there was found to be huge variation – with many lots producing 5 or fewer severe adverse reactions , but many others producing 1000-5000 severe adverse reactions.

So the coefficient of variation for Covid vaccines is 1000% – compared to the coefficient of variation for flu vaccines (which is 99%)

In other words, Covid vaccines vary 10 times more than flu vaccines.

Under FDA regulations, such high variation between different lots and between different manufacturers means the drugs are ADULTERATED, and carries significant legal penalties.

Such variation may also negate EUA authorisation – which is only granted based on consistency of the product.


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Worst leaders of all time – did we forget anyone? (Comments)

Who was the worst leader in history?Here is my top-10.

  • #1. Adolf Hitler. …
  • #2. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) …
  • #3 Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) In any list of evil men, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin ranks high. …
  • #4 Pol Pot (1925-1998) Pol Pot was the leader of the Communist Khmer Rouge. …
  • #5 Leopold II (1835-1909) …
  • #6 Kim Il-Sung (1912-1994) …
  • #7. …
  • #8 Idi Amin (1925-2003)

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The Top-10 Most Evil Leaders of the 20th Century – LinkedIn

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Clot shot

Clot shot warning: Here’s what a blood clot looks like when liquid blood turns into a semi-solid gelatinous massThe reason professional soccer players are collapsing on the field and suffering heart attacks is because their blood turns into a semi-solid gelatinous mass due to the spike protein “vaccine” injections. This is also why covid vaccines are increasingly known as “clot shots.”…By Mike Adams
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Kazakhstan is same size as entire west Europe

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Kazakhstan: Presidential palace set alight and airport seized as fuel protests spiral out of control

President pleads for help from Russia-led security bloc as government resigns and police clash with protesters

TOPSHOT - Protesters take part in a rally over a hike in energy prices in Almaty on January 5, 2022. - Kazakhstan on January 5, 2022 declared a nationwide state of emergency after protests over a fuel price hike erupted into clashes and saw demonstrators storm government buildings. (Photo by Abduaziz MADYAROV / AFP) (Photo by ABDUAZIZ MADYAROV/AFP via Getty Images)
Protesters demonstrate in Almaty, Kazakhstan (Photo: Abduaziz Madyarov/AFP via Getty Images)

By Jim HeintzBrendan McFaddenJanuary 5, 2022 9:17 pm(Updated 10:07 pm)

Protesters stormed the presidential palace and mayor’s office in Kazakhstan’s largest city today and set them on fire, as demonstrations sparked by a rise in fuel prices escalated out of control.

Police fired on protesters at the presidential palace in Almaty, and flights were cancelled and staff fled as the city’s airport was taken over by demonstrators.

Security forces have already deployed water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades against protesters.

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The government resigned in response to the unrest and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev vowed to take harsh measures to quell it.

Apparently seeking to appease public ire, Mr Tokayev sacked his predecessor Nursultan Nazarbayev as head of the national Security Council on Wednesday, and took it over himself. He also appointed a new head of the State Security Committee, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, and removed Mr Nazarbayev’s nephew from the No. 2 position on the committee.

Much of the anger on the streets seems to have been aimed at Mr Nazarbayev. Protesters had been heard chanting Mr Nazarbayev’s name, while a video showing people attempting to pull down a giant bronze statue of the former leader has been shared online.

Protesters gathered at the mayor’s office in Almaty before storming it. Videos on social media showed smoke rising from the building, while gunfire could be heard.https://35e16fa4a99f6ceae97bdbcd1422a4a0.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The president made a televised speech in which he appealed to a Russia-led security bloc to assist Kazakhstan in overcoming what he called a “terrorist threat”.

He claimed what he described as foreign-trained terrorist gangs were seizing buildings, infrastructure and weapons.

He said the airport in Almaty had been taken over, as well as five aircraft , including foreign planes.

“It is actually no longer a threat, it is an undermining of the integrity of the state and most importantly it is an attack on our citizens who are asking me… to help them urgently,” Tokayev claimed.

“Almaty was attacked, destroyed, vandalised, the residents of Almaty became victims of attacks by terrorists, bandits, therefore it is our duty… to take all possible actions to protect our state.”

Mr Tokayev said he had appealed to the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO), a military alliance of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Kazakh news sites became inaccessible late on Wednesday and the global watchdog organisation Netblocks said the country was experiencing a pervasive internet blackout.

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Spanish economy improving say Banks

   10 January 2022Eurozone unemployment continues to trend down rapidlyEurozone unemployment has now almost closed the gap with its best pre-pandemic reading. This strong performance is thanks to furlough scheme support and rapid demand recovery. The low unemployment rate opens the door further for sustained higher medium-term inflationSpain has seen a big drop in unemployment. Pictured, people in Vendrell, Tarragona Source:Spain has seen a big drop in unemployment. Pictured, people in Vendrell, TarragonaUnemployment continued its rapid decline in November as it fell from 7.3 to 7.2%. Despite restrictions still in place and slowing GDP growth, the labour market continues to boom. All large economies saw declining rates in November, with the most notable drop coming from Spain where unemployment fell from 14.4 to 14.1%. The Netherlands at 2.7 and Germany at 3.2% are among the strongest labour markets in the eurozone at the moment.Demand for workers remains strong, resulting in vacancy rates breaking pre-pandemic highs. With furlough schemes still supporting – part of – the job market, there remains some concern about what will happen when this support ends. We’re not too worried about this anymore as labour demand seems so strong at the moment and take-up of the schemes has already declined dramatically over the course of the pandemic.That means that the outlook for unemployment remains quite bright. Continued declines over the coming months are likely, although the re-entry of people to the labour market could slow the pace over the course of 2022. Nevertheless, this job market strength is set to feed through to wage negotiations and adds to medium-term expectations of inflation of around 2%. The ECB will take note as it considers the next steps in policy normalisation after its recent announcement of reducing asset purchases.
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Drone saved a man life after snow shovel

Drones aren’t just for cops or spying on Mars simulations. They can also be used to save your life. At least that was the case with a Swedish man who survived a brush with death due to the quick actions of a few good Samaritans and an emergency medical drone, according to a press release from dronemaker Everdrone.

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whats the difference between Apple crumble and Man United?There is no difference they are both a -crumbling

Roy Keane names Man Utd stars he never warmed to during time at Old Trafford

Roy Keane was the talismanic leader of Manchester United for more than a decade, but admitted that by the end of his time at Old Trafford he struggled to build close bonds with the younger generation

ByBen Husband

Roy Keane has admitted he “rarely had a conversation” with any of his Manchester United colleagues in the latter days of his time at Old Trafford.

The combative midfielder enjoyed 12 trophy-laden years with the Red Devils, winning the Premier League title seven times along the way.

He also bridged the gap between Sir Alex Ferguson’s first title winners and the side which would go on to dominate in the final years of his stint in the dugout.

Keane, who had more than his fair share of bust-ups over the years, admitted he didn’t get some of his younger colleagues, including the likes of Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.

Have Your Say! Was Roy Keane the Premier League’s greatest captain? Let us know with a comment here.

Roy Keane has taken his confrontational attitude from the pitch to the studio

Roy Keane has taken his confrontational attitude from the pitch to the studio

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Belgium recovering from big attack

Belgium’s ministry of defense confirmed on Monday it had been hit by a cyberattack. … Hackers exploited a vulnerability in software called Log4j, which was discovered earlier in December, a ministry spokesperson told local media. The ministry uncovered the attack last Thursday.

(Who would want to attack Belgium?)

Belgian defence ministry suffers cyber attack through Log4j exploitation

Belgian defence ministry suffers cyber attack through Log4j exploitation

Part of the Belgian Ministry of Defence’s network was down for several days as a result of a “serious” cyber attack after a security hole was discovered in the software.

Since last Thursday, part of the computer network was down, including the mail system, as a result of the attack. It remains unclear who the perpetrator is, according to reports from VRT News.

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As for dem Christmas blues,didn’t get what ya want? Wrong size? Tough!

Take it LOUD three times a day (especially after hot dogs , kebabs and hamburgers)

If your therapy should malfunction go talk to your pharmacist………..

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Korea by night (satellite picture)

still interested in communism/ socialism

Marx and Lenin?

FILE – In this April 9, 2019, file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addresses the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea in Pyongyang. Kim is cautiously turning up the heat after his unsuccessful summit with U.S. President Trump in Hanoi two months ago. Returning to military optics for the first time in five months, Kim on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 paid a surprise visit to an Air Force base to inspect fighter combat readiness and followed that up the next day by supervising the test of what the North’s official media described ominously – but ambiguously, and without any photos or video – as a new type of “tactical guided weapon. ”Independent journalists were not given access to cover the event depicted in this image distributed by the North Korean government. The content of this image is as provided and cannot be independently verified. Korean language watermark on image as provided by source reads: “KCNA” which is the abbreviation for Korean Central News Agency. (Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP, File)
Dont you pity them ? It’s the futility of the DDR all over again

I tried living in some Communist cities and also in Republics (without Monarchs naturally) it took about 30 years (of trying) to concede that communism has not worked out ?????? (Editor)

When you see for yourself what communism did to a Nation and it’s older generation- no thanks I’ll rather stay in Milton Keynes.

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How’s your Russian?This is where you have privy to a rather self trumpeting (English subtitles) of an important KGB lecture (if you can make it ’til the end)

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Scandalous Life: The Biography of Janet Rigby

IT’S FINALLY OVER! This book should be outlawed by the Geneva Convention as a torture device. Geez. Where to begin?

The subject: Jane Digby is presented by the author and by others as a feminist icon – a woman who was sexually free, an adventurer, and open to new experiences and ideas that most women in her age wouldn’t even dream of. The problem with that is it’s all a complete lie. Yes, Jane Digby had sex. With a lot of men. But here’s the pattern of the first 40 years of her life: Find a man that adores her. They have wild passionate romance and sex. They probably have a kid. Their passion (or his passion) dulls. She feels lonely. She finds someone new. They have wild passionate romance and sex. They probably have a kid. Man #1 says “hey, wait a minute!” so she packs up and leaves, happily abandoning her marriage/romance, child, country, religion, name, home, whatever she can think of, to be with man #2. Eventually man #2’s passion fades, and so on about 14 times. I don’t know about you, but a woman who is so desperately needy to be with a man that loves her that she literally abandons EVERYTHING to be with him — and that she does this SEVERAL TIMES throughout her twenties and thirties, is NOT my feminist hero. She’s the high school girl I watched flinging herself at the cars of ex-boyfriends, sobbing and begging them to take her back, and went “Ugh.”

Jane does eventually make her way to the middle east, where she marries Sheikh Medjuel, a man 20 years younger than her. Despite the fact that she now lives the freaking desert with a Bedouin tribe, this does not make the book more interesting (more on that below). The one honorable, courageous thing we see Jane do during these years is help people affected by a massacre in Damascus…EXCEPT we have no information on this first hand from Jane (Jane kept extensive and painfully boring diaries, all of which are quoted liberally in this book). All we know are rumors that reached one of her ex-husbands. Except the author already showed us earlier in the book that many of the rumors he heard weren’t remotely founded in truth. Therefore, although the author does not take Jane’s heroic acts with a grain of salt, I do.

The writing: Even with a completely unsympathetic heroine, I’m sure that with all the things Jane went through, this still could have been an exciting book. Too bad it wasn’t. Even when we hit Damascus and she’s married to a man who goes on MONTHS LONG DESERT RAID BATTLES WITH OTHER TRIBES it’s boring boring boring. The author sees no reason to follow anyone who’s not Jane, even for a paragraph, and Jane spends most of her time not out in the desert with her husband but in a house in Damascus. So while her husband is off doing awesome, romance-hero shit, we’re stuck listening to Jane complain about the housekeeper. When we do hear about his stuff, it’s usually in quotes from Jane’s diaries, who writes about them like business transactions and squabbles. And while I’m sure that ultimately that’s what they were her husband is MAKING WAR AND RAIDING OTHER TRIBES IN 140 DEGREE WEATHER OMG and do we get to have fun? No. The author does a similar thing when discussing the Turkish harems — Jane is apparently one of the only European women in the 19th century to have a real understanding of these harems, but do we get to hear anything about what these Turkish harems are like? No. All we hear about is how Jane pitied them, and thought they were sexual slaves, and would listen to the girls’ worries sometimes. I DON’T WANT JANE’S OPINION, I WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HAREMS.

