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)

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.


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.

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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).

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  • 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.”


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


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.

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Directed energy weapons


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.


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.


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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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: t


Daisy Mason From Downton Abbey Is Gorgeous In Real Life

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Daisy Mason From Downton Abbey Is Gorgeous In Real Life
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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Things You Didn’t Know About Dan Stevens
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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
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.”

He edits a literary magazine
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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
“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


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.


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”.


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?

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. V October 19, 2021 Today’s Top Stories From the Breitbart News Desk

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


Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom ill in hospital after fight in Devon

Arsenal legend Kenny Sansom has been taken to hospital.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Arsenal and England great Kenny Sansom ill in hospital. Pic: Getty Images


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

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

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

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

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

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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. 


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

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


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


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. 


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

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Rolling stone magazine found guilty of faking news on covid

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


She said: “Two kids came running over and said there was a man with his trousers down.

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

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

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

(Image: The Olive Press)

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

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

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

Speaking in My Search for Madeleine by British journalist Jon Clarke, Vanessa said: “I stood on duty outside the apartment at the Ocean Club and saw the McCanns on lots of occasions. I felt the tragedy.https://9c86ef7b6402d14a26c9c3fb81bfd2f8.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0


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

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

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

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



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Diana faked romance with Dodi-yacht maid finally speaks out


Princess Diana ‘faked romance with Dodi and only kissed in front of cameras’

EXCLUSIVE: A staff member who worked for Princess Diana and Dodi claims they saw no ­evidence of romance between them, dubbing their relationship “a big fake pretence”dailystar

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Diana with Dodi Fayed
However, a staff member claims he saw no evidence of any romance (Image: PA)

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

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

Princess Diana with Dodi Al Fayed in Sardinia
The pair were snapped in intimate clinches on loved-up holidays (Image: EMPICS Entertainment)

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

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

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It has always been thought that Diana and Dodi, then 36 and 42, were in an ­intimate relationship (Image: ABACA/PA Images)

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

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

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

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

Princess Diana and her boyfriend Dodi Al Fayed
The new claims will stun the Royal Family (Image: ABACA/PA Images)

A stewardess on the yacht has previously ­spoken about her time waiting on Diana on the trip.https://8e7b908006f037f14fa2bb80bbd75f2e.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html138212091369DON’T MISSFuture of Jimmy Savile’s lair in the Scottish Highlands to be decided by localsTragic woman locked in mum’s attic for 25 years after her sex life shamed familyGolden retriever puppy tries to befriend ‘alpha’ dog in park – but fails miserably

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

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

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

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

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Lokführer im Streik: »Niemand möchte den Job machen

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

Foto: Peter Kneffel / dpa

Dritter Streik der Lokführer

Was Bahnreisende jetzt wissen müssen

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

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

Wann genau wird gestreikt?

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

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

Worauf muss ich mich einstellen?

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

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

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

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

Wie kann ich mir die Fahrkarte erstatten lassen?

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

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

Kann ich bei Verspätungen Entschädigung fordern?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meine Verbindung fährt nicht. Kann ich umsteigen?

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

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

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Hunters want to kill Wolves (again)

New Kill Orders Target Northwest Wolves

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

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Moderna Vaccination Halted in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture

August 30, 2021 TLB Staff HEALTHWORLD 0

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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Japan rejected standard vaccine after scrutiny over content

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo
A man receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo, Japan June 25, 2021. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERS
Vials with a sticker reading, "COVID-19 / Coronavirus vaccine / Injection only" and a medical syringe are seen in front of a displayed Moderna logo in this illustration taken October 31, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo


A man receives the Moderna coronavirus vaccine at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Tokyo, Japan June 25, 2021. Rodrigo Reyes Marin/Pool via REUTERSRead More

Moderna has so far delivered to the EU over 70 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, EU’s public data show. The company has two contracts with the 27-nation bloc for a total supply of up to 460 million shots.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Isis claim responsibility for Kabul airport terror attack

Isis claim responsibility for Kabul airport terror attack


The terror group Isis has claimed responsibility for a deadly terror attack on Kabul airport today. At least 60 people, including 12 American troops, are thought to have died in twin blasts. A spokesman for the group circulated a statement via its Amaq news agency saying that they had carried out the attack on the Abbey Gate.Read more ❯


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

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

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Jacqui Goddard, MiamiMonday August 16 2021, 12.01am, The Times

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

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

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

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

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


Gold takes a hit

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

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The Dow vs. the Nasdaq: What’s the Difference?



The Dow vs. the Nasdaq: An Overview

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


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

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

The Dow

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

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

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

The Nasdaq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Section NavigationHuman rabies surveillance

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

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

Date of onsetDate of deathReporting stateAge (y)SexExposure*Rabies virus variant†
16-Oct-184-Nov-18UT55MContactBat, Tb
15-Jul-1823-Aug-18DE69FUnknownRaccoon, eastern United States
28-Dec-1714-Jan-18FL6MBiteBat, Tb
6-Oct-1721-Oct-17FL56FBiteBat, Tb
5-May-1721-May-17VA65FBiteDog, India
25-Nov-151-Dec-15PR54MBiteDog-mongoose, Caribbean
17-Sep-153-Oct-15WY77FContactBat, Ln
30-Jul-1524-Aug-15MA65MBite, PhilippinesDog, Philippines
12-Sep-1426-Sep-14MO52MUnknownBat, Ps
16-May-1311-Jun-13TX28MUnknown, GuatemalaDog, Guatemala
31-Jan-1327-Feb-13MD49MKidney transplantRaccoon, eastern United States
22-Dec-1123-Jan-12MA63MContactBat, My sp
1-Sep-1114-Oct-11MA40MContact, BrazilDog, Brazil
21-Aug-111-Sep-11NC20MUnknown (organ donor)§Raccoon, eastern United States
14-Aug-1131-Aug-11NY25MContact, AfghanistanDog, Afghanistan
30-Jun-1120-Jul-11NJ73FBite, HaitiDog, Haiti
24-Dec-1010-Jan-11WI70MUnknownBat, Ps
2-Aug-1021-Aug-10LA19MBite, MexicoBat, Dr
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Rabies is a Zoonotic disease which is transmitted from a rabid animal to other warm blooded animals, including humans and our pets.  The danger lies in the fact that this disease is lethal if not treated almost immediately after being infected.  