Basically, the first half of Jane Digby’s life was spent hurling herself at whatever man would have her next, and then abandoning everything to hurl herself at the next one, and the second half of her life was spent living something right out of The Sheik, if the heroine in The Sheik had spent most of her time in a comfy house in Damascus ordering around gardeners, arranging dinners, and bickering with her

Suzesmum BEST. REVIEW. EVER😂

Jonathan Mary Lovell is not an author I would advise one to seek out. I read 175 pages of her book on the Mitford Sisters and found it just plain boring. Your review of this Lovell masterpiece had me rolling! Sorry your time was wasted.

Shera This review is hilarious because I totally get it. I’m not done reading it yet and plan on finishing because to me, it’s not that bad. I do agree that she’s a flighty idiot I would loathe to be friends with, but I guess that’s what makes it interesting to me. I’m too level headed to jump from baby daddy to baby daddy. So in that regard, and the fact that she’s obviously brave enough to go galavanting around the middle east it’s intriguing. I haven’t however gotten to the part where she marries the dessert sheikh and stays home complaining about harems! Thanks for the warning. I’d give it more stars so far but we shall see!

I get

Julie Stephens 

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* Great review MAP! how about 5 stars to you for making it to the end!

Jemidar I

MAP I would like to point out that almost every other very wrong!! 🙂

Sabrina Removing this one from my tbr

MAP Nope, nothing extraordinary (or even bordering on interesting) in her childhood. I’m no Freudian, but there were no daddy issues or anything.

Karla Feel better? I know I do, having read that awesome rant. The last bit about The Sheik nearly killed me. 😀

And she thought harem girls were sexual slaves? Excuse me? Seems like she was a slave to something called her hormones and hyperactive fear of solitude. Was there any speculation by the author about her upbringing that might have fostered this sexual neediness? That’s a huge question right there.

Sabrina Ditto!

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* Whew!! Done! but oh dear..1 star..guess III pass on this one.





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The Huguenot exodus from France

Huguenots were French Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who followed the teachings of theologian John Calvin. Persecuted by the French Catholic government during a violent period, Huguenots fled the country in the 17th century, creating Huguenot settlements all over Europe, in the United States and Africa.

execution of Charles I by beheading occurred on Tuesday 30 January 1649[b] outside the Banqueting House in Whitehall. The execution was the culmination of political and military conflicts between the royalists and the parliamentarians in England during the English Civil War, leading to the capture and trial of Charles I. On Saturday 27 January 1649, the parliamentarian High Court of Justice had declared Charles guilty of attempting to “uphold in himself an unlimited and tyrannical power to rule according to his will, and to overthrow the rights and liberties of the people” and he was sentenced to death and executed

The British were not friendly with French King Louis XIV, and the Huguenots were welcomed there.

About one-fifth of the Huguenot population ended up in England, with a smaller portion moving to Ireland. The Huguenots are credited with bringing the word “refugee” into the English language upon their arrival in the British Islands when it was first used to describe them.

From 1688 to 1689, some Huguenots settled in the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa with the sponsorship of the Dutch East India Company

In common with many refugees the Huguenots often changed their surnames to adapt to their new country, or were forced to change them due by impatient immigration officials. As a result, many common English surnames have Huguenot roots (e.g. Andrieu/Andrews, Boulanger/Baker, Barbier/Barber, Delacroix/Cross, Reynard/ Fox, Le Cerf/Hart, LeBlancs/White).

My own surname heralds from the Languedoc region, from where a certain David Bosanquet fled in 1685. He became a banker and merchant and settled in Essex; besides me his descendants include the cricketer Bernard Bosanquet, inventor of bowling technique the ‘googly’, and his son Reginald, who became a much-loved television newsreader.

The author, a descendent of the Huguenots

Says Dr Kathy Chater, author and genealogist, “French people have, of course, been coming here for centuries for reasons other than religious persecution. William the Conqueror brought a whole raft of invaders and imposed Norman French on the legal system, so many people have names of French origin dating back to medieval times.

“However, the Victorians were so enamoured of the Huguenots that people of French origin who came to Britain for a variety of motives (not all of them honest!) claimed Huguenot ancestry. There is, therefore, no way of telling, without genealogical research, which were genuine Huguenots.

Fournier Street in Spitalfields – an area where many Huguenots fled to from France. Image: Huguenots of Spitalfields

The early Huguenots made an instant impact as they began to practise their expert crafts such as silk-weaving, jewellery and furniture making. They also brought significant wealth into the country, to the extent that the Bank of England’s first governor, Sir John Houblon, was the grandson of a Huguenot refugee (Samuel Bosanquet, grandson of David, was a subsequent governor).

Many of London’s street names speak of Huguenot ancestry: Romilly (lawyer) in Soho, Spirmont (Royal Derby link) in Chelsea, Fleur de Lis in Spitalfields, Huguenot Place in Wandsworth, where the hat makers settled, (the tears of the Huguenots are featured in the Wandsworth Coat of Arms), Fourbert’s Place, (riding school). Even the Garrick Theatre.

Jon Pertwee, a Dr Who, was of Huguenot descent.

Today, countless high-profile individuals can claim Huguenot ancestry. Examples include:

  • Simon Le Bon – the lead singer of Duran Duran is the eldest son of John and Ann-Marie Le Bon, a family of Huguenot descent.
  • Princes William and Harry – the Royal brothers have Huguenot ancestors on both sides of the family, including William of Orange, Charlotte de Bourbon Montpensier, the Marquis de Ruvigny, Viscount de Rohan, Gaspard de Coligny, Duke de Schonberg and the Rochefoucaulds.
  • Jon Pertwee – aka Doctor Who is a member of a noted theatrical family who are said to come from Pertuis in Provence.
  • Eddie Izzard – the comedian and marathon man is descended from a Huguenot family thought to originate from the Pyrenees (the name ‘Izard’ means mountain goat).
  • Charlize Theron – ancestors of the Oscar-winning actress were early Huguenot settlers in South Africa, a popular destination for the Huguenots.
  • Nigel Farage – it may seem ironic that the leader of the Brexit Party is descended from Huguenot refugees, but his surname almost certainly indicates these origins.
  • Jessica Chastain – the Hollywood star is descended from Pierre Chastain, a Huguenot physician who escaped to Switzerland from France and subsequently travelled to America.
The Huguenots brought their weaving skills to London. Image: Bishopsgate Institute
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Ukraine sitrep

Russia has forward-deployed hundreds of tanks, self-propelled artillery and even short-range ballistic missiles from as far away as Siberia to within striking range of Ukraine’s borders. US intelligence has said Russia could launch an offensive by the end of January with as many as 100 battalion tactical groups (BTGs), comprising an estimated 175,000 troops. Current estimates say Russia has about 50 BTGs in the border region, already a significant force that could overrun Ukrainian defensive positions.

What form could a Russian attack take?

A map released by Ukrainian military intelligence in November showed a worst-case scenario: Russian forces crossing the Ukrainian border from the east and attacking from annexed Crimea, as well as launching an amphibious assault on Odessa with support from Russian soldiers in Transnistria and troops sent in from Belarus. Some aspects of the plan, such as offensives from the east and via Crimea, already appear possible. Others, such as an attack from Belarus, appear to factor in troops that have not yet arrived in the region.

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Get ready

December 10 the Russian Foreign Ministry published a statementthat not only sounds like an ultimatum but seems to be meant as one:

We note US President Joseph Biden’s readiness expressed at the December 7, 2021 talks with President Vladimir Putin to establish a serious dialogue on issues related to ensuring the security of the Russian Federation. Such a dialogue is urgently needed today when the relations between Russia and the collective West continue to decay and have approached a critical line. At the same time, numerous loose interpretations of our position have emerged in recent days. In this connection we feel it is necessary to once again clarify the following.

Escalating a confrontation with our country is absolutely unacceptable. As a pretext, the West is using the situation in Ukraine, where it embarked on encouraging Russophobia and justifying the actions of the Kiev regime to undermine the Minsk agreements and prepare for a military scenario in Donbass.

Instead of reigning in their Ukrainian protégés, NATO countries are pushing Kiev towards aggressive steps. There can be no alternative interpretation of the increasing number of unplanned exercises by the United States and its allies in the Black Sea. NATO members’ aircraft, including strategic bombers, regularly make provocative flights and dangerous manoeuvres in close proximity to Russia’s borders. The militarisation of Ukraine’s territory and pumping it with weapons are ongoing.

The course has been chosen of drawing Ukraine into NATO, which is fraught with the deployment of strike missile systems there with a minimal flight time to Central Russia, and other destabilising weapons. Such irresponsible behaviour creates grave military risks for all parties involved, up to and including a large-scale conflict in Europe.

All the NATO action mentioned above directly endangers Russia’s security. It has to cease. Some of the steps taken must be reversed and Russia will have to be given guarantees that certain measures will not be taken. The statement includes this list of demands:

  • No more NATO expansion towards Russia’s borders. Retraction of the 2008 NATO invitation to Ukraine and Georgia.
  • Legally binding guarantee that no strike systems which could target Moscow will be deployed in countries next to Russia.
  • No NATO or equivalent (UK, U.S., Pl.) ‘exercises’ near Russian borders.
  • NATO ships, planes to keep certain distances from Russian borders.
  • Regular military-to-military talks.
  • No intermediate-range nukes in Europe.

That the above is not a “pretty please” wishlist has since been emphasized by several Russian authorities:

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Monday warned of confrontation should the United States and NATO fail to give Russia security guarantees concerning its eastern expansion, the RIA news agency reported.

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Right on Archie!

the Archbishop replied:

I think that every priest has the right, or rather the duty, to warn his faithful about the real danger – not at all merely hypothetical – represented by the inoculation of this experimental medical product. This is especially the case when the entire psycho-pandemic farce clearly aims to lead toward the establishment of a dictatorship, whose purpose is to control the citizens through a violation of their constitutional and natural rights under the guise of a health emergency.

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The negative effects of greyhound racing (upon greyhounds)

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Historically as many as 10,000 greyhounds have been bred annually. The racing industry exacerbates an overproduction of dogs, which simply displaces other homeless animals and diverts resources needed to address other animal welfare challenges.

The greyhound racing industry treats dogs like machines. For the few minutes that they spend on a track during a race, they spend up to 23 hours a day confined to a cramped cage or kennel. According to GREY2K USA Worldwide, an average of between 500 and 1,000 dogs are required in order to operate a racetrack. They start racing at 18 months old, and many don’t make it to the nominal “retirement” age of 4 or 5.

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Greyhounds routinely sustain serious injuries while racing. GREY2K documented more than 15,000 injuries—including broken legs, broken backs, head trauma, and electrocution—between January 2008 and April 2018. The total number of injuries is undoubtedly far higher, since Florida wasn’t even required to report greyhound injuries to the public until recently. While that state is home to more than half the nation’s tracks, in November 2018, residents overwhelmingly voted to end greyhound racing there by 2020.

More than 1,000 greyhounds have died on tracks since 2008. In Florida alone, state records show that a greyhound used for racing dies every three days (on average). Some examples of the deaths include the following:

  • In July 2017, a 2-year-old greyhound named TNT Quiet Riot was euthanized after breaking her neck during a race at the Sanford Orlando Kennel Club.
  • Romancandle crashed and died on the Tri-State Greyhound Park (now known as Mardi Gras Casino & Resort) track in West Virginia in August 2016.

As the public learns about the miserable lives of greyhounds forced to race, the industry’s days are numbered. Younger gamblers are more interested in casinos and poker. In recent years, the total amount of money gambled on greyhound races nationwide has plummeted.

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1792

Citizens, did you want a revolution without a revolution?” – Maximilien Robespierre As one of the seminal social revolutions in human history, the French Revolution holds a unique legacy, especially in the West. The early years of the Revolution were fueled by Enlightenment ideals, seeking the social overthrow of the caste system that gave the royalty and aristocracy decisive advantages over the lower classes. But history remembers the French Revolution in a starkly different way, as the same leaders who sought a more democratic system while out of power devolved into establishing an incredibly repressive tyranny of their own once they acquired it. The height of Republican France’s tyranny came during a 10 month period forever known as the Reign of Terror, the most notorious and arguably most memorable part of the French Revolution. One of the first victims of the Reign of Terror was its most famous: former French Queen Marie Antoinette. But Antoinette was followed by thousands more, including everyone from aristocrats to clergy to prostitutes and even instrumental revolutionaries like Danton, Desmoulins, and, most notably, Robespierre. It was Robespierre whose position on the Committee of Public Safety made him the Reign of Terror’s instrumental figure until he himself became a victim of it in July 1794. Robespierre’s date with the guillotine is often considered the official end of the Reign of Terror, but by then it is estimated that at least 16,000 people were guillotined in that time and possibly 25,000 more were summarily executed across the country. Although Robespierre is almost singlehandedly associated with the Reign of Terror and is typically blamed for it, many factors influenced the actions and beliefs of Paris and the remainder of France during late 1793 and 1794. Robespierre and the Committee of Public Safety believed passionately in the Revolution and fought to eliminate any threat to the young French Republic. Robespierre envisioned a Republic of Virtue, with no room for anyone who did not abide by his rules and morality. Counterrevolutionaries certainly did threaten the Revolution; however, most of those killed during the Reign of Terror were not counterrevolutionaries and posed no serious threat to the Revolution or Republic.

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Portugese hospitality

Portugal: A Family Paradise with an Excellent Quality of Life

Portugal, with its welcoming locals and pleasant climate, offers expats a very good quality of life. However, career prospects and job security continue to rank poorly.

  • Portugal attracts an above-average percentage of retirees.
  • It also ranks in the top 10 for family life.
  • Expats enjoy the climate and weather.
  • Around eight out of ten feel at home there.
  • A large majority rate the cost of living positively.

Blue Skies and Warm Smiles

Portugal ranks an impressive 6th out of 68 countries in the overall results for 2018. In three indices, the country ranks in the top 10, including fifth for ease of settling in and second for quality of life.

With Portugal’s positive ranking for quality of life, it is perhaps no surprise that almost eight out of ten expats (79%) are generally satisfied with local socializing and leisure activities. Nearly all respondents (94%) state they are happy with the climate and weather, with 84% saying they considered this factor a potential benefit even before moving to the country. Such results are perhaps to be expected, given Portugal’s mild winters and sunny summer climate.

Portugal is safe and secure. The people are fantastic and have helped us in all aspects unreservedly.

Further factors which contribute to Portugal’s impressive ranking in the Quality of Life Index include the high level of personal safety respondents feel: 73% rate this factor as very good. The country is also considered peaceful by 98% of expats participating in the survey. In the words of one expat from South Africa, “Portugal is safe and secure. The people are fantastic and have helped us in all aspects unreservedly.”

In addition to this, 85% of expats think that the quality of medical care in Portugal is generally good, which is 18 percentage points above the global average (67%). In fact, over three-quarters (77%) also consider healthcare to be affordable.

The country’s high quality of life seems to be an important factor for people choosing to move to Portugal: 75% of respondents say that they considered the general living standards a potential benefit before moving there.

Friendly and Welcoming Locals

Expats in Portugal also find it easy to settle in: over eight in ten (82%) feel largely at home in the local culture compared to a global average of six in ten. Not only do 83% say that it is generally straightforward to settle down in Portugal (compared to the worldwide average of 59%), but 85% also face few or no challenges getting used to the local culture.

These positive results are perhaps unsurprising, considering that nine in ten feel that the local population is by and large welcoming and that attitudes towards foreign residents are friendly (87% vs. a worldwide average of 66%). Just under two-thirds (64%) say they have little trouble making local friends, with the majority of respondents (78%) saying that they have either a fairly mixed group of local and expat friends or that they socialize mainly with local residents.

Even if you do not speak the local language, it is still generally easy to live in Portugal, with 65% agreeing that a lack of Portuguese language skills does not make it difficult to live there.

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Good Work-Life Balance, but Poor Career Prospects

Although Portugal ranks well in terms of quality of life and settling in, the country performs poorly in terms of working abroad, coming in 61st place out of 68 countries for career prospects and satisfaction. Just under two in five (39%) are satisfied with their career prospects compared to the global average of 55%. Portugal also ranks a disappointing 53rd out of 68 countries for job security. However, close to three in five (59%) are satisfied with their job in general, and even more (72%) rate their work-life balance positively.

Interestingly, one quarter of respondents in Portugal are retirees, which would explain why the average age of expats in Portugal (48.9 years) is higher than the survey average (44.2 years). It seems that Portugal is also particularly popular with freelancers — at 11%, their share is disproportionately high compared to the global average of 5%.

Affordable Cost of Living Attracts Expats

When it comes to personal finances, 62% of expats in Portugal are generally satisfied with their financial situation. Just over three-quarters (77%) say their disposable household income is enough or more than enough to cover their living expenses, about the same as the global average (78%). However, compared to the survey average of 51%, a majority of respondents in Portugal (82%) consider the cost of living to be generally affordable, and just over seven in ten (71%) perceived the cost of living as a benefit before moving abroad, compared to the worldwide average of just over four in ten (42%).

Happy Families All Around

With Portugal ranking 9th out of 50 destinations in the Family Life Index, respondents raising children abroad are largely content with family life in Portugal. An impressive 94% are generally satisfied with their personal family life compared to the global average of 79%. A total of 66% of expat parents also state that childcare options are numerous and easily available, while 64% say they do not struggle to afford childcare. When it comes to educational standards, over four in five parents (81%) say that the quality of education in Portugal is generally high.

It’s a great place to raise a family and have a high level of quality of life.

It seems Portugal is the place to be for families, ranking an impressive 11th out of 50 countries for family well-being. Among expat parents, a significant majority of 96% agree that attitudes towards families are friendly overall. Almost all the expat parents (97%) say that children’s safety is good, with another 96% rating their children’s well-being positively. In addition to this, 78% of respondents consider the leisure activities for children to be satisfying. One British expat says, “it’s a great place to raise a family and have a high level of quality of life”.

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Picadilly line update

There will be no Piccadilly line service between Rayners Lane and Uxbridge on Wednesday 1 December. This is due to expected high leaf fall, which makes the tracks slippery and increases the risk of damage to train wheels.

Trains will continue to run from Rayners Lane along the rest of the Piccadilly line. The Metropolitan line will run as normal. 

We continue to take steps to prevent further impact to your journeys but we may have to suspend this section of the line again, so wherever possible please check before you travel, consider alternative routes and allow more time for your journey.

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Restless Russia on the move again

Russia is setting conditions to conduct military operations against Ukraine and/or in Belarus in the coming weeks or months. The Russian Federation has positioned military forces around Ukraine’s border and near the border with Belarus able to initiate offensive operations on very short notice with very little warning. Russian officials and media outlets have been setting conditions in the information space to support such operations. This document is not intended as a forecast or an assessment of the likelihood of any such Russian activities, all of which are also consistent with Russian non-military lines of effort against Ukraine, Belarus, the US, and NATO.


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MARIUPOL, UKRAINE – NOVEMBER 28: Ukrainian security force soldiers guard a checkpoint at the entrance to Mariupol Port on the Azov Sea as President Poroshenko declares martial law in response to the attacking and seizing of three Ukrainian naval vessels by Russian forces on November 28, 2018 in Mariupol, Ukraine. (Photo by Martyn Aim/Getty Images)
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US military intelligence are convinced Russia preparing to “invade Ukraine” and fight substantially there

States are becoming increasingly convinced that Russia is contemplating extensive military action in Ukraine, according to Western insiders. Russian troop concentrations near the Ukrainian border have been “large and unusual” for several weeks, according to observers.

The New York Times reports that American intelligence assessments do not view war in Ukraine as an inevitable outcome of Moscow’s military maneuvers in western Russia. In fact, many suggest that Russian President Vladimir Putin “has not yet decided” how to proceed in Ukraine. Nevertheless, “all the pieces are in place” for a large-scale military invasion, according to experts who spoke to The Times.

The number of American intelligence observers who believe that Moscow’s military maneuvers may represent a bluff is gradually shrinking. Some believe that the Kremlin’s goal is to establish command over a larger and more unified landmass than the one it currently controls in southeastern Ukraine, and thus secure a contiguous land linking Russian soil with the territory it occupies in Ukraine.

Washington has been sharing intelligence on this fast-changing situation with Ukraine, while also briefing its North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners. Last week, the United States Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines visited Brussels for discussions with NATO ambassadors. The unusual visit to Russia by Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns, which took place in early November, may also be connected to the rising tensions in Ukraine, according to The Times.

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Netherlands turns violent over new covid restrictions

Fresh unrest has erupted in the Netherlands against new lockdown rules amid rising Covid-19 cases in Europe.

People hurled fireworks at police and set fire to bicycles in The Hague, one night after protests in Rotterdam turned violent and police opened fire.

Thousands of demonstrators also took to the streets in Austria, Croatia and Italy as anger mounted over new curbs.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was “very worried” about rising coronavirus cases on the continent.

Its regional director Dr Hans Kluge told the BBC that unless measures were tightened across Europe, half a million more deaths could be recorded by next spring.

“Covid-19 has become once again the number one cause of mortality in our region,” he said, adding “we know what needs to be done” in order to fight the virus – such as getting vaccinated, wearing masks, and using Covid passes.

Many governments across the continent are bringing in new restrictions in a bid to tackle rising infections. A number of countries have recently reported record-high daily case numbers.

Demonstrations and unrest

In the Netherlands, a second night of riots broke out on Saturday in several towns and cities.

Hooded rioters set fire to bicycles on the streets of The Hague, as riot police used horses, dogs and batons to chase the crowds away. Officials have announced an emergency order in the city, and at least seven people were arrested.

Police said someone threw a rock through the window of a passing ambulance carrying a patient. Officers in the city tweeted that five police were injured, with one taken away by ambulance with a knee injury.

Elsewhere in the country, two top-flight football matches were briefly halted after supporters broke into the grounds and ran onto the pitch. Fans are currently banned from stadiums because of new coronavirus rules.

The unrest follows a night of riots in Rotterdam condemned by the city’s mayor as “an orgy of violence”. Police fired warning shots and direct shots “because the situation was life-threatening”, a police spokesperson told Reuters news agency.

At least three demonstrators are receiving hospital treatment for gunshot wounds, officers said. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident.

The Netherlands imposed a three-week partial lockdown last Saturday after recording a record spike in Covid cases. Bars and restaurants must close at 20:00, and crowds are banned at sports events.

Tens of thousands of people protested in Austria’s capital Vienna after the government announced a new national lockdown and plans to make jabs compulsory in February 2022. It is the first European country to make vaccination a legal requirement.

Brandishing national flags and banners reading “Freedom”, protesters shouted “Resistance!” and booed the police.

The country will enter a 20-day nationwide lockdown from Monday, shutting all but essential shops and ordering people to work from home.

In Croatia, thousands marched in the capital Zagreb to show their anger at mandatory vaccinations for public sector workers, while in Italy, a few thousand protesters gathered at the ancient Circus Maximus chariot-racing ground in Rome to oppose “Green Pass” certificates required at workplaces, venues and on public transport.

French authorities meanwhile are sending dozens more police officers to quell unrest on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, a French overseas department.

Overnight riots saw looters ransack dozens of shops and set businesses alight after protests against France’s own Covid pass turned violent.

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20 Ways to Spot the Psychopath in Your Life – Ayo & Iken

of psychopathy may be one of the most misunderstood disorders, although it is frequently represented in movies, books, and other media. Psychopathy is a complex issue. According to the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, psychopathy is a subset of antisocial personality disorder. Others have argued that psychopathy is a completely separate condition. In either case, it is estimated that between .2 percent and 2 percent of the population fit the criteria for a psychopath, and it is well-documented that men are much more likely to have psychopathic characteristics than women. This means that out of 100 people you know, one is fairly likely to be a psychopath.