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

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

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

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

2. How many people die every year from Rabies?

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

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

Rabies occurs mostly in Africa and Asia.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Can one prevent Rabies in animals?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rabies Awareness Body in Eshowe shared Mission Rabies‘s video.

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

How many German soldiers died on Eastern front?

5.5 million soldiers

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

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WWII Eastern Front

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

Operation Barbarossa
Part of the Eastern Front of World War II

Clockwise from top left:German soldiers advance through northern Russia German flamethrower team Soviet Ilyushin Il-2s over German positions near Moscow Soviet POWs on the way to prison camps Soviet soldiers fire artillery
Date22 June – 5 December 1941
(5 months, 1 week and 6 days)LocationCentral EuropeNortheast EuropeEastern EuropeResultAxis failureOpening of the Eastern FrontAxis failure to reach the A-A lineBeginning of Soviet Winter counter-offensive
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Units involved
Axis armies: Army Group North16th Army18th Army4th Panzer Army Army Group Center2nd Army4th Army9th Army2nd Panzer Army3rd Panzer Army Army Group South6th Army11th Army17th Army1st Panzer Army 3rd Army 4th ArmyIndependent armies: Army of Norway Army of KareliaSoviet armies: Northern Front7th Army8th Army48th Army52nd Army54th Army55th Army Northwestern Front11th Army27th Army34th Army Western Front3rd Army10th Army13th Army16th Army19th Army20th Army22nd Army24th Army28th Army40th Army50th Army Southwestern Front5th Army6th Army12th Army21st Army26th Army37th Army Southern Front9th Army18th ArmyCoastal Army
Frontline strength (22 June 1941)3.8 million personnel[1][2]3,350–3,795 tanks[3][1][4][5]3,030–3,072 other AFVs[6][b]2,770–5,369 aircraft[3][7]7,200–23,435 artillery pieces[1][3][5]17,081 mortars[5]600,000 horses [8]600,000 vehicles [8]Frontline strength (22 June 1941)2.6–2.9 million personnel[9][10][11]11,000 tanks[12][13]7,133–9,100 military aircraft[14][15][16]


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Plain Jane M&S ring donut offends Jane

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


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

“I just think M&S should know better”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How sweet……….

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Kevin Ayers remembered – “He had no sense at all. But he had so much talent…”

Robert Wyatt, Peter Jenner and more recall the charmer “who didn’t sort of fit”ByAllan Jones16th August 2019

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

“He had a guitar and would sing all these funny songs he’d written. And what I realised early on was that he had this amazing melodic gift, that his songs had the naturalness of folk music, songs that have lasted for ages and been honed over the decades. That was striking.

“I was in this little local band in Canterbury, The Wild Flowers, which he joined and immediately stuck an ‘e’ on the end of the name, made it Wilde, like Oscar, and his material was a very welcome addition to our repertoire. To me, what gave us the right, what gave us the nerve to become Soft Machine and do our own stuff was Kevin’s songs. Unfortunately, they got kind of side-lined and torpedoed by the live act we became. We always blasted away instrumentally and marginalised these great songs, and I’ve always felt a little sheepish about that. He was subsequently too modest about his role in Soft Machine, but at the time his ideas were as far out as anybody’s.”

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Kevin Ayers was an English singer-songwriter who was active in the English psychedelic music movement. Ayers was a founding member of the psychedelic band Soft Machine in the mid-1960s, and was closely associated with the Canterbury scene. Wikipedia
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Part of Apollo 11 may still be orbiting the moon


A discarded part of the Apollo 11 spacecraft that helped return astronauts from the first visit to the lunar surface may still be in orbit around the moon, rather than having crash-landed as once thought.

On 20 July 1969, NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made history as the first two humans to land on the moon. They left the surface a day later using the ascent stage of their Eagle lander …….


Airbus’ latest capable plane the A350 is challenging the Market!

(oh yeah,but mad dog Boris declares ‘Europe’ a no go area……..hmmmmm)

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An Airbus A350 takes off at the aircraft builder's headquarters in Colomiers near Toulouse, France, September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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

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

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

“We believe we have a very promising aircraft,” Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said after unveiling better-than-expected half-year results. read more

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

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

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

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

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


Airbus hopes the arrival of the world’s first lightweight carbon-fibre freighter will provide an opening as tougher emission standards, restricting deliveries of existing 767 and 777 freighters, enter force in 2028.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About half of global cargo by value travels by air, and in turn half of that usually goes in the belly of passenger planes.

During the pandemic, many airlines have been forced to park unused passenger jets, driving up demand for cargo space on dedicated freighters at a time when e-commerce has been a lifeline for many during COVID lockdowns.

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

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

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Space station enrols for Olympic games – do they have enough space ?🤪

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NASA scrubs planned launch of Boeing Starliner after Space Station mishap

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