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Spotting the Psychopath in Your Life

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Psychopaths most often look just like anyone else, however, the odds are that you or someone you know has encountered one of these social predators. What is important to remember is that while some psychopaths could certainly fit the bill of a deranged (probably imprisoned) murderer, most psychopaths are more likely to be a co-worker, a friend, your ex, or a family member. What these people may have in common is they constantly leave you feeling confused, doubting your own abilities and intuition. Psychopaths—along with sociopaths and narcissists—have one thing in common. They are all able to make a mentally healthy person feel crazy. Below are some traits which can help you spot a psychopath:

  • Superficially Charming – They are almost universally superficially charming, able to make their “target” feel special. This charm, however, is almost never real. The true psychopath is a chameleon—a shapeshifter who is a master at fitting their personality to the needs of the individual. If you solicited a description of the psychopath from 30 different people who knew him or her, you might find that you receive significantly different descriptions. To the shy, reticent person, the psychopath adjusts his charm, toning it down to meet that person’s individual needs, and to the extrovert, he dials up the charm and exuberance.
  • Turn People Against Each Other – Psychopaths will try to turn people against one another, through gossip and “poison,” which makes each person feel suspicious of the others. This will not be obvious, rather will be done using sad, “poor me” stories and fake concern to alter your perception of the other person. If it seems you are disliking other people whom you would previously have had no reason to have an opinion about—good or bad—then look at the psychopath spreading gossip.
  • Intentionally Cause Chaos – As an extension of the above, the psychopath will go out of their way to intentionally cause chaos among others, they will play the innocent, blaming everyone else for their reaction. In other words, the psychopath will work hard to provoke you, then when you legitimately react, he will act the innocent, informing you he will not have this discussion with you while you are so emotional, or smugly saying “Look at you, flipping out—I just can’t talk to you about anything.” The goal of the psychopath is to make you believe you are the hypersensitive nutcase. If your psychopath is in your workplace—beware. The goal of painting you as a hypersensitive nutcase is to diminish your credibility, handily turning others against you. In relationships, the psychopath will tell you about other relationships in which the person was just always “overreacting” or “always jumping on me for no reason” as a method of garnering sympathy. If you think a co-worker, spouse or partner is constantly baiting you into an argument, then acting like they are totally surprised when you react—beware.
  • No Shame or Guilt – Psychopaths see no shame or guilt even when the person’s behavior was obviously hurtful. Normal people feel significant levels of guilt, remorse, even shame when they manipulate others, steal, cheat or lie. The psychopath is aware their behavior hurt the other person—they simply don’t care. In fact, you will almost never receive an apology from a psychopath, and if you do, it is only because they want something from you, or to save face in front of others.
  • Lying seem to be a way of life – The psychopath will tell a lie even when the truth would have actually been a better story. You may feel there is no motive for the lies—and you would be right. The psychopath becomes so used to shifting personalities and stories to fit the target, they simply do not know what the real truth is. If you are brave enough to call a psychopath out on an obvious lie, be prepared to have the entire situation turned back on you, with accusations that you are just paranoid and suspicious. By the time the psychopath is done, you will be questioning yourself, wondering whether the lie really was a lie after all (it was).
  • Jeana Vogel on exclusive use and possesion of the marital residenceCreate Doubt – Even though you know, on an intellectual level, that you are not the one at fault, the psychopath will make you begin to doubt yourself. It is likely you were presented with a near-perfect person at the beginning of the friendship or relationship, making it hard to reconcile the person you are now seeing with the first. The psychopath—even though he may manipulate, con, lie, cheat and steal—will convince you that you are the problem, you are the one with issues, you are the “bad” one. Creating self-doubt among others is a key tool of the psychopath. After all, if you are doubting yourself, you don’t have time to be doubting the psychopath.
  • Change Allegiances Quickly – The psychopath can change allegiances on a dime, with no second thoughts involved. When you met the psychopath you likely felt an instant connection and trust in the person, however the longer you know the psychopath, the more you will realize everyone who meets the person feels that same instant connection and trust—until they don’t. There is no loyalty, no love, no attachment possible in the true psychopath who will leave a trail of destruction behind, always blaming the victim.
  • Winning and Money is Everything – Psychopaths place a high premium on “winning,” money and power, and may have little regard for social or moral rules as they manipulate and lie to others. While the manipulation of a psychopath may be to achieve personal gain, often it is simply an impulse that the psychopath is unable to control, or simply for fun, just because they can. If you have seen or read Gone Girl, then look at the traits exhibited by the main character, Amy Dunne, who goes to great lengths to victimize the men in her life, manipulating all those around her.
  • Lacks Empathy or Conscience – If you feel a person in your life lacks empathy or seems to have no conscience, you may have met a psychopath. While most of us have that little voice inside which tells us we are doing something we shouldn’t, the psychopath does not hear that voice, and because of this, he or she can easily engage in behaviors most of us will not. As an example, if someone angers or hurts us, most of us may think for a moment, “Oh, I could just strangle him!” While we may think this, the vast majority of us will never act on such a thought. The psychopath, on the other hand, will have little compunction about acting on such thoughts, so long as he believes he won’t get caught. In other words, there is no conscience, only a fear of getting caught, and there is no empathy for the other person.
  • Low Impulse Control – Because of low impulse control, the psychopath may be quick to exhibit aggression or even violence. The psychopath is more likely to have a number of casual sex partners and more likely to engage in risky behaviors than the “average” person.
  • Bruce Przepis on what makes us differentNarcissists – People who are psychopaths also tend to be narcissists, with an over-inflated sense of their own achievements and personal qualities. The psychopath is unlikely to see any of his or her own flaws, rather tends to project those flaws on those around them. As an example, a narcissist who believes, deep down, that he is not smart enough, may constantly belittle those around him, calling them “stupid,” and making fun of their lack of intellect. The narcissist—and the psychopath—will go out of his way to seek out compliments. On the flip side of this, when faced with any type of criticism, the response is likely to be rage and revenge. What others may perceive as constructive criticism, the psychopath will see as a declaration of war.
  • Unable to Get Along – The psychopath has a long history of being unable to get along with others—although they will always insist it is the other person’s fault, not their own. Because of this, psychopaths tend to place themselves in positions of authority where they can “boss” others, working over them rather than beside them.
  • Never Feel Guilty – The psychopath is unlikely to feel guilt over anything—even when their bad behavior seriously impacts others. This lack of empathy prevents the psychopath from putting themselves in another’s shoes or seeing things from another perspective.
  • Manipulates Your Emotions – Once the psychopath has gained your trust, he will begin to manipulate your emotions with a goal of making you feel guilty or simply to get you to do what he wants you to do. The psychopath is a master at getting you to tell him things in confidence—then using those confessions against you down the line.
  • Early Behavioral Problems – It is highly likely the psychopath had early behavioral problems in childhood, even to the point where they had no compunction about hurting animals or lying to avoid getting into trouble. The International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology published a study which found those with high psychopathic traits began engaging in criminal activities early in life.
  • Rules Don’t Apply to Them – The psychopath believes rules apply to everyone but them. In short, the psychopath believes they are above any rules and are so “special,” they are not held to the same standards as everyone else.
  • Walking Contradiction – The psychopath tends to be a walking contradiction—a tough bravado, “been-there-done-that (better than anyone else) attitude with a false innocence that is calculated to draw the psychopath’s victims into the web.
  • Users and Takers – While many people may be users and takers without being a psychopath, the psychopath is definitely a user and a taker.
  • Feigns Emotions – Although a psychopath is a master at feigning emotion, in reality, the psychopath has very shallow emotions or virtually no emotions at all. Most psychopaths learned at an early age that others expected them to exhibit certain emotions at certain times, therefore they learned to fake these emotions. In reality, other than rage, the psychopath tends to feel few true emotions. This elevated level of anger can manifest in rage-induced aggression and even adult temper tantrums. Those living with a psychopath may feel they constantly “walk on eggshells,” never knowing what statement or behavior will set off rage in the psychopath.
  • Easily Bored – The psychopath is easily bored, therefore needs almost constant stimulation and excitement in their life. If no such excitement is present, the psychopath can easily create his own drama.

If you have been romantically involved with a psychopath, you were likely left feeling emotionally battered and bruised, unsure of yourself, and unsure of your own self-worth. The psychopath tends to leave romantic partners in a constant tailspin, even to the point where they start wondering if they are the crazy one. It can be extremely difficult to disengage from a psychopath—until they themselves want to disengage, then they will dismiss you from their lives without a second thought.See All Blog Posts

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Fears of a Russian invasion growing in East Ukraine

The alarm bells are ringing, especially in Kiev . “The Ukrainian and Western intelligence services have been observing a massive increase in the concentration of Russian troops for days,” said the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, Andrij Melnyk, to our editorial team. “The Russians have around 114,000 soldiers off the eastern border of Ukraine and in the occupied Donbass. Around 32,000 troops are stationed in the occupied Crimea, and there are probably several thousand in Belarus too. “


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The satellite image from November 1 shows Russian military vehicles that were recently stationed in the town of Jelnja near the border with Belarus.
The satellite image from November 1 shows Russian military

that were recently stationed in the town of Jelnja near the border with Belarus.

Photo:  Handout / AFP

Ukrainian ambassador warns: Never since 2014 has the danger of a Russian invasion been greater than it is today. NATO is concerned

Berlin. The whole world is currently interested in what is happening in the western Russian town of Jelnja. The US company Maxar Technologies took satellite images on November 1st showing Russian tanks, military vehicles and buildings on the northern edge of Yelnja. You are on brown-green terrain, there is a wooded area nearby.

Two things worry the Pentagon, NATO and the governments between Paris and Kiev: soldiers and equipment have only recently been housed there. And: The base is around 100 kilometers from the Belarusian and 300 kilometers from the Ukrainian border.

What also makes the diplomats nervous: “After the last major military maneuvers by the Kremlin in April and autumn, the Russians left heavy weapons behind. For example, there are artillery, tanks, missile systems and multiple rocket launchers for the most part along the eastern border. ”More than 30 tactical battalion groups are on constant alert almost 250 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. Also read: The water war over the Crimea – is a new conflict looming?

NATO military exercises in the Black Sea

In Kiev, people are convinced that the Russian maneuvers had only one purpose: “They were designed to train an attack inside Ukraine,” says Roman Mashovets, deputy director for national security in the Ukrainian president’s office. In view of the allegations, Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin is turning the tables: The US and other NATO military ships, for their part, have heated up tensions with military exercises in the Black Sea .

According to reports in the Ukrainian press, the fear of war in the country has continued to rise. “We fear that a Crimean invasion 2.0 could occur,” emphasizes Melnyk. “Never since 2014, when the Russians occupied the Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine with armed force, has the danger of a new, large-scale invasion been more acute than these days. We have three red alerts, ”warns the ambassador.

The telephone wires are glowing in the NATO headquarters in Brussels. General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg expressed concern about the “large and unusual” Russian troop marches on the Ukrainian border. He called on Moscow to refrain from “any further provocations or aggressive actions”. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had previously warned Russia against an invasion of Ukraine – this would be a “serious mistake”. The governments in Paris and Berlin made similar statements.

With water cannons against migrants

According to Ukraine, Moscow is behind the current refugee drama . “The staged migrant crisis on the border with Poland is also a smoke candle to disguise Russia’s military activities off the eastern border of Ukraine and in the Donbass,” emphasized Ambassador Melnyk. The fear of a repetition of the refugee crisis of 2015 should be fueled in the western public . “It is expected that the people in Germany will then no longer be interested in Putin preparing a new offensive in the east. The Kremlin boss is speculating on a blunting effect. “

The situation worsened on Tuesday. Polish security forces used water cannons against migrants on the border with Belarus . A spokesman for the Polish police said the people had been equipped with fire grenades and tear gas from the Belarusian side. A policeman was said to have been injured by a thrown object and taken to hospital with suspected broken skull.

On Monday, the Executive Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) spoke to the Belarusian ruler Alexander Lukashenko on the phone. The call was mainly about “the need for humanitarian aid” at the border, said government spokesman Steffen Seibert. The Greens foreign politician Omid Nouripour criticized the conversation as a “devastating signal”.

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465,000 people have disappeared from the workforce

Britain continues to face severe labor market shortages despite the end of the furlough program because 465,000 people have disappeared from the workforce…………

The Missing Midlife Workers: Redundancy pushes over 50s out of the workforce, with 20,000 leaving year-on-year

More than one in 10 (11%) over 50s have disappeared from the workforce in the past five years as a result of being made redundant, according to new research from Legal & General Retail Retirement (LGRR) and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr).

3 Nov 2021

  • More than one in 10 (11%) over 50s are leaving the workforce after being made redundant
  • Higher than average redundancy rates among over 50s sees them 17% more likely to face redundancy than younger workers
  • The findings have serious consequences for retirement savings, with those impacted saving £29,000 less into their pension pot

Among the 177,000 over 50s made redundant on an annual basis during this timeframe, 20,000 are estimated to have left the workforce.

The ‘Working Late’report, which looks at the experiences of the over 50s, raises concerns about the impact of redundancy and employment-related changes on the age diversity of the UK workforce. Among the over 50s experiencing redundancy in the past five years, nearly two-thirds (62%) felt that their age was a contributing factor in this decision.

In the period from 2007 to Q2 of 2021, the average rate of redundancy among the over 50s has been nearly a fifth higher than for the under 50s. The study shows that older workers have been 17% more likely to face redundancy than younger workers on average2.

Despite a higher redundancy rate, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Labour Force Survey, unemployment rates for over 50s tend to be lower than the rest of the working population. In part, this is likely impacted by the number of people who leave the workforce once being made redundant. The report found that 2,000 of the 15,000 over 50s made redundant each month on average over the last five years are estimated to have left the workforce.

Derailing retirement plans

More than a third (39%) of older workers who were made redundant in the past five years have had to change their retirement plans. This was also the case for those who experienced a reduction in their working hours (34%) or had their salary reduced (33%). Meanwhile, 15% of those being placed on furlough since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic decided to change their retirement date as a result.

The resultant impact of redundancy on retirement savings is significant. Older workers who have been made redundant are expected to save £29,000 less for retirement than the average employee aged 50+. According to the findings, the gap between estimated annual retirement income and the minimum level of income required for a comfortable lifestyle reduces by 18%, or £1,900 annually, for those who have been made redundant, compared to those who have not.

For employees over 50 who have experienced one or more of reduced hours (9%), a salary cut (7%), furlough (12%) or redundancy (8%), an annual reduction of £3,100 is estimated.Andrew Kail, CEO, Legal & General Retail Retirement: “The disappearance of the older worker presents a serious challenge to employers. Not only are they the fastest growing employee population but they also have a wealth of experience that UK employers will miss out on if this trend continues. As we all adjust to new ways of working in the wake of Covid-19, where ‘retirement’ will be different for many people, it’s crucial that older workers are not forgotten.The Government’s planned investment of additional funds to get over 50s back into work is a step in the right direction, but there is much more to be done to promote an age diverse workforce. We are living and working longer than ever before and the reality is, many of us will be relying on working longer to save for retirement. It’s therefore vital that older workers feel protected in the workplace, and not at greater risk of redundancy. As an industry, we also need to encourage people to prioritise saving throughout their working life, so finances have time to grow, enabling retirees to enjoy their desired standard of living.”

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The covid wave (inside Germany) is grave

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­­­­Im Browser lesen­­­­­­­­­­­SPIEGEL International­Freitag, 12. November 2021, 21:00 Uhr­­­­­­­­­­­Latest Articles­­­­­­­A Federation of Imbeciles­Anti-Vaxxers and Politicians Push Germany to the Brink­Many in Germany thought the worst of the pandemic was behind them. But the country is now being slammed by the fourth wave – fueled by millions of people who refuse to be vaccinated and political leaders who have abdicated leadership. The situation, say virologists, is grave.

Nobody really wanted to listen to him in the last few months. He was seen as a killjoy, dragging down the mood. That annoying guy from Berlin’s Charité University Hospital. German politicians also studiously ignored his warnings of a difficult fourth epidemic wave – of a deadly corona autumn. But here we are. Because as it happens, Germany’s best-known virologist, Christian Drosten, in concert with many of his fellow scientists, had been spot on.

Countries with high vaccination rates like Spain and Portugal, says Drosten now, “could definitively leave the pandemic behind them” in spring. But in Germany, because of the many people who still refuse to be vaccinated and due to the sluggish booster campaign, is “still miles away” from that. “As soon as Delta strikes with full force, the hospitals will quickly be overwhelmed,” Drosten warns.

And Delta is currently hitting Germany hard. On Thursday, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany’s center for disease control, reported more than 50,000 new infections. A record. The seven-day incidence rate climbed to 249 on Thursday, also a record. The RKI also reported 235 deaths from the virus on Thursday alone.

The hospitals are getting fuller by the day, and 2,800 COVID-19 patients are in intensive care. In response, Charité has cancelled all non-emergency surgeries and many other clinics in the country have done the same. If the trend continues, many of them could soon be overwhelmed.

A federation of imbeciles has ensured that Germany is being hit extremely hard by the fourth wave – much worse than many other European countries.

Irrational political leaders chose not to heed the warnings of scientists. They refused – once again – to prepare for the coming autumn and they now have no plan for what promises to be the most dangerous phase of the pandemic yet.

A Pandemic of the Feebleminded

Meanwhile, a large population of the feebleminded have continued to ignore the dangers presented by the virus and refuse to be vaccinated. Indeed, the untenable situation in Germany’s intensive care units is primarily due to this group. In its most recent weekly report, the RKI notes that 87 percent of adults under 60 receiving intensive care due to COVID-19 have not been vaccinated.

“The winter will be a societal and medical challenge for Germany, resulting from a lack of preparation, clear rules and rigor,” said Gerald Haug, president of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. The unusually stern tone of his message is justified. Almost no preventative measures were taken, the rules now in place aren’t particularly rigorous, and they are hardly enforced.

The fact that Germany is stumbling into the fall virtually unprepared is one problem. The fact that the country has essentially been without leadership since the September general election is another. The leadership shown – or better, not shown – by the country’s political representatives in recent months borders on malpractice. Hardly anyone is doing what they should be doing in the face of a crisis like this. Angela Merkel is no longer offering guidance. Her likely successor, Olaf Scholz, isn’t yet in office. And even worse, the next coalition will in all likelihood include the Free Democrats (FDP), a party which, when it comes to measures to control the coronavirus, is far more focused on what they don’t want than on what is necessary.

Berlin virologist Christian Drosten: "Contact restrictions are urgently needed."

Berlin virologist Christian Drosten

Germany’s federal politicians are pushing off responsibility onto the states. And they are again doing what they always do: Each state comes up with its own strategy. No coordination. Collective negligence.

The consequences are serious. Whereas more than half the population of Israel has received a third dose of vaccine, the rate in Germany is just 4 percent. Despite the fact that it has been known for some time that protection from the initial doses begins to wane after a few months.

Back in summer, immunologists and virologists made it clear to the German government that all elderly people in the country and those with compromised immune systems needed to receive a booster, which can increase protection from the virus by up to 20 times. The Health Ministry, under the leadership of Jens Spahn, calculated that up to 11 million people could be reached by the end of October. It is now November, and just over 3 million have received their booster shots. Just how outgoing Chancellery Chief of Staff Helge Braun intends to achieve his self-proclaimed target of 20 million boosters by the end of the year remains his secret. Preparations for the campaign have suffered for weeks from chaotic agreements and contradictory statements.In intensive care units now, one in three corona patients over 60 was vaccinated before they landed there. The situation is also tense in nursing homes. Outbreaks there are “increasing again,” the RKI wrote in its weekly report. “And they are also hitting vaccinated people.” The assumption is that most of them have not yet received a booster shot.

And it was Health Minister Spahn himself who was the source of much of the confusion. After he – in concert with the RKI – initially recommended booster shots after six months for the elderly, those with weak immune systems and health-care personnel, he suddenly shifted his approach two weeks ago. He did so in response to a discussion with his Israeli counterpart, who has been preaching booster shots for some time. There are now indications that boosters don’t just help at-risk patients, but can also result in a lower virus transmission rate, thus breaking new chains of

infection.

So, Spahn also suddenly recommended that everyone get their booster shot.

The consequence has been massive confusion in medical practices across the country. Primary care physicians say their phone lines were suddenly jammed and people mobbed their offices – right at the beginning of the cold and flu season. Last Tuesday, the outraged doctors took an unusual step. In comments to journalists in Berlin, Andreas Gassen, head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, said that comments from political leaders introduced “chaos” into German medical practices. It was clear that he was talking about Spahn.

Thursday, Gassen and Spahn sought to lower the temperature on their conflict and agreed on a compromise over the phone. They sent a joint letter to doctors in the country asking them to “continue doing all you can to support the vaccination campaign.” Essentially, the message is: Hang in there.

Foresight in Short Supply

The problem, though, is that has become more difficult to organize mass vaccinations. In late June, Spahn and the state health ministers decided to phase out large vaccination centers starting on Sept. 30. In late summer, fewer and fewer people were showing up for their jabs and operating costs were far higher – up to tenfold – than simply having vaccines delivered by primary care physicians. It seemed like the logical next step to clear out of the sports arenas and cafeterias that had been utilized for the vaccination effort.”The closure of the vaccination centers now appears to have been a mistake.”

Karl Lauterbach, SPD health policy expert

Many states, like Saxony-Anhalt and Bavaria, for example, have re-focused their efforts on mobile teams that are better suited to reaching care homes, or smaller “vaccination stations,” as in Bremen. Because demand is now rapidly climbing again, such solutions are no longer sufficient. In Saxony, for example, the roughly 30 mobile teams have reached their limit, as the German Red Cross has complained. Instead of the planned 3,000 vaccinations on Saturday, 4,500 were carried out.

Demand is rising in Baden-Württemberg and Lower Saxony as well, and both states have ramped up their vaccination teams in response. “The closure of the vaccination centers now appears to have been a mistake,” says Karl Lauterbach, a member of parliament with the Social Democrats (SPD) who is also a trained virologist and the party’s point person on pandemic response. But, he says, when the health ministers decided to close the centers, it wasn’t yet clear that everybody would need a booster, and not just the elderly.

Be that as it may, foresight has been in short supply in Germany since the very beginning of the pandemic, with the country rarely being prepared for what the future might bring. Instead, the country’s political leaders have tended to hectically respond to developments as they happen.

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How Is Fukushima's Fallout Affecting Marine Life?

How Is Fukushima’s Fallout Affecting Marine Life?

By David Pacchioli | May 2, 2013» 日本語版

The Fukushima nuclear disaster delivered an unprecedented amount of radioactivity into the sea over a relatively brief time. How did that pulse of cesium and other radioisotopes make its way through the marine food chain? Scott Fowler, who helped pioneer marine radioecology for more than 30 years at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Marine Environment Laboratories, offered a primer on the subject at the Fukushima and the Ocean Conference in Tokyo in November 2012.

The food chain starts with marine phytoplankton—microscopic plants that account for as much photosynthesis as plants on land. These organisms take up radioactive contaminants from the seawater that surrounds them. As the phytoplankton are eaten by larger zooplankton, small fish, and larger animals up the food chain, some of the contaminants end up in fecal pellets or other detrital particles that settle to the seafloor. These particles accumulate in sediments, and some radioisotopes contained within them may be remobilized back into the overlying waters through microbial and chemical processes.

How much radioactivity gets into marine life depends on a host of factors: How long the organisms are exposed to radioactivity is certainly important, but so too are the sizes and species of the organisms, the radioisotopes involved, the temperature and salinity of the water, how much oxygen is in it, and many other factors such as the life stage of the organisms.

In all this, Fowler said, it’s important to remember the omnipresence of natural background radiation. Polonium-210 and potassium-40 are naturally occurring radioisotopes in the ocean, for example. Potassium-40 is the most abundant radioisotope in the ocean, but polonium-210 accumulates more readily in marine organisms.

“Polonium is responsible for the majority of the radiation dose that fish and other marine organisms receive,” he said.

In an experiment in the early 1980s, Fowler demonstrated vast differences in how much plutonium was absorbed from seawater by marine life across a spectrum of taxonomic groups. Phytoplankton accumulated roughly 10 times as much plutonium as microzooplankton, which took up 100 times more than clams. Octopi and crabs took up about half as much plutonium as clams, but about 100 times more than bottom-dwelling fish.

Another cross-species comparison showed that organisms took up different amounts of radioactivity depending on which particular radioisotopes were out there, he said.

Radioisotopes are also transferred to marine organisms from contaminated sediments—once again in ways that display a complex range of factors, Fowler noted. In one experiment measuring uptake of americium, worms exposed to contaminated sediments took up significantly more of the radioisotope than clams did. But both worms and clams took up much more of the radioisotopes from Pacific sediments, which contain relatively high amounts of silica minerals, than they did from Atlantic sediments, which contain more carbon minerals.

Food is another pathway into marine organisms and “may be in some cases the most important factor in uptake,” Fowler said. Consumed radioisotopes are assimilated internally through the gut, potentially a far more efficient route than if they are absorbed externally from the environment. Marine invertebrates, such as bottom-dwelling starfish and sea urchins, are particularly proficient at absorbing a wide range of ingested radioisotopes, he said, but fortunately, they lose that incorporated radioactivity over time, via excretion.

On an expedition in June 2011, biologists collected samples of phytoplankton, zooplankton (bottom), and fish, including the tiny hatchetfish (top), to learn if radioisotopes from Fukushima were accumulating in marine life. (Photos by Ken Kostel, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

From plankton to tuna 

Fowler’s longtime colleague, Nicholas Fisher, zeroed in on the isotopes that have had the most impact from Fukushima. Fisher, a marine biogeochemist at Stony Brook University, has spent 35 years studying the fate of metals and radioisotopes in marine organisms, including radioisotopes associated with nuclear waste. He and members of his lab participated in the research cruise led by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution marine geochemist Ken Buesseler off the coast of Japan in June 2011.

Analyzing plankton and fish sampled on the cruise, they consistently found cesium-134 and cesium-137. Not surprisingly, they found no iodine-131, the isotope which along with cesium had been released in highest quantity from the damaged Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Iodine-131, with its half-life of a mere eight days, was undetectable after a couple of months, Fisher explained.

Cesium, of course, is a different story. The ocean and its denizens continue to bear traces of cesium-137 that date from the atmospheric weapons testing during the Cold War era of the 1960s. Cesium-134, while much shorter-lived, will persist for a number of years.

The chemical properties of radioactive cesium are similar to those of non-radioactive cesium and naturally occurring potassium and sodium, which are abundant in seawater. So all these end up in the same tissues, particularly muscle, of fish and other marine organisms. But potassium and sodium are much less abundant in fresh water, so cesium uptake is much higher in freshwater organisms than in sea life.

Fish also excrete cesium fairly efficiently, losing a few percent per day. So if fish are no longer exposed to new contamination sources, the levels in their tissue should decrease fairly quickly.

Of particular concern for top-level consumers is the potential that these radioisotopes will be concentrated as they make their way up the food chain—what ecologists call biomagnification. Fortunately, cesium shows only modest biomagnification in marine food chains—much less than mercury, a toxic metal, or many other harmful organic compounds such the insecticide DDT and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Fisher said.

On the 2011 cruise, he and his team measured cesium in everything they sampled. “These were primarily zooplankton and some fish,” he reported. As expected, concentrations were higher in organisms sampled closer to shore. Radioactive silver (110mAg) was also detected in all zooplankton samples. In all cases, however, the amounts of cesium and silver isotopes were much lower than those of naturally occurring potassium-40 in the same samples.

“The radioactivity of the fish we caught and analyzed would not pose problems for human consumption,” he said. Which is not, he noted, the same thing as saying that all marine organisms caught in the region are perfectly safe to eat.

Persistently higher-than-normal levels

What’s puzzling to Fisher, Buesseler, and many other scientists is the persistence of these low but significant levels of radioactivity in the ocean. Jota Kanda, an oceanographer at the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, has extensively studied coastal waters off Fukushima and calculated the amount of cesium still present in coastal waters shallower than 200 meters (660 feet) and in sediments on the seafloor. By his reckoning, what remains is less than three percent of the total discharge, with the rest long since flushed out to the open ocean.

Yet levels of the cesium radioisotopes are still being measured at several tens to hundreds of becquerels per cubic meter in this area, Kanda noted, considerably higher than the levels prior to the Fukushima disaster. More importantly, levels measured in coastal sediments and in some species of fish are higher than those in the surrounding water.

As Kanda sees it, there are three sources responsible for this stubborn presence. One is river runoff—the fallout washed by rainfall into nearby rivers that drain to the sea. He also suggested that a small amount of contaminated water from basement compartments in the reaction unit housing is continuing to leak from the plant itself. But the biggest culprit—the only plausible explanation for the steady levels of radioactive cesium being measured in fish tissue—is continuous input through a food source. And that, he said, points to sediments.

Kanda has estimated that a total of 95 terabecquerels of cesium (1012 becquerels) is present in coastal sediments. The question, he maintained, is how it got there. It could have drifted down to the seafloor in the fecal pellets of plankton that consumed it at the surface—and in fact, plankton in shallow waters sometimes showed elevated levels of cesium. It could also be arriving with organic bits and pieces carried along by river water. It could have adhered to clay particles that came in contact with contaminated water; such radioactive cesium is tightly bound to clay particles and may not be easily transferred to marine life.

Sediment is complex stuff, he explained. Viewed up close, a single grain of what looks like sand is likely a mélange of mineral, organic matter, and pore water—the liquid trapped in the tiny gaps between particles. How contaminants are taken into these agglomerations is not well understood. Echoing Scott Fowler, Kanda noted that the composition and properties of sediments can vary dramatically.

Solving the mystery of the ongoing radioactivity will require a thorough analysis of the seafloor off Fukushima’s coast, he stressed. “Local communities are concerned. They want to know ‘When can we resume fishing?’ We scientists will have to answer this question.”

The key may be how long cesium stays put and the pathways for its uptake into the food chain. Given the 30-year half-life of cesium-137, the sediments could be a possible source of contamination in the food chain for decades to come.

The Accidents at Fukushima
http://www.whoi.edu/website/fukushima-symposium/overview

Fukushima and the Ocean Colloquium, May 9, 2013
http://www.whoi.edu/main/morss/fukushima

Fukushima Radiation the Pacific
https://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=67796

Lessons from the Japan Earthquake
http://www.whoi.edu/oceanus/viewArticle.do?id=131749

Café Thorium (Ken Buesseler’s Lab)
http://cafethorium.whoi.edu/website/about/index.html

WHOI Tsunami website
http://www.whoi.edu/home/interactive/tsunami/indexEnglish.html

Fishing for Answers off Fukushima
http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7545&tid=3622&cid=153749

Japan, 2011
http://www.whoi.edu/main/japan-2011

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Directed energy weapons

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A directed-energy weapon (DEW) is a ranged weapon that damages its target with highly focused energy, including lasers, microwaves, particle beams, and sound beams. Potential applications of this technology include weapons that target personnel, missiles, vehicles, and optical devices.https://en.m.wikipedia.org › wiki

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the effects of directed energy weapons. That is, how they propagate to and interact with targets. Propagation and target interaction are the key elements in an analysis of a weapon’s utility to accomplish a given mission. For example, the effectiveness of a nuclear missile is determined by the yield of its warhead and the accuracy of its guidance, and the effectiveness of a rifle is determined by the type of round fired, the range to the target, and the skill of the soldier who fires it. Directed energy weapons are no different. But while there are books and manuals that deal with the issues affecting the utility of nuclear missiles and rifles, there is no comparable source of information for directed energy weapons.

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Boys in zinc (Soviet book review)

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Haunting stories from the Soviet-Afghan War from the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

– A new translation of Zinky Boys based on the revised text –

From 1979 to 1989 Soviet troops engaged in a devastating war in Afghanistan that claimed thousands of casualties on both sides. While the Soviet Union talked about a ‘peace-keeping’ mission, the dead were shipped back in sealed zinc coffins. Boys in Zinc presents the honest testimonies of soldiers, doctors and nurses, mothers, wives and siblings who describe the lasting effects of war.

Weaving together their stories, Svetlana Alexievich shows us the truth of the Soviet-Afghan conflict: the killing and the beauty of small everyday moments, the shame of returned veterans, the worries of all those left behind. When it was first published in the USSR in 1991, Boys in Zinc sparked huge controversy for its unflinching, harrowing insight into the realities of war.

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Superbly translated… Alexievich’s choice of truth as hero is the right one for the age of Putin and Trump — Giles Whittell ― The Times

As shattering and addictive as Chernobyl Prayer, this is a polyphonic tour de force that shines a light on war, the plight of heroes, and why post-Soviet Russia is as it is — Kapka Kassabova ― Herald Scotland

A masterpiece of reportage ― New York Review of Books

Alexievich is like a doctor probing the scar tissue of a traumatised nation — Guy Chazan ― Financial Times

What Alexievich is doing is giving voice to the voiceless, exposing not only stories we wouldn’t otherwise hear but individuals as well — David Ulin ― Los Angeles Times

The least well-known wonderful writer I’ve ever come across — Jenni Murray ― BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour

Alexievich serves no ideology, only an ideal: to listen closely enough to the ordinary voices of her time to orchestrate them into extraordinary books — Philip Gourevitch ― New Yorker

Alexievich has become one of my heroes — Atul Gawande

The Belarusian writer has spent decades in listening mode. Alexievich put in thousands of hours with her tape recorder across the lands of the former Soviet Union, collecting and collating stories from ordinary people. She wove those tales into elegant books of such power and insight, that in 2015 she received the Nobel prize for literature — Shaun Walker ― Guardian

Alexievich’s “documentary novels” are crafted and edited with a reporter’s cool eye for detail and a poet’s ear for the intricate rhythms of human speech. Reading them is like eavesdropping on a confessional. This is history at its rawest and most uncomfortably intimate — Andrew Dickson ― Evening Standard

Alexievich’s artistry has raised oral history to a totally different dimension — Antony Beevor

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Daisy Mason From Downton Abbey Is Gorgeous In Real Life


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Throughout the run of “Downton Abbey,” Sophie McShera played the young kitchen maid and assistant cook Daisy Mason. As Vulture detailed, Daisy was quite timid in her early days working at Downton. She tended to be quirky and naive and rather skittish around others who intimidated her. Daisy grew in many ways from the beginning to the end of the series, but fans may be surprised to see how much Daisy’s look from the show differed from McShera’s real-life look.

While Daisy was meek when she first was seen in the Downton kitchen, scurrying to follow Mrs. Patmore’s demands, she experienced immense growth that seemed to impress even McShera herself. “I’m very lucky I got to play this character that started out so naive and scared and terrified of getting fired and getting through the day … into what she’s become now, it’s just amazing,” she told Vulture. Daisy had an opportunity to show off her feisty side before the final farewell for “Downton Abbey” and McShera said it was both “scary” and “good fun” to portray that new side of her character. Daisy’s growth was a fabulous and surprising development for McShera, who told the outlet, “I really love the fact that she’s got so much potential now, and you would’ve never thought that if you watched the first episode of season one.” Daisy never quite matched the beauty and dynamic persona of McShera herself, but the “Downton Abbey” character was certainly a fan favorite.

Sophie McShera outshines her Downton Abbey character
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“Downton Abbey” star Sophie McShera told the New York Post she was essentially given “a tiny bit of airbrush” of makeup while playing Daisy Mason. “It’s about making you look the same, instead of remotely attractive,” she explained of the desired look. “I’ll always say: ‘Can I have a little eyeliner today?’ [The answer is always] No!! You can’t wear blusher,” McShera quipped. McShera portrayed Daisy throughout the run of “Downton Abbey” from 2010 through 2015, as well as in the 2019 movie (per IMDb). As she told Marie Claire, she’s not exactly a clone of Daisy in her real life. “I’m famous for always wearing crop tops,” she admitted, although she considers herself to be “quite low-key.” She loves a “decadent” afternoon tea, but claims she’s “really rubbish” when it comes to doing her makeup.

The “Downton Abbey” star may feel she’s fairly low-key in her day-to-day life, she can glam it up with the best of them when needed. E! Online raved over one red carpet ensemble she wore that included a leather skirt, scarlet heels, and a vintage polka-dot top. There was even a hint of McShera’s midriff peeking out as she posed for photographers. A New York “Downton Abbey” premiere event gave McShera an opportunity to wear a one-shoulder floor-length blue sequined gown with a thigh-high leg slit (per Yahoo! Sports). McShera convincingly portrayed a timid maid on screen, but she has knocked people’s socks off with her red carpet glam.

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Dan Stevens was born in Croydon, England on October 10, 1982 and was bitten by the acting bug early on in his life. He trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain, studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and took part in many student productions.

In 2002, at the age of 14, he was cast to play Macbeth in Marlowe Dramatic Society’s production of William Shakespeare’s classic play. That was a real turning point for the budding actor and he sure hasn’t slowed down since, going on to land roles in 2010’s Downton Abbey and 2017’s Beauty and the Beast remake. As his star continues to rise and burn brighter than ever, here are 10 things you should know about Dan Stevens.

He was adopted
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Stevens was born in 1982 in Croydon, England and, at just seven days old, was adopted by two school teachers. They later adopted another boy and, as he told The Telegraph, his adoption was never kept secret. “People like to pathologise adoption, but actually there is no conventional way to be brought up,” he said.

“People can have biological parents who are absent for whatever reason during their childhood, and their parenting can be replaced by any number of people,” continued Stevens. “Adoption is just one of many ways that children get nurtured and loved and end up as human beings who are every bit as interesting and whatever as regular children.”

His first role was in a Hallmark production
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Like all actors, Stevens began small and built his career slowly over time. His very first role was that of Dr. Henry Clerval in a TV mini series retelling of Frankenstein. First airing in the US in October 2004, the movie was the latest in a line of adaptations of Mary Shelley’s classic novel about a scientist who brings to life a monster he built in his lab. The filming took place in August 2003 when, on summer break from university, Stevens traveled to Slovakia to star in the Hallmark production.

​He left Downton Abbey for fear of being typecast
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At the height of his popularity on Downtown Abbey, Stevens, who portrayed Matthew Crawley, was killed off to many fans’ shock and surprise. As it turned out, the decision was completely his and it came down to a fear of being typecast. Before starting work on the third season (his last), Stevens chose to pull the plug. “We were always optioned for three years and when that came up it was a very difficult decision,” he explained. “But it felt like a good time to take stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do other things.”

“It is a very monopolising job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will be,” he added. “It is a desire for freedom, really. I don’t see money or a particular status as an actor as a goal but I want to do the best work I can in as interesting a range of roles as I can. And I think a moment like this is quite unique and presents those opportunities more than ever before.”

He had a (playful) feud with Mark Ruffalo
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While filming Beauty and the Beast, Stevens was exposed to the future of movie-making technology. “It was my face driving that digital mesh,” he explained of the innovative process. “Once I got my head around the technology, which initially was terrifying for everybody concerned because it’s never been used this extensively before. I had to believe – and everybody had to believe.”

A fact that actually sparked a (playful) feud between Stevens and Mark Ruffalo “who had done something similar for Hulk, but not exactly the same. He told me it would be impossible, which was frankly a spur,” Stevens told Uproxx. “So, if nothing else, I feel like I really want to take him to see the movie and see what he thinks.”

​He’s super health-conscious
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Following his move from London to New York City, Stevens began to pay more attention to health and fitness. “I didn’t take very good care of myself when I lived in London,” he told The Telegraph, joking that “under three layers of tweed, you can hide a lot of ills!”

Nowadays, he swims, does yoga and goes to the gym regularly and, as far as his diet is concerned, he stays away from all dairy. His time at the gym also helped Stevens prepare for his most demanding role: playing the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. “I developed really good core strength. It helped with the breathing, it helped with the singing,” he said. Plus, it helped him strengthen his legs enough to endure filming in 10-inch stilts, which he described as “metal, elevated platforms that were extremely painful and hard to walk in.”

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In 2013, Stevens joined the team behind literary magazine The Junket (which was established in 2011 to enable writers to share essays on topics that interest them most, which they aren’t able to publish elsewhere) in the role of Editor-at-Large.

He also contributes to the publication as a writer. In his first issue as Editor-at-Large, Stevens published an essay titled ‘Looking After #numbertwo’ in which he examined our ties to technology. “Try one piece; then try two; then offer to a friend. The Junket is delicious enjoyed alone; better shared,” Stevens wrote as part of his Editor’s Note.

​He thinks he’s more attractive as the Beast
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Speaking with Yahoo! UK, Stevens’ Beauty and the Beast costar, Emma Watson, revealed that she found the Beast much more attractive than his human counterpart. “There’s something a bit sad about when he transforms,” she said. “You’re a bit like, ‘Oh, okay, you were quite nice before.’ He’s hot. The Beast is hot.”

Good thing for Stevens, he totally agrees. Asked about the comment by ELLE, the actor admitted, “I know that it’s quite a common thing for the animated version, for people to be upset when the Beast turns back into a prince because people fall in love with the Beast, you know? So it’ll be interesting to see if people feel the same way about our Beast. And, you know, I don’t blame them. He’s cute.”

He’s a successful audiobook narrator
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In addition to acting, being a doting dad and working for a lit mag, Stevens is also a passionate and successful audiobook narrator, having narrated 24 titles as of 2017. “It’s really fun and you are basically directing, casting, and performing an entire production of a book on your own,” he said, revealing what appeals to him most about the gig.

“Some of the books I’ve done have 70, 80 different voices in them. It’s a challenge, but it’s also really fun. You go through them and you prepare and you make little notes for who’s going to sound like what. I really, really love it. And any actors who are curious about it, I would recommend trying it.”

“When you hear a well-read book, it’s a really special thing,” he added. “For a start, you’re doing something extraordinary. There are a lot of people who either can’t read or don’t have time to read the book itself, and you are responsible for bringing that to life, and that’s a huge responsibility and also a great privilege.”

​Family is the most important thing in his life
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Whether it be his parents or his wife and children, family holds a very special and important place in Stevens’ heart. Describing his mom and dad’s influence on his career choice, the actor has said: “They loved going to the theatre and they watched television and movies, so I was raised on a cultural diet of books, of literature, and also of performance, of watching great movies and plays.”

Then there’s his wife, South African jazz singer Susie Hariet, whom Stevens met when he was just 23 years old while the two were working in the theater scene in Sheffield. The couple tied the knot in 2009 and, that same year, they welcomed their first child, daughter Willow, into the world. “If it feels right, it feels right. We fell in love and that was it,” Stevens has said. In 2012, their family grew even bigger with the arrival of son Aubrey.

​He ate four roast dinners a day while filming Beauty and the Beast
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“It was a pretty athletic job for me,” Stevens told Britain’s Radio Times, speaking about what it took to transform into the Beast. “I was physically conditioning my legs to be on stilts for 12 hours a day and also conditioning the rest of me so that I didn’t waste away – I was losing so much fluid from sweating.”

Tasked with wearing a heavy muscle vest to resemble the Beast, the actor explained that he had to up his calorie intake just to maintain his weight and not “waste away.” He revealed: “I would overheat, especially when we were dancing. I was honestly eating four roast dinners every day, just to keep any form of physicality.”

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In Google’s Mountain View backyard, RV living becomes a desperate act

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In Google’s Mountain View backyard, RV living becomes a desperate act

Affordable housing is so scarce in Mountain View, Calif., that many residents are living in RVs like these along Cristano Avenue.

BY  ALISTAIR BARRMAY 22, 2019 6 AM PT

In a quiet neighborhood near Google’s headquarters last month, rusty, oleaginous sewage was seeping from a parked recreational vehicle onto the otherwise pristine street. Sgt. Wahed Magee of the Mountain View Police Department was furious.

“You guys need to take care of it, like ASAP,” he said, lecturing the young couple living in the vehicle. “I’m not going to tow it today, but tomorrow if I come out here and it’s like this, it’s getting towed!” As he delivered the ultimatum, a self-driving car rolled past.

Mountain View is a wealthy town that’s home to Alphabet Inc., the world’s fourth most valuable public corporation and Google’s owner. Magee spends a lot of his time knocking on the doors of RVs parked on the city’s streets, logging license plates and marking rigs that haven’t moved for several days.

This is the epicenter of a Silicon Valley tech boom that is minting millionaires but also fueling a homelessness crisis that the United Nations recently deemed a human rights violation. Thousands of people live in RVs across San Francisco and the broader Bay Area because they can’t afford to rent or buy homes.

In December, Mountain View police logged almost 300 RVs that appeared to be used as primary residences. Palo Alto, Berkeley and other Bay Area towns have similar numbers.

Some Silicon Valley towns have cracked down in recent months, creating an even more uncertain future for RV residents. At a March City Council meeting, Mountain View voted to ban RVs from parking overnight on public streets. The ban hasn’t taken effect yet, but soon the town’s van dwellers will need to go elsewhere.

The City Council also declared a shelter crisis and passed an ordinance to ticket vehicles that “discharge domestic sewage on the public right of way.” At the meeting, some people opposing the ban blamed Google for the housing crisis.

“In my neighborhood there are a group of five or six duplexes and a couple that I know lived in one of them for 22 years. When Google moved in next door, their landlord raised the rent by $700 a month,” resident Susan Barkin said. “Preventing parking and throwing more people out of our community is unconscionable. I do not want to live in a town where the only people who can afford to be here are very, very rich techies or very, very old retirees like myself.”

If representatives from Google were in attendance, they didn’t speak up to defend the company or address the housing crisis.

But the issue has arisen inside the Googleplex. At a staff meeting this year, one Google worker asked why Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was paid hundreds of millions of dollars, while some employees struggle to afford to live in the area. Pichai said the company had little control over the high cost of living, people familiar with the situation told Bloomberg at the time.

The median rent in Mountain View has almost doubled since late 2010, to $4,151 a month. That’s nearly triple the national average, according to Trulia. The median home value is $1.8 million, up from $750,000 10 years ago, according to Zillow.

“We have rising rents. We have gentrification. We have people being displaced,” said Jennifer Loving, head of Destination: Home, a group that’s trying to reduce homelessness in Santa Clara County, home to Google and Mountain View. “All of that together is creating an untenable situation for thousands and thousands of families and individuals who are trying to live and work here”

RVs that are used as homes are all over Silicon Valley. They line frontage roads that run alongside highways. There will often be a chain of them on quieter streets in office parks and light industrial areas. But they can also be found on suburban residential streets parked in rows opposite the ranch-style homes common to the area.

The RVs are often white or beige, and the windows are covered with blinds, sheets or blankets for privacy. Leaves and dust sometimes accumulate on the windshield wipers, and some have generators on the back for extra power. Around Google’s campus there are sometimes multicolored company bikes parked nearby so RV dwellers can jump on and ride to work.

One 24-year-old Google contract worker lives in a rented RV with her girlfriend close to the internet giant’s campus. She asked that her name not be published, because she didn’t want her employer to know about her living situation. She grew up in the Bay Area and served in the Navy for three years. After that, she studied psychology, then moved to Atlanta, where she rented a townhouse for $1,050 a month.

She applied online to be a Google security guard and when the contracting firm gave her the job, she moved to Mountain View in April. She initially considered renting a small apartment but realized she couldn’t save any money that way.

“An apartment out here would cost at least $2,500 a month,” she said. “The money I make here is great, but I would be pretty much spending the majority of that on rent, and I just don’t want to do that.”

So she decided to rent the RV for $800 a month. “There’s less space. That’s the main thing. It’s confined,” she said.

Her day starts on Google’s campus, where she can grab a quick breakfast, usually a banana. Lunch is also available at headquarters, while dinner is prepared on the RV’s two stove tops. There’s no oven.

Complaints from neighbors aren’t a problem because she’s parked the RV close to Google’s headquarters, which is all office parks with very few residential buildings. At night, she takes courses at the City College of San Francisco to become a firefighter. If she can get a job as a firefighter in San Francisco within a year, she’ll continue to stay here, she said. “If not, I will take my earnings and go back to Georgia and purchase a home and live happily ever after. I can probably buy a house back there. It’s Georgia, it’s really cheap.”

Another RV resident in Mountain View is a 41-year-old IT professional who now drives for Lyft Inc. He moved from Sacramento about two years ago after his wife got a job at a big drug development company in Silicon Valley. (He asked not to be identified because he worries his wife might lose her job if her employer learns about her living situation.) Once they arrived, they realized they couldn’t afford to rent an apartment and build their savings, despite a combined income of roughly $100,000 a year.

“We just did the math when we were, you know, renting a room, and we could kind of stay afloat but there’s no way to save any money for retirement or the future at all,” he said.

The Lyft driver, and other van dwellers around him, said they aren’t sure what they’ll do when the parking ban kicks in, rendering their situation illegal. Many hope to just muddle through somehow.

“I’m aware of the ban,” said Brandon, another Mountain View RV resident who didn’t want to share his last name. “I’ll cross that particular bridge when I get to it.”

Tech companies should be doing more to fix the housing crisis, the Lyft driver said. “There was a time when corporations were allowed to operate because they were also providing for the communities around them in some way,” he said. “And for some reason that responsibility has shifted to profits only.”

Google declined to comment but referred to an interview one of the company’s public policy managers, Rebecca Prozan, gave to PBS in 2016. “Obviously, our footprint creates pressure. It creates pressure on housing and transportation, but that pressure isn’t just tech. It’s not just Google,” she said. “It’s all the industries that are creating the economy of the Bay Area. We all have to work together to figure out what we’re going to look like, and how we’re going to live.”

When asked about employees living in RVs, she said: “We don’t necessarily want to comment on our employees participating in those activities.”Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai.(Josh Edelson / AFP-Getty Images)

Since 2014, Google has given more than $14 million to groups tackling homelessness in Mountain View. That includes $1 million for Destination: Home and $1.5 million to help with construction of a 67-unit affordable housing development. It also has a plan to invest much more in a project to build thousands of homes on a nearby part of the city called North Bayshore. Twenty percent of that will be affordable housing, although it’s a long way from happening: Mountain View hasn’t decided how to proceed yet.

Loving, the head of Destination: Home, thinks the North Bayshore plan should include a lot more affordable housing. But she and others say it’s not just about money. There needs to be political will — people have to want to help their neighbors in need.

Some Silicon Valley residents don’t want new apartment buildings changing their suburban towns, and they get angry at the thought of affordable housing bringing poorer people to their neighborhoods. Two years ago, about 500 local residents showed up at a meeting to discuss small, temporary housing in San Jose. Many screamed and shouted at Loving and her colleagues. At one point, the crowd chanted “build a wall” to keep homeless people away.

“There have been meetings since where there’s a lot of fear about what these developments would look like, and fear is a really powerful emotion and it seems to supersede logic,” Loving said.ADVERTISEMENT

That’s a risk to Silicon Valley itself, because tech companies may go elsewhere. In February, Google CEO Pichai announced a plan to spend $13 billion on new and expanded offices and data centers. A lot of this is outside Silicon Valley, where it’s cheaper to hire talent — in part because housing is more plentiful.

There’s a second issue, too. If teachers, nurses, trash collectors and other regular workers can’t afford to live in the area, the fabric of society begins to fray, said Alison Hicks, a Mountain View council member who voted against the RV ban.

“To have a regular functioning town, you need to have occupational diversity,” she said. “You can’t have a town that functions if we only have tech workers living in it.… It won’t be a functioning city as I know it. It wouldn’t be a city I would want to live in.”ADVERTISEMENT

Back on Mountain View’s streets, Magee followed up on the RV that was dripping sewage. The following day, the owners had fixed the problem.

When asked whether the RV situation will ultimately be resolved, Magee looked tired as he thought about the answer. After a 12-hour day, he had a long drive ahead to get home — he can’t afford to live in Mountain View.

“The way things are going, I don’t see how it’s all gonna disappear,” he said. “Where are we gonna put everyone?”ADVERTISEMENT


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International space station goes on alert,spaceman becomes anxious during ‘burn’ that went wrong, and knocked the craft from its usual orbit,leaving ground crews reeling

International Space Station forced into emergency procedures after Russian module suddenly blasts it out of orbit

The Soyuz MS-18 engines ‘unexpectedly continued’ firing thrusters after a test performed by astronaut Oleg Novitsky should have ended

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The International Space Station was moved out of orbit after a Russian spacecraft unexpectedly fired its thrusters on Friday.

“During the Soyuz MS-18 engines testing, the station’s orientation was impacted. As a result, the International Space Station orientation was temporarily changed”, Roscosmos said in a statement.

“The station’s orientation was swiftly recovered due to the actions of the ISS Russian Segment Chief Operating Control Group specialists. The station and the crew are in no danger.”

The Soyuz module had been docked to the ISS since April when Russian astronaut Oleg Novitsky performed the test, theNew York Times reported. When the test was expected to end “the thruster firing unexpectedly continued,” a Nasa spokesperson said, and orbital positioning control was lost

The station was turned by 57 degrees, which Russian mission control reportedly said was “no big deal”, and Novitsky was apparently told to “take it easy”.

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Nasa mission control told astronauts on the station to begin emergency procedures, although flight controllers retained command of the station within half an hour.

“As you can well imagine, when things start going off the rails like that, there’s enough noise on the radar that the clarity of what actually happened is a bit of a mystery,” Nasa slight director Timothy Creamer told American astronauts shortly after the event.

“We think — and we haven’t got confirmation — we think the thrusters stopped firing because they reached their prop limit”, Creamer also said, adding that “Moscow is checking into it and doing their data analysis.”

This is not the first time such an incident has occurred. In July, Russia’s Nauka module suddenly started firing its thrusters – turning the space station entirely upside down before it righted itself. In total, the station rotated 540 degrees, and fell 45 degrees outside of its normal altitude.

Reports suggested that Nauka burnt through its fuel during the incident, so that it could not happen again, and Nasa said the crew “was never … in any danger.”

Although the Russian space agency and Nasa have been in close cooperation in the past, Roscosmos is building its own $6 billion space station that it plans to launch in 2030, and is expected to give notice to its international partners in 2025.

“If in 2030, in accordance with our plans, we can put it into orbit, it will be a colossal breakthrough,” Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has said. The Russian station is likely to be manned by robots with artificial intelligence, while human cosmonauts would periodically visit the craft. This is because the Russian station’s orbit path would expose it to higher radiation.

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Where Did All The Truck Drivers Go?

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The breakdown of the supply chains vital to our economy is finally capturing the public attention. Despite Joe Biden’s executive order last week, the Port of Los Angeles is not yet operating 24 hours per day, according to analysts at Bank of America, and on Tuesday there were nearly 100 container ships at anchor waiting to get into port there and at the Port of Long Beach. They may be waiting a while. As we reported at Bretibart News today, there are still 20,000 fewer truckers in the U.S. than there were pre-pandemic. Many truckers who lost their jobs in the initial shutdown appear not to have returned to work. As a result, the average wait time for containers offloaded at the LA and Long Beach ports is five to six days, twice as long as normal. That leaves the dockyards overcrowded, leaving ships with no place to offload. Keeping the ports open longer may not fix things. For one thing, not only are more truckers needed, shipping companies will need to recruit truckers willing to work a 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. shift. That’s going to be difficult and expensive to do while so many other employers are on a hiring spree. Recall that there were over 10 million open jobs at the end of August. What’s more, there will need to be workers at warehouses to unload trucks at off-hours. Hard at any time. Probably impossible in a labor shortage. This global disruption puts more strain on smaller companies than larger ones. The biggest retailers charter their own container ships and have more leverage with rail and truck companies to move product across the country. It is the smaller importers who will be strained the most. That will be particularly punishing during the holiday season, when many retailers depend on huge sales volumes to put them into profitability for the year. – Alex Marlow & John Carney Breitbart News Network

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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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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.

“For any striker, it’s very handy to know when the ball is coming in so you can make your run with real confidence. Tierney doesn’t mess about.ADVERTISEMENT

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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.

Rolls Royce Will Provide Long-Awaited New Jet Engines For The B-52 Bomber Fleet

After decades of trying, the B-52 will finally get new engines, with Rolls Royce being tapped for the contract that could be worth up to $2.6B. 

BYJOSEPH TREVITHICKSEPTEMBER 24, 2021

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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.”

NOW THE AIR FORCE WANTS NEW ENGINES FOR ITS B-52S THAT BURN 40 PERCENT LESS FUELBy Joseph TrevithickPosted in THE WAR ZONETHE US AIR FORCE HAS TAKEN ANOTHER STEP TOWARD RE-ENGINING ITS B-52SBy Joseph TrevithickPosted in THE WAR ZONEBOEING MADE A SIX MINUTE LONG CARTOON ABOUT RE-ENGINING THE B-52By Joseph TrevithickPosted in THE WAR ZONEB-52 SIMULATED A HYPERSONIC WEAPON STRIKE DURING MASSIVE ALASKAN WAR GAMESBy Joseph TrevithickPosted in THE WAR ZONEBARKSDALE B-52 BRANDISHES ITS MODERN ARSENAL IN NEW LOADOUT PHOTOSBy Thomas NewdickPosted in THE WAR ZONE

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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French doctor arrested, dragged out of his home for prescribing ivermectin to covid patientsFor the “crime” of prescribing ivermectin to his patients, a French doctor by the name of Jean-Paul Théron was arrested at his home and dragged out by police officers working on behalf of the medical police state. Footage – watch below – shows a mob of masked jackboots forcefully…By Ethan Huff | Read the full story
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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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German Chief Pathologist Says Frequency Of Fatal Consequences Of Vaccinations Is Underestimated | Fanatic Cook

https://fanaticcook.com/2021/08/05/german-chief-pathologist-says-frequency-of-fatal-consequences-of-vaccinations-is-underestimated/ German Chief Pathologist Sounds Alarm On Fatal Vaccine Injuries, Free West Media, 3 August 2021 The director of the Pathological Institute of the University of Heidelberg, Peter Schirmacher, has carried out over forty autopsies on people who had died within two weeks of their vaccination. The regional daily Augsburger Allgemeine reported: “Schirmacher assumes that […]

German Chief Pathologist Says Frequency Of Fatal Consequences Of Vaccinations Is Underestimated | Fanatic Cook

What In The World Is Happening To Our Planet? One Of The Most Catastrophic Disasters In Modern History Should Be A Wake Up Call For All Of Us

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What is the difference between the Gestapo and the Stasi?

Not too much apparently (Ed)

What is the difference between the Gestapo and the Stasi?”The Gestapo had 40,000 officials watching a country of 80 million, while the Stasi employed 102,000 to control only 17 million.” One might add that the Nazi terror lasted only twelve years, whereas the Stasi had four decades in which to perfect its machinery of oppression, espionage, and international terrorism and

New Kosovo Indictment Is A Reminder Of Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities | Zero Hedge

Authored by James Bovard via The Mises Institute, President Bill Clinton’s favorite freedom fighter just got indicted for mass murder, torture, kidnapping, and other crimes against humanity. In 1999, the Clinton administration launched a 78-day bombing campaign that killed up to fifteen hundred civilians in Serbia and Kosovo in what the American media proudly portrayed as a […]

New Kosovo Indictment Is A Reminder Of Bill Clinton’s Serbian War Atrocities | Zero Hedge

Pandora’s Box and the Innocence of Children

Pandora’s Box has been opened and has unleashed war upon us. In the fog of that war, it is difficult to know exactly “what it is.” But our moment screams for everybody to “look what’s going down.” Source: Pandora’s Box and the Innocence of Children

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January 16 – Wisdom and Choices — VCY America

January 16Genesis 32:13-34:31Matthew 11:7-30Psalm 14:1-7Proverbs 3:19-20 We’re in the second half of the first month of this journey! Genesis 32:14-19 – we’re in the middle of a dramatic scene. Jacob had lied to his father and cheated his brother Esau out of the blessing of his father.  Earlier this month we saw the liar Jacob being outlied […]

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99.9987% of Under-20s Survive Covid, Study Finds – And 97.1% of the Elderly Do As Well

How deadly is COVID-19? Early last year renowned epidemiologist Professor John Ioannidis published an analysis of seroprevalence (antibody) studies from 2020 which concluded the infection fatality rate (IFR) of COVID-19 – the proportion of those infected who die – was around 0.15% globally. It varied significantly by region, up to 0.3%-0.4% in Europe and the Americas and down to 0.05% in Africa and Asia.

99.9987% of Under-20s Survive Covid, Study Finds – And 97.1% of the Elderly Do As Well

Against Enclosure The Commoners Fight Back

In 1542, Henry VIII gave his friend and privy councilor Sir William Herbert a gift: the buildings and lands of a dissolved monastery, Wilton Abbey near Salisbury. Herbert didn’t need farmland, so he had the buildings torn down, expelled the monastery’s tenants, and physically destroyed an entire village. In their place he built a large mansion, and fenced off the surrounding lands as a private park for hunting.

Against Enclosure The Commoners Fight Back
